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Indian company faces attempted murder charges in deadly Kolkata overpass collapse

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A section of a bridge that was under construction collapsed into a park area

A section of a bridge that was under construction collapsed into a park area

KOLKATA, India (Diya TV) — An Indian construction company faces charges of attempted murder, mischief and criminal conspiracy in connection with the collapse of an overpass in Kolkata that killed 24 people, said Nurul Absar, who heads the police station in the city where the charges were filed.

The victims were killed midday Thursday when a section of a bridge that was under construction crashed down onto the streets.

Police brought in 12 employees of the construction company, IVRCL, for questioning on Friday. At this time, it remains unclear how many of them, if any, will be formally arrested and charged, and on what counts. There was no immediate response from the company on Friday to the charges, however, an IVRCL company executive said the collapse was not entirely his company’s fault.

Workers remove a section of the collapsed overpass.

Workers remove a section of the collapsed overpass.

“It’s nothing but a God’s act,” K. Panduranga Rao of the Hyderabad-based company told reporters. “So far in 27 years, we have constructed several number of bridges … it never happened.”

This isn’t the first instance of a bridge collapsing in the country, or even underpasses that were under construction.

In 2006, a bridge fell on an express train traveling through Bhagalpur, killing 37 passengers. Three years later in 2009, another 30 workers were killed after scaffolding on a bridge being built in Kota crashed down. More recently, in March 2013, fully constructed overpass collapsed in eastern Kolkata, not far from Thursday’s incident. The collapse in 2013 sent a truck into a canal, however the people inside were rescued.

Jayaprakash Narayan, a doctor and Loksatta Party founder, took to Twitter to describe his haste over the incident, and Rao’s response to it.

 

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U.S., India, Japan & Australia complete Malabar exercise

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MALABAR ISLANDS, India (Diya TV) — Maritime forces from the U.S., India, Japan and Australia completed Phase II of the exercises dubbed Malabar in the Arabian Sea. The U.S. State Department thanked India in a tweet for hosting the effort by “The Quad” that promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific against a growing Chinese presence in the region.

The state of Michigan officially certified its election, formally granting President-Elect Biden its 16 electoral votes. And while President Trump continues to litigate in the hopes of overturning the outcome of the election, to date, he’s lost more than 30 cases. And now the General Services Administration informed the President-Elect he will be able to get the funding and documents needed  to start the formal transition in government.

Indian American Mala Adiga was appointed by President-Elect Joe Biden to be the Policy Director for his wife Jill, who will be the First Lady. Adiga is an alum of the Obama administration, as well as the Biden Foundation.

Pakistani American Dr. Umair Shah was appointed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to be Washington State’s Secretary of Health. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi thanks troops for thwarting terror plot

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JAMMU and KASHMIR, India (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Modi thanked security forces for unraveling a terrorist plot by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad. Four men suspected of plotting a new attack on the anniversary of the 26/11 attacks were killed during a gunfight with Indian armed forces at a checkpoint in Jammu. Their truck was loaded with a cache of weapons and explosives. Modi is now reviewing the security apparatus along the international border and the Line of Control with Pakistan amid this infiltration.

Terrorism was a major theme of the annual BRICS summit featuring Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was hosted by Russia virtually. Prime Minister Modi said terrorism is the biggest challenge world is facing today, adding “countries that support the terrorists are held accountable.” Russian President Vladmir Putin said India and China may start producing Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19.

Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s eldest son, tested positive for coronavirus. His father and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle and many others in the Trump inner circle have had the virus over the last few months. A spokesman said Trump Jr. learned his diagnosis earlier this week, but has no symptoms and is quarantining in his cabin.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Senators Warner, Cornyn talk US-India relations to USIBC

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — China as it relates to the U.S. and India was a central topic of conversation at the USIBC Post-Election Perspectives virtual conference. Democratic Senator Mark Warner, Republican Senator John Cornyn in conversation with former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma both conveyed how India’s importance to the U.S. is increasing in terms of security and economic opportunity moving forward. Both Senators were confident bilateral ties between the world’s two largest democracies would continue to strengthen under a Biden administration. Cornyn and Warner are co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus.

Elections officials in Georgia called the presidential race for President-elect Joe Biden after a hand recount recertified the results. The vote discrepancy totaled in the hundreds and not thousands needed for President Trump to change the outcome. Biden will be awarded the state’s 16 electoral votes. The Trump campaign continues to dispute the outcome and says they will continue to pursue all legal options.

And the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards #1 overall in the NBA Draft. The Golden State Warriors picked big man James Wiseman #2, but lost NBA champion & sharpshooter Klay Thompson for the year to an Achilles injury

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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