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Chennai Emerges as South India’s Industrial Hub

The presence of industrial corridors, acting as an economic ecosystem, fosters heightened economic activity within the transportation corridor. Like a vital artery, it serves as the central hub of economic vitality in the region…reports Asian Lite News

Chennai is slowly but surely becoming the industrial hub of South India, if not the entire subcontinent. With the government’s plans to upgrade the highway roads, travel time will be reduced as well as vehicle operating costs. As a major seaport, the city’s proximity to raw materials, easy access to major seaports, airports, and different parts of Southern India has rendered it a major industrial hub.

The presence of industrial corridors, acting as an economic ecosystem, fosters heightened economic activity within the transportation corridor. Like a vital artery, it serves as the central hub of economic vitality in the region.

In 2022, the Government of India greenlit 8 projects to develop industrial corridors between major hubs in the country. These projects will take place under the National Industrial Corridor Development and Implementation Trust (NICDIT).

One of these projects is the 96-km Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC). This project is already underway and is scheduled to be completed by 2025. With the completion of the project, the travel time between Chennai and Bengaluru will be cut to two to three hours.
“The project will also increase economic activity in the region by opening up new areas for industrial development. There is potential for manufacturing facilities, warehousing facilities along the corridor. Also, the project will be closer to the port and will facilitate easy cargo movement on the corridor,” Suresh Krishna, State President of CREDAI, Tamil Nadu, told The Hindu.

The CBIC will go through cover Chennai, Sriperumbudur, Ponnapanthangal, Ranipet, Vellore, Chittoor, Bangarupalem, Palamaner, Bangarpet, Hoskote, and Bengaluru.
CBIC: Prime Investment Destination

The Chennai Bangalore Industrial Corridor (CBIC) stands as an enticing prospect for investors, offering a multitude of advantages. Positioned at the onset of a major industrial corridor, Chennai promises abundant job opportunities. Escaping urban congestion, many are gravitating towards the city’s outskirts, lured by available land parcels, ideal for realizing their dream homes.

This burgeoning industrial landscape has given rise to a thriving economy, with job prospects that foster personal and professional growth. Renowned for its top-notch infrastructure and connectivity, Chennai boasts an exemplary transportation system. This includes ongoing initiatives, including metro expansions toward Parandur, which promise enhanced accessibility for suburban residents, significantly reducing travel times.
Furthermore, Chennai’s strong economic foundation, fueled by diverse industries like manufacturing, automotive, IT, and logistics along the CBIC, continues to bolster its status as the state’s economic hub.

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Ministers from 35 countries to meet for G20 meet in Chennai  

During the fourth ECSWG, further discussion on the outcome documents is scheduled to take place in parallel, under the two broad tracks of Environment and Climate, they said…reports Asian Lite News

Chennai will play host to the fourth Environment & Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) and Environment and Climate Ministers’ meeting, which commences here on July 26, in which nearly 35 ministers from different countries will participate.

Speaking about the three-day event being held under India’s G20 Presidency, Richa Sharma, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, here said on Tuesday that Union Environment Bhupender Yadav who holds the portfolio will address the ministerial meeting.

About 300 delegates from the G20 member countries, invitees and representatives of several international organisations will be taking part in meeting.

The previous meetings were held in Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, and Mumbai.

“We have brought in new thematic priorities for discussions, such as land degradation due to forest fires or owing to abandoned mines. Different working groups will conclude their work and finally meet in Delhi,” Sharma told reporters here.

“We are working towards developing G20 high-level principles on a sustainable ocean-based economy,” she added. A detailed report on handling marine plastic litter will be prepared. Tomorrow’s event attracts the largest number of participants, indicating the Presidency’s success for the thematic priorities,” she said.

Bivash Ranjan, Additional Director General of Forests, MoEF & CC; Naresh Pal Gangwar, Additional Secretary, MoEF & CC; and Richa Sharma, the theme Chairs for land restoration, circular economy, and blue economy, who jointly addressed media persons, said the deliberations of the 4th ECSWG meeting will conclude with the G20 Environment and Climate Ministers’ Meeting on Day 3, wherein the outcome and the Presidency documents will be released.

