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The AIIMS in Madurai will be a 750-bedded hospital with a long-term focus on post graduate and higher education and research. It will have a capacity of 100 MBBS seats and 60 for B.Sc.(Nursing).

PM Modi also hailed the Election Commission (EC) for holding elections across the length and breadth of the country and said that the people of the country were proud of it.

Janata Dal-United vice-president Prashant Kishor on Thursday said it will be a fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as the Congress is still not strong opposition.

Venezuela has plunged further into a political crisis amid a growing row over President Nicolas Maduro's future as the country's leader.

 The Indian Navy has lost the track of the disintegrating body of a miner, among at least 15 who are feared dead, while trying to pull it out from an illegal coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district.

The theme of this year's convention is 'role of Indian diaspora in building new India', a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said.LIVE UPDATES

Meanwhile, 18 injured people have been shifted to a hospital in Nalaghar in Solan district, 8 seriously injured shifted to PGIMER at Chandigarh.

"As the security forces closed in on the hiding militants, they fired triggering the ongoing gunfight," the police said.