Cyclone Nivar live updates | Chennai airport, metro stop services till tomorrow

The severe cyclonic storm ‘Nivar’ is likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and is expected to cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram during midnight of November 25 and early hours of November 26, according to the Indian Met Department.

Cyclone Nivar | List of emergency numbers

The governments of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have declared public holiday and advised people to stay at home.

A view of the water level at Chembarambakkam reservoir, Chennai on Wednesday after its shutters were opened.  
| Photo Credit: M. Vedhan


Here are the latest updates:

6.30 pm

Public holiday in 16 districts tomorrow

Tamil Nadu government has announced a public holiday in 16 districts, including Chennai, on Thursday, November 26.

Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram, Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Kallakurichi, Villupuram, Tirupattur, Vellore, Ranipet and Nagapattinam (including Mayiladuthurai) districts fall under this ambit.

“All government offices, including offices of local bodies, government undertakings/corporations, boards, banks, financial institutions, etc., will be closed in 16 districts of the State on November 26. However, all essential services shall function as usual,” said the government order.

6 pm

Chennai airport to remain shut till 7 a.m. tomorrow

Chennai airport will remain shut from 7 p.m. on Wednesday till 7 a.m. on Thursday due to the cyclone. All international, domestic and cargo services remain suspended.

This decision follows the afternoon update announcing the cancellation of 12 departures and arrivals from and to Chennai airport. Flights cancelled include those to Kannur, Kozhikode, Vijayawada, Tiruchi, Thoothukudi, Bengaluru, Mangalore and Hubli. – Sunita Sekar

The metro rail services too will remain suspended from 8 p.m. today, with the last service at all terminals departing at 7 p.m. Services will resume tomorrow depending on the weather conditions.

5.30 pm

Why do we track a cyclone’s landfall?

The cyclone is expected to make landfall at around midnight on November 25, according to the IMD. But what exactly does that mean?

The U.S. National Hurricane Center defines landfall as the intersection of the surface center of a tropical cyclone with a coastline. Usually, it occurs when the eye of the storm moves over the land. When a cyclone makes landfall, it brings with it strong winds, severe rain and turbulence in the sea, which could be dangerous for life and property.

Typically, we track the landfall because the cyclone tends to lose speed and energy once it touches land as both of these are derived from the warm ocean waters.

Puducherry | 5 pm

Puducherry prepares for post-cyclone scenarios

Puducherry, which is one of the worst affected areas, is preparing to tackle the post-cyclone scenario in earnest. As seen during previous cyclones, one of the hardest tasks after the immediate danger passes is to restore civil amenities, including removing water-logging, clearing roads and  providing immediate medical attention. To this end, a team of hundred personnel attached to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) unit from the Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff in Chennai has reached Puducherry to assist civil administration in rescue and relief operations.

The HADR team, which is part of the Defence Forces, will work in tandem with the three teams of NDRF already in place. The defence team was dispatched following the government’s request, Development Commissioner A. Anbarasu told reporters during a review meeting.

The Commissioner said that the electricity outages will be fixed with four to six hours. District Collector in-charge Purva Garg said that the Department of Civil Supplies has been instructed to stock up provisions to provide food for three to four days. Uninterrupted milk supply would be ensured through Ponlait, she said.


Puducherry Helpline

The following are the emergency numbers for the public during the impact of the Cyclone Nivar.

Apart from the general number 100, 101, 112, and 1031, the police control rooms will redirect distress calls to the department concerned, 104 is for medical and 108 for ambulance support and 1070 and 1077 emergency natural disaster relief.

The Electricity Department can be reached on 2339532 or toll-free line 1800-425-1912. The public can also message on WhatsApp (9489080401).

Karaikal: Free helpline numbers – 1070/ 1077, Control Room – 04368 – 228801 227704, Whatsapp number – 99438 06263.

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Helpline numbers

People can dial toll free number 1077 for any assistance.

Here are the district-wise numbers

Cuddalore:  District Collectorate -04142 220700/233933/221383/221113; Revenue Divisional Office – 04142-231284

Chidambaram: Sub-Collector Office 04144-222256/290037

Vriddhachalam: Sub-Collector Office 04143-260248.

Tiruvarur: WhatsApp number 93453 36838

Pudukottai: 04322-222207


Here’s a list of helpline numbers of various depts

Chennai Corporation: 04425384530

24X7 control room: 1913

Flood control: 044-24331074

Chennai MetroWater: 04428454040/04445674567

Ambulance service: 108/ 04428888105/ 7338895011

Electricity board

Chennai South-I: 9445850434/04424713988

Chennai South II: 9499050188/ 04423713631

Chengalpet: 9444099437/ 04427522119

Kancheepuram: 9445858740/ 04427282300

Chennai North: 9445850929/ 04428521833

Chennai Central: 9445449217/04428224423

Chennai West: 9445850500/04426151153

IMD update | 4.00 pm

Landfall likely post midnight

The Met Department has once again said Cyclone Nivar is likely to cross between Mamallapuram and Karaikkal as a very severe cyclonic storm after midnight.

Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall/thunderstorm over coastal and north interior Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema on November 25 and 26, and southeast Telangana on November 26.

Isolated extremely heavy rainfall over coastal and north interior Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Chennai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu, Myladuthirai, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Kallakurchi, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai, Puducherry and Karaikal) on November 25, over Nellore and Chittoor districts of Andhra Pradesh on November 25 and over Rayalaseema and southeast Telangana on November 26, 2020.

IMD update | 3.50 pm

Storm surge

The IMD bulletin released at 2.30 p.m. predicts tidal wave of about 1-1.5 m height above the astronomical tide and is very likely to inundate the low lying areas of north coastal districts of Tamil Nafu and Puducherry near the place of landfall.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into Southwest and adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts and Gulf of Mannar during November 25 and 26. Total suspension of fishing operation is also advised for these areas.

Chennai | 3.30 pm

Many schools cancel online classes in Chennai

Many schools on Wednesday called off online classes for students across classes taking into consideration possible power outages and internet connectivity issues that might arise due to the prevailing weather conditions.

Schools in Tamil Nadu have remained shut since March owing to COVID-19. While the school education department did not make an announcement specifically for the cancellation of online classes due to the weather, many schools took into account the public holiday announcement made by the state government and announced on Tuesday evening that online classes were cancelled.

Following heavy rains on Wednesday morning, some schools in Chennai took a late decision and sent out messages to parents announcing a cancellation of online classes for the day. With the cyclone expected to make a landfall on Wednesday evening, several schools are expected to cancel online classes for Thursday as well, considering the weather.

Puducherry | 3.00 pm

Stay indoors: Kiran Bedi

As Cyclone Nivar approaches, the Puducherry government said the administrative machinery is fully geared up to meet any exigency arising out of the situation.

In a video message, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Wednesday appealed to the residents to stay indoors. She also asked people to move to safer places wherever the is a need.

Most of the roads and thoroughfares presented a deserted look because of the order.

The entire beach road has been closed and police have been deployed to ensure that there were no visitors at the sea shore.

Railways | 2.40 pm

Trains cancelled

The Southern Railway has fully cancelled 12 trains and partially cancelled 11 trains due to Cyclone Nivar.

In a press release the Kanniyakumari-Nizamuddin and the Rameswaram-Manduadih trains are cancelled on Wednesday.

Similarly on Thursday none trains including the Dr. MGR Central-KSR Bengaluru, Central-Tirupati, Tirupati-Chennai Central, between Chennai and Coimbatore (3 trains), Karaikkudi-Chennai Egmore, Madurai-Egmore and Egmore-Tiruchi services will operate.

 On Saturday the Nizamuddin-Kanniyakumari train stands cancelled.

The commuters could get their refunds for fully cancelled train services on cancellation of tickets.

Chennai | 2.30 pm

Firemen rescue octogenarian from his house

The Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services (TNFRS) rescued a 83-year-old man who was stranded in his house in Maduvankarai in rain water on Tuesday evening.

According to TNFRS personnel, they got a call from  Lawrence residing in Maduvangarai around 6 pm. “He told us that a 83-year-old man named Charles was stuck in his house in in Gopalakrishnan Street, Ganesh Nagar, Maduvankarai, Guindy. Being an elderly person he was not able to move out of his house,” said Syed Mohammed Shah, District Fire officer, Guindy.

The firefighters team from Nandanam headed by Station Fire Officer  Jayakumar comprising fire fighters – Sreenivasan, Senthil Kumar, Ramesh, Thangamari, Kalaivanan and  Ajithkumar – rush to the house by 6:30 p.m. “When we went inside, we saw Mr Charles sitting on his bed unable to walk out as there was water till his thighs and it was about to raise over the bed, ” said Senthil Kumar, who was part of the team. 

The firefighters brought Mr Charles, a retired LIC officer out in a chair and took him to his relatives house in the same locality.

Chennai | 2.15 pm

Key roads closed

The city traffic police closed all major roads off Marina beach and other coastal areas of Chennai in view of Cyclone Nivar.

Following a high level decision, the city police commissioner Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal instructed the officers and personnel to stop the movement of vehicles on these roads immediately.

