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2 fans die as India lose semi-final thriller to New Zealand

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New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) In different incidents, two cricket fans lost their lives while watching the first semifinal clash of the ongoing World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand on Wednesday.

In the first incident in Bihar’s Kishanganj district, a fan — Ashok Paswan, 49, felt breathlessness while watching the match and was shifted to a hospital where doctors declared him dead after suffering a heart attack.

According to family members, the deceased was bursting crackers when Indian batsmen were scoring runs but complained of breathlessness as India was on the verge of defeat.

Meanwhile, in an another incident, a cycle shop owner — Srikanta Maity, 33, died of cardiac arrest while watching the game in Hooghly district of West Bengal.

According to reports, Maity was said to be watching the match on his phone when the incident took place. He collapsed in his shop as soon as M.S Dhoni got out. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

In the rain-hit semifinal played over two days, New Zealand scored 239/8 in 50 overs after opting to bat. Kane Williamson (67) and Ross Taylor (74) formed the bedrock of their innings.

In reply, India lost four top order batsmen for just 24 runs inside 10 overs before Ravindra Jadeja (77) and Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run seventh wicket stand to raise hopes for an unlikely victory. However, it wasn’t enough and in the end India fell short by 18 runs.

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Thai woman gang-raped in Haryana hotel, one held

The victim, in her complaint to the police, said she was offered help by someone who took her to the police station.

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Chandigarh, Aug 9 : A woman from Thailand was allegedly gang-raped in a hotel in Haryana’s Hisar town, police said on Sunday.

Two people, including the hotel’s owner, have been booked for the crime that was reported on Thursday night, and one accused has been arrested.

The woman, around 40 years old, had come to Delhi on March 3, and subsequently visited Hisar town, some 300 km from here, with friends. The woman complained that she was drunk when the hotel owner entered her room and raped her.

She said another person also tried to sexually assault her.

The victim, in her complaint to the police, said she was offered help by someone who took her to the police station.

The police said a case has been registered and accused Gulshan, who is the hotel’s owner, has been arrested.

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Rural economy still strong on record procurement of farm produce: PM Modi

During the virtual launch program, Modi also interacted with three Primary Agriculture Credit Societies from Karnataka, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh.

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New Delhi, Aug 9 : As the pandemic severely hits the economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the rural economy of India is on a strong footing, bucking the overall economic slowdown, courtesy the ‘record’ procurement of farmers’ produce by the government.

Speaking at the launch programme of the Rs 1 lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, Modi said it was due to the farmers that the country did not have to face problems in terms of essential food items during the lockdown.

“When the country was under lockdown, our farmers were harvesting their crop and were also making new records in terms of sowing,” he said.

Prime Minister added that the government assured record public procurement of the farmers’ produce, leading to an increase of Rs 27,000 crore in the money transferred to the farmers.

Talking of the recent decisions to end the Essential Commodities Act and freeing the farmers from the limitations of selling at the APMC of a concerned state, he said that these decisions will change the scenario of rural economy in the country and will also lead to multiple increase in farmers’ income.

He noted that the government plans to set up around 10,000 farmer-producer organisations (FPO) in the country.

On Sunday, Modi launched the Rs 1 lakh crore financing facility under the ‘Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’. The fund was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as part of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat economic package in May.

It has been created for funding in agriculture infrastructure projects at the farm-gate and aggregation points such as primary agricultural cooperative societies, farmer producer organisations and agriculture entrepreneurs, among others.

This will provide impetus for development of other financially viable post harvest management infrastructure, as per the government. It was announced in view of the lack of adequate cold chain and post harvest management infrastructure in the vicinity of farm gate causes gaps in value chains.

The Prime Minister also initiated the transfer of Rs 17,100 crore benefit to bank accounts of 8.55 crore farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme.

He expressed his satisfaction with the pace of implementation of the PM-KISAN scheme. He also noted that the scale of the program is so large that the funds released on Sunday have reached more people than the entire population of several countries taken together.

During the virtual launch program, Modi also interacted with three Primary Agriculture Credit Societies from Karnataka, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh.

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Mukhtar Ansari’s aide, accomplice shot dead by STF in Lucknow

Police was continuously trying to track him down for the past many months, the IG said.

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Lucknow, Aug 9 : A dreaded shooter, said to be a close aide of mafia don turned politician Mukhtar Ansari, was gunned down along with an accomplice by a team of Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on the outskirts of Lucknow on Sunday morning.

Officials said that shooter Rakesh Pandey aka Hanuman Pandey carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head.

STF IG Amitabh Yash said Pandey was gunned down in retaliatory firing when the STF team tried to arrest him after he went to an area falling in Sarojini Nagar police station limits to meet one of his accomplices.

Police said Pandey was involved in a number of murders and shootouts carried out by the Ansari’s gang in the past 23 years. He was also accused of hatching a conspiracy to kill BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai, who was shot dead in 2005.

Pandey was, however, acquitted after a trial in a subordinate court.

The police officer said Pandey had at least 10 criminal cases registered against him between 1993 and 2010. He said the criminal was untraceable for the last 10 years or so.

Police was continuously trying to track him down for the past many months, the IG said.

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