QChennai: TN to File Contempt Plea for Cauvery Scheme & More

Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.

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TN ministers and Opposition leaders are upset with the Centre for not taking the initiative to form Cauvery Management Board.
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1. Tamil Nadu to File Contempt Plea on Cauvery Scheme

Image used for representational purposes.
Image used for representational purposes.
(Photo: PTI)

With the central government not coming out with a scheme on the Cauvery issue within the six-week period stipulated by the Supreme Court – which ended on Thursday – the Tamil Nadu government has decided to approach the court with a contempt petition. This was decided at a meeting chaired by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami with senior ministers and officials at the Secretariat on Thursday. Advocate General Vijay Narayan was also present at the meeting, which lasted 40 minutes.

On 16 February, delivering its judgment, the Supreme Court set a deadline of six weeks for the Centre to frame a scheme for the implementation of the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) given in February 2007.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. People Will Not Forgive Centre’s Betrayal: Ramadoss

Dr Ramadoss said the decision has been taken with the elections in Karnataka in mind.
Dr Ramadoss said the decision has been taken with the elections in Karnataka in mind.
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PMK founder S Ramadoss on Thursday said the Centre’s betrayal in forming the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee within six weeks, a deadline that ended on Thursday, will not be pardoned by the people of Tamil Nadu.

“With the time-period prescribed by Supreme Court to implement the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal ending today, the Centre has filed an appeal seeking clarification in Supreme Court’s verdict. This is an example of highest forms of betrayal,” said Dr. Ramadoss. He questioned why the Centre took so long to seek clarification. “It kept quiet for 6 weeks and it decided to go to the Supreme Court now,” he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. Modi Can Form CMB If He Wants to, Says Kamal Haasan

The ‘pedestrian perception’ is that the Centre is delaying the formation of the board because of Assembly elections in Karnataka. “I too believe that,” he said.
The ‘pedestrian perception’ is that the Centre is delaying the formation of the board because of Assembly elections in Karnataka. “I too believe that,” he said.
(Photo Courtesy: Reuters)

Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan on Thursday said that the Cauvery Management Board must be formed without any further delay. “Forming the CMB is the only way forward,” he said. Raising doubts over what is ‘scheme’ or ‘authority’ is merely procrastination. “The Interstate Water Tribunal Act (clause 6A) clearly defines ‘scheme’. Both the States need water and we need an authority for that. Vote politics should not be played in this issue,” said Haasan.

Answering why he was not criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and only putting pressure on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on the issue of forming the Cauvery Management Board, he said, “The Prime Minister can do this if he wants to do it. I am not trying to out-think the Prime Minister. I can only say what we require. Tamilian farmers and people require water”.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Duo Held for Stealing Laptops from Hostels on OMR

During interrogation, the duo told the police that they were from wealthy families and stole gadgets for fun.
During interrogation, the duo told the police that they were from wealthy families and stole gadgets for fun.
(Photo Courtesy: iStock)

The Adyar police on Thursday arrested two persons who allegedly stole mobile phones and laptops from men’s hostels and apartments on Old Mahabalipuram Road. Police received frequent complaints of theft of laptops and mobiles from residents in Kannagi Nagar, Thoraipakkam and Taramani. These were mostly from men’s hostels and bachelor accommodation.

Deputy Police Commissioner of Police, Adyar, R Rohit Nathan formed special teams to nab the accused. On Thursday, the Kannagi Nagar police arrested K Karthick alias Gowtham, 24, and K. Manikandan, 26, of Vellore district. They stayed in a lodge at Choolaimedu and targeted the IT corridor for stealing mobiles and laptops.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Sachin Rolls Out BMW’s Skill Development Initiative for Students

Sachin Tendulkar launched a skill development initiative of BMW, termed ‘Skill Next,’ with the students of College of Engineering, Guindy.
Sachin Tendulkar launched a skill development initiative of BMW, termed ‘Skill Next,’ with the students of College of Engineering, Guindy.
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On Thursday, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar launched a skill development initiative of BMW, termed ‘Skill Next,’ at the the car major’s plant here with the students of College of Engineering, Guindy. The German carmaker will provide 365 BMW engines and transmission units to leading engineering and technical institutions across the country.

The manufacturer will deliver the engines and transmission units to campuses by the year-end. A ‘train the trainer’ module has also been devised for these institutes. Speaking at the function, Tendulkar, BMW's brand ambassador, reiterated the importance of practical training and hoped that the initiative would unearth quality automobile engineers.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. City Airport to Get 24 More Self Check-In Kiosks

The existing counters are choked, particularly in the morning hours.
The existing counters are choked, particularly in the morning hours.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

The Chennai airport will have 24 new self check-in kiosks at the domestic and international terminals to address the problem of increasing congestion. Though there are a few kiosks now, there is a need for additional ones as the terminals are choked during peak hours, officials said. There will be 16 such kiosks in the domestic terminal and eight in the international terminal, an official said.

“The domestic terminal gets very crowded between 5 am and 8 am This terminal particularly has passengers travelling on business to Mumbai and Delhi, who will not have any baggage. For their convenience, we decided to have more kiosks,” he added. Passengers say the additional kiosks are welcome as it will help them complete the check-in procedures quickly.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. DGP Writes to Senior Officers About Mounting Desertions

Director General of Police TK Rajendran has written to senior police officers across Tamil Nadu seeking to know why there was an increase in the number of police personnel deserting the force. The state police had informed the Madras High Court a couple of days ago that 8,158 police personnel had deserted the force in the last 10 years, with the highest being 1,039 in 2017.

Citing queries raised by Justice N Kirubakaran, who took note of media reports and sought details of the orderly system in the State, the DGP wrote to senior police officers, including all ADGPs, Police Commissioners and Superintendents of Police, calling for details of vehicles at the disposal of senior police officers and their family members.

(Source: The Hindu)

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