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07.08.2020
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, New Education Policy was the need of the hour and it will be the foundation of New India.
  • Nation’s vibrant handloom sector has made commendable efforts to preserve the indigenous crafts of the country, says Prime Minister.
  • Twenty three Kendriya Vidyalayas to be set-up in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to augment the school education infrastructure.
  • Government launches Letter of Recommendation module for street vendors to avail PM SVANidhi Scheme benefits.
  • And, Heavy rains lash many parts of the country; landslides reported in Kerala and Karnataka.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said New Education Policy ( NEP) is a game changer to empower students. Addressing the inaugural NEP conclave, Mr Modi said education overhaul was the need of the hour. He added the new education policy will lay the foundation for new India. Mr Modi said, the conclave will give more information on NEP which will further help in its  better implementation. 


राष्ट्रीय शिक्षा नीति 21वीं सदी के भारत की नये भारत की फाउंडेशन तैयार करने वाली है। 21वीं सदी के भारत को हमारे युवाओं और हमारे युवाओं को जिस तरह की एजुकेशन की जरूरत है। जैसी स्किल चाहिए। राष्ट्रीय शिक्षा नीति पर इन बातों के विशेष फोक्स हैं।


The Prime Minister emphasised on holistic implementation of NEP and said that country’s education system must meet global standards. The Prime Minister appealed to the students and youths to strive for global citizenship but must not forget their roots.


Quoting former President A P J Abdul Kalam, The Prime Minister said the purpose of education is to make good human beings. Calling for a faster reforms for a better India, Mr Modi said students should work towards curiosity and commitment driven life. He said the NEP stresses on teachers’ learning and teachers make enlightened students.


The Prime Minister welcomed questions and doubts on NEP. He said students will now have the freedom to switch courses and higher education is now free of specific streams. He added inquiry, analysis and discussion based learning will strengthen the education system. The Prime Minister thus highlighted how the NEP was framed after long thinking.

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Higher Education Secretary, Amit Khare today said, the government is working on the gradual implementation plan for the new National Education Policy 2020. He said, implementation is the top priority of the government so that there would be no disruption in the education system.

In a virtual conversation today on new National Education Policy, Mr. Khare said, implementation is a challenge but the government is committed to turn this challenge into an opportunity. He said, roadmap and strategy is clear and some of the recommendations will be implemented from the next academic session. On the challenge of spending six per cent of the GDP on the education sector, Mr. Khare said, many of the recommendations and reforms have no financial implications. He said, better targeting of resources with the help of technology already possessed by the educational institutions will ensure better utilization of resources.

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, 23 Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) would be set-up in an effort to augment the school education infrastructure.   Principal Secretary of School Education, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon today said that J&K has 36 functional KVs and setting-up of 23 KVs are being pursued with the Government of India for augmentation of education infrastructure in the Union Territory. He directed the Deputy Commissioners to expedite the process of identification of land for the purpose besides finalizing the temporary suitable accommodation for these KVs.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted all those associated with nation’s vibrant handloom and handicrafts sector. On National Handloom Day today, the Prime Minister said, they have made commendable efforts to preserve the indigenous crafts of the country. In an audio message on twitter, Mr Modi urged countrymen to be vocal for handmade products and strengthen efforts towards an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

"भारत का हैंडलूम अपने आप में सैकड़ों वर्षों का गौरवमयी इतिहास समेटे हुए है। हम सभी का प्रयास होना चाहिये कि सिर्फ भारतीय हैंडलूम और हैंडीक्राफ्ट का ज़्यादा से ज़्यादा उपयोग करें ल्कि इसके बारे में हमें ज़्यादा से ज़्यादा लोगों को बताना भी चाहिए। भारत का हैंडलूम और हैंडीक्राफ्ट कितना रिच है, दुनिया जितना ज़्यादा जानेगी उतना ही हमारे लोकल कारीगरों और बुनकरों को लाभ होगा।"


On the occasion, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani inaugurated the celebration of 6th National Handloom Day. She also launched Mobile app and a portal to propagate handloom industry. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Irani said, the government is aiming to connect weavers with other stakeholders digitally. She said, through this Handloom portal people can get information regarding programmes launched by the textile Ministry.

