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A massive traffic jam was reported on the Jaipur-Delhi carriageway of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on Wednesday morning due to the closure of one carriageway of the Hero Honda Chowk (HHC).

There was a five-kilometre-long queue of vehicles stretching from the junction to the Cloverleaf flyover due to traffic congestion.

Commuters are taking 45 minutes to cross the 4.7km stretch, which normally takes them 10 minutes.

The situation has not changed since 8:45 a.m. when peak morning traffic hours began.

Traffic police in Gurugram diverted vehicles heading towards Delhi from the toll bypass road located 3 kilometres before the Kherki Daula toll plaza via the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR), Sohna Road, and Golf Course Extension Road.

Traffic police officials advised commuters coming from Jaipur to take the toll bypass road to Delhi until the situation stabilised.

According to Gurugram traffic police officials, the service lanes are not equipped to handle the high volume of vehicles, causing heavy congestion along the five-kilometre stretch.

“The service lanes aren’t being able to sustain the large volume of vehicles, we have started diverting vehicles through the toll bypass road and via the arterial lanes located before HHC wherever possible,” said a senior Gurugram traffic police official.

According to traffic police officials, vehicle movement on the opposite carriageway, from Delhi to Jaipur, was largely unaffected.

Despite the fact that traffic officers issued a public advisory about the carriageway closure and route diversion on Tuesday, many residents said they were unaware of the changes.

“It took me over 40minutes to cross the HHC congestion. Traffic is moving at a snail’s pace. If I had known about its closure, I would have taken the toll bypass road to head to the office,” said Rahul Sinha, who works in sector 30.

The 1.4-kilometre-long carriageway of the HHC flyover was closed for six days beginning Wednesday due to a span load test work binge carried out along the stretch by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

The carriageway has developed two large holes since April 2018. The test is being carried out to determine whether the corrective measures were effective and whether the carriageway could withstand a heavy load of vehicle movement.

Commuters from Jaipur to Delhi must use the service roads of National Highway (NH) 48 instead of the flyover.

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Japan on high alert ahead of former PM Abe’s state funeral

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Japan has imposed tight security measures in the capital city Tokyo as it prepares to host foreign dignitaries for the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which will be attended by several foreign dignitaries.
The state-funded event on Tuesday has encountered growing criticism as it is expected to cost more than USD 11 million, with a large portion attributed to security costs, Japan’s Kyodo news reported.
Top-level security measures will be deployed, equivalent to those adopted during the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the police presence exceeding 18,000 personnel.
According to Kyodo, Police are taking extra precautions to ensure there is no gap in security given that Abe was shot down despite the presence of police while he was giving a public address.
The state funeral of Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated on July 8 in the city of Nara during a campaign speech, will take place on September 27. Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral.
Representatives from hundreds of countries and international organizations are expected to participate in the state funeral on Tuesday at the Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo, Japan Times reported.
Abe’s funeral will be the second state funeral for a former prime minister since World War 2. The first one was held in 1967 for Shigeru Yoshida.
Other deceased prime ministers received a joint Cabinet Office and Liberal Democratic Party service.
The state funeral ceremony will be the first major public event since new police security guidelines were implemented, including sniffer dogs at train stations and police patrols at Tokyo-area airports after Abe’s assassination.
Several foreign dignitaries are expected to attend the funeral service in Tokyo. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend Abe’s funeral. He will also separately meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
The funeral service will likely last for approximately one-and-a-half hours following which the national anthem of the country will be played, according to Japan Times.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will deliver a commemorative speech followed by addresses from other high-level delegates.
Japan’s royal family will also pay tributes to Abe at his state funeral, however, maintaining the line of Japanese tradition, Emperor Naruhito will not be attending the funeral, and their imperial envoys will pay their respects.
The funeral ceremony will finish with sending off Abe’s remains and placing remembrance wreaths. Abe was shot on 8 July in the Japanese city of Nara.

