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Tamil Nadu Chennai Highlights: Nalini moves HC again, wants to be released without Governor’s consent

Chennai News Today Live Updates: In Covid-related news, Tamil Nadu has set a target to inoculate 1.50 crore people in October.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: October 6, 2021 8:26:05 am
rajiv gandhi, rajiv gandhi assassination, nalini, nalini sriharan, nalini sriharan plea, madras high court, tamil nadu governor, indian express newsNalini Sriharan is currently serving life sentence in Vellore women prison for her involvement in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. (File)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News Highlights: Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has yet again moved the Madras High Court, seeking to declare as “unconstitutional” the failure on the part of the Tamil Nadu Governor to act on the state government’s earlier recommendation for the release of all seven persons involved and to order her release without the Governor’s consent.

In Covid-related news, Tamil Nadu has set a target to inoculate 1.50 crore people in October through mega vaccination camps with the aim of giving the shots to at least 70 per cent of the population as prescribed by the World Health Organisation and in line with the advise of Chief Minister M K Stalin, state minister Ma Subramanian said here on Friday.

Meanwhile, state Advocate-General R Shanmugasundaramall told the Madras High Court that all polling stations for the ensuing civic polls in Tamil Nadu would have CCTVs which would roll without any break. The cameras would operate before the polling starts on the polling day till a short while after it is closed.

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Tamil Nadu, Chennai Highlights: Here is live news and updates on the Covid-19 situation in the state, lockdown news, politics, entertainment, weather, culture and more. Also read Karnataka, Bengaluru news

21:34 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Patronise Khadi products, appeals TN Governor

Tamil Nadu governor R N Ravi appealed to the younger generation to patronise the khadi products in a big way and thereby improve the lives of the handicrafts artisans.
  
Highlighting the historical significance of the use of Khadi, the Governor appealed to the younger generation to purchase Khadi products for all seasons. "This will strengthen the campaign 'Vocal for Local', enhancing the sale of Khadi products thereby helping the handicraft artisans," he said after paying floral tributes to a portrait of Mahaatma Gandhi at the Khadi Grmodyog Bhavan, here. The Governor inaugurated the rebate sales on the occasion and personally purchased a Thanjavur plate and Natarajar statue.

Earlier, accompanied by Chief Minister M K Stalin, State Ministers, dignitaries and officials, Ravi paid floral tributes to a portrait of Gandhi at his statue on the Marina here on his 153rd birth anniversary. Also, the Governor and Chief Minister participated in a bhajan and witnessed a charkha spinning organised by the Chennai Sarvodhaya Sangam. (PTI)

21:33 (IST)02 Oct 2021
TNSIC calls for amendment to rules

The Tamil Nadu State Information Commission has recommended to the Tamil Nadu government to amend the TN Civil Service (Appeal and Disciplinary) Rules and other related service laws to keep the departmental enquiry in abeyance till the disposal of criminal proceedings in matters involving offences under the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.                              

State Information Commissioner (SIC) S Muthuraj, who made the recommendation, also sought amendment of the TN Payment of Subsistence Allowance Act and other related service laws to exempt payment of subsistence allowance to civil servants who are suspended for offences under the two Acts.                                                                              

The SIC, after dealing with two such cases, noted that the government department concerned and the staff therein were more burdened to provide all information regarding the suspended civil servants and payment of subsistence allowance. This additional work demoralised the government staff, who were putting in their best efforts for the department. But the suspended officials enjoyed the pay without working. They were burdened to handle the disciplinary proceedings in the department and the litigations filed by such civil servants before the Court of Law, as well as the criminal proceedings before the investigating authority and before the Court of Law. This is in addition to their regular work to generate income to the department concerned, Muthuraj pointed out. (PTI)

21:31 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Give effect to 1994 GO granting permanent recognition to schools: Madras HC

The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to give effect to a 1994 GO which dealt with providing permanent recognition to private schools in the state.
          
Justice N Anand Venkateh gave the direction recently while disposing of a batch of about 50 writ petitions from All India Private Educational Institutions Association, by its general secretary K Palaniappan and other private institutions, which prayed for a direction to the government to give effect to the GO dated September 2, 1994. The judge directed the government to give effect to the GO till it is kept in force. A decision shall be taken in this regard within 6 weeks, the judge said.
        
Earlier, the School Education Director submitted that the GO in question was issued in 1994 and subsequently, various incidents had taken place and several other GOs were passed and therefore, the 1994 GO had become otiose.
        
