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BY | Sunday, 28 August, 2022

Maha: 2-yr-old girl killed in gas cylinder blast while inflating balloon

Nagpur: A two-year-old girl was killed after a gas cylinder exploded while inflating a balloon which her grandfather was buying for her in Maharashtra’s Amravati district, a police official said on Sunday. The incident took place on Saturday evening at Shindi village in Achalpur taluka, about 150 km from Nagpur, when the child had gone with her grandfather to the Tanha Pola festival, celebrated to acknowledge the importance of bulls and oxen in agriculture and farming activities, the official told PTI. They were purchasing a balloon when the gas cylinder used for inflating it exploded, he said. The child was seriously injured as a part of the cylinder hit her leg, the official said. She succumbed to the injuries while undergoing treatment in a hospital, he said.


Documentary India’s Space Odyssey wins at ContentAsia Awards in Bangkok

New Delhi: Streaming service Discovery+’s documentary India’s Space Odyssey has won an award at the ContentAsia Awards. Directed by Pria Somiah, the documentary captures the nation’s six-decade-long journey in space exploration. It bagged the award for best current affairs programme for a single Asian market at a ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday. The other nominees in the category were 999: Jenayah Musim Banjir, Dangals of Crime, Gaganyaan – Bharat Ki Antariksh Udaan and Money Mafia S2. Narrated by actor R Madhavan, India’s Space Odyssey features different experts from ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) as well as space historians, researchers and ISRO’s former chairman Dr G Madhavan Nair. The experts speak about their challenging yet wholesome journey working in India’s space programme and through the documentary, they highlight the country’s most revolutionising space developments like the Chandraayan and Mangalyaan missions. The documentary, produced by Miditech Studios for Warner Bros. Discovery / Discovery+ India, was released in October 2021.


Concerted efforts needed from all sectors, states to achieve 500 GW renewable energy capacity: Union minister

Kochi: Concerted efforts from all sectors and states are vital for India to achieve the target of 500-gigawatt renewable energy capacity by 2030, Union Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy and Chemicals and Fertilizers Bhagwanth Khuba has said. He lauded the role played by the states in the renewable energy sector by saying that their joint efforts with the Centre resulted in the country achieving the goal of 175 GW of clean energy capacity this year itself, set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as per the 2015 Paris agreement, a press release issued by PIB said. The Paris agreement is an international treaty on climate change which aims at limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels, according to the United Nations Climate Change website. The minister was speaking at the 8th foundation day celebration of the Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of States (AREAS) hosted by it and Government of Kerala’s Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) on Saturday, the PIB release said.


Assam: Japanese Encephalitis claims 85 lives in 2 months

Guwahati: At least 85 people have died of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Assam in the last two months, a bulletin by the health department said. Ten deaths were reported over the last nine days, including one on Saturday. Since July this year, as many as 390 people have succumbed to the infection, the bulletin said. JE is a viral brain infection that spreads through mosquito bites. The virus, found in pigs and birds, is passed to mosquitoes when they bite infected animals. Given the surge in JE cases over the past few months, a District Rapid Response Team was formed in July to deal with the situation. All Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines communicated by National Health Mission, Assam, are being followed in the districts for case detection, management and referral, official sources said. Nine medical colleges and 10 district hospitals in the state, equipped with requisite facilities, have been designated as JE treatment centres, they added.


PM Modi inaugurates Smriti Van memorial for earthquake victims

Bhuj (Gujarat): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated Smriti Van memorial, which celebrates the resilience shown by people during the devastating 2001 earthquake in the Kutch region of Gujarat. Modi said Smriti Van is a tribute to the lost lives and the remarkable fighting spirit of the people of Kutch. The memorial has been built over nearly 470 acres to celebrate the spirit of resilience, following the death of 13,000 people during the 2001 earthquake which had its epicentre in Bhuj. The memorial carries names of the people, who lost their lives during the earthquake. It also has a state-of-the-art Smriti Van Earthquake Museum. The museum showcases Gujarat’s topography, rebuilding initiatives and success stories after the 2001 earthquake, and informs about different kinds of disasters and future readiness for any type of disaster.


Tension in MP village after tribal family accuses man of kidnapping woman

Dewas: Tension prevailed in a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district after a tribal family accused a 20-year-old Muslim man of kidnapping a woman from their family, officials said on Sunday. Some villagers on Saturday attacked the houses of the man and his relatives in Udainagar village, located 90 km from the district headquarters, following which security was stepped up in the area, they said. A religious place was also vandalised during the protest, police sources said. The 19-year-old woman went missing after allegedly going with the man on Friday, following which some of the villagers called for a bandh and demanded immediate arrest of the accused, officials said. During the bandh on Saturday, the protesters attacked the houses of the man and his relatives, accusing them of kidnapping the woman, resulting in tension in the village, they said.


Six Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka Navy

Colombo: The Sri Lankan Navy has arrested six Indian fishermen and seized their trawlers for allegedly poaching in the country’s territorial waters, an official statement said on Sunday on the second such incident in a month. The fishermen were arrested on Saturday off Talaimannar, a settlement located on the northwestern coast of Mannar Island, the Navy said in the statement. The fishermen, who remain in naval custody in Talaimannar, will be handed over to the fisheries inspector in Mannar, it said. The latest arrest came after 10 Indian fishermen were arrested for allegedly poaching in Sri Lanka’s waters on August 22. The fishermen issue is a contentious one in the ties between India and Sri Lanka, with the Lankan Navy personnel even firing at Indian fishermen in the Palk Strait and seizing their boats in several alleged incidents of illegally entering Sri Lankan’s territorial waters.


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