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Tamil Nadu Chennai September 13, 14, 15 Highlights: Another NEET aspirant dies by suicide in state, third in four days

Tamil Nadu Chennai Latest News September 13, 14, 15 Highlights: On Sunday, 19-year-old Dhanush from Mettur near Salem, and on Tuesday, 17-year-old Kanimozhi from Ariyalur allegedly died by suicide for reasons suspected to be the same.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: September 16, 2021 9:03:52 am
NEETThe string of deaths related to NEET comes at a time when the Tamil Nadu government has passed a bill to do away with it in the state and allow for admissions to undergraduate courses in medicine, dentistry, Indian medicine and homoeopathy based on class 12 marks. (File photo)

Tamil Nadu Chennai News September 13, 14, 15 Highlights: Another National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET) aspirant allegedly died by suicide in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday over fears of failing in the medical entrance examination. The victim has been identified as Soundarya (17), a resident of Thalayarampattu village at Katpadi in Vellore district.

This is the third death linked to the entrance examination in four days in the state. On Sunday, 19-year-old Dhanush from Mettur near Salem, and on Tuesday, 17-year-old Kanimozhi from Ariyalur allegedly died by suicide for reasons suspected to be the same. Katpadi DSP Palani told indianexpress.com that Soundarya had done her schooling in Thottapalayam and scored 510 marks out of 600 in the class 12 examination.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, expressing concern over the future of thousands of workers and allied industries, AIADMK coordinator O Panneerselvam sought Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin’s immediate intervention in the issue concerning the American auto major Ford Motor’s decision to shut its operations and ensure the company’s facility at Maraimalai Nagar is kept afloat.

Such a move, the former Chief Minister contended, would augur well for the industrial growth in the State and also safeguard jobs of the workers. “The news regarding the closure of the plants in India is shocking. It has come amid a move to bring new jobs to Tamil Nadu based on the fact that workers can survive if industries grow,” Panneerselvam said. He appealed to the Chief Minister to provide relief to the employees by sustaining the industrial climate in the State.

Ford Motor had earlier announced that it will shut its two manufacturing plants (Maraimalai Nagar and Sanand in Gujarat) in India and sell only imported vehicles in the country, as part of a restructuring exercise.

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22:52 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Gold worth Rs 65 lakh seized at Chennai airport; woman held

Over one kg of gold worth Rs 65 lakh was seized from a 28-year-old woman who arrived here from Dubai on Wednesday, customs authorities said. Acting on specific inputs from the Customs department in Cochin, the Chennai department officials intercepted the woman at the airport and retrieved the contraband that was concealed in her inner wear and rectum.

The gold weighed 1.34 kg and was of 24k purity, a press release said. The woman was arrested, it added. (PTI)

22:38 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Chennai, Coimbatore leads in new Covid-19 infections as TN adds 1,658 cases, 29 deaths

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday added 1,658 new Covid-19 infections pushing the overall caseload to 26,38,668 till date, while 29 people succumbed to the virus, taking the toll to 35,246.

Recoveries were less when compared to the new infections with 1,542 people getting discharged in the last 24 hours, aggregating to 25,86,786 leaving 16,636 active infections, a medical bulletin said.

A total of 1,50,740 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative number of specimens examined to 4,46,77,820.

The majority of new infections were recorded in four districts-- Chennai leading with 226 cases, Coimbatore 224, Erode 130, Chengalpet 126. Perambalur recorded the least number of new infections with five.

Thirty districts reported new cases in double digits, while there were no fresh deaths in 24 districts. (PTI)

20:34 (IST)15 Sep 2021
IMU signs MoUs with Admiral Ushakov State Maritime University

The Indian Maritime University (IMU) in Chennai has signed agreements with several national and international organisations for exchange of information on research and educational programmes, the varsity's Vice Chancellor Malini V Shankar said on Wednesday.

Short-term training programmes, seminars, webinars, conferences and workshops on topics of mutual interest will be organised jointly as per the MoU. Also, there will be exchange of faculty and students for limited purposes of education and research, she said.