यह हमारा उद्देश्य है कि देशभर में हम 10 क्राफ्ट और हेंडलूम के विलेजिज़ को विकसित करें ताकि हमारे देश के हेंडलूम का प्रोडेक्ट  मात्र कपड़ों तक, हॉम फर्निसिंग तक सीमित रहे। हम चाहते हैं कि विश्वभर का और देश का पर्यटक विशेष क्राप्ट और हेंडलूम विलेज में जाए। सिर्फ बुनकर के ताने बाने को समझे, सीखे बल्कि उसमें सहयोग देकर  हमारा जो मेक इन इंडिया आत्मनिर्भर भारत का संकल्प है। उसमें अपनी ओर से योगदान दे।


The Minister also launched India's first Handloom Craft Village Sharan in Himachal Pradesh. She said, ten handloom craft villages will be launched soon to promote local weaved products.

Our correspondent reports that the Government is promoting local products to become self reliant in every sphere of life and handloom products are playing an important role in achieving this target. A report:


"Handloom sector is a symbol of country’s glorious cultural heritage. It is an important source of livelihood in the country and this sector is a medium of women’s empowerment as over 70 per cent of handloom weavers and allied workers are women. The first National Handloom Day was inaugurated on 7th August 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This date is related to an important historical event. On this day in the year 1905, Swadeshi movement was started in India which promoted the use of indigenous products instead of foreign products. The government has taken several steps to boost the handloom sector in the country which financially empowered handloom weavers. Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."

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Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today flagged off the country's first Kisan Special Parcel Train or Kisan Rail through video link. The first train will transport material between Maharashtra's Devlali and Bihar's Danapur Railway station. The Kisan Rail will carry fruits and vegetables and will make stoppages at several stations and pick-up and deliver them.

Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, Kisan Rail will prove to be a milestone and will bring prosperity to farmers.

"यह किसान रेल निश्चित रूप से कृषि उत्पाद को एक स्थान से दूसरे स्थान तक ले जाने में, सस्ते किराये में सफल होगी और किसान को उसके उत्पादन का उचित मूल्य मिल सकेगा और पभोक्ता को हर जगह खाद्य सामग्री की उपलब्धता हो सके और विशेष रूप से  फल हैं , सब्जियां हैं, फूल हैं जो एकदम कम अवधि वाले उत्पाद हैं। इनके लिए तो यह किसान रेल रामबाण सिद्ध होगी। "

Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal said, Kisan Rail will help farmers becoming Atma Nirbhar self-dependent and bring prosperity to their lives.

देश जुड़ता किसान जुड़ता किसान का उत्पादन देश भर में जाता है इससे ज्यादा खुशी की बात मैं समझता हूं हम सबके लिए और कोई नहीं हो सकती।

As per this initiative, the Kisan Rail will run through public-private-partnership mode to provide a seamless supply chain of perishable goods. The train will cover a distance of 1,519 kilometers in almost 32 hours on a single trip and will halt at 14 stations, including Nashik Road, Manmad, Itarsi, Satna, Prayagraj and Buxar.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra in New Delhi tomorrow. The Kendra is an interactive experience centre on the Swachh Bharat Mission, which was first announced by Mr Modi on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of Gandhiji's Champaran Satyagraha in 2017. The Swachh Bharat Mission has transformed rural sanitation in India and has changed the behaviour of over 55 crore people from open defecation to using a toilet. Mr Modi will also interact with 36 school students from Delhi, representing the 36 States and Union Territories, in the amphitheatre of the centre, adhering to social distancing protocols. This will be followed by the Prime Minister’s address to the nation.   

