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Ex-Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh’s daughter comes out in support of farmers’ stir
The Indian Express | 2 days ago | |
The Indian Express
2 days ago | |

BJP leader and daughter of former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Jai Inder Kaur, came out in support of the fast-unto-death of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Sidhupur) president Jagjit Singh Dallewal, saying that the CM Bhagwant Mann’s government has betrayed the farmers.“Our farmers, led by Jagjit Singh Dallewal, have been protesting for the last 8-9 days across Punjab. They have kept forth genuine demands that were promised to them by the state government, which has now gone back on its words. I support the protesting farmers and urge CM Bhagwant Mann to come down from his high horse and fulfil the promises made to the farmers,” Kaur said.She added: “The Bhagwant Mann-led government has repeatedly backstabbed Punjab’s farmers. First, they promised to provide Rs 2,500 per acre as compensation to farmers for stubble management but later went back on their word. Moreover, they even started filling cases and made red entries against the farmers who had to burn stubble due to the incompetence of the state government. Mann’s government has completely failed to provide any alternative to stubble burning and now, instead of taking responsibility, is blaming the for its misdeeds.”She further said that the government, instead of focussing on the farmers’ welfare, is busy with the Gujarat elections.“During the tenure of Captain Amarinder Singh, the farmers had to face no such issue. My father always heard the demands of the farmers and fulfilled them — whether it was raising the MSP of sugarcane, waiving farm loans or supporting them in their protest against the three farm laws. However, the current AAP government seems to not care about the welfare of the farmers.”The demands of farmers include enhanced compensation for land acquired for national highway projects, compensation for crop damage due to inclement weather and pest attack, and rolling back of heavy fines imposed for stubble burning.

Ex-Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh’s daughter comes out in support of farmers’ stir
Rural daily wages: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh farmers lowest paid; Kerala, J&K at the top
The Indian Express | 4 days ago | |
The Indian Express
4 days ago | |

Agricultural workers in the states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh get the lowest daily wages in the country at a time when inflation is at an elevated level and interest rates are on the rise.According to data compiled by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in Madhya Pradesh, male agricultural workers in rural areas got a daily wage of just Rs 217.8 while in Gujarat, it worked out to Rs 220.3 in the year ended March 2022. Significantly, daily wages in both the states are below the national average of Rs 323.2.If a rural farm worker gets work for 25 days in a month in Gujarat, his monthly earning will be around Rs 5,500 per month which may not be sufficient to meet the expenses of a family of four or five people. However, a rural farm worker in Kerala, which pays the highest wage among states, gets an average of Rs 18,170 for 25 days work in a month.The financial year 2021-22 was bad for the rural economy with the Covid pandemic hitting the jobs and income levels. In the case of MP, the monthly wage for a farm worker would have been around Rs 5,445. Among other poorly paid states, in Uttar Pradesh, rural farm workers got an average daily wage of Rs 270, Maharashtra Rs 284.2 and Odisha Rs 269.5 in 2021-22.Kerala leads in highly paid agricultural workers with an average wage of Rs 726.8 per worker. The high wages in Kerala have attracted farm workers from other poorly paid states with around 25 lakh migrant workers reportedly living in the state.In Jammu & Kashmir, farm workers get an average wage of Rs 524.6, Himachal Pradesh Rs 457.6 and Tamil Nadu Rs 445.6 per person.According to the RBI data, in the case of male non-agricultural workers, the lowest wage was in MP with an average wage of Rs 230.3 while Gujarat workers got a daily wage of Rs 252.5 and Tripura Rs 250 — all below the national average of Rs 326.6.On the other hand, Kerala again leads in non-agricultural workers’ wages with Rs 681.8 wage per person. Kerala was followed by J&K with Rs 500.8, Tamil Nadu Rs 462.3 and Haryana Rs 409.3 for the year ended March 2022.Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are again below the national average of Rs 373.3 in the case of rural male construction workers. Gujarat rural construction workers got an average wage of Rs 295.9, MP Rs 266.7 and Tripura Rs 250.Daily wage for rural construction workers was Rs 837.7 in Kerala, Rs 519.8 in J&K, Rs 478.6 in Tamil Nadu and Rs 462.7 in Himachal Pradesh, as per the RBI data.According to a Crisil study, rural income prospects remain dependent on the vagaries of weather. “Increasing frequency of extreme weather events, therefore, remain a key monitorable. While lowering of demand for MGNREGA jobs is an encouraging sign for the rural economy from a job perspective, depressed wages are a matter of concern for rural demand,” it said.Rural jobs are dependent on agriculture which in turn is influenced by monsoon and rabi and kharif production. “Wage growth for agricultural and non-agricultural labourers remained muted during the year, averaging 4.4 per cent and 3.6 per cent, respectively, during May 2021-February 2022, on account of subdued demand conditions coexisting with lower rural inflation. However, agricultural wage growth picked up to 6.0 per cent in February 2022 from a low of 1.1 per cent in June 2021, while non-agricultural wage growth increased to 6.1 per cent in February 2022 from 0.2 per cent in May 2021, partly reflecting unfavourable base effects,” said the RBI’s Annual Report for 2021-22.

Rural daily wages: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh farmers lowest paid; Kerala, J&K at the top
AAP like Siberian birds that migrate when election comes, says Fadnavis
The Indian Express | 4 days ago | |
The Indian Express
4 days ago | |

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday called Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) “Siberian birds” that “migrate when election comes and return when its over” and termed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra a “Modi Virodhiyon Jodo Yatra”. Speaking at a political rally in Sabarkantha’s Bayad, Fadnavis said, “Do you know all these people of AAP are like Siberian birds? In Siberia, during extreme cold weather, the birds when they do not find anyting to eat, they fly to Mumbai and Surat, stay there for 2-3 months and when then cold weather ends fly back from Surat and Mumbai. AAP are like these Siberian birds that migrate when election comes and return when its over”.He further called them “liars” and as someone who would “dance in anyone”s marriage”. “Also, as you know there are some people in each village who start dancing in anybody’s marriage the moment band starts playing. Such are these people. Their habit is lying. After lying throughout the day they sit at night to evaluate their lies of the day and plan lies for the next day,” the BJP leader added.Accusing AAP to have deteriorated the law and order situation in Punjab, he said, “In Punjab, people are innocent, they believed in their revdi promises and elected them. But they are regretting it now. People are murdered in broad daylight, looted, such a bad law and order system that Punjab never witnessed.”Seeking support and vote for BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Fadnavis said that when the “son of Gujarat is taking care of the entire country then the entire Gujarat should back him” as today “national and world forces are dreaming on how to defeat Modi”. “Yuvraj came here, you know who is Yuvraj, I don’t call him Pappu but Yuvraj and what he speake I don’t understand that. At a time when there is election in Gujarat he is carrying out Bharat Jodo Yatra, he is roaming somehwere else. He comes for a day because he knows there is no point in coming to Gujarat. The seat where he addresses that seat is lost. The Bharat Jodo Yatra what Yuvraj ji started is not Bharat Jodo Yatra but Opposition Jodo Yatra,” he added referring to Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.“Through Modi Virodhiyon Jodo Yatra they try to create an identity by coming together but no matter they try…,” Fadnavis added. Meanwhile, speaking at a rally in Ahmedabad’s Maninagar constituency, Fadnavis added, “This time such would be an immersion (visarjan) for Congress that it must not have ever thought. Rahul Gandhi is well aware about that and that is the reason he has vanished from Gujarat after one rally.”Fadnavis also reacted to Rahul’s remarks about Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar. “He is abusing Savarkarji. He is saying that he is not Savarkar but mafiveer. He is not a freedom fighter but mafiveer… You should be ashamed. The person who took all the suffering in Andaman’s prison, Rahul Gandhi you will not understand his sacrifice.” Last week, Rahul questioned Savarkar’s nationalism by citing from a letter in which he had sought mercy from the British.Fadnavis added that the Congress has always humiliated Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

AAP like Siberian birds that migrate when election comes, says Fadnavis
Essar concludes $2 bn sale of port, infra assets to ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel
The Indian Express | 5 days ago | |
The Indian Express
5 days ago | |

Essar Group Monday said it has concluded sale of its two port assets and a power plant to ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India Limited (AM/NS India) for $2.05 billion, or Rs 16,500 crore.The sale consisted of infra assets which include a 270 MW power plant and 25 MPTA port at Hazira, Gujarat and a 12 MPTA port at Paradip, Odisha.An agreement for this transaction was signed by both the companies in August this year.“Essar Ports & Terminals Ltd (EPTL) and Essar Power Ltd (EPL) today concluded the US$ 2.05 billion (?16,500 crore) sale of captive ports and power assets located in Hazira and Paradip to ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India Ltd (AM/NS),” Essar said in a statement.With this, Essar said, it has completed its asset monetisation programme to effectively become debt free.“Essar has concluded its asset monetisation programme and completed the debt repayment of $25 billion (Rs 2 lakh crore) effectively making the group debt-free from Indian banks and financial institutions,” said Prashant Ruia, director, Essar Capital.In a separate release, AM/NS India said these cash generating assets are expected to generate operational synergies for it immediately.“Owning these strategically located assets also supports our recently announced decision to proceed with a Rs. 60,000 crore capacity expansion plan at Hazira, including the ability for AM/NS India to realise additional synergies from rising throughput at the port assets in both Gujarat and Odisha,” AM/NS India chief executive officer Dilip Oommen said.Acquisitions of the remaining assets included in the August 2022 agreement – a 515 MW gas based power plant at Hazira, 16 MTPA all-weather, deep draft terminal at Visakhapatnam and the 100 km Gandhar – Hazira transmission line – are expected to be completed in due course once necessary regulatory approvals are received, AM/NS India said. AM/NS India is a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel, two of the world’s leading steel manufacturing organisations.Essar said it continues to have a significant presence and substantial operating assets in all its core verticals – energy, metals & mining, infrastructure & logistics and technology & retail.The privately held group currently has revenues of around $15 billion (Rs 1.2 lakh crore) and assets under management of close to $8 billion (Rs 64,000 crore) within and outside India.

Essar concludes $2 bn sale of port, infra assets to ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel
After Covid-induced lull, HP records over three-time increase in tourist footfall
The Indian Express | 6 days ago | |
The Indian Express
6 days ago | |

