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Chennai News June 14 Highlights : Tamil Nadu writers win Sahitya Academi awards; Logs in airport entrance catch fire

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Chennai News June 14 Highlights: Tamil writers, Sabarinathan and Devi Nachiyappan won two of the Sahitya Akademi Awards today.

Chennai News June 14 Highlights: 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

Meanwhile, Munuswamy, a 36-year-old homosexual was arrested by the police for allegedly chopping off the genitals of two men, one of whom died said the police on Wednesday. The accused, who is a native of Manamadurai was arrested following the release of video clips by police which had visuals of him walking under a flyover near Retteri in North Chennai.

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Dakshinachitra museum organizes workshop at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu State Chapter, in collaboration with the Dakshinachitra Museum and Friends of Heritage Sites conducted a workshop, Capacity Building Heritage Tourism Workshop at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. The 20-half-day workshop was organized at Dakshina Chitra Museum for local guides and tourism professionals in the State.

Wooden logs near sixth entrance of Chennai International Airport catch fire

A couple of logs which were kept near the sixth entrance of the Chennai International Airport caught fire today evening. Firemen were pressed into service immediately and doused the fire. 

Chennai Event: Theatre play at Alliance Française of Madras

Theatre fans can note that Alliance Française of Madras will be hosting a play, Bhasa's Urubhangma  from 7 pm to 08:15 pm at the centre's Edouard Michelin Auditorium today. The play, which has been directed and adapted by Shakthi, will feature Theatre Nisha.

Urubhangam is a play that has been adapted from Bhasa's adaptation of life post the Mahabharatha war and celebrates the life of King Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas and  explores the lives of the Kauravas, their motives and their side of the story. 

Weekend movie binge

For all the cine lovers out there, this weekend offers an opportunity to have the perfect movie marathon with a host of movies releasing today. The much waited Men in Black: International, starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson has finally hit the theatres with a release in four languages - English, Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans who loved watching Chris and Tessa in Thor: Ragnarok would definitely not want to sit this flick out! Those of you who enjoy watching animated flicks can grab a tub of popcorn and watch the Secret Life of Pets 2, the sequel to the highly acclaimed 2016 release, The Secret Life of Pets. 

Kollywood fans can head to the theatres to watch the psychological thriller, Game Over starring Taapsee Pannu or Nejamundu Nermaiyundu Odu Raja if you would like some rib-tickling laughter instead. Meanwhile, Bollywood lovers can catch Annant Jaaitpaal’s Kissebaaz and Nayan Pachori’s Rescue and Khamoshi, the Hindi version of the Tamil flick, Devi 2. So head to the nearest theatres, grab a popcorn tub and prepare to be immersed in the reel world.

Devi Nachiappan bags Bal Sahitya Puraskar award for Tamil

Devi Nachiappan aka Deivanai has won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar award this year for 'Total Contribution'

Sahitya Akademi, India's national academy of letters, today announced a list of 22 winners for the Bal Sahitya Puraskar and 23 recipients for the Yuva Puraskar for this year.

Traffic constable comes first in 70 kg category of All YUJO Classicque 2019 National Meet Body Building

Tr Ibrahim, the Head Constable at the Manali Traffic Police Station was awarded the first prize in the 70 kg weight category of the All YUJO Classicque 2019 National Meet Body Building which was conducted on May 19 this year at the Nehru Stadium in Chennai.

Woman stabbed to death by Tamil Nadu Speaker's driver over water feud

A woman, Subhashini, was stabbed to death by Adimoola Ramakrishnan, the driver of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker, P Dhanapal at Anakaputhur in Chennai on Thursday night. According to police reports, the victim got into a fight with Dhanapal last night after the latter prevented Subhashini and her husband from switching on the motor since it was allegedly empty. 

In the ensuing fight, Dhanapal took out a knife and stabbed Subhashini under the chin, following which she was rushed to the hospital. The victim later succumbed to her injuries. The police arrested Adimoola Ramakrishnan today.

Chennai Event: Awareness Programme on Learning Disabilities this weekend

Alpha to Omega Learning Centre and St. John's Public School will be hosting a two-day awareness programme on June 15 and June 16 from 09:30 am to 04:30 pm on Specific Learning Disabilities and Creating a Holistic Inclusive School at St. John's Public School in Medavakkam, Chennai.

The programme aims to spread awareness on learning disabilities in children and the need to create inclusive classrooms that will benefit students studying in mainstream and special-needs schools. Spread over two days, Day 1 on Saturday will be a workshop for principals, teachers and the heads of various schools in Chennai, while Day 2 on Sunday will be a seminar for parents. 

Sabarinathan wins Sahitya Akademi award for his Tamil work

Tamil writer Sabarinathan has bagged the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award this year for his poetry titled 'Vaal'. The 29-year-old writer has also translated literary works of other authors.

Chennai Event: Pride Film Series on Saturday

Aware India will be hosting a film screening on June 15 as a part of the Pride Film Series from 9 pm to 11 pm at Chemmenchery Slum Clearance Housing Board in Chennai. The movies will be screened tomorrow on three themes - Looking for Acceptance, Looking for Self and Looking for Love, and will be followed by a panel discussion. 

