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Flash floods, landslides in Kerala caused by mini cloudburst: Expert

Flash floods, landslides in Kerala caused by mini cloudburst: Expert

Rediff.com17 Oct 2021

Mini cloud bursts are marked by intense short spells which may not exceed 10cm in one hour-a classical definition by India Meteorological Department, he noted.

Jim Corbett Still Lives Here

Jim Corbett Still Lives Here

Rediff.com14 Oct 2021

With his name or without, Jim Corbett continues to live on in his home in Uttarakahand's Kaladunghi and in the jungles he loved.

Maharashtra: Toll from landslides, floods rises to 82

Maharashtra: Toll from landslides, floods rises to 82

Rediff.com24 Jul 2021

Parts of Raigad, Ratnagiri districts in the coastal Konkan region and Kolhapur district in western Maharashtra, have been worst affected by the floods. Besides that, heavy rains have been pounding parts of Satara district.

Maha CM Thackeray visits flood-affected Raigad

Maha CM Thackeray visits flood-affected Raigad

Rediff.com24 Jul 2021

He also said that a policy would be formulated for management of water as parts of the state, especially the western Maharashtra region, witnesses floods during monsoon due to rise in river water levels.

Can more disasters happen in Uttarakhand?

Can more disasters happen in Uttarakhand?

Rediff.com15 Feb 2021

'Above 2,000 metres the gradient of the Himalayas is very steep and if you build any infrastructure (roads, dams, hydro power projects) in these regions, it will not be able to sustain these events (the onslaught of debris that comes down with great speeds).'

China eyes excellence at Winter Olympics

China eyes excellence at Winter Olympics

Rediff.com3 Feb 2021

China has smothered most outbreaks within its borders, keeping new case numbers low.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners revealed

Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners revealed

Rediff.com15 Oct 2020

Have a look at these photos taken from the incredible world we live in. These are the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2020.

An Indian legend you probably don't know about

An Indian legend you probably don't know about

Rediff.com6 Sep 2020

In a corner of Kolkata lived a man who made Latin American music cool before urban India became hip to salsa. Sumit Bhattacharya remembers Monojit Datta, ace percussionist, guru and unknown legend

'Thousands of landslides are going to happen'

'Thousands of landslides are going to happen'

Rediff.com24 Aug 2020

'The last three decades were the era of D, where D stands for deforestation, destruction, degradation, disaster, damages, diseases, difficulties... and finally it leads to death.'

Pakistan is playing with fire

Pakistan is playing with fire

Rediff.com13 Aug 2020

'By annoying the Arabs and cozying up to Iran, Pakistan may end up losing Arab economic support, annoying the Americans and increase Shia-Sunni tensions domestically,' Colonel Anil A Athale (retd) points out.

'Accidents were waiting to happen and it happened'

'Accidents were waiting to happen and it happened'

Rediff.com10 Aug 2020

'The lay of the runway is not at all safe.' 'Even operating a 737 is dangerous there.' 'During the monsoon, they must ban landing on runway 10.'

Can Indians live without Chinese imports?

Can Indians live without Chinese imports?

Rediff.com1 Jul 2020

'India imports 70 per cent of its bulk drugs from China. Are we going to live without antibiotics?' asks Debashis Basu.

PIX: Tokyo Olympics torch lit behind closed doors

PIX: Tokyo Olympics torch lit behind closed doors

Rediff.com12 Mar 2020

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch was lit by the rays of the sun in ancient Olympia on Thursday to mark the final step towards the July 24-Aug 9 Games, currently in question because of the coronavirus pandemic. Actress Xanthi Georgiou, in the role of high priestess, used a parabolic mirror in a scaled-down ceremony closed to spectators at the site of the ancient Greek Olympics to ignite the torch and mark the start of a torch relay. The torch will be handed over to Tokyo Games organisers in Athens on March 19.

Picking up the pieces after death and destruction

Picking up the pieces after death and destruction

Rediff.com19 Jul 2019

More than two weeks after a wall collapsed in suburban Mumbai, killing 30 people and injuring more than 100, Rediff.com's Prasanna D Zore and Hitesh Harisinghani visit the area to know how the survivors devastated by the deluge are coping with their lives.

Capture of Tiger Hill: Turning point in Kargil War

Capture of Tiger Hill: Turning point in Kargil War

Rediff.com17 Jun 2019

Twenty years ago, over 50 days in the summer of 1999, the Indian Army fought some of the toughest battles in the annals of military history to evict the Pakistan army from Kargil. The battle to recapture Tiger Hill was a major turning point in the Operation Vijay campaign, points out Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (retd).

2019 election and the brown man's burden

2019 election and the brown man's burden

Rediff.com28 May 2019

'The anti-India biases of the Western elite can be attributed to the unease these privileged nations feel at the rise of Asian nations like India and China.' 'But what ought to shock all right-thinking Indians is that many of our own countrymen/women have joined this chorus,' says Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

These candidates await their fate in Phase 3 of polls

These candidates await their fate in Phase 3 of polls

Rediff.com23 Apr 2019

The third phase of Lok Sabha elections scheduled for Tuesday will see the maximum number of seats going to the polls in a single phase -- 117 across 15 states and Union Territories. It will also be a test for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party which will aim to defend the maximum number of seats at 62. This time the BJP will be tested in its bastion Gujarat -- where polling will be held for all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state -- apart from Karanataka, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh, where the party had done well in 2014. Here are some of the big political leaders' who await their fate on Tuesday.

'In Indian politics you have to find a place for Hindus'

'In Indian politics you have to find a place for Hindus'

Rediff.com15 Dec 2018

Mark Tully on the India he loves.

Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 revealed

Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 revealed

Rediff.com17 Oct 2018

A close-up of a leopard, little owlets hiding inside a pipe and a gorilla mother mourning the loss of her baby are just a few of animals featured in the photos that have won this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world's most astonishing sights.

'Kerala may have suffered losses of around Rs 20,000 crore'

'Kerala may have suffered losses of around Rs 20,000 crore'

Rediff.com23 Aug 2018

Kerala has seen one of the worst floods in its history during this monsoon. From August 8 to 20, nearly 223 people have lost their lives, 33 are missing and around 1.2 million individuals from 3,02,441 families are in 3,941 relief camps. Initial losses are estimated to be around Rs 200 billion (Rs 20,000 crore). With the rescue measures in its last leg, the Kerala government is looking at raising funds to rebuild the state. In an interaction with Gireesh Babu and T E Narasimhan, Kerala Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac says he has a three-pronged strategy to raise funds. Edited Excerpts.

Legal reforms is the answer to Kathua/Unnao, not vigils

Legal reforms is the answer to Kathua/Unnao, not vigils

Rediff.com26 Apr 2018

'Loss of faith in the fairness of the system and the perception that one cannot expect justice are the first few steps to the slippery slope of anarchy,' warns Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

Day 6: What's hot at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Day 6: What's hot at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Rediff.com14 Feb 2018

North Korean pair given warm welcome on Pyeongchang debut

A toast to Athens and democracy

A toast to Athens and democracy

Rediff.com13 Oct 2017

Geetanjali Krishna approached her trip to Greece -- the cradle of democracy where the notions of equality, free speech and civic liberty first took shape -- as much as pilgrimage as a holiday.

North Kerala: The unexplored 'God's Own Country'

North Kerala: The unexplored 'God's Own Country'

Rediff.com7 Sep 2017

Not many have seen the Kerala in which coconut trees are sparse but waterfalls, lush valleys, and deep forests are abundant.

Fresh Chinese incursion reported in Uttarakhand

Fresh Chinese incursion reported in Uttarakhand

Rediff.com31 Jul 2017

A group of shepherds were asked to vacate the land by troops of the PLA.

Why did China send its helicopters to Chamoli?

Why did China send its helicopters to Chamoli?

Rediff.com5 Jun 2017

In the fourth such incursion since March, two helicopters of the People's Liberation Army of China hovered for about five minutes in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district and "could have carried out aerial photography of Indian ground troops," according to official sources in the government.

Chinese choppers violate Indian air space in Uttarakhand

Chinese choppers violate Indian air space in Uttarakhand

Rediff.com4 Jun 2017

The Indian Air Force is probing the incident, an IAF source said.

Rain-triggered floods, landslides kill over 90 in Sri Lanka

Rain-triggered floods, landslides kill over 90 in Sri Lanka

Rediff.com27 May 2017

Over 20,000 people have been displaced with officials warning the situation could get worse.

When vastu shastra comes to IIT

When vastu shastra comes to IIT

Rediff.com5 May 2017

The decision to introduce vastu shastra as a part of the architecture curriculum at IIT-Kharagpur has polarised architects in the country. Nikita Puri reports.

How Paris fell in love with coffee grown by Andhra tribals

How Paris fell in love with coffee grown by Andhra tribals

Rediff.com22 Mar 2017

Retracing the journey that brought coffee from Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh to an upscale caf in the aristocratic district of Le Marais in Paris.

The man who can't resist challenges!

The man who can't resist challenges!

Rediff.com1 Aug 2016

Satyarup Siddhanta has just one mountain to go before he completes the Seven Summits, the tallest mountains in each of the seven continents.

'India is in a sweet spot, in a Goldilocks scenario'

'India is in a sweet spot, in a Goldilocks scenario'

Rediff.com20 Jul 2016

'India is likely to do better than other emerging markets.'

India's first 'smart' city Lavasa failed to take off

India's first 'smart' city Lavasa failed to take off

Rediff.com21 Jun 2016

Of the five towns planned, work is progressing in two, Dasve and Mogao.

3 cheers for Kangana!

3 cheers for Kangana!

Rediff.com5 May 2016

'It was only to be expected that she would grace the national awards function in her distinctive style.' 'For her admirers, the flouting of norms was in character because she has made her mark in highly competitive Bollywood on her own terms,' says Amulya Ganguli.

Pedal to the metal: One girl, 19 days and a 1,800 km bicycle ride to Kanyakumari

Pedal to the metal: One girl, 19 days and a 1,800 km bicycle ride to Kanyakumari

Rediff.com14 Jan 2016

22-year-old Prisiliya Madan pedalled her way through 1,800 km journeying from people's homes to the southernmost tip of the country.

'Where shall we go? Shall we die?'

'Where shall we go? Shall we die?'

Rediff.com11 Dec 2015

Damu Nagar -- a shanty colony built around a hillock in Mumbai's northern suburb of Kandivali, abutting the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, was engulfed in an inferno Monday, December 7, that left more than 2,000 homes gutted and thousands homeless. Residents displayed exemplary courage, camaraderie and chutzpah as they grappled with ways and means to overcome their personal catastrophes when Rediff.com visited them.

Why Dadri Matters

Why Dadri Matters

Rediff.com26 Oct 2015

The prime minister, says Ram Kelkar, could do a lot to advance his stature as a national leader by speaking in strong and unequivocal terms on the subject of opposing intolerance and emphasizing the rule of law, thereby setting the tone for the nation and the party.

Top monsoon destinations in India

Top monsoon destinations in India

Rediff.com31 Jul 2015

Time to pack your bags and pamper the wanderlust in you.

Pune and its ghosts

Pune and its ghosts

Rediff.com19 Jul 2015

We dare you to visit these five haunted places

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