Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 11 Highlights: Kanimozhi wants Erode Railway Station renamed after Periyar; Neutrino observatory to be built in Theni

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 11 Highlights: Kanimozhi wants Erode Railway Station renamed after Periyar; Neutrino observatory to be built in Theni

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 11 Highlights: DMK MP Kanimozhi requested the Centre to rename the Erode Railway Station after E V Ramasamy at the Lok Sabha today.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 11 Highlights: Water from the Chennai-Jolarpettai scheme will be delayed once again after a leak was found in the pipeline during the trial run on Wednesday. Officials from Metrowater and Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) had earlier announced that water will be supplied from Jolarpettai from Thursday.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami tweeted out copies of a letter, which was written by the CM to the Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on July 10 on the social media platform on Wednesday.

In his letter, the CM urged Shekhawat to talk to the Minister for Environment, Prakash Javadekar and withdraw the grant for the Mekedatu Dam Project during the meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee for River Valley and Hydro Electric Projects on July 19.

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Rajya Sabha elections: Vaiko, Anbumani among six candidates elected unopposed from Tamil Nadu

Six Rajya Sabha nominees including MDMK’s Vaiko and PMK’s Anbumani Ramadoss were Thursday elected unopposed to the Upper House from Tamil Nadu. AIADMK’s A Mohammed John and N Chandrasekharan, M Shanmugam and P Wilson of DMK were the other four elected candidates to fill the vacancies of the six members whose tenure ends on July 24. Tamil Nadu Assembly Secretary and Returning Officer, K Srinivasan announced the elected nominees today.

India’s first neutrino observatory to be built in Theni

The Government of India has approved a project to build the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) at Pottipuram in the Theni District. "The project aims to set up a 51000 ton Iron Calorimeter (ICAL) detector to observe naturally occurring atmospheric neutrinos in a cavern at the end of approximately 2 km long tunnel in a mountain," the statement from the Department of Atomic Energy read.

The Department has also ensured that setting up the country's first-ever Neutrino Observatory would not disturb the ecosystem. ''The INO Project does not disturb the ecosystem around the site and does not release any radiation as it does not have radioactive substance. It measures cosmic rays,'' the statement added.

Chennai Event: French movie screening

Alliance Française of Madras will be screening a French movie, Fidelio: L'Odyssée d'Alice today from 7 pm to 9 pm at their centre in College Road, Chennai. The movie will be screened as a part of the centre's monthly movie screenings.

Madras HC quashes plea by plastic manufacturers

The Madras High Court today quashed a petition filed by plastic manufacturers in Tamil Nadu who challenged the state-wide plastic ban imposed by the Government of Tamil Nadu on June 5, 2018. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had banned over 10 types of plastic items of all microns last year, in a bid to make Tamil Nadu a plastic-free state. 

The government had given manufacturers time until March 2019 to dispose of all plastic items. In June this year, the Greater Chennai Corporation had also carried out raids against traders and had slapped fines on those who were selling the banned plastic items. 

German Consul General meets TN Finance Secretary

Karin Stoll, the Gonsul General of the German Consul in Tamil Nadu met the state's Finance Secretary, S Krishnan in Chennai today, to discuss the support and help provided by the Consul towards the smart city project in the city. 

Chennai traffic police conduct awareness programme

The Greater Chennai Traffic Police conducted an awareness programme at various locations in Chennai to sensitise motorists about the importance of road safety and following traffic rules. The programme also cautioned motorcyclists against riding without a helmet and going triples on a two wheeler.

Chennai Event: Open Mic by Counter Culture Comedy Club Chennai

The Counter Culture Comedy Club, Chennai (CCCC) will be hosting an Open Mic Night today from 8 pm to 10 pm at the Club in Alwarpet, Chennai. The Open Mic will feature both established stand-up comedians and upcoming comedians today. 

Privatisation of Indian Railways or Salem Steel Plant will be resisted: Kanimozhi

Speaking up on the proposed privatisation of the Indian Railways at the Lok Sabha session in New Delhi today, DMK MP Kanimozhi said that any attempt to privatise the Indian Railways or the Salme Steel Plant will encounter protests by the people of Tamil Nadu and the DMK, led by Stalin.

Two runaway school students rescued

The boys, aged 15 and 16, who had runaway from their home in Marakkanam in Tamil Nadu on Monday were rescued by the Chennai city police at Vadapalani in Chennai on Tuesday night. The duo had boarded a government bus to Chennai after school on Monday to 'tour Chennai'.

After their parents lodged a complaint at the Marakkanam police station, the boys were traced to Vadapalani in Chennai based on a tip off from a restaurant owner. They were later sent home with their parents on Wednesday. 

Kanimozhi wants Erode Railway Station to be named after Periyar

DMK MP Kanimozhi requested the Central Government to change the name of the railway station in Erode and name it after Periyar E V Ramasamy, the Father of the Dravidian Movement in the South at the Lok Sabha in New Delhi today.

