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Train service within Karnataka to resume from Friday

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Bengaluru, May 20 : In yet another sign of normalcy returning soon, the South Western Railway (SWR) zone is resuming passenger train services only within Karnataka from Friday, an official said on Wednesday.

“The Ministry of Railways has approved state Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa’s request to resume intra-state train services, including suburban across the southern state to enable citizens travel within Karnataka after being stranded for over 55 days due to extended lockdown,” a zonal official said in a statement here.

Though passenger services across the state and country remained suspended since the lockdown was enforced on March 25 and extended it four times up to May 31 to contain the coronavirus spread, the railways has been operating freight and parcel services since April first week to ensure essential supplies and movement of goods across the country.

“Initially, 2 pairs of special trains will operate between Bengaluru and Mysuru for 6 days a week except on Sunday and between Bengaluru and Belagavi in the state’s northwest region on thrice a week,” said the official.

“The tri-weekly superfast will operate from Bengaluru to Belagavi on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning from May 22 with halts at 10 stations en-route for passengers to alight or board as per the guidelines,” said the official.

The return train to Bengaluru will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Belagavi with halts at 10 stations en-route for passengers to alight or board.

The trains will have 14 chair cars and 2 luggage-cum-brake vans, with 1,484 seats to carry passengers as per the guidelines to maintain physical distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The train will have 14 chair cars and 2 luggage-cum-brake vans.

“The special trains to Belagavi and Mysuru are in addition to Shramik (labour) trains for ferrying migrants from within state to other states and Rajdhani specials between New Delhi and Bengaluru,” added the official.

The state government thanked Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi, a 2-time ruling BJP Lok Sabha member from Belagavi, about 500 km from Bengaluru, for resuming the train services in the state.

The trains will not operate on Sunday due to complete lockdown in the southern state.

“Passengers have to buy tickets and reserve seats online through the IRCTC website. They should also wear mask and report to station in advance for thermal screening and security check,” added the official.

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Eight policemen killed by gangster in Kanpur

Vikas Dubey, meanwhile, is wanted in over 100 criminal cases. He had shot dead a minister rank leader inside a police station a few years ago.

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Eight Police Men Killed Kanpur

Kanpur, July 3 : In a shocking incident, eight police personnel, including a circle officer, were shot dead and six policemen seriously injured when a local criminal, Vikas Dubey, and his gang sprayed them with bullets in Vikru village under Chaubeypur police circle in Kanpur in the wee hours of Friday.

The deceased include circle officer Bilhaur and station officer of Bithoor.

The injured policemen have been admitted to the hospital.

According to reports, the police team comprising about 50 police personnel had gone to the village around 3.30 a.m. after receiving a tip-off about the presence of Vikas Dubey there.

Dubey and his men had stationed a JCB to block their way and then started firing from the terrace of a house as soon as the police team entered their lane.

The gangster and his men later looted the arms of the policemen who ran away to save their lives.

All senior police officials including ADG Kanpur, IG and others have reached the spot.

UP DGP H.C. Awasthi and ADG law and order Prashant Kumar are also reaching the spot.

Vikas Dubey, meanwhile, is wanted in over 100 criminal cases. He had shot dead a minister rank leader inside a police station a few years ago.

Police is launched search operation for Vikas and his team as they are now absconding.

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Biggest single-day jump takes Telangana Covid tally to 18,570

Officials said 987 people recovered during the last 24 hours. The number of recoveries rose to 9,069.

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Hyderabad, July 2 : In the biggest surge since the outbreak of Covid-19, Telangana on Thursday registered 1,213 cases, taking the tally to 18,570 cases.

With this, Telangana overtook Rajasthan and climbed to the seventh spot in the list of states with most cases.

The state also saw eight more deaths during the day, pushing the death toll to 275.

Under fire from different quarters for low testing, the state authorities ramped up the testing. According to the director of public health and family welfare, 5,356 tests were conducted.

This is the first time the state has conducted more than 5,000 tests. The cumulative number has mounted to 98,153, still far lower than many other states.

Hotspot Greater Hyderabad witnessed the highest single-day jump with 998 cases. Neighbouring Rangareddy and Medchal districts recorded 48 and 54 cases respectively.

Indicating the virus spread across the state, cases were reported from 26 out of 33 districts.

Officials said 987 people recovered during the last 24 hours. The number of recoveries rose to 9,069.

As many as 9,226 patients are currently undergoing treatment in hospitals or at home.

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All Nagaland declared ”disturbed area”, AFSPA extended 6 mths

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had signed a “framework agreement” with its leadership in 2015.

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Kohima, July 3 : The Union Home Ministry (MHA) has extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland for another six months, officials said here on Thursday.

According to an official of the Nagaland Home Department, the mountainous state, bordering Myanmar, has been under the AFSPA for the past several decades.

In a notification, Joint Secretary, MHA, Satyendra Garg said that the Central government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of civil power is necessary.

“Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (No. 28 of 1958), the Central Government hereby declares that whole of the said state to be a ”disturbed area” for a period of six months with effect from June 30, 2020 for the purpose of that Act,” said the notification, issued on Tuesday.

The Nagaland government official said that the state has been requesting the Central government to resolve the long-ending Naga issues, involving the numerous outfits. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), which had several rounds of negotiations with the Indian government in Delhi as well as outside India after signing a ceasefire pact in August 1997, is one of the most influential rebel groups in the northeastern region.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had signed a “framework agreement” with its leadership in 2015.

Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi is also the Centre”s interlocutor to hold talks with NSCN-IM and other Naga outfits.

Recently, Ravi had written to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on the “deterioration of law and order in the state”.

The Nagaland government, however, in a series of statements, claimed that the state is in a normal situation.

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