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  • Due to unprecedented intense rain during south west monsoon during the last one week, and consequent opening of about 36 dams in  state of Kerala, 3 Divisions of Southern Railway were severely affected with heavy flash floods, land slips, boulder falling on track etc from 16.08.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated Saurabh Chaudhary on winning gold in Men’s 10m Air Pistol event at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta - Palembang, Indonesia

    “16-year old Saurabh Chaudhary illustrates the potential and prowess our youth is blessed with.

  • The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate the “International Buddhist Conclave (IBC), 2018” in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 23rd August, 2018. The Minister of State (Independent charge), Shri K.J. Alphons will preside over the inaugural function.

  • With several incidents of tropical cyclones and severe weather events striking over Kerala and Karnataka coasts in the recent times, the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences is proposing to set up a Cyclone Warning Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.

  • National Highways Authority of India – NHAI has waived off user fee at three toll plazas in Kerala in view of the unprecedented flood situation in the state. The waiver has been made on the toll plazas at Paliekkara in Thrissur district, Pampampallam in Palakkad district and Kumbalam in Cochin.

  • Union Minister for Food Processing Industries met with food processing industry leaders late evening yesterday to plan a strategy for assistance to be provided to people of Kerala. The meeting was attended by representatives from companies like ITC, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Hindustan Unilever, Dabur, MTR, Nestle, Britannia, Maricoamong others.

  • The update on relief operations from Ministry of Civil Aviation is as follows:

     

    • Alliance Air has commenced scheduled air services to/from INS Garuda, Cochin with ATR-72 aircraft. IndiGo would also be commencing scheduled operations to/from INS Garuda, Cochin w.e.f.

  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed a prayer meeting in New Delhi, organized in memory of the former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away recently.

    He said that how long our life is, is not in our hands, but we can determine ‘how’ our life will be. He said that Atal ji showed through his life, how life should be, and what its purpose should be. He said Atal ji lived each moment for the common man. Right from youth till the time the physical body supported him, he lived for the country, the Prime Minister added.

  • The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met for the fifth time in five days here today to review the rescue & relief operations in the flood affected areas in Kerala. Cabinet Secretary Shri PK Sinha, chaired the meeting.

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has notified new sets of specified health warnings for all tobacco product packs by making an amendment in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Rules, 2008vide GSR 331(E) dated 3rd April 2018 “Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Second Amendment Rules, 2018”.

  • The Government of India has announced the Sale (Re-issue) of (i) “7.37 per cent Government Stock, 2023”  for a notified amount of  Rs. 2,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) “7.

  • The Vice President of India & the Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu and the Speaker, Lok Sabha, Smt. Sumitra  Mahajan, here today, urged the Members of Parliament (both Rajya Sabha & Lok Sabha) to generously contribute from their MPLADS funds for relief and rehabilitation works in flood affected Kerala besides considering to donate their one month’s salary for the same.

  • INS Khanjar a Missile Corvette of Indian Navy was on a three-day visit to Yangon, Myanmar to undertake operational turn around (OTR) and as part of goodwill visit from 18 to 20 Aug 18. On arrival at Yangon, the Commanding Officer called-on Captain Tet Lwin Run, Fleet Commander 1st Fleet and the Indian Ambassador to Myanmar Shri Vikram Misri.

  • The Defence Minister of Japan Mr. Itsunori Onodera is on a bilateral visit to India at the invitation of the Defence Minister of India Smt Nirmala Sitharaman from 19 to 20 August 2018. The two Ministers held the annual Defence Ministerial Meeting on 20 August 2018 in Delhi.

  • The 52nd Meeting of the Council of IITs was held under the chairmanship of Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi today. While briefing the media regarding the decisions taken by the Council, the Minister highlighted that the IIT - PAL designed to help the students in preparing for the JEE Advanced Exam would be further extended, and would be made available along with handholding support through the SWAYAM portal.

  • Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari today stressed on the need to develop consensus amongst the concerned states on interlinking of rivers so that the water draining unutilized into the sea could be utilized for the needy areas.

  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee during a homage meeting at the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region here today.

  • More than 7,500 registrations from 20+ countries, top 30 teams to be mentored by the likes of Nandan Nilekani and Deep Kalra

    MoveHack 2018, NITI Aayog’s global mobility hackathon with total prize money of more than INR 2 crores, has received strong interest from across the globe.

