QChennai: Water Train Arrives Today; Overqualified Girl Loses Job
1. First Train Carrying Water for Parched Chennai Will Leave Today
The first train carrying water to parched Chennai is likely to leave from Jolarpet railway station on Friday. "The wagons have been filled. We are waiting for clearance to leave from Chennai Metro Water," a senior railways officer told.
A function has been planned at the Villivakkam railway station to receive the first water train. State minister SP Velumani and few other ministers are expected to attend.
Fifty wagons of this train with a capacity of 50 kilolitres each would transport 2.5 million litres each trip. With two trains available for this purpose, the railway authorities are trying to supply at least 7.5 million litres a day to begin with, though the target is 10 million litres. Southern Railways would charge Chennai Metro Water Rs. 7.5 lakh for each trip. The Tamil Nadu government has allotted Rs. 65 core for this project.
2. Overqualified Girl Loses CMRL Job
Over educational qualification has made a girl to get disqualified from getting selected to the post of Train Operator/Station Controller/Junior Engineer (Station). The Madras high court has upheld an order of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited, rejecting the candidature of R Lakshmi Prabha, a B.E.Degree holder, for selection to the post of Train Operator/Station Controller/Junior Engineer (Station) on the ground of over qualification.
The CMRL contended that vide Clause 13 (a), there was a general instruction given to the candidates, who opted to apply for the post of Station Controller/Train Operator/Junior Engineer (Station) that “Candidates with B.E./B Tech or any other higher qualifications are not eligible for the above mentioned posts.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
3. 'He Vanished to Avoid Confrontation': Woman Who Accused Mugilan of Rape to TNM
On 30 March, over a month after 52-year-old RS Mugilan, Coordinator of Tamil Nadu Environment Protection Movement, went missing from the Egmore station in Chennai, a female social activist in Karur district filed a case of rape against him. As frantic efforts were underway to trace the anti-Sterlite activist, this fresh allegation came as a shock to activists who suspected conspiracy in his sudden disappearance.
Mugilan was finally found on 7 July, five months after he went missing, at a railway station in Andhra Pradesh. But any celebrations or relief over his resurfacing were dramatically cut short as he was arrested by the CB-CID for rape.
(Source: The News Minute)
4. Muslim Men Moral Police Hindu-Muslim Couple in Coimbatore, Assault Boyfriend
On 2 July, 20-year-old Muneefa* (name changed) was returning to her residence in Coimbatore, when she was subjected to a horrifying episode of moral policing. She had just received her transfer certificate from a local college and was riding on a bike with her boyfriend Raja* (name changed), while another male friend accompanied the duo.
Two unidentified men blocked the bike Muneefa was travelling on, took a look at her purdah and asked if she was a Muslim. An affirmative from the young woman was all the men needed to launch into an unwarranted and indecent attack against her. Later two other Muslim men escalated the abuse by taking turns to beat Raja (boyfriend) with a belt, said the complainant.
They then allegedly showed him a knife and threatened to kill him. The attack ended in three and a half hours; it took a week for Muneefa to gather the courage to file a police complaint.
(Source: The News Minute)
5. Six from TN Elected Unopposed to Rajya Sabha
Six candidates belonging to the ruling AIADMK, DMK, PMK and MDMK were elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed, said K Srinivasan, the Returning Officer and Secretary of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretariat.
He said N Chandrasekaran, Muhammath John (both from AIADMK), M Shanmugam, P Wilson (both from DMK), Anbumani Ramadoss (PMK) and Vaiko (MDMK) have been duly elected to fill the vacancies of six members of Council of States retiring on 24 July 2019.
The elections were held to fill up the vacancies created by the retirement of five Rajya Sabha members and the resignation of DMK's Kanimozhi following her victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
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