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Girls made to clean toilets in Tamil Nadu govt school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new controversy has erupted over a government school in Thiruvallur district where girl students were forced to clean toilets. The event came days after four girl students committed suicide in Vellore after being scolded by teachers for poor performance.A video of a weeping girl student cleaning the toilets with a piece of cloth was widely circulated via WhatsApp. In the video, a girl student in uniform scrubbing a toilet floor can be heard asking another girl to fetch some water and pour it on the floor.After the suicide of four girl students on Friday, this is the third incident of teachers allegedly abusing the students that has come to light.The toilet-cleaning incident happened at the RM Jain Government Girls Higher Secondary School which has over 1,000 students. “The headmistress of the school has forced girls to clean the toilets with bare hands. If the students refuse to clean, they were asked to kneel down and were hit on the head. Most of the students were under severe stress because of the humiliation meted out to them by the headmistress,” N Dinesh, Thiruvallur district secretary of Students Federation of India who had complained to the district collector in this regard.The chief educational officer of the Thiruvallur district told DNA that his officials conducted an enquiry on the complaint and forwarded the report to the higher authorities to initiate action against the school. “We spoke to the girl students who appeared in the video. They told us that HM asked them to clean the toilets,” the official said.

Two MICA students drown on field trip in Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Goa trip turned tragic for 47 students of MICA after two of their batch mates drowned at Candolim Beach early Thursday.According to information received, six students visited the beach at 3 am, where two of them drowned. The students, identified as Anuja Susan Paul and Gurram Chenchu Sai Jnaneswar, studied at the Crafting Creative Communication Programme.Anuja’s bodywas immediately recovered, while it took lifeguards five hours to pull out Gurram’s corpse. “The parents were informed immediately, but nobody was able to reach Goa by afternoon,” said Siddharth Deshmukh, Associate Dean, MICA.The students were accompanied by two course instructors, professor Pravin Mishra, Director of the CCC programme and professor Nitesh Mohanty, along with two course coordinators.MICA immediately issued a statement describing the course of events. “ MICA’s leadership team is in touch with their families and our thoughts and prayers are with them and the two departed souls,” the statement said.While speaking to DNA, Deshmukh added that the institute was waiting for details from the spot. “We are also helping Gurram’s parents to book their tickets, as they are coming from Vellore,” he said.Commenting on the incident, MICA’s President and Director Professor Shailendra Raj Mehta said, “These were two bright and engaging students who were full of energy and promise. It is a tragic loss for their families and for the entire MICA community”.

AIADMK rebels join BJP, crisis deepens for Chief Minister Palaniswami ahead of trust vote

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu government’s fragile stability is on a shaky grounds again.In what could be termed as a setback for the Chief Minister E Palaniswami, the rebel faction loyal to Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran joined the BJP in presence of party chief Amit Shah in Delhi on Saturday.The latest development means that the Chief Minister now more to worry about the impending floor test.The reason of Chief Minister EPS’ worry is simple arithmetic of Tamil Nadu Assembly. The Palaniswami government would need 117 votes to win the trust vote. If the these 19 lawmakers were disqualified under the anti-defection law, that would have meant some respite for EPS.However, with the rebel faction joining the BJP, equations may change during the trust vote.The 19 leaders who have joined the BJP include former Industries Minister Nainar Nagendran, former MLA of Arcot and AIADMK cadre Srinivasan and ex-Vellore Mayor P Karthiyayini.The rebels had withdrawn their support from the EPS government after the warring factions of AIADMK announced the merger.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Perarivalan granted parole after 26 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AG Perarivalan, one of the seven life-term convicts in the assassination case of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi case was released on parole for 30 days on Thursday. This is the first time he has been granted parole since his arrest in 1991. His parole application cited his father’s deteriorating health condition.Additional Chief Secretary to Government, in a letter to the Deputy Inspector General of Prisons, Vellore, Niranjan Mardi, has instructed that he should be provided with a strong police escort during the period of leave.Perarivalan was released from the Vellore prison on Thursday night with heavy police protection and taken to his residence at Tirupathur in Vellore district.Arrested when he was 19-year-old, Perarivalan aka Arivu has spent over 26 years in prison.After the denial of parole to him become a political issue, Law Minister CV Shanmugam told the Assembly last month that the government would soon take a decision on it after taking legal opinion.Arivu’s mother Arputham Ammal had filed several petitions with the Chief Minister’s special cell, seeking the release of her son on parole to meet his bed-ridden father.”I have been getting calls from various well-wishers about the government’s decision to release in parole. Until he steps into our house, I will not believe it considering previous bad experiences,” Ammal said after news of his son being released on parole first broke.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict released on parole

