e-Book Chennai Rates Diesel/l Rs.77.08 Gold (24k) Rs.5987 gm பூக்கடை Petrol/l Rs 84.74 Silver Rs.65.00/gm https://makkalkural.net/e-book https://trinitymirror.net/e-book சிறுகதைகள் தொகுப்பு CHENNAI Thursday 26-11-2020 VOL. 26 No.135 PAGES 4 ` 4.00 NATIONAL DAILY FOR THE PEOPLE Palaniswami visits flood-hit Cuddalore, Amit Shah assures help Chennai, Nov 26: Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami will be visiting cyclone-hit areas in Cuddalore district later today. A convoy is expected to leave his camp office by noon. Cuddalore appears to be the worst hit district in Tamil Nadu, due to cyclone Nivar. The district received 246 mm rain till 2 am today. As per the latest Tamil Nadu bulletin, three people have lost their lives due to the cylone. As many as 2,27,317 people, including over 40,000 children, have been lodged in over 3,000 camps. Amit Shah calls CM Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and assured all possible support from the Centre, in the wake of cyclone Nivar, which made landfall last night. “We are closely monitoring the situation in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the wake of Cyclone Nivar. Have spoken to CM Shri @EPSTamilNadu and CM Shri @ VNarayanasami and assured all possible help from the centre. NDRF teams already on ground to help people in need,” Shah tweeted. Cyclone Nivar made landfall near Puducherry as a very severe cyclonic storm. The landfall that started from 11.30 pm. on Wednesday night lasted till 2.30 a.m. on Thursday. The severe cyclonic storm Nivar now lay centered over north coastal Tamil Nadu, about 50 km northnorthwest of Puducherry. It still maintains a wind speed of 85 to 95 kmph as it moves to interior areas. It would move northwest wards and weaken further into a cyclonic storm during next three hours. Parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, including State capital Chennai, are seeing persistent rains and strong winds, resulting in property damage due to waterlogging and fallen trees. Thousands of people have been evacutated to storm shelters across Tamil Nadu. Many districts in Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry have declared a holiday on November 26. Nivar cyclone: Clouds are clearing, TN, Pondy get moderate rain Chennai, Nov 26: Clouds are clearing in certain areas around 10 am as the rains almost stopped. It was pleasant weather in Puducherry on Thursday morning, hours after Cyclone Nivar made landfall. Even the clouds are clearing in certain areas around 10 am as the rains almost stopped. The heavy rains that started on Wednesday evening continued to the wee hours of Thursday. It reduced along with the dawn and was just a pleasant drizzle and gusty winds in the morning hours. Due to heavy rainfall in the night, water stagnated in a few areas of the union territory. Officials were involved in rescuing stranded people. An elderly woman and a child were successfully rescued by Puducherry Police (Grand Bazaar Station) from Inundated house in Rainbow Nagar 7th Cross street. Many trees were uprooted in the city too. Puducherry many trees were uprooted in the city. Officials and the government staff are on the job to clear them free of the blocked roads. No loss of life reported due to cyclone Nivar until 10 am. No loss of life Many trees have been uprooted, Forest Department is clearing blocked roads, Flooding has been reported in many areas , Rains have stopped. Villupuram and Cuddalore The weather was almost similar in the neighbouring coastal districts of Tamil Nadu - Villupuram and Cuddalore. 166.65 mm of average rainfall recorded across the Villupuram between Wednesday 8 am and Thursday 8 am. According to police source trees uprooted in ten spots. They were cleared immediately by the joint action of various departments. In Cuddalore, an average rainfall of 119.56 mm recorded between 8 pm on Wednesday and 6.30 am Thursday. Around 5 am, storm signal number 10 was removed from the Cuddalore port. Strong winds and choppy sea at the Cuddalore beach. Sky has cleared up and moderate showers stopped about 9 am in most regions. No major damages or loss of life, confirm officials. Power outages continue across the district. Several trees have fallen in Cuddalore, Panruti and Parangipettai. Police, municipality and locals are engaged in the clearing of the roads. R.B. Udaykumar According to initial estimates, over 150 trees were uprooted in Tamil Nadu alone. Earlier, State Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar said there were no reports of loss of life due to the cyclone which uprooted trees. Incidents of wall collapse were reported from some parts of Tamil Nadu, In the next six hours, the severe cyclonic storm will further weaken, he said. Udhayakumar said there were no reports of loss of life or crop damage. “There is no loss of lives due to the rains. People have given us full cooperation,” he said. “It’s a solace that nothing untoward happened and the weakening of the cyclone is good news,” he said. The minister said about 2.5 lakh people were housed in cyclone shelters in Tamil Nadu as part of safety measures. Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu recorded the highest rainfall at 24.6 cm, followed by 23.7 cm in Puducherry from 8.30 PM on Wednesday till 2.30 am on Thursday. Nagapattinam recorded 6.3 cm rainfall, Karaikal 8.6 cm and Chennai 8.9 cm during the same period. Following places received most rain (in CM) Tambaram (Chengalpattu): 31, Pondicherry: 30, Vilupuram: 28, Cuddalore: 27, DGP Office (Chennai): 26, Sholinganallur (Chennai): 22, Thamaraipakkam ( T i r u v a l l u r) : 1 9 , Parangipettai (Cuddalore): 18, Pallipattu (Tiruvallur): 17, Cholavaram (Tiruvallur): 16, Gingee (Villupuram): 15. Spanish songs, as he sweated it out with a bunch of school children and bid them adieu with a promise to “bring football” to India. In December 2017, he turned up in shorts, enjoyed every bit of the maddening attention even though the gruelling session literally drained him as he was seen drenched in sweat, pouring water on his head. But he had no complaints and was eloquent in his three-minute Spanish speech. “I’m here for football... It is a big step, that we take to uplift football in India,” he said about his three-day private trip which was co-sponsored by a local politician among others, nearly nine years after his first visit to the city. “The country really has good players and a football school of boys. Football wants India and India wants football. Together with the people we will bring football. I have always been very well received in India. Thanks and kiss!” He had signed off, never to come back again. He also obliged his many die-hard fans with photographs and did not mind sitting TN PMG(CCR)/WPP No 676/18-20 Public hails swift action in removing uprooted trees Chennai Corpn uses high-tech machines to avert flooding, water stagnation Hats off to the staff working tirelessly: CM lauds Chennai, Nov 26: Chennai is having pleasant morning weather. Gusty winds are reported in some coastal areas. The Chennai airport’s runway reopened after remaining shut for 14 hours as flights resumed operations from 9 am. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami posted, tweeting the pictures. “Hats off to the staff working tirelessly,” he lauded the civic body staff. Palaniswami said “High tech machines are being used to remove water stagnation at the flood prone localities along the water channels such as Velachery, Adyar and Mambalam.” Chennai Corporation has taken swift action in removing uprooted trees in Chennai. They have removed 223 tree out of 267 trees uprooted. In Chennai the 12 SDRF teams with rubber boats, ropes, tubes, torch lights, and other equipment, assisted the police in clearing water stagnation and unblocking sewages. Over 38 trees were cleared by the police with machine saw, and over 40 trees were removed by TNFRS. Places where the trees fell included Vadapalani, Virugambakkam, Kodambakkam, Ashok Nagar, Pervallur, Egmore, Abhiramapuram, Elephant Gate, Kodungaiyur among many others. The police had set up temporary control rooms at 12 police districts in the city, from where calls were diverted to respective response teams. There were reports of trees falling across the city. Several trees got uprooted. However Corporation workers swung into action and started clearing trees from early morning. Revenue, civic and police authorities were on their toes coordinating and removing uprooted trees using heavy-duty motor equipment and backhoe loaders. With Cyclone Nivar bringing heavy rainfall, the Chennai Corporation has adopted newer technologies to avert flooding and water stagnation. High tech machines The civic body also newly deployed a three-wheeled automated tree-cutter machine in several parts of the city. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami tweeted a video of the machine moving on a city road. Apart from this, the Chief Minister also shared images of robotic machines fitted to minitractors to lift garbage, aquatic weed harvester to remove weeds from water bodies and amphibians used to remove silt from the canals. “High tech machines are being used to remove water stagnation at the flood prone localities along the water channels such as Velachery, Adyar and Mambalam,” Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami posted, tweeting the pictures. “Hats off to the staff working tirelessly,” he lauded the civic body staff. Corporation officials said that these machines were put to use throughout the night to make way for smooth flow of water. “We have deployed amphibians and robotics machines to remove silt in water bodies in almost all the zones. These machines were all working throughout the night with two officials present,” a Corporation official said. The robotic tractor was used at the Mambalam canal, while the Adyar Creek was being dredged using an amphibian. Officials said that they had deployed ‘Super Recyclers” which are fitted into huge tankers. “They also have very broad pipes and more powerful motors unlike the normal sewage removal machines used in the city. Up to Maradona’s India connect; a dream unfulfilled Kolkata, Nov. 26: His promise to bring “big-time” football to India remained unfulfilled as Diego Maradona died after cheating death more than once, leaving a cricket-mad nation devastated in an appropriate reflection of his immortal status. Success-starved in football for decades now, India, perhaps, needed Maradona, needed his “Hand of God”, to rise in a spectacularly popular sport that was made more popular by the Argentine’s magic which will forever echo down the ages. A lot many in the ‘City of Joy’ will recall how a little bulky version of Maradona huffed and puffed during a charity football game here three years ago. He played against a cricketing demigod in Sourav Ganguly. The Argentine legend, who was 57 when he came here, had managed to dribble, show glimpses of his deft left foot and even crooned REGD. NO.TN/.CC (S) DN/134/18-20 RNI Regd.No. 62432/1995 on the pitch for that perfect frame. He then headed straight near the packed galleries and wowed his fans with shooting some footballs in the air. Cheered on by a delirious crowd, Maradona then hummed a couple of songs. We will play ball together in the sky: Pele Rio de Janeiro, Nov 26: Brazillian soccer icon Pele hoped he would “some day play ball with Maradona in the sky” as he paid tribute to the Argentine maverick, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday. The only player, whose name was taken in the same breath with the ‘King of Football’, the 60-year-old Maradona died two weeks after undergoing a surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain. “What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky,” Pele tweeted. Pele and Maradona had tremendous mutual respect and admiration for each other’s skills. Despite a 20-year age difference, the two were good friends for decades and are widely regarded the most gifted to have played the beautiful game. More news on Page 2 12,000 litres of water can be sucked out in about 20 minutes with these machines,” the official said, adding that in most of the broad roads, they use this machine and less manual work was involved. The civic body has distributed six motorized tree-cutters in the city. “Three have been given to the central zone, two to the north zone and one to the south zone,” the official said. The machines were used in several areas such as Adyar, Nungambakkam and Ashok Nagar where many trees fell. A total of 52 trees had fallen down on Wednesday. OPS visits affected area Deputy CM O Panneerselvam is now visiting the water-logged areas in Taramani, Periyar Nagar and Bharathi Nagar. He will later visit Velacherry railways station area, Ambedkar Nagar relief camp (near BSNL office) and distribute relief assistance. Chennai airport’s runway reopens Flight operations resumed from 9 am, according to a spokesman, The runway was reopened after remaining shut for 14 hours, The airport was initially shut for 12 hours from 7 pm to 7 am due to Cyclone Nivar. However, officials extended the shutdown to further two hours. The decision has been taken after assessing the prevailing climatic conditions and taking passenger safety as the top priority Metro rail, Bus transport resume Chennai, Nov 26: Chennai Metro Rail services, which was halted due to cyclone Nivar will resume from 12 noon today. “In connection with Niver Cyclone, Metro Train Services will start by today (26.11.2020) 12.00 pm, will run with Holiday Train Services Time table with the headway of 10 mins,” CMRL said. Bus transport Bus transport services in seven districts, where they were suspended in view of cyclone Nivar, would resume from noon today, the Tamil Nadu government announced on Thursday morning. Bus transport had been suspended in Chengalpattu, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Tirivarur, Thanjavur and Pudukkottai districts since 1 pm on November 24. The decision of the State government follows the landfall in the stretch between Puducherry and Marakkanam, an official release said.