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Shakur Basti infant death: Railways defend demolition drive, officials to meet Kejriwal

After demolition drive in Shakur Basti

Under attack for its demolition drive during winter, Railways on Sunday defended removal of 1,200 slum dwellings in West Delhi, saying the action was taken after giving “several notices to the encroachers”.However, the demolition in Shakur Basti sparked a row after the death of a child in a slum. The slum dwellers including women and children were seen out in the open trying to collect their belongings. While some erected makeshift tents to protect themselves from the cold, others made temporary arrangements for cooking. Railways removed yesterday about 1200 slum dwellings and about 15 shops at Shakur Basti station after giving third notice to vacate before December 12, 2015.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have followed all procedures before removing those unauthorised constructions at railway land. Three notices were served to them and finally with police help we removed those encroachments near Shakur Basti station,” Delhi Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Arun Arora said here. Asked whether the child death incident has caused a setback to the railways demolition drive, Arora said, “No, the drive will continue as we want clear the encroachment near the track because it has become a serious problem for train operations.”He said there is no link between the demolition drive and the death of the child. “The child died before the drive started at 12 PM yesterday. The drive went on smoothly with the help of security personnel,” Arora said, adding “the encroachment could not be removed earlier because of the non-availability of policemen.” The demolition was carried out in the presence of Delhi police, RPF and CRPF personnel. Asked whether the demolition drive has got the nod from Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, the DRM said, “It is not required as the concerned authority is competent enough to carry out the task to keep the track areas free from encroachment.”Railways will apprise Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal about the development at Shakur Basti which has resulted in a confrontation between the Delhi government and the Centre. “We will be meeting the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to apprise him of the actual facts. We will tell him that we have carried out the drive after giving them enough time to vacate,” Arora said. Currently there are about 47,000 slums on railway land.”It is causing serious problem for train operations. National Green Tribunal has ordered us to keep the track clean of solid waste. So in order to keep it clean we have to remove the source of the solid waste.”We have also given Rs 11 cr to Delhi Slum Urban Improvement Board under Delhi government for relocation and rehabilitation of slum dwellers removed from railway land,” he said.

Delhi: 660 vehicles put to notice for violating permit conditions

The Revenue department officials conducted the enforcement drive, at over 100 locations in the capital, with the assistance of civil defence volunteers, officials of Transport Department and Delhi Police.

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As many as 660 vehicles were on Saturday put to notice for violating permit conditions, which includes driving without licence and faulty meters among others, by the Delhi Revenue department using its recently acquired powers. The Transport Department had recently delegated powers of suspension of permits for violations by commercial vehicles under relevant sections of Motor Vehicles Act to Magistrates of Revenue Department.The Revenue department officials conducted the enforcement drive, at over 100 locations in the capital, with the assistance of civil defence volunteers, officials of Transport Department and Delhi Police. “By the end of the day, almost 2,000 vehicles of various categories including auto-rickshaws, tempos, e-rickshaws, grameen seva vehicles and RTVs etc were inspected and 660 put to notice for violation of various permit conditions,” a senior official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The official said that the drive was “much more intensive” than the normal challans issued for traffic violations as the permits of violating vehicles would be suspended and the vehicles could be impounded for several days.Secretary (Revenue) and Divisional Commissioner A Anbarasu said that Revenue Department would regularly continue with these measures as well as enforcement of Motor Vehicles Act through special drives.

Jammu and Kashmir to get its first handicrafts museum

The Divisional Commissioner asked the tourism department to submit a concept plan within a week for converting the heritage building into the museum.

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Jammu and Kashmir would get its first handicrafts museum over one-and-a-half acres of land at the exhibition ground in the heart of summer capital Srinagar.Asgar Hassan Samoon, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, has asked the concerned officials to devise a concept plan for converting old educational structure and adjacent land available at exhibition ground Srinagar into a handicrafts museum, an official spokesman said today.He said Samoon was addressing a meeting here to discuss usage of unused land and building near the exhibition ground, who also asked officials to keep into account the ambiance while devising the plan for the museum.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Divisional Commissioner asked the tourism department to submit a concept plan within a week for converting the heritage building into the museum, the spokesman said. Samoon also asked the officials to remove unauthorized mini-bus stand and vehicle parking from the area and demarcate the entire property.

2 green corridors created in Indore for organ transportation

Under the green corridor, police in collaboration with other agencies clears routes of vehicular traffic in advance for ambulances to transport organs.

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Probably for first time in the country, two green corridors were created simultaneously in Indore on Sunday for separate transport of a liver and a kidney, donated by kin of a 59-year-old man, for their transplantation in two persons.”This was possibly for the first time in the country when two corridors were made simultaneously. By one corridor, a liver received by donation from a private hospital was taken to local airport. While from other path, a kidney was transported to another private hospital,” Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Dubey told PTI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Both the organs were removed from the body of one Ramesh Asrani who was declared brain dead by doctors at a private hospital in Indore on Saturday.”Talks were held with his family members for organ donation and after they agreed for the same, his (Asrani’s) liver and kidney were taken out from his body during postmortem and preserved,” the officer said.Under the green corridor, police in collaboration with other agencies clears routes of vehicular traffic in advance for ambulances to transport organs. Dubey said while the kidney was transported from the local hospital where Asrani died to another hospital, the liver was taken to the airport from where it was flown to a hospital in Gurgaon, where it will be transplanted in a patient undergoing treatment.Earlier, a green corridor was laid on October 7 when liver of Rameshwar Khede (40) was rushed to Gurgaon from local airport for transplant, which was successful.

Earthquake claims four lives in Jammu and Kashmir, 20 others injured

Srinagar: Four persons, including three women died while 20 others were injured in Jammu and Kashmir, following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that jolted northern India.

“As per the latest reports presented by DGP K Rajindra Kumar and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, four people – two each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions – have died, while 20 persons were injured in Monday’s earthquake,” an official spokesman said.

A total of 53 houses were damaged in the quake, he said.

An injured people take first-aid at Govt Medical College hospital after earthquake in Jammu on Monday. PTI

An injured people take first-aid at Govt Medical College hospital after earthquake in Jammu on Monday. PTI

The officers were briefing a meeting chaired by Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Syed Basharat Bukhari in Srinagar. This was the second meeting in 24 hours to review the impact of the earthquake in the state.

The spokesman said while two women died in Kashmir division, a woman and a boy were reported dead in Jammu division.

With regard to loss of property, the spokesman said around 40 residential houses in Kashmir Division and 13 in Jammu Division have been damaged besides some non-residential structures have also been damaged.

Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, the Minister gave directions to the Divisional Commissioner to ensure immediate assessment of the damage to property by the concerned Deputy Commissioners so that relief is paid to the affected as per norms.

Bukhari also addressed a meeting of Relief and Rehabilitation Department and reviewed the status with regard to establishment of Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) at the divisional and district levels in the state for quick and immediate response in case of any eventuality.

A massive earthquake measuring 7.5 on Richter scale and lasting for about a minute jolted north India on Tuesday, with panic-stricken people rushing out of houses.

The earthquake epicentred in the Hindukush mountain range in Afghanistan.

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12 held for Hazaribag clash during Muharram procession

One person was killed and nine other suffered injuries in the violence which broke out as a Muharram procession was taken out at Charowa Dam on Saturday.

An vehicle ablaze after communal riot during immersion procession of idol Goddess Duga in Hazaribagh on Saturday.

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Twelve persons have been arrested in connection with the clash during Muharram procession in the district which had claimed one life.Deputy Commissioner of Hazaribag, Mukesh Kumar told reporters on Sunday that 12 persons have been arrested in connection with the Saturday’s violence and no untoward incident was reported from any part of Hazaribag.The Commissioner (North Chotanagpur Division), Veena Srivastava has ordered a magisterial inquiry to find out reasons behind the violence that forced police to open fire after all attempts to control the unruly mob including bursting of tear-gas shell and lathi charge failed, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kumar said a senior magistrate will head a five-member inquiry committee to probe the incident and also find out whether there was any lapse on the part of the district administration to deal with the situation.One person was killed and nine other suffered injuries in the violence which broke out as a Muharram procession was taken out at Charowa Dam on Saturday. The DIG (North Chotanagpur Division), Upendra Kumar said a rubber bullet was extracted from the body of the victim in post-mortem.Unfortunately, the rubber bullet, which is normally used by the police to ensure minimum injury, had hit the chest of the victim and punctured the heart, causing his death, the police official said.Earlier, Divisional Commissioner Srivastava held a meeting with the district officials and members of the Central Peace Committee. Srivastava described yesterday’s violence and police firing as unfortunate while appealing to people to maintain peace and tranquillity. She also appealed to the business community to keep their shops and business establishments open. However, barring few shops including chemists, majority of shops and markets in the town, remained closed today.As per the government provision, the Deputy Commissioner said a compensation of Rs 20,000 has been paid to the deceased Bahadur Sah Zafar’s family by the BDO of Katkumsandi Block, besides 100 kg foodgrain and promise to construct a house under ‘Indira Awas Yojana’.Asked about the demand of Rs 20 lakh compensation by the victim’s family and an employment to the widow of the man, Kumar said higher authorities would be apprised about the demand to take a decision.

