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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 3 Highlights: CM takes jibe at Stalin after SC verdict; TN to have storms from July 9

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DMK seeks urgent hearing in SC of its plea to disqualify 11 AIADMK MLAs
Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 3 Highlights: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy took a jibe at DMK leader Stalin today after the SC deferred the case filed against 11 AIADMK cadres. PTI Photo

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 3 Highlights: A travel agent was arrested by the Chennai Railway Protection Force (RPF) for allegedly using an illegal software to book tatkal railway tickets on the IRCTC portal. The RPF also seized 114 expired tickets worth more than Rs 5 lakh and 14 other tickets worth Rs 50,000 from his possession.

Read IRCTC Tatkal booking: Chennai travel agent arrested for using illegal software

The RPF said the travel agent allegedly targeted non-Tamil speakers who came to Chennai for medical treatment. He charged them double the cost for train tickets, they added.

After being assailed by questions from the opposition, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on Tuesday that the reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) for medical seats in the State would continue to be 69 per cent. The announcement was made after DMK president Stalin raised a question against the Reservation Bill during zero hour in the Tamil Nadu Assembly session on Tuesday.

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Thiruvanmiyur railway station gets a makeover

The railway station in Thiruvanmiyur is making heads turn as a section of its compound wall has been decorated with paintings of Indian cricketers Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni. 

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 adalat. 

TTV Dhinakaran supporters shift their loyalty to AIADMK

Two of three MLAs, who were supporting AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran have shifted their loyalty to AIADMK.  Arandhangi MLA E.Rathinasabapathy met  Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy on Tuesday and assured his support to the party.  Today, Virudhachalam MLA VT Kalaiselvan met the TN CM at the secretariat to prove his loyalty to the party.  Speaking to the reporters today, Kalaiselvan, said: "No one can topple the AIADMK government. People of Tamil Nadu have rejected TTV Dhinakaran, the recent elections have shown where AMMK stands."

City Traffic Police conduct awareness programme

The Greater Chennai Traffic Police carried out an awareness programme at Sindhi Model School at Kellys in Chennai today. The programme was marked by a drawing competition to sensitize students about road safety and traffic signals. 

Chennai rains: Tamil Nadu Weatherman predicts storms in TN from July 9

The Tamil Nadu Weatherman took to Twitter today to announce a break in the monsoons from July 9, since the monsoon axis will be 'stuck' in the Himalayas. He tweeted, "Damal Dumeel storms will be activated in TN and Chennai from 9th July." (sic)

Edappadi takes a jibe at Stalin after SC delivered a judgement in favour of AIADMK

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy took a jibe at DMK leader MK Stalin after Supreme Court deferred the plea of DMK and TTV Dinakaran factions seeking a direction to disqualify Dy CM Panneerselvam & 10 other AIADMK MLAs. Reacting to the SC decision, EPS, said: We are ruling the government because we believe in horoscope, DMK doesn't believe in Horoscope that's why they are like this."

Chennai Event: Day 10 of European Union Film Festival

The Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, in association with the Delegation of the European Union to India, Alliance Française of Madras and Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan will host Day 10 of the 24th European Union Film Festival (EUFF) today from 6 pm to 09:15 pm at the Max Mueller Bhavan in Thousand Lights, Chennai. The EUFF will be held from June 24 to July 4 in the city.

Two films will be screened today. A Swedish film, Drifters, directed by Peter Gronlund will be screened at 6 pm, followed by #Female Pleasure, a Swiss film directed by Barbara Miller at 07:30 pm. The films will be screened for one and a half hours and one hour and forty five minutes respectively. For all the cine lovers out there, mark your calendars for the EUFF is the place to be over the next two weeks!

Share auto driver immolates self at Kancheepuram

A share auto driver, Kumar, succumbed to his inuries after immolating himself today near the temple where the Athi Vardar festival is being conducted at Kancheepuram district. The driver took the step after the police denied him entry into the temple, despite Kumar holding a valid ticket for the festival.

Man dons burqa to rob ATM, arrested by city police

The Chennai City Police arrested a burqa-clad man on Tuesday, after he tried to rob an ATM at Velachery in Chennai in the wee hours of morning. R Rajkumar, donning a burqa and a helmet on his head was caught by police a little after 2 am on Tuesday, after he tried robbing an ATM on the Velachery 100 feet road. The police caught him breaking open the cash chest of the ATM and later gave chase, before catching up with Rajkumar.

Rajkumar, a welder from Velachery claimed that he was under heavy debt and had decided to rob the ATM to pay off his debtors. He also claimed that he had worn the burqa and the helmet to avoid being detected by the CCTV cameras that are present in the ATM. The police recovered a hand-held glass cutter from Rajkumar and later sent his fingerprints to the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) to see if the welder had been involved in similar crimes in the past. 

DMK leader MK Stalin bats for multilingual equality

DMK leader MK Stalin has welcomed the Supreme Court's proposal to publish judgments in regional languages, however, he has requested the Chief Justice to include Tamil and pave way for multilingual equality. 

SRM Medical College Hospital performs first Deceased Donor Liver Transplant

The city's first Deceased Donor Liver Transplantation (DDLT) was performed at the SRM Medical College Hospital in Kattankulathur by doctors from Gleneagles Global Health City recently in Chennai. According to the hospital's press release, a 46-year-old man who was undergoing treatment at the hospital for end-stage liver disease had been advised by doctors to opt for a liver transplant, after medical therapy failed. 

Since the man had no matching donor from his family, SRM Medical College Hospital listed the man for DDLT. The surgery was done by a team of doctors from Glenagles Global Health City, led by Dr. Vivek Vij. SRM and Gleneagles had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier for the DDLT programme. The recepient was later discharged after having recovered sufficiently from the transplant. 

