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Major News and Events of 26 August 2017

What Happened on 26 August 2017

Ram Rahim's conviction: 31 killed and 250 injured in mayhem caused by Dera followers

On Friday, the streets of Haryana and Punjab witnessed chaos which soon spread to other cities after Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim was convicted by a CBI court in Panchkula for rape. Soon after the conviction, Dera supporters began vandalizing the street of Panchkula and Sirsa, and soon carried out rampage in states of Punjab, Rajasthan and the capital city of India, New Delhi. At least 31 people have lost their lives and 250 people were injured in this mayhem. Two railway stations were set on fire in Punjab by Dera supporters. Several petrol stations along with OB vans of news channels were set ablaze. Innumerable journalists were targeted by supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda. Two buses were torched on Mandoli Flyover in Delhi's Nand Nagri. Two empty rakes of Rewa Express at Anand Vihar Terminal railway station were set on fire in Delhi. Section 144 of CrPc has been enforced in Ghaziabad, Noida and in 11 districts of New Delhi. Mobile Internet has been suspended for three days in Punjab and Haryana. 445 trains have been cancelled as per Neeraj Sharma, the spokesperson of Northern Railways. Inter-state, night and the Delhi-Lahore bus service has been suspended by the Delhi Transport Corporation after several of them were set on fire. PM Modi tweeted, “The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence and urge everyone to maintain peace.”

PM Modi conducts aerial survey of flood hit Bihar with Nitish Kumar

In the light of the worst floods that affected Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Bihar- Araria, Katihar, Kishanhanj and Purnea. As per news reports, Prime Minister Modi declared an immediate fund of Rs 500 crore. The aerial survey lasted for about 50 minutes. PM Modi also chaired a high-level meeting in Purnea. 1.67crore people of 19 districts are affected by the flood.

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