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Chennai News Highlights: DMK achieved in 10 months what AIADMK couldn’t in 10 years, says MK Stalin

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Highlights, Chennai News, Chennai Today News, Chennai Weather News Updates, Tamil Nadu Assembly Session, 24 March: Meanwhile, former Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday claimed that there was a complete breakdown of the law and order situation in the state.

Chennai, Chennai News, Chennai News Live All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Co-coordinator and Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly Edappadi K. Palaniswami with fellow Co-coordinator O. Panneerselvam and MLAs, stage a walkout during the Tamil Nadu Assembly session 2022-23, at Fort St George, in Chennai, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)

Tamil Nadu, Chennai News Highlights: Lashing out at the opposition AIADMK for criticising his party on not giving effect to his poll assurances, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president M K Stalin on Wednesday said the DMK government achieved in a short span of 10 months what the AIADMK failed to do during 10 years of its rule. Also, he promised to implement the decade-old unfulfilled announcements of the AIADMK regime provided they are beneficial to the people.

Meanwhile, former Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday claimed that there was a complete breakdown of the law and order situation in the state. Addressing the reporters after staging a walkout from the Assembly, Palaniswami cited the recent incidents of sexual assault in Virudhunagar and Vellore to support his statement. In other news, the truth known to God has now come to people’s notice as well through AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam who deposed before an inquiry panel that he does not have suspicion on the circumstances related to late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death in 2016, according to her confidante V K Sasikala. Sasikala said this to reporters on Wednesday when asked about Panneerselvam’s (OPS) deposition in this connection.

Also, the Madras High Court bench in Chennai on Wednesday said people were “frustrated” with the VIP culture, especially in temples, and issued a slew of directions regarding special darshan at a well-known shrine in Tamil Nadu.

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Tamil Nadu, Chennai News Highlights: DMK achieved in 10 months what AIADMK couldn’t in 10 years, says TN CM MK Stalin; Truth has come out, says Sasikala in reaction to OPS's remark before panel; HC permits POCSO accused to recall victim for cross-examining; Follow live updates.

13:28 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Tamil Nadu Congress functionary moves HC seeking to implead in Nalini's plea

A functionary of the Congress' Tamil Nadu unit has moved the Madras High Court with a plea to be included as a party -respondent in the petition filed by Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and serving life imprisonment, to grant premature release even without the consent of the State Governor.

In his petition, M A Muthalakan (60), district president of South Chennai Central Congress Committee, strongly opposed grant of any relief to Nalini. Nalini is on parole now.

According to Muthalakan, after the country's independence, in no case have the convicts approached the court of law many times and consumed its time, as done by the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. (PTI)

12:41 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Chennai: Food safety officials raid shop at Vadapalani Andavar temple

Food Safety Department officials on Wednesday raided a shop at Arulmigu Vadapalani Andavar temple in Vadapalani and found that snacks and sweets sold as prasadam were being cooked under unhygienic conditions. Following complaints, the officials conducted a surprise check at the premises where the prasadam is cooked and found that the space had been running without a license from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).  Read more

12:10 (IST)24 Mar 2022
People frustrated with VIP culture, especially in temples, says Madras HC

The Madras High Court bench in Chennai on Wednesday said people were “frustrated” with the VIP culture, especially in temples, and issued a slew of directions regarding special darshan at a well-known shrine in Tamil Nadu. VIP entry must be restricted only to themselves and their family members, but not the relatives, Justice S M Subramaniam said while hearing a petition regarding the famous Arulmigu Subramania Swamy Temple at Tiruchendur in Tuticorin district.

“There can be no argument that some people deserve special darshan. However, such treatment is reserved only for the special offices which the persons are holding, but not for the individual per se. In most developed countries, the state protects only few at the top position, that is, constitutional dignitaries and the rest is to manage its securities. Certain special privileges shall not come in the way of equality of the citizens,” the judge noted. Read more

 
11:51 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Video of Tamil filmmaker T Rajendar’s car running over man emerges, driver held

A video of a freak road accident involving the car of filmmaker T Rajendar, the father of actor Silambarasan, has surfaced online. The car in which Rajendar was allegedly travelling ran over a man on a busy road.

The CCTV footage shows a man crawling on the street, and when he reaches the centre of a T-junction, he gets run over by Rajendar’s car, which was taking a right turn. According to reports, the Chennai police have arrested Rajendar’s driver Selvam under section 304 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (causing death by negligence not amounting to murder). Read more

11:21 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Madras HC permits POCSO accused to recall victim for cross-examining

In a significant judgment, the Madras High Court has held that an accused in a POCSO case might be allowed to cross-examine the victim, who was a minor at the time of occurrence, but a major (21 years old) now. Justice A D Jagadish Chandira gave the ruling while allowing a criminal original petition from S Ganeshan of Coimbatore, recently.

