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22 pilgrims killed in Andhra stampede
At least 22 pilgrims, mostly women, were killed and 20 others injured in a stampede during Godavari pushkaralu in Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, officials said.
 
The tragedy occurred when a large number of pilgrims rushed towards one of the gates and tried to scale it at Kotagummam pushkar ghat on the banks of Godavari river to take the holy dip.
 
Chaos prevailed at all the three gates at the bathing ghat in Rajahmundry, a town in East Godavari district.
 
The toll may further go up as some bodies were still believed to be lying at the spot.
 
The bodies of victims were shifted to Rajahmundry government hospital. The injured were also brought to the hospital, where the condition of some of them is stated to be critical.
 
Tragedy struck couple of hours after Godavari maha pushkaralu, a once in 144-year event, began on Tuesday morning.
 
The 12-day pushkaralu, described as Kumbh mela of the south, began in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
 
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who had a holy dip in Rajahmundry Tuesday morning, rushed to a control room to monitor the situation.
 
He appealed to people to follow queues to entry and exit points. He also requested the pilgrims to move to other ghats.
 
The failure of authorities to anticipate the huge crowds at the ghat and lack of proper arrangements to regulate the pilgrims led to the tragedy.

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SC notice on PIL for committee to appoint poll panel

A bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Amitava Roy issued notice after counsel Prashant Bhushan told the court that appointment process of the CEC and ECs needed to be made independent and free from government control

 

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the central government on a PIL seeking the appointment of the chief election commissioner and election commissioners by a committee in a transparent manner, replacing the existing system of government naming them.
 
A bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Amitava Roy issued notice after counsel Prashant Bhushan told the court that appointment process of the CEC and ECs needed to be made independent and free from government control.
 
Appearing for PIL petitioner Anoop Baramwal, he told the court that a three-member committee being sought by the petitioner for the appointments should comprise the prime minister, the chief justice of India, and the leader of opposition.
 
The Law Commission, Administrative Reforms Commission and Committee on Electoral Reforms had all recommended that a broad-based selection committee be constituted for appointment of CEC and ECs, the court was told.
 
The PIL assumes significance as a constitution bench of the apex court is considering a batch of petitions whether the executive's role in NJAC compromises independence of the judiciary.
 
The court sought the government's response in this case in four weeks.

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COMMENTS

J Pinto

1 year ago

Sorry, that should read Bajrang Janata Parishad ?

J Pinto

1 year ago

According to yesterday's press reports, Amit Shah, reflecting the highest authority in the present government has indicated that they would like to stay in power for (at least?) 25 years to bring in Achche Din.

The nation should be on alert against any blatant attempt by the Bajrang-Janata Party to subvert the electoral system and destroy the democratic fabric that CON-gress respected all these years.

Music composer MS Viswanathan dead

MSV was popular for his collaboration with fellow composer TK Ramamurthy. The duo composed music for 86 Tamil films during their association of over a decade

 

Southern music composer M.S. Viswanathan, who has over 750 films to his credit, died at a private hospital here on Tuesday. He was 87.
 
MSV, as he was fondly called by the members of Tamil filmdom, was undergoing treatment at Fortis Malar hospital for old-age related ailments and breathing problem.
 
"He passed away around 4.30 a.m. on Tuesday," a family source told IANS.
 
Popular for composing music in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam industries, MSV started his career as a composer for 1952 film Tamil "Panam" starring Sivaji Ganeshan.
 
MSV was popular for his collaboration with fellow composer T.K. Ramamurthy. The duo composed music for 86 Tamil films during their association of over a decade.
 
Having started composing together in 1952, they split up in 1965. Some of their best films include "Paasamalara, "Sumaithaangi", "Server Sundaram", "Aayirathil Oruvan" and "Enga Veetu Pillai".
 
Post the separation, MSV went on to become more successful.
 
Viswanathan's solo hits include "Bama Vijayam", "Galatta Kalyanam", "Deivamagan", "Moondru Dheivangal", "Rickshawkaran", "Bharatha Vilas" and "Ulagam Sutrum Valiban".
 
Popularly known as 'king of light music' (Mellisai Mannar), Vishwanathan has also worked in Malayalam films such as "Manthrakodi", "Babu Mon", "Ullasa Yathra" and "Amme Anupamea".
 
In Telugu, his compositions include "Tenali Ramakrishna", "Anthuleni Katha", "Idhi Katha Kaadu", "Aakali Rajyam" and "Maro Charitra".
 
MSV and legendary filmmaker K Balachander combination had produced several evergreen classics.
 
Viswanathan's wife Janaki died in 2012. A year later, his best friend and composer TK Ramamurthy too died.
 
He is a recipient of Kalamamani and several other music awards.
 
MSV is survived by four sons and three daughters. His last rites will be performed on Wednesday.

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