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324 Dead In Kerala Floods; PM Modi To Take Aerial Survey: 10 Points

PM Modi is in Kerala today to take stock of the damage caused by floods, rescue efforts carried out Thiruvananthapuram:  324 people have died and several hundred others injured as Kerala is battered by the worst floods in a century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Kerala, taking an areal survey of flood-affected areas. Hundreds of thousands have been shifted to relief camps as nearly 100 dams, reservoirs and rivers have overflowed, roads caved in, sections of highways collapsed, and homes swept away amid warnings of worse weather to come.…

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Flood Alert In Tamil Nadu’s Madurai, Theni, 8410 People In Relief Camps

A flood alert has been sounded in Theni and Madurai districts of Tamil Nadu (Representational) Chennai:  A flood alert has been sounded in Theni and Madurai districts of Tamil Nadu and people living along the banks of the Cauvery and Bhavani advised to move to safer places, even as over two lakh cusecs of water was discharged from three dams, including Mettur. As many as 8,410 people have been sheltered in relief camps in Tamil Nadu in view of the heavy inflow from Karnataka reservoirs and combined discharge of over…

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Telangana Government Announces Rs 25 Crore For Flood-Hit Kerala

Kerala weather: The state is witnessing the worst monsoon in a century. Hyderabad:  The Telangana government on Friday announced Rs 25 crore financial assistance to the flood-hit Kerala. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao directed Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi to ensure that this amount reached Kerala immediately. As the drinking water is getting polluted due to floods in Kerala, he asked officials to despatch R.O machines worth Rs 2.50 crore. Mr Rao appealed to industrialists, businessmen and others to come forward and help Kerala. According to a statement from the Chief…

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Army Joins Rescue Operations In Karnataka’s Rain-Hit Kodagu

All major roads leading to Karnataka’s Kodagu are blocked and massive rescue operation has been launched Bengaluru:  The Army has joined operations to rescue people stranded due to floods and landslides in rain-battered Kodagu district bordering Kerala, officials said on Friday. All major roads leading to Kodagu are blocked and a massive rescue operation has been launched, they said. Multiple agencies, including the Indian Army’s one column of Dogra Regiment with 60 personnel, are involved in the operation. The Army’s Engineering task force, comprising 73 personnel with boats and other…

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Over 3,600 People Rescued From Flood-Hit Kerala: Defence Ministry

The Indian Army has rescued 3,627 persons, including 22 foreign nationals in the flood-hit Kerala. New Delhi:  Engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Kerala, the Indian Army has been able to rescue 3,627 persons till date, including 22 foreign nationals, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. With an over 1,000 persons-strong rescue team, the Army is engaged in alleviating the situation in flood-battered Kerala since August 9 when it was hit by torrential rains. Rain has continued ever since leading to worst flooding in over a century.…

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2 Workers At Private Port In Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam Buried Alive In Heap Of Coal

2 workers at a private port in Visakhapatnam died after a heap of coal fell on them (Representational) Visakhapatnam:  Two workers at the private Gangavaram Port in Visakhapatnam died early today after a heap of coal fell on them, police said. BV Ramaraju, 43 and K Mohan Rao, 59 were standing close to the heap and supervising loading operations when the accident took place, police said. The two were immediately pulled out and taken to hospital where they were declared brought dead, the police said. Source link

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After Rooftop Rescue, Sajitha Jabil, Kerala Woman Delivers Baby Boy. Indian Navy Tweets Photos

Sajitha Jabil, 25, beamed as she held her new-born baby while in hospital, after her rescue New Delhi:  The nightmare for a pregnant woman, stuck on the rooftop of her house in flood-hit Kerala, ended when an Indian Navy’s chopper reached to rescue her. Sajitha Jabil lives in Chengamanad town near Aluva, one of the worst affected areas in the rain battered state, where 324 people died over the last eight days. There was no rescuer in sight when the 25-year-old’s water broke. But a Navy chopper arrived soon after,…

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Kerala Floods: Set Special Camps, Make Immediate Payments: Insurance Regulator To Companies

Property worth crores have been damaged with over 300 people dead in Kerala Floods. (File) New Delhi:  As rains and floods continued to wreak havoc in Kerala, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) today asked all insurance companies to set up special camps and make immediate payments against insurance claims. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has issued guidelines in regard for both life and non-line insurance claims and has asked them to report the progress. More than 100 people died in rain-related incidents in Kerala in…

