Chennai News June 12 Highlights: NIA concludes raids at Coimbatore; stoplines on Kamarajar Salai get LED lights

Chennai News June 12 Highlights: NIA concludes raids at Coimbatore; stoplines on Kamarajar Salai get LED lights

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LED lights, Kamarajar Salai, Stop lines, Chennai
Chennai June 12 Highlights: LED lights have been installed at two stoplines on Kamarajar Salai to warn motorists. Express Photo

Chennai June 12 Highlights: Tamil Nadu Minister of School Education, K A Sengottaiyan announced yesterday that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will be launching smart cards for government school students across the state on Thursday. The cards, which will be distributed to roughly 70 lakh students will contain a QR code that provides vital information of the students and will help parents keep track of their children.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami urged parents and employers in Tamil Nadu to help make the state child-labor-free by taking a vow to not employ children for work, in a post which he shared on Twitter yesterday. The CM’s appeal was made ahead of World Day Against Child Labour which is observed on June 12 every year.

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Man posing as journalist arrested, police seize 950 grams of marijuana

The city police arrested a man from Andhra Pradesh, who claimed to be a journalist and his woman accomplice near the Pallikaranai Marshland today afternoon. 

The man, who was posing as a journalist claimed to have been working with a monthly investigative magazine, Namadu Kottai. The police seized around 950 grams of ganja (marijuana) from the man and arrested the duo on the spot. 

NIA concludes raids at Coimbatore

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which had conducted raids in seven places in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu arrested four people today afternoon. The NIA had carried out an investigation in connection with a case that was registered by the agency against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) module today. 

CMRL undertakes Rail Yatra to spread awareness against Child Labour

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) conducted a Rail Yatra from the AG-DMS station to the Airport station to create awareness against child labour today afternoon to mark the World Day Against Child Labour, which is celebated on June 12.

CMRL took 200 students from National Child Labour Project Schools on the Yatra, which was inaugurated by the Minister for Labour, Nilofar Kafeel. The event was presided over by Sunil Paliwal IAS, Principal Secretary of Labour and Employment Department; R Nandagopal IAS, the Commissioner of Labour; Kollywood actor Vijay Anthony and higher officials from the Labour Department and CMRL.

Director Pa Ranjith seeks anticipatory bail

Director Pa Ranjith, who delivered back to back hits like Kabali, Kaala starring Rajinikanth found himself in the soup after he spoke ill about the south Indian king Raja Raja Cholan I at a meeting in Thirupanandal near Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu.  Following a  complaint by Hindu Makkal Katchi, a case has been registered by the Thirupanandal police. On Wednesday, Ranjith moved the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, seeking anticipatory bail.

Kamala Ramaswamy, freedom fighter from TN is no more

Kamala Ramaswamy, a freedom fighter from Trichy passed away on June 9 at the age of 93. Kamala Ramaswamy was the wife of Rajan, the grandson of the freedom fighter T S S Rajan and was one among the four women who had participated in the Quit India Movement in Trichy 1942. 

Chinmayi Sripaada takes to Twitter as Radha Ravi joins AIADMK

Singer Chinmayi Sripaada took to Twitter today after AIADMK announced that Kollywood actor Radha Ravi had joined the ruling party today morning. In her tweet, she urged people to remember the parties and their names the next time they 'waxed eloquently' about women's safety or rights. The singer had been an active voice in the #MeToo movement in India last year, when she made allegations against poet and lyricist Vairamuthu, following which the singer was denied work in the industry.

Kamarajar Salai gets LED lights at stop lines

In a bid to alert motorists riding along Kamarajar Salai at night, the Chennai Traffic Police installed led lights at the stoplines near the Director General of Police (DGP) office and the Gandhi statue along the road in Chennai. The lights, which are coloured red, white and blue - similar to those on police patrol vans are battery operated and can be seen from a distance, even during heavy rains. 

The LED lights were installed after motorists failed to notice signboards along the road which signalled speed breakers and U-turns. This move was also taken at a time when numerous arrests were made by the police last week against youngsters for rash riding and drag racing along Kamarajar Salai, which left one youth dead. 

LED lights mark stop lines at Kamarajar Salai. Express Photo

Comicstaan second episode to be shot on Sunday

The Live Recording of the Amazon Prime original, Comicstaan (Tamil) will be held at Thaamara Studios in Vadapalani on June 16. Comicstaan is a regional language spin-off of the Prime Original series, Comicstaan and is a show that showcases upcoming stand-up comedians contesting against each other to become the next Tamil Stand-up Champion. The show will feature six contestants who will compete each week after being mentored in different genres of comedy by their mentors.

The second episode will star Praveen Kumar, Karthik Kumar and Raj Mohan as judges, with Vidyullekha Raman and Mervyn Rozario teaming up as the show's hosts. Tickets for the live recording can be purchased from Book My Show.

