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50 people including IIT Roorkee students are safe in Lahul-Spiti: Himachal CM

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Shimla, Sep 25: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday said that the group of 50 trekkers which includes IIT Roorkee students are safe in Sissu area of Lahul-Spiti.

Meanwhile, two German nationals were rescued by Indian Air Force from Pingdom La. They were caught in a blizzard since two days.

The Air Force officials launched operation at 6 am today and the two were rescued successfully by 7 am.

Yesterday, a group of 8 people, comprising a woman from Brunei Sanjida Tuba, a man from The Netherlands Abby Lim&6 Indian nationals Priyanka Vora, Payal Desai, Dipika, Divya Aggarwal, Abhinav Chandel and Ashok had gone missing from Lahaul-Spiti where they were going on a trip.

In another group, 45 people including 35 IIT Roorkee students went missing in Lahul Spiti. Rajvir Singh.

On Monday, Father of one of the students Ankit Bhati told ANI ” they had gone for trekking to Hamta trekking pass in Kullu & were supposed to return to Manali, but now they’ve lost contact”.

Since last few days, the hilly state has been witnessing heavy rain and snowfall in many areas.

At least five people died and many have been reportedly injured in separate incidents as due to bad weather in Kullu, Kangra and Chamba districts on Monday.

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India test fires Agni-V missile

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 10: India successfully test fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V off the Odisha coast on Monday.

The surface-to-surface missile having a strike range of 5,000 km was launched at 1.30 p.m. from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island in Bhadrak district, said Defence Ministry sources.

The sources said the missile test was successful.

The missile developed by the Strategic Forces Command and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is the most advanced in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.

This was the seventh trial of the state-of-the-art Agni-V ballistic missile. It was last tested on June 3, 2018.

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Renowned historian Mushirul Hasan passes away

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New Delhi, Dec 10: Renowned historian Mushirul Hasan, a former Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, died on Monday. He was 71.

Hasan, who was also a former Director General of the National Archives of India, wrote extensively on the 1947 partition of India.

He served as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia between 1992 and 1996 and headed the institution between 2004 and 2009.

Hasan’s ‘Namaz-e-Janaza’ was performed at Babul Ilm and Jamia Mosque. The burial will take place at the Jamia graveyard.

Condoling his death, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said his work would continue to shape the nation’s consciousness.

“A historian, a teacher, a Vice Chancellor, an archivist: Mushirul Hasan blended all fine qualities of our syncretic culture and scholarship. His work and his books continue to shape our consciousness. Condolences to Zoya Hasan (wife) and others in his family,” he tweeted.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote on Twitter: “Shocked to know about the sad demise of noted scholar and writer Mushirul Hasanji. His contribution to Jamia Millia Islamia will always be remembered.”

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Railways to provide jerk-free rides on Shatabdis, Rajdhanis

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New Delhi, Dec 10: Moving ahead with technology, Indian Railways’ fleet of Shatabdi Express and Rajdhani Express trains will offer a jerk-free journey to passengers from March 2019, railway officials said on Monday.

A senior Railway Ministry official told IANS that all the Shatabdi Express trains departing from New Delhi have been fitted with modern couplers, which will ensure a smooth ride to the passengers.

“As of now, all the Shatabdi Express trains under Northern Railways have already received this upgrade,” he said, adding that “the old couplers in all of its premium train fleet of Rajdhanis and Shatabdis will be replaced by March 2019”.

A coupler is a device that connects coaches with each other. According to the official, the railways is changing the age-old couplers with newly developed Centre Buffer Coupler (CBC) with balanced draft gear.

The official said: “The standard coupler on connecting LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches had some issues which resulted in jerks during rides.

The new version of the CBC has high-capacity shock absorbers which ensure that jerks are not felt in case of braking and during acceleration, resulting in making the ride smoother for passengers, he said.

He said after changing the old couplers from the fleet of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains, the upgradation process for other trains will be undertaken.

Since 2017, the Indian Railways, while focusing on enhancing on-board passenger amenities and comfort, has taken a massive upgradation work of its stock under Project Swarn and Utkarsh, with many features such as modular toilets and cleaner coaches.

New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) Moving ahead with technology, Indian Railways’ fleet of Shatabdi Express and Rajdhani Express trains will offer a jerk-free journey to passengers from March 2019, railway officials said on Monday.

A senior Railway Ministry official told IANS that all the Shatabdi Express trains departing from New Delhi have been fitted with modern couplers, which will ensure a smooth ride to the passengers.

“As of now, all the Shatabdi Express trains under Northern Railways have already received this upgrade,” he said, adding that “the old couplers in all of its premium train fleet of Rajdhanis and Shatabdis will be replaced by March 2019”.

A coupler is a device that connects coaches with each other. According to the official, the railways is changing the age-old couplers with newly developed Centre Buffer Coupler (CBC) with balanced draft gear.

The official said: “The standard coupler on connecting LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches had some issues which resulted in jerks during rides.

The new version of the CBC has high-capacity shock absorbers which ensure that jerks are not felt in case of braking and during acceleration, resulting in making the ride smoother for passengers, he said.

He said after changing the old couplers from the fleet of Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains, the upgradation process for other trains will be undertaken.

Since 2017, the Indian Railways, while focusing on enhancing on-board passenger amenities and comfort, has taken a massive upgradation work of its stock under Project Swarn and Utkarsh, with many features such as modular toilets and cleaner coaches.

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