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Rahul Gandhi down with fever, puts off trip to Puducherry, TN, Kerala

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Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today put off a planned trip to Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where Assembly eletions are scheduled on May 16, because he has come down with high fever.
 
"Unfortunately I have been down with high fever since Sunday and the doctor has advised rest for the next two days," Mr. Gandhi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"My apologies to the ppl of Puducherry, Tamil Nadu & Kerala for missing this opportunity of being with them on 10th &11th May as planned. Shall keep everyone updated about the rescheduled visits," he added.
 
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Commissioner of Railway Safety to conduct inquiry into May 5 train collisison near Chennai

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Mr. Sudarson Nayak, Commissioner of Railway Safety, South Eastern Circle, Kolkata under the Ministry of Civil Aviation will hold a statutory inquiry into the side collision between the 43121 Chennai-Pattabiram Military Siding and the 12623 Chennai Central -Thiruvananthapuram Mail on May 5.
 
Six passengers had suffered minor injuries in the mishap, which occurred at around 2015 hours on May 5 near the Pattabiram East Cabin on the Chennai-Arakkonam section of Chennai Division of Southern Railway.
 
The statutory inquiry will be held in the Divisional Railway Manager’s Conference Hall, Chennai Division, Fifth Floor, Park Town, Chennai – 3. It will commence at 10.00 hrs. on 10.05.2016, Tuesday and be held on 10.05.2016 (Tuesday) and 11.05.2016 (Wednesday), a press release from Southern Railway said.
 
"Any member of the public having knowledge related to the accident and matter connected therewith and desiring to give evidence may do so at the above place on 10.05.2016 or 11.05.2016 or write to the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Circle, No.7, Seshadri Road, Gandhi Nagar, Bangalore – 560 009 or Fax No.080 – 2226 0650," the release said.
 
The locomotive and the first two coaches -- the luggage-cum-brake van and a general compartment -- of the Trivandrum Mail were derailed in the mishap. Two of the injured were travelling by the Trivandrum Mail and the other four by the EMU train. 
 
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Six injured in train derailment at Pattabiram in Tamil Nadu

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Six passengers suffered minor injuries when the 43121 Chennai-Pattabiram Siding was hit by 12623 Chennai-Trivandrum Mail after passing the signal at danger at Pattabiram East Siding last night.
 
A press release from Southern Railway said the locomotive and the first two coaches -- the luggage-cum-brake van and a general compartment -- of the Trivandrum Mail were derailed in the mishap, which occurred at around 2015 hours.
 
Two of the injured were travelling by the Trivandrum Mail and the other four by the EMU train. They were given first aid at the scene of the accident and later taken to the Avadi Government hospital for treatment.
 
Traffic on all four lines between Chennai Central and Tiruvallur were suspended after the mishap.
 
Mr. Vashishta Johri, General Manager, Southern Railway, and other senior officers rushed to the spot to oversee relief and rescue operations.
 
After one line was restored, 12601 Chennai – Mangalore Mail left Chennai Central at 22.25 hrs.
 
The Southern Railway has set up a helpline number 044 – 25330714 to provide information to passengers and others.
 
The following trains were rescheduled due to the accident:
 
·         Train No. 12007 Chennai Central – Mysore Shatabdi Express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 06.00 hrs today is rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 8.10 hrs.
 
·         Train No. 12675 Chennai Central – Coimbatore Kovai Express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 06.15 hrs today is rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 8.30 hrs.
 
·         Train No. 12243 Chennai Central – Coimbatore Shatabdi Express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 07.15 hrs today is rescheduled to leave Chennai Central at 9.00 hrs.
 
Following the mishap, all scheduled EMU train services between Moore Market Complex/Chennai Beach and Avadi/Tiruvallur/ Arakkonam/Tiruttani were suspended. 
 
After the restoration of two lines, EMU train services will be run with skeleton services every one hour between Moore Market Complex/Chennai Beach and Arakkonam till restoration of full train services.
 
However, train services between Moore Market Complex/Chennai Beach and  Gummidipoondi/Sullurpetta will be normal service, the release added.
 
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Mukherjee to visit Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh on April 15-16

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay an official visit to Wellington in Tamil Nadu and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh on April 15-16.
 
Tomorrow, Mr. Mukherjee will attend the convocation of Defence Services Staff College at Wellington, an official press release said.
 