The  Kamarajar Salai, East Coast Road, Rajiv Gandhi Salai and Ennore Express Highway have been closed immediately by police personnel. A senior police officer said, “No vehicle will be allowed on these stretches since they are located in coastal areas. This step has been taken as part of precautionery measure and for the safety of motorists.”

Meanwhile, the city police appealed to the public not to venture out to beaches.

Chennai | 2.10 pm

Cyclone Nivar: scenes from across Tamil Nadu


Incessant heavy rainfall lashed several areas in and around Chennai as the severe cyclonic storm Nivar approached closer to the coast on Wednesday.

The above video shows different locations in Tamil Nadu as Cyclone Nivar moves close to cross the coasts.

Chennai | 2.00 pm

Eight helicopters for rescue operations

Boats have been parked on the roads for safety as cyclone Nivar approaches coast on Wednesday.

Boats have been parked on the roads for safety as cyclone Nivar approaches coast on Wednesday.
| Photo Credit: R . Ragu


Eight helicopters are in the stand by for rescue operations, said Minister for Disaster Management R.B. Udhayakumar. He also said the relief camps can accomodate over 13 lakh people and appealed people in low-lying area to approach the nearest camp as soon as possible.

Tamil Nadu | 1.40 pm

TN declares public holiday in Chennai, 12 districts tomorrow

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, inspects Chembarambakkam reservoir after its shutters were opened on Wednesday after a period of almost five years following heavy rains due to Cyclone Nivar on Nov 25, 2020.

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, inspects Chembarambakkam reservoir after its shutters were opened on Wednesday after a period of almost five years following heavy rains due to Cyclone Nivar on Nov 25, 2020.  
| Photo Credit: M. Vedhan


Owing to cyclone Nivar, Tamil Nadu government has declared public holiday tomorrow in 13 districts, including Chennai.

Holiday has been declared in Thiruvallur, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Thanjavur, Mayiladudurai, Tiruvannamalai, Ariyalur and Perambalur.

Chennai | 1.00 pm

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami visits Chembarambakkam reservoir, whose shutters were released at noon today.

IMD update | 12.30 pm

Puducherry will impact most: IMD

Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and Minister for Revenue M.O.H.F. Shahajan inspecting cyclone preparedness in a coastal hamlet at Kalapet on Wednesday.

Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and Minister for Revenue M.O.H.F. Shahajan inspecting cyclone preparedness in a coastal hamlet at Kalapet on Wednesday.
| Photo Credit: T Singaravelou

Cyclone Nivar is gradually intensifying according to IMD. “It could cause structural damage, uprooting of trees, damage to thatched or tin houses, and damage to banana and paddy crops,” said Mr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, DG, IMD.

“There’ll be strong winds and heavy rain. The most impact will be in Puducherry and Karaikal,” he added.

Chennai | 12.05 pm

Shutters of Chembarambakkam reservoir opened

Authorities opening the the shutters of Chembarambakam reservoir on Wednesday noon.

Authorities opening the the shutters of Chembarambakam reservoir on Wednesday noon.  
| Photo Credit: M. Vedhan

After nearly five years, the shutters of Chembarambakam reservoir was opened on Wednesday noon as a cautionary measure to prevent inundation, particularly in the upstream stretches.

Central Water Commission has advised Airports Authority of India to be cautious and keep a vigil if water levels rise in the Adyar river as it runs under the runway of Chennai airport.

The State Disaster Management Authority has asked people living near the banks of Adyar river, especially in low lying areas such as Kanu Nagar, Choolaipallam, Thideer Nagar, Amman Nagar, Burma Colony, Jafferkhanpetm Kotturpuram, and Chitra Nagar to relocate to the nearby relief camps.

Chennai | 11.30 am

Chennai Corporation orders removal of hoardings

As a precautionary measure, Chennai Corporation staff remove banners. Seen here is Cathedral Road.

As a precautionary measure, Chennai Corporation staff remove banners. Seen here is Cathedral Road.
| Photo Credit: K. V Srinivasan


The Greater Chennai Corporation has ordered the removal of all hoardings in the city to prevent accidents during the cyclone landfall.

Corporation Commissioner G.Prakash on Wednesday ordered the regional deputy commissioners of north, central and south regions to remove all hoardings by noon. Disaster management experts have stressed the need for removal of all hoardings to reduce the risk of accidents to motorists, pedestrians and residents during the cyclone.

Zonal officers will ask all owners to remove the hoardings and banners to avoid any danger. “Before noon all such hoardings, even if it is under court orders are to be removed due to the emergency. It is very urgent,” said Mr.Prakash.

According to the amended statutory provisions, hoardings will be permitted only on Corporation lands. Earlier, private land owners were erecting hoardings and banners illegally.