Some of the organisations which signed the MoU with IMU include the Dredging Corporation of India, National Institute of Ocean Technology, VOC Port Trust, and Institute of Marine Engineers, India. MoUs were signed with the Admiral Ushakov Maritime University, Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mauritius, Batangas University, Philippines, and Erasmus University, Netherlands on the international level. (PTI)

18:39 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Will ensure that NEET is cancelled, says CM M K Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin Wednesday tweeted a message requesting students to stay strong, and assuring them that the government will not give up its effort to have the entrance exam scrapped in the state.

In his message, Stalin also said, “I was shattered to pieces hearing the news of death of these students. I am right now in the same mood as I was in 2017 when Anitha, who was a student, died by suicide. I am worried and I don’t want another such incident. Your (students’) lives are priceless. It is important not just for you, but also for the nation. You are the future of this country. I request you not to take your own life and leave your parents in a state of suffering. All of you should study with the confidence that you can become doctors, and nothing can stop you from achieving your goal. Not just in education, you should become great personalities by building your self-confidence as well. Destiny can be defeated by wisdom.” Read more

17:39 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Chennai doctors receive American Academy of Ophthalmology's Secretariat Award

Two doctors of Chennai-based Dr Agarwal's Eye Hospital have been awarded with the Secretariat Award 2021 of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

The 'prestigious' award has been given to Ashvin Agarwal, Chief Clinical officer and Executive Director, Dr Agarwal's Group of Eye Hospitals and Dr Soosan Jacob, Director and Chief, Dr. Agarwal's Refractive and Cornea Foundation, according to a release here. The American Academy of Ophthalmology is "the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons," it said.

"The awards come as a recognition for their contributions to ophthalmology and ophthalmic education," it added. (PTI)

15:58 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Another NEET aspirant dies by suicide in Tamil Nadu, third in four days

Another National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) aspirant allegedly died by suicide in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday over fears of failing in the medical entrance examination. The victim has been identified as Soundarya (17), a resident of Thalayarampattu village at Katpadi in Vellore district.

This is the third death linked to the entrance examination in four days in the state. On Sunday, 19-year-old Dhanush from Mettur near Salem, and on Tuesday, 17-year-old student Kanimozhi from Ariyalur allegedly died by suicide for reasons suspected to be the same.

Katpadi DSP Palani told indianexpress.com that Soundarya had done her schooling in Thottapalayam and scored 510 marks out of 600 in the class 12 examination. Read more

14:44 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu government playing politics over NEET, responsible for students’ deaths: BJP’s Annamalai

Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai Tuesday said the DMK government in the state was playing petty politics over NEET and accused the latter of pushing students into depression.

Annamalai criticised the DMK government while he was addressing mediapersons after taking part in a party event in Mayiladuthurai. The saffron party leader said the MK Stalin-led dispensation in the state should take responsibility for the loss of two young lives.

“A few days ago, a student called Dhanush had died by suicide. Now, another student, Kanimozhi, from Ariyalur has taken her life. I request the students to not do this. We will take care of those who politicise NEET. They (DMK) have politicised the issue, instigated the students and brought them to this situation. The people of Tamil Nadu will not forget this, the BJP will not forget this. You (DMK) stopped the students from preparing for the exam saying that it won’t happen in Tamil Nadu and at the last moment, you conceded that NEET will take place. Just imagine how much trauma the students have endured,” Annamalai said referring to the DMK government.

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14:29 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Fuel prices in Chennai today

Prices of petrol and diesel remained steady across the country for the tenth consecutive day on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. The prices of the key auto fuels were last revised on September 5 when petrol and diesel prices were cut by 15 paise per litre each in the national capital.

In Chennai, petrol is priced at Rs. 98.96 per litre and diesel costs Rs. 93.26 per litre.

13:56 (IST)15 Sep 2021
NEET aspirant dies by suicide

Barely three days since the Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a bill to restore the medical admissions mechanism that existed in the state before the introduction of NEET, a student in Vellore died by suicide today.

