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Major News and Events of 16 May 2016

What Happened on 16 May 2016


West Bengal Boat Tragedy: Death toll reaches 18

Ever since an overcrowded boat capsized on Saturday night in the Hooghly River in West Bengal's Burdwan district, the death toll has continued to rise. On Monday, it reached 18. The boat had capsized  near Kalna Ghat in Burdwan while it was travelling to Shantipur in Nadia district. According to officials, 18 bodies have been recovered so far and 12 people were reported missing. The search operations led by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been continuing since Sunday.

Forest fires return to Uttarakhand

After an entire week of forest fires in different parts of Uttarakhand, the blaze has returned to the Varunavat Parvat in Uttarkashi. The sparks were noticed at 4:00 a.m on 15 May 2016 and a team of 25 forest personnel reached the spot to bring the flames under control. A surprising 4,000 hectares of land has been swallowed by the forest fires till 29 April this year with the fires coming to a halt after 5 May 2016, courtesy the rainfall.  

Indian Air Force eyes runways on highways

Assuming runways on highways to be the force multipliers, the Indian Air Force is demanding new public roads that can be designed to serve as runways for the warplanes. Additionally, these runways could also provide an alternative for launching emergency operations in case the prime airfields tend to get bombed out by an enemy. The Indian Air Force has already shared its intention for creating backup runways with the ministry of road transport and highways.

Nitish Kumar draws criticism post his demand for liquor ban in UP

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had on 15 May 2016, sought a complete band on liquor in Uttar Pradesh. To this, he was criticized by the leaders of the ruling Samajwadi Party. They accused him of making “negative comments about the state”. Nitish Kumar has already banned the sale and consumption of alcohol in Bihar on 5 April 2016 and had reached Lucknow after a recent trip to Varanasi where he spoke about the prohibition in UP as well.




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