Heavy rain and landslides may have caused a major river tributary in Kerala's Kozhikode district to split into two branches twice over the past two weeks, intensifying the flooding, water experts said.
The Centre declared the Kerala floods a "calamity of a severe nature" rather than a "national disaster" on a day Kerala's chief minister underscored the magnitude of the deluge by comparing the reconstruction challenge to a five-year plan.
A 19-year-old labourer's son who cleared Class XII and had set aside some money for higher studies committed suicide on Sunday, heartbroken at finding his school certificates destroyed in the devastation caused by the Kerala monsoon.
The CBI is likely to take custody of Sharad Kalaskar, who has turned a suspect in the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar since his arrest by the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad in a terror plot case a fortnight ago.
The Supreme Court on Monday gave the central government and all states and Union territories two weeks to comply with its directives on tackling self-styled vigilantes, especially those who claim to be cow protectors and take the law into their own hands.
The Indian Institutes of Technology on Monday made a push to admit more foreign students and recruit foreign teachers to permanent posts, the idea being to try and improve the tech schools' international rankings.