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  • Rs 8,000 Crore Damage In "Unprecedented" Kerala Flood: 10 Points
    Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that Kerala is facing an "unprecedented crisis" and announced a relief of Rs 100 crore for the state, which is grappling with devastating landslides and floods caused by unprecedented rain. The state government said the damage caused is to the tune of Rs 8,000 crore. Over the last six days, 39 people died in the state and 8 of its 14 districts are on high alert. More than 60,000 people had to be evacuated to relief camps. The meteorological department said the heavy rains are expected to continue till the Independence Day.
  • Raksha Bandhan: Here's How You Can Make Your Brother Feel Special
    We are all heading towards the most sought after festivals in the country - Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi). The festival is an epitome of all forms of protection aiming to destroy all sins in society. Siblings are busy preparing for their day, which falls on August 26 this year. While sisters are busy choosing the most stylish, unique rakhi and Raksha Bandhan cards, brothers are planning on how they can make their sisters feel special. Brothers and sisters share whatever they have and most of the times end up fighting. And when it comes to choosing gifts for Raksha Bandhan, it becomes quite difficult for both. Brothers shell out to get the best gift for sisters and also keep guessing their what they would get in return. A sister hunts for the best gift in town or prepares her brother's favourite recipes only to make the day special for him.
  • Hariyali Teej: Date, Celebration, All You Need to Know About The Festival
    Hariyali Teej will be celebrated in the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, Shraavan. Hariyali Teej date is August 13 this year. It is also known as Shravan Teej. The name Hariyali denotes greenery and represents the green environments due to monsoon season. Traditionally, the Hariyali Teej festival is celebrated as the reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Goddess Parvati is also known as Teej Mata. Hariyali Teej is celebrated in Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab. The tritiya tithi of Hariyali Teej begins on 8:36 am on August 13 and ends on 5:45 am on August 14.
  • Surya Grahan or Partial Solar Eclipse Today: 5 Things To Keep In Mind
    Skywatchers in India will be able to see sun in a crescent shape today during surya grahan or partial solar eclipse that begins at 1:32 pm and ends at 5 pm. The maximum eclipse will be seen at 3:16 pm. In partial solar eclipse, the Moon partly obscures the Sun's disk and casts only its penumbra on the Earth. This will be the last partial solar eclipse of the year 2018. NASA advises that it is dangerous to see solar eclipses through naked eyes and it can damage one's eyes.
  • Non-Stop Rain In Kerala, All 5 Gates Of Idukki Reservoir Opened: 10 Facts
    All the five gates of one of the dams of the Idukki water reservoir in Kerala have been opened to control the swelling water which is nearing the full capacity because of the incessant rain. 29 people have been killed in the state, battered by rain and landslides. Over 15,600 have been evacuated from affected areas and around 500 relief camps have been set up. The army, the navy, the air force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are working on evacuation and relief operations. The Kerala government said that more water needs to be released from the water reservoir system to control the rising water level because of incessant rain. A third red alert was issued for the Idukki reservoir, the gates of which were opened after 26 years. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today and offered all possible assistance to those affected.
  • Violence In Pockets Of Maharashtra On Maratha Strike: 10 Updates
    Maratha protesters demanding reservation in jobs and education, resorted to violence in pockets of Maharashtra today enforce a day-long bandh. Mumbai They blocked roads in Latur, Jalna, Solapur and Buldhana districts and vandalised property at the Pune district collectorate. Cellphone internet service has been suspended in seven blocks of the Pune district as precautionary measure. State capital Mumbai, however, was peaceful. The strike was held despite Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' assurances that his government was working on providing reservation. The Chief Minister had sought time till November.
  • Heavy Rain Kills 26 In Kerala, Red Alert For Idukki Dam: 10 Points
    As water levels continue to rise in rivers and reservoirs of Kerala, a third red alert has been issued for Idukki reservoir and the shutter of one of the dams will be opened again today to maintain the water level. Four naval teams and a Sea King helicopter have been sent to Wayanad to evacuate stranded people. Army has deployed over 200 personnel at Ayannkulu, Idukki and Wayanad and about 150 are headed for Kozikode and Mallapuram. Search and rescue operations are underway in low-lying areas of Ernakulum and Idukki districts after heavy rain and landslips killed at least 26 people in Kerala. Heavy rainfall is expected in the next 24 hours in several districts. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has sought help from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and said "the situation is very serious".
