LIVE news updates: PIL filed against Nitish Kumar as AES death toll reaches 109 in Bihar
PIL filed against Nitish Kumar as death toll in AES reaches 109, Dr Harsh Vardhan,Bihar Mangal Pandey, Ashwini Choubey also named in PIL
PIL filed against Nitish Kumar as AES death toll reaches 109 in Bihar
PIL has been filed against Bihar CM Nitish Kumar over death of 109 children in Muzaffarpur due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome. Union Health Min Dr Harsh Vardhan,Bihar Health Min Mangal Pandey, MoS Health&Family Welfare,Ashwini Choubey also named in PIL. Case to be heard on 26 Jun
Odisha orders litchi test after encephalitis deaths in Bihar
In view of the rising encephalitis deaths in Bihar, Odisha government on Tuesday directed officials to collect samples of litchi being sold in the market and test it for any toxins affecting human health.
Health Minister Naba Kishore Das directed Food Safty Commissioners to test the litchi being sold in the market after some reports suggested that the fruit was responsible for the deaths in Bihar.
The death toll from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis has increased to 100 in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar.
At least 10 people were injured in a grenade blast in Pulwama town
At least 10 people were injured in a grenade blast in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama town on June 18, police said
Anticipatory bail of Jharkhand legislator rejected in sexual harassment case
A court in Jharkhand rejected anticipatory bail of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) legislator Pradeep Yadav in a sexual harassment case on Tuesday.
Additional District Judge (ADH) in Deoghar district Mohammad Nasirudin rejected the anticipatory bail of Yadav.
A JVM-P woman leader had lodged an FIR against Yadav in April this year in a sexual harassment case against him. The case was lodged when he had filed his nomination paper as JVM-P's Lok Sabha candidate from Godda seat.
Trump signals ease in trade tensions with China, global markets to gain
Indian markets may gain on Wednesday as US President Donald Trump signalled easing of US-China trade tensions.
Trump said in tweet on Tuesday that he "had a very good telephone conversation with President Xi Jinping of China"
"We will be having an extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan. Our respective teams will begin talks prior to our meeting," Trump said.
Earthquake of magnitude 6.5 occurred in Honshu in Japan
Heatwave kills 90 people in last 72 hours in Bihar
Severe heatwave killed 12 more people in Bihar in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll over the past three days to 90, official said on Tuesday.
However unofficially, the heatwave has claimed more than 250 lives in three days across a dozen districts.
Deaths were reported from Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui districts, where temperatures hovered around 45.8 to 42 degrees Celsius on June 15, 16 and 17.
According to the State Disaster Management Department w
Jet shares ends 40% lower, 2 independent directors resign
Jet Airways saw one of the worst days of its trading history on Tuesday as investors distanced themselves from the grounded airline after its lenders decided to initiate bankruptcy proceedings to recover dues.
Jet scrip hit their lowest point ever of Rs 32.25 per share, falling over 50 per cent before closing slightly higher at Rs 40.45 apiece, down 40 per cent.
The company also informed about the resignation of two independent directors -- Ashok Chawla and Sharad Sharma -- in another sign that the chances of its revival were remote.
Bengal BJP activist murdered, party blames Trinamool
A BJP youth wing activist was on Tuesday killed in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district as post-poll violence continue to rock the state.
The saffron party has accused the state's ruling Trinamool Congress of being behind the murder.
"Ananda Pal, a 28-year-old Bharatiya Janata Yuba Morcha (BJYM) activist is brutally murdered by Trinamool Congress goons in Cooch Behar district's Natabari area on Tuesday.
Samajwadi Party lawmaker Shafiqur Rahman Barq refuses to chant Vande Mataram during oath
Samajwadi Party lawmaker Shafiqur Rahman Barq refuses to chant Vande Mataram during oath, says it is against Islam
Japan issues tsunami advisory after 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes
Tsunami warning issued after strong 6.5-magnitude quake strikes Japan
UPA Chief Sonia Gandhi chairs meeting with allies
ED attaches movable properties worth Rs 1609.78 crore of M/s Sidhi Vinayak Logistics Ltd
ED attaches movable properties comprising 6170 road vehicles worth Rs 1609.78 crore of M/s Sidhi Vinayak Logistics Ltd (SVLL), against proceeds of crime of Rs 1590 Crores in a bank fraud case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA).
