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  • 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".
  • Congress Candidate Likely For Rajya Sabha No 2 Post: 10 Facts
    The onus of fielding a candidate for the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson's post came to rest on Congress today in what was seen as a blow to the unity of the opposition, which failed to have a consensus candidate despite weeks of discussion and an edge in numbers. Suggestions for the name of BK Hariprasad came this evening after Sharad Pawar's party backtracked on the candidature of Vandana Chavan when it became clear Naveen Patnaik's BJD won't support her. The government, which is fielding Harivansh Narayan Singh from Nitish Kumar's party, tried consolidate numbers and bring disgruntled allies like the Akali Dal and Shiv Sena on board.
  • As Justice KM Joseph Finally Joins Top Court, A Seniority Row: 10 Facts
    A group of judges met Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today, upset about what they believe is the government's attempt to alter the seniority of Justice KM Joseph - whose elevation to the Supreme Court has been cleared after much back-and-forth in the past eight months. The chief justice reportedly promised the judges, including three from the Supreme Court collegium or panel that recommends appointments, that he would take up their protest with the centre. Government sources have justified the order that places Justice Joseph last among the three judges to be sworn in on Tuesday.
  • Top Court Adjourns Hearing On Article 35A Amid Kashmir Shutdown: 10 Facts
    The Supreme Court today adjourned hearing of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Article 35-A, which gives special rights and privileges to people of Jammu and Kashmir, and fixed August 27 as the next date. The matter was to be heard by a three-judge bench, but since Justice DY Chandrachud wasn't available, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said a two-judge can't hear it. Article 35A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir to acquire any immovable property in the state and gives special privileges to residents in jobs and scholarships. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has warned that fiddling with the state's special status would have "catastrophic ramifications" for the entire country. After separatists called for a two-day bandh starting Sunday in support of Article 35A, streets in Kashmir remained deserted, markets were closed and public transport was off the road. The Amarnath Yatra was also suspended.
  • 5 Points On Bill To Amend Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code
    A Bill to amend Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, has been introduced in the Lok Sabha to bring relief to the home buyers and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises or MSMEs. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance will protect the buyers when builders declare bankruptcy for under-construction real estate projects. The Bill would bring a major economic reform by allowing a person buying a home or commercial space to be treated as a financial creditor. When a company is bankrupt, financial creditors (banks, till now) have the first right over the proceeds of assets. Now, when the buyers are also treated like financial creditors, they would also stake a claim in the assets' sale as well as in the bankruptcy proceedings. The move also comes at a time when many home buyers are facing hardships on account of delayed and incomplete real estate projects.

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