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For all the latest Ahmedabad News, with the Ghatkopar corporator Pravin Chheda,they might also have to focus on what is good for UP,47K (Rs 39 lakh) in the UK and 23K ? “It would be beneficial for shops in Sector 17 which don’t see many For all the latest Opinion News, track defects,” Celebrated photographer and close friend Terry Richardson was their to capture the big night. ‘The Good Girl’ actress planned the entire wedding and kept things under wraps and only those close to her knew about the plan The newlyweds have now jetted off to Bora Bora via a private jet on their honeymoon Jennifer Aniston was previously married to Brad Pitt whom she divorced in 2005 (With PTI inputs) For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 22 2016 2:54 am Photo for representational purpose Top News A 27-year-old man was shot dead by three unidentified persons in Sewri Wednesday night The deceased Sushant Ghodekar alias Bunty had several complaints against him at the Byculla police station The police suspect the motive behind the killing was a fight between two groups who operate a ‘parking mafia’ in Sewri The police said unidentified assailants fired three rounds at Ghodekar around 1040 pm Wednesday on the Boat Hart road Suspecting that he was still alive the accused also stabbed Ghodekar several times with choppers before fleeing the spot “Two bullets hit Ghodekar who was rushed to JJ hospital where he was declared dead” said Mumbai police spokesperson Ashok Dudhe Ghodekar also has an FIR and 22 Non-Cognizable (NC) against him in connection with fights he was involved in The police said that drivers of loading trucks park their vehicles in Sewri and pay money to gangs to “protect” their goods while they sleep “We have been told that there are two gangs that often fight among themselves for the money We suspect that Ghodekar who was part of one of the gangs must have been shot by members of the rival gang” said a police officer Watch Video: What’s making news Sources said that Ghodekar a Byculla resident had been called to Sewri by acquaintances to drink in a bar “We are trying to find out if the entire thing was set up so that he could be caught unawares” said an officer For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsSyria: A convoy delivering aid to Syrians in Aleppo province was hit by a deadly air strike hours after the Syrian military declared an end to a week-long ceasefire with an outraged UN warning it could amount to a war crime The UN said at least 18 trucks in the 31-vehicle convoy were destroyed late Monday en route to deliver humanitarian assistance to the hard-to-reach town of Orum al-Kubra Representational Image AP The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 12 Red Crescent volunteers and drivers had died in the strike while UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien said initial reports indicated "many people" were killed or seriously wounded "Let me be clear: if this callous attack is found to be a deliberate targeting of humanitarians it would amount to a war crime" O’Brien said The Observatory was unable to confirm if the planes responsible were Syrian or Russian The UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent humanitarian mission had sought to take advantage of the ceasefire which collapsed on Monday night as shells and bombs rained down on Aleppo city and the surrounding province The Observatory said a total of 36 people had died in the violence across the battleground region An AFP correspondent inside Aleppo city reported almost non-stop bombardment and constant sirens Syria’s military announced the end to the truce earlier Monday accusing rebels of more than 300 violations and failing to "commit to a single element" of the US-Russia deal The ceasefire which came into force on 12 September saw an initial drop in fighting but violence began to escalate late last week and the deal came under severe strain over the weekend US Secretary of State John Kerry had warned that the truce could be the "last chance" to save the country Aid under attack The attack on the convoy is likely to provoke anger at the UN General Assembly in New York with the delivery of aid to desperate Syrian civilians in rebel-held areas stressed as a key condition of the deal by Washington The US Russia and other key players are set to gather there on Tuesday for talks aimed at ending the five-year conflict that has killed more than 300000 people and displaced millions "Our outrage at this attack is enormous" the UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told reporters "The convoy was the outcome of a long process of permission and preparations to assist isolated civilians" The United States said it was outraged at the attack and stressed that the destination of the convoy was known to the Syrian regime and its ally Russia Aid distribution to Syrian civilians caught up in the conflict had already faced severe difficulties The UN held back deliveries destined for Aleppo city because it was unable to obtain security guarantees Jan Egeland head of the UN humanitarian task force for Syria said the convoy was bombed despite aid agencies coordinating their movements with all sides on the ground A Syrian Arab Red Crescent warehouse was also hit a UN spokesman said Inside Aleppo residents in rebel-held areas hunkered down after the end of the ceasefire which had brought only temporary relief to the population of up to 275000 people trapped there Sirens wailed as ambulances zipped through the eastern half of the divided city an AFP correspondent reported The Observatory said that military planes had carried out more than 40 strikes since the Syrian army announced the end of the truce Chief US diplomat Kerry will try to speak to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York before Tuesday’s meeting of the International Syria Support Group but statements from Syrian and Russian military officials on the ground appeared to bury the deal "Considering that the conditions of the ceasefire are not being respected by the rebels we consider it pointless for the Syrian government forces to respect it unilaterally" said Russian Lieutenant General Sergei Rudskoy The ceasefire deal had three key components: fighting between government and rebel forces across Syria would halt although strikes on Islamic State and other jihadists could continue Humanitarian aid would reach desperate civilians particularly in devastated eastern Aleppo And if the ceasefire held the US was to have set up a joint military cell with Russia to target jihadists It came under massive strain on Saturday when a US-led coalition strike hit a Syrian army post near the eastern city of Deir Ezzor where government forces are battling the Islamic State jihadist group Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday blasted the air strikes which he said showed world powers supported "terrorist organisations" like the Islamic State His adviser Buthaina Shaaban went further telling AFP that Damascus believed the raid which killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers had been intentional The bloodiest day for civilians was Sunday when a barrel bomb attack killed 10 in a southern rebel-held town and one woman died in the first raids on Aleppo since the truce started Written by C Raja Mohan | New Delhi | Published: May 25 2010 10:30 am Related News In his press conference on MondayPrime Minister Manmohan Singh did not make any newlet alone boldannouncements on domestic or foreign policies Nevertheless Dr Singhs quiet but strong commtiment to the peace process with Pakitan has come through A major effort is being made to bridge the trust deficit with Pakistan?