SC to consider PIL on Uttarakhand forest fire
New Zealand Court sentences citizen for sharing Christchurch bombing video
The Christchurch District Court sentenced a New Zealand citizen to 21 months imprisonment for circulating the video of the horrific Christchurch mosque shooting, which killed 51 people
Two children killed in explosion in UP toilet
Two children were killed and one seriously injured in an explosion in a toilet here on Tuesday, police said
The incident was reported from Dubaval village in the district.
According to reports, the children were playing near the toilet, constructed under the government scheme by Shivpujan Bind but being used as a store room, when a loud explosion was heard and the children flung away.
Andhra Assembly passes resolution on SCS
The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution urging the Centre to accord Special Category Status (SCS) to the state without any further delay.
Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy moved the resolution which was adopted by voice vote on the last day of the first session of the newly-elected Assembly.
Jagan Reddy said SCS was the state's lifeline and it alone could undo the injustices meted to the state by dividing the united Andhra Pradesh without taking into consideration the view of the majority of the people.
HC directs clinic to continue stem cell treatment
In an interim relief, the Delhi High Court has directed a private clinic to continue with the stem cell treatment being provided to the patients till its further orders.
The court's interim direction came while hearing various petitions challenging the Centre's decision to put stem cell therapy in the category of new drugs.
The petitioners were being provided stem cell treatment in Nutech Mediworld Clinic in Green Park here.
Delhi court allows NIA to quiz Mohammad Arif Ghulambashir Dharampuria on a terror funding case.
A Delhi court on June 18 allowed the NIA to quiz Mohammad Arif Ghulambashir Dharampuria for 7 days in connection with the Pakistan-based Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation terror funding case.
HK chief's apology rejected, protest to continue
Terrorists lobbed a grenade at Pulwama police station, 3 civilians injured
Terrorists lobbed a grenade at Pulwama police station in Jammu and Kashmir which exploded outside the station, June 18. Three civilians have received critical injuries. The area has been cordoned off.
This is a developing story.
Delhi HC issues notice in plea to quash results of NEET-UG 2019
Andhra Assembly passes resolution on Special Category Status
Kerala home minister's son accused in rape case; CPI(M) says won't protect anyone
The CPI-M national leadership has washed its hands off Binoy Kodiyeri, son of its Kerala secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, against whom a rape case was filed last week.
While CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury told the media in Delhi that he was not aware of the case, the party's Politburo member Brinda Karat said the party had nothing to do with the case.
"This has nothing to do with the party and it will not interfere with it. This has to be dealt by the person himself and the party will not protect anyone," said Karat.
2 dead and 4 injured after rafting boat overturns at a tourist spot J&K
Two dead and four injured after a raft overturns in Lidder river in Jammu and Kashmir's Pahalgam
This is a developing story
Death toll due to AES, in Bihar's Muzaffarpur, rises to 109
Army pays tribute to martyred soldiers
Army pays tribute to Havildar Amarjeet Kr & Naik Ajit Kr Sahoo who were injured in an IED blast at Arihal, Pulwama y'day&succumbed to their injuries today. Tribute also paid to Rifleman Anil Kr Jaswal who lost his life in encounter with terrorists today in Anantnag martyred soldiers
A ruckus broke during a review meeting of BSP in Amravati, Maharashtra
Rupee snaps 3-day losing streak; rises 21 paise to 69.70 vs USD
Two unidentified bodies recovered off Mumbai beaches
Two bodies were retrieved from the Arabian Sea in two separate incidents off the Juhu and Versova beaches in the city's western suburbs on Tuesday, an official said.
In the first instance, lifeguards deployed at Juhu Beach noticed a body floating in the waters near the Godrej Bungalow around 8 a.m.
China earthquake kills 13, injures 199
As many as 13 people were killed and 199 others injured in a 6-magnitude earthquake that hit China's Sichuan Province, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on Tuesday. The earthquake hit the Changning county at 10.55 p.m. on Monday.
As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 people trapped in the debris were rescued and 731 evacuated, according to the ministry, Xinhua news agency reported.
Safety inspection and rescue efforts are underway, with fire-fighters rushing to the quake-hit regions to conduct rescue and search operations.
Sexagenarian woman beaten to death with iron rod by son-in-law
A 60-year-old woman was allegedly beaten to death by her son-in-law with an iron rod in Rohini area of Delhi following a heated argument, police said on Tuesday.
According to the police, the accused has been identified as Rajesh (44) who had beaten his mother-in-law identified as Ramkali (60), a househelp by profession, to death.
