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By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: June 21, 2019 6:53:43 am
Government Stanley Hospital, doctor strike, Chennai Chennai News June 17 Highlights: Doctors and students at the Government Stanley Hospital, Chennai hold protests in response to the IMA’s call for a nation-wide strike. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik

Chennai News June 17 Highlights: In light of the city-wide water scarcity, most hotels in Chennai are mulling shutting down or reducing work hours due to lack of water supply. Most small and medium sized hotels in the city depend on water tankers to supply water. However, the city-wide drought has led to a delay in supply, with tankers charging thrice the normal amount for supplying water to their clients.

While a few hotels have already shut shop during peak hours in a bid to save water, others are debating the use of disposable cups and plates to reduce water consumption and ensure that the restaurant remains open throughout the day.

Unknown people broke into the house of a traffic constable at his quarters in Madhavaram, Chennai and made away with gold jewellery and cash on June 17. According to the police, the thieves had stolen 13 sovereigns of gold and about Rs. 2000 in cash from the house of Kothandaraman (51), while the latter had gone to Thiruchendur on a pilgrimage on June 13. The police collected CCTV footage from the Madhavaram police station and registered a case on Sunday.

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    18:57 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Suhasini Mani Ratnam rubbishes reports of Mani Ratnam's ill health

    Actress Suhasini took to Twitter on Monday to clear the rumors revolving around director Mani Ratnam's health. "my husband went to work at 9.30 am this morning...I had a work shop for naam women at home...rupa a naam trust coach brought yum roti and mango pickle..he loved it and went back to office to add more spice to his script..." [sic] she tweeted. Earlier on Sunday, Mani Ratnam went for a routine check-up to Greams Road Apollo Hospital.

    18:31 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    We have to win to complete the Nadigar Sangam building : Actor Karthi

    Actor Karthi, the treasurer of Nadigar Sangam, said they need to win in the upcoming election to complete the Nadigar Sangam building. Speaking amidst the drama artist in Salem today, Karthi said, "Constructing a building for Nadigar Sangam is similar to constructing a temple. Everyone should vote for us to complete this building successfully."  He added that others are contesting in this election for money,  whereas his team is contesting only to bring welfare schemes for the artist. The election will be held on June 23rd in Chennai.

    17:58 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Toilet closed in Chennai metro station due to water scarcity

    In Chennai's St.Thomas Mount metro railway station, the toilet has been shut down due to water scarcity. "Toilet is closed due to Non-Availablity of water. Sorry for the inconvenience caused," said a notice put by the authorities.

    17:19 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Vairamuthu condemn the attack on doctors in Kolkata

    Condemning the recent attack on a doctor at a hospital in Kolkata, Tamil poet and Lyricist Vairamuthu today tweeted that doctors should be protected.  "Doctors who protect us should be protected; justice must be served for the injured doctors," he tweeted.

    16:57 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Don't enroll your wards in unauthorized schools : Chennai District Collector

    Chennai district collector A.Shamuga Sundaram today said that 331 schools in the city have been found to be running without authorization. "Parents should avoid enrolling their wards in these schools. The schools which function without NOC and other required certificates will be subjected to legal action,"  he said.

    16:51 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Students and doctors at Government Stanley Hospital, Chennai speak up on the IMA nation-wide strike

    After the Indian Medical Association called for a nation-wide strike today, doctors and students from the Government Stanley Hospital, Chennai held a protest outside the hospital premises today to express solidarity with their medical fraternity in West Bengal. The doctors urged the Centre to establish a security force for all government hospitals in India.

    15:59 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Police to question 17 students for Bus Day celebrations

    In spite of strict vigilance being maintained by the Chennai police, students in Chennai went on to celebrate Bus Day today. The police have detained 17 students for questioning. 

