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Amarnath Yatra 2021: Yatra to begin from June 28

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(Asian News Hub) – The annual pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir Himalayas will commence on June 28 and will conclude on August 22.

The decision over the commencement of Amarnath pilgrimage from June 28 this year was taken in a meeting of the board of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), news agency KNO reported quoting officials.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic across the world, the Amarnath Yatra was cancelled last year in Jammu and Kashmir.

The authorities had said that the yatra would begin on July 21 and continue till August, however, due to the surge in covid-19 positive cases, the decision was rolled back.

Pertinently, cases have again started to surge in several States of India but board has decided to hold the event keeping with the covid-19 guidelines.

The Board has said that to keep religious sentiments alive, it will continue the live telecast/ virtual darshan of the morning and evening Aarti besides that the traditional rituals will be carried as per past practice.

Notably, Amarnath Yatra was cancelled mid-way in year 2019 in wake of the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir on August 05, 2019.

Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, Amarnath shrine stands at 3,888 metres, 46 km from Pahalgam and 14 km from Baltal.

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AIIMS doctor booked for raping colleague

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(Asian News Hub) – Delhi Police on Friday registered a rape case against a senior doctor of All India Institute Of Medical Science in the national capital, ANI reported.

A complaint of alleged sexual harassment was received from AIIMS, Delhi on October 11 at Hauz Khas police station, informed the police.

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The victim is also a doctor at the hospital, who had informed the police that a senior doctor colleague had allegedly raped her when she went to his room for a birthday celebration of one of their colleagues on September 26, as per ANI.

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Based on her statement, the police registered an FIR under sections 376 and 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Hauz Khas police station and an investigation into the matter was taken up.

During the investigation, a statement of the victim was recorded before the Magistrate under section 164 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and raids were conducted at possible hideout places to catch the absconding doctor.

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Technical surveillance has already been mounted to nab the accused and continuous efforts are going on to trace him out at the earliest, said the police.

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Tollywood actress Anuradha dies by suicide

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(Asian News Hub) – In a shocking turn of events, actress Anuradha reportedly died by suicide at her residence in Hyderabad’s Film Nagar. She was 22.

According to reports, her neighbours grew suspicious as the junior artiste didn’t come out of her house for the last four days.

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Reportedly, they found her body inside the house and alerted the police. Though the reason behind the death is not known, reports suggest that she was planning to get hitched to her long-time boyfriend Kiran, however, the latter allegedly backed off due to differences in opinions.

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Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army transgressed at least 5 kilometres inside Uttarakhand: Report

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(Asian News Hub) – Around 100 Chinese soldiers entered the Indian territory in Uttarakhand and damaged a bridge in Barahoti area before retreating back to China, said a report published in the Economic Times.

According to the reports, the soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) transgressed at least 5 kilometres inside the Indian territory through the Tunjun-La pass.

They had come on 55 horses, damaged Indian infrastructure, and left before they could be confronted by the Indian troops.

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The ET report, based on sources in the security departments, claimed that the PLA soldiers roamed in Barahoti for around 3 hours.

The transgression by Chinese troops was reported by locals, after which teams from the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police were dispatched to verify the report.

In the Central Sector (a 545-km stretch of border with Tibet in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand), the dispute between India and China is over 2,000 square km of territory, in eight separate areas.
Barahoti lies on the border with China in the Chamoli district of Uttrakhand, north of the Nanda Devi National Park.

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Back in July 2017, Chinese soldiers had transgressed into Barahoti twice during India’s standoff with China in Bhutan’s Doklam.

An ITBP source had then told the Indian Express that, “On both occasions [on July 15 and July 25] about 15-20 Chinese soldiers transgressed into the territory at Barahoti that India and China lay claim upon. The soldiers stayed there for a while and returned.”

Earlier in July this year, an ANI report claimed, “Recently, a platoon (about 35 soldiers) from the PLA was seen operating around the Barahoti area in Uttarakhand. The Chinese were seen doing some activity in this area after a significant breach.”

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In order to avoid a Ladakh-like situation in Uttarakhand, the Indian Army has increased deployments in the central sector after hightened Chinese activity was noticed.

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