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PM pays homage to martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

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New Delhi, April 13 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tribute to those martyred in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, saying ‘their valour will inspire Indians for the years to come’.

Taking to Twitter, the PM said : “I bow to those martyrs who were killed mercilessly in Jallianwala Bagh on this day. We will never forget their courage and sacrifice. Their valour will inspire Indians for the years to come.”

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre refers to the incident at the public garden in Amritsar on April 13, 1919, when General Dyer ordered British soldiers to fire at unarmed civilians, leading to the death of scores of people.

The crowd had gathered peacefully to protest against the arrest and deportation of two national leaders, Satyapal and Saifuddin Kitchle when Dyer and his troops entered the garden, and opened fire with machine guns, killing men, women and children. The youngest was a six weeks old baby.

The British government recorded 379 deaths and 1,200 injuries in the indiscriminated firing, while other sources record more than 1,000 casualties in the massacre.

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Assam’s Kaziranga park flooded, 51 animals killed, 102 rescued

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Guwahati, July 14 (IANS) Flood in different parts of Assam inundated large swathes of land in Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage site, killing at least 51 wild animals though 102 animals have been rescued, officials said on Tuesday.

They said many tigers and rhinos had strayed into the nearby villages due to flooding of their habitats.

Officials of the Kaziranga National Park and the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said 95 per cent of the national park’s 430 sq km area was now flooded, with traffic movement on the National Highway-37 near Kaziranga now suspended.

According to the officials, 45 hog deer, three wild boars and one rhino, one wild buffalo and a swamp deer perished in the floodwater. Of the rescued animals, 86 were hog deer.

Park Director P. Sivakumar said that rising water level in the park areas had forced three sub-adult tigers to stray into a goat-shed in Kandolimari village and nearby areas.

“Two of the tigers have already been driven back into the park area and efforts are on to locate the third tiger,” Sivakumar told IANS over phone.

Formed in 1908, the Kaziranga National park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985, is home to more than 2,200 one-horned Indian rhinoceros, approximately two third of the total world population.

Each year, the monsoon floods inundate the National Park, located on the edge of the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspots of Golaghat and Nagaon district, forcing a large number of the wild animals to leave the park and head towards the nearby hills in Karbi Anglong district by crossing National Highway-37 that passes near the park’s boundary.

According to the officials, 45 animals, mostly hog deer, were injured due to flood and one by vehicle hit.

Of the 223 camps of forest personnel guarding the park, 173 have been inundated and 14 others vacated due to rising water levels.

Heavy monsoon rains over the past few weeks have led to massive flooding of the north-eastern state, inundating 2,763 villages and affecting around 24 lakh people and 103,806 hectares of crop area in 27 of its 33 districts.

According to ASDMA officials, with six more deaths in Assam on Monday, the death toll in the flood has risen to 50.

–IANS

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T’gana govt, Coursera to upskill 50K jobless youth during Covid-19

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 US-based online education company Coursera on Tuesday announced its partnership with the Telangana government and non-profit organisation — Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) — to train 50,000 unemployed youth during the Covid-19 crisis.

The Telangana government, through TASK, has been proactive in improving the employability of its youth by investing in skills of the future.

With this partnership, TASK is making 3,800 courses on Coursera available to 50,000 unemployed youths across the state.

“We are excited to work with the world’s leading online learning platform to train our youth in the latest digital skills, taught by instructors from the best universities and companies around the world,” Shrikant Sinha, CEO, TASK, said in a statement.

The programme aims to develop high-demand skills like data science, cloud computing, blockchain, AI, computer science, and the Internet of Things (IoT). It will also include access to highly sought after professional certificates like the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, designed to train people with no tech background for IT jobs.

According to the company, learners can enrol in the courses offered through the initiative by September 3 this year and will have access until the end of the year to complete the courses.

“We are honoured to work with the Telangana state, known for its inspiring vision, innovative policies, and commitment to creating a workforce of the future, as our first government partner in India,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO Coursera.

The partnership is part of Coursera’s global roll-out of the ‘Workforce Recovery Initiative’, where any state and country can provide unemployed workers with free access to online learning. The workforce initiative is part of the Coursera-for-government offering launched in 2017 to equip government employees and citizens with in-demand skills. With this launch, the Telangana state joins many US states and countries around the world that are using Coursera to offer job relevant online learning to unemployed workers.

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Rape accused Bishop Franco tests Covid positive

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JALANDHAR: Former Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is facing the case of raping a nun in Kerala, has tested positive for Covid-19. On Monday a court in Kottayam cancelled bail granted to him earlier and non-bailable arrest warrant was issued.
Court cancelled the bail after prosecution brought out the evidence that he had not appeared on July 1 on a false pretext that Jalandhar was a containment zone and he could not move out. Prosecution produced records taken from Jalandhar administration to drive home its point that the area where he has been staying was not a containment zone.

However on Monday evening he tested positive for Covid-19. It is learnt that he was tested on July 6 also but he tested negative. Now he has sore throat and cough due to which he gave his sample again on Monday and tested positive.
When asked, Jalandhar Diocese spokesperson Father Peter said that Franco had two long sessions of discussion with his counsel Mandeep Sachdeva on June 29 and 30 and a couple of days later Sachdeva tested positive.

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