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Indian superstar Rajinikanth tells fans he is entering politics

The film superstar says he will form a party to “change the political system” in Tamil Nadu state.

Desi name for bullet train

Also, a minister of state (independent charge) at Modi government, Sinha presented the plan of putting India’s telecommunication on fast track. “India has lagged behind in implementation of 2G and 3G telecom technology, however, we will be among the foremost nations to adopt 5G technology in 2020,” he said.
The minister on the occasion informed the gathering on funds of ‘Rs 145 crore being allocated to IIT at Chennai for development of 5 generation technology’. In his plans for digital rise the minister ensured trust on the state promoted telecommunication company BSNL. He said that BSNL has proved its relevance by providing network support during crucial times of ‘demonitization’ and ‘GST implementation’ and expressed confidence of BSNL gaining furthermore popularity as mobile phone service provider with dedicated efforts of its employees.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByAvanindra Mishra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Sunday 24 December 2017 4:31 ISTMust readAnti-Salman Khan protests hit Rajasthan over Valmiki remarkManoj Sinha rides bullet train at Digital speed to create New India<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Minister of state for Railways was quick to react when asked about the high-speed bullet train. Though he is the crucial man behind implementation of PM Modi’s flagship hi-speed Mumbai-Ahmedabad train project, he is still searching for an appropriate ‘Desi’ nomenclature for the ambitious project. “As of now it is known as hi-speed train and we are looking for an Indian name for the same,” he answered with pun when asked about ‘bullet train’ in India at ‘New India 2017’ Conclave of Zee Hindustan. It is, however, not just the name that the minister wishes to be indigenous about. The ambitious project is being developed with technical and financial help from Japan. “The loan from Japan is indeed a help considering the 0.01 per cent interest and payback period of 50 years. We are working in direction of developing the technology within the country,” said Sinha. The minister also stressed on the efforts of the present government in improving the existing train networks. Also, the local impact on Rajasthan stating that the railways have allocated projects of Rs 3400 crore for the state this year multiple times more than Rs 700-800 crores being allocated annually by previous government. On fast trackAlso, a minister of state (independent charge) at Modi government, Sinha presented the plan of putting India’s telecommunication on fast track. “India has lagged behind in implementation of 2G and 3G telecom technology, however, we will be among the foremost nations to adopt 5G technology in 2020,” he said. The minister on the occasion informed the gathering on funds of ‘Rs 145 crore being allocated to IIT at Chennai for development of 5 generation technology’. In his plans for digital rise the minister ensured trust on the state promoted telecommunication company BSNL. He said that BSNL has proved its relevance by providing network support during crucial times of ‘demonitization’ and ‘GST implementation’ and expressed confidence of BSNL gaining furthermore popularity as mobile phone service provider with dedicated efforts of its employees.

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A Raja and Kanimozhi reach Chennai after 2G acquittal, get rousing welcome from DMK cadres

DMK leaders Kanimozhi and A Raja were given warm welcome by party cadres in Chennai after getting acquitted by special CBI court in the 2G court. The airport was throng with party supporters donning the traditional DMK colours. There were large number of supporters also present near DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s house. Both Rajya Sabha MP Kanimojhi and former Union Minister A Raja met Karunanidhi.They were welcomed by party leader and Karunanidhi’s MK Stalin. The verdict has come as a huge relief for DMK which has suffered electoral reverses and relegated to sidelines after name of their party leaders got tangled in the 2G case. DMK leader M K Stalin on Friday said the verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation case has come as a “blow” to those who wanted to “taint” the party.Hailing the acquittal of Kanimozhi and A Raja, he said the party has now emerged like “gold refined by fire.” Quoting certain observations made by the special judge in the verdict, Stalin said it showed the case was “fabricated with an aim of targeting and sidelining DMK” at the national level. “The DMK, after having faced insults and slander for baseless false charges, swam through the river of fire, and after seven years has emerged as gold refined by fire,” Stalin, DMK working president, said in a letter to partymen.The DMK was always confident of telling the truth to the world, Stalin said a day after the special court in Delhi acquitted party leaders Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP, and former Telecom minister A Raja. The DMK leader said Raja as then Telecom minister, adopted “progressive measures” in allocating 2G spectrum aimed at the welfare of the poorer sections of the society. This, Stalin claimed, led to an increase in mobile phone users even while bringing the rates down. He said CAG Vinod Rai had made charges of “presumptive loss” of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in spectrum allocation and even those who were aware of the differences between “practicality and presumption blew up” the matter. “Those with political vendetta, and media known for sensationalism blew up the issue against DMK in the electoral field,” he said in an apparent reference to the 2011 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu which the AIADMK and its allies swept.Raja was always confident of getting justice through a legal battle and he himself put forward “strong arguments” before the court even as “Kanimozhi also proved she was not guilty,” Stalin, also state leader of opposition, added. Party president and his father M Karunanidhi was overjoyed when he was told about the outcome of the case, Stalin said.With PTI inputs

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Madras High Court notice to Tamil Nadu government

Madras high court on Friday issued a notice to the Tamil Nadu government and the Chennai Corporation after admitting the plea filed by S Amrutha, who claims to be the biological daughter of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and sought permission to exhume her mother’s body .Hearing the petition on Friday, Justice S Vidyanathan also impleaded Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepak and Deepa as party respondents to the petition. The judge wanted the authorities to file their replies by January 5.The judge also asked Amrutha as to why she did not claim Sobhan Babu as her father in the petition. He also wanted to know whether Apollo Hospitals, where late Jayalalithaa was hospitalised, has kept any of her blood samples in its possession.When Amrutha’s counsel moved the high court on Thursday, Advocate General Vijay Narayan opposed her petition strongly saying that without any authority, her claim was not maintainable and was a publicity stunt.Pointing out that several people were claiming that they were legal heirs of Jayalalithaa, the judge had said that to put a quietus to the issue, a DNA test may be ordered. If the claim comes out to be false, the petitioner has to face the consequences, the judge added.Earlier in November, the Supreme Court had refused to hear a similar petition filed by her. In her petition, Amrutha had said that she knew Jayalalithaa as her aunt and it was only in March, three months after Jayalalithaa’s demise that it was revealed to her that she was, in fact, Jayalalithaa’s daughter.

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RK Nagar By-poll: AIADMK distributrd Rs 100 crore among voters, alleges DMK’s Stalin; seeks ‘appropriate action’

DMK working president MK Stalin has alleged that the ruling AIADMK distributed over Rs 100 crore to voters ahead of the by-election in Chennai’s RK Nagar. In a letter to the Election Commission, Stalin claimed that the AIADMK paid Rs 6,000 to each voter.Stalin has asked the polls body to take appropriate action against AIADMK candidate E Madhusudhanan.”Take appropriate and necessary action against AIADMK and the erring officials and to ensure free and fair election RK Nagar Assembly Constituency,” he said in the letter.The RK Nagar Assembly constituency, which was represented by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, goes to the bypoll on December 21. DMK is going all out to wrest the seat from its arch rival after over two decades. AIADMK is also leaving no stone unturned to retain the seat. Also read RK Nagar by-poll: Madras HC dismisses plea to disqualify AIADMK and DMK candidates Chief Minister Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and ministers are criss crossing congested lanes and by lanes of RK Nagar in Chennai. At the same time, AIADMK sidelined group, led by T T V Dhinakaran, is trying hard to prove to his rivals in mainstream AIADMK that he is the heir to Jayalalithaa’s welfare legacy. Also readRK Nagar Bypoll: 59 candidates in the fray for Jaya’s vacated seatDhinakaran, nephew of jailed leader V K Sasikala and contesting as an independent, is campaigning with vigour. Madusudanan, ruling AIADMK candidate, is also banking on his popularity in North Chennai, besides his party’s strength. Also readRejected, accepted, rejected: Drama unfolds over Vishal’s election nomination papers for RK Nagar bypollDMK nominee Marudu Ganesh, also a local up and coming party functionary, has accused the ruling regime of graft and assures he will address people’s issues, all of which have been left “unaddressed” by the ruling party. Jayalalithaa won the seat by a huge margin of 1.5 lakh votes in the 2015 bypoll. She retained it by a reduced margin of about 40,000 votes last year. From 1991 till the last year’s Assembly election, DMK has won the seat only once in 1996. In 2015, P Vetrivel (AIADMK) vacated the seat to pave the way for Jayalalithaa to contest after she was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court in disproportionate assets case. (With PTI inputs)

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Udaipur: Peace & net get a chance to log in

Few groups had previously claimed that on Thursday, the demonstration was in support of the Rajsamand hate crime accused, Shambhulal while others held it to be against the anti social slogans. Even as the exact cause and those to be behind the notorious social media messages are still to be identified, police and administration have sought to levy ban on mobile internet and imposition of Section 144 to keep the situations under control. The prohibitory orders were though called off as city remains peaceful since Thursday evening clash. ”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByAvanindra Mishra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Sunday 17 December 2017 4:08 ISTMust readMeat prep, damage to temple during film shoot irk localsRadheshyam Garg is new RPSC chief<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Prohibitory orders and Internet restrictions were waived at Udaipur district on Saturday after three days of unrest and confusion. Communal tension had gripped the city following the incident of Rajsamand hate killing and demonstration of right wing organisations protesting anti- national slogans allegedly raised by at public gathering. The demonstration on Thursday had turned violent as the demonstrators clashed with police leaving several injured. Social media though has emerged as a major culprit in the incident. “Many of those protesting on Thursday were unaware of the exact cause of their protest. They had arrived following stray messages on social media calling for gathering at the city,” police superintendent Udaipur told DNA.Few groups had previously claimed that on Thursday, the demonstration was in support of the Rajsamand hate crime accused, Shambhulal while others held it to be against the anti social slogans. Even as the exact cause and those to be behind the notorious social media messages are still to be identified, police and administration have sought to levy ban on mobile internet and imposition of Section 144 to keep the situations under control. The prohibitory orders were though called off as city remains peaceful since Thursday evening clash.

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Dense fog hits flight operations at Chennai airport

Heavy fog at the city airport affected air traffic movement today, with two international flights being diverted to Bengaluru, officials said.The fog also resulted in delayed departure and arrival of seven flights this morning, airport officials added.Earlier, two international services bound for Chennai, from Mauritius and Riyadh, were diverted to Bengaluru, about 300 kms from here, following dense fog.However, the carriers later arrived here, they added.Further, flights to and from different destinations including Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kochi suffered delays ranging up to 20 minutes, officials added.

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Punjab shocker: Viral video of owner shooting dead pet dog goes viral; cops register case

In a shocking incident, a dog was tied up and shot dead at point blank range by its owner and his ex-armyman friend in Punjab’s Barnala.According to news agency ANI, the duo recorded the act and later uploaded the incident on social media.A case has been registered against the two individuals, who are currently absconding.Last year, there was nationwide outrage after a viral video of two students throwing a dog off a terrace did the rounds. The suspects Ashish Paul, who recorded the video, and Gautam Sudharshan who filmed themselves throwing a dog off the terrace in Chennai, were identified an First Information Report (FIR) registered The dog, who was named Bhadra, was found with fractures and has been completely healed, however, she will have to live with a permanent limp as her right hind leg has been damaged beyond repair.More recently, a video of a man continuously beating his pet has gone viral. The video which is doing rounds on the Internet has evoked a massive reaction on social media, with people demanding action on the man. The man in the video is seen teaching the dog how to write alphabets. When the dog refuses to pay attention, he slaps the animal to draw his attention to work again. The man in the video is seen repeating the action thrice. Another person filming the act is heard giggling and enjoying the fun game.

