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Uttarakhand: 25 people die in Pauri Garhwal bus accident

Reports said that the bus carrying 45 to 50 people fell into a gorge at Simdi village of Pauri Garhwal district.

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At least 25 people died and several others were injured in a bus accident at the Birokhal area of Dhumakot in Uttarakhand on Tuesday night. Reports said that the bus carrying 45 to 50 people fell into a gorge at Simdi village of Pauri Garhwal district.

Deputy General of Police Ashok Kumar said that 25 people were found dead in the bus accident that took place last night in the Birokhal area of Dhumakot. Police and SDRF rescued 21 people overnight; the injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.

The Uttarakhand Police also informed on Twitter that six people were admitted to the Birokhal hospital and one injured has been referred to the Kotdwar.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams mobilised for the accident spot. They tried their best to take all the facilities to the accident spot. Local villagers were helping in the rescue operations.

Haridwar SP City said that a wedding procession had left in a bus from here, Laldhang; an accident occurred. Information was being taken from the family members. A rescue operation was underway by Pauri Police and SDRF at the spot.

In a separate incident, at least 10 people died and several others were missing after an avalanche at Draupadi’s Danda-2 mountain peak on Monday morning. Reports said that the avalanche had trapped at least 28 of 170 trainee mountaineers of Uttarakhand’s Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.

The principal of the institute confirmed that 10 bodies have been recovered and 18 were missing out of 28 persons stranded after an avalanche. According to the local media reports, the avalanche hit the team at 9 am at an altitude of 16000 feet.

Journalist Manjeet Negi wrote that the avalanche struck them around 8 am today. The incident has taken place 50 km away from Uttarkashi. The mountaineers were part of the NIM expedition to Daruapadi ka Danda mountain peak.

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Cyclone Mandous completes landfall, will start weakening into deep depression from today

In the aftermath of cyclone Mandous, several trees have fallen, roads are waterlogged and even a wall collapsed in the T Nagar area of Chennai, causing damage to at least 3 cars parked near it.

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Cyclone Mandous completes landfall, will start weakening into deep depression from today

Cyclone Mandous that wreaked havoc in Tamil Nadu has completed the process of landfall and it will start weakening from Saturday, said the India Meteorological Department. It will further weaken into a deep depression on Saturday after landfall.

The cyclone Mandous had hit the Mamallapuram coast of Tamil Nadu late on Friday night. The coastal areas of the state have recorded moderate to heavy rains. Due to rain and storm, as many as 65 trees have fallen here within 3 hours and there was waterlogging in many places.

In the aftermath of cyclone Mandous, several trees have fallen, roads are waterlogged and even a wall collapsed in the T Nagar area of Chennai, causing damage to at least 3 cars parked near it. To much respite no person was present in these cars when the incident took place.

As many as 65 trees fell in 3 hours

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has requested the citizens to avoid going out till the cyclone Mandous weakens. Around 65 trees have fallen in 3 hours and GCC is taking measures to remove them. Motor pumps are being used to remove water stagnation in the low-lying areas.

After landfall, Mandous will weaken into a deep depression on Saturday. Earlier on Friday, it had weakened from a severe cyclonic storm to a cyclonic storm. As soon as the landfall process of the cyclone started, heavy rains and strong thunderstorms started at some places in Chennai. In Pattinapakkam, Chennai, there was heavy rain and thunderstorm due to the storm.

The landfall process of cyclonic storm Mandous is underway in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and will be completed in a few hours, IMD said. Moderate to heavy rain is likely to be witnessed at a few places in Tamil Nadu’s Ranipettai, Vellore, Viluppuram, Tiruvannamalai, Salem, Kallakurichi, Tirupattur districts and Puducherry during the next 3 hours.

Red alert in many states

A red alert has been issued in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh regarding this. A holiday has been declared in schools and colleges in many districts of these states on Saturday. The Chennai-based Regional Meteorological Center predicted heavy to very heavy rain at a few places in Tiruvallur, Chennai, Chengalpattu and Kanchipuram districts in the next three hours.

According to the forecast of the Regional Meteorological Center, light to moderate rain is likely in Ranipettai, Vellore, Tirupattur, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Tiruchirappalli, Karur, Erode, Salem. Light to moderate rain may occur over Namakkal, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Dindigul, Theni, Madurai, Sivagangai, Virudhunagar and Tenkasi districts of Tamil Nadu in the next three hours.

At the same time, the Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert today in three districts of Tamil Nadu, Chengalpattu, Villupuram and Kanchipuram. As per the forecast, Cyclone Mandous may cause light to moderate rainfall at most places and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places. There was a possibility of torrential rains at different places in the north coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

NDRF teams deployed in 10 districts

12 teams of NDRF and State Security Force have been deployed in 10 districts of Tamil Nadu after the Meteorological Department’s alert. In view of cyclone Mandous, it has been decided to keep all schools and colleges in Chennai, Villupuram, Cuddalore and Kancheepuram districts closed on Saturday. Cyclone Mandous is likely to cross Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota coast by midnight today.

