QChennai: Muslim Leaders Seek 10% Quota & More 

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1. Muslim Leaders Seek 10% Quota

With the BJP-led government at the Centre introducing 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections in the general category, Islamic leaders in Tamil Nadu are seeking a similar reservation for Muslims. MH Jawahirullah, president, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, said Muslim parties must insist that 10 percent reservation for the community, as recommended by the Justice Ranganath Committee and Sachar Committee, should be one of the major features in the ‘Common Minimum Programme’ agreement before the Lok Sabha elections.

“The Opposition parties said the BJP is trying to strengthen its vote bank before the elections, but they all nevertheless supported the Bill,” he said. Indian Union Muslim League’s general secretary K M Kader Mohideen said, “We will insist that our alliance partners – DMK in Tamil Nadu and the Congress in Kerala – include the reservation in their manifesto.”

(Source: The Hindu)

2. 40% Dip in Bhogi Pollution

Out of the 15 stations monitored, only 2 clocked PM10 levels in excess of 200 µg/m3.
Out of the 15 stations monitored, only 2 clocked PM10 levels in excess of 200 µg/m3.
(Photo: PTI)

This year’s Bhogi is arguably the best compared to the last few years with respect to pollution. Overall, a 40 per cent dip in emission levels were observed this year compared to 2018. Out of the 15 stations monitored, only 2 clocked PM10 levels in excess of 200 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter). Last year, 11 out of 15 stations violated norms. The ambient air quality monitoring was conducted in all the 15 Chennai corporation zones for 24 hours on pre-bhogi and on bhogi day. The survey results reveal that the overall status of gaseous pollutants Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) were found to be well within the prescribed 80 µg/m3.

The particulate matter levels – PM10 and PM2.5 – went up marginally above the standard in all the locations. However, compared to last year, there has been significant improvement. Except for Tondiarpet, Meenambakkam and T Nagar, all other locations registered noticeable reduction in PM10 levels. Tondiarpet also recorded highest PM10 level of 249 µg/m3.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. 59% Class V Students Can’t Read Class II Text: Survey

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Image used for representational purposes only.
(Photo: Reuters)

Nearly 59 percent of Class V students and 89 percent of Class III students are unable to read a Class II-level textbook in rural Tamil Nadu, the findings of the ASER 2018 survey have indicated. Even at their grade, the results indicate a huge gap in learning levels — 96 percent of students in Class II are unable to read a text meant for their level. In a district-wise analysis of the data, Tiruvallur and the Nilgiris have more than 50 percent of their rural students from Class VIII struggling to read a text meant for Class II.

The survey was carried out among 20,435 students to test their basic reading and arithmetic skills. Additionally, norms and standards prescribed by the Right To Education Act have also been included and in this aspect, Tamil Nadu has scored above the national average in terms of school facilities for students. B Oliver, State Head of Pratham Education Foundation, said that Tamil Nadu had continued to show consistently positive trends over the years with regard to enrolment and attendance.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Chennai Book Fair Records Footfall of 8 Lakh Visitors

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The book fair this year has been a huge success, say organisers, with Monday alone recording around 60,000 visitors.  “Sales have gone up since last year and so has the footfall. We are expecting to see almost twice the number of visitors as last year,” said S Vairavan of Kumaran Pathippagam, who is also the president of the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI), that organises the annual fair.
So far, a total of eight lakh people have visited the fair this year, he added.

With another week to go, it is expected to clock another 10 lakh. Last year the fair closed at an ‘all-time-high’ of 12 lakh visitors. The fair, with 812 stalls, is to go on until January 20.  This year, Madurai Sarvodaya Ilakkiya Pannai’s ‘Sathya Sodhanai,’ a translation of Gandhi’s autobiography ‘My Experiment with Truth’ has emerged as the top seller so far, already having sold one lakh copies.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. AIADMK Urges Governor to Ignore DMK Charges

Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit. 
Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit. 
(File Photo: IANS)

A group of senior leaders of the ruling AIADMK has called upon Governor Banwarilal Purohit to ignore the DMK’s call for a probe by a special investigation team (SIT) into the break-in at a Kodanad estate bungalow last April. The estate was once used by former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. Led by former Minister and deputy coordinator K P Munusamy, the group submitted a memorandum to the Governor on Tuesday and termed the DMK president MK Stalin’s allegations as “politically motivated.”

Recalling how the then Chief Minister M Karunanidhi tried to unsuccessfully implicate Jayalalithaa in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in March 1997 on the basis of a photograph in which she had posed herself with look-alikes of assassins Dhanu and Sivarajan, he said that in the present instance too the DMK would meet with a “miserable failure.”

(Source: The Hindu)

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