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Vajpayee cremated with full military honours
NEW DELHI: India on Friday bid adieu to one of its most respected leaders, Atal Behari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 93. As national leaders and his close ones clad in white clothes stood in solemnity by the prye and amid chants of Vedic hymns, the poet-prime minister’s foster daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya lit the pyre at Smrithi Sthal, in a break from the tradition of a male family member performing the
 
 
South Asian leaders attend Vajpayee’s funeral
NEW DELHI: In a mark of solidarity with India, leaders of South Asian nations attended former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s funeral in New Delhi on Friday. “When neighbours came together to express the sense of loss on sad demise of a statesman!” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, acting Pakistan Law and
   
Century’s worst floods drown Kerala
TRIVANDRUM: The “worst floods of the century” have killed over 300 people in Kerala, the southern state said on Friday. Reports from districts said the heavy rains lashing across the state had started subsiding much to the relief of rescuers who are in full gear and saving thousands of stranded people. However, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the situation continued to be grim, and thousands remained stuck in their homes
 
 
In India’s citizenship test, spelling error can ruin a family
DHUBRI: Riyazul Islam says he had to produce family documents going back to 1951 to prove he was an Indian and not an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant. But a draft list of citizens released in July excluded him and his mother, among a total of about 4 million people left off. A wiry 33-year-old living in the northeastern state of Assam, Islam says he and his mother have no further documents left to prove they are Indians, although
   
CBI searches 12 places in Muzaffarpur case
Patna: The CBI on Friday raided 12 places in Bihar, including former Minister Manju Verma’s residence, in connection with its probe into the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape cases, an official said. The Central Bureau of Investigation team conducted searches at Verma’s residence in Patna and Begusarai. They interrogated the former Social Welfare Minister and her husband Chandeshwar Verma separately. “The CBI has been conducting
 
 
Stranded pregnant woman airlifted, gives birth
Kochi: A pregnant woman stranded in one of the worst flood-hit areas of Kerala had developed complications with a ruptured amniotic sac. The two lives remained in danger till help came out of the blue — literally. Sajita Jabil, 25, was stuck on the rooftop of her house in Aluva — a submerged region of Kerala’s Ernakulam district — when she heard the rattling of chopper blades. It was an Indian Navy chopper that had flown
   
Vidya, Nayantara considered for 2 Jaya biopics
CHENNAI: Hot star of southern cinema Nayantara, national award winning Bollywood actor Vidya Baalan, and superstar Trisha have emerged as favourites as two different movie houses move to make biopics on former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and actor J. Jayalalithaa. Vibri Media was the first to announce a biopic on the late chief minister on Wednesday. Vibri said the film will be directed by award-winning Kollywood filmmaker
 
 
Flood alert, evacuation in 11 TN districts
CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has alerted 11 districts to be ready for flooding as rivers overflowed with the gushing Cauvery water and the incessant rain. Populations along the banks of the Cauvery river and its tributary Bhavani lost entire cultivation though mass evacuation saved the lives of thousands of people. The flooding was the result of heavy discharge of surplus water from Mettur dam. The alert has been sounded in Salem,
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