The judge said that a careful reading of all the subsequent GOs that were brought to the notice of the court by the Additional Advocate General shows that there is absolutely no reference to the 1994 GO in any of the subsequent ones. (PTI)

15:58 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Cop wears bloodstained cap and badge, reminders of Rajiv Gandhi assassination, on retirement day

Wearing the bloodstained cap and badge -- evidence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case -- on the day of his retirement was a cocktail of emotions, says IPS officer Prateep V Phillip, who survived the ghastly attack that killed the former Prime Minister in a 1991 election rally near here.
          
The senior official, who retired as DGP (Training) was allowed possession of the cap and badge by a city court recently, allowing him to wear them on his day of retirement. Phillip said he would pen a book on his experiences on the horrendous tragedy at Sriperumbudur on May, 21, 1991, that left at least another 14 dead after a suicide bomber of the LTTE blew herself up.
        
A city civil court granted permission to the IPS officer to wear on the last day of his service, the bloodstained cap and name badge that he wore on duty when the former Prime Minister was assassinated.         Phillip then served as Additional Superintendent of Police, Kancheepuram, and survived the human bomb blast that killed Gandhi and others.
         
Phillip sustained injuries in the incident and due to the impact of the blast, his cap and name badge fell down. Since then, his cap and badge, which were part of the evidence from the scene of crime, collected by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), had remained in the custody of the trial court. (PTI)

11:30 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Treat HC judges as ministers: HC Judge

Justice N Anand Venkatesh of the Madras High Court on Friday urged the government authorities to treat the HC judges on par with ministers and observe the protocol they are entitled to,  remarks that came in response to him getting delayed to work due to certain traffic restrictions in the city.

Irked over the action of the police in erecting barricades on the roads and stopping all the vehicles, including that of his, which resulted in he starting the court work late today, the judge rapped the police for not making any arrangement to let the judges go without any hindrance.   

The police had made special arrangements, restricting the movement of vehicles in view of an event to mark the 94th birth anniversary of late thespian Sivaji Ganesan at his memorial near Adyar bridge in RA Puram, in which Chief Minister M K Stalin and other ministers participated. The judge's vehicle was also stopped for about 30 minutes. (PTI)

11:29 (IST)02 Oct 2021
TN civic polls: All polling booths will have CCTVs, says AG

To the extent feasible, all polling stations for the ensuing civic polls in Tamil Nadu would have CCTVs which would roll without any break, state Advocate-General R Shanmugasundaram told the first bench of the Madras High Court on Friday.
         

The cameras would operate before the polling starts on the polling day till a short while after it is closed. 
       

They would also be installed outside and even inside the strong-rooms with continuous coverage to ensure that the movement of any person approaching them and their activities  within the strong-room are captured, the AG added. (PTI)

08:48 (IST)02 Oct 2021
Managed to save CO2 emission by 5.88 lakh tons in 2020-21 towards net zero emission target: S Railway

Southern Railway on Friday said it has managed to save carbon-dioxide emission by 5.88 lakh tons leading to a saving of Rs 377 crore as a result of various steps taken to attain net zero emission target set by Indian Railways by 2030.
       

"Energy savings by 570 million units in traction category and 18 million units in non-traction were achieved during 2020-21 as against 2019-20. This has offset carbon-dioxide emission by 5.88 lakh metric tonne and notional savings of Rs 377 crore", Southern Railway said.
       

Coimbatore railway station has contributed to the huge energy savings and has obtained the Indian Green Building Council Platinum rating while the Chennai Central Railway station received the Green-CO certificate, a press release said. (PTI)

08:46 (IST)02 Oct 2021
The ‘ordinary’ couple in Chennai at heart of record heroin haul

At Govardhan Giri Apartments on VOC street in Kolapakkam, Chennai, a woman recalls that she was drawing the kolam (rangoli) at her doorstep the morning of September 17 when she was distracted by the presence of “too many people, including women” in the flat opposite hers. Hours later, she would come to know that the people she thought were guests of her usually quiet neighbours Machavaram Sudhakar and wife Govindaraju Durga Purna Vaisali, were officials from Central agencies on the trail of one of India’s biggest heroin hauls.

The couple are under arrest since a firm registered in Vaisali’s name, Aashi Trading Company, was found to be the intended recipient of nearly 3,000 kg of heroin worth Rs 21,000 crore, originating in Afghanistan, loaded in Iran, and seized at Mundra Port in Kutch, Gujarat, by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). Read the full report here. 

