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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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FIR against 60 women for anti-CAA protests in Aligarh

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Aligarh,  An FIR has been lodged against more than 60 unnamed women in Aligarh for allegedly staging protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The police said that the protest organised by the women was in violation of Section 144 which was imposed in the district at that time. Anil Samaria, Circle Officer (CO) of Aligarh Civil Lines, said, “Some women tried to stage a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Population Register, in violation of Section 144.

An FIR has been registered against 60-70 unknown women and we are starting the process of identifying them.”Protests broke out in different parts of the country, including Uttar Pradesh, which grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists, and Christians facing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and who came to India on or before December 31, 2014. Aligarh also witnessed violent protests on the issue.

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Punjab to administer polio drops to 33 lakh children

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Chandigarh, Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Sunday launched a three-day pulse polio campaign at Jagatpura village in Mohali district.

More than 33 lakh children of less than five years across the state will be administered polio drops as part of the National Immunization Day drive.

After administering oral polio vaccine drops to children, the minister said the government is making all efforts to protect children from more and more diseases and emphasized that all vaccines under the programme must reach each and every child.

He said during the current drive more than 50,000 health workers, anganwari workers, nursing students and volunteers will visit houses, slums, brick-kilns, railway stations, bus stands and other places to vaccinate children. The last case of polio was reported in 2011 in West Bengal. Punjab has not seen a case of polio since 2009

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Kashmiri Pandits urge Shaheen Bagh protestors to back them too

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New Delhi, Kashmiri Pandits plan to descend on the anti-CAA protest site in Shaheen Bagh here on Sunday afternoon to highlight their own plight for the last 30 years after forcible ouster from the Valley, as well as seek support for their cause.

The move comes after protestors announced ‘Jashn-e-Shaheen’ — an evening of poetry and songs — on January 19 to celebrate the spirit of the protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

A section of Twitterati and the Kashmiri Pandits equated the event as a “celebration of the genocide of the Kashmiri Hindus”.

Satish Mahaldar, a Kashmiri activist, said: “The protestors at Shaheen Bagh announced to celebrate Jash-e-Shaheen, on a day when the Kashmiri Pandits faced exodus from the Valley. We will make sure that does not happen. We will visit the protest site at 5 p.m. to observe the exodus day.”

The community will urge the protestors to also raise their voice for the welfare of the Kashmiri Pandits and support them.

Shaheen Bagh has become a hub of anti-CAA protest for over a month now, with protestors demanding repeal of the CAA for its alleged discrimination against a particular community.

Kashmiri Pandits stress that before voicing support for a community that is in majority in most of the countries covered under the CAA, the Shaheen Bagh protestors must voice support for a community within India that has faced trouble for so long but lacked voices of support.

Mahaldar, a part of the Reconciliation, Return and Rehabilitation team for Kashmiri Pandits, said: “Let us observe the exodus day at Shaheen Bagh today (Sunday), because if the protestors can raise their voice for a community left out under the CAA, they must also support our voices and for our return to our native places.”

The Twitter handle of Shaheen Bagh protesters later clarified that the January 19 event had nothing do with the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from the Valley.

“False information is being spread to create discord and attack the spirit of fraternity that anti-CAA protests stand for,” the handle tweeted

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