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Kerala floods: CM issues red alert after death toll reaches 67; Kochi airport suspends operations till Saturday

After the torrential rains that created havoc in Kerala, that claimed almost 47 lives, CM Pinarayi Vijayan issued a red alert across the state.
Kerala hit by floods (Photo source: Twitter)

After the torrential rains that created havoc in Kerala, that claimed almost 67 lives, Chief Minister of the state Pinarayi Vijayan issued a red alert across the state. Cochin International Airport too suspended its operations till Saturday (August 18, 2018) to avoid further inconvenience to people.   

The airport authorities assured that they’re working hard to drain out the floodwater. The state for the first time opened 33 out of 39 dams to bring the situation under control. So far, more than one lakh people have been rescued in the state. The Indian Meteorological Department also issued a red alert for Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod, Malappuram, Palakkad, Idukki and Ernakulam districts till Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too while addressing Indians on the 72nd Independence Day today, said, Many parts of the nation witnessed a good monsoon but at the same time, several parts of India have been affected by flooding. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives due to floods in various parts of India.

Modi on his twitter handle wrote, Had a detailed discussion with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan regarding the unfortunate flood situation in the state. Centre stands firmly with the people of Kerala and is ready to provide any assistance needed. @CMOKerala?

Meanwhile, Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP of Thiruvananthapuram on his Twitter handle wrote, The flood situation here in Kerala is really bad. The national media coverage has been grossly inadequate compared to the gravity of the situation here. It is a sad reflection of the truism that the farther you are from Delhi, the less you matter in today’s India. ?pic.twitter.com/bohOK9jpda 

 

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Ahead of today’s IND vs AUS match in Nagpur, we bring you VCA Stadium’s Test records…

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Ahead of today’s IND vs AUS match in Nagpur, we, at Nation Next, bring you Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium's Test records...

Ahead of today’s IND vs AUS match in Nagpur, we, at Nation Next, bring you Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium’s Test records…

  • Highest team total: 610/6d by India against Sri Lanka in 2017/18.
  • Lowest team total: 79 runs by South Africa against India in 2015/16.
  • Highest individual score: 253 not out by Hashim Amla (South Africa) against India in 2010/11.
  • Best bowling in an innings: 8/215, by Jason Krejza (Australia) against India in 2008/09.
  • Most runs scored by a player: Virender Sehwag – 357 runs.
  • Most wickets taken: R Ashwin – 19 wickets.

Also read: Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur

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Virat Kohli complains of losing his unboxed phone in Nagpur

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli took to twitter to inform netizens that he had lost his brand new unboxed phone in Nagpur on Tuesday.

Kohli, who is in the city for first test match against Australia on Thursday,  said, “Nothing beats the sad feeling of losing your new phone without even unboxing it  Has anyone seen it?”

Food delivery app Zomato was quick to respond by asking the ace cricketer to ‘feel free to order an ice cream from his wife and actor Anushka Sharma’s phone.’ 

The tweet read, “feel free to order ice cream from bhabhi’s phone if that will help.” However, many users anticipated Kohli’s tweet to be an advertisement for a brand.

Also read: Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.



The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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