On April 16, Mr. Mukherjee will inaugurate the Fourth Retreat of the Judges of the Supreme Court at the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal before returning to New Delhi, it added.
 
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Judges appointed in Madras, Rajasthan High Courts

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The President has appointed six new Judges in the Madras High Court and seven Additional Judges in Rajasthan High Court.
 
An official press release said the new Judges of Madras High Court are: Mr. V. Bharathidasan, Mr. D. Krishnakumar, Mr. S. S. Sundar, Mr. M. V. Muralidaran, Mr. Ponnusamy Kalaiyarasan and Mr. B. Gokuldas, in that order of seniority.
 
The appointments would be with effect from the date they assumed charge of their respective offices. 
 
The Additional Judges in Rajasthan High Court are: Mr. Ganga Ram Moolchandani, Mr. Deepak Maheshwari, Mr. Vijay Kumar Vyas, Mr.  Kailash Chandra Sharma, Mr. Goverdhan Bardhar, Mr. Pankaj Bhandari, and Mr. Dinesh Chandra Somani, in that order of seniority. 
 
The release siad the appoint of Mr. Sharma would be with effect from the date he assumed charge of his office till December 31, 2017.
 
The appointment of the otehrs would be for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices, it added.
 
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EC announces dates for Assembly polls in Assam, West Bengal, TN, Kerala, Puducherry

Assam will go to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, West Bengal in six phases between April 4 and May 5 and Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will have a single-day poll on May 16 to elect new State Legislative Assemblies, the Election Commission announced in New Delhi on Friday.

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Assam will go to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, West Bengal in six phases between April 4 and May 5 and Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will have a single-day poll on May 16 to elect new State Legislative Assemblies, the Election Commission announced here today.
 
In Assam, as many as 65 constituencies will go to the polls in the first phase on April 4 and 61 in the second phase on April 11.
 
The notification for the first phase will be issued on March 11 and for the second phase on March 14.
 
In West Bengal, Phase 1A of the polling (18 constituencies) will be held on April 4, Phase IB (31 constituencies) on April 11, Phase 2 (56 constituencies) on April 17, Phase 3 (62 constituencies) on April 21, Phase 4 (49 constituencies) on April 25, Phase 5 (53 constituencies) on April 30 and Phase 6 (25 constituencies) on May 5.
 
The notifications for Phase IA will be issued on March 11, 1B on March 14, Phase 2 on March 22, Phase 3 on March 28, Phase 4 on April 1, Phase 5 on April 4 and Phase 6 on April 11.
 
Notifications for the single-phase polling on May 16 in Kerala, TAmil Nadu and Puducherry will be issued on April 22. 
 
Counting of votes will be taken up in all four states and UT on May 19 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
The terms of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
The Kerala Assembly has a total of 140 seats, including 14 reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) and two for Scheduled Tribes (STs); Tamil Nadu 234 (44 SC, 2 ST); West Bengal 294 (68 SC, 16 ST); Puducherry 30 (5 SC); and Assam 126 (8 SC, 16 ST).
 
The electoral rolls of all the existing Assembly constituencies in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry have been revised, with reference to 01.01.2016 as the qualifying date, and have been finally published.
 
The total number of electors in Assam is 1,98,66,496; Kerala 2,56,08,720; Tamil Nadu 5,79,15,075; West Bengal 6,55,46,101; and Puducherry 9,27,034.
 
Briefing mediapersons about the election schedule, Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi said the Commission had directed the States concerned to conduct a time-bound and systematic drive for the improvement in the quality and health of their respective electoral rolls, so as to enhance their fidelity for the conduct of free and fair elections. 
 
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The Commission will set up 24,888 polling stations in Assam, 21,498 in Kerala, 65,616 in Tamil Nadu, 77,247 in West Bengal and 913 in Puducherry to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
Dr. Zaidi said that, for the first time, the Commission has provided a new symbol for the None of the Above (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Model Code of Conduct has come into effect immediately from now onwards. All the provisions of the Model Code will apply to the whole of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry and will be applicable to all candidates, political parties and, the State Governments of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pudducherry. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government insofar as announcements/policy decisions pertaining. for these States/UT is concerned.
 
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BHEL bags Rs. 5,600 crore order for 1,600 MW supercritical power project in TN

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today bagged a Rs. 5,600 crore order for a 1,600 MW supercritical power project in Tamil Nadu.
 