Tourism in the hill state has picked up pace after a Covid-induced lull with footfall surging over three times this year till October 31 compared to the corresponding year-ago period.According to data procured from the Tourism department, Himachal Pradesh witnessed the arrival of 1.28 crore tourists, including 28,232 foreigners, between January 1 and October 31.In the corresponding year-ago period, the state had welcomed 41.03 lakh tourists, the data showed. The maximum tourists — 20.63 lakh — visited in June while January recorded the lowest footfall at 7.69 lakh.At 30.4 lakh, tourist arrivals in the twin districts of Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti accounted for 23.8 per cent of the total footfall in the first 10 months of 2022. The Atal Tunnel — an all-weather road beneath the 13,058-foot-high mountain in Rohtang Pass — has emerged as a tourist hotspot. Visitors are also making a beeline to Sissu in Lahaul and Spiti.Amit Kashyap, tourism director and Himachal Pradesh Tourism Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) managing director, said, “People who were struck at home during the COVID-19 outbreak have now started moving out.Aggressive marketing by the Tourism department in vernacular languages in states such as Gujarat from where the tourist inflow was less has helped increasing footfall.” Kashyap attributed the rise in tourist inflow to marketing on television channels and multiplexes and short videos on social media highlighting unexplored destinations in the state’s 12 districts.“We are hopeful of touching the pre-Covid tourist inflow figures by the year-end as November and December are peak tourist seasons. However, the number of foreign tourists is yet to pick up,” he said.Manali Hoteliers’ Association chief Mukesh Thakur said the Atal Tunnel — the new gateway to Lahaul and Spiti — had drastically increased tourist footfall.The tourist rush is picking up and Manali will be packed to capacity from December 20 till January 10, he said, adding the winter carnival starting from January 2 was another sought-after event.Snowfall being a big attraction, gondolas in Solang, igloo stays in Hamta, winter sports in and around Manali, skiing and snowboarding courses offered by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali catch the attention of travellers, he added.Pranav, a tourist, said, “We came to see the Atal Tunnel but were swayed to visit Sissu after crossing it. It was like entering a different world — so calm and beautiful.” The tourism and allied industry suffered immense losses during the pandemic and tourist inflow dropped 81 per cent on year in 2020. The tourist arrival, which drew 1.72 crore people in 2019, crashed to 32.13 lakh in 2020 before marginally recovering to 56.37 lakh in 2021.Dharamsala, the abode of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, is a popular tourist location while Shimla, with its British architecture, is famous as the “Queen of the hills”, and Kullu-Manali is known for snow and adventure sports.There is perennial flow of tourists to the “Shakti peeths” in Kangra, Bilaspur, Una, Simaur and Mandi, known as “Chhoti Kashi” for the ancient Shiva temples. Foreign tourists and adventure lovers are attracted to the virgin areas of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti and Chamba.📣 For more lifestyle news, follow us on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook and don’t miss out on the latest updates!

After Covid-induced lull, HP records over three-time increase in tourist footfall
Daily Briefing: Setback for Nirav Modi; latest on Gujarat and Himachal polls; Hardik Pandya’s fitness secrets
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

Good morning!Big Story Fugitive Diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who is wanted in India over a Rs 13,500-crore bank loan fraud case, moved a step closer to extradition on Wednesday, after the High Court in London rejected his appeal. While Modi has argued that he was suffering from depression and his extradition to India could exacerbate his tendency to commit suicide, the High Court ruled that his risk of suicide was not such that it would be either unjust or oppressive to extradite him. The process to bring him back to stand trial in India, however, remains unlikely to be a speedy one.Only in the Express The Indian Express has learnt that the Union Minister of Finance has approved an advance of Rs 13,000 crore for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna-Gramin (PMAY-G) from the Contingency Fund of India, months after the Union Ministry of Rural Development flagged shortage of funds for implementation of the rural housing scheme. The PMAY has been the top spender in the rural development ministry in the first seven months this year. With the Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat polls right around the corner, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur speaks to The Indian Express about the BJP’s plans in the states, the freebies debate, who the saffron party sees as competition and the weather in Shimla. Asked if BJP is returning to power in Himachal, he said: “Of course, yes. There is no doubt about it. The double-engine government has done well in all sectors.” Read his interview. From the Front Page An affidavit filed in the Supreme Court by the Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has listed several issues the AAP government is facing in its dealings with the bureaucracy. These include: bureaucrats skipping meetings, not taking calls, and “disobeying orders of ministers”. The problem, the affidavit states, has “become even more acute with the appointment of Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena earlier this year”.Tamil Nadu’s ruling DMK has urged the President to dismiss Governor R N Ravi, saying his conduct in the state has not been in keeping with the Constitution, and that he has not signed numerous Bills passed by the Assembly. Here’s what it said.Calling Sanjay Raut’s arrest illegal and a “witch-hunt”, a special court granted bail to the Shiv Sena MP, over three months after his arrest in connection with a redevelopment project in Mumbai. The court also rapped the Enforcement Directorate (ED) stating that it had used the exceptional powers of arrest “very casually”.Must Read Last week, a team from the Election Commission visited Ka, a blink-and-miss hamlet in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district, to set up a voting booth for its 16 voters — the lowest voter count among the 7,881 polling stations in the state. But the echoes of the high-pitched election campaign in the rest of the state almost die out by the time one gets to Ka. Here, the BJP has fielded Surat Negi, who is up against sitting Congress MLA Jagat Singh Negi. We speak to the residents about their hopes and expectations for the tiny hamlet. In our opinion section today, Sanjib Baruah writes on how former US President Donald Trump has cast a long shadow on the midterm election: “As expected, he has already tried to take credit for the Republican victory. But a few of the high-profile unconventional candidates that he hand-picked have lost, which will undoubtedly weaken his position as undisputed leader of the Republican Party.”In the latest edition of Explained.live, former Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale weighs in on what Xi Jinping’s continuity as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China for a third term means for global politics and India at a time of geopolitical flux. And Finally A simple moong dal and rice khichdi. Tempered with some mild spices and ghee. Semi-dry, but always served warm. Packed into a tiffin, this simple soothing fuel of energy lands wherever India’s most vaunted all-rounder Pandya – ‘HD’ to his personal chef Aarav Nangia – goes to play, keeping him content and revved up for the game.Delhi Confidential: The K Chandrashekar Rao-led Telangana government has been at loggerheads with Central ministries in the past. The latest friction is over the Ramagundam fertiliser plant, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 12.In today’s episode of the ‘3 Things’ podcast, we break down the Supreme Court’s  EWS verdict and the changing discourse around reservation in India. Until tomorrow, Rahel Philipose and Sonal Gupta 

Daily Briefing: Setback for Nirav Modi; latest on Gujarat and Himachal polls; Hardik Pandya’s fitness secrets
5 days, 11 roadshows: Kejriwal leads AAP push in Saurashtra, Kutch
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