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> AG Perarivalan, one of the convict in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was on Thursday released from Vellore jail after being granted parole. Earlier on Thursday, Perarivalan was granted parole. The mother of the convict, Arputham Ammal had requested the Central Prison in Vellore to grant 30 days leave to Perarivalan, for the treatment of his father Gnanasekaran. The request was earlier rejected by the Deputy Inspector General of prison, Vellor Range, stating that he is not eligible for ordinary leave under Rule 22. However, the Additional Director General of police had said that leave can be granted on the condition that life convict Perarivalan should be provided with strong police escort during the period of leave. His mother Arputham Ammal had filed several petitions with the Chief Minister’s special cell, seeking the release of her son on parole to meet his bed-ridden father.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> One of the convicts in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, A. G. Perarivalan, has been granted parole on Thursday. Process of his release is underway. Perarivalan is expected to be released by tomorrow from Vellore jail. The mother of the convict, Arputham Ammal had requested the Central Prison in Vellore to grant 30 days leave to Perarivalan, for the treatment of his father Gnanasekaran. The request was earlier rejected by the Deputy Inspector General of prison, Vellor Range, stating that he is not eligible for ordinary leave under Rule 22. However, the Additional Director General of police had remarked among other thing that an ordinary leave can be granted on the condition that life convict Perarivalan should be provided with strong police escort during the period of leave. Since Perarivalan’s arrest just days after the assassination, he has spent over 26 years in custody, much more than he has lived outside. His mother Arputham Ammal had filed several petitions with the Chief Minister?s special cell, seeking the release of her son on parole to meet his aged, bed-ridden father.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajiv case convict seeks 6 months leave for daughter’s wedding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nalini Sriharan, a lifer in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has moved the Madras High Court seeking ‘ordinary leave’ for six months to make arrangements for her daughter’s marriage. Nalini, lodged in a special prison for women in Vellore, said she had sent representations to the Tamil Nadu chief minister and inspector general of prisons seeking parole, but there was no response from them. As a life convict she was entitled to be granted ordinary leave for one month once in two years, Nalini, who has been in prison for 26 years, contended, adding she had not availed any such leave so far. “Since I have to make certain arrangements for the marriage of my daughter Harithra, who is currently living with her grandparents in London, I made a representation to the chief minister seeking six months parole on November 12, 2016,” she said in her petition. As there was no response, she sent another representation to the IG Prisons on January 23, but this too failed to get any response. Hence, she was compelled to move the court, Nalini said. The petition is likely to be taken up for hearing on Monday. Nalini was initially awarded death sentence which was later commuted to life imprisonment by the state government. Besides her, four others, including her husband Murugan (Sriharan), were sentenced to death and three others to life term by the Supreme Court for their role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur near here by an LTTE suicide bomber. The death sentence of the other three was commuted by the apex court late citing inordinate delay in disposing of their mercy petitions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC seeks TN minister’s reply to allegation of bribe demand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today sought the reply of state Higher Education minister K P Anbalagan to a plea alleging that he demanded a bribe of Rs 13 crore from a contractor to give him a tender to construct polytechnics buildings. On the plea by Krishnagiri-based building contractor V Vengan, the bench of Justice M Duraiswamy also sought the explanations of the Public Works Department’s chief engineer, Higher Education Department’s secretary and its commissioner. The court issued them notices returnable in three weeks. The officials, who were issued notices are the part of a committee entrusted with the task of awarding the contracts. The petitioner submitted that the PWD chief engineer of Technical Education Circle at Guindy here had issued a tender notice on May 8 last, inviting bids for constructing new government polytechnic colleges at Madurai, Theni, Pudukottai, Villupuram, Vellore, Krishnagiri, Tiruchirappalli and Erode districts. While the last date for submission of the bids was June 9 with the tenders slated to be opened that very day, the chief engineer did not open them, he alleged. The only pre-qualification bid was opened on June 22 by the chief engineer and he (petitioner) was found to be qualified for the work, Vengan claimed adding the price bid was not opened. The petitioner further alleged that as per the advice of the PWD chief engineer, he had gone to meet the minister, who demanded 20 per cent of the total value of the contract work as commission, to award it to him. Stating that the minister had made an “illegal” demand for awarding the contract, the petitioner said he is not bound to pay any bribe. The petitioner then pleaded with the court to direct the PWD chief engineer to open the price bid for work numbers: 4, 6 and 10 only after informing him about the date and time. He also sought a direction to the committee to award the contract without consulting the minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CA results: 2 of 3 national toppers are from city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chartered Accountancy (CA) Final results brought in good news for Mumbai with two of the three national toppers coming from the city. The CA final exam was conducted in May and the results were announced on Tuesday.Dombivli’s Raj Paresh Sheth emerged as the all-India topper with a score of 630 out of 800, clearing both the groups in the first attempt. A student of RA Podar college in Matunga, Raj is currently doing his articleship at a Ghatkopar firm. “The result came as a pleasant surprise. While I knew I would crack the exam, bagging the first position nationally came as a surprise,” said Raj, who studied for 12-13 hours everyday for two years to achieve this feat. He now plans to take up a career in finance.The All India Rank 3 was bagged by Goregaon resident, Krishna Gupta with a score of 601 (75.13 per cent). “I am very happy as the result is unexpected. The exams were good but I could not predict the results and there was some amount of anxiety till the results came out this morning” said Gupta whose father runs a CA firm. “I am not quite sure about what I want to do career-wise, but I might pursue consulting or investment banking,” he added.Agathiswaran S from Vellore came second with a score of 602 out of 800(75.25 per cent).Vishnu Kumar Agarwal, Chairman, Western India Regional Council (WIRC) of the ICAI said that city students have done very well in the exams this year. “The overall results have been good. Mumbai in particular seems to have done very well with two of the top three toppers coming from the city” said Agarwal.As per data provided by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) a total of 41,373 candidates appeared for Group 1 exam at the CA Finals of which 13.82 per cent students passed the exam. Of the 38,478 students who appeared for Group 2, 16.2 per cent passed. Only 22.98 per cent of the 34,503 students who appeared in group 1 and 2 cleared both the groups.

