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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 22 Highlights: Thunderstorms lashed parts of Chennai on Sunday night, with suburbs in South Chennai receiving moderate to heavy rainfall.

According to the Tamil Nadu Weatherman, the Kacheepuram-Tiruvallur-Chennai (KTC) belt received a good spell of rain on Sunday and will continue to see light showers throughout the day.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on Sunday the government was debating shifting the idol of Athi Varadar from the Varadaraja Perumal Temple in Kancheepuram to another spot to manage the huge swell of crowds at the temple. Poor management and alleged police high-handedness have led to the deaths of six devotees so far.

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18:42 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Youth sets college girl on fire in Trichy

A man set a second-year law college student on fire in Trichy today for allegedly spurning his one-sided love for the girl. In a bid to take revenge on the girl, the youth poured kerosene on the student and set her on fire. The girl was later admitted to a nearby government hospital with third-degree burns. 

18:07 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Fifth Dornier squadron for Indian Navy commissioned in city

Admiral Karambir Singh, the Chief of the Naval Staff commissioned the fifth Dornier aquadron of the Indian Navy at the Naval Air Enclave in Meenambakkam, Chennai today. Two aircrafts will be operated by the Indian Naval Air Squadron 313 (INAS 313) from Chennai International Airport.

According to a Denfence press release, the aircrafts, which have been fitted with sensors and equipment to enhance domain awareness will be used by the Navy to strengthen its efforts in maintaining constant surveillance along the coast of Tamil Nadu and safe-guard maritime interests of the eastern seaboard. The multi-role Dornier 228 short-range reconnaissance aircraft will be a force multiplier during search and rescue operations.

17:40 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Airport - Chennai Central metro services suspended for today

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) announced today that train services between Chennai International Airport metro station and Chennai Central metro stations have been suspended for today due to technical glitches along the inter corridor section.

17:18 (IST)22 Jul 2019
TN IT Department directed to furnish value of Jayalalithaa's assets

The Madras High Court today directed the Tamil Nadu Income Tax Department to furnish the details regarding former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's wealth. The HC asked the IT Department to provide the details on the late AIADMK leader's current assets and their status today. 

16:31 (IST)22 Jul 2019
DMK is using NEET to do politics: Tamilisai Soundararajan

BJP Tamil Nadu State president Tamilisai Soundararajan slammed the DMK today and said that the DMK and its allies were opposing development project undertaken by the Centre in Tamil Nadu in the name of politics. Speaking about NEET, she said, "Students have understood the importance of NEET. The DMK and its allies are making politics out of NEET."

15:25 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Chennai rains: Light showers across Chennai

Following heavy thunderstorms in Chennai on Sunday night, certain areas in the city have been experiencing a slight drizzle and light rains throughout the day, with the sky remaining overcast since morning.

The Tamil Nadu Weatherman tweeted that light to moderate rains could be expected the whole day today with a few breaks in between spells.

14:36 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Music academy announces awards for artistes

The Music Academy announced a host of awards for Carnatic singers, musicians and instrumentalists in Chennai on Sunday. Renowned Carnatic singer S Sowmya was conferred with the Sangita Kalanidhi award Academy, while Carnatic musicians Seetha Narayanan and M S Sheela were named for the Sangita Kala Acharya award. Nadaswaram artiste and teacher Vyasarpadi Kothandaraman and musician Rajkumar Bharathi will be conferred with the TTK award.

Arati N Rao, an assistant professor from Bangalore has been named for the Musicologist award for her research in musicology. The Nritya Kalanidhi award will be awarded to renowned dancer Priyadarshini Govind. The music awards will be conferred to the artistes at the Sadas of Music Festival on January 1 next year and the dance award will be awarded during the inauguration of the Dance Festival on January 3, 2020.

14:09 (IST)22 Jul 2019
CM to visit Athi Varadar

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced today that he will be visiting Kancheepuram on Tuesday to offers prayers to Lord Athi Varadar at the Varadaraja Perumal Temple in Kancheepuram district.

Meanwhile, the collector of Kancheepuram announced steps had been taken to ensure proper management and security at the temple today, to ensure smooth movement of devotees as they offer prayers to the deity. The measures have been taken following the deaths of six people till date over alleged police high-handedness and poor management at the temple, with footfall to the temple increasing day by day.

13:38 (IST)22 Jul 2019
O Panneerselvam meets Amit Shah at New Delhi

Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam met the Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah at New Delhi today. 

O Panneerselvam and Amit Shah in New Delhi.
13:16 (IST)22 Jul 2019
RMC predicts heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) announced today that Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will continue to receive heavy rainfall for the next two days. Certain areas in the districts of Nilgiris, Kovai, Theni and Dindigul will see heavy rainfall for the next two days.

The RMC also announed that there were chances of heavy rainfall in Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Vellore and Thiruvannamalai districts for the next two days. Fishermen have been advised to not venture out to sea towards the Arabian sea side.