On Wednesday, civic officials started removing hoardings and banners to prevent accidents during the cyclone landfall.

According to estimates, such structures have been located in more than 500 spots. In addition to such structures, weak structures on top of high rise buildings will also be removed by civic officials.

Tamil Nadu | 11.30 am

Heavy rains in Chennai, light showers in other districts

Rainwater inundates the famous rock temple in Mamallapuram on Wednesday.

Rainwater inundates the famous rock temple in Mamallapuram on Wednesday.  
| Photo Credit: R. Ragu


In Chennai, Nungambakkam received the highest amount of rainfall with 16 cm for the day ending 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday. Several other weather stations in and around the city recorded ‘heavy to very heavy’ rainfall during the same period. The areas include Anna University, Meenambakkam and Sholinganallur with 15 cm each and Taramani, DGP Office, MGR Nagar receiving 14 cm each. 

Areas such as Mamallapuram, Alandur, and Puzhal recorded 12 cm each and Tambaram and Ambattur 11 cm each.

However, weather stations in other districts have received only light rains so far. 

Puducherry, Tirupoondi in Nagapattinam district, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, and Tindivanam have registered 2 cm each.


Chennai | 11.15 am

Residents on the banks of Adyar asked to relocate

The Chennai Corporation has requested residents of Kotturpuram, Jafferkhanpet and other areas on the banks of river Adyar to relocate to relief centres owing to the risk of flooding in Adyar River after release of water in Chembarambakkam lake at noon.

A flood alert has been issued by the corporation for neighborhoods on banks of Adyar river in Kodambakkam, Adyar, Valasaravakkam, and Alandur zones. A total of 169 relief centres have been opened.

The Corporation has also requested the owners to remove all hoarding and banners as a precautionary measure to minimise damages.

For assistance: Call 1913, control room 044-25384530 and 044-25384540. Aloysius Xavier Lopez

Tamil Nadu | 11.00 am

Nivar approaches closer to TN coast

Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Service personnel with emergency equipments leave to coastal areas of Nagapattinam district in view of cyclone Navir, on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Service personnel with emergency equipments leave to coastal areas of Nagapattinam district in view of cyclone Navir, on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.  
| Photo Credit: M. Moorthy


Incessant heavy rainfall lashed several areas in and around Chennai as the severe cyclonic storm Nivar approached closer to the coast on Wednesday. 

Places in and around Chennai received heavy to very heavy till 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday. Nungambakkam received nearly 17 cm of rainfall and Meenambakkam recorded 12 cm. The other weather stations in Taramani (12cm), West Tambaram(10 cm) and Ennore 9 cm too recorded rains of heavy to very heavy intensity. 

However, other places such as Chidambaram, Cuddalore, Karaikal, Nagapattinam have received only light rains so far till 8.30 a.m.  

According to India Meteorological Department, the severe cyclonic storm Nivar has moved west-northwestwards and lay centered over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 290 km east-southeast of Cuddalore, about 300 km east southeast of Puducherry and 350 km south southeast of Chennai. It is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm by afternoon. 

It is now moving at a speed of 7 km per hour. – K. Lakshmi


Puducherry | 10.50 am

Puducherry port hoists cyclone warning 10

The Port Department in Puducherry has hoisted Storm warning signal 10 indicating Great Danger to the por

The Port Department in Puducherry has hoisted Storm warning signal 10 indicating Great Danger to the por
| Photo Credit: S.S. Kumar


Puducherry port has hoisted cyclone warning number 10, which indicates ‘great danger’ and also means a severe cyclone is likely to cross over/near the port.

A visual storm warning signals are signage permanently hoisted at the mast of ports to alert ships of the weather condition in the ports they approach. While certain countries hoist flags, India uses distinct signs for day and night. Day signals are a combination of cylinders and cones, while night signals are red and white lamps.

Click here to know why we should worry more for signal 11 and less for 1.

Tamil Nadu | 10.40 am

NDRF teams ready: Minister

According to Minister for Disaster Management, R.B. Udhaya kumar, six NDRF teams were positioned in Cuddalore, three teams each in Chengalpattu and Nagapattinam, and two teams in Villupuram and Mayiladuthurai districts.

The Ministers said the low-lying areas and reservoirs are being monitored continuously. “A total of 22 fishing boats from Karaikal that were involved in deep-sea fishing were brought back to safety,” Mr. Udhaya Kumar said.

Chennai | 10.15 am

Shutters of Chembarambakkam reservoir to be opened by noon

After nearly five years, the shutters of Chembarambakam reservoir will be opened on Wednesday noon as a cautionary measure to prevent inundation, particularly in the upstream stretches. Residents need not fear flooding in the Adyar river as water release will be minimal.

