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Indian Navy comes to rescue of woman in emergency labour in remote Andaman village


Indian Navy comes to rescue of woman in emergency labour in remote Andaman village

New Delhi: Indian Navy, in a swift rescue operation, safely evacuated a pregnant woman in emergency labour from Daring, a remote village in Nicobar Islands.

"The crisis call was made after civil administration found that it was nearly impossible for them to carry the patient through 20 km treacherous terrain in such a medical condition," said a senior Indian Navy officer.

Immediately, a fast intercepter craft (FIC) of Indian Navy Ship Kardip in Kamorta island, swung into action. A team of Indian Navy, including medical officer first took the Community Health Centre staff and reached Daring Village at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

 
 

Indian Navy y'day safely evacuated a pregnant lady in emergency labour from Daring - a remote village in Andaman & Nicobar Islands (Nicobar Island). The baby was delivered on the Fast Intercepter Craft (FIC) itself, which had left from INS Kardip in Kamorta island. (1/2)

 
 
 

Post embarkation of the patient, the boat left the village late in the evening.

While in the boat, which was moving bit slowly because of patient's condition, the woman delivered a baby. Thereafter, both mother and baby were transferred to the Community Health Centre on arrival in Kamorta Jetty.

"Both mother and baby are safe and in good health," the officer said.

The whole operation, owing to the nature of emergency, required delicate handling of the fast interceptor craft throughout the travel of approximately 20 km by sea from Daring to the Kamorta Jetty.

 
 



Varanasi: Devotees take early morning dip in Ganges on Kartik Purnima


Varanasi: Devotees take early morning dip in Ganges on Kartik Purnima

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh): Hundreds of devotees took a holy dip at the Dashashwamedh Ghat on the banks of river Ganga here on the occasion of Kartik Purnima on Tuesday early morning.

 
 

Devotees take holy dip at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi, as the sun rises, on 'Dev Deepawali', the festival of .

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The festival of Kartik Purnima is also known as Dev Deepawali. On the occasion of Kartik Purnima, devotees take a holy dip in the river Sarayu and other holy rivers and lit earthen lamps at temples as well as banks of rivers. The month is considered as auspicious by Hindus.

 
 
 



How did Hyderabad train collision actually take place?


How did Hyderabad train collision actually take place?

Several people have been injured after two trains collided at the Kavheguda railway station in Hyderabad on Monday morning. Two slow-moving trains collided at Kacheguda Railway station here on Monday, leaving 16 people injured, including a driver who was trapped in his badly mangled cabin for eight hours.

The Lingampalli-Falaknuma multi-modal transport system (MMTS) apparently overshot the signal and collided with the Kurnool-Secunderabad Hundry Intercity Express (17028) at 10.41 am. The CCTV footage of the collision between Lingampalli-Falaknuma train & Kurnool City-Secunderabad Hundry Express at Kacheguda railway station is now doing rounds on social media.

 
 

The video shows the two trains moving towards each other on the same track, before ramming into each other. The impact of the collision was such that it lifted several bogies of the MMTS trains off the tracks. Later, passengers are seen running out of the derailed train after the accident.

 
 

: CCTV footage of the collision between Lingampalli-Falaknuma train & Kurnool City-Secunderabad Hundry Express at Kacheguda railway station, earlier today. 12 people were injured in the accident.

 
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According to the News Minute, though technical error in signalling system was initially believed to have caused the accident, South Central Railway officials later ruled out the possibility. They blamed human error for the collision, with preliminary investigation revealing it was the MMTS locopilot’s fault.

As per the report, the South Central Railway has said that the MMTS train that was travelling from Lingampally to Falaknuma was on Platform 2 of Kacheguda Station. Per the schedule, once the Hundry Express (from Secunderabad to Kurnool) reached the station, it would be taken on Platform 4 and then the MMTS train would be given the signal to depart. The Hundry Express train was given the signal and was entering the station. However, the loco pilot of the MMTS train also started moving, although it was given the signal.

The driver of the MMTS train, who sustained serious injuries, was initially trapped in his cabin, which was badly mangled, but was rescued after a couple of hours. Oxygen and other life-saving medical aid were provided to him during the operation, they said adding he has suffered severe leg injuries. He was rushed to a private hospital, where his condition is stated to be stable.

Several train services were cancelled either fully or partially due to the incident. Railways said that it had taken the accident very seriously and Member (Traction), Additional Member (Signal & Telecom) and Executive Director, Safety, Railway Board will visit the site.

A high-level inquiry at the level of Commissioner, Railway Safety, South Central circle, has been ordered to investigate into the reasons for the incident, a railway release said. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy visited the spot and made enquiries with the officials. The Railway Ministry has announced ex-gratia of Rs 5,000 each to passengers with minor injuries and Rs 25,000 each to passengers having grievous injuries.

(Inputs from PTI)

 
 
 



Watch: CCTV footage of two trains colliding in Hyderabad


Watch: CCTV footage of two trains colliding in Hyderabad



Congress Treasurer Ahmed Patel meets Union Minister Nitin Gadkari


Congress Treasurer Ahmed Patel meets Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: Amid hectic political parleys related to Maharashtra government formation, Congress Treasurer Ahmed Patel on Wednesday met Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, who stays just across the street from Congress interim-President Sonia Gandhi.

After the meeting, Patel said he went to meet Gadkari on the issue of farmers and it was not related to politics or Maharashtra.

However, a close aide of Patel said the Congress leader has been meeting Ministers regarding ongoing projects in Bharuch, his home district in Gujarat.

 
 
 



'Statue of Unity' becomes highest-grossing monument in India, surpasses Taj Mahal


'Statue of Unity' becomes highest-grossing monument in India, surpasses Taj Mahal

Touted as the world’s tallest statue, 'Statue of Unity', a memorial dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, has become the highest-grossing monument among the top 5 monuments in India.

According to newstracklive.com, this has been revealed in the survey conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India. The survey conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India responsible for archaeological studies and maintenance of cultural monuments stated that the Statue of Unity has become the highest-grossing monument among the top 5 monuments in the country. Under this, where the Taj Mahal has earned 56 crore rupees in a year, then Statue of Unity has earned 63 crores.

The Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue, and is twice the size of the famous Statue of Liberty. It is around 200 km away from Ahmedabad, and is located near the Sardar Sarovar Dam. The statue was inaugurated on October 31, 2018, and has been a major attraction ever since. The statue can withstand high wind velocities, vibrations, and earthquakes. There is also a museum here with audio-visual department that educated visitors on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

 
 
 



SC asks Centre, 9 states to file status report on filling up vacancies in CIC, SICs


SC asks Centre, 9 states to file status report on filling up vacancies in CIC, SICs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre and nine states to file a status report on filling up of vacancies in the Central Information Commission and state information commissions in compliance with its earlier orders.

A bench headed by justices S A Bobde asked the Centre and states to file their status report after RTI activists Anjali Bhardwaj and others submitted that earlier apex court orders were not complied with.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Bhardwaj and others, said the Centre and state governments had not put the names of selected and short listed candidates on their website as directed by the apex court.

He said the vacancies are yet to be filled by the Centre and states in CIC and SICs.

 
 
 



Manohar Lal Khattar announces cash incentives for reporting stubble-burning as Delhi’s AQI enters ‘emergency’ category


Manohar Lal Khattar announces cash incentives for reporting stubble-burning as Delhi’s AQI enters ‘emergency’ category

Chandigarh: Amid calls for stopping stubble-burning in states adjoining Delhi, which is facing severe dip in air quality, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday announced cash incentives for those reporting such incidents and directed officials to encourage farmers to opt alternatives.

His announcement came on a day a Supreme Court panel on pollution control declared a public health emergency in the national capital, and according to the Centre's air quality monitor SAFAR, the share of stubble burning in Delhi's pollution stood at 46 per cent, the highest so far. An official release issued here said Khattar met officials to review the crop residue management (CRM) scheme in his state.

He directed officers of the Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Department to visit 10 villages where maximum incidents crop residue burning has been reported and ascertain the reason behind it, the release said. He said a cash award of Rs 1,000 would be given to those informing about such incidents in their area and their identity would be kept secret, it added. He said that the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the concerned districts would also organize meeting of 'Gram Sabha' in these villages so that detailed deliberations could be held with the farmers on the issue.

Directions were also issued for exploring various options for the purchase of crop residue from farmers. He directed to explore the possibilities of utilization of crop residue in sugars mills for power generation, the release said, adding he sought a report in this regard at the earliest. Khattar's Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal has often blamed the Delhi's pollution on stubble-burning in Punjab and Haryana and requested the respective state governments to stop it.

Khattar also said discussions should be held on providing latest instruments to farmers and benefits of various schemes for encouraging them to sell their crop residue and adopt the crop residue management. He also directed the Deputy Commissioners to take stringent measures to prohibit the burning of crop residue in their respective districts. He was informed that a 34 per cent reduction was recorded in stubble burning in the state up to October 22 as compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, the release said.

Last year, crop residue burning was reported on 57,000 hectares of land area as compared to only about 38,000 hectares this year. It is also mentioned that there was a reduction of 6.5 per cent incidents as compared to last year as on date. The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction on the crop residue management in the state and asked the department to make it a mass movement, according to the release.