  •  On the basis of the report of  Ruiyat Hilal (moon deciding Committee) headed by Shahi Imam, Jama Masjid, Delhi, Syed Ahmed Bukhari intimating that witnesses of sighting of moon have been received from different cities of India, it has been decided that all Central Government Administrative Offices located at Delhi/New Delhi shall remain closed on 22.08.

  • Income-tax Rules, 1962 (I.T.Rules) prescribe Form No.13 for filing an application for seeking a certificate under Section 197 and/or under Section 206C (9) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act), for no deduction of tax or deduction/collection of tax at lower rate.



  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...




  • The CBI has charge-sheeted 51 people for alleged rioting at the residence and office of Haryana minister Abhimanyu Singh during protests to demand res...




  • BJP chief Amit Shah will arrive in Kerala today on a day-long visit to gear up the party for the 2019 general elections. BJP sources said, o...



  • Afghan envoy to New Delhi Shaida Abdali has said that India and Afghanistan must stand together to free the two countries from terrorism. Speaking in New Delhi on Monday, Abdali condemned the terror attack in Jalalabad in which several people, including a number of Sikhs, were killed.



  • In Thailand, all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been confirmed alive after going missing in a flooded cave network in northern province.



  • Extending losses for the second session, the rupee weakened by 16 paise to trade at 68.96 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday on sustained capital outflows amid strengthening of the American currency overseas.



  • In the FIFA World Cup, Brazil and Belgium registered contrasting victories last night to seal a place in the quarterfinals and set up a last-8 clash on Friday.


  • This was decided at the meeting between Japanese Defence Minister Mr. Itsunori Onodera and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.

    The meeting also decided to give special attention towards strengthening the security and cooperation of Indian Ocean region while Japan will provide assistance to develop Sri Lanka’s maritime security.

    This is the first time that a Japanese Defence Minister is visiting Sri Lanka, during which he will also visit Hambanthota and Trincomalee ports.

    The Japanese minister is also scheduled to meet Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister and other leaders.

    His visit assumes significance as Japan has begun playing an active role in the region.

    Japan is contributing for several economic projects in Sri Lanka in a purported bid to remove its reliance on Chinese loans and investments.

    The visit of defence minister also coincided with Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ship 'Ikazuchi' arrival at the Port of Trincomalee yesterday.

  • Putting behind her heart-breaking loss at the Olympics two years ago, Vinesh began her victorious campaign with a revenge win against Chinese Yanan Sun against whom she had suffered that terrible leg injury which cut short her journey in Rio.

    Indian shooter Deepak Kumar claimed the silver medal in men's 10m air rifle event after producing excellent scores at crucial junctures, pipping fancied team-mate Ravi Kumar at the 18th Asian Games here on Monday. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China's Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record.

    Meanwhile, Young Indian shooter Lakshay claimed the silver medal in the men's trap event. The 19-year-old Lakshay shot 39 out of 45 to finish second on the podium. Taipei's Kunpi Yang won the gold medal while equalling the Games record.

    Manavjit Singh Sandhu, who topped the qualification, finished fourth in the final with 26 after 30 shots, having stayed on course for a while.

    The Indian Men's Hockey Team cruise past hosts Indonesia in their first game at the 3 players register hat-tricks during a remarkable 17-0 victory.
     

  • As the weather showed signs of improvement in flood ravaged Kerala, agencies involved in rescue and relief operations intensified their efforts.

    Army, navy air force, coast guard and the NDRF as well as other self help groups and locals are doing all they can to help the affected. Nearly 3 and a half lakh people have taken shelter in more than 3000 relief camps.

    Commercial flight operations began at Kochi Naval base airstrip on Monday. Meanwhile, the National Crisis Management Committee continues to closely monitor the situation and relief measures are also on in full swing.

    The department of Consumer Affairs has dispatched 100 MT of pulses on Monday. The Ministry of Health has airlifted 52 MT of emergency medicines. 12 medical teams have also been put on standby.  No outbreak of disease has been reported so far.

    The Ministry of Power has moved power equipment like electricity meters, coils, transformers etc. to restore the distribution network. Power generation has reached 2600 MW. 77000 telecom towers out of total 85000 towers in the State are now operational.

