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  1. Amidst the building uncertainties around an impending possibility of war between India and Pakistan, as well as growing political-military pressure owing to India's stern action against Pakistan's indolence towards terrorism breeding on their home ground, the situation has now gone even murkier with IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman being held in Pakistan's captivity. After India's early morning airstrike on three terror camps located in Pakistan and PoK on 26th February, which eliminated the terrorist camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Chakothi, Pakistan retaliated yesterday with aerial combat by trespassing and infiltrating the LoC. Wing Commander Abhinandan had been one of the officers who was facing Pakistan's onslaught and defending the country, when his aircraft was attacked, and he crash landed across the LoC. #WATCH Raveesh Kumar, MEA: One Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by Indian Air Force. In this engagement, we have lost one MiG 21. Pilot is missing in action. Pakistan claims he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts. pic.twitter.com/Bm0nVChuzF — ANI (@ANI) February 27, 2019 Soon after, a video showing a bloodied officer surfaced on social media, wherein the person stated that he was Wing Commander Abhinandan and his service number was 27981. Following this, in an official media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed the infiltration and also that a MiG 21 aircraft was lost during the engagement and that the pilot was missing in action. Later, another video showed that the Indian pilot's wounds had been treated and he was heard saying that the Pakistani army officers were “thorough gentlemen” and are looking after him well. However, that did little to bring a calm over the nation's shared anxiety over the officer's captivity. Social media immediately exploded with demands for the quick and safe return of Abhinandan, and #BringBackAbhinandan hashtag began to trend. Read what people from all over the country are saying: I'm getting calls from well meaning friends saying that let the savarna men argue it out...a Muslim name should keep low. That too a woman. I have no intention if curbing speech and nor will I be sharing tales of threats and abuse.. I'm angry today. #BringBackAbhinandan — Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) February 27, 2019 Bring back... If War begins definitely humanity loses.. #SayNoToWar #BringBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/PutcdFedP3 — Ejas Ahamed (@jmejasahamed28) February 27, 2019 We want our braveheart back.#BringBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/XGYcCseiow — Komal Khatnani (@KhatnaniKomal) February 27, 2019 677, I repeat 677#PakistanStrikesBack #BringBackAbhinandan #BringBackAbhi #BringBackAbhinandhan pic.twitter.com/7azwimaQ9i — Shakoor.Raja (@ShakoorRajaPTI) February 27, 2019 These are turbulent times, and in the wake of the engagement with F-16 and his capture, we salute Wing Commander Abhinandan who has been very calm under duress. We do hope there is a rescue operation currently underway to bring him home safe. #BringBackAbhinandan — Adya Mishra (@Adya_04) February 27, 2019 The only thing that matters is the safe return of our Air Force pilot. All efforts should be directed at de-escalation and ensuring his release from Pakistani custody. #BringBackAbhinandan — Akshay Marathe (@AkshayMarathe) February 27, 2019 We struck they struck. Let's end this now. #SayNoToWar Let's put our might together to #bringBackAbhinandan. Meanwhile, do not forget this entire tragedy where we have lost 4 lives is because of one man's failures in all depts, including Kashmir. This is squarely Modi's failure. — Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) February 27, 2019 I really hope the geneva convention is followed. I really pray and hope we get our man back. I urge the leadership of my country to please think through each and every move while Abhinandan breathes behind enemy lines #Maytheforcebewithyou #BringBackAbhinandan @adgpi @PMOIndia — Vibhor Mohla (@Vibhormohla) February 27, 2019 At this point , our attention should completely shift to Wing Commander #Abhinandan We want him back to the country he represents , to the country he has given his everything , to the country that is praying for him. @PMOIndia@MEAIndia#BringBackAbhinandan ð®ð³ — Roshan Rai (@RoshanKrRai) February 27, 2019 We hope Wing Commander Abhinandan comes back home soon, safe and sound.
