Gujarat Monsoon News

Extreme weather events to rise manifold in India due to climate change: IIT-G study
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

The frequency of extreme weather events such as floods and heatwaves is projected to rise manifold in India in the future due to climate change, according to a study by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar.The research team studied the period from 1951 to 2020 to quantify India’s risk of sequential extremes — heatwaves in the summer and extreme rainfall in the following summer monsoon season over the same regions.One of the examples of sequential extremes is the heatwave and flood in Pakistan this year that affected millions of people.Similar extremes occur in India with large implications for agricultural production, public health, and infrastructure, the researchers said.The study, published in the One Earth journal on Friday, found that the risk will increase significantly under the warming climate and variability in the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) — a recurring climate pattern involving changes in the temperature of waters in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.“The frequency of sequential extremes is projected to rise manifold in the future due to climate change,” Vimal Mishra, Professor, Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar in Gujarat, told PTI.“The fraction of the total population and urban area exposed to sequential extremes will increase rapidly if the global mean temperature rises above 1.5 degrees Celsius from the pre-industrial level,” Mishra said.The researchers noted that climate mitigation and reduction in vulnerability could help in reducing the risk.The study highlighted that mega-heatwaves occurred during the summer of 1995 and 1998, with 20 per cent and 8 per cent of the country being affected by sequential extremes.The area affected by the sequential extremes is significantly higher during the positive phase (El Nino) than the negative phase, the researchers said.Going forward, the study found that the fraction of the total population and urban area exposed to sequential extremes will increase rapidly if the global mean temperature rises above 1.5 degrees Celsius from the pre-industrial level.The heatwave duration is projected to increase from, on average, 3 days in the current climate (1981–2010) to 11 days by the end of the 21st century (2071–2100) under lowest emission scenario, the researchers said.However, the duration of heatwaves is projected to rise to 33 days by the end of the century under the highest emission scenario, they said.The study found that the fraction of the population of India exposed to sequential extremes will rise considerably with an increase in global mean temperature above the pre-industrial level.For instance, median population exposure increases from 27 per cent at 1.5 degrees Celsius to 36 per cent and 45 per cent at 3 and 4 degrees Celsius global warming levels, respectively, it said.The researchers noted that a considerable reduction in vulnerability by improving socioeconomic livelihood and infrastructure will be needed to maintain the same risk (at 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming level) at higher global warming levels.“Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Karnataka have higher projected risk of sequential extremes than the other states,” Mishra said.“The risk of sequential extremes can rise up to 10 times for a few states if global mean temperature rises by 3 degrees Celsius,” he added.The researchers noted that India’s large population experiences adaptation challenges due to severe heat waves in the summer and extreme rainfall during the monsoon season.Heatwaves cause mortality and pose challenges for public health infrastructure, while prolonged extreme rainfall results in floods, which damage agriculture and infrastructure and cause human migration and loss of lives, they said.“India will need a significant reduction in vulnerability and climate change mitigation to reduce the risk of extremes,” the researchers added.

Extreme weather events to rise manifold in India due to climate change: IIT-G study
Southwest monsoon exits country after a week’s delay: IMD
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The southwest monsoon finally exited the entire country on Sunday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The normal date for its complete retreat is October 15, but in recent years the monsoon has overstayed till the third week of October.In its final leg, the monsoon has now withdrawn from Mumbai, Pune and Nashik, thus exiting Maharashtra. With this, most parts of the country will get to enjoy a rain-free Diwali this year.Normally, by the second week of October, the southwest monsoon withdraws from the entire northwest, north, and many parts of the Indo-Gangetic plains spanning up to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and most of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. But this year, rainfall activity continued and was associated with two cyclonic circulations each over east Rajasthan and south Gujarat-north Maharashtra. The persistent inflow of moisture-laden winds from both the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea fuelled the rainfall over parts of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Odisha, thus delaying the monsoon retreat.After recording 925 mm or 106 per cent rainfall during June to September, rainfall over the country continued till mid-October. The country’s post-monsoon rainfall (October 1-22) was 104 mm, which was quantitatively 70 per cent above normal.After a fortnight’s delay, the southwest monsoon on Sunday withdrew from Maharashtra. Last year, the monsoon withdrawal over the state was completed on October 17. This year, Pune city recorded a total rainfall of 817.4 mm against a normal of 605 mm, quantitatively making it 34 per cent above the June to September monsoon season average. During this period, Maharashtra recorded 1,219.7 mm of rainfall, a surplus of 23 per cent from the seasonal average.Moreover, the rainfall in October has been among the highest-ever recorded in Pune city and also in many other parts of the state. Two intense 24-hour rainfall spells – measuring 78 mm and 104.5 mm – had pushed the city’s post-monsoon rainfall to 308.5 mm against the October normal of 67 mm.Due to cloudy sky conditions that persisted for most days during October, the infamous October heat phenomenon has not happened in Pune so far. Both the maximum and minimum temperatures largely remained below normal, officials added.

Southwest monsoon exits country after a week’s delay: IMD
Dhanteras: 400kg of gold retailed in Gujarat
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Glitter indeed rained all through the sunny day of Dhanteras, as muhurat purchases drove the demand for both gold and silver. According to the estimates of India Bullion and Jewellers' Association (IBJA), about 400kg of gold and 25 metric tonnes (MT) of silver were retailed in a single day on Saturday across Gujarat. Gold price stood at Rs 52,600 per 10 gram in the Ahmedabad market whereas silver price settled at Rs 58,300 per kg here on Saturday. Jigar Soni, the president of IBJA's Gujarat chapter, said: "The gold jewellery demand is substantial. The footfalls were good throughout the day as people came in huge numbers to make purchases." Soni added: "The sales of wedding jewellery as well as lightweight jewellery were heartening. Interestingly, uptakes for coins and bars were also appreciable." The demand for gold exchange traded funds was also high. With the monsoon swelling farm yield, rural areas too recorded a significant demand for gold. "From gold jewellery to gold coins, consumers plan at least a token purchase as a matter of tradition as gold buying on Dhanteras is generally believed to herald good fortune, wealth, and prosperity," said Somasundaram P R, regional CEO, India, at World Gold Council. "The seasonal spike at this time of the year rests more on a large number of weddings and post-harvest sentiment, which sounds positive following the good monsoon." Somasundaram added: "The seasonal gold demand therefore is poised to be strong on par with pre-Covid levels, as suggested by anecdotal feedback from some jewellers. A pickup in rural demand will hold the key to surpassing last year's record quarterly demand." Jewellers said that many people came early in the day to make their gold investments, avoiding traffic snarls. A slew of discounts are being offered on making charges of gold and diamond jewellery to woo buyers. Even silver demand showed bullish signs. "Even as people sold silver bars and coins bought previously to profit-book their gains, the overall demand remained considerable. The demand for silver utensils, coins as well as jewellery was upbeat," said a city-based jeweller. "With silver prices on the lower side, young buyers often ask for exclusive and eclectic designs in silver jewellery."

Dhanteras: 400kg of gold retailed in Gujarat
India’s maritime history runs deep and long here
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Written by Vasant ShindeA LITTLE OVER 70 km from Ahmedabad lies Lothal, one of the prominent cities of the ancient Harappan Civilization, dating to 2600 BCE to 2000 BCE, located close to the Gulf of Khambhat.Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while reviewing the National Maritime Heritage Complex coming up at Lothal, spoke about how Lothal and Dholavira were part of India’s rich maritime history.Lothal and Bet Dwarka, also in Gujarat, were excavated by the late Archaeological Survey of India director Dr Shikaripura Ranganatha Rao. Dating back over 4600 years, the dockyard in Lothal is the oldest man-made dockyard, built of burnt bricks, roughly 240 m long, 37 m wide and 4 m deep, with a warehouse located next to it.The Lothal site lay on a trade route between the Harappan cities in Sindh and the Saurashtra peninsula, when Kutch was part of the Arabian Sea. Lothal flourished with advanced technological marvels that initiated India’s rich maritime history, but declined mysteriously. The evidence from Lothal suggests that the Harappans were highly disciplined people who believed in orderliness, visible in the planning of towns and cities, uniform system of weights and measures, enforcement of trade regulations, efficient administration and standardization of goods and services to facilitate production.The noteworthy artefacts found in Lothal include models of boats, Persian Gulf seals, bangles, a model of a terracotta mummy, a terracotta pyramid, Sumerian head, precious and semi-precious stones like carnelian, lapis lazuli.Being a port town, Lothal hosted traders from different parts of the world and civilizations. Along with trade products, their cultural beliefs and values, ideas and innovative techniques also transferred to Lothal, making it the hub of the culture and economy of the world.Dholavira in Kutch district lies on the Khadir Bet island, surrounded by the salt waste of the Great Rann of Kutch. It is also known locally as Kotada timba, and is one of the largest sites where the remains of the Harappan civilization have been found. Two monsoon channels — the Menhar and the Mansar — embrace the settlement. The ruins, including the cemetery, cover over 70 hectares, half of which is appropriated by the fortified Harappan settlement alone.The moundsare located less than a kilometre northwest of Dholavira village. The groundwater reserve here in its soft sedimentary limestone deposits did not fail it even during the severest droughts in Gujarat in the ’80s.This Harappan city was discovered in 1968 by former ASI director general Jagat Pati Joshi and excavated for 13 field seasons between 1989 and 2005 led by Ravindra Singh Bisht.Dholavira is unique because remains of a complete water system have been found here. The people who lived there for an estimated 1,200 years are noted for their water conservation system using rainwater harvesting techniques in an otherwise parched landscape.Evidence of inter-regional trade with other Harappan cities, as well as with cities in the Mesopotamia region and the Oman peninsula, have also been discovered. Ten large inscriptions, carved in the Harappan Valley script, were found which was billed as the world’s earliest signboard.The site comprises two parts: a walled city and a cemetery to the west of the city. In 2021 it was on the list of UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.There is evidence that the Rann of Kutch was navigable in Harappan times, which would have given Dholavira direct or indirect access to the sea. It flourished during the Mature Harappan phase, between 2600 and 1900 BCE.Dholavira followed a strict plan, but one of its kind with multiple enclosures. The overall plan has an acropolis or upper town, consisting of a massive “castle” located on the city’s high point and an adjacent “bailey”; a middle town, separated from the acropolis by a huge ceremonial ground; and a lower town, part of which was occupied by a series of reservoirs.The principal building material was stone, although sun-dried bricks were also used. Houses, wells and drains were normally made of local sandstone.Dholavira had an efficient water management system. Both the monsoon channels were spanned with weirs at certain points, not only for ponding water but also diverting it to the cascading series of reservoirs on the east, south and west.The reservoir to the east of the castle was the largest among all, ascertained to be 10.6 metres deep with flights of 30 steps.The writer is Founding Director General, National Maritime Heritage Complex, Gandhinagar, and CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology

India’s maritime history runs deep and long here
After 346% surplus rainfall in October, monsoon withdraws from Northwest India
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

After a fortnight’s delay, the Southwest monsoon on Friday withdrew from entire northwest India. Between October 1-14, the region recorded 58.4 mm of rainfall, which was 346 per cent above normal. The presence of a cyclonic circulation over north Maharashtra on October 7, which moved along south Gujarat, northeast Rajasthan, southern Haryana and Punjab till October 11 led to a five-day-long rainfall over the northwest region, including Delhi-NCR. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said that the monsoon has now withdrawn from Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat along with most parts of Madhya Pradesh and some areas of Bihar and Maharashtra. The normal withdrawal date for the monsoon from Maharashtra and Bihar is October 5. Except for Maharashtra and Bihar, all these states recorded heavy rainfall from October 6-12, the IMD said. The monsoon withdrawal line now passes through Raxaul (Bihar), Daltonganj (Jharkhand), Pendra road (Chhattisgarh), Chhindwara (Madhya Pradesh), Jalgaon and Dahanu (both in Maharashtra). In the coming two to three days, the withdrawal is expected to pick the pace and further retreat from more areas in central and eastern India and Maharashtra, the Met department said. “Conditions are likely to become favourable for further withdrawal of the Southwest monsoon from more parts of Maharashtra, central, east and northeastern India during the next three days,” IMD’s weather bulletin on the monsoon withdrawal issued on Friday said. Meanwhile, enhanced rainfall activity over southern peninsular India will commence from Friday because of two active cyclonic circulations — over the west-central Bay of Bengal and near the Comorin region. Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala, Mahe, Telangana, coastal Andhra Pradesh, coastal Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Rayalaseema will experience widespread heavy rainfall till October 17, the IMD said.

After 346% surplus rainfall in October, monsoon withdraws from Northwest India
  • After 366% surplus rain in October, monsoon finally withdraws from northwest India
  • The Indian Express

    After a fortnight’s delay, the Southwest monsoon Friday withdrew from the entire northwest India region. Between October 1 and 13, this region recorded 58.3 mm rain, which was 366 per cent above normal.The persistent presence of a cyclonic circulation, which formed over north Maharashtra on October 7 and moved along south Gujarat, northeast Rajasthan, southern Haryana and Punjab, led to a five-day-long rainfall spell over northwest India and Delhi-NCR.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said that the monsoon has now withdrawn from the entire Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat along with most areas of Madhya Pradesh and some areas of Bihar and Maharashtra. The normal date for the monsoon to start withdrawing from Maharashtra and Bihar is October 5. Except for Maharashtra and Bihar, all of these states have recorded heavy rainfall during the October 6-12 period, IMD officials said.The monsoon withdrawal line now passes through Raxaul, Daltonganj, Pendra road, Chhindwara, Jalgaon and Dahanu.In the coming days, the withdrawal is expected to pick up pace and spread to more areas of central India regions, the Met department said.“Conditions are very likely to become favourable for the further withdrawal of the Southwest monsoon from more parts of Maharashtra, central, east and northeastern India during the next three days,” IMD’s weather bulletin on the monsoon withdrawal, issued Friday afternoon, said.Meanwhile, enhanced rainfall activity over southern peninsular India will commence from Friday in view of two active cyclonic circulations — over west-central Bay of Bengal, near Comorin region. Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala, Mahe, Telangana, coastal Andhra Pradesh, coastal Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Rayalaseema will experience widespread heavy rainfall till October 17.

India sees one of wettest October months, gets month’s rain in 14 days
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

WITHIN THE first fortnight of October, multiple favourable weather systems brought 82.5 mm of rainfall over the country, 88 per cent above the Long Period Average (LPA). This was more than the climatological normal of 76 mm of rainfall for the month. The country received 82.5 mm of rainfall during October 1-14 of which 58.5 mm of rainfall took place during October 6-12, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. October is the first post-monsoon month during which the southwest monsoon normally withdraws from the entire northwest and most parts of central India by the middle of the month giving way to dry conditions. However, rainfall trends during recent years, including 2022, point towards a ‘delayed’ monsoon withdrawal because of which rainfall activity continues over north and central regions until the third week of October. Due to such delayed exit, the onset of the Northeast monsoon over southern parts of the country also gets pushed beyond the normal date of October 21. Since 1901, only 25 per cent of October months have reported an all-India rainfall of over 80 mm. The country saw its wettest October during 1975 (121.7 mm of rainfall) and 1961 (121.3 mm of rainfall), according to data from the IMD. Likewise, rainfall of over 58.4 mm (346 per cent excess) during the fortnight of this month over the northwest India region is rare, IMD’s data suggests. Northwest India recorded rainfall exceeding 50 mm in October only on 13 occasions between 1901-2022 (till October 14) and twice in this century (2004 and 2022). The latest long rainfall spell — between October 7 and 11 — was associated with the cyclonic circulation in lower atmospheric levels emerging over north Madhya Maharashtra on October 7 and its subsequent movement over south Gujarat, northeast Rajasthan, south Haryana and Punjab. This system attracted moist winds from the Bay of Bengal which interacted with the passing western disturbances, resulting in one of the wettest October spells over Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. “This interaction caused such an extremely long spell over northwest India, including Delhi-NCR,” said IMD in its weekly weather analysis report.

India sees one of wettest October months, gets month’s rain in 14 days
  • 24-hour rainfall in October more than monthly average: IMD
  • The Indian Express

    While many in the city are hoping for a respite from rains, the city has till October 11 received 117 millimetres (mm) of rain as compared to the average of 89 mm rain that Mumbai gets for the entire month.Unlike the past few years, Mumbai has seen high-intensity rainfall this October. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), in the past 10 years, there have been only four instances (including this year) when Mumbai saw monthly October rainfall surpassing the 100-mm mark.According to figures from the IMD’s Santacruz weather stations, the highest monthly rainfall recorded in October was in 2012, when the city received 197.7 mm of rainfall, followed by 170.1 mm rainfall recorded in October 2020 and 120.1 mm rainfall recorded in October 2011. Meanwhile, the rainfall figure till October 11 this year is 117.7 mm, the fourth highest in one decade.Weather experts also stated that considering the current pattern, the overall rainfall quantity could breach 120 mm if the monsoon does not retreat anytime soon. The Santacruz observatory on October 8 (Saturday) had recorded 114 mm of rain in 24 hours and scientists from IMD, Mumbai, said that this year, the proportion of rainfall in October is higher than most years because of the heavy rainfall that took place between October 7 and October 8.“It has only rained heavily for 24 hours in October this year and the quantity of rainfall recorded between October 7 and 8 is equivalent to overall monthly rainfall figures,” said Sushma Nair, a scientist from IMD, Mumbai. Nair said that light to moderate spells of rain will continue in the city till the end of this weekend and there is a forecast for thunderstorms as well. “The rainfall in Mumbai is occurring due to a climatic trough that has extended between coastal Andhra Pradesh and interior parts of Maharashtra, due to which there has been presence of moisture in the air, which is leading to rain in Mumbai and its adjoining parts,” said Nair.Mahesh Palawat, a weather expert and meteorologist from Skymet weathers, said there is a possibility of monsoon withdrawal from the state in the next 10 days. “Between September and October, two low pressure points had developed in the Bay of Bengal, which later moved towards Madhya Pradesh. Whenever there is low-pressure movement in central India, rainfall in Maharashtra and Gujarat intensifies. This is the reason why we are recording rainfall in October this year,” said Palawat.“Monsoon may now start gradually retreating from Maharashtra but it will take at least 10 days to make a concrete prediction on this,” said Palawat.

