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34 dead as rain, strong winds, thunderstorm wreak havoc in four states

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New Delhi : At least 34 people were killed  when rain, thunderstorm and strong winds lashed four states–Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. In Madhya Pradesh, a total of 11 people were killed in several districts. In Khargone district, strong winds, rain and storm destroyed mud-houses in many villages including–Kharagone, Upadi, Bada, Premnagar, Gogavan and Bhoinanda.

Three people of a family were killed and one was seriously injured due to lightning in Jamudir Sarwar village under the Hathod police station area on Tuesday evening. In another district, two people were killed in the last two days in lightning, thunderstorm and rain and one person is undergoing treatment. 15 people were also injured in six separate villages.

The condition of the three people is still critical. All the injured have been given treatment in Khargone district hospital. Many trees fell and even the traffic was affected.

 

In Gujarat, nine people–four in Mehsana, two in Banaskantha, one each in Rajkot, Morbi, and Sabarkantha– were killed due to the storm and rain. The crops have also been damaged in most of the locations.

In Maharashtra, seven deaths have been reported due to heavy rains and lightning in the last two days. Hailstorm was witnessed in Nashik and Pune along with rain. The farmers have also been affected. Lightning killed two people each in Satana and Parbhani and injured one. A person was also killed in Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik.

The western state of Rajasthan witnessed seven deaths. In Jhalawad alone four children were killed due to heavy rains and duststorm. Normal life was thrown off track due to the sudden rain. While in Baran, hailstorm lashed the place affecting livestock, affected crops, and destroyed mud houses, in Sriganganagar crops were destroyed by a hailstorm. At least 300 villages were affected by the hailstorm.

In Kota, black clouds led to heavy rains and crops were affected. The rain lashed the region and the produce at the market was also affected.

Rains also lashed Alwar, Chaksu, Ajmer and Udaipur rains destroyed produce kept in the open outside the shops in the market and a man was killed after a shade fell off burying him.


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Will take 2-3 days for scheduling flights over Pak air space: AI official

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Air India on Tuesday indicated that it will take two to three days for scheduling flights over Pakistan which has lifted all curbs on flying over its air space. “We are looking into the matter. It will take two to three days for scheduling to use Pakistani airspace,” an Air India official said.

For the first time since February’s Balakot strike, Pakistan fully operationalised its airspace for civilian traffic, bringing a huge relief for the airlines which had to take long and costly detours to avoid the Pakisrtani air space. “With immediate effect, Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civilian traffic on published ATS routes,” read a notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.

In a tweet, the Ministry of Civil Aviation in New Delhi termed the move a “great news” and a “big relief to air passengers”. Pakistan had earlier claimed that it would not open its airspace for commercial flights until India removed its fighter jets from forwarding Indian airbases.

 

Pakistan had fully shut its airspace on the eastern border with India after the Indian Air Force had carried out airstrikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)camp in Balakot on February 26.

In mid-April, Pakistan opened one of its 11 air routes for west-bound flights from India — airlines like Air India and Turkish Airlines have started using it. In March, the neighbouring country partially opened its airspace but did not allow Indian flights to fly over its airspace.

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Unidentified male body retrieved in Jehlum

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Srinagar, July 16: Police on Tuesday recovered an identified male body on river Jehlum near Shadipora area of Sumbal in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Reports reaching said that some locals spotted the body floating near Shadipora and informed the concerned police station immediately.

A police team reached the spot and retrieved the body. Confirming it a police officer said that the body has been taken to a nearby hospital for medico-legal formalities.

 

The officer said that the identity of the deceased is being ascertained.

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963 militants,413 soldiers killed in J&K since 2014: Home Ministry

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A total of 963 militants have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir by security forces since 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was first voted to power.

During the various encounters and anti-combing operations in the state during the period, a total of 413 security personnel were also killed.

The data was furnished by the Ministry of Home Affairs in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. The Home Ministry also said that pursuant to Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s zero-tolerance policy against militancy, the forces were taking proactive measures to neutralize militants.

 

According to the Home Ministry, each of the Central Armed Police Forces has a designated welfare officer at each headquarter. Apart from it, there are welfare officers at the unit level to facilitate the families of security personnel, who were killed in the line of duty.

On Monday, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik had informed the Rajya Sabha that Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a total of 318 militants attacks in 2018, which is 187 more than the number of attacks in 2017.

In a written reply to Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel, the government had further said that as many as 265 militants were killed in various counter-militants, counter infiltration and militant Initiated Incidents operations undertaken by the defence and security personnel. In the same year, a total of 43 Army men were killed during anti-militant operations.

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