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Over 1.30 lakh people bitten by stray dogs in Kerala this year
Thiruvananthapuram: “Despite a vast cleanliness drive and sterilisation initiatives, “God’s own country”, Kerala, continues to be a safe haven for stray dogs, if the latest figures released by the state government are any indication. According to the government, over 1.30 lakh people have suffered stray dog bites in Kerala so far this year. Local Self Government minister A C Moideen gave the figures as a reply to an unstarred question in the state assembly on Monday. A total of 1,34, 253 people had sought treatment in hospitals across the state following stray dog attacks this year, while 1.66 lakh people were attacked by stray dogs in 2018, 1.51 lakh in 2017 and 91,833 in 2016, he said. Stating that the government was giving financial aid to those who suffer stray dog attacks from the fund of the respective local self-government institutions, the minister said a total of Rs 44.29 lakh had been sanctioned for the same in the financial year 2019-20. To regulate the stray dog menace, Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme was being implemented with the support of district panchayats and all-women-network, Kudumbashree. Between June 2017-October 2019, a total of 43,834 stray dogs had been sterilized in the state under the initiative, the minister added. (PTI)

UP man walks to police station with wife’s severed head
Agra: In a shocking incident, a man in Uttar Pradesh severed the head of his wife when she tried to stop him from drinking, and later walked to the police station carrying the head. The accused then carried the head to the police station on Monday morning and confessed to the crime. The incident took place on Sunday night in Etmadudaula area under Hari Parbat police station in Agra. Naresh, who works as a TV repair mechanic, was married to Shanti 17 years ago, and the couple have three daughters and a son. Naresh is an alcoholic and this was a cause of friction between him and his wife. According to reports, Naresh was drinking at his house on Sunday night when his wife tried to stop him. An angry Naresh picked up a chopper and cut off his wife’s head. He put the severed head in a canister late in the night. He locked up the room in which his wife’s body lay. When the children woke up in the morning, they did not find their mother. The eldest daughter peeped into her parents’ room and saw the mother’s body. She informed her relatives who in turn informed the police.Even as the police started hunting for Naresh, he reached the police station with the canister in which he had kept his wife’s head. (IANS)

400-yr-old fair in Himachal
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatraya on Monday inaugurated the Lavi Fair, which is almost 400 years old, at Rampur town that was once a centre of barter trade with Tibet. On the occasion, he appealed to the people to contribute towards making Himachal free from drugs and promote organic farming. The Governor said the Lavi Fair has its own historical importance and is famous not only for trading activities but also for its age old traditions. He said the fair has remained an important trade fair between India and Tibet for centuries. Even today, the tradition is as vibrant as ever. The fair will conclude on November 15. The Lavi Fair dates back to the time when Raja Kehari Singh of Rampur Bushahr state signed a treaty to promote trade with Tibet. Rampur, 120 km from Shimla, was once a major trade centre as it is located on the old silk route connecting Afghanistan, Tibet and Ladakh. (IANS)

Man dies in mobile phone blast
Bhubaneswar: A 22-year-old man died after his mobile phone exploded while charging in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district, said police on Monday. The mobile phone exploded, which was being charged, while the youth was sleeping in a room in Paradip on Sunday night, police said. The deceased has been identified as Kuna Pradhan, a native of Ranpur village of Nayagarh district in the state. He was engaged as a labourer in the construction of Jagannath temple in Paradip. The temple is being constructed by the Jagannath Truck Owners Association. President of the association, Chhaila Chandra Jena, said he rushed to the spot after getting information around 5 a.m. and informed the police. The Jagatsinghpur police registered a case and sent the body for post-mortem. (IANS)

Cleanliness drive at 50 beaches
New Delhi: The Environment Ministry is launching a mass cleanliness drive at 50 beaches under the “Swachh – Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan”. The government’s effort is to clean up the beaches and create awareness among citizens about the importance of coastal ecosystems. The campaign from November 11-17 will clean the beaches in 10 coastal states/Union Territories (UTs), namely Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. The beaches have been identified after consultations with the states/UTs, the Environment Ministry said. The cleaning drive will involve school/college students who are part of eco-clubs, district administration, institutions, volunteers, local communities and other stakeholders. State nodal agencies for the eco-clubs will be facilitating the week long cleanliness drive. (IANS)

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