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Mumbai rains: Amid heavy rainfall, Maharashtra government declares July 2 as public holiday

Mumbai: Amid heavy downpour causing water logging at various places in the financial capital and surrounding metropolitan area, the state government has declared July 2 as a public holiday.

"In wake of the extremely heavy rainfall forecast by the IMD, the Government of Maharashtra has declared a public holiday on 2nd July as a precautionary measure for Mumbai city and its citizens," said BMC CPRO. Earlier the state government has declared July 2 as a holiday for all the government and private schools.

"Would like to announce and confirm that tomorrow 2nd July 2019, has been declared as holiday, for all schools (public and private) in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and kokan areas," said Maharashtra School Education Minister Ashish Shelar. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted, "Intermittent rain in city and suburbs, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places" for the next 24 hours.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Pravin Pardeshi has directed all the ward officer to reach their office and monitor the flood situation. The Central railway has also suspended the movement of suburban trains, citing safety hazard. The Railways said the state government and various other agencies have been requested to run extra buses between Mumbai and Pune for intercity travellers.

Issuing advisory to West Bengal over killings my 'right': Amit Shah

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday asserted that it was his ministry's "right" to issue an advisory to the West Bengal government after the state witnessed political killings and appealed to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to ensure such incidents do not recur.

Shah was speaking in the Rajya Sabha while replying to a debate on a statutory resolution on extension of President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir. "It is my right to give suggestions. It is not because of general law and order situation but because of political killings motivated by political reasons," he said. The Home Minister said he appeals to Banerjee to ensure the political killings do not recur in her state.

His remark came in response to questions by the Trinamool Congress members who asked why the Home Ministry had issued advisory to West Bengal and not to BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, which too was witnessing killings. Making a distinction, the Home Minister said the killings in Uttar Pradesh were not politically motivated, unlike West Bengal. After his reply, Trinamool member Derek O'Brien raised a point of order, objecting to naming of Banerjee in the House and saying that political killings in West Bengal are taking place not only because of one particular party. Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, however, overruled him, saying Shah had not made any derogatory remark against the Chief Minister but only made an appeal to her.

Jammu and Kashmir: 20 killed as bus rolls down into gorge in Kishtwar

Jammu: At least 20 passengers were killed when a mini bus rolled down a hilly road and fell into deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district on Monday, a senior police officer said.

The bus, which way on its way to Kishtwar from Keshwan, skidded off the road at Sirgwari and rolled down into the gorge around 7:30 am. Bodies of 20 passengers have been recovered so far, IGP, Jammu, M K Sinha, told PTI. Earlier, police officials had said that 24 people have been killed in the accident. Rescue operation is going on, he said.


Goods train derails near Karjat-Lonavla section; 10 trains cancelled, 4 diverted

Mumbai (Maharashtra): 10 trains were cancelled after a goods train derailed between Jambrung and Thakurwari in Karjat-Lonavla section earlier today, the Central Railway said. Furthermore, four trains have been short terminated while four others have been diverted via Kalyan-Igatpuri-Manmad.

"Trains which were cancelled include 22105 CSMT-Pune Indrayani Express, 12127 CSMT-Pune Intercity Express, 11007 CSMT-Pune Deccan Express, 11026 Pune-Bhusaval Express, 51318 Pune-Panvel Passenger, 51317 Panvel-Pune Passenger, 12124 Pune-CSMT Deccan Queen and 12126 Pune-CSMT Pragati Express," said Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Mumbai.


11029 CSMT-Kolhapur Koyna Express between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Pune was cancelled while 11025 Bhusaval-Pune Express was short terminated at Nasik Road and cancelled. 11301 CSMT-KSR Bengaluru Udyan Express JCO, 11049 Ahmedabad-Kolhapur Express JCO, 12297 Ahmedabad-Pune Duranto Express JCO and 22944 Indore-Pune Express JCO were diverted via Kalyan-Igatpuri-Manmad, according to the statement.

20822 Santragachi-Pune Humsafar Express was short terminated at Panvel and 17614 Huzur Sahib Nanded-Panvel Express JCO short terminated at Pune. 17613 Panvel-Huzur Sahib Nanded Express JCO on Monday will originate from Pune, the release said.

"11030 Kolhapur-CSMT Koyna Express JCO will short terminate at Pune and will work as 11029 CSMT-Kolhapur Express JCO from Pune on Monday," it added. In the wake of the derailment, intercity trains leaving from Mumbai to Pune have been cancelled and long-distance trains from Mumbai via Pune will be diverted via Igatpuri. The Railways said state government and various other agencies have been requested to run extra buses between Mumbai and Pune for intercity travelers.


Rahul Gandhi to meet CMs of Congress-ruled states today

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy will be present at the meeting with Gandhi on Monday afternoon.

While the agenda of the meeting is not known, it is expected that there will be brainstorming over the dismal performance of the grand old party in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls, especially in the Hindi heartland states where it won three Assembly elections in December last.

