Silchar/Aizawl, Aug 1 (IANS) Five days after a bloody border clash between Assam and Mizoram police, the inter-state borders of the two northeastern states remained quiet but tensed with security personnel remaining on extra alert to prevent any fresh eventuality, officials said on Saturday.
Wearing bullet proof jackets, Cachar district SP Ramandeep Kaur and Deputy Commissioner Kirti Jalli, accompanied by a huge contingent of security forces, moved along the trouble-torn bordering areas in bullet proof vehicles.
Due to the border troubles, responding to the Mizoram government's request, the Indian Oil Corporation has started supplying transport fuel to Mizoram by road through the alternate roads in Mamit district, avoiding the trouble ragged Cachar-Kolasib routes.
The Mizoram government has also taken steps to ferry various other essentials from neighbouring Tripura and Manipur.
Mizoram shares 95 km inter-state borders with Manipur and 109 km with Tripura.
Meanwhile, cutting across political lines, a 10-member all-party MLA team of Assam Assembly led by Speaker Biswajit Daimary visited the bordering areas and strongly protested against the firing from Mizoram, which killed six Assam policemen besides injuring many.
Daimary said: "Just as all parties in Mizoram are united in protecting the borders of Mizoram, all parties in our state (Assam) must also be united. If the current policy and law do not allow for settlements in the reserve forest area of the border, then there is a need to formulate new policies or enact laws in the interest of border protection."
Raijor Dal President Akhil Gogoi, who's also an arch-rival of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, said: "We might have disagreements in the Assembly and differences of opinion on political issues, but I strongly oppose the move by Mizoram. The FIR registered against the Assam Chief Minister by Mizoram police must be withdrawn."
In Aizawl, the Mizoram Chemists and Druggists Association (MCDA) in a letter to the state Chief Secretary said: "The Assam government in the guise of security concern has verbally given instructions to all transporters in Guwahati not to carry any goods, even medicine, destined for Mizoram."
"Even private courier services have been barred from booking items and materials for Mizoram. In this Covid pandemic situation, life-saving drugs are being stopped by Assam leading to a dire situation in our state with far reaching ramifications and consequences," MCDA President and General Secretary told the Chief Secretary.
Violent clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border took place on July 26 that left six Assam Police personnel dead and around 100 civilians and security personnel injured.
In a shocking incident, an Axis Bank Branch Manager allegedly committed an unsuccessful heist on the ICICI Bank and stabbed a deputy branch head there to death, police said here on Friday.
The incident happened late on Thursday around 8.00 p.m., after the close of banking hours at the ICICI Bank's Virar East Branch.
According to Virar Police Station Senior Police Inspector Suresh Warade, the accused Anil Dubey -- the Naigaon Axis Bank Branch Manager, who was a former longtime employee of ICICI Bank, has been arrested.
In the scuffle that ensued between Dubey and the ICICI Bank Deputy Manager Yogita Nishant Choudhary, and her cashier colleague Shraddha Devrukhkar, he allegedly stabbed them both before attempting to flee with the bag full of the looted booty, but was caught outside by the locals.
While Vartak, 36, succumbed to her injuries later, Devrukhkar, 32, is undergoing treatment at a local hospital and further probe is on in the sensational case, said Warade.
The Delhi government on Friday warned that the water level of the Yamuna river has reached closer to the 'danger mark'.
The Department of Irrigation and Flood Control said it has deployed boats in different areas of the national capital and has also put 21 others on stand-by for emergency situation.
The Department added that the water level increased not only due to the torrential rain in Delhi, but also because Haryana has started discharging more water into the river from the Hathinikund Barrage.
"District administrations and Delhi Police have been asked to evacuate people living on the floodplains of the Yamuna," a Department official said.
According to the Met Department, Delhi recorded 463.5 mm rainfall until Thursday.
On Thursday alone, Delhi received around 72 mm of rainfall between 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
The Met Department has predicted light and moderate rain for Friday and Saturday as well.
In view of the increasing numbers of Covid in Kerala, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the rising cases in the state are worrying and appealed to people to follow all safety measures.
