Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 12 Highlights: SP Velumani addresses delay of water train; POCSO Act 2012 amended

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 12 Highlights: SP Velumani addresses delay of water train; POCSO Act 2012 amended

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 12 Highlights: Tamil Nadu Municipal Administration and Rural Development Minister S P Velumani spoke up on the delay of the train from Jolarpettai. (PTI Photo)

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 12 Highlights: The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) announced on Thursday that trains will commence the transportation of drinking water from Jolarpettai today, following the success of the trial run conducted on Wednesday.

While the trains are expected to bring in 10 million litres a day (MLD) of drinking water, the wagons will bring in 2.5 MLD as of today to the Villivakkam station in Chennai. The Southern Railway has fixed a tariff of Rs. 8.6 lakh per trip for the same.

The Madras High Court on Thursday ordered revenue officials in Tamil Nadu to check the illegal extraction of groundwater from farmwells in the neighbouring districts of Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram, following allegations by villagers that private water tankers were illegally extracting water from their lands. The HC had ordered the Collectors of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram to also submit a list of tanker operating in the three areas under their control about two weeks ago.

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S P Velumani addresses delay of water train from Jolarpettai

The first train from Jolarpettai arrived in Chennai today a little after 2 pm, prompting questions from the public over the delay in the arrival of the train. Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development S P Velumani said that the train had been delayed in order to arrive at the station during an auspicious time, which was between 2 pm and 3 pm today.

S P Velumani, along with Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar had welcomed the arrival of the train at Villivakkam railway yard today. Water from the train was later sent to Kilpakkam for storage before commencing distribution to residents.

Chennai Event: Musical stand-up show on Saturday

Alexander the Comic will be staging a musical stand-up show at Sir Mutha Concert Hall in Chennai on July 13. The show, which will be played in India for one last time will begin at 2 pm and end at 10 pm. 

POCSO Act, 2012 amended

The Union Government amended the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 on July 10 in a bid to reduce crimes against children which had taken a turn for the worse in recent months. 

READ in Tamil | POCSO Act Amendment Bill 2019 has enhanced the maximum punishment

According to the amendment, the maximum punishment has been enhanced to death penalty, while mimimum punishment has been change to 20 years of imprisonment.

Who is Mugilan and why did he go missing?

RS Mugilan, the environmental activist known for protesting against Sterlite, Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, Jallikattu, Hydrocarbon Project in Neduvasal, Neutrino, was spotted at Tirupati railway station on July 6, almost 140 days after he went missing. Mugilan went missing mysteriously from onboard a Chennai to Madurai train at Egmore station. Opposition parties subsequently demanded that the government find the missing activist. 

CPM workers hold protests in Rameswaram

Workers from the Communist Party of India (M) held protests in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu today to protest against erratic power supply in the region. 

CM distributes tricycle wheelchairs

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami distributed tricycle wheelchairs for the handicapped at a ceremony in Thoothukudi district in Tamil Nadu today.

Chennai Event: Fusion music concert series

L K Charitable Trust, in association with Jusdrums - School of Percussion will be hosting Taalathma, a fusion music concert series today from 06:45 pm to 08:45 pm at the Mylapore Fine Arts Club in Mylapore, Chennai. 

Rains predicted in few districts in Tamil Nadu

Weather forecast channel, Skymet Weather has predicted rains in a few districts of Tamil Nadu over the next few hours, following the break monsoon phenomenon in the country. The districts of Dharmapuri, Kancheepuram, Krishnagiri, Tiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore and Villupuram are expected to receive rain.

City traffic police conduct awareness programme

The Greater Chennai Traffic Police conducted an awareness programme at the Jaigopal Garodia National Higher Secondary School at Tambaram in Chennai today, to sensitize the students about road safety and the importance of adhering to traffic rules.

NGO to conduct social audit of city lake

Arappor Iyakkam, an NGO in Chennai will be carrying out a social audit of the Kallukuttai lake in Perungudi, Chennai on July 13 at 7 am. The audit aims to analyze the water level in the lake, the findings of which will be reported to the Tamil Nadu Government.

Tamil Nadu: Six fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

Six Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested Friday by Sri Lankan navy personnel for allegedly straying into the island nation’s waters, a Fisheries Department official said here. The fishermen from Nambuthalai in Ramanathapuram district, who had put out to the sea in a country boat on Thursday, were detained near Nedhuntheevu for crossing into the Lankan waters, Deputy Director of Fisheries E Kathavarayan said.

