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Chennai Airport gets new Director

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S Sreekumar Sankaranarayanan Thampi took over as the Airport Director, Airports Authority of India, Chennai Airport from June.

He succeeds G Chandramouli, who will assume charge of Regional Executive Director (Western Region), Mumbai.

Sreekumar was the Regional Executive Director (Southern Region), Chennai. He started his career in AAI in 1989 as an Assistant Executive Engineer at Chennai Airport and later worked in various capacities in Chennai, Calicut, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Guwahati, Trichy, and New Delhi Airports and Central headquarters says a release from AAI Chennai Airport.

 

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Helicopter crashes down in Uttarakashi carrying relief materials :3 Killed

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On Tuesday afternoon private Helicopter carrying relief material to the victims of the severe floods and cloudburst in Uttarakashi district, three people were on board the helicopter.

According to the Uttarkashi district magistrate the helicopter crashed in Uttarkashi. It was carrying relief material to the flood victims.

At least 16 people have died in flood and rain-related incidents in the Uttarkashi districts in the past week. A cloudburst wreaked havoc in the area last week.

Search and rescue teams of the State Disaster Response Force recovered three more bodies from Sanel village on Tuesday.

Makudi is the worst hit among the villages, where heavy rains led to the collapse of a number of houses early on Sunday. The six affected villages include Arakot, Makudi, Molda, Sanel, Tikochi, and Dwichanu.

Heavy rains in Mori block of Uttarkashi inflicted damage on an area spread over 70 square kilometers. Seventeen houses were destroyed and 115 others partially damaged, adding four bridges and power supply lines in a 14 km area were also broken.

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Rajasthan receives excess rainfall this monsoon season

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Rajasthan receives excess rainfall this monsoon season

According to the water resources department, thirteen out of the total 33 districts in Rajasthan recorded excess rainfall this season.

Only four districts are under the deficit rainfall category while there is no scanty rainfall.

The state as a whole recorded 546.84 mm rains, which is 44.8 percent more than the normal rainfall of 377.52 mm from June 1 to August 19.

Baran, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dausa, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jhalawar, Jodhpur, Kota, Pratapgarh, Sawaimadhopur, Tonk and Udaipur are under the category of excess rainfall (20-59 per cent) while Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bundi, Jhunjhunu, Nagaur, Pali, Rajsamand and Sikar recorded abnormal (60 percent or more) rainfall.

The districts with normal rainfall (19 percent to-19 percent) are Alwar, Banswara, Barmer, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Dholpur, Jalore and Sirohi.

Deficit rainfall (-20 to -59 percent) was recorded in Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jaisalmer, and Karauli.

253 of the total 810 dams in the state are filled, while 359 are partially filled and 198 are empty.

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Chief Minister Palaniswami mocks Chidambaram saying he is “burden on the earth”

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Chief Minister Palaniswami mocks Chidambaram saying he is "burden on the earth"

On Tuesday Tamil Nadu Chief Minister  K Palaniswami lashed out against on P Chidambaram stating that the senior Congress leader was only a burden on the earth.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on reaction to the criticism of his party by Chidambaram had said that the center decided to make Tamil Nadu union territory as it has done in Jammu and Kashmir then the ruling AIADMK would not resist any such move.

Palaniswami said that despite being a central minister Chidambaram never addressed any issues concerning the state including Cauvery river water dispute.

The chief minister said that “What schemes had he brought? (apparently to Tamil Nadu) How long was he the Union Minister? (But) what is the use to the country… (Chidambaram) is only a burden on the Earth,”

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