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Chennai News highlights: Tamil Nadu Cong joins other PCCs, wants Rahul Gandhi to helm party

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News highlights: Pradesh Congress Committees of states including Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan have passed resolutions batting for Rahul Gandhi's leadership.

In the party's state general council meet held here, a resolution proposed by TNCC President K S Alagiri, seeking Rahul Gandhi to assume the office of All India Congress Committee President was passed unanimously. (Twitter/@INCTamilNadu)

Chennai News highlights: The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee on Monday adopted an unanimous resolution urging Rahul Gandhi to lead the party. In the party’s state general council meet held here, a resolution proposed by TNCC President K S Alagiri, seeking Rahul Gandhi to assume the office of All India Congress Committee President was passed unanimously.

The National Education Policy 2020 announced by the Centre lays great emphasis on Indian languages and Indian knowledge systems, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Sunday. The policy is “rooted in Indianness and emphasises on learning in the mother tongue”, Pradhan said at the 36th convocation of SASTRA Deemed University here. “NEP 2020 lays great emphasis on Indian languages and Indian Knowledge Systems. An icon like, Saint Thiruvalluvar is no less than any other literary figure, scholar or philosopher. It is our duty to take Thiruvalluvar’s philosophy and Indian Knowledge Systems to the globe,” he tweeted.

In other news, as many as 8,17,276 people were inoculated against Covid-19 in the 37th mega vaccination exercise held in Tamil Nadu on Sunday, the health department said. A total of 28,285 people received the first dose, 1,83,073 the second dose, while 6,05,918 people were administered the precautionary booster jab, a press release said here. The total number of people who were vaccinated above the age of 18 years with the first dose comprised 96.54 per cent and the second dose 91.37 per cent.


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Chennai News Live Updates: NEP 2020 lays great emphasis on Indian languages, knowledge systems, says Dharmendra Pradhan; Shopkeeper, village head held for barring students of particular community from buying eatables; Covid in TN and more; Watch this space for all the latest updates from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

22:48 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Fever cases are 'seasonal', nothing to panic: TN Health Minister

Spike in "seasonal" fever cases was nothing to be alarmed about and the Tamil Nadu government is fully geared up to tackle the viral infection, state Health Minister Ma Subramanian said on Monday.

Ruling out the scope for closing schools on account of increasing cases of fever, the minister said the state accounted for 368 confirmed cases of H1N1, an increase of four as against 364 till Sunday. (PTI)

20:11 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Tamil Nadu Police seizes 4 idols in Puducherry

Four idols, purportedly stolen from temples, were confiscated from a person in Puducherry, the Tamil Nadu Idol Wing CID said on Monday. (PTI)

19:03 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Watch | M K Stalin delivers keynote address at Tamil Nadu Association for All Disabilities and Defenders Rights Conference
18:03 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Madras HC orders notice to Centre on PIL challenging criminal procedure Act

The Madras High Court on Monday ordered notice to the Union Home, and Law and Justice ministries on a PIL petition challenging certain provisions of the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Act of 2022. (PTI)

16:18 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Tamil Nadu Cong joins other PCCs, wants Rahul Gandhi to helm party

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee on Monday adopted an unanimous resolution urging Rahul Gandhi to lead the party. (PTI)

15:25 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Chennai This Week: Stand-up comedies lined up for some hilarious fun

The city will see a host of comedy shows this week. Click here to see the list

14:43 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu box office collection: Simbu-Gautham Menon movie earns Rs 50 crore in 4 days

Actor Simbu’s latest movie Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu seems to be setting the cash registers ringing at the box office in Tamil Nadu. If reports are to be believed, the film is set to emerge as Simbu’s second consecutive box office hit after his 2021 fantasy thriller Maanaadu. Read more...

11:17 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Finding Chennai through Tamil cinema: A story of crime, character and redemption

I have never lived in Chennai in my life. But, I feel I know Chennai as well as anyone who’s born and bred there. The reason: Tamil cinema. I grew up on Tamil movies, fairly shaping my social experience at a deeper level. The fashion sense, the friends I picked, the inside jokes, and the slang I spoke, all were influenced by the trends that were imported from the streets of Chennai through the magical screens of the cinema. Read more.

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08:47 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates museum for TN freedom fighters

Union Minister of Education on Sunday inaugurated a gallery on freedom fighters of Tamil Nadu at GRI, Dindigul. The minister was in Tamil Nadu to attend the 36th convocation of Sastra University. 

08:11 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Coimbatore: 62-year-old shop owner arrested on charges of molesting 15 minor girls

An awareness programme on child sexual abuse organised in schools under Coimbatore rural police limits led to the arrest of a 62-year-old man on charges of molesting some 15 girl students over a period of four years. The case came to light when a 13-year-old girl student who attended the ‘Project Pallikkoodam’ programme revealed the alleged sexual abuse she faced to the school headmistress. Read more.

08:11 (IST)19 Sep 2022
Tamil Nadu woman techie inhales gas, dies by suicide

A 25-year old engineer ended her life by inhaling helium gas, police said on Sunday.

The recently married woman, who lives in Chennai with her husband, was on a visit to her parents’ house at a village off Gobichettypalayam here, they said.

