Delhi Police elaborate security arrangements ahead of Vajpayee’s funeral


Delhi Police elaborate security arrangements ahead of Vajpayee’s funeral

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New Delhi: The Delhi Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the last rites procession of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday.

Speaking to ANI, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Madhur Verma said, “They have made elaborate security arrangements in the city today. It will be ensured that the people who come to pay their last respect face minimum inconvenience. Also, there will be no compromise with security”. The Delhi Police on Thursday issued traffic advisory by keeping in mind the final procession of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Almost all roads leading to central Delhi including Krishna Memon Marg, Akbar Road, Janpath and India Gate C-Hexagon, among others, will remain closed from 8:00 a.m. onwards for the general public today in order to ensure smooth vehicular movement during Vajpayee’s final journey.

Traffic will also not be permitted on lower Ring Road from ISBT Kashmere Gate towards Shantivan and from IP flyover towards Rajghat. Vajpayee, the 10th prime minister of India who breathed his last on Thursday evening, will be cremated today with full state honour. The mortal remains of the former prime minister which is presently resting at his Krishna Menon Marg home will be taken to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters at around 9:00 a.m. Vajpayee’s funeral procession will take place at Smriti Sthal at 1:30 pm.


 
The 93-year-old BJP veteran breathed his last at 5:05 pm on Thursday, here at All India Institutes of Medical Science (AIIMS) following a prolonged illness. Vajpayee, who led the National Democratic Alliance government from 1998 to 2004, was the first-ever member of the BJP to become India’s Prime Minister.




Vajpayee passes away: Rahul Gandhi, Ajit Doval, armed forces chiefs pay homage to Vajpayee


Vajpayee passes away: Rahul Gandhi, Ajit Doval, armed forces chiefs pay homage to Vajpayee

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and all the three armed forces chiefs on Friday led a host of leaders in paying homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose body was lying in state at his residence.

Officers from the three armed forces draped the body in the Tricolour on Thursday before enabling leaders and people to pay their last respects at his residence in central Delhi’s Krishna Menon Marg. Indian Navy Chief Sunil Lanba, Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat, Indian Air Force Chief B.S. Dhanoa were among those who paid homage to the late leader who died at the age of 93 at the AIIMS on Thursday. Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, famous song writer Javed Akthar and his wife Shabana Azmi also paid their homage to Vajpayee. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu also paid his homage to the former Prime Minister.

His body will be brought to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters at 6-A Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg at 9 a.m. His funeral procession will begin at 1 p.m. and the last rites will be performed at 4 p.m. at Smriti Sthal. Vajpayee was a founder member of the BJP and the first non-Congress Prime Minister to complete a full term in office. He was at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for nine weeks before he passed away.




PM Narendra Modi to visit Kerala to review flood situation


PM Narendra Modi to visit Kerala to review flood situation

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday evening head to Kerala to review the flood situation in the state. “Had a telephone conversation with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan just now. We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations. Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss flood situation in the state. He had also asked the Defence Ministry to step up the rescue and relief operations across the state. Meanwhile, a red alert was sounded in 13 districts of Kerala, except Kasaragod today. A read has been sounded for Ernakulam and Idukki districts for tomorrow as well. The Indian Coast Guard’s rescue and relief team from Vandiperiyar has been shifted to the flood-affected Manjumala village in Kerala’s Idukki district.

Kerala Rains: Kerala cries for help as rain fury continues, NDRF teams sent as ops scaled up
So far, the team has rescued 16 stranded people from the village. Food and dry ration have been distributed among them. Earlier this morning, five units of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) reached Thiruvananthapuram and were deployed for rescue operations. 35 teams are expected to reach there today. Kerala has been witnessing incessant rain since past few days, causing flooding and landslide in the state. So far, at least 94 people have lost their lives in the havoc. The Centre has launched massive rescue and relief operations in the state owing to the flood situation which is worsening by the day.

 
Yesterday, in view of the prevailing floods situation in Kerala, a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) was held to scale up assistance and ensured continued relief and rescue operations. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been tasked to mobilise additional manpower, boats, and helicopters to scale up the rescue and relief operations. Earlier on Thursday, NDRF teams evacuated 926 persons to a safer place at Pathamithitta, Kozhikode, Ernakulam, Thrissur, and Alappuzha. Moreover, the Army also built a 35-feet long bridge and rescued around 100 people including children and senior citizens from Malampuzha’s Valiyakadu village.




