Former Bihar minister evacuated
Patna: About 300 people,including 45 from Patna,have been stranded or gone missing in Uttarakhand since the floods wreaked havoc in Kedarnath and Badrinath. Former BJP minister Ashwini Kumar Choudhary,who lost his two close relatives in the tragedy,was airlifted from Gupt Kashi. Choubey said his family had left for Char Dham yatra only after having asked the meteorological department about weather forcecast. My family and I were in the sanctum sanctorum of Kedarnath temple and spent four days seeing people being washed away and dying, said Choubey.
Meanwhile,the Bihar government has given a cheque of Rs 5 crore to Uttarakhand as relief fund. Patna Sahib MP Shastrughan Sinha has also given a cheque of Rs 50 lakh for Uttarakhand relief. ENS
Duggal is appointed nodal officer
New Delhi: The Centre on Friday appointed former Union home secretary V K Duggal as the nodal officer for relief and rescue operations in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand,saying lack of proper coordination was hampering its mitigation efforts. The decision came after an hour-long review meeting on relief and rescue operations chaired by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde. Duggal will operate from Dehradun from tomorrow onwards, Shinde said.
The review meeting,attended by representatives of the ministries of Home,Defence,Food,Surface Transport,decided that all-out efforts will be made to give relief to the affected people by making available all infrastructure and materials. The Home Minister will visit Uttarakhand on Saturday to oversee the relief and rescue operations. ENS
Pranab cancels Himachal retreat
New Delhi: In view of heavy rain and floods in various parts of north India,President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday cancelled his annual retreat to Himachal Pradesh beginning June 28. The decision was taken by the President so that the state administration could focus on relief and rescue operations,an official spokesman said. Mukherjee was scheduled to visit Shimla from June 28 to July 1. PTI