  2. No one's talking about the devastating floods in Kerala anymore, but that doesn't mean everything there has been fixed and restored, it just means that people have seemingly stopped taking an interest since it has become 'old news' now. But, the Khalsa Aid is always there to help, no matter what. We have already heard so many great things about this organization, that tirelessly and selflessly helps anyone in need, but they always surprise us even more. Tweeting about how the Khalsa Aid workers are still in Kerala helping in rehabilitation, they made sure to remind people that they would never simply walk away just a few days after a disaster. We are STILL in Kerala after the floods last year ! We don't walk away few days after the disaster... We remain committed. #Kerala #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/Ly5f45SNAV — Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) January 3, 2019 Now that really is commitment! Talking to IndiaTimes, Amarjeet Singh from Khalsa Aid said, “Currently, we are helping people resurrect their broken lives and for that, we are rebuilding houses and other amenities in Alleppey district. Currently, a team of five members is looking after the rebuilding work and we want to ensure that people's lives get back to normal as soon as possible.” He added, “Currently, we have adopted two local schools completely devastated in the floods and we are on revamping the schools so that the children can get back to their studies as soon as possible.” Everyone is praising and applauding them, and rightly so. Thank you bros for staying and inspiring !! â¤ï¸ — AJ (@ann_08__) January 5, 2019 Good job, indeed. Good job khalsa aid â¬ð — ਦà©à¨¦à¨¾à¨° ਸਿੰਠ(@agwsftdzpLndZA3) January 3, 2019 Good job as always. As requested multiple times, can you start accepting donations in INR and possibly also get the donations tax-exempt ? — Jaspreet Singh (@jaspreet20) January 3, 2019 It really is. True commitment ðhttps://t.co/AY7wW9ojwv — Chitra Narayanan (@ndcnn) January 5, 2019 It's proving Humanityðð¹ð https://t.co/DFJcLGCwW8 — mohari pj adidela (@mohariecopal) January 4, 2019 Exactly. भà¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¨ à¤à¤¸à¤¾ साहस सबà¤à¥ दॠ। https://t.co/ZlxWhByJSP — Singh Parminder Singh (@just_Param) January 4, 2019 Yep. That's what Khalsa does. #KhalsaAid @Khalsa_Aid https://t.co/LpTTbD4nO5 — Manvir Singha (@RoyalSinghh) January 4, 2019
  3. God's own country faced one of its biggest threats last month. But the rains that beat down on the beautiful state, couldn't touch the grit and optimism the state held within its many folds. The state and its people are slowly getting back onto their feet, and life has slowly begun to fall into a normal cycle for most people. This has been possible only because of the people who inhabit the state, who bear hopeful smiles on their faces and keep pushing forward every passing minute with a resilience that has caught people's attention all over the country. © Pixabay However, as the state is slowly beginning to pick up its pace, the tourism in the state continues to suffer from the aftermath of the floods. The tourism sector is struggling to get back on its feet and that's a major setback for Kerala, because tourism adds to the state's economy. So today, on the occasion of World Tourism Day, a 1:40-minute video clip has been doing the rounds of the internet, reminding us that a major section of the state depends on tourism to survive, and now is when they need us the most. © Wikipedia The video is well made and captures the spirit of the state and its people, as they try to reclaim themselves and their lives. Watch the video here: Terrific, right? Doesn't it do the perfect job of reminding you how incredible Kerala and its people are? It sure as hell made us proud. We can't wait to book ourselves a ticket and head right out.
  4. When Kerala was battling with one of the worst floods in the state's history, the world saw some real heroes in action, who were neither wearing any cape nor any metallic suit or powerful weapons. All they carried with them was courage, bravery and a strong will to rescue each and every person who was stuck in the deluge. One such brave hero was this fisherman Jaisal, who knelt down on all fours in knee-deep water, and offered his back to the women to climb onto the rescue boat. This man commands our respect for this heartwarming gesture. Twitter Although, no amount of words or actions are enough to salute the efforts of the volunteers, NDRF members, Indian Navy, Army, fishermen and the local police during the rescue operations; people are doing their bit to thank these unsung heroes. Social media was already filled with praise and good wishes for Jaisal, now Mahindra and its dealer in Kerala called Eram Motors have rewarded him with a brand new Mahindra Marazzo for his heroic efforts. Twitter The car's key was officially handed over to Jaisal by Kerala Excise and Labour minister TP Ramachandran. Jaisal said that the situation, where he saw women facing a difficulty in climbing onto the boat, prompted him to do it. He didn't do it for any fame or reward. Anand Mahindra too tweeted about this kind gesture. ððð https://t.co/kWNgIbCW59 — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 9, 2018 Jaisal was overjoyed after he recieved the gift and said that he will use it for social good in the future too. The world needs more selfless and brave people like Jaisal who don't think twice before risking their lives to save others.
