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Uttarakhand: SDRF team reaches Raini village in Joshimath after formation of lake

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Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], February 12 (ANI): After the formation of a lake near Raini village in Joshimath following the glacier burst causing massive destruction in Chamoli, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has reached the spot, informed Uttrakhand Police Headquarters.
“SDRF team has reached the lake that has formed upstream of Raini village near Tapovan. Though it is a lake, water is discharging from it. The lake appears to be around 350 meters long. We will get more information after the team returns,” said Nilesh Anand Bharan, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Law and Order).
Earlier on Friday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat told media persons, “We have information about a lake that has been formed near Raini village in Joshimath. The lake is being monitored through satellites. Right now, we need to be cautious, but there is nothing to be worried about.”
“It is about 400 meters wide. We do not know the depth. A team of scientists will visit the site to keep a check on it. They will air-dropped on the site for 3-4 hours through a helicopter and will submit a report. The Air Force is ready for this,” he added.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the Uttarakhand glacier burst incident reached 38 on Friday. According to police, 166 people are still missing following the incident.
The rescue operations that were temporarily halted following a rise in the level of water in the Rishiganga River yesterday will also be resumed today, said Uttarakhand Director-General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar.
“The rescue team will resume the drilling operation in the Tapovan tunnel to gain entry into a smaller tunnel which is 12 meters below the existing tunnel as there is a possibility of human presence there,” he said.
A glacier 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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Rain, snow likely in western Himalayan region March 5 onwards

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New Delhi [India], March 3 (ANI): A new western disturbance is very likely to affect the Western Himalaya region from march 5 night onwards, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday.
“A fresh Western Disturbance is very likely to affect Western Himalayan Region from the night of 5th March and adjoining plains of Northwest India from the night of 6th March,” the IMD said.
The weather department said, under its influence, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall or snowfall is likely over the Western Himalayan Region during March 6 and 7. Isolated light rain or drizzle is likely over Punjab on March 6 and 7 and over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and West Uttar Pradesh on March 7.
“Isolated heavy rainfall/snowfall very likely over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzaffarabad on March 6 and 7 and over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on March 7. Thunderstorm with lightning and hail very likely at isolated places over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on March 6 and 7,” it said.
Thunderstorm with lightning and hail is very likely at isolated places over Punjab and north Haryana and Chandigarh and thunderstorm with lightning at isolated places over West Uttar Pradesh on March 7.
Scattered to fairly widespread rainfall is very likely over Arunachal Pradesh and isolated to scattered rainfall over Assam and Meghalaya with thunderstorm and lightning from March 3 to March 6, the IMD added. (ANI)

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Under ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, Indian seafarers will be recruited in shipping line companies: Mandaviya

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New Delhi [India], March 3 (ANI): Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Mansukh Mandaviya expressed pleasure over international shipping line companies’ desire to recruit Indian seafarers. These companies will also open a seafarers training institute in India under the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
Speaking to ANI, Union Minister Mandaviya said: “Today under the ‘Maritime India Summit 2021’, a round table meeting was held with the CEOs of top 23 companies of the world. In this meeting, the world’s largest companies were connected to several shipping line companies. The shipping liners praised the sign-off and sign-on facilities for seafarers during the lockdown in India.”
Top CEOs of various companies mutually agreed and said that in the coming days, around 25,000 seafarers will be recruited from India. This move will obviously give a big boost to employment in the country. The is a good thing as many shipping liners are taking interest in our country,” Union Minister Mandaviya further told ANI
Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that Maritime India Summit 2021 is a huge platform for promoting the Prime Minister’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
“The world’s Seafarer Training Institute is coming to India soon under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign and will train people in the country. They will recruit people in their company as per the requirement of India. This will help in employment generation.”
Second Maritime India Summit 2021 was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday virtually wherein top CEOs of more than 50 countries and more than a hundred companies from different countries participated and expressed their desire to invest in India Maritime sector. The second Maritime India Summit will conclude on March 4. (ANI)

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Fashion isn’t just about a fashion show, catwalk, behind the scenes or what we see on Instagram: Rina Dhaka

In an exclusive interview with NewsX, Rina Dhaka, one of India’s most celebrated fashion designers, spoke about her journey so far, changes in the fashion industry and much more. Read on!

