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Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 18 Highlights: Founder of popular South Indian food chain Saravana Bhavan, P Rajagopal;s postmortem will be done on Friday.

Chennai, Tamil Nadu News July 18 Highlights: The Madras High Court directed the Public Works Department (PWD) to submit details regarding the desilting of waterbodies in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.

The HC also directed the PWD to furnish details on the number of waterbodies in Tamil Nadu, steps taken till date to desilt them, funds allocated towards rejuvenation of water bodies, amount spent till date and the status of the projects at present.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on Wednesday that the state will soon receive 32 medicine kiosks at government hospitals and urban Primary Health Centres to dispense drugs for tuberculosis, diabetes and hypertension. The kiosks will be set up at a cost of Rs. 80 lakh.

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Rajagopal's postmortem to be done tomorrow: Police

Chennai city police announced in a release today the postmortem of P Rajagopal, the founder of popular south Indian food chain Saravana Bhavan who passed away today following a cardiac arrest will be done on Friday since the magistrate did not turn up today. His body has been kept at the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai. 

Rajagopal was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of one of his employees and surrendered last week hours after the Supreme Court rejected his plea seeking more time.

No proper security arrangements at Athi Varadar festival: M K Stalin

Condemning the deaths of four people in Kancheepuram after 200 people fainted during the Athi Varadar festival at the Varadharaja Perumal Temple in Kancheepuram today, DMK leader M K Stalin said, "Despite having lakhs of devotees visiting the temple every day, the government has done nothing to ensure that proper security arrangements have been put into place." Stalin added that the government should provide compensation to the families of the deceased.

Madras HC asks Centre to respond to DMK's petition on postal examination

The Madras High Court today questioned the Centre whether the postal department examination will be conducted in regional languages only for this year or for every year henceforth, following a petition filed by the DMK. The HC also directed the Centre to respond to DMK's petition by July 23. 

On July 16, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had announced that the postal department examination 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.

Chennai rains: Thunderstorm to hit Chennai, rest of TN soon

The Tamil Nadu Weatherman tweeted that thunderstorms, which were in the Northwestern part of Chennai will be moving to the core areas of Chennai shortly. He added that most of the districts in the state will be receiving thunderstorms today.

3 people die at Athi Varadar festival

Three poeple died while receiving treatment at a hospital today after 200 people fainted during the Athi Varadar festival at the Varadharaja Perumal temple in Kancheepuram today. With crowds swelling to twice its size with each passing day and devotees braving the blazing sun, 200 people fainted today afternoon and had to be admitted to a hospital in Kancheepuram. 

Natural disasters through the years in TN

After braving a tsunami in 2004 and floods in 2016, Tamil Nadu is faced with a natural calamity again this year, with the state under the grip of a severe drought even as its capital, Chennai is reeling under an acute drinking-water crisis.

Ravindranath Kumar requests Kendriya Vidyalaya in Theni

Ravindranath Kumar, Tamil Nadu MP for Theni and the son of Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam requested the Union Government today to set up Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in his constituency, Theni.

Teachers in Vellore to have second practice session ahead of poll

The district collector for Vellore announced today that teachers of government and government-aided schools of the constituency will be having their second practice session on July 24, in preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on August 5.

The collector added that students of these schools will be given a holiday on July 24 and will have classes on July 20 instead.

Makkal Needhi Maiam to not contest Vellore LS poll

A Arunanchalam, the general secretary of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) announced today that the party will not be contesting the upcoming Vellore Lok Sabha poll on August 5. In a press release given by the party, Arunachalam stated that elections in the constituency were being conducted by the Election Commission even as the case of an IT raid from the house of the aides of DMK treasurer Duraimurugan was still pending. "Due to the IT raids, the trust that people have in the elections has come down. In this situation, we will not be contesting the elections. We have decided to focus on the upcoming Assembly elections in the state", said Arunachalam.

Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) will also not be contesting the poll since the party is yet to be registered and given a symbol. The election in Vellore will be contested among All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Naam Thamizhar Katchi (NTK).

Tamil Nadu carves out two new districts taking total to 35

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy (EPS) announced the creation of two new districts in Tamil Nadu today, by bifurcating Tirunelveli and Kanchipuram. The government will be carving Tenkasi out of Tirunelveli and Chengalpattu from Kanchipuram, he said. With the formation of two new districts, the number of districts in Tamil Nadu rises to 35.

The last time a new district was created was in January 2019 when Kallakurichi was carved out of Villupuram district. Speaking in the state assembly today, EPS said that separate officers would be appointed to govern the districts.

Chennai Rains: 'Last chance for KTC getting rains today', says Tamil Nadu Weatherman

The Tamil Nadu Weatherman took to Twitter to announce that today is the last chance for areas in Northern Tamil Nadu and the Kancheepuram-Tiruvallur-Chennai (KTC) region to receive rain, with heavy rainfall expected in Kerala from today.

Chennai Police puts ban on use of Rapido bike taxis

Close to 38 Rapido bike-taxis have been seized by the Regional Transport officials (RTO) on Wednesday for running their services illegally through an app without proper permission. Rapido Bike app is a platform where people can book a bike ride through a mobile app.