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Husband Of Nurse Who Died Of Nipah Donates 1st Salary For Kerala Flood Relief

Sajeesh Puthussery was appointed as a clerk in the state health department last month Kerala:  Sajeesh Puthussery, husband of Nurse Lini who gave up her life after contracting Nipah from patients, donated his first salary as a government clerk to the Kerala flood relief fund. Last month, Sajeesh was appointed as a clerk in the state health department after he rushed back to Kerala hearing about his ailing wife. After the heroic sacrifice of his wife, Sajeesh too gave up his salary for the deadly floods in the state that…

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Flights From Trivandrum Instead Of Kochi, Says Air India

Kerala is facing the worst rain fury under a red alert for the fifth day today. Mumbai:  National carrier Air India today said its flights scheduled to depart from the Kochi airport, which has been shut down till August 26 due to floods, will operate from Thiruvananthapuram. The airline said the new schedule is for the August 18-20 period. The rescheduled flights are AI 933 to Dubai, AI 047 to New Delhi, AI 682 to Mumbai, AI 511 to New Delhi and AI 510 to Chennai, a release said. Against…

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Crisis Management Body Orders Additional Resources For Flood-Hit Kerala

PM Narendra Modi will visit Kerala this evening to take stock of the flood situation there. (Filed) New Delhi:  The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country’s top body to handle emergency situation, met for the second time in two days today and directed to mobilise additional resources to all agencies who were engaged in rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Kerala. So far, the central government has mobilised deployment of 339 motorised boats, 2,800 life jackets, 1,400 life buoys, 27 light towers and 1,000 raincoats, an official spokesperson said…

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Psychologists, Counsellors Help Children Relax

Kerala floods: Over 200 families have been living at a government shelter in Wayanad. Wayanad:  Around 20,000 people had to trade in their homes for a shelter from floodwaters and rain in Kerala’s Wayanad. At least 10 people have died in the massive monsoon triggered landslides and flood – they are among the 164 people who have died in the state since August 8. Kerala has been hit by the most savage monsoon in a century, and rivers and reservoirs have been overflowing, flooding a large part of the state.…

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On Video, Navy Rescue Of Kerala Pregnant Woman Whose Water Broke

Kerala rescue: The pregnant woman wearing a harness can be seen being airlifted on video. New Delhi:  The nightmare for a pregnant woman, stuck on the rooftop of her house in flood-hit Kerala, ended when an Indian Navy’s chopper reached to rescue her. The woman’s water broke when she was rescued. A doctor was first lowered from the chopper to examine her condition before she was airlifted and taken to Sanjivani multi-speciality hospital in Alappuzha district. In a video posted by the Indian Navy’s official handle, the pregnant woman wearing…

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Kerala Floods: Explore Possibility Of Reducing Water Level In Mullaperiyar Dam: Supreme Court

Top court has asked to look for possibility to reduce water level from the existing 142 feet to 139 feet. The Supreme Court today asked the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) and a sub-committee set up by Kerala to deal with the flood situation in the state to coordinate and explore the possibility of reducing the water level at the Mullaperiyar dam by three feet. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice D Y Chandrachud asked Kerala and Tamil Nadu to abide by the directions given by NCMC…

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On Video, Dramatic House Collapse After Rain In Karnataka’s Kodagu

Bengaluru:  Heavy rain in six districts in Karnataka has led to floods and landslides in the southern state. The state government has announced a Rs 200 crore relief fund for the affected districts. One of the worst-hit is Kodagu, a district in south-western Karnataka known for its coffee plantations and small waterfalls that draw a lot of tourists. Residents of Kodagu, 260 km from Bengaluru, have been posting updates on the rain situation on social media. All roads leading to Kodagu are blocked due to multiple landslides, PRS Chetan, member…

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami To Pinarayi Vijayan

No threat to safety of Mullaperiyar dam, wrote Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter To Pinarayi Vijayan. Chennai:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has written to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan assuring that there was no threat to the safety of the Mullaperiyar Dam. In his letter to Mr Vijayan, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister further said that the water in the dam was being stored at the permitted level of 142 feet as per the orders issued by the Supreme Court. “I would like to state that the Mullaperiyar…

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Karnataka Government Announces Rs 200 Crore For Flood Relief Work

