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3 die as incessant rains, thunderstorm trigger flood threat in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jun 12: Three people were killed and six others injured as incessant rains coupled with thunder storms left a trail of destruction in different parts of the Kashmir valley.
The continuous rainfall also triggered a flood scare in the valley as Jhelum levels surged near the danger marks.
Jhelum at 9 pm Wednesday was flowing at over 19 feet at Sangam, above the danger mark and close to the flood declaration mark of 21 feet.
The higher reaches of the valley witnessed snowfall, an oddity in June.
Two women Mubina Bano and Sharief Begum were killed when a tree fell on their makeshift home at Chandgi village in Bandipora district on Tuesday night.
A 40-year-old man, Mohammad Yousuf Khalda was killed and his two relatives, Ghulam Haider and Abdul Latief, were injured when a tree fell on their tent at Ganderbal.
Reports reaching from Naidkhai area of Sumbal said four members of the family were injured after lightening stuck them when they were busy planting paddy saplings in the fields.
A police officer identified the injured as Irfan Rashid Wani, his brother Javid Rashid Wani, their mother Masrat Begum and Tahira Begum. All the injured have been referred to JVC hospital Bemina for treatment.
Several areas of North Kashmir were hit by flash floods triggered by the incessant rains. A vital bridge on Ferozpur Nallah at Chandil-Wanigam road was damaged while several villages of Pattan area were inundated after rains caused flash floods.
Police rescued a group of shepherds along with their herds when they were trapped in a gushing stream in Badipora village of Budgam district.
“Due to heavy rains, a group of shepherds and their 500 sheep were trapped in Badipora Nallah of Budgam district. Immediately our teams rushed to the spot and rescued the shepherds and their herd,” a police official said.
In another incident, Army personnel rescued two people after their car was swept away by the overflowing Ferozpur Nallah near Pattan.
Reports pouring in from different parts of North Kashmir said the incessant rains and thunder storm caused heavy damage to the crops.
Heavy damage was caused to the crops and fruit bearing trees due to hailstorm in Nagasarai, Kalaroos, Surigam and Khurhama villages. Locals said hailstorm also damaged crops in Watapora, Qazipora, Kaloosa and its adjoining areas.
Ghulam Mohiuddin Bhat, a prominent fruit grower of the district, said at least 80% to 90% of his crops were damaged due to the hailstorm and rains.
Meanwhile, Chief Engineer (CE), Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Ashok Sharma said that the water levels are receding. “We are monitoring the situation. People need not to worry,” he added.


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Azad on Jharkhand lynching: Keep new India with you, give us old India

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New Delhi, Jun 24: Coming down heavily on the government over recent incidents of lynching and crime in Jharkhand, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said the state has become a factory of lynching and violence, “requesting” Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “give us our Old India where there was love, culture.”

“Dalits and Muslims are killed there every week. The PM, we are with you in the fight of ‘Sabka saath sabka vikas’, but it should be there for people to see it. We can’t see it anywhere,” Azad said in Rajya Sabha.

“I request you to keep the New India to yourself and give us our Old India where there was love, culture. Hindus used to feel the pain when Muslims and Dalits used to get hurt. When something used to get into the eyes of Hindus, Muslims and Dalits used to shed tears for them,” he added.

 

“In Old India, there was no hatred, anger or lynching. New India is one where humans are enemies of each other. You won’t be scared of animals in a jungle, but you’ll be scared of humans in a colony. Give us India where Hindus, Muslims,Sikhs and Christians live for each other,” he said.

In yet another lynching incident, a Muslim man was beaten up mercilessly for over 18 hours on the suspicion of theft in Jharkhand’s Kharsawan district on Saturday. The 24-year-old victim, identified as Tabrez Ansari, was attacked by a mob on June 18 and was later handed over to the police. He had been in the judicial custody since June 18 and was taken to a hospital on June 22 after his condition deteriorated. On the same day, Ansari succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Several videos of the incident emerged on social media show a man hitting Tabrez brutally with a wooden stick while forcing him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”. The videos of the Jharkhand mob lynching case have gone viral on social networking sites ever since the incident came to the light.

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GoI approves amendments to give more teeth to NIA

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New Delhi, Jun 24: The Union Cabinet is learnt to have approved a proposal to amend two laws to give more teeth to the NIA in probing ‘terror’ cases in India and abroad, sources said Monday.

Separate bills will be introduced in Parliament in the coming days to amend the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, they said.

The amendments will also allow the NIA probe cybercrimes and cases of human trafficking, sources aware of the proposal said.

 

Amendment to Schedule 4 of the UAPA will allow the NIA to designate an individual suspected to have ‘terror links as a terrorist’. As of now, only organisations are designated as ‘terrorist organisations’.

The NIA was set up in 2009 in the wake of the Mumbai attack that had claimed 166 lives.

Since 2017, the Union Home Ministry has been considering the two laws to give more power to the NIA to meet fresh challenges, the sources pointed out.

Another proposal to introduce a bill to extend the facility of proxy voting to overseas Indians could not be taken up Monday.

A similar bill had lapsed following the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month.

“The agenda of the Law Ministry stands postponed,” a functionary said.

As of now, overseas Indians are free to cast their votes in constituencies they are registered.

The Bill seeks to give them the option of proxy voting, which is as of now available to service personnel only.

Another proposal to amend the Representation of the People Act related to the spouses of service voters could not be taken up on Monday.

As of now, an armyman’s wife is entitled to be enrolled as a service voter, but a woman army officer’s husband is not, according to the provisions in the electoral law.

The bill proposes to replace the term ‘wife’ with ‘spouse’, thus making the provision gender-neutral. Members of the armed forces, central armed police forces, personnel of state police forces posted outside their state and employees of the Centre posted outside India are eligible to be enrolled as service voters.

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Youths click selfies, walk alongside Leopard in Kishtwar

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Srinagar, Jun 24: Pointing towards the increasing man-animal conflict is J&K, a video that went viral on Monday shows a few youth carelessly walking right alongside a leopard on a tarred road while clicking photos and videos in some mountainous region.

The incident reportedly took place in Chingam area of Kishtwar district. The video shows at least three youth audaciously ambling near the leopard that, surprisingly, isn’t aggressive.

The incident comes to the fore      days after days after two leopards were spotted in residential areas of Budgam and Srinagar.

 

Deputy conservator of forests, wild life division, Kashmir, Rouf Zargar had told The Kashmir Monitor that one female leopard and an adult cub were spotted at Ompora, Budgam.

“They were spotted in the adjacent villages of Budgam and Airport. We are doing our best to trace them. Till the time we catch those, people should refrain from moving out during nights and in the wee hours,” he said.

There has been a spike in man-animal conflict in the last few years with several incidents of attacks by bears and leopards taking place in multiple areas of the valley.

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