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Monday, September 10, 2018

PM to inaugurate Sardar Patel’s statue on Oct 31: Rupani
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a statue of Sardar Patel, described by the Gujarat government as the world's tallest, on the birth anniversary of India's first home minister on October 31, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said Sunday. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the BJP's national executive meeting, he said the statue with a height of 182 metres will be a symbol of the country's unity and integrity. It has been called as statue of unity by the Gujarat government.

Drunk man drives car on Delhi footpath, kills 2
In a suspected case of drunken driving, a 25-year-old man drove his car on a footpath in west Delhi's Rajouri Garden, killing two men and injuring two others in the early hours on Sunday, the police said. The driver, Devesh, who works in a software firm, was arrested from the spot, they added. Police said the incident happened around 4.30 am. Devesh told police he was driving from Paschim Vihar towards the airport where he was supposed to meet a friend.
DGCA licensing air traffic controllers not to have ‘much impact’ on AAI’s operational structure
Entrusting the responsibility of licensing air traffic controllers with the DGCA would not have "much impact" on the operational structure of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), according to a senior official. As part of complying with the ICAO norms, the Civil Aviation Ministry has decided that the DGCA would be issuing licensing for air traffic controllers.

‘40 deaths in 75 accidents since Sept 2017: Railways’ record best safety figures in 5 years’
With 40 deaths in 75 accidents between September 2017 and August 2018, the railways has registered its best safety figures in five years for the corresponding 12-month period, a ministry official has said, quoting official data. While between September 2016 and August 2017, there were 80 train accidents and 249 fatalities -- -- the Indore-Patna Express derailment near Kanpur in November 2016 alone had killed over 150 passengers -- in the corresponding period for 2017 and 2018, the number of deaths stood at 40, the official said.  There were two major accidents during this period -- the derailment of the Utkal Express in August 2017 which killed over 20 people, and the the death of 13 children in Uttar Pradesh on April 26 this year after a train rammed into their school van.

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