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Former Chief Justice cheated of
Former Chief Justice of India R.M.
Lodha was cheated of Rs1 lakh in an
online scam after the e-mail account of
his friend, a retired judge, was hacked.
The incident came to light on
Saturday after Mr Lodha filed a
complaint at the Malviya Nagar police
station in Delhi.
In his complaint, he said that he used
to regularly correspond through e-mail
with his friend and colleague, Justice
(retd) B.P. Singh.
Mr Lodha said he received a mail
from the e-mail address of B.P. Singh
that he required immediate help of Rs1
lakh for the treatment of his cousin. He
then transferred the amount to the
given account number.
A senior police officer said Justice
Singh regained control of his e-mail
only on May 30.
Rajasthani folk dancer Queen
Harish killed in accident
Famous dancer Queen Harish and three
other folk artistes were killed in a road
accident near Jodhpur in Rajasthan on
The mishap occurred near Kaparda
village on a highway when they were on
their way towards Ajmer from
“The vehicle rammed into a
stationary truck which left Harish,
Ravindra, Bhikhe Khan and Latif Khan
dead. Five others were injured,” said
station house officer of Bilara police
station Sitaram Khoja.
Preliminary investigations revealed
that the artistes were on their way to
perform at an event when the accident
Polish girl writes to PM seeking
return to India
A young Polish girl has written to Prime
Minister Narendra Modi pleading to
allow her family and her to return to
“her favourite country” India.
According to reports, Alicja
Wanatko, 11, and her mother were
deported in March after they
overstayed. The girl’s mother, Marta
Kotlarska, is reportedly an artist and
photographer and was granted B-2
business visa to India.
On March 24, Ms Kotlarska was
turned away from the Kempegowda
International Airport in Bengaluru on
her return from Sri Lanka, where she
had gone to renew her Indian visa,
which had expired.
Ms Kotlarska was then allowed to
return to India but only to pick up her
daughter and leave the country within a
few days. According to reports, both
mother and daughter are in Cambodia
awaiting action by the Indian
Sand bath on dry Yamuna river
bed to protest apathy
Environmental activists in Agra held a
symbolic “sand bath” on Sunday to
draw attention to the plight of the
polluted and drying Yamuna river.
The activists pretended to swim and
jump on heaps of sand collected from
the dry riverbed. They said if there is no
water in the river, they would naturally
have to bathe in the dry sand.
The event drew large crowds on the
riverbank at the Etmaddaula View Point
Nipah virus resurfaces in Kerala
The deadly brain-damaging Nipah virus
has resurfaced in Kerala a year after it
killed 17 people, state officials said on
A 23-year-old student tested positive
to the virus, which is transmitted to
humans through direct contact with
infected bats, pigs or other people.
Kerala Health Minister K.K. Shailaja
said that five other people had
Another 80 people were being
monitored, including some who were in
close contact with the student. Isolation
wards have been set up across the state,
where 19 cases were reported last year.
World’s tallest Shiva statue to be
ready in August
The world’s tallest statue of Lord Shiva,
the fourth tallest statue in the world, is
coming up in Nathdwara, Rajasthan,
and will be ready in a few months.
The 107m-tall statue at Ganesh
Tekri, 50 kilometres from Udaipur, will
be ready by August, said Mr Prakash
Purohit, an official from the Miraj
Group that is working on the project.
Around 750 workers have been
working on the construction of the
statue which started in 2012.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 182m-tall
statue in Gujarat, India, is the world’s
Biking queens raise awareness of women’s rights
Three women from the Surat-based
Biking Queen team have set off on a
biking expedition from India to
London to spread the message of
women’s pride and raise awareness of
Biking Queen team leader Sarika
Mehta, along with Jinal Shah and
Rutauli Patel, started their ride from
Varanasi on Wednesday where Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi
Adityanath flagged them off.
They will conclude their ride in
London on Aug 26.
Dr Mehta said that the team will be
riding 500km daily.
The trio will be visiting friends and
supporters, Indian families, biking
communities and Indian embassies
and high commissions during the
Recovering climbers’ bodies
could take 10 days
Indian authorities will likely take at
least 10 days to recover the bodies of a
group of climbers feared killed in an
avalanche high in the Himalayas.
The eight climbers – four from
Britain, two from the United States and
one each from Australia and India –
were reported missing last Friday after
they failed to return to their base camp
near Nanda Devi, India’s second highest
An Indian Air Force helicopter on
Monday spotted five bodies partially
buried in snow high on a mountain
The status of the other three climbers
is not known, but officials have said the
possibility of their survival is remote,
and their bodies are likely to be near the
five who had been spotted.
The recovery mission began early on
Wednesday but was halted after encoun-
tering technical problems.
Another survey by air will be made
this week to find a way to reach the bod-
ies or a team will be sent on foot, but
they will need time to acclimatise.
“It will take at least 10 days to re-
move the bodies,” said Mr Vijay Kumar
Jogdande, the top government official
in the remote mountain area, on
“No bodies have so far been recov-
ered from the three initial sorties this
The climbers were attempting to
scale an unnamed, previously un-
climbed 6,477-metre peak near Nanda
Devi when their route was hit by a “size-
able avalanche”, the company that or-
ganised the expedition – Moran Moun-
tain – said in a statement earlier.
Jogdande said the location of the bod-
ies suggested that they may have
changed course and taken a route they
had not initially planned.
The original 12-strong team – four
Britons were rescued after separating
from the main group – was led by experi-
enced British climber Martin Moran
and had permission to climb the eastern
peak of Nanda Devi.
But a Facebook post by Moran Moun-
tain on May 22 said that they planned to
attempt “an unclimbed peak” around
6,500 metres high.
“This mountain range is more diffi-
cult to scale than Mount Everest. They
knowingly risked their lives after chang-
ing their plans without informing the au-
thorities,” an official involved in the res-
cue operation said. “The permission
was granted for Nanda Devi east, and
any diversion is illegal. We were com-
pletely unaware of their changed plan
and that turned fatal.”
The two groups last communicated
on May 26, a day before heavy snow fell
and massive avalanches hit the heights.
When the eight climbers failed to re-
port back to the base camp, the other
four launched a search before alerting
It has been one of the deadliest climb-
ing seasons in the Himalayas for several
More than 20 people have been
killed in the mountains, including 11 on
Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak
that has seen several fatalities due to
poor weather conditions, inexperienced
climbers and overcrowding.
Nanda Devi, at 7,816 metres, and its
sister mountain, Nanda Devi East, are
among the world’s most challenging
peaks and only a handful of people have
Rescued climbers Zachary Quain and Mark Thomas (right) arrive at the Indo-Tibetan Border
Police camp in Pithoragarh.
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