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Headlines: Heavy Rainfall Expected In Chennai; Schools, Colleges Shut

Heavy Rainfall Expected In Chennai; Schools, Colleges Shut

In the past 24 hours, 4 lives were lost due to rain-related incidents, as confirmed by the Tamil Nadu government. On Monday, heavy rainfall continued to lash parts of Chennai, and at least 290 areas in the states reported water-logging, which brought traffic to a standstill. Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department has predicted moderate to heavy rainfall till 12th November and informed that a cyclonic circulation is forming over the South-East Bay of Bengal and the adjoining Andaman Sea that could lead to a low-pressure area. The weather department also said that if the low-pressure area concentrates into a depression, it might reach Tamil Nadu’s northern coast by 11th November, causing widespread rain in parts of Chennai. Meanwhile, schools and colleges have been closed in 14 districts, including Villipuram, Mayiladudurai, Thenkasi, Ramanathapuram, Nagapattinam, Chengalpettu, Kanchipuram, Chennai, Thiruvallur, Sivaganagi, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Cuddalore and Tirunelveli. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 10,126 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.25%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 10,126 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,40,638, which is the lowest in 263 days. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber fresh covid-19 cases, with recording 11,982 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries in the country have reached 3,37,75,086. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 0.93% and 1.25%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 61.72 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 109.08 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Delhi-NCR: Pollution Board Suggests Measures To Tackle Air-Pollution 

On Monday, the Central Pollution Control Board has suggested some measures to tackle air pollution in Delhi NCR. Through a Graded Response Action Plan, the pollution board aims to tackle the air pollution in Delhi-NCR. The CPCB’s official notification read: “As per IMD’s forecast, winds are expected to be Northwesterly for the next 5 days, which may possibly lead to a high contribution of stubble burning. In addition, unfavourable meteorology may cause air quality to fluctuate between ‘severe and higher end of the very poor category’ in the coming days,” The board instructed concerned agencies to enforce strict actions mentioned under ‘severe category’, ‘very poor’ and ‘poor to moderate’ category. The measures suggested by CPCB included mechanized cleaning of roads, identifying road stretches with high dust generation, and sprinkling of water on roads. It also directed that officials must ensure that all Hot Mix Plants and Stone Crushers must remain shut, and there should be a reduction in the operation of coal-based power plants in Delhi-NCR. The air quality of the national capital currently stands at 372 (very poor category). 

Lakhimpur Kheri Violence: Supreme Court To Appoint Retired Judge; Unhappy With UP Police SIT Probe

On Monday, the Supreme Court said that it is unhappy with the ongoing probe by the UP Police SIT over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence incident and added that the probe must be monitored by a retired High Court judge to ensure an independent, fair and impartial probe. The bench consisted of CJI NV Ramana, Justices Hima Kohli and Surya Kant, who suggested two names, Justices Ranjit Singh (former judge of the Punjab HC) and Rakesh Kumar Jain (former judge of the Haryana HC), who can monitor the probe. The bench said: “Let some independent judge monitor (the investigations) till the charge sheets are filed. We do not want to add any political overtones to the incident. We are taking care that proper investigation takes place into the incident without bias. For that reason, we are thinking of monitoring by a retired judge so that, without any bias, the investigation can be completed,” 

Pakistan, China To Skip India-Hosted Meet On Afghanistan 

India will be hosting a security dialogue on Afghanistan that will focus on terrorism and related security challenges and uncertainties that might emerge from Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country in August. The day-long event will take place on Wednesday. However, China and Pakistan will be missing the India-hosted meet on Afghanistan. While Pakistan refused to come due to India, China cited scheduling issues and said that Beijing would like to engage bilaterally with India on the Afghanistan issue. The event hosted by India will focus on the growth of extremism and radicalization that might come from Afghanistan and the threats emanating from the military weapons and equipment left behind by the US troops. 

Vicky Kaushal To Appear In Into the Wild With Bear Grylls; Check Premier Date Here!

After Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn, Vicky Kaushal is the next name to appear in one of the episodes of Into The Wild With Bear Grylls. Vicky is all set to appear on Discovery’s adventure show, and the episode will premier this Friday, i.e. 12th November 2021. Sharing the first look of the episode on Instagram, Vicky Kaushal wrote: “An adventure of a lifetime with none other than survival expert @beargrylls, let’s see what he has planned for me. ‘Into The Wild’, premieres on November 12, on @discoveryplusin #discoveryplus #IntoTheWild #Survival,” In 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also featured in one of the episodes of Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls. The show Into The Wild With Bear Grylls streams on the Discovery+ app. 

Virat Kohli Pens Down Emotional Note To Fans For His Last Game As India’s T20I Captain

Though India registered a win against Namibia in the ongoing T20 World Cup, it could not enter into the semi-finals following New Zealand’s win against Afghanistan. Unfortunately, India had to make an exit from the ongoing T20 World Cup. Taking to Twitter, Virat Kohli penned down an emotional note to his fans as he played the last match as India’s T20I captain. Kohli wrote: “Together as one, we set out to achieve our goal. Unfortunately, we fell short, and no one is more disappointed than us as a side. The support from all of you has been fantastic, and we are grateful for it all. We will aim to come back stronger and put our best foot forward. Jai Hind,” Virat Kohli will remain the Indian team captain for ODI and Test cricket. Meanwhile, Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia and England have qualified for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. 

 

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