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Forensic probe ordered into Kanpur rail tragedy : Prabhu

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New Delhi, 21 Nov 2016 : Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday said in the Lok Sabha that a “forensic probe” has been ordered in the Kanpur rail tragedy in which 142 people have died and over 150 were injured.

“There shall be separate comprehensive investigation aided by latest technical and forensic analysis by an appropriate agency to look into all possible angles,” Prabhu said.

The Railways Minister said that strictest action would be taken against those responsible.

Prabhu’s remarks came a day after one of the worst rail accidents in the country when 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore Express derailed near Pukhrayan station, about 60 km from Kanpur city.

The worst hit were the sleeper coaches S1, S2, S3 and S4.

This was the worst train accident in the country after the May 2010 disaster in West Bengal involving Gyaneshwari Express in which some 170 people were killed.

The Railways minister also said that old-technology ICF coaches already in operation lack the crash worthy characteristics of modern coaches.

“I had informed this House during the previous Railway budget to progressively replace and phase out such coaches, this will be expedited,” Prabhu added.

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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released from detention after 14 months

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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Swimming pools for training of sportspersons to open with SOP from Oct 15

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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