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Monsoon to hit Kerala in 3-4 days, good rainfall across country: IMD
While it is already raining in most parts of Kerala, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that the monsoon will hit the southern state in the next four to five days.
 
"Conditions are becoming favourable for onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala during next 4-5 days," the IMD said on Thursday.
 
It reiterated its earlier forecast of overall above-normal monsoon between June to September this year.
 
Kerala is already receiving good, though patchy, pre-monsoon rainfall, which was over 100 mm in Kannur and Kozhikode districts and about 50 mm in Kochi and other south Indian cities like Bangalore.
 
"The monsoon has already struck Kerala for the common people, but for two criteria, including Outgoing Longwave Radiation (OLR) and Westerly Winds, we are yet to be satisfied to declare proper monsoon there," private weather forecaster Skymet's Director Mahesh Palawat told IANS.
 
The weather analysts had predicted monsoon would reach Mumbai and parts of West Bengal between June 12 to 14. 
 
"Monsoon would strike Delhi by June-end or July 1," Palawat said. He added that parts of Bihar would start receiving monsoon rain between June 15 to 20.
 
The northeastern states, for which the IMD had expected "below normal" rainfall, would, according to the weather analysts, continue receiving pre-monsoon showers till the normal monsoon arrives between June 12 and 14. 
 
The IMD forecast has confirmed overall good rainfall this year after two successive drought.
 
"Quantitatively, monsoon season rainfall for the country as a whole is likely to be 106 percent of the long period average (LPA)," the IMD said.
 
The IMD said that the northwest region of the country will receive above normal rainfall, and central India and the southern peninsula region will receive excess rainfall. 
 
"No one has predicted deficient rainfall this year. We can hope for good rains this year," an IMD official said.
 
For the past two years, over 2,55,000 villages across 255 districts and 10 states are suffering from drought that has affected over 33 crore people.
 
This year, however, pattern changes were evident with drop in 'El Nino', a climatic phenomenon which is the warm phase of the cycle of warm and cold temperatures in the Pacific Ocean that also impacts the monsoon.
 
A high El Nino has a negative effect in terms of the weather, agriculture and economics. 
 
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Mathura SP among 20 killed in clash
The toll in the Mathura violence rose to 20 on Friday as Superintendent of Police Mukul Dwivedi and others injured in Thursday's clash between police and encroachers during an anti-encroachment drive, succumbed to their injuries, officials said.
 
While 250 people have been detained for their involvement in the incident, the city continues to be tense even as heavy police reinforcement has been deployed in the violence hit region.
 
Dwivedi, a 1995 batch officer had joined as SP (City) Mathura seven months ago and is being remembered as one of the finest in the district police force. 
 
He was leading the operations following the orders of the court to clear the park of encroachment when police team was greeted with unprovoked and indiscriminate firing by the encroachers, believed to be part of sect called 'Satyagrahis'.
 
While Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered a probe into the incident, sources say the slain SP many times in the past had shared his frustration about the situation in Jawaharbagh, with friends and family. 
 
Close aides said that Dwivedi had spoken to them on how his superiors in the district were dissuading him against acting against the people behind the encroachment, despite a specific court order to do so.
 
He also allegedly told some officials that he was not being provided with adequate police force to clear the encroachment at the sprawling park. 
 
The incident has come as a setback to the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in the state which braces for elections early next year and is already faced with charges of lawlessness in the state.
 
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak told IANS that while the incident was very unfortunate it did not come as a shock as "in the past too, policemen have been targetted even as chief minister and his government have been in a state of denial".
 
"It is very sad that on one hand the people of the state are victims of lawlessness and even the police in the last four years has been targetted" he said while seeking action against the Mathura DM and SSP for intelligence failure.
 
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Congress leaders have also slammed the state government for letting the situation spin out of control to such fatal consequences.
 
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32 stations on Delhi Metro were without fire NOC for past five years
About 32 stations, out of 160 on the Delhi Metro did not have no objection certificate (NOC) continuously over the past five years, from the fire department, reveals a reply received under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
 
Gurgaon-based RTI activist Sudhir Yadav had filed the RTI application seeking information about NOCs from Fire Brigade for all stations on Delhi Metro over the past five years. He says, "As you all know that the Delhi government has introduced odd - even scheme two times in past. During the first odd even scheme period, I preferred the Metro instead of taking a cab or bus. But during and after the travel, I became worried about security measures on the Delhi Metro, especially during the peak hours. Especially after finding inadequate measures on fire safety, I decided to file an RTI and sought information on fire safety on Metro stations."
 
Delhi Metro is the world's 12th largest metro system in terms of both length and number of stations. The network consists of five colour-coded regular lines and the faster Airport Express line, with a total length of 213 kilometres serving 160 stations, including six on the Airport Express line. The system has a mix of underground, at-grade, and elevated stations using both broad-gauge and standard gauge. The metro has an average daily ridership of 2.4 million passengers.
 
According to the information received under the RTI, 32 stations, including crowded ones like Vaishali, Dwaraka Sector 21, New Delhi, Huda City Centre have not received any NOC continuously from the fire department over the past five years. There were gaps of several days during which there was no fire NOC given to these stations.
 
Here is the list of stations that have no NOC from fire department, as revealed by the RTI...
 
 
Delhi Metro is the world's 12th largest metro system in terms of both length and number of stations. The network consists of five colour-coded regular lines and the faster Airport Express line, with a total length of 213 kilometres serving 160 stations, including six on the Airport Express line. The system has a mix of underground, at-grade, and elevated stations using both broad-gauge and standard gauge. The metro has an average daily ridership of 2.4 million passengers.

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