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In Kerala's man-made disaster, united we stand

What actually caused the recent devastating floods in Kerala? This was the worst ever in Kerala since 1924 or what is popularly remembered  as the 'big floods' of 99 (according to Kolla Varsham or Malayalam era it is year 1194).

Climate change in ‘God’s Own Country’

Past one week Kerala received unprecedented rains resulting in landslides and floods all over the state. According to the meteorological department, the cumulative rainfall in Kerala, the southwest monsoon between June 1st and August 15th was 2,087.67 mm, a departure of nearly 30% from the normal 1,606.05 mm rainfall.

Vajpayee: From a nationalist to a statesman

It is with sadness that I learnt the Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sahib passed away today. He attained a ripe old age of 93. His was a long career in politics.

Vajpayee, a voice of sanity lost along the way

It was the summer of 1996. The Congress government of Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao had lost the general election and, for the first time, there was an opportunity for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), headed by the moderate and well liked Atal Bihari Vajpayee, of coming to power.

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EU seeks to boost partnership with India

The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union , and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Tuesday adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU's vision for a strategy to strengthen cooperation and the partnership with India.

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EU seeks to boost partnership with India

The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union , and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Tuesday adopted a Joint Communicat...

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