Mumbai: Heavy rain lashes city again, monsoon withdrawal likely to be delayed
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The withdrawal of monsoon from Mumbai is likely to get delayed by a few more days as rain continued to lash the city on Friday evening. Earlier, forecasting a possibility of thunderstorms, accompanied with light to moderate rains and gusty winds in Mumbai, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued an yellow alert for Friday (October 14) and Sunday (October 16).Till 5.30 pm on Friday, IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded 13.3 millimetres (mm) of rainfall. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) rainfall data showed that areas in eastern suburbs recorded rainfall above 50 mm. The BMC data stated that Vikhroli experienced 61 mm of rain till 7 pm on Friday, followed by 51 mm in Ghatkopar. Nearly 36 mm of rain was recorded in Andheri and Vile Parle in the western suburbs. Meanwhile, Antop Hill and Wadala recorded 30 mm and 16 mm of rain, respectively, on Friday. The rainfall recorded by IMD’s observatory in October currently stands at 167 mm, the third highest figure in the last 10 years. “Friday onward, the monsoon started to withdraw from northern parts of central Maharashtra, namely Dhule, Jalgaon and Nandurbar. Currently, there is presence of moisture in Mumbai weather, therefore it will take some time for the monsoon to entirely withdraw from here,” said an IMD official. Mahesh Palawat, a weather expert and meteorologist from Skymet weathers, said there is possibility of monsoon withdrawal from Mumbai in the next 10 days. “Between September and October, two low-pressure points had developed in the Bay of Bengal, which later moved towards Madhya Pradesh. Whenever there is a low-pressure movement in central India, rainfall in Maharashtra and Gujarat intensifies. This is the reason why we are recording rainfall in October this year,” said Palawat.Meanwhile, eight incoming flights to Mumbai were diverted to various nearby airports due to heavy rain in Mumbai.Authorities of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport have advised all passengers to check their flight status with the respective airlines, said a spokesperson of Mumbai airport.

Mumbai: Heavy rain lashes city again, monsoon withdrawal likely to be delayed
  • Heavy rain lashes east Rajasthan, UP, Haryana; IMD forecasts rain for two more days
  • The Indian Express

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast rainfall over Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, west Madhya Pradesh and Haryana till Tuesday.Uttar Pradesh has been receiving rain towards the end of the season. This is unusual for the second week of October, especially over western Uttar Pradesh, where some of the wettest locations on Sunday were Chandausi with 190 mm rain, Aligarh and Baheri (160 mm each), Narora (140 mm), Kasganj (110 mm) and Vridavan (90 mm).In near-record rainfall over eastern Rajasthan in October, many places in Alwar and Bharatpur districts recorded extremely heavy rain — more than 204 mm in 24-hours. These included Sewabundh (230 mm), Kotkasim (210 mm), Bharatpur tehsil (180 mm) and Viratnagar and Govindgarh (150 mm each).According to the IMD, there is a cyclonic circulation over east Rajasthan and its interactions with the fresh western disturbances will make conditions more favourable for thunderstorms, lightning and fairly widespread light to moderate intensity rainfall along east Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh over the next two days.From this cyclonic circulation, there is a trough running till Gujarat due to which there has been an increase in rainfall over Gujarat. Delhi on Friday recorded 74 mm rainfall in 24-hours.This year, the monsoon withdrawal has remained nearly stalled due to the cyclonic circulation formed in the Bay of Bengal, which moved towards Uttar Pradesh last week. There is a delay of seven to 10 days in the monsoon withdrawal from parts of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, southwest Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.The coming week will also see rainfall picking up over Maharashtra due to the increasing moisture coming in from both the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, said IMD, Pune.Likewise, Tamil Nadu, the Karaikal coastal Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Yanam and Kerala, too, will experience wet days till October 13.

  • Rain lashes Surat, south Gujarat
  • Times of India

    SURAT: The city and parts of Surat district started receiving rain since Friday night and rain continued throughout the day on Saturday. It led to waterlogging in parts of the city for a couple of hours on Saturday. Because of rain in the catchment area of Ukai reservoir, inflow of water at the dam was recorded at 66,050 cusecs while 52,414 cusecs of water was being released from the dam. Water level at Ukai dam was 345.12ft against the maximum water level of 345ft The water level at the weir-cum-causeway in the city was at 7.35 metre and 77,255 cusecs of water was being released from it. On Friday, Subir in Dang district received 109mm rain which was the highest in the state for the day. Heavy rain continued in other parts of south Gujarat on Saturday as well. Umarpada in Surat district received 57mm rain since 6am on Saturday. In Surat district’s Palsana taluka, 53mm rain was recorded while in Jalalpore of Navsari 51mm rain was reported. Olpad in Surat received 47mm rain while 19mm rain was reported in Bardoli. In Surat city, 15mm rain was reported. It led to waterlogging in parts of the city for a couple of hours. Traffic movement was obstructed on Kadodara road and Sachin road in Pandesara. Later, water receded. Citizens were stuck in traffic jams at many places due to heavy traffic on roads.

  • Gujarat: Parts of state to receive rain till Oct 11, says IMD
  • The Indian Express

    Monsoon was active over Gujarat Friday as districts of Dang, Surat, Kheda, Amreli, Mahisagar, Anand, Vadodara and Sabarkantha received heavy rainfall and were among 94 total talukas to record rainfall. The weather department has issued a forecast of light to moderate rainfall across the state till October 11. As the Southwest monsoon has not completely withdrawn from Gujarat, the state is expected to receive rainfall in the coming days, said India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials.“The withdrawal of southwest monsoon from the state is not complete. Central and South parts of the state are likely to receive good rainfall till October 11,” IMD regional director Manorama Mohanty told The Indian Express.For Saturday, heavy rains in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Bharuch and Surat are expected, stated the weather department.On October 9, heavy rains very likely at isolated places in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Bharuch and Surat and October 10 in the districts of North Gujarat region namely Aravalli and Mahisagar.

Mumbai: October rainfall figure breaches 100-mm mark in 2022
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Mumbai received more than 100 millimetres (mm) of rainfall between October 1 and October 11, quite unusual for this time of the year, said officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD).The IMD stated that only in four instances (including this year) in the past 10 years did Mumbai experience more than 100 mm of rainfall in the month of October.According to the figures shared by the IMD’s Santacruz weather station, the city recorded the highest monthly October rainfall (197.7 mm) of the past decade in 2012, followed by 170.1 mm of rainfall in October 2020 and 120.1 mm of rainfall in October 2011. Meanwhile, there has been 117.7 mm of rainfall till now in October this year, the fourth-highest amount of precipitation recorded in the month in the last 10 years.Notably, the Santacruz observatory recorded 114 mm of rainfall on October 8 (Saturday) alone.Weather experts added that considering the current rainfall pattern, the overall rainfall quantity could breach the 120-mm mark if the monsoon does not retreat anytime soon.“It has only rained heavily for 24 hours in October this year and the quantity of rainfall recorded between October 7 and 8 is equivalent to the overall monthly rainfall figure,” said Sushma Nair, a scientist at IMD, Mumbai.Nair said light-to-moderate spells of rainfall will continue in the city till the end of this weekend and there is a forecast for thunderstorms as well.“The rainfall in Mumbai is occurring due to a climatic trough that has extended between coastal Andhra Pradesh and interior parts of Maharashtra… owing to which there has been moisture in the air leading to rainfall in the city and its adjoining areas,” Nair said.Mahesh Palawat, a weather expert and meteorologist from Skymet Weather Services, said there is a possibility of monsoon withdrawal from Maharashtra in the next 10 days.“Between September and October, two low-pressure points had developed in the Bay of Bengal which later moved towards Madhya Pradesh. Whenever there is a low-pressure movement in central India, rainfall in Maharashtra and Gujarat intensifies. This is the reason why we are recording rainfall in October this year,” said Palawat.“The monsoon may now start gradually retreating from Maharashtra but it will take at least 10 days to make a concrete prediction on this,” he added.

Mumbai: October rainfall figure breaches 100-mm mark in 2022
Monsoon skips normal retreat date for Pune; rainfall in store
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

Pune: The monsoon has missed its withdrawal date for Pune and Mumbai, with the withdrawal now delayed by over a week, Met department officials said on Saturday.As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the normal withdrawal date for Mumbai is October 8 and for Pune, it is October 9.Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather forecasting division, IMD, Pune, told TOI, “As per the extended range forecast, the earliest probability for the start of monsoon withdrawal from the extreme northern parts of Maharashtra (north Marathwada, northwest Vidarbha, north Madhya Maharashtra) is during October 14-20.”Kashyapi said they were expecting intermittent rainfall not only in parts of Maharashtra during the next few days, but also in regions that are north of our state. “With continuous rainfall likely and availability of moisture, monsoon withdrawal is being delayed in parts of the country,” he said.He said a cyclonic circulation, which was earlier over Madhya Maharashtra, has now moved to the Gujarat region, while a trough (extended low-pressure line) extended from Gujarat to Punjab. “Due to the available systems and on-and-off rainfall, the monsoon is yet to withdraw from Madhya Pradesh, east Rajasthan and from major parts of Gujarat. We expect fairly widespread rainfall in parts of Gujarat during the current 48 hours, while parts of east Rajasthan are likely to get continuous rainfall till the next 72 hours. Parts of west Madhya Pradesh are also likely to record fairly widespread rainfall during the next few days,” Kashyapi said.Therefore, regions adjacent to these areas are also likely to get some rainfall till October 12.“We expect another short spell of increased rainfall in Maharashtra during October 10-12 because of another system that is over the central parts of South Bay of Bengal. In the coming days, this system is likely to move in the westerly or west north-westerly direction. It may move via south Vidarbha, Madhya Maharashtra , Marathwada and the neighbourhood. During that period, parts of Maharashtra are likely to record light to moderate rainfall, while one to two intense spells associated with thundery activity/lightning are also not ruled out,” he said.After October 12, there might be gradual depletion of moisture in areas of Gujarat, extreme north of Madhya Maharashtra, West Madhya Pradesh and west Uttar Pradesh.

