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Karnataka govt announces Rs 5cr package for Chennai flood

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka state government announced Rs 5 crore for relief and rescue operations for the Chennai flood.

As a humanitarian gesture, we are also rushing relief materials to Chennai for the people affected by flood waters,” an official told after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced the Rs.5-crore aid to Tamil Nadu.

With air, rail and road connectivity to Chennai disrupted, flights, trains and bus services from Bengaluru were cancelled for the next two days.

Though Chennai is about 350 km away to the southeast of Bengaluru, there is a heavy movement of people and goods between the two state capitals, with a dozen flights and trains and about 100 buses operating daily.

As the low pressure over the Bay of Bengal continued to batter Chennai, dark clouds and chilly winds gripped Bengaluru, since Monday, with the forecast of rains and thundershowers this week.

In a related development, prayers and rituals were performed in temples in the city to appease rain gods for sparing Chennai from further rains, as thousands of people, especially the Tamil-speaking community, with relatives reside in both cities.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Karnatka CM says Hinduism is about breaking Religious barriers

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Bengaluru: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said that Hinduism is about breaking the religious barrier existing between different religions.

Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, attended a National Youth Week programme organised by the state government  on Tuesday to observe the 153rd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at Sri Kanteerava Indoor Stadium.

He said, the young generation of India should follow Vivekananda’s teachings.

He took a dig at right-wing element claiming that the external groups are using Swami Vivekananda as a mascot to promote their “ulterior motives”.

The programme was not attended by the BJP bigwigs despite the names of M Venkaiah Naidu were mentioned on the invitation.

Siddaramaiah said, “Vivekananda placed the religion followed by millions in our country on a pedestal where it was seen as a pioneer in advocating universal brotherhood’’.

Vivekananda being a great human being never built a wall around Hinduism instead his motive was to break religious barriers. Siddaramaiah said there are organisations which are using the spiritual leader’s name to spread differences, hence, people should not follow them blindly.

Karnataka CM talked about the Swami Vivekananda and his teachings on the occasion. India celebrates great leader’s birthday as the National Youth Day. Great Hindu leader had a worldwide impact through his thoughts, writings and speeches.(Inputs from agencies)(Image-manipalworldnews)