Ghaziabad building collapse: 1 more body recovered, rescue operations underway


Ghaziabad building collapse: 1 more body recovered, rescue operations underway

Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh): One more body has been recovered on Monday from the site where a building collapsed in Ghaziabad. Two people have also been rescued as the rescue operations are still underway.

The five-storey under-construction building collapsed near Missal Gadi on Sunday afternoon. Earlier, one person was reported dead and seven people were rescued in the incident. On Sunday night, Meerut Inspector General, Ram Kumar, told ANI, “According to documents, this land belonged to a builder. We have identified four persons related to that and are in the process of taking them into custody. We will file an FIR and take the harshest action against culprits.”

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh also assured strict action against those found guilty in the incident. “The inquiry has been ordered. We have directed the administration to take strict action against those responsible. We have directed the administration to vacate illegal buildings and demolish them if need be,” he said.




West Bengal: 1 killed, 2 hurt as two-storey building collapses


West Bengal: 1 killed, 2 hurt as two-storey building collapses

Kolkata: One person was killed and two others were critically injured today when a house collapsed in the central part of the city following heavy rains, a disaster management official said.

The incident happened around 2.30am when a two-storey “dilapidated” building came crumbling down at Baithakkhana Road in Muchipara Police station area of the city, he said. The identity of the deceased is yet to be ascertained as police are not sure if he was a resident of the building or a pavement dweller, a senior officer said. The two injured persons have been admitted to a nearby hospital in a critical condition, the police officer said. “As of now, rescue operations are underway to ascertain if anyone is trapped under the debris. Apart from local councillor, teams of Kolkata Police and state disaster management personnel, along with fire brigade and civil defence officials, have reached the site,” the officer added.




Uttar Pradesh: 19-year-old woman approaches police with foetus in bag, alleges rape


Uttar Pradesh: 19-year-old woman approaches police with foetus in bag, alleges rape

Amroha (UP): A 19-year-old woman turned up at police station here with a foetus in a bag and demanded action against a man who, she alleged, had raped her and then forced her to abort the baby.

A case of rape has been registered against the 22-year-old accused, identified as Manoj, Hasanpur Kotwali SHO Devendra Sharma said. The accused is on the run. “We have registered a case based on the complaint of the woman’s family and raids were being conducted to arrest the accused,” said Ajay Kumar, circle officer of police of Hasanpur. The foetus has been sent to a forensic lab for examination, he said. The woman, who was accompanied by her mother, told police that the accused raped her at gunpoint five months ago and had threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed it.




Computer-based exam for Indian Railways to be held on August 9


Computer-based exam for Indian Railways to be held on August 9

New Delhi: The first stage of the computer-based exam for the Indian Railways will be held on August 9. The examination will be for the 26,502 vacancies of assistant loco pilots and technicians, Rajesh Dutt Bajpai, Director, Information and Publicity, Ministry of Railways, told ANI.

Around 47.56 lakh candidates have applied for the jobs. Bajpai said Railways will activate the mock link for the first stage of the computer-based test on July 26, and the e-call letter can be downloaded by the candidates from the recruitment board website four days prior to the exam. The notice of the railways read, “Candidates can log in with their credentials on the above-mentioned dates through the link to be provided on the official websites of RRBs for knowing their exam city, date and session and downloading travel authority (for SC/ST candidates only) and E-call letter.”

The duration of the examination will be 60 minutes, while differently-abled candidates will be given an additional ten minutes to complete the examination. The exam will contain a total of 75 questions, all of which will be of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) category. For each incorrect answer, there will be 1/3rd negative marking, as per the notice. The notice also cautioned candidates to refer only to official websites of RRBs for all recruitment-related information, and not fall prey to the messages circulated on social media.




Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel claims of receiving call from Maoists assuring support to party


Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel claims of receiving call from Maoists assuring support to party

Raipur (Chhattisgarh): Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel claimed that he had received a phone call, from a person claiming to be Maoist leader Ganpathy, who offered support to his party for the upcoming polls.

While addressing a press conference, the Congress leader said, the man on the phone stated that the Maoists now want to support the Congress like they supported the BJP in the previous polls. “Last evening I received a phone call from a person named Ganpathy. When I said how could I believe that he was Ganpathy, he said had anyone ever called you in the past posing as Ganpathy. He told me that they (Maoists) had influence in 37 Assembly seats and wanted to support the Congress in this election, the way they had supported the BJP in the last two elections,” said Baghel.

“The Naxal leader asked me when I am going to meet him. I disconnected the call without replying,” he added. Baghel further said that the conversation went on for few minutes the details of which he had provided to the police. “Initially, I thought that it can’t be Maoist but the true caller service displayed it as Ganapathy from Hyderabad”, he said. The Patan MLA further said he immediately reported the matter to Durg Superintendent of Police (SP), Sanjeev Shukla. “I feel there is something fishy. It could be a political trap”, the state Congress chief said and demanded a thorough investigation into the matter.




Earlier govts, then Congress President failed to fulfil household electrification promise: PM Modi


Earlier govts, then Congress President failed to fulfil household electrification promise: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today blamed earlier governments, particularly then Congress President Sonia Gandhi, for not fulfilling the promise of electrifying all households by 2009.

