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QChennai: Probe Ordered into Jaya’s Death; Dengue Scare Spreads

Here’s a look at what’s making headlines in Chennai.

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1. TN Orders Probe into Jayaa's Death

Since the hospitalisation of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, there has been a lot of speculation about her health and treatment.
Since the hospitalisation of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, there has been a lot of speculation about her health and treatment.
(Photo: AP)

The Tamil Nadu government on 25 September announced the constitution of a Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice A Arumughaswamy, retired judge of the Madras High Court, to investigate the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Earlier in the day, TTV Dinakaran, nephew of deposed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala (now in jail), told journalists that his family had nothing to fear from any probe. Stating that Apollo Hospitals, where Jayalalithaa underwent treatment, would have the CCTV footage, he claimed that he was in the possession of video footage of Jayalalithaa in hospital, which was shot by Sasikala. The video was not released earlier as Jayalalithaa was in a night dress, and it would not be appropriate to show her thus. Dinakaran said he would submit the video to the probe panel.

(Source: The Hindu)

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2. Corporation Scrambles to Control Mosquito Breeding

The dengue scare is getting bigger in Chennai.
The dengue scare is getting bigger in Chennai.
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The Chennai Corporation confirmed on 25 September that the nine-year-old schoolboy who died, and about whom actor Kamal Hassan had tweeted, was dengue positive. The State health authorities too confirmed that he died due to dengue. However, an investigation into his death is ongoing.

A senior civic body official said the child had developed fever 17 days ago. He was treated at three hospitals and was found to be dengue positive. The Corporation had already initiated measures for mosquito control and source reduction, he said, adding that weekly anti-larval initiatives were being conducted in the Thousand Lights area, where the boy resided.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. Let Kamal Haasan Become MLA First, Says Minister

Actor Kamal Haasan has been hinting that he will join the political fabric of Tamil Nadu soon.
Actor Kamal Haasan has been hinting that he will join the political fabric of Tamil Nadu soon.
(Photo: Reuters)

Hitting back at actor Kamal Haasan for his comments on becoming a ‘neta’ (leader) by contesting the election if it is held within 100 days, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said on 25 September that the actor should first become an MLA.

“He (Haasan) thinks it (politics) is cinema. Is the Chief Minister (post) a toy being sold in Moore market? Even actor Sivaji Ganesan entered politics, but he could not even become an MLA,” Jayakumar pointed out.

(Source: The Hindu)

Also Read: Rajinikanth vs Kamal Haasan: The Ultimate Showdown!

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4. Sand Lorry Owners Resort to Novel Protest

Construction work has been setback by three months, which would mean delay in completion of residential projects.
Construction work has been setback by three months, which would mean delay in completion of residential projects.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Frustrated over acute sand shortage across the State, members of the Tamil Nadu State Sand Lorry Owners Federation resorted to a novel protest on 25 September: they attempted to take a procession to the Secretariat, accompanied by traditional music, to seek the attention of the Chief Minister towards the issue. They were arrested, and released later in the day.

Federation president S Yuvaraj said only 2,000 loads of sand were being supplied daily now in stark contrast to the nearly 35,000 supplied last year. “Only six sand quarries are operated across the state now. This is grossly inadequate to supply the needs of the state. Chennai alone needs a minimum of 4,000 loads of river sand daily. The Chief Minister has been promising shortage would decrease. But the problem continues,” he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Lucky Escape for 45 Passengers as MTC Bus Goes out of Control

The bus narrowly missed a major accident sparing the lives of 45 passengers.
The bus narrowly missed a major accident sparing the lives of 45 passengers.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Traffic was affected on North Beach Road for over 45 minutes during rush hour on 25 September morning, after a Metropolitan Transport Corporation bus, heading towards Broadway, climbed over the median beneath the Reserve Bank of India subway and came to a stop on the other side of the road. No one was injured.

Police and eyewitnesses said that around 9.30 am, bus no 102, plying from Kannagi Nagar to Broadway, was descending the subway, when a motorbike rider suddenly came in front of the bus from the left side.

(Source: The Hindu)

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6. Karaoke App Barred from Using Ilaiyaraaja Songs

When asked about the numerous covers and songs uploaded on YouTube by fans, the legal advisor to music maestro Ilayaraaja said they were okay with it as long as fans were not charged for it.
When asked about the numerous covers and songs uploaded on YouTube by fans, the legal advisor to music maestro Ilayaraaja said they were okay with it as long as fans were not charged for it.
(Photo Courtesy : Facebook/ Ilaiyaaraja)

In what could be a major disappointment to fans of music director Ilaiyaraaja, who have enjoyed singing along to his famous tunes over the years on the karaoke app Smule, all the songs of the maestro might go off from the platform for copyright infringement.

The app currently allows people to record themselves singing to a host of songs on their database and store them as video formats for a fee around ₹110 per month. While a few songs and features of the app are accessible free of cost, a bulk of the features are accessible to members who pay a monthly fee.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Three-Year-Old Boy Kidnapped from His Home in RK Nagar

A three-year-old boy was allegedly kidnapped from his house in RK Nagar on 25 September. The parents are yet to lodge a police complaint. According to Sikkander, a relative, the child, Mohammed Sathu, was playing outside his house in Nethaji Nagar second street, RK Nagar, when a youngster on a bicycle took him away. The parents searched for him in the neighbouring streets but could find no trace of him, he said.

Meanwhile, police officers claimed that the suspect had conducted a trial first before kidnapping the child. He had taken the boy away and dropped him back in front of the house. “As no one questioned him, he kidnapped the boy again. We have traced his location and are tracking him,” said an officer.

(Source: The Hindu)

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