Northern Army Commander reviews security situation in Kashmir

first_imgNorthern Army Commander Lt Gen. D Anbu on Saturday reviewed the security situation in the Kashmir region during his one-day visit to the valley. He visited the formations and units in north Kashmir for a review of the prevailing security situation in the region, an Army spokesman said. During the visit, Lt. Gen. Anbu was accompanied by Chinar Corps Commander Lt Gen. J S Sandhu who briefed him about the winter preparedness of the formations and measures taken to meet the challenges posed by weather, he said. The northern army commander also interacted with the troops and emphasised on the need for undertaking relentless intelligence-based operations to sustain pressure on terrorist organisations, the spokesman said. Commending the troops for their dedication and high standards of professionalism, the Lt Gen. asked them to continue strict vigil to thwart any nefarious designs of inimical elements despite the prevalent weather conditions, he said. He also reinforced the need for coordination with other security agencies to effectively meet any emerging challenges and maintain a safe, secure and peaceful environment for the people, the spokesman said.last_img read more

‘Mandsaur rape victim wants to go home’

first_imgThe eight-year-old girl, who was allegedly gang-raped in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district on June 26, has been telling the doctors treating her that she wants to go home, a senior doctor of the hospital where she has been admitted said on Monday.Severe injuriesThe girl, who suffered severe injuries to her neck, face, head and private parts in the incident, is being treated at the State-run Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital here since June 27.“She is frequently saying that she wants to go home. We are going to form a team of expert doctors, including the paediatricians treating her, to decide when she should be discharged,” superintendent Dr. V.S. Pal told reporters here.He added that the girl had recovered a lot physically and was mentally stable now.The victim was allegedly abducted from outside her school and raped by two men on June 26.The accused had also allegedly tried to kill her by slitting her throat with a knife.Accused arrestedThe police subsequently arrested the two accused — Irfan alias Bhaiyu (20) and Asif (24) — and charged them under the relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.They are now in judicial custody.last_img read more

More digital ticketing options for Metro commuters soon

first_imgMumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) will soon roll out all features of its online ticketing system, Skiiip Q, on Paytm and is expecting more and more commuters to use mobile ticketing options in the coming months. “Mumbai Metro One brought the mobile payment system in Metro ticketing for the first time in India. All the products will soon be available on one of the most widely accepted payment wallet companies: Paytm. We are hopeful that our commuters will benefit from this ticketing option,” an MMOPL spokesperson said. Skiiip Q generates a QR code that can be scanned at the automatic fare collection (AFC) gates to gain access to Metro stations. It was launched in November 2017 on two apps, Ridlr and Paytm. While the former had all the features of Skiiip Q, the latter was limited to journey passes and return tickets. The company recently introduced trip-based passes and is currently testing store value passes, which are likely to be launched in the first week of August.Skiiip Q has been gaining popularity, and the company hopes to have more 50,000 users by the end of the year. In June 2018, around 25,000 passengers were using the app, as against 3,500 users after the first month of its launch.According to MMOPL, nearly 70% of commuters were using Skiiip Q on Paytm, while overall use of the app across all ticketing options — cards, tokens and Skiiip Q — is around 6%. The company has set a target of 15% for the end of the year. MMOPL said use of card-based ticketing was the highest among the three, and hopes that by introducing the options on Paytm, more commuters will switch to the mobile app. At present, only 2% of card-based commuters are using Skiiip Q. The company has engaged two sales promoters at Andheri and Ghatkopar Metro stations during peak hours to assist commuters with the new technology. MMOPL also plans to include it in its corporate contact programme.last_img read more

Assam flood: 2 rhinos drown in Kaziranga, human toll 19

first_img “Four people drowned today [Tuesday], taking the human toll to 19. Landslides in two districts killed two of them,” an ASDMA official said.Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal updated Mr. Shekhawat about the steps taken to deal with the crisis. “We have requested the Union Minister to expedite the setting up of the North East Water Management Authority, as recommended by the NITI Aayog. We have also sought inclusion of river erosion in the list of admissible natural calamities under the State Disaster Relief Fund,” he said.KNP underwaterMore than 90% of KNP remained underwater, forcing animals to escape to the hills of Karbi Anglong district across the highway that runs along the southern edge of the park. “Smaller animals such as deer and wild boar usually suffer the most during floods, but two rhinos and an elephant drowned during the last 24 hours. Nine of the 30 animals that have died so far were hit by speeding vehicles while trying to cross the highway,” KNP’s Divisional Forest Officer Rohini B. Saikia said.Three other rhinos and four hog deer rescued from the flooded park are under treatment at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at Kaziranga. A total of 30 animals were taken to the centre; 23 of them were released after treatment.Encephalitis persistsAssam also continued to suffer from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome and Japanese Encephalitis. Health officials on Tuesday reported the death of 17 people due to these related diseases, taking the casualty count to 201 since January. Watch: Assam flood takes its toll on people and animals Four people lost their lives and two one-horned rhinos drowned in Kaziranga National Park (KNP) on Tuesday as Assam continued to reel under floods and rain-induced landslides. The day also saw Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat inspecting some of the worst-hit areas and the Centre releasing ₹251.52 crore as part-payment for relief and rescue operations in the State.Nearly all districtsAssam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said this year’s flood has spared only one of the State’s 33 districts, affecting 44.96 lakh people across 4,620 villages. More than 1.01 lakh people have taken refuge in 226 relief camps while 562 relief distribution centres have been established.center_img Assam faces floods againVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:2401:24  last_img read more