QChennai: Activist Held for Posters; Rs 2700 Cr Investments Sealed

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Social activist and writer Durai Guna was arrested at Karambakudi in Pudukottai district on Monday.
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1. TN Activist Guna Arrested over Posters on ‘Vacant’ Collector Post

Durai Guna has been protesting against encroachments in Vettukulam tank and this move was to highlight the alleged inaction and neglect in duty on the part of the officials.
Durai Guna has been protesting against encroachments in Vettukulam tank and this move was to highlight the alleged inaction and neglect in duty on the part of the officials.
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"Hiring for Job Vacancies. Postings? District Collector, District Revenue Officer, Divisional Revenue Officer, Tahsildar and Village Administrative Officer. Qualifications? General knowledge, discipline and self-respect. Recommendation from ministers and other officials will not be entertained."

The people of Karambakudi in Pudukottai district were in for a surprise when they came across posters 'advertising' jobs for top government positions in their district. The brains behind this jibe at the officials was social activist and writer Durai Guna, who was arrested on Monday. He had put up these posters on 24 August, fed up with the officials.

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2. Palaniswami US Visit: TN Attracts Investments Worth over Rs 2,700 Crore

Edappadi K Palanisamy, the newly sworn in Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Edappadi K Palanisamy, the newly sworn in Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
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More than 16 firms in the US have committed investments to the tune of over Rs 2,700 crore in Tamil Nadu during the ongoing visit of Chief Minister K Palaniswami to that country, the state government said on Wednesday.

During investors meet in New York on Tuesday, attended by the chief minister, 16 companies had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to make investments worth Rs 2780 crore in different fields in the state, an official release here said.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

3. Former Secretary of Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle Denied Admission at University of Madras

A student of the Department of Buddhism of the University<a href="https://www.thehindu.com/tag/991-923/university/?utm=bodytag"> <br></a>of Madras has been declared ineligible for the programme.
A student of the Department of Buddhism of the University
of Madras has been declared ineligible for the programme.
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A student of the Department of Buddhism at the University of Madras has been declared ineligible for the programme. Kripa Mohan, who graduated from the University’s Department of Journalism and Communication in 2018, applied for a Master’s programme in the Department of Philosophy for a course in Buddhism on 31 July.

He said his admission was rejected as he had not produced an eligibility certificate. According to him, the head of his department told him that his admission was rejected due to pressure from the Governor/Chancellor’s office. Kripa Mohan was a secretary of the student body of the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle while being a student in the journalism department.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Govt’s Free NEET Coaching Classes Yet to Begin

Government’s state-level free National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) coaching classes for government school students are yet to begin.
Government’s state-level free National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) coaching classes for government school students are yet to begin.
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Almost three months have gone and one semester done, and government’s state-level free National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) coaching classes for government school students are yet to begin.

While the government, in collaboration with a private training institute Eetoos, held an orientation for select students from Chennai, Coimbatore and Erode alone recently, commencement of classes are awaiting the nod of school education minister KA Sengottaiyan, said department sources. Students fear that this will give their affluent counterparts, who can afford private coaching, an edge over them.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Sewage Enters Drinking Water Sumps in Adyar Locality

Residents of Jeevarathinam Nagar in Adyar were shocked to find sewage in their drinking water sumps, after a private telecom company punctured the sewage pipeline on Tuesday night. “On Tuesday night, they broke the sewage pipeline, and silently, without reporting the issue to the authorities concerned, went away,” he charged.

Within a few minutes of the incident, a foul smell started emanating from the sump, and upon inspection, the sump had sewage stagnating, due to damage to the pipes. The resident complained that Chennai Metrowater Supply and Sewerage Board was taking no action.

(Source: The Hindu)

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