Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed should be brought to India or should meet the fate of Osama bin Laden, Yoga guru Ramdev said Friday, while seeking strong action against Pakistan.
Describing Thursday’s strike on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, in which 40 soldiers of the force were killed, an attack on the “unity, integrity and sovereignty” of India, he said time has come to merge Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) with India.
“All terrorists, whether coming from across the border or already inside our territory, must be eliminated, especially (2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind) Hafiz Saeed and (Jaish-e-Mohammad chief) Masood Azhar.
“Wherever they are, they must be brought to India or should meet the fate of Osama bin Laden (who was killed by US forces inside his secret residence in Pakistan’s Abbotabad),” Ramdev said on sidelines of an event here.
He said the terror camps operational in PoK must be destroyed, and if possible the region should be merged back into India.
“Pakistan is behaving like an immature, stupid and uneducated country. So, the Indian prime minister must now take a major step to teach Pakistan a lesson with some action,” the yoga guru said.
“Modiji should at least say that Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed will not remain alive whatever strategy has to be used for it….. this is the responsibility of the government,” Ramdev said.
Forty CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on Thursday in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.
Ramdev said, “We often say that we will avenge the killings of our martyrs and offer a lot of lip service and engage in verbal wars. But they (verbal wars and lip service) are no more effective.” “The prime minister must now take a major action and the entire country should back him. No cheap politics should come in the way of the action because now it is about India’s unity, integrity and sovereignty,” he said.
Ramdev said it was now time to move beyond surgical strikes and all terror camps in PoK must be destroyed.
“We should not be scared by the thought that Pakistan has nuclear weapons. India too is equipped with nuclear weapons. But it is not about nuclear weapons, this is a question on our bravery and sovereignty.
“We think thousands of crores would be lost in finance in a fight, but whatever be the expenses, there should be decisive action for once,” he said.
Asked about reports of intelligence failure that might have led to the attack, Ramdev said whenever a major incident occurs there are no doubt of some shortcomings but this is not the time for criticism, but action. “It is time to ensure that such events are not repeated. I reiterate that each terrorist should be hunted down and eliminated,” Ramdev said.
About Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu visiting Pakistan last year, Ramdev said Indian leaders have visited the neighbouring country with an intention to establish better relationship with it.
“Be it the prime minister or the foreign minister, all leaders have tried to improve ties with Pakistan. But good relations are not possible because Pakistan has expressed that it does not want good ties,” he said.
More than 2,500 Central Reserve Police Force personnel, many of them returning from leave to rejoin duty in the Valley, were travelling in the convoy of 78 vehicles when they were ambushed on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Latoomode in Awantipora in south Kashmir.
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group had claimed the responsibility of the attack that took place just 20 km from Srinagar.
Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa martyred at LOC in Kashmir
Sandeep Thapa was today martyred at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
He was a young and valiant soldier, a Lance Naik of Indian Army. He belonged to Sahaspur, Dehradun.
This was in the cross border exchange of fire after the breach of ceasefire by Pakistan. He was martyred in the Naushera sector of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir. This has happened after the scrapping up of the articles 370 and 35 A in Jammu and Kashmir.
After Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were granted a separate union territory status, neighboring Pakistan and its government led by Imran Khan and Pak Army are in immense frustration. Pakistan has accumulated forces at the Indo Pak border and has increased arbitrary firings on the Indian side. This is being bravely countered and repelled by Indian Army at the LOC. In fact, the law and order situation in strife-torn Kashmir has considerably improved after the positioning of more than 30 thousand Indian Army and CRPF troopers at the LOC and various strife-torn locations in the Kashmir valley.
The incidents of terrorist attacks on domestic as well as on the cross border infiltration fronts have also incredibly improved. The strictness on the part of the union government and the state administration now under governor’s rule commanding the army and the paramilitary forces and jawans to deal with terrorism from this side of the border or any misadventure from Pakistan has yielded good results. The situation in strife-torn Kashmir is gradually returning to normalcy as curfew in several parts of Kashmir has been withdrawn. Therefore with no option left and completely frustrated Pakistan is engaged in the ceasefire violation. There have been about 1900 ceasefire violations till now.
