President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid floral tributes to Babasaheb B.R. Ambedkar, on his 63rd death anniversary at a function in Parliament House Lawns, New Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, other MPs and political leaders, also paid homage to the Father of the Indian Constitution, who championed the causes of Dalits, women and labourers.
The former legislator and ex-chief parliamentary secretary was the chief guest at the Dussehra festival near Joda Phatak when the diesel multiple unit train crushed those standing on the railway tracks to watch the Ravan effigy’s burning. Sixty people... read more
In the Amritsar train tragedy that took place on the night of Dusshera, October 19, in which 61 people died, the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety (CCRS) has given a clean chit to the railways. read more
The SAD-BJP is trying to corner the ruling Congress leaders, especially the Sidhus, over the mishap wherein a DMU train on the Jalandhar-Amritsar route ran into Dussehra revellers on October 19. read more
A commuter covers her face with a mask to protect against pollution at Laxmi Nagar in New Delhi. According to experts from various government and private pollution monitoring agencies, the city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) was 328 on Wednesday, and on Thursday it worsened marginally to 331 – the highest so far this season. On a scale of 0-500, an AQI value between 301 and 400 indicates ‘very poor’ air quality.
A week on, HT ran a reality check across Punjab to find that people, young and old, have learnt no lesson and continue to flout safety norms by crossing closed railway crossings or walking on tracks despite the rail traffic. read more
There are several learnings from this tragedy. Organisers of such events must regulate permission. Events should only be held in grounds that are safe for attendees. The police must ensure proper crowd control and management at large events. read more