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Educational institutions in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts to remain closed on Friday

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CHENNAI: Educational institutions in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts will remain closed on Friday due to rain.

Collectors of each of these districts declared a holiday for educational institutions after heavy rain lashed the area on Thursday night and Friday morning.

Most educational institutions in Chennai have remained closed for week due to rain and Diwali.

The met department has forecast that a depression that has formed in the Bay of Bengal will bring more rain to Tamil Nadu.

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Government ups relief measures, rain toll rises to 43

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CHENNAI/CUDDALORE: Just as the rain-affected areas in the state that have reported 43 deaths were limping back normalcy, the met department has forecast heavy rainfall over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the next 24 hours.

On Thursday, chief minister J Jayalalithaa announced compensation of 4 lakh each for the families of another 17 victims. Meanwhile, a delegation of ministers have been rushed to the Cuddalore to oversee relief and rehabilitation works.

Power supply is being restored and marine commandos have been pressed into service to rescue those marooned.

Opposition parties have criticised the state government for not completing flood mitigation projects and not taking up enough preventive measures. But the Cuddalore district collector S Suresh Kumar said those who died were not in high-risk areas and the administration did evacuate those in danger. He blamed incessant rains and flash floods for the deaths.

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Woman, daughter murder son, held

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CHENNAI: Police on Thursday arrested a 43-year-old woman and charged her with murdering her son in their Pallikaranai house with the help of her daughter.

A court sent Regina and Ismat Sultana to prison. Police are hunting for their boyfriends. The two women had Sadam Hussain killed because he objected to their relationships, police said.

On November 10, Regina and Sultana approached the Pallikaranai police and said Hussain was dead. They said the 25-year-old share autorickshaw driver had come to their house on Seventh Street in Rajalakshmi Nagar with injuries around 2.30am. He refused to come to hospital and they found him dead at 3.30am, they said. After the autopsy report said Hussain was suffocated to death, police began investigations and found the two women had spoken to two mobile phone numbers several times on November 9 and 10. During interrogation they admitted to getting Hussan killed by their boyfriends and trying to make it appear that he died of injuries sustained in a scuffle.

Regina, whose husband Sarfuddin deserted her more than 15 years ago, developed a relationship with Pallikaranai resident Abdul Kader, while Sultana became intimate with Hayath Basha, police said. Sultana moved in with her mother and brother a few years ago after her husband left her and their four-year-old son.

Trouble arose when Hussain, a heavy drinker, found Basha and Kader were shifting loyalties between his mother and sister and confronted them. Ismath and Regina then decided to eliminate him, police said.

On November 9, after Hussain returned home drunk, the two women called Basha and Kader. They thrashed Hussain with a stick before strangling him with a rope, police said.

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