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Heavy rains disrupt normal life in Hyderabad, evacuation of low-lying areas underway

A fresh bout of rains in Hyderabad on Saturday evening resulted in water-logging and huge traffic jams devastating the life in the city. Due to the overnight heavy rains, Balanagar lake breached its levels causing flash floods in the nearby areas.

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A fresh bout of rains in Hyderabad on Saturday evening resulted in water-logging and huge traffic jams devastating the life in the city. Due to the overnight heavy rains, Balanagar lake breached its levels causing flash floods in the nearby areas. In several viral videos, vehicles were seen being swept away due to the heavy downpour. Telangana is witnessing unprecedented rains this year. The downpour earlier this week caused heavy damage worth crores  in the state and left at least 50 persons dead.

 Hyderabad Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar has said that evacuation work is being done in low-lying areas of the city in wake of the situation. She said that many low lying colonies including  Hafiz baba nagar, Phoolbagh, Omar Colony, Indra Nagar, Shivaji Nagar and Rajiv Nagar had been flooded. She asked people to co-operate in the evacuation process. Disaster Response Force (DRF) of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has also come into action and is trying to clear water stagnation in the inundated areas. Vishwajit Kampati, Director of Vigilance and Disaster Management of GHMC tweeted that all the measures are being taken to clear the water-logging in the flooded areas.

Meanwhile, Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao paid a visit to areas affected by the flood. He also presented Rs 5 lakh ex gratia cheques to the kin of those who lost their lives in the rain-related incidents. KTR said that the deaths caused by heavy rains were unfortunate. He assured the people that the Telangana government will take all measures to prevent such incidents in future.  The minister has directed the officials to carry out repair work at Appa pond in coordination with the irrigation department. The overflowing of the pond has resulted in inundation of the Gaganpahad area. He directed the local revenue officials to clear any encroachments in the pond.

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Maharashtra sends controversial IAS trainee Puja Khedkar back to academy

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Trainee IAS officer Puja Khedkar, who has been the eye of the storm, has been asked by the Maharashtra Government to report back to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie.

A letter from Maharashtra Additional Chief Secretary Nitin Gadre stated LBSNAA has suspended district training of Khedkar and has called her back for further necessary action. The letter said she has been relieved from the district training programme of the state government of Maharashtra and has been asked to join the academy by July 23 under any circumstances.

Khedkar had made it to the headlines for her alleged demands of a separate office and official car, besides using a beacon on her private luxury car without official sanction.

Earlier this month, a report regarding Khedkar and her father’s objectionable behaviour was sent by Pune District Collector Suhas Diwase to the state government.

Reports said Khedkar completed her MBBS and then appeared for the UPSC exams several times. According to her, she joined the IRS in 2019. In a later interview she said she could not join the IRS since there were some technical problems in the OBC allocation of her seat.

Thereafter, in November 2021, she applied and got appointed as the assistant director in the Sports Authority of India. She then appeared for the Civil Services Examination in 2021 and cleared the preliminary exam, the main examination, and the interview, securing the 821st rank.

However, she failed to present herself for a medical test to confirm disability claims of blindness and mental illness due to which she was getting benefits under the category of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. Consequently, this persisted as a legal battle in Central Administrative Tribunal against UPSC.

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Supreme Court issues notice to CBI, ED on Manish Sisodia bail plea

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the bail pleas moved by former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The Supreme Court’s decided to issue notice to the two agencies after arguments on Sisodia’s petitions for bail in two cases relating to alleged irregularities in the now-scrapped Delhi liquor policy. The court granted two weeks to the agencies to file their views.

“Views of agencies have to be heard before any decision is taken,” said Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, pointing at the seriousness of the charges slapped on Sisodia. The former Delhi Deputy CM has been under judicial remand since February 2023 over corruption and money laundering charges.

According to Sisodia’s counsel, the charges against him are politically motivated and lack enough evidence. The counsel had sought bail on medical grounds, to which the CBI or ED objected, saying his release might hamper the ongoing investigation into the case by influencing the witnesses or tampering with evidence.

According to the CBI and ED, Sisodia’s involvement in the liquor policy scheme was responsible for substantial state revenue loss and worked in favor of private liquor vendors.

Manish Sisodia, known for his transformational work in the field of education under the Delhi government, is not the only Aam Aadmi Party leader in jail. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain are also behind bars. While Kejriwal is jailed in connection with the liquor policy case, Jain is in prison for corruption charges.

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PayTm share price slips 2 per cent over SEBI warning

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The share price of PayTm fell by nearly 2 per cent on Tuesday following a warning from the the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

PayTm’s parent One 97 Communication had got SEBI’s administrative warning letter on some transactions involving the PayTm Payments Bank during fiscal year 2021-2022. The bourses reacted strongly leading to PayTm shares falling by 1.88% to Rs 460.80 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

SEBI said it had noted the violation with concern and said these matters are being viewed very seriously. The regulator warned the company to exercise caution going forward and improve compliance to rules to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The markets regulator added that failure to comply with rules may force it to invoke enforcement actions as per the law.

In its response to SEBI, PayTm said in a media release that it has always followed listing regulations, as well as any change to these rules over time. The company said it would keep up its commitment to maintain and follow high standards of compliance. Paytm said it intends to provide an adequate response to SEBI on this matter.

PayTm said it has always followed Regulation 23 along with Regulation 4(1)(h) of the SEBI Listing Regulations, without including any change made to these rules over time. Paytm added that the letter from  SEBI has no influence on its finances, operations or other activities in any way.

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