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Kerala Flood: Death toll jumped to 324. Modi announced interim relief aid of Rs 500 crore

Anusha Bhattacharya

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The death toll in the flood-hit Kerala has jumped to 324. And in the last 10 days of floods, the death toll has nearly become three times more in the last 24 hours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had arrived in Kochi last night to undertake a survey of flood-hit areas. Prime Minister Modi was accompanied by Kerala Chief Minister Vijayan during the aerial survey. After consultation with chief minister, Narendra Modi announced an interim relief aid of Rs 500 crore. The entire procedure has certainly killed a lot of valuable time and has taken a toll on the innumerous lives that could have otherwise been saved had this procedure would be paced up. There is no doubt on the contribution from the Centre but it was really late and the kind of loss of human lives and infrastructure has been suffered by Kerela, providing relief funds on time had to be the main priority for them..Anusha Bhattacharya gives more insights

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Sports Headlines: IOC revokes 2 Olympic qouta from shooting WC as India denies visa to Pakistani

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1. The International Olympic Committee has decided against withdrawing all the Olympic quotas from the shooting World Cup in India and revoked just two.
2. The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed the playing conditions for its new 100-ball cricket format known as The Hundred, which starts in 2020.
3. In its proposal, the organizing committee of the Paris Olympics has put forward breakdancing as an official discipline for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
4. Arsenal beat BATE Borisov 3-0 to reach the Europa League last 16 after a 1-0 first-leg defeat by the Belarus champions
5. Mizoram Women’s team was bowled over for nine runs on Thursday against Madhya Pradesh in the ongoing senior Women T20 league.

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Twitter CEO to not appear before Parliamentary panel

Anusha Bhattacharya

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will not appear before the Parliamentary panel on IT on February 25, and instead, the company is sending its Head of Public Policy. However, the Parliamentary panel on Information Technology had summoned Twitter head had refused to meet “junior officials” of the microblogging site during its meeting on February 11.

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2019 Lok Sabha elections| On the alliance front, BJP takes a lead over Congress

Arti Ghargi

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Even though in 2014 we saw BJP emerging as the single largest party with an absolute majority, 2019 is not going to be the same. By now, it has been very clear that BJP cannot repeat the 2014 results. On the other hand, Congress has actively been a part of the opposition fold. For both the parties, at this stage alliances are of core importance. Both the national parties know it very well that it may be impossible for them to sit in the government if they do not seek help from allies. And thus, before the model code of conduct kicks in, the parties need to find allies and seal the deal with them.
Congress and BJP both are in favour of tying up with regional parties in various states for the Lok Sabha election. but, in this regard, the BJP seems to have taken a lead over Congress pretty quickly. As of today, the party has finalised alliances in three states namely Bihar, Maharashtra and most recently in Tamil Nadu. However, Congress after all the Mahagathbandhan talks has finalised the alliance only in two states.

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