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Climate changed already? Monsoon refuses to end, rains wreak havoc in Bihar, other parts

Torrential rains wreaked havoc in Bihar, submerging the state capital of Patna and flooding several districts as the monsoon refused to retreat – yet another phenomenon signalling that climate change is here and brings with it a retribution in which those least responsible for it suffer the most.

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Climate changed already? rains wreak havoc in Bihar

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Torrential rains wreaked havoc in Bihar, submerging the state capital of Patna and flooding several districts as the monsoon refused to retreat – yet another phenomenon signalling that climate change is here and brings with it a retribution in which those least responsible for it suffer the most. 

Reports said 29 lives have been lost in Bihar alone and over 130 across India in rain-related incidents since the last weekend. Bihar has suffered massive damages to infrastructure in many districts till Sunday and was in for another spell of battering as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has retained its ‘red colour’ warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the state. 

Monsoon, which normally withdraws around September-end, will continue to stay around till mid-October, said IMD director general M Mohapatra on Sunday.

Patna, reeling under knee-deep water on Sunday due to the sudden spurt in late monsoon rainfall and reported to be the worst hit, might face more misery if the water level in Punpun river rises further. 

At least 134 people have died in rain-related incidents across the country in the past three days, with Uttar Pradesh reporting the maximum cases, said reports citing data from the state disaster relief departments. 

Twenty-two interstate trains have been cancelled in as many days due to rain, an Indian Railways spokesperson said.

The latest spell of rainfall is due to extended low pressure areas creating monsoon trough in different parts of the country, which would result in more showers in the next five days, according to the IMD.

Rivers were in spate following heavy showers. In UP, according to the state’s Flood Management and Information System Centre (FMICS), the Ganga was flowing above the danger level in Ghazipur and Ballia districts while Kuano river was flowing above the danger mark in Gonda district.Flood warning has been issued in 28 districts.

In Bihar, deaths were reported from the worst-affected Patna, Bhagalpur and Kaimur districts in the last 24 hours. Several areas in the state capital were inundated on Sunday, with the city receiving 152mm of rain the night before. Government hospitals and buildings — including the city’s second largest medical facility, the Nalanda Medical College Hospital — were waterlogged.

A bird’s eye view of Patna made the city appear like a huge lake dotted with concrete structures, said a NDTV report. Posh low-lying areas like Rajendra Nagar and Pataliputra Colony were flooded. Private hospitals, medical stores and other shops were submerged in waist-deep water. Visuals showed flooding at Nalanda Medical College Hospital, the second largest healthcare facility in the city.

The state disaster response force was deployed for rescue efforts and installed additional pumps across the city to flush out water, officials said.

According to the weather department, the state capital has received more than 200 mm of rainfall since Friday evening, which was described by principal secretary, disaster management department, Pratyay Amrit as “totally unexpected”.

Amrit said 15 districts where more rain is expected in the next 24 hours have been put on alert and all schools have been closed till Tuesday.

Other states

In the desert state of Rajasthan, three students were killed when a government school’s wall collapsed after excessive rainfall in Udaipur district. The incident occurred early on Friday morning in Government Middle School, Thobwara. The school, which is situated on the foothills, was waterlogged due to excessive rainfall on Friday night, the police said.

Madhya Pradesh has been witnessing heavy rainfall over the last couple of weeks. Three persons, including a police constable, were swept away in the strong currents of a swollen nullah in Seoni district, police said. The incident occurred on Ghansor-Kedarpur Road on Friday night. The three bodies were recovered about a kilometre away from the place of the incident.

In Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district, a 22-year-old woman was killed after she was struck by lightning. Heavy rains lashed wide parts of the Jammu province, causing waterlogging and traffic jams at many places in the city disrupting normal life.

In Himachal Pradesh, parts of the state received light rainfall on Saturday which brought the maximum temperature down by two to three notches below the season’s average. Mandi received the maximum rainfall at 36 mm in the 24 hours ending at 5:30 pm on Saturday, followed by Kufri (28 mm), Salooni (25 mm), Kandaghat and Bakloh (22 mm each), Baijnath (19 mm), Solan (13 mm), Shimla (12.3 mm) and Manali (11 mm).

In the South, the Krishna river is in spate again following heavy rain in the upper catchment areas in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Consequently, the crest gates of major dams that were already full to the brim in Andhra Pradesh had to be opened for the third time in the last couple of months to let out floodwater into the Bay of Bengal.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Gandhi Jayanti: President Droupadi Murmu, PM Modi pay tribute at Rajghat

Mahatma Gandhi’s influence is global and inspiring the entire humankind to further the spirit of unity and compassion, said PM Modi.

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On the occasion of the 154th Gandhi Jayanti, President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid flowers to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in the nation’s capital on Monday.

According to the PM Modi, Mahatma Gandhi’s influence is global and inspiring the entire humankind to further the spirit of unity and compassion. He also led the tributes to Gandhi on social media.

