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Wetlands destruction caused Kashmir floods: BNHS

Mumbai : Reckless developmental activities with no regard for nature conservation could be the prime cause behind the recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir, a conservationist organisation said Tuesday.

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), which has carried out studies in the Kashmir Valley over the years, revealed that there has been a severe loss of wetland habitat for various commercial activities.


Delhi court extends police custody of IM suspect

New Delhi : An Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative, who was allegedly involved in the 2010 Jama Masjid bomb blast in New Delhi, has been remanded in 20-day police custody by a court here Tuesday.

A sessions judge has extended the custody of Ajaz Sheikh, 27, a Pune resident, and allowed Delhi Police to quiz him further, till Oct 6. He was presented before the court after expiry of his 10-day police custody.

Police told the court that it has to analyse call details of the accused, his laptop and other things to know the whole conspiracy.

Over 2 lakh rescued in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir

New Delhi : Over 237,000 people have so far been rescued in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir and the train route between Srinagar and Baramulla has been restored, an official statement said.

"Over 237,000 people have been rescued so far by the armed forces and NDRF (National Disaster Relief) from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir," a statement from the defence ministry said.

"Three teams of naval marine commandos are actively involved in rescue operations at Watlab, Widipura and Tankpura," it added.


UP bypolls: Lotus wilts, bicycle whizzes past opponents

By Mohit Dubey,

Lucknow : The lotus wilted and the bicycle sped past its political opponents in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh Tuesday as results of bypolls to the state assembly gave a thumbs down to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and handed an emphatic victory to the ruling Samajwadi Party.

With 8-3 victory in its favour in the bypolls to the assembly and the lone Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat also won by its candidate Tej Pratap Singh, the Samajwadi Party couldn't have asked for more.

Bazaz's Kashmir premonition came true hours later

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Srinagar : Tawheed Bazaz, 35, a resident of this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital, had a premonition that the flood waters which had inundated the city centre, Lal Chowk, early last Sunday, would also reach their Mandir Bagh locality. "It came true just hours later as the muddy flood waters made their first appearance in our locality that evening after having inundated the posh areas of the capital," Tawheed told IANS.


SP triumphs in UP, Congress wins in Rajasthan, BJP stuns Bengal

Jaipur/Lucknow/Ahmedabad : The Congress and the Samajwadi Party, which suffered a rout in the general elections, bounced back Tuesday in the assembly bypolls in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. For the first time in 15 years, the BJP will now have its lawmaker in the West Bengal assembly.

BJP wins three seats in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow : The BJP Tuesday won three assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh bypolls. The party won from Lucknow (East), Saharanpur city, and Noida assembly constituencies.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won three urban constituencies where bypolls were held Sep 13.

BJP candidate Vimla Batham defeated Samajwadi Party candidate Kajal Sharma to win the Noida assembly constituency by a whopping margin of 58,000 votes.

AIUDF wins Jamunamukh assembly by-poll

Guwahati : AIUDF candidate Abdur Rahim Ajmal Tuesday won the Jamunamukh assembly by-poll in Assam.

"AIUDF candidate Abdur Rahim Ajmal polled a total 62,513 votes and defeated his closest rival Bashir Uddin Laskar of the Congress who polled 39,194 votes," said Assam's Deputy Chief Electoral Officer P.K. Doley.

By-election in this assembly constituency was necessitated after Sirrajuddin Ajmal of the AIUDF was got elected to Lok Sabha.

By-polls were held in Jamunamukh, Silchar and Lakhipur assembly constituencies Saturday.

Government moots CBI probe into Salman Khurshid's NGO

New Delhi : The government is planning to order a CBI probe into the functioning of an NGO which took aid in the name of the disabled but was allegedly involved in malpractices, Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said Tuesday.

"There is an NGO in Uttar Pradesh which took aid in the name of the disabled but was involved in malpractices. We have referred the case to law department for their suggestions so that it can be forwarded to CBI," Gehlot told media here.


Paradise on Earth becomes horror for its residents

By Sheikh Qayoom,

Srinagar : As historical records confirm that the recent floods in Kashmir have been worse than the worst ever - that in 1893 - the human suffering and devastation caused have few parallels in the Valley's recent history.

Walter Lawrence, who documented the 1893 floods in his famous book, "The Vale of Kashmir", says the water level in the Jhelum river in Srinagar reached 27 feet. The water level in the river that divides Srinagar city into two parts crossed 30 feet at Ram Munshi Bagh on Sep 7.