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Written by Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: June 25, 2019 8:23:03 am
Stalin, DMK, DMK protests, Chepauk, water crisis Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Live Updates: DMK president, Stalin joined protestors today at Chepauk to protest against the ongoing water crisis in Chennai. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Live Updates: The highly anticipated Nadigar Sangam Elections were held at St. Ebbas Higher Secondary School in Chennai on Sunday, after the High Court gave their nod for conducting the polls on Saturday. The elections saw over 2000 members casting their votes in person on Sunday, while 1000 other eligible voters opted for postal voting. The counting of votes will commence once the Madras HC gives the order.

Parts of Chennai received moderate showers on Saturday and Sunday, giving some respite from the heat to the water-starved coastal city, following Thursday’s showers. Read Depression in Bay of Bengal may bring rains in Chennai

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted rains in the city and northern districts of Tamil Nadu on Monday and Tuesday due to a combination of convective action, upperair cyclonic circulation, low pressure in the Bay of Bengal and the effects of the southwest monsoon.

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    19:11 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Chennai cop assault: Four accused booked under Goondas Act

    The four youths, who were arrested for assaulting a Chennai cop, were booked under the Goondas Act on Sunday, police said. The accused men were identified as M Mohammed Rizwan (35), K Mohammed Nowshad Ali (31), D Sulaiman (33), M Afsar Hussain (36). While Rizwan and Sulaiman belong to ‘Seven Wells’ area, Ali hails from Mannadi and Hussain from Royapuram in Chennai.

    18:39 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Chennai DGP lauds government school student who excelled in NEET

    DGP C. Sylendra Babu took to Twitter to congratulate Jeevitha, a government school student who had secured 605 marks in the recently concluded NEET. "Government school student Jeevitha scored 605 marks in NEET. She is the role model, [sic]" he tweeted.

    17:54 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Sengottaiyan announces three education schemes

    Tamil Nadu Education Minister, Sengottaiyan announced three new education schemes in the State today for students studying in government institutions:

    • The minister announced that the Tamil Nadu government had done away with the rank system for examinations. This was done by the government last year in an attempt to curb the rising number of exam-related deaths in the State. 
    • Second, he announced that the AIADMK government will be distributing 6 lakh laptops to school students.
    • Lastly, he announced that the government will provide employment opportunities to students from government institutions in Tamil Nadu, once they finish their education. 
    17:36 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    TET goes online and glitches, test to be rescheduled

    The first online Teachers Eligibility Test (TET), which was conducted by the Teachers Recruitment Board (TEB) in Chennai on Sunday  was cancelled in a few centres and rescheduled for another day after technical glitches and poor planning led to logistical errors and rampant copying during the tests. The test was conducted for recruiting 814 computer instructors for government schools and was attended by over 30,000 candidates.

    Few candidates were unable to complete their tests, while a majority of them were barred from writing due to the technical and logistical errors such as lack of internet connection and non-allotment of rooms for conducting the test. TRB officials announced that they would conduct the test again for those who could not attempt or complete the examination due to the unforseen errors. 

    16:55 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Chennai Event: European Union Film Festival to commence today

    The Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, in association with the Delegation of the European Union to India, Alliance Française of Madras and Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan will kick off the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) at 6 pm today at the Alliance Française of Madras on College Road, Chennai. The 24th EUFF will be organized from June 24 to July 4.

    Two films will be screened today following the inauguration. A French film, Hope, directed by Boris Lojkine will be screened at 06:30 pm and will be followed by a screening of Return of Sergeant Lapins, a Latvian film directed by Gatis Smits at 8 pm. The films will be screend for one and a half hours each. For all the cine lovers out there, mark your calendars for the EUFF is the place to be over the next two weeks!

    16:19 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Change in timings of MGR Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Central Bi-weekly Express

    The Thiruvananthapuram division of the Southern Railway announced on June 14 that the timimgs of the AC Biweekly Express from Thiruvananthapuram Central to Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Chennai Central Station have been permanently changed, and will be effected from July 1, 2019 due to operational reasons.

    The timings will be put into place from July 1.
    15:54 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    CM chairs meeting with council of ministers at Secretariat

    Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami chaired the meeting of the Council of Ministers which was held at the Secretariat in Chennai today. 

    The State Assembly session will commence on June 28 at 10 am, as per the directive of Governor Banwarilal Purohit. 

    15:28 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Family of 10 tries to immolate themselves outside Pudukottai Collector's office

    A family of ten tried to immolate themselves with kerosene outside the Pudukottai Collector's office today, over alleged inaction by the authorities in addressing the complaints that were filed by the family for the past ten months. The family, hailing from Karampakudi in Aathiyadipatti village had submitted a petition to the Collector and filed a complaint at the Karampakudi Police Station, alleging harassment by unkown people in their village. 