Monsoon skips normal retreat date for Pune; rainfall in store
No sign of October heat this year as sporadic spells of rain continue over Mumbai
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The October heat is known to be a common phenomenon in Maharashtra’s Mumbai city. From the first week of October every year, several areas in the city become uncomfortably hot with the daily temperature rising and ranging between mid 30 to 35 degrees Celsius.However, the scenario is slightly different this year. With sporadic spells of rain still lashing in several parts of the suburban belt and the island city, there does not seem to be a significant rise in temperature even though the first week of October is nearing its end.Mumbai’s maximum temperature is 30 degrees Celsius on Friday morning, while the average maximum temperature during the day last year varied between 33 degrees and 34 degrees Celsius, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).Meanwhile, the scientists and weather experts have attributed the current weather condition to the late withdrawal of monsoon from Mumbai and a low pressure developed in the Bay of Bengal.“Monsoon is still there in Mumbai and there is high rate of moisture presence in the air as well. Therefore, light to moderate rainfall will continue in the island city and suburban belt for the next few days since there is no clear forecast of monsoon retreat anytime now. This is directly affecting the daily temperature and as long as the rains are there an increase in temperature is unlikely,” IMD scientist Sushma Nair told The Indian Express.Nair also maintained that a rise in temperature may take place after the monsoon retreats from Mumbai.“After the monsoon withdrawal happens, the temperature may go up till 33 to 34 degrees Celsius, but this will be short-lived since the north-western part of India will start experiencing drop in daily temperature due to the arrival of winter and this will also affect Mumbai as well,” she said.Mahesh Palawat, the chief meteorologist at Skymet Weather, said the entire western and north-western part of India is experiencing an unusual weather pattern this year, which is not letting the temperature rise during October.“Parts of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Gujarat are experiencing light to moderate rainfall because of two successive low pressure that have been developed in the Bay of Bengal. There is also a trough seen in the coastal region of Maharashtra. These factors are creating an unusual pattern of rains which is not letting the temperature to rise in Mumbai,” he said.Palawat further said there is a chance of monsoon retreat post October 13.“Light to moderate rainfall will continue in Mumbai till October 12 and Mumbai may experience a slight rise in temperature after October 13,” he added.Meanwhile, the IMD bulletin Friday morning stated the sky will remain cloudy and light to moderate rainfall will continue to lash Mumbai for the next 48 hours. In the past 24 hours, the city has recorded 8.9 mm of rainfall, of which the Santacruz observatory has recorded 1.1 mm of rainfall and the Colaba observatory has recorded 7.8 mm of rainfall.The bulletin stated Mumbai’s relative humidity is 95 per cent.

No sign of October heat this year as sporadic spells of rain continue over Mumbai
Moderate rainfall warning for Pune and surrounding areas for next two days
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

PUNE AND its neighbouring areas will receive moderate rainfall during the next two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday. Since October 1, the city has received 58.5mm of rainfall.Maharashtra is currently experiencing the influence of cyclonic circulation, which lay over coastal Andhra Pradesh. A trough from this system is running through Telangana, Vidarbha and west Madhya Pradesh extending till Uttar Pradesh.“Due to this cyclonic circulation, moisture-laden winds are being pulled from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal over Maharashtra. Rainfall activity over Maharashtra will increase during the next two days,” said Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather forecasting division at IMD, Pune.Rainfall will mostly be seen during the afternoon or evening with one or two intense spells with the potential to cause flash flooding, inundation of roads and windy conditions resulting in the uprooting of trees, the IMD said.Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Dhule, Pune, Nandurbar, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Beed and Osmanabad districts will also witness thunderstorms, lightning and rainfall till October 8, the forecast said.Another fresh cyclonic circulation is expected to develop off the Gujarat coast further strengthening the westerly winds blowing in from the Arabian Sea over Maharashtra, Kashyapi added.Meanwhile, the withdrawal of the Southwest monsoon continues to remain slow. As of Thursday, the withdrawal line passed through Uttarkashi, Nazibabad, Agra, Gwalior, Ratlam and Bharuch.Due to the presence of the cyclonic circulation over UP, which remains on ‘red’ alert till Friday any further withdrawal of monsoon is not expected till the weekend. Uttarakhand will receive heavy rainfall during the next four days, according to the forecast.

Moderate rainfall warning for Pune and surrounding areas for next two days
Southwest monsoon withdraws from Delhi, other northern parts: IMD
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The Southwest monsoon Thursday further retreated from Delhi, Punjab and Chandigarh, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said.The monsoon also withdrew partly from the areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, western Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan Thursday.As on Thursday, the monsoon withdrawal line passed through Jammu, Una, Chandigarh, Karnal, Baghpat, Delhi, Alwar, Jodhpur and Nalia.The monsoon arrived in Delhi on June 30 when the IMD declared its onset. Delhi has so far this season recorded 516.9 mm of rainfall, 19 per cent short of the normal of 639.7 mm. Delhi has not received rainfall from Sunday onwards after a heavy spell last week.The southwest monsoon withdrawal has remained sluggish so far this year. It is yet to completely withdraw from the remaining regions of Rajasthan and Gujarat.The monsoon withdrawal is declared when specific conditions — prevalence of dry weather for five days and reduction in moisture — are met.The Met department said a fresh low pressure system is likely to develop in the northeast Bay of Bengal around Saturday. This system is the remnant of typhoon Noru, which had crossed Vietnam earlier this week.There is also a cyclonic circulation prevailing over west-central Bay of Bengal and off the Andhra Pradesh coast.There will be enhanced rainfall activity over the eastern parts of India due to these favourable conditions.“Scattered to fairly widespread with light to moderate intensity rainfall is likely over Jharkhand, Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal till October 3,” the IMD’s latest forecast said.Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram will witness widespread rainfall accompanied by thunder and lightning during the upcoming weekend, the Met department officials said.The southwest monsoon season will officially end on Friday. The country has received seven per cent above normal rainfall.The southwest monsoon withdrawal begins from the extreme northwestern parts of the country after September 1. The beginning of the withdrawal is declared when there has been no rainfall over the area for five days, anti-cyclonic conditions exist in the lower troposphere and there is a reduction in moisture.On September 18, the IMD had said the conditions are becoming favourable for the withdrawal of the southwest monsoon from northwest India.– With ENS inputs from Pune

Southwest monsoon withdraws from Delhi, other northern parts: IMD
Last Gujarat House session before polls ends on warm note, unanimous nod to Bills, a bit of nostalgia
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The Gujarat Assembly’s two-day Monsoon session held earlier this week was its last session before the constitution of a new House following fresh polls due by this year-end. The session was convened in the backdrop of a series of agitations by sections of government employees for pay hikes and scrapping of contractual appointments and by Maldharis (cattle-rearers) against the stray cattle control bill.During the September 21-22 Assembly session, the Bhupendra Patel-led government moved to withdraw the Gujarat Cattle Control (Keeping and Moving) in Urban Areas Bill, 2022 barely six months after it was passed by a majority. It brought an amendment to the Gujarat Electricity Industry (Reorganisation and Regulation) legislation in order to decriminalise some acts of non-compliance by industries by placing them in three categories, where only a higher non-compliance would be punishable by imprisonment, to push “ease of doing business”.The BJP government also amended the Gujarat Municipalities Act, doing away with the provision of publishing rules of recruitment and conditions of service for various posts to invite objections and suggestions from all affected parties that delayed the processes.The Assembly cleared an amendment to the Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) Act, which allowed the university to expand outside the state. The GNLU has plans to set up a campus in Silvassa in Union Territory of Dadra Nagar Haveli. Sources told The Indian Express that that this amendment bill was introduced in the Assembly following a proposal made by the UT administrator Praful Patel.The House also amended the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GujCTOC) Act by dropping gambling as an offence under it, apart from making other tweaks.Unlike its stormy Budget session held in March when the passage of the stray cattle control bill faced strong resistance from the Opposition Congress MLAs, the House saw its brief Monsoon session ending on a rather conciliatory note amid unanimous passage of all the Bills, even as the ministers recalled the five years gone by and were joined in by equally nostalgic MLAs from the principal Opposition Congress.Amid the risk of the “anti-incumbency” factor and the emergence of a new challenger in the form of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) besides the Congress, the ruling BJP’s bid to withdraw its stray cattle control bill was clearly aimed at pacifying the protesting Maldharis just ahead of the elections. Accounting for about 10% population of Gujarat, the Maldhari community holds significant electoral significance in the state. The Congress had also rallied in support of Maldharis’ statewide stir even though the BJP had managed to defuse it by placing the Bill in abeyance a week after it was passed on March 31.The Patel government will go down as one that made many conciliatory moves in its 12-month tenure, beginning with the scrapping of the Par Tapi Narmada Yojana following tribal protests, to announcing wage hikes for almost all sections of agitating government employees, to scrapping of the cattle control legislation.Marked by the absence of the Question Hour, the opening day of the session saw the Congress MLAs seeking a 30-60 minute discussion on the government employees’ demands, which was rejected by Speaker Nima Acharya, following which the MLAs rushed to the Well of the House and were suspended for the day. In the 182-member House, the Congress has 63 MLAs as against the BJP’s 111.On the second day, the Congress legislators staged a walk-out from the House twice — first when their demand for a discussion on the Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) was rejected by the Speaker, and then after their demand for a 30-minute discussion on the issue of OBC reservation in local bodies was rejected by the Chair as the Treasury benches raised their objections to it. Many Congress MLAs rushed to the Well and were suspended following which other party members walked out from the House.On the last day of the session, a Congress member also brought a proposal to discuss price rise, which was also turned down by a majority vote.The House, however, held short discussions on roads damaged due to rains, relief for rains-affected farmers, and the issue of controlling prices of edible oil, among other things.The annual reports of various government bodies were tabled along with a report of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India on air pollution. The reports of various House committees were also tabled during the session.CM Patel, who has been maintaining a low profile since the beginning of his tenure, only spoke on a reference to mourn the deaths of seven former ministers or MLAs.To sum it up— During its two-day Monsoon session, the Gujarat Assembly rolls back the Gujarat Cattle Control (Keeping and Moving) in Urban Areas Bill, 2022— The House passed amendments to six legislation including the GujCTOC, Gujarat Municipalities Act, GNLU Act, and Gujarat Electricity Industry (Reorganisation and Regulation) Act.— The session witnessed suspensions of Opposition Congress members and their walk-outs over various issues— The last Assembly session ahead of the state polls ended on a reconciliatory note

