QWrap: Majerhat Flyover Collapses in Kolkata; Lois Sofia Gets Bail

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1. Majerhat Flyover Collapses in Kolkata

Several people are feared dead after a portion of the arterial Majerhat flyover in South Kolkata collapsed on Tuesday, 4 September. “Our team is focused on relief and rescue work,” said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee soon after the tragedy struck the state capital.

2. Lois Sofia Gets Bail After ‘Anti-BJP’ Sloganeering Before TN BJP Chief

A 28-year-old student, Lois Sofia, was arrested on Monday, 3 September, for shouting "fascist BJP government down down" on-board a flight in the presence of Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan.

Although the research scholar from Canada has been granted unconditional bail, the arrest had led to intense outrage against the police and the AIADMK government. Reacting to the arrest,  DMK chief M K Stalin accused the Tamil Nadu government of stifling the right to free speech.

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3. Fuel Prices on the Rise in Delhi for 10th Consecutive Day

Prices of petrol and diesel, already at unprecedented levels in the country, rose for the tenth consecutive day on Tuesday, 4 September, even as analysts said the dual impact of rising oil prices and the depreciating rupee increases regulatory risks for state-run oil and gas firms.

In the national capital, petrol prices rose by 16 paise to Rs 79.31 per litre, while diesel rates saw a jump by 19 paise to Rs 79.34 per litre.

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4. Patidar Leader Hardik Patel Weak But Refuses to End Fast

Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Deve Gowda, in a heartfelt letter, pleaded with Patidar reservation leader Hardik Patel to call off his fast unto death, stating that the youth leader’s services “are needed in this country to fight further for good causes”.

Deve Gowda also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging his intervention in Hardik Patel’s fast before the youth leader’s death.

Hardik Patel began an indefinite fast at his home in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 25 August, stating that he wouldn’t eat till his demand for reservation for members of the Patel community in public employment and educational institutions was met.

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5. Big SC Moments of Justice Gogoi – ‘Noisy’ Judge and CJI-in-Waiting

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra finally has a name for his successor – Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is slated to take oath on 3 October. To have a closer look at Justice Gogoi's career as a Supreme Court judge, and know all the important judgement he has authored in his tenure, click here.

6. Ravi Shastri Calls Reports of Link-Up to Nimrat Kaur “Cow Dung”

After Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, another Cricket-Bollywood romantic liaison is in the news. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Airlift actor Nimrat Kaur is reportedly courting the Indian Cricket Team coach, Ravi Shastri. We didn’t see this coming!

But Ravi and Nimrat have denied the reports. Shastri, in an interview with Asian Age from England, called the reports, “Biggest load of dung” and nothing else.

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7. Sports Wrap!

1. What Skipper Sreejesh Told His Hockey Team After Asiad Heartbreak

A heart-breaking  loss in the semis denied India a gold, but Indian hockey captain PR Sreejesh and SV Sunil believe it is time to take responsibility for the loss and look forward to other tournaments like the World Cup later this year.

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2. Federer Loses to World No. 55 John Millman, Crashes Out of US Open

Roger Federer served poorly, closed poorly too. And now he's gone, beaten at the US Open by an opponent ranked outside the top 50 for the first time in his career.

Looking slow and tired on a sweltering night in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the No. 2-seeded Federer double-faulted 10 times, failed to convert a trio of set points and lost 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) in the fourth round to John Millman.

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