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Speech interrupted, Rahul Gandhi says

They might be bitter critics of each other, but both Amit Shah and Rahul Gandhi often mention each other in their wisecracks, jokes and end up adding much-needed chuckles to our lives. In a meeting of opposition parties, when Rahul Gandhi's mic malfunctioned, he attributed it to Amit Shah Ji. Rahul Gandhi was speaking at "Sanjhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan" in Delhi.

07:15:02 on 16 Aug

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Kerala is experiencing its worst floods in a century. 256 people have been killed and lakhs displaced since the monsoons set in on May 29. While between June 1 and August 15, the state has seen an overall average excess rainfall of 30.7%, it’s the last seven days that have been devastating. IMD data shows that, on average, the state has seen a whopping 257% more rainfall.

07:06:01 on 16 Aug

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A group of people walking around with fishing rods, occasionally dipping it in the waterlogged road – residents of Hyderabad’s Prem Nagar decided to lodge their protest to authorities in a unique way. Aggrieved that despite multiple complaints that the main road was prone to waterlog, residents decided to take matters into their own hands.

06:56:01 on 16 Aug

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The SIT probing the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh today claimed that five suspects, arrested in connection with the case, were involved in rationalist M M Kalburgi's killing. Twelve suspects have been arrested in connection with the Lankesh case. Kalburgi was shot dead on August 30, 2015, at home and the case is being investigated by CID.

06:51:47 on 16 Aug

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"Very very saddened that the great statesman and former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji is no more with us. His passing away is a very big loss to our nation. I will always cherish the many fond memories. Condolences to his family and his many admirers," Mamta Banerjee said.

06:48:54 on 16 Aug

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With the torrential downpour not relenting, a major landslip was reported at third hairpin bend in the Pollachi-Valparai ghat road on Thursday morning at around 5 a.m. The landslip occurred for a length of about a km and was cleared by the authorities within three hours, traffic was restored at around 8 a.m.

06:45:01 on 16 Aug

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Low-lying villages along the banks of the Cauvery river and its tributary the Bhavani in TN 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 the following discharge from dams in Karnataka, affecting several villages.

06:43:40 on 16 Aug

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I have learnt with profound sorrow about the sad demise of Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. An excellent orator, an impressive poet, an exceptional Public Servant, an outstanding Parliamentarian and a great Prime Minister, Shri Vajpayee ji stood among the tallest leaders of modern India, who spent his whole life serving our great country: said, Manmohan Singh

06:37:00 on 16 Aug

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It’s finally happening! Nick Jonas will be seen in India this weekend as he makes the engagement official with Priyanka Chopra. He will arrive in the country with his immediate family and enjoy a party hosted by Priyanka’s family. Earlier, in two instances, Priyanka was seen hiding her ring from the paparazzi. Priyanka and Nick, have been reportedly dating for two months.

06:35:01 on 16 Aug

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The death toll in flood-ravaged Kerala rose to 87 on 16 August, IANS reported. The public transport system collapsed in many parts of central Kerala with the Southern Railways and Kochi Metro suspending their operations due to floods.

06:33:13 on 16 Aug

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away at the age of 93. As the first non-Congress politician to complete five years as prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s premiership was as significant as it was eventful in shaping India’s democracy and putting the country on the road to economic progress. Here are the top 10 events that shaped Vajpayee’s PM tenure.

06:30:01 on 16 Aug

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93

India mourns the demise of BJP stalwart and Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the mortal remains to be taken to his residence at 7.30pm. Arrangements have been made for dignitaries and VIPs who will come. His body will be taken to the BJP office tomorrow, where the public can pay homage, followed by cremation before the sun sets, most likely at Ekta Sthal.

06:24:13 on 16 Aug

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Pakistan will hold presidential elections on September 4 to elect President Mamnoon Hussain's successor at the end of his five-year-tenure, the Election Commission announced on Thursday. Pakistan's president is elected indirectly by the members of Parliament and the four provincial assemblies.

