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Modi inaugurates slew of Kedarnath redevelopment works, attacks Cong

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Prime Minister claimed that the UPA government in 2013 had rejected his offer to help with the re-construction of the flood-ravaged Kedarnath shrine

Visiting the Kedarnath shrine for the second time this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for five projects worth Rs 150 crores and announced a slew of redevelopment works for the Hindu pilgrimage site, on Friday.

The Prime Minister also launched a fresh attack at the Congress party, claiming that the UPA government had rejected his offer (when he was Gujarat chief minister) to help with re-construction of the sacred temple and its surroundings in the aftermath of the catastrophic 2013 floods that ravaged the region.

Modi had, during the 2013 floods, personally flown in to Kedarnath to ‘lead’ rescue and relief operations that were specifically aimed at ferrying Gujratis stranded in the region back to their home state. While Modi, who was then the Gujarat chief minister, and the BJP had then lauded the rescue operations and criticised the Congress – which ruled Uttarakand and at the Centre then – for its poor rescue operations, the political rival had hit back claiming that Modi’s claims were exaggerated. Unofficial but wildly trending claims on social media platforms and even on television news channels had, during the June 2013 Uttarakhand floods, sought to spread the notion that the Modi-led Gujarat government had pressed “4 Boeing jets, 25 buses, and 80 Toyota Innovas to save 15000 Gujarati pilgrims” within a matter of 24 hours. While these exaggerated claims had promptly been punctured by the Army that was carrying out most of the relief work and also the Congress, they had led to Modi being mocked by Opposition parties as a ‘Rambo’ for allowing such rumours to persist.

On Friday, while Modi steered clear of reviving those tall and unbelievable claims, he did not miss the opportunity of chastising the Congress party.

The Prime Minister claimed: “The floods of 2013 had made all of us extremely sad. That time I was not the Prime Minister, I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. I came here to do all that I could for the victims. I had met the then Chief Minister (Vijay Bahuguna – who quit the Congress to join the BJP in May 2016) and the state government officials and offered that Gujarat would redevelop Kedarnath. During the meeting they agreed. And I announced it outside in the media. But when the news was flashed on television, and it reached Delhi, the people there (UPA government) panicked and within hours the state government was pressurised to announce that it will redevelop Kedarnath itself.”

With his party now firmly in power both at the Centre and in Uttarakhand, Modi claimed that he knew that the redevelopment of the Kedarnath shrine and its surrounding areas will be done only by the BJP.

The Prime Minister said that his party’s government in New Delhi and in the State want to promote Kedarnath as “an ideal Tirth Kshetra (pilgrim centre)” and that “We are building quality infrastructure in Kedarnath. It will be modern but the traditional ethos will be preserved. We will ensure the environment is not damaged.”

Modi laid the foundation stone for several reconstruction projects in Kedarpuri, including renovation of the Adi Shankaracharya’s tomb which was devastated in the 2013 flash floods. The Prime Minister also promised three-storey houses to the priests who live around the Kedarnath shrine, saying that in these houses one floor will be for devotees, one for the priest themselves, and one for their guests. He also assured that the width of the narrow road that leads to the shrine will be increased and all modern facilities will be provided to the residents of the region as well as to the tourists.

“I am happy that some 4.5 lakh pilgrims reached Kedarnath in the season and this number will certainly cross by 10 lakh in the next year”, the Prime Minister said, asserting that “I intended to serve baba (Kedarnath) but he perhaps had different plan for me… He possibly wanted me to serve 125 billion babas.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Uttar Pradesh: 19-year-old girl strangled to death after being raped in Mainpuri

It is being speculated that fearing that the girl student would complain, the accused raped, murdered the 19 year old and fled from the spot.

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The shocking news of rape has come to light from Bhogaon in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri. After raping the girl student on Wednesday, she was strangled to death and the body was later hanged.

On receiving information about the incident, the police-administration reached the spot and started the investigation in search of the accuse. Currently, the police has sent the body for post-mortem.