    15:48 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Vishal seeks police protection for Nadigar Sagam election

    Actor Vishal has filed a petition in the Madras High Court seeking police protection for the Nadigar Sangam Election which is scheduled to be held on June 23rd at the premises of MGR-Janaki College in Chennai. Vishal's 'Paandavar Ani' will lock horns with veteran director K.Bhagyaraj's 'Swami Sankaradas Ani'

    15:32 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Chennai Event: Dance repertoire by Aalaap Studios Pvt Ltd

    Aalaap Studios Pvt Ltd will be hosting a dance recital, Dances of Sri Lanka, today from 5 pm to 8 pm at Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai. The recital will feature different styles of dance such as Bharatanaytam, Odissi, Kuchipudi and Sri Lankan dance forms.

    All the budding dancers in the city who would love to explore styles of dance can head to the Sabha on TTK today and immerse themselves in an evening full of music, rhythm and dance. 

    15:07 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Transsexual moves Madras HC to revise TNUSRB norm

    Deepika, a trangender woman moved the Madras High Court last week to revise the age limit that was imposed by the Tamil Nadu Uniform Services Recruitment Board for joining as a Grade II police constable in the State. The petition was filed by the woman, aged 27, after the TNUSRB stated that candidates coming under the Most Backward Class quota during applications should be less that 26 years. With her application having been rejected despite her being only a year older than the limit, Deepika pointed out that the age limit for other quotas was higher and requested the court to relax the upper age limit for transsexual applicants to 45 years.

    The Madras HC has issued a notice to the government for the same, seeking its response on the writs that have been filed.

    15:06 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    TN CM directs authorities to take strict action against companies that use banned plastics

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanisamy has directed the authorities to take strict action against companies that use banned plastic Items. The ban came into effect in the state on January 1st, 2019.

    14:33 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Request Centre to provide security at hospitals: Government Stanley Hospital doctor

    One of the doctors at the Government Stanley Hospital, Chennai said that they were protesting today to condemn the attack on doctors in West Bengal and urged the Central Government to punish the culprit immediately. 

    He further added, "I request the Central government to bring in a Central Hospital Protection Force immediately and it should be implemented throughout the country." The doctor urged the government to recognize all government hospitals as 'protected zones' and initiate a Central Hospital Protection Force, similar to the Central Industrial Security Force. 

    Students and doctors at Government Stanley Hospital in Chennai protest in solidarity with the West Bengal doctors. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik
    14:12 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Doctors and students at Government Stanley Hospital go on strike

    In response to the Indian Medical Association's (IMA) call for a nation-wide strike in solidarity with the doctors at West Bengal, doctors at the Government Stanley Hospital in Chennai are holding  a protest outside the hospital premises. 

    "We are protesting in solidarity with the entire medical fratenity of the country. We are standing with our fellow doctors in the demand that we get a safe environment so that we can work and trust the patients with the hope that they won't hit us back. If we don't hold a protest today, there will be no one to acknowledge it. It is up to the Central government to come forward with a law that safeguards the medical fraternity", said one of the students who was participating in the protest. 

    Students and doctors can be seen protesting outside Government Stanley Hospital, Chennai. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik
    13:40 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Requests of drama artists will be considered after elections: Actor Vishal

    Addressing the media ahead of the Nadigar Sangam elections, actor Vishal spoke up about the construction of the Nadigar Sangam building and said, "An empty land has now turned into a building." 

    Speaking about the Pandavar Ani's meeting with drama artists, he said that they would be meeting up with drama artists across Tamil Nadu to seek their vote during the elections, and added that their requests would be examined after the elections. Speaking up on the alleged divide between the film fraternity and theatre fraternity, he said, "We have never observed any difference between cinema actors and theatre artists."

    13:24 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Ambulance staff return Rs. 69 lakh retrieved from accident site

    Attending to the injured at an accident site off Chennai in Kancheepuram district, an ambulance driver and a medical technician returned Rs. 69 lakh to hospital authorities from an overturned car as they rushed three injured men to the nearest hospital for treatment. Businessmen Balaji and Murali and their driver Saravanan were returning from Dharmapuri to Chennai on Saturday evening after completing a business deal, when a tyre burst and their car turned turtle near Chinnayanchatiram, around 60 km from Chennai.

