- What India suffered due to floods in 65 yrs as skies rained death & destruction
The Parliament House in New Delhi was just 10km away from the reach of Yamuna’s turbulent and menacing waters. Given the river’s mood, the possibility of the water reaching there wasn’t completely out of question. What didn’t was, Jehangirpuri, a slum located far-off in North Delhi, where houses were submerged and only rooftops pimpled the landscape. Its residents, nearly 1.5 lakh in number, flocked out as water level rose alarmingly. Some stubbornly stayed back to salvage their belongings, only to find themselves marooned on their crumbling rooftops because Yamuna’s whooshing water was unsparing. For days to come, filth and stench blanketed Jehangirpuri. Its people were living their scariest nightmares with their lives turned topsy-turvy. Floods weren’t alien to them but this scale was.
- Rajasthan HC tells Speaker not to act against Sachin Pilot, rebel MLAs till July 24
In a big relief for the Pilot camp, the Rajasthan High Court has said no action can be taken against Sachin Pilot and other 18 rebel Congress MLAs till July 24. The Rajasthan Speaker will defer action against Sachin Pilot and 18 other rebel MLAs till Friday, the HC said on Friday. During hearing of the anti-disqulaification plea by the Pilot camp, the Rajasthan High Court asked Speaker CP Joshi to defer his decision on the disqualification of Sachin Pilot and 18 MLAs till July 24.The Rajasthan High Court reserved its order till Friday on a writ petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident Congress MLAs, challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state assembly speaker.
- Global oil prices rise on coronavirus vaccine hopes, EU stimulus deal
Oil prices edged higher on Tuesday, helped by positive news about vaccine trials and a European Union stimulus deal but gains were capped by fears that new lockdowns could derail a recovery in demand. Benchmark Brent crude was up 31 cents at $43.59 by 0743 GMT, while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) gained 19 cents to $41.00. The closing prices of both have traded within a $2 channel so far in July. Oil prices were also supported by promising virus vaccine data released on Monday, raising confidence that a vaccine may be created even if a global rollout will take time. In the first big energy deal since the coronavirus crushed fuel demand, Chevron Corp said it would buy Noble Energy Inc for about $5 billion in stock.