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Aam Aadmi Party leader and former journalist Ashutosh has resigned from the party citing personal reasons. The AAP leader took to Twitter thanking the party and its volunteers for all the support he has received through his stint in the party. “Every journey has an end. My association with AAP which was beautiful/revolutionary has also an end. I have resigned from the PARTY/requested PAC to accept the same. It is purely from a very very personal reason.Thanks to party/all of them who supported me Throughout.Thanks.”

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On this day in 1947, India became an autonomous state by breaking itself free from the clutches of the British rule. The country is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day today. The Indian Express has compiled some of the most powerful images that have inspired, shocked and moved us as a nation.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday wished the countrymen on India’s 72nd Independence Day, remembering those who laid their lives for the independence. “As we celebrate our independence as a nation, let us remember all those brave men and women, our freedom fighters, whose sacrifices and dedication helped us win our independence,” Gandhi wrote on his Twitter handle.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fifth Independence Day speech, in which he recounted the achievements of his government in the last four years, had the undertones of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled next year. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of India’s 72 Independence Day, the PM sought to draw a contrast between the previous government and his tenure, saying the country has emerged as world’s sixth largest economy and that at the world stage, India’s voice is being heard effectively.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday continued his tradition of wearing turbans at the Independence Day celebrations and sported a saffron turban during his address at the Red Fort. Modi had worn an orange and green coloured Jodhpuri bandhej safa for his maiden Independence Day speech as Prime Minister in 2014.

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The Cochin International Airport suspended all flight operations till 2 pm Wednesday due to a rise in flood water level in and around the airport since early morning. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting held at the airport at 6 am today. Earlier at 3.30 am, the airport had decided to suspend arrival operations from 4 am to 7 am as a precautionary measure.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday addressed the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort for the fifth time, highlighting his government’s achievements over the last four years. Prime MInister Modi spoke about various initiatives taken by his government – Digital India, Swachh Bharat and the nation-wide implementation of GST, among others. LIVE Updates: PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech at Red Fort

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Former president Pranab Mukherjee congratulated fellow countrymen, in India and abroad, on its 72nd Independence Day and urged them to defend and preserve the multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-lingual society. “Our Founding Fathers, after much deliberation and drawing from our ancient ethos, envisioned a Secular State, free of religious, caste or racial distinction. We must ensure that in every walk of life, the characteristics of a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-racial society is defended, preserved and protected,” Mukherjee said. LIVE Updates: PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech at Red Fort

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Independence Day 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort. Prime Minister Modi’s address will begin a little after 7.30 am. The ceremony at the Red Fort begins with the Prime Minister hoisting the National Flag following which he will address the nation.

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Two unidentified gunmen fired at PDP youth president Waheed ur Rehman Para in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, the police said on Tuesday. Para escaped unhurt, they said. Two shots were fired at Para’s bullet-proof vehicle when he had gone to Handjan in Budgam to attend a condolence meeting.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to congratulate him for winning the elections is a positive development, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood said on Tuesday and expressed hope that such steps could lead to betterment of ties.

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A group of people, who tried to hoist the national flag at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk, were rescued by the police on Tuesday after they were allegedly roughed up by locals. “A group of six to seven persons tried to hoist the flag at Lal Chowk. This created a ruckus in the area and the police team rescued three of them,” Superintendent of Police (East) Dawood Ayoub said.

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CBI SP T Rajah Balaji, who investigated the Mecca Masjid blast case and under whose watch Swami Aseemanand recorded his confessional statement before a court, is among 30 agency officers who have been awarded medals for meritorious and distinguished service by the President. Also among the awardees is CBI Director Alok Verma’s personal assistant and Grade – I stenographer Devendra Kapoor.

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Two CRPF men from Kashmir who laid down their lives in the line of duty have been bestowed the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry (PPMG) – the country’s top police gallantry medal. Constable Sharief-ud-din Ganaie and Head Constable Mohd Tafail of the CRPF were bestowed the PPMG posthumously even as 89 other personnel from the force have been awarded Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG) for undertaking daredevil action in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir and anti-Maoist operations in various states.

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A day after JNU student leader Umar Khalid survived an attack by an unidentified armed man outside the Constitution Club in New Delhi, the Special Cell of Delhi Police was handed charge of the investigation. Police sources told The Indian Express that the probe will also focus on those who trolled and threatened Khalid online, including on Twitter and Facebook.

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Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory action by the Indian Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir. The Army retaliated after Sepoy Pushpendra Singh was killed in a gunbattle in Tangdhar on Monday.

