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Heavy rains lash south Gujarat, transport disrupted

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Ahmedabad, July 12: Heavy rains lashed south Gujarat region during the last 24 hours ending Wednesday, caused by cyclonic circulation system over Chhattisgarh and Odisha, disrupting transport services.

Out of the 250 odd talukas (blocks) of the state, 99 received a significant amount of rainfall led by Navsari district with 178 mm. Mahuva in Surat district received 176 mm rain.

This was followed by Jalalpore with 169 mm, Valod 142 mm, and Valsad with 126 mm. Halol region in Panchmahals district a in central Gujarat received 123 mm of rainfall.

The torrential downpour disrupted rail services in the state forcing cancellation of many trains, especially on the busy Ahmedabad-Mumbai route. The Karnavati Express and aAhmedabad-Mumbai Double Decker Express had to be cancelled, while the Garib Rath had to be halted at the Vadodara railway junction.

There were reports of waterlogging on many of the roads, including the national highways. The traffic got jammed on the national highway 8A near Navsari in southern Gujarat.

Due to the heavy rains and water logging, around a thousand persons had to be relocated to safety.

Waterlogging was also reported from Valsad district, where the rising waters of the Auranga river entered many houses.

Jayesh Patel, a revenue official in Valsad said: “Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed to help relocate residents.”

A total of fifteen teams of NDRF have been deployed across the state, and are on a standby, ready to be put into action in case of disasters. The state authorities have advised fishermen not to venture out into the seas.

“Heavy rainfall is expected in the eastern, central and southern districts of the state like Dahod and Panchmahals in the next 24 hours to follow. There will be normal to moderate rains in north Gujarat, Kutch and the rest of the state for a couple of days,” said India Meteorological Department director Jayanta Sarkar.

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BJP MLA Manvendra Singh quits party, says ‘Kamal Ka Phool, Badi Bhool’

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Jaipur, Sep 22 : Former Union minister Jaswant Singh’s son and BJP MLA from Sheo constituency in Rajasthan, Manvendra Singh, on Saturday announced his decision to severe ties with the party.

He made the announcement while addressing a mammoth “Swabhimaan Rally” in Pachpadra of Barmer district.

The differences between Manvendra and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surfaced in 2014 when his father Jaswant Singh was denied ticket from Barmer parliamentary seat, from where the party fielded Colonel Sonaram. Jaswant Singh still contested as an Independent and lost the election.

On Saturday, amid thousands of supporters, he raised a slogan “Kamal Ka Phool, Badi Bhool” in the rally. He said that he had been maintaining silence for the last four-and-a-half years obeying senior leaders of the party. “But, now I have lost all my patience.”

He also sought opinion on his decision from the people attending the rally, to which the crowd responded saying “BJP Chhodo” in unison.

The rally was attended by many senior leaders from the Rajput community.

Speaking on the occasion, he said: “My fight for self-respect will spread to the entire state and its impact will also echo at the central level. Pachpadra is the starting point of this storm and its impact will also reach Jaipur.”

However, Manvendra has not yet disclosed the course his political career will take from here on, but announced that he will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, speculations are rife that he would join the Congress party soon.

When contacted, Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) President Sachin Pilot told IANS that he would not make any comments on the matter now.

However, he said that the list of BJP leaders leaving the party is getting longer which shows that all is not well with the party.

“Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should introspect on this issue,” he added.

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Uttar Pradesh: Minor raped in Gonda, body dumped in school toilet

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Lucknow, Sep 22: The body of a minor girl was found dumped in a school toilet in Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. 

According to Prime facie, it appears to be rape, Gonda Supredent of Police told news agency IANS.

The body was found in the primary school toilet in Basanatpur village. Forensic experts have taken samples from the crime scene and a probe is underway to nab those responsible, Singh said.

As per the reports, some youths of the area have been detained for questioning.

A six-year-old- girl had come with her grandparents to a relatives’ house to attend a religious ceremony. She had gone missing since Thursday late night.

Later, her body was found on Saturday after the school reopened following a day’s holiday for Moharram.

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Woman, differently-abled daughter murdered in Delhi’s Mianwali

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New Delhi, Sep 22: A 60-year-old woman and her differently-abled daughter were found murdered at their residence in Delhi’s Mianwali area on Saturday.

Shashi Talwar was found with her throat slit while her 40-year-old daughter, Nidhi, was killed with blunt force. They were reportedly found with their hands and mouths tied; police said.

Ruling out the possibility of robbery, police said that the entry in the house was friendly because there were 2 teacups lying in the drawing room. The pieces of jewellery were intact.

The bodies were first found by their maid, who called the police. “There is no CCTV outside the home. The maid went inside from another door,” police stated.

Shashi Talwar’s husband died two years ago. She has one son living in Canada and another one in Mumbai.

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