"Take steps to stop AP from building check dam across Palar"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK Working President MK Stalin today expressed concern over Andhra Pradesh’s efforts to build check dams across river Palar and urged the Tamil Nadu government to form a River Protection Committee to handle such issues. “I request the state government to take steps to stop Andhra Pradesh from constructing check dams across Palar,” he said in a statement. Stalin, also Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, said the government should take steps to expedite a court case in this regard. Andhra Pradesh’s move will immediately affect Vellore district, he said. Tamil Nadu was already involved in other inter-state river water disputes like Cauvery with Karnataka and Mullaperiar with Kerala, he said. He called for constituting an River Protection Committee to be headed by an IAS officer to oversee the measures taken to monitor inter-state disputes and take preventinve measures to uphold the state’s interests in water disputes, he said. Andhra government’s move to construct a check dam across Palar river has drawn opposition from various quarters in Tamil Nadu.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Education exempted from GST, but canteen, laundry and other outsourced services to cost 18% more in colleges and universities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you are a university student, you will have to shell out 18% more from 1 July onward for having food in campus canteen or hostel mess. Even laundry, housekeeping, medical, stationery and other utilities in the campus, which are outsourced, would invite 18% tax from next month when India’s biggest tax reform GST (Goods and Services Tax) will be rolled out. Reason: The services outsourced by the higher education institutions, public and private both, have been brought under the 18% bracket of GST. The GST Council has exempted the outsourced services in education sector from the levies only up to higher secondary level. The services were exempted from the service tax since 2012 which was withdrawn from 1 April 2017. Most higher education institutions outsource their non-academic chores such as catering, security, house-keeping, medical and transportation to various vendors. Charges for mess, canteen, laundry and medical are directly paid by the stakeholders to the vendors. For security and housekeeping etc, institutes will have to borne the 18% tax. The Universities and colleges have opposed the move and have requested finance minister Arun Jaitley to look into the issue as it would affect the students who pay for these services directly to the vendors. “GST levy will add financial burden on students, faculty and staff and would affect the higher education, a key sector of development,” says G Vishwanathan, Chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology University and President of The Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) which represents over 300 private universities and 3,500 private colleges in India. Vishwanathan had taken a delegation of chancellors and Vice chancellors to meet Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Minister of State Santosh Gangwar last week and submitted a memorandum. The delegation apprised the FM that higher educational institutions will be forced to stop outsourcing or offer these services themselves without core competency. “Ministers have assured us that the demands will be looked into,” said Prof H Chaturvedi, director of BIMTECH who was part of the delegation. Jaitley and Gangwar could not be reached for comments.

