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Drilling Activity Resumes In India’s Sinking Town, Joshimath, Despite Ban

Drilling Activity Resumes In India’s Sinking Town, Joshimath, Despite Ban

At Uttarakhand’s sinking town of Joshimath, banned drilling activity resumed last night, as per media reports. More than 700 homes in the city have developed major cracks and residents are being relocated to safe locations. However, NDTV released a new video which shows stone-crushing and drilling going on in full swings in the mountains just outside the sinking town, near the highway that connects Joshimath to Badrinath. The NDTV team caught on camera cranes carrying stones after the crushers did their job. After houses in Joshimath developed dangerous cracks due to land subsidence, the Uttarakhand government banned all construction work. However, the recent NDTV video raises many questions regarding the future of Joshimath town. Massive cracks have appeared in Joshimath due to years of unplanned infrastructure building, including many hydropower projects. The Uttarakhand government recently declared the town a disaster-prone area and said that hotels and business establishments are also in danger. Satellite data has revealed that Joshimath and its neighbouring regions are sinking at the rate of 6.5 cm yearly.

PM Modi: ‘India Driven By Strong Democracy, Young Demography and Political Stability’

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted India as an attractive destination for investment. While addressing the Global Investors’ Summit in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, via video conferencing, PM Modi said: “Optimism for India is driven by strong democracy, young demography and political stability. Due to these, India is taking decisions that boost the ease of living and ease of doing business. India has been on the path of reform, transform, and perform since 2014. India has become an attractive destination for investment,” The PM further added that the country’s strong multimodal infrastructure is opening up new possibilities for investment. While quoting Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Prime Minister Modi said India would be among the fastest-growing economies in the G20 group this year. 

Bawana: Delhi Police Finds Two Bodies In a Hotel Room; Investigation Underway

On Wednesday, the Delhi Police found two bodies, a man and a woman, in a hotel room in Delhi’s Bawana area. On the basis of information received from the hotel manager, the police said they found a man and a woman dead inside their room, both aged around 21. DCP Devesh Kumar Mahla said that as per prima facia, it appears that the man first killed the woman and then killed himself. After scanning the hotel’s CCTV footage, the police said that no one entered or exited the hotel room after the two checked in at around 10 AM. However, further details are awaited. 

Dense Fog In Northern India Delays 26 Trains Including Gaya-New Delhi Mahabodhi Express, Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express

Around 26 trains are running late due to dense fog conditions in many states of north India, which has affected visibility. As per the notice of northern railway, many trains, including Dr Ambedkar Nagar- Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Malwa Superfast Express, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Pratapgarh-Delhi Padmavat Express, and Gorakhpur-Bathinda Gorakhdham Express are late by up to 2 hours. The Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express, Darbhanga-New Delhi Clone Special, and Gaya-New Delhi Mahabodhi Express are running 4 hours late, as informed by railway officials. Some trains like Jaynagar-Amritsar Clone Special, Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyaat Express, Kamakhya-Delhi Brahmaputra Mail and Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express are running as late as 6 hours. 

Also read: Dense fog brings visibility down to 100 metres; trains, flights delayed! 

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