    After authorities failed to take action, they family said that they had decided to submit their Aadhar cards, Voter ID and Ration cards to the collector today and then immolate themselves. Police officials stopped the family from carrying out the act and have commenced investigations to find out how they managed to get kerosene past security at the office. 

    15:07 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    CM announces compensation for kin of accident victims

    The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami announced a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh each to the families of 19 people who had lost their lives in various accidents in the State today.

    14:40 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    City traffic police erect a helmet installation on Kamarajar Salai

    The Greater Chennai Traffic Police erected a giant helmet installation on Kamarajar Salai, Chennai today to remind motorists about the importance of wearing a helmet while commuting. The police also distributed free helmets to pillion riders. This, in addition to the LED stop lights on Kamarajar Salai are an initiative by the police to encourage safe commuting by drivers and motorists, especially along the Kamarajar Salai which is notorious for drag racing in the mornings.

    14:12 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Renowned journalist takes to Twitter to highlight city's water crisis

    Earther's senior reporter, Brian L Kahn took to Twitter on Saturday to highlight the onging water crisis that has crippled the city of Chennai through a timelapse video. The timelapse video posted by Kahn showed the speed at which the reservoirs in Chennai that provide drinking water to the city have gone dry .

    13:51 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    City traffic police conduct awareness program

    The Greater Chennai Traffic Police conducted an awareness program on road safety at Chitlapakkam in Chennai on Sunday. The police interacted with students from S C S Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chitlapakkam, where they issues awareness leaflets and sensitized the students about the importance of following traffic rules and road safety.

    13:36 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    In the memory of Kannadasan, Kamal Haasan pens a poem

    Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has penned a poem on the 93rd birth anniversary of Tamil poet Kaviarasu Kannadasan.  Kannadasan has authored 232 books apart from contributing to 5,000 film lyrics and 6,000 poems. He was also the Poet Laureate of the Tamil Nadu Government during his last days.

    12:47 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Centre must exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET - MP Tiruchi Siva

    DMK MP Tiruchi Siva has urged the center to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET. Speaking at the parliament today, Siva, said: "NEET does not ensure a quality standard, It is standing as an obstacle to all the students who hail from a poor background but wish to pursue medicine.  Around five students have committed suicide in Tamil Nadu due to this. All the Doctors who are reputed worldwide now didn't qualify through NEET, " he said.

    Siva added that the TN legislative assembly has unanimously passed two bills to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET and requested the center to immediately forward the bill to the ascent of the President to provide relief to the students of Tamil Nadu.

    12:02 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    DMDK district secretaries meeting begins at the headquarters

    Desiya Murpoku Dravida Kazhagam's district secretaries meeting is underway at the party headquarters in Koyembedu. Premalatha Vijayakanth, the party's treasurer is heading the meeting today. In the 2019 parliament election, DMDK failed to open their account.

    11:34 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    AIADMK performed pooja to save their position; not for rainfall : DMK leader MK Stalin

    DMK leader MK Stalin led a protest at the Chepauk urging the ruling AIADMK to solve the ongoing water-scarcity in the state immediately. Speaking at the meeting, Stalin said: "AIADMK did not perform pooja for rain, they performed pooja to save their post."  He also added that if the government continues to ignore people, there will be a 'change of government' even without an election.

    Meanwhile, Sriperumbathur DMK MP TR Balu has issued a notice today in the parliament to discuss the ongoing water scarcity problem in Tamil Nadu.

    11:05 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Chennai suburban trains to skip stopping at Senji Panambakkam station till June 25

    The Southern Railway announced on June 18 that there would be a change in the pattern of suburban train services due to track maintenance work being carried along the Chennai - Arakonam section at Kadambattur Yard on the Up and Down lines from June 18 to June 25. As per the revised schedule, trains plying along the Down fast line between Tiruvallur to Thiruvalangadu will skip stopping at the Senji Panambakkam station until the maintenance work is over.

    10:45 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Chennai to avail drinking water from Jolarpettai in two weeks

    Officials from the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD), Chennai Metrowater and the Southern Railway had conducted a survey on Saturday to identify water sources to supply water to the city from Jolarpettai via train. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had announced on Friday that the city would be receiving 10 million litres a day (MLD) of drinking water from Jolarpettai to tackle the ongoing water crisis in Chennai.

    A 50-wagon train will be harnessed to supply water, which will be distributed to North and Central Chennai areas in two weeks. Meanwhile, TWAD will supply 10 MLD of  water to Chennai. 