In the previous three meetings, as well as virtual sessions in May, June and July, collaborative and inclusive discussions took place and the discussions centered on identifying the root cause and global solutions that could help tackle the multidimensional challenge of climate and environmental degradation.

During the fourth ECSWG, further discussion on the outcome documents is scheduled to take place in parallel, under the two broad tracks of Environment and Climate, they said.

“Coastal and marine spatial planning is also an important issue and how this should be used in a comprehensive and incubated manner, and the kind of planning approach to be undertaken would be taken into account. This is underway for Puducherry and Lakshadweep. A draft document has been prepared for the entire coastline of India and the islands,” Sharma said.

Govt to release 2 commemorative coins to mark G20 presidency

The government will release two commemorative coins of ₹ 100 and ₹ 75 to mark India’s G20 presidency. According to a gazette notification issued on July 24, the commemorative ₹ 100 coin will bear the Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar in the centre with the legend Satyamev Jayate in Devnagari on its obverse side.

It will also be flanked on the left periphery with the word ‘Bharat’ in Devnagari script and on the right periphery with the word ‘India’ in English.

The reverse side of the coin will have the design of the logo of India’s G20 Presidency in the centre and Vasudhev Kutumbkam will be written in Devnagari script on the upper periphery of the coin and the inscription ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ in English will be written on lower periphery of the coin, as per the notification.

The standard weight of both coins would be 35 grams each and they will be of 44 millimetres in diameter.

India’s presidency of the G20 is from December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2023. The G20 is an inter-governmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies.

Under India’s presidency, the leaders’ summit is scheduled to be held on September 9 and 10.

Commemorative coins are typically issued by the government to mark a special occasion.

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Chennai march into their 10th IPL final

In reply, Rashid Khan’s 30-run cameo did give GT a glimmer of hope but CSK bowlers were at their best and bowled out the Titans for 157 in 20 overs to book the ticket to finale…reports Asian Lite News

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 60 off 44 followed by a commanding display by the bowlers guided Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their 10th final with a 15-run win over defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 Qualifier 1 at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, here on Tuesday.

Opener Devon Conway was struggling for rhythm but his partner Gaikwad was fluent as usual and stroked to his fourth fifty of the season. GT pulled things back nicely during the middle overs and seemed to have control of the proceedings. Towards the end, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali chipped in with cameos as CSK managed to reach 172/7 in their 20 overs.

In reply, GT couldn’t manage to build up any significant partnerships as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Rashid Khan’s 30-run cameo did give GT a glimmer of hope but CSK bowlers were at their best and bowled out the Titans for 157 in 20 overs to book the ticket to finale.

Chasing 173, the Titans had a shaky start, losing two wickets in the Power-play. Deepak Chahar drew the first blood by dismissing Wriddhiman Saha. Then Maheesh Theekshana struck in the sixth over and got the big wicket of skipper Hardik Pandya. Shubman Gill’s couple of lovely shots took GT to 41 for the loss of two wickets at the end of Power-Play.

The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Theekshana kept things tight in the next three overs before Shanaka hit a back-to-back boundary and a maximum in the 10th over, taking GT to 72/2.

Chennai, May 23 (ANI): Chennai Super Kings’ MS Dhoni sets the field during the 1st qualifier match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 against Gujarat Titans, at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai on Tuesday. (ANI Photo/ Digital Restriction)

In the next over, Jadeja removed Dasun Shanaka, who looked to reverse sweep over the point fielder but didn’t get it off the middle of the bat. Theekshana at short third man moved to his right and took a fine catch.

After Matheesha Pathirana’s 10-ball over, Jadeja struck again in the 13th over and cleaned up David Miller, finishing his spell with 2-18. In the next over, Deepak Chahar got the big fish Gill for 42, making the chase tougher as Titans were reduced GT to 88/5 and the asking run rate was over 12 runs per over.

Theekshana bowled the carrom ball and Rahul Tewatia was caught flat-footed deep inside the crease and was unable to tuck it away. The ball beat the bat and crashed into the stumps and, Gujarat lost their sixth wicket and 71 was needed in the next 30 balls.

