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Big Stories Today: UP youth killed in Golden Temple for alleged sacrilege, PM Modi lays foundation stone for Ganga Expressway

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A 22-year-old from Uttar Pradesh is said to have been killed for smiting the Guru Granth Sahib with a kirpan in the inner sanctum of the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Touching any article in the sanctorum is considered sacrilege. The deceased is said to have climbed into the sanctorum and hit the Granth Sahib. It must be mentioned that a Dalit farm labourer, Lakhbir Singh, was lynched at the Singhu border by Nihang Sikhs for desecrating the Granth when he touched it. Punjab is headed to the polls and the Dalit-Jat Sikh dynamics will play a significant role in who wins this year. The Congress is facing a stiff battle with former CM Amarinder Singh carving out a seat-sharing deal with the BJP. The Aam Aadmi Party is also focusing on winning the state.

Karachi gas cylinder blast kills 11

At least 11 killed and more than a dozen got injured in an explosion in a building in Pakistan’s Karachi. As per reports, the blast took place in the Paracha Chowk area of the Shershah neighbourhood on Saturday.

Delhi government converts 4 private hospitals into Omicron dedicated centres

Delhi Government on Saturday announced that it has converted four private hospitals into Omicron dedicated centres. These hospitals are Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Max (Saket), Fortis (Vasant Kunj), and Batra Hospital (Tughlakabad). As of now, a total of 5 hospitals are available for the treatment of new variant in the national capital.

PM Modi lays foundation stone of Ganga Expressway in Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone of the Ganga Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur. The six-lane expressway is a mega project by the government in Uttar Pradesh. The Ganga Expressway will be built at the cost of Rs 36,230 crore and is said to be the longest expressway in Uttar Pradesh.

Opening batsman KL Rahul to be named as Test vice-captain in Rohit Sharma’s absence

Star opening batsman KL Rahul to be named as the vice-captain in Test format in Rohit Sharma’s absence for the upcoming test series against South Africa. The Indian team led by Virat Kohli will play a three-test-match series against South Africa, starting from December 26 in Jo’Burg.

India reports 7,145 new Covid cases and 289 deaths in last 24 hours

India on Saturday reported total 7,145 new Covid cases and 289 deaths in the last 24 hours, while 8,706 recovered from the infection. Currently, total active cases in the country stand at 84,565 which is the lowest in the last 569 days. As of now a total of 1,36,66,05,173 vaccination have been completed by the government.

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Farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni to launch new political party in Punjab’s Chandigarh

Prominent farmer leader from Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Gurnam Singh Chaduni to announce his new political party in Punjab’s Chandigarh. It will be the first political party to emerge from farmers’ year-long protest against the Centre’s three farm laws. The decision comes months ahead of assembly elections in Punjab.

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Bus carrying injured passengers from Odisha train accident collides with van in Bengal town



A bus loaded with injured passengers from the Balasore train accident had to face another unfortunate accident in Medinipur, Bengal on Saturday, June 3. These passengers had sustained injuries in the triple-train crash that occurred in Odisha’s Balasore on June 2, adding to the already tragic series of events.

The bus carrying injured passengers to various districts in Bengal to provide victims with essential medical care, collided head-on with a pick-up van, leading to traffic disruptions on the National Highway in Medinipur. The collision resulted in a momentary halt as emergency responders swiftly sprung into action.

Fortunately, preliminary reports indicate that the injuries sustained by several passengers were minor in nature. The local authorities, displaying commendable efficiency, wasted no time in launching rescue operations. They coordinated the immediate transportation of the injured to different healthcare facilities across West Bengal, making sure they receive all required treatments.

The passengers who had gotten away with injuries from the earlier train accident in Balasore must have been shaken at the second incident within 24 hours. The Friday collision involved three trains: the Coromandel Express ( Kolkata-Chennai), the Yeswanthpur-Howrah Superfast Express, and a goods train. The result left a devastating toll, with at least 280 reported deaths and over 900 injuries.

Unfortunately, the collision involving the bus carrying the injured passengers and the pick-up van has further complicated the ongoing rescue efforts. However, the authorities are working tirelessly to provide the necessary assistance and care to the victims, as well as to assess the overall situation and mitigate further risks.

