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Kerala Floods: PM Modi Conducts Aerial Survey, Grants Rs 500 Cr Interim Relief

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an additional grant of Rs 500 crore to Kerala, after holding a high-level meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and other officials, and conducting an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged state on Saturday.

The Prime Minister also announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from the PM’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF). The Kerala CM, meanwhile, informed the PM that the state had suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 crore, on initial assessment. Heavy rains, floods and landslides have killed at least 174 people since August 8.

According to the Home Ministry’s National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), over 2,11,000 people in 14 districts have been badly hit by the rains and floods, and over 32,500 hectares of crops damaged.

Modi, after an overnight stay in the state capital, left for Cochin in the morning for the aerial survey and the review meeting to get a first-hand knowledge of the enormity of the mayhem caused by the southwest monsoon.
Meanwhile, rains lashing several parts of the state since morning is causing concern as it could hamper the rescue and relief operations.
Kerala has been witnessing incessant rainfall over the last few days, causing unprecedented flooding and landslides in several parts of the state. So far, 324 people have lost their lives in the state due to flood, according to a tweet by the Chief Minister Office (CMO) of Kerala.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan and assured that he will visit the flood-hit state to review the situations. The Centre has also launched massive rescue and relief operations as the situation in the state is getting worse with each passing day.

The rescue operations have also been stepped up in the state to evacuate people from the flood-affected situation.

Kerala Floods: Death Toll Rises To 167, PM Modi To Review Relief Operations

Kerala is witnessing the worst monsoon in a century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kerala, where nearly 167 people died since August 8, following torrential rain and related floods and landslides this evening. He will undertake an aerial survey of the state.
Nearly 100 people died over the last 48 hours in the worst monsoon in a century. Chalakudy town in Thrissur district turned into sea as river Periyar overflowed. Pandalam town in Pathanamthitta district and Changanassery in neighbouring Alappuzha district are flooded as well. Met office said the rain will continue till Saturday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Had a telephone conversation with Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan just now. We discussed the flood situation across the state and reviewed rescue operations. Later this evening, I will be heading to Kerala to take stock of the unfortunate situation due to flooding.”

PM Modi will reach Kochi after attending the funeral of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which is expected to take place around 4 pm.
Almost all parts of Thrissur and Chalakudy towns are under water. Fifty police personnel are marooned in Chalakudy bridge. Seven people are missing after a building collapsed, at least 70 people had taken shelter in it. Water has started entering relief camps.
The met office has predicted heavy rainfall till Saturday. Thirteen of the 14 districts in Kerala are on red alert – the exception is Kasaragod. Idukki is the worst affected.

Twelve fresh teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been rushed by the Centre, news agency Press Trust of India reported. Altogether, 35 teams are expected to reach the state by evening. The Coast Guard has stationed three ships at Kochi.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has issued a stern warning to those spreading fake news about floods in the state using social media. The warning came after Idukki District Collector Jeevan Babu said fake news was being spread on social media about the safety of Mullaperiyar dam.
Domestic airlines have been asked to keep a check on air fares for flights operating to and from Kerala. Telecom operators have announced free call and data services, extension in bill payment dates and other relief measures for seven days for customers for users in Kerala.

Kerala has been ravaged by unprecedented floods following torrential rains that also triggered landslides, claiming 97 lives since August 8 besides disrupting air, rail and road traffic in several places.
Many parts of Kochi have been flooded. Aluva is one of the worst-affected areas.Fresh landslides were reported from southern Kerala’s Idukki and the northern districts of Malappuram and Kannur.
Popular tourist destinations like Munnar and Ponmudi are almost cut-off because of bad roads due to landslides. Except for official vehicles, no other vehicles are allowed to enter Munnar. People have also been asked not to visit the Sabarimala hill shrine as the water level in the rain-fed Pampa river is high.

The Epidemic of Nipah Virus in Kerala Creates Heartbreak Story

The eruption of Nipah virus puts Kerala on high alert. According to the State Government of Kerala, ten deaths have been confirmed from the Nipah virus, and two more are critical. The home of a family in which two brothers and another woman died has been identified as the epicentre of the infection. They are mainly from Kozhikode and Mallapuram. Eight have died just in Kozhikode.

