Disclaimer : Below article is not going to help our current water crisis but it really helps for our future. "Use water cautiously"
Chennai, India faced a devastating flood in 2015 that killed hundreds of people and displaced many more. Today, the southern Indian city’s four main reservoirs are virtually dry.
This crisis is not only due to lack of water. Lack of proper management is exacerbating dry conditions in Chennai and many other cities around the world. If Chennai does not take action, it will likely face similar crises in the future.
Chennai’s Water Crisis Is a Management ProblemChennai gets its water from four main reservoirs—Puzhal, Cholavaram, Chembarambakkam and Poondi. Puzhal and Cholavaram have completely dried up. Chembarambakkam and Poondi have little water left. While rainfall this week is bringing a temporary reprieve, reservoirs are unlikely to recharge until the North East Monsoon arrives, which is still months away.
In the meantime, the city and many of its more than 10 million residents are now desperately drawing water from wells, further depleting scant groundwater resources. Others wait in line for hours to get water that’s trucked in from other locations or pay exorbitant sums to private water providers.
While last year’s poor monsoon season contributed to the current crisis, Chennai’s water scarcity has worsened in recent decades, driven largely by unplanned urbanization and increased competition.
Chennai’s population has increased from 500,000 to more than 10 million over the last century. Its economy and appetite for water-intensive industry, products and agriculture have grown in-step with population. According to WRI’s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, Chennai faces extremely high baseline water stress, meaning that on average more than 80% of the available water supply is used up every year by agriculture, industries and consumers.
At the same time, the water that is available is becoming increasingly polluted. Dumping untreated sewage into lakes is common practice in Chennai. These pollutants also seep into the soil and affect groundwater, further worsening the city’s water security.
Things Chennai Can Do to Increase Water Security.
Many have proposed ideas such as bringing water from other watersheds or investing in desalination plants to provide water to the increasingly water-stressed Chennai.
But bringing water from distant watersheds such as Cauvery or Krishna wouldn’t help the city in the long run, as these watersheds are also facing water-scarcity issues. Desalination plants could address some of the concerns, but they are very costly and consume a lot of energy. Chennai’s government is in the throes of a crisis – a difficult situation in which immediate action must be taken to sustain residents until the monsoons come. The city should also think about taking steps to help avert a similar situation in the future:
Ensuring Water-secure Futures for Cities Like Chennai. While Chennai’s “Day Zero” water shut-off was the latest to make headlines, cities around the world face similar problems. Cape Town, South Africa experienced a similar situation a year ago. Sao Paulo, Brazil nearly ran out of water in 2014 and experienced another severe drought last year. WRI’s Aqueduct tool shows that 36 countries are considered “extremely water stressed,” where more than 80 percent of the available supply is used up every year by agriculture, industry and consumers.
Cities around the world cannot afford to wait. They need to implement sustainable solutions with a focus on integrated water resource management to avoid having their own “Day Zero” experience. Chennai and other cities like it could be water-secure again, but only if we start acting now.
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Online Movie Ticket market has grown so big after the transformation of Internet in India. BookMySHow and Paytm are 2 most popular names in this market with major market share. These platforms do offer discounts most of the times but one thing that disappoints online users is the Internet Handling Fee that one gets to pay to complete the booking.
According to the recent reports, “Internet Handling Fee” that online movie booking platforms like BookMyShow and PVR charge is not legal at all. An RTI has recently revealed that any online movie booking platform that is charging you Internet Handling Fee is illegal and against the RBI regulations.
In a reply to the RTI filed by Vijay Gopal, the president of ‘Forum Against Corruption’, RBI responded that this fee is supposed to be paid by the merchant and not end customers.
According to RBI rules, every merchant has to pay Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) to banks when they accept payments online. However, the merchants are charging customers which is unethical.
After RBI’s reply, Vijay has filed a case against BookMyShow and PVR. He took to Twitter and announced.
Glad to share, A case has bee filed in the Hyd Consumer Court-3 against BookMyshow, PVR and the IT Dept. If GOI or shifting the operating cost of the theatre to the consumers calling it Internet Handling Fee. Justice will be served soon like sizzlers..!!
