India on fire and ice-from Durga suspension to Assam floods

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Bangalore, Aug 1:The last month went in a flurry when media houses coped with news of death, despair and change in the country.

While some of the states like Assam, Bihar and Karnataka were hit by incessant rains, flooding the agricultural fields, there was news of political controversies on who said what and why. Talking of change, we saw IAS association creating a stir with their request to revoke the suspension of junior IAS officer Durga Shakti; then there was the debate over the ideal age for juvenile verdict in the December 16 gang rape case.

However, UPA's granting the Telangana stole the show. Amidst opinions and controversies, India saw the emrgence of its 29th state. On second thought, the past month brought every state and every single every political leader in the limelight, leaving journalists gasping for breath as to where to start and where to end. We just hope that the Amarnath Yatris bring back the blessings of the Lord and help us cope with the unseen stories this month.

Cheer up now! and lets wait and watch how Chennai Express does this weekend! Check out the news highlights in pics:

Durga's shakti

IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal,the sub-divisional magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, who has been suspended over a dispute related to a religious place.

Protesting for a separate state

Supporters of separate state for ‘Karbi tribal' during a protest in Assam's Karbi Anglong hills district at Diphu on Wednesday.

Against Telangana

A statue of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi lies on a road after being vandalized by anti-Telangana protestors in Ananthapur in Andhra Pradesh state on Wednesday. India's ruling coalition on Tuesday endorsed the creation of a new state 'Telangana', which would become India's 29th state.

In Vijaywada

Samaikhyandhra leaders holding a protest near a statue of former Prime Minister-late Indira Gandhi, against the bifurcation of the state in Vijayawada on Wednesday.

Book release

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the release of the book "An agenda for India's growth: Essays in Honour of P Chidambaram" at a function in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Enjoying rains

School children enjoy heavy rains in Gurgaon on Wednesday.

Drowned to death

Rescue work is carried out after a Punjab roadways bus fell into Bhakra Canal at Sirhind in Fatehgarh Sahib on Wednesday.

For you-Premchand

School children paying tribute to author Munshi Premchand on his 133rd birth anniversary in Mirzapur on Wednesday.

Taking over

Delhi's new Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi takes charge from his predecessor Neeraj Kumar at PHQ in New Delhi on Wednesday.

In Coimbatore

Devotees carry decorated milk pots on their heads during the Aadi Kirthikai festival in Maruthamalai Temple, Coimbatore on Wednesday.

Protests on!

Police use water cannons to disperse Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists during a protest at Raj Bhawan, against the alleged corruption in the appointment of Vice Chancellors in various universities in Madhya Pradesh, in Bhopal on Wednesday.


Former Chief Minster of Jharkhand, Madhu Koda gestures after he was released from Hotwar jail on a conditional bail in Ranchi, Jharkhand on Wednesday. Koda was granted bail by Jharkhand High Court in the case of irregularities in the rural electrification scheme.

Against the motion

Dance Bar Virodhi Manch protesting against the SC order to uplift ban on dance bars in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The clash on Ramzan

People pelting brick-bats at a clash between two groups during 21st Ramadan procession in old city area in Lucknow on Wednesday.


JDU President Sharad Yadav with AITC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay and other party leaders during an all party meet ahead of the monsoon session in New Delhi on Thursday.

New appoint

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai passes the baton to his successor Sujatha Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The flooded streets

A man with his bicycle wades through flood water at Haldichapra in Maner, Bihar on Wednesday.

Wading through the streets

People shifting to safe places from flooded Haldichapra in Maner, Bihar on Wednesday.

Floating across

Flood affected people row a banana raft to move to safe place at Athkeliya Boruwa Gaon, in Golaghat , Assam.

Expressing the 'Chennai' way

Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone attend the UK Premiere of Chennai Express at a cinema in Feltham, England, Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

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