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How youth are driving social change in Singapore

Singapore has recently been ranked second in the 2017 World Smart Cities Index, thanks to its thriving business ecosystem, urban planning and its efforts towards clean energy. But the younger lot of Singapore, who are socially conscious, has a major contribution in its sustainable growth and addressing social issues.While many start-ups from India as well as other nations are relocating their base to Singapore, DNA managed to meet some of the young social entrepreneurs (Singaporeans and Indians), who are changing the shape of the country. Some of the most interesting social enterprises range from school of concepts to a socially conscious salon to an ex-cop who transformed an ex-convicts life, and the list goes on.Sruthi Sadanand, from Chennai, who is currently pursuing her masters in science from National University of Singapore is impressed with the ecosystem and ease that Singapore offers. She is one of the founders of Dexter Box or Infinite Engineers who design and develop fun learning activity kits for children to replace rote learning. While the kits are being used over 320 schools in Chennai, she is designing science experiments for elderly folk as well. She said, “Singapore is a country that really supports a lot of start-ups and ventures. People are easily accessible here. If I need to meet a school head for my work, I can just walk in so the paperwork is very less here and it is very encouraging.”For Mint Lim, starting School of Concepts was a deep rooted idea since her childhood. It is a social enterprise in the pre-school enrichment sector with heavily subsidized fees for its linguistic programmes that can enhance their school readiness and educational outcomes. “I am dyslexic and faced many issues on the language front. Autistic kids are not dumb but they need linguistic support. We run a literacy programme for nearly 1,000 children today.”Cheryl Ou, founder of Nail Social in Singapore, employs and trains single mothers and ex-offenders. It is a socially conscious salon to foster the future employment opportunities of local marginalised women. She said, “We specifically train and employ underprivileged women besides mentoring them through their personal challenges to become more confident and independent. In partnership with The Pink Room International Nail Academy, we network with various social agencies in Singapore to identify local women who face greater barriers of entry to employment.”A cop turned entrepreneur, Benjamin Tan, founder of Rickshaw coffee that focuses on transforming communities through coffee, got the idea for his start-up while working as a police officer. He said, “The guy who inspired me to do it as a subscription service was an ex-convict I had arrested. Lee was peddling contraband cigarettes that he delivered via bicycle and letter boxes as he was rejected by the society. And it was then I thought I should replace it with coffee beans.” Rickshaw Coffee works on a sole purpose to empower Lee to use his ability to engage people and help others in the community.
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Saving India’s photo studios in the digital age

A project wants to preserve the legacy of old photo studios by making digital prints

Dhoom-inspired robber couldn’t roar his way out of cop’s net

A 31-year-old robber-cum-snatcher, who used to fly frequently to different cities to commit crimes — aspiring to gain notoriety by leaving a police record in every metro city — landed in the Delhi Police’s net recently.Senior officers said that the accused told police he was inspired by Bollywood blockbuster Dhoom and wanted to raise a similar gang to earn fame.The accused, Sagar, a resident of Mubarakpur in Aman Vihar, has more than 50 cases of robbery and snatching registered against him in different police stations of Delhi, Chennai, and various places in Maharastra. A loaded pistol and a stolen motorcycle was recovered from him.According to senior police officers, it was on November 30 around 11.20 am, when the Anti Auto Theft Squad of Rohini district received a tip off that Sagar would be travelling to Pritampura via Sector-22, Rohini.”A police was formed immediately and a trap was laid near Sector-22, Rohini. They intercepted a suspicious-looking man riding a black two-wheeler which didn’t bear a number plate. When the man failed to provide a satisfactory reason for the same, cops frisked him and recovered a country-made pistol. The scooter he was rising was also found to be stolen,” said Rajneesh Gupta, DCP, Rohini.”Earlier, he has also been lodged at a Maharastra Jail from 2010 to 2012. He said he was inspired by Dhoom. He used to live a lavish life and would commit crimes on stolen bikes. He would change his vehicles and his hideouts frequently to evade arrest,” the DCP said.
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Delhi tops crime chart among 19 major Indian cities , reveals NCRB data

Delhi has reported the maximum number of rape cases amongst 19 major cities at 40%, besides the highest crime rate in 2016, according to the data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) today.The national capital has got the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of murder, kidnapping and abduction, juveniles in conflict and economic offences. Delhi reported 33% (13,803 cases out of total 41,761 cases in 19 cities) of total crimes against women followed by Mumbai at 12.3% (5,128 cases) last year among the 19 cities with population above two million. The national capital reported nearly 40% of rape cases and nearly 29% of each of cruelty by husband and his relatives and dowry deaths, the NCRB data said.Delhi accounted for 38.8% of total IPC crime reported in 19 cities followed by Bengaluru (8.9%) and Mumbai 7. 7%. The national capital recorded the highest crime rate 182.1 compared to the national average of 77.2. Chennai has reported highest number of cases of Special and Local Laws (SLL) crimes, accounting for 32.9% of total reported cases among the 19 cities, followed by Kochi (12. 9%) and Surat (12.6%) during 2016.Also read61,974 cases of riots, group clashes in 2016; highest in Bihar: NCRBDelhi reported the highest number of kidnapping and abduction – 5,453 cases (48. 3%) followed by Mumbai with 1,876 cases (16.6%) and Bengaluru 879 cases 7. 8% during 2016. The city reported highest number of murder – 479 out of 2,194 cases- (21.8%) followed by Bengaluru 10. 4% (229 cases) and Patna 8.9% (195 cases). Highest number of cases at 35.6% (2,368 cases out of 6,645) of juveniles in conflict with law were reported in Delhi among the 19 cities during 2016.Delhi has reported the maximum number of cases under economic offences 5,942 cases (19.3%) followed by Jaipur (4,742 cases) and Mumbai (4,191 cases) accounting for 15.4% and 13.6% respectively during 2016. In cyber crimes, Mumbai reported the highest number of cases – 980 (23.5%) out of 4,172 cases in 19 major cities in 2016.
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Income tax officials raid 33 places in Tamil Nadu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax (IT) department officials on Tuesday raided 33 premises in Tamil Nadu belonging to three business groups.According to reports, the raids by the IT department are the follow-up to its earlier searches linked to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s kin and business associates.However, a senior official told The Hindu that these groups have a lot of shell companies and these are independent actions.Raids are being conducted at 21 locations in Chennai and 12 outside Chennai. These include premises of Spectrum Mall’s owner, Patel group, MARG group, Milan group and Ganga foundations. ALSO READ Income Tax officials raid Poes Garden, search on in Tamil Nadu ex-CM J Jayalalithaa’s secretary’s roomEarlier this month, after days of multi-city searches, Income Tax officials detected undisclosed income of Rs. 1,430 crore in respect of ten assessee groups which included those linked to VK Sasikala, her family members and their associates.A team, consisting of three members, reportedly also verified the documents with regard to the Kodanadu Estate and also the 670 acre Green Teas estate in Curzon, said to be purchased by late chief minister Jayalalithaa and her aide VK Sasikala some five years ago.Former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa used to stay and look after official duties twice a year in the Kodanadu Bungalow.

Bypoll in Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar constituency on December 21, Counting on Dec 24

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The election for the RK Nagar constituency in Chennai, which fell vacant after the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year will be held on December 21.Along with RK Nagar, bypolls will take place for Sikandra (UP), Sabang (West Bengal) and Pakke-Kasang and Likabali (Arunachal Pradesh) constituencies.The counting will take place on December 24.Earlier, the Madras High Court had directed the election commission to conduct the by-election to RK Nagar assembly constituency ‘preferably’ by December 31.Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran has also said that he will contest in the RK Nagar bypoll.The bypoll slated for April 12 was cancelled subsequently following allegations of large-scale distribution of money to voters, entailing raids by the tax authorities

India Chennai students set university on fire after death

They were protesting after a student reportedly killed herself after being caught cheating in an exam.

Film producer hangs to death blames loan shark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A month after self-immolation by a four-member family in front of the Tirunelveli Collector’s office following harassment by a money lender, a Tamil film producer committed suicide at his house on Wednesday here blaming a Madurai-based film financier, who charged exorbitant interest for the loans which pushed the producer to take the extreme step.The alleged suicide of Ashok Kumar has shocked the movie industry, bringing back grim memories of the alleged suicide of well-known producer G Venkateswaran alias GV, brother of renowned film director Mani Ratnam.Kumar, who was a relative of well-known actor-director M Sasikumar, was found hanging in his apartment in Chennai on Tuesday. In his suicide note, Kumar blamed film financier Anbuchezhian for charging exorbitant interest on loans given to his production company.”The most sinful act I committed was to borrow loan from Anbuchezhian . He charged more than the interest rates over the last seven years. However, over the last six months, Anbuchezhian insulted and humiliated me. He sent his people home to threaten elders and women in my family (sic),” Kumar’s suicide note read. Stating that he was neither a coward nor a selfish person, he wrote, “I had only two options. One was to kill, and the other was to commit suicide. If I had to kill, the family will have to suffer. So, I chose the latter (sic).”

Indrani Mukerjea leases her property for Rs 3.46L/month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani Mukerjea, who is accused of killing her daughter Sheena Bora, and is currently behind bars, recently gave her 2,756 sq ft property on lease. The property that was in news after her arrest is in Phoenix House, Lower Parel, and she has given it on lease for a period of 55-months.Documents available with DNA show that she will receive Rs 3.46 lakh per month as rent which will increase to Rs 4.01 lakh towards the end. A deposit of 18 lakh has also been accepted.The deal was signed in September and a micro finance company located in Chennai has been leased the office space.On Indrani’s behalf, a certain KMT Radhakrishnan signed the deal, the address mentioned is of Marlow building, Pochkanwala, Worli.The property leased by Indrani Mukerjea is located on the fifth floor of C Wing in Phoneix House, Lower Parel. A stamp duty of 51,600 was also paid to the government.According to a real estate broker from South Mumbai, there’s not much to read into the deal. The price at which the office space has been leased is as per market standards.After the arrest of Indrani Mukerjea in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, this particular property did feature in several news reports as several angles were being probed into to find the motive behind the murder.

Post more women personnel, smile more: Flyers to CISF

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From requesting their armed men to frisk with a smile, to increasing the number of women officers at airports to making efforts at reducing the waiting time at security hold area and making lost and found services better — the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been flooded with suggestions following a recent survey that the force conducted at eight major airports.The CISF claimed that 95.58 per cent of more than 3 lakh passengers rated their services as very satisfactory but the time-consuming security mandates remained a major concern for the flyers.The survey was conducted at Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, and Delhi from October 1-30. Senior officers said the survey was aimed at getting feedback directly from the passengers about the quality of services being rendered by the CISF and to assess the performance of the Airport Security Group personnel.Passengers were asked to grade their experiences on a scale of 5 (excellent/very good/good/average/unsatisfactory) on four parameters — feeling of being safe, waiting time during security inspection, thoroughness of security inspection and the courtesy with attitude to help.CISF Director General OP Singh said 3.30 lakh forms were filled by passengers during the survey. “As many as 81.72 per cent passengers graded the performance of CISF as excellent, 13.86 per cent graded it as very good, 3.48 per cent good, 0.75 per cent average and 0.19 per cent rated it unsatisfactory. Thus, 95.58 per cent of 330,152 passengers rated CISF as excellent or very good on all four parameters, while only 0.94 per cent of all passengers rated it average or unsatisfactory. This rating has been given on only one or two parameters, such as waiting time in security inspection, and courtesy and attitude to help,” the DG said.Singh also said the force has received interesting suggestions, including asking the armed men to smile while frisking and being polite. Also, it was suggested, largely by women, that the airport needed to have more women personnel to frisk women flyers.Some passengers also asked the CISF to make efforts to reduce the waiting time during security checks at the SHA, which at present is nearly 90 seconds. Singh said efforts are being made in this direction and all feedback is being considered.

