Is Ghaggar river that flows in Haryana, the mythical river Saraswati? Several studies conducted along Ghaggar’s palaeochannel may suggest so.
“Several studies including explorations and excavations have been carried out both by the Government and non-governmental organizations along the palaeochannel, represented today by the Ghaggar river in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat. Some researchers have ascribed this palaeochannel to the Saraswati river mentioned in ancient Indian literature, ” Minister of State for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma informed Lok Sabha.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had already conducted about 10 excavations under Saraswati Project since 2003, Sharma said, and added that the excavation work at the ancient mounds of Binjore, District Ganganagar, Rajasthan during the field season 2014-1015 is in progress.
Around four sites in Haryana namely Adibadri, Thanesar, Bhiranam, Hansi have been excavated by ASI to identify the mythological river. Similarly, in Rajasthan four sites namely Baror, Tarkhanwala Dera, Chak 86. Karanpura have been dug out. Two more sites in Gujarat’s Kachchha district have been surveyed by ASI to search the long lost river.
Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta on Tuesday barred all police personnel with medical issues, as well as women cops with children under five from the frontline duty in a bid to protect them from undue exposure to the risk of Covid-19.
The decision has been approved by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who has asked the DGP to ensure all protective and welfare measures for the corona warriors.
The DGP said there had been concerns expressed on this count during several calls received on the newly launched tele-counselling facility for anxious police corona warriors and their families.
At present, there are over 48,000 police personnel engaged in curfew enforcement and relief measures across the state and the tele-counselling facility was launched on April 20 to equip police officers and their families with additional information and skills to cope with the psychological aspects of the Covid-19 duties, including a high degree of risk of contracting infection. (IANS)
Rajasthan is leveraging technology extensively to enable stranded students in Kota to return to their homes.
So far, more than 27,000 students have been re-partriated, out of which 12215 are from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, 2,813 from Madhya Pradesh, 342 from Gujarat, 3,000 from Bengal, 2000 from Maharashtra and 38 from Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Similarly, 2,200 students hailing from Rajasthan have been sent to their respective native districts.
District Administration is providing end-to-end support which includes data collection, state-wise sorting of the data and location-wise sorting of the number of students from each state so that the government can arrange transportation for these students. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has appealed to the respective state governments to come forward to help these students to return their homes on humanitarian grounds.
“It is our duty to send kids back to their home. These are teenagers living away from their parents and preparing for examinations. We do not want them to struggle with anxiety due to lock down and hence we are putting all the efforts to make sure they reach back home safely. We have been co-ordinating with all the CMs of other States as well to ensure safety and security of the children,” said the Chief Minister.
The CM added, “The government has been working to bring migrant labourers in other States back home as well.”
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“Kota is the city which is the education capital of India and students from all the 35 states and union territories come here to study and fulfill their dreams, we requested the ministry of home affairs to prepare guidelines so that we can send back the kids to their home all the governments from various States have coordinated well enough and more than 70% of kids have been sent back home in a great manner and a very safe manner,” said Om Birla, Speaker, Lok Sabha.
As a first step of the repatriation process, students are required to fill in the Form created by administration which is sent to all students. The students are required to provide their name contact number, state district and boarding location and coaching ID proof. Team is actively compiling and sorting the data according to the states. After data sorting, buses are being organised wrt number of students per boarding locations and students is notified of its reporting time. (IANS)