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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News June 26 Highlights: Heavy rainfall lashes Chennai; Police unveil new traffic cameras

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu Live Updates: Heavy rainfall, which skipped the city yesterday, lashed parts of Chennai today. Express Photo: Shivani Ramakrishnan

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Live Updates: Areas in Chennai such as Ashok Nagar, Nungambakkam, KK Nagar, Tambaram, Perunkalathur, Vandalur, Guduvanchery, Avadi, Ambattur, Villivakkam, Korattur, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and Thiruninravur received heavy rainfall this evening. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Weatherman tweeted that heavy rains, which had skipped Chennai on Tuesday will make landfall today.

The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) ordered Karnataka to release 40.43 tmc (one thousand million cubic feet) of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for June and July on Tuesday, in light of the state-wide water crisis and the delayed southwest monsoon. The order was given after Karnataka failed to release 9.19 tmc of water in June as directed by the CWMA in May. Tamil Nadu claimed that the delay in the release of water by Karnataka was the reason why the Mettur dam sluices were not opened as per schedule on June 12.

Former Andipatti MLA and AMMK’s propaganda secretary Thanga Tamilselvan found himself in a soup after an audio clip of him, where he was heard passing intemperate remarks about Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) secretary TTV Dhinakaran to Chellapandian, AMMK’s Madurai administrator went viral on social media on Monday.

Read Since Monday, the viral audio clip created turbulence in Tamil Nadu’s political circle

Following this, AMMK administrators met on Tuesday at TTV Dhinakaran’s house in Adyar. After the meeting, Dhinakaran addressed the reporters and said, “I don’t have any fear to remove Thangam as he said in the media; I will be meeting Chinamma (Sasikala) and then we will be announcing the new list of office-bearers including the new propaganda secretary on July 1.” Meanwhile, the AIADMK camp has welcomed Thanga Tamilselvan with open arms.

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Thangatamilselvan slams Dhinakaran, says AMMK not accepted by people

A day after the AMMK announced that he would be sacked, rebel leader Thangatamilselvan Wednesday flayed the party founder T T V Dhinakaran, saying he took decisions unilaterally.  “I did not want to go for appeal in the AIADMK ‘two leaves’ symbol case.. they (Dhinakaran) went for it and lost. I wanted retrieval of AIADMK from them (OPS and Palaniswami), but they started a new party with a new symbol," Tamilsevan said.

Chennai rains: Parts of city receive heavy rainfall

Areas in Chennai such as Ashok Nagar, Nungambakkam, K K Nagar, Tambaram, Perunkalathur, Vandalur, Guduvanchery, Avadi, Ambattur, Villivakkam, Korattur, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and Thiruninravur received heavy rainfall this evening. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Weatherman tweeted that heavy rains, which had skipped Chennai on Tuesday will make landfall today.

Jaishankar promises strict action against Thai employers of bonded labourer from TN

External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar announced today that strict action would be taken against the people who had employed a youngster from Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu as a bonded labourer in Thailand. The youngster, Manithurai and his younger brother, Manikandan had been sent to Thailand by their Mariammal in January to work in a garment factory. However, the brothers were soon forced into bonded labour.

Mariammal had managed to rescue Manikandan, following which she wrote a letter to the Tiruppur collector, who in turn sent the letter to Jaishankar. The minister had tweeted on Tuesday that action was being taken by the Indian Embassy in Thailand to rescue Manithurai and added that the youth's family was being updated about the situation. 

Thiru Manithurai is being rendered all help & guidance by our Embassy @IndiainThailand to facilitate his exit from Thailand. We are also keeping his family in Tiruppur updated of the situation. https://t.co/MOJr396kB7

Government advised to hasten drinking water schemes: S P Velumani

Speaking on the current water crisis in Chennai, Minister for Municipal and Rural Administration, S P Velumani said that various drinking water plans are underway and the government has been advised to hasten them. He added that teams will be formed to monitor proper implementation of rain water harvesting in the city.