Indore:First Green Corridor transports liver to airport in 10 minutes

The liver would be transplanted in a patient in Delhi.
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In a first for the financial capital of Madhya Pradesh, the Indore administration successfully created a ‘Green Corridor’ and transported a liver to the city’s Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport within a span of 10 minutes. The liver would be transplanted in a patient in Delhi.According to a senior official of the district administration, the Green Corridor was deftly set up from a hospital situated at the Choithram Square leading up to the city airport between 11:30 AM-11:45 AM, to ensure that the ambulance reaches the destination smoothly and without any hurdles.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ambulance, which carried the liver, covered a distance of about 10 km and reached the airport in 10 minutes. After completing the formalities, the liver was safely placed in a Delhi-bound private aircraft, he said. Indore Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Dubey supervised the entire operation, he said.The liver belonged to Rameshwar Khede, a Khargone resident, who was declared brain-dead 12 hours after sustaining injuries in a road accident yesterday, he said, adding that the victim’s family agreed for the donation.In the post-mortem conducted this morning, Khede’s liver was taken out and then safely preserved for transplantation, the official added. A Green Corridor is a special travel route without red lights to ensure the transportation in minimal time with traffic signals being on manual mode.

Beef ban in J&K: SC to hear plea against conflicting HC orders on Monday

New Delhi: Supreme Court on Wednesday decided to hear a plea by Jammu and Kashmir government against two “conflicting” orders of the High Court pertaining to the slaughter of bovine animals and enforcement of a bar on beef sale in the state on Monday, claiming the orders were being “misused” to disturb peace and communal harmony.

While the Jammu bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had ordered enforcement of the bar on the sale of beef in the state under the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC), the Srinagar bench has agreed to hear a separate plea seeking scrapping of the provision that bars slaughter of bovine animals.

Supreme Court of India. Reuters

Supreme Court of India. Reuters

Highlighting the inconsistency in the two orders, senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, appearing for the state government, mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu and sought an urgent hearing.

“List it on Monday,” the bench, which also comprised Justice Arun Mishra, said.

“Vide impugned orders of Jammu & Srinagar Benches of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court… have passed two mutually conflicting orders which have grave ramifications for the law and order situation in the State of Jammu and Kashmir as the orders are being misused and interpreted in a manner so as to disturb the peaceful fabric of the State,” the state government said in its petition before the apex court.

The state said the apex court should “ensure that there is uniformity and consistency in the judicial pronouncements and there is no scope to exploit the present situation by disrupting communal harmony, amity and peace in the state and thereto alienating the people of the State from national mainstream.”

The High Court’s Jammu bench had on 8 September directed the police to enforce the provision under the RPC barring sale of beef in the state.

“Let appropriate response be filed by the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir/Jammu in terms of order dated 22.07.2015.

“The Director General of Police in the meantime is directed to ensure that appropriate directions are issued to all the SSPs/SPs, SHOs of various police districts so that there is no sale of beef anywhere in the State of J&K and strict action is taken in accordance with the law against those who indulge in it,” the Jammu bench had said.

On the other hand, the Srinagar bench, on 16 September, issued notice on a plea that had sought striking down of the RPC provision banning slaughter of bovine animals.

It was alleged in the plea before the Srinagar bench that the RPC provision was “ultra-vires” as the bar constituted an “unreasonable infringement” on the fundamental rights of citizens.

The Srinagar bench had also said that the pendency of the plea before it will not operate “as a bar” if the state wants to do away with the provision.

“…We would like to make it clear that if the State or Legislature contemplates or takes steps for scrapping or amending the provisions as are under challenge, the pendency of this writ petition shall not operate as a bar,” it had said.

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Delhi: Dy CM Sisodia stresses needed for dedicated revenue staff cadre

For better governance, Sisodia said that a specialised and dedicated cadre of revenue staff was needed.
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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday stressed the need for a dedicated cadre of revenue staff and a new revenue manual within a year’s time.For better governance, Sisodia said that a specialised and dedicated cadre of revenue staff was needed. “The government will target to bring out a new revenue manual within a year’s time,” he added.He was speaking during the inauguration of the new office of the District Magistrate (North). As desired by the Deputy CM, Komal, a 12th standard student of SKV Bakhtawarpur, did the honours of the ceremonial ribbon cutting. The minister read out the names of labourers who took part in the construction of the building.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Underscoring the need for timely resolution of issues, Sisodia handed over two complaints to the District Magistrate which were received from citizens.Applauding the speedy construction of the DM office by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), he also asked the DTTDC to construct the school buildings in record time. The function was attended among others by Chief Secretary KK Sharma, Divisional Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Revenue) A Anbarasu and AAP MLAs Ajesh Yadav, Sharad Chauhan, Pawan Kumar Sharma, Sanjeev Jha and Akhilesh Pati Tripathi.

Jhabua explosion: Angry locals protest against CM Chouhan; main accused absconding

Jhabua: Protesters on Sunday heckled Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan near the site of the massive blast that left 89 people dead as anger spilled onto the roads in Petlawad town, while the main accused who allegedly had BJP links evaded arrest for storing mining explosives.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. AFP

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. AFP

Chouhan and his Cabinet colleague Antar Singh Arya faced the wrath of slogan-shouting locals who blocked their path at the new bus stand square close to the site of the tragedy.

Gauging the public anger, the two leaders squatted on the ground after being gheraoed and gave a hearing to the protesters for more than 15 minutes before leaving for the mishap site, eyewitnesses said.

Protesters, including Congressmen, came out on the roads in large numbers shouting slogans against the state government and district administration, alleging that it had not taken appropriate steps to prevent the tragedy and demanded stern action against officials for the lapse, eyewitnesses said.

The protesters also shouted slogans demanding sacking of District Collector Aruna Gupta and also allegedly manhandled the area’s Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) AR Khan, who tried the clear the way for the Chief Minister.

Chouhan, who visited the mishap site and also went door-to-door meeting the affected families, said he will stay put in Petlawad to oversee relief work till “normalcy is restored”.

Police also carried out searches at some places to nab Rajendra Kasawa, who had stored the huge pile of explosives for mining work in a building which triggered off a series of explosions on Saturday.

The Congress demanded a CBI probe and alleged that he was was allowed to store explosives in a busy area against the rules as he was the district head of BJP’s Vyapar Mandal and accused Chouhan of “complete abuse and misuse of power”.

Asking the Chief Minister what action he has taken against the culprits, it alleged that Madhya Pradesh under his rule is turning into a “multi-killings and multi-deaths state” and cited the Vyapam scam.

State Congress chief Arun Yadav demanded that a CBI probe be ordered in the explosion. After visiting the blast site in Jhabua, Yadav alleged that Kasawa was an RSS and BJP man and that he had been booked some years back for storing explosives unlawfully in Jhabua.

During his visit to the house of one of the deceased, Chouhan announced a help of Rs 5 lakh to his family after learning that they had lost their bread-earner in Saturday’s tragedy.

Interacting with media at Petlawad, Chouhan said, “I will stay here till normalcy is restored and oversee the relief work myself. I will stay here tomorrow and day after tomorrow and after that if the situation demands and meet every family affected by the tragedy.”

He said the state government will request the MP High Court to appoint a sitting judge to probe the explosion.

“Guilty will be punished at all cost and no one is going to be spared,” he assured.

He also said that the financial help of Rs 2 lakh announced for each family will be reviewed and might be enhanced. Apart from Rs 50,000, free treatment will be provided to the injured, he said.

Saturday, he said, turned out to be the “saddest day of his life” and pledged to firmly stand by the families of the victims in their hour of grief.

The state government has launched a drive to ensure that the explosives for mining works are not stored in public areas, the Chief Minister said.

Meanwhile, police have launched a manhunt to arrest Kasawa.

“We have booked Kasawa under IPC section 304 (man slaughter or punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and section 3 (punishment for causing explosion likely to endanger life and property and section 4 (punishment for attempt to cause explosion, or for making or keeping explosive with intent to endanger life and property) of Explosive Substances Act yesterday,” Petlawad Sub-Divisional Officer of Police AR Khan told PTI.

Police have carried out searches at some places to arrest Kasawa, he said.

After the explosion on Saturday, Kasawa and his family members fled from their residence. Police have sealed his place where the explosive material was stored.

At least 89 people were killed and nearly 100 injured after a massive blast caused by mining explosives stored in a building ripped through a crowded area in Petlawad town.

The blast completely destroyed at least two buildings – one in which explosive material for digging wells was stored and an adjacent restaurant, and damaging several houses.

The explosion took place in the building of Kasawa who had a licence to use explosive material for digging wells. He stored the explosive material, including gelatin sticks in huge quantity, in the residential building having two shops in it and situated close to the busy Sethia Restaurant in new bus stand area, a police official said.

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Jhabua blast: Angry locals protest against CM Chouhan; main accused absconding

Jhabua: Protesters on Sunday heckled Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan near the site of the massive blast that left 89 people dead as anger spilled onto the roads in Petlawad town, while the main accused who allegedly had BJP links evaded arrest for storing mining explosives.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. AFP

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. AFP

Chouhan and his Cabinet colleague Antar Singh Arya faced the wrath of slogan-shouting locals who blocked their path at the new bus stand square close to the site of the tragedy.

Gauging the public anger, the two leaders squatted on the ground after being gheraoed and gave a hearing to the protesters for more than 15 minutes before leaving for the mishap site, eyewitnesses said.

