Breaking News, Latest Updates Highlights of February 8
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In one of the worst tragedies, a glacier broke off in Uttarakhand's Joshimath, triggering massive floods and landslides in the region. So far, seven bodies have been recovered and 16 others have been rescued while over 125 are still missing. Amid this PM Modi and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat have announced ex-gratia for the kin of those who lost their lives, asking the authorities to provide immediate assistance to those in need.
Here are the highlights February 8:
16:00 pm: Sensex closes at 51,348.77; up by 617.14 points
15:59 pm: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Junior Engineer, Military Engineer Services, Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 32,000 from the complainant: CBI
14:52 pm: Customs Department is conducting inspection of the bags of former UAE consul-general Jamal Hussain Al Sabi in connection with the Kerala Gold Smuggling Case. The inspection is underway at the air cargo complex in Trivandrum International Airport, reports ANI.
14:11 pm: Some are saying that the State Budget is advertisement ahead of polls. Even if it is advertisement, what's the problem? Some are saying we are here for few days. We will be here again with a huge mandate, says West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
13:34 pm: One of our officers is already in Dehradun. We're also planning to constitute a team of experts who will visit the site and undertake a physical recce and use the data that is available through satellite imageries. We'll do an assessment, says Geological Survey of India.
12:38 pm: When did we say that MSP is ending? We said that a law be formed on MSP. If such a law is formed, all the farmers of the country will be benefitted. Right now, there is no law on MSP and the farmers are looted by traders, says Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait.
12:00 pm: 192 students and 72 staff test positive for COVID-19 at two schools of Malappuram: District Health Authority
11:25 am: Uttarakhand Floods | Around 203 people are missing including 11 dead bodies recovered as of now. We weren't aware of a subsidiary company's project Tapovan till yesterday. We're estimating that 35 people are stuck in another tunnel. Rescue operation underway, says Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat
11:25 am: Uttarakhand Floods | We were informed that 178 people were issued passes here. Of which, 15 were rescued yesterday. Rescue operation underway in another tunnel. There's possibility that 35 people are stranded in it. Priority is to rescue them as soon as possible, says DIG Garhwal range Neeru Garg.
9:49 am: Sending prayers for the souls lost to the Uttarkhand flood and wishing courage to those who are fighting the disaster. May those who are still missing be found in good health. We are with you, dear friends in India, says Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering
9:49 am: India reports 11,831 new COVID-19 cases, 11,904 discharges, and 84 deaths in the last 24 hours: Union Health Ministry
Total cases: 1,08,38,194
Total discharges: 1,05,34,505
Death toll: 1,55,080
Active cases: 1,48,609
Total Vaccination: 58,12,362
9:23 am: Uttarakhand Floods
Uttarakhand: Rescue operation continues on the second day at Joshimath in Chamoli where a flash flood, triggered due to glacier burst, occurred y'day.— ANI (@ANI) February 8, 2021
12 people were rescued from one tunnel y'day. The second tunnel is being cleared with the help of JCB machines to rescue people pic.twitter.com/WEe0qA6rXi
9:11 am: A total of 20,19,00,614 samples tested for COVID-19 up to 7th February. Of these, 5,32,236 samples were tested yesterday, says Indian Council of Medical Research.
9:04 am: BREAKING | Government asks Twitter to remove 1178 Pakistani-Khalistani accounts spreading misinformation and provocative content around farmers' protests.
8:43 am: Uttarakhand Floods | We've intensified search operation at the 2nd tunnel. We've information that around 30 people are trapped there. Around 300 ITBP jawans are deployed to clear the tunnel. Local administration says that around 170 people are missing, says ITBP Spokesperson Vivek Pandey.
ITBP rescued 12 people from a tunnel yesterday, these 30 are trapped in a different tunnel. Rescue operation is underway in different areas. More teams will be sent there if it is required, we are focussing on rescuing people from the tunnel first, he added.
8:42 am: Uttarakhand Floods | The operation to rescue the people trapped in a tunnel is underway. Efforts are on to clear the tunnel with the help of JCB machine. A total of 15 people have been rescued and 14 bodies have been recovered from different places so far, says Chamoli Police
7:51 am: Uttarakhand Floods | Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison sends his condolences over the flash floods in Uttarakhand. "Australia stands with one of its closest friends at this very difficult time," he says.
7:28 am: An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 on the Richter scale, occurred in Jammu and Kashmir at 4:56 am today: National Center for Seismology
7:26 am: Mizoram in last 24 hours reported just one fresh COVID-19 case.
Total cases: 4,383
Active cases: 25
Total deaths: 9
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma