Four passengers die on Kerala Express due to extreme heat

Four passengers on the Kerala Express, who were part of a large group returning to Tamil Nadu after a trip to Uttar Pradesh, died on the train on Monday evening due to extreme heat while one passenger has been hospitalised here in a critical condition, an official said.
According to reports, the passengers travelling on the Kerala Express train on Monday evening complained of uneasiness and by the time the train reached Jhansi, they had expired. 
The bodies were taken off the train at Jhansi railway station and sent for post-mortem examination.
All the passengers were travelling from Agra to Coimbatore and were seated in S-8 and S-9 coaches.
Divisional Railway Manager Neeraj Ambisht said that the bodies would be sent to Coimbatore on Tuesday after the post-mortem examination.
The deceased were a part of a 68-member group that was returning after visiting Varanasi and Agra. "Shortly after we left Agra, the heat became unbearable and some people started complaining of breathing problems and uneasiness. Before we could get some help, they collapsed," said a member of the group.
The deceased have been identified as Bundur Palanisame, 80, Bal Krishna Ramaswami, 69, Chinnare, 71, and Dhiva Nai, 71.
Subbaraiyya, 71, has been hospitalised in Jhansi.

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Priyanka Gandhi holds road show in Jhansi

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday held a massive road show here in Uttar Pradesh ahead of addressing a public meeting.
The Congress leader, who is also the party in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, arrived in Jhansi around 11.20 a.m. and kicked off the road show from the party office in the Sindhi chauraha area of the town. 
Her road show passed through areas like Manik Chowk, Bada Bazar, Subhash Ganj, Talaiya and Orcha gate before culminating in the Ewat Market area of the town, covering a distance of over 5 km.
During her road show, the Congress General Secretary also visited the temple '6 Kund Mahadev mandir' at Sindhi chauraha. 
She was accompanied by the party's candidate Shiv Sharan Kushwah.
Hundreds of party workers braved the heat to get a glimpse of their leader. 
They raised slogans in support of the Congress leader and targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Clad in a purple sari, Vadra also offered a ride to some children on her SUV during the road show. Her gesture was cheered by several party workers who showered her with flower petals. 
Jhansi will go to the polls in the fourth phase on April 29. Of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, voters in 26 have voted so far in the first three phases of polling, while the other 54 constituencies will go to the polls in the remaining four phases.
Later on Thursday, Vadra is scheduled to address a public meeting in Ghursarai area of the Jhansi parliamentary constituency.
On Wednesday, she had held a road show in Bundelkhand's Mahoba. Earlier, she also held road shows in different parts of the state for her party's candidates. 

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Five dead in road mishap in Jhansi district of UP

Five people were killed and 11 others injured on Monday when a truck rammed into a tractor carrying pilgrims in Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi district, police said.
The accident occurred on the highway near Boodha village.
According to the police, the pilgrims were on their way to a fair in Ratangarh, which draws people from across the region.
All the victims were from Bhajanpura village. 
Senior police official Ashok Verma said that, of the 11 injured, five were in critical condition.

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India’s fastest train Gatimaan Express extended up to Gwalior/Jhansi

India’s fastest train, the Gatimaan Express, has been extended up to Gwalior/Jhansi from April 1 to boost tourism in the Bundelkhand region.
The extension of this prestigious premium train no 12049/50 that was plying between Hazrat Nizamuddin and Agra Cantonment will facilitate tourists to visit various tourist attractions in and around Gwalior including the Jai Vilas Palace Museum, Gwalior Fort, Jai Vilas Palace and Gopachal Parvat to name a few.
Jhansi is famous for Jhansi Fort, Government Museum associated with the first war of Independence, Orchha Fort and Jahangir Mahal.
The train will run six days of the week except for Friday.
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13 injured as Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derails in Uttar Pradesh

