On Backfoot After Rahul Gandhi Visit, Telanagana’s K Chandrasekhar Rao Talks Early Polls, Federal Front

K Chandrasekhar Rao has been pitching for a non-Congress-non-BJP Federal Front for months (File Photo) Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has declared that he wants early elections in the state -instead of the middle of next year, it could be held anytime in the next six months. His party, he said, would nominate candidates by September. The Chief Minister also spoke of the Federal Front being the “only answer” – rebutting Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s election pitch that lumped him together with the NDA. And he underscored that…

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KCR Rules Out Alliance With BJP Will Remain Secular Party

Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday ruled out any truck with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will “remain a secular party”. He rubbished allegations by opposition Congress that he had entered into a secret understanding with the BJP. He reiterated that both the Congress and the BJP had “miserably failed” and that a qualitative change in politics is required to ensure the country’s rapid growth. Mr Rao, however, defended his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he would meet him…

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Elephant Stuck In Kerala Flood Rescued After Shutting Dam’s Sluice Gates

Almost all 40-odd rivers in Kerala are in spate because of the incessant rain (Representational) Athirapally, Kerala:  A wild elephant which got stranded on a rock in a river in spate, was rescued today after sluice gates of a dam were closed briefly to allow water to recede in flood-hit Kerala’s Thrissur district. Locals, who spotted the jumbo standing on the rock in the Chalakudy River near Athirapally, alerted forest and police officials, following which it was decided to down the shutters of the Peringalkuthu dam upstream to enable the…

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K Palaniswami Should Have Attended Karunanidhi’s Burial: Rajinikanth

Chennai:  Top Tamil star Rajinikanth on Monday suggested that Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his entire cabinet should have attended the burial of late DMK President M Karunanidhi last week at the Marina beach. The actor said he would have launched a protest if the government had appealed against a Madras High Court verdict, directing it to provide burial space to the Dravidian stalwart on Marina beach. Speaking at a memorial event organised by the South Indian Artistes Association for Mr Karunanidhi, the actor said that many leaders, ranging from…

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New Books, Special Classes To Help Kids At Kerala Flood Relief Camps

39 people have died and over 60,000 people have been displaced in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram:  The monsoon fury over the past few days have compounded the worry of children housed in relief camps in Kerala with their text books and study material washed away in the heavy rains and the first term exams looming large. Parents too are a worried lot as the examinations are being held after the Onam festivities during the month end. Stepping in to assuage their apprehensions, the state education department has given instructions to distribute fresh…

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No Alliance With Any Party For 2019 General Elections: Chandrasekhar Rao

Chandrasekhar Rao said government to spend Rs 50,000 crore to make Hyderabad a ‘Global city’. (File) Hyderabad:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday said TRS would not have an alliance with any party for the 2019 general elections and that all candidates for the polls would be announced next month. “TRS is ready to face elections any time….we will announce party candidates next month itself for the coming general elections and will not have any alliance with any party,” he said. On the ‘Federal Front’ he had proposed…

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Tourism, Plantation Hit As Kerala Continues To Reel Under Floods

Weatherman issued a fresh warning today cautioning fishermen against venturing into the sea. (File) Thiruvananthapuram/Kochi:  Fresh rains lashed several parts of Kerala today as the state continued to reel under the impact of unprecedented floods, even as the weatherman issued a warning cautioning fishermen against venturing into the sea, officials said. Some respite appeared on the the horizon for the worst-hit Idukki hill district where the water in the Idukki dam receded to 2,397.58 ft, alleviating concerns about floods in fresh downstream areas, particularly in Ernakulam district. The current level…

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Devotees Asked To Avoid Visiting Sabrimala Temple In Flood-Hit Kerala

A large number of pilgrims were expecting to visit the famed Lord Ayyappa temple on Tuesday. Thiruvananthapuram:  Devotees planning to visit the Sabarimala temple in Kerala will have to wait for the situation in the flood-hit state to improve. As the temple is situated along the banks of the Pamba which is overflowing, the administration has described it unsafe for devotees to take a dip there and decided not to allow them till the waters recede. A Padmakumar, president of the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) which manages the Sabarimala Temple,…

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KJ Alphons On Minister’s Tweet On Rain Relief

