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As outrage poured in from all quarters including political parties, Muzaffarnagar Police booked the teacher accused of making communal comments and ordering her students to slap a Muslim classmate for not doing his homework. The teacher, Trapti Tyagi, was booked a day after a video showed her asking her students to slap the Class 2 boy at Neha Public School in Khubbapur village and also making a communal remark. Police booked Tyagi at the complaint of the boy's family, under IPC sections 323 and 504 -- both non-cognizable offences.
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After the successful moon lander venture, ISRO is now gearing up for the launch of a solar mission in a week's time, likely on September 2, to study the Sun. It will be the first dedicated Indian space mission for observations of the Sun to be launched by the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency. Aditya-L1 is a fully indigenous effort with the participation of national institutions, an ISRO official said.
At least 10 persons were 'reported dead' in a fire that broke out inside a stationary train compartment in Madurai railway station the Southern Railway said, adding a 'gas cylinder' 'illegally' taken in led to the blaze. The 'private party coach' with 65 passengers had arrived from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. Police, fire and rescue services personnel besides railway staff, involved in dousing the fire, extricated the charred bodies from the compartment.
Jadavpur University has started the process of installing CCTV cameras on its campus, interim vice-chancellor Buddhadeb Sau said. Sau said a team from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will also visit the university to discuss security aspects in the institute including human surveillance. The university authorities came under intense criticism after a 17-year-old undergraduate student of the Bengali department died a day after he fell from a second-floor balcony of the main boys' hostel on August 9.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew down to Bengaluru directly from the Greek capital of Athens to interact with ISRO scientists on the successful Chandrayaan-3 mission and announced the decision to name the place where lander 'Vikram' touched down on the lunar surface as 'Shiva Shakti Point'. August 23, the day the Chandrayaan-3 lander touched down on the lunar surface would be celebrated as "National Space Day", said the Prime Minister.
The Haryana government ordered suspension of mobile Internet and bulk SMS services in the communally-charged Nuh district till August 28 in view of a call for a 'shobha yatra'. The district administration has also imposed Section 144 of the CrPC, prohibiting the assembly of four or more people in an area, as a precautionary measure. During this period, no person will be allowed to carry weapons such as licensed firearms, lathis, axes and others.
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi reached Srinagar on a personal visit even as her son Rahul Gandhi arrived from his week-long Ladakh tour the previous day. Sonia was welcomed by senior leaders of her party, including Congress Central Working Committee members and Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president Vikar Rasool Wani. Immediately after her arrival, Sonia visited the Nigeen Lake here and enjoyed a boat ride, a senior Congress leader said.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India has come out with a 15-page wishy-washy 'status report' on its investigation into the allegations of stock manipulation, violation of public float rules and dodgy related party transactions that Hindenburg Research levelled against the Adani group back in January. The status report suggests that the regulator may be trying to buy time on a very controversial, politically charged subject that could snowball into a huge embarrassment for the Modi government in an election year.
A mudslide caused by incessant rainfall blocked the Sonapur tunnel on NH 6 in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district on Saturday blocking traffic movement to Tripura, Mizoram and Assam's Barak valley. The mudslide was caused by incessant rainfall in the state in the past 24 hours. Earthmovers and personnel were put to work to clear the debris and the stuck vehicles, an NHAI official said.
A two-member inspection team of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has found lapses in internal safety audits of Air India and the regulator is probing the matter. According to the inspection report submitted to the DGCA, the airline was supposed to carry out regular safety spot checks in various areas of operations such as cabin surveillance, cargo, ramp and load but during a random inspection of 13 safety points, the team found that the airline prepared false reports in all 13 cases. Further, the inspection report noted that these forged spot check reports were not signed by the Chief of Flight Safety who has the authority to do it.