BHUBANESWAR l monday l february 08, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l JEYPORE EDITION foreign plot brewing to defame indian tea, says modi riled by chai in thunberg toolkit? During his poll campaign rally in the tea producing state’s Dhekiajuli on Sunday, Modi was apparently referring to activist Greta Thunberg’s controversial ‘toolkit’, wherein one of the action points was to ‘disrupt yoga and chai image of India’. The other target perhaps was a Greenpeace study in 2014 that claimed Assam tea growers overused pesticides The prime minister says international forces are trying to attack India’s tea-based identity, but did not name anyone Centre Reaching out to farmers ■ ■ Assam’s happiness and progress are its tea gardens. Who knows the taste of Assam tea better than me? That’s why I always see the progress of tea workers with the progress of Assam, he said Reaching out to the tea workers, he said the Centre has alloted `1,000 crore for the sector in the budget to uplift their lot `584 crore given to 7.5 lakh by assam govt under a scheme for tea workers CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI At least 10 dead, up to 150 missing in Himalayan glacier break Five bridges washed away, 17 villages totally cut off after a portion of Nanda Devi glacier breaks off; flash floods destroy a couple of power plants in Uttarakhand V i n ee t U pa d h yay @ Chamoli A glacier break that swept into the Rishiganga and Dhauliganga rivers in Reni and Tapovan villages, 26 km from Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, triggered a massive flood and claimed at least 10 lives on Sunday The number . of casualties can rise because nearly 125-150 labourers working at a power project in TapovanReni are missing. Disaster struck around 10 am. A total of 17 villages got totally cut off as five bridges were washed away Residents of seven of these moved . to safer places. People of the 10 other villages are being provided help, said officials. Damages were reported at Tapovan dam on Alaknanda river, while the 13.2 megawatt Rishiganga hydropower project was completely swept away Around 176 . workers were working on these projects. Close to 250 personnel from the National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Indian Army and Indian Air Force joined the rescue work, said Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat. The state government has announced `4 lakh each for the families of the deceased. “All our efforts are focused on reaching people and providing relief. Our brave forces are doing their job and we have support from the whole nation. Essential items, medicines, choppers of Indian Army, Air Force and state government are on standby the CM added. ,” The labourers missing are mostly from the state. Some are from Nepal and western UP ITBP . rescued 16 people trapped in a tunnel of a dam which is a part of the hydroproject. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Rawat Continued on: P7 and assured all help. FlagIndia’s Capitol at Red Fort was Hill moment Flying the flag at the top of Red Fort on Republic Day was akin to the violence that erupted on Capitol Hill in the USA, said former Vice President of India, M Hamid Ansari | P7 express read NMA’s draft bylaws for Srimandir draw flak Puri: The new draft heritage bylaws framed by National Monument Authority (NMA) proposing restriction on construction activities within 100 metre of the Sri Jagannath Temple have triggered protests from all quarters - servitors, locals of Puri as well as political outfits cutting across partylines | P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Major natural disasters Dhauliganga hydropower project in Chamoli district 1991 6.8 quake in undivided UP in October 1991 killed over 760 people, thousands of houses destroyed 1998 Malpa village in Pithoragarh district destroyed in landslide; 255 people, including 55 Kailash pilgrims, killed 1999 6.8 quake hit Chamoli district killing over 100 people. Rudraprayag district, too, affected 2013 Cloudbursts in June 2013 in Uttarakhand caused massive floods and landslides. 5,700+ killed; over 3 lakh pilgrims trapped for weeks Chamoli calamity 1 Part of Nanda Devi glacier breaks off Uttarakhand india 2 Rishiganga power plant in Reni swept away Bridge across the mountains destroyed Rishiganga merges with Dhauliganga river Chamoli disaster rings the global warming alarm bell E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Dehradun Rishiganga River 3 Raini Chak Lata 1,388 m 4 Dhauliganga River Record water level at 11 am in Joshimath area The 480 MW NTPC hydel project over Dhauliganga at Tapovan that was extensively damaged | PTI Rescuing of labourers from Tapovan tunnel Scary roar out of nowhere from the hills E x p r ess n e w s S e r v i c e @ Dehradun At Reni village that is at the epicentre of the tragedy Sand, eep Nautiyal was lazing around on a bright and sunny Sunday when he heard a big roar from the hills. He looked around and spotted the horrible avalanche menacingly approaching at least 5 km away . His first instinct was to rush out of his house and alert fellow villagers to flee, shouting ‘Bhago Bhago’. “Suddenly we heard a mix of a roar and a slight tremor. We saw this huge wave coming down the mountains washing off everything in its way said Nautiyal. ,” The village of 300-odd people Odisha seeks withdrawal of draft heritage bylaws they must be consulted before any process to restrict their rights is unThe Shree Jagannath Temple Admin- dertaken by the NMA. This is also imistration (SJTA) on Sunday wrote to portant as any adverse impact on the National Monuments Authority sevayats have a direct bearing on con(NMA) requesting it to withdraw the tinuity of Niti-Kanti (rituals) of Sri draft heritage bylaws for Sri Jagan- Jagannath,” the Chief Administrator nath temple in the interest of the Holy wrote. Trinity, servitors and devotees. Kumar