24 killed as boat capsizes in Bihar
At least two dozen people, of them 23 women, were drowned when a boat capsized on Wednesday in river Ganga in Bihar's Khagaria district, officials in Patna said.
Khagaria District Magistrate UN Thakur said bodies of 24 people were recovered during rescue operations. Four people managed to swim ashore.
Thakur said the boat overturned due to over crowding. All the victims were identified as poor farm labourers from a nearby village.
A young man by the name of Varun Nayak - from Karnataka's Udupi - lanNayak'sself in judicial custody after that he faked his own abduction and attempted to extort ₹5 lakh in 'ransom' from his parents, news agency PTI reported. The 25-year-old is addicted to gambling and was in Goa with friends when he decided to fake his kidnapping. Nayak was brought to a court which remanded him to prison.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will chair a meeting of the state cabinet at 5pm on Thursday ahead of the crucial floor test set to be held a day later. A meeting of Congress leaders was underway in Mumbai to discuss their strategy ahead of the scheduled floor test. Follow live updates here: Party leaders, including Ashok Chavan, Nana Patole, Balasaheb Thorat, Sunil Kedar, Charan Singh Sapra and Nitin Raut are attending the meeting.
The cyber cell of Dehradun police has launched a probe after some anti-social elements created a fake WhatsApp profile of the police informed on Wednesday, Dehradun district magistrate R Rajesh Kumar. The alert was issued by the district magistrate, who raised a complaint to the cyber cell for immediate action into the matter. An investigation has begun, and the number has been traced to Rajasthan, he said.
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, could have to rely on private fuel stations to refuel its fleet of about 6,700 buses as oil companies have instructed retail outlets not to supply diesel in bulk because it is against the rules, news agency PTI reported. A senior BMTC official told PTI buses are refuelled at depots where they have diesel stock for about a week.
Chandigarh and its adjoining towns of Panchkula and Mohali received the much-awaited pre-monsoon showers on Wednesday morning that brought a significant drop in the mercury and relief from the sweltering heat. According to the India Meteorological Department, rain is forecast with the onset of monsoon by July 1 when the entire region will be covered. In Chandigarh, the night temperature was 28 degrees, a 3.4 degree fall in the past 24 hours.