QChennai: Water from Cauvery Provides Relief During Crisis & More
Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.
1. With Karnataka Releasing Cauvery Water, Chennai’s Woes May End Soon
With Karnataka recently releasing part of Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water, the water levels at Mettur dam located in Salem district, have increased considerably. In the wake of this, officials from the Public Works department, expect Veeranam lake, one of the main sources of drinking water for Chennai, to get more water from Mettur soon. This comes at a time when water levels at Veeranam lake are fast decreasing and can supply water to the city for the next 20 days.
If Chennai receives its usual spell of one Thousand Million Cubic Feet (Tmcft) from Veeranam, officials said that this will last comfortably for the next four months. Previously, the city used to receive a steady supply of 180 Million Litres a Day (MLD) from Veeranam lake.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
2. In Rare Surgery, Chennai Doctors Extract 526 Teeth from 7-Year-Old's Mouth
Doctors have extracted an astounding 526 teeth from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy in a rare surgery performed at the city's Saveetha Dental College and Hospital. The boy was brought to the hospital with complaints of swelling of the jaw for the past four years. The doctors who examined him found that the boy was suffering from a rare case of ‘compound composite odontoma.’
Odontomas are benign tumors made of dental tissue, most odontomas go undetected and are harmless and usually only found on radiographic studies. “It took 5 hours of meticulous searching to remove all the minute teeth from the opened bag like specimen,” reads the statement issued by the hospital.
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Coimbatore: Doctors Go on 24-Hour Stir, Medicos Keep off Classes
Doctor members of the Coimbatore chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) participated in a 24-hour strike from Wednesday 6 am to 6 pm on Wednesday. The national IMA had called for the strike. Medical students boycotted classes. However, in all hospitals in the textile city, emergency, casualty and intensive care unit (ICU) functioned normally.
The Coimbatore chapter of the IMA led by its president M Mariappan, expressed concerns regarding the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2019, which was passed by the Union health minister, on Tuesday.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
4. Activists Raise Their Voice Against Kattupalli Port Expansion
Activists on Wednesday slammed the granting of Terms of Reference (ToR) for the expansion of the Kattuppalli port by the Adani Group’s Marine Infrastructure Developers Pvt. Ltd. (MIDPL).
The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment had early this month recommended granting ToR for the project with a large number of conditions. This, despite a sub-committee of the EAC report stating that the north coast near Kattupalli village, was under severe erosion and the southern coast of Ennore was witnessing accretion (attributable to breakwater) after the construction of the Ennore port. A tidal creek, some 2.8 km away, was also silting up rapidly causing concern to nearby power plants drawing cooling water from it, the report had pointed out.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. Two Women Thrown out by The Slate Hotels in Chennai, Accuse Management of Homophobia
On Saturday, Rasika Gopalakrishnan and her girlfriend Shivangi Singh, were at The Slate Hotels on Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Chennai, when they were asked to leave the premises by the staff. Accusing the hotel of homophobia, the couple told TNM that they were doing nothing inappropriate for a public space, and yet were targeted – perhaps because Rasika calls herself "visibly queer", in that her clothes and hairstyle do not conform to conventional gender norms.
Rasika described the night which turned out to be traumatic for the two of them. When they went to the bathroom, the two women felt unsafe and scared, looking at the heavy-set bouncers who were questioning them in the closed space.
(Source: The News Minute)
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