As the BJP officially launches its Gujarat campaign, Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal spent his longest stint of five days in the state, pitching the party in Saurashtra and Kutch.AAP is seen as having its best shot in Saurashtra districts, apart from Surat, and Kejriwal held over 11 roadshows in the five days he spent in the area. His theme was the same that his party has been talking about — “No party comes and talks to you about schools, no party talks to you about hospitals, no party talks to you about electricity, employment… Ours is the only party which talks about employment, electricity and your families,” he said.The five-day campaign push began with Kejriwal announcing national joint general secretary Isudan Gadhvi as AAP’s chief ministerial candidate, on Friday. Gadhvi also belongs to Saurashtra, specifically to Jamkhambhaliya taluka in Devbhumi Dwarka district.The AAP push coincided with Indranil Rajyaguru, its national joint secretary, also belonging to Saurashtra and a former MLA from Rajkot, quitting soon after the announcement of Gadhvi as CM candidate. Rajyaguru, who returned to the Congress, told The Indian Express he had suggested candidates for 22 seats to the AAP leadership, mostly in Saurashtra, “who were in the party even before I joined”. “But in those seats, these people tried giving tickets to weak candidates… just to help the BJP”.In 2017, the Congress had finished ahead of the BJP in the 54 Assembly constituencies in the 12 districts of Saurashtra and Kutch, getting 30 seats to the BJP’s 23 (the NCP got 1). The swing in favour of the Congress was attributed largely to farm distress and Patidar anger.This year the farmers are largely happy about prices for their produce in the market and the high MSPs, though input costs have risen. In 2017, the unsettled insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) had also caused distress to those who suffered crop losses due to inclement weather. In 2020, Gujarat opted out of the scheme on the ground that companies were quoting a high premium.However, AAP has been able to draw some amount of Patidar support, reflected in its impressive performance in the Surat Municipal Corporation elections last time.Kejriwal’s five-day tour included two-three rallies in almost every constituency. Punjab CM and AAP star campaigner Bhagwant Mann, meanwhile, covered areas in central Gujarat and Ahmedabad.In the constituencies in coastal areas where fishermen will call the shots, Kejriwal listed his party’s “guarantees”, and said: “There is no need to give any money to any middleman… We will give a 25% subsidy on diesel, irrespective of the rate. We will also give loans to fishermen without any interest.” He also promised MSP on fish, houses for fishermen, and help for families of those who die in accidents, hoping to top up the BJP government’s promises just ahead of Diwali to the community.At his rally in Wankaner, near Morbi where 135 people died in the collapse of a suspension bridge, Kejriwal accused the BJP government of “defending” the company that carried out the renovation work – though without naming the Oreva Group.In rally after rally, Kejriwal claimed that unlike the BJP, he had no money power. In Kalavad of Jamnagar, he said, “For seven years I have been the chief minister of Delhi… (but) my bank account is empty, so is my party’s bank account.”He had something else with him, he said in Jetpur of Rajkot district. “After March 1, even in Gujarat, electricity will be supplied 24 hours and the bill will be zero! This is magic, isn’t it? I only know this magic. I have been given this gift by the Almighty.”

5 days, 11 roadshows: Kejriwal leads AAP push in Saurashtra, Kutch
  • Manifesto vs manifesto: Distance travelled by BJP, Congress since 2017 in Himachal
  • The Indian Express

    The manifestos of the BJP and Congress for the Himachal Pradesh polls have introduced newer promises and schemes to cater to various voter groups as compared to 2017. While the Congress has strengthened its focus on jobs, the youth, and the restoration of the Old Pension Scheme (OPS), it has introduced promises such as free electricity up to 300 units. The BJP has vowed to bring in a Uniform Civil Code and a survey of Waqf property, in addition to reiterating its welfare schemes. However, it is silent on the issue of OPS. Both have promised relief to apple farmers, who have been protesting in the state.A comparison:BJP, 2017The BJP manifesto’s main focus was setting up a 24X7 helpline to act against forest mafia, a joint task force to check illegal mining, a ‘Gudia Yojana’ to check crimes against women, women police stations in all districts and a helpline for women’s safety. (The state had been rocked by a rape-and-murder case in Shimla that year, under a Congress government).Although the party did not promise jobs, it said it would ensure selection of Grade III and IV employees on the basis of merit. It also promised a pension planning committee for consultation with the Central government, a wage disputes redressal committee for problems related to payment of employees, and 80 per cent jobs in industries to locals.BJP, 2022In a first for the party in Himachal, but in line with the steps it has taken in other states, the BJP manifesto this time promises to implement a Uniform Civil Code. In Uttarakhand, the newly elected party has already set up a committee to study the feasibility of implementing the code, and in poll-bound Gujarat, it has made the same promise. The party also said that Waqf properties will be studied “to look into the legality of the misuse of such properties”.The party is silent on the OPS, maintaining that a community would look into the issue.Reaching out to apple farmers, the BJP has said it would impose a ceiling on GST on materials used in the packaging of apples at 12 per cent and added that additional GST would be paid by the state government. However, no announcement has been made on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) demand of farmers.Underlining its focus on youths, the party has promised eight lakh jobs to them, plus a tablet and monthly 1GB data to students receiving first class distinction. The manifesto also speaks of pucca road construction in all villages in the state, promises the development of five new medical colleges and the doubling of mobile clinics in every constituency.This time, the party has released a separate manifesto for women, with promises such as three free LPG cylinders, Rs 500 crore corpus to women entrepreneurs, and bicycles and scooters for girl students. It promised financial aid of Rs 25,000 to all pregnant women. Similarly, it said a Rs 25,000 monthly scholarship would be given to 5,000 women who do exceptionally well in education in the state.Congress, 2017Last time, the party promised that the OPS scheme would be restored only for a section of employees depending on their tenure. The party also had women-related promises, like the BJP – providing working women hostels in districts and a marriage grant of Rs 1 lakh for daughters of widows. It said that merit scholarships would be provided to ST students for higher education.At the time, the Congress also promised to decentralise power to the panchayat level and setting up of a grievance committee for complaints related to corruption. It had farmer-specific proposals for crop protection and interest-free loans up to Rs 1 lakh.Congress, 2022The main change this time is the manifesto’s focus on the restoration of the OPS, a key demand of the significant vote bank of about 2.5 lakh government employees in the state.Catering to the protesting apple farmers in the state who have been raising their pitch against a wide-range of issues, an addition in the manifesto is the promise of a committee to consult apple farmers and decide upon an MSP price for procurement.Taking a leaf out of AAP’s playbook, the Congress has also announced free electricity of up to 300 units and Rs 1,500 to women between 18 and 60 years of age. On the lines of the pilgrimage policies of the BJP, and in a bid to target the age group over 60, the Congress has promised a free pilgrimage policy to a senior citizen and a family member once in five years.The Congress has also promised five lakh jobs this time as opposed to the earlier promise of employment to 75,000 youth and 1.50 lakh jobs over a period of five years.Highlighting its focus on the younger vote bank, it talks of a start-up fund of Rs 680 crore in its manifesto and says it would introduce policies to employ 80% of youngsters in the private sector, along with 1 lakh jobs to youths in the first cabinet meeting if voted to power.Separately, it has released a charge sheet highlighting the police recruitment scam in March, when question papers were leaked, as well as the alleged corruption in PPE procurement during Covid-19.The party has also targeted the dairy industry and has promised to buy 10 kg of milk from farmers and to provide subsidies to support the purchase of four cows per family, among others.

