QChennai: Speculation of AIADMK-BJP Alliance Rife & More
Catch all the top headlines from Tamil Nadu here.
1. CM Palaniswami Meets Pon Radhakrishnan, Fuels Speculation of Alliance with BJP
Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan on Wednesday, 26 December called on Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, causing yet another tsunami of speculation that the BJP is seeking to cement alliance with the AIADMK for the Lok Sabha elections next year.
While no official explanation was given for the meeting of the two leaders, barring the release of the photograph by the state information department, some sources said it was “merely to discuss some issue relating to Kanyakumari”. But some others insisted that politics “did figure”.
Electricity minister P Thangamani and Municipal administration minister SP Velumani were asked by reporters at Delhi if their meeting Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman had anything to do with negotiating alliance for the 2019 poll. Velumani took great pains to explain that the issue of alliance was a bit too complex for them to handle with the defence minister and their meeting was only to press for release of Central funds.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
2. Pregnant Woman Contracts HIV After Blood Transfusion
A 23-year-old pregnant woman in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar contracted HIV allegedly after being transfused contaminated blood in early December. State health secretary J Radhakrishnan said the woman has been shifted to Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai for advanced treatment and will undergo further tests to reaffirm presence of the virus.
Radhakrishnan, who had rushed to Virudhunagar after the incident was reported on Wednesday, 26 December told The Indian Express that services of three officials had been terminated for negligence.
According to sources, the incident came to light after the donor informed the blood bank at Sivakasi government hospital that a new blood test, conducted after he had donated blood in November there, had found him positive for the virus.
(Source: The Indian Express)
3. Chennai Metro Mulls Extending Line to Tirumazhisai
With a view to being future-ready, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is contemplating taking its phase II project to Tirumazhisai, where a satellite township has been in the making for two decades.
With Chennai Metro’s phase II project set to begin with JICA committing over Rs 20,000 crore in funds, the CMRL top brass has started exploring the feasibility of taking the Metro to Tirumazhisai, located 30 km to the city’s west.
“It is at a very nascent stage now. But we will see how far it is feasible to carry out the plan. In the future, when the satellite township comes through, perhaps the link to Chennai Metro will be useful,” an official said.
(Source: The Hindu)
4. Anna University Cancels Discretionary Quota in PG Admissions
In a bold move, Anna University has cancelled the discretionary quota for wards of faculty members of the university in PG admissions.
If there are any lapsed seats after the admissions are over, they used to be allotted to the kids of faculty members by the vice-chancellor under this quota.
Anna University vice-chancellor Professor MK Surappa has cancelled the discretionary quota.
“To bring transparency and fairness, we have cancelled the discretionary quota in PG admissions. Hereafter, admissions to PG courses will only be made based on merit,” Professor Surappa said.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
5. Tamil Nadu Electrician Working in Poland Dead, Family Alleges Murder
The family of a 25-year-old electrician from Tamil Nadu who was working in Poland are claiming that he has been murdered and have sought the help of Union Ministry of External Affairs’s (MEA) to retrieve the body of the deceased and also ensure justice.
P Venkatesan, who had done a diploma in electronics and electrical, went to Poland in November 2017, through a Chennai-based placement agency to work as an electrician at a private hotel chain in Warsaw, according to his family members in Vellore district’s Sambasivapuram.
“As we did not receive any phone calls from Venkatesan since Sunday, we rushed to the placement agency in Chennai. On Monday they said that he was slightly injured and resting. While we insisted that they show us his latest pictures, they informed us later in the night that he had died. Since the placement agency says that Venkatesan had injuries in his body, we believe this was a murder. However the agency is washing its hands off the matter saying its role ended after placement,” Venkatesan’s uncle S Pichandi told Hindustan Times.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
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