Then, Rashid Khan and Vijay Shankar went for a few big hits and collected 19 runs in the 17th over to shift some momentum. But momentum again turned in CSK’s favour with two successive wickets. First Pathirana dismissed Shankar on the third ball of the 18th over, then Subhranshu Senapati’s direct hit sent Darshan Nalkande back to the hut.

With 35 needing in 12 balls, Rashid Khan smashed a boundary on the first ball of the penultimate over but, a moment later, Tushar Deshpande dismissed GT’s only hope, Rashid.

When 27 needed off 6, Pathirana conceded a boundary and picked up a wicket of Shami as GT was bowled out for 157 and CSK walked away with 15 runs.

Earlier, batting first, Chennai had a steady yet dramatic start as Gaikwad got caught at mid-wicket in the second over but was lucky to survive as Darshan Nalkande overstepped and the hooter went up. He then smoked over long-on for a six on a free hit and hit a boundary on the next ball.

With some cracking shots from Gaikwad and Conway, CSK reached 49 for no loss at the end of the Power-play. Soon, Gaikwad completed his fifty off 36 balls as CSK reached 85 for no loss at the halfway mark.

When the Titans were looking for a breakthrough, Mohit Sharma struck gold for Gujarat the next over and sent Gaikwad back, ending the 87-run opening stand.

After Gaikwad’s dismissal, the boundaries dried up for Chennai but Conway broke the shackles as he got an outside edge for a four. Then, Ajinkya Rahane whipped one over deep mid-wicket for a six but fell on the next ball.

Piling further miseries, Shami came back on and picked up a wicket right away, dismissing the set batter Conway for 40. Then, Rayudu used the depth of the crease and pulled it a long way over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum before falling on the last ball of the 18th over.

M.S. Dhoni came on to bat to a huge roar from the Chennai crowd. Ravindra Jadeja lofted it over cover for a boundary on the fourth ball of the penultimate over. The next delivery there was a deafening silence inside the ground as Dhoni walked back to the hut.

Jadeja got a boundary in the final before falling on the penultimate ball of the innings as Chennai racked up 172/7 in 20 overs.

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 172/7 in 20 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 60, Devon Conway 40; Mohd Shami 2-28, Mohit Sharma 2-31) beat Gujarat Titans (Shubman Gill 42, Rashid Khan 30; Ravindra Jadeja 2-18, Maheesh Theekshana 2-28) by 15 runs

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Chennai sink Delhi, storm into playoff

Chennai outplayed Delhi comprehensively in every department in front of a vociferous crowd sporting yellow jerseys in heaps…writes Niharika Raina

Devon Conway hit 87 while Ruturaj Gaikwad slammed 79 and shared a huge 141-run opening partnership in setting the base for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) becoming the second team to qualify for IPL 2023 Playoffs after thrashing a listless Delhi Capitals by 77 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Saturday.

After fireworks from Conway and Gaikwad, followed by cameos from Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja propelled Chennai to a massive 223/3 on what was called a sluggish pitch, the M.S. Dhoni-led side took three wickets in Power-play and made strikes regularly to restrict Delhi to 146/9, despite David Warner waging a lone battle with a fighting 86.

Gaikwad produced a stunning exhibition of back-foot shots in hitting three fours and seven sixes in his 50-ball knock while Conway was pristine in his strokeplay during his 52-ball innings to hit 11 fours and three sixes as Chennai unleashed carnage on an off-colour Delhi bowling line-up.

On a hot afternoon, Delhi’s pacers and spinners are being taken to the cleaners constantly on going too full or short in their lengths. Such was the effect of the carnage that Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel didn’t complete their full quota of overs, as Chennai outplayed Delhi comprehensively in every department in front of a vociferous crowd sporting yellow jerseys in heaps.

Electing to bat first, Chennai began aggressively with Gaikwad whipping nicely for fours off Khaleel Ahmed and Lalit Yadav. Devon Conway brought up 1000th six of the tournament by dancing down the pitch to drive over Lalit Yadav’s head into the sightscreen. Conway then feasted on full and short balls from Khaleel to pick fours via flick and slash in the third over.