Thiruvananthapuram:  A day after Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced Rs 100 crore for rain-ravaged Kerala and the state finance minister crunched the numbers and underlined the huge mismatch between loss and relief, union minister KJ Alphons asked, “what is he talking about?” Kerala minister Thomas Isaac said that the total loss due to floods is estimated to be around ₹8,000 crore. “Immediate mitigation and rectification expenditure to the state around ₹3000. And the central grant precious ₹100. And that too if it is from regular disaster management fund due to…

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2 Kerala Priests Accused Of Raping, Blackmailing Woman Surrender In Court

Father Sony Varghese and Father Jaise K George had approached the top court for protection from arrest. Thiruvananthapuram:  Two of the four Kerala priests, accused of raping and blackmailing a woman for several years, surrendered before a local court today. The priests from the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Father Sony Varghese (Abraham Varghese) and Father Jaise K George, had approached the Supreme Court for protection from arrrest after the Kerala High Court rejected their plea. They were told by the top court to first surrender before the local court.  The priests surrendered…

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Kerala’s Worst Rain Since 1924, 10,000 Km Roads Damaged: 10 Points

Kerala flood: Over 60,000 people have been lodged in various relief camps across 14 districts Thiruvananthapuram:  The five-day rainfall in Kerala has been the worst since a weeklong rainfall in 1924, which caused devastating damage in the state. This time, preliminary estimates show the loss could be around ₹8316 crore, the Chief Minister’s Office tweeted. Thirty-nine people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents since August 8. Overall, 186 people have died in the state this monsoon and there have been 211 landslides, government data shows. The heavy rainfall will…

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Flood-Hit Kerala Gets One Of Worst Spells Of Monsoon In Almost A Century, Says Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s Office

Kerala Rain: Fixing the damage following the heavy rain and landslide is likely to take a long time. Thiruvananthapuram:  The monsoon rain that has led to unprecedented destruction in Kerala has been the second worst in 94 years in terms of its sheer devastating impact, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Sunday.  The incessant and unusual rain this season that killed 39 people in the last six days alone has caused damage to the tune of over Rs. 8,000 crore, Mr Vijayan’s office tweeted. “The impact of the disaster is likely to…

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Telangana BJP Lawmaker Quits To “Act” Against Cow Slaughter On Eid

T Raja Singh claimed that about 3,000 cows are going to be slaughtered for Bakr Id (File) Hyderabad:  A controversial BJP legislator from Hyderabad T Raja Singh has resigned from the party so that he can “act” against cow slaughter during Eid al-Adha without embarrassing the party. In his resignation letter, the lawmaker said as part of the Hindu Vahini, his first priority was to protect the Hindu religion. He claimed that about 3,000 cows are going to be slaughtered for Bakr Id or Eid ul-Adha next week. He said…

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Passports Damaged In Kerala Floods To Be Replaced For Free: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj said people will have to contact the concerned passport kendra for help. New Delhi:  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today announced that passports damaged in floods in Kerala will be replaced free of cost by the government. “There are unprecedented floods in Kerala causing huge damage. We have decided that as the situation becomes normal, passports damaged on account (of) floods shall be replaced free of charge. Please contact the concerned Passport Kendras,” Ms Swaraj tweeted. Kerala has been reeling under massive floods in which over 35 people…

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Tamil Actor Vikram’s Son Dhruv Rams Car On Auto Rickshaw, Arrested

Vikram’s son Dhruv allegedly rammed into a parked autorickshaw in Chennai. Chennai:  Tamil film actor Vikram’s son Dhruv was arrested after a car allegedly driven by him rammed on a parked autorickshaw in Chennai, injuring its driver, early today,police said. He was released on bail later, police said. A case had been registered for rash, negligent driving and causing hurt by act endangering life of others. The incident took place on the TTK Road at around 3.50 am. Auto driver Kamesh had been admitted to the Government Royapettah Hospital, city Traffic…

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Rajnath Singh Surveys Flood-Hit Kerala As Rain Begins Again: 10 Points

Kerala has taken unprecedented step of opening the gates of 25 water reservoirs Thiruvananthapuram:  Union home minister Rajnath Singh has landed in Ernakulam to review the situation in the state, which is facing a crisis following torrential rain, floods and landslides. Over the last five days, 37 people died. Eight of the state’s 14 districts have been put on high alert and more than 60,000 people have been evacuated to safety. After a lull in the morning, the rains started again. Forecast points to more rains with chances of landslides.…

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Rajnath Singh To Visit Kerala Today, State On High Alert For Heavy Rain