PM Modi wrote on X, formerly Twitter, he bows to Mahatma Gandhi on the special occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. PM also appreciated Gandhi’s teachings as he wrote, his timeless teachings continue to illuminate our path. He further said, may we always work towards fulfilling his dreams. May his thoughts enable every youngster be the agent of change he dreamt of, fostering unity and harmony all over, the Prime Minister added.

At Rajghat, vice president Jagdeep Dhankhar and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla offered floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, presented floral tributes at Rajghat and said Mahatma Gandhi is not just an individual, but an idea, an ideology, and the moral compass of our great nation.

The congress president shared a post on X, in which he saluted Bapu’s values and ideologies as he wrote, his ideals of truth, non-violence, freedom, equality and coexistence have eternal value. We bow in reverence to Bapu’s ideals on his Jayanti.

Meanwhile, the Congress party’s official X account posted, on Gandhi Jayanti, we pay a billion tributes to the Mahatma, whose lifelong commitment to the cause of freedom won India her Independence. Let us promise to continue following his principles, which are the cornerstone of our country and are peace, unity, and nonviolence.

Gandhi Jayanti, observed annually on October 2, commemorates the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. To remember the values of nonviolence and tolerance that Mahatma Gandhi stood for, the day is also observed as the International Day of Nonviolence.

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Gandhi Jayanti: Interesting facts, quotes and wishes to share with friends and family

The birthday of Mahatma Gandhi is also celebrated as International Day of Non-violence across the globe to commemorate the non-violence policy of Gandhiji. 

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Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated every year on October 2 to honor the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, fondly known as the Father of the Nation. Indians across the world pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi through several activities including prayer meetings, cultural events, and cleanliness drives. The day is celebrated to promote Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings and their relevance in today’s world. 

Interesting facts about the Father of the Nation:

The birthday of Mahatma Gandhi is also celebrated as International Day of Non-violence across the globe to commemorate the non-violence policy of Gandhiji. 

Mahatma Gandhi was nominated for Nobel Prize five time but never won the award

He was listed as the Person of the year’ in Times Magazine in 1930

Before taking vows of celibacy, Mahatma Gandhi already had four sons

Mahatma Gandhi was married during his teenage to Kasturba Gandhi, who was 14 years old

Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi:

The future depends on what we do in the present

It is easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone

Our greatest ability as humans is not to change the world, but to change ourselves

Service without humility is selfishness and egotism

It does not require money to live neat, clean and dignified

Satisfaction lies is effort, not in the attainment

Hate the sin, love the sinner

Be the change you are trying to create

There us a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed

Those who know how to think needs no teachers

What barrier is there that love cannot break?

Wishes to share on Gandhi Jayanti:

Lets uphold the values of truth and nonviolence set out by the man who guided us to freedom. Greetings on Gandhi Day!

I hope you have a day full of Gandhi’s wisdom and the willpower to follow his example. Greetings on Gandhi Day!

May Gandhiji’s principle continue to motivate us to strive for a more equitable and peaceful world

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PM Modi joins fitness influencer Ankit Baiyanpuriya in Swachhata Hi Seva campaign | Watch here

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, PM modi shared a video of him doing the cleanliness work with the influnecer.

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A day before Gandhi Jayanti, PM Modi participated with fitness influencer Ankit Baiyanpuriya in participated in the Shramdaan for cleanliness campaign as part of the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, PM modi shared a video of him doing the cleanliness work with the influnecer. Sharing the video he wrote, today, when the country focused on Swachhata, Ankit Baiyanpuriya and he did the same! Beyond only hygiene, they included wellness and fitness in the mix as well. It is all about that Swachh and Swasth Bharat vibe.

PM Modi can be heard asking Ankit in the video that how the Swachhata mission will benefit his physical health. Ankit responds, it’s up to us to maintain our environment clean. They’ll stay in shape if it stays clean.

Ankit added that Sonipat’s residents have been emphasising hygiene.

Fitness influencer Ankit Baiyanpuria, a former desi wrestler from Bayanpur, Sonipat, has earned notoriety for his advocacy of conventional and regional training techniques.

Ankit gained fresh notoriety earlier this year when he introduced the strenuous 75-day Hard Challenge to improve his mental toughness and self-control.

Ankit, who was raised by labourer parents, is well known on social media for his flawless training methods and distinctive routines that not only prioritise physical fitness but also encompass mental well-being with books like the Bhagavad Gita.

Ankit had to change his strategy in 2022 after dislocating his shoulder while participating in mud wrestling. He started documenting his fitness progress on Instagram.

He first learned about Andy Frisella’s 75-day Hard Challenge while learning fitness. In just 28 days, Ankit has accumulated more than 2.5 million followers! Ankit now has 4.9 million Instagram followers.

Leaders from all over the nation participated in the Shramdaan for Cleanliness session as part of the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign on Sunday after Modi urged citizens to participate in a cleanliness drive on October 1.

A number of Union ministers and MPs were spotted taking part in the nationwide cleanup effort for the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign, including BJP leader JP Nadda and Union home minister Amit Shah.

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