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IMD warns of heavy rainfall in east Rajasthan, west MP on Sunday

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New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday predicted “heavy to very heavy” widespread rainfall in east Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh regions on Sunday.

“Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall and heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls at isolated places is very likely over East Rajasthan,” the IMD said.

The weather agency predicted “heavy to very heavy rainfall” at isolated places in west Madhya Pradesh, east Rajasthan and Gujarat region on Monday.

“Rainfall activity over west Madhya Pradesh and the adjoining region is likely to reduce significantly from Tuesday onwards,” it said.

The weather forecasting agency has predicted “generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers” in Bhopal for the next seven days.

The weather forecasting further predicted that isolated places over East Rajasthan, Sub Himalayan West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Konkan, Goa and Sikkim may also witness heavy downpour throughout the day.

Heavy Rainfall at isolated places over Uttarakhand, East Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Saurashtra and Kutch, Madhya Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal,” the IMD added in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin.

Strong winds, speed reaching 40-50 kmph, are likely to prevail over west-central and south-west Arabian Sea. Squally weather conditions are likely to prevail along and off Gujarat coast.

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Unable to afford a smartphone, Maha school girl ends life

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In a shocking incident, unable to afford a smartphone to attend to her online education classes, a farm widow’s 15-year-old daughter studying in SSC, committed suicide, police said here on Wednesday.

According to investigating officer Balkrishna Jagdale of Karad Police Station, the incident happened last Wednesday in a small village, Ond, around 15 kms away from the (Karad) town.

“The victim, Sakshi Abasaheb Pol was a student of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) with the Pandit G.B. Pant High School nearby and was required to attend online classes since the past few months in view of the corona pandemic,” Jagdale told .

However, her widowed mother Swati — who works as a farm labourer in the village — could not afford a smartphone for her daughter as the family’s income was barely sufficient to survive.

Sakshi, who has a 13-year old brother, had been demanding a smartphone since the past few months, but her mother kept cajoling her to “wait till we have enough money”.

On the morning of September 23, as Swati left to work in the farmlands, an infuriated Sakshi again made the demand but her mother expressed sheer helplessness in the matter.

Shortly after she left, Sakshi hanged herself in her home, and was found dead later by the family and neighbours, said Jagdale.

“We have not made any arrests since there is no complaint and no foul play is suspected in the matter,” the official added.

Sakshi joins the long list of young students hailing from very poor families who cannot manage to buy smartphones or computers with Internet connections to comply with the requirements of online education.

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