  • AAP's Ex Ally In Gujarat Now With Nitish Kumar's Party Ahead Of Polls
  • Ndtv

    Chhotu Vasava, a tribal leader, had been with Nitish Kumar's party from 1990 to 2017.(FILE)Chanderia (Guj): The Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) led by Chhotu Vasava on Monday announced a pre-poll tie-up with "old friend" Janata Dal (United) for the next month's Gujarat Assembly elections.Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar will campaign in Gujarat, said Mr Vasava.There is no clarity about the number of seats the JD(U) would contest in the elections to the 182-member Assembly scheduled to be held on December 1 and 5."The BTP and the JD(U) are old friends and that is why we have decided to enter into a pre-poll alliance. We will help them and they will help us. The Bihar CM (Nitish Kumar) will visit Gujarat for poll campaigning. We aim to uproot the present (BJP) regime," BTP founder Vasava told reporters.Notably, the development came days after the BTP announced its first list of candidates for 12 Assembly segments, including nine seats reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST).Last September, the BTP had broken its four-month-old pre-poll tie-up with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleging the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sent Arvind Kejriwal to defeat the BTP.In the current Assembly, the BTP has two MLAs. While Chhotu Vasava represents the Jhagadia seat in Bharuch, his son and BTP's national president Mahesh Vasava is the MLA from Dediapadain the Narmada district."Chhotubhai was JD(U)'s state president in the past. We are brothers who have once again come together. Apart from Nitish Kumar, JD(U) president Lalan Singh and senior leader KC Tyagi will also address poll rallies in Gujarat. The ticket distribution will be finalised in days to come," said Gujarat JD(U) president Vishwajeet Singh.Chhotu Vasava, a veteran tribal leader, had been with JD(U) from 1990 to 2017. He left the party and formed BTP ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections after Nitish Kumar allied with the BJP.He had earlier formed a poll alliance with Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM ahead of the Gujarat panchayat polls in 2020 and with AAP this year.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHowever, Vasava snapped ties with AAP claiming Kejriwal is working at the behest of the BJP.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayWatch Chief Justice's Farewell Speech: "Have Disposed 10,000 Matters"

  • Storm of change is coming to Gujarat: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal
  • Times of India

    WANKANER: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said a storm of change is coming in Gujarat and said he will never seek votes again if his party did not deliver on the promises made to people. "All promises AAP made to the people of Gujarat regarding education, healthcare, employment etc are based on what my government did in Delhi," Kejriwal said, addressing people during his road shows in Chotila and Wankaner towns of Surendranagar district on Sunday. "You have given 27 years to BJP. I am here to seek only five years. Give us five years, I will not come to ask for your votes if we do not deliver," he said, adding that the free electricity guarantee will be implemented from March 1 after AAP forms a government in Gujarat. Kejriwal further said he has put in place a plan for Gujarat which includes the construction of a large number of hospitals, mohalla clinics and providing jobs to youths. "I am an educated person. I know how to work, and construct schools, and hospitals...I do not make false promises. I am only talking about the work I have done in Delhi. I am an honest person, I do not indulge in corruption," he said. After Wankaner, Kejriwal also participated in the "tiranga yatra" at Chotila where he told people that he was like their brothers and will rid them of inflation.

