Sunday Evening News Brief, August 13

Sunday evening brief Aug 13 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Claiming the support of 14 state units, Sharad Yadav faction is set to present itself as the ‘real JD(U)’. This comes after party president Nitish Kumar removed Yadav from the post of party’s general secretary. The Yadav-led faction, which includes two Rajya Sabha MPs and some national office-bearers, has armed itself with letters of support from 14 state unit presidents, Arun Shrivastava, a close aide of Yadav said, adding that the “support for Nitish is confined to Bihar.”
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Several people are feared dead after two HRTC buses got washed away in a landslide in Himachal’s Mandi. Confirming the development, state transport minister G S Bali said that around 50 people are feared to have been washed away in the incident. Rescue operation has been under way, he said, adding, one bus was going to Chamba while another to Katra from Manali when the incident took place. The administration has called the Army and NDRF teams for rescue operation as “many people are still buried under debris.
More than 9.3 crore Permanent Account Numbers (PAN) have been linked with Aadhaar, a senior Income Tax Department officer has said. Of the total PAN-Aadhaar seeding, which is nearly 30 per cent of about 30 crore PAN card holders, about three crore linkages were done in June and July. The tally is expected to grow as the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the policy-making body of the department, has already extended the last date for linking the two unique numbers, the officer added.
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Those who are guilty won’t be spared, CM Yogi Adityanath has said on Gorakhpur hospital tragedy. Rejecting reports of disruption in oxygen supply as the reason behind the fatalities at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College hospital, Adityanath said the death of 30 infants was due to encephalitis. “Not just in Gorakhpur but across the state, if any death is caused by the negligence of the hospital authorities the government will take strong action against those responsible,” Adityanath added.
In response to the US sanctions, Iran’s parliament has approved more than half a billion dollars funding for the country’s missile programme. The move follows a spike in tensions between Tehran and Washington since US President Donald Trump took office in January with a vow to get tough on the Islamic republic. “The Americans should know that this was our first action,” said parliament speaker Ali Larijani, after announcing overwhelming support for a package “to confront terrorist and adventurist actions by the US in the region”. After the vote result was announced, lawmakers shouted: “Death to America.”
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