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“No Jobs In Bihar”: Opposition Targets Nitish Kumar On Kashmir Killings – dot newz



Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has called for control on migration.


The killings of Biharis in Kashmir has set off ripple effects in the state, with the opposition putting it down to what it calls the Nitish Kumar government’s failure to create jobs. Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Tejashwi Yadav, who is also the leader of the opposition in the state assembly, has been vocal about it. He is seconded by Chirag Paswan, the Lok Janshakti Party chief known to be the Chief Minister’s in-house opposition.

Since the last week, four men from Bihar has fallen to terrorists’ bullets in Kashmir in a bout of attacks mostly targeting people from other states. All four had gone to Kashmir in search of work.

Arvind Sah, a resident of Bihar’s Banka district who was selling gol gappas in Srinagar, was shot down four days ago. Yesterday, two labourers from Bihar were gunned down in Kulgam district.

“The Double Engine government’s double whammy: “Won’t give employment in Bihar. If you go out, you will be killed.” Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ji puts a price of Rs 2 lakh on a Bihari’s life and goes off to sleep,” Tejashwi Yadav tweeted in Hindi this morning.

“Bihar’s sons are being killed in Kashmir. They went to earn a living, got death. Why do people of Bihar have to go to places where there is a security threat? Because there is no work in Bihar? Question to Nitish ji – If there was employment in Bihar, would they have been targets of terrorists’ bullets in Kashmir?” tweeted Chirag Paswan, who identifies himself as a “Yuva Bihar” (young Bihari) in his Twitter handle.

Tejashwi Yadav has also pointed out that the compensation for those killed in Kashmir was lesser than a man killed in snake bite in the state.

“Bihar government gives 4 lakh compensation for death due to snakebite and thrush, but gives 2 lakh rupees to Bihari laborers who have fled for livelihood due to the failure of the government and are being killed by terrorists. Amazing! “Destruction with injustice” is the basic mantra of the Nitish-BJP government,” he said in another tweet.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has called for control on migration, but expressed doubt whether it can be stopped. “Whatever I do, how can I ban anyone from looking for job elsewhere despite creating enough work opportunities here,” he said.

Bihar being one of the few states sending out the maximum number of migrant workers, Nitish Kumar was criticised over the issue even during last year’s lockdown.

Arvind Sah’s family said there are more than 200 people from their area who are still working in the Kashmir Valley. But they conceded that after the killings, Kashmir will not be a destination any more for Biharis looking for work.

The state’s labour minister Jivesh Mishra, who admitted that the killings have created some panic, brushed off suggestions that the people from the state are migrating as there are no jobs.

“I am very confident the state can arrange livelihoods. People have been travelling across states for decades. Calling it migration is not right. Many people are coming to Bihar also for livelihoods. This can’t be avoided,” he had told NDTV.

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High Altitude Areas In Uttarakhand Receive Season’s First Snowfall – dot newz




The sky remained overcast in the plains with isolated light showers at several places (File)


The Himalayan temple of Kedarnath and the high altitude areas of Chamoli district received the season’s first snowfall on Thursday while it drizzled in the lower areas intensifying the chill across the state.

Besides the Kedarnath shrine in Rudraprayag district, the Musk Deer Park, Valley of Flowers and the Nanda Devi National Park in Chamoli district also received snowfall, officials in Dehradun said.

The sky remained overcast in the plains with isolated light showers at several places, including state capital Dehradun.

The temperature recorded in Dehradun on Thursday was 15.4 degrees Celsius, Tehri 10 degrees Celsius, Pantnagar 18.4 degrees Celsius, Mukteshwar 8.4 degrees Celsius and Almora 13.4 degrees Celsius, the MeT Department in Dehradun said.

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37 Years On, Bhopal Gas Tragedy Victims Still Await Adequate Compensation – dot newz




“In 1984, Congress was in power in Madhya Pradesh and at Centre”: Bhopal Gas Tragedy Minister


Thirty-seven years after the Bhopal gas tragedy, termed as the world’s worst industrial disaster, the survivors and the family of the dead are still waiting to be compensated fairly with an organisation working for them claiming that each victim has so far received less than one-fifth of the allotted sum.

