Pune floods as Dams fill up

The incessant heavy downpour highly  affected Pune and the Konkan region, as public transport came to a halt.

Pune has received 55% more rainfall than the average this monsoon according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The average annual rainfall figure for the city is 497mm but Pune has received rains exceeding 630mm this year, which is significantly higher.

Trains from Pune to Mumbai along the Manmad- Daund route have been cancelled. The Deccan Express, Singhad Express and the Manmad Express too have been cancelled because of the heavy rains.

The bridge on the Mutha river which connects Deccan with the city’s Peth area, was submerged in water as Khadakwasla Dam released a huge volume of water.

No damage to life and property have been reported yet , said the Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC) officials. But a number of tress have fallen due to the rains in certain parts of the city.

The continuous rainfall since Tuesday, September 19,  has filled the major dams around the state to its capacity. 23 dams out of 37 in the state had to release the excess water.

The intensity of the rainfall is  expected to reduce after Wednesday as per the IMD.

Sources: The Hindu

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5 killed as heavy downpour hits Sikkim

The continuous heavy rainfall which led to landslides killed five people in Sikkim on September 20.

Around 2 am a house collapsed after a landslide hit it following incessant rainfall at Upper Gurpisey, among the five people in the house three were killed and two survived with severe injuries. The deceased have been identified as Nikhil Rai(11), Nikita Rai(15) and Passingkt Bhutia(21). The injured were rushed to the Namchi Hospital and the buried bodies were taken out by the rescue team later.

The second landslide which occurred around 3 am at Upper Bokrong ward, Katong Namphok GPU took away the lives of a woman and her daughter as their house collapsed. The deceased woman has been identified as Manju and her daughter Angel.

Transportation has come to a standstill as all the roads in the area have been blocked and damaged.

A disaster control room had been set up at the Namchi Police Station said, SSP Pratap Pradhan. The district administration has further sought additional forces for search and rescue process.

The officials said that families have been evacuated from vulnerable areas.

Sources: Times of India, NDTV 

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AIADMK Crisis: TN Governor meets Rajnath Singh

Amid an ongoing political crisis in Tamil Nadu the Governor C Vidyasagar Rao met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on September 19.

A day after the disqualification of 18 MLAs  owing allegiance to the rebel AIADMK(All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagamleader) TTV Dhinakaran, Rao met the Home Minister at his residence in New Delhi. According the TOI, the Governor informed the Home Minister about the current political development in Tamil Nadu, in the 20-minute meeting.

Rao arrived a day earlier in Delhi and met President Ram Nath Kovind and the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.  The opposition parties and the and the rebels of the AIADMK legislators have urged the Governor to convene the assembly for a floor test at the earliest. Rao is yet to take a decision on the Chief Minister K. Palaniswami  vote of confidence.

The disqualified MLAs accused Palaniswami of being corrupt and  said they had no confidence in him.

The Governor is scheduled to fly on the afternoon of September 19 to Chennai, where he will meet the CM to discuss his approach on summoning the assembly .

Sharif absent at court hearing

Nawaz Sharif, the ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan failed to appear before the court on a hearing of corruption cases against him. According to the TOI, he was in London taking care of his ailing wife hence couldn’t come before the court.

The accountability court is hearing the corruption cases filed against Sharif after the Supreme Court on July 28 and was disqualified in the Panama Papers scandal.

The court had summoned Sharif, his daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar for the first hearing on September 19.

Sharif’s political advisor, Asif Kirmani  was present in the court on his behalf.”I informed the court that my leader (Sharif) was in London along with the entire family due to illness of wife,” he said. Sharif’s wife is undergoing cancer treatment in London.

The court accepted the plea and the case was adjourned till September 26. Fresh summons to be issued for Sharif’s family to appear on the next hearing ordered court.

According to the SC, the accountability judge should resolve the case with in six months.

Sources: TOI, Hindu

SC to hear plea on Blue Whale ban

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a petition to ban the online game Blue Whale, which has lead to several deaths and suicide attempts of teenagers.

As per The Hindu, the petition was heard by a bench led by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra. The PIL was filed by N.S Ponnaiah from Madhurai through  Advocate C.R Jaya  Sukin  who urged that the Government should take immediate steps to spread awareness about the threats posed by the game and its availability online should be curbed.

Sukin mentioned that the Government has not taken enough measures even after the number of cases of self- inflicted injuries and suicides have substantially increased.

“Till the date September 5, media reported that at least 200 people had committed suicide after playing the online Blue Whale game. Most of them are young children under the age group of 13, 14 and 15 years,” the petition said.

It also said that while all the other countries had taken initiative to curb the online game, India still has not taken necessary actions.

The petition further stated that the parents are in a state of panic as the game has spread its root  across all the cities of the country even encouraging school children to play.

Sources: Business Standard, The Hindu

Man shot dead in Gurgaon

A man was shot dead at Jharsa Road, Gurgaon on July 28. According to the Indian Express the police has identified the deceased as Surender Rana who worked for a news channel, JK 24×7 News.

The deceased was in an SUV and the assailants in a Santro when the accused allegedly blocked the way of the SUV and involved in an altercation with Rana. It reached to such a level that four of them snatched the license pistol of Rana and shot him, said the police.

Rana sustained five bullet injuries and was rushed to the Civil Hospital, where he was declared dead.

Rana’s wife filed a complaint at Civil Lines police station and named four people, including a woman, who she suspects to be behind the murder. The case has been registered under sections 302(murder) and 34(common intention) of the IPC, and relevant sections of the Arms Act.

The body has been sent for post mortem for further investigation.“So far, it appears to be a case of personal enmity. We are investigating all angles and hope to nab the culprits soon,” Sandeep Khirwar Commissioner of Police said.  The police have procured CCTV footage for further investigation.

The four accused were arrested last year in a case of theft and assault, were out in bail.

News Source: Indian Express, NDTV

Image Source: Indian Express

3 dead in a bakery chimney collapse

A 30-foot-tall chimney of Aqsa Bakery at Jogeshwari West fell, resulting in 3 deaths and leaving 2 injured. All the 5 were employees at the Bakery.

The incident occurred on July 22, around 10.15pm. They were taken to Cooper Hospital in Andheri and Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care Centre.The deceased were identified as Kismat Shakoor Ali and Jitendra Rudan Harijan, both 24, and Teji Morari Bhargav, 22, all hailing from Uttar Pradesh.

As per The Hindu, Subhash Khanvilkar, Senior PI, Oshiwara police station, said that they have asked for expert opinion on whether it was due to the negligence of the owner or the rains and further actions will be taken only after they have received a report from the PWD and the BMC building permission department.

“The chimney had been made of bricks and was around 15 feet in height. Around six years ago, residents had complained of smoke from the bakery. The BMC had intervened and the height of the chimney was increased to nearly 30 feet, and a metal out-way had been fitted on top,” said Akhlaqe Shaikh,40, an employee of the bakery. He further added that the construction had no leakages, but the metal extension had no support and the night of the incident being a windy one might have caused it to fall.

Basic repairs were in progress as the bakery had been leased out a month back. The bakery had around 35 employees, all lived on the premises. On Saturday night, 17 of them were in the Bakery.

News Source: Hindu, Indian Express

Image Source: Times Of India