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Search operations on as Himachal Pradesh landslide toll rises to 46

Owing to heavy rains, 46 people were killed in a mudslide while five were injured in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. According to the reports, while all the bodies have been identified, still one or two people might be trapped in the mud pile. Most of the people belonged to Himachal Pradesh while some were from Jammu and Kashmir. The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh has announced an ex-gratia of rupees five lakh to the next of kin of those killed. The search operation, which was stopped on Sunday night due to landslide threat, was resumed by the Army, National Disaster Response Force and the local authorities.

Justice Dipak Misra likely to become the 45th Chief Justice of India

The incumbent Chief Justice of India J.S. Shekhar is set to retire on 27 August 2017 following which on his recommendation Justice Dipak Misra will take charge. Justice Dipak Misra who led the bench which upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in Nirbhaya rape case would be the 45th Chief Justice of India. Being the 3rd Chief Justice from Odisha, Justice Misra is presently a judge of the Supreme Court of India. He was the former Chief Justice of Patna and Delhi High Courts. Justice Misra was part of the bench that ordered playing of the National Anthem in the beginning of the film in theaters and was also part of the bench that rejected Yakub Menon's appeal against execution. The 45th  Chief Justice of India will have a tenure of 14 months i.e. till 2 October 2018. 

77 Fishermen released by Sri Lanka arrive at Tamil Nadu port

Fishermen belonging to Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Nagapattinam and Karaikal districts were released by Sri Lanka yesterday. These fishermen arrested on different charges arrived today at the Karaikal port, Tamil Nadu. Yesterday these fishermen were handed over by the Sri Lankan Navy to the Indian authorities near the International Maritime Boundary Line. Following which these fishermen were escorted by the Coast Guard and they reached Karaikal Port today. According to the official sources, along with the family members and relatives, Fisheries Minister D.Jayakumar, Handlooms Minister O S Manian were there to receive the fishermen at the Karaikal Port.

Terror attack in Shopian district leaves two army personnel martyred

Hizbul Mujahideen has taken the responsibility of a recent terror encounter in the Shopian district of Jammu & Kashmir in which two army personnel were martyred, including a Major. The terror attack took place on Thursday morning in which one other soldier was also injured. According to a senior police official, a cordon and a search operation was launched by a joint party of 62RR of Army, Special Operations Group of J&K and CRPF  (Central Reserve Police Force) after a tip off about the presence of terrorists in Matribugh Zoipora Village of Shopian district. Two weapons from the site of encounter have also been procured by the security forces.

Maoists hijack train in Lakdhisarai district of Bihar

In the early hours of Thursday, Danapur Durg Express was hijacked in the Lakhisarai district of Bihar. Train Number 13288 Danapur Durg Express train was hijacked at around 2:30am near the Bhalui Station. According to the statement of the CRPF, a fire exchange was underway between 207 COBRA battalion of CRPF and hijackers. The report by the CRPF further informed that hijackers even abducted the cabin man on duty.

Specific intelligence inputs aids security personnel to kill top terrorist Abu Dujana in an encounter

Terrorist Abu Dujana, Lashkar-e-Toiba's (LeT) Kashmir head, was killed by the security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir on Tuesday morning. The specific intelligence inputs pertaining to the presence of militants in the Valley lead to the search operation in the area during which the militants opened fire triggering retaliation from the security forces. Abu Dujana was on the hit list which was compiled by the security forces of terrorist belonging to LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen. Jammu Kashmir police and the security forces have killed 102 terrorists until July this year according to the “hit list” prepared by them. The security forces are on an operation of “hunt down” on the basis of this hit list.

Flood creates havoc in the state of Gujrat, Rajasthan and Assam

Heavy Rainfall in the states of Gujrat, Rajasthan and Assam has been creating havoc for the people. It has broken past records and there is no ray of hope to this endless rainfall. At least 600 people have been killed in these floods, 24,811 cattle heads have perished, 63,215 houses/huts damaged and about 2.8 lakh hectare of crop reportedly affected due to heavy rains, floods and landslides. As many as 20 states have been affected by heavy rainfall and floods during the current monsoon season. There is no respite to people as according to the weatherman, Ahmedabad would witness very heavy to heavy rainfall for the next two days.

Missile Man's Memorial to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Missile Man of India had always inspired the citizens of India. A humble man, a motivator and the 11th President of India played a pivotal role in India's Pokhran-II. 27th July, 2017 marks the second death anniversary of the Missile Man. Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate APJ Abdul Kalam's Memorial in Rameshwaram today. The memorial has been designed and built by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). PM Modi will hoist the national flag at the memorial and will unveil a statue of Dr. Kalam, offering floral tributes besides interacting with the Missile Man's family members.  

