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25 dead, 39 injured in 24 hours in Bihar lightning strikes

25 dead, 39 injured in 24 hours in Bihar lightning strikes

As many as 25 people lost their lives and 39 others were injured in lightning strikes across several districts of Bihar in the last 24 hours.

Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, on Friday expressed condolences and directed officials to provide Rs 4 lakh as ex-gratia to each of the families of the deceased.

He also urged people to stay indoors during the rain and thunderstorms.

Out of the 25 people who lost their lives, five died in Madhubani, four in Aurangabad, three in Supaul, three in Nalanda, two each in Lakhisarai and Patna, and one each in Begusarai, Jamui, Gopalganj, Rohtas, Samastipur and Purnea.

Woman with heart ailment dies in Jaipur

Woman with heart ailment dies in Jaipur

Just four days before her birthday on July 15, a 32-year-old woman with a heart ailment died at a private hospital in Jaipur.

The deceased identified as Bhavna Meena was a lecturer in a Law College.

On Thursday after returning from college, Bhavna felt uneasy and her neighbours rushed her to the hospital where she died during treatment.

Bhavna's husband Lokesh Meena was out of town for plantation work and only her daughter was present with her when she felt uneasy.

Heavy rains in Mumbai disrupt flights again

Heavy rains in Mumbai disrupt flights again

Leading airlines IndiGo and Air India have issued alerts on flight schedules being disrupted due to heavy rains in Mumbai on Friday, while IMD has forecast more rain for the city.

The two airlines have advised passengers to closely monitor the status of their flights before setting out for the airport to avoid inconvenience.

IndiGo has issued an advisory stating: “Flights are impacted due to heavy rains and air traffic congestion in Mumbai. Do keep a tab on the flight status http://bit.ly/3DNYJqj. Wishing you happy and safe travels!"

One injured as police open fire on armed robbers in Hyderabad

One injured as police open fire on armed robbers in Hyderabad

Police opened fire on two suspected armed robbers near Nampally Railway Station, here, when they tried to attack them.

Police said on Friday that a team opened fire in self-defence after the two suspects tried to attack them. One of the suspects suffered bullet injury in the leg.

The incident occurred when police personnel from Nampally Police Station and the anti-dacoit team stopped two persons found moving suspiciously and were questioning them.

Major fire engulfs hosiery, ice cream factories in Kolkata outskirts

Major fire engulfs hosiery, ice cream factories in Kolkata outskirts

A devastating fire on Friday morning engulfed a hosiery and an ice cream factory at Jessore Road in the northern outskirts of Kolkata.

Local people said the fire was first spotted quite early in the morning and later engulfed both factories which were adjacent to each other.

Since inflammable items were stored in the factories as well as the warehouse attached to the ice cream factory, it took no time for the fire to take an alarming shape.

Initially, 20 fire tenders rushed to the spot and started operations to bring the fire under control. However, soon after five more fire tenders joined them.

Andhra factory blast: Death toll rises to three

Andhra factory blast: Death toll rises to three

The death toll in UltraTech cement factory blast in Andhra Pradesh’s NTR district rose to three as one more worker succumbed to burn injuries on Friday.

The deceased was identified as Arjun Rao, who breathed his last while undergoing treatment at Manipal Hospital.

Seventeen workers were injured in the blast at the boiler unit in Budawada village of Jaggaiahpet mandal on July 7.

One of the injured, Avula Venkatesh died the same day while undergoing treatment. Another injured, Banawath Swami, succumbed on July 10.

Blast across LoC in J&K’s Rajouri, search operation underway

Blast across LoC in J&K’s Rajouri, search operation underway

A blast occurred across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, said officials here on Thursday.

The blast occurred on Wednesday night across the LoC in the district.

“The suspicious movement was reported across the LoC in the Laam sector of Rajouri district late on Wednesday night. The blast occurred very close to the zero line during the movement," said officials.

A search operation has been launched in the area, the officials further said.

Goons thrash bus driver, conductor on moving bus in Bhopal

Goons thrash bus driver, conductor on moving bus in Bhopal

In an alarming incident, goons barged into a city bus in Bhopal and thrashed the driver and conductor, leaving the women passengers scared.

The incident recorded on a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera fitted in the city bus shows two goons entering the bus at Suraj Nagar square and beating up the driver. They also thrashed the conductor, who tried to save the driver.

The bus conductor was also seen hitting miscreants in his defence. However, he was overpowered by them and thrashed.

The video of the incident, which went viral, shows that the women passengers were scared.

Ten killed in lightning strikes in Bihar

Ten killed in lightning strikes in Bihar

Ten people lost their lives due to lightning strikes in the last 24 hours in Bihar, said officials on Thursday.

Three persons died in Rohtas, two in Siwan, and one each in Kaimur, West Champaran, Supaul, Munger and Banka districts.

Ram Pravesh Singh, a 55-year-old farmer from Bihar, died instantly after being struck by lightning while seeking shelter under a blackberry tree in Rohtas’s Nokha block on Wednesday evening.

A young woman in Karaundi village, Natwar block, also lost her life due to lightning.

In Sanjhauli Mathia village, Karakat block, a farmer succumbed to a lightning strike.

Bengal municipality job case: CBI tracks multiple accounts used to divert proceeds

Bengal municipality job case: CBI tracks multiple accounts used to divert proceeds

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have tracked at least 25 bank accounts opened in the name of third parties, which were used for inward and outward remissions of the ill-gotten proceeds in the municipalities’ recruitment case in West Bengal, said sources on Thursday.

A close examination of these bank accounts revealed that multiple high-value inward remissions, each amounting to a few lakhs, were credited to these accounts and were also debited from those accounts within hours.

On questioning the official account holders, the Central agency sleuths came to know that they were either the existing or past employees of the corporate entity owned by the arrested private promoter Ayan Sil, also a co-accused in the multi-crore cash-for-school- job case.

The CBI officials interrogated some of these official account holders who confessed that they were forced by Sil to open the accounts. They were also forced to submit entire supporting documents like passbooks, chequebooks and even debit cards to Sil. The official account holders had no authority to operate those accounts, sources added.

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