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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Highlights: Madras HC orders status-quo over July 11 AIADMK General Council meet

Chennai, Tamil Nadu Live Highlights, August 17, 2022: Tamil Nadu on Tuesday logged 670 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the tally to 35,60,161 so far. The death toll remained at 38,033 with nil fatalities, the Health Department said.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Highlights (August 17): In a setback to AIADMK interim General Secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS), the Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered maintaining status-quo as was the case on June 23 in the matter relating to the conduct of the July 11 General Council meeting of the main opposition party in Tamil Nadu. The general council, AIADMK’s highest decision-making body, ‘expelled’ rival leader O Panneerselvam and some of his associates from the party amid his leadership tussle with Palaniswami, who was picked as the interim general secretary of the party by the GC members. The order passed by Justice G Jayachandran on Wednesday, in effect held invalid the July 11 GC meeting.

In other updates, the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Ltd (TASMAC) earned Rs 273.92 crore through its liquor outlets on August 14, the eve of Independence Day, according to officials. Since the liquor outlets remained closed on Independence Day, on August 14, Sunday, there was a mad rush among the tipplers to buy and store alcohol. Among all cities, Madurai recorded a sale of Rs 58.26 crore followed by Chennai with Rs 55.77 crore, Salem (Rs 54.12 crore), Trichy (Rs 53.48 crore) and Coimbatore (Rs 52.29 crore).

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin is scheduled to call on President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday in Delhi. While, Stalin’s meet with Vice President Dhankar is underway, he would next meet the President, said a government source. In the evening, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is scheduled to call on PM Modi and take up several key issues that have a bearing on the state.

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20:56 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Stalin calls on PM Modi, deliberates key TN issues

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed state-specific development issues with him.

Stalin called on President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar and described the meeting, a courtesy visit, as satisfactory. On his Twitter handle, Stalin said he visited Modi and discussed key issues pertaining to Tamil Nadu's development.

The Chief Minister said he thanked Modi for having inaugurated the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad in Chennai. The Prime Minister appreciated the grand manner in which Tamil Nadu hosted the event and conveyed that it was a proud moment for India, he said.

Stalin presented to Murmu, Modi and Dhankar collections of Tamil Nadu's various traditional rice and millet varieties. It includes 'Mappillai Samba' (red rice) and 'Thinai' (foxtail millet). (PTI)

20:24 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Monkey, pythons, tortoises: Customs seize animals from passenger’s luggage at Chennai airport

Customs officials at the Chennai International Airport on August 11 intercepted a passenger coming from Bangkok illegally carrying live animals in his luggage.

Customs officials said that on the examination of the checked-in baggage, they found one DeBrazza monkey, 15 king snakes, five ball pythons and two Aldabra tortoises and recovered them. (Read More)

19:54 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Tamil Nadu: After court win, O Panneerselvam visits MGR and Jayalalithaa mausoleums

Hours after the Madras High Court ruled in favour of sidelined AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam, who had challenged the party’s general council meeting on July 11, he and his supporters paid their respects at the mausoleums of former chief ministers M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday.

Several supporters of Panneerselvam gathered in front of his house in Chennai, following the judgment that effectively restored him as a convener of the AIADMK and quashed the party decision to appoint his rival, Edappadi K Palaniswami, as interim general secretary. They burst crackers, distributed sweets and raised slogans hailing him as the leader of the party. (Read More)

19:12 (IST)17 Aug 2022
TN Guv Ravi appoints VCs to state-run varsities

amil Nadu Governor R N Ravi, who is also the Chancellor of state-run varsities, on Wednesday appointed Vice-Chancellors to three government universities.

Ravi appointed T Arumugam as Vice-Chancellor of Vellore-based Thiruvalluvar University. G Ravi and N Chandrasekar were appointed as Vice-Chancellors of Alagappa and Manonmaniam Sundaranar varsities respectively, a Raj Bhavan release said.

Alagappa University and Mananmaniam Sundaranar University are in Karaikudi and Tirunelveli respectively.

All the three appointees have decades of rich teaching, research and administrative experience. They have received various awards and have a distinguished career record. (PTI)

16:27 (IST)17 Aug 2022
AIADMK leadership issue: HC orders status-quo over July 11 GC meet

The Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered status quo as of June 23 over the conduct of the AIADMK's July 11 General Council, in effect rendering the meet, which among others picked Edappady K Palaniswami (EPS) as its chief, invalid.

