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Kerala rains : Tourists stranded at Munnar resort after landslides

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Munnar, Aug 10 : More than 60 foreign tourists are stranded at a private resort in Idukki’s Pallivasal in Kerala, located near Munnar after a landslide disrupted traffic in the area.

Sixty nine tourists, including some foreigners, have been stranded at the resort for the past two days.The roads leading to the resort are blocked due to landslides .

Incessant torrential rain in Kerala and subsequent flash floods and landslides compelled the state authorities to issue third red alert for the Idukki water reservoir, the shutters of Cheruthoni dam on Idukki were opened for the first time in the history of the state in 26 years.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the Centre will provide all possible assistance to Kerala for controlling the flood situation in the state.

At least 26 people have been killed so far in Kerala, including 11 in high-range Idukki in landslides as rain continued to pound the southern state.

The United States consulate in Chennai had issued a travel alert and advised the US citizens to avoid visiting areas affected by landslides and flashfloods.

Singh told the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour that he tried speaking to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan “but it could not happen”.

Earlier after July floods, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had toured various flood-hit districts of Kerala. The Centre had then approved Rs 80 crore for flood relief in the state.

“We have already deployed Army, Navy and other central armed forces in Kerala and the state government and the ministries are jointly working in this regard,” Rijiju earlier said.

According to state Power Minister M.M. Mani who hails from Idukki, so far three shutters of the Idukki dam has been opened till Friday.

The Army is taking part in rescue-relief and damage control exercises in Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.

The army, the navy, the air force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is working aggresively on evacuation and relief operations after shutters of one the dams of the Idukki reservoir,Asia’s highest arch dam, have been opened after the water level crossed the danger mark of 2,403, the government on Thursday thought prudent to open one of the five shutters of the connected Cheruthoni dam by 50 cms.

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Happy Dussehra: Time, Significance, and History of Vijayadashmi

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New Delhi, Oct 19: Dussehra also known as Vijayadashami is being celebrated across the country today. The festival which falls on the 10th day of Navratri is celebrated to commemorate Lord Rama’s victory over demon Ravana. 

Effigies of the latter are burnt as a symbol of the victory of good over evil across the country.

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Dussehra 2018: Puja Timings and Tithi:

Vijay Muhurat = 1:58 pm to 14:43 pm
Aparahna Puja Time = 1:13 pm to 15:28 pm
Dashami Tithi Begins = 15:28 on 18/Oct/2018
Dashami Tithi Ends = 17:57 on 19/Oct/2018 (Source Drikpanchang.com)

Dussehra Significance, or How Vijayadashmi is Celebrated:

Dussehra is one of the most widely celebrated festivals across the nation.

As part of Dussehra celebrations, huge and colourful effigies of Ravana, most times along with that of his brothers Meghanada and Kumbakaran, are burnt in large huge open grounds.

Dussehra in a way also marks the onset of preparations for the festival of lights – Diwali, which falls twenty days after the festival.

Celebrations also include organising the famed and popular Ramlila performances which involve people enacting the life and glory of the righteous Lord Ram through short plays, songs, and dance drama.

History Of Vijayadashmi: 

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While Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman were living their exile for 14 years in jungles, one day Ravana disguised himself and came to ask for Bhiksha from Sita who was home alone at that time. His intention was to take Sita along as he wanted to marry her. Before leaving, Lakshman had drawn a line which he advised Sita to not cross in even an adverse situation. But Ravana, using his clever tricks managed to pull Sita out of that line and kidnapped her to his kingdom. Hanuman helped Lord Ram to reach Sita and after an elaborate war, they rescued Sita and Ram killed Ravana.

Here’s wishing you all a very ”Happy Dussehra” !!

READ MORE: Dussehra 2018: Ever wondered why Ravan had 10 heads? Here’s some unknown facts about Dashanan

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Sabarimala Temple: Two women return midway as protesters block entry

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Sabarimala (Kerala), Oct 19: Amidst protests, two women, a journalist and a devotee, have decided to return midway from the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala on Friday.

Journalist Kavitha Jakkal of Hyderabad based Mojo TV and woman activist Rehana Fatima are now returning from Sabarimala.

“We have told the female devotees about the situation, they will now be going back. So we are pulling pack. They have decided to return”, Kerala IG “told media.

Kavita, the Hyderabad-based journalist and her four member crew along with the other woman devotee from Kochi were surrounded by 80 policemen while the rest 20 were walking ahead of them.

The trek from Pamba to the temple located at a hillock generally takes around two hours. Led by Inspector General of Police S.Sreejith, they started their climb around 6.45 a.m.

According to the police, the two ladies have another 1.5 km to reach the hallowed sanctum santorum of the Lord Ayyappa shrine.

Along the route, a protesting devotee jumped in front of the police cordon but he was removed.

An angry group of devotees are however, grouped at the entrance of the pathway that leads to the temple.

Meanwhile, the temple Tantri family and members of the Pandalam royal family are considering closing down of the temple in order to stop the women from entering, according to informed sources.

The temple opened its doors on Wednesday for the first time since the September 28 Supreme Court verdict that allowed women from the 10-50 age group to enter the famed shrine.

On Thursday, there was a dawn-to-dusk shutdown across Kerala called by outfits owing loyalty to Hindu groups and the BJP.

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4 terrorists killed in Baramulla near LoC

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Srinagar, Oct 19: Four militants were killed by the Army near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, military sources said on Friday.

Although the police has not confirmed the incident unless the bodies of the slain militants were recovered, the Army sources confirmed it saying that the encounter took place in the Boniyar forests of Uri sector on Thursday evening.

“Four unidentified militants have been killed in this operation. Searches are now going on in the area,” the sources said.

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