QChennai; Controversy in Carnatic Music; Kamal Appoints Dst Heads
Singers criticised for performing songs of other religions.
Singers criticised for performing songs of other religions.(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

QChennai; Controversy in Carnatic Music; Kamal Appoints Dst Heads

1.Discordant Note in the World of Carnatic Music

The hue and cry over Carnatic vocalist OS Arun’s participation in a Christian musical event — Esuvin Sangama Sangeetham — and his decision to cancel the programme subsequently has sparked a heated debate on Hindu singers singing devotional songs of other religions.

Arguing that the growing influence of the BJP and the RSS was being felt in all spheres, singer and Magsaysay award winner TM Krishna tweeted: “Considering the vile comments and threats issued by many on social media regarding Karnatik compositions on Jesus, I announce here that I will be releasing one Karnatik song every month on Jesus or Allah.”

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Civic Body Gives Nod for Energy Plant at Landfills

The piggyback method uses a lining in between the old and new layers of garbage, and avoids the need to extend landfill area.
The piggyback method uses a lining in between the old and new layers of garbage, and avoids the need to extend landfill area.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

The City Corporation has passed a council resolution to install waste to energy plants at the Kodungaiyur and Perungudi landfills. They also plan to maximise the land use in the two landfills. On implementation, these projects are expected to reduce the amount of waste, which goes to the landfill, by 80 per cent. The 32-megawatt capacity plants will incinerate the waste which reaches the landfill to produce energy. The City Corporation has proposed piggyback engineered landfills (PBELs) to be constructed on top of the existing landfills.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. TN Tops in Value of Banking Crimes This Year

Between April and June, the State racked up over Rs 8 crore in thefts.
Between April and June, the State racked up over Rs 8 crore in thefts.
(Photo: The Quint)

Tamil Nadu has the dubious distinction of topping in terms of value of banking-related crimes so far this financial year, data presented on the last day of the monsoon session of Parliament revealed.

For the period April-June 2018, the amount involved in incidents of robbery/dacoity/burglary/theft in Tamil Nadu is Rs 8.24 crore, according to data sourced from Reserve Bank of India and presented in Parliament. The data was presented by Shiv Pratap Shukla, Minister of State for Finance, in reply to a question on ATM robberies.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. New Registrar for Anna University Amid Controversy

The association alleged that registrar S Ganesan was party to the malpractices.
The association alleged that registrar S Ganesan was party to the malpractices.
(Photo Courtesy: Anna Univ.edu)

J Kumar was appointed as Registrar of Anna University on Friday by Vice-Chancellor M K Surappa. Hitherto, he was serving as Director (Planning and Development) in the university.He replaces S Ganesan, who on an extended tenure in the post, was continuing from the period the university was functioning without a Vice Chancellor for nearly two years.Speaking to Express Surappa said Ganesan had been relieved from the post following the appointment of Kumar. He denied that the appointment had any connection with the recent alleged scams in the university, including the marks-for-cash scam which DVAC is probing.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. MTC’s ‘Deluxe’ Whim Irks Commuters

Frequent changes in bus services from ordinary to Deluxe and Express force commuters to pay twice the cost of regular tickets.
Frequent changes in bus services from ordinary to Deluxe and Express force commuters to pay twice the cost of regular tickets.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

A section of bus commuters from south Chennai, Ayanavaram, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, and north Chennai rue that ordinary bus services of Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) are frequently converted into Express and Deluxe buses, forcing them to pay additional ticket fare. While the MTC officials maintained that there is no reduction in ordinary services, the transport corporation refused to divulge the exact number of ordinary bus services operated in Chennai city.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

6. Kamal’s Party Appoints 114 District Unit Leaders

Party’s ideology is being formulated.
Party’s ideology is being formulated.
(Photo Courtesy: Kamal Haasan’s PR Team)

The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), founded by actor Kamal Haasan, has appointed 114 party district unit leaders, who would propagate its ideology, initiatives and future plans to the people. They will be the face of the party in their respective units. According to MNM executive council members A.G. Mourya and R. Rangarajan, the party’s ideology is being prepared, which will serve as a blueprint for the office-bearers.

The local office-bearers will also speak about the importance of “empowering people” and explain that the party does not stand for providing freebies or money.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Abducted Man Gets Lifeline

The suspect was identified as an ITI student from Tiruvallur.
The suspect was identified as an ITI student from Tiruvallur.
(Photo:iStockphoto)

A 40-year-old man who was allegedly abducted by a seven-member gang was rescued by the public, who tried to alert the accused men when they accidentally took an under-construction bridge, near Nemili on Wednesday night. Police said Ilangovan, a resident of Sriperumbudur, runs a gas agency in the same locality. On Wednesday, he was returning on his motorbike on when the gang waylaid him and forced him into a car. They attacked him with knives and logs,.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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