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Alert! Odisha govt raises Dengue issue



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Bhubaneswar: With the increase in Dengue cases, Odisha Government on Friday asked the Managing Director of IDCO, all district Collectors and industrial houses to remain alert in the wake of rising dengue positive cases in the State.


Principal Secretary in Health Department Arti Ahuja has advised to concentrate on the measures to contain and prevent dengue. The deadly virus has assumed alarming proportions in the State with 1,109 positive cases and two deaths in a month.

Since the mineral belt of Keonjhar district and industrial areas of Jagatpur have recorded more cases, Ahuja has asked the industries and mining establishments to identify areas in their localities where water is stagnant and mobilise additional manpower to drain out water on a war footing.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Jual Oram met Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda and MoS Faggan Singh Kulaste at New Delhi.

Expressing concern about the rising cases of jaundice and dengue in Barbil and neighbouring areas in Keonjhar, Oram requested for a team of doctors to be sent to the State to assist in managing the situation.

While 366 persons have been admitted at different hospitals, 200 patients have been discharged after treatment.

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13 miners trapped in Meghalaya coal pit, rescue underway



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Shillong, Dec 14: Around thirteen miners, who were trapped inside a coal pit filled with gallons of water in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, were yet to be reached or rescued, district police chief said on Friday. Officials had already said their chances of survival were bleak.

“We are yet to recover the dead bodies from the pit,” Sylvester Nongtnger, the district police chief of East Jaintia Hills told IANS

“The rescue operation is still on in full swing. the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force have been pressed into service to carry out the rescue operation,” he added.

The accident inside the coal pit on Thursday was of significance, especially because the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered an interim ban on “rat-hole” coal mining in the state from April 17, 2014.

As per verbal information received late on Thursday, 13 miners including three locals of Lumthari area were trapped inside the pit, Nongtnger had said.

“It appeared the miners resumed mining coal three to four days ago. Our first step is to rescue those people trapped inside the pit. We are pumping the water out of the pit with the help of generators but the water level has not receded,” the police official said.

Nongtnger had made it clear that the chances of survival of the miners were very bleak.

“Efforts are on to identify the coal mine owner. We have already registered a case against the owner,” he told soon after the accident.

Coal mine accidents are common in the mountainous state because of unscientific mining commonly known “rat hole mining”.


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Jammu and Kashmir: 7 killed in Reasi accident




Jammu, Dec 14: At least seven people, including two minors, lost their lives and three injured in a road accident in Reasi district of  Jammu and Kashmir.

An overloaded private car headed to Sujandhar village went out of the driver’s control and plunged into a gorge at Damasgali late on Thursday.

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Cold wave continues in Jammu and Kashmir



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Srinagar, Dec 14: Night temperatures dropped further on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir intensifying the cold wave sweeping the state.

The minimum temperatures were likely to drop further during the next one week as the weather was likely to remain dry, Sonam Lotus, director of the Met Department said.

Although minimum temperatures remained well below the freezing point throughout the valley and Ladakh region, it was Gulmarg, which was the coldest at minus 10.6 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam recorded minus 9.7, Leh minus 5.9 and Kargil minus 9.9.

In the Jammu region, Jammu city recorded 7.4, Katra 5.4, Batote minus 1.2 while Bannihal and Bhaderwah recorded minus 1.6 degrees Celsius.

Earlier on Thursday, light rain and snow occurred in Jammu and Kashmir and at minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg was the coldest in the Kashmir Valley, while Srinagar recorded 0.1 and Pahalgam minus 1.5 as the minimum temperatures.


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