In this case, the petitioner has been charged for the offences under Section 366 of the IPC, Section 5(l) read with Section 6 of the POCSO Act (sexual assault) and under Section 9 of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006. Section 29 of the POCSO Act stated that the Special Court for POCSO cases shall presume that the accused has committed or abetted or attempted to commit the offence as the case may be, unless, the contrary is proved. Read more

10:54 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Truth has come out, says VK Sasikala in reaction to OPS’s remark before panel

The truth known to God has now come to people’s notice as well through AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam who deposed before an inquiry panel that he does not have suspicion on the circumstances related to late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death in 2016, according to her confidante V K Sasikala. Sasikala said this to reporters on Wednesday when asked about Panneerselvam’s (OPS) deposition in this connection.

That truth has now come to the notice of people as well and there may be a delay but nobody could change or hide the truth, she said. On OPS’s remark that he has respect and admiration for her, Sasikala said, “He has spoken the truth.” On the lack of signals from the AIADMK top leadership (seen as a reference to positive tidings on her being inducted again into the party) while she has been visiting supporters, she said she does not have any regret. Read more

10:29 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Watch | Tamil Nadu Assembly session begins

10:04 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Sri Lankan Navy arrests 16 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu

The Sri Lankan Navy on Thursday arrested 16 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu for alleged violation of its maritime boundary, officials here said. The arrests were effected in two separate instances, fisheries department officials said, adding that two mechanised boats have also been seized by the Lankan navy. They said 12 of the fishermen were picked up while fishing near Katchatheevu and the rest from Gulf of Mannar. Read more

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09:50 (IST)24 Mar 2022
Tamil Nadu: AIADMK attacks DMK govt over sexual assault cases, stages walkout from Assembly

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday claimed that there was a complete breakdown of the law and order situation in the state. Addressing the reporters after staging a walkout from the Assembly, Palaniswami cited the recent incidents of sexual assault in Virudhunagar and Vellore to support his statement.

“We don’t yet know how many more women have been affected in the sexual assault cases. We have asked the government to take severe action against those involved in these incidents. Crimes against women have increased after this government assumed charge. When we were in power, we brought the accused, whoever it may have been, to the book,” he said. Read more

09:38 (IST)24 Mar 2022
DMK achieved in 10 months what AIADMK couldn’t in 10 years, says MK Stalin

Lashing out at the opposition AIADMK for criticising his party on not giving effect to his poll assurances, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president M K Stalin on Wednesday said the DMK government achieved in a short span of 10 months what the AIADMK failed to do during 10 years of its rule. Also, he promised to implement the decade-old unfulfilled announcements of the AIADMK regime provided they are beneficial to the people.

09:29 (IST)24 Mar 2022
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21:49 (IST)23 Mar 2022
Karaikal not neglected, says Lt Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Tamilisai Soundararajan on Wednesday said the government of the Union Territory was not ignoring Karaikal in developmental activities as was alleged.

Talking to reporters in Karaikal after reviewing the implementation of various schemes in the region, she said, "It's not correct to say that the government is ignoring Karaikal. During the pandemic, I visited the region and reviewed the infrastructural facilities there." She said the purpose of visiting Karaikal today was to review the status of various schemes, railway facilities and roads. Transport Minister Chandra Priyanga, who was elected from Karaikal region to the territorial Assembly, local legislators, and officials were present during the visit, she said.

Officials have brought to notice the obstacles in implementing the schemes, she said. "I've taken note of the issue raised and I promise measures will be taken to ensure smooth implementation...," she said.  (PTI)

21:13 (IST)23 Mar 2022
TN cong. functionary moves HC seeking to implead in Nalini's plea

A functionary of the Congress' Tamil Nadu unit has moved the Madras High Court with a plea to be included as a party -respondent in the petition filed by Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and serving life imprisonment, to grant premature release even without the consent of the State Governor.

In his petition, M A Muthalakan (60), district president of South Chennai Central Congress Committee, strongly opposed grant of any relief to Nalini. Nalini is on parole now.

According to Muthalakan, after the country's independence, in no case have the convicts approached the court of law many times and consumed its time, as done by the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. (PTI)

20:22 (IST)23 Mar 2022
Tamil Nadu logs 44 new Covid-19 infections, zero deaths

Seven districts of Tamil Nadu reported zero active cases on Wednesday but elsewhere in the State 44 infections were reported. That pushed the total to 34,52,534 so far. The death toll stood at 38,025 with nil fatalities, said the Department of Health.

Recoveries were 34,14,004 in number with 74 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours. There were 505 active cases, said a bulletin. Chennai saw 16 new cases while the other districts reported them in single-digit. (PTI)

19:30 (IST)23 Mar 2022
HC confirms ouster of govt advocate from service

The Madras High Court has confirmed the order of the Tamil Nadu Home department removing a government advocate from service on charges of corruption.

