QChennai: Kamal Clarifies His Controversial Godse Remark & More
1. Kamal Clears Air Around Godse Remark, Files Anticipatory Bail Plea
Days after his remark that India's first “terrorist was a Hindu” – referring to Nathuram Godse – created controversy, Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan on Wednesday, 15 May, filed an anticipatory bail petition before the Madras High Court, saying his speech was about Nathuram Godse only and not about Hindus as a whole.
Haasan had clarified his stance saying he was misquoted and he will not speak anything to hurt Hindu sentiments.“People who don’t understand the context of the message I said on Nathuram Godse please watch my movie Hey Ram! It sends the same message 20 years back,” he said.
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2. Former Swimming Champion M B Balakrishnan Dies in Accident
Former South Asian Games swimming gold medalist M B Balakrishnan died in a road accident, police said on Wednesday. The 29-year old former 50m national record holder was on his way home Tuesday night on a two-wheeler from Koyambedu with his friend riding pillion when the vehicle hit a lorry and he lost control.
Balakrishnan, who was riding the two-wheeler, came under the wheels of the lorry after his vehicle skid and was killed on the spot, police said. He won a gold in the National Games at Guwahati in 2007 and later rewrote the 50m backstroke national record in July 2010 at the Senior National Championships in New Delhi.
(Source: The Indian Express)
3. 75-Year-Old Gets 10 Yrs in Jail for Child Sexual Abuse
A 75-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail a year after he was booked for raping a four-and-half-year-old girl in the city. The prosecution case was that the accused A Jayalabudeen had lured the child into his house on 22 May 2018, and was caught red-handed by neighbours when he was sexually assaulting the child.
In her order on Tuesday, Mahila court judge RN Manjula said the prosecution had proved the charges beyond doubt. She sentenced Jayalabudeen to 10 years in prison and also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
4. 500m Skywalk to Link East, West Tambaram: Feasibility Study Held
Pedestrians struggling to cross the busy GST Road to get access to East Tambaram and West Tambaram, now have something to cheer as the feasibility study by the Highways department, has suggested a 500 metre-skywalk cum foot overbridge, connecting East Tambaram to West Tambaram, at a cost of Rs 71 crore.
This comes as there is no direct connectivity between East and West Tambaram. The proposed skywalk will connect the East near MCC College and the West near SETC Bus Stop. Pedestrians currently use the existing railway foot overbridge (FoB), which is congested and some people cross the railway tracks, risking their lives.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
5. Woman Among Three More Arrested for Ex-Boyfriend’s Kidnap
The police arrested three more persons, including a 20-year-old woman, for allegedly kidnapping a college student, the woman’s boyfriend, in TP Chathiram on Thursday. Naveeth Ahamed, 21, was returning home on his motorcycle on Thursday night, when he was intercepted by three persons. He was taken away on a motorcycle, confined to a secluded place near Jafferkhanpet and beaten up. They abandoned him after robbing him of his watch and cellphone.
During interrogation, the police learnt that Ahamed’s girlfriend Vasavi was behind the attack. “Vasavi is pursuing a course in the US. She claims there were some differences between the two and the kidnap was to teach him a lesson,” the officer said.
(Source: The Hindu)