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Rina Dhaka, one of India’s most celebrated fashion designers, joined NewsX for an exclusive interview as part of NewsX India A-List. She burst on to Indian fashion scene in the late 80s and has showcased her work at The Louvre Paris, and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York among many others.

Talking about her incredible journey so far, she said, “When I came around, there was no such career path for people in designing as such. There was late Rohit Khosla as a designer and there was Ritu Kumar in the northeast. But this whole industry as such didn’t exist. My journey, in fact, is what youth is, youth is all about innovation. That was the need of our hour. Our hour means, me and my contemporaries like Rohit Bal and Tarun Tahiliani; we all came around at a time and we were very heady with that period of time. There was no concept really about money, it was all about creativity, craft and trying to pursue some kind of fashion. In fact, at par with the rest of the world, there was really no design industry, even in the west. There were high street stores like Selfridges, Bloomingdales in America. Designers, as a category of clothing, came about the same time as us. And look where it is today. We have schools of fashion, we have students coming out of these great schools every year and there is a booming trade and industry. When we found the FDCI, we were just nine members. Over a cup of chai every evening and a few laughs, we created this body of FDCI. Today it itself has millions of followers on Instagram and it runs successful events like fashion weeks, which can help designers in India and internationally come together and get work. So yes, fashion has really been a long way and my journey is that journey too.”

Expressing her views on how the landscape of the fashion industry changed over the years, especially with inclusion of issues that matter to young people like body positivity and inclusivity, she said, “Lakme approached me to do a plus-size show and we did the casting for plus sizes. This was, i think two years or maybe two and a half years ago. There were 300 models, who came for audition, we only announced an hour before. Fabulous, body positive, not shy, very confident, and frankly, they could do runways anywhere. These are plus-size models. And one of the girls I picked out from a crowd called Sakshi. She has gone on to be on the cover of every national magazine. Today, she is India’s most celebrated model. Now in fashion weeks, we have to have a better ratio of plus-sized models as well. This is where the journey of inclusivity has got us and then the noise that we made in the years prior to that, took us there. I’m really happy that it’s no more about a size eight, which is called a sample size and passion because we always made samples are the first pieces on that size, which was the model sizing. Today, a sample size is also a plus size.”

When asked about the difficulties faced by the fashion industry in the past one year and are things coming back to normal, she responded, “Fashion is actually one of the trades which teaches you, especially for all of us who have been designers and my contemporaries. We are always in competition, we’re always running to the next season. We’re always pressured against, what we call a deadline, and the deadline has the word ‘dead’ and it’s not a fake word. It really is that you have to die before you finish the clothing.  You are really as good as your last collection or your last show. The year was hard. Everything was shot and the costs were high. There was also the demand totally shrunk. People realised that. My own very old client, who always has to buy something new that I have to offer, who is also like my muse, said, ‘Rina, what have I been doing with my life? Where am I going to go wearing these coats? I don’t know what I’m going to do, I have no need. I have decided not to be an active consumer anymore’.  This was like what the industry faced, especially the luxury industry of ours. In terms of exports as well, there were a lot of uncertainties, fears with stores, closing down, customers patterns, buying patterns and needs changing. ‘How do you reinvent yourself’ was something we all learnt. We’re on that journey now, we’re on that road now. I must say we’re like roaches, we will survive because our trade has taught us such. So, you can’t write us off as yet. We just go through, go through this.”

