QChennai: Identities of Rajini, Kamal Questioned; Egg Prices Soar

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Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have been questioned about their Marathi and Brahmin roots, respectively.
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1. Rajini, Kamal Detractors Raise Identity Question

Ever since actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan expressed their political aspirations, questions have been raised by critics about their Marathi and Brahmin roots respectively, notwithstanding the fact that the State has seen politicians with “non-Tamil” roots being elected.

Political commentators and activists aver that things changed fundamentally after the end of Sri Lankan civil war in 2009, which spawned a number of small but vociferous groups professing hard-line Tamil nationalism and Dravidian ideology.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: Tamil Politics Is (Not) Just About Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan

2. Egg Price Shoots Up In Chennai

In Namakkal, the wholesale price on Thursday stood at Rs 5.16
In Namakkal, the wholesale price on Thursday stood at Rs 5.16
(Photo: The Quint)

Consumers in the city have been shelling out more to buy eggs, a staple in many homes. One egg that was priced at Rs 5 is now sold at Rs 6-7, forcing many to think twice before going for that additional egg for the family.

Various factors including higher demand in north India due to the cold weather and reduction in production in Namakkal have led to the price hike. “We expect these prices to stabilise and go back to Rs 5 in retail market in about three weeks time,” said Ashok Kishan, National Egg Coordination Committee, Chennai Zone.

(Source: The Hindu)

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3. State Opposes Parole for Nalini

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict S Nalini.
Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict S Nalini.
(Photo: The Quint)

The State government has opposed a writ petition filed by Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict S Nalini in the Madras High Court seeking release on parole for six months to make arrangements for her daughter’s marriage. It stated that the offence committed by her was barbaric and therefore she could not claim equality with other life convicts.

In a counter affidavit served on her counsel P Pugalendhi on Thursday, D Daniel, Deputy Secretary to Government, Home Department, said: “In view of the gravity of the offence, having international ramification, committed by the petitioner, if released on leave [she] may escape from the lawful custody.”

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. Maintenance of 652 Race Horses May be Affected

The bank accounts of the MRC have been frozen for non-payment of revenue dues to the tune of Rs 730 crore to the government.
The bank accounts of the MRC have been frozen for non-payment of revenue dues to the tune of Rs 730 crore to the government.
(Photo Courtesy: Jockey Tips)

It was 4 pm on Thursday and race horses in the Race Park adjoining the Madras Race Club campus in Guindy were being taken for ‘rolling’ (a term equestrians use to mean taking horses for a walk) under the warm evening sun. They have to prepare for training in the tracks early the next day.

The office-bearers of the Madras Race Club (MRC) are worried that the fodder reserve might be over in a few days and they won’t be able to pay for the maintenance of the horses. On the orders of the Chennai Collector to Tahsildars of Velachery and Guindy taluks, the bank accounts of the MRC have been frozen for non-payment of revenue dues to the tune of Rs 730 crore to the government.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Chennai-Doha Ingido Flight Forced to Land After Bird Hit

Image used for representational purposes.
Image used for representational purposes.
(Photo: The Quint)

An Indigo Airlines flight (6E1707), operating on the Chennai-Doha (Qatar) sector early on Thursday, returned to base within 25 minutes after suffering a bird-hit. The incident occurred shortly after take-off and when the aircraft was still in the climbout phase.

The flight, operated with a twin-engine Airbus A320 (VT-IEI), and with a scheduled departure time of 12:30 am, took off at 1:47 am from the runway 25 end. While heading for the allotted track, the flight crew experienced a bird-hit at 5,500 ft over the southwest area of Chennai. The plane was at a speed of about 270 knots then.

(Source: The Hindu)

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6. TNCA Moves HC Against Lease Rent Demand of Rs 1,553 Crore

TNCA says total income from its 86 years of existence will fall far short of this amount.
TNCA says total income from its 86 years of existence will fall far short of this amount.
(Photo: The Quint)

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has approached the Madras High Court challenging the Mylapore-Triplicane Taluk Tahsildar’s 11 September proceedings demanding a “gargantuan sum” of Rs 1,553 crore towards rental arrears from 2001 for the land on which MA Chidambaram cricket stadium was situated at Chepauk. The association pointed out that the suddenly increased demand worked out to nearly 20,713 times the rent paid up to 2,000.

The TNCA said it was a non-profit organisation that nurtures talented cricketers and provides world-class facilities for the game with an average annual income of Rs 25 crore to Rs 30 crore and expenditure of Rs 22 crore to Rs 23 crore. The sum of total income generated by it through sponsorships, sale of tickets for matches and share of media rights in the last 86 years of its existence would not come remotely close to the amount demanded by the tahsildar, it said.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Conviction of Sasikala’s Relatives in Assets Case Confirmed

Sasikala’s relative R Baskaran alias SR Baskaran was a former employee of Reserve Bank of India.
Sasikala’s relative R Baskaran alias SR Baskaran was a former employee of Reserve Bank of India.
(Photo: The Quint)

The Madras High Court on Thursday confirmed the conviction and five-year sentence imposed by a trial court on R Baskaran alias SR Baskaran, a relative of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala and a former employee of Reserve Bank of India, in a case booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1988.

Justice G Jayachandran dismissed an appeal preferred by him as well as his wife B Sreedaladevi, who was also convicted by the special court for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cases here on August 26, 2008 and sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment in the disproportionate assets case booked on 24 November 1997.

(Source: The Hindu)

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