Fatal accidents in Uttarakhand’s horrible roads have become the order of the day, especially during the heavy rainy monsoon season.
These accidental mishappenings are taking myriad tolls and the basic reason behind them is the untrained drivers who not only risk their own lives but that of other passengers as well.
Out of all accidents that take place 70% fatalities occur due to untrained drivers who come on the steering of the vehicles without assessing the fatal consequences.
Driving on the hill roads without perfect training and experience is a horrible task accompanied by life taking risks but these uneducated and immature drivers devoid of confidence and experience convert their vehicles into killing machines.
This hard fact has been substantiated after detailed investigations in the fatal accident which occurred this morning on Pratap Nagar Khangsali Madan Negi road when early morning at 7.00 AM a Max full of school-going innocent children fell several feet down in a gorge near Madan Negi area in Tehri Garhwal killing 9 students and grievously injured ten out of which 5 are in extremely critical stage.
What is the most shocking part of the entire tragedy is, the driver was completely untrained who didn’t even have a month’s training experience but took the steering of Max from his father who was sitting on the back seat along with school-going children.
Just after covering a distance of 200 meters the untrained immature driver lost the control and his MAX full of 20 school going kids fell in a gorge several feet down badly smashing taking umpteen acrobatics, killing 9 students on the spot with their mutilated bodies recovered later on.
The children were the students of a local public school in Madan Negi Tehri Garhwal near Pratap Nagar. All the injured, 5 in the extremely critical stage have been airlifted from the local hospital to Rishikesh.
There is tremendous outrage in the area and the government of Uttarakhand finally woke up from its sleep when the transport minister of the state Yadhpal Arya, in order to appease the angry relatives, parents and the populace of Tehri Garhwal immediately suspended the RTO of Pratap Nagar and his subordinates.
There have been such fatal accidents in the recent past as well but the state transport department and the concerned minister are in a protracted sleep.
If one goes into the depth of the statistics of the state regarding fatal accident deaths shocking the number is in hundreds but the state transport authority and its RTOs are least bothered to check the speeding, overcrowded buses being driven by untrained drivers without requisite licenses and other documents.
The roads of Uttarakhand are affected by heavy landslides with boulders falling on the running vehicle every now and then, especially during monsoons.
There are no protective iron boundaries on roadsides, no signboards on blind turns, roads devoid of street lights and drivers driving overcrowded vehicles on challenging mountain roads in inebriated condition risking the lives of passengers. Shame on the negligent, nonfunctional and corrupt transport department of Uttarakhand due to whose ineffectiveness fatal accidents are occurring and innocent people losing their lives for no fault of theirs.
Manasi Joshi celebrated for winning gold at Para-Badminton World Championships
PM Modi congratulates PV Sindhu on becoming World Badminton Champion
The prime minister Narendra Modi personally and heartily congratulated the world-class international badminton player PV Sindhu in New Delhi after returning from G 7 summit by blessing her for bringing laurels for the country, winning the BWF World Championships, the first-ever Indian shuttler to do so. After wishing her good luck and blessing Sindhu on her outstanding feat Prime minister Modi tweeted: India’s pride, a champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory! Happy to have met @Pvsindhu1. Congratulated her and wished her the very best for her future endeavors.
Earlier yesterday night while PV Sindhu landed at the Palam International Airport she was accorded a tumultuous welcome by her supporters, fans, badminton fraternity and family members with media gathered in large numbers. According to her tweet, Sindhu wrote: I could not hold back my tears when I saw the Indian flag and heard the National Anthem playing. Words can’t express my feelings about yesterday’s win at the World championship. Had been preparing for it for so… added Sindhu in her tweet. Earlier the sports ministry had announced a cash reward of ten lakhs for PV Sindhu on her outstanding international achievement at the world badminton championship.
While meeting the prime minister Narendra Modi, Sindhu was joined by the legendary badminton star of India and the present chief coach Pullela Gopichand and a new foreign coach Kim Ji Hyun, a former South Korean international. Both Pullela Gopichand and Kim Ji Hyun had immensely contributed by training and acutely sharpening the attacking prowess of PV Sindhu turning her into an ebullient and aggressive player.
Her father PV Ramana, a recipient of coveted Arjuna Award and former volleyball player also accompanied her. The Sports and Youth Affair minister hailing from the North East Kiran Rijiju was the happiest person who accorded Sindhu full respects and encouragement. He had immediately announced a cash gift INR 10 lakhs cash gift to the Badminton World Champion.
