QChennai: No Stay on Proceedings Against Karti Chidambaram & More
P Chidambaram and son Karti. 
P Chidambaram and son Karti.  (Photo: PTI)

QChennai: No Stay on Proceedings Against Karti Chidambaram & More

1. HC Refuses to Stay Proceedings Against Karti Chidambaram and Wife

The Madras High Court on Monday refused to stay the trial proceedings in an alleged tax evasion case prosecuted by the Income Tax department against Member of Parliament Karti P Chidambaram, representing the Sivaganga parliamentary constituency, and his wife Srinidhi Karti Chidambaram.

Justice PD Audikesavalu said no prejudice would be caused to the petitioners because of the ongoing examination of witnesses by a special court constituted here for hearing exclusively the cases booked against Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislative Assembly. The judge also insisted that the petitioners include the Registrar General of the High Court as one of the respondents to their petitions since it was at the registry’s instance that the tax evasion case had got transferred from a Metropolitan Magistrate court in Egmore to the special court.

(Source: The Hindu)

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2. Private Water Tankers Threaten to Go On Strike

The private tankers, on which a huge section of Chennaiites depend for water, say they are being harassed by police for lack of license.
The private tankers, on which a huge section of Chennaiites depend for water, say they are being harassed by police for lack of license.
(Photo: AP)

Despite last-minute negotiations by the Tamil Nadu government officials, the private water tanker owners said they are determined to start their strike from Wednesday demanding release of the 25 seized water tankers. The tankers were seized by the police in the last one month on charges of illegal tapping of groundwater.

Even though the water crisis in Chennai has eased a little, many residential apartments in the city are dependent on water supply from private water tankers. If they go ahead with the strike, it could put many residents in hardship. In the last one month, around 25 lorries have been taken into custody by police for not having license to draw groundwater.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Govt Schools Conduct Weekly Tests to Prepare for Competitive Exams

Education Department yet to announce dates for commencing coaching classes.  
Education Department yet to announce dates for commencing coaching classes.  
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With the aim of preparing students to ace competitive exams such as NEET, the School Education Department has begun conducting a weekly test across government and government-aided schools. Two such tests have been conducted so far and schools will continue to conduct them for those interested, every Friday through the academic year.

“A team of teachers has been formed to prepare question papers for these tests which are out of 240 marks. Students are given an hour’s time and we have asked schools to encourage all students to take them up,” a senior official from the Department said. The headmaster of a government school from the city said they were being sent answer keys along with question papers and teachers had been instructed to evaluate the weekly tests and give the students feedback.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Burning Plastic May Attract Fines Up To Rs 10,000 Soon

The city corporation has drafted a new plastic waste management bylaw that regulates the use and disposal of plastic waste. Representational image.
The city corporation has drafted a new plastic waste management bylaw that regulates the use and disposal of plastic waste. Representational image.
(Photo Courtesy: AP Videograb)

Burning plastic waste in any public or private open spaces in Chennai may soon attract a fine of Rs 1000 to Rs 10,000. This is one of the provisions in the city corporation’s newly released draft plastic waste management bylaws, aimed at addressing the menace of plastic waste. The corporation has invited the civilians to give their opinions on the draft before it takes steps to implement the new law.

The draft bylaws have several other provisions regarding usage of plastic covers and bags. The plastic sheet used for packaging, wrapping the commodity shall not be less than fifty microns in thickness except when the thickness of such plastic sheets is essential for the functionality of the product, stated the bylaws.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. State Govt Not in Favour of Subsidising Milk Tariff

Representational image. CM had to take holistic view of the financial position of the government. 
Representational image. CM had to take holistic view of the financial position of the government. 
(Photo: Reuters)

The State government does not seem to be in favour of the idea of providing subsidy in the milk tariff to the cooperative dairy sector. “We have in the past requested the government to provide us with such support. But there has been no such practice,” K T Rajenthra Bhalaji, Minister for Milk and Dairy Development said.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had to take a holistic view of the financial position of the government as well while considering the question of tariff subsidy. The Minister was responding to a query as to why his department should not seek tariff subsidy on the lines of what was being given to the State Transport Corporations (diesel subsidy) and the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (power subsidy).

(Source: The Hindu)

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