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Chennai News June 18 Highlights: TN CM pay tribute to Jayalalithaa; Triplicane Mansions run out of water

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By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: June 19, 2019 8:12:21 am
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Chennai News Live Updates: Tamil Nadu Minister for Rural and Municipal Administration S P Velumani assured citizens on Monday that there won’t be a water shortage in Chennai till 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.” He assured citizens that the government will supply 525 MLD of water until November.

Meanwhile, the Chennai administration declared on Monday that 331 schools in Chennai lacked government recognition and advised parents against enrolling their children in these schools.

Chennai district collector, A.Shamuga Sundaram 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 No Objection Certificate (NOC) and other required certificates will be subjected to legal action,” he said.

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    19:20 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Trouble for Bigg Boss season 3

    Chennai lawyer Sudhan has filed a petition in the Madras High Court to halt the telecast of reality tv show Bigg Boss. The show which is hosted by Kamal Haasan enters its third season this year. In the petition, Sudhan has said the show has to acquire the censor certificate by Indian Broadcast Foundation(IBF) in order to be telecasted.

    18:55 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Triplicane Mansions run out of water

    Several Mansions in Triplicane have temporarily been shut down due to the ongoing water crisis in the city.

    18:28 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    TN CM pay tribute to Jayalalithaa

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami paid floral tribute to Jayalalithaa at her memorial in Marina. He promised that former TN Chief Minister's memorial hall will be completed within the next five months.

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    17:56 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    School declares holiday due to water scarcity

    Due to the ongoing water crisis in Chennai, a government-aided school in Tambaram declared holiday today for students from class V-VIII as they ran out of water. According to the reports, the school has apparently sought the permission Tamil Nadu Education Department before initiating the announcement to the students. Earlier on Monday Municipality and Rural Administration Minister SP Velumani said there was no drinking water shortage in Chennai and termed such reports as manufactured news.

    17:31 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Trains from Mysore to Chennai cancelled for next two days

    Due to non-interlocking work being carried out for yard modelling work over the Mysore division of the South Western Railway at Mysore, trains from Mysore to Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G R Chennai Central on June 19 and June 20 have been cancelled.

    17:13 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Actress Amala Paul's 'Aadai' teaser released!

    Actress Amala Paul's 'Aadai' movie teaser got released today by actor-producer Karan Johar. "Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.' Presenting #Aadai a Tamil film that breaks the shackles of the status quo," Karan Johar tweeted. The thriller genre film is directed by 'Meyaadha Maan' fame Rathnakumar.

    16:45 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Government requests HC to conduct Nalini hearing through video call

    The Government of Tamil Nadu requested the Madras High Court today to conduct the hearing for Nalini's parole plea through video call owing to security reasons.

    Nalini Sriharan was convicted in 1991 for the assassination of the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, along with four other terrorists and has been serving a life term since then. 

    16:20 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Chennai suburban trains to skip stopping at Senji Panambakkam station until June 25

    The Southern Railway announced today that there would be a change in the pattern of suburban train services due to track maintenance work being carried along the Chennai - Arakonam section at Kadambattur Yard on the Up and Down lines from June 18 to June 25.

    As per the revised schedule, trains plying along the Down fast line between Tiruvallur to Thiruvalangadu will skip stopping at the Senji Panambakkam station until the maintenance work is over.

    16:09 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    AIADMK is responsible for water scarcity - DMK treasurer S Duraimurugan

    DMK treasurer and senior leader S Duraimurugan slammed the AIADMK government for the ongoing water scarcity in Chennai. He said, "AIADMK government is solely responsible for the water scarcity in Chennai. People are queueing up on the streets to fetch water," he said.

    He added that the only solution to this crisis is to bring water in trains from places like Trichy, Erode, Jolarpetai, etc.

    15:57 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Chennai Event: Machine Learning week by Makers Tribe

    Makers Tribe is conducting a five-day workshop, Machine Learning Week, from June 17 to June 21 at their centre in Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), Chennai.  The workshop aims to explore technology and its usage, since Machine Learning has a wide scope of learning. Today's lesson will focus on Scikit-Learn and will be held at Makers Tribe from 7 pm to 9 pm. 

    15:41 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    No hooliganism during our days, says a twitter user

    The Chennai Police detained at least 24 students from Pachayappa College for climbing on buses and hanging from its windows in the name of the city’s infamous ‘Bus Day’ celebrations on Monday. In a video which went viral on social media, several students are seen falling off an overcrowded bus. The video drew a lot of flak online, and one of the users tweeted how the 'Bus Day' celebration was carried during his period without any hooliganism.

    15:32 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Mongoose hairbrushes seized in Chennai

    The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and the Tamil Nadu Forest Department seized over 9000 brushes made of mongoose bristles on June 13 in Chennai and arrested a few people in coonection with the same.

    Although mongooses in India are protected under Schedule II of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, there is no follow up by enforcing agencies to keep a check on mongoose poaching and trading in India.

    15:03 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Madras HC denies permission to conduct Nadigar Sangam Election

    The Madras High court on Tuesday denied permission to conduct the Nadigar Sangam Election at the premises of M.G.R Janaki College of Arts and Science for Women in Chennai as it may cause disruption to the public. The court directed the Nadigar Sangam to suggest a different venue to conduct its election. The election is scheduled to take place on June 23rd.

    14:37 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Greater Chennai Corporation officials carry out raids against violation of plastic ban

    Hours after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Edappadi K Palaniswami called for a ban on plastics used by companies, officials from the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) carried out raids on Monday against commercial establishments in Chennai and collected over Rs. 2 lakh in fine for violating the ban on single-use plastics in the city.

