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Three Students Drowned During School Hours in Hardoi

Three students reportedly drowned in a pond, during school hours, in Uttar Pradesh’s Hardoi on Tuesday, 10 July. Staging a protest keeping the victims’ bodies within the school premises on Wednesday, 11 July, the families accused the teachers of the school of negligence. An FIR was later registered against the school principal and the concerned teachers.

(With inputs from ANI)

Girl Allegedly Molested Within School Premises

A girl student in Bihar’s Kaimur alleged that she was molested by a drunk man inside her school’s premises, saying that he had first grabbed her, dragged her outside and asked her to stop going to school. She added that he even pointed the gun at her teachers and threatened them as well.

(With inputs from ANI)

Woman Allegedly Gang-Raped in Lucknow, One Arrested

A woman was allegedly gang-raped in Lucknow on Wednesday, 11 July. The police have arrested one person in connection with the incident. The search for the other accused is currently underway.

3 Dead, Several Injured After Blast in Flour Mill in UP

A blast in a flour mill in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah reportedly killed three people and left over six others injured, ANI reports.

13 Amarnath Pilgrims Injured in J&K, Treatment Underway

13 Amarnath pilgrims travelling in a mini-bus were injured, as it rammed straight into a parked truck near Birma Bridge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur. The driver, reportedly, escaped from the spot.

Jitendra Singh, Udhampur MP and MoS PMO however confirmed that all the injured pilgrims were out of danger and undergoing treatment at a District Hospital. SSP Udhampur Rayees Bhat added that while two to three of them were seriously injured, all 13 of the pilgrims were stable.

Most of them belong to Jhansi and surrounding parts of UP.

(With inputs from ANI)

2 Women Killed in Similar Fashions Within 36 Hrs in Assam Trains

Two women were reportedly found dead in two different toilets of two different trains taking the same railway route in Assam, within a span of 36 hours. The Hindustan Times reports that the police have found similarities in the manner in which both the women were killed.

While one of the victims was a 21-year-old student of the Assam Agricultural University, who was found on the New Tinsukia-Rangiya Express, the other was a 48-year-old woman, who was found on the Awadh-Assam Express at Jorhat’s Mariani Junction.

The police have meanwhile released a sketch of the man suspected to be the killer of the 21-year-old student.

(Photo: ANI)

Nobel Winner Malala Slams Trump's Child Separation Policy

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai described as “cruel” a policy launched by US President Donald Trump to separate children of illegal immigrants from their families, during her first visit to South America to promote girls’ education.

(With inputs from Reuters)

India-Pak to Get Together For Multinational Military Exercise in Russia

For the first time ever, Indian and Pakistani forces are expected to get together in a multinational military exercise setting, which is scheduled to take place in Russia, towards the end of August or early September. The exercise setting will take place under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

(With inputs from ANI)

BJP Chief Amit Shah Reaches Patna to Meet Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Amid rumours of differences arising between the two allies, BJP and JD(U), BJP Chief Amit Shah reached Patna, to meet with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and hold discussions over breakfast and dinner during his scheduled visit on Thursday, 12 July.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi was also present during the meeting.

India Sends British MP Back From Airport Due to "Inappropriate Visa"

India asked British parliamentarian Lord Alexander Carlile to turn back from the Delhi airport right after his flight landed from London on Wednesday,11 July. Lord Carlile, who is a legal consultant to former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, had travelled to Delhi to address a media briefing to highlight the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)‘s "baseless allegations" against her.

The reason behind asking him to turn back was because his intended activity in India was reportedly “incompatible with the purpose of his visit” as compared to what he had written in his visa application, reports NDTV.

Spiritual Leader Dada Vaswani Passes Away

Spiritual leader and head of the Sadhu Vaswani mission, Dada Vaswani passed away within the mission premises the age of 99 in Pune.

Vaswani passed away amid mega-plans for his 100th birthday on 2 August, which his devotees from all over the world were expected to attend. His death was condoled by both President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who called Vaswani a ‘guiding light’.

(With inputs from IANS)

National-Level Boxer Drowns in Canal, Body Recovered

The body of a national-level boxer who had drowned in the Ganga canal in Muzaffarnagar district on Sunday, 8 July, has been recovered, police said.

Abhishek Sharma, 21, had come to Khatoli town from Muzaffarnagar to bath but drowned in the canal. His body was recovered on Wednesday, 11 July, evening after a search by divers, they said.

