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Mathura, May 21: In a first, a Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force on Thursday successfully landed on the Yamuna Expressway near Mathura as part of trials to use national highways for emergency landing. The aircraft landed at about 6:40 AM, senior IAF officers said, adding that the force has plans to activate more such stretches on highways in the future. The IAF has been considering the use of national highways for emergency landing by fighter aircraft. For Thursday's trial, all facilities like make shift ATC, safety services, rescue vehicles, bird clearance parties and other requirements were set in place by the IAF. "The operation was conducted in coordination with District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police of Agra and Mathura," an IAF statement said.
May 22: Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the number one spot in the latest BWF world rankings released on Thursday. Saina, who secured the numero uno spot for the first time early last month, slipped from the coveted position subsequently. The Olympic bronze medallist, however, climbed to the number one ranking on Thursday once again ahead of the Australian Open, starting on 26th May. Defending champion in the Australian Open Super Series, Saina would be taking on a qualifier in her campaign opener. Meanwhile, P V Sindhu lost a position to be on 12th place. In men's singles, K Srikanth has retained his fourth place. Even P Kashyap and H S Parnnoy also maintained their 13th and 15th positions, respectively.
Hungary, May 22: Hungarian author Laszlo Krasznahorkai has won Britain's prestigious Man Booker International prize for his achievement in fiction as he edged out India's Amitav Ghosh and eight others to bag the top literary award. Chair of judges Marina Warner, an academic and writer, compared Krasznahorkai's work to Franz Kafka -- Krasznahorkai's own personal literary hero -- and Beckett. "I feel we've encountered here someone of that order," she said while announcing the winner in London on Wednesday. "That's a trick that the best writers pull off; they give you the thrill of the strange...then after a while they imaginatively retune you. So now we say, 'it's just like being in a Kafka story'; I believe that soon we will say it's like being in a Krasznahorkai story...
Channai, May 22: Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah today accepted the resignation of Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and invited AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa to form the new government. According to a Raj Bhavan statement, Panneerselvam, also is AIADMK Treasurer, submitted his resignation to Rosaiah. "The Governor of Tamil Nadu has invited Selvi (Ms) J Jayalalithaa to form the Ministry at the earliest and requested her to send the list of persons to be appointed as Ministers with portfolios," the statement said. "The Governor of Tamil Nadu accepted the resignation," of Panneerselvam and his council of Ministers from the 'forenoon of' May 22, 2015, it said. "The Governor has requested the Chief Minister (Panneerselvam) and his present council of Ministers to function until alternative arrangements are made," it said.
New Delhi, May 21: The Centre has convened a meeting of the CMs of MP & UP in New Delhi tomorrow in a bid to resolve the dispute between the two states over releasing water from Bansagar Dam. Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti will chair the meeting. The Bansagar dam is located in MP and controlled by Bansagar Control Board, which is a subordinate office of the Union Water Resources Ministry. The meeting comes in the wake of a UP govt communication sent to the Chairman of CWC requesting that suitable directions may be issued to MP govt to release 2,000 cusecs of water from Bansagar Dam for two months into Sone River against the due share of UP. The UP govt had said, due to severe heat and scarcity of rains, an acute crisis of drinking water and irrigation has arisen in the districts of Sonbhadra and Mirzapur.
Mumbai, May 20: The BCCI today announced the Team India for upcoming Bangladesh tour where it will play one Test match and three ODIs starting June 10.
The announcement was made after the five-member selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil met here and decided to go with full strength squads for both the one off Test and the three ODIs.
ODI Squad: MS Dhoni (C), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, A Rayudu, R Ashwin, Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Singh, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni
Test Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, C Pujara, A Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Karan Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Singh, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma...