Silkyara tunnel Uttarkashi

J’khand To Airlift 15 Workers Of Silkyara Tunnel To Ranchi Tomorrow

Fifteen labourers from Jharkhand who were rescued from Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi will be airlifted to Delhi on Thursday and from there to Ranchi on Friday morning.

They will fly to Ranchi from New Delhi as there is no direct flight between Dehradun with a sopover at Jharkhand Bhawan.

After medical screening of the labourers trapped in the tunnel accident in Uttarkashi is going on at AIIMS Rishikesh, all the labourers can be discharged very soon, after which all the labourers will be sent to their destination, a Jharkhand government official said while talking to ANI.

“15 labourers from Jharkhand would be sent to Delhi by 7.45 pm flight and then they would be made to stay at Jharkhand Bhawan for the night, after which they would be taken from Delhi to Ranchi by a morning flight the next day and will be dropped at their destination,” the Jharkhand official added.

The workers who were rescued from the Silkyara tunnel were brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh, for further medical examination on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, after the 41 trapped workers were brought out safely from the under-construction Silkyara tunnel in Uttarkashi, bringing to an end an ordeal that spanned over two weeks, their relieved kin on Wednesday celebrated ‘Igas Bagwal’ at the residence of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami in Dehradun.

‘Igas Bagwal’ is a popular festival in Uttarakhand, celebrated 11 days after Diwali.

While the festival was marked on Wednesday, the festivities for the loved ones of the trapped workers, who had been spending sleepless nights worrying over the fates, started on Tuesday itself following their safe rescue.

Family members and friends of the 41 workers, who were safely pulled out from a portion of the tunnel, that collapsed on November 12, burst into celebrations after word of their rescue reached them.

Many of them, who had been following the tense rescue operation on television over a couple of weeks, broke into unbridled joy and even burst crackers after their loved ones finally saw light at the end of the tunnel.

Significantly, the portion of the tunnel on the Silkyara side collapsed on the day of Diwali, November 12, confining them in the dark during the Festival of Lights. A part of the tunnel they were building gave way, blocking their only exit with more than 60 metres of broken rock, concrete and twisted metal. (ANI)

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Hindu Religious Act

VHP Delegation Meets J’khand Governor For Abolition Of Hindu Religious Trust Act

A delegation of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) led by Jharkhand state unit vice president Chandrakant Raipat met Governor CP Radhakrishnan at the Raj Bhawan in Ranchi to demand the abolition of the Hindu Religious Trust Act.

“We want to remove the Hindu Religious Trust Act across the country. Under the present system temple management is under the government. They have formed a committee as per their own whims. We are fighting it at the court. However, our primary demand is the Hindu Religious Trust Act which is only applicable on Hindus should be removed,” Chandrakant Raipat said speaking to ANI on Monday.

After meeting the Governor, Raipat said that they have handed over a memorandum addressed to the President of India to the Governor urging her to taking steps against the acts of the Dharmik Nyas Board.

He said that the Governor has given a patient hearing to them and said that whatever steps are needed to be taken in this regard will be done by the centre.

Raipat said that under the Hindu Religious Act, all state governments control temples located in their respective states by forming committees.

The VHP state president pointed out that there is no such law for any other religion. The law controlling mosques and churches was abolished after Independence in 1947, however temples continue to be governed by the state government, he said. (ANI)

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Third-Highest Heatwave Conditions In Last 23 Yrs This Summer: IMD

India, this year, experienced the third-highest instances of heatwave and severe heatwave conditions in the last 23 years, after 2019 and 2022, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.

The Met agency said heatwave and severe heatwave conditions this summer were the third-highest after 578 MSD (mean standard deviation) in 2019 and 455 MSD in 2022.
Further, according to the IMD, above-normal heatwave days were observed in the country’s eastern parts, including West Bengal, Odisha, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and the adjoining central parts including eastern Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha and Telangana.

Apart from this, heavy rainfall activity occurred in three to four zones in the month of June, including Assam, south Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the IMD said, adding that Gujarat also experienced heavy rainfall but that was largely on account of severe cyclonic storm ‘Biparjoy’.

Meanwhile, the IMD on Friday said Mumbai, Thane and Palghar in Maharashtra are expected to receive moderate to intense spells of rainfall over the next 3-4 hours.

Earlier, an official statement from the IMD stated, “Due to active monsoon conditions enhanced rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected at a few places over parts of Konkan and adjoining ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra during the next 2-3 days.”

Heavy rainfall in the Panna district of Madhya Pradesh over the last three days hit road connectivity while throwing traffic out of gear. Heavy waterlogging was also reported at several government offices, including that of the Home Guard and the Department of Horticulture and Food Processing.

A boat was spotted sailing at a government office after rainwater entered the premises in the Panna district of MP on Thursday.

Meanwhile, parts of the national capital and adjoining areas experienced sharp showers in the wee hours of Friday, with extensive waterlogging reported in some areas.

The IMD forecast more moderate to heavy rainfall in parts of Delhi, UP, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in the next couple of days.

Earlier, on Thursday, heavy rain lashed several isolated areas of Delhi-NCR, bringing down the minimum temperature to 27.1 degrees Celsius. (ANI)

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Two Groups Clash In Jharkhand’s Palamu; Section 144 Imposed

Two Groups Clash In Jharkhand’s Palamu; Section 144 Imposed

A clash erupted between two groups of people over installation of a ‘Toran gate’ (entry gate) in a market in Jharkhand’s Palamu district on Wednesday, police said.

The incident took place in Panki village of the district.
Section 144 has been imposed in Panki and more than 100 personnel have been deployed to maintain peace.

“The clash erupted between two groups in Palamu’s Panki. Section 144 has been imposed. The situation is under control with the presence of teams from three police stations. Action to be taken against accused,” Palamu SP CK Sinha told ANI.

Police personnel from police stations from Tarhasi, Pipratand and Lesliganj are present.

More details are awaited. (ANI)

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Jio 5G In Madhya Pradesh Ujjain

Reliance Jio Launches 5G Services In 50 More Cities

Reliance Jio on Tuesday announced the largest launch of its True 5G services across 50 cities in the country. With this, Jio users across 184 cities can now access the fifth-generation mobile services.

According to the company’s statement, these 50 cities are in states including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

Jio users in these cities will be invited to the Jio Welcome Offer to experience unlimited data at up to 1 Gbps speeds at no additional cost, starting on Tuesday, the statement said.

Jio spokesperson said, “We are thrilled to launch Jio True 5G services in 50 additional cities across 17 states and Union Territories, taking the total count to 184 cities. This is by far one of the largest rollouts of 5G services, not just in India, but anywhere in the world.”

“We have stepped up the speed and intensity of True 5G roll-out across the nation because we want every Jio user to enjoy the transformational benefits of Jio True 5G technology in the new year 2023. The entire nation will be able to enjoy and benefit from Jio True 5G services by December 2023,” the spokesperson said.

The cities of Chittoor, Kadapa, Narasaraopet, Ongole, Rajamahendravaram, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram in Andhra Pradesh; Nagaon in Assam; Bilaspur, Korba and Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh; Panaji in Goa; Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Hisar, Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak, Sirsa and Sonipat in Haryana, have access to Jio 5G services now, according to the statement. It also added that Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij inaugurated Jio True 5G in Haryana circle on Tuesday.

Jio 5G services are now also live in Dhanbad in Jharkhand; Bagalkote, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Mandya and Tumakuru in Karnataka; Alappuzha in Kerala; Kolhapur, Nanded-Waghala, Sangli in Maharashtra; Balasore, Baripada, Bhadrak, Jharsuguda, Puri and Sambalpur in Odisha, the statement said.

The cities in Puducherry; Amritsar, Bikaner, Kota in Rajasthan; Dharmapuri, Erode and Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu; Nalgonda in Telangana, and Jhansi, Aligarh, Moradabad, Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, and Asansol and Durgapur in West Bengal now have access to Jio 5G services. According to the statement, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will inaugurate Jio True 5G in Kota.

The spokesperson also said, “We are grateful to the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal for their continuous support in our quest to digitise every region.” (ANI)

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Operation Octopus

Ops Octopus Still On After Fall Of Naxal Bastion Of Burha Pahar

‘Operation Octopus’ is still continuing to dig out explosives and hidden arms and ammunition from the densely forested hilly range of the Naxal bastion of ‘Burha Pahar’ — a mountain range spread over 55 square km touching three districts of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh — which was captured by security forces in September this year.

‘Burha Pahar’, which touches Chhattisgarh’s Balrampur and Latehar as well as Jharkhand’s Garhwa districts, was captured in a joint operation of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) general duty battalions, its Naxal specialised wing CoBRA, Jharkhand Police, and Jharkhand Jaguar– a special force of Jharkhand Police.
Once known for the Naxal operation base led by the dreaded Naxal Arvind Ji, a Core Committee Member of Naxals who died in 2018, ‘Burha Pahar’ had been an impregnable Naxal bastion for 32 years.

A total of 646 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), 18 factory-made regular arms including one light machine gun, 1,588 ammunition, 22 magazines, one grenade launcher, 85 grenades, 200 grenade arming rings, 78 pressure cooker IEDs and arrow bombs, Insas Rifles, Carbines, SLR Rifles, LMG with bipod are among several other items have been recovered since the ‘Operation Octopus’ was launched. These recoveries were made between September 5 and September 24.

Explaining operational details of ‘Operation Octopus’ Inspector General of Jharkhand Sector CRPF Amit Kumar, IPS, who played a key role in the plan, told ANI: “Burha Pahar stretch across 3 districts along Jharkhand and Chattisgarh border. It was a stronghold of the Naxals. ‘Operation Octopus’ was launched in two phases. The first phase was held in August when security personnel toured Naxal hideout spots.

“The second phase was held in September where four camps were established in the region. Our forces are sanitizing the area. Arms and ammunition of Naxals are being recovered. A total of 646 Nos IEDs has been recovered so far from the region between September 5 to September 24.”

Mentioning that “our teams are in a dominant position in the region”, Kumar said, “The operation will continue until and unless we completely dismantle Naxal infrastructure in the region.”

The officer said, “Jharkhand is on the way to becoming Naxal-free”. “Main strongholds Burha Pahar, trijunction of Chaibasa, Khunti, and Saraikela, and Parasnath Mountain are in our control. Another concentration left in Chaibasa, we will take control of it in the next 1-2 months.”

He further said as security forces build camps in the Naxal-affected areas, development works to usher in the region. “Roads are built, electricity supply comes into the region, and normal business activities are initiated.”

“People in Naxal-affected areas now benefit from health and education facilities and welfare schemes. These regions didn’t have the basic infrastructure for the last four decades,” Kumar added.

The hilly forested terrain of Burha Pahar was used as a corridor by the Naxals till the success of ‘Operation Octopus”. Security forces also made earlier attempts but success was not achieved. In 2018, six security personnel lost their lives in a major operation.

Asked about known Naxals in the region, an officer said Saurabh alias Markus baba, Naveen Yadav, and Santu Bhuiyan- all carrying bounty between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh — are active in the region.

CRPF’s 203 CoBRA battalion, 205 CoBRA Batallion, its regular Battalions (172, 218, and 62), and state police forces like Jharkhand Jaguar are still engaged in the operation since the beginning. (ANI)

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J’khand Governor Returns Excise Amendment Bill To Soren To Reconsider

Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais has returned a Jharkhand Excise (Amendment) Bill, 2022, passed by the Hemant Soren government in the state assembly earlier this year with a slew of suggestions and directions to make changes accordingly.

As per the Raj Bhavan, there are eight points to which the Governor has objections and asked the state government to reconsider.
In its recommendations, the Governor has also raised concern over the dwindling excise revenue in the state in the first two quarters of the current financial year after the introduction of the new excise policy.

The Governor has also questioned the provision making only the retail liquor shop staff accountable for any violation of the Act and said the responsibility of the agency (running the shop) and officers of JBCL should also be fixed.

“It seems the provision has been included to shield the officers of the corporation and the agency concerned,” said the official release of Raj Bhawan.

Hemant Soren government had, earlier this year, brought a new excise policy and took the liquor wholesale and retail business under its control, amid protests from the private license holders.

This will be the fifth bill that has been returned by the Governor to the state government for consideration and correction. (ANI)

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Jharkhand IT department raid

J’khand: I-T Dept Raids Unearth Rs 2 Cr Cash, Rs 100 Cr Unaccounted Transactions

Jharkhand’s income tax department recovered Rs 2 crore in cash, and Rs 100 crore in unaccounted investments/transactions, and a total of 16 bank lockers have been put under restraint after a series of search and seizure actions on 50 premises in various states.

These raids were done on a few business groups engaged in coal trading/ transportation, execution of civil contracts, extraction of iron ore, and production of sponge iron on November 4, 2022. Those searched include two politically exposed persons and their associates. The searches were carried out at more than 50 premises spread over Ranchi, Godda, Bermo, Dumka, Jamshedpur, Chaibasa, Patna, Gurugram, and Kolkata.
The search operation has led to the seizure of a large number of incriminating documents and digital evidence. A preliminary analysis of this evidence indicated that these groups have resorted to various modus operandi of tax evasion including inflation of expenses, transactions of loans in cash, payments/receipts in cash, and suppression of production. During the search, it has also been found that investments have been made in immovable properties, the source of which could not be fully explained.

According to the statement of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the search operation also revealed that one of the groups engaged in civil contracts was not maintaining regular books of account. The group has been inflating its expenses by entering into non-genuine transactions of purchase of raw material/ sub-contract expenses in a lump sum at the fag end of the year. Evidence seized also suggested that unfair payments in cash had been made to secure contracts.

The CBDT statement stated in the case of the other group engaged in coal trading/ extraction of iron ore, etc, unaccounted stock of iron ore of huge value has been found, which is yet to be quantified. The said group has also introduced its unaccounted money in the form of unsecured loans and share capital by layering the transactions through shell companies. Professionals associated with this group admitted that they had not verified any supporting documents and had signed the audit report prepared by the group’s accountant without due diligence, the statement added.

The CBDT statement also said that further investigations were under progress. (ANI)

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Soren Dares ED

Come And Arrest Me: Soren Dares ED

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Thursday challenged the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to arrest him instead of sending a summons to him for questioning.

Soren on Thursday was to appear before the ED in its regional office in Ranchi but he skipped his visit. Addressing the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) workers outside his official residence before leaving for Raipur to attend a tribal festival being organized by the Chhattisgarh government, Soren urged his party workers to be prepared for a long political fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“I have been summoned by ED today when I already have a program in Chhattisgarh today. If I have committed a crime that big, come and arrest me. Why the questioning?… Security near the ED office has increased. Why, are you scared of people of Jharkhand?” said Soren, amidst heavy sloganeering in support from his party workers.

Soren said the federal agency, as a part of a larger conspiracy to destabilize his government which got a historic mandate in 2019, is trying to intimidate them by showing muscle power.

“We have identified a few external gangs in the state who are not letting the state’s Adivasis stand on their feet. This state will have the rule of Jharkhand is and not external forces… BJP will be wiped out in the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls,” Soren added.

Urging his workers to be ready for a political fight, Soren said they need to go back to villages and expose the “conspiracy of the BJP” to destabilize their government.

“We have not done anything yet. ‘Jab Jharkhandi apni cheezo pe utar aayega, toh wo din door nahi jahaan aap logon ko yahaan sar chhupaane ka mauka bhi nahi milega,” he said.

Soren also gave a call to the Adivasis of Gujarat to ensure that the BJP loses all tribal seats in the upcoming assembly elections.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren was summoned by ED on Thursday for investigation over contravention of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and in a money laundering probe linked to an illegal mining case in the Sahebganj district. (ANI)

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Chhath Puja Across Country

Devotees Throng Ghats To Celebrate Chhath Puja Across Country

After a hiatus of two years due to COVID-19, thousands of devotees on Sunday flocked to ghats and makeshift ponds across the country to seek the blessings of the Sun God as part of Chhath Puja.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur and Varanasi, a large number of women clad in sarees were seen standing knee-deep in water at ghats, worshipping the Sun God.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath attended Chhath Pooja celebrations at Gomti Ghat in Lucknow.

While in the national capital, a massive number of devotees thronged to ITO Ghat to offer prayers, and devotees took a holy dip in the water as part of the Chhath Puja at a pond in Vinod Nagar.

A huge crowd of devotees also gathered at the national capital’s Kalindi Kunj ghat to offer prayers on Chhath Puja.

The festive fervor gripped the ‘land of forest’ Jharkhand too, as devotees offered prayers at Hatania Talab in Ranchi.

Meanwhile, in Bihar, women were seen standing in the water, wearing long ‘sindoor’ with orange color on their faces, and offering fruits and sweets to the Sun God at JP Setu Ghat in Patna.

A huge crowd of devotees gathered to offer prayers at Juhu in Mumbai to mark Chhath Puja.

In West Bengal, devotees offered prayers to the setting sun at Takra Ghat in Kolkata. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offered prayers on the occasion of Chhath Puja at Kolkata’s Dahi Ghat.

The Chhath Puja is celebrated on the sixth day of the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar, which also happens to be the fourth day after Diwali.

Hyderabad also witnessed a large number of devotees celebrating the Chhath Puja at Tank Bund.

As per the Hindu tradition, devotees, especially in Bihar, Jharkhand, and UP, worship the Sun God to express gratitude and seek blessings.

Women devotees keep an arduous 36-hour-long fast ‘Nirjala Vrat’, and sing devotional and folk songs. ‘Arghya’ is offered to the Sun God while standing in knee-deep water at ghats or makeshift ponds. (ANI)

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