Madras HC cancels Group 1 main exam of TNPSC

The Madras High Court cancelled the main exam for Group 1 of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC), which was scheduled to be held on July 12 today. The decision was taken by the HC after the TNPSC failed to release the answer key for Phase 1 of the test, which had already been written by candidates.

The candidates had approached the HC to direct the TNPSC to release the answer key after it had failed to release them as per schedule. After receiving no response from TNPSC, the Madras HC ordered the cancellation of the main exam next month. 

Ner Konda Paarvai trailer to be released today

The trailer for the highly anticipated Tamil movie, Ner Kona Paarvai, starring actors Thala Ajith Kumar, Vidya Balan and Shraddha Srinath will be released by Zee Music Company at 6 pm today. The film, which is a remake of the Bollywood movie Pink has been directed by H Vinoth and features mucic by Yuvan Shakar Raja. After Boney Kapoor, the producer of the movie tweeted about the release of the trailer, fans of Ajith have been flooding the social media platform in Chennai with the hashtags #NerKondaPaarvaiTrailer and #ThalaAjith.

AIADMK passes five resolutions, congratulates Narendra Modi for his second term in office

AIADMK has passed five resolutions in the meeting held today.  The resolution thanks voters and alliance partners for voting for the party in Lok Sabha elections and by-elections. It also congratulated Narendra Modi for his second term in office.

Tamil Nadu to have automated driving tracks for driving license test

"Tamil Nadu will be setting up automated driving tracks to raise the quality of testing and reduce corruption", said Citizen Consumer and Civic Action Group (CAG) on Twitter today.

The pilot for this will be launched in Karur in Tamil Nadu for Rs. 14 lakh, with 13 more tracks in the offing. The plan is to have one track each in 43 Regional Transport Offices (RTO). 

Arappor Iyakkam to conduct a workshop tomorrow

City based NGO, Arappor Iyakkam will be conducting a Know Your Rights workshop tomorrow at Vijaya Nagar in Velachery at 5 pm. The workshop aims to educate citizens on their rights and teach them to register their grievances with the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), obtain government information while sitting home and lodge complaints with the police in a hassle-free manner.

There is no conflict inside the party, says Tamil Nadu Minister KT Rajendra Balaji

"At the party headquarters, we didn't discuss anything with regard to the leadership issue. There is no conflict inside the party, Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister will take a call on the General Council meeting," said Tamil Nadu Minister KT Rajendra Balaji. 

Chennai Beach - Chennai Beach Circular EMU Local cancelled until Friday

Southern Railway announced today that Train number 40900 from Chennai Beach to Chennai Beach Circular EMU local via Chengapattu and Arakkonam will be cancelled for three days until June 14, since track maintenance work is being carried out in the Chennai Egmore - Villupuram section from 10 am to 2 pm on June 12, 13 and 14.

AIADMK leaders meeting at the party headquarters concluded

The AIADMK secretaries meeting at the party headquarters in Royapettah has been concluded. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy, Deputy Chief Minister O.Pannerselvam, Ministers and other party members took part in the meeting.

NIA raids 7 locations in Coimbatore

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids in seven places in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in connection with a case that was registered by the agency against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) module today. 

The NIA also discovered that the ISIS module and Zahran Hashim, who was allegedly behind the Sri Lankan Easter bomb blasts were Facebook friends.

Not satisfied with DMK: Radha Ravi

Kollywood actor, Radha Ravi, who joined the AIADMK today said that he had been with the party for the past 18 years and added that he was not satisfied with the DMK.

Netflix orginal Leila to premiere on June 14

Netflix original, Leila, starring actors Huma Qureshi and Siddharth will be premiering on Netflix on June 14.  Directed by Deepa Mehta, the movie traces the journey of a mother as she searches for her daughter, who she lost years ago in a dystopian future. 

Actor Radha Ravi joins AIADMK again

Actor Radha Ravi, who got suspended from DMK  for his controversial remarks on actress Nayanthara during an event, has again joined the rival AIADMK party in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy.

Director Venkat Prabhu reacts on 'Imsai Arasan' controversy

Director Venkat Prabhu, who rose to fame with Tamil movies like Mankatha, Chennai 600028, etc has urged all the artists not to forget the creators who helped them shape their career. Recently, Actor Vadivelu slammed director Chimbudevan and Shankar in an interview regarding the 'Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi' controversy. In a move to support the directors, Prabhu said the director is the captain of the ship and he is hurt by the comments of the veteran actor. "We all are working here to make people happy. Let's spread love, not hatred," tweeted Prabhu.

