QChennai: HC Sends Notice to TN Speaker; Kamal Meets Fans

Here’s your roundup of news from Chennai. 

Published05 Oct 2017, 01:48 AM IST
India
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1. HC Sends Notice to TN Speaker Asking Why He Didn't Act Against OPS

The Madras High Court, in its second hearing of the petitions by DMK and AIADMK rebel MLAs, on 4 October, issued notice to TN Assembly Speaker as to why no action was taken against 12 MLAs including Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam who had defied the whip on a confidence motion.

The Madras High Court on Wednesday adjourned till Monday further hearing on individual writ petitions filed by 18 AIADMK disqualified MLAs and clarified that the interim order against conducting elections to their constituencies and also a restraint on conducting trust vote in the Assembly shall continue until further orders.

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2. Kamal Haasan Meets Fans Ahead of His Birthday



The meeting came amid reports that the actor might formally announce his entry into politics on his birthday.
The meeting came amid reports that the actor might formally announce his entry into politics on his birthday.
(Photo Courtesy: ANI)

Amid strong indications that he will enter politics, veteran film actor Kamal Haasan on Wednesday met his fans in Chennai, with the latter insisting that the discussions revolved only around his birthday and related welfare activities.

“We discussed what can be done for his birthday, which is on 7 November. We discussed only the welfare activities,” Thangavelu, a senior member of the Kamal Haasan Welfare Club, told reporters after the meeting. Haasan does not have a fan club. Instead, they are called welfare clubs, which take up various social work.

(Source: The Hindu)

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3. No New Releases from This Week, Says Actor Vishal



Vishal said that levying differential taxes for Tamil and non-Tamil movies will never work as Tamil movies had a huge market in other States as well.
Vishal said that levying differential taxes for Tamil and non-Tamil movies will never work as Tamil movies had a huge market in other States as well.
(Photo Courtesy: ANI)

With the State government imposing a 10 percent entertainment tax in addition to the Goods and Services Tax for movie tickets, Vishal, actor and president of Tamil Film Producers Council, said that there would no new movie releases from this week here, at the Producers Council office in Chennai on Wednesday.

“The film industry is not in a position to pay 40 percent tax to the State government. With issues of piracy and low ticket prices, producers don’t make that much money these days,” he said at a press meet. This would mean that the films that are currently in cinemas would continue to run and there would be no releases.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. Natarajan Undergoes Liver-Kidney Transplant

M Natarajan in a 2014 interview. 
M Natarajan in a 2014 interview. 
(Photo Courtesy: NDTV Screengrab)

Natarajan, husband of Sasikala, the jailed interim general secretary of AIADMK, underwent a liver and kidney transplant on Wednesday. The donor was an 18-year-old teenager named Karthik, who had been injured in a road accident in Thanjavur from where he was first taken to Tiruchi by road and later air-lifted to Chennai.

A press release from Gleneagles Global Health City where the transplantation took place did not name Natarajan. Instead, it said “the liver and a kidney were allocated to a 74-year-old gentleman who was on top of the combined liver-kidney transplant waiting list.” It also mentioned that the heart was allocated to a 43-year-old man from the State, and the lung went to a 62-year-old male patient from Uttar Pradesh.

(Source: The Hindu)

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5. NTO Kuppam Residents Enter Sea to Protest Eviction

The residents were not against evacuation, but wanted construction work to begin on the land allotted to them by the government.
The residents were not against evacuation, but wanted construction work to begin on the land allotted to them by the government.
(Photo Courtesy: PBS)

Tension prevailed on the Ennore Expressway whenover 100 fishermen belonging to the Nalla Thanneer Odai (NTO) Kuppam entered the sea to protest against the eviction from their houses on Wednesday afternoon.They demanded that the government start constructing houses promised to them on the land belonging to the Thyagaraya Swamy Temple near Ellaiamman Temple on the expressway.

There were around 446 houses in NTO Kuppam and a few months ago over 260 families were moved out to pave way for road widening as part of the Ennore Manali Road Improvement Project (EMRIP). On Wednesday, the local administration with the help of police started evicting the remaining residents from the hamlet.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Madras HC to take decision on Friday over ‘Mersal’ title row

Poster of <i>Mersal</i>.&nbsp;
Poster of Mersal
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ kalakkal cinema)

Vijay’s Mersal directed by Atlee which was all set to hit the screens this Diwali has hit a roadblock. On 22 September, the Madras High Court issued an interim stay on using the film title Mersal in any form of advertising or publicity till 3 October. The court orders came after the producer named A Rajendran had approached the court citing that he registered the title Merrasalaitan in the film chamber in 2014 and the shooting of the movie is in progress and he sought a permanent injunction restraining the makers of Mersal and the people associated with Vijay's film from passing the title of the film.

In Mersal, Vijay will be seen playing a panchayat head, a doctor and a magician. The film, which also stars Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nithya Menen, marks the second collaboration of Atlee and Vijay. Produced by Sri Thenandal Studios, the film has music by AR Rahman and also stars SJ Suryah in a key role.

(Source: The News Minute)

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7. Three Struck by Lightning Die



Three persons including a college student and two siblings were killed after lightning struck.
Three persons including a college student and two siblings were killed after lightning struck.
(Photo Courtesy: IANS)

Three persons including a college student and two siblings were killed after lightning struck them in separate incidents in Tiruvallur district on Tuesday night. Three others are undergoing treatment at a hospital, police said.

Police sources said that the children along with their parents, were standing on the terrace of their residence in Kilambakkam village when lightning struck.The children died on the spot while their parents along with another relative, Meenakshi (55) sustained injuries and were admitted to the Tiruvallur Government General hospital.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

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