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Uttarakhand glacier burst: Union Home Secy Ajay Bhalla to hold review meeting

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Chamoli (Uttarakhand) [India], February 22 (ANI): Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Monday will hold a meeting to discuss further course of action on the lake created after flash floods in Chamoli district, said sources.
The meeting is scheduled for today with SS Deswal Director General (DG), ITBP, Uttarakhand officials and other senior officials.
According to the sources, the progress of rescue and relief work will be discussed in the meeting by top government officials.
Last week the DG ITBP visited Chamoli and reviewed the rescue operations. He visited the tunnel where workers have been stuck since February 7.
“After a detailed survey of the lake formed in the upper reaches of Chamoli, ITBP and DRDO teams returned to Joshimath. The report will be submitted to the administration. Teams of Geological Survey of India and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology will also reach the spot and ITBP teams will provide them support,” ITBP had said.
Search operations and dewatering process continue in the Tapovan barrage area and tunnel respectively, in Chamoli district. A total of 68 bodies have been recovered so far following the glacier burst in Uttarakhand.
A glacier burst in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on February 7 led to massive flooding in the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers which damaged houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project. (ANI)

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In democracy, Centre can never dare to make such laws that will harm farmers: Tomar

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday said the Centre can never dare to make laws that will harm farmers.
“In a democracy, a government can never dare to make such a law that will harm farmers,” said Narendra Singh Tomar at Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela 2021 in Delhi.
The Union Minister in a tweet in Hindi informed: “The three-day Pusa Krishi Vigyan Mela organized by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) is inaugurated today. This time the theme of this fair is ‘Atmanirbhar Kisan (translated as a self-reliant farmer)’.”
“If the farmers of the country are strong, then the village will be strong. If the village will be strong, then the agricultural sector will be prosperous. If the agricultural sector will be prosperous, then India will be prosperous. Only then will India be established as the best nation in the world in the coming tomorrow,” said Tomar in Hindi.
“I call upon the farmers of the country to explore the advantages of this new agricultural research along with government schemes, make agricultural sector atmanirbhar and make our country atmanirbhar,” said Union Minister.
“This fair is called Krishi Kumbh, in which a large number of common farmers, progressive farmers have come forward from all over the country,” he tweeted.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar earlier on Thursday reiterated that the central government is ready to talk to protesting farmers at any time.
This comes as farmer leader Rakesh Tikait had on Tuesday announced plans for marching to the Parliament with 40 lakh tractors in order to intensify pressure on the central government to withdraw the three farm laws.
Since November 26 last year, farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital, against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

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Himachal Pradesh: 5 houses gutted in fire in Shimla

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Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], February 26 (ANI): Five houses were gutted in fire in the Nankhari area of Shimla on Thursday.
Locals were gathered at the spot and were seen dousing the fire.
More details awaited.
Yesterday, a fire broke out at a three-storeyed house in Raila village of Kullu district.
On February 10, a similar incident took place wherein a fire broke out in some houses along a hillside in Shimla. (ANI)

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COVID-19: Rajasthan govt makes COVID test mandatory for travellers arriving from Maharashtra, Kerala

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Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], February 26 (ANI): Amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country, the Rajasthan government on Thursday tightened restrictions for travellers arriving from Maharashtra and Kerala.
The state government has made it mandatory for travellers from these states to produce a negative COVID-19 test report upon their arrival in the state.
“Travellers from Maharashtra and Kerala to Rajasthan should provide negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours on their arrival,” read the statement by the government.
On February 24, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir for supporting them in public health measures for targeted COVID response and management.
According to the official release, the three-member multidisciplinary teams will work closely with the states and UT administration and ascertain the reasons for the recent surge in the number of COVID19 cases. They will also coordinate with health authorities of the states and UT for requisite COVID19 control measures to break the chain of transmission.
The health ministry has advised states and UTs for regular critical review of the emerging situation with concerned district officials to ensure that gains made so far in COVID management are not lost. (ANI)

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Chhattisgarh: Over 7 Naxal hideouts demolished in Abujhmad

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Bastar (Chhattisgarh) [India], February 26 (ANI): In the last three days, over seven Naxal hideouts got demolished in the Abujhmad area of Bastar, according to the official on Thursday.
“Under Operation Sangam, over seven Naxal hideouts demolished in the Abujhmad area, in the last three days. Huge quantities of camping materials, arms, and ammunition were recovered,” said Bastar Inspector General P Sundarraj.
“Earlier, a team of Narayanpur district reserve group (DRG) raided naxal hideout near Tekmetta/Musparasi jungle of Abujhmad region. Huge quantities of naxal camping material recovered from hideout,” Bastar IG informed.
“One DRG jawan had got injured. Within time, he got evacuated to Narayanpur and is now normal,” he said.
Further search operations are being carried out. (ANI)

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Telangana: Senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao gets threatening calls, blames Revanth Reddy

