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Vandals ordered to fix Hampi
Four men, arrested for vandalising a
Unesco World Heritage site in the
ancient Hampi village in Karnataka,
were ordered by a court to fix the
monument pillar that they pulled
In a video clip that went viral earlier
this month, three of them are seen
shoving a pillar, causing it to break. A
court ordered the men to fix the
structure after fining them Rs70,000
“They took about four or five hours
with the assistance of our workers to
re-erect it,” Mr Muthaiah Kalimuthu,
an official from the Archaeological
Survey of India, told BBC Hindi.
Fly-past honours pilot killed in
air show crash
The Indian Air Force (IAF) on
Wednesday conducted a memorial
fly-past at the Yelahanka air base,
Bengaluru, for Wing Commander Sahil
Gandhi, a day after the fighter pilot was
killed in a mid-air collision between
two Hawk trainer- jets while practising
aerobatic manoeuvres for the Aero
India air show, Asia’s biggest.
The 37-year-old was part of the
IAF’s Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team,
which consists of India’s finest pilots
trained to perform complex stunts in
Two other pilots injured in the crash
– Wing Commander V.T. Shelke and
Squadron Leader T.J. Singh – are
recuperating in an IAF hospital.
Supreme Court threatens to jail
billionaire Anil Ambani
India’s top court on Wednesday said it
will put Mr Anil Ambani, one of the
country’s most prominent business
executives and the younger brother of
Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani,
behind bars unless his group pays its
The Supreme Court said that
Mr Ambani disobeyed its earlier order
for one of his companies, Reliance
Communications, to pay Rs453 crores
to Ericsson’s Indian unit.
If payments are not made within
four weeks, the 59-year-old tycoon will
be jailed for three months, the court
said. Mr Ambani’s group said it will
Hindi author Namwar Singh dies
Leaders from across the political
spectrum, including Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, on Wednesday
mourned the passing of renowned
Hindi author and critic Namwar Singh.
The 92-year-old, who was a recipient
of the Sahitya Akademi Award, died on
Tuesday at the All India Institute of
Medical Sciences Trauma Centre.
Considered a living legend of Hindi
literature, Mr Singh has authored over a
dozen works, including Kavita Ke Naye
Pratiman, Chhayavaad and Dusari
Parampara Ki Khoj.
Women’s safety initiative
The much-awaited safety tool for
women – Emergency Response Support
System or Panic Button – was launched
on Tuesday across 18 states.
The button will enable women in
distress to make emergency calls
through a single number – 112 – that
will connect them to police, fire, health
and other helplines.
Leopard spotted at Thane mall
Forest department officials in Thane, a
city near Mumbai, on Wednesday
captured a leopard that was seen
leaving the Korum Mall. The leopard is
believed to have entered the mall after
scaling the perimeter wall. A search
operation was carried out after it was
seen moving towards the Vasant Vihar
residential area in the vicinity.
The forest department officials
traced the leopard to the basement of
the nearby Hotel Satkar Residency, laid
a trap and captured it.
Indian court orders eviction of
India’s Supreme Court has ordered the
eviction of more than one million
indigenous people and others who live
in forests, after the central government
failed to defend a law aimed at
protecting their rights.
The top court’s order was in
response to a petition against the Forest
Rights Act of 2006, filed by some
environmental groups who said the law
impeded conservation efforts.
The Supreme Court has asked
officials to ensure that the eviction is
made on or before the next date of
hearing – July 24.
Vande Bharat Express hits
India’s fastest train Vande Bharat
Express has run into problems since it
was flagged off on Feb 15. On
Wednesday, stones were pelted at the
train near Tundla in Uttar Pradesh as it
was going towards Kanpur from New
Delhi. A window was damaged.
On the return trip from Varanasi to
New Delhi, the train hit an animal
between the Barthana and Ekdil
stations near Tundla. It earlier collided
with a motorcycle, which was left on
the track by a man who was illegally
trying to cross it.
Assam celebrates harvest festival
Since Wednesday, members of the
Mishing tribe in Guwahati, Assam, have
been celebrating the Ali Ai Ligang, which
is known to be a vibrant annual festival
held over five days during the spring
“Ali” means root and seed, “ai”
means fruit and “ligang” means sow. The
sowing of paddy starts on this day ritually
among the Mishing community.
A dance called Gumrag is then
performed by the young boys and girls of
The food at the festival includes “Poro
Aapong” or rice beer, dried fish and
pork. “Purang Apin” (packed boiled rice)
is also specially prepared for the festival.
During the five days, activities such as
cutting trees, ploughing, fishing and
burning jungles are prohibited.
Mishing tribal women dance with rice cakes as part of a ritual during the annual Ali Ai
Ligang festival in Guwahati.
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