South Korean smartphone company Samsung launched Galaxy Note 9 with big screen at event in New York. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be available in four colours with 4,000mAh battery. Expected price is between Rs 65,000 to 70,000.

All educational institutions including professional colleges at Kothamangalam, Kunnathunad, Aluva, Paravur Taluk, and Kadamakkudy to remain closed tomorrow: District Collector

Kerala state electricity board has issued third red alert in Idukki reservoir. The dam will be opened tomorrow morning to maintain the water level. At 4 pm today, the water level was 2399.56 ft.

After Delhi, Kanwariyas vandalize vehicle after an altercation with locals in Muzaffarnagar.

Kerala Rains: Road crumpled in Kerala's Malappuram District. Idukki Dam opened after 26 years due to heavy rain.

Kerala Rains: All passenger carrying trains on Kanjikode-Walayar stretch in the Palakkad-Podanur section are likely to be regulated by 30 minutes to 60 minutes. Freight trains to be delayed. Repair work of the damaged track expected to be completed today.

Kerala Rains: Arrivals resumed at Kerala's Kochi Airport after two-hour disruption due to rain.  Over 100 houses vacated and 12 camps have been urgently opened at Paravur Taluk. Around 951 people rehabilitated in the district as the low-lying residential areas like Pathalam & Eloor have been submerged in water.

The Supreme Court has adjourned hearing in Female Genital Mutilation case to August 20.

Government Railway Police (GRP) recovered 3.5 kg opium during a search operation in Ludhiana. Two persons have been arrested in connection with the case.

The Supreme Court's three-judge bench, in its order granted four weeks time to register the new modified constitution of BCCI

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On Wednesday, M Karunanidhi, 94 was buried at Marina Beach in Chennai. His final journey began from Rajajji Hall at 4 pm. The burial took place at 7 pm. Lakhs of people participated in his final journey. He was buried in a golden casket - the inscription on which read: "the man who worked hard and never rested, is resting in peace here." The burial space where Karunanidhi's mortal remains were laid to rest is located adjacent to the mausoleum beneath which DMK founder and Dravidian icon C Annadurai was laid to rest.

Yesterday, a video went viral which showed how a group of Kanwariyas - saffron-clad on-foot pilgrims - smashed a car with sticks and turned it upside down. The car driver had, accidentally, brushed past them causing no injuries. Some reports claim he had slapped one of the Kanwariyas during the verbal altercation which led to the latter attacking his car.

At least four terrorists were gunned down by security forces in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla on Wednesday. Reports inform that the encounter broke out following information about the presence of militants in the area. The security forces then launched a search operation in the Rafiabad area of Baramulla district.

Some big developments that are expected to happen today are:

Maratha outfits have called for a ‘Maharashtra Bandh’ today. Due to the state-wide bandh called by Maratha Kranti Morcha over reservation demand in government jobs and education today, various services across the state are bound to be affected. Reports inform that the shutdown would be observed between 8 am to 6 pm on August 9. Roads may be blocked, and traffic may take a hit during the hours when the bandh is observed, local trains and public transport will run as usual.

In some sports news, India will take on England today in the second test match to be played at Lords. India will eye to win this match. Virat and his boys will have to bat well under the seeming conditions if they want to equalise the series.

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