Chennai Rains: Next 48 Hours Critical
Heavy rains today pounded several parts of Tamil Nadu and inundating most areas of Chennai, severely disrupting flights, train and bus services and forcing postponment of half-yearly school exams even as the state braced for more showers in next 48 hours.
- The death toll has risen to 188 and is expected to rise.
- Water level has been rising consistently throughout the city. The Saidapet bridge over the Adyar river, which runs through the city, was closed to traffic as water spilled on to the road.
- All flights from Chennai airport have been cancelled. Around 700 people are stranded.
- At least 50 trains have been cancelled.
- It has rained more in a day than an average month of rainfall. “The phenomenon will continue for the next seven days, but the next 48 hours are very crucial. Neighbouring states will also see rainfall activity,” LS Rathore, Director General of Indian Meteorological Department told reporters in Delhi. It is the worst rain in Tamil Nadu in nearly 100 years.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning held a meeting with senior ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Venkaiah Naidu on the situation in Chennai. A discussion is being held in the Lok Sabha.
- Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that state-run operator BSNL will not charge anything for a week in Chennai. He also said that there will be no non-payment disconnections till the end of December.
- The Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the National Disaster Response Force are out on the streets to rescue people from their flooded homes. “We have never seen so much rain and destruction in Chennai,” said Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju.
- Residents were seen climbing out of their homes or being pulled out to safety in the low-lying parts of Chennai where water is almost neck-deep. SOS messages on social media have led to rescues from buses, cars and rooftops.
Wipro agrees to buy German IT services for $78 million
- Wipro said that it has signed an agreement with Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg to buy Cellent AG for 73.5 million euros ($78 million), as the Bangalore-based IT services company looks to speed growth in continental Europe.
- Cellent has been offering services to its customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for the past 14 years and has a team of more than 800 consultants, Wipro said in a statement.
- The German firm reported about $92 million in revenue in calendar year 2014
Gujarat Civic Polls- BJP maintains hold on Urban Areas, Congress gaining foothold in Rural Areas
- Leading in 18 of the 31 district panchayats of Gujarat, Congress on Wendesday looked set to make an impressive comeback in rural areas of the state, while the ruling BJP retained its hold on urban centres as trends of the local bodies polls continued to pour in.
- The Congress, which was virtually obliterated from all tiers of power structure in the state after losing almost every election to BJP in the last 12 years under the leadership of then chief minister Narendra Modi, termed its performance as “verdict against BJP government”.
- The Congress is leading in 18 out of 31 district panchayats, gaining a significant edge over BJP, which had won 30 district panchayats in 2010.
- In 230 taluka panchayats having a total of 4778 seats, the Congress is leading in 2204 while BJP is ahead in 1798.
- The BJP has managed to retain its lead in all the six municipal corporations — Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamangar and Bhavnagar — which went to polls last month.
- The party is also leading in 34 our of 56 municipalities and Congress in nine. Congres had lifted six municipalities in 2010.
Mark Zuckerberg pledges 99% of shares to charity
- Chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said on Tuesday they will give away 99 per cent of their Facebook shares, currently worth about $45 billion, to a new charity in a letter addressed to their daughter, Max, who was born last week.
- On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself, his wife, Priscilla Chan and their new daughter, Max, along with a post entitled ‘A letter to our daughter.’
- In the 2,220-word letter, Zuckerberg and Chan touched on issues including health, education, Internet access and learning before announcing the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which aims to “advance human potential and promote equality.”
- In the 2,220-word letter, Zuckerberg and Chan touched on issues including health, education, Internet access and learning before announcing the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which aims to “advance human potential and promote equality.”n.