The India forces and jawans are countering the Paki onslaughts with full might. A month ago 5 BAT commandoes of Pakistan who tried to cross the LOC were killed by the Indian Army and their bodies were handed over to Pakistan. Meanwhile, the chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat while expressing his immense grief over the martyrdom of the young Lance Naik of Indian Army today assured of all possible governmental support and financial assistance to the bereaved family. Uttarakhand chief minister tweeted: Uttarakhand’s saput (valiant son of Uttarakhand) Sandeep Thapa has sacrificed himself in the cross border firing by Pakistan at the Indo-Pak border. I, again and again, bow down in reverence to this great martyr Lance Naik Thapa. While praying for the condolence to the bereaved family we assure of always standing in support of the Martyred family.
Fire broke out at AIIMS today, fire tenders on the job
A massive fire broke out on the first floor of the teaching block of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
This happened today near and on the upper floor of the Casualty department. The smoke of the spreading fire had engulfed the adjoining buildings as well.
This included the Cardiovascular Thoracic department building. This is where the former Finance minister Arun Jaitley is admitted in the ICU of the CARDIAC department. There is nothing much to worry as this building is quite at a distance from the Teaching block which caught fire.
This building is just adjacent to the Casualty Ward where hundreds of patients arrive on a daily basis 24 x 7. About twenty-two to twenty-five fire tenders were desperately engaged in controlling the fire and preventing it to spread further. The hospital authorities have closed the laboratory on the first floor of the building. The patients too have been safely evacuated.
There is no report of any serious casualty so far. The reason for the fire is being speculated as a short circuit. However, the actual reason for the eruption of fire would be ascertained after the fire is fully controlled. The was panic all around inside and outside AIIMS as well, as hundreds of thousands of patients from Delhi and other states visit here regularly. The building houses nephrology, gynecology, endocrinology, cardiology, skin, cancer and neurology departments where people from different parts of the country arrive for treatment and critical surgeries.
The adjacent building of PRIVATE wards and the cardiology department has several VIP patients including the former finance minister Arun Jaitley who is in critical condition and on a ventilator at the cardiac clinic.
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Murder in Kotdwar speaks of the deteriorating law and order situation
The law and order situation is deteriorating day by day in Uttarakhand with incidents of brutal murders, rapes, and a crime against women on the rise. The state police as known as Mitr police undoubtedly try its best to control the rising crime but the situation seems to be going out of hand.
When Uttarakhand was part of undivided Uttar Pradesh it was really difficult to control crime in this hilly region as the liquor mafia allegedly had its say. Then the entire police and administrative set up was controlled from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and things were difficult to control but after the formation of the state in the year 2000 it was felt that the crime rate would now come down drastically and the people will heave a sigh of relief.
Unfortunately today Uttarakhand has allegedly become a safe haven for dreaded criminals of other states who seek peaceful clandestine hiding shelter. The state completely assures safety and security. This is undoubtedly a disturbing trend. Just a few days ago a five-year-old girl was obnoxiously raped and brutally murdered by a rapist mutilating her body badly into pieces.
Last year a 19-year-old girl was stalked and thereafter immolated in broad daylight in Pauri Garhwal followed by a number of incidents of rapes, women assaults, murders, and gangsterism. Just today a young man named Shekhar Dhaundiyal who had come to Kotdwara, under Pauri Garhwal district at the office of Shiva Cable from Dehradun was shot dead by three miscreants in broad daylight while he was busy telephoning someone from a private telephone booth.
While Shekhar Dhaundiyal was busy conversing on the telephone outside the Shiva Cable office three men came walking and killed him with a number of gunshots from point-blank range. On hearing the sound of repeated gunshots the staff and employees and the people from nearby came to his rescue but by then the killers had walked away.
