QChennai: Residents Claim To Have Spotted Twister & More

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1. Did We Have a Twister in Chennai?

Residents of Kasimedu in north Chennai apparently witnessed a twister over the sea on Friday, the day the monsoon set in. Called a water spout, it was seen and video-graphed by many including CG Colony resident S Dhanasekar. “It was quite windy and the sea was rough that day. I was in the fishing harbour when this thanni kaal (leg of water) moved from the Chennai Port towards Ennore,” he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. 1 Crore Knocked off PDF Rolls, but No Change in Rice Offtake

Officials cite increased entitlements; card holders say they don’t get full allocation.
Officials cite increased entitlements; card holders say they don’t get full allocation.
(Photo Courtesy: Emma Mcginn)

Nearly one crore “beneficiaries” have been knocked off the rolls of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the last one year after the State government decided to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA). As many as 10 lakh “duplicate cards” have been removed.

Yet, there has been little impact on the quantity of rice being supplied through fair price shops across the State. In September 2016 — two months prior to the enforcement of the NFSA — the offtake of rice was 3,19,548 tonnes. Exactly a year later, the figure was more or less the same — 3,19,343 tonnes.

One explanation that immediately comes from officials of the Civil Supplies Department is the enhancement of entitlements under the NFSA.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. About One-fifth of IAS Positions Vacant in TN

Officers also lament allotment of unrelated responsibilities.
Officers also lament allotment of unrelated responsibilities.
(Photo Courtesy: Byju’s)

Tamil Nadu is supposed to have the third largest number of IAS officers allotted for a State cadre in the country, but about one-fifth of the total number of sanctioned positions in the State continues to be vacant: against the sanctioned strength of 376 IAS positions for Tamil Nadu cadre, only a little over 300 officers have been posted.

Even among those serving, many are on central deputation out of the State, with a majority occupying positions in Delhi. Many of those on deputation are senior officers, which is evident from the fact that six of the top 10 senior officers in the Tamil Nadu cadre are serving in various positions in the national capital.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Stay Safe in the Rain: Doctors

Coastal districts on high alert; drinking water to be chlorinated.
Coastal districts on high alert; drinking water to be chlorinated.
(Photo: The Quint)

With the temperature having dipped compared to last week and parts of the city water-logged, doctors are advising residents, especially senior citizens, to take precautions to ensure their health and well-being.

“Cases of diarrhoea, jaundice, typhoid and malaria are being reported, along with dengue,” said Dr Janani Sankar, senior consultant paediatrician, Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital. She said residents must prevent stagnation of water, not walk barefoot, avoid unhealthy and unhygienic food, and must wash their feet if they have been out in the rain. “Leptospirosis can also affect people this season,” she said.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Water-logging Continues in Chennai; 3 Related Deaths

Corporation receives nearly 750 complaints, a few spells of rain likely today.
Corporation receives nearly 750 complaints, a few spells of rain likely today.
(Photo: The Quint)

Monday’s rain not only saw several areas in the city being inundated but also witnessed the death of three persons. Santhamma, 65, a tender-coconut seller, apparently slipped in waist-deep water at the junction of Sandiappan Street and Konnur High Road early on Tuesday morning. Police said that she could have been suffocated after falling down.

In Kasturba Nagar, in Anakaputhur, R Lokesh, 19, an air conditioning mechanic, and his friend G Kishore, 17, an ITI student, who had gone up to the terrace in the rain to talk on their mobile phones were found dead by family members. The Sankar Nagar police sent the bodies to the Government Hospital, Chromepet, for autopsy after which the bodies were handed over to the families.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Encroachments at Ennore Creek Not Being Addressed: Kanimozhi

Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Kanimozhi  sarcastically thanked the Vallur thermal power plant, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum and Kamarajar port for the Ennore creek encroachments that had caused flooding in nearby areas.
Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Kanimozhi sarcastically thanked the Vallur thermal power plant, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum and Kamarajar port for the Ennore creek encroachments that had caused flooding in nearby areas.
(Photo Courtesy: YouTube / Vikatan)

Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Kanimozhi tweeted pictures of inundation in Athipattu Pudu Nagar in Ennore on Tuesday, following heavy rain in the city. In a related tweet, she also sarcastically thanked the Vallur thermal power plant, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum and Kamarajar port for the Ennore creek encroachments that had caused flooding in nearby areas.

Pointing out that she had been raising the issue time and again, the DMK leader expressed concern that nobody seemed to be taking the matter seriously. “Even T M Krishna has sung a song urging people to save Ennore, but authorities have been releasing maps as though the creek doesn’t even exist,” she said.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: Kamal Haasan’s visit to Ennore creek; not just altruism?

7. Stop Eviction of 55,000 Families; Thirumurugan Gandhi

Families residing on the banks of the Cooum river are being forced to vacate.
Families residing on the banks of the Cooum river are being forced to vacate.
(Photo Courtesy: YouTube/TamilNet)

The May 17 Movement and other allied organisations on Tuesday demanded that the eviction of 55,000 families living on the banks of city rivers should be stopped immediately.

Addressing media persons here, May 17 Movement leader Thirumurugan Gandhi said that the authorities had removed 347 families from MSP Nagar in Maduravoyal and 46 families from Aminjinkarai who were residing on the banks of Cooum river under the pretext of removing encroachments.

(Source: The Hindu)

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