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3 dead in Gujarat even as cyclone Tauktae weakens

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At least three people have died following the devastation caused by the severe cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that the administration is fully functional in carrying out the search and rescue operations. The severe cyclone is expected to continue its northward journey in the state till Tuesday evening.

“We have confirmed cases of three deaths since last night in Gujarat due to the devastation caused by Tauktae. A 3-year-old child died buried under recently constructed wall. An 80-year-old lady died in Gariyadhar Tehsil and one more death was reported in Vapi,” the Chief Minister told the media.

The Chief Minister said, “Since last night, when the cyclone made a landfall it has been continuing its northward journey in the state. But the cyclone has somewhat weakened. Due to the administration’s advanced planning with details, no major damage or loss has occurred. We have shifted over 2 lakh people to safety.”

“Our biggest concern was that the Covid treatment in hospitals might get affected, but it has not happened so. Power supply was affected in only 16 hospitals, out of which the power companies have restored the power in 12. In the rest 4 hospitals, supply is being carried out through generators. Shortly the power will be restored there also,” said the CM.

“Our other concern was that most of the oxygen supplied to other states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Haryana may be affected, but nowhere is the delivery being suffered due to the cyclone,” said the CM.

The Chief Minister also informed that power was cut off in 2,437 villages out of which it has been restored in 484 villages. “All the teams from power companies are functional and trying to restore power everywhere. Two stations of 220 kilo watts have been affected and efforts are on to restore those,” CM told on Tuesday.

According to the CM, 1,081 electricity poles have been uprooted in the affected districts of Saurashtra due to the cyclonic winds. A total of 159 roads have been damaged and it is assessed that around 40,000 trees have been uprooted or fallen. The Roads and Buildings teams have restored commutation on 42 roads.

“According to the primary assessment till now there are around 16.5 thousand houses, including shanties have been damaged, but the survey is still on, as the cyclone has not yet left the state,” informed the CM.

The severe Cyclone Tauktae hit Gujarat with gusty winds and heavy rains in many parts of Saurashtra. “The maximum rain was received by the Bagasara Tehsil of 9 inches. The Gir-Gadhada region and Una region of Junagadh received 8 inches, while 7 inches rain lashed in the Savarkundla Tehsil. Amreli, Rajula, Babara tehsils of Amreli district received around 5 inches of rain. In 35 tehsils 1-3 inches of rain was there,” informed Rupani.

The Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) revenue, Pankaj Kumar said, “The cyclone is 210 kilometres in the south- southwest from Ahmedabad approaching with 105-115 kilometre speed. The movement of the cyclone will continue till Tuesday evening.”

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NCB drugs case: No bail for Aryan Khan, 2 others

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 Mumbai Special NDPS Court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

The court also declined the bail applications of Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha, the two accused in the same case.

Khan’s lawyer said that though the detailed order of Special Judge V.V. Patil is awaited, they plan to “appeal to the Bombay High Court today or tomorrow seeking bail”.

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All eyes on Mumbai special court, suspense over bail or jail for Aryan

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 The Special NDPS Court in Mumbai is the focus of national attention as the bail plea of Aryan Khan — son of Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan — and 7 other youths come up for hearing later on Wednesday.

The arguments in the bail pleas of Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha were completed last week and Special NDPS Judge V.V. Patil had deferred the verdict till Wednesday, but the hearing of the remaining accused is pending.

The hearing comes under the backdrop of a senior Shiv Sena leader Kishore Tiwari filing a plea before the Supreme Court Chief Justice N.V. Ramana demanding a high-level probe into the affairs of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the ‘violation of Aryan Khan’s fundamental rights’.

Meanwhile, the NCB has reportedly found the mention of a heroine in one of the WhatsApp chats of Aryan — who has been inside the lockup or custody for 19 nights continuously since his detention on October 2 and arrest on October 3.

The NCB has reportedly counselled him and other co-accused, offered them their religious holy books like Bhagwad Gita, Quran or Bible, Aryan reportedly is full of remorse and has promised to ‘reform’ himself after release.

However, Nationalist Congress Party National Spokesperson and Minister Nawab Malik has challenged these claims and demanded the NCB should release videos of the purported counselling sessions instead of indulging in selective leaks.

In one of the most high-profile operations, Aryan Khan, along with 7 others was caught when the NCB team led by Mumbai Zonal Director Sameer Wankhede swooped on an alleged rave party aboard a cruise ship on October 2 evening.

During subsequent investigations, another 12 persons, including a foreigner have been nabbed in the same case, while some others have been raided or questioned.

Simultaneously, fingers have been raised at the NCB’s style of working, the involvement of a fugitive and a politician, friends of the sleuths as ‘independent witnesses’, capped by the unprecedented plea to the CJI seeking a probe into the central narcotics agency’s alleged ‘mala fide doings’.

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Bhopal man arrested for raping 13-yr-old girl

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Bhopal Police on Monday arrested an accused for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl. The matter came to light after a police complaint was registered. The accused has been arrested under sections 376 and 501 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

According to the police, the accused is known to the victim. He runs a grocery store where the victim used to visit to purchase goods.

According to the victim’s complaint lodged at Bhopal’s Sukhi Sevaniya police station, the accused invited the victim to his home on Saturday and allegedly raped her. He also threatened her of serious consequences if she told anyone about the incident.

However, after another person who knew the victim, came to know about the incident, she narrated the entire story to her parents.

Subsequently, they lodged a police compliant on Monday, a senior police official, Vijay Bahadur Singh, from Sukhi Sevaniya police station, told IANS.

“Further, investigation in the matter is underway,” he said.

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