GK Vasan's mother passes way due to illness

Tamil Maanila Congress leader GK Vasan's mother Kasthuri Ammal (87) passed away today at a private hospital in Poonamalle due to prolonged illness. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy, DMK leader MK Stalin, AMMK leader TTV Dinakaran and other political leaders have offered their condolences.

Leonardo DiCaprio puts up Instagram post over Chennai water crisis

Hollywood A-lister and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio took to Instagram today and shared a post from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) news on the water crisis in Chennai and highlighted the need to take action to stave off a global crisis.

The Oscar award winner had commented, "We can be the change!"

City traffic commissioner unveils 60 cameras to catch traffic violators

A K Viswanathan, the Commissioner of the Greater Chennai Traffic Police unveiled 60 ANPR and RLVP cameras in Anna Nagar, Chennai today. The cameras will be installed in Anna Nagar to automatically detect traffic violators and generate e-challans.

The management of the system was handed over to the Traffic Commissioner by the CEO of Hyundai in a ceremony in the city today.

CM consults with speaker Dhanapal ahead of legislative session

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami held a discussion with Speaker Dhanapal at the Secretariat today, ahead of the Legislative Assembly Session which will commence on June 28 at 10 am. It is believed that the CM and the Speaker also discussed about the no confidence motion that was given by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) against the speaker. 

TET to be held on Thursday

The Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) which was marred by technical glitches as it went online for the first time on Sunday has been rescheduled. The Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB) announced on Monday that the re-exam for those who failed to complete the exam will be held on June 27. The re-exam will be held at three engineering colleges in Namakkal, Kumbakonam and Trichy, Tamil Nadu.

Chennai suburban trains to skip stopping at Senji Panambakkam station till June 26

The Southern Railway announced today 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 26. 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. Originally, the services were supposed to resume from tomorrow but an announcement from the Southern Railway has declared that services will resume from Friday.

Madras HC slams govt for inaction on illegal banners

Madras High Court on Wednesday slammed the Tamil Nadu government for not initiating strict action against the construction of illegal banners. The bench of justices said they are still able to see the digital banners and hoardings of actors and politicians everywhere in the city posing a risk to road users and pedestrians.

Cuddalore recorded the maximum amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours

Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management has released the rainfall report for the last 24 hours. Cuddalore has recorded the highest amount of rainfall with 249.5 mm while Tiruchirappalli recorded the least with 2.8 mm. Chennai recorded a rainfall of 25.1 mm.

Southern Railway begins works on bringing water from Jolarpet

The Southern Railway announced on Tuesday that they had begun with the spadework for developing the unloading facilities at Villivakkam in Chennai in prepraration for bringing 10 million litres a day (MLD) of water from Jolarpet via train. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had announced on June 21 that Rs. 65 crore has been allotted for bringing in water from Jolarpet via train, to help tide over the water crisis in the city in the mean time. 

About 80% of the funds will be appropriated towards transporation costs. 

Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test results to be out next week

Officials from Anna University announced that the results of the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test Results (TANCET) 2019 will be announced next week. The test, which was held on June 22 and June 23 saw over 31,000 students attempting the exam, which is conducted for students seeking admission for Master of Bsuiness Administration (MBA), Master of Computer Applications (MCA), Master of Engineering (ME) and Master of Technology (MTech) courses at the university. 

TWAD prepares block level atlas for Rain Water Harvesting

The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) announced on Tuesday that they had prepared a comprehensive block-level atlas of towns in Tamil Nadu to show the areas that were suitable for Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) systems and the availability of water for drilling borewells. The TWAD also announced that they were in talks to set up over 12000 RWH systems across Tamil Nadu and create awareness about RWH among citizens. 

20-year-old chain snatcher arrested

The Chennai City Police, led by Deputy Commissioner N M Mayilvahanan arrested 20-year-old Rakesh, one of the two chain snatchers who was involved in all nine cases of chain snatching in the city on Tuesday night at Chennai after sifting through hours of CCTV footages from the crime spots.

