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Encroachment, inadequate storm-water drains flooding urban centres: Puri

According to the ministry, statistics show that flood disasters are one of the most significant in terms of damage and losses.

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Hardeep Singh Puri

New Delhi, Oct 11 : Flooding in urban areas is due to inadequate storm-water drains and large-scale encroachments along natural waterways, said Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday.

Speaking at the workshop ‘Urban Flooding Resilience’ here, the Minister said: “The area between natural disaster and man-made blunders is becoming very difficult to define, as much of what appears to be natural is often man-made due to climate change.”

According to the ministry, statistics show that flood disasters are one of the most significant in terms of damage and losses.

“Intense urbanization resulting in the so-called mega cites aggravates floods by increasing the amount of impermeable surfaces and modifying flow routes” it said.

The Minister said there are measures that cities can undertake changing the nature of buildings and materials used, ensuring water conservation or planting more.

He also called for mapping of emergency services and disaster management response centres, strengthening of communication services and stressed the need for improved forecasting and urban planning strategies.

The workshop noted that climate change and increasing urbanization pose huge challenges in managing urban planning for a sustainable future.

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Hooda, several other Haryana Cong leaders detained during march to Raj Bhawan

Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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Bhupinder Sing Hooda

Several Haryana Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Bhupinder Sing Hooda, marched towards the Raj Bhawan on Friday to protest against the Centre’s farm laws and hike in fuel prices, but were detained by the police.

Police put up barricades to stop the protesters from moving towards the Raj Bhawan.

When Hooda and other party leaders tried to march towards the Haryana Raj Bhawan, they were detained by the police and taken to the Sector-17 police station in a bus. Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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UP Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu detained in Lucknow

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Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu and party workers were detained while trying to march towards Raj Bhavan in Lucknow during a protest against the new farm laws.

Lallu said: “I want to say that I welcome the vaccine. I would like to thank the scientists who have developed it. It is the duty of the government to help people in times of a pandemic. When the pandemic struck, people contributed through money and other ways. Now that the vaccine is here, my primary demand is that it should be provided to people for free.

CM Yogi Adityanathji should get the vaccine first because that will help people get rid of all the misconceptions about the vaccine.”

Earlier, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said he would not take the “BJP’s vaccine”. Following criticism, he had subsequently tweeted the same day that he had “full confidence” in the ability of scientists, but would not take the BJP’s “political vaccine”.

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Gurugram: BSF jawan attempts suicide

The BSF has ordered an inquiry into the matter. A case in this regard has been registered at Bhondsi police station.

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Gurugram, Jan 14 : A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan deployed at the BSF campus at Bhondsi in Gurugram attempted suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan, the police said on Thursday.

According to the police, Sonu Kumar (38) belongs to Bhiwani district in Haryana. He was first rushed to the campus hospital and after first-aid, he was admitted to a private hospital in Gurugram where he is undergoing treatment.

Sources said that the constable was a habitual drinker and he was recently posted in the battalion against his wishes as he wanted to join the BSF’s Delhi office and due to this he took the extreme step on Wednesday.

The BSF has ordered an inquiry into the matter. A case in this regard has been registered at Bhondsi police station.

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