Thirteen passengers suffered injuries when eight coaches of the 12189 Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed near Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Thursday, official sources said.
13 injured as Mahakaushal Express derails in Uttar Pradesh
Thirteen passengers suffered injuries when eight coaches of the 12189 Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed near  Mahoba in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of today, official sources said.
Of the injured, one person suffered a bone fracture and had been hospitalised, while the others had simple injuries, they said.
The mishap occurred at 2.27 am between Mahoba and Kulpahar stations on the Manikpur-Jhansi section of Jhansi Division of North Central Railway.
Eight rearmost coaches of the train derailed, including four AC coaches, two  Ordinary Second Class General Coach, one Sleeper Class and one Passenger cum Luggage cum Guard (SLR) coach. 
The sources said local ambulances were called immediately and some of the injured were rushed to the District Hospital at Mahoba while others were given first aid at the site.
The stranded passengers were taken to Jhansi by buses arranged by the Railways and in the unaffectd coaches of the train, which departed from the site at 6.48 am with ten coaches.
An Accident Relief Medical Van (ARMV) reached the site along with doctor, paramedical staff and officers. The General Manager, North Central Railway and Divisional Rail Manager, Jhansi alongwith senior officers also reached the scene to supervise the rescue and relief efforts.
Helpline Numbers were set up at 17 stations including Nizamuddin, Agra, Gwalior, Jhansi, Orai and Banda, Jabalpur stations to provide assistance to the public. 
Railway officials said adequate free catering arrangements, including food packets, water, tea, milk, water and so on, were made at the site and at Jhansi station for the passengers.
A few trains were cancelled and diverted. Efforts were being made on a war footing to restore traffic on the affected section and traffic was expected to resume by late this evening, the sources said.
The Ministry of Railways has announced an enhanced ex-gratia payment of Rs. 50,000 for the grievously injured and Rs. 25,000 for passengers with simple injuries.
The Railways have ordered an inquiry by a five-member team of Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level officers of North Central Railway to establish the cause of the accident.
The Railways have set up the following helplines for providing information to passengers and their relatives:
Mathura: 0585 2402008, 2402009
Allahabad: 0532-1072, 0532-2408149
Kanpur: 0512-1072, 2323015, 16, 18
Hazrat Nizamuddin: 011-24359748
New Delhi: 011-23542954, 23341074

Baba Ramdev launches Swabhiman Yatra against corruption


Yoga guru Baba Ramdev today started his "Swabhiman Yatra" to highlight the fight against corruption across the country and reiterated his demand to bring back the black money illegally stashed away by Indians in foreign banks.

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


11 people drowned in boat tragedy in Jhansi district of UP

Eleven people - nine women and two children - drowned when a boat carrying them capsized in the Betwa river in Poonch police station area of this district of Uttar Pradesh today.

The women were coming from Indergarh in Madhya Pradesh to visit a "mazar" when the accident occured, Superintendent of Police (Rural) P K Tiwari told UNI.

The deceased have been identified as Rukhsar(18), Khushboo (12), Alisa (30), Rani (30), Sonam (15) and Karisma (16), Shabnam (35), Munni (66) and Mahek (4).

The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examiation, police added.


6 women drowned as boat capsizes in Jhansi district of UP

Six women were drowned and four others were injured when their boat capsized in the Betwa river in the Konch police station area of this district of Uttar Pradesh today.

Police sources here said the women were coming from Indergarh in Madhya Pradesh to visit a Mazar when the accident occured.

The deceased have been identified as Rukhsar(18), Khusboo (12), Alisa (30), Rani (30), Sonam (15) and Karisma (16).

The four others who were injured in the incident and admitted to the hospital are Sabnam (55), Rukshar (15), Munni (65) and Mahek (4), the sources added.


Goods train derails in Uttar Pradesh; no casualty

Three wagons of a goods train derailed near Bijrautha railway station between Jhansi and Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh on the North Central Railway early this morning.

No casualty was, however, reported in the mishap, official sources said.

According to Government Railway Police, the bogies derailed at 0700 hrs. The traffic was resumed after an hour.


Rahul Gandhi to tour UP from Monday to attract students to NSUI

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will embark upon a two-day tour covering five cities of Uttar Pradesh from tomorrow to attract the students in the ongoing National Student Union of India (NSUI) membership drive.

Mr Gandhi will visit Allahabad, Varanasi, Lucknow, Jhansi and Agra and address students of various universities and colleges. As Congress General Secretary, he is also in-charge of Youth Congress as well as NSUI.

According to the programme, Mr Gandhi will start his tour tomorrow by interacting with students of Varanasi at Swatantra Bhawan in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at 1330 hrs followed by a dialogue with the students of Allahabad at the Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology Auditorium at 1600 hours.

On Tuesday, he would interact with students of Lucknow at Ravindralaya Auditorium at 0930 hrs followed by a similar programme at Mukta Kashi Manch in Jhansi at 1215 hrs.

The Congress General Secretary will wind up his programme by interacting with the students of Agra at Sur Sadan Auditorium at 1430 hrs.


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