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa handed over the letter of award (LoA) for setting up of the main plant package for the 2x800 MW Uppur Supercritical Thermal Power Project (TPP) to Mr. Atul Sobti, CMD, BHEL, in Chennai. 
 
This was followed by the foundation stone laying ceremony of the project, a press release from the company said.
 
The company said it had bagged the order against international competitive bidding (ICB) for the coal-based thermal power project with supercritical parameters, involving two units of the country’s highest rating 800 MW sets.
 
The order for the main plant package for the greenfield project, located in Ramanathapuram district, has been placed on BHEL by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO).
 
This is the second 800 MW rating supercritical order awarded to BHEL from TANGEDCO in less than a month.
 
Earlier, it had won the main plant package contract for the 1x800 MW North Chennai Supercritical TPP Stage III in the state last month.
 
BHEL's scope of work in the current contract involves design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, commissioning & civil works for the Main Plant Package. The key equipment for the contract will be manufactured at BHEL’s Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Ranipet, Hyderabad, Jhansi, Thirumayam and Bangalore plants while the company's Power Sector - Southern Region shall be responsible for civil works and erection/commissioning of the equipment.
 
The project is slated to be commissioned by September, 2019 and the power generated from this 1,600 MW power project will help foster growth in Tamil Nadu and provide easy access to electricity to the people of the state, the release added.
 
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High Level Committee approves assistance of Rs. 1773.78 crore from NDRF for Tamil Nadu

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The High Level Committee (HLC) for Central Assistance to States affected by drought, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, met here yesterday and approved assistance worth Rs. 1773.78 crore fo Tamil Nadu from the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF).
 
The meeting also approved an amount of Rs. 1177.59 crore for Rajasthan, Rs. 336.94 crore for Jharkhand and Rs. 332.57 crore for Assam, an official press release.
 
The HLC also approved Rs.170.19 crore for Himachal Pradesh and Rs 16.02 crore for Nagaland, it said.
 
Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting Arun Jaitley, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and senior officers of the Ministries of Home, Finance and Agriculture attended the meeting, the release said.
 
The committee examined the proposals on the basis of the reports of the Central teams which had visited the affected states.
 
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IIT Madras partners with Nokia to boost broadband connectivity in rural India

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The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) has partnered with Nokia to create technology solutions that will enhance broadband connectivity in rural India. 
 
Under the three-year partnership, Nokia will fund and provide technological expertise for research at IIT-M's Center of Excellence for Wireless Technology (CEWiT). 
 
A press release from Nokia said the project would evaluate the option of using unlicensed spectrum to deliver cost-efficient, last-mile broadband connectivity to remote rural communities in India, complementing the government's National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) initiative.
 
The release said the research project aimed to bridge the connectivity divide in India by broadening the reach of broadband in rural areas. As part of this research,  CEWiT at IIT-M will undertake the following measures: 
 
* Verify the feasibility of using unlicensed spectrum radio access technologies for cost-efficient, last-mile broadband connectivity
* Complement the Indian government's ambitious plans of providing fiber optic connectivity to 230,000 gram panchayats* by providing last-mile connectivity from gram panchayats to their respective villages
* Create effective low cost rural access solutions based on Wi-Fi technology
 
Mr. Sandeep Girotra, Vice President and Head of India region, Nokia, said: "India is on the cusp of a digital revolution. We are really excited about this research collaboration with IIT-Madras, which will leverage its talent and innovation to drive the Indian government's vision of empowering rural communities through broadband connectivity - an initiative that will revolutionize access to government services and the Internet.The successful implementation of this project is a key social development objective for Nokia in India."
 
Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, said: "Together with Nokia, IIT-Madras, through its Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology, will explore new avenues for getting affordable wireless broadband technology to rural India in an effort to bridge the digital divide. Our research will focus on leveraging the power of the Internet to accelerate the development of India's rural communities, home to the vast majority of India's population."
 
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Singer-composer Shan Johnson found dead in Chennai flat

Shan Johnson
Shan Johnson
Young singer and composer Shan Johnson, daughter of the late well-known Malayalam film music composer Johnson, was found dead in her apartment at Kodambakkam here today.
 
She was 29.
 
Sources said the cause of death was yet to be established. Her body was taken to the Government Royapettah Hospital for post-mortem examination.
 
