Water train set to relieve drought-hit Tamil Nadu Jul 12, 2019 0 1539 12345 ReutersJOLARPETTAI, IndiaIndian authorities on Thursday filled tanks with water and loaded them onto a train in the southern state of Tamil Nadu to supply its manufacturing capital Chennai where reservoirs have have run dry.Technicians in the railway station at Jolarpettai, located over 217 km from Chennai, worked from early on Thursday to fill fifty wagons with 50,000 litres of water each, sourced from a south Indian river.The unusual water train, expected to reach Chennai on Friday, will provide much needed relief to the carmaking centre dubbed “India’s Detroit.” The shortage has forced some schools to shut, companies to ask employees to work from home, and hotels to ration water for guests. Bad water management and lack of rainfall mean all four reservoirs that supply Chennai have run virtually dry this summer. Other Indian cities, including the capital New Delhi and technology hub Bengaluru, are also grappling with water shortages. RELATED ARTICLES 16 killed, dozens injured in Pakistan train crash Jul 12, 2019 0 1811 Sri Lankan govt survives no confidence vote Jul 12, 2019 0 386 UN launches probe into Philippines drug war deaths Jul 12, 2019 0 2059 Fierce storm kills seven in Greek tourist peninsula AFP Thessaloniki, Greece Seven people died and at least 23 were injured as a fierce storm ripped through beachfronts in one of Greece’s top tourist areas, terrifying thousands of holidaymakers caught in the open, .. Trump to announce executive action on census citizenship Reuters WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Thursday will announce an executive action over his administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census despite ongoing court challenges, two .. Majority of US vets say Afghan war ‘not worth fighting’: Poll AFP Washington A majority of US military veterans say the nearly 18-year war in Afghanistan was “not worth fighting,” according to poll results released on Wednesday. The survey results come as the US and the Taliban .. France defies US probe to pass law taxing digital giants AFP Paris France’s parliament on Thursday passed a law making it the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, defying a probe ordered by an angry US President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs. .. UK’s new US envoy will be appointed by new PM: Minister LONDON: The appointment of Britain’s ambassador to the United States is likely to be made by the next British prime minister rather than outgoing leader Theresa May, senior minister Liz Truss told journalists on .. Merkel sits during anthems after shaking spells Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday insisted she took care of her health after remaining seated during national anthems at an official ceremony, in a rare change of protocol apparently to prevent a .. India hands over 250 houses for Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine NEW DELHI: India has handed over 250 prefabricated houses it built in Myanmar’s Rakhine state as part of a broader effort to help tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to return, an Indian official said on Thursday. An ..