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October 13, 2013

60 killed in Madhya Pradesh temple stampede

A large number of devotees had thronged the Ratangarh temple of goddess Durga for prayers, when the stampede occurred following over-crowding on a narrow bridge across the Sindh river. An eyewitness said police personnel used batons to control the surging crowd and this led to the crowd stampeding. In the stampede, some of the devotees are feared to have fallen off the bridge into the river flowing below. Deputy Inspector General of Police D.K. Arya told IANS that at least 60 people were killed and more than 100…

Rail services remain affected due to cyclone Phailin

East Coast Railway and South Central Railway have cancelled more than 70 train services, including express and passenger trains, due to the damage to railway tracks in coastal Odisha and also in parts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh. Authorities cancelled the trains on some sections as a precautionary measure as the extent of damage to tracks was still not clear. A decision to restore the services may be taken after an inspection by the officials. All trains between Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar and Puri were cancelled.…

PM reviews cyclone situation

The prime minister reviewed the situation soon after his return from Indonesia where he was on an official visit. Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth briefed the prime minister of the measures that had been put in place. More than 400,000 people were shifted to safety in coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in anticipation of the cyclonic storm which hit the coast in Odisha around 9 p.m.

Three dead in Odisha due to cyclone: NDRF

However, there have been reports that at least seven people lost their lives ahead of the cyclone making landfall as trees uprooted due to strong winds fell on the people. "We have received reports of three deaths from the villages around Ganjam district in Odisha," Sandeep Rai Rathore, National Disaster Response Force Inspector General, told IANS. Earlier, while talking to a television channel, National Disaster Response Force chief Krishna Chowdhary had confirmed that the areas of Ganjam and Gopalpur in…

Djokovic retains Shanghai Masters title

Shanghai, Oct 13 (IANS) Defending champion Novak Djokovic overcame a second set slump to defeat sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina for his second Shanghai Masters title here Sunday. One day after defeating World No.1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, del Potro continued his surging form, grabbing the second set 6-3 after dropping the opening set 6-1, reports Xinhua. Both players were able to hit winners in the deciding third set and the match was forced into tiebreak where the Serb was more consistent and…
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