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Chennai News Highlights: Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin warns police officials against abetting drug peddlers

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Highlights August 11, 2022: No police official should abet drug peddlers, Chief Minister MK Stalin warned them and said he is a ‘soft CM’ only for honest officials.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Highlights: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Wednesday tasked police officials to take stern measures to eliminate drug menace in the state and announced several measures to take on the scourge of narcotics. No police official should abet drug peddlers, Chief Minister warned them and said he is a ‘soft CM’ only for honest officials.

Meanwhile, the Budget session of Puducherry assembly that commenced Wednesday with the customary address of Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan was adjourned indefinitely. Notably, the budget session usually commences after the customary address of the Lt Governor but, this time, the session was adjourned sine die as the chief minister, who holds the finance portfolio and would present the Budget, had not announced any date following a lack of clarity on whether the Centre would allocate the Budget that has been sought.

In other news, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appreciated the people and government of Tamil Nadu for being “excellent” hosts for the 44th Chess Olympiad and congratulated the Indian teams for winning bronze model in their categories. “The people and government of Tamil Nadu have been excellent hosts of the 44th Chess Olympiad. I would like to appreciate them for welcoming the world and showcasing our outstanding culture and hospitality,” he tweeted.

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19:09 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Chennai set to host 3-day food festival from tomorrow

Chennai is gearing up to host a three-day food festival at the Island Grounds on August 12, 13 and 14. The festival, organised by the Tamil Nadu Food Safety Department in association with Eat Right India, will also witness a walkathon on the closing day.

Eat Right India is an initiative of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to improve public health in India and combat negative nutritional trends to fight lifestyle diseases. Read More

16:19 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Know Your City: An octogenarian and a store of rare books in Chennai he breathes life into

It has been over 40 years since S A Govindaraju sold his car and filled his 300-sq ft garage space with books. Today, the store tucked away in Chennai’s RA Puram has transformed into a space for book lovers in the city. Called Rare Books, the shop has about 5,000 rare volumes, clippings from newspapers, and even advertisements, some of which date back to the 17th century.

“Some of these are as old as Madras itself,” Govindaraju says with a smile on his face as he refers to his prized collection. The former labor law consultant says he loves collecting books, magazines, and advertisements about temples, history, culture as well as works of fiction. Many of his collections are on the city of Madras, as Chennai was previously known, and its history. “There are a hundred books here that are more than a century old,” he says. Most of the books are in English. Neha Sasi reports

15:12 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Ancient idols seized in Tamil Nadu

Exquisitely sculpted idols of Goddess Bogasakti Amman, weighing 200 kg, two statues of Buddha, in seated and standing position, Andal and Lord Vishnu – all said to be over 1,000-year-old besides the idols of Nataraja said to be 100-year-old, Goddess Sivakami and Ramana Maharshi were seized during the raid. (PTI) Read More

13:21 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Chennai This Week: Colorful Skies, some laughter and soulful music

The city will be celebrating some festivals with several other events to follow. Here is a list of the best :

International Kite Festival

Mahabalipuram will see colourful skies from August 13 to August 15 as the state’s International Kite Festival is here. Organised by the department of tourism, Tamil Nadu, and Global Media Box, the kite festival will take place with professional kite flyers (including some from Thailand, Malaysia, USA). The festival will also see food stalls, musical performances as well as a talent show for kids. Read more

12:50 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Know Your City: This Chennai shop has been selling ice cream for Rs 2 for over two decades

A wise man once said, “Change is the only constant in life”, which holds true in several situations. However, a shop in Chennai has proved it is not always the case.

Vinu’s Igloo, an ice cream shop founded in 1995 by S Vijayan, is a popular store located near Five Lights in the sleepy neighbourhood of West Mambalam. Ask any auto-rickshaw anna or a flower-selling akka about the rendu rooba ice cream kadai (Rs 2 ice cream shop) and they will point you to the place. Janardhan Koushik reports

12:32 (IST)11 Aug 2022
As Kodanad estate heist probe crawls, Stalin’s promise remains a distant reality

One of the promises that DMK chief MK Stalin made in the run-up to the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls last year was that he would get to the bottom of the Kodanad estate heist of 2017, and a murder and mysterious deaths allegedly linked to it. After becoming the chief minister, Stalin stuck to his guns despite protests by the AIADMK and told the Assembly that “the heist, murder, and a number of deaths that followed the incident raised several doubts in the mind of the public”. He said his promise to bring all the culprits to justice had “no political agenda”. Arun Janardhanan writes

12:03 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin thanks PM Modi for his wishes on being 'excellent' hosts for Chess Olympiad 2022

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appreciated the people and government of Tamil Nadu for being “excellent” hosts for the 44th Chess Olympiad and congratulated the Indian teams for winning bronze model in their categories.

In response, CM MK Stalin said, "Thank you Hon'ble PM @narendramodi for your kind words of praise. Hospitality & Self-respect are two inseparable qualities of Tamils. I seek your constant support & request that Tamilnadu be rewarded with more opportunities to host such global events."

11:48 (IST)11 Aug 2022
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Madras HC bench stays single judge order imposing Rs 1 lakh cost on HR&CE Commissioner

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11:05 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Covid-19: Tamil Nadu reports 927 new cases; active infections drop to 8,586

New coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu grew to 927, including five returnees from domestic and overseas, pushing the overall tally to 35,55,538, the health department said on Wednesday. The death toll in the state remained unchanged at 38,033 with zero fatalities. As many as 1,252 people got discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 35,08,919 leaving 8,586 active infections, a medical bulletin said here.

