PM Narendra Modi To Hold Online Meet With 3 Firms Making COVID-19 Vaccines Tomorrow


PM Narendra Modi will interact with three teams involved in developing COVID-19

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with three teams involved in developing COVID-19 vaccines via video conferencing on Monday. The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted today that the three teams are from Gennova Biopharma, Biological E and Dr Reddy’s.

“Tomorrow, on 30th November, 2020, PM @narendramodi will interact, via video conferencing, with three teams that are involved in developing a COVID-19 vaccine. The teams he will interact with are from Gennova Biopharma, Biological E and Dr Reddy’s,” it said.

PM Modi on Saturday visited Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune to review the development and manufacturing process of coronavirus vaccines at facilities in these cities.

PM Modi visited Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune on Saturday in the last leg of his three-city visit to check how India’s firms are working on vaccines for coronavirus infection.

He has started his visit with Ahmedabad and then Hyderabad. He began by visiting pharma major Zydus Cadila’s manufacturing facility near Ahmedabad. Then he proceeded to Bharat Biotech’s facility in Hyderabad before reaching Pune.

“We discussed vaccine implementation plan with PM Modi during his visit,” SII CEO Adar Poonawalla told reporters in an online briefing on Covishield on Saturday.

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“We are amazed with what he (PM Modi) already knew. He was impressed with the new facility that we have built. The new facility can deal with more than one billion doses,” the Serum Institute CEO said.

Earlier this week, Serum Institute of India said it will sell the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine to the government for Rs 250 and to pharmacies for Rs 1,000 per dose.

A minimum of 100 million doses will be available by January and hundreds of million could be ready by the end of February, Mr Poonawalla had told NDTV.

He had said they are “hoping to get the vaccine out there as quick as possible.” “It’ll be in the hands of regulators in a couple of weeks,” Mr Poonawalla had said. His company has an agreement with the government to mass-manufacture doses of the Covid vaccine.





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What seems impossible today will become your warmup tomorrow


Stick with something long enough and your goal really does become your warm-up.

When I first started training handstands back in 2014, my dream was to hold a five-second handstand in the middle of the room. I didn’t even *know* about other handstand goals at the time. I just knew I wouldn’t let myself give up until I met that five-second goal.

At the time, I had enough strength to hold a handstand against the wall for about a minute but had no idea how to progress past wall holds. I was scared out of my mind, but took a risk and signed up for an adult gymnastics class. There, I flailed my way through basic tumbling and handstands but still didn’t make as much progress toward that initial goal as I wanted.

So I found a hand-balancing coach to get me on the right track. I worked diligently day after day on the drills and exercises he gave me. I trained nearly every day for months before I started to see any progress. I tried to speed up the process, looking for hacks and shortcuts, but none of that made much of a difference.

It was only when I learned to trust the process, to stop rushing, to quiet my ego, and let the learning take place in its own time that I was finally able to make any progress.

I’m not a fast learner, but when I learn things, I learn them deeply. It took me over six months of diligent training to get that initial five-second goal. Of course, once I met that, I wasn’t willing to stop there. I had caught the bug — of handstands, but also of mastery.

Handstands were really my first lesson in grit, in sticking with something I initially showed no promise for long enough to see any progress.

But in the end, despite the tears and constant frustrations, despite it feeling pointless at times, I stuck with it and didn’t give up. I’m proud of how far I’ve come, proud of how hard I’ve worked. I’m proud of the grit I’ve developed along the way.

And now, years later, it really is my warm-up.

What can you do today that you used to think was impossible? Share with me in the comments.





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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

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

Chennai

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.
 
| Photo Credit:
PTI

 

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  
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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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Mask rules set to relax as Victoria moves to last stage of easing, NSW to open to Victorians tomorrow


Meanwhile, the number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 17,881 on Saturday, lower than the 22,882 reported on Friday.

The French health ministry also reported 276 new deaths from the virus in hospitals over 24 hours, against 386 on Friday.