Last Gujarat House session before polls ends on warm note, unanimous nod to Bills, a bit of nostalgia
Gujarat: Monsoon withdrawing from Kutch
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The withdrawal of southwest monsoon from Gujarat began with parts of Kutch on Tuesday. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, the rains will recede from some other parts of the state over the next few days. While light to moderate showers are likely in parts of the state, especially coastal Saurashtra and South Gujarat, the likelihood of heavy rains is very low. The maximum temperature in the city on Tuesday was lower than normal at 33.8 degrees celsius.

Gujarat: Monsoon withdrawing from Kutch
  • Monsoon withdrawal to commence from northwest, Kutch regions in two days
  • The Indian Express

    After its four-month-long sojourn, Southwest monsoon will start withdrawing from northwest India and Kutch regions of Gujarat in the coming two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday.The Met department said that dry weather along with anti-cyclonic wind flow is likely to prevail over northwest India covering Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana.“Conditions are becoming favourable for the withdrawal of the Southwest monsoon from parts of Northwest India during the next two days,” the IMD officials said.This year, northwest India received 538.7 mm of rainfall till September 18, which was quantitatively 4 per cent below normal levels. Barring Punjab, most states in this region including Rajasthan, Haryana, and Chandigarh, have received either normal or above rainfall.Meanwhile, some parts of eastern central India are yet again bracing for a wet spell in view of the formation of a fresh low-pressure system in the Bay of Bengal on Monday.“The system will move northwestwards and move towards the Odisha coast and intensify during the next 24 hours,” the IMD said in its latest bulletin issued on Monday.With the strengthening of the low-pressure system, Odisha will receive very heavy rain spells (115.5 to 204.4mm in 24 hours) till Wednesday.Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam, too, will experience enhanced rainfall during the next two days, the Met department said. These three regions will remain on ‘orange’ alert till September 21.

Farmers, cattle rearers, govt workers protest in G’nagar
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

Gandhinagar: A day before the assembly’s monsoon session, the state government on Tuesday faced protests from groups representing farmers, cattle rearers, and employees of several departments. The two-day session of the Gujarat assembly begins on Wednesday.Farmers opposing the Bharat Mala highway project staged a protest in Gandhinagar, alleging that they have been compensated poorly for land. Farmers from Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Gandhinagar and other districts joined the protest.Cow-rearing communities and gaushala trusts staged a protest at Satyagrah Chhavni in Gandhinagar. These communities oppose any cattle control bill while the trusts that run panjarapols (cow shelters) for sick cows are demanding that the government give them the grants promised in the last budget. Cattle rearers have threatened to stop milk supply on Wednesday as part of their protest.Van Rakshaks from the forest department staged a massive protest outside the secretariat and Aranya Bhavan over long-pending demands. Health and anganwadi workers have also been protesting for many days in Gandhinagar.

Farmers, cattle rearers, govt workers protest in G’nagar
  • Cattle rearers stage protest in Gandhinagar
  • Times of India

    GANDHINAGAR: A large number of cattle rears from across the state assembled at Shertha in Gandhinagar district on Sunday and made a demand to the state government to scrap the law against stray cattle in urban areas. While cattle rearers have been protesting in different districts over the past weeks, the meeting at Shertha on Sunday was attended by 'maldharis' from across the state. Nagjibhai Desai, spokesperson of Gujarat Maldhari Panchayat, said, "The entire community of cattle rearers has unanimously resolved to demand that the law against stray cattle be scrapped. We expect he government to do so in the coming assembly session." A two-day session of the Gujarat assembly will be held on September 21 and 22. Earlier, the state government had announced that it will keep the law against stray cattle in abeyance. However, following stringent directions from the high court, the government and urban bodies are under pressure to keep stray cattle off the roads. TNN

UPSC Key-September 20, 2022: Why you should read ‘CBI-Still Caged Parrot?’ or ‘Prisoner and Fundamental Rights’ or ‘Hijab-Obligation or Choice’ for UPSC CSE
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Important topics and their relevance in UPSC CSE exam for September 20, 2022. If you missed the September 19, 2022 UPSC key from the Indian Express, read it hereFRONT PAGEFrom 60% in UPA to 95% in NDA: A surge in share of Opposition leaders in CBI netSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Indian PolityMain Examination: General Studies II: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- From the “Congress Bureau of Investigation” and a “caged parrot” to a part of the BJP’s “jamai” (son-in-law) trinity (the other two being Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate) — the Central Bureau of Investigation, the country’s premier anti-corruption agency, has acquired many an epithet for its reputation of acting at the behest of who pulls its political strings at the Centre.• What Investigation says-Under the Congress-led UPA’s 10 years at the helm (2004-2014), at least 72 political leaders came under the CBI scanner and 43 of them (60 per cent) were from the Opposition. 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(consider AndhraPradesh, Tamil Nadu and Odisha)• How withdrawal of monsoon affects common public?• Impact of Monsoons on Life in India-Economical, Cultural and SocialOther Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍THE PROMISE OF RAINTHE EDITORIAL PAGESecuring basic structureSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and GovernanceMain Examination: General Studies II: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- Fali S Nariman writes: The basic structure doctrine constitutes a high watermark in the assertion of the Supreme Court’s judicial power in the teeth of a determined majoritarian regime.• What is Doctrine of the ‘basic structure’?• How has the doctrine of basic structure evolved?• How does the Courts in India are empowered under the Indian Constitution to invalidate not only executive orders, but also legislative enactments that violate any part of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed in Part III of the Constitution (Bill of Rights)?• Are the Courts in India are also empowered to adjudicate on the validity of constitutional amendments passed with the requisite special majority and following the procedure prescribed in Article 368?• By the way, what Article 368 of the Indian Constitution says?• What power is granted by Article 368 of the Indian Constitution?• Is Article 368 basic structure?• Shankari Prasad case (1951), Golak Nath case (1967), Kesavananda Bharati case (1973), Indira Nehru Gandhi case (1975), Minerva Mills case (1980), Waman Rao case (1981) and the evolution of basic Structure of the Constitution-connect the dots• What are the features of the ‘Basic Structure of Constitution’?• Supreme Court Verdict in I.R. Coelho vs. State of Tamil Nadu vis a vis Supreme CourtVerdict in Kesavananda Bharati-Compare and ContrastOther Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Explained: In SC reading of basic structure, the signature of Kesavananda BharatiTAKING OFF THE HIJABSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importance.Mains Examination: General Studies II: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- Ramin Jahanbegloo writes: The recent protests are spearheaded by a new generation who do not want to preserve the Islamic Revolution• Mahsa Amini- Why she is in news?• Why are women in and around the world protesting after Amini’s death?• For Your Information-The custodial death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman who was arrested by the morality police in Tehran, has sparked widespread protests in Iran. Under the scanner are the police who patrol public places to enforce the headscarf law and other Islamic rules. Conversations are also taking place on the situation of women in the Islamic Republic.• Iran before Islamic revolution in 1979 and after-know in detail• What is a hijab and why is it worn?• Why Hijab is forced to wear in Islamic Nations?• Is hijab an obligation or a choice?• Hijab controversy in Iran vis a vis Hijab controversy in India (Karnataka)-Compare andcontrastOther Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Why death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini has sparked protests in IranTHE IDEAS PAGERethinking universitiesSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.Mains Examination: General Studies II: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- Rohit Kansal and Dipankar Sengupta write: Higher education institutions are set to lead India’s transformation to a knowledge economy, but they need to restructure themselves into modern educational services providers to carry out mandate• How the socio-historical journey of higher education in India has evolved through different periods, viz., ancient, mediaeval, colonial, post-independence and contemporary?• How Universities in India helped reducing socio-economic inequalities?• Are India’s current universities and colleges up to the task of producing workers for the knowledge society?• What National Education Policy 2020 says on Higher education institutions?• Why Global employability surveys see fewer than 10 Indian institutions in the top 500 while local surveys routinely report a disproportionately large number of unemployable graduates?• “While the problems of poor instruction and the inability of most of our institutions to offer relevant skills are often cited as their weaknesses, these are in fact emblematic of a deeper malaise, the inability to upgrade or create knowledge, which otherwise should be the most crucial tasks of teachers in any institution. This inability is further situated in structural weaknesses”-What authors are trying to say?• Why are higher education institutions (HEIs) in India performing poorly?Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍How ‘innovation’ and ‘narrative’ came to dominate education📍Archaic perceptions — not criteria of excellence — determine ratings of collegesEXPLAINEDSC quota for Dalit Muslims and Christians: story so farSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.Mains Examination: General Studies II: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the JudiciaryKey Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- The Centre is likely to soon decide on setting up a national commission to study the social, economic and educational status of Dalits who converted to religions other than Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Several petitions are pending before the Supreme Court seeking Scheduled Caste (SC) reservation benefits for Dalits who converted to Christianity or Islam.• Why don’t Dalits who convert to Christianity and Islam get quota benefits?• Does this religion-based bar apply to converted STs and OBCs as well?• What efforts have been made to include Muslims and Christians of Dalit origin among SCs?• What recommendations were given by the Ranganath Misra Commission seeking reservation benefits for Christians and Muslims of Dalit origin?• What is present conditions of Dalits in Indian Society in terms of social and not in economical perspective?• Why untouchability towards Dalit community still prevalent even after affirmative actions ensured by the highest authority that is by the Constitution of India?Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍Quotas: Govt to set up panel to study status of SC converts to Christianity and IslamThe controversy over NAAC’s system for assessing higher educationSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.Mains Examination: General Studies II: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.Key Points to Ponder:• What’s the ongoing story- The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which carries out quality checks or assessments of Indian Higher-level Educational Institutions (HEIs), courted controversy recently over the rating of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and allegations of bribery in the process.• What is NAAC?• How is the accreditation process carried out?• What is the latest controversy about?• What are the alternatives being explored?• How many institutions in India are accredited?• Can all higher educational institutes apply for accreditation?• Why are so few institutes accredited?Other Important Articles Covering the same topic:📍NAAC dismisses bribe charge against MSU Baroda officials, releases ratingsFor any queries and feedback, contact priya.shukla@indianexpress.comThe UPSC KEY Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Updates.

