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Assam: Boat carrying nearly 100 people capsizes in Brahmaputra river, several missing, rescue operation underway

A rescue operation is underway for which divers from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have also been deployed.

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More than 10 people, including a senior government official, went missing after a boat carrying around 100 passengers capsized in the Brahmaputra River in Assam’s Dhubri district on Thursday.

Locals launched a rescue operation with country boats and claimed that around 100 passengers were travelling on the boat in the Brahmaputra river and 10 motorcycles were loaded onto it.

A country-made boat capsized in the Brahmaputra river in Dhubri district. Search and rescue teams have started the operations, Gyanendra Dev Tripathi, Chief Executive Officer, Assam State Disaster Management Authority said.

A rescue operation is underway for which divers from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have also been deployed. So far, 15 people have been rescued.

Dhubri Circle Officer Sanju Das, along with a land record official and an office staff were also travelling on the boat to survey an erosion-hit area. He remains missing, while the two others managed to swim to safety.

The official informed that the Bhashani-bound boat hit an underwater pillar of the Dhubri-Fulbari bridge, which is under construction and capsized. Several school children were on board and none have been rescued so far, the official also said.

Divers from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have also been deployed, another official at Guwahati said.

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Wouldn’t have had more than 2 children had Congress brought population control bill, says father of 4-BJP leader Ravi Kishan

BJP’s Ravi Kishan, back in July, stated that he wanted to table the population control bill and stated that India can only be Vishwa Guru only when Population Control Bill is brought.

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BJP leader and actor Ravi Kishan, while talking to the media on Friday, launched an attack on the grand old party and stated that had they brought a bill that laid down the regulations on the number of having kids per family, the BJP leader wouldn’t have had so many children.

Ravi Kishan who is a father of 4, is set to table private members’ bill on Population control.

BJP leader Manoj Tiwari was also among the panelist and was posed with a similar question on the population control bill exempting him, as he too is a father of 3 children. Tiwari while responding to the criticism, stated that mistakes were made before, however, that doesn’t mean we should continue making mistakes. BJP’s Ravi Kishan leader who was also a panelist interjected, and negated Tiwari’s comment and turned to blame Congress for not bringing a regulation on the population before.

The Gorakhpur MP added to his attack on the Congress Party and stated that if the grand old party would have brought a regulation on Population control before, he wouldn’t have had four children. Ravi Kishan further added the cons of having more than 1 child as he cited his personal account of how his wife’s health deteriorated after having more than one child.

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Ravi Kishan, as well as Manoj Tiwari, had been at the center of a stir as many criticised them and highlighted the Irony of them being the ones endorsing for Population Control bill as they themselves are the father to more than one child.

BJP’s Ravi Kishan, back in July, stated that he wanted to table the population control bill and stated that India can only be Vishwa Guru only when Population Control Bill is brought. The BJP leader further asserted the importance of bringing the population under control, citing the rampant growth of the population.

Kishan also urged the opposition parties to let him introduce the bill and listen to his reasoning for doing so.

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Cyclone Mandous completes landfall, will start weakening into deep depression from today

In the aftermath of cyclone Mandous, several trees have fallen, roads are waterlogged and even a wall collapsed in the T Nagar area of Chennai, causing damage to at least 3 cars parked near it.

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Cyclone Mandous completes landfall, will start weakening into deep depression from today

Cyclone Mandous that wreaked havoc in Tamil Nadu has completed the process of landfall and it will start weakening from Saturday, said the India Meteorological Department. It will further weaken into a deep depression on Saturday after landfall.

The cyclone Mandous had hit the Mamallapuram coast of Tamil Nadu late on Friday night. The coastal areas of the state have recorded moderate to heavy rains. Due to rain and storm, as many as 65 trees have fallen here within 3 hours and there was waterlogging in many places.

In the aftermath of cyclone Mandous, several trees have fallen, roads are waterlogged and even a wall collapsed in the T Nagar area of Chennai, causing damage to at least 3 cars parked near it. To much respite no person was present in these cars when the incident took place.

As many as 65 trees fell in 3 hours

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has requested the citizens to avoid going out till the cyclone Mandous weakens. Around 65 trees have fallen in 3 hours and GCC is taking measures to remove them. Motor pumps are being used to remove water stagnation in the low-lying areas.

After landfall, Mandous will weaken into a deep depression on Saturday. Earlier on Friday, it had weakened from a severe cyclonic storm to a cyclonic storm. As soon as the landfall process of the cyclone started, heavy rains and strong thunderstorms started at some places in Chennai. In Pattinapakkam, Chennai, there was heavy rain and thunderstorm due to the storm.

