Relief and rescue work underway in full swing in flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand.
Government to reply to discussion on Motion of Thanks on President’s address in Rajya Sabha today; Lok Sabha to resume discussion on Motion of Thanks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates to the nation four infrastructure projects worth four thousand and seven hundred crore rupees at Haldia in West Bengal.
More than 58 lakh people administered COVID-19 vaccination in the country so far.
In Cricket, India to resume their first innings against England at overnight score of 257 for six on fourth day of Chennai Test.
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Rescue and relief operations are in full progress in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand where a glacier burst, led to massive flood and caused large-scale devastation. The glacier burst triggered massive flooding of Dhauliganga river near Rishiganga Power Project at Raini village in Tapovan area of the district yesterday.
Eight bodies have been recovered so far from disaster-hit Raini, Biraji, Alakapuri and Chchinaka villages of Chamoli district. State Disaster Management Authority in Dehradun said, 25 people have been rescued so far whereas 152 people are reported to be still missing. They are mostly workers of hydro power projects.
13.2 MW Rishiganga hydropower project near Joshimath has washed away while 520 MW NTPC hydro project on the Dhauliganga River was partially damaged and at least five bridges were impacted by the surge of water that was unleashed, cutting access to few villages in the area. Teams of NDRF, SDRF, SSB, ITBP, and Defense personnel are actively participating in the rescue operations.
“Rescue operations are underway on a war footing in the disaster-affected areas. District Magistrate Swati Bhadaurya told AIR that 2 people found safe at mid-night in a disaster-affected area out of 154 missing people. 13 villages have been cut off following the bridges swept away where about 350 families are residing. She told that grocery packets will be airdropped in the villages through helicopters. Medical teams are also deployed in the area. RAGHWESH PANDEY, AIR NEWS, DEHRADUN.”
Talking exclusively to All India Radio News, Director General of National Disaster Response Force, NDRF, S N Pradhan said:
The National Crisis Management Committee, NCMC yesterday met in New Delhi to review the situation arising out of the natural disaster in Uttarakhand caused by glacial burst. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba. The glacial burst led to the rising of water levels in the river Rishiganga, which washed away the Rishiganga small hydro project of 13.2 Mega Watt. The flash flood also affected the downstream hydro project of NTPC at Tapovan on the river Dhauliganga, which is a tributary of the river Alaknanda.
The Cabinet Secretary directed the concerned agencies to work in close co-ordination and extend all requisite assistance to the State administration.
President Ram Nath Kovind has said the he is deeply worried about the glacier burst near Joshimath, Uttarakhand, that caused destruction in the region. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, he is praying for well being and safety of people. He said, he is confident that rescue and relief operations on ground are progressing well.
Meanwhile Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that he is praying for the safety of all those affected by the flash flood caused by a glacier burst in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Mr Naidu said, he is sure that the State and Central governments are trying their best to mitigate the crisis.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reviewed the situation in Uttarakhand. He spoke to Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and other top officials. Addressing a public rally in Haldia in West Bengal, the Prime Minister said he is constantly monitoring the situation in Uttarakhand.
The Home Ministry is also closely monitoring the situation. Home Minister Amit Shah said, during his visit to Sindhudurg, that all concerned officers are working on a war footing to ensure security of all people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved an ex-gratia of two lakh rupees each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic avalanche. 50 thousand rupees will be given to those seriously injured.
Leaders around the world have offered condolences to the families of the victims of a glacial burst in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand that led to massive flooding in the state.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed solidarity with India over the flash floods leading to disappearance of several people. In a tweet, President Macron said, their thoughts are with the people who have been affected by the glacier burst and their families.
The US State Department has also offered condolence to the families of victims. In a tweet, it said, they grieve with the family and friends of the deceased and extend their hopes for a speedy and full recovery for the injured.
Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it is saddened by the news of death and missing of many individuals due to the flash floods in Uttarakhand.
