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Heavy rains turn Delhi’s roads, markets into flood zones

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New Delhi, Sep 1: The plush diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri, financial hub Connaught Place market and several small lanes in the heart of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk area were inundated due to heavy rains since Wednesday morning causing trouble to traders and commuters leading to heavy traffic jams across the national capital.

The roads outside the US Embassy in Chanakyapuri, Inner circle of Connaught Place, the road below the Minto Bridge and several other areas across Delhi were flooded resulting in obstruction to vehicular movement.

As safety measures, traffic police had closed both carriageways of the road below Minto Bridge for few hours and diverted traffic movement from Connaught Place towards Barakhamba Road and traffic coming from Kamla Market side was diverted towards Deen Dayal Upaddhay Road.

Similarly, the commuters moving from Dhaula Kuan towards 11 Murti were stuck on road due to heavy water-logging. “Traffic movement is obstructed in the carriageway from Naraina towards Dhaula Kuan due to heavy water-logging,” said a Delhi traffic police.

“The main road of the Chandni Chowk market, where redevelopment work was carried out recently, was not affected as much as the small lanes and alleys inside the market here. All the drains were choked in those areas leading to water-logging,” said president of Chandni Chowk Sarva Vyapar Mandal, Sanjay Bhargava.

Lodhi Road observatory had recorded 120.2 mm rainfall while Safdarjung recorded 112.1 mm in the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday while for next three hours, Safdarjung recorded 75.6 mm and Lodi Road recorded 75.4 mm rainfall, as per India Meteorological Department (IMD) data.

The other key areas where heavy water-logging was reported were Lajpat Nagar Metro Station, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Mool Chand bus stand, Aurbindo Marg near AIIMS flyover, areas near Jungpura metro station, Ring Road from AIIMS to Mool Chand along with several areas in south Delhi, including Saket, Press Enclave, Malviya Nagar.

Traffic police had also closed the carriageway from Dwarka to Rajapuri.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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