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Major News and Events of 18 June 2013

What Happened on 18 June 2013


North India in the grip of rains, flash floods and landslides

Rain continues to unleash its fury in north India and till the reports last came in 73 people have lost their lives and more than 70000 pilgrims are stranded in Uttarakhand while 1700 remain trapped in Himachal Pradesh. Cloud bursts, flash floods and landslides all have contributed to the grave situation.

In Rudraprayag, 20 people lost their lives and 73 buildings collapsed that included 40 hotels on the bank of River Alaknanda and 25,000 devotees are trapped here. As many as 27,040 pilgrims are trapped in Chamoli. The Char Dham Yatra route is blocked due to an immense damage to the roads. In the Kinnaur district of Himachal, 1,700 people are stranded as landslides have blocked routes.

On the other hand, Yamuna is now flowing over the danger mark. In the morning at 9 am, the water level was at 204.98 m above the danger mark, that is 204.83m. As much as 8.06 lakh cu-secs of water was released in the Hathnikund barrage from Haryana on Monday and 3.38 cu-secs today morning. In 1978 the water level had reached 207.49 m and it was 207.11 m in 2010.

BJP calls 'Vishwasghat Diwas' in Bihar leads to clashes, road blockades

The BJP today observed the 'Vishwasghat Diwas', a forced shutdown in Bihar, which turned violent. Clashes, road blockades and trains being stopped was the order of the day. In the clashes that took place, six people lost their lives.

The violence started when slogans against the Bihar CM were raised by the BJP workers which was responded with slogans against the Gujarat CM and that led to an altercation among the two groups who attacked each other with bamboo and iron rods and which resulted in as many as six people injured. JD-U split from the BJP after Narendra Modi was elevated as the face of the party in the 2014 elections.

Air passenger traffic rises by 4.81% in May

The civil aviation ministry informed that the percentage of domestic air passenger traffic has risen by 4.81 percent in May.

Domestic traffic in May was 57.10 lakhs compared to 54.48 lakh passengers in May last year. Interestingly, in April the traffic had dipped compared to last year and stood at 50.77 lakhs to that of 50.91 lakhs last year.

The total number of passengers ferried in the period from January to May 2013 was 259.98 lakhs as against 258.08 lakh passengers last year. IndiGo captured a huge chunk of the market share of 29.5 percent, next was SpiceJet with 19.8 percent share, Air India got 19.1 percent, Jet Airways 17.1 percent, Go Air 9.00 percent and Jetlite 5.4 percent.

Ruma Chatterjee, the ace cyclist dies in an accident

Ruma Chatterjee, who had been the face of India in the international arena and was the coach of the national cycling team, lost her life in an accident which occurred on a road connecting Delhi with Noida.

Ruma belonged to Kolkata and was there in Delhi for the national camp organized before the team left for Switzerland. She died during a training session when she was hit by a speeding vehicle. Ruma, 51,  is survived by her 77-year-old mother and five sisters.

She participated in international competition and coached for seven times including the CWG, Asian Games and Asian championship.

Jiah's letter will be sent to a handwriting expert

Amid media speculations that Jiah’s handwriting doesn’t match that in the suicide note and the police’s denial that no such development has taken place, it has been stated that her letter will be sent to a handwriting expert.

Her younger sister stated that these were all rumors as there was no motive whatsoever for anyone else to write the letter.

Jiah hanged herself on June 3.

Her boyfriend Suraj Pancholi was arrested on June 10 and is in judicial custody now. His hearing is on June 21.

Google to simplify search for Indian users

Google India has initiated a campaign which would aim at simplifying search for the Indian users. It targets those users who are looking for quick answers to their queries. There will be information cards in the Google search page to provide answer to their queries. This can be anything ranging from flight status, searching about a restaurant to knowing about a course at a college.