(With inputs from PTI)

Pak to File Counter-Memorial on Jadhav's Case in ICJ

Pakistan will file its second counter-memorial on 17 July in the ICJ on the conviction of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in April 2017, on charges of espionage and terrorism, a media report said.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 23 January gave a timeline to both Pakistan and India for filing another round of memorials in the case.

Pakistan's memorial will be in response to pleadings filed by India in the Hague-based ICJ on 17 April.

(With inputs from PTI)

Fire Breaks Out in Mumbai Building, 2 Fire Tenders Rushed to Spot

A fire broke out in a building in Ballard Pier in Mumbai on Thursday, 12 July. Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

Terrorist Killed in Operation by Security Forces in J&K's Kupwara

One terrorist was killed during an ongoing operation led by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara on Thursday, 12 July. Weapons and warlike stores were recovered from the site of encounter.

(With inputs from ANI)

Mid-Air Collision Between 2 Indigo Flights Averted Over B'luru

A mid-air collision between two IndiGo aircrafts, was averted over the Bengaluru airspace on Tuesday, 10 July.

The Indigo planes were just a mere few seconds away from a mid-air collision. Thankfully, all the passengers onboard both the Indigo flights were de-boarded safely.

Commenting on the near fatal crash, the company said: “The TCAS-Resolution Advisory system was triggered on two of our aircrafts operating Coimbatore-Hyderabad and Bangalore-Cochin routes respectively, on 10 July. Following normal procedure this has been reported to the regulator.”

(With inputs from ANI)

Muslim Intellectuals Advice RaGa to Not Speak On the Community in Particular

In a meeting held with 12 Muslim intellectuals in Delhi on Wednesday, 10 July, Congress President Rahul Gandhi was advised to speak about the Muslim community in particular, as it would give other parties and people the “opportunity to polarise him as a leader”, the former told ANI.

Instead, they advised him to speak on issues like poverty and education as a whole, which affect all Indians and about 96 per cent of the Muslim community.

Adultery Should Remain Crime to Protect Sanctity of Marriage: Centre

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government on Wednesday, 11 July, said that striking down the penal provision related to act of adultery from the Indian Penal Code (IPC), would destroy the very institution of marriage.

According to the law, men may receive either jail term of up to five years or a fine, for having committed the offence, reports The Hindustan Times.

Heavy Rains Lash Parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh

After the near week-long heavy rains that brought Mumbai to a standstill, instances of the downpour have now been recorded in parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

Out of these, Valsad in Gujarat and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh seem to be experiencing the heaviest of the showers, ANI reports.

10 Dead, Over 300 Homes Destroyed in Afghan Landslide

A landslide destroyed nearly 300 homes, killing at least 10 people, as it swept through an Afghan village where residents were using only basic digging tools to search for survivors, officials said.

Two helicopters with a rescue team and emergency aid flew to the northeastern province of Panjshir where disaster struck on Wednesday, 10 July, night. The top priority for the rescue forces was to save those trapped in the debris after the landslide hit Peshghor village in Khenj district, Omar Mohammadi, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, said.

(With inputs from Reuters)

Kamal Hassan Hoists MNM Flag, Announces Names of Key Party Members

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Hassan hoisted the party flag at the MNM party office in Alwarpet, Chennai and announced the names of the office bearers of the party on Thursday, 12 July.

This is the first time the party flag is being hoisted after MNM was registered with the Election Commission.

The actor-turned-politician also announced Ku Gnana Sambandham as the Vice President of the party, Arunachalam as the Secretary and Suresh as the Treasurer of the party.

(With inputs from The News Minute)

Anti-Sterlite Protests: HC Seeks Video, Documents Prior to Firing Incident

The Madras High Court has asked the Tamil Nadu government to submit video recordings, documents and reports pertaining to protests against the Sterlite Copper smelter plant in Tuticorin, which saw violence and firing in the town on the 100th day of the stir.

A division bench comprising justices C T Selvam and A M Basheer Ahmed also sought details of the intelligence report on the agitation, and directed the state government to submit the same on 18 July.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Three Dead, Seven Injured in Two Accidents in J&K

Three people were killed and seven others injured when two vehicles rolled down gorges at separate places in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi and Doda districts, police said on Thursday, 12 July.

