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Tamil Nadu Chennai August 27 Highlights: Madras HC greenlights further probe into Kodanad heist-murder case

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News August 27 Highlights: The Nilgiris sessions court has adjourned their Kodanad hearing to September 2. 

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: August 30, 2021 9:20:07 am
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Tamil Nadu Chennai News August 27 Highlights: The Madras High Court Friday greenlit further investigation into the Kodanad estate heist-murder case. The Niligiris sessions court has adjourned their Kodanad hearing to September 2.

On Monday, the three accused in the sensational Kodanad heist-murder case had moved the Madras High Court, seeking to examine former Chief Minister K Palaniswami, expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala and her relatives J Ilavarasi and V N Sudhakaran in connection with the matter, praying for setting aside a lower court order, which dismissed their similar plea earlier.

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15:08 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Madras HC greenlights further probe into Kodanad estate heist-murder case

The Madras High Court Friday greenlit further investigation into the Kodanad estate heist-murder case. The Niligiris sessions court has adjourned their Kodanad hearing to September 2.

On Monday, the three accused in the sensational Kodanad heist-murder case had moved the Madras High Court, seeking to examine former Chief Minister K Palaniswami, expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala and her relatives J Ilavarasi and V N Sudhakaran in connection with the matter, praying for setting aside a lower court order, which dismissed their similar plea earlier.

14:45 (IST)27 Aug 2021
All schools have to set up student safety committees, says Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi

Tamil Nadu Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said every school across the state has to set up a “Student Safety Advisory Committee” to monitor their safety and wellbeing.

The minister said this while making a slew of announcements in the Assembly. During the Budget Session a few weeks ago, the Tamil Nadu government had provided its highest budgetary allocation of Rs 32,599 crore for school education. The government has made a budgetary provision of Rs 16,080.96 crore for elementary and Rs 15,650.34 crore for secondary and higher secondary education for the year 2021-22.

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14:28 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Prices of petrol and diesel remained unchanged across the country for the third straight day on Friday, August 27, 2021. Earlier this week on Tuesday, petrol and diesel prices were cut by 15 paise per litre each in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol costs Rs. 99.20 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 93.52 per litre.

14:13 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu government to open 10 new arts and science colleges across state

Tamil Nadu’s Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi Thursday announced that the government was planning to establish 10 arts and sciences colleges across the state.

The new colleges will be set up in Thiruchuzhi in Virudhunagar district, Thirukovilur in Kallakurichi, Thalavadi in Erode, Oddanchatram in Dindigul, Manur in Tirunelveli, Dharapuram in Tirupur, Yeriyur in Dharmapuri, Alangudi in Pudukkottai, Serkkadu in Vellore, and a woman’s college in Koothanallur in Thiruvarur district.

Speaking in the state legislative Assembly, Ponmudi said the main objective was to increase students’ enrolment and provide higher education facilities equally in all areas.

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13:36 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Mysore – Dr. MGR Chennai Central - Mysore Daily Special Train from Sept 21

The South Western Railway has announced that Mysore – Dr. MGR Chennai Central - Mysore Daily Special Train will commence operations from September 21.

Train No. 07305 / 07306 Mysore – Dr. MGR Chennai Central - Mysore Daily Special Train:
Train No. 07305 Mysore – Dr. MGR Chennai Central Daily Special train will leave Mysuru at 5 am on and from September 21 and reach Dr. MGR Chennai Central at 14.30 hrs, the same day until further advice.

In the return direction, Train No. 07306 Dr. MGR Chennai Central - Mysore Daily Special train will leave Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. MGR Chennai Central at 13.35 hrs on and from September 21 and reach Mysuru at 22.50 hrs, the same day until further advice.

The train will have stoppages at Yeliyur, Mandya, Channapatna, Ramanagara, Kengeri, KSR Bengaluru, Bangalore Cantonment, Krishnarajapuram, Whitefield, Malur, Bangarapet, Kuppam, Jolarpettai, Vaniyambadi, Ambur, Gudiyattam, Katpadi, Mukundarayapuram, Wallajah Road, Sholinghur, Arakkonam and Tiruvallur.

