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Uttarakhand: Fresh rains trigger cloudburst, landslides
Due to landslide, the Rishikesh-Badrinath and Rishikesh-Kedarnath highways have been blocked at several places
 
Fresh incidents of cloudburst, landslides and house collapses were reported in Uttarakahnd after moderate to heavy rains lashed the state on Tuesday and Wednesday.
 
According to officials at the National Disaster Management and Mitigation centre, cloudburst was reported from Sunali village of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district this morning. However, there was no report of any human loss or injury. Several houses were hit by mud and slush brought over by the landslides in Sunali.
 
The rains also triggered landslides in Tefna and Tirfaq villages due to which several houses collapsed. Due to landslide, the Rishikesh-Badrinath and Rishikesh-Kedarnath highways have been blocked at several places.
 
A team has been rushed to the spot to have a detailed account of the situation there. The affected families are being shifted to safer places, the officials said.
 
The administration is making efforts to open the blocked routes.
 
Due to continuous rains, the water level in several rivers including Ganga, Yamuna, Kali, Gori and Sharda is increasing and the situation is being monitored by the authorities, the officials said.
 

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Salman Khan pleads not guilty as Court frames charges
Under Section 304(2) of the IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the hit-and-run case, Salman may face a jail term of up to 10 years
 
A Sessions Court in Mumbai on Wednesday framed charges against actor Salman Khan for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the hit-and-run case for which he may face a jail term up to 10 years, setting the stage for trial. Salman, however, pleaded not guilty to all these charges.
 
Clad in a grey shirt and black trousers, Salman appeared before sessions Judge UB Hejib, who on 19th July had summoned the actor today for framing of charges for starting afresh the trial in the 11-year-old case.
 
At the beginning of the proceedings, the judge expressed his inability to take up the case for framing the charges as he has been transferred.
 
However, prosecutor Shankar Erande pleaded that charges should be framed today itself as the actor was going abroad for two months which could further delay the trial.
 
At his request, the judge read out the charges to Salman, who pleaded not guilty to all.
 
Apart from section 304(2) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), the Bollywood superstar was also charged under sections 279 (causing death by negligence), 337 (causing hurt by an act), 338 (causing grievous hurt), 427 (causing damage or mischief to property) of IPC, and provisions of Motor Vehicles Act and Bombay Prohibition Act.
 
One person was killed and four others were injured when the Land Cruiser, allegedly driven by Salman Khan, crushed a group of people sleeping on the pavement outside a bakery in suburban Bandra on 28 September 2002.
 
The actor moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance during the trial, which was granted. He was, however, directed to be present before the court whenever required.
 

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Maharashtra revokes suspension of five legislators who assaulted a cop
The state Legislative Assembly, which suspended five MLAs for assaulting Sachin Suryawanshi in the Vidhan Bhavan premises in March, revoked the suspension in its ongoing Monsoon session
 
The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Wednesday revoked suspension of the five legislators (MLAs) who had allegedly assaulted a police officer in the assembly premises in March this year.
 
Maharashtra's minister for parliamentary affairs Harshwardhan Patil informed the House that the suspension was being revoked after a meeting of group leaders of parties and following the recommendations of the committee formed under the chairmanship of senior legislator Ganpatrao Deshmukh to investigate the incident.
 
Five MLAs Ram Kadam (MNS), Kshitij Thakur (Bahujan Vikas Aghadi), Rajan Salvi (Shiv Sena), Pradeep Jaiswal (Independent) and Jaykumar Raval (BJP) were suspended in the Budget Session of the state legislature after beating up policeman Sachin Suryawanshi in the Vidhan Bhavan premises.
 
The police officer had been beaten up a day after he stopped Thakur’s vehicle and imposed a fine for over-speeding on the Bandra-Worli Sea link.
 
An FIR was registered on 19 March 2013 at the Marine Drive police station against Thakur, Kadam and 14 others in this case. Both Thakur and Kadam were booked for assaulting, criminal intimidation and rioting and were arrested on 21st March. However, on 25th March, the court granted them bail.
 
When the monsoon session of the State legislature began this month, the Opposition had demanded that as the policeman in question has resumed duty, the suspension of the MLAs should also be revoked. Speaker Dilip Walse Patil had then said it was up to the Government and the Opposition to take a call.
 

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