Government Approves 4,000 Mobile Towers In Naxal-Hit Areas

New Delhi:  The Union Cabinet has cleared the proposal of installing over 4,000 mobile towers in naxal-hit areas. The proposal to install 4,072 mobile towers in ten naxal hit states was made to improve the telecom network.

The telecom commission had approved the proposal to install the 4,072 mobile towers in the 10 states under the mobile tower phase-II scheme.In the first phase, which was completed about two years ago, 2,329 mobile towers were installed at a cost of Rs 3,167 crore in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

The additional towers will strengthen the telecom network resulting in increased mobile penetration in Left Wing Extremism-affected and other areas facing security challenges. The exact cost of the fresh endeavour is not immediately known but the expenses are expected to be borne by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) of the Department of Telecommunications.


Alert Sounded By IMD For Extreme Heat Wave In Parts Of North India

New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued alert for extreme heat wave in west Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh. India continues to reel under the impact of extreme weather events, heat waves developed across northwest and central India.

Heat wave conditions were also experienced in Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha in Maharashtra, East Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.

Palam experienced the first heat wave of the season on Wednesday as the mercury level touched 45.2 degrees Celsius. The rest of Delhi reeled under near-heat wave conditions, missing the benchmark by just one degree.


Five Civilian Killed; 40 Injured In Ceasefire Breach By Pakistan

New Delhi: Civilians killed by Pakistan when at least five of them were killed and 40 people, including three BSF jawans got injured on Wednesday as Pakistan attacked Indian posts and villages along the 198km-long border in Jammu and Kashmir for the seventh straight day.

The escalation in hostilities, which coincided with the government calling off operations in Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan, has forced around 100,000 people to leave their villages for safer locations.“Five civilians died and 37 others were injured in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts in the latest round of Pak shelling on Wednesday,” state police chief SP Vaid said.

The Pakistani army joined its border guards, the Pakistan Rangers, in raining mortar shells on around 100 villages and 80 Border Security Forces (BSF) posts in the three districts.


Death From Nipah Virus Goes Up To 14; Health Agencies Step Up Measures

New Delhi: The number of deaths from the infectious Nipah virus in Kerala may have touched 14 with two more cases reported on Tuesday even as state and central health agencies stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

Till Tuesday evening, 12 cases and 10 deaths were confirmed by the National Institute of Virology in Pune, which tested 18 blood samples for Nipah virus infection. Of the 12 people who tested positive, 10 have died and two are under observation, said Kerala health minister K KShailaja.

No fresh cases have been reported over the past 24 hours, said Shailaja, but two persons with symptoms of fever and a travel and contact history with the infected and dead in Kerala have been hospitalized and are under observation in Mangaluru in neighboring Karnataka. Both patients are from Kerala and one of them had recently met with one of the people infected with Nipah virus in Kerala, according to reports from Mangaluru.


Delhi Government To Convene Assembly Session To Discuss Full Statehood

New Delhi: Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has announced a special three-day session of the Delhi Assembly on the demand for full statehood to Delhi next month. Amid a tussle between the Lt Governor and the AAP dispensation over a range of issues, the city government has revived its demand for full statehood to Delhi.

He said that the session will be held on June 6-8 to discuss and decide the demand of full statehood."Delhi Assembly's 3-days special session of on 6, 7 & 8 June to discuss and decide on the 'demand of full statehood' for Delhi," Sisodia tweeted. "People of Delhi cannot be denied their rights. Looking forward to meaningful debates," he said in another tweet.