Rain Lets Up In Kerala, Thousands Still Feared Trapped: 10 Facts


Rain Lets Up In Kerala, Thousands Still Feared Trapped: 10 Facts

No outbreak of diseases has been reported in the state.

Thiruvananthapuram:  Rain has finally eased in Kerala hit by the worst floods in nearly a century that has killed more than 160 people since August 8. Over 300 people have died in the southern state this monsoon that has suffered damages over Rs 20,000 crore. Thousands of people are still feared stranded, awaiting relief and rescue. As the state and centre turn towards rebuilding efforts, the risk of disease outbreak in relief camps – where more than 6 lakh people have been given temporary shelter – has surfaced as a major concern.





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2 Men Accused Of Helping Terrorist Outfits Arrested In Jammu And Kashmir


Incriminating material was also seized from their possession adding that a case has been registered

Srinagar: 

Two men accused of helping terrorist outfits were arrested today from Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir, a police spokesman said.

Acting on a tip-off, the police today conducted a raid in Patti Saloora area of Ganderbal in central Kashmir and arrested the over-ground workers, he said.

They were identified as Irfan Ahmad Mir and Aushiq Hussain Baba.

Incriminating material was also seized from their possession, the spokesman said, adding that a case under relevant sections of the IPC was registered against them.

Further arrests are expected in the case, the spokesman said.





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Fresh 6.9-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia’s Lombok


The 6.9 magnitude quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 20 kilometres in East Lombok. (File)

Lombok, Indonesia: 

A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombok Sunday, two weeks after a quake killed more than 480 people on the island and hours after another tremor triggered landslides, damaged buildings and sent people fleeing.

The 6.9 magnitude quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 20 kilometres (12.5 miles) and about five kilometres south of Belanting town in East Lombok, according to the US Geological Survey. No tsunami warning has been issued.

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West Bengal Runs Special Trains To Evacuate People Stranded In Kerala


Several tourists and people on work from West Bengal have been stranded in Kerala. (Representational)

Kolkata: 

The South Eastern Railway will run two special trains from Ernakulam in flood-ravaged Kerala to Santragachi/Howrah to evacuate stranded people this evening, an SER spokesman said.

On a request from the West Bengal government, SER will run the two trains, which will commence journey from Ernakulam at 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm today, a communique from the state Transport department said.

The railway will also run a special train to Ernakulam from Santragachi, which will leave Kolkata at 5.15 pm on Wednesday, the SER spokesman said.

Several tourists and many other people on work from West Bengal have been stranded owing to the floods in the southern state, where transport services have been severely affected.





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PM Modi Praises Shooters For Winning India’s First Medals At Asian Games


India opened its account with a bronze medal in the 18th Asian Games. (File)

New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated today Indian shooters, Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar, for winning the country its first medals in the Asian Games.

India opened its account in the 18th Asian Games with a bronze medal after Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar secured third position in the rifle mixed team shooting event today.

“Our talented shooters give us our first medals at the @asiangames2018.

Well done @apurvichandela and Ravi Kumar for bagging the Bronze medal in the 10m Air rifle mixed team event,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

 





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Sara Ali Khan’s Sun-Kissed Instagram Pic Is Viral. Seen Yet?


Sara Ali Khan will make her Bollywood debut later this year (Courtesy saraalikhan95)

New Delhi: 

Sara Ali Khan, who will make her Bollywood debut with Kedarnath later this year, turned heads with her latest Instagram post. Sara shared a sun-kissed photo of herself with her Instafam and captioned: “If you want to shine like the sun, burn like the sun.” Sara, who appeared to be dressed in a deranged denim and a striped sweatshirt, looked so stunning. Sara’s photo has over a lakh likes and the comment section is flooded with words like: “Most awaited picture,” “First pic of yours on Instagram.. Keep posting,” and “Waiting for your first flick.” Sara Ali Khan made her Instagram debut on Independence Day and in less than a week, she has over 300,000 followers. Here’s the photo shared by Sara Ali Khan on Instagram.

 

 

As her Instagram debut post, Sara Ali Khan chose a visual rendition of the national anthem along with an art image of its writer Rabindranath Tagore. “Happy Independence Day,” she captioned her post, adding hashtags like ‘Mera Bharat Mahan,’ ‘Proud To Be An Indian’ and ‘Jai Hind.’

Here’s Sara Ali Khan’s first Instagram post.

 

 

In just few hours, Sara’s Instagram account got the official blue tick and her followers include Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Ishaan Khatter and Manish Malhotra among others. Manish Malhotra and Karan Johar welcomed Sara Ali Khan on Instagram by sharing photos from a party hosted by the designer.

