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Amritsar train tradegy shows callous attitude towards protecting human lives: Kapil Sibal

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New Delhi, Oct 20: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday said that the Amritsar train tragedy shows our callous attitude towards protecting precious human lives.

“The tragedy at Joda Phatak in Amritsar shows our callous attitude towards protecting precious human lives. Shows how little we are concerned about the safety of our loved ones”, Sibal tweeted.

The former union minister further said that “Only a ‘ Ravana ‘ would allow burning of Ravana effigy next to railway tracks, Wake up India!”.

On Friday, at least 59 people lost their lives and several others injured when two trains speeding in opposite directions ran over a crowd who were watching dussehra celebrations in  Joda Phatak area of Amritsar.

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J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch

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Srinagar, Feb 21: The Pakistan army violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector on Wednesday late night.

This comes at a time when relations between the two countries have soured in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack that killed at least 40 CRPF jawans on February 14.

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Himachal avalanche: 5 soldiers still missing, rescue underway

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Shimla, Feb 21: Despite inclement weather, rescuers on Thursday resumed a search operation near the Tibet border with Himachal Pradesh where a snow avalanche claimed life of a soldier and five went missing.

As the rescue operations entered the second day, the authorities suspected that the soldiers might be trapped in the snow pile spread over a 200 square metre area.

“This morning the search operation began despite intermittent snowfall,” a government official told news agency IANS.

The calamity triggered yesterday when the glacier near Namgia Dogri, burying six jawans of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while 16 of them were on a routine patrol.

Five Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBP) soldiers were also wounded in the mishappening.

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Fresh snowfall, landslides shut Jammu-Srinagar highway

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Jammu, Feb 21: Fresh snowfall in the Bannihal sector and multiple landslides in the Ramsoo-Ramban sector blocked the Jammu-Srinagar highway, prompting halt of all traffic on Thursday on the strategic route.

“Over a foot of fresh snow has accumulated on the highway in Bannihal sector. There have been multiple landslides triggered by heavy rain at places in the Ramsoo-Ramban sector, as well,” a traffic department official said.

It is raining heavily along the 300-km stretch at various places both in the Kashmir Valley and the Jammu division.

“No vehicular traffic will be allowed on the highway today. Snow and landslide clearance operation will be started immediately after the weather improves,” the Traffic Department said.

The official said stranded vehicles along the highway were all parked at safe places.

The highway is regarded as the jugular vein of the landlocked valley as all essential supplies are routed to Kashmir through this road. Each time the highway gets blocked, shortages of essential supplies hit the valley.

From February 6 to 12 the highway had remained shut causing acute crisis in the valley.

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