HD Kumaraswamy said Rs 237.55 crore was available with all district commissioners Bengaluru:  Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today announced a grant-in-aid of Rs 200 crore for relief work in districts hit by floods and landslides in the state due to incessant rains. He was speaking to reporters after reviewing the situation in the rain-affected districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikkmagaluru, Kodagu and parts of Hassan and Uttara Kannada. The chief minister said Rs 237.55 crore was available with all district commissioners and there was no dearth of funds to…

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Rahul Gandhi Concerned About Floods In Kerala, Urges People To Donate

Congress President Rahul Gandhi today on Twitter expressed concern over the flood situation in Kerala. New Delhi:  Congress President Rahul Gandhi today expressed concern over the flood situation in Kerala and took to Twitter to make a fervent appeal to people for help by contributing to the chief minister’s relief fund. Rahul Gandhi also tagged the link of the chief minister’s relief fund to his tweet asking people to contribute, and said “it is time to step up and help”. “I am deeply concerned for the people of #Kerala tonight,…

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12 More Disaster Relief Teams Rushed To Flood-Hit Kerala

A red alert has been sounded in 12 of the 14 districts of Kerala. New Delhi:  Twelve fresh teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been rushed by the Centre today to rain-battered Kerala. Six teams each are being airlifted from Delhi and Gandhinagar (Gujarat) and they will be dropped at Thiruvananthapuram today, a force spokesperson said. Only yesterday, 4 teams of the federal disaster contingency force were sent to Kerala and with their addition the total number of NDRG teams operating in the state had gone up…

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Telengana Police’s Facial Recognition Technology Reunites Lost Child With Family

Police is setting the database of all missing children across the country. (Representational) Hyderabad:  A six-year-old boy who had gone missing nearly a year ago from the city has been reunited with his family with the help of ‘Facial Recognition System’ (FRS) launched by the Telangana police. A missing report was filed in October last year, after the boy, (then aged six) had gone out to play with his friends but never returned, police said. Thanks to FRS, the boy was traced to ‘Kutumbam’ home for children in Dindigul, where…

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Kerala Torrential Rain To Continue, Choppers Lift People From Rooftops

Kochi:  Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in Kerala today as the death toll reached 86 with dozens more feared dead. Helicopters airlifted stranded victims from rooftops and dam gates were thrown open as incessant torrential rain brought fresh havoc to the state that is a major international tourist draw. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state now faces an “extremely grave” crisis with downpours predicted to last days more. The region’s main airport has been ordered closed until August 26.…

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Cauvery Water Discharge Floods Villages, Destroys Crops In Tamil Nadu

Following discharge of excess water people living in low-lying areas have been evacuated. (File) Chennai:  Low-lying villages along the banks of the Cauvery river and its tributary Bhavani in Tamil Nadu were inundated and crops submerged following heavy discharge of surplus water from Mettur dam, while people were shifted to safer locations. The dam has been releasing record amount of excess waters following discharge from dams in neighbouring Karnataka, affecting several villages, officials said. Following discharge of excess water from Bhavani Sagar reservoir (as the dam almost touched the full…

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On Mullaperiyar Dam, Top Court Raps Adversarial Tamil Nadu, Kerala

Mullaperiyar Dam: Both Tamil Nadu and Kerala “must work together in harmony” the Supreme Court said Kochi:  The flood situation in Kerala is “grave” and it is not the time to be “adversarial”, the Supreme Court has told the government of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, which are battling over discharge of water from Mullaperiyar Dam. Both states “must work together in harmony” the top court said. Kerala, which considers the water level in the dam to be unsafe, wants Tamil Nadu, which operates it, to safely release the water in…

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Additional NDRF Teams Deployed For Rescue Operation

At least 73 people have lost their lives in Kerala floods. New Delhi:  Additional National Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed in flood-hit Kerala for the rescue operation, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday. Mr Singh also spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the flood situation. “Had a telephonic conversation with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the prevailing flood situation in the state. The Centre is rushing additional NDRF teams to Kerala. We are providing all possible assistance. I am in constant touch with…

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Massive Air Rescue Operation On In Rain-Ravaged Kerala, 73 Dead

Thiruvananthapuram:  As the situation worsens in Kerala after heavy rains flooded the coastal state, the Indian Air Force has deployed 18 aircraft, including 12 helicopters to airlift people stranded in flooded areas. All three defence forces and teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been diverted to Kerala to intensify rescue operations. Fishing boats from Kollam reached the flooded areas as the rescue operation with the aid of defence personnel continued. The state has been hit with the worst monsoon in a century. Seventy three people have died…