"Rising cases of Coronavirus infections in Kerala are worrying. I appeal to our brothers and sisters in the state to follow all safety measures and guidelines. Please take care," he said in a tweet.
The Congress Lok Sabha MP from Wayanad remarks came after Kerala witnessed a spike in the number of Covid cases in recent days.
Over 20,000 new cases were recorded on Thursday for the third successive day, an official statement said.
As many as 22,064 people tested positive on Thursday, against 22,056 on Wednesday and 22,129 on Tuesday.
The Uttar Pradesh BJP will felicitate those who have won in the recent panchayat elections in the presence of BJP President J.P. Nadda, who is scheduled to visit Lucknow on August 7 and 8.
The party's idea of felicitating panchayat winners is aimed at firming up its support in the rural areas on the eve of the Assembly elections that are due early next year.
The BJP has won 66 of 75 zila panchayat chairman seats.
The BJP, which once was known as a primarily urban political force, has made inroads in the rural interiors.
"The beneficiaries of most of the schemes launched by the Modi and the Yogi governments in the past few years, have been the rural population. We want to maintain the momentum and felicitate the panchayat winners who will now play a proactive role in implementation of these schemes," said a senior party functionary.
The BJP is also determined to nullify the opposition campaign against it on issues like three farm laws, alleged Covid mismanagement, rising fuel prices and vaccination programme.
It is noteworthy that the opposition has accused the ruling party of resorting to foul play and using the police force to win the panchayat elections.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav went on to call BJP's win a 'mockery of free and fair elections' and a 'disgraceful face of power.'
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on the other hand, termed the panchayat results as a reaffirmation of people's confidence in the state's good governance and the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The state government has already approved a Budget of Rs 1.75 lakhs for equipping and furnishing each village secretariat.
Former Union minister and senior BJP leader, Uma Bharti, on Wednesday, called on former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh who is in hospital.
Uma Bharti inquired about the senior leader's health and poke to his family members and doctors.
Kalyan Singh, who is now on life-support system, is said to be ‘critically ill' and is on dialysis.
The senior faculty of CCM, Cardiology. Nephrology, Neurology and Endocrinology in the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) are keeping close watch on all the aspects related to his health," the hospital bulletin said.
The opposition parties raised slogans in the Rajya Sabha on Pegasus row and forced two adjournments -- first till 12 noon and then till 2 p.m. on Wednesday. However the Deputy Chairman Harivansh continued with the question hour till 40 minutes when the House met at 12 noon and questions of Ministry of Housing, Civil Aviation and Social justice were taken.
Later the House was adjourned till 2 p.m. as opposition upped its ante on the snooping scandal.
Ahead of the commencement of the House proceedings, fourteen opposition parties met here on Wednesday to devise a common strategy to corner the government on issues like Pegasus snooping row and Assam-Mizoram discord. Among the 14 parties were the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which has so far not been part of any joint opposition strategy.
Rahul Gandhi too attended the opposition meet and said, we are united, "Sitting with the entire opposition is extremely humbling. Amazing experience, wisdom and insight in everyone present."
The meeting was, however, not attended by the Trinamool Congress as the MPs were meeting Mamata Banerjee at the same time.
The parties which attended the meeting included the Congress, DMK, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Shiv Sena, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Samajwadi Party, CPI-M, CPI, National Conference (NC), AAP, IUML, RSP, KCM and the VCK.
The opposition leaders on Wednesday met in the chamber of Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge where Rahul Gandhi was also present. They decided that the opposition parties will press the government to order probe in the Pegasus snooping row.
BJP chief J.P. Nadda will meet party MPs from Uttar Pradesh to discuss preparedness for next year's assembly polls. BJP's Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members from Uttar Pradesh will attend the meeting with the party chief.
It is learnt that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP's state unit chief Swatantra Dev Singh, state general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal and national vice-president and in-charge, Radha Mohan Singh and co-incharges will be present in the meeting. Deputy chief ministers Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya might also attend the meeting.
Sources said that all the BJP's parliamentarians from Uttar Pradesh are asked to attend the meeting which will be held in batches.
