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This monsoon, more rain pain for Delhi

This monsoon, more rain pain for Delhi

Environment, State
Updates from :  the Hindu : The Capital needs systemic change in its drainage master plan that dates back to 1976; desilting of drains is not enough. As a new plan devised by IIT-Delhi still awaits the official nod, expect the familiar sight of waterlogged streets again this monsoon Around 4 p.m. on July 13, 2018, a red-coloured city government bus ferrying passengers drove into a waterlogged road under Minto Road Bridge near the iconic Connaught Place. Half submerged in water, the bus broke down and the passengers had to be rescued by police and fire service personnel. Photos and videos of the bus became the face of a capital crisis: urban flooding. Since then, not much has changed in the city, according to urban planning experts, and a ‘Drainage Master Plan for NCT of Delhi’ — se
Cyclone Fani tears down artists’ village in Odisha

Cyclone Fani tears down artists’ village in Odisha

State
Updates from :  the Hindu : Many pieces of art in heritage hub have been damaged Rarely has artist Bijoy Mohapatra, 40, remained idle in recent memory. But with Cyclone Fani tearing down this artists’ village, part of the coastal district of Puri, Mr. Mohapatra and his ilk is struggling to come to terms with the damage. When the cyclone made landfall on the morning of May 3, two front wooden doors of his house could not withstand the ferocity of the wind and his entire body of work was exposed to the lashing rain. “We found ourselves helpless before the intensity of the storm. Instead of shifting the ‘Pattachitra’ to a safer place, our priority was to save our own lives,” said Bijoy. One rain-defaced 5ft x 3ft sized Pattachitra, a traditional cloth-based scroll painting, n
Why manifestos of TDP and YSRCP are a ‘secret’

Why manifestos of TDP and YSRCP are a ‘secret’

State
Updates from :  the Hindu : Fearing a copycat response, each is waiting for the other to go first Typically, political parties scramble to complete their manifestos on time so they can use them to woo voters. But it would appear that nothing is typical about the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), both of whom are holding to their manifestos for dear life even as the elections are barely 10 days away. Both the TDP and the YSRCP have their manifestos ready, but each is waiting for the other to release their document first. This ‘wait-and-respond’ approach seems to have been prompted by the fear that their rival might ‘copy’ their ideas. Even before the election schedule was announced, the TDP government had hiked pensions to ₹2,000. The YSR Congress
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