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Kerala sees worst flood in a century, faces huge death toll and $2.8 billion worth damages

On Saturday, PM Modi made an aerial assessment of the damages and announced a fresh financial aid of 5 billion rupees to the state.
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Modi to visit Kerala to survey flood damage but more heavy rain predicted for 3-4 days

Kerala CMO issues alert asking those sending distress messages to put a date and time stamp on requests for better deployment of resources.
The roof of a house collapses following floods in Kerala | PTI

Kerala floods claim more than 100 lives in a single day

Fresh teams of the three armed forces and National Disaster Response Force have been rushed to Kerala for relief and rescue operations. Thiruvananthapuram: More than 100 people died in rain-related incidents in Kerala in just one day Thursday, sources in the State Disaster Management Authority said, even as defence forces scaled up operations this morning to rescue those stranded in worst-hit areas. The toll for Thursday, initially put at 30, has now been revised to 106, the sources said, which takes the overall fatalities to 173 since the second spell of monsoon fury unleashed itself on 8 August. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reach Kerala Friday night after the funeral of former prime minister A. B. Vajpayee. He is likely to undertake an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas tomorrow. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had yesterday said 23 more helicopters will join the rescue operations Friday and 200 additional boats will also...

Photos of RSS workers helping Kerala flood victims are from Gujarat last year

Twitter users are falsely claiming Gujarat floods photos to be from Kerala to target Left. But RSS is working in Kerala.
A view of the Idukki Dam as water level continued to rise in Kerala | PTI

Understanding the 42-year-old Idukki dam which is now saving Kerala

The Idukki and Idamalayar reservoirs alone store 21.3 per cent of the total annual flow of Periyar river
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Media gets a mail from the PM, er, it’s an interview

Front Page It's raining interviews, albeit through email: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has never held a press conference during his tenure so far, and as for the interviews he has given to select TV channels and media houses, questions have rather resembled lollipops rather than hard balls. So the master orator decided he would try and mollify the media with a series of interviews over the weekend. Guess what, though, the PM responds to email now. Predictably, he has taken Twitter by storm. Not one of his back-to-back interviews with The Times of India, ANI, and Hindustan Times is a face-to-face encounter.  Modi spoke on a range of issues from the opposition alliance to unemployment to economic reforms among others. But was it really him? Some unknown hand, for all we know, wrote down what he thinks the PM thinks. Within hours, social media sites were flooded with pro-Modi and anti-Modi comments, challenging the...
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Supreme Court revokes interim protection for priests accused in Kerala church scandal

The top court asked clergymen to surrender first and then seek regular bail.

Kerala author Hareesh withdraws novel: Does attack stifle free expression or are writers being culturally insensitive?

Facing abuse from right wingers on social media, Hareesh said that he “was too weak” to take on the powerful. Hareesh’s novel, Mathrubhumi, got mired in controversy over its sexually explicit portrayal of Indian women. Experts weigh in.
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Women have constitutional right to enter Sabarimala temple: Supreme Court

Women cannot be discriminated against with regard to offering prayer in a temple, observed the apex court.
Tharoor attending the first day of the monsoon session in Parliament, 2018.

Shashi Tharoor blames right-wing activists for issuing threats and desecrating his office

Responding to Tharoor’s allegations, union parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar puts the blame on Kerala government.

On Camera

People stand in a queue at a food distribution point during the nationwide lockdown in Navi Mumbai on 24 April 2020 | PTI

Why even herd immunity may not fully protect us from coronavirus

Herd immunity might be a temporary state of affairs. The coronavirus-induced economic & social changes may induce a rotation of potential superspreaders.
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Dubai businesses start growing again for the first time after coronavirus struck

Businesses in Dubai are benefiting from lifting of lockdown restrictions, with foreign visitors allowed to enter. However, a weaker outlook hasn't stopped job losses.

Defence

IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.