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Uttarakhand glacial burst: Rescue ops halted as water level surges in Rishiganga River

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Chamoli (Uttarakhand) [India], February 11 (ANI): The rescue operation has temporarily halted in Chamoli district following a rise in the level of water in the Rishiganga River, informed Deputy General of Police (DGP) Uttarakhand Ashok Kumar on Thursday.
“Orders have been given to vacate the areas downstream,” he said.
A rescue was underway inside the Tapovan tunnel in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. Around 30 people are feared trapped inside the tunnel.

The Chamoli Police also informed that the water level in the Rishiganga is rising and the people living in nearby areas are being alerted.
The police have requested people to be on alert and not to panic.
As many as 35 bodies have been recovered from different areas hit by the glacier burst in Chamoli district, while 204 people are still missing.
A glacial broke in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand on Sunday, which led to massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers and damaged houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project. (ANI)

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Income Tax searches continue at KWAN Talent Management Agency in Mumbai

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 4 (ANI): Searches by the Income Tax Department at the commerce centre of KWAN Talent Management Agency in Mumbai continued for the second day.
The raids had started on Wednesday.
Earlier on Wednesday, Income Tax officials conducted raids at the properties of film director Anurag Kashyap, film producer Vikas Bahl and actor Taapsee Pannu in Mumbai, sources said.
Offices and residences of Kashyap, Bahl and Pannu were searched in the raids, sources in the Income Tax Department added. (ANI)

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2 criminals shot dead in encounter with UP STF in Prayagraj

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Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 4 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) has shot dead two criminals in an encounter here in Arail.
They were involved in the 2013 murder case of the then deputy jailer Anil Kumar Tyagi, at the behest of gangsters Munna Bajrangi and Mukhtar Ansari, police said.
The two criminals who have been shot dead in the encounter late on Wednesday night have been identified as Vakeel Pandey alias Rajeev Pandey and HS Amjad alias Pintu. They were the members of the Mafia Munna Bajrangi gang and the notorious sharpshooter Dilip Mishra gang.
“Two criminals died in an encounter at Arail in Prayagraj. They have been identified as Vakeel Pandey alias Raju Pandey (carrying a reward of Rs 50,000) and Amjad alias Pintu. They had killed deputy jailer Anil Tyagi in Varanasi in 2013,” Navendu Singh, CO, Uttar Pradesh STF told ANI.
Both the criminals hailed from the Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh.
A 30 mm and a 9 mm pistol, live cartridge and a motorcycle have been recovered from the incident spot.
Both the criminals were in the district of Prayagraj with the motive of killing elite/political people, police said. (ANI)

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Money laundering case: ED summons Ebrahim Kunju for interrogation on Mar 22

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Kochi (Kerala) [India], March 4 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has served a notice to former Public Works Minister and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) MLA VK Ebrahim Kunju, asking him to appear before its Kochi office on March 22 for interrogation in connection with a money laundering case.
The ED has also asked him to produce the details of his income and assets for verification.
The notice was served on Kunju in connection with the alleged deposit of around Rs 10 crore into the account of IUML mouthpiece, Chandrika daily in 2016. The money was allegedly credited through two banks following demonetisation. (ANI)

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BJP’s CEC to meet today, likely to finalise first list of candidates for upcoming Assembly polls

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New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): The Central Election Committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will meet on Thursday and is likely to finalise its first list of candidates for Assembly polls in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief Jagat Prakash Nadda, and other senior party leaders will attend the meeting which is scheduled to be held in the evening today at party headquarters here.
BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and party’s Central Observer for West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya arrived in Delhi on Wednesday to attend the CEC meeting.
On Wednesday, Nadda, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his Cabinet colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma met Shah at his residence here to discuss strategy for Assam Assembly elections ahead of the CEC meeting.
The polling in four states and Puducherry will be held between March 27 and April 29. The counting of votes will be held on May 2.
As many as 18.68 crore electors will cast vote at 2.7 lakh polling stations in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry, said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora.
A total of 824 assembly constituencies shall be going for polls in four states–Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam– and the Union Territory of Puducherry. (ANI)

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Odisha government claims no loss of life in Similipal forest fire

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], March 4 (ANI): The Odisha government on Wednesday has claimed that there was no loss of life in the Similipal National Park fire, which has been raging for around a week and continues to rage the forest area, according to Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
The statement came after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the fire situation at Similipal National Park a day after Union Environment, forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar sought a report on the devastating fire at the Park, one of the major biospheres in the country.
According to CMO’s official release, at a high-level meeting with senior government officials, CM Patnaik instructed officials to be vigilant and take all precautionary measures to combat the forest fire.
The Chief Minister said that “Shimlipal is not only a treasure trove of Odisha or India but also an invaluable asset of the whole world, CMO said in a release.
Additional Chief Secretary Department of Forests and Environment, Dr Mona Sharma informed that the blaze has been brought under control.
Sharma said that no casualties were reported so far and standard operating procedures have been issued to control the fire and no major trees have been damaged.
She also informed that the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Wildlife is monitoring the situation and preventive steps at the Spot.
Earlier on Tuesday Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has tweeted that “Distressed to learn about the forest fires raging in Simlipal Tiger Reserve from social media platforms. Request the urgent attention of Union Minister for Environment & Forest, Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on this alarming situation at one of the most important biosphere reserves of the country.”
Later Union Minister Prakash Javadekar informed through a tweet that “he orders officers to take immediate action to report the issue.” (ANI)

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SC to hear petitions by women Army officers over permanent commission

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New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday will hear a batch of petitions on a plea by women officers in the Indian Army who had approached the Apex Court over non-implementation of its order to grant them a permanent commission.
The petitions demand direction that contempt proceedings be initiated against those who had allegedly failed in their duty to comply with the apex court’s earlier judgement.
The top court earlier ordered that the permanent commission will apply to all women officers in the Indian Army in service, irrespective of their years of service. It also ordered that after the judgement of Delhi High Court, Centre should grant permanent commission to women officers.
Last year, the SC had ordered the Central government to grant Permanent Commission (PC) to them in the Army’s non-combat support units on par with their male counterparts.
A bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Dr D Y Chandrahud, and also comprising Justice M R Shah, earlier fixed the matter for a final hearing to February 24.
One such petition was filed by one woman officer, through her lawyer, Chitrangda Rastravara and Advocate on Record (AOR) Archana Pathak Dave, before the Supreme Court seeking its immediate direction to implement its earlier order.
The Army, however, claimed that out of 615 women officers, there are 422 who are eligible and found fit for PC in the Army. But in reality, only 277 out of 422 have been granted PC and the remaining number i.e. 145 are those officers who are either non-optees or whose result is withheld due to medical and administrative reasons, 193 officers have been denied PC, Chitrangda said.
According to her petition, this figure of 422 is a figure only for good optics and does not truly portray the actual number. Thus, finding those officers who are non-optees fit for PC and denying the same to optees smacks of gross arbitrariness. (ANI)

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