Shan, who was in Chennai for a recording, had recorded a song last night and was scheduled to continue with it today before leaving for Kerala.
 
When there was no response to knocks on the door this morning, her friends and others broke open the door to find her dead, the sources said.
 
A trained singer in both Carnatic and Western music, Shan also used to write and compose songs. She had sung songs in Malayalam films such as Praise the Lord and Thira as well as in a couple of Tamil movies. She made her debut as a composer in the Malayalam movie His Name is John. 
 
Her father Johnson had died after suffering a heart attack on August 18, 2011 at the age of 58. His son Renn had died in a motorycycle accident here on February 25, 2012 at the age of 23.
 
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Kanyakumari-Bangalore Express derails, no casualties reported

 
Kanyakumari–Bangalore Express derails in Tamil Nadu
 
As many as 11 coaches of the 16525 Kanyakumari-Bangalore City Express derailed betwen Somanayakkanpatti and Patchur stations  in Tamil Nadu in the early hours of today, official sources said.
 
No casualties were reported in the accident, which occurred at 0415 hours at a spot about 140 km from Bangalore, they said.
 
South Western Railway sources said ten passengers with simple injuries were given first aid and discharged so that they could travel onward to their destination.
 
The affected coaches were S4, 5, 6, 7 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 and B1 and 2, they said.
 
The General Manager of South-Western Railway and Divisional Railway Manager of Bangalore Division, as well as senior district and police officials, have reached the spot to oversee the rescue and relief operations, the sources said.
 
Buses have been arranged to carry the affected passengers to Bangalore, they said.
 
The Railways have set up the following helpline numbers to provide assistance to passengers and their relatives:
 
BANGALORE: 080 22156553, 080 22156554, 080 22873103
BANGALORE CANTONMENT: 080 23339162
KRISHNARAJPURAM: 080 25650308
MADURAI:  0452 2308250
SALEM: 0427 2431947
TRICHUR: 0487 2430060
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: 0471 2320012
PALAKKAD: 0491 2555231, 0491 2556198  
 
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Modi to visit Kerala, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a day's visit to Kerala and Tamil Nadu tomorrow.
 
In Kerala, Mr. Modi will address the Third Global Ayurveda Festival in Kozhikode, an official press release said.
 
In Tamil Nadu, he will inaugurate the building of the ESIC Medical College and Hospital in Coimbatore, and hand it over to the State Government, it added.
 
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Three college students found dead in well in Tamil Nadu

 
Three women students of naturopathy college found dead
 
Three women students of the SVS Medical College of Naturopathy and Yoga Sciences in Villupuram, Tamil Nadu were found dead in a well near their institution yesterday in an alleged case of suicide.
 
A few local residents noticed the bodies in the well and informed the Chinna Salem police station, sources said.
 
The police rushed to the spot fished out the bodies, which were then taken to the Mundiampakkam Government Medical College Hospital for post-mortem examination, they said.
 
The deceased students were identified as T Monisha (19), a resident of Chennai, E Saranya (19), of Cheyyaru in Kancheepuram district, and V Priyanka (19), from Tiruvarur, all second year students of an undergraduate programme in naturopathy.
 
The girls reportedly left behind a suicide note in which they said that they were forced to take the extreme step to draw attention to the poor facilities in their college and the indifferent attitude of the management to their repeated complaints.
 
According to various sources, the letter also said they were forced to pay exorbitant fees and that they had already paid up nearly Rs. 6 lakh each without getting a proper education.
 
The sources said the students also complained of alleged ill-treatment by the college authorities.
 
They said they hoped to draw the attention of the people and the authorities to the problems at the college through their action. They said there would be all kinds of allegations against them after their death and urged people not to believe such accusations.
 
The sources said the three girls were part of a group of more than 20 students who had been protesting against the poor facilities at the college.
 
Senior district administration and police officials have rushed to the college, located on the Chennai-Salem main road and affiliated to the Dr. MGR Medical University, to oversee the investigations into the case.
 
The parents of the girls told journalists at the hospital that the government must order an inquiry into the case and into the allegations against the management of the college.
 
They also demanded that the post-mortem examination of the bodies msut be done in Chennai and not at the local hospital.
 