P Chidambaram gets relief in Madras HC, IT order quashed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a relief to P Chidambaram, the Madras High Court quashed an order of the Income Tax department seeking payment of tax by the former finance minister and his family on income from a coffee estate owned by them for 2008-09 financial year after re-assessing it. Justice T S Sivagnanam yesterday quashed March 31, 2016 demand notice and the consequential December 30 reassessment order issued by the assistant commissioner of Income Tax, Chennai, seeking payment of about Rs 6 lakh from Chidambaram and others.He was allowing petitions by Chidambaram and his family members challenging the notice and the re-assessment order. The matter relates to the petitioners claiming exemption of entire income from sale of coffee and pepper from their estate in Coorg in Karnataka in 2008-09 as agricultural income under section 10(1) of the Income Tax Act, which was allowed then. The I-T department had issued the demand notice saying there was reason to believe that income chargeable to tax had escaped assessment.Challenging this, the petitioners alleged that the I-T department’s action in reopening the assessment and reassessing the income for 2008-09 six years later was illegal and arbitrary and made only with an intention to defame them. Besides Chidambaram, the senior Congress leader’s son Karti, daughter-in-law Srinidhi and wife Nalini are the other petitioners.They submitted that income from the sale would attract tax only if they were involved in curing coffee. But they only sold raw coffee seeds and proceeds of sale of which was an agricultural income exempted under the I-T act.They further claimed there were several hundreds of coffee growers whose income had been exempted from tax on this ground. The reassessment order was issued without disposing of their objections to the reopening of assessment and without passing a speaking order, the petitioners contended adding this was in violation of the law laid down by the Supreme Court. Justice Sivagnanam, in his order, said as stated in a Supreme Court verdict the obligation on the part of the assessee does not extend beyond fully and truly disclosing all primary facts and it was for the assessing officer to take an inference on facts and law based on such disclosure.The respondent’s submission that the reassessment was made since his predecessor did not come to a proper inference on the facts disclosed (on agricultural income) was no ground to reopen the matter, he said adding it only reflected a change of opinion. Further, there was no allegation against the petitioners that they had not disclosed fully and truly all material facts necessary for assessment for that year, the judge said. “The impugned proceedings, namely, the notice for reopening and the consequential assessment orders are held to be illegal, unsustainable and a clear case of change of opinion and the impugned proceedings are quashed,” he ordered.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC seeks Centre’s opinion on releasing Perarivalan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central Government if it is willing to set free convict AG Perarivalan in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case or not.The Centre has challenged Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release Perarivalan in the assassination of former prime minister who was killed by a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, India on Tuesday, May 21, 1991.Perarivalan is on life imprisonment along with Murugan and Santhan who were other two convicts of the same case.A division bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and also comprising Justices Navin Sinha granted two weeks time to the Centre to reply in this case.The Top Court fixed the matter for further hearing to December 6.Perarivalan was arrested on June 11, 1991 at Periyar Thidal, Chennai by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers. He is charged with providing a 9-volt battery for the explosive device to assassination conspirator Sivarasan.His death penalty finally commuted to life term imprisonment after Supreme Court verdict on February 18, 2014.On August 25, for the first time since his arrest in 1991 Perarivalan was granted parole by the Tamil Nadu Government.

Shocking! 22-year-old girl burnt alive by jilted lover in Chennai, family too suffers injuries

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 22-year-old girl was set on fire in their house in Adambakkam in Chennai on Monday night by a man known to her family after she refused to reciprocate his love.The girl Sindhuja succumbed to the severe burn injuries at Kilpauk Medical College hospital while her mother Renuka and younger sister Nivedhika who tried to put off fire also suffered severe burn injuries and are in critical condition, according to the police.The accused Akash (25) who tried to escape was arrested by the police on Tuesday morning. Akash, a college dropout, is known to Sindhuja’s family as he lives in the same locality Saraswathi Nagar, police said.When Sindhuja rejected Akash’s love proposal, he continued his one-sided love and to stalk wherever she goes, the police said, adding that Sindhuja, a BE graduate, quit her job a few days back as she was continuously stalked by him. When her parents started looking for an alliance, Akash who came to know about it got furious and threatened her with dire consequences.On Monday night, Akash visited their house and got into an argument with her. As the argument turned soar, Akash brought a can of petrol he had kept in his two-wheeler and poured it on her and set her on fire, the police said. Her mother and sister who tried to put off the fire also caught ablaze. Sindhuja’s father is working in Dubai.“It all happened in a matter of few minutes. As I heard loud noises, I came out to see what is happening. I thought they were arguing with themselves. Suddenly a young man came with a petrol can and poured it on Sindhuja. As her mother asked me to take him out, I was pushing him out of the house when he suddenly set her on fire,” the neighbour said.

India tops list of countries affected by climate change

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The recently released Global Climate Risk Index 2018 report has put India amongst the sixth most vulnerable countries after Haiti, Zimbabwe, Fiji, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The report, recently released in Germany, has, however, analysed and taken into account data between 1997 and 2016.Prepared by a group of researchers on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has estimated that more than 5.24 lakh people died across the world, as a direct result of more than 11 000 extreme weather events accounting to loss of around US$ 3.16 trillion during this period.In India 2,119 people were killed during 2016, a number higher than any other country, losing $21,500 million the third highest financial loss after those suffered by China and the US. The report ranked the US fifth in fatalities from climate change impacts during 2016.It mentions the heat waves in South Asia which persisted until the beginning of summer 2016, breaking a record of 51°C in Rajasthan, in May 2016. Over a thousand people died of hyperthermia or dehydration. In total, 1 800 fatalities were reported, especially in Southeast India. The persisting drought and heat waves affected over 330 million people. They were followed by an extreme monsoon season lasting from June to October in eastern, western and central India. At least 300 people died due to the heavy rainfall and landslides and millions of people were affected by washed away crops, destroyed roads or disrupted electricity and phone lines. On 12th December 2016, cyclone Vardah, one of the costliest cyclones ever in the North Indian Ocean basin, made landfall in Chennai31. Several people died here and infrastructure was severely damaged.Researchers also conclude that sea surface temperature seems to play a key role in intensifying storms. But said, it was difficult to distinguish between natural variability and human induced extremes. It concluded that rising sea level, which is partly caused by climate change, was responsible for the increased intensity of floods, storms and droughts. For example, a study shows that the 2016 torrential rains in Louisiana, USA, were made almost twice as likely by human-induced climate change.Furthermore, the report also found increasing evidence on the link between extreme El Niño events and global warming. Date collected in 2014 showed, the occurrence of such events could double in the future due to climate change.

With deadlines past, RBI back to business

Since only five RBI offices were designated to carry out this exercise in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Nagpur, people had to wait for seven to eight hours in queues to exchange the scrapped notes <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Serpentine queues outside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) were a common feature till a few months ago as people stood to exchange the demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. Now all that is past and life outside the apex bank has returned to normalcy.Fearing the queue, Leela Raghuvanshi, a resident of Secunderabad, decided to forego Rs 5,000. “I wanted to exchange the scrapped notes that were with me. But, I finally didn’t do it as I would have spent more money and time waiting in the queues. I took the loss,” she said.Since only five RBI offices were designated to carry out this exercise in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Nagpur, people had to wait for seven to eight hours in queues to exchange the scrapped notes. A cap of Rs 25,000 was fixed for exchange.A senior RBI official said, “Our regular staff was deputed to the exchange windows. We had to check their travel documents, their affidavits and other documents so it took time. Even when the deadline came to a close there were people whom we could not service.”Deadlines gone For Indians who were abroad, the government had given time until March 31, 2017. Non-resident Indians were given additional time till June 30 to submit the demonetised notes to RBI

Caught on camera: ‘How dare you,’ screams passenger as IndiGo staff pins him down, airline fires ‘culprit’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, ground staff of IndiGo Airlines were caught on camera assaulting a senior citizen on the tarmac of Delhi Airport.The incident that took place on October 15 came to limelight after the 80-second long video clip surfaced online. The footage shows that staff and the passenger, who has now been identified as Rajiv Katyal, arguing over Katyal boarding the bus on the tarmac.Soon, a scuffle breaks out and the ground staff pins him down while he shouts and screams “how dare you push me.”“Incident probed by designated committee. Took action against staff who was main culprit, by immediately terminating his employment,” IndiGo said in a statement on Tuesday.Apologising for the incident, Aditya Ghosh, the president of the IndiGo airlines also issued a statement and said that “I acknowledge the unpleasant experience our passenger went through, while engaging with our staff at Delhi airport. My personal apologies as this does not reflect our culture. I had personally spoken to the passenger and asked for an apology. At IndiGo, dignity of our passengers and staff is of utmost importance. Any act that compromises the dignity of either is of a serious concern to us.”“Under the code of conduct violation, this incident was investigated and stern action was taken against the staff. Once again my personal and sincere apologies to the affected passenger,” he added.Union Civil Aviation Minister AG Raju also reacted to the incident and said that, “Seeking report from the DGCA. Violence of any sort is deplorable and should result in criminal action.”In a series of tweets, state minister Jayant Sinha also called the incident unfortunate.Rajiv Katyal landed in Delhi from a Chennai flight on October 15. There was an arguement after he alighted the plane and Katyal reportedly abused the staff.

On 63rd birthday, Kamal Haasan chooses not to celebrate; to visit rain-affected areas around Chennai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, who turns 63 today, announced on social media that he would not be celebrating his birthday – a gesture that could touch a chord with thousands who have been affected by the heavy rains in Tamil Nadu.”Tomorrow is just another day if you just celebrate and fail to seize it. If we can make it better in pursuit of a cause then we become the change we seek,” the actor posted on Twitter.Instead of celebrating, the actor will begin his day by visitng a medical camp in Avandi, 20 km from Chennai, and then visit some of the areas worst-affected by the rains. Later in the day, the actor plans to launch a mobile app that he has called ‘the first step’ to his mobile journey.

Kamal Haasan will soon float political party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Popular actor Kamal Haasan on Sunday announced that he would launch a political party soon, putting an end to speculation over his political ambitions.”The launch of the political party will happen in a calm manner and launch of a mobile app on November 7 is the first step,” the actor announced at a function to mark the 39th anniversary of his welfare association at Kelambakkam near Chennai.Haasan said his fans would contribute funds for the party and the app will facilitate keeping proper accounts of funds collected.According to the actor, there is no shame in stretching out one’s hands for welfare of the people and if only the rich pay their taxes properly, the country would be on the right path. “I will not deposit the funds in Swiss banks. Instead, I will try to bring back our money lodged in the Swiss banks,” Haasan said.The actor also hit back at detractors who had issued death threats to him over his comments on terrorism spreading its wings into Hindu right-wing groups.He said jail or murder is the fate meant for those who speak out against the present establishment. “If we question them, they call us anti-nationals and want us jailed. Now, since there is no space in jails, they want to shoot us and kill us,” he said. “Terrorism is different from extremism. I don’t preach my ideology to others. I am a rationalist,” he added.

Tamil Nadu floods: 601 medical teams set up to help victims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu government has pressed into service 601 medical teams to cater to people in rain-affected areas in different parts of the state, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Sunday.Already, 401 medical camps were in place in affected parts of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Nagapattinam district among others, he said after flagging off an additional 200 medical teams, taking the number to 601.”The government has taken special care to press 601 medical teams into service to attend to people affected by the rain,” he said.These medical camps will be useful to prevent spread of diseases that come up during the monsoon time, he said, and urged people to immediately visit the nearest medical camps if they had any symptoms of illness.Further, systems were in place to check the amount of chlorine in drinking water, he said, and underlined his government’s commitment to ensure public health in such times of monsoon.North-East monsoon has been active over Tamil Nadu, with Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts receiving torrential rains since last week.Many parts in these districts have suffered from inundation of low-lying areas and water-logging.