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A total of 13 lakh 78 thousand 105 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the country. In the past 24 hours, 49 thousand 7 hundred and 69 recoveries have been reported. With this, the recovery rate has improved to 67.98 per cent.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry today said, a total of 62 thousand 538 new cases of coronavirus have been reported within 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 20 lakh 27 thousand 74. This is the highest number of new cases registered in a single day since the outbreak of COVID-19 in India.

Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is, six lakh 7 thousand 384. 8 hundred and 86 deaths have been reported during the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide toll to 41 thousand 585. The case fatality rate has further declined to 2.05 per cent in the country.

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Ten Thousand One hundred and Seventy one more Covid- 19 positive cases have been recorded, in Andhra Pradesh during the last 24 hours. Seven Thousand Five hundred and Ninety four persons have recovered in the State during the past 24 hrs.

A total of 2,06,960 Covid positive cases have been recorded so far in Andhra Pradesh, and 1,20,464 persons have recovered and 84,654 persons are under treatment.

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In Meghalaya, 16 new COVID 19 cases were reported today taking the total number of active cases to 590 with 66 new recoveries. Health Minister AL Hek informed media that till date 411 patients have recovered from COVID and five have lost their lives. So far Meghalaya has detected a total of 1006 cases.

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Nagaland today reported another 77 cases of COVID-19. One death has also been registered today while 5 patients have recovered from the disease. Health and Family Welfare Minister S. Pangnyu Phom in a tweet the total confirmed positive cases in the state stands at 2,657, of which 1,824 are receiving medical care at the designated COVID-19 hospitals and COVID care centres. While, 824 have recovered and seven persons have succumbed to COVID-19 so far.

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Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr. C N Ashwathnarayan has informed that  show cause notices are issued to three thousand employees who have failed to report to duty since the outbreak of the pandemic in the Bengaluru City Corporation West zone.

Speaking to media persons after holding a review meeting in Bengaluru today, the minister said that of the 6500 employees deputed in the west zone, 3000 are absent. After receipt of the notice only 700 of them have replied. He informed that those found absent include Central government employees. The minister has instructed officials to train and engage college students to tide over the shortage of staff needed to collect throat swabs.

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In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of leading medical experts on COVID-19.

Talking to AIR News, Dr. Amarchand Bajaj, Senior Consultant at the Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research in New Delhi highlighted the importance of hygiene and how to maintain it to contain Novel Corona virus.

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Heavy rains are lashing several parts of the country, throwing normal life out of gear. In Kerala, heavy rain across the state triggered landslides in many hilly regions. A massive landslide occured in Rajamala in Idukki district in the early hours today. Our correspondent reports that fifteen people have lost their lives and many are feared to be trapped under soil. A report:

"The massive landslide that hit Rajamala in Idukki district  early hours of the day, had washed over lines of settlements of tea plantation workers. As per official data 15 dead bodies were recoverd from the region and many more are feared to be buried  under soil. Rescue and search operations by State and National Disaster Response force are on war footing in the region. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that a total of 15 persons have been rescued and all efforts are underway to find the rest of the missing persons. The remoteness of the area, broken power and communication lines and continuous rainfall is hampering the relief operations at the landslide site. Meanwhile heavy rain is continuing across the State creating widespread damage. Idukki and Wayanad districts are worst hit. Multiple landslides are being reported in the hilly regions of northern districts. Major rivers are overflowing and low lying regions are flooded. Met dept predicts very heavy rain to continue for coming days in Kerala. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed grief over the loss of lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, his thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and wished an early recovery for the injured.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced an ex-gratia of two lakh rupees each from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, 50 thousand rupees each will be given to those injured due to the landslide. He also expressed grief over the loss of lives in this incident.

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Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed condolences to the bereaved families of those who have lost their lives in Rajamalai, Idukki. He said he has spoken to DG NDRF and their team has reached the spot to provide all possible assistance to the administration with the rescue work. Mr Shah has wished early recovery for the injured.