Union sports and youth affairs minister Kiran Rijiju who had personally congratulated Sindhu on her exemplary achievement tweeted: honored @Pvsindhu1 created history and made India proud by winning the World Badminton Championship for the first time. My best wishes to her in her pursuit to bring more glory to India. The entire country is indeed proud of her. Good luck Sindhu.
PM Modi has called her as India’s pride.
Late leader Arun Jaitley’s ashes immersed in pious Ganges at Haridwar
The ashes of the mortal remains of the former Union finance minister and a towering leader of BJP Arun Jaitley were today immersed in the pious Ganges after the performance of rituals.
The ashes of the late leader were immersed by his son Rohan with tears in his eyes in the presence of the chief minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat and the union minister for Human Resource Development and MP from Haridwar Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
The close relatives of the grief-stricken family of the deceased leader and a large number of followers, BJP workers and state leaders were also present on this occasion. Before immersing his ashes a brief condolence meeting was held at the bank of Ganges at Haridwar.
Earlier in a day, late leader’s son Rohan and wife went to Nigam Bodh Ghat to collect his ashes for immersion in the pious Ganges. Several senior leaders and ministers like Rajnath Singh, Union home minister Amit Shah, etc were present at the time of bidding a final adieu to late Arun Jaitley at Nigam Bodh Ghat.
Former finance minister Arun Jaitley had passed away in AIIMS on Saturday at the age of 66. He was suffering from Cancer. Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS cardiology department on 9th August when he complained of breathlessness and chest pain.
He was put on a ventilator and was being closely monitored by the multi-disciplinary doctors and surgeons of neurology, nephrology and cardiology departments. He had a kidney transplant in May this year and was highly diabetic as well.
The President, Vice President, Prime Minister and top leaders across the political spectrum and hundreds of thousands of party workers had expressed their grief and condolences on Jaitley’s sad demise. He was indeed a great leader and a capable organizer known as the troubleshooter of the saffron party and prime minister Narendra Modi.
Journalists of vernacular digital and print media felicitated
Several journalists of digital media from all over the country were felicitated on the 25th August at the NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi for their distinguished and outstanding contribution in investigative crime, political, economic and social journalism fighting odds and challenging situations and circumstances and disseminating vital news to the countrymen from ground zero in record time.
In all about 97 journalists were felicitated with outstanding digital journalism trophies hailing from different states of the country. A digital workshop was also organised on this occasion addressed by the digital expert from Bengal, Avnish Sarkar who gave various important tips to the journalists engaged in digital journalism including tips for marketing the products and their respective news websites for a wider global reach.
The workshop cum convention of digital media journalists, as well as journalists of vernacular print media and the award function, was organised by IPPCI in which about 500 digital and print media journalists, especially of vernacular media, were present.
About 97 journalists were felicitated by none other than the defence expert and former Lt general Mr. Sehgal, Major General Soi, and Brigadier Malhotra amid applause and cheers from the audience. Out of the 97 journalists honoured on this occasion six journalists from Uttarakhand viz Ashutosh Negi from PAURI Garhwal, Sunil Gupta from Dehradun, Shiv Prasad Semwal from Dehradun and Tehri Garhwal, Rajnish Dhyani, Shiv Narayan Singh, Devendra Kumar from Rishikesh and Rakesh Chandra from Almora, Uttarakhand. A Youtube news channel and newspaper Motherland was also released on this occasion. The organisations IPPCI, Media Hub and News Chakra also felicitated three outstanding persons Dinesh Kumar, Rameshwar Singh etc for saving 17 lives, giving employment to 150 persons earlier involved in drug addiction and beggary.
Addressing the audience of journalists on this occasion chief guest and defence expert Mr Sehgal thanked the organisers for such a wonderful convention and lauded the role of journalists in saving the democracy and acquainting people of first-hand news speedily from ground zero even before it reaches the television channels and print media.
He lauded their contribution saying that while our jawans are guarding our borders with dedication under extremely challenging situations, it’s the media which guards our constitution and democracy.
CEO of Patanjali Acharya Balkrishna admitted in AIIMS
The close associate of Ramdev and the Chief Executive Officer of Patanjali, Acharya Balkrisha was in the media, the reason being he was hospitalised a day ago in a precarious condition for an extremely abnormal health condition as it was reported that he was poisoned by one of the visiting devotees of Patanjali with a sweet laced with poison.
After adequate treatment he was released from the hospital, however, after certain physical complications, Acharya Balkrishna was again admitted in AIIMS, Rishikesh.
The chief minister of Uttarakhand had visited the hospital to know about the well being of the Acharya. However, after proper examinations, he was released yesterday.
