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Monsoon delayed, Mumbai records its longest wait for rains in a decade

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Mumbai’s wait for the monsoon this year is its longest in a decade, with the rains delayed by 10 days. Even though the weather bureau on Thursday declared the onset of monsoon in south Konkan and parts of south central Maharashtra, it said the arrival of the rains in the city and the north Konkan region is not expected for another four to five days.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), monsoon usually arrives in the city by June 10. In 2009, the onset of monsoon was on June 27. The delay was due to El Niño — a phenomenon caused when warm water from the western Pacific Ocean flows towards the east. Last year, the monsoon’s onset in the city was on June 9. The second-longest delay since 2009 was in 2016, when monsoon arrived on June 20. The onset of the season in the city in 2012, 2014 and 2015 was also delayed by an El Niño-like situation or other factors. KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD, said this year monsoon was delayed in Mumbai owing to a late onset over Kerala and the impact of cyclone Vayu. “A similar situation occurred in June 2014 because of cyclone Nanauk. So, even though such events [delayed monsoon] are irregular, they are not ruled out,” Hosalikar said.

He added, “Delay or early arrival of monsoon has a different reason every year. The 10-year window is still a much shorter one…over a 100-year period, longer delays have been witnessed.”

Bishwambhar Singh, director, regional meteorological centre, IMD, Mumbai, said the northern limit of the monsoon over the west coast is currently over Ratnagiri and Kolhapur. “Gradual progress is expected over the next 72 hours to cover more parts of Maharashtra,” Singh said.

Independent meteorologists, however, are of the opinion that monsoon arrived in Mumbai and the Konkan region around mid-June itself (June 15). “The arrival was not robust due to the presence of tropical cyclone Vayu, but as the cyclone completely disintegrated, parts of the west coast of India, including south Konkan, began receiving good rainfall,” said Akshay Deoras, meteorologist and PhD researcher at the department of meteorology, University of Reading, UK.

Sridhar Balasubramanian, associate professor, department of mechanical engineering and associate faculty, IDP Climate Studies, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, said there were three indicators that confirmed the arrival of monsoon in Mumbai, around June 15-16. These are – more than 2mm rainfall recorded at all stations in Mumbai over two continuous days; westerly wind depth touching 3.1km/hour; and outgoing radiation going below 200 watts per square metre (cloud cover reduces sunlight, reducing outgoing longwave radiation). “IMD declares monsoon onset in a phased manner. As southwest monsoon did not cross most of the southern peninsula up till June 20, the weather bureau has not declared the onset. However, it needs to be decided by IMD whether the factors indicating monsoon are vital vis-à-vis the movement of monsoon currents in a phased manner,” he said.

Meanwhile, between 8.30am on June 1 and 8.30am on June 20, the suburbs recorded 165.3mm rainfall, deficient by 103mm or 38.3%. During the same time, south Mumbai recorded 127.2 mm rainfall, deficient by 145.4mm or 53.3%.

According to data tabled before the civic body’s standing committee on Wednesday, as of June 19, at 6.03%, the water stock across seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai has dipped to 87,251 million litres, the lowest in three years.

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17-year-old boy apprehended in Delhi for stalking girls on Instagram.

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A 17-year-old boy has been apprehended by the Delhi Police for allegedly stalking a number of minor girls on Instagram and threatening to publish their private photos.

According to the police, a father filed a complaint after becoming concerned that his 14-year-old daughter’s Instagram photos might have been shared with others.

According to the police, both the father and the daughter were counseled. The girl had shared her private photos and videos with a friend on instagram, and now the friend is pressurizing her to have more inappropriate conversations and send more of her private photos, the police said.

A case was filed based on the statement made by the minor girl.

Source: IndianExpress

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Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann inaugurates 400 Mohalla Clinic in Amritsar

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Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated 400 Mohalla Clinics in Amritsar’s Putlighar.
Amritsar now has 400 mohalla clinics, bringing the total in the state to 500.

As a chief guest at the inauguration, Delhi CM Kejriwal expressed his happiness and noted that Punjab’s clinics were constructed in ten months rather than the five years it took to construct them in Delhi. He added that a lot of districts and villages will get new clinics.

“I am very happy and thankful for the citizens for believing in us. My little brother, Mann, has fulfilled another guarantee,” he said.

Kejriwal said, “Being a full state, Punjab suffers no interference from the central government unlike Delhi,” in an attack on the central government. Every village will receive more of these clinics in the coming years.”

Source: ANI

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Another Hit & Run Case: Car dragged scooty rider for 300 meters, one died

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Once again a case of hit, run, and drag has come to the fore in Delhi. One person died in this accident while the other is still admitted to the hospital. Delhi Police has arrested a total of 5 accused including the driver by registering a case under the section of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. CCTV footage of this incident has also come to the fore.

On the intervening night of Thursday-Friday, at around 3 pm, two PCR vans of Keshavpuram police station were patrolling the area. Only then the police personnel riding in it saw that a Tata Zest car hit an Activa scooty at Prerna Chowk in Kanhaiya Nagar area. Two youths were sitting on this scooty. One of the young men jumped in the air and fell on the roof of the car. At the same time, another young man jumped and got stuck between the windscreen and the bonnet of the car, while the scooty got stuck in the bumper below.

After this accident, instead of stopping the car, the accused fled from the spot, but the policemen posted in PCR caught all the 5 people in the car after chasing them for about 350 meters. During this, the policemen called the control room and informed them about the accident. The team that reached the spot took both the injured to the hospital, where one was declared brought dead by the doctors. The condition of the other youth remains critical.

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