  • Gujarat elections: BJP’s anchor in Surat, the minister who lost a key portfolio
  • The Indian Express

    Having won the Surat West seat twice, Purnesh Modi, 57, a qualified lawyer, was given a Cabinet berth for the first time in the Bhupendra Patel government in September 2021 but was stripped of the all-important roads and buildings portfolio 11 months later. Surat West is considered one of the most secure Assembly seats for the BJP and Modi will look to retain the seat for the party.Modi started his ministerial innings on a sprightly note, launching a mobile application in his name in October 2021 at Ambaji in Banaskantha district so that people could lodge complaints related to damaged roads. This July, as major highways in the state got pockmarked with potholes during the monsoon season, it dented the government’s image and social media was flooded with memes poking fun at the Gujarat development model. Around that time, Modi urged the public to lodge complaints using his app.On August 15, the minister sent some 4,000 senior citizens from his constituency on a pilgrimage to Somnath as part of the Gujarat government’s Shravan Tirth Darshan Yojana, hiring 75 buses. Five days later, the roads and buildings portfolio was taken away from him.A member of the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) belonging to the BJP said at the time that Modi was trying to establish himself as “bigger than the party”. “He (Modi) was given Road and Buildings (department) which is very important as you directly come in contact with the public. If a minister does not entertain public issues, complaints go to the party organisation leaders and even to the chief minister,” the SMC member said.Modi belongs to the Modhvanik community, the same as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He joined the BJP in 1984 as a party worker from Wadi Falia in Surat’s walled city and was a municipal councillor between 2000 to 2005. He was the Surat city BJP president for two straight terms between 2010 to 2016. After the death of incumbent BJP MLA Kishor Vankawala in 2013, Modi was fielded from Surat West and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands.In 2019, Modi filed a defamation suit against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a Surat district court for allegedly making defamatory comments about the prime minister’s surname at a rally in Karnataka.

  • BJP Reacts To Arvind Kejriwal's "They Offered Deal" Claim To NDTV
  • Ndtv

    Arvind Kejriwal had accused the BJP of offering a deal if they pulled out of Gujarat polls.New Delhi: The BJP today rubbished allegations that it offered Aam Aadmi Party Convenor Arvind Kejriwal a deal to spare his ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain, who are embroiled in investigations by central agencies, if the Aam Aadmi Party pulled out of next month's Gujarat elections.Calling it a "blatant lie", BJP spokesperson Syed Zafar Islam said it is merely a statement to mislead people and malign the image of the BJP. "He has misled the people of Delhi and the nation. He used Anna Hazare to come to power and later left him. He can mislead anyone to grab power," he said.Arvind Kejriwal had at an NDTV Townhall yesterday claimed that after Manish Sisodia rejected their offer to be Delhi Chief Minister by leaving AAP, the BJP had approached him. "They have said if you leave Gujarat and don't contest there, we will spare both Satyendar Jain and Sisodia and drop all charges against them," he had said.Asked who made the offer, Mr Kejriwal said, "How can I name one of my own... the offer has come through them... see they (BJP) never approach directly. They go from one to another, to another, to another, to a friend, and then the message reaches you."The AAP chief said the BJP was scared of losing both Gujarat elections and the closely watched municipal polls in Delhi and had pulled out all stops to defeat his party.He said the cases filed against Mr Sisodia over Delhi's now-revoked liquor sales policy and Mr Jain about proxy or 'hawala' transactions were fabricated.Satyendar Jain has been in jail since his arrest in May over money laundering allegations.The ED had arrested Mr Jain and two others in the money laundering case based on a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR lodged against the AAP leader in 2017 under the Prevention of Corruption Act.Mr Jain is accused of having laundered money through four companies linked to him. He has denied the allegations.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comManish Sisodia is a prime accused in a case which involves alleged kickbacks to political leaders by private players in exchange for liquor shop licenses.Elections to the 182-member Gujarat assembly are to be held in two phases - December 1 and 5 - with results on December 8.Featured Video Of The DayTruth Vs Hype: Ram Rahim: Rape, Murder And Brazenness

Anurag Thakur: No ifs and buts about Jai Ram Thakur… BJP will cross 44-mark in Himachal… break records in Gujarat polls
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur has a busy election schedule in Himachal Pradesh, his home state. He is addressing 15-16 rallies, big and small, a day. These begin early in the morning and continue late into the night. He tells The Indian Express that the party will increase its tally in Himachal Pradesh and break records in Gujarat.Excerpts:Do you like Delhi’s or Shimla’s weather more?Mausam har jagah ka achchha hai, vyakti par nirbhar karta hai (The weather is good everywhere. It all depends on the individual).Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia declared you as the Himachal Pradesh chief ministerial candidate of the BJP a few months ago.The Jai Ram Thakur government has done wonderful work in Himachal Pradesh. The BJP is fighting the elections under the leadership of Jai Ram ji and there are no ifs and buts in this.They shut their shop a long time back.And the Congress?There is a direct fight between the BJP and the Congress. But they won’t be able to open their account.What are the highlights of your manifesto?There is a separate Sankalp Patra for women. It promises 33% reservation for women in government jobs, Rs 25,000 for a pregnant woman, a bicycle for a girl child from Class 6 to 12, and a Scooty for a college-going girl. Apart from that, three LPG cylinders for poor women. Also, a two per cent interest subvention for self-help groups and interest-free loans for homestay women (the women running homestay facilities). Apart from that, other ailments will be covered under Ayushman Bharat and Himcare which were not covered earlier for women.Don’t you think a bicycle and Scooty fall in the category of freebies?No, they are (tools of) empowerment. We want to encourage all girls to go to school. It is going to help them, strengthen them.Of course, yes. There is no doubt about it. The double-engine government has done well in all sectors, whether it is roads, rail, health, education, water or any kind of infrastructure. Apart from that, social welfare schemes are a great hit.We will win more than last time. We will cross the 44 mark.What about Gujarat?In Gujarat, we will break all the records of the last 30 years. It is going to be a historic win for the BJP. Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s development work and what the double-engine government has delivered there are appreciated by one and all.Dharamshala has a world-class stadium, Nadaun has a state-level stadium. The Indira Gandhi stadium at Una has got all the facilities, but it has not got any definite sports culture. Sometimes cricket matches are held at Pekhubela.We have three grounds in Una (district): Santoshgarh, Pekhubela, and Una. So we have a lot of matches. It depends on what time they are playing the match and what activities are happening at the Indira Gandhi stadium.The Government of India is opening 1,000 Khelo India centres across the country. Apart from that, we have 23 National Centres of Excellence (in the country). We are also running Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) which looks after elite athletes. So, we are already running several projects all over the country, including Himachal Pradesh. Khelo India games, University games or youth games are very very popular where the youths are breaking national records.You have a two-time chief minister at home as your father (Prem Kumar Dhumal) and a two-time Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) at your office. Who is more strict?Neither of them is strict. But they are dedicated. They are dedicated towards their country, they are dedicated towards their work. And their determination and dedication have made them successful in life.