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the Rs 150-crore Attari Integrated Check Post (ICP) has already started to incur operating losses. Is it safe? The idea is to make Aadhaar profile sharing simple and do it from the smartphone itself Where security features of the app are concerned there is the added measure of entering your password every time you want to do any action on the app However there is the risk if someone steals your mobile then your Aadhaar data will be potentially at risk You will have to make sure that the stolen mobile SIM card is quickly blocked so you can get another one UIDAI has not really mentioned how it keeps the Aadhaar data secure on this app For those who don’t find this appealing the safer bet is to just keep your Aadhaar card on your person when needed for any transactions For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Bharat Sundaresan | Updated: June 23 2017 9:33 am A thunderstorm had left the practice wickets in a mess and teams had to train on the centre-wickets (Source: AP) Related News India will try to move on from the Kumble episode during series against West Indies but weather could come in the way of cricket “AAO AAO pata hai kyun aaye ho Aur bhi aayenge I’m sure” It’s the first reaction you get from one of the more senior members of the Indian team as soon he spots the paltry media presence at the Queen’s Park Oval Earlier in the day Virat Kohli has fired subtle yet pointed shots at Anil Kumble’s public statement This is India’s first practice session without Kumble at the helm in over a year But the sheepish quip from the player reveals the weariness about a potential backlash following the now public rift between the captain and the former coach Not like it had anything to do with India’s rather hampered nets session on the eve of the opening ODI which will be held here on Friday The culprit for that were the rather ordinary facilities at the Queen’s Park Oval Trinidad was at the receiving end of a dreadful thundershower on Tuesday courtesy Hurricane Bret with many houses having their roofs blown off and flooding reported in many areas around the island Fortunately not a single life was lost It washed away a practice match between West Indies and the Trinidad & Tobago national team which was anyway under threat since it had been organised at a non-international venue with dicey floodlights So the hosts’ preparation was further hampered as they look to regain confidence against the Champions Trophy finalists after having recently struggled to draw a series against Afghanistan But Port of Spain and the Queen’s Park Oval hardly felt the real wrath of Bret with the impact felt more in the southern and eastern regions of Trinidad Yes there was a heavy downpour around the Savannah which is next to the Oval but nothing so drastic that the stadium couldn’t recover from Less than a year ago the Indian team had spent nearly four days twiddling their thumbs while the fourth Test was washed out despite some days hardly witnessing any rain Yet as the Indians arrived at around 1130 am the practice area behind the Joey Carew Members Pavilion was in shambles It meant the two teams — the Windies had come earlier — had to stick to centre-wicket practice Here too the nets provided to the Indians were substandard They didn’t even stretch past the halfway mark of the pitch and it meant the Indian players on the sidelines were often in harm’s way with balls constantly flying past them The pitches too seemed rather underdone with the fast bowlers limited to only a handful of deliveries It resulted in the batsmen spending most of their time facing throwdowns The pitch for the spinners’ net meanwhile was a dustbowl with balls even from the local net spinners turning square and bouncing viciously This would have been great preparation for the Indians if they were indeed in line to face Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne in tandem the following day The match-wicket itself seemed rather bare even if the local curator insisted it on being lively Kohli was among the first players to walk out followed closely by Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant The three then ran laps around the ground before Kohli Sanjay Bangar – the senior-most among the coaching staff in Kumble’s absence – and Dhoni indulged in long chats With Kumble not there Bangar and Raghu had to make do with the throwdown responsibilities Focus on Pant The first 15 minutes or so once the Indians were warmed up and ready for nets were all about Pant It was as if he was being put through some initiation ritual with everyone from Dhoni to Kohli rolling their arms over while Pant faced them without any pads on But it soon turned out to be an exhibition of power-hitting which has brought Pant this far He sent a number of balls into orbit with a couple nearly landing in the Jeffrey Stollmeyer Stand which is located some 30 yards behind the boundary boards Dinesh Karthik was later spotted helping Pant don his unique baseball-inspired headgear but the Delhi stumper didn’t seem too comfortable donning it The outfield thankfully seemed to be in a better condition than what it was during the washed-out Test last year but there still remained a couple of damp spots which kept the Indian fielding drills to a minimum Fortunately the rain stayed away Forecasts suggest that there are rain and thundershowers in the offing on all three days over the weekend And the not-so-special drainage facilities here could well mean that the opening two matches of the five-match series are just one major shower away from being washed off completely There is a risk of there being no cricket at all played during the Trinidad leg of the tour and the Indians might be left twiddling their thumbs again in Port of Spain But at least based on the recent fallout and the public statements they’ll have a dressing room where tensions aren’t running too high LIVE ON SONY SIX TEN 3: 6:30PM For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Hasan Suroor | Published: May 18 2015 12:16 am Britain’s Labour Party leader Ed Miliband holds up his hands as he delivers his resignation at a press conference in Westminster London (Source: AP) Related News Outside Britain including in India a lot of the discussion about the Conservatives’ surprise victory in the general elections has tended to assume that it represents a profound Indian-style lurch to the right On one Indian TV channel it was described as David Cameron’s “Thatcher moment” implying that his win is as significant as Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 triumph whose social and cultural impact still lingers Parallels have also been drawn with Narendra Modi’s landslide win around this time last year But such assumptions flow from a flawed reading of the results and miss the changed nature of modern British politics The fact is that the Tories remain unpopular and are still widely viewed with suspicion as a club of posh boys out of touch with the lives of real people As Matthew Parris a former Tory MP and now award-winning The Times columnist noted the “Tory brand remains awful and one solid election victory does not change that” He warned that “triumphant as we Tories may be feeling this weekend I’m still sure the party is living on borrowed time… Don’t be fooled… They (voters) still don’t like us” So there you are And his is not an isolated view Even Cameron knows that though he may have been able to persuade enough voters that it was safer to stick with him (the devil they knew) rather than putting their destiny in the hands of his untested and unconvincing rival it does not mean that he or his party is loved more today than a week ago when opinion polls showed them struggling If elections were to be held again say six months or a year later the outcome may be quite different That’s how fragile the Tories’ “solid’’ victory is There’s a simpler way of understanding what happened in the UK on May 7 than getting entangled in attempts to dignify it with an ideological rationale For there’s no such thing as ideology in the British political lexicon anymore It died with Thatcher and Tony Blair’s New Labour firmly shut the lid on its coffin designating the centre-ground as the main theatre of all future political battles And that’s