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Adverse weather: Himachal Govt advises against travelling to higher reaches

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Shimla, May 8: The Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday advised locals and tourists not to travel towards the higher reaches as moderate snowfall and rains continued across the state.

An advisory was issued to avoid travelling to the high hills of Kullu, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts as chances of snow and rain are high over the next 24 hours, a government spokesperson told IANS here on Tuesday morning.

Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan told IANS that tourists and locals bound for the Rohtang Pass, some 52 km from Manali, were not allowed to go beyond Marhi, due to continuous snowfall that has resulted in snapping of road links leading to the pass.

“Even the locals have been advised not to go close to the rivers and water channels and check weather conditions before travelling towards the Jalori Pass also,” he said, adding “schools were closed for a day (Tuesday)”.

Officials said state transport buses in Lahaul Valley in Lahaul-Spiti district have been temporarily suspended.

According to the Met Office in Shimla, heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds are likely at some places in the state till Thursday.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district received 27 mm rain till Tuesday morning, while Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district saw 5 cm of snow.

However, Shimla experienced only 3.7 mm, while Manali, Dharamsala and Dalhousie towns received 18.6 mm, 8.2 mm and 13 mm of rain, respectively.

Shimla recorded a minimum of 9.8 degrees Celsius, while it was 2.4 degrees in Kalpa, 13.8 degrees in Dharamsala, 5.4 degrees in Manali and 7.8 degrees in Dalhousie.

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Child dies of ‘extreme heat’ in Brahmaputra Express

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Lucknow, May 25: A six-month-old child died due to extreme heat wave conditions on Friday in an overcrowded train in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

The child was travelling with her parents in a sleeper coach of the Brahmaputra Express.

The victim’s family alleged that the coach was packed with passengers and their daughter was suffocated in the extreme heat.

The train was going from Dibrugarh in Assam to Delhi. The distraught family alleged that the train stopped in Allahabad outer for more than two hours, leading to further deterioration of the girl’s condition.

Co-passengers also alleged that despite requests for medical aid, no one, including the train ticket collector, paid heed to their pleas.

When the train reached Allahabad, the passengers created a ruckus, after which the railway officials intervened.

The family belongs to Mughalsarai district in Uttar Pradesh.

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Hot day, Heatwave conditions in Delhi

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New Delhi, May 25: It was clear sky on Friday here in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 23.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, said the Met as it forecast heatwave conditions at some areas in the city.

“It will be a clear sky with heat wave condition likely to occur in a few areas,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said. According to the Skymet, the day was likely to be hot with few clouds.

The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 37 per cent. The maximum temperature will hover around 44 degrees Celsius.

On Thursday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 43 degree Celsius, three notches above the season’s average while the minimum temperature was 26.5 degrees Celsius, the season’s average.

Besides Delhi NCR, the IMD had also stated that heat wave condition will prevail in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan too until Monday.

The central and northern India continue to remain under the grip of a heat wave.

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Virendra appointed new DG of West Bengal police

Ajay Kumar Nand, who was IGP Counter Insurgency Force (CIF), will be the Director, security, replacing SN Gupta, it said.

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Kolkata, May 25 : The West Bengal government has appointed Virendra as the new director-general of police, replacing current DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha, who would be retiring on May 31, a notification issued late last night said.

Virendra was posted as the DG (security).

Ajay Kumar Nand, who was IGP Counter Insurgency Force (CIF), will be the Director, security, replacing SN Gupta, it said.

Gupta was made the new ADG CIF with additional charges of ADG, establishment, the notification said.

According to a senior official at the secretariat, a new post — advisor (security) — has been created to accommodate Purkayastha.

“Kar Purkayastha is highly experienced and the chief minister prefers him and wants to utilise him in security-related issues. He will likely be advising to the chief minister on security-related issues,” he said.

Incidentally, Purkayastha was the first DGP in the state who was given an extension after his official retirement in 2016.

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