Government takes initiatives for reducing weight of school bags

According to reports, government of India is considering the demands for reducing the weight of school bags. The government said it has taken several initiatives in this regard. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar stated that Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has taken up a number of steps to promote digital learning in its schools. The school students will be provided with tablets which will enable them to enhance their knowledge base.

Bus falls into gorge killing 28 people in Shimla

According to reports, at least 28 persons were killed and 9 injured in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, when a bus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge. The accident took place near Khaneri of Rampur sub division about 9:30 AM. The bus was on its way to Solan from Recong Peo. The driver of the ill-fated bus suddenly lost control and within seconds it went off the road taking lives of 28 people.

Indian scientists discover new supercluster of galaxies, call it Saraswati

According to reports, Scientists from Pune based Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics have discovered an extremely large supercluster of galaxies, which is as big as 20 million billion suns. The astronomers have named it Saraswati. This is one of the largest known structures in the neighbourhood of the universe, 4,000 million light-years away from Earth and roughly more than 10 billion years old. Its mass extends over the scale of 600 million light years.

Prime Minister to review FDI policy

According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a high-profile meeting to review the country’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy today. It is expected that discussion on further easing of restrictions will take place. The meeting is expected to be attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) secretary Ramesh Abhishek.

Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 to be upgraded

According to reports, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, has given its approval for upgradation and widening of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur. The 65 kilometres NH 39 upgradation work is expected to cost 1,630 crore rupees. National Highway 39 is being developed with Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan assistance. Moreh is seen as the commercial capital of Manipur.

Amarnath yatra resumes after terror attack

According to reports, Amarnath is progressing smoothly and hundreds of devotees have set off for the Amarnath Shrine. The security measures have been reviewed and beefed up along all the routes leading to the Pahalgam and Baltal base camps in Anantnag and Ganderbal districts. Police said, additional police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed en route to the holy cave shrine to prevent repeat of any such terror incident. They said, investigations have been launched into the attack and few people have been detained for questioning.

Supreme court suspends ban on cattle trade for slaughter

According to reports, the Supreme Court has retained the interim direction of the Madras High Court thereby suspending the ban on cattle trade for slaughter, and made it effective across India. The Central government stated that it is reconsidering the notification by taking into account various objections and suggestions of stakeholders and will come up with an amended notification.

Ahmedabad gets UNESCO heritage tag

Six hundred year old Ahmedabad city has been declared a heritage city by UNESCO. Ahmedabad is the first city in India to achieve the world heritage status. Ahmedabad has over 2600 heritage sites and twenty ASI protected monuments and sites. The city had figured in UNESCO’s tentative list in 2011. The heritage status is expected to promote tourism to the city of Ahmedabad.

Swayam and Swayam Prabha courses launched by President

According to reports, President Mukherjee launched programmes Swayam and Swayam Prabha for making education more accessible to remotest part of India. President also launched National Academic Depository' where verified educational records would be digitally stored by universities or a board to counter forgery.

Reports suggest that under Swayam, courses would be offered through digital classrooms with online study material available free of cost in videos. Those students who want certification will have to be registered and then offered a certificate on the completion of the course for a nominal fee. 

India, United States, and Japan begin Malabar drills

According to reports, Malabar drill is being held at Chennai port and the three nations participating in the exercise are India, the United States and Japan.Reports state that sea drills will commence from 14 July and will be of four days. Warships, submarines and aircraft carriers are participating in the exercise.

Pakistan army resort to mortar shelling and firing along LoC

According to reports, in Jammu and Kashmir Pakistani shelling killed two persons while three children were injured in Poonch district. According to defence sources, Pakistan army resorted to mortar shelling and firing along Line of Control (LoC) in Gulpur sector. The shelling prompted an effective retaliation from the Indian troops and they gave a befitting reply.

New anti-hijacking law comes into force

The new anti-hijacking law, which prescribes capital punishment in the event of death of any person, has come into force following a government notification. The new law, which has come into effect after its notification on July 5, includes several acts within the definition of hijacking including making a threat, attempts or abatement to commit the offence. In the new law, the definition has been expanded to include death of "security personnel on board" or "ground support staff" as well. Those who organise or direct others to commit such offence will also be considered to have committed the offence of hijacking.




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