She also slammed the government for naming all schemes in Tamil Nadu in Hindi, when a majority of people in the State can only speak and understand Tamil. Speaking about the proposed Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana in Thoothukudi, Kanimozhi said, "The government has named the proposed scheme in Thoothukudi in Hindi and not Tamil. How will the villagers understand that?"

Traffic police officer mowed down by cement mixer

Nataraj, a Greater Chennai Traffic Police Assistant Inspector was mowed down by a cement mixer today, while crossing the Kathipara Junction in Guindy, Chennai in the afternoon. According to CCTV footage, Nataraj was not wearing a helmet and died on the spot.

10 lakh people apply for TNPSC Group IV exam

The Tamil Nadu Public Sevice Commission (TNPSC) announced on Wednesday that they had received roughly 10 lakh applications from aspirants for the Group IV exam which is scheduled for September 14 this year. The last date to submit applications to apply for the post of junior assistants, typists and village administrative officers is July 14.

DMK district secretaries meeting on July 15

DMK has announced that the party's secretaries from all the districts in Tamil Nadu will convene for a meeting on July 15 at the Anna Mandram Hall at the DMK Youth Wing Office Headquarters in Teynampet, Chennai at 5 pm. "The meeting will be chaired by DMK leader M K Stalin", said the party's general secretary, K Anbazhagan in a press release today.

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.

ONGC to Install desalination plants in seven villages of Ramnad district

As part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation(ONGC) is set to install reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plants in drought-hit villages of Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu at 96.11 lakh rupees. The villages have been identified as SP Pattinam, Vennatoor, Pothikulam, Kolunthurai, Reginathapuram, Kanjirankudi, and Landai.

Chennai to receive water from Jollarpetai tomorrow

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy today announced that from tomorrow drinking water will be brought from Jolarpettai to Chennai by train during the State Assembly Session today. The government has sanctioned 65 crore rupees for transporting 10 MLD (Million liters per day) from Jolarpettai for six months.

TN to get three more law colleges

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that three new law colleges will be introduced in Tamil Nadu this year during the State Assembly Session in Chennai on Wednesday. The CM said that since there had been a rise in the number of applications being submitted for pursuing law courses in the state, work on the new colleges will commence immediately. 

TN Bar Council elections on July 29

The Bar Council of India (BCI) announced on Wednesday that the election of the officers bearers for the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will be conducted from 11:30 am to 01:30 pm on July 29. The BCI announced that nominations for the poll should be filed by July 26 and can be withdrawn by July 27. 

Southern Railway introduces special trains

The Southern Railway announced on Wednesday that special trains from Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Station had been introduced to clear the extra rush of passengers on specific dates in July, August and September.

Chennai Event: French movie screening

Alliance Française of Madras will be screening a French movie, Fidelio: L'Odyssée d'Alice today from 7 pm to 9 pm at their centre in College Road, Chennai. The movie will be screened as a part of the centre's monthly movie screenings.

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.

Gummudipundi-Ennore suburban trains partially cancelled

The Southern Railway announced on July 5 that trains running between Gummudipundi and Ennore will be partially cancelled on July 8, 9 and 11 due to construction work for the Road Over Bridge between Ponneri and Kavaraipettai stations on those three days.

TN to construct 10,000 check dams this year

Grappling with a water crisis in urban and rural areas without a long-term solution, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday announced construction of 10,000 check dams across the state in the current financial year.

READ| Tamil Nadu plans 10,000 check dams to tide over water crisis

He said Rs 312 crore has been allocated for the project. 

Chennai weather for the day

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced that light showers can be expected in a few areas of Chennai today, with mimimum and maximum temperatures forecasted at 29C and 40C respectively. The sky will remain cloudy throughout the day. 

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Anti-liquor activist and lawyer Nandhini and her father Anandan were granted bail by the Tirupattur Judicial Magistrate court on Tuesday. While granting the bail, Justice Samundeeswari Praba also added that the duo should abide by the law.

READ | TN court grants bail to anti-liquor activist Nandhini, her father in 2014 case

Nandhini was supposed to get married on July 5. Her arrest by the Tamil Nadu court, within days of her impending wedding, created turmoil on social media. #ReleaseNandhini started to trend on Twitter subsequently.

A PhD scholar, an MS scholar and a professor from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M), have come up with a novel way of tackling the ongoing water crisis in Chennai through atmospheric water harvesting.

READ | IIT Madras team comes up with device that generates potable water out of thin air

Atmospheric Water Generators (AWG), the brainchild of Ramesh Kumar, T Pradeep and Ankit Nagar, who founded Vayujal Technologies Pvt Ltd in September 2017, harness the moisture in the air to provide potable water.

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