As a precaution, flood warning has been issued to low level areas along Adyar river and surplus courses such as Kundrathur, Sirukalathur, Tirumudivakkam and Tiruneermalai.

The Adyar river has been widened to carry up to 1 lakh cusecs in the downstream stretch near Saidapet, officials noted. – K. Lakshmi


Chennai | 10.00 am

Position of Chennai reservoirs

Chembarambakkam’s storage now stands at 3,028 million cubic feet against its capacity of 3,645 mcft. The three other major reservoirs are getting steady inflows too.

While Poondi reservoir, which did not receive much rainfall, gets mostly Krishna water as inflow, Red Hills reservoir received an inflow of 1,063 cusecs at 8 a.m. and its water level stands at 17.49 feet against full level of 21.20 ft. 

In Kancheepuram and Chengalpet districts, 148 tanks of the total 909 tanks maintained by Water Resources Department have filled up so far. Nearly 254 tanks have reached above 75% of their storage capacity. The water level at Pillaipakkam tank, which drain into Chembarambakkam reservoir, has reached 12.08 feet against its full level of 13.20 feet.

The level at another tank in Sriperumbudur located upstream of Chembarambakkam too has touched 16. 19 feet against full level of 17.90 feet and is being monitored by WRD.  – K. Lakshmi

Chennai | 9.30 am

Waterlogging at 53 locations; 128 mm rainfall in Chennai

A policeman gestures as he manages traffic on a road during heavy rain, triggered by Cyclone Nivar, in Chennai, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.

A policeman gestures as he manages traffic on a road during heavy rain, triggered by Cyclone Nivar, in Chennai, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.
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Greater Chennai Corporation has identified waterlogging in 53 neighborhoods of the city ahead of the landfall of cyclone Nivar. According to a press release, civic employees cleared waterlogging at eight locations.

Civic officials are yet to control waterlogging at 45 locations. Residents have reported waterlogging in areas including George Town, Nungambakkam, Madipakkam, Sholinganallur, Perungudi, Vepery, Kilpauk, Anna Nagar, Aminjikarai, Arumbakkam, T.Nagar, Shenoy Nagar, Mogappair, Adyar and Vadapalani.

According to data compiled by Greater Chennai Corporation, the city has received a total rainfall of 516 mm during the 27 days after the onset of the northeast monsoon on October 28.

The city received a rainfall of 128 mm from 8.30 a.m. November 24 to 7 a.m. November 25.

At least 116 trees have been uprooted after the onset of the northeast monsoon. A total of 77 relief centres have been opened in the city. Motor pumps have been installed at 15 locations to bale out water. — Our Correspondent

IMD update | 8.35 am

Nivar becomes ‘severe cyclone’

The rough sea in Nagapattinam district along with gusty winds on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

The rough sea in Nagapattinam district along with gusty winds on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.  
| Photo Credit:
M. Moorthy

The cyclonic storm NIVAR over southwest Bay of Bengal has burgeoned into a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ and lay 370 km east southeast of Chennai and 310 km southeast of Puducherry, according to a morning update from the India Meteorological Department on Wednesday.

It is likely to intensify further into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ by noon and make landfall by late evening between the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts, around Karaikal and Mamallapuram with a wind speed of 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph.

Severe damage is expected to standing crop, plantation, orchards and thatched rooftops are expected to be blown away.Nivar is expected to begin ebbing in intensity by midnight after landfall and ease out by Friday though windspeeds and associated rainfall are expected to be significant until Friday, the IMD said. — Our Corrrespondent

Delhi | 8.30 am

Army deploys 12 teams

The Indian Army is ready to deploy 12 Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) teams and two Engineer Task Force units during Cyclone Nivar.

“The Army is ready to assist the government and civil administration in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, maintaining communication with concerned officials”, a defence press release said. — Our Corrrespondent

Chennai | 8.20 am

Flights cancelled at Chennai airport

Twelve departures and arrivals from and to Chennai airport have been cancelled so far due to Cyclone Nivar. Flights to Kannur, Kozhikode, Vijayawada, Tiruchi, Thoothukudi, Bengaluru, Mangalore and Hubli were cancelled.

Officials of Airports Authority of India (AAI) had said they have been making arrangements to see how best flight operations can be operated. AAI has been coordinating with the Meteorological Department, National Disaster Response Force and State government officials as well.

“The smaller ATR aircraft have been taken away from the airport by an airline because they feared it may be damaged when the cyclone makes a landfall. Those are the cancelled flights we see now. There may be delays through the day or diversions depending on the weather,” an official said.  — Staff Reporter

Tamil Nadu | 8.15 am

Thousands of police personnel deployed in coastal areas

Thousands of policemen, including commandos trained in disaster operations, have been deployed along the coastal areas as heavy rain lashed Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengalpet, Tiruvallur and Cuddalore districts since Tuesday afternoon.

With meteorological experts warning that Cyclone Nivar, located 450 km southeast of Chennai, was likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours, Director-General of Police J.K. Tripathy reviewed the deployment of manpower and infrastructure at the police headquarters.

Andhra Pradesh | 7.45 am

Nellore, Prakasam administrations on tenterhooks

Authorities in south coastal Andhra Pradesh are on high alert as the cyclonic storm Nivar over southwest Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm late on Wednesday.

Fishermen, who had ventured into the sea, rushed back as squally wind speed reaching 30 to 40 kmph prevailed. The fishermen started moving their boats to safer places as sea water advanced up to 100 metres in the coastal mandals, reminding them of the “Laila” cyclone that left a trial of destruction in 2010.


Puducherry | 7 am

Puducherry, Cuddalore gear up to deal with Cyclone Nivar

According to Chennai Corporation data the city received a rainfall of 128 mm from 8.30 a.m. November 24 to 7 a.m. November 25. A scene at Kamaraj Salai on Wednesday, November 25, 2020

According to Chennai Corporation data the city received a rainfall of 128 mm from 8.30 a.m. November 24 to 7 a.m. November 25. A scene at Kamaraj Salai on Wednesday, November 25, 2020  
| Photo Credit: S. R. Raghunathan

The Puducherry and Cuddalore district administrations are gearing up to deal with any eventuality arising out of Cyclone Nivar, which is expected to make landfall on Wednesday.

Nine teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in Puducherry, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Parangipettai and Karaikal, to carry out relief and rescue operations.


IMD | 2.45 am

Severe cyclonic storm lay centered near Cuddalore

Cyclone Nivar live updates | Chennai airport, metro stop services till tomorrow


Cyclonic storm Nivar intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and lay centred at 2330 hrs IST of 24th November, 2020 over southwest Bay of Bengal. It is about 310 km of Cuddalore. It is very likely to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours.

Chennai | November 25, 2020, 12.15 am


Heavy rainfall in Chennai

Cyclone Nivar live updates | Chennai airport, metro stop services till tomorrow


Heavy rainfall recorded in Chennai from 0830 hours IST to 2030 hours IST of November 24, 2020: Nungambakkam: 106 mm Meenambakkam: 94 mm


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Home Minister Amit Shah winds up Chennai visit

CHENNAI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday left for Delhi after launching various infrastructure projects worth over Rs 67,000 crore during his one day visit to the metropolis.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, his Cabinet colleagues including K A Sengottaiyan and P Thangamani gave him a warm send off at the airport here.

Shah, who arrived here on Saturday afternoon laid the foundation stone for projects including the Rs 61,843 crore phase II of Chennai Metro Rail, elevated highway in Coimbatore at an estimated Rs 1,620 crore, a barrage across river Cauvery in Karur district and IOCL’s projects worth over Rs 3,000 crore. Later, the senior BJP leader also addressed his party office-bearers here at a hotel.

Elaborate security arrangements were made by police for the visit of Shah, who is under Z-plus security cover.

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Cricket news 2020: Shane Watson retires, IPL, Chennai Super Kings, IPL playoffs

Shane Watson has reportedly announced his retirement from all formats of professional cricket.

This is according to The Times of India, which reports that an emotional Watson addressed his Chennai Super Kings teammates after their last game in the Indian Premier League to announce the news.

“Watson was very emotional when he told the CSK dressing room after the last game that he would retire. He said that it was a great privilege for him to play for the franchise,” a source told The Times of India.

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IPL 2020 Points Table Update: Orange Cap Holder And Purple Cap Holder List After Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

IPL Points Table: Mumbai Indians are on top of the table thanks to a better net run-rate.© Twitter

Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 10 wickets to jump to the top spot on the Indian Premier League 2020 points table on Friday. Mumbai Indians, without their regular skipper Rohit Sharma, put on a clinical show to outclass last year’s runners up to register their seventh win this season. Three teams, MI, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are all at 14 points each. MI and DC are one and two on the table respectively on the basis of a better net run rate. RCB are third while Kolkata Knight Riders sit fourth on the table. SunRisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals are tied at 8 points each while CSK are on the bottom of the table with just six points in IPL 2020.

Quinton de Kock, who remained unbeaten on 46 on Friday, went past Virat Kohli to take the fifth position in the Orange Cap race, which is dominated by Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul. KL Rahul has 540 runs from 10 matches.

