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Death toll up to 127 as Bihar, UP reel under floods

Seven new deaths were reported from flood-hit Bihar on 24 August, taking the death toll up to 127. Over 29.71 lakh people have been affected by the deluge in the 24 districts of the state.

On 23 August, 22 persons were reported dead. The floods caused by spate in rivers Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghra and Kosi have affected 29.71 lakh people in 4,222 villages and 146 talukas.

Meanwhile in Uttar Pradesh, the Ganga is rising in many places, including Allahabad and Varanasi. Schools in Allahabad and Varanasi have been closed as a precautionary measure.

NDRF teams are undertaking relief and rescue operations to help those marooned in these states.

At least 12 dead as militants storm American University in Afghanistan

At least 12 people were killed and over 30 others were wounded after militants stormed into the American University in Kabul, triggering a 10-hour gunbattle between security forces and terrorists.

Two attackers were killed in the gunfire. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

However, media reports quoted Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi tells Mukhtar that 13 people were killed, including seven students, three policemen and three guards.

Nirbhaya gangrape convict Vinay Sharma attempts suicide in Tihar Jail

Vinay Sharma, the 24-year-old convict sentenced to death in the 16 December 2012 gangrape case, attempted to commit suicide inside his cell in the Tihar Jail on 25 August.

Sharma consumed pills and tried to hang himself inside jail number 8. He has been admitted to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital. His condition is said to be critical.

The prime accused in the case, Ram Singh, reportedly committed suicide in a cell in Tihar Jail in March 2013 and proceedings against him were abated. Read the full story here.

JNU rape accused Anmol Ratan surrenders before police

A PhD student at the Jawaharlal Nehru University Anmol Ratan, who has been accused of having raped a 28-year-old PhD scholar at the university, surrendered before the police at the Vasant Kunj (north) police station, in Delhi on 24 August.

The PhD scholar, who alleged that she had been raped by AISA activist Ratan, had registered her statement before a Magistrate on Wednesday. Ratan had already been denied anticipatory bail by the court, and was also refused protection from arrest. The court had then adjourned the matter, which is now set to be heard on 27 August.

Why has Pokemon Go lost 10 million users this month?

Pokemon Go mania seems to be losing steam, barely weeks after it enveloped millions around the globe.

The virtual-reality game made a thumping entry into the gaming world by garnering 45 million users in July, the month it was launched. The craze, however, seems to be wearing off. Pokemon Go has lost its shine and has shed off over 10 million users in August, according to the data from analytics firm, Apptopia.

Users appear to have become bored of the repetitive gameplay. Pokemon Go managed to garner a massive response because of the hype surrounding it. Many signed up for the game, despite having no knowledge about the cult Pokemon franchise. Are the 10 million users a part of this group? We'll find out soon enough. Read full story here.

Wifi, phone calls on flights in Indian airspace may soon be a reality

Fliers may soon be able to use wifi when they are on flights in the Indian airspace.

"I will be able to give you good news in 10 days," Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey said on 25 August, in response to a query on when wifi would be allowed in flights.

Currently, fliers are not allowed to use mobile phones or internet services when they are in the Indian airspace.

"There is fairly a good chance that in ten days permission will be given to operate wifi in the Indian airspace," Choubey said. Click here to read the full story.

A second Earth? Scientists announce discovery of new habitable planet

In what is touted to be a historic announcement, scientists unveiled the discovery of a habitable planet orbiting the Proxima Centauri.

The planet, which is reported to be 4.25 light years away, has a rocky surface and may sustain liquid water. The planet, said to be at least 1.3 times the mass of the Earth, has been named Proxima b.

While Proxima b is close enough to travel to, the star constantly blasts ultraviolet rays and x-rays at the planet, something that life on the planet must learn to shield itself in order to survive.

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Odisha: Hospital turns blind eye as man carries wife's corpse on his shoulders for 10 km

On 24 August, Odisha's Bhawanipatna was witness to the heartbreaking sight of a tribal man walking with the dead body of his wife on his shoulders, with his 12-year-old daughter by his side for a distance of 10 kms, as hospital authorities refused him a mortuary van.

Upon failing to get a vehicle to take home the body of his wife from the district hospital, Dana Majhi set out on foot for his village Melghara, a 60-km walk.

The hospital's alleged refusal came despite an existing scheme from the state government for people like Majhi.

In a state where medical help isn't easy to come by, the Naveen Patnaik government had launched the 'Mahaparayana' scheme in February, offering to transport the bodies of deceased from government hospitals to their homes free of charge. Read full story here.