Chennai Rain News highlights: Schools, colleges closed as IMD predicts heavy rainfall in Chennai, parts of TN tomorrow – The Indian Express

Chennai Rain News highlights:  Schools and colleges in Chennai will remain closed on Friday as India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts heavy rainfall in the city and parts of Tamil Nadu. Schools and colleges in Thirvallur district too will remain closed. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai has issued a red alert for Chennai, Thiruvallur, and Kanchipuram. Heavy rain in Tamil Nadu is predicted by the weather department till November 13th.
According to the latest bulletin, a low-pressure area over the Southwest Bay of Bengal off the coast of Sri Lanka persists and it is likely to become more intense in the next 24 hours. “It is likely to move northwestwards towards the Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coasts till the morning of November 12. It is likely to move west-northwestwards and move across Tamil Nadu-Puducherry and Kerala on November 12 and 13,” the bulletin read.
Meanwhile, five people are feared dead and over 10 others injured in a blast at a firecracker unit near Tirumangalam in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district Thursday, police said. The number of casualties is likely to increase, said the Fire and Rescue Services personnel who are at spot carrying out rescue operations. Also, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been conducting searches at 40 locations across Tamil Nadu in connection with its ongoing probe into October 23 Coimbatore LPG cylinder explosion that took place in a car.
On Friday, light to moderate rain at most places with isolated thunderstorm and lightning is likely to occur in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal. Isolated heavy to very heavy rain with extremely heavy rain at one or two places is likely to occur in Tiruvallur, Ranipet and Kancheepuram districts.
Schools and colleges in Chennai will remain closed on Friday as India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts heavy rainfall in the city and parts of Tamil Nadu. Schools and colleges in Thirvallur district too will remain closed. The Regional Meteorological Centre in Chennai has issued a red alert for Chennai, Thiruvallur, and Kanchipuram. Heavy rain in Tamil Nadu is predicted by the weather department till November 13th.
Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announced a holiday for schools and colleges in Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts on Friday in view of the rainfall forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Tamil Nadu | In wake of the rainfall forecast by IMD for tomorrow, a holiday declared in all schools and colleges in Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts tomorrow.
 
Chennai Chief Minister MK Stalin announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia from CM Relief Fund to family members of five killed in Madurai firecracker factory blast on Thursday.
According to a report by newsagency PTI, the CM has deputed Minister for Commercial Taxes, P Moorthy to speed up rescue and relief work and ordered the best treatment facilities for the injured workers at the Madurai Government Rajaji Medical College Hospital.
Five people died and over 10 others were injured in a blast at a firecracker unit near Tirumangalam in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district.
Five people are feared dead and over 10 others injured in a blast at a firecracker unit near Tirumangalam in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district, police said.
The number of casualties is likely to increase, said the Fire and Rescue Services personnel who are at the spot carrying out rescue operations.
Police officials have confirmed that 11 persons sustained serious injuries in the incident.
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The Supreme Court on Thursday granted four weeks time to the Centre to file its response to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking a direction that the Ram Sethu be declared a national heritage monument, asking why it was dragging its feet.
A bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and justices Hima Kohli and J B Pardiwala was told by Swamy that it was a small matter where the Centre was supposed to either say “yes” or “no” to the submission.
“The counter affidavit (reply) is ready. We will have to get instructions from the Ministry,” the counsel for the Centre said while seeking time for filing the response “Why are you dragging your (Centre) feet,” the bench observed.
“Let the counter affidavit be filed within four weeks with a copy to be served to the petitioner (Swamy). The rejoinder, if any, be filed within two weeks thereafter,” the bench said in its order.
Earlier on August 3, a bench headed by then CJI N V Ramana, since retired, had said it would list for hearing the plea of Swamy.
Ram Sethu, also known as Adam’s bridge, is a chain of limestone shoals between Pamban Island, off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, and Mannar Island, off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka. PTI
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to visit Tamil Nadu Friday to take part in the 36th convocation ceremony of the Gandhigram Rural Institute (GRI) in Dindigul, elaborate security arrangements have been put in place.
More than 4,000 police personnel have been deployed around Dindigul and other neighbouring districts. The police said surveillance has been increased and they are carrying out checks at major public gathering points, including railway stations, bus stands as well as in lodges, ahead of the prime minister’s visit. The police have also made alternate traffic arrangements in the state’s Dindigul and Madurai districts ahead of PM Modi’s visit. Read more.
Lok sabha chairman and speaker Om Birla will be visiting Chennai today to take part in a private university’s convocation and interact with the students.  
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has been conducting searches at 45 locations across Tamil Nadu in connection with its ongoing probe into October 23 Coimbatore LPG cylinder explosion that took place in a car, reports ANI.
Coimbatore car blast case: NIA raids underway at 45 locations across Tamil Nadu