Train No. 07305 Mysore – Dr. MGR Chennai Central Daily Special train will have an additional stoppage at Perambur. Train No. 07306 Dr. MGR Chennai Central - Mysore Daily Special train will have an additional stoppage at Bangalore East and Maddur.

The train will comprise two AC Chair Cars, 15 Second Class Chair Cars, one General second class for persons with disabilities and one Luggage cum Brake van.

12:51 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Over 41K saplings planted in Chennai till Wednesday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) announced that a total of 41,975 saplings have been planted in Chennai till Wednesday as a part of the civic body's tree plantation drive. Out of these, 750 saplings were planted on August 25 alone.

Here are the details:

North Chennai - 115

Central Chennai - 193

South Chennai - 442

12:07 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Varsity row: AIADMK stages walkout in TN Assembly

The Opposition AIADMK on Thursday staged a walkout from the Tamil Nadu Assembly, protesting against the government’s decision to link a varsity in Villupuram, named after late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa with the Annamalai University and charged “political vendetta” behind the move by the DMK government in the state.

Opposition Leader Edappadi K Palaniswami said the late Jayalalithaa had ushered in a “revolution” in the education sector in the state as chief minister and in recognition of her efforts, the previous AIADMK government had decided to name the varsity after her, which had also received the Governor’s nod. A Vice-Chancellor was also appointed but there was a change of regime following the April 6 Assembly polls.

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12:04 (IST)27 Aug 2021
TN sets apart 7.5 % preferential quota for govt school students in admission to professional courses

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday set apart 7.5 percent reservation on “preferential basis” to the state government school students for their admissions to engineering, agriculture, veterinary, law and other professional degree courses offered in government, aided and private institutions in the State.

The quota bill, introduced in the assembly by Chief Minister M K Stalin, applies to the students who have studied in state run schools from sixth to 12th standard and gives effect to the recommendation of the commission under chief justice of High Court, Delhi, justice D Murugesan.

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11:41 (IST)27 Aug 2021
177 flights to fly between Chennai and major cities today

A total of 177 flights will be operated between Chennai and major cities today, with 87 arrivals and 90 departures scheduled at the Chennai International Airport.

11:24 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Foreign languages to be taught to final year engineering students in TN

The final year engineering students in Tamil Nadu will be taught foreign languages to enhance their opportunities for research and employment abroad, state Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi said on Thursday.

German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian and French will be taught to the final year students of government and aided engineering colleges from this year, he said.

Winding up the debate on the demand for grants for his department in the Assembly, the minister said diploma courses in Tamil medium will be introduced in the next academic year in civil and mechanical engineering streams and the courses will be gradually extended to other subjects.

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11:10 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Over 1.25 lakh people vaccinated during GCC's mega vaccination drive

A total of 1,25,147 people were vaccinated on Thursday during the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) mega vaccination drive.

10:51 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Mani Ratnam, Shankar, AR Murugadoss and Vetrimaaran launch production house

In a first of its kind, several acclaimed Tamil filmmakers have come together to launch a major production house. The production house called Rain On Films is a collective of leading directors including Mani Ratnam, Shankar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, AR Murugadoss, Mysskin, Vetrimaaran, Lingusamy, Sasi, Vasanta Balan, Balaji Sakthivel, and Lokesh Kanagaraj.

Rain On Films will work as a corporate entity and fund feature films, anthologies, series and shows for leading OTT platforms in India. An official announcement is awaited. According to reports, the studio will be formally launched in September.

It is said to be an initiative by Mani Ratnam, who had also bankrolled Netflix’s latest anthology drama, Navarasa. Earlier, the National Award-winning filmmaker had professed his admiration for the OTT platforms. He noted that as a filmmaker, he finds streaming platforms very liberating as they allow him to tell a story in multiple formats.

