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  • PM Modi's Independence Day Address: Top 10 Quotes
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the nation on the 73rd Independence Day. PM Modi led the nation in celebrating the event at the Red Fort in Delhi today morning. He unfurled the National Flag and delivered the customary address to the nation from the Red Fort at 7:30 am.
  • Restrictions In Jammu Lifted, Will Stay In Kashmir For Sometime: Police
    The government-imposed restrictions have been completely removed in Jammu while they will continue in parts of Kashmir "for sometime", a senior police officer said today, adding that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is under control and that there have been no major injuries to anyone. The announcement comes a day after the Union Home Ministry said the restrictions will be removed in a phased manner.
  • "India Is Data Shining Bright With Jio", Says Mukesh Ambani: 10 Points
    Reliance Industries held its 42nd Annual General Meeting today, with Chairman Mukesh Ambani announcing details of the much-awaited Jio Fiber service. He also praised the state of the Indian economy and declared that "no power on Earth can stop India from rising higher". Mr Ambani also highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024 and said he "fully endorse(d) this ambitious goal". "Indeed, I can clearly see India becoming a 10 trillion dollar economy by 2030, with every Indian as a beneficiary," he added. Mukesh Ambani's AGM speech focused on the three major growth engines driving Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) - oils-to-chemicals, Jio and Reliance Retail.
  • 76 Dead In Flood-Hit Kerala, Rain Predicted To Ease Up: 10 Points
    After days of downpour and landslides, the intensity of rain is likely to reduce in Kerala today if the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predictions hold true. For the first time in days, no red alert -- indicating heavy to very heavy rainfall -- has been sounded for any of the 14 districts in the state. Seventy six people have died over the last three days in Kerala -- which is yet to recover from the worst flood it faced in a century. Rahul Gandhi, who has been elected to parliament from Wayanad in Kerala, is camping in his constituency since Sunday. Today, he appealed to the people to provide relief materials to those hit by the devastating floods in his Lok Sabha constituency.
  • 72 Dead In Flood-Hit Kerala, Amit Shah Visits Karnataka: 10 Points
    Union Home Minister Amit Shah conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Karnataka's Belagavi district on Sunday. At least 30 people have died and more than two lakh people have been evacuated in the state, chief minister BS Yediyurappa has said. More than 100 people have been killed over the last one week and lakhs have been displaced in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala, which were also hit by floods. Although the number of dead in Kerala increased to 72, the Kochi airport began functioning this afternoon in an indication that the situation was easing in the southern state.
  • Monsoon Claims Over 100 Lives Across India, Kerala Worst-Hit: 10 Points
    Floods caused by the ongoing monsoon have killed 114 people and displaced thousands across much of the country, with the southern state of Kerala being the worst hit, news agency PTI reported. As the number of dead in Kerala crossed 50, the government ordered military teams to form rescue units and airlift food to stranded villages across the state. In neighbouring Karnataka, 30 people have been killed and many others still missing. Maharashtra and Gujarat have been badly hit too.
  • Sonia Gandhi Back As Congress Chief For Now After 12-Hour Meet: 10 Points
    Sonia Gandhi will return as Congress president for now, two years after she handed the top job to her son Rahul Gandhi, the party's top decision-making body, the Working Committee, decided on Saturday after a 12-hour meeting. Pitching it as a stop-gap measure, the party said it will pick a new president when its plenary session is held later this year. Rahul Gandhi had quit the party's top post in May after its disastrous performance in the Lok Sabha election and subsequently refused the party's requests to withdraw his resignation. On Saturday morning, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had excused themselves from group meetings held to decide on a new chief, saying they cannot be part of the selection process. Despite Rahul Gandhi's insistence, the party failed to come up with a non-Gandhi alternative.
  • Maharashtra, Kerala Worst-Hit In Flood Fury, Lakhs Evacuated: 10 Facts
    Dozens have been killed and lakhs have been forced out of their homes as monsoon rains continue to batter several parts in the country. Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka are among the worst-hit states. Over two lakh people have been evacuated from five districts of Maharashtra, including Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli. Other states that have reported flooding are Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Odisha. The Home Ministry on Friday said more than 250 rescue teams of National Disaster Response Force, Army, Navy and Air Force have been deployed in Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Gujarat for relief operations. In Karnataka, lakhs of hectares of crops have been destroyed amid unprecedented rainfall. The Kerala government said a red alert - likelihood of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall - has been issued for seven districts today.