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The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday announced a reduction in the peak hour electricity charges for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) operating in the state to 15 per cent from 25 per cent.
The revised electricity tariff which had come into force from September 10 led the MSMEs to pay higher tariff during peak hour.
Various industry representatives and associations had requested the state government to reduce the peak hour charges. “Considering the important role of MSMEs in spurring economic growth and providing employment, the government accepted their request and decided to reduce the power charges during peak hour by 15 per cent from the earlier 25 per cent to low tension electricity connection (Low Tension III-B) consumers,” the government said in a release here. Read more. 
The price of good quality coconut and that of copra would be Rs 25-27 per kg and Rs 100-102 per kg respectively till December, according to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU). Accordingly, the TNAU said, the farmers can decide on the selling price.
The TNAU said it arrived at this price based on an analysis the university did over the past 20 years.
Tamil Nadu produced 33.11 lakh tonne of coconuts from 3.95 lakh hectares in 2019-20. The major coconut-growing districts are Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Thanjavur, Dindigul, and Kanyakumari.
The copra arrivals at the Perundurai market were from Pattukottai, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Vellore, Pollachi, Salem, Kangayam, Mysuru (Karnataka) and Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh). PTI
Assets belonging to son of retired Tamil Nadu IAS officer K Rajamanickam, wife of former IPS officer S Jaffar Sait and a real estate developer have been attached under the anti-money laundering law in a case linked to alleged irregularities in the allotment of government plots in that state, the ED said Wednesday.
Rajamanickam had served as secretary to late chief minister M Karunanidhi.
The money laundering case stems from an FIR lodged by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) in 2011 against seven individuals, including the above mentioned bureaucrats. Read more.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a two-day visit to the southern states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana from Friday during which he will attend several events, including the launch of development initiatives.
An official statement said Modi will begin his programme with a visit to Karnataka. On Friday afternoon, Modi will attend the 36th convocation ceremony of Gandhigram Rural Institute at Dindigul in Tamil Nadu.
Railways will ferry more than 2,000 students from across universities by train from Tamil Nadu to Varanasi as part of the Centre’s programme to rediscover the centuries-old bond of knowledge and ancient civilisational linkage between Kashi and the southern state.
The Railways will arrange special coaches for identified students who will be from varied backgrounds, sources said.
The month-long ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’ programme will be organised in Varanasi from November 16 to December 19 and will include interactive sessions, debates, and seminars on the ancient and traditional links between the two cultures. Last month, the Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that the Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti (BBS) or the High Powered Committee for Promotion of Indian Languages, headed by Chamu Krishna Shastry, has come up with the proposal to rediscover, reaffirm and celebrate the links between the Tamil culture and Kashi that have existed for centuries. The committee has been constituted by the Education Ministry.
The broader objective is to bring the “two knowledge and cultural traditions closer, create an understanding of our shared heritage and deepen the people-to-people bond between the regions”, he had said.
It has been proposed that around 200-210 people from different parts of Tamil Nadu will be taken in one group for a period of eight days for a familiarisation with Kashi, the sources said. As many as 12 such groups will be able to visit within a month.
The cost of the travel will be borne by the government, the sources said. PTI
IMD predicts rain in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal until November 13.
Fairly widespread/widespread light/moderate rainfall with isolated heavy falls & thunderstorm/lightning very likely over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal during 09th-13th November, Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra Pradesh during 11th-13th and over Kerala & Mahe on 12th & 13th .
The DMK will file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict upholding the 10 per cent EWS quota, a move hailed by Congress MP Karti Chidambaram.
DMK General Secretary and Tamil Nadu Minister for Water Resources, Duraimurugan, pointed out at the 3-2 majority verdict of the five-member SC bench and said it will affect the concept of equality envisaged by the Constitution.
“A review petition will be filed on behalf of the DMK to safeguard the social justice of 82 per cent population of SC/STs, to protect the basic infrastructure of the Constitution and establish the reservation provided in Mandal Commission,” he said in a release.
Congress MP from Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu, Karti Chidambaram welcomed the DMK’s move.
A minor boy has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping a 15-year old girl, police said. According to the police, the girl, studying 10th standard at Olagadam village in Bhavani taluk of the Erode district, was a close relative of the 17-year old boy who has passed out of school and was from Namakkal district.
Based on a complaint from her parents that she had gone missing over the last couple of days, the police swung into action and caught the two lovers. The boy reportedly told the police that he has married the relative. The police said they invoked the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act for kidnapping the girl and a court later sent him to a home for juveniles. (PTI)
An impressive idol of Lord Balaji, reportedly stolen from a temple in Mandya in Karnataka, was seized from a house in Tamil Nadu’s Gobichettipalayam, state Idol Wing CID said on Wednesday.
A search by the Idol Wing sleuths led by Inspector Elango under the supervision of Additional DSP Central Zone Balamurugan, who posed as antique idol smugglers, led to the recovery of the Balaji idol, the Idol Wing police said.
Initial enquiries by the Idol Wing revealed that the Balaji idol was stolen a few years ago from a temple in Mandya by the temple pujari and sold to an advocate from Gobichettipalayam. Read more.
The Regional Meteorological Center (RMC) in Chennai released rainfall data for the last 24 hours over Tamil Nadu. According to the RMC’s release, Chennai, Chengalpet, Cuddalore and Coimbatore received moderate rainfall between 15 mm to 64 mm. The other districts received light rainfall.  However, Vellore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Erode did not experience rain. 