DIY methods to collect rainwater

As heavy rainfall lashed Mumbai this week and brought life to a stand still, sitting on the other end of the spectrum is Chennai, which has been reeling under an acute water crisis since summer 2019. The crisis attracted global attention, with Hollywood actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio taking to Instagram to reshare a BBC News post highlighting the ongoing water crisis in Chennai.

In such a scenario, it becomes increasingly important to save water. Here’s how you can gather those precious drops by making your own rainwater harvesting system at home in the smallest way possible.

Read Water crisis: Simple ways to collect rainwater

SC defers plea seeking disqualification of 11 AIADMK MLAs

Supreme Court today postponed the plea of DMK and AMMK seeking a direction to disqualify Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam & 10 other AIADMK MLAs for voting against the confidence motion moved by CM Edappadi Palaniswami on Feb 2017.

Supreme Court judgments to be made available in Regional Languages

Supreme Court Judgements will soon be available in six Indian languages Hindi, Telugu, Assamese, Kannada, Marathi, and Odia. The translations of Supreme Court judgments are set to be introduced on the Court's website by the end of the month. DMK leader Stalin has welcomed this decision of SC, however, he has urged to include Tamil as well in its list of languages.

Chennai-Mumbai trains rescheduled

The Southern Railway announced a change in the timings of trains to Mumbai, which were scheduled to leave from the Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Station in Chennai today. The timings were rescheduled due to the running of pairing train at the station.

Drunk man steals e-challan device from cop

Pallikaranai police booked a man on Tuesday, after he snatched an e-challan device from a police officer at Enchangadu Road Junction in Chennai on Monday night. A team attached to the Madipakkam police station were conducting a rountine check at the signal on Monday when around 7 pm, they stopped a motorcyclist who was riding under the influence of alcohol. The police checked him with a breathalyser and found him to be drunk. 

As the police proceeded to print his e-ticket, a quarrel broke out between the police and the man and in the melee, the man fled with the e-ticket device. Pallikaranai police filed a case against him and remanded him to judicial custody on Tuesday. 

IAF initiates inquiry after Tejas fuel tank falls mid-flight in Tamil Nadu

The Indian Air Force Tuesday initiated an investigation after the fuel tank of a Tejas aircraft, fell into an agricultural field in Coimbatore of Tamil Nadu. The fuel tank came off the fighter aircraft while on a routine sortie.

Defence sources in Chennai confirmed that a fuel tank from Tejas aircraft fell and said “all (was) safe”, indicating that there were no injuries, PTI reported. The jet, however, landed safely in the nearby Sulur Air Force station. 

AC catches fire in city

A couple was injured after their air conditioner (AC) caught fire due to an electricity leakage at Porur in Chennai a little after midnight on Tuesday. The compressor of the AC blew up after a spark in the AC conduit set off a fire in the couple's bedroom. The couple was admitted to the Government Kilpauk Medical College (KMC) after suffering minor burns. 

Last week, a journalist, his wife and mother were killed at Selaiyur near Tambaram in Chennai after their fridge caught fire early in the morning. The trio died after suffocating from the smoke emitted by the fire.

Chennai Event: Day 10 of European Union Film Festival

The Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, in association with the Delegation of the European Union to India, Alliance Française of Madras and Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan will host Day 10 of the 24th European Union Film Festival (EUFF) today from 6 pm to 09:15 pm at the Max Mueller Bhavan in Thousand Lights, Chennai. The EUFF will be held from June 24 to July 4 in the city.

Two films will be screened today. A Swedish film, Drifters, directed by Peter Gronlund will be screened at 6 pm, followed by #Female Pleasure, a Swiss film directed by Barbara Miller at 07:30 pm. The films will be screened for one and a half hours and one hour and forty five minutes respectively. For all the cine lovers out there, mark your calendars for the EUFF is the place to be over the next two weeks!

City traffic police, NCC students conduct awareness programme

The Greater Chennai Traffic Police and students from the National Cadet Corps conducted a helmet awareness programme at Ega Signal Junction in Chennai on Tuesday. The programme aimed to sensitize motorcyclists on road safety and the importance of following traffic rules.

Waterbodies in Kancheepuram to get fresh lease of life

The Tamil Nadu Water Resources Department (WRD) announced on Tuesday that the department had identified about 36 waterbodies in Kancheepuram, Chennai for restoration under the state's Kudimaramathu scheme and said that the work would be done before the Northeast monsoon hits Tamil Nadu. 

The State government had declared Kancheepuram, along with 22 other districts in the State as drought-hit in March this year. In light of the state-wide drinking water crisis this summer, over 96 per cent of the water bodies in the district have gone dry, leaving residents in Kancheepuram scrambling for water. 

Chennai weather for the day

Chennai is set to receive dry weather for a few more days, with weather forecasters having predicted the minimum and maximum temperatures today at 29C and 37C respectively. The sky is expecetd to remain partly cloudy through the day, although chances of rain are nil. 

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 3 Highlights: Kollywood celebrities have begun addressing the water crisis in Chennai and are advocating methods to conserve water. Express Photo: File

With the water crisis in Chennai taking a turn for the worse with each passing day, Kollywood celebrities have been advocating water conservation to alleviate the drought-like conditions.

Read Chennai water crisis: Kollywood celebrities bat for water conservation

The move comes close on the heels of Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio sharing an Instagram post from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on the acute water crisis in Chennai.

Meanwhile, in a rare instance of judicial accountability, a Madras High Court judge released a “performance card” detailing the number of cases he disposed of in the last two years.

Read Madras High Court judge releases ‘performance report’, invites suggestions from bar members

Justice Swaminathan said he believes in judicial accountability and has presented the performance card. Self appraising his performance, the judge said he aims to ensure that his Judgments hereafter are more comprehensive.

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