  • IKEA Greets India At Hyderabad Store, "Excited To Meet You": 10 Facts
    Iconic Swedish homeware brand IKEA opened its first store in India today, in Hyderabad, five years after it was allowed to invest in the country's single-brand retail sector. Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao inaugurated the store. The first of the eager shoppers - nearly 200 of them - rushed in through the lobby of the 4 lakh-square feet store as IKEA staff waving Indian and Sweden flags cheered on. The store on the outskirts of Hyderabad is the first of 25 such outlets planned to be set up in India in the next seven years. "We are super excited to finally meet you, Hyderabad," IKEA India wrote on Instagram.
  • Government Scores Easy Win Over Opposition In Rajya Sabha Test: 10 Points
    The government had an easy victory in the election for the post of the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, as the opposition came up short in a contest that was seen as a test for its unity in the run-up to the 2019 national election. The government had 125 votes against the opposition's 101 in a house with a majority mark of 114. In the gripping build-up over the last few days, PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah worked the phones and won over fence-sitters like Naveen Patnaik. The opposition votes fell below the expected 110 as lawmakers - three from Congress, two from the DMK, three from Samajwadi Party and two from Trinamool Congress - stayed out.
  • Naveen Patnaik's Party Gives BJP An Edge In Rajya Sabha Today: 10 Points
    A late evening announcement by Biju Janata Dal's Naveen Patnaik has given the ruling BJP-led national coalition's candidate a clear edge in the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman's election to be held on Thursday morning. Mr Patnaik's promise of support to Harivansh Narayan Singh, a first-time lawmaker from Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal United, places the NDA in a comfortable position vis--vis Congress lawmaker BK Hariprasad, the candidate supported by opposition parties in the 244-member house. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah have worked the phones over the last few days to reach out to allies and friendly parties outside the alliance to ensure a win. It could be the NDA's first in the Rajya Sabha where it has been dependent on the opposition Congress to pass legislations.
  • <i>Hej</i> India! IKEA India Debuts With Mega Hyderabad Store: 10 Points
    World's largest furniture retailer IKEA opened its first store in India today with a massive 400,000-square-foot showroom on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The store houses some 7,500 products of the Swedish brand. IKEA has invested over Rs 10 billion for its India foray and eyes to open stores in all major cities in the country over the next few years.
  • Marathas Call For Maharashtra Bandh, Airline Warns Of Delays: 10 Facts
    To press for their demand for reservation, a body of Maratha groups has called for a bandh or protest across Maharashtra, excluding Navi Mumbai, on Thursday. The protest will be held in a peaceful manner from 8 am to 6 pm and all essential services, schools and colleges have been excluded, a leader of Sakal Maratha Samaj said. The police are gearing up to prevent violence during the bandh. Apart from heavy deployment of security personnel, the protests would also be filmed on camera. Budget carrier IndiGo tweeted to say they are anticipating transport disruptions and advised passengers to travel early to the airport.
  • TMC, Other Parties Rally Behind Congress Candidate, Say Sources: 10 Facts
    Opposition parties that were uneasy with a Congress candidate for Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson election, have decided to end their differences and back the candidate, sources said, putting the anti-BJP front back on track. The Congress will field BK Hariprasad, a 64-year-old lawmaker from Karnataka. He will be up against Harivansh Narayan Singh, a first-time lawmaker from Nitish Kumar's party. The Akali Dal, which was considering abstention, will vote for Harivansh Singh on Thursday.
  • Karunanidhi Buried At Chennai's Marina Beach, Next To Mentor Annadurai
    M Karunanidhi, a towering figure in Tamil Nadu politics, was given a state funeral and buried at Chennai's Marina Beach on Wednesday, in the presence of the country's top politicians. A massive crowd followed the DMK patriarch's casket from Rajaji Hall, where leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi had paid tribute to him earlier in the day. Two people were killed as the rush for a final glimpse of "Kalaignar", as the police used batons to control the surging crowds. The Madras High Court allowed Karunanidhi's burial at Marina Beach after overnight drama over the ruling AIADMK's refusal to give the five-time chief minister space at the beachfront which has memorials to three other former chief ministers including J Jayalalithaa. Karunanidhi died on Tuesday at 94.
  • Court To Decide On Karunanidhi Burial At Chennai's Marina Beach: 10 Facts
    A rare midnight hearing on the DMK's petition in the Madras High Court to seek permission for the former chief minister M Karunanidhi's burial along Marina beach was inconclusive after the ruling AIADMK government sought time to get back with its stand. The high court has gave the state 7 hours to make up its mind and resumed hearing at 8 am. The Tamil Nadu government had on Tuesday evening rejected the request from rival DMK, triggering sharp criticism of its decision in Tamil Nadu and beyond. The DMK says the AIADMK's refusal to give six-feet land to bury the five-time chief minister next to his mentor CN Annadurai's grave "reeks of pettiness and political vendetta".

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