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Tourists flock to hill stations, deserting smoggy Delhi



India Gate Smog

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


Parents to get real-time access of CCTV footage in classrooms




New Delhi, Jan 17: Parents whose children study in Delhi government schools will have real-time access to CCTV footage of classrooms to ensure transparency and safety of children, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Wednesday. 

Kejriwal tweeted that he reviewed the progress of installation of CCTV cameras in each class in all government schools.

“Each parent will be given access to see his child studying in class on real-time basis on his phone. This will make the whole system transparent and accountable. It will ensure safety of kids,” he said.


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Uttar Pradesh: Class I student stabbed by senior girl in Lucknow school, critical



Lucknow, Jan 17: A class 1 student of a local school was found in a critical condition after he was stabbed by senior girl student, police said on Wednesday.

Hrithik was found bleeding profusely and unconscious at Brightland school in Triveni Nagar on Tuesday.

School Principal Reena Manas stated the crime took place after the morning assembly and that the boy was rushed to the Trauma Centre at King George’s Medical University.

The boy told police that a ‘didi’ sporting a boy-cut hair style first took him to the bathroom, thrashed him, and then stabbed him with a knife. He told his parents and police that he could identify the girl, news agency IANS reported.

Officials asserted the bathroom on the second floor was sealed on Wednesday and police were looking for the accused.

A teacher said that though all closed-circuit televisions in the school were operational, there was no CCTV near the bathroom and hence it was becoming difficult to zero in on the accused girl.


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Twist in Haryana rape-murder; body of suspect found



Haryana rape

Chandigarh, Jan 17: The Haryana Police has been left baffled after recovering the body of a 19-year-old youth who was until now the prime suspect in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Dalit girl in Kurukshetra district.

Police said on Wednesday that the body of Gulshan, who was considered the prime suspect in the killing of the Class 10 student, was found on Tuesday night from the Bhakra irrigation canal near Jyotisar in Kurukshetra district, about 110 km from here.

The body was in a decomposed state.

Gulshan’s name was mentioned in the FIR as an accused.

Family members of the deceased youth on Wednesday started a protest outside the office of the Kurukshetra Superintendent of Police Abhishek Garg demanding justice.

Garg confirmed the recovery of Gulshan’s body. “We are investigating the murders,” he said.

Police sources said they could not rule out “honour killing” as a reason behind the twin murders.

The Haryana Police, based on the complaint of the victim girl’s family, had listed Gulshan, a Class 12 student, as the prime suspect in the kidnapping, rape and murder of the girl.

Some people were even detained for questioning and raids were conducted to nab Gulshan.

The girl had gone for her tuition class on January 9 and went missing. Her half-naked body was found near a canal in Jind district on Saturday.

Police and forensic officials said the girl was brutally raped and inflicted wounds on her private parts and internal organs. She was murdered by her tormentors.

Haryana has been rocked with five incidents of rape and gang-rape in the past four days. These were reported from Kurukshetra/Jind, Panipat, Pinjore and Faridabad (two). In three of these, the victims were brutally murdered.


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