Total deaths in France from the virus now stand at 48,518, of which 33,231 were in hospitals.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 dropped for the fifth day in a row and was down at 31,365.

The number of patients in intensive care units also dropped for the fifth consecutive day and was down at 4,493.

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech to the nation about the virus situation and may announce a partial relaxation of nationwide lockdown rules which have been in place since Oct. 30.

The retail industry hopes to be able to reopen shops selling “non-essential” goods such as clothes, shoes and toys.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday he hoped this could happen “within a few days”.



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Mask rules set to relax as Victoria moves to last stage of easing, NSW to open to Victorians tomorrow


Meanwhile, the number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 17,881 on Saturday, lower than the 22,882 reported on Friday.

The French health ministry also reported 276 new deaths from the virus in hospitals over 24 hours, against 386 on Friday.

Total deaths in France from the virus now stand at 48,518, of which 33,231 were in hospitals.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 dropped for the fifth day in a row and was down at 31,365.

The number of patients in intensive care units also dropped for the fifth consecutive day and was down at 4,493.

On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech to the nation about the virus situation and may announce a partial relaxation of nationwide lockdown rules which have been in place since Oct. 30.

The retail industry hopes to be able to reopen shops selling “non-essential” goods such as clothes, shoes and toys.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday he hoped this could happen “within a few days”.



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connectivity issues post-COVID and tomorrow


The complexities of today’s enterprise’s IT infrastructure are probably only fully understood by those people charged with ensuring their continuation, reliability, and management — an organization’s IT function. Therefore, it follows that the sudden and rapid pressure IT systems have been under since the Coronavirus outbreak is similarly not fully appreciated.

In specific sectors, too — like supply chain, logistics, and delivery — the same circumstances have conspired to increase demand hugely. DoorDash, the food delivery service, for example, faced a considerable spike in need(PDF) for its services in March 2020, one exacerbated by the cashflow-sensitive nature of the restaurant industry it partners.

Regardless of how far down the digital transformation journey the larger enterprise might have been at the beginning of the year, any reliance by logistics and supply chains on legacy on-premise platforms will have been punished. The poor performance of IT systems at any point in the E2E value chain negatively impacts customer fulfillment metrics, delivery times and produces what the marketing guys term “negative customer experiences.”

When end-users get a second-rate experience, a competitor’s service is usually only a screen tap or click away. So, despite the complexity of IT infrastructure, getting the sum of the component parts running smoothly is the primary concern of any online organization.

Connecting the dots

At the core of any network — including the biggest system of them all, the internet — are the connections between machines. Ensuring that data traffic can pass safely and as quickly as possible is considered a foundation for any business or non-profit today. If the connectivity isn’t right, organizations can throw millions of dollars at software and hardware, and end-users will still receive lackluster performance.

Co-coordinating complex supply chains means seamless connectivity between logistics, warehouses, distribution centers, delivery companies, suppliers, and customers waiting at home for deliveries. Hyper-local fulfillment, just-in-time stock control management, and same-day delivery mechanisms rely on the most advanced technologies on the market today. But it’s imperative, operationally speaking, that the technology is both simple to manage (despite those complexities) and secure, despite the underlying complexity.

What were once static configurations that were troublesome to scale up could be left behind by dint of the same API-first approaches that allow individual parts of global supply chains to interconnect. Hundreds of Terraform config files can be parsed by CDN systems, replicating internal structures across more elastic cloud provisions, for example.

Point-to-point links and fragile site-to-site VPNs can be replaced by optimizing traffic routing, for example — with the outcome being faster, safer connections. The internet was designed with a certain amount of self-configuration and route discovery built-in, but some providers can improve these protocols. Furthermore, those providers can layer-in other provisions such as security oversight: prevention of DDoS attacks (distributed denial of service) and data packet examination and ‘cleaning,’ to suggest just a couple.

