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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 31 Highlights: Travel cards to pay for metro parking; Chennai among top student cities globally

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By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: July 31, 2019 7:35:54 pm
Guindy Metro, Chennai Metro, CMRL Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 31 Highlights: CMRL has announced that parking at metro stations in Chennai will be paid using travel cards from September 2019. Express Photo: Harinee Chandrasekaran

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 31 Highlights: In honour of the 133rd birth anniversary of Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy, an eminent educator, lawmaker, surgeon and social reformer, government hospital across Tamil Nadu celebrated Hospital Day on Tuesday.

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Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar took part in the celebrations at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai, where he unveiled a portait of Dr. Muthulakshmi and planted saplings along with the doctors, nurses and students at the hospital.

Following a writ filed by Chennai-based bike taxi app, Rapido, the Madras High Court on Monday directed the lawyer representing the company to provide details regarding the statutory rules followed by the bike-taxi riders. The writ had been filed after a judge of the HC had filed a restraining order against the bike-taxi company.

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19:20 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Parking tickets at Chennai Metro to be paid using travel card from September

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) announced today that parking at the city's metro stations will be paid for using the CMRL Travel Card from September 1, 2019. The move has been initiated to provide seamless travel for commuters in Chennai. Those who do not have the card can purchase and top up the card at the ticket counters in the stations or through customer care. 

18:41 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Medical fraternity protest against NMC Bill

Students from the Coimbatore Medical College formed a human chain at Coimbatore district in Tamil Nadu to join the nation-wide protest, which was called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) against the National Medical Commission (NMC) bill today. Several private hospitals and clinics in Tamil Nadu withdrew all non-essential medical services in the state for 24 hours today. 

18:10 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Companies to rejuvenate city's water bodies

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has identified 210 water bodies which will be desilted and rejuvenated by private companies in Chennai. The GCC has urged the companies to utilise funds from CSR for the same.

17:26 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Chennai rated one amongst top student cities across the globe

According to the sixth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking compiled by global consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, has been included amongst 120 top students cities across the globe. With Bengaluru (81st overall) rated as the best student city in India, Mumbai (85th overall), Delhi (113th overall) and Chennai (115th overall) have been the other Indian cities that has been listed. The rankings is also informed by feedback from over 87,000 current and prospective international students.

16:41 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Stolen Golden Retriever dog reunited with owner

A five-year-old Golden Retriever, who had gone missing on July 26 after a two-member gang lured the dog away from his home was reunited with his owner today morning. Jackie (5) had gone missing after a couple lured the dog outside his with biscuits and sped away in a car. The dog reportedly walked back home around 01:30 am and slept at the entrance of the house until 3 am, following which his owner discovered him. Police suspected that the dog must have been left at the street after CCTV footage of the duo luring the dog went viral. 

16:07 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Prices of subsidised manure to be increased by 20%

The Central government announced today that the prices of manure, which had been distributed to farmers across the country at a subsidised rate will be increased by 20%. Further, the government announced that Rs. 22,875 crore had been allocated towards the distribution of manure to farmers this year.

15:29 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Fees for English medium in government schools cancelled

As per the directive of K A Sengottaiyan, the Tamil Nadu Minister for School Education, the Tamil Nadu government has cancelled the fees for ENglish-medium education in all government schools in the state at the Tamil Nadu Assembly Session today.

14:32 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Madras HC questions TN government on double stance on life convicts

The Madras High Court today questioned the government over it double stance on the early release of life convicts in Tamil Nadu. Questioning the government regarding the early release of the seven prisoners who had been sentenced for life for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, the HC asked the government why it was maintaining double standards on the early release of the convicts even after they had served ten years of their term. 

13:57 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Athi Varadar: Temple closes general darshan for today

The Varadarajaperumal temple in Kancheepuram district, Tamil Nadu has closed darshan for devotees in the general queue, while the VIP darshan will be closed at 3 pm today. The temple has revised the timings for today since the management has to make arrangements to facilitate smooth darshan for devotees from Thursday, since the deity will be kept in a standing posture from August 1 to August 17.

13:29 (IST)31 Jul 2019
CCTV cameras in 1000 government buses: Vijayabaskar

Tamil Nadu Minister for Transportation announced today that Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami will soon be inaugurating electric buses in Chennai. He added that CCTV cameras will be installed in 1000 government buses to provide better security to commuters in the city. 

12:51 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Press conference opposing Kattupalli port construction by Adani

Fishermen, farmers and residents of Chennai have called for a press conference to oppose the construction of Adani group's megaport proposal at Kattupalli at the Chennai Press Club in Chepauk at 3 pm today. 