Chennai floods: Sun comes out, but water stagnation continues in various pockets of the city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sun shone bright in Chennai and neighbouring districts on Sunday morning, bringing respite to citizens facing the monsoon fury for the past few days.However, problems of water stagnation continued in some parts of the city and its suburbs such as Pallikaranai.Sun came out in Chennai and neighbouring districts, raising hopes of stagnant water receding.Special rescue and relief teams have been formed even as dams and reservoirs were being monitored to prevent anti-social elements from creating problems, the government had said in a statement yesterday. Earlier, rains continued to lash the city and neighbouring districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur besides other regions of Tamil Nadu, even as the MeT department forecast more rainfall due to a low pressure area persisting in the Bay of Bengal.Commuters had a harrowing time due to delayed services of buses and trains and severe traffic snarls. Mild rainfall was recorded in some areas in the state, moderate in others and heavy in some pockets.Schools and colleges, closed since October 31, were shut today as well and several university exams were postponed. The state-level National Talent Search Exam scheduled for Sunday was deferred to November 18.Civic authorities, including corporation officials, district collectors (Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur) coordinated relief work.Power supply was suspended in inundated areas such as parts of MKB Nagar in North Chennai, pockets of Madipakkam in South Chennai and Karapakkam off Porur in Western Chennai to ensure safety.Netizens posted updates about traffic diversions and inundated areas on social media and volunteers distributed food packets and water in affected areas of Nanmangalam and Pallikaranai.Chief Minister K Palaniswami had yesterday visited many waterlogged parts of the city and its suburbs, insisting that his government was working on a “war-footing”. He was accompanied by his deputy O Panneerslevam and senior officials.Meanwhile, a Met bulletin said the low pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal, adjoining Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu coast and the associated cyclonic circulation extending upto 3.1 km above mean sea level continued to persist.With the northeast monsoon active in the state and neighbouring Puducherry, Chennai city (Nungambakkam) recorded 65.8 mm of rainfall while suburban Meenambakkam registered 62 mm rains in 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Sunday.The coastal district of Nagapattinam in the Cauvery delta zone recorded 2 cm rain and Karaikal in Puducherry one cm rain from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm yesterday. Comprehensive updates on rainfall for other regions till this morning are awaited.The Met department said rain or thundershowers were likely to occur at many places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and at a few places over interior Tamil Nadu.Heavy rain at isolated places was very likely over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, it said.A release from the railways said showers caused track “circuit based signalling to fail” due to water logging in Chennai Division, “affecting punctuality” between Kodambakkam- St Thomas Mount stations in the southern sector from 9 pm yesterday and it was restored at 9.50 pm.This was also the case at the northern Tondiarpet and Korukkupet route at 9.35 pm and services were restored at 5.45 am today, the release said.”Wherever automatic signalling got affected, trains got slightly delayed since they had to be dealt with manual signals instead of automatic signals,” it said.There were also some power tripping issues in railway routes, including the northern suburban Chennai Beach-Central- Tiruvallur. Power was immediately restored by extending supply from adjacent sub stations within a few minutes, they said.This morning, a rail fracture was detected between St Thomas Mount and Pallavaram stations and it was attended and set right soon after, they said.”Except for some minor delays, train services including Chennai Suburban Services are being maintained normally and monitored continuously by railway officials,” they said.

Govt mulls copter service from IGIA to NCR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It takes almost the same time to fly to Delhi from other metro cities and to travel on road from one spot to the other within the National Capital Region (NCR). Considering the size of the region as well as its traffic problems, the Centre is now exploring the possibility for air travellers to avail helicopter services from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to satellite cities such as Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad.Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey has asked the airport operator, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), to explore the possibility of providing space for helicopters within the Delhi airports, so that direct connectivity can be provided to air travellers. The move will help commuters bypass the cumbersome traffic congestion and reach their respective destinations within a much shorter time.If successful, the plan will be replicated in three other metropolitan cities — Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata.”This will be a big relief for frequent flyers as many of them complain about missing their flights due to traffic chaos,” a source in the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. These choppers could also be used as air ambulances, and hospitals and patients could avail the facility on a regular basis. The service will particularly facilitate swifter organ transfer, as compared to green corridor. “A Detailed Project Report is being prepared and accordingly, changes will be made in building bylaws, wherein rooftop helipads might also be included,” the source added.Initially, however, the Centre will use unattended helipads in these satellite cities.In July this year, a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had revealed that there were no “non-peak hours” in Delhi anymore as there was almost no difference in the time taken to travel during peak and non-peak hours. The CSE had carried out the study on 13 arterial roads for 12 hours daily. It stated that on an average, the morning and evening peak traffic speeds were 28 kmph and 25 kmph, and the off-peak speed was 27 kmph.Expansion planPossibility to avail services from IGIA to satellite cities like Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad If successful, the plan will be replicated in three other cities — Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

Kamal Haasan bats for farmers, stresses on importance of protecting water bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, a self- declared atheist, today stressed the importance of protecting water bodies and said rivers and rain should be added to the list of deities to achieve the purpose.”Add to the list of your deities… start paying obeisance to rivers and rain. If that kind of devotion comes, they will be protected,” he said.The fact that such an appeal came “from an atheist” like him shows how concerned he is about the fate of water bodies, Haasan said.He alleged that efforts were being made to turn water bodies into real estate.The actor’s comments came at a meeting convened by a coordination committee of various farmers associations.His remarks also assumed significance in the wake of incessant torrential rains in Chennai and its suburbs and severe water-logging in many areas, leading to fears of a repeat of the 2015 deluge here.After the 2015 deluge, charges were levelled that unplanned development of real estate, with water bodies and water paths encroached to build concrete structures, had led to the flooding.Haasan, who had recently visited Ennore creek where he voiced concern over encroachment and fly ash affecting fishermen’s livelihood and threat of flooding, also expressed concern over the fate of water bodies in the city.There is no information on lakes in and around Chennai and attempts are being made to turn them into real estate, he said.The actor claimed a “river has gone missing” in Tamil Nadu, but did not elaborate on it.Haasan, who has been dropping hints of taking the political plunge of late, said his supporters and “some friends”, numbering around five lakh, have plans to refurbish water bodies in the state.They would soon meet farmers’ representatives to implement the proposal, he added.”Agriculture is an ancient and fantastic profession. It even inspired wars, but songs, poems and science also grew because of it… the 7,000 year-old agriculture is required even today,” he said.The national award-winning actor also took a swipe at the extraction of hydrocarbons, another issue in Tamil Nadu.”Hydrocarbons cannot be eaten and are meant to be used in lifeless machines. It is not fit for man and nature.Plundering nature in the name of development and science has affected the world, particularly India,” he said.Locals and farmers have been resisting extraction of hydrocarbons from farm lands in Kathiramangalam and Neduvasal.

Heavy monsoon rain sparks fear for India’s Chennai

Non-stop rain flooded the city two years ago, killing more than 100 and bringing it to a standstill.

Tamil Nadu: Heavy rain lashes Chennai; several areas waterlogged, schools and colleges closed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rain lashed several parts of Chennai on Thursday night leading to waterlogging in many areas and forcing schools and colleges to remain closed on Friday.Chennai has been witnessing isolated rains for the past few days and continuous rainfall has disrupted lives of peopleThe Chennai collector has announced that schools and colleges in the city will remain shut today.IT companies have also been advised to remain closed due to the downpour, said reports.The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), last night, tweeted precautions and advisories for people during heavy rain.According to Skymet weather, more rainfall is expected over entire Tamil Nadu along with Chennai in the coming 24 hours.The Tamil Nadu Meteorological Department earlier warned of heavy rainfall at a few places in the state in the next 24 hours.”In 24 hours, heavy rainfall is expected in few places in north coastal region, while heavy to very heavy rainfall in south coastal region,” said MeT official S Balachandran.

Tamil Nadu chokes again: Rainfall throws life out of gear, weatherman predicts thundershower

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after heavy showers, there was some respite from rains in Tamil Nadu today, though waterlogging affected normal life in parts of the state.The met department has forecast rain or thundershowers in coastal areas.A weather bulletin said rain or thundershowers was likely to occur tomorrow at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and at many places over the State’s interior.In Chennai, normal life in parts of Vyasarpadi, Otteri, Tiruvotriyur in North Chennai and Velachery and Madipakkam in South Chennai was disrupted.Two-wheeler riders and pedestrians were affected the most due to water logging. Civic authorities said action was being taken to clear inundation by using water-pumps.Desilting work was on in the Adyar rivermouth and in several other locations of the river in the city, including Egmore, authorities said.As part of measures to prevent flooding during monsoon, Local Administration Minister SP Velumani said encroachements were removed near water-courses.He said over over 5,000 dwellings in and around Adyar and Cooum rivers which existed there for over four decades were evacuated.Several parts of the state were lashed by heavy rains yesterday. One person was killed yesterday in Thanjavur district when the mud wall of his hut collapsed under the rain impact.Meanwhile, skies became clear in various districts, including Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram though schools and colleges were closed today in view of the heavy rain forecast.Intermittent spells of rain, however, continued in various districts, including Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam.The upper air cyclonic circulation over Southwest Bay of Bengal near Sri Lanka moved westward and was now positioned over Gulf of Munnar, Director of the Area Cyclone Warning Centre, S Balachandran told reporters.He said that in the last 24 hours ending 8.30 am today, both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry witnessed widespread rains with Seerkazhi in the Cauvery delta region witnessing the highest of 31 cm.In Chennai, Nungambakkam received 12 cm and Airport 17 cm and both Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts recorded over 10 cm of rain for the period.Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar said end points of drinking water (Metro Water) distribution were being checked and chlorinated.

IPS officer caught cheating in UPSC examination with the help of wife, both arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A trainee IPS officer from Tirunelveli was arrested by the Chennai police on Monday after Intelligence Bureau (IB) Officers caught him cheating in the Union Public Service Commission (Main) Examinations. The officer was identified as Safeer Karim, currently posted as ASP at Nanguneri. Safeer Karim was using a Bluetooth device to connect with his wife.According to reports, Karim smuggled a cellphone and Bluetooth enabled earpieces into the examination hall. His wife reportedly dictated the answers to him from Hyderabad. She was arrested by Hyderabad police from a coaching centre. Karim wanted to join the IAS, so he decided to appear in the UPSC exam one more time, two years after he successfully cleared the entrance tests and became an IPS officer.”The photo of question paper was clicked with the camera in the shirt button and automatically sent via gmail to his wife Joicy . The other team in Hyderabad downloaded question paper and read out answers to Karim over the phone,” said a police officer, reports the Times of India.According to the officer, Karim admitted to wrongdoing, reports the Times of India. The IB officers handed him over to the Egmore police, who booked him under sections 420 (cheating and dishonesty) and120b (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and section 66 of the IT Act and took him into custody. According to the report, friends told investigators that after Karim met with an accident recently and failed police fitness tests, he believed he was left with no option but to opt for IAS. They also said that Karim had topped the CAT exam.The UPSC mains examination is currently being conducted in 24 cities across the country. As many as 763 candidates will be writing the exams which will be held till November 3.

