MP govt responsible for Ratangarh temple stampede: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi slammed the Madhya Pradesh government for Ratangarh temple stampede. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he said that negligence by the administration and police led to the tragedy. Oct 14, 2013

State govt & district administration responsible for MP temple stampede: Tariq Anwar

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Talking about a major stampede in a Hindu temple in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh which killed at least 113 people, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said on Monday that the state government as well as district administration is responsible for the mishap. He further said that any such places where such a crowd is collected, there should always be precautions taken on the prior basis and there should be no confusion regarding the same as it can be a major reason for any mishap to take place. Oct 14, 2013

D Raja on Ayodhya letter controversy

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Even as UP government suspended senior IAS officer Sarvesh Chandra Mishra and initiated departmental probe against him over a controversial letter convening a meeting to discuss reconstruction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya on lines of Somnath Temple, senior CPI leader D Raja said that it is a serious issue and the state government should be extra careful in handling such sensitive issues. Earlier, UP government transferred Home Secretary Sarvesh Chandra Mishra and suspended another official, Prem Kumar Pandey over the controversies on a letter asking for "reconstruction" of the Ram temple at Ayodhya. Mishra also said that the party is trying to hide their in competencies but this will affect their vote bank adversely. Oct 14, 2013

Phailin caused extensive loss of property: NDMA

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): As Cyclone Phailin left a trail of destruction knocking down lakhs of homes affecting nearly 90 lakh people, NDMA Vice Chairman M Shashidhar Reddy said that there has been extensive loss of property but loss of life has been minimized Oct 14, 2013

Ayodhya letter controversy: BJP hits at Congress & SP, calls them secular syndicate

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Talking about the transfer of UP Home Secretary Sarvesh Chandra Mishra and suspension of another official, Prem Kumar Pandey over a letter on the “reconstruction” of the Ram temple at Ayodhya, BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Congress and Samajwadi Party is together in the same and termed the parties as “secular syndicate”. He further said that this was a trick by the parties before the upcoming 2014 General Elections so that people get diverted from the real issue. Oct 14, 2013

Phailin leaves trail of destruction, death toll reaches to 14

New Delhi/ Nagpur/ Gopalpur, Oct 14 (ANI): The most powerful storm to hit India in more than a decade, Cyclone Phailin waned considerably on Sunday before leaving 14 people dead and a trail of widespread destruction behind. Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth confirmed the death toll as the Phailin subsided from the affected state. Even as the cyclone devastated a large section of both the affected states, Home Affairs Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that it is to the relief that the destruction caused is much lesser than the 2004 destruction caused by tsunami. Over ten million people residing along the coastal region of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh faced mass displacement as a result of the havoc created by Phailin, the super cyclone. Oct 14, 2013

Odisha Chief Minister announces compensation for Phailin victims

Bhubaneshwar, Oct 14 (ANI): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of Odisha announced compensation to cyclone victims in cash and kind. A mass evacuation saved thousands of people from India's fiercest cyclone in 14 years, but aid workers warned a million would need help after their homes and livelihoods were destroyed. Cyclone Phailin headed inland on Sunday after making landfall from the Bay of Bengal, bringing winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph) that ripped apart homes and tore down trees. He also confirmed that more than 2,00,000 mud houses and standing crops were damaged and victims would be paid the compensation amount after due assessment. Further, the Chief Minister confirmed that roads would be repaired within the next 24 hours, while power and electricity would be restored in 36 hours in most places. Oct 14, 2013

MP temple stampede: Death toll rises to 109, over 100 injured

Datia, Oct 14 (ANI): At least 109 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede triggered by rumours of a river bridge collapse near a remote Hindu temple in Datia region of Madhya Pradesh. The State government ordered a judicial inquiry into the mishap which was a shocking re-run of the tragedy at the same site in 2006 when 50 pilgrims were washed away. Senior Medical Officer at a government hospital in Gwalior, Dr GS Patel informed that the hospital is looking after relief and rescue operation. Pilgrims panicked when rumours spread that the railings broke on a bridge that led to the temple thereby triggering the stampede. Some devotees were crushed to death under the feet of fellow worshippers, others drowned after falling or jumping into the river Sindh. Local media said the police used batons to control the crowd, prompting many people to panic. Oct 14, 2013

BJP hits back at Digvijay Singh for politicizing Ratangarh temple stampede

New Delhi/ Bhopal, Oct 14 (ANI): The BJP on Monday slammed Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh for his tweet on Ratangarh temple stampede in which he blamed the state government for the tragedy. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, BJP leader Kirti Azad said that said it is time to offer condolences to the people rather than indulging in a blame game. Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Umashankar Gupta said that the Congress leader should not be taken seriously. Oct 14, 2013

Ram temple letter: SP played politics which back lashed at them, says BJP

Lucknow, Oct 14 (ANI): Talking about the suspensions that came as aftermath of Ram temple letter by the party, BJP leader Kalraj Mishra said that the Samajwadi Party tried to do politics over the issue in order to hide the Muzaffarnagar violence stain on them, but it adversely fell over them. Earlier, UP government transferred Home Secretary Sarvesh Chandra Mishra and suspended another official, Prem Kumar Pandey over the controversies on a letter asking for "reconstruction" of the Ram temple at Ayodhya. Mishra also said that the party is trying to hide their in competencies but this will affect their vote bank adversely. Oct 14, 2013

Ratangarh temple stampede: Congress asks for CMs resignation

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Slamming the Madhya Pradesh government for Ratangarh temple stampede, Congress leader Ajay Maken on Monday said that bad governance, corruption in police responsible for the tragedy. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he said that the state government should take moral responsibility for the incident and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan should resign. Oct 14, 2013

Killer Indian cyclone wreaks havoc

Cyclone Phailin leaves a trail of destruction along India's east coast and at least seven people dead after the biggest evacuation in the country's history helped minimise casualties. Duration: 00:50 Oct 13, 2013

Dozens killed in India temple stampede

A stampede on a bridge outside a Hindu temple killed at least 90 people in India on Sunday and dozens more may have died after they leapt into the water below. Duration: 00:27 Oct 13, 2013

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