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QChennai: IPL To Shift From Chennai to Pune; Black Flags for PM

From IPL to PM Modi’s visit, here’s a lowdown of all important stories from Chennai.

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Activists of a pro-Tamil outfit protest during the IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai on Tuesday night.
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1. IPL Matches Shifted Out of Chennai

Owing to security concerns, the remaining six matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Chennai have been moved out of the city. Pune will be CSK’s new home venue.

There were protests and disruption of traffic by fringe political outfits over the Cauvery water sharing issue before and during CSK’s first home game in over two years, which was played against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday.

Revealing the principal reason for the matches to be moved out of Chennai, IPL Governing Council Chairman Rajeev Shukla said, “We had little option really. We did not want to deny the cricket fans of Tamil Nadu the opportunity to support their team and savour the cricket but the local police were not willing to provide us adequate security.”

(Source: The Hindu)

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2. Black Flags to Greet PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Condemning the Central government for not forming the Cauvery Management Board as per the Supreme Court verdict, opposition parties and activists in Tamil Nadu have decided to show black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is visiting the city on Thursday.

The DMK will stage demonstrations near the airport, the Guindy police station, Saidapet and at a few other places. But Stalin will miss the protests as he is completing his ‘Cauvery Urimai Meetpu Payanam’ in Cuddalore on Thursday. On Friday, he will return to Chennai along with a contingent of 1,000 vehicles and meet the governor.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. CSK Fans Miffed By Shifting of IPL Matches

Asked why govt. caved in to pressure from fringe groups.
Asked why govt. caved in to pressure from fringe groups.
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News about the shifting of IPL matches from Chennai, owing to protests by fringe political outfits, has come as a dampener for Chennaites who hold cricket, especially IPL, close to their heart.

Fans said that though they support the Cauvery issue, they were sad as the government had allowed the shifting of matches from the city, bowing to pressure from fringe outfits. They point out that Chennai has always been synonymous with sportsman spirit. They recall how, back in 1999, fans gave a standing ovation to the Pakistan team that won a test match at Chepauk stadium. Die-hard fans of the game were thrilled as it was Chennai Super Kings’ homecoming after a gap of two years and matches were being held in the city.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. ‘TTV Has No Right to Use Amma in Party Name’

AIADMK also objects to use of Jaya’s portrait on his party’s flag.
AIADMK also objects to use of Jaya’s portrait on his party’s flag.
(Photo: ANI)

The AIADMK has sought an injunction from the Madras High Court, restraining Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) leader TTV Dhinakaran from exploiting the personality rights of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa by using the epithet Amma in his party’s name and her portrait on its flag.

The ruling party had filed a civil suit to injunct Dhinakaran from using a flag “deceptively similar” to that of the AIADMK. Now, it has decided to amend its petition.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. City Police Looking for Seeman

Criminal cases against Bharathiraja, Vairamuthu, Ameer, Karunas.  
Criminal cases against Bharathiraja, Vairamuthu, Ameer, Karunas.  
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The Chennai city police have launched a hunt to nab Naam Thamizhar Katchi (NTK) coordinator Seeman for allegedly assaulting a police constable on duty on Walajah Road on Tuesday.

On Tuesday evening, several outfits, including the NTK, staged a protest against the conduct of the IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The demonstration took a violent turn as some of the protesters assaulted a few police personnel on duty. In retaliation, the police lathicharged the mob. The Triplicane police booked a case against NTK leader Seeman and 11 others of his party for offences including assaulting a public servant and attempting to murder.

As many as 10 persons from the NTK were remanded in judicial custody, the police said.

(Source: The Hindu)

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6. ‘Dalit Christians Still Trapped in Caste’

Subjected to untouchability, denial of priesthood and opportunities: TNUEF report.  
Subjected to untouchability, denial of priesthood and opportunities: TNUEF report.  
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Discrimination against Dalits and practice of caste is rampant within the church, said a report released by the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF) on Monday. The report was prepared based on a public hearing by an eight-member committee on the alleged atrocities, including untouchability, committed against Dalit Christians in Sivaganga diocese.

The public hearing held on 16 March at RS Mangalam in Ramanathapuram district, was organised by the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front along with Dalit Christian People Federation (DCPF), Young Tamilnadu Movement (YTM), Caste Eradication Front (CEF), the Tamilnadu Devendirar Council, and Devendirar Welfare Society. The hearing had three sessions, each focussing on a specific topic such as denial of priesthood to Dalit Christians, discrimination against Dalit Christians in the church and practised by the diocesan administration.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. How Plantations Exploited Lease

Tea plantations and river in hills in Munnar.  
Tea plantations and river in hills in Munnar.  
(Photo: iStock)

The Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae that found how Tamil Nadu failed to protect vast tracts of pristine forest has noted that as of 5 January 2018, leases had expired and the lessees were in possession of large tracts of forest land, carrying on plantation activities in violation of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 and the Supreme Court order of 12 December 1996.

The plantations include 11 large estates and 82 small ones.

The amicus curiae, ADN Rao, has explained with the aid of data, how the plantations brazenly violated the Supreme Court’s orders.

(Source: The Hindu)

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