Kerala floods: Torrential rains have affected 11 of the state’s 14 districts. New Delhi:  At least 37 people have died in the torrential rains and landslides that have ravaged Kerala. More than half of the 14 districts in Kerala have been put on high alert, officials said on Saturday, adding that over 30,000 people have been sent to relief camps as the water showed no sign of receding. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will take an aerial tour of the state today. The weather department has predicted heavy to very heavy…

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How A Dog Saved A Kerala Family From Devastating Landslide In Idukki

Kerala weather: Mohanan P and his family were saved by the howls of their pet dog. Idukki:  The raging water from the Idukki reservoir in Kerala has left behind a trail of destruction along its path. In one of the worst natural disasters that the state has seen, 37 people have been killed and over 35,000 people have been moved to relief camps. On Thursday, Mohanan P and his family were fast asleep in their home in Kanjikuzhy village in Idukki district. At around 3 am, he woke up to…

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Rajnath Singh To Undertake Aerial Survey Today

Kerala floods: The weather department forecast heavy rains until August 15. New Delhi:  Home Minister Rajanth Singh will undertake an aerial survey of flood-hit Kerala today. He will be accompanied by Tourism Minister KJ Alphons and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs. At least 37 people have died in the torrential rain and landslides that have ravaged the southern state since August 8. More than half of the 14 districts in Kerala have been put on high alert, officials said on Saturday. Crops on 1,031 hectares (2547.66 acres)…

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NDRF Man Kanhaiya Kumar Who Ran Across Sinking Bridge With Child Is Hero For Flood-Hit Kerala

Kerala Weather: Kanhaiya Kumar ran across a bridge in Idukki, holding the child close to him. Idukki:  A young man holding a child, running across a sinking bridge in Kerala, has become the defining image of the weather disaster that has struck the state, claiming 37 lives and led to flooding in many parts. Kanhaiya Kumar, an NDRF constable from Bihar has turned into a hero for many in Kerala which is reeling under the threat of flood and landslides. Visuals of the man, captured by News18 Kerala and Malayala…

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8 Kerala Districts On High Alert After Heavy Rain; 31,000 In Rescue Camps

Kochi:  More than half of the 14 districts in Kerala have been put on high alert, officials said on Saturday, as the death toll from one of the worst floods in the southern state reached 34. Torrential rains and landslides have ravaged farmlands and prompted massive evacuation efforts in Kerala. Crops on 1,031 hectares (2547.66 acres) have been damaged and 31,000 people have been forced to take shelter in rescue camps, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority’s (KSDMA) control room in the state capital. A senior official there…

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People In Relief Camps After Kerala Rain

Idukki:  As Kerala reels with one of the worst natural calamities in its history, evacuated people at relief camps say their worst nightmare is far from over. 24-year-old Bibin, a driver, lost his grandparents in a landslide, on Thursday early morning around 3. They had just moved to a house on rent, a kilometre away from their own house, which was on the banks of Periyar river – after warnings from officials. “Officials had alerted us that there could be flooding due to opening of dam shutters. So, we had…

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Tamil Nadu’s Mettur Dam Close To Full Water Level For Second Time

A flood alert has already been sounded in the Cauvery delta districts. (File) Coimbatore:  The water level in Mettur dam reached its maximum of 120 feet today, the second time since July 23, following heavy discharge of water from Karnataka reservoirs. Official sources said heavy inflow of 1.34 lakh cusecs resulted in the dam reaching its full level of 120 feet around 2 pm. A flood alert has already been sounded in the Cauvery delta districts, including Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore, besides those downstream following discharge of large quantity of…

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Makes Personal Contribution Of Rs 1 Lakh For Flood Relief

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged everyone to contribute generously for relief efforts. (File) Thiruvananthapuram:  With Kerala facing an unprecedented rain havoc, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, has made a personal contribution of Rs one lakh to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). Urging everyone to contribute generously to relief efforts, Mr Vijayan, in a Facebook post said that rebuilding the affected areas is going to be an arduous task. The Chief Minister had also asked everyone to express solidarity with the people of the state in their hour of…

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Rs 4 Lakh To Be Given To Families Of People Killed In Kerala Floods

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan undertook an aerial survey of the flood-hit districts. Wayanad:  Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the families of people who died in the devastating floods that have hit the state. He also surveyed the flood-hit districts.  Floods in Kerala have claimed 29 lives so far. The deaths were reported from Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram districts. Mr Vijayan made the announcement while presiding over a review meeting in Wayanad to discuss the loss and destruction…

