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U’khand glacier burst: SDRF begins rescue operation at tunnel near Tapovan Dam in Chamoli

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Chamoli (Uttarakhand) [India], February 8 (ANI): The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) on Monday removed the debris and slush at the tunnel near Tapovan dam here in Chamoli district, following the glacier burst which led to heavy flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers.
Earlier today, SDRF members had to wait for the level of the Mandakini river to lower, to commence rescue operations for the people who are stranded in the tunnel.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s (ITBP) Public Relation Officer had earlier said that almost 30 labourers have been trapped inside tunnel number 1 in Tapovan area, adding that 12 workers were rescued from tunnel number 2 after a part of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off at Joshimath in Chamoli.
ITBP, Indian Army, the SDRF and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) forces are engaged in the retrieval in the affected areas.
Meanwhile, a canine squad has also been deployed to carry out the search operation near the Tapovan dam.

Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam, also known as Rishi Ganga Project was completely washed off following a glacier burst in the Chamoli, said the Indian Air Force’s initial report as Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) deployed at Joshimath has undertaken recce of affected areas.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakhs each to the kin of those who lost their lives due to the glacial burst.
On the cause of the disaster, the Chief Minister said experts can tell the reason behind the glacier outburst, adding the government is focusing on saving the lives of people and the rescue operation.
A glacial broke in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand on Sunday led to massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers and damaged houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project. (ANI)

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COVID-19: Western Railways, BMC collect Rs 5.97 lakh in fines

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 28 (ANI): Amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, the Western Railways in a joint effort with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) collected a total fine of Rs 5.97 lakh during February.
As per a statement, 3,819 people were fined after they were caught without face masks in public spaces.
With 430 fines, the highest number of cases were reported on February 26, resulting in a collection of Rs 75,200 in fines.
Maharashtra continues to report the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases across the country, and reported as many as 8,623 new cases, 3,648 recoveries, and 51 deaths on Saturday, the State Health Department informed.
The total cases in the state now stands at 21,46,777, including 20,20,951 recoveries, 52,092 deaths and 72,530 active cases.
Owing to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had said on February 21 that the following eight days would decide whether there will be a lockdown in the state. (ANI)

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Krishna Dhaba owner’s son injured in terrorist attack dies in Srinagar

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 28 (ANI): The son of the owner of popular food joint Krishna Dhaba who was injured in the terrorist attack on the eatery, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning.
“Woke up to extremely distressing news. Young Akash Mehra who was shot at by terrorists at Krishna Dhaba has succumbed to his injuries at SMHS Hospital. I share the pain and grief of his family and stand by them as they mourn this inconsolable loss. May his soul rest in peace,” Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor of Srinagar in a tweet.
On February 17, terrorists belonging to the ‘Muslim Jaanbaz Force’, an offshoot of proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba attacked Krishna Dhaba’ in Srinagar’s Durganag area when 24 foreign diplomats were visiting the union territory.
On February 19, Jammu and Kashmir police arrested three terrorists of ‘Muslim Jaanbaz Force’ in connection with the attack, which police said was aimed at terrorising non-locals living in the valley and disrupting tourist activity.
The arrested terrorists were identified as Suhail Ahmad Mir, resident of Dangerpora Nowgam, Owais Manzoor Sofi, resident of Dangarpora and Vilayat Aziz Mir, a resident of Hanipora Wampora Pulwama.
The police had said that the arrest of the trio and the recovery of weapon of crime (pistol) and grenade, along with other incriminating material including the bike used by them, within hours of attack is a big success for the Jammu and Kashmir police. (ANI)

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‘BJP’s Ranjit Das insulted us’: BPF leader Pramila Rani Brahma joins Congress

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Kokrajhar (Assam) [India], February 28 (ANI): Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) leader Pramila Rani Brahma on Sunday, has decided to join Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Ranjit Das has insulted us a lot. In the next elections, we will not be with the BJP. We have now decided to go with Congress-led alliance,” Brahma told ANI.
“I have made an agreement with BJP five years back. As long as BJP will be in power, I will have the right to be part of it. But I have decided I will not be a part of BJP in this upcoming election,” she further added.
Ahead of the Assembly elections in Assam, the BPF on Saturday announced to join the Congress-led coalition ‘Mahajath’ after breaking away with the BJP-led alliance.
“To work for Peace, Unity, and Development and to bring a stable government, free from corruption in Assam, the BPF has decided to join hands with the MAHAJATH,” BPF leader Hagrama Mohilary said in a statement on Facebook.
In 2016, the BJP scripted history and formed the government for the first time in the state ending Congress’s 15-year rule. BJP and its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BPF won a combined 86 seats in the 126 member Assam Assembly. BJP bagged 60 seats, AGP 14 and BPF 12 seats.
Congress, which ran the state for three straight terms under the leadership of Tarun Gogoi, could manage to win only 26 seats.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won nine of the 14 parliamentary seats while its allies the AGP and the BPF drew a blank.
The election for 140-member Kerala Assembly in 14 districts will be held in a single phase on April 6 and the tenure of the 14th Kerala legislative assembly will come to an end on June 1, 2021. (ANI)

