QWrap: Rains & Thunderstorms Wreak Havoc; SRK’s ‘Zero’ Teaser
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1. Rains, Thunderstorms & Sandstorms, Wreak Havoc Country-Wide
With heavy rains, thunderstorms and sandstorms, nature has wreaked havoc in multiple parts of the country throwing normal life off gear in many states.
Three people were reported dead and eight were trapped in a landslide due to heavy rainfall in Kozhikode's Kattipara. Another 9-year old girl was reported dead and 10 people are suspected to be missing due to heavy rains in Kozhikode and Kannur.
More than 270 houses were reportedly damaged across Kerala.
10 people were also reported dead in UP with over 28 being injured after thunderstorm lashed parts of Gonda, Faizabad and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh.
Over 14 deaths were reported across the North eastern states with incessant rains leading to floods in Tripura, Mizoram and Assam.
The swollen Khawthlangtuipui river has submerged over 350 houses in in Mizoram’s Lunglei. Over 2,000 families were reportedly affected by the floods.
Meanwhile, air quality in certain areas of Delhi NCR reached “poor” and “hazardous” levels on Thursday due to dust storms from Rajasthan. Air quality in the national capital deteriorated beyond "severe" level earlier on Wednesday. The Environment Ministry predicted that the dusty conditions will continue for the next two-three days.
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2. Split Verdict in 18 AIADMK MLAs’ Disqualification Case
The Madras High Court on Thursday delivered a split verdict on the petitions challenging the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs loyal to sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran.
While High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upheld the Speaker's order disqualifying the MLAs, Justice M Sundar struck it down on the ground on that it violates the principles of natural justice and therefore should be subjected to judicial review.
According to The News Minute, the matter will now be referred to a third judge, who will be selected by the second-most senior judge in the court, namely Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh.
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3. On Trump’s B’day, Reliving His ‘Colourful’ Persona With Speeches
Referring to Mexicans as "rapists", repeatedly threatening North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and mocking him as the "little rocket man", dismissing women with casual sexism countless times – it seems like United States President Donald Trump's repertoire of controversial statements just keeps growing.
On the occasion of the US president’s 72nd birthday on 14 June, we bring together some of the most 'colourful' speeches that he has made in the recent past, which would remind you who the president of the United States of America really is.
Here's a brief overview of what he said in those speeches.
Watch the video here.
4. FIFA World Cup 2018 Kicks Off
32 teams, 8 groups – FIFA Fever kicks in today FIFA World Cup 2018 has already had its share of drama with the Spanish coach being sacked on Wednesday. After a grand opening ceremony Hosts Russia will take on the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, Saudi Arabia, in the first match of the tournament today.
Watch The Quint’s space – FIFA World Cup 2018 – for the all the latest scores, rankings, updates and analysis of the world cup.
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5. Salman Khan Surprises Shah Rukh In the New ‘Zero’ Eid Special Teaser
This is the biggest Eid Mubarak you could get from the team of Zero. The makers have released a special teaser on the occasion of Eid featuring both Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan in a dance off with each other.
The film which stars Shah Rukh as a dwarf is directed by Anand L Rai and is scheduled to release on 21 December. Zero features Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif as SRK’s leading ladies. Salman Khan has made a cameo appearance in this multi-starrer which also has R Madhavan in an important role.
Zero’s new teaser is an Eid treat for all SRK and Salman fans.
Watch the teaser here.
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