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Early snowfall in happening for the second year in succession in Kashmir. “It’s good for agriculture, but could damage standing crops,”

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Srinagar, Nov 5 : Jammu and Kashmir is likely to receive snowfall in the next two days, which could help bring pollution down in neighbouring states.

“The snowfall accompanied by winds will bring down the particulate matter in the air to great extend,” Sonam Lotus, Director of the Jammu and Kashmir Meteorological Department, told IANS.

“The active western disturbance and its interaction with cyclone MAHA, currently located in East Central Arabian Sea, is likely to cause moderate to heavy snowfall and rain in plains of Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh during November 6-8. The snowfall will peak in the night on November 7,” MET said in a statement.

Lotus said early snowfall in happening for the second year in succession in Kashmir. “It’s good for agriculture, but could damage standing crops,” he said.

The MET has alerted the Jammu and Kashmir administration about the likely disruption in road transport, especially through passes, like Zojilla, and on the Srinagar-Jammu-Leh-Manali Highway and Mughal road, due to landslides, low temperature and heavy snowfall.

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is the main link between Kashmir and the rest of the country.

Last year, the highway remained blocked for several days, cutting Kashmir from rest of the country and causing shortage of essentials in the Valley. Normally, the government stocks up essential supplies ahead of the winter, especially for areas like Tangdhar, Gurez and Ladakh. Most of these areas remain disconnected due to heavy snowfall.

Last year also, Kashmir witnessed snowfall in November. Normally, snowfall begins after November on the upper reaches of Kashmir. The 40-day peak winter season called ‘Chila-e-Kalan’ begins from December 20. Snowfall during the period last longer and is a major source for drinking water in summers.

The lack of adequate snowfall causes shortage of drinking water in Kashmir in some areas, especially those that are not connected to the drinking water system.

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Punjab to administer polio drops to 33 lakh children

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Chandigarh, Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Sunday launched a three-day pulse polio campaign at Jagatpura village in Mohali district.

More than 33 lakh children of less than five years across the state will be administered polio drops as part of the National Immunization Day drive.

After administering oral polio vaccine drops to children, the minister said the government is making all efforts to protect children from more and more diseases and emphasized that all vaccines under the programme must reach each and every child.

He said during the current drive more than 50,000 health workers, anganwari workers, nursing students and volunteers will visit houses, slums, brick-kilns, railway stations, bus stands and other places to vaccinate children. The last case of polio was reported in 2011 in West Bengal. Punjab has not seen a case of polio since 2009

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Sex racket in the guise of spa busted, 17 arrested in Bengal

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Kolkata, Sixteen women were among 17 arrested as police busted a sex racket operating under the guise of a spa-cum-beauty parlour in West Bengal’s Durgapur town, police said.

Following up on a tip off that a honey trap was active at the city centre area of the town in West Burdwan district, the police sent a decoy customer and raided the spot on Saturday night.

One young man and 16 women were caught red handed, the police said adding that they were keeping a close watch on some other spa and beauty parlours in the area.

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2 arrested for fatal attack on UP rape victim’s mother

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Kanpur, In a major development, the police in Kanpur have arrested the two absconding accused in the fatal attack on a rape victim’s mother.

During a brief encounter, the two absconders, Parvez and Mohammed Abid, were shot by the police on their legs.

Parvez and Abid have been admitted to the Kanshi Ram hospital in Ramadevi area of the city. The police said that both were named along with four others in the FIR lodged at Chakeri police station on January 9.

Earlier on Friday, the rape victim’s mother, who was brutally attacked by two of the five accused, died after struggling for seven days in the hospital.

The men reportedly forced the woman and her daughter to take back the statements in the abuse case against them. When the woman refused, the accused brutally attacked her with sticks, stones on January 10, outside their Kanpur residence.

In 2018, five men had allegedly molested a 13-year old minor girl in Kanpur. While the police arrested them in 2018, all were reportedly given bail by a local court in 2019.

Since then, they had allegedly made several attempts to force the victim to take back her statements, but she refused to do so.

Talking about the incident on January 10, the husband of the deceased said: “My wife and daughter had gone to the dentist. That is when the accused attempted to launch a brutal attack on them. There is an ongoing case lodged against these men under the POCSO Act. My son and I were at the shop when the attack took place.”

The victim’s brother added that the accused had been forcing her to take back their statements.

“There were at least 10 men who broke into our house and dragged my sister outside the apartment. These men brutally attacked them,” he said, adding that the assailants had threatened to kill the mother-daughter if they did not withdraw their complaint.

Uttar Pradesh DGP O.P. Singh stated that the police would examine the matter. We are probing the matter and ensure strict punishment for the accused.”

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