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Kerala flood toll touches 79, rains continue (10 minutes ago) IANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 16 (IANS) With rains still pouring down heavilty leading to flooding of dams and rivers across Kerala, 12 fresh deaths were reported on Thursday, taking the toll to 79, since August 8.

9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day (23:28) IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, Aug 15 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Kerala issues red alert, flood death toll rises to 67 (Third Lead) (23:04) IANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 15 (IANS) An incessant downpour battered Kerala again on Wednesday, resulting in 28 more deaths and more destruction and forcing authorities to issue a red alert across the southern state.

Navy rescues over 80 people in flood-battered Kerala (20:48) IANS Photo Service
Kochi, Aug 15 (IANS) The Navy on Wednesday rescued more than 80 persons as the flood situation worsened in Kerala again, leaving a fresh trail of death and destruction.

Heavy rain pounds Karnataka, flood alert in affected districts (Lead) (20:44) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Aug 15 (IANS) With the coastal and other districts of Karnataka receiving heavy rain a flood alert has been sounded in the southern state, officials said on Wednesday.

Two spells of downpour brings Taj city to halt (20:40) IANS Photo Service
Agra, Aug 15 (IANS) Two spells of downpour lasting over four hours on Wednesday virtually paralysed the city as roads were cut off, and posh colonies and low-lying areas flooded. Tourists were stranded in the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort waiting for the rains to stop.

Indonesia raises Lombok island earthquake toll to 460 (20:16) IANS Photo Service
Jakarta, Aug 15 (IANS) Indonesian authorities on Wednesday raised the death toll in a devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Lombok Island to 460, as search and rescue efforts continued.

Kerala issues red alert, flood death toll rises to 58 (Second Lead) (19:28) IANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 15 (IANS) An incessant downpour battered Kerala again on Wednesday resulting in 19 more deaths and further destruction, forcing the authorities to issue a red alert across the southern state.

Heavy rain alert in Odisha (18:08)
Bhubaneswar, Aug 15 (IANS) The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday predicted heavy rainfall in several parts of Odisha for the next two days.

Italy government demands resignations after bridge collapse kills 39 (Lead) (17:44) IANS Photo Service
Rome, Aug 15 (IANS) The Italian government on Wednesday demanded the resignation of the heads of the company that manages the country's highways, after the death toll in Genoa city's bridge collapse rose to 39, with rescuers continuing their search for possible survivors.

Kerala floods toll is 47, Cochin airport shut (Lead) (14:20) IANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 15 (IANS) Unceasing heavy rains battered Kerala on Wednesday killing eight more people and taking the death toll to 47 since August 8, forcing Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to seek generous public contributions to battle the worst floods in nearly a century.

Death toll in Italy bridge collapse rises to 37 (14:14) IANS Photo Service
Rome, Aug 15 (IANS) The death toll in the collapse of a bridge in the Italian city of Genoa rose to 37 even as rescuers continue to search for possible survivors, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Wednesday.

How elephants are protected from cancer? (13:40) IANS Photo Service
New York, Aug 15 (IANS) Researchers have identified a "zombie" gene that protects elephants from cancer, a finding that may also pave way for a new treatment for humans.

Torrential rains disrupt normal life in Karnataka (13:02) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Aug 15 (IANS) Torrential rains measured at 35 cm lashed Karnataka's coastal and south interior districts, forcing suspension of train and bus services and disrupting normal life, officials said on Wednesday.

US state sues Trump Tower over alleged water pollution (11:16) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Aug 15 (IANS) The US state of Illinois has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Tower in Chicago, alleging that it was releasing millions of gallons of water into the Chicago River without assessing its impact on pollution.

UP bans plastic, thermocol items (10:16) IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, Aug 15 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday imposed a blanket ban on the manufacture, stocking, sale and transport of all plastic and thermocol items, an official said.

Heavy rains hit Kerala, Cochin airport shut (09:26) IANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 15 (IANS) Heavy rains again hit Kerala on Wednesday killing four more people and taking the death toll to 43 since August 8.

Will host 'grand' Kumbh in 2019: Yogi (07:48) IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, Aug 15 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government is committed to host "a great and grand" Prayag Kumbh in 2019, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Wednesday, while greeting the people on the occasion of India's Independence Day.

Evacuation of 5,000 persons begins as Kerala dams' level rises (Lead) (23:38)
Idukki (Kerala), Aug 14 (IANS) With increased water flow into the Idamalayar and Idukki dams in Kerala late Tuesday night due to incessant rains, authorities began to evacuate about 5,000 persons living in and around the two reservoirs, a police official said.

Afforestation fund act to come into force next month: Minister (22:52) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) The Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act will be enforced from September 30 after framing of rules and consultations with the stakeholders, Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday.

Make stand clear on firecrackers, curbing pollution: SC to Centre (22:24) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to make its stand clear on steps to curb pollution and about the ill-effects of firecrackers on public health, saying that there was a need to strike a balance between the right to health and the right to carry on a trade or profession.

BIOD Energy to commission 100-tonne bio-diesel plant in Haryana (21:46)
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Private firm BIOD Energy on Tuesday announced that it will commission a 100-tonne bio-diesel manufacturing facility in Bawal in Haryana.

Yamuna again crosses danger mark in Delhi (Lead) (21:42) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Almost two weeks after the water level in the Yamuna here receded, the river again started swelling up on Tuesday and has breached the danger mark to touch 205.30 meters.

Tribunal awards 13.42 tmcft Mahadayi water to Karnataka (21:10) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi/Bengaluru, Aug 14 (IANS) The Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal on Tuesday awarded 13.42 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of the river water to Karnataka as against its demand for 36.66 tmcft, said an official statement.

22 killed as highway bridge collapses in Italy (Lead) (19:48) IANS Photo Service
Rome, Aug 14 (IANS) A section of a highway bridge collapsed in the Italian city of Genoa during heavy rain on Tuesday, plummeting vehicles up to 90 metres to the ground and killing at least 22 people, officials said.

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