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After 31 days of protests over maintenance of a Church cemetery, 75-year-old Annamma buried in Goa

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Kollam (Kerala), June 13 After 31 days of been mired in controversy over maintenance of a Church cemetery near here, the funeral of a 75-year-old lady took place on Thursday morning amidst tight security.

Annamma’s funeral took place with a bishop of the Mar Thoma Church leading the prayers and the parish vicar of the Thuruthikkara Jerusalem Mar Thoma Church.

Annamma died on May 14 of old age complications. However, her funeral could not happend as some locals were demanding proper maintenance of the cemetery, built in 1999, claiming that seepages from it were polluting nearby wells and streams.

They cited a Kerala High Court order that said the cemetery should be used only after proper modernisation.

“28 families live here and this is the first funeral that has taken place after 2014. We have been living in fear. Due to this cemetery our wells are contaminated. Earlier, this cemetery was used by various churches. But not any more. Bodies of only this church members would be interned here,” said a resident.

The High Court in a order had said the funeral should take place after the side walls of the grave where Annamma’s body would be laid to rest were freshly concreted.

Speaking to , John C. Chacko, parish vicar of the church where the funeral took place, said that the cemetery has now been refurbished as per the directions of the High Court .

“The construction was overseen by the engineers of the Public Works Department. The funeral service went off with a strong police force keeping the protesters away,” said Chacko.

Annamma’s grandson Rahul heaved a sigh of relief and said the ordeal was finally over.

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Offline teaching for Classes 9, 11 in Gujarat from Feb 1

In Gujarat, daily increase in coronavirus cases has come down to under 400 from earlier 1,500-1,600.

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Gandhinagar Jan 27 : The Gujarat government on Wednesday decided to resume offline studies for Classes 9 and 11 in its schools from February 1.

Earlier, offline studies for Classes 10 and 12 was permitted from January 11.

Offline tuition for all these classes have also been allowed, in addition to the online mode.

Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama told the media: “The Education Department had prepared a Standard Operating Protocol on January 8 to resume offline studies for Classes 10 and 12. The same SOP will be implemented for Classes 9 and 11 from February 1. Similar to teaching at school, we are also permitting resumption of offline tuition classes across the state, subject to SOP and Covid guidelines.”

The Minister said that attendance of students in schools will not be mandatory, and that schools and colleges will have to get written consents from parents for the same.

Educational institutions’ heads will ensure that all facilities to follow the SOP are in place. The teaching staff and students will undergo checks for body temperatures through thermal guns.

As classroom teaching for senior students is resuming after almost 10 months, there were lots of apprehension among students and their parents. Hence, simultaneous continuation of online teaching too has been retained.

In Gujarat, daily increase in coronavirus cases has come down to under 400 from earlier 1,500-1,600.

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Mobile internet services suspended in some parts of Delhi-NCR

In view of the prevailing situation in Delhi, internet temporarily suspended at Tikri, Singhu, Ghazipur borders and its adjoining areas.

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New Delhi: Mobile internet services suspended in some parts of Delhi-NCR after farmers clashed with police in national capital.

In view of the prevailing situation in Delhi, internet temporarily suspended at Tikri, Singhu, Ghazipur borders and its adjoining areas.

Entry/exit gates of Jama Masjid metro station on violet line closed. On red line, Dilshad Garden, Jhilmil and Mansarovar Park metro stations have been closed.

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Republic Day: CRPF has given 45 companies to Delhi Police, informs DG

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has provided 45 companies to Delhi Police on the occasion of Republic Day, of which 13 companies are of Rapid Action Force (RAF).”

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New Delhi, Jan 25 : Central Reserve Police Force, Director General AP Maheshwari wished the countrymen on the occasion of 72nd Republic Day.

He further informed that CRPF has provided 45 companies to Delhi Police of which are 13 companies are of Rapid Action Force. DG AP Maheshwari said, “On the occasion of Republic Day, I would like to wish all the countrymen on behalf of CRPF. We have developed a new technology by inducting night vision and day vision device which is called fusion monocular. This assists the soldiers in a clear vision during both day and night time.

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has provided 45 companies to Delhi Police on the occasion of Republic Day, of which 13 companies are of Rapid Action Force (RAF).”

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