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2 kids among 9 killed in a truck-car collision in Gujarat




In a tragic incident in Gujarat’s Anand district, a car collided head on with a truck on Wednesday morning, killing nine members of a family, including 2 kids.

“The accident took place on the state highway connecting Tarapur in Anand district to Vataman in Ahmedabad district at around 5 a.m. in the morning. Total nine persons including five men, two women and two children around 4-5 years of age were killed. All the deceased were taken to the Tarapur Referral hospital and the police is carrying out the identification process,” said an official of the Tarapur police station.

The Tarapur police has registered a case and is investigating the matter.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has offered condolences to the victims and assured appropriate compensation for the kin.

The EECO vehicle containing eight passengers was going from Surat to Bhavnagar, while an oncoming speeding truck driving on the wrong side smashed it near Duravat factory, Indranaj village in Gujarat’s Anand district on Wednesday morning, the police said.

“The entire Ajmeri family is from Bhavnagar and were returning from Surat,” said one of the relatives of the family who rushed to the spot.

As soon as the accident happened, the local police and the 108 emergency services ambulance reached the spot.

The official informed that both the driver and the cleaner of the truck fled from the spot after the accident.

According to the police, the truck is having registration of neighbouring state, Madhya Pradesh.

Chief minister Vijay Rupani had a telephonic conversation with the Anand district officials and instructed them for appropriate action.


India sees jump in Covid infections, logs 42,625 cases in a day



 India on Wednesday took a high jump in daily Covid infections and reported 42,625 new cases across the nation in 24 hours. A total of 562 deaths were reported in the same span of time, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data showed.

With new 562 deaths, India’s death toll now stands at 4,25,757.

India registered over 10,000 more infections than the previous day, as a total of 30,548 fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported on Tuesday.

With 5,395 new active cases, India’s active Covid infection tally has climbed to 4,10,353 on Wednesday. The active cases constitute 1.29 per cent of the total caseload of India.

However, India’s recovery rate currently stands at 97.37 per cent. The weekly positivity rate remains below 5 per cent and is currently at 2.36 per cent. The daily positivity rate continues to remain below 5 percent for 55 continuous days and currently stands at 2.31 per cent.

According to the health ministry data, total 36,668 patients were discharged from hospitals and health centers in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured to 3,09,33,022 to date as the virus continued to infect less than one lakh people over the last 56 days.

The Health Ministry data said that a total of 62,53,741 Covid vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hrs. With this, total 48,52,86,570 vaccine doses have been administered in India so far.

The ministry data pointed further that over 50.37 crore (50,37,22,630) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far, through all sources and a further 49,19,780 doses are in the pipeline. Around 2,60,17,573 balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs and private hospitals to be administered.

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‘Missing’ former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh trending on Twitter




Anil Deshmukh

ED (Enforcement Directorate) sources said that they do not know where he is after former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh did not appear in connection with the money laundering probe. . On the other hand, today the hearing in the Deshmukh case is to be held in the Supreme Court. ED hopes that the Supreme Court will deliver an important verdict today. Meanwhile, Deshmukh is trending on Twitter. Actually, Deshmukh did not appear before the ED again on Monday. Deshmukh, through his advocate Inderpal Singh, sent a two-page letter to the ED saying that he was sending his representative. The ED had earlier called Deshmukh thrice for questioning in the money laundering case, but he did not appear.

ED sources say, “We are unable to contact him (Deshmukh). We don’t know where he is. Their location is not known. We are waiting for the Supreme Court’s order today. We hope that after today’s order, he will cooperate in the investigation. The ED on Friday issued fresh summons to NCP leader Anil Deshmukh and his son Hrishikesh Deshmukh to appear before the probe agency’s office in south Mumbai, but they did not appear. Sources had earlier said that the ED had summoned Anil Deshmukh under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) as the agency wanted to record his statement in the case. The Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear on August 3 the plea of ​​Anil Deshmukh in the money laundering case registered by the ED. Anil Deshmukh had said in last month that he would appear before the ED to record his statement only after the Supreme Court’s decision on his plea. Deshmukh had sought protection from punitive action in the money laundering case.

Following the Bombay High Court’s order, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launched a preliminary inquiry in the case, following which the ED registered a case against Deshmukh and others. The court had asked the CBI to probe the bribery allegations leveled against Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh. Deshmukh, who resigned as Home Minister in April, had denied all allegations. On July 18, the ED had also raided Deshmukh’s house in Nagpur and some other places. A few weeks ago, the ED, taking a major action, also attached immovable properties worth 4.20 crores of Anil Deshmukh and his family.

In April, the CBI had registered a corruption FIR against Anil Deshmukh. About a month later, the ED registered a case under money laundering. The special thing in it is that the ED made the CBI FIR the basis for registering the case. The digital evidences submitted by the CBI against Anil Deshmukh, the ED itself investigated those evidences. Later, Deshmukh’s personal assistants were also arrested. Not only this, the sacked Inspector Sachin Wajhe, who was in jail, also went to jail and took the statement twice.

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19-year-old engineering student drowns in waterfall in Karnataka




In a tragic incident, a 19-year-old engineering student was swept away in a waterfall at Karkala in Karnataka’s Udupi district, the police said on Tuesday.

According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Varshita, who was studying in an engineering college at Manipal in Udupi. She was a resident of Mangaluru.

The police said the ‘Nitte Arbi Falls’, also known as ‘Parapaddy Falls’, is a tourist destination that attracts many visitors during the monsoon season.

“Though Varshita knew how to swim, she was swept away by the strong current in the waterfall, leading to her tragic death on Monday. She had gone along with her friends, and as she knew swimming, she took a plunge into the water but she could not withstand the speed of the strong current,” the police said, quoting her friends.

The girl’s body was recovered after a nearly five-hour long search operation carried out by the fire department officials and fishermen from the area.

Nitte Arbi Falls is located nearly 400 km from Bengaluru. Owing to its scenic beauty, roaring and unending flow of water, Arbi Falls has become a famous tourist destination in Karkala.

The police have registered a case and investigation is underway.

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