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BEHIND THE social audit in Bihar that unearthed several instances of sexual abuse at a shelter home for girls in Muzaffarpur is a diverse group of lawyers, teachers and social workers associated with Koshish, a 12-year-old field action project of the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) in Mumbai.

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Major Aditya Kumar, who was embroiled in a controversy after his unit fired on a stone-pelting mob leading to the death of three persons in Kashmir, is among 20 personnel of the Indian Army to be conferred the Shaurya Chakra on the occasion of Independence Day.

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In possibly the first of its kind coordinated digital attack on an Indian bank, about Rs 94 crore was illegally withdrawn using cloned debit cards of Pune-based Cosmos Bank through thousands of ATM transactions across the globe within a period of seven hours on Saturday.

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The presence of N Brahmani, daughter-in-law of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, at a meeting of industrialists and CEOs with Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Hyderabad Tuesday, has raised eyebrows. While Naidu’s TDP and the Congress are rivals, along with Brahmani, sons of several TDP leaders including T G Bharat, son of TDP Rajya Sabha MP T G Venkatesh, and J Pavan Reddy, son of J C Diwakar Reddy, TDP Lok Sabha MP, also attended the meeting with Gandhi.

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Among the officers under the CBI scanner following searches over two days at the Palika Services Officers’ Institute (PSOI) in Chanakyapuri in New Delhi is an Additional Secretary in a key Union ministry. This officer, sources said, once headed a civic body and had faced a departmental enquiry, and even invited adverse remarks.

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The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on Tuesday ruled that Gowari community in Maharashtra should get benefits under the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category, pointing out that Gowaris were categorised as a tribe more than hundred years ago in the records of British India.

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Nearly eight years after it was set up to mediate the dispute over sharing of Mahadayi (or Mhadei) river water, the Mahadayi Inter-State Water Disputes Tribunal on Tuesday brought a temporary end to a battle between the BJP government in Goa and Congress-government Karnataka. It ordered that Karnataka will get 13.4 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) of water from the river, while Goa and Maharashtra’s share will be 24 TMC and 1.33 TMC, respectively.

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As the Indian rupee on Tuesday crashed to a new low of Rs 70.09 against the US dollar, the Congress took a swipe against the Narendra Modi government for “finally doing something” that they could not in the past 70 years.

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Defending his government and party at a time when the Opposition continues to attack the Centre on mob lynchings, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Tuesday said that the BJP does not support lynchings or fringe elements who are prone to make incendiary statements.

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CHHATTISGARH GOVERNOR Balram Dass Tandon died in Raipur on Tuesday afternoon following a heart attack at the Raj Bhawan, the Governor’s Office said. Tandon, 90, was a six-time MLA from Punjab, a former deputy chief minister of the state, and was one of the founding members of the Jana Sangh, the precursor to the BJP.

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Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that the debt of Rs 90 crore of Young Indian company, when converted into equity, would not result in any income for levying tax. Young Indian (YI), which was incorporated in November 2010 with capital of Rs 50 lakh, had acquired almost all shareholdings of Associated Journals Limited (AJL), which owns National Herald newspaper. In this process, YI had also acquired AJL’s debt of Rs 90 crore.

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THE SUPREME Court will hear next week a plea by over 350 army personnel questioning the registration of FIRs against them for discharge of official duties in areas where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is in force.

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Stating that India is at a “pivotal moment”, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Tuesday that “contentious issues and extraneous debates” should not be allowed to “distract us”. In his televised address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day, Kovind recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s “most noble mantra” on the “power of ahinsa” (non-violence) being “far greater than the power of hinsa” (violence). “The power to stay your hand is far greater than the power to strike with your hand and hinsa has no place in society,” he said. LIVE Updates: PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech at Red Fort

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India Independence Day: Google on Wednesday marked the 72nd anniversary of India’s Independence with a colourful and artistic doodle inspired by the nation’s truck art. The doodle features a couple of peacocks crossing their beaks at the centre and the national birds are flanked on both sides by a Bengal tiger and an elephant. Other elements in the doodle comprise India’s national flower, the lotus with the sun rising in the backdrop and a riot of colourful flowers. LIVE Updates: PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech at Red Fort

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THREE DAYS before India notified a special extradition arrangement with Antigua and Barbuda to bring fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi back to India, the Caribbean country had refused to extradite him. It told the Indian high commissioner in Antigua that it would not even stop Choksi from leaving the country.

