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Himachal avalanche: 5 soldiers still missing, bad weather hampers efforts

Shimla: Rescuers on Friday failed to resume a search operation owing to inclement weather near the Tibet border with Himachal Pradesh, where a snow avalanche killed a soldier while five others went missing this week.

As the searches entered the third day, the authorities suspected that the chances of survival of the five trapped in the snow pile were minimal.

“This morning the search operation could not begin due to overnight snowfall. We are hopeful the operation will resume later in the day as there are chances of the weather getting cleared,” a state government official told IANS.

He said the search mission, comprising army men and district rescuers, largely remained suspended on Thursday due of continuous heavy snow and avalanche warnings in the area.

An avalanche on Wednesday was triggered when the glacier near Namgia Dogri bordering Tibet slid, burying six soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles when 16 of them were on a routine patrol.

Five Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBP) troopers were also injured in the disaster.

The state government said two separate parties of the Army and the ITBP were patrolling at Namgia Dogri when the avalanche hit.

The soldier who died has been identified as Rajesh Kumar, 41, belonging to Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur district.

The disaster spot, which is some 350 km from the state capital, has been witnessing heavy snowfall over the past few days.

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UPPSC examination: CBI registers PE to probe nepotism allegations

New Delhi: In yet another trouble for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, who was Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister from 2007 to 2012, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a preliminary enquiry involving unknown officials of the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) and others for nepotism, alleged irregularities and misconduct in the 2010 examination of 250 posts of additional private secretary (APS).

Agency sources said the PE was registered against unknown officials and private persons on February 14 on the request of the Uttar Pradesh government on September 12, 2018, over the appointment of 250 additional private secretaries in the state secretariat.

The Centre had issued an order in the matter in January this year.

A source said that in the 2010 examination conducted by the UPPSC, “unknown officials” showed undue favours to candidates which resulted in the selection of non-deserving candidates who did not fulfil the eligibility criteria.

“Some of the selected candidates were close relatives of the then UPPSC officials,” the source added.

Sources said that the advertisement of the 250 posts was published in 2010 when Mayawati was the Chief Minister of the state but the appointment process was completed on October 3, 2017.

The source said examinations for the 250 APS posts were held in three phases and the results were declared in two parts. But 237 candidates were made to join the posts on October 3, 2017, when the BJP government came to power in the state.

Last year in May, the CBI had sought a clarification from the UPPSC, which said such a request was “out of the purview of the probe.” The UPPSC thus did not supply the required documents.

The CBI then sent a letter to the UP government seeking permission to probe the case.

The agency’s action comes almost three weeks after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided seven places in Uttar Pradesh in the Rs 1,400 crore memorial scam during Mayawati’s tenure.

In January this year, CBI registered a case and raided officers and ministers of former Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s cabinet in illegal sand mining scam in the state.

Car bomb kills 20 in Syria: Monitor

Damascus: At least 20 people were killed on Thursday when a car bomb went off in a town controlled by the Kurdish fighters in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported.

The car bomb exploded in the town Shehel in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour Province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The bombing targeted a convoy of the Kurdish self-defence force and oil workers were among the killed, said the London-based watchdog, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Islamic State (IS) militant group is behind the attack, it noted.

The incident came as the last IS militants planned to evacuate their last area in the eastern Euphrates River region in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour.

The Observatory said 260 IS militants remain in the farmland of the town of Bagouz while dozens of civilians are set to leave the area in accordance with an undeclared deal between the SDF and the IS.

The SDF has been backed by the US-led coalition in their push to drive out the IS from eastern Syria close to the Iraqi border.

The evacuation of IS militants and their families from eastern Syria has been dragging on recently amid no exact information about their destination.

Meerut: 2 Unidentified assailants looted gold with the value of Rs 3 Crore (approximately) from Manappuram Gold Finance company in Lalkurti police station limits yesterday.

Meerut: 2 Unidentified assailants looted gold with the value of Rs 3 Crore (approximately) from Manappuram Gold Finance company in Lalkurti police station limits yesterday. Police is on the lookout for the accused. Further investigation is underway.

Delhi: Major pollutants PM 2.5 at 93 and PM 10 at 198, in ‘Good’ and ‘Moderate’ categories respectively in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data.

Delhi: Major pollutants PM 2.5 at 93 and PM 10 at 198, in ‘Good’ and ‘Moderate’ categories respectively in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data.