Idukki landslide: PM Modi condoles loss of lives, announces Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia
Friday, 7 August 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed his condolences over deaths due to landslide in Kerala's Idukki and announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the kin of deceased. "Pained by the loss of lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. NDRF and the administration are working on the ground, providing assistance to the affected," Modi tweeted.
Three more bodies were recovered from Rajamala in the Idukki district landslide incident in Kerala on August 08, while the death toll surged to 21. A search operation is underway for the missing people in the landslide. On Friday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had announced ex-gratia of Rs 5...
A war of words broke out between the BJP and Congress over PM CARES Fund in the lower house of Parliament on September 18. Manish Tewari of the Congress said since the trust has the name of the institution of Prime Minister, its creation should have been done through Parliament. "Since the PM CARES Fund has the name of the institution of the Prime Minister attached to it, wouldn't it have been more appropriate if this fund would have been created through legislation rather than as a public trust," Tewari said. Responding to the criticism, Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Thakur, recalled the formation of Prime Minister's National Relief Fund by former PM Jawaharlal Nehru in 1948. "Nehru ji ordered the creation of Prime Minister's National Relief Fund in 1948 like a royal order but its registration has not been done even till today. How did it get FCRA clearance? PM-CARES Fund is a public charitable trust which has been set up for the people of India. You (Opposition) created trusts for Gandhi family. Nehru and Sonia Gandhi have been members of PM's National Relief Fund. There should be a debate on this," Thakur questioned the Congress party.
Indian National Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi intensified his attack on the Central government over the persisting tension with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. The Opposition leader was visiting his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad in Kerala. He asked gathered reporters whether they had heard Prime Minister Narendra Modi mention China in his statements over the past couple of months. Gandhi said that forces of the neighbouring nation had occupied 1,200 sq km of Indian territory. Watch the full video for more.
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Indian Coast Guard warns fishermen and merchant vessels in West Central Bay of Bengal on Thursday. ICG asked vessels and fishermen to return to harbor as soon as possible as a low-pressure area is developing over Bay of Bengal. IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in West Bengal over the coming few days. Teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the state. Watch the full video for more details.
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In a heart-rending video, a mother dog rescued its puppy from floodwaters. The video surfaced from flood-affected Karnataka’s Vijayapura. In the video, the dog can be seen carrying the puppy in its mouth to a safe place. The flood situation continues to remain grim in several districts of Karnataka. The army, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) besides local police and district authorities have pressed into service in flood-affected areas. Watch the full video for more.
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Crops in Andhra Pradesh's Vijayawada were damaged after water level of Krishna River rose due to heavy rainfall in the region. Speaking on the dreadful situation, Krishna District Magistrate said, "Krishna river is getting an unprecedented influx of water. We're evacuating low lying areas and deploying NDRF and SDRF teams."
Heavy rains have triggered floods and landslides, wreaking havoc in Kerala. Flood-like situation witnessed in several low lying areas. Parts of Kottayam have been submerged in water. Water has entered..
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