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Chennai: Former DMK MP, K P Ramalingam joined the BJP on Saturday (November 21) and he said he would try to convince the expelled Dravidian party leader M K Alagiri to join the saffron party.
Ramalingam joined the BJP in the presence of national general secretary and Tamil Nadu in-charge, C T Ravi and Tamil Nadu unit president L Murugan at the party office here ahead of the visit of senior leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the metropolis. 

The former MP of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha said he would try to convince Alagiri, whom he supported to the hilt while in the DMK to join the BJP adding however a decision has to be taken only by him.

Ramalingam was suspended from the DMK early this year for ‘violation’ of party discipline by expressing a view against the party’s demand for an all-party meeting to discuss the coronavirus pandemic. He was also relieved from his party post of secretary of agriculture wing.

Welcoming him to the party fold, Ravi said on his Twitter handle, “It is a great sign that former DMK MP Thiru Dr K P Ramalingam has joined @BJP4TamilNadu on the day Union Home Minister Sri @AmitShah is visiting Chennai. This will not only weaken DMK and its base but further strengthen BJP across the State.”

Expressing confidence that Ramalingam’s entry would strengthen his party, the senior leader, extended a warm welcome to him. Tamil Nadu senior leaders including Pon Radhakrishnan, C P Radhakrishnan and H Raja were present.

The 66-year old Ramalingam, a staunch Alagiri loyalist, stood with the latter when a quiet battle unfolded to succeed Karunanidhi in the DMK to the top post of party chief, years ago.
The late patriarch, however, had given ample indications over the years, that his choice and that of the party would be Stalin who eventually became the party president following the death of Karunanidhi in 2018. Alagiri, who was expelled in 2014, could not return to the party since then. 

Ramalingam was among over 30 party leaders who were suspended following the party’s rout in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the former MP had then dubbed the party decision as autocratic and had later alleged witch-hunting.

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In 2015, the party made him state secretary of the farmer’s wing though he had faced disciplinary action earlier. Ramalingam was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha (1996-97) from Tiruchengode on a DMK ticket and the party also sent him to the Rajya Sabha (2010-16). Before he joined the DMK, he was with the AIADMK and was elected from Rasipuram constituency in the 1980 and 1984 Assembly elections.

Following the death of AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran in 1987 he threw his weight behind Janaki Ammal, the wife of the late Chief Minister.
A veterinary doctor and agriculturist, he hails from Salem district and belongs to the Gounder community, which holds sway in the western region of Tamil Nadu.

 


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Severe cyclonic storm Nivar is expected to cross the Tamil Nadu coast between Karaikal and Mamallapuram on Wednesday (November 25). The India Metereological Department (IMD) said that the depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression on Monday and the weather system is expected to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours. According to IMD, the weather system would intensify into a severe cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours. 

A total of 30 NDRF teams have been pressed into service to take care of rescue and relief operations. According to IMD’s latest bulletin, the depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression and lay centered at 5.30 pm on Monday over southwest Bay of Bengal, about 450 km east-southeast of Puducherry and 480 km southeast of Chennai. 

“It is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and into a severe cyclone storm during the subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards and cross Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts between Karaikal and Mamallapuram around Puducherry on November 25 evening as a severe cyclonic storm with a speed of 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph,” the IMD said.

Cyclone ‘Nivar’ is expected to affect Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry as rains were forecast in the respective states and Union Territory between November 24 and 26.

Tamil Nadu government has taken several steps to minimise the damage caused due to the cyclone and the state government has asked the respective district administrations to remain on high alert.

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Isolated extremely heavy rainfall was very likely over Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Cuddalore, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Kallakurichi, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai and Chengalpattu in Tamil Nadu, and Karaikal and Puducherry in the neighbouring UT between Wednesday and Thursday.

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said that the local administration has drawn up a multi-pronged plan to tackle cyclone Nivar.


