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Tourists flock to hill stations, deserting smoggy Delhi

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New Delhi, November 8: With Delhi turning into a gas chamber post Diwali, many tourists have cancelled their plans to visit the capital and are resorting to near-by hill stations instead.

Also, many Delhites have packed their bags to visit their country homes as India Inc has eased out work-from-home culture to met the air pollution crisis and asked the staff to avoid traveling to risk their health.

A tourist in Himachal pardesh said, “Had plans to go for Delhi darshan, but got to know about #Delhipollution and so came to Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) instead.”

Another foreign tourist shared her tale with Delhi’s air pollution, “I had been to Delhi, last week and the #Smog was noticeable; have soar throat because of that.”

As government shut schools for 3 days, many have also recoursed to nearby hill stations to get a sigh of relief.

Confirming the news, Booking Incharge of Himachal Tourism hotels also said, “Tourists are cancelling plans and coming here instead. We are getting many walk-in guests at Dharamshala due to Delh smog.”

The national capital has witnessed worst air pollution ever with PH levels rising 15-16 times the safer limits. Meanwhile the city administration has banned all types of excavation, backfilling works in the metro sites, schools has been shut for 3 days, use of kerosene is banned, authorities are sprinkling water on roads and several steps have been taken to tackle the situation in the shortest possible time frame.

While the Delhi tourism ministry official has refused to accpet that tourists are not visiting Delhi. He said, “Inbound tourist traffic has not witnessed a dip on account of the continuing smog. The tourism ministry has not issued any advisory (asking tourists not to visit Delhi), as this is a temporary phenomenon that will get blown off after the rains that are expected.”

As bookings are done in advance the dip in arrivals is not seen initially but if the situation curtails for long, it may affect the business, said a worried tourists operator.

Wefornews Bureau

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Civilian injured in accidental firing at J&K militant’s funeral

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Thousands attend the funeral procession of slain Lashkar militant Mudasir Ahmad Bhat of Parigam Yaripora, pic: Shah Hilal (Kashmir Life)

Srinagar, July 22 (IANS) A civilian was injured on Sunday in an accidental firing during the funeral of a slain militant in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, informed sources said.

Eyewitnesses said civilian Fayaz Ahmad was injured in the foot in Katrasoo village when the rifle of a militant went off accidentally during the funeral of Mudaser Bhat, who along with two others were killed in Khudwani area of the district in a gunfight with security forces earlier.

The injured was shifted to a Srinagar hospital.

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Five-storey building collapses in Ghaziabad, magisterial inquiry ordered

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Gaziabad, July 22:A five-storey under-construction building collapsed on Sunday near Missal Gadi in Ghaziabad and there are fears of several labourers being trapped under the debris.A magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

Four people were injured in the incident and teams from the fire department and National Disaster Management Force have been rushed to the spot. Rescue operations are underway.

Ghaziabad DM Ritu Maheshwari said, “Prima facie, there seems to be issues with quality of the building. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered. 7 people have been rescued and sent to hospital. There is no casualty as of now. Rescue ops are underway.”

 

 

Just five days before two buildings fell down in Greater Noida’s Shahberi Beri village, claiming nine lives.

Recently,two six-storey buildings in Shahberi village, one of which was under construction, collapsed around 9.15 pm. Prima facie investigation found out that the building layout plans were not approved by the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA).

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Posters showing Rahul Hugging PM Modi emerge in Mumbai

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Mumbai, July 22 : Several posters carrying the image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha have come up in Mumbai. The posters, which have been put by the Congress workers, also has a tagline that reads, “Nafrat se nahi, Pyar se jeetenge (we will win by love, not hatred).”

Rahul’s gesture was hailed by his party leaders as “Jaadu ki Jhappi (magical hug)” and  Shiv Sena, NDA ally at the Centre and in Maharashtra equated the no-confidence motion, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi  with the FIFA World Cup final and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi might have emerged victorious like France, but Congress chief Rahul Gandhi won many hearts like runners-up Croatia. The Sena had abstained from the debate on the no-trust motion and the voting.

 

Rahul garnered huge attention during the discussion on no-confidence motion on July 20 after he walked up to the Prime Minister and hugged him after concluding his fiery speech.

During his fiery rhetorical speech, Rahul attacked the Modi government and said, “I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love and turn it into love. I am the Congress. You taught me what it means to be a Hindustani, what it means to be a Hindu. It means to love somebody even if they attack you.”

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