Protesters, including Congressmen, came out on the roads in large numbers shouting slogans against the state government and district administration, alleging that it had not taken appropriate steps to prevent the tragedy and demanded stern action against officials for the lapse, eyewitnesses said.

The protesters also shouted slogans demanding sacking of District Collector Aruna Gupta and also allegedly manhandled the area’s Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) AR Khan, who tried the clear the way for the Chief Minister.

Chouhan, who visited the mishap site and also went door-to-door meeting the affected families, said he will stay put in Petlawad to oversee relief work till “normalcy is restored”.

Police also carried out searches at some places to nab Rajendra Kasawa, who had stored the huge pile of explosives for mining work in a building which triggered off a series of explosions on Saturday.

The Congress demanded a CBI probe and alleged that he was was allowed to store explosives in a busy area against the rules as he was the district head of BJP’s Vyapar Mandal and accused Chouhan of “complete abuse and misuse of power”.

Asking the Chief Minister what action he has taken against the culprits, it alleged that Madhya Pradesh under his rule is turning into a “multi-killings and multi-deaths state” and cited the Vyapam scam.

State Congress chief Arun Yadav demanded that a CBI probe be ordered in the explosion. After visiting the blast site in Jhabua, Yadav alleged that Kasawa was an RSS and BJP man and that he had been booked some years back for storing explosives unlawfully in Jhabua.

During his visit to the house of one of the deceased, Chouhan announced a help of Rs 5 lakh to his family after learning that they had lost their bread-earner in Saturday’s tragedy.

Interacting with media at Petlawad, Chouhan said, “I will stay here till normalcy is restored and oversee the relief work myself. I will stay here tomorrow and day after tomorrow and after that if the situation demands and meet every family affected by the tragedy.”

He said the state government will request the MP High Court to appoint a sitting judge to probe the explosion.

“Guilty will be punished at all cost and no one is going to be spared,” he assured.

He also said that the financial help of Rs 2 lakh announced for each family will be reviewed and might be enhanced. Apart from Rs 50,000, free treatment will be provided to the injured, he said.

Saturday, he said, turned out to be the “saddest day of his life” and pledged to firmly stand by the families of the victims in their hour of grief.

The state government has launched a drive to ensure that the explosives for mining works are not stored in public areas, the Chief Minister said.

Meanwhile, police have launched a manhunt to arrest Kasawa.

“We have booked Kasawa under IPC section 304 (man slaughter or punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and section 3 (punishment for causing explosion likely to endanger life and property and section 4 (punishment for attempt to cause explosion, or for making or keeping explosive with intent to endanger life and property) of Explosive Substances Act yesterday,” Petlawad Sub-Divisional Officer of Police AR Khan told PTI.

Police have carried out searches at some places to arrest Kasawa, he said.

After the explosion on Saturday, Kasawa and his family members fled from their residence. Police have sealed his place where the explosive material was stored.

At least 89 people were killed and nearly 100 injured after a massive blast caused by mining explosives stored in a building ripped through a crowded area in Petlawad town.

The blast completely destroyed at least two buildings – one in which explosive material for digging wells was stored and an adjacent restaurant, and damaging several houses.

The explosion took place in the building of Kasawa who had a licence to use explosive material for digging wells. He stored the explosive material, including gelatin sticks in huge quantity, in the residential building having two shops in it and situated close to the busy Sethia Restaurant in new bus stand area, a police official said.

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Ahead of Bihar polls, Manjhi’s son Praveen Kumar detained; police seize Rs 4.65 lakh in cash

Jehanabad: In a major embarrassment for ex-Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi ahead of Bihar polls, his son Praveen Kumar was on Sunday detained by the police after he was allegedly found carrying Rs 4.65 lakh in cash in a car.

Praveen Manjhi. IBNLive

Praveen Manjhi. IBNLive

During routine checking of vehicles, the police intercepted a car at Gaya-Jehanabad check post near Umta village and seized Rs 4.65 lakh in cash from Manjhi’s son Praveen Kumar who was on his way to Patna from Gaya, Sub-Divisional Police Officer Md. Ashfaq Ansari said.

Kumar was detained and taken to Makdumpur police station for questioning after he failed to give a satisfactory reply about the purpose for carrying the cash, he said.

Senior police and civil officials have gone to Makdumpur police station to question Kumar, Ansari said.

Manjhi, the former chief minister, who is also the President of Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), is in New Delhi for seat-sharing talks with BJP.

The five-phase Bihar Assembly election will begin from 12 October and counting of votes will take place on 8 November.

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Jhabua blast: Shivraj Singh Chouhan, cabinet colleague heckled on their way to site

Jhabua (MP): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Cabinet colleague Antar Singh Arya were allegedly heckled on Sunday while they were en route to the site at Petlawad town where a massive blast caused by mining explosives left 89 people dead.

Chouhan and Arya were stopped at the new bus stand square close to the tragedy site by angry protesters, including Congressmen, who came out on the roads in large numbers shouting slogans against the state government and district administration, alleging that it had not taken appropriate steps to prevent the tragedy, eyewitnesses said.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan. AFPShivraj Singh Chouhan. AFP

Shivraj Singh Chouhan. AFP

The locals said the huge pile of explosives should not have been stored in a building at a public place, according to the law.

They demanded stern action against the concerned officials for the lapse.

The protesters also shouted slogans demanding the sacking of District Collector Aruna Gupta and also allegedly manhandled the area’s Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) AR Khan, who tried the clear the way for the Chief Minister.

Gauging the public anger, Chouhan and Arya squatted on the ground after being gheraoed and gave a patient hearing to the protesters for more than 15 minutes before leaving for the mishap site, the eyewitnesses said.

Earlier, Chouhan and Arya, who is the district guardian minister, visited the injured persons at the Petlawad community health centre.

At least 89 people were killed and nearly 100 injured yesterday after a massive blast caused by mining explosives stored in a building ripped through a crowded area in Petlawad town here.

The blast completely destroyed at least two buildings — one in which explosive material for digging wells was stored and an adjacent restaurant, and damaging several houses, officials said.

The CM had yesterday ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident and also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured.

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Two foreign tourists killed after two coaches of train derail near Kalka

Chandigarh: Two persons are feared dead and at least five others injured after a narrow gauge train
derailed near Kalka this afternoon, a senior railway official said.

News channels said that the two deceased persons were foreign nationals.

“The accident occurred when the train was about 3.5km away from Kalka. The accident site falls in  Himachal Pradesh.

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“Preliminary reports received from the site said that two persons have died in the accident while at least five others are injured,” Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railways, Ambala, Dinesh Kumar, told PTI over the phone.

He said that the chartered train, with four bogies, had been hired by tourists. It met with the accident on the Kalka-Shimla rail tracks.

“The special train was booked through an agent,” he said.

Kumar said the cause of the accident was not immediately clear and an inquiry had been ordered into the incident.

“One full coach derailed while another derailed partially. A railway team has already reached the site. Immediate relief was provided to the injured and arrangements were made to shift them to a nearby hospital. The railways also provided ambulances and other necessary assistance,” he said.

The Kalka–Shimla Railway is a narrow gauge service which mainly covers the mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla.

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Gas cylinder explodes in restaurant in Jhabua killing 20

Jhabua (MP): At least 20 people were feared dead and as many injured when a cooking gas cylinder exploded today at a restaurant in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh, police said.

The blast took place around 8.30 AM in a building housing the restaurant situated in Petlawad town, about 60 kms from the district headquarters, A R Khan, the Sub Divisional Officer of Police at Petlawad, told PTI.

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“Nearly 15-20 people are feared dead in the mishap and as many were injured,” he said.

Many others are suspected to be trapped in the debris, he said, adding that the exact number of casualties will be known once the debris is cleared.

The gas cylinder explosion has caused damage to a number of adjacent buildings, he said.

Senior officials from Jhabua have rushed to the spot. State Tribal Welfare Minister Antar Singh Arya is also expected to reach the site soon.

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Jammu and Kashmir High Court bans beef, but meat still available in state

Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday joined a long list of states that have outlawed the sale of beef.

The ban was imposed by the Jammu and Kashmir High court in response to a Public Interest Litigation against cow slaughter, reported UNI.

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The petition had sought a ban on the slaughter and sale of beef in the state, reported CNN-IBN.

The court reportedly observed that the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir hadn’t filed an appropriate response regarding the smuggling and slaughtering of bovine animals and the sale of the meat.

A Catch News report said that the PIL had said that the practice of slaughter of bovine animals was in violation of law but was allowed to continue unabated. It also reportedly alleged the connivance of authorities in this activity.

The bench also directed the Director General of Police to ensure directions were issued to all police officials to ensure there was no sale of beef across the state.

CNN-IBN‘s Mufti Islah said that though the order had been passed by the Jammu division bench the shops in the Kashmir valley that are selling beef are still operational for now. He also pointed out that the imposition of the ban was a problem for the PDP-BJP government since the PDP had never been against the sale of beef in the state.

Jammu and Kashmir govt reviews progress on 4-laning of National Highway

The officials worked out on strategies to remove bottlenecks hampering smooth execution of these prestigious ventures.

