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Train crash kills 23 passengers
MUZAFFARNAGAR: At least 23 people were killed and at least 40 injured in a major derailment when 14 coaches of the Kalinga Utkal Express bound for Haridwar in Uttarakhand went off the tracks with one of the coaches mounting on another near Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday evening. More casualties are feared as a number of passengers are said to have been trapped in the derailed coaches. Union Minister and Muzaffarnagar MP
 
 
Flood claims lives of 225 animals in Kaziranga
GUWAHATI: At least 225 animals have died in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam as a second wave of devastating floods lashed the state, park officials said on Saturday. As of Saturday, 30 per cent of the park was still inundated. Earlier this month, the first wave of floods had submerged over 70 per cent of the park and led to the death of 105 animals, park Director Satyendra Singh told IANS. “The flood water is starting to
   
Modi might give key posts to JDU
NEW DELHI: Plum portfolios in the Union cabinet were awaiting Janata Dal-United (JDU) led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, after it passed a resolution to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Saturday. The NDA might also induct Nitish Kumar as its co-convenor. The meeting held in Kumar’s official residence was also expected to proceed against senior leader Sharad Yadav, but no announcement was forthcoming on
 
 
Blue Whale suspected in teen’s suicide bid
NEW DELHI: The suicide bid made by a 16-year-old boy in Delhi on Wednesday could be linked to the lethal Blue Whale online game, police sources indicated on Saturday. A probe is underway. The Class 11 student, who jumped off the terrace of his residence in north Delhi’s Ashok Vihar on Wednesday afternoon, is in a critical state and unable to make a statement, police said. He had left his mobile phone, spectacles and a pair of
   
ADMK merger show cancelled after snags
CHENNAI: Merger talks in Tamil Nadu’s ruling Anna DMK hit unexpected hurdles late on Friday, with a section of the faction led by former chief minister O. Pannerselvam (OPS) revolting against the terms for reunification of the party. A unity show that was planned with OPS and Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami was called off at the last minute. Supporters from both sides had gathered at the mausoleum of late chief minister
 
 
Antony questions Vijayan giving clean chit to tainted minister
TRIVANDRUM: Senior Congress party leader AK Antony on Saturday questioned chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan giving a clean chit to his transport minister Thomas Chandy facing a series of serious allegations including encroaching upon the government land. “How can a chief minister give a clean chit to any person without investigation?” he asked. “We are governed by a Constitution and those who swear by it has to follow rules.”
   
2 Mahakali actors die in road accident
Mumbai: Actors Gagan Kang and Arjit Lavania, known for their stint on television show Mahakali-Anth Hi Aarambh Hai, died on Saturday in a road accident, a police official said. They were returning to their home here for a two-day break after shooting for two days in Gujarat’s Umbergaon when the accident took place at the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in Palghar district near Mumbai, inspector Mahesh Patil of Manor police station told
 
 
Woman set afire by in-laws dies
New Delhi: A young woman set afire by her husband and in-laws over dowry died here on Saturday and three persons have been arrested in the case, police said. Parvinder Kaur, 24, admitted in the Safdarjung Hospital here on Friday with burn injuries, said in her police statement before her death that she was set afire by her husband and in-laws, Deputy Commissioner of Police Vijay Kumar said. Kumar identified those arrested on
   
Collector orders demolition of MLA’s check dam
MALAPPURAM: District Collector issued orders on Saturday to demolish the check dam built in connection with a water theme park at Kakkadampoyil in Kozhikode district owned by Nilambur MLA PV Anvar, allegedly constructed on ecologically fragile location and by flouting existing norms. In his order, Collector Amit Meena clarified that he has directed the irrigation department to demolish the dam, which is situated in Malappuram
 
 
Bomb blast in Darjeeling, Gurung booked
DARJEELING: A bomb blast occurred in the heart of West Bengal’s hill town of Darjeeling damaging a few shops early on Saturday, following which police booked three top GJM leaders including its chief Bimal Gurung under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). No injuries were reported in the incident that caused panic among locals. The GJM denied its involvement. “There was a bomb blast in Darjeeling’s motor
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