After Beirut explosion, authorities in Chennai finally swung into action. Almost 700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate reportedly transported to Hyderabad. The 690 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had been seized in 2015.Around 10 containers were transported and security personnel accompanied the trucks. The consignment worth Rs 1.8 crore was kept in a Chennai container freight station. It came into the spotlight after the tragedy in Lebanon's capital city. In Beirut, 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored at the port for years. Ammonium nitrate is an explosive chemical also used in fertilisers. It is believed to be the cause of the massive blast which shook Beirut on August 4. The death toll has crossed 150, over 6000 found injured so far, as per reports.
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Over 690 tonnes of ammonium nitrate containers placed at Chennai Manali Sattva container freight station are now in spotlight after the massive explosion in Lebanon's capital Beirut earlier this week. Containers loaded with over 180 tons of ammonium nitrate is being to Hyderabad to a (a private company after it was auctioned). As many as 10 container containing ammonium nitrate left from the freight station. Earlier this week, a pair of explosions due to ammonium nitrate in Lebanon's Beirut caused a widespread damage which left over 150 dead and more than 5,000 injured. 2,750-ton stockpile of ammonium nitrate was stored nearby in the city. Ammonium nitrate is a highly explosive chemical often used a fertilizer.
India is well known across the world for its unity in diversity and this variety is implicit to Indian festivals as well. In Kanpur, an extra hue got added to the festivity of Raksha Bandhan, when people of two different faiths observed the occasion together. With this act, they not only celebrated the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters but also fostered the long-practiced communal harmony in the country.
Air India Express employees paid tribute to fallen co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar in Delhi. Akhilesh lost his life with 17 others in Kozhikode plane crash. The body of the deceased was brought to Delhi from Kochi. Around 200 AI Express employees paid tribute to the fallen co-pilot. "Our last conversation with him was on Rakshabandhan. We connected over a video call. We were supposed to meet on around August 15-16," said Akhilesh Kumar's Brother-in-law, Vijay. Akhilesh's mortal remains were taken to his native place in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura. "Wife and mother of the pilot are unwell. We set up a medical team and got checkups done," said Dr Bhudev, District Hospital, Mathura. An AI Express plane overshot the runway on August 7. The aircraft fell into a valley where it split into two pieces. At least 18 people, including the pilots, were killed. There were 190 people onboard the Vande Bharat flight. The flight was bringing back Indians stranded in Dubai due to Covid-19 pandemic.
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People across country celebrated Raksha Bandhan on August 3 in their own unique ways. Women in Ayodhya tied Rakhi to idols of Lord Rama on the auspicious occasion. 'Festivals have no religion,' this was quiet evident when Muslim women in Kanpur tied Rakhi to Hindu brothers. In view of COVID-19 pandemic, people in Amritsar preferred to tie 'mauli' instead of Rakhi and made sweets at home instead of buying it from shops. They also tied masks on each other's face. In the national capital, people maintained social distancing norms while purchasing rakhi and sweets.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee tested coronavirus positive on August 10. Mukherjee had gone to the hospital for separate procedure, where he was diagnosed with coronavirus. He announced the news on his Twitter handle. Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah is also undergoing treatment for coronavirus.