The minister stressed upon the authorities to ensure timely compensation to the people who have been affected due to the said project, the official said (Representational Image)

The Jammu and Kashmir government is working on the strategies to remove “bottlenecks” which have been hampering the smooth execution of the four-laning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. The minister for Revenue, Javaid Mustafa Mir, directed Deputy Commissioners Jammu and Udhampur to take immediate steps for the “removal of bottlenecks” hindering widening of National Highway to ensure speedy execution and completion of the project, an official spokesman said. “Mir yesterday convened a high-level meeting of officers to review the progress on four-laning of National Highway from Srinagar to Jammu and worked out on strategies to remove bottlenecks hampering smooth execution of these prestigious ventures,” the official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said that Divisional Commissioner of Jammu, Deputy Commissioner of Jammu, Deputy Commissioner of Udhampur and Project Director of NH1A besides other senior officers of Revenue and departments concerned attended the meeting. The minister stressed upon the authorities to ensure timely compensation to the people who have been affected due to the said project, the official said.

Ceasefire violations: PDP calls for immediate Indo-Pak DGMOs meeting

Leaders from both sides to rise to the level of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s statesmanship to resolve all issues cordially,” Mufti said.

There should be an immediate meeting of the DGMOs of the two countries to sort out the issue amicably: Mufti

Ruling Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti called for an immediate meeting of the DGMOs of India and Pakistan to sort out the issue of ceasefire violations amicably so that innocent lives are safeguarded. “I appeal for ending the bloodshed of innocent people residing near the borders. There should be an immediate meeting of the DGMOs of the two countries to sort out the issue amicably so that lives of innocent civilians, including women and children who are under virtual siege from the past several months, are safeguarded,” Mehbooba, an MP from south Kashmir, said in a statement here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Condoling the death of three civilians in continued shelling from across the border, Mehbooba said the border skirmishes have brought untold miseries upon the people, in particular those residing near the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC). Terming as unfortunate the cancellation of NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan, Mehbooba said the meeting was supposed to discuss critical issues like cross-border shelling and terrorism. “The need of the hour is for leaders from both sides to rise to the level of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s statesmanship to resolve all issues cordially,” she said. The PDP President conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls. She also asked the Divisional Administration to provide advance medical treatment to those who have been injured in the shelling.

8 killed, 10 injured after boulders hit Manikaran Sahib Gurdwara in Himachal due to landslide

Manikaran: Eight persons were killed and ten others injured when a building adjoining the historic Manikaran Sahib Gurdwara caved in due to a massive landslide on Tuesday afternoon.

The landslide in Himachal Pradesh has killed 7 people till now. IBNLive

The landslide in Himachal Pradesh has killed 8 people till now. IBNLive

The Gurdwara is an important place of worship for the Sikhs because it is believed that once, Guru Nanak came to the place with his disciple Bhai Mardana, according to Deccan Herald.

Kullu Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kanwar confirmed that eight bodies which were buried under huge boulders have been extricated while search is on for more.

Eyewitnesses claimed that the dead could be more than ten in number as a large number of people had taken shelter in the building, close to the Gurdwara, when the tragedy struck.

The exact number of dead or injured could not be ascertained as some bodies are feared to be buried under the debris.

The district administration has sought the assistance of Gurdwara authorities in locating and identifying the bodies as most people staying in the building were outsiders.

People ran helter-skelter as boulders fell on the building and many were trapped as a huge portion of the three-storey building virtually collapsed.

The locals and Gurdwara management immediately swung into action and started rescue operations while Additional District Magistrate, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Kullu and other district officials rushed to the spot.

Those injured have been admitted to zonal hospital at Kullu and condition of seven of them is stated to be serious.

(With inputs from PTI)

Golf course boundary wall obstructs elephant movement

The alleged illegality of the boundary wall and the death of a male elephant calf has been well documented by the Golaghat forest division in May this year.

A boundary wall erected for a golf course in the No-Development Zone (NDZ) of the Kaziranga National Park, Assam, that resulted in the death of a male elephant calf and which also obstructs movement of elephant herds has drawn the ire of National Green Tribunal. In an on-going matter regarding illegal activities of stone crushing and brick kilns carried out in the park’s NDZ, the petitioner pointed out these alarming developments.During a hearing on August 5, the petitioner alleged that the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL) has illegally built a two-km long boundary wall for a golf course around their township and that this wall has not only obstructed elephant movement, but also resulted in the death of an elephant calf in May.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The petitioner produced photographs of an elephant herd bumping against the said boundary wall. In its order, the NGT’s principal bench chaired by justice Swatanter Kumar said, “The photographs have been placed on record to show that Golf Course has been made right in the midst of the Kaziranga National Park and the animal corridor in Kaziranga National Park are being interfered. That will not only disturb the animals but even effect the environment and ecology of that area.”The bench added, “In the meanwhile, we direct that no excavation work or felling of trees would be carried out in the No Development Zone in the Kaziranga National Park.” On the request of the petitioner, the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. has now been made a respondent in the matter.The alleged illegality of the boundary wall and the death of a male elephant calf has been well documented by the Golaghat forest division in May this year. The letter of the Assistant Conservator of Forests, to the Divisional Forest Officer said, “The NRL has felled trees that formed part of a dense forest, measuring 5 hectares north of their township and excavated the land for construction of a golf course which is within the No Development Zone. This land is adjacent to the Proposed Deopahar Reserve Forest, and will cause extensive damage to the biodiversity of the land.”In its examination of the elephant calf’s death, the forest division had this to say, “On spot verification it was observed that the elephant calf died due to severe haemorrhage owing to violent thrust. It appears since the corridor was blocked by Numaligarh Refinery Limited Township wall, the elephant diverted to hill terrain and fell down and hit some hard object.” The said wall, it added is clearly causing congestion, and is fragmenting forest habitat; the end result being blockage of the crucial path for elephant movement.Along with the closure of brick kilns and stone crushing units, the petitioner has requested the NGT to direct the refinery to compensate for destruction of the forest land in the NDZ and restore it to the original condition. Green reserve ·The Kaziranga National Park is the largest habitat of the vulnerable one-horned rhinoceros. ·Currently, it does not have a notified eco-sensitive zone that will regulate activity and accord protection to the adjacent areas ·But, in 1996, a No-Development Zone was demarcated to regulate activities around the Numaligarh refinery ·The Karbi-Anglong Elephant Reserve is adjoining to the Kaziranga national park

Hundreds of dead fish surface in Ganga river, probe ordered

Hundreds of dead fish were found floating in the Ganga river at Shukhra area on Sunday, promoting district authorities to launch a probe.

Ganga River.

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Hundreds of dead fish were found floating in the Ganga river at Shukhra area on Sunday, promoting district authorities to launch a probe.The fish were suspected to have died due to discharge from industries, government officials said here.Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Umesh Mishra told reporters that the sample of the Ganga river water was collected and will be sent for test.Meanwhile, some social and religious activists staged ‘dharna’ and demanded action. They also gave a memorandum to the SDM.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Watch CCTV footage of Churchgate accident | Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu orders probe

“Ordered enquiry into freak accident at Churchgate. All lapses of any kind… responsibility will be fixed, action will be taken,” he tweeted.

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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday ordered a probe into the freak accident at Churchgate Station here wherein a local train crashed into the dead end, injuring five passengers and disrupting suburban services on the Western Railway line.”Ordered enquiry into freak accident at Churchgate. All lapses of any kind… responsibility will be fixed, action will be taken,” he tweeted.Following the incident, Western Railway (WR) had launched an inquiry and suspended motorman L S Tiwari, guard Ajay Gohil and loco inspector M G Verma of the locomotive yesterday.On Sunday, a fast train coming from Bhayander rammed into the dead end on Platform number 3 of the Churchgate station at around 11.25 am, with the motorman unable to stop the local. The incident also disrupted suburban train services on the Western line.The reason for the motorman not being able to halt the train was yet to be ascertained.The impact of the train’s collision with the platform’s dead end was so huge that the wheels of the first coach got hanged into the air, ripping apart all the technical equipment in its lower part and also the overhead wire.Also read: Mumbai local overshot speed limit by just 5 kmph before all went awryAccording to Shailendra Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Mumbai Division the reason for the motorman not being able to halt the train in time is yet to be ascertained.

Punjab CM Badal assures help to those stranded in Uttarakhand due to heavy rain

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday assured immediate help to those affected by heavy rains in Uttarakhand as the state government dispatched a rescue team to oversee evacuation of pilgrims stranded at Hemkunt Sahib.

As per the orders issued by Punjab Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Arunjit Singh Miglani has been asked to head the team to oversee the evacuation of stranded pilgrims, an official spokesperson said.

Miglani would obtain security personnel from ADGP (Security), a medical team from Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare and required number of buses from Principal Secretary Transport, he said.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. AFPPunjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. AFP

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. AFP

He has been directed to station himself at Joshimath in Chamoli district, liaise with Uttarakhand government and report the progress of evacuation to Punjab Civil Control Room daily, the spokesperson said.

Sub Divisional Magistrate, SAS Nagar (Mohali) Lakhmir Singh has also been asked to accompany him, the spokesperson said.

Terming the situation in Uttarakhand as a national tragedy, Badal assured full and immediate help to all those affected regardless of their respective states or their destination of pilgrimage, an official spokesperson said.

Several residents of Punjab who had gone on a pilgrimage to Sri Hemkunt Sahib in Uttarakhand are stranded due to heavy rains and reported damage of bridges and roads.

Stating the main objective of Punjab government was to expedite the rescue operation so that all the pilgrims stuck at Gobind Dham and other nearby places are evacuated, Badal hoped that all those stranded would soon be brought back home safe and sound.

