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Flood-hit Chennai Airport to Start Flight Operations From Monday

Agen Sabung Ayam

CHENNAI:  It was a day of attrition for the thousands of personnel and volunteers, whose efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and offer relief to the thousands of flood-hit people of Chennai had to weather a few hostile spells of heavy showers right from Sunday morning.

The Chennai airport that shut down in the onslaught of the rains earlier this week, finally got back on track, with a few Air India flights managing to operate with the limited facilities available. Having received the nod from the regulator DGCA, it will resume full operations for all domestic and international operations from Monday morning, said Airports Authority of India.

Chennai Airport Back in Action Today

Runway clear; power back; DGCA gives green light to open airport for night time operations; domestic and international terminals to be operational from 6 am on Monday

Train Services Likely to be Restored Today  

Southern Railway is aiming to restore normal services from Monday, to come as a welcome relief for passengers who have been stranded for about a week.

In coastal Cuddalore, however, the heavy pounding continued all through the night till the wee hours of Sunday, which filled up rivers, canals and ponds, and marooned villages, leaving hundreds stranded. With some areas receiving over 16 cm rains, furthering the misery of thousands in the district, 160 Army personnel including doctors have reached there carrying equipment to undertake rescue measures.

Rain relief materials have been pouring in from across India, and even from Indians living abroad. The army personnel, fishermen with their rescue boats and the thousands of volunteers on the streets and behind the scenes refused to let Chennai sink

Relief work by thousands of personnel from the local police and Fire and Rescue services, the Army, Navy and Air Force, and the Indian Coast Guard and NDRF continued unhindered, even as it rained heavily during the morning hours. Showers were reported from all parts of the city and outside areas, with an intensity that raised concerns in the minds of those who were working on the ground.  However, it subsided around noon, much to the relief of the personnel, and also volunteers involved in relief work.

Eyes in the Sky Help Police Rescue 25 Stranded Families

Deployment of drones by the city police had helped rescue members of as many as 25 flood-hit families so far, HD camera on the drone provided real time feed to the control room, which was operated by Prof Senthil of MIT, Chromepet.

Cops Turn Messengers of Good News to Faraway Kin

If not for the Chennai police, the NRI son of an elderly couple living here wouldn’t have heaved a sigh of relief – he could not contact them for days ever since the rains wreaked havoc on the city.

The Railways, however, could not run the three trains bound for Kerala on Sunday due to operational reasons, and also cancelled as many as 10 trains to destinations including Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, frustrating hundreds of people who were desperately trying to get out of the flood-ravaged metropolis.

However, it did manage to operate suburban lines for local trains and also specials to ferry people to other parts of the State. The zonal railways has expressed hope that it would be able to resume full scale operations from Chennai Central and Egmore stations – the two key hubs that cater to thousands every day. The MTC, meanwhile, had a substantial patronage despite it being a Sunday.  With the largescale rescue operations almost getting over, the city police have turned to drones to reach into marooned neighbourhoods in search of possible survivors. The expert who is handling the drone is coordinating with the rescue teams so as to deploy manpower only in essential areas.

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Going by the buzz within the volunteer community numbering thousands, the need of the hour now is water, milk and materials including blankets, dress especially women’s clothing, medical professionals and medicines, and sanitary napkins. Volunteers have also pointed out that the waste and stagnant water could raise a serious health hazard. The City Corporation said in a statement that as many as 24,500 workers were on the ground and 120 trucks deployed to carry the waste away from the streets. More men and machinery are being brought in from other municipal bodies from around the State, it said.

  Couple Names Baby Girl After Good Samaritan

Chitra and Mohan just had a child, a darling baby girl whom they named Yunus. How else does one express the gratitude towards a man who rescued them during the floods?

Nigerian Sisters Join Rescue Operations After Surgery  

Doctors, paramedics from the hospital were involved in distributing relief materials to the people affected by the flood. Seeing this, Eoukugho who had undergone a surgery and her sister Roli Noloma accompanying her, joined the rescue team.

The weathermen, meanwhile, predicted more showers for the city for the next 48 hours, though with much less intensity. According to Regional Meteorological Department (RMD), the low pressure area over Sri Lanka and adjoining Comorin area off south Tamil Nadu coast now lies over Southwest Bay of Bengal off the coast, allowing relief to the State. “Only some places in the interior districts and the coastal districts might see heavy downpour,” said S B Thampi, Deputy Director of RMD.

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The Pursuit of Electronics

If a calamity brings out the best in many, it also throws up unsavoury characteristics among a few, who were seen collecting electronic items out of flooded Saidapet area.

