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Uttarakhand glacier burst: 14 people dead in Chamoli district, 200 missing

A glacier break and flood in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday killed 14 people and over 170 are still missing. Among 170 missing people – 148 are employed at the NTPC plant and 22 at Rishiganga.

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A glacier break and flood in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district on Sunday killed 14 people and over 170 are still missing. Among 170 missing people – 148 are employed at the NTPC plant and 22 at Rishiganga. Reports said around thirty others are trapped in a tunnel, and rescue teams worked through the night to save their lives. The glacier burst triggered an avalanche and a deluge in the Alaknanda river system that washed away hydroelectric stations and five bridges. The bridges that were washed away by the flood connected narrow roads with 13 villages in the hills.

The burst glacier swept away roads and forced authorities to evacuate villages. National and state disaster response teams and teams from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been deployed in the region. An ITBP team rescued twelve people trapped in an under-construction tunnel. Mud and debris in the tunnel is posing a major challenge for the rescuers.

Rescue teams are continuing rescue operations on the second day at Joshimath in Chamoli district. 12 people were rescued from one tunnel yesterday. The second tunnel is being cleared with the help of JCB machines to rescue people.

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As per reports, an early survey of the damage caused by the glacier burst and flood to the Tapovan Vishnugad hydropower plant shows the dam has been completely washed off.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday tweeted that he is constantly monitoring the unfortunate situation in Uttarakhand. He said he has been in touch with senior authorities and getting updates on NDRF deployment, rescue and relief operations.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of those who lost their lives in the disaster. An extra Rs 2 lakh will be given from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, with Rs 50,000 for those with serious injuries.

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The glacier disaster is a grim reminder of the monsoon floods in Uttarakhand in 2013, which killed 6,000 people and led to calls for a review of development projects in the state.

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Gangster-politician Atiq Ahmed handed life-sentence in Umesh Pal kidnapping case; brother Khalid Azim acquitted

Gangster-turned politician Atiq Ahmed was pronounced guilty in the 2006 Umesh Pal kidnapping case by an MP-MLA court in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj on Tuesday and handed a life-sentence along with two others, while his brother, Khalid Azim alias Ashraf and six other accused in the case were acquitted.

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Gangster-turned politician Atiq Ahmed was pronounced guilty in the 2006 Umesh Pal kidnapping case by an MP-MLA court in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj on Tuesday and handed a life-sentence along with two others, while his brother, Khalid Azim alias Ashraf and six other accused in the case were acquitted.

Special MP-MLA court judge Dinesh Chandra Shukla pronounced the guilty verdict against Atiq Ahmed, Lawyer Saulat Hanif and Dinesh Pasi under section 364-A (kidnapping or abduction in order to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which carries the death penalty as the maximum sentence.

Justice Shukla sentenced the guilty trio to 14 years life imprisonment in the case.

Earlier, Ahmed, who was brought by a 45-member team of the Uttar Pradesh Police to the special MP-MLA court in Prayagraj today from Gujarat’s Sabarmati Jail, was convicted, along with the other two accused in the kidnapping of BSP MLA Raju Pal murder case prime witness, Umesh Pal in 2006.

Umesh Pal, then a zila panchayat member, had come forward as the prime witness in Raju Pal’s murder, who was killed on January 25, 2005.

Umesh Pal had claimed that Atiq Ahmed and aides kidnapped him at gunpoint on February 28, 2006 after he refused retract his statement given to the police in the BSP leader’s killing. Based on his complaint, the police on July 5, 2007, had lodged an FIR against Ahmed, his brother, and others.

The UP Police had submitted a chargesheet in the matter against 11 accused. One of them later died.

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On February 24 last month, Umesh Pal was shot dead along with his two security men in Prayagraj. Atiq and his brother—who were both in jail at the time—are also the accused in the conspiracy to assassinate Umesh Pal.

On Sunday, a 45-member team of the Uttar Pradesh Police arrived at the Sabarmati Jail in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad to escort Atiq Ahmed to UP to produce him before the special court in Prayagraj in the Umesh Pal abduction case.

Earlier today, reports said that ahead of the hearing, security was heightened outside the Prayagraj court and security personnel were also deployed outside the residence of Ahmed as well as that of his advocate as well.