IMD issued a warning

Cyclone Mandous is likely to cross north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts between Puducherry and Sriharikota around Mamallapuram. Wind speed reaching 65-75 kmph gusting to 85 kmph is very likely today midnight or tomorrow morning. Deputy Director General of Meteorology (Regional Metrology Center on Cyclone) S Balachandran said that the wind speed is around 14 kmph. Strong winds with a speed of 50-60 kmph are blowing over Chennai and neighboring areas. Landfall process has started. Rain and strong winds will continue.

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Himachal Pradesh CM race: Pratibha Singh reaches Congress office to attend MLA meeting

On getting a clear majority in the assembly elections, Bhupesh Baghel, Bhupendra Singh Hooda and Rajeev Shukla have been entrusted with the responsibility of selecting the Chief Minister and forming the government in the state on behalf of the Congress high command.

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Himachal Pradesh CM race: Pratibha Singh reaches Congress office to attend MLA meeting

The confusion on next Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh is still on. However, slogans to make Himachal Pradesh Congress President Pratibha Singh the Chief Minister have echoed a lot in capital Shimla on Friday. The supporters of Pratibha Singh created a lot of ruckus by standing in front of the vehicles of the election observers at Chaura Maidan.

On the other hand, Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Pratibha Virbhadra Singh reached the Congress headquarters in Shimla for the Legislature Party meeting. Congress Himachal Pradesh in-charge Rajeev Shukla said that no series of meetings is being organized. The arrival of all the MLAs is awaited for the CLP meeting where a resolution will be passed, and the final decision will be taken by the party high command.

On Friday afternoon, when election observers Bhupesh Baghel, Bhupendra Singh Hooda and Rajeev Shukla left the hotel at Chaura Maidan and moved towards Raj Bhavan, Pratibha’s supporters stood in front of their vehicles.

Hundreds of supporters raised slogans at the Congress headquarters, Rajiv Bhawan and Holly Lodge, demanding that Pratibha should be made the new Chief Minister of Himachal. Police had to intervene to control the supporters. The situation at Chaura Maidan became tense for quite some time.

Moreover, due to the meeting of MLAs on Friday evening, tight security arrangements were made at State Congress Headquarters Rajeev Bhavan, Shimla. A large number of police forces were deployed. There is a ban on the entry of general public inside the headquarters and only MLAs and big leaders will be allowed in. Reportedly, Police have installed metal detectors to check those going inside.

On getting a clear majority in the assembly elections, Bhupesh Baghel, Bhupendra Singh Hooda and Rajeev Shukla have been entrusted with the responsibility of selecting the Chief Minister and forming the government in the state on behalf of the Congress high command. These leaders met State Congress President Pratibha Singh at a hotel located in Chaura Maidan, Shimla on Friday.

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Uniform Civil Code: Rajya Sabha sees uproar over BJP MP’s private bill

BJP’s manifesto issued for the Gujarat elections, also mentioned the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code.

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Uniform Civil Code: Rajya Sabha sees uproar over BJP MP's private bill

A private member’s bill related to the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code in India was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. BJP MP Kirori Lal Meena introduced it in the Upper House and 63 votes were cast in favor of the bill while 23 votes were cast against it. The bill demands that a National Inspection & Investigation Commission should be formed to implement the Uniform Civil Code in the country.

All opposition parties including Congress, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, DMK, NCP and TMC strongly opposed the the bill. Opposing the introduction of the bill, Samajwadi Party MP Ram Gopal Yadav said that Muslims consider it right to marry their cousins, can Hindus do the same. And because there are religious differences and traditions in India that’s why Uniform Civil Code can’t exist in a country like India. The Biju Janata Dal did not participate in the voting and walked out of the House. CPI(M) MP John Brittas, citing the Law Commission report, said that there is no need for a Uniform Civil Code.

Speaking on behalf of the government, Union Minister and Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal said that any member has the right to introduce bills and raise issues of their area. He further added that after the presentation of the bill, when it will be discussed, every party will can keep their points. He also said that there should be a debate in the Rajya Sabha for this.

For the last several months, there has been a demand for the implementation of Uniform Civil Code i.e. Uniform Civil Code in the country. BJP-ruled states like Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka have already talked about starting the process of implementing the Uniform Civil Code.

In such a situation, the bill presented today is important. However, it is not easy to pass a private member’s bill in the Parliament. Till date only 3 private member bills have been passed in the history of Indian Parliament and the last such bill was passed in 1971.

Moreover, in BJP’s manifesto issued for the Gujarat elections, also mentioned the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code. This bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha a day after the result. However, even before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

 
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