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Takes Aerial Survey Of Flood-Hit Districts

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has been personally monitoring the flood situation in the state Thiruvananthapuram:  Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took an aerial survey of flood-ravaged districts of the state which have been pounded by heavy rains since the past few days. Due to inclement weather, the chief minister’s helicopter could not land at Kattapana in Idukki, where he had called a meeting to review the situation in the backdrop of the opening of five shutters of Idukki Dam, government sources said. The helicopter left for Wayanad where the…

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Rahul Gandhi Urges Congress Workers To Help People In Need

Rahul Gandhi urged Congress worker in Kerala to help those in need during the Kerala floods New Delhi:  Congress President Rahul Gandhi today expressed concern over the flood situation in Kerala and urged party workers in the rain-battered state to help those in need. He said the unprecedented rainfall has wrecked havoc in the southern state, destroying property and forcing thousands to leave their homes. “Unprecedented rainfall has created havoc in Kerala, destroying property and forcing thousands to abandon their homes,” Mr Gandhi said. “I urge each and every Congress…

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Number Of Deaths Rise To 29, Thousands Evacuated; 54 Tourists Rescued

Kerala Floods: An aeriel view of the floods in Kerala’s Aluva region after heavy rain across the state Thiruvananthapuram:  When it rains, it pours; and Kerala is experiencing it. Dams, reservoirs and rivers have overflowed, roads have caved in, sections of highways collapsed, and homes swept away in ferocious floods. People are homeless, tourists are stranded, and wildlife is in danger as more than half of Kerala is dealing with severe flooding due to the unforgiving rain. Opening of all five gates of one of the dams of the Idukki…

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Karnataka To Waive More Crop Loans Of Farmers

The state government is waiting for the clearance of the Central government to waive crop loans farmers Bengaluru:  The Karnataka government would waive additional crop loans to the tune of Rs 9,448 crore borrowed from the state cooperative banks by farmers till July 10, said an official on Friday. “The state cabinet has cleared the finance department”s proposal to waive crop loans worth Rs 9,448 crore raised by about 20 lakh farmers from cooperatives across the state,” an official in the Chief Minister”s Office told IANS. The latest waiver is…

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27 Tamil Nadu Fishermen Arrested By Sri Lankan Navy

The fishermen reportedly strayed into the Lankan waters by mistake. (Representational) Rameswaram:  A total of 27 fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested on Friday by the Sri Lankan Navy on the charge of fishing in the island nation waters, according to a fisheries department official. The Lankan Navy also impounded the four country boats of the fishermen from nearby Nagapattinam, Thondi and Pudukottai, Pudukottai Assistant Director of Fisheries Kumaresen said. The fishermen reportedly strayed into the Lankan waters by mistake, he said quoting information received by the department. Source link

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6-Day Vedic Ceremony To Begin At Lord Balaji Temple Today

On an average, only 30,000 devotees would be allowed into the shrine daily. Tirupati:  The famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near Tirupati is all set for a six-day ritual, held once in 12 years, beginning today during which only 30,000 devotees would be allowed per day, under one third of the regular influx. The ‘Astabandhana Balalaya Mahasamprokshanam’, would begin after 9 pm when the high priests would undertake minor structural repairs inside the sanctum of the 2,000-year old temple and other sub-shrines, an official of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam…

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Man Who Raped Minor Let Off With Rs 2.5 Lakh Fine By Village “Elders”

The accused and four of the six ‘elders’ have been arrested, says police. (Representational) Hyderabad:  A man who allegedly impregnated a minor girl, a farm worker, after a false promise of marrying her was let off with a Rs 2.5 lakh ‘compensation’ and externed by a group of elders in a village in Telangana, police said yesterday. After the shocking incident that took place on August 1 came to light, the man and four of the six ‘elders’ who held the ‘mediation meet’ at Narayanpet in Mahbubnagar district were arrested…

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Centre To Provide All Possible Help To Flood-Hit Kerala: Rajnath Singh

“We will provide all necessary assistance to the state,” Rajnath Singh told Kerala MPs in the Parliament New Delhi:  The Centre will provide all possible help to flood-hit Kerala, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today assured lawmaker from the state in the Lok Sabha. Mr Singh said he had also sent Kiren Rijiju, his deputy in the ministry, to the state for a survey of the affected areas. “We will provide all necessary assistance to the state,” Mr Singh told the lawmakers from Kerala during the Zero Hour. CPI(M) leader P…