He prayed to the Almighty for safety of all people stranded in Uttarakhand.

PTI

Five injured as local train crashes into dead end at Churchgate station in Mumbai

Mumbai: A local train on Sunday crashed into the dead end at the Churchgate station in Mumbai, injuring five passengers and disrupting the suburban train services on the Western Railway line.

Following the incident, the Western Railway (WR) has launched an inquiry and suspended the motorman of the local, its guard and loco inspector.

Local train derailed at Churchgate station. PTI

Local train derailed at Churchgate station. PTI

The speeding train, coming from Bhayander, rammed into the dead end on platform number 3 of Churchgate station at about 11.20 AM, as the motorman failed to stop the train in time. As a result, its first coach jumped onto the south-end concourse of the platform. Due to the impact, the wheels of the first coach were seen hanging in the air, ripping apart all the technical equipment in its lower part and also the overhead wire on upper side.

“Five passengers suffered injuries in the incident. While three of them were given first aid by the Churchgate station staff, two others, including a woman, were referred to GT Hospital for further treatment. They were later discharged,” Western Railway said in a statement.

“We have launched an inquiry into the incident and the motorman of the locomotive L S Tiwari, guard Ajay Gohil and loco inspector M G Verma have been suspended in this connection,” Shailendra Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Mumbai Division, said.

Another senior official said, “Had the hydraulic buffer positioned in the front part of the local not been there, the impact could have been disastrous as the train was speeding.”

Kumar said the reason for the motorman not being able to halt the train in time is yet to be ascertained.

“In order to check whether Tiwari was drunk, a breath analyser test was conducted, which proved negative. However, for further assurance, his blood sample has been collected,” the DRM said.

He said the mangled coach has been removed from the track and work to restore the services has been launched as no trains could be operated from platform number 3.

“The WR team is working on war footing to restore the services before Monday morning so that commuters do not face further problem due to this incident. We hope to get it restored completely by tonight,” Kumar said.

Western Railway chief PRO Sharat Chandrayan said it would be premature to speak about the cause of the accident. “The exact reason can be ascertained only after proper investigation,” he said.

PTI

Punjab CM Badal assures help to those stranded due to heavy rain in Uttarakhand

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today assured immediate help to those affected by heavy rains in Uttarakhand as the state government dispatched a rescue team to oversee evacuation of pilgrims stranded at Hemkunt Sahib.

As per the orders issued by Punjab Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal, Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Arunjit Singh Miglani has been asked to head the team to oversee the evacuation of stranded pilgrims, an official spokesperson said.

Miglani would obtain security personnel from ADGP (Security), a medical team from Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare and required number of buses from Principal Secretary Transport, he said.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. AFPPunjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. AFP

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. AFP

He has been directed to station himself at Joshimath in Chamoli district, liaise with Uttarakhand government and report the progress of evacuation to Punjab Civil Control Room daily, the spokesperson said.

Sub Divisional Magistrate, SAS Nagar (Mohali) Lakhmir Singh has also been asked to accompany him, the spokesperson said.

Terming the situation in Uttarakhand as a national tragedy, Badal assured full and immediate help to all those affected regardless of their respective states or their destination of pilgrimage, an official spokesperson said.

Several residents of Punjab who had gone on a pilgrimage to Sri Hemkunt Sahib in Uttarakhand are stranded due to heavy rains and reported damage of bridges and roads.

Stating the main objective of Punjab government was to expedite the rescue operation so that all the pilgrims stuck at Gobind Dham and other nearby places are evacuated, Badal hoped that all those stranded would soon be brought back home safe and sound.

He prayed to the Almighty for safety of all people stranded in Uttarakhand.

PTI

Maharashtra government to conduct survey of cooperative societies

The survey is being conducted as per the directives of Cooperatives Commissioner and Registrar, Cooperative Societies Chandrakant Dalvi, the senior official said.

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Maharashtra government will conduct a survey of cooperative societies in the state, to zero in on societies which exist ‘only on paper’.”The survey will be conducted from July 1 to September 30,” Divisional Joint Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Mumbai Vikas Rasal said on Friday.The survey is being conducted as per the directives of Cooperatives Commissioner and Registrar, Cooperative Societies Chandrakant Dalvi, the senior official said.Officers and staff of the department will make spot visits to the societies and check if it is functioning properly or exists only on paper, Rasal said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This will help the government cancel the registration of defunct societies,” he said.”We have prepared a sample form for collecting information from office-bearers of cooperative societies. In case they are unable to meet the visiting staff, they should ensure that the information reaches the department in the stipulated format by September 30,” Rasal said.

Maharashtra Board SSC Result 2015: Mahresult.nic.in & mahahsscboard.maharashtra.gov.in SSC Class 10th Exam Results 2015 to be announced tomorrow…

The MSBSHSE SSC 10th X Class Exam Results 2015 were earlier believed to be out on June 6, Saturday.

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) will be out on Monday, June 8. The results will be published on the board’s ofiicial website at 1 pm. The date of the result declaration was announced following much speculation. The board announced it at a press conference held at Pune.The MSBSHSE SSC 10th X Class Exam Results 2015 were earlier believed to be out on June 6, Saturday.Nearly 17 lakh class 10 students who wrote the SSC exams in March 2015 will able to check their scores via the the board’s official website. They will have enter their roll numbers and date of birth to access the results page. The marksheets will provided in their school on June 15 from 3 pm onwards. The applications for rechecking of marks will be allowed till June 26.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education, is an autonomous body established under the provisions of the Maharashtra Act No. 41 of 1965. The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education, conducts the HSC and SSC Examinations in the state of Maharashtra through its nine Divisional Boards located at Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nasik, Kolhapur, Amravati, Latur, Nagpur and Ratnagiri.The official website of the board – mahresult.nic.in and mahahsscboard.maharashtra.gov.in.

Normalcy returning to protest-hit Jammu, army withdrawn

Earlier, army was deployed in various parts of the city as the sikh youth killed in clashes with police was cremated after the state government accepted most of the demands of the agitating community, including magisterial probe and transfer of district police chief.

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The situation is returning back to normal in Jammu after four days of violent protests over removal of posters of Khalistani militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in which one youth was killed.The army which was deployed in various parts of the tense Jammu this morning has been called off. “Army has been called off from Jammu city by Authorities around 7.30 PM today. We have called off the operation Jan Shanti in the city to restore normalcy and peace”, PRO Defence Lt Col Manish Mehta told PTI. By and large situation is returning back to normal in the city after violence for few days, he said adding no untoward incident was reported today.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, army was deployed in various parts of the city as the sikh youth killed in clashes with police was cremated after the state government accepted most of the demands of the agitating community, including magisterial probe and transfer of district police chief. Army carried out a ‘Flag March’ in the disturbed areas of Jammu, including Miran Sahib, Satwari, Digiana, RS Pura, Talab Tillo, Bakshi Nagar and Rehari this morning as security was stepped up in view of the 31st death anniversary of Khalistani militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.Quick reactions teams (QRTs) of Army were also deployed in view of the prevailing tension arising out of four-day protest by sikh community members over removal of Bhindranwale’s posters which had come up in some localities. Meanwhile, the sikh youth killed during clashes with police on Thursday was cremated today after the state government accepted most of the demands of the agitating community.The government ordered magisterial probe into firing incident and violence. It would be conducted by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Pawan Kotwal. Accepting another demand, the government ordered transfer of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu Uttam Chand, suspension of Satwari’s Station House Officer (SHO) Kulbir Singh and payment of ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and a government job to the next kin of the slain sikh youth Jagjit Singh.A case under murder charges was also registered against SSP’s PSO. “An FIR under section 302 RPC (murder) has been lodged (in Police Station Satwari) against the PSO of SSP Uttam Chand for firing (during violent protests in which one youth was killed Gadigarh area of city yesterday)”, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu Simrandeep Singh said. The PSO of the SSP had opened fire in “self-defence” during an attack by angry protesters at Gadigarh in Satwari belt of Jammu city, police has said.”Police has fired in self-defence in which there was one causality. The entire incident would be looked into and action would to taken against those involved in it,” Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh had said. He said there was peaceful environment in Jammu and such a situation is being created by “some people”.The government posted Ashkoor Wani as DIG Jammu, gave charge of SSP Jammu to Additional SP Rajiv Panday and posted Manjeet Singh as new Station House Officer (SHO) Satwari Police Station. “The four-hour-long talks late in the night with the administration were successful since all the demands of the community were met,” Sikh leader Tarlochan Singh Wazir told reporters here.The government side was represented by state Home Secretary R K Goyal, Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar, Jammu Divisional Commissioner Pawan Kotwal and other senior civil and police officials. “The cremation has taken place peacefully at Chohala hamlet in RS Pura tehsil this afternoon. There were no protests,” a police officer said today.Streets of Jammu wore a deserted look and business establishments remained closed for third consecutive day today. Educational institutions in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajauri and Poonch districts also remained shut for the second consecutive day.The mobile and internet services were also suspended in Jammu for the second day. Apart from the Army, police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength in sensitive areas. Authorities had clamped Section 144 of CrPC, which bars gathering of more than four persons at a place, in the entire Jammu district two days back.

Mahresults.nic.in SSC Results 2015 Maharashtra Board: MSBSHSE SSC 10th X Class Exam Results 2015 to be declared on June 8

The marksheets will available at school on June 15 from 3 pm onwards.

