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15,000 evacuated; ops intensified in worst-hit areas of Kerala: NDRF
Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala. Reuters

15,000 evacuated; ops intensified in worst-hit areas of Kerala: NDRF

19 Aug 2018 | 7:10 PM

NEW DELHI: More than 15,000 people have been evacuated from floods and heavy rain affected areas of Kerala till now and rescue operations have been stepped up in a number of badly-affected locations, the NDRF said on Sunday.

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New Delhi, August 19

More than 15,000 people have been evacuated from floods and heavy rain affected areas of Kerala till now and rescue operations have been stepped up in a number of badly-affected locations, the NDRF said on Sunday.

The federal disaster contingency force said a total of 58 teams, with about 30-35 personnel in each team, are “working in difficult conditions and terrain to deal with the worst flood in over a century” in the southern state.

“Though the condition is improving in some places as water has started receding, NDRF has scaled up its response in places which are still affected like Thiruvalla and Chengannur (Alappuzha), Aleva (Ernakulum) and parts of Idukki,” a force spokesperson said.

By the eleventh day of the disaster, National Disaster Response Force teams have rescued 348 people and 50 animals, he said.

The spokesperson said the force has evacuated more than 15,000 people.

“Medical assistance has been provided to 3,197 needy persons till now,” he said.

The deadliest deluge in Kerala in close to a century has claimed 197 lives since August 8. The maximum number of deaths has been reported from Idukki district, where 43 people have lost their lives so far, as per official estimates.

More than six lakh people are in relief camps. Thousands are still stranded in their homes without food.

The Kochi international airport has been closed till August 26 after flood waters entered the runway and other airport areas.

The Centre had sanctioned Rs 500 crore as immediate assistance to the state. — PTI

‘Sexual abuse prevalent in almost all shelter homes across Bihar’

‘Sexual abuse prevalent in almost all shelter homes across Bihar’

19 Aug 2018 | 2:20 PM

PATNA: Sexual abuse, varying in forms and degree of intensity, was prevalent in almost all shelter homes in Bihar, a TISS report made public by the Bihar government has found.

Trade and tariffs to top Indo-US 2+2 Agenda

Trade and tariffs to top Indo-US 2+2 Agenda

19 Aug 2018 | 5:37 PM

New Delhi: As New Delhi prepares to host the twice postponed inaugural Indo-US 2+2 dialogue on 6th of September, sources suggest trade will be key issue. This will be a first meeting between Indian top leaders and US Secretary of State and former CIA Chief Michael Pompeo who replaced Rex Tillerson leading to postponement of talks earlier in April.

UAE-based Indian-origin tycoons pledge Rs 125 million for Kerala flood victims

UAE-based Indian-origin tycoons pledge Rs 125 million for Kerala flood victims

19 Aug 2018 | 6:30 PM

DUBAI: Indian-origin billionaire businessmen based in the UAE have announced Rs 125 million donation for flood relief operations in the deluge-hit Kerala, according to a media report.

SC restores honour of Army veteran who led Operation Blue Star

SC restores honour of Army veteran who led Operation Blue Star

19 Aug 2018 | 7:21 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has restored the honour of an Army veteran who was among the officers who led the Operation Blue Star in 1984 and upheld a decision to exonerate him of charges of alleged misconduct and award him a rank of Lieutenant Colonel post-retirement.

Quota protest: Hardik Patel, supporters detained in Ahmedabad

Quota protest: Hardik Patel, supporters detained in Ahmedabad

19 Aug 2018 | 6:56 PM

AHMEDABAD: Quota leader Hardik Patel was detained on Sunday along with his supporters when they were trying to organise a fast in Ahmedabad’s Nikol area, the police said.

Former PM Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in Ganga

Former PM Vajpayee’s ashes immersed in Ganga

19 Aug 2018 | 4:04 PM

HARIDWAR: A huge crowd converged at Har ki Pairi here on Sunday to bid final farewell to their beloved leader and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as his ashes were immersed in the Ganga river by family members and BJP leaders.

Pak boat with 9 crew members apprehended off Gujarat coast

19 Aug 2018 | 7:00 PM

AHMEDABAD: A Pakistani fishing boat with nine crew members on board has been apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) from the Arabian Sea off the Gujarat coast, a release said on Sunday.

SAD’s efforts to expand into UP

19 Aug 2018 | 5:40 PM

NEW DELHI: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is making a push to expand its footprint into Uttar Pradesh before the 2019 General Elections.

Dawood Ibrahim's finance manager Jabir Moti detained in London

Dawood Ibrahim's finance manager Jabir Moti detained in London

19 Aug 2018 | 5:22 PM

LONDON: London Police have reportedly detained Mumbai gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s finance manager from London’s Hilton Hotel.

Dabholkar murder case: Main shooter remanded in CBI custody

Dabholkar murder case: Main shooter remanded in CBI custody

19 Aug 2018 | 5:22 PM

NEW DELHI: A court here on Sunday remanded the alleged main shooter in the murder case of anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar in Central Bureau of Investigation's custody till August 26.

