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Today’s top 10 news: Nursery girl’s head crushed in Hyderabad school lift, Ashok Singhal dead at 89, 79 dead in Tamil Nadu floods, Chardham yatra ends, more

Thu November 19 2015, 11:01 am
  • Hyderabad school lift case, Syeda Xainab Fatima

    Nursery girl's head crushed in school lift in Hyderabad
    A nursery girl, 4, was crushed to death as her head got stuck in the door of the elevator at a private school in Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad. The victim was identified as Syeda Xainab Fatima and the incident sparked protests by her shocked family members and outraged public. The mishap occurred when Zaina along with 7 other students and a teacher got into the elevator at the ground floor of the school to go to the third floor. "The students were pulling each other's bags inside the lift. In the midst of this, Zaina's hand got stuck in the grilled doors of the elevator. As some one had pressed the button for the above floors, the elevator started moving and Zaina's hand and head were pressed between the elevator and the first floor concrete roof," Malakpet inspector A Ganga Reddy said. (Sri Chaitanya’s Star Kids School at Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad; Express photo) (18/11/2015)

  • Ashok Singhal, Ashok Singhal death, Ashok Singhal VHP leader

    VHP leader Ashok Singhal dead at 89
    VHP leader Ashok Singhal, who rose to prominence playing a leading role in the Ram Janambhoomi movement in the late eighties and after, died on Wednesday at a private hospital here. Singhal (89), who was admitted to Medanta Medicity hospital on Saturday last with complaints of acute breathlessness and other problems, died at 2.24 PM following cardio-vascular failure and septicaemia, VHP International President Pravin Togadia, himself a doctor, told PTI. A bachelor and an RSS pracharak all his life, Singhal, adopted an aggressive style in the "kar sewak" campaign in the build up to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December, 1992. (PTI photo) (18/11/2015)

  • aam aadmi party, aap government, delhi schools, schools in delhi

    AAP govt: 10x fines, jail terms proposed for Delhi schools taking capitation fees
    The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has proposed amendments in the Education act under which erring schools who take capitation fees may be liable for a hefty fine 10 times the donation and "repeated offenders" may even face imprisonment. Under the new Delhi Schools Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee Bill, schools will have to show greater accountability in fees accepted and money spent. "It has been observed that several schools charge exorbitant fees and siphon it off for other purposes, say by giving loans to some trust at zero per cent interest or produce fake bills,” it said. (PTI photo) (18/11/2015)

  • Tamil Nadu flood, Tamil nadu rains, chennai rains

    Rains, floods in Tamil Nadu kill 79
    The toll in rain-related incidents across Tamil Nadu on Wednesday touched 79 with eight more deaths reported from three districts. The eight deaths in Villupuram, Vellore and Kanchipuram districts were due to electrocution, wall collapse and drowning. "There is no depression as of now. The probability of the present system (low pressure area) turning into a depression is low. The low pressure area is likely to dissipate in a day or two," Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Regional Meteorological Centre, S R Ramanan said. (PTI photo) (18/11/2015)

  • Badrinath, Char dham yatra

    Portals of Badrinath closed, Chardham yatra ends
    Thousands of devotees on Wednesday thronged the Badrinath temple in Garhwal Himalayas as its portals were closed for the winter, bringing to an end this year's Chardham yatra. After the closure ceremony held in the presence of religious leaders, administrative officials and thousands of devotees, idol of Lord Vishnu was taken in a palanquin to Joshimath where the deity will be worshipped during winter. The gates of the other three shrines known as Chardham including Gangotri, Yamunotri and Kedarnath have already been closed for the season. (Express photo by Virender Singh Negi) (18/11/2015)

  • Mani Shankar Aiyar, Narendra Modi

    Mani Shankar Aiyar's Modi remarks on Pakistan TV spark outrage
    Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar stoked a controversy by reportedly saying on a Pakistani news channel, that PM Narendra Modi needs to be removed if talks between the two nations have to resume. The Congress leader's comments evoked sharp response from BJP and RJD. The Congress, however, said BJP's charges were "absolute nonsense" and that Aiyar has clarified he had not said any such thing. When the anchor of Duniya TV asked what is to be done to end the India-Pak stalemate, Aiyar said, "The first and the foremost thing is to remove Modi. Only then can the talks move forward. They (panelists) are all optimist and that we can move forward when Modi sahab is there, but I don't think so." (Express photo by Renuka Puri) (18/11/2015)

  • Bal Thackeray memorial, Raj Thackeray

    Bal Thackeray memorial site chosen due to 'selfish interests': Raj Thackeray
    Hours after the announcement of setting up of a grand memorial for Bal Thackeray at Mumbai Mayor's bungalow premises on Wednesday, MNS President Raj Thackeray hit out at the Shiv Sena alleging that the decision was driven by "selfish and personal interests". "They (referring to Shiv Sena) had been eyeing the Mayor's bungalow for a long time," Thackeray said. With Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray by his side, CM Devendra Fadnavis had made the announcement on Wednesday. "When you can find a place for Ambedkar's memorial, can't one place be found for Balasaheb? There are other huge plots vacant where a huge memorial befitting Balasaheb's personality can be built," he said. (Express photo by Deepak Joshi) (18/11/2015)

  • Subramanian Swamy, Rahul gandhi

    Swamy wants Rahul Gandhi disqualified as MP
    BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan urging her to refer the matter of Rahul Gandhi's alleged violation of Constitution and ethical code on citizenship to the Ethics Committee and disqualify him as MP if he is guilty. In his letter to Mahajan, the BJP leader said Gandhi, as a Lok Sabha member, has violated the ethics code to be observed by MPs and urged her to seek explanation from him. After that if she felt that a case existed, she may refer the matter to the Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha to decide whether he can continue as MP. Swamy added that he should be disqualified because he was "guilty of gross violation" of ethics. (Express archive) (18/11/2015)

  • Salman Khan

    Driver came up to save Salman Khan 13 yrs after mishap: Prosecution
    The prosecution in the 2002 hit-and-run case involving Salman Khan on Wednesday refuted in the Bombay High Court the Bollywood actor's defence that his driver Ashok Singh was driving the car and pointed out that this claim was made only towards the end of the trial. Prosecutor Sandeep Shinde also told the court that the singer Kamaal Khan, who was riding in Salman's car at the time, was not examined by the prosecution during the trial because he had become untraceable. "Kamaal is a British national. He has appeared before a magistrate who conducted the trial earlier and sought permission to go abroad, which was granted....And he vanished. We could not locate his whereabouts," said the prosecutor. (PTI photo) (18/11/2015)

  • Cops: Drunk woman tried to open UK-to-Boston jet's exit door
    Massachusetts State Police said a drunken passenger on a London-to-Boston British Airways flight tried to open an exit door on the plane and was restrained. Police said the incident is not believed to have a link to terror. British Airways told state police that a woman about 30 years old tried to open the exit door on Wednesday on Flight 213. The flight landed about a half-hour ahead of schedule at Boston's Logan International Airport at 1:30 PM. (Reuters photo) (18/11/2015)

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