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August 25, 2023
At least 26 labourers were killed on
Wednesday when the railway
bridge they were building across a
ravine in Mizoram collapsed.
The incident took place in Sai-
rang, a town which is some 20km
northwest of the state capital of
Video footage shared by Miz-
oram Chief Minister Zoramthanga
showed a metal frame that had
toppled off towering columns into a
wooded valley below.
“Deeply saddened and affected
by this tragedy,” he wrote on X.
Mr Zoramthanga added that he
was grateful that people had “come
out in large numbers to help with
Forty labourers had been work-
ing at the site, according to the
Northeast Frontier Railway.
A committee has been set up to
investigate the cause of the acci-
26 killed in railway bridge collapse
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Pakistan says civilian killed by
Indian gunfire on Kashmir border
Police in Pakistan-administered
Kashmir said on Monday a civilian was
shot dead by Indian forces along the
Himalayan region’s disputed border,
the second such incident since June
despite a ceasefire accord.
Superintendent of Police in
Kashmir’s Kotli region Riaz Mughal
said a 62-year-old man was hit by
“unprovoked” Indian shooting while
he was cutting grass near the Line of
Control, the de facto border between
the two countries.
The Indian military did not
immediately comment on the incident.
Gadkari shares video of India’s
first elevated 8-lane expressway
Union Minister for Road Transport and
Highways Nitin Gadkari on Sunday
shared glimpses of the Dwarka
Expressway, India’s first elevated road
project. He called it a “marvel of
engineering” and a “state-of-the-art”
The 34m-wide expressway, being
built at a cost of Rs9,000 crore ($1.48
billion), is being constructed on single
pillars, covering 18.9km in Haryana
and 10.1km in Delhi.
It will be part of a four-level road
network, incorporating flyovers,
tunnels, underpasses and grade roads.
Delhi government officer arrested
for raping dead friend’s daughter
A senior Delhi government officer has
been arrested on charges of repeatedly
raping his friend’s 17-year-old daughter
at his house in Burari and impregnating
His wife was also arrested for
allegedly giving the girl abortion pills
and terminating her pregnancy.
Though the incident happened three
years ago, police said it came to light
only last week after the girl was
admitted to hospital after suffering
bouts of anxiety.
During extensive psychological
counselling, she confided to doctors
and counsellors that she had been
The girl had lived with the couple
from October 2020 to February 2021
with her mother’s consent, after her
father died in 2020.
Surprise night inspection finds 89
girls missing from UP school hostel
A police report has been filed against
four persons, including the warden of a
state government-run residential
school, after only 11 of the 100 girl
students registered there were found to
be present on the premises during a
surprise inspection on Monday night.
District Magistrate Neha Sharma
said warden Sarita Singh at the
Kasturba Gandhi Residential Girls’
School in Paraspur could not give a
satisfactory answer when asked about
the absence of the 89 students.
She added that the school warden, a
full-time teacher, a watchman and a
security guard have been suspended.
Korean woman flies to India to
marry boyfriend from UP
A 23-year-old South Korean woman
flew to India last week to marry her
boyfriend, who is from Shahjahanpur
in Uttar Pradesh.
She was staying with her husband at
his farmhouse, and said to be enjoying
the vibe there.
According to a Live Hindustan
report, Mr Sukhjeet Singh was working
at a cafe in Busan, South Korea, when
he met Ms Kim Boh Ni. The two fell in
love, before Mr Sukhjeet returned
home for six months.
Unable to bear his absence, Ms Kim
decided to fly to Delhi, from where she
went to Mr Sukhjeet’s house in
The pair tied the knot at a gurdwara
on Sunday. Mr Sukhjeet said he he
wants to settle with his wife in Korea.
Ahmedabad is cheapest city in
India to live in
Ahmedabad is the most affordable
Indian city to live in, according to a
new report released by Knight Frank
India, a leading property consultant.
The most expensive is Mumbai,
followed by Hyderabad and Delhi.
Bengaluru and Chennai share the
Probe ordered after principal is
found drunk on college premises
The Assam Education Department has
issued a show-cause notice to Biren
Chandra Konwar, principal of the
Dhemaji Commerce College, after he
was allegedly found drunk on the
college premises on Saturday.
Students from the college had
lodged a report after a video went viral
in which the principal is seen
consuming alcohol on the campus with
The district commissioner has been
asked to submit a report after
conducting a thorough inquiry into the
Bijuli Prasad,India’s oldest
elephant,dies at 89
Bijuli Prasad, the world’s oldest Asiatic
elephant, who lived royally in the tea
gardens of Assam, died on Monday.
