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Death toll in Bengal bus accident rises to 42

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Kolkata, Jan 30: The death toll in the bus accident in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district rose to 42 on Tuesday as rescue workers recovered six more bodies from a canal into which the vehicle fell, an official said.

The bodies have been sent to Baharampur Medical College and Hospital (BMCH) for autopsy.

A Malda-bound bus with more than 50 passengers crashed through a bridge and plunged into the Gobra Canal in Murshidabad’s Balirghat area on Monday.

As many as 36 bodies were recovered from the canal till Monday night after which the rescue operation had to be suspended due to darkness.

Two of the eight injured passengers died in the hospital later on Monday while the condition of the other six still remain critical.

On Tuesday, divers carried on with the operation to look for the those who are still missing.

The reason for the accident is yet to be ascertained.

One of the accident survivors said he saw the driver talking on phone while driving just before the accident occurred.

“I saw he was using his cell phone while holding the steering with his left hand. I asked him to be careful as the bus was going at a high speed. Moments later, it crashed against the railing and fell into the driver,” the shaken passenger recalled.

The shattered bus was partially lifted out of the canal by deploying cranes, with hundreds of villagers and anxious relatives of the passengers gathered on the canal banks.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the spot along with Transport Minister Subhendu Adhikari and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the bereaved families. She also announced Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh for the injured.

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Delhi University releases third cut-off list

A total of 52,183 students have deposited their fees in Delhi University so far.

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New Delhi: Delhi University on late Saturday released the third cut-off list for its ongoing admission process.

Zakir Hussain College released the cut-off list first, followed by Aryabhatta College and Rajdhani College.

A marginal dip of only 0.5 per cent was seen in the third cut-off as compared to the second as the cut-off for BA Hons (Economics), for the General category, of Aryabhatta College stands at 95.75 per cent.

Rajdhani College’s cut-off for BA Hons (Economics) for the General category stands at 95 per cent.

The cut-off for BSc (Mathematics) in the third cut-off list is 93.25 per cent, 92 per cent for Chemistry and 88 per cent for Botany. Admissions to Zoology have been closed.

A total of 52,183 students have deposited their fees in Delhi University so far.

The first cut-off of 100 per cent created a buzz across the nation. However, cut-off for the courses like BA Hindi, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Urdu, Persian etc came down to 45 per cent in many colleges in the second and third list.

Professor Hansraj Suman, in-charge of the Delhi Teachers Association and a former member of the Delhi University Admission Committee, said: “Half of the students were worried after seeing the first cut-off. In some colleges, the cut-off was 100 per cent while in some it was 99 per cent. Now, some colleges have reduced the merit so as to get some admissions.”

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Yellow alert for 16 Karnataka districts as rains in store

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Bengaluru : The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) on Saturday issued yellow alert for 16 districts, including Bengaluru.

The KSNMDC also issued a thunderstorm warning in these districts, while warning of isolated heavy to very heavy rains likely over interior Karnataka, Malnad and the coastal regions.

For Bengaluru, the agency predicted that widespread light to moderate rains with isolated places and heavy rains, associated with thunder activity, likely over BBMP area for next two days till October 26.

The alert was issued to the Deputy Commissioners of Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru Urban, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Davangere, Ramanagara, Shivamogga, Tumkuru, Dakshin Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag and Haveri.

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Schools in Delhi not opening for now, says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Saturday, ruled out reopening of schools in the national capital for now.

“Schools are not reopening for now,” Kejriwal told reporters on sidelines of an event.

The government had earlier announced that schools will continue to remain closed till October 31 in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16, when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of the measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25.

While several restrictions have been eased in different phases of “unlock”, educational institutions continue to remain closed. However, as per “unlock” phase guidelines, states can take a call about reopening schools in phases.

Earlier, schools were allowed to call students from class 9 to 12 to school on voluntary basis from September 21. However, the Delhi government decided against it.

Talking about AAP government’s decision to not pay for CBSE examination fees this year, Kejriwal cited fund crunch due to the pandemic.

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