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Public Transport System Collapses In Many Parts Of Central Kerala

Kerala flood: Heavy rain led to floods and evacuation from flooded regions in boats Kochi/New Delhi:  Sixty-seven people are dead in the Kerala flood, 25 in just the last 24 hours as the rain fury continues. A red alert on Kerala weather was issued across the state in what has turned out to be the state’s worst monsoon in almost a century. The Kerala rain has also forced the administration to shut down the Kochi airport, the state’s busiest, as it braces for more rain. The army, the navy, the…

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Stuck In Flooded Waters, Kerala People Appeal For Help On Social Media

People are filming and sharing the situation of their flooded houses on social media. Thiruvananthapuram:  As roads turn into ‘rivers’ in many places in rain-battered Kerala, families trapped in high rise flats, students stranded in hostels and devotees in churches are using social media platforms to seek help and pass on information about their location. Videos of people pleading for help with folded hands, are being posted and shared by hundreds of people on WhatsApp groups since last night. Panic-struck relatives are also sharing the location of their near and…

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Coastal Karnataka Flooded, Rivers At Full Capacity, Rescue Ops on

A warning has been issued for evacuation as water is being released from the dams. Kodagu, Karnataka:  Heavy rain has caused severe flooding in parts of coastal Karnataka and Kodagu district which generally receive higher rainfall than elsewhere in the state. The Civil Defence Quick Response Team rescued about 180 people from up to 10 feet of water in Kushalnagar and Kodagu in boats on Wednesday. Rescue work continues today. All the dams on the Cauvery river and dams elsewhere in Karnataka are at full capacity and warning has been…

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Rahul Gandhi Speaks To PM Narendra Modi On Kerala Floods, Says Tragedy Without Parallel

Kerala Flood: Rescue work continued through the night by all three defence forces. New Delhi:  Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today tweeted to say he has spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the help needed for Kerala, which is reeling under the worst bout of monsoon rain in a Century. Calling it a “tragedy without parallel” Mr Gandhi said he has requested the Prime Minister to “massively increase deployment of the Army & Navy”. “Kerala is in great pain. I spoke to PM and requested him to massively increase deployment…

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Navy Drops Training, Rushes All Resources For Flood Rescue In Kerala

Kochi:  The floods in Kerala worsening over the last 24 hours and costing the 25 more lives, the Southern Naval Command has suspended all training and rushed all available personnel to Kerala for rescue operations. The forces have been deployed in a couple of the worst-hit areas — Ernakulum and Trichur. The Air Force has also started air-lifting stranded people as roads to several crucial tourist destinations — Munnar , Sabarimala and Ponmudi – got submerged in flood waters.  The Coast Guard also deployed six teams with Gemini boats across…

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After Airport, Railway And Metro Services Suspended In Flood-Hit Kerala

Public transport system collapsed in many parts of Kerala, including flights, trains and metro Kochi:  The public transport system collapsed in many parts of central Kerala with the Southern Railways and Kochi Metro today suspending their operations due to floods. Rise in flood waters in Periyar river due to continuous rains and opening of all shutters of all major dams including Mullaperiyar, Cheruthoni, part of Idukki reservoir, and Idamalayar, have severely affected the daily lives of people in areas downstream. The floods have affected the transport system to the Kochi…

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Kerala Flood: Navy Stops Training For Rescue Ops In Flooded Kerala

The Navy deployed many rescue and diving teams with boats in flood-hit Kerala. (File) Kochi:  Efforts to rescue people stranded in their homes in several parts of Kerala are on war-footing with all the three defence forces, the NDRF and private groups working all through the night. People were air-lifted by the air force from several flooded areas. The Kochi metro services suspended its operations this morning due to flooding of its yard. On Wednesday alone, 25 more people died due to floods and landslides in takes the number of…

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Kochi Metro Services Stopped, Rain Red Alert On

Kerala flood: Many residents had to be evacuated from flooded regions in boats. Kochi/New Delhi:  Sixty people are dead, 25 in just the last 24 hours in Kerala as the rain fury continues.  A red alert was issued across the state in what has turned out to be the state’s worst monsoon in almost a century. It has also forced the administration to shut down the Kochi airport, the state’s busiest, as it braces for more rain. The army, the navy, the NDRF and other forces are on a war-footing…

