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Heavy rain in Delhi leads to waterlogging, traffic jams

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New Delhi, July 20: People in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) got relief from the sweltering heat on Thursday but early morning heavy rain caused waterlogging in many key roads and residential areas, sparking traffic snarls during peak hours.

The Delhi Traffic Police helpline received over 70 complaints of waterlogging, while many traffic signals also stopped functioning due to the rain.

“Till now we have received more than 70 complaints of waterlogging in the city. We are trying to look into the matter one by one,” a senior officer said.

He said that most of the complaints were related to South Delhi neighbourhoods such as Nizammudin, Malviya Nagar and Okhla, among others. Over 20 complaints were reported from East Delhi as well.

The India Meterological Department said that till 8.30 a.m. on Thursday, Delhi had received 25.8 mm of rainfall. It forecast light showers throughout the day.

Common people suffered the most due to the traffic snarls caused by the waterlogging.

“Such was the traffic jam due to the water logging that I was stuck in the Lajpat Nagar-Ashram stretch for one-and-a-half hours. It felt as if no cars were moving. If such is the condition then better Delhi does not receive rain,” PR professional Govind Pradhan, whose office is in Noida, told IANS.

People in Noida too witnessed similar situation as office goers and schoolchildren had to suffer the most in massive traffic jams as many signals were not working, adding to the chaos.

“I had to sail through to reach my office,” said Sunil Kothari, who works in a media house based in Noida.

Kothari said roads and bylanes in and around Sector 19 and 20 were submerged.

“I had to drive through a huge mass of water. It was a bumper-to-bumper jam.”

According to the IMD, the minimum temperature was recorded 25.2 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.

The Met has forecast light rains through out the day.

The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 35 degrees celsius.

Humidity at 8.30 am was 98 per cent.

Wednesday’s maximum temperature was recorded 28 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature was recorded at 36 degrees Celsius.

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Sonia, Priyanka meet Rahul

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New Delhi, Dec 18: Amid the BJP’s election victories in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, former Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi met Congress President Rahul Gandhi here on Monday.

Rahul Gandhi had campaigned in Gujarat extensively before assuming the charge of party President on December 16. After Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka left, Rahul Gandhi went to attend Parliament.

The BJP retained power in Gujarat and ousted the Congress in Himachal Pradesh.

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Balochistan: 8 killed, several injured in Quetta Church blast

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A blast in Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in Quetta of Balochistan claimed 8 lives. Meanwhile almost 44 people are injured.

According to pakistani media Gunshots were also heard at the site, where the explosion took place.

All casualties were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta.

Pakistani news paper Dawn confirmed that Four suicide attackers struck while church service was ongoing. Initial reports suggested an explosion took place, which was followed by a sustained gunfight.

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Parliament winter session adjourned till 18th December

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New Delhi, 15th December: Rajyasabha adjourned till 11 am on 18th December after MLAs kept shouting and sloganeering. Before adjourning the house the Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien asked all MLAs if they don’t want private Members’ Bills. Replying to the deputy chairman the members said ‘no.’

Private Bills to be introduced in Rajyasabha 

Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe (BJP) to introduce The Educational Innovations Commission Bill, 2017.

V. Vijaysai Reddy (YSR Congress) introduces The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (insertion of new article 21B), The Prevention of Enforced Disappearance Bill, 2017 and The Prevention of Torture Bill, 2017.

T. Subbarami Reddy(Congress) introduces The Flood and Drought Control Bill, 2017 and The Play Schools (Regulation) Bill, 2017.

Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (Trinamool Congress) introduces The Bail Bill, 2017 and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (amendment of article 366).

Narayan Lal Panchariya (BJP) The Vedic Education (Compulsory Teaching in Educational Institutions) Bill, 2017, The Solar Power (Development, Promotion and Mandatory Use) Bill, 2017 and The Judicial Statistics Bill, 2017

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raises the issue of PM Modi’s allegations against former PM (Manmohan Singh) & others of conspiring with Pakistan for Gujarat Election 2017, says, ‘ye sadharan aarop nahi hai.’ House adjourned till 2:30 pm.

Members of Rajyasabha on the first day of Winter session raised issue of Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar’s disqualification. ‘Taanashahi nahin chalegi’ slogans raised by opposition, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said ‘All in Well, not well!’. House adjourned till 12 noon.

Vijay Goel of the BJP makes a statement on government business from December 18, 2017. He lists the Bills the government has had passed by the Lok Sabha, pending in the Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduces the newly inducted Cabinet Ministers, in Rajya Sabha. Earlier today, he introduced them in Lok Sabha.

Lok Sabha adjourned till 18th December 11 AM, after obituary references.

Vice chairman of Rajyasabha and Loksabha speaker read obituary references after the start of parilament session with National anthem.

Earlier Prime minister Narendra Modi has hoped for productive outcomes from the session . Talking to media PM Modi said, “I have faith & all-party meeting y’day shared same idea that this Parliament session should be held with positive approach to move the country forward. I also hope that country will be benefited & democracy will be strengthened from the session: PM Modi ahead of winter session.”

Meanwhile after a meeting on Thursday(14th December) the opposition discussed startegy to encirlce the government over various issues like Rafael Deal, GST, Iflation etc.

Amit Shah is also making his first parliament debut through Rajyasabha from this winter session. This session will also  be the first full-fledged session chaired by the recently-elected Vice President M. Venkiah Naidu.

This partliament session is the shortest of all winter sessions from last 2 decades. Opposition parties also criticised the government for compromising with parliament session for political gain.

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