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A Special Investigation Team of the Karnataka police has invoked the stringent Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) 2000 against 12 people linked to Hindutva groups, who have been named as accused in the murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru.

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After a lull of two days, heavy rain lashed several districts of Kerala on Tuesday, resulting in landslides and flooding of towns and low-lying areas. No casualty was reported until evening.

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Two days after a 14-year-old Dalit girl allegedly killed herself after she was sexually assaulted and her “objectionable” photos were circulated on social media, Mainpuri police on Tuesday detained two persons for questioning. Five accused in the case are absconding.

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The police on Tuesday conducted raids at the office and residence of Manisha Dayal, a former model whose NGO runs a shelter home for mentally challenged women, where two of the inmates died recently. According to police sources, raids were conducted at the office of the NGO ‘Anumaya Human Resources Foundation’ in the posh Boring Road locality and Dayal’s residence in the vicinity.

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The BJD has opposed the Centre’s project to set up a water aerodrome in Odisha’s Chilika Lake, claiming that it would directly affect two lakh fishermen families and the biodiversity of Asia’s largest saltwater lake. With an eye on boosting tourism and creating jobs, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry on August 11 approved a pilot proposal to set up at least five water aerodromes — an area of open water used for landing seaplanes and amphibious aircraft — across the country. Such aircraft are expected to take people across water faster and more safely than local boats.

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Under attack over incidents of lynching, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said the government was not in support of such “despicable” acts or hate speeches by party leaders against minorities as he dismissed suggestions that it was imposing its version of Hindutava in the country. He underlined that the BJP government believed in “Hinduism which is all inclusive and respects all faiths and creed.”

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An immigration research think tank in London on Tuesday accused Indian companies of exploiting a “gaping loophole” in the intra-company transfer (ICT) visa route to bring in thousands of workers from India, denying resident British workers jobs in the IT industry. Migration Watch UK, which lobbies for lower migration levels, said international IT companies, “typically based in India”, obtain a contract to deliver a project or support services to a UK entity and then staff it with workers from the company’s home country, a system referred to as third-party contracting.

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Major Aditya Kumar, who was embroiled in a controversy after his unit fired on a stone-pelting mob in South Kashmir’s Shopian in January leading to the death of three persons, is among 20 armed forces personnel named for the Shaurya Chakra award. Rifleman Aurangzeb, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir and was brutally killed by terrorists in Pulwama in June when he was on his way home for Eid, will also be conferred the third highest gallantry award.

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An orange alert has been sounded at the Mullaperiyar dam, the penultimate step to opening the sluice gates to drain the excess water from the reservoir. The dam, located on the Periyar river in Kerala, is operated and maintained by the Tamil Nadu government. The state relief commissioner of TN has indicated that the sluice gates would be opened due to heavy inflow of water in the reservoir.

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Celebratory reactions poured in from the BJP in Goa — the state through which the Mahadayi flows to meet the Arabian — after the Mahadayi Inter-state Water Disputes Tribunal allowed 13.42 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) from the primary basin to neighbouring Karnataka against their demand for 36.5 TMC.

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Such is the state of the country today that any praise of administrative efforts in the event of a natural disaster may appear as fortuitous to many. Kerala at present faces an extraordinary flood situation with torrential rainfall over the last couple of weeks, major rivers running in spate and hilly areas prone to landslides. However, a vital overlooked aspect has been the stupendous behind-the-scenes efforts by relief workers, police and panchayat officials in getting people to temporary shelter camps. In the villages of Kozhithuruth and Chenapuram in Ernakulam district, people are united in their praise of the relief efforts and the government intervention as river-waters rose swiftly to enter their homes.

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On the eve of India’s 72nd Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s mantra on non-violence. “The power to stay your hand is far greater than the power to strike with your hand and hinsa has no place in the society,” he said. President Kovind’s remarks assume significance as it comes at a time when the country is witnessing incidents of mob violence and lynching. He also touched upon various others issues ranging from the contribution of women and freedom fighters to farmers and police and armed forces. Follow LIVE updates.

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Reeling under the unprecedented havoc caused by heavy rains, the Kerala government today decided do away with the ‘Onam’ celebrations this year and instead utilise the amount for relief operations. Thirty-nine persons have so far lost their lives in landslides and floods caused due to the heavy rains, which has destroyed 20,000 houses and damaged 10,000 km of roads in the state since August 8.

