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Chennai’s iconic Anna Salai caves in, traps bus, car in crater

Chennai’s iconic Anna Salai caves in, traps bus, car in crater

A Tamil Nadu state bus and a car had a narrow escape on Sunday after a portion of Chennai’s arterial Anna Salai road caved in and trapped them in a giant crater.

According to local reports, the bus and a Honda city car were trapped in the crater after the main thoroughfare suddenly collapsed near Church Park street around 1:30 pm.

Initial reports suggest that around 35 people were inside the bus, and several sustained minor injuries. The injured were taken to Royapettah Government Hospital for treatment. No casualties were reported.

According to A state bus and a Honda City car trapped in a crater after the Anna Salai road caved in near Church Park street on Sunday afternoon.(Twitter)one witness, the crater formed while the bus was stationery and passengers were disembarking from it. “The road caved in slowly. Perhaps, that is why people were able to escape unharmed,” he said.

Metro officials told reporters that the soil under the stretch of the road could have loosened due to tunnelling work.

According to local media reports, the Metro Rail work in the area has been temporarily suspended. Police officials have cordoned off Anna Salai.

Source Credit: http://www.hindustantimes.com

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64th National Film Awards Winners

64th National Film Awards Winners

The much-awaited winners’ list of the 64th National Film Awards was announced on Friday morning. Sonam Kapoor -starrer ‘Neerja’, which was directed by Ram Madhvani, was declared as the Best Hindi Feature Film. Akshay Kumar bagged the Best Actor award for his act in ‘Rustom’ while Ajay Devgn -directed ‘Shivaay’ won the award for Best VFX. Sonam Kapoor also got a Special Mention for her performance in ‘Neerja’.

Over 300 films vied for the honours this year. The process to choose the best from Indian cinema began in mid-March. Filmmaker Priyadarshan was the chairperson of the jury in feature films category, while nationally acclaimed cinematographer and writer Raju Misra was the chairperson in non-feature category.

Here is the list of 64th National Film Award winner:

Feature Films Awards

Best Actor – Akshay Kumar (Rustom)
Best Actress – Surabhi Lakshmi (Minnaminungu)
Best Director – Rajesh Mapuskar (Ventilator)
Best Film on Social Issues – ‘Pink’
Best Supporting Actor – Manoj Joshi (Dashkriya)
Best Supporting Actress – Zaira Wasim (Dangal)
Best Debut Film of a Director – Deep Chaudari (Alifa)
Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment – ‘Sathamanam Bhavathi’
Best Stunt Choreography – Peter Hein (Pulimurugan)
Best Children’s Film – ‘Dhanak’ (Hindi)
Best Child Artist – Adhish Praveen (Kunju Daivam), Saj (Noor Islam), Manohara (Railway Children)
Best Male Playback Singer – Sundara Iyer (Joker)
Best Female Playback Singer – Iman Chakraborty (Praktan)
Best Screenplay (original) – Syam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikaaram)
Best Screenplay (adapted) – Sanjay Krishnaji Patel (Dashakriya)
Best Editing – Rameshwar S. Bhagat (Ventilator)
Best Special Effect Award: ‘Shivaay’
Sound Designer – Jayadevan (Kaadu Pookkunna Neram)
Best Production Design – 24
Best Costume Designer – Sachin (Cycle)
Best Environmental film including agriculture – The Tiger Who Crossed The Line
Best Make-up Artist – MK Ramakrishna
Best Music Direction – Babu Padmanabha (Allama)Special Mention

Kadvi Hawa (Hindi)
Mukthi Bhavan (Hindi)
Majirathi Keki (Assamese)
Neerja – Sonam KapoorSpecial Jury Award for Mohanlal for Pulimurugan, Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal ThalirkkumbolBest Feature Films in Regional Languages

Madipur (Tulu)
Joker (Tamil)
Wrong Side Raju (Gujarati)
Pelli Choopulu (Telugu)
Dashakriya (Marathi)
Bisarjan (Bengali)

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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Soon, drunk drivers will have to pay damages on own

Soon, drunk drivers will have to pay damages on own

Highlights:

  • The person driving under the influence will have to cough up the entire amount for causing death or injury, according to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha.
  • Experts said while the new provision is likely to act as a deterrent, there is a fear that victims may end up getting little compensation depending upon the incomeof the accused

NEW DELHI: Insurance companies will not pay any compensation to victims in accidents caused by drunk driving.

Instead, the person driving under the influence will have to cough up the entire amount for causing death or injury, according to the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

However, the road transport ministry has not included the provision of trying drunk drivers for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in case of death caused by them in a crash, which is a non-bailable offence and attracts 10-year jail term.

Though the ministry had accepted the recommendation of a parliamentary panel, it referred the suggestion to the MHA as it requires an amendment in the IPC.

Experts said while the new provision is likely to act as a deterrent, there is a fear that victims may end up getting little compensation since it will depend on the income and paying capacity of the accused driver.

 “Why is the government putting such a provision when it’s aware of the income of professional drivers? This will indirectly benefit the insurance companies. Any single drunk driver hitting road is a failure of the government authorities,” said S P Singh of IFTRT, a Delhi-based think tank on transport issues.

Introducing the bill, road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said the objective behind the proposed law is to reduce road fatalities by half.

 The bill provides for stringent penalties, including jail term and suspension of driving licence, for offences such as juvenile driving, speeding, dangerous driving and double penalty on enforcement personnel for committing any offence. The proposed law will also have provision for regulating taxi aggregators.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/
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Chenani-Nashri, Jammu and Kashmir’s new lifeline: 10 interesting features of this new road tunnel

Chenani-Nashri, Jammu and Kashmir’s new lifeline: 10 interesting features of this new road tunnel

Chenani-Nashri tunnel: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Chenani-Nashri tunnel, a 10.9 km road tunnel which will shorten the driving time between Jammu and Srinagar by two hours. Here are 10 interesting features of this new tunnel.

The tunnel, which took seven years to build, will act as an all-weather alternative to the existing Jammu-Srinagar highway. It will link Chenani in Udhampur district with Nashri in Ramban district.

Thanks to the tunnel, the distance between Chenani and Nashri will be reduced to 9.2km from 41km. It will also bypass 44 avalanche – and landslide-prone spots on the highway.

Because it is an all-weather tunnel, it will enable an increase in trade and therefore boost revenue in the state. It will help boost tourism too.

As many as 1,500 engineers, geologists, skilled workers, and also labourers constructed this tunnel.

The National Highways Authority of India spent Rs 3,720 crore on the project.

The tunnel comprises two tubes if you will – the ‘main tunnel’ and the ‘escape tunnel’. The two are internally connected through 29 cross-passages; each is located 300 metres apart.

There are 124 closed-circuit TV cameras for surveillance inside the tunnel. In case of a traffic violation, the control room will inform the traffic police deployed outside the tunnel, who will fine the violators on the spot.

Such a long tunnel could present the problem of a lack of oxygen. To ensure there is no excessive carbon-dioxide build up inside the tunnel, there are several exhaust meters that will check the air all through the length of the tunnel.

This state-of-the-art tunnel will also have parking spots in case a vehicle breaks down.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/chenani-nashri-jks-new-lifeline-10-interesting-features-of-this-new-road-tunnel/articleshow/57970540.cms

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