LIVE UPDATES: Cyclone Nivar makes landfall, heavy rains in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry; other top stories of the day


India Meteorological Department has said that Cyclone Nivar made landfall near Puducherry in the early hours of Thursday before weakening into a severe cyclonic storm. The landfall caused heavy rains in both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The IMD said that while the intensity of the rainfall would weaken gradually, rains are likely to continue in both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

There have been no reports of loss of life even though incidents of wall collapse and uprooting of trees have been reported from some parts of Tamil Nadu.

Deputy Director-General of Meteorology, Chennai, S Balachandran said rainfall is likely to continue in Tamil Nadu. He was quoted by news agency PTI as saying, “The storm now lies inside the land area. There will, however, be rainfall and strong winds as well.”

LIVE UPDATES obn today’s top stories will appear below:

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17:48 PM: #Hyderabad police on Thursday booked BJP leader #TejasviSurya for entering Osmania University and addressing a meeting without permission. A case of trespass was booked against #BJP youth wing president on a complaint by the university authorities. (IANS)

17:35 PM: Bengal has no place for outsiders who come only during elections: CM Mamata Banerjee on BJP leaders from outside getting organisational responsibilities in state. (PTI)

16:46 PM: Bombay HC dismisses plea seeking court-monitored CBI probe into death of #DishaSalian, former manager of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. (PTI)

16:05 PM: Former Assam CM #TarunGogoi cremated with full state honours at Nabagraha crematorium in Guwahati. (PTI)

15:51 PM: With barely 48 hours remaining for the #DDCElections in #JammuAndKashmir, two #IndianArmy soldiers were killed in an attack in broad daylight just outside the union territory capital. (IANS)

14:55 PM: Delhi: Heavy security deployed & drones being used for surveillance at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) in view of farmers’ ‘Delhi Chalo’ call. DCP says, “No farmer groups are moving in this direction. Same information was shared by my counterparts. We’re checking vehicles.” (ANI)

14:06 PM: Adopting a tough stand in support of the protesting farmers against the three Farm Laws, #Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday urged the Centre to direct saffron states’ administrations not to indulge in strong-arm tactics against the “angry” agri community. (IANS)

13:31 PM: ED arrests alleged associate of Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik in money laundering case: Official sources. (PTI)

12:46 PM: Amid the #BJP-led state governments planning laws against the alleged ‘Love jihad’, former Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday called it a “hoax”, “sinister” and part of “majoritarian” agenda. (IANS)

11:31 AM: Enforcement Directorate issues fresh summons to Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik and his son, in connection with raid conducted at his residence. (ANI)

10:26 AM: Coronavirus Updates: Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai tests positive for #COVID19

09:43 AM: West Bengal: Members of Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation, CPI(M) and Congress block railway track in Jadavpur as trade unions observe nationwide strike against new labour policies introduced by the Centre. (ANI)