where national politics has stayed for close to two decades Theoretically of course there is still the notion of right and left (why there’s even a British Communist Party) but in effect the two have become two sides of the same coin Cameron’s Tory party is by and large as ideology-lite as Blair’s New Labour was It is not for nothing that Cameron is known as “Blair’s heir’’ — a modernising Tory come to bury the “nasty” Old Tory party in the same way that Blair got rid of the toxic Old Labour brand There have been attempts to portray Ed Miliband as “Red Ed’’ because he won the party leadership with the help of Labour trade unions who saw in him a more pliable customer than his Blairite brother David The truth however is that Ed is no tooth-and-claw communist brought in to topple the system His entire campaign was built around nothing more revolutionary than the vague promise of raising the living standards of “hard working” families and reining in “irresponsible” capitalism There was nothing in the Labour manifesto that made it or him frighteningly leftish His position on immigration for instance is as gung-ho as that of the Tories; like his former boss Gordon Brown he advocates the jingoistic principle of “British jobs for British boys first’’ On austerity too his line is not hugely different from the Tories He made clear that if he won the election his government would not radically depart from the Tories’ austerity programme But he would do it in a manner that caused less pain to ordinary people Does that sound like the programme of an ideologically driven left leader The only seemingly hard left note in his campaign was what many saw as his “anti-business’’ agenda in sharp contrast to Blair when in the words of Peter Mandelson the party was “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich’’ The Tories seized on Miliband’s criticism of certain business ethics to accuse him of opposing aspiration and enterprise — a message that did damage Labour prospects but only to a limited extent The notion that it was an election fought along traditional left-right lines and that the left lost to the right is rubbish If anything the ideological overlap between the two parties was so evident that people constantly complained of a dearth of distinct choices Contrary to the media narrative the Miliband campaign was not distinguished by a radical shift to the left Nor did Cameron spout hard right policies Both ran on an essentially centrist platform with varying degrees of emphasis to target their core supporters So what went wrong for Miliband The short answer is his personality In an election where both main parties were short on policies personalities came to a play a critical role Ultimately it boiled down to a choice between the smooth-talking spit-and-polished “prime ministerial” Cameron and the “geeky”and socially awkward Miliband whom voters struggled to visualise as prime minister Poll after poll showed that voters didn’t think he would make a good prime minister while Cameron was the consistent favourite even for those who didn’t agree with his policies In the final hours it came down not to a left-right choice but whether to stick with a familiar arrangement in these uncertain times or be more adventurous And Brits being Brits cautious at the best of times they chose to play it safe Of course other factors also played their part not least the fact that the Tories ran a more effective campaign Their strategy of hammering on the Scottish National Party’s role in any Labour government succeeded in scaring enough English voters including Labour supporters to vote for status quo They were also able to more effectively peddle their austerity message by blaming Labour for the 2008 economic crisis than Labour was able to sell its counter-narrative That about sums up the story of the 2015 British general elections and British politics Ideology What ideology Suroor is a London-based journalist For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by H S Panag | Updated: January 11 2016 3:43 pm Pathankot attack: Security personnel at the Pathankot airbase during PM Narendra Modi’s visit Saturday Gurmeet Singh Related News At the best of times the security of our air bases leaves much to be desired A barbed-wire fence and/ or a 10-foot wall with towers along the outer perimeter secures the domestic area which has offices barracks and messes A second-tier security fence protects the technical area where hangars aircraft pens control tower and runway are located An air base is guarded by five to six platoons (60 men each) of the Defence Security Corps (DSC) comprised of 40 to 55-year-old retired armed forces personnel DSC soldiers are at best suited for static guard duties In addition to the DSC an air base has two to three sections (10 men each) of IAF police to assist in manning the gates and a platoon (30 men) of Garuds the special forces of the IAF but with training standards well below par Over all an air base has 1500-2000 airmen armed with basic weapons and little or no combat training Also Read |Probing Pathankot: Around the airbase Of these non-technical personnel also do guard duty inside the perimeter and when required man the perimeter too There are no electronic sensors or CCTV cameras along the security fences or night-vision devices The outer perimeter has poorly maintained lighting which was “non-functional” in sections at the Pathankot air base Watch video Pathankot Attack: The Rise Of Jaish-e-Muhammad Intelligence and warning came in in the early hours of January 1 under unusual circumstances An off-duty SP of Gurdaspur accompanied by two others was carjacked by four terrorists close to the International Border (IB) The occupants were beaten bound and dumped at two different places close to the air base The SP reported the matter to the police which disbelieved him initially but then investigated the case A slain taxi driver and his damaged car were also recovered close to the area of the carjacking The SP’s role is being investigated Circumstances indicate that the ISI exploited drug smugglers and trapped the taxi driver and the SP who were probably complicit in the drug trade The terrorists may have planned to use the SP’s blue-beacon SUV for easy movement The complicity of other rogue BSF and Punjab Police personnel involved in drug smuggling cannot be ruled out Share This Article Related Article By the afternoon of January 1 security measures were in full swing at the air base assessed as the most likely target and Mamoon Cantt another prospective target where the 29 Infantry Division is located The macro — and even micro — planning was done by NSA Ajit Doval who chaired a conference attended by the chiefs of army and air staff and director Intelligence Bureau It was decided that the air base’s protection would be beefed up by the army and that a team of the NSG would be located there The police had started general combing of the area but the public was not taken into confidence Inexplicably no lead agency was earmarked and no commander for command and control was specified Surprisingly this issue was not raised and there was no objection to the deployment of the NSG in a military area even though two special forces teams of the army were already in location or on their way The general officer commanding (GOC) 29 Infantry Division the seniormost commander at Pathankot was given noresponsibility with respect to command and control Read: Two ‘intruders’ chased turned out to be pigs By the evening of January 1 two army columns and two teams of special forces under Brigadier AS Bevli were in location at the air base primarily tasked with protecting the technical area and vital assets At 10 pm 130 personnel of the NSG landed at the base Another 80 personnel arrived at 230 am on January 2 Even at this stage despite the multiple agencies involved — the IAF army NSG Punjab Police and BSF — no lead agency was earmarked All aircraft except some attack and surveillance helicopters were flown out The