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  • The meeting held under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, discussed in a video conference with the Chief Secretary of Kerala. The current flood situation and deployment of rescue teams, motorboats, helicopters, life jackets; provision of food, water and medicines; and restoration of power, telecom and transport links wherever they were disrupted.  In the unprecedented efforts being mobilised under the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 67 choppers, 24 aircrafts, 548 motorboats and thousands of rescue personnel from Indian Navy, Army, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force, Coast Guard, other Central Armed Para-military Forces, have been pressed into service to rescue and evacuate people from submerged areas to relief camps and for distribution of relief materials. The Cabinet Secretary directed five more helicopters to be mobilised by Indian Air Force, Navy and ONGC which will be pressed into service from today. Additional motorboats have also been put on standby for deployment.

  • Maharashtra Chief Minister has announced Rs. 20 crore as immediate assistance to the flood-hit state. While, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Rs. 10 crore aid and Jharkhand has given a financial help of Rs. Five crore. Uttar Pradesh CM also announced financial assistance of Rs 15 crores for flood affected Kerala while Chhattisgarh Chief Minister announced to provide rice worth Rs 7 crore one railway rake and Rs 3 crore as financial assistance to State of Kerala ravaged by floods. The Madhya Pradesh government has announced Rs 10 crore financial assistance for flood-hit Kerala. Rajasthan Chief Minister also announced a financial help of Rs 10 crore from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for the flood-ravaged Kerala. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced an aid of Rs. 10 crore for the state. Odisha has announced an assistance of Rs. five crore for flood-hit Kerala.Punjab Chief Minister has announced Rs. 10 crore worth of immediate relief for flood-hit Kerala. While Telangana announced immediate financial help of Rs. 25 crore for flood-hit Kerala. Delhi Chief Minister also announced a contribution of Rs. 10 crore.  

  • Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours, his close associates said. In Geneva, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced his peaceful death after a short undisclosed illness with “immense sadness”, saying he was surrounded in his last days by his second wife Nane and children Ama, Kojo and Nina. After rising through the ranks of the United Nations, Annan served two terms as U.N. Secretary-General in New York from 1997-2006 and retired to live in a Swiss village in the Geneva countryside. His 10-year-old foundation promotes good governance and the transformation of African agriculture. “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, whom Annan had chosen to head the U.N. refugee agency, said in a statement. Annan and the United Nations shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to reform the world body and give priority to human rights issues. As head of U.N. peacekeeping operations, Annan was criticized for the world body’s failure to halt the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s. As U.N. boss he was linked to peace efforts to reunite the divided island of Cyprus, submitting a reunification blueprint which was rejected in a referendum by Greek Cypriots in 2004. ‘NOT PERFECT’ He staunchly opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and later served as the first U.N. envoy at the start of Syria’s war, but quit after world powers failed to fulfill their commitments, saying: “I lost my troops on the way to Damascus”. “The U.N. can be improved, it is not perfect but if it didn’t exist you would have to create it,” he told the BBC’s Hard Talk during an interview for his 80th birthday last April, recorded at the Geneva Graduate Institute where he had studied. “I am a stubborn optimist, I was born an optimist and will remain an optimist,” added Annan, who often joked about having learned from locals to wear earmuffs against the freezing cold during his undergraduate years at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the United States. Raila Odinga, Kenyan opposition leader and former prime minister, said on Citizen TV: “We didn’t expect Kofi to pass that abruptly. Kofi Annan is a man of integrity; a great African, a great leader of the world.” The Elders, a group of former leaders including Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mary Robinson, paid tribute to their inspiring chairman, noting his visits to South Africa and Zimbabwe in July. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, paid tribute to Annan as “humanity’s best example, the epitome, of human decency and grace”. Zeid, who has criticized major powers and other countries during his four-year term that ends later this month, said that whenever he felt “isolated and alone politically”, he would go for long walks with Annan in Geneva. “When I told him once how everyone was grumbling about me, he looked at me — like a father would look at a son — and said sternly: “You’re doing the right thing, let them grumble.” Then he grinned!”    

  • In the beginning of the conference a two-minute silence was observed to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Inaugurating the conference Prime Minister of Mauritius Praveen Kumar Jagannath said that with the passing away of Vajpayee ji a great son of India and a dear friend to Mauritius has been lost. He said that Mr. Vajpayee will be remembered as a master orator, a global thinker, “Deshbhakata” and “Deshsewak”. PM Jagannath also said that Mr. Vajpayee’s love for Hindi language, ability to craft words and unique manner to address instills hopes in millions of people.  He said that 11th World Hindi Conference could not be a better tribute to Shri Vajpayee. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announces to name Mauritius cyber tower, which Atalji had contributed to set up, as Atal Bihari Vajpayee tower. Meanwhile, in her opening statement External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that  with this conference Hindi representatives from across the globe paying tribute to Mr. Vajpayee. She said that Vajpayee ji was exponent of Hindi who established Hindi at international level by first time addressing the United Nations in Hindi. Mauritius Prime Minister and Swaraj also released a souvenir and two postal stamps on 11th World Hindi Conference. Goa's Governor Mridula Sinha West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi and many ministers from India are also attending the conference. After the inauguration session a condolence meeting will be held in the memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In the afternoon sessions delegates from 20 countries including India will deliberate on eight sub topics related to "Hindi World and Indian Culture". More than 2,000 delegates attending the three day conference.  

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