The southwest monsoon set in over several parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, with the financial capital experiencing waterlogging, disruption in local train services and heavy rains.
Mumbai’s Colaba and Santacruz recorded 65.4 mm and 50.4 mm of rainfall respectively between 8:30 am on Tuesday and 5:30 am on Wednesday. South Mumbai has been witnessing heavy rainfall since late Tuesday night. Entire stretch of Breach Candy has been waterlogged and footpath too has been submerged. Rainfall also caused low visibility on eastern freeway.
Mumbai police issued an advisory for commuters to avoid some areas due to waterlogging — Netaji Palkar Chowk, SV Road Baherambaug Junction, Sakkar Panchayat Chowk, Neelam Junction, Govandi, Hindamata Junction, Iqbal Kamani Junction, Dharavi Restaurant, Dharavi, Sion Junction and King Circle.
A third wave of coronavirus infections in India is now unavoidable and could hit the country as soon as six to eight weeks, AIIMS chief Dr. Randeep Guleria said today. The vitality of the new wave, however, would depend upon the vaccination coverage and the level of adherence to COVID-19 protocols. Many Indian states have begun reopening after lengthy lockdowns over the second wave.
The references to China, direct and indirect, at the G7 Summit are helpful from India’s point of view in taking cognisance of the mounting Chinese threat with which the country is now confronted more openly and durably
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced Team India's Playing XI for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, starting June 18. Pacer Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who missed the recent series against England, have returned to the XI. Interestingly, India enter the finale with three seamers and two spinners as Ravichandran Ashwin also receives a call-up.
Public Sector Bank (PSB) Unions have threatened an indefinite strike over the privatisation of PSBs in case of adverse announcements like loss of jobs or pensions, Moneycontrol has reported. The United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) has alleged that bank employees may be pressurised to take VRS and that privatisation poses a larger threat to employees in the clerical cadre. "In case the scheme is detrimental to employees, we will go on indefinite strike unless such measures are rolled back", All India Bank Employees' Association General Secretary C H Venkatachalam.
(Eds: With more inputs, reax) Kolkata, Jun 18 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's counsel Friday wrote to the secretary of the Acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, seeking reassignment of her petition challenging the election of BJP's Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram, to another bench.