As per the medical bulletin issued from AIIMS, Rishikesh Medical Superintendent Dr. Brahm Prakash, patient Acharya Balkrishna was brought to AIIMS, Rishikesh, Emergency ward in altered conscious level on the 23rd August. Altered consciousness means that a patient can’t recognize or remember his surroundings and the people he or she knows.
However, after proper medication, he seems to be fit now. On examination, his BP, Pulse Rate, SPO, RBS were within normal limit. the bulletin adds that the patient was evaluated by Cardiologists, Neurologists, and General Physicians at the time of arrival. His ECG, Screening Echo and RBS were within normal limits. After the Neurological screening and MRI of the brain, the results were found to be normal.
However he was later on shifted to the Department of critical care, Medicine for further treatment. Finally, though he appeared exhausted but was stable from the point of view of all the normal parameters of BP, Pulse, Respiratory Rate, Blood Sugar Electrolytes, MRI and ECG.
The point is why was the attempt made to poison him, especially when he is not holding any political position. An investigation in this regard needs to be carried out.
Wishing all the very best for Acharya Balkrishna’s speedy recovery and good and sound health.
DDA: Authority Plans To Introduce Digitized Layout Plans
DDA, the Delhi Development Authority is likely to offer digital layout plans soon in the national capital and this will be a relief to the residents as they no longer require standing in queues to get their building plan sanctioned.
The authority has a proposal in the pipeline that includes digitization of building layouts along with those lying with all civic bodies in Delhi.
Prior to this, scanned copies of the records were provided to the citizens on request but this didn’t ease the burden of the civic bodies entirely. But, now the idea is to make the layout sanction plan online and this will be connected with GIS [Geographic Information System] platform. GIS will work similarly to Google Maps while allowing the users to view the details along with the facility to add information.
A senior DDA official said that the authority’s portal will display the land use plan of every particular area that is integrated with land and property information system. The official also informed that all plots will have a unique ID and the digitization process is expected to be completed in 18 months.
A week ago, DDA also gave a nod to build an ecological park and a sports facility.
DDA: Authority plans to introduce Digitized Layout plans at its centers in Badarpur and Shastri Park areas. The go-ahead on these proposals was given in a meeting headed by Lt Governor Anil Baijal and DDA chairman recently.
R.I.P. Arun Jaitley
The former finance minister of India and senior advocate Arun Jaitley is no more.
He breathed his last today at 12.07 PM as per the bulletin of All India Medical Sciences’ cardiology department. Former finance minister Jaitley was suffering from cancer.
He was critically ill since August 9, and the ailing minister was admitted in the cardiology department’s ICU and was put on a ventilator. A towering leader of BJP and also a leading lawyer and former president of Delhi University Student’s Union. Former finance minister Arun Jaitley was 66 years old.
Jaitley was under the minute and constant monitoring of the multidisciplinary team of doctors viz cardiology, nephrology, and neurology. Jaitley had also undergone kidney transplant about a year ago and since then he was not keeping good health. He was heavily diabetic as well. While he was critically ill since 9th of August, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind had visited AIIMS to know about his health condition. The union home minister Amit Shah and Union health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan had also visited the hospital a number of times. The President, prime minister and several union ministers had prayed for his speedy recovery through a tweet, a number of times.
Arun Jaitley was a strong pillar of the BJP who was relentlessly active during the emergency period, 1975 to 1977 and he was also jailed for nineteen months by the then Congress government led by PM Indira Gandhi for opposing emergency tooth and nail. He was a dashing student leader of DUSU and was it’s president as well. A leading advocate Jaitley’s actual career started during the emergency when he established himself as a powerful youth leader. He started his career as a leader of Akhilesh Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad. Arun Jaitley was also the defense minister in between, in NDA’s first term in addition to his finance portfolio.
He was a highly qualified and we’ll read politician considered to be the troubleshooter of the BJP led NDA government and for prime minister Narendra Modi. An outstanding spokesperson as well, the former finance minister Arun Jaitley was not in good health and had written a personal letter to PM Modi requesting him to not include him in the new cabinet due to health reasons and thanked him for always reposing faith in him as union finance minister.
Meanwhile, after hearing the sad news of Jaitley’s demise union Health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has arrived at AIIMS. Union Home minister Amit Shah on hearing the sad news has canceled his Hyderabad visit and is returning back to the capital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has personally spoken on the telephone to late Jaitley’s family members and conveyed his condolences. His family has requested prime minister Modi not to cut short his foreign tour. Amit Shah has tweeted he is grief-stricken by losing a family member and a stalwart of BJP. Union defense minister Raj Nath Singh has also expressed his grief and condolences on the sad demise of Arun Jaitley. The BJP and the country have lost two towering personalities in the recent past, late Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.
