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Mr Anandan Bala
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the challenges he faced
world’s highest peak
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SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
JULY 5, 2019
FALL OF INDIA’S
Heavy rains kill 30 in Maharashtra
Heavy monsoon rains that struck
Mumbai and other parts of
Maharashtra on Tuesday has since
killed at least 30 people.
The torrential downpour also
caused a small dam to burst near
Bhendewadi hamlet in Maharashtra’s
Ratnagiri district. At least 11 people
were killed and another 12 are
missing. The state’s Water Resources
Minister Girish Mahajan said that the
homes of the surviving villagers would
be rebuilt and the dam repaired on
The rain has since abated, allowing
schools to reopen and public
transport, including suburban trains,
to resume services.
According to India’s Meteorological
Department, Mumbai received
375mm of rainfall, the highest in 14
years. It was the city’s second-highest
rainfall recorded over a 24-hour
period since 1974.
Over 500kg of heroin seized at
In the biggest seizure of narcotics
being smuggled from Pakistan in
recent years, the Indian Customs
seized over 500kg of heroin, valued at
around Rs2,700 crores, on Sunday.
It was seized at the Integrated
Check Post at the Attari border, about
30km from Amritsar. Commissioner
of Customs Dipak Kumar Gupta said
this was one of the biggest seizures of
heroin by any Indian agency on the
The heroin was concealed in 15
gunny bags of a rock salt consignment
that was coming from Pakistan.
Two people – mastermind Tariq
Ahmed Lone belonging to Jammu and
Kashmir’s Handwara and an importer
from Amritsar – were arrested.
Seaplane services to start in
Seaplane services will start from 2020
at the Tehri Lake in Uttarakhand as
the state government on Wednesday
signed a tripartite agreement with the
Union Civil Aviation Ministry and the
Airport Authority of India to start the
Initially, 12 to 20 seater seaplanes
will start operating in Tehri Lake
which can fly passengers between
Tehri and Dehradun with an
approximate cost of Rs5,000 per
passenger, top officials said.
Chief Minister Trivendra Singh
Rawat said the cost of the project will
be borne by the Central government.
Dead man ‘wakes up’ just before
burial in Lucknow
Mohammad Furqan’s grave was dug
and his body was about to be buried
when some of his family members
noticed movement in his limbs.
Mourning stopped and a family
member rushed him to a hospital in
Lucknow. The 20-year-old was
admitted to a private hospital on June
21 after an accident. He was declared
dead on Monday and his body arrived
at his home in an ambulance.
“The patient is in critical condition
but definitely not brain dead. He has
pulse, blood pressure and his reflexes
are working. He has been put on
ventilator support,” the doctor
treating him said.
The story has shocked the city and
raised questions about its healthcare
system and prompted the launch of an
Centre disapproves West Bengal
The Central government on
Wednesday informed the West Bengal
government that it has not approved
the state government’s proposal to
change the name of the state to
This has led West Bengal’s Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee to send a
letter to Prime Minister Narendra
Modi urging him to “accept the wishes
of the people” and expedite the
renaming process. According to the
Times of India, this is the fourth time
that West Bengal’s name-change
request has been rejected. Earlier
proposals were made in 1999, 2011
Farmers in West Bengal took part in an annual bullock
race called Moi-Chhara to celebrate the arrival of
monsoon at a paddy field at Herobhanga village, in
South 24 Pargana district, on June 30.
The race usually takes place in mid-June or early July,
when farmers begin cultivation. It involves pairs of bulls
racing against each other. The winner gets a prize.
The bulls are tied together by a piece of wood called
joyal, which helps them run simultaneously. The jockey
stands on another piece of wood called moi.
The festival is a symbolic representation of the way a
farmer farms his land.
Farmers commemorate Moi-Chhara
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Mr Rahul Gandhi with his mother Sonia Gandhi.
Being born a Gandhi is traditionally a
guaranteed ticket to the Indian prime
minister’s office, but the magic ran out
for Mr Rahul Gandhi, the latest scion
of the country’s most famous and
The 49-year-old son, grandson and
great-grandson of Indian prime minis-
ters, resigned as head of Congress, the
main opposition party, on Wednesday
acknowledging a humiliating defeat by
Mr Narendra Modi, India’s new power-
Congress has appeared increasingly
tired in the past decade, while
Mr Rahul has struggled to overcome
the expectations of being the latest
flag-bearer for India’s equivalent of
the Kennedy clan in the United States.
He has never overcome an image
as a footloose princeling and political
No relation to independence hero
Mahatma Gandhi, Mr Rahul was born
in 1970 when his grandmother Indira
Gandhi – daughter of India’s first
prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru –
In 1984, Mrs Indira was shot dead
by her Sikh bodyguards and she was
succeeded by her son Rajiv Gandhi,
Mr Rahul’s father.
Mr Rajiv was assassinated in 1991
by a Tamil Tigers suicide bomber
when Mr Rahul was 20.
Rahul was enrolled at Harvard but
dropped out after a year, following his
He later graduated from Rollins
College, Florida, and in 1994 earned a
master’s degree from Cambridge.
While in his 20s, he lived in
London, where he worked at a man-
agement consultancy for a time.
His Italian-born mother Sonia
Gandhi took charge of the Congress
party in 1998 before handing over to
her elder child in 2017.
In 2007, leaked US diplomatic
cables described Mr Rahul as an
“empty suit” and “lightweight”, with
little known about his political beliefs.
But by 2009, the US assessment
was that Gandhi sounded like a “prac-
ticed politician who knew how to get
his message across and... was comfort-
able with the nuts and bolts of party
organisation and vote counting”.
While Mrs Sonia remained party
leader, Mr Rahul was mastermind of
the 2014 election campaign in which
Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) crushed the Congress.
Afterwards he sought to revive the
Mr Rahul tried to reach out to
minority Muslim voters who felt alien-
ated by Mr Modi, and stressed his
Congress won three key state elec-
tions last December and it looked like
Mr Rahul was a serious contender.
Election adverts showed him hug-
ging an emaciated peasant woman,
while his leftist manifesto pledged to
end abject poverty by 2030 and give
cash transfers to 50 million families.
But Mr Modi openly mocked
Mr Rahul’s privileged upbringing as a
“shahzada” (crown prince) at rallies
across the country, comparing it to his
own rise from being “a son of soil”.
Mr Modi’s mud stuck, while
Mr Rahul’s attack on Mr Modi’s poor
record on helping farmers, creating
jobs or his supposed close ties to
business tycoons had no impact.
In his resignation letter, Mr Rahul
said he had no “hatred” for the BJP
but “every living cell in my body
instinctively resists their idea of In-
He said Mr Modi’s party had taken
over and turned “the entire machin-
ery of the Indian state” against the
While some analysts said
Mr Rahul could yet return for a new
try to get the key to the prime
minister’s office, not everyone agreed
with his view of the elections.
Mr Rahul “appears to be clinging
to the socialist ideas of his grand-
mother and doesn’t realise that people
have changed, that even the poor have
changed”, said Mr Parsa Venkatesh-
war Rao, a veteran journalist.
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