Conclusions and a look forward

At the end of the day, it’s all about performance — well-performing infrastructure reduces inefficiencies, allows elasticity, provides excellent value for money, and produces those important high-quality customer experiences. IT’s performance touches every part of the business, of course, it’s just that when something extraordinary happens, like a massive surge in online retail, thanks to a certain virus, any cracks begin to show.

This year, the lucky ones have been companies like Shopify, a household name that powers over a billion online storefronts. With some canny partnerships and smart technologies, it’s not only weathered seasonal demand spikes before but had the infrastructure in place to weather the worst of this year’s storm.

In a series of articles, we’ll be looking at some of the common challenges faced by IT Departments across the globe in every sector and some of the solutions available to help them around those pain-points. From the simplest of system-on-chip devices up to the massive cloud-based server instance, via the optical connections between the business and the internet backbone, there are literally thousands of systems that can make maintaining all that complexity a whole lot easier. Luckily, you, as a reader, don’t have to wade through everything that’s one offer: we at TechHQ will do that for you. Instead, we’ll present just a few large-scale providers that can solve some of the most affecting problems organizations can face, from security threats through optimized internet connectivity.

Over the course of articles over the next six weeks, we’ll be addressing the significant pain points touched on above, seeking out the vendors and their solutions to ensure the continued working of any business, regardless of size.

First in the series is Cloudflare: provider of connections capable of replacing traditional VPNs, IoT traffic curator, and the go-to name in CDN provision.





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Trump cleared to return to public engagements tomorrow – and says he’ll ‘probably’ hold a rally | US News


Donald Trump says he will “probably” hold a rally in Florida after he was cleared to resume public engagements from tomorrow.

His physician, Doctor Sean Conley, says the president has completed his course of treatment for coronavirus and that he has responded well.

In a statement released by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday, Dr Conley said: “Since returning home, his physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness. Overall he’s responded extremely well to treatment, without evidence on examination of adverse therapeutic effects.

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President Trump says he is feeling ‘so good’

“Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the president’s safe return to public engagements at that time.”

In an interview with Fox News a little while later, the president said he was feeling “so good” and is keen to get back to campaigning.

“I think I’m going to try doing a rally on Saturday night, if we have enough time to put it together, but we want to do a rally… probably in Florida on Saturday night, might come back and do one in Pennsylvania on the following night,” Mr Trump said.

He also said he would likely get another test for the virus on Friday.

Mr Trump and first lady Melania were diagnosed with coronavirus on 2 October after one of the president’s closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive.

The president spent a few days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was taken as a precaution.

Earlier, Mr Trump said he would refuse to take part in a virtual debate on 15 October that organisers were planning in response to his coronavirus diagnosis.

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Joe Biden called the president’s behaviour ‘erratic’

His campaign manager Bill Stepien suggested that in-person debates should be held on 22 and 29 October instead.

The president had said he wasn’t willing to “waste time” on a virtual debate.

Mr Stepien said a virtual debate would only serve Joe Biden who “would be relying on his teleprompter from his basement bunker”.

Mr Biden’s campaign said Mr Trump “doesn’t make the debate schedule”, and that his “erratic behaviour does not allow him to rewrite the calendar, and pick new dates of his choosing”.

Suggesting Mr Biden would go ahead with the debate either way, the statement added: “We look forward to participating in the final debate, scheduled for 22 October, which already is tied for the latest debate date in 40 years. Donald Trump can show up, or he can decline again. That’s his choice.”



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South Australian Premier hints at opening border with New South Wales and ACT tomorrow


South Australia’s Premier has hinted a decision on reopening the border with New South Wales and the ACT could come as soon as tomorrow, as SA Police sound out other emergency services to relieve police officers working in COVID-19 monitoring.

Premier Steven Marshall said the Transition Committee would meet on Tuesday to discuss the data around coronavirus cases in NSW and the ACT.

“If they [Transition Committee] make a decision … authorising travel with the ACT or New South Wales, that will be made [public] immediately,” he said.