Jaitley wanted to be a chartered accountant but later on, followed his father’s footsteps. He joined as a lawyer in 1977 in the Delhi high court and later on in Supreme Court. He also served as Additional Solicitor General in Delhi High Court. Late Arun Jaitley had been the I&B, Corporate Affairs and Law minister in the previous BJP governments and later went on to become the finance and defense minister in Narendra Modi government.
The president of India Ram Nath Kovind while expressing his sorrow and grief over Jaitley’s demise tweeted that he was a great leader who fought his ailment with immense determination and fighting spirit. He was an eminent parliamentarian, a great leader and a most capable minister. The nation has lost a stalwart. Prime minister Narendra Modi has tweeted that he has lost a valued friend whom he had known for decades. PM has tweeted four times highly appreciating and lauding his immeasurable contribution to the nation. Scores of political leaders within BJP and across the political spectrum have expressed their sorrow and grief and have lauded his unparalleled contribution in nation-building and fighting corruption.
Jaitley is survived by his wife and two children. He was a prolific writer as well having authored several books on legal matters and contributed myriad articles in national dailies. He also wrote the last blog before his demise lauding the scrapping of article 370 and 35 A in Kashmir.
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Thank you prime minister. I was waiting to see this day tweeted Sushma before passing away
The former external affairs minister not keeping well for quite some time and a few months back recovered from kidney transplant today suffered a massive cardiac arrest at AIIMS and is no more. Swaraj 67 was admitted at the Cardiac Ward of AIIMS a few hours ago in the evening after suffering a heart attack. She passed away on the night of Tuesday at AIIMS.
Three hours ago before her death, Swaraj had tweeted praising and congratulating prime minister Narendra Modi for repealing article 370 in Kashmir and giving Ladakh and J& K the union territory status.
She tweeted in Hindi as well as in English: Pradhan mantri ji – Aapka hardik abhinandan hai. Mai apne jeewan mein is dun ko dekhne ki pratiksha kar rahi thee.
@narendramodi ji: Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime.
At the time of her demise Swaraj’s husband, former Governor of a state of North East, her family members and two of ministers in Modi cabinet Nitin Gadkari and Harsh Vardhan were also present at AIIMS.
Sushma Swaraj started her political career from Haryana decades ago. She had been the MLA and minister in Haryana government during the eighties but later on joined the Bhartiya Janata Party. Earlier she had been in the Socialist party with George Fernandez prior to joining the BJP.
A dashing leader and an outspoken orator Sushma Swaraj was an eminent parliamentarian and a dashing voice of the women and BJP.
She was considered to be the troubleshooter leader of BJP who as Indian external affairs minister during Modi’s regime had played a vital role in evacuating safely the trouble Indians living overseas and bringing them back to India during the gulf war, the crisis in Iraq and in the middle east. Sushma Swaraj served as a successful External Affairs minister during the UPA 1 rule under prime minister Narendra Modi but was in abnormal health condition after her kidney transplant abroad.
She was not keeping good health and had, therefore, requested the prime minister Modi not to give her any ministerial berth in his new cabinet in UPA 2. She has conveyed her message in this regard through a tweet by thanking PM. Narendra Modi for giving her the opportunity for five years to serve in his cabinet.
In her tweet, Sushma Swaraj said: Prime minister you gave me an opportunity to serve our countrymen and overseas Indians as a foreign minister for five years.
I am grateful to you. I pray to God that our government becomes very successful. Sushma Swaraj as an MEA had been quite supportive in resolving VISA and Paas Port issues and had always promptly acted on complaints lodged on her twitter handle of the nonresident Indians, Indians working abroad and domestically as well.
Prime minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief and shock over her sad demise and lauded her immense contribution to the country and the society by tweeting four times.
Tweet Number 1:
Sushmaji’s demise is a personal loss. She will be remembered fondly for everything she’s done for India. My thoughts are with her family, supporters, and admirers in this very unfortunate hour. Om Shanti.
Tweet 2: Sushmaji was a prolific orator and an outstanding parliamentarian. She was admired and revered across the party line. She was uncompromising when it came to ideology and party interests of BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to.
Tweet 3: I cannot forget the manner in which Sushmaji worked so tirelessly as EAM in the last five years. Even when her health was not good she would do everything possible to do justice to her work and remain up to date with matters of her ministry. The spirit and commitment were unparalleled.
Tweet number 4: An excellent administrator. Sushmaji set high standards in every ministry she handled. She played a key role in bettering India’s ties with various nations. As a minister we also saw her compassionate side, helping fellow Indians who were in distress in any part of the world.
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