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Chennai News June 19 Highlights: DMK to stage protests from June 22; Madras HC postpones TNPSC Group 1 hearing to Thursday

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By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: June 20, 2019 8:11:22 am
What Madras High Court suggested on age of consent & age gap, and the implications Chennai, Tamil Nadu News June 19 Highlights: The Madras HC has postponed the TNPSC Group 1 hearing to Thursday. Express Photo:

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News June 19 Highlights: The elected Lok Sabha candidates from Tamil Nadu took oath as Members of Parliament (MPs) at the Parliament in New Delhi on Tuesday. The members including K Kanimozhi, Thol Tirumavalavan, T R Balu, Karti Chidambaram, Dayanidhi Maran, Thamizhachi Thangapandian, Thirunavukarasar, and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (AIADMK) O P Ravindranath Kumar took oath in Tamil.

In light of the city-wide water crisis, about 100 hostels in Chennai have stopped operations over the past few days and shut down, seemingly in contradiction to the government’s claims that Chennai is not suffering from a drinking water shortage. Read –Atleast 100 hostels owned by 350 members have stopped operations and requested inmates to leave premises 

The Tamil Nadu Hostel Owners’ Welfare Association said that at least 15 among the 200-odd ladies hostels which are affiliated to them have stopped operations in Chennai. Meanwhile, several mansions in Triplicane in Chennai have also shut shop due to the ongoing water crisis.

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    19:17 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    DMK to hold protests in districts from June 22

    Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president, M K Stalin announced today that from June 22, the DMK will hold protests in all districts of Tamil Nadu to bring attention to the state-wide water crisis. Stalin directed all the district secretaries of DMK to stage protests in this regard from June 22. 

    19:00 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Slow moving traffic on Sterling Road

    Traffic from Loyola College to College Road Junction via Sterling Road has hit a snag. Traffic men are expected to clear it soon.

    18:53 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    First look and name of Vijay's upcoming film to be unveiled on Friday

    A press release from the production company that is producing actor Vijay's upcoming Kollywood flick announced today that the name and the first look of the film will be revealed at 6 pm on June 21. The film, which has tentatively been titled, Thalapathy 63, is being helmed by Atlee and features soundtrack by A R Rahman.

    18:36 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Sanjay Dutt, AICC Secretary for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to hold two-week visit to the states

    Sanjay Dutt, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary for Tamil Nadu commenced his two-week long tour of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on June 18 and heralded Rahul Gandhi's birthday with an eye donation and blood donation camp being organised in his honour at Thoothudi district in Tamil Nadu.

    The tour, which will be held from June 18 to June 30 is being undertaken by Sanjay in response to the Congress' Lok Sabha mandate and hopes to strengthen the Congress' position in the State. Sanjay will be visiting Chennai, Tenkasi, Dindigul, Puducherry, Nagercoil and Kanyakumari.

    18:20 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Hearing for case against Group 1 of TNPSC postponed to tomorrow

    The Madras High Court announced today that the hearing for the case requesting cancellation of Group 1 of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) has been postponed to tomorrow. The case was filed against TNPSC after it failed to release the answer key of the exam as per schedule, even after the Madras HC had directed TNPSC to do so. 

    18:02 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Registration for round 1 of counselling under all-India quota starts today

    Registration for Round 1 of counselling under the all-India quota at government colleges, deemed universities and central government institutions have begun today. The registrations will be open on the website of the Directorate General of Health Services from June 19 to June 24.

    17:52 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha MPs call on Venkaiah Naidu at Delhi

    Members of Parliament (MP) from Tamil Nadu, who were elected to the Lok Sabha visited the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu at his official residence today after the All Party Meet in New Delhi.  Taking to Twitter, Naidu tweeted that V Kalanidhi, the MP from North Chennai and Dayanidhi Maran, the MP from Chennai Central had called on him today at New Delhi. 

    17:34 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    No water crisis in Tamil Nadu: K T Rajendra Balaji

    K T Rajendra Balaji,  the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MP from Sivakasi spoke up on the ongoing water crisis in Tamil Nadu today and said that the entire state was receiving adequate water and added that there was no crisis in Tamil Nadu. "It is the government's intention to prevent a drinking water crisis in Tamil Nadu", said Rajendra. 

    17:03 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Swimming pools in Chennai rely on water tankers for operations amid crisis

    While most hotels, hostels and mansions in the city have shut down operations in light of the city-wide drought, swimming pools in Chennai continue to function with the help of water tankers. The pools, which are owned by public and private parties  assert that there is no crisis, despite the fact that their borewells have gone dry and the authorities are having to rely on private tankers for replenishment. 

    However, most citizens want the government to shut down all private pools until the crisis tides over. 