06:23:01 on 16 Aug

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Former PM Vajpayee, who held the post for 3 non-consecutive terms in 1996, 1998, and 1999, passed away on Thursday. He was 93. Mr Vajpayee’s long career in public life was no doubt crowned by his being elected Prime Minister, but the course of it was peppered with long years as a parliamentarian, and with struggles to establish the BJP, in national politics.

06:16:29 on 16 Aug

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The magnitude and scale of the Kerala floods are such that till yesterday, 85,398 people were forced to flee their homes and take refuge in over 718 relief camps across Kerala. According to a state disaster management authority data, over 3393 hectares of land is under spate due to unprecedented floods in Kerala. So far, at least 87 people are feared dead.

06:15:02 on 16 Aug

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In view of the extraordinary situation in the state due to rains the Kerala floods should be declared as a national calamity, demanded Administrative Reforms Commission chairman VS Achuthanandan. “Many districts including Wayanad, Idukki and Pathanamthitta have been literally cut off. Kerala alone cannot handle such a scenario,” he said.

06:06:01 on 16 Aug

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Odisha government today announced a financial assistance of Rs 5 crore for flood-ravaged Kerala, where the death toll in the second spell of monsoon fury since August 8 has risen to 75. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also offered any other kind of support required to tackle the calamity, as Odisha has expertise in dealing with disasters like flood and cyclone, it said.

05:56:01 on 16 Aug

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PM Narendra Modi calls it 'end of an era'

"Atal Ji's passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me. I have countless fond memories of him. He was an inspiration to Karyakartas like me," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing condolences on the passing of BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu called him the real ‘Ajatha shatruvu’ (One who has no enemies).

05:53:05 on 16 Aug

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Buses from Chamarajanagar to Ooty, Gudalur and parts of Kerala, were cancelled on Thursday owing to landslides and heavy rain enroute. Buses from Bengaluru to Mangaluru were cancelled for the same reason on Wednesday. KSRTC officials said landslide were noticed between Ooty and Gudalur. Relief operations have commenced.

05:45:01 on 16 Aug

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Former PM and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died at the AIIMS in Delhi, the hospital said on Thursday. He was 93. The three-time prime minister was admitted to the hospital on 11 June this year in a critical condition and had been at the facility since then. Vajpayee was suffering from urinary tract infection, lower respiratory tract infection and kidney problems.

05:38:19 on 16 Aug

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More than 300 cases of viral fever with pain in joints and shoulder joints have been reported in Yapral, RK Puram and Kushiguda areas. In the last three weeks, children, as well as adults, have been flocking to hospitals complaining of high fever and joint pains. The Ig Chikungunya blood test will be carried out if the fever and pain do not subside in two or three days.

05:35:01 on 16 Aug

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Kozhencherry Muthoot Hospital in Pathanamthitta dist has been badly affected by the floods and is inundated with water. The flood water has reached the first floor and is continuing to rise to the second floor, said employees of the hospital. While most of the ICU patients have been shifted to other hospitals, other patients, are being shifted to Muthoot’s orphanage.

05:23:02 on 16 Aug

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In its reply to the Supreme Court on the removal of creamy layer concept from the promotion in government jobs, the Centre on Thursday stated that once backwardness is presumed and benefits are given, it cannot be taken back. A K K Venugopal told the bench that only the President and the Parliament, have the power to exclude a certain class of SC/ST from such benefits.

05:15:02 on 16 Aug

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The death toll in Kerala has climbed to 87 as the state is reeling under one of the worst floods in history. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had once again called PM Modi on Thursday to seek more aid considering the situation. He also sought for additional Army personnel and helicopters. For the first time in history, the state has opened 35 of its 39 dams.

05:06:01 on 16 Aug

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Akshay Kumar is the king of Independence Day weekend and he has proved it once again with Gold box office collection. He has delivered six straight hits in the last three years and his latest film is headed that way too. Gold’s box office collection on day one was estimated to be over Rs 25 crore, which gave it a head start over Satyameva Jayate.

