QChennai: Schools Undergo Safety Check; Kamal Launches Maiam App

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“It could be used to flag civic and socio-political issues, but is not a magic wand”.  
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1. Kamal Haasan Launches ‘Maiam Whistle’ App

Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan on Monday launched ‘Maiam Whistle’, a mobile application that could be used to flag civic and socio-political issues.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of the app at his party office in Alwarpet, Haasan made it clear that it cannot be used as a “magic wand” to solve all problems, but would be a listening tool “for us, even for Makkal Needhi Maiam, to see and listen to our [the state’s] problems.”

It was promised that the app would be launched in January, but its launch was delayed because of his intention to release a “working app”, he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Snag Leaves MRTS Passengers Stranded

Trains leaving Beach station were operated till Thirumailai.  
Trains leaving Beach station were operated till Thirumailai.  
(Photo Courtesy: IRCTC.co.in)

Hundreds of office-goers using the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) in the city were stranded during the rush hour in the morning on Monday after a snag in an Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) led to cancellation of several services.

A senior official of Southern Railway said the EMU service that left Velachery at 8.30am was stopped on reaching the Perungudi railway station due to a pipe burst in the engine coach. Thousands of commuters take the MRTS trains between Velachery and Chennai Beach every day.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. Micro Irrigation the Key to Beating the Heat

Agriculture department officials credit adoption of micro-irrigation technology for helping Tamil Nadu achieve the target of 100 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrain production in 2017-18.
Agriculture department officials credit adoption of micro-irrigation technology for helping Tamil Nadu achieve the target of 100 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrain production in 2017-18.
(Photo: iStockphoto)

Agriculture department officials credit adoption of micro-irrigation technology for helping Tamil Nadu achieve the target of 100 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrain production in 2017-18, despite scarcity of water in several areas. According to V Dakshinamoorthy, Director of Agriculture,

“The technology of micro-irrigation was of much help in judicious utilisation of the available water in many places of the State.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

4. Civic Body Finally Finds Lake’s Missing Part!

Last year, Pallavaram municipality had claimed that water body on the one side of link road was not Putheri lake.
Last year, Pallavaram municipality had claimed that water body on the one side of link road was not Putheri lake.
(Photo Courtesy: IRIN)

The Pallavaram Municipality on Monday conceded that the northern part of the Putheri lake along the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road is part of the water body. Express reported in July 2017 how the municipality, in its face-saving bid, had claimed that one side of the lake bifurcated by the link road was not part of the water body.

The municipality had responded to an RTI application filed by a local activist in June 2017, claiming that both sides (northern and southern) of the lake had been desilted while in reality only the southern side had been desilted.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Police Continue Vigil on City Beaches

Personnel randomly check mobile phones of youth and people wearing black.  
Personnel randomly check mobile phones of youth and people wearing black.  
(Photo: iStockphoto)

In the backdrop of social media reports of yet another gathering of youth on the Marina or the Elliot’s beach similar to Jallikattu protests, the city police continue vigil on the sprawling beaches to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for those visiting them.

Ever since several outfits called for a protest on the beaches to demand the constitution of a Cauvery Management Board, the police have been on alert.

Apart from city police personnel, a sizeable number of personnel from the Swift Action Group have been deployed.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Schools Across State Being Put Through Safety Check

Image used for representational purposes.
Image used for representational purposes.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

As directed by the High Court, all schools across the State, both government and private institutions affiliated to different boards, will be inspected to ensure compliance with building regulations and safety norms ahead of the upcoming academic year.

Pradeep Yadav, Principal Secretary, School Education Department, said that all District Collectors had been informed about the order and instructed to form a committee.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Jayalalithaa Death Probe

With the State government granting approval to set up a medical expert team, Arumugasamy Commission inquiring into the death of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is to set up a four-member team.
With the State government granting approval to set up a medical expert team, Arumugasamy Commission inquiring into the death of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is to set up a four-member team.
(Photo: AP)

With the state government granting approval to set up a medical expert team, Arumugasamy Commission inquiring into the death of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is to set up a four-member doctors’ team to scrutinise the documents submitted by Apollo Hospitals.

According to official sources, the commission headed by retired Madras High Court Judge Justice Arumugasamy had sought the State government’s approval to form a medical expert team to examine the treatments and medical documents related to Jayalalithaa’s death.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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