At the May 25 Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, where Gandhi had offered to resign, he had lamented that Nath and Gehlot had kept their sons over the party. Monday's meeting will be Gandhi's first with the chief ministers since he told the CWC that he wanted to resign as the party chief.

Telangana: 2 cops suspended, 14 TRS supporters held after forest officials beaten up in Asifabad

Asifabad (Telangana): Two police officers were suspended and 14 people were arrested for allegedly attacking a team of forest officials in Sirpur-Kagaznagar area of Asifabad here on Sunday.

The forest officials were allegedly attacked by the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) supporters led by Zilla Parishad Vice Chairman Konaru Krishna when they went to plant saplings at a plot allotted for forest development. "Fourteen have been arrested and two police officers have been suspended for their inaction in the incident of an attack on forest officials," police said.Giving details of the incident, Inspector General of Police Nagi Reddy said: "A gang of around 30 people led by Krishna attacked forest officials who had gone to Sarasala village in Khagaznagar to plant saplings on land allotted for forest development near Kaleshwaram project."

A forest officer, Chole Anita, sustained serious injuries in the attack and was rushed to a hospital for treatment.The main accused Krishna, who is the brother of TRS legislator K Konnappa, resigned from the post after the incident. Earlier in the day, Krishna had said, "The forest department is terrorising Adivasi farmers and confiscating their land forcefully. I was there to resolve the issue and to ensure justice for tribals as forest officials were destroying their crops in the name of afforestation. I tried to pacify department authorities but in vain. The attack was accidental, not intentional."

A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered and two police officials -- Khagaznagar DSP P Sambaiah and Khagaznagar Rural Police Station Circle Inspector Venkatesham -- were suspended for their alleged inaction.

What are the benefits of these 17 castes of UP who come to SC in OBC?

These 17 OBC castes will now get the benefits of Scheduled Caste, education, education, government and power till the special cooperation

Yogi Adityanath Sarkar has put 17 castes of backward classes (OBCs) in the list of scheduled castes. These include Kahar, Kashyap, Kevt, Mallah, Nishad, Pumar, Prajapati, Dhivar, Bind, Bhar, Rajbhar etc. Now the people of these caste will become eligible for benefit to Scheduled Castes. They will get all three social, economic and political benefits. I know, what is the benefit of getting OBC from coming to Scheduled Caste, which will improve the living standard of these castes.
Political advantage
Participation in these caste politics is very low, but now they will get the benefit of reservation in the elections. There are 17 Lok Sabha seats in the UP for Scheduled Castes and 86 of the 403 Legislative Assemblies. These castes will get an opportunity to contest elections. Seats for OBC are not reserve.

Now the Scheduled Castes Commission will protect the interests of these castes

social benefit
At this time, if a senior beating OBC, the police act in the normal streams, but the SC Scheduled Caste person will be beaten up or else it will take the SC ST Atrocities Act. Under this, the accused will be arrested immediately. If the police administration does not take action then the victim can knock the door of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes. Since this commission has the judicial power, therefore the officials avoid the disregard of its orders.

Benefits of reservation

OBC has 27 percent reservation, but it has more than three thousand castes. That's why he does not get the benefit. But there are fewer castes in Scheduled Castes compared to 21 per cent and the benefits are available to everyone. In all government institutions, they will get the benefit of SC reservation, which will lead to their rapid growth.

Change of caste is also a big political issue
Fee rebate

Dalit leader and RTI activist OP Dhama says that Scheduled Caste students do not have to pay any fees in most competitive examinations, whereas OBC students are charged at the same level as normal for most places. Fees are named in schools and colleges only. Scholarships are also available. The central government has created around 10,000 de-boarding schools across the country for the education of Scheduled Castes students.

Free coaching
Free coaching facility is available for examination of Officers grade, conducted by the Union Public Service Commission, Employee Selection Commission and various Railway Recruitment Boards and the State Public Service Commission conducted by Gupta-A, B posts, banks, insurance companies and public undertakings.

UP government orders order to be issued
After this decision of the Yogi Government, all the District Magistrates have been ordered to give evidence to the families of these castes. The Governor has amended it using the power under section 13 of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Act 1994.

On behalf of Chief Secretary Social Welfare Manoj Singh, the order has been issued to all the commissioners and DM, in which it has been said that compliance with the order passed on the PIL issued in this regard in the Allahabad High Court will be ensured. Scheduled caste caste certificates should be issued on these castes based on the test and the correct documents.

Regarding the order of the 17 tribes of UP

Akhilesh-Mayawati's governments also took the decision
Attempts are being made to include these 17 upper castes in the Scheduled Castes for almost two decades. Because they are the most backward in the backward. Neither these castes have any involvement in politics nor do they become its officers. In the previous Samajwadi Party and BSP governments, they were also included in the Scheduled Castes, but the matter had gone in cold storage. Dalit thinker OP Dhama says that the Yogi government has taken this decision, then the ruling BJP will definitely have its electoral gains.

Cereals now able to get a ration card from any shop in the country

The central government is going to implement a 'country-one ration card' scheme very soon. Under this scheme, a ration card can be procured from any shop in the country. The Union Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has said that the country will soon get the benefit of this scheme.

