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Bihar floods: Death toll rises to 165. Over 37. 53 lakh people affected

With six more deaths, the toll in Bihar floods rose to 165, even as the swollen Ganga, whose water level started showing a receding trend, has affected 37.53 lakh people in 12 districts of the state.

The six deaths have been reported from Bhojpur district, a statement by the Disaster Management Department said.

The flood has been caused mainly by a spate in river Ganga apart from Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghra, Kosi and other rivers which have affected 37.53 lakh people in 2,029 villages under 576 panchayats of 74 blocks of 12 districts in the state, it said.

A total of 7.15 lakh people have been evacuated so far from the 12 flood-affected districts of Buxar, Bhojpur, Patna, Vaishali, Saran, Begusarai, Samastipur, Lakhisarai, Khagaria, Munger, Bhagalpur and Katihar, the statement said.

Curfew lifted from Valley. 15-year-old dies in fresh clashes

On 31 August, as the authorities decided to lift the curfew from all areas of Kashmir, fresh clashes broke out between security forces and protesters in the Sopore area of North Kashmir, claiming the life of a 15-year-old boy.

Danish Manzoor and six other persons sustained injuries when security forces allegedly opened fire at stone-pelting protesters in Lodora in Sopore area, a police official said. He said Danish succumbed to injuries while being shifted to a hospital in Sopore town.

Pakistan can't deny presence of LeT, Haqqani networks: BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Wednesday said that Pakistan can't deny the presence of terrorist networks like the LeT and Haqqani, as it is a well known fact that they operate freely and fiercely on and from its soil with active state support.

"Osama bin Laden was living in Pakistan while the whole world was looking for him and Pakistan was completely in denial. So ,if the United States Secretary of State (John Kerry) clearly says that whether it's the LeT or the other organisation in Pakistan. that is obviously based on information and is open information now. Pakistan can't even pretend about it, because these terrorist networks operate freely, fiercely, and also with active state support," BJP leader Nalin Kohli said.

Strike at root causes of violent extremism, Kerry tells crowd at IIT-Delhi

US Secretary of State John Kerry interacted with students of the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi on 31 August.

Asserting that India is an established power today, The US secretary of state said that we must strike at the root causes of violent extremism and have to work hard to understand the different variations of causes.

"President Obama and PM Modi have established a personal relationship that is built on common sense of purpose and vision. Battle to counter terrorists and extremists cannot be won by one nation," Kerry said.

Islamic State senior leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani killed in US airstrike

On 31 August, the Islamic State announced the death of it's spokesperson and senior strategist of external terror operations Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. He was reportedly killed in the Syrian province of Aleppo, where the US targeted him in an airstrike.

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that it had targeted the prominent ISIS leader in a precision strike near the town of Al Bab and was still assessing the results.

The terror group had announced Adnani's death through its news outlet, Amaq, yesterday. He was "martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo", Amaq said, and vowed to avenge his death, according to media reports.

Justice Dhingra panel to submit report on Robert Vadra land deals today

The Justice SN Dhingra-led commission, which is probing the grant of licences for change in land use (CLU) in four villages of Gurgaon, including the licence granted to a company (Sky Light Hospitality Private Limited ) owned by Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, will submit its report to the Haryana Government on Wednesday.

The single-member Commission has already got three extensions since it was set up in May 2015.

M-55 Geophysics high altitude aircraft coming to Kerala

Russian-made high altitude aircraft M-55 Geophysics will be coming to Kerala for carrying out research on climate change. The aircraft will be flying above Kerala and other South Indian states during monsoon 2017

The study in Kerala is part of a joint research project named StratoClim, in which scientists from 26 European research institutes are participants

Pellet guns and Kashmir

The NDA government is not in favour of completely withdrawing the use of pellet guns in the Kashmir valley, their use will be regulated instead, at least two senior government officials said on 29 August.

A seven-member expert committee headed by TVSN Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that was constituted on 26 July to look into the alternatives to pellet guns has been submitted to the Home Secretary.

"There will be no blanket ban on the use of pellet guns. At the most, it will be used in rarest of rare cases. We cannot make our security forces a sitting duck," said a top government official.