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Breaking Highlights, Top Alerts of August 16

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Reported by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: August 16, 2018 23:50 IST ]

Live Breaking News August 16

Twitter is buzzing with breaking news and news alerts from India and rest of the world. Here is the coverage of all breaking alerts and latest updates from the micro-blogging site on one page:

Breaking News August 16: 

11:49 pm: Chinese Boeing 737 Xiamen Air crash lands at Manila Airport in the Philippines (reports Russian Media)

11:47 pm: 

11:46 pm: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch sector’s Chakan da Bagh in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Army retaliating, exchange of fire on (reports ANI)

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10:31 pm: Lights of Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station (CMST) to remain off today as a mark of respect to the departed soul of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee (reports ANI)

10:24 pm: Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a tall political personality of the subcontinent.His attempts for the betterment of India-Pak relationship will always be remembered. Mr Vajpayee, as a foreign minister, took responsibility of improving India-Pak ties: Pak PM designate Imran Khan

10:13 pm: His warm personality and his gift of friendship won him admirers and friends across the political spectrum and from every walk of life. His death leaves behind a huge void. I join millions of our fellow Indians in mourning his loss and pray for the departed soul: Sonia Gandhi

10:10 pm: I'm deeply saddened by the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Vajpayee was a towering figure in our national life. Throughout his life, he stood for democratic values & demonstrated this commitment in all his acts whether as a parliamentarian,a cabinet minister or PM: Sonia Gandhi 

10:05 pm: I pay tribute to him. The country has lost the tallest leader. He was a tree under whose shade many found refuge: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Atal Bihari Vajpayee 

10:04 pm: US threatens more Turkey sanctions if pastor not released (reports AFP)

10:03 pm: Today nation lost a great statesman. He was a believer of national development. During Kargil also we have seen his statesmanship and great fighting spirit. He brought so many reforms. I had a very good rapport with him. We never had any differences: Andhra CM 

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09:56 pm: Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with University professors across the nation, scheduled for 18 August in Delhi, has been postponed after the demise of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee​ (reports ANI)

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09:45 pm: He was our friend & highly respected in Bangladesh. As a token of recognition for his invaluable contribution to our Liberation War in 1971, Bangladesh Govt conferred on him Bangladesh Liberation War Honour. Today is a day of great sadness for Bangladesh: Bangladesh PM 

09:44 pm: Deeply shocked at sad demise of former PM of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee, one of the most famous sons of India. He'll be remembered for contributing towards good governance & highlighting issues affecting common people of India as well as regional peace & prosperity: Bangladesh PM​

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09:31 pm: We have learnt with sadness the passing away of Atal Bihari Vajpayee former Prime Minister of India, who was undergoing treatment in a hospital in New Delhi. He was a renowned statesman who contributed to bringing a change in Indo-Pak relations and remained key supporter of SAARC and regional cooperation for development. Pakistan Govt and people extend their heartfelt condolences to his family and to Govt and people of India: Pakistan government (reports ANI)​

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09:25 pm: India has lost its 'anmol ratna'. We are at a loss of words. His demise has marked the end of an era. In Atal ji's passing away, it is as if I have lost my father. It's a void which can never be filled: PM Narendra Modi on Atal Bihari Vajpayee 

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08:50 pm: All Delhi govt offices, schools (private and govt) and other institutions shall remain closed tomorrow, as mark of respect for our dear departed Atal ji: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia (reports ANI)

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08:47 pm: Atal ji's mortal remains will be taken to BJP headquarters and at 9 am and his his last journey will begin at 1 pm. Funeral will be held at 4 pm at Smriti Sthal: BJP President Amit Shah 

08:46 pm: Odisha government declares government holiday tomorrow in the state over the passing away of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee; all government offices, schools and colleges to remain shut across the state (reports ANI)

08:44 pm: Funeral of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee to be held at Smriti Sthal in Delhi (reports ANI)

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08:41 pm: The demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee is not only a loss for the country, it is big loss for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He was the first Prime Minister to understand the agony of our people: Former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti 

08:25 pm: Uttar Pradesh government declares public holiday tomorrow over the passing away of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (reports ANI)

08:21 pm: Seven-day state mourning and public holiday tomorrow has been declared by Madhya Pradesh Government over the passing away of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (reports ANI)

08:13 pm: Death toll due to Kerala floods rises to 94. 11 missing, 41 injured, 165538 people in 1155 relief camps, 2857 houses damaged and 3393 hectares of crop loss (reports ANI)