Madras HC adjourns Rajiv killer Murugan’s plea to meet his mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court on Wednesday adjourned a plea of V Sriharan alias Murugan, one of the seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, seeking permission to meet his mother in prison. He had sought permission to meet his mother, who has come from Sri Lanka on April 2, on any day between May 22 and May 27.A vacation bench of Justices R Mahadevan and M Govindaraj refused to entertain and adjourned the petition of Murugan, after summer vacation.When the matter came up, Additional Public Prosecutor Govindaraj said permission cannot be given to the prisoner as he was caught using the mobile phone inside the prison recently.The petitioner submitted that as a punishment for his misconduct, the Superintendent of Central Prison Vellore, as per the prison manual, had withdrawn the privilege of meeting even his wife Nalini, another life convict in the case, for about 30 minutes for every 15 days and any visitors for three months.Even his aged mother, who had come from Sri Lanka on April 2 to meet him in the prison between April 11 and 18, was not allowed to meet him, he added. He said he had made a representation through the Superintendent of Central Prison, Vellore to ADGP and IG of Prisons at Egmore, Chennai to suspend the punishment to enable him to see his mother when she visits the prison. He sought a court direction to the authorities to consider his plea and permit him to meet his mother, whose visa is due to expire by the end of this month, on any date between May 22 and 27.Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a suicide bomber at nearby Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991 and seven persons — Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Nalini, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Ravichandran — were convicted in the case.

Kannada TV actress Rekha Sindhu killed in car accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kannada television actress Rekha Sindhu was killed in a car accident on Friday near Natrampalli in TN Vellore District. The incident took place after the vehicle?s tyre busted while Sindhu was travelling from Chennai to Bengaluru with three other friends, who are now reportedly absconding. The actress died on the spot after heavy blood loss. Her body is now being kept in the Thirupathur Government Hospital. Vellore police have filed a case and started investigation. The actor has worked in a number of Kannada and even Tamil shows.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tamil Nadu: After outrage over claims of Hindu chauvinism, highway markers changed back to English

