‘Unofficial’ track maintenance could be reason behind Utkal train accident

Hours after the derailment of 14 coaches of Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express which killed 23 people and injured over 70, it emerged that that driver of the train was unaware of track maintenance being carried out at the spot where the mishap occurred on Saturday. The accident, said railway sources, seemed to be the result of the failure and negligence of railways staff.While the railways is examining all possible reasons for the derailment, a top railways source said the mishap happened because of "maintenance...

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Muzaffarnagar train accident: At least 23 killed as 14 coaches of Utkal Express derail

In yet another train accident, at least 23 people were killed and over 60 others were injured as 14 coaches of the Puri-Haridwar Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar’s Khatauli region in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening. The accident occurred at around 5.45 pm in Khatauli, 40 km from Muzaffarnagar. The cause of the derailment is yet to be ascertained.Earlier, confirming the casualties to ANI, ADG Law and Order, Anand Kumar said, “10 killed in Muzaffarnagar train derailment..More...

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Knife attacker wounds eight on streets of Russia’s Surgut, shot dead by police

A knife attacker stabbed eight people on the street in Russia’s far northern city of Surgut before being shot by police, investigators said on Saturday.The man “carried out attacks on passers-by, causing stab wounds to eight” while “moving along central streets of the city” at around 11:20 am local time (0620 GMT) said Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes.It said that armed police then arrived and used their weapons on the attacker and “liquidated” him. https://youtu.be/mtfRsSPh5fI The...

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Enraged Man Punches And Kicks Woman In Indore Gym. Caught On CCTV

In shocking CCTV footage that has been released from a gym in Indore, a man can be seen brutally assaulting a woman who was working out there.The reason: she apparently had complained about his behavior, according to news agency ANI.The man, wearing a sleeveless T-shirt, can be seen getting ready for exercise as another person adjusts the weights for him.When the girl standing behind him says something, he turns around and punches her straight in the head. As the woman slumps over onto the squat...

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Why Los Angeles Is Coating Its Streets With Material That Hides Planes From Spy Satellites

Climate change conjures up distant images of rising seas and cracking ice sheets, but in cities nationwide, the effects of global warming are apparent as soon as you step outside.Known as the "urban heat island effect," it refers to the pockets of intense heat captured by the concrete, asphalt, dark roofs and dearth of foliage that define many American cityscapes.Los Angeles -- surrounded by desert and encased in thousands of miles of asphalt -- is the poster child of the heat-island effect, experts...

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Unhappy With The Education System, This Kerala Couple Built An Entire Forest School For Their Kids

Thirty-six years ago, Gopalakrishnan and Vijayalekshmi decided that their yet-to-be-born son will not go to school. As government school teachers, they were themselves disillusioned with the limitations of formal education and how it left children unprepared to deal with life.They dreamt of a school environment that is close to reality- open, democratic and with fluid boundaries.This dream school, which they fondly named Sarang, was to be nothing like what traditional schools were – no certificates,...

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Third time lucky: Woman escapes terror attack at Barcelona after London, Paris

An Australian woman has had a lucky escape for the third time this year after she escaped the Islamic State’s attack in Barcelona – she was present during the terrorist assaults in Paris and London.Julia Monaco, a resident of Melbourne, was shopping in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas avenue when a white van ploughed through tourists, leaving at least 13 dead. She called it a terrifying experience.“Genuinely terrifying experience. One minute I’m shopping for tshirts, the next I’m running to get away...

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Tamil Nadu Woman Begs For Forgiveness For Husband From The Family Of Man He Killed In Kuwait

It seems almost exactly like a real-life replay of the award-winning Malayalam film Perumazhakkalam – a man’s life is depending on whether his wife can convince the family of the man he murdered to pardon him.In the 2004 film, Rasiya (played by Meera Jasmine) comes to Ganga (Kavya Madhavan) to beg for her pardon, so that Rasiya’s husband can be acquitted by a Dubai court for accidentally murdering Ganga’s husband.Just such a scenario is playing out in Perinthalmanna in Malappuram, as 37-year-old...

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Vishal Sikka Resigns As Infosys CEO And MD Citing Personal Attacks, Shares Tank

Vishal Sikka has resigned as managing director and CEO of Infosys and the company's board has accepted his resignation with immediate effect, the IT major said on Friday morning. It said chief operating officer UB Pravin Rao will be interim managing director and CEO. Infosys shares plunged over 7 per cent today after the announcement.  Dr Sikka, 50, has cited "personal attacks" on him as one of the reasons for his sudden decision to resign, saying they were "amplified" by people who should have...

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The Biggest Astronomical Event Of A Generation Will Hit Offices Everywhere On Monday

If the 1,400 workers at Emerson Electric's St. Louis headquarters choose to head out and watch the solar eclipse at work on Monday, they'll get a pair of company-issued ISO-certified glasses and some detailed guidelines to follow."You must walk to your viewing location without looking at the sky," the manufacturing company will tell its employees in a bulleted instruction sheet. Then, "turn your back to the sun, bend over, and then put on your solar eclipse glasses." When it's over, reverse the instructions...

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