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Flight rage

New Delhi, Sept. 12 (PTI): Virgin Atlantic cancelled a Delhi-London flight today without informing passengers, leaving hundreds stranded and angry at the airport.

The passengers were told after reaching the airport that their 1.15pm flight would be 16 hours late. The travellers yelled at the Virgin staff for their alleged rudeness. Some passengers vowed on Twitter not to take a Virgin flight again.

Rape order

Mumbai (PTI): Poverty cannot be a reason to show leniency towards a rape accused, Bombay High Court has said. The minimum punishment is seven years’ rigorous imprisonment and a judge can give a lesser sentence only for “adequate and special reasons”.

CAG training

New Delhi (PTI): Thirty-six countries from across Asia, Africa and eastern Europe will send their middle and senior-level auditors to learn about performance audits from the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Bomb death

Burdwan: A Trinamul Congress worker was killed in a clash with CPM activists over the control of turf in a village in Burdwan’s Ketugram on Sunday. Surhak Mirza, 52, was escaping through a paddy field when a bomb hit him, killing him on the spot. Seven policemen were injured when a bomb was hurled at a jeep. Another of their colleagues is missing since the attack.

Fatal arrest

Malappuram (PTI): A sub-inspector was shot dead by an accused in a woman harassment case when the policeman went to Mujib Rahman’s house to execute an arrest warrant. Mujib fired from point blank range on Vijayakrishnan and escaped, the police said.

‘Killer’ son

Firozabad (PTI): A 55-year-old man was killed allegedly by his son Shilesh after the man tried to stop him from consuming liquor, police have said. Shilesh attacked Ninnu Singh with a spade and went home to tell his family about the killing before fleeing.


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