05:05:01 on 16 Aug

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Kerala floods: Everything we know so far

At least 264 people have been killed in Kerala in rain-related incidents since May 29. As the flood situation continued to deteriorate, as many as 33 dams have opened their shutters to release excess water due to heavy rain. A total of 52 teams from central forces including the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and NRDF are already engaged in rescue and relief works.

04:56:01 on 16 Aug

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday instructed all ministers, MLAs, MLCs, MPs to stay put in their constituencies with many districts of the State expected to receive heavy rains in the next couple of days. In the wake of this decision, the TRS Legislature and Parliamentary party meeting scheduled for Friday has been put off.

04:45:02 on 16 Aug

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today said he has approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding help 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 the deployment of the Army & Navy" in the state.

04:23:02 on 16 Aug

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Helpline numbers are available for rescue operations from the state disaster management authority, the civil administration and the police. If you are marooned or know someone who needs help, use or pass on these numbers. These may save many lives. The list includes toll free and WhatsApp numbers.

04:19:38 on 16 Aug

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Floods fears in Wayanad, Banasura Sagar dam shutters raised further. Shutters of Kakkayam Dam in Kozhikode will be opened by 4 feet tonight. People in the vicinity should follow all safety guidelines and cooperate with relief personnel, authorities said. The water level in the Periyar has risen to a dangerous level. Landslides reported in Palakkad, Kozhikode and Thrissur.

04:15:01 on 16 Aug

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Union Minister JP Nadda says Atal Bihari Vajpayee is still critical. He said every attempt is being made and a bulletin will be released shortly. Several leaders including senior BJP leader LK Advani, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, EAM Sushma Swaraj, and Radha Mohan Singh are also present at the hospital to check on the former PM.

04:10:58 on 16 Aug

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TN & Kerala should cooperate with NCMC: SC

SC termed as “grave” the flood situation in Kerala and said that the committee u/s 9 of Disaster Management Act of 2005 will sit with National Crisis Management Committee on August 17 to bring down the water level in the Mulla Periyar dam. The court further said that TN & Kerala should co-operate with NCMC to give displaced people adequate relief immediately.

04:08:03 on 16 Aug

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Central government has constituted a coordination committee headed by the Central Water Commission Chairman to coordinate the discharge of floodwaters from inter-State projects involving Kerala and Tamil Nadu, including Mullaperiyar and Aliyar. The Chairman of the CWC will monitor the situation at Mullaperiyar dam in view of rising water level and continued heavy inflow.

04:06:01 on 16 Aug

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Those trapped by water all around should switch on their “location” on the mobile phone and open the Google Map. Place your finger on your present location in the map. You will see a red flag and a few figures above. Those are the coordinates of your location, which would help the disaster management force and others to reach you.

04:03:36 on 16 Aug

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The incessant rains across Kerala have worsened the flood situation with 12 fresh deaths reported on Thursday. The toll since August 8 has gone up to 79. The Met department has predicted continuous rains till Saturday. The entire state of Kerala has been on a red alert since Wednesday evening.

04:00:53 on 16 Aug

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The Delhi Police Special Cell launched a manhunt to nab two young men who claimed they have attacked JNU student Umar Khalid. In a four-minute video being circulated on WhatsApp, the two young men said they would surrender at the house of Sikh revolutionary Kartar Singh Sarabha on August 17. Umar Khalid was attacked on Monday outside the Constitution Club of India.

03:55:01 on 16 Aug

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TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday said there was no threat to the safety of the Mullaperiyar dam and water was being stored at the permitted level of 142 feet as per the orders of the SC. Palaniswami was responding to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s request to the Tamil Nadu government to lower the storage level of the dam.

03:50:01 on 16 Aug

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The Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal allowing partial diversion of water to Malaprabha basin in its final order may have brought immediate cheer in N K'taka, but Irrigation Department believes it could offer only short-term benefits. The allocated water for Kalasa-Banduri may be sufficient for the next 10 or 15 years after which the region could face water deficit again.

03:40:01 on 16 Aug

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PM Narendra Modi has left the AIIMS hospital in Delhi after getting briefed by the team of doctors treating former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Briefing the media outside AIIMS, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that Vajpayee's condition remains critical. People of all faiths in his "Karam Bhoomi" Lucknow held special prayers for his long life.