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Indian Navy Deploys 21 Teams For Rescue Operation

The flood situation in Kerala is worsening day-by-day. Rescue operations on. Kochi:  On the seventh day of Operation Madad, Southern Naval Command deployed 21 rescue and diving teams with Gemini boats in flood-hit Kerala as the monsoon intensified in the state. As the flood situation in the state is worsening day-by-day, a total of four teams went out on Wednesday to add to the number of rescuers already deployed in the areas. More than 81 people were rescued on Wednesday and many of them were also provided with food and…

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Humanoid Robots Introduced At Chennai Airport

The humanoid robot will provide info on Chennai Airport and it’s amenities. Chennai:  The Chennai Airport today introduced humanoid robots to perform a variety of actions, including greeting passengers and responding to queries, “deciphering variances in accent.” Two such bots were introduced today on a ‘trial’ basis, one each positioned at the Arrival and Departure sections in the domestic terminal. “Humanoid Robots introduced on trial basis at Chennai Airport. The robot will provide info on Chennai Airport and its amenities,” the official Twitter handle of the Chennai airport, @aaichnairport, said.…

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Will Not Be Cowed Down

After M Karunanidhi’s death, MK Stalin and estranged brother MK Alagiri are involved in a tussle (File) Chennai:  Embroiled in a succession war with his estranged brother MK Alagiri, DMK working president MK Stalin today said he would “not be cowed down” by any flutter and vowed to overcome any challenges emanating from within or outside the party. Mr Stalin made the remarks in a letter to his partymen. “I was raised by Kalaignar; (I) will not be cowed down by (any) flutter. I will overcome any challenges being created…

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Pinarayi Vijayan Sends SOS To Tamil Nadu, PM On Mullaperiyar Dam

Kerala flood: Although Mullaperiyar Dam is located in Kerala, it is operated by Tamil Nadu (File photo) New Delhi:  After heavy rain for the last one week triggered floods and landslides in Kerala, killing 67, including 25 people just today, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sent an SOS to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his Tamil Nadu counterpart E Palaniswami on the rising water level in the Mullaperiyar Dam. Calling it a threat to safety, Mr Vijayan said the water level at Mullaperiyar has reached 142…

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M Karunanidhi Responsible For Chief Ministers Unfurling Tricolour, National Flag

In 1974, M Karunanidhi, when he was Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister, wrote to then PM Indira Gandhi (File) Chennai:  Late DMK President M Karunanidhi was responsible for state Chief Ministers unfurling the national flag on the occasion of Independence Day. After India achieved independence, only the Governors unfurled the national flag on Republic Day and Independence Day. In 1974, Mr Karunanidhi, when he was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, wrote to then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi citing the different practice in Delhi. He told Indira Gandhi that chief ministers…

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Kerala Rain: Kochi Airport Closed Till Saturday August 18 As Kerala Battles Heavy Rain: 10 Facts

Kerala’s Kochi airport will remain closed till August 18, 2 pm. Kochi/Thirvananthapuram:  The Kochi airport in Kerala suspended all flight operations till Saturday afternoon as water level has increased in the airport area following continuous rain and the opening of the gates of the dams in the Idukki water reservoir system. Kerala, battered by heavy rain and landslides, is seeing its worst monsoon in almost a century in terms of its sheer devastating impact, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said. Forty two people have died in the state since August…

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Kerala Floods As Water Level Rises, Mullaperiyar Dam In Kerala To Be Opened

Thiruvananthapuram:  Rain-hit Idduki district in Kerala is bracing for surplussing of Mullaperiyar Dam as officials issued an alert for people living on the Periyar River banks with the water level in the reservoir crossing the 137 feet mark against its maximum of 142 feet today. The Tamil Nadu government, which owns and operates the dam located upstream of Idukki Dam, has informed that it may release water into the Periyar river on the Kerala side from Mullaperiyar reservoir due to high inflows, an official release said. The water level in…

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AIADMK Disses Rajinikanth Over Karunanidhi Funeral Jab: “Trying to Graduate”

CHENNAI:  Superstar Rajinikanth has launched an unusual broadside against Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his ministers for skipping DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s funeral last week, provoking a stinging comeback from the ruling AIADMK. Speaking at a memorial event for the five-time chief minister, the superstar had made a pointed reference to the Tamil Nadu cabinet giving Karunanidhi’s funeral a miss. “Tamil Nadu’s first citizen, the Chief Minister, shouldn’t he have come? Should not the entire cabinet have come? What will people think? Are you MGR (AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran) or…