AIADMK district secretaries meeting underway at the party headquarters

A meeting of the AIADMK district secretaries is underway at the party headquarters in Royapettah in Chennai. Various Issues like the Lok Sabha election debacle, demand for unified leadership, AIADMK's stand on BJP-alliance, etc are set to be discussed in the meeting. Outside the headquarters, posters urging Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy to take over AIADMK chief has been put up. As the party cadres have started to gather in large numbers outside the headquarters, the traffic is slow moving.

Awe-inspiring welcome for students

A majority of schools reopened in the state on June 6th after the summer vacation. The Madura College Higher Secondary School situated in Madurai has welcomed its students in an innovative way. The school has designed the classrooms like the coaches of a train.

Chennai candidates can avail free coaching for TNPSC Group-4 exam

Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) will conduct the examination for direct recruitment to the posts included in the Combined Civil Services Examination - IV 2019 on 01.09.2019. The online application for the recruitment will be available from June 14th and the last date for submission of forms is July 14, 2019. Chennai district collector A Shanmugasundaram released a circular on Tuesday which said the Chennai candidates, who will be taking up the Group-4 examination, can avail free coaching in District Employment Office situated in Santhome from 19th of this month.

For further details, candidates can contact 044-24615160

Traffic police continue crackdown, book 90,000 violators

Less than a week after City Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan launched e-challan devices in Chennai, the traffic police have begun taking stringent action against traffic violators in the city. The Anna Nagar police booked around 90,000 people yesterday for violating traffic rules such as jumping a signal, taking a wrong U-turn, riding helmetless, riding triples on the road and having defective vehicle number plates. 

The police in the city are planning to install cameras having Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software embedded in the cameras and the system across the city soon, in a bid to reduce traffic violations in Chennai. 

CMRL to install escalators in select metro stations in Chennai

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) will soon install escalators in a few metro stations in the city, to help commuters reach the concourse easily and reduce foot traffic on the pedestrian subways.

Most of the stations have long, winding staircases, which make it difficult for commuters to reach the platform, especially if the platforms are located on the second floor of the station. The CMRL has proposed building escalators at the Saidapet, Nandanam, LIC and Thousand Lights stations and ensure a haslle-free commute for passengers.

Chennai and surrounding districts under heat wave

The Regional Meteorological Centre issued a warning against heat wave to Chennai and its neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur, Vellore, Kancheepuram, Thiruvannamalai and Cuddalore yesterday, after certain places in the city recorded temperatures above 40C yesterday afternoon. 

Chennai Corporation Council elections to have 5720 polling booths

Ahead of the local body elections, officials announced yesterday that the city will be receiving 5720 polling booths, after having identified over 80 schools and government buildings to serve as stations, in addition to the existing stations this year. 

The new stations are expected to improve the access of residents to the stations, which will be located in all 200 wards of Chennai. The draft for the polling station list can be accessed in every ward office, zonal office, revenue office and the District Election Office in the Ripon Building, near Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Railway Station. The Chennai Corporation Council Elections will be held in August.

Awareness programme by NGO against Child Labour today

Arunodhaya Centre for Street and Working Children, a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) that works towards the elimination of child labour and protection of child workers and street children from abuse will be carrying out an awareness programme against child labour at Egmore today evening.

The programme, which will be held from 4 pm to 5 pm will focus on the ill effects of child labour and will create awareness on child protection to mark the World Day Against Child Labour which is celebrated on June 12. 

AIADMK party meet today

The All India Anna Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) will be holding a party meet at their head office in Royapettah today. The meeting is expected to be attended by all AIADMK district secretaries, Members of Parliament (MP), Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA), office bearers and spokespersons.

The meet has been called to discuss the issue of single leadership that was raised over the past few days in critisim against the ruling party's dual leadership. Further, AIADMK is expected to discuss the party's defeat in the Lok Sabha elections and devise new strategies for the upcoming local body elections. 

Chennai weather for the day

Chennai is in for another day of sun as minimum and maximum temperatures are expected to be 32C and 40C respectively. While weather forecasts predict the sky to be cloudy, the heat wave in the the city is expecetd to continue for another day. 

Ensure that you do not step outdoors between 11 am to 4 pm today or you could suffer a sunstroke. Commuters, make sure that you cover yourselves up well while travelling and remember to keep yourselves hydrated.

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Crazy Mohan passed away on Monday. (Express Archive Photo)

Tamil actor, playwright and scriptwriter Crazy Mohan was laid to rest on Tuesday, with his last rights being conducted at 11:30 am yesterday morning. The actor had died on Monday afternoon after suffering a heart attack. He was 66.

Crazy Mohan's works reflect the child within us - Read in Tamil

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court temporarily banned the release of the upcoming Kollywood flick, Kolaiyuthir Kaalam, starring actress Nayanthara yesterday afternoon, following a patents case that was filed over the name of the film.

The filmmakers have been asked to file a petition before June 21 - Read in Tamil