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18 killed, hundreds injured in Varanasi stampede
At least 18 persons, inlcuding women, were killed and hundreds injured in a stampede at a religious gathering in Varanasi on Saturday, police said.
 
The stampede occurred at around 1.30 p.m. at the Rajghat bridge where thousands of people had turned up at the religious congregation by the disciples of the late spiritual leader Jai Gurudev.
 
Officials told IANS that 18 dead bodies have been recovered and that the number of injured may run into hundreds.
 
"For now, we are focussing on relief and rescue operations and a probe will be ordered later to ascertain the exact cause of the tragedy," the official added.
 
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India, Russia sign 16 agreements across multiple sectors
India and Russia on Saturday signed 16 agreements across multiple sectors following delegation-level talks co-chairedd by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
 
"New horizons in the #IndiaRussia partnership. PM & Prez Putin witness exchange of 16 agreements and 3 announcements across fields," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted following the 17th annual bilateral summit between the two countries.
 
Among the agreements signed were procurement of the S-400 air defence system and construction of 1135 series of frigates in India.
 
Another agreement was signed to set up a joint venture to manufacture helicopters. 
 
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed for setting up an investment fund of $1 billion.
 
Agreements were also signed for developing smart cities in Andhra Pradesh and Haryana, and for developing transport logistics systems for such cities.
 
Another important agreement was signed for the joint study of a gas pipeline to India from Russia.
 
According to separate agreement, a Russian consortium comprising energy giant Rosneft Oil Company, commodities trader Trafigura and private investment group United Capital Partners agreed to purchase 98 percent of Essar Oil for $10.9 billion. 
 
Rosneft also signed an agreement with ONGC Videsh for education and training in the oil and gas sector.
 
Both sides agreed to extend cooperation in railways development and to increase the speed of trains between Nagpur and Secunderabad.
 
An MoU was signed between India's ISRO and the Russian state space agency on collaboration in space technology.
 
An agreement was signed on cooperation on international information security.
 
Another MoU was signed for expansion of bilateral trade and economic cooperation between India and Russia.
 
A road map for celebrating 70 years of India-Russia diplomatic ties was also announced.
 
Another announcement pertained to cooperation between the two countries on international issues.
 
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Four arrested, Rs 200-cr snake venom seized in Bengal
Acting on a tip-off, forest officials arrested four persons and seized five containers of snake venom worth Rs 200 crore from Phulbari area of North Bengal's Jalpaiguri district, an official said on Saturday.
 
"Four persons were arrested and five bullet-proof containers of snake venom worth Rs 200 crore were seized. We also recovered some ammunition and one revolver," said Sanjay Dutta, Range Officer, Belakoba Range of Baikunthapur Forest Division.
 
The accused -- Sujoy Kumar Das, Bipul Sarkar and Pintu Banerjee, of South Dinajpur district, and Amal Nubia from Malda district of West Bengal -- were produced at a district court on Saturday, the official said.
 
Accused persons are said to be part of an international smuggling racket.
 
"We had information that some containers of snake venom made in France would be coming through Bangladesh. We kept on tracking it," Dutta said.
 
Later, they came to know that five containers with snake venom had been transported to Siliguri.
 
"Accordingly, we have laid a trap and caught them pretending as buyers," he added.
 
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