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10:40 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Udhayanidhi launches IVI's mobile eye clinic in city

DMK MLA from the city and the party's Youth wing chief Udhayanidhi Stalin on Thursday launched a mobile eye clinic of India Vision Institute (IVI). Udhayanidhi, MLA from Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni, launched the initiative at Lock Nagar in Chennai, a release from IVI said.

Australian Consul-General, Sarah Kirlew, Central Chennai Lok Sabha MP Dayanidhi Maran and IVI's CEO Vinod Daniel were present at the event, it said.

"With the launch of the mobile Eye bus van, IVI will bring eye care to the doorstep of the underprivileged community, including the elderly and women," Daniel was quoted as saying. "Fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the van will help us provide comprehensive eye screening services to the underprivileged in Chennai. In the first 12 months, we will cover five Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHCs) in  Tiruvottiyur zone and four UPHCs in Sholinganallur zone," he said.

Kirlew said IVI has been a close partner with them in several projects.  Thursday's screenings at Lock Nagar were organised in association with the Cheer Foundation and Recycle Bin as part of the public health programme, the release said. (PTI)

10:26 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Air Cushion Vehicle Hangar inaugurated in TN

An Air Cushion Vehicle Hangar was inaugurated at the Indian Coast Guard station in Mandapam, about 580 kms from Chennai, on Thursday.

The facility has a ramp spread across 15 metres on land and 7.5 metres inside sea for safe launching of Air Cushion Vehicles (hovercraft). It was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu DGP C Sylendra Babu in the presence of Coast Guard Director General Krishnaswamy Natarajan, an official release said.

The hangar can cater to a load of 4.5 tonnes per square metre and can accomodate ACVs for safe berthing and maintenance. It would also enable in-house repairs thereby saving the government exchequer, the release added. (PTI)

10:13 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Prevented from using only road to town, villagers in Tamil Nadu’s Kodanad estate ask: ‘What about justice to us’

The Kodanad estate robbery and murder case has recently rocked the Tamil Nadu Assembly once again, with the AIADMK crying political vendetta and the ruling DMK saying it was only fulfilling a poll promise.

The lush property was the summer retreat of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. From 2017, a murder, a robbery, two “accidental deaths”, a suicide, and accompanying political mudslinging have kept it in headlines.

But apart from Jayalalithaa’s bungalow and a private lake (with its own share of controversy), the estate, spread over 906 acres, is also home to about 600 people, mainly Adidravidars living in the two hamlets of Anna Nagar and Kamarajar Nagar.

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09:54 (IST)27 Aug 2021
SIDBI sanctions Rs 524 cr for upgradation of MSMEs in TN

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) on Thursday approved funds to the tune of Rs 524 crore for the upgradation and development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in Tamil Nadu. SIDBI chairman Sivasubramanian Ramann handed over the 'in-principle approval letter' to Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday and said Tamil Nadu was the first state to receive the cluster development fund, a state government release said.

The funds would be utilized to execute projects including setting up of precision engineering cluster in Kancheepuram, e-vehicle component cluster in Coimbatore, a medical equipment industrial park in Oragadam near Chennai among others.

Meanwhile, in a company statement, Ramann said the thrust shall be laid on clusters in sectors, sub-sectors which can directly benefit the MSMEs in the State (under the initiative). "SIDBI shall complement these with its customized direct lending products being channelised in the supported clusters, setting an example for other institutions to adopt and replicate", he added.

The SIDBI Cluster Development Fund has been set up with support from the Reserve Bank of India and it is envisaged in setting up, upgrading and renovation of MSME infrastructure in areas other than agriculture, the statement said. (PTI)

09:42 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Tamil Nadu BJP caught in tangle of tapes, charges of sexual misconduct

Factionalism in Tamil Nadu BJP has taken an ugly turn with two relatively new entrants in the party – state unit chief K Annamalai and YouTuber Madan Ravichandran – being at the centre of a controversy this week over allegations of sexual misconduct against a senior party leader from the RSS.

