QChennai: BJP Head Shocked over Enrollment in Kamal’s Party & More

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1. Tamilisai Soundararajan ‘Joins’ Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam Party

Symbol of&nbsp; Kamal Haasan’s ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam.’
Symbol of  Kamal Haasan’s ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam.’
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BJP state president Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan has expressed “shock” over her being enrolled in actor-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam party. She claimed she had received a message from the MNM stating she has been enrolled in that party.

Hitting out at the fledgling party launched by the veteran actor recently, Dr Tamilisai said she received an e-mail from the MNM enrolling her as a member, even as the MNM claimed it has proof of a membership request from her website. “I was shocked to get an e-mail a week ago which said I have become a member of his party (MNM). They have even sent membership number (TN TOF 92829),” she told reporters.

The mail, Dr Tamilisai said, landed in her mailbox when she was away in New Delhi. Hours after the BJP chief’s claim, MNM, in a tweet addressed its response to her in Tamil, saying it had proof of getting a request for membership registration from her website.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

2. Special House Session on Cauvery Likely

DMK working president and Leader of the Opposition MK Stalin had already urged the government to convene a special session urging the Centre to set up the CMB.
DMK working president and Leader of the Opposition MK Stalin had already urged the government to convene a special session urging the Centre to set up the CMB.
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The government may hold a special Assembly session to discuss and pass a resolution on the Cauvery water dispute and also to urge the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board as per the demands of the Opposition parties.

“The state government may not be averse to the idea as Cauvery is a major issue and the state government would not want an issue cropping up in the beginning of the long budget session,” sources said. Whether the session would be held after the business for the day ends or in the morning would be discussed and decided in the Business Advisory Committee meeting to be held on 15 March. Meanwhile, Congress Whip S Vijayadharani has requested the Speaker to have the special session either on 15 March or on 19 March.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. HC Grants Anticipatory Bail to Two Disqualified MLAs

An advocate argued that of late, many “VIPs and ex-VIPs” had come to think that they could act in a callous manner with utter disregard for law and still obtain advance bail from the courts as a matter of right.
An advocate argued that of late, many “VIPs and ex-VIPs” had come to think that they could act in a callous manner with utter disregard for law and still obtain advance bail from the courts as a matter of right.
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The Madras High Court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to disqualified AIADMK MLAs P Vetrivel and Thanga Tamilselvan in a case booked against them on charges of attempting to enter into the Legislative Assembly complex forcibly for addressing a press conference against Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on 1 March and, in the process, using criminal force against the police officers on guard duty.

Justice AD Jagadish Chandira granted the relief on condition that both of them should stay in Madurai for two weeks and sign at the Tallakulam police station every day. Thereafter, they should appear before the Inspector of Fort St George Police Station here as and when required. The orders were passed after hearing Advocate-General Vijay Narayan for the prosecution and senior counsel I Subramanian representing the petitioners.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. State Mulling Law on Contract Farming

Union Ministry defined the concept of contract farming as a “pre-production season agreement between farmers (individually or collectively) and industry”.
Union Ministry defined the concept of contract farming as a “pre-production season agreement between farmers (individually or collectively) and industry”.
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The Tamil Nadu government is contemplating a law on contract farming. In December 2017, the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare sent the initial text of the legislation, called the Agricultural Produce & Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion & Facilitation) Act. After incorporating views from different sections, the Ministry, a few weeks ago, circulated a fresh text of the proposed law to all the states.

Defining the concept of contract farming as a “pre-production season agreement between farmers (individually or collectively) and industry”, the Union Ministry, in its communication, says the provisions of the proposed law have been aimed at “building a win-win framework” for the two principal parties. Once contracts are entered into between the parties, the risk of post-harvest market unpredictability will get transferred from the farmers to the industry.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Gangster Binu Acquitted in Attempt to Murder Case

The case was registered against him for attempting to murder his rival, Ramesh, alias Dammu Ramesh.
The case was registered against him for attempting to murder his rival, Ramesh, alias Dammu Ramesh.
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Gangster Binu Pappachan, who was arrested recently during a police raid at his birthday party where he cut a cake in the presence of 100 other criminals, was acquitted in an attempt to murder case filed against him by the Vadapalani police in 2013.

Binu, 50, came in the public eye only last month after the police swooped down on his birthday party, where 100 other criminals had gathered. Though he managed to escape, he surrendered later. The police had placed him in the A+ category, denoting a gangster with five murders to his account and with more than five rowdies as associates. The trial in the attempt to murder case was affected since he had been underground for a long time. After he was nabbed, the trial gained momentum in the VI additional city civil/sessions court.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. College Student Held for Attempt to Molest Woman

A case was registered against the accused, who was remanded to judicial custody.
A case was registered against the accused, who was remanded to judicial custody.
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A college student was arrested for attempting to molest a 27-year-old woman in Kodungaiyur on Sunday night. According to the police, on Sunday around 10 pm, the accused Naresh, 19, barged into the house of a woman in Kodungaiyur. She was alone at home, waiting for her husband to return.

After he entered the house, Naresh threatened the woman with a knife and tried to sexually abuse her, the police said. When the woman shouted for help, Naresh tried to escape but her neighbours caught him and handed him over to the police. The police said that he was a first year BA student.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Man Dies in Swimming Pool

A 38-year-old man, who had come with his children to the Corporation Swimming Pool at the Marina on Tuesday, died after he dived into the pool for a swim. Safiullah of Thambu Chetty Street in Mannadi was a manager at a private firm in the city. According to the police, he used to take his children to the pool every morning for swimming classes.

On Tuesday around 7:30 am, he brought his daughter and son to the pool. After leaving the children with the coach, he decided to take a swim. “He is suspected to have jumped into the water at a spot where the depth is about 2.5 feet,” said a police officer attached to the Anna Square police station. The officer added that Safiullah lost consciousness in the water. Other people in the pool, with the help of the staff pulled him out and rushed him to hospital. However, he was declared dead.

(Source: The Hindu)

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