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Uncertainty And Insecurity Prevail For Over 4000-Odd Rohingya Living In Hyderabad

New Delhi: After deportation of seven Rohingyas from India, uncertainty, insecurity and squalor hangs over slums in Balapur, Hafeez Baba Nagar, Pahadishareef, Mir MominPahadi and Kishanbagh in the old city of Hyderabad. This has been home to over 4,000-odd Rohingyas for the last seven years.

Living in sub-human conditions, these Rohingya Muslims have been living under the fear of being deported back to their country. “We do not know when we get to hear from the authorities asking us to pack up and return to Myanmar. We have been spending sleepless nights thinking what would happen to us tomorrow,” says 38-year old Muhammad Fareed, who is working as daily-wage labourer.

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Taking the Rafale Fight Forward, Rahul Tells HAL Employees Contract Your Right

New Delhi: Standing in support of state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met the employees of the public sector unit outside its headquarters in Bengaluru. Rahul Gandhi and his Congress party have been attacking the Modi government over the Rs 58000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal alleging corruption and favoritism. Addressing HAL employees, Rahul Gandhi said, "HAL is not just a company. When India got independence, India built some strategic assets to enter specific areas, HAL is a strategic asset to take India into aerospace."

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Uri Bucks Trend, Records High 75% Voting in Ongoing J&K Local Polls

New Delhi: Just 3.49 per cent of the electorate voted in the third-phase of the urban local body polls in militancy-hit Kashmir Valley on Saturday, while a high turnout of 80 per cent was recorded in Jammu's Samba district, officials said. The frontier town of Uri in Baramulla district, however, bucked the trend by recording a 75.34 per cent turnout in the Valley, which has witnessed low polling in the first two of the four-phase elections after boycott calls from parties like the NC, the PDP and the CPI (M).

In the 20 wards of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) that went to polls in the third phase, only 1.84 per cent of the 1.53 lakh eligible voters exercised their franchise, the election officials said. Safakadal, a ward in the city's old town, and Chanapora, in the Civil Lines, polled less than 10 votes each. The polling, which began at 6 am and ended at 4 pm, saw 11 SMC wards recording less than 100 votes.

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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Demands Package For Titli Hit Odisha

New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Saturday said the standing crops, roads and trees suffered the maximum damage in cyclone Titli and the resultant flood in the eastern state. After conducting an aerial survey of Ganjam, Gajapati and Rayagada districts, the chief minister also said he would announce a package for the flood-hit people. "The maximum damage has been done to the agricultural crop, the roads and the trees. The relief work is going on at top speed as well as the restoration work," Patnaik told reporters after conducting the aerial survey.

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Andhra And Odisha Getting Ready For Possible Flood Situation With Rivers Flowing In Spate

New Delhi: A day after Cyclone Titli hit their coasts, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha stared working for the possible flood situation with rivers and streams flowing in spate following heavy rains in several districts of the two states.

At least 12 people were killed on Thursday in both states, officials said, as Cyclone Titli made a landfall early on Thursday morning, disrupting road and telecommunications networks and power and water supply.

Ganjam district of Odisha was the worst affected and Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh was also hit hard by the cyclone that dumped heavy rains in the coastal areas of the states.