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CHENNAI — More than 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes Wednesday as a tropical storm hit southern India from the Bay of Bengal, officials said.
Rain lashed the region and strong winds uprooted trees in some places. Weather officials said the storm packed winds of up to 60 mph as it made landfall near Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state.
A storm surge of up to 5 feet was expected to flood low-lying areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh states, the India Meteorological Department said.
It said it expected heavy to very heavy rainfall over parts of the states during the next 24 hours. Fishermen were asked to stay at shore until Thursday.
Official vows to end draft exemptions
JERUSALEM — Israel’s new hawkish bloc will do away with a contentious system of draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox men if it forms the next government, Israel’s deputy foreign minister pledged Wednesday.
If the vow is implemented, it would put the recently formed bloc on a potential collision course with its likely religious coalition partners.
The issue of the draft exemptions has become a major source of friction in Israel, and the outgoing government failed to meet a Supreme Court order to abolish the system.
Heading into elections in January, the issue is now caught in legal limbo.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, a member of the secular Yisrael Beitenu Party, said the government failed to find a new formula thus far for the draft because of objections by the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party.
Both Shas and Yisrael Beitenu are key members in the current Israeli government.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
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