12:46 (IST)22 Jul 2019
NLC mines to provide water to parched Chennai

After tapping two more quarries in Chennai to provide water to the citizens, Metrowater officials announced that they will soon be providing 30 million litres of water (MLD) a day to the city from the mines of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC). This water will be routed to the Wallajah river and treated before being supplied to Chennai.

12:16 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Netherland crowned champions of Mini Worlds Chennai tournament

A team of school students from the Netherlands won the Mini Worlds Chennai 2019 tournament on Sunday. The three-day tournament organized by the Indian Schools Debating Society was India’s first international debating tournament in the World Schools format. After defeating India in the semi-final, Hong Kong faced Netherland in the final. At the end of the 90-minute contest, Netherland emerged victoriously.

11:29 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Nalini may be released on parole on Tuesday

Nalini Sriharan, India’s longest-serving woman prisoner and convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, is set to walk out of the Vellore central prison on month-long ordinary parole. The Madras High Court had on July 5 granted her the parole, her first such leave in 28 years of incarceration, to make arrangements for the wedding of her daughter, Harithra Sriharan, who was born in prison and is currently a medical practitioner in London.

10:59 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Chromepet residents plan to form lake protection committee

Residents of Chromepet have joined hands to resurrect the water body that's been damaged by the sewage water. The residents complain that sewage is being let into the Veeraghavan Eri which makes the lake look in bad shape. Despite several complains, the Pallavaram Authorities haven't take proper measures to resurrect the lake, the residents claimed. The committee had decided to intensify the protest if there is no progress from the Municipal Authorities in the upcoming weeks.

10:18 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Metro water takes action against illegal pumping of water

Officials at Metrowater announced that water supply to 190 houses in different neighbourhoods in the city have been cut following illegal drawing of Metrowater using 0.5 bhp motors. The officials said that water supply to certain houses in Anna Nagar, Ambattur, Perambur, Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar, Kolathur, Padi, Korattur, Egmore and Triplicane had been cut and these households will not be given water connection for a year.

09:29 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Senior citizen found dead

The decomposed body of a 78-year-old man was found at his house in Mangadu in Chennai on Sunday. The victim, who was identified as Bhaskaran, lived alone at his home in Kurinji street, Mangadu. Police found ligature marks on his neck and other injuries on his body. They also found a brick lying near the body, with a lungi wrapped around Bhaskaran's neck, which police suspected was used to strangle the senior citizen. 

With the house remaining locked for the past few days, neighbours sensed something amiss and informed the Managdu police after a foul smell began emanating from the house on Sunday. Meanwhile, Bhaskaran's wife and son, who live in Kancheepuram district informed the police that the victim's jewellery and two-wheeler were missing. Police suspected that Bhaskaran could have been murdered for gain and have commenced investigation into the case.

09:10 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai on Tuesday

Tangedco announced on Sunday that power supply will be cut in certain parts of Chennai on July 23 to carry out maintenance work from 9 am to 4 pm. Neighbourhoods in and around Pammal, Redhills, Puzhal, Thousand Lights, Royapettah and Gopalapuram will be affected.

09:02 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Lake revival hit as miscreants break bund

The desilting of the Chitlapakkam lake, which commenced on July 2 at Chitlappakam, Chennai hit a speed breaker after unidentified persons broke a bund on the lake and let in sewage into the water body a few days ago. Officials from the Public Works Department (PWD) had raised the height of the bund on July 17, following which the miscreants broke the bund on the lake.

08:31 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Chennai weather for the day

Following rainfall in Chennai on Sunday night, weather forecasters have predicted light to moderate rains in the city today, with the minimum and and maximum temperatures expected to be 28C and 32C respectively. The sky will remain cloudy, with rain expected in certain areas of the city throughout the day.

Private weather blogger, The Tamil Nadu Weatherman tweeted that the city will receive occasional drizzles and light rains today.

08:17 (IST)22 Jul 2019
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Athi Varadar: Why this little-known religious event is drawing huge crowds The temple town of Kanchipuram, 72 km from the heart of Chennai, had been gearing up for this festival for quite a few years. The 48-day festival commenced on July 1 and it goes on till August 17.

The Athi Varadar festival in Tamil Nadu is in the spotlight after four people died in a stampede there on Thursday. The incident reportedly occurred following rumors that authorities were planning to cut short the darshan timings.

READ | Athi Varadar: Why this little-known religious event is drawing huge crowds

The temple town of Kanchipuram, 72 km from the heart of Chennai, had been gearing up for this festival for quite a few years. The 48-day festival commenced on July 1 and will go on till August 17.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy (EPS) announced the creation of two new districts in Tamil Nadu by bifurcating Tirunelveli and Kanchipuram on Thursday.

READ | Tamil Nadu carves out two new districts taking total to 35

The government will be carving Tenkasi out of Tirunelveli and Chengalpattu from Kanchipuram, he said.

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