    Out of 1407 telephone exchanges, only 13 remain non-functional. Railways have offered to supply required amounts of water and also transport relief material free of cost.

    Adequate quantities of milk and milk power have been made available by Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying.

    Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu and LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan both appealed to members of the house to do their bit to contribute towards aiding flood victims.

    Meanwhile, the governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have both announced a contribution of 3 crore rupees each towards flood relief work.
     
    --Ministry of Power  moves power equipment to restore distribution network.

    ----Power generation reaches 2600 MW
    ----77000 telecom towers out of total 85000 towers in State now operational
    --- only 13 of 1407 telephone exchanges remain non-functional
    ----Railways offer to supply water, transport relief material free of cost
    ----milk and milk powder made available by Department of Animal Husbandry and dairying
    ---department of Consumer Affairs dispatches 100 MT of pulses
    ---Ministry of Health AIRLIFTS 52 MT of emergency medicines.
    ---12 medical teams put on standby
    ----No outbreak of disease reported so far
     

  • Prime Minister Modi hailed the late leader's diplomatic acumen in putting terrorism at the global centrestage as a matter of global concern and said that the biggest tribute to him would be to walk on the path showed by the late leader.

    Recalling Atalji's early days, Prime Minister said that it was in his youth itself that Atal ji decided to serve  fellow Indians. He entered politics when only one party held sway over the political discourse and spent several years in Opposition. But not once did he compromise on his ideology. He distinguished himself as a Parliamentarian and was proud of India's Parliamentary traditions

    In his tribute, Prime Minister Modi also spelt out the moments that made Atalji a true statesman. He said Atal Ji as a Prime Minister created three states, all of which are prospering today. The process of creating these states was peaceful and without bitterness.

    When it came to coalition politics, there too Atal Ji showed the way. Prime Minister said that when Atal Ji formed the Government for 13 days in May, 1996, no party was willing to support him. The Government fell. Yet he did not lose hope and remained committed to serving the people. And it was Atal Ji's efforts that ensured India became a nuclear power.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi also recalled Atalji's leadership on the Kashmir issue. He said when some were cornering India on the matter, it was Vajpayee Ji who changed the narrative. Prime Minister credited Vajpayee ji for making terrorism an important issue on the world stage

    For Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the entire nation, Atal ji will always be remembered as a guiding light who was ahead of the times.

     

  • Minister Mentor, Minister of Defence and Minister of Rodrigues of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnauth said that language and culture are not separate. He said that language is essential to keep culture alive. Mr. Jugnauth also said that Mauritius will do its level best to propagate and spread Hindi. Expressing thankfulness towards participants, Minister of State for External Affairs M. J. Akbar said that Hindi is very popular in many parts of the world and it is silently moving ahead.

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha, West Bengal's Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and many ministers from India and Mauritius were present in the concluding session.

    On last day of the conference recommendations upon deliberations held on “Hindi World and Indian Culture” and eight sub topics, during the conference were read out. A committee under External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will examine these recommendations.

    Eminent Scholars, academicians, teachers and institutions working for promotion of Hindi in India and across the globe were also felicitated. More than 2000 delegates around the world attended three-day conference. The World Hindi Conference was started in 1975 to propagate and spread Hindi language around the world.

  • Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.

    Chinese Taipei’s Shaochuan Lu (226.8) bagged the bronze after being beaten by a near-perfect score of 10.9 by Deepak in the third-place shoot-off.

    Deepak then shot a 10.8 to get the better of Ravi (205.2), who combined with Apurvi Chandela to win bronze in the air rifle mixed event on Sunday.

    This is India’s third medal at the ongoing Games and second in shooting.

  • The visit is aimed at strengthening military cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the sphere of maritime space, especially with China's growing influence in the Indian Ocean.

    He would later hold discussions with defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on a range of bilateral issues.

  • The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world's biggest gatherings every year.

    "We are very blessed by Allah to be in this place, and we pray to Allah to make the Islamic nations from the West to the East in a better situation," said Essam-Eddin Afifi, a pilgrim from Egypt. 

    Muslims circle the Kaaba counter-clockwise seven times while reciting supplications to God, then walk between the two hills traveled by Hagar, Ibrahim's wife. Mecca's Grand Mosque, the world's largest, encompasses the Kaaba and the two hills.

