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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 5 Highlights: Nalini Sriharan was granted a month-long parole by the Madras HC today. (PTI File Photo)

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 5 Highlights: Udhayanidhi Stalin, the son of DMK president M K Stalin was appointed as the secretary of the DMK youth wing at Arivalayam, the party’s headquarters in Chennai on Thursday. The order was passed by K Anbazhagan, the General Secretary of the party, who announced that Udhayanidhi Stalin will be succeeding M P Swaminathan as the third secretary of the DMK youth wing.

READ| Udhayanidhi Stalin appointed DMK youth wing secretary

Udhayanidhi Stalin will chair a meeting of the DMK Youth Wing on July 6 in Chennai. This will be the first meeting under his leadership, following his appointment
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Chennai Event: Shashi Tharoor to deliver lecture on 'The Great Indian Novel' in city

Member of Parliament (MP) from Thiruvananthapuram, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, will deliver a lecture on his book, The Great Indian Novel at Alwarpet, Chennai on Saturday at 10 am. The novel which was inspired by the Mahabharata is a satirical take on Indian politics and was published 30 years ago by the politician.

DMK Youth Wing meeting takes place tomorrow

DMK youth wing meeting is scheduled to take place tomorrow in Chennai. The newly appointed secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin assured that he will definitely take part in the meeting and will be campaigning throughout Tamil Nadu.

Deer dies after bitten by dogs

A deer was found dead with dog bite marks at Arupukotai near Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu. The deer apparently strayed into the community forest area searching for drinking water. The forest officials were immediately informed about the incident and the dead animal was dumped into a pit.

MLA agrees to look into issues raised by Velachery residents

DMK MLA for Velachery, Vaigai Chandrasekar promised to look into the issues raised by the residents of Velachery henceforth, after office bearers of the Federation of Velachery Welfare Associations met the MLA and Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) zone officers in Chennai today. 

The residents urged the MLA to fix timings for addressing monthly grievances with the public and keep a separate visitor's time. The MLA and officers promised to look into the issues pertaining to pending road repair work, completion of storm water drains, garbage collection and underground power cable connections. The residents also contemplated asking Water Resources Department (WRD) officials to grant them permission to desilt the Velachery lake. 

Budget 2019: Decoding the Tamil poem quoted by Nirmala Sitharaman

Delivering her maiden Budget speech in Parliament Friday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who hails from Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, quoted a verse from the poem ‘Purananooru’, a Tamil Sangam-era literature piece which deals with the life of a king.

Soon after Sitharaman finished reciting the verses, Lok Sabha MPs from her home state raised “Long Live Tamil” and “Long Live Periyar” slogans. Sitharaman is the sixth Finance Minister from Tamil Nadu to present the Union Budget in Independent India.

Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai on Saturday

Tangedco announced on Thursday that power will be suspended in certain parts of Chennai for carrying out maintenance work from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Neighbourhoods in and around Seven Wells, Pallavaram, Keelkattalai, Pammal, Melur, Kamaraj Nagar, Ayanavaram, MMDA Colony, Arumbakkam, Choolaimedu and Kodambakkam will be affected. 

Nalini granted one-month parole

The Madras High Court granted Nalini Sriharan a month-long parole following the hearing of her plea for leave at the HC in Chennai today. This is the first ordinary parole that Nalini has been granted in 27 years.

Nalini, along with six other people was sentenced to life for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. Till date, Nalini has served 27 years of her life sentence at the Vellore Central Prison in Tamil Nadu.

Chennai Event: 10th Edition of Little Festival

The Little Theatre and The Little Theatre Trust will be hosting the 10th edition of their festival for two more days in Chennai. The festival commenced on Thursday and will come to an end on Saturday. The festival is being held at Museum Theatre in Egmore, Chennai.

The festival is a platform for countries to strengthen their ties with Indian youth in the form of performing arts, where youngsters from different countries put up plays for young audiences

Cops become targets of rage over pillion rider helmet rule

Over the past three days, the Greater Chennai Traffic Police have been subjected to attacks by motocyclists in Chennai, who refuse to comply with the pillion rider helmet rule. Police arrested a man on Thursday after he verbally abused a police officer in the city on Tuesday Night. Joseph Ravindran, a resident of Arumbakkam was stopped by Kumar at the Anna Arch around 06:15 pm on Tuesday since both the rider and the pillion rider were not wearing helmets. Upon being asked to move his vehicle to the side of the road, Ravindran abused the cop and fled the scene. He was later arrested on Friday and sent to judicial custody. 