While interacting with the media and giving out information about this incident of rape and murder, Mainpuri SP Kamlesh Dixit said that, the police had received information about the rape and murder of the girl in Nagla Sheesham village. The police reached the spot and took immediate action in the matter. He also assured that the culprits will be arrested soon.

According to the information received to the police, a 19-year-old student of B.Sc. second year and resident of Nagla Sheesham village of Bhogaon police station area, was present at home along with her fifteen year old sister. Their parents had gone out for some work an around 3 o’clock in the evening, Pushpendra Lodhi (25), from the same village entered the house and forcibly raped the girl.

And the accused did not stop there he strangled the girl to death and later hanged the body on the noose. It is being speculated that fearing that the girl student would complain, the accused raped, murdered the 19 year old and fled from the spot.

However, the younger sister present in the house made noise and opened the door of the house, telling the people of the neighborhood about the whole incident. There was a stir in the village as soon as the information about the incident got spread. As soon as the information was received, the parents also hurriedly left for home. At present, the police is looking for the accused.

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Kullu Dussehra swing accident: 3 people, including 1 woman, sustained injuries after tyre falls on their head | WATCH

During the incident, two people from Delhi and a woman from Kullu sustained major injuries.

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Kullu Dussehra swing accident: 3 people, including 1 woman, sustained injuries after tyre falls on their head | WATCH

Dussehra is celebrated with great pomp and zeal in India. From having good food to enjoying swings, people visit Dussehra fairs to mark this festival. But a horrific incident happened during International Kullu Dussehra Festival in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu when three people sustained injuries after a swing tyre fell on them on Wednesday at around 9 pm.

The video of the same is going viral on social media in which it can be seen that, as and when the woman stepped outside the swing, its tyre suddenly broke and fell on another woman standing nearby. During the incident, two people from Delhi and a woman from Kullu sustained major injuries.

The good part was that the swing was not moving at that time, otherwise, a serious accident might have occurred if it had continued to swing. At the time of the incident, people were getting off the swing. When the girl left the swing, the tyre touched her head and landed on another girl who was standing close by, and she fainted.

The police rushed to the spot immediately after receiving the information about the incident. After reaching, the authorities sealed the swing. The police are conducting research thoroughly to find the reason behind the mishap.

Speaking about the incident, Additional Superintendent of Police Kullu Sagar Chandra said that the swing was sealed as soon as the information was received. The girl is undergoing treatment in the hospital as she has suffered a neck injury, while information about where the two tourists from Delhi went for treatment is not available.

A similar incident took place a few days ago in Punjab’s Mohali after a swing fell to the ground at the Dussehra fair, injuring around 20 people.

In another incident, an 80-foot effigy of Ravana fell on the ground in Haryana’s Yamunanagar during Ravana Dahan. The video of the incident is doing rounds on the internet in which it can be seen that people were standing close to the nearly-burnt effigy of Ravana when it started falling.

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West Bengal: 8 people died by drowning in Mal river during visarjan | Watch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the floods.

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At least eight people drowned and several others are missing in flash floods that occurred during the immersion of idols of Goddess Durga in Mal river in Jalpaiguri district on the occasion of Vijayadashami.

A senior official said that at the time of the incident, hundreds of people had gathered on the banks of the Mal river for the visargan when the incident took place. Jalpaiguri District Magistrate Moumita Godara gave media update and said that people were washed away due to sudden intensification of water in the river. So far eight bodies have been recovered and 50 people have been rescued.

He further added that that 13 people with minor injuries have been admitted to a nearby hospital. And the search and rescue operation is being carried out by NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) with the help of police and local administration.

State Backward Classes Welfare Minister Bulu Chik Baraik expressed his apprehension that the death toll will increase further. Baraik Mal is the MLA of the assembly constituency. He said that he was present at the spot when the accident happened. Several got washed away and the river’s current was very fast.

He said that hundreds of people were present there at the time of the incident and many are still missing. Baraik and several senior Trinamool Congress leaders reached the spot to take stock of the relief and rescue operations.

Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Legislative Assembly Shubhendu Adhikari expressed grief over the incident and requested the state administration to expedite the rescue work.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the floods. PM Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the accident that happened during Durga Puja festival in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones.”

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