Payasam

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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.

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