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Kerala floods: PM Modi's aerial survey called off
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Modi, who arrived in the state capital on Friday night, flew in to Kochi earlier in the morning. ANI

Kerala floods: PM Modi's aerial survey called off

18 Aug 2018 | 9:52 AM

KOCHI: PM Narendra Modi's aerial survey to witness the massive loss and destruction triggered by the torrential rain in Kerala was called off on Saturday due to bad weather.

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Kochi, August 18

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aerial survey to witness the massive loss and destruction triggered by the torrential rain in Kerala was called off on Saturday due to bad weather, state government officials said.

Modi, who arrived in the state capital on Friday night, flew in to Kochi earlier in the morning.

The Prime Minister was to be accompanied in his survey by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Revenue Minister E Chandrasekheran and other top state officials.

His visit comes at a time when the Congress-led opposition has been demanding immediate deployment of the Army since the state government has been unable to deal with the crisis.

Overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have resulted in the death of 180 people as of Saturday morning, with over three lakh others forced to move to some 2,000 relief camps.

Before returning to Delhi from Kochi, the Prime Minister will chair a meeting to discuss the situation.

Rain subsided on Saturday morning resulting in the water level in Idukki and parts of Ernakulam and Thrissur districts coming down.

But on Friday night, airlifting could not take place in Chengannur as the incessant rain continued in the region. IANS

Imran elected Pak PM, oath today

Imran elected Pak PM, oath today

18 Aug 2018 | 2:26 AM

ISLAMABAD: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was elected as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister on Friday after he defeated veteran politician Shahbaz Sharif in a one-sided election in the National Assembly.

Sidhu arrives in Pakistan to attend Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony
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Sidhu arrives in Pakistan to attend Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony

18 Aug 2018 | 2:26 AM

LAHORE/ATTARI: Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday arrived here to attend the swearing-in ceremony of his friend Imran Khan as Pakistan’s prime minister.

Google admits tracking users on smartphones despite disabled feature

Google admits tracking users on smartphones despite disabled feature

18 Aug 2018 | 9:43 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has updated a help page for customers of mobile phones to acknowledge that they still can be tracked for using its Search or Maps services, even if they turn off the phone's tracking feature.

Face readers at border to keep track of farmers

Face readers at border to keep track of farmers

18 Aug 2018 | 6:52 AM

CHANDIGARH:Faced with increasing instances of cross-border smuggling and to check unauthorised movement across the border fence, the Border Security Force (BSF) is introducing face recognition-based access-control system at gates through which farmers move to till their land.

Parched Shimla loses 43% water in distribution: Study

Parched Shimla loses 43% water in distribution: Study

18 Aug 2018 | 8:00 AM

SHIMLA: Total water loss during transmission and distribution in the state capital has been pegged at an alarming 43.70 per cent, which justifies why the town is perpetually parched throughout the year.

Live ‘aarti’ to be played on new Vaishno devi track by year-end

Live ‘aarti’ to be played on new Vaishno devi track by year-end

18 Aug 2018 | 7:59 AM

KATRA: A hi-tech multipurpose audio system is being installed on the track from Katra to Adhkuwari to facilitate the on-foot pilgrims who take the Tarakote Marg to the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine.

Asia sets eyes on Jakarta as Games begin today

Asia sets eyes on Jakarta as Games begin today

18 Aug 2018 | 2:26 AM

‘Red and White’ was displayed outside most of the houses both in the plush Central Business District in Jakarta as well as on the outskirts.

Bihar ex-minister raided over rapes

Bihar ex-minister raided over rapes

18 Aug 2018 | 2:26 AM

PATNA:The CBI on Friday raided nearly a dozen properties in four districts of Bihar, including residences of former state minister Manju Verma in Patna and Begusarai, in connection with the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal case, officials said.

