11:12 pm : 24.Jul.2014

National News

AirAsia Plane Nat1New Delhi, July 24 (Agency)

Budget passenger carrier AirAsia India Thursday said it will start its operations in North India from Sep 5 next with flights to Jaipur and Chandigarh.

The airline will start daily flights from Bangalore to Jaipur, and Bangalore to Chandigarh from Sep 5.

"Starting flights to Jaipur and Chandigarh was a strategic decision since we wanted to accelerate our operations in North, considering the demand for our services," said Mittu Chandilya, chief executive, AirAsia India.

"With the addition of new routes, we will ensure that Indians experience a brand new way to fly within the country."

The new budget carrier is offering all-inclusive fare from as low as Rs.1,999 from Bangalore to Jaipur and Chandigarh for a booking period from July 25 to 27 2014, for the travel period from Sep 5 till Oct 25.

The company added it will increase its flight frequency from one daily flight to two flights per day between Bangalore and Goa from Sep 5.

NooseKolkata, July 24 (Agency)

In a horrific repeat of the Badaun rape-and-murder case in Uttar Pradesh, the body of a seven-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree at Rajnagar village in West Bengal's East Midnapore district Thursday.

District superintendent of police Sukesh Jain said the girl was missing since Wednesday evening. Her father lodged a police complaint Thursday against three persons from the village at Nandakumar police station. However, before police could apprehend the accused, villagers had severely beaten them up and set their houses afire. While one of the three died, the other two were rescued by the police and admitted in a local hospital.

The body of the girl, found hanging from a neem tree, has been sent for post mortem. The body had been brought down by the villagers before police arrived in the village, Jain said.

A family member of the victim said she had gone to buy some puffed rice Wednesday evening and was missing since then.

"She was sexually assaulted and killed. When we brought down the body, blood was oozing out," said a villager.

The Bengal incident happened about two months after two teenaged cousins were gang-raped and hanged from a tree in Katra Sadatganj village of Badaun district.

Narendra Modi NatKathmandu, July 24 (Agency)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Nepal Aug 3-4, Foreign Minister Mahendra Pandey announced Thursday.

The visit follows an invitation from Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Pandey told IANS.

Koirala Thursday approved the dates for the trip by Modi, the first Indian prime minister to make a bilateral visit to Kathmandu after I.K. Gujral in 1997.

Then Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee came to Nepal during the SAARC summit in 2002.