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'' * 0+ )/. +*'$ . $ $ *) /# .+*/ # 0. 2 . *) $/. 2 4 /* ##*/ ) +0- !-*( ' 1 )*) *! $/. + .. )" - 2 . #0-/ # . $ A series of flash floods in Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh killed at least 16 people on Wednesday and damaged several residential houses, standing crops and a mini power plant, officials said. In Kishtwar, a cloudburst hit a remote village around 4:30 am, leaving seven people dead and 17 others injured, while at least nine people are dead, two injured and seven reported missing in the flash floods in the hilly state, they said. In Ladakh, two cloudbursts hit different areas of Kargil, causing damage to a mini power project, nearly a dozen residential houses and standing crops, the officials said, adding that no loss of life was reported in the cloudbursts, which and Sangra struck Tuesday on Khangral evening. Seven people died in Lahaul-Spiti flash floods in Tozing Nullah in Udaipur, two injured and three are still missing, while two men died in Chamba, State Disaster Management director Sudesh Kumar Mokhta said. Besides four people, including a woman, her son, a hydro project official and a Delhi tourist are feared dead in Kullu district, he added. $ % ! ! ! " # ! " " ! " $ ! " ! & !$ 18 killed, 25 injured after truck hits bus in UP BARABANKI: At least 18 people were killed and 25 injured after a truck rammed into a stationary double-decker bus here, . police said on Wednesday The accident took place on the LucknowAyodhya highway under Kotwali Ramsanehighat area late on Tuesday night. The private bus was carrying over 130 passengers to Bihar from Ludhiana in Punjab, they said. The axle of the bus broke down and it was parked on the road when a speeding truck coming from behind hit it, killing 18 people on the spot and injuring 25 others, the police said. Some passengers were standing or resting outside the bus while others were sitting inside while waiting for the axel to be repaired when the incident took place, they said. The victims, mostly labourers from Bihar, were returning home after sowing paddy in Punjab and Haryana, the police said. Police rushed to the spot after receiving information about the accident and the rescue operation was carried out with the help of locals. The injured were rushed to a local hospital and from there eight people, who were seriously injured, were referred to the trauma centre in Lucknow, Additional Director General of Police, Lucknow Zone, S N Sabat said. It was raining heavily when the accident took place and this posed some problems in the rescue operation, he said. $ Reservation should be based on economic criterion: Minister Minister for culture and tourism Usha Thakur stoked a controversy on Wednesday by saying that reservation should be based on economic criterion. Thakur, however, hastened to add that the reservation would depend on the atmosphere as created by the system based on the Con. stitution and society When asked by a journalist if there should not be reservation based on economic criterion to bring to an end politics over castes, she said, “It’s true that reservation should be based on economic criterion. There is no ambiguity over it. However, (we) will go ahead as per the atmosphere created by the system based on the Constitution and the socie.” ty The journalists’ questions came in the light of the OBC’ agitation in Bhopal who demanded implementation of Cong govt’s decision to provide enhanced quota to the OBC from 14% to 27%. Congress media coordinator Narendra Saluja said, “On one hand BJP govt says that it will provide 27% quota to the OBC, on the other hand a minister exposes the true face of the BJP government. " " ! ! Bank depositors to get coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh ! The fiery West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee (66), on Wednesday made it clear, just before she called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi, that she is not at all interested in leading the opposition parties, but is here to unite them in a "BJP vs Rest" formulation, to get rid of Prime Minister Modi before he inflicts more damage on the nation. Sonia Gandhi (74) had son Rahul (51) by her side during talks with Mamata at her 10 Janpath residence, dropping enough hints that $ ! she has already given the responsibility to Rahul to unite the opposition parties and pointed out how Rahul took lead in mobilising leaders of various parties in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha only on . Wednesday "It was a very good meeting, positive meeting. To defeat the BJP, everybody needs to come together. Everyone will have to work together," Banerjee said after a 45-minute interaction with Sonia Gandhi, with whom she has always had cordial ties. $ Mamata is in Delhi until Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday announced two Cabinet decisions that will gladden bank depositors as they will get back their money from troubled banks in 90 days and their deposits will be insured up to a maximum of Rs 5 lakh. The increase in insurance from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh will cover 98.3% of all deposits, she said, addressing the press briefing along with I&B Minister Anurg Thakur. She said the Union Cabinet's decision to return investor's money in 90 days will also be applicable to banks currently under moratorium. "This clearance now, therefore, is going to give relief to all those institutions which have already come under moratorium. It is not going to be retrospective, but if your bank has already been declared under moratorium this will cover," she added. Sitharaman also drew up the map on how the depositors will get back their money in 90 days. $ Love story of a Tiger, coming from a Tiger State T hough having multiple partners in their community is considered to be a common phenomenon, he preferred to remain with one. Responsibility of raising the children lies with the mother but this father broke all the natural traits and is now raising the children, rejecting offers from partners. But the protagonist in this tale is P243 - a tiger. This tiger in Panna Tiger Reserve is behaving against natural traits of tigers. It has now become case study for international wildlife lovers and ex- perts. It came to light when the tigress P213-32 died on 15 May 2021, leaving behind 4 cubs. , Male tiger P243 had paired with this tigress. Director of Panna Tiger Reserve, Uttam Kumar Sharma said this tiger paired with P213-32 for over two years. Moreover, he was not seen with any other tigress. They were seen together frequently and P243 is considered to be father of their cubs. “This big cat was seen at cremation site, within an hour after cremation. Even later for several days, P243 visited cremation site and used to sit there for several hours, as if paying homage,” Uttam Kumar said. “ After the death of tigress, we all were worried about safety of 4 cubs. Biggest threat comes from tiger itself. A search party including 5 elephants and 50 people were sent to track cubs,” he added. All 4 cubs were traced on the evening of May 17 and they looked healthy - neither hungry nor stressed. P243 was also found moving in nearby area that kept the search parties at bay . $ Armed with ample blessings from former chief minister BS Yediyurappa, his political guide, Basavaraj Bommai (61) was sworn in as the 23rd Karnataka Chief Minister Wednesday by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot in a . brief ceremony here Wednesday Conveying a subtle message that he is still the boss, Yediyurappa, whom many consider as the de facto CM in the coming days, was present on the stage. A rank outsider who featured way below the heavyweight list of leaders aspiring for the CM’s chair, Bommai was picked for the top post in Kar. nataka at a meeting of BJP MLAs Tuesday Such twists happened earlier too in his life. “I was a very reluctant politician. I am an engineer by profession and worked with Tata Motors. I wanted to be an entrepre- BIG JUMP IN DAILY C-CASES The sudden drop of the Covid-19 infections to 29,689 on Tuesday proved to be a mirage as India on Wednesday recorded 43,654 infections in the past 24 hours until 8.30 AM, nearly 50% higher than the previous day even while the Active Cases also surged to 3,99,436 and the day's death tally went up 640 as against . 415 on the previous day India's tally of the infections stood at 3,14,84,605, though 3,06,63,147 recovered giving the recovery rate of 97.39% and the death toll went up to 4,22,022. The infections overshot day's recovery of 41,628. $ neur. That's why I came to Bengaluru but ended up being a politician,” Bommai told the media. The new CM offered prayers and sought blessings from Hanuman at the Bhagavan Sri Maruthi Temple and BSY ahead of the swearingin. He said he was grateful to PM Modi, Home Minister Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president JP Nadda for choosing him for the top seat. The PM congratulated Bommai, saying he brings with him rich legislative and administrative experience. "I am confident he will build on the exceptional work done by our government in the state. Best wishes for a fruitful tenure," he tweeted. In a tweet, the PM praised BSY for his work for the party and the state. "No words will ever do justice to the monumental contribution of Shri @BSYBJP Ji towards our Party and for Karnataka's growth. For decades, he toiled hard, travelled across all parts of Karnataka and struck a chord with people. He is admired for his commitment to social welfare," Modi tweeted. $ Civic body polls not possible for at least 6 months: Min It will be difficult to hold civic body polls in the state for next six months due to