Landslide In Himachal, Many Feared – Latest news headlines

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Kinnaur Landslide: Teams of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been sent to the area.

Several people are feared buried after a landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur left many vehicles trapped under debris this afternoon.

The landslide took place on the Reckong Peo-Shimla Highway in Kinnaur at around 12.45 pm. A truck, a state-run bus and other vehicles are believed to have been buried in rubble.

Reports suggest the bus, travelling to Shimla, had 40 people on board.

Teams of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have been sent to the area for rescue operations. Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had also been called in.

“I’ve directed the police and the local administration to carry out rescue operations. NDRF has also been put on alert. We have received information that one bus and a car could have been hit. We are waiting for detailed information,” Mr Thakur told reporters.

Heavy, incessant rain has caused many landslides in parts of Himachal Pradesh over the past few weeks.

Last month, nine tourists were killed after huge boulders fell on their cars in another part of Kinnaur.

A video that was circulated online showed boulders rolling downhill and smashing into a bridge.

Many such videos have emerged from the state this season. In another incident, a stretch of road collapsed as a hillside crashed down in dramatic visuals of a landslide at Sirmaur after two days of incessant rain.
 



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Latest News Today – Himachal Bridge Hit By Boulders Rolling Down Hill, 9

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Video: Himachal Bridge Hit By Boulders Rolling Down Hill, 9 Tourists Dead

Chunks of rocks can be seen breaking off a mountain and rolling down into the valley below.

Nine tourists were killed and several were injured after a massive landslide hit a bridge in Himachal Pradesh’s Sangla valley today. In a terrifying video, large chunks of rocks can be seen breaking off a mountain and rolling down into the valley below. The video shows a section of the bridge crumbling and plunging into a river after a boulder hits it.

“All the 11 victims were tourists whose vehicle got hit by boulders,” said Saju Ram Rana, SP Kinnaur, adding the injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital.

A team of doctors is at the spot, he said.

The rocks can be seen hitting cars at the foot of the mountain, kicking up a massive cloud of dust.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Jairam Thakur expressed sorrow over the loss of lives in the accident.

“It is very sad that a vehicle carrying tourists came under its grip, in which nine died and two injured and one passerby got injured. May God grant peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved family,” Mr Thakur tweeted in Hindi.

“All arrangements are being made for the treatment of those injured in the accident. I wish them a speedy recovery,” read a tweet from the Prime Minister’s office.

PM Modi also announced an aid of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of those who died in the accident and Rs 50,000 to the injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

The weather office recently issued a landslide warning in Himachal Pradesh due to heavy rainfall predicted in the next few days. In the last few years, landslides have become a common occurrence in the hill state,



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Latest News Today – Unwed Mother Abandons Newborn Baby Outside Himachal CM

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Unwed Mother Abandons Newborn Baby Outside Himachal CM's Residence, Caught Within Hours: Police

After catching the woman within five hours, the police lodged an FIR against her. (Representational)

Shimla:

A young unmarried woman abandoned her newborn baby near Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur’s official residence ”Oakover” but was caught within hours, the police said.

The police succeeded in tracing the woman and reaching her house, by tracking it on the basis of bloodstains on the road, they added.

The woman had abandoned the newborn boy near Kamla Nehru Hospital (KNH), which is at a stone’s throw from the Chief Minster’s residence, in the early hours on Saturday, they added.

A member of the Chief Minister security forces heard the cries of the abandoned baby and informed the police.

Police from Chhota Shimla police station admitted the boy to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital here for his treatment where he is reportedly out of danger.

After catching the woman within five hours, the police lodged an FIR against her under IPC section 317 pertaining to the offence of the abandonment of one’s child below 12 years of age, they added.

The investigating officer in the case, Assistant Sub Inspector Ranjana Sharma, said the woman was admitted to KNH hospital for treatment. She will be produced before the competent court after she gets well, he added.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Latest News Today – Himachal Police Chief After Cops Fight In Public

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'Duty Over Entitlement': Himachal Police Chief After Cops Fight In Public

DGP Sanjay Kundu said in the advisory that Himachal police’s image took a beating due to the incident.

Shimla:

Days after senior police officers in Himachal Pradesh slapped and kicked each other in public, Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Kundu has issued a stern advisory to police officers in the state, asking them to remember that “power is always attached to a position and never a person”.

The DGP has said that the image of Himachal police “has taken a beating” due to the incident. “It is also obvious that it has undone the cumulative good work by the HP police during the last one year. Not only has the incident become viral on social media, but it has also elicited a negative and highly uncharitable public response,” he has said.

The advisory comes days after senior police officers were caught in an ugly spat outside the Bhuntar airport in Kullu where Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur came to receive Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. During an altercation, Kullu Police Superintendent Gaurav Singh slapped Brijesh Sood, Assistant Superintendent of Police (CM Security). Balwant Singh, Personal Security Officer to the Chief Minister, had then kicked the Police Superintendent.

Both Gaurav Singh and Balwant Singh have been placed under suspension and an inquiry is underway.

The DGP said in the advisory that such conduct is “unprofessional to the point of dereliction of duty and also raises issues of compromises in the VVIP security”. He said that regardless of the outcome of the inquiry, it is important to examine relevant issues to avoid a repeat of such incidents.

The advisory asks officers to remain calm in their interactions with fellow officers and the public, “no matter what the provocation is”. “They should remember that they work for a welfare State and that their primary duty is to serve people — and not to lord over them, and therefore they should never lose their people-connect. An officer’s sense of duty must always precede their sense of entitlement,” says the advisory.

The advisory asks officers to identify “blind spots” in their personalities and address them, and to maintain proper interpersonal relationships. “Further, we need to understand that we are all professional colleagues in the HP, be it the constable or be it the DGP…,” it adds.

“Officers should not be misled or misguided by the ‘halo effect’. Power is always attached to a position and never a person, so they should always be mindful of this gospel,” says the advisory.

The DGP said the force needs to “strive as a cohesive team to re-establish our image and also to ensure such incidents never happen in the future”.



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