03:30:53 on 16 Aug

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the informal sector and small businesses will be worst hit by the depreciating rupee and lead to increase in the oil import bill. "After demonetisation disaster and now Rupee slide, Rupee crashes to its lowest ever. We are very concerned," the chief minister tweeted.

03:27:01 on 16 Aug

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TVS Motor Company has announced a donation of ₹ 1 crore for the CM's Distress Relief Fund, in wake of the flood situation in Kerala. The unprecedented rains that started from August 8, 2018, are said to have caused severe damages. Damages to the property and crops have been estimated around ₹ 8000 crores, while over 60,000 people have been shifted to relief camps.

03:10:02 on 16 Aug

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The number of deaths in rain-related incidents in Kerala has risen to 67. The public transport system collapsed in many parts of central Kerala with the Southern Railways and Kochi Metro today suspending their operations. NDTV is one of the leaders in the production and broadcasting of un-biased and comprehensive news and entertainment programmes in India and abroad.

02:57:01 on 16 Aug

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CM Palaniswami presented the Kalpana Chawla Award for Courage and Daring Enterprise for the year 2018 to I. Muthumari, a tea plantation worker, who saved her daughter from a leopard by single-handedly counter-attacking the animal. The Dhaksha (UAV) Team from the Centre for Aerospace Research at Anna University, Chennai, was conferred the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award for 2018.

02:55:01 on 16 Aug

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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 has intensified in the state. As the flood situation in the state is deteriorating day-by-day, a total of four teams went out on Wednesday to augment those already deployed in the areas.

02:45:12 on 16 Aug

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The Chief Justice of India and Justice Indu Malhotra agrees to hear an application "right now" seeking Centre’s intervention to mediate between Kerala and TN on the issue of rising water in Mullaperiyar. The Supreme Court termed the flood situation in Kerala as “grave” and asked the States and Centre to not treat the issue as “adversarial”.

02:44:08 on 16 Aug

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Amazon Prime Video’s Harmony with AR Rahman is a wonderfully-shot show that features Rahman exploring the depths and roots of India’s rich musical heritage. The pilot, titled ‘Entering the Kalari’, features Kerala-based musician Sajith Vijayan. Rahman said that Kerala always makes him nostalgic as his father, RK Shekhar, had worked in the Malayalam music industry.

02:40:02 on 16 Aug

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have reached AIIMS as former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee remains critical and on life support. According to the latest health bulletin by AIIMS Delhi, there is no improvement in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar may also reach AIIMS soon.

02:32:27 on 16 Aug

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You might want to rethink about bragging your high-class status because according to the latest study, showing-off might repel people from befriending you. People often tend to believe that status symbols, like luxury cars, branded accessories or apparels make them socially attractive. However, the research suggests the opposite.

02:26:01 on 16 Aug

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12 additional teams of NDRF comprising about 540 personnel rushed to flood-hit Kerala to help rescue, relief operations. Idukki native Russel Joy approaches SC, seeking urgent intervention after the water level in Mullaperiyar dam touches 142 feet. Over 50 people dead in the last two days, death toll rises to 73. The IMD has predicted heavy rain during the day.

02:21:42 on 16 Aug

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DMK working president M.K. Stalin on Wednesday said he was nurtured by party leader M. Karunanidhi, and would not be cowed by “minor ripples”. “I will overcome the challenges inside and outside the party with the support of its members,” he said in a statement. His comments came two days after his estranged elder brother, M.K. Alagiri, challenged his leadership.

02:10:01 on 16 Aug

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Kerala continues to fight a resurgent monsoon, with cities and villages submerged by floodwaters. The state, facing its worst floods in history since 1924, saw as many as 73 deaths due to rain-related incidents. Electricity is a major issue, and in many places there is no power supply. The cutting off of the power supply, has been done by KSEB, to avoid electrocution.