Pride Film Series is a movie screening which is hosted by Aware India every Saturday night in June to celebrate Pride Month and is all about celebrating life, choices and entitlement to the LGBTQIA community. 

Slight drizzle, thunderstorms experienced in few areas of Chennai

Bringing slight relief from the heat wave in Chennai, a few areas of the city experienced slight drizzles and thunder last night. Although there was no rain in Chennai, the temperature in the city dropped by a few degrees, making way for a cool, summer night yesterday. Meanwhile, Chennai Weather had tweeted that there were thunderstorms South of Tambaram in Chennai, following which Indian cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran took to the social media platform and tweeted, "The rain which came until Tambaram has refused to cross Tambaram." (translated from Tamil).

Heat wave to persist in Chennai and neighbouring districts: Regional Meteorological Centre

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) announced that a heat wave will continue to persist in Chennai, its neighbouring districts of Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram and other northern districts in Tamil Nadu today. The RMC added that these places would experience at least 3C higher temperature than normal. 

Chennai has been experiencing a heat wave in certain pockets of the city this week, with the temperature in these areas touching a maximum of 43C during the day. The RMC advised citizens to not step outdoors between 11 pm to 4pm in order to prevent a sunstroke. 

Chennai Event: Motojojo gathering on Saturday

Motojojo will be hosting a community house gathering at Royapettah in Chennai on June 15 from 07:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The evening is promised to be full of conversations, music, poetry and travel stories by featured artists. What's more! Dinner will be a potluck so for all the enthusiastic participants out there, don on your best oven mitt and bring forward the delicacy of your choice. 

Southern Railway GM agrees to withdraw the circular

After protest by the opposition parties, the Southern Railway GM has agreed to withdraw the circular that had been sent on Wednesday to station staff and train operation controllers to speak only in English or Hindi while communicating officially.

Southern Railway must withdraw the circular, says MP Kanimozhi

DMK leader and Member of Parliament K. Kanimozhi has condemned Southern Railway for issuing a circular instructing their officials to speak only in English or Hindi for communicating officially.

Chennai Event: Survivor Series on Sunday

Aware India will be hosting an event, Survivor Series: Acceptance, the first step to mental wellbeing, on June 16 from 4 pm to 9 pm at the Spicinemas Corporate Office in Chennai. This Sunday, the series seeks to open the platform to the LGBTQIA community in celebration of pride month and share their stories on how to take care ofone's mental health needs. 

Survivor Series is a series of group support meetings that brings together people from all walks of life who have undergone any form of impediments to mental health and is a safe space where one can share their stories to find the understanding that they need and be the source of strength for someone else.

DMK MP Kanimozhi slams Thoothukudi Corporation

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi slammed the Thoothukudi Corporation today for not taking any measures towards solving the drinking water problems that are faced by the people in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu. 

She said that the taxes had been increased and people were paying money and purchasing drinking water owing to the ongoing water crisis and added that until the Thoothukudi Corporation addressed these issues and took measures to solve problems, they (people) would continue with their protests. 

Have submitted election manifesto to Kamal Haasan: K Bhagyaraj

Actor Bhagyaraj addressed the media after his party, Swami Sankardas Ani met actor Kamal Haasan earlier today in Chennai and said that Kamal Haasan had asked to be invited to the inauguration of the Nadigar Sangam building once construction was completed. He added that the party had submitted their election manifesto to the actor at the meeting today.

The Nadigar Sangam elections will be held at M G R Janaki Arts and Science College on June 23 and will see actors Bhagyaraj and Nasser contesting for the position of President, while actor Vishal and educationist Isari Ganesh will lock horns over the post of secretary. Meanwhile, actors Prashant and Karthi will be pitted against each other for the post of treasurer. 

Southern Railway instructs authorities to communicate only in English or Hindi

Southern Railway has sent a letter to its station staff and train operation controllers instructing them to use only English or Hindi while communicating officially.

The letter issued on Wednesday said the authorities should avoid the use of regional languages while communicating officially. "The communication between the Divisional Control Office and the Station Master should be either in English or Hindi and the use of regional language should be avoided to prevent either side not understanding what is being said," it said.

Actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar takes to Twitter after actor Vishal releases Pandavar Ani's campaign video

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, the daughter of Kollywood actor Sarath Kumar took to Twitter today after good friend and actor, Vishal released a campaign video for his party, Pandavar Ani ahead of the upcoming Nadigar Sangam polls. In the video, Vishal could be seen taking digs at Sarath Kumar despite the latter not being involved in the elections.

Saddened and shocked at the video, Varalaxmi tweeted out a letter to Vishal in which she condemned his actions and said, "It's so sad instead of making a positive video about the things you have achieved, you resorted to the lowest form of campaigning." (sic) She concluded that Vishal had lost her vote for the elections, which will held on June 23.

Chennai Event: Adoption drive on Saturday

Safe Paws Adoption and Rescue Centre will be conducting the 19th edition of their adoption drive on June 15. The drive will be held at The Bark in Alwarpet, Chennai from 03:30 pm to 06:30 pm on Sunday. 

