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       HEADLINES: Qatar announces $5 million aid to flood-hit Kerala                                              Rescue operations in full swing                                              V D Satheesan slams health ministry for failure to send relief teams                                              Kerala Floods should be declared a national disaster, says Yechury                                              President Kovind enquires about flood situation in Kerala                                              Air India pilots offer help in flood-hit Kerala on voluntary basis                                              Big B, SRK contribute towards Kerala relief                                              Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies at 80                                              Asian Games: Ravi Kumar, Apurvi Chandela win mixed air rifle shooting bronze                                              Kaumudi Facebook
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         Big B, SRK contribute towards Kerala relief    
 
 
MUMBAI: Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Jacqueline Fernandez have contributed towards relief work in flood-ravaged Kerala. They have also urged others to donate.

 
         Air India pilots offer help in flood-hit Kerala on voluntary basis    
 
 
NEW DELHI: The Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA) wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing its willingness to fly planes to Kerala on a "voluntary basis" in the larger interest of the affected people in the state.

 
         Vajpayee's ashes immersed in the Ganges at Har Ki Pauri    
 
HARIDWAR: A huge crowd converged at Har ki Pauri here Sunday to bid final farewell to their beloved leader and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his ashes were immersed in the Ganga river by family members and BJP leaders.

 
         Dabholkar murder case: Main shooter remanded in CBI custody    
 
 
PUNE: A court here Sunday remanded the alleged main shooter in the murder case of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar in CBI custody till August 26.

 
         President Kovind enquires about flood situation in Kerala    
 
 
NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind spoke to Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Sunday to enquire about flood situation in the state.

 
         Odisha CM lends a healing touch on Kerala    
 
 
BHUBANESHWAR: Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, has extended a helping hand to flood-ravaged Kerala state. A 245-member strong team of fire personnel has been rushed to join the relief and rescue operations.

 
         CMs of various states come to help Kerala    
 
 
NEW DELHI: As massive floods cripple several districts of Kerala, Chief Ministers of various states extended financial aid to the southern state.

 
         Odisha urges Kerala to assist stranded Odia labourers    
 
 
Bhubaneswar: In the wake of a distress call by some Odia people in flood-hit Kerala, the Odisha government has requested the southern state to provide assistance to 130 labourers from the state in Odapally, official sources said. The Odisha government's request followed an alert from one Anil Sethi who informed that about 130 labourers from Odisha, who have taken shelter in a house at Aluva Munnar Road, Odapally, near Asha Munnar Post Office, were not able to get food and drinking water.

 
         'Bharat Ratna' Atal Bihari Vajpayee cremated with state honour    
 
 
New Delhi: Thousands of people flocked the roads in the national capital on Friday to pay last respects to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was cremated with full state honour at Smriti Sthal here. India's 10th Prime Minister breathed his last at 5:05 pm on Thursday after spending nine weeks at the All India Institute of Medical Science, where he was undergoing treatment for Urinary Tract Infection, low urine output and chest congestion. He was 93.

 
         Godavari river in spate in AP/Telangana    
 
Amaravati/Hyderabad: The Godavari river is in spate in Andhra Pradesh and Telengana with the government machinery put on alert in three districts today following first flood warning, officials said.

 
         SC directs reducing water level at Mullaperiyar dam by three feet    
 
 
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today directed the Disaster Management sub-committee of Mullaperiyar Dam to consider reducing water level up to 139 feet from the present 142 feet, considering the "grave" flood situation in all the 14 districts of Kerala.

 
         Vajpayee - pragmatist, orator and statesman who went beyond BJP's nationalist political agenda    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Statesman and pragmatist, orator and poet, a man of peace and conviction. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a towering nationalist who softened the often sharp edge of his party's politics with a gentle sophistry of words, earning him the sobriquet "ajaat shatru" or the man with no enemies. The first prime minister from a non-Congress party to complete a full term in office, Vajpayee began shakily -- his first stint as prime minister in 1996 lasted only 13 days when his unlikely coalitio

 
         Major events in Vajpayee's political journey    
 
1942 - Joins Quit India Movement, jailed during freedom struggle. 1951 - Becomes founder-member of erstwhile Jana Sangh, a precursor to Bharatiya Janata Party. 1957 - Becomes leader of Jana Sangh; elected to Lok Sabha for first time. 1962 - Elected to Rajya Sabha.

 
         Former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee dies at 93    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Former prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee died at AIIMS in Delhi on Thursday evening. The Bharatiya Janata Party veteran was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion.

 
         Flag says Bharat Mata is sad: Kejriwal    
 
New Delhi: Taking a dig at the flag falling incident at the BJP headquarters on Independence Day today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it reflected that "Bharat Mata" is "sad", and added that no matter how strong, one has to bow down before the nature.

 
         In last I-day speech of term, Modi hails India's rise under his govt    
 
 
NEW DELHI: In his last Independence Day speech before Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today presented a picture of rising India under his government, contrasting it with what he termed as "policy paralysis" under the UPA, as he announced the launch date of his signature healthcare scheme covering 50 crore Indians.

 
         ‘Sleeping elephant’ woke up, India to lead world growth for three decades: PM Modi    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India will be the engine of growth for the world economy for the next three decades as the "sleeping elephant" has started to run on the back of structural reforms like GST.

