QChennai: CM Writes to PM After Cauvery Resolution; TTV’s Kazhagam

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1. CM Edappadi Palaniswami Shoots Letter to PM After Resolution on Cauvery Issue

Hours after the Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a unanimous resolution urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee with full powers within six weeks as per the Supreme Court order, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with a copy of the resolution.

“I wish to point out that the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in its final order has clearly laid out the formation of the CMB and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee as the implementation machinery. In this context, the Government of India is duty-bound to constitute and notify the formation of the CMB and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee as per the Supreme Court judgment,” said the CM in his letter.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

2. TN Govt to Push for Digital Transactions to Make Offices Go Cashless

The Tamil Nadu government will soon be putting up digital payment acceptance infrastructure in all its offices.
The Tamil Nadu government will soon be putting up digital payment acceptance infrastructure in all its offices.
(Photo: The Quint)

The Tamil Nadu government will soon be putting up digital payment acceptance infrastructure in all its offices to enable cashless transactions, according to official sources. The move by the state government comes after the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (MeitY) urged the state government to ensure that digital payment acceptance infrastructure is put in place at every physical point of contact of the citizen with State.

BHIM or UPI will be integrated into online payment systems of organisations so that customers receive bill payment request in his BHIM or UPI-enabled apps by entering mobile number or virtual payment address (VPA) while making online payment.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. TTV Dhinakaran’s Kazhagam Without Dravidam Ignites Debate in TN’s Political Circles

 Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader Dhinakaran. 
Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader Dhinakaran. 
(Photo: PTI)

Though TTV Dhinakaran’s supporters address him as ‘Dravida Thalaivan,’ the name of his outfit Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam has raised many eyebrows as it does not feature ‘Dravidam.’

While on the one hand those opposed to Dravidam and some Tamil activists are celebrating that the new party does not have the word in its name, on the other, supporters of the DMK are of the opinion that it was good Dhinakaran shed Dravidam and are happy the word would not be polluted further.

All these views are reflected through their posts on social media.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

4. Tension in School as Students Go on Rampage Over Teachers’ Transfer

In a shocking incident, a group of students vandalised their school and staged a road blockade to protest the transfer of their teachers at a primary school near Ulundurpet on Thursday, 15 March. Apparently, the incident is a fallout of caste tension that prevailed among a section of teachers in the school. Police have booked a teacher for allegedly instigating the students to go on a rampage.

The Panchayat Union Primary School in Semmanandal village near Ulundurpet has 191 students of Class I to Class VIII. The school had nine teachers, including headmaster Anbazhagan. When he was on leave, a senior mathematics teacher Suganthi, who was also the assistant headmistress, used to be in charge of the school.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. AIADMK's Spokesperson Expelled After Offering Conditional Support to TDP's No-Trust Motion

In a joint statement, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami said since Palanisamy had brought disrepute to the AIADMK.
In a joint statement, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami said since Palanisamy had brought disrepute to the AIADMK.
(Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Hours after AIADMK spokesperson K C Palanisamy announced that the party MPs would support the no-confidence motion against the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre if it failed to form the CMB as stipulated by the Supreme Court, party coordinator O Panneerselvam and joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami expelled him from the primary membership of the party.

In a joint statement, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami said since Palanisamy had brought disrepute to the AIADMK by acting against the principles and ideologies of the party, he has been expelled.

Reacting sharply to the action taken against him, Palanisamy told Express that “if they are conducting party affairs in a democratic manner, they should have first sought my explanation before taking action against me.”

(Source: The New Indian Express)

6. Russia Cannot be Blamed for Syria Crisis: Envoy

Consul General of the Russian Federation in Chennai on Friday said that his country was taking active measures to promote political settlement to end the crisis in Syria.
Consul General of the Russian Federation in Chennai on Friday said that his country was taking active measures to promote political settlement to end the crisis in Syria.
(Photo: PTI)

Sergey L Kotov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Chennai, on Friday, 16 March, said that his country was taking active measures to promote political settlement to end the crisis in Syria.

Clarifying on his country’s stand, the diplomat said, “Russia is trying to promote reconciliation and stability in the middle east and full elimination of the terrorist threat.  The Russian Federation is taking active measures to promote political settlement of the crisis in the Syria in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.”

Pointing out that the protests held in Chennai regarding the humanitarian crisis were based on misinformation, Kotov said, “Russia is not responsible for the Syrian crisis. Falsified photo and video materials are being published in social networks and other media.”

(Source: DTNext)

7. 50 Kin of School Fire Victims to Implead in Relief Diversion Case

Even before the amount was deposited in his account, counsel S Tamilarasan came to Kumbakonam and summoned the parents and obtained two undated cheques and signed blank papers from each of the claimants
Even before the amount was deposited in his account, counsel S Tamilarasan came to Kumbakonam and summoned the parents and obtained two undated cheques and signed blank papers from each of the claimants
(Photo: The Quint)

Allegations of misappropriation of a major portion of the compensation amount awarded by the government to the parents of those who died in the 2004 Kumbakonam fire tragedy got bigger with nearly 50 such aggrieved parents moving the Madras High Court on Friday, 16 March, to implead themselves as parties in the original contempt application filed in 2017.

According to one such complainants, U Marimuthu of Asoor in Kumbakonam, whose son Mohan Kumar was burnt to death in the fire at Sri Krishna School on 16 July 2004, the government, after a great deal of court proceedings and negotiations, awarded a compensation starting from Rs 5 lakh each to the parents of the victims with interest.

The government deposited Rs 8.01 lakh in his bank account in the Koranattu Karuppur branch of the City Union Bank on 21 December 2016.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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