07:57 pm: All Punjab Offices/Boards/Corporation and Educational Institutions of the state will remain closed tomorrow as a mark of respect to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (reports ANI)

07:38 pm: Atal ji was like a star in the sky of politics, which shone brighter than everyone else. He had the unique ability to bring everyone together. Even if you ask the opposition they hold a sense of respect for him: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Atal Bihari Vajpayee 

07:37 pm: Bihar Government declares seven-day state mourning and public holiday tomorrow (reports ANI)

07:36 pm: During his tenure, PM Vajpayee advocated for robust partnership with the United States, referring to us as “natural allies.” The US Mission in India extends our deepest condolences to the family of former Prime Minister Vajpayee & the citizens of India: US Embassy

07:35 pm: United States grieves with India on the loss of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He will be remembered for his immense contribution in bolstering US-India relations: US Embassy in India 

07:34 pm: No doubt that the country will be poorer in the loss of Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was like a colossus for almost 6 decades. I pay my deepest regards for this great son of India: Former President Pranab Mukherjee

07:33 pm: Though he was suffering for a long time I did not believe that the end will come. Fate snatched him away from us. He carried conviction with everybody: Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Atal Bihari Vajpayee

07:32 pm: I am at a loss of words to express my deep grief and sadness today as we all mourn the passing away of one of India’s tallest statesmen, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. To me, Atalji was more than a senior colleague- in fact he was my closest friend for over 65 years: LK Advani

07:31 pm: He was a great politician & loved by millions. It's unimaginable to think that our beloved Atal Ji is no more with us. This is an end of a political era, the void of his absence can never be filled: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Atal Bihari Vajpayee

07:27 pm: He worked in the national interest rather than personal interest, he brought a political stability to our country. His ashes will be spread in every river in UP to respect his grand stature: CM Yogi Adityanath on Atal Bihari Vajpayee

07:12 pm: Central Government announces seven-day state mourning throughout India, during this period the national flag will be flown at half mast throughout India where its regularly flown. State funeral will also be accorded (reports ANI)

07:01 pm: He may be not with us physically but his vision will always be with us, losing a person whom we always looked up to is a personal loss for all of us and I am sure we will always take inspiration from his ideology: Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra CM on Atal Bihari Vajpayee

06:50 pm: All of us who knew Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee are saddened to hear of his passing away. He was a great leader with a great sense of compassion and humour. He will be remembered fondly by a vast number of us: Ratan Tata​ 

06:49 pm: Mortal remains of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be kept at the BJP headquarters in Delhi tomorrow for last tributes​ (reports ANI)

06:48 pm: National Executive meet of the BJP which was scheduled to be held on August 18-19 has been cancelled (reports ANI)

06:46 pm: Never expected end will come so soon. He was a true Indian. He never hesitated to speak from his heart. He was the tallest leader in India post independence. Vajpayee ji is 'ajatshatru' of modern times because he always maintained dignity&decorum: Venkaiah Naidu

06:31 pm: It is a big loss for the country, he was a very simple man inspite of being such a senior leader.There was not even a shred of arrogance in him.Current leaders need to learn a lot from him: Mulayam Singh Yadav on Atal Bihari Vajpayee

06:17 pm: I have learnt with profound sorrow about the sad demise of Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji. An excellent orator, an impressive poet, an exceptional public servant, an outstanding Parliamentarian and a great Prime Minister: Dr.Manmohan Singh​ 

06:09 pm: This is a very sad moment for us that Atal ji is no more. Shortly his mortal remains will be taken to his residence where people can pay tribute to him: Home Minister Rajnath Singh 

06:06 pm: Today India lost a great son. Former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, was  loved and respected by millions. My condolences to his family & all  his admirers. We will miss him: Congress President Rahul Gandhi 

05:48 pm: It was due to the perseverance and struggles of Atal Ji that the BJP was built brick by brick. He travelled across the length and breadth of India to spread the BJP's message, which led to the BJP becoming a strong force in our national polity and in several states: PM Modi 

05:47 pm: Extremely sad to hear of the passing of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, our former PM and a true Indian statesman. His leadership, foresight, maturity & eloquence put him in a league of his own. Atalji, the Gentle Giant, will be missed by one & all: President Kovind

05:42 pm: I have no words, I am filled with emotions right now.Our respected Atal ji is no more. Every moment of his life he had dedicated to the nation: PM Narendra Modi 

