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Feb 08, 2021 09:04 AM IST Daybreak

Uttarakhand Floods: Tapovan Dam Heavily Damaged, IAF to Airlift Specialised Personnel to Site Today
A glacier broke off in Joshimath in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district around on Sunday, causing a massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river and endangering the lives of people living along its banks. Here are some of the key highlights. Two power projects - NTPC's Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project and the Rishi Ganga Hydel Project were extensively damaged with scores of labourers trapped in tunnels as the waters and sludge came rushing in.

'Tractor Revolution' Buzz Word as Farmers Oppose Old NGT Order to Ban Diesel Vehicles
Farmers protesting against the Centre's new agricultural laws are rallying behind the call for a 'tractor revolution', while expressing disappointment over a 2014 NGT order banning diesel vehicles, including tractors, older than 10 years in Delhi-NCR. 'Tractor Kranti (revolution)' became a buzz word after farmer leader Rakesh Tikait's call on Saturday for mobilising support of tractor-owners for the ongoing stir against the contentious agri-marketing laws.

Oxford Vaccine: Six Problems That Have Taken it From Most Promising to the Most Controversial
News around the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine seems to get worse by the day. And for no country more than for India, which is committed heavily to this particular vaccine through a massive production arrangement with the Serum Institute of India (SII). New and worrying limits to the efficacy of this vaccine have surfaced over the weekend after it was found nearly ineffective against a new variant of the virus that has come to be known as the South Africa variant.

As Sasikala Returns, a 'Jittery' AIADMK Warns of Riots; TN Govt Seizes Property of Her Kin
Properties owned by V N Sudhakaran and J Ilavarasi, close relatives of expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala and co-convicts in an assets case, in the city have been confiscated in compliance with a 2017 Supreme Court order, the Tamil Nadu government said on Sunday. The action, announced a day ahead of Sasikala's proposed return to the state after serving the four-year term in the case, applies to nearly 6,000 sq ft land and buildings with a constructed area of 4,300 sq ft plus in downtown Chennai.

Father of Slain J&K Teen 'Militant' Among 7 Booked for 'Unlawful Assembly' after Stir Demanding Body
The Jammu and Kashmir Police has slapped an FIR against seven persons, including the father of a teenager who was killed along with two other men in an “encounter” in Srinagar on December 30 and buried at a faraway locality. The FIR has been filed against an “unlawful assembly” in Pulwama. “Yes. It is against an unlawful assembly at Bellow on February 5, 2021. It is against a mob,” a police officer told News18.

'Walked Out Silently, May be to Avoid Backlash': Munawar Faruqui's Late-Night Release from Prison
Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui walked out of Indore central jail late on Saturday night, a day after the Supreme Court granted him bail in a case for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. Faruqui was released from the jail after the prison authorities received the order of the Supreme Court, an official of the jail said. Arrested for allegedly hurting religious sentiments, Faruqui was in Indore jail since January 1.

'A Door Has Been Opened': Pope Francis Appoints More Women To Vatican Posts

Pope Francis has appointed two women to Vatican posts previously held only by men, in back-to-back moves giving women more empowerment in the male-dominated Holy See. He appointed Nathalie Becquart, a French member of the Xaviere Missionary Sisters, on Saturday as co-undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, a department that prepares major meetings of world bishops held every few years on a different topic.