Kashmir: Security Clampdown Keeps Peace On I-Day


Kashmir: Security Clampdown Keeps Peace On I-Day

SRINAGAR — All mobile phone networks and internet services remained suspended for most of the day Wednesday while a complete shutdown paralysed normal life on the 72nd Indian Independence Day in Kashmir.
As during every I-Day, extensive security measures were in place across Jammu and Kashmir, more so deep into Kashmir Valley especially Srinagar where governor N N Vohra presided over the official function. 
With an age-old rationale of keeping militants and stone throwing protesters at bay, the present 56-day old governor administration didn’t do anything different than erstwhile PDP-BJP government or their predecessors. Following the same old strategy of laying a siege, the governor administration deployed a heavy contingent of police and paramilitary forces on all roads that led to Srinagar’s SK Cricket Stadium, where official ceremony was marked by unfurling the tricolour and reviewing an honour guard.
As usual government forces had erected barricades on all major roads of the city, conducting surprise searches and frisking operations besides patrolling the areas surrounding the venue where the flag was hoisted.
On Tuesday night, the J&K Police followed its decade-old ritual of putting all the resistance leaders under house arrest and conducting raids in Srinagar’s old City to arrest “suspected stone throwers".
Meanwhile, a strike called by joint resistance leadership against Independence Day celebrations paralysed normal life.
Shops, private offices, fuel stations and other businesses were shut in Srinagar and other districts, the official said.
Otherwise bustling Srinagar City wore a deserted look as vehicles remained off roads and people by and large stayed indoors. Barely any private car was seen plying.
The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had asked people to observe a "black day" and observe a complete strike.

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Madhya Pradesh: 45 rescued, 6 missing from Sultangarh waterfalls in Shivpuri


Madhya Pradesh: 45 rescued, 6 missing from Sultangarh waterfalls in Shivpuri

Bhopal: After around 50 people were stranded at the Sultangarh waterfall in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district, police on Thursday said around 45 people have been rescued while six are still missing. The picnickers were stuck after the waterfall swelled suddenly on Wednesday. Thirty-four people, who were standing on the river rocks got stuck, while 15 were washed away.

“The overnight rescue, which continued till 3 a.m. on Thursday managed to salvage 45 of those stranded on Independence Day. A missing report of six has been filed in Gwalior,” Superintendent of Police Rajesh Hingarkar told IANS.

The rescue teams, including the Border Security Force (BSF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), were sent several hours after the incident.


The operation was stalled further till midnight due to heavy flow of water. It was only after the water receded that those stranded were taken out with the help of thick ropes. The Indian Air Force also saved five lives but the IAF helicopter could not continue its operation due to darkness. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has thanked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman for their help.




Kerala floods: Rahul Gandhi appeals people to contribute to CM’s relief fund


Kerala floods: Rahul Gandhi appeals people to contribute to CM’s relief fund

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi today expressed concern over the flood situation in Kerala and took to Twitter to make a fervent appeal to people for help by contributing to the chief minister’s relief fund. He also tagged the link of the chief minister’s relief fund to his tweet asking people to contribute, and said: “it is time to step up and help”.

“I am deeply concerned for the people of #Kerala tonight, as the flood waters rise. Thousands are stranded. Relief camps full. Many have lost their loved ones. It’s time to step up & help. Please contribute generously to the CM’s relief fund,” he said on Twitter tagging the link.

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi today expressed concern over the flood situation in Kerala and took to Twitter to make a fervent appeal to people for help by contributing to the chief minister’s relief fund. He also tagged the link of the chief minister’s relief fund to his tweet asking people to contribute, and said: “it is time to step up and help”.

“I am deeply concerned for the people of #Kerala tonight, as the flood waters rise. Thousands are stranded. Relief camps full. Many have lost their loved ones. It’s time to step up & help. Please contribute generously to the CM’s relief fund,” he said on Twitter tagging the link.

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 I am deeply concerned for the people of #Kerala tonight, as the flood waters rise. Thousands are stranded. Relief camps full. Many have lost their loved ones. It’s time to step up & help. Please contribute generously to the CM’s relief fund. Use this link: https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in 

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The death toll in the current phase of monsoon Fury in the southern state has touched 72. Rise in flood waters in Periyar River due to the rains and opening of all shutters of all major dams including Mullaperiyar, Cheruthoni, part of Idukki reservoir, and Idamalayar, have severely affected lives of people in downstream areas.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan once again called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him of the flood situation in the state. The state has also sought the services of additional Army personnel and helicopters and the prime minister has assured all help, Vijayan said.

Kochi Metro suspended operations this morning after flood waters entered the Muttom yard near Aluva and train services have been affected in various parts of the state with cancellation of many passenger trains and partial cancellation of some long distance train.




Kerala Rains: PM Narendra Modi discusses flood situation with Kerala CM Vijayan


Kerala Rains: PM Narendra Modi discusses flood situation with Kerala CM Vijayan

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday morning spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinaryi Vijayan to discuss flood situation in the state. He also asked the Defence Ministry to step up the rescue and relief operations across the state.