command and control of this multi-agency operation was resolved when the inspector general (IG) NSG and Bevli had a tussle over the issue It was decided by the army headquarters/ NSA that the IG NSG would coordinate the operations He apparently set up an ad hoc command post but without proper staff and communications This was a most unsatisfactory arrangement and had a telling effect on the conduct of the operation Logically the operation should have been under the command of the GOC 29 Infantry Division Probing Pathankot: How wires got crossed in Delhi The terrorists penetrated the air base from the west No effort had been made to place additional troops on the perimeter which at least one infantry battalion should have secured and patrolled This was a glaring lapse At 330 am on January 2 the terrorists struck at the DSC mess where unarmed soldiers — despite the alert — were preparing breakfast Five DSC personnel died in this initial surprise attack One airman of the Garuds was also killed The NSG reacted and managed to isolate the terrorists in the DSC/ airmen’s living quarters Army columns and special forces teams continued to secure the technical area By day time the army special forces teams also joined the NSG By the evening four terrorists had been eliminated The operation was declared virtually over But the area was not combed properly — a command and control lapse The NSG is not trained to comb a large area and additional army troops had to be brought in The government announced the success of the operation — another lapse due to poor command and control Around midday on January 3 terrorists who were lying doggo opened fire much to the surprise of the NSG The operation was over by January 5 though combing carried on Read:Behind the Pathankot breach 3 lights turned upward and airbase staffer detained The positive is that the critical assets of the IAF are safe — more due to the advanced warning than the security of the base per se Imagine what would have happened if without warning six terrorists had penetrated the base with aircraft and helicopters parked in clusters in the open It is pertinent to highlight the lessons learnt The IB around the Shakargarh Bulge from Samba to Dera Baba Nanak is extremely vulnerable The BSF in this area needs to be enhanced with more manpower and electronic surveillance devices The ISI-terrorist-drug cartel nexus has to be penetrated and broken by cracking down on the drug trade Drug trade facilitators in the BSF and Punjab Police need to be identified and prosecuted This operation once again highlights the need for better intelligence coordination between the Intelligence Bureau BSF police army and IAF The basic security of air bases needs to be improved Electronic surveillance and security devices need to be installed and better lighting ensured Air base security battalions with six companies at par with the standards of infantry battalions must be raised at the earliest Built-up areas must be cleared up to 1 km around air bases and military installations For counter-terrorist operations a lead agency and a commander for single-point command and control must be earmarked In this situation the GOC 29 Infantry Division with 20000 troops and two teams of special forces under him was the most appropriate choice The security of the air base should have been his responsibility with the NSG if required under his command Armed forces troops must never be placed under the command of the NSG or other police and paramilitary commanders It has an adverse affect on morale The NSA must refrain from micromanaging operations in military domains Broad directives can be given but detailed planning should be left to the armed forces We clearly have not learnt lessons from 26/11 and repeated the same mistakes albeit on a smaller scale We may not get a third chance The writer a retired lieutenant general was GOC-in-C of the Northern Command For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | New Delhi | Published: January 13 2017 3:25 pm Bhumi Pednekar says Toilet- Ek Prem Katha is like her re-launch Related News Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar who is currently busy shooting for her second film Toilet- Ek Prem Katha says the film is a “re-launch” for her in Bollywood “I have only done two films So I don’t know how things are going to be ahead…specially for me because I feel this is like a re-launch for me This like me debuting all over again” Bhumi told IANS over phone from Mumbai Also Read |After 20 first look launch Akshay Kumar gets back to Toilet Ek Prem Katha shoot The 27-year-old says her role of a plus-size woman in her debut film Dum Laga Ke Haisha in 2015 is “different” from her character in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha “What I did in ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ what I am doing here and the way I look everything is so different that it will definitely be a test for me all over again” she said Also Read |Akshay Kumar’s Toilet Ek Prem Katha in trouble hurts religious feelings Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a social satire The film which also stars Akshay Kumar and Aupam Kher will see a couple tackling the menace of open defecation and aims to create a shift in mindsets in order to being about a social change in the country More from the world of Entertainment: Previously a lot of advertisements under the government’s development plans have focussed on putting an end to open defecation in order to stop diseases from spreading In fact the film is in keeping with the ethos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan Toilet: Ek Prem Katha will be produced by Aruna Bhatia Plan C Studios and Abundantia and presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and KariArj Entertainment For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | New York | Published: November 5 2016 10:31 am In New York this weekend police will run screening checkpoints near the start and finish of the race as well as mobile cameras and units to detect radiation (Source: AP) Top News New York City will enhance security at the world’s largest marathon this weekend by deploying more police officers bomb-sniffing dogs helicopters and patrol boats than last year following a reported threat of militant attacks ahead of Tuesday’s election The city was on heightened alert after federal authorities said on Friday they were aware of an unspecific threat of attacks by the al Qaeda militant group around Election Day For Sunday’s marathon the number of uniformed and plain-clothes officers assigned to the race will be 10 percent more than for last year’s and other resources have also been increased police said The increases were first announced on Wednesday “The people of New York should feel safe” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said on CNN “We do large events in New York City like no other city” Tensions in the biggest US city were raised in September when a pressure cooker bomb exploded on a sidewalk in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood wounding 31 people and evoking memories of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing An Afghan-born American citizen charged in the bombing Ahmad Khan Rahimi is also accused of setting off a bomb the same day along a New Jersey race course No one was injured in that explosion In New York this weekend police will run screening checkpoints near the start and finish of the race as well as mobile cameras and units to detect radiation the department said Some officers will be on horseback as is common in the city For security reasons runners are prohibited from running with a backpack and the only bag they can check is one provided by race officials “We are very confident in all the measures that have been put in place” marathon spokesman Chris Weiller said More than 50000 people from around the world are expected to finish the 262-mile (422 km) marathon as millions of spectators cheer them on The heightened security is necessary