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PM intends to use funds on self-promotion: Congress (23:50)
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not declaring floods in Kerala as national disaster, the Congress on Monday said he did not release enough central fund so as to use the money on self-promotion.

Centre submits plan to check drug abuse, says taken concrete steps (23:00)
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that it has finalised the national plan to combat drug abuse amongst children and taken "substantial steps" in the nationwide survey to identify the prevalence of drug abuse across the country and generate a national data base.

Recipient of brain-dead teenager's kidney dies in Bengal (22:26)
Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) A city woman who received one of the kidneys of a brain-dead teenage girl from West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district died at a state run hospital here on Monday, three days after the transplant, a hospital official said.

Floodwaters receding, Kerala tells NCMC (22:24) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Kerala government on Monday informed the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) that the floodwaters in the state had started receding as the rains had abated.

Diageo donates Rs 1 crore to flood-hit Kerala (21:02) IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Aug 20 (IANS) Leading liquor major Diageo India donated Rs 1 crore to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund, the company said on Monday.

New health warning images for tobacco product packs (20:56)
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The government on Monday announced to replace the existing health warning images on the packs of cigarettes and other tobacco products with new sets of images for all tobacco product packs, which will be effective from September 1.

Can there be affirmative law to protect leprosy patients' rights, SC asks Centre. (20:22) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre if it favoured a comprehensive law for affirmative action to protect the rights of leprosy patients necessary to remove stigma resulting in their ostracizing from the society.

As flood water recedes, fear of epidemics looms over Kerala (20:18)
By Somrita Ghosh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) As Kerala continues to battle the worst flood disaster, it faces yet another fear: epidemics.

Kerala floods: Officers contribute Rs 1.5 lakh, one-day salaries (20:06) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The DANICS Officers Association on Monday announced a donation of Rs 1.5 lakh and contribution of one-day salaries by its members for the Kerala flood survivors.

Odisha IAS, IPS officers to contribute 1-day salary for Kerala (20:04) IANS Photo Service
Bhubaneswar, Aug 20 (IANS) The IAS and IPS officers in Odisha have decided to contribute their one day's salary to help the flood-affected people of Kerala.

Centre declares Kerala floods as 'calamity of severe nature' (20:02) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The central government has declared the devastating Kerala floods as a "calamity of severe nature".

Reinsurance premium may go up for flood risk cover (19:58)
Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) Even as different estimates of losses suffered by Kerala in the monsoon floods are doing the rounds, general insurance experts on Monday said that there will certainly be an increase in the premium charged by reinsurers for covering flood risks.

Maharashtra sends medical team to Kerala, hawkers too donate (Lead) (19:54) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) A team of 110 doctors from Mumbai and Pune left by an Air India flight on Monday with medical relief supplies to help the flood victims in Kerala, an official said.

High bad cholesterol ups death risk even for healthy: Study (19:08)
New York, Aug 20 (IANS) People who are young and healthy may still be vulnerable to the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease if they have higher levels of bad cholesterol, according to a new research.

NGT forms panel to decide fate of Vedanta's copper smelter (18:56) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday formed an expert committee headed by a retired judge to decide whether to allow Vedanta Limited to open its Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin, which was shut by the Tamil Nadu government on environmental grounds.

Eat strawberries, improve gut health (18:28)
New York, Aug 20 (IANS) Eating strawberries at a dose equivalent to as low as three quarters of a cup may reduce colonic inflammation and improve gut health, a study has found.

Facebook donates Rs 1.75 crore for Kerala flood victims (18:26) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) Social networking giant Facebook is donating $250,000 (nearly Rs 1.75 crore) for relief work in Kerala, which has been battered by torrential rains, floods and landslides, leaving over 300 dead amid massive destruction, the company said on Monday.

Maharashtra sends medical team to Kerala, hawkers donations (18:00) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) A team of 81 doctors from Mumbai and Pune left by an Air India flight on Monday with medical relief supplies to help the flood victims in Kerala, an official said here.

Kerala CPI asks Minister to return from Germany (17:56)
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 20 (IANS) The Kerala unit of CPI on Monday admonished Forest Minister P. Raju from the party for leaving for Germany last week when the state was in the grip of devastating floods and directed him to return immediately.

Milk at breakfast can help manage diabetes risk (17:14)
Toronto, Aug 20 (IANS) If you are diabetic, then consuming milk at breakfast can help lower blood glucose level throughout the day, suggests a study.

Carcasses disposed of in Kerala (16:54)
Kochi, Aug 20 (IANS) Health officials on Monday began disposing of carcasses after numerous animals became victims of the worst ever floods to hit Kerala.

Keralite in Oman loses job for insensitive social media post (16:28)
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 20 (IANS) A Keralite working in Sultanate of Oman in a supermarket has been terminated from his job following a highly insensitive post he wrote in the wake of the worst-ever floods in the state.

Fire breaks out at AIIMS, no casualties (16:10)
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) A nursing room at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here caught fire on Monday. There are no casualties, the fire office said.

4,320 rescued in Kodagu; rescue work in final phase (Lead) (15:12) IANS Photo Service
Kodagu (Karnataka), Aug 20 (IANS) About 4,320 marooned people have been rescued till Monday morning in flood-hit Kodagu district in Karnataka as the rescue work entered its final stage in search of nearly 50 persons reportedly missing or stranded, an official said.

Bengal drawing up schemes for promoting renewable energy : Mamata (15:02) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that the state government is drawing up major schemes for promoting renewable energy including solar.

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