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54 trekkers stranded in snowfall rescued in Rudraprayag

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Dehradun, Jan 24 : All the 54 tourists, mostly trekkers from Mumbai, who were stranded in the high altitudes of Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand have been rescued and sent back to their homes, top officials said on Thursday.

The state disaster response force (SDRF) and police had launched a rescue operation at Chobata, Baniyakund and other high altitude areas in the district after reports that many people were stranded in the heavy snowfall since Tuesday. Rudraprayag has experienced the heaviest snowfall in 25 years during the past two days.

“Since most of the roads were covered with heavy snow, we pressed snow cutters to rescue these people,” said Mangesh Ghildiyal, District Magistrate Rudraprayag. The SDRF and police personnel trekked miles together to provide help to the stranded people.

He said as many as 36 people mostly students from Mumbai, who had come for trekking in the area were rescued on Thursday in the day long operation. Nearly 18 people were rescued on Wednesday, he said. Some of the tourists who were stranded in the area had come from Delhi and Rajasthan areas.

Meanwhile, the district authorities in the hilly areas have closed most of the trekking areas for tourists and trekkers. “Till the situation improves, tourists will not be allowed to go there,” said a government official.

Two foreign tourists who were on the way to Doditaal area in Uttarkashi district for trekking were asked to come back on Thursday as the inclement weather conditions coupled with snowfall continued to play spoilsport. “We have closed the Doditaal trek for tourists,” said a top official of Uttarkashi district.

Meanwhile, the district authorities claimed that most of the link roads have been opened on Thursday. “I think only road to Chobata is closed now,” said Ghildiyal.

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NRC will not be implemented in Bihar: Nitish

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Patna, Feb 23: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reiterated on Sunday that the National Register for Citizens would not be implemented in Bihar and only the National Population Register would be updated the way it was done in 2010.

The Janata Dal (United) president had in December already made its stand clear that the NRC would not be implemented in the state, though the party supported the Centre’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

“NRC is not going to be implemented here (in Bihar) and only NPR will be carried out the way it was done in the year 2010. It will be done on the basis of that only,” Kumar said in an official release.

He said this while addressing a function at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University at Chandanpatti in Hayaghat block of Darbhanga district, where he laid foundation stones for several schemes worth Rs 80 crore pertaining to minority welfare department.

Kumar laid stones for a 100-bed hostel at Biraul in Darbhanga, 100-bed hostel each for girl and boy for the university students, G plus three multi-storeyed building at waqf land and 560-capacity intake minority residential school, the release said.

Kumar had asked the Centre to drop new columns in NPR forms like parents’ places of birth and Aadhaar, saying they were “not necessary” and might lead to apprehensions.

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Anti-CAA protest turns violent in Aligarh, Internet blocked

The police lathicharged the protesters and also used tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

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Aligarh, Feb 23 : The protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) turned violent on Sunday evening after the women sitting on protest were asked to move from there.

Many shops, two-wheelers and police barricades were set ablaze and stone pelting was reported from Babri Mandi, Ghas-ki-Mandi and Upperkot.

The police lathicharged the protesters and also used tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

The administration has also blocked Internet services in the area from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight.

A huge crowd has gathered to protest against the CAA and the NRC at Shahjamal Idgah here. Women protesters have been removed from Upperkot Kotwali area. The crowd has been chanting anti-government slogans.

Several Bhim Army workers were also present among the protesters at Delhi Gate and Upperkot area.

The police said the women started throwing stones at police vehicles. The police said they have identified several students of Aligarh Muslim University who are involved in the stone pelting incident.

Heavy police force has been deployed at Delhi Gate and Upperkot.

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Entry and exit gates of Jaffrabad metro station closed by DMRC due to ongoing protest against CAA, NRC

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NEW DELHI: The ongoing protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register for Citizens (NRC) at Jaffrabad has forced DMRC to close the entry and exit gates of the metro station in the area. Trains will not be halting at the station.

The protest which began on Friday continued on Sunday.

Over 1,000 women gathered in front of the metro station and began a sit-in on the road which connects Seelampur to Maujpur and Yamuna Vihar.

Protesters plan to take a foot march from Jaffrabad road to Rajghat on Sunday. However, Delhi Police have denied permission for the march.

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