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0815 HRS
18.08.2018
THE HEADLINES,
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi  to conduct an aerial survey of flood affected regions of Kerala today; National Crisis Management Committee decides to scale up relief and rescue operations.
  • Eleventh World Hindi Conference begins today in Mauritius.
  • Imran Khan to take over as Prime Minister of Pakistan following his election by National Assembly.
  • Asian Games begin in Indonesian capital Jakarta this evening.
  • And third Cricket Test between India and England to be played in Nottingham this afternoon.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Kerala to conduct an aerial survey of flood-affected regions of the State today. Mr Modi will also have a high-level meeting with the Chief Minister and other officials to take stock of the situation. Prime Minister arrived in Thiruvananthapuram last night. He was received by Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his Cabinet colleagues at the airport.
Earlier in the day, Mr Modi had a telephonic conversation with the Chief Minister regarding the flood situation. Both leaders discussed the situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations.

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National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) has decided to scale up relief and rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala by involving the three defence services and other agencies, besides providing essential commodities to marooned people in 14 worst-affected districts. NCMC chaired by Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha met for the second time in two days in New Delhi yesterday to review the rescue & relief operations in the flood affected areas. The NCMC attended by chiefs of the three services, secretaries of home, defence and others, took stock of the prevailing situation in Kerala and directed all concerned to ensure continued assistance to the state government to meet the crisis.
The cabinet secretary also directed that relief material including supply of drinking water, dry food packets and powdered milk should also be made available to Kerala. The NCMC will meet again today to review the situation.

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Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked domestic airlines to operate additional flights to Kerala and cap fares as the state reels under a deluge that has forced its busiest airport in Kochi to shut operations till August 26. Aviation regulator DGCA, which held talks with the carriers, said it is constantly monitoring airfares on 32 direct routes.

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India Meteorological Department has predicted relief from rain for the people of Kerala. Met Department Director General K.J. Ramesh said, the rains will subside from tomorrow.
नार्थ केरला मे बारिश कम हो जाएगी,साउथ केरला में हल्की से मोडरेट लेवल तक बारिश होगी,बीस इक्कीस तारीख तक बारिश कम हो जाएगा,नार्थ कोस्टल आंध्रप्रदेश में दूसरा डिप्रेशन बनेगी,कल वे आफ बंगाल में उसके वजह से नार्थ कोस्टल आंध्रप्रदेश और उडीसा मे बारिश परसों से बढेगी

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In Karnataka, Kodagu, Hassan and Dakshin Kannada districts continue to face rain fury. In Kodagu, several hillocks have caved in and many villages have been wiped out due to landslides. Several people are feared dead due to floods and landslides. More than 600 people are waiting to be airlifted in Kodagu, but inclement weather has hampered helicopter operation. Madikeri-Hassan state highway is under water following release of huge quantity of water from Harangi reservoir. The hanging bridge is damaged at Kanive Ramalingeshwara temple, at the confluence of Cauvery and Harangi rivers. Flood situation is grim due to discharge of 1.2 lakh cusecs of water from the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir in Mandya. Telephone services have been hit and a large number of villages are in the dark as thousands of electricity poles have been uprooted. The services of HAM operators are also being utilised. The Karnataka road transportation agency and Railways have suspended services to Kerala, Kodagu and parts of Hassan district. More from our Correspondent:
"Madikeri-Hassan state highway is under water following release of huge quantity of water from Harangi reservoir.  Cauvery river crossed danger level at  Ramanathapura and wreaked havoc at many nearby villages. Residents stranded inside their houses were brought to safety using coracles. There were reports of landslides on Madikeri-Mangaluru road, Shiradi Ghat and Mysuru-Bantwal road hampering movement of vehicles. Floods have affected drinking water supply as pump house supplying water is partially submerged. The army, navy, civil defence, IAF and the National Disaster Response Force are pressed into the rescue operations. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru."

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Uttar Pradesh government has released a list of places where the urns containing the ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be taken and immersed in different rivers. UP was the 'karmabhoomi' of the former Prime Minister and Vajpayee had a deep relationship with many places of the state. More from our Lucknow Correspondent:
"The urns containing the ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be immersed in more than 30 rivers. The rivers where his ashes will be immersed include major rivers like Ganga,Yamuna, Gomti, Chambal, Ghaghra, Rapti, ken, betwa and local rivers like sai, tamsa, kuwano, jamani and shehzad. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced this was being done because Uttar Pradesh was Vajpayee's 'karmabhoomi'. He said that special memorials will be raised at Bateshwar near Agra, the ancestral place of ATAL ji, at Kanpur, where he pursued studied, at Balrampur which was his first Lok Sabha constituency and at Lucknow, to keep the memories of the great leader alive. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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The 11th World Hindi Conference will begin in Mauritius today. Prime Minister of Mauritius Praveen Kumar Jagannath will  inaugurate the conference in Port Louis. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and some other ministers will attend it. "Hindi World and Indian Culture" is the theme of the conference. A report:
"First time  representatives from all 29 states and Union Territories of Delhi, Chandigarh and Puducherry attending the World Hindi Conference. 377 delegates from India and various countries of the world will deliberate on eight sub topics related to Hindi World and Indian Culture. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished success of the conference. After the inauguration session, first time a report will also be released on recommendation of last conference. World Hindi Conference was started in 1975 to make Hindi language a medium of service and knowledge and enable it to move forward with the changing time. Since then, Hindi has made remarkable progress and has become one of the prominent language of the world. Raj Kumar, AIR News, Port Louis, Mauritius."