The landfall process of cyclonic storm Mandous is underway in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and will be completed in a few hours, IMD said. Moderate to heavy rain is likely to be witnessed at a few places in Tamil Nadu’s Ranipettai, Vellore, Viluppuram, Tiruvannamalai, Salem, Kallakurichi, Tirupattur districts and Puducherry during the next 3 hours.

Red alert in many states

A red alert has been issued in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh regarding this. A holiday has been declared in schools and colleges in many districts of these states on Saturday. The Chennai-based Regional Meteorological Center predicted heavy to very heavy rain at a few places in Tiruvallur, Chennai, Chengalpattu and Kanchipuram districts in the next three hours.

According to the forecast of the Regional Meteorological Center, light to moderate rain is likely in Ranipettai, Vellore, Tirupattur, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Tiruchirappalli, Karur, Erode, Salem. Light to moderate rain may occur over Namakkal, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Dindigul, Theni, Madurai, Sivagangai, Virudhunagar and Tenkasi districts of Tamil Nadu in the next three hours.

At the same time, the Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert today in three districts of Tamil Nadu, Chengalpattu, Villupuram and Kanchipuram. As per the forecast, Cyclone Mandous may cause light to moderate rainfall at most places and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places. There was a possibility of torrential rains at different places in the north coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

NDRF teams deployed in 10 districts

12 teams of NDRF and State Security Force have been deployed in 10 districts of Tamil Nadu after the Meteorological Department’s alert. In view of cyclone Mandous, it has been decided to keep all schools and colleges in Chennai, Villupuram, Cuddalore and Kancheepuram districts closed on Saturday. Cyclone Mandous is likely to cross Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota coast by midnight today.

IMD issued a warning

Cyclone Mandous is likely to cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Puducherry and Sriharikota around Mamallapuram. Wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph is very likely today midnight or tomorrow morning. Deputy Director General of Meteorology (Regional Metrology Center on Cyclone) S Balachandran said that the wind speed is around 14 kmph. Strong winds with a speed of 50-60 kmph are blowing over Chennai and neighboring areas. Landfall process has started. Rain and strong winds will continue.

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Football World Cup: Lionel Messi leads Argentina into Semifinals, beats Netherlands on Penalties

Argentina’s attack led by Lionel Messi was missing a key component as star midfielder and attacker Angel Di Maria wasn’t up selection owing to his injury. However, despite the absence of Di Maria, his replacement Nahuel Molina filled the big shoes as he converted the beautifully picked pass by Lionel Messi into a goal in the 35th minute.

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Lionel Messi’s magic continues as Argentina beat the Netherlands on penalties in the FIFA 2022 quarterfinal. Much like the first quarterfinal between Brazil and Croatia, Argentina’s clash with the Netherlands too became one of the most dramatic and riveting games to watch.

The much-anticipated battle came posing a big question to the quarterfinals being Messi’s last dance. However, the 35 year old let his feet do the talking as he led the team to the Semifinals with an assist and a goal against the Netherlands.

Argentina’s attack led by Lionel Messi was missing a key component as star midfielder and attacker Angel Di Maria wasn’t up selection owing to his injury. However, despite the absence of Di Maria, his replacement Nahuel Molina filled the big shoes as he converted the beautifully picked pass by Lionel Messi into a goal in the 35th minute.

The Dutch side, after being stunned by the Argentinian goal, failed to come up with a reply whereas Argentina added to their tally in the second half. Van Dijk and company conceded a penalty in the 73rd minute, inviting Lionel Messi to leave his mark.

However, after taking off a few attacking players and adding some traditional strikers, the Dutch side changed the look of the game and found a goal with help of super sub-Wout Weghorst which kept the dutch hopeful for an equalizer. The ending minutes transitioned the Van Dijk and company from being a resigned Dutch to becoming an electrified Dutch. The new hopeful look led to the Argentinians panicking and letting the game slip away from them.

The super sub, emerged as a hero for Van Dijk and company as Wout Weghorst, subsequently, after the first goal, asserted himself again for the team by scoring in the closing minutes of the game. Werghorst’s goal revived the Dutch by converting a genius set-piece pass into a goal.

The extra time period couldn’t come to a conclusive end which further progressed the game into penalties for which both the team captains stepped up to start off. Netherlands captain Van Dijk stepped up to take the first penalty, however, was denied by the Argentinian goalkeeper. Whereas, Lionel Messi continued to outperform everyone on the field as he converted his. The Argentinian goalkeeper saved 2 penalties from the Dutch penalty takers, while the Argentinians converted theirs which led to Argentina’s win with a scoreline of 4-3.

Lionel Messi and Company will now face Croatia in the Semi-Finals.

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