Landslide threat looms large in Kangra after heavy rain
Torrential showers over the past two days continued to inflict destruction on private and public property besides disrupting normal life in the region.
A landslide that hit Jheol village in Dharamsala subdivision threatened to destroy about half a dozen houses. Dev Raj, a local, said a small hillock above the village started caving in on Friday night and a huge mass of mud and rocks hurtled down the next day, snapping water and power supply in the area. "The rubble was still rolling down on Sunday and may inflict damage to half a dozen houses situated near the hillock," he added.
Manju Chaudhary, head of the Jheol panchayat, said officials of the administration and the irrigation and public health department visited the village to assess the situation.
Urban development minister Sudhir Sharma, who is also the local MLA, instructed officials to extend every possible assistance to the affected villagers and begin repair work as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the heavy rainfall on Sunday caused extensive damage in Una district with swollen rivulets inundating fields and houses adding to the misery of villagers. According to reports water entered homes in Bahdala village causing damage estimated at lakhs. Area residents said the problem occurred every year during the monsoon season as the village lacked a proper drainage system.
The Karnataka government has decided to give 'Revenue village' status to the Thandas of 'Lambani' tribes and hamlets of 'Kurubas' so that they can avail themselves of the benefits of all government schemes. “We have decided to give Revenue village status to 3,526 'Thanda' and 'Kurubarahatti' belonging to Lambanis and other backward communities. Preliminary notification has been issued. Finally notification will come out later,” Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka told reporters on Monday.
Dehradun: The Uttarakhand Police on Monday said it did not have any information to indicate that Noida resident Shrikant Tyagi was in the state. Director general of police Ashok Kumar said the Uttarakhand Police was yet to receive any communication from UP police in the matter. “If they do get in touch, we will coordinate with them,” Kumar said.
The much-awaited cabinet expansion of the Eknath Shinde-led government in Maharashtra is likely to take place on Tuesday. The cabinet currently comprises Shinde and Fadnavis. Shinde took the charge of the top post, after rebelling against his former boss Uddhav Thackeray, along with BJP's Devendra Fadnavis as his deputy on June 30. This was a day after the Shiv Sena supremo resigned as Shinde led a major rebellion in the Sena ranks from BJP-ruled Assam.
One person died and two others were injured in a flash flood after a cloud burst in Chamba district's Salooni tehsil around Sunday midnight. Three houses were damaged in the flooding, while a resident, Vijay Kumar, was buried in the debris. Three water mills (gharats) and a bailey bridge linking Salehi village to Kandhwara were damaged in the flooding. Five cow sheds and 10 vehicles were also damaged in the flash flood.
Ahead of the 2024 elections, Bharatiya Janata Party is leaving no stone unturned and is now eyeing Baramati seat, the stronghold of Sharad Pawar, which the Pawar family members have retained for the past five and half decades. This time BJP has begun its preparations well in advance to avoid last minute rush, and as a part of that preparation, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be visiting Baramati between August 16 and 18.