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Flood fury in Assam: 26 dead, 36 lakh people affected
30.07.16 - TEAM PT
Flood fury in Assam: 26 dead, 36 lakh people affected



Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal and Union Minister Jitendra Singh conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas in Assam on Saturday.

Twenty six people have lost their lives and nearly 36 lakh have been affected due to floods across more than 3,300 villages in 28 districts in the state.

The floods in Assam have been triggered by heavy rainfall and swelling of rivers caused due to incessant rains in upper catchment areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan.

The worst affected districts are Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Bongaigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon and Sonitpur, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

Although rainfall had decreased as of Saturday, officials in Assam, added water levels across rivers were still overflowing. "Overflowing rivers are flooding new areas, making things worse," said Keshab Mahanta, Assam's water resource minister.

Addressing a press conference after the survey, the minister announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the victims of the flood. "The state government has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for victims of the flood," he said. Rajnath took stock of Kaziranga, Nagaon and Morigaon, some of the worst-affected areas in Assam.

Describing the situation in the state as 'grim', he also appealed country's NGOs to come forward and help the victims.

Applauding the efforts of Sonowal government in Assam, Rajnath said, "It is heartwarming to see the government and other political representatives helping the rescue and relief operations in Assam. The CM and his team are doing well in managing the situation."

Authorities in Assam have opened more than 800 temporary shelters and food and medicines distribution center's across the state, a senior official at the state disaster management authority said. The NDRF, SDRF and the army are helping the district administration in evacuating the affected population to safe places.

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams with deep divers have also been attached to the 27 Fire Stations of the State.

Flooding is an annual problem in Assam state.




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Army foils infiltration bid, 2 terrorists, 2 jawans killed in Kupwara
30.07.16 - TEAM PT
Army foils infiltration bid, 2 terrorists, 2 jawans killed in Kupwara



The Army on Saturday foiled yet another infiltration bid at the Line of Control in Naugam sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, killing two terrorists but two soldiers were also killed in the encounter, while a third was injured. The injured jawan has been rushed to a hospital.

Troops noticed suspicious movement along the LoC in Naugam sector during the intervening night and challenged the intruders, who opened fire, an army official said.

"Alert troops intercept terrorists attempting to infiltrate in the intervening night of 29-30 July. In an ensuing gunfight, two terrorists killed. Two soldiers attained martyrdom. One soldier was injured,’’ said an army spokesperson in Srinagar.

Two AK-47 assault rifles and some supplies are said to have been recovered from the deceased terrorists.

The infiltration bid came days after the National Investigation Agency said it arrested a suspected Pakistani national who had crossed over to India to attack security forces and fuel more unrest in the Valley.

Described as a big terror catch, Bahadur Ali was arrested on Tuesday following an encounter with security forces, also in Kupwara district. Four other terrorists were gunned down.

The terrorists, has reportedly been invaluable to the intelligence agencies, providing inputs on a variety of topics.
 
Among other things, he is said to have confirmed to the intelligence agencies that he met Lashkar-e-Taiba founder and 2008 Mumbai terror attacks master mind Hafiz Saeed during his training.




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'Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui held guilty of raping an American national
30.07.16 - TEAM PT
'Peepli Live' co-director Mahmood Farooqui held guilty of raping an American national



Peepli Live co-director Mahmood Farooqui was convicted by a special fast-track court on Saturday for raping a 35-year-old American woman at his south Delhi residence last year.
 
Farooqui has been taken into police custody and the court has fixed August 2 for arguments on the quantum of sentence.

The Delhi Police accused Farooqui of raping a 35-year-old American woman, who was in India to conduct research for her doctoral thesis from Columbia University.

During her deposition as a prosecution witness in the court, the American woman stood by her complaint and alleged that Farooqui had raped her and later apologised through several e-mails exchanged between them.

She alleged Farooqui raped her when she had gone to meet him to get help for her research work. She claimed to have met Farooqui in Varanasi where she had gone to collect information.

Previously, the prosecution told the court that the victim feared a repeat of "December 16” incident if she resisted rape.

"She has stated before this court, during the recording of the evidence, that she was reminded of the documentary of the Nirbhaya case, where the rapist had said that if the victim had not struggled, she would have survived. The accused (Farooqui) applied force and pushed her down. She then froze. She knew if she resisted the rape upon her, the consequence would be worse,” argued advocate Vrinda Grover, counsel for the victim.

Farooqui, however, denied the allegations, saying he was falsely implicated.

Farooqui is married to director and screenwriter Anusha Rizvi, who directed the 2010 satirical comedy film 'Peepli Live. Farooqui was the writer and co-director of the film produced by Aamir Khan.

Farooqui is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, and Delhi's St Stephen's College. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Doon School.

Farooqui also specializes in the art of Urdu story telling known as Dastangoi.




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Father dies at dinner table, family members commits suicide in distress
30.07.16 - TEAM PT
Father dies at dinner table, family members commits suicide in distress



Four family members of a Housing Board engineer Satyanarayana(55) ended their lives by jumping before a running train at Ghatkesar on Hyderabad outskirts hours after his sudden death, police said on Saturday.

Police said the family was traveling by car to Hyderabad last night. They halted at a hotel at Bhongir, 60 km from Hyderabad, and had dinner. Minutes after the family had dinner; the head of the family Satyanarayana fell sick.

The family took him to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

Apparently, the family was shocked and distressed. They drove to a secluded place near HPCL go-down in Aushapur of Ghatkesar and jumped before moving train.

The four family members were Satyanarayana’s wife Meerabi, 45, two daughters Swathi, 31, Neelima, 29 and son Sivaram Krishna, 23.

Both his daughters had completed M.Tech. courses. His son was an engineering graduate. Due to departmental issues, Satyanarayana was under suspension for nearly five years. But two years ago, he was reinstated.




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Bengaluru rains: Heavy downpour causes water logging, boats used, People Seen Fishing
29.07.16 - TEAM PT
Bengaluru rains: Heavy downpour causes water logging, boats used, People Seen Fishing



After Gurugram, Bengaluru today witnessed heavy downpour causing traffic jam in the city. Vehicular movement was affected in many parts of Bengaluru due to the rains on the fourth consecutive day. In Bilekahalli area of Bengaluru, boats were used to rescue people trapped in water logged areas. Fire department has deployed boats to help people out of flooded areas.

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike control rooms were inundated by distress calls from citizens.

Fifteen hours of almost continuous rain caused many of the city’s lakes to overflow onto main roads during peak traffic hours. As the waters flooded the roads, they brought along the lakes piscine residents. A radio station reported that fishermen, making most of the phenomenon, were standing on the roads trying to catch the live fish. Some people were even using bedsheets and blankets to catch fish.

Water from some of city's lakes flooded streets of the IT-hub and locals were captured fishing on the roads with a huge orange net.

Although July started out as a relatively dry monsoon month in Bengaluru, the rains have come down on the city in the past week.

This month-end weather has helped Bengaluru overtake its monthly rainfall average of 108.9 millimeters and has made it the rainiest July in the last seven years. The city is expected to get more heavy rains in the next 48 hours.




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