legal issues and Covid, said minister for Urban Development Bhupendra Singh . on Wednesday Talking to news persons the minister said the State Election Commission too had expressed its inability in holding the elections due to pandemic. Also, the SC’s judgment was yet to come on reservation of posts. Bhupendra Singh, however, hastened to add that Covid-19 situation in MP was comparatively better than other states in the country given the efforts made by CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his guidance. In reply to a question the minister said Congress was plagued with internal bickering in Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Rajasthan and the governments in these states might fall anytime. “It happens with Congress every time but it blames the other parties for the same”, he , added. Notably the SEC in its affidavit made it clear on Tuesday that it would take a decision on polls after getting ground reports about the possible third wave of pandemic. $ Blinken: India continues to make vital contributions to Afghan stability New Delhi•:The US on Wednesday said that there can be no military solution to the Afghan conflict and India has and will continue to make vital contributions to Afghanistan's stability and development as a leader and a critical American partner in the region. The clear assertion was made by visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a joint press conference with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar after the two sides held extensive discussions on the evolving situation in Afghanistan and other issues. Blinken, the third senior member of the Biden administration to visit India this year, arrived in the national capital on Tuesday evening in the midst of a deteriorating security scenario in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of American troops. Oppn hardens stand on Pegasus issue New Delhi:•The opposition on Wednesday hardened its stand on the Pegasus spyware issue with 14 parties unitedly demanding a debate in Parliament in the presence of the prime minister or the home minister and a SC-monitored probe into the matter. Leaders of various opposition parties met in the morning and later submitted similar adjournment notices on the issue in both Congress Houses. the leader Rahul Gandhi attended the meeting of 14 opposition parties but the TMC was not present. "The Opposition is united for a discussion on the Pegasus issue... We are not going anywhere till it is discussed in Parliament," Gandhi told reporters in the presence of leaders of 13 other opposition parties later. He also rejected the government's charges over the disruption of Parliament and said the opposition was only fulfilling its . responsibility He said that ultimately it has to be an Afghan-led and Afghanin process peace owned Afghanistan, a position that has been pushed by India consistently for the last several years. "India and the US share a strong interest in a peaceful secure and stable Afghanistan. As a leader and as a critical partner in the region, India has made and will continue to make vital contributions to Afghanistan's stability and development and we will continue to work together to sustain the gains of the Afghan people and support regional stability after the withdrawal of coalition forces from the country," Blinken said. He said both India and the US agreed strongly that any future government in Afghanistan has to be inclusive and fully representative of the Afghan people. $ Speech-impaired kids with no Android phone left high and dry Speech-impaired children have been the worst sufferers of lockdown. Most of them belong to poor families who can neither afford a TV nor a Android phone for their online classes. One such child is Raja, a student of class 4. He would go to school 16 months ago but he remains in his house these days. His parents cannot afford an Android phone. The relatives of Raja have appealed to the State government to provide him an Android phone. Raja's school is located at Andhkukh bypass. Many students study in the school with him but the local administration has allowed only students of class 11 and class 12 to at- tend classes. The students from nursery to class 8 are getting education through online classes. A teacher of the school, Leela Tiwari, says there are 13 speech-impaired children in the class. But she failed to teach them for the past 16 months as they cannot afford android phone. Block Education Officer NK Bokade says there are 68 schools and organisations where 5,500 speech impaired students get education. He further says illiteracy rate among these children has been 45% but because of the corona-induced closure of schools, the figure may go up. Such children are not able to connect themselves with the online education, he says, adding that the rate of illiteracy rate may go up to 70%.