UPSC Key-September 20, 2022: Why you should read ‘CBI-Still Caged Parrot?’ or ‘Prisoner and Fundamental Rights’ or ‘Hijab-Obligation or Choice’ for UPSC CSE
Gujarat: 2-day proceedings from tomorrow, acrimony looms
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

GANDHINAGAR: The two-day monsoon session of the Gujarat assembly from Wednesday is expected to be stormy as opposition parties and the government employees' unions have planned protests. The pastoral community has also decided against selling milk across the state on September 21 to protest the cattle control bill. Congress and other parties are likely to corner the state government on various issues like lumpy skin disease, inflation, and restoration of the employees' old pension scheme. The opposition has also demanded extension of the monsoon session, saying that two days were not enough to discuss all the issues. B P Sinh Rawat, the president of National Old Pension Restoration United Front, issued a statement announcing that the government employees will march towards the state assembly on September 21 demanding the restoration of the old pension scheme. He has also appealed to all the employees' unions to extend their support and join the peaceful march. The statement said, "It is a march for justice for five lakh government employees." The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) employees' union has been agitating against the government over their pending demands. They have given a call to withdraw state transport buses from the roads as a mark of protest on September 21 and 22. If they stick to the protest call, at least 40 per cent of the state secretariat employees will find it difficult to report to work in Gandhinagar.

Gujarat: 2-day proceedings from tomorrow, acrimony looms
  • Gujarat: Vipul Chaudhary’s links to two Maharashtra bigwigs under lens
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The questioning of Vipul Chaudhary, a former Gujarat minister arrested in the Rs 750 crore Dudhsagar Dairy scam case, has put his alleged links to two Maharashtra politicians under the scanner. The information was revealed on Monday by police. A team of the Gujarat Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on September 15 arrested Chaudhary, who once was Gujarat's minister of state for home. He was held for allegedly siphoning off Rs 750 crore from Mehsana District Cooperative Milk Producers' Union, popularly known as Dudhsagar Dairy. Chaudhary was chairman of Dudhsagar Dairy between 2005 and 2016 when the scam occurred, allegedly facilitated by his misuse of power. "Chaudhary, his wife Geeta and their son Pawan had floated at least 31 firms in Maharashtra through which they siphoned off Rs 320 crore," said a police officer. "In this act, they were helped by two big Maharashtra politicians along with many others from the dairy sector of Gujarat." When the cops went to the addresses of these firms, they found only residential buildings. Chaudhary's chartered accountant, Shailesh Parikh, from Ashram Road in Ahmedabad has also been arrested in the case. Geeta and Pawan have been charged with breach of trust, cheating, forgery, producing forged documents as genuine, and criminal conspiracy. The provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act have also been invoked against them. As for Geeta, an ACB officer said that she has been on the run since Chaudhary's arrest. "We have initiated the procedure to issue a lookout notice against Pawan, who is currently settled in the US," said the ACB officer. Another ACB officer said Chaudhary's response to many questions is the assertion that he can't recall anything. "To every question on financial matters, he says as the transactions took place long ago he does not remember them. He says many transactions occurred routinely so he would not be able to recall them," said the officer. Chaudhary is in the custody of the ACB till September 23.

  • Gujarat this week: Historic narratives of Indian towns; vibing with Lojal
  • The Indian Express

    From celebrating engineers’ day, live music and plays, to looking at historic narratives of Indian towns through Bulandshahr’s legacy, here’s all that’s happening in Gujarat this weekResilient Roads in the City: An ExperimentAbout the event: Celebrating Engineers’ day, the event entails the address by former chief scientist of CRRI, India, Mr. Sitaramanjaneyulu, felicitation ceremony, student presentation, structure inauguration, and so onVenue: Balwantrai. N. Brahmbhatt Lecture Hall, Faculty of Technology, CEPT UniversityOrganisers: Faculty of Technology, CEPT UniversityHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: September 17 (Saturday), 10:00 amCourt – film (English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi)About the event: Through the Mumbai’s sessions court trial of an aging protest singer, Narayan Kamble, who is accused of encouraging a manhole worker to commit suicide through one of his folk songs, the film by Chaitanya Tamhane explores the Indian legal system.Venue: Arthshila Ahmedabad Panjara PolOrganisers: Arthshila AhmedabadHow to attend: Free entryDate and time: September 17 (Saturday) – September 18 (Sunday), 11:30 amHistoric Narratives of Indian Towns: The Bulandshahr Legacy- an interactionAbout the event: Join Leenika Jacob, the Managing Trustee of The Kala Chaupal Trust & Jigna Desai, professor and program chair for Master’s in Conservation and Regeneration at the Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, on intercation on the Bulandshahr Legacy Project to research, document and collate the socio-cultural history and heritage of a Tier B town and district in Uttar Pradesh and create a self-sustainable project through community and citizen action.Venue: Arthshila Ahmedabad Panjara PolOrganisers: Arthshila AhmedabadHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: September 20 (Tuesday), 6:30 pmVibing with LojalAbout the event: Lojal aka Martin Haokip a generational talent straight out of Goa, an NH7 weekender performer, Lojal dives into the various realms of performance and music as he continuously pushes the boundaries of what art can be. His critically acclaimed first album “Phase” was deemed the Best Debut Album award 2020, India (AHH)Venue: A secret location on Judges Bunglow Road, Ahmedabd only to be revealed to the ticklet buyers!Organisers: Leave No FingerprintsHow to attend: Book hereDate and time: September 17 (Saturday), 8:00 pm to 10:30 pmJazz and Pop Night with Chirag Todi, Gouri and AkshaAbout the Event: Songer-songwriter duo from Mumbai Gouri and Aksha Singer and songwriter-guitarist Chirag Todi will perform to enthrall audiences with an evening of Jazz and Pop medleys.Venue: Buck Gallery, near Parimal Garden, AhmedabadHow to Attend: Book hereDate and Time: Friday September 23, 9 pm to 10 pmThe Case In Deed- play (English)About the event: A play by Aniket parmar and adapted by Kushali Haji, is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s story the play follows a murder-mystery contextualized to the city of Ahmedabad. A lawyer and her assistant comes across a terror-stricken man accused of murder.Venue: Footlight Theatre AhmedabadOrganisers: Rangmanch Ki CharpaiHow to attend: Book here, or call- +91- 7412828983 / +91- 6359760919Date and time: September 22 (Thursday)- September 23 (Friday), 8:00 pm

  • Gujarat: Cows’ stroll in govt building!
  • Times of India

    RAJKOT: In Bhavnagar city, they are not just the roads, but government buildings too that are turning into a favourite hangout place for stray cattle. In a video that has gone viral on social media on Friday, a cow is seen sauntering inside Bahumali Bhavan which houses several government offices. The building is visited by hundreds of people every day. The person, who recorded the video also showed the signboards of the government office. Sources confirmed that the incident had happened in the last four or five days. The cow is seen strolling around freely in the long passage of the building and meets another bovine that has squatted outside the office of surveyor. The video has triggered lot of humour on the social media at a time when the civic bodies across the state are working day and night to impound animals from the roads following Gujarat high court’s severe indictment of the state government over failure to rein in the stray cattle menace. When contacted, Bhavnagar district collector Yogesh Nirgude said, “After this video went viral, I directed the concerned persons to appoint a private guard and gave necessary instructions to ensure that such things don’t happen again.”

