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kushinagar accident live updates: at least 13 students killed in train-van collision, yogi adityanath meets family of victims

kushinagar accident live updates: the train was on way to gorakhpur from siwan. (express photo)at least 13 students from divine public school in kushinagar district in uttar pradesh died and four others were critically injured on thursday after the thawe-kapatanganj passenger train collided with their school van at an unmanned crossing gate at behpurva. according to local eyewitnesses, the van stalled on the tracks before it was hit by a train. the train left from siwan and was headed to gorakhpur. reacting to the incident, chief minister yogi adityanath expressed his deepest condolences and announced an ex-gratia of rs two lakh each to the family members of the deceased and ordered an inquiry by the gorakhpur commissioner. “the children, students of divine public school, were killed o...





kathua rape-murder case: will transfer case if lack of fair trial found, says sc

by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: april 26, 2018 12:57:19 pm the supreme court of india (express photo by tashi tobgyal)related newsthe supreme court on thursday agreed to hear the petition of the two prime accused in kathua gangrape and murder case, who are opposing the plea of the victim’s father seeking transfer of trial outside jammu, preferably to chandigarh. while stating that its “real concern” was to ensure a fair trial, the top court said the case would be transferred out of kathua if it found slightest possibility of lack of fair trial.the bench, also comprising justices a m khanwilkar and d y chandrachud, said the trial should be fair not only for the accused but also for the victim’s family and protection should be ensured to them and their lawyers .on t...





sc to hear plea on ‘contemptuous remarks’ by advocates, politicians against judges

by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: april 26, 2018 12:37:05 pm the supreme court will, next week, consider a petition alleging that advocates and politicians are making contemptuous allegations against the apex judiciary (file photo)a lawyer moved the supreme court on thursday alleging that some advocates and politicians were making “contemptuous allegations” against the apex court. the plea was moved by advocate gaurav bhatia, who is also a spokesperson for the bjp. in his petition, he alleged that the remarks were being made on social media and news channels. a bench, headed by chief justice of india dipak misra and comprising justices a m khanwilkar and d y chandrachud, said it will consider the petition early next week.in his petition, bhatia claimed unsavoury and unc...





karnataka elections: congress offers ‘lollipops’ to some caste before polls, says pm modi

written by johnson t a | kumta (karnataka) | updated: april 26, 2018 2:55:08 pm prime minister narendra modi. (file)related newsbjp workers and candidates in karnataka must fight the may 12 assembly elections on the development agenda of the nda government, prime minister narendra modi said on thursday. while addressing party workers via the namo mobile app, modi said one should not be disheartened by the spread of false propaganda and lies by rival parties like the congress.“they do not want to discuss the issues of development because development is something that can be measured. we can measure what existed earlier and what exists now. this is not acceptable to the rival parties because they have always played politics on the basis of caste, creed and tradition,” he said.w...





mact absolves insurance firm as claimants file fake policy number

by: pti | thane | published: april 26, 2018 12:39:51 pm it appears that the policy issued by the insurance firm ends with an eight-digit number and does not match with the policy certificate filed on record by applicants which has a nine-digit number (with four zeroes), the judge noted.related newsan additional zero in the insurance policy number made all the difference when the thane motor accident claims tribunal (mact) settled a claim filed before it for a minor girl’s death.finding the policy number with the additional zero as fake, mact member and district judge k d vadane absolved the insurance company in the case and directed the owner of the offending tempo to pay rs 5 lakh to the parents of the girl, who died in a road accident in 2013.the claimants – ganesh ramulu racha ...





railway minister piyush goyal orders inquiry into kushinagar train-school van accident

by: pti | new delhi | updated: april 26, 2018 12:45:24 pm railway minister piyush goyal said, “we stand committed to take all possible steps to avoid such accidents in future”.(express archives/file)railway minister piyush goyal on thursday ordered an inquiry into the kushinagar train-school van accident and announced a compensation of rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased.the minister also said that the railways will provide an ex gratia amount of rs 1 lakh for those with serious injuries and rs 50,000 for those simple injuries.thirteen children were killed and eight others injured when a train rammed into their school van at an unmanned railway crossing in uttar pradesh’s kushinagar area, around 50 km from gorakhpur, this morning. follow kushinagar accident live updatesin a s...





congress appoints kamal nath as madhya pradesh state chief

written by manoj c g | new delhi | updated: april 26, 2018 2:19:22 pm congress leader kamal nath (files)ending months of suspense, the congress on thursday finally appointed veteran leader kamal nath as president of its madhya pradesh unit and handed over the reins of the campaign to the young jyotiraditya scindia. the party also named four working presidents – tribal leader bala bacchan, senior legislator ramnivas rawat, indore mla jitu patwari and leader surendra chaudhary.assembly elections are due in madhya pradesh at the end of this year and the congress high command had been unable to finalise the reshuffle because of pulls and pressures from various factions.while appointing scindia as the campaign panel head and kamal nath as the state unit chief, the party has however ...





