Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee stood among the tallest leaders of modern India, his successor Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh said in an interview. Dr. Singh said both he and Mr. Vajpayee carried forward each other’s policies on economic liberalisation and ties with the U.S. and Pakistan. Excerpts:What does the passing of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee mean for the nation? But Mr. Vajpayee differed with Mr. Nehru and Nehruvian ideals on many counts, primarily on domestic politics. I called on Mr. Vajpayee, wrote him a letter but by then the BJP had decided to try and defeat our government.

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With 91 persons killed in rain-related incidents on Thursday, the toll in the recent rain- and flood-related incidents across Kerala rose to 156. A further 23 NDRF teams will be deployed in the coming days, NDRF Director-General Sanjay Kumar said. Rain to continueThe India Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rain for the next 48 hours in the State. Ranni, Kozhenchery, Aranmula and Thiruvalla in Pathanamthitta district were isolated as the river breached its banks. Traffic along the Kozhikode-Bangalore, Kottayam-MC road, Kottayam- Kattapana and Kalady MC roads was disrupted and vehicles stranded at many locations.

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Somou Balaya had returned from the United States with his wife Geeta and their teenage son two months ago. Somou was currently staying with his family in a multistorey house in DLF Phase-I. Cardiac arrestSomou visited India once a year for a couple of months and stayed at his house in DLF Phase-I. Both the accused have been arrested and taken in one-day remand from the local court for interrogation, the police said. Forced to file complaintThe caretaker of Somou’s house, Sonu Mishra, alleged the police forced him to sign the complaint.

August 16, 2018 20:15 UTC

more-inThe Odisha government is setting up a world-class interpretation centre at Dangamal near Bhitarkanika National Park to showcase its efforts in protecting crocodiles and preserving its rich mangrove diversity. Experts are being consulted for adding value to the project,” said Susanta Nanda, project director of ICZMP, Odisha. Bhitarkanika, one of the State’s finest biodiversity hotspots, receives close to one lakh visitors every year. The park is famous for its green mangroves, migratory birds, turtles, estuarine crocodiles and countless creeks. Bio-shieldIn 1999 when coastal Odisha was battered by Super Cyclone, the rich mangrove forests had then acted as a bio-shield.

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more-inDelhi schools, both private and government-run, will remain closed on Friday as a “mark of respect” for former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday, the AAP government’s Directorate of Education said in an order. “This is to clarify that - all education institutions in Delhi including govt, private, MCD, NDMC etc shall remain closed tomorrow [sic],” Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said in a tweet, referring to municipality-run schools as well.

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more-in: Anna Nagar police on Thursday arrested seven persons who stabbed a 24-year-old youth in full public glare on Wednesday. Adityan, 24, of TV Nagar in Thirumangalam, was supplying water cans to residents of his area. On Wednesday morning, when he was in the 3rd Avenue of Anna Nagar near Aminjikarai police station, a gang of seven waylaid him and attacked him with iron rods before stabbing him to death. Police suspected Sandeepkumar, 25, of NSK Nagar in Arumbakkam, to be behind the murder and nabbed him. A special team led by Anna Nagar Inspector M. Saravanan was formed to trace the other accused.

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more-inThe Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Centre why it should allow the redevelopment of seven south Delhi colonies after it was told that clearance for the project was granted on the basis of an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report that had “copy-pasted” its contents from another project report in Tamil Nadu. Pointing out that the names of lakes in Tamil Nadu were mentioned in the EIA report for Nauroji Nagar, Mr. Bhan said it clearly showed “non-application of mind”. The Bench was not convinced by the NBCC’s explanation and said even the presence of such typographical errors showed non-application of mind. Mr. Bhan also said that the entire redevelopment project of the seven colonies was integrated and therefore, an integrated EC was required and not separate clearances, as granted in the instant case. The NBCC sought an order from the Bench, clarifying that it could continue with its work at Nauroji Nagar, where it is constructing a commercial hub, including a World Trade Centre.

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more-inThe Opposition is not united merely to oppose the Bharatiya Janata Party but by a common vision for India, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday, sharing a platform with nine other parties. He was speaking at Sanji Virasaat Bachao Sammelan or Save Composite Culture Seminar, an initiative of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) rebel leader Sharad Yadav. His comments may be read against the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s allegation that the Opposition had no common ideology other than ousting the BJP government. Mr. Gandhi said that he had deliberated on how Opposition parties with diverse ideologies are standing together. Playing on the BJP’s ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ slogan, Mr. Gandhi said that the Opposition was not aiming at a “BJP-Mukt Bharat”.