"We received a police control room (PCR) call at around 11:30 a.m. informing about Ramkali being found dead in a nearby park. A team rushed to the spot. Locals informed us that she was hit with an iron rod on the head by Rajesh following which she collapsed," said S.D. Mishra, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Rohini.
Civilian's body found in Anantnag gunfight site
A civilian's body was found on June 18 some distance away from June 17's gunfight site in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury named Congress leader in LS
Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was on Tuesday named as leader of Congress in Lok Sabha by UPA Chairperson and Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sonia Gandhi.
According to top Congress sources, the letter nominating Chowdhury, an MP from West Bengal's Behrampur and a former Union Minister, as party leader in the lower house was sent to Lok Sabha Secretariat.
Chowdhury himself confirmed his nomination as the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha and said he would fulfil his responsibilities.
Replies in Goa Assembly delayed wilfully: Kavlekar
Leader of the Opposition in the Goa Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar, here on Tuesday, alleged that some departments wilfully delay replies to critical questions raised in the Assembly, depriving the Opposition opportunity to take on the treasury benches.
"Sometimes, we would get the reply just minutes before a question is raised. Some departments are doing it on purpose, to avoid attacks from the Opposition," Kavlekar said addressing the media after the Congress legislative party meeting at the Assembly complex.
"During the business advisory committee meeting, we will request the Chief Minister for submission of replies 48 hours before a particular question is called by the Speaker," Kavlekar said.
Mamata asks govt to prepare white paper on simultaneous polls
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday excused herself from the scheduled meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the chiefs of political parties in Delhi on Wednesday, while asking the Centre to prepare a white paper on "one nation, one election", instead of doing it "hurriedly".
Modi has invited the heads of all the political parties that have at least one member either in the Lok Sabha or in the Rajya Sabha for a meeting on June 19 to discuss several issues, including the "one nation, one election" idea, celebration of 75 years of Independence in 2022 and the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year.
It will be followed by a dinner-meeting with all the MPs on June 20.
After turbulent April, domestic air passenger traffic grows by 2.96 per cent in May
Domestic air passenger traffic saw a rebound in May as it increased by 2.96 per cent after a slump in April, according to the data released by aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday.
In April, domestic air passenger traffic had dropped by 4.5 per cent over the same period last year.
The domestic air traffic in May this year consisted of 12.20 million passengers as compared to 11.85 million passengers in the same month last year, a jump of 2.96 per cent, as per the data.
Maharashtra govt allocates 500 crore rupees in budget for modern weapons, instruments to end Naxal activities in affected areas
Maharashtra Government in assembly session today allocated Rs 500 crore rupees in its budget for modern weapons, instruments and technologies to put an end to Naxal activities in affected areas, also for special skill development program to provide employment to youth in the area.
Delhi Police has submitted report to Ministry of Home Affairs over Mukherjee Nagar incident
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar issues directions after visiting Sri Krishna Medical College & Hospital in Muzaffarpur
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar issues directions after visiting Sri Krishna Medical College & Hospital in Muzaffarpur where 89 children have died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome AES). CM said environmental study should be conducted of affected areas and an analysis should be done.
He also gave directions to convert Sri Krishna Medical College & Hospital (SKMCH) into a 2500-bed hospital (currently 610 beds), and 1500 beds should be arranged immediately in the 1st phase. A 'dharmshala' will also be built there for relatives and families.
2005 Ayodhya terror attack case: Prayagraj Special Court sentences four convicts to life imprisonment and acquits one person.
Reuters quoting its sources: Former UEFA President and French soccer star Michel Platini detained for questioning in probe over awarding of 2022 World Cup to Qatar
A man has committed suicide by jumping in front of the metro train at Civil Lines Metro Station. More details awaited.
Three persons of ISIS module arrested and remanded to judicial custody till 28th June in Coimbatore
Coimbatore: Three persons of ISIS module arrested and remanded to judicial custody till 28th June. FIR registered. They are suspected of planning an attack on public, intelligence officials, churches, temples, mosques, and other religious places in Coimbatore.
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi takes oath as member of 17th Lok Sabha
J&K Police on Marhama (Anantnag) encounter: Search ops launched jointly by security forces at Marhama in Bijbehara area
J&K Police on Marhama (Anantnag) encounter: On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched jointly by security forces at Marhama in Bijbehara area of District Anantnag. As search op was going on, hiding terrorists fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated.
One Army Jawan Anil Jaswal sustained gunshot injuries and attained martyrdom at hospital. 2 terrorists were killed; their bodies were retrieved. Terrorists have been identified as Sajad Ahmad Bhat and Tawseef Ahmad Bhat of Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Sajad was wanted in Lethpora blast in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred earlier this year. As per the material evidence collected during the course of investigation it was learnt that vehicle used for carrying out the blast in Lethpora was owned by Sajad.
