Morning digest: Seemanchal Express derails, Kerala sets up drug price monitor, and more

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6 killed as Seemanchal Express derails in Bihar

Six people died on February 3 after nine coaches of the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express derailed in Vaishali district of Bihar, railway officials said. The accident took place at 3:58 am in Sahadai Buzurg.

Kerala sets up drug price monitor

Kerala has become the first State to set up a price monitoring and research unit (PMRU) to track violation of prices of essential drugs and medical devices under the Drugs Price Control Order (DPCO).

Tangled food: forest animals near villages ‘gulp’ down plastic

Plastic has found its way into the stomachs of numerous animals — from street-dwelling stray cattle to elephants in forests. More recently, wildlife biologists discovered carry bags and packets of gutka, chips and biscuits in elephant dung in northern Bengal.

Ravi Pujari: The making of a ‘Hindu don’

The 50-year-old Ravi Pujari had humble beginnings in a small village near the coastal town of Malpe in the Udupi district. His father Surya Pujari, who worked in a shipping firm, died five years ago. His mother and sisters are now based out of New Delhi. Though born in Karnataka, he mostly grew up in Mumbai and entered the underworld with a murder in Andheri in early 1990s. He was a trusted aide of Chhota Rajan, but later started his own network.

Bhupen Hazarika and Hemango Biswas: The soulful music that calmed Assam six decades ago

With cracks resurfacing in the relationship between the Assamese and the Bengalis due to the updation of the National Register of Citizens in Assam, a documentary intends to serve as a reminder of how music brought peace to Assam during the language riots of 1960.

India issues démarche to U.S. on detained students, demands their release

Worried about the condition of 129 Indian students arrested in the U.S. for alleged visa fraud, the Government of India issued a démarche to the U.S. Embassy in Delhi on February 2, demanding that the students be released from detention and are not summarily deported.

In Assam, temples stave off extinction of turtles

It received ‘divine protection’ for many years and now, the rarest of India’s 28 turtle species is back where it belongs – in the wild - where it went extinct years ago.

Finding an amphora in Arikamedu

It’s as if I were trying to hitch a ride from Puducherry to ancient Rome. No one wants to go to Arikamedu. Eventually, a rickshaw driver shows mercy by agreeing to take me for ₹350. It’s twice the amount I paid 10 years ago but I accept his pricey offer, because I recall the archaeological site being a seven-kilometre drive from Puducherry, deep inside a jungle.

JNU at 50: a look back at the dhabas that made up ‘campus cuisine’

So the alma mater is 50 years old this year. This week has been one of hectic reconnection — and probably crazy work for the organisers of a reunion in Hyderabad. I’m looking forward to it but, in the meanwhile, I’m going through a prolonged burst of nostalgia.

Antigua Test: England collapse gives West Indies unassailable 2-0 series lead

West Indies won its first Test series against England in 10 years after steamrolling the second Test in three days on Saturday.


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