Triggering the storm, Ravichandran on Tuesday morning released a video, making serious allegations of sexual misconduct against BJP state general secretary K T Raghavan, a prominent RSS face in the party. Following the allegations of his misconduct with a woman party worker, Raghavan denied the charges and resigned from his post.

Ravichandran’s claim that he released the video with the consent of state BJP chief Annamalai forced the latter to issue a statement, claiming ignorance about details of the video although he admitted that he was aware of the issue.

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09:29 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Power to be suspended in parts of Chennai today

Tangedco has announced a power cut in parts of Chennai today from 9 am to 2 pm for maintenance work.

Here are the affected areas:

Porur:

  • Parivakkam: Annaikattucheri/Amuthurmedu, Thirumanamkavalcheri, Vayalanallur, Sorancheri/Oilcheri and Chithukadu 
  • Poonamallee: Melmanagar, Rukmani Nagar, Seneerkuppam Periyar Nagar, Abirami Nagar, Ashtalakshmi, Abdulkalam Nagar and Sakthi Garden

Tambaram:

  • Sithalapakkam: Pillayar Koil Street, Erikarai Road, Surya Nagar, Velacherry Main Road, Mandhaveli Street and Ramdass Street
  • Puthuthangal: Devaraj Pillai Street, Kurinji Nagar, Nithyanantham Nagar, Abirami Nagar, Sathya Sai Nagar, Periyar Nagar, Daniel Street, Tamil Poonga Street and Parts of GST Road
  • Adyar: 
  • Kasturibai Nagar: Canal Bank Road, K.B Nagar - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Main Roads, K.B Nagar - 2nd and 3rd Cross Streets, B.V Nagar - 1st and 2nd Streets, Anna Avenue and Govindharaja Puram 
  • Kazura Garden: Kazura Garden - 1st and 2nd Main Roads, Ranga Reddy Garden, Mettu Colony, Parts of ECR and Habiba Street
  • IT Corridor: Srinivasa Nagar, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Jayendra Colony, Rajiv Gandhi Salai and Sambal Street

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09:27 (IST)27 Aug 2021
TN reports 1559 fresh cases, 26 deaths

Tamil Nadu recorded 1,559 positive cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the state tally to 26,07,206. Among these, Chennai reported 175 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 5,43,249. The state recorded 26 deaths on Thursday, putting the state toll at 34,814. 23 of them had succumbed due to comorbidities. A total of 1,816 patients were discharged following treatment, taking the total number of recoveries to 25,54,323.

As of Thursday, the number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu is 18,609. Till date, 15,22,528 males, 10,84,640 females and 38 transgenders have tested positive for the virus in the state.

According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare Department of Tamil Nadu, 4,15,28,272 samples from the state have been tested till date, with 1,60,911 samples having been sent yesterday. There are 287 Covid-19 testing facilities in the state, out of which 69 are government and 218 are private facilities.

09:23 (IST)27 Aug 2021
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Road that connects Kodanad main area with Anna Nagar residential area (Photo: Special arrangement)

The Kodanad estate robbery and murder case has recently rocked the Tamil Nadu Assembly once again, with the AIADMK crying political vendetta and the ruling DMK saying it was only fulfilling a poll promise. The lush property was the summer retreat of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. From 2017, a murder, a robbery, two “accidental deaths”, a suicide, and accompanying political mudslinging have kept it in headlines.

READ | Prevented from using only road to town, villagers in Tamil Nadu’s Kodanad estate ask: ‘What about justice to us’

Factionalism in Tamil Nadu BJP has taken an ugly turn with two relatively new entrants in the party – state unit chief K Annamalai and YouTuber Madan Ravichandran – being at the centre of a controversy this week over allegations of sexual misconduct against a senior party leader from the RSS.

READ | Tamil Nadu BJP caught in tangle of tapes, charges of sexual misconduct

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Tamil Nadu Chennai News August 25, 26 Highlights

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