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Salman Khan

By NewsGram Staff Writer

After a long stretch of time, almost 13 years, Salman ‘Dabanng’ Khan has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in the infamous 2002 hit-and-run case.  Additional Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande, while delivering the verdict, told Salman, “You were driving the car,” and added that he (Salman) was under the influence of alcohol and was driving without a license.

No doubt, being a high-profile case, everybody has been hooked to their television sets. Twitter has been trending with #SalmanVerdict all day long.

While the media kept you engrossed in the past, present and future of Salman, there were some really important news that got lost behind this VVIP reporting. But, worry not, NewsGram is here to bring crisp news bites that will keep you updated with news that matters.

OBC MPs, MLAs fall in ‘creamy layer’

The National Commission for Backward Classes has recommended that the children of past and present members of Parliament and state legislators should not be eligible for OBC reservations. This verdict is a response to the innumerable complaints made regarding the children of MPs and MLAs getting ‘non-creamy layer’ certificates. The panel has argued that election to ‘high offices’ like Parliament and state legislatures indicates that the said individuals have achieved ‘social elevation,’ and ‘should logically come within the category of creamy layer.’

The panel has also recommended that the children of a ‘Class I’ officers in state government or Centre should be excluded from reservation benefits, irrespective of the officer being a ‘direct recruit’ or a ‘promotee.’

Indian-origin billionaires build 1200 homes in Nepal 

Two Indian-origin billionaires based in the UK have offered to build 1,200 quake-resistant houses in the affected villages of Nepal.

Mukesh Kumar Sehgal, managing director of UK-based SISMO Company, offered 1,000 quake-resistant houses, while Shree Prakash Lohia, founder and chairman of Indorama Corporation, offered to build 200 houses through his Lohia Foundation.

Sehgal said, “Our Company is well experienced in building houses with new technology and if Nepal government accepts the offer, we will start construction of houses in remote areas that are severely hit.”

West Bengal’s CM proposes to develop seven smart cities in the state

West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banarjee, has proposed to build seven smart cities in her state. The seven smart cities, which would have all modern facilities for decent living, would be located according to the importance of the places, Mamata told reporters at the mini-secretariat for north Bengal.

The location for the six smart cities has already been finalized, while that of the seventh one would be finalized soon.

Greenpeace India likely to be shut down due to lack of funds

Greenpeace India, the organization that has been working for environment protection through its campaign against government’s climate-change policies for 14 years, is facing a danger of being shut down. This scenario is caused by the freezing of its funds by the government. This will render 340 of its campaigners jobless due to the lack of money to provide salary.

In addition, this will also cause ‘sudden death’ for its campaigns, which represented the voice of the poor on the issues of ‘sustainable development, environmental justice and clean, affordable energy.’

Farmers in Madhya Pradesh on ‘Water Protest’ for past 25 days 

Twenty farmers from Gholgagon village along the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh have been standing in waist-deep water for the last 25 days to protest against the elevation of water level in the Omkareshwar dam.

After the government raised the water level of the dam in April, around 400 farmers’ crops have been ruined. Therefore, these farmers decided to protest by standing on those flooded fields, staging a “Jal-Satyagrah’.

Sukku bai, a 63 year old farmer told a news channel, “Our health condition is deteriorating; epidermal skin from the soles of our feet is peeling. This has made standing and walking very difficult.” After spending over 14 hours a day in the water under the high temperature of over 40 degrees, their soles are infected with fungal sore.

The farmers allege that they were also promised land in exchange, which they haven’t got till date.

 

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9 Climbers Pulled From Snow After A Sudden Storm On Mount Gurja, Nepal

Mountaineering experts are questioning how the experienced team was so badly hit at their base camp at 3,500 meters.

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Mount Gurja
Tourists take pictures at Sarangkot in Pokhara, with the view of the Mount Annapurna range in the background, some 200 km (124 miles) west of Kathmandu, Nov. 30, 2008. Annapurna, at 8,091 meters high, is the 10th highest mountain in the world.. VOA

A rescue team Sunday began retrieving the bodies of nine climbers killed in a violent storm on Nepal’s Mount Gurja, a freak accident that has left the mountaineering community reeling.

A helicopter dropped four mountain guides at the camp where the South Korean climbing expedition was staying when powerful winds and snow swept through, killing the entire team and scattering their bodies as far as 500 meters (yards) away.

“All nine bodies have been found and the team are in the process of bringing them down,” said Siddartha Gurung, a chopper pilot who is coordinating the retrieval mission.

Mount Gurja
A helicopter dropped four mountain guides at the camp.

A second helicopter along with a team of rescue specialists and villagers were also involved in the mission, which has been hampered by strong winds as well as the camp’s remoteness in the Dhaulagiri mountain range of Nepal’s Annapurna region.

The bodies of the climbers, five South Koreans and four Nepalis, will be flown to Pokhara, a tourist hub that serves as a gateway to the Annapurna region, and then to Kathmandu, said Yogesh Sapkota of Simrik Air, a helicopter company involved in the effort.

‘Like a bomb went off’

The expedition’s camp was destroyed by the powerful storm, which hit the area late Thursday or Friday, flattening all the tents and leaving a tangled mess of tarpaulin and broken polls.

“Base camp looks like a bomb went off,” said Dan Richards of Global Rescue, a U.S.-based emergency assistance group that will be helping with the retrieval effort.

Mount Gurja
Wangchu Sherpa of Trekking Camp Nepal, organised the expedition

The expedition was led by experienced South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, who has climbed the world’s 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen.

Experts puzzled

Mountaineering experts are questioning how the experienced team was so badly hit at their base camp at 3,500 meters.

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“At this point we don’t understand how this happened. You don’t usually get those sorts of extreme winds at that altitude and base camps are normally chosen because they are safe places,” Richards said.

The team had been on 7,193-meter (23,599-foot) Mount Gurja since early October, hoping to scale the rarely climbed mountain via a new route. (VOA)