What do you think about this case? Do share your comments in this section.
Chennaiites can now travel on metro trains any number of times a day on a single ticket, as Chennai Metro Rail Limited has launched a monthly pass that allows commuters unlimited rides. Passengers will have to pay Rs 2,500 with an additional refundable fee of Rs 50 to purchase the ‘tourist card’.
“With this card, commuters can travel to any station at any time of the day for an entire month,” an official said.
While smartcards were introduced for commuters to avoid waiting in queues, metro rail officials said the new monthly tourist card is for office-goers and tourists who use metro rail facility multiple times a day.
At present, CMRL offers trip cards that allow passengers a set number of trips within a specific number of days between two stations. There is also tourist card for Rs 100 +50 refundable fee that allows unlimited rides for a single day.
Chennai Police's Third Eye campaign seeks to bring the city under complete surveillance.
It would be hard to miss the recent additions to the streets of Chennai over the past few months. The ubiquitous presence of tiny flickering lights that belong to the many CCTV cameras placed within 50 metres of each other at most roads and intersections have attracted considerable attention and publicity.
The CCTV cameras are part of an initiative launched two years ago by the Chennai Police to combat crime. Dubbed ‘Third Eye’, the campaign has gained steam over the last six months or so and now covers over half the city.
The Third Eye campaign took wings under the stewardship of incumbent Commissioner A K Vishwanathan. The top brass of the police force felt that the presence of CCTV cameras would serve as a deterrent to crime and also help in cracking existing cases by providing much needed evidence to fill the gaps.
The campaign was launched and intensified after the police force realised the need for greater aid. According to a spokesperson for the Chennai Police, the imperative to keep up with the times was a major driver and technology proved to be a great facilitator. Several high profile cases such as the Swathi murder case prompted the force to ramp up efforts to increase the coverage of CCTV.
Cameras have now been installed at every major junction and street corners. In many cases they are linked to the police control room of the nearest police station. The unique nature of the Third Eye campaign is the high level of involvement of people from all walks. While some of these have been installed using police funds, some have received MP and MLA local funds while citizens and RWAs have also donated to them for CCTV installation.
Private individuals such as shopkeepers, house owners and Resident Welfare Associations have also come forward in great numbers to install street-facing cameras themselves. These cameras are not networked and the data rests with the owners who have installed the camera. In that sense, the Third Eye campaign is one of the largest public-private surveillance networks in the country.
Khaleel Rahman, security expert and proprietor of Pace Security solutions said, “As I see it, it is kept as a deterrent and for record keeping of any incident. As of now, I do not see centralised networking for all the cameras installed, though it may happen in the future. For now the recording will rest with the shop or household that the camera is linked to if they are maintained by an individual.”
Questions and concerns
Such a vast surveillance mechanism naturally raises concerns about privacy of citizens and the potential to misuse the information procured through this method. Khaleel Rahman says, “When the cameras are not networked, the recording will be saved at the point where they are connected, such as to a shop or apartment complex. The footage can be saved for 15 days to a month, after which it will be recorded over. If the camera is privately owned and street facing, then those who have installed it can have access to the footage. There are ways to also password protect and encrypt the footage to prevent access as well.”
Hariharan V, an IT professional raises questions about the way the programme has been implemented. “I’ve been noticing the cameras with a feeling of unease. I understand it is hard to keep track of all activities and it helps the police but many private parties such as RWAs and offices have installed street-facing cameras that they can use for their own ends. It could lead to unpleasant violations of privacy that no one has control over.”
Privacy advocates point out that in the absence of a data protection law, CCTV surveillance operates in a legal grey area that is prone to misuse. While they may be installed with the stated intent of aiding law enforcement, the footage in the hands of private individuals can be used for various nefarious purposes such as stalking, blackmail and extortion. An incident of intimidation faced by a prominent journalist, when CCTV footage of her meeting with a cop at a cafe had been leaked online, raises concerns about privacy and safety of information held.
A spokesperson for the Chennai Police confirmed that they access the footage only if there is report of an incident in the area. They do not seek information for any other reason.