“Earlier governments made promises, which they failed to fulfil. Then Congress President (Sonia Gandhi) said all households would be electrified by 2009. But that did not happen even in 2009, 2010 or 2011,” Modi said during an interaction with the beneficiaries of Rs 16,320-crore Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saughagya) today. Modi said that the promises made by earlier governments were not fulfilled because there was not serious leader, and now they (opposition) are finding faults with schemes and programmes being implemented by the present government.

He said that all villages in India were electrified by April 28, 2018, which is a historic date; adding, it was pity that after 70 years of independence, people don’t have access to electricity. The Saughagya scheme was launched last year in September under which about 3.6 crore unelectrified households would be electrified by March 31, 2019. However, the government is aiming to energise all these families by December 31, 2018, under Saubhagya. Earlier this month, power ministers of all states and union territories were unanimous on electrifying all households in the country by December 31, 2018, during the Power Ministers Conference in Shimla.




Fresh batch of pilgrims leave for Amarnath yatra


Fresh batch of pilgrims leave for Amarnath yatra

Jammu: A fresh batch of 2,617 pilgrims today left the base camp here to undertake the annual yatra to the Amarnath shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas, officials said.

The pilgrims left in a convoy of 81 vehicles under tight security in the early hours and would be reaching the twin base camps of Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag districts later in the day, the officials said.

Among the latest batch, they said 1,830 pilgrims are performing the yatra from the traditional 36 km Pahalgam track, while 787 others have chosen the shorter 12 km Baltal route.

The 60-day yatra began from the twin routes in the valley on June 28 and is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.




Greater Noida building collapse death toll rises to 9; people still feared trapped inside


Greater Noida building collapse death toll rises to 9; people still feared trapped inside

Greater Noida: The death toll in the twin-building collapse here in Uttar Pradesh climbed to nine on Thursday, with five more bodies pulled out from the rubble of the residential apartments early in the day.

The rescue operations were still on in the Shahberi village where the crash took place late on Tuesday, an official said. A rescue personnel told IANS that according to estimates given by neighbours, at least 20 persons are still feared trapped inside. Six of the deceased have been identified. There is Priyanka Dwivedi, 26, of Mainpuri; Shamshad, 25, of Faizabad; Ranjeet Bhimali, 30, from West Bengal; Raj Kumar,50, Shiv Trivedi,28, and Pankhuri of just 14 months.

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) official said based on the operation conducted with the help of sniffer dogs, “chances of anybody surviving under the concrete debris were slim” as more than 36 hours have lapsed since the incident. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the dead. The District Magistrate of Gautambuddh Nagar (Noida) has already ordered a magisterial probe. Cases have been filed against two dozen persons and four of the accused, including the builder Ganga Sharan Dwivedi, brokers Dinesh and Sanjeev have been arrested.




Shocking! Hyderabad teen kills and burns friend for smartphone


Shocking! Hyderabad teen kills and burns friend for smartphone

Hyderabad (Telangana): A 19-year-old youth has been arrested by the Hyderabad Police for murdering and burning the body of his 17-year-old friend from the neighbourhood allegedly for his smartphone. According to ACP, Malkajgiri, the arrested youth who has been identified as G Prem Sagar picked the deceased D Prem from Uppal and took him to an isolated place in Adibatla where he attacked him with a stick before setting him ablaze. Both accused and deceased were from the same locality.

“The accused after picking Prem took him to Adibatla by saying that he is taking him to a long drive on his motorcycle. After reaching there, the accused took the minor to a lone place and attacked him with a stick on his head, and when the boy fell unconscious the accused poured petrol on minor and set him ablaze. The minor has died on the spot,” the police said.

The police further said that they had registered a missing case after receiving a complaint from Prem’s family on July 14 and took up the investigation. The police rounded up Sagar and during questioning, he admitted killing Prem after the latter’s refusal to give him his smartphone. The accused has been charged under Sections 302, 364 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The accused has been sent to the judicial remand.




Sambhal: One more accused arrested for burning woman resisting gang-rape


Sambhal: One more accused arrested for burning woman resisting gang-rape

Uttar Pradesh: The Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested one more accused in the Sambhal district case, where a woman was charred to death for resisting gangrape. Yesterday, the police arrested two of five accused in the matter. Superintendent of Police, Sambal district, RN Bhardwaj had yesterday confirmed the news of the arrest and said the investigation is underway.

Speaking to ANI, the victim’s husband had said that he and his wife were threatened by the accused. “I was in Noida when I received a call from my wife asking me to come. Then, he threatened me and my wife that he would kill us. By the time I came, the investigation was already underway,” the husband had said. The woman was burnt alive by five unidentified people on July 14, after she resisted gang rape.Uttar Pradesh: The Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested one more accused in the Sambhal district case, where a woman was charred to death for resisting gangrape. Yesterday, the police arrested two of five accused in the matter. Superintendent of Police, Sambal district, RN Bhardwaj had yesterday confirmed the news of the arrest and said the investigation is underway.

Speaking to ANI, the victim’s husband had said that he and his wife were threatened by the accused. “I was in Noida when I received a call from my wife asking me to come. Then, he threatened me and my wife that he would kill us. By the time I came, the investigation was already underway,” the husband had said. The woman was burnt alive by five unidentified people on July 14, after she resisted gang rape.




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