Nitin Gadkari urges automobile makers to use coastal shipping to transport vehicles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday flagged off export of Ashok Leyland trucks by coastal route to Bangladesh, and appealed to automobile manufacturers to opt for coastal shipping mode to transport vehicles.Transportation by road was costly and would pollute the environment even as there was the risk of accidents, the Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways said.”That is the reason that we have decided to use waterways and coastal transport. This is going to reduce the cost, save time and at the same time will be very good for environment.” “I appeal to all automobile manufacturers to use waterways for transporting their automobiles,” he said over video conferencing from Nagpur.Earlier, he flagged off auto major Ashok Leyland’s consignment of 185 trucks transported through the roll-on roll-off (RoRo) coastal movement from Chennai Port to Mongla Port in Bangladesh.He recalled that India had signed a coastal shipping agreement with Bangladesh during Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s 2015 visit there.RoRo service was already happening between Chennai and Kochi and Kochi to Kandla and “this is a great example which is going to inspire and motivate all automobile manufacturers,” Gadkari added.Minister for State for Shipping and Road Transport, Pon Radhakrishnan said export of trucks by Ashok Leyland by sea route to Bangladesh would reduce the time by about 15-20 days as it takes only five days to reach the destination by sea.The benefits include avoiding pollution and possible accidents, the Minister, present at the Chennai Port, added.Ashok Leyland Managing Director Vinod K Dasari said the company had been exporting trucks to Bangladesh for 40 years using the road route and added that various issues, including congestion at the border and delay in crossing it had prompted them to think of an alternative following which the government suggested the sea route.”We do about 5,000 vehicles per year for Bangladesh. This is the first lot of 185 vehicles (through RoRo) and hopefully we continue to do more and use this as a route rather than the long (road) route,” he said.The cost-wise benefits of opting for the sea route were still being worked out, he said, adding “I hope it is more profitable and if profitable we will do more.” Meanwhile, a government release said that following the 2015 agreement between the two countries, transportation from Indian ports to Bangladesh ports “is being treated as coastal movement, making it eligible for 40 per cent concession on vessel-related and cargo-related charges.” “For coastal movement through RoRo vessels, 80 per cent concession on vessel-related and cargo-related charges are applicable in Indian Ports,” it said.Chennai Port started coastal RoRo service in August 2016 when 800 Hyundai cars were shipped on RoRo vessels from Chennai to Pipavav in Gujarat for local distribution, it said.”Initiatives like this are aimed at providing innovative logistic chain solutions under Sagarmala. The ultimate objective is to save logistic costs and time of transportation and boosting trade by making Indian goods competitive in international markets,” it added.

Encroachments in Ennore Creek threaten Chennai floods, again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the North East Monsoon arriving in Tamil Nadu, a campaign seeking removal of encroachments from Chennai’s largest estuary Ennore Creek to avoid the repeat of December 2015 floods in the northern parts of the city has gained momentum.The creek drains Kosthalaiyar River into the Bay of Bengal and any obstruction could lead to a repeat of the 2015 floods when an overflowing Adyar river flooded southern Chennai while the Kosasthalaiyar inundated the northern parts.Activists claim that over a million people living in north Chennai are at risk, with industries including Kamarajar Port and Vallur Thermal Power Plant allegedly encroaching upon over 1,090 acres of wetland.”The Kosasthalaiyar River is far larger than the Adyar and Cooum rivers. The existing encroachments have drastically reduced the backwater area of Kosasthalaiyar in addition to blocking east flowing waters. Any further encroachment will result in floods that are far worse than the 2015 floods,” warned environmental activist Nityanand Jayaraman, who has been supporting fisherfolk in their campaign to save the Creek.He noted that by permitting further encroachments in Ennore Creek, the Centre and Tamil Nadu are making a bad situation worse.Ahead of the human chain organised to protect the creek from encroachment on Saturday, actor Kamal Haasan has tweeted in support of the campaign against the encroachment.Activist Pooja Kumar of the Coastal Resource Centre said despite complaining to the state government about the ongoing encroachment, Kamarajar Port is dumping dredged sea sand in Puzhuthivakkam and Athipattu villages to raise the level of the land to about 1.5 metres above flood level.She also alleged that Bharat Petroleum is constructing an oil terminal for which land-levelling has been completed.Kamarajar Port officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Taxi mows down senior citizen on Eastern Freeway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior citizen from Chennai who was visiting his son in Mumbai on a vacation was knocked down by a taxi at the Eastern Freeway tunnel on Wednesday morning.The victim has been identified as Algalswami Shetiyar (70).The Trombay police have registered a case of death due to negligence against the taxi driver, Mohammad Hafiz Khan, 50.According to the police, Shetiyar had come from Chennai for a month and was staying with his son at Ashok Nagar near Panjarpole junction. On Wednesday at 8 am Shetiyar left the house for a morning walk. While he was walking on the freeway, a taxi coming from Chembur to CSMT knocked him down. The taxi driver suddenly noticed a man in front of his car but could not apply the brakes due to the high speed of the vehicle.The police were informed by passersby who also rushed Shetiyar to the hospital, where he was declared dead before admission.

Mersal controversy: I-T raids actor Vishal’s office day after he criticised BJP leader H Raja

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The controversy over Tamil movie Mersal refuses to die down with a raid conducted allegedly by an Income Tax official at the office of Tamil actor Vishal’s film Production Company – Vishal Film Factory in Chennai on Monday a day after actor criticised BJP’s national secretary H Raja for watching the controversial movie online. Meanwhile, a police complaint has been filed against Tamil actor Vijay in Madurai for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments in his latest movie Mersal.The raid at Vishal’s office took a curious turn after the Directorate General of Goods and Service Tax Intelligence, Chennai Zonal unit denied initial media reports of its official conducting the raid. However, Vishal, who also heads Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) and is general secretary of South Indian Artistes’ Association (SIAA), put to rest speculations by clarifying that the raid was conducted by the income tax department.”Neither I nor my managers were present when the IT officials raided my office. I was informed of the I-T raid while I was shooting for my upcoming movie,” he told reporters at his residence here.When asked whether he was being targeted for taking on BJP leaders, he said that he did not oppose the BJP leaders but registered his disappointment over Raja’s statement that he watched Vijay starring Mersal movie online. “Everyone knows very well that watching a movie online is wrong. Raja sir himself said in an interview that he watched the movie online. I registered my disappointment,” he said, requested media to focus its attention on the issue of a family committing self-immolation following harassment by the moneylender. “I am a genuine taxpayer. I am not afraid of anyone,” he asserted. He noted that even if it “is a vindictive action, I am ready to face it.”BJP leader Raja told a television channel that he watched the movie Mersal online while explaining his opposition to the scenes criticising GST and digital India. “Dear Mr HRaja, as a leader and prominent personality, you are advocating piracy and blatantly agreeing to it,” Vishal said in a statement.However, Raja clarified that he had only watched clips of the movie on his mobile phone and said he did not have the patience to sit through a two-and-a-half hour film.Meanwhile, a police complaint has been filed against actor Vijay in Madurai for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments in his latest movie Mersal. An advocate in Madurai has objected to a particular dialogue in Mersal, where Vijay says: “We don’t need to build temples. We want hospitals.” Police have not filed an FIR, but have issued an acknowledgement of receipt of the complaint.”Mersal” is in the midst of a controversy after BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit demanded removal of certain dialogues which take a dig at GST and digital India. Directed by Atlee, “Mersal” stars Vijay in the roles of a village head, a doctor and a magician. It is doing brisk business at the box office.

Heart from Mumbai saves Lebabon businessman’s life in Chennai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Waiting to receive a heart for a month, 61-year-old Lebanese businessman in Chennai finally received a heart on Thursday, October 12. As per the Zonal Transport Transplant Co-ordination (ZTCC) centre, it is the first time that a heart has been transported to another city from Mumbai.A green corridor was formed from Apollo Hospital in Navi Mumbai to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Domestic) Airport in order to transport the 43-year-old donor’s heart to Chennai. A distance of 32 km was covered in 40 minutes during the green corridor.Dr Prasad Mugalikar, Medical Director, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, said, “Chetan Tailor from Khapoli, was admitted in a critical condition. On medical evaluation he was diagnosed to have bleeding in the brain stem and despite efforts, he could not be revived. He was declared brain dead on Thursday. The family members were counselled and they agreed to donate his organs. The heart was retrieved as other organs were not suitable for transplantation.”The heart recipient was diagnosed with cardiac ailments a year ago in Lebanon and the condition of his heart worsened over time. 61-year-old heart receiver was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, an end stage heart failure and was immediately registered on Organ waitlist. The heart recipient was born and brought up in Lebanon, his family comprises of three children and his wife.The heart landed in Chennai at 4.05 pm and reached at Fortis Malar Hospital by 04.36pm. A green corridor was organised at Chennai and at traversed a distance of 12 km in 26 minutes.

Students brandish knives on a local train in Chennai, four arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four students have been arrested after a video of them brandishing knives while hanging out of a moving train in Chennai, went viral on social media.In a video, boys were seen hanging on the local train and brandished long knives and metallic rods.The boys were also shouting ‘Pachayappa’ (a prominent college in Chennai), said reports.After getting off the train, the students created a ruckus at the station as well.The students have been booked under the arms act, for rioting and criminal intimidation.Two other students are also being questioned about their alleged involvement.Admitting the videos were alarming, the Public Relations Officer M.Boopathy said that it wasn’t enough to file a case. “The videos could have been taken even a year back and may have been circulated now,” he explains. “We don’t know which station it is or if those students even really belong to Pachayappa’s college,” he told the NewsMinute.Efforts are on to identify the others involved, said police.

VK Sasikala granted parole to meet her ailing husband M Natarajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sidelined AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala, who is serving four-year sentence in Bengaluru jail, has been granted a five-day parole on Friday to visit her ailing husband M Nataranjan in Chennai.Earlier, the Karnataka Prisons authority on Tuesday had rejected the parole application filed by the AIADMK leader. Sasikala on October 1 had applied for a 15-day parole to meet her unwell husband, according to her nephew and ousted leader TTV Dhinakaran.Natarajan is currently undergoing treatment at a corporate hospital for liver problem and was awaiting for liver transplantation.Sasikala, who is serving in Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru, was convicted and sentenced to a four-year prison term in the Rs 66.6-crore disproportionate assets case. Along with Sasikala, her relatives Ilavarasi and V N Sudhakaran are also serving a four-year jail term.

Sasikala likely to get parole on October 5, prison official says her plea ‘under consideration’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The prison authorities in Karnataka are considering a plea by sidelined AIADMK leader V K Sasikala to release her on parole for 15 days to meet her ailing husband, who is awaiting a liver transplant at a Chennai hospital.”Yesterday, we received an application from Sasikala, urging us to release her on a 15-day parole. She has said that her husband is unwell and admitted in a hospital in Chennai.””Our legal cell is considering the plea,” Parappana Agrahara Prison Superintendent P S Ramesh said.Sasikala’s (60) husband M Natarajan (74) is admitted in the liver intensive care unit of a corporate hospital since last month following a kidney and liver failure.He is awaiting a deceased donor liver transplantation and a kidney transplantation, according to doctors.Sasikala is in jail here since February after the Supreme Court upheld her conviction by a special court in a disproportionate assets case.Along with Sasikala, her relatives Ilavarasi and V N Sudhakaran are also serving a four-year jail term.Sasikala’s nephew and sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran had also said in Chennai on Monday that she had applied for a 15-day parole to meet her ailing husband.

