QChennai: Velachery Fights Garbage; Govt NEET Classes Yet to Begin

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1. As Conservancy Firm Winds Up, Velachery Battles Garbage

Uncleared garbage and overflowing bins have become the norm at many places in Velachery as the civic body struggles to clean up the mess left behind by a private conservancy agency. As the conservancy operations are not carried out regularly, the overflowing garbage gets strewn at various street junctions, residents complain.

S Kumararaja, a resident welfare activist of Velachery, said that garbage-filled bins could be seen in a number of areas in Velachery, including localities like Annai Indira Nagar, Baby Nagar, Dhandeeswaram Nagar, LIC Colony, Seshadripuram and VGP Selva Nagar. Residents complained not only of dirty streets and a foul smell, but also about the uncleared garbage bins posing a health hazard, especially to children. In Adyar zone, under which Velachery falls, the conservancy operations are undertaken by a private agency.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Govt's Free NEET Coaching Classes Yet to Begin

Students who perform well will be given an intensive two-month training.
Students who perform well will be given an intensive two-month training.
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Almost three months have gone and one semester done, 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. Paid coaching by private institutions started during the summer vacation and many students start training for these exams even from Standard VI. With quarterly examinations beginning in the third week of this month, it may be difficult to start NEET coaching before that, the source said.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Cleaner Waterways May Be a Reality in Four Years' Time

Metrowater plans to plug sewage outfalls and strengthen sewer network; work to get under way in January.
Metrowater plans to plug sewage outfalls and strengthen sewer network; work to get under way in January.
(Photo: PTI)

Cleaner waterways could become a reality in four years’ time if the various projects proposed by Chennai Metrowater are implemented. With the State government approving works worth Rs 1,001 crore, the water agency is set to call for tenders this month.

Though Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust has already taken up eco-restoration projects along Cooum and Adyar rivers at a cost of Rs 300 crore, the new projects aim at a comprehensive clean-up of the Cooum and Adyar rivers and Buckingham Canal and its associated drains. Work is expected to begin in January next year. It may be recalled that a government order was issued recently sanctioning various projects worth Rs 2,371 crore proposed by Chennai Metrowater to plug sewage outfalls into the city’s waterways and also strengthen the sewer network, through short-term and long-term strategies.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Kashmiris Have the Right to Disagree, Says Kannan Gopinath

Gopinathan is a 2012-batch IAS officer hailing from Kerala. He submitted his resignation to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration on August 23.
Gopinathan is a 2012-batch IAS officer hailing from Kerala. He submitted his resignation to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration on August 23.
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When institutions fail, individuals have to stand up, said Kannan Gopinathan, a former IAS officer, who recently quit the service against communication blackout in Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday. “It has been 30 days since article 370 was abrogated and communication has still not been restored. Kashmiris have the right to disagree with the decision, and they have been denied the right to dissent,” he said speaking at a discussion organised by Young People for Politics.

Gopinathan is a 2012-batch IAS officer hailing from Kerala. He submitted his resignation to the Dadra and Nagar Haveli administration on August 23. The government, in this case has “infantalised” Jammu and Kashmir, Gopinathan said.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Release of Dhanush's Ennai Noki... Put Off

‘Working for release in next few days’.
‘Working for release in next few days’.
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After much speculation about its release, the team behind the Dhanush-starrer Ennai Noki Paayum Thotta (ENPT) announced on Thursday that they would not be able to release the film on Friday, September 6, as announced. “We have put in our best efforts to ensure the release of this much-awaited film and we are, equally, if not more disappointed. We are working on ensuring a smooth release in the next few days,” said a statement from Escape Artists Motion Pictures and the team behind the film.

A court stay and financial issues are said to be the reason behind the delay. The film, directed by Gautham Menon, has seen several delays in the last two years. With an announcement about its release a few weeks back, the buzz surrounding the film had picked up again, raising fans’ expectations.

(Source: The Hindu)

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