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The new highway markers along Tamil Nadu highways that had been translated to Hindi are now gradually being translated back to English again following pressure and criticism from all sides.The NHAI authorities had cited policy decision and undertaken the work to change the highway markers from English to Hindi script along the national Highways, especially along the roads passing through Krishnagiri, Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai and Vellore districts.The decision had drawn flak from the public with comments such as “#StopHindiChauvinism” gaining popularity on the Internet. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham (DMK) treasurer and acting president M.K. Stalin too has slammed the decision, accusing the BJP-led government of imposing Hindi on the State. Pattali Makkal Katchi and MDMK too had threatened agitation.”We strongly condemn the act of replacing English language with that of Hindi along the National highways,” he had said in a tweet.Some have even commented on the fact that badly translated words in some cases have added further insult to injury. Last week a group of unidentified individuals had defaced some of the Hindi script written on markers along NH 75.The idea of Hindi being ‘imposed’ in Tamil Nadu is not a new one. In the 1930’s and 40’s there had been protests and riots for the same. The move to introduce compulsory Hindi teaching too was greatly opposed. What many have cited however, is the fact that Hindi is not the National Language of India, merely an official language of the country alongside English. There are also many additional official languages, including Tamil.It would seem that the protests of the online population and the political parties has been heard.

When Supreme Court turned an auction house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A courtroom in the Supreme Court became a pop-up stall for companies who wished to purchase properties owned by Sahara. Once the top court ordered Sahara to sell its properties, an international real-estate firm expressed its interest in the firm’s iconic Plaza Hotel in New York.On Tuesday, Sahara’s Subrato Roy submitted a list of encumbered and unencumbered properties that could be put up for auction to expedite the recovery of Rs 14,779 crore the company owed to its duped investors. In pursuant to an earlier order, Sahara had submitted a list of properties that could be auctioned amounting to a little over Rs 5,092 crore.However, it is interesting to note that the Plaza — located in Midtown Manhattan along Central Park — was not included in the list. A 42.85 per cent stake in the Formula One team – Force India, worth Rs 510 crore was one of the assets up for grabs and another 91.65-acre property that is currently under the stewardship of Ghaziabad Development Authority amounting to Rs 112.70 crore was also listed.While the court, Sahara and market regulator SEBI were deciding on the best way to dispose of the properties — the court favoured public auction, SEBI was non-committal submitting previous failures at auctioning Sahara properties, whereas Sahara wanted to sell it on its own. Finally, the court gave Sahara time till April 17 to sell the properties and deposit at least a substantial portion of the Rs 5,092 crore listed.”We are willing to buy the New York hotel for $550 million (roughly Rs 4,000 crore),” said Sriram, the advocate representing MG Capital Holdings, LLC, the international real-estate firm who wished to buy the historic hotel.Pleased with the quick development and the interest generated, Justice Dipak Misra directed the real estate firm to deposit Rs 2,000 crore to prove its bonafide intent. The firm however balked at the large amount and tried to settle the amount at Rs 100 crore.Ultimately, the firm agreed to deposit Rs 750 crore. It also agreed to share its details with Sahara so that appropriate background checks can be done.While, the real estate firm was shutting shop, an advocate representing another buyer expressed his intent to purchase a property in Vellore, Karnataka. “We are willing to pay Rs 43 crore, one crore more than its final value at auction, for the Vellore property,” the advocate said.Sahara which allegedly duped its investors of Rs 24,000 crore has been finding ways to raise money to pay off the principal amount. If Sahara fails to deposit a substantial portion of the Rs 5,000 crore, then Subarato Roy may be sent back to jail.Roy was sent behind bars on March 4, 2014 when he failed to comply with the court’s orders and deposit Rs 10,000 crore as bail amount. Roy was granted parole to attend his mother’s funeral in July 2016. He has been out ever since.So far, Sahara has managed to repay a little over Rs 11,000 crore. However, this simply takes care of the principal amount. The court then attached Roy’s crown jewel, Aamby Valley, which is located about 100 kilometres from Mumbai and is valued approximately at Rs 39,000 crore.The Plaza Hotel, a landmark 20-storey luxury hotel and condominium apartment building is located on 768, Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. According to its website, “Nothing unimportant ever happens at The Plaza”. The hotel, which opened on October 1, 1907, has historical importance attached to it. During its lifetime, the hotel has changed hands several times. It was once owned by President Donald Trump.

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