This is the third student to die by suicide due to NEET this week alone.

13:50 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu CM Stalin inaugurates genome sequencing lab in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin Tuesday inaugurated a genome sequencing laboratory at the Directorate of Medical and Rural Health Services (DMS) campus in Chennai.

Addressing reporters, Health Minister Ma Subramanian said the facility, which has been set up at a cost of Rs 4 crore, would help identify the variants of SARS CoV-2 sooner. He said no other government in the country has set up such a facility on its own.

He added that with the support of the central government, there were 23 genome labs in the country; in south India, there are labs in Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

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13:29 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Tamil Nadu couple killed in crash on Bengaluru Electronic City flyover

Two persons lost their lives after a car hit a two-wheeler on the Electronic City flyover in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. They were heading in the direction of Hosur from Bengaluru on a Tamil Nadu registered vehicle, when they were knocked off the flyover and fell to their death on the highway below the flyover.

The driver of the car –Maruti Suzuki Baleno — was unconscious and is admitted in a hospital, according to local reports.

The crash occurred around 9.45 pm on Tuesday night and the identity of the couple was not initially established. They have now been identified as Pritham and Krithika from Tamil Nadu. They were reportedly working in Bengaluru.

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12:51 (IST)15 Sep 2021
IN PICS | EPS pays floral tributes to former CM Annadurai

AIADMK coordinator and leader of the Opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami paid floral tributes to former Chief Minister C N Annadurai on his 113th birth anniversary today.

12:15 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Madras HC quashes order increasing speed limit to 120 kmph on highways

The Madras High Court has set aside a notification of the central government, fixing 120 kmph as the speed limit for vehicles plying on highways.

A division bench of Justices N Kirubakaran (since retired) and Justice T V Thamilselvi, which quashed the notification dated April 6, 2018, recently, also directed the Centre and the State to issue fresh notifications with decreased speed limit.

Originally, while passing interim orders on an appeal on March 3 this year, the bench, the other member being Justice Abdul Quddhose, increased the compensation amount from Rs 18.43 lakh to Rs 1.50 crore to the appellant — a dentist, who had suffered 90 per cent disability due to a road accident occurred in April 2013 in Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.

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11:50 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Protect water bodies, dry or wet: Madras HC

In a State where water bodies develop for a few months following rains and leave no sign in the dry season, the channels have to be left undisturbed and areas that fill up with water in the wet season must be equally protected to allow for the collection of water, the Madras High Court ruled on Tuesday.

Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu gave the ruling Tuesday, while passing further interim orders on a PIL from Arappor Iyakkam, a non-governmental organisation fighting against corruption.

Petitioner Iyakkam had alleged that the government had constructed a police station on the Thamaraikeni lake in Semmancherry near Sholinganallur in Chennai and prayed the court to restore the lake.

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11:49 (IST)15 Sep 2021
CM Stalin pays respects to former CM CN Annadurai on his 113th birth anniversary

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin paid his respects to former Chief Minister C N Annadurai on his 113th birthday in Chennai today.

11:13 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Teen sets grandparents on fire in Tamil Nadu, surrenders

Tired of taunts from his grandparents who constantly compared him with cousins, a 16-year-old boy in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district set their house on fire Monday, killing the duo, police said. The minor, who has confessed to the crime, has been booked under IPC section 302 (murder).

Speaking to indianexpress.com, Attur DSP Immanuel Gnanasekar said the couple’s grandson, a Class XI student at a government school in the neighbourhood, has surrendered before the Attur police and confessed to the crime.

On Monday morning, neighbours heard screams from the house of Kaatu Raja (70) and his wife Kaasiyammal (60) and rushed to the spot. Seeing the house on flames, they attempted to douse the fire. The house was also locked and their attempts to break the door open failed.

