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Atal Bihari Vajpayee Death: Funeral at 4 p.m. Today in Delhi's Smriti Sthal August 17, 2018 10:51

Former Prime Minister and India's tallest leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee's funeral and last rites will be held today.  The 93-year-old stalwart died yesterday evening at 5.05 p.m. after being admitted to All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi for over 9 weeks. His body was taken to his official residence at Krishna Menon Marg last night where a stream of leaders visited to pay their homage. Hundreds gathered outside his residence to pay their tributes to the three-time prime minister from 7.30 this morning. His body would be taken to BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) headquarters at around 9 a.m. The funeral procession will begin at 1 p.m. from the party headquarters. Last rites of Vajpayee would be performed at 4 p.m. at the Smriti Sthal memorial site in the heart of the city.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi among many other top leaders paid their tributes to the leader who was admired and respected across the political spectrum. Terming Vajpayee's death as "end of an era", Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that it was like losing a father. A seven-day state mourning was announced by the central government as a mark of respect to former prime minister. By Sowmya Sangam

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Kerala Floods: IMD Issues Red Alert, Kochi Airport Shut till Aug. 18 August 16, 2018 14:56

A red alert (heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places) has been declared by India Meteorological Department for Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kasargode, Kannur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Idukki, and Ernakulam Districts in Kerala until Thursday.Kochi airport will also remain closed until August 18, 2 p.m. due to the ceaseless rainfall in the state.The heavy rainfall has claimed the lives of as many as 39 people.On Tuesday, Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister had informed that according to a preliminary report, state's entire damage due to floods is assessed to be worth Rs. 8316 crore.Vijayan requested for an additional Rs. 400 crore from the Home Ministry to carry out instant relief and rehabilitation work in the state. Kerala government had likewise intreated the Centre to state the disaster a 'rare severity' and deliver required funds and assistance within four weeks.By Sowmya Sangam

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee Critical: AIIMS August 16, 2018 12:29

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee continues to be in a critical state at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where has been admitted for the last nine weeks.The 93-year-old BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) leader, suffered a stroke earlier in 2009 and has one functional kidney. The weakened his cognitive abilities. Subsequently, he developed dementia.Vajpayee served as prime minister for three times. Vajpayee is the first non-Congress prime minister to complete a full five-year term.For the last decade or so, Vajpayee has been out of from public life due to deteriorating health.A number of top leaders, including Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have visited AIIMS to call on Vajpayee. Veteran BJP leader LK Advani too called on his former colleague.Vajpayee continues to be critical, on life support, AIIMS says in the bulletin.By Sowmya Sangam

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Chattisgarh Governor Balram Das Tandon Dies at 90 August 14, 2018 15:33

Chhattisgarh Governor Balram Das Tandon breathed his last on Tuesday at a hospital in Raipur. He was 90.According to reports, Tandon was admitted to a Dr. B R Ambedkar Hospital in Raipur on Tuesday after he complained of uneasiness.The governor's secretary, Surendra Kumar Jaiswal was quoted by PTI saying that the 90-year old leader felt uneasy following which he was rushed to the state-run Dr. BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital in the state capital.By Sowmya Sangam

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Haryana: Anil Vij Announces Launch of Ayushman Bharat in 22 Dist.'s on Independence Day August 14, 2018 14:27

Haryana will be launching its pilot health project Ayushman Bharat Haryana starting from August 15 in 22 district hospitals, one ESI, and one medical college.Besides this, a target of opening 200 such health centers by year-end has been determinate.Declaring this on Monday, Health minister Anil Vij said under this scheme medical facility up to Rs. 5 lakh will be provided for free to 15.50 lakh families.The minister said at the start this facility will be provided in government hospitals, which would later be started in empanelled private hospitals.He said each health center will have Ayushman Mitra, who would be deputed to guide patients to avail benefits under this health scheme.Currently, 170 persons are being trained in Chandigarh for the Ayushman Mitra job.He said the government has given approval for the construction of 400 wellness centers in the state.By Sowmya Sangam

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Magnitude-5 Earthquake Hits China, 18 Injured August 14, 2018 10:35

A moderate earthquake hit southwest China's Yunnan Province leaving eighteen people injured measuring 5 on the Richter scale jolted southwest China's Yunnan Province, local authorities have said.The provincial civil affairs department said in a statement that the temblor damaged over 6,000 residences and affected over 48,000 residents in Tonghai and Huaning counties and in the district of Jiangchuan, all administered by the city of Yuxi. The injured are being treated in a hospital and are said to be in a stable condition.The epicenter of the quake which struck yesterday was at a depth of seven kilometers, China Earthquake Networks Centre said. "Stuff in my office started shaking. I heard a bang, and then the drinking fountain fell," Chang Li, a nurse with the county's orthopedic hospital in Tonghai, was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.By Sowmya Sangam

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Kerala Rains: Red Alert Issued August 13, 2018 14:09

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a fresh warning of heavy rain in Kerala in the following 24 to 48 hours. The abundant rainfall in the state has left 37 people dead in the last five days. According to the preliminary assessment by the state government, Kerala has suffered a loss of Rs. 8,316 crore, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday announced a relief of Rs. 100 crore, after taking an aerial survey of the flood-affected parts. The 'Red alert' has been issued by IMD asking people to be cautious since there is a possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall in most places in Wayanad, Idukki, Ernakulam, Kannur, Palakkad, and Malappuram districts in the following 48 hours. By Sowmya Sangam

