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Bihar flood toll reaches 253

Patna, Aug 20 (IANS) The flood situation remained grim in Bihar while the death toll rose to 253 on Sunday, an official said A Bihar Disaster Management Department official said 126.87 lakh persons in 1,965 panchayats under 171 blocks in 18 districts have been affected by the floods. According to an official release, till date 7,21,704 people have been evacuated to safe places by...

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Negligence suspected cause of deadly UP train crash

Muzaffarnagar/New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Authorities on Sunday admitted to negligence and ground-level lapses that may have derailed the Kalinga Utkal Express train in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening claiming 22-24 lives. Even as a probe to know the exact cause of the train disaster began, a criminal complaint was lodged against unknown people for causing deaths by negligence. Mo...

3 days ago
Authorities hint negligence caused UP train disaster

Muzaffarnagar/New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Authorities on Sunday registered a criminal complaint against unknown people for mischief and causing deaths by negligence and began a probe into the Saturday train disaster in Uttar Pradesh amid conflicting casualty figures. Mohd Jamshed from the Railway Board told the media in New Delhi that the disaster involving the Kalinga Utkal Express at Khat...

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President condoles deaths in UP train accident

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday condoled the loss of lives in the Utkal Express accident that derailed at Uttar Pradesh's Khatauli on Saturday, leaving at least 20 people dead and over 156 injured. I am sad to learn about the derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express at Khatauli near Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, as a result of which a number of...

3 days ago
B-Town celebrities saddened over UP train derailment

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Bollywood celebrities Anupam Kher, Kailash Kher and Riteish Deshmukh have mourned the deaths in Saturday's derailment of the Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district. They expressed the need for better technology to constantly monitor the rail tracks. Officials in Uttar Pradesh placed the death toll at 24 and have announced an end to rescue work. At l...

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UK scientists create world's smallest surgical robot

London, Aug 20 (IANS) British scientists have developed the worlds smallest surgical robot which could transform daily operations for tens of thousands of patients, the media reported on Sunday. From a converted pig shed in the Cambridgeshire countryside, a team of 100 scientists and engineers have used low-cost technology originally developed for mobile phones and space industry to crea...

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Police on high alert after two blasts in Bengal hills

Darjeeling, Aug 20 (IANS) Police in northern West Bengal hills has been put on high alert and counter-insurgency strategies enforced after two major blasts in 24 hours in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, an official said on Sunday. All police stations have been put on high alert. The security protocol followed in insurgency-hit areas is being followed here, Kalimpong Superintendent of Police Aj...

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Army evacuates marooned in Gorakhpur

Lucknow, Aug 20 (IANS) The Army on Sunday rescued people marooned in flood-hit Gorakhpur city in Uttar Pradesh, a military official said. Three teams from the Army have been pressed into service at the request of the state government. All three teams were working relentlessly to rescue people marooned in the flood waters, the official said. They were also distributing relief mate...

3 days ago
Authorities hint negligence caused UP train disaster

Muzaffarnagar/New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Authorities on Sunday registered a criminal complaint against unknown people for mischief and causing deaths by negligence and began a probe into the Saturday train accident in Uttar Pradesh amid varying casualty figures. Mohd Jamshed from the Railway Board told the media in New Delhi that the disaster involving the Kalinga Utkal Express at Khatauli...

3 days ago
Audio clip hints negligence caused train tragedy

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) An unverified telephonic conversation apparently between two railway employees widely circulated on social media on Sunday hints that negligence may have caused the Saturday train accident in Uttar Pradesh. The nearly 15-minute audio clip could not be verified independently. A railway official said they were looking into it. One of the men in the audio cl...

3 days ago
Indian fashion industry must embrace safety: Dusanj-Lenz

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) The Indian fashion industry needs to embrace the highest safety standards, says Suki Dusanj-Lenz, country co-ordinator for Fashion Revolution India. For this, India must first stop using chemicals that are banned in the rest of the world, she said, talking about a global movement that desires greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry.

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Bengal hills police stations on high alert after blast

Darjeeling, Aug 20 (IANS) All police stations in the northern West Bengal hills have been put on high alert and counter-insurgency strategies are being followed after two major blasts in the past 24 hours in Darjeeling and Kalimpong, police said on Sunday. All police stations have been put on high alert. The strategy that is followed by security forces in the insurgency affected areas is...

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Narang focussed on improving Olympic medals tally

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Olympic medallist Gagan Narang has asserted that he is focussed on developing talent from the grassroot level through his foundation to help India win as many medals as possible in shooting at the 2024 Olympics. My vision is to get the maximum number of Olympic medals in 2024 and beyond. Earlier we used to focus on the elite shooters. Now we are focusing on the g...

3 days ago
UP train derailment toll 24, rescue work ends

Lucknow, Aug 20 (IANS) The death toll in a horrific train accident in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district was on Sunday put at 24 as officials announced an end to rescue work. At least 156 people were injured and 10 were in critical condition. An official said the injured were being treated at medical facilities in Muzaffarnagar and Meerut. The Kalinga Utkal Express was on its...

3 days ago
Fix responsibility on prima facie evidence: Suresh Prabhu

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) A day after 24 people were killed in s train derailment in Uttar Pradesh, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said that he has directed the Chairman Railway Board (CRB) to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by the evening. He also said that he would not allow laxity in operations by the Railway Board. Will not allow laxity in operations by t...

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UP train derailment toll 24, rescue operations conclude

Lucknow, Aug 20 (IANS) Rescue operations at Khatauli in Muzaffaranagar, where the Kalinga Utkal Express had derailed, concluded on Sunday morning with the death toll climbing to 24, officials said. At least 156 passengers were injured after 14 coaches of the train bound for Haridwar in Uttarakhand derailed on Saturday evening in Meerut-Saharanpur Division in Uttar Pradesh. An off...

3 days ago
Global cues, FIIs' fund movement to steer equity markets

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Global cues and direction of foreign funds' flows are expected to affect the movement of key equity indices during the upcoming week, market observers opined. With earnings season almost over, markets would now focus on global risks and political developments from the US, valuations, domestic flows and stock- or sector-specific developments, Devendra Nevgi, Chief...

3 days ago
Desert warrior, ignored prophet: Lawrence of Arabia's life, legend and legacy

How is history made? From the interplay of political, social and economic forces, decisions made elsewhere or the contested Great Man Theory -- the influence of one key man at the right place and time? For the modern Middle East's making and its problems, all seem to play a role, including in explaining what Lawrence of Arabia accomplished -- and the consequences of ignoring his advice. ...

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One dead, two injured in twin bomb blasts in Bengal hills

Darjeeling, Aug 19 (IANS) A civic volunteer died, and two others were injured in a blast in northern West Bengal's Kalimpong police station on Saturday night, police said. The blast took place at 10.15 p.m., nearly 24 hours after an explosion in the heart of the hill town of Darjeeling that damaged few shops, triggering tension among locals though none was injured. Police have bo...

3 days ago
Haryana Steelers sneak past UP Yoddha in PKL

Lucknow, Aug 19 (IANS) Haryana Steelers edged past hosts UP Yoddha 36-29 in an inter zone challenge of the Pro Kabaddi League (IPL) Season 5 at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium here on Saturday. The match turned out to be such a tight encounter that both the respective coaches had to be warned by the referees even as Haryana kept their calm to pip the hosts by a whisker. Cric...

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