The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated, or laid the foundation stone of important projects, cumulatively worth over Rs. 900 crore, in Varanasi. Among the projects inaugurated are the Varanasi City Gas Distribution Project, and the Varanasi-Ballia MEMU train. The foundation stone was laid for the PanchkoshiParikrama Marg, and several projects under the Smart City Mission and NamaamiGange. The Prime Minister also laid the Foundation Stone for an International Convention Centre in Varanasi. Addressing a public meeting on the occasion, the Prime Minister began by congratulating the young athlete Hima Das for winning the gold medal in the 400 meters event in the Under 20 World Athletics Championship. The Prime Minister said that for the last four years, efforts are being made to develop the city of Kashi in accordance with the requirements of the 21st century, keeping its ancient identity intact. He said a New Banaras - a blend of spirituality and modernity - is being developed, for a New India. He said a glimpse of this new Banaras is now visible all around. He said significant investment has been made in Varanasi over the last four years. He said that the projects worth nearly 1000 crore that were either inaugurated, or for which the Foundation Stone was laid today, is a part of this ongoing exercise. The Prime Minister elaborated upon his vision of Transfornation through Transportation, and said the Foundation Stone of the Poorvanchal Expressway at Azamgarh today was part of the same exercise. The Prime Minister said that Varanasi is emerging as a centre for medical science in the region. He said BHU will work with AIIMS to develop a world class health institute. The Prime Minister spoke of initiatives taken for better connectivity in Varanasi and the region. He said Kashi is emerging as an important international tourist destination. In this context he mentioned the International Convention Centre, the Foundation Stone for which was laid today. He thanked the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo Abe, for this gift from Japan to the people of Varanasi. He appreciated the initiatives taken by the people and the State Government of Uttar Pradesh for tourism, and under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The Prime Minister mentioned the poor condition of roads and other infrastructure in Varanasi, four years ago. He said the waste of the city was going unchecked into the River Ganga. Today, he said, by contrast, efforts are underway to clean the Ganga from Gangotri till the ocean. He spoke of the various projects for sewage treatment. He said the fruits of all these efforts would become apparent in the future. He asserted that work is in full swing for an Integrated Command and Control Centre, that would make Varanasi a Smart City. He said the Smart City Initiative is not just a mission to improve infrastructure in cities, but also a mission to give India a new identity. He complimented the State Government for its Industrial Policy, and investment climate, and said the results of this have started to become evident. He mentioned the mobile manufacturing unit of Samsung, inaugurated recently in Noida. He said mobile manufacturing units are creating lakhs of jobs. Speaking of the city gas distribution project, the Prime Minister said that 8000 houses in Varanasi have already received piped cooking gas connections. He also mentioned the use of CNG as fuel for public transport in the city. The Prime Minister recalled how the city of Varanasi had welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and French President Emmanuel Macron. He said another occasion for Varanasi to showcase its hospitality was coming soon, with the PravasiBharatiya Divas in January 2019.
Heavy rain has been continuing for the third day in Mumbai as it affected the normal life in the city. Non-stop rain has affected the rail transportation in the city as many trains have been running late for almost 30 minutes. Places like Matunga, Sion, Kurla, Antop Hill, GTB Nagar and Dadar have mostly affected as these places have been experiencing water logging for several hours now.
K.A.Viswanathan King’s circle in Matunga was heavily flooded as heavy rain disrupts normalcy in Mumbai for the second day. A very old Pipal tree fell across the road and on the compound wall of the Jain temple near the King’s Circle police station damaging an Addnl Commissioner of Police’s car parked there. Fire brigade personnel and police were clearing the debris. People are wading through the water. Fearing heavy rains today most people preferred to stay home and the trains were not much crowded as one passenger coming from Dombivili in the morning said “ surprisingly I could sit and come in the train in the peak hour today.” Most of the roads were waterlogged.
K.A.Viswanathan Heavy rains disrupted Mumbai traffic flooding King's Circle and other low lying areas but thanks to Sunday holiday the inconvenience was not felt by commuters as most prefer to stay at home rather than venturing out. Police were well managing the movements so that no untoward incident happens. All the traffic at King's circle were diverted either over the flyover or via Bhaudaji Road. With the result heavy traffic jam on the King's circle flyover.
