Heat wave claims 70 lives across three districts in Bihar

The 45°C heat wave sweeping across Bihar claimed at least 70 lives in the past 24 hours in three districts of the Magadh division, which includes Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, Arwal, and Jehanabad. There were 30 deaths in Aurangabad, 20 in Gaya, and 10 in Nawada, according to the regional health director Dr Vijay Kumar. In addition, there were 10 heat stroke cases of people brought dead at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMMCH), Gaya, but those were not recorded officially at the hospital, said Dr Neeraj Kumar,…

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BJP sets 35 seat target for J&K, foresees to form next govt on its own

The BJP has set a target of winning at least 35 seats on its own in the forthcoming Assembly poll so as to have its own Chief Minister in this only Muslim-majority state of the country. Notably, the saffron party had taken lead in 27 Assembly segments in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. During its state executive committee, held first time after the Lok Sabha elections, the party leadership was confident about improving its performance in the Assembly elections as compared to the Lok Sabha poll. “We have devised a…

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In a first, Amarnath pilgrims to be tagged for a safe trek

In a first, each of the 300,000-odd pilgrims expected to visit the Amarnath Shrine this year will be tracked from the base camp to the shrine and back, using a unique card, even as nearly 45,000 security personnel will be deployed to protect them, a senior home ministry official said on the condition of anonymity. The annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine begins on July 1. “Each pilgrim will be personally tracked through a unique card. The cards will be given to them when they set out from the base…

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Mela Kheer Bhawani today, 84 Vehicles left Jammu towards ancient shrine under heavy security

Hundreds of devotees Sunday arrived at the temple of Mata Ragnya Devi at Tulmulla, one of the holiest shrines of Kashmiri Pandits, in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district to celebrate the annual festival of Kheer Bhawani falling on Monday. Nestled in the shade of mammoth Chinars at this village in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, the temple received hordes of devotees, most of them Kashmiri Pandits.  Local Muslims welcomed the devotees. Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Hashmat Ali Khan told Kashmir Post that the district administration had made elaborated arrangements for the annual Mela.…

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Irregularities in appointments, loans at heart of J&K Bank raids

Allegations of large-scale irregularities in matters related to loans, finances and appointments are at the heart of raids by the state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) at the corporate headquarters of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank that continued in Srinagar for a second day on Sunday, according to Union home ministry and ACB officials. The home ministry and the state government also decided to split the post of chairman-cummanaging director of the bank –held by Parvez Ahmad Nengroo who was removed on Saturday – in accordance with Reserve Bank of India (RBI)…

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Internet may alter brain functions: Study

The Internet can alter specific brain regions and affect our attention capacity, memory processes and social interaction, a study has found. The research, published in the journal World Psychiatry, showed that the Internet can produce both acute and sustained alterations in specific areas of cognition. The researchers, including those from Oxford University in the UK and Harvard University in the US investigated leading hypotheses on how the Internet may alter cognitive processes. It further examined the extent to which these hypotheses were supported by recent findings from psychological, psychiatric and…

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Saffron party in a fix as opposition puts pressure on delimitation panel

The BJP is in a fix as opposition parties have stepped up the pressure to set a deadline for the delimitation of the Assembly seats to end the “bias” against the Jammu and Ladakh regions. Although the BJP has, from time to time, promised setting up a delimitation panel to redraw Assembly constituencies in its election manifesto, party leaders were non-committal on setting any deadline for the exercise to “empower” neglected regions of the state. Saffron party leaders are supporting the setting up of a delimitation panel, but they are…

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Infamous Kathua rape & murder case verdict likely today, security stepped up near the court

With the verdict in the Kathua rape and murder case to be delivered on Monday, tight security has been put in place near the district and sessions court in Pathankot. The incident, wherein an 8-year-old girl from the Bakarwal community in Kathua (J&K) was raped and killed on January 10, 2018, had witnessed widespread protests across the country. The in-camera trial in the case was completed on June 3 after the defence concluded its arguments. “The court has reserved its judgment, which will be pronounced on June 10 at 10…

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RK Chhibber replaces Pervez Ahmad as J&K Bank Chairman, Vigilance sleuths raid bank headquarters

Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday appointed RK Chhibber as the interim chairman and the Director on the Board of Directors of the J&K Bank. Chhibber will replace Pervez Ahmad, who was appointed in 2016 as the chairman of the bank. In an order issued on Saturday, the government said: “Parvez Ahmad, Chairman cum Managing Director, shall cease to be Director on the Board of Directors of the Bank and consequently be no longer the Chairman cum Managing Director of the bank.” “RK Chhibber is hereby nominated as the Director…

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Protecting the state’s Integrity & Unity high on our agenda: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah Friday asserted that protecting the unity, integrity of state was the primary goal of the party besides materialising the idea of a welfare state as enshrined in Naya Kashmir document. Addressing delegations, individuals at his residence, Farooq said, “The primary goal of the party is to protect the territorial integrity, identity, special status and the pluralistic visage of the state. The party has always rendered immense sacrifices for the protection of the interests of our state. However, the situation we are facing today is…

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