01:57:01 on 16 Aug

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It looks like actor Simbu is on a film signing spree. The actor is presently awaiting the release of director Mani Ratnam's Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, which is all set to hit the theatres on September 28. Simbu has signed a film with director Sundar C. Lyca Productions, who had distributed Rajinikanth's Kaala, will be bankrolling this untitled venture.

01:55:01 on 16 Aug

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Jakarta Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s audacious and life-threatening Produnova vault, also called the ‘vault of death’, may not have won her an Olympic medal but that daredevil act certainly has not gone unnoticed in faraway Jakarta. Dipa had finished fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympics but her fans and admirers seem to be all around the world.

01:40:01 on 16 Aug

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The journey between Bengaluru and Mysuru has now been cut down by half an hour thanks to four trains being converted to superfast trains. Malgudi Express and Mysuru-Mayiladathurai Express have been converted into superfast expresses. Mysuru Sainagar Shirdi Weekly Express and Kannur/Karwar-KSR Bengaluru Express have been converted into superfast expresses along this route.

01:25:01 on 16 Aug

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A day after Rahul Gandhi alleged massive corruption by CM by ‘’re-designing’’ irrigation projects, irrigation minister T Harish Rao advised Gandhi to be ‘’careful with his script writers.’’ Harish Rao took to Twitter to counter the allegations levelled by Rahul Gandhi who had alleged that the irrigation projects were redesigned in the state for pocketing money.

01:10:01 on 16 Aug

As former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health remains critical, the BJP has postponed all its key events, including its National Executive meeting which was scheduled for August 18-19. According to the latest health bulletin by AIIMS, there is no improvement in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s health and he continues to be on life support.

01:06:01 on 16 Aug

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Vijay Sethupathi is gearing up for the release of his next production ‘Merku Thodarchi Malai’. On Wednesday, the makers unveiled the trailer of the film, which seems to be a promising drama. Going by the trailer, ‘Merku Thodarchi Malai’ appears like an intense drama that highlights the issues faced by daily-wage labourers and how important a piece of land is for them.

12:55:02 on 16 Aug

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Kerala Rains continued to batter the state on Thursday. State CM Vijayan held an emergency meeting and then issued the following statements: The situation is grave, and most villages have been affected. Water levels are likely to rise further. He also asked people on banks of Periyar, Chalakkudy rivers need to be vigilant.

12:40:01 on 16 Aug

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The husband of Lini Puthussery, the Kerala nurse who died of the Nipah virus earlier this year, has donated his first salary for the Kerala flood relief. According to a report, Sajeesh, who was given a job by the state government after his wife’s death, handed over the amount to state excise and Labour Minister TP Ramakrishnan in Kozhikode district.

12:35:01 on 16 Aug

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Cash-for-medals issue rocks game of squash

Are sportspeople ripping off the system by cornering the incentives paid to coaches? An instance of such activity has come to light recently. Bank documents show that while the coach received Rs 9 lakh as incentive for training a medal winner, he had given a cheque for Rs 8.5 lakhs in the name of the athlete soon after receiving the incentive from SDA of TN.

12:25:01 on 16 Aug

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Protesting the delay in completion of the Velugonda project works, YSRC’s former MP Y V Subba Reddy launched his padayatra from Kanigiri to the project site on Wednesday.Accompanied by YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s political secretary Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, other leaders and party activists, Subba Reddy kicked off the padayatra after addressing a public meeting.

12:10:01 on 16 Aug

Wednesday saw the rain havoc in Kerala get worse. 25 more deaths got reported, taking the total toll to 67. Red alert earlier issued in 12 districts got extended to all 14 by evening. But the situation appeared to be the worst in some areas in Pathanamthitta. Flood waters entered houses and buildings, with the sudden rise of water level in river Pampa.

12:06:01 on 16 Aug

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Jumbos with their calves can now enjoy free migration march along the critical Sigur Elephant Corridor in the MTR in the Nilgiris without much obstruction. Thanks to the SC order of sealing 27 luxury resorts along the route the pachyderms can now move freely inside the reserve forests. The high-end luxury resorts were completed by the Nilgiris district administration.