UP, Uttarakhand to receive more rainfall on Saturday: IMD
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of continuing heavy rainfall over Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Saturday. On Friday, extremely heavy rainfall (over 204mm in 24-hours) was recorded at many places in Uttar Pradesh. Fatehpur tehsil (290mm), Ramnagar (270mm) and Haidargarh (210mm) — in Barabanki district — remained among the wettest areas of the country on the day. Lucknow (airport) recorded 160mm of rainfall. Presently, Uttar Pradesh and its neighbourhood areas remain under the influence of a well-marked low-pressure area, which has persisted since Thursday. “As the well-marked low-pressure system has recurved towards UP and will persist there, UP will continue to receive rainfall till Saturday. The rainfall intensity, thereafter, will start reducing from Sunday onwards,” said Anupam Kashyapi, head, weather forecasting division, IMD, Pune. The prevailing low-pressure system is possibly only the second synoptic system (low pressure/depression, etc.) since June to cause rainfall over UP. The season, overall, has seen poor rainfall activity over the state, which remains among the driest in the country. It is yet to receive normal seasonal rainfall this year. As on Friday, UP’s rainfall situation stood at -39 per cent, with the state, so far, receiving 427mm of rainfall.Meanwhile, the Southwest monsoon continues to remain active over large parts of central India, including parts of north Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra, UP, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Currently, there is a trough running between west-central Arabian Sea till the system over UP, which is attracting moist westerly winds from the Arabian Sea landwards, prevails. Besides, the monsoon trough runs to the south of its normal position, all of which are facilitating favourable conditions for the monsoon to remain active-to-vigorous over western-central India regions till the weekend. With IMD’s Extended Range Forecast (ERF) indicating a likely development of a fresh low-pressure system in the west-central Bay of Bengal by September 18, there will be more rainfall over the central India region starting September 20. UP is most likely to benefit during the upcoming spell, as well. “Though UP received good rainfall since Thursday and is expected to receive more rain in the coming week, the existing deficit could be reduced. But it will not be sufficient enough to cover the season’s deficit as the normals are now high,” Medha Khole, senior meteorologist from IMD, Pune, said. This season, UP has consistently maintained a deficit ranging between 40 and 46 per cent, severely crippling its paddy cultivation. Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxWith just over a fortnight remaining for the monsoon season and yet another low-pressure system likely to develop over the Bay of Bengal, its movement and intensity will decide the commencement of the monsoon’s withdrawal. According to the ERF, there is a chance of the monsoon retreating from the extreme northwestern parts of the country towards the last week of September.

UP, Uttarakhand to receive more rainfall on Saturday: IMD
  • Rain to diminish across Gujarat
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The intensity of rainfall reduced across the state and city on Wednesday. Due to the monsoon trough and the trough from the northeast Arabian Sea, parts of Saurashtra and South Gujarat received moderate to heavy rain. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, for the next two days Navsari and Valsad will get heavy rain, and other regions may get light to moderate showers. The weather department has issued orange alert for MP, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Konkan, and Goa from September 14-17. TNN

  • Ahmedabad: 55% of West Zone flood-prone
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: An hour of heavy rain in the West Zone of the city, will cause severe waterlogging at Helmet Circle, Valinath Chowk, AEC Circle, Naranpura Crossroads, RTO and Lakhudi Talav Circle, leading to a traffic nightmare. A new study by researchers from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, found that 55% of the area of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's West Zone - which includes the city's central business district (CBD) Ashram Road, the Gujarat University area, Navrangpura, CG Road, Paldi, SP Stadium and Chandkheda-Motera - is flood prone. The IIRS study also suggests a solution, saying that in densely developed areas such as Navarangpura, if the civic body was to set up integrated Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) it would offer an alternative approach to conventional stormwater management, along with environmental benefits. BGI is a landscape conservation approach, with nested networks of lakes and green spaces, permeable pavements, bioswales, rain gardens, urban tree cover, small ponds and wetlands. IIRS researchers Ravnish Kaur and Kshama Gupta have provided a potential map, marking suitability for a BGI network for the West Zone. The final suitability map for BGI implementation shows that of the 450 sq km of the city, about 145 sq km (32%) has low suitability, 157 sq km (35%) has moderate suitability and 148 sq km (33%) has the highest suitability. The study had considered areas for BGI networks that were larger than two hectares. Saswat Bandyopadhyay, project director, Centre of Urban Planning and Policy (CUPP), at CEPT Research and Development Foundation says, "Ahmedabad needs a sea change in the planning process to implement BGI. While we still hinge on floor space index (FSI) in the planning process, in Europe, the US and Singapore, planning involves the green plot ratio (GPR). "We can make cities climate resilient only if there is strong political will and thorough knowledge of the ground realities of town planning in Gujarat cities." Bandyopadhyay added that the construction industry in Ahmedabad had begun including elements such as vertical gardens and green roofing. He says available stormwater drainage technologies that break the speed of surface runoff should be included in the AMC's civic infrastructure.

  • IMD: 17 districts in Gujarat likely to receive heavy rain today
  • The Indian Express

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heavy rainfall forecast for 17 districts of the state on Thursday.“Heavy rains very likely in the districts of Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Kheda, Panchmahal, Dahod, Mahisagar, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Valsad; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Porbandar, Junagadh, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath and Kutch,” the weather department’s forecast stated.Also, light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with rainfall is expected.For Friday, September 16, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in the districts of South Gujarat namely Valsad along with heavy rain in Aravalli, Panchmahal, Dahod, Mahisagar, Vadodara, Surat, Dangs, Navsari; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Junagadh and Gir Somnath along with light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust).On September 17, heavy rain in the districts of South Gujarat region including Navsari and Valsad is expected.

  • Widespread rainfall to continue in Gujarat: IMD
  • The Indian Express

    As Gujarat continued to receive heavy rainfall Tuesday, the districts along the Saurashtra coast, and in the southern and northern regions are expected to receive heavy rainfall Wednesday.“Heavy to very heavy rains are very likely in the districts of South Gujarat—Navsari and Valsad—while heavy rains in the districts of Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Dahod, Mahisagar, Surat, Dang and Tapi, along with districts of Saurashtra, namely Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad,” stated the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast issued for Wednesday.On Tuesday, Saurashtra districts, viz, Gir Somnath, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Junagadh and Jamnagar, along with those in south Gujarat, including Bharuch, Surat and Valsad received heavy rainfall.“A monsoon trough over Bay of Bengal along with the trough from Northwest Arabian Sea to north Bangladesh across Gujarat, the cyclonic circulation associated with the well-marked low pressure area over central parts of Madhya Pradesh, north Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal, and extending above mean sea” are the systems attributed to the active rainfall over Gujarat this week.Also, light thunderstorms with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied by light to moderate rain are “very likely” at isolated places in most of the districts of Gujarat, stated the weather department.A very heavy rain alert has been issued for Navsari and Valsad on September 15. On both September 15 and 16, heavy rainfall is expected in the districts of Panchmahal, Dahod, Surat, Dang, Tapi, Amreli and Bhavnagar.

  • Heavy rainfall in Gujarat for a week, warns IMD
  • The Indian Express

    Gujarat is likely to see heavy rainfall until September 16 as southwest monsoon is expected to be active in the coming week due to systems developed in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, stated an advisory from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Sunday.“The monsoon trough continues to pass through Nalia, Ahmedabad, Brahmapuri, Jagdalpur, the centre of Depression over south coastal Odisha and neighbourhood and thence east, southeastwards to the Eastcentral Bay of Bengal. Also, cyclonic circulation over East Central Arabian Sea off south Maharashtra-Goa coasts is extending above mean sea-level persists,” the IMD stated.Until 6 pm Sunday, 75 talukas recorded rainfall on Sunday. Karjan in Vadodara recorded 41 mm, followed by Umerpada (37 mm) in Surat. Other areas that recorded heavy rainfall include Subir in Dang, Sinor in Vadodara, Palanpur in Banaskantha, Jotana in Mehsana and Dahod.Parts of Ahmedabad city also recorded heavy rainfall between 4 pm and 7 pm with an average rainfall of 23 mm. Water logging due to heavy rainfall in the areas of Paldi in the west zone that recorded 55 mm.On Monday, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in the districts of Saurashtra, namely Rajkot and Morbi, heavy rains at isolated places in the districts of Kheda, Mehsana, Banaskantha, Anand, Narmada, Bharuch Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Tapi and in Jamnagar, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Dwarka and Gir Somnath.Also, light thunderstorms with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied by light to moderate rain is very likely across the state Monday and Tuesday.The IMD has cautioned against heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places in the districts of South Gujarat, namely Narmada and Surat for Tuesday.Further, “heavy rain at isolated places is very likely in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Vadodara, Bharuch Navsari, Valsad and Tapi; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar,” Tuesday.On September 14, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Vadodara and Chhota Udepur along with heavy rain Kheda, Ahmedabad, Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod and Mahisagar and in Saurashtra districts of Surendranagar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad.

