QChennai: Plea Against ‘Mahatma’ in Notes; Mother Drowns Child
Clarifying that it is not a title, court imposes costs on petitioner for wasting time.
Clarifying that it is not a title, court imposes costs on petitioner for wasting time.(Photo: The Quint)

QChennai: Plea Against ‘Mahatma’ in Notes; Mother Drowns Child

1. Plea Against Use of ‘Mahatma’ in Notes Dismissed

The Madras High Court on Monday imposed costs of Rs. 10,000 on a litigant for filing a case against the use of the honorific ‘Mahatma’ (great soul) before the name Gandhi in currency notes, coins and postal stamps. Finding no merit in the case, the judges said such litigation only clogged the business of the court and consumed its valuable time.

Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar rejected the petitioner’s claim that the use of the term ‘Mahatma’ infringed Articles 14 (the State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or equal protection of laws) and 18 (no title, not being a military or of academic distinction, shall be conferred by the State on citizens) of the Constitution.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Woman Drowns Child in Bucket of Water

The police on Monday arrested a 28-year-old woman, Asha, on the charge of drowning a 4-year-old girl in a bucket of water.

According to police, the victim, Koshini, was the only daughter of Dharmalingam, 31, an advocate, and Jayanthi. They have been living separately for one-and-half years. Asha was in a relationship with Dharmalingam and was staying in his house. On Sunday when he was away, Asha called him over the phone and said that Koshini had fainted while playing and later died in a hospital.

Alleging foul play, the girl’s mother lodged a complaint with the Kundrathur police.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. All Eyes On the Music Season

Tourism industry has high hopes.
Tourism industry has high hopes.
(Photo: The Quint)

It’s the time of the year tourists flock to Chennai — the weather is pleasant, the music season is to begin soon and hotel rooms will start filling up.

The last two years have not been great for tourism due to natural disasters, but this year, hoteliers and travel agents are hoping the season will be much better.

“There should be a 15-20 percent growth in inbound tourism to Tamil Nadu this year,” said Pawan Gupta, managing director, PK Holidays. While people in the State are also looking forward to travelling, there are budget constraints, Mr Gupta said. However, there could be a 5 percent increase in outbound travel as well, he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Dengue Incidence Down, but Other Infections Creep In

Work to control mosquito breeding needs to be carried out throughout the year, says K Kolandaisamy.
Work to control mosquito breeding needs to be carried out throughout the year, says K Kolandaisamy.
(Photo: The Quint)

While residents are battling puddles and battered roads in various localities, doctors say that cases of dengue that were pouring in earlier this year have now come down. However, other viral infections and respiratory illnesses are on the rise.

At the Institute of Child Health, Egmore, there are currently 10 dengue cases and a total of 60 fever patients — down from about the 40-odd dengue cases they would have had this time some weeks earlier, a senior hospital official said.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Rain Likely to Abate in Chennai from Today

City gets 126 cm of rain against its annual share of 140 cm.
City gets 126 cm of rain against its annual share of 140 cm.
(Photo: The Quint)

Chennai and its neighbouring districts will receive rain which may, at times, be heavy till Tuesday evening. There may be a gradual decrease in rain after that.

The city has received 126 cm of rain against its annual share of 140 cm. Meenambakkam has received 137 cm of rain against the yearly average of 138 cm.

However, the State’s rainfall for the season still remains deficit by 10 percent as it has registered only 25 cm so far. But, officials note that the shortfall may be bridged in the coming weeks.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. When a Crisis Let to a New Political Bonding

Many leaders have come out in support of Dhinakaran, who see a political agenda behind the crackdown by the I-T dept.
Many leaders have come out in support of Dhinakaran, who see a political agenda behind the crackdown by the I-T dept.
(Photo: The Quint)

The five-day long extensive search operation carried out by the Income Tax department on the premises belonging to relatives, friends and associates of sidelined deputy general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) TTV Dhinakaran was high on drama and intrigue given the secrecy and scale of the exercise. But it has also led to an unexpected development on the political front: the “solidarity” that many Opposition parties in the State have shown towards the beleaguered leader.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Group Foster Care Yet to Take off in TN

No facilities to implement the model.
No facilities to implement the model.
Photo Courtesy: Leila Rehmaninan

Group foster care, an alternative to foster care which helps in de-institutionalising children in need of protection is yet to take off in the State. Officials from the Social Defence Department point out that currently facilities and finances are inadequate to implement the model.

“Children who cannot find foster homes can be put under group foster care. But it is currently not feasible since most child care institutions do not have the facilities or the budget to implement this model,” said an official from the Department.

(Source: The Hindu)