 

 

 

 

Sara Ali Khan celebrated her birthday last week with mother Amrita Singh and brother Ibrahim Ali Khan. Bhumi Pednekar, Rhea Chakraborty were also on the guest list.

The 24-year-old actress will make her Bollywood debut opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in Kedarnath. She is also part of Rohit Shetty-directed Simmba, which features Ranveer Singh. Simmba is expected to release in December this year.





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Unwanted Goldfish Can Find A New Home At Paris’s Biggest Aquarium


Instead of facing death in the city’s sewerage system, rejected goldfish get a full medical check up.

Paris’s biggest aquarium has created a refuge for goldfish, providing a second life for any unwanted pets who might otherwise find themselves flushed down the toilet.

The Aquarium de Paris allows the city’s residents to drop off their fish, with the numbers using the service swelling around the time of the long summer holidays.

Instead of facing death in the city’s sewerage system, the rejected goldfish find themselves given a full medical check up involving antibiotics and anti-parasite treatments.

After a month in quarantine, during which a minority succumb to the trauma caused by the change in location, they are then released into a giant tank where they go on display to the public.

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Photo Credit: AFP

“Some of them arrive very weak,” said Celine Bezault, who cares for the fish at the giant aquarium complex which is located opposite the Eiffel Tower.

Since it was created two years ago, the goldfish rescue service has been used by around 50 people a month and the tank now contains about 600 specimens, mostly the classic golden-red version, as well as striped and black ones.

Rather than spending all day banging into the glass of a small bowl, here the fish have space to swim and plenty of company, allowing them to socialise and move around in groups.

Some owners hand over their pets tearfully, motivated by concern for their fish, while others appear relieved to be rid of them and the routines of feeding and cleaning.

“It was in a small bowl and I think it’ll be better here,” a 32-year-old called Alexandre told an AFP reporter as he dropped off a friend’s goldfish called Nemo before the holidays. “It’s better than flushing it away.”

– New life –

Once in the bigger tank, some of the fish undergo a remarkable transformation.

Being confined in a bowl stunts their growth, but the bigger space means some of them will expand to full adult size.
“They can reach up to 20-30 centimetres (8-12 inches),” Bezault said.

For Alexis Powilewicz, director of the Aquarium, the service is part of efforts to to promote awareness about animal welfare.
Goldfish are domesticated forms of wild carp originally found in east Asia and the practice of keeping them in bowls has existed for hundreds of years. It is thought to have originated in China.
“I think there’s growing awareness that the mistreatment of animals is a real problem,” Powilewicz told AFP.

For goldfish owners, the aquarium advises that the tank should be at least 100 litres (20 gallons), should contain more than one fish, as well as a filtration system and decoration.

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has long campaigned against keeping goldfish in bowls or giving away fish in plastic bags as prizes at funfairs.

In 2004, the Italian town of Monza made headlines when it banned putting goldfish in bowls, while Switzerland has animal rights legislation that makes flushing a fish down the toilet illegal.

For those who dispose of their pets in ponds or rivers, scientific studies have found that some goldfish thrive afterwards — but at a cost to the local ecosystem because the fish are an invasive non-native species.

In 2015, officials in the western Canadian province of Alberta launched a “Don’t Let it Loose” campaign, pleading with locals to stop releasing goldfish into the waterways.

The ethical disposal service available at the Aquarium de Paris is aimed at offering an alternative.

Owners are also able to return afterwards to try to spot their former pets: quite a challenge in a tank of 600.

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Indian-Origin Tycoons In UAE Donate Rs 125 Million For Kerala Floods


Kerala is facing its worst flood in 100 years with 80 dams opened and all rivers running (Reuters)

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.

164  people have lost their lives in Kerala since August 8 due to floods caused by rains and landslides, while over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

The state is facing its worst flood in 100 years with 80 dams opened and all rivers in spate. A body blow has been dealt to the scenic state, with its infrastructure, standing crops and tourism facilities severely hit.

Kerala-born businessman Yusuff Ali MA, chairman and managing director of Lulu Group, has announced a Rs 50 million donation for rain-battered Kerala, Khaleej Times reported today.

KP Hussain, chairman of Fathima Healthcare Group, has donated Rs 50 million. He said that Rs 10 million out of Rs 50 million will directly go to the Kerala Chief Minister’s relief fund, while the rest will be allocated for medical relief aid, the Gulf paper added.

Mr Hussain said that his group has coordinated with the state’s health secretary to send volunteers from its medical faculty. This includes doctors and paramedics being sent to relief camps.

“As per our geological studies and today’s condition in Kerala, the stagnant water will be drained much later than expected. Hence, there is a high possibility of more deaths in the event of spread of various diseases like fever, dysentery, gastric issues, skin disorders etc,” he was quoted as saying by the paper.

