QChennai: 3 Men Die While Manual Scavenging; Techie Robbed

Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai. 

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1. ‘He Stopped... Hit Me and Robbed Everything I Had’

The chain-snatching incidents have been occurring on prime busy areas increasing concern among residents.
The chain-snatching incidents have been occurring on prime busy areas increasing concern among residents.
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“He stopped me... hit me, and robbed everything I had, while I bled,” Lavanya Jangath, the 30-year-old techie who was assaulted early Tuesday said, after she regained consciousness at her hospital bed, on Wednesday.

Lavanya, waking up nearly 24 hours after the assault, spoke about her traumatic experience to the police. Police said she told them she had finished attending a client meeting in their office in Guindy. After that, she decided to ride her two wheeler back to her office, Newt Global Technologies, in Navalur. She then took the deserted Thalambur-Perumbakkam road, riding her two-wheeler in darkness, her path illuminated merely by the headlights of the vehicle. A man stopped her and hit her on the head with an iron rod. The attacker grabbed her high end mobile phone, and then snatched her gold chain (1.5 sovereigns), besides speeding away on her two wheeler.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Jaya Probe Panel Summons Manoj Pandian

The ex-MP is the first AIADMK leader to have been summoned by the panel. 
The ex-MP is the first AIADMK leader to have been summoned by the panel. 
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The Commission of Inquiry probing former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s death on Wednesday summoned AIADMK leader Paul Manoj Pandian. Pandian, a former AIADMK MP, has been asked to appear before the panel on 21 February.

He is the first AIADMK leader to have been summoned by the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry. Pandian and his father PH Pandian, a former Assembly Speaker, had on 7 February 2017, addressed a press conference during which they raised suspicion over the circumstances surrounding the former Chief Minister’s death.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. Three Men Die While Manual Scavenging in Septic Tank Near Sriperumbudur

The persons engaged for the work had to help the driver in clearing the sewage from the tank using the suction machine and later enter the tank and clear the sediments.
The persons engaged for the work had to help the driver in clearing the sewage from the tank using the suction machine and later enter the tank and clear the sediments.
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Three persons were asphyxiated while cleaning a septic tank in Ponthur near Sriperumbudur on Wednesday. The incident took place around 2.30 pm, when two workers, entered the tank at a hotel on Oragadam Road. Murugesan slipped and fell into the tank after inhaling the fumes, followed by Mari.

Ravi, 40, of Somangalam, who was supervising the work on behalf of the hotel management, tried to rescue them, but also fell into the tank and died. According to the police, the hotel management had engaged a local septic tank cleaning agency to clear the sewage.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Plea to Book Case Against Kanchi Acharya

A member is pursuing to book a case against Kanchi Acharya Vijayendra Saraswati for not having stood up when the State song.
A member is pursuing to book a case against Kanchi Acharya Vijayendra Saraswati for not having stood up when the State song.
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An office-bearer of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (TPDK) has moved the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the Chennai city police to book a case against Kanchi Acharya Vijayendra Saraswati for not having stood up when the State song, popularly known as Tamil Thai Vazhthu, was played during a private event here on 23 January.

In his affidavit, the petitioner, S Doraisamy, 75, stated that he was a practising advocate for the past 48 years and was now holding the post of vice-president of TPDK, a non-political organisation. According to him, the State song penned by Tamil scholar Manonmaniam Sundaram Pillai was treated on a par with the national anthem in the State.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Not Bound by Whip, Say Ops Loyalists

The case of the 18 disqualified MLAs siding TTV Dhinakaran and why the Speaker didn’t disqualify OPS and his MLAs when they defied the party whip is still pending at the court.
The case of the 18 disqualified MLAs siding TTV Dhinakaran and why the Speaker didn’t disqualify OPS and his MLAs when they defied the party whip is still pending at the court.
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Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his team of MLAs, who voted against the government led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami during the floor test held on 18 February, argued before the Madras High Court on Wednesday that a whip issued by the AIADMK for that floor test was not applicable to them.

Senior Counsel CS Vaidyanathan made the submission before the first Division Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose during the hearing of a writ petition filed by DMK whip R Sakkarapani to disqualify the Deputy CM and his team of MLAs for having defied their party whip during the trust vote.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Tada Road Widening Hits a Roadblock Again

Image used for representational purposes.
Image used for representational purposes.
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With land owners demanding higher rates of compensation under the new Land Acquisition Act for all the 20-plus villages, the project to widen a 34-km-long stretch of the Chennai-Tada Road (NH5) is yet to resume. The six-laning project had been put on hold after the previous contractor could not work due to lack of encumbrance land. The company was able to complete over 40 percent of the works that began in 2009 and should have been completed in October 2011.

Sources in the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said a new contractor was waiting for land to be handed over to him to begin work. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari last year announced after a review that the project would be revived in January 2018.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Centre Curtails IPS Promotions in TN

Political pressure, especially from parties that hold power, is the major reason for frequent transfers of IPS officers. Image used for representational purposes.
Political pressure, especially from parties that hold power, is the major reason for frequent transfers of IPS officers. Image used for representational purposes.
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In a setback to Tamil Nadu, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has slashed the number of promotions proposed for IPS officers and advised the State against “over utilisation” of the State Deputation Reserve.

Replying to a proposal from the Home Secretary seeking the Centre’s concurrence to promote IPS officers in ranks ranging from DGP to SP (selection grade) against 37 vacancies, the MHA said the proposal was carefully examined and it was “observed that the State Deputation Reserve has been over utilised by the State government.”

(Source: The Hindu)

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