Though the HC ruling was being seen as a setback to the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, EPS' supporters insisted it was not so and informed that the next course of action would be decided after going through the detailed order.

O Panneerselvam, the rival AIADMK leader who was 'expelled' from the party at the July 11 GC meet, said the ruling showed nobody can "usurp" a political party and that the judiciary and God will not allow that. On Wednesday, Justice G Jayachandran ordered for status quo as on June 23, in effect rendering as invalid the July 11 GC meeting. (PTI)

14:38 (IST)17 Aug 2022
M K Stalin in Delhi Will take up power amendment Bill with PM Modi

The Electricity Act (Amendment) Bill, Cauvery river water issue and Mekedatu dam proposal of Karnataka, anti-NEET Bill pending with the Centre, the National Education Policy 2020, are among the issues he is set to take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said on Wednesday.

Stalin called on President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar and described the meeting, a courtesy visit, as satisfactory. Read more.

14:12 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Chennai: Gang decamps with cash from finance firm, second incident in a week

A seven-member gang decamped with cash worth Rs 6 lakh from a finance firm at Vadapalani in Chennai Tuesday, said the police.

According to the police, around 3:30 pm, the gang entered the firm, and threatened the owner and the staff at knifepoint before fleeing with the cash on their two-wheelers.

After the owner raised the alarm, other staff members attempted to catch hold of the robbers and during the chase, one of them was nabbed. The Vadapalani police identified the accused as Syed Riyaz Batcha (23) of Virugambakkam. Read more. 

13:34 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Go elsewhere, don’t disturb estranged wife, children: Madras HC

When a couple lives under one roof, the conduct of one party towards the other is always vital in defining the respect and recognition the family would get from others. If the domestic peace is disturbed due to an unruly act of one party, namely the husband, there need not be any hesitation in giving the practical enforcement for the protection order by removing the husband from the house, the Madras High Court has observed.

Justice R N Manjula, who made the observation recently, directed the husband, an industrialist, to leave his wife, an advocate and two children and seek accommodation elsewhere. Read more.

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13:24 (IST)17 Aug 2022
I came in person to thank PM for his presence at Chess Olympiad: Stalin in Delhi

Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin said, "I came in person to thank him (PM, for his presence at Chess Olympiad) today at 4.30 pm. There are several demands that will be given to him. Many demands like NEET exemption, NEP, electricity, Cauvery, Mekadatu dam will be discussed with PM." 

12:35 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Tamil Nadu: Liquor sales worth Rs 273 crore through TASMAC on eve of Independence Day

The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Ltd (TASMAC) earned Rs 273.92 crore through its liquor outlets on August 14, the eve of Independence Day, according to officials.

Since the liquor outlets remained closed on Independence Day, on August 14, Sunday, there was a mad rush among the tipplers to buy and store alcohol.

Among all cities, Madurai recorded a sale of Rs 58.26 crore followed by Chennai with Rs 55.77 crore, Salem (Rs 54.12 crore), Trichy (Rs 53.48 crore) and Coimbatore (Rs 52.29 crore). Read more.

11:29 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Madras HC to pronounce orders on OPS petitions today

News agency ANI reported that the supporters of O Panneerselvam have gathered outside his residence in Chennai.

Justice G Jayachandran of Madras High Court to pronounce orders on petitions of O Paneerselvam against the July 11th General Council meeting of AIADMK.

O Paneerselvam had questioned the legality and violation of bylaws in convening the General Council meeting and abolishing the Coordinator/Joint Coordinator posts to elect Edappadi Palaniswami as interim general secretary.

Don't miss | AIADMK row: SC asks Madras HC to decide OPS faction plea against party meet, orders status quo

11:17 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Tamil Nadu CM in Delhi: Stalin to call on PM Modi in the evening

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin is scheduled to call on President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday in Delhi.

While, Stalin’s meet with Vice President Dhankar is underway, he would next meet the President, said a government source.

In the evening, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is scheduled to call on PM Modi and take up several key issues that have a bearing on the state. Read more. 

11:04 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Stalin calls on Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar in Delhi.

According to news agency ANI Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin on Wednesday morning called on Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar in Delhi.

10:17 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Stalin leaves Tamil Nadu Bhavan to meet President, Vice President and PM Modi

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin leaves from Tamil Nadu Bhavan, in Delhi. He will meet President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar this morning. Later in the day, he will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports ANI.