22:16 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Nilgiris: Orders issued to ‘hunt down’ man-eater tiger that killed four people, 20 cattle

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden Dr Shekhar Kumar Niraj Friday issued orders to “hunt down” a man-eater tiger that had killed at least four people and more than 20 cattle in the surrounding areas of Gudalur forest range in the Nilgiris district.

In an order issued under Section 11 (a) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, Dr Shekhar said the Conservator of Forests and Field Director, Muthamalai Tiger Reserve, Udhagamandalam, has been authorised to take immediate action to hunt down the tiger identified as MDT 23 by engaging forest department personnel with strict adherence to the provisions of the section and the Guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) as the tiger has become very dangerous to human life in the area.

It was noted that the entire operation should be carried out meticulously and assistance from Kerala’s forest team and special task force should be taken for hunting down the tiger. Read more

18:37 (IST)01 Oct 2021
BJP functionaries to protest in front of all major temples Tamil Nadu on October 7
14:52 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Chennai ranks 2nd among greenest cities for real estate in India

In a recent study by property consultant Knight Frank, Chennai ranked second among Indian cities and 224th globally as the greenest city for real estate.

As per the report, London, Shangai, New York, Paris and Washington DC are the world’s top five green cities and New Delhi tops among the Indian cities.

“Globally ranked 63rd, Delhi is the greenest city for real estate in India. Followed by Chennai with a global rank of 224, Mumbai with a global rank of 240, Hyderabad with a global rank of 245, Bengaluru with a global rank of 259 and Pune with a global rank of 260,” PTI quoted Knight Frank as saying in a statement. Read more 

13:19 (IST)01 Oct 2021
CM MK Stalin pays tribute to veteran Tamil actor Sivaji Ganesan

Chief Minister MK Stalin pays floral tribute at Sivaji Ganesan Memorial in Chennai on the veteran Tamil actor's 93rd birth anniversary today.

13:16 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Tamil Nadu Finance Minister stopped at Chennai airport ‘for carrying two laptops’

Early Thursday, around 5.50 am, the Chennai Airport witnessed dramatic scenes after Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiagarajan was allegedly stopped by a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official for carrying two laptops. The minister was travelling to Thoothukudi and had produced his bag for scanning at the domestic terminal. Read more 

12:34 (IST)01 Oct 2021
AIIB approves $356 million loan for Chennai Metro

Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Thursday approved a $356.67 million loan to the Indian government to support the expansion of the Chennai Metro. The project, being implemented by the Chennai Metro Rail Limited, will include the construction of a new corridor from Lighthouse to Poonamalee Bypass as part of Phase 2 of metro construction.

10:35 (IST)01 Oct 2021
HC orders suspension of Pondy official facing sexual harassment charges

The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the Puducherry government to place under suspension, a government official for his alleged involvement in sexual harassment of a woman veterinarian, as he was slated to retire on September 30.

The court directed the government to suspend Dr P Padmanaban, secretary of PONCARE, related to the welfare of aged persons and formerly the Joint Director of Department of Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare, in connection with the a complaint dating to 2018.

Justice C Saravanan, who gave the direction, also restrained the Chief Secretary and the  Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare department secretary from disbursing any of the terminal benefits of Padmanaban, other than death- cum-retirement gratuity (DCRG).

The judge was passing interim orders on the writ petitions from a woman veterinary Assistant Surgeon, Veterinary Dispensary in Sivaranthagam in the UT, who had made the sexual harassment charges at work place against Padmanaban. --- PTI

10:34 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Election process will be stayed if no satisfactory reply, HC tells Pondy SEC

Irked over the anomalies in reserving seats for SCs, BCs and women for the ensuing election to the local bodies in the Union Territory of Puducherry, the Madras High Court on Thursday warned the Puducherry State Election Commission that the entire election process would be stayed, if no satisfactory reply is forthcoming from the SEC on the matter.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu, which issued the warning today, adjourned the matter till 12.30 p.m. on Friday. If the PSEC fails to respond satisfactorily, a stay would be granted. the bench said.

It would not be good  if the polls are conducted in a situation of complete anarchy, the bench added.

