n18
NEWS|Current Affairs 
   |

Guptkashi: As Uttarakhand marks the first anniversary of the devastating floods, thousands of survivors continue to struggle, hoping the government will eventually come good on its promise to provide jobs and new homes. In October 2013, over Rs 500 crore were sanctioned to the state Irrigation Department for flood protection embankments, but only Rs 6 crore were released by March 2014. The Uttarakhand government had constituted a Special Task Force to conduct intensive combing operations in the forests adjoining Kedarnath in search of bodies. Authorities have recovered 17 more skeletal remains and cremated them in Kedar valley. "We have prioritised rescue operations and relief work. We have done great work and the world has seen how big an operation the state government has carried out," said said Uttarakhand minister Dinesh Agarwal. "The government lied saying there are no more bodies under the debris in Uttarakhand. They say that the GSI hasn't allowed them to take out the bodies. What kind of an argument is this," asked Uttarakhand Opposition leader Ajay Bhatt. Meanwhile, CNN-IBN also did a status check of what the situation is at the temple shrine of Kedarnath. The Kedarnath shrine bore the brunt of the Mandakini's fury in June 2013. CNN-IBN's team trekked up to the holy temple town to find out if normalcy had returned and whether the scars of the calamity had healed at all. "When the water was gone, it looked like someone had thrown mountain-sized rocks on the roads," said an eyewitness. But despite fears and the difficulties, many pilgrims, driven by faith have made the arduous journey to the Kedarnath shrine this year as well. Most devotees make a night halt at the shrine before trekking back the next day. The locals are trying to ensure a smooth yatra for the pilgrims. Voluntary groups are providing free food and make-shift tents in the absence of pucca structures. A year after the disaster some roads have been rebuilt, but the journey to and from Kedarnath remains a huge challenge.

Get set for a very noisy Diwali: Delhi ignores ban on Chinese crackers

from firstpost

Get set for a very noisy Diwali: Delhi ignores ban on Chinese crackers

New Delhi: Delhiwallahs will have a blast this Diwali, the governments call for silent celebration can wait.Despite Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhans pleafor a noiseless Diwali in the national c...


Attack on parliament, killing of soldier stun Canada's capital

from firstpost

Attack on parliament, killing of soldier stun Canada's capital

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with shots fired near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was killed at a nearby war memorial, stunni...

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown

from firstpost

Man arrested after jumping White House fence, causing lockdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday evening and was attacked by Secret Service dogs before being arrested, a Secret Service spokesman said."Dogs got him," ...

PM Harper says attacks will not intimidate Canada

from firstpost

PM Harper says attacks will not intimidate Canada

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will not be intimidated by a pair of attacks that killed two soldiers this week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday, adding that security agencies would do every...

Obama says Canada shootings tragic, offers assistance

from firstpost

Obama says Canada shootings tragic, offers assistance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called the shootings in Ottawa on Wednesday "tragic" and said they reinforced the need for vigilance against acts of violence and terrorism.U.S....

Niger buys "spy plane" to combat Sahel militants

from firstpost

Niger buys "spy plane" to combat Sahel militants

NIAMEY (Reuters) - The government of Niger has purchased a reconnaissance plane as part of its effort to combat Islamist fighters and criminal gangs operating on its vast territory, the West African c...

Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

from firstpost

Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State milit...