pointed out that the State Commissioner of Endowgovernment has acquired land ments CR Mohapatra has also and properties for strengthenwritten to the NMA to withing safety, security along with d r aw t h e n a m e o f S r i Any regulation provisioning proper amenities Brahmeswar temple in Bhu- which has the for devotees and tourists baneswar from the bylaws as around the temple under Shree potential to restrict the shrine is likely to be inJagannath Heritage Corridor cluded in the Integrated Ekam- development of (SJHC) project. These properfacilities and ra Development Plan. ties have been acquired by the amenities on The draft bylaws have progovernment through negotialand voluntarily posed stringent restrictions on contributed by tions and most of the people construction activities around the devotees of have come forward to contribSrimandir and other temples. the Lord will hurt ute their land and properties Stating that Lord Jagannath their sentiments f o r t h e p u r p o s e , h e is the ‘Aradhya Devata’ of Odimentioned. Dr Krishan Kumar, as and millions of Hindus Chief administrator, “People agreed to part away across India and the world, with their ancestral properties SJTA Chief Administrator of SJTA for the comfort of millions of Dr Krishan Kumar wrote that a large devotees who visit the temple to get a number of sahis (habitations), which g l i m p s e o f M a h a p r a b h u a t are more than a millennium old, exist Srimandir. around the temple. These sahis are Any regulation which has the pomostly habitations of sevayat families tential to restrict development of fawho have been rendering service to cilities and amenities on land volunthe Lords since time immemorial. tarily contributed by the devotees of “As they are likely to be severely the Lord will hurt their sentiments,” and adversely affected by the move, Dr Krishan stated. CONTINUED ON: P5 E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar fashion statement Odisha Ikat makes way to wedding couture D i a n a S a h u @ Bhubaneswar Odisha Ikat is all set to make its place in the wedding trousseau. With brides and grooms becoming increasingly willing to give up heavily embellished couture for ethnic weaves on their big day the traditional han, dloom of Odisha is ready to make a grand entry into the bridal fashion market. In a move in the direction, the Odisha State Handloom Weavers Cooperative Society Ltd (Boyanika), launched its Odisha Ikat wedding collection on Sunday The designer col. lection brings together an amalgamation of perfect wedding silhouettes combined with traditional Odisha Ikat fabrics infused with a new life. Developed by Boyanika’s empanelled designers – Akanksha Sarkar, Handlooms and Textiles Secretary Shubha Sarma launching Boyanika’s wedding collection in Bhubaneswar on Sunday | Irfana Binoy Munda, Manas Deo and Purbi Mishra - the collection comprises lehengas, salwar suits, sarara dresses, kurta pajama, sherwanis, kurtas with jacket and indo-western suits, mostly done in silk. “For over a year, Boyanika has been marketing designer garments based on Odishan weaves. This is for the first time Ikat garments have been designed for a wedding collection”, said Secretary Handlooms and Textiles department Shubha Sarma, inaugurating the collection at the ongoing National Handloom Expo in the Capital City . In this juncture of rapid diversification in product and design in fashion clothing, Odisha hand-wovens like Sambalpuri and Nuapatna Ikat sarees and fabric, Sonepuri Bomkai, Kotpad vegetable dyed sarees, scarfs and fabrics, Gopalpur Tassar fabrics have created niche for themselves in the State as well as country, said Sarma. The designers said the wedding collection will be appealing to the sensibilities of modern yet traditional Indian brides and CONTINUED ON: P5 grooms. located near the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve mostly has shepherds, farmers and workers. “Landslides during monsoon are common, but this avalanche in winter is shocking,” said Shankar Rana, another resident. At least five locals are feared missing and 180 sheep and goat were swept away by the flash floods. It was a glacial break alright, but the jury is still out on how and why it actually happened. However, the mismatch between the haste in commissioning projects in the ecologicallyfragile zone and the need to fortify mitigation mechanism suggests it was a disaster waiting to happen. Experts blame it on the lessons not learnt by successive governments, given Uttarakhand’s history of natural disasters. A former glaciologist at Dehradun’s Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, D P Dobhal, called for a detailed probe. “Lake formation must have happened, which breached today and caused the floods,” Dobhal said, adding that heavy sediments in the floodwater indicate an avalanche or glacial debris could have triggered the burst. “It will take time to ascertain the reasons as had happened with the 2013 disaster in Kedarnath. After investigation it was confirmed to be a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF),” said Dobhal. The possibility of the incident being GLOF has rung alarm bells among the glaciologists. Given that it occurred in winter, it would signal that global warming was a major contributing factor. The incident may come as a sad vindication for Ravi Chopra, the chairman of a Supreme Court-appointed high powered committee (HPC), which had recommended scrapping of 23 out of 24 hydel projects slated for construction above an altitude of 2,000 metres in the aftermath of the 2013 floods. “In 2014, we submitted a report war ning against constructing hydel projects at an altitude above 2,000 metres, noting various vulnerabilities which could result in a major disaster. Altitude above 2,000 metres is para glacial region, where heavy constructions should be avoided,” he said. P7
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