Japanese Ambassador to India Satoshi Suzuki also extended his condolences to to the families of victims and prayed that those missing will be rescued as soon as possible.
The India Meteorological Department(IMD) has said that no adverse weather events are expected today over Chamoli, Tapovan and Joshimath – areas hit by a major glacier burst in Uttarakhand.
In its special weather advisory for the state, the IMD said, no snowfall or rainfall is likely to occur today. However, light rainfall or snowfall is expected in the northern parts of the Chamoli district tomorrow and day after tomorrow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation four infrastructure projects worth four thousand and seven hundred crore rupees at Haldia in West Bengal yesterday. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the second Catalytic-Isodewaxing Unit at the Haldia refinery of Indian Oil Corporation Limited. He also inaugurated three projects including Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, BPCL’s LPG Import Terminal, GAIL’s Dobhi-Durgapur Natural Gas Pipeline and NHAI’s four lane road overbridge cum flyover at Ranichak.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that gas-based economy is the need of the hour for the country. He said, one nation-one gas grid is an important step for meeting this need. The Prime Minister said, to achieve this, focus is on reducing cost of natural gas and expanding gas-pipeline network. Mr Modi said, India is among the highest gas consuming nations. He said, Hydrogen Mission was announced in the budget to promote cheap and clean energy.
The Prime Minister said, it is a big day for West Bengal and entire Eastern India in terms of AatmNirbharta of connectivity and availability of clean fuel. He said, the four projects will improve both ease of living and ease of doing business in the region. These projects will also help Haldia to grow into a major hub of export-import
The Prime Minister said, 347 km Dobhi-Durgapur Natural Gas Pipeline section which is a part of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project, will directly benefit not only West Bengal but also 10 districts of Bihar and Jharkhand.
The Prime Minister asserted that the Central government is working tirelessly to develop West Bengal as a major trading and industrial centre.
The event was attended by West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan among others
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister attended a public meeting in Haldia. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi said, the people of West Bengal will witness the real meaning of change when BJP comes to power in the state. He said, West Bengal needs to move forward on the path of development. He alleged that TMC, Left parties and Congress have joined hands in the state.
Mr Modi assured the people that if BJP comes to power in the state, the party will take decision to implement central projects for farmers in its first cabinet meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reply to the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha today. He will reply to the motion of thanks after the completion of Question Hour. The Upper House concluded the discussion on the motion of thanks last Friday. The discussion on the General Budget for 2021-22 will be taken up this week for which 10 hours have been allotted.
Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy is scheduled to move – The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the Rajya Sabha today. The bill will replace Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Ordinance of 2021 which merged the Jammu and Kashmir cadre of the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, and Indian Forest Service with the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, and Union Territory cadre, also known as AGMUT cadre. The President had promulgated the ordinance last month to amend the J&K Reorganization Act, 2019. Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri is also scheduled to introduce the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
The Lok Sabha will resume discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address. Besides, the general discussion on Union Budget for 2021-2022 is also listed in the proceeding of the house.
Government has allocated 16 thousand crore rupees for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana for 2021-22 to boost the safety of farmers’ crops. Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry said, this will ensure maximum benefit of crop insurance reaches to farmers. The Ministry said, this is a budgetary increase of around 305 crore rupees as against the previous fiscal year 2020-21, which reiterates the government’s commitment towards growth of agriculture sector in the country.
Government has said that more than 58 lakh beneficiaries have received the vaccination so far under the countrywide COVID19 vaccination exercise. Union Health Ministry said, in the last 24 hours, more than 28 thousand healthcare workers were vaccinated. 12 States reported the vaccination activity yesterday- Assam, Bihar, Gujarat Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tripura and Uttarakhand.
Out of the total cumulative coverage, 53 lakh 17 thousand 760 are healthcare workers and four lakh 85 thousand 857 are frontline workers. India is now the third topmost country with the highest doses of COVID19 vaccine administered, after USA and the UK.
