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Over 400 tribal families fear homelessness in UP’s Sonbhadra

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Sonbhadra , Feb 23 : More than 400 tribal families in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, have already started fearing homelessness, after the Geological Survey of India (GSI) has discovered gold deposits of around 3,000 tonnes worth Rs 12 lakh crore here, which is almost five times India’s current reserve of the yellow metal.

The official process of e-tendering has started after the GSI on Saturday confirmed the gold deposits found in Son Pahadi and Hardi areas of the district.

Sonbhadra’s name may come on the country’s top list and world due to the maximum gold deposits, but the other aspect of it is that around 250 families of Panari village panchayat and 200 families of Dohar and Piparahwa villages will be displaced.

Sonbhadra is a tribal dominated area and Baiga and Gond tribes make their living from agriculture and hunting. If they are rendered homeless, then it is certain that apart from their houses, they will also loose their lands. However, on behalf of the state government, the administration has promised them of compensation.

Rameshwar Gond, a former village head of Gram Panchayat Pandaraksh and environmental activist associated with Vanvasi Seva Ashram, said, “Pandariksh Gram Panchayat area consists of Hardi, Pindara Dohar and Pipparhawa villages. Most of the Baiga and Gond tribal communities live here. Hardi is situated on three sides of the hill. The tribals will surely be displaced from this area now.”

Gond feels that displacement will pose a crisis of livelihood in front of them.

He also said, “The government will give a fixed amount of compensation, but it is impossible to buy agricultural land again. It would be better if the government gives land for land and house for house for compensation.”

However, the District Magistrate S.K. Rajalingam told IANS on Saturday, “Gold has been confirmed for now. There is a lot of time left for the mining process to begin. When the displacement comes, the tribals will be relocated as per the rules and resettled.”

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Haryana man kills family, commits suicide

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Chandigarh, March 28 A-36-year-old grocery seller in Haryana’s Panipat town on Saturday allegedly shot dead his wife and two children with his licensed pistol before killing himself, the police said.

The dead included his eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old son. The incident occurred in Raj Nagar locality.

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COVID-19: Goa unearths its own ‘patient number 31’

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Panaji, March 28 In the ongoing COVID-19 saga, Goa may have found its own equivalent of South Korea’s patient number 31, an infamous title conferred upon he country’s 31st patient, who is believed to have spread the deadly virus to numerous people in Seoul.

In case of Goa, however, the 55-year-old patient, a US-returnee, was officially allowed to leave the isolation ward of a government facility near Panaji on March 25, before being summoned back by panicked hospital authorities in the evening after double-checking his COVID-19 positive status.

The patient had returned from the US earlier this month and had been in isolation for days.

On Friday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that 42 persons who the state’s three COVID-19 positive patients — including the 55-year-old — had met since their return to Goa from overseas had been quarantined, and suggested that the positive trio had met many more.

The 55-year-old COVID-19 positive patient alone, according to sources, met nearly 20 persons.

Sawant has warned of “huge scary scenario” in Goa on account of the extent of the potential spread of the virus, by the movements of the three patients, particularly the 55-year-old.

“The patients who are found positive are 100 per cent healthy. The patient who I was talking about yesterday, he is very fit. The other too are also fine, but this patient is 100 per cent healthy. Even today he can play football, he is so healthy,” Sawant said on Friday.

Sawant also said, that the three patients have hidden their travel history, which is why the extent of the threat in Goa posed by them could be potentially expansive.

“They have hidden their travel history, and the people of Goa are yet to realise the consequences of this disease,” Sawant said.

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Centre sends 10,000 coronavirus testing kits to Bengal

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Kolkata, March 28 The central government has sent 10,000 testing kits for detecting coronavirus infection to West Bengal, an official said.

The kits were dispatched from the National Institute of virology and reached the virology lab housed in the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) here on Friday.

A NICED official said arrangements were being made to send the kits to various coronavirus testing laboratories in the state.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly complained of shortage of testing kits in the state. Some doctors had recently appealed to state governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to expedite the dispatch of the kits.

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