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Amarnath Yatra: 16 pilgrims killed in road accident in J-K

This was second major accident involving Amarnath yatris in Jammu region this month  

 
Jammu: Sixteen pilgrims on route to Amarnath were killed and 16 others injured when a truck carrying them plunged into a deep gorge in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir late night on Thursday, reports PTI.
 
The truck carrying 34 pilgrims, who were engaged in setting a community kitchen at Amarnath, was returning back when it skidded off the road and rolled down deep into the gorge near Zamoorha Morh in Mansar belt of Samba district, about 50 kilometres from Jammu city at 2330 hours last night, police said.
 
After getting information, Police, Army and BSF rushed to the spot. All 16 injured pilgrims were rushed to the Government Medical College in Jammu.
 
Police said 9 pilgrims died on the spot and seven others succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital.
 
Two other pilgrims on the vehicle who sustained minor injuries were discharged after first-aid.
 
This was second major accident involving Amarnath yatris in Jammu region this month. Fifteen pilgrims were killed when a SRTC bus bringing them back from the yatra had rolled down into a gorge near Ramban on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on the night of 14th July.
 

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Google Talk service partly restored

Google Talk has been partially restored after going offline on Thursday in India and other parts of the world for hours together

New Delhi: Popular instant messaging service Google Talk has been partially restored after going offline in India and other parts of the world for hours together, reports PTI.

 

"Google Talk service has already been restored for some users...We expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change," Google said in an update at 2020 hours.

 

It is estimated that there are thousands of Google Talk users in India.

 

However, half an hour later, Google said the problem with Google Talk should be resolved.

 

"We apologise for the inconvenience... If you are still experiencing an issue, please contact us via the Google Help Centre," it said.

 

Social media was abuzz with messages about Google Talk issues on Thursday.

 

After widespread reports of outage, Google at 1610 hours informed users that it was "investigating reports of an issue with Google Talk. We will provide more information shortly".

 

Minutes later, the company acknowledged that the outage had affected majority of its users.

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KBC-6 to go on air by August-end or September, Big B remains as host

With 'the power of knowledge' as the central theme, the makers of KBC announced `Sirf Gyaan Hi Aapko Aapka Haq Dila Sakta Hai' as the communication theme for the sixth season.

 
Mumbai: The makers of the popular game show featuring Amitabh Bachchan, `Kaun Banega Crorepati' (KBC), are back with sixth season, likely to start in September or August-end, reports PTI.
 
KBC is the Indian version of the UK game show `Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'. It was first aired in 2000, and marked Bachchan's TV debut.
 
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan tried to fill his shoes in the third edition, but the Big B later returned to anchor the fourth and fifth seasons.
 
With 'the power of knowledge' as the central theme, the makers of the show announced `Sirf Gyaan Hi Aapko Aapka Haq Dila Sakta Hai' as the communication theme for the sixth season.
 
"The challenge was how we should take the philosophy to the next level. We came up with `Gyaan hi aapko aapka...' because it is a great factor to empower people. One of the most important parts of the show is how do we democratize the entire KBC," said Danish Khan, Senior Vice President & Marketing head, SET.
 
Bachchan underwent an abdominal surgery in February and was advised rest for sometime. There were reports that he might not host the show, but he is back.
 
"There is nobody like Mr Bachchan. His appeal transcends across all age groups. He can relate and connect with people of all backgrounds. His command over the language - both Hindi, English and many other local languages, his humility and sincerity are the factors that drive his popularity," Khan said.
 
The show will be aired on prime time on Sony.
 
"We can't tell the exact slot as we are brainstorming the right time. But certainly it will be a prime time slot," he said.
 

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