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80 Dead, 204 Missing After Feb 7 Avalanche In Uttarakhand: Government

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Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the avalanche occurred in the upper catchment of Rishiganga river, a tributary of Alaknanda river in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, which led to a sudden rise in the water level of Rishiganga river.

The glacier burst in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district happened on Sunday, February 7 (File)

New Delhi: As many as 80 bodies were recovered and 204 people continue to be missing following an avalanche that occurred in Rishiganga river in Uttarakhand on February 7, leading to a rise in water level, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the avalanche occurred in the upper catchment of Rishiganga river, a tributary of Alaknanda river in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, which led to a sudden rise in the water level of Rishiganga river.

“As per the information provided by the state government of Uttarakhand, due to this incident, 204 people were reported missing. 80 bodies have been recovered so far,” he said in reply to a written question.

Due to the flash flood on account of the rising water level in Rishiganga, a small hydropower project of 13.2 Mega Watt (MW) was washed away and a 520 MW under construction hydropower project in the downstream at Tapovan was also affected, the minister said.

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67% surveyed Indians have developed antibodies against coronavirus, 40 crore still at risk: Govt

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The fourth national serosurvey has found that 67.6 per cent surveyed Indians have developed antibodies against the virus causing Covid-19.

The fourth nation sero survey has revealed that more than 50 per cent children aged 6-17 years have developed antibodies against the virus causing Covid-19. (Representational image) (Photo: Getty Images)

Two-thirds of the Indian population, including children, have developed antibodies against virus causing Covid-19, while nearly 40 crore people are still vulnerable, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday while releasing findings of the fourth national serosurvey.

In this round of the national serosurvey, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) also included children to assess their vulnerability towards coronavirus. It found that overall, 67.6 per cent surveyed Indians have developed antibodies against coronavirus.

The survey has found that more than 50 per cent of children aged 6-17 years have been exposed to Covid-19 and have developed antibodies against it.

The highest sero-prevalence was found in the age group 45-60 years (77.6 per cent), followed by those above 60 years (76.7 per cent) and those in the age group 18-44 years (66.7 per cent).

In this survey, children were divided into two age groups: 6-9 years and 10-17 years.

Sero-prevalence in the 6-9 years category was 57.2 per cent and in the 10-17 years category, it was 61.6 per cent.

Releasing the survey findings, the health ministry said states and districts with low sero-prevalence run the risk of witnessing more waves of Covid-19.

The fourth round of the serosurvey was carried out during June-July. Besides children, the survey also covered 100 healthcare workers in each district.

The survey found that among adults, 13 per cent people have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. Highest sero-prevalence was found among this section of the population.

“This serosurvey results show that there is ray of hope but there is no scope for complacency,” said Dr Balram Bhargava, DG ICMR.

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Delhi cop robbed of motorbike by three armed men

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The constable, Mon Raj Meena, a resident of Palam village, was going home on his motorcycle after performing his duty at Singhu border.

Three armed assailants allegedly robbed a Delhi Police constable of his motorbike in West Delhi’s Vikaspuri when he was returning home from work. An FIR has been registered and police are conducting raids to nab the accused.

DCP (West) Urvija Goel said the incident took place on the intervening night of July 17-18 when the constable, Mon Raj Meena, a resident of Palam village, was going home on his motorcycle after performing his duty at Singhu border.

“When he reached the elevated road of Peera Garhi to Janakpuri in front of Shahpura, he was stopped by three motorcyclists, who threatened him,” she said.

Goel said the constable left his motorbike and maintained distance from them. “They took his motorcycle with them. He then informed the police, making a PCR call. He was not wearing his uniform at the time. An FIR of robbery was registered at Vikaspuri police station,” she added.

Police said they are scanning CCTV footage from the area.

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Delhi put on high alert ahead of August 15 after security agencies gather intel on possible terrorist attack

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As per the intel, there is a major terrorist conspiracy that is being hatched to rattle Delhi on August 5.

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  • Delhi Police Commissioner Balaji Srivastava has directed the force to focus on anti-terror measures ahead of Independence Day
  • Security has been intensified in the national capital, especially near the three borders of Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur

New Delhi: Security agencies have put the national capital on high alert after they gathered intel about a possible terrorist attack in Delhi ahead of the country’s 75th Independence Day on August 15.

The alert for Delhi Police has been issued for the period between the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament and August 15.

As per the intel, there is a major terrorist conspiracy that is being hatched to rattle Delhi on August 5, and Pakistan-based terrorists could carry out an attack in the national capital.

Security agencies have warned the Delhi Police that Article 370 was abrogated from Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August 2019, and as a result terrorists are trying to carry out a big attack in the national capital on this day itself.

Special training has also been given to Delhi Police and other defence forces to deal with the threat of ‘drone jihad’. Trainings of ‘soft kill’ and ‘hard kill’ are some of the necessary skills taught to the security agencies in wake of the alert.

It has also been said in the alert that anti-social elements and terrorist sleeper cells are trying to dampen the country’s atmosphere by making the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse.

Newly-appointment Delhi Police Commissioner Balaji Srivastava earlier this month directed the force to train their attention on anti-terror measures ahead of Independence Day.

He directed all Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) to ramp up inspection of hotels and guest houses, to carry out verification of tenants and domestic help, and also check cyber cafes and second-hand car-dealers.

The Delhi Police Commissioner also conducted a citywide patrol on Sunday night with over 30,000 police personnel.

Security has been intensified in the national capital, especially near the three borders of Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur where farmers have been protesting since late last year.

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