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Leonardo DiCaprio Raises Awareness about Chennai Water Crisis through Instagram

Chennai has been facing a severe water crisis

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DiCaprio took to Instagram to share a photograph of a dry well. Wikimedia Commons

Oscar winning Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, known for his environmental activism, has raised awareness about the ongoing water crisis in Chennai. DiCaprio took to Instagram to share a photograph of a dry well.

He wrote: “‘Only rain can save Chennai from this situation.’ A well, completely empty, and a city without water. The southern Indian city of Chennai is in crisis, after the four main water reservoirs ran dry.”

“The acute water shortage has forced the city to scramble for urgent solutions and residents have to stand in line for hours to get water from government tankers. As the water levels depleted, hotels and restaurants started to shut temporarily, and the air con was turned off in the city’s metro.

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Chennai has been facing a severe water crisis (Representational image). Wikimedia Commons

“Officials in the city continue to try and find alternative sources of water — but the community continue to pray for rain.” Chennai has been facing a severe water crisis.

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While Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft), Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) and Chembarambakkam (3,645 mcft) lakes that supply water to Chennai have gone dry, there is only 19 mcft water left in the Poondi reservoir (full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

DiCaprio, who works extensively as a climate champion, had visited India in 2015 to film a segment for his 2016 documentary film, “Beyond the Flood”. He also visited the Taj Mahal during his trip. (IANS)

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TikTok Testing New Features Inspired by Instagram

Earlier this week, speculation was rife that social networking giant Facebook was preparing the launch of a serious competitor to TikTok

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The logo of the TikTok application is seen on a screen in this picture illustration taken Feb. 21, 2019. VOA

The wildly popular short video-sharing app TikTok is reportedly mulling to launch a host of new features that seem to have been inspired by Facebook-owned Instagram.

The features were discovered by reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong who posted screengrabs of the features on Twitter.

The purported Instagram-inspired features include a grid-style layout, an account switcher and a Discover page, among others.

“We’re always experimenting with new ways to improve the app experience for our community,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by the TechCrunch on Saturday.

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

The TikTok spokesperson, however, declined to offer further details about the company’s plans but confirmed the features were things the company is working on.

Earlier this week, speculation was rife that social networking giant Facebook was preparing the launch of a serious competitor to TikTok.

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Owned by a Beijing-based start-up named ByteDance, TikTok saw its first-time installs grow about 28 per cent year-over-year for the first half of 2019 to nearly 344 million globally despite a two-week ban in India during the second quarter (Q2), revealed an estimate by mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. (IANS)