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Flood Alert In 6 Tamil Nadu Districts After Karnataka Releases Over 1 Lakh Cusecs Water

Chennai/Coimbatore:  A flood alert was issued along the banks of Cauvery in six Tamil Nadu districts today with Karnataka releasing more than one lakh cusecs of water into the inter-state river in the wake of heavy rains there, officials said today. The alert was issued a day after the Central Water Commission (CWC) gave the first advisory warning, saying combined discharge of water (more than one lakh cusecs) from Kabani and KRS dams in Karnataka was expected to reach Mettur Dam in Salem district of Tamil Nadu by tomorrow. “Suitable…

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For Flood-Hit Kerala, Navy Launches “Operation Madad “

Incessant rain in Kerala has led to 29 deaths. 54,000 people have been left homeless. New Delhi:  The Southern Naval Command at Kochi has rescued scores of people stranded in the flood-hit areas of Kerala as part of the Indian Navy’s “Operation Madad which was launched on Thursday.  Based on a request received from Deputy Collector, Wayanad, a diving team with Gemini inflatable boat was airlifted and sent to Kalpetta on Thursday to undertake rescue operations, an Indian Navy spokesperson said. Naval helicopters are also deployed for ferrying divers, power…

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Army Turns Saviour In Disaster-Hit Kerala With ”Operation Sahyog”

A total of eight columns of army personnel were deployed in various parts of Kerala Thiruvananthapuram:  The Indian Army has launched a major rescue and relief operation in flood-ravaged Kerala where torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 27 people and left thousands homeless due to flooding and landslides. The Army pushed its men and machinery into disaster relief and rescue operations at Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Idukki after incessant rain and landslides hit various northern districts of the state. An army spokesperson said Karnataka and Kerala Sub area Headquartered…

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DMK Seeks Bharat Ratna For M Karunanidhi As Tribute To The “Tallest Leader”

DMK’s Tiruchi Shiva dubbed Karunanidhi the “tallest leader of the country and a Dravidian stalwart”. New Delhi:  The DMK on Friday demanded the nation’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, for party patriarch M Karunanidhi who passed away in Chennai on August 7. The party said the award will be a real tribute to the late Tamil Nadu leader’s outstanding and exemplary work which had left an indelible mark in history. M Karunanidhi, who led the DMK for five decades, was the Chief Minister for 19 years spread over five terms.…

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Mall To Replace Bengaluru Complex, Residents Worry About Trees, Traffic

The BDA has assured that big trees on the periphery will be safe. Bengaluru:  Residents of Bengaluru’s upmarket Indiranagar are concerned about the civic agency’s plan to knock down an over three-decade-old commercial complex in the area and erect a mall in its place. The mall will be built by private developers and a lot of trees will be cut for the project. Residents say a mall would be more than they can handle, but authorities say they have to move with the times. The complex spread over six acres…

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Woman, 28, Allegedly Gang Raped In Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur

A case of gang rape has been registered bythe police on woman’s complaint. Guntur (Andhra Pradesh):  A 28-year-old woman was allegedly raped by four men in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, the police said on Friday. The woman, who lives in the SR Nagar area, told the police that the incident took place in March, but she did not approach the police then, they said. As her pictures appeared online recently she lodged a formal complaint with the police, DCP (West Zone) AR Srinivas said. In her complaint she said…

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Why Kerala’s Idukki Dam Opened All 5 Gates After 26 Years

At least 26 people have died in rain-related incidents in Kerala. New Delhi:  The shutters of the Idukki reservoir opened on Thursday, a first in 26 years. The decision to open the gates of Idukki reservoir was taken by the state after heavy rains triggered floods in Kerala and the reservoir reached its full capacity. The Idukki dam, which is one of Asia’s largest arch dams, is part of the three dams of Idukki reservoir. The others are Cheruthoni and Kulamavu. Since Idukki dam does not have shutters, all five…

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Foreigners Among 69 Tourists Stranded At Munnar Resort After Landslides

The US consulate had advised US citizens to avoid travelling to the affected areas. (Representational) Munnar:  Sixty nine tourists, including 20 foreigners, are stranded at a resort in the popular tea county of Munnar in Kerala’s Idukki district. The roads leading to the resort are blocked due to landslides as rain continued to pound the state. The army has been called in to help the tourists get out.  26 people have been killed so far in Kerala, including 11 in high-range Idukki in landslides. On Thursday, the United States consulate in…