Despite the introduction of Axar and Anrich Nortje, there was no stopping Chennai as Gaikwad lofted off the former for a six over cover while Conway pulled off his wrists and brought out a drive presenting the full face of the bat off the tearaway pacer for back-to-back fours as 50 runs came in just five overs.

Gaikwad’s brilliance on the backfoot continued when he pulled Kuldeep in the seventh over and broke a lull of three boundary-less overs by rocking back twice to hit sixes off Axar, before getting his fifty in 37 balls.

After Conway whipped and pulled off Sakariya for back-to-back fours in the eleventh over, Gaikwad smacked a hat-trick of sixes off Kuldeep’s fuller balls in the next over. A clean loft over long-off was followed by clearing wide long-on and bowler’s head with immaculate ease.

Gaikwad’s sterling run continued when he used Nortje’s pace to pull over fine-leg for six, followed by Conway hitting a maximum by effortlessly whipping a delivery from Khaleel to reach his fifty in 33 balls, before pulling again off the pacer for four more in the 14th over.

After Gaikwad miscued to deep square leg off a slower ball from Sakariya, Conway marched forward by upper-cutting off him and thumping Lalit over his head for a brace of fours.

Dube joined the party by smashing Lalit down the ground for six before Conway chipped off the backfoot to hit a four between long-on and long-off. The New Zealander got an outside edge off Nortje for four and followed it up with a sizzling short-arm jab for six.

Dube’s fruitful promotion to three continued when his mistimed swing still cleared deep mid-wicket off Khaleel and cleanly swung over the bowler’s head for a brace of sixes, before he and Conway holed out in quick succession.

Jadeja brought up Chennai’s 200 by smashing Nortje over long-on for six and steered one past backward point for four more. Jadeja flicked and swiped off Sakariya for back-to-back fours in the final over yielding 16 runs, despite Dhoni not hitting a boundary.

In such a tall chase, Delhi needed big runs from the word go but didn’t get it. Prithvi Shaw mistimed his loft to mid-off, off Tushar Deshpande while Deepak Chahar had Phil Salt chipping straight to cover and Rilee Rossouw chopping onto his stumps off consecutive deliveries as Delhi were in tatters at 26/3 in 4.5 overs.

But Warner waged a lone battle, smashing boundaries off Deshpande and Chahar with ease, before ending the Power-play with a pulled six off Maheesh Theekshana. The Delhi skipper hoicked Jadeja for six, before taking boundaries off him and Theekshana to reach his fifty in 32 balls, despite losing Yash Dhull, who miscued to backward point off the left-arm spinner.

Axar Patel drove Matheesha Pathirana for four and hit a straight six down the ground off Jadeja. Warner punched and hoicked Jadeja for a four and six, before reverse-sweeping off him for another maximum in the 13th over, which yielded 23 runs.

Chahar provided the breakthrough by having Axar hole out to long-on. Aman Khan mistimed one to extra cover off Pathirana, while Warner fell after holing out to long-on off Pathirana, followed by Theekshana taking two more wickets, adding more joy to Chennai’s perfect day on the field.

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 223/3 in 20 overs (Devon Conway 87, Ruturaj Gaikwad 79; Chetan Sakariya 1-36) beat Delhi Capitals 146/9 in 20 overs (David Warner 86; Deepak Chahar 3-22, Maheesh Theekshana 2-23) by 77 runs

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Rajasthan thrash Chennai, move to top spot

With this win, Rajasthan went to the top of the table with five wins while CSK, who also have five victories, dropped down to the third spot after the loss…reports Asian Lite News

Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal’s attacking fifty (77 off 43) followed by clinical bowling performance by Adam Zampa (3-22) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2-35) led Rajasthan Royals to a convincing 32-run win over Chennai Super Kings in Match No. 37 of IPL 2023 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Thursday.

With this win, Rajasthan went to the top of the table with five wins while CSK, who also have five victories, dropped down to the third spot after the loss.