    Before heading to Mecca, many pilgrims visit the city of Medina, where the Prophet Muhammad is buried and where he built his first mosque.

    After prayers in Mecca, pilgrims will head to an area called Mount Arafat, where the Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon. From there, pilgrims will head to an area called Muzdalifa, picking up pebbles along the way for a symbolic stoning of the devil and a casting away of sins that takes place in the Mina valley for three days.

    At the hajj's end, male pilgrims will shave their hair and women will cut a lock of hair in a sign of renewal for completing the pilgrimage. Around the world, Muslims will mark the end of hajj with a celebration called Eid al-Adha. 

     

  • The deadline for putting money in the ATMs located in Naxal-hit areas is 4 pm while private cash handling agencies must collect money from the banks in the first half of the day and transport notes only in armoured vehicles.

    In a notification, the Home Ministry said the new Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) would come into effect from February 8, 2019 in view of the spurt in incidents of attacks on cash vans, cash vaults, ATM frauds and other internal frauds leading to increased sense of insecurity.

    There are over 8,000 privately owned cash vans plying across the country, operated by non-bank private agencies, and they handle over Rs 15,000 crore daily on behalf of banks.

    Some times, the private agencies keep currency overnight at their cash vaults.

    "No cash loading of the ATMs or cash transportation activities shall be done after 9 pm in urban areas, after 6 pm in rural areas and before 9 am or after 4 pm in the districts notified by the central government as Left Wing Extremism affected areas," the notification said.

    The agencies shall provide private security for the cash transportation with the requisite number of trained staff, every cash van shall have one driver, two armed security guards, two ATM officers or custodians.

    One armed guard must sit in the front along with the driver and another in the rear portion of the van while in transit. During loading or unloading, nature's call, tea or lunch break, at least one armed security guard shall remain present with the cash van all the time.

    The ex-serviceman, otherwise eligible, may preferably be appointed for providing security for cash transportation. Every cash transportation shall be carried out only in secured cash vans fitted with GPS tracking device and it must be ensured that no cash van carries cash of more than Rs 5 crore per trip.

    No private security agency shall appoint anyone for the cash transportation unless the person has undergone thorough antecedent check like police, Aadhaar and residence verifications, previous employer check, credit history check and fidelity insurance.

    Each of the cash boxes shall be secured to the floor with separate chains and locks that can be opened only by using separate keys kept with different custodians.

    The cash van shall be provided with a small CCTV system with at least five days recording facility and three cameras installed in front, rear and inside of the cabin. A security alarm with GSM based auto-dialer shall be provided with a motorised siren.

    The cash van shall be equipped with hooter, fire extinguishers and emergency lights to ensure quick reaction in case of an attack.

    The private security agency will ensure that all cash handling, including counting, sorting, and bundling activities shall be carried out in secured premises in accordance with specific guidelines.

    The premises shall be designed to include two physically independent areas, one for general office purpose and other for secured cash processing and handling activities and it shall accommodate space for cash deposit, collection, sorting, counting and delivery and dispatch of cash on secured cash vans.

     

  • "Tributes to our former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi Ji on his birth anniversary. We remember his efforts towards the nation," the PM tweeted.

    August 20, 2018 is Rajiv Gandhi's 74th birth anniversary. 

    Born in 1944, Rajiv Gandhi served as Prime Minister from 1984 to 1989. He was assassinated on May 21, 1991.

  • Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's daughter Namita Bhattacharya immersed his ashes at Har-ki-Pauri in Haridwar.

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP President Amit Shah, Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Sadhus, religious leaders and other prominent citizens were also present on the occasion.

    Earlier, a large number of people attended the Asthi Ka lush Yatra in Haridwar.

    In the morning, three urns carrying ashes of the departed leader were collected from Delhi's Smriti Sthal. His daughter Namita Bhattacharya  and other family members were there to collect the ashes.

    One of the most charismatic leaders of independent India, Vajpayee passed away in New Delhi on Thursday at the age of 93. He was cremated with full State honours at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in the national capital on Friday.

     

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj inaugurated "Panini Language Laboratory" at Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) at Port Louis in Mauritius on Sunday. 

