Mumbai: Flight operations were severely hit due to heavy rain and poor visibility at the Mumbai airport on Monday, while the city and the coastal Konkan region were put on ‘red alert’. A Mumbai International Airport Ltd. spokesperson said that on account of fluctuating visibility issues, there were no flight movements for at least 20 minutes till 9.31 a.m. Alhough there were no cancellations, at least three flights were diverted to other airports, five go-arounds and delays of 30-45 minutes. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu In a special bulletin, the IMD here has placed Mumbai and north-Konkan on ‘red alert’ for extremely heavy to very heavy rains over the next 24 hours. Raigad, Thane and Palghar will have similar weather conditions on Tuesday, while Mumbai will experience heavy downpour on Mondayy, and Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg will witness heavy to very heavy rain till Friday. In a different rain-related incident, eight persons were hurt when a ground-plus one floor tenement crashed in Shivaji Nagar. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC While three women are admitted to Rajawadi Hospital, five others were already treated. While road traffic was affected with snarls at various locations, suburban trains were working normally. Waterlogging was reported in various parts of the city and the adjoining Navi Mumbai suburbs with scores of vehicles stranded, people struggling to move around in knee-to-waist deep waters. The IMD has warned fishermen not to venture into the Arabian Sea which will be very rough with high waves and wind speeds touching 40-50 kmph till Friday.
by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2016 6:39 am MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fewer people sought US unemployment benefits last week, suggesting that the job market remains insulated from the turmoil abroad WASHINGTON – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, suggesting that the job market remains healthy and insulated from the turmoil abroad in Europe and China.THE NUMBERS: Applications for jobless aid fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 277,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The less volatile 4-week average dipped 1,250 to 275,750. Over the past 12 months, the number of people receiving benefits has fallen 8.3 per cent to 2.2 million.THE TAKEAWAY: U.S. employers appear to be secure, even as the Chinese stock market is collapsing, oil prices are plunging and Europe continues to slowly nurse its way back to financial health. The relatively low level of applications for unemployment aid indicates that job growth should be healthy in the December jobs report being released by the government Friday.Weekly figures below 300,000 — a level not seen in the past 10 months — tend to correspond with strong monthly job gains. Applications for benefits are a proxy for layoffs, so the consistent lows for claims suggest that employers are holding onto staff and possibly looking to expand.KEY DRIVERS: Businesses expect their revenues to keep improving, increasing their need for workers even as the manufacturing sector copes with a broader global slowdown that has hurt exports abroad and turned the financial markets volatile. Employers have hired about 210,000 workers a month this year. And unemployment last month held at a seven-year low 5 per cent.A private survey from a payroll processor ADP released Wednesday said that the economy added 257,000 jobs last month. Economists expect the government employment report to show that roughly 200,000 people found work in December.BIG PICTURE: Consumers have kept the more than six-year recovery from the Great Recession going. Auto sales climbed last year to record levels, while home sales and spending at restaurants and online retailers improved. Still, low oil prices and weak international demand coming out of Europe, China and several emerging economies such as Brazil are raising alarms about a global slowdown.