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October 13, 2023
Women in Phayeng village,
north of the Manipuri
capital Imphal, set up a
road block to control the
ethnic conflict in the state.
The state government
on Wednesday extended
the suspension of mobile
data Internet services until
Oct 16 to prevent the
spread of hate messages.
Mobile data services in
some districts were
suspended on May 3,
following ethnic violence
and all Internet services
were shut down across the
state the following day.
The ongoing ethnic
conflict has claimed 178
lives, injured at least 1,430
and displaced 50,000
Blocking passage to keep peace
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Election in five states in November
Five states will elect new legislatures
next month, an independent election
panel said on Monday, beginning a
process of regional polls ahead of
national elections due next year.
The elections in Rajasthan, Madhya
Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and
Mizoram are expected to give an
indication of voter mood, especially in
the heartland states which are key to
the fortunes of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata
Votes in the five states will be
counted on Dec 3 and results expected
the same day.
Pakistani cricket reporter leaves
India for ‘personal reasons’
A Pakistani sports presenter covering
the cricket World Cup left India for
“personal reasons”, the sport’s ruling
body said on Monday, days after a
lawyer complained to police that she
had criticised the country.
Indian lawyer Vineet Jindal said he
had filed a complaint to authorities
against Ms Zainab Abbas for hurting
Hindu sentiments and making
The Deccan Chronicle reported that
the presenter was given deportation
orders on Sunday, but an International
Cricket Council spokesman said she
“left for personal reasons”.
Outrage after Indian police dump
corpse in canal
Police in Bihar have been caught on
camera throwing the body of a road
accident victim into a canal, triggering
outrage on Monday.
The video shows three policemen
carrying the bloodied victim to a bridge
barrier before levering him over the
edge into the waters below, as
bystanders looked on.
Senior police officer Rakesh Kumar
of Muzaffarpur district told AFP that
his men “threw only the lower-half” of
the man into the water as it was badly
crushed by a speeding truck and could
not be salvaged.
Local media reported that the police
fished out some body parts from the
canal after the video went viral.
S’pore diplomat spots typo on
signboard near high commission
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi
(MCD) on Sunday was called out by
Singapore’s High Commissioner to
India Simon Wong, who saw a
signboard near the high commission
that spelt Singapore as Singapur.
He posted the error on X and asked
MCD to do a spell check.
After the image went viral, the
authorities wasted no time in rectifying
the error. Mr Wong shared a photo of
the rectified sign board and thanked
the authorities for the “quick fix”.
Author Arundhati Roy faces
prosecution for 2010 speech
Booker Prize-winning Indian novelist
Arundhati Roy might be prosecuted for
a 2010 speech about Kashmir after a
top official signed off on the move,
local media reported on Tuesday.
A criminal complaint accusing her
and several others of sedition had
languished in India’s notoriously glacial
criminal justice system since it was first
filed in 2010.
But on Tuesday, Mr V.K. Saxena, the
top official in the administration
governing New Delhi, gave approval for
the case to proceed before the courts.
The original complaint accuses Roy
and others of giving speeches
advocating the secession of Kashmir
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen not
dead,just ‘busy as ever’
Ms Nandana Sen has debunked reports
of the death of her father, Nobel
laureate Amartya Sen, saying he was
She posted on Twitter a photo of
herself with her father and confirmed
the 89-year-old was “busy as ever”,
teaching two courses a week at
Harvard University and working on his
The fake news was started by a new
X account named after Claudia Goldin,
who on Monday won the 2023 Nobel
Prize in Economics.
Four dead,80 injured in train
At least four people were killed and
about 80 others injured as an express
train derailed in Bihar on Wednesday, a
local official told Reuters.
Twenty-one coaches of the
North-East Express, which runs from
Delhi to Assam, derailed at the
Raghunathpur railway station in Bihar’s
Buxar district at 4.05pm on
Wednesday, general manager of East
Central Railway Tarun Prakash said.
The cause of the derailment was not
Malaysian man found dead in hotel
room in Uttar Pradesh
A Malaysian tourist in Ayodhya in
Uttar Pradesh was found dead in his
hotel room on Sunday.
Local reports said Mr Darma Raja
RP Sammugam, 73, was part of a group
from Malaysia and the cause of his
death remains unclear.
Police level forgery,fraud charges
against Hero MotoCorp
Delhi police have registered a case
against Hero MotoCorp and its
chairman Pawan Munjal on allegations
of forgery and fraud, according to
Brains Logistics, which provided
manpower services to Hero, accused
the company, Mr Munjal and others of
forgery and falsifying account books.
Hero, in a statement to the Bombay
Stock Exchange, said the matter dated
back to 2009-10 and that Hero had also
filed a report against Brains Logistics,
Death toll in Himalayan flash floods
The death toll from flash floods
unleashed by a glacial lake bursting its
banks in the Himalayas climbed to 74
on Monday, with 101 people still
missing days after the calamity struck,
according to provincial officials.
Following days of torrential rain in
Sikkim, torrents of water swept down
narrow river valleys from Lohnak Lake,
damaging a dam and wreaking
destruction in villages and Rangpo
town, about 50km south of the state
Sikkim’s Chief Secretary Vijay
Bhushan Pathak told Reuters that the
search for survivors was hampered by
damaged roads, poor communications
and bad weather.
Cough syrup firm linked to Uzbek
deaths resumes operations
The Uttar Pradesh government has
permitted the resumption of most
production at a factory owned by
Marion Biotech, Reuters reported.
The company produced the cough
syrups which Uzbekistan had blamed
for the deaths of 65 children there last
“There is no known case of a lack of
quality in other medicines
manufactured by the firm,” the drug
controller of the state where Marion is
based, and which cancelled the firm’s
licence in March, said in the most
Official Shashi Mohan Gupta said in
the Sept 14 order: “Its permission to
make products using propylene glycol
is cancelled, and it is allowed to make
and sell all other products.”
Moon lander’s reawakening
As a new lunar night begins, Indian
space scientists say chances of the
Moon lander waking up are “remote”.
The Indian space agency ISRO did
not confirm if further efforts will
continue to communicate with it,
adding that the lander and rover had
completed “all their assignments”.
ISRO had hoped that the Vikram
lander would wake up on or after Sept
22 when a new lunar day began.
October 13, 2023
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