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  • In PM Speech, Big Health And Space Mission, Warning For Rapists: 10 Facts
    On India's 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the long-awaited manned space mission by India, for which space agency ISRO has been prepping. By 2022, "a son or daughter of India will go to space with a tricolor in hand," PM Modi said. The other big announcement was the rollout of the world's largest government-funded healthcare programme -- the Ayushman Bharat, which would benefit 50 crore people. Focussing on the achievements of his government in his fifth and final address from the ramparts of the Red Fort before next year's elections, PM Modi said, "We can take tough decisions because nation's interest is first for us, not the party's".
  • PM Modi's Top 10 Quotes In Independence Day Speech
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the Red Fort on the 72nd Independence Day, his fifth and final speech before the general elections next year. Before his speech, PM Modi paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. He unfurled the national flag, which was followed by the national anthem. PM Modi said the country is filled with confidence and is scaling new heights. "We are celebrating the 72nd Independence Day in a positive atmosphere. Our daughters have crossed seven seas and coloured the seas in the colours of our flag," PM Modi said. In his speech, PM Modi said that when an Indian goes anywhere, all countries of the world welcome them. The power of the Indian passport has increased. "We want to progress more and there is no question of stopping or getting tired on the way," he added.
  • In Independence Day Speech, PM May Launch Healthcare Scheme: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 72nd Independence Day, his fifth and final Independence Day speech before the general elections next year. "My dear brothers and sisters, the tricolour ensures equality, justice, opportunity to all," PM Modi said. He is likely to launch the world's largest government-funded healthcare programme, called the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Scheme. It will be launched on a pilot basis in some states, with the full-scale roll-out of PM Modi's pet project expected in September end, sources said. Ayushman Bharat, popularly referred to as "Modicare", aims to provide coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families.
  • BJP Pushes on Simultaneous Polls, Election Panel Says Not Now: 10 Facts
    The Election Commission today reiterated that holding state elections along with the general election next year will not be possible without any constitutional amendment or legal framework. The terms of assemblies cannot be cut short or President's Rule declared in states to hold elections without a change in the constitution, said Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat a day after a fresh push by the BJP for the "One nation one election" idea. Sources say the BJP is planning to hold elections in 11 states along with the 2019 general elections.
  • 19 Dead In Himachal, Shimla Gets Highest Rain In 117 Years: 10 Points
    Heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh for the last three days has claimed 19 lives. The state capital Shimla also received the highest rain in August in 117 years, the weather office has said. It has warned the hill state could experience more rain. The India Meteorological Department or IMD has also forecast heavy rain in other states. Goa and the Konkan region, Odisha and Kerala will continue to experience heavy rain, the weather office has said. A fall in pressure in the Bay of Bengal will bring rain to Uttarakhand in the next 24 hours, the IMD has said. Thirty-nine people have died in Kerala due to floods, and thousands have been displaced.
  • Arvind Kejriwal Charged In Bureaucrat Assault Case, AAP Livid: 10 Updates
    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and 11 other lawmakers were named as accused in the case involving the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash -- setting up another flashpoint between the Centre and the Delhi government. The Aam Aadmi Party government has called it a "fake and laughable criminal case" that was the "result of the extreme frustration of the Modi government". The alleged attack, which took place during a meeting at the Chief Minister's House in February, had led to a months-long face-off between the ministers and bureaucrats, which was resolved in June.
  • Traffic Advisory For Independence Day Celebrations In Delhi
    A full dress rehearsal of 72nd Independence Day celebration was held on Monday morning at the Red Fort in Delhi. Same traffic restrictions in Delhi were applied as would be followed on the day of the celebration. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the Red Fort on the Independence Day. Like every year, this year too Prime Minister Modi has asked people to send in ideas on the Narendra Modi App for his Independence Day speech.
  • "Rumours," Says Minister On Aero India Moving Out Of Karnataka: 10 Points
    Hugely upset over reports that Aero India -- Asia's largest military aviation exhibition -- will be moved out of Bengaluru, where it has been held since 1996, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and his ministers have been demanded that the centre speak up on the issue. And on Monday evening it did - kind of. While there was no word from Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, her colleague Ananthkumar, who represents Karnataka's Bengaluru South in parliament, said he had spoken to her and dispelled all speculation as "rumours". Reports had said that Aero India would be shifted from Karnataka, the country's aviation capital, to Lucknow, where the centre is building a huge defence corridor.
  • Kerala's Worst Rain Since 1924, 10,000 Km Roads Damaged: 10 Points
    The five-day rainfall in Kerala has been the worst since a weeklong rainfall in 1924, which caused devastating damage in the state. This time, preliminary estimates show the loss could be around ₹8316 crore, the Chief Minister's Office tweeted. Thirty-nine people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents since August 8. Overall, 186 people have died in the state this monsoon and there have been 211 landslides, government data shows. The heavy rainfall will continue till August 15 in many parts of Kerala, the meteorological office said.
  • 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.

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