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  • Kerala Floods: Over 2,000 persons still in relief camps

    Thiruvananthapuram: Even a month after Kerala witnessed an unprecedented deluge, said to be the worst in the last 100 years, at least 2,500 persons are still in relief camps in the state. Presently, there are 80 relief camps in the state, in which 787 families, comprising 2,457 people, have taken shelter. Thrissur district has the maximum camps at 45 with 1,348 people, followed by Idukki with 332 in nine camps. Alapzuha district, among the worst

  • Kerala Floods: State government sticks with KPMG for rebuilding state

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Wednesday decided that despite the Congress-led opposition’s opinion about KPMG, an international professional service company, selected as consultant partner for rebuilding the flood-ravaged state, it will stick with them, a minister said. Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan, deputising for Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who is presently in the US for treatment, told the media here that KPMG has already started its work in the state.

  • Kerala floods: SBI, staff donate Rs 10 crore to CM relief fund

    Jaya Prada, the premiere of whose maiden fiction TV show “Perfect Pati” will clash with that of the new season of Amitabh Bachchan’s “Kaun Banega Crorepati” on Monday, says she would love to work with the megastar again if there’s an opportunity and a suitable role.

  • AR Rahman donates Rs 1 crore to Kerala flood relief funds

    Claiming as many as 400 and more of lives, the Kerala floods was one of the deadliest calamities that India has ever witnessed. Followed by the massive destruction that left the nation in shock, many celebrities came forward for charitable causes in order to contribute to the relief funds started by the Chief Minister of Kerala. Amongst them was A R Rahman who has donated a whopping amount of Rs. 1 crore

  • Kerala requires Rs 30,000 crore for rebuilding, says Finance Minister Thomas Isaac

    Alappuzha (Kerala): Flood -battered Kerala needs Rs 30,000 crore to rebuild, Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said on Monday. “We require Rs 20,000 for capital expenditure and Rs 10,000 for revenue expenditure,” Isaac told IANS, adding it would be raised through various means, including cash and kind.

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    Woman dies of rat fever in flood-hit Kerala, death toll reaches to 15

    Thiruvananthapuram: A woman on Sunday became the latest victim of leptospirosis in the flood-battered Kerala, taking the death toll due to the rat fever outbreak to 15 even as Health Minister K.K. Shailaja assured that there was no need to panic. In the past two days, eight people have died due to the disease that transmits from animals to humans. The risk of contaminating the disease is high during flooding.

  • Comedian Papa CJ, magician Karan Singh come together to raise funds for Kerala

    New Delhi: Popular stand-up comedian Papa CJ and psychological illusionist Karan Singh Magic will make the realms of comedy and magic meet for a new act to be performed as fundraisers for flood-affected Kerala. They will perform ‘My Trick Is Better Than Yours’, where they will try to outdo each other in a unique format conceptualised by Big Bad Wolf.

  • Kerala floods: Insurance claims may total Rs 4,500 crore, says Chairman of GIPSA

    Thiruvananthapuram: The four public sector insurance companies anticipate claims of Rs 4,500 crore on account of the floods that ravaged Kerala, a senior official said on Thursday. Addressing the media, A.V. Girija Kumar, Chairman of GIPSA, the coordinating body of all state-run General Insurance Companies and the CMD of Oriental Insurance Co Ltd, said this estimate was based on the strength of claims made till Wednesday. “On account of the floods and damages in

  • 483 people have lost lives in Kerala floods and 14 missing, CM Pinarayi Vijayan tells Assembly

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala flood disaster has claimed 483 lives and 15 people are still missing, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday. Opening the debate at a special one-day session of the Assembly to discuss the disaster, Vijayan said that at the height of the floods, the worst to hit the state in a century, there were 14.50 lakh people in relief camps.

  • Bhopal: Raw spices hiked by 50 %, may soon go out of stock

    Bhopal: The prices of raw spices in the city are going through the roof because of recent flood in Kerala. The price has seen a 50% hike. The situation has come to such a pass that the raw spices may soon go out of stock.

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    Kerala Floods: Centre to consider Kerala demand to enhance borrowing limit

    Thiruvananthapuram: With flood-ravaged Kerala now focusing on rebuilding, the Centre on Wednesday said it would favourably consider the state’s demand to enhance the borrowing limit. As part of efforts for resource mobilisation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan held discussions with World Bank officials and said their help was necessary to rebuild the state.

  • Some relief for flood-hit Kerala, as IT-Dept extends deadline for filing income tax return to Sept 15

    New Delhi: The government on Tuesday extended the deadline for filing of income tax returns for taxpayers in Kerala from August 31 to September 15. “In view of the disruption caused due to severe floods in Kerala, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) hereby further extends the ‘Due Date’ for furnishing Income Tax Returns from August 31 to September 15 for all income tax assessees in Kerala,” the Finance Ministry said

  • Kerala floods: Maharashtra govt sends 50 tonnes of tur dal as aid

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government today sent 50 tonnes of tur dal as aid to flood-affected Kerala. State Agriculture Minister Chandrakant Patil flagged off the Netravati Express, loaded with 50 tonnes of tur dal, from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in Mumbai.

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    Kerala floods: Rahul Gandhi lauds fishermen for assisting in rescue ops

    Chengannur (Kerala): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday reached the flood-ravaged state of Kerala and lauded fishermen for assisting in rescue operations. He met the flood victims at a relief camp in Chengannur district.