Early monsoon
NEW DELHI, 16 JUNE:
The monsoon today roared into Delhi and hit Punjab and Haryana almost a fortnight in advance as heavy rains lashed northern India, driving away the heat and spreading cheer among the people.
Heavy rains continued to lash Mumbai and the adjoining Thane district, causing water-logging in the city and its suburbs and hitting suburban train services. pti
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Tata advisor
NEW DELHI, 16 JUNE: Low-cost carrier AirAsia today announced that Mr Ratan Tata will be their Chief Advisor on the board of its Indian venture. It also promised ‘Nano’ airfares once it begins operating flights in the country. sns
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CPI candidate
CHENNAI, 16 JUNE: The CPI today decided to field its sitting MP, Mr D Raja for the 27 June biennial election to the six Rajya Sabha seats from Tamil Nadu. Mr Raja will file his nomination papers tomorrow, before the deadline for submitting candidature ends, CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy said in Chennai. sns
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Egypt-Syria ties
CAIRO, 16 JUNE: Egypt has severed diplomatic ties with Syria and asked world powers to enforce a no-fly zone as part of efforts to oust the embattled Syrian regime. pti
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Four stabbed in UK mosque
LONDON, 16 JUNE: Four persons, including a police officer, were stabbed inside a mosque in the British city of Birmingham over an argument. A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the incident last night. The officer was wounded as police arrested the man and all four injured are in stable condition, West Midlands Police said today. pti
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Khurshid trip
NEW DELHI, 16 JUNE: External Affairs Minister, Mr Salman Khurshid, will pay a two-day visit to Iraq starting 19 June  during which he will hold talks with top Iraqi leadership on issues of mutual interest including import of oil. Mr Khurshid, the first senior Indian leader to visit the oil-rich Arab country in the last 23 years, will meet his Iraqi counterpart, Mr Hoshiyar Zebari. He is expected to discuss the issue of import of oil from Iraq, which has emerged as India’s second largest crude oil supplier, replacing sanctions-hit Iran. sns
Retirement age
NEW DELHI, 16 JUNE: Central government employees are in for a disappointment as the Centre is currently not considering any move to raise the retirement age to 62 years. A senior official in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, which acts as a nodal department for personnel matters, said there was no such proposal to increase the age for superannuation of government employees. pti
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