‘Driving Out Dogs’ to Keep Them Fully Safe and Dry

Pooches may just be luckier than their two-legged owners, a boarding facility for dogs on the ECR organised a series of trips to Bengaluru to keep their house guests dry and well cared for.

Primordial Water and its Associated Myths

How lucky to be dry. How lucky to have water to drink, a toilet that flushed. How lucky to be parcelling food and not waiting for it. How lucky to be in my own clothes, and to have excess to give.

The New Indian Express – Top News – http://www.newindianexpress.com/top_news/

Flood-hit Chennai Airport to Start Flight Operations from Monday

Agen Sabung Ayam

CHENNAI:  It was a day of attrition for the thousands of personnel and volunteers, whose efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and offer relief to the thousands of flood-hit people of Chennai had to weather a few hostile spells of heavy showers right from Sunday morning.

Runway clear; power back; DGCA gives green light to open airport for night time operations; domestic and international terminals to be operational from 6 am on Monday

Train Services Likely to be Restored Today  

Southern Railway is aiming to restore normal services from Monday, to come as a welcome relief for passengers who have been stranded for about a week.

In coastal Cuddalore, however, the heavy pounding continued all through the night till the wee hours of Sunday, which filled up rivers, canals and ponds, and marooned villages, leaving hundreds stranded. With some areas receiving over 16 cm rains, furthering the misery of thousands in the district, 160 Army personnel including doctors have reached there carrying equipment to undertake rescue measures.

Rain relief materials have been pouring in from across India, and even from Indians living abroad. The army personnel, fishermen with their rescue boats and the thousands of volunteers on the streets and behind the scenes refused to let Chennai sink

Relief work by thousands of personnel from the local police and Fire and Rescue services, the Army, Navy and Air Force, and the Indian Coast Guard and NDRF continued unhindered, even as it rained heavily during the morning hours. Showers were reported from all parts of the city and outside areas, with an intensity that raised concerns in the minds of those who were working on the ground.  However, it subsided around noon, much to the relief of the personnel, and also volunteers involved in relief work.

The Chennai airport that shut down in the onslaught of the rains earlier this week, finally got back on track, with a few Air India flights managing to operate with the limited facilities available. Having received the nod from the regulator DGCA, it will resume full operations for all domestic and international operations from Monday morning, said Airports Authority of India.

The Railways, however, could not run the three trains bound for Kerala on Sunday due to operational reasons, and also cancelled as many as 10 trains to destinations including Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, frustrating hundreds of people who were desperately trying to get out of the flood-ravaged metropolis.

However, it did manage to operate suburban lines for local trains and also specials to ferry people to other parts of the State. The zonal railways has expressed hope that it would be able to resume full scale operations from Chennai Central and Egmore stations – the two key hubs that cater to thousands every day.

The MTC, meanwhile, had a substantial patronage despite it being a Sunday.  With the largescale rescue operations almost getting over, the city police have turned to drones to reach into marooned neighbourhoods in search of possible survivors. The expert who is handling the drone is coordinating with the rescue teams so as to deploy manpower only in essential areas.

Going by the buzz within the volunteer community numbering thousands, the need of the hour now is water, milk and materials including blankets, dress especially women’s clothing, medical professionals and medicines, and sanitary napkins. Volunteers have also pointed out that the waste and stagnant water could raise a serious health hazard. The City Corporation said in a statement that as many as 24,500 workers were on the ground and 120 trucks deployed to carry the waste away from the streets. More men and machinery are being brought in from other municipal bodies from around the State, it said. 

The weathermen, meanwhile, predicted more showers for the city for the next 48 hours, though with much less intensity. According to Regional Meteorological Department (RMD), the low pressure area over Sri Lanka and adjoining Comorin area off south Tamil Nadu coast now lies over Southwest Bay of Bengal off the coast, allowing relief to the State. “Only some places in the interior districts and the coastal districts might see heavy downpour,” said S B Thampi, Deputy Director of RMD.

The New Indian Express – Top News – http://www.newindianexpress.com/top_news/

Mars Science Lab start delayed two a long time

Bandar Sabung Ayam

WASHINGTON (CNN) — NASA’s launch of the Mars Science Laboratory — hampered by technological issues and expense overruns — has been delayed until the drop of 2011, NASA officers mentioned at a news meeting Thursday in Washington.

A photo illustration of a laser-equipped vehicle that is set to be part of the Mars Science Laboratory.

A image illustration of a laser-equipped motor vehicle that is established to be portion of the Mars Science Laboratory.

The mission experienced been scheduled for launch in the fall of 2009.