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Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], February 26 (ANI): Senior Congress Leader of Telangana Congress and former Member of Parliament, V Hanumantha Rao on Thursday alleged that he has been getting threatening calls for the past few days and blamed Congress leader Revanth Reddy behind these actions.
V Hanumantha Rao told ANI, “I have been receiving threatening calls from the time when I ideologically opposed Revanth Reddy being appointed as the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president.”
He said, “I opposed the decision of making Revanth Reddy the TPCC president because there are some pending cases against Revanth Reddy and by appointing him the TPCC president, it would effect the reputation of the Congress Party. But because I opposed Revanth Reddy, I have been receiving threatening calls from unknown numbers and they have been using abusive and unpardonable language against me.”
“I have filed a case regarding this matter at the Cyberabad police station. I have also written a letter to the Director-General of Police (DGP) on this issue,” he said.
While getting teary-eyed, he said, “I have been serving the Congress Party for a long time now and have bravely opposed the ideas of many Congress leaders including late YS Rajashekar Reddy. But I have never faced anything like this and was never treated by any person in this way.”
Further, Rao said, “I have written letters regarding this to the current TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy, Congress Legislature Party leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka. They said that a core committee meeting will be called upon to discuss this issue, but the party leaders have not paid any attention to this matter yet.”
Hanumantha Rao reiterated that MP Revanth Reddy is behind all these calls.
“Whenever I receive a threatening call, the first thing that the caller asks me is, ‘why am I opposing Revanth Reddy’. This clearly signifies that it is because of him that I’m receiving these calls. If at all, his followers calling me and abusing me, then why isn’t he stopping them or atleast asking them not to do so?” he said.
Hanumantha Rao said: “Despite being in politics for a long time, I have never been given any sort of objectionable words by any of the political leaders from any political parties. I was always respected by all political leaders as a leader. This only started when leaders from other parties have come and joined Congress.”
“No matter what, I had and will continue to stand with the Congress Party till my last breath,” he said. (ANI)

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India,Pak agreeto stop cross-border firing, local residents hail move

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The militaries of India and Pakistan said in a rare joint statement on Thursday that they have agreed to observe a ceasefire along the disputed border in Kashmir, having exchanged fire hundreds of times in recent months.

 “Both sides agreed for strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight 24/25 Feb 2021,” the joint statement said. The nuclear-armed neighbours had signed a ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kashmir region in 2003, but the truce frayed in recent years, leading to mounting casualties among villagers living close to the de facto border.

Border residents of the Jammu region living on the LoC and international border welcomed the agreement between the two nations with the hope that they can live their normal lives now after suffering a lot due to ceasefire violations in the past two years. Since the start of the year, India had counted 591 violations by Pakistan.

between t h e t w o countries after a meeting between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan. “In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGMOs agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence,” the statement said. “We are cautiously optimistic that the violence levels and tensions along the LoC will come down,” an Indian official in New Delhi said, adding that India’s military would maintain deployments along the LoC to prevent infiltration and continue counterinsurgency operations in the Kashmir valley.

India also reiterated that its position on key issues with Pakistan remains unchanged. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “On relations with Pakistan we expressed earlier that India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan. We have always maintained we want to address issues if any in a peaceful and bilateral manner. On key issues our position remains unchanged. I don’t think I need to reiterate.” India has a stated position that talks with Pakistan cannot take place until it stops supporting terrorists and infiltration.

 Meanwhile mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir also welcomed the latest agreement for the end to the ceasefire violations along the border. Both the National Conference and PDP welcomed the agreement and expressed hope that the two countries will also hold dialogue in future to end the acrimony. “We welcome it and hope that the statement will be followed in letter & spirit. JKNC has always been a strong supporter of the ceasefire along the LoC,” the National Conference in a statement said. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter and said, “A big & welcome development that India & Pakistan have agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC.

 Dialogue is the only way forward if both countries want to stop the unending cycle of violence & bloodshed across the borders and J&K”. Informed sources said India sees the ceasefire as a positive move but will test and verify. New Delhi will watch closely whether crossborder acts of terrorism have really come down after the ceasefire. Sources say if the commitment is kept, it will augur well for the people living along LoC who have been facing an incessant attack of rockets and mortar shells during ceasefire violations.

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 Besides Jammu, border residents in the Kashmir valley, especially in Uri, Karnah and Kupwara sectors, also expressed happiness to know that they will now be safe and not face “death and destruction”. “We are happy about this development as we lost a lot of our villagers and many of our villagers got injured,” said Maqsood Khatana from Uri as the sector recently saw several civilians killed and many injured in cross-border firing by Pakistan. The joint statement said that the agreement was reached between t h e t w o countries after a meeting between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan. “In the interest of achieving mutually beneficial and sustainable peace along the borders, the two DGMOs agreed to address each other’s core issues and concerns which have propensity to disturb peace and lead to violence,” the statement said. “We are cautiously optimistic that the violence levels and tensions along the LoC will come down,” an Indian official in New Delhi said, adding that India’s military would maintain deployments along the LoC to prevent infiltration and continue counterinsurgency operations in the Kashmir valley.

India also reiterated that its position on key issues with Pakistan remains unchanged. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “On relations with Pakistan we expressed earlier that India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan. We have always maintained we want to address issues if any in a peaceful and bilateral manner. On key issues our position remains unchanged. I don’t think I need to reiterate.” India has a stated position that talks with Pakistan cannot take place until it stops supporting terrorists and infiltration.

 Meanwhile mainstream political parties of Jammu and Kashmir also welcomed the latest agreement for the end to the ceasefire violations along the border. Both the National Conference and PDP welcomed the agreement and expressed hope that the two countries will also hold dialogue in future to end the acrimony. “We welcome it and hope that the statement will be followed in letter & spirit. JKNC has always been a strong supporter of the ceasefire along the LoC,” the National Conference in a statement said. People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter and said, “A big & welcome development that India & Pakistan have agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC.

 Dialogue is the only way forward if both countries want to stop the unending cycle of violence & bloodshed across the borders and J&K”. Informed sources said India sees the ceasefire as a positive move but will test and verify. New Delhi will watch closely whether crossborder acts of terrorism have really come down after the ceasefire. Sources say if the commitment is kept, it will augur well for the people living along LoC who have been facing an incessant attack of rockets and mortar shells during ceasefire violations.

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