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News of the Day 26 dead, over 50 injured in U.P. dust storm, lightning
- June 8, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
- Category: June 2019
News of the Day : 08 June 2019
26 dead, over 50 injured in U.P. dust storm, lightning
Severe dust storm and lightning in various parts of Uttar Pradesh claimed at least 26 lives and left 57 people injured as houses and walls collapsed and trees were uprooted, prompting authorities to launch large-scale relief operations on Friday. Mainpuri district bore the brunt of nature’s fury late on Thursday night as six people died there in separate cases of wall collapse and lightning, the State Relief Commissioner said.
Forty-one people were injured in the district and uprooted trees blocked vehicular movement on the State highways leading to massive traffic jams. Police said most of the injuries occurred when people sleeping inside their mud houses were caught unawares as walls collapsed due to the thunderstorm. People were also injured as they were hit by signboards and hoardings which were torn off, police said. “While six people died in Mainpuri; three each died in Etah and Kasganj; two each in Farrukhabad and Barabanki; and one each in Moradabad, Badaun, Pilibhit, Mathura, Kannauj, Sambhal, Ghaziabad, Amroha, Badaun and Mahoba in incidents related to dust storm and lightning,” data released by the State Relief Commissioner said.
Thirty-one cattle died and 16 houses were also damaged, officials said. Power outages were reported from various parts of the State, including Lucknow, as electricity lines snapped in the gale. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to take all measures to provide relief to the affected people. A financial assistance Rs 4 lakh has been announced by the chief minister for the family of the deceased, government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma said.
2019 Cricket World Cup: Dhoni will have to remove dagger insignia from gloves, says ICC
M.S. Dhoni’s wicket-keeping gloves have always been an object of awe among the cricketing fraternity. The manner in which he pouches catches, his lightning stumpings and reverse flick run-outs have further enhanced a halo built around his muscular batting exploits.
But little could he have imagined that his wicket-keeping gloves would actually become the focus of a raging controversy that has set social media abuzz with a torrent of views of varied persuasions. It started with Wednesday’s World Cup match at Southampton, where India defeated South Africa by six wickets. Lost in the reporting of the day’s cricketing exploits was the sighting of an additional logo on Dhoni’s gloves. The logo, an Army signage depicting a regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces, raised the hackles within cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), as players are only allowed to sport two logos on gloves. Dhoni holds the rank of an honorary Lieutenant Colonel and his assigned unit is the 106 Territorial Army Battalion (Parachute Regiment). The ‘violation’ by Dhoni was twofold. Players are allowed only two logos on their gloves and with the Army insigna, the Indian wicketkeeper’s gloves now sported three. Secondly, there was debate whether the insignia constituted a political statement as the ICC’s rules on clothing and equipment do not permit a player to sport messages that are of a political, religious or racial nature. Ever since news broke about the ICC’s request to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asking Dhoni to remove the extra logo, a nationalistic narrative emerged on Twitter. The BCCI’s Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai backed Dhoni and said: “The BCCI has already sent a formal request to the ICC for clearance.”
No politics: Rijiju
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also offered support to Dhoni. “I am hopeful that the BCCI will take up this matter with the ICC. M.S. Dhoni’s identity is the country’s identity, Army’s identity and it is not politics. So, BCCI should stand with Dhoni,” Mr. Rijiju told reporters. The ICC, however, made it clear on Friday that the extra logo had to go. “The ICC has responded to the BCCI to confirm the logo displayed by M.S. Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019,” it said in a statement. “The regulations… do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment. In addition to this, the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicketkeeper gloves.”