“Spoke to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan again this morning. We discussed the flood situation in the state. Have asked Defence Ministry to further step up the rescue and relief operations across the state. Praying for the safety and well-being of the people of Kerala,” he tweeted. Kerala has been witnessing incessant rain since past few days, causing flooding and landslide in the state. So far, at least 67 people have lost their lives in the havoc.

As the flood situation continues to grow worse in the state, rising level of water in Muttom Metro Yard area led to the suspension of train services at Kochi Metro on Thursday. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus services have also been stopped from Chamarajanagar district for Tamil Nadu’s Ooty and Kerala’s Kochi. Taking note of the crisis, Southern Naval Command has suspended all training activities to support in the flood relief operations as requested by Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA). All resources have been mobilised for rescue and relief efforts in Ernakulam and Trichur cities in the state.




Mumbai: Maharashtra ATS suspects right-wing activist Vaibhav Raut used his car to ferry explosives


Mumbai: Maharashtra ATS suspects right-wing activist Vaibhav Raut used his car to ferry explosives

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Mumbai: The Maharashtra ATS has seized an Innova car from the Nalasopara residence of right-wing activist Vaibhav Raut, who was recently arrested on the charge of engaging in terrorist activity.

The ATS officials suspect that the Innova was used to transport explosives from Pune and other places. The vehicle will be sent to the forensic department for examination. The ATS also seized one laptop, two Central Processing Units (CPU), four air pistols, 20 air pistol cartridges boxes, two notebooks, one diary, three mobiles, two SIM cards and other documents along with  the Innova. Raut, who is no co-operating, accompanied the ATS during the visit to his residence and warehouse, which were searched yet again.

 An official said on the condition of anonymity, “We strongly suspect Raut used the car to travel from Nalasopara to Pune and Satara with Sharad Kalaskar in  order to finalise their next move with Sudhanva Gondhalekar. The car will be sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina to ascertain its mileage, which will be tallied with that of Gondhalekar’s car.” The residents in the neighourhood were visibly alarmed when they saw Raut with the ATS. But they were calmed down by Raut’s wife who claimed that her husband will soon be released from custody.




TRS chief rules out alliance with BJP


TRS chief rules out alliance with BJP

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday ruled out any truck with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will “remain a secular party”.

He rubbished allegations by opposition Congress that he had entered into a secret understanding with the BJP.

He reiterated that both the Congress and the BJP had “miserably failed” and that a qualitative change in politics is required to ensure the country’s rapid growth.

Rao, however, defended his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he would meet him to discuss issues related to the state.

KCR, as the TRS chief is known, met Modi early this month. His second meeting with Modi in less than two months triggered speculations of an alliance with the BJP for the elections to the Assembly and the Lok Sabha.

The Chief Minister told a news conference that the TRS will go it alone in the elections and announce its candidates next month.
Asked if he is going for early Assembly polls, the TRS leader said the party were ready for any eventuality.

“It can’t be called early polls as the Election Commission of India can hold elections any time six months before the end of the house term,” he said.

He was briefing on the decisions taken at a meeting of TRS Executive, which set off speculations of polls being advanced.

KCR also made it clear that he still stands by his plans to form a non-Congress and non-BJP federal front for the Lok Sabha elections.

“The federal front may take a little time but it will become a reality. I am not in a hurry,” he said.

The TRS Executive passed nine resolutions, which will be sent to the Prime Minister, urging him to fulfil commitments made to Telangana during the bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

KCR criticised the NITI Aayog for allegedly failing to promote federal spirit.

The TRS chief also slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for what he called “uttering lies” while addressing meetings in Hyderabad earlier in the day. He advised Rahul to grow up by checking the facts.

On Rahul’s remark that there is one-family rule in Telangana, the Chief Minister said that it is better than the Gandhi family.

He alleged that the Gandhi family want to keep others as their slaves. “People are not ready to let go their freedom and self-respect,” he said.

He exuded confidence that the TRS will win over 100 seats in 119-member Assembly.

IANS




Uttar Pradesh: Gang rape victim tries to commit suicide over alleged police inaction


Uttar Pradesh: Gang rape victim tries to commit suicide over alleged police inaction

Muzaffarnagar: A 23-year-old gang rape victim allegedly tried to commit suicide over police inaction at a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district. The woman attempted to end her life by consuming poison yesterday, Station House Officer (SHO), Jhinjhana, Rajkumar Sharma said.

Two people are accused in the case and one of them was arrested yesterday. The woman is undergoing treatment at a hospital, the officer said. Family members claimed that she was upset over the police not taking adequate action against the perpetrators. The woman was raped by the youths on August 5, according to the complaint lodged by her father. He has also alleged that the youths had threatened his daughter with dire consequences if she reported the matter, the SHO said. Sharma said the matter is being investigated and a search had been launched to nab the other accused.




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