05:38 pm: Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee took his last breath at 5:05 pm in Delhi's AIIMS today 

05:37 pm: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee passes away after prolonged illness. He was 93 

05:29 pm: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh arrives at Delhi's AIIMS where former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee is admitted. He is on life support system (reports ANI)

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05:27 pm: Fire breaks out in the OPD (Out-Patient Department) of Ludhiana Civil Hospital in Punjab, patients evacuated from the place. Fire tenders at the spot (reports ANI)

05:20 pm: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrives at Delhi's AIIMS where former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee is admitted. He is on life support system (reports ANI)

05:02 pm: Chhattisgarh and the entire nation is praying for him. We pray to the God to make him healthy soon and bless him with a long life, says Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh on Atal Bihari Vaajpayee (reports ANI)

04:58 pm: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Deputy CM Sushil Modi and Bihar Minister Nand Kishore Yadav arrive at Delhi's AIIMS where former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee is admitted. He is on life support system

04:51 pm: Delhi High Court reserves order for September 10 on reopening of tax assessment of Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Oscar Fernandes in the Young India income tax case (reports ANI)

04:19 pm: Social activist Kailash Satyarthi arrives at Delhi's AIIMS where former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee is admitted. He is on life support system (reports ANI)

03:48 pm: One person lynched, three critically injured in Assam's Biswanath district by mob suspecting them to be cattle lifters: Police (reports PTI)

03:47 pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrives at Delhi's AIIMS where former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee is admitted. He is on life support system (reports ANI)

03:46 pm: Atal Bihari Vajpayee continues to be critical, doctors trying their best: Health Minister JP Nadda​ 

03:45 pm: Islamic State group claims responsibility for the suicide blast that struck a Shiite area in Kabul, killing 34 students (reports The Associated Press)

03:44 pm: BJP President Amit Shah leaves from Delhi's AIIMS where former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee is admitted. He is on life support system (reports ANI)

03:40 pm: Supreme Court asks the high power committee to convene a meeting by tomorrow morning, in connection with the rising water level in Mullaperiyar Dam in Kerala amid floods in the state (reports ANI)

03:39 pm: Sensex ends 188.44 points down at 37,663.56; Nifty falls 50.05 points to 11,385.05 (reports PTI)

03:34 pm: Mali’s president wins runoff election with more than 67 percent of the vote (The Associated Press)

3:29 pm: We have deployed teams in 7 districts. 14 teams are already there and today we are sending another 12 teams & if required more teams will be sent. We are working for rescue, evacuation and relief in coordination with the state authorities: Sanjay Kumar, DG NDRF on Kerala floods

3:06 pm: Vajpayee ji is in the hospital and we pray for him: Congress President Rahul Gandhi at 'Sanjhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan' in Delhi. 

2:48 pm: 3.25 crore people of Jharkhand are praying for the health of former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee. I hope he recovers soon: Raghubar Das, Jharkhand CM

2:47 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves from AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) where former PM Atal Bihari Vaajpayee is admitted. He is on life support system.

2:43 pm: His condition continues to be critical: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

2:36 pm: Earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter scale hit Nicobar Island region at 1.43 pm.

2:33 pm: NRC Assaam case: Supreme Court askes the NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela to submit a detailed report in a sealed cover, with respect to the district wise percentage of the population not included in the draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list.

2:29 pm: Landslide occurred in Kodagu, Karnataka after heavy rains in the area today. 1 person injured in landslide admitted to hospital for treatment. Sasikanth Senthil, Dy Commissioner Mangaluru, has ordered to stop vehicles on NH-48(75) due to heavy rains&landslide at Shiradi Ghat.

2:07 pm: I have cancelled my work to visit Atal Bihari Vajpayee today. I got chance to work with him. He is a statesman like figure. We supported him when his govt was falling. His pattern of work was different & not like present politics: Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal CM

1:57 pm: PM Narendra Modi arrives at AIIMS where Atal Bihari Vaajpayee is admitted. The former PM is on life support system

1:45 pm: 12 more teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) - 6 from Delhi and 6 from Gandhinagar - are being airlifted to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. 18 teams are already deployed in the state. 

1:24 pm: I served as a member of his cabinet for two years, to hear about his health is distressing. He is a great leader and to work under him was a very good experience. I would be flying to Delhi today: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to visit former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

1:20 pm: Special prayers offered forgood health of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Sakteshwar Mahadev Ashram in Ludhiana.