CM assured Gujarat Cattle Control Bill will be ‘cancelled’: BJP maldhari cell president
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel is ‘learnt to have assured’ the maldhari (cattle-herders) community that the state government would cancel the Gujarat Cattle Control (Keeping and Moving) in Urban Areas Bill, 2022 in the upcoming monsoon session of the assembly, BJP maldhari cell president Sanjay Desai said Tuesday.The Gujarat government had kept the bill in abeyance following opposition from the maldhari community. The community has also been upset over the stray cattle impounding drives taken up by the municipal corporations following a Gujarat High Court order. The HC is due to hear the matter—a contempt petition—on September 15.Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters Shree Kamalam, Desai said, “The Maldhari community, which has been with the BJP for years, was upset with the Gujarat Cattle Control (Keeping and Moving) in Urban Areas Bill, 2022 being passed in the Gujarat Assembly.”He said that all senior and religious leaders representing the maldhari community met CM Patel “who assured everyone that the Bill would be cancelled in the upcoming assembly session”. A two-day monsoon session of the assembly will be held on September 21-22.The CM has respected the request of all senior leaders, he said, adding Patel also assured that the government would do whatever else for the community.Asked about the stray cattle menace on the roads that was taking lives, Desai said the matter was being “discussed” between BJP state chief CR Paatil and CM Patel, and had assured building of “maldhari colonies using high technology” and ensuring their livelihoods were protected.“I cannot speak on the matters to come up in the assembly session. There were some talks on ways to resolve the issue,” state government spokesperson Jitu Vaghani told The Indian Express.The Gujarat Assembly had passed the Gujarat Cattle Control (Keeping and Moving) in Urban Areas Bill, 2022 with a majority on March 31—the last day of the budget session following a six-hour marathon discussion.The proposed law, which will licence, regulate and prohibit cattle movements and will be applicable to the eight municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Jamnagar and Gandhinagar, and 162 municipality jurisdictions, is still awaiting the Governor’s consent.The government had reduced the proposed fine following representations from its own as well as opposition MLAs.

CM assured Gujarat Cattle Control Bill will be ‘cancelled’: BJP maldhari cell president
Parts of Pune record 60mm in 2 hours, state to see more rainfall this wk: IMD
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

THIS WEEK, Maharashtra will experience heavy rainfall, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned on Sunday. The city on Sunday witnessed heavy rainfall along with thunder and lightning post afternoon. In less than two hours, many areas, including Wanaori, Hadapsar, Pashan and Magarpatta, recorded over 60mm.    Pune will receive similar moderate intensity spells during the week ahead, the IMD said in its forecast.As the intense spell of showers lashed the city, Pimpri-Chinchwad and surrounding areas from Sunday afternoon, commuters struggled with traffic snarls while residents battled waterlogging in several low-lying areas in the evening.According to the information given by the Pune fire brigade control room, the personnel responded to calls about waterlogging from 25 areas, including Chandannagar, Ved Bhavanin Kothrud, near garbage processing centre in Kothrud, Laman Tanda in Pashan, Someshwarwadi in Pashan, Wanawadi, BT Kawade Road and Katraj Udyan.  One tempo was damaged when a tree collapsed in Pashan while two incidents of wall collapse were reported from Bavdhan and Warje in which there were no casualties.Uprooting of 10 trees was reported from Pashan, Salunkhe Vihar, Kondhwa, Chavannagar and Pune Station areas. “Our teams responded to calls about waterlogging and helped people stuck in those areas. They also helped create a passage for the water to recede. Collapsed trees were removed and blocked roads were cleared,” said an officer from the control room.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Rahul Shrirame said, “Heavy spell of rains led to slow-moving traffic at many places. Officers and personnel from all our respective traffic divisions were on the ground responding to the situation and managing the traffic flow. Because of Sunday, the traffic movement was less than usual.”Four people, who were trapped in their homes due to water logging — three in Gadital and one in Ghorpadi Gain — were moved to safety by Fire brigade personnel. Some two-wheelers were washed away in Alandi and Dighi.Officials said that traffic bottlenecks were reported from many places due to waterlogged roads and malfunctioning signals. Arterial roads in Katraj, Pashan, Shivajinagar, Kothrud, Camp, Wanawadi, Pune Station area and the central parts of Pune witnessed slow-moving traffic during the peak hour in the evening, officials added.An ‘orange’ alert for Monday and Tuesday was issued for Pune, Satara, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Kolhapur districts with the Met department warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall (64.5-204.4mm in 24 hours) along ghat areas. These districts will remain on ‘yellow’ alert till Friday.Whereas Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Akola, Amravati, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Nagpur, Wardha, Washim and Yavatmal districts are placed in ‘yellow’ alert with likely chances of heavy rainfall (64.4-115.4mm in 24 hours) till September 15.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxThe enhanced rainfall will be associated with the prevailing depression located over Odisha and its movement in the subsequent days. “The well-marked low-pressure system has intensified into a depression. This system will move west-northwestwards and move across south Odisha and southern Chhattisgarh during the next 24 hours and weaken gradually,” the IMD said in its latest weather forecast.As the system traverses along central India in the coming days, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat will receive widespread very heavy spells, which will continue till Friday.Moreover, there is a cyclonic circulation located off the Maharashtra-Goa coast and the monsoon trough is located to the south of its normal position. “All these favourable conditions will keep the monsoon active over Maharashtra, especially the Vidarbha region,” said an official from IMD, Pune.

Parts of Pune record 60mm in 2 hours, state to see more rainfall this wk: IMD
Gujarat: Festive boost to car demand, chip shortage slows sales
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The festive season boosted car demand in Gujarat, with sales growing by 15% in August against the same month last year; while two-wheeler sales rose by a robust 37% growth. In August, some 23,716 cars and 74,981 two-wheelers left showrooms in Gujarat. However, according to dealers, sales numbers were limited and not as high as anticipated due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage. Hitendra Nanavati, the Gujarat chairperson of the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA), said, "Car sales are yet to fully overcome the effect of the chip shortage as dealers do not have more than 15-20 days of inventory and the waiting periods for cars are extending from two to 18 months. Even though the market has buoyancy and liquidity, it does not translate into sales due to supply-side constraints. Car sales continue to be on a bull run as demand in all segments except the entry-level segment remained strong. This is also aided by new feature-rich launches by car makers, industry players say. "August opens the door for the festival season. While dealers anticipated a good Ganesh Chaturthi in August, the results thus far have not been encouraging. Despite a good monsoon, the festive season began with a dampener during Ganpati," according to a FADA statement. While car sales have certainly gone past pre-Covid levels, two-wheeler sales despite momentum in August failed to reach that level. The two-wheeler segment has grown by 8.5% year-on-year pan India and about 37% in Gujarat, but it continues to face Covid blues due to the underperformance of rural India and is still not above 2019 levels. "This, coupled with higher prices has taken two-wheelers out of reach for most entry level customers. With the erratic monsoon, crop realization has been low and the flood-like situation had restricted customer movement in August," the FADA statement said.

Gujarat: Festive boost to car demand, chip shortage slows sales
Fresh low-pressure system over Bay of Bengal to keep monsoon active till Sunday: IMD
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

A fresh low-pressure system is likely to form over the Bay of Bengal on Thursday and keep the momentum of rainfall activity over most parts of the country going till the end of this week, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.Even though the Southwest monsoon begins to retreat from the extreme northwestern parts of the country from early September, there are no immediate signs of a retreat. The upcoming synoptic and following systems are likely to keep the monsoon active and the rainfall activity is expected to continue till the third week of the month, the Met said.On Wednesday, the IMD said a cyclonic circulation had formed over east-central Bay of Bengal. “Under the influence of this cyclonic circulation, a low-pressure system is likely to form over the west-central Bay of Bengal during the next 24-hours,” the IMD said in its bulletin on Wednesday.The present active monsoon spell will affect central, peninsular and eastern India, the agency said, adding that Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and parts of northern Karnataka and Kerala will receive widespread heavy rainfall (64.5 to 115.4mm in 24 hours) over the next five days.At present, there are multiple favourable weather systems active over central India. On Wednesday, the monsoon trough shifted south of its normal position, which will bring enhanced rainfall over peninsular India regions.The cyclonic circulation continues to prevail over interior Karnataka, which has brought Bengaluru to its knees. On Wednesday, the rainfall activity shifted to northern Karnataka and will continue to do so in the coming days. Guttal (150mm), Gadag 9120mm), Kakkeri (80mm) recorded heavy rainfall since Tuesday.On Wednesday, the entire southern India along with Maharashtra and Goa received normal or above rainfall. Since June 1, the quantum of rainfall across the country was 784.9mm, 5 per cent above normal. With three more weeks of the monsoon remaining, it is highly likely that the country would end up receiving normal seasonal rainfall this year.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxAccording to IMD’s latest forecast, rainfall intensity over Bengaluru will reduce significantly even as cloudy skies would prevail till the end of this week. Both urban and rural areas of Bengaluru, the IMD said, will receive light rainfall (2.4 to 15mm in 24-hours) over the next five days.An ‘orange’ alert is out for north interior Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha till Saturday, with the IMD warning of widespread very heavy rainfall (115.5 to 200.4mm in 24-hours).The Met had also issued a ‘yellow’’ alert on Saturday and Sunday, warning of heavy rain, thunder and lightning over Gujarat, eastern Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir.

Fresh low-pressure system over Bay of Bengal to keep monsoon active till Sunday: IMD