  • Dozens Dead, Thousands Moved As Rain, Floods Hammer Many States: 10 Facts
    Monsoon rains continued to batter several parts of the country on Friday, with Kerala faring the worst in the south. The Pinarayi Vijayan government has issued a red alert and ordered all educational institutions to remain shut for the day. The Cochin International Airport suspended all operations until Sunday after its runway was submerged in water. Other states that reported flooding were Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Odisha. According to the India Meteorological Department, more heavy rains are likely to occur in these states over the next two days.
  • 28 Dead As Rain Batters Kerala, No School, Kochi Airport Shut Till Sunday
    Flight operations at Cochin International Airport in Kerala have been stopped till 3 pm on Sunday due to heavy rain, airport officials said today. The water level in Periyar river and a canal near the airport has been rising. At least 28 people have died in the floods since Thursday, the state government said; officials said the number of dead is likely to rise. The Kerala government said a red alert - likelihood of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall - has been issued for nine districts, including Wayanad, Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan met with officials of the State Disaster Management Authority at their control room to oversee coordination of relief and rescue operations. The Central Water Commission said the water level in some rivers has risen to a dangerous point. Heavy rainfall has been forecast from August 15.
  • "Article 370 Gone, A New Age Awaits Jammu And Kashmir": PM Modi's Top Quotes
    In an address to the nation today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi justified the withdrawal of the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir through Article 370 and said that the move will "liberate" the people of the region and bring them closer to the rest of the country. His address came at a time when Jammu and Kashmir is under lockdown to discourage violent agitations by the public. PM Modi, in his address, said that he "respected" political critics but asked them to act in the larger interests of the nation instead of blindly opposing the government's actions. He also assured the people of the region that the situation will normalise soon, and hinted at the possibility of Jammu and Kashmir regaining statehood under more conducive conditions. "A new age has dawned on Jammu and Kashmir," he declared.
  • Pak Halts Samjhauta Train, Kashmir Move "Internal Affair" Says India
    Pakistan today suspended the Samjhauta Express service with India and banned Indian films a day after it downgraded ties over New Delhi's decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier today, India had urged Pakistan to review its decision to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties, saying its decision on Kashmir was an internal affair and aimed at the state's development. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a speech to the nation later tonight, is expected to talk about the Kashmir move amid a huge security lockdown in the state.
  • "Article 370 Root Of Terrorism In Kashmir": Amit Shah - Top Quotes
    Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has been scrapped today by a presidential order. Home minister Amit Shah said Article 370 had ruined Jammu and Kashmir, stalled its development, prevented proper health care and education and blocked industries. Amit Shah also introduced a bill to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, which was passed in the Rajya Sabha.
  • 6 Ways In Which Scrapping Article 370 Changes Jammu and Kashmir

    The end of Article 370 means people from other states can now buy land in Jammu and Kashmir and the Right to Information law will be applicable there from now. In a decision with huge implications, the government today announced the scrapping of the Article that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, which was key to its accession to India in 1947. Home Minister Amit Shah told parliament that the move would come into force "at once" through a decree signed by President Ram Nath Kovind. He also introduced a separate bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir with an assembly - like Delhi -- and Ladakh without an assembly.

    The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha and will be presented in front of the Lok Sabha tomorrow.
  • Special Status For Jammu And Kashmir Scrapped: 5 Points About Article 370
    Kashmir Article 370: This article of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has been removed, Home Minister Amit Shah said in parliament today, adding that President Ram Nath Kovind had signed an order that would come into force "at once". The announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting of his cabinet at his house this morning. Jammu and Kashmir will also be "reorganised," said the Home Minister, with the state's bifurcation into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Amid massive protests by the opposition in parliament and parties in Jammu and Kashmir, the centre has moved 8,000 paramilitary troops from different parts of the country to Kashmir, sources said.

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