Nation news in brief
Navy Chief to begin visit Israel today
New Delhi, June 11 (IANS): Indian Navy chief Sunil Lanba would leave for a four-day visit to Israel on Monday to further consolidate armed forces’ cooperation between the two countries, a defence statement said. During his visit, Admiral Lanba would hold bilateral discussions with Lt. General Gadi Eisenkot, Chief of the General Staff of Israeli Defence Forces, to explore avenues for greater cooperation. The Defence Ministry said this visit would further consolidate the armed forces’ cooperation.
All ‘Super 30’ candidates crack JEE-Advanced: Founder
Patna, June 11 (IANS): All 30 students coached by Bihar’s ‘Super 30’, a free coaching centre for underprivileged students, have cracked the highly competitive JEE-Advanced for admissions to the IITs this year, its founder-mathematician Anand Kumar said on Sunday. Children of taxi drivers, masons, farmers, and daily wagers are among the successful candidates and are mostly from schools affiliated to the Bihar School Examination Board. Anand Kumar started the ‘Super 30’ programme in 2002 under his Ramanujam Institute of Mathematics, which selects 30 meritorious candidates each year from economically disadvantaged sections of society and trains them free of cost for admission to the prestigious IITs.
Agnivesh, Medha among 40 detained on way to Mandsaur, released
Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh), June 11 (IANS): Social activists Swami Agnivesh and Medha Patkar and Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav were among 40 persons detained on Sunday while on way to meet the kin of farmers killed in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district. They were detained at Dhodhar while on way from Ratlam to Mandsaur where at least five farmers were killed on June 6 in police firing amid violence. They were released on bail later. Earlier, these social activists and various farmer leaders paid homage to killed farmers.
NCDRC to hear cases in Bengal
Kolkata, June 11 (IANS): The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) will be here later this month for a week-long hearing of cases related to West Bengal, a state minister said. “The Commission sits in Delhi. They have never come to Kolkata. It should move all over India. Around 18 June, they will come to West Bengal and hear all the cases,” West Bengal Consumer Affairs Minister Sadhan Pande said here at a special session on consumer protection issues and challenges on Saturday. “They will be here for seven days and notification will be given on June 15. This is the first time the Commission is coming to Kolkata in 10-15 years,” he said.
Lalu Prasad celebrates 70th birthday
Patna, June 11 (IANS): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad celebrated his 70th birthday on Sunday and sent out a political message that he was committed to unite non-BJP parties ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visited Lalu in his official residence where the two held talks for over 30 minutes. In response, Lalu said: “On my birthday, I thank Nitish Kumar and other leaders of the Graand Alliance along with thousands of my party workers as well as my supporters and sympathisers who have visited me early morning. I am really thanksful for their love.” Meanwhile, Lalu’s residence was decked with fresh flowers.
Sushma Swaraj comes to aid of Pakistani boy with heart ailment
New Delhi, June 11 (IANS): A four-month-old Pakistani boy suffering from a serious heart ailment will get a fresh lease of life as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj offered him a medical visa on humanitarian grounds. Rohaan, a resident of Lahore, has a hole in his heart and would now get treatment at Noida’s Jaypee Hospital. Due to the tensions between India and Pakistan, Rohaan’s parents were unable to get a medical visa for their child’s treatment even though his condition was critical. Rohaan finally got the visa and would now come for his treatment via Wagha border on Monday.
Two killed as cargo vessel hits fishing boat off Kerala
Kochi, June 11 (IANS): Two fishermen were killed and one went missing after a cargo ship flying the Panama flag hit a fishing boat in the sea off Kochi in Kerala early on Sunday, the authorities said. Eleven others in the fishing boat were rescued. One of the dead men was from Tamil Nadu and the other from Assam. The missing fisherman is said to be from Uttar Pradesh. The accident occurred around 2 a.m.
Poet, essayist Haraprasad Das gets Kalinga Literary Award
Bhubaneswar, June 11 (IANS): Legendary poet and essayist Haraprasad Das was on Sunday conferred with the covetous Kalinga Literary Award for his work and contribution to literature at the fourth edition of Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF). Focusing on literature for peace and harmony, the three-day literary festival was on Saturday inaugurated here by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, eminent poet and Padma Vibhusan awardee Sitakant Mahapatra and renowned poet Ramakanta Rath. This year the KLF introduced two new awards — the Kalinga International Literary Award, which was received by Anand Neelakantan for his contribution towards literature, and the Kalinga Karubaki Award, which was given to Paramita Satpathy for her contribution to Odia poetry.
9 perish in Mumbai-Beed bus accident
Beed (Maharashtra), June 11 (IANS): At least nine passengers were killed and 20 others injured on Sunday when a speeding bus coming to Beed from Mumbai plunged over 100 feet into a ditch, police said. According to the police, the driver lost control of the bus at around 5 a.m. near Ambhora. A majority of the deceased were from Beed. Officials said it will be probed if the driver was inebriated or fell asleep at the wheel.
10 killed in UP road accident
Lucknow, June 11 (IANS): Ten people, including nine members of a family, were killed on Sunday when the car they were travelling in fell into a canal in Mathura, police said. The accident occurred at the Mathura-Jajampatti road. The victims hailed from Bareilly. The driver of the car, en route from from Bharatpur, was also killed in the accident, a police official told IANS.