QChennai: HC Verdict in 18 MLAs’ Disqualification Case Today
The Speaker had disqualified the legislators for withdrawing their support to the CM.  
The Speaker had disqualified the legislators for withdrawing their support to the CM.  (Photo: Harsh Sahani/ The Quint)

QChennai: HC Verdict in 18 MLAs’ Disqualification Case Today

1. HC Verdict in 18 MLAs’ Disqualification Case Today

The Madras High Court will deliver its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the disqualification of 18 dissident AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran on Thursday, 14 June. The verdict, to be delivered by a bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, could alter the political course of Tamil Nadu with the Edappadi K Palaniswami government short of a simple majority in the House, which has an approved strength of 234 (excluding the nominated Anglo Indian member). The court had reserved verdict in the case on 23 January.

On 18 September 2017, Speaker P Dhanapal had disqualified the 18 MLAs by exercising his powers under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution (popularly known as anti-defection law) and the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly (Disqualification on ground of defection) Rules of 1986.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Journalist Files Petition to Punish Two Cops

The case against Shekher is related to a derogatory Facebook post written by his friend making offensive remarks against women journalists.
The case against Shekher is related to a derogatory Facebook post written by his friend making offensive remarks against women journalists.
(Photo: iStockphoto)

J Kavin Malar of Besant Nagar, a journalist with ‘Kungumam Thozhi’ of Dinakaran Group, has moved the Madras High Court with an application to punish Anbarasan, Inspector of Police, Cyber Crime Cell, Central Crime Branch and the police Commissioner AK Viswanathan under the Contempt of Courts Act for not obeying the orders of the High Court and the Supreme Court.

In an application, the journalist submitted that the High Court, while dismissing the advance bail plea from S Ve Shekher, actor, on 10 May, had directed Anbarasan to proceed with the case. However, he did not take any action against Shekher. The case against Shekher is related to a derogatory Facebook post written by his friend making offensive remarks against women journalists.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Tangedco to Take Up Fire Audit in 47 Temples

The audit comes in the aftermath of the fire at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.
The audit comes in the aftermath of the fire at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple.
(Photo Courtesy: ANI)

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) has proposed to undertake fire audit of electrical installations in temples under the control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) Department.

As part of the audit, a total of 47 senior grade temples have been identified for inspection, officials said.

A senior Tangedco official said that in the aftermath of the fire accident at the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai, the Commissioner of HR and CE Department had requested the Electricity Department to carry out inspection of electrical installations in 47 temples.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Chennai Metro Rail to Launch e-Bikes

Chennai Metro’s ridership has increased after the opening of Nehru Park to Chennai Central Stretch and Little Mount to AG-DMS stretch.
Chennai Metro’s ridership has increased after the opening of Nehru Park to Chennai Central Stretch and Little Mount to AG-DMS stretch.
(Photo: The Quint)

Chennai Metro Rail will set up electric vehicle (EV) charging facility at four metro stations in partnership with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. The electric bike charging stations will be set up by at Tirumangalam, St Thomas Mount, Alandur and Koyambedu Metro Stations.

Chennai Metro is also planning to launch e-bikes and is in talks with a Bengaluru-based company, Metro Rail sources said. It is learnt that the bikes scheme would be more or less akin to that introduced by Bengaluru Metro.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. People in TN Find Voting Cumbersome: EC Survey

983 out of 1,146 persons view the process of polling negatively.
983 out of 1,146 persons view the process of polling negatively.
(Photo: iStockphoto)

An end-line survey, commissioned by the Election Commission (EC) of India, reveals that people in the State predominantly view voting as tedious.

Carried out to ascertain the level of knowledge, attitude, behaviour and practices (KABP) of voters after the completion of the 2016 Assembly election the survey found that when asked whether voting was a cumbersome chore, 885 persons said “agreed” and 98, “strongly agree”.

This means that 983 of 1,146 persons, accounting for around 85 percent of the people surveyed, had a negative perception about the process.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. English Names of Cities and Towns to be Matched with Tamil Script

Three-member committee to submit report containing a list of places, whose English names would be altered such that they match their Tamil equivalents.  
Three-member committee to submit report containing a list of places, whose English names would be altered such that they match their Tamil equivalents.  
(Photo Courtesy: Indianrailinfo)

The Tamil Nadu government is planning to rename over 1,000 places across the state, so that their English names match the corresponding Tamil script. For instance, Triplicane would be spelt ‘Tiruvallikeni’ – as it is known in Tamil.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Tamil Official Language, Tamil Culture and Archaeology, K Pandiarajan, in the Assembly on Wednesday, 13 June.

Pandiarajan told The Hindu that a three-member committee, comprising officials from the Departments of Tamil Development, Revenue and Municipal Administration, would be set up for the purpose, and the panel would submit its report within three months. The report would contain a list of cities and towns, whose English names would be altered such that they match their Tamil equivalents.

(Source: The Hindu)

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