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Russian Embassy condemns deportation of Russian priest from Chennai airport

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The Russian Embassy here today condemned the deportation of a Russian priest, Father Seraphim, by the immigration authorities at the Chennai International Airport yesterday.
 
Father Seraphim, who works in the Asia section of the deparment of foreign relations of the Russian Orthodox Church, was denied entry by officials of the Foreign Regional Registration Office of the Bureau of Immigration at the Chennai airport here on the ground that he had only a tourist visa, which did not entitle him to carry out any other activities.
 
"Unacceptable is the fact that Russian diplomats were denied for seven hours contact with the priest at the airport. He was also denied basic assistance, including food, despite requests from the Embassy and the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai," a statement from the Russian Embassy said.
 
"Such disrespect, shown to a priest from a friendly country, goes against the spirit of mutual affinity and cooperation characteristic of Russian-Indian relationship," the statement added.
 
According to sources, Father Seraphim had arrived in Chennai as part of an Asian trip to provide spiritual support to officials of Russian embassies and other official organisations and their families.
 
They said he had visited India previously with proper visas, but could not get one this time because of holidays in Russia. He had arrived in Chennai on the invitation of the Russian Ambassador to India.
 
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Cochin Port, CONCOR sign MoU for container train service from Coimbatore to Kochi

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Cochin Port Trust and Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the running of a weekly container train service from Irugur inland container depot (ICD), Coimbatore to the International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) at Vallarpadam, Cochin Port. 
 
An official press release said the inaugural trip of the weekly container train service from Irugur to Vallarpadam would be flagged off tomorrow by Mr. G.Senthilvel, Deputy Chairman, Cochin Port Trust. 
 
The train from Irugur will start on all Saturdays and the return from Cochin on all Thursdays. The trains are scheduled to connect with the direct shipping services to Far East, China, Europe and Middle East. 
 
CONCOR will provide storage space at very attractive terms and conditions to shipping lines who desire to stack the empty containers at Coimbatore. This MoU between CONCOR and Cochin Port will result in great advantage for the export-import community in and around Coimbatore. 
 
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10 dead, 32 injured in bus mishap in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu

 
Ten die as bus overturns in Tamil Nadu
 
At least 10 people died and 32 others suffered injuries when a private bus they were travelling in overturned near South Valliyur in Tirunelveli distict of Tamil Nadu early this morning.
 
The Volvo bus was on its way back to Trivandrum in Kerala after a trip to Velankanni, a place of pilgrimage in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, and nearby Karaikal in Puducherry when the mishap occurred around 5.35 am, about 40 km from Tirunelveli town, district collector M. Karunakaran told NetIndian over the telephone.
 
The passengers on the bus, many of them residents of Kerala, had left on the trip on Wednesday evening and were due to return home this morning.
 
Police sources said those killed in the accident included four women, four men and two children. Their bodies were taken to the Medical College Hospital at Nagercoil for post-mortem examination.
 
The injured have been admitted to the hospital for treatment, they said.
 
The sources said initial reports suggested that the driver of the bus had dozed off at the wheel, following which the vehicle crashed through the central verge and overturned on the other side of the road.
 
With several of the dead and injured reported to be from Kerala, the Kerala government has rushed a team of officials, including senior police officers, to assist in the rescue efforts. The state government was also preparing to send a team of doctors to Nagercoil, if necessary, and making arrangements to receive the injured at the Trivandrum Medical College Hospital, sources said.
 
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Govt. directs banks to restore services in flood-hit areas of TN at earliest

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The Government has directed all banks to restore banking services in the flood-affected areas as early as possible and provide ATM and other services to the people round the clock.
 
An official press release said 804 of the 9653 bank branches and 1874 of the 18430 ATMs were not functional due to the unprecedented rains and floods and consequential glitches.
 
In Chennai city, 1317 branches (88%) out of 1509 bank branches are functional while 2818 ATMs (68%) out of 4172 ATMs are functional. 
 
The release said 192 bank branches and 1354 ATMs in the city were not functional due to damages, connectivity issues or flooding.
 
The banks have been requested to provide mobile ATMs/POS machine services mounted on boat or other means. They have been asked to ensure replenishment of cash in all the ATMs. The banks have been asked to ensure that no banking operation is affected on account of lost ordamaged pass book. The banks have also been advised to issue duplicate passbooks where required at the earliest. 
 
"Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance, Government of India is closely monitoring the situation through SLBC, Tamil Nadu and banks," the release added.
 
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Insurance firms take steps for speedy settlement of claims in flood-hit TN

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Public sector insurance companies have taken various steps to ensure speedy and effective settlement of claims in Chennai and nearby areas in Tamil Nadu which were hit by heavy rains and floods last week.
 
The steps were reviewed at a meeting held in the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance here yesterday, and include the deputation of adequate number of surveyors to the state, an official press release said.
 
The meeting was attended by officials of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and General Insurance Companies.
 
The meeting noted that Nodal Officers in respect of settlement of insurance claims were appointed last week by LIC and all four public sector general insurance companies and details shared with the government of Tamil Nadu. 
 
LIC and other companies are organising awareness camps for facilitation and coordination in settlement of claims. Joint publicity for these camps will be made by the United India Insurance Company Ltd.(UICL) based at Chennai and also for collecting and sharing the data for all the companies for better coordination 
 
The insurance companies are deputing surveyors from the adjoining states if necessary. The survey formats have been simplified to meet the emergent needs. 
 
Insurance companies have delegated additional financial power to their field functionaries so that claims can be approved in minimum time at the local level. 
 
IRDA has also issued instructions for the appointment of Nodal Officers for private sector insurance companies and expeditious disposal of claims by them, an official press release added.
 
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Jayalalithaa announces slew of relief measures for TN flood victims

Army medical teams providing assistance to victims of last week's flood and rains in Chennai on December 7, 2015
Army medical teams providing assistance to victims of last week's flood and rains in Chennai on December 7, 2015
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa today announced a slew of relief measures for those affected by the recent floods that followed heavy rains, including Rs. 10,000, 10 kg of rice, a saree and a dhoti to those who lost their huts in the deluge.
 
She said that those who live in permanent houses and were affected by the floods would be given Rs. 5000, a saree ad a dhoti.
 
She also anounced that 10,000 houses would be allotted and new houses would be built for those who lost their huts.
 
Ms. Jayalalitha also announced a compensation of Rs. 10,000 for those who had lost cows and buffaloes, Rs. 3000 for those who had lost goats and pigs and Rs 100 for those who had lost chickens in the floods.
 
She said that farmers would be paid Rs. 13,500 if they had lost 33% or more of their paddy crop and Rs 18,000 for those who had lost long-term crops.
 
She also announced that steps would be taken soon to issue duplicate land title deeds, educational certificates and other documents such as election identity cards, Aadhar cards, bank passbooks and so on.
 
Meanwhile, relief efforts in Chennai and other affected areas continued, helped along by the fact that the city had another sunny day.
 
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Apart from reaching food, drinking water and other essential items to those affected, the authorities were also making effforts to clear the garbage in the streets and restore power, water supply and telecom services.
 
Official sources said power supply had been restored in most parts of the city. All the sub-stations which were water logged have been
dewatered using heavy duty pumps brought from other parts of the State.
 
The Army has deployed more than 60 teams for rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit areas of the state and they have rescued nearly 20,000 stranded people so far.
 
Four Army medical teams are also providing medical aid in various parts of Chennai. 
 
Ten rescue and relief teams out of the above effort along with two medical teams of the Army have also been located at Cuddalore and Bhuvanagiri.
 
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Civil Aviation Minister inspects Chennai airport, domestic, international flights resume

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Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today inspected the Chennai Airport and expressed satisfaction over the quick restoration of operations despite damage caused to navigational aids and to the perimeter wall of the airport due to the heavy rains and floods last week.
 
Mr Raju asked all airlines to quickly start operations of both domestic and international flights as per their regular schedules.
 
The Minister also expressed appreciation for the outstanding work the officers undertook in normalizing the functioning of the airport in such a short time. 
 
Mr Raju met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and thanked her for the support that the State extended in resuming the operations.  The Chief Minister urged him to ensure full-fledged scheduled operations by the airlines at the earliest. 
 
Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways and TrueJet have started domestic operations and Air India Express commenced international operations from the airport. By tomorrow most of the international airlines will start their operations, an official press release release said. 
 
International flight operations started at the from 6 AM. Night flight operations will also continue.  By 11.30 AM two flights from Shamshabad (Hyderabad) had landed-- TRJ201, TruJet at 0830 hrs and AIC1546, Air India at 0901 hrs.  TRJ202,  Trujet to Shamshabad departed at 0910 hrs.
 