Shikhar Dhawan, who became the first batsman in IPL’s history to score back-to-back centuries, is second on the list with 465 runs to his name. 

Mayank Agarwal is third on the list with 398 runs in this year’s IPL. Faf du Plessis could only muster one run against Mumbai on Friday and he has scored 376 runs in 11 matches. 


Kagiso Rabada holds the Purple Cap with 21 wickets from 10 matches.  Trent Boult jumped to third place in race for the leading wicket taker this season with a four wicket-haul on Friday. He has picked up 16 wickets so far this year.

Bumrah too added a couple of wickets to take his tally to 17 wickets this season. 

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Coronavirus | Serosurvey finds that 32.3% residents in Chennai have developed SARS-CoV-2 antibodies

Directorate of Public Health identifies 888 clusters across Tamil Nadu for new study

The second serological survey in the city has found that one-third of the population has been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 infection and has developed antibodies.

According to the Greater Chennai Corporation, of the 6,389 samples tested, 2,062 were positive for the presence of IgG antibodies, recording an overall positivity of 32.3%.

In fact, the first serological survey, the results of which were released in early September, found that one-fifth of the population in the city was exposed to the infection.

Meanwhile, the Directorate of Public Health (DPH) and Preventive Medicine has launched a State-wide serosurvey with a sample size of 26,640. According to a press release, the population-based serosurvey had been taken up across cities and villages in the State.

A total of 888 clusters have been identified for the survey. In each cluster, the survey would cover 30 houses, collecting details and blood samples from 26,640 persons in total. It would screen the samples for the presence of antibodies against COVID-19.

District-wise enumeration

An official said the sample size was determined based on the population of the district. These samples would be tested in the State Public Health Laboratory in Chennai and other public health laboratories in Coimbatore, Salem, Tiruchi, Madurai and Tirunelveli. For this, high-end laboratory equipment worth ₹4 crore would be put to use. Chemiluminescent immunoassay technique would be used for the test.

Public health teams were formed and trained to identify persons and take up testing in every district.

The process would be completed by the second week of November. The survey was jointly taken up with IDFC, Mumbai, through a memorandum of understanding.

At the end of the survey, the average number of persons affected by COVID-19 in the State would be enumerated at the level of each district.

The findings of the survey would help the State government and the Health Department in coming up with policies, the release said.

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CSK vs RR: Jos Buttler, bowlers guide Rajasthan Royals to seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings | Cricket News

ABU DHABI: Rajasthan Royals recorded a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings, riding on Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 48-ball 70 after their bowlers’ parsimonious display in the Indian Premier League here on Monday.
The win kept RR’s play-off hopes alive while leaving their beleaguered opponents on the verge of elimination.
RR restricted the three-time champions CSK to a modest 125 for five after being invited to bowl and then overcame the target in 17.3 overs, thanks to a 98-run fourth wicket partnership between Buttler and skipper Steve Smith (26).

It turned out to be an excellent day for Buttler, who sent back Faf du Plessis with an incredible catch earlier in the day.
Early wickets were the need of the hour for CSK while defending such a low total and the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side did exactly that by reducing RR to 28 for three inside five overs.

Ben Stokes (19) started on a bright note before inside-edging a Deepak Chahar delivery on to his stumps and an over later, Robin Uthappa was sent back by Josh Hazzlewood as the right-hander went for an extravagant scoop over wicketkeeper Dhoni, who was playing his 200th IPL game.
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After shining early in the tournament, Sanju Samson continued to disappoint with the bat, departing for a duck.
Buttler and Smith joined hands and played cautiously initially. While Buttler was the aggressor, Smith played the second fiddle in the partnership.

Opting to bat, CSK never got going and lacked the fire power to put up a decent score after being reduced to 56 for four in 10 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja top-scored for CSK with a 30-ball unbeaten 35 and skipper Dhoni made a run-a-ball 28 while adding 51 runs for the fifth wicket.
Jofra Archer (1/20) was terrific with the new ball but he would be disappointed with his outing on the field.
Besides Archer, the spin duo of Shreyas Gopal (1/14) and Rahul Tewatia (1/18) were economical in the middle overs, while young Kartik Tyagi (1/35) too was impressive.
Dhoni’s decision to bat first backfired as RR picked up wickets at regular intervals to make life difficult for CSK.
CSK lost the in-form Faf du Plessis (10) in the third over, caught by Jos Buttler off Archer and then an over later, Shane Watson was sent back by Kartik.
Opening the batting again, Sam Curran made 22 off 25 balls before being dismissed by Gopal.
After that, a lot depended on Ambati Rayudu but he too disappointed, perishing in the next over off Tewatia’s bowling as CSK slumped to 56 for four.
Dhoni and Jadeja tried their best to resurrect the innings and then up the ante, but it proved to be too little too late.
Dhoni was run out in search of a double in the 18th over.
Kedar Jadhav continued to struggle with the bat as RR bowlers didn’t give the CSK batsmen any leeway.