The leak of methyl isocyanate, a toxic gas, from the pesticide plant of Union Carbide on the intervening night of December 2 and 3, 1984, had killed over 3,000 people and left 1.02 lakh others affected at that time. However, the number of affected later rose to over 5.70 lakh.

Talking to PTI, Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vishvas Sarang said, “In 1984, the Congress was in power in Madhya Pradesh and at the Centre. The two governments did not put forth the case of the victims in a right manner to enable them to get more compensation.”

Bhopal Gas Peedith Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti (BGPSSS) co-convener ND Jayaprakash said the Supreme Court assisted settlement on February 14-15, 1989 worth Rs 705 crore was based on the assumption that only around 3,000 persons died and 1,02,000 were affected.

“This compensation was a complete sham as each gas victim ended up being given less than one-fifth of the sum allotted even as per the terms of that unjust settlement,” he added.

When asked to explain, he said that the financial aid was USD 470 million in 1989. The dollars turned into more than Rs 3,000 crore in 2004, when the disbursements started.

“But the number of the victims swelled to 5.73 lakh and this amount was distributed among them. So, each victim got one-fifth of the compensation,” he added.

“The failure on the part of the Supreme Court to hear the long-pending curative petition against the unjust settlement of 1989, has had an adverse impact on the interests of the gas victims,” he said in a media statement.

The curative petition (civil), which was filed by the Union of India on December 3, 2010 to challenge the unjust settlement of 1989 and to seek additional sum of at least another Rs 7,724 crore as compensation was last listed before the Constitution Bench of the Court on January 29 last year, he said.

“However, the hearing was postponed to February 11 last year. Sadly, the matter was never listed on that date or ever since then,” he said.

Failure to dispose of the curative petition has also meant the indefinite postponement of the hearing of the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed on March 17, 2010 by eight members of Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS) and BGPSSS, he said.

In the SLP, the two NGOs have sought enhancement of settlement sum by a factor of five in terms of the magnitude of the disaster as assessed by the claim courts and in terms of the gravity of injuries suffered by the gas victims on the basis of their medical records, Jayaprakash said.

Failure to dispose of the pending curative petition and the SLP for over a decade has effectively denied the gas-victims several thousands of crores of additional compensation that they are legitimately entitled to, he added.

In the curative petition, the Centre has sought Rs 7,724 crore as additional funds from successor firms of US-based Union Carbide Corporation, now owned by Dow Chemicals, for giving compensation to victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy.

The Centre, in its plea, is seeking a direction to Union Carbide and other firms for Rs 7,722 crore additional amount over and above the earlier settlement amount of USD 470 million in 1989 for paying compensation to the gas tragedy victims.

On June 7, 2010, a local court had convicted seven executives of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) to two years of imprisonment in connection with the incident. The then UCC chairman, Warren Anderson, was the prime accused in the case but did not appear for the trial. On February 1, 1992, the Bhopal CJM court had declared him an absconder. He died in the US in 2014. 

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5 Contacts Of Bengaluru Omicron Patient Test Positive For Covid, Isolated – dot newz





Five contacts of an Omicron patient have turned out to be Covid positive, Karnataka announced today, shortly after the Union health ministry said the first patients of the new Covid variant have been found in the state. The patients have been isolated and their samples have been sent for genome testing, Karnataka said amid concern over the highly infectious strain that has set off global alarm.

One of the two initial patients is a 46-year-old health worker from Bengaluru, who developed symptoms of fever and body ache on November 21.

He tested positive the following day and was admitted to hospital; his sample was sent for genome sequencing on the same day.  But three days later he was discharged.

After extensive contact tracing, the Karnataka government said he had 13 direct contacts and more than 250 secondary contacts.

The other confirmed Omicron patient is a 66-year-old South African national who came to India with a negative Covid report.

The man, who received both vaccine doses, tested positive on arrival and was asymptomatic, following which he was told to self-isolate.

A week later, with a negative Covid report from a private lab, he flew to Dubai. Samples from his 24 primary and 240 secondary contacts have returned negative test results.

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