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Heavy rain with strong surface winds continue to lash North Interior Karnataka, Coastal Karnataka and Malnad region. Cauvery, Thungabhadra and Krishna river basins are at spate in some places. Rains triggered landslides in Talacauvery.

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa who is undergoing treatment for Covid 19 spoke to Chief Secretary Vijay Bhaskar over telephone today and instructed him to proceed with emergency measures without waiting for his approval.

Expressing concern over landslides in Talacauvery, he asked District Incharge minister V Somanna to oversee the rescue operation to locate the priest and his family members missing since the landslide.

The Raichur incharge minister Lakshman Savadi held a meeting today to evaluate the situation emerging due to the rising water levels of Krishna River. He asked officials to be prepared for the eventuality as Maharashtra has released excess water from Koyna dam. More from our Correspondent:

"Holding the review meeting in Belagavi today, the water resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi asked officials to interact with their Maharashtra counterparts on release of water from Koyna dam. He suggested that the water from reservoirs should be released downstream and diverted to ponds and lakes nearby to avoid flooding. In Hassan too the District Incharge Minister K Gopalaiah held a meeting with the officials and instructed them to shift people from low lying areas and hilly terrains prone to landslides. He informed that 190 houses are damaged in the district due to rain and a person is dead. The met department forecast says that widespread moderate to heavy rain associated with strong surface winds and extremely heavy rains are likely to continue over Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu, Shivamogga, Hassan and Chickmagalur. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."

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Very heavy rain is whipping up the hilly district of Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu for the past 4 days. There are reports of uprooted trees blocking roads in many places, though they have been cleared on war-footing.

Major rivers including Bhavani continue to be in spate. Districts adjoining the Western Ghats are also experiencing moderate to heavy rain as the South West Monsoon has gained more steam. The situation is set to continue for the next twenty four hours, as reported by the India Meteorology Department. More from our correspondent:


"Villages like Devala, Avalanche and Gudalur in the Nilgiris district experienced over 35 centimeter rain in the last 24-hours. The River Cauvery in the plains is receiving copious inflow as the catchment areas are experiencing torrential rain for the past many days. It has led to the water inflow into the Stanley Reservoir at Mettur to exceed over 30-thousand cusecs which is expected to go further up as more water has been released from the dams in Karnataka. The water level in Mullaperiyar dam has reached over 130 feet which was about 123 feet on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Indian Coast guard has rescued seven Nagappattinam fishermen as their mechanized boat hit a snag and was about to get drifted away in the rough sea. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today made an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of the state. This is his second aerial survey of the affected areas during this week. Mr. Kumar visited Valmikinagar Gandak barrage in west Champaran and reviewed the prevailing flood situation.

He inspected Pipra- Piprasi embankment which is constructed on river Gandak near the Bihar-UP border.

During the review meeting, the Chief Minister instructed to further step up relief works among the flood hit areas. Over 72 lakh people spread over 16 districts are reeling under the impact of floods.

Thirty three teams of NDRF and SDRF are carrying out relief and rescue operations.

Bagmati, Burhi Gandak, Kosi, Ganga and Bagmati rivers are  flowing above the danger mark. The Met Department has forecast heavy rains in catchment areas of various rivers in north Bihar and Nepal in the next 48 hours.

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Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra today launched Letter of Recommendation module for PM SVANidhi Scheme. The module is designed to give access to street vendors who do not have Identity Card and Certificate of Vending and are not in the surveyed list for availing benefits under the scheme.

The module provides for an end to end, digitally enabled process wherein an eligible vendor can request for a Letter of Recommendation from the Urban Local Body and on receipt of the same he can apply for loan under PM SVANidhi.

The vendors possessing Letter of Recommendation shall be issued Certificate of Vending or ID Card within a period of 30 days. This provision will help in extending reach of the Scheme to the people who were hitherto unable to avail these benefits.

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In order to improve public Grievances redressal mechanism, Deputy Commissioner of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, Nazir Sheikh, has launched a mobile app “Awaz-e-Rajouri".