09:37 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Know Your City: Bodyguard Muneeswarar, the guardian deity of vehicles in Chennai

A few metres away from the Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Railway Station, popularly known as the Chennai Central, several brand new vehicles are parked in front of a temple.

For anyone who doesn’t understand the significance of the place, the activity that takes place outside the temple might seem strange. Several temple workers can be seen tying long black ropes to the parked vehicles and packing puja items including lemon, camphor, flowers, and coconut among others.

This is the Arulmigu Om Sri Bodyguard Muneeswaran/Muneeswarar temple at Pallavan Salai in the state capital of Tamil Nadu. Read more. 

09:36 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Tamil Nadu logs 670 new Covid-19 cases

Tamil Nadu on Tuesday logged 670 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the tally to 35,60,161 so far. The death toll remained at 38,033 with nil fatalities, the Health Department said.

As many as 927 people recuperated in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 35,15,240 leaving 6,888 active infections, a bulletin said.

Chennai saw most of the fresh infections with 129, while the rest were spread across other districts. Ariyalur reported zero new cases today while the active infections in the district was at 16.

As many as 19 districts of the 38 districts reported new infections below 10. The State capital – Chennai – witnessed 2,666 active infections and overall 7,86,055 cases.

A total of 22,040 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of tests to 6,85,73,418 till date, the bulletin said. PTI

09:35 (IST)17 Aug 2022
Welcome to today's blog!

Good morning. Welcome to today's Live blog. We bring to you all the latest news from Chennai, Tamil Nadu for the day. 

The DMK will not make “even the slightest ideological compromise” with BJP, as there is “no relationship” between the two parties, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said on Tuesday, before he left for the national capital to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing a gathering at an event to mark the 60th birthday of Thol Thirumavalavan, a prominent Dalit leader and chief of DMK ally Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Stalin, while referring to mention by one of the speakers of his scheduled Delhi visit, said: I am going to Delhi as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to get the necessary schemes for our people from the Union government. The ties between the state and the Union government shouldn’t be mistaken as a relationship between DMK and BJP.”

In other news, after a day-long dilemma over the jurisdiction issue of forest boundaries between Tamil Nadu and Kerala, an eight-year-old elephant, which was stranded in a waterbody near Coimbatore, finally received attention from the Tamil Nadu forest officials by Monday night. Tamil Nadu sent two veterinarians and two ‘kumkis’, or trained elephants, to aid the elephant that was seemingly in distress. By Tuesday afternoon officials of the Coimbatore forest division confirmed that they were tracking the elephant.

Meanwhile, food safety authorities Tuesday raided multiple restaurants, and eateries located inside a popular mall at Anna Nagar in Chennai and seized stale meat from a couple of restaurants. The authorities initiated the action following complaints of unhygienic food served in the restaurants here. The team of officials led by Dr Satheesh Kumar designated food safety officer in Chennai carried out a surprise inspection at the food court of the mall.

Also, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday inaugurated 16 new electricity sub-stations and capacity upgraded transformers in 51 existing sub-stations, initiatives at an estimated cost of over Rs 258 crore.

As many as 11 new 110 KV sub-stations were set up at a cost of Rs 147.97 crore in the districts of Chengelpet, Kancheepuram, Mayiladuthurai, Namakkal, Pudukottai (Gettimedu and Konnaiyur), Perambalur, Ranipet, Sivaganga, Tiruvarur and Thoothukudi.

In other updates, the Madras high court Tuesday ordered an interim stay on an Income Tax department order that imposed a fine on Tamil actor Vijay for his “admittedly undisclosed earnings of Rs 15 crore in financial year 2015-16”. The fine, Rs 1.5 crore, was imposed after searches were conducted at his premises in September 2015.

During the searches, the I-T order had said Vijay had acknowledged receiving Rs 5 crore in cash and Rs 16 crore in cheque payments for his work in the Tamil film ‘Puli’. He reportedly admitted receiving an additional Rs 10 crore in cash during the same financial year, although it was not disclosed in his I-T return submitted to the department. The I-T department said Vijay reportedly agreed to pay the tax amount for Rs 15 crore of undisclosed income.

Class 12 student returning after I-Day celebrations run over by Chennai MTC bus

A 16-year-old girl who was on her way home after participating in the Independence Day celebrations at her school was killed after being hit by a Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus in Chennai’s Chromepet Monday, the police said.

Read also |Chennai: CM Stalin opens Independence Day Park on banks of Buckingham Canal

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