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Kerala Teen Drowns In Temple Pond During School Competition

Police said the boy drowned when he was in the middle of the pond. (Representational) Thalassery, Kerala:  A 13-year-old school boy drowned while participating in a swimming competition organised at a temple pond at Thalassery in Kannur district. Ritwick was a ninth standard student of the New Mahe MM High school, police said. He along with 150 students were participating in  the competition, organised by a group of government schools of Thalassery sub-district. Police said the boy drowned in the second round of competitions when he was in the middle…

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Torrential Rains, Landslides Cause Nightmare In Kerala, 39 Dead

The rains and landslides had destroyed 10,000 km of roads in Kerala, says Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thiruvananthapuram:  Torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides ravaged Kerala, where 39 lives had been lost so far. Unabating rains forced the government to do away with the official “Onam” celebrations and the amount set apart for the purpose would be utilised for relief operations, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters here today. State Governor P Sathasivam also decided to cancel the reception to be hosted by him tomorrow as part…

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MK Stalin Says Would Have Died Had Karunanidhi Not Been Buried At Marina Beach

MK Stalin had broken down on hearing that his father’s burial at Marina Beach was allowed Chennai:  Opening up on the subject publicly for the first time, DMK leader MK Stalin said today that he had pleaded with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami to allot space at the Marina beach to bury party President and his father M Karunanidhi. He added that had he not gotten permission to bury his father at the Marina beach, he too would have died. Addressing an emergency meeting of the party’s Executive Committee,…

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Dileep’s Request For Kerala Actress Abduction Video Rejected By Kerala High Court

Dileep was arrested on July 10, 2017. After 85 days in jail, he got conditional bail. (File) Kochi:  The Kerala High Court on Tuesday turned down accused Malayalam actor Dileep’s demand for a copy of the video of the abduction of an actress and her harassment at the hands of the perpetrators who took her around in a vehicle in Kochi for two hours in February 2017. A lower court had in February turned down the same request. The assailants had dumped her near a director’s home after allegedly committing the…

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Incessant Rainfall, Landslides Force People To Flee Their Homes In Kerala

Over 13,800 people have been provided shelter at 124 relief camps in the Wayanad district (File) Kochi:  Rains continued to wreak havoc in many parts of Kerala with northern hill district of Wayanad experiencing widespread landslides and flooding overnight, forcing thousands of people to take shelter at relief camps, officials said today. Several people fled their homes yesterday due to landslides and land slips in the district part of Western Ghats. People living in the downstream have been shifted to relief camps. Over 13,800 people have been provided shelter at…

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Supreme Court To Hear Tamil Nadu’s Plea Against Green Court’s Order On Sterlite Plant

Sterlite’s factory had made headlines in March 2013 when a gas leak led to the death of one person. New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on August 17 the plea of Tamil Nadu government challenging an order of the National Green Tribunal allowing mining major Vedanta access to the administrative unit inside its closed Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin in the state. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar considered the submission of the state government and posted its plea for hearing…

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Crucial DMK Executive Meet Amid Speculation Of MK Stalin’s Elevation As Party Boss

Sources do not rule out MK Stalin’s elevation as DMK president at today’s meet. Chennai:  A key meeting of the DMK is underway in Chennai amid intense speculation that the highest decision making body of the party  would elevate MK Stalin as the chief of the party, a week after the death of his father M Karunanidhi. The meeting takes place a day after expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri, the eldest son of Mr Karunanidhi claimed to have the support of loyalists of his late father. The statement was seen…

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Top Priest Bishop Franco Mullackal Accused Of Raping Nun Questioned For Over 5 Hours In Punjab’s Jalandhar

A nun has alleged that Bishop Franco Mullackal sexually abused her 13 times between 2014 and 2016. Thiruvananthapuram/Jalandhar:  A priest in Jalandhar accused of raping a nun was questioned by the Kerala police for over five hours. The questioning began late Monday night continued till early this morning.  A 46-year-old nun from Kerala had alleged that Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mullackal sexually abused her 13 times between 2014 and 2016. She went to the police only after the Bishop filed a complaint against her and five others, accusing them of threatening…

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