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After Gujarat, MP and Rajasthan, this state clamps night curfew in 4 districts; schools shut till Dec 31 | Trending News in India

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SHIMLA: After Mumbai and Karnataka, the Himachal Pradesh government announced that all schools and colleges in the state would remain closed till December 31. The Jai Ram Thakur government in Himachal Prdesh clamped a night curfew in four districts as the state fights a spurt in coronavirus cases.

Earlier, states like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have imposed curfew during the night in view of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in a few districts.

The fresh curbs were announced after a Cabinet meeting chaired by CM Jai Ram Thakur.

The night curfew will be in place from November 24 to December 15 in Shimla, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu districts from 8 pm to 6 am, state’s Parliamentary Affairs minister Suresh Bhardwaj said. Till December 31, only 50 per cent of class III and IV employees on the rolls will attend government offices each day.

Gatherings at social, cultural and political events will be capped at 200 people and those who don’t wear masks in public will cough up a fine of Rs 1,000.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of cases and deaths in the hill state this month ? 235 of the 547 pandemic deaths so far have taken place in November.

On October 31, the state had recorded 22,060 coronavirus infections. A little over three weeks later, on Monday evening the number stood at 34,442, according to the health department data.

The state has 6,535 active cases now, compared to 2,880 at the end of last month.

Meanwhile, the office of Kangra Superintendent of Police was ordered shut for two more days after remaining closed for three days, following COVID-19 cases among its staff.

Six more coronavirus cases were detected there, an official said in Dharamshala.

Most schools in Himachal Pradesh had reopened only on November 1 after remaining shut for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. But with infections being reported from some of them, the state government had ordered all educational institutions shut till November 25.
Now, they will remain closed till December 31. Bhardwaj said online studies would begin from November 26.

The minister said teachers will continue to work from home till further orders.

Offices of high schools, senior secondary schools and colleges will also function from November 26. Principals can call faculty members to work if required, he added.

He said students in classes 1 to 4 and classes 6 and 7 would be promoted as per the provisions of the Right to Education Act.

The final examinations for classes 5 and 8 to 11 will be conducted in March, he added.

The Himachal Pradesh board exams for classes 10 and 12 will take place in March with 30 per cent relaxation in syllabus. 

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Cold wave sweeps Delhi; minimum temperature drops to lowest in 17 years; AQI stands in ‘very poor’ category | Trending News in India

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NEW DELHI: Minimum temperatures dipped in most parts of north India while a cold wave swept parts of Delhi which recorded its coldest November morning since 2003.

The national capital’s minimum temperature dropped to 6.3 degrees Celsius on Monday (November 23), five notches below normal and lowest of the month since 2003, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Before this, the minimum temperature in November was recorded in the year 2003 at 6.1 degree Celcius.

On Tuesday (November 24), the temperature in the national capital was recorded at 9 degree Celcius. As per weather agencies, the minimum temperature in Delhi will continue to remain below the 10 degree-mark on Monday at 8 degrees.

“The Safdarjung Observatory which provides representative data for the city, recorded a minimum of 6.3 degrees Celsius, which is Delhi’s lowest minimum temperature in the month since November 2003, when the city recorded a minimum of 6.1 degrees Celsius,” Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’s regional forecasting centre, said.

The mercury dropped to 6.4 degrees Celsius at the Lodhi Road weather station.

After over a week of clean air post-Diwali, the air pollution again shot up in the national capital; while the air quality dipped again to ‘very poor’ category. According to the government agencies, the air quality is likely to deteriorate further due to unfavourable meteorological conditions.

The air quality on Tuesday morning again slipped into the ‘very poor’ category with the Air Quality Index (AQI) docking at 304, according to the latest estimates updated by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). PM2.5 has now become the lead pollutant instead of PM10 as a characteristic of wintertime. 

According to SAFAR estimates updated at 6.30 am on Tuesday (November 24), the overall AQI in the national capital stood at 304; whereas it was 328 in Noida and 293 in Gurugram.

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