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Congress pays tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on birth anniversary

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New Delhi, Nov 14:  The Congress on Tuesday paid tributes to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 128th birth anniversary.

“Remembering a charismatic leader with an affection for children… His birth anniversary is the ideal celebration of the innocence, cheerfulness and curiosity of India’s future. He left an unmatched legacy, driven by his deep commitment to India’s freedom, and his guiding of a hopeful democracy towards greatness,” the Congress said in its official Twitter account.

“There are few things in life we cannot buy, one such thing is childhood. INC wishes you a Happy Children’s Day.”

Party vice president Rahul Gandhi called him a “brilliant compassionate man” and reminded his quote “there is nothing more horrifying than stupidity in action”.

Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewal also paid tribute to Nehru.

“Humble homage to architect of modern India, Jawaharlal Nehru, and best wishes on Children’s Day,” he tweeted.

On this special occasion, former President Pranab Mukherjee and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Shanti Van.

“Under the inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi, Panditji created a conducive atmosphere for the establishment of independent institutions which strengthened our parliamentary democracy. He shall always be our guiding star,” Mukherjee tweeted.

Born on November 14, 1889, he was commonly known as Chacha Nehru and because of his unconditional and immense love for kid,  his birth date began to be commemorated as National Children’s Day or Bal Diwas across the country.

In schools and educational institution Children’s day is celebrated in full swing.

Nehru became Prime Minister on August 15, 1947 when India attained independence from Britain. He died on May 27, 1964.

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Alliance Air operates proving flight to Kochi naval air base

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New Delhi/Kochi, Aug 18 (IANS) State-run Air India’s subsidiary — Alliance Air — has operated a proving flight to the Kochi naval base as an option for rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala.

“As an exemplary initiative to fly out stranded people, AI’s subsidiary Alliance Air operated a non-commercial proving flight on an ATR (turboprop) to Kochi’s naval base with a team of DGCA, AAI and Flight Safety officials,” Air India said in a statement.

“This whole exercise is aimed at confirming the feasibility of having Alliance Air operate more flights to Kochi’s defence airbase with turboprops to evacuate passengers.”

The development comes as the state reeled under torrential rain and the worst floods in the recent past.

The grim situation has left the state with only two operational civil airports at Thiruvananthapuram and Calicut, as operations at Kochi airport have been suspended till August 26 on account of rising water levels in the operational area.

The civil airport in Kochi is severely flooded and would be closed till August 26.

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Congress MPs, MLAs to donate month’s salary to flood-hit Kerala

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Randeep Singh Surjewala

New Delhi, Aug 18: The Congress on Saturday demanded that floods in Kerala should be declared a “national calamity.”

All elected representatives of the party would donate one month’s salary towards relief efforts in the state, it said.

The decision to donate salaries was taken at a meeting of Congress general secretaries, party in-charges of states, legislative party leaders and state unit chiefs, which was presided over by party chief Rahul Gandhi.

Gandhi had earlier in the day urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately declare the floods in Kerala as “a national disaster.”

Briefing reporters after meeting of Congress office-bearers, party communications in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said the Modi government should come forward to help Kerala where over 180 people have died and property worth over Rs 3,000 crore has been damaged due to floods.

“It was decided that all Congress MPs in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Congress MLAs across India and party MLCs will donate one month’s salary, which will be sent through the AICC for relief measures in Kerala,” Surjewala said.

He said it was also decided that all Congress governments will come forward to help the people of the state.

Surjewala said Punjab government has already donated Rs 10 crore to the Kerala Relief Fund and JD-S and Congress- government in Karnataka has also donated Rs 10 crore to the relief measures. The government in Puducherry has also donated Rs 1 crore.

He said special relief committees will be formed in adjoining states including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu apart from Puducherry. Material collected by Congress workers will be sent to the people of Kerala.

Surjewala said the party also noted with concern the grave situation due to floods in Karnataka and some other parts of the country.

“Modiji should stop discriminating in matters of flood relief. The Prime Minister must rise above party-politics and come forward to help Kerala, Karnataka and other flood-affected states. The Prime Minister should declare Kerala floods as a national calamity,” Surjewala said.

Overflowing rivers and a series of landslides in Kerala have resulted in the death of 180 people as of Saturday morning, with over 3 lakh others forced to move to some hundreds of relief camps.

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Sidhu hopes Imran Khan’s victory proves good for India-Pakistan ties

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Navjot Singh Sidhu

Islamabad, Aug 18: Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday said that he hopes ties between New Delhi and Islamabad will improve after his “friend” Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister.

Wearing a blue suit and a pink turban, Sidhu was among the notable guests invited to the swearing-in ceremony of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the President House) in Islamabad.

He was also seen hugging Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa prior to the ceremony.

Praising Khan while speaking to the state-run PTV, Sidhu said: “A new morning is here in Pakistan with a new government which can change the destiny of the country.” He hoped that Khan’s victory would be good for the peace process between the two neighbours.

“I have come to Pakistan on my friend’s (Imran) invitation. These are very special moments,” he had said after arriving in the country on Friday.

“Athletes and artists erase distances (between countries)… I have come here bearing the message of love, and prayers for Pakistanis.”

“Hindustan jeevey, Pakistan jeevey!” Sidhu chanted as he welcomed the “change” in the country brought about by the advent of the Imran Khan-led government.

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