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Nine dead, three injured after bridge collapses in Himachal Pradesh




On Sunday, at least nine people died while three were injured in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district after a bridge collapsed as a result of boulders rolling down a hill due to a landslide.

Saju Ram Rana, Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur district, said that the nine persons who died were tourists traveling in a vehicle. A rescue team is present on the spot. “Nine persons died and three are injured after boulders rolled downhill due to landslide in Kinnaur. The Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. Rescue team present at the spot,” Rana was quoted saying by ANI.

Owing to a landslide, rocks fell from a hill near Batseri to Sangla Chitkul road, and 11 people, including the driver, were in the tempo traveler. The rest suffered injuries, along with another passerby who was walking on the road.

“The people sitting in the traveller were from different parts of the country and had come to Kinnaur to visit. Police Home Guards and ITBP personnel have reached the site for rescue operations. The QRT team of Sangla Police is engaged in extracting the dead bodies,” the SP told ANI.

The connectivity of Sangla valley was cut off from the rest of the state as the Batseri Bridge over Baspa river has collapsed due to the fall of big boulders and massive landslide, and the administration was facing difficulty in carrying out rescue operation and restoration work.

DC Kinnaur, Abid Husain said that the administration along with the local people was engaged in rescue work on a war footing and the people have been advised to stay away from the area.

Jai Ram Thakur, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh expressed deep grief over the deaths of people due to the incident.

He directed the administration to ensure immediate relief and rescue operations and to provide immediate relief to the affected.

“The accident in Kinnaur’s Batseri due to landslide is heart-wrenching. It is very sad that a vehicle carrying tourists came under this, in which 9 died and 3 others also got injured. May God grant peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved family,” Thakur tweeted

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP Nat president also expressed grief over the tragic incident and condoled to the families of the affected.

The monsoon season is wreaking havoc in Himachal. Kinnaur, Lahul Spiti, Kullu Chamba, Mandi and Shimla districts are the worst-hit areas.

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DSP Faridkot held for accepting bribe from drug supplier



Punjab Police on Wednesday arrested Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Faridkot Lakhvir Singh for accepting Rs 10 lakhs as a bribe from a drug supplier for not nominating him in the FIR registered under NDPS Act in Tarn Taran, said the Director-General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav.

The development came after the Tarn Taran district police had arrested a drug supplier identified as Pishora Singh from a petrol pump near Patti Morh after recovering 250 grams of opium and Rs 1 lakh of drug money from his possession on Sunday. Accused Pishora, a resident of village Model Boparai in Tarn Taran, was wanted in the FIR dated 30 June 2022, in which his aide Surjit Singh of village Mari Megha in Tarn Taran was arrested with 900grams of opium.

DGP Gaurav Yadav said that during the investigation by the Tarn Taran Police, Surjit revealed that he had purchased opium from Pishora, who is the main drug supplier.

“When Police started conducting raids to arrest him, Pishora tried to bribe Patti CIA in-charge by offering Rs 7-8 lakhs through ASI Rashpal Singh (posted as MHC CIA Patti), in lieu of not arresting and nominating him in this case, but the in-charge refused to accept the bribe,” he said while adding that the Police teams continued their efforts to arrest Pishora.

Later, Pishora met Rashpal Singh’s brother Hira Singh through his acquaintance Nishan Singh of village Sito in Tarn Taran, and together they approached DSP Lakhvir, who also happened to be the cousin of Hira Singh, where the DSP negotiated the settlement at Rs 10 lakhs to help the drug supplier, said the DGP, adding that the accused DSP instructed Hira to keep the amount with him.

On the disclosure of Pishora Singh, the Police have also recovered Rs 9.97 lakhs from the house of Hira Singh.

Reiterating the commitment of the Punjab government to make Punjab a corruption-free state, DGP Gaurav Yadav unequivocally said that any Police officer/official found indulged in corruption will not be spared.  

SSP Tarn Taran Ranjit Singh Dhillon said that the Police have also nominated ASI Rashpal Singh, Nishan Singh and Hira Singh in the FIR and raids are being conducted to nab them.

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall and thunderstorm/lightning are very likely over Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala over the next five days.

“Isolated extremely heavy rainfall also likely over south Gujarat Region and ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra on 8 July and over Konkan and Goa on 7 July and 8 July,” the IMD said.

The weather forecasting agency also predicted scattered rainfall activity with isolated heavy rainfall likely over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal during the next five days.

“Widespread rainfall with isolated heavy rainfall and thunderstorm/lightning likely over Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh and Odisha during next five days,” it added. 

As heavy rainfall lashed Mumbai, severe waterlogging was recorded in several parts of the city. Waterlogging was recorded in Dadar and Sion areas after Powai Lake started overflowing on Tuesday due to the downpour.

