A massive fire broke out at Sadguru COVID hospital in Odisha's Cuttack on September 21. Fire occurred in Jagatpur town of Cuttack district. COVID-19 patients are being shifted to other hospitals in ambulances. No casualties have been reported so far. More details are awaited.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on September 19 said that West Bengal government did not share data of returning migrant labourers with the Centre and no district of the state could be included as a beneficiary under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan (PMGKRA). She was answering a query by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated PMGKRA for migrant labourers who came back to their villages during the coronavirus-induced lockdown. This scheme was introduced on June 20 this year and will be effective for 125 days. The minister said 116 districts spread across six states - Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are benefiting from this scheme. The selection of the districts was made on the basis of the return of at least 25,000 migrant labourers to the concerned districts by May 30. After the launch of PMGKRA, there were demands from Tripura and Chhattisgarh to include more districts but it was not entertained. In the case of West Bengal, there was no data shared by the state government then how could the districts of the state be included in the scheme," said Sitharaman.
Heavy rainfall lashed several parts of Karnataka on September 20. State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre has issued alert of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over coasts and parts of Malnad regions of Karwar. The Indian Meteorological Department has also issued an alert to stop all fishing activities near the coast. Incessant rainfall led to water logging in several low lying districts of Karnataka.
Rescue operations are underway by State Disaster Relief Force in Karnataka on September 20, following heavy rainfall in the region. SDRF along with local youth rescued people in low-lying areas of Udupi. Heavy rainfall led to severe water logging in several villages. According to Indian Meteorological Department heavy rainfall is likely expected in coastal Karnataka on September 21. Food and shelter were provided to the rescued people.
Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), Odisha Special Armed Police (OSAP) and 6th Battalion NDRF evacuated people from flood affected area in parts of Odisha on August 30. Two people were rescued from Pangata village and four people from Thakurpur village. They also rescued a paralysis patient from Thakurpatna and shifted him to hospital. Meanwhile, floods continue to wreak havoc in Odisha's Bhadrak. Rescue operation is continuing in parts of Odisha.
Odisha's several areas have grappled with flood-like situation. Following heavy rainfall, water-level of Baitarani River rose at Bhadrak. In Hasnabad village, locals are using rubber tubes to rescue themselves from water. Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre has predicted moderate rainfall accompanied by thundershowers in the district today.
Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) team has been deployed in Dhamanagar town of Bhadrak district for rescue and evacuation operation in the flood-affected areas. Several areas of the state are reeling under flood-like situation due to incessant rainfall.
India successfully tested the indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. The test was conducted about 11:03 am from the APJ Abdul Kalam testing range in Balasore, Odisha. The HSTDV is an unmanned scramjet demonstration aircraft for hypersonic speed flight and can cruise at a speed of Mach 6 and an altitude of 32.5 kilometres. This is a big step towards developing indigenous defence technology and comes as a boost to PM Modi’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ ambition. With this test, India now joins US, China and Russia who are the only other nations to have developed and successfully tested the HSTDV. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the effort of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and said that the nation is proud of their landmark achievement. Chairman DRDO also congratulated all the scientists, researchers and other personnel related with HSTDV mission for their ‘resolute and unwavering efforts towards strengthening nation’s defence capabilities’. Watch the full video for all the details on the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle.
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India accused Pakistan of spreading 'imposturous political propaganda'. India exercised Right of Reply at the 45th Session of Human Rights Council. "Yet again, though we are not surprised, Pakistan has twice chosen to divert the attention of the Council with its imposturous political propaganda full of disinformation and gratuitous references about India's internal matters today," said Senthil Kumar, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India to UN. Earlier, members of Sikhs community staged protest outside Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi against 'abduction and forced conversion of Sikh girls in Pakistan'. MEA summoned a senior official of Pakistan High Commission on the issue and lodged a strong protest with the official over the incident. The ministry also issued a note verbale to Islamabad strongly raising its concerns over the matter.
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Members of Sikh community staged protest outside Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi against 'abduction and forced conversion Sikh girls in Pakistan'. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) demanded that the daughters must be returned back to their families in Pakistan or they will be forced to take this matter to United Nations. "The abduction of Panja Sahib's head granthi's daughter is repugnant. Pakistan is like Aurangzeb's state. We'll take this matter to United Nations," said Manjinder Singh Sirsa.