Grievously injured and profusely bleeding Dhaundiyal was immediately ferried to the government hospital in Kotdwara but was declared brought dead after succumbing to the bullet injuries. Kotdwar is quite a busy area and absence of the police patrolling and policemen on duty in this busy market area allows the miscreants to conveniently commit this gruesome broad daylight murder. There was commotion all around.
This raises certain questions and also questions the credibility of the Uttarakhand police. People especially the women are worried about their own security.
Cloud bursts and landslides in Chamoli district of Garhwal Uttarakhand
About six persons have been reportedly killed in a cloud burst incident that occurred in Lankhi village in Chamoli district.
This has resulted in an excessive overflow and flood in Chufalgaadh river further leading to colossal loss to properties. In view of the excessive over flooding of Chufalgarh river the roads in the market area caved in. This has resulted in the destruction of houses and shops.
If the same nature of heavy rain continues in Karnprayag, the situation may go out of hand leading to several fatalities and loss of properties. Similarly in the Baaj Bagagad and Aalitok areas of Garhwal hills in Chamoli district heavy rains resulted in a landslide. Heavy rubbles fell on a house killing three persons which included a mother and a daughter.
According to the information flowing in from Disaster Management Control Room senior journalist, Harish Maikhuri informed that in Baaj Bagad the house of one Abbal Singh was completely submerged in a landslide. This has led to the death of his 35-year-old wife and the 9-month-old infant. The ill-fated mother and daughter died due to asphyxiation inside the heavy rubble of the landslide. The tragic incident of cloud burst in Faldi village of Tharali is still fresh in peoples’ mind.
Similarly, in Aali village, Nanu Ram’s house was compressed under the rubble of heavy landslide resulting in the brutal death of his 21-year-old daughter Naurti. The total toll due to this natural disaster has reached six by now. The rescue team of the disaster management force and the local police which reached the spots of this brutal incident have retrieved the dead bodies. According to senior journalist Harish Maikhuri so far about six persons, fifty goats, two cows have died due to this cloud burst incident in Chamoli district. The meteorological department had already given clear indications about heavy rains in Chamoli, Pauri, Tehri, Nainital, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh districts.
Heavy rains during monsoons create havoc in Garhwal and Kumaon divisions of Uttarakhand and cause heavy losses to life and property. The chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat has expressed concern over these cloud burst incidents and has also condoled the deaths in this natural calamity. He has tweeted: I am deeply pained to learn about the loss of lives in cloud burst incidents in Chamoli’s ghat area. My condolences towards the bereaved families of the deceased’s. I have issued urgent directives to the district administration to provide maximum possible help of all kind including the financial support to the bereaved families including expeditious action to safeguard the lives of the people.
It’s a curse of nature that Uttarakhand faces these cloud burst incidents and natural disasters.
Great woman warrior Tilu Rauteli’s 329th anniversary celebrated at Gharwal Bhawan
Sarvbhaumik is a registered non-governmental organization. It comprises of committed and dedicated volunteers. These volunteers are from Uttarakhand living in Delhi and Uttarakhand. They are engaged in the promotion of educational and social activities. They especially focus on women empowerment. They had organized a commemorative function in New Delhi’s Garhwal Bhawan on the 10th of August.
This was in honor of the historic woman warrior Tilu Rauteli on her 329th anniversary. The event was inaugurated by chief guests KC Pandey, his wife, and several others. The event was kickstarted with the office bearer of Sarvbhawmik, Himani Bisht. She started off the event through her inaugural address. She highlighted the activities of the organization.
It’s General Secretary Sharmila Amola provided detailed information on the consequences of Hepatitis B. Thus awakening one and all to get themselves injected with the relevant medicine to safeguard themselves from this dreaded disease. She also made everyone aware of Sarvbhaumik’s education-related activities. She appraised the audience of the workshops in Pauri Khal area villages of Garhwal Uttarakhand apart from the various other constructive programs organized by the NGO during the preceding year.