The majestic jumbo, whose age is
estimated to be 89, breathed his last at
the Behali tea estate of The Williamson
Magor Group. The animal died of
age-related issues, news agency PTI
“Bijuli Prasad was a symbol of pride
for The Williamson Magor Group. It
was first brought to the Bargang tea
estate as a calf, and later shifted here
after the Bargang tea estate was sold by
the company,” an official of the tea
Famous elephant surgeon Kushal
Konwar Sarma told PTI: “Bijuli Prasad
was the oldest recorded domestic
elephant in India. Usually, the wild
Asiatic elephants live up to 62-65
years, while the domestic ones survive
till around 80 years with proper care.”
Tamil Nadu’s Jallikattu racing
bulls to get IDs
The Tamil Nadu government is
working to issue IDs to racing
(Jallikattu) bulls in the state, acording
to an IANS report.
Every year around 19,000 bulls
participate in the Jallikattu conducted
across 20 districts. Now the Tamil
Nadu government wants to use the
nose prints of the bull to create a
comprehensive data bank.
It is trying to streamline the
traditional sport and bring the
tournaments under one platform.
Anish Kapoor tops artists’ rich list
with Rs91 crore in 2023
The Hurun Research Institute has
released the India Art List 2023, which
reveals the country’s 50 most
successful artists alive.
The list ranks the artists by taking
into account the sales of their works at
public auctions in the year ending July
Sculptor Anish Kapoor, with a
turnover of Rs91 crore, heads the list.
He is followed by Arpita Singh with
a turnover of Rs24.71 crore and Jogen
Chowdhury (Rs19.76 crore).
Wenger to launch football
academy in India
Renowned coach Arsene Wenger,
Fifa’s chief of global football
development, will be travelling to
India in October to launch a
world-class football academy.
The project, co-run by Fifa and the
the All India Football Federation, will
focus on training boys and girls under
the age of 13. It is aimed at identifying
and nurturing young talent and
preparing the players for the global
August 25, 2023
Two games, first a 35-move draw on
Tuesday,followed by a 30-move draw in
Game 2 on Wednesday, forced the
Chess World Cup 2023 final between
Indian teen sensation R. Praggnanand-
haa and Norwegian grandmaster Mag-
nus Carlsen into a tie-breaker.
It was scheduled to take place on
Thursday in Baku, Azerbaijan, with the
result becoming available this morning
While both Game1and Game 2 were
played in the classical format, the tie-
breaker will be played in a shorter for-
Millions in India have been cheering
on Praggnanandhaa, known as Pragg,
this week, knowing that he could upset
the five-time world champion.
A year ago,the18-year-old,born and
raised in Chennai, had shocked the
chess world by beating Carlsen in an on-
line elite rapid chess tournament, be-
coming the youngest player to defeat
the Norwegian since he became world
champion in 2013.
But throughout his run to the final in
Baku, Pragg has been modest about his
achievements, saying he tries to give his
best at every outing.
Even as the world media devoted
considerable attention to Pragg over the
past week, one of the most memorable
photos from the Chess World Cup is of
his mother smiling proudly after her son
secured a place in the semi-finals.
The Press Trust of India revealed that
Mrs Nagalakshmi accompanies him to
all tournaments and is very supportive
of his chess journey.
Pragg’s parents had introduced him
and his sister to chess so they would cut
down on watching television.
Mrs Nagalakshmi takes him to his
classes, and ensures their home is con-
ducive for him to practise.
And, when travelling for tourna-
ments, she ensures that the teen can
have food he is used to,even when thou-
sands of miles away from home.
His father Rameshbabu confirmed
cooked meals, and so Mrs Nagalakshmi
packs an induction stove,rice and masa-
This time, too, Mrs Nagalakshmi
packed a rice cooker and masalas so the
chess Grandmaster could have rasam
and rice in Azerbaijan.
Her hand in Praggnanandhaa’s suc-
cess was acknowledged by none other
than former world champion Garry
Kasparov, who tweeted: “Congrats to
@rpragchess —and to his mother.As so-
meone whose proud mama accompa-
nied me to every event, it’s a special
kind of support! The Chennai Indian
defeated two New York cowboys! He
has been very tenacious in difficult posi-
Indo-Asian News Service
Mum’s rasam and rice for chess prodigy
R. Praggnanandhaa with his mother Nagalakshmi.
to every event, it’s
a special kind of support!
– Russian grandmaster Gary Kasparov
on the backing R. Praggnanandhaa
receives from his mother
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