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Two dead, over 100 injured as Muri Express derails in UP

Lucknow : At least two people were killed and over 100 injured after eight coaches of the Ranchi-Jammu Tawi Muri Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambi district on Monday afternoon, officials said.

The accident occurred between the Sirathu and Athsarai railway stations in the Allahabad-Kanpur sector of the rail zone, 173 km from here. The toll is feared to go up, said officials.

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K.K. Sharma resumes charge as Delhi chief secretary

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Secretary K.K. Sharma, who had gone on a 10-day leave, has resumed charge with effect from Monday, a government official said here.

"K.K. Sharma has resumed the office today," the Delhi government official told IANS.

In the absence of Sharma, a political battle erupted between Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over appointment of the secretaries and other officials in the national capital.

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Delhi girl tops CBSE Class 12, Noida student second

New Delhi : Delhi girl M. Gayatri with 99.2 percent marks topped the Class 12 CBSE results declared on Monday. Mythili Mishra, a Noida student, came a close second with 99 percent.

A student of New Green Field School in Saket, Gayatri emerged as the national topper with 496 out of the total 500 marks in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 results.

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Flood alert in Bihar as landslide dams Nepal river

Patna : Five Bihar districts were put on flood alert on Monday over fears of a dramatic rise in the water level of the Gandak river, officials said.

Massive landslides caused by repeated earthquakes have blocked the Kali Gandaki river at Benibazar in Myagdi district of Nepal creating an artificial lake, officials said warning that the bursting of this lake may cause the water level in the Gandak river in Bihar to rise dramatically.

The alert has been sounded in East Champaran, West Champaran, Gopalganj, Siwan and Saran districts.

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10 of a family killed in Maharashtra road accident

Palghar (Maharashtra) : Ten members of a family from Surat in Gujarat were killed early Monday when the mini-bus they were travelling in collided head on with a bus in this district, police said.

The driver of the mini-bus also died in the accident which took place around 3.45 a.m. at Achhad village in the district, close to the Gujarat border.

Thirteen members of the same family were travelling in the mini-bus. Those killed include a five-year-old girl, four women and six men, including the driver.

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Girls outshine boys in CBSE Class XII results

New Delhi : Girls again performed better than boys in the CBSE Class 12 results that were announced here on Monday, an official said.

The pass percentage of girls was 87.57 as compared to boys', which was 77.77 percent.

Overall, Thiruvanathampuram region recorded the highest pass percentage of 95.41.

The pass percentage in 2015 was 82 percent as compared to 82.70 in 2014.

The total number of candidates who took the CBSE Class 12 examination was 1,040,368, marking an increase of about 1.2 percent over that of last year.

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Class 12 results: CBSE website crashes

New Delhi : The website of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) crashed under the heavy traffic about an hour after the Class 12 board results for all regions were declared on Monday.

The results were declared at noon.

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Indian media makes news in Nepal, for wrong reasons

By Vishal Gulati,

Kathmandu : A section of the Indian media has made news in Nepal -- for the wrong reasons.

The electronic media in particular faces charges of sensationalism at a time when the Himalayan nation is recovering from the deadly scars of the April earthquake that left more than 8,500 people dead.

In Kathmandu, few hide their feelings vis-a-vis the Indian media.

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How goats, chicken have lifted households out of poverty

By Prachi Salve,

New Delhi : Some interventions in day-to-day living have led to a 15 percent increase in assets, 26 percent growth in consumption and 96 percent rise in savings among the ultra-poor, or those with no assets, in India, according to a new six-country study that followed the lives of 21,000 of the world's poorest people.

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Maoists torch 32 vehicles in Bihar, enforce shutdown

Patna : Maoists burnt 32 vehicles in Bihar's Gaya district to enforce a two-day shutdown beginning Monday to protest the killing of a woman leader of the rebel group, police said.

They also blew up a mobile phone tower in Panapur area in Saran district, about 100 km from here.

"A group of Maoist guerrillas forcibly stopped vehicles on the busy Grand Trunk road in Gaya and torched them post midnight on Sunday to create panic," Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said.

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