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Spotlight on jumbos as India commemorates Gaj Mahotsav
INDIA celebrated its first Gaj Mahotsav (Elephant Festival) on World
Elephant Day on Aug 12 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in
Delhi. The four-day festival, organised by the Wildlife Trust of India in
partnership with the Union Environment Ministry, showcased 101 life-sized
elephant art installations.
The festival was aimed at raising awareness about the protection of
elephant corridors through exhibits and curated activities. It brought together
wildlife experts and conservationists who discussed the migration patterns of
the Asian elephants. They were previously found in large numbers across the
country but are now restricted to certain pockets in the east, west and north.
The elephant installations were made from clay, straw, metal, waste and
cloth and attracted both locals and tourists alike.
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Vajpayee ‘critical’, on life support
FORMER Prime Minister Atal Bihari Va-
jpayee’s condition has worsened over
the last 24 hours and is on life support,
the All India Institute of Medical Sci-
ences (AIIMS) said yesterday.
The diabetic has been undergoing
treatment at AIIMS since June 11. The
93-year-old suffered a stroke in 2009,
weakening his cognitive abilities. Later,
he developed dementia.
He was elected prime minister three
times between 1996 and 1999 and is the
only non-Congress prime minister to
complete the full term of five years from
1999 to 2004.
Punjab bridge blown up in 1971
A STRATEGICALLY important bridge
in Punjab’s Ferozepur district was
dedicated on Aug 12 to the nation by
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
47 years after the old one was blown up
in the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
The 280-feet-long bridge connects
Ferozepur with Hussainiwala barrage
on the Sutlej river along the old
It is the only lifeline for the residents
of nearly 10 villages and connects
Hussainiwala enclave with the city.
Postman sacked for withholding
mail for over 10 years
JAGANNATH Puhan, a postal worker
in India, has been suspended after he
was found to not have delivered
thousands of letters for more than 10
The affected senders were from
Odhanga village in Odisha.
The stash of old letters and packages
were discovered by chance when a
group of school children were playing in
the recently abandoned post office after
the branch had moved to a new
According to the Hindustan Times,
there were some 6,000 letters and
packages with the oldest dating back as
far as 2004.
Some 1,500 letters have been
salvaged while many of the remaining
mail are soggy or damaged by termites.
Goa to erect statues of Maradona
BRASS statues of football legends
Diego Maradona and Cristiano Ronaldo
will be erected in the beach village of
Candolim in North Goa to inspire
youngsters to take up the sport.
The statue of Ronaldo will be erected
at the newly-inaugurated multi-purpose
park in Candolim village while a statue
of Maradona will be erected at the
Candolim football ground, which
regularly hosts inter-village matches.
Pune ranked most liveable city,
New Delhi 65th
PUNE is the most liveable city, followed
closely by Navi Mumbai and Greater
Mumbai, in a ranking of 111 Indian
cities with Delhi ranked at a lowly 65 on
the Ease of Living Index released by the
government in Delhi.
Thane is the fourth Maharashtra city
that made it to the top 10 in the list.
Other cities ranked among the best
10 are Tirupati, Chandigarh, Raipur,
Indore, Vijayawada and Bhopal.
None of the cities in big states like
Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu
and Karnataka made it to the top 10.
The survey was based on four
parameters – governance, social
institutions, economic and physical
Government refutes claims that
currencies are printed in China
A CHINESE news outlet has created a
stir in India by claiming that China prints
currencies for India.
But the Union government said the
claims are false. Secretary in the
Department of Economic Affairs
Subhash Chandra Garg clarified:
“Indian currency notes are being and
will be printed only in Indian
government and Reserve Bank of India
India Today reported that the country
undergoes an elaborate printing process
of its currency and it is self-sufficient in
printing all the currency requirements.
Harsh terms for chain-snatchers
THE Gujarat government will amend
a law and deal out harsh punishment
of seven to 10 years in jail for
chain-snatching. Minister of State for
Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja noted that
the current punishment of three-year
imprisonment is not adequate.
The new clause will also include a
fine of Rs25,000.
HE heaviest rains and floods in Kerala
since 1924 have caused massive destruc-
tion, leaving more than 75,000 people
in relief camps and damage to crops and proper-
ties that the state estimated to be over Rs 8,000
With rains still pouring down heavily lead-
ing to flooding across Kerala, 12 fresh deaths
were reported on Thursday, taking the toll to
79, since August 8. More rains were forecast till
Entire Kerala has been on a red alert since
Wednesday evening. A total of 28 deaths were
reported on the day.
Pathanamthitta district in central Kerala has
been the worst affected as thousands of people
– students among others – were trapped in their
homes in Ranni, Aranmula and Kozhencherry.
Various media Whats App groups, including
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s, have been
flooded with SOS messages from
Pathanamthitta crying for help.
Fishing boats from Kollam reached the
flooded areas as the rescue operation with the
aid of defence personnel continued.
Traffic on the national highway between Er-
nakulam and Thrissur has been regulated
since. Train operations between Ernakulam
and Angamaly have also been stopped and at
Thiruvananthapuram railway station tickets
are not being issued.
All educational institutions were closed on
Thursday. The situation in the capital district im-
proved on Thursday as there were less rains.
Water logging in low lying areas also receded.
The deaths on Thursday were reported from
Malappuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Thris-
sur. Parts of Ernakulam and Thrissur have been
facing tough times with the dam waters from
Idukki districts reaching Periyar and its tribu-
taries late on Wednesday.
In a first, the sluices of 33 dams across Kerala
were opened on Tuesday, following incessant
rains since late that day as the meteorological
department forecast more till tomorrow.
The famous tourist destination Munnar con-
tinued to be badly affected, while the Sabari-
mala temple was cut off by the river Pamba in
The hilly district of Wayanad, which is con-
nected from Kannur and Kozhikode through a
hill highway, was badly hit with the overflow-
ing Banasura Sagar dam waters creating havoc.
Several landslides were reported in the area.
In Wayanad alone, more than 20,000 peo-
ple have been put up in relief camps.
The Cochin international airport was closed
on Wednesday as the Periyar river waters en-
tered the operational area. The airport authori-
ties are worried about the flooding of the Rs
60-crore solar power plant – one of the biggest
in an airport spread over 45 acres.
The defence forces and disaster response
teams have been putting up makeshift bridges
and clearing roads in the affected areas in
Kozhikode, Wayanad, Pathanamthitta, Ernaku-
lam, Idukki and Kannur districts.
Indo-Asian News Service
Kerala floods claim 79 lives
(Left) Residents look
at the Shiva temple
submerged after the
release of water from
Idamalayar dam in
Kochi; and fire and
residents from a
flooded area at
Eloor in Ernakulam
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