Jaiswal’s fifty (77 off 43) propelled Rajasthan Royals to 202/5 in 20 overs. Apart from Jaiswal, the likes of Dhruv Jurel (34 off 15), Jos Buttler (27 off 21), and Devdutt Padikkal (24 off 12) contributed to the Royals’ big score on a batting-friendly pitch.

In reply, Shivam Dube (52 off 33) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (47 off 29) tried hard with the bat for CSK but it was not enough against a disciplined Royals bowling attack.

Chasing a huge total, CSK were off to a sedate start, scoring just 13 runs in the first three overs as both Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad were too cautious in their approach.

Gaikwad then decided to free his arms and got a few crucial four and sixes off Jason Holder and Ravichandran Ashwin in the next few overs but Conway had a torrid time out in the middle as he just couldn’t put the ball away to the boundary. The dots piled up and Conway (8 off 16) eventually ended up getting out by hitting one straight to mid-on in Adam Zampa’s over, leaving CSK on 42-1 at the end of the powerplay.

The wicket brought the in-form Ajinkya Rahane to the crease and along with Gaikwad, he had the responsibility to give some impetus to CSK’s innings. However, the Rajasthan bowlers, with their disciplined line and length, didn’t allow CSK batters to bat freely.

With the required run rate increasing, the pressure was mounting on the chasing team and Gaikwad tried to take on Zampa but he mistimed the ball horribly to get caught for 47. After Zampa, it was Ashwin’s turn to make an impact and he got rid of both Rahane (15) and Impact Substitute Ambati Rayudu (0) in the same over, putting CSK in deep trouble at 73/4 after 10.4 overs.

CSK were crumbling but Shivam Dube and Moeen Ali kept their hopes alive by hitting some crucial boundaries and sixes. Continuing his brilliant form, Dube was dealing in sixes and Moeen raced to 23 off just 12 balls before Zampa gave Royals a timely breakthrough by removing the England left-hander.

Chennai needed 78 from the final five and it was again Dube, who kept them in the hunt with his timely boundaries and sixes. On the other hand, Ravindra Jadeja struggled to get going initially but later he also found some boundaries but the target was becoming too big for CSK.

With 58 runs required off 18 balls, Sandeep Sharma executed his plans well and gave just 12 runs, bringing the equation to 46 off 12. And then Holder bowled an excellent over to concede just 9 runs. Eventually, CSK required 37 off the last over and they were able to get just four runs off Kuldip Yadav, getting restricted to 170/6 in 20 overs.

Earlier, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to bat first as openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler gave them a flying start, scoring 60/0 in the Power-play. Jaiswal took on Akash Singh in the very first over, hitting the pacer for three boundaries. His batting partner Buttler targeted Tushar Deshpande and got two boundaries in an over.

Jaiswal was in no mood to stop as he hammered Akash for 18 runs in the pacer’s next over, courtesy of three fours and one six. With the pacers going for runs, CSK skipper Dhoni was forced to bring in the spinner and Maheesh Theekshana did well to concede just 3 runs.

The next two overs bowled by Deshpande and Theekshana brought 19 runs for the Royals, who were going strong. Even after the Power-play Jaiswal continued his blitz and stormed his way to a 26-ball half-century.

CSK badly needed a breakthrough and it was provided by Jadeja, who dismissed Buttler in the 8th over to give some respite to his team. While Jaiswal decided to continue with his aggressive approach, skipper Sanju Samson was happy playing second fiddle as Royals crossed the 100-run mark in the 10th over.

With Jaiswal and Samson at the crease, it seemed like Rajasthan were cruising towards a big total but Tushar Deshpande removed both set batters in the same over — the 14th of the innings — to bring CSK back into the game.

Samson first mistimed one to get caught at long-on and Jaiswal too didn’t quite middle the ball, with Ajinkya Rahane taking the catch at backward point, and leaving Rajasthan Royals at 132-3 after 13.5 overs.

With a healthy run rate on the board, the platform was set for the finishers. However, Shimron Hetmyer (8) got out to Theekshana, while trying to play a cut shot but was completely cramped up and bottom-edged the ball into the stumps.

