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On Republic Day eve, militants attack forces with grenades in Kashmir, security tightened

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Two grenade attacks by suspected militants were reported in Kashmir on Friday even as multi-tier security arrangements have been put in place across the Valley ahead of Republic Day celebrations.

A police constable was wounded on his leg when suspected militants lobbed a grenade on a police party in the bus stand of Anantnag town late on Friday afternoon. He has been hospitalised, a police official said.

Another grenade was lobbed at a CRPF camp in Tahab area of Pulwama district which burst outside the camp with no loss of life or property.

A third blast happened near a CRPF bunker in north Kashmir Sopore town without any consequences. SP Sopore, Javid Iqbal said they are ascertaining the nature of the blast. “Can’t say whether it was a grenade or something else. We are checking if any nearby shops have been damaged,” he said.

Authorities have tightened security across the Kashmir Valley particularly in capital Srinagar as police and CRPF have laid check points at a number of places.

There have been at least six grenade attacks in the Valley so far this month, including two in Srinagar, on January 17 and 18.

“Adequate security arrangements have been made for the Republic Day celebrations,” said inspector general of CRPF, Ravideep Sahi.

“We have intensified area domination, doing speculative searches, checking and frisking. A multi-tier security has been put in place,” he said.

Security officials will also be using technology to thwart any subversive activities. “We will be using CCTV cameras and drones as well,” Sahi said.

The situation in Kashmir has been far from normal. Over 252 militants and as many as 91 security personnel were killed in different encounters in 2018. In January, 2019 so far, 15 militants have been killed in different encounters — nine of them died since January 21 alone.

Separatists have asked people to observe a shutdown on Republic Day.

On Friday, chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik was detained by police from his office at Abi Guzar and shifted to police station Kothi Bagh, a spokesperson of the leader said.

The police have already blocked a stretch of road on which the Republic Day venue Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium falls. They restricted traffic movement from Radio Kashmir Chowk up to Ram Munshi Bagh /Gupkar Crossing from January 19 due to “security reasons”.

“We have to sanitise the road, which is why it is blocked. The restrictions will be lifted by the concerned authorities after January 26,” Sahi said.

On Thursday, a full-dress rehearsal was held at the Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium where divisional commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, unfurled the national flag, inspected the parade and took the salute at the march past.

The main Republic Day function, in which governor Satya Pal Malik will participate, will be held in the state’s winter capital, Jammu where the biannual Darbar currently resides.

The governor’s administration has ordered mandatory attendance of government employees during the Republic Day celebration, drawing attack of political parties. Such instructions have been issued in the past as well.

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Pleasant weather in Delhi, it will rain for the next two days.

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The weather pattern is changing in Delhi. The weather in the national capital has been pleasant since morning today (Wednesday). The wind is blowing between the movement of clouds, due to which the temperature has come down. According to the Meteorological Department (IMD), it will be partly cloudy in Delhi today i.e. on September 14. Also, there may be light rain or drizzle with winds at some places.

After the rains on Monday in Delhi, there was a slight drop in the temperature on Tuesday and people got a slight respite from the sultry heat. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a change in the weather and light rain in Delhi-NCR from today i.e. Wednesday.

According to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, there may be light rain in Delhi for the next two days from today. It will be cloudy and winds will blow at a speed of 30 to 40 kilometers per hour. In Delhi today, September 14, the minimum temperature may be 26 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature may remain 34 degree Celsius.

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Make Noida part of Delhi, AAP leader writes open letter to PM Modi

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Aam Aadmi Party’s Gautam Buddh Nagar region president Bhupendra Singh Jadaun has composed an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the incorporation of Noida inside the province of Delhi.

In the open letter dated September 12, posted from Jadaun’s twitter account, he has requested that Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has been giving essential conveniences, for example, water, power, schooling, wellbeing, and transport to individuals of Delhi, which the occupants of Gautam Buddh Nagar locale (Noida) have been denied of. “Very much like Delhi, individuals of Gautam Buddh Nagar ought to likewise have the option to get free power, good education, the advantages of Farishte scheme; the ladies inhabitants ought to have the option free transportation; senior residents ready to go on pilgrimage free of charge; and they are not made to go around different offices to get their Aadhaar card, ration card or driving permit,” the letter peruses.

Jadaun has expressed that the occupants of Noida ought to likewise get the option to choose their delegates in the neighborhood enterprises, very much like it occurs in Delhi. Further, the occupants living in metropolitan and country regions in the area ought to get the possession freedoms of their territory, while the people who live in alleged unlawful provinces ought to likewise get proprietorship privileges alongside essential conveniences like in Delhi, he said.

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New rule on free electricity in Delhi, subsidy will not be available without applying from today, CM Kejriwal announced

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has made a big announcement. Now only those people will get electricity subsidy in Delhi, who will apply for it. The applications for this will start from today itself.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that some people do not want to take free electricity. In such a situation, now only those people in Delhi will get electricity subsidy who will apply for it.

Form to be filled

A form will come along with the electricity bill. The form has to be submitted to the electricity bill center. He said that we are issuing a number (7011311111). A missed call has to be made on this number. A message will come on a missed call. There will be a link in it. Which will open the form on WhatsApp. Messages will also be sent to those whose mobile numbers are registered. The number of people who will fill the form on 31 October. They will get the benefit of the scheme. On filling the form in the next month, the bill of the previous month will have to be submitted. He said that his government would run door-to-door awareness campaign regarding this.

The facility will be applicable from October 1

Arvind Kejriwal said, earlier there used to be a lot of electricity in Delhi. We fixed it. Now electricity is available 24 hours. Electricity is available free of cost in Delhi. The money saved by stopping corruption is giving convenience to the people. He told that there are 58 lakh consumers of electricity in Delhi, out of which 30 lakh electricity bills come to zero. Half the bills of 17 lakh consumers come. We will give subsidy to those who ask for subsidy. This facility will be applicable from 1st October.

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