Saturday evening news brief, December 23

Saturday evening brief Dec 23 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
RJD chief Lalu Prasad has been found guilty in one of the four pending fodder scam cases. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on January 3. Lalu was among the 15 of the 22 accused found guilty by a special CBI court in Ranchi for the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury between 1994 and 1996. The convicts, including the RJD chief, were taken into custody immediately after the pronouncement of the verdict. Read.
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The death toll from a tropical storm in the southern Philippines climbed swiftly to 133 on Saturday. Tropical Storm Tembin has lashed the nation’s second largest island of Mindanao since Friday, triggering flash floods and mudslides. Rescuers retrieved 36 bodies from the Salog river in Mindanao on Saturday, as officials reported more fatalities in the impoverished Zamboanga peninsula.
Army major and two soldiers were martyred in cross-border firing by Pakistan Army at Keri sector in Jammu and Kashmir. An &ldquo;area domination patrol&rdquo; of the 2 Sikh battalions deployed in the Keri sector, under the 120 Infantry Brigade, was underway when it <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/jk-major-2-soldiers-martyred-in-cross-border-firing-by-pakistan-army/articleshow/62222157.cms”>came under fire from Pakistan Army</a> posts at about 12.15pm. The Indian Army has recorded over 780 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the 778-km LoC already this year.
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32 people were killed in Sawai Madhopur’s Dubi area when the bus fell off a bridge into a river. According to the police, the incident took place early in the morning when driver of the bus lost control over the wheels and the bus fell down into 100 feet Morel river. All the passengers were going to a pilgrimage at a temple at Malana Dabi area of Sawai Madhopur from Hindaun city. Passengers were from other states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam.
Cauvery carries 600% more chemical toxins than Ganga, says a government-funded Anna University study. The high levels of chemicals in the river have contaminated groundwater in parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, including at Mekadatu, Sriramasamuthiram, Kandiyur, Appakudathan, Pannavadi and Rudrapatna, making it unsuitable for irrigation and drinking. Several textile, dyeing, cement and chemical industries located along the river course discharge tonnes of harmful effluents.
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