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Yogi Adityanath targets ‘Yuvraj’, says Gorakhpur not a 'picnic spot'
Ahead of Rahul Gandhi's visit to Gorakhpur on Saturday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath mounted a veiled attack on the Congress vice-president and said the city wasn't a picnic spot.
"There's a 'yuvraj' (prince) sitting in Delhi, who doesn't understand the significance of a Swachhta Abhiyan. There's no valid reason why he should be permitted to turn Gorakhpur into his picnic spot," Adityanath said at a public meeting earlier in the day.
The chief minister, who inaugurated a cleanliness campaign in the district to tackle the deadly encephalitis outbreak in the wake of death of 70 children at the BRD hospital here, also targeted Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
"I feel that the shehzada sitting in Lucknow ..yuvraj sitting in Delhi will not know the importance of this cleanliness campaign. They will come here to make it a picnic spot, we cannot permit it," he said, attacking Gandhi who is scheduled to meet the families of the victims and visit the BRD hospital today.
"I started a movement against encephalitis. I drew the attention of every government to sanitation and clean drinking water,” he claimed.
He pointed out that his government had started a massive immunisation drive against the disease vaccinating 98 lakh children in 38 districts.
Adityanath was in Gorakhpur to flag off the 'Swachh Uttar Pradesh, Swasth Uttar Pradesh' campaign, which many consider a propitiatory move following the deaths of 70 children at the district's BRDM College hospital. While the Adityanath-led government held Acute Encephalitis responsible for the tragic deaths, the opposition alleged that shortfall in the supply of oxygen in the hospital's paediatric wards was the fatal factor.
However, Adityanath did not allude to the infants' deaths which had made national headlines for days, but blamed the previous Samajwadi Party and BSP regimes for the ramshackle condition of the state's medical infrastructure.
"Government in last 12-15 years has ruined institutions in UP for selfish motives by institutionalising corruption. They kept people deprived of facilities," the CM charged.
Yogi virtually putting the responsibility of the recent death of 30 children within 48 hours at Gorakhpur’s Baba Ram Das Medical College hospital at the doorstep of the previous governments comes in the wake of his asking his cabinet colleagues to strongly counter the opposition’s ‘propaganda’ on the issue during the cabinet meeting earlier this week.
More than 70 infants have lost their lives since August 7 at the state-run BRD hospital in the district allegedly due to disruption of oxygen supply – a claim the state government has dismissed. While the hospital principal and the doctor in-charge of the pediatric ward have been suspended, a probe has been ordered by the state government.
Floods triggered by heavy rain
Bihar floods claim over 150 lives, over 1 crore people affected
The flood situation in Bihar seems to have worsened further, with the toll mounting to 153. Seven out of 11 major rivers, other than the Ganga, Burhi Gandak, Bhutahi Balan and Laloakeya, continued to flow above their danger levels affecting more than one crore in the state.
Around 1.08 crore people have been hit by floods in 17 districts and 1,688 panchayats, even as the Army was called in for relief and rescue operations in deluge-hit eastern Uttar Pradesh districts adjoining Nepal.
The situation, however, eased in Assam and West Bengal, where no heavy rains were reported. The floods were triggered by heavy rain in Nepal and northern parts of the state.
According to additional secretary of disaster management department Anirudh Kumar, maximum deaths were reported in Araria (30), followed by West Champaran (23), Sitamarhi (13), Kishanganj, Supaul and East Champaran (11 each), Madhepura and Purnia (9 each), Madhubani (8), Katihar (7), Darbhanga, Gopalganj and Saharsa (4 each), Khagaria and Sheohar (3 each), Saran (2) and Muzaffarpur (1).
The MeT office said Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea are likely to witness rain or thundershower today.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reviewed the flood situation and gave necessary instruction to officials. He gave orders for intensive airdropping of food packets in Kursakanta, Palasi, Sikti and Jokihaat in Araria and the Sugauli area in East Champaran, an official statement said.
DMD sources said that altogether 1,289 relief camps have been set up to accommodate 3,92,654 displaced people. A total of 4,64,610 persons have been evacuated from their habitat. Cattle deaths have also gone up to 27.
Twenty-eight teams of NDRF along with SDRF (16) and Army (7), with 280 boats at their disposal are conducting the relief operations. Two choppers have also been pressed into service in addition to 194 motorboats and 2305 country boats by the state government.
200 cows die of starvation at a shelter run by BJP leader
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has been arrested in Chhattisgarh a day after nearly 200 cows died at a bovine shelter, being managed by him, allegedly due to starvation and lack of medicines in Dhamdha block of Durg district. Though Chhattisgarh animal husbandry department's Gau Seva Aayog confirmed the death of 30 cows, local villagers claimed that the numbers were much more as carcasses of other dead cows were disposed off by burying them in deep ditch.
The BJP leader, Harish Verma, who is also the vice president of Jamul Nagar Nigam, has been running the shelter for last seven years.
