Parliamentarians in the Rajya Sabha, on the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)
Day 1 of the Monsoon session of the parliament kicked-off on a stormy note as Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced new Cabinet ministers in the Lok Sabha today. A series of meetings were held on Sunday ahead of the session, indicating the seriousness with which, both the government and Opposition parties will approach the session. The Opposition has said future outbreaks of Covid-19 will be discussed, along side gaps in government strategy that led to the second one wave. Loss of livelihood, businesses closing down, and the steps the government has taken to prevent this in the form of quite a lot of measures, may also be flagged.
Meantime, torrential rains wreaked havoc in Mumbai the day prior to this leaving 33 deceased and six others injured in five separate incidents of landslides, electrocutions and a house collapse. The downpour began in the early hours of Sunday and continued through the day. The India Meteorological Branch (IMD) has predicted moderate to severe thunderstorms with lightning at lonely places over Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and east Rajasthan all through the next 24 hours, and warned of casualties to people and animals staying outdoors.
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