Sikh man stabbed to death at his store in US’s New Jersey

Sikh man stabbed to death at his store in US’s New Jersey

18 Aug 2018 | 2:26 AM

NEW YORK: A Sikh man has been stabbed to death at his store in the US state of New Jersey, the third incident targeting the minority Sikh community in the country in three weeks.

Vajpayee cremated with full state honours, nation says goodbye to poet-PM
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Vajpayee cremated with full state honours, nation says goodbye to poet-PM

18 Aug 2018 | 2:26 AM

NEW DELHI: Bugles sounded the last post, uniformed soldiers gave a gun salute and silence fell over the crowd as former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mortal remains were consigned to the flames on Friday evening.


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2.2 lakh in camps, toll reaches 173 in Kerala

2.2 lakh in camps, toll reaches 173 in Kerala

18 Aug 2018 | 9:48 AM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As a murderous monsoon savaged Kerala, claiming 106 lives on a single day on Thursday, the state plunged deeper into misery on Friday with hospitals facing shortage of oxygen and fuel stations running dry, officials said.

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City police nab two  notorious snatchers

City police nab two notorious snatchers

18 Aug 2018 | 2:14 AM

CHANDIGARH: With the arrest of two notorious snatchers, both proclaimed offenders, the crime branch of the Chandigarh Police claims to have solved five cases of snatching and seven cases of vehicle theft.

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CBI grills probe officer in graft case

18 Aug 2018 | 1:44 AM

FEROZEPUR: A CBI team raided the office-cum-official residence of Ferozepur Zone Inspector General (IG) Gurinder Singh Dhillon late on Thursday, even as the investigating agency arrested a Ludhiana resident for accepting bribe allegedly on the IG’s behalf.

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Cops ‘move’ detainee minutes before warrant officer’s visit

18 Aug 2018 | 1:44 AM

AMRITSAR: A youth, identified as Gurpreet Singh of Sheikhu Mohalla of Jandiala, was allegedly kept in illegal custody by the Jandiala Guru police here.

Affiliation of 7 polytechnics, 3 pharmacy colleges cancelled

18 Aug 2018 | 1:44 AM

CHANDIGARH: In a swoop on private technical education institutions, affiliation of seven polytechnics and three pharmacy colleges across the state has been cancelled by the State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training.

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Soldier among 3 killed in Valley

Soldier among 3 killed in Valley

18 Aug 2018 | 12:10 AM

SRINAGAR/ANANTNAG: Militants unleashed a fresh wave of violence on Friday, leaving a soldier, woman and an elderly man dead and three others injured across the Valley.

CM bans abattoirs in Uttarakhand

12 Aug 2018 | 12:19 AM

DEHRADUN:Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said on Saturday that his government would not allow opening of abattoir in the state and would cancel licences for those issued by the previous regime.

US sanctions Myanmar’s 4 military commanders

US sanctions Myanmar’s 4 military commanders

18 Aug 2018 | 1:54 AM

WASHINGTON:The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units for involvement in what it called “ethnic cleansing” and other human rights abuses against the country’s Rohingya Muslims, the Treasury Department said.

I-T collection breaches Rs 10 lakh crore

18 Aug 2018 | 1:42 AM

GUAWHATI: Income Tax collection in the country stood at a record Rs 10.03 lakh crore during 2017-18, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said on Friday.

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Indian athletes mourn Vajpayee’s death

18 Aug 2018 | 2:04 AM

JAKARTA: The Indian contingent at the Asian Games Village joined their countrymen to bid adieu to one of the most popular Prime Ministers of India — Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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A thorny road back

18 Aug 2018 | 2:04 AM

JAKARTA: Sushil Kumar will return to the Asian Games after a gap of 10 years. The last time he competed at the continental event, in Doha in 2006, he won a bronze in the 66kg category.

Raiding gold in kabaddi

18 Aug 2018 | 2:04 AM

CHANDIGARH: Kabaddi has been one sure bet for gold for India at the Asian Games, right from 1990, when men’s kabaddi became part of the Asian Games programme.

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