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Even as a Patna court granted police three-day remand of the secretary and the treasurer of a city-based NGO whose two inmates recently died, police said they have a strong case of negligence against them. Two women inmates, aged 40 and 17, of a shelter home at Rajiv Nagar, were reportedly brought dead to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) on Friday. The Patna administration, however, learnt about the matter on Sunday.

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A government school teacher and a college student were arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police in Rajouri district on Monday evening for a “communally sensitive” Facebook post. Identifying the arrested persons as Anwar Hussain and Shokat Ali, both residents of Ladhote, police said that the former was a teacher at a government-run school while the latter was a student at Government Post Graduate College in Rajouri. The school teacher was also running a WhatsApp group “Daily News and Notification” as its admin.

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A group of people, who tried hoisting the national flag at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk, were ‘rescued’ by the police on Tuesday after they were allegedly roughed up by locals. “A group of six to seven persons tried to hoist the flag at Lal Chowk. This created a ruckus in the area and the police team rescued three of them,” said Superintendent of Police (East) Dawood Ayoub.

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PDP youth president Waheed ur Rehman Para escaped unhurt after he was attacked by unknown gunmen on Monday evening at Budgam. Para had gone to attend the condolence meeting for one of his PSO’s mother. “I reached there at 6 and this incident took place at 6:30,” Para told The Indian Express. Two gunshots were fired at his bullet-proof vehicle on the right-hand side of the back seat, where he was seated.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday remarked that he is married to the party. He made the comment during an interaction with editors when he was asked about his marriage plans. Gandhi, on a two-day visit to Hyderabad, said Narendra Modi will not become Prime Minister in 2019.

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A day after BJP chief Amit Shah wrote to Law Commission pushing for simultaneous polls in the country, the Congress on Tuesday dared the Modi government to dissolve the Lok Sabha and announce general elections along with polls in four states where the terms of the assemblies end this year. Arguing against the idea of simultaneous polls, Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot said postponing the upcoming state assembly elections and conducting them with Lok Sabha polls in 2019 is “not possible” under the Constitution or the law.

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A stinging editorial in a magazine, that comes out of the stable of the Catholic Church in India, throws sharp focus on the exploitation and harassment of nuns inside convents. The editorial, written by Dr Suresh Mathew in ‘Indian Currents’, an English weekly published from Delhi by a society under the patronage of the Capuchins of Krist Jyoti Province of North India, talks at length about the violation of basic rights of nuns whose contributions to the Church are not small.

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The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry Monday released the results of its survey on the Ease of Living in cities across the country. There were 111 cities surveyed by the ministry. Minister of State (Independent charge) Hardeep Singh Puri, while announcing the results, said West Bengal refused to participate in the study.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had suggested that Mahatma Gandhi’s wax figure at the Madame Tussauds here should show the Father of the Nation cleaning his surroundings with a broom. “It’ll serve to inspire the 1.25 billion people of the country with the message of cleanliness across India that is enshrined in the ‘Clean India’ movement underway, and is also something which Gandhi’s life teaches us,” the prime minister told Madame Tussauds authorities in an undated interview, a video of which was shared by the museum ahead of Independence Day.

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The Kerala High Court on Tuesday turned down accused Malayalam actor Dileep’s demand for a copy of the video of the abduction of an actress and her harassment at the hands of the perpetrators who took her around in a vehicle in Kochi for two hours in February 2017. A lower court had in February turned down the same request. The assailants had dumped her near a director’s house after committing the crime.

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The Supreme Court has admitted a petition filed by 355 Army personnel against the dilution of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in disturbed areas. The petitioners have also challenged the registration of an FIR against them for operations where AFSPA is in force. Representing the petitioners, Advocate Aishwarya Bhati said “military operations in border areas will suffer” if a probe is conducted. The petition will be heard on Monday.

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Amid power tussle between DMK working president MK Stalin and brother Alagiri, a key meeting of the party’s executive council took place in Chennai Tuesday. While the party leaders maintain that the meeting was convened to condole DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s death, speculation is rife that a decision may have been taken about calling the party’s general council for putting its seal of approval on elevating Stalin to the post of party chief.

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Over 100 people, including some Indians, have been detained by the US border patrol and immigration officials in separate enforcement actions for illegally entering and living in the country. Federal Officers from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 45 people in the Houston area for violating US immigration laws during a five-day enforcement action.