    Officials raided over 1800 commercial establishments that had an area of less than 1000 square feet in certain zones.

    14:06 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Actress Amala Paul's new movie teaser to be released today

    Actress Amala Paul's 'Aadai' movie teaser will be released at 4 pm today by actor-producer Karan Johar. The thriller film directed by Rathnakumar had passed the Censor Board with an 'A' certificate.

    13:44 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Avadi becomes municipal corporation

    Avadi, located in Chennai district has become Tamil Nadu's 15th municipal corporation. Avadi is surrounded by various defense establishments, Universities, Factories, etc. The existing municipal corporations are Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Madurai, Dindigul, Salem, Thanjavur, Trichy, Tirunelveli, Tirupur, Thoothukudi, Vellore, Hosur, and Nagercoil. The Tamil Nadu government has passed the ordinance. 

    13:24 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Have got permission to perform drama: S Ve Shekhar

    Tamil playwright and actor, S Ve Shekher announced today that he had been authorised to perform his drama at the Dr. M G R Janaki Arts and Science College on June 23, the same day that the Nadigar Sangam Elections are scheduled to be conducted. 

    He demanded that actor Vishal show a receipt authorising him to conduct the elections in the college on June 23. 

    12:40 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Tamil Nadu MP's take oath in parliament

    The elected Lok Sabha candidates from Tamil Nadu took oath as MP's in parliament today. The members Including K.Kanimozhi, Thol Tirumavalavan, TR Balu, Karti Chidambaram, Dayanidhi Maran, Thamizhachi Thangapandian, Thirunavukarasar, and AIADMK's OP Ravindranath Kumar took oath in Tamil.

    12:12 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    GV Prakash's new show aims at showcasing the sacrifice of commoners

    Actor GV Prakash has released the first episode of 'Magathana Manidhargal' on Monday. The series is aimed at showcasing various commoners who have sacrificed their lives for the development of Tamil Nadu. In this first episode, GV is seen traveling to Jawadhu Hills in Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu in search of Mahalakshmi teacher, who teaches the underprivileged children in the surrounding areas.

    11:36 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    College students fall off the top of a bus while celebrating ‘Bus Day'

    A bunch of students from Chennai's Pachayappa college fell from bus roof on Monday while celebrating 'Bus Day'.  In the visuals that went viral on social media, the students were seen singing, dancing on the top of the bus, hanging from the window bars, causing much inconvenience to the passengers sitting inside the bus. According to the ANI news agency, the police have detained the 24 students in connection with the incident.

    10:48 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Special category students to avail counselling from June 25

    The Tamil Nadu government announced on Monday that engineering counselling for special category students for the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) will be held on June 25. The statement was made in rectification to an earlier statement that announced that counselling for special category students will be held on June 20. 

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

    10:32 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Madras HC to hear actor Vishal's petition today

    The Madras High Court is expected to hear a petition filed by actor Vishal, requesting police protection for the Nadigar Sangam elections today. Vishal had moved the court on Monday, alleging that the police had refused to provide security for the elections which will be held at the Dr. M G R Janaki Arts and Science College in Chennai on June 23.

    The Nadigar Sangam elections, which will be held on June 23, will see the Nasser-led Pandavar Ani going up against Bhagyaraj's Swami Sankardas Ani.

    10:11 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Woman killed after water tanker ploughs into bus stop

    A woman was killed and three men were injured after a water tanker ploughed into a bus stop at Nerkundram in Chennai on Monday morning. The deceased, Kaliammal, was caught in the front tyre of the lorry and dragged for a few metres before the lorry stopped. The injured were identified as Vijaykumar, Kaliammal's husband, Tamil Selvan and Bakiyaraj. 

    According to the police, driver Vijaya Balan was driving the lorry from Koyambedu towards Maduravoyal, when he fell asleep behind the wheel and rammed into two parked bikes before ploughing into the bus stop. Police later arrested Balan and filed a case of causing death due to negligence, rash and negligent driving against him. 

    09:45 (IST)18 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.
    09:20 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Outpatients hit severely during doctors strike

    Outpatients in Chennai's hospitals were hit severely during the nation-wide strike that was called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) yesterday, after doctors and students in Chennai's government hospitals held protests to express solidarity with their West Bengal brethren.

    Click on the video below to see what students and doctors at the Government Stanley Hospital in Chennai had to say regarding the nation-wide call on ensuring the safety of doctors.

    08:54 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Chennai Event: Alliance Française of Madras to host Day 2 of Peruvian Film Festival

    Alliance Française of Madras will be hosting Day 2 of Peruvian Film Festival, conducted by the Embassy of Peru in New Delhi in association with the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation at Chennai today. 

    The institute will screen Captain Pantoja and the Special Services at 4 pm, Gods at 06:15 pm and Days of Santiago at 08:15 pm. For all those cinema lovers out there who love watching International films, the Peruvian Film Festival is the right place for you!

    08:31 (IST)18 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 in the Mysore Division of South Western Railway at Mysore.

    08:16 (IST)18 Jun 2019
    Chennai weather for the day: Chennai and 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 today, with temperatures expected to rise above 40C. 

    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. 

    08:04 (IST)18 Jun 2019
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    Government Stanley Hospital, doctor strike, Chennai Doctors and students at the Government Stanley Hospital, Chennai held protests in response to IMA's call for nation-wide strike yesterday. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik

    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.

    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.

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    "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.

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