There have also been some questions over gaps in installation in low-income areas. There are no cameras in the housing board tenements in Dr Thomas Road in T Nagar. Two instances of vandalism in the area remain unsolved. “We had someone set a bike on fire in the middle of the night. The bike was completely charred. We called the police and they took a complaint but since there was no one around and no cameras we do not know who is behind it,” says Valli K, a resident in Block M.
In response, the police say that the installation is yet to be completed in all areas as they await more funding and that the final aim of the programme is to bring all parts of the city under surveillance.
With privacy concerns being raised only by a few and a large part of the city already under the watchful eye of the many CCTV cameras, it will be hard to turn the clocks back on Chennai’s transition to round-the-clock surveillance. Chennai Police plans to share footage with the traffic police for cashless invoicing of traffic violators, and therefore, there is always a possibility that more agencies will be privy to the information recorded across the city by CCTV cameras.
In this event, a robust data protection framework that ensures the security of the information collected, as well as clarity on who owns and uses the data, must be in place for the city to prevent the misuse or unauthorized sharing of personal information of citizens.
The public and various stakeholders must be actively involved in the process of installation, in choosing locations. They must always be aware of who can access the data. The programme should follow a grassroots approach rather than the current top-down iteration.
The current surveillance mechanism only has legal sanctions in the form of the Tamil Nadu Urban Local Bodies (Installation of Closed Circuit Television Units in Public Buildings) Rules 2012 which does not cover the privacy concerns of citizens. This must be remedied with clear rules on data sharing with law enforcement and other agencies as well as rules pertaining to footage in the hands of private individuals.
But what about the final impact of this mammoth exercise, in terms of the primary objective of curtailing crime? It is perhaps too early to ascertain that. Also, with no NCRB report since 2016, there are no numbers to show for the phase when the programme really took off. However, on the basis of personal experience, police personnel claim to have received fewer reports of theft and petty crimes since the cameras were put in place.
[Partial data from police sources]
The app's existing privacy and safety settings allow users to decide who can comment and react to their videos or send them a message and download content from their accounts.
Giving Indian users more account management control on its platform, video-sharing app TikTok on Friday launched a new safety feature that allows them to filter self-defined words in Hindi and English from the comments section. The "Filter Comments" feature would automatically remove up to 30 user-defined words from the comments section. Users can also change the listed words as and when they want, the company said in a statement.
The safety feature comes as part of TikTok India's #SafeHumSafeInternet and #BetterMeBetterInternet campaigns launched in partnership with the Cyber Peace Foundation to mark the Safer Internet Day (SID) on February 4. The app's existing privacy and safety settings allow users to decide who can comment and react to their videos or send them a message and download content from their accounts.
TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Owned by China-based company ByteDance, TikTok was first launched in China in 2016 as "Douyin". It was rolled out to international markets in 2017.
But in all of sudden Ban Tik Tok in India started to trend in twitter.
ACT Fibernet has extended its association with the Chennai Super Kings for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. As official internet partner of the defending champions, ACT Fibernet will offer ‘Incredibly Fast’ wifi access to fans in the stadium during CSK’s home games.
ACT Fibernet, India’s largest fiber-focused wired broadband internet service provider), has announced the extension of its partnership with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as the official connectivity and internet partner.
As part of the partnership, ACT Fibernet will provide incredibly fast wifi connectivity during all the CSK matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Speaking on the partnership, Sandeep Gupta, COO, ACT Fibernet said, “CSK is one of the most celebrated teams and the reigning champion of IPL. We are immensely excited to be their chosen connectivity partner. Through this partnership, our aim is to elevate the in-stadium experience for the fans and players. As part of our brand promise of Advantage Speed, we believe our unmatchable speed and futuristic technology, will provide a never before Wi-Fi experience to the users.”
Commenting on the partnership, Kashi S. Viswanathan, CEO, Chennai Super Kings said, “ACT Fibernet is our trusted connectivity partner, and we are delighted to have them on board for the second time in a row. ACT Fibernet has played a critical role in providing world-class internet experience to all our stakeholders in the past, and we hope this year too we will have a fruitful partnership”.
