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Deadly Dust Storm: At least 97 people killed in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan

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Uttar Pradesh, May 3: At least 97 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in the deadly dust storm which hit several parts of western and northern India on Wednesday.

At least 62 people have died in different parts of Uttar Pradesh and the toll in Rajasthan due to high-intensity squall and thundershowers has gone up to 35 till now leaving 205 injured owing to dust storms sweeping across the two states.

The death toll in the dust storm and lightning strikes at many places in Uttar Pradesh overnight has climbed up to 62, reported news agency IANS.

Of these, 43 are from the Taj city Agra. Another 47 persons have been injured in the Wednesday night disaster.

Besides the 43 deaths from Agra, three people died each in Bijnore and Kanpur Dehat (Rural)and one each in Bareilly, Pilibhit, Chitrakoot, Rae Bareli, Unnao, Mathura, Amroha, Kannauj, Banda, Kanpur city, Sitapur, Sambhal and Mirzapur.

A total of 160 cattle died in different districts.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is campaigning for the BJP in Karnataka, has told officials to ensure rescue and relief work in the worst hit Agra, Bijnore, Bareilly, Unnao, Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Firozabad, Chitrakoot, Muzaffarnagar and Rae Bareli districts.

Yogi Adityanath has also announced a compensation of up to Rs.4 lakhs to the families of the deceased and Rs.50,000 for each of the injured; reported ANI.

In Rajasthan Electricity poles and trees were uprooted in several areas leading to blackouts and road obstructions.

Rajasthan minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Thursday announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the deceased family.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also shared a condolence message on Twitter.

Shimla plunged into darkness after the onset of rain and heavy winds on Wednesday.

Delhi too witnessed heavy dust storm which lashed many parts of the city. A blanket of dust was seen all over the region.

The Met department has predicted light rains for most parts of northern India till Friday.

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BJP MLA Manvendra Singh quits party, says ‘Kamal Ka Phool, Badi Bhool’

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Jaipur, Sep 22 : Former Union minister Jaswant Singh’s son and BJP MLA from Sheo constituency in Rajasthan, Manvendra Singh, on Saturday announced his decision to severe ties with the party.

He made the announcement while addressing a mammoth “Swabhimaan Rally” in Pachpadra of Barmer district.

The differences between Manvendra and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surfaced in 2014 when his father Jaswant Singh was denied ticket from Barmer parliamentary seat, from where the party fielded Colonel Sonaram. Jaswant Singh still contested as an Independent and lost the election.

On Saturday, amid thousands of supporters, he raised a slogan “Kamal Ka Phool, Badi Bhool” in the rally. He said that he had been maintaining silence for the last four-and-a-half years obeying senior leaders of the party. “But, now I have lost all my patience.”

He also sought opinion on his decision from the people attending the rally, to which the crowd responded saying “BJP Chhodo” in unison.

The rally was attended by many senior leaders from the Rajput community.

Speaking on the occasion, he said: “My fight for self-respect will spread to the entire state and its impact will also echo at the central level. Pachpadra is the starting point of this storm and its impact will also reach Jaipur.”

However, Manvendra has not yet disclosed the course his political career will take from here on, but announced that he will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, speculations are rife that he would join the Congress party soon.

When contacted, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) President Sachin Pilot told IANS that he would not make any comments on the matter now.

However, he said that the list of BJP leaders leaving the party is getting longer which shows that all is not well with the party.

“Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should introspect on this issue,” he added.

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Uttar Pradesh: Minor raped in Gonda, body dumped in school toilet

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Lucknow, Sep 22: The body of a minor girl was found dumped in a school toilet in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. 

According to Prime facie, it appears to be rape, Gonda Supredent of Police told news agency IANS.

The body was found in the primary school toilet in Basanatpur village. Forensic experts have taken samples from the crime scene and a probe is underway to nab those responsible, Singh said.

As per the reports, some youths of the area have been detained for questioning.

A six-year-old- girl had come with her grandparents to a relatives’ house to attend a religious ceremony. She had gone missing since Thursday late night.

Later, her body was found on Saturday after the school reopened following a day’s holiday for Moharram.

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Woman, differently-abled daughter murdered in Delhi’s Mianwali

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New Delhi, Sep 22: A 60-year-old woman and her differently-abled daughter were found murdered at their residence in Delhi’s Mianwali area on Saturday.

Shashi Talwar was found with her throat slit while her 40-year-old daughter, Nidhi, was killed with blunt force. They were reportedly found with their hands and mouths tied; police said.

Ruling out the possibility of robbery, police said that the entry in the house was friendly because there were 2 teacups lying in the drawing room. The pieces of jewellery were intact.

The bodies were first found by their maid, who called the police. “There is no CCTV outside the home. The maid went inside from another door,” police stated.

Shashi Talwar’s husband died two years ago. She has one son living in Canada and another one in Mumbai.

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