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Bengaluru Gets No Relief From Rain; Disruption in Drinking Water Supply, 2-km Traffic Jams 

Bengaluru Gets No Relief From Rain; Disruption in Drinking Water Supply, 2-km Traffic Jams

Heavy rainfall continues to lash Bengaluru, causing flooding in many areas and long traffic jams. The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has warned of disruption in drinking water supply in multiple areas for today and tomorrow. Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will visit the TK Halli Unit of Bengaluru Water Board in Mandya district, which will manage the drinking water supply due to the rushing water following heavy rain on Sunday night. “BWSSB Chairman, engineers, and secretary of the urban development department are already sent to the unit. The officials of the Mandya district are busy in draining out water from the pumping station. The situation is expected to come under control by evening. The technical team is working on the emergency mode to restart the machinery. I will visit and give necessary instructions,” said Mr Bommai to ANI. The low-lying areas have been affected where water entered houses as several lakes in the city are overflowing. The city is home to many companies, so logistics and operations have been severely affected. The city companies have complained that the infrastructure development in Bengaluru has not kept up with traffic jams, and unplanned construction has led to frequent flooding even after moderate rainfall. The authorities have been deployed with rubber dinghies used to ferry people around and tractors used to transport travellers from the airport. While colleges and schools have been shut, companies have advised employees to work from home. Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Bengaluru till September 9.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina To Meet PM Narendra Modi Today; Expected Settlement On Water-Sharing Dispute

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is on a 4-day visit to India and will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. As per reports, the two leaders would be settling the dispute on sharing of water of the Kushiyara river. Under India’s Neighbourhood First Policy, Bangladesh is an important partner of the country. The Bangladesh PM will also meet newly-elected President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar today. After Sheikh Hasina landed in Delhi, she met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and visited the Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah in the national capital. Some crucial issues to be discussed today include upgrading defence cooperation and establishing stability in the South Asia region. India and Bangladesh have cracked diplomatic deals in various areas, including security, connectivity, cultural exchange, power and energy, blue economy, defence, development cooperation, and trade and commerce.

Delhi Excise Policy Case: ED Conducts Raids in Multiple States

In connection with the controversial Excise Policy of the Delhi government, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is conducting raids in several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra and Telangana. Earlier, enforcement agencies have also conducted searches on Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s official residence in connection to alleged corruption in the implementation of the now rolled back Excise Policy. The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have maintained that the corruption allegations are politically motivated and baseless. The AAP leader Manish Sisodia, who is in charge of the Delhi Excise Department, has been hitting the headlines for alleged intentional and gross procedural lapses in the tender process for liquor licensees for 2021-22. It is being speculated that Sisodia has executed decisions that violate the Excise Policy’s statutory provisions, which could lead to huge financial implications. Meanwhile, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena has recommended a CBI probe into the matter.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 4,417 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.69%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 4,417 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 52,336. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases by recording 6,032 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 1.20% and 2.06%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 88.77 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 213.72 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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