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  • 4 Railways Officials Suspended After UP Train Accident: 10 Points
    Four railway officials have been suspended over the train accident on Saturday that left over 22 dead and injured over 200 in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district. Three others have been transferred and one has been sent on leave. Thirteen coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express ran off the tracks around 5:45 pm in Khatauli, about 100 km from New Delhi. The move came on a day that Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu assured prompt action over the accident that appeared to have been caused due to negligence.
  • Human Error Behind Uttar Pradesh Train Accident That Killed 23, Say Locals: 10 Points
    At around 5:46 pm on Saturday evening, residents of Khatauli in western Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district heard a loud crash when at least a dozen carriages of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express ran off the tracks. Two of the coaches crashed into a residential area, hitting a house and a school building. At least 21 people have been killed and more than 70 injured in the accident. Local residents say human error may have caused the accident. The government has ordered an inquiry which is also probing any possible foul play.
  • 350 Dead, Crores Affected In Floods In Bihar, Assam, Bengal: 10 Points
    A spate of floods in states across the country have claimed hundreds of lives and displaced crores. Bihar, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have faced a huge challenge in dealing with floods that have ravaged the countryside. In Bihar, floods have claimed 153 lives and a staggering one crore people have been affected by the floods. In Assam, 144 people have died because of multiple waves of floods consistently striking the state. In Uttar Pradesh, the state administration has asked the army to help in rescue and relief operations. While north Bengal is slowly recovering, floods there have claimed 52 lives until now.
  • AIADMK Merger Talks On Track, Good News In 2 Days, Says OPS: 10 Facts
    A day after an expected merger between rival factions of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK party ran into last-minute turbulence, former chief minister O Panneerselvam, popularly known as OPS, kept hopes alive. "Talks are going on smoothly and in another two days, you can expect good news," he said, referring to the other camp led by his successor E Palaniswami or EPS. Last night, despite elaborate flower arrangements and expectant party members waiting at the shoreside memorial of J Jayalalithaa in Chennai, the merger of the two sides that split after her death fell through reportedly because some members of the OPS camp wanted EPS to step down.
  • Coastal Regions Worst Affected By Swine Flu As Cases Spike: 10 Points
    There has been a spurt in swine flu cases reported from Gujarat due to the H1N1 virus that has killed 242 people across the western state this year, next only to Maharashtra where official statistics compiled by the Union Health Ministry indicate 400 people have died. The spike in deaths has prompted the Vijay Rupani government to ask doctors to prescribe Tamiflu to all patients with general fever. The Chief Minister had also carried out surprise checks at public hospitals in major cities that have witnessed a large number of infections.
  • AIADMK Merger On The Fritz Again, OPS Unwavering On 2 Demands: 10 Facts
    Despite elaborate flower arrangements and expectant party members waiting at the shoreside memorial of J Jayalalithaa in Chennai, the merger of the two rival factions that were formed in her party after her death ran into last-minute glitches: Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his predecessor, O Panneerselvam, or "EPS" and "OPS" in popular parlance, remain trapped in negotiations eight months after the death of Ms Jayalalithaa, referred to as "amma" or mother by a smitten public and party workers.
  • Pravin Rao, The Man Who Takes Over From Vishal Sikka At Infosys: 5 Points
    Chief operating officer UB Pravin Rao, an Infosys veteran, will take over as the IT major's interim CEO and managing director after Vishal Sikka's sudden resignation. Dr Sikka will now be executive vice-chairman, as Infosys looks for a new permanent CEO and managing director. Dr Sikka has said that he will closely work with Pravin Rao and the top management to ensure a smooth transition. As COO, Pravin Rao had overall strategic and operational responsibility for the entire portfolio of the company's offerings.
  • Recently, Vishal Sikka Called Narayana Murthy 'Incredible Man': 10 Facts
    After three years as top boss at Infosys, Vishal Sikka has resigned as Chief Executive Officer after heightened acrimony between the board, which backed him, and its cohort of founders led by former chairman NR Narayana Murthy. Pravin Rao, currently chief operating officer, will become interim CEO with Mr Sikka to become executive vice chairman until a permanent replacement is hired.
  • Van Mows Down Crowd In Barcelona, ISIS Claims Responsibility: 10 Updates
    The ISIS has claimed responsibility for the terror attack in Barcelona on Thursday evening, in which a van ploughed into a crowd at a favorite tourist spot -- Spain's second largest city - killing 13 people and injuring over 50. Two persons have been arrested by the police. Ras Lamblas, one of the popular commercial areas of the city, is a top tourist destination. Spain is part of the coalition that is targeting ISIS. This was the first attack the group took responsibility for in Spain.
  • Rs 384 Crore Donated To Political Parties Without PAN Details, Says Report: 10 Facts
    A huge number of donations to political parties came from unknown sources over the last four years -- a practice the Election Commission has been trying to discourage. More than 3,000 donations in this period came without donors' details like Permanent Account Number (PAN) or addresses, said the Delhi-based think tank, Association of Democratic Rights or ADR, in a report. Political parties are required to submit details of donors who have made donations above Rs 20,000 in a financial year to the Election Commission every year.
  • Hope Brother OPS Comes To Us, Says EPS Camp After Big Move: 10 Points
    J Jayalalithaa's death will be investigated by an inquiry commission, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami announced today, knocking off a major hurdle before the ruling AIADMK's reunion with a rebel faction led by his predecessor O Panneerselvam "OPS". The two competing factions have been in talks to reunite over the past few days, but all signs of progress have been deceptive so far. Sources in the Chief Minister's camp said OPS could choose to be a deputy to Mr Palaniswami and a special position in the party.
  • Residents 'Trapped' As Bengaluru Lakes Froth Like Never Before: 10 Points
    After the city's heaviest August rain in a century, two giant lakes in Bengaluru are spewing so much toxic foam that residents who live near them have reportedly complained that they are having to stay indoors. On Wednesday, the froth, a stinking cocktail of chemicals and untreated sewage dumped in the lakes, rose to over 10 feet in the Varthur Lake, spilling over a tall fence erected to keep the foam away from motorists on the city's Whitefield road. A day before, the 1000-acre Bellandur Lake had hurled froth at motorists.
  • 2 Doctors Blamed For Oxygen Shortage In Gorakhpur Report: 10 Points
    An inquiry report into last week's oxygen shortage at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur has pinned the blame for mismanagement on two senior doctors. The report by District Magistrate Rajeev Rautela found the hospital's logs about supply of oxygen were in a mess, raised suspicions about corruption and called for a deeper probe. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, whose home base has been Gorakhpur for several years, is facing opposition criticism of abysmal health care and corruption at the town's biggest hospital, where 72 children have died since last week of various causes including encephalitis.
  • After Ladakh Clashes, China And India Army Officers Hold Talks: 10 Facts
    Senior army officers from China and India in Ladakh are today holding a flag meeting, used to discuss border spats and control, after yesterday's clashes in which soldiers from the two countries threw stones at each other, resulting in minor injuries Indian border guards stopped Chinese troops from entering Indian territory along a lake. Senior army officials have not denied the encounter which raises tension between Beijing and Delhi in the Western Himalayas at a time when the two countries are locked deep in confrontation at Sikkim in the Eastern Himalayas.
  • 'A New India By 2022,' Vows PM Modi On Independence Day: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his vision for a "New India" in his Independence Day speech from Delhi's iconic Red Fort today, pledging to build it by 2022, when independent India turns 75. Early in his speech, his shortest in four years at 54 minutes, PM Modi mourned the tragic death of children at a Gorakhpur hospital in the past week and for the lives lost in floods.

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