India: NSA Ajit Doval reports Srinagar welcomes Amit Shah statehood assurance for Jammu and Kashmir

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NSA Ajit Doval reports Srinagar welcomes Amit Shah statehood assurance for Jammu and Kashmir

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had landed in Jammu and Kashmir last afternoon even before Amit Shah started his hour-long response to the debate in the Rajya Sabha.

INDIA Updated: Aug 06, 2019 11:22 IST

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NSA Ajit Doval reports Srinagar welcomes Amit Shah statehood assurance for Jammu and Kashmir
NSA Ajit Doval reports Srinagar welcomes Amit Shah statehood assurance for Jammu and Kashmir(Mohd Zakir/HT File PHOTO)

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, who returned to Kashmir Valley yesterday, has told the government that residents of the state were supportive of Centre’s initiative on Article 370 and had welcomed Home Minister Amit Shah’s assurance in parliament.

Amit Shah had, during his response to the debate in the Rajya Sabha, promised that the union territory status for Jammu and Kashmir regions was not a permanent and the government would restore statehood at an appropriate time if the situation improves. Shah had also underscored that the Centre did not want Kashmir to remain a union territory but had to make the change to bring about an improvement in the situation.

In his ground report to the Centre, NSA Doval has said this assurance had gone down well with the people.

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Doval had landed in Jammu and Kashmir last afternoon even before Amit Shah started his hour-long response to the debate in the Rajya Sabha.

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NSA Doval has reviewed the security situation in the state with commanders of the army and paramilitary forces as well as the intelligence heads of the state. Apart from this, Doval interacted with locals for feedback on the article 370 move. A Kashmir expert, Doval has seen the worst of militancy in Kashmir from early 1990s and headed the bureau in Kashmir a few years later.

There was also considerable acknowledgement in Kashmir Valley that the change was well planned and the Centre had take care to send reassuring messages to the Valley, Doval told the government in his report.

It also noted that there have been no reports of agitations in the Kashmir Valley and people are moving about for essential work.

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The military had flown scores of sorties over the past few days and weeks to carry tonnes of food supplies and medicines to prep for all kinds of situations.

But there is a sense in the government that the Amit Shah’s emphasis to underline that Article 370 or statehood did not really benefit the people but just a handful of families had resonated in the Kashmir valley.

AK Doval’s report also echoed this sentiment. He said there was a feeling among the people in Kashmir that local politicians had vested interests and had taken people for a ride.

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Former chief ministers, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, have been detained as Opposition parties grappled to put up an effective protest against the revocation of special status for J&K and the state’s bifurcation into two Union Territories.

First Published: Aug 06, 2019 10:46 IST

India: 10 killed after century-old Mumbai building collapses

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10 killed after century-old Mumbai building collapses

The extension of Kesarbai building, which housed 16 families and four shops on the ground floor, caved-in at around 11.40am, causing tremors in several dilapidated buildings in the low-income neighbourhood in south Mumbai, which also houses some of the city’s most upmarket areas.

INDIA Updated: Jul 17, 2019 00:14 IST

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Rescue personnel were seen clearing rubble and cutting through iron girders by hand, and taking the help of local residents, who had formed a human chain, to pass the debris.(Photo: Kunal Patil/ Hindustan Times)

Ten people died, nine were injured and 30 were feared trapped after an illegal extension of a 100-year-old four-storey building collapsed in south Mumbai Dongri area on Tuesday morning, spotlighting the decaying infrastructure of India’s crumbling financial capital that is corroded by poor oversight and monsoon showers.

The extension of Kesarbai building, which housed 16 families and four shops on the ground floor, caved-in at around 11.40am, causing tremors in several dilapidated buildings in the low-income neighbourhood in south Mumbai, which also houses some of the city’s most upmarket areas. Chief fire officer P Rahangdale said many adjoining buildings were rendered unstable, and had to be evacuated. Some part of Kesarbai building was left standing after the collapse.

Cramped and crowded lanes leading up to the site made it challenging for rescue equipment to reach the building, added Rahangdale. Rescue personnel were seen clearing rubble and cutting through iron girders by hand, and taking the help of local residents, who had formed a human chain, to pass the debris.

