QChennai: Govt Wants Banners for Xi-Modi Meet; 17K Buses for Puja
Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.
1. After Subhasri’s Death, TN Govt Wants Hoarding for Xi-Modi Meet
On 12 September, a 23-year-old woman from Chennai was killed on the streets of the city by an illegal hoarding that turned into a death trap. The installation of the flex board, outlawed multiple times by the Madras High Court, was undertaken illegally for an AIADMK leader’s family function.
Subhasri’s death shook the conscience of the state and prompted anger from various quarters, finally forcing authorities to take long-pending action and forcing the courts to reiterate the law. However, less than a month after her death, the AIADMK government has notified the Madras High Court proposing to erect more hoardings for the upcoming bilateral meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping.
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2. Men Wearing Cat and Dog Masks Rob Lalithaa Jewellery
Two masked robbers have made away with jewels worth several crores at a branch of the popular Lalithaa Jewellery in Tamil Nadu’s Trichy district. When employees entered the store on Wednesday just before 9 am, it was discovered that an entire section of jewellery mannequins had their valuables missing with the protective covering undone. These consisted of gold and diamond necklaces.
CCTV footage captured at the store shows two men — one wearing a dog mask and another a cat mask — entering the ground floor of the store with duffel bags in hand. The store borders an empty plot of land through which the thieves are suspected to have drilled a hole for passage.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)
3. DD Official Suspended a Day After Modi’s Speech Is ‘Missed’
An assistant director at the Doordarshan Kendra here was suspended with immediate effect on Tuesday. The action came in the wake of complaints that the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a hackathon event at the IIT Research Park in the city was not telecast live on DD Podhigai a day earlier.
In the order, Prasar Bharati Chief Executive Officer Shashi Shekhar Vempati said that Assistant Director (Programme) R. Vasumathi was being placed under suspension under Rule 10(1) of the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965. He did not assign any reason for the action except for stating that disciplinary proceedings were being contemplated against her.
(Source: The Hindu)
4. Gang Barges into Massage Centre, Nabbed Within Minutes
The police arrested four persons of a five-member gang within three minutes of them barging into a massage centre at Egatoor in Kelambakkam police station limits. According to the police, the CCTV camera footage shows two youngsters threatening the staff with a billhook to part with cash and valuables on 28 September.
One of the staff members managed to make a distress call to the Kelambakkam police station. “The nearest patrol vehicle was informed and they reached the spot in three minutes. While two policemen barged into the room and locked it from inside, two others stood guard outside,” said V Badri Narayanan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mamallapuram. They managed to nab four of them — Vijay, Prabhakaran, Sasikumar and Jegadeesan.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. TN Transport Dept to Operate over 17,000 Buses for Puja, Deepavali Holidays
With Ayudha Puja holidays and Deepavali fast approaching, the Tamil Nadu Transport department is gearing up to manage a surge in its patrons travelling to different parts of the state. Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar has announced the operation of special buses, nearly 6000 for the puja holidays and 11,000 for Deepavali.
Ahead of Ayudha puja to be celebrated on 7 October, 1,695 special buses along with 2,225 buses would be operated for 3 days from 4 October. 1,242 special buses will transport passengers from other cities, including Coimbatore, Tirupur and Bengaluru, this weekend.
(Source: The News Minute)
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