Daily Archive: August 13, 2017

Himachal Pradesh: Over 50 Feared Dead as Massive Landslide Washes Away Two Buses in #Mandi

New Delhi, August 13: Six people were confirmed killed and several feared trapped as a massive landslide hit Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. As per reports, the landslide occurred around midnight and damaged the Mandi-Pathankot National Highway 154 as well.

As per latest reports, two buses are feared to have been washed away in the landslide. With this authorities fear the death toll might cross 50. As per a Times of India report, one of the bus was on its way to Katra in Jammu from Manali, while the other was on its way to Chamba from Manali.

Initial reports claimed several vehicles, including a bus is feared trapped in the debris on NH 154 at Kotrupi village of Padhar in the district. The injured persons were taken to a hospital.

#Gorakhpur Tragedy: Yogi Adityanath Assures ‘Stern Action’ If Deaths Caused Due to Negligence

Gorakhpur, Aug 13: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed the media on Sunday after visiting Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital, where the death toll reached over 70 following as 11 more succumbed to encephalitis, and claimed those found guilty won’t be spared. “Not just in Gorakhpur but across Uttar Pradesh, if any death is caused due to the negligence of the hospital authorities, the government will take strong action against those responsible,” an emotional Adityanath said. He also said that a thorough probe into the tragedy is the need of the hour.

Asserting that the Centre stands with the state government, Adityanath said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very concerned and hence, has sent Union Health Minister JP Nadda to take the stock of the situation.

“The Centre has also sent a team of doctors from Delhi to shoulder the responsibility of local doctors. This was my fourth visit to the BRD medical college after becoming the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Our campaign against encephalitis has been running for quite some time,” he added.

The Chief Minister also claimed that the Uttar Pradesh government is constantly in touch with all the authorities, seeking a solution to the menace caused by encephalitis.

7 killed, 35 feared dead in landslide in Himachal’s Mandi

7 killed, 35 feared dead in landslide in Himachal’s Mandi, Modi condoles deaths

At least 7 bus passengers were killed and more than 35 are feared dead as a massive landslide triggered by a cloudburst swept away a few vehicles including two buses in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh shortly after Sunday midnight. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “pained by the loss of lives” due to the landslide.

The landslide that took place around 1.15am also damaged a 100-metre patch of the Mandi-Pathankot national highway 154 at Kotrupi village of Padhar, 35 km from Mandi town.

“The possibility of the death toll increasing cannot be ruled out. Around 35 people are feared trapped,” Himachal Pradesh transport minister GS Bali said.

Two Himachal Roadways buses were caught in the landslide. One of the buses was going from Manali to Katra and another from Chamba to Manali. The fate of the other passengers was not immediately known.

The buses had halted for a tea break at Kotrupi at night when the tragedy struck, said state special secretary (disaster) DD Sharma.

Adityanath holds meeting with doctors at Gorakhpur hospital, Cong demands Rs 1 crore compensation for victims

A day after the Uttar Pradesh government suspended the principal of a medical college in Gorakhpur following the deaths of at least 30 children since August 10, chief minister Yogi Adityanath – who represented the eastern city for almost two decades in Parliament – visited the hospital to take stock of the situation.

Union health minister JP Nadda also visited the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur on Sunday.

The deaths of the children shocked India and triggered a political blame game.


 Congress attacks the state government:

‘Society looks at men, women differently when it comes to #virginity’

Mumbai: After “Married Women Diaries”, actor-director Kabir Sadanand has come up with another web series titled “Virgin Woman Diaries”. He says as compared to men, Indian society judges and questions a woman differently on the topic of virginity.

“I think our society looks at a man and a woman differently when it comes to virginity, there is a double standard. If a guy has a girlfriend he is a stud and if a girl has a boyfriend she is ‘easy’. The new show is addressing all these issues and giving an 18-year-old girl’s view point on the same,” Kabir told IANS.

Through “Married Women Diaries”, Kabir is addressing the issue of how society judges a woman who has an independent mind and the problem she goes through when she decides to get married to her boyfriend, on a lighter vein.

With TV shows like “Naagin”, “Sasural Simar Ka” and “Pehredaar Piya Ki”, Kabir feels the content of TV entertainment is becoming regressive and “digital entertainment is becoming an interesting space to be in.”

“On ‘Married Women Diaries’ we have got around 15 million reach, which is quite a number of audience. Whenever something niche we put on television, there comes a doubt on how many people are watching them and therefore I think the digital platform is where we can address issues through entertainment,” Kabir said.

“It allows us to experiment, and there is a free flow of creativity. However, our show is a fun take on all these social issues and nothing preachy,” he added.