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Terrorists looted cash from J&K Bank branch in Marhama Sangam

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Jammu & Kashmir,12th October: Terrorists looted cash from J&K Bank branch in Marhama Sangam in J&K’s Anantnag.  Terrorists looted Rs 5,39,000 from J&K Bank branch in Marhama Sangam in J&K’s Anantnag. More details awaited.

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Celebrate September 29 as ‘Surgical Strike Day’: UGC order to varsities

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New Delhi, Sep 21: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued circular to the Vice-Chancellors of all universities to celebrate “Surgical Strike Day” on September 29 and encourage students to pledge their support for the armed forces. It also directed NCC units of all varsities to hold a special parade to mark the day.

“The NCC units of all universities should organise a special parade on September 29 after which the NCC commander shall address them on the modalities of protection of the borders. The varsities may organise a talk-session calling ex-serviceman to sensitise students about sacrifices made by the armed forces,” the UGC said in a communication to all Vice Chancellors on Thursday.

“All higher education institutions with NCC units shall organise a special parade on 29th September, after which the NCC commander shall address them on the modalities of protection of the borders,” says the UGC letter. “The university/colleges may organise a meeting, calling ex-servicemen who will sensitise the students about the sacrifices made by the armed forces in protecting the borders.”

“A multimedia exhibition will be organised around India Gate on September 29. Similar exhibitions may be organised in states, union territories, important towns and cantonments across the country. The institutions should encourage students and faculty members to visit these exhibitions,” the letter added.

The letter also issues an instruction to students: “The students shall pledge their support for the armed forces by writing letters and cards, which may be produced in both physical and digital format.” These letters of support, it says, will be publicised in the conventional and social media.

The UGC letter says that physical letters of support so received may be sent to nearby cantonments and shared with army officers visiting various colleges to meet students.

It also asks institutions to encourage their students and faculty to visit the multimedia exhibition to be organised at India Gate in the national capital or in State capitals, important towns and cantonments across India.

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Odisha: Dam gates opened after Cyclone ‘Daye’ triggers heavy rainfall

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Cyclone 'Daye' has triggered heavy rainfall in several parts.

New Delhi, Sep 21: Two shutters of Upper Kolab dam in Odisha’s Koraput were opened on Friday following a rise in the water level after the cyclonic storm ‘DAYE’ crossed south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast near Gopalpur today morning, resulting in heavy rains and strong winds in various districts in the regions.

Officials said that upon its landfall, it brought heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts of Odisha.

Waterlogging was witnessed in parts of Malkangiri district following heavy rainfall caused due to ‘Daye’

India Meteorological Department department has predicted light to moderate thunderstorm with moderate rainfall in parts of Komaram Bheem, Mancherial, Peddapalli, Karimnagar, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Jagtial, Warangal, Medak, Medchal, Ranga Reddy and Hyderabad in the next three hours.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during next 24 hours.The state government has also instructed officials in coastal districts and various departments to be alert to tackle any emergency situation.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed the officials to keep a close watch on the situation and take steps to ensure no loss of life. He also asked them to arrange adequate relief materials.

Earlier, IMD on Thursday had issued a cyclone alert for Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

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Nun Rape: Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha against Mulakkal outside CID Office

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Kochi, Sep 21: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) member staged a protest against rape accused Former Bishop Franco Mulakkal, outside Crime Branch (CID) office in Kochi on Friday.

Mulakkal is being interrogated by a 5-member team of Kerala Police for the third day.

Meanwhile, several Nuns have been also protesting in Kochi for the past 14 days seeking his arrest.

The former bishop has been accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a nun between 2014 and 2016.

Speaking to media, Kottayam police chief Hari Sankar, who heads the police probe team on Friday said that at the moment they were unable to say anything about the arrest.

“It will only be decided after the interrogation is over. It is completely the prerogative of the investigating officer. And there is no need for him to take any permission from anyone. We have already consulted legal experts,” he stated.

The Kerala High Court will be hearing the bishop’s anticipatory bail plea on September 25.

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