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Congress-Left alliance to hold massive election rally in West Bengal today

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Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], February 28 (ANI): The Congress and the Left parties are set to hold a massive election rally in West Bengal today, said Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday before he left for the state ahead of the assembly elections set to take place next month.
“A huge election campaign will take place in the Brigade Parade Ground in West Bengal. I will also get a chance to address the rally. Elections are set to be held in eight phases and the electoral atmosphere has been created there. I am confident we are going to make the next government,” Congress leader told reporters.
When asked about Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who said West Bengal had been ruined by the Congress and the Communist Party of India, Bhagel said, “The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is inciting riots even before they come to power. If this is the situation now, the people know well what will happen if they come to power.”
This comes ahead of the state assembly elections that are set to take place in eight phases beginning March 27. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said, “30 Assembly constituencies in five districts will go to polls in the first phase on March 27. 30 Assembly constituencies in four districts will go to polls in the second phase on April 1. In the third phase, 31 constituencies in 3 districts will go to the polls on April 6. 44 constituencies in five districts will go for polling on April 10.”
“In the fifth phase, 45 constituencies in six districts will witness polling on April 17. 43 constituencies in four districts in the sixth phase will go to polls on April 22. 36 constituencies in five districts in the seventh phase will go for polling on April 26. In the eighth and final phase, 35 constituencies in four districts will witness polling on April 29,” added Arora. (ANI)

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PM Modi congratulates Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on successful launch of Amazonia-1 satellite

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New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): Terming the successful launch of Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C51 as a “historic moment”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro.
“Congratulations President Jair Bolsonaro on the successful launch of Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite by PSLV-C51. This is a historic moment in our space cooperation and my felicitations to the scientists of Brazil,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
Prime Minister also congratulated ISRO and NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under the Department of Space for the launch.
“Congratulations to NSIL and ISRO on the success of the 1st dedicated commercial launch of PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 Mission. This ushers in a new era of Space reforms in the country. 18 co-passengers included four small satellites that showcase dynamism and innovation of our youth,” he said in another tweet.
ISRO informed that primary satellite Amazonia-1 successfully separated from PSLV C51. It also said that all co-passenger satellites have been separated from PSLV-C51.
ISRO in its first launch in 2021, launched PSLV-C51 carrying Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites on Sunday at 10:24 am.
A Brazilian delegation was present at Satish Dhawan Space Centre for the launch. ISRO chief K. Sivan was also present.
PSLV-C51/Amazonia-1 is the first dedicated commercial mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under the Department of Space. The NSIL is undertaking this mission under a commercial arrangement with Spaceflight Inc. USA.
Amazonia-1 is the optical earth observation satellite of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). This satellite would further strengthen the existing structure by providing remote sensing data to users for monitoring deforestation in the Amazon region and analysis of diversified agriculture across the Brazilian territory.
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C51), which is the 53rd mission of PSLV launched Amazonia-1 of Brazil as the primary satellite. A total of 18 Co-passenger satellites were also lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 10:24 am on Sunday.
The 18 co-passenger satellites include four from IN-SPACe (three UNITYsats from the consortium of three Indian academic institutes and One Satish Dhawan Sat from Space Kidz India) and 14 from NSIL. (ANI)

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Delhi advocate arrested for input tax credit fraud of Rs 50.03 cr

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New Delhi [India], February 28 (ANI): The officers of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Commissionerate, Delhi East have unearthed a network of fictitious firms used by their operator to generate and pass on fake Input Tax Credit (ITC) of Goods and Services Tax (GST), said Union Ministry of Finance.
The network of fake firms was being operated by Vishal, who is an advocate by profession and was practising law in Karkardooma Court, Delhi, the Ministry said in a press statement.
It said that Vishal started this GST fraud by the creation of a fictitious firm in his own name which he got registered at his residence.
Subsequently, he arranged various Know Your Customer (KYCs) of different persons to create multiple fictitious firms having no business activity and created solely for the purpose of passing on fake Input Tax Credit and defrauding the Government exchequer, it added.
Multiple KYCs and cheques were resumed during the search of his residence. He used to pass on fake Input Tax Credit to his clients in exchange for a commission of 2 per cent of the invoice amount. The total fake Input Tax Credit passed on quantified so far is Rs 50.03 crore which is expected to increase as the investigation progresses.
Vishal, Advocate masterminded a deep-rooted criminal conspiracy to defraud the government and knowingly committed offences specified under Section 132(1)(b) and 132(1)(c) of the CGST Act, 2017 which are cognizable and non-bailable offences as per the provisions of Section 132(5) and punishable under clause (i) of subsection 1 of Section 132 of the Act ibid, the press statement read.
Vishal has been arrested under Section 69(1) of the CGST Act, 2017 and produced before the Duty Magistrate on February 27 who remanded him to judicial custody of 14 days till March 13, the Finance Ministry said adding that further investigation in the case is in process.
It is pertinent to mention here that since the inception of GST Central Tax, Delhi Zone has made 27 arrests in various cases involving GST evasion amounting to more than Rs 4019.95 crore, the press statement added. (ANI)

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