Over 40,000 fans seated in the stadium will be able to enjoy HD quality speeds on Wi-Fi seamlessly, access internet in the stadium, catch up on live videos, watch match replays, and indulge in social media activities.
Further, to optimize the in-stadium experience, ACT Fibernet and CSK together will host exciting contests and engagement activities for the fans. Chosen lucky winners will win a chance to free match tickets, signed memorabilia and interact with their favourite CSK cricketers.
Gemini Ganesan started his filmy career with Miss Malini in 1947, but was noticed only after his villainous performance in Thai Ullam in 1953. His handsome looks and charming attitude soon got him a slew of offers and Gemini Ganesan soon earned the title `Kadhal Mannan’ (King of Romance). In his long film career spanning over five decades, Gemini Ganesan acted in more than 200 films, including Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada. Gemini Ganesan’s personal life, particularly his marriage to multiple women over the years, has often been a subject of criticism.
Popularly known as the romantic hero, Gemini Ganesan, at 19, married Alamelu, and whom he fondly called ‘Boubji’. Alamelu and Gemini Ganesan have four daughters; three of them – Revathi, Kamala and Jayalakshmi – are medical doctors ,the fourth Narayani is a journalist.
Later Gemini Ganesan married Savitri. Savitri and Gemini Ganesan have two children- a daughter Vijaya Chamundeswari, who is a physiotherapist, and has been the part of few movies and Gemini Ganesan has only son Satheesh Kumar.
Gemini Ganesan has two daughters with Pushpavalli- Rekha who went on to become a famous Bollywood actor, and Radha.
In October 1998, Gemini Ganesan married Juliana Andrews. His fourth and last wife Juliana, whom he married at an age of 78, was then a 36-year-old woman.
Gemini Ganesan was survived by seven daughters and a son.
When Savitri fell sick and went into coma, Alamelu took in Savitri’s children and visited her in hospital. When Savitri died, Alamelu brought her body back to her house in Chennai and held the funeral.
Despite the many women in his life, Alamelu was the pillar of strength for Gemini Ganesan till he passed away on 22nd March 2005.
Dulquer Salmaan essayed the role of Gemini Ganesan in Nag Ashwin’s Mahanati, whereas Keerthy suresh played the titular role.
Some Interesting Trivia about Gemini Ganesan
As a mark of respect to the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulawama attack, Indian cricketers sported the Army cap on Friday.
Pakistan has demanded that the ICC take note of Indian cricketers wearing camouflage military caps during the third ODI against Australia, accusing Virat Kohli team's of politicising the game.
As a mark of respect to the CRPF jawans who lost their lives in the Pulawama terrorist attack, Indian cricketers sported the Army cap and also donated their match fee for the welfare of the families of the martyrs.
Taking an exception to the gesture, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the International Cricket Council must do something about it.
"The world saw that the Indian cricket team wore military caps instead of their own, did ICC not see this? We think that it is the ICC's responsibility to take notice of this without the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) bringing it up," Qureshi was quoted as saying by Pakistan media.
India had lost the match by 32 runs but still lead the five-match series 2-1.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry echoed Qureshi's sentiment.
"It's just not Cricket," Chaudhry tweeted in the evening, attaching a picture which showed Indian cricketers wearing the cap.
"And if the Indian team will not be stopped, Pak cricket team should wear black bands to remind The World about Indian atrocities in Kashmir," Chaudhry wrote.
The minister urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lodge a formal protest against India with the sport's world governing body.
At least 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives in the suicide attack on February 14, the responsibility of which was taken by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.
The IPL 2018 opener will be the 23rd time when MI and CSK square off in the tournament, where MI holds 12-10 lead over Dhoni and co.
Mumbai: Time to talk is over…almost. The time to lock horns is here as the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 is set for a blockbuster opener as Mumbai Indians (MI) square off against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
This will be the 25th time that these two sides will face each other in Twenty20s and 23rd time in the IPL, with MI enjoying 13-11 lead (overall) and 6-4 (overall) in India’s financial capital. MI also hold an edge over CSK, with 12-10 win-loss ratio (5-2 at Wankhede), in their 22 IPL battles.