From there on, the responsibility was on Dhruv Jurel and Devdutt Padikkal to finish strongly for the Royals and they didn’t disappoint, scoring 56 runs in the last four overs. Jurel played some brilliant shots during his superb cameo while Padikkal chipped in though he was lucky with a couple of streaky boundaries — Royals posting 202/5 in 20 overs, which was the highest total at this ground in IPL history.

Brief scores:

Rajasthan Royals 202/5 in 20 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 77, Dhruv Jurel 34; Tushar Deshpande 2-42) beat Chennai Super Kings 170/6 in 20 overs (Shivam Dube 52, Ruturaj Gaikwad 47; Adam Zampa 3-22) by 32 runs.

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Chennai-Jaffna flights resume nearly after 3 years

According to officials, four flights are to be operated every week between the two destinations and number of journeys is to be increased in future…writes Susitha Fernando

Ending nearly three-year break due to Covid-19 pandemic, flights between Chennai and Palali in Northern Sri Lanka resumed operations on Monday.

Restarting air travel, a flight from Chennai International Airport reached Jaffna International Airport in Palali at 10.50 a.m. on Monday and it left for Chennai at 11.30 a.m.

According to Sri Lankan Civil Aviation Authority, four flights are to be operated every week between the two destinations and number of journeys is to be increased in future.

“Following discussion for nearly six months facilities have been arranged for India’s Alliance Air to fly to Jaffna from Chennai and back,” Maj Gen. G. A. Chandrasiri, Chairman Civil Aviation Authority told media.

“We are planning to increase the number of flights in the future,” the chairman said.

ATR 72 aircrafts are to be used for the direct flight operations on every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“With the vision to connect to our neighbouring countries, it is our endeavour to offer better air connectivity to all our neighbours with their closest city hubs. Pre-Covid, Alliance Air operated this commercial international flight. With the support from Government of India, Alliance Air will again resume this flight operation,” the Alliance Air said in a statement

“This flight is special in many ways. Apart from being Alliance Air’s maiden international foray, it has connected Chennai to Jaffna after a gap of 41 years. Flyers coming into Chennai from Delhi, Coimbatore, Ahmadabad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Dubai, Trivandrum and Muscat have the option of connecting onwards to Jaffna over Chennai making air travel more convenient,” the airline noted.

The airline was earlier a subsidiary of Air India, until the national carrier’s divestment and hand over to the Tata Group in January this year.

The majority Tamils living in Jaffna and the Northern peninsula of Sri Lanka has historical, cultural and religious connections with Chennai and the state of Tamil Nadu and both Sri Lankans and Indians travel between the two destinations.

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CSK’s Super Kings Academy launched in Chennai

Meanwhile, Hussey mentioned that it is a great opportunity for young boys and girls to be part of something special…reports Asian Lite News

 Four-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday launched Super Kings Academy — cricket coaching centres for both boys and girls here in the city and in Salem.

CSK pacer Deepak Chahar, batting coach Michael Hussey, bowling coach L Balaji and CEO K S Viswanathan virtually attended the inauguration and interacted with the students.

Chahar, who has been a key player for the CSK over the years, said he had improved as a person and as an athlete after joining the “CSK family”.

“I have improved as a person and as an athlete after joining the CSK family. I can give that guarantee to everyone, the parents and kids…I don’t know how many will play for the country or the state but there is one guarantee that you will surely become a better person and all of you will be treated equally,” the pacer said.

“Obviously, there are a lot of players playing in the country but the most important thing is to express yourself and you will have that freedom,” he added.

Meanwhile, Hussey mentioned that it is a great opportunity for young boys and girls to be part of something special.

“Everyone has got an opportunity to improve their game. It is a chance to improve their cricket, which is important, but also a chance to improve as people,” he said.

According to Balaji, CSK has always unearthed a lot of talented players.

“CSK has always unearthed a lot of talent in the past. There have always been players who have not played much but suddenly they will come out good and go on to play for India. The Super Kings Academy is a wonderful opportunity for boys and girls,” he added.