N. Vijaya or G. Rajalakshmi from Palavai Pengal Meen Thozilalar Sangam, Narasingu or Kuppuraj from Pazhaverkadu Lighthouse Paguthi Meenavar Sangam, Residents of Kattur Colony and Others, Justice D Hariparanthaman (Retd), Madras High Court, G. Sundarrajan, Poovulagin Nanbargal, Sudhir Kumar or Rahul Sridharan, Concerned Youth for People and Nityanand Jayaraman, Save Ennore Creek Campaign will be addressing the conference.

12:15 (IST)31 Jul 2019
TN MP submits memorandum on New Education Policy

Dr. Ravikumar, Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha MP from Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu met Union Minister for Human Resources Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal at New Delhi today, where he submitted a memorandum on the proposed New Education Policy (NEP) containing his opinions and suggestions on the NEP. 

11:45 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Athi Varadar festival: OPS offers prayers

Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam visited the Devarajaswamy temple in Kancheepuram district today to offer prayers to Lord Athi Varadar. 

Darshan will be closed at 12 pm today since the deity will be placed in a standing posture from August 1, for which the management has to make arrangements for enabling hassle-free darshan. 

11:16 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Tamil classical language chapter scrapped after a huge outcry

The origin of Tamil language was mentioned incorrectly in the Class XII English textbook in Tamil Nadu. The Tamil language's origin was mentioned as 300 BC, while Sanskrit's origin was mentioned as 2,000 BC. This error incident paved the way for a huge outcry in the state. Following this, the Tamil Nadu State Council for Educational Research and Training director M Palanisamy has issued a circular to remove the entire lesson from the textbook.

10:39 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Southern Railway introduces temporary stoppage at Melmaruvathur for festival

The Southern Railway has announced a temporary stoppage at Melmaruvathur in Tamil Nadu for trains running between Chennai Egmore Station and other districts in the region due to the Aadipooram festival at Melmaruvathur. The stoppages will be instituted for a minute from August 2 to August 5.

10:09 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Second round of MBBS counselling in Chennai

The second round of counselling for admission to MBBS courses under the All India quota was conducted in Chennai on Tuesday. Twenty seats out of 261 were filled on Wednesday, while 432 seats were reallotted.

09:46 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Chennai photographer's photo makes it to NASA's APOD

Neeraj Ladia, a photographer from Chennai had made the news after a photograph of the GSLV MkIII, which was clicked by Ladia minutes before vanishing into the clouds was featured in NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) recently. The photographer had clicked the picture from Pulicat Lake near Chennai using a Canon 700D camera. 

09:10 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai for carrying out maintenance work from 9 am to 4 pm today. Neighbourhoods in and around Perungudi and Tambaram Radha Nagar will be affected. 

08:48 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Non-essential medical services withdrawn today

In response to the nation-wide strike called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, private hospitals and clinics in Tamil Nadu will be withdrawing all non-essential medical services in the state for 24 hours today. Emergency services, however will be functioning today. 

08:27 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Chennai weather for the day

Weather forecasters have predicted a pleasant day in Chennai today, with the minimum and maximum temperatures expected to be 28C and 35C respectively. The sky will remain cloudy throughout the day. 

The Regional Meterological Centre (RMC) had predicted on Tuesday that areas along the coast in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will receive light showers for the next two days.

Lok Sabha, MK Stalin, Udhyanidhi Stalin, DMK, AIADMK, Vellore Lok Sabha, Chennai News, Indian Express News Our leader Stalin will become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, this government will be toppled in the next two or six months, said Udhayanidhi Stalin.

With less than 10 days to go for Vellore Parliament Elections, the Dravidian parties DMK and AIADMK have been on a campaigning spree. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy and opposition leader MK Stalin have been canvassing for votes in Vellore constituency for the past few days.

READ | Tamil Nadu govt will be dislodged in next few months: Udhayanidhi Stalin

With both senior leaders playing the blame game on each other, the latest inductee into DMK’s fold, Udhayanidhi Stalin, stepped up on Monday and added fuel to the campaigning fire. Supporting party candidate Kathir Anand, the party’s youth wing secretary, campaigned in areas such as Kodaiyanji, Azhinjikulam, Sankarapuram and assured that the ruling government will be dislodged soon.

The ongoing Athi Varadar festival in Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu has been making headlines since July 1, with devotees from all over India thronging Kancheepuram to offer prayers to Lord Athi Varadar.

READ | Athi Varadar festival: All you need to know about the event

The festival has gained a lot of traction from the past two weeks, given that President Ram Nath Kovind and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) offered their prayers to the deity earlier this month.

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