The commemorative function of great warrior Tilu Rauteli also included two interesting short plays titled AB KYA HOLU ( Now what will happen) and Bujurg Mata Pita – Pita Ka Dard (Old parents – the pain of father) in Garhwali, Kumaoni, and Hindi dialects. According to drama analyst, Pooran Chand Kandpal both the plays were extremely nostalgic and highly emotional. The plays carried a great social message and a lesson to those who discard their parents in old age.
According to Ajay Bisht one of the main organizers of the show, the Sarvabhawmik event also included detailed debate on women empowerment and how they seek inspiration from historic icon Tilu Rauteli to live life with courage, vigor, and vitality.
The main attraction of the show was principal and woman academician Rachna Joshi who was felicitated by the Sarbhawmic Award of Excellence for her outstanding contribution in the field of education to the children of the lowest ebb of the society.
Six outstanding students of Pairi Khal schools were also felicitated on this occasion. The names of two musician students are Manish and Tanuj who also presented their song and music to the audience enthralling one and all.
Renowned literateur Dr. Satish Kaleshwari also held a debate on Uttarakhand’s folk songs and the infinite journey of Uttarakhandi Sangeet in the function. There were folk songs and dances on this occasion mesmerizing the audience to the hilt. Some of the outstanding folk performances took the audience to the sixties.
The main actors who enthralled the audience with their mesmerizing acting and melodious voice were Gita Gusain, Lakshmi Rawat Patel, Pushpa Joshi, Thangriyal, Rakesh Gaur, Mr. Pandriyal, Pushpa Joshi and Narendra Ajnabi. A souvenir of Sarvbhawmik was also released on this occasion. The program was ably anchored by Ajay Bisht and Himani Bisht.
Uttarakhand CM Rawat faces anger of deceased’s parents at Tehri Garhwal
The present political dispensation in Uttarakhand and it’s chief minister value the life of a school going child, who dies in an accident a meager 1 lakh rupee.
A government that earns annual revenue of 2300 crores through the massive sale of liquor acts stingily in financially compensating children after their fatal accidental deaths. A meager Rs. one lakh each not to mention about the meager compensation paid to the grievously injured children.
This is about the recent painful deaths of 10 school going children and injuries to several others when a Max driven by an untrained driver fell into a gorge on Pratap Nagar Madan Negi road. All the children were students of primary classes of a local private school St. Angels at Madan Negi in Tehri Garhwal. This accident occurred with about 10 death tolls and grievous injury to an equal number of children.
They were later airlifted to Rishikesh hospital for treatment. The fatal accident occurred on the 6th of August. This matter has been immensely hyped in the media. According to sources, there has been an increasing outrage in the people of Tehri Garhwal and the entire state. There have been deplorable statements of the opposition leaders and social organizations regarding the handling of this matter. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had visited the village of the dead children in Madan Negi Tehri Garhwal to express his grief and condolence to the bereaved families.
He also handed them over a cheque of Rs. One lakh each to the bereaved families. The highly angered parents of the deceased children raised anti chief minister and anti-govt slogans and asked him to go back. They were furious over the delay of six days in responding to their call for help and that too giving them a meager amount of a Lakh each for the deceased children. The parents have decided to return the cheques and have asked for not less than Rs. ten lakh financial compensation each of the deceased child and Rs. 5 lakh for the grievously injured. The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had to leave the village in a huff to meet the families of the victims of cloud bursts in Dhaarti village.
It may be recalled that about 10 school going children had died on 6th August when a Max carrying them fall in a gorge due to an untrained driver losing control of the vehicle. There were in all 22 children in a single max against the traffic rules. These fatal accidents are on the rise in Uttarakhand but the transport department still has no concrete plan of preventing these accidents. Suspensions of transport officials is not a concrete solution as they return to their duties after a few days when the hullaballoo around the tragedy subsides. Some credible policy on traffic rules in the mountainous region should be introduced with immediate effect to decrease the spate of fatal accidents which are on the rise.