The Academy will have experienced, BCCI certified coaches who will impart CSK system of learning to students. It will have access to learning and training methodology from CSK and guest lectures from CSK players and support staff, a release said.

The academies have begun with summer camps and will operate throughout the year.

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Tamil Nadu tableau finds pride of place in Chennai

The Tableaux proposed by Tamil Nadu and rejected in the third round by the Central government for the National Republic Day parade was used by the state government at Chennai parade during the 73rd Republic Day celebrations…reports Asian Lite News

The tableaux titled ‘Tamil Nadu in Freedom Struggle’ depicting V.O. Chidambaranar, ‘Mahakavi’ Subramania Bharathi, Rani Velu Nachiyar, and the Maruthu Pandiyar brothers who were executed by the East India Company were used in the Republic day parade in Chennai.

Chief Minister M.K. Stalin had earlier said that these tableaux will be displayed during the Tamil Nadu Republic Day parade and after this will be taken across the state to showcase to the people about the freedom fighters of the state.

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Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi on Wednesday unfurled the national flag near the Gandhi square on Kamarajar salai in Chennai in the presence of Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin on the occasion of the 73rd Republic day celebrations in the state.

About 6,800 police personnel are on duty as part of the security and are deployed in various parts of Chennai city on the occasion.

Due to the surge in Covid cases, the general public has not been given entry to the Republic day functions at the Gandhi square. Parades by school and college students are also not taking place due to Covid.

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12 people dead in Tamil Nadu rains, says Revenue Minister

The minister added that the state government has already mobilised 1.05 lakh volunteers including swimmers, snake catchers, and tree cutters for rescue and relief operations….reports Asian Lite News

Tamil Nadu Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management KKSSR Ramachandran has said that 12 people have died in various parts of the state due to heavy rain in the past three days. He said that 11 companies of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 7 companies of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in the rain-affected areas.

The minister told IANS on Wednesday: “The government is ready to face any eventuality due to rain and has already deployed 11 teams of NDRF in various parts of Chennai and adjoining districts while 7 companies of the State Disaster Response Force are ready to join the operations. Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea following the IMD alert for the next three days and all 33,773 boats that were in the sea off Tamil Nadu coast are back home and no boat is in the sea now.”

The minister added that the state government has already mobilised 1.05 lakh volunteers including swimmers, snake catchers, and tree cutters for rescue and relief operations. Senior IAS and IPS officers have been deputed to monitor the functioning of district collectors and district superintendents of police.

He said that 12 IPS officers have been posted in Chennai for coordination and 15 IAS officers for each of the zones of Greater Chennai Corporation.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert in Chennai and adjoining districts for Thursday. The red alert is an indication that heavy to very heavy rain would lash the city and adjoining areas on Thursday.

The IMD in a statement on Wednesday said that a low-pressure system over the Bay would intensify into a deep depression and reach North Tamil Nadu coast by November 11. The red alert, according to IMD, is applicable to several coastal districts of the state as extremely heavy rain (200mm) is likely in the coastal areas of the state.

The IMD regional centre said that the well-marked low-pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to concentrate into a depression in the next 12 hours. This depression would move northwestwards and reach Northern Tamil Nadu by the early morning of November 11 leading to heavy showers in the area.

Heavy rain continues to lash Chennai

Heavy rain continued to lash Chennai on Thursday morning since the previous night due to the depression over southwest Bay of Bengal, which according to the IMD is expected to cross northern Tamil Nadu and the adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coasts by the evening.

As a result, several homes in the city have been inundated, while the power supply has been cut off in many localities.

According to the weather department, the depression over southwest Bay of Bengal is currently about 170 km east-southeast of Chennai and 170 km east of Puducherry.

It continues to move west-northwestwards.

Localities like T.Nagar, Mylapore, Velacherry, Adyar, Ekkattuthangal and others are waterlogged.

While the Greater Chennai Corporation is pumping out water with motors, the water level remains the same.

“Wind is also blowing and the possibility of trees getting uprooted is also one of the fears,” a milk supply boy said.

Several subways have been closed for traffic as they are filled with water.