    The Lab has been gifted by the Government of India and it will help MGI in teaching of all Indian languages in Mauritius.  

    In her address Swaraj said that similar lab is equipped with all modern technologies and similar facilities need to be build up in India also to promote Hindi and regional languages.

    On this occasion Education Minister of Mauritius Leela Devi Dookun and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

    Swaraj and Minister of State for External Affairs Gen V K Singh also paid floral tribute to Bapu’s statue at the institute.

    Swaraj also called on Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jagnauth. Both the leaders discussed further deepening of special ties between India and Mauritius. PM Jugnauth hosted a banquet lunch in the honour of External Affairs Minister, which was attended by the prominent dignitaries from both sides.

    She also met former Prime Minister of Mauritius Paul Berenger on the sidelines of 11th Vishwa Hindi Conference. Mr. Berenger conveyed his condolence on the sad demise of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and recalled his role in strengthening bilateral relations.

    Swaraj also met with the leader of opposition of Mauritius Xavier Luc Duval. Both the leaders exchanged views on furthering cooperation between the two countries.

    The eminent scholars have stressed upon on refinement of the Hindi language by making it simple and interesting. The delegates from across the globe attending 11th World Hindi Conference in Mauritius underlined the need of developing a software for Hindi which can be available to common people on a reasonable price.

    Addressing media in Port Louis, the Chief Coordinator of conference Sanjay Kumar Verma said that during the discussions participants suggested that besides Devanagari, scripts of foreign languages can also be used to teach Hindi in abroad. He also said that basic objective of three-day conference is to connect Hindi language with culture to spread and popularise it in the entire world.

    On the second day of the conference deliberations on relations of Culture and Language with films, media and literature were held in four sessions. Renowned Hindi lyricist, screenwriter and poet Prasoon Joshi and other eminent scholars from India and Mauritius presided over these sessions.

     

     

  • An in-form Bajrang won his maiden Asian Games gold in the 65kg category but a 'rusty' Sushil lost his last chance to add an Asiad gold to his collection of medals after losing his qualification bout 3-5 to Bahrain's

    Adam Batirov in the 74kg category. Bajrang came into the Games after winning three tournaments -- Commonwealth Games, Tbilisi Grand Prix and Yasar Dogu International -- and carried on with his superlative show here. Such was his domination that the 24-year-old from Haryana won all his bouts, until the final, by technical superiority.

    He outclassed Uzbekistan's Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan's Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia's N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.

    Bajrang Punia dedicates his medal to Late PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee 

    In the final, he was tested by Japan's Takatani Daichi but Bajrang held his nerves to prevail 11-8 in an exciting battle. He raced to a 6-0 lead but the Japanese kept at it and put Bajrang under immense pressure.    Bajrang emulated his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt, who won gold in the last edition and is now one of the few Asiad gold medal winners in wrestling.

    Kartar Singh (1978, 1986), Satpal Singh (1982), Rajinder Singh (1978), Changdi Ram (1970) and Maruti Mane (1962) are among Asiad gold winners from India. A lot was expected from all five wrestlers in action but Sandeep Tomar (57kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Pawan Kumar (86kg) faded out early. Pawan got a chance to redeem his campaign but lost his repechage round by technical superiority (0-11) to local boy Fahriansyah.

    The biggest blow though came when two-time Olympic medallist Sushil, who was exempted from Asiad trails, lost tamely. Sushil, winner of a bronze at the 2006 Doha edition, was competing at the Games after skipping the last two editions. The Indian led 2-1 after the first period with a takedown but the Bahraini made a strong comeback to silence the Indian fans.

  • The meeting held under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, discussed in a video conference with the Chief Secretary of Kerala.

    The current flood situation and deployment of rescue teams, motorboats, helicopters, life jackets; provision of food, water and medicines; and restoration of power, telecom and transport links wherever they were disrupted.

     In the unprecedented efforts being mobilised under the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 67 choppers, 24 aircrafts, 548 motorboats and thousands of rescue personnel from Indian Navy, Army, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force, Coast Guard, other Central Armed Para-military Forces, have been pressed into service to rescue and evacuate people from submerged areas to relief camps and for distribution of relief materials.

    The Cabinet Secretary directed five more helicopters to be mobilised by Indian Air Force, Navy and ONGC which will be pressed into service from today.

