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Himachal Pradesh: Heavy rainfall continues, 19 dead, 9 injured

Mandi, Chamba, and Kangra are the worst affected districts.

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Heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh triggered floods, landslides, and life-threatening destructions on Saturday.

Himachal Pradesh Disaster Management Authority said at least 19 were killed, 9 injured, and 6 missings (feared dead) in the last 24 hours as heavy rainfall continued in the state. The State Disaster Management Authority also informed that there have been a total of 34 incidents of land slides, flash floods, and cloud bursts in the state in several districts of Himachal. Mandi, Chamba, and Kangra are the worst affected districts.

As many as 172 Water Supply Schemes were affected by the landslide and flash floods out of which 39 schemes will be restored by tomorrow, the authority informed.

Several tourist destinations have been blocked and the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation has advised tourists to travel safely while planning their visit. The tourists are also advised to check the official website of SDMA before planning their visit to the state.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur paid condolences over the deaths and informed that the administration is carrying out rescue operations.

Several roads and vehicles in the Mandi district have been damaged due to the landslides. Disturbing videos and pictures are doing rounds on the internet which show the destruction that took place in Himachal Pradesh.

A railway bridge over the Chakki river in the Kangra district collapsed on Saturday morning. In the video, the Chakki railway bridge can be seen collapsing causing complete damage. The additional district magistrate of Kangra said the bridge collapsed due to flash floods. On the other hand, the Northern Railways said that the water is yet to recede.

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Azam Khan lands in trouble for speaking against Election Commission and Police, FIR filed in Rampur

During a meeting in the Rampur by-election, Azam Khan made adverse remarks against the constitutional body, Election Commission and the police.

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Azam Khan lands in trouble for speaking against Election Commission and Police, FIR filed in Rampur

The troubles of senior SP leader Azam Khan are not coming to an end. He has been booked for his comment on Election Commission now. In the latest case, an FIR has been registered against him for targeting the Election Commission and the police.

The case has been registered against Azam Khan on the complaint of Sujesh Kumar in Rampur’s police station and they are is probing the matter. Sujesh Rampur is in charge of the team formed by the Election Commission for the by-election, who looks after the work of video surveillance.

According to the complaint given to the police, during a meeting in the Rampur by-election, Azam Khan made adverse remarks against the constitutional body, Election Commission and the police. He was addressing a gathering in support of SP candidate Asim Raza.

It is being told that Azam Khan in his address to the SP supported had said, “come here, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and give the certificate of MLA, we will also clap like fools. You can’t alone fool around, allow us too,” as quoted in the complaint.

Reportedly, he had further said that one cannot govern and fool around at the same time and a country cannot be run like that. It is being alleged in the complaint that Azam Khan has tried to disturb the public peace by creating and inciting hatred among the people present in the public meeting and has also violated the code of conduct.

SP president Akhilesh Yadav was also present at the public meet on Thursday. He had also addressed the gathering to garner support for the party’s nominee Asim Raza in Rampur Sadar constituency.

For the unversed, about a month ago, the court of Rampur had sentenced Azam Khan in a case of hate speech, which also made him lose his legislature. On the other hand, seems like he is on the hit list of BJP as the Yogi government is registering cases against him one after the other.

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Hyderabad University suspends professor accused of molesting foreign student, detained by Cyberabad Police

On Saturday, a large number of students raised slogans and also protested in the university campus.

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Hyderabad University suspends professor accused of molesting foreign student, detained by Cyberabad Police

A case of alleged molestation of an international student (of foreign origin) by a Hindi professor has come to light in the University of Hyderabad main campus. Hundred of Students have sat on protested in the University of Hyderabad campus on Saturday.

Cyberabad police have taken the professor into custody after the complaint was filed in the University and the outrage reached the internet. After the professor was detained, the Hyderabad University has condemned the incident and suspended the accused professor.

Earlier, Shilpavalli of Hyderabad Police’s DCP Madhapur told that the Cyberabad Police of Telangana has taken a professor of Hyderabad University into custody on charges of molesting a foreign student. The student is a resident of Thailand and is doing her graduation from the University of Hyderabad. The matter is being thoroughly investigated by the Telangana Police.

Accused professor has been suspended with immediate effect

The University of Hyderabad has also issued an official statement regarding the entire episode. The university administration said that the institution condemns the incident that took place on December 2 between Professor Ravi Ranjan, Department of Hindi, and the foreign student. Based on the criminal complaint and FIR, the accused professor has been placed under suspension with immediate effect.

There was anger among the students since this incident. On Saturday, a large number of students raised slogans and also protested in the university campus. Several pictures from the protest has reached the internet. And tweeple have not only expressed their grief towards the foreign student but have also condemned the professor for turning into a nightmare.

Several users tweeted in anger and wrote that in a society where teachers, who are said to be our morale guide and mentors will only turn into a horror, where will this society moving towards. Another user wrote that in times like these we realize why it is so important to have a better way to appoint teachers and have a regular check on them.


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Election Commission reacts to 63.3 percent voter turnout in Gujarat, blames apathy in cities

The counting of votes will take place on December 8. The first phase of polling was held on Thursday for 89 seats in Saurashtra, Kutch and South Gujarat.

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Election Commission reacts to 63.3 percent voter turnout in Gujarat, blames apathy in cities

The Election Commission on Monday made a special appeal to voters ahead of the second phase of Gujarat elections. EC urged to remove the apathy regarding the voting seen in the urban areas in the last phase.

In the first phase of Gujarat elections, the polling in Surat, Rajkot and Jamnagar was lower than the state average of 63.3 per cent, as quoted by the the Election Commission in a statement. In the first phase of the 2017 elections in the state, the voter turnout was 66.75 percent.

The commission said that while the polling percentage increased in many constituencies, the average polling figure fell short of urban apathy in important districts. EC further said that even during the recent Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, the urban assembly constituency of Shimla showed the lowest turnout. The voter turnout was recorded at 62.53 percent (down by 13 percent) against the state average of 75.6 percent.

The Election Commission further said that cities in Gujarat have shown a similar trend of urban apathy in the assembly elections from December 1 which has led to a lower turnout in the first phase.

The high-voltage campaign for the second and final phase of the Gujarat assembly elections ended at 5 pm on Saturday. Over 800 candidates are in the fray in 93 constituencies spread across 14 districts in north and central Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Gandhinagar.

The counting of votes will take place on December 8. The first phase of polling was held on Thursday for 89 seats in Saurashtra, Kutch and South Gujarat. Prominent candidates in the second phase include Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel from Ghatlodiya, Patidar leader Hardik Patel from Viramgam and Other Backward Classes (OBC) leader Alpesh Thakor from Gandhinagar South.

For the unversed, Hardik Patel and Thakor are both BJP candidates. The main contest in the election is between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

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