With Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit showing reluctance to give his assent for the bill to provide 7.5% quota for government school students in medical courses, the state government took the executive route on Thursday and issued a GO to reserve seats from this year.
After the record breaking downpour early on Thursday, IMD has forecast more intermittent thunderstorms with heavy rainfall over some areas in the city on Friday. But weather enthusiasts said Chennai is likely to see a brief near-dry spell, with a few isolated showers, till November 3 after which the monsoon would pick up pace and bring widespread rainfall to the city, coastal belt and interior districts without long breaks.
Till about noon on Thursday, motorists on major bus route roads and arterial roads had to wade through up to two feet of water. However, by 4pm, Greater Chennai Corporations command and control centre recorded water stagnation of two feet or more at only nine spots, an official said
Even as Tamil Nadu capital Chennai received heavy rain with thunder since early hours of Thursday, the district saw the maximum amount of rain in a day in six years. The torrential rains and severe flooding, especially in Chennai, are becoming a nightmare for Indian cities.
Intermittent rain over the last few weeks and the continuous inflow of Krishna river water from Andhra Pradesh increased water levels in the four reservoirs, while the onset of the northeast monsoon on Wednesday brought further cheer. The combined storage level of water in reservoirs at Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam was 5,808 mcft (million cubic feet) on Wednesday against the full capacity of 11,257 mcft.
Asserting that there is a larger design adopted by private medical colleges in Tamil Nadu in collusion with the state authorities to make illegal admissions to PG medical courses, taking advantage of the pandemic situation, the Madras high court has ordered a CB-CID probe to unearth the conspiracy.
The state government insists suburban train services need to resume for economic activity to revive, but the railways doesnt seem prepared to make commute safer and hassle-free on the three lines straddling the city. This is in contrast to Chennai Metro Rail Limited which has done a lot of work at its stations to ensure commuters follow Covid-19 protocol.
The Chennai police have got a breakthrough in the October 20 gold robbery case where 5kg gold was stolen. Police arrested a man and his girlfriend near Tiruvallur on Monday and recovered 20 sovereigns of gold and 7kg of silver from them.
The CBI has established that traders P Jeyaraj and his son J Beniks were subjected to brutal torture by police at the Sathankulam station between 7.45pm on June 19 and 3am on June 20. Citing the expert opinion received from Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), New Delhi, the agency said in its final report that the blood stains found on the wooden lathis used by the policemen and on the walls of the police station were confirmed to be those of the two victims. DNA profile generated from t
The Puducherry government has decided to provide 10% internal reservation for government and government-aided school students, who clear NEET, in medical courses. Chief minister V Narayanasamy said the government has sent the file to lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi for approval on Tuesday. If approved, the policy will come into effect immediately.
The city, covered by 2.9 lakh CCTV cameras, of which about 1.5 lakh belong to private houses/shops, is seeing the arrest of chain/mobile snatchers and other grave offenders in droves, all due to these hawk eyes.
The health condition of state agriculture minister R Doraikkannu, who is being treated in a city hospital for Covid-19 pneumonia and its complications, remains critical, said a medical bulletin issued by hospital executive director Dr Aravindan Selvaraj on Monday.