⚡️In a kind gesture, Nurse Lini Puthussery’s husband Sajeesh, who received a government job following his wife’s death, has donated his first ever salary to the flood victims in Kerala. Lini had lost her life to the deadly Nipah virus, that she contracted while caring for the first victim of the virus.

⚡️Sajeesh had joined the Public Health Centre at Kothari as a lower divisional clerk a month ago, after left his job in Bahrain and returned to Kerala to take care of his two kids. He has decided to give away his earnings to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMRDF).

Source: The News Minute

⚡️It has been slightly over a year ever since Apple updated its MacBook Air line-up. Last year in June, the Cupertino-based tech firm gave a minor spec bump to its ‘Air’ laptop by simply increasing the clock speed of the processor from 1.6GHz to 1.8GHz. Rest of the specifications stayed the same as the 2015 model. The design also remains the same for now. But it looks like another update is coming to the MacBook Air line up this year.

⚡️According to TrendForce analytics website, Apple could launch a refreshed version of MacBook Air in Q3 2018. This basically means July, August and September and since we are already through July and half of August, we’re just left with a month and a half window, if the report from TrendForce holds any weight.

Source: Gadgets Now.

⚡️New Delhi: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today tweeted to say he has spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the help needed for Kerala, which is reeling under the worst bout of monsoon rain in a Century. Calling it a “tragedy without parallel” Mr Gandhi said he has requested the Prime Minister to “massively increase deployment of the Army & Navy”.

⚡️”Kerala is in great pain. I spoke to PM and requested him to massively increase deployment of the Army & Navy. I also said that it is critical that he gives the state special financial assistance as this is a tragedy without parallel in Kerala’s history,” Mr Gandhi tweeted.

Source: NDTV

⚡️Thiruvananthapuram: With rains still pouring down heavily leading to flooding across Kerala, 12 fresh deaths were reported on Thursday, taking the toll to 79, since August 8. More rains were forecast till Saturday.

⚡️Entire Kerala has been on a red alert since Wednesday evening. A total of 28 deaths were reported on the day.

⚡️Pathanamthitta district in central Kerala has been the worst affected in the last 24 hours as thousands of people — students among others were trapped in their homes in Ranni, Aranmula and Kozhencherry.

Source: DtNext

⚡️More than 100 families in an around the Pechiparai and Perunchani dams in Kanyakumari District in Tamil Nadu have been evacuated by the district administration due to discharge of water from the dams. The district authorities have also advised people living in low-lying areas to move to safety.

According to sources, the discharge from Perunchani dam has now been reduced to 19,000 cusecs. However, since heavy rains are expected in the catchment areas of the dam, the inflow and the outflow is expected to increase during the course of the day.

Source: The News Minute. 

⚡️The death toll in Kerala rose to 45 on Wednesday, as the rains continued to wreak havoc across the state. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation. For the first time in history, the state has opened 33 of its 39 dams. Operations at Cochin International Airport, meanwhile, have been suspended till 2 pm on Saturday due to flooding in and around the airport. Heavy rainfall is expected in several districts today.

Source : The Indian Express

⚡️Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh quit the party today, citing “personal reasons”. The 53-year-old had left journalism to join AAP in 2014. Sources said the party is yet to take a call on his resignation, which came months after a rift within the party over Delhi’s three Rajya Sabha seats.

Source: NDTV.

⚡️New Delhi: In his last Independence Day address ahead of the next Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke at length about the progress India has made under his government and asserted that its rise is being hailed by the world.

⚡️Modi drew a comparison between the situation in 2013 and how things stand today and said if the pace of the UPA government’s last year was maintained, it would have taken decades, centuries and generations to build as many toilets, distribute as many LPG connections among the poor and lay down as much optical fibre as his government has done.

Source: DtNext

⚡️Chennai: While slamming the state government for the mass shooting in Thoothukudi, the Madras High Court on Monday transferred the case to CBI.

⚡️The judgement was announced by justice CT Selvam, AM Basheer Ahamad who also ruled out the arrest of six protesters who were booked under National Security Act. The Court also stated that the protestors were not informed about the 144 imposition in the district.

Source: DtNext

⚡️Chennai: During the executive committee meeting, the working president of DMK, MK Stalin stated that he pleaded with the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi K Palaniswami for approving a final resting place in Marina for the late DMK leader M Karunanidhi.

⚡️MK Stalin said, “When Kalaignar was in his last stage, I held CM’s hands and pleaded to fulfill his (Karunanidhi) last wish to be buried in Marina Beach but the government didn’t agree”.

Source: DtNext