relatives would have gathered at her home on Onam for a traditional festive meal or ‘ sadya’.
She said she would remember this Onam forever as the one that came after a landslide claimed her home and her family’s savings.
The second day of the harvest festival, Thiru Onam, fell on Saturday. The festival comes at a time when over a million people have been forced to move to relief camps in the state. New Delhi: Terming the conduct of a Karnataka minister “unfortunate”, the Ministry of Defence on Saturday clarified that the use of the word “parivar” by Nirmala Sitharaman was for ex- servicemen in Kodagu in the state after she faced criticism for showing anger at a press conference.
The defence minister was attacked by the Congress triggering a political row after she lashed out at a Karnataka minister during a press meet on Friday.
Sitharaman reacted angrily when state minister Sa Ra Mahesh suggested to her to wind up the press interaction saying a number of officials were waiting for a meeting with her during her visit to the flood- ravaged Kodagu district to review relief op- erations by defence forces.
In a tweet, Congress leader and former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah criticised Sitharaman, alleging that she was “more interested in dominating our minister” which reflected BJP’s “apathy” towards the state.
The MoD said the personal remarks made against the defence minister were in bad taste. “It has also been noted that there has been gross misrepresentation with regard to the use of the term parivar’ by the defence minister during the press conference. Beijing: Nineteen people were killed and 23 others injured when a fire broke at a hotel on Saturday in the tourist city of Harbin, the capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province. The fire started early in the morning at Beilong Hot Spring Leisure hotel in Songbei district and it took around three- and- a- half hours for 100 firemen and 30 fire engines to bring it under control. More than 80 people were evacuated and 20 others trapped in the hotel were rescued by the firemen. About 18 bodies were recovered while one person died during treatment at the hospital.