On July 28, Nadda will be meeting with MPs from western Uttar Pradesh, Braj and Kanpur region. On July 29, Nadda will interact with the party MPs from Awadh, Kashi and Gorakhpur area. There is no clarity whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Lok Sabha member from Varanasi, will attend the meeting or not.
A party insider said that a detailed discussion will be held to take stock of BJP's preparedness for next year's Uttar Pradesh. "Party chief will also take feedback from parliamentarians to know the ground reality and people's mood. Based on the feedback, plans will be discussed to ensure BJP's thumping victory in next year's assembly polls," he said.
Sources said the progress of ongoing party activities will be reviewed and plans to speed it up will be discussed. It is also learnt that the MPs will be asked to increase people's participation in their constituencies and reach out to them as asked by the Prime Minister.
"Plans for increasing public participation and reaching out to people with the achievements of Narendra Modi and Adityanath government are likely to be discussed during Nadda's two days meeting with party MPs from Uttar Pradesh," a party functionary said.
Election for 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly will be held in February - March, next year.
After successfully unseating B.S. Yediyurappa from the post of the Karnataka Chief Minister, the high command is all set to take a call on appointing a successor. BJP party sources have said that a decision in this regard will be conveyed to the parliamentary board meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief J.P. Nadda, Union Ministers Amith Shah, Rajnath Singh, National Organising Secretary B.L. Santhosh and Karnataka in-charge Arun Singh are expected to hold a party parliamentary board meeting to discuss the new leadership, the sources said.
The sources also confirmed that the party would send observers to the state on Tuesday. Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, senior leaders Dharmendra Pradhan and Bhupendra Yadav is likely to be sent as observers to the state.
The observers will hold a day-long meeting with the BJP legislators on Wednesday.
The senior leaders after collecting opinions from MLA's in the state, are likely to announce the name of the new Chief Minister at the legislature party meeting which is likely to be held on Thursday.
The BJP's state unit President Nalin Kumar Kateel and Arun Singh have already stated that the new Chief Minister will be selected in the parliamentary board meeting and the process will be completed in a span of two to three days.
It is said that the new Chief Minister will take an oath by Thursday.
The high command, which has been treading a cautious path so far, is expected to speed up the process of anointing a new face aggressively, the sources said.
The major Veerashaiva-Lingayat seers have not reacted to the incident barring Dingaleshwara swamiji of Balehosur Mutt. There were no protests except in the hometown of Yediyurappa.
Immediately after the resignation of Yediyurappa, Nadda, Shah, and Parliamentary Affairs and Mining minister Prahlad Joshi held a closed-door meeting in Delhi to discuss the state developments.
A moderate earthquake with intensity of 4.0 on the Richter scale hit near Hyderabad early on Monday. There was no loss of life or property.
The tremors were felt 156 km south of Hyderabad with a depth of 10 km, National Center for Seismology said.
The earthquake was recorded at 5 a.m. on Monday
"Earthquake of Magnitude 4.0, occurred on 26-07-2021, 05:00:53 IST, Lat: 16.00 & Long: 78.22, Depth: 10 Km, Location: 156km S of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh," tweeted National Center for Seismology.
According to 'AP Weatherman', an earthquake occurred near Kurnool city at 5 a.m. due to a slide in the fault line. Minor earthquakes after a heavy rainfall are common, it said.
On Sunday, an earthquake of magnitude 4.0 on the Richter scale hit Gangtok in Sikkim.
Launching swift action, multiple teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday carried put searches at several locations in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with its probe into alleged illegal arms license case.
According to CBI sources, the searches began early morning. However no details of the premises where the searches were underway has been shared.
Information from another source revealed that the agency is carrying out searches at premises of former Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, among others.
Senior officials of the agency remain tight-lipped on the developments.
The CBI had registered a case on the consent of Jammu and Kashmir government and further notification from the central government in 2018 and taken over probe from the state police that during the period 2012 to 2016, the district magistrates of various districts of J&K, including Kupwara had fraudulently and illegally issued bulk arms licenses in lieu of a monetary consideration.