In the second incident, two youth were arrested for attacking a police officer in Egmore on Wednesday night. Ramkumar and Vignesh were stopped by Dayanidhi on Wednesday for rash driving sans helmet. Upon being caught by the officer following a brief chase, the duo abused and attacked Dayanidhi. They were later nabbed by members of Dayanidhi's quad and sent to judicial custody. 

Vaiko found guilty in 2009 sedition case, jail term stayed for a month

A special court in Chennai on Thursday convicted MDMK chief Vaiko in a 2009 sedition case and sentenced him to a year in jail. Judge J Shanthi also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Vaiko.

Read The MDMK leader, who was present in the court, said he never sought any leniency

However, immediately after the verdict, a petition was filed to suspend the conviction. The conviction and sentence was subsequently stayed for a month under section 389 of CrPc. Vaiko is scheduled to file his nomination for the July 18 Rajya Sabha elections on Saturday.

Budget 2019: What has Chennai received in the budget

Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Budget for the year 2019 in her maiden speech after the Modi government returned to power this year at New Delhi today.

Here is a look at what Chennai has received so far:

1) Several reforms would be undertaken to promote rental housing, current rental laws are archaic as they do not address lessor-lessee relationships fairly. A model tenancy will be formalised and distributed to states

2) Railways would be encouraged to invest more in the suburban railways through special purpose vehicles (SPVs). The Railway Station modernisation programme will be launched this year.

3) Customs duty on certain parts of electric vehicles will be removed, thus oaving the way for tax benefits and GST reduction. This is expected to incentivise electric car purchases in Chennai, thus leading to lesser pollution.

4) One woman from every Self Help Group (SHG) will be granted a loan upto Rs. 1 lakh under the Mudra Yojana.

5) A proposal has been made to set up an exclusive channel on TV for startups in India. Further, funds raised by startups will not require any scrutiny by the Income Tax department.

6) A new series of coins (Re 1, 2 5, 10 and 20) that can be easily identified by the visually impaired will be made available for public use in India.

7) PAN and Aadhar cards have been made interchangeable, thus allowing people who do not have either one of the cards to file their IT returns. Menawhile, a TDS of 2 per cent will be made on the withdrawal of an amount exceeding Rs. 1 crore from any bank.

Chennai Event: Shashi Tharoor to deliver lecture on 'The Great Indian Novel' in city

Member of Parliament (MP) from Thiruvananthapuram, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, will deliver a lecture on his book, The Great Indian Novel at Alwarpet, Chennai on Saturday at 10 am.

The novel which was inspired by the Mahabharata, is a satirical take on Indian politics and was published 30 years ago by the politician.

Change in timings of trains bound for Yeswantpur and Ernakulam

The Southern Railway announced a change in the timings of trains bound for Yeswantpur and Ernakulam, travelling through the Arakkonam - Jolarpettai section on Thursday, due to track maintenance work and Simple Quick Relaying System being carried out at the section between Mukundarayapuram and Tiruvalam from July 5 to July 16.

Budget 2019: What does Chennai get in the budget so far

Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman is presenting the Budget for the year 2019 in her maiden speech, after the Modi government returned to power this year. 

Here is a look at what Chennai has received so far:

1) Several reforms would be undertaken to promote rental housing, current rental laws are archaic as they do not address lessor-lessee relationships fairly.

2) Railways would be encouraged to invest more in the suburban railways through special purpose vehicles (SPVs).

3) A model tenancy will be formalised and distributed to states.

Safety audit of all CMDA projects in Chennai

After an electrical high mast collapsed at a truck parking yard in Manjambakkam on Wednesday, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) announced that they will be conducting a safety audit of all their projects across the city from today. 

CMDA officials said that an electrical high mast had collapsed in the Manjambakkam yard on Wednesday night. However, no injuries were reported.

Budget 2019: India to get a channel just for startups

An exclusive television channel for startups to be introduced, says Nirmala Sitharaman. " We propose to start a TV channel exclusively for startups. Funding and tax planning, venture capital, etc would be the focus of this channel and will be run by a start-up," she said. 

Budget 2019: Drinking water to all houses by 2024

Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman, while presenting the Budget 2019 at New Delhi announced that all households in India will have access to pure and safe drinking water by 2024 under the Jal Jeevan Mission. 