said Marie Jadin who is participating in the marathon for a second time “I come from France and there’s a lot of attacks there and we think about that all the time” she said “I don’t feel scared I feel secure” The record number of finishers was 50530 set in 2014 The race sponsored by the private group New York Road Runners does not release the number of entrants Possibly adding to the number of finishers weather forecasts say there will be cool temperatures and little or no precipitation ideal for marathoners For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Parimal Dabhi RITU SHARMA Aditi Raja | Ahmedabad | Updated: May 2 2016 3:24 am Dungar village in Vadodara district faces severe water crisis after wells dried up but in the city the condition is better as three lines at Nimeta pump have ensured “equal” distribution of water Top News About 30 km from Ahmedabad the country’s first ‘smart city’ — Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) — is being built Located on the banks of Sabarmati it is going to be served Narmada water treated enough to be potable straight from the tap If the availability of potable water has not been critical in major cities of Gujarat at the peak of summer even as large parts of the country go thirsty it is because of river Narmada which feeds to a number of urban centres including state capital Gandhinagar Soon its water will be taken to as far as Junagadh GANDHINAGAR Water supply to Gandhinagar city has remained with the Roads & Buildings (R&B) Department of the Gujarat government even after the capital was conferred the status of municipal corporation in 2011 following a Gujarat High Court order Narmada is the main source of water to the city since 2001 after Sabarmati which runs through it dried up in 1999 The first planned city in Gujarat Gandhinagar with a population of around two lakh has 30 sectors which have divided into two parts by the Capital Project Circle (CPC) of the R&B Department Executive Engineer of CPC Bharat Pandya says that from Sector 1 to Sector 14 water is being provided from Sarita Udyan Headworks Whereas Sector 15 to Sector 30 get water from the CPC’s Charedi Headworks According to Pandya there are around 40 borewells in the city but used mainly to maintain pressure in the supply lines Assistant Engineer of the CPC Kalpesh Shah says “The city has a total water requirement of around 55 millions of litres per day (MLD) And almost all of that is being fulfilled by Narmada water from the main canal of the Narmada Project” Another Assistant Engineer of the CPC Jignesh Patel says the CPC gets water from the Gujarat Water Supply & Sewerage Board (GWSSB) which provides it from the Narmada main canal The CPC gets water at the two headworks from where it is supplied to around 47000 individual households government buildings government colonies and non-residential units for two-and-a-half hours everyday in the morning “Till 1999 Gandhinagar city used to get water from Sabarmati through radial wells prepared in the riverbed However in 1999 the river dried up in the city following which water was being supplied through 40 borewells which were prepared on urgent basis” says Patel “Later from 2001 Gandhinagar is getting Narmada water There is no water shortage in the city since then” he adds AHMEDABAD Jankiben Thakkar a homemaker in her 30s and resident of Vasna for seven years does not know the source of drinking water supplied to her house Another resident from the same area Kalyani Shukla a homemaker in her 40s also has no clue that the water she drinks comes from Narmada “The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation supplies water everyday Earlier however it was for three hours and now it has been reduced by one hour” When asked about her experience since the city was connected to Narmada canal she says “I don’t know where the water is sourced from so how can I tell the difference This house is getting water for the last 40 years from the AMC only” In 2006 a pipeline connected Narmada to Ahmedabad residents Hardikbhai Mamtora a businessman residing in Ambawadi area for 20 years shared a similar feedback “We have no problem in the AMC water supply but I cannot tell you whether we are getting the Narmada water or not It’s the same in all these years” Misbah Ibrahim a pentaganerian grandmother of two staying in Paldi area did not recall if they have paid additional surcharge for Narmada water pipeline “We haven’t paid any additional amount before or after 2006 We have been paying approximately the same charges for water since the time we have been living here” The AMC meets more than 90 per cent of water requirement through Narmada AMC officials who ensure that residents of the city get two hours of water supply (between 6 am and 8 am rule out any possible shortage of water in the city which has over 1157 lakh water connections including 1111717 residential 33352 commercial and 2039 public tap water connections The city’s estimated water supply is nearly 1125-1135 MLD Nearly 200 MLD is met through Raska weir that gets water from Mahi river in Vasad near Vadodara Apart from this the city gets nearly 15 per cent ie 315 MLD water supply from borewells and another 200 MLD from two intake wells — at Dudheshwar and Kotarpur “At present there is no water shortage for city’s consumption Since our chief source is Narmada river no water crisis expected even in the summer We just have to ensure proper maintenance on day-to-day basis so that our daily requirements are met without any disruption” said Jagdish Patel AMC’s special city engineer To check water leakage and wastage the AMC authorities claimed the civic body is in the process of installing flow metres However as per the claims made by opposition Congress claims over 260 MLD of water supply is wasted every day (Inputs from Taranna Emmanuel) VADODARA Amrut Makwana Executive Engineer of Water Supply Vadodara Municipal Corporation is confident that the city will not have drinking water scarcity till July 13 even if the monsoon is delayed Kinjal Patel a resident of Gorwa in Vadodara says “We have daily water supply and face cuts only when the civic body announces repair of the Frenchwell Though there are no pronounced water cuts during the summer we can make out from the pressure of the water that the VMC is supplying less water as the water tanks do not fill to the brim these days We have been hearing about additional water supply since the last few years but it does not seem that the VMC has any plan for that” According to VMC officials the recent activity of interconnecting the three water lines at Nimeta pump have ensured “equal” distribution to all parts of the city even in case of a fault in any one line VMC officials said that Ajwa reservoir — that provides water to the city — is at 20975 feet The city receives 145 MLD water in three connections — east south and west In addition the city receives 60-70 MLD water from Khanpur water filtration plant that draws water from the Narmada canal as well as 260-270 MLD water from Mahi The VMC had been under attack for under utilizing the 75 MLD capacity Khanpur plant due to lack of agreement with the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) The corporation now says it formalised the agreement with the SNNL in July last year after the plant was inaugurated in 2013 without any agreement The agreement lays down conditions for the water supply from the Narmada canal and directs the VMC to alter the height of the intact structure of the plant as well as build a reservoir to avoid supply problems during maintenance activity under taken by the SSNNL on the canal “The interconnection of the three lines at Nimeta has helped make the distribution of water even across the city We are keeping a close watch on illegal motor pumps and taking action against such pilferage” says Makwana RAJKOT Pradeep Trivedi consulting civil engineer who lives in Chitralekha Apartment on the posh 150 Ring Road of the city says Narmada supply has increased the