“I am almost on my way, take care of our children…” a young nurse in Kerala, named Lini Puthussery penned a note for her husband. Actually, she was under the charge of hospital isolation unit for victims of the deadly new Nipah virus. She couldn’t see her family one last time as she was cremated quickly on Monday so the infection wouldn’t spread. Lini, the 31 years nurse had two little children, aged seven and two. She was in the team that treated the first victim of the virus at Perambara hospital in Kozhikode.

“Saji Chetta, I am almost on my way. I don’t think I will be able to see you. Sorry. Take care of our children properly. Our innocent child, take him to the gulf. They shouldn’t be alone like our father. Lots of love…” Lini added more in the note that has been widely shared on social media and has made many to feel crying.


The infection spread from the family in Perambara in rural Kozhikode. They were the first to be brought to the hospital with symptoms of Nipah.

“Nurse Lini died in our battle against the Nipah virus. She died trying to save patients infected by it. She was just 31 and was a mother of two little kids. If she is not a martyr, I don’t know who is,” tweeted Dr Deepu Sebin, chief executive of DailyRounds, a network of doctors.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan opined that nurse Lini Puthussery’s “selfless service will be remembered”.
The Perambara hospital has also confirmed that the nurse was cremated soon after her death, with her family’s consent, and no one could meet her.

About a dozen more people have confronted after a high fever and other symptoms of the virus in Kozhikode and neighbouring Malappuram. It is also heard that two more nurses are admitted to the Kozhikode Medical College hospital with high fever. A central team has also been sent to the district for the abetting the state administration.

Man’s penis chopped off day before engagement: Madhya Pradesh

A 25-year-old man’s penis was chopped off in an attack days before his engagement in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district. The attackers also fled with the victims’ genitals.

The attack was reported from Morena’s Kailaras area on Thursday morning. Police said the victim is not in a position to record his statement. “We are clueless. He is not in a condition to say anything,” said baffled sub-inspector Amit Sharma who is in-charge of Kailaras police station.

Sharma said the spot was searched in an attempt to find the severed organ for reconstructive surgery but to no avail. Villagers told the police that the victim had gone to relieve himself near a riverside when he was overpowered by two men from behind and ‘bobbitised’. His engagement ceremony was scheduled for February 6.

“Neither the victim nor his relatives suspect anyone so far. We’re keeping our fingers crossed until the victim is able to record his statement,” said the investigating officer. The victim has been referred to Gwalior District Hospital for further treatment.

 

Another incident was reported in May 2017 when a 23-year-old law student from Kerala bobbitised a monk named Gangeshananda Theerthapada alias Hariswamy in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram. It was alleged that the monk had been molesting a girl for three years.

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In bitter war of words, CPI(M) escalates online attack on Yogi Adityanath, BJP

Amid an ugly war of words between CPI(M) and BJP-RSS in the political space of Kerala, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) launched a fresh attack on Yogi Adityanath and BJP, on healthcare in Uttar Pradesh. Continuing its jibe at the right-wing party, CPI(M), over posts in twitter, raked up the issue of the deaths of several children in a government-run hospital in the UP Chief Minister’s parliamentary constituency, Gorakhpur.

Further hitting out at Adityanath over his comment “Kerala should learn how to run hospitals from UP”, CPI(M) posted an image of the UP CM with his quote and shared a news article on how a UP university hospital used industrial gas as anaesthesia. The Times of India article shared by CPI(M), along with Yogi’s quotes, mentioned that joint investigation team of the Centre and the U.P government found that forbidden industrial-grade gas had been used as anaesthesia to patients undergoing surgery in the Banaras Hindu University’s Sir Sundar Lal Hospital.

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CPI(M) latest barb at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader came following Adityanath’s comments on Wednesday where the UP Cm mentioned that there had been “300 deaths due to dengue in a year” in Kerala. With an aim to pitch Hindutva in Kerala, the UP Chief Minister led the saffron party’s fortnight-long ‘Janaraksha Yatra’, launched by BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday.

Reportedly, Adityanath, addressing supporters at the rally in Kerala said, “In one year, there have been more than 300 deaths in Kerala due to dengue and several hundred deaths due to chikungunya. This shows the CPM government is not handling its responsibility.”