what is holding centre from appointing justice km joseph as sc judge, asks chidambaram

by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: april 26, 2018 1:23:48 pm former union minister p chidambaram. (express photo/file)former union minister p chidambaram thursday hit out at the narendra modi-led government for stalling the appointment of uttarakhand high court chief justice km joseph as a supreme court judge despite the latter’s name getting cleared by the collegium.in a series of tweets, chidambaram questioned the intentions of the centre. “delighted that ms indu malhotra will be sworn in as judge of the supreme court tomorrow. disappointed that justice k m joseph’s appointment is still on hold,” he tweeted.“what is holding up justice k m joseph’s appointment? his state or his religion or his judgement in the uttarakhand case?” he asked.stating that the recomm...





mp govt wants images of narendra modi, shivraj singh chouhan on tiles of pmay houses

by: pti | bhopal | published: april 26, 2018 1:22:08 pm prime minister narendra modi with madhya pradesh chief minister shivraj singh chouhan, mp governor anandiben patel and union minister narendra singh tomar at mandla in madhya pradesh on tuesday. (pti photo)images of prime minister narendra modi and chief minister shivraj singh chouhan will be displayed on two tiles in houses to be built in madhya pradesh under the pradhan mantri awas yojana (pmay), according to a state government order that has sparked criticism from the opposition which alleged that a wrong precedent was being set by “politicising” a scheme meant for the poor .each unit will have two such tiles- one on the kitchen wall and the other at the entrance of the house, the order issued by urban administration and d...





live updates: govt writes to cji, says elevation of justice km joseph to supreme court not appropriate at this stage

union law minister ravi shankar prasad. express photo by prem nath pandeythe law ministry thursday wrote to chief justice of india dipak misra saying it would not be appropriate, at this stage, to elevate uttarakhand high court chief justice km joseph to the supreme court.sources have told the indian express that, in his letter to the government asking that his name be reconsidered by the collegium, law minister ravi shankar prasad has said justice km joseph is placed at number 42 in the all india high court judges’ seniority list and there are presently 11 chief justices of various high courts who are senior to him.the congress thursday took on the government for not clearing justice km joseph’s elevation to the supreme court despite the top court recommending his name. speaking at a ...





disruption of friday namaaz in gurgaon: six people arrested

written by sakshi dayal | gurgaon | updated: april 26, 2018 2:19:35 pm “we have arrested six people in connection with the incident and are conducting investigations to nab others,” the sho said. (representational photo)six people have been arrested by the gurgaon police for allegedly disrupting namaaz in sector 53 of the city last friday, with shouts of “jai sri ram”, and directing those offering prayers to do it only in mosques. the accused have been identified as arun, manish, deepak, monu, alias nambardar, mohit, and ravinder. all of them are from wazirabad and kanhai villages in the city.the incident happened last friday when a group of people were offering namaaz in an open area opposite saraswati kunj around 3 pm. some men arrived at the spot and allegedly disrupte...





up van accident: yogi adityanath says driver at fault, was wearing earphones

written by maulshree seth | lucknow | updated: april 26, 2018 1:59:36 pm uttar pradesh chief minister yogi adityanath said the driver of the van, prima facie, appears to have caused the accident as he was using earphones at the time (express photo/vishal srivastav/file)related newsuttar pradesh chief minister yogi adityanath on thursday rushed to kushinagar and met the families of the victims killed in a major bus accident that took place early morning. thirteen students, in the age group of 8 to 10 years, were killed while at least four are critically injured after their school van was rammed by a gorakhpur-bound train at an unmanned railway crossing.the chief minister said strict action would be taken against those found guilty while adding that the driver of the van, prima faci...





indians feel that us is no longer immigrant-friendly: krishnamoorthi

by: pti | washington | published: april 26, 2018 2:00:02 pm “whether you are going to america as a tourist, as a business visitor or whether you’re coming here on an h-1b visa or whether you already are here and are seeking permanent residency, it’s just a different place in the current landscape,” krishnamoorthi said. raja krishnamoorthi (file photo)related newsindians now feel that the us is no longer immigrant-friendly country, a top indian-american congressman has said, amidst a series of controversial immigration policies by the trump administration.president donald trump has been pushing for the merit-based immigration system to reduce overall immigration to the us and serve the country’s national interest.a merit-based immigration system, the trump administration feel...





