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Nobel Laureate VS Naipaul, The Author Of A House Mr Biswas, Passes Away At 85

New Delhi: VS Naipaul, the Indian-origin Nobel laureate whose precise and lyrical writing in such novels as A Bend in the River and A House for Mr. Biswas and brittle, misanthropic personality made him one of the world's most admired and contentious writers, died Saturday at his London home, his family said. He was 85.

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul — Vidia to those who knew him — was born on Aug. 17, 1932 in Trinidad, a descendant of impoverished Indians shipped to the West Indies as bonded labourers.

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Southern Naval Command Undertakes Operation Madad To Help Flood Affected In Kerala

New Delhi: Southern Naval Command (SNC) at Kochi since August 9, 2018 has launched operation ‘Madad’ for assisting the state administration and undertaking disaster relief operations due to the unprecedented flooding experienced in many parts of Kerala, owing to incessant rainfall and release of excess water from Idukki and other dams.

Dams and rivers overflowed, parts of highways collapsed, and homes were swept away in severe flooding in more than half of Kerala on Friday in the third day of heavy downpour that has claimed the lives of 30 people and left nearly 54,000 homeless.

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Shah, Nitish Get Together Brings Victory For Harivansh Narayan Singh For Post Of Dy Chairman Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: The collective efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has helped the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to pull off an easy victory in the election for Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

The ruling alliance is short of a majority in the upper house, but the July 20 vote in the Lok Sabha, where the government (which is in a majority in that house) defeated the opposition’s no-trust motion decisively, aided by the abstention of key regional parties, raised hopes that it could hope for the support of the same parties in the Rajya Sabha too.

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Veteran Journalist Harivasnh is now Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson

New Delhi: The former editor of Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar, Harivansh Narayan Singh has been elected Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha. Singh, who is a JD(U) MP, was fielded by the ruling NDA as its candidate. He romped home defeating defeating Opposition's B K Hariprasad by 20 votes.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu initiated the process of the election on Thursday by calling for division of votes in the House. While Harivansh Narayan Singh secured 125 votes, Hariprasad got 105. The post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman has been lying vacant since the retirement of P J Kurien on July 1.

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Matter Of Hours Whether Harivansh Singh Or Hariprasad Will Occupy Chair Of Dy Chairman Of The Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: It is clear with the nomination of Harivansh Narayan Singh of the Janata Dal (United) and BK Hariprasad of the Congress after they filed their nomination as NDA and UPA candidates respectively for election to the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman’s post. Now, both the groups are trying to manage the necessary numbers. The position fell vacant after PJ Kurien retired in July.

All eyes will on the election to the post of deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha today as the NDA, which despite lacking the numbers in the Upper House, seems pretty confident of pulling off a surprise.