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QChennai: Opposition Lauds Govt’s Cyclone Preparedness & More

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1. Opposition Lauds Govt’s Cyclone Preparedness

The State government's response to Cyclone Gaja came in for praise from opposition parties on Friday. While appreciating the precautionary measures taken by the Tamil Nadu Disaster Management Authority, DMK president and Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin called upon the District Collectors to cooperate with the rescue personnel.

In a statement, he urged the State government to take steps on a war-footing to restore normalcy in flood-affected areas and protect people’s livelihood. Stalin said it was the duty of the government to ensure that compensation for those who had lost their homes, property and cattle was disbursed quickly.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. College Student Drowns in Pit

The state Highways department had dug a huge pit as a preparation for the storm.
The state Highways department had dug a huge pit as a preparation for the storm.
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A college student riding a motorcycle accidentally fell into a pit dug for the construction of a stormwater drain at East Tambaram and drowned in the water on Sunday.  The incident was brought to light only on Thursday by the local activists who were concerned by the lack of safety measures around the spot.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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3. Schools, Colleges Stay Shut; Examinations Postponed

Image used for representational purposes only. 
Image used for representational purposes only. 
(Photo: iStock)

Schools in the delta districts that were in the path of Cyclone Gaja remained closed on Friday. In Virudhunagar, Erode and Thoothukudi districts, while schools were closed, colleges functioned as usual.

However, in Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga, colleges too remained closed on Friday. The Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University has cancelled all examinations due to be held in its affiliated colleges on 16 and 17 November. Revised dates will be announced later.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. 5 Dead, 12 Injured in Road Accident

Representational Image. The five were visiting Puducherry and were on their way back on Wednesday night at around 12.30 am, according to the police.
Representational Image. The five were visiting Puducherry and were on their way back on Wednesday night at around 12.30 am, according to the police.
(Photo: iStock)

Five persons including four students were killed and 12 others suffered injuries after a car collided with a bus head-on near Mahabalipuram on Wednesday night.  The deceased have been identified as Karthik (21), a law student from Teyanmpet, Satheesh (21) a supermarket salesperson from Perambur, Nethaji and Thamem who were third year botany students at a private college, and Dhilip another college student pursuing biotechnology from a private university.

The five were visiting Puducherry and were on their way back on Wednesday night at around 12:30 am, according to the police. "On reaching Kadamakudi village, their car crashed into a bus bound for Cuddalore. The high-impact accident killed all the five on the spot.”

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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5. Kingpin Held Near Tiruchi in Drug Cartel Bust

“We have conducted combing operations across twelve police districts of city...’
“We have conducted combing operations across twelve police districts of city...’
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The Narcotics Intelligence Bureau busted a drug cartel that procured marijuana from the Annavaram forests in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh and operated in the city and other districts of Tamil Nadu. After a filmy style covert operation, the NIB caught the kingpin, Sathayanarayana Reddy, 28, of Anantapur, with the contraband in Samayapuram, Tiruchi.

Ganja cultivation is rampant in Annavaram hills and places beyond, up to Odisha.

After ganja cultivation was abolished in Theni and Dindigul districts, drug peddlers started depending on supply from Andhra Pradesh. Ganja is being smuggled to Tamil Nadu and Kerala and distributed in and around schools and colleges in Chennai and other places of the State.

(Source: The Hindu)

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