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Uttarakhand floods: 32 dead, 206 missing, rescue efforts continue

After two days since the flash floods struck Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, the rescue operations have recovered six more bodies on Tuesday.

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After two days since the flash floods struck Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, the rescue operations have recovered six more bodies on Tuesday. So far, a total of 32 bodies have been recovered while over 206 people are still missing.

Of six bodies that recovered on Tuesday, four were from the Rishi Ganga power project site at Raini village, one was from Chamoli and another from Nandprayag. While two of the bodies were of police personnel who were deployed at the power plant, said DIG Garhwal Neeru Garg. 

Over 600 personnel of the Indian Army, National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) have been deployed to carry out search and rescue operations in the sites. The ITBP jawans have been transporting ration, medicine and other essentials to remote villages cut off as a result of the floods. 

The road connectivity has affected the villages of Pang, Lata, Raini Palli, Suki. Tolma, Fagrasu, among others.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat took to Twitter on Tuesday to thank jawans. He said, I have seen myself ITBP jawans walking on foot 5-6 km in hilly terrain to transport ration, medicine etc to inaccessible villages such as Jugaju and Juvagar,said CM Rawat. 

The rescue operations have been carried out inside a Tapovan tunnel, where 35 people are feared trapped. Despite excavators working round the clock to remove the slush in the 1.9km long tunnel, there has been no major breakthrough. The rescue agencies have deployed advanced technology such as helicopters carrying a laser with electromagnetic pulse imager to get an aerial survey over the tunnel. A camera drone has also been deployed to send inside the tunnel.

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The helicopters with the device took several rounds of the affected area for an aerial survey on Tuesday. According to the official, it will help find the air pockets inside the tunnel. Once the air pockets 

Manjunath P C, Commandant, Indian Reserve Battalion, who is coordinating the rescue operation at the tunnel site, said that the presence of air pockets will help them ascertain how much more slush needs to be removed for their personnel to reach the trapped men.

Once the air pockets are spotted, the rescue operation will be planned accordingly, said ITBP ADG Manoj Singh Rawat. The first step would be to supply oxygen through the air pockets for people trapped inside, he added.

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Meanwhile, two teams of scientists from the Dehradun-based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology arrived in Chamoli district on Tuesday to ascertain the cause of the flash floods. The team conducted helicopter surveys over the district.

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Manipur violence: One dead, another injured in bomb blast near Imphal College

An unidentified miscreants exploded a strong bomb at the office of AMSU around 9:30 pm.

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In an incident on Friday night, a person was killed and another person injured in an IED explosion at the premises of the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) situated inside the DM College complex in Manipur’s Imphal West district.

According to reports, on Friday night, an unidentified miscreants exploded a strong bomb at the office of AMSU around 9:30 pm, resulting in hurting two people. After arrival at the city hospital for treatment, one victim, identified as Oinam Kenagy, 24, died and another, identified as Salam Michael, 24, is currently undergoing treatment.

After the explosion, a police team quickly arrived at the location to assess the situation. The police are currently conducting further investigations as the attackers have not yet been identified.

It is worth noting that since September 10, 2022, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed on the area where the explosion occurred. This is due to an ongoing dispute.

Meanwhile, unidentified people set fire to the office of an NGO, United Committee Manipuri (UCM), in Lamphel, Imphal Valley, Manipur and miscreants also burnt down Macha Lekma School in Palace Compound.

The administrative section of a school in the Imphal East district was damaged and set on fire by unknown individuals, resulting in the destruction of a parked vehicle.

Earlier in January, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed two separate chargesheets against five accused in connection with the case of two missing students in Manipur, who were feared killed during the ethnic violence in the northeastern state.

On September 25 last year, photos showing their bodies surfaced on various social media platforms, leading to protests, mainly by students.

Among the five accused, Paolunmang was arrested from Pune, and Paominlun Haokip, Smalsawm Haokip and Lhingneichong Baitekuki were arrested from Churachandpur district. Nohgin Baitekuki was still on the run and no confirmation of his arrest.