On a concluding note, she shared a piece of advice for the young designers and said, “Have strong health. Don’t ever ignore your health because you need health. A lot of these children go out and eat on the roadside food. Some of them succumb to jaundice, there were a lot of interns who would get jaundice because of the water, in the early days, not now maybe now they’re more aware. Second, Fashion isn’t a fashion show or a catwalk, behind the scenes or what we see on Instagram, or social media or television. In reality, it is quite dreary and dreadful. It is a lot of pursuit. You go into these dirty lanes following your garment or where it’s made to get it done. One has to be prepared for the monotony of the daily life that you need to pursue to stay in the grind of completing your work. ”

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West Bengal: Bidhannagar Mayor-in-Council Debasish Jana, three TMC councillors from Asansol join BJP

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], March 3 (ANI): Bidhannagar Mayor-in-Council Debasish Jana and three Trinamool Congress (TMC) councillors from Asansol joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday in Kolkata ahead of the forthcoming Assembly polls in West Bengal.
The four TMC leaders were inducted into BJP in presence of the party’s state president Dilip Ghosh.
The developments come a day after TMC leader and former Asansol Mayor Jitendra Tiwari on Tuesday joined the BJP at a public meeting in Hooghly.
The TMC and BJP have been at loggerheads ahead of the Assembly polls in Bengal. There has been an exodus of leaders from TMC to BJP in recent months.
Elections for the 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal will begin on March 27. The state is set to witness eight-phase Assembly polls this year. (ANI)

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CBI arrests J-K Government official in bribe case

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New Delhi [India], March 3 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Mohammad Afzal, a Patwari, from Bemina in J-K’s Budgam for having allegedly accepted a bribe of Rs 13,000 from a complainant.
“A case was registered against a Patwari, Bemina, Budgam (J&K) on the allegations of demanding a bribe of Rs 35,000 from the complainant for mutation of the land,” stated CBI in an official statement on Wednesday.
“It was further alleged that the bribe was negotiated to Rs 23,000 out of which an amount of Rs 10,000 was already paid. CBI laid a trap and caught the Patwari red-handed while demanding and accepting the remaining bribe amount of Rs 13,000,” further read the statement.
Searches were conducted at the residence of the accused which led to the recovery of incriminating documents.
CBI also said that the accused was produced before the Court and remanded to three days Police custody. (ANI)

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Gujarat not to increase tax rates in Budget 2021-22

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Gandhinagar (Gujarat) [India], March 3 (ANI): In order to regain the economic momentum amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gujarat Finance Minister Nitinbhai Patel on Wednesday announced that the state will not increase the existing tax rates in the Budget 2021-22 and will not impose any new tax.
The state government has also given relief in stamp duty, motor vehicle tax, electricity tax and others. Various concessions have been given to small businesses and industrial units for resumption of economic activities.
The move comes after the Rs 14,000-crore relief package was announced in June 2020 for various sections in terms of tax, food security measures and other assistance.
Patel annouced the state budget 2021-22 for Gujarat on Wednesday.
In Gujarat’s largest budget so far of Rs 2.27 lakh crore, Rs 32,719 crore has been allocated for education and Rs 11,323 crore to the health and family welfare department.
The state finance minister allotted Rs 13,493 crore to urban development, Rs 5,494 crore for water resources, Rs 3,974 crore for water supply, Rs 7,232 crore for the Krishi Khedut Kalyan Yojana, Rs 4,353 for social justice and empowerment and Rs 1,502 crore for labour welfare and employment.
A provision of Rs 1,224 crore has been proposed for food and civil supplies, Rs 1,814 crore for forest, environment, Rs 563 crore for Science and Technology, Rs 1,032 crore for the destitute and old age pension and the revenue department has been provided Rs 4,548 crore.
The Budget has allocated Rs 1,500 crore for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train, Rs 50 crore to buy new police vehicles, Rs 100 crore for crop credit in Co-operative Department, Rs 11,185 crore for Roads and Buildings Department, Rs 1,478 crore for Ports and Transport Department, Rs 13,034 crore for energy and petrochemical sector and Rs 910 crore for Climate Change Department.
The Industry and Mines Department, Forest and Environment Department, and Home department have been allocated Rs 6,599 crore, Rs 1,814 crore and Rs 7,960 crore respectively. (ANI)

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