  5. After getting hit and left devastated by one of the worst floods in history, Kerala is now slowly picking up the scattered pieces and trying to stand back on its foot. Reuters In these tough times, when some people across the world are uniting to help rebuild Kerala, there are some who are busy stressing their minds to come up with reasons that might have caused the deluge. In case you're wondering if people think it's a natural calamity or a man-made disaster or heavy rainfall, you're wrong. Because the trick is to not use logic here. Am I right? Twitter From eating beef, cowslaughter, to women moving court to enter Sabarimala temple; people have umpteen reasons to blame Keralites for these floods. And actress Payal Rohatgi too believes that one of these reasons, cowslaughter, caused Kerala floods. In a recent tweet, the former Bigg Boss contestant blamed cowslaughter and told Kerala people that it's not good to hurt sentiments of Hindus and gods. #cowslaughter is NOT banned in #kerala. Dear Kerala people and politicians of Kerala, not good to hurt the sentiments of #Hindus. If u openly do that, sorry to sound but God also openly does it.. God is one âï¸ but u can't hurt religious faith like thisð pic.twitter.com/eqBwM7F15G — PAAYAL ROHATGI & TEAM (@Payal_Rohatgi) August 27, 2018 Being the merciless platform that Twitter is, it couldn't let her tweet slide like that and brutally (and in some cases hilariously) trolled her logic. While some questioned whether Goa will meet a similar fate for eating beef, someone wrote that "reason for Uttarakhand floods is soya chunks. God thought people are eating beef." Someone even questioned how will god deal with whole of India, given it is the largest exporter of beef. Madam beef is also not banned in Goa, to next flood Goa main aayega kya? God se puch ke batana. — Jet Lee(Vasooli Bhai) (@Vishj05) August 27, 2018 Hey stupid girl do you want to say that people of Rajasthan should start eating beef to get enough rain ? — AB De Villager #RYP (@amolbachhav_) August 27, 2018 I understand you're not getting any work... So this is the last resort to spread hate and get recruited by BJP n RSS and become a certified bhakt. — Iamatif (@foxstar1989) August 27, 2018 Actually ..you need a break seriously..itna dimag par zor daloge is umr me to kya hoga.. — Arif (@Arif75352062) August 27, 2018 Isey kehte hai pade likhe angutha chaap... — one_in_million (@AnsariSanaf) August 27, 2018 What logic Madam! Pl explain then why natural calamities happened in J&K,Mumbai, Uttrakhand,Gujarat ? Beef is banned in these states right.. — Md Imran (@MdImran38845186) August 27, 2018 Just curious here. Is the picture used to depict cows in anyway? 𤠗 JK #RebuildKerala (@ImKarlose) August 27, 2018 What about other states and countries. What about the people exporting Beef. Don't lynch people let the flood come to those who eat beef — SHAFI (@IndnCommonMan) August 27, 2018 Hey stupid girl do you want to say that people of Rajasthan should start eating beef to get enough rain ? — AB De Villager #RYP (@amolbachhav_) August 27, 2018 SIde effect of drugs.. those who claims Natural calamity is because of Beef. WHat next, Goa, Manipur, Assam ? How long this stupidity will be appreciated by BJP — Kumauni (@tterIndia) August 27, 2018 https://t.co/e7ypJejLvE@Payal_Rohatgi à¤à¤¾à¥à¤µà¤¾ à¤à¥à¤° मणिपà¥à¤° मà¥à¤ à¤à¤ªà¤à¤¾ सà¥à¤à¤à¥à¤®à¥à¤à¤ हरà¥à¤ नहॠहाà¥à¤¤à¤¾ à¤à¥à¤µà¤² à¤à¥à¤°à¤²à¤¾ मà¥à¤ à¤à¤ª à¤à¤¾ सà¥à¤à¤à¥à¤®à¥à¤à¤ हरà¥à¤ हाà¥à¤¤à¤¾ हà¥?? à¤à¤¬ भारत बà¥à¤« à¤à¤à¥à¤¸à¤ªà¥à¤°à¥à¤ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ मà¥à¤ विशà¥à¤µ मà¥à¤ नमà¥à¤¬à¤° à¤à¤ हॠताॠसभॠभारतà¥à¤¯ à¤à¤¬ डà¥à¤¬ रहॠहà¥à¤ ??? — Kim Jong Un (@jalladbadshah) August 28, 2018
  6. Kerala is currently trying to build up itself after the worst calamity hit it and life changed overnight for everyone in the state. Many people lost their lives, homes were disrupted and families were dislocated. Help poured in from every corner of the country but only the people enduring the loss know exactly how to cope with it. © Twitter Recently NASA shared the images of the state of Kerala from space and the severity of the floods shock us. There are two images with one being dated around 6th August, which was before the floods hit the state. © NASA The second image is from last week which shows the level of devastation is higher than we imagined. © NASA The rescue missions and donations continue to flow in for the state and while prayers for our brothers and sisters will help, please do your bit and contribute in whatever way you can. Source: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92669/before-and-after-the-kerala-floods
