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Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derails near Kanpur, 13 injured

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At least 13 people were injured on Saturday after 12 coaches of the Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express derailed near Kanpur, railway officials said.

Coaches of the train travelling from Prayagraj to New Delhi derailed at about 1 a.m near Rooma industrial estate, about 15 km from Kanpur. The coaches have been severely damaged, although there were no reports of any casualty.

About 15 ambulances were rushed to the site of the accident to take injured passengers to the hospital. A 45-member team from the National Disaster Response Force is also at the spot.
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The passengers said that they heard a loud explosion before they were thrown off their seats.

Indian Railways spokesperson Smita Vats Sharma told the media that a relief train with medical equipment had also reached the site.

“No casualties, no serious injuries. All the passengers have been evacuated. An Accident Relief Train (ART) and Accident Relief Medical Equipment (ARME) were dispatched to the accident site. The main route has been impacted due to the derailment.”
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Kanpur District Magistrate Vijay Vishwas Pant said: “Rescue operation is underway. No casualties have been reported till now. Buses are being arranged to take passengers to Kanpur railway station from where a train will take them onward to Delhi.”

At least 12 trains were cancelled and five others diverted via Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Lucknow-Kanpur route, railway officials said.

Restoration work of the track would be completed by 4 p.m., the officials added.

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PM Modi seeks suggestions from citizens of India for his Independence Day speech.

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Just like he has been doing for the past few years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday invited suggestions from the general public on what he should say in his Independence Day speech, saying it would allow the thoughts of ordinary citizens to be heard by the entire nation.

“I am delighted to invite you all to share your valuable inputs for my speech on 15th August,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

An “open forum” has been created on the NaMo App to receive suggestions.

“Let your thoughts be heard by 130 crore Indians from the ramparts of the Red Fort,” he said.

PM Modi’s invite got an overwhelming response from the public and the net users. In just two hours, the NaMo app received as many as 850 inputs from various respondents. According to reports, about 850 suggestions were received by the NaMo App by 2.15 PM.

The suggestions sent by the respondents focussed on the need to ensure compulsory mass education, providing clean and potable drinking water for all citizens and strengthening the armed forces.

Besides, suggestions for starting a new initiative on the lines of the government’s ambitious ”Swachh Bharat” campaign to motivate people to shift to renewable energy sources was also received.

Some other respondents urged the government to bring a strong law to control the burgeoning population to ensure fast economic growth.

 

 

 

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