46 killed in Himachal landslide, Gorakhpur doctor removed from post: Top stories to bring you up to date
46 killed in landslide in Himachal, Gorakhpur doctor removed from post, Mamata Banerjee clashes with Centre over August 15 celebrations: Top storiesindia Updated: Aug 14, 2017 07:05 IST
46 killed in landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi, PM Modi condoles deaths
At least 46 people were killed and 10 missing after a landslide triggered by a cloudburst swept away several vehicles and a busy highway stretch in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam said a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and army dug through mounds of mud and stones to recover 46 bodies from the site. Apart from the 200-metre stretch of the Mandi-Pathankot highway, the landslide that took place around 1.15am at Kotrupi village swept away two buses of Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC), two cars and a motorcycle. Five houses were also damaged. Read the story here.
Gorakhpur hospital deaths: Yogi Adityanath warns of exemplary action, Congress demands his resignation
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday warned of exemplary punishment to those responsible for the death of at least 60 children in a government hospital here, as the Opposition called it a “massacre” and demanded his resignation. The Centre, too, stepped in to contain the damage, approving a national virology research centre for Gorakhpur, the Lok Sabha constituency of Adityanath. The state government blames Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome for the tragedy and denies a cut in liquid oxygen supply by a private firm over delay in payment of Rs 68 lakh caused the deaths. Read the story here.
Gorakhpur deaths: Doctor who was hailed as ‘hero’ removed from BRD hospital post
Dr Kafeel Khan, nodal officer and in charge of the encephalitis ward of the BRD Medical College, removed from the post on charges of dereliction of duty and carrying out private practice on Sunday. A day after he was reported as saving many encephalitis-affected children, he was accused of fabricating stories in the media to show himself as a saviour of children, medical college sources said. Khan, a paediatrician, and a former principal of the medical college, Dr RK Mishra, were responsible for ensuring a steady supply of oxygen cylinders in the medical college, hospital sources said. Read the story here.
Mamata govt locks horns with Centre over Independence Day celebrations
The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government locked horns with the Centre over how to celebrate Independence Day on August 15 in schools across the state. The state government instructed schools to ignore a directive issued by the human resources development ministry asking education institutions to follow a format for I-D celebration. The state government took the stand amid the controversy over BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government making it compulsory for Madrasa students to sing the national song “Vande Mataram” on I-day. HRD ministry has directed all educational institutions to conduct quiz contests, lectures and debates on the occasion. The schools were advised to submit supporting video recordings of the celebrations by August 31, 2017. Read the story here.
Burhan Wani’s successor among 3 Hizbul militants killed in Shopian; 2 soldiers dead
In a blow to the Hizbul Mujahideen, three militants, including Burhan Wani’s successor Yasin Itoo, were killed in an overnight gunfight that also left two soldiers dead in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said on Sunday. A youth was killed in neighbouring Pulwama when locals clashed with security forces as they were returning from the site gunfight, police late said in the evening. The 40- year-old Itoo alias Mehmood Gaznavi was named the “commander” of the home-grown militant outfit after Wani was killed in July 2016. “Certainly, it is a big elimination as he was one of the major protagonists in last year’s unrest,” south Kashmir deputy inspector general of police SP Pani said. Read the story here.
Want to set up Patanjali factory in Kashmir, says Ramdev
Yoga guru Ramdev said on Sunday his consumer products company is in the process of acquiring land in Jammu and Kashmir to set up a unit there and would also offer jobs to youth in the state. Ramdev said Patanjali is in the process of acquiring 150 acres of land in Jammu and Kashmir, and would be offering jobs to Kashmiri youth. He also called for boycott of Chinese goods, saying that India is ready to counter China on every front. “Even the idols of our gods are imported from China. As Indians, we should boycott Chinese products for the reason that it (China) supports Pakistan,” he added. Read the story here.
Ajmer: Five arrested for murdering woman after branding her a witch
Five persons were arrested in Rajasthan’s Ajmer district on Sunday for torturing and murdering a woman relative earlier this month after branding her a witch, police said. Kalu and Maya, the son and daughter of 40-year-old Kanya, in a complaint to police, alleged that their mother was ill for some time after her husband’s death about a month ago and some relatives allegedly to grab her property branded her as a witch. The woman was beaten up badly with iron chains, dragged forcibly by hair and paraded naked in the village. Iron rods were also put into her eyes and she was also forced to eat faeces. Read the story here.
Claiming support of 14 state units, Sharad faction to claim itself as real JD(U)
Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav is set to present his faction as the “real” party claiming that many of its state units are with him while the support for party president Nitish Kumar is confined to Bihar. The Yadav-led faction, which includes two Rajya Sabha MPs and some national office-bearers, has armed itself with letters of support from 14 state unit presidents, Arun Shrivastava, a close aide of Yadav said. Kumar recently removed Yadav from the post of party’s general secretary. Read the story here.
Sushma Swaraj assures visa to Pakistani woman suffering from cancer
In a humanitarian gesture, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj assured visa to a Pakistani woman who is suffering from cancer for her treatment in India. Swaraj conveyed the decision of granting the medical visa to Pakistani woman Faiza Tanveer on Twitter. “Thanks for your greetings on India’s Independence day. We are giving you the visa for your treatment in India,” she tweeted. Earlier, Tanveer had requested Swaraj to grant her a medical visa and said she should not be denied it as India is about to celebrate the auspicious occasion of its 70th Independence Day. Read the story here.
Charlottesville protests: Man accused of ramming crowd pictured with racist group
The driver of a car accused of crashing into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally in Virginia had been photographed hours earlier carrying the emblem of one of the hate groups that organized the “take America back” campaign. Vanguard America denied on Sunday any association with the suspect. A separate hate group that organized the initial rally pledged on social media to organize future events that would be “bigger than Charlottesville.” Police charged James Alex Fields Jr. with second-degree murder and other counts after a silver Dodge Challenger they say he was driving barrelled through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and wounding at least 19. Read the story here.
Yuvraj Singh dropped from India’s ODI, T20I squads for Sri Lanka series
Yuvraj Singh was dropped from the Indian squad for the limited overs series against Sri Lanka in what could possibly signal an end to his illustrious international career. A two-time World Cup winner and one of India’s finest limited overs exponent, the 35 year old Yuvraj Singh’s place was always under the scanner. After a 50 against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy opener, Yuvraj Singh’s last seven ODI innings fetched him only 162 runs. A senior BCCI official, who is privy to selection policy said that Yuvraj Singh is no longer in contention for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. Read the story here.