After much speculation over the announcement of the SSC Maharashtra Board Results 2015 for Class 10, the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) said that the results will be declared on Monday, June 8. The results will be declared at 1 pm.The Board held a press conference in Pune where they made the announcement. The MSBSHSE SSC 10th X Class Exam Results 2015 were expected to come earlier with several reports suggesting that the results would be announced on June 6, Saturday.Around 17 lakh students will be able to check their exam results on the board’s official website by entering their board exam roll numbers and date of birth. The SSC exams for the standard 10 were conducted in March, 2015. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The marksheets will available at school on June 15 from 3 pm onwards.The Board says that applications for rechecking of marks will be allowed till June 26 .The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education, is an autonomous body established under the provisions of the Maharashtra Act No. 41 of 1965. The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education, conducts the HSC and SSC Examinations in the state of Maharashtra through its nine Divisional Boards located at Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nasik, Kolhapur, Amravati, Latur, Nagpur and Ratnagiri.The result will be declared on official website of the board – mahresult.nic.in and mahahsscboard.maharashtra.gov.in.

State government accepts Sikh community’s demands; SSP transferred, SHO suspended

The government posted Ashkoor Wani as DIG Jammu, gave charge of SSP Jammu to Additional SP Rajiv Panday and posted Manjeet Singh as new Station House Officer (SHO) Satwari Police Station.

Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Mangement Committee (DSGMC) members protest at Jammu and Kashmir House in New Delhi on Friday against the killing of a Sikh youth in a clash with the police in Jammu.

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Army was today deployed in various parts of the tense Jammu as the sikh youth killed in clashes with police was cremated after the state government accepted most of the demands of the agitating community, including magisterial probe and transfer of district police chief.The government posted Ashkoor Wani as DIG Jammu, gave charge of SSP Jammu to Additional SP Rajiv Panday and posted Manjeet Singh as new Station House Officer (SHO) Satwari Police Station. “The four-hour-long talks late in the night with the administration were successful since all the demands of the community were met,” Sikh leader Tarlochan Singh Wazir told reporters here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government side was represented by state Home Secretary R K Goyal, Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar, Jammu Divisional Commissioner Pawan Kotwal and other senior civil and police officials. “The cremation has taken place peacefully at Chohala hamlet in RS Pura tehsil this afternoon. There were no protests,” a police officer said today.Army carried out a ‘Flag March’ in the disturbed areas of Jammu, including Miran Sahib, Satwari, Digiana, RS Pura, Talab Tillo, Bakshi Nagar and Rehari this morning as security was stepped up in view of the 31st death anniversary of Khalistani militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.Quick reactions teams (QRTs) of police were also deployed in view of the prevailing tension arising out of four-day protest by sikh community members over removal of Bhindranwale’s posters which had come up in some localities.”The situation in Jammu is peaceful but tense. There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere today. Elaborate security measures have been taken in view of the sensitive situation,” a senior police officer said.Defence PRO Lt Col Manish Mehta said two columns of Army were deployed in the city after requisition from the civil administration.One column moved onto the streets and roads of Miran Sahib to conduct a ‘Flag March’ to caution rioters and violent protesters, he said, adding that soon after, one more column of troops was sent to control the situation in RS Pura.”Situation is tense, however, under control,” Mehta said.The government ordered magisterial probe into firing incident and violence. It would be conducted by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Pawan Kotwal.Accepting another demand, the government ordered transfer of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu Uttam Chand, suspension of Satwari’s Station House Officer (SHO) Kulbir Singh and payment of ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and a government job to the next kin of the slain sikh youth Jagjit Singh.A case under murder charges was also registered against SSP’s PSO. “An FIR under section 302 RPC (murder) has been lodged (in Police Station Satwari) against the PSO of SSP Uttam Chand for firing (during violent protests in which one youth was killed Gadigarh area of city yesterday)”, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu Simrandeep Singh said.The PSO of the SSP had opened fire in “self-defence” during an attack by angry protesters at Gadigarh in Satwari belt of Jammu city, police has said.”Police has fired in self-defence in which there was one causality. The entire incident would be looked into and action would to taken against those involved in it,” Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh had said. He said there was peaceful environment in Jammu and such a situation is being created by “some people”.Streets of Jammu wore a deserted look and business establishments remained closed for third consecutive day today. Educational institutions in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajauri and Poonch districts also remained shut for the second consecutive day. The mobile and internet services were also suspended in Jammu for the second day. Apart from the Army, police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in strength in sensitive areas.Authorities had clamped Section 144 of CrPC, which bars gathering of more than four persons at a place, in the entire Jammu district two days back and curfew like situation prevailed in violence-hit areas of Satwari-Ranibagh-Gadigarh-R S Pura belt and elsewhere.

Maharashtra SSC exam result likely to be announced on June 6

The results will be declared on official website mahresult.nic.in.

MSBSHSE SSC Results 2015

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) may announce the result of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) on June 6. The result will be declared on official website of the board – mahresult.nic.in.The board has also asked students and parents not to believe any rumours and messages regarding exam date, that are being circulated on WhatsApp.Quoting Kolhapur divisional board secretary Sharad Gosavi, a leading daily reported that the state board might officially convey the date in the next few days.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gosavi also said that the HSC mark sheets will be distributed on June 4 at respective junior colleges, therefore, SSC result is likely to be declared between June 5 and 8. Maharashtra Board had on 27 May announced the HSC (class 12 board exam) 2015 results on their official website – mahresult.nic.in.​The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education, Pune 411004 is an Autonomous Body established under the provisions of the Maharashtra Act No. 41 of 1965. The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education, conducts the HSC and SSC Examinations in the state of Maharashtra through its nine Divisional Boards located at Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nasik, Kolhapur, Amravati, Latur, Nagpur and Ratnagiri.

Two IED bombs recovered ahead of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit

The Home Minister will arrive at Raipur this afternoon on two-day tour of the state where he is expected take part in a number of programmes in the capital and Bastar division.

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Ahead of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Chhaittisgarh on Saturday, security forces have recovered two powerful tiffin bombs from Naxal-hit Sukma district’s Dornapal region.”The explosives, planted by Naxals, were recovered by a joint team of security personnel near Misma village on Sukma-Dornapal route under Dornapal Police Station limits on Friday,” Sukma Sub-Divisional Officer of Police, Prafulla Kispotta, said.The joint party of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and district force was patrolling Sukma-Dornpal route when they found two tiffins containing Improvised Explosive Device (IED), weighing 10 kg each, placed beneath the ground near Misma, located nearly 450 kms away from here, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The IEDs were immediately destroyed by the bomb disposal squad at the spot, the SDOP said.The Home Minister will arrive at Raipur on Saturday afternoon on two-day tour of the state where he is expected take part in a number of programmes in the capital and Bastar division.Singh will inaugurate the new police headquarters building at Naya Raipur on Saturday, following which he will convene a unified command meeting to chalk out strategies to deal with Maoist menace.On Sunday, he will visit Bastar for inauguration of a newly built fortified police station at Dornapal in Sukma, beside visiting a CRPF camp in the region.Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in Bastar where thousands of security personnel, including CRPF, STF (special task force) and CAF (Chhattisgarh Armed force) have been deployed.Also, patrolling has been intensified in the interior forest pockets and inter-state borders to check suspicious movements, a police official said.

Faridabad communal clash: Community members scared to leave police station after Monday violence

Faridabad: Nearly 100 members of a community have taken shelter in a police station after fleeing Monday night violence over construction of a religious structure in Atali village in Faridabad and were refusing to return to their homes despite the police assuring them of security.

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Representational Image. AP

At least five persons were injured and around 15 houses gutted in the clash between the two communities that has triggered tension in the area on the outskirts of Delhi.

According to SHO in-charge Preetpal, the fear-stricken people were allowed to stay at the station following the violence. Though police has assured them that it will provide them adequate security, these people have refused to return to their homes.

Members of the Minority Commission reached on Wednesday and were trying to convince the people to return, police said.

The trouble began on Monday when the roof of the religious structure was being laid. A group of people from the other community turned violent and started pelting stones. The other side too retaliated.

The group poured kerosene on the houses of those belonging to the community and set them afire.

Section 144 was imposed in the village after the incident, police had said, adding, twenty people had been booked under various sections of the IPC and Arms Act.

The SHO of Police Station Chainsa was suspended after the incident.

Police force from six nearby districts was called to control the situation, an official said, adding that flag march was also conducted by the police.

Haryana Commissioner of Police Subhash Yadav, Sub Divisional Magistrate Priyanka Soni, DCP Bhupinder Singh, and other senior police and administration officials visited the village to review the situation, an official said.

Local MLA Moolchand Sharma said a meeting was organised in the SDM’s office today in which people from both the communities participated and the matter was resolved.

The government will compensate those affected and action will be taken against the accused, the MLA had said.

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Maharashtra Board HSC Results 2015: Official website mahresult.nic.in crashes

Over 14 lakh students appeared for the HSC exams this year.

