Cauvery Verdict

Cauvery final judgment: SC ordered K’taka to release water

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Karnataka ordered by top court on Friday to release 177 TMC of water to Tamil Nadu, said one state cannot claim ownership over a river.

Karnataka is also sent to receive an additional 14.75 TMC of water, while 4.7 TMC of this will be for Bengaluru city alone, the court has held.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud had on 20 September last year reserved the verdict on the appeals filed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala against the 2007 award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on sharing of water.

(With agency inputs)


‘My teachers inspired me to keep the student alive in me’

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who later shifted to students who are about to sit for annual examination after Chai Pe Charcha campaign spoke to students and enhanced their confidence.

As part of his Pariksha Par Charcha, an extension of his pet charcha theme, PM spoke with thousands of students from across the nation and addressed their examination-related concerns today at Talkatora Stadium in the Capital.

"You are not talking to the Prime Minister of India, you are talking to a friend, I am here as a student let us see how many marks will you give me out of 10," PM Modi said while addressing the event.

"I would like to thank my teachers for whom I am still a student. They inspired me to keep the student in me alive," he added.

The interactive session, also being dubbed as "Exam Ki Baat", was organised days after the prime minister launched his book "Exam Warriors", which is a collection of anecdotes from his growing up years and lists mantras to help students to stay calm before the examination.

"Trying to become someone is a conventional path.... Take the road less travelled," he says in this self-help guide. He also urges students to "be warriors, not worriers". "Treat exams like festivals" and "a happy mind is the secret of a good mark sheet" are among other suggestions.

Modi also said that every Indians are born 'Politicians'.

(With Agency Inputs)

Iran Prez

Iran prez praises co-existence of multiple faiths in India

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On the first ever 3-day visit to India, Iran President Hassan Rouhani lauded India's cultural diversity on Thursday, said multiple faiths and schools of thought co-exist peacefully.

In a meeting with Muslim intellectuals, scholars and clerics in Hyderabad, he also mentioned Islam is not a religion of violence, but one of moderation

"Iran wants unity, independence and support for the East. Iran wants fraternity with India. We do not want to have any differences with other countries as well," said Rouhani.

Further adding to it he also said that the country was a "living museum" of religions and schools of thought.

"We see a lot of temples, other places of worship, and they are living in peace. They are having peaceful co-existence," he said.

Muslims, non-Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs are coexisting in peace in India, he said.

However, the West has created fissures between nations, he said.

"The enemies of Islam want to represent Islam as a religion of violence. Islam is not a religion of violence. Islam is a religion of moderation, Islam is a religion of kindness," he said.

Iran believes that there is no military solution to problems which are diplomatic in nature, Rouhani said.

"When a war is imposed, people have no other option but to defend themselves, and those who defend are the true companions and true followers of the almighty God," he said.

"The Western world oppressed and exploited the Eastern world and its resources" and caused tensions and differences to arise between oriental countries, he said.

"When we Muslims (in the past centuries) possessed universities and technologies, and others did not possess (them), we...transferred our teachings and science to them."

"However, when they (West) reached the (same level of progress), they did not (give) the same treatment. They did not provide us with technology fairly and justly," he said.

Calling for unity among Muslims, Rouhani said his country wants to clear the "hurdles" faced by the people of war-torn countries such as Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Yemen are facing.

"We want to clear the hurdles for the people of Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen. The solution is unity and brotherhood in joint effort," he said.

Despite tight security, Rouhani allowed some of those present to click selfies with him after the speech.

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif also spoke at the event.

The Iranian president is scheduled to visit the famous Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad and offer prayers on Friday. Later, he would be leaving for New Delhi.

Earlier, he arrived in Hyderabad on a special flight from Tehran and was received by Union Minister of State for Power RK Singh and Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan along with senior officials of Telanaga government.

(With agency inputs)

Cauvery Verdict

Cauvery Verdict: TN to get 177.25 TMC of cauvery water, says top court

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Karnataka government has been today directed by the top court to release 177.25 tmcft of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from its inter-state Biligundlu dam.

The judgment has also clarified that Karnataka will now have an enhanced share of 14.75 tmcft water per year. However, Tamil Nadu will get 404.25 tmcft, which will be 14.75 tmcft which is less than what was allotted by the tribunal in 2007.

Earlier, in accordance with the 2007 award of the Cauvery water dispute tribunal, Karnataka had a share of 270 tmcft of Cauvery water. This will now increase to 284.75 tmcft.

The much awaited judgment was taken care of by a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar, which had on September 20 last year reserved the verdict on the appeals filed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala against the 2007 award of the tribunal.

Reading out the operative portion of the verdict, the CJI said the 2007 tribunal award of 30 tmcft to Kerala and 7 tmcft water to Puducherry will remain unchanged.

The apex court also allowed TN to draw an additional 10 tmcft 'groundwater' from a total of 20 tmcft beneath the Cauvery basin.

It said the increase in share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft is because of the 10 tmcft groundwater and 4.75 tmcft drinking water requirement for Bengaluru residents.

The apex court said drinking water has to be kept on the highest pedestal.

It said its order on Cauvery water allocation will continue for the next 15 years.

(With agency inputs) 

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2 wing commanders killed in aircraft crash

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Two Indian Air Force pilots who were Wing Commander-rank officers were killed after the microlight aircraft crashed in which they were travelling in Majuli region area in Assam's today.

The accident took place around afternoon when the pilots took off from Jorhat's airport, also known as Rworiah airport, senior officials said.

According to reports, the area where the aircraft was crashed was about 20 km away, at Majuli island, which is counted among the world's biggest river island.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The Indian Air Force maintains several smaller aircraft including microlight planes as part of an adventure cell.

(With agency inputs)