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Six missing in Delhi shoe factory fire: Forensic team finds charred remains inside building

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Four days on, police said they have started search operation on upper floors and will send teams to all areas of the building. Fire officials said the building won’t collapse as of now.

Days after a fire engulfed a three-storey shoe factory in Outer Delhi’s Udyog Nagar, a team from the Forensic Science Lab (FSL) Friday collected charred remains from the building.

On Monday, police and Delhi Fire Services (DFS) had rescued six workers while six men still remain missing. Parvinder Singh, DCP (outer district), said,” The team collected one set of remains from the second floor of the building. We have not been to identify the body as it is highly burnt. The remains have been sent to a mortuary for DNA testing and examination.”

Soon after the fire, the building had been declared “dangerous” by DFS and MCD as the roof had caved in and the structure was unstable. Officials said this, along with extreme heat inside the building, hampered search operations.

our days on, police said they have started search operation on upper floors and will send teams to all areas of the building. Fire officials said the building won’t collapse as of now.

The families of the missing workers – Abhishek, Neeraj, Shamshad, Vikram, Raju, and Ajay – have filed a missing person’s report.

Meanwhile, factory owner Pankaj Garg is still on the run. He has been booked under sections of culpable homicide.

While two forensic teams from Rohini have been deployed to find and collect biological evidence to identify the missing workers, officials said this is difficult as the remains are “highly decomposed or charred”. FSL teams are looking for skeletal remains to send for testing.

DFS Chief Atul Garg said that over 140 firemen and 35 fire tenders were deployed on the day of the incident. “Our teams are working with police in the search operation. It’s a difficult task since portions of the building have collapsed,” he 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.

Source : IndiaToday

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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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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.

Source : IndianExpresss

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