First drainage master plan in 40 years ready

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi does not receive rainfall comparable to Mumbai or Chennai, but a heavy spell for an hour is enough to inundate major traffic junctions and residential areas. There are over 300 major waterlogging hotspots in the city.Delhi has 426.55 km of natural drainage and a cumulative length of 3,311.54 km of engineered stormwater drains. There are 201 natural drains in three major basins of NCT of Delhi. But most storm drains have turned into open sewers, choking the flow of water and resulting in waterlogging. Several natural drains are dotted with encroachments.The problem is, Delhi continues to rely on a nearly four-decade-old drainage master plan made in 1976. The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi’s (IIT-D) drainage master plan, prepared for the Delhi government, addresses all these issues and more.The IIT-D team carried out multiple simulations on effective management of drainage system after collecting data from 11 government agencies. “Using rainfall data, we conducted simulations to see the impact on flooding. The points and locations that get waterlogged were included. We quantified the volume of water that needs to be drained. If the capacity is not in place, they have to change that or they have to change the incoming volume,” says Professor IIT-D professor, AK Gosain”The current practice of puncturing sewer lines and draining sewage into storm drains to deal with blockages should be stopped. DJB should use latest mechanisms such as super suckers for de-clogging sewer lines,” the draft drainage master plan says.Gosain says part of the plan’s implementation will start soon.

Choked cities go under

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his college days, Suneel Singh romanticised with the calls of “a particular bird” that signalled joy — the monsoon was coming. “We couldn’t wait to go out and get drenched,” recalls the 45-year-old teacher. Baarish always influenced and inspired music, movies, art and literature. This was then. Now, it also evokes a sinking feeling. “Low-lying areas in Mumbai faced water-logging even then, but the city never had such crippling floods,” says Singh.He still craves for pakoras and hot tea when it rains. It’s just that his priority now is to survive.The June-to-September season — a lifeline for the country’s agriculture and economy — mostly pours miseries in Indian cities. Rains do little in recharging groundwater and infusing life into the dying rivers, but lead to flooding that derails rail, road and air traffic, damages infrastructure and kills people. And it’s a rising trend: Mumbai (2005), Surat (2006), Kolkata (2007), Hyderabad (2008), Delhi (2009 & 2010), Guwahati (2010), Srinagar (2014), Chennai (2015), Gurugram (2016) and Mumbai (2016 & 2017).The causes are many: Poorly laid and clogged drains; badly planned urbanisation with no concern for topography; massive concretisation and destruction of floodplains, lakes, marshlands and wetlands; faulty road networks with little care for culverts; unbridled tree felling and vegetation removal; and climate change. Corrupt civic bodies that flout court orders with impunity have deepened the mess.Drainage collapseOn August 29, Mumbai ground to a halt after it rained 315.8 mm in 12 hours. The downpour was about a third of what the city had received on July 26, 2005. The cloudburst-induced deluge and its aftermath 12 years ago had claimed about 700 lives. But nothing much was learnt. Many of the drains in India’s financial capital remained choked.Delhi’s several stormwater drains have also been covered to build shops and parking lots. Others carry domestic sewage and industrial waste. Lining of drains is also causing floods. In fact, Delhi has not had a drainage master plan in four decades when its population went up by 350 per cent to 18 million. A new plan looks at fixing existing drains. But relief is not expected anytime soon. Authorities need Rs 19,500 crore and 20 years to lay 9,500 km of sewer lines to allow drains to carry only rainwater. Stopgap measures will also take three years.Kolkata has similar problems. One of the three natural channels which carried away the city’s sewage and rain has been terminated by Metro construction. This causes floods in several areas. “Gully pits are chocked with plastic and garbage… How will pumping stations work?” asks renowned ecologist Dhrubajyoti Ghosh.Topography disregardSeveral parts of Mumbai are below sea level. So, when there is high tide, accompanied by heavy rains, waterlogging is unavoidable. The real crisis is, the drainage system can deal with about 25 mm of rain per hour. Current projects are expected to double it to 50 mm. But the city often records much more rainfall and faces massive flooding.Delhi, on its part, did well before it began growing rapidly. Historically, its residential pockets never faced waterlogging. Mehrauli, Shahjahanabad, Civil Lines, Delhi Cantonment were all built on elevated grounds that were easily drained. Urbanisation in low-lying and poorly drained areas disregarded topography in both cities.Water bodies killedOn December 1, 2015, Chennai was ravaged as it received its heaviest rainfall in decades. A Parliamentary panel report later blamed encroachment of lakes and floodplains for the floods. According to water expert S Janakarajan, Chennai’s IT corridor and other institutions got inundated in 2015 because more than 90 per cent of the city’s 7,000-hectare wetlands had been destroyed over the years.”All three rivers in Chennai — Kosasthalayar, Cooum and Adyar — are now sewage carriers, but they can still prevent flooding, provided they are de-silted and freed of encroachments,” he says. There are 3,600 lakes in the two upstream districts of Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram that can hold over 100 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of water. “We still allowed 250 people to die, and an economic loss of Rs 20,000 crore.”Mumbai has also seen destruction. Vast swathes of floodplains, mangroves and wetlands are gone. The city’s four rivers, draining rainwater into the sea, are facing massive pollution and encroachment. Environmentalist Stalin D rues that the Mithi river today has its mouth pinched.In Delhi, the Yamuna looks like a black noxious thread during the lean season. About half of the 1,000-odd water bodies registered with the government have actually vanished. Manoj Misra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan says the catchments of remaining water bodies have been cut off for housing and other constructions, impeding the flow of storm-period water to them. “This is happening even today in the so-called planned manner in North Delhi,” he says.Rapid concretisationIn Delhi, most soft areas have been paved over, and plots are concretised end to end. Studies show that the amount of water that would not seep into the ground has gone up from 50 per cent to 85 per cent in recent years, causing massive flooding. Mumbai also faces inundation of roads as concrete building compounds have shrunk areas for percolation of water. Manu Bhatnagar of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage says cities must adopt porous paving. “There should be at least 25 per cent open area as soft green.”Road aheadScientists warn that flooding events will become more frequent due to climate change. The World Bank’s forecast of 20 cm of sea level rise by 2050 would make Kolkata — on average, barely five metres above sea level — dangerously exposed to flooding risks. Independent environment journalist Nivedita Khandekar says the crisis is already spreading fast. “Scores of areas and streets in Hyderabad were flooded only a few days ago. Same causes.”Water expert Himanshu Thakkar says urban areas need to drastically scale up their capacity to manage rainfall and waste water. “Tidal conditions have to be kept in mind for cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, or Chennai. Cities such as Ahmedabad, Bharuch, Cuttack or Surat need to take into account heavy upstream releases.” All this has to be assessed annually, since carrying capacities of drains, rainfall and flow patterns change.Noted water conservationist Janak Daftari demands clear demarcation of open spaces, rivers, water bodies and floodplains and their protection. “Nature has designed srishti for water to flow into the ground or a water body. We must stop making it ‘stand’ and wreak havoc.”

Jayalalithaa’s death mystery deepens, AIADMK minister says ‘we all lied about Amma’s health’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mystery surrounding the hospitalisation and death of Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister and AIADMK ‘general secretary for life’ J Jayalalithaa has deepened with a sensational claim by party legislator Dindigul C Sreenivasan.C Sreenivasan, who is also Tamil Nadu’s Forest Minister, on Friday reportedly made statements regarding Amma’s stay at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital last year, an IANS report said.“We would have told lies that she (Jayalalithaa) had idlis and people met her. The truth is that nobody saw her,” Sreenivasan said at a meeting in Madurai on Friday.According to the minister, everyone was lying to protect ‘party’s secret’. He said he wanted to the people of Tamil Nadu to apologise him for all those lies.Last week, Sreenivasan had also said the VK Sasikala, once a closest confidant of Jayalalithaa, was responsible for Amma’s death.TTV Dhinakaran, however, defended his aunt and said nobody was allowed in Amma’s room due to fear of infection.Jayalalithaa, the matinee idol-turned-politican had a cult following and commanded loyalty and God-like devotion from her party members.Hospitalised on September 22, 2016, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu never came out of Apollo.The entire state was on edge with many rumours circulating at that time.While AIADMK maintained Amma was fine and signing documents, it was only in first week of October that the hospital administration said that AIADMK chief had erious lung infection.On December 5 at around 11:30 pm, Jayalalithaa breathed her last.

All for love: The story behind Myntra CEO’s maid’s Rs 1 crore heist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Myntra may be inviting others to save on big bucks with ‘Big Billion Days’ sale, but its CEO Ananth Narayanan lost Rs 1 crore in a theft carried out by his domestic help.Bhavani Muppudathi, the 25-year-old maid, has reportedly confessed to the crime.According to the police, Bhavani was in a relationship with Narayanan’s driver Suresh for last two years.Suresh quit the job as Narayanan’s driver seven months ago and was settled in Chennai. Still, he was in contact with Bhavani. Both were set to marry in November but Suresh told Bhavani that they need to be ‘financialy secure’ first in order to settle down.The hatched the plan and Bhavani had all the information about the family.“The CEO, along with his family, had gone abroad recently on a vacation. Bhavani was at home and found it to be the right time to commit the theft,” a police officer was quoted as saying by Bangalore Mirror.Bhavani stole all the jewellery and handed it over to Suresh. He, in turn, told her not to contact him till he had sold the booty and bought a house.The matter was reported on September 6 and Bangalore Police started questioning other staff of the house.Initially, all staff members were suspects, bu the police zeroed in on Bhavani after her finger print matched from the scene of the crime.Seven diamond necklaces, 24 pairs of earrings, six gold bangles, four diamond bracelets were among the missing jewellery, a Times of India report said.The Cubbon Park police has filed the case against the domestic help under Section 381 of the Indian Penal Code.

Politics on a plate: Arvind Kejriwal to meet Kamal Haasan over lunch today in Chennai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Politics of Tamil Nadu looks all set to get some ripples from Delhi as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is likely to meet Kamal Haasan over lunch today (Thursday) in Chennai. According to reports, this meeting is a political one which would shed light on Kamal Haasan’s future moves as he is preparing to enter politics. In Tamil Nadu, film actors have played a key role in changing the direction of mainstream politics for five decades and this meeting could also have larger ramifications for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its leader Arvind Kejriwal who is looking for a larger role in national Opposition space. Last week, Haasan revealed his plan to launch his own political party by the end of September. The local body elections will be held in November 2017.Not much is known about the exact agenda of the meeting, but media reports claim it will be political in nature. Kejriwal, who’s back in Delhi after 10-days of Vipassana meditation camp in Maharashtra’s Igatpuri, will leave for Chennai in the morning, revealed sources in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) reports Zee News. The duo will meet at the star’s Alwarpet residence. Haasan, who reportedly called up the Chief Minister, has organised an elaborate lunch.In the past few weeks, the veteran actor Haasan has publicly spoken up against the ruling AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu. He also called the ouster of AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala as a “solid step forward.”

Bihar: RJD leader Mohd Taslimuddin who died on Sunday, laid to rest with full state honours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran RJD leader and MP from Araria, Mohammad Taslimuddin, was laid to rest with full state honour in his village here today.Taslimuddin (74) died at a hospital in Chennai on Sunday.Rural Development minister Shrawan Kumar was present at the burial on behalf of the state government at Sisauna village in Jokihatt block of Araria district.Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui and former BJP MP Syed Shahnawaz Hussain also attended the burial.RJD president Lalu Prasad had paid a visit at the village home of the deceased MP in Araria yesterday.Taslimuddin is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. One of his son Sarfaraz Alam is a JD(U) MLA.The RJD MP had gone to Chennai in connection with a parliamentary committee meeting. On August 24, he was admitted to the hospital after he complained of breathing problem, Alam said.Taslimuddin, who was a prominent Muslim leader hailing from Seemanchal area in Bihar, was an eight-time MLA and a five-time MP. He had also served as the Union Minister of State for Home.He began his political career as a sarpanch and was elected to Bihar Assembly for the first time in 1969.Expressing grief over his death on Sunday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced that his last rites would be performed with full state honour.