"He was arrested on Friday evening after being charged under sections 4 and 6 of Chhattisgarh Agricultural Cattle Preservation act -2004, Section 11 of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 and Section 409 of Indian Penal Code (IPC),” police said.
"We noticed JCB machines operating near the cow shelter two days ago and we informed some media persons. When we reached here, we found that many trenches were being dug to bury the dead cows lying on the ground. They were at least 200 in number,” said Seva Ram Sahu, the Rajpur Sarpanch’s husband.
Further, Dhamda block sub-divisional magistrate Rajesh Patre, after visiting the cow shelter confirmed the deaths and said that the cows died either due to starvation or lack of proper care.
"A four-member team led by deputy director of animal husbandry was constituted to probe into the causes of death and the reports of post-mortem. We have done post mortem for the cows, reports are awaited but prima facie it seems proper care of the cows was not taken. The exact death figures are yet to ascertained and investigation was on".
"Villagers claimed that more than 200 cows died in last few days because of lack of fodder, which seems to be true. We will submit a detailed report to the district magistrate and action would be taken accordingly," he said.
Meanwhile, Verma claimed that the cows died after the boundary wall of his gaushala crashed on them.
"On August 15, several cows were injured in the Gaushala after the boundary wall collapsed due to heavy rains. Thereafter, 26 of them succumbed to injuries while treatment of some other cows is underway,” he said.
Verma alleged that he was not receiving the grant from the Gau Sewa Ayog even after repeated requests.
Delhi 5 star hotel employee ‘molested’ by colleague, fired for complaining
A manager at a five-star hotel in Delhi is seen yanking an employee's saree and dragging her to him in an aggressive act of sexual harassment caught on CCTV camera. The shocking footage from Pride Plaza near the airport has been shared by the 33-year-old woman, who was inexplicably sacked yesterday. The man who assaulted her, the hotel's security manager, was suspended.
While talking to ANI, the victim said that she had reported the whole incident to the Human Resource Department, but no action has been taken against the security manager so far. The woman then approached the police with a complaint on August 1.
Police finally arrested the man on Friday after TV news channels ran a video of the alleged molestation. "The accused was arrested on Friday and produced in a court. He was granted bail by the court,” said Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police spokesperson.
The entire episode was captured on the CCTV. The footage shows security manager pulling her saree. The camera also captured another hotel staff member, who later left the room.
"I have been terminated from my job now. Showed footage to my ma'am but she said only a warning letter will be given to him," the woman told ANI.
The victim, who worked on the front desk of the hotel, has told police that the hotel’s security manager had been pressuring her to establish physical relations with him for quite some time, but she had rejected his advances.
One evening late last month, on her birthday, the security chief approached her and allegedly offered to buy her a gift. When she refused the offer, he allegedly pulled her by her saree in front of another male employee.
She is seen in the video clutching her saree tightly while speaking to him. The woman's immediate superior, who was seen simply leaving the room in the video, was also suspended, said a hotel spokesperson.
81 lakh Aadhaar cards deactivated: Here's how to find out your status
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has deactivated approximately 81 lakh Aadhaar accounts till date for reasons which stated in Section 27 and 28 of Aadhaar (Enrollment and Update) Regulations, 2016. As per Aadhaar Act, 2016, the deactivation of Aadhaar numbers was done as per the Aadhaar Life Cycle Management (ALCM) guideline, says Minister of State for Electronics and IT, P P Chaudhary.
"Till date, approximately 81 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been deactivated. The state-, year- and reason-wise data is not maintained by the UIDAI," Chaudhary informed the Rajya Sabha.
As per regulations, Aadhaar accounts can be canceled or suspended in cases of multiple Aadhaar numbers issued to an individual or discrepancies found in the biometric data or relevant documents. The authority to cancel an Aadhaar account lies with regional offices of UIDAI as well.
It may be noted that children who enroll before the age of 5 years should update their biometrics once after attaining the age of 5 years and then again after turning 15 years of age. There's a window of 2 years to carry out this update and failing to do so could lead to deactivation or cancellation of Aadhaar.
Here is how you can find the status of your Aadhaar card and know if it is active or deactive:
On the UIDAI website homepage, under the Aadhaar services tab, there's an option saying 'Verify Aadhaar Number'.
Clicking 'Verify Aadhaar Number' will redirect you to a new page.
Enter your Aadhaar number, captcha and click verify. If the green checkmark appears, your Aadhaar is active.
What if your Aadhaar number is inactive?
In case you followed the steps and you found your Aadhaar card to be inactive, the next immediate step for you is to enroll yourself to get a new Aadhaar account or update the existing one. You can locate the nearest enrollment center from ‘Locate Enrollment Center’ option under the ‘Enrol & Get Your Aadhaar’ or click here. After you have found the nearest enrollment center, reach the officials with all supporting documents in place along with a fee payment of Rs 25.