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Far, far away from the maddening crowds of Kochi is the island of Kozhithuruth, which literally means ‘chicken island’ in Malayalam. Perched at the confluence of two of Kerala’s life-sustaining rivers – the Periyar and the Chalakudy River – the island’s geographical location is a rarity in itself. The tranquillity and the stillness it offers is unparalleled, perhaps with enough potential to serve the cravings of the average tourist Malayali. And yet, the same geography spells doom, day in and day out, for Kozhithuruth and its 180-odd families. When the rivers overflow, often with the water thrust into them through the shutters of the reservoirs built on them, the hearts of the island’s residents begin to race. They stare with utmost trepidation as the water, inch by inch and brick by brick, closes in on their front yards, their homes and finally their lives.

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The sessions court on Monday sentenced two auto-rickshaw drivers to seven-year imprisonment for attempting to rape an 18-year-old student from the Netherlands. The woman was in Mumbai for a student exchange programme.

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Two businessmen, dealing in medicines used for drug de-addiction, were booked by Kharar police on Sunday. The accused duo, based in Amritsar, are brothers and directors of a private firm. They were booked on charges of misleading the Punjab Food and Drug Administration department to get a certificate to sell medicines for drug de-addiction patients. The accused were also booked by Amritsar (Rural) police in July and even convicted for three years under Drugs and Cosmetics Act by a Hisar (Haryana) court in 2014.

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Certain train services will be affected on August 15 due to Independence Day celebrations in the national capital, Northern Railway has said. A notice shared on the Northern Railway website stated that the train movement between Delhi Jn and Delhi Shahdara Station will remain temporarily suspended for o­ne hour forty-five minutes from 6.45 a.m. to 8.30 a.m on August 15.

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India will celebrate its 72nd Independence Day on August 15. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in Delhi. This will be PM Modi’s fifth speech. Ahead of Independence Day celebrations, elaborate security arrangements have been put in place in the national capital and many other parts of the country. LIVE Updates: PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech at Red Fort

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The Indian Railways has announced a new time schedule for over 300 Northern Railway trains. The new timings will come into effect from August 15 (Independence Day), a statement from the zone read. According to the new schedule, the departure time of 57 trains has been preponed and 58 trains have been postponed. Similarly, the arrivals of 102 trains have been preponed while 84 trains have been postponed.

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Vehicular and rail traffic on the Chandigarh-Shimla highway was badly hit on Monday as dozens of landslides occurred at various places on the route. In Solan district alone, eight persons, including a boy studying in the seventh standard in Parwanoo, died. Northern Railway said it has cancelled 12 trains on the Kalka-Shimla route following landslides at 24 locations.

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Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board has told all madrassas functioning from its properties to celebrate the Independence Day by chanting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” after the hoisting of the national flag and the singing of the national anthem. “We have directed all the madrasas running under the Shia Waqf Board to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ after hoisting the national flag and singing of the national anthem,” Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi told PTI.

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While the UP government cracked down against shelter homes after sexual harassment cases were reported from in Deoria, there is another pressing concern: 38 districts do not have a full-time district probation officer (DPO). The DPO is an important link for implementation and supervision of government schemes related to the women and child welfare department – from the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme, widow pension scheme to shelters meant for girls, women and old age women.

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At least 16 people were killed following heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh over the past 24 hours, officials said Monday. The government has released Rs 96.50 crore for relief and launched rescue operations across the state.

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A team of Kerala Police, camping in Jalandhar for the past few days to probe rape allegations levelled by a nun against the Bishop of the Diocese of Jalandhar, went to Bishop’s House here around 3:15 pm Monday only to find that the man who they had come to question, Father Franco Mulakkal, was not present there.

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The Supreme Court on Monday sought a report from Inspector General of Police (Meerut Range) on the plea of a witness in the case pertaining to the lynching of a man at Hapur, allegedly over a cow-related incident. Qasim Qureshi, a meat trader, was killed in the incident.

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The Chhattisgarh government is struggling with a dengue outbreak in the city of Bhilai, 40 km from Raipur. According to statistics issued by Directorate of Health Services, of the 314 cases recorded in the state this year, 282 were in the district of Durg, of which Bhilai is the headquarters.

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Since the latest round of the Maratha agitation for 16 per cent reservation began, there have been at least ten suicides, spread across eight districts of Marathwada region in Maharashtra. The Sakal Maratha Samaj Maratha Kranti Morcha, which is spearheading the protests, claims the number of those who have killed themselves in support of the demand has crossed 10.

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Soon people in remote parts of India will be able to send an email to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking justice. “Another thing which we are going to introduce is to provide access to far-off areas, by online access to justice or online decision-making,” said NGT chairperson Justice A K Goel, adding that the tribunal is working out how best to implement this.