  7. These are hard times for Kerala. In God's own country, the current mantra is to move past the struggles, hustle hard and rise from its ashes in order to put the state back to its former glory at the earliest. The past week has been a tremendous challenge for the community where people not only had to leave behind their homes for the sake of their lives, but have also been displaced to far off areas in search of a safer place. © Facebook While the government and the military personnel carried out their responsibilities round-the-clock and took every possible measure to bring maximum people to safety, it also needs to be admitted that a calamity of this scale couldn't have been brought under control without the active participation of the locals who have come through like superheroes in disguise. The people of Kerala have come together to put on a fight, do their bit and keep up the city's spirit. While trained and equipped people did their bit, many superheroes in disguise stepped in to lend a hand and together, they have managed to inspire the nation and restored its faith in humanity. © Reuters We have curated a list of 11 real-life superheroes who have become the face of courage, selflessness and the spirit of brotherhood in Kerala's moment of crisis. 1. The Fishermen Community The fishermen community have become the saving grace of Kerala and its people. Not only have they lent their boats and services, they have also gone out of their way to ensure they reach as many people and help the stranded reach shelters and camps. A special mention also needs to be given to fisherman Jaisal KP who hunched on a flooded road to help the elderly and women board a rescue raft. His act is being applauded by the public. 2. Blanket Merchant Vishnu Kacchawa #Viral Meet Vishnu Kachhawa, the MP native who donated all his blankets to #KeralaFloods victims. It was his 'payback' to the land which has been offering him a livelihood for more than twelve years. This migrant laborer offers us a warm reason to smile. https://t.co/hx5BaqdCNw pic.twitter.com/1BqE5tk4sz — Jikku Varghese Jacob (@Jikkuvarghese) August 12, 2018 A door-to-door blanket seller in Kerala and originally hailing from the state of Madhya Pradesh, Vishnu donated all 50 of the blankets he had in stock to those who have been sheltered in Iritty and Kannur rescue camps, upon hearing about the needs of the people when natural calamity struck Kerala. Kudos to the man for this selfless act. 3. Kerala Water Resources Minister Mathew T Thomas © Twitter While people always claim that ministers take the easy way out and look out for their personal interests first, Water Resource Minister of state, Mathew Thomas has silenced the gossip mongers by getting on the ground and helping rescue workers with their efforts. 4. Engineering Students Who Developed Emergency Power Banks When everybody in the state was busy arranging other items of need for the flood victims such as food and clothes, a group of engineering students from Trivandrum's Government Engineering College came out with an ingenious measure to tackle the issue of power cuts that prevented people from charging their phones. The students developed emergency, short-term power banks and distributed around 880 power banks amongst the masses. What a thoughtful move! 5. Indian Navy Officer & Flight Diver Who Airlifted A Stranded Kid #OpMadad #KeralaFloodRelief #keralafloods Flight Diver Amit rescues a small child from Aluva. Pilot in Command Cdr Vijay Verma @SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia @DG_PIB pic.twitter.com/UQmf5rYu27 — SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) August 16, 2018 This video went viral the moment it surfaced on social media and we totally understand the sentiment. No person with skills and means has held back from helping out the ones in need, and this is just one such incident caught on camera wherein we can see flight diver Amit rescuing a stranded child to safety with pilot-in-command Cdr. Vijay Verma manning the helicopter and airlifting the duo. 6. Leader of Opposition Shedding Political Differences - Ramesh Chennithala © Twitter Ramesh Chennithala of Indian National Congress set an example by placing humanity and fraternity above politics in such times of crisis. Like minister of state Mathew Thomas, he can be seen helping out the public and guiding them to safety. We're sure his efforts didn't go unnoticed. 7. Volunteers At The Khalsa Aid Organisation © Facebook The Khalsa Aid Organisation has come forward as a team of true heroes who have constantly stoked the hearth to keep the food supply going even in the face of lesser resources. They have relentlessly been cooking for the stranded people and the volunteers have so far distributed food to at least ten thousand people. They are the real heroes of Kerala. 8. NDRF Team Member Kanhaiya Kumar Who Risked His Life To Save A Kid NDRF constable Kanhaiya is being hailed as a hero ever since this video reached the public. Here, he is seen rescuing a child by running across a bridge with the child in his arms minutes before the water level touched the dangerous mark and gave way under the streams pressure. His valiant gesture has made the nation proud. 9. Fire Force Personnel Rushing A Child To The Ambulance © YouTube A local photographer Bibin Xavier caught on camera this Fire Force personnel from Kerala who is knee-deep in mud and seems determined to save the child in his arms by rushing him to the nearby ambulance, after he was rescued from the rubble of a house that collapsed due to landslide. We salute his efforts. 