Chennai DGP J K Tripathy orders cops to wear helmets

DGP JK Tripathy issued a circular to all the police stations on Thursday, ordering no cop to ride a two-wheeler without a helmet. In his circular, Tripathy ordered all uniform and plainclothes personnel to follow the rule without any deviation and warned them of stringent action in case any police personnle was found violating the helmet rule.

Tripathy succeded TK Rajendran who retired from service last month.

Budget 2019: Nirmala Sitharaman presents budget in Parliament

Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman has begun presenting the budget at the Parliament in New Delhi today. 

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Nalini to argue case in Madras HC today

Nalini, one of the seven accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case will be produced at the Madras High Court today to argue in person, her plea seeking an ordinary leave for six months. Nalini had filed the plea to make arrangements for her daughter's marriage, citing that she had not taken a single leave throughout the life sentence that she is currently serving. She will plead her case before a Division Bench of Justices M M Sundaresh and M Nirmal Kumar.

Earlier in June, the HC had asked lawyers to ask Nalini to plead her case over video call, after prison officials raised security concerns for producing her in court. However, Nalini turned down the suggestion. Nalini has been serving a life sentence for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at the Vellore Central Prison in Tamil Nadu for the past 27 years.

Intercaste couple hacked to death in Thoothukudi, bride's father held

In a case of suspected honour killing, a couple was hacked to death by a group of people in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi district in the early hours of Thursday morning, ANI reported. T Solairajan and his pregnant wife A Petchiammal alias Jothi were allegedly killed over their inter-caste marriage.

Read Tamil Nadu man, his pregnant wife hacked to death in suspected case of honour killing

Jothi’s father, who was reportedly against the marriage, has been arrested in connection with the double murder. 

National Lok Adalat to be held on July 13 in Tamil Nadu

National Lok Adalat to be held on July 13 in Tamil Nadu. Compensations for road accidents, Electricity usage, Water tax, Road tax, Pension related writ petitions will be taken up for disposal at the adalat.

Chennai Event: 10th Edition of Little Festival

The Little Theatre and The Little Theatre Trust will be hosting the 10th edition of their festival for two more days in Chennai. The festival commenced on Thursday and will come to an end on Saturday. The festival is being held at Museum Theatre in Egmore, Chennai. 

The festival is a platform for countries to strengthen their ties with Indian youth in the form of performing arts, where youngsters from different countries put up plays for young audiences. 

Chennai water crisis: City to get water from Erumaiyur quarry soon

Metro water officials announced that about 10 million litres a day (MLD) of water will be supplied to Chennai from the Erumaiyur quarry near Tambaram, since the Sikkarayapuram quarry is expected run out of water in a few days. Currently, Sikkarayapuram provides roughly 20 MLD of water to the city, after being treated at a plant in Chembarambakkam.

The officials also announced that nine more quarries in Chengalpattu and Vandalur had been identified to supply close to 70 MLD of water to Chennai in the near future.

TN Minister for Industries launches metro card

Tamil Nadu Minister for Industries, M C Sampath launched the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) metro card with ApnaPay and a 1.2 Mega Watt (MW) Solar Power Plant at the CMRL depot on Thursday.

CMRL announced that the metro card can also be used to pay for parking at all metro stations in Chennai.

Chennai weather for the day

Weather forecasters have predicted a partly cloudy day in the city today, with minimum and maximum temperatures expected to be 30C and 37C respectively. Slight chances of showers predicted in certain areas of Chennai. 

2019 Lok Sabha elections: Tamil Nadu, without the 'Balakot bump'

DMK leader Stalin termed the 'One Nation One Ration Card Scheme' non-Constitutional. (File photo)

The Centre’s proposed “One Nation, One Ration Card” scheme has kicked up a controversy in Tamil Nadu, with political parties and subject experts raising concern at the possible threat that a single national ration scheme will derail the state’s universal Public Distribution System (PDS), arguably one of the best PDS models in the world.

READ| Tamil Nadu question on One Nation, One Ration: Who will bear the extra cost?

Strongly opposing the scheme by calling it “anti-Constitutional,” DMK president M K Stalin said the attempt to roll it out immediately is “unilateral autocracy”.

Chennai’s Guindy, according to a leading real estate services firm, has emerged as the top residential area among the 15 hotspots identified in the capital city. The locations have been identified based on the highest real estate launches for the past three years and qualitative analysis.

READ| These are the top 15 residential areas in Chennai

According to a report released by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), the 15 locations have been chosen based on three parameters – connectivity, quality of life and real estate value.

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