India: Today’s news in pictures

India news in pictures -- a roundup of today’s top news across the country from 13 school children killed and several others injured when a train hit a van carrying children in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district to majoar Congress party appointments in Madhya Pradesh with Kamal Nath the new MP party chief and Jyotiraditya Scindia as the head of the party's campaign committee.

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At least 13 school children were killed and several others injured when a train hit a van carrying 20 children at an unmanned level crossing near Dudhi railway station in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district around 7 am. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the accident. (PTI)

At least 13 school children were killed and several others injured when a train hit a van carrying 20 children at an unmanned level crossing near Dudhi railway station in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district around 7 am. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the accident. (PTI)

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi appointed former union minister Kamal Nath as the new party chief in Madhya Pradesh, replacing Arun Yadav. Gandhi also appointed Jyotiraditya Scindia as the head of the party’s campaign committee. Four working presidents, Bala Bachchan, Ramnivas Rawat, Jitu Patwari and Surender Choudhary have also been named to assist Nath. Gandhi also appointed Girish Chodankar as the party chief in Goa, replacing Shantaram Naik. (Mujeeb Faruqui / HT File)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi appointed former union minister Kamal Nath as the new party chief in Madhya Pradesh, replacing Arun Yadav. Gandhi also appointed Jyotiraditya Scindia as the head of the party’s campaign committee. Four working presidents, Bala Bachchan, Ramnivas Rawat, Jitu Patwari and Surender Choudhary have also been named to assist Nath. Gandhi also appointed Girish Chodankar as the party chief in Goa, replacing Shantaram Naik. (Mujeeb Faruqui / HT File)

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The only other Indian at the informal summit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping — it has already been announced that they will meet in private, without aides and written notes, and with no set agenda or pre-negotiated statements — will be R Madhu Sudan, first secretary (political) at the Indian embassy in Beijing. (Anupam Nath / AP File)

The only other Indian at the informal summit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping — it has already been announced that they will meet in private, without aides and written notes, and with no set agenda or pre-negotiated statements — will be R Madhu Sudan, first secretary (political) at the Indian embassy in Beijing. (Anupam Nath / AP File)

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Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal with newly sworn-in cabinet ministers and ministers of state with independent charge after the swearing-in ceremony, at Raj Bhawan in Guwahati. A former Bodo terrorist, student leader, folk singer, RSS worker and two ex-Congressmen are among the seven new ministers inducted into Assam’s BJP-led government on Thursday. (PTI)

Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal with newly sworn-in cabinet ministers and ministers of state with independent charge after the swearing-in ceremony, at Raj Bhawan in Guwahati. A former Bodo terrorist, student leader, folk singer, RSS worker and two ex-Congressmen are among the seven new ministers inducted into Assam’s BJP-led government on Thursday. (PTI)

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The Indian Railways has decided to run 9,600 additional train trips this summer, providing seven lakh more seats to passengers. This was done to compensate for the increase in demand during the holiday season. Over 50% of the trips will be made in northern India, considering that the demand is more in this part of the country. (Mahesh Kumar A./ AP File)

The Indian Railways has decided to run 9,600 additional train trips this summer, providing seven lakh more seats to passengers. This was done to compensate for the increase in demand during the holiday season. Over 50% of the trips will be made in northern India, considering that the demand is more in this part of the country. (Mahesh Kumar A./ AP File)

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Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Thursday that one of the four militants killed in Tuesday’s gunfight in the Tral forest area was a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) operational commander. Four JeM militants, one soldier and a state police constable were killed in the over eight-hour long gunfight. (Ajay Aggarwal / HT File)

Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Thursday that one of the four militants killed in Tuesday’s gunfight in the Tral forest area was a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) operational commander. Four JeM militants, one soldier and a state police constable were killed in the over eight-hour long gunfight. (Ajay Aggarwal / HT File)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interactive session with BJP candidates, state office bearers and leaders of Karnataka via the Narendra Modi app said that development was his only agenda for the Karnataka Assembly polls, and accused the state’s Congress government of stalling its progress and playing caste politics during elections. Modi urged state’s BJP leaders to focus on people-to-people contact till the voting. (Sanchit Khanna / HT File)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an interactive session with BJP candidates, state office bearers and leaders of Karnataka via the Narendra Modi app said that development was his only agenda for the Karnataka Assembly polls, and accused the state’s Congress government of stalling its progress and playing caste politics during elections. Modi urged state’s BJP leaders to focus on people-to-people contact till the voting. (Sanchit Khanna / HT File)

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A special NDPS court has ordered attachment of three plush flats owned by former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni, who is one of the key accused in the multi-crore drug racket case unearthed by the Thane Police in 2016, after she failed to appear before the court in connection with the drug case. (Satish Bate / HT File)

A special NDPS court has ordered attachment of three plush flats owned by former Bollywood actor Mamta Kulkarni, who is one of the key accused in the multi-crore drug racket case unearthed by the Thane Police in 2016, after she failed to appear before the court in connection with the drug case. (Satish Bate / HT File)

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An excavation by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) near Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, has unearthed 13 bodies that roughly date back to 11th century AD. This has sparked interest among experts and led to calls for a deeper examination because people of the region –defined as the Rajput Period – were known to cremate the dead in that era. (Ashraf Shazly / AFP / Representative Photo)

An excavation by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) near Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, has unearthed 13 bodies that roughly date back to 11th century AD. This has sparked interest among experts and led to calls for a deeper examination because people of the region –defined as the Rajput Period – were known to cremate the dead in that era. (Ashraf Shazly / AFP / Representative Photo)

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