- Death toll in Utkal Express train
derailment in Uttar Pradesh goes upto 23, over 100 people reported injured;
Rescue operation completed; President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister
Narendra Modi express grief over the accident.
- Railways announce ex-gratia of 3 lakh 50
thousand rupees and UP government 2 lakh, to the next of kin of those killed in
- Flood situation in Bihar worsens as
new areas in North Bihar inundated; Death toll rises to 205; Over Six
lakh people shifted to safer places.
- Army Chief General Bipin Rawat begins a 3-day visit to Ladakh today;
likely to discuss key operational matters with top commanders.
- Last date for filing returns and payment of taxes under GST system
extended by five more days.
Fourteen coaches of the Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar district
of Uttar Pradesh last evening, killing at least 23 people. The train was coming
from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, when it jumped rails near
Khatauli town around 6 last evening. About 100 people were injured in the
incident and they have been admitted to different hospitals. The local
administration and Railway personnel carried out rescue and relief operations
with the help of National Disaster Response Force and Provincial Armed Constabulary
of State police. Railway
Minister Suresh Prabhu said in a tweet that the rescue operations have been
completed, and the restoration work has commenced. The Minister has also
ordered an inquiry into the incident. He said, strict action will be taken
against any lapse.
Muzaffarnagar administration has opened a helpline and the numbers are
0131-243-6918 and 0131-243-6103.
The Railways has announced an ex-gratia
of 3 lakh 50,000 rupees each for the kin of those who lost their lives in the derailment. Fifty thousand rupees each for
seriously injured and 25 thousand for minor injuries who have been injured.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also announced financial
assistance of two lakh rupees each for the kin those killed and 50 thousand for
Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced five lakh rupees each to the next of the
kin of Odia passengers. A statement from the Chief Minister's office said, Mr
Patnaik also announced 50 thousand rupees for those injured.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi have expressed
sadness over the incident. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, his thoughts are with
the deceased and their families. Mr Modi said, the Railway Ministry and the UP
government are doing everything and providing all assistance required. Mrs
Gandhi called upon party workers to provide assistance to the
In Bihar, the flood situation worsens as new areas in North Bihar have inundated.The death toll
due to floods has risen to 205, with the recovery of 33 more bodies in the last 24 hours. Maximum deaths have been
reported from Araria followed by Sitamarhi, West and East Champaran and
Darbhanga. Over one crore 23 lakh people in 20 districts are reeling under
floods.The relief and rescue operations are in full swing. Our correspondent
reports that over Six lakh 22,000 people have been shifted to safer places.
"Several teams of NDRF, SDRF and Army are engaged in relief and
rescue work. Around 4 lakh 30,000 people have taken shelter in over 1,330
relief camps. The situation has worsened as new areas in Darbhanga, Samastipur, Gopalganj and Siwan
districts have been inundated. Surging water of Burhi Gandak, Bagmati and Kamla
Balan has entered urban areas of Chapra, Muzaffarpur and Samastipur. Rail track
and roads have been swept away at several places. Rail traffic between Katihar
and Kishanganj has not resumed yet. All trains going Guwahati via Katihar have
been cancelled. Efforts are on to restore the traffic on this section. WITH KK
LAL'S REPORT FROM PATNA, ARTI RANA FOR AIR NEWS."
The flood situation in East Uttar Pradesh is still grim. Chief Minister
Yogi Adityanath made an aerial survey of the affected areas of the three
districts, met the affected people and provided relief material to them. Here
is a report from our correspondent.
"Ghaghra, Rapti & Rohin rivers are flowing above danger level in
Gonda, Basti, Gorakhpur, Ballia, Balrampur & Maharjganj. Gorakhpur city is
surrounded by the flood water and the roads connecting other districts are
badly affected. Gorakhpur-Lucknow Nation Highway is damaged near Nausarh on the
outskirts of the city. Diverted route is being adopted by the vehicles. Chief
Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed the situation in Gorakhpur, Maharajganj &
Kushinagar yesterday. R.C. Shukla, AIR NEWS, Gorakhpur."
In West Bengal, a civic police personnel
was killed in a grenade attack at Kalimpong police station last night. Talking
to AIR, District Magistrate of Kalimpong, Dr Bishwanath said, a Home guard and
an SSB jawan were also injured in the attack. Police and security personnel
cordoned off the entire area following the incident.
The grenade attack in Kalimpong took
place hours after a blast shook Darjeeling earlier in the day. Though there
were no reports of any casualty in the blast, several shops were destroyed.
Police accused Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) for the blast, however it has the
denied the allegations.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will be on a three-day visit to Ladakh
from today. During his stay, he will take stock of the security preparedness along
the border with China. Sources said, General Rawat is likely to discuss key
operational matters with top commanders.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley reviewed the operational readiness of the
Western Naval Command in Mumbai yesterday. An official spokesperson said, Mr
Jaitley interacted with the Commander-in-Chief Western Naval Command and senior
Navy officers. He was briefed on the operational readiness of the command and
other relevant aspects of maritime and coastal security.
