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MUM­BAI: Padma Bhushan awardee, An­na­purna Devi passed away at Breach Candy Hospi­tal on Satur­day. She was 92. The mu­si­cian, born Rosha­nara Khan, was given the name An­na­purna Devi by Ma­haraja Bai­j­nath Singh of Mai­har, Mad­hya Pradesh, where her fa­ther, Baba Alaud­ddin Khan, was the royal court mu­si­cian.

Devi was the younger sis­ter of sarod mae­stro Us­tad Ali Ak­bar Khan and the for­mer wife of sitar ex­po­nent Ravi Shankar. ››P8

Ready to ally with Cong if it cuts ties with DMK: Haasan

CHEN­NAI: Ac­tor-turned-politi­cian Ka­mal Haasan said his newly launched Makkal Needhi Ma­iam (MNM) party is ready to team up with the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions in Tamil Nadu, if the na­tional party snaps its al­liance with the Dravida Mun­netra Kazhagam (DMK). How­ever, Congress and DMK said their al­liance will con­tinue. ››P6

Mil­i­tant killed in en­counter; cop fa­tally shot in Kash­mir

SRI­NA­GAR: A mil­i­tant was killed and an­other in­jured in an en­counter in South Kash­mir’s Pul­wama dis­trict. Po­lice and the Army on Fri­day night launched a cordon and search op­er­a­tion in Babo­gund vil­lage in Pul­wama as mil­i­tants were present in a house. Mean­while, in a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, uniden­ti­fied gun­men shot dead a po­lice con­sta­ble, Javeed Ah­mad, in Kash­mir’s So­pore town. ››P8

Af­ter price cuts, diesel and petrol rates rise again

MUM­BAI: Less than 10 days af­ter the Cen­tre and state slashed fuel prices, diesel once again soared over the ₹80 mark, while petrol prices al­most touched the ₹90 mark in Ma­ha­rash­tra on Satur­day. The high­est diesel price was recorded in Am­ra­vati, Vi­darbha, at ₹80.11 a litre and high­est petrol price in Parb­hani, Marath­wada, at ₹89.87 a litre. In Mum­bai, petrol price was at ₹88.12 a litre and diesel at ₹78.88 a litre. ››P5

Rail­ways likely to re­move drapes from 2AC coaches

NEW DELHI: In­dian Rail­ways is plan­ning to do away with cur­tains that cover pas­sen­ger cu­bi­cles of air-con­di­tioned two tier coaches, as it is find­ing it dif­fi­cult to keep the drapes clean. Some pas­sen­gers use these cur­tains to wipe their hands and clean footwear, which makes it dif­fi­cult for the op­er­a­tor to main­tain the drapes, rail­way board of­fi­cials said. The cur­tains are washed once a month. ››P8

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