DEAD

TEMPLE WALL COLLAPSES IN KOLKATA: 4 KILLED

ANM News Desk:  Four people were killed while several others were injured after a wall collapsed at a Loknath temple in Kolkata where people gathered to celebrate Janmashtami.

KARTARPUR

AS TENSIONS CONTINUE WITH INDIA, PAKISTAN AGREES TO OPEN KARTARPUR CORRIDOR

ANM News Desk:  Pakistan on Friday stated that despite tensions with India, it stands ready to open the Kartarpur Corridor for the Sikh pilgrims to take part in celebrations in connection with the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.

KAPIL SIBAL

ECONOMY IS IN ICU & GOVERNMENT HAS ISSUED A ‘LOOK OUT NOTICE’ FOR ALL THOSE DEFENDING CIVIL LIBERTIES: KAPIL SIBAL

ANM News Desk:  Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday took a dig at the Centre, stating that the “economy is in ICU” and the Modi dispensation has issued a “look out notice” for all those defending civil liberties.

DILIP MAMATA

BJP TO INITIATE OUTREACH PROGRAMME ‘CHA CHAKRA’ COUNTERING MAMATA’S ‘DIDI KE BOLO’

ANM News Desk:  In a bid to counter TMC’s “Didi Ke Bolo” (Tell Didi) mass outreach programme, the West Bengal BJP unit is all set to launch “Cha Chakra” – get together over a cup of tea- to reach out to the people and spread party’s message with an eye on the next Assembly polls.

CHIDAMBARAM

P. CHIDAMBARAM TO FACE INDRANI MUKERJEA IN MUMBAI JAIL

ANM News Desk: Former finance minister P. Chidambaram, arrested in the INX Media case by the CBI on Wednesday, is likely to be taken to Byculla Jail in Mumbai for a face-to-face confrontation with Indrani Mukerjea, who is also facing charges of murdering her daughter Sheena Bora.

FORT WILLIAM

ARMY TO OPEN HISTORIC FORT WILLIAM TO PUBLIC FOR GUIDED TOURS

Avijit Nandi Majumdar, Editor-in-Chief: It’s official now: The historic and majestic Fort William, a place of many a British secret and hidden tunnels and hundred year old edifices will now be open to guided public tour. Speaking exclusively to ANM News, GOC-in-C Eastern Command, Lt. Gen MM Naravane said the Indian Army has decided to open the gates of historic Fort William to school children and public. “There will be a guided tour and modalities are being worked out,” he mentioned. Chief of Staff Eastern Command, Lt Gen RP Kalita told ANM News that Indian Army is now in the process of identifying guides and formulate timings and other modalities. Spelling out details, Lt Gen Kalita mentioned that those who are interested can get in touch with Eastern Command either over phone or email. “We will shortly come up with more details,” he added.

ANM News traced back the history and found that there are two Fort Williams. The original fort was built in the year 1696 by the Brithish East India Company under the orders of Sir John Goldsborough. The Fort was built in a decade. Sir Charles Eyre started construction near the bank of the Hoogly River with the South-East Bastion.  It was named after King William III in 1700. John Beard, Eyre’s successor, added the North-East Bastion in 1701, and in 1702 started the construction of the Government House  at the centre of the fort. Construction ended in 1706. The original building had two stories and projecting wings. In 1756, the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj Ud Daulah, attacked the Fort, temporarily conquered the city, and changed its name to Alinagar. This led the British to build a new fort in the Maidan.

Robert Clive started rebuilding the fort in 1758, after the Battle of Plassey (1757); construction was completed in 1781 at a cost of approximately two million pounds. The area around the Fort was cleared, and the Maidan became “the Lungs of Kolkata”. It stretches for around 3 km in the north-south direction and is around 1 km wide.

DOPE

HUGE BLOW FOR NDTL: WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY SUSPENDS ACCREDITATION FOR 6 MONTHS PRIOR OLYMPICS

ANM News Desk: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended National Dope Testing Laboratory’s (NDTL) accreditation for 6 months in what could be a massive blow to anti-doping movement in the country with less than a year left for Tokyo Olympics.

KRISHNA

DEVOTEES ACROSS THE GLOBE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF LORD KRISHNA

ANM News Desk: Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, Krishna is was said to be born on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad. This year, the festival of Janmashtami will be observed on August 24 (midnight).

The festival is celebrated with great fervour in Mathura (which is said to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna).

Netizens also took to Twitter and Facebook spreading the joy and wishes of the festival celebrating one of the most significant Gods in the Bhagvad Gita.

AMAZON FIRE

UN CHIEF ANTONIO GUTERRES EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER MASSIVE AMAZON FOREST FIRES

ANM News Desk: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that he was “deeply concerned” by wildfires that have devoured large sections of the Amazon rainforest, blanketing several Brazilian cities in thick smoke.

He tweeted that in the midst of the global climate crisis, one cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity adding that the forests must be protected.

The extent of the area damaged by fires has yet to be determined but smoke has choked Sao Paulo and several other Brazilian cities. Forest fires tend to intensify during the dry season, which usually ends in late October or early November.

MOON

CHANDRAYAAN-2 SENDS FIRST PICTURE OF THE MOON

ANM News Desk: India’s second lunar craft Chandrayaan-2 has sent a picture of the moon’s surface to the earth on Thursday. This is the first picture it has sent after reaching the lunar-bound orbit.