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Kerala: 12 coaches of Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Express derail, no casualties

Hundreds of passengers travelling in the Thiruvananthapuram-Mangalore Express had a narrow escape as 12 compartments of the train derailed in the wee hours of 28 August.

No casualties were reported. The incident occurred around 2:30 am when the train derailed between Aluva and Karukutty stations in Ernakulam district after leaving from Thiruvanathapuram at 8:40 pm.

The stranded passengers were then ferried in buses and local trains to Kochi and Mangalore.

Meanwhile, all trains in the route have been halted at various stations.

Railways said that passengers can ask for refunds for their incomplete trip. Those who made online bookings will get automatic refund.

Pranab Mukherjee congratulates ISRO for successful test run of scramjet rocket engine

President Pranab Mukherjee, on 28 August, lauded the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for successfully conducting the scramjet engine test the morning of 28 August from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, at Sriharikotta in Andhra Pradesh.

"Hearty congratulations ISRO on successful test of futuristic scramjet rocket engine, India is proud of you," the President tweeted.

Following the launch, the national space agency said that the test has met all the intended parameters. The newly developed scramjet engine has been test launched onboard a RH 560 sounding rocket at 6 am.

Sachin Tendulkar gifts BMW cars to PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Gopichand

Indian ace cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, on 28 August, gifted BMW cars to Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu, bronze winner Sakshi Malik, gymnast Dipa Karmakar and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand at a function in Hyderabad.

Chamundeshwarnath, president Hyderabad District Badminton Association, was behind the initiative for of felicitation ceremony.

Under the guidance of chief coach Gopichand, Sindhu became the first woman badmintopn player to win a silver medal in Olympics. Rohtak girl, Sakhshi Malik, won bronze in the women's 58 kg freestyle. However, Dipa missed a medal by a whisker as she finished fourth in artistic gymnastics.

Uttar Pradesh: 60 unqualified doctors booked in Moradabad

At least sixty unqualified doctors have been booked in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh for treating patients out in the open and in unhygienic spaces.

Moradabad's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ranjan Gautam said he found a few doctors giving treatment to people in an inadequate manner and when he ordered a probe, he found that they were chemists.

Gautam immediately ordered the clinics of these unqualified doctors to be sealed and booked them on charges of medical negligence. Their case will be heard in a chief magistrate's court on Monday.

No more injections: New Insulin pills to make diabetes painless

There's some good news for diabetes patients. Millions of patients have to inject insulin directly into their bodies. Now, researchers in the United States have found a way to administer insulin through pills. The challenge so far was that insulin couldn't withstand the stomach's digestion acids. The new pill solves this problem because they're made of Cholestome, a lipid that can pass through the stomach unscathed. They are absorbed by the intestines, which then release the insulin in the bloodstream.

Elephant seals help climate scientists gather data in Antarctic

The icy depths of the Antarctic are now accessible to scientists, thanks to elephant seals. Scientists are mounting measurement instruments on the back of the seals, which dive into the waters. The instruments gather information on salinity and temperature of sea water. The data is meant to throw light on melting of ice shelves on the ice-covered continent and how it affects oceans. Scientists want to understand how enhanced melting of the Antarctic ice due to climate change is affecting the mix of fresh and salty water.

Rural Indians consuming fewer nutrients than 40 years ago

A study by the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau has found that rural Indians are consuming 550 lesser calories than in their 1975-79 survey, reports IndiaSpend. They are consuming 13 gm lesser protein and 5 mg lesser iron. Children are also undernourished: against a requirement of 300 ml of milk every day, the survey found that children were having an average of just 80 ml. In all, 35% of rural adults were found to be undernourished while 42% children were underweight.