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Today (07:40)  Rain drenches Kanniyakumari (www.thehindu.com)
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All reservoirs receiving good inflow
As the southwest monsoon intensified, Kanniyakumari district experienced moderate to heavy rainfall on Tuesday, forcing the district administration to declare a day’s holiday for educational institutions following overnight rains.
After a brief lull, the southwest monsoon gained momentum on Monday and further intensified in the night. Normal life was affected on Tuesday, especially work at brick kilns, rubber milk tapping and coir industry. And keeping in mind the safety of students, Collector Sajjan Singh R. Chavan declared a day’s holiday for educational institutions.
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the downpour, all reservoirs in the district started receiving significant influx since Tuesday morning. While 429 cusecs of water flowed into Petchipaarai dam to take its water level to 14.65 feet, the water level in Perunchaani dam rose to 31.40 feet with an influx of 353 cusecs.
Only 50% of the fishermen chose to venture into the sea for fishing on Tuesday, as rain coupled with heavy winds continue in the coastal areas.
Since the rains triggered a landslide at Kannankaadu area, rail traffic between Nagercoil and Thiruvananthapuram was affected since 9 a.m. Consequently, the Hapa and Ananthapuri Express Trains were stopped at Nagercoil, much to the agony of the passengers. After the landslide was cleared around noon, train service resumed after 1 p.m.
As rains continued to lash the tourist destination of Kanniyakumari, ferry service to Vivekananda Rock Memorial started only at 9 a.m., an hour behind the scheduled timing.
Since the number of tourists visiting the memorial was low, only two of the three boats were operated on Tuesday.
Rainfall in the district (in mm): Mullanginaavilai – 68, Balamore – 53.40, Eraniel – 46, Kozhiporevilai – 45.20, Aanaikidangu – 43, Adaiyaamadai – 37, Kurunthancode – 36.80, Petchipaarai Dam – 34.60, Colachel – 34, Kottaaram – 31.20, Boothapaandi – 29.40, Maambazhathuraiyar Dam – 28, Perunchaani Dam – 27, Puththan Anai – 25.60, Surulode – 26, Thirparappu – 24.80, Chittar I Dam – 23, Nagercoil – 22, Kannimar – 21.50, Mayilaadi – 20, Nilappaarai – 19.20, Chittar II Dam – 18.40 and Poigaiyar Dam – 8.40.
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Today (07:39)  ‘Transgenders make Kochi metro trendy’ (www.thehindu.com)
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They need more welfare: Isaac
The employment of 23 transgender community at Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is a significant symbol of the modernity of Kerala's outlook as a State, with the visible third sex presence in the public utility sending an important message to society at large, Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has said.
He was delivering the inaugural address at a University Grants Commission (UGC)-sponsored seminar on ‘Gender status and gender justice: Contemporary circumstances and challenges,’ organised by the Malayalam department of the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit’s (SSUS), Thiruvananthapuram regional
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Although there was more to be done for the welfare of the transgenders employed by the Kochi metro such as the provision of accommodation, it had still set an important precedent that could open up more avenues for employment of the community, Dr. Isaac said.
The Minister himself made an employment offer to them, saying that trans-people would be given preference while hiring to a coir mill initiative that was being planned to be launched under the aegis of Kudumbasree.
Apart from employment, education and social security of trans-people were important concerns that needed to be addressed, he said, adding that residential complexes for the community in each district could also be constructed.
Transgender poet and activist Vijayaraja Mallika said that it was not shelters or rehabilitation homes that trans-people sought, but the ability to stay at their own homes in peace. This was only possible through a fundamental change in society’s outlook towards them, she said.
She welcomed the LDF-led government's initiatives to bring the marginalised transgender community to the mainstream, saying that she was proud to live in Kerala, where many doors were now open for them, unlike in the past.
Chintha Jerome, chairperson of the Kerala State Youth Commission (KSYC), LGBT activist Jijo Kuriakose, journalist M.S. Sreekala, and SSUS campus director A. Paslithil were present at the event, organised in association with the KSYC.
  
Today (07:39)  Day out in metro (www.thehindu.com)
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As many as 100 students from Sree Chithira Thirunal Residential Central School, Kunnathukal, went to Kochi for a ride on the newly inaugurated metro rail recently. The students were led by Principal S. Pushpavalli and 10 teachers. The students travelled from Palarivattom to Aluva and back.
  
Today (07:37)  KMRL to install plastic bottle recycling machines at stations (www.thehindu.com)
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Inauguration at Palarivattom today
Kochi Metro Rail Limited is planning to install plastic bottle recycling machines in selected metro stations as part of an initiative to go environment-friendly.
These machines are designed to dispose of plastic products effectively and are a cost-effective means for recycling bottles.
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main highlight of the programme is that the customer using this facility will be incentivised by issue of discount coupons that can be used in select commercial outlets, said a press release here. It was the first time that such machines were being set up in Kerala.
South Indian Bank will purchase the first three machines under its Corporate Social Responsibility programme. The KMRL will provide the space for installing these machines at the metro stations in the unpaid area so that even the non-travelling public can dispose of plastic bottles. The machine vendors will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the machines, the press release said.
The inauguration of the first plastic bottle recycling machine will be held at the Palarivattom station on Wednesday at 10 a.m. jointly by the managing director of KMRL Elias George and MD and CEO of South Indian Bank V. G. Mathew.
  
Today (07:36)  Metro Rail app to provide real-time information soon (www.thehindu.com)
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Neither Delhi nor Bengaluru has this facility yet
In what may be a first for this part of the country, the Chennai Metro Rail plans to provide real-time information of train services on its mobile app in three months.
Neither the Delhi or Bengaluru Metro Rail’s apps have this facility as yet.
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help commuters in planning their travel. “At present, the app has information about the train schedule. But real-time information would work better in case of minor delays or changes. Also, this will make it very convenient for first-time travellers,” an official said.
Chennai Metro Rail has trains every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes during lean hours.
Officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said the feature was not required for the service as there were trains every two to five minutes and also since theirs was an offline app.
Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation officials said they planned to implement this feature in their app in the near future.
BMRC’s mobile app was launched a few years ago but was relaunched seven months ago with new features.
‘Great convenience’
An urban planner who did not wish to be named said it was high time such facilities were introdcued to help commuters. “Having a standard schedule alone won’t do; many commuters won’t know if this is accurate or not. Also, it will be convenient if a commuter at Koyambedu station knows where the train she is about to board is at,” he said.
He also noted it would be ideal if MTC buses too have real-time information so that passengers can hop over from one mode to another seamlessly and not have to wait for long at bus stations.
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