    Following calls to 108 and the police control room, ambulance driver V Santhanam and medical technician, D Vijayan were pressed into service. They reached the accident site and found the three men lying outside the car, with money amounting to Rs 69 lakh strewn about. The duo retrieved the money and rushed the men to the hospital where they handed over the money to hospital authorities. The duo were later lauded by the police for their honesty. 

    12:52 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Lawyer asks HC to take up water crisis case in Tamil Nadu

    A lawyer approached the Madras High Court today and pleaded with the HC to come forward and take up the case of water crisis across Tamil Nadu on its own. 

    Speaking on the same issue, judges Mani Kumar and Subramaniam Prasad clarified that they had already asked the government for details. 

    11:58 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    From November, there won't be a water shortage in Chennai : TN Minister SP Velumani

    Tamil Nadu minister for rural and municipal administration S P Velumani assured that there won't be a water shortage in Chennai from November. Addressing the reporters in Chennai, the minister, said: "Some people are creating like there is a severe water shortage in Chennai, which is not true. IT firms haven't asked their employees to work from home due to water scarcity and no hotel has been shut down. People need not fear, from November, there won't be a water shortage in Chennai."

    11:38 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Thirumavalavan urge center to scrap Hydrocarbon Project

    VCK leader and Chidambaram MP Thol.Thirumavalvan has urged the central government to scrap Hydrocarbon Project in delta districts of Tamil Nadu.  He added that the AIADMK government should function individually and the center shouldn't interfere in state affairs.

    11:01 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Police on the lookout for chain snatchers in Tiruvallur district

    The police released photos of suspects on June 16, after four chain snatching incidents were reported in the neighbouring district of Tiruvallur on Saturday. On June 15, two bike-borne men snatched the chains of four women in separate incidents which occurred on the same day within a gap of two hours. Suspecting the same men to be involved in the four cases, police registered a case and released the photos. 

    10:53 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Concrete slab kills man at ICF

    A 32-year-old contract worker was killed at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai after a concrete slab fell on him on Saturday night. The victim, Thirumurthy, was sitting beside a pillar that was supporting the slab and was having dinner at the time of the incident. He was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning.

    10:26 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Greater Chennai Traffic Police conduct helmet awareness program

    The Greater Chennai Traffic Police carried out a Helmet awareness programme in the city on June 17 at EVR Salai and St. Thomas Mount. The programme was conducted with an aim to sensitize commuters about the importance of following traffic rules and road safety.

    10:12 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Sindhubaadh trailer released

    Sindhubaadh, the upcoming Kollywood flick starring actors Vijay Sethupathi and Anjali created a flutter on the internet yesterday, after Vijay Sethupathi took to Twitter to announce the release of the film's trailer on June 16, ahead of its theatrical release. 

    The Tamil action-thriller, which has been directed by S U Arun Kumar will be hitting theatres on June 21.

    10:04 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Chennai Event: Five-day workshop on Direction

    Wandering Artist will be hosting a five-day workshop, Direction Matters at the Wandering Artist office in R A Puram, Chennai from 10 am to 5 pm. The workshop will commence today and will go on until June 21. 

    Direction Matters is a 30-hour workshop by Varun Aiyer that deals with the direction of live performance, film and television and aims to look at the idea of Direction and the Director, the dynamics of the role and the relationship of the director with other elements of performance. Tickets are available on the Wandering Artist site

    09:49 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Pandavar Ani to meet drama artists

    Ahead of the Nadigar Sangam polls, Pandavar Ani is expected to meet various drama artists from Tricy, Karaikudi, Madurai, Salem and Namakkal in Tamil Nadu over the next three days. 

    The Nadigar Sangam elections, which will see Pandavar Ani face-off with Swami Sankardas Ani will be held on June 23 at MGR Janaki Arts and Science College in Chennai.

    09:35 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Change in timings of MGR Chennai Central-Thiruvananthapuram Central Bi-weekly Express

    The Thiruvananthapuram division of the Southern Railway has announced that the timimgs of the AC Biweekly Express from Thiruvananthapuram Central to Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Chennai Central Station have been permanently changed, with effect from July 1, 2019 due to operational reasons.

