6 days after Kodagu landslide, priest’s body found 2.5km away; search on for 3 more

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August 12, 2020

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Madikery, Aug 12: Exactly six days after a massive landslide destroyed his house in Kodagu’s Talacauvery, the body of local chief priest Narayana Achar (80) was traced on Tuesday.

Five people including the priest, his family members and assistants were feared to buried alive after the August 6 landslide. Priest’s brother Ananda Tirtha Swami’s body was found on August 8.

The priest’s  body was spotted in a trench at Nagatheertha, 2.5 km away from the site of the landslide and was in a decomposed state. 

Bodies of Achar’s wife Shantha and assistant priests Ravikiran Bhat and Srinivas are yet to be traced.

Personnel of the NDRF, SDRF, local police and the fire and emergency services continued searches for the bodies of the others amid rain and foggy weather.

Achar used to sleep on the attic of the house daily. The intensity of the landslide was such that he was dragged 2.5 km from his house.

When the search was carried out at Nagateertha, toes of the chief priest’s body were spotted and soon, the body was unearthed. After an autopsy at Bhagamandala hospital, the body was handed over to the family members.

The last rites were performed on the family-owned land on Tuesday evening. Achar’s daughters Sharada, Namitha, grandchildren and other family members were inconsolable. 

Mangled remains of two cars and a scooter have also been found, along with the carcass of the family’s pet dog.

Achar’s car driver Jayanth recalled that the former was an agriculturist and had three pieces of land, where he grew cardamom and pepper. Spices worth lakhs of rupees were stocked in the house.

Jayanth said he had advised Achar to shift to a safer place as the rains had intensified. But the priest did not agree. He might have been concerned about the safety of the agricultural produce and other valuables, he said.

The driver recalled that the tiles of the house were blown away by winds the previous day of the incident and that he had put them back in their place.

District in-charge minister V Somanna said there is no question of discontinuing the search operations. The search will go on till the bodies of all those who went missing are traced.

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September 27,2020

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New Delhi, Sept 27: Former union cabinet minister Jaswant Singh passed away on Sunday after a prolonged illness. He had cardiac arrest this morning.

He was 82.

Mr Singh was admitted to Army Hospital Research and Referral on June 25.

He was admitted on 25 Jun 2020 and being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome and effects of Severe Head Injury old (Optd) had a Cardiac arrest this morning.

“It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of Hon’ble Major Jaswant Singh (Retd), former Cabinet Minister of Government of India at 0655 hours on 27 September 2020,” the Army Hospital Research and Referral said in a statement.

Despite the best efforts of the attending team of specialists to resuscitate him, he could not be revived and passed away today, it said.

His COVID status was negative.

Hailing from Rajasthan, Mr Singh had served as India's foreign minister, defence minister and finance minister.

He was an officer in the Army in the 1950s and 60s but he resigned to pursue politics.

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September 26,2020

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Jeddah, Sept 26: Indians across Saudi Arabia, especially those hailing from southern state of Kerala, mourned the tragic death of three youth who lost their lives in a car crash.

Muhammad Shafeeq, Ansif, and Sanad, all aged 22, were involved in a car accident while they were returning after attending the National Day celebrations held in Al-Khobar on September 24. 

Their car lost control and turned upside down and hit some other cars near Dhahran while taking to a parallel road from the Dammam- Khobar Highway. All of them died on the spot and their car was completely mangled.

A large number of people, including relatives and friends, attended the funeral prayer and burial held on September 25.

The young men, who were born and brought up in Dammam, united in both life and death. Their parents had come from Kerala to Saudi Arabia more than two decades ago. They were childhood friends ever since their schooling at International Indian School, Dammam, from kindergarten onwards. They were laid to rest in graves close to each other in Dammam cemetery.

Social workers, led by Nas Vakkam, Jaafar Kondotty, and Shaji Wayanad, swung into action to complete all the procedures to facilitate their burial soon after the accident. A large number of people gathered at the premises of Dammam Medical Complex morgue where the bodies were kept and later at Dammam cemetery to pay last respects at around 2 p.m. on Friday.

It was heart-rending scenes when their family members and close friends bid adieu to the young men who were the most loved trio among the expatriate community. After education, Shafeeq who hailed from the Malappuram district was working along with his father Saidalavi Haji in a commercial establishment.

Ansif, from the Wayanad district, was pursuing his graduation in Bahrain while Sanad from Kozhikode was planning to continue higher studies after the lifting of the travel restrictions imposed following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

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September 16,2020

Bengaluru, Sept 15: A total of 7,576 new COVID-19 cases and 97 deaths were reported in Karnataka on Tuesday, said state's health department.

"With the addition of new cases, the total number in the coronavirus cases in the state reached 4,75,265, with 98,536 active COVID-19 cases and 3,69,229 discharges," the state health department said.

Karnataka has reported 7,481 deaths due to the deadly virus so far.

Earlier today, India's COVID-19 case count crossed the 49-lakh mark. A total of 49,30,237 cases have been reported so far includes 9,90,061 active cases, 38,59,400 cured/discharged/migrated patients and 80,776 deaths.

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