“We want to give as much of a leg-up to those people who are wanting to travel for business … family reunions … as soon as possible.

“The numbers are looking really good, and it’s obviously a decision that the Transition Committee needs to decide. But if they give us that advice tomorrow, we’ll be very quick to act on that.

Mr Marshall said once a decision was made, border restrictions would be relaxed “very quickly”.

“I’m very keen to open that border the minute we get the advice it’s safe to do so,” he said.

“We usually try to give people advice in advance if we’re going to close the border, whereas opening a border is a different matter.

“If we make a decision to open the border I think it would be done very, very quickly.”

Police reach out to firefighters for help

South Australia Police are reaching out to the state’s other emergency services to see whether they may have capacity to lend a hand with COVID-19 monitoring efforts.

“The Commissioner of SAPOL has requested support from the emergency services with a range of activities related to policing the COVID restrictions,” Country Fire Service (CFS) Chief Mark Jones said in an email circulated within the organisation last week.

Police officers have been guarding crossings between Victoria and South Australia.(ABC News: Isadora Bogle)

“In doing so, [Commissioner Grant Stevens] recognises the fact that we work in disciplined environments and have some enforcement powers and experience.

“SAPOL have cancelled leave and scaled down many operational activities but their staff are still suffering greatly from a lack of stand down and the recession indicates rising crime levels.

Mr Jones said the CFS, the Metropolitan Fire Service and the State Emergency Service would “try to offer some support to SAPOL” in a spirit of all services “facing this challenge together”.

Areas SA Police has requested assistance in include enforcing border controls with Victoria, policing COVID restrictions in entertainment venues and gatherings, monitoring entry points such as Adelaide airport, and conducting home visits for those required to isolate.

“It is helpful that the (fire) season start looks like being slightly later than last year, which may give us the chance to offer a slightly longer period of support than might have been the case,” Mr Jones wrote.

“We propose to enrol volunteers for these purposes on short-term contracts and make them paid staff for the period. The payment level has been determined as OPS3 ($32.55 per hour).”

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The police checkpoint on the Princes Highway near Mount Gambier.(ABC South East SA: Isadora Bogle)

The CFS confirmed it had been approached by SAPOL, but said any move to assist police was only in its preliminary stages.

In a statement provided to the ABC, SA Police said it was the coordinating agency for the major pandemic emergency.

“They have had discussions on all aspects of the COVID-19 response in this state with emergency service response organisations and other government agencies that perform compliance roles within the community, including the Local Government Association,” it said.

“These discussions have related to ensuring an appropriate response to COVID-19 and other emergency incidents as we approach the fire danger season.”



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SOPs on metro rail operations to be out tomorrow


Metro trains will be allowed to operated in a graded manner.

New Delhi: The Union Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) ministry is likely to issue detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) on Wednesday for the functioning of metro trains allowed under the ‘Unlock 4’ guidelines, an official said.

Ministry secretary Durga Shanker Mishra held a meeting with all managing directors of metro rail corporations on Tuesday to finalise the SOPs.

 

Metro trains will be allowed to operated in a graded manner.

“We heard suggestions of metro managing directors, which will be considered. A draft of SOPs has been prepared and it will be discussed with the Union home ministry on Wednesday. In consultation with the home ministry, the SOPs will be finalised,” the official said.

Officials said that wearing a mask and social distancing norms will be strictly followed once metro trains start operating.

Metro passengers will be encouraged to follow anti-COVID-19 measures, they said, adding fines will be imposed on those violating the guidelines.

There are 17 metro corporations in the country. Once the detailed SOPs are issued by the HUA ministry, they can issue their details keeping in mind local requirements, the official.

 

The Union home ministry had issued the Unlock 4 guidelines on Saturday under which metro trains would be allowed to resume services from September 7.

Last week, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had said it would resume services for the public from September 7 in a calibrated manner.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said he was “glad” that the metro would resume operations in a phased manner.



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