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As Idukki Reservoir Swells, Gates Are Opened for 3rd Time In Its History

The water levels in Idukki reservoir are dangerously close to full capacity. New Delhi:  More gates of the Idukki reservoir in Kerala were opened today because of incessant rain, which has taken 26 lives. The shutters of the Cheruthoni dam – which is one of the dams in the reservoir –  were opened for the first time in 26 years yesterday, with the water levels in the reservoir dangerously close to full capacity. The state government said three times the current flow needed to be released from the Idukki reservoir,…

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Gates Of Idukki Dam Opened As Heavy Rain, Flash Flood Pound State

Kerala rain: The weather office has warned of heavy rain today in several other districts. New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram:  Twenty six people have died due to heavy rain and landslides in Kerala. Downpour continued overnight in many parts of the state with the army, the navy, the air force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) working on evacuation and relief operations. A third red alert was issued for the Idukki water reservoir, the gates of which was opened yesterday after 26 years.  The weather office has warned of heavy rain today in…

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Heavy Rain Continues In Kerala, More Gates Of Idukki Dam Opened To Control Water

Kerala Weather: Many parts of the state were flooded after the gates of the Idukki dam were opened. Idukki:  Heavy rain continued overnight in many parts of Kerala with the army, the navy, the air force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) working on evacuation and relief operations. A third red alert was issued for the Idukki water reservoir, the gates of which was opened yesterday after 26 years. The weather office has warned of heavy rain today in several other districts.  Schools and colleges are closed today in…

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On Video, People Seen Being Swept Away By Flash Flood In Kerala, Rescued

The incident took place during a rescue operation in Kaniyambetta village in Wayanad district. Thiruvananthapuram:  A group of three to four people can be seen being swept away by flash flood amid loud screams from bystanders. Those caught in the stream struggle to hold their ground as they get carried by the water. A few men can be seen reaching out to them to bring them ashore. Thankfully, all the seven people who fell into the water after their boat capsized, were rescued. These visual from what is seen as…

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US Asks Its Citizens Not To Visit Kerala Due To Flash Floods, Landslides

Roof of a house collapses following a flash flood, triggered by heavy rains, at Kodencheri in Kozhikode New Delhi:  The United States has issued an advisory, asking its citizens not to visit Kerala because of the flash floods in the state. In the advisory, the US said the heavy southwest monsoon rains triggered landslides and floods in the state, and American citizens should avoid visiting all affected areas in the state. “Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods,” it read. At least 22 people have died…

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Here’s How Hyderabadis Welcomed IKEA

The IKEA store is spread over 4 lakh square feet, an area of nearly eight football fields Hyderabad:  It seemed all roads led to India’s first IKEA store that opened in Hyderabad on Thursday. Outside was a huge traffic jam and inside people were lapping up a global shopping experience with a local touch. The Swedish home furnishing giant’s debut is the direct outcome of less stringent foreign investment norms in India. Rajini Venugopal was the first customer to be let into the IKEA store. “I got myself dropped here…

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Minor Boy Chokes On Ingested Pen Cap, Dies

The boy was rushed to a primary health centre but died of chocking. (Representational) Vijaywada:  An 8-year-old boy choked to death after swallowing a pen cap at his school in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district on Thursday, police said. Class 3 student B. Naga Vinay was copying a lesson written on the blackboard in his notebook when he accidentally ingested the pen cap he had put in his mouth. He was rushed to a primary health centre but died of chocking, police added. (This story has not been edited by NDTV…

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Supreme Court Orders Closure Of 27 Tamil Nadu Resorts In Elephant Corridors

The Supreme court posted the matter for hearing on October 24. New Delhi:  Clamping down on resorts operating without approval in elephant corridor of Nilgiris area, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Tamil Nadu government to seal or close down within 48 hours 27 such commercial establishments. The top court perused the report placed before it by the district collector of Nilgiris which said that resorts with restaurant were operating in the area even though they do not have approval for the same. A bench headed by Justice Madan…

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In Kerala, Road Caves In After Heavy Rain

New Delhi:  As heavy rain continues to pound Kerala, large scale damage has been reported from across the state. 24 people have died in landslides triggered by rain since Wednesday. On camera, in the Malappuram district, which is one of the worst-affected, a road can be seen caving in at Nilambur due to heavy flooding. As people stand on both sides of the road, with water flowing under it, first the two outer sides of the road cave in, and then finally, the middle portion.  #WATCH: Road gets washed out…

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