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15k evacuated after Amarnath tragedy, rescuers dig debris

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Sunday, 10 July 2022

The death toll in flash floods near the Amarnath cave shrine rose to 15 on Saturday as officials airlifted 63 injured pilgrims from the site, while 15,000 stranded people were shifted to the lower base camp of Panjtarni in Anantnag district.

Jammu and Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha visited the shrine on Saturday and later met the victims at the SKIMS hospital in Srinagar. He also spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah, and briefed them about the rescue operations.

According to an army official, mountain rescue teams and lookout patrols with high-tech equipment and sniffer dogs have been deployed for the search and rescue operation. “Air rescue operations started Saturday and six pilgrims were evacuated by army helicopters. The military medical teams are receiving patients and casualties at Nilagrar helipad for onward evacuation,” an official said.

     

THE DAILY QUIZ

He crushed the Wimbledon quarters despite a court summons. He passed the semis when Rafa pulled out. He’s the first Australian in a Grand Slam final in a long time. But Nick Kyrgios committed a cardinal sin when he broke the dresscode. What did he wear?

a. Denim shorts
b. Red cap and sneakers
c. A blue shirt
d. Sandals

TAKE THE FULL QUIZ:

THE BIG STORY

15k evacuated after Amarnath tragedy, rescuers dig debris

The death toll in flash floods near the Amarnath cave shrine rose to 15 on Saturday as search and rescue operations continued for the over 40 pilgrims still missing a day after flood water and landslides tore through tents and community kitchens.

Officials said that 63 injured pilgrims were airlifted from the site and were being treated at SKIMS Hospital in Srinagar, while 15,000 stranded people were shifted to the lower base camp of Panjtarni in Anantnag district. Read more.

THE BIG QUESTION

Why has the MHA set up a panel for delimitation of MCD wards?

The ministry of home affairs has constituted a three-member panel for carrying out delimitation of the municipal wards in Delhi on Friday, taking a step towards holding the municipal elections for the elected wing of the newly constituted unified MCD. The delimitation panel, which will redraw the boundaries of existing wards in the Capital, is expected to submit its report and recommendations within four months, the order states.

The unified MCD came into existence by subsuming three erstwhile corporations of Delhi on May 22, 2022. Around 1397.3 square kilometres of area under MCD is divided into 12 administrative zones and 272 municipal wards. The number of wards in the city will go down as the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act 2022, which has been cleared by Parliament in April, states that the number of wards under the new set-up will not exceed 250. Read more.

A LITTLE LIGHT READING

Meant to b

It’s fitting that b-girl Siddhi Tambe has two names. She’s two very different people, depending on whether there’s music playing.

Tambe, 18, the version you meet off-stage, is gentle, soft-spoken, an introvert. She’s a microbiology student, daughter to an anganwadi teacher and a hospital ward attendant in Mumbai. Bar-B, the performer, is edgy, competitive and confident. She’s won a series of contests; had her heart broken when a trip to Paris fell through; and is headed to New York in November. Read more.

THE WEEKEND FIX

Shades of green: Which trees are our trees?

If trees could move, we’d see them grouping very differently. Natives would cluster with natives, looking askance at the invasive species, and friendly but a little distant with the ferns at their feet.

The truth is, trees have moved, by road and ship and air. They’ve arrived here as ornaments, gifts, investments, invasions. In some ways, they’ve always been moving. That path that the Indian subcontinent took after it split from the prehistoric supercontinent of Gondwanaland went a long way in determining what species would evolve here, and which ones would survive. Read more.

THE WAY WE WERE

Help! I’m seeing double

Fifty years ago, a film was released that captured one of Bollywood’s most beloved tropes: the double role. The staple double role is that of identical twins separated at birth and usually dramatically different (good/evil; cop/robber). But sometimes a double role means that the same actor plays different characters, like a father and son or mother and daughter. In such a scenario, the double role also lends itself beautifully to comedy.

Here’s the thing about double roles: all actors want to attempt one at some point because it gives them a chance to showcase their talent. It’s also an assertion of star power, since they will dominate the film completely. Read more.

HT THIS DAY: July 10, 1929

Bhagat Singh’s hunger strike

Bhagat Singh was found lying on a raised platform in a cell to fetters on his legs. On seeing his father he tried to get up but reeled and fell back. He was very weak and had already reached the 22nd day of his hunger strike. Attempts were made for forcible feeding, but he refused. Read more.

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Written and edited by Kartikeya Ramanathan. Produced by Aswetha Anil. Send your feedback to kartikeya.ramanathan@hindustantimes.com or aswetha.anil@partner.htdigital.in.

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