Paswan told the Rajya Sabha in Question Hour that on Friday, the public distribution system was completely made 'cashless' and the government's plan to provide 'One Nation One Ration' card was also made available. With this, people of economically weaker sections will be able to get their share of ration anywhere in the country.

Paswan said in response to a supplementary question that according to the UN objective set by the United Nations to reduce the country from poverty, according to the Food Security Act 2013, 50 percent of urban areas and 75 percent of the rural population in rural areas The government is working towards bringing the scope of PDS. He said that bringing two-thirds of the population of the country under the PDS, rice is being given at a rate of two rupees per kg and wheat at the rate of Rs 3 per kg.

He denied any kind of distribution related to PDS saying that there will be no scope for rigging after the system is completely cashless. Paswan clarified that the beneficiary does not have the mandate to show the Aadhaar card to come under the purview of PDS.

8 killed in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra, no respite from heat in north India


No nation should allow terrorists on its land, says BRICS

Osaka (Japan): India was on Friday joined by China, Russia, South Africa and Brazil in asking all countries to prevent their territories from being used for terror activities, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the scourge was adversely affecting economic progress and social stability besides taking lives of innocent people.

The five-nation grouping -- Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) -- also underlined their commitment to fight the exploitation of internet for terrorist purposes. "We strongly condemn terrorist attacks, including against BRICS countries, in all forms and manifestations, wherever and by whomsoever committed," said a joint statement issued after the meeting attended by Prime Minister Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, pitched for "concerted efforts and a comprehensive approach" to counter terrorism under the UN auspices on a firm international legal basis. "We reiterate that it is the responsibility of all states to prevent financing of terrorist networks and of terrorist actions from their territories," the statement said. Though no nation was named in the statement, India has been highlighting how Pakistani soil and the territories under its control are being used to nurture and encourage terrorists to launch attacks in India.

"While recognising that states have the leading role to ensure safety and security in the use of ICTs, we call on the technology companies to cooperate with governments, in accordance with applicable law, to eliminate the ability of terrorists to use digital platforms to encourage, recruit, facilitate or commit terrorist acts," the statement added. Earlier, addressing the meeting, Modi said terrorism is the biggest threat to all of the humanity, as it not only takes the lives of innocent people, but also has huge adverse effect on economic progress and social stability. "We have to stop all the means of support and help available to terrorism and racism," he emphasised.

Modi noted that he recently called for a global conference on terrorism as "lack of necessary consent to fight against terrorism cannot keep us deedless." Among the two other main challenges facing the world, the Prime Minister spoke about recession and uncertainty in world economy. "One-sided decision and rivalry are dominating over rules-based multilateral international trade systems," he said. "On the other hand, the lack of resources is reflected in the fact that there is an estimated deficit of $1.3 trillion for investing in infrastructure development of emerging market economies," Modi added. Another major challenge, he said, is to make development and progress inclusive and sustainable.

"Rapidly changing technologies such as digitisation and climate change are not just challenges for us, but for the future generations also. Development is truly development in the right direction when it reduces inequality and contributes to the empowerment," he said. Making some recommendations, he said the synergy between BRICS countries can lead, to some extent, to the resolution of the side effects of unilateral decisions. "We have to keep on emphasising for reformed multilateralism in international financial and business institutions and organisations for the necessary reforms. For sustained economic growth, the required resources such as oil and gas are needed to be constantly available at low prices," Modi said.

He said physical and social infrastructure and renewable energy programmes of the member countries should be given more priority by the New Development Bank. "India's initiative for Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure will help in the development of appropriate infrastructure to face natural calamities by the least developed and developing countries. I exhort all of you to join this coalition," Modi said. He also pitched for easy movement of skilled workers around the world, saying it will also benefit the countries where a large part of the population has crossed the working age.

The BRICS nations also underlined their commitment to fighting corruption and continue to foster integrity in the public and private sectors. "We will, therefore, strive to promote international anti-corruption cooperation and strengthening of legal frameworks, as appropriate, to more effectively address cases of corruption especially with regard to assets recovery," the statement said. "We will seek to enhance our mutual efforts in the prosecution of persons sought for corruption. We recognise the role of whistle-blowers in preventing and combating corruption in both the public and private sectors and the need to improve measures to protect whistle-blowers," it added.

They acknowledged that corruption, including illicit money and financial flows, and ill-gotten wealth stashed in foreign jurisdictions, is a global challenge which may impact negatively on economic growth and sustainable development. "We will strive to coordinate our approach and encourage a stronger global commitment in this regard," the statement said. "We also recognise the need to strengthen cooperation, subject to domestic legal systems, in anti-corruption law enforcement, extradition of fugitives, economic and corruption offenders, and in recovering stolen assets," it said. The five countries also reaffirmed their commitment to support international cooperation in combating illicit financial flows, including cooperation within the Financial Actions Task Force (FATF), the World Customs Organisation and other relevant multilateral mechanisms.