Water tankers call off stir after govt assurance

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CHENNAI: After staying off the road for three days seeking exemption from the government order that banned over tapping of groundwater for commercial use, private water tanker operators agreed to resume supplies in the city after talks late on Wednesday where the government agreed to consider their demands. Packaged drinking water units too have agreed to resume production. “We withdraw our strike following an assurance from minister S P Velumani to set up a committee of officials and our representatives to resolve the issue. We express regret for the inconvenience…

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Chennai: No monsoon before weekend

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CHENNAI: Rain and thundershowers in some parts are likely to keep the city temperature from soaring beyond 33°C in the next couple of days. On Wednesday, a sudden spell of rain, however, could not appreciably bring down the mercury. A dip in temperature, Met officials said, will happen only after the northeast monsoon sets in, which they expect to happen by October 20. An inference of weather by the regional meteorological centre said, “Conditions are favourable for withdrawal of southwest monsoon from the remaining parts of the Bay of Bengal…

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TN: Private bus operators cash in on festive rush

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CHENNAI: Private bus operators are cashing in on the long Navarathri weekend by jacking up prices for trips to other parts of Tamil Nadu from Chennai. Those travelling to Madurai and Coimbatore from Chennai paid Rs1,500-Rs2,000 on an average for a ticket on a private air-conditioned sleeper bus, double the fare on staterun buses. Despite warnings from transport minister MR Vijayabaskar, private operators have raised fares by up to 150% in some cases. And transport department authorities have done nothing about it. V Senthil, a passenger waiting at Koyembedu for…

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Second unit at Kudankulam shut for maintenance

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CHENNAI: The second 1,000 MW unit at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) was shut down on Thursday for maintenance work, according to the Power System Operation Corporation Limited. The unit’s restart date was however, not mentioned. The first unit that was shut down on August 1 for annual maintenance is expected to restart on November 5. Similarly the first 220 MW unit at the Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) which was shut down on January 30 for annual maintenance is expected to restart power generation on November 18. The…

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AP: Swine flu alert in Kurnool after four deaths

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KURNOOL: Four swine flu deaths have been reported from Kurnool district within a week, while several more patients with suspected swine flu symptoms have been admitted to the isolation ward at the government general hospital in Kurnool. The first swine flu death in the district this season was reported on October 12 when a 55-year-old woman succumbed to H1N1 influenza. A 42-year-old patient, who was admitted to the government hospital with kidney-related issues, tested positive for swine flu on October 13, and died while undergoing treatment. Two more patients, both…

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‘Open anti-KCR umbrella, but ride winning horses’

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HYDERABAD: TRS strongman KT Rama Rao may have dismissed it as a ‘mahaghatiyabandhan’ but Congress high command wants the grand alliance to emerge as a mammoth ‘mahagathbandhan’ to decimate TRS in its den. This message was made loud and clear to Telangana Congress leaders led by TPCC chief Uttam Reddy after his talks in Delhi on Wednesday on the future course of mahakutami. AICC leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and AK Antony told the state Congress leaders to bring big, medium and small ‘anti-KCR’ forces under the umbrella of the grand…

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Hyd: Man attacks estranged wife, kin; held

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HYDERABAD: A 35-year-old man allegedly attacked and injured his estranged wife and four of her kin near a police station here on Thursday when they went to lodge a complaint on their matrimonial dispute. The assailant, a painter by profession, and his wife have been separated for some months now. This morning, he went to her workplace and allegedly harassed her for money, police said. Following this, the woman, her mother and sisters decided to approach the police. The man attacked them with a knife in the vicinity of the…

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Telangana: Two held with country-made pistols

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KARIMNAGAR: Two gangsters were arrested at Korutla in Telangana on Thursday and two country-made pistols were seized from their possession, police said. Hanzil Shaik alias Raju Bhayya of West Bengal and Kadari Tirupathi, a resident of Vedurugata village, were arrested after they were found moving about in suspicious circumstances in the area. On searching them, police found the pistols, ten rounds of ammunition and Rs 6000 in cash. Shaik was earlier arrested in the killing of P Satyanarayana Reddy at Dharmapuri mandal in May, 2018 and was lodged in Karimnagar…

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Row over woman’s entry into Laxmi Mantapa in Kollur

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MANGALURU: Even as a row is raging in Kerala over the Sabarimala temple, the entry of a woman into the Kollur Sri Mookambika temple’s Laxmi Mantapa, open only for priests, has kicked up a controversy in Karnataka. Udupi district Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis has asked sub-divisional officers to submit a report on the entry of T R Uma, a former executive officer of the temple, into the Laxmi Mantap where only priests are allowed. Uma reportedly entered the Laxmi Mantap without the knowledge of the current executive officer. A…

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Car blaze: Cops slap notice on Maruti Suzuki

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BENGALURU: After the Forensic Sciences Laboratory indicated that technical glitches may have ignited the accidental fire inside a Maruti Ritz car in February this year, police have issued a notice to Maruti Suzuki India’s manufacturing facility in Gurgaon, seeking their response to the FSL report. The blaze killed a homemaker and her four-year-old son, Confirming the development, a senior police officer said they will wait for a fortnight and file the chargesheet in the case, stating a reply from the management of Maruti Suzuki in the matter is pending. On…

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