As the nation mourns, during these difficult times, the authorities prioritize the safety and well-being of those affected, extending their support to the victims and their families. 

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PM Modi visits Odisha train accident site, promises tough punishment for people responsible for collision

The Prime Minister met the injured passengers and assured them all the help and asked the Cabinet Secretary to provide special care so that the bereaved families are not put to inconvenience.



PM Modi with Railway minister Ashwini

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the site of the train accident in Odisha’s Balasore where almost 300 died and some 700 injured. Speaking to the media, he said those guilty of the lapse that led to the accident will be punished.

PM Modi said he shared the anguish of those who have lost their near and dear. He assured the people that all possible help will be provided to the accident-hit families. He said the government will not forgive the culprits and dole out the strictest punishment to them. The Railways are working hard to restore the track, he added.

The Prime Minister met the injured passengers and assured them all the help and asked the Cabinet Secretary to provide special care so that the bereaved families are not put to inconvenience, and those who are affected should keep getting assistance from the government.

He also took stock of the relief and restoration operation on Saturday. PM Modi reached the site with Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan with other senior officials. He interacted with the disaster relief team and other railways officials as well.

Apart from the announcement by Vaishnaw of Central assistance, PM Modi announced an additional ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund on Friday. On the day of incident, he spoke to Vaishnaw on phone and took stock of the situation. PM Modi had been scheduled to flag off Goa’s first Vande Bharat Express but after the Odisha accident happened, he had the event postponed.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge visited the site to provide all possible relief. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a former Railway Minister herself, also visited the site in Balasore. In Vaishnaw’s presence, she said the incident could have been avoided if the Railways had installed the anti-collision system. She announced a separate Rs 5 lakh compensation for families of those who died in the crash and Rs 1 lakh for those seriously injured, and Rs 50,000 for victims with minor injuries. She also said that West Bengal officers and doctors are on the ground for the relief work.

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Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw trolled over missing Kavach after Odisha train accident

Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnav said a high-level probe panel has been set up to look into what happened exactly before the two passenger trains on different lines derailed and collided. There is another question arising on the Coromandel Express’ wrong track.



Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav

The Odisha train accident has claimed over 280 lives leaving hundreds injured. The Railways have become targets for trolls given the number of deaths in Odisha.

The trolls have been very specific in getting after Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw since he had posted a video on the Kavach anti-collision system n which he explained in detail how the system would work to prevent collisions. Social media users asked the minister why was Kavach not installed on the stretch which saw the horrific accident. Some even demanded Vaishnaw resign. Railway spokesperson Amitabh Sharma confirmed there was no Kavach deployed on the incident route. The Kavach just might have saved so many lives.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said a high-level probe panel has been set up to look into what happened exactly before the two passenger trains on different lines derailed and collided. There are other theories for the accident with some saying the Coromandel Express was on the wrong track.

The Indian Railways had announced to implement Kavach protection system over 2000 km during 2022-23. Around 34,000 km network was planned to be brought under Kavach. With Vaishnaw’s video explaining Kavach getting viral, Trinamool Congress s leader Saket Gokhale said only 2% of the total Railway routes have been brought under Kavach.

Gokhale claimed it was mere repackaging of the anti-collision device proposed by Mamata Banerjee when she was railway minister. In 2011-12, Indian Railways under Banerjee had developed the Train Collision Avoidance System system. The Narendra Modi government typically renamed the system to Kavach only to take credit, Gokhale said.

There was no progress on deploying this crucial rail safety technology until 2019 when three companies were approved for manufacturing and installing Kavach on railway tracks, the Trinamool leader said.

On Twitter, a journalist said similar accidents have happened in the past but the then Railway Ministers like Nitish Kumar and Lal Bahadur Shastri have taken moral responsibility and resigned from the position.

The accident has drawn condolences and outrage from India and abroad. Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif tweeted that he was deeply saddened by the loss of hundreds of lives in the accident. Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said he was broken at seeing the images from the train accident and extended his condolences to the people who lost their close ones, he said Canadians are with the people of India in this difficult time. The European Commission and Turkey have also expressed their condolences at the loss of lives in the tragedy.   

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