Cyclone to hit TN, Andhra by evening
Chennai: Cyclone Nilam is expected to make a landfall this evening between Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu and Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, bringing in heavy rains in the region, with tide levels reaching 1.5 meters.
"The cyclonic storm, which lay about 320 km south-south east of Chennai at 5.30pm on Wednesday, will move north-north westwards and cross north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh between Cuddalore and Nellore near Chennai by October 31 evening", a weather bulletin by the Met department said.
Storm surge of about one to 1.5 metres over the astronomical tide would occur, inundating low lying areas of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, it said. Under the influence of the system, very heavy rainfall and extremely heavy rainfall (of 25 cm or more) is expected in the next 24 hours, it said.
"Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy fall would occur over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and north Interior Tamil Nadu during the next 48 hours", it said.
Squally winds with speeds of 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would prevail along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and coastal Andhra Pradesh. The wind speed would gradually increase thereafter to touch 80-90 kmph as the system moves closer to the coast at the time of landfall, it said. The condition of the sea would be "high" along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast during the next 36 hours, it said.
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Kejriwal set for another expose today
New Delhi: India Against Corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal is all set to expose 'something big' on Wednesday in New Delhi.
The IAC has also confirmed this and Kejriwal has also tweeted about the plan to come out with another revelation on Wednesday evening.
Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Wednesday morning: "Watchout for today's expose. It cud be pretty big."
Kejriwal had earlier targetted Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra, DLF's land deals in Haryana, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari in the Maharashtra irrigation scam and Salman Khurshid for his NGO's functions in Uttar Pradesh.
On Tuesday, BJP mouthpiece Kamal Sandesh asked the Union government to investigate the possible foreign funding of Kejriwal. Ironically, this happened at a time when Congress mouthpiece Congress Sandesh also attacked Kejriwal for "hit-and-run" tactics without naming him.
"The main game of Kejriwal may be related to funding. We should know if the funds belong to India or the forces which want to weaken the country. The government should find out who has given the 'supari' to Kejriwal," the Kamal Sandesh edit says. However, the sharply-worded edit in the latest issue of Kamal Sandesh does not substantiate the charges made.
Ready to face probe, says Gadkari
MUMBAI: Reiterating that corruption charges against him were part of a conspiracy, BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said he had assets worth Rs.12.5 crore and was ready for any kind of probe.
Kataria now MoS Rural Development
New Delhi: Minister of State Lalchand Kataria, who was at the centre of much confusion following his appointment as MoS Defence, has had his portfolio reassigned to that of Rural Development.
Kataria was a first time appointee to the Cabinet, and the decision to give him Defence caught many by surprise, especially given that MoS Defence Jitendra Singh was also from Rajasthan.
The re-appointment comes following a meeting between Kataria and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.
Kataria had refused to take charge in Defence Ministry and official sources said he conveyed to the Prime Minister that since the other Minister of State Jitendra Singh also hailed from Rajasthan like him, he would find it difficult to work in the Defence Ministry. Kataria was not the only change in the newly appointed Cabinet however.
In two other changes, Milind Deora, Minister of State (MoS) in Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministry, got the additional portfolio of Shipping in the same rank and Panabaka Laxmi, who was made MoS in the Textile Ministry on Sunday, was reallocated the Petroleum and Gas Department.