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  • PM Modi's Survey Of Flood-Hit Kochi Cancelled Due To Bad Weather: Sources
    324 people have died and several hundred others injured, as Kerala is battered by the worst floods in a century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was scheduled to take an aerial survey in Kerala's Kochi this morning, could not do so due to unfavourable weather conditions. Hundreds of thousands have been shifted to relief camps as nearly 100 dams, reservoirs and rivers have overflowed. Roads have caved in, sections of highways collapsed, and homes swept away amid warnings of worse weather to come. With thousands still trapped, power and communication lines down, and fresh alerts of further torrential rain, authorities warned of more trouble ahead and further deaths to come. More than 30 military helicopters and 320 boats are attempting rescues across Kerala. Heavy rain, accompanied with strong winds have also been predicted for today and tomorrow. "It is an extremely grave situation," the Kerala government said last evening. North and central Kerala have been worst-hit by the floods, with at least 310,000 people displaced. They are taking shelter in more than 2,000 relief camps.
  • As Imran Khan Takes Oath Today, A New Innings Begins For Pak: 10 Updates
    Imran Khan, the former cricket star and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, or PTI, chief, will take oath as Prime Minister today morning, ending decades of political dominance by Pakistan's two dynastic powerhouses. Mr Khan had run a populist campaign promising to change the lives of Pakistanis and come down hard on corruption. "Those people who have looted the country, I promise that they will be brought to justice," Mr Khan reiterated yesterday after winning the acrimonious vote in parliament for the top seat.
  • PM Reaches Kochi To Take Aerial Survey Of Flood-Hit Kerala: 10 Points
    Kerala's most savage monsoon in a century has killed 324 people over the last nine days, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said, issuing a fresh rain alert for the battered state. Over two lakh people have been displaced. The state, battling floods and landslides, plunged deeper into crisis yesterday, with hospitals facing shortage of oxygen and fuel stations running dry. Rescue efforts have been progressing on a war footing and Mr Vijayan said he has spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived here yesterday. Today, PM Modi along with Mr Vijayan will make an aerial survey of the worst affected districts.
  • 94 Dead In Kerala, Rain To Continue For 2 Days: 10 Facts
    Thirty people died in rain-related incidents in Kerala today despite hectic rescue work by armed forces and the NDRF and private groups in the state that's is grappling with the worst monsoon in a century. In the last 24 hours, the state received 10 times the normal rainfall. There is no relief before Saturday, the met office said. As huge swathes of the state became submerged, the Army and Navy pushed in extra troops and the Air Force extra aircraft. Since August 8, 94 people died in the state. PM Modi will visit the state today.
  • 67 Dead In Kerala Rain, Kochi Airport Shut Till Saturday: 10 Points
    The number of deaths in rain-related incidents in Kerala has risen to 67, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said, as a red alert has been issued across the state in what has turned out to be the state's worst monsoon in almost a century. The airport at Kochi, the busiest in Kerala, will remain closed till Saturday "due to heavy rains and resultant flooding". The runway and the parking area at the Kochi airport are flooded. Train services have also been affected due to Kerala rain, with many being delayed and cancelled. The torrential rain - which forced the state to release excess water from reservoirs, causing floods downstream - was expected to stop. But the weather office has said it is likely to continue till Saturday.
  • 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.

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