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By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: July 29, 2019 8:13:24 am
Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 26 Highlights: The Madras HC has announced that interim order on illegal extraction of groundwater will be passed on August 5.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 26 Highlights: The Tamil Nadu Government told the Madras High Court on Thursday that roughly 34 lakh people have visited the Devarajaswamy and Varadaraja Perumal temples in Kancheepuram district till date to offer prayers to Lord Athi Varadar.

The Madras High Court announced on Thursday that all cases pertaining to Lord Athi Varadar festival will be heard by the court on July 29. Six devotees have died due to stampede during the festival till date.

Meanwhile, the Directorate of Public Health announced on Thursday that medical teams will carry out mass vaccination drives in Coimbatore district from today to immunize children with DPT and tetanus-diphtheria vaccines, following two deaths and multiple cases of diphtheria being reported in the district since June.

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    19:22 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Madras HC to give interim order on illegal groundwater extraction on August 5

    The Chennai City Police Commissioner reported in the Madras High Court  today that the inspector who had submitted an erroneous report on the illegal extraction of ground water has been temporarily suspended. Following this, the HC announced that the interim order on the case of illegal extraction of groundwater will be passed on August 5. 

    18:52 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    OPS to campaign for Vellore LS poll

    Deputy Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, O Panneerselvam will be campaigning for A C Shanmugam, the AIADMK's ally candidate for the Vellore Parliamentary election. The campaign has been scheduled for July 29 and 30 and August 1. The Lok Sabha elections for the constituency will take place on August 5.

    18:22 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Athi Varadar festival: 34 lakh devotees have offered prayers to the deity till date

    The Tamil Nadu government announced on Thursday that approximately 34 lakh devotees had visited Kancheepuram district near Chennai to offer prayers to Lord Athi Varadar during the 48-day festival. The festival has gained a lot of traction over the past two weeks with the visit of high-profile political leaders such as President Ram Nath Kovind and Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter Edappadi K Palaniswami.

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

    17:50 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai on Saturday

    Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of Chennai on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm to carry out maintenance work. Neighbourhoods in and around Thousand Lights, Royapettah, Perungudi and Sothuperumbedu will be affected.

    17:22 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Kargil Vijay Divas: Marking 20 years of India's victory over Pakistan

    Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Kargil war which was fought between India and Pakistan between May and July 1999 along the Line of Control (LOC) in Kargil district, Kashmir. On this day, India successfully completed Operation Vijay and won the war, at the cost of the lives of over 490 soldiers, officers and jawans. 

    16:41 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Chennai rains: Tamil Nadu Weatherman announces last day of rains for city

    Private weather blogger Tamil Nadu Weatherman took to Twitter to announce that today is most likely to be the last day of rain in the Kancheepuram-Tiruvallur-Chennai region before the break in rain sets in.

    According to the blogger, the KTC belt and districts of Vellore, Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri will receive light showers today.

    16:11 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Nirmala Devi admitted to hospital

    Nirmala Devi, the former Assistant Professor of a college in Aruppukottai, Virudhunagar and one of the three accused in the attempted trafficking of college girls from Madurai in 2018 was admitted to a private hospital in Nellai citing medical ailment today. 

    Nirmala Devi had been accused of attempting to traffic girl students from Devaganga Arts College for certain favours in exchange for financial and academic gain last year, after audio tapes of her conversations with the students were leaked.

    15:43 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    State English textbook describes Sanskrit as the oldest language

    The state syllabus' English textbook made headlines today, after a section on Sankrit described it to be the oldest language in the world. According to the textbook, Tamil has been in use since 300 BC while Sanskrit has been in use since 2000 BC.

    15:14 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    H Raja hits back at Ranjith

    Speaking at the launch of the book Caste Matters, director Ranjith said he will continue to speak on caste Issues and said If the opposition can't bear then they have some issues. Reacting to Ranjith's comments, BJP National Secretary H Raja, said "Ranjith is making a false allegation about Raja Raja Cholan. The great emperor never took any land from a certain community, Ranjith is Instigating communal violence."

    14:40 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    School buses to be equipped with GPS, CCTV cameras

    The Madras High Court today directed the Government of Tamil Nadu to issue an order directing all schools in the state to equip their school buses with GPS and CCTV cameras. All school buses must be equipped within four weeks' time, said the HC and added that this mandate should be made compulsory for all schools in the state.

    14:04 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    TN university observes Kargil Vijay Divas

    Alagappa University in Karaikudi district of Tamil Nadu observed Kargil Vijay Divas in the state today. The students and faculty of the university, led by their Vice Chancellor observed a few minutes and honoured the martyrs with flowers today.

    13:34 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Chennai Rains: Parts of city to receive thunderstorms, heavy rain

    The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) announced today that a few suburbs in the city will receive heavy rain, accompanied by thunderstorms today. The RMC also announced that districts in North and South Tamil Nadu will receive rain today, with Kancheepuram, Vellore and Thiruvannamalai expected to receive heavy rainfall.