    10:25 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Deepavali train bookings to commence from tomorrow

    Bookings for advance reservations for Deepavali will commence from tomorrow on the Indian Railway Tourism and Catering Corporation (IRCTC) website. Tickets for October 25 can be booked on June 25 and for October 26 on June 26. The website will also display the probability of confirmation of waitlisted and Reservation Against Cancellation (RAC) tickets ahead of the booking.  

    10:05 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    City traffic police act on actress Khushbu's Twitter complaint

    After actress and Congress spokesperson Khushbu Sundar took to Twitter on Saturday to report an illegally container truck that had been parked at a street near her house for over ten days, the Greater Chennai Traffic Police took action the next day and impounded the truck which bore no registration numbers on it plates.

    The police tweeted on Sunday that they had taken care of the issue and also requested the All India Congress Committee (AICC) member to download the recently-launched GCTP Citizens Services app to register complaints in the future.

    09:45 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Chennai Event: European Union Film Festival to commence today

    The Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, in association with the Delegation of the European Union to India, Alliance Française of Madras and Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan will kick off the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) at 6 pm today at the Alliance Française of Madras on College Road, Chennai. The 24th EUFF will be organized from June 24 to July 4. 

    Two films will be screened today following the inauguration. A French film, Hope, directed by Boris Lojkine will be screened at 06:30 pm and will be followed by a screening of Return of Sergeant Lapins, a Latvian film directed by Gatis Smits at 8 pm. The films will be screend for one and a half hours each. For all the cine lovers out there, mark your calendars for the EUFF is the place to be over the next two weeks!

    09:25 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Earthquake off Indonesian coast, no threat of tsunami

    An earthquake, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck the Banda Sea in Indonesia, 208 kilometers below the surface of the earth today morning, following a 6.1 quake which was recorded west of Abepura town earlier today. 

    Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami centre said that there was no threat of tsunami, depsite the deep sea quake and reported no injuries or damages to properties. 

    09:05 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    City's Rain Water Harvesting systems to be inspected

    The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) began inspecting Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) systems in the city on Sunday to check their efficiency and upgrade them, in light of the acute water crisis in Chennai. The three-step process was undertaken to maximise water retention and stop run-off from houses and the roads.

    The three-step process includes setting up community wells, restoring corporation lakes and public tanks and setting up at least 1000 RWHs in all 200 wards of the city. Close to 200 teams comprising of Metrowater assistant engineers, GCC officials and Revenue department personnel have been formed to carry out the inspections. 

    08:46 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Former Tamil Nadu DGP passes away

    Former DGP from the state, V R Lakshminarayanan (91), passed away at his residence in Anna Nagar, Chennai on Sunday following a brief illness. His last rites will be held on Tuesday at the Anna Nagar Crematorium.

    Lakshminarayanan was an officer from the 1951 batch of the IPS and had arrested Indira Gandhi in a corruption case on the orders of the Morarji Desai government in 1977.

    08:25 (IST)24 Jun 2019
    Chennai weather for the day

    With the city having received a good amount of rainfall over the weekend, weather forecasters have predicted the minimum and maximum temperatures today to be 28C and 37C respectively. The sky will remain cloudy and rainfall can be expected during the day in certain areas.

    The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted rainfall in Chennai, Puducherry and neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Sivagangai, Ramanathapuram, Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Theni, Dindigul and Tiruvannamalai for the next two days. 

    08:09 (IST)24 Jun 2019
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    Chennai, Chennai Sailors, Chennai Sailing competition, J80 World Championship, World Sailing Championship, Indian Express News, Chennai News For the first time, India is fielding four teams for J80 World Championship. Express Photo.

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Live Updates: Out of the four Indian sailing teams set to take part in next month’s J80 World Championship at Bilbao in Spain, three will be from Chennai’s Royal Madras Yacht Club (RMYC).

    Read The club, established in 1910, is aiming for a strong finish after one of its teams was placed fifth at last year’s Asian Championship in China.

    RMYC’s hopes rest on a professional team, a mixed team, and an all-women’s team. The members belonging to these teams range from pilots, school and college students, doctors etc.

    Meanwhile, Queensland Amusement park, situated in Poonamalle near Chennai has been ordered to suspend its operations temporarily following an accident which occurred at the park, injuring at least 12 people.

    Read The video of the mishap was caught on a mobile phone by one of the visitors and it went viral on social media.

    On 18th of June, the joy ride – ‘Free Fall Tower’ – turned harmful for the visitors as it plunged 10 feet to the ground after the steel cables holding one of the platforms snapped.

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