A landslide was also reported near Pratapgarh Fort in Maharashtra’s Satara district on Wednesday following heavy rainfall. No casualties have been reported so far. Another landslide incident was reported on Tuesday in Ghatkopar’s Panchsheel Nagar in Mumbai amidst heavy rains, demolishing a house.

The Central railway informed that the trains on all corridors are running, however, some main and harbour line trains are running late. Several rivers in the state have reached the warning level. The Kundalika River has crossed the warning level and the water level of Amba, Savitri, Patalganga, Ulhas and Garhi rivers is slightly below the warning level.

The IMD also issued an orange alert for Thane, Palghar, Pune, Beed, Latur, Jalna, Parbhani and several other areas in Maharashtra for the next five days. Ratnagiri and Raigad are on red alert.

Amidst the downpour, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde directed officials to monitor the situation and keep the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) squads ready, said the CM’s office (CMO) on Tuesday.

Particularly in Raigad, Ratnagiri, Thane, Palghar, Sindhudurg and Kolhapur districts, the Chief Minister has directed citizens to inform about the rising water and flood situation due to rains and make arrangements at appropriate places for evacuation.

Apart from this, the Chief Minister directed the district collectors and the Water Resources Department to remain alert and take proper precautions as the water of the Jagbudi and Kajli rivers is flowing at the warning level.

Meanwhile, several people have been feared washed away in flash floods caused by a cloud burst that wreaked havoc at Choj nullah in Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu district. The incident has caused considerable damage to the properties and also destroyed the only bridge that leads to the village.

“Flash flood hits Manikaran valley of Kullu district due to heavy rainfall, dozens of houses and camping sites damaged in Choj village,” said Kullu Superintendent of Police Gurdev Sharma.

As many as four people are missing, added the police. He also said that the police and rescue teams are on the spot. “At Chojh village, 4-6 persons and 5 cattle heads are feared washed away. Another landslide occurred on Kasol-Jaimala Road,” added State Emergency Operation Centre in its bulletin.

At Malana Project & II Tehsil Bhuntar of Kullu, a building of the Project has been damaged. In the incident, 25 to 30 employees were stuck in the building. They have been rescued. The SDM Kullu, police and fire team carried out the rescue operation.

Incessant heavy rain continues in Shimla since late Tuesday night.

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After having a glance at the ongoing law and order scenario in Haryana, what comes to fore that be it commoners, businessmenartists or legislators, no one seems safe as gangsters are threatening all for ransom. Three MLAs in Haryana have received threats in the last few days. It’s a matter of serious concern. Former CM and Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda has demanded proper security for the three MLAs.

The issue of law and order situation continues to add to the woes of police department requiring them to come up with full proof strategy to nab and tighten the noose around the neck of hard core criminals. 

Recently, a BJP MLA Sanjay Singh filed a complaint to police saying that he had received threats from an associate of the notorious Neeraj Bawana gang with a demand for Rs 5 lakh and got an extortion message on WhatApp. Following this, he lodged another police complaint alleging that he received two threats messages that threatened him with dire consequences if he did not pay Rs 5 lakh to the Bawana gang. Regarding this, an FIR was registered under sections 506, 384 and 387 of the IPC. Apart from this, two of the Congress MLAs named Renu Bala and Surendra Pawar had been threatened by miscreants. Such incidents bring the state police under scanner. 

Thus, the state continues to witness a spurt in extortion calls with a string of callers using names of gangsters Bawana, Lawrence Bishnoi and Kala Jatheri and many more. 

Pertaining to this, former CM and Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda has stated that the law and order situation has completely collapsed under the BJP-JJP government and made it a stronghold of criminals. Further he said that no one is safe in the state, neither common man nor MLA. Hooda demanded proper security for all the MLAs and action against those who have been threatened.

Apart from aforesaid, film producer and real estate businessman Jagbir Singh had received a threat call demanding Rs 2 crore as extortion money and he was threatened by two miscreants saying that if he does not pay the money, he must leave the city as soon as possible. Besides, the notorious elements are active at large scale in Gurugram, Faridabad, Rohtak, Sonipat, Jhajjar, and many more, especially during the last few months. Mushrooming of hardcore criminals at such scale is an alarming situation and the police department is required control the worsening situation. 

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Slamming Congress on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Syama Prasad Mukherjee on Wednesday, BJP national president JP Nadda said that only the grand-old party and then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru refused to order an inquiry into the “mysterious” death of the Bhartiya Jana Sangha (BJS) founder. The remarks of the BJP chief came after paying tributes to Mukherjee. 

 Nadda said, «He (Syama Prasad Mukherjee) went to Jammu and Kashmir without a permit on 11 May. He was arrested on the same date. He died in the Srinagar jail on 23 June in a mysterious way. His mother had written a letter to Nehru demanding an enquiry. Only Congress and Nehru know why the enquiry was not conducted.»