“My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted earlier in the day. “I hope the injured recover soon.” Union home minister Amit Shah called the collapse “ very tragic”. “Rescue operations are in full swing,” he added. There was no clarity on the number of people stuck under the rubble, which was yet to be fully cleared at the time of going to press even as rescue operations were in their tenth hour. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said the building was roughly 100 years old and illegal, promising that an inquiry will be ordered.

As night fell on the city, hundreds continued rescuing people from under the rubble of the building, located in a bustling lane off Tandel Street. Television channels showed dramatic visuals of a child, wrapped in a cloth, being carried out of the debris by rescue workers. The child is alive, officials said.

Building collapses are common in Mumbai during the June-September monsoon season, when heavy showers lash India’s largest city and weaken the foundation of already decrepit structures. Earlier this month, multiple wall collapses killed 27 people. This was the deadliest collapse of a building since September 2017, when the 117-year-old Husaini building crumbled in Bhendi Bazaar, killing 33 people.

Moreover, ageing infrastructure, poor planning and a maze of conflicting by-laws, building codes and jurisdiction mean that no single authority is responsible for the upkeep of structures, leading to a cycle of accusation after each tragedy.

This was on display on Tuesday. Within minutes of the collapse, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) clarified the building was owned by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). It also confirmed that in July 2017, the BMC brought to the Mumbai’s building repair and reconstruction board’s (MBRR) — a wing of MHADA — notice that the building was dilapidated and unfit for habitation. A senior BMC officer told HT, “There is no doubt that the collapsed Kesarbai building is owned by MHADA.”

Hours later, Vinod Ghosalkar, chief of the MHADA repair board, denied that the agency owned the building. “So the responsibility of evacuating it or taking action against any persons for its collapse does not rest with MHADA. This is an illegal building, even though it is in the middle of MHADA colony in Dongri,” he said. State housing minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, who visited the spot in the afternoon, said, “The building is illegal, and it is privately owned. We are probing about who will be held responsible for the collapse.”

Residents of neighbouring buildings recalled hearing a loud boom. Abdul Gaffar Shaikh, 85, who lives in nearby Kasai building that was among those vacated, said, “Our building experienced tremendous vibrations when the other building collapsed. Everything shook.” BMC opened a shelter centre at nearby Imamwada School for residents of nearby evacuated buildings to take shelter.

Congress leader Milind Deora said it was time for the people of Mumbai to seek an explanation from the government. “This is unfortunately something that happens in Mumbai every year during monsoon. Walls collapse, there are potholes on roads where people die and young boys fall into manholes,” he added.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Jul 16, 2019 23:51 IST

The Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh had made the state “almost free” of Maoism

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Some people believe Maoism is a medium for revolution, Amit Shah’s dig at Congress

The Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh had made the state “almost free” of Maoism and developed it as a hub of power and cement production, BJP president Amit Shah said on Saturday.

CHHATTISGARH ELECTIONS 2018 Updated: Nov 10, 2018 15:36 IST

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Amit Shah exuded confidence that the BJP would win this month’s Assembly polls in the state for the fourth straight time.

The Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh had made the state “almost free” of Maoism and developed it as a hub of power and cement production, BJP president Amit Shah said on Saturday.

Targeting the opposition Congress, he said a party that felt Maoism was a medium for revolution could not do any good for Chhattisgarh. Shah exuded confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win this month’s Assembly polls in the state for the fourth straight time.

Addressing a press conference in Raipur after releasing his party’s manifesto ahead of the first phase of polling on November 12, Shah said, “The BJP government under chief minister Raman Singh has contained Maoism and made the state almost free of it.”

Earlier known as a BIMARU state, Chhattisgarh was now a “power and cement production hub”, he said, and lauded the Raman Singh government for initiating several welfare measures for the state’s prosperity.

“Taking on the Congress’s propaganda and working tirelessly for the state’s development for the last 15 years is a big challenge. I am confident that the BJP will win a straight fourth term in office,” Shah said.

The state government had initiated several welfare measures and made the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme corruption-free, he added.

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The 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will go to the polls in two phases — on November 12 and 20 — and the results will be announced on December 11.

First Published: Nov 10, 2018 14:43 IST