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Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate Assam’s Bogibeel Bridge today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating India’s longest rail-road bridge Assam’s Bogibeel Bridge today. The bridge is the second largest bridge in Asia spanning a length of 4.9 kms. Connecting the banks of Brahmaputra river, the bridge is being inaugurated after a 21-year long wait having faced a series of missed deadlines and multiple protests primarily around the its naming. Organizations from the Ahom, Chutia, Deuri, Mising communities, the Bhartiya Janata Party themselves and the ULFA, all staked claims on the bridge’s name. News18 explains "Why Assam’s Bogibeel Bridge is Critical to India's Defense in North-East?"
Industries and construction in Delhi to remained closed following ‘severe’ pollution levels
Industries and construction will be closed today in light of the alarming pollution levels in the capital city. The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) on Monday banned industrial activities and construction work in Delhi-NCR, after the air quality remained in the ‘severe’ category for the third consecutive day. Industries located in Wazirpur, Mundka, Narela, Bawana, Sahibabad and Faridabad will remain closed as per the order. Traffic police has also been instructed to ensure congestion-free traffic flow in high traffic corridors.
High-tide warning extends till Wednesday after Indonesia hit by deadly tsunami
Death toll from the deadly tsunami that hit the coast of Sumatra and Java in Indonesia has risen to 373. Indonesia’s MET department confirmed that the tsunami was the result of underwater landslides caused by the collapse of a part of the Anak Krakatoa volcano. 1400 people have been injured and more than 700 buildings including shops, houses, villas and hotels have been destroyed. 12000 residents were evacuated to higher ground as the high-tide warning was extended till Wednesday.
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Cases of sexual harassment against transgender persons to be tried under IPC.
The Delhi Police affirmed to the Delhi High Court on Monday that all cases of sexual harassment against self-identifying transgender persons should be registered under Section 354A of the Indian Penal Code which deals with “assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty”. The court was hearing a petition moved by a transgender student of Delhi University after the police refused to lodge a sexual harassment case against one of her male classmates citing ‘lack of an appropriate penal section’. The decision comes days after the passing of the much contested Transgender Bill, which does not accord punishment to perpetrators of sexual violence against transgender persons specified in the IPC.
Chattisgarh CM delivers on promise, moves to give land back to farmers
Newly elected Chattisgarh Chief Minister, Bhupesh Bhagel, on Monday issued directions to officials to complete the process of returning land to farmers and tribals. The move was made towards fulfilling the campaign promise that the CM and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi made to the farmers of Lohandigua area in the Bastar district, whose lands were acquired by the Tata Steel in 2008 . Tata Steel had signed an agreement with Raman Singh-led BJP government in 2005 for the setting up of a steel plant in the area but the plans were subsequently scrapped in 2016 and the lands remained unused.
The Life and Times of Comrade Nirupam Sen
Nirupam Sen, among many things, was the right-hand man of CPI(M) leader and former Chief Minister of Bengal Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. Sen was the mastermind behind the industrial reforms policy in the state and headed Bengal’s Industry, Public Undertakings and Industrial Reconstruction, Planning and Development departments in 2001. Sen led what was perhaps the most successful reform policy in Bengal achieved by the Left – the Land Reforms Programme. He passed away on Monday. Read News18.com’s tribute and a final 'lal salaam' to the “Mild-Mannered Communist Reformist”.
After Pakistan gave access to the Kartarpur corridor connecting the Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, Kashmiri Pandits have now demanded for Sharda Peeth Corridor. News18.com finds out why.