Stepping up pressure against Tamil Nadu Governor, the ruling DMK has urged President Droupadi Murmu to sack RN Ravi, alleging that he has violated the oath he took under the Constitution and levelled a series of allegations against him.
Among others, the DMK-led Secular Progressive Alliance (SPA) took exception to his “praising Sanatana Dharma” and charged Ravi with “instigating communal hatred.” The memorandum dated November 2, 2022 has been submitted with the President’s office, the DMK said on Tuesday. It was released here. Read more.
DMK on Tuesday said its-led Secular Progressive Alliance (SPA) has petitioned President Droupadi Murmu, urging the ‘sacking’ of Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi, with whom the ruling dispensation in the state is at loggerheads over a number of issues. In a detailed memorandum dated November 2, 2022, and submitted with the office of the President in New Delhi, the ruling alliance flagged a number of issues concerning the Governor, including the pending NEET bill and said all the acts were “unbecoming of the Governor.” The petition was signed by SPA members of Parliament.
In other news, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday announced convening a meeting of all legislature parties on November 12 to discuss the next course of action following the Supreme Court upholding the 10 per cent economically weaker section (EWS) quota. Chief Minister M K Stalin will chair the meeting. “This quota system is against social justice and equality and contrary to the social justice policy,” a government release said about the EWS reservation. Therefore, the meeting will discuss the next course of action on this issue.
The Tamil Nadu government plans to garner Rs 75,000 crore worth investments and generate about one lakh jobs over the next 10 years through the aerospace and defence sectors, Chief Minister M K Stalin said on Tuesday. Releasing an aerospace and defence industrial policy at the ‘Future is now-Towering Tamil Nadu’ conclave here, Stalin said the policy aims at providing enhanced support to micro, small and medium enterprises sector and start-ups in the two sectors. The mission of the policy is to create a robust, world-class, high technology efficient aerospace and defence manufacturing eco-system.
The Supreme Court judgment upholding 10 per cent reservation to people belonging to economically weaker sections (EWS) in upper caste in admissions and government jobs is a setback to the century-long social justice struggle, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said on Monday.
Political parties and all like-minded organisations in Tamil Nadu should come together to protect social justice and ensure it is heard across the country, Stalin, who is the president of the ruling DMK said, reacting to the Supreme Court’s Monday judgment upholding the validity of the 103rd Constitution amendment providing 10 per cent reservation to the EWS in admissions and government jobs.
In other updates from the state: A 10-year-old female sloth bear that was tranquilised by forest department officials in the foothills of the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu’s Tenkasi district after it attacked three men died a day later after it was released in the wild. According to forest officials, the bear died due to a lung infection.
The bear first attacked Vaigundamani of Karuthalingapuram village while he was on his way to Pethanpillai Kudiyiruppu on his two-wheeler to sell snacks on Sunday morning. Two other men, Sailappan and his brother Nagenthiran, were also attacked when they tried to rescue Vaigundamani.
A video of the bear furiously biting a man and people around it screaming and trying to scare it off had gone viral on social media.
The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has announced that stations in Phase-I of the Metro network will be beautified based on themes reflecting the city’s rich art and cultural history.
According to officials, the themes will be a compilation of photographs, murals, and sculptures. The officers are also discussing the possibility of including themes based on popular Tamil films.
“We are discussing what we can do… we can’t really say anything in detail as it is still very early… We have planned to provide a new look to the stations in Phase-I and later, stations in Phase-II will be beautified as well. Initially, we are looking to beautify Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR Central, Airport, and Alandur metro stations,” a senior CMRL official said.

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