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Chennai: Domestic flights from Chennai airport and train services started on Sunday after four days of shutdown due to heavy flooding of its runway, an official said.

“The airport is now open for domestic day flights. We are hoping that international flights will be operational from Monday,” an official told news agencies.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will review the situation for night operations.

Budget airline IndiGo on Sunday said it will resume partial flight operations to Chennai on the Bengaluru-Chennai-Mumbai-Delhi sectors.

Regular train services also resumed on Sunday from Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore stations after days of disruption due to floods, the Southern Railway said.

The trains which will ply on Sunday include the Chennai-New Delhi Grand Trunk Express, Chennai-Mysore Kaveri Express and Chennai-New Delhi Tamil Nadu Express.

Meanwhile, popular Telugu actors Rana Daggubati, Nani and Allari Naresh have joined hands to help the people of Tamil Nadu now reeling under the worst floods in a century to hit the state.

While most stars have already contributed through donations, Rana and his team are appealing to people of Hyderabad to come forward and help the victims of rain-affected city and other parts of the state.

“In solidarity with the people of Chennai and TN affected by the floods, a few of Telugu cinema’s actors have come together and formed an initiative called ‘Mana Madras Kosam’. We would contribute financially, raise funds and ensure proper relief work is being carried on ground,” Rana posted on his Twitter page.

Rana’s family-owned Ramanaidu Studios has become the drop point for relief essentials which are packed and trucked to the city.

On Sunday, these stars – including Lakshmi Manchu, Allu Sirish, Madhu Shalini and Nikhil Siddhartha among others – will visit various malls in Hyderabad to collect money.

“We have networked with several NGOs and volunteers on ground to help us in this effort. In this regard, some of us would visit various malls to create awareness and raise funds. Please be there and contribute generously to help us with this initiative,” he said.

Movie Artists Association (MAA), which is headed by veteran actor Rajendra Prasad, has announced an aid of Rs.5 lakh to the flood victims.

(IANS)

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The major Challenge is to make the Youth of the Country Entrepreneurial and not Job Seekers : Venkaiah Naidu

"The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers," Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government's various initiatives.

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  • At a time of tepid job growth and continuing income disparities, the major challenge is to make the youth of the country entrepreneurial and not job seekers, Vice President  Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday.

“Disparities continue to remain in India and so there is a need for inclusive growth… there is the need to take care of the suppressed, oppressed and depressed,” Venkaiah Naidu said at the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust’s (BYST) silver jubilee celebrations here with Britain’s Prince Charles as the chief guest.

“The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers,” Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government’s various initiatives to encourage youth enterprises like Startup India, Standup India and the Mudra financing scheme for underprivileged sections.

Modelled on Prince Charles’ Trust for business startups, BYST, founded by Lakshmi Venkatesan, daughter of former President R. Venkatraman, is engaged in building rural entrepreneurship — “grampreneurs” — as also enterprise among under-privileged sections, which includes business mentoring. The current BYST chairman is Bajaj Group chief, Rahul Bajaj.

“Without mentoring, it would be very difficult to set up startups, with all the business, marketing and other vital issues involved in the first two-three years,” Prince Charles said in his address at the International Mentoring Summit organized by BYST to mark its 25 years.

“What amazes me are the sheer number of jobs these young entrepreneurs had created. The aim of such a project should be to create a virtual cycle of creating entrepreneurs who can then invest in the future of business,” Charles said referring to his trust.

BYST was officially launched in 1992 by Prince Charles and expanded its operations to six major regions of India.

Out of these six regions, four — Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad — run the urban programme while two regions — Haryana and Maharashtra — run the rural programme.(IANS)

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