Delhi recorded its worst air quality of the season on Friday as the pollution level touched the 'severe plus' category, prompting authorities to shut schools till November 5, ban all construction activities and declare a "public heath emergency". The city's overall air quality index (AQI) was 504 at 3:30 am, but by 4 pm it was recorded at 484 in the 'severe' category, according to official data.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), Ghaziabad and Greater Noida had an AQI of 496 at 4 pm, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said. The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared the "public health emergency", following which the Delhi government decided to shut all schools. The EPCA has also banned all construction activities in Delhi-NCR till November 5.

The share of stubble burning in Delhi's pollution stood at 46 per cent on Friday, the highest so far, according to the Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality monitor SAFAR. The AQI entered the "severe plus" or "emergency" category late Thursday night in Delhi, the first time since January this year, a CPCB official said.

 
 
 



Will see whether interests fully being accommodated in RCEP: PM Modi


Will see whether interests fully being accommodated in RCEP: PM Modi

New Delhi: As he left for his visit to Bangkok, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India will consider whether its concerns and interests in trade in goods, services, and investments are being fully accommodated when he attends the meeting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership there.

Modi is travelling to Bangkok to participate in the 16th ASEAN-India Summit on November 3. He will also attend the 14th East Asia Summit and the 3rd Summit meeting of nations negotiating a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement on November 4.

In a statement before his departure, the prime minister said during the visit, he will also hold bilateral meetings with a number of other world leaders present at Bangkok for related summit meetings.

"The ASEAN-related summits are an integral part of our diplomatic calendar, and an important element in our Act East Policy. Our partnership with ASEAN is built around the key pillars of connectivity, capacity-building, commerce and culture," he said.

In January 2018, India had celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Dialogue Partnership with ASEAN in a special commemorative Summit in New Delhi where leaders of all 10 ASEAN states were chief guests at the Republic Day parade, he pointed out. 

The prime minister said he will be reviewing with ASEAN partners, India cooperative activities, and examining plans for strengthening ASEAN and ASEAN-led mechanisms, enhancing connectivity (sea, land, air, digital and people-to-people), deepening economic partnerships, and expanding maritime cooperation.

The East Asia Summit (EAS) is today the leading element in the regional cooperative architecture, as a singular, leaders-led structure that is centered around ASEAN, and includes as members major countries in the region or with important interests in it, he said.

"We will be reviewing significant regional and global issues on the Agenda of the EAS, and examining the state of our current programmes and projects. I will also focus on our Indo-Pacific strategy, on which I am happy to note strong convergences with ASEAN partners and others at the EAS," Modi said.

At the RCEP Summit, India will take stock of the progress in RCEP negotiations, he said.

"We will consider all issues including whether India's concerns and interests in trade in goods, services, and investments are being fully accommodated, during this summit," the prime minister asserted.

Other elements of his visit include participating in a special leaders luncheon event on November 4, organised by the prime minister of Thailand, as chair of ASEAN on sustainability.

"I will also attend a reception organised by the Indian community in Thailand on November 2 (Saturday evening). People of Indian Origin, and non-resident Indians have made significant contributions to Thailand and to the important relationship India shares with the Kingdom of Thailand," Modi said.

 
 
 



Maharashtra: President’s rule if Mahayuti fails to form Govt


Maharashtra: President’s rule if Mahayuti fails to form Govt

Mumbai: Since BJP-Shiv Sena alliance seems to be trailing, with no government formation even a week after the Maharashtra Assembly results were announced, the  State may probably have President’s rule in case Mahayuti fails to form a government by November 7.
Finance Minister and BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar have confirmed the news today as the tenure of the existing Legislative Assembly ends on November 8, DC reports.
Speaking to a news channel, the BJP leader asserted that “People of Maharashtra have given mandate not to any party but to the Mahayuti (alliance comprising BJP, Shiv Sena and other parties).”
“Our alliance is stronger than Fevicol or Ambuja Cement,” he said.

“A new government will have to be in place within the stipulated time, or else the President will have to intervene.

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President’s rule will be imposed if the government formation doesn’t happen in the given time,” he added.

When asked whether BJP will accept Shiv Sena’s demand for equal power sharing and CM post for 2.5 years, he said, the party has already chosen Devendra Fadnavis as the next CM, indicating of no such possibility of saffron party agreeing to such demand.
However, he did admit there is a deadlock. He said, “We, at the state level will sit together to find a way to resolve the deadlock. If necessary, the central leadership of BJP will intervene.”

Reacting to Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s comments on government formation, Mungantiwar said, “Just like the BJP, the Sena also wants the government to be formed at the earliest. We fought the election as an alliance. The issue here is not of Sena or BJP, but the people of Maharashtra.”




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