Water wagon from Jolarpettai arrives at Chennai

With the Chennai-Jolarpettai scheme taking off today, the first train from Vellore reached Chennai in the afternoon, successfully delivering 2.5 MLD of water to the parched city.

S P Velumani, the Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural DEvelopment and Special Projects; D Jayakumar, the Fisheries Minister; P Benjamin, the Minister for Rural Industries and K Pandiyarajan, the Minister for Tamil official language and Tamil culture inagurated the scheme at the Villivakkam Railway Station in Chennai today.

President Ram Nath Kovind arrives in Chennai

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind landed in the old airport at Meenambakkam in Chennai today, ahead of his visit to Kancheepuram. The President is expected to leave by helicopter to Kancheepuram, where he will offer prayers to Athi Varadar at the Varadaraja Perumal temple from 3 pm to 4 pm.

The President is expected to fly back to Chennai by 5 pm, following which he will stay at the Governor's residence, Raj Bhavan for two days. 

The President landed at the Chennai aiport around 02:15 pm today. 

Chennai Event: Music concert at Max Mueller Bhavan

Goethe-Institut, locally known as the Max Mueller Bhavan will be hosting MusiX, a space to immerse in music and musical experiences with a performance by the Madras String Quartet today from 7 pm to 9 pm at their centre in Thousand Lights, Chennai. 

DMK MLA wants Kanchipuram and Thiruvarur railway stations to be named after DMK leaders

Uthiramerur DMK MLA Sundar has requested the state government to change the railway stations in Kanchipuram and Thiruvarur and name it after former TN Chief Ministers and DMK leaders, CN Annadurai and M Karunanidhi at the Assembly today. Similarly,  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 at the Lok Sabha Yesterday. 

Over 7700 students lock choice in first round of TNEA counselling

Over 7700 aspiring engineering students were given tentative allotment in the first round of counselling for the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) 2019 on Thursday. The candidates were allotted the seats based on their choice and have been direcetd to confirm the allotment by 5 pm today. 

Theo who do not confirm will be moved to the second round of counselling while the students who have confirmed will be given the final allotment.

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.

Madras HC cancels petition filed by government against NGT fine

The Madras High Court cancelled the petition filed by the Tamil Nadu Government challenging the fine imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against the government in court today. The NGT had slapped a fine of Rs. 100 crore against the government for being negligent towards the state of the water bodies in Tamil Nadu.

National Lok Adalat to be held in Tamil Nadu tomorrow

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.

Booking for special trains from today

The Southern Railway announced on Thursday that booking for special trains which were introduced to clear the extra rush at the Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M G Ramachandran Central Railway Station in Chennai will commence from today. The trains will ply in July, August and September.

Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced that power will be suspended in parts of the city today to carry out maintenance work from 9 am to 4 pm. Neighbourhoods in and around Rajakilpakkam and Porur will be affected. 

Water from Jolarpettai commences journey

Water from Jolarpettai to Chennai, which was expected to be transported today commenced its journey with the first train starting from the station in Jolarpettai, Vellore in the morning. About 2.5 million litres a day (MLD) of water will be transported today.

Pa Ranjith's father passes away

The father of Kollywood Director Pa Ranjith, who was recently granted anticipatory bail by the Madras High Court for his comments on Raja Raja Chola passed away due to deteriorating health in Chennai early today morning. The last rites of Pandurangan (63) will be held in his hometown, Karlapakkam in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu today evening. 

President Ram Nath Kovind to visit Athi Varadar today

President Ram Nath Kovind will commence his visit to Tamil Nadu today and will visit the Athi Varadar festival at the Varadaraja Perumal temple in Kacheepuram today to pay obeisance to the deity during the 44-day festival in the state. Over 3000 policemen have been deployed as a part of the President's visit to the temple from 3 pm to 4 pm. 

The President is also expected to visit The Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday. 

Chennai weather for the day

The Regional Meteorological Centre has predicted light rain in parts of the city today, with the minimum and maximum temperatures expected to be 29C and 35C respectively. The sky will remain partly cloudy today. 

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Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that 10,000 check dams will be built in the state this year. (PTI photo)

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.

Six Rajya Sabha nominees including MDMK’s Vaiko and PMK’s Anbumani Ramadoss were Thursday elected unopposed to the Upper House from Tamil Nadu.

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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.

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