The Men in Yellow or as some like to call them, the Manchester United of IPL – loved, hated, but hardly-ever ignored – are making a return to cricket’s widely watched domestic T20 league following a two-year suspension due to the spot-fixing saga. CSK will like to make their IPL comeback memorable and win the opening game.
Defending champions, Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will like to brush aside their tendency of being the late bloomers and losing the first few games. Although there are going to be battles within battles – Ravindra Jadeja vs Hardik Pandya and Dwanye Bravo vs Kieron Pollard, the MI vs CSK encounter will be a battle of cores as the teams have retained their core of players via player retentions and at the auction.
While MI core consists of Rohit, Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal –, Jasprit Bumrah, Pollard and Mitchell McClenaghan, CSK have Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Bravo and Murali Vijay.
However, the IPL opener will also be an opportunity to see how the other Jharkhand boy and a possible MS Dhoni successor, playing for MI, Ishan Kishan does. He was India’s captain as they missed out winning the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh a few years ago. While Kishan’s then teammate and explosive wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant made it to Team India before him, Pant’s failure to cash in on the limited opportunities, means a chance for Kishan to raise his credentials and be in contention for a spot in limited-overs squad whenever opportunity arises in the future.
Kishan and the explosive West Indian Evin Lewis at the top with Rohit, Hardik, Pollard, JP Duminy, Krunal, Suryakumar Yadav in the middle, means MI have a powerful batting unit.
The Mukesh Ambani-owned side, meanwhile, will see an end of an era and a beginning of a new bowling order under Bumrah’s leadership as Lasith Malinga will no longer play the event as a bowler and turns mentor while Harbhajan Singh dons Yellow over Blue, which he wore over 10 seasons of IPL.
For CSK, while they will have to do a bit of jugglery at the top with the likes of Sam Billings, Faf, Shane Watson, Murali Vijay and Ambati Rayudu providing enough options for the openers’ slots, their middle-order of Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwaye Bravo possesses solid skills to counter MI’s bowling attack.
While CSK managed to retain majority of their core, they could not retain R Ashwin. However, the management has roped in Harbhajan, Karn Sharma and Imran Tahir to bolster team’s spin-bowling attack, which also has Jadeja as two pacers from the likes of Mark Wood, Shardul Thakur and Lungi Ngidi will take the field for CSK in IPL 2018 opener.
Predicted playing XIs:
Mumbai Indians: Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma (captain), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Akila Dananjaya / Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar / Pradeep Sangwan.
Chennai Super Kings: Sam Billings/Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dwyane Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Mark Wood / Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur.
Head to head IPL record:
Games played: 22
Mumbai Indians: 12 wins
Chennai Super Kings: 10 wins
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CMDA also plans to construct an MTC bus stand on five acres of land to operate link services to CMBT and to other parts of the city.
Chennai: Nudging officials to start work on the long pending Kilambakkam bus terminus, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, who is also the housing minister, conducted an inspection of the site on Thursday evening.
“The new bus stand that would cater to the southbound buses will be coming up on 88.52-acre land. The detailed project report will be completed in two months and construction will be completed in two years,” Panneerselvam told media persons after the inspection.
According to CMDA officials, the bus stand near Vandalur would cost Rs 321 crore and would accommodate 250 buses every day. “Moreover, nearly 300 spare buses could be parked in the bus stand,” one of the officials said.
CMDA also plans to construct an MTC bus stand on five acres of land to operate link services to CMBT and to other parts of the city. The new bus stand would also accommodate 275 cars and 3,582 two-wheelers apart from housing a police station and a water purification centre among other facilities. “The bus stand will also have escalators to help differently-abled and elderly passengers,” the official said.
CMDA is expected to obtain no objection certificate (NOC) from Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to construct the bus stand. “We have applied for the NOC. Since norms allow the construction activity near the particular archaeological site, the NOC will be given, hopefully,” the CMDA official said. An objection from ASI has been one of the roadblocks impeding the Kilambakkam bus stand, apart from anomalies in land acquisition.
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