up van accident: here is the logic behind how indian railways is deciding which unmanned railway crossings to shut

written by leela prasad | new delhi | updated: april 26, 2018 3:13:46 pm the indian railways has eliminated 1464 unmanned level crossings in the last year. as of march 31, 2018, there are 3,479 unmanned level crossings in the country. (source: express photo by praveen khana)top newsthe deaths of 13 schoolchildren at an unmanned level crossing (umlc) in uttar pradesh’s kushinagar has everyone once again asking the age-old question: “whose fault is it anyway?” while indian railway board chairman ashwini lohani set march 31, 2020, as the deadline for eliminating unmanned level crossings across the country, he put the onus on road users to look both ways before crossing railway tracks. “basically, people have to be careful while crossing rail tracks, there is no substitute for...





mamta kulkarni-ephedrine drug bust case: court orders attachment of ex-bollywood actor’s mumbai properties

by: express web desk | thane | updated: april 26, 2018 2:26:11 pm the actor has been declared absconding by the court and is believed to have taken refuge in mombassa, kenya, along with goswami.related newsa special ndps court in thane ordered the attachment of properties of former bollywood actor mamta kulkarni in connection with the multi-crore ephedrine drug bust case of 2016 . according to a pti report, the special court judge, h m patwardhan, had last week ordered the attachment of three plush flats owned by kulkarni in various areas of mumbai after kulkarni failed to appear before the court for a second time in connection with the case. the said flats are currently valued at around rs 20 crore.thane police had heavily relied on the statement of a co-accused, jay mukhi, to prove...





‘unwarranted intrusion’ by centre in selection process of sc judge, says cpm

by: express web desk | new delhi | published: april 26, 2018 2:34:33 pm senior advocate indu malhotra and uttarakhand high court chief justice k m joseph.related newsthe cpm monday attacked the narendra modi-led government for withholding uttarakhand high court chief justice k m joseph’s appointment as a supreme court judge, calling it an “unwarranted intrusion into the selection process of a judge”.the party, in a statement, argued that the centre’s decision to stall the appointment of justice joseph will affect the independence of the judiciary and sought the intervention of the president in the case.“the collegium of the supreme court had forwarded the names of justice k m joseph and senior advocate indu malhotra to be elevated as judges to the supreme court. after consid...





disappointed over us plans to tighten visa norms, says suresh prabhu

by: pti | new delhi | published: april 26, 2018 2:41:33 pm the trump administration is planning to end allowing spouses of h1-b visa holders to work legally in the us, a top federal agency official has told lawmakers.top newsexpressing disappointment over the us plans to prohibit spouses of h1-b visa holders to work in america, india on thursday hoped that the trump administration would take “corrective actions” on the issue.the h-1b visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows us companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations which require theoretical or technical expertise. the technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like india and china.“the us decision to put certain restrictions on visas is quite disappoi...





supreme court refuses to stay indu malhotra’s elevation

by: express web desk | new delhi | published: april 26, 2018 3:14:11 pm top news senior advocate indu malhotra and uttarakhand high court chief justice k m joseph.the supreme court on thursday refused to stay warrant on the appointment of senior advocate indu malhotra as an apex court judge. calling the plea of advocate indira jaising to stay malhotra’s appointment as “unimaginable”, “unconscionable” and “never heard of”, the apex court said constitutional propriety demands that warrant of her appointment be implemented.over 100 supreme court lawyers had moved a plea seeking elevation of uttarakhand high court chief justice k m joseph and malhotra as apex court judges. “if centre has segregated the recommendation and sent one of the names for reconsideration then they ...





yogi govt moves to withdraw hate-speech cases against sadhvi prachi, sanjeev balyan

written by manish sahu | lucknow | updated: april 26, 2018 7:59:10 am sadhvi prachi; sanjeev balyan. the two cases are related to mahapanchayats held in the muzaffarnagar before violence gripped the region in 2013. (file photos)as it initiates the process to withdraw 131 cases, including 13 of murder, linked to the 2013 communal violence in muzaffarnagar and shamli in uttar pradesh, the state government has also started the process of dropping two other cases of hate speech and criminal charges involving firebrand preacher sadhvi prachi, two bjp mps and three bjp mlas.the two cases are related to mahapanchayats held in the muzaffarnagar before violence gripped the region in 2013. sadhvi prachi, bjp mps kunwar bhartendra singh of bijnor and sanjeev balyan of muzaffarnagar and bjp m...





kashmir valley to see more bloodshed in 2018 than previous year, claims former j-k dgp

written by rahul tripathi | new delhi | updated: april 26, 2018 8:13:02 am kashmir valley: “the killing of over 200 militants by security forces last year is a clear indication that there are more militants in the valley than previous years,” said kuldeep khodaformer jammu and kashmir director general of police kuldeep khoda said the killing of over 200 terrorist in the valley would not “restore normalcy” in the state and predicted that the year would see more bloodshed than 2017. khoda, who was j&k’s top cop between 2007 and 2012, was in new delhi to attend a security conclave.“the year 2018 is bound to be worse than 2017, where casualty of security forces is likely to cross 100,” he told the indian express. eighty-two security personnel were killed in 2016, while 8...