23rd August, 2017
- Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal resigns taking
moral responsibility for recent Muzaffarnagar train derailment which claimed
over 20 lives.
- 74 people injured in today's derailment of
Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express in Auraiya district of Uttar
notifies introduction of 200 rupee note.
- CBI questions Karti Chidambaram following
Supreme Court directions in alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment
Promotion Board clearance to INX Media in 2007.
- Delhi High Court seeks Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's response for allegedly filing false affidavit in Jaitley
- US says Pakistan
is using India as an excuse to support terrorist groups.
- Prime Minister
of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba arrives in New Delhi on 5-day visit to India.
- And, in World Badminton Championships: Saina
Nehwal to play for a pre-quarterfinal berth today at Glasgow, Scotland.
Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal has resigned
owning moral responsibility for the Muzzafarnagar train accident which had claimed
over 20 lives. Earlier, the Rail Ministry had suspended four officers and
transferred one and sent on leave its three top officials, including a
secretary-level Railway Board official on the basis of
prima facie evidence in
connection with derailment of Utkal Express.
of the Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh on the
19th of this month. The train was coming from Puri in Odisha and going to
Haridwar in Uttarakhand when it jumped tracks near Khatauli town.
In Uttar Pradesh, search, rescue and relief operation is over at the
Delhi bound Kaifiyat express derailment site in Auraiya district and all
passengers have been evacuated. They have resumed their onward journey by a
relief train from Achhalda railway station. The Azamgarh to New Delhi train
derailed in Auraiya district early this morning leaving 74 passengers injured.
Drivers of the train are also injured. Our correspondent reports the injured
have been admitted to Etawah and Auraiya hospitals.
"12 bogies including engine, three coaches of general class, two
sleeper class bogies, five AC class coaches and SLR coach were derailed
following the accident. Fortunately no causality is reported in the accident.
Rail traffic on Delhi Howrah route has been disrupted. Thirteen long route
trains are being run on diverted routs and four trains have been cancelled. Sunil Shukla, AIR News Lucknow."
Railway officials have said that repairing of damaged tracks and removal
of the derailed coaches is underway and traffic on the route will be normal
The Bihar Government has sought help of the Indian Army and another
agency of the defence to repair major bridges damaged in the worst flood
affected districts of Araria, Purnea and Kishanganj. Road construction Minister
Nand Kishore Yadav told AIR that as many as 203 roads including state highways
and major district roads had suffered extensive damage in 13 flood-hit
districts. More from our correspondent:
" After visiting flood affected areas, GOC of Bihar and Jharkhand
Sub areas Major General SS Mamak and Commandant Brigadier Manoj Natrajan said, the army will construct damaged rail
bridge between Katihar and New Jalpaiguri. The army will also construct road
bridge at Jokihat in the worst hit Araria district. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
is camping in the worst affected bordering districts of the state. He will
visit relief camps of Kishanganj today and review relief and rescue operations
in the affected areas. WITH K.K. LAL REPORT FROM PATNA, ANUJA KUMAR, AIR
Meanwhile, the death toll due to flood has risen to 364. Over one crore
fifty lakh people in 18 districts are affected, with more than 7 lakh 60
thousand people being shifted to safer places.
Swollen Burhi Gandak wreaked havoc in Muzaffarpur and Samastipur.
Surging water of Kamla Balan is engulfing fresh areas of Darbhanga. The flood
situation is still grim in Darbhanga, Samastipur and Sitamarhi. Relief and
rescue operations are in full swing. Besides Army teams, NDRF and SDRF are
carrying out relief and rescue operations. Dry food packets are being
airdropped in the affected areas. Over one thousand Six hundred community
kitchens have been set up in the flood affected areas.
The Central government has
notified bank notes of 200 rupees. It was done in pursuance of RBI Act and on
the recommendation of the Central Board Of Directors of Reserve Bank of India.
The CBI is questioning
Karti Chidambaram, the son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, in New Delhi
following the Supreme Court directions in a matter relating to alleged
irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX
Media in the year 2007. On August 18, the Supreme Court had directed Karti to
appear before the CBI and to carry with him all necessary documents in his
defence keeping in mind the allegations in the FIR. On May 15, an FIR was
registered by CBI against Karti and INX Media along with eight others for alleged
irregularities in FIPB clearance given to the media house for receiving foreign
direct investment in 2007 when his
father was the finance minister.
The Delhi High
Court today sought Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's response on a plea seeking
action against him for allegedly filing a false affidavit that he had not
instructed his counsel to use derogatory words against Union minister Arun
Jaitley. Justice Manmohan issued notice to Mr. Kejriwal and sought his response
within four weeks. He listed the matter for hearing on 11th of December. Mr.
Jaitley has filed a 10 crore rupee defamation suit against Mr. Kejriwal and
five other AAP leaders.
Polling is underway peacefully for by-elections
to two Assembly seats in Goa and one each in Delhi and Andhra Pradesh.
In the national
capital, by-poll is being held for the Bawana Assembly constituency.
The seat fell vacated after Aam Aadmi Party MLA Ved Prakash resigned to join
the BJP. Eight candidates belonging
to different political parties including Ram Chandra of AAP, Ved Prakash of BJP
and Surendra Kumar of Congress are in the fray. 24.39 per cent votes were cast
till 1 PM. Over 2.94 lakh electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in
the bypoll in which EVMs equipped with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail are
being used at all polling stations.
