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700 pilgrims stranded on Uttarakhand highway after landslide



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Dehradun, Aug 10: A massive landslide on the Gangotri highway in Uttarakhand has left 700 pilgrims stranded, an official said on Friday.

The landslide took place 55-km away from Uttarkashi near Dabrani.

District Magistrate of Uttarkashi, Ashish Chauhan was also held on the route and the rest 700 ‘kanwar’s’ were being taken from an alternate route, the official told IANS.

Chauhan and other officials have gone to Surakki village, some 15-km from the landslide zone.

Some pilgrims have returned to Sukki while others are waiting in their vehicles on the highway itself.

Border Road Organisation personnel have been deployed to clear the rubble on the route, the official added.

A team of officials led by Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Devendra Singh Negi have been asked to camp at Dharali to ensure smooth transfer of the stranded pilgrims trapped.

Only 48-hours back a massive landslide created havoc at Dharali, some 80-km from Uttarkashi.

District Disaster Management Officer Devendra Patwal informed that debris were continuously flowing from the hills, making it difficult for the highway to be clear.

The Regional Met Office has meanwhile predicted another bout of heavy rains in the hill state from Saturday.

According to the weatherman, Champawat, Udhamsingh Nagar, Nainital, Tehri and the state capital Dehradun will witness very heavy rainfall in the next 24-hours.



Nowheera Shaik arrested for allegedly duping investors

According to police Nowhera Shaik is heading 15 companies under different names under the Heera Group of companies.



Nowhera Shaik, Heera Group

Hyderabad, Oct 17 : Hyderabad police on Tuesday arrested leading entrepreneur-politician Nowheera Shaik on charges of allegedly cheating the investors.

Nowheera, Managing Director of Heera Group of Companies, was arrested in New Delhi and brought to Hyderabad on a transit remand, said Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar.

The arrest was made during the course of the investigations into a case booked against her at Banja Hills police station in Hyderabad for cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal intimidation.

She was also booked under Telangana Deposits of Financial Establishment Act 1999 and The Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978.

Police said it found incriminating evidence against Nowheera, who runs various businesses in India and the Middle East. She also floated All India Mahila Empowerment Party, which contested recent assembly elections Karnataka but drew a blank.

According to police Nowhera Shaik is heading 15 companies under different names under the Heera Group of companies.

“Many of the companies are involved in collection of deposits/investments in different modes of gold scheme from public, where in these companies commit a return of around 36% per annum for the invested amount,” a police statement said.

While the exact number of investors / depositors is not known because the companies have not disclosed complete information before the Police, it is estimated that the number of depositors could be in thousands in different states of the country, it added.

Police claimed that during investigation evidences of diversion of funds came to light. Evidence has also been found of purchase of assets in different names of individuals as well as companies, police said.

“Many investors have not been paid their dues since last few months by accused companies. The companies and other accused have not cooperated with Police or provided relevant information during course of investigation. The main accused also made efforts to mislead the Police and avoid the investigation,” the police chief said.

According to police more than 160 bank accounts have been identified across India, details of which are being sought from the concerned bank.

Different properties have been identified and necessary action under the Telangana Deposits of Financial Establishment Act 1999 and The Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (BANNING) Act, 1978 are under consideration, added the statement.

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NGT imposes Rs 50 crore fine on Delhi government

The tribunal also directed the state to shut these units with immediate effect, as they fell under the prohibited list of industrial activities.



Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi, Oct 16 : The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs 50 crore on the Delhi government for not taking action against illegal, polluting steel-pickling units in the national capital’s residential areas.

“We also direct the Chief Secretary, Delhi, to constitute a three-member team to identify persons responsible who may be liable to be prosecuted and punished for violation of law. A report of the action taken may be furnished to this Tribunal by e-mail within four months,” it said.

Hearing a plea filed by the All India Lokadhikar Sangthan, an NGO seeking the execution of the NGT’s previous order, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel blamed the state government for not closing the industrial units despite its specific directions.

The NGT had directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to take action against stainless steel pickling industries in residential areas as they fell under the prohibited list of industrial activities as per the Delhi Master Plan (DMP), 2021.

The polluting industries functioning at Wazirpur discharged effluents in open drains, which ultimately emptied into the Yamuna river, the plea contended. Under the pretext of decision-making “time is being taken by the Delhi government and the environment is made to suffer continuously,” the NGO argued.

The NGT directed the state to immediately stop the operation of such industries and initiate action for violation of the law.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Media Adviser told IANS that they will wait for a detailed order of the Tribunal before deciding on the future course of action.

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DTC to run ‘ladies special’ on route 544

Route 544 runs from R.K. Puram, through AIIMS and the Siri Fort Road till its terminal point at Badarpur border. On its way, it stops at prominent all-girl colleges such as Gargi and Kamala Nehru.




New Delhi, Oct 16 : The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) on Tuesday announced a morning and evening “ladies special bus service” within a week after a molestation incident involving a Delhi University student on DTC bus route 544 came to light.

The decision came after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj called for an urgent meeting with the DTC, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Delhi police and the transport department on complaints of eve-teasing along Kamla Nehru and Gargi colleges’ route.

On October 3, ThePrint had reported a harrowing story of a 19-year-old psychology student of Kamala Nehru College and how, within three months of moving to Delhi, she was “molested” on a DTC bus seven times on route 544.

The report came at a time when #MeToo is flooding the social media with stories of women being harassed or molested and caught the attention of everyone on Twitter. One woman also claimed that molestation on route 544 has been happening since 1985.

Speaking to IANS, Bharadwaj, the MLA from Greater Kailash constituency, said all the girls complained of a common problem – “eve-teasing around the campus.”

“Girls from three colleges – Kamla Nehru, Gargi and Jija Bai Polytechnic – said that they face eve-teasing around the campus, on the roads and in the buses,” Bharadwaj said.

He said, people roam around the campuses in their cars and sometimes, on the pretext of asking for an address, they call the girls and “do something nasty”, following which the girls would run away. “The cars then follow the girls,” he said.

“The girls said that although the police had put barricades in the vicinity, they (the police) ignored all this,” he added.

During the meeting, Bharadwaj said, the girls demanded that a Metro feeder bus should run on the route.

“Talking to the stakeholders, we found that a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) feeder bus service called ML-74 is supposed to ply through the route. But the bus has been violating its route and travelling through another route and this is visible in DMRC’s GPS systems,” Bharadwaj, the AAP’s chief spokesperson said.

As per the demands of the students, he said, the DMRC will run a Metro feeder bus service on route 544. “Also, the Delhi Transport Authority has promised to take action against bus marshals for negligence,” Bharadwaj said.

Route 544 runs from R.K. Puram, through AIIMS and the Siri Fort Road till its terminal point at Badarpur border. On its way, it stops at prominent all-girl colleges such as Gargi and Kamala Nehru.

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