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Fifteen hurt as plane spins during take-off in India

NEW DELHI: An Indian plane carrying 161 passengers and crew skidded off the runway at Goa airport early on Tuesday, injuring 15 people. The Indian Navy, which runs the airport in western India, said it was not yet clear what caused the Jet Airways plane to veer off the runway. The incident happened at the height of the tourist season in Goa, whose palm-fringed beaches attract thousands of holidaymakers every year. "There are minor injuries, bruises or fractures to 15 passengers. Everyone else was taken out…

Salman Ahmad cancels performance in India over LoC hostilities

ISLAMABAD: Singer Salman Ahmad has refused to perform in India as a sign of protest against Indian aggression at Line of Control (LoC), ARY News reported. He made the announcement on his Twitter account. Ahmed stated that he was canceling his forthcoming participation in a cultural event in Goa to protest the violence & bloodletting on LoC. I'm canceling my forthcoming participation in a cultural event in Goa to protest the violence & blood letting on LOC. a Broken #HeartofAsia. — salman ahmad (@sufisal)…

India, Russia agree missile sales, joint venture for helicopters

GOA, INDIA: India and Russia on Saturday announced plans to set up a joint venture to build helicopters in India, which will also buy surface-to-air missile systems from its former Cold War ally, as the two tighten their military relationship. The pacts were signed after summit talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India's western resort state of Goa, where leaders from the BRICS group of emerging nations are meeting. Indian military officials have said the plan is for…