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China-Nepal rail plan has little support in landlocked nation

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China’s ambitious project in Nepal related to building a railway line in the landlocked nation has few supporters.
Although China plans to start a feasibility study for the 170 km Trans-Himalayan Tibet-Nepal railway, environmental and technical questions remain. Such concerns have been raised by Nepali experts, reported Eye of Nepal.
Moreover, the dispute over the blocked Nepal-China railway line has not yet been resolved. President Xi Jinping said in 2019 that the proposed line would transform Nepal.
But three years have passed and still the project has not received much support from the Nepalese leadership, engineers or environmentalists, reported Eye of Nepal.
Towards the end of 2018, China conducted a pre-feasibility study of a railway for Nepal, which clearly stated that it was a very difficult project due to the terrain gradient.
Th study estimates an investment of USD 2.75 billion for the 72.5 km section but unfortunately, the report of the study has not been made public yet, reported Eye of Nepal.
As a result, doubts have arisen in Nepal about the feasibility of the proposed railway. Aman Chitrakar of Nepal Railway said that this project will be as difficult as the third pole.
He said that the world’s most challenging railway engineering project is the 4,500-meter Tibetan Plateau route that reaches Kathmandu through the Himalayas. Technical experts have expressed serious concern about Nepal’s lack of capacity, reported Eye of Nepal.
While reviewing the technical reports, it was found that there is no technically qualified railway in Nepal and there is a lack of engineers who can evaluate the pros and cons of the proposed railway line.

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Tibetan lives are in danger due to China’s poorly handled zero-COVID policy

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The draconian measures adopted by China to enforce its zero-covid policy in the wake of rising covd-19 cases in Tibet has endangered the lives of Tibetans.
“The zero-covid policy is causing more harm than good. The mismanagement of the pandemic outbreak in Tibet only exposes Beijing’s failed covid-policy implementation,” read the Central Tibetan Administration press release.
In an attempt to present itself as a role model in curbing the outbreak, China is downright disregarding the safety and security of Tibetans in need of medical assistance and covid care evidenced by the dire lockdown conditions being reported and exposed online by a number of affected Tibetans.
Tibetans complained about crowded quarantine facilities, food scarcity, lack of medical supplies and unhygienic living conditions, added the release.
Some Tibetans said that the condition is worse than a prisoner and another Tibetan was beaten up for protesting against the dire living situation under the covid lockdown. Tibetans in the covid regions are being forcibly dragged to be put into isolation centres and their families have to live with the uncertainty of their return and updates in general.
The entire world suffered when the pandemic hit but the situation in Tibet could not have gotten worse since it was already in a saddening state. Tibetans in Tibet are stuck in another helpless state where the government is only focusing on carrying out their policy to seem like a capable nation.
China publicly reported the first Covid outbreak in Tibet on August 8 this year, with 22 cases of covid-positive in Lhasa and Ngari. This has been the first official admission of Covid in Tibet after the repeated public announcements of the zero-Covid policy in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) since early 2020, read the CTA release.
Within weeks, at least 3627 people had reportedly tested positive indicating a rapid increase.

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Cubans vote in landmark referendum on same-sex marriage, adoption

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Cubans voted in a landmark referendumon Sunday on whether to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption, allow surrogate pregnancies and give greater rights to non-biological parents.
Almost 6 million Cubans (around 69% of eligible voters) voted in the referendum, according to electoral officials.
Over 8 million Cubans over the age of 16 were eligible to vote “yes” or “no” for the proposal, which is supported by the communist government but criticized by Catholic and evangelical church leaders, reported DW News.
More than 79,000 neighbourhood meetings were held earlier this year to debate the proposal, which is backed by the communist government. Church leaders have expressed opposition to the idea.
The final week of campaigning saw the government flood TV, radio and social media with pro-equality messages, along with glitzy billboards, public rallies and tweets from President Miguel Diaz-Canel urging Cubans to vote yes “in favour of democracy,” reported DW News.
The official attitude toward homosexuality has changed significantly over the past 20 years after decades of persecution.
In 2019, the government sought to include same-sex marriage in the country’s new constitution but backed down after criticism from the Church. The Conference of Bishops has once again come out against the current proposal.
Political scientist Rafael Hernandez said the referendum on same-sex marriage is the “most important human rights legislation” in Cuba since the 1959 revolution, reported DW News.
However, the current economic unease may overshadow Cuba’s historic vote. Cuba is facing its worst economic crisis in 30 years due to a collapse in international tourism and ongoing US sanctions. The economic parameters of the country has been on a downward spiral for quite sometime now.