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Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) is a maternity benefit programme launched by the Centre. Under the scheme, financial aid of 6,000 rupees is given to pregnant and lactating mothers. Here is a ground report from our Vijayawada correspondent on how pregnant women are reaping the benefits of the scheme.
The scheme would help pregnant women in many ways but the two main objectives of the scheme are:-1)Providing the partial compensation to working women against their wage loss and ensure their proper rest nutrition. 2- Improving the health of pregnant women and lactating mothers and reducing the effects of under-nutrition through cash incentives. Dr. C.  Usha Rani, Superintendent, Child and Maternity Hospital, Prakasham District, says that the pregnant are getting benefited.
Smt. Srivalli,  a beneficiary of PMSMY, from Ongole in Prakashama District says, that she came to know about the scheme from AASHA worker.
Under this scheme in  Prakasham District  a  total of  25,501 pregnant women got benefitted from the Pradhan Mantri Matritva surakshaYojana. Dr.G.Kondala Rao, (AIR), Vijayawada.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan will take oath as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan today. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at the President House in Islamabad at 9:45 AM Indian time. Khan was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan by the newly-elected members of the National Assembly yesterday. Khan bagged 176 votes, while his opponent and Chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif managed to secure 96 votes. The newly-elected Speaker of the House Asad Qaiser announced the results amid sloganeering by PML-N lawmakers against Khan.
The PTI had emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats in the July 25 elections.

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The 18th edition of the Asian Games officially kicks off in Indonesian capital Jakarta today. The opening ceremony will begin at 5:30 PM Indian Time, with most of the events scheduled to commence from tomorrow. Some of the events, including Handball and Football, began last week.
Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra will be India's flag-bearer at the expected-to-be-glittering opening ceremony. Here's our correspondent with an overview of India's performance at the Games, so far.
"India is one of the only seven countries that have competed in all the editions of the Games since its inception in 1951 when New Delhi hosted the inaugural edition. It was their best ever performance as the athletes bagged 51 medals - 15 Gold, 16 Silver and 20 Bronze medals to finish second. Swimmer Sachin Nag was the first ever Indian to win an Asian Games Gold, as he also claimed 2 Bronze in 1951. In the 1958 Tokyo Games, Milkha Singh was declared Asia's fastest man when he clinched two Gold medals, announcing India at the Athletics front. Sprinter Kamaljeet Sandhu brought the Indian eves into the fold in 1970 when she became the first Indian woman to clinch the coveted yellow metal. India hosted the Games in 1982 as well when PT Usha won two Silvers medals and then went on to shatter records in the next edition in Jakarta. In 1986, she took home five individual medals, including four Golds, to be named as India's Golden girl. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, AIR NEWS."

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The third Test between India and England starts at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, today.  The match will begin at 3.30 p.m. 
India will aim at redemption against  England in this  Test , which will be Indian team's last chance to save the 5-match series after being outplayed in the first two Test matches.
India lost to England  by 31 runs at Edgbaston and by an innings and 159 runs at the Lord's.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • The two stories, the funeral of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Monsoon fury in Kerala dominate the front pages of today's newspapers. The Pioneer leads with a quotation from Vajpayee ji's poem  "Lautakar Aunga, Kooch se kyun darun? Mail Today's front page carries a photograph of the funeral procession on which is written "A Hero's Farewell". The Daily headlines "Thousands escort Atal on his last journey-PM walks 4 km in cortege, ignoring security protocol - Daughter lit pyre amid cries of Átal Bihari Amar Rahe'". Hindustan Times headlines as "His nation gently weeps". DNA writes "Nation bids farewell to iconic son". The Asian Age highlights "Grieving India bids Atal farewell". The Hindu writes "India bids goodbye to its gentleman politician". The Indian Express leads with National Mourning - his final journey ends at Smiriti Sthal, SAARC leaders attend funeral, condolences pour in from across the world. The Times of India headlines "A daughter and a Nation Bid Farewell to a Father Figure".
  • On Monsoon fury in Kerala Mail Today reports Kerala floods: Toll crosses 360. The Tribune headlines "2.2 lakh in camps - Rescue operations stepped up". The Asian Age writes 106 killed in single day, Modi's aerial inspection today. The Hindu headlines 82 thousand rescued in battered Kerala. The daily reports bigger boats, more choppers to be deployed in flood hit areas; More heavy rain forecast for 48 hours.
  • Among the other stories highlighted by different newspapers are-
  • Financial Express headlines "Resolution under IBC - Creditors recover 50 thousand crore". The daily reports creditors have recovered 49 thousand 783 crore rupees or almost 56 percent of their admitted claims from 32 stressed companies where insolvency resolution plans were approved by the National Company Law Tribunal by the end of June.
  • The Economic Times headlines "India's Startup icons urge Centre to go Desi on Data Policy".
  • Hindustan Times in a front page story highlights Meanwhile Tamil Nadu Farmers say they have no water to irrigate fields.

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In some more news;
An earthquake of 6 magnitude on richter scale has shaken southern Costa Rica near the border of Panama. US Geological Survey reports that the epicentre was about 19 kilometers north of the town of Golfito. There are no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage.

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In Jammu & Kashmir, over 2.81 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath till date. Officials said  on the 51st day of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, 843 yatris paid obeisance at the holy cave yesterday.

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