A division bench of Justices K Kalyanasundaram and R Hemalatha upheld the dismissal order on March 22 while rejecting a writ petition from Dhanalakshmi, Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) attached to the Fast Track Mahila Court in Tiruvallur.

She sought to quash an order dated October 16, 2019 of the Home department removing her from service and prayed for court's permission to continue to function as the SPP. The charge against Dhanalakshmi was that she had colluded with the accused in several criminal cases pending before the Mahila Court in Tiruvallur, which paved the way for their acquittal. (PTI)

18:07 (IST)23 Mar 2022
Advanced light helicopters inducted at Naval Air Station in TN

The Naval air base INS Parundu in Tamil Nadu received a boost in its surveillance operations with the induction of two advanced light helicopters into service on Wednesday.

The indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) were accorded a traditional welcome with the water cannon salute as part of the induction ceremony at the Naval Air Station, Ramanathapuram, an official release here said.

The Advanced Light Helicopters manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd represents a tremendous leap towards the Centre's 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' campaign and the choppers can be used to undertake armed patrol missions, casualty evacuations, search and rescue operation. INS Parundu currently operates the Heron RPA and Chetak helicopters. (PTI)

16:46 (IST)23 Mar 2022
Knitwear exports from Tirupur clock $ 4 billion: Association

Export of knitwear from Tirupur, near here, clocked US $ 4 billion this financial year, Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) has said. With this, the exports from Tirupur have contributed one per cent to the total exports worth $ 400 billion from the country, the TEA said in a press release.

President of TEA Raja M Shanmugham thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for rebate on State and Central taxes and levies (RoSCTL) for three years for the garment sector, remission of duties and taxes on export products (RoDTEP) for other industries, additional 10 per cent credit under emergency credit-line guarantee scheme (ECLGS), continuance of interest equalisation scheme with retrospective effect from October last year, said the release. (PTI)

16:05 (IST)23 Mar 2022
TN man brought to Karnataka for issuing death threats to high court judges over hijab verdict

The Bengaluru police on Tuesday brought to the city a man from Tamil Nadu who had allegedly issued death threats to three Karnataka High Court judges, including Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, over the recent verdict on the hijab row.

The man has been identified as Rahamathulla, a native of Madurai, and he has been brought to Bengaluru from Tamil Nadu by the Karnataka police after producing a body warrant, said Home Minister Araga Jnanendra on Tuesday. The minister added that the Karnataka government had taken the threat to judges seriously, as it amounts to challenging the system, and there is a need to suppress such elements. (Read more)

15:30 (IST)23 Mar 2022
Watch: CM Stalin inspects ongoing rainwater drainage works on Raman Road, Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Wednesday inspected the ongoing rainwater drainage works on Raman Road at an estimated cost of Rs 4.51 crore. Stalin in a tweet said, "To achieve the goal of no more rainwater stagnation on the roads, I have ordered work to be carried out in all areas with the same intensity."

14:30 (IST)23 Mar 2022
Madras HC rejects plea against disinvestment

The Madras High Court has rejected a PIL plea challenging the amendments made in the Finance Act and LIC Act, which enabled the central government to disinvest its stakes in the Life Insurance Corporation of India. The first bench of Chief Justice M N Bhandari and Justice D Bharatha Chakravarthy was dismissing the petition from L Ponnammal, a policy-holder with the insurance behemoth who contended that the subject matter would not fall within the definition of Money Bill. The amendments were introduced by the Money Bill under Article 110 of the Constitution, though the same did not fall within the said category, she added. 

"There is no constitutional illegality in the Parliament having amended the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) Act by way of a Money Bill for floating an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and parting with its shareholding in the corporation to raise Rs 65,000 crore to Rs 70,000 crore initially to the Consolidated Fund of India," the bench said. (PTI)

The CBI has arrested an Assistant Superintendent of Chennai Port Trust (CPT) in connection with an ongoing investigation in Rs 45-crore bank fraud case, according to an official statement issued on Tuesday.

The probe agency had registered a case on July 31, 2020 on a complaint from Indian Bank, Chennai against two private persons; Branch Manager, Indian Bank, Koyambedu branch, Chennai and other unknown public servants and private persons on the allegations of committing fraud, forgery, impersonation with the intention to cheat the bank. The officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) identified the accused as S Raghu Bernard, Assistant Superintendent, Chennai Port Trust.

READ | CBI arrests Chennai Port Trust official in Rs 45-crore bank fraud case

Wondering which legal provision will empower a High Court to grant bail to a convict, the Madras High Court on Tuesday directed Nalini Sriharan, one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, to approach the Supreme Court to seek the relief. The first bench of Chief Justice M N Bhandari and Justice D Bharatha Chakravarthy raised the question when a writ petition from Nalini came for further hearing, today.

READ | ‘Which provision enables HC to grant bail to a convict,’ asks Madras HC as Nalini Sriharan seeks bail

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First published on: 23-03-2022 at 08:55 IST
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