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Helicopter crashes down in Uttarakashi carrying relief materials :3 Killed

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On Tuesday afternoon private Helicopter carrying relief material to the victims of the severe floods and cloudburst in Uttarakashi district, three people were on board the helicopter.

According to the Uttarkashi district magistrate the helicopter crashed in Uttarkashi. It was carrying relief material to the flood victims.

At least 16 people have died in flood and rain-related incidents in the Uttarkashi districts in the past week. A cloudburst wreaked havoc in the area last week.

Search and rescue teams of the State Disaster Response Force recovered three more bodies from Sanel village on Tuesday.

Makudi is the worst hit among the villages, where heavy rains led to the collapse of a number of houses early on Sunday. The six affected villages include Arakot, Makudi, Molda, Sanel, Tikochi, and Dwichanu.

Heavy rains in Mori block of Uttarkashi inflicted damage on an area spread over 70 square kilometers. Seventeen houses were destroyed and 115 others partially damaged, adding four bridges and power supply lines in a 14 km area were also broken.

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Kiren Rijiju posted P Chidambaram’s old video on unifying language, Again triggered language conflicts

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Some minister Amit Shah’s comments, in which he pitched for making Hindi a common language in the country, has re-ignited the debate on ‘Hindi imposition’ with political leaders, particularly those from the south, warning the government against any move to make Hindi a common language in the country.

As a political slugfest erupted over the matter, Minister of State Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to share an old video in which Congress leader P Chidambaram is heard saying that he hopes efforts to make Hindi as the country’s language would continue.

Rijiju’s tweet came a day after the Congress reacted to Amit Shah’s statement by warning the government against stirring up controversies over “emotive and sensitive issues” and against tinkering with the three-language formula.

Meanwhile, voices of dissent came in from the Bharatiya Janata Party itself with Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa tweeting that for his state “Kannada is the principal language”. “We will never compromise its importance and are committed to promoting Kannada and our state’s culture,” Yediyurappa also said.

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Shakuntala Devi First Look Revealed : Vidya Balan in super cool Bob Look

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Shakuntala Devi First Look Revealed : Vidya Balan in super cool Bob Look

The first-look poster of Vidya Balan’s upcoming film, Shakuntala Devi, has been released. The makers have also released the teaser of the film. The poster shows Vidya Balan as Shakuntala Devi, the human-computer, donning short hair and in a red saree.

Directed by Anu Menon, Shakuntala Devi is based on the life of mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi. The film is set to release in the summer of 2020.

Shakuntala Devi’s genius was first discovered at the age of 5 when she solved a math problem meant for 18-year-old students. Though she never received any formal education, her talent for numbers also earned her a place in the 1982 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

In Instagram Vidya Balan posted “BIG DAY 🌞! Excited to play the role of Math Genius, #ShakuntalaDevi@ivikramix @directormenon and I are thrilled to bring to life the true story of ‘the human computer’ – a small-town Indian girl, who took the world by storm! @abundantiaent
In theatres – Summer 2020.”

Film Critics Taran Adarsh tweeted ” First look poster… Vidya Balan as #ShakuntalaDevi… Based on the life of a mathematical genius, the ‘human computer’ – Shakuntala Devi… Directed by Anu Menon… Filming begins today… Summer 2020 release.”

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Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi tomorrow

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital on Wednesday, state secretariat sources confirmed on Monday.

Mamata Banerjee will be leaving for New Delhi on Tuesday, he confirmed, the sources said.

The two leaders likely to hold discussions on administrative issues of West Bengal at the meeting, he added.

Mamata Banerjee has been one of the harshest critics of BJP and PM Narendra Modi.

“An appointment was sought by the chief minister’s office last week for an appointment from PM Narendra Modi’s office for the meeting. It will take place in New Delhi on Wednesday,” the official said.

The proposed meeting assumes significance as it will be held at a time when several leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress and former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar are under CBI scanner in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam.

The Saradha group of companies had allegedly duped lakhs of people to the tune of Rs 2500 crore, promising higher rates of returns on their investments.

The last time the two leaders had met was at the convocation ceremony at Visva Bharati University held in Shantiniketan on May 25, 2018.

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