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Bengal seeks intervention on flights, fares after floods

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Kolkata, Aug 18: The West Bengal government on Thursday said it has sought the Civil Aviation Ministry’s intervention to increase the number of flights in the Kolkata-Bagdogra sector and keep fares at the normal level in view of the floods in the state’s northern part.

“Our Chief secretary has written to the Civil Aviation Secretary about the astronomically high fares being charged by some of the airlines,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at the state secretariat Nabanna.

A state Transport Department official said the state government has also urged the Civil Aviation Ministry to help increase the number of flights in the Kolkata-Bagdogra sector in view of the current crisis.

According to the official, as the road and rail connectivity between north and south Bengal has been disrupted, most of the airline operators have been making use of the opportunity to impose abruptly high fares on passengers, thereby causing huge distress to the already inconvenienced passengers.

“In view of the above and in connection with the present disaster management measures, Chief Secretary has requested Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation to send advisories to the different airline operators for enhancing number of flights in the Kolkata-Bagdogra sector, for a fortnight now and for keeping their fare levels at normal,” the official said.

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Man arrested in Agra for killing wife, daughter

According to reports, the main accused, Virendra Kumar Tomar married Gunjan in 2015.

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Agra, Aug 6 : A man was arrested in Agra for stabbing his wife and their three-year-old daughter to death allegedly for dowry.

In the incident, which took place on Wednesday morning, the couple’s second 18-month-old daughter also sustained stab injures and was now in critical condition.

According to reports, the main accused, Virendra Kumar Tomar married Gunjan in 2015.

His father Ramveer informed police that Gunjan had been staying at her parents’ house in Firozabad for the last two months and had returned to her husband’s home on Monday.

Agra Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Babloo Kumar rushed to the spot of the double murder and a forensic team was also called to collect samples from the crime scene.

“The main accused, Virendra, has been arrested on the charge of murdering his wife and daughter. One of his daughters, who was also stabbed with a kitchen knife, was admitted in hospital. Her condition is critical.

“During interrogation, the accused admitted that he had differences with his wife, and that he stabbed his wife and both their daughters after a fight,” the SSP said.

Gunjan’s brother Nitin Kumar Sishodiya arrived from Tundla on Wednesday and filed a complaint at Malpura police station, alleging that his sister was frequently harassed for dowry.

He blamed Virendra and his family members for the murders.

Station house officer (SHO) of Malpura, Anurag Sharma, said: “On a complaint by Gunjan’s brother, a FIR has been registered against her husband, Virendra, and six members of his family — his father, mother, three sisters and a brother.

The case has been registered under the Dowry Prohibition Act and sections 498 A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 302 (punishment for murder), 304 B (where the death of a woman is caused by any burns or bodily injury or occurs other than under normal circumstances within seven years of her marriage and it is shown that soon before her death she was subjected to cruelty or harassment by her husband or any relative of her husband) of the IPC.

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Fire Breaks Out At Covid Hospital In Ahmedabad, 8 Patients Dead

The victims include five men and three women, who were being treated at the ICU ward of the COVID-19 designated Shrey Hospital in Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad.

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A blaze in the wee hours at a private hospital in Ahmedabad has left eight COVID-19 patients dead, a fire brigade official said on Thursday.

The victims include five men and three women, who were being treated at the ICU ward of the COVID-19 designated Shrey Hospital in Navrangpura area of Ahmedabad, the official said.

Fire broke out around 3.30 am on Thursday, he said.

Around 40 other COVID-19 patients at the facility were rescued and shifted to a civic hospital in the city, he said.

“Eight coronavirus patients admitted in the ICU ward of Shrey Hospital have died due to the fire, which has been doused,” said an official of the Ahmedabad Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is not known yet, he said.

With 1,073 new coronavirus positive cases, Gujarat’s COVID-19 tally reached 66,777 on Wednesday. The number of deceased has gone up to 2,557, an official said.

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BJP Sarpanch shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir

A BJP Sarpanch was shot dead by terrorists at Vessu in south Kashmir’s Qazigund on Thursday.

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Srinagar: The Sarpanch identified as Sajad Ahmed Khandey was shot from a close range by terrorists injuring him critically. He was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

There has been a series of terror attacks on political workers and panchayat members in Kashmir.

Last month Waaeem Bari, BJP leader and an ex-district president of the party for north Kashmir’s Bandipore district was killed by terrorists.

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