QChennai: Special Shows For Diwali; Metro to Run for Another Hour

1. Special Show for Three Days After Diwali

Touring cinemas in the state have been allowed one extra morning show at 11.30 am on November 6, 10 and 11 and one extra matinee show at 2.30 pm on November 7, 8 and 9.

The state government has given theatres in Tamil Nadu permission to have a special show for three days – November 7, 8 and 9 – after Diwali. At present, theatres are permitted to have an extra show on public holidays, and four shows a day otherwise. Most theatres in the state had announced five shows for movies scheduled for a Diwali release on November 6, which includes actor Vijay’s film Sarkar. The order stated that the decision was made following a request for an additional show be permitted for a few days after the festival for both theatres as well as touring cinemas.

Touring cinemas in the state have been allowed one extra morning show at 11.30 am on November 6, 10 and 11 and one extra matinee show at 2.30 pm on November 7, 8 and 9.

(Source: The Hindu)

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2. Rajahmundry-Chennai Indigo Flight Suffers Engine Failure, Makes Emergency Landing

When contacted, IndiGo sought to downplay the incident, terming it a “technical glitch”. Representational image only.

An IndiGo aircraft with 47 passengers suffered a mid-air shut down of one of its engines, forcing it to make an emergency landing at the airport, a DGCA official said. The city-bound flight of the budget carrier from Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh landed under full emergency conditions Sunday, 4 November, evening and all passengers disembarked safely, airport authorities said.

"There was loss of oil in one of the engines which led to its mid-air failure and the subsequent emergency landing of the plane," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official told. When contacted, IndiGo sought to downplay the incident, terming it a "technical glitch".

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Monsoon Menace Ends in Chennai

he State Highways Department is undertaking monsoon measures to prevent stagnation of water along important stretches within its limits. Image for representation only.

Motorists plying via the arterial Tambaram-Velachery Road, Mudichur and Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Road can now heave a sigh of relief. The State Highways Department is undertaking monsoon measures to prevent stagnation of water along important stretches within its limits. “A total of 18 locations have been chosen for provision of additional vents to the existing culverts. The project is being implemented at a cost of Rs 9 crore,” said a senior official from the State Highways Department.

The locations chosen include one each in Mudichur, Eechangadu and Sholinganallur, three each in Tambaram-Velachery Road and Sithalapakkam and the rest along Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Road.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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4. Metro to Extend Services by an Hour in January

Chennai metro getting inaugurated. (Photo: The News Minute)

Chennai Metro plans to extend services till 11 pm when the last two stretches connecting Anna Salai and north Chennai are opened in January. At present, the last train leaves around 10 pm from Chennai Central, Chennai Airport and AG-DMS, which are terminal stations.

Washermenpet to Chennai Central (3.4 km) and AG-DMS to Chennai Central (4.1 km) will be thrown open to the public by the end of January, bringing an end to the phase I project that began nearly seven years ago. According to officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), they plan to increase the services because they expect more passengers headed to the airport.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Businessman’s Lawyer Refutes Idol Wing’s Claims

On Sunday, 4 November, pursuant to a visit to Ranvir Shah’s premises, it was reported that Shah was planning to smuggle wooden ‘vahanams’ to Gujarat. Representative image.

Businessman Ranvir Shah has refuted claims of the Idol Wing police in connection with the search and seizure made from his office premises on Sunday, 4 November. His advocate K Thangarasu said, “We strongly refute the allegations that any such attempt was made. These wooden objects have, in fact, been at the premises for the past several years and are not made of sandalwood. The whole press coverage on the matter is false and the Idol Wing has misrepresented facts, many of which are false and are being done with the intention to prejudice the mind of the readers.”

“In addition, we have submitted all the validly registered certificates that are statutorily required for the objects that have been seized. Shah has sought anticipatory bail and he is cooperating with all the authorities,” said Thangarasu.

(Source: The Hindu)

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6. Uncertainty over Flood Mitigation Project

Asian Development Bank has been identified for funding the Rs 2,500-crore project, which will mitigate flooding in most parts of north Chennai. Representative image. 

Chennai’s flood preparedness during the northeast monsoon has been left hanging in the balance as a proposal for funding from the Asian Development Bank is awaiting clearance from the Union Finance Ministry. At least 30 lakh residents in north Chennai areas of Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Surapet and Madhavaram are expected to benefit from the project.

According to official sources, the state government and the local administration in Chennai have submitted the proposal for development of stormwater drains in Kosasthalaiyar basin in north Chennai to the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The city flood monitoring officials are keeping their fingers crossed as the commencement of the project may further be delayed by more than a year.

(Source: The Hindu)

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