21 killed, 29 rescued after building collapses in Mumbai

At least 21 people have been killed, with dozens other injured when a ground plus six-storey building in Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazar area collapsed at around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.

CM Devendra Fadnavis reached the spot, at 5 in the evening and took stock of the situation. He announced exgratia of Rs five lakh, to the kin of the deceased in the building collapse.

According to DNA, the building was 117 years old and around 12 families residing in it, with the ground floor occupied by six go-downs. 29 people have been rescued by teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Fire Brigade, which categorized the collapse as a level III emergency.

Rescue operation became difficult, as the debris caught fire when the gas cylinders exploded in the sweetmeat factory. The fire added to the suffocation of the victims, those were still trapped.

Residents of adjacent sky-scrappers have been evacuated as a safety measure. Subhash Desai, guardian minister of Mumbai assured angry local residents that an elaborative inquiry will be held behind the reason for building collapse.

In July, 17 people were killed when a four-storey building collapsed at the Siddhi-Sai Cooperative Housing Society.

Sources – DNA, Indian Express 

Bale and Co. dominate Deportivo as Ramos sees red

Estadio Riazor was brought down to its knees, as Real Madrid ousted Deportivo 3-0 as Bale, Casemiro and Kroos were on target in the season opener for the reigning champions. The only blotch in their performance was the red card shown to captain Sergio Ramos just seconds before the final whistle.

Madrid shot stopper, Keylor Navas denied Florin Andone not once but twice in the opening 15 minutes, as the visitors took time to settle down their nerves.

But the attacking class of Zinedine Zidane’s men were too much for the hosts as Gareth Bale tapped into an open goal after being squared off by Karim Benzema.

The second goal was the result of an exquisite build up when 44 passes were exchanged, before Marcelo put in an inch perfect cross for Casemiro at the second post.

The second half turned out to be more fiesty in nature as Ramos clashed numerous times with Andone. The Andalusian defender was lucky to continue after he pushed Schar with a smack in the face.

The hosts were weaving attack after attack but Madrid clamped down on any hope of a comeback when Bale produced some quality hold up play before laying it up for Kroos, who simply passed the ball into the net.

Navas continued his fine form as he denied Andone from the spot after Carvajal brought down  Bruno Gama at the edge of the box. At the last minute, Ramos was sent off with a second yellow after he elbowed Borja Valle in the air.

Real Madrid will be back in action next Sunday when they take on Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu.

News Sources- Marca.com, As.com 

Asensio fires Madrid to fourth trophy of the year

Real Madrid defeated Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeau, in a late-night kick-off on Wednesday winning 2-0 (5-1 agg.) to become the Spanish Super Cup Champions for the tenth time.

It was one-way traffic right from the start, and Madrid drew first blood as early as the fourth minute when Marco Asensio pierced the net from 35 yards out with a screamer that left Barcelona goal keeper Ter Stegn glued to his feet. Karim Benzema heaped misery on the Cules as he slotted home a left footed finish around the 40th minute.

When the team sheet was drawn cynics raised their brows over Zinedine Zidane’s team selection, as he chose to rest Gareth Bale, Isco and Casemiro, while only Luka Modric returned to the thick of things. Lucas Vasquez along with Asensio were put in to stretch and inject pace in midfield while Mateo Kovacic along with Toni Kroos anchored at the centre of the park.

Ernesto Valverde’s decision to go with a three-man back line with Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique and Umtiti backfired and soon Sergi Roberto was pushed back from his midfield role.

Madrid pressed high, which unsettled a midfield without Iniesta and the defense was too brittle and disorganized to contain the attacking prowess of the Whites.

Messi was the only live wire for Barcelona, but lack of support from his partner Luis Suarez did not help the cause. There was intent to get on the score-sheet but Keylor Navas pulled off two fantastic saves, one from Messi and the other from Suarez to maintain a clean-sheet.

Both teams start their league campaign on Sunday as Madrid will travel to Deportivo whereas, Barcelona would host Betis at Camp Nou.

