LIVE news streaming India: 135 houses swept away in West Bengal floods – Around 135 houses were washed away today due to erosion in river Ganga while 20 villages were submerged in flood waters with the rising water level of the river having crossed the extreme danger level in Malda district. Additional District Magistrate, Malda, Kanchan Chowdhury said 135 houses in Binnagar have been washed away by the Ganga and roads are also affected due to the flooding. The Ganga was flowing 23 cm above the extreme danger level, he said. The badly affected areas are Kalichak Block number 3, Manikchak and Ratua Block number 1, the ADM said. A high-level state Irrigation team is visiting the area and the team will be submitting its report to the district magistrate today, he said.
Rajnath Singh in Kashmir to hold talks with stakeholders:
Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said he will hold talks with various stakeholders in Kashmir and invited all those who believe in ‘Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat’ as he arrived here on a two-day visit under Centre’s outreach in the Valley which has been hit by violence since July 9. Singh, who is accompanied by Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, will review the situation in Kashmir where as many as 65 persons have been killed and over 8000 injured in clashes between protestors and security forces that broke out in the wake of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter. The Union Minister arrived at Srinagar airport at 11.30 AM in a special plane. “I will be staying at the Nehru Guest House. Those who believe in Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat and Jamhooriyat are welcome,” he tweeted before heading for Kashmir.
Indian Navy’s Scorpene submarines data leaked, Manohar Parrikar seeks report:
Sensitive documents detailing the technical and stealth capabilities of India’s Scoprene submarines designed by French shipbuilder DCNS have been leaked, with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar seeking a report from the Navy chief on the matter. The leaked DCNS data, running to 22,400 pages, details the secret stealth capabilities of six new Indian submarines, including what frequencies they gather intelligence at, what levels of noise they make at various speeds and their diving depths, range and endurance — all sensitive information that is highly classified, according to Australia’s ‘The Australian’ newspaper. The data tells the submarine crew where on the boat they can speak safely to avoid detection by the enemy. It also discloses magnetic, electromagnetic and infra-red data as well as the specifications of the submarine’s torpedo launch system and the combat system, it said.
Earthquake in Italy:
Italy early today, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 11 people were reported dead in two hard-hit towns where rescue crews raced to dig out survivors from the rubble. “The town isn’t here anymore,” Amatrice mayor Sergio Pirozzi said. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 AM and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including the capital Rome where residents felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. The hardest-hit towns were Amatrice and Accumoli near Rieti, some 100 kilometers northeast of Rome, though the quake was felt beyond the Lazio region into Umbria and Le Marche on the Adriatic coast.
Wrestler Sakshi Malik reaches Haryana, presented Rs 2.5 crore cheque:
A rousing state reception was accorded by the Haryana government to the Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik after she arrived this morning from Rio de Janeiro. Sakshi touched down in the Capital in the wee hours and was received by the Ministers of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Haryana. Haryana’s sports and youth affairs minister Anil Vij, who was present in Rio as head of state delegation, accompanied the wrestler on the return flight. Sakshi then travelled to Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar district, where Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar along with his senior cabinet colleagues Capt Abhimanyu and O P Dhankar, among others, welcomed the star athlete. At the grand felicitation function at Bahadurgarh, Sakshi was handed a cheque of Rs 2.5 crore by the Chief Minister. She was also appointed as Haryana’s brand ambassador for ‘Beti Padhao-Beti Bachao’ programme.
BMC passes proposal to make yoga mandatory in civic schools:
The Sena-BJP ruled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has passed a proposal making yoga and ‘Surya Namaskar’ mandatory in all civic schools here despite strong protests from opposition parties. BMC’s general body cleared this proposal tabled by BJP corporator Samita Kamble yesterday with an aim to improve overall health of students by incorporating the ancient exercise regime into their daily routine. The ruling allies rejected the amendment demanded by Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP) to make yoga optional for schools. It also struck down SP’s demand for removal of ‘Surya Namaskar’ (sun salutation) from the proposal terming it as a “form of Hindu worship”. “Making Surya Namaskar compulsory in schools is a way to promote Hindutva as the origin of Surya Namaskar lies in Hindu God Surya (Sun),” Samajwadi corporator Rais Sheikh alleged.
SC to hear fresh plea on human pyramid during ‘Dahi Handi’:
The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a fresh plea seeking to relax the cap of 20-feet height of the human pyramid fixed by it for the Dahi Handi ritual during Janmashtami festival in Maharashtra. A bench comprising justices A R Dave, U U Lalit and L Nageswara Rao said that it will hear today itself a plea on the issue as the festival is to be celebrated tomorrow across the country. The fresh plea has been filed by Mumbai-based Jai Jawan Krida Mandal Govinda Pathak. The organisation says that now that the youth below 18 years of age have been barred from participating in the Dahi Handi ritual, the cap on the height of the human pyramid should be relaxed as adventure is part of every sport. If there is no adventure in a game, then there is no point in celebrating it, the Krida Mandal says. The Supreme Court had earlier refused to relax conditions put by the Bombay High Court like barring youths below 18 years of age from participating in ‘Dahi- Handi’ ritual of the Janmashtami festival in Maharashtra and capping the height of the human pyramid at 20 feet.
Special Anand-Dakor Indian Railways train to clear festival rush:
The Vadodara division of the Western Railway has decided to run a special train to clear the extra rush of passengers for Janmasthami. Anand-Dakor special passenger train will leave Anand at 22.05 hrs on 25.08.2016 (Thursday) and reach Dakor at 23.00 hrs. On return, the passenger train will leave Dakor at 0300 hrs on 26.08.2016 (Friday) and reach Anand at 03.55 hrs. This service will have halt of one minute at all stations –Sadanpura, Bhalej, Od, Umreth –between Anand an Dakor in both directions, a release said.
Curfew remained in force in some areas of Srinagar and two towns of south Kashmir today, while restrictions on the assembly of people in rest of the Valley continued for the 47th consecutive day in the wake of violence following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Curfew is in force in five police station areas of downtown city and Batamaloo and Maisuma areas in the uptown, a police official said. He said in south Kashmir, curfew continued in Anantnag town and was imposed in Pampore town today to maintain law and order. Yesterday, the authorities lifted curfew from most areas of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, in view of the improving situation.
Shuttler PV Sindhu arrives in Delhi to a rousing reception:
Olympic bronze medal winning wrestler Sakshi Malik arrived here this morning to a grand welcome amid scenes of jubilation and loud cheers from scores of people at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Sakshi was greeted by her parents and relatives at the airport after she touched down in the Capital at the wee hours. Displaying the bronze medal, she waved to the cheering crowds. “I want to thank each and everyone for such a warm welcome. so happy to see so many people cheering for me. I also want to thanks all those who prayed for me, which helped me win the medal for my country,” Sakshi said upon her arrival.