    Additional motorboats have also been put on standby for deployment.

  • Maharashtra Chief Minister has announced Rs. 20 crore as immediate assistance to the flood-hit state.

    While, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Rs. 10 crore aid and Jharkhand has given a financial help of Rs. Five crore.

    Uttar Pradesh CM also announced financial assistance of Rs 15 crores for flood affected Kerala while Chhattisgarh Chief Minister announced to provide rice worth Rs 7 crore one railway rake and Rs 3 crore as financial assistance to State of Kerala ravaged by floods.

    The Madhya Pradesh government has announced Rs 10 crore financial assistance for flood-hit Kerala.

    Rajasthan Chief Minister also announced a financial help of Rs 10 crore from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for the flood-ravaged Kerala.

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced an aid of Rs. 10 crore for the state.

    Odisha has announced an assistance of Rs. five crore for flood-hit Kerala.Punjab Chief Minister has announced Rs. 10 crore worth of immediate relief for flood-hit Kerala.

    While Telangana announced immediate financial help of Rs. 25 crore for flood-hit Kerala. Delhi Chief Minister also announced a contribution of Rs. 10 crore.
     

  • He praised the relief agencies NDRF and public officials at state and central level for their response and commitment.

    Thousands of people in flood-hit areas in Kerala are battling all odds to survive as the death toll has crossed 195 in the past 10 days in the second spell of monsoon fury since August 8.

    Many are still stranded in their homes with no food at various places in Alapuzha, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts.

    The maximum death toll has been reported from Idukki district, where 43 people have lost their lives so far, as per official estimates. Over six lakh people are in relief camps across the state.

    Along with personnel of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the NDRF, hundreds of fishermen and local people are engaged in relief operations. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has the biggest ever relief and rescue operation in flood-affected Kerala. An NDRF spokesperson said, a total of 58 teams have been deputed to work in the state and three teams are on their way.

    This is the highest ever deployment of NDRF in a single state since its raising in 2006. The NDRF has evacuated more than 10,000 people from rain and flood-battered areas.

    Massive rescue operations were on in worst affected places including Chenganur, Chalakudy, Aluva, Alappuzha and Pathanam titta and thousands were rescued. Over four lakh people are housed in 3026 relief camps across the state.

    In the unprecedented efforts being mobilised under the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 67 choppers, 24 aircrafts, 548 motorboats and thousands of rescue personnel from Indian Navy, Army, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force, Coast Guard, other Central Armed Para-military Forces, have been pressed into service to rescue and evacuate people from submerged areas to relief camps and for distribution of relief materials. The Cabinet Secretary directed five more helicopters to be mobilised by Indian Air Force, Navy and ONGC. Additional motorboats have also been put on standby for deployment.
     

    HELPLINE NUMBERS:

    District Rescue Helpline
    Rescue No.- (STD)+ 1077

    Kasaragod: 94 46 60 1700
    Kannur: 94 46 68 2300
    Kozhikode: 94 46 53 8900
    Waynad: 80 78 40 9770
    Mallapuram: 93 83 46 3212 and 93 83 46 42 12
    Thrissur: 94 47 07 44 24 and 04 87 23 63 424
    Palakkad: 83 01 80 32 82
    Ernakulam: 79 02 20 04 00 and 79 02 20 03 00
    Alappuzha: 0477 2238630, 94 95 00 36 30, 94 95 00 36 40
    Idukki: 90 61 56 61 11, 93 83 46 30 36
    Kottayam: 94 46 56 22 36
    Pathanamthitta: 80 78 80 89 15
    Kollam: 94 47 67 78 00

    Along with the centre, many states too have taken the lead and announced help for flood-ravaged Kerala. Maharashtra Chief Minister has announced Rs. 20 crore as immediate assistance to the flood-hit state. While, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Rs. 10 crore aid, Jharkhand has given a financial help of Rs. Five crore to Kerala.

    Uttar Pradesh CM also announced financial assistance of Rs 15 crores for flood affected states while Chhattisgarh CM announced to provide rice worth Rs 7 crore one railway rake and Rs 3 crore as financial assistance to State.

    The Madhya Pradesh government has announced Rs 10 crore financial assistance for flood-hit Kerala.