Stalin offers his condolences over death of DMK cadres

Following the deaths of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MLA Radhamani from Vikravandi and MP Sivasubramani, DMK party president M K Stalin offered his condolences to the families of the bereaved. 

Members of AMMK rejoin AIADMK

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami took to Twitter today to announce that the members of the management committee and cadres of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) and other alternate parties in Tamil Nadu had resigned from their respective parties and had rejoined the mother ship, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) after meeting the Chief Minister in person.

Chennai Event for today: Theatre play at Alliance Française

Alliance Française of Madras will be hosting a play, Bhasa's Urubhangma  from 7 pm to 08:15 pm at the centre's Edouard Michelin Auditorium today. The play, which has been directed and adapted by Shakthi, will feature Theatre Nisha. Urubhangam is a play that has been adapted from Bhasa's adaptation of life post the Mahabharatha war and celebrates the life of King Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas and  explores the lives of the Kauravas, their motives and their side of the story. 

Sivappu Manjal Pachai teaser from today, Siddharth's Leila premiers on Netflix today

Fans of actor Siddharth and actor-singer G V Prakash can rejoice since the teaser of the duo's upcoming Tamil film, Sivappu Manjal Pachai will be launched at 5 PM today. The teaser will be launched by acclaimed director, A R Murugadoss. The movie, which has been directed by Pichaikkaran director, Sasi is expected to release next month. 

Meanwhile, Leila, a Netflix original starring actors Siddharth and Huma Qureshi will be premiering today. Set in a dystopian future, Leila traces the journey of a mother as she searches for her daughter who she lost years ago.

Train services to be hit from Mysore on June 16, trains to Chennai affected

The Southern Railway announced today 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.

Weekend movie binge

For all the cine lovers out there, this weekend offers the opportunity to have a movie marathon with a host of movies releasing today. The much waited Men in Black: International starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson has stormed the theatres with a release in English, Tamil, Hindi and Telugu. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) who loved watching Chris and Tessa in action in Thor: Ragnarok would definitely want to watch this flick! Those who love animated flicks can grab a tub of popcorn and watch the Secret Life of Pets 2, the sequel to the highly acclaimed 2016 release, The Secret Life of Pets. 

Kollywood fans can head to the theatres to watch the psychological thriller, Game Over starring Taapsee Pannu or Nejamundu Nermaiyundu Odu Raja if you would like some rib-tickling laughter instead. Meanwhile, Bollywood lovers can catch Annant Jaaitpaal’s Kissebaaz and Nayan Pachori’s Rescue and Khamoshi, the Hindi version of the Tamil flick, Devi 2. 

Unreserved ticket booking counter commences operations

A ticket counter for booking unreserved tickets, which was constructed in Chennai recently has commenced operations on the Wall Tax Road entry of the Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Railway Station.

Chennai Beach to Chennai Beach Circular EMU local to be cancelled today as well

Train number 40900 from Chennai Beach to Chennai Beach Circular EMU local will continue to be cancelled today due to track maintenance work which is being carried out on the Chennai Egmore-Villupuram junction from June 12 to June 14. Services are expected to resume tomorrow.

Woman killed over a water problem

In Chennai's Anagaputhur, a woman got killed over a water problem. According to Puthiya Thalaimurai channel, the killer has been arrested. 

Vikravandi DMK MLA passes away

Vikravandi DMK MLA Radhamani passed away due to ill health. The 67-year-old  was undergoing treatment in Pudhucherry Jipmer Hospital for the past couple of days and unfortunately died today morning. He won the 2016 assembly election defeating the AIADMK candidate R Velu. Due to his death, Vikravandi constituency will face by-polls along with Nanguneri in Tamil Nadu.

'Swami Sarnkaradas Ani' to meet Kamal Haasan

Veteran filmmaker K.Bhagyaraj-led Swami Sankaradas Ani will meet Kamal Haasan to seek his support for the upcoming South Indian Film Artistes Association (Nadigar Sangam) election. The team will contest against Vishal's 'Paandavar Ani'. While Bhagyaraj locks horns with Nasser for the post of President, producer-educationist Isari Ganesh will take on Vishal for the General Secretary post. The election is scheduled to take place on June 23.

Chennai Lions rope in Sharath Kamal, Mavericks Kolkata pick Manika Batra for upcoming Ultimate Tennis League (Source: PTI)

Ace paddler Sharath Kamal will play for the Chennai Lions in the third season of the Ultimate Tennis League, which will be held in New Delhi from July 25. Kamal, a nine-time national champion, was picked by the Chennai team, a new entrant in the league, during the players draft held here Thursday. The two other new teams in the league are U Mumba TT and Puneri Paltan Table Tennis. In a video message, Kamal said that he will try and give his best in the tournament.

The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday raided seven locations in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, reported news agency PTI. The searches, based on a fresh case filed in the city, were at the residences of youths suspected to be in contact with members of the Islamic State group.

Raids were conducted by a team of NIA sleuths at seven places in the city on the basis of inputs that certain people are reportedly in touch with those behind the Easter day attacks on social media, police sources said.

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