“This situation needs to be handled very seriously and emergency treatment has to be provided with immediate effect. As recommended by the public health secretary, we have received the list of medicines which will be supplied to the relief camps.”

Other UAE-based businessmen had pledged amounts to help in flood relief operations.

India-born billionaire BR Shetty, chairman of Unimoni and UAE Exchange, had pledged Rs 20 million.

Azad Moopen, Indian physician and philanthropist, and founder chairman and managing director of Aster DM Healthcare, pledged Rs 5 million. The group also announced that it had mobilised a disaster support team of over 300 volunteers.

Yesterday, the United Arab Emirates prime minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum came out in support for deluge-hit Kerala and ordered the formation of an emergency committee to provide relief to the victims hit by devastating rains and floods in the state.

The Indian community in the UAE, numbering 2.6 million, constitutes 30 per cent of the total population. It is the largest expatriate community in the country.





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At Relief Camp In Flood-Hit Kerala, Clean Water, Power Are Tough Asks


Women at a relief camp in Kerala’s Ernaculum said the water they get is not clean.

Thiruvananthapuram: 

No electricity, no clean drinking water, no mat to sleep on — people at a relief camp in rural Ernakulum say their living condition is difficult indeed. The camp is just one of the 3,000 across Kerala where more than 6 lakh people have found shelter. Many of them have lost their homes in the worst monsoon in a century that has been at its most furious since August 8.

For senior citizens at the camp, the situation is trying — despite their age and related problems, they have to sleep on the cold floor without even a rudimentary mattress or sheets. one of the women, who is 68, told NDTV that her arthritis has worsened since she got her.

But the biggest problem, the people say, is the lack of electricity. Unable to charge their cellphones, they can’t inform their families that they are safe.

One of the women said the water given to them is not clean, but they have neither the means nor the knowledge to purify it.

Home Minister of Telangana Naini Narshimha Reddy has said 50 RO machines worth Rs 2.5 crore will be airlifted from Telangana’s Begumpet to Kerala shortly to provide clean drinking water.

Lack of clean drinking water is tied to fear of diseases, which is the next big concern for authorities, especially now the floodwater has started receding in some areas.

The red alert in the state that had been in place for days, was finally removed this warning. But some districts still have orange and yellow alerts — a warning for specific areas or communities.

The state has enough food, Chief Minister PInarayi Vijayan has said, but the problem is transporting it. Much of the road network in the state has been submerged in the floods.





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In Kerala’s Alappuzha, Toddler Saved In A Dramatic Rescue Operation By A Wing Commander


Alappuzha, Kerala: 

In a daring and dramatic rescue operation, a toddler and his mother were saved by an Indian Air Force personnel at Alappuzha in flood-ravaged Kerala on Sunday. Wing Commander Prasanth of IAF’s Garud Special Force winched up the little boy from the rooftop of his home in Alappuzha. Reports of IAF, Navy and NDRF personnel saving stranded people in near-impossible rescue operations have been pouring in from Kerala for the last few days. 

In Alappuzha, this morning an IAF helicopter hovered over the rooftop of a half submerged house, as the personnel lowered the winch and rescued the baby. He was later reunited with his mother, who was rescued earlier, in the chopper.

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Toddler reunited with his mother in the army chopper in Alappuzha

Earlier in a night-long rescue operation, Coast Guard and army personnel saved a new-born and his mother near the Idukki dam on Friday. The officer who led the rescue team told news agency PTI that the operation began after a call from the Mumbai Coast Guard about rising water level in the Idukki dam area. “We were in the weekly commanders’ conference at Kochi, when a call came from the Coast Guard office in Mumbai, to send the best team near the dam, where water was flowing above the danger level,” said Lieutenant Colonel Shashikant Waghmode.

Rescue operations are being carried out day and night amid challenging circumstances in difficult terrain as rain lashed the state, leading to poor visibility and landslides. Strong current of the overflowing streams and rivulets are making the job even more difficult and risky for the teams. 

Hundreds of rescue teams with more than 90 aircraft and 500 motorboats are engaged in massive relief operations in Kerala. The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), met for the third time on Saturday, in as many days and reviewed the relief operations. PK Sinha, the cabinet secretary, held a video conference with the Chief Secretary of Kerala on the status of deployment of rescue teams, motorboats, helicopters, life jackets and distribution of food, water and medicines. Mr Sinha has directed five more choppers of the IAF and navy to be sent to Kerala by today. 

The centre has decided to make the naval airstrip at Kochi functional for the operation of commercial flights by Monday. The government is also trying to restore power and communication lines in the flood-hit areas.

President Ram Nath Kovind spoke to the Governor and Kerala Chief Minister and inquired about the flood situation. The President assured the state that entire nation is with them.

(With inputs from PTI)





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