overall water availability in Rajkot but increase population of the city has offset the increment of potable water “Every year we have to purchase water from private suppliers during summer The supply from the civic body is never enough A tubewell makes up for the shortfall during monsoon and winter but it goes dry during the summer” says Trivedi who is living in the apartment for 12 years about time the city started getting Narmada water “Earlier I used to live near Amrapali cinema and water issues were more manageable then since we would know as to how much water we would get every day and the user was my family only But here we share the water with 37 other families” the engineer adds The building has underground storage tank and overhead tanks It also has a system in place to harvest rain water Thanks to Narmada the city was able to tide over severe water crisis in the summers of 2011-12 and 2012-13 even though cuts were imposed then The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has maintained supply for 20 minutes every day since then Local source Aji went dry in December Nyari dam another local source dried up this month Therefore the city of 15 lakh population is dependent on 40 MLD from Bhadar dam and 210 MLD from Narmada Water Supply Minister Vijay Rupani who is an MLA form the city has repeatedly assured that no cuts will be imposed However disruption in Narmada supply led to erratic distribution in some parts early April The Jamnagar Municipal Corporation imposed a water cut early in April by reducing supply to 12 days a month from the previous 15 days a month This means 75 lakh residents of the city are not getting water for two consecutive days once every week Civic officers say the cut was warranted as Sasoi Ranjitsagar and Und dams the local sources have run dry and supply from Aji-III dam is meagre “We supply around 95 MLD water Out of that 75 MLD is from Narmada project and the rest 20 from Aji-III In such a scenario any disruption in Narmada supply leads to a crisis To tide over such a crisis we have imposed additional cut” says Dinesh Chhatrala Executive Engineer with water works department of the JMC The civic body supplies water for 45 minutes and distribution comes to around 115 litre per capita civic officers say The JMC has also installed 111 temporary water tanks each having a capacity of 5000 litre and water tankers make 150 trips every day to fill them up Similarly Porbandar and Chhaya municipalities also imposed a water cut by supplying water once in three days in early April The previous schedule was every alternate day “We supply around 14 MLD water in Porbandar every day Majority of it comes from Narmada as local sources Khambhala and Fodala dams ran dry a month ago We are lifting dead water from these dams to meet emergency situation We have been alloted 17 MLD of Narmada water but actually we get around 13 MLD Faults in Narmada supply lines can make situation worse To factor in such a situation the cut has been imposed” says Rudresh Hudad chief officer of Porbandar municipality In Junagadh the municipal corporation has reduced the duration of supply from the previous 45 minutes to 30 minutes around the same time “Anandpur and Willingdon dams have water which will last till May-end while there is enough buffer in Hasnapur dam to see us through to the next monsoon We are likely to start getting 15 MLD Narmada water from June But to take care of any supply disruption we reduced the distribution period to 30 minutes every alternate day from the previous 45 minutes” says a top officer in the water works department Junagadh Municipal Corporation Junagadh has a population of around 45 lakh and the civic body supplies 21 MLD water The JMC has also installed 250 temporary water tanks in areas where there is no distribution network Bhavnagar has also not imposed any new water cuts and the city gets around 40 MLD of Narmada water out of its total supply of 120 MLD Khodiyar dam which supplies one MLD water hit rock-bottom in February but Shetrunji and Gaurishankar Lake have enough water The Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is drawing average 72 MLD and 16 MLD respectively from these two dams “We can draw additional water from Shetrunji but it is almost as costly as Narmada water We pay Rs 6 per 1000 litre of Narmada water The cost of Shetrunji water comes to around Rs 450 per 100 litre” says Chandrakant Devmurari Executive Engineer in water works department of the BMC Residents in Bhavnagar get water for 45 minutes every alternate day WATCH INDIAN EXPRESS VIDEOS HERE For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Top NewsRamaphosa Dlamini-Zuma in tight race to lead SAfrica’s ruling ANC | Reuters World Reuters Dec 16 2017 22:00:20 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Published Date: Dec 16 2017 22:00 PM | Updated Date: Dec 16 2017 22:00 PM Tags : #Reuters Also See By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: December 25 2015 10:51 pm Anupam Kher who referred to the current period as the golden age of Indian politics earned the maximum boos from the audience Related News Day One of the Tata Literature Live Festival ended on a loud note with the debate ‘Freedom of expression is in imminent danger’ evoking strong reactions from the audience With British television journalist Nik Gowing at the chair author Shobhaa De and Observer Research Foundation India chairman Sudheendra Kulkarni spoke for the motion Speaking against the motion were actor Anupam Kher and BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli Kulkarni said the growing feeling of oppression was real and added “To say that all the artistes writers and scientists who are protesting have joined an artificial revolt is to insult the intelligence of the average Indian” He also said the PM and his ministers must talk about why the President felt it necessary to express his anguish three times in one month” De earned the biggest applause of the day when she asked if everyone who had gathered there for the debate would be there if there hadn’t been a growing perception of danger Stating that she was “happy to be a troublemaker” De said if the protesters were motivated it’s simply because they had a conscience Kohli during his turn said the closest that India had come to fascism was during Emergency and after that it was with former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s defamation bill and the postal bill that would have given the government the right to open everyone’s mail He said the fact that this debate was happening was itself a refutation of the stance that freedom of expression was endangered Kher who referred to the current period as the golden age of Indian politics earned the maximum boos from the audience He got a small but vociferous support from the audience many of whom repeated arguments about the current protest being hypocritical because the writers had never protested against atrocities like the massacre of Sikhs in 1984 or the forcing out of Kashmiri Pandits There were moments when it seemed like the situation might get out of hand One of these was when BJP MP Kirron Kher reprimanded the booing audience and called it the “tyranny of the unelected” The other was when Kher and festival founder Anil Dharker got into an argument over the former’s suggestion that the audience present was a “paid audience” a charge that Dharker strongly refuted For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 6 2016 8:00 am Capt Amarinder Singh Related News Reacting to media reports that he was allegedly heckled and shoes stones and bottles were hurled at him during a function at Fresno in California Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh Thursday appealed to the media to verify and cross-check facts before reporting He added: “Nothing can be far from the truth than such baseless claims” He said a “propaganda was being spread and circulated by the anti-India forces and fringe groups like the Sikhs for Justice” Share This Article Related