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Friday, January 12, 2018

Modi, Rahul Gandhi pay tributes to Lal Bahadur Shastri
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to the country's second prime minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, on his death anniversary today. Taking to microblogging site Twitter, the prime minister said Shastri's "impeccable service" will be remembered for generations to come. "We pay homage to Shastri Ji on his Punya Tithi. His impeccable service and courageous leadership will be remembered for generations to come," Modi said. Gandhi invoked the late leader to emphasise the importance of building up unity and solidarity of people.

Mullaperiyar dam: SC asks Centre, TN, Kerala to set up panels
The Supreme Court today directed the Centre and the Tamil Nadu and Kerala governments to set up three separate committees to exclusively deal with any "unpredictable" disaster that may occur at the site of the over 180-year-old Mullaperiyar dam. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, however, clarified that the proposed panels would only deal with the disaster aspect of the dam situated in Kerala. It made clear that the issues relating to safety and life span of the historic dam would continue to be dealt with by an existing panel, which was set up following the five-judge Constitution bench verdict in 2014.

3 Army personnel injured in ‘slithering’ ops
Three army personnel were injured while carrying out "slithering" operations from an advanced light helicopter (ALH) at the Army's parade ground here, official sources said today. The incident, involving ALH Dhruv, took place Tuesday. Slithering is an exercise where troops are dropped from a helicopter in an area of operation using a rope attached to the chopper. Following the incident, the Army has suspended slithering operations involving ALH Dhruv till a probe is completed, the sources said.

Why did seniors not carry out ideas, asks Rail board chief
Taking a dig at ex-honchos of the Railways, chairman Ashwani Lohani today said he was "amazed" that they were full of ideas on ways to shore up the sector, but did little to implement them when they were in office. Lohani said on Facebook that former seniors came up with ideas now, but did not carry them out when they worked for the national transporter.

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