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Water Crisis in Chennai: Special Water train to reach Chennai on Friday noon.



Chennai: Scorching heat and delayed monsoon have crippled Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu with an acute water crisis.

Indian authorities on Thursday filled tanks with water and loaded them onto a train in Tamil Nadu to supply its manufacturing capital Chennai where reservoirs have run dry.

A senior official of the Southern Railway said the water wagon would by arriving at Villivakkam where State Ministers would be present to receive the train.

Officials say the trains would take around five hours to reach   Chennai’s Villivakkam, 220 km away, from where water would be    pumped to the Kilpauk Water Works, the pumping station that distributes water to localities in the city.

Various hotels and restaurants in the city have stopped offering meals at noon due to water shortage. People are forced to draw water from the ground illegally and over 200 motors have been seized by the Chennai Metro water department.

Chennai is one of the 21 Indian cities that the government think tank NITI Aayog has said would run out of water by 2021.



Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi jumps to P Chidambaram’s defence




New Delhi: The Delhi High Court had on Tuesday refused to grant any protection from arrest to Chidambaram in the INX Media case, following which the CBI issued a notice to him asking him to appear before the investigation officer “within two hours” after failing to find him at his residence.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has also issued a fresh lookout circular against the former Union minister.

Coming in support of former Union finance minister P Chidambaram, Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the Centre over the action of probe agencies against former Union finance minister P Chidambaram while he alleged that the government was misusing probe agencies.

Modi’s govt is using the ED, CBI and sections of a spineless media to character assassinate Chidambaram. I strongly condemn this disgraceful misuse of power, Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Earlier, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi had alleged that Chidambaram was being “hunted down” as he speaks the truth which is “inconvenient to cowards”. “An extremely qualified and respected member of the Rajya Sabha, P Chidambaram ji has served our nation with loyalty for decades including as Finance Minister & Home Minister,” Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet.

After the Delhi High Court refused to grant any protection from arrest to the former finance minister in the INX media case, the CBI issued a notice to him on Tuesday, asking him to appear before the investigation officer within two hours, after failing to find him at his residence.

In response, the legal team of Chidambaram said the notice did not mention the specific provision of law under which he was summoned and asked not to take any coercive action against him till his petition comes for hearing in the Supreme Court Wednesday morning.






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