News Sources- Marca.com, The Guardian 

A letter to the future me…

Dear Future Me,

Hey, you there. You. Yes, you. I am talking to you. I see your masks have become healthier than before. They are beaming with confidence. Exuberating radiance, that you lacked some six years ago. I was passing by your office two days ago, just then I found you hopping out of your car and frantically running towards the gate. You were late may be. Yes, I know some habits die hard.

It seems the masquerade is going on well. By the way, what happened to your plans of leaving civic society and moving to a hill station where nobody knows? Are you still on it? Or, the cosy armchair, the upholstered car seats and beds have made you a slave of the capitalist masters? You knew it from the beginning I guess, that you are a slave of materialistic pursuits and a narcissist massager of your own ego, ready to pounce on anything to salvage your ends. Look, your masks have helped you in this pursuit.

Do, you still cry on your living floor when our parents are out. Oh, I am sorry you moved out to achieve your dreams, leaving them behind. Still, do you cry like a child when your rival channel edges you out on TRPs? Don’t just smirk at me. I am not writing this to haunt you of your hostel days, where you found the bubble burst within just days of initiating your adventure. But with a hope that these words would hold a mirror in front of you reflecting the monster that you are, and your idealized visions that you spun in hour eyes some six years ago.

You always wanted a secluded life, away from the din and bustle of the city. A community where people do not run. A place where people have the time for each other to get down from a bike and talk for five minutes rather than putting up a fake sophisticated “Hii”, with an equally artificial smile. You wanted to know people by chatting with them, may be by sitting under a banyan tree with an earthen cup of tea in your hand and indulging into their deeper recesses of mind, by accessing their myriad of experiences by making them talk about them. Yes, you have been doing the same things just in a very professional way. A pen camera has become your aide, in digging up things secretively and bringing them up to public eye. People trust you easily, therefore they let you in their private spaces and what you do, you make business out of that. You ride your luxury car by decimating people’s trust, their expectations and belief.

You hated to go to parties, remember? You didn’t even attend your freshers, because you thought reading again Kafka’s Metamorphosis is better than immersing oneself in booze and psychedelic lights. Now, it has become customary to attend weekend parties, where you drink up to the neck and dance with other’s wives. But you have been a lecher since school, so it’s nothing new to you. Do you read books, nowadays? Or watch some movies just for the sake of watching it, and not to find out any controversy that can feed you with more viewership? I know you want to throw this letter away, right now and again bury yourself in one of those work files. But, try to finish it. It can act as a photograph of your distant aspirations, as now you don’t look back. Only the next milestone beckons you.

You hated to work at home. Do you take your ppts to your bedroom now, or leave them at your office desk? What about your childhood buddies? Do you remember their birthdays? Care to give them a call once in a while. I know you are in touch with your sound designer friend, that is good. At least you get rid of that mask for some time when you are with him. But what is there behind that mask? Or has the mask itself has become your face? I dread the second possibility, if it is true. I know you will touch your face now to feel the softness of your skin and again be assured that you are not wearing any mask, and the allegation is false, just to pacify yourself that everything is alright.

Get out of that bubble. Burst it down, even if it means to lose your armchair in office, for which you have toiled your brain and brawn, day and night. I know you cried when you did not feature on the best writers podium in your undergraduate days, but you did not lose that sensitivity which edged you from others. That cannot get lost. Remember your favourite that all you need is a bed and four square meals a day. Why do you remain perennially irritated with yourself, and why is that your joys last for only a day, even if that comes from achieving the prestigious award that you craved right from the day you walked into your chamber? Try to stand in front of the mirror once again, just as you used to do when you over-burdened yourself with unnecessary work that did not appeal to your aesthetics and you still had to do because of the tyrannous professor. You refrained from doing them or even if you did, it would lack your hallmark. Question yourself, did you pursue your passion only to be dominated by some stupid numbers. You believed in art for art sake. You did not care if the mass did not like your poetry or thoughts, because you believed that self-enjoyment is the sole purpose of any creative exercise.

