Mumbai Bridge Collapse: 6 Dead, 33 Hurt As Foot Overbridge Collapses Near Mumbai's CST
At least six people were killed and 32 injured as a major portion of a foot overbridge near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai collapsed on Thursday evening.
An eyewitness said when the bridge collapsed, there was a red light at the nearby signal, and that is why the death toll was not more. Another eyewitness said the overbridge was being used despite repairs being carried out this morning.
Senior police officials, the fire brigade and a team of the National Disaster Response Force were rushed to the site of the accident. The pedestrian bridge, which was demolished after the collapse, connected the railway station to the Azad Maidan police station, the Times of India building and a school.
Apart from public and private ambulances, people at the spot also helped in rescue operations and were seen carrying the injured to the hospitals.
A 45-member team from the National Disaster Response Force and the Mumbai Fire Brigade were also sent. Rescue operations went on for over an hour as many were trapped under the debris, officials said.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis announced a probe and said the guilty will be punished. He said that the bridge was audited last year and was found to be structurally sound. He has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for the injured.
Maharashtra minister and BJP leader Vinod Tawde said that the bridge only had “minor defects” and it was not considered “risky”. He said it will be probed why the bridge was not closed despite repairs being undertaken.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi offered condolences to the families of those killed in the incident and prayed for a speedy recovery to the injured, even as his party demanded the ouster of Railway minister Piyush Goyal, saying he was criminally culpable.
Party leader Murli Milind Deora also held the BJP and Shiv Sena responsible for the collapse and demanded that the auditors who cleared the bridge to be booked for murder.
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Congress is making surveys on coalition alliance from AAP
About the Lok Sabha elections, there has been a buzz about the alliance between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress in Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is constantly talking about the coalition, the Congress is refusing. But now in the Delhi Congress, there are two parties looking for the coalition. Congress leader PC Chacko is taking public opinion from the coalition, while the state president Sheila Dikshit says that she has no information about this.
She said that Rahul Gandhi also agreed with us that the Delhi Congress unit is completely united and is against the coalition.
Significantly, PC Chacko is in charge of the Delhi Congress, on behalf of him the general public is being called in Delhi. The opinion is being asked about the coalition.
On one side Congress is being denied by the alliance on behalf of the Congress. So now the Aam Aadmi Party has adopted an aggressive approach. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that his party will contest the seven seats in Delhi.
On Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had made a statement that if the Congress is not aligned with him in Delhi, then there should be an alliance in Haryana. Many times the efforts of the Aam Aadmi Party to combine with the Congress in Delhi have been tried.
However, Rahul Gandhi has clearly stated on many occasions that the Delhi Pradesh Committee is against the alliance so we will not combine.
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Supreme Court Pulls Up Assam Over Functioning Of Foreigners Tribunal
The court had expressed concern over thousands of illegal migrants being kept in detention centers.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Assam government over inadequacies in the functioning of foreigners tribunals in the state and sought details on it by March 27.
The government told a bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, that 50,000 migrants were declared foreigners by the tribunal in the past 10 years.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Assam government, said around 900 people were kept in six detention centers of the state.
The bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said the state government would have to specify through an affidavit whether the foreigners' tribunals functioning in the state were adequate and how they were functioning.
The top court, however, added that it was not insisting on the presence of Assam chief secretary in the court at present.
The apex court was hearing a PIL filed by activist Harsh Mander through advocate Prashant Bhushan on the plight of foreigners in detention centers. The plea alleges that they were kept in detention indefinitely just because they were not Indians and were treated as "illegal aliens".
During the previous hearing, the court had expressed concern over thousands of illegal migrants being kept in detention centers for years in Assam without being repatriated or deported to their countries of origin. It had raised several issues connected with the detention center and said the detainees could not be held for an indefinite period.
The apex court had also sought to know the condition of detention centers, saying the PIL alleged sub-human conditions there.
The Centre had said over 27,000 foreigners have been pushed back at border points while attempting to enter India illegally.
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Delhi: Many leaders of AAP, Congress and Swaraj India joined BJP
As the Lok Sabha elections announced, the parties have been preparing for election preparation, while the process of change of leaders has also started. Apart from the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, many leaders and activists of Congress and Yogendra Yadav's party Swaraj India joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). All these leaders, who have come to the BJP, have vowed to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again- Prime Minister.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari included these leaders and workers in BJP. Youth leader of Aam Aadmi Party and former Dushu President Jitendra Chaudhary, who joined BJP, took out a fierce fight against Aam Aadmi Party and its Chief Minister Mukhtar Arvind Kejriwal and said that due to Kejriwal, there were not so many people left in the Aam Aadmi Party The terrorists are in the organization.
At the same time, leaving the Congress, Ayush Chaudhary, who joined BJP, said that he felt suffocated in Congress. He strongly targeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi and said that we had to take the name of such a leader that would end our morale. Most young leaders in the party do not want to take their name, but they have to take them in compulsion.
Apart from this, Hemant Jha of Swaraj India's Purvanchal Morcha and Pushpa was a member of the women's movement. All of them say that they have all joined BJP after being influenced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's work.
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AAP seiges the BJP office, demanding the full state status for Delhi
Prior to the Lok Sabha elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) surrounded the BJP's national office on Deendayal Upadhyay Marg on Sunday demanding full state demand for Delhi. The Aam Aadmi Party alleges that Delhi convener Gopal Rai had written a letter to the Delhi BJP and Delhi Congress president asking for his favor on the entire state but no one got any response from both the parties.
The Aam Aadmi Party claims that if Delhi gets the status of a complete state then the work of development will increase. Earlier, Arvind Kejriwal had counted the 11 benefits of the entire state by writing a letter to the people of Delhi.
AAP did not have the full state counted during the performance of three major losses-
1. Today in Delhi women are very serious about their safety but the Delhi government is helpless because the law and order come under the central government.
2. Despite the introduction of 90 percent of the students in Delhi today, admission in Delhi colleges is not available as Delhi Government is unable to make new colleges due to lack of colleges and due to lack of full statehood.
3. Today, the educated young people of Delhi are roaming unemployed. Lakhs of vacancies are lying vacant in the Delhi Government but due to lack of full state status, the right to employ the youth is not with the Delhi Government but the Central Government has it.
The Aam Aadmi Party says that the central government has repeatedly demanded the status of full state status to the central government but the central government has not given any attention to their demand. The 'A' workers present in the demonstration said that Delhi is the half incomplete state, due to this, the government of Delhi has not received all the powers and therefore full development of Delhi is not being done.
Before coming to power, the Aam Aadmi Party has been demanding full statehood to Delhi. The leaders of 'AAP' have alleged that BJP and Congress have forgotten the promise of making Delhi a complete state in its Manifesto.