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2002 Gujarat Riots: Gujarat HC upholds life term for 14 accused, acquits four others in Ode case

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The Gujarat High Court on Friday upheld the trial court’s decision of life imprisonment of 14 accused and acquitted four others in the Ode massacre case. In April this year, the bench of justices Akil Kureshi and BN Karia had completed the hearing on the appeals in the case and had reserved its order.

During the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, 23 people were burnt alive in the Ode town in Anand district.

Earlier in 2012, the special trial court had convicted the 23 accused guilty and 18 were sentenced to life imprisonment while five others were handed seven years in jail.

The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team had asked capital punishment for all the 47 accused who were found guilty of murder. The probe team had also moved to the higher court challenging the acquittals in the case and demanded an enhancement of the sentences of the five convicts who got seven years in jail.

Two days after the Sabarmati train carnage at Godhra railway station where 58 kar sevaks or religious volunteers were killed, around 23 Muslims were burnt alive in the Ode town of Anand district.

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Kerala Floods: Diageo India donates 1 crore for the Kerala relief fund

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Thiruvananthapuram | India’s leading beverage company Diageo India on Sunday donated 1 crore rupee towards the Chief Minister Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF) for the flood-affected people of Kerala.

Kerala is facing one of the worst floods in his history with the loss of 21,000 crores already been suffered by the state. Around 6,80,247 people have been forced to stay in relief camps due to constant rains and flood like situation in the state. Chief Minister P Vijayan has appealed to the citizens of Kerala to stay ‘united as one’ to tackle this difficult situation faced by the state.

Kerala Chief Minister P Vijayan today met Diageo India’s officials and acknowledged their contribution towards the relief work of the state. After meeting the Kerala Chief Minister, Diageo India COO (South) Mathew Xavier said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Kerala in this difficult time. It is our endeavour to support communities during tough situations, and our contribution is a step towards rebuilding the state. We will continue to provide any additional help that the state may require in the days to come.”

Meanwhile, the MET department has informed that the state could get a relief from rains in the next 24 hours. Similarly, the red alert warning has removed from the major districts in the state except for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also made an Aerial review of the situation in the flood-affected regions of Kerala along with CM P Vijayan. PM Modi has announced a relief package worth 500 crores for the state of Kerala.  An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh to the next kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to those critically injured is also been announced by PM Modi.

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President Kovind enquires about flood situation in Kerala

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New Delhi | President Ram Nath Kovind spoke to Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today to enquire about flood situation in the state.

“He acknowledged the grit and resilience of the people of Kerala in coming together in this trying hour. Assured the people of the state that entire nation was with them,” Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted today.

President Kovind expressed satisfaction that the Union and state governments were working together and in synergy in rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit state. “He praised relief agencies such as NDRF and public officials at state and central level for their response and commitment,” it said.

The death toll has touched 197 in the past 10 days. Many people are still stranded in their homes with no food and sheaths of water around them.

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Contribute 1 month salary for Kerala flood relief; Puducherry CM to MPs,MLAs

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Puducherry | Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today urged all MPs from the union territory and MLAs to contribute one month’s salary to the Kerala Flood Relief Fund.

The contributions can be made to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and it would be forwarded to the Kerala Chief Minister’s distress relief fund, he told reporters here.

He said readers’ associations, members of the public and others could also contribute in kind, all of which would be despatched to Kerala. The Puducherry government had already announced an assistance of Rs one crore on its part to the fund.

Kerala has been ravaged by heavy rains in the second spell of monsoon fury since August 8, which has claimed the lives of 197 people.

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