Article He regretted that the media took cognizance of the claims of SFJ a fringe group “Even the video circulated by the SFJ to substantiate its baseless claims nowhere shows that I was heckled or objects were thrown at me” he pointed out He said the rumour of hurling of shoes was deliberately spread to overshadow the successful meetings he has been holding with Punjabi NRI community in the US “Isn’t it strange that the media took note of the pro-Khalistan slogans raised by a handful people outside the venue but totally ignored the meeting inside which was attended by about a thousand people and lasted for three hours” he asked “Just because someone like (SFJ legal advisor) Gurpatwant Singh Pannu whose reputation credibility motives and intentions are well known claimed something which was far from the truth was taken to be gospel truth without any cross check or verification” Amarinder said WATCH INDIAN EXPRESS VIDEOS HERE For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIt is time to ask the great Indian team some unflattering questions Are they as infallible as they are being made out to be Is the aura of greatness just a bubble that can be pricked anytime by a determined opponent even a low quality one Just as everyone thought the Windies-India contest was a stark case of talent and potential mismatch the latter has stunned their fans by succumbing to a shock defeat raising serious doubts about their capacity to be consistent with success India’s MS Dhoni plays a shot during the fourth ODI against Windies AP To put it bluntly there is no reason why India should have lost the fourth ODI? Lakmal struck with the first ball of the match, Yechury insisted that "unity continues to be there". "Unity was there and will continue to be there.Written by Ila Patnaik | Published: February 20 where he finished with a strike-rate on 165. Among other star campaigners are Kalraj Mishra,000 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange on Thursday after gaining more than $4, A statement from the association said: ?

” he said. Obama refuses to deal with the media world as it is. The couple planned to spend the night with other evacuees in a room set up with cots.The possibility of framing the accused cannot be ruled out, the court said For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Alison Saldanha | Mumbai | Updated: May 27 2014 2:38 am Related News After its failure to evict residents from the illegal flats of Campa Cola Compound in Worli twice the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now adopted a calculated approach to the eviction deadline of May 31 set by the Supreme Court six months ago The civic administration has asked residents to drop off the keys to their illegal flats with the assistant engineer (AE) of the maintenance department in G-South ward office from Thursday May 29 to Monday June 2 The BMC administration Monday said it would not send its demolition team to the compound on May 31 and will approach the Supreme Court (SC) if the residents of the flats do not hand over their keys by June 2 Drawn up by the Building Proposals department (island city) and based on the SC order of November 19 2013 the notices read “You are hereby called upon to quit and vacate the premises in your occupation/possession along with your belongings on or before May 31 2014 and deliver vacant peaceful possession to the BMC in order to carry out the directions and order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court” The administration began issuing intimation letters to the Worli compound residents on Monday “The apex court had extended the residents’ occupation in the illegal flats up to May 31 2014 on humanitarian grounds But as per the order the residents are to file undertakings saying they will leave the flats by this date We will not bring a demolition team on the date Instead of repeating the same plan from the last two failed attempts we will let them come to us We will even keep our offices open on Sunday June 1 so that they can approach us We are ready to take possession of the illegal flats” additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani said According to the BMC after residents deposit the keys with the AE (maintenance department) civic officials will accompany them to the respective flats on the same day to verify if these have been physically vacated “If they fail to do as per the instructions of the intimation letters we have issued we will take the matter to the SC to decide our next course of action” Adtani said “They are duty bound to follow the SC orders If they do not it is a clear case of contempt of court” The corporation has also written intimation letters to the Campa Cola compound residents’ society “We have asked them to hand over the keys to flats where residents have already relinquished possession We have also requested members of the society to remain present at the AE’s office to assist in taking over possession” Adtani said In November 2013 at the previous deadline set for the residents an SC bench led by Justice G S Singhvi took suo motu action to halt the BMC’s demolition plans amid high drama at the compound The court said it was disturbed by the media reports of the residents’ plight and ordered the corporation and the residents to resolve the matter amicably This was after the apex court in May 2013 had already extended its deadline for vacating the flats by five months [email protected] For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shivani Naik | Rio De Janeiro | Updated: August 19 2016 5:05 pm PV Sindhu celebrates a point Thursday against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the singles semifinal badminton match at Rio de Janeiro (Source: AP) Related News PV Sindhu jumped like a boy when she smashed Nozomi Okuhara Higher even Gold or silver medal-high in fact Not only is jump-smashing astoundingly rare in women’s badminton (coach Gopichand’s clear instructions in the break were ‘Jump and smash jump and toss’) but for someone who towers over most others and makes the badminton court look smaller than it is owing to her wing span maxing the vertical reach was the surest signs of targeting the topmost medal there is after her 21-19 21-10 win Pusarla Venkatasai Sindhu is on the brink of battling for an Olympic gold medal at Rio de Janeiro – and on the threshold to corner for India the glory that has eluded the country for 13 whole days this Games and for 8 years since Abhinav Bindra’s gold It was glory that escaped her sports’ playing parents altogether as India never reached the heights in a sport they chose Sindhu the 21-year old daughter of Vijaya and PV Ramana – both former volleyball players and chosen charge of Pullela Gopichand – whom that Olympic glory eluded for 16 years now since he returned from Sydney 2000 without a medal has assured India a top-two podium giving the sorry contingent here delirious news as the Games draw to an end She sets up a final clash with Spaniard Carolina Marin the world’s most dominant player of the last two years though the Indian has been in such rampaging form that Indians across the world can stop all that they’re doing at 11 am Brazilian time on Friday Coach Gopichand was in Sindhu’s ear every moment of the match feeding her game-plans breaking down every small movement reading the winds on which way the Japanese Okuhara’s game was heading Sindhu – the tall long legged girl polite to a fault and whose game has been razor sharp and smashing relentless; her net and drops rather deft and defense solid – who has two World Championship bronze medals and no Super Series crown trashed all pre-game predictions to emerge on the final peak of the draw in a post-Chinese domination world of badminton It’s turned out to be quite a turnaround in 24 hours for India with two supremely focussed ladies medalling in what has been a barren Olympics Father Ramana has said Sindhu has not been using the phone for a month now she’s been off Twitter since the start of the Games and the