Joshimath Sinking: Uttarakhand Government Begins Evacuation After Houses Develop Deep Cracks

Joshimath Sinking: Uttarakhand Government Begins Evacuation After Houses Develop Deep Cracks

The district administration of Joshimath has issued orders to stop work on the National Thermal Power Corporation's (NTPC) Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Project and all other construction activities in the area. The order came after residents of Joshimath town reported deep cracks in their houses. The administration has also stopped the Helang bypass road activities and the operation of the Auli Ropeway. After days of protests by locals, the Uttarakhand government has begun evacuation in Joshimath. As per officials, rescue and relief operations were carried out in the valley, and people whose houses have developed serious cracks were shifted to night shelters. Around 47 families have been evacuated to safer locations by district authorities. As panic grips the town of Joshimath, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said that the situation is being closely monitored and he will personally visit the place to assess the situation. "I will hold a high-level meeting with top officials in Dehradun this evening regarding landslides in Joshimath and cracks in houses. I will visit Joshimath tomorrow and take stock of the situation. A team from BJP has also been sent there," said CM Dhami. Joshimath is a town located at the height of 6,000 ft in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It falls on the route to Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib and falls in high-risk seismic Zone-V. Locals of the town have alleged that the town is developing cracks because of a public sector energy project under development in the area. On Wednesday night, the locals protested against stopping the construction of an NTPC (Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project) tunnel and a bypass road between Helang and Marwadi for Badrinath. The Chamoli administration has asked the NTPC and the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) to build 2,000 fabricated houses each in advance for the affected families.  https://twitter.com/pushkardhami/status/1611278086355705856 https://twitter.com/ANINewsUP/status/1610980424679059458?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1610980424679059458%7Ctwgr%5Ec8c957d91426d164aa521162556c8401e9773a51%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.indiatoday.in%2Findia%2Fstory%2Fevacuation-begins-sinking-joshimath-cracks-houses-uttarakhand-cm-dhami-to-visit-panic-2318000-2023-01-06

Air India: "The Crew Was Deeply Unprofessional..." Says Woman Passenger Who Faced The 'Peeing Incident'

In November last year, a drunk passenger urinated on a fellow woman passenger in the business class of the New York-Delhi Air India flight. While the incident occurred on November 27, Air India filed a police complaint only on January 4 against the offender, Mumbai Businessman Shankar Mishra. Air India said it didn't go to the police earlier because the woman had withdrawn her demand for his arrest. However, the woman had written a letter to the Air India group chairman N Chandrasekharan describing her awful experience. She wrote: "I stated clearly that I did not want to interact with him or see his face and that all I wanted was for him to be arrested on arrival. However, the crew brought the offender before me against my wishes, and we were made to sit opposite each other in the crew seats. I was stunned when he started crying and profusely apologising to me, begging me not to lodge a complaint against him because he is a family man and did not want his wife and child to be affected by this incident. In my already distraught state, I was further disoriented by being made to confront and negotiate with the perpetrator of the horrific incident at close quarters. I told him his actions were inexcusable, but in the face of his pleading and begging in front of me and my own shock and trauma, I found it difficult to insist on his arrest or to press charges against him,". The letter is a part of the FIR filed against Shankar Mishra. She added in her letter that the crew was deeply unprofessional and failed to protect the dignity of passengers. Reportedly, Air India CEO Campbell Wilson wrote in an internal memo: "The repulsion felt by the affected passenger is totally understandable, and we share her distress,"  

Kanjhawala Death Case: Delhi Police Arrests Man Who Allegedly Shield Those In Car

On Friday, the Delhi Police arrested a man for allegedly shielding men who were in the car that dragged 20-year-old Anjali to death on January 1. Special Police Commissioner Sagar Preet Hooda said on Thursday that the involvement of Ashutosh and Ankush Khanna in shielding the accused was established through CCTV footage and call records. The grey Maruti Suzuki Baleno that hit Anjali Kumari's scooter and dragged her body for at least 14 km was being driven by Amit Khanna. The police said: "Deepak was home at the time of the accident and was informed about the accident through a phone call. The car was being driven by Amit Khanna. After noticing a body being dragged by the car, he called his cousins Ankush and Deepak, who asked him to tell the police that Deepak was driving the car. We suspect they were consulting lawyers," The reason for this false statement was that Deepak had a driving licence while Amit Khanna did not. Anjali Kumari's body was found in a mangled state in Delhi's outer area, Kanjhawala.  Also read: Kanjhawala Death Case: 7 people involved, 10 police vehicles deployed to trace killer vehicle  https://youtu.be/iv0qP6gngJ8

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