According to Chennai Airport, flight operations are continuing as per schedule.

Suburban train services from Chennai to Tiruvallur have been suspended due to waterlogging on the tracks and in other routes the services were delayed.

According to the Railways, in the case of long distance trains, only marginal delays can be expected in arrivals and departures, especially for those trains going towards and coming from Arakkonam and Gudur.

Eight flights cancelled in Chennai

Eight flights have been cancelled due to bad weather in Chennai airport, officials said on Wednesday.

Four arrivals and four departures have been cancelled after the Met Department predicted heavy rains and gusty winds in Chennai and adjoining districts.

Indigo Airlines flights to Madurai (4.10 p.m.), Mumbai (7.55 p.m.), Trichy (7.55 p.m.) were the domestic flights from Chennai that stand cancelled. An international flight operated by Air Arabia to Sharjah, scheduled to depart at 9.30 p.m., was also cancelled.

Indigo flights from Madurai at 7.30 p.m., Trichy at 10.30 p.m., Mumbai at 1 a.m. on Thursday and an Air Arabia flight from Sharjah to Chennai were also cancelled.

The Airport Authority of India, in a statement, said that the decision to cancel the flights, all operated on ATR aircraft, was taken based on the weather forecast as the small ATR aircraft will have difficulty in landing due to windy conditions.

Heavy rains send vegetable prices soaring

Heavy rains and waterlogging across Chennai have sent vegetable prices soaring in the wholesale Koyambedu market, while prices in the retail vegetable markets too have catapulted.

Tomatoes were priced at Rs 100 per kg, lady’s finger touched the Rs 150 per kg mark, while beans were being sold for Rs 100 per kg in Chennai’s retail markets after heavy rains led to soaring prices of vegetables in the wholesale Koyambedu market.

Almost all the vegetables that were selling at less than Rs 25 per kg are selling for more than Rs 50 per kg now. Carrot is selling at Rs 130 per kg, while capsicum is priced at Rs 120 per kg.

M.K. Abdullah, a wholesale merchant at the Koyamdedu market, said, “The heavy rains that lashed Chennai city have led to a spiralling process. Even locally-grown vegetables have become costlier as there is shortage of labour and most of the crops are under water. Most of the local supply comes from within 100 km radius of Chennai city and vegetables that reach from Karnataka are not expected as trucks are not moving in due to waterlogging in many parts of the city.”

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Long wait for Covid-19 test brings misery for Int’l flyers at Chennai airport

The passenger also alleged that the room where the passengers are made to stand in queue is a tiny one where no Covid protocols are followed….reports Asian Lite News

International travellers from Europe, the US and the Middle East, who are landing at the Chennai international airport, have to wait for hours in long queues to get their swab samples tested.

Even for passengers who are reaching the country after taking two doses of vaccine are not exempted from swab test in Chennai. The passengers complain that they have to stand in two queues, one to make the payment and the second for the swab sample.

Mohammed Aslam, a passenger who reached Chennai on Tuesday from Europe, told IANS, “I had to wait for more than two hours in the queue. One queue is to make payment for RT-PCR test and the second one is for giving the swab.”

The passenger also alleged that the room where the passengers are made to stand in queue is a tiny one where no Covid protocols are followed.

At the Chennai international airport, at least five flights are arriving daily from abroad, leading to large queues.

Swab test done by the Chennai Corporation as there is a gradual increase in the COVID positive cases in Tamilnadu

While other airports like in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi have adequate space, the Chennai airport does not have proper space for the passengers to stand in queue.

Basheer from the air travel agents’ association told IANS, “The solution is to increase the number of counters. While there are four counters at the Chennai airport, these are not enough to cater to the large flow of passengers to the airport. The number of passengers arriving from Europe is also more and hence the queues are also long. We got information that the Airport Authority of India will take effective measures to solve the issue.”

Officials in the Airport Authority of India (AAI) said that there are around 20 staff members who collect swab samples from the passengers. The officials, however, said that crowd control is in place and that the department would look into the complaints, if any.

The AAI is also planning to increase the number of counters at the airport to ensure smooth exit for the passengers.

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