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Uttarakhand govt to probe Chamoli glacier burst incident

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Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], February 16 (ANI): Uttarakhand Irrigation Minister Satpal Maharaj on Monday, said that the state government will create a department to investigate the cause of the glacier burst incident in Chamoli and monitoring of the glaciers through satellite.
“All angles (related to the Chamoli glacier burst) should be investigated. We will form a department in our ministry to monitor and study all the glaciers through satellite,” he said.
” We are concerned over the way glaciers are melting and the tidal wave created in the mountains. The plutonium pack that was kept to monitor China’s movement should also be investigated,”Satpal said.
“Orders were made to place plutonium pack to monitor China’s movement at the borders. We request the government to investigate the pack too,” he added.
He further stated that the railway projects in the area are safe.
“As the water in the Srinagar dam was depleted, the debris flowing to the dam came to halt, keeping the railway projects safe,” Maharaj said.
The death toll in the avalanche triggered by the bursting of a glacier in Chamoli has gone up to 58 as a total of 11 bodies are recovered from the Tapovan tunnel, whereas 146 people are still missing, said Uttarakhand Police on Tuesday.
Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel along with National Disaster Response Force and other sister agencies have been conducting search and rescue operations in Chamoli district.
Meanwhile, the Alaknanda River at Srinagar in Pauri Garhwal is flowing at the normal level; no alert has been issued by the district administration in this regard, said the Uttarakhand Police.
Uttarakhand Disaster Response Force has put an alarm system to detect the rise in the level of water and alerted about it, in Raini village of Chamoli district.
A glacier burst in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand last week led to massive flooding in the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers and damaged houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project. (ANI)

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Uttarakhand CM meets BJP Chief Nadda in Delhi over political crisis

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): Amid speculations about the leadership change in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat met Bharatiya Janata Party chief JP Nadda on Monday.
There are speculations about the leadership change in Uttarakhand as several ministers and around twenty MLAs are against the working style of Rawat, sources said.
However, Rawat declined to speak when asked about the political crisis in Uttarakhand.
According to sources, several MLAs and some ministers complained about the Chief Minister to the party leadership. Later, the BJP central high command sent Raman Singh as party observer for the emergency core group meeting, which was attended by Dushyant Gautam, general secretary in-charge of Uttarakhand BJP.
After the core group meeting of the party, Raman Singh and Dushyant Gautam submitted their report to the party high command. Consequently, Trivendra Singh Rawat was called to Delhi.
Interacting with the mediapersons here, Rawat said, “I congratulate all the women on International women’s day. Our women should empower themselves and should be socially active. We have passed the law in which women can now claim their right in their husband’s property and will be able to apply for the loan based on that in case they want to start their own business.”
He further applauded the service of Anganwadi and AASHA workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Anganwadi and AASHA workers have worked selflessly in COVID-19 pandemic, so my government will provide them with Rs 10,000 each. We will provide Rs 15,000 to mahila samuh and mahila mangal dal (women welfare group). We have also launched a Ghasyari Kalyan Yojana to benefit the kins of women who die for unnatural reasons,” added Rawat.
(ANI)

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Tamil Nadu reports 556 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths

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Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], March 8 (ANI): Tamil Nadu reported 556 new COVID-19 cases, 532 recoveries and three deaths in the last 24 hours.
The total count of cases in the state has risen to 8,55,677 including 4,018 active cases and 8,39,138 recoveries.
The death toll has gone up to 12,521
India has reported a total of 1,12,29,398 cases, including 1,88,747 active cases and 1,08,82,798 recoveries.
With 99,205 active cases, Maharashtra continues to remain the most-affected state followed by Kerala with 41,162 active cases. (ANI)

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Fire breaks out multi-storey building in Kolkata

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 8 (ANI): A massive fire broke out in a multi-storey building near strand road in Kolkata on Monday.
The blaze broke out on the third floor of the building.
Eight fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the blaze.
More details awaited. (ANI)

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BJP ropes in leaders to make Covid-19 vaccination drive successful

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By Kumar Gaurav
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): BJP has directed its MPs, MLAs, and other public representatives to look after and support the vaccination drive against COVID-19.
On the direction of Bharatiya Janata Party National President J P Nadda, BJP National General Secretary and headquarter in-charge Arun Singh has sent an internal circular to all state units chief, all state general secretaries and all-state in charges with some of the direction to make India’s vaccination drive against Corona a grand success.
BJP has also appointed a national coordinator for this programme. BJP Rajya Sabha MP Dr Anil Jain will coordinate with all the state units of BJP for the vaccination drive.
According to the circular, the biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive is in process. More than two crore people have been vaccinated till now justifying the spirit of Vasudev Kutumbakam. We have exported vaccine to 47 countries for which the entire nation is all praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
BJP president accordingly wants our party karyakartas to undertake the tasks to make COVID-19 vaccination drive a grand success.
The party has asked its leaders and cadres to hold door to door contact campaign for sensitising people for the vaccine.
Party cadets should help people in registration on Cowin portal and Aarogya Setu app with the required document.
The party should also set up helpdesk at public places, various community centres and vaccination centres at mandal level for awareness campaigns and necessary help to public at large.
BJP workers should also arrange transport for elderly and sick people to the vaccination sites and hospitals and drop them back. Arrangements should be done for safe drinking water at the vaccination sites.
Awareness campaign should also be held in society to sensitise the people about vaccination drive through various media and social media and other modes of communication.
Public representative and office bearers should visit various vaccination centres and provide necessary help to the extent possible on the humanitarian ground.
BJP also asked its leaders and cadres to ensure effective planning and monitoring of the campaign and for this some office bearers will be given responsibility at state district and mandal levels.
Party president had asked BJP medical cell of the party to actively participate in this campaign and help people to get vaccinated.
All MPs MLAs and other public representatives to ensure their active role in this vaccination drive. At last BJP has appealed to all its workers to work selflessly and make this vaccination drive great success in a planned way. (ANI)

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Maharashtra proposes zero pc interest on farm loans up to Rs 3 lakh

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 8 (ANI): Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday presented the state budget for 2021-22 in the state assembly and said the government has decided to provide zero per cent interest loans to farmers who take crop loans up to a limit of Rs 3 lakh and make timely repayment.
Pawar said the amount of interest on crop loan will be paid by the government on behalf of farmers. The required funds will be provided by the government, he said.
“Keeping in view the objective to free the farmers from interest burden and prevent them from turning defaulters, the government has decided to provide zero per cent interest loans to farmers who take crop loans up to a limit of Rs 3 lakh and make timely repayment,” he said.
Pawar said that the government has also planned to invest Rs 2,000 crore to strengthen the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC).
An outlay of Rs 7,350 crore has been proposed for the Rural Development Department.
Maharashtra assembly budget session started on March 1 and will be last till March 10. The session was curtailed due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. (ANI)

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President Ram Nath Kovind presents Baton of Honor to Kiran Bedi

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New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday presented a baton of honour and a letter of appreciation to former Puducherry lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Kiran Bedi received a Baton of Honor decorated with the emblem of the Indian Republic and a letter of appreciation from President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The former Puducherry lieutenant governor received a Baton of Honor decorated with the emblem of the Indian Republic and the appreciation letter recognizing her service in the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Kiran Bedi was removed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry on February 16 by the President of India and Tamilisai Soundararajan took additional charge as the Lieutenant Governor on February 18. (ANI)

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