Rakesh and his friend were involved in nine cases of chain snatching incidents at Kotturpuram, Royapettah, Ice House and Mylapore in Chennai on Sunday and Monday. The duo targetted women who were alone at the time of the incident before striking and making away with their loot on a stolen bike. Police are continuing investigations to nab Rakesh's accomplice. 

Driver, conductor sent for training as punishment for Bus Day celebrations

The driver and conductor of a Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus which continued to operate inspite of having been taken over by students during the Bus Day celebrations on June 18 have been set to a training school at Chromepet in Chennai as punishment for not pulling up the  bus and informing the police control room when the bus was hijacked. 

In the video of the celebrations that went viral on social media, students sitting atop a bus were seen falling to the ground after the driver braked suddenly to avoid hitting a two wheeler in front of the bus. Nine students from Pachaiyappa's College in Chennai were suspended following the incident. 

Chennai Event: Day 3 of European Union Film Festival

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 host Day 3 of the 24th European Union Film Festival (EUFF) today from 05:30 pm to 9 pm at the Alliance Française of Madras institute on College Road, Chennai. The EUFF will be held from June 24 to July 4 in the city. 

Two films will be screened today. Rosemarie, a film from Cyprus which has been directed by Adonis Florides will be screened at 05:30 pm and will be followed by a screening of Styx, an Austrian film directed by Wolfgang Fischer at 07:15 pm. The films will be screened for one hour and forty five minutes each. For all the cine lovers out there, mark your calendars for the EUFF is the place to be over the next two weeks!

Engineering seats allotted to 101 differently abled students

The Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) counselling for differently abled students, which began on Tuesday, saw seats being allotted to 101 students on the first day of the counselling, which was held at the Central Polytechnic College in Taramani, Chennai. Out of 143 students who had applied, 32 failed to attend the counselling and 10 students bowed out since the college of their choice was not available.

Every year, 3% of the seats are reserved for differently abled candidates. Due to fewer applicants this year, the remaining seats will be allocated under the general category. Counselling under the ex-servicemen quota will be held today, sportsmen quota on June 27 and for vocational stream from today until June 28 at the Central Polytechnic College in Taramani. 

CM to lay foundation stone at third desalination plant

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will be laying the foundation stone for the upcoming desalination plant at Nemmeli in Chennai tomorrow at 10:30 am. The plant, once completed, is expected to provide 150 million litres a day (MLD) of drinking water to South Chennai. 

Currently, the city has two desalination plants, one each at Nemmeli and Minjur, which provide 100 MLD of drinking water each to residents in South Chennai, primarily to those who reside along the East Coast Road (ECR). 

Chennai weather for the day

Weather forecasters have predicted that Chennai will continue to receive scattered rain in certain areas today, making it the fifth consecutive day of rainfall in the parched-city following Saturday's showers. The sky will remain cloudy, with minimum and maximum temperatures expected to be 28C and 35C respectively.  Light rainfall can be expected in Chennai and the districts of Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Vellore, Villupuram and Cuddalore in the morning and at night. The Tamil Nadu Weatherman had predicted rainfall in the state in a tweet on Tuesday night. 

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Live Updates: Water tankers decked up with Superstar Rajinikanth’s picture are traveling across the city to supply drinking water free of cost.

Even as Tamil Nadu and its capital Chennai, in particular, are reeling under water scarcity, tankers with Rajinikanth’s picture are zigzagging across the city and supplying water in worst-affected regions. The initiative, by members of Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM), the fan club of superstar Rajinikanth now made into a broad political platform, is to provide drinking water free of cost to a city thirsting for a solution to the months-long crisis.

Read The RMM workers have also lent a helping hand in the resurrection of Chitlapakkam lake.

The agri division of RMM joined the volunteers of ‘Chitlapakkam Rising group’ and were involved in the cleaning drive on Sunday.

Four youth, who were arrested for assaulting a Chennai cop, were booked under the Goondas Act on Sunday, police said.

Read The four men were arrested for assaulting the cop on duty on Friday

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.

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