Coast Guard undertakes ‘Operation Water Baby’ in Kerala

Coast Guard undertakes ‘Operation Water Baby’ in Kerala

19 Aug 2018 | 2:44 PM

MUMBAI: From flood-ravaged Kerala comes a story of grit of the Coast Guard and armed forces personnel who saved a newly-born baby in a night-long rescue operation near the Idukki dam two days ago.

Former Lok Sabha MP Manik Reddy dies

19 Aug 2018 | 4:35 PM

HYDERABAD: Former Lok Sabha member P Manik Reddy, who represented Medak constituency in Telangana, died on Sunday at a private hospital here due to age-related ailments, official sources said.

Sidhu embraces Pak army chief, BJP says embarrassing

Sidhu embraces Pak army chief, BJP says embarrassing

19 Aug 2018 | 3:38 PM

NEW DELHI: Navjot Singh Sidhu’s “behaviour” at the oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan in Islamabad has earned him a sharp rebuke from the BJP.

UP plans 4 memorials to Vajpayee

UP plans 4 memorials to Vajpayee

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

LUCKNOW:The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to build four memorials as a tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Thousands still waiting to be rescued in rain-battered Kerala

Thousands still waiting to be rescued in rain-battered Kerala

19 Aug 2018 | 12:57 PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Thousands of people in flood-hit areas in Kerala are battling all odds to survive as the death toll has touched 197 in the past 10 days in the second spell of monsoon fury since August 8.

Fresh rain, landslides batter Kerala

Fresh rain, landslides batter Kerala

19 Aug 2018 | 11:37 AM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Thousands of people stranded in isolated buildings and rooftops in flood-hit Kerala were rescued today, even as rains and fresh landslides were reported in some places as the toll touched 194 in the second spell of monsoon fury since August 8.

Rs 500-cr aid by Centre, loss in Kerala put at  Rs 19,512 cr

Rs 500-cr aid by Centre, loss in Kerala put at Rs 19,512 cr

19 Aug 2018 | 9:38 AM

State-run buses and private rescue boats on Saturday plied back and forth along the flooded roads of Kerala even as rehabilitation efforts received a fresh impetus with the Centre announcing an interim relief of Rs 500 crore for the monsoon-battered state.

8 months on, Aiyar’s suspension revoked

8 months on, Aiyar’s suspension revoked

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

NEW DELHI:Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday revoked the suspension of veteran leader Mani Shankar Aiyar who had in December last year called PM Narendra Modi “neech kism kaa aadmi”.

Rahul’s LS poll pitch: Stir on Rafale deal

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

NEW DELHI:Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday met the party’s top brass to chalk out the strategy for the 2019 LS elections and finalise the campaign points.

In Maha, AIMIM corporator opposes motion on ex-PM, held

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

AURANGABAD:An AIMIM corporator has been arrested on charges of trying to promote enmity and incite riot after he opposed a resolution in the municipal corporation to pay tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, police said on Saturday.

BJP move to immerse ashes across country

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

NEW DELHI:The BJP has drawn an extensive programme for the "asthi visarjan" (immersion of ashes) of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

12 held for I-Day Assam lynching

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

GUWAHATI:Twelve persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the lynching of a man on the suspicion of cattle theft in Assam’s Biswanath district, police said on Saturday.

Face recognition for SIMs from Sept 15

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

NEW DELHI:Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI has finally announced a phased rollout of face recognition feature as an additional mode of authentication, starting with telecom service providers from September 15.

Kolkata autos to don TMC colour

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

KOLKATA:The green and yellow coat on auto-rickshaws in Kolkata will soon be replaced with blue and white combination — the preferred colours of the ruling Trinamool Congress.

Crucial to propagate, conserve Hindi in its pure form: Swaraj

Crucial to propagate, conserve Hindi in its pure form: Swaraj

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

PORT LOUIS:It is crucial to protect, propagate and conserve Hindi in its pure form, as language and culture are interconnected, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said at the 11th World Hindi Conference that began here on Saturday by paying tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Brain dead girl’s organs give life to 5

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

KOLKATA:As TV cameras close in around him and booms are thrust in the direction of his mouth, Manik Majumdar, a marginal farmer from Siliguri in West Bengal, looks bewildered.

India, Pak ‘can’t duck facts’ anymore

India, Pak ‘can’t duck facts’ anymore

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

IN an interview with The Tribune’s Smita Sharma, Pakistan former Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri recalls Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s impact on ties.

Offline, flood victims can still share location via Google Maps

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

NEW DELHI:Even when they are offline, Kerala flood victims can use their Android smartphones or tablets to generate and share the plus code of their exact location, which can pinpoint their whereabouts and make it easier for rescue workers to reach them, Google said on Saturday.

Experts blame it on disregard for nature

Experts blame it on disregard for nature

19 Aug 2018 | 1:49 AM

NEW DELHI:Amid the demand to declare Kerala floods a national calamity, environmentalists say the situation in the state, or for that matter also in the hills of north India, is yet another example of human disregard for nature and climate change, which can no longer be called impending.

