A dam built as part of the Kumbha Ram Arya lift canal project near Malsisar town in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district breached on Saturday, inundating several areas in the region.The water swept away a large number of cattles and vehicles, but no loss of life was reported. Jhunjhunu Collector Dinesh Kumar Yadav said Kakdeu village and some government offices on the outskirts of Malsisar were submerged and several houses damaged. The dam – constructed barely three months ago – had 80 million litres per day (MLD) of water in terms of supply, stored at a height of 9 metres. A portion of the dam first developed cracks and later breached. The cause of the breach was yet to be ascertained. However, the flow of the water had been diverted towards open fields away from Malsisar, Mr. Yadav said.The State government rushed the State Disaster Relief Force teams from Jaipur to Malsisar, situated 210 km away. Disaster Management and Relief Secretary Hemant Gera was monitoring the situation. The rescue teams evacuated project officials and labourers trapped inside the dam’s filter plant, control tower and administrative building.
Train service and bus services have been disrupted at some places during the Bihar bandh call by Left parties on Thursday. The Opposition parties Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress, Hindustani Awam Morcha and others too have supported the bandh call.Supporters and workers of left parties blocked railway track in Jehanabad, Gaya, Bhojpur, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Patna and Madhubani districts disrupting movement of over a dozen trains on the route. Road traffic too has been affected in Siwan, Patna, Nawada, Bhojpur, Arwal and Jehanabad districts due to bandh call. All schools in Patna have been closed and there are few vehicles plying on the road. However, no untoward incident has been reported in the State so far.Left parties have called for a Bihar bandh seeking resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the sexual abuse of minor girls at state-run Muzaffarpur shelter home.Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejaswi Yadav had tweeted on Wednesday, “Against ghastly, dreadful & gruesome mass rape sponsored by Nitish Kumar, Left parties have called Bihar Bandh supported by RJD & Congress demanding CM Nitish Kumar resignation. I assure that I will compel Nitish Kumar to speak up. Chacha (uncle), get ready to walk the talk.”Earlier, Muzaffarpur-based NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti was blacklisted after a social audit report conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences revealed horrific details of the sexual assault on minor girls.34 of 42 girls’ medical reports had confirmed their sexual abuse. The main accused, Brajesh Thakur who was managing the affairs of the NGO has been arrested along with 10 others.The CBI is currently investigating the case following a recommendation by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Private doctors from Beed conducting uterus removal surgeries will now have to first seek permission to carry out the procedure from the civil surgeon or the taluka health officer. A circular issued by the Beed Collector Astik Kumar Pandey on April 16 has also stated that all hysterectomies by private practitioners be notified within 24 hours of the procedure and a monthly report of such surgeries should be sent to the health authorities.The circular, however, has not gone down well with doctors, who feel it will affect emergency surgeries. “A doctor is the best to decide the line of treatment. There cannot be such conditions dictated by the Collector,” said Dr. Kalyan Barmade, chairperson of the public awareness committee of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI). He said that FOGSI is seeking legal opinion on this with all its members.On April 9, The Hindu Business Line had reported that many women in Beed have had hysterectomies so that menstrual periods don’t hinder work.
Reacting to orders from the Chief Minister’s office, the District Magistrate of Saharanpur inspected the under-construction library in the sprawling Darul Uloom campus in Deoband on Saturday.Vikas Tyagi, zonal coordinator of the Bajrang Dal, had made a complaint to the CM’s office that a helipad was being built on top of the huge structure.District Magistrate Alok Kumar had asked the administration to submit a report. Unsatisfied, he made a detailed inspection of the site with SSP Dinesh Kumar and PWD engineers. After the inspection, Mr Kumar told the media that there was no trace of a helipad on the rooftop but the university administration did not ask for permission for addition to the existing structures and building of new structures from the authorities concerned. “Action will be taken in this regard as per law,” he said. Responding to the action, Maulana Arshad Madani, national president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, said: “This is for the first time that the local administration has undertaken an inspection after a complaint, which seemed to be motivated, was lodged. We will abide by the rules and take necessary permissions in future.”