In Goa, polling is underway in Panaji and Valpoi. Chief Minister and BJP candidate Manohar Parrikar is
contesting for the Panaji seat against Girish Chodankar of Congress, Anand
Shirodkar of Goa Suraksha Manch and independent candidate Kenneth Silveira. In
Valpoi, there is a contest among Goa’s health minister and BJP’s Vishwajit
Rane, Congress’ Roy Naik and independent candidate Rohidas Gaonkar. The polls
have been necessitated following the resignation of BJP MLA Siddharth
Kuncolienkar from Panaji and Congress MLA Vishwajeet Rane from Valpoi.
In Andhra Pradesh, polling is taking place for
the Nandyal Assembly seat. The seat had fallen vacant due to the death of a
sitting Telugu Desam Party MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy. Nearly 30 per cent polling was
reported in the first three hours of the by-election. The counting of votes
will be held on the 28th of this month.
The focus of Tamilnadu politics has now shifted to Puducherry even as
MLAs who are supporters of TTV Dinakaran's faction have been housed in a
private resort there. These MLAs after having withdrawn their support to the
ruling AIADMK after the merger of Palanichamy and Panneerselvam's faction were
seen in the resort today.
Dinakaran, who is the Deputy General Secretary of the Party, has dubbed the merger as a
betrayal of party general secretary Sasikala. He announced
the removal of Senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP M.R.Vaithilingam from the
primary membership of the party yesterday. Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar was removed
today as the secretary of a party forum named after late Jayalalithaa. He also
appointed some of his supporters to various party posts.
DMK and the Congress have demanded the Assembly session and wanted to
move the no confidence motion if needed, against the present government.
Meanwhile Om Shakthi Sekar, an AIADMK MLA of Puducherry, held demonstrations
against Dinakaran with hundreds of supporters and reached the venue of the
Police security has been tightened around the resort to prevent any
untoward incident. A major decision awaiting the Party is also that of the
Election Comission, on the symbol of two leaves even as the RK Nagar
Constituency, from where late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was elected, remains
vacant for eight months.
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi has said the demise of former Manipur Chief Minister Rishang Keishing has
left a great void in the politics of the Northeast. In his condolence message,
Mr Modi said, Keishing served the region with great diligence. The Prime
Minister said, his thoughts are with the family and well-wishers of the leader
who passed away in Imphal yesterday.
Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati launched a corporate book on
'Mann Ki Baat' in Mumbai today and said that the 'Mann Ki Baat' by Prime
Minister Narendra Modi has set a very high bar on mass outreach initiatives.
Delivering the inaugural address at Chief Learning Officers Summit, Mr. Vempati
lauded 'Mann Ki Baat' for highlighting the efforts of many unsung heroes from
everyday life calling it a great beginning. He said, Radio continues to be a
platform beyond cities to reach the last man in society.
"The book has very interesting portion on a specific post box that
was created for getting all physical mail which continues to pour in, people
continue to send inputs, what they would like to hear form the Prime Minister
in Mann Ki Baat. And it is setting a testimony how Radio continue to be a
platform beyond cities beyond FM to reach to the last man in the society."
Mr. Vempati also emphasized the need to have positive stories about
India at a time when there is a persistent inflow of negative reports in
foreign media about our country. He
said, Mann Ki Baat is bringing about a huge change in this aspect. He also
praised the patient listener in Prime Minister Modi, which, he said, is an important
aspect of speaking well.
Shrikant Prasad Purohit was released today from the Taloja prison in Navi
Mumbai after being granted bail by the Supreme Court in the 2008 Malegaon blast
case. A team of Military Police and Quick Response Team of the Army escorted
him out of the jail. Purohit was in jail for almost nine years for his alleged
role in the case.
The apex court
had granted bail to Lt.Col. Purohit on Monday.
Dismissing concerns over Indian development activities in Afghanistan, a
Trump administration official has said, Pakistan is using a perceived threat of
encirclement by India as an excuse to continue its support to terrorists.
National Security Council spokesman
Michael Anton said during a conference call yesterday that what India is doing
in Afghanistan is not a threat to Pakistan. He said India is not building
military bases and it is not deploying troops. Anton said in the worst case,
the Pakistani government has been guilty of active direct support for terrorist
groups. He said, India is not doing the things that would constitute
encirclement, which is one of the things that the Pakistanis complain about.
His comments came after US President Donald Trump laid out his policy for
Afghanistan and the larger South Asian region. Mr Trump sought a greater
involvement from India while criticising Pakistan for tolerating terrorist safe
havens and for its support to terrorists.
Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba reached New Delhi this
afternoon on a 5-day visit to India. He was received by External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj.
During this visit, Mr Deuba will call on President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice
President Venkaiah Naidu and hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This
is Mr Deuba's first visit abroad after assuming the office of Prime Minister of
Nepal in June this year. A high-level delegation is accompanying the Nepalese
Our correspondent reports that the upcoming visit will provide an
opportunity to both the sides for holding wide-ranging discussions on issues of
mutual interest, and advancing age old, special ties of friendship between the
Apart from official engagements in New Delhi, the Prime Minister of
Nepal will visit Hyderabad, Tirupati and Bodh Gaya. In recent years,
India-Nepal partnership has witnessed significant growth in all areas of
In World Badminton Championships, London
Olympics Bronze medalist Saina Nehwal, will play for a pre-quarterfinal berth
today at Glasgow, Scotland. In the women's singles event, 12th seed Saina will
take on Swiss Sabrina Jaquet. Rituparna Das and Tanvi Lad will also be seen in
the second round action today. Yesterday, PV Sindhu advanced to the
In Men's Singles, Ajay Jayaram, B. Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer
Verma will play for pre-quarterfinal berths today.