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The Congress Monday approached Election Commission seeking suspension of Rajya Sabha membership of BJP chief Amit Shah and initiate proceedings against him, claiming he had concealed “liabilities”.

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The Shiv Sena on Monday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s written interviews as a kind of “propaganda” that used to happen in China and Russia during the Communist regime. In an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena said that the PM has suddenly started to give interviews through emails and did not speak to journalists face to face.

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Ahead of the much-anticipated announcement of the ambitious National Health Protection Scheme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech, a clutch of fake Ayushman Bharat-NHPM websites — many of them bearing “Pradhan Mantri” or “PM” in their names — and WhatsApp forwards asking people to enrol for the scheme have sent the Health Ministry into a tizzy.

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While the 2015 request of the Maharashtra government to ban Sanathan Sanstha is still pending with the Union home ministry, the state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has informed both the central and state governments that the right wing outfit is not registered as a single entity but as separate units in every district and city, sources told The Indian Express.

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An unidentified armed assailant Monday targeted Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid, who escaped unhurt outside Constitution Club near Parliament, where security has been stepped up for Independence Day.

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Even as the opposition parties have indicated that the contentious triple talaaq bill cannot be taken up in the Rajya Sabha without discussion – the Union Law minister on Monday attacked the Congress for blocking the passage of the bill stating that the senior BJP leaders met the Congress on multiple occasions to build consensus on the bill.

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THE BJP on Monday alleged that Congress president Rahul Gandhi chose to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale fighter jet deal since he is “jittery” after the Income Tax department opened assessment of a firm in which he and his mother, Sonia Gandhi, have majority share.

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Stepping up his criticism of the Prime Minister over alleged corruption in the Rafale deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday dared him to a debate and claimed Narendra Modi would not be able to answer his questions on the issue “even for a second”. Rahul, on his first visit to Karnataka after his elevation as Congress chief, targeted Modi on several issues, including recent incidents of rape of girls in BJP-ruled states, farm loan waiver and GST.

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The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has dotted the length of the Ganga with red markers on a map on its website, two weeks after the National Green Tribunal had asked it to display a prominent map showing where the river water was fit for bathing and drinking.

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TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday announced that the party would declare the names of all Assembly and Parliament candidates on September 2. After a politburo meeting, Rao said the decision was taken to quell speculation about ticket allotment. “There is speculation that TRS will drop 40-50 MLAs, or not renominate so many MPs. So to clear the air, we will announce names of all the candidates in September. It will also galvanise the party to start preparing for the forthcoming elections,’’ Rao said.

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Somnath-da was a pillar of strength for all those who cherished constitutional values. He spared no words, was eloquent in upholding and seeking to strengthen the four fundamental, foundational pillars of our constitution: secular democracy, federalism, social justice, and economic self reliance.

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The Agra police on Monday booked Govind Parashar, an office bearer of the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal, after he released a video statement announcing he would take out ‘Tiranga Yatras’ in Muslim-dominated areas on August 15 without permission, threatening district administrations of “serious consquences” if they tried to stop them.

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COMING FROM a landowning family in West Bengal, son of Nirmal Chandra Chatterjee, one of the founders of Hindu Mahasabha, a Masters from Cambridge, and Bar-at-Law from Middle Temple in the UK, Somnath Chatterjee would be slotted as among the most unlikely Communists today.

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Soon after taking over as the CPI(M) general secretary in 2015, Sitaram Yechury had called on Somnath Chatterjee. The two had lunch and the conversation invariably veered to the former Lok Sabha Speaker’s re-entry into the party, which had expelled him in 2008. Yechury was keen that Chatterjee return. And if sources are to be believed, Chatterjee also wanted to be back.

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The Uttarakhand High Court on Monday invoked the doctrine of ‘parens patriae’ to become the legal guardian of cows and other stray cattle, thereby giving a slew of “mandatory directions” towards cow protection. “The Court by invoking the ‘parens patriae’ doctrine issues mandatory directions…in the welfare of the cows and other stray cattle,” the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Manoj Kumar Tiwari stated in an order banning slaughter and export “for purpose of slaughter” of “any cow, bull, bullock, heifer or calf”, and selling of beef and beef products across Uttarakhand.