 AX868, Air India Express from Singapore to Chennai arrived at 1000 hrs while JAI350, Jet Air from Mumbai landed at 1010 hrs.
 
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Southern Railway cancels several trains on Monday

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The Southern Railway today cancelled several trains on December 7 due to operational reasons.
 
A press release from the railway said the trains were:
 
01.  11028 CHENNAI CENTRAL – MUMBAI CST MAIL
02.  11042 CHENNAI CENTRAL – MUMBAI EXPRESS
03.  12615 CHENNAI CENTRAL – NEW DELHI GT EXPRESS
04.  12673 CHENNAI CENTRAL – COIMBATORE CHERAN EXP.
05.  12842 CHENNAI CENTRAL – HOWRAH COROMANDAL EXP
06.  12852 CHENNAI CENTRAL – BILASPUR EXPRESS
07.  06124 CHENNAI CENTRAL – KOLLAM EXPRESS
08.  11063 CHENNAI EGMORE – SALEM EXPRESS
09.  16130 TUTICORIN – CHENNAI EGMORE EXPRESS
10.  22640 ALLEPPEY – CHENNAI CENTRAL EXPRESS
 
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Chennai continues long march to normalcy, intermittent rains cause some concern

Chennai on Sunday continued its long march to normalcy after last week's unprecedented floods brought the city to a grinding halt for three days, though intermittent rains in several parts since yesterday caused some concern.

 
Rescue, relief operations intensified in flood-hit Chennai
 
Chennai today continued its long march to normalcy after last week's unprecedented floods brought the city to a grinding halt for three days, though intermittent rains in several parts since yesterday caused some concern.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry today and tomorrow.
 
Meanwhile, massive rescue and relief efforts continued apace and people have begun going about their normal business in many areas.
 
The Southern Railway, which had cancelled 561 trains during the floods, today resumed services from Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore, the two main terminals in the city, in a phased manner. Suburban services are also returning to normal schedules.
 
Special trains are being run to and from various destinations to help clear stranded passengers.
 
A total of 5.71 lakh passengers cancelled their reserved tickets during this period, and the Railways refunded an amount of Rs 26 crore, officials said.
 
They said work was being carried out on a war-footing to restore damaged tracks, bridges and other structures.
 
The Chennai Airport, which was closed on December 1 night in the wake of the unprecedented floods in the city and surrounding districts, has been made available for all-weather day and night operations for all flights.
 
"Domestic terminal is available and international terminal will be available from 6 AM tomorrow," an official press release said.
 
The airport had earlier been made available for day-time all-weather operations for domestic commercial flights from 6 am today.
 
An Air India flight to Port Blair and another from Delhi were the first flights to operate from and to the airport. After that, private sector airlines also operated some flights.
 
The aiport had been, on December 4, made available for limited day-time operations under visual meteorological conditions for technical ferries and relief flights.
 
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Last Wednesday, the authorities had decided to shut down the airport till noon on December 6 because of the incessant rains and the flooding of the area in and around the airport. The airport had first been shut down around 8 pm on Tuesday when the level of water on the taxiways rose to about two feet. By next morning, the situation had deteriorated severely, leading to submergence of the entire operational area in approximately seven feet of water. 
 
Meanwhile, the Government had started using INS Rajali, the Naval Air Station at Arakkonam near Chennai, for relief flights as well as commercial flights on a temporary basis to clear the large number of passengers who were stranded at the Chennai airport and elsewhere in the city.
 
The Army, Navy, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), state government agencies and scores of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) continued their rescue an relief operations in and around Chennai.
 
The Army has more than 60 teams, including engineer and medical teams, deployed in the worst-affected areas. Four medical teams have been deployed by the Army to deal with anticipated flood related medical problems. Five additional teams from Bangalore were on their way to the city.
 
The Army personnel are operating in areas such as Tambaram, Pallikaranai, Kotturpuram, Pallavaram, Velacheri, Mannipakkam, Sidco Nagar, Perungudi  and also along areas adjacent to the Adyar  River.
 
The Army teams have rescued more than 7000 people using boats and 9000 people using vehicles. It is also distributing relief material, including food and water, to over 20,000 people.
 