Fares in Omni buses likely to be hiked

Tamil Nadu Minister for Transportation, M R Vijayabhaskar announced in the State Assembly session today that the fares of Omni buses in the State are likely to be raised soon. The minister said that an ordinance had been submitted to levy new taxes on Omni bus. As per the ordinance, a tax of Rs. 2000 will be levied per seat of an Omni per month and a tax of Rs. 2500 will be levied per sleeper seat per month.

Skimmer spotted in city ATM

The bank fraud wing of the Central Crime Branch is currently investigating a case of ATM fraud in the city, after a customer found a data skimmer and micro camera attached to the ATM machine at SBI ATM in Ayanavaram, Chennai on Wednesday night. Officials from SBI and the Ayanavaram police station removed the devices and began sifting through CCTV footage of the area to nab the miscreants. 

Skimmers are devices installed in the card slot of an ATM machine to steal information from debit and credit cards. A micro camera installed above the keypad is used to record the pin number, following which fraudsters make new cards using the stolen data and make transactions elsewhere. 

SC website has two case details in Tamil

In a first, the details of two judgements of the Supreme Court were published in Tamil on the apex court's official website today.  One of the judgements had the details regarding the conviction of the late Saravana Bhavan owner, P Rajagopal's case.

Including Tamil and Teleugu, the judgements of the Supreme Court will be available in 9 regional langauges on its official webiste. 

Southern Railway puts up revised timings of suburban trains

The Southern Railway put up a list of the revised timings of suburban trains in Chennai, which were changed on July 1 on its official website today.

Traffic police in Coimbatore get body-worn cameras

Traffic police in Coimbatore in Tamil were given about 70 body-worn cameras on Wednesday to help catch traffic violators. The cameras, once activated and worn by the police will capture traffic violations and crimes and transmit visuals of such incidents to the police control room in real time. 

Tenkasi, Chengapattu to become TN's 34th and 35th districts

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced during the State Assembly session today that Chengalpattu and Tenkasi will be made into two new districts in Tamil Nadu. With this, the number of districts in Tamil Nadu has risen from 33 to 35. 

Chandrayaan 2 launch on July 22

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced today that the launch of Chandrayaan-2, which had been called off on July 15 has been rescheduled for a July 22 launch from Sriharikota in Tamil Nadu at 02:43 pm.

The launch had been called off on July 15 after a technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle GSLVMkIII-M1 an hour before the launch. 

Saravana Bhavan founder passes away

P Rajagopal, founder of popular south Indian food chain Saravana Bhavan passed away Thursday following a cardiac arrest. Rajagopal was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of one of his employees and surrendered last week hours after the Supreme Court rejected his plea seeking more time.

Tamil Nadu Law Minister is trying to divert Hydrocarbon issue : Congress leader KS Alagiri

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president KS Alagiri has slammed the state Law Minister CV Shanmugam for his statement that the Hydrocarbon project was initiated by the UPA government. "The hydrocarbon project was granted environment clearance on June 30, 2015. Will the law minister clarify whether it was the UPA regime or BJP?" asked Alagiri.

10 die as omnibus rams truck in Kallakurichi

Around 10  people died on the spot on Thursday around 2:45 am when an omnibus rammed the rear side of a truck near Kallkurichi in the Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu. The deceased include eight workers from Jharkhand who were traveling from Uthiramerur to Kangyam for power transmission tower installation work. According to the police, the truck driver M Manikandan of Madurai and omnibus driver A Rajendran of Tenkasi died on the spot while five others in the pick-up truck escaped.

2000 new buses to ply in TN this year

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on Wednesday that the state will have 2000 new buses inducted into its existing fleet by the end of the year, to boost transport infrastructure. The buses will be purchased at a cost of Rs. 600 crore. 

The CM also announced that 10 transport depots in Tamil Nadu will be upgraded at a cost of Rs. 50 crore.

The buses will be launched by the end of the year. Express Photo: Srinivas K

Power cut in city on Friday

Tangedco has announced a powercut in parts of the city from 9 am to 4 pm for carrying out maintenance work on Friday. Neighbourhoods in and around Sholinganallur, Siruseri, Tidel park, DLF Area, Thiruvanmiyur and Thoraipakkam will be affected.

Southern Railway introduces special trains to and from Tirunelveli

The Southern Railway announced on Wednesday that it had introduced special trains to and from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu from August, to clear the extra rush of passengers. Bookings for the trains commenced at 8 am today.

Chennai weather for the day

Weather forecasters have predicted light showers in Chennai today, with mimimum and maximum temperatures expected to be 28C and 36C respectively. The sky will remain cloudy throughout the day and rain is expected in parts of the city. 

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) had announced on Wednesday that rain could be expected in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the next two days. The RMC added that Chennai could expect rainfall ranging from a light drizzle to heavy rain in the next two days and predicted that districts along the Western Ghats will receive heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday.

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Residents of Krishna Apartments on Poonamallee High Road in Chennai were left bewildered last Saturday, when they saw their apartment block on TV and a man being led away. With no clue to what was happening in their complex, the residents found out much later that man, Syed Mohammed Bukhari, was being questioned in an alleged terror case.

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