Umesh Pal’s wife Jaya Pal earlier said she won’t attend the hearing but had prayed for Ahmed to be sentenced to death for her husband’s murder.

On Jaya Pal’s complaint, a case a case was lodged at the Dhoomanganj police station in Prayagraj against Ahmed, his brother, his wife Shaista Parveen, two sons, aides Guddu Muslim and Ghulam, and nine others.

A mafia kingpin feared across Uttar Pradesh and former Samajwadi Party MP from Phulpur, Atiq Ahmed was shifted to the Sabarmati Central Jail in Gujarat in June 2019 following a Supreme Court order after he was accused of allegedly orchestrating the kidnapping and assault of real estate businessman Mohit Jaiswal while in prison in the state.

According to the police, Ahmed is named in the Umesh Pal murder case and in over 100 others of criminal nature.

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Video of man singing Kya Hua Tera Waada song in UK goes viral, users laud the singer | Watch

A little girl can also be seen approaching the busker as she hands him some loose change as a reward for his singing. The busker can be seen gladly taking the money and putting it in his bag.

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man singing Kya Hua Tera Waada song

A video has been making rounds on the internet where a busker can be seen singing and catering to the Indian audience in UK’s Hounslow. The man sang Muhammed Rafi’s classic Kya Hua Tera Wada as many stood by witnessing and getting the taste of Indian music.

In the video, the busker can be seen surrounded by people from all walks of life, as well as ethnic backgrounds. The people can be seen enjoying the soulful voice of the man as many record him.

A little girl can also be seen approaching the singer as she hands him some loose change as a reward for his singing. The busker can be seen gladly taking the money and putting it in his bag. The mother of the girl can also be seen patting her to tell her that she did great.

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User’s reaction

After the video of the singer went viral, many users came forward to add their take on social media. One user wrote and praised the singer for singing a Rafi song, implying that Muhammed Rafi’s songs should be introduced to everyone.

One user wrote and praised the little girl for rewarding art as the user wrote that praised the artist as well as the little girl can be seen being inspired by the song so much that she rewards it. One user also wrote and praised the singer for his soulful voice and great performance.

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Another incident

Another incident of a similar nature came to light from Haryana’s Gurugram where a policeman can be seen fervently grooving to the singers on the stage as he guides and sings along with them. In the video, a policeman can be seen standing meters away from the singers performing on the stage.

The policeman can be seen passionately guiding the singers with his hands as he also uses his vocals to support them.

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Prayagraj court convicts gangster Atiq Ahmed in Umesh Pal kidnapping case

A special court in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj on Tuesday convicted gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and others in the Umesh Pal abduction case.

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A special court in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj on Tuesday convicted gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and others in the Umesh Pal abduction case.

Ahmed, who was brought by a 45-member team of the Uttar Pradesh Police to the special MP-MLA court in Prayagraj today from Gujarat’s Sabarmati Jail, was convicted, along with his brother Khalid Azim alias Ashraf and other accused in the kidnapping of BSP MLA Raju Pal murder case prime witness, Umesh Pal in 2006.

Umesh Pal, then a zila panchayat member, had come forward as the prime witness in Raju Pal’s murder, who was killed on January 25, 2005.

Umesh Pal had claimed that Atiq Ahmed and aides kidnapped him at gunpoint on February 28, 2006 after he refused take back his statement given to the police in the BSP leader’s killing. Based on his complaint, the police on July 5, 2007, had lodged an FIR against Ahmed, his brother, and four other accused.

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On February 24 last month, Umesh Pal was shot dead along with his two security men in Prayagraj. Atiq and his brother—who were both in jail at the time—are also the accused in the conspiracy to assassinate Umesh Pal.

On Sunday, a 45-member team of the Uttar Pradesh Police arrived at the Sabarmati Jail in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad to escort Atiq Ahmed to UP to produce him before the special court in Prayagraj in the Umesh Pal abduction case.

Earlier today, reports said that ahead of the hearing, security was heightened outside the Prayagraj court and security personnel were also deployed outside the residence of Ahmed as well as that of his advocate as well.

Prayagraj District Bar Association said the MP-MLA court of Prayagraj has cleared its schedule for today and will only hear Umesh Pal case.

The Bar Association in a statement said that Presiding Officer of MP MLA Court has written to Minister of District Advocates Association wherein it was requested to pronounce a verdict in the case today itself.

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