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Mischievous and fictitious: Anurag Thakur slams New York Times Op-Ed on Kashmir press freedom

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, Friday, slammed the New York Times for its “mischievous and fictitious” opinion piece on the freedom of press in Kashmir, accusing the US-based daily of “spreading lies” about India.

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Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, Friday, slammed the New York Times for its “mischievous and fictitious” opinion piece on the freedom of press in Kashmir, accusing the US-based daily of “spreading lies” about India.

Taking to Twitter, the BJP Minister launched a scathing attack against the NYT, claiming that the newspaper had long ago dropped all pretensions of neutrality while publishing anything about India. He claimed that NYT’s opinion piece on Kashmir press freedom is “mischievous and fictitious”, alleging that it was published with the sole motive of spreading an anti-India propaganda and undermining the country’s democratic institutions and values.

Thakur’s fiery response came after an NYT opinion piece claimed there were alleged curbs on the freedom of press and information flow in Kashmir valley.

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Thakur claimed that this was a continuation of the policy adopted by the NYT and other like-minded foreign media outlets of spreading lies about India and defaming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding “such lies can’t last long.”

Thakur further accused “some foreign media” outlets of nourishing a grudge against India and PM Modi, alleging that these institutions have “systematically” trying to peddle lies about the Indian democracy and the country’s pluralistic society.

Anurag Thakur stressed that press freedom is a fundamental right in India and thus sacrosanct while also slamming the “agenda driven media” for attempts to preach “grammar of democracy.”

Condemning the “blatant lies” about the freedom of press in Kashmir in the NYT opinion piece, the Minister said that Indians won’t allow such mindsets to run their decisive agenda on the country’s soil.

A New York Times opinion piece by a guest author alleged that freedom of press in the valley has gradually deteriorated under the PM Modi-led BJP regime, especially since the abrogation of Article 370 which accorded formerly special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Caught on cam: 22-year-old man hits, stabs man on Delhi street, suspect arrested

The 22-year-old boys are identified as Kasim, the victim, and Sohaib, the attacker. However, police have taken Sohaib into custody.

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A man has been seen hitting and stabbing another man on a road in yet another terrifying incident that has been reported from Delhi’s Nand Nagri PS area late on Thursday night.

The video of the incident has gone viral on the internet. A CCTV camera was present at the place of occurrence and recorded the entire incident.

The 22-year-old boys are identified as Kasim, the victim, and Sohaib, the attacker. However, police have taken Sohaib into custody.

Kasim first got hit by Sohaib before he noticed stabbing him with a knife as he lay on the road. Then, using the knife, the attacker stabbed the victim’s left elbow severely, causing a strange bend. Surprisingly, the witnesses did not try to help the victim or stop the attacker as he walked away.

Kasim’s mother was horrified after seeing her son in near to death situation. She rushed over to Kasim and took him in her arms. In the video, she can be heard screaming that her son has been stabbed repeatedly. The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m.

After that Kasim was taken to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital (GTB) in Shahdara, Delhi. Later, he was sent to the Safdarjung Enclave Trauma Centre at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. He is receiving treatment and has not given the police a statement due to the serious injuries.

The accused and victim both lived in the same area and were known to each other. However, it is still unclear what has led to the conflict. Police has begun the investigation after the FIR was filed.

The case is similar to the 16-year-old Sakshi murder case in Delhi a week ago, a 20-year-old man Sahil made a gruesome attack on a girl called Sakshi, whom he stabbed more than 20 times and bludgeoned to death with a cement slab.

The next day, Sahil who had escaped the incident was arrested in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahar.

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Fire engulfs Delhi hospital, 20 newborns rescued

Delhi Fire Service Director Atul Garg said, at 1:35 am, they received a call about a fire to have broken out at a hospital. First, four teams were sent but later as they were informed there were 20 newborns trapped, again four more tenders were sent.

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A fire broke out at a West Delhi hospital in the early hours of Friday, 20 newborns were rescued and no fatalities reported.

The incident reported at a Child hospital in the Vaishali colony of Delhi.

As many as nine fire fighting teams were effectuated to rescue the newborns from the deadly ablaze.

All 20 newborns were immediately shifted to other medical facilities after were rescued.

As per the Delhi police, 13 of the 20 rescued newborns were shifted to Janakpuri’s Arya hospital, two were shifted to a newborn child hospital in Dwarka, two were shifted to JK Hospital in Janakpuri and other three were discharged after rescue.

Reports said, the fire broke out at around 1:35 am after some furniture items caught fire, but was brought into control by the Delhi fire service team.

Delhi Fire Service Director Atul Garg said, at 1:35 am, they received a call about a fire to have broken out at a hospital. First, four teams were sent but later as they were informed there were 20 newborns trapped, again four more tenders were sent.

Garg said, he and his team reached the spot on time and were succesful in extinguishing the fire.

Garg also claimed the hospital did not have a fire NOC and it was just a one floor hospital.

Further investigation is underway to find out the reason behind.

The incident comes just a day after a massive fire broke out at a hospital in Lucknow.

An under-construction facility of the King George Medical University’s (KGMU) of Lucknow was engulfed with fire, which was later brought under control with no casualties reported.

A similar incident was reported from Mumbai early this morning, a huge fire broke out in a 5-storey building in the Zaveri Bazaar area of Mumbai, which trapped around 50-60 people inside the building.

However, with the efforts of 12 fire tenders team, all the people trapped were evacuated safely.

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Fire breaks out in air-conditioned coach of Durg-Puri Express in Odisha, creates panic, no fatalities reported | Watch video

The train left the station at 11 p.m. after the issue was resolved by the railway officials in less than an hour.

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Days after a triple-train accident in Odisha, on Thursday, a small fire broke out inside a Durg Puri Express coach in the Nuapada region of Odisha, causing panic among the passengers. The East Coast Railway authorities verified that there were no casualties or injuries after the accident.

As per the statement issued by ECoR,  he said, the brake pads caught fire due to friction and incomplete brake release. The brake pads were the only thing on fire. There was no other damage reported.

On Thursday evening, the smoke was noticed in the B3 coach of the train as it approached the Khariar Road station. The train left the station at 11 p.m. after the issue was resolved by the railway officials in less than an hour.

When the smoke was spotted, a large number of people ran out of the train, sparking panic among them.

However, everything was resorted and was under control.

Meanwhile, in one of the nation’s worst train tragedies at the Bahanaga Bazar station in Odisha’s Balasore district, involving the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, and a goods train, collided in which 288 people died and more than 1,100 were injured, several aids and assistance are being given to the affected families.

After reviewing the rescue and restoration efforts following the triple train tragedy, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw traveled back to Delhi from Balasore in Odisha and had a high-level meeting with officials. According to sources, Vaishnaw gave the Railway Board officials the green light to design strategies that would entirely secure the railroads from outside forces.

On the request of the Ministry of Railways, with the approval of the Odisha Government, and further orders from DoPT (Govt. of India), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has initiated a case regarding the train accident involving the Coromandel Express, Yashwantpur-Howrah Express, and a Goods train at Bahanaga Bazar in Odisha on June 2.

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