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No rain yet for one of India’s wettest places

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Agumbe in Karnataka’s Western Ghats, one of the wettest places in the country known for its rich biodiversity, had received only zero mm rainfall in May.

In March, April and May, Agumbe in Shimoga district has received 158% less rain at only 44.2 mm rainfall when the normal rainfall in this season is 198 mm. Agumbe attracts nature lovers and conservation researchers from around the world. Its rainforests give it a unique ecosystem. The Bangalore weather department couldn’t give reasons for the deficiency in pre-monsoon rains and said it needs to analyse and check if this was the lowest rainfall for the season in decades.

“Mawsynram in Meghalaya is the wettest part of the country. There are other wet places too like Agumbe. Entire Karnataka has received deficient pre-monsoon showers, Agumbe is no exception. How wet a place is determined by rainfall it receives in the monsoon months, not the pre-monsoon months. The state authorities will be better placed to speak about whether there is an anomaly in Agumbe,” said M Mohapatra, IMD’s director general of meteorology.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the highest maximum temperature was recorded in west Rajasthan’s Ganganagar. It was 49.6°Celsius. Navdeep Dahiya who runs Live Weather of India, a private weather forecasting initiative tweeted Saturday: “#Churu in #Rajasthan recorded 50.8°c maximum temperature today. Breaking it’s previous Record of 50.2°c recorded on 19th may 2016. First 50°c+ in #India in current summer season. With Just 0.2°c Churu missed All time high of Country which is Phalodi 51.0°c recorded on 19/05/2016.”

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Earthquake tremors felt in Delhi, nearby areas

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Tremors of the earthquake were felt in Delhi on Friday evening prompting people to come out from their homes.

The earthquake was of magnitude 4.5 on the Richter Scale, according to India’s National Center for Seismology.

As per the agency, the epicentre of the earthquake was 63 km southwest of Gurgaon in Haryana.

Strong tremors were felt in the national capital and surrounding areas for several seconds.

No casualty has been reported yet.

In the last couple of months, multiple earthquakes have hit the national capital and nearby areas.

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‘Your bravery has sent a message to world about India’s strength’: PM Modi to soldiers in Ladakh

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday marked a surprise visit to Leh and forward locations to review the ground security situation.

The visit came amid the ongoing tension at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in Eastern Ladakh.

While addressing the troops at Nimmoo, Ladakh, PM Modi said, “The bravery that you and your compatriots showed, a message has gone to the world about India’s strength.”

“Your courage is higher than the heights where you are posted today,” he added.

PM also paid tribute to the martyrs of the 20 soldiers in a recent face-off with the Chinese army in Galwan Valley.

“The bravery of 14 Corps will be talked about everywhere. Tales of your bravery and valour are echoing in every house in the country,” he said.

Mentioning his Atmanirbhar Bharat call which he induced during the lockdown, PM Modi said, “your (soldiers) sacrifice and efforts have strengthen the oath of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

“Bharat Mata’s enemies have seen your fire and fury,” he added.

“Peace can never be brought by the weak. Power is the condition to bring peace. India is widening its powers on land, air and water and this is for the welfare of mankind,” he said.

“The era of expansionism is gone. The world has moved on the path of development. The expansionist forces have ruined the world in the last century. But they have either been defeated or forgotten in the history,” he added.

“Whenever I think of a decision based on national security, I think of two mothers. The first is our Mother India. The second is our mothers who’ve given birth to brave hearts such as you,” PM Modi said.

Located at 11,000 feet above sea level, Nimu is among the tough terrains, surrounded by the Zanskar range and on the banks of the Indus.

PM Modi’s visit comes just a day after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called off his own visit to Ladakh. Singh was to visit Eastern Ladakh region to interact with soldiers deployed at the hostile border on Friday.

He had plans to interact with the soldiers injured during the barbaric attack carried out by Chinese People’s Liberation Army on June 15.

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2 private tutors held for sexually harassing minors

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Two private tutors were arrested on charges of causing sexual harassment to a minor boy and a minor girl in two separate incidents in Memari and Katwa areas in Burdwan (East) last night.

Sandip Mondal – a private tutor by profession hailing from Gangatikuri village in Ketugram Police Station area in Katwa was booked by the police last night after the parents of a 11 year-old boy student handed over a video footage that reportedly exposed Mondal’s dirty practice.

After the class V student of a local high school complained to his parents that Mondal was forcing him to ‘cooperate’ in filthy acts, the parents had set a cell phone at the study room that grabbed the video on 26 June and helped in exposing Mondal.

Yesterday, after the parents lodged a complaint, Mondal was booked by the police under the provisions of Pocso (Protection of Child from Sexual Offences) Act. Dalim Konda – another tutor from Mondalgram village in Memari was arrested by the police early this morning on charges of causing sexual assault on a minor girl.

Syed Nizamuddin Azad – the judge, Pocso Court in Burdwan today ordered judicial custody for the accused till next Sunday. Also, he ordered forensic examination of the accused.

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