    Rajasthan Chief Minister also announced a financial help of Rs 10 crore from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for the flood-ravaged Kerala.

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced an aid of Rs. 10 crore for the state. Odisha has announced an assistance of Rs. five crore for flood-hit Kerala.

    Punjab Chief Minister has announced Rs. 10 crore worth of immediate relief for flood-hit Kerala. While Telangana announced immediate financial help of Rs. 25 crore for flood-hit Kerala. Delhi Chief Minister also announced a contribution of Rs. 10 crore.

  • Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours, his close associates said.

    In Geneva, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced his peaceful death after a short undisclosed illness with “immense sadness”, saying he was surrounded in his last days by his second wife Nane and children Ama, Kojo and Nina.

    After rising through the ranks of the United Nations, Annan served two terms as U.N. Secretary-General in New York from 1997-2006 and retired to live in a Swiss village in the Geneva countryside. His 10-year-old foundation promotes good governance and the transformation of African agriculture.

    “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, whom Annan had chosen to head the U.N. refugee agency, said in a statement.

    Annan and the United Nations shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to reform the world body and give priority to human rights issues.

    As head of U.N. peacekeeping operations, Annan was criticized for the world body’s failure to halt the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s.

    As U.N. boss he was linked to peace efforts to reunite the divided island of Cyprus, submitting a reunification blueprint which was rejected in a referendum by Greek Cypriots in 2004.

    ‘NOT PERFECT’

    He staunchly opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and later served as the first U.N. envoy at the start of Syria’s war, but quit after world powers failed to fulfill their commitments, saying: “I lost my troops on the way to Damascus”.

    “The U.N. can be improved, it is not perfect but if it didn’t exist you would have to create it,” he told the BBC’s Hard Talk during an interview for his 80th birthday last April, recorded at the Geneva Graduate Institute where he had studied.

    “I am a stubborn optimist, I was born an optimist and will remain an optimist,” added Annan, who often joked about having learned from locals to wear earmuffs against the freezing cold during his undergraduate years at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the United States.

    Raila Odinga, Kenyan opposition leader and former prime minister, said on Citizen TV: “We didn’t expect Kofi to pass that abruptly. Kofi Annan is a man of integrity; a great African, a great leader of the world.”

    The Elders, a group of former leaders including Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mary Robinson, paid tribute to their inspiring chairman, noting his visits to South Africa and Zimbabwe in July.

    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, paid tribute to Annan as “humanity’s best example, the epitome, of human decency and grace”.

    Zeid, who has criticized major powers and other countries during his four-year term that ends later this month, said that whenever he felt “isolated and alone politically”, he would go for long walks with Annan in Geneva.

    “When I told him once how everyone was grumbling about me, he looked at me — like a father would look at a son — and said sternly: “You’re doing the right thing, let them grumble.” Then he grinned!”

     

     

  • In the beginning of the conference a two-minute silence was observed to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Inaugurating the conference Prime Minister of Mauritius Praveen Kumar Jagannath said that with the passing away of Vajpayee ji a great son of India and a dear friend to Mauritius has been lost.

    He said that Mr. Vajpayee will be remembered as a master orator, a global thinker, “Deshbhakata” and “Deshsewak”.

    PM Jagannath also said that Mr. Vajpayee’s love for Hindi language, ability to craft words and unique manner to address instills hopes in millions of people.  He said that 11th World Hindi Conference could not be a better tribute to Shri Vajpayee.

    Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announces to name Mauritius cyber tower, which Atalji had contributed to set up, as Atal Bihari Vajpayee tower.

    Meanwhile, in her opening statement External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that  with this conference Hindi representatives from across the globe paying tribute to Mr. Vajpayee. She said that Vajpayee ji was exponent of Hindi who established Hindi at international level by first time addressing the United Nations in Hindi.

    Mauritius Prime Minister and Swaraj also released a souvenir and two postal stamps on 11th World Hindi Conference.

    Goa's Governor Mridula Sinha West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi and many ministers from India are also attending the conference.

    After the inauguration session a condolence meeting will be held in the memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In the afternoon sessions delegates from 20 countries including India will deliberate on eight sub topics related to "Hindi World and Indian Culture". More than 2,000 delegates attending the three day conference.