Arun Jaitley in AIIMS ICU but haemodynamically stable
Former Finance minister Arun Jaitley was yesterday admitted in All India Institute after he complained of uneasiness and increased heart palpitations and is currently in the Intensive care unit of Cardiology department of AIIMS. According to the medical bulletin issued by AIIMS cardiac unit, his condition is haemodynamically stable though he is being very closely monitored by the multi disciplinary team of doctors.
According to the news 18 report, former finance minister Arun Jaitley who complained of restlessness and increased palpitations was admitted in AIIMs’s cardiology department in the morning. Jaitley had been abroad sometimes back in the USA for a thorough medical check-up and was also under the care of senior doctors in AIIMS from May 9th.
It may be recalled that since Arun Jaitley had a kidney transplant in the recent past he had not been keeping good health since then. However, despite his deteriorating health condition he continued to serve the party even during the national elections defending the party on important issues and countering Congress party and opposition’s onslaught on BJP and prime minister Narendra Modi very strongly and with vigour and vitality.
However, after the saffron parties historic victory at the husting, he wrote a letter to prime minister Narendra Modi requesting him not to include in the UPA 2 cabinet citing health reasons just as his another cabinet colleague late Sushma Swaraj did requesting the PM not to give her party ticket due to deteriorating health reasons.
Unfortunately she is no more with us. News reports say that Jaitley is currently being monitored by a team of endocrinologists, nephrologists, and cardiologists while in ICU. Just two days before he had tweeted expressing his extreme grief over the sad demise of late Sushma Swaraj and hailing her as one of the outstanding politicians’ in the present era.
He added that she leaves behind a void which is difficult to fill. However, he could not physically present himself at Sushma Swaraj’s funeral at Lodhi Road crematorium due to bad health.
Three days before he termed the Congress party as a headless chicken which is further consolidating alienation from the people of India.
He tweeted: New India has changed but only the Congress does not realise this. The Congress leadership is determined to succeed in its race to the bottom he added.
Tilu Rauteli honour for Suman Adhikari of Haldwani
On 9th of August an enterprising woman with her outstanding contribution in the field of social activism who gave employment to a good number of grass-root women in Haldwani was felicitated by the Uttarakhand Film vom Natya Institute at Bal Bhawan Auditorium by the member of parliament from Pauri Garhwal and Supreme Court advocate Tirath Singh Rawat and Sanjay Darmora. She hails from a rural background
The award is given to outstanding women every year for their novel and valuable contributions in the field of social activism, art, theatre, sports, writing, journalism and in other peculiar fields across spectrum known as Veerangna Tilu Rauteli Samman. ( Warrior Tilu Rauteli Honor).
Tilu Rauteli was a great woman warrior who had sacrificed her life along with her brothers and father while relentlessly fighting the then landlords and kings trying to invade their territory in Garhwal Himalayas in 1661. She sacrificed her life during the incessant battle to safeguard her land and modesty. Since then every year her death anniversary is organized and commemorated on the 9th of August. A grand cultural event with melodious songs and drama on her life and sacrifice was organized on this occasion. This also included folk dances.
In Uttarakhand several iconic women towing the sacrifice and courage of late warrior Tilu Rauteli have made a special mark for their outstanding and exemplary feats and contributions to the society viz first woman Mount Everest Conquerer and Padma Vibhushan Bachendri Pal, Chipko founder and leader Gaura Devi, Bisni Devi Sah, Kabootri Devi, Hansa Dhanayi, Dr. Kusum Nautiyal, Vasanti Bisht, Belmati Chouhan, Tinchri Mai who fought against the prevalence of illegal liquor, Madhuri Barthwal, Hema Uniyal and Reena Kaushal Dharmashaktu etc.
The recipient of the prestigious Tilu Raiteli honors Suman Adhikari deserves to be congratulated for her grass-root level contribution amongst the women of Uttarakhand Himalayas giving them not only employment at the local level but also inculcating in them the spirit to counter challenging situations and arrange sustenance for their families even though they have limited means.
The jury members of the prestigious honor were Literateur Pooran Chandra Kandpal, theatre activist and writer Hem Pant and senior journalist Sushma Jugran.
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