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Blast in Haryana bus; two injured

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Chandigarh, June 7 : Two persons were injured in an explosion in a private bus in Haryana’s Fatehabad district on Tuesday, police said.

In the incident, Bhagirath, 45, and his wife, Rajbala, 40, suffered minor burn injuries.

“The two are out of danger and are being treated in Civil Hospital, Fatehabad,” the Hisar range Inspector General (IG) O.P. Singh said in his report to the state government.

Senior police officers along with a bomb disposal squad and crime scene team reached the spot and were investigating the incident, O.P. Singh said.

The bus was plying on the Bhuna-Fatehabad Road while on its way from Jakhal to Fatehabad. The incident took place about 20 km from Fatehabad.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Muhammad Akil said the explosive device was placed in a black bag.

“Preliminary examination has revealed use of sulphur-like substance, commonly used in crackers,” Akil said.

This is the fourth incident of explosion in Haryana this year.

Two of the incidents happened in Panipat district on January 16 and May 13 and one in Pipli in Kurukshetra district on May 26.

The Pipli blast took place in a moving Haryana Roadways bus, leaving eight people injured. IED technology was used to trigger the blast which remained a low-intensity one.

 

Following the latest incident, Haryana Transport Minister Krishan Lal Panwar said CCTV cameras will be installed in all Haryana Roadways buses and directions have also been issued to private bus operators to install such cameras.

The minister directed drive

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One dead as major fire breaks out at Delhi Gate

Daryagang police station staff also reached the spot. The police is trying to establish the identity of the person who died in the accident.

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New Delhi, July 13 : One person died after a major fire broke out at Delhi Gate here in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

Four fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse off the fire.

“We received a call at 12:04 a.m. that fire broke out near BSNL building at Delhi gate. Immediately the fire tenders were rushed to the spot,” a fire official said.

Daryagang police station staff also reached the spot. The police is trying to establish the identity of the person who died in the accident.

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Sachin Pilot’s office sealed in Jaipur

Pilot is in Delhi and has triggered a political storm by declaring that the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan is in crisis as a total of 30 MLAs are supporting his camp.

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Jaipur, July 13 : Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s office here has been reportedly sealed on Sunday after two employees of the department tested positive for Covid-19.

The Panchayati Raj and Rural Development headquarters being headed by Pilot will remain sealed on July 13 and 14, said officials, adding that the staff shall remain available on phone.

Pilot is in Delhi and has triggered a political storm by declaring that the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan is in crisis as a total of 30 MLAs are supporting his camp.

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Assam flood situation worsens; 13 lakh affected, toll at 44

In all, at least 8.03 lakh domestic animals and over 4.24 lakh poultry were affected due to the current wave of floods.

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Guwahati, July 12 : The flood situation in Assam worsened further on Sunday with two more persons losing their lives in the deluge in Nagaon district, taking the death toll to 44 in the state, while the situation deteriorated across 24 of the 33 districts, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said.

The flood waters have submerged 2,015 villages affecting 13 lakh people and 82,546 hectares of crop area across the state.

The district administrations have set up 224 relief camps and distribution centres in 16 districts, where 21,071 people have taken shelter, the ASDMA officials said.

Besides several other rivers, the mighty Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark in Dibrugarh, Neamatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur and Dhubri town, an ASDMA bulletin said.

The ASDMA officials said that in the current wave of floods over the past four weeks, at least 27 persons have died in Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, taking the state’s death toll to 44, while 26 people have been killed in separate landslides since May 22.

Though the 24 of the state’s 33 districts are affected by the floods, the worst affected 16 districts are Dhemaji, Udalguri, Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Chirang, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Dibrugarh,West Karbi Anglong and Tinsukia.

Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure have been damaged at various places in 18 districts, the ASDMA officials said adding that around 810 houses were fully or partially damaged due to the floods.

In all, at least 8.03 lakh domestic animals and over 4.24 lakh poultry were affected due to the current wave of floods.

The National Disaster Response Force, Assam State Disaster Response Force personnel, along with the local administration, are continuously working to rescue the affected people and render relief services, including distribution of relief material to the marooned villagers.

Meanwhile, with several rivers in many northeastern states are in spate due to constant monsoon rain, huge low-lying areas in the other states wof the region were inundated on Sunday even as the Meteorological Department forecast more downpours in the next couple of days.

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