Tamil Nadu: Madras HC’s Madurai bench restraints police from arresting TTV Dhinakaran

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court’s Madurai bench on Tuesday restraints Tamil Nadu police from arresting TTV Dhinakaran and actor Senthil till October 4 on AIADMK Tiruchy MP Kumar’s complaint about derogatory remarks.Kumar had lodged a complaint with Tiruchy city police alleging that Senthil made derogatory comments against him at the behest of Dinakaran at an interaction with media persons in Chennai.The police on September 1, registered a case against Dinakaran and actor Senthil.Senthil was named the main accused in the case while Dinakaran was included as accused number two.Kumar is a supporter of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami.

ISRO is hiring: Here’s how you can apply at isro.gov.in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Engineers and scientists can now apply for positions in mechanical, electronics and computer science at the prestigious Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).You can send in your online application on isro.gov.in by October 5, 2017.Those applying should have a BE/B.Tech or equivalent qualification in first class with an aggregate minimum of 65 per cent marks or CGPA 6.84/10 The candidate has to pay Rs 100 for each application and should be more than 35 years as on October 5, 2017. Those who pass ISRO’s initial screening of academic performance and biodata will be eligible for the written test. The recruitment exam will take place on December 24 at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram.Positions available:Scientist/Engineer in Electronics – 35Scientist/Engineer in Mechanical – 35Scientist/Engineer in Computer Science – 10Make a note:Last date to send application: October 5Last date to submit fees: October 6Call letters for written test: Second or third week of December 2017Check for more details here

HRD ministry relseases list of swachh institutions; no Delhi college makes the cut

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twelve colleges of Tamil Nadu made it to the list of top “swachh” institutions released by the HRD Ministry today, while no Delhi college could make the cut.Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said no government institution could secure a spot in the top 50. Therefore, the ministry made a separate category for them.A total of 3,500 institutions applied for the first edition of “Swachta Rankings” introduced by the HRD ministry.174 were shortlisted. Following an inspection, the top 25 were selected for awards.”No government instituion figured in the top 50. Hence we created a separate category for them,” Javadekar said at an event where the top institutions in four categories — university, colleges, technical and government — were awarded.The participating institutions were judged on the basis of student-toilet ratio, water purity and pipeline systems, availability of running water, kitchen hygiene and garbage disposal system, among others.While OP Jindal Global University in Sonipat topped the universities category; Kongu Arts and Science College in Erode, Tamil Nadu, was ranked first in the colleges category.Amritha Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, and GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology were declared the best in the technical and government institutions categories.Other Tamil Nadu colleges that made it to the list are: Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda College (Chennai), Vivekananda College of Arts and Science (Tiruchengode), SNR Sons College (Coimbatore), KG College of Arts and Science (Coimbatore), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Coimbatore).Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (Chennai), Vivekananda College of Engineering for Women (Tiruchengode), RMD Engineering College and RMK Engineering College (Chennai), Madurai Kamraj University (Madurai) and Alagappa University (Karaikudi).Asked about Delhi colleges failing to find a spot in the list, a senior HRD Ministry official said, “The colleges were shortlisted from a number of applications received. So, it is possible not many colleges in Delhi applied for it.” However, no data was immediately available about the number of applications received from Delhi.

Sasikala not receiving ‘special treatment’ in Central Jail: Karnataka govt rubbishes allegations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Karnataka government day dismissed reports of “preferential treatment” being given to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala at the central jail here, saying she was being treated like any other ordinary prisoner.”There is no truth in reports suggesting that Sasikala and (her relative) Elavarasi have been given preferential treatment at the prison. I had been there yesterday and I saw it for myself,” state Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy told reporters here.He said the two, serving imprisonment in a corruption case, were being treated like any other ordinary prisoners.”I have not enquired about Sasikala, whether she has been given any work at the prison, but if the court orders are there then she has to be given work,” Reddy said to a query.The AIADMK’s General Council in Chennai had yesterday annulled appointment of Sasikala as party’s interim general secretary and declared all appointments/removals made by her invalid.Sasikala is lodged at the central jail at Parapanagrahara since February after the Supreme Court convicted her and two others in disproportionate assets case.In July, the then DIG of Prisons, D Roopa, had submitted a report to the Director General of Prisons stating that Sasikala was given preferential treatment in the prisons and there was “a talk” that Rs two crore had exchanged hands.Subsequently, both the DIG and DG were transferred after they were locked in a public spat over the issue and a high-level probe ordered into the claims.

Three IPOs to hit market this week to raise Rs 6,600 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three companies — Matrimony.com, Capacit’e Infraprojects and ICICI Lombard — will launch their initial share sale offers this week to raise about Rs 6,600 crore.The initial public offer (IPO) of Matrimony.com, which runs online match-making portals, will be open from September 11-13.The IPO comprises fresh issue aggregating up to Rs 130 crore and an offer for sale of up to 37.67 lakh equity shares.Matrimony.com, which runs online match-making business under Bharat Matrimony brand, among others, is expected to raise over Rs 500 crore.The price band for the IPO has been fixed in the range of Rs 983-985 per share.The company has raised nearly Rs 226 crore from anchor investors on Friday.Net proceeds from the issue would be utilised towards advertising and business promotion activities, purchase of land for construction of office premises in Chennai, repayment of overdraft facilities and general corporate purposes.Engineering firm Capacit’e Infra projects’ worth Rs 400 crore IPO will be launched on September 13.The issue, with a price band of Rs 245-Rs 250 per equity share, will close on September 15.The company plans to utilise the proceeds of the issue for funding working capital requirements, purchasing of capital assets and general corporate purposes.Besides, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company has set Rs 651-661 as the price band for its IPO, which will make it a Rs 5,700 crore issue.The issue, the first by any general insurance company, will be open for subscription from September 15-19.So far this year, 19 companies, including BSE, Avenue Supermarts and Central Depository Services (India) Limited, have hit the market with their IPO’s.Last week, Dixon Technologies and Bharat Road Network concluded their IPOs.

SEE PICS: Chennai cops evict students protesting NEET girl Anitha’s suicide at Jayalalithaa’s memorial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chennai police on Wednesday evicted a group of students who were protesting the death of Anitha, the girl who ended her life following the SC verdict that Tamil Nadu would not be exempted from NEET.As per reports in ANI, the students were ‘forcibly’ taken out of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s memorial at Marina Beach, while they ‘were staging a peaceful protest.’ The of a daily wage earner, Anitha dreamed of becoming a doctor, but was reportedly upset after the Supreme Court’s verdict. She was found hanging at her house in a village in Ariyalur district last Friday. The state government had announced relief of Rs 7 lakh to her family, besides offering a government job to her kin on compassionate grounds.Political parties and other outfits in Tamil Nadu are opposed to NEET, saying it will affect rural students.

Viewpoint: Why poor planning leads to floods in Chennai and Houston

Both the cities have prioritised unbridled growth and urbanisation over caution and better sense.

Mumbai Rains: Here’s a list of trains diverted, cancelled or short terminated

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rain-hit suburban train services in Mumbai are slowly limping back to normalcy with the first train chugging out of the Churchgate station around midnight.Traffic on the Western Railway suburban network had come to a grinding halt earlier today due to torrential downpour.”Evacuation of all stranded passengers is priority and trains will be run throughout the night, if required,” Western Railway said.However, several trains have been cancelled, diverted or short terminated.Here is the listDiverted / Cancelled / Short Terminated Trains1) 11014 Coimbatore-LTT Express JCO 30.08.17 is cancelled.2) 11042 Chennai Central-CSMT Express JCO 30.08.17 is cancelled.3) 12168 Varanasi-LTT Express JCO 30.08.17 is cancelled.4) 22128 Kazipet-LTT Express JCO 29.08.17 short terminated at Manmad.5) 12142 Patliputra-LTT Express JCO 29.08.17 short terminated at Manmad6) 12220 Secunderabad-LTT Duranto Express JCO short terminated at Solapur & back.7) 01448 Sawantwadi Road-CSMT Special JCO 29.08.17 short terminated at Thane8) 01446 Karmali-CSMT Special JCO 30.08.2017 is cancelled.9) 17317 Hubballi-LTT Express JCO 29.08.17 is short terminated at Panvel and 17318 LTT-Hubballi Express JCO 30.08.07 from Panvel10) 12168 Varanasi-LTT Express JCO 29.08.17 diverted via Jalgaon-Vasai Road11) 12618 Hazrat Nizamuddin-Ernakulam Mangala Express JCO 29.08.17 will be diverted via Manmad –Daund-Pune-Kalyan.12) 17032 Hyderabad-CSMT Express JCO 29.08.17 will be short terminated at Pune & will work as 17031 CSMT-Hyderabad Express JCO 30.08.17 Ex Pune.13) 11094 Varanasi-CSMT Mahanagari Express JCO 30.08.17 will be diverted via Jalgaon-Vasai Road.14) 22866 Puri-LTT Express JCO 29.08.17 will be diverted via Jalgaon-Vasai Road.15) 12294 Allahabad-LTT Duranto Express JCO 29.08.17 will be diverted via Manmad-Daund-Pune-Kalyan.16) 11012 HS Nanded-LTT Express JCO 31.08.17 will remain cancelled.DN TRAINS Cancelled1) 12167 LTT-Varanasi Express JCO 31.08.17 is cancelled.2) 11013 LTT-Coimbatore Express JCO 30.08.17 is cancelled.3) 01445 CSMT-Karmali Special JCO 30.08.17 is cancelled4) 17318 LTT-Hubballi Express JCO 30.08.17 partially cancelled between LTT-Panvel.5) 17031 CSMT-Hyderabad Express JCO 30.08.17 partially cancelled between CSMT-Pune.6) 12362 CSMT-Asansol Express JCO 30.08.17 will be diverted via Vasai Road-Jalgaon7) 11011 LTT-HS Nanded Express JCO 30.08.17 is cancelled.8) 11041 CSMT-Chennai Central Express JCO 30.08.17 is cancelled.

