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Cyclone Michaung Creates Havoc In Chennai, Red Alerts Issued in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu Coast

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Cyclone Michaung Created Havoc In Chennai, Red Alerts Issued in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu Coast

Cyclone Michaung has caused havoc all over the southern coast of the country. On December 4, 2023, the residents of Chennai had a not-so-normal day like previous days. They have been experiencing heavy rainfall and numerous landmarks and buildings, roads, and infrastructures submerged in water.

Local Cops stated that due to inundation 14 subways were closed in the city. Along with it, uprooted and jammed trees were removed from 11 places. Monday was declared as a public holiday by the Tamil Nadu government. Moreover, the government also requested that private companies let the employees in Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, and Chennai work from home.

Fatalities Witnessed

The impact of Cyclone Michaung intensified as it approached the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Due to serious incidents related to heavy rain, waterlogging was experienced in several parts of the city. The city also witnessed two fatalities.

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IMD or the India Meteorological Department, on Monday issued a red alert for heavy rainfall in Karaikal, Puducherry, and north coastal areas of Tamil Nadu. The cyclone is expected to make its landfall on the southern coast on December 5.

Cyclone Michaung got its name from Myanmar. Myanmar suggested the naming of cyclone ‘Michaung,’ which means resilience or strength.

Cyclone Michaung As Severe Cyclonic Storm

On December 5, 2023, Cyclone Michaung is likely to take the shape of a severe cyclonic storm, as per Amaravati Meteorological Centre. In a press release, the AMC stated that the cyclone will intensify gradually and will move close to the south coast of Andhra Pradesh crossing between Machilipatnam and Nellore, near Bapatla.

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The Meteorological Department said that it is likely that the winds will flow up to speeds of 100 mph and gush at 110 mph.

Reactions on Social Media

Social media users came to X, formerly Twitter, to post videos of the effect of Cyclone Michaung, which has devasted the entire city.

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Sandeshkhali unrest: Women stage fresh stir against another Trinamool leader

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Kolkata, Feb 27 (IANS) Local women in Sandeshkhali staged a protest in front of Trinamool leader Shankar Sardar’s residence, blaming him for illegal land grabs and other offenses. They accused him of supporting the ruling party leaders involved in the crisis. The protest was fueled by anger over alleged injustices.

The women, armed with sticks and brooms, demanded the arrest of Shankar Sardar, whom they accused of illegally seizing ‘barga’ land and handing it over for pisciculture farms. Barga land is cultivated by someone other than the owner, with a share of the produce going to the owner. The women claimed Sardar also interfered with government schemes like MGNREGA and PMAY.

“He also used to snatch our job cards under MGNREGA as well as the cards for the government housing scheme under PMAY. If anyone protested, they were beaten up. They even stopped supply of food from the fair price shops,” said a protesting woman. The Superintendent of Basirhat district police, Hossain Mehdi Rehman, intervened to calm the situation, and the protesters dispersed peacefully.

In response, Shankar Sardar denied the allegations, suggesting villagers were seeking excuses to target him. Police presence has been increased outside his residence to prevent further incidents. The Sandeshkhali crisis continues to unfold, with tensions running high among the community members involved in the dispute.

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Rashtrapati Bhavan hosts 'Purple Fest'

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New Delhi, February 27 (IANS) – Rashtrapati Bhavan hosted a ‘Purple Fest’ on Monday, showcasing cultural performances for persons with disabilities. President Droupadi Murmu attended the event and interacted with participants, as reported by the President’s Secretariat.

The fest included activities like ‘Know your disabilities’, ‘Purple Cafe’, ‘Purple Kaleidoscope’, ‘Purple Live Experience Zone’, ‘Purple Sports’. More than 14,000 people participated in the event, organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.

The event aimed to raise awareness about different disabilities and promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of persons with disabilities within society. President Murmu witnessed the cultural performances and highlighted the importance of empathy and support for individuals with disabilities.

The ‘Purple Fest’ was an initiative to celebrate the abilities and talents of persons with disabilities, showcasing their skills and contributions to society. The event was a step towards creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for individuals with disabilities in India.

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Implementation of OPS in Assam tough: Himanta Biswa Sarma

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Implementation of OPS in Assam tough: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday stated that implementing the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) would harm the state’s economy. He highlighted the benefits of National Pension System (NPS) for employees. Opposition members disagreed, leading to a walkout in the Assembly.

Sarma revealed that 4,34,454 retirees are under the state government’s pension, with 1,75,998 under OPS and 2,58,456 under NPS. He emphasized that NPS provides respectable pension amounts, especially for those who enroll at a younger age, unlike OPS.

The Assam government currently spends over Rs 1,700 crore monthly on pension payments for employees. Sarma warned that adopting OPS could lead to the pension bill surpassing the salary bill within five years, ultimately damaging the state’s economy. A committee has been formed by the Central government to assess NPS benefits and drawbacks.

“We adhere to the Central government’s pension plans because we implement their pay scale here. Under the NPS, individuals who enlisted at a younger age — such as 25 — will receive a respectable pension amount,” said Sarma. He acknowledged that some employees nearing NPS retirement might face financial challenges, which the government is addressing.

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