The Mars Science Lab is a large, nuclear-run rover developed to traverse extended distances with a suite of onboard scientific instruments aboard.

It is, in accordance to NASA’s Net website, part of a “prolonged-expression work of robotic exploration” established to “research the early environmental history of Mars” and assess no matter whether Mars has at any time been — or even now is — able to sustain lifestyle.

The hold off of the launch, according to NASA, is owing to a amount of “screening and components challenges that need to (even now) be addressed to guarantee mission accomplishment.”

“The development in current months has not occur rapidly sufficient on resolving complex problems and pulling hardware collectively,” stated Charles Elachi, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Modifying to a 2011 start “will allow for cautious resolution of any remaining specialized difficulties, correct and thorough tests, and stay away from a mad sprint to launch,” argued NASA Associate Administrator Ed Weiler.

Don’t Overlook

The all round cost of the Mars Science Lab is now projected to be around $ two.1 billion, in accordance to NASA spokesman Dwayne Browne. The task initially carried a price tag tag of $ 1.6 billion.

NASA’s whole spending budget for the existing fiscal 12 months, according to Browne, is about $ fifteen billion.

According to NASA, the Mars rover will use new technologies and be engineered to investigate better distances more than rougher terrain than preceding missions to the planet. This will be done in portion by using a new area propulsion system.

“Failure is not an option on this mission,” Weiler mentioned. “The science is too important and the expense of American taxpayer pounds compels us to be totally specific that we have done everything attainable to ensure the accomplishment of this flagship planetary mission.”

Weiler asserted that, based on the agency’s preliminary evaluations, added costs tied to the delay of the Science Lab start would not outcome in the cancellation of other NASA packages more than the next two years. He did, nevertheless, concede that it would result in other unspecified software delays.

Critics have billed that the delay and price overruns linked with the Mars Science Lab are indicative of an agency that is plagued by a absence of accountability and inefficiency in phrases of its management of both time and taxpayer bucks.

“The Mars Science Laboratory is only the newest symptom of a NASA tradition that has lost control of paying,” wrote Alan Stern, a previous NASA affiliate administrator, in a November 24 op-ed in the New York Times. “A most cancers is overtaking our area agency: the regimen acquiescence to enormous expense raises in tasks.”

Stern billed that the agency’s cost overruns are being fueled by “professionals who disguise the measurement of cost increases that missions incur” and “users of Congress who settle for steep raises to protect nearby employment.”

Browne replied in a written statement stating that NASA administrators are “consistently operating to enhance (the agency’s) cost-estimating capabilities. … We continuously assessment our tasks to comprehend the correct threat in terms of performance, cost and plan.”

“The reality of existence at NASA, in which we are billed with producing first-of-a-variety missions of scientific discovery, is that estimating the fees of … science can be practically as difficult as in fact doing the science,” Browne stated.

NASA’s most recent Mars undertaking — the mission of the Phoenix Mars Lander — came to an conclude very last thirty day period right after the solar-powered vehicle’s batteries ran down as the consequence of a dust storm and the onset of Martian winter season. It had operated two months over and above its initial three-month mission.

NASA officials had landed the vehicle on an arctic plain soon after satellite observations indicated there ended up large quantities of frozen drinking water in that region, most probably in the type of permafrost. They considered this kind of a spot would be a promising location to search for natural and organic substances that would signal a habitable environment.

Scientists have been capable to confirm the existence of h2o-ice in the Martian subsurface, discover small concentrations of salts that could be vitamins and minerals for daily life, and observe snow descending from the clouds, NASA stated Thursday.

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Agen Sabung Ayam – Man United’s Matteo Darmian thrilled with ‘best feasible start’

David De Gea praises Louis van Gaal’s managerial style and feels his aggression transmits out on the pitch.

Manchester United right-back Matteo Darmian says he is in the midst of “the greatest feasible commence off” to his career in the Premier League.

Darmian moved to Old Trafford from Torino in the summer season and has started 15 games beneath Louis van Gaal.

The 25-year-old has struggled lately, even so, and Van Gaal replaced him at half-time in games against Southampton and Arsenal.

Matteo Darmian says he is nonetheless acquiring utilised to playing in the Premier League.

But he stated he was enjoying his time in England and developing a lot more accustomed to the physicality of the Premier League.

“This new knowledge started in the ideal feasible way and I hope it can continue like this,” Darmian told the Manchester Evening News. “Difficult oneself in an added League with a different culture aids you to develop in each way, each as a certain person and a player.

“The Premier League is a far a lot more physical and a lot less tactical competitors compared to Serie A. I often watch Italian football and see a truly balanced League. I am pleased to see so many sides fighting for the ideal.”


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