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Thunderstorms kill 35
Thunderstorms swept across western
India killing at least 35 people and
leaving widespread damage on
Strong winds barrelled through
Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya
Pradesh states felling walls, trees and
At least 10 people were killed in
the desert state of Rajasthan, where
a wall of dust swept over several
cities. Another 10 were killed in
neighbouring Gujarat and 15 in
Officials said victims were hit by
lightning, falling trees or
electrocuted by power lines.
India’s travel spend to grow to
The travel spend in India is expected to
grow at 13 per cent to a total of US$136
billion by 2021, said a new report by
Bain & Company and Google India.
According to the How Does India
Travel report, the Indian traveller spent
around US$94 billion last year on
around two billion domestic and
international trips – helping India’s
travel and tourism industry achieve an
It said nearly US$24 billion in
incremental bookings will be made
online by 2021, while the share of
online travel bookings will increase to
35 per cent in 2021 from 25 per cent
last year as “more people come online,
smartphone penetration improves and
use of digital payments goes up”.
Woman dragged as sari gets stuck
in Metro train door
A woman passenger was injured after
being dragged for a few metres on a
Delhi Metro platform while alighting as
her sari got stuck in the closing doors.
The incident happened around
9.20am on Tuesday at the Moti Nagar
station on the network’s Blue Line.
The woman, identified as Gita, a
resident of Shastri Park, was given first
aid and rushed to a hospital.
Man killed in new cow-lynching
One man was killed and three others
were injured in an attack by a mob
while they were skinning a dead ox in
Jharkhand in the latest case of cow
The men were skinning the carcass
of an ox in a field when the incident
happened. “The mob was armed with
iron rods and sticks and attacked the
skinners brutally,” said senior
Jharkhand police official M.L. Meena.
The three injured men were sent to
Two men have been arrested for the
alleged murder while five more are on
India successfully test fires
India successfully test fired a sub-sonic
cruise missile, Nirbhay, off the Odisha
coast on Monday.
The 1,000km-range missile was fired
from a launch pad at the Integrated Test
Range at Chandipur.
Indigenously developed by the
Defence Research Development
Organisation, the Nirbhay missile can
carry warheads of up to 300kg.
It can travel with a turbofan or
turbojet engine and is guided by a
highly advanced inertial navigation
Poll cancelled in Vellore over
Election authorities have cancelled
voting in Vellore constituency in Tamil
Nadu after seizing more than Rs110
million which they believe was meant
to influence the outcome.
It is the first time a ballot has been
cancelled in a national election over
The Election Commission of India
ruled that there were fears of a
“systematic design to influence
Terrorism, jobs worry Indians
A new survey has revealed that Indians
are most worried about terrorism,
followed by unemployment and
The What Worries The World Global
Survey by global market research firm
Ipsos showed that 45 per cent of
Indians are most worried about
terrorism, 44 per cent about
unemployment and jobs and 42 per
cent about financial and political
A significant number of Indians are
also concerned about crime and
violence (33 per cent) and poverty and
social inequality (29 per cent).
Mukesh Ambani among TIME’s
100 most influential people
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh
Ambani has been featured in TIME
magazine’s list of 100 most influential
Arundhati Katju and Menaka
Guruswamy, who led the legal battle for
LGBTQ rights in India, also featured in
the list, which was released on
The “Time 100 Most Influential
People 2019” included the world’s
most influential pioneers, leaders,
titans, artists and icons of the year.
Mr Ambani was named among the
Most Influential Titans.
Elephant dies after colliding with train
An elephant died in Assam’s Hojai district
in the wee hours of Tuesday after being
hit by a train.
The elephant collided with the
Guwahati-Ledo Intercity Express
between Patharkhola and Lumding at
around 1.10am, damaging the engine.
The forest department said the
elephant died following the impact.
The accident took place between
two areas where elephant movements
were detected earlier and train drivers
were issued orders to be cautious.
However, no caution order was issued
for the spot where the collision occurred.
Last year, train drivers avoided
115 such incidents.
April 19, 2019
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