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QChennai: Phoenix Bird-Like Memorial for Jayalalithaa & More

Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.

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Within a year from now, a grand memorial in the shape of a phoenix bird will be in place on the Marina for the late chief minister, J Jayalalithaa, behind the memorial of her mentor.
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1. Phoenix: J Jayalalithaa Memorial Foundation Stone Laid

Jayaalithaa died on 5 December 2016 and was laid to rest behind the memorial of MGR on 6 December. 
Jayaalithaa died on 5 December 2016 and was laid to rest behind the memorial of MGR on 6 December. 
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Within a year from now, a grand memorial in the shape of a phoenix bird will be in place on the Marina for the late chief minister, J Jayalalithaa, behind the memorial of her mentor MG Ramachandran. The memorial coming up over a total area of 50,422 square feet will have a museum and a knowledge park and the state government has sanctioned Rs 50.80 crore on this count.

The Vedic rituals which started around 6.40 am on Monday, 7 May, lasted for two hours and Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam took part in it. Later Palaniswami placed the first brick followed by Panneerselvam. More bricks placed in the yagna were kept in a rectangular pit and both leaders applied cement on it.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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2. 130 EMU Services Between Chennai & Arakkonam Cancelled

Thousands of rail passengers from Arakkonam and Tiruttani were stranded on Monday,  7 May, as the railway authorities suddenly short-terminated the EMU services.
Thousands of rail passengers from Arakkonam and Tiruttani were stranded on Monday,  7 May, as the railway authorities suddenly short-terminated the EMU services.
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Thousands of rail passengers from Arakkonam and Tiruttani were stranded on Monday, 7 May, as the railway authorities suddenly short-terminated the EMU services at Thiruvalankadu between 11 am and 5 pm. Passengers, who reached Thiruvalankadu, were forced to take share autos paying exorbitant fares to reach Arakkonam, Mosur and Tiruttani.

The Southern Railway is to cancel 130 EMU services between Chennai and Arakkonam on Wednesday and Thursday as the Arakkonam yard upgrading is yet to be completed. The yard upgrading works, which began on 20 April, involve straightening of platform 1 and 2 to accommodate 26 coaches, and extending the length of platform 10 and 11 to accommodate 24 coaches. In addition to this, the Southern Railway was also laying an additional platform (1A).

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Work on Rs 33.8-Crore Pedestrian Plaza Begins

According to corporation officials, the pedestrian plaza will be completed by May 2019. Representative image only.
According to corporation officials, the pedestrian plaza will be completed by May 2019. Representative image only.
(Photo Courtesy: KP Sanjeev Kumar)

The city Corporation began work on a pedestrian plaza on the Thyagaraya Road on Monday, 7 May. The work on the Rs 33.80-crore project was inaugurated by Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar.

According to a release from the Corporation, the project to be implemented under the Smart Cities Mission will feature a disabled-friendly footpath, a play area for children and smart toilets. Stormwater drains will be constructed on both sides of the Thyagaraya Road. A bus shelter, ornamental street-lights and street furniture are also expected to deck the pedestrian plaza. A battery-operated shuttle for senior citizens and the disabled will also function in the plaza.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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4. NEET Row: NHRC Notice to Tamil Nadu Government, CBSE over 'Hardships' Faced by Students

The NHRC has sent notices to the Tamil Nadu government and the CBSE over alleged hardships faced by students who had to travel long distances to write their NEET.
The NHRC has sent notices to the Tamil Nadu government and the CBSE over alleged hardships faced by students who had to travel long distances to write their NEET.
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The NHRC has sent notices to the Tamil Nadu government and the CBSE over alleged hardships faced by students who had to travel long distances to write their National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). The commission in a statement today observed that the state government and CBSE authorities had "failed" to provide examination centres to aspirants within Tamil Nadu, resulting in hardships for not only students, but also their parents.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) chairperson and the Tamil Nadu chief secretary, seeking a detailed report explaining as to why students had to travel across the state to appear for the examination. The commission also said it would like to know as to what steps were being taken by both the authorities to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. PIL Seeks to Handover Board Exam Results to Parents Directly

The PIL filed by A Senthil Kumar of Chennai said the results could be handed over during the parent-teacher meetings.
The PIL filed by A Senthil Kumar of Chennai said the results could be handed over during the parent-teacher meetings.
(Photo: The Quint)

A public interest litigation petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking a direction that the results of board exams be handed over directly to the parents of students by the respective schools, instead of publishing them in newspapers and on websites, to prevent students who fail in the exams from committing suicide.

Submitting that a representation given by the petitioner to the authorities on 14 April in this regard had been kept in cold storage, he sought a direction from the court. He also sought an interim injunction preventing the government from publishing the results of the board exams conducted in 2017-18. The PIL is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday before a vacation bench.

(Source: The Hindu)

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6. Mounted Police Force Ready to Gallop Ahead

Deputy Commissioner of Police G Saravanan said that in the 218-year history of the force, for the first time 21 horses were inducted into service at one go. Representative image only.
Deputy Commissioner of Police G Saravanan said that in the 218-year history of the force, for the first time 21 horses were inducted into service at one go. Representative image only.
(Photo Courtesy: Pinterest)

Prince Valiant, Hall The King, Grand Celebration and Reynolds are the sort of names one would find in horse race reports. These are indeed the names of horses but they are going to help control crime in the city. Chennai’s mounted police branch was down to 13 horses. On Monday, 7 May, when Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan formally inducted 21 horses and declared them to be part of the force, the unit got its sanctioned equine strength.

Additional Commissioner of Police SN Sesha Sai told, “These new breeds are being trained by our personnel. After training them, we will use them every day in the mornings and evenings for patrolling and surveillance on Marina Beach. They will be deployed for law and order duty and crowd control during festivals, besides being used for ornamental purposes on occasions such as Independence Day and Republic Day.”

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Gangster ‘Rocket’ Rajanabbed in Teynampet

The city police rounded up ‘Rocket’ Raja, who is wanted in a number of murder and extortion cases, and his four accomplices at gunpoint from a star hotel in Teynampet. The police said Raja, a native of Thisayanvilai, had been camping in the city with a plan to eliminate Karthick of Ramanathapuram over a land dispute.

On Sunday night, Deputy Commissioner of Police P Aravindan received information that a few rowdies carrying dangerous weapons were staying in a star hotel on Anna Salai. A special team led by him reached the eighth floor of the hotel. It knocked on the door, but as there was no response, armed police personnel broke it open and entered the room. Raja and his accomplices offered resistance, but were overpowered and arrested.

(Source: The Hindu)

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