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Kerala hikes liquor excise to collect revenue for flood relief

Even as Kerala grapples with its worst floods in nearly a century, Finance Minister Thomas Issac on Thursday announced a hike in excise duty on liquor to raise additional funds for relief and rehabilitation of the affected.

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Central Delhi roads to be closed for Vajpayee's funeral

Delhi Police on Thursday announced rerouting of traffic on certain roads in anticipation of a surge in crowd for the funeral ceremony of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday. The funeral ceremony of the founding member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who died here on Thursday evening, will be held at Smriti Sthal on the banks of the Yamuna in East Delhi.

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Vajpayee guided BJP from 'seeding' to shaping it a 'banyan tree': Amit Shah

Describing him as "Pole Star" of Indian politics, BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday paid his tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying he guided the party's journey from its seeding to taking a shape of "banyan tree". "With his demise, we have lost the pole star of Indian politics. He was a multi-faceted personality. The country has lost a big statesman. It will be impossible for long to fulfil the space which has fallen vacant after his demise.

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Vajpayee's funeral to take place at Smriti Sthal on Friday

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away here on Thursday, will be laid to rest at Smriti Sthal on Friday at 4 p.m. "His mortal remains will be kept at his residence at Krishna Menon Marg till 8 a.m for paying tributes. Around 9 a.m., his mortal remains will be brought to BJP headquarters at 6-A Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg. His funeral procession will begin at 1 p.m and the last rites will be performed at 4 p.m at Smriti Sthal," BJP President Amit Shah said.

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Vajpayee's death: Holiday for schools, government offices in Delhi tomorrow

Delhi government offices, schools, including the private ones, and institutions will remain closed on Friday as a mark of respect to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Thursday. Vajpayee, one of India's most charismatic leaders who led the nation through several crises and held together a tenuous coalition with his inclusive politics, died on Thursday at the age of 93.

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Modi, Shah lead host of leaders in paying homage to Vajpayee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday led a host of leaders in paying homage to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose body was lying in state at his residence after it was brought from the hopsital.

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'Vajpayee was in Bengaluru prison during Emergency'

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's association with India's tech hub Bengaluru was memorable, as he spent 19 months in the city's central prison during the Emergency period in 1975-77, said an official on Thursday. "Vajpayee was lodged in the Bengaluru central prison in the city centre for 19 months from June 26, 1975 to January 1977 before he was shifted to another jail," Karnataka Information Department Deputy Director (News) D.P. Muralidhar told IANS here.

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Flood misery in Kerala: Death toll touches 114; armed forces mount massive recue operation

With the death toll in the devastating floods rising to 114 in Kerala, and more than one lakh people living in relief camps across the state, the Centre on Thursday deployed all three wings of the armed forces in a massive rescue operation.

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Rahul again invokes French President on Rafale deal, targets Modi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday yet again invoked French President Emmanuel Macron on the Rafale deal and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, saying that the French leader had told him that the price of the fighter jet can be revealed as it involves tax payers money. Addressing the Saanjhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan here which was attended by several opposition leaders, Gandhi said they had come together on a common platform as their vision and ideology assimilated all sections while the BJP worked to the advantage of a few industrialists.

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Two youths say in viral post: Responsible for Umar Khalid attack

Two youths on Thursday claimed involvement in the murderous attack on student leader Umar Khalid in central Delhi on Monday, in a video clipping that went viral on the social media. Identifying themselves as Darvesh Shahpur and Naveen Dalal from Haryana, they said that they will surrender to police at a gurdwara near the house of freedom fighter Kartar Singh Sarabha on Friday. There was however no mention of the exact place by the two.

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