Minutes after the Maharashtra State Education Board results for class XII were announced, the board’s official website that published results link seemed to have crashed.Over 14 lakh students had taken the March 2015 exams and the website was unable to handle such high volumes of traffic and eventually crashed.The students who were waiting for the results eagerly are now upset.The MSBSHSE 2015 exams were held between February 21 to March 17. For the fourth consecutive year, the Konkan Divisional Board tops the Maharashtra results as 95.68 % students from Konkan region passing the examination. Of the nine regional boards, Nashik board scored the least with 88.13 % students clearing the examinations.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around six lakh students also appear for supplementary examinations for SSC and HSC every year. The Maharashtra Board conducts exams within the state through nine divisional boards at Pune, Mumbai, Latur, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik, Kolhapur, Amaravati and Ratnagiri. This year the examinations were conducted from February 21 to March 17.The results were being made available on http://www.mahresult.nic.in/.The students can receive their MSBSHSE HSC Results 2015 through SMS also.Type MHHSC followed by and Send SMS to the number 57766.We wish all the students best of luck for their future endeavours.

Western railway losing Rs 15 crore per day due to Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan

Mumbai: Frequent cancellation of trains on Delhi-Mumbai route due to ongoing agitation by Gujjars in Rajasthan is causing Western Railway a revenue loss to the tune of Rs 15 crore per day.

Western railway is losing Rs 15 crore per day due to Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan. AFP

Western railway is losing Rs 15 crore per day due to Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan. AFP

“The revenue collection per day is dipped by Rs 12-15 crore as around 15-20 trains, including freight trains, are getting cancelled,” an official from commercial department of WR said in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Gujjars have been blocking the rail track in Bharatpur district amid a stand-off with the government over their demand for five percent reservation.

“It would have been a bit less hard hitting had only passenger services been affected. But unfortunately, freight services have also been cancelled which has added to our concerns,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Among trains cancelled so far were August Kranti Rajdhani Express, Golden Temple Mail, Mumbai Central-New Delhi Duronto Express, Mumbai Central-Firozpur Janta Express while dozens of trains are running behind schedule or are being operated through diverted routes.

When contacted, Western Railway Chief PRO Sharat Chandrayan said various alternatives are being worked out to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

“We have explored the possibilities of running few trains such as Rajdhani Express and Paschim Express through diverted routes, which are reaching their destinations late by 8 to 10 hours,” he said.

Chandrayan said WR has launched helplines, set up special refund counters and assistance booths at major stations, including Mumbai Central and Bandra Terminus, for the convenience of passengers.

Meanwhile, representatives of railway passengers have slammed the political leadership for “failing” to break the deadlock over the Gujjar agitation.

“No government wants to displease the Gujjar community as they lack political will. I feel only court can solve this situation,” said Rajiv Singal, a Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) member.

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BSNL official sentenced 3 years imprisonment for accepting

Gaurav Bhardwaj, a contractor with BSNL, had submitted a complaint to CBI that Naresh Pal, then posted as Sub Divisional Engineer (Civil), used to demand bribe for passing the bills of the contractor.

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A special court of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at Panchkula on Wednesday sentenced a BSNL employee to 3 years rigorous imprisonment and for taking a bribe of Rs.50,000 from a contractor in the year 2008.Gaurav Bhardwaj, a contractor with BSNL, had submitted a complaint to CBI that Naresh Pal, then posted as Sub Divisional Engineer (Civil), used to demand bribe for passing the bills of the contractor.CBI, acting on the complaint, laid a trap on 15th December 2008 and arrested him while accepting the bribe of Rs.50,000, according to a press release issued by the agency.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pal was also ordered to pay a fine of Rs 30,000.CBI filed the charge sheet on 10th April 2009 and the sentence was pronounced on 22nd April 2015.

Passengers will soon get choice meals in Railways: Suresh Prabhu

Disclosing plans to link the Railways to e-pantry with an aim to provide quality food to passengers, Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu on Monday said passengers will soon be able to get the meal of their choice while travelling in trains.

Disclosing plans to link the Railways to e-pantry with an aim to provide quality food to passengers, Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu on Monday said passengers will soon be able to get the meal of their choice while travelling in trains.The meals ordered will be shipped to them by caterers who will operate through base kitchens to be set up at major stations en route, Prabhu said at a press conference in Haridwar after laying the foundation stone of a new building at Haridwar railway station, housing a booking office and a waiting room.Introduction of the system will not only help passengers get fresh and hygienic food during a train journey but will also give a boost to regional trade and business, he said, adding that former Director General of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Anil Kakodkar has been enstrusted with the task of working out modalities of the new system.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noting that Railways affects the development of the whole country, Prabhu said the Centre has devised a plan to work in tandem with the state governments for expansion of the rail infrastructure.”We are going to collaborate with the state governments to introduce the new system of catering in 29 states and 6 union territories. If private institutions also come forward to improve the condition of railway stations, they will also be welcomed. If all of us work together, Railways can open up new avenues of growth,” the Union Minister said.Disclosing his ministry’s plans to vest more powers in Railway General Managers, he said they will now be empowered to take decisions on railway tendering files. Prabhu also asked the Divisional Railway Manager to prepare a security plan for Haridwar Railway station in view of next year’s Ardhakumbh mela and forward it to the Centre for approval.

Kashmir: Avalanche warning issued in six districts after rainfall

An avalanche warning has been issued for six districts of Jammu and Kashmir owing to fresh rainfall in the state in the past 24 hours.

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An avalanche warning has been issued for six districts of Jammu and Kashmir owing to fresh rainfall in the state in the past 24 hours.
The Divisional administration Kashmir issued the warning in avalanche-prone areas of Kulgam, Pulwama, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal districts. Residents have been asked to not venture out during the period.
The state Meteorological department had earlier on Thursday said the skies would be clear throughout the day but light rainfall was expected in the evening.
<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains and a landslide in the valley have killed 17 people so far. Fifteen people were killed when a hillside collapsed onto a house in Ledhan village, about 40 km from Srinagar, before dawn on Monday.
Police said two other people died in flash floods in another part of the state.
Hundreds of people have fled their homes as Kashmir’s main rivers began to swell and weather forecasters predicted further downpours in the region that was struck by devastating floods just seven months ago.

Rhino population up in Kaziranga despite poaching

Jorhat, Assam: Rhino population in Kaziranga National Park has registered an increase of 72 even as 54 pachyderms were poached at the world heritage site since 2013.

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According to the latest rhino census that ended last week, the animal population has been estimated to be 2,401 in Kaziranga National Park (KNP) while the figure was 2,329 after the census in 2013, KNP Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) SK Seal Sarma said.

However, the number of rhinos could be about 200 more as several of them are moving out to additional areas of the KNP which are yet to be included in the census, the DFO said.

The 2015 census found 1,651 adults (663 male, 802 female, 186 unsexed), 294 sub-adults (90 male, 114 female, 90 unsexed), 251 juveniles and 205 cubs.

While sub-adult rhinos belong to the age group of 4-5 years, juveniles fall in 1-3 year bracket. The animals whose gender could not be determined belong to unsexed category.

While 1993 census found 1,164 rhinos, the number of the animals in other years are 1,152 (1999), 1,855 (2006), 2,048 (2009) and 2,290 (2012).

KNP officials said it is a good sign that rhino population increased despite the fact that 54 rhinos were poached in the KNP since 2013.

Union Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar recently said a Central protection force will be raised soon mainly to protect the world-famous animal from poachers at the KNP.

At least 75 rhinoceros have been killed by poachers across different forests in Assam since 2013.

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Flood horror returns to Jammu & Kashmir; 44 structured houses damaged

Over 200 people died in Jammu and Kashmir in the floods that wreaked havoc in the state after incessant rains in September 2014, leaving thousands homeless.

A file photo from the floods in Jammu and Kashmir in September 2014.

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At least 44 structures including 18 residential houses were damaged due to landslides caused by heavy rainfall in Kashmir over the past 24 hours, police said on Sunday.A landslide caused by the rain in Chontinar village of central Kashmir Budgam district destroyed eight residential houses and 10 cowsheds last evening. At least 26 residential houses were partially damaged by the landslide but there were no reports of loss of life, they said.The incident has created panic among people about possibility of fresh floods in the valley, police said, adding that the residents of the area were evacuated to safety before the landslide struck. The rainfall has also forced closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway due to landslides at some places, an official of the Traffic Department said. He said the road was closed yesterday for repairs but fresh downpour has resulted in the arterial road remaining close for the second day.Kashmir valley has been witnessing heavy rainfall since Saturday, leading to sudden surge in water level of rivers, streams and rivulets, causing panic among the residents about possibility of fresh floods. The MET office has predicted wet weather over the next six days with heavy downpour expected today and on April 3.However, officials of the Flood Control department said there was no reason to panic as the water level in River Jhelum was way below the danger mark.The heavy downpour has inundated many low lying areas of the city including Rajbagh, one of the worst-hit areas in the floods in September last year. The main road in Rajbagh is covered by more than 18 inches of water while roads in other areas of the city including commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining Regal Chowk are also facing severe water logging problem.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone said due to technical fault in the electricity supply system, the dewatering operation was delayed.”The fault in electricity supply has been removed and dewatering has been started. Besides the regular dewatering stations, we are pressing into service fire tenders to dewater the city roads,” Lone said.Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh on Sunday assured there was no need to panic in the wake of heavy rains in the Kashmir, as the government was on full alert. “The state administration is on full alert in the wake of heavy rains in the Valley. The situation is being monitored continuously,” Singh informed the Assembly here after members from different parties raised the issue of the flood threat.”People should not panic and assured that all precautionary measures have been put in place,” he said. “The Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is on way to Srinagar to personally monitor the situation arising due to incessant rains in the Valley,” an official spokesman said.
The Deputy Chief Minister informed that the water level at 11 am at Sangam stood at 12 ft against danger level of 18 ft. At Ram Munshibagh, the water level was at 12.6 ft against alarm level of 16 ft, while at Asham it was 8.5 ft against alarm level of 30 feet, he said. The water levels are being relayed to the control room on regular basis and right now there is no need for panic. Also a team of ministers comprising Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Imran Raza Ansari, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, and Asiya Naqash are monitoring the situation on an hourly basis at Srinagar.The Minister for Flood Control Sukhnandan Kumar is also on his way to Srinagar to take stock of the situation. A team comprising Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, and IGP, Kashmir, has been visiting various flood prone areas to ascertain the situation and precautionary measures taken at Divisional and District levels.Meanwhile, a special control room has been established at Srinagar police headquarters to monitor the situation. The helpline numbers of the control room are 2452138, 2474040. The Divisional Commissioner has also asked all Deputy Commissioners to remain vigilant, establish control rooms at their respective district headquarters and inform people to remain alert.Over 200 people died in Jammu and Kashmir in the floods that wreaked havoc in the state after incessant rains in September 2014, leaving thousands homeless.

