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NIA raids residence of JKLF and Hurriyat (M) chiefs Yasin Malik and Umar Mirwaiz Farooq

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The National Investigative Agency (NIA) today (Tuesday, Feb 26) carried out searches on the separatists and Hurriyat (M) leaders and raided the residence of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik and Hurriyat (M) chairman Umar Mirwaiz Farooq.

The counter-terrorism agency cordoned Malik’s residence at around 7:30 a.m. morning, a JKLF source said. “The area is being cordoned off from every side and even the media persons are not allowed to enter the area,” he said.

Malik is currently detained at Kothibagh police station.

The NIA officials also raided the Nigeen residence of Mirwaiz Farooq and in a massive crack down on Jamaat-e-Islami, dozens were arrested, including some of the top leaders as Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Shabir Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan.

Peoples Conference Chairman Sajaad Lone has questioned such detentions of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and other separatists.

“Article 35(A) which grants special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is being heard within days and the way forces personnel unleashed the spree of mass arrest and detained dozens of Jama’at members prior to the hearing seems something is hatching behind the curtains,” said the spokesman, adding: “Any attempt of eroding or tempering Article 35(A) is unacceptable for people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Jamaat spokesperson said in a statement.

Earlier on Sunday, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti had also raised questions over the detentions of separatists in Kashmir and warned that such a move will make the situations in Kashmir worse.

NIA raids came less than a week after the security cover of separatists were withdrawn following the Pulwama attack which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF soldiers.

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Railway Board recommends CBI investigation into Odisha train accident, says Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

Earlier in the day the Minister speaking to the reporters at the Crash site in Balasore informed that the root cause behind the accident has been identified and will soon be revealed.

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Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Sunday, has informed about the Railway Board’s recommendation of Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) probe into the tragic train accident in Odisha on June 2 claiming the lives of almost 300 people and more the 1000 injured.

Vaishnaw while speaking to the media at Bhubaneswar said, taking the administrative information into consideration, the Railway Board has been recommending the entire case to CBI for the probe into the matter.

Earlier in the day the Minister speaking to the reporters at the Crash site in Balasore informed that the root cause behind the accident has been identified and will soon be revealed.

Vaishnaw also had said that the enquiry into the matter has been completed by the Railway Commissioner and the report will be submitted soon.

Vaishnaw added that all the dead bodies were recovered from the crash site along with the completion of the rescue operations, the restoration work and the clearance of the wreckage is underway and will be completed by Wednesday morning to bring back a normalcy in the operation of trains.

On Friday evening, near the Bahanaga Railway station in Balasore district of Odisha, in a heart-wrenching turn of events, three trains collided that included two superfast express trains and one stationery train.

In the dreadful mishap, nearly 300 people were killed and more than 1000 people travelling in the train were injured.

Heart-breaking visuals of corpses being transported in trucks and tractors from the accident spot also surfaced.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Railway Minister Vaishnaw along other senior officials of the state and Central government visited ground-zero to take stock of the situation and the rescue operations.

The Centre and the state government have also announced compensation worth Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively to the deceased’s family members.

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Odisha train accident: Police issues warning for spreading false statement provoking communal disturbance to social media users

Some pictures have been viral, showing a white building structure next to the railway track where the dreadful tragedy took place. Reports said, the structure in the viral image is  the Bahanaga ISKCON temple and not a mosque.

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In the wake of the horrific train accident in Balasore on Friday evening, Odisha Police today has appealed to social media users to not to circulate false statements regarding the train accident stating that many social media handles are giving communal colour to the tragic train accident, which is highly unfortunate.

Since the horrific accident took place, internet is flooded with crash site images and visuals along with information related to it. While, some information shared by the users appear to be true, some seem spreading news and some are appearing to be communally provoking, which is after the said decision has been taken by the Odisha Police.

On different social media platforms, people are sharing images of the spot where the train collided, claiming a white structure near the spot is a mosque alleging that the Muslim community is responsible for the accident.

Some pictures have been viral, showing a white building structure next to the railway track where the dreadful tragedy took place. Reports said, the structure in the viral image is  the Bahanaga ISKCON temple and not a mosque.

The Odisha Police said the investigation to find out the cause of the accident is being done by the GRP Odisha and appealed to prevent from circulating false and ill-motivated posts.

It has also warned of a legal action against those trying to create a communal dis-balance by spreading rumors.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the ISKCON temple in Bahanaga have accepted that the train accident happened on the tracks is near the temple and also confirmed that the ISKCON temple is visible close to the crash site.

In a shocking turn of events, a train accident on June 2 near Bahanaga railway station in Balasore district of Odisha killed nearly 300 people and more than 1000 inured.

Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw today informed, all the dead bodies have been recovered and the injured have been rescued from the site and the restoration work is currently underway, expected to be end by Wednesday.

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India’s Bharatpreet Singh, Rezoana Mallick Heena win gold medals in shot put, athletics at Asian U20 Championships in South Korea

Making the nation proud, Bharatpreet Singh stood in the first position recording a discus throw of 55.66 metre in the championship.

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India showing a power packed performance on  the day 1 of the Asian U20 Athletics Championship in South Korea’s Yecheon bags three medals which includes two gold and one bronze.

Bharatpreet Singh won a gold in the discuss throw, Rezoana Mallick Heena clinched gold at women’s 400m race, while Antima Pal won a bronze medal in the women’s 500-metre race.

Making the nation proud, Bharatpreet Singh stood in the first position recording a discus throw of 55.66 metre in the championship.

On his fourth trip to the circle, Singh recorded the best U20 discuss throw by an Indian in almost nine years, marking the ground at 56.18 metres.

Heena won gold in the women’s 400m clocking in 52.31 seconds to take the tag of 400-metre Asian Champion in U18 and I20.

Earlier in the fifth Asian Youth Athletics Championships held in Uzbekistan’s Tashkent, Heena secured three medals, two in the girl’s 400m and the girl’s 4×400 team relay events, and a silver in the girl’s 200m.

Pal of Uttar Pradesh winning the first medal for India in the tournament clinched the third position in the women’s 500 metre event, in the same event India’s Bushra Khan Gauri stood at the 5th place.

Pal qualified for the Indian team at the Asian U20 Championships after running her first sub-17-minute 5000-metre race in the AFI National Junior U20 Athletics Championships.

The Asian Junior U20 Athletics Championships is a championship that is open to individuals who fall under the junior age bracket. Currently, the Asian Athletics Association presides over organising it.

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