In Bihar, three lakh 72 thousand 466 healthcare workers have been vaccinated so far. 7 thousand 862 frontline workers were vaccinated during the past 24 hours. No side effect from the vaccine has been reported from any part of the state. Meanwhile, COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 99.09 per cent in Bihar.
In Bihar, schools for classes 6th to 8th will reopen from today. Schools across the State were closed since March last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Bihar government, schools need to strictly follow Covid-19 protocol. Wearing masks and maintaining social distancing will be compulsory for students and teachers.
In Tamil Nadu, regular colleges will reopen for students from today after being shut since April last year to contain the spread of Covid-19. Schools for students of 9th and 11th standard will also begin from today. The Department of Education has issued an order for colleges to function for six days which would enable teachers to cover the syllabus for the academic year.
“The Government has stated that regulations regarding the seating arrangements should be followed due to Covid-19. Arrangements have been made to monitor the temperature level of students, use of face mask and hand sanitisers. The schools have also asked students to get permission letters from their parents to attend school. The option of attending online classes have also been given to sick students or those who are affected with Covid. Joy, AIR NEWS, Chennai.”
Gujarat recorded 244 new cases of covid-19 during the last 24 hours. According to the state health department, the recovery rate has reached 97.43 percent. Our Ahmedabad correspondent reports that over 13 thousand 625 persons were vaccinated against COVID-19 yesterday.
“According to the state health department, 13 thousand 625 persons have been vaccinated yesterday through 555 vaccination centres across the state. Total 5 lakh 55 thousand 179 persons have received vaccine against the covid19 in the state till now. Meanwhile, 2 lakh 56 thousand 670 patients have been recovered from the covid19, out of which 355 patients have been recovered during the last 24 hours. At present, total 2379 active cases in the state, out of which 24 patients are on ventilator. Maximum 75 new cases reported from Vadodara, while Ahmedabad recorded 53 new cases. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad.”
A total of 119 new confirmed cases of Corona virus have been reported in Delhi during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to over six lakh 36 thousand. Delhi Government said, more than six lakh 24 thousand people affected with COVID-19 have been cured so far.
In Madhya Pradesh, a total of 217 patients were discharged from hospitals during the past 24 hours, taking the state’s overall recovery count to two lakh fifty thousand five hundred and thrity seven.
“MadhyaPradesh reported a total of 184 new positive cases. State did not report any death due to covid 19 on Sunday. No new infection case was recorded in 22 out of the total 52 districts in the state .The death toll currently stands at 3,820. Bhopal and Indore recorded 49 active cases each. Bhopal now has 625 while Indore has 317 active cases. Meanwhile over 3 lakh 39 thousand healthcare workers vaccinated so far in Madhya Pradesh. State immunization officer Dr Santosh Shukla said that the vaccination of the Front Line Workers will start from today. Pooja P. Vardhan, AIR News, Bhopal.”
India’s first geothermal power project will be established at Puga village of eastern Ladakh. Puga has been identified as the hotspot of geothermal energy in the country by the scientists. Our correspondent reports that in first phase of the pilot project, one megawatt (MW) power generation capacity will be generated. A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishment and implementation of the first phase was signed on Saturday.
“Geothermal Field Development Project is planned to commission by the end of 2022. In the first phase, the pilot project implemented by the ONGC-OEC will explore within the depth of 500 metres and it is planned to supply 24 hours free power to 10 neighbouring villages which are not connected with the northern grid for power supply. The second Phase is proposed for deeper and lateral exploration of geothermal reservoirs by drilling optimal number of wells and setting up of a higher capacity demo plant in Ladakh. In the third phase, it is planned to promote joint ventures and commercial projects. Puga is a place where it is uncovered with a potential of more than 100 mw of geothermal energies. With Ramesh Chandra, this is Yangchan Dolma from, Leh Ladakh for AIR News.”