Avalanche warning for most of Kashmir Valley districts

Authorities today issued a “medium danger” avalanche warning in most districts of Kashmir Valley following heavy snowfall since this morning.

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Authorities today issued a “medium danger” avalanche warning in most districts of Kashmir Valley following heavy snowfall since this morning. “As per communication of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, medium danger of avalanche warning exists till March 17 in avalanche prone areas of seven districts of the Valley,” an official spokesman said.He said the warning covers Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Ganderbal and Kupwara districts. The Deputy Commissioners of these districts have asked people not to venture out in avalanche prone areas. “People of these areas are also advised to temporarily evacuate those locations which are under fall line of avalanches,” the spokesman said. Also Read: Kashmir receives season’s heaviest snowfall

AAP protests against rising swine flu cases in Indore

Indore: The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday staged a protest against the rising cases of swine flu in Indore while alleging that the health department did not take proper steps to check the spread of the deadly H1N1 virus.

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The protesters, led by AAP divisional co-ordinator Yuvaraj Singh Chouhan and secretary S Jhanwar, demonstrated outside the office of Divisional Commissioner and handed over a memorandum, addressed to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, to an officer here.

AAP’s divisional media in-charge Hemant Joshi said that in the memorandum, they have demanded setting up of a swine flu testing laboratory in Indore soon as it had already been sanctioned by the state government.

The party has also demanded adequate number of ventilators and safety masks in hospitals and medicines for the disease to be made available at government-run and private medical stores.

AAP also wants proper disposal of the medical waste of swine flu patients at the government and private hospitals. The party also wants camps to be organised to make people aware about the deadly ailment and a screening centre in every district of the state to identify the disease so that it may not turn into an epidemic in future, as per the memorandum.

At least 20 people have died of swine flu in Indore since 1 January this year.

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Ernakulam-Bengaluru express train derails: 9 passengers killed, 16 seriously injured

Anekal (Karna): Nine passengers were killed and 16 seriously injured when nine bogies of the Ernakulam-bound Express train from Bengaluru jumped off the track near Anekal on Friday.

The rescue operation had been completed with the death toll at 9, Divisional Railway Manager Anil Kumar Agarwal told reporters at the accident site, near the border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, about 45 kms from Bengaluru.

The scene of the train accident. PTIThe scene of the train accident. PTI

The scene of the train accident. PTI

Five men, three women and a 9 year-old are among those killed in the mishap.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said in a tweet soon after the accident that a boulder fell on the track and the train hit it.

Agarwal said the engine driver had told authorities that he heard a rumbling sound of a boulder but the officials did not find any.

Karnataka Director General of Police (DGP) Lalrokhuma Pachau said 16 passengers had been hospitalised, adding, “the rest of those with minor injuries were given first aid and they have left the place.”

Railway police Additional Director General of Police RP Sharma said 25 passengers had received minor injuries.

The Bangalore-Ernakulam Inter City Express train had left Bengaluru at 0615 hrs and derailed at 0735 hrs between Anekal Road and Hosur on Bangalore City-Salem Section.

Prabhu said an inquiry had been ordered to fix responsibility and for corrective action to prevent such
unfortunate accidents. He said he was monitoring “action” regularly.

Railway, police, Fire brigade and National Disaster Response Force teams are involved in the operations with medical teams from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu rushed to the spot.

Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, who was asked by Prabhu to rush to the accident site, said nine coaches had derailed. The injured had been taken to hospitals in Anekal and Bengaluru, he said.

Karnataka Health Minister UT Khader said here that medical teams were rushed from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

He said according to information available with state authorities, more than 50 people were injured.

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Olive Ridley turtles: Live telecast of mass nesting shelved after security concerns

Kendrapara: Coastal security compulsion has forced the authorities not to go ahead with a live telecast of the mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles at a rookery in Odisha close to a defence installation site, forest officials said on Tuesday.

An olive ridley turtle. AFP

From the national security viewpoint, live global exposure to the annual mass nesting of turtles through internet has been shelved. However, it would be videographed and transmitted for public view later, they said.

It was earlier decided that this year Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and state forest department would jointly carry out live telecast of mass nesting of these marine animals in Gahirmatha nesting ground in Kendrapara district.

Last year, everything was ready for telecast. However, the turtles did not turn up, said Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Kedar Kumar Swain.

Tourists and researchers can’t enter into the unique natural heritage keeping in view the fact that the unmanned islands are located in close vicinity of Wheeler’s island defence test range centre, a prohibited territory.

Only forest officials and a select band of animal researchers would be allowed to watch the annual mass nesting, he said.

Though the turtles had skipped visit last year, mass nesting phenomenon is expected to occur any time now as there is a sizeable congregation of Olive Ridley turtles along Gahirmatha coastal waters.

Ground-level feedback indicates that millions of turtles may turn up on the beach to lay eggs.

Turtle protection patrolling vessels have come across movement of thousands of female turtles within 2-3 nautical seaward distance of Gahirmatha nesting beach. Sea patrolling vigil has been stepped close to Gahirmatha coast. Three forest patrolling vessels have been stationed along the Gahirmatha nesting zone to stop trawler intrusion, Swain said.

Idyllic Gahirmatha nesting ground is lying along the Nasi-1 and Nasi-2 Islands. Since it is a remote and far-flung spot, mass nesting phenomenon has so far remained out of bounds for tourists, visitors and researchers.

Besides location of DRDO’s test range centre close to the nesting ground often pose hindrance for visit to the place because of security-related factor.

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Cops identify woman behind Ara blast, trace her as native of Balia in Uttar Pradesh

Ara: The woman, who carried the bomb which exploded in Ara civil court premises, has been identified as a native of Uttar Pradesh, police said today.

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The bomb exploded yesterday resulting in the death of the woman and 26-year-old police constable Amit Kumar besides leaving about 16 others injured. Kumar had recently got married.

“The woman has been identified as Reena Gaur hailing from Balia in Uttar Pradesh,” Superintendent of Police of Bhojpur Akhtar Hussain told PTI.

Two prisoners — Lambu Sharma and Akhilesh Upadhyay — managed to flee after the explosion. The remaining 35 undertrials in the van were taken back to prison. The SP said it had come to light that the woman was carrying bomb in her purse to help Lambu Sharma, who was recently awarded life sentence in a case.

Lambu Sharma had made similar attempts by exploding bombs in the Ara civil court premises in 2009 also in which two persons were killed, he said.

The SP said a SIT (Special Investigation Team) has been constituted under Sub Divisional Police Officer of Sadar to probe the blast incident.

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Odisha’s Chilika Lake had more feathered visitors this winter

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The number of feathered guests to the famous Chilika lake in Odisha, the biggest waterfowl habitat in the country, increased this winter.”Around 7.62 lakh birds of 172 species visited the blue lagoon this year. It was found during the annual bird count,conducted at 1,100 sq km vast lake yesterday,” Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Chilika Wildlife Division Bikash Ranjan Das, said.Last winter around 7.19 lakh birds of 158 species had visited the lake, he said.Similarly, in 2013 and 2012, around 8.77 lakh of 180 species and 8.83 lakh birds of 167 species respectively had visited the lake. There is no new species of bird sighted in the vast lake during the census, he said.Around 80 persons, including the ornithologists from BNHS, Mumbai, officials of wildlife organisations, several ornithologists and wildlife activists took part in the bird count in the lake held from 6 AM to 11 AM.While 7,61,940 winged guests of 172 different species were counted in the entire lake, highest number of 3,90,697 were sighted in Nalabana bird sanctuary area. Last winter, Nalabana Island had hosted around 4.15 lakh birds.Increase in number of migratory birds in the lake is attributed to the safety measures taken by wildlife authorities and improvement of the habitat in the lake, said an ornithologist.The 15.59-sq km area Nalabana Island was declared a as bird sanctuary as more number of birds congregated in the area.Winged guests from far off places including Caspian Sea,Lake Baikal, remote parts of Russia, central and South East Asia, Ladakh and Himalayas were descended in the lake in every winter for feeding and roosting. They start their homeward journey with the onset of summer.

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