10. IAS Officers Delivering Food Supplies To Victims Netizens have constantly been praising the two young IAS officers, MG Rajamanikyam and NSK Umesh who decided to join volunteers and rescue workers instead of delegating the task to them, by carrying loaded sacks of rice on their shoulders to a flood relief camp. Such a novel thing to do. 11. Student & Part-time Fisherseller Hanan Hamid Who Donated 1.5 Lakhs © YouTube A B.Sc third-year student from Kerala, Hanan Hamid who caught media attention a few months back when she was trolled by netizens and the public for selling fish in her uniform to help meet ends at home, has donated 1.5 lakhs that she had received from well-wishers from across the state to the flood relief fund, as a way of paying it forward. What an example she has us for all of us. These are the real-life superheroes who have saved the state in their own special ways and we cannot thank them enough for their efforts and restoring our faith in humanity.
  8. The age of the internet can lead to a zillion debacles within seconds. It's become a place where rumours and fake updates travel like wildfire and threaten to destroy the peace and sanity we possess as a society, thanks to a handful of tech-savvy, active internet operatives, who never fail to cease the chance to have a few jesting moments. © pixabay-free to use What they don't realise, however, is that such misrepresentations and sarcastic pieces have the power to whip up abundant trouble online, while the repercussions dribble slowly onto the offline space. Since we got a taste of our share of having to deal with the fakes, here's giving you an update on the ones that you must steer clear of ASAP. To Give You A Better Idea © pixabay-free to use While you must have already figured it out for yourself, this story gives you a quick heads up on some of the fake news that is steadily surfacing on the internet and social media around the Kerala floods. All you need to do is identify them and nip in the bud before it turns into a pain in the arse for unassuming folks like many of us. Fake News Alert 1 The most recent piece of information, or rather misleading information, that's surfaced across a number of social media channels is this rant by someone who goes by the name of Suresh Kochattil, who has now also been identified as an aspiring politician. As can be seen from the post above, Kochattil is seen claiming that the elites of Kerala would not care for people's handouts and one must check with proper authorities before sending across materials, since as per his personal research, more than 200 truck-loads of material are waiting at Coimbatore and Mysore. Thus, what people need is manpower and skilled labourers, plumbers, electricians and the likes, instead of money and materials since most Malayalis are rich people with ample money. Naturally, he has been bashed for his statements by the public for his uninvited claims and statements. Fake News Alert 2 Imposter wearing Army combat uniform in video spreading disinformation about rescue & relief efforts. Every effort by all & #IndianArmy aimed to overcome this terrifying human tragedy.Forward disinformation about #IndianArmy on WhatsApp +917290028579. We are at it #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/ncUR7tCkZW — ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 19, 2018 The Indian Army took to Twitter in a measure to prevent the fake news formulated by a man identified as Unni Nair, who is also an ex-serviceman, in the form of a video message spreading false information about the relief work being carried out by the paramilitary and the government in the flood-hit areas of Kerala. The Indian Army as well as Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan have condemned such acts and have warned that stringent action will be taken against the culprits. Which is why we say, cross-check before you send that forward. Fake News Alert 3 © Twitter Though this story might have been put together as a satirical piece, it has backfired big time! A “satirical news portal” published a fake story on the floods claiming that a man lost his life after he refused to wear a saffron coloured life jacket that was offered to him during rescue operations because the colour is affiliated with Hindutva. Perhaps this was meant to be a critique of what our nation has come to of late. But that aspect of our society could have been mirrored in a different manner and not by playing on people's sentiments in a time of crisis, and surely not by adding political colour to it in order to invigorate people's political differences. © pixabay-free to use There might just be more of such fake news lurking in the shadows to pounce upon unassuming people and we must be wary of them. This menace is only hurting those who are actually trying to do some good in the flood-ravaged state.