Tiku Rana, 19, from Uttar Pradesh and Abhishek, 22, from Punjab were killed when a load carrier skidded off a hilly road and fell into a stream near Chamayra in Reasi, an official said. Seven other people were injured in the accident which occurred last night when a group of labourers were returning from a construction site.

In the second incident, Khushi Ram Rukwal, 62, was killed when his car fell down a 200-feet deep gorge near Bhatta village in Doda district on Wednesday, 11 July.

(With inputs from PTI)

Tharoor Challenges BJP to Say it Doesn't Stand for Hindu Rashtra

Amid mounting criticism over his remark that Indian would become a "Hindu Pakistan", if BJP came to power in 2019, Congress Parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor on Thursday, 12 July, defended himself, saying that of the saffron party doesn't believe in the concept of a Hindu Rashtra, it should make its stand clear on the matter.

Tharoor said that the BJP should say it on record that it believes in the secular principles and not in the Hindu Rashtra. "It will end the debate," he said.

Sensex Ends At Record High, Mid and Small Caps Decline

India's S&P BSE Sensex closed at a record high led by a rally in Reliance Industries. But the broader markets declined.

The S&P BSE Sensex rose 0.8 percent or 383 points to 36,548 and the NSE Nifty 50 index climbed 0.7 percent or 75 points to 11,023.

Alliance with JD(U) Will Continue in Bihar, Says Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah, who met Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today in Patna, has said that the alliance between the BJP and JD(U) will continue in the state.

US' Commitment to NATO 'Remains Very Strong'

US President Donald Trump today said that his country's commitment to NATO remains very strong. However, when asked if he could decide to pull the US out of the NATO without Congress' approval, he said that he "probably can, but I don’t think that will be necessary.

The US President, at a press conference in Brussels, said all NATO allies agreed to up their commitments and pay more, and the organization is “stronger than it was two days ago.”

Sahara SEBI Case: No Buyer for Sahara's Aamby Valley, SEBI Tells SC

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) today told the Supreme Court that Sahara's Aamby Valley has failed to attract any bidders and it remains unsold. The next hearing in the case will take place on September 12 now.

Retail Inflation Rises to 5-month High in June

India’s retail inflation continued its steady rise in June on the back of buoyant oil and housing prices giving the monetary policy committee more to think about in its next meet.

Consumer price inflation stood at 5 percent in June, compared with 4.87 percent in May, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office. Economists polled by Bloomberg had estimated CPI inflation at 5.29 percent.

Six People Feared Dead in Gas leak in Andhra Pradesh

At least six people were feared dead in a gas leak at a steel factory in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district, NDTV reported today. Eight others have been hospitalised.

BJP President Amit Shah Arrives at CM Nitish's Residence

BJP President Amit Shah has arrived at the residence of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on the latter's invitation to a dinner. The two leaders had met over the breakfast on Thursday morning.

Allegations Against me False: Unnao Rape Case Accused Kuldeep Sengar

BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar, the accused in the Unnao rape case, today said that the CBI has been unfair to him. "I am a political figure. I should get justice. I will consult my lawyers on the CBI report and fight for justice," he said, adding that allegations against him are false.

US Says All eligible Young Children United With Parents

The Trump administration says all eligible small children separated from their families as a result of its zero-tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents, Associated Press reported today.

But nearly half of the children under 5 remain separated from their families because of safety concerns, the deportation of their parents and other issues, the administration said.


Nawaz Sharif Leaves From London for Lahore

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left from London for Lahore, reported News18 quoting sources.

Sharif who has been convicted in a corruption case, faces a 10-year jail sentence. He is likely to be arrested at the Lahore airport on arrival.


Donald Trump Meets UK PM Theresa May

US President Donald Trump arrived in Britain after casting doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for leaving the European Union.

Trump flew in from a NATO summit in Brussels where he claimed a personal victory after telling European allies to increase spending or lose Washington’s support, an ultimatum that forced leaders to huddle in a crisis session with the president. After visiting Britain, Trump will fly to Helsinki to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Explosion Near Cairo Airport, Flights Suspended

An explosion was heard near Egypt’s Cairo airport on Thursday evening, residents said, and security sources said the blast appeared to be at a structure used to store fuel.

One source told Reuters that flights were suspended while officials investigated the blast, which could be heard across large parts of the city.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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