From PV Sindhu making her way to the Badminton semi-finals in the Rio Olympics to the deaths of three security personnel in Kashmir, here are our five major stories this morning:
PV Sindhu enters Rio 2016 semis
In a 55-minute encounter against Chinese Yihan Wang, Indian shuttler Pusarla V Sindhu won a close hard-fought match that could have swung either way, with a 22-20, 21-19 verdict. She next plays the winner of the quarterfinal between Japanese players Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi. Read more here.
3 security personnel die in Kashmir militant strike
Two army men and a Jammu and Kashmir police personnel were killed when militants attacked an army convoy in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district late on Tuesday night. Three other security men, including a cop, were injured. Read more here.
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Expert panel tells NGT that AoL event ‘destroyed’ Yamuna floodplains
The committee, in its 47-page report, has said that due to the three-day event, the floodplain has lost “almost all its natural vegetation” like trees, shrubs, tall grasses, aquatic vegetation including water hyacinth which provides habitat to large number of animals, insects and mud-dwelling organisms. Read the full report here.
Ghaziabad rape survivor battles stigma
A 35-year-old Ghaziabad woman, who was gang-raped in April off the National Highway 24, has been struggling to piece together her life. Fired from the factory where she used to work and deserted by her husband, memories of her ordeal resurface every other day when she takes the same stretch of road to and from her stint at odd jobs. Read the full report here .