  9. While Kerala continues its battle with one of the worst floods in the state's history, there are some people who deserve a big shout out and a huge round of applause for tirelessly working day and night to carry out the rescue missions. No amount of words are enough to salute the bravery and courage that the volunteers, NDRF members, Indian Navy, Army, and local police have displayed while rescuing the flood victims and ensuring their safety. However, there are many whose help is largely going unnoticed. Today, let's salute the unsung heroes of Kerala - the brave fishermen. © Reuters Anyone who is active on social media must have come across this video of a fisherman, who knelt down in knee-deep water so that women can use his back to climb onto the boat. The man commands our respect for this heartwarming gesture. A scene from #Thrissur in #Kerala. As some of those who were rescued found it difficult to climb onto a boat, a fisherman voluntarily kneeled down, so that they could use his back as a step. #Humanity #KeralaFlood #KeralaFloodRelief #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/PWZiEB9JNX — Paul Oommen (@Paul_Oommen) August 19, 2018 This video speaks volumes about the strength of humanity and the selflessness of the volunteers. However, this isn't the only instance. Fishermen are risking their lives to travel to remote areas and places where other rescue operation teams are unable to reach and have so far saved hundreds of lives. When the going gets tough you don't wait for super heroes, you become one #KeralaFishermen pic.twitter.com/1FrcPtK8RX — Porinju Veliyath (@porinju) August 20, 2018 Our superhero fishermen saving babies from floods! So far they've rescued more than one lakh people â¤ï¸ These are the people you regard with contempt and and consider dirty.#KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/UFcESwxaG2 — Sankar Das #RebuildKerala (@mallucomrade) August 19, 2018 It's during times of great distress that you get to show what you are made of. You can be a disgusting gutter sanghi. Or you can choose to be like the hero fishermen of Kerala#KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/j6WUKXT71Y — Sankar Das #RebuildKerala (@mallucomrade) August 19, 2018 REAL HEROES DON'T WEAR MASKS. We call them “fisherman” but they are “Superman”. Some of them traveled 120 kms to Chengannur to save lives of people stranded, facing death,due to the deluge. Take a bow ðððâ¤ï¸â #KeralaFloods #KeralaFloodRelief #KeralaRains pic.twitter.com/AOhANVMA4t — Rajiv B Menon (@crypticrajiv) August 19, 2018 To reward their efforts, it was decided that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will reward each member of the fishermen community with Rs 3,000. However, Khais Mohammad, leader of those fishermen, has refused to accept the money. In a video posted on Facebook, he said that he and his colleagues were happy to hear the words of praise from the chief minister for their efforts. "We are really happy that I and my friends rescued several people. What made us happier was when you said that we (fishermen) are your army," he said. He further added, "But after that we heard that for our services we will be paid Rs. 3,000. Sir, that made us really sad as we do not want money for saving the lives of fellow humans," © Twitter Mohammad was happy that the government promised to repair their boats that got damaged during the rescue operation and said, "That's good news. But we do not want money for saving lives." People like Khais Mohammad and all the fishermen, who are risking their lives to rescue the flood victims, are proof that humanity is priceless and can never be honoured with money. Source: NDTV
  10. Kerala is currently battling one of the worst floods in the 100 years of state's history. Be it through social media, donations or by setting up relief camps, people from all parts of the country are taking every possible measure to ensure that help reaches the flood victims. As the situation in Kerala worsens and we pray for people's safety, we can't possibly imagine how devastating and painful it is for the people stuck there and for those who are frantically searching for their relatives. © Reuters Similarly, we can't imagine how difficult it must have been for the 24-year-old swimmer Sajan Prakash, when he was representing India at the Asian Games in Jakarta while some of his relatives went missing in the floods. In fact, he even spent a sleepless night on the eve of the qualifier because he was worried about his family and nervous as well. Sajan, however, gave his all when he took the plunge into the pool and made a national record by making it to the swimming final of the 200m butterfly. Sajan, who hails from Idukki, became the first Indian swimmer to reach the swimming finals after 32 years. The last time an Indian reached the final at the Asian Games was Khazan Singh, who won a silver in 1986. Sajan clocked 1 minute 57.75 seconds. © BCCL He told the Times Of India, "I still don't know where and how they are. All I know is that they are being taken to some safe place. I pray for their safety." Sajan's mother was trying to hide this news from him so that he doesn't get distracted before his performance, "My mother who is in Tamil Nadu, thought it best that I not be disturbed by the news. So I was told of it only after my grandmother and uncle had been shifted. I still haven't been able to speak to them, though." © Twitter Sajan's mother Shantymol was trying to keep this news from him but someone at the Games Village told him about the situation and he called her on Saturday to ask about the situation. Shantymol even feels that had Sajan not known about the flood situation he would've done better and might have won a medal for the nation.