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ED raids DMK’s Gautham Sigamani’s Chennai residence, seizes assets worth Rs 8.6 cr

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued an order for seizing assets worth about Rs 8.6 crore of DMK MP Gautham Sigamani for alleged contravention of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), the agency said on Friday.

“Immovable properties in the form of agricultural lands, commercial and residential buildings among others in Tamil Nadu and movable properties in the form of bank balances and shares totalling to Rs 8.6 crore held by Gautham Sigamani have been seized by the agency under the provisions of Section 37A of FEMA,” the ED said in a statement.


Under this section of the FEMA, the ED is empowered to seize assets in India whose value is equivalent to any foreign exchange, foreign security or immovable property of an entity.

The attached assets are equivalent to the value of the “illegally acquired foreign security and non-repatriation of foreign exchange earned abroad till date, in contravention of section 4 of the FEMA,” it added.

Sigamani is a DMK Member of Parliament from the Kallakurichi Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu.

The central probe agency said it took action against the MP after it got information that he has “illegally acquired foreign security without RBI approval by contravening of the provisions of the section 4 of the FEMA.”


The probe found that the MP in March, 2008 made overseas investment of USD 1,00,000 (Rs 41,57,225) in acquiring 2.45 lakh shares of PT Excel Megindo, Jakarta and USD 55,000 (Rs. 22,86,924) in Universal Business Ventures, UAE without RBI approval and hence contravened the provisions of section 4 of FEMA for acquisition of foreign security, it said.

“Shri Gautam Sigamani, being a person resident in India, failed to repatriate profits amounting to Rs 7,05,57,237 earned by him from Universal Business Ventures UAE for the financial years 2008-09 to 2012-13 and continued to hold the same abroad till date in contravention of Section 4 read with Section 8 of FEMA,1999,” it said.


“He also failed to repatriate the balance amount lying in the bank account of Universal Business Ventures to the tune of Dirhams 6,04,783 that is equivalent to Rs 90,20,410 as on December, 2012 and continues to hold the same abroad till date in contravention of section 4 read with section 8 of FEMA, 1999,” the agency claimed. 

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IPL 2020, Shane Watson highlights, Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab

Shane Watson struck form with a blazing 83 in an unbeaten opening partnership of 181 with Faf du Plessis as Chennai Super Kings thrashed Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

The 39-year-old Watson hit his first half-century of the season and combined with Du Plessis, who smashed 87, to lead Chennai past Punjab’s 178 for four in Dubai.

The partnership was Chennai’s best opening stand in the Twenty20 tournament as the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team bounced back after three losses in the United Arab Emirates.

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Madras high court sets aside privilege notices issued against DMK MLAs for bringing gutka packets to assembly | Chennai News

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CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Tuesday set aside a breach of privilege motion initiated against 19 MLAs, including DMK president M K Stalin, for waving gutka packets in the Tamil Nadu assembly. The 19 MLAs also include Ku Ka Selvam who was expelled from the party recently.
The first bench of Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy passed the order while partly allowing the petitions moved by the legislators.
However, the privilege committee is at liberty to reconsider the issue if it still feels that the act amounts to breach of privilege, the court said.
On July 19, 2017, Stalin and 20 other DMK MLAs waved gutka packets inside the House to demonstrate that the banned item was easily available in the state. However, the speaker referred the issue to the privilege committee to ascertain whether their action would constitute breach of privilege of the House.
On August 28, 2017, the privilege committee of the assembly initiated the proceedings and issued show-cause notices to Stalin and 20 MLAs asking them why action should not be taken against them for the breach of privilege of the assembly.
Challenging the proceeding, the 21 legislators moved the high court. On September 7, 2017 the high court passed an interim order and stayed further proceedings in the issue. Two of the 21 MLAs died in the meantime.
After a lull of three years, on July 10, advocate-general Vijay Narayan and government pleader V Jayaprakash Narayan made a mention before the first bench seeking to recommence the hearing of the case.
“The term of the legislators as well as the Tamil Nadu is going to expire soon, and the case must be allotted an early hearing and brought to a logical conclusion,” Vijay Narayan said.
In view of the submission, the case was taken up for final hearing on August 12, 13 and 14. After three days of continuous hearing the bench reserved its order.

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