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Kerala: 20 dead in flooding, landslide due to heavy rains

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 9: At least 20 people have lost their lives in landslides and rain-related incidents over the last 24 hours in Kerala.

Heavy rainfall triggered landslides and floods have been reported from different areas of the state.

Idukki district remained the worst affected with 10 deaths, of which five in Malappuram district, three in Wayanad, two in Kannur and one in Kozhikode, said a home ministry spokesperson.

Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force, comprising 45 personnel each, have left Chennai for Kerala to assist the rescue and relief operations.

An Inter-Ministerial Central Team of the central government is also visiting flood-affected areas in Kerala, while Army troops are being mobilised from Bengaluru for deployment in the rain-battered southern state.

Following rising water levels due to heavy rains, Idukki dam opened after 26 years.

“Things are pretty bad and I have visited the affected areas and on Thursday morning, the shutters of the Idamalyar dam was opened. We will open one shutter of the Idukki dam also…” news agency IANS quoted State Power Minister M.M. Mani, who hails from Idukki as saying.

The Idukki dam’s shutter was last opened in 1992.

Educational institutions including professional colleges in the Wayanad, Kollam, Palakkad, Kozhikode districts and Aluva will remain shut on Thursday following the heavy rains. Many districts are inundated with water entering houses and marooning colonies.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan postponed Saturday’s annual Nehru boat race in Alappuzha following forecast for more rains.

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Woman, mother assaulted by ‘women bouncers’ in Delhi

“When she, along with her mother, tried to enter her husband’s house at Saket, a group of over 30 goons including 20 women bouncers, prevented her and her mother and dragged them out.

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New Delhi, Dec 15 : A 27-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted by “over 20 women bouncers” and her mother in-law in the national capital, police said on Friday.

An FIR has been registered on the basis of victim’s complaint.

The police said the victim, Garima Chaudhary, was assaulted on Monday noon when she came back from her parents’ house in Haryana’s Rohtak.

“When she, along with her mother, tried to enter her husband’s house at Saket, a group of over 30 goons including 20 women bouncers, prevented her and her mother and dragged them out.

“When Garima resisted their attempts, the women bouncers and her mother-in-law identified as Sunita Chaudhary assaulted her. They even punched her mother. The victim also stated that she has a life threat from her mother-in-law,” the FIR mentioned.

Garima alleged that her husband, Tejveer, was also involved in the incident and “he escaped from the backdoor on the day of crime”.

“I don’t know why my mother-in-law doesn’t want to keep me in my husband’s house. She also made my husband go underground. He is not answering my calls,” she added.

The victim married Tajveer in November 2017.

“We have registered a case and booked accused persons for making sexually-coloured remarks, stalking and other relevant sections. A hunt is on to nab the accused persons,” a senior police officer said.

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RSS Pracharak Satish Dhond appointed Goa BJP organising secretary

Dhond is currently holding charge of Thane and Konkan regions in Maharashtra.

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Panaji, Dec 14 : With an eye on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the by-polls in two legislative assembly constituencies, the BJP on Friday announced the appointment of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Satish Dhond as the organising secretary for Goa.

Dhond, a close aide of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, is considered to be one of the key architects of the BJP’s rise as an organisation and its ascent to power, by working behind the scenes and persuading leaders to toe the party line.

Confirming Dhond’s appointment, Goa Bharatiya Janata Party’s general secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavde on Friday said, “He will be reporting to BJP’s general secretary for Goa Vijay Puranik.”

Dhond is currently holding charge of Thane and Konkan regions in Maharashtra.

Dhond is expected to meet Goa BJP office bearers at the state party headquarters on Friday to chart out the course of action for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and review the party’s campaign plan.

The state is also scheduled to witness two assembly by-polls, which have been necessitated following the resignation of two Congress MLAs in October, who eventually joined the BJP.

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IMD predicts heavy rainfall in Odisha

A heavy rainfall warning has been issued for the state in the districts of Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Kandhamal for December 17.

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 14 : The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday said that a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal would trigger heavy rainfall in Odisha.

It said light to moderate rain/ thundershowers are likely to occur at a few places in Odisha on December 16, at many places over the interior districts of the state and a few places over districts of coastal Odisha on December 17.

It also said that rainfall is likely to occur at a few places in the state on December 18.

A heavy rainfall warning has been issued for the state in the districts of Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Kandhamal for December 17.

Since the system is very likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and into a severe cyclonic storm in the subsequent 24 hours, Distance Cautionary Signal No-I has been hoisted at all ports of Odisha.

It is very likely to move north-northwestwards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Ongole and Kakinada on December 17 afternoon, the IMD said.

The fishermen have been advised not to venture into southwest and adjoining southeast of the Bay of Bengal on Friday. They have also been advised not to venture into southwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal on December 15 and westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal on December 16 and 17.

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