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Unlock 5.0: Cinema halls

Cinema halls, drama theatres and auditoriums reopened in Maharashtra on Friday following  several months of closure due to second wave of Covid-19.

These establishments reopen with 50 per cent seating capacity and other Covid-19 protocols as the second wave of the pandemic appears to be ebbing in the state. 

Namaz disrupted again in Gurugram but in a new sector, protesters raise Jai Shri Ram slogans

Muslims offering namaz on a private property in Gurgaon’s Sector 12-A on Friday were faced by a crowd shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans.

This underlines the growing tensions in the area over this issue as similar tense scenes in Sector 47 (a more urban area), where namaz offered outdoors on government-owned land led to demands it stop or move indoors.

Contentious England vs India 5th Test to be played in July 2022 at Edgbaston says ECB

The fifth and final Test between India and England was on Friday rescheduled to July 2022, said the England and Wales cricket board. The test was suspended due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the visitors’ camp last month.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced that the game has been moved to Edgbaston from Manchester and will be part of India’s white-ball tour. The match will be held from July 1. Read story

Bhima Koregaon inquiry commission summons former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh

Bhima Koregaon Commission of Inquiry passed an order to summon former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and IPS officer Rashmi Shukla to appear before them on November 8.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds talks with WTO Director General Ngozi Okanjo-Iweala, stresses on fair, equitable outcome at WTO Ministerial meet

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday met World Trade Organization (WTO) director-general Dr Ngozi Okanjo-Iweala in New Delhi and held discussions on fair, just and equitable outcome at the WTO which will take place from November 30 till December 3. 

Bill Gates hails India’s billion Covid-19 shots milestone

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has hailed India’s billion shots Covid-19 milestone. Calling it a testament to india’s innovation and ability to manufacture at scale, he said India has administered one billion vaccine doses succesfully. He also hailed the efforts of millions of health workers backed by CoWIN. 

Congress shunts Harish Rawat from AICC Punjab in-charge role, Harish Chaudhary to replace Uttarakhand leader

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday relieved Harish Rawat of the charge and appointed Harish Chaudhary as All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Punjab. Chaudhary, who was the AICC secretary for Punjab, has also been made the in-charge for Chandigarh.

Chaudhary played a key role as the pointsperson between Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Congress leaders during recent developments in the state.

Mumbai high-rise blaze, fire on 19th floor of residential tower in Lower Parel, 1 Dead

30-year-old man has been reported dead after he fell from the 19th floor of the high rise after a level-4 fire broken out on the 19th floor of a residential building in South Mumbai’s Lalbaug area. Fourteen fire engines are on the spot. The incident is reported from South Mumbai’s luxury One Avighna Park society.

7 killed in Rohingya refugee camp shooting, Bangladesh police say

At least 7 people have been killed and many left injured by gunmen on Friday on a seminary in a Rohingya refugee camp on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, Bangladeshi police said.

PM Modi says for the BJP, democracy means Sabka Saath

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the address said that for them democracy means sabka saath and they made sure to take everyone along.

PM Modi says they stopped VIP culture in vaccination drive

PM Modi said that they stopped VIP culture in the vaccination drive and a lot of people were requesting preferential treatment but they didn’t get any, because the vaccination drive is for all just like their government’s schemes.

PM Modi speaks on 100 crore vaccine doses, says we achieved an extraordinary thing

PM Modi in his address said that we achieved an unexpected thing by crossing the mark of 100 crore vaccine doses. He said that this is not just a number, it is a beginning of a new chapter, a new India, said PM Modi.

Read Also: PM Narendra Modi address: Key highlights of PM Modi’s address on nation’s one billion vaccination milestone

PM Modi begins address

PM Modi has started the address to the nation that was scheduled for 10 am. Earlier, he addressed the nation on the occasion of International Yoga Day.

PM Modi to address nation at 10 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation today at 10 AM. PM Modi’s announcement to address the nation came a day after India scripted history by crossing the 100 crore doses vaccination mark.

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Odisha train crash: Father travelled 230 km to locate son, who was declared dead, later finds him alive in morgue

Helaram who runs a small shop in Howrah, took brother-in-law, Dipak Das’s help in getting son back home.



Father found son alive

The father of a victim in Odisha train accident on June 2, travelled 230 KM in search of a son who was declared dead.

The father had refused to accept that his son died in the tragic train accident in Balasore. He did not lose hope and travelled over 230 km from Kolkata to Balasore to find his son.

Biswajit Malik, 24, was presumed to have died in the train accident. his father Helaram Malik pursued a relentless quest to locate his son and his dedication to find his son led him to a makeshift morgue in Odisha where he arrived in an ambulance from Kolkata after a long journey.

