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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 17 Highlights: Suriya thanks Kamal Hassan for his support; Man falls to death at Chennai airport

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By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: July 18, 2019 8:15:11 am
Chennai International Airport, Chennai Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 17 Highlights: A man fell to his death at the Chennai International Airport while carrying out a painting job today. Express Photo: Shivani Ramakrishnan

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 17 Highlights: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced on Tuesday that the examination for the postal department will be conducted in all regional languages, including Tamil and added that the examination that had been conducted on Sunday will be cancelled. He said that a fresh exam in regional languages will be prepared for the candidates.

The Central government told the Madras High Court on Tuesday that the government had returned the bill from Tamil Nadu which sought exemption from NEET in September 2017 itself. Presenting its report before the Madras HC, the government said that the bill had been returned on September 22, 2017 after the Presidential nod for the bill had been declined.

Until Tuesday, it had been believed that that the bills sent by Tamil Nadu were awaiting the President’s approval.

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    19:31 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Suriya thanks Kamal Hassan, Makkal Needhi Maiam

    Kollywood actor Suriya, in a letter addressed to actor Kamal Hassan thanked the latter for supporting Suriya's views against the draft New Education Policy in Tamil Nadu and for speaking up against the people opposing Suriya. The actor also extended his gratitude to Kamal's party, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) and thanked them for their support. 

    Actor Suriya penned a letter to Kamal Hassan in gratitude for his support to the former. 
    18:59 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Man dies at Chennai International Airport

    A painter fell down 20 feet and died while carrying out a painting job at the Chennai International Airport in Chennai today. CCTV footage from the airport  showed the man losing his balance and plunging off a scaffolding to the ground. 

    The painter fell 20 feet to his death. Express Photo: Shivani Ramakrishnan
    18:29 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    1248 government schools to be converted into libraries

    Tamil Nadu Minister for School Education, K A Sengottaiyan announced today that 1248 government schools in the state will be converted into libraries. "All 1248 schools have very few students studying there. These students will be transferred to other government schools and the buildings will be converted into libraries. 

    18:16 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    City traffic police conduct awareness programme

    The Greater Chennai Traffic Police conducted a road safety awareness programme at Sethu Bhaskara Matric Higher Secondary School at Pudur Main Road in Ambattur, Chennai today. The students and police took an oath to follow traffic rules and understand the importance of road safety.

    17:49 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    SRM students suicide cases transferred to CBCID

    On Monday, a 21-year-old student killed himself in the SRM Institute of Science and Technology Kattankulathur campus. This was the third such incident inside two months. A press statement from the college expressed anguish over the incident and stated that as a policy, support and guidance are being offered by the college to students who are in need of counseling. The cases are now transferred to CBCID for further investigation. 

    17:04 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Ranjith backs Suriya over education policy

    Director Pa. Ranjith on Wednesday extended support to actor Suriya, who slammed the state and the centre over the draft national education policy. In a statement on Twitter, Ranjith said he agrees to Suriya's comments over education policy and added that the actor has raised an important question in the current circumstances. "We will support Suriya who thinks and talks about the future of minorities, women, and students," he tweeted.

    16:30 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Women working in public sector banks to get 2-year maternity leave

    Anurag Singh, the Minister of State for Finance announced in writing at the Lok Sabha today that women employees who have been employed in public sector banks can avail a maternity leave upto two years. Singh said that this leave can be availed by the young mothers to raise their children for a period of two years, with no deduction of salary or termination of employment. 

    16:06 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    World witnesses last partial lunar eclipse of 2019 today

    The world witnessed its last partial lunar eclipse of 2019 on July 17 from 01:30 am to 4 pm. The eclipse could be seen from India and countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America.

    15:38 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Tamilisai Soundararajan speaks up on Hydrocarbon and neutrino projects

    Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, the state president of BJP in Tamil Nadu addressed the proposed hydrocarbon and neutrino projects in the state today and said that the projects had been conceived towards the development of Tamil Nadu. Her comments came in the wake of Congress and its allies having formed a human chain in Chennai on Tuesday evening to protest against hydrocarbon projects in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. 

    15:18 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Kathir Anand files nomination for Vellore LS poll

    DMK's Kathir Anand, son of DMK treasurer Duraimurugan filed his nomination for the upcoming Vellore Lok Sabha poll today. The Election Commission will be conducting the Lok Sabha elections for Vellore constituency on August 5, 2019.