Yogi Adityanath’s remark came in a response to one of CPI(M)’s tweet, slamming the UP government for the death of over 60 children at the Ram Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur. Hitting out at the UP CM, the CPI(M) tweeted, “Today, we invite UP CM Yogi to visit Kerala hospitals to learn how to run hospitals effectively.”

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However, claiming that the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy was the first of its kind in Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath said at the Wednesday’s rally, “While Uttar Pradesh effectively checked the menace of dengue and chikungunya, the Left party and its government have failed in providing basic necessities to people in the state.”

“Eat beef in your country before visiting to India,” Says new Tourism Minster

The new tourism minister of India, KJ Alphons, has now new advice for people who are visiting to India from other parts of the world. In the new advice, the tourism minister asked the visitors to “Eat beef in their own countries” before travelling to India. The advice came just three days after asserting that there will not be any “food code” for states and beef will continue in states like Kerala and Goa.

The minister made the remark when he was confronting the questions on the tourism sector, where it is seen a major slowdown due to the cow vigilantism in the states that have banned the consumption of beef.

“They can eat beef in their own country and come here yaar,” Mr Alphons quipped while replying to reporters.

A day after incumbeting the charge of the tourism minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, Mr Alphons rubbishes the concerns over beef ban as “propaganda” against the BJP and said: “I don’t think the BJP prescribes a food code for every state. Like the Chief Minister of Goa has made very clear that Goa is a beef-eating state and Goa shall continue to be a beef-eating state. Kerala is a beef-eating state and it shall continue to eat beef. That is what people eat there and BJP doesn’t have a problem.”

Both Kerala and Goa are the most visited destinations for foreign tourists.

When reporter reminded him his earlier statement, he said, “That is a cock-and-bull story…I am not the food minister, I am the minister for Tourism.”

Kerala Writer Warn In A Letter: Convert To Islam, Or Be Ready To Face The Consequences

Renowned Malayalam author KP Ramanunni lodged a police complaint regarding an anonymous threat letter warning him that his right arm and left leg would be chopped off if he did not convert to Islam within six months.

The letter was sent to Mr Ramanunni’s Kozhikode residence six days ago.

The writer said though there was no indication as to who was behind the letter, it was understood that it was posted from Manjeri in Malappuram district.

“I am not aware of the motive behind the letter. I filed a complaint with the Kozhikode city police commissioner today, urging him to look into the matter,” he told PTI.

Mr Ramanunni said though he had ignored the letter initially, other senior writers advised him to file the police complaint.

The letter alleged that some of the recent articles written by the award-winning writer amounted to “misleading” the Muslim youth.

It also warned that Mr Ramanunni would meet the same fate as that of professor T J Joseph, whose right arm was chopped off by the members of a radical Muslim outfit for allegedly hurting their religious sentiments through a question paper he had set.

“Like TJ Joseph, your right arm will be cut off…your left leg too. You are given six months to convert to Islam. If you do not embrace Islam, we will inflict Allah’s punishment on you,” the letter said.

The police said a probe was launched on the basis of Mr Ramanunni’s complaint.

The right arm of Joseph, who was a professor in the Thodupuzha New Man College, was chopped off while he was returning home from the Sunday mass at a church in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district on July 4, 2010.

A novelist and short story writer, Ramanunni is a recipient of the Kerala Sahitya Academy Award and Vayalar Award among other literary acclaims.

A film was also made on his debut novel, Sufi Paranja Katha, which revolved around the love story of a Muslim man and a Hindu woma

After Culture Machine, Kerala News Channel Mathrubhumi Announces ‘First Day Of Period Leave’ to Employees

Inspired by the Mumbai-based media company, Culture Machine, Kerala’s popular media group, Mathrubhumi has decided to give leaves to women on the first day of their period. The media organisation thus becomes the first to follow suit after Culture Machine announced ‘ the First Day of Period Leave’ for its employees. The company has decided to offer 12 days of ‘First Day of Period Leave’ each year. The Malayalam media giant will first implement period leaves in its digital space and later expand the police to sister organisations.