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One of three men linked to radical Hindutva groups who was arrested last week by the Maharashtra ATS — for allegedly stockpiling arms and explosives for terrorist activities — is a person of interest to a Special Investigation Team of the Karnataka police which is investigating the September 5, 2017, murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

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A hundred police personnel will have their eyes on the sky on Wednesday morning — all looking out for any errant kite that may disturb the Prime Minister’s Independence Day address. Taking a lesson from the previous two years — once last year when a black kite landed near the podium during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the Red Fort, and earlier in 2016 when a kite was seen above the ramparts before the address began — the Delhi Police this year have decided to deploy “kite catchers” who will keep an eye on flying kites near the venue on Wednesday.

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Special CBI judge K M Dave, who is presiding over the murder trial of RTI activist Amit Jethva has sought “round-the-clock” security for himself and his family, citing the “sensitivity” of the case. Former BJP MP from Junagadh, Dinu Bogha Solanki, is the prime accused in the case, and is currently on bail.

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The Supreme Court Monday issued a notice to the Union of India and the State of Assam in connection with allegations of a fake encounter carried out in Chirang district of Assam by a joint team of the Army, Assam Police, CRPF and SSB on March 30, 2017.

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The Dhangar (shepherd) community on Monday held a day-long protest in the state demanding reservation under the Scheduled Tribes category. Protests were held in districts such as Aurangabad, Solapur, Jalna, Nanded, Buldhana and Amravati under the banner of Dhangar Sangharsh Samiti Maharashtra Rajya (DSSMR).

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Seeking to evolve a consensus on holding simultaneous election to Lok Sabha and state assemblies, the government is mulling convening an all-party meeting on the issue after the Law Commission recommends a legal framework on the matter. Sources in the government said an all-party meeting could be convened in the coming days to widen the ambit of discussion among politicians on the issue of simultaneous polls.

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The defence ministry on Monday approved a long-pending proposal to procure six indigenously manufactured next-generation offshore patrol vessels (NGOPVs) for the Navy at a cost of Rs 4,941 crore, officials said. The go-ahead for the project was given by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement.

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India experienced deficient rainfall for the consecutive months of July and August, according to a report by Skymet. Rainfall deficiency to the tune of 29 per cent was observed in the week between July 26 and August 1 which pushed the countrywide cumulative rainfall deficiency for the season from 3 per cent to 7 per cent, according to the report.

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A political firestorm is brewing between the Karnataka government and the Centre amid reports that the next edition of “Aero India” – Asia’s largest military aviation exhibition – may be moved from Bengaluru to Lucknow. While reports about the venue shift have kicked off a round of slugfest between the Congress and BJP, it has also led to internal squabbles within the saffron party. On Monday, Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy dashed off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying Bengaluru “is the most suitable place to conduct the show”.

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The lawyer for the victims of the 2002 Naroda Gam riot case Monday claimed before a court that the deposition of BJP president Amit Shah for former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani, who is an accused, supports testimonies of prosecution witnesses alleging that she was seen in the affected area on the day of rioting.

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A Haryana court on Monday sentenced 23 people to life imprisonment for murdering a youth in December 2012. Additional District and Sessions Judge, Hisar, Pankaj awarded the life sentence to the 23 convicts for murdering Sandeep, hailing village Chanaut here.

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At least three people have died of dengue and over 200 have been found to have contracted the mosquito-borne disease in Chhattisgarh’s Durg district, a senior health official today said. As many as 209 persons were found positive for dengue infection in the district in the last one month, Health and Family Welfare Department Commissioner R Prasanna said.

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Taking a jibe at BJP chief Amit Shah’s claim that the saffron party will win 73-plus of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in 2019, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said today the BJP was saying this as the shaping up of opposition unity had frightened it. “Samajwadi people are ready (for the Lok Sabha elections). What is our strategy, we will not disclose. But its implementation has begun and see their condition,” Yadav told reporters in Lucknow on Monday.

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Rajasthan’s Jodhpur and Marwar railway stations have emerged the cleanliest among the major stations in the country in the latest round of cleanliness assessment study. While Jodhpur secured the first position in A1 category stations for this year, Marwar took the pole position in A category, according to the study report released by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday. Both the stations fall under North Western Railway zone.

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The government Monday dismissed Usha Ananthasubramanian, former managing director of scam-hit Punjab National Bank and Allahabad Bank, from service, according to an official notification.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on incidents of rape across the country. Addressing a meeting of women Self-Help Groups (SHGs), he said though Modi gave the slogan of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, he is maintaining silence on the rape of women and girls in different states.

