Mumbai Rains: Citizens battle heavy downpopur, more showers likely today
Torrential rain accompanied by strong winds pummelled Mumbai, disrupting rail, road and air services, uprooting trees, swamping homes, and bringing the megapolis and satellite towns to their knees. People’s woes were compounded by the high tide that prevented natural drainage of water into the sea. Meteorological department sources said Mumbai recorded copious rain of 65 mm in just three hours. Thousands of vehicles were stranded on arterial roads in Lower Parel, Dadar, Kurla, Andheri, Khar West, Ghatkopar, Sion and Hindmata areas that were under knee to waist deep water for several hours, many having broken down. Suburban rail services, the lifeline of the metropolis, were thrown out of gear.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentencing: Victim’s family expresses relief; awaits verdict in murder case
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh exploited scores of female disciples but the tortured victims stayed silent due to a feeling of “community shame”, says the woman who dared to challenge the self-styled godman. But she and her family had to cope with countless threats and mental pressure for 15 years, the victim says. To add tragedy to trauma, her brother was murdered. Now, with Ram Rahim Singh behind bars, sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection with the sexual exploitation of the victim and another woman, an atmosphere of jubilation prevails in a village along the GT road. The victim, whose family lives here, said that they had been connected with the Dera for 40 years since Baba Satnam Singh was its head.
Gorakhpur child deaths tragedy: College principal, wife taken into custody
Former principal of the government-run BRD medical college in Gorakhpur Rajiv Mishra and his wife were today taken into custody by Uttar Pradesh’s Special Task Force (STF) for questioning in connection with the death of 60 children within a span of 48 hours at the hospital. According to SSP, Gorakhpur, Anirudh Sidhartha Pankaj, a police team last night also went to the home of Dr Kafeel Khan, the former nodal officer of 100-bed AES ward in the hospital who was removed after the child deaths, for questioning but he was not there.
Nagpur Mumbai Duronto Express derails: Read first hand account of passenger
An unexpected shudder and a massive jolt accompanied by a screeching sound woke me up from my early morning slumber on a lower berth in the air-conditioned coach. The next thing I knew I was on the floor of the compartment. Luggage was strewn around and some of my co-passengers were shouting. All of us could feel the train sliding unnaturally, as if taking a forced detour. I clutched the lower end of the seat with one hand and kept the other on the window pane waiting for the coach to stop its slide. When it did, my dazed fellow passengers and I gingerly found our feet and looked out the window of our A2 two-tier coach.
Railways may scrap cash based system; here are the potential windfall gains
Come financial year 2018-19, the Indian Railways (IR) may shift to accrual-based accounting from the current cash-based system, a move that will help it identify its lakhs of unknown assets, assess long-term liabilities and draw a clear picture of return on investments. The change in accounting practice will also help the transporter identify its loss- or profit-making lines of businesses and services and take necessary steps to stem losses and boost profits. A pilot project on accrual-based accounting has already been completed in the Ajmer division of Northwestern Railways and at the Kapurthala rail coach factory.
How Narendra Modi government is looking to make for a sweeter festive season for you
The food ministry has imposed limits on stocks sugar mills can hold during September and October, in a bid to discourage hoarding and curb any potential price rise during the festival season. Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan tweeted on Tuesday the stock limit for September has been fixed at 21% of the total sugar available with the mills during entire 2016-17 marketing year (October 2016- September 2017) and that for October is kept at 8%. Paswan, however, insisted: “There is no shortage of sugar for domestic consumption in the country.”