Incessant rains kill three in Mumbai; hit local train, other transport services

Incessant rains killed three people, including a 13-year-old boy, in Mumbai and adjoining Thane District on June 24 and 25. Continued rain has hit the road, air and train services. Several parts of the suburbs, including Malad and Powai, received heavy rainfall on June 24 and recorded the highest amount of rainfall at 110.80 mm to 78 mm between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, a Met department official said.

Two people were killed and three others were injured when a tree fell on them near Azad Maidan on June 24. All the five victims were rushed to GT Hospital, where two were declared dead.

A boy was killed and his parents were injured when a wall collapsed on their house at Wadol village in Ambernath taluka of Thane, Santosh Kadam, civic body official reportedly said.

Continuous rainfall has caused water logging at some stations, disrupting local train services and also affected the arrival of flights at Mumbai airport on 22 June afternoon. Even it has led to the closure of main runway about 30 minutes.

“Commuters are suggested to keep a check on Twitter and radio channels as we will be communicating about the diversions,” said Amitesh Kumar, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

“Expect showers to be as intense today as well,” private weather forecaster Skymet said.

A K Gupta, General Manager Western Railway, is proceeding to personally monitor the restoration work of affected UP line track between Bhilad and Sanjan due to very heavy rains during the previous night. Efforts are on for early restoration, Western Railway stated.

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A part of an under-construction building collapsed on June 25 in Wadala but no injuries were reported from the incident.

Due to fall of tree at Mahananda Dairy, near NESCO, slowing down traffic on Western Express Highway in both directions: Mumbai Police.

According to India Meteorological Department, heavy to very heavy rain is likely to continue in the region. #Maharashtra

Western Railway suburban trains, Suburban trains on main harbour and transharbour lines are despite heavy rains.

Due to heavy rainfall between Thane and Byculla stations, trains on Up and Down lines running late by 15-20 minutes.

Due to heavy rain between Virar and Surat all Mail express trains arriving at Bandra Terminus, Dadar Terminus and Mumbai central are expected to arrive late: Divisional Railway Manager- Mumbai Division of Western Railway.

Due to continuous rains water logging is expected in Dadar TT, Kabutarkhana at Dadar, King Circle, Nagpada, Santacruz (East) and Marol Maroshi Malabar Hill, Hindmata, Dharavi, Byculla, and Andheri subway.

Journalist Organisations Condemn BJP MLA’s Open Threat To Journalists

The Indian Women’s Press Corps, Press Club of India, Press Association and Federation of Press Clubs of India condemn the threatening and intimidating remarks made by an elected member of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly directed at journalists in the valley.

BJP MLA and former minister Chaudhary Lal Singh warned journalists at a press conference in Jammu to “draw a line” openly threatening them with consequences and warning them of a fate similar to that of Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of Rising Kashmir who was shot dead less than a fortnight ago. 

Bukhari’s assassination was condemned by a wide section of people and journalist organisations. 

Chaudhary Lal Singh also blamed  journalists in Kashmir for creating a “wrong atmosphere” and told them to “control” themselves. The lawmaker had been dropped from the Cabinet after he joined a rally that supported the accused of the Kathua gang rape and murder.   

The Journalist organisations demand that strict action be taken against the lawmaker for making threatening remarks hinting possible violence at journalists in the valley. Such statements are nothing short of criminal intimidation and a direct attack on the freedom of the press. They also serve to vitiate the atmosphere and endanger the lives of journalists who work and live precariously in areas under conflict. 

Two LeT terrorists killed in encounter in south Kashmir’s Kulgam

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists were killed by security officers in an encounter in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Sunday, police said.
The encounter began on Sunday afternoon at village Chadderbhan in Kulgam as Jammu and Kashmir Police, along with the CRPF and the Army, were carrying out operations to clear a national highway ahead of the Amarnath Yatra, which will begin on June 28, a senior police official said.
Further details were awaited, as encounter is still going on.

PM Modi Inaugurates Delhi Metro’s Mundka-Bahadurgarh Section

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Sunday inaugurated the Bahadurgarh-Mundka Metro Line via video conference.

Congratulating the people of Haryana and Delhi on the commencement of this new section of the Delhi Metro, he said “he was happy to see Bahadurgarh connected with the Delhi Metro.”

This is the third place in Haryana, after Gurugram and Faridabad to be connected like this.

The Prime Minister spoke of how the Metro in Delhi has positively impacted the lives of citizens. Noting that Bahadurgarh is witnessing tremendous economic growth, the Prime Minister said “that there are several educational centres there, and students from there even travel to Delhi. The Metro will make this more convenient,” he added.

PM Modi said that “there is a direct link between connectivity and development. He said the Metro will mean more employment opportunities for the people in the area.”

The Prime Minister said that “the Union Government has brought out a policy relating to Metros, to bring uniformity and standardisation in metro rail networks across the country. He said the objective is to build convenient, comfortable and affordable urban transport systems in our cities. He said that the aim is also to boost “Make in India” by making metro rail coaches in India itself.”

The Prime Minister said that “the process of making Metro systems is also linked to cooperative federalism. Wherever Metros are being built in India, the Centre and the respective State Governments are working together,” he added.

Noting that New India requires new and smart infrastructure, the Prime Minister said that the “Union Government is working on roads, railways, highways, airways, waterways and i-ways. There is focus on connectivity and on ensuring that development projects are completed on time,” he added.

India beat Pakistan 4-0 in the opening match of Champions Trophy

(Photo Courtesy – Hockey India)

India opened its campaign in style by crushing arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0 in Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament at Breda, Netherlands on Saturday.

India scored three goals in the last quarter, after leading 1-0 at the half-time break. Ramandeep Singh scored the opening goal of the match in the 26th minute, while Dilpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh and Lalit Upadhyay scored goals in 54th, 57th and 60th minute to provide India a comprehensive victory over Pakistan.

The Indian Team put on a brilliant performance all over the turf in their first game of the Rabobank Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy.

India will now play reigning Olympic champions Argentina in their next round-robin league match tomorrow

25 Air India flights delayed due to Technical Glitch

As many as 25 Air India flights were delayed worldwide on Saturday after a software malfunction in the check-in software hampered operations.

The departure timings of around 25 flights were affected and the delays owing to the software malfunction stretched from 15-30 minutes.

According to the airline spokesperson, “The server we use was down for a while, the software-related glitch affected check-in and other services, which were handled manually, however it has been restored. We are still examining the extent of the delays.”

Air India in an official tweet said, “Due to unexpected network connectivity issues at SITA Atlanta Datacenter , which had a worldwide impact, 25 flights were delayed from 1210 hrs to 1510 hrs on Airindia network. Operations are normal now.

SITA, a global airlines IT services solution major manages Air India’s check-in, boarding and baggage tracking technology.

Seychelles President Visits Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad

President of Seychelles, Danny Antoine Rollen Faure on Saturday visited the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and paid his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. In the visitor’s book of the ashram he wrote a message which says, “The principle of non-violence is what we need to teach the children of our world, and what was expressed by Gandhi many years ago remains relevant today, An eye for an eye will make the world blind.”  

President of Seychelles also visited IIM Ahmedabad earlier in the day and took a short tour of the heritage campus.

President Danny Faure is on 5 day state visit to India from 22-27 June 2018 and is accompanied by a high level delegation comprising of Cabinet Ministers and other senior officials of the Government of Seychelles.

The Seychelles President is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review wide-ranging bilateral cooperation including in the fields of defence and security and development partnership. 

President Danny Faure will also be accorded a ceremonial welcome including inspection of a Guard of Honour at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 25th June followed by a visit to Rajghat.
During his visit, the President of Seychelles will also be visiting the states of Goa and Uttarakhand. 

5 women activists gang-raped at gunpoint in Jharkhand, Assault filmed

Five women activists between the ages 20 to 35 were gang-raped at gunpoint in Jharkhand. They were abducted by unidentified men when they were performing a street play raising awareness about human trafficking at Kochang in Khunti District on June 19 afternoon, police said. According to police rapists also filmed the acts of sexual assault to black mail them.

A.V. Homkar, Ranchi range deputy inspector general, reportedly said, “The survivors, engaged with an NGO supported by Christian missionary, were abducted by motorcycle-borne armed men while they were performing a street play at RC Mission School. They were forced to sit inside cars, taken to a nearby secluded place and raped”

According to reports the five women taken captive also had two nuns and they were released unharmed.

“The police have detained nine individuals for questioning and that a medical board has been formed and three teams also had been formed to investigate the matter,” local police office Ashwini Kumar Sinha reportedly said.

“We are not ruling out the possibility of the involvement of trafficking gangs and are investigating all aspects,” Sinha said.

MAG initiates probe into fresh revelations under Panama Paper Leak 

The government’s multi-agency group (MAG, includes Tax department and the Reserve Bank of India), set up by the Finance Ministry in April 2016 to probe foreign assets of Indians, initiated investigations into fresh revelations under the Panama paper leaks.

A press note issued by the central board of direct taxes (CBDT) on June 21 said that the Income tax department and other member agencies of MAG have already investigated 426 people reported in the Panama paper leaks in 2016. However, the probe agencies only found 74 cases actionable among them.

In 74 cases actions were taken in 62 cases with searches conducted in 50 cases, and surveys in 12 cases which resulted in detection of undisclosed foreign investments of about Rs. 1,140 crore.

“After thorough investigation, involving examination of the disclosures made in the I-T returns, particularly the foreign accounts schedule, residential status, responses to questionnaires issued, responses received from foreign jurisdictions and details of foreign remittances made, 352 cases were found to be non-actionable,” the CBDT said.

“New documents will also be examined in a reasonable time-frame and initial verification has already started… we are already trying to complete investigations in as many cases of Panama Papers as possible within the current assessment year, and many under the black money Act,” CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra said.

The CBDT release also stated “The fresh release made in the media today under the ‘Panama Paper Leaks’ is being promptly looked into by the law enforcement agencies under the aegis of the MAG.”

Ministry said that the probe conducted in Panama Paper cases reflect the government’s continued focus in bringing back black money.

Security Forces Kill 4 Terrorist in Encounter in J&K’ Anantnag 

Four terrorists including the head of the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) were killed on Friday in an encounter between militants and security forces in Anantnag District of Jammu and Kashmir. A policeman and a civilian were also killed in the crossfire.

The encounter started on Friday morning when security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Srigufwara area of the district in south Kashmir after receiving intelligence input about the presence of terrorists, a police official said.

According to reports, owner of the house died in the crossfire and his wife has been injured.

Reportedly Internet services have been suspended in Srinagar and Anantnag.

This is the first Army operation against terrorists after imposition of the governor rule in the state.

More information on the ongoing encounter is awaited.