1:03 pm: Congress President Rahul Gandhi & Former PM Manmohan Singh with Opposition leaders at 'Sanjhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan' in Delhi.

1:03 pm: Madhya Pradesh: Youth Congress Leader Shakir Khan offers 'chadar' at a dargah in Gwalior, praying for Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

12:53 pm: Kochi: Flood water spreads across the city in Kalamassery region. Roads damaged and water continues to flow inside the city. 

12:32 pm: Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans rescue senior citizens in flood affected Thrissur district's Arattupuzha village

12:30 pm: We all should pray for his recovery. We should not forget that he is a leader who wanted to make the country strong. He wanted peace not only in our country but the whole world: Farooq Abdullah, National Conference on Atal Bihari Vaajpayee

12:19 pm: Very serious situation is prevailing in the state as nearly all villages are flood affected. I had a telephonic conversation with PM, HM and Defence minister, they have offered all support. More helicopters to be deployed soon: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Kerala Floods

12:11 pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia arrive at All India Institute of Medical Sciences where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vaajpayee is admitted.

12:02 pm: 2 children die in wall collapse in Oorkadavu, heavy rain continues in Kozhikode district.

11:49 am: Night shelter for homeless issue: SC asks Centre to file an affidavit within 10 days. Court observed, 'it is up to Centre to decide and fix how its machinery should work or function, it is not up to court to decide how the Centre should work.'

11:45 am: Indo-Tibetan Border Police conducts rescue operation in Thrissur district's Arattupuzha village

11:33 am: Delhi's Patiala House Court today framed additional charges of abetment of bribery against Naveen Jindal and others in alleged irregularities in the allocation of Jharkhand coal block matter.

11;32 am: Rescue operation underway in Pathanamthitta district. Death toll rises to 73 across the state.

11:27 am: Madhya Pradesh: Four-year-old allegedly sexually assaulted by minor boy in Ujjain's Jalwa village. Accused along with family absconding, case registered, search for accused underway.

11:26 am: Police confirm terrorists attack Afghan National Army training facility in Qala-e-Wazir, in Kabul. The attack was launched at about 10.15 am: TOLO News

11:05 am: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's condition continues to remain the same. He is critical and on life support systems: AIIMS statement

10:57 am: EAM Sushma Swaraj and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh arrive at All India Institute of Medical Sciences where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted. Vajpayee is on life support system.

10:29 am: National Disaster Response Force evacuated 926 persons to safer place so far at Pathamithitta, Kozzhikode, Ernakulam, Thrissur & Alappuzha, Kerala.

10:19 am: 82 tourists stranded inside a bus in Munnar. All routes are either flooded, or blocked due to mudslides.

10:17 am: Senior BJP leader LK Advani and daughter Pratibha Advani arrive at All India Institute of Medical Sciences where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted. 

10:13 am: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at All India Institute of Medical Sciences where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted. Vajpayee’s condition is critical & he is on life support system.

9:48 am: Due to heavy rains and landslides, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus services for Kannur, Kasaragodu and Mangalore suspended.

9:33 am: Heavy rain lashes Kodagu; Cauvery river flowing above danger mark in Medikeri, Karnataka.

9:22 am: Congress President Rahul Gandhi to visit AIIMS former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted. Vajpayee’s condition is critical & he is on life support system.

9:10 am: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to travel to Delhi, will visit AIIMS where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted.

8:45 am: A 55-year-old woman and a 30 year-old man murdered in Paharganj area yesterday; Police investigation underway

8:43 am: Kochi Metro train services suspended as water level rises in Muttom Metro yard area. 

8:31 am: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to visit All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is admitted. Vajpayee’s condition is critical & he is on life support system. 

8:20 am: Southern Naval Command suspends all training activities to support in the flood relief operations as requested by Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA). All resources mobilised for rescue & relief efforts in Ernakulam & Trichur​​



7:01 am: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu visits Atal Bihari Vajpayee at AIIMS, Delhi.

6:44 am: 2 men were beaten to death & 1 man has been seriously injured in Kudarkot village in Auraiya.

6:32 am: Girl commits suicide in Bulandshahr after she was allegedly molested by miscreants

6:19 am: 45 people rescued in overnight operation in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri | Read Full Story

6:00 am: Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee continues to be critical | Read Full Story

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