August 16, 2018 20:03 UTC

more-inThe East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) issued 27,887 notices over violations of Solid Waste Management (SWM) by-laws, construction and dust violations, between January and July this year. EDMC collected ₹2.38 crore in fines, stated the release issued by it. Additionally, a collection of ₹91.60 lakh of fines is said to be pending. Out of the notices issued, the EDMC Commissioner, Ranbir Singh said 24,612 were issued for lack of sanitation, 126 for garbage burning, 1,916 for SWM violations and 1,233 for construction dust. The corporation is engaged in increasing awareness to ensure cleanliness in east Delhi, he added.

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more-inWith the Cauvery and Coleroon rivers in spate on account of the record discharge of surplus water from the Mettur reservoir, the State government has sounded a high alert along delta districts. While about 1.70 lakh cusecs was released into the Cauvery from the Mettur dam on Thursday evening, about 45,000 cusecs was discharged from the Bhavani Sagar dam. It went up further to 2.10 lakh cusecs at 4 p.m. and rose steadily through the evening. The current flow was set to surpass the record of 2.48 lakh cusecs recorded on November 25, 2005. Several houses and fields in low-lying areas along the Cauvery in Karur and Tiruchi districts were inundated due to the heavy flow.

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Indian batsmen need to look ugly and dirty and show some grit if India had to turn the tide in the series against England, said Ravi Shastri, the head coach of the Indian cricket team ahead of the third test against England. However, Shastri did not specify as to who will be standing behind the stumps in the third Test for India against England at Trent Bridge. He said that Indian bastmen must be ready to leave a lot of balls and prepare to look ugly and dirty and show some grit. Shastri also expressed his sadness at the news of the passing away of former India captain Ajit Wadekar. India are 2-0 down in the five-match series and need to win at Trent Bridge to stay alive in the series.

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more-inKellton Tech Solutions Ltd has posted a ₹ 19.64 crore net profit for the quarter-ended June 30, which was an increase of 35.7% compared to the ₹14.47 crore registered in the year earlier. Total revenue of the digital transformation solutions provider increased 19.6% to ₹ 209.69 crore (₹175.29 crore). Chairman and wholetime director Niranjan Chintam said, “The divestment of one of our subsidiaries and the successful completion of Phase 1 of the Mauritius government project has resulted in slower growth this quarter. However, we are confident of the future outlook with our strong pipeline and the onset of Phase 2 of the Mauritius project.”The company acquired 12 new clients during the quarter. “We are also aligning our investments with technology shifts and trends to strengthen our value proposition and stay ahead in our journey of disrupting businesses,” he said in a release.

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For almost a decade, the golfing world has debated whether the Tiger Woods fairy tale is really over. Last weekend, Woods hinted, and very strongly, that he still has what it takes to be amongst the best. Finishing a close runner-up to Brooks Koepka in the PGA Championship, the fourth and final ‘Major’ of the year, Woods shot a stunning final round 64, signing off with a magical 19-foot birdie. An exasperated Woods had said, “I’m done with golf.” But the game was clearly not done with him. The competition today is talented and runs deep, and it is important to remember that Woods has ‘lost’ about a decade of his golfing life.

August 16, 2018 18:56 UTC

more-inThe #MeToo campaign has been one of the most high-profile pivots of feminist mobilisation in recent times. Now the American chapter of the movement is faced with a strange predicament. Avital Ronell, a leading feminist scholar and a renowned professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University (NYU), has been found guilty of sexual harassment by her university. NYU, acting on a complaint filed by Nimrod Reitman (34), a former student of Professor Ronell, has suspended her for one academic year. Queering the pitch further are the sexual orientations of the individuals involved: while Ms. Ronell is a lesbian, Mr. Reitman is gay, with a male spouse.

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In his maiden budget speech, Chetty noted that India’s “food position has continued to cause grave anxiety both to the Provincial Governments and the Central Government”. Galbraith noted that “Indian economic life as a whole” was mostly about food production. To address inadequate food production, our first government focussed on expanding India’s irrigation capacity. In the 50 years before Independence, India’s GDP growth averaged about 0.9% per annum. By the time Manmohan Singh passed the baton to Prime Minister Modi, 97% of villages had been electrified already.

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