The India-US joint military exercise “Yudh Abhyas 20” commenced today in Mahajan Field Firing Range of Bikaner district in Rajasthan. This is the 16th edition of annual bilateral joint exercise of both the armies. It will continue till 21st of this month. The previous version of the joint exercise was held at Seattle in United States.
“About 250 US and 250 Indian army soldiers are participating in the exercise. Both the armies will share their war-related techniques, skills and experience with each other during this exercise. The exercise is one of the largest military training and defense cooperation efforts between India and United States. This exercise is another step in the growing military cooperation between two countries, which shows the growth in Indo-US relations. It is also a sign that both India and US understand the threat of terrorism and are standing shoulder to shoulder in combating the same. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News Jaipur.”
In Cricket, India will resume their first innings against England at the overnight score of 257 for six on fourth day of the first Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai today. The match will begin at 9:30 am.
Ravichandran Ashwin with eight runs and Washington Sundar with 33 runs were at the crease when stumps were drawn last evening. Rishabh Pant scored 91 while Cheteshwar Pujara contributed 73 runs. The hosts are still trailing by 321 runs. For the visitors, Dom Bess claimed four wickets while Jofra Archer bagged two.
Earlier in the day, England were all out for 578 runs after resuming their first innings at the overnight score of 555 for eight.
On Saturday, English Skipper Joe Root became the first batsman in the history of Test cricket to score a double century in his 100th Test.
For India, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin claimed three wickets each and Ishant Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem scalped two each.
Take a look at the weather forecast for today.
National Capital Delhi is experiencing shallow fog. The temperature will hover between eight and 24 degree Celsius.
Mumbai will have mainly clear sky. The minimum temperature will be around 22 degree Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.
Chennai witnessed fog in the morning and partly cloudy sky later. The temperature will vary between 20 and 31 degree Celsius.
In Kolkata, witnessed fog in the morning and clear sky later. The city observed a minimum temperature of around 14 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 28 degrees.
Srinagar will have partly cloudy sky. Temperature will hover between minus one and eight degree Celsius.
Jammu witnessed mainly clear sky, and will become partly cloudy towards evening. Minimum temperature was around seven degree Celsius while maximum will be around 21 degrees.
Leh will have partly cloudy sky. Minimum temperature will be minus 12 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around four degrees.
Gilgit will have mainly clear sky. Temperature will hover between minus four and 17 degree Celsius.
Muzaffarabad will have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between five and 16 degree Celsius.
Chandigarh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature is likely to hover between eight and 24 degree Celsius.
In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was around 16 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees. The city witnessed fog in the morning and will have partly cloudy sky later.
Ahmedabad will have clear sky. The minimum temperature was around 14 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 30 degrees.
In Patna, there will be mainly clear sky. The temperature will move between 12 and 26 degree Celsius.
And Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with haze. The minimum temperature was 11 degree Celsius while maximum will be around 26 degrees.
Almost all newspapers today lead with the flash floods that hit Uttrakhand yesterday.
“A wave of destruction” “Glacier breach causes floods in Uttarakhand.” writes the Hindustan Times.
While the Asian Age writes, “Tranquil morning turns tragic for villagers.”
On the vaccination front, The Pioneer writes, “Covid jabs won’t be available in open market soon.” “Vaccination for above 50 to start in March.”
In a bid to expedite trade deals and aid economic growth in the post-covid era, “India restarts trade talks with EU and UK.” is a frontline page headline in The Financial Express.
Quoting the HSBC Global Reserch, The Asian Age, “Internet start-ups on cusp of listing.”
A change in preferences “Theatrical releases back but some may still pick OTT” writes The Financial Express.
And finally, The Indian Express takes note of the inspiring 15 year old high jumper Pavana Nagaraj, daughter of former national level athletes, for whom stadiums are second home “Like mother, like daughter: Family of record holders aims higher and higher.