The bench was passing further interim orders on a PIL from J Pregash Kumar, an independent MLA from Puducherry's Muthialpet Assembly constituency,  who sought to quash a August 23 notification this year and a press release dated September 22 of the Puducherry SEC and consequently direct the authorities concerned to comply with the reservation of seats for the Scheduled Castes as per Section 9 of the Pondicherry Municipalities Act and Rules 5 and 6 of the Pondicherry Municipalities (Allotment and Rotation and Reserved Seats and Offices) Rules. --- PTI

09:59 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Defend OBC quota in Supreme Court, DMK urges Centre

The Centre should defend in the Supreme Court the 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes in medical admissions in seats contributed to All India Quota by state governments and protect the interests of OBC students, the DMK urged the Union government on Thursday.

The Centre had issued a notification on July 29, 2021 and declared that 27 per cent reservation for OBCs would be implemented in all state contributed medical and dental seats to AIQ from academic year 2021-2022 onwards, the DMK recalled in a representation to the Union government. Read more 

09:58 (IST)01 Oct 2021
AIADMK sees red over remark on MGR, asks DMK leader Duraimurugan to mind his tongue

Taking strong exception to ruling DMK’s senior leader Duraimurugan’s alleged remark that AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran was a “betrayer,” the main opposition on Thursday hit back, saying the betrayers were him and his party’s late leader M Karunanidhi.

Duraimurugan referring to MGR as a “betrayer” was akin to devil quoting scripture, AIADMK’s top two leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami said adding the DMK leader made such a remark at a meeting of party functionaries at Jolarpet in Tirupathur District on September 28. Read more 

09:57 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Idol theft: Madras HC expresses shock over missing CDs

The Madras High Court on Thursday expressed shock over the missing of 16 case diaries relating to idol theft cases in Tamil Nadu.

“It is no coincidence that 41 CDs pertaining to theft of idols or artefacts from temples go missing. It is shocking that 16 of the CDs have not yet been traced or recovered. It is only in a few stray cases that some of the idols or other stolen property have been recovered, but in the majority of the cases detailed in the report, the idols do not appear to have been recovered,” the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu said. Read more 

15:01 (IST)30 Sep 2021
IPL 2021, SRH vs CSK Live Streaming Online: When and where to watch?

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the second leg of the IPL 2021 on Thursday. The match begins at 7:30 PM IST on Thursday (September 30).

The MS Dhoni-led team are currently sitting on the top spot, with 16 points from 10 matches. On the other hand, SRH are placed at the eighth spot, with two wins from 10 matches. Despite their poor form in the campaign so far, the Kane Williamson-led side won against Rajasthan Royals in their last outing. CSK, who have dominated the fixture between the two teams, have won 12 times in 16 matches. Chennai defeated Hyderabad by seven wickets earlier this year.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings match will be live broadcast on Star Sports — Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. The Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings match will be live-streamed on Hotstar. You can also catch the live commentary on indianexpress.com.

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The IAF has taken the custody of a Flight Lieutenant accused of rape by a fellow officer at the Air Force Administrative College (AFAC) in Coimbatore. The alleged victim had earlier said her in complaint to the Tamil Nadu Police that her seniors at the IAF had forced her to withdraw her complaint against Amitesh Harmukh.

“The Air Force sought the custody of the accused and the court seems to have agreed to their demand. I can comment on this only when I get the court order copy,” Coimbatore City Police Commissioner Deepak D Damor told The Indian Express, adding that the woman had approached them as she was “not satisfied” with the action taken internally.

READ | Tamil Nadu: IAF takes custody of officer accused of rape; woman said pressure from seniors

Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Thursday approved a $356.67 million loan to the Indian government to support the expansion of the Chennai Metro. The project, being implemented by the Chennai Metro Rail Limited, will include the construction of a new corridor from Lighthouse to Poonamalee Bypass as part of Phase 2 of metro construction.

AIIB, in a press release, said the line will “ensure seamless multimodal transport across Chennai by providing integrated access to suburban rail, bus stations and the city’s main airport.”

READ | AIIB approves $356 million loan for Chennai Metro

The Madras High Court on Thursday expressed shock over the missing of 16 case diaries relating to idol theft cases in Tamil Nadu.

“It is no coincidence that 41 CDs pertaining to theft of idols or artefacts from temples go missing. It is shocking that 16 of the CDs have not yet been traced or recovered. It is only in a few stray cases that some of the idols or other stolen property have been recovered, but in the majority of the cases detailed in the report, the idols do not appear to have been recovered,” the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu said.

READ | Idol theft: Madras HC expresses shock over missing CDs

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