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Pushpavanam just can’t shake off marine ooze

Pushpavanam just can’t shake off marine ooze

Fishing will not be possible at least till Pongal’ The fun and frolic of children in the government school in Pushpavanam — a fishing hamlet in Nagapattinam — camouflages what is in store for a visitor 200 m away. The hamlet looks as if it has experienced rain in the …

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tours cyclone-affected areas

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tours cyclone-affected areas

Distributes assistance to the victims on behalf of BJP Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inspected the damage wrought by Cyclone Gaja in Nagapattinam district on Thursday. Beginning her two-day tour of the cyclone-hit districts at Point Calimere, where she arrived by a helicopter, Ms. Sitharaman — accompanied by Health Secretary J. …

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Rain hampers relief in Gaja-hit areas

Rain hampers relief in Gaja-hit areas

Braving the elements, Tangedco workers continue restoration work through the day Overnight rain and inundation of agricultural fields in parts of the Cauvery delta slowed down relief and restoration work in cyclone affected areas on Thursday. Agricultural fields in many parts of the core delta districts of Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and …

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NLCIL donates ₹6.79 cr. towards cyclone relief

NLCIL donates ₹6.79 cr. towards cyclone relief

Contribution includes a day’s salary of employees Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Ltd. (NLCIL) handed over a cheque for ₹6.79 crore to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami towards relief and restoration in districts hit by Cyclone Gaja. The donation, which included a day’s salary contributed by NLCIL employees, will go to …

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Gaja report for Karaikal to be submitted in a week

Central team gives credit to Puducherry govt. for preventing loss of lives Daniel E. Richard, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and head of the seven-member Inter-ministerial Central team, said that the team would be submitting its report on the extent of damage caused by Cyclone Gaja in the Karaikal region within a week. Addressing reporters at the Chief Secretariat here on Tuesday, he said the Puducherry government had acted immediately ensuring that there was no loss of life. Though there has been loss of infrastructure and vegetation, saving human lives was more important and the government had swung into action immediately, he said. Memorandum Mr. Richard said a memorandum on the damage caused by the cyclonic storm was handed over to the team by the Chief Minister. He said the team visited the affected areas in Karaikal on Monday, to survey the aftermath of Gaja on crops, embankments, trees, small huts and other infrastructure. “We have sought a few more details from the government. Once it is made available we will compile and send a report to the Centre,” he said. Earlier, the team held discussions with Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, Ministers A. Namassivayam, R. Kamalakannan and Chief Secretary Ashwani Kumar who briefed them about the situation in Karaikal. First-hand accounts The team interacted with the affected people in Pattinacherry, T.R. Pattinam, Neravy and Tirunallar and got first-hand accounts. It collected particulars on the extent of compensation that would be needed to take up repair work. The Puducherry government has sought an assistance of ₹187 crore from the Centre towards relief for the Karaikal region.

Central team gives credit to Puducherry govt. for preventing loss of lives Daniel E. Richard, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and head of the seven-member Inter-ministerial Central team, said that the team would be submitting its report on the extent of damage caused by Cyclone Gaja in the Karaikal …

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NGT forms joint committee to formulate scrapping policy

NGT forms joint committee to formulate scrapping policy

Reports had highlighted absence of a policy to deal with old vehicles in Delhi The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a joint committee comprising officials from the Delhi government and Centre to prepare a scrapping policy for the Capital, following reports that highlighted absence of a policy to deal with old …

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JNU cutting down on academic expenditure, alleges JNUTA

JNU cutting down on academic expenditure, alleges JNUTA

‘While library was allotted ₹1.7 crore for 2018, ₹17.37 crore was allotted for security’ The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) on Wednesday alleged that facts on paper sourced from the administration’s financial reports show a dip in the average academic expenditure in proportion to the total expenditure — down to 6.65% …

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Dilli Chalo: farmers pour into Capital to prepare for Parliament march

Dilli Chalo: farmers pour into Capital to prepare for Parliament march

Demand special session of Parliament; organisers hope to draw in several thousand students, artists and middle-class urban professionals Thousands of farmers from across the country will assemble at Ramlila Maidan here on Thursday, and then march towards Parliament the next day. They are petitioning the President to call for a …

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Sri Lanka’s top military officer Ravindra Wijegunaratne detained

Sri Lanka’s top military officer Ravindra Wijegunaratne detained

He is accused of harbouring the suspect in a case concerning the disappearance 11 youngsters in the final stages of war A magistrate court on Wednesday remanded Sri Lanka’s top-most military officer for allegedly harbouring a key suspect in a case of disappearance of 11 men in the final years …

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US seeks transparency on Chinese debt on Pakistan

US seeks transparency on Chinese debt on Pakistan

“The IMF team just came back from Pakistan. One of the things we’re pushing hard for is full transparency of the debt,” Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing. The United States is seeking transparency of the Chinese debt on Pakistan,which has reached …

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