    Change in timings will be effected from July 1 this year.
    09:17 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Indian Medical Association calls for nation-wide strike

    The Indian Medical Association (IMA), in solidarity with doctors in Bengal has called for a nation-wide strike today to demand legislation for ensuring the safety of medical personnel working in hospitals.

    Follow the live updates of the strike on IETamil - Read in Tamil 

    Follow the live updates in English here

    09:06 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Chennai water crisis: Clashes erupt in city while IT firms and restaurants cut down operations

    With Chennai under the grip of a drought with no rainfall in sight for the past 193 days, clashes have begun to crop up in pockets of the city with residents struggling to book water tankers, even as the government is disconnecting supply to houses that are illegally drawing water Chennai.

    IT firms in the city have asked employees to work from home, while hotels and restaurants have had to cut down operations to save water.

    The Madras HC has sought a report from the Tamil Nadu government on the looming water crisis.

    08:50 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Chennai Event: Stand-up comedy by Sumukhi Suresh

    Stand-up comedian, Sumukhi Suresh will be performing a show, Don't Tell Amma, at the CounterCulture Comedy Club Chennai in Alwarpet today evening from 8 pm to 9pm. 

    Don't Tell Amma is a trial show where Sumukhi Suresh will be trying jokes that you should not tell your amma (mother). Those of you in Chennai who enjoy watching stand-up comedy shows should head out for this one. Tickets are available on Book My Show.

    08:36 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Train services to be hit from Mysore on June 16, trains to Chennai affected

    The Southern Railway announced on June 13 that trains from Mysore will be cancelled, partially cancelled, diverted or rescheduled from June 16 to June 23 following non-interlocking work being carried out for Yard modelling work over the Mysore Division of South Western Railway at Mysore.

    08:29 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Engineering merit list to be out on June 20

    The Directorate of Technical Education announced on Sunday that the merit list for the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) for engineering courses affiliated to Anna University will be announced on June 20. The results were expected to be announced on June 17 but have been postponed to Thursday due to the extension of the certificate verification procedure. 

    Candidates can log on to the Directorate of Technical Education Website  or the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions website for further details. 

    08:14 (IST)17 Jun 2019
    Chennai weather for the day: Chennai, neighbouring districts to experience heat wave

    The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has forecasted that Chennai and its neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram, and isolated areas in Tiruvannamalai and Vellore will be experiencing a heat wave for the next two days, with temperatures expected to rise above 40C until June 18. 

    Although the sky is expected to be cloudy today, minimum and maximum temperatures have been forcasted at 31C and 41C respectively. The RMC has warned people to not step outdoors between 11 am and 4 pm in order to avoid having a sunstroke.

    08:02 (IST)17 Jun 2019
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    Minister Jayakumar, AIADMK, AIADMK Minister, Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu Government, J Jayalalithaa People of Tamil Nadu have never accepted DMK wholeheartedly. (Express Photo)

    In its first Lok Sabha contest without party stalwarts M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, the ruling AIADMK faltered winning only one seat despite its alliance partner BJP’s spectacular showing outside the state. The Opposition, led by the DMK, wrested all the 37 seats the AIADMK had won in the previous election.

    "DMK made false propaganda about Neutrino, Hydrocarbon, NEET, etc. They made people believe as if these schemes were bought by our government, but the truth is these schemes were signed during the regime of the Congress-DMK alliance," says Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D.Jayakumar.

    Cannot join PM Modi Cabinet as uninvited guest: AIADMK minister D Jayakumar

    The teaser of the upcoming Tamil flick, Aditya Verma, starring Dhruv Vikram, Banita Sandhu and Priya Anand was released on June 16. The film is a remake of the Telugu flick, Arjun Reddy and has been directed by Gireesaaya.

    The film is a remake of Vijay Deverakonda's hit Telugu flick - Read in Tamil  

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