12:05:01 on 16 Aug

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40 year old Basheer sat in the verandah of his elderly father's residence, waiting for him to pack his belongings, as rains lashed the house. The resident of Poochal in Malappuram district was witness to a horrific accident on Wednesday, and the fear that the incident caused was apparent in his effort to move his family as far away as possible from the site of devastation.

11:57:01 on 16 Aug

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The 235-year-old Presidency Girls Higher Secondary School in Egmore, formerly known as P.T. School, has been renovated and refurbished.

The school was identified to be created as a model school in Chennai, under the Tamil Nadu government’s Model School project covering select 32 schools in the State. Danfoss India has helped the government in the renovation.

11:40:01 on 16 Aug

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The inordinate time it takes to know if medicines are spurious, adulterated or of lesser quantity would get reduced as the laboratory at Telangana DCA is going to be provided with additional lab analysts and infrastructure. After drug inspectors collect samples on suspicion of the drugs being adulterated or other violations, they send the samples to the laboratory.

11:35:01 on 16 Aug

PM healthcare scheme from Sept. 25

In his last Independence Day address before the next general election, PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced not just the launch date for his ambitious health insurance scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Abhiyan (PMJAA), but also permanent commission for women officers on short service commission in the uniformed services and plans for a manned space mission.

11:27:02 on 16 Aug

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The ghat roads connecting Tirupati and Tirumala wore a deserted look on Wednesday, with the otherwise bustling Sri Venkateswara Temple registering the lowest devotee footfall in five decades.
Darshan timings will remain the same until Thursday, when the purification ritual held once in 12 years ends. On an average, 78,000 people receive darshan of the Lord every day.

11:25:02 on 16 Aug

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. The Southern Naval Command has suspended all training activities and deployed all its available resources for the rescue operations in the flood-hit state. P

11:12:01 on 16 Aug

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Rain pounds Sullia, Bantwal taluks

Rain continued to play havoc in Sullia and Bantwal taluks of Dakshina Kannada district on August 16, forcing tahsildars of the respective taluks to declare holidays for schools. The Nethravathi and Kumaradhara flowing above the danger level in Bantwal and Subrahmanya. The water-level in Nethravathi stood at 8.6 m against the danger level of 8.5 m.

11:05:01 on 16 Aug

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Farmers here have urged the state govt to break the wall built at the project site of Kalasa-Banduri after the Mahadayi tribunal verdict. Stating that Malaprabha is the only dam which has not reached the brim though all other reservoirs have become full this year, the farmers said that storage of more water will help in the redressal of the drinking water problem.

10:56:01 on 16 Aug

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Flipkart deal : Walmart files caveat in HC

Walmart and Flipkart spent a few days in suspense not knowing if their $16 billion acquisition deal where Walmart gets to own 77% of Flipkart and gains complete control over its operations, would be cleared by CCI. But CCI, the body authorized to assess if deals of these nature were in conformity with the Competition Act or not, gave its clear approval last week.

10:41:01 on 16 Aug

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The benchmark BSE Sensex fell over 207 points and the NSE Nifty slipped below the 11,400-mark in early trade today on selling in metal, realty and banking stocks amid weak macroeconomic cues and sustained foreign fund outflows. The 30-share index dropped 207.03 points, or 0.54%, to 37,644.97. The gauge had gained 207.10 points in the previous session.

10:35:02 on 16 Aug

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Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee continues to be on life support system and as per AIIMS sources his condition “is very critical”. On August 16 morning BJP leaders, including Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu and BJP president Amit Shah, visited AIIMS to enquire about him. More leaders are expected at AIIMS, with the institute seeing very heavy security deployment.

10:27:04 on 16 Aug

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CM announced a 2% sub-quota in select government jobs for sportspersons who win medals at national-level games or in events organised by the State government. The quota will also apply to vacancies in State PSUs. Those from TN who win laurels in recognised international tournaments or represent the country in those events would also be eligible for the quota, he said.