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PM Modi pays tribute to Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary

PM Modi also unveiled Guru Ravidas’s statue in Varanasi.

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PM modi paid tribute to Guru Ravidas on his 647th birth anniversary. Remembring him today, the PM said, his message on harmony will continue to inspire generations.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, PM Modi shared a video captioned it saying, respectful tribute to Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary. On this occasion, the PM conveyed his best wishes everyone across the country. He further said, his message based on equality and harmony will continue to inspire every generation of the society.

Meanwhile, yesterday PM Modi unveiled Guru Ravidas’s statue in Varanasi. He also addressed the people gathered their. At the Sant Guru Ravidas Janmasthali temple in Seer Govardhanpur, close to BHU, the Prime Minister dedicated a recently installed statue of Sant Ravidas that is close to Ravidas Park.

Addressing teh audiance PM Modi complimented the devotion of participants from all across the country, especially those from Punjab, saying that because of their presence, Kashi started to resemble a miniature version of Punjab.

PM Modi also inaugurated a number of development projects around Sant Ravidas Janmasthali at the event, with a combined budget of about Rs 32 crores. The foundation stone was placed for the Sant Ravidas Museum and the park’s beautifying, which is projected to cost approximately Rs 62 crore. These developments also include improvements to the infrastructure.

Guru Ravidas was a popular saint, poet, and philosopher who campaigned for equality and human rights. Most people in North India celebrate Guru Ravidas Jayanti, particularly in the state of Punjab.

On this day, people commemorate the birth anniversary of the revered saint Guru Ravidas, whose sermons and teachings have improved people’s lives. He is also known for his contributions to the Bakti Movement. Guru Ravidas is also called Raidas, Rohidas, and Ruhidas. He is sometimes referred to as Bhagat Ravidas. In the year 1377 CE, Guru Ravidas was born in the state of Uttar Pradesh in a little village known as Seer Govardhanpur.

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Akhilesh Yadav slams BJP after young unemployed man hangs himself over paper leak in UP’s Kannauj

Yadav said the BJP, who had deployed every trick to come into power, turned away in the name of providing jobs.

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Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav slammed the BJP government after a 28-year-old unemployed man hanged himself over the paper leak in Kannauj. He said it’s a dream to find a job under its regime.

Samajwadi Party chief, taking to X, further attacked the BJP for their negligence in terms of providing jobs to youths. Yadav said the BJP, who had deployed every trick to come into power, turned away in the name of providing jobs.

He further expressed his sadness over the news and said it upset with the tragedy of joblessness, a young man from Kannaj, identified as Brajesh Pal, committed suicide by hanging himself.  

Before doing this he burned all his degrees. Giving up life is not a solution. Only struggle finds the way to a solution. Expecting a job in the BJP government is a dream, Yadav added.

According to police, the 28-year-old unemployed man burned all his education certificates and committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in the Bhoodpurwa area here.

Police further stated that student Pal had recently appeared for a police recruitment exam and was upset over the paper leak. On February 22, he killed himself.

In a suicide note, he blamed joblessness behind his major move to kill himself. He further wrote, now I am upset. What is the use of degrees when one cannot get a job, he wrote.

In his note, Pal wrote that he had betrayed his family, and asked them to marry off his sister in a very good manner. His father works in a private job in Delhi. He was the only son of his parents. Pal’s body has been sent for post-mortem, Sadar Police Station SHO Vishnu Kant Tiwari said.

The UP Police constable exam held on February 17 and 18 faced both exam paper leaks and cases of impersonation. Since then, there has been a growing demand for a redo of the exams. Many districts’ candidates demanded exam cancellation after discovering a leaked paper on WhatsApp before entering the exam hall, as reported.

Meanwhile, Lucknow witnessed a massive protest over paper leaks in two recruitment exams held in UP.  

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