K.A. Viswanathan When the heart is pure and is filled with divinity, when the urge to attain to the Lord is utmost, the surge of devotion comes out as divine nectar-like songs. Mrs. Parvathy Seshanandan, 95-year-old, a native of Kerala and a resident of Matunga in Mumbai, has composed several devotional songs over the years and eight of them were released at the Matunga Mysore Association hall amidst a gathering of over 150 people. The songs written by Mrs.Parvathy includes on Lord Siddhivinayaka, Muruga, Ayyappa, Kanchi Mahaswami and on Bhagawat Gita. She is a devotee of Lord Ayyappa and has been making a pilgrimage since 35 years. The writer was born in Thiruppanithura in Kerala, in May 1923 and moved to then Bombay after her marriage in 1940. She has composed more than 30 songs till now. Eight of the songs were recorded in Bahrain and were played here accompanied by commentary and anecdotes related to her compositions. Her daughter Kalyani Tripurasundari who lives in Bahrain hosted the show. Her son S. Sivasubramanian said these lyrics were written 30 years ago and today we are pleased to see so much response to hear her songs. Even at this age, she regularly visits Sri Shankara Mattam, he said.
K. A. Viswanathan The Governor of Maharashtra and Chancellor of Mumbai University C. Vidyasagar Rao, awarded the autonomous college certificate to the SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce principal Dr. Uma Shankar at a function held at the college campus, Sion. The vice Chancellor of Mumbai University Mr. Suhas Pednekar and the president of SIES Dr. V. Shankar were also present on the occasion. The governor lauded the college for its contribution to the State and the country by adopting a tribal village in Karjat in Raighad district and brought about an integrated development of the village. The college secured autonomous status from the University Grants Commission from 2018-19 to 2027-28. “As a Governor, I have special responsibility for the welfare of scheduled areas and therefore I welcome this initiative of the college wholeheartedly.” he said. Through such initiative, we also sensitize students about the socio-economic problems of society. This initiative is worth replicating by other colleges, he added. “The Hon’ble Prime Minister has promised Rs.10,000 crore and autonomy to 20 universities – 10 public and 10 private to compete globally and emerge as the world’s best institutions”, the governor said. "The governor lauded the proposal of the government to set up the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) which has the potential to reform drastically higher education in India. A huge focus will be there on academic quality with emphasis on improving learning outcomes, evaluation of academic performance by institutions, mentoring of institutions, training of teachers, use of technology and so on" , Mr.Vidyasagar Rao said. Earlier, the governor inaugurated a renovated library named after the former principal Late Prof. S. Ramanathan. Dr. V.Shankar, president of SIES in his welcome address said the autonomy may be a certification of the potential for excellence, but it brings along with it added responsibility to meet the greater expectations of the students.
11 members in a family, including seven ladies, residing in Burari area of Delhi found mysteriously dead in their home. They hanged themselves in their home which turned into a "mass suicide". Among the 11 people dead, 10 were hanged with eyes tied while one body was lying on the floor.
The railway bridge in Andheri, connecting the Eastern Andheri and Western Andheri, collapsed due to heavy rain, leaving six persons injured. A portion of the Gokhale bridge which connects both western and eastern parts of Andheri was collapsed around 7.30am in the morning. The train services in the western suburban lines have been halted as the bridge fell over to the railway track. Fire and rescue force as well as police rushed on to the spot immediately and led the rescue operations. The police informed that they have rescued two men and a lady who were trapped under the debris.
A 14-year old girl, residing in Mumbai's Kandivali East, committed suicide after she jumped off a high rise building in the area's Thakur village. The entire incident was captured in a mobile camera. The girl jumped off from the 8th floor of Orchid Tower, adjacent to the building where she resided. Many people who were watching the horrible scene had tried to change her mind but she soon jumped before any help could reach her. The girl was studying in 9th std in a private hospital in Kandivali and she is survived by her parents and her younger sister. The reason behind victim's suicide is yet to be confirmed.
Major fire engulfed the Shalimar building in the Lawrence Compound near Khira Industrial Estate, at Santacruz West in Mumbai. The mobile tower of the building was totally damaged and burned though the firefighters had rushed on to the spot immediately. No casualties have been reported so far.