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Centre announces ex gratia for Assam flood victims

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Guwahati, Jul 28 : The Centre today announced ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of those killed in flood-related cases in Assam this year.

As many as 79 people lost their lives in the devastating floods, eight of them in Guwahati.

The prime minister also announced compensation of Rs 50,000 each to the people injured in the floods, an official release said here.

“Prime Minister’s Office requested Government of Assam to furnish details of fund requirement along with list incorporating the names of deceased, their next of kin and seriously injured persons with their complete postal address,” the statement said.

A seven-member Inter-Ministerial Central team visited Assam on July 25 to assess flood damage.

“The team has completed the assessment and will soon submit its report with recommendations to the Government of India for early release of fund to tackle the flood damages in Assam,” the statement added.

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20 trains cancelled for 2 months in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow, Dec 13: The North-Eastern Railways (NER) has cancelled 20 trains, including eight trains plying in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur and Basti divisions, due to fog and inclement weather, an official said on Thursday.

These cancellation will come into effect from Thursday and continue till February 15, 2019.

Besides the cancellation, trips of 14 trains have also been reduced, according to the official.

Some of the trains that have been cancelled are Gorakhpur-Amritsar Express, Amritsar-Gorakhpur Express, Sitamarhi-Anand Vihar Express, Anand Vihar-Sitamarhi Express, Jainagar-Amritsar Express, Allahabad-Basti Express and Basti-Allahabad Express.

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Regal wedding for corporate scions Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal dazzles Mumbai

Prominent invitees included Bollywood actors like Rajinikanth, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Kiran, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Hritik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty and Vidhu Vinod Chopra et al.

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Mumbai, Dec 12 : Top Indian and international personalities, film and sports icons, business tycoons, political heavyweights, celebrities and a host of others attended what was described as “a royal wedding” for the scions of two top business conglomerates – Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal – here on Wednesday.

The celebrations started in the afternoon with the traditionally attired groom, Anand, arriving on a mare at the head of a wedding procession (baraat) at the Ambani’s towering Antilia residence.

The 27-storied Antilia, said to be one of the most expensive private residences in the world, itself has been decked up like a bride, and the entire stretch from the main road to the building has been decorated since the past few days with multi-hued fresh flowers, colourful lights and festoons to commemorate one of the most anticipated weddings in the country’s commercial capital in recent times.

Later in the evening, the grand wedding saw the parents – industrialist Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita, tycoons Ajay Piramal and his wife Swati – and others welcoming the high-profile celebrity guests.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee was warmly received by business magnate Anil Ambani, the bride’s uncle, while other top celebs like former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Praful Patel also made their presence felt.

Prominent invitees included Bollywood actors like Rajinikanth, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Kiran, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Hritik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty and Vidhu Vinod Chopra et al.

Besides, Sachin Tendulkar and other sports personalities, top business honchos included K.V. Kamath, Sanjiv Goenka, Deepak Parekh, Sashi and Anshuman Ruia, Adi Godej, Rahul Bajaj and Harsh Mariwala were also seen at the wedding.

The grand wedding festivities had started several days earlier in Udaipur, Rajasthan which witnessed a performance by Grammy award winning singer Beyonce Knowles, a four-day special ‘Anna Seva’ and an expo on traditional Indian handicrafts, besides other events for the guests that included many of the biggest names from politics, business and Bollywood.

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Rain, snow intensify cold wave in Uttarakhand

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Dehradun, Dec 12: The cold wave has intensified in most parts of Uttarakhand after a fresh bout of snowfall and rains in the past 24 hours, an official said on Wednesday. Rains in the plains and snowfall in the hill tracts of the state have caused a fall in the temperature in most places.

Intermittent rains in the state capital since morning and gutsy winds have forced people to stay indoors. Snowfall has been reported from Kedarnath, Hemkund, Gomukh, Badrinath, Surkanda and Nag Tibba, near the hill station of Mussourie. Nelang valley has also received heavy snowfall, an official of the Regional Meteorological Office said.

Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts have received some rainfall while Gangotri, Yamunotri, Auli and Harshil have witnessed snow.

Rains have been reported from Garhwal and there is overcast sky in Almorah, Bajpur, Ranikhet, Nainital and Pithoragarh. Warning has been issued for moderate rainfall and heavy snowfall in the next 24 hours.

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