AIR Jammu Correspondent reports that the launch of mobile app would improve public grievances mechanism. The use of the app by general public would make the officers and officials more accountable and instill confidence among the people in district administration. The free of cost app would help the citizens register their grievances online and also track the status of their complaints.

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In Gujarat, Shri Krushnakumar Sinhji Andh Udhyog Shala of Bhavnagar has set an example by paying money for data plans to Divyang students for their online education. Vision impaired Divyang students of this special school are now happy, as they are getting online education free of cost. More from our Ahmedabad correspondent.


"Shri Krushna Kumar Sinhji Andh Udhyog Shala of Bhavnagar in Gujarat is known for its big initiatives for Divyang students. The General Secretary of the school Shri Labhubhai Sonani said that visually impaired divang students of the school are being paid Rs. 500 for mobile data plan.

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Divyang girl student Mansi expressed her happiness by getting online education.

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When the Coronavirus pandemic is spoiling education of the students in the country, the Krishna Kumar Sinhji Andh Udhyog Shala is spreading lights in the life of divyang students by helping them in getting online education. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

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A unique online patriotic film festival began today as part of Independence Day Celebrations organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a video message that we should Celebrate 73 years of independence with the online Patriotic Film Festival which will be on till the 21st of this month. Our Correspondent reports that the festival will showcase high quality patriotic films daily on the website www.cinemasofindia.com free of cost.

"The festival showcases Indian history that marks the bravery of our freedom fighters. It aims at creating a festive and patriotic mood among Indians across the globe. Critically acclaimed films from various Indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati and Malayalam will be showcased in the festival. A special edition of the film 'Gandhi' by Sir Richard Attenborough will also be made accessible and can be enjoyed by people with vision and hearing impairment. With Naseem Naqvi, Anand Kumar AIR News Delhi."

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The Government has dismissed a Whatsapp message claiming that people are no longer required to wear helmets within a 15 kilometre radius from any city. In a tweet, Press Information Bureau termed the claim as fake. It clarified that wearing helmet is still mandotory for bike riders.

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Benchmark domestic stocks today remained almost flat amid negative global cues. The Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange gained 15 points to close at 38,041. The Nifty at National Stock Exchange rose 14 points to settle at 11,214.

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Union Home Ministry has permitted Overseas Citizen of India, OCI cardholders to enter India who belong to countries with which air bubble arrangements have been finalised by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Home Ministry spokesperson in a tweet said that other  foreigners from these countries have also been allowed to avail Indian visa facility for business, medical and employment purposes. The spokesperson said, Indian citizens have also been allowed to travel to such countries on any type of visa. Ministry of Civil Aviation has worked out air bubble scheme with USA, UK, Germany and France and the countries that may be included under such scheme in future.

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Now, let us take a look at tomorrow's weather .

The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius and the maximum around 35 degrees.

Mumbai will experience a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 24 degree Celsius and the maximum temperature around 29 degrees.

Chennai will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The temperature will hover between 27 and 35 degree Celsius.

Kolkata will witness generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 27 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature in Jammu will be 28 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees. In the city, rain or thundershowers would occur towards afternoon or evening.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 20 degrees while the maximum around 32 degree Celsius. The city will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night.

Ladakh will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The temperature will hover between 19 and 30 degree Celsius.

In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 19 and 36  degree Celsius. It will experience mainly clear sky.

In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be 21 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature will be around 36 degrees.

Chandigarh will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.  The minimum temperature in the city will be 27 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature will be 24 degree Celsius while the maximum around 31 degrees. Rain or thundershowers would occur in the city towards evening or night.

Bhopal will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or Dust storm.  The minimum temperature in the city will be 25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Guwahati will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city will be 26 degree celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

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News just in, Air India Express flight with 174 passengers on board en route from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing at Karipur Airport, Kozhikode in kerala just a while ago.Rescue operations are on. Heavy rain  is continuing in the region.

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