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Heavy rains continue to lash Mumbai; Train services hit, Dabbawalas call off duty



Mumbai Rains
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Mumbai, July 10: Incessant rains continued to lash Mumbai on Tuesday, normal life affected due to waterlogging. 

According to the Indian Meteorological Department heavy to very heavy rain is expected to occur across Greater Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar between 10th to 13th July.

Since last few days, Heavy rains battered Mumbai, hitting normal life, disrupting rail and road traffic.

Waterlogging has been reported from Nalasopara, Hindmata, Thane, and Kurla.

Due to waterlogging between Matunga and Sion. Trains are running with caution. Up fast locals are delayed by 15-20 minutes. While AC local train services to remain suspended today on Nallasopara section till further information.

Mumbai’s pervasive Dabbawalas, have suspended their work on Tuesday across the city.

In last 24 hours till 8:30 AM today, Mumbai witnessed 165.8 mm of rain and Mumbai Suburb has received 184.3 mm of rain.

Water-logging near Matunga police station

Visuals of Kings Circle on Eastern Express Highway

Railway tracks of Sion station

High tide in Mumbai

Central line services hit between Sion and Matunga

AC local train services remain suspended at Nalasopara

Tiffin services cancelled 

Early morning visual from Nallasopara station

Visuals from Nala Sopara’s Pandey Nagar area

Visuals from Dadar TT area

Waterlogged streets of Sion Panvel Highway and Chembur

Visuals from Andheri and near Dadar Police headquarters

Heavy duty pumps are being used to pump out water from railway tracks at Dadar, Matunga Road, Goregaon and other locations.

Heavy rain continues to lash Palghar; Visuals from Vasai

Foot over bridge (FOB) at Kurla station waterlogged

Heavy rain has led to a flood-like situation in Thane

Visuals of waterlogged streets from Nala Sopara in Palghar. 



India, Britain share assessment of global terror threats




New Delhi, Nov 16: Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, India and Britain on Friday shared their assessment of terror threats across the world, including cross-border terrorism in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region during the 12th Meeting of India-UK Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism here.

“Both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry said.

“They shared assessment on the prevailing terrorist threats globally and in their region including cross-border terrorism in the Af-Pak region,” it stated.

The meeting came ahead of the 10th anniversary of the four-day cross-border terror attack in Mumbai that started on November 26, 2008, and left over 160 people dead and over 300 injured.

The attack was carried out by the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

In Friday’s meeting, both sides exchanged views on current counter-terrorism challenges, including countering radicalisation and violent extremism, combating financing of terrorism and preventing use of internet for terrorist purposes and agreed to strengthen cooperation in dealing with these challenges.

“The two sides also deliberated upon measures to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation through regular exchange of information, mutual capacity building efforts, sharing of best practices and mutual legal assistance,” the Ministry statement said.

“Cooperation in multilateral fora such as United Nations and Financial Action Task Force was also discussed,” it added.

During the meeting, the Indian side was led by Mahaveer Singhvi, Joint Secretary (Counter-Terrorism) in the External Affairs Ministry, while the British delegation was led by Jane Marriot, Director of the Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit.

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Radicalisation of youth in Kashmir still poses a challenge : Army



Srinagar, Nov 16 : The army’s northern command chief Lt General Ranbir Singh said there is a decline in the number of youths joining militancy in Kashmir but radicalization of youths is still high in the Valley .

With regard to recruitment , it is a matter of satisfaction that for the past some time there has been a relative decline in the number of youths joining militancy.

“There have been large number of reports of radicalisation of youths and Army’s Goodwill Schools were helping check the radicalisation,” Singh said.

“Army Goodwill Schools as part of Operation Sadhbhawna by the Army have acted as a catalyst to ensure no radicalization takes place & there have been no reports of any student of AGWS who has got carried away towards radicalization,”GOC-in-C Northern Command said.

“Panchayat polls are an integral part of our democratic process. We are hopeful to have a secure environment & people should be able to come out to vote in a free & frank manner,” Lt General Ranbir Singh GOC-in-C Northern Command, said.




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Railway minister Piyush Goel heckled in Lucknow




Lucknow, Nov 16 : Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal was heckled at an event in the state capital on Friday evening after he made some remarks on a senior functionary of the Northern Railways Men’s Union.

In Lucknow on the second day of the ongoing three-day convention of the union, the minister said that Shiv Gopal Mishra, a veteran trade unionist, was “misguiding youth working as apprentices with the Railways.”

His remark led to chaos as railmen squatted on the stage, raised anti-Goyal slogans and even threw a plant-pot at him.

The minister was saved from physical harm as a Railway Protection Force (RPF) man blocked the way.

When the Railway Minister continued with his speech, the railway employees rushed towards the stage and disrupted his speech. A free-for-all ensued as security men protecting the minister took him to the safety of his car.

The irked railmen did not stop at this and targeted the vehicle of the minister and smashed a window glass.

Many senior trade union leaders and Lucknow mayor Sanyukta Bhatia were present at the dais when the incident occurred.

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