On Friday, she locked herself up inside a room after telling her family to not disturb, as she wanted to rest for sometime. As she did not open the door for several hours, her family members broke open the lock and found her motionless on the bed. Her face, till the neck portion was found firmly covered with a polythene bag. A mobile helium gas cylinder was seen close to the bed and a tube from it was connected to the bag. Read more. 

08:10 (IST)19 Sep 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 Vysarpadi, Perambur, IT Corridor 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. 

22:16 (IST)18 Sep 2022
CM Stalin watches the singles final of the International Women's Tennis Association
21:10 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Tamil Nadu woman techie inhales gas, dies by suicide

A 25-year old engineer ended her life by inhaling helium gas, police said on Sunday. (PTI)

20:07 (IST)18 Sep 2022
TN govt must hold medical camps to prevent disease outbreak: Vanathi Srinivasan

BJP Mahila Morcha President and Coimbatore South MLA Vanathi Srinivasan on Sunday urged the Tamil Nadu government to urgently organise medical camps to prevent the spread of diseases like swine flu and dengue. (PTI)

19:05 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Greater Chennai Corporation working on a 'climate action plan' for the city
18:22 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Truck kills 6 loading luggage onto bus

Six people were killed by a truck while they were loading luggage onto a bus, about 35 km from Salem, early Sunday.

According to police, Thirunavukkrasu and five members of his family and relatives were heading for Chennai to attend a function and were loading their luggage behind the bus. (PTI)

17:41 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Explained | The enduring popularity of Tamil novel Ponniyan Selvan, now adapted for big screen by Mani Ratnam

Movie enthusiasts and critics are eagerly awaiting the release of the Ponniyin Selvan-I, the first edition of a two-part film franchise inspired by an immensely popular work of historical fiction – Ponniyin Selvam – by author Kalki Krishnamurthi (1899-1954). The novel’s enduring popularity stems from its connect with Tamil Nadu’s culture and heritage through a narrative woven around the Chola rule. Read more about the novel 

15:40 (IST)18 Sep 2022
Singapore Minister calls on CM Stalin

Singapore Minister for Transport and Trade Relations, S Iswaran called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin here on Sunday. (PTI)

14:51 (IST)18 Sep 2022
‘10% EWS quota a travesty, cannot be equivalence between indigence, social ostracisation’: DMK to SC

Moving the Supreme Court against the 103rd constitutional amendment granting 10% reservation to economically weaker sections (EWS) in government jobs and education, Tamil Nadu’s ruling DMK has asserted that reservation is meant to alleviate social backwardness of people oppressed socially for centuries and that it could not be based on economic grounds. Read more here

A shopkeeper at K V Nallur area in South Tamil Nadu’s Tenkasi district and a village head were arrested Saturday for refusing to sell candies to a group of students of a particular community. The exchange between the shop owner and the students were shot on a phone which has now gone viral on social media. The shopkeeper, Maheshwaran, was seen in the video telling the schoolchildren not to return to buy candies from his shop. “Don’t buy any candy from here. Go to school. You shouldn’t buy any candy from any of the shops here. Go and tell the people at home that the shopkeepers aren’t giving eatables. We won’t give and there is a restriction,” the shopkeeper is heard telling the children.

In other news, as a part of E V Periyar’s 144th birth anniversary celebrations, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the “Periyar World” Laboratory and Periyar Institute to be built at Sirukanur, Trichy district. The event was organised by the state government at the Periyar Thidal in Chennai. His birthday anniversary also marks Social Justice Day. Following this, the Members of Legislative Assembly, Chief Secretary, Secretaries of Government Departments, High Government Officers and Employees took the Social Justice Day Pledge.

In other updates from Tamil Nadu, BJP in TN has planned a string of events including gifting gold rings and baby kits to newborns, to mark the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. According to state BJP sources, the gold rings would be given to the children born on September 17 coinciding with the birthday of the Prime Minister. Each ring, weighing about 2 grams, is expected to cost around Rs 5,000.

Body of Tamil Nadu man found dead in Kuwait brought back, wife alleges torture by employer

R Muthukumaran, a 43-year-old man who hails from Lakshmangudi near Koothanallur Taluk in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvarur district, was allegedly found dead within four days after he landed in Kuwait for work. His body was brought back on Friday.

Gingee K S Masthan, Minister for Minorities Welfare and Non-resident Tamils Welfare, said he was shocked to hear that Muthukumaran was attacked leading to his death.

Meanwhile, Power tariff in Tamil Nadu is cheap compared to other States, State Electricity Minister  Senthil Balaji said on Friday. The picture would be clear if one compared the tariff paid in 2010 and the revised one and also the tariff in other States, he told reporters here. The previous regime increased the tariff by 64 per cent, whereas the present DMK government hiked only Rs 55 per two months for 63 lakh consumers, he said.

Read also | AIADMK holds statewide protest against power tariff hike in Tamil Nadu

A Tamil Nadu pastor who was absconding for one and a half years after being booked for allegedly raping a minor girl has been arrested, police said.

Prince Charles (59) was arrested Wednesday from near Kalpakkam along with his 29-year-old son, both of whom allegedly raped the girl at a children’s home the latter had run since 2005. After the minor girl delivered a baby in 2020, according to police, Charles left them both in the care of a person in Chennai saying the girl had been cheated by someone.

The Mamallapuram all-women police station booked the pastor under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act after the children’s home caretaker found out that it was Charles who impregnated the girl, police said.

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First published on: 18-09-2022 at 07:19 IST
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