    16:38 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Madurai bench of Madras HC postpones Pa Ranjith's bail hearing

    The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court announced today that it had postponed the hearing for Director Pa Ranjith's anticipatory plea to the day after tomorrow. Pa Ranjith had sought anticpatory bail from the bench last week after a case was filed against him for his remarks against Raja Raja Chola and his reign which was made by the director at an event in Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. 

    The Madurai bench of the Madras HC also gave a stay order against the arrest of Ranjith until the hearing. 

    16:06 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Residents of Royapettah given tokens to avail water supply

    While the Tamil Nadu Government denied that there is a water crisis in Chennai and promised uninterrupted water supply till November, residents in Royapettah, Chennai have been issued tokens to avail water being supplied by tankers.

    15:47 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    7 Southern Railway Hospitals included in Ayushman Bharat scheme

    The Southern Railway announced today that seven of its hospitals have been empanelled in the Ayushman Bharat scheme to offer secondary and tertiary hospitalisation services to over 10 crore people from the marginalised sections pan India. 

    15:29 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Chennai Event: Theatre performance at Alliance Française of Madras

    Signature - A Collaborative Space for Movement will be hosting Pipe Dreams, an abstract movement theatre performance at Alliance Française of Madras today at 7 pm. 

    Directed by Vikas Rao, the play travels through the trials and tribulations faced by a family of four, as the story unfolds through the eyes of a teenager who is riddled by questions. 

    15:00 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Between moderate and satisfactory: Air Quality Index of Chennai

    The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) released the annual pollution report of Chennai recently, where it described the city's Air Quality Index (AQI) to be between moderate and satisfactory. It recorded AQI to be moderate on the days when the air quality levels were between 101 and 200 micrograms and satisfactory when it was between 51 and 100 micrograms.

    The report showed that the average values of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide were within presribed standards, while the particulate matter in the air below 10 microns in size had high values in certain areas due to vehicular movement. The report also indicated that pollution levels in the city were on the rise when compared to previous years. 

    14:37 (IST)19 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.

    The changes will be effected from July 1, 2019.
    14:13 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    MK Stalin wishes Rahul Gandhi on his birthday

    DMK leader MK Stalin wished Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on his 49th birthday. "I wish my good friend Rahul Gandhi a very happy birthday. I wish you many more years of public service," Stalin tweeted. 

    13:48 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Traffic flow normalised on Mount Road

    The Greater Chennai Traffic Police have managed to normalise traffic flow on Mount Road, from Little Mount to Saidapet, which was held up in traffic snarls in the morning. Commuters to Saidapet via Mount Road can now travel along the stretch with ease.

    13:24 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    DMK workers hold protests over water crisis in Coimbatore

    Workers from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) held protests in front of the Coimbatore City Corporation Office today to demand a solution for the water crisis.

    Meanwhile, D Jayakumar, the Tamil Nadu Minister for Fisheries and Personnel and Administrative reforms addressed the media and said, "Water management is a crucial subject. We are doing maximum what we can do. Even after deficit rain, we are trying hard to provide water. Over 400 water tanks are distributing water in the city. At this time, playing politics is wrong."

    12:33 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    Shruti Haasan joins USA Network's Jason Bourne-universe series 'Treadstone'

    Actor Shruti Haasan has boarded the cast of USA Network’s upcoming series Treadstone, which will be based in the Jason Bourne universe. She will portray Nira Patel, a young woman in Delhi whose waitress job serves as a cover for a dangerous double life as a trained assassin.  The studio had ordered a pilot for the series in April this year and later greenlit the project in August, reported Deadline.

    12:02 (IST)19 Jun 2019
    'Paandavar Ani' meets TN Governor regarding Nadigar Sangam Election

    'Paandavar Ani' led by Actor Vishal met Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit today regarding the Nadigar Sangam Election. Other members of Paandavar Ani including Karunas, Poochi Murugan were present in the meeting. The Madras High court on Tuesday denied permission to hold the Nadigar Sangam Election at the premises of M.G.R Janaki College of Arts and Science for Women on June 23rd as it may cause disruption to the public. The court suggested the Nadigar Sangam to choose a different venue to hold its election.

    What Madras High Court suggested on age of consent & age gap, and the implications Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Live Updates: The Madras HC pulled up the Tamil Nadu government for failing to tackle the water crisis. Express Photo.

    The Madras High Court pulled up the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday for not taking adequate steps to tackle the water crisis in Chennai despite having faced two failed monsoons.

    Read - The court observed that some of the water bodies have been destroyed or reduced in size due to encroachment.

    While the government explained steps they had taken up to handle the water crisis and the progress in new desalination projects, besides steps taken with regard to encroachments, the court suo moto impleaded the secretary of Public Works Department (PWD) in the case and directed to submit a state-wide comprehensive report on the number of reservoirs in the state, steps taken for desilting, amount sanctioned, and status of those works.

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

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