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South Connect l Death toll rising over 100, 1 lakh living in relief camps across Kerala

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With death toll rising over 100 and more than one lakh people living in relief camps across the state, a red alert was sounded in 11 of the 14 Kerala districts. The Centre on Thursday deployed all three wings of the armed forces in a massive rescue operation. Helicopters airlifted stranded families from rooftops and dam gates were thrown open as heavy rain brought fresh havoc. North and central Kerala has been worst hit by the floods. Cochin airport has been shut till Saturday after water flooded the complex. Southern Railways and Kochi Metro today suspending their operations due to floods . Anusha Bhattacharya gives more insights

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South Connect: 2 Congress youth workers hacked to death, State observe shutdown

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South Connect: Kerala – Two Youth Congress workers were hacked to death near Periya in the Kasargod district of Kerala. Following the incident, the United Democratic Front, which alleges CPI (M) to be behind the murders, has called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the district. According to a report by Manoramaonline, the deceased has been identified as Kripesh and Sarath Lal. The reports state that the two Youth Congress members were returning after attending an event when a gang of three men followed them on motorcycles and later attacked them. Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also condemned the murder. While the state Congress president Mullapally Ramachandran alleged that CPI-M workers were involved in the murder, the Left party, has denied any involvement.

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South Connect: Rebel congress MLAs return to Bengaluru, claims it was ‘miscommunication’

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Putting an end to the political crisis in Karnataka, five rebel MLAs returned back to Bengaluru last night. At least three MLAs have talked to the media and cleared the air over their absence. Talking to ANI Karnataka Congress MLA Mahesh Kumathalli said that he had small issues with Congress leaders and clarified that there was some miscommunication. Mahesh told the news agency that he was unhappy with some party decisions and has added that he had to return back because of the upcoming budget sessions. Another disgruntled Karnataka Congress MLA Umesh Jadhav also accepted that he had small issues with party leaders in his constituency.

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South Connect: KCR to appeal to voters to support Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSRCP

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is likely to make an appeal to the people of Andhra Pradesh to back YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy in the upcoming Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state, in exchange for the latter’s support to the Federal Front. Last month, in a major meeting, KCR deputed his son KT Rama Rao to meet with Jagan. The political leaders in both parties hope that with YRSCP and TRS predicted to win a large chunk of the 25 seats in Andhra Pradesh and 17 seats in Telangana respectively, Jagan joining hands with KCR for the Federal Front could make it formidable, or least give the front significant bargaining power.

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