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95 dead, 150 injured as Patna-Indore Express derails in Kanpur

At least 95people were killed and 150 others injured after 14 coaches of the Patna-Indore Express derailed near Pukharayam in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh on 20 November.

According to reports, the incident occurred at around 3am.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav directed the DGP to personally monitor the relief operations. NDRF teams have been rushed to the site of the accident.

The Chief Minister has alerted all hospitals in neighboring districts - and private hospitals of Kanpur - to accommodate patients. Monetary compensation of Rs 3.5 lakh has been announced for the kin of the deceased, while each of the injured will receive compensation of Rs 50,000.

"We were supposed to get down in Lucknow; During our journey, we felt a sudden jerk and fell; 5 people from our group missing," one of the stranded passengers told ANI.

As per the Indian Railways, the 14 coaches which derailed are Seating cum Luggage Rake, GS,GS,A1,B1/2/3,BE,S1/2/3/4/5/6.

Last operating hospital destroyed by airstikes in Syria's Aleppo

The last operating hospital in Syria's besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo has been destroyed in an airstrike. This means that over 250,000 residents will no longer have access to surgery or special medical assistance in the war-torn area.

According to international media reports, all the hospitals in Aleppo are now out of service after days of heavy air strikes in the region. The reports suggested the attack comes days after four hospitals were destroyed by airstrikes on 18 November.

Meanwhile, Syrian opposition activists are reporting heavy bombardment of besieged rebel-held neighbourhoods in the northern city of Aleppo saying at least six people have been killed.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian government warplanes and artillery struck more than 20 neighbourhoods in east Aleppo killing six people.

Arvind Kejriwal to address 21 rallies in Punjab starting from today

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address 21 rallies from 20 November to 30 November in Punjab to spruce up his party's campaign in the poll-bound state.

He will start his campaign from Jalalabad, the constituency represented by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and end his tour of Punjab at Gurdaspur on November 30.

Rallies have also been planned in Sangrur, Moga, Barnala, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Gurdaspur, Ropar, Kapurthala, Pathankot and Bathinda.

Kejriwal is expected to base his campaign on the construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna-Link (SYL) canal issue, the drug menace, law and order and procurement of crops in the state.

The AAP is eyeing to wrest its power in Punjab after the 2017 Assembly elections in the state.

Congress demands debate over demonetisation scheme under Rule 56

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, has said that the Narendra Modi government announced the demonetisation of high-value currency notes without any preparation and the Opposition wants a serious discussion on the issue under the rules that entail voting.

"The decision was taken in haste, without any preparation. This has hit people at the lower level. 60 people have so far died in queues outside ATMs and banks," he claimed.

Kharge said Congress was willing to debate the issue under Rule 56, but the government wanted to discuss it under Rule 193, which does not entail voting.

"It is merely a formality. The government is evading questions," he alleged.

Asked if the Opposition will allow Parliament to function tomorrow, Kharge said, "The government should agree to a debate on demonetisation under Rule 56. All parameters of a debate will be met under the rule."