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Senior BJP leader and former minister Lal Singh, who has often courted controversy with his remarks, Monday asked people of the Jammu region to hoist the tricolour at their houses on the Independence Day as they are “nationalists to core unlike the people of Kashmir”.

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A man bit off a part of his wife’s nose, suspecting her of having illicit relations with other men, the police said on Monday. A native of Palhora village in the district, Arjun bit off his wife Geeta’s nose in a fit of rage, when she insisted upon going out of the house on Sunday, City Superintendent of Police Dinesh Tripathi said Monday.

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The body of former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee, who passed away earlier in the day, will be handed over to SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on Monday evening. The body will be used for research. In 2010, former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu’s body was also donated for medical research to the hospital, as per an oath taken by him on April 4, 2003. His eyes had been harvested soon after his death.

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Three cities of Maharashtra – Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai – are the most livable places in the country, according to the ranking of 111 cities on the Ease of Living Index released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on Monday. While four cities of Maharashtra made it to the top 10 list (Thane is placed at 6th spot), national capital New Delhi was ranked a lowly 65 on the index. Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, which have a number of big cities, found no representation in the top 10.

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Two more Kerala priests, accused of sexually abusing a woman, surrendered before police today, officials said. Father Abraham Varghese alias Sony surrendered before a court at Thiruvalla while Fr Jaise K George at the crime branch office in Kollam this morning, the police said.

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Continuous and heavy rainfall in Kerala has left 37 people dead and over thousands displaced. Nearly 20,000 houses and at least 10,000 kms of roads have been damaged in the floods and as many as 31,075 people are staying in 302 temporary relief camps. Pegging the damage at Rs 8,351 crore, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called for help to rebuild the lives of people in the state.

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The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government in the Hapur lynching case during a hearing on a plea filed by a witness seeking protection. Fixing the next date of hearing on August 28, the apex court ordered the Meerut range Inspector General to submit a complete report of the incident.

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In its drive against non-Kannada display boards in Bengaluru, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) has started conducting raids across the city to check if shops have signboards written in Kannada. It has also reportedly issued notices to 3,681 establishments, warning them that they could lose their trade license in the next 15 days if 60 per cent of their signboard is not in Kannada.

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Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker passed away Monday morning at a private hospital in Kolkata following multiple organ failure.  Chatterjee was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha in 2004 during the first UPA government. He was later expelled from the party in 2008 for refusing to resign as Speaker after his party CPM withdrew its support from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

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Security forces arrested two Maoists from Kulhi jungle in Jharkhand’s Garwah district, police said Monday. On a tip-off that a group of Maoists was present at Kulhi jungle, the security forces launched a search operation on Friday night, they said.

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Somnath Chatterjee was among India’s tallest politicians having been elected to Lok Sabha for ten terms since 1971. He was unanimously made Speaker of the House from 2004 to 2009 during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. Chatterjee was a member of the CPI(M) since 1968 and was a member of the party’s central committee. He was expelled from the party in 2008 after he refused to resign as Speaker despite the party withdrawing support from the UPA. Chatterjee passed away on Monday morning due to organ failure. He was 89.

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Even as Kerala grapples with the flood situation, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a fresh warning of heavy rain in the state in the next 24 to 48 hours. The torrential rainfall in the state has left 37 people dead in the last five days. According to the preliminary assessment by the state government, Kerala has suffered a loss of Rs 8,316 crore, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who did an aerial survey of the flood-affected parts on Sunday, announced a relief of Rs. 100 crore.

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Goa’s archives, considered to be one of the oldest in Asia, will now be digitised under the Centre’s ‘Smart City Mission’, minister Vijai Sardesai said. The archives — a collection of lakhs of historical documents and records providing information about the coastal state and its people — are presently housed in a Portuguese-era building in the state capital Panaji.

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Somnath Chatterjee was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the former Lok Sabha Speaker who passed away Monday morning at the age of 89. Remembering him as a stalwart of Indian politics, the PM tweeted, “He made our Parliamentary democracy richer and was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable. Anguished by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and supporters.”

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Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker, passed away Monday morning following a multi-organ failure at a city hospital. He was 89. Chatterjee was admitted at Belle Vue Clinic last Tuesday following a kidney related ailment. On Sunday he suffered a heart attack and was put on ventilator support. “He passed away at 8.15 am today due to multi-organ failure,” said Pradip Tandon, CEO of Belle Vue Clinic. The 89-year-old was earlier admitted to the nursing home on June 25 after suffering a haemorrhagic stroke. READ: Somnath Chatterjee interview to Indian Express Bangla