10:26:02 on 16 Aug

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After revaluation scam rocked the Anna University, the University of Madras has decided to evaluate more than 11 lakh answer scripts on its four campuses to avoid irregularities. To manage space crunch in university, the iconic Senate House building likely to be used as one of the valuation centres, officials said.

10:12:01 on 16 Aug

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Rupee hit fresh record low of 70.32 against the US dollar in the opening trade. The rupee breached the psychological 70-mark and plunged to a fresh all time low of 70.10 in the intra-day trading, before settling at 69.90 before the close. Arun Jaitley said India has comfortable foreign exchange reserves to deal with any undue volatility in the currency market.

10:11:26 on 16 Aug

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With the water level in Mullaperiyar reservoir staying at an alarming 142 feet despite the shutters being opened, the Kerala CM has written to his counterpart in TN seeking intervention in regulating the water level. Pinarayi Vijayan has also said in the letter that TN engineers were not cooperating with Kerala officials to make sure that the water is released.

09:55:02 on 16 Aug

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In two different cases, the city police have detected the supply of banned gutka products and seized Rs 50, 000 worth gutka and other tobacco products here on Monday. Based on a tip off, a special team headed by Superintendent of police, R.K. Nagar, raided the premises of a snacks bar in Carnation Nagar in Korrukupet and were able to seize the products.

09:41:01 on 16 Aug

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Ajit Wadekar, who deployed his famous spinners to devastating effect and recorded historic series wins in the West Indies and England in 1971, passed away.
Failing health had restricted his movement. An official statement issued by Jaslok Hospital said: “Mr. Ajit Wadekar was declared dead on arrival at the Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre."

09:25:02 on 16 Aug

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The Election Commission was capable of holding the LS elections and polls to four state assemblies together in December if the parliamentary elections are advanced, CEC OP Rawat said. His comments came when asked whether the EC was ready if the LS elections are held in December along with assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Rajasthan.

09:12:01 on 16 Aug

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4 tips to declutter your dressing table

When your dressing table is clean and organised, finding what's necessary and applying it is calm and enjoyable. When your vanity isn't kept that way, it's a frantic rush between clearing up the mess and searching for what you need. If you still need reasons to do so, a tidy dresser can make products accessible. Find out how you can do that in 4 ways.

08:55:02 on 16 Aug

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SRFI hit out at Dipika Pallikal, for voicing concerns over the lack of a qualified foreign coach. From Pallikal to Sourav Ghoshal, the country's top players have lamented the absence of a foreign coach since the acrimonious exit of Achraf El Karargui. Now, they are heading to heading to the Asian Games in Indonesia, without a foreign coach by their side.

08:41:01 on 16 Aug

‘Padmavaat’ is the second highest grosser of 2018. Every character, especially Ranveer Singh, walked away with praises for the film. The project was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dream project which was in the making since a long time, even before ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’.
Finally SLB casted in Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in the movie.

08:25:02 on 16 Aug

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Governor Banwarilal Purohit is learnt to have telephoned Madras High Court Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani and expressed regret over the protocol gaffe at the Raj Bhavan during her swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, when judges of the High Court were seated behind police officers in uniform. Many judges were upset over the breach in protocol.

08:12:01 on 16 Aug

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According to a study, exercise could help people exposed to extreme temperatures protect themselves from the cold. Shivering is one of the first defences against cold and it boosts the body's heat production. Shivering can only warm you up for so long and after a few hours your muscles will run out of fuel and will grow too tired to contract.

07:56:01 on 16 Aug

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With heavy rains lashing Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts for the last two days, a flood-like situation prevailed in several parts of the north coastal districts on Wednesday. The IMD on Wednesday predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall, under the influence of a depression over Odisha coast, across the three districts in the next 48 hours.

07:41:02 on 16 Aug

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana's wife Tahira Kashyap Khurrana is all set to make her directotial debut with a slice-of-life feature film. Tahira has previously directed a short film titled Toffee.Tahira's upcoming directorial marks the third collaboration between T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Ellipsis Entertainment which has confirmed the development in a statement.