    Lok Sabha elections for Vellore, which were scheduled to be held on April 18  were cancelled after Income Tax officials seized over Rs. 10 crore in cash from aides of Duraimurugan two days before the election.

    14:55 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Anna University revises fees

    Anna University in Chennai has revise their fees for the current academic year and has published the list on their website. As per the revised fee list, the cost of the courses offered by the university has been reduced. 

    14:33 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    CM to establish Milk Producers' Union in Karur

    Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced during the State Assembly session today a Milk Producer Union will be established for milk producers at Karur. He added that 10 workshops for buses will be built in the state at a cost of Rs. 50 crore. 

    13:55 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Actor Vivekh's mother passes away

    Maniammal, the mother of Kollywood actor and comedian Vivekh passed away early morning today, aged 86. Her last rites will be performed at her native, Perungottur village in Sankarankovil on Thursday. 

    13:28 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    RMC forecasts rain in TN, Puducherry for next two days

    The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) announced today that rain could be expected in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the next two days. Chennai can expect rainfall ranging from a light drizzle to heavy rain in the next two days.

    The RMC also predicted that districts along the Western Ghats could receive heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday.

    13:00 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    OMR to get two new flyovers

    Chief Minister Palaniswami announced that two new flyovers will be contructed along Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) in Chennai to ease the traffic congestion along the stretch during peak-hour commute. The flyovers will be constructed between Madhya Kailash and Tidel Park junctions on the Rajiv Gandhi IT Expressway at a cost of Rs. 110 crore and will be completed in less than two years. 

    12:33 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    SC dismisses PIL filed by State Election Commission

    The Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL that had been filed by the State Election Commission (SEC) against the two-year delay  in conducting the local body elections in Tamil Nadu. The SEC had sought time until October 31 of this year to conduct the elections.

    12:03 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    TN law Minister writes to Central Government about NEET

    Tamil Nadu Law Minister CV Shanmugam today said he has written a letter to the central government asking why they have rejected and sent back the TN government's request (seeking exemption from NEET). Union home ministry on Tuesday said it has informed the Madras High Court that TN govt was informed about President of India withholding his assent for two bills relating to exemption from NEET on 22nd September 2017.

    11:27 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Manali becomes the first zero waste zone in the city

    Manali, located in the north of Chennai city became the first among the 15 zones in the city to become a zero-waste zone. Close to 40 tonnes of garbages generated in this zone. These tonnes of garbages are then separated and sent to resource recovery centers (RRC) where they are converted into manure. To encourage the public about solid waste management, the officials have announced that Rs 2 will be paid per kilogram of segregated waste. The officials are planning to implement this project in other populated zones in the city.

    11:05 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Chennai corporation begins stray dog immunization drive; To inoculate 1050 dogs daily

    The Greater Chennai Coporation (GCC) began its city-wide stray dog immunization drive on Tuesday at Madhavaram in Chennai. The anti-rabies drive is an initiative by the GCC to make Chennai a rabies-free city. Carried out at a cost of Rs. 77 lakh, the GCC aims to vaccinate 1050 stray dogs abover the age of three months every day.

    Seven teams have been formed to vaccinate the dogs street wise. Dogs that have been inoculated will be marked with a vegetable dye and released back into the street they were oicked up from on the same day. 

    The drive will immunise 1050 strays dogs a day. Express Photo: Shivani Ramakrishnan
    10:41 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Tamil Nadu Weatherman predicts heavy rain in TN, Kerala

    Water meter, Chennai water crisis Start-up companies have come up with water meters to help monitor water usage and encourage conservation. Express Photo: Smarter Homes

    With Chennai grappling with an acute drinking water crisis since April, startups in the state have come up with several innovations to help conserve water.

    READ | From meters to sensors, startups come up with unique solutions to beat Chennai water crisis

    However, many of them are for use at the consumer end of the spectrum, helping consumers conserve water and reduce their water costs.

    Popular Tamil actor Suriya has criticised the Centre’s Draft National Education Policy (NEP), saying some of its provisions would leave students from villages in a disadvantaged state.

    READ | Actor Suriya criticises Centre’s draft education policy, gets flak from politicians

    “The new education policy decides the future of 30 crore students across the country, I’m anguished that no one has come forward to talk about this. The focus is much on entrance exams but not on quality and equal education to all the students. Without giving an equal education, how do you expect quality from students?“ he asked while speaking at the Sri Sivakumar Foundation’s 40th-anniversary function.

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