Kerala UDF attempts peace in ally Kerala Congress (Mani)
Top United Democratic Front (UDF) leaders on Tuesday met Kerala Congress (Mani) leader PJ Joseph, who was sidestepped by Jose K.Mani to become the Chairman of the party on Sunday.
Joseph on Monday managed to get a Supreme Court stay on Jose's election till July 17.
Kerala Congress (Mani) is the third biggest party in the Congress-led UDF and it is trying its best to amicably resolve the crisis before bypolls to the six Assembly seats.
Pakistan, World Bank sign $918 million agreements
Pakistan and the World Bank on Tuesday signed three loan agreements worth $918 million to help support revenue mobilisation and higher education development in the country.
The agreements were signed by Secretary of Economic Affairs Division Noor Ahmed on behalf of the federal government and World Bank Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan while the representatives of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa signed their respective project agreements, reports Geo News.
The World Bank will provide $400 million for the ‘Pakistan Raises Revenue Programme' which is aimed at contributing to a sustainable increase in domestic revenue by broadening the tax base and facilitating compliance.
Investors abandon Jet Airways, shares crash 52%
Jet Airways shares lost over half of its value on Tuesday following its lenders' decision to initiate bankruptcy proceedings against the grounded airline.
Jet Airways stocks hit an intra-day low of Rs 32.25 per share, falling by a massive 52 per cent. At 1.41 p.m, Jet's stocks were trading at Rs 38.05 per share, down Rs 30.25 or 44.29 per cent.
SBI-led lenders consortium on Monday said that they have decided to "seek resolution under IBC since only a conditional bid was received and requirement of the investor for SEBI exemptions and resolution of all creditors is possible under IBC".
Brutal murder enrages mob to attack UP police post
Enraged over brutal murder and dismembering of the body of an elderly man here in Mathura district a mob has vandalised a police check-post and pelted stones forcing policemen to flee.
The size of the approaching mob towards the Radhakund post late on Monday was so huge that the policemen there abandoned their posts.
According to reports, the body of the elderly man was found in the field in Govardhan area. The eyes of the deceased had been gouged out by the assailants.
Shah Faesal, Engineer Rashid announce pre-poll alliance
Former IAS officer Shah Faesal and former MLA Engineer Rashid on Tuesday announced a pre-poll alliance to contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
At a press conference here, Faesal and Rashid announced that the Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement (JKPM) and Awami Itehad Party have joined hands to form an electoral alliance called the Peoples United Front.
Rashid is the chief of Awami Itehad Party, while Faesal, who gave up his coveted career in the IAS to join politics, formed the JKPM.
West Bengal junior doctors resume work, Hospital services back to normal
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury named Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha
Congress named senior lawmaker Adhir Chowdhury its leader in Lok Sabha.
At the long pending strategy session this morning, where Rahul Gandhi and his mother UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi were present, the matter was discussed.
A letter has been written to Lok Sabha, mentioning Choudhury would be the leader of the single largest party and represent it at all important selection committees.
Ajay Nishad: It is to be seen how the number of deaths be brought down to zero
Muzaffarpur MP Ajay Nishad: It is to be seen how the number of deaths be brought down to zero. I believe that we should concentrate and work on 4G - Gaon, Garmi, Gareebi, Gandgi (village, heat, poverty, uncleanliness). This disease (AES) is somewhere connected to these factors.
Patients coming in are very poor, most of them are from SC category & other backward classes. Their lifestyle belongs to a very low category. That needs to be raised. Parents take time to understand when their children fall sick, they need to be made aware.
Government of India compulsorily retires 15 senior officers
Government of India compulsorily retires 15 very senior officers of the ranks of Principal Commissioner, Commissioner, Additional Commissioner, & Deputy Commissioner of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) today, under Rule 56 (j).
8 killed, 24 injured in road accident in UP
Eight persons were killed and more than 24 injured when a milk tanker hit a tractor trolley.
The accident took place on Monday night on the Sitapur Lakhimpur road in the Kotwali police circle.
All the passengers of the tractor trolley were going to attend a wedding to Machrehata. Six persons died on the spot while more than two dozen were seriously injured in the accident.
Farmer gulps poison before minister for power connection
Upset over being denied an agricultural power connection in his fields since 1980, a farmer recently attempted to commit suicide by consuming poison in the presence of the Maharashtra Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.