«He founded the BJS as he was saddened by the appeasement policy of Nehru. He said that the imposition of Article 370 is harmful to the country. He gave a slogan against it,» he added. Nadda said, «We lost a leader but we kept on marching to make his journey come true. Article 370 was scrapped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. This is a true tribute to BJS.» 

The BJP chief said that a «true tribute» to the BJS founder as a party worker would be to «invest the lives to strengthen our country».

Mukherjee served as the Minister for Industry and Supply in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru›s cabinet. BJS, founded in 1951, is the ideological parent organisation of the BJP.

According to the BJP›s official website, on the issue of the Delhi pact with Likayat Ali Khan, Mukherjee resigned from the Cabinet on 6 April 1950. Later on 21 October 1951, he founded BJS in Delhi and became its first president. Mukherjee went to visit Kashmir in 1953 and was arrested on 11 May. He died as «detenu» on 23 June 1953. 

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SC stays HC order restraining amendment to AIADMK’s bylaws



The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the 23 June division bench order of the Madras High Court order that had restrained the AIADMK General Council from amending the party bylaws during its meeting.

A vacation bench of Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Krishna Murari issued notice to the O. Panneerselvam (OPS) camp and asked the parties to file their affidavit within two weeks. The bench observed that Courts cannot interfere with the inner functioning of a political party. The apex court also clarified that the 11 July General Council can proceed in accordance with the law.

“Notice issued to respondents, returnable in two weeks. Given facts and circumstances of the case and subject matter of litigation and High Court orders, we considered apt that operation and effect of order 23 June, shall remain stayed,” the bench stated in its order.

The apex court was hearing the plea filed by AIADMK leader Edappadi K. Palaniswami (EPS) against the High Court order.

Senior advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan for EPS told the bench that the division bench held an extraordinary sitting at midnight at the residence of one of the judges and passed an order at 4 am to restrain the General Council from passing any resolutions. “This amounted to judicial interference with the internal functioning of a political party,” he said, adding that as far as interference in the internal management of political parties is concerned High Court’s jurisdiction is limited.

He submitted, “The attempt is to stop the internal democracy of the party by a person who does not have the support of majority members.”

The bench also observed that the direction of the division bench amounts to the court telling the party how it should function. “Can such an order be passed even at the final decree stage, let alone the interim stage?” it asked.

Senior advocate Maninder Singh appearing for OPS group opposed the plea of EPS saying coordinator, and joint coordinator posts have to be there till September 2022. “From 2017 there is a system. This system has worked for the last five years. It became a problem because this person now wants to throw away joint leadership for unitary leadership,” Singh said. 

The bench said, “Who wants to do what within the party forum is essentially within that compact only. Is it our jurisdiction? These things have to be worked out internally. You have to work out all your friendship and dispute at the platform of…” 

What’s bothering us is that you are part of the General Council, decide everything there, why in a judicial forum, asked the bench to the counsels.

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Noting that there must be “big reason” for 50 MLAs to leave a ruling alliance, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday said that the previous MVA government which had Congress and Shiv Sena as constituents could not take a decision when matters concerning Hindutva or Veer Savarkar or that on Mumbai blasts and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim came up.

In an exclusive interview with ANI, Shinde said, “Shiv Sena, BJP contested 2019 assembly elections together but the government was formed with Congress, NCP. Due to this, whenever issues of Hindutva came up, matters relating to Savarkar came up, Mumbai blast issue came up, Dawood Ibrahim issue came up and other issues when (these) came, we were unable to take a decision.” He was referring to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik who was arrested by the ED in February this year in connection with a money-laundering probe linked to the activities of fugitive gangster Dawood and his aides.

Uddhav Thackeray earlier referred to the incident when in the Assembly Devendra Fadnavis asked Shinde to stop talking. “But how will it stop. The brakes of the autorickshaw failed. Earlier, the BJP used to call the MVA government a three-wheeler government but now the person who drives a three-wheeler is running the government,” Uddhav had said.

To this, Shinde gave an appropriate reply, “(Auto) rickshaw has left the Mercedes behind because this government is for common people, this is a government to give justice to every section. We will perform in a way that every constituent, everyone feels it is my government, it will work for me. This will be the difference.”

He said they had decided to take further “Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray’s ideology. “We have decided to take our Hindu Hriday Samrat Balasaheb Thackeray’s Hindutva ideology, his role further. If 50 MLAs take such a step, then there must be a big reason for it. Nobody takes such a big decision for small reason. Even a corporator does not take such a decision. Why did 50 MLAs take such a decision? There was a need to think about this,” Shinde said. He also said that “they are not doing anything illegal” and have followed all constitutional steps for the formation of new government in the state.

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