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-Revathy, II B.A. English
-Swetha, II B.A. English

  1. The first week of the month witnessed the death of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and DMK leader Dr.M. Karunanidhi. Popularly known as Kalaignar, the leader who served as the head of the state four times in his political career which extended over six decades, passed away on the 7th of August. Apart from being a part of the Dravidian movement, he is also revered for his contributions to Tamil cinema and literature. Many politicians all over the country mourned his death and expressed this as a huge loss to the nation. The Tamil Nadu State Government observed one day holiday and one-week state mourning. Following a court battle of whether the deceased leader should be buried in the Marina beach or not, the court finally granted permission for the leader to be buried in Marina.
  2. The second week of the month shook the state of Kerala as the monsoon rains increased the water levels in the state. All the rivers overflowed, leading to the worst floods in the state in the past 25 years. Red Alert was announced in all the fourteen districts. Heavy rains lashed across the State leading to the loss of over 400 human lives and destruction of property worth over 20,000 crore rupees. The state co-ordinated rescue operations and opened relief camps all over the state. They also deployed battalions of The Army, Navy, Air Force along with the State Police and public for relief operations. The Air Force created a record with 584 ‘winchings’ (pulling up stranded people to a hovering helicopter).Donations poured into the State from all over the country and abroad to help the flood victims tackle the situation. Even though the rains receded by the end of the month, the state is still in need of essential goods to provide the people in relief camps and funding for the reconstruction of the devastated infrastructure.
  3. India celebrated its 72nd Independence Day on the 15th of August keeping up the spirits of patriotism and harmony. The celebrations in the country kicked off with the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi hoisting the National Flag at The Red Fort in Delhi. The Prime Minister addressed the country following the tradition started by the first Prime Minster of India, Dr. Jawaharlal Nehru. Prime Minister Modi announced the beginning of the largest health care initiative for the country, the Ayushman Bharat National Health Protection scheme in his speech. Independence Day parades were organised in all states presided by the heads of the state.
  4. The former Prime Minister of India and veteran BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away on the 16th of August at the age of 93. Studded with a political career of over 40 years, the former Jan Sangh leader had been the minister of External Affairs and later became the Prime Minister of India (1999-2004). He was a master orator who always delivered speeches in Hindi. The leader was awarded the Bharat Ratna in the 2015. He was cremated at the Smriti Stal in New Delhi. All major political leaders expressed their grief and condolences on the death of Mr. Vajpayee and many Indian states declared a holiday in the light of national mourning.
  5. The Indian team landed in Jakarta, Indonesia on 18th August for the 2018 Asian Games. They secured a tally of 7 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 19 bronze medals as of 26th August. India continues to shine in Jakarta with impeccable victories in badminton, tennis, weightlifting, wushu, shooting and athletics. The team is expected to win a lot more medals in the coming days and the event will end on the 2nd of September.
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