While the village was merged into PMC this year, this was one of several unauthorised constructions flourishing in the area. In a tale that has become alarmingly familiar, especially during the rains, a two-storeyed building, illegally constructed on the banks of the Mula-Mutha river in Keshav Nagar, Mundhwa, collapsed and trapped two families inside, along with nine cattle, around 11.30 am on Friday. While the nine people inside miraculously escaped with minor injuries, the rescue operation went on from 12 noon till 7 pm. Initially, the neighbours managed to immediately rescue one minor girl, along with a toddler. Soon after, they also got three women and a man out of the debris. However, three other toddlers were stuck inside for a good 30 minutes, till citizens alerted the fire brigade at 12 noon. Four fire-tenders and a team of 25 reached the spot, along with senior PI of Mundhwa police station, Anil Pathrudkar, and a police team arrived to intensify rescue efforts and manage the … [Read more...] about Illegal building collapses in Keshav Nagar, nine injured
Damaging and local dangerous winds will gradually ease during the day over the SW of the State. Abnormally high tides may occur between Kalbarri and Augusta today. Damaging surf could occur between Denham and Israelite Bay. @dfes_wa @ABCemergency https://t.co/NikaX4QRKr pic.twitter.com/0LUr1M5R67 … [Read more...] about WA storm: Thousands without power, buildings damaged in Perth, Geraldton
If the first anniversary of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s first term in the office was marked by global outreach and the promise of becoming one of the world’s fastest-growing economies; the first year of the second term has seen the government tick nearly all of the boxes for key poll promises, some dating back to decades. … [Read more...] about Modi govt set to reach out to masses with list of accomplishments to mark its anniversary
The Mancha received hundreds of such calls after the cyclone. The president of the group, Samirul Islam, said it is impossible to guess the extent of the damage as neither the government nor the media could reach the epicentre of the cyclone, Sagar Island, about 100 km south of Kolkata. He said a man named Vineet called him to say that the islands in Patharpratima in South 24 Parganas had “disappeared”. “No news channel could reach there, so no news is coming from there,” Vineet told Islam over the phone. “We don’t know if Sagar Island exists any more. The jetty at Kachuberia in Sagar has been pulled into the sea. It’s been two days, but no outside support has come yet.” Subhas Bhandari from Mousuni Island said fog had surrounded the entire island and caused panic among the people. “We could taste salt on our skin,” he said. … [Read more...] about West Bengal: Knocked down by the virus, flattened by winds
Arun Kumar: You are absolutely right. I agree with Dr. John on masks, incomes for people to survive. What he is also pointing out is that our public health system is broken, not able to take care of the poor. For instance, rural and semi-rural areas have very poor facilities, and as the disease spreads there, the death rate could go up. What we needed to do was focus on building up our health infrastructure rapidly - doctors, nurses, testing. We have never paid attention to social infrastructure, on education, health, drinking water, etc and that’s why we are facing the problem, and could not implement the lockdown. Unlike China which could implement and control it and within three months there were no reports of fresh disease. It is because of the failure of governance, that we could not implement the lockdown better. We are paying for what we have not done for the past 70 years. I see the divide between the organised and unorganised sectors. The organised sector can use … [Read more...] about Can India’s workforce have a safe return to business?