Countries like Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, and Italy already have menstrual leave in women employee’s leave policy. Companies like Nike and Coexist also let their staff take leave on the first day of their menstrual cycle. In Mathrubhumi News out of 320 employees, 75 are women. Times of India quoted Mathrubhumi’s joint managing director MV Shreyams Kumar as saying, “It was an eye-opener as channel workers do have a stressful job and work odd hours. They often work for extended hours. We need to understand that during menstruation, they might be grinding their teeth to subdue the pain. Do not think of it as sympathy; it is more of understanding women.”

Talking about the impact of the ‘period leave’ on the organisation, Kumar said that the company was not worried about the monetary aspect. He said, “It is all about supporting our staff and ensuring their happiness.” Initially, the first day of the period will be considered as a casual or medical leave and employees will have the option to accept or leave it. The implementation of the period leave was welcomed with applause in a meeting.

Women employees at Mathrubhumi News took to social media appreciating the move by their organisation. After Culture Machine started ‘period leave’, they had started an online petition to implement the “First day of period leave” policy in companies across the country. The petition received more than 28,000 supporters

GST Affects Meat Sellers Party; Kerala Government Orders Traders Not To Sell Chicken Not More Than Rs 87/Kg

The government of Kerala has notified poultry traders to commence selling chicken at a price of Rs. 87/kg or prepare for consequences. This warning came from state finance minister Dr TM Thomas Isaac as a result of the new Goods and Services tax reform applicable on Indian markets from July 1, which put the chicken in the slab of tax-exempted goods. The government had to intervene when the price of poultry sky-rocketed after the GST rolled out.

Kerala was the only state in which the tax levied on the chicken was 14.5%, priced at Rs. 103 as the GST was implemented. Dr Isaac pegs the current price of chicken at Rs. 87 – something the traders strongly disagree with.

The suppliers informed the government for them to sell their product at such low prices, and maintain that the government took a one-sided decision in their pricing policy. The state secretary of the farmers and traders association Abdul-Jabbar rationalises, “We get chicken from the farm for Rs 115, we sell it to retailers for Rs 125 and they sell for Rs 142”.

The water supply from Tamil Nadu has also been sparse recently, which directly impacts the production of chicken, as one chicken requires one litre of water per day.

With the oncoming monsoon, the production of chicken will probably go back to normal. The government is set to meet the traders association soon, to discuss the final numbers, and will hopefully resolve the matter.

By: Tarun Rao

After Beef Ban, Comes Another Ban. Momo Ban.

Amidst the protest that stirred the country past several months on the beef ban, beef protest and the farmer’s strike in Madhya Pradesh, another controversy has now been seen to stage the setting of the great rising in the country, the momos ban. Yes, Momos ban is a new controversy that our political leaders are setting their political field.

A BJP MLC in Jammu and Kashmir is campaigning against India’s favourite snack, momo. Because he ‘thinks’ they are ‘dangerous’ and need to be banned.

A report in the National Herald said that MLC Ramesh Arora wanted momos banned and quoted him as saying that our teenagers were getting addicted to them like drugs and it needed to be stopped.

Well, he is perhaps not wrong. Momos are one of the most popular street foods in India. They are cheap and easily available. They may be addictive because they are delicious.

But Arora is far from being happy about that.

The report said he not only was wary of ‘Burmese and Bangladeshi’ people selling it, he said, “Momo is a killer and we cannot allow a killer to grow in a civilised society. Ajinomoto is dangerous for health.”

While Ajinomoto or MSG (monosodium glutamate) was said to have been bad for health. Several reports suggest (read here, here and here) that it may not be as bad it has been portrayed to be.

Another report in the State Times quoted a statement circulated by the BJP media cell as saying, “MLC Adv Ramesh Arora met with Chief Secretary and Municipal officials and apprised them about uncontrolled growth of Momo shops, meat Reharis (mobile carts) and encroachment in Jammu city without any control.”

Momos are native to Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese culture and are even part of the diet of people in many areas of India.

Momos have become a part of mainstream Indian street food and have found different variations in different cities, like the Tandoori momo in Delhi.

And while Arora is waging a war against them, it may be difficult for him to make people stop eating these delicious and ‘addictive’ dumplings.

(The report was published in The Huffington Post)