In Delhi, Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal appealed to processed food manufacturers to contribute to the flood-affected people of Chennai.
 
"I appeal that, together with the Government of India and the State Government, the industry should also ensure that there is no shortage of milk, packaged food articles and bottled water for the people of Chennai," she said.
 
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An official press release said Nestle India had supplied 10 tonnes fo noodles, 5000 litres of tetrapak milk and 50,000 pouches of coffee. Another 25 to 30 tonnes of noodles as well as other items such as biscuits are also being sent by the company.
 
ITC has supplied six truckloads consisting of 3163 boxes of biscuits, while MTR has supplied about 14128 ready-to-eat food packets and another quantity of 35.000 ready-to-eat food packets will be delivered by Monday. 
 
Britannia has supplied three truckloads of 345 boxes of biscuits today and two truckloads of food items. They have also been requested to supply additional quantity of milk produce and some bread. 
 
Coca Cola India is supplying about 50,000 one litre water bottles, while Pepisco has supplied 12000 one litre water bottles. Parle is arranging to send three truckloads of biscuits, the release said.
 
Apart from ensuring supplies of food and drinking water, the authorities have also begun efforts to clear the garbage in the affected areas.
 
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Chennai airport made available for all-weather day and night operations

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The Chennai Airport, which was closed on December 1 night in the wake of the unprecedented floods in the city and surrounding districts, has been made available for all-weather day and night operations for all flights.
 
"Domestic terminal is available and international terminal will be available from 6 AM tomorrow," an official press release said.
 
The airport had earlier been made available for day-time all-weather operations for domestic commercial flights from 6 am today.
 
An Air India flight to Port Blair and another from Delhi were the first flights to operate from and to the airport. After that, private sector airlines also operated some flights.
 
The aiport had been, on December 4, made available for limited day-time operations under visual meteorological conditions for technical ferries and relief flights.
 
Last Wednesday, the authorities had decided to shut down the airport till noon on December 6 because of the incessant rains and the flooding of the area in and around the airport. The airport had first been shut down around 8 pm on Tuesday when the level of water on the taxiways rose to about two feet. By next morning, the situation had deteriorated severely, leading to submergence of the entire operational area in approximately seven feet of water. 
 
Meanwhile, the Government had started using INS Rajali, the Naval Air Station at Arakkonam near Chennai, for relief flights as well as commercial flights on a temporary basis to clear the large number of passengers who were stranded at the Chennai airport and elsewhere in the city.
 
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Govt. extends last date for payment of Central Excise, Service Tax in TN

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In view of the severe floods which affected Chennai and nearby areas in Tamil Nadu last week, the Government has extended the last date for payment of Central Excise duty and Service Tax for November 2015 to December 20.
 
The date of filing of Central Excise return for the month of November 2015 has been extended to December 31, an official press release said.
 
The notifications to give effect to these changes will be issued shortly, it added.
 
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Domestic passenger flights to resume from Chennai airport on Sunday

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The Chennai airport, which was closed on December 1 night in the wake of the unprecedented floods in the city and surrounding districts, has been made available for day-time all-weather operations for  domestic commercial flights from 6 am today.
 
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will review the situation for night operations today, an official press release said.
 
Yesterday, four ferry flights that were parked at the airport departed for Delhi, Mumbai and Port Blair yesterday while one cargo flight Singcargo B747 departed for Singapore via Bangalore. 
 
In addition, four more flights departed from Chennai upto 1700 hrs yesterday.
 
The airport had been, on December 4, made available for limited day-time operations under visual meteorological conditions for technical ferries and relief flights.
 
The authorities had, on Wednesday, decided to shut down the airport till noon on December 6 because of the incessant rains and the flooding of the area in and around the airport.
 
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The airport had been shut down around 8 pm on Tuesday when the level of water on the taxiways rose to about two feet.
 
By next morning, the situation had deteriorated severely, leading to submergence of the entire operational area in approximately seven feet of water. 
 
The navigational aids within the airfield were switched off due to heavy water logging. However, the Secondary Surveillance Radar is available and the Air Traffic Services to Overflying traffic were not affected.
 
Meanwhile, the Government had started using INS Rajali, the Naval Air Station at Arakkonam near Chennai, for relief flights as well as commercial flights on a temporary basis to clear the large number of passengers who were stranded at the Chennai airport and elsewhere in the city.
 
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