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Locals welcome resumption of train services in J-K after nearly 1 year

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 22 (ANI): Train services in Jammu and Kashmir resumed on Monday after remaining suspended for nearly a year due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Today two trains chugged into the Kashmir valley between Banihal and Baramulla railway stations today.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter to say the resumption of the train service would enhance ease of movement and provide a “big boost” to the tourism sector.
Commuters at Srinagar station who travelled on the first day of the resumption expressed relief and joy as they said by taking the train they could easily beat the traffic.
“Am very glad that it has restarted. The commute is very peaceful and convenient. There is usually a lot of traffic on the roads and people who come to Srinagar via road have to face a lot of problems,” said Shubir Ahmad Neer, who was among the passengers who travelled from Benihal.
“I am very glad that train services have restarted. The commute is very peaceful and convenient. There is usually a lot of traffic and people who come to Srinagar by road are delayed by one to two hours. This is very reliable,” said Neer.
Station Superintendent Abdul Rashed appealed to people to continue following COVID-19 protocol prescribed by the government.
“People are glad that trains are functional now because they (trains) are punctual and do not face issues like traffic jams. I request all people to continue wearing masks and abide by social distancing norms,” Rashed told ANI.
The train services were launched in Kashmir in the year 2008. (ANI)

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CRPF jawans going on leave get MI-17 ferry facility in Kashmir to avoid Pulwama-like attack

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By Ankur Sharma
New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Days after the second anniversary of the Pulwama terrorist attack, the Government of India has provided ferry facility to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans deployed in Kashmir.
The soldiers going on leave from Kashmir will be transported to the nearby destination through an MI-17 helicopter to avoid IED attacks.
The decision was implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and an order has been issued by CRPF on Thursday.
“In view of the new threat from Magnetic IEDs and RCIEDs, Inspector General has desired ferrying of leave jawans through MI-17 helicopter to minimise the risk of IEDs on the convoy. Accordingly, three days per week have been earmarked for the transportation of troops,” said a letter, adding that CRPF issued a letter to its jawan detailing the format of getting the helicopter facility.
On February 14, Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) targeted a CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway near Pulwama in South Kashmir, killing 40 personnel.
This new facility will help the forces to avoid convoy travel by road.
The letter read, “Jawans will have to inform their units and submit a request at least before a day to get the helicopter facility.”
“It was a long-pending decision which has been implemented. Now, jawans and officers can be easily ferried through BSF MI-17 thrice in a week and there would not be any threat of IEDs as well. The decision has been taken just after the anniversary of the Pulwama attack (February 14) where 40 jawans were killed in a terror attack on a CRPF convoy,” a senior CRPF official told ANI.
However, it is unclear that till where this facility will ferry troops but it will be more likely till Jammu or Srinagar airport, the official claimed.
The step has been taken for the safety of jawans considering the threat from IEDs and Magnetic IEDs and it will avoid convoy movement by road, which came under target in the Pulwama attack. The service will be given thrice a week which can be used by jawans to get transport through a CRPF helicopter. (ANI)

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117 gelatin sticks, 350 detonators seized at Kozhikode railway station

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Kozhikode (Kerala) [India], February 26 (ANI): The Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Friday morning seized at least 117 gelatin sticks and 350 detonators from a train passenger in Kerala at the Kozhikode Railway Station.
The suspect, a train passenger, has been arrested in connection with the case. She was travelling in the Chennai Mangalapuram express.
The woman said that the explosives were meant for digging wells, informed security officials.
An RPF official said that the case will be handed over to the Police to probe in detail. (ANI)

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4 held for illegal liquor trade in UP’s Muzaffarnagar

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Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 26 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday arrested four members of a gang involved in interstate illegal liquor trade in Muzaffarnagar.
According to a police statement, a total of 8,50,000 counterfeit bottle caps and 2,60,000 fake labels of different premium liquor brands were seized from the possession of the accused.
“The accused were involved in illegal liqour trade in UP, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Delhi among other places in the country. During interrogation, they received information about factory and machines producing illegal bottle caps and wrapper of different brands,” it said.
Police said that further probe into the case is underway. (ANI)

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Priyanka Gandhi congratulates NSUI for winning majority of seats in Varanasi university election

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Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 26 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Friday congratulated the party’s student wing of Varanasi for winning the majority of seats in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth Students Union election.
Taking to Twitter, the Congress leader said, “The result of the election of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith Students’ Union in Varanasi is a glimpse of the youthful mind on the day when the youth has loudly demanded employment.”
She further said that with this win “the youth have stamped on issue-based politics.” Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all the winning student union representatives,” she added.
In the Bharatiya Janata Party ruled state, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency Varanasi, the panel of the Congress students wing NSUI (National Students’ Union of India) has won a majority of seats at the Kashi Vidyapith.
NSUI candidates won the posts of Vice President and General Secretary, giving a major jolt to the ABVP which faced a defeat. NSUI won 6 out of 8 seats. (ANI)

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‘Threat letter’ found in car carrying explosives near Mukesh Ambani’s residence

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 26 (ANI): A ‘threat letter’ was found in the car along with explosive materials from the car found near the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence on Thursday, said a source in Mumbai Police of Friday.
According to the source, the handwritten letter in ‘broken English’ was addressed to Mukesh Ambani and his wife Neeta Ambani.
“A letter was also found in the car with the explosives near Antilia. The handwritten letter was in broken English with grammatical mistakes and was addressed to Mukesh and Neeta Ambani. It is basically a threat letter calling the planted explosives a ‘trailer’ and a warning to return with more preparations to assassinate the whole family later,” said the source.
Mumbai Police had deployed its personnel outside Ambani’s house after explosive materials were found near his residence on Thursday.
“Police deploy police personnel across the city and are conducting searches. The vehicle has been seized for investigation. A letter has been found inside the suspicious vehicle,” Mumbai Police said yesterday.
A car carrying unassembled explosive materials was found abandoned at Carmichael Road in South Mumbai on Thursday evening, near the house of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.
The bomb squad and police teams have rushed to the site and a probe is underway.
According to Mumbai Police, the vehicle was examined by a Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), and gelatin, a substance often used to make explosives was recovered from it. (ANI)

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India reports 16,577 new COVID-19 cases, 120 deaths

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): As many as 16,577 new COVID-19 cases and 120 deaths were reported in India during the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Friday.
With this, the total coronavirus caseload in the country has gone up to 1,10,63,491, including 1,55,986 active cases and 1,07,50,680 discharges.
The COVID-19 death toll reached 1,56,825 on Friday with additional 120 deaths.
As per the Health Ministry, a total of 1,34,72,643 people in the country have been vaccinated against the virus.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16, 2021. The vaccination of the frontline workers started on February 2.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) informed today that the total number of samples has reached 21,46,61,465 as of Thursday, including 8,31,807 samples tested yesterday. (ANI)

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