QChennai: Investors Meet Today; Teachers on Indefinite Strike

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The venue of the second edition of the Global Investors Meet (GIM) 2019 at the Trade Centre in Chennai on 22 January.  

1. Global Investors Meet in Tamil Nadu ‘to Welcome’ Any Investment

A host of new sectors is expected to feature prominently in the list of MoUs that will be announced by the Tamil Nadu government at the second edition of its two-day Global Investors Meet (GIM), which kickstarts on Wednesday, 23 January.

The year’s MoU list will have projects across hospitality and tourism, healthcare and hospitals, educational institutions, retail infrastructure and solar parks. However, the state government should also work actively after announcing the MoUs to ensure the projects take off at the earliest as Tamil Nadu is in dire need of jobs as the ranks of the unemployed swells.


2. Teachers, Govt Employees Go on Indefinite Strike in Tamil Nadu

Government school teachers and employees from other state government departments launched an indefinite strike in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday morning, 22 January.

Over seven lakh members had boycotted work, said Joint Action Committee of Tamil Nadu Teachers Organization – Government Employees Organisation (JACTO-GEO). Functioning of schools in Chennai and other districts had been affected, said reports. Chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan on Monday, 21 January, warned of disciplinary action against protesters and said that absentees would be facing a pay cut.

3. 12-Feet Lenin Statue Unveiled in Tirunelveli

A 12-feet tall statue of Vladimir Lenin was unveiled in Tirunelveli on Tuesday, 22 January. The General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist) Sitaram Yechury unveiled the statue. The statue was erected in front of the CPI (M) headquarters in Tirunelveli on account of Lenin’s 95th death anniversary.

U Vasuki, CPI (M)’s Central Committee Member, said that Lenin was the friend of all the working class people of Tirunelveli. “The philosophy in the minds of the people cannot be erased away by destroying statues,” she said, taking a dig at the BJP.

(Source: The News Minute)


4. Mislabelled Drug with TN Govt Logo Causes Flutter in Govt Hospitals, Pharmacies

Government hospitals and drugstores in Tamil Nadu were in a frenzy on Monday, 21 January, as a picture of an antiseptic labelled as cough syrup along with the logo of the government of Tamil Nadu went viral on social media.

Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC) Managing Director P Umanath told the supplier was the same for both Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, and that he had mislabelled the iodine solution to be supplied to Rajasthan with the logo of Tamil Nadu.

(Source: The News Minute)

5. Chennai Man Booked for Molesting Three Minors Including Granddaughters

A 55-year-old man was arrested allegedly for molesting three minor girls, including his granddaughters. The accused was a construction labourer, and had earlier been arrested for attempting to murder his wife, said police.

“The incident happened on 12 January when the children’s parents were away. The accused brought the nine-year-old daughter of a neighbour to his house and molested her along with his two granddaughters, aged eight and five. After the kids complained of pain in their private parts, the shocked parents inquired with them,” said a police officer.

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