Helaram who runs a small shop in Howrah, took brother-in-law, Dipak Das’s help in getting son back home.

Initially, it was not easy for Helaram to locate his son, he tirelessly searched for his son and failed many times. His will power helped him, Helaram and Das while their search, arrived at Bahanaga High School where they were encountered with a temporary morgue filled with numerous dead bodies of the victims of the train accident. After all the odds and struggle they finally found Biswajit, they discovered a severely injured body but alive. They quickly took him to Balasore Hospital where he was given immediate medical assistance.

However, doctor adviced Helaram to transfer his son to Cuttack Medical College Hospital but despite this recommendation, He discharged Biswajit and returned home, signing a bond. Das and Helaram arranged an ambulance, Biswajit remained largely unconscious throughout their journey back to Kolkata.

It was surprising to know that Biswajit’s condition remained stable despite his critical injuries. When he arrived Kolkata, he underwent surgery at SSKM Hospital’s Trauma care unit.

The forensic medical report of Biswajit’s survival says the concept of suspended animation, where a person’s vital signs significantly reduces. Expert Somnath said, it is possible that due to the circumstances of the search and rescue operations, the injured passengers vital signs were not adequately checked.

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Korean man who returned Patna after 3 years stunned social media users with his Bihari Accent | Watch

This video has gained lakhs of views across internet. One user wrote speaking Hindi itself is a big deal for a foreigner but speaking in a Bihari accident is totally a different level.



Language is an essential aspect of life. It serves as a means of communication and expression, allowing people to share ideas, thoughts and emotions. We feel really happy when someone speaks our mother tongue as we sense a kinship.

A video of a Japanese girl speaking Bengali fluently went viral in 2020. In a recent Instagram video, content creator Prashant Kumar can be seen conversing in Hindi with a Korean man by the name of Charlie.

On social media, a video showing Charlie’s Bihari accent has gained significant traction and the social media users are praising Charlie for his proficiency in Hindi.

This video has gained lakhs of views across internet. One user wrote speaking Hindi itself is a big deal for a foreigner but speaking in a Bihari accident is totally a different level.

Currently, Charlie is on a tour of Patna and is amazed to see the city’s progress. He believes Patna is more cleaner than New York.

Interestingly, Charlie was living in Patna since he was 2 years old. In one of his videos on Instagram, he talks about his upbringing in Indian culture.

He wrote he was brought in Patna till the age of 20 used to speak Hindi as natural as an Indian and adopted the Indian accent while speaking English. Charlie wrote, during his childhood he used to feel shy and uncomfortable to speak English.

Bihar, located in northern India, is a state with a rich history and vibrant culture. Today, Bihar is a state of contrasts – a place of great beauty and potential and It is the home to a varied spectrum of communities.

The Bihari people are known for their friendliness and hospitality, and their food is famous throughout India for its rich flavors and spices.

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Odisha train accident: 101 bodies still to be identified, 200 injured  undergoing treatment

According to Divisional Railway Manager of the Eastern Central Railways, Rinkesh Roy, almost 200 patients are still being treated in various hospitals throughout the state of Odisha.



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In the tragic triple train accident of Odisha, which took the lives of 278 people, living over 1000 injured. Out of 278 who died, 101 bodies are still to be identified, according to the officials.

According to Divisional Railway Manager of the Eastern Central Railways, Rinkesh Roy, almost 200 patients are still being treated in various hospitals throughout the state of Odisha.

The toll stayed at 275 since the Odisha government did not modify it. Rinkesh Roy responded figures do change over time when questioned about it.

The number of death had previously been put at 288. On Sunday, the Odisha government changed it to 275 after admitting that some remains were tallied twice. The chief minister of West Bengal and a former minister of the railway, Mamata Banerjee, disputed the statistics, claiming that 61 residents of her state died and another 182 were still missing. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) also said, 80 out of the 193 total bodies were recognised, and 55 of them were given to the relevant families.

However, train movement resumed late Sunday night with Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who has been sleeping at the site to oversee restoration work, and with other senior officials. This was 51 hours after the triple train collision and barely five hours after the damaged rails were rebuilt.

The horrific accident took place on June 2, when the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express was coming from Shalimar to Chennai when it collided with a halted goods train on the adjacent track, resulting in one of the deadliest rail accidents in the nation. The rear carriages of the Coromandel Express then drifted off onto the third track.

The last two coaches of the Bengaluru-Howrah Express, which was coming by at the same time, were knocked down by a few coaches of the Coromandel Express.

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