Anurag Thakur: No ifs and buts about Jai Ram Thakur… BJP will cross 44-mark in Himachal… break records in Gujarat polls
After Jakhau demolition, fishermen association demands land on lease
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

AROUND TWO weeks after the state government demolished around 300 houses, huts and godowns at Jakhau harbour terming them “unauthorised” constructions, fishermen of the harbour Tuesday demanded that the government lease land to their association to keep the harbour with an annual turnover of Rs 4,000 crore going.Leaders of a fishermen’s association of Jakhau submitted a memorandum to Kutch District Collector Dilip Rana, drawing his attention to people living in the open in Jakhau after their homes and huts were demolished during a demolition drive last month even as weather has started turning cold due to the approaching winter.The fishermen leaders said that children were also forced to sleep in the open and requested the district collector visit the harbour to ascertain ground situation.The fishermen leaders also claimed that they were paying rent to the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) since 1972 but GMB transferred power of collecting the rent to Jakhau village panchayat in 2007-08 without any formal order. They demanded that the government lease 10 to 12 hectares land to Jakhau Bandar Fishermen and Boat Association (JBFBA), an association of fishermen of Jakhau for 99 years so that houses, shops, ice factories, cold storages, fish drying yards etc can be built and keep the harbour which has annual fisheries turnover worth Rs 4,000 crore going.“You are aware that village panchayat is around 12 km away from Jakhau port and no private land is available nearby. Therefore, we, the users and fishermen of Jakhau harbour have no other option to develop such facilities,” stated the memorandum.The memorandum added that around 10,000 fishermen from coastal districts like Valsad, Jamnagar, Devhumi Dwarka, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Union Territory Diu as well as local fishermen of Jakhau operate around 1400 boats from Jakhau harbour for 10 months every year and provide employment opportunities to 12000 others.In another memorandum, fishermen demanded that Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL), restore power supply to around 500 premises.

After Jakhau demolition, fishermen association demands land on lease
Gujarat’s date with bestu varas is unique
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Greetings of 'saal mubarak' will resound through Gujarat as people wish each other a happy new year on Wednesday. While several states usher in their new year in the spring, or the March-April period according to the Gregorian calendar, Gujarat has followed a different path. Many Indian states follow the Vikram Samvat calendar, which begins with the month of Chaitra, spanning March and April. While several states celebrate their New Year in Chaitra, the Gujarati New Year is observed on the first day of the month of Kartik, the eighth month of Saka Samvat. Prof Ramji Savaliya, former director of the B J Institute of Learning & Research, attributes Gujarat's impetus to follow the Kartik to Ashwin cycle to two factors: the influence of the Vir Nirvan Samvat and the business cycle. "Several rulers gave patronage to Jainism. Diwali is considered the nirvana of Lord Mahavir, so the new year in Vir Nirvan Samvat starts the following day. Likewise, the tradition of chopda pujan (the ritual of performing a puja of account books in front of the deities for good omen) on Diwali along with Lakshmi puja set the accounting cycle," he said. With the end of the monsoon and a relatively lean period for the farming folk, Diwali emerged as a significant festival in Gujarat along with its religious significance, Prof Savaliya said. Symbolically, it was the time to start afresh; thus, on the next day – New Year’s Day – people used to wish each other happiness and prosperity. He added, “The practice of multiple-day celebrations emerged as the society had more money to spend, saw leaner agricultural activities, and enjoyed relatively good weather. There’s traditionally no business from New Year to Labh Pancham.” Historians like Prof Makrand Mehta also point out that the greeting ‘saal mubarak’ is believed to have its origins in Gujarat’ssea trade with the Arabs. Several traditions associated with New Year good omens have prevailed over the generations. Kiran Rana, a resident of Kansara ni Pol, said that as children, they would begin New Year’s Day with calls of ‘Sabras’, going from house to house and giving a lump of salt for good luck. “In several pols, the tradition is still alive. Likewise, visiting a temple is also a must to start the year on an auspicious note,” he said.

Gujarat’s date with bestu varas is unique
Ahmedabad: ‘Zero day’ at Civil hospital: No Covid, H1N1 cases
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: On Sunday, Civil Hospital recorded 'zero day' for two major infections - Covid and swine flu. Dr Rakesh Joshi, medical superintendent of the hospital, said that after 122 days, the Covid cases got zero at the Covid ward, whereas no new swine flu cases were recorded after over 200 days. "Change in weather, herd immunity and vaccination in case of Covid could be some of the reasons for the phenomenon," said Dr Joshi, adding that one must however not let the guards down with festivities around the corner. Gujarat had 718 active cases of Covid on Sunday, out of which 197 were in Ahmedabad. The city had recorded 21 new cases.

Ahmedabad: ‘Zero day’ at Civil hospital: No Covid, H1N1 cases
  • ‘Zero day’ at Civil: No Covid, H1N1 cases
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: On Sunday, Civil Hospital recorded ‘zero day’ for two major infections — Covid and swine flu. Dr Rakesh Joshi, medical superintendent of the hospital, said that after 122 days, the Covid cases got zero at the Covid ward, whereas no new swine flu cases were recorded after over 200 days. “Change in weather, herd immunity and vaccination in case of Covid could be some of the reasons for the phenomenon,” said Dr Joshi, adding that one must however not let the guards down with festivities around the corner. Gujarat had 718 active cases of Covid on Sunday, out of which 197 were in Ahmedabad. The city had recorded 21 new cases. tnn

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.