    12:47 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    City cop suspended for not wearing helmet

    Despite the DGP issuing a circular on July 4 making it compulsory for all the police officials to wear helmets while riding the motorcycles, many police personnel seems to evade the rule. In a bid to send a strong message to other department officials, today, Mambalam Assistant Inspector Madhankumar has been suspended for not wearing a helmet while riding the motorcycle.

    12:06 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Farmers hold protest against hydrocarbon & Methane project

    Tamil Nadu Farmers hold protest in Delhi to show their dissent against Central's Hydrocarbon and Methane Projects. The farmers plan to march towards parliament today.

    11:30 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    City college students promise not to indulge in violence

    City College students today assured the police officials that they won't cause disruption to public peace in the future. The police identified a set of students from three different colleges in the city and held a discussion with the students (who are known as ‘Route Thala’ in their college) and their parents in a bid to advise them to change their behavior and not cause a nuisance in public.

    READ |  ‘Route Thala’ syndrome creates ruckus on Chennai streets, seven Pachaiyappa’s students attacked

    10:53 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    City police offer police verification services to citizens

    The Chennai City Police have created a provision on the CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems) website to conduct background checks of individuals before keeping them as tenants, employing them as domestic helps, or for any other job in Chennai.

    READ | Chennai police offer online police verification of domestic helps, tenants

    While the provision was launched earlier, the police have announced it again following the kidnap and subsequent rescue of a four-year-old child by her domestic help in the city on July 18.

    10:20 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Man held for brewing illicit liquor

    The state police arrested a 42-year-old man for brewing and selling hooch in Kancheepuram district on Thursday. The man, identified as Premkumar was a resident of Gopalapuram in Chennai and was arrested by the police on a tip-off after a man informed the police that a man from Mahabalipuram was selling liquor in Koovathur, from where it was expected to be transferred to Puducherry. The police seized over 1700 litres of spirit and machinery from the unit which was set up in Medavakkam. 

    09:43 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    City hospital launches liver helpline

    GEM Hospital, a private hospital in Chennai launched a 24-hour liver helpline recently, to provide round-the-clock care to people with gastrointestinal problems. The hospital also announced in a press release that they will also be conducting a free liver camp at the hospital premises from July 22 to 28. 

    09:13 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    2 students arrested by city police

    The Chennai city police arrested two more students from Pachaiyappa's College in the city for indulging in violence while travelling in a Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus in Arumbakkam on Tuesday. While two students had been arrested and suspended from the college on Tuesday, the city police arrested two more students on Thursday night in connection with the incident. 

    08:53 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Powercut in parts of Chennai today

    Tangedco has announced that power will be suspended in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 4 pm to carry out maintenance work. Neighbourhoods in and around ETL and Taramani will be affected.

    08:28 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Chennai weather for the day

    Weather forecasters have predicted rain in Chennai today, with minimum and maximum temperatures expected to be 28C and 34C respectively. The sky will remain cloudy throughout the day, with thunderstorms expected in parts of the city at night. According to private blogger Tamil Nadu Weatherman, today will be third consecutive day of rain in Chennai. The rain is expected to percolate groundwater in Chennai. 

    08:11 (IST)26 Jul 2019
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    Chennai, Chennai News, Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai students fight, Route Thala, Indian Express News A total of seven students were attacked during the fight; four students have been arrested and two have been suspended from the college.

    The 177-year-old historically rich Pachaiyappa’s College, situated in Chetpet, Chennai is in the news after its students got involved in a brawl and started attacking each other using sickles in broad daylight near Arumbakkam on Tuesday.

    READ | ‘Route Thala’ syndrome creates ruckus on Chennai streets, seven Pachaiyappa’s students attacked

    The fight between two groups of students, who commute from Broadway and Poonamallee areas to the college, happened over who would be the ‘Route Thala’ (Route leader), a title the college students have passed on over the years.

    The M.G.R Government Film and Television Institute, which once produced India’s finest actors like Ashok Kumar, PC Sreeram, Nassar, Aabavanan, Suhasini Maniratnam, RV Udhayakumar, RK Selvamani among many others, is in the spotlight after an allegation that the institute had been running without a principal for the last decade leading to abysmal administration.

    READ | No principal for a decade at Chennai Film Institute, acting head refutes misrule allegations

    While the authorities at the institute deny the allegations and urge the government to tweak the UGC norms, Tamil Nadu Film Directors Union President and former student of the institute, RK Selvamani said the institute should have a dual leadership.

    According to UGC norms, a candidate should hold a Ph.D. degree as a minimum qualification to become the principal of the institution besides serving for at least 15 years in teaching/ research in universities, colleges, etc.

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