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October is amongst the best and most popular months to travel anywhere in the world. The month of October usually has a very pleasant weather with winter standing just at the door and festive vibes all around. Travelling in October is always full of excitement and new adventures. Generally, there are enough long weekends in October that you can easily plan getaways with your family or friends. This year Diwali, also happens to be around one of those October weekends, 4th weekend to be more specific. So, if you are from Delhi NCR and want to spend some quality time with your family away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then Resorts by the Baagh in Jim Corbett might just be the perfect place for you. Being just 6 hours away from Delhi, this luxurious resort makes the best weekend getaway option. If you are looking for a luxurious adventure stay this holiday season, then what are you waiting for? Make your Bookings TODAY!

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Resorts by the Baagh welcomes its guests by saying “Safari First & Check-in Next”. The scenic route to this resort will take you to various spectacular places including dense jungles. This place would give you a feel of safari even actually reaching the resort. This road to get to this resort actually passes through some of the most dense jungles that it is difficult to even get a network there at times. If you are lucky enough then you might be able to spot a big cat on your way. Moreover, the Sal trees covering the road with the Himalayan range being visible at a distance can be an extreme pleasure for your eyes. Therefore, it is not advisable for you to take this road after 6 in the evening. 

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In the evening, you can take part in the night safari or you can even stay back at the resort and enjoy the bonfire with live music. Every evening the resort organises games like tambola to entertain their audience. The resort is located near village Patkot which is the last village in that area. If you are an explorer then you can explore the village and meet the locals to know more about the culture of the place and how the people live. The souvenir shop is also one of the attractions of this hotel from where you can buy stuff and make your trip memorable. 

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Being away from the city’s busy chores, Resorts by the Baagh will give you a feel of home away from home, which makes it perfect to spend your festival at this luxurious place. Right from the moment when you enter the resort, you will experience a captivating fragrance which makes you at ease and feels like home. The opulent ambience of the resort will give you a luxe feel during your entire stay.

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This Diwali, spend some time with your loved ones in the lap of nature by staying in ultimate luxury at one of the best resorts in Jim Corbett. One can always recall his trip by remembering the place where he stayed during his trip. However, a good stay can make your trip memorable and add up to your adventurous travel experience. Experience opulence with a thrill of adventure this Diwali, Reserve your stay at Resorts by the Baagh Today. This 5-star luxury resort offers suites, villas, and luxury tents that become your retreat of calm and leisure from the hectic and noisy daily life.

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Seven dead after massive fire at South Korean shopping mall

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At least seven people were killed in a fire that erupted in a shopping mall’s basement on Monday in Daejeon, South Korea, according to officials.

Go Seung-cheol, a representative of the Daejeon Fire Headquarters, stated that after putting out the fire, firefighters were still looking for survivors. He claimed that some areas of the structure were still filled with smoke and that it wasn’t immediately evident if there were any other persons missing.

More than 110 people were evacuated, including mall employees and guests at a nearby hotel, after the fire broke out at around 7:45 a.m. and quickly spread across the loading dock area of the basement. The damage might have been worse, according to officials, if the fire had erupted during the mall’s regular business hours.

More than 500 firefighters and 90 vehicles were deployed to fight the fire, which was extinguished at around 3 p.m., Go said.

Photos taken at the scene showed a cloud of dark-gray smoke rising from beneath the structure while firefighters extinguished the fire with water hoses and other tools.

Lee Seung-han, a fire official at the Yuseong fire department, said six of the people found dead were mall employees and that officials were still trying to identify the other victim. Lee and Go had no immediate comment about the cause of death.

The cause of the fire was being looked into by police and fire personnel. According to eyewitness accounts cited by the local media, the fire may have been caused by the explosion of an electric vehicle that was charging in the basement.

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