Tear down that mask and set free yourself of the inhibitions that shackle you. You are the Rintrah of Blake’s universe who is an eternal rebel shaking fire into the burdened air. Step out of those Alberto Torresi formals and step into those hawais that have gathered the dust of neglect. Live out of that bow, which tries to strangle that vibrant soul and wear an old loose jersey, once your favourite and now lost in one of the lower trays of your wardrobe. Start ransacking the ordinary for, therein lies the extra-ordinary. Everything is not lost, as that child in you comes out everytime Madrid wins a match. Underlying that mask there still remains a caring husband who makes it a point to drop her off to office every morning.

Hope I have been able to cheer you up again and has persuaded you enough to follow your nascent dreams and not the plastic ones manufactured by the proneness to adhere the common wisdom of the world.

Yours lovingly,

Left back self

Aadhar mandatory for death registration post October 1

The Union Government has mandated that starting October 1, the aadhar number of the expired person is mandatory to register his death at both burning ghats and graveyards. The states of Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam have been barred from the notification and a separate date will be notified to them later.

If the person, does not possess an aadhar then a separate certificate will be produced at the spot of registration, stating that the person deceased lacks an aadhar number as to the best of his or her knowledge. Any false declaration will be treated as an offense according to the guidelines of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1967.

All departments regarding birth and death registration of state governments along with union territories have been notified.

This is implemented to ensure that identity fraud is minimized, as per the statement released by Registrar General of India. It is also hoped that it will increase accuracy of information and faster dealings in that event of crisis for the family.

The State Governments must revert back to the Centre, within September 1, updating their state of preparedness to embrace the new system.

News Source: Hindu, Times of India

Image Source: UDAI website

SC quashes Congress plea to disallow NOTA to three RS seats in Gujarat

Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra, Amitava Roy and A.M. Khanwilkar decided to freeze Congress’ plea to abolish None of the Above (NOTA) from the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. NOTA will continue to feature as an option on the ballot paper, which was introduced by Election Commission (EC) in 2014.

Senior advocate, Kapil Sabil, argued that NOTA will foment to be a recipe for corruption, and it was the court’s responsibility to stop the rot at the stems. He raised the concern that MLAs might cross vote once again, throwing party directives to thin air or invalidate their vote by exercising NOTA.

Closely observing Sibal’s apprehensions, Justice Roy asked Sibal whether Congress is already forecasting a defeat.

The bench also argued that NOTA has been in place since Jan 26, 2014 and it didn’t understand why Congress is filing a petition at the 11th hour.

Although the BJP has supported Congress’ claims regarding NOTA, they have maintained a strategic silence in SC on the issue.

Rajya Sabha elections are due on August 8, with ten seats up for grabs; one from Madhya Pradesh, three from Gujarat, and six from West Bengal.

SOURCES: THE HINDU, TOI

IMAGE CAPTION: ELECTION COMMISSION

Australian foreign minister opposes Beijing’s activities in South China Sea

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop is in New Delhi and amidst tense border situation near Doklam plateau in Sikkim, Bishop pricked another volatile international issue concerning water boundaries when she confirmed that Australia believes in free navigation for trade to prosper and her country does not support Beijing’s unlawful construction of artificial reefs and new military bases throughout the disputed region of the South China sea.

 “We continue to oppose the construction of artificial reefs and militarisation of those structures in the South China Sea,” the visiting minister said.

 She emphasized that it would be in the best interests of all parties concerned to engage in dialogue with Beijing, and one should also consider that while China should show more restrain, it will be unfair to impose any sanction which could hurt China’s economic interests.

 Bishop said that Australia continues to support India’s claim in the UN security council to reflect “contemporary realities” and also wished to strengthen the Indian Ocean Rim Association forum calling for a maritime exercise involving India, Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries.

 India and Australia have also signed a nuclear co-operation agreement where India can import Uranium from Australia to feed its ever-increasing energy requirements.

News Source: Hindustan Times, Skynews

Image Source: PTI