QChennai: Kamal Denies Producers’ Claim; Wettest Sept for the City
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1. Kamal Haasan Denies Producers' Claim That He Borrowed Rs 10 Crore
Actor Kamal Haasan’s production company Raaj Kamal Films has denied all allegations by producer Gnanavel Raja. On Thursday 26 September, Gnanavel had filed a complaint at the Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC) accusing Kamal of not repaying Rs 10 crore which he had allegedly borrowed at the time of the release of the 2015 film Uttama Villain.
Raaj Kamal Films released a statement in response on Twitter. “This rumour has been instigated now to deliberately tarnish the image of Mr Kamal Haasan” the statement read.
2. HC Seeks Explanation from 10 Medical Colleges
Shocked to hear an allegation of 10 self-financing medical colleges in the State having “sold” 207 MBBS seats for hefty amounts ranging between Rs 40 lakh and Rs 50 lakh per seat, the Madras High Court on Friday suo motu included the colleges as respondents to a writ appeal, and called for an explanation from them.
Justices N Kirubakaran and P Velmurugan directed the colleges to submit the list of the 207 students, along with the marks they had obtained in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), by October 15, so that the court could find out whether meritorious candidates alone had been admitted or not.
(Source: The Hindu)
3. Man Who Stole Gold from Minors Nabbed
A 44-year-old man who allegedly stole jewellery from minor girls at wedding halls was arrested on Thursday. This comes nearly 25 days after a police constable’s five-year-old daughter was relieved of her four-sovereign chain at Vadapalani. Police identified the arrested as V Purushothaman of Guduvanchery. Seventeen sovereigns of jewellery and `2 lakh were recovered from him.
“Sasikumar, a police constable at the control room had gone to a wedding at Vadapalani with his 8-year-old daughter on September 2. The suspect was playing with her and escaped with her chain,” said a police officer. Police zeroed in on the suspect after he was seen carrying the child in a photo. It was circulated to all police stations.Meanwhile, Puducherry police informed city police that his name was Purushothaman and that they too have cases pending against him.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
4. This September One of the Wettest in a Decade in Chennai
Chennai has experienced one of the wettest Septembers in a decade. So far, it has received nearly 92% more rain than its average for the month. The city has recorded nearly 198 mm of rainfall this month as compared to the average of 103 mm.
Chennai had previously registered the highest volume of rainfall (297 mm) in September 2016. It had recorded an all-time high rainfall of 314.5 mm in September 1996. S Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai said the city experienced several rainy days due to upper air circulation and convective activity. Though there are a couple of days to go for the month to end, it may not make much difference.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. Elephants at TN Camp Face Abuse
An alarming video of elephants being hit hard with bullhooks at Marakkanam, 150 kilometres from Chennai, has been accessed by The Quint. Three elephants, Sandhya, 45, Indu, 35, and Jayanthi, 21, were handed over by the Kanchi Mutt temple to Elefriends 101 for rehabilitation. For the last three and a half years, they had been living in a chain-free facility nestled inside a herbal forest, with nutritious food and veterinary care, until forest officials upset their recovery.
Following a Public Interest Litigation, the Madras High Court on 19 September ordered all the three elephants be moved to an elephant care facility at MR Palayam Elephant Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Trichy within four weeks.
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