07:26:01 on 16 Aug

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Former PM AB Vajpayee has been put on life support system as his health deteriorated late on August 15, the AIIMS said in a statement. Mr. Vajpayee was admitted at the AIIMS on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion. The 93-year-old BJP leader, a diabetic, has only one functional kidney.

07:12:01 on 16 Aug

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Make-up is an art not everyone can master but if you get the basics right, you can walk out of your house looking like queen B. All you need to do is invest fifteen minutes and boom, you are ready to go. Here's a list of five easy and very fast ways to do your skincare and make-up in less than fifteen minutes without compromising on the glam factor.

06:55:01 on 16 Aug

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Valsartan, a drug prescribed for hypertension management, is being recalled off by the FDA in the US for the chances of developing cancer. But cardiologists state that no adverse effects have been reported in India so far. The adverse effects of contaminated drugs are giddiness, nausea and fatigue which have to be notified to the treating doctor.

06:40:02 on 16 Aug

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Whether as actors, celebrities or models, star sisters often come in pairs. Through the decades, there have been plenty of sister acts in Bollywood. A current few include actress Kareena Kapoor and her celebrity sister Karisma Kapoor as well as Malaika Arora and Amrita Arora. The most recent addition to this list is Neha Sharma and her younger sister, Aisha Sharma.

06:25:02 on 16 Aug

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The flood situation in Kerala further worsened on Wednesday with many areas inundated and flight operations suspended till Saturday at Kochi airport, as the toll rose to 67 with rain fury claiming 25 lives on Wednesday. Officials said a red alert has been sounded in all the 14 districts of the state. From Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram, all rivers are in spate.

06:12:01 on 16 Aug

Cabbage can help reduce bowel cancer risk

Eating vegetables has always been considered a healthy practice but now, there seems to be more reasons than one to include them in your diet. It has been discovered that vegetables like broccoli, kale and cabbage can help in reducing the risk of bowel cancer. Benefits of the coniferous vegetable was deduced by a team of researchers at Francis Crick Institute, London.

05:55:01 on 16 Aug

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Centre intervenes in Mullaperiyar issue

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the Centre was in talks with Tamil Nadu to reduce the water level in Mullaperiyar to 139 feet. Union home minister Rajnath Singh has talked to the Tamil Nadu chief secretary, said. "There is no need to panic about Mullaperiyar," he added. The TN govt opened 13 shutters of the Mullaperiyar dam by 1 feet on Wednesday morning.

10:56:01 on 15 Aug

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‘Modicare’ runs into hurdles

The Modi govt’s ambitious healthcare scheme Ayushman Bharat was launched as ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan’ Wednesday but it will not have a big-bang roll-out as originally expected. Officials said the scale of implementation is too big hence the scheme needs to be launched on a pilot basis. The healthcare scheme that aims to cover 50 crore people across India.

10:40:01 on 15 Aug

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TS CM K Chandrasekhar Rao today launched two new schemes including the Rs five lakh insurance cover for farmers Under the 'Rythu Bima' scheme, every farmer would get life insurance cover of Rs five lakh. The state govt has already paid Rs 636 crore towards premium for the scheme. According to official sources, 28 lakh farmers in the age group of 18 to 59 would be insured.

10:27:01 on 15 Aug

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While India is celebrating 72nd Independence Day, Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra starrer Namaste England, on the other side, has mired into a controversy involving India’s map. A new poster of the movie was released a few days ago which has India’s map along with a picture of Arjun and Parineeti has been distorted. The map has cut out the Aksai Chin region of J&K.

10:10:01 on 15 Aug

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Embroiled in a succession war with his estranged brother M K Alagiri, DMK working president M K 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. On Monday, Alagiri claimed all loyal party workers were with him and that the DMK would 'dig its own grave' if it did not take him.

09:56:01 on 15 Aug

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Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today hoped the Centre would respect and respond positively to public sentiments in favor of holding the Aero India show here itself and not shift it to Lucknow. Kumaraswamy, who has already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, raised it during his Independence day address after hoisting the tricolor.

09:40:01 on 15 Aug

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