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Odisha: Four Kanwariyas Dead in Train Accident August 13, 2018 12:36

The moving train hit on Sunday night at Rourkela city hit four Kanwariyas, including a woman while they were crossing on a railway bridge over River Brahmani. While one succumbed to injuries in hospital, three were dead on the spot. All the deceased belonged to one household hailing from Puruna Basti area of Power House Road in Chhattisgarh's Bhilai city. "The accident took place around 11.30 p.m. After alighting from a train at Panposh railway station, kanwariyas were crossing the railway bridge on Brahmani to reach Vedavyas Temple, a prominent Shiva shrine. In the nick of time, a speeding train hit the group," said Karam Say Kawar, Superintendent of Police of Rourkela Railway division, here on Monday. Three bodies fell from the bridge after mishap, while two bodies were recovered, Yamuna's body could not be traced. Fire service personnel were probing in Brahmani River. Meanwhile, two kanwariyas who were collecting holy water from River Mahanadi are feared to have drowned. While one devotee was reclaimed, another was still nonexistent. By Sowmya Sangam

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Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee Dies at Kolkata August 13, 2018 10:49

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, 89, passed away at a private hospital on Monday morning following multiple organ failure. Chatterjee passed away at about 8:15 a.m. after his condition deteriorated following Sunday's "mild heart attack", said a hospital official from Belle Vue Clinic hospital where the former Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader was undergoing treatment. He was suffering from a kidney-related ailment and was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition on Tuesday last. He was in the Intensive Coronary Care Unit and had been put on ventilation. Earlier this month, the former speaker had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. Chatterjee, a 10-time Lok Sabha Member of parliament was a central committee member of the CPI(M), which he had joined in 1968. He was the Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2009. In 2008 from the CPI (M), Somnath Chatterjee was expelled for refusing to renounce as the Speaker after his party withdrew assist to the UPA-I authorities.​ CPI (M) leader Sujan Chakraborty said, "It's a big setback for us. Today, we lost Somnath da around 8.15 am at a private hospital in Kolkata." Leaders from across the political spectrum mourned his death. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Chatterjee's demise and described him as a "strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable" "Former MP and Speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee was a stalwart of Indian politics. He made our Parliamentary democracy richer and was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable. Anguished by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and supporters," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, in a tweet, expressed his deep sorrow over the passing away of Chatterjee. By Sowmya Sangam

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Solar Eclipse: Moon Schedules to Partially Cover Sun This Saturday August 11, 2018 13:11

A solar eclipse is set to happen this Saturday, August 11, but it is only going to be a partial one. The moon won't be fully covering the sun, so it's not as spectacular as last year's eclipse. Nonetheless, this is still a rare occurrence. According to Space.com, the partial solar eclipse that is happening this weekend won't be as thrilling as the total solar eclipse that happened on Aug. 21 last year. Also, it will only be visible in certain regions.The places that will get a good view of the partial eclipse include most of Asia, certain areas in northern Europe, Iceland and Greenland. It will also be viewable from some spots in northern and eastern Canada. Veteran NASA eclipse scientist Fred Espenak has shared a table of the countries and places that can get a good view of the eclipse at certain times of the day.Sadly, the United States is nowhere to be found in Espenak's table. Hence, it is impossible for people in the country to enjoy this Saturday’s partial eclipse. By Sowmya Sangam

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Kerala Rains: Water Levels Sees Slight Dip at Idduki's Cheruthoni Dam August 11, 2018 13:01

The water levels at the Cheruthoni dam in Idukki has decreased by half a feet on Saturday morning, which came as little relief for the people of Kerala. The water levels at the reservoir as of 6 a.m. on Saturday was recorded to be 2401.16 feet as opposed to 2401.60 feet at 10 p.m. on Friday. The Full Reservoir Level of (FRL) at Cheruthoni dam is 2403 feet.As per a report by Asianet news., 750 cubic feet of water is being released per second from the dam at the moment. It has likewise been reported that the intensity of the flow of water into the dam has also reduced on Saturday morning.All five shutters of the Cheruthoni dam remain open. While the first shutter was opened on Thursday - the first time in 26 years - the remaining sluice gates were opened on Friday. The government of Kerala in an official statement on Friday evening has reported that the death toll due to the incessant rains witnessed in the state for the last three days has risen to 29. By Sowmya Sangam

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Uttar Pradesh: Under-Construction Flyover Collapses at Basti District August 11, 2018 12:10

A part of an under-construction flyover on a highway at Uttar Pradesh's Basti district collapsed early morning today, injuring a laborer who was working at the site. He is being treated at a local hospital.Eyewitnesses said the iron beams supporting the flyover appear to have sunk into the ground, leading to the collapse. It has been raining in the area for the last two weeks.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has told the local authorities to clear the debris and ensure traffic is not affected on National Highway 28, some 205 km from state capital Lucknow.This portion of the flyover was being constructed by contractors directly employed by the road transport and highways ministry, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. Sixty percent of the construction work was complete.By Sowmya Sangam

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