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Rajasthan, UP may witness more thundershowers

According to Met, a western disturbance approaching North India and that has brought in moisture from North India too. The weather system over Rajasthan formed due to winds from west.

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New Delhi, May 4 : While nearly 100 people died in dust storms and lightning strikes in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan overnight, many more parts of country will witness thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds, the Met department warned on Thursday.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Rajasthan and UP may witness another episode of dust storm and thundershowers.

Weather analysts said there is a fair amount of moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal and from North India, which will lead to formation of storm clouds and widespread thundershowers across East India, Gangetic plains, southern India and Central India.

“Districts in coastal Andhra Pradesh are likely to receive heavy rain and then thunderstorms in days ahead,” an IMD official said.

Ten people were killed as heavy rains lashed Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, officials said. While five people were killed in various rain-related incidents in Telangana, an equal number of deaths were reported from Andhra Pradesh.

Delhi on the other hand may see strong surface winds during the day time towards Sunday, the IMD said.

Delhi, that saw 14.4mm rainfall over past 24 hours, recorded a mximum temperature of 35.2 degrees on Thursday, three notches below the season’s average. The minimum temperature was recorded at 19.8 degrees, five notches below the season’s average.

Rajasthan, which that saw at least 31 dead, with causalities reported from Alwar, Dholpur and Bharatpur districts,may see another spell of duststorm and rains over next few days.

The regional weather office in Jaipur had issued a warning for dust storm, light rain and thunderstorm for Alwar, Banswara, Bharatpur, Dholpur, Dausa and Bhilwara.

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“With temperatures expected to rise again and continuous incursion of moisture, Rajasthan will see more thunderstorms and dust storms,” said an IMD official.

On Wednesday, a combination of weather systems emanating from hilly states and either side of the sea, East and West, resulted in the intense thundershowers and dust storms in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh that left several dead. According to IMD, Wednesday’s episode was the heat wave in in two states, as regions in Vidarbha and Rajasthan are currently witnessing a severe heat wave and temperatures have even touched 47 degree Celsius, in Phalodi, in Jodhpur district.

According to Met, a western disturbance approaching North India and that has brought in moisture from North India too. The weather system over Rajasthan formed due to winds from west.

Apart from Rajasthan and UP, the weather systems formed due to winds from North India brought rains to Haryana and Delhi-National Capital Region too. In fact, winds were stronger in Delhi and touched a speed of 69 km/hr.

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2 Killed In Fire At High-Rise In Mumbai’s Andheri

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Mumbai, Nov 13 : At least two persons were killed when a fire broke out on the 10-11 floors of a building in Andheri West, late on Tuesday night, an official said.

The fire was reported around 10.10 p.m. in the middle floors of the 21-storied Kadam Nagar SRA Building on Veera Desai Road, police said.

“The fire has now been confined to electrical wiring, household articles, furniture in a flat on the 10th floor and in some portion of a flat on the 11th floor,” a fire official said.

At least 10 firetenders and other specialised equipment were rushed to the scene to battle the fire.

Rescuers managed to retrieve two victims who were taken to a hospital and were declared dead, said the BMC Disaster Control.

Details of the cause of the fire and the victims’ identity were not immediately available.

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UP cabinet ratifies name change of Allahabad, Faizabad

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Lucknow, Nov 13 : The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday ratified the renaming of Faizabad as Ayodhya and Allahabad as Prayagraj district, an official spokesman said.

The cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, also decided that the Faizabad division would now be known as Ayodhya division and the Allahabad division as Prayagraj.

The cabinet also approved the tabling of the report of the Judicial Commission that probed the death of 25 persons in a stampede at Rajghat bridge in Varanasi in October 2016.

The cabinet also approved a proposal to award the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Award of Merit to good teachers of the financially unaided schools of the state.

There are 19,275 such schools in the state and under the award scheme, one teacher each from every division would be given Rs 25,000.

The cabinet also fixed the minimum support price (MSP) of maize at Rs 1,700 per quintal and okayed Rs 20 as carrying charges in addition to the MSP.

The procurement would be conducted in 20 districts and a budget of Rs 214.90 crore has been fixed for buying one lakh metric tonnes.

An Amendment (Fifth) in the rule book of the Medical University Service was also made, paving the way for the post of Assistant Professor in place of Lecturer.

The cabinet also approved the transfer of 48.03 square meters of land at the government polytechnic on Faizabad road in Lucknow to the Lucknow Metro and acquisition of 130 buildings around the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi for the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project.

166 houses have already been acquired. The government has earmarked Rs 413 crore for this, of which Rs 190 crore has been sanctioned.

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Minor found dead in Manipur observation home

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Imphal, Nov 13: A minor who was arrested in connection with the death of a girl was found hanging from a ceiling fan at a government-run observation home in Manipur on Tuesday, police said.

Police sources said that the minor, a Class 12 student, was arrested on October 13 from Thoubal district.

He was remanded in the observation home, run by the social welfare department of the Manipur government.

He allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in the home. L. Manojkumar, Superintendent of the home, said the home was not responsible for the incident.

However, Yumkhaibam Lembi, the deceased’s mother, said: “My son was pressurised to confess to his involvement in the death of the girl. He was innocent.

“He had told the court that he was tortured inside the home to make him confess to the crime he did not commit,” she said.

There were protests at the home by the minor’s relatives. Police was rushed there to maintain law and order.

Security was also beefed up in the localities where the minor and the girl lived, fearing lawlessness.

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