BSc student trolled for selling fish gives  Rs 1.5L

BSc student trolled for selling fish gives Rs 1.5L

19 Aug 2018 | 1:50 AM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As Kerala struggles to cope with the flood fury, 21-year-old college student who was viciously trolled for selling fish to meet her educational needs has contributed Rs 1.5 lakh towards the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Make public all remission orders of life convicts: CIC on Rajiv assassin’s plea

Make public all remission orders of life convicts: CIC on Rajiv assassin’s plea

19 Aug 2018 | 3:24 PM

NEW DELHI: The orders granting or denying remission to life term convicts post 2000 should be put on the Union Home Ministry website, the CIC has said on a petition by a Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict.

Cong revokes suspension of Mani Shankar Aiyar

Cong revokes suspension of Mani Shankar Aiyar

18 Aug 2018 | 10:53 PM

NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday revoked the suspension of senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar from party's primary membership.

Godmother of crime in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar caught: Police

Godmother of crime in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar caught: Police

18 Aug 2018 | 10:55 PM

NEW DELHI: A 62-year-old woman known as the “godmother of crime” in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar, who was wanted in connection with the killing of a man, was arrested, police said on Saturday.

India, Pak cannot duck facts anymore: KasuriTribune Exclusive

India, Pak cannot duck facts anymore: Kasuri

18 Aug 2018 | 10:36 PM

Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri who played a long innings, in an exclusive conversation with The Tribune recalled late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's impact on Indo-Pak ties.

UK Sikh charity organisation comes to Kerala’s rescue

UK Sikh charity organisation comes to Kerala’s rescue

18 Aug 2018 | 9:31 PM

CHANDIGARH: As Kerala battles unprecedented flood, a UK-based Sikh philanthropist organisation is among those volunteering.

12 arrested in lynching case of Assam's Biswanath district

18 Aug 2018 | 9:35 PM

GUWAHATI: Twelve people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in lynching a man and severely injuring three others on suspicions of cattle theft in Assam's Biswanath district, police said on Saturday.

Girl trolled for selling fish contributes Rs 1.5 lakh to Kerala CM's relief fund

Girl trolled for selling fish contributes Rs 1.5 lakh to Kerala CM's relief fund

18 Aug 2018 | 9:49 PM

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As Kerala is struggling to cope with the flood fury, 21-year-old college student, who was viciously trolled for selling fish to meet her educational needs, has contributed Rs 1.5 lakh towards the Chief Ministers Disaster Relief Fund.

‘Kerala floods an example of human disregard for nature and climate change’

‘Kerala floods an example of human disregard for nature and climate change’

18 Aug 2018 | 8:52 PM

NEW DELHI: Amid the demands to declare Kerala floods a national calamity, environmentalists say the situation in the state, or for that matter also hills of north India, is yet another example of human disregard for nature and climate change, which can no longer be called impending.

HC orders BJP to file affidavit on money spent on Rajathan CM's Gaurav Yatra

HC orders BJP to file affidavit on money spent on Rajathan CM's Gaurav Yatra

18 Aug 2018 | 8:46 PM

JAIPUR: On a PIL challenging Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's Gaurav Yatra, a Division Bench of Rajasthan High Court on Saturday ordered state BJP unit to file an affidavit by August 20 on the detailed account of money spent on the first phase of 'yatra' which began from Rajsamand district on August 4.

In death, 15-year-old Siliguri girl gives life to five

In death, 15-year-old Siliguri girl gives life to five

18 Aug 2018 | 7:19 PM

KOLKATA: A brain dead 15-year-old has brought joy to at least five people who received her two kidneys, liver, corneas and skin graft in the city.

Nigerian, Indian girlfriend held for duping people on pretext of providing jobs abroad

Nigerian, Indian girlfriend held for duping people on pretext of providing jobs abroad

18 Aug 2018 | 6:59 PM

NEW DELHI: A Nigerian national and his Indian girlfriend have been arrested for allegedly duping people on the pretext of providing them jobs abroad, police said on Saturday.

Crucial to propagate, conserve Hindi in its pure form: Swaraj

Crucial to propagate, conserve Hindi in its pure form: Swaraj

18 Aug 2018 | 5:44 PM

PORT LOUIS: It is crucial to protect, propagate and conserve Hindi in its pure form as language and culture are interconnected, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said at the 11th World Hindi Conference.

Snowden demands penalty for misuse of Aadhaar data

Snowden demands penalty for misuse of Aadhaar data

18 Aug 2018 | 5:29 PM

JAIPUR: The government must slap penalty on anyone using Aadhaar data for purposes other than public services, whistle-blower Edward Snowden has said.

Muzaffarpur case: Main accused fears threat to life

18 Aug 2018 | 5:20 PM

PATNA: Brajesh Thakur, the main accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, on Saturday said there was a threat to his life as he was currently lodged in jail along with Maoist rebels.

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