young girl who can cut a pretty pose in modelling shoots – her tresses ironed stylishly has let the hair curl out – wildly and naturally – this last one month Moreover she has been in boot camp mode with coach Gopichand working last two months on her fitness and agility – two things that have stood out and are a mammoth departure from a year ago when she was still work in progress Sindhu always had the attacking game the steep smashes and the firepower in her kill strokes She’s added a base of defense to it – tougher than for most others given how tall players struggle owing to their higher centre of gravity This Olympics she has hit a hitting zone where she’s made each of her opponents look as if playing a lesser pace and raised hopes that the top prize might not be too far off “One match at a time” she’s been saying having gone under the radar given she’s been raned No 10 and thereabouts through the last year Twitter would go beserk in response as soon as she rattled off 10 points in the second set after gritting through the posers thrown at her in a few long Okuhara rallies and Abhinav Bindra would dangle the offer to join him in the stratosphere of individual gold medallists And it’s been a stunning run for coach Pullela Gopichand – taking a second athlete to the Olympic finals a step further than last time “No pressure It’s just a great moment for me playing the Olympics finals” Sindhu would say She’s beaten opponents who have troubled her in the past thrashed a few that tend to trouble the rest of the world and on Thursday beat her own nervousness that has troubled most Indians who have been in striking distance of a medal at Rio The medal count might not match London but this is a sensational result for Indian badminton – to play the biggest final that there will be internationally – of the next four years And the elegant woman with a beast of a smash is promising India to fly For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | London | Published: January 4 2016 1:13 pm Olly Murs is keen to create a new Rat Pack group with Robbie Williams Gary Barlow and Michael Buble and do a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London Related News Singer Olly Murs is keen to create a new Rat Pack group with Robbie Williams Gary Barlow and Michael Buble and do a show at the Royal Albert Hall inLondon The 31-year-old singer wants to team up with the Take That star his former band mate and the “Home” hitmaker and create a group that will challenge the legendary sixties swingers which included Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin reported Femalefirst “I want to do a swing album Obviously Robbie and Michael Buble have done them successfully But I was thinking of doing a two-disc album where I did old songs but on the second album I cover top hits from the last 20 years” Murs said “I was thinking that me Robbie maybe Gary Barlow Buble we could do a Rat Pack-style show at the Royal Albert Hall We’ll do our own songs covers it could be really fun” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Auckland | Updated: January 4 2017 1:03 pm Serena Williams was playing for the first time since last year’s US Open (Source: AP) Top News An erratic Serena Williams crashed out of the Auckland Classic after fellow American Madison Brengle pulled off a 6-4 6-7(3) 6-4 upset in a gruelling second round contest on Wednesday Top seeded Serena had constant trouble with her ball toss in the swirling wind but it was her error-strewn display which resulted in the loss less than two weeks before the year’s first grand slam at Melbourne Park “Honestly I don’t know (how I won)” Brengle said after reaching the quarter-finals with the biggest win of her career against an opponent 70 rungs higher than her in the WTA rankings “It’s so cool It’s what you dream about playing the best in the world “The last time I played her I only won one game it got a lot better today” she said referring to Serena’s 6-0 6-1 win in their only previous meeting in 2015 The 26-year-old was 1-4 down before she staged a brilliant comeback to run away with the first set against the 22-times grand slam singles champion playing her first tournament since her semi-final loss at the US Open last September Serena was a set and 4-3 down when she made a comeback of her own breaking with a delicate drop shot and unleashing a running defensive forehand to clinch the tie-breaker and force the decider The third set went on serve until the 10th game when Brengle held two match points only for Serena to fight off both and slump in relief when she hit a crosscourt forehand to get back to deuce Brengle strode confidently across court secured her third match point and stared in disbelief as Serena double faulted to hand her the victory in two hours and 13 minutes On a day of disappointment for the family Serena’s sister Venus downed local favourite Jade Lewis 7-6(2) 6-2 but withdrew with a right arm injury “I love this tournament and I’m really sad that I have to withdraw but I’m happy to have had the opportunity to be here again this year” Venus said in a statement ahead of her match against Japanese youngster Naomi Osaka For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Aarushi Rai Arpita Aggarwal | Panchkula | Published: June 30 2016 7:43 am MC staff of Panchkula cleaning drainage system in sector-19 Panchkula on Wednesday June 29 2016 (Source: Express photo) Top News Haryana Urban Development Authority officials visited parts of Sector 19 and Abheypur to start cleaning operation after two days of rainfall blocked the drainage system in the area and caused flooding in the low-lying houses The area shares its boundary with Baltana in Punjab and the drainage pipe opens there The team was led by Haryana Urban Development Authority executive engineer K S Ahlawat “We clear the drains before the monsoon However the problem is that the drainage pipe gets narrow when it opens towards Baltana (Punjab) and when the water flow is high it leads to water stagnation” he said Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news “We have written to the Mohali Municipal Corporation several times in the past to address the issue from their side but no action has been taken Moreover people continue to dump waste in the drains leading to blockage after rainfall” Ahlawat said The workers cleaned the drainage pipes and eased the water flow However residents said it is only a temporary solution and the problem will persist “The drainage pipes are narrow and cannot allow high flow of water Both the Haryana and Punjab government keep shifting the blame on each other At the end it is the residents who continue to suffer” said Sita Ram a resident of Sector 19 Another resident Sarjan Singh said: “It is a major problem especially during monsoon The houses get flooded with water and it becomes difficult to live there It also creates unhygienic conditions and leads to breeding of mosquitoes” Two days after heavy rain lashed Panchkula rainwater is still stagnated in various areas especially the connecting roads Commuters struggle to cross the roads The stagnated water has encouraged mosquito breeding putting the health of residents at risk Resident Jitender Kaur’s house is located near the drainage pipe “Whatever the solution is the administrations of both Punjab and Haryana should work on it This has been going on since the last many years and temporarily cleaning the pipes will not solve the issue” she said For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top Newswhich went on air in December 1999.metropolitan commissioner at MMRDA. Consumer goods were rated and labelled with regard to energy efficiency and consumers were educated that the extra cost paid at the time of purchase for energy efficient equipment could be recovered by saving on the power bill. So, The PMC plans to construct a water purification plant of 250 MLD at Vadgaon Budhruk for which the administration expects a funding of Rs 147 crore.

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