Over 100 Bihar villages flooded, rivers rising

Over 100 Bihar villages flooded, rivers rising

Patna, Flood water has entered over 100 villages in Bihar, forcing people to abandon their homes, and rising water level in most rivers is posing a threat to many other villages, officials said Friday.

All the inundated villages are in flood-prone districts of Bagha, Gopalganj, Madhubani, Sitamarhi, Supaul, Saharsa, Khagaria, Darbhanga and Madhepura.

Principal secretary of state disaster management department Vayasji one name) said major rivers in north Bihar, especially the Kosi, Gandak, Kamla Balan and Bagmati, are in spate following heavy rains in their catchment areas in Nepal. They are posing a threat of floods.

“Situation may worsen in the next 24 to 48 hours. Keeping this in view we have sounded high alert in districts of north Bihar,” he said.

A water resource department official s...

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Philippines radicals pledge alliance to ISIL terrorist group leader

Philippines radicals pledge alliance to ISIL terrorist group leader

Hardline in the Philippines have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the extremist militants who now control large swath of Iraq and Syria.

Clips have been uploaded in recent weeks on the video sharing site YouTube showing both southern Philippines-based Bangsamoro Freedom Fighters and the Abu Sayyaf rebels pledging support to ISIL.

“We have an alliance with ISIL and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” BIFF spokesman Abu Misry Mama told AFP by telephone Friday, referring to the brutal radical group’s leader.

Misry confirmed that a YouTube video uploaded Wednesday, showing a purported BIFF leader flanked by armed men reading a statement of support for the ISIL, had come from his group.

BIFF split in 2008 from the Philippines’ main Muslim rebel group, the 12,000-member ...

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US officials ‘blind-sided’ when Israel took Pentagon arms without asking

US officials 'blind-sided' when Israel took Pentagon arms without asking

The Obama Administration has halted missile shipments to Israel and a huge new diplomatic row, which some officials are calling a “very serious rupture” is emerging tonight, after the Wall Street Journal revealed Israel was taking US weapons to use in Gaza without the permission of the White House.

According to US officials, the Israeli war ministry was getting arms directly from the Pentagon stockpile without asking either the White House or the US State Department’s permission, AntiWar writes in an article.

This was done in spite of the arms coming concurrent with direct US-Israeli talks on another $225 million in US funding for their Iron Dome system.

“We were blind-sided,” noted one US diplomatic, while others said they were particularly concerned that Israel took artillery inste...

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Telangana CM hoists national flag at Golconda Fort

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Hyderabad, In a departure from the over five-decades-old tradition of Independence Day celebrations at Parade Grounds, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday hoisted the national flag at the historic Golconda Fort.

In a move aimed at showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Telangana, the chief minister choose the fort for the first Independence Day celebrations after formation of Telangana as a separate state.

After paying tributes to martyrs at a memorial at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad, Rao drove to Golconda and hoisted the tricolor at the colourful ceremony with the majestic fort in the backdrop.

The chief minister unfurled the national flag on a 62 feet tall pole from a makeshift platform close to the iconic Taramati mosque at 9.30 a.m...

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Chandrababu Naidu hoists tricolour in Kurnool

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Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh), Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday hoisted the national flag in this town to mark the first Independence Day celebrations after the state’s bifurcation.

Kurnool was the capital of erstwhile Andhra State, which was merged with Telangana to form Andhra Pradesh Nov 1, 1956. Telangana became a separate state June 2 this year.

Naidu hoisted the flag at the impressive ceremony held at APSP Ground. He reviewed the colourful parade and addressed the gathering which included his cabinet colleagues and top officials.

Fourteen contingents of police and 15 tableaus took part in the march past. Schoolchildren presented cultural programme.

The Independence Day celebrations were held in Kurnool amid demands to make the town the capital of Andhra Pradesh...

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Modi said no to bullet-proof glass enclosure

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New Delhi, Breaking from the past, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday delivered his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort minus the usual bullet-proof glass enclosure.

As the prime minister spoke for over an hour, the entire area around the Red Fort was placed under tight security cover by his Special Protection Group (SPG).

A senior SPG official, on condition of anonymity, told “We were informed that the prime minister will deliver his speech without the bullet-proof glass enclosure. It was a challenge for us, but our officials handled the situation.”

The official said he was unaware about the reason why the prime minister chose to deliver his maiden Independence Day speech without the bullet-proof glass enclosure despite security threats.

“It may be possible that ...

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Nasrallah: Israel is a cancer and should be removed

Nasrallah: Israel is a cancer and should be removed

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says “Israel is a cancer” and that the “ultimate goal should be to remove it.”

Speaking in a multi-part interview with the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, Nasrallah said that Israel seeks short wars that lead to “a quick, decisive and clear victory.”

“The reason for this is their realization that any future war is going to be a lot more difficult in terms of its targets and the ability of the resistance – its rocket capabilities and capabilities in all areas. The enemy cannot withstand a war of attrition,” he said.

Nasrallah played down the success of the Iron Dome defense system, asserting “it will face a real issue when there is a large number of rockets.”

Asked about advice he would give the “Palestinian resistance” in Gaza, N...

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Cash withdrawn from MH370 victims bank accounts

Cash withdrawn

Malaysian police says it is investigating withdrawals of almost $35,000 from the bank accounts of the passengers of a Malaysia Airlines plane, known as Flight MH370, that went missing more than five months ago.

According to Kuala Lumpur’s Senior Deputy Police Commissioner Tajuddin Md Isa, five months after the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished, nearly $35,000 was withdrawn sometime in July from four bank accounts belonging to the victims of the flight.

The passenger plane was a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations...

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KCR distributes cash prizes among sportspersons

Hyderabad, (INN): Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday gave cash prizes to sports personalities of Telangana who won medals in different sports events.

The sportspersons were honoured with a shawl, a citation and cheques ranging from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 50 lakh during the Independence Day celebrations at Golconda Fort. Badminton star Saina Nehwal was given two cheques of Rs 50 lakh and Rs 20 lakh for Bronze Medal in London Olympics and Gold in Australian Open Series Singles Title. Similarly, Gagan Narang was given three cheques of Rs 50 lakh, Rs 25 lakh and Rs 15 lakh for Bronze Medal in Shooting in London Olympics, Silver in CWG 2014 – 50 M Rifle Prone and third position in 50 M Rifle respectively.

Badminton star Parullai Kashyap was presented with two cheques of Rs 50 lakh for Gold ...

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Old man dies after falling from running train

 Hyderabad, A 60-year-old man died of injuries which he suffered after he was accidentally fell down from a running train.

 According to Railway Police Nampally, The accident occurred on Thursday evening hours, near the track of Lakdi-ka-pool Railway Station when deceased travelling on  train, accidentally fell down from running train due to which he received multiple injuries, immediately rushed to OGH for treatment where undergoing treatment he was died on Friday early hours.  The deceased was identified as P Jayahind Kumar (60) Resident of Prashanth Nagar of Begumpet.

Railway Police Nampally registered a case and dead body shifted to Osmania Hospital Mortuary for postmortem, after autopsy deceased body handed over to his relatives.

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