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Govt announces conditional ceasefire in J&K during Ramzan

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The Centre on Wednesday announced a conditional ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan and asked the security forces not to launch operation.

It is important to isolate the forces that bring a bad name to Islam by resorting to mindless violence and terror, says Centre in a statement. The government expects everyone to cooperate in this initiative and help the Muslim brothers and sisters to observe Ramzan peacefully and without any difficulties, the statement read.

Earlier this month, after an all-party meeting, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had appealed the central government to consider a unilateral ceasefire in the state starting from Ramzan in mid-May till the completion of the Amarnath yatra in August.

Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the Centre’s decision and said that the decision will help in “creating a peaceful and amicable environment for a sustainable dialogue”.

A group of citizens, including former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, had also extended support to Mufti’s call for a unilateral ceasefire till completion of the Amarnath Yatra.

Announcing conditional ceasefire, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the security forces to reserve the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people.

 

 

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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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