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The government is likely to extend the deadline to bid for Air India till December 14and also give flexibility to a potential investor to decide on the humongous debt with the carrier, a source said. The deadline to bid for buying out Air India ends on October 30.

The Union Cabinet on Thursday raised the price of ethanol for doping in petrol by 5-8 per cent, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said. The move will help farmers get remunerative price while also cutting down oil imports, he said. As much as 10 per cent ethanol is doped in petrol. The move also checks pollution as ethanol is environment-friendly, the minister added.

Keshubhai Patel, former Chief Minister of Gujarat, passed away on Thursday at the age of 92. He was admitted at a hospital in Ahmedabad.

The Investigation Agency (NIA) today continued searches in a terror funding case at nine locations in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi. The agency also raided the properties related to former Delhi Minority Commission chief Zafarul Islam Khan.

The prestige of both the major political parties, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is at stake as six municipal corporations in three cities go to the polls today. While the ruling Congress eyes a return to power in the urban bodies, riding on the confidence that the voters are satisfied with the state government's performance, the BJP faces a challenge to maintain its dominance.

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