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LeT behind BSF Jawan’s killing: J&K Police

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Srinagar, Sep 28: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday said Terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was responsible for the killing of a Border Security Force (BSF) trooper in Bandipora district. 

Deputy Inspector General of Police, North Kashmir, Nitish Kumar, told reporters that around 3-4 LeT militants attacked BSF trooper Muhammad Ramzan Parray, at his home in Parray Mohalla of Hajin area in Bandipora.

“They first attacked the BSF trooper with a knife and later fired indiscriminately killing Parray and injuring his father, two brothers and his aunt.

“Prima facie we know that LeT terrorists Muhammad Bhai and his associates carried out the attack around 9 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday),” he added.

The 31-year-old , Parray had joined the security forces a few years ago. Deployed with the 73rd battalion, he was on leave for the laast 20 days.

Director General of Police S.P. Vaid has also said three to four militants barged into Parray’s house.  “When the family resisted, the attackers opened fire, fatally injuring Parray.”

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NCR to increase testing using Rapid Antigen Test Kits to reduce transmission rate

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New Delhi, July 2: During the meeting with Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi over COVID-19 situation which was chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah it has been decided on increasing testing using Rapid Antigen Test Kits to help reduce the infection transmission rate.

“During the meeting, Home Minister Amit Shah emphasised on adoption of more testing using Rapid Antigen Test Kits to help reduce the infection transmission rate. These kits can be provided by GoI to UP and Haryana. Focus on early hospitalization to reduce mortality rates,” the MHA said.

He also stressed on the extensive use of Aarogya Setu and Itihaas App to help in mapping of COVID in NCR.
The MHA said that Uttar Pradesh and Haryana can avail AIIMS-Telemedicine consultation through which patients will get advice from experts.
The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan was also present in the meeting.

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26 die in fresh lightning strikes across Bihar

The Meteorological Department on Wednesday had issued an alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms in the next 48 hours.

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Patna, July 2 : In Bihar, more people were killed by lightning strikes in a week than due to coronavirus. On Thursday, 26 more people died in fresh lightning strikes across the state.

An official of the Disaster Management Department said, according to information received from the districts, 26 people died due to lightning strikes on Thursday in the state – six in Patna, four in East Champaran, seven in Samastipur, three in Katihar, two each in Shivhar and Madhepura and one each in Purnia and West Champaran districts.

The Meteorological Department on Wednesday had issued an alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms in the next 48 hours in Bihar.

On Tuesday, 11 people had died by lightning in various districts of Bihar, while on June 26, at least 96 people died across Bihar in lightning strikes.

So far more than 78 people have died due to Covid-19 in Bihar in more than three months since the first case was detected in the state and more than 10,000 are infected with the virus, while more than 125 people were killed by lightning strikes in the state in just a week.

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Private trains’ fares to be competitive with airlines: Chairman

Yadav said the train sets would have to be brought by private operators and maintained by them.

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New Delhi, July 2 : A day after inviting the request for qualifications from private entities for running 151 trains on 109 pairs of routes, Railway Board Chairman V.K. Yadav on Thursday said the private train operations would begin by April 2023 and the fares in these trains would be competitive with air fares on similar routes.

Addressing a virtual press conference, Yadav said private players in passenger train operations would mean a quantum jump in introduction of modern technology and high-speed coaches.

The improvement in technology would also mean the coaches that required maintenance after 4,000 km, would need maintenance after every 40,000 km, that’s either once or twice a month, he added.

Yadav said the train sets would have to be brought by private operators and maintained by them.

“Private train operations are likely to begin by April 2023. All coaches will be procured under the ‘Make in India’ policy. Fares in private trains will be competitive and rates on other modes of transport, like airlines and buses, will have to be kept in mind,” he said.

Yadav said the private operators would pay fixed haulage charges for path, stations, access to railway infrastructure and charges for electricity consumed to the Indian Railways for 35 years. It will also share revenue with the Indian Railways through competitive bidding.

The private entity would have to ensure 95 per cent punctuality and not more than one failure per lakh kilometre of travel. “If any performance indicators are not met by private players, they will be penalised,” Yadav said.

He also said there would be a power metre in every locomotive and private operators would pay for the actual amount of energy consumed.

“Through this the common man will get better trains, better technology and at low cost. The Indian Railways will continue to run 95 per cent of the trains,” he said.

The Chairman said of the 2,800 mail express train operated by the railways, only 151 trains, just 5 per cent, was being given to the private players.

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