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The mini-submarine hunting for flight MH370 will finish scouring its current strip of the Indian Ocean within a week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said, adding that if unsuccessful the operation will be forced to move into a new phase.Abbott told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that authorities will need to rethink their approach if the US Navy mini-submarine fails to find wreckage from the missing Malaysian jet in its current search zone, 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) off Perth."We believe that search will be completed within a week or so," Abbott told the US newspaper."If we don't find wreckage, we stop, we regroup, we reconsider."The unmanned Bluefin-21 submersible on Thursday completed its first full mission in the search zone, where underwater signals -- believed to be from the missing plane's black box -- were detected earlier this month.Data retrieved by the mini-submarine is being analysed.Australian officials said the Bluefin had searched around approximately 90 square kilometres (35 square miles) so far.The mini-sub's first two attempts to scan the seabed for signs of the Boeing 777, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, had to be cut short -- on Tuesday because the water was deeper than its 4,500-metre operating limits, and on Wednesday because of an unspecified technical problem."My determination for Australia is that we will do whatever we reasonably can to resolve the mystery," Abbott said."If the current search turns up nothing, we won't abandon it, we will simply move to a different phase," he added, reiterating his confidence that searchers were looking in the right place.The Bluefin's aborted first two missions have raised the spectre of a prolonged, difficult search that may require even more sophisticated equipment to be deployed.The US Navy has estimated it would take the sophisticated device "anywhere from six weeks to two months to scan the entire search area".AFP

Don't disrupt communal harmony in the state, says Goa CM

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Don't disrupt communal harmony in the state, says Goa CM

Panaji: No one should make statements which can disturb the communal harmony in Goa said Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, even as the VHP on Friday commented that it would make efforts to re-convert...


Budget 2015 highlights: Jaitley's 3% fiscal target will be met in 3 years instead of 2

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Budget 2015 highlights: Jaitley's 3% fiscal target will be met in 3 years instead of 2

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today presented the Union budget for FY16 in the backdrop of easing inflation and interest rates but continued growth challenges which the government needs to address. Ja...

Delhi: Three killed, including one year-old, as fire breaks out in residential building

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Delhi: Three killed, including one year-old, as fire breaks out in residential building

New Delhi: Three people, including a one-year-old child, died and eight others received burn injuries in a fire that broke out at residential building in Delhi on early Saturday, a fire service offici...

Indian-origin counsel appointed to Singapore Supreme Court

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Indian-origin counsel appointed to Singapore Supreme Court

Singapore: A 49-year-old Indian-origin lawyer has been appointed as a Judicial Commissioner to Singapore's Supreme Court bench for two years.Senior Counsel Kannan Ramesh, who was appointed to the benc...

Telangana lawyers demand separate High Court, stage protest in Hyderabad

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Telangana lawyers demand separate High Court, stage protest in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Tension prevailed at the Ranga Reddy district court complex in Hyderabad on Friday as Telangana lawyers staged a noisy demonstration, seeking a halt on the recruitment of junior civil judge...

Arvind Kejriwal visits Delhi police headquarters, gives suggestions to improve law and order

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Arvind Kejriwal visits Delhi police headquarters, gives suggestions to improve law and order

New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday visited the Delhi Police Headquarters where he reviewed functioning of the force and gave suggestions for improving law and order, especially women'...

Budget 2015: Will Jaitley unleash 'big bang' reforms that Economic Survey desires?

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Budget 2015: Will Jaitley unleash 'big bang' reforms that Economic Survey desires?

With the Economic Survey suggesting "big Bang" reforms, expectations run high on the national budget due Saturday, in an exercise being regarded as a test-case for Prime Minister Narendra Mo...