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10:50 (IST)15 Sep 2021
4 students injured as acid bottle breaks in Tamil Nadu school, headmaster booked

The headmaster of a government school in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram has been suspended for allegedly asking students to shift materials from the school laboratory after four Class XII students sustained injuries when an acid bottle fell down and its contents spilled on them Monday.

Villupuram Special Branch Inspector Gurumurthy said the headmaster of the higher secondary school in Kandamangalam has been booked. “He had asked the students to shift the materials in the lab to another room during which a bottle broke and acid spilled on the students. Based on a complaint by the mother of one of the victims, we have registered an FIR and booked the headmaster under IPC sections 285 (endangering life) and 338 (causing grievous hurt),” he said.

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10:49 (IST)15 Sep 2021
Fans sprinkle goat blood on Rajinikanth’s Annathae first-look poster, superstar’s associate calls it ‘obnoxious’

A purported act by the fans of actor Rajinikanth, where they sprinkled the blood of a goat on the first look poster of the superstar’s upcoming flick Annathae on Tuesday earned a sharp rebuke from the star’s side, calling it ‘obnoxious.’

V M Sudhakar, Administrator of the All India Rajinikanth Rasikar Mandram (Fans Club) and considered close to the top star, strongly condemned the incident and said it was “regrettable.”

A video doing the rounds in social media purportedly showed some persons, believed to be fans of Rajinikanth, slaying a goat and sprinkling its blood on the first look poster of the film, with the incident drawing widespread condemnation for its sheer brutality.

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10:21 (IST)15 Sep 2021
TN girl dies by suicide over NEET, AIADMK asks DMK regime to stop ‘drama’; CM vows to fight

A girl who appeared for NEET and aspired to pursue medical education died by suicide at a village in Ariyalur District Tuesday, the second such death within two days in Tamil Nadu, with the incident seeing a repeat of the main opposition AIADMK hitting out at the DMK regime, while Chief Minister M K Stalin on Tuesday vowed to continue the legal fight to remove the test.

Hours after her death, the Chief Minister assured students and parents that there would be no compromise in the legal struggle to fully remove NEET.

Pointing to the passage of a Bill in the Assembly on September 13, Stalin said, “right from the beginning, we are opposing NEET, which is shattering the dreams of Tamil Nadu students to pursue medical education. We have started a legal struggle in full swing with the passing of the Bill, supported by all parties, barring the BJP.”

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09:56 (IST)15 Sep 2021
DMK fields two RS candidates, keeps Congress waiting

The DMK on Tuesday announced the party’s two candidates for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha bye-elections to fill the two vacant seats from Tamil Nadu contrary to expectation in some Congress quarters that the regional party may give one seat to ally Congress.

Sources in the Congress said the DMK had agreed to consider the party’s request for a Rajya Sabha seat while finalising the seat-sharing deal for the Assembly elections earlier this year. They said the DMK assurance had come after the Congress agreed to settle for 25 Assembly seats.

On Tuesday, Stalin announced the party’s two candidates – Kanimozhi N V N Somu and K R N Rajeshkumar. Kanimozhi is the daughter of late Union minister N V N Somu. Rajeshkumar is DMK’s Namakkal (East) district in charge.

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The DMK on Tuesday announced the party’s two candidates for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha bye-elections to fill the two vacant seats from Tamil Nadu contrary to expectation in some Congress quarters that the regional party may give one seat to ally Congress. On Tuesday, Stalin announced the party’s two candidates – Kanimozhi N V N Somu and K R N Rajeshkumar.

READ | DMK fields two RS candidates, keeps Congress waiting

Tired of taunts from his grandparents who constantly compared him with cousins, a 16-year-old boy in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district set their house on fire Monday, killing the duo, police said. The minor, who has confessed to the crime, has been booked under IPC section 302 (murder). Speaking to indianexpress.com, Attur DSP Immanuel Gnanasekar said the couple’s grandson, a Class XI student at a government school in the neighbourhood, has surrendered before the Attur police and confessed to the crime.

READ | Teen sets grandparents on fire in Tamil Nadu, surrenders

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