AIADMK merger: Palaniswamy calls for unity after Dhinakaran supporters threaten govt stability

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswamy today said unity was the need of the hour to take the party and the AIADMK government forward, amid a threat to his government’s stability posed by 18 MLAs loyal to sidelined party deputy chief T T V Dhinakaran.Senior AIADMK leader and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, however, dismissed any threat to the government in the wake of revolt by the 18 MLAs, who have expressed lack of confidence in Palaniswamy’s leadership.He said the state government was strong and there was no division in the party.
ALSO READ AIADMK merger: 19 pro-Dhinakaran MLAs withdraw support to Palaniswamy; DMK demands trust voteOn yet another day of hectic political developments in the state, Dhinakaran, nephew of jailed AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, sought to assert his authority by stripping four ministers of party posts while MLAs loyal to him continued to stay put in a resort in Puducherry.DMK’s ally Congress pitched for a floor test in the assembly, a day after the Dravidian party made a similar demand claiming 22 AIADMK MLAs had submitted letters to Governor Ch Vidayasagar Rao expressing lack of confidence in the chief minister.
ALSO READ AIADMK merger: Plea in Madras HC over two leaves party symbolIn the 234-member assembly, the AIADMK has 134 MLAs.Sasikala’s brother V Divakaran, meanwhile, claimed the Palaniswamy ministry had “lost majority” and sought his resignation.”Such a government cannot continue. Palaniswamy has to resign,” he told reporters at Kumbakonam.Thambidurai told reporters in Chennai that the “Tamil Nadu government under the leadership of Palaniswamy is strong. There are no divisions,” he added.Palaniswamy later made the comments on unity at a government function in Ariyalur where he shared the dais with his deputy O Panneerselvam for the first time after the merger of two AIADMK factions led by them.Addressing the centenary celebrations of AIADMK founder and late chief minister M G Ramachandran, the two leaders heaped praises on him and late chief minister J Jayalalithaa.Palaniswamy said the recent merger of the two factions was done with the aim of fulfiling the dreams of Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa and expressed joy over today’s meeting.The chief minister, facing an attack from the Dhinakaran camp over the merger, stressed on unity to take the party and government forward.”We should strengthen the party and the government like siblings. That unity is the offering (apparently meaning gratitude) we make to Amma (Jayalalithaa),” he said.He also invoked the legacy of MGR and Jayalalithaa and said they had surmounted various challenges during their tenures and provided good governance, earning a place in the hearts of the people of the state.”None can ever separate the present government and AIADMK from the people’s hearts as long as it is guided by the spirit of the two great leaders and as long as spirit of Amma stood as a source of strength,” he said.Like Jayalalitha, he also narrated a short story of a godman making the residents of a village realise the value of unity.”People will not accept those as leaders who had not done any public service. MGR (Ramachandran) won hearts by public service. Amma later gave shape to his ideas,” he said.In his address at the function, Panneerselvam said Jayalalithaa had turned the AIADMK into “an iron fortress which cannot be shaken by anyone”.The “sacrifices” of Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa should be kept in mind to ensure the well-being of the people of the state and its growth, he added.A day after meeting the governor, the MLAs supporting the combative Dhinakaran, stayed put at a private resort in neighbouring Puducherry. They largely remained indoors.A few of them, including Andipatti MLA Thangatamilselvan, went out for morning walk at the beach there.Police personnel have been deployed outside the resort and media was not allowed to enter the premises.The local wing of the unified AIADMK burned effigies of Dhinakaran, nephew of Sasikala, near the resort and raised slogans against them.In a bid to assert his authority, Dhinakaran “relieved” four ministers — RB Uthayakumar, KC Veeramani, MR Vijayabaskar and R Kamaraj — of party posts.In separate statements, Dhinakaran announced the appointments of his aides to these posts and also relieved the district secretaries of Chennai (South), Kancheepuram, Thiruvallore (West) and Pudukottai of their duties.In the Dravidian parties’ hierarchy, district secretaries play a key role in the organisational growth.Dhinakaran also appointed a number of his supporters to various others posts including that of the organisation secretary, besides expanding the office-bearers list.The appointments were made with the “approval” of Sasikala, he said.The latest shake-up by Dhinakaran comes two days after the merger of the two factions, which has irked his followers.Under the arrangement, Panneerselvam was made deputy chief minister and the coordinator of the party. Palaniswamy was named co-coordinator.It was also agreed that steps would be taken to expel Sasikala, which was a pre-condition for the merger.In the wake of differences in the ruling party, the DMK has demanded a floor test in the assembly to prove that the government was in a majority.In Puducherry, former MLA Om Sakthi Segar led the protest against Sasikala and Dhinakaran and submitted a petition to the district collector and SP asking them to instruct the MLAs to vacate the resort in the “larger interest of law and order”.

Palaniswami calls for unity amid rebellion by 18 AIADMK MLAs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today said unity was the need of the hour to take the party and the AIADMK government forward, amid a threat to his government’s stability posed by 18 MLAs loyal to sidelined party deputy chief T T V Dhinakaran. Senior AIADMK leader and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, however, dismissed any threat to the government in the wake of revolt by the 18 MLAs, who have expressed lack of confidence in Palaniswami’s leadership. He said the state government was strong and there was no division in the party. On yet another day of hectic political developments in the state, Dhinakaran, nephew of jailed AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, sought to assert his authority by stripping four ministers of party posts while MLAs loyal to him continued to stay put in a resort in Puducherry. DMK’s ally Congress pitched for a floor test in the assembly, a day after the Dravidian party made a similar demand claiming 22 AIADMK MLAs had submitted letters to Governor Ch Vidayasagar Rao expressing lack of confidence in the chief minister. In the 234-member assembly, the AIADMK has 134 MLAs. Sasikala’s brother V Divakaran, meanwhile, claimed the Palaniswami ministry had “lost majority” and sought his resignation. “Such a government cannot continue. Palaniswami has to resign,” he told reporters at Kumbakonam. Thambidurai told reporters in Chennai that the “Tamil Nadu government under the leadership of Palaniswami is strong. There are no divisions,” he added. Palaniswami later made the comments on unity at a government function in Ariyalur where he shared the dais with his deputy O Panneerselvam for the first time after the merger of two AIADMK factions led by them. Addressing the centenary celebrations of AIADMK founder and late chief minister M G Ramachandran, the two leaders heaped praises on him and late chief minister J Jayalalithaa. Palaniswami said the recent merger of the two factions was done with the aim of fulfiling the dreams of Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa and expressed joy over today’s meeting. The chief minister, facing an attack from the Dhinakaran camp over the merger, stressed on unity to take the party and government forward. “We should strengthen the party and the government like siblings. That unity is the offering (apparently meaning gratitude) we make to Amma (Jayalalithaa),” he said. He also invoked the legacy of MGR and Jayalalithaa and said they had surmounted various challenges during their tenures and provided good governance, earning a place in the hearts of the people of the state. “None can ever separate the present government and AIADMK from the people’s hearts as long as it is guided by the spirit of the two great leaders and as long as spirit of Amma stood as a source of strength,” he said. Like Jayalalitha, he also narrated a short story of a godman making the residents of a village realise the value of unity. “People will not accept those as leaders who had not done any public service. MGR (Ramachandran) won hearts by public service. Amma later gave shape to his ideas,” he said. In his address at the function, Panneerselvam said Jayalalithaa had turned the AIADMK into “an iron fortress which cannot be shaken by anyone”. The “sacrifices” of Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa should be kept in mind to ensure the well-being of the people of the state and its growth, he added. A day after meeting the governor, the MLAs supporting the combative Dhinakaran, stayed put at a private resort in neighbouring Puducherry. They largely remained indoors. A few of them, including Andipatti MLA Thangatamilselvan, went out for morning walk at the beach there. Police personnel have been deployed outside the resort and media was not allowed to enter the premises. The local wing of the unified AIADMK burned effigies of Dhinakaran, nephew of Sasikala, near the resort and raised slogans against them. In a bid to assert his authority, Dhinakaran “relieved” four ministers — RB Uthayakumar, KC Veeramani, MR Vijayabaskar and R Kamaraj — of party posts. In separate statements, Dhinakaran announced the appointments of his aides to these posts and also relieved the district secretaries of Chennai (South), Kancheepuram, Thiruvallore (West) and Pudukottai of their duties. In the Dravidian parties’ hierarchy, district secretaries play a key role in the organisational growth. Dhinakaran also appointed a number of his supporters to various others posts including that of the organisation secretary, besides expanding the office-bearers list. The appointments were made with the “approval” of Sasikala, he said. The latest shake-up by Dhinakaran comes two days after the merger of the two factions, which has irked his followers. Under the arrangement, Panneerselvam was made deputy chief minister and the coordinator of the party. Palaniswami was named co-coordinator. It was also agreed that steps would be taken to expel Sasikala, which was a pre-condition for the merger. In the wake of differences in the ruling party, the DMK has demanded a floor test in the assembly to prove that the government was in a majority. In Puducherry, former MLA Om Sakthi Segar led the protest against Sasikala and Dhinakaran and submitted a petition to the district collector and SP asking them to instruct the MLAs to vacate the resort in the “larger interest of law and order”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Panneerselvam inducted in TN govt, PM assures support

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured all possible support to the E K Palaniswami government of Tamil Nadu in which O Panneerselvam was inducted as Deputy Chief Minister following merger of two AIADMK factions. Soon after the swearing-in, Modi congratulated Panneerselvam and others who took oath. “I congratulate Thiru O Panneerselvam & others who took oath today. I hope Tamil Nadu scales newer heights of progress in the years to come,” the prime minister tweeted. “Centre assures all possible support to CM Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami & Dy CM Thiru O Panneerselvam for the growth of TN,” he added in another tweet. Panneerselvam, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu who headed rebel AIADMK faction before the merger, was administered the oath of office and secrecy in Chennai by Governor Vidyasagar Rao. He was interim chief minister twice when Jayalalithaa stepped down due to cases against her, and then chief minister following her death on December 5, 2016. His close aide K Pandiarajan was sworn-in as minister for Tamil official language and Tamil culture.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CM, OPS express confidence on merger; Dhinakaran side warns CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As suspense mounted over merger of the two rival AIADMK factions, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and rebel leader O Panneerselvam today expressed confidence it will happen soon with the latter saying a positive result was expected in “a day or two.” Palaniswami, who is in Tiruvarur to take part in AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran’s centenary celebrations, said he was confident that “both the factions would merge soon”. Panneerselvam, a former chief minister and leader of AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction, earlier in the day said in Chennai that the merger talks were going on smoothly and a positive result was expected in “a day or two.” As the warring factions headed for a merger, the T T V Dhinakaran faction warned the chief minister that he would be replaced if his activities did not go down well with the party. The chief minister said difference of opinion between the two factions had emerged earlier and that they were now being addressed through discussions. “I am happy to inform that both the factions will merge soon,” he told reporters at Tiruvarur in Thanjavur district. Responding to a query on whether MLAs of Panneerselvam faction would get a berth in the cabinet, Palaniswami merely said, “discussions are going on.” “(AIADMK Supremo and former Chief Minister) Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (Jayalalithaa who is fondly called as Amma) has been guarding the party as her own eyelid. She has given various schemes and projects for the benefit of the people,” he said. Panneerselvam, who is scheduled to leave for Madurai tomorrow to attend a meeting, said a positive result was expected in “a day or two.” “Talks are going on smoothly. A positive result is expected in a day or two,” he told reporters in Chennai. The much expected merger between the two factions last night had failed to come off following reported divergent views among the members of the OPS faction. This included the demand of certain members for a CBI inquiry into former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s death as against the announcement of an inquiry commission to be headed by a retired High Court judge. Meanwhile, Dhinakaran, the sidelined AIADMK deputy general secretary, held deliberations with his supporters at his residencein Chennai. A Dhinakaran loyalist Palaniappan, a former minister and an MLA, warned Palaniswami that he would be replaced as chief minister if his activities did not go down well with the party. Talking to reporters after attending the meeting convened by Dhinakaran, Palaniappan said, “Our (AIADMK) rule is like a bus journey. We appointed the driver (O Panneerselvam) to take the bus (AIADMK rule) to the intended destination enabling the passengers to reach safe and secure.” “Since, his (Pannerselvam) activities did not go down well with the party, we replaced him with Palaniswami (as the chief minister). But, if his (Palaniswami) activities did not go well (while leading the party), we will definitely take action to replace him,” Palaniappan said. Yesterday, Dhinakaran who had travelled to Bengaluru to greet party general secretary V K Sasikala on the occasion of her birthday, downplayed the merger of the AIADMK factions, saying it would not have any longevity and that it was not a ‘setback’ to him. Following the speculation of an imminent merger of the two factions, several AIADMK MLAs and supporters of both the groups had congregated last night at the burial place of Jayalalithaa at the Marina beach here. However, merger talks remained inconclusive leading to a delay in the rival factions coming together. Police personnel were deployed in a large number at the memorial with members of the public who wanted to offer their respects to Jayalalithaa being prevented from entering the burial site. Two special wreaths were also kept ready apparently to enable Palaniswami and Panneerselvam to offer their respects at the burial site. After it became clear that the merger talks would be deferred, the wreaths were removed and the public was allowed to enter the burial site later.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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