  11. The incessant torrential rains that continue to threaten more lives and the grey clouds that loom large over the southern state of Kerala, have been giving the locals, the government and the country many a reason to worry and lose sleep. The unauthorised encroachments on the forest cover to mass deforestation and lack of concern towards the forest resources in the state are being blamed for the fatal floods, which have already claimed over 160 lives in Kerala, according to the latest reports. Areas Of Concern © Twitter The central and northern parts of Kerala have been affected the worst by the unceasing rainfall over the last few days. The death toll is on the rise even as we read about it and the floods are now being seen as a man-made disaster. 14 districts in the state continue to be on high alert with the gates of 35 out of a total of 39 dams being let open - a first in the history of the state. Flight and train operations have been put on hold due to excessive flooding and landslides. The Southern Railways has cancelled or rescheduled more than 25 trains in Kerala and while the water level in the Periyar river continues to rise, the Kochi Airport is submerged in water and operations have been suspended till the 26th. What The Experts Say © Twitter Renowned environmental scientist Madhav Gadgil has spoken out, claiming that the flood in Kerala occurred due to the unreliable environmental policies that have been put in place. He also expressed that if the Gadgil committee report for the protection of Western Ghats was paid heed to by the Kerala government, this havoc could have been controlled. He has also put substantial blame on quarrying for the landslides that are also plaguing the state. Losses That Are Increasing By The Day © Reuters Locals in Kerala continue to suffer as the water level continues to rise. The unceasing rains have claimed many lives by swallowing houses and destroying roadways. Numerous instances of losses have surfaced over the last few days. During a mudslide at Kolappad on Thursday, a woman was killed when her house gave way under the onslaught. In another incident, 9 lives were taken away by a landslide in Vazhakkad on the afternoon of Wednesday, while the lives of a 6-year-old and her parents were lost, as the family was buried in their sleep in Pulikkal, when their house collapsed on Wednesday morning due to a landslide. More than one and a quarter lakh people have been shifted to approximately 1165 shelters around Kerala and another 4000 families have been evacuated from the areas around the 123-year-old Mullaperiyar dam - a displacement arising out of the loss to precious lives and property. A Call For Help Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the situation remained unchanged seeking help and resources. The Prime Minister immediately responded with a press note stating that immediate help shall be put into effect and he is also set to visit Kerala today and undertake an aerial survey of the flood-hit state on Saturday. More help and resources can be expected to reach the state soon. Do Your Bit & #StandWithKerala © Twitter The mainstream media has been unable to report the incident efficiently and present the situation on the ground in its entirety. This is the time for the general public to make use of their social media outreach on a personal level and reach out to the masses to seek help and resources for the camps and shelters that are in operation in the flood-hit state, who are working day and night to provide for the ones suffering from the flood. Here's how you can help those affected by the unprecedented floods in Kerala. Now you can make donations online to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund through the site, https://t.co/OFHTHlZ9by #KeralaFloods #StandWithKerala. pic.twitter.com/XNlBKqdCUT — CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) August 14, 2018 Help By Donating Here: https://donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in/ Here Are The District Control Room Numbers © Instagram Collectors of Kannur and Idukki have also sought help with non-monetary contributions such as clothes, blankets, utensils, grocery items, toiletries, umbrellas, non-perishable food items and other articles of immediate need. You can send any of these items to the following addresses 1. Control Room, Collectorate, Kannur - 670002, Phone No. 9446682300, 04972700645 2. District Collector Idukki, Idukki Collectorate, Painavu P O, Kuyilimala, Idukki, PIN - 685603. People can use Keralarescue.in to seek help with the location and specific needs and also to contribute as much as they can. There are a lot more ways to reach out with help and we hope you will do your bit to ease the pain and loss of God's own country.
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