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Cold wave in Himachal to intensify with chances of snow, rain

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Shimla, Jan 11: The cold wave will intensify in Himachal Pradesh with widespread rain and snow forecast in the coming days by the Met Office here on Friday. The precipitation is likely to last till January 16.

“Certain areas are likely to experience heavy spells of snow and rain till Sunday,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS.

He said chances of snow in the higher reaches of Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Sirmaur and Chamba districts are high.

The Met department’s forecast said the western disturbances — storm systems originating from the Mediterranean Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region — would remain active in the region till January 16.

“After January 13, another western disturbance would affect the region from January 15, causing scattered to fairly widespread precipitation till January 16,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest town in the state with a low of minus 9.8 degree Celsius.

The minimum temperatures in Shimla and Manali were 2.7 degrees and one degree, respectively.

Dharamsala saw a low of 4.4 degrees, while it was minus 1.1 degree in Kufri and 0.6 degree in Dalhousie.

An advisory has been issued against venturing to the high hills as chances of heavy snowfall and landslides are high till January 13, a government spokesperson told IANS here.

He said even the snow-bound areas near the tourist resort of Manali like Solang, Beas Kund, Nehru Kund, Gulaba and Marhi should be avoided.

The Kullu administration has advised residents to stay indoors to avoid any untoward incidents.

Motorists are warned to be cautious while driving in the interiors as chances of road cave-ins and landslides are high after heavy snow.

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Mayawati neither man nor woman: BJP MLA Sadhana Singh

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Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Mughalsarai Sadhana Singh sparked outrage after she used offensive language against former Chief Minister Mayawati.

During a public meeting, Singh said that Mayawati is neither a man nor a woman and added that in spite of being humiliated by the Samajwadi Party in the infamous 1995 Lucknow guest house incident she joined hands with the same party.

Singh said that Mayawati is a blot in the name of women and added that it was a BJP leader who saved her.

Reacting to Sadhana Singh’s comment BSP leader Satish Mishra said after the announcement of SP-BSP coalition the BJP leaders have lost their mental balance and they should be admitted to mental hospitals in Agra and Bareilly.

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FTII student missing since suspension orders

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Pune, Jan 19 : A student of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has been missing since January 13 after he was suspended by the college authorities.

The college authorities have lodged a missing complaint on January 17 with the local police.

The missing student was identified as Manoj Kumar. The FTII director B Kainthola on Kumar’s missing mentioned that the college has reported him missing and they are hopeful that he will return to the Campus soon.

Reportedly, the FIR stated that Manoj Kumar Verma was disturbed after being suspended and left without informing anybody.

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‘Felt like chopping off his hand’: Misa Bharti on Ram Kripal Yadav joining BJP

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Patna, Jan 19: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Misa Bharti has said that she wanted to chop off Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav’s hand when he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

While addressing RJD workers at Vikram near Patna on January 16, she said when she “heard that Yadav is joining the BJP, then I felt like chopping off his hand…I was so angry inside”, reports in the local media said on Saturday.

Yadav, once considered close to Lalu Prasad and his family, joined the BJP in 2014. He contested and won the Lok Sabha poll from Patliputra constituency of Bihar defeating RJD candidate Bharti.

Bharti, elder daughter of Lalu Prasad, said that she had great respect for Yadav but that respect was over after he joined the saffron party and stood with Sushil Kumar Modi, a BJP leader and the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

Doctor-turned-politician Bharti is likely to contest the general elections from the same seat again.

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