The last date for filing returns and payment of taxes under the GST
regime has been extended by five days. The cut-off for filing maiden GST
returns for July was scheduled to end today. The returns can now be filed till
the 25th of this month. In a statement, the Finance Ministry said that certain
flood-hit states as well as Jammu and Kashmir had sought an extension. There
were also reports of GSTN portal facing technical issues because of a huge
For taxpayers who have to claim credit for past taxes paid by filing
form TRANS 1, the last date for returns will be August 28.
Street Lighting National programme has
illuminated 50 thousand Kilometres of the Indian roads with installation of 30
lakh LED street lights across the country. With this milestone, Energy
Efficiency Services Limited, a government company has become the world’s
largest street light management company. The installation of the LED street
lights has resulted in saving of 39 crore kilowatt hour of annual energy. In an
official release, Power Ministry said, this programme has helped in reduction
of 3.29 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
The Meghalaya High Court has ordered the state government to stop
felling of more trees till further orders. The court also ordered yesterday if
it is necessary to cut a particular tree it should be informed to the court in
an affidavit by the concerned forest officer. The state government had begun an
exercise to cut trees and identified 550 trees in Shillong which are reportedly
posing threat to public life. The matter will again come up for hearing on
The nation is remembering former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 73rd
birth anniversary today. Former President of India Pranab
Mukherjee, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul
Gandhi, paid tribute to Rajiv Gandhi at his
Samadhi, Vir Bhumi in the national capital. Several programmes are being
organised in different parts of the country on the occasion.
In Cricket, the first One Day
International of the 5-match series between India and Sri Lanka will be played
at Dambulla today. The match will begin at 2:30 in the afternoon Indian Time.
Team India had recently white-washed the 3-match Test series against the
Lankans and will be looking to take that momentum into the
limited-overs' leg of the tour as well.
For Sri Lanka, on the other hand, the ODI series is more than just
avenging the Test defeat. They need two more wins to confirm their spot in the
2019 ODI World Cup by way of automatic qualification. If they manage to do
that, the West Indies will not be able to overtake them even if they win all
the six ODIs against Ireland and England.
India had blanked Sri Lanka, 5-0, the last time the two sides played a
bilateral ODI series, back in November 2015, in India.
India defeated Mauritius, 2-1 in their opening match of the All India Football
Federation Tri-Nation tournament in Mumbai last evening. This was the ninth win
on the trot for the 97th ranked Indian team. India will next take on St Kitts
and Nevis on Friday.
Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti held
a high-level meeting in New Delhi yesterday to review the flood situation in
the country and the action being taken in this regard. She directed the
concerned organizations under her Ministry to extend all possible help to the
affected people. Ms Bharti also directed Central Water Commission, Ganga Flood
Control Commission and Brahmaputra Board to undertake an exercise to identify
area vulnerable to erosion and landslide along the banks of the rivers.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswamy has expressed confidence that
the O. Panneerselvam-led AIADMK PTA would soon merge with the AIADMK Amma
party. Talking to reporters in Tiruvarur, he said differences of opinion among
the two offshoots of the parent party the AIADMK would be removed after talks.
When asked if the cabinet would be expanded to accommodate Panneerselvam
faction leaders after possible merger, he said talks are going on now and a
decision would be made after they come to a conclusion. O. Panneerselvam also
indicated that there are consultations between the two factions for a merger.
- The train tragedy in Khatauli in UP is the lead story in most papers.
The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age, The Hindu have a picture of the accident
site. 'Unattended, under repair track
leads to tragedy in UP' writes the DNA, while the Statesman says '23 dead, 60
- The Janata Dal (United) returning to NDA after 4 years finds front page
coverage in many dailies. 'JD(U) walks into NDA's waiting arms' writes the DNA.
'Janata Dal divided' says the Hindustan Times, adding 'Sharad Yadav says voters
betrayed. Rival factions hold parallel meetings, supporters clash'.
- 'Stage set for merger of ADMK factions' says the Indian Express,
of the political scenario in Tamil Nadu. 'Merger talks on, we will give you
good news soon, says EPS and OPS' writes the Pioneer.
- Yogi Adityanath taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi over his visit to
Gorakhpur finds place in the press. 'Yogi says Gorakhpur no picnic spot, Rahul
hits back' says the Statesman. 'Rahul, Yogi in war of words over Gorakhpur'
writes the Hindustan Times.
- The crisis in Infosys is featured prominently in the business dailies. '
Infosys approves buyback of shares worth 13000 crore rupees' writes the
Financial Express, while the Business Standard says 'Lawsuits likely
in U.S. after shareholders suffer losses.'
- In the Hindu Sunday special, the NHAI chairman saying that 'Indias'
roads to be safer, greener' is good news. Apparently, there are plans of quick
response ambulances to be stationed every 50 km and CNG fuel stations as part
of wayside amenities.
- And finally, in an inspirational story, the Times of India tells
us about Akram. The paper writes' Jailed 21 times in 23 years, he is now a star
performer at Tihar.' The paper adds that Akram today runs a theater group and
provides acting classes for underprivileged youngsters and earns enough. Just
goes to show that its never too late to turn over a new leaf and start afresh.