Speaking to media persons on Tuesday, the farmer, Ishwar Kharate, who tried to take his own life on Saturday (June 15), said that he had warned the district administration of his plans to commit suicide since he has not been given a power connection for nearly four decades.
Kharate said his grandfather had made the application to the concerned local authorities, but alleged that nothing had moved in the matter, compelling him to resort to the extreme measure to build pressure on the authorities.
Harsh Vardhan: I will not address a press conference; I have said whatever i wanted to say
Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on the outbreak of AES in Bihar, says, "I am not addressing a press conference here. I have said whatever I wanted to say. We are doing our best. We are monitoring the whole thing hourly."
West Bengal CM and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee writes letter to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi informing him of her inability to attend meeting of all political parties called by PM Modi
West Bengal CM and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee has written a letter to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and informed him that she will be unable to attend the meeting of Presidents of all political parties, called by the Prime Minister, scheduled for tomorrow.
SKMCH in Muzaffarpur to release medical bulletin daily at 3pm
CM met the patients and their relatives.He was satisfied with present medical treatment being provided & ordered us to release a bulletin daily at 3pm. He was pained by the fact that adequate facilities for treatment were not available here, said SK Shahi, MS, SKMCH, Muzaffarpur
UP govt to now issue press releases in Sanskrit also
In a bid to promote Sanskrit, the Uttar Pradesh government will now issue press releases in Sanskrit along with Hindi, English and Urdu, an official said Tuesday.
The first press note in Sanskrit was issued by the state government's Information Department on Monday.
Senior officials of the Information Department said the important speeches of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and government information will be released also in Sanskrit, along with Hindi, English and Urdu.
The department has decided to take help of Lucknow-based Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan for translating chief minister's speeches for public release.
JeM militant whose car was used in Pulwama attack, killed
The Jaish-e-Muhammad (LeT) militant whose car was used in the February 14 Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF troopers, was killed in a gunfight on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, police said.
Sajad Ahmad Bhat was among the two militants who were killed in the gunfight on Tuesday morning in the district's Waghama area.
Protest against Nitish Kumar in Muzaffarpur over child deaths due to Encephalitis
Locals hold protest outside Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur as Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is present at the hospital; Death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) is 108.
Om Birla likely to file nomination for post of Lok Sabha speaker today at 12pm
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has passed a resolution to support NDA candidate Om Birla for his candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker. Om Birla will file his nomination around 12 pm, on Tuesday.
Bharatiya Janata Party MPs Hans Raj Hans and Ravi Kishan arrive at the Parliament.
SC says since doctors have called off their strike in WB and other states, there's no urgency to hear the plea
SC refuses to issue notice to Centre but says it is keeping open larger issue of protection of medical professionals
Nitish Kumar arrives at SKMCH Hospital in Muzaffarpur, death toll reaches 126
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrives at SKMCH Hospital in Muzaffarpur, where 89 children have died due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)
2 army personnel injured in IED Blast in J&K Pulwama on Monday, passes away
Two army personnel who were injured in IED attack on a mobile vehicle patrol of 44 RR in Arihal, Pulwama on Monday, have succumbed to their injuries.
Govt, intel agencies must take suitable action to prevent attacks in future: Cong
"Salutations to Major Ketan Sharma who valiantly laid down his life fighting terrorists in Anantnag," Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.
"Another cowardly terror attack on an Army truck in Pulwama, left jawans and civilians injured," he said.
"Expect government and intelligence agencies to take suitable action to curtail future attacks," Surjewala added.
On Monday, an Army major and a militant were killed, while another officer and two troopers were injured in an encounter between security forces and the ultras in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.
In a separate incident, nine Army personnel and two civilians were injured when militants triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) fitted in a vehicle near an Army patrol in Pulwama district on Monday.
BJP MP Om Birla likely to be NDA's nominee for Lok Sabha speaker's post: sources
Soldier, 2 militants killed in J&K gunfight
An Indian Army soldier and two militants were killed on Tuesday in a gunfight in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, police sources said.
Acting on credible input about the presence of militants in Bijbehara area of the south Kashmir district, security forces launched a cordon and search operation this morning.
Special court to pass verdict on Ayodhya terror attack case today
A Special Court in Prayagraj will its pass verdict on the 2005 Ayodhya terror attack case on Tuesday
Death toll due to Encephalitis reaches 104, Nitish Kumar to visit Muzaffarpur today
Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar to visit Muzaffarpur today; Death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur is 104