Captain’s daughter Jai Inder visits mandis, lends an ear to farmers
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Jai Inder Kaur, daughter of former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who also joined BJP recently with her father, visited grain markets at Sirhind and Khanna on Thursday to hear the grievances of farmers.Talking to the media after her visit to the Khanna mandi in Ludhiana district, Kaur said, “For the last few days we have been getting complaints from all over Punjab that the grain procurement process wasn’t going well and farmers are facing issues. Today after visiting both Sirhind (in Fatehgarh Sahib district) and Khanna, I can confirm that the procurement process is going very slowly and farmers are truly unhappy.”She said, “Already farmers are facing a lot of hardship due to ‘China virus’ that has destroyed crops of many of our ‘annadatas’ and now the incessant rain is also bringing down the yield. But instead of helping out our farmers, the AAP government has left them to their own devices, not even procuring the produce that has already arrived in the mandis.”Kaur also met with Fatehgarh Sahib Deputy Commissioner Parneet Shergill and raised the issues being faced by farmers in Sirhind mandi.On stubble burning, Kaur said, “Farmers have also informed me that they haven’t received any stubble management machines from the government. Also, no compensation has been fixed by the government. And if out of compulsion they burn stubble, then the administration is red listing them which is totally unfair. I have assured them of full support of Jatt Mahasabha and also my family, and I will also urge my father to take up this matter with the central government.”Launching a scathing attack on the AAP government, she said, “Rain, bad weather and slow lifting are posing problems in the procurement process, but Punjab CM, his ministers and MLAs are uninterested in all this and are focusing only on campaigning in Gujarat. The farmers have been forced to sit on protest against the CM outside his house for their demands, but Bhagwant Mann isn’t listening to them.”

Captain’s daughter Jai Inder visits mandis, lends an ear to farmers
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
35 stranded in Uttarakhand, 12 from Gujarat
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A group of 12 pilgrims from Gujarat, who are part of a group of 35 tourists, have been stranded for the past six days at Gunji in Uttarakhand after the road taken by them was closed following landslides triggered by incessant rainfall. Dr Jayesh Sheth, one of the stranded people, sought the intervention of chief minister Bhupendra Patel to facilitate the return of the devotees who are on the Adi Kailash pilgrimage. On Tuesday, the officials of the state government got in touch with their counterparts in Uttarakhand, who assured them that the group was safe and had access to all essential supplies. Traffic movement on the Tanakpur-Pithoragarh road was badly hit following landslides. As a result, those stranded at Pithoragarh have not been able to return by road. The State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) said on Tuesday afternoon that based on the instructions of the relief commissioner, the district administration officials of Pithoragarh have been contacted. “All the pilgrims from Gujarat are safe. We have been informed by the district administration that the stranded pilgrims have adequate stock of food, medicines, and other essential supplies. Due to inclement weather and the roads being closed, vehicular movement is not possible at present. In a couple of days, when the roads are cleared for traffic, the pilgrims will be able to return,” the SEOC said. They have been put up at a camp of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam in Gunji, the SEOC said.

35 stranded in Uttarakhand, 12 from Gujarat
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
Viral Video: Ola Electric Scooter Saves The Day During Navratri Celebrations In Gujarat
Ndtv | 1 month ago | |
Ndtv
1 month ago | |

Paytm founder Vijay Shekar Sharma was also impressed with the creativity.A video of an Ola electric scooter being used as a loudspeaker during Navratri celebrations in Gujarat is gaining traction on social media. The short clip was shared by Twitter user Shreyas Sardesai on Tuesday morning, and since it has garnered more than 25,000 views and hundreds of likes. The video showed how the Ola S1 Pro electric scooter saved the day when the lights went out during a Garba event in Surat. It showed how people simply used the scooter's built-in speakers to belt out tunes and continue dancing.In the caption, Mr Sardesai said, "Ola S1 Pro turned out to be savior when lights were out during Navratri celebration . Every one enjoyed navratri with Ola's speakers." Ola S1 Pro turned out to be savior when lights were out during Navratri celebration . Every one enjoyed navratri with Ola's speakers #olas1pro#OLA@OlaElectric@bhashpic.twitter.com/Up319nXwVq— Shreyas Sardesai (@shreyas7065) October 4, 2022The clip is going viral on the internet. Taking to Twitter, Ola CEO Bhavish Aggarwal also reshared the clip and announced that a special Navratri mode would be built into the MoveOS - the operating system that runs the Ola S1 and S1 Pro - before the festival next year. 👌🏼 we will build a special navratri mode before next year into MoveOS! https://t.co/3sBsaUKcad— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) October 4, 2022Paytm founder Vijay Shekar Sharma was also impressed with the creativity. He retweeted the clip with a laughing and a thumbs-up emoji. PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comMeanwhile, internet users flooded the comment section with laughing emojis. While some found the idea of using the Ola scooter as a boombox "mind-blowing", others simply said, "Ola S1 is always a saviour.""Thank you for this idea kal mere dost ki birthday hai ab se HAPPY BIRTHDAY ola mein bajega (Tomorrow is my friend's birthday, from now on Happy Birthday will be played on Ola)," wrote one user. "Ola is always a life savior whether it is bad weather with water log or electricity outrage, ola stand tall for their user," added another. Click for more trending news

Viral Video: Ola Electric Scooter Saves The Day During Navratri Celebrations In Gujarat