Chennai accounted for the majority of new cases with 186 people contracting the contagion while the remaining was spread across other districts. Coimbatore after reporting new cases in triple digits, added 98 cases today while Ramanathapuram recorded the least with one. Read more

10:46 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Arguments in HC against AIADMK GC meet to continue today

The arguments on the civil suits from AIADMK ousted leader O Panneerselvam challenging the July 11 general council meeting will continue on Thursday, PTI reported.

At the outset, Justice G Jayachandran, before whom the arguments commenced around 2.15 pm on Wednesday, advised both the parties to confine their arguments as to whether the general council meeting on July 11 was conducted as per the party bye-laws or not. (PTI)

10:37 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Nitish's return to grand alliance cements secular forces: Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Wednesday said that the revival of the grand alliance in Bihar strengthened secular and democratic forces in the country.

Stalin said on his Twitter handle: "Heartiest wishes to Thiru @NitishKumar and my brother @yadavtejashwi on taking oath as the CM & Dy CM of Bihar respectively." "The return of the Grand Alliance in Bihar is a timely effort in the unity of secular and democratic forces of the country," he said.

The ruling DMK had said on August 9 that its president Stalin's vision to fight the BJP at the national level has gained momentum with Nitish Kumar's JD(U) pulling out of the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar. (PTI)

10:18 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Chennai set to host 3-day food festival from tomorrow

Chennai is gearing up to host a three-day food festival at the Island Grounds on August 12, 13 and 14. The festival, organised by the Tamil Nadu Food Safety Department in association with Eat Right India, will also witness a walkathon on the closing day. Eat Right India is an initiative of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to improve public health in India and combat negative nutritional trends to fight lifestyle diseases. Read more

10:01 (IST)11 Aug 2022
PM Modi appreciates Tamil Nadu people, govt for being ‘excellent’ hosts for Chess Olympiad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appreciated the people and government of Tamil Nadu for being “excellent” hosts for the 44th Chess Olympiad and congratulated the Indian teams for winning bronze model in their categories.

“The people and government of Tamil Nadu have been excellent hosts of the 44th Chess Olympiad. I would like to appreciate them for welcoming the world and showcasing our outstanding culture and hospitality,” he tweeted. 

09:56 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Cocaine worth Rs 11.75 crore seized, Venezuelan national held

Over one kilogram of cocaine worth Rs 11.75 crore was seized at the airport here and a Venezuelan woman who arrived from Ethiopia was arrested in this connection, the Customs department said on Wednesday. The incident assumes significance as it is one of the major seizures by the Customs department in recent times.

The department authorities on specific inputs intercepted the passenger who arrived here on August 7 and recovered the contraband from her, a press release from Principal Commissioner of Customs K R Uday Bhaskar said. The passenger had concealed the cocaine in her handbag and the drug was weighing 1.21 kg worth Rs 11.75 crore. The passenger was arrested and further investigation was on, the release said. (PTI)

09:39 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Puducherry: CM should resign, Lt Governor’s residence has become RSS camp, says Opposition

The Budget session of Puducherry assembly that commenced Wednesday with the customary address of Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan was adjourned indefinitely.

Notably, the budget session usually commences after the customary address of the Lt Governor but, this time, the session was adjourned sine die as the chief minister, who holds the finance portfolio and would present the Budget, had not announced any date following a lack of clarity on whether the Centre would allocate the Budget that has been sought. Read more

09:00 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin warns police officials against abetting drug peddlers

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Wednesday tasked police officials to take stern measures to eliminate drug menace in the state and announced several measures to take on the scourge of narcotics. No police official should abet drug peddlers, Chief Minister warned them and said he is a ‘soft CM’ only for honest officials.

Citing the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act that provides for a higher punishment if a person holding a public office commits an offence taking advantage of his official position, Stalin said he still believed that a scenario warranting invoking such stringent provisions of law would not arise.

08:40 (IST)11 Aug 2022
Chennai power cut today: These areas will face a power cut in Chennai

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) has announced that power will be suspended in parts of Chennai today in Perambur ICF, IT Corridor Tharamani carrying out maintenance work in the city. Parts of Chennai will face a power shutdown from 9 am to 2 pm, with supply expected to resume before 2 pm if the work is completed. Read more

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Live Updates Today:

It has been over 40 years since S A Govindaraju sold his car and filled his 300-sq ft garage space with books. Today, the store tucked away in Chennai’s RA Puram has transformed into a space for book lovers in the city. Called Rare Books, the shop has about 5,000 rare volumes, clippings from newspapers and even advertisements, some of which date back to the 17th century.

“Some of these are as old as Madras itself,” Govindaraju says with a smile on his face as he refers to his prized collection. The former labour law consultant says he loves collecting books, magazines and advertisements about temples, history, culture as well as works of fiction. Many of his collections are on the city of Madras, as Chennai was previously known, and its history. “There are a hundred books here that are more than a century old,” he says. Most of the books are in English.

KNOW YOUR CITY | An octogenarian and a store of rare books in Chennai he breathes life into

In an eco-friendly initiative, the Southern Railway has distributed 857 hand-held terminals (HHTs) to travelling ticket examiners (TTEs) in six railway divisions to replace paper charts currently in use, officials said. The move will also enable passengers to get real-time information about vacant berths at stations en route, officials said. As details on cancellations are sent on an hourly basis to the HHTs, fraudulent travel can also be easily detected, they pointed out.

READ | Green move: Southern Railways distributes over 800 hand-held terminals to TTEs

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First published on: 10-08-2022 at 08:15:27 am
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