 
         Modi says corrupt, black money hoarders will not be spared    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on WednesdaY vowed not to spare corrupt and black money holders, saying efforts of his government have freed corridors of power from brokers, enhanced the number of taxpayers and saved Rs 90,000 crore by eliminating bogus beneficiaries.

 
         Let contentious issues, extraneous debates not distract us: Prez's I-Day message to the nation    
 
 
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind asserted on Tuesday that contentious issues and extraneous debates should not be allowed to distract us at a "pivotal moment" when the country is at the cusp of achieving many long-awaited goals

 
         29 CISF personnel awarded President’s Police Medal    
 
NEW DELHI: Twenty-nine CISF officials have been decorated with the President’s Police Medal on the eve of the Independence Day for meritorious and distinguished service. The awardees of the distinguished service medal include Deputy Inspector General (DIG) J.S. Negi and Inspector S. Muthusamy.

 
         Congress dares PM to dissolve Lok Sabha, hold early polls with states    
 
 
NEW DELHI: Amid talks of simultaneous polls, the Congress today dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dissolve the Lok Sabha early and announce general elections along with polls in four states where the terms of the assemblies end this year. Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot said postponing the upcoming state assembly elections and conducting these with Lok Sabha polls in 2019 is "not possible" under the Constitution or the law. He said elections in Mizoram, Rajasthan, Chhatti

 
         SC notice to Centre, Assam on PIL accusing armed forces, police of fake encounter    
 
 
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has sought responses from the Centre and Assam government on a PIL accusing the armed forces and state police of allegedly indulging in fake encounters in the state. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also issued notices to the CRPF, the National Human Rights Commission and others. The bench yesterday also sought responses from General Officer Commanding of 4 Corps and chairperson of Operational Grou

 
         Rupee plummets to historic low of 70.09 on Turkish lira collapse    
 
 
MUMBAI: Reversing all its early gains, the rupee today collapsed to a life-time low of 70.09 against the US dollar, falling 16 paise amid fears that Turkish economic crisis could lead to a global financial meltdown. The ongoing currency turmoil in Turkey has dampened investors' sentiments globally. Investors are turning to dollar as safe haven with Turkeys currency lira crisis continuing since the last week. Yesterday, the rupee had plunged by Rs 1.08, or 1.57 per cent, to a record l

 
         Markets close tomorrow for Independence Day    
 
 
NEW DELHI:Stock, forex and commodity futures markets will be closed tomorrow for the Independence Day. All wholesale commodity markets, including bullion and metals, here will also be shut for the national holiday.

 
         Mamata lifts income ceiling for Kanyashree scheme    
 
 
KOLKATA:West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced that there would not be any ceiling for a family's annual earnings to be a beneficiary under the UN award winning Kanyashree scheme. She also announced that the state government would be coming up with a "Kanyashree University" for girls soon. Kanyashree is a conditional cash transfer scheme aiming at improving the status and well being of the girl child by incentivising schooling of teenage girls and delaying their marr

 
         BJP will win more seats in 2019 LS polls: Manoj Sinha    
 
 
MAU: Union minister Manoj Sinha today exuded confidence that the BJP will win more seats in the 2019 general elections while the Opposition and the 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) will be wiped out. "The BJP will win more seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections than in 2014 ... the opposition parties and the 'mahagatbandhan' will be wiped out," Sinha, the Minister of State for Railways, said in response to a question after flagging off the Mau-Lucknow Intercity Express here. Terming the

 
         Bihar govt announces aid for SC/ST civil services aspirants    
 
 
PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday announced financial aid for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Dalits and Other Backward Class (OBCs) community students who crack Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) preliminary Exams. The money will be transferred directly into accounts of the eligible candidates and the entire amount will be paid in a single instalment. While addressing a public function here on Tuesday the chief minis

 
         Simultaneous election right in theory but not possible now: Nitish Kumar    
 
 
PATNA: 'One election, One nation' is theoretically correct but viably impossible option, said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday. Replying to a question posed in this regard by a media person, Bihar Chief Minister said, "It is not possible in the upcoming election that Lok Sabha and all state assembly elections can be conducted together. Theoretically, it is fine". Nitish Kumar heads the Bhartiya Janta Party - Janta Dal (United) alliance in the state of Bihar. His comments come a

 
         Tributes paid to Karunanidhi at DMK meet    
 
 
CHENNAI: The DMK paid rich tributes today to its departed President M Karunanidhi, hailing his contribution to various sectors in the state and the country. A special meeting of the party's Executive Committee under working president M K Stalin heaped praises on the late party chief. The party recalled his contribution towards social justice, industrialisation, upholding regional autonomy and his role in various national events. Party leaders observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respec

 
         Anti-Sikh riots: Delhi HC to hear victims' appeals against Sajjan Kumar    
 
 
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday will hear appeals by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and victims against Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's acquittal in connection with 1984 Anti-Sikh killings case. The court will also hear the appeals by five accused convicted by the trial court. According to media reports, victims of the anti-Sikh riots had last week expected relief from the court, hoping for a decision on the plea filed in 2013 in the Delhi High Court. The bench, hearing t

 
 
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