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Headlines: IMD Predicts Heavy Rainfall In Tamil Nadu; Red Alert Issued

Tamil Nadu: IMD Predicts Heavy To Very Heavy Rainfall Today; Red Alert Issued

On Thursday, the Indian Meteorological Department issued a red alert in Tamil Nadu. As per the IMD, Tamil Nadu’s coastal region is likely to receive heavy to extremely heavy rainfall during the next 24 hours, especially in the southern coastal area of Andhra Pradesh. The state government has ordered all schools, colleges to be shut down in 21 districts, including Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram, Ranipet, Dindugal, Pudhukottai, Theni, Vellore, Ariyallur, Nagapattinam, Villupura, Thiruvarur, Mayiladudhurai, Kallakurichi, Cuddalore, Villipuram, Thanjavur, and Dharmapuri, Puducherry, among others. Issuing the rainfall alert, IMD informed: “A depression has formed over southwest Bay of Bengal at 0830 hours IST of today, the 18th November, about 310 km southeast of Chennai. To move west-northwestwards and cross north TN and adjoining south AP coasts by the early morning of 19th Nov,” Last week, around a dozen people died, and 60 houses suffered damage due to heavy rainfall in several districts of Tamil Nadu.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 11,919 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.28%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 11,919 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,28,762, which is the lowest since March 2020. Meanwhile, daily recoveries recorded in the previous 24 hours stands at 11,242, and the total recoveries have reached 3,38,85,132. The daily and weekly positivity rate stands at 0.97% and 0.94%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 62.82 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 114.46 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive.

50% Tax Cut Over Petrol, Diesel Rate; Big Price Drop

On Thursday, the price of petrol and diesel remained unchanged. After the central government received a lot of flak with petrol and diesel prices crossing the 100 mark in major cities, the government decided to cut the excise duty on fuel and prices were slashed by Rs 5 and Rs 10. States also joined and agreed to cut on the value-added tax on fuels so as to make the petrol and diesel rates cheaper in their respective areas. Here are rates of petrol and diesel:

Delhi 

Petrol: 103.97/litre

Diesel: Rs 86.67/litre

Mumbai

Petrol: Rs 109.98/litre

Diesel: Rs 94.14/litre 

Kolkata

Petrol: Rs 104.67/litre

Diesel: Rs 89.79/litre

Chennai

Petrol: Rs 101.40/litre

Diesel: Rs 86.67/litre

PM Modi Says Crypto-Currency Can Spoil Our Youth At Sydney Dialogue

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted that Indian service sectors are witnessing a massive digital transformation. While addressing at the Sydney Dialogue, PM Modi said: Take crypto-currency or bitcoin, for example. It is important that all democratic nations work together on this and ensure it does not end up in wrong hands, which can spoil our youth: PM @narendramodi,” The theme of the dialogue was India’s technology evolution, and revolution and PM Modi’s speech was preceded by introductory remarks from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Sources close to the development said that the meet was a comprehensive one. 

PM Modi To Lay Foundation Stone For UP Defence Industrial Corridor Project Tomorrow

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be laying the foundation of the Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor Project in Jhansi, which will be made with an estimated budget of Rs 400 crore. The beginning of the project will be started by PM Modi at the Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv event organized by Defence Ministry and Uttar Pradesh government. A statement released by the Defence Ministry said: “The project is expected to provide direct employment to 150 people and indirect employment to nearly 500 people, the foundation stone of the project will be laid by the prime minister on 19th November,”  

Patralekhaa Blushes As Paps Call Her ‘Bhabhi ji’ ; Watch Here

Newlywed Rajkummar Rao and Patralekhaa arrived at the Mumbai airport today. As the couple was getting clicked, a few paps referred to Patralekhaa as Bhabhi Ji”, and she couldn’t stop blushing, and the couple laughed out loud. For the airport look, while Patralekhaa went for a stunning embroidery red silk organza saree and a strappy blouse, Rajkummar Rao looked uber cool in a white designer kurta with tassels.

Check out the video here:

Anushka Ranjan’s Bachelorette: Vaani Kapoor, Sussanne Khan, Krystle D’Souza, and Aly Goni From Team Bride 

Anushka Ranjan is all set to tie the knot with her longtime boyfriend, Aditya Seal, on 21st November. On Wednesday, a bachelorette party was thrown by team bride, including Sussanne Khan and her rumoured boyfriend Arslan Goni, Aly Goni, Krystle D’Souza, Sussanne Khan and Vaani Kapoor. 

IND vs NZ: Rohit Sharma’s first T20I Win As A Captain

On Wednesday, India won the first of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand with Rohit Sharma as the captain. India bungled towards the end but recovered in time and registered a 5 wicket win over New Zealand. At the post-match presentation, India T20 captain Rohit Sharma said: “It didn’t come as easy as we expected, so great learning for the guys, to understand what needs to be done, not about power-hitting all the time. As a captain and a team, happy that those guys finished the game off. A good game for us, missing a few players, opportunity to other guys to show their ability,” 

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