QChennai: Kamal Haasan Unveils Party; Cauvery Review Meet Today

Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai. 

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Kamal Haasan promised to work for the welfare of the people and encouraged all youngsters to join him.
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1. Vote for Kamal Haasan’s ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam’ Party, Says Kejriwal

Actor Kamal Haasan will announce his party today in Madurai.
Actor Kamal Haasan will announce his party today in Madurai.
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Kamal Haasan launched his political party on Wednesday, 21 February. The new party is called 'Makkal Needhi Maiam', which means ‘centre for people’s justice’. “You must be an example to the present-day political system and I will be seeking your suggestion rather than giving you speeches,” Kamal Haasan said.

Haasan also unfurled his party flag – a white flag with six red and white arms linked and a star in the middle. The flag had both Dravidian colours – red and black. Colours black and white have a political significance in Tamil Nadu which forms part of the flags of the two big parties of the state – AIADMK and DMK – and the shades are also seen as a pointer to the Dravidian ideology.

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2. Cauvery Meet Today to Decide on Review Petition and Board

The Supreme Court on 16 February marginally increased Karnataka’s share of Cauvery water.
The Supreme Court on 16 February marginally increased Karnataka’s share of Cauvery water.
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Against the backdrop of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's assertion that his government would challenge the Supreme Court verdict directing the Union government to constitute Cauvery management board within six weeks to implement the tribunal award, Tamil Nadu government convened a meeting of 30 political parties and 14 farmers’ associations/representatives in Chennai on Thursday.

The future course of action, either to file a review petition against reduction of share or exert pressure on the Centre to set up board or both, will be discussed at the meeting. The main Opposition party, the DMK, will participate.

(Source: Times Of India)

3. Woes of Aircel Customers Continue

Tamil Nadu is a crucial market for Aircel and the firm has a customer case of 1.5 crore. 
Tamil Nadu is a crucial market for Aircel and the firm has a customer case of 1.5 crore. 
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Aircel customers on Wednesday queued up at customer care outlets as they were unable to port out of the telecom service provider. There was a network issue across Tamil Nadu and many users were neither able to make calls nor access the internet.

At one of the outlets, a representative who wished anonymity, said, “There is huge traffic and the network is a little slow. We request our customers not to panic as the company is working on sending out the codes to those who want to port out.”

(Source: The Hindu)

4. AIADMK Mouthpiece to Be Launched on 24 February

The ruling AIADMK will be launching a Tamil daily <em>Namadhu Amma. </em>
The ruling AIADMK will be launching a Tamil daily Namadhu Amma.
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Namadhu Amma, a Tamil daily to be brought out by the ruling AIADMK, will be launched on Saturday, coinciding with the 70th birth anniversary of former chief minister Jayalalithaa. Chief minister and co-coordinator of the party Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister and coordinator O Panneerselvam will light the traditional lamp at the publication’s office in Alwarpet. They will formally launch the newspaper at the party’s headquarters in Royapettah.

The party began feeling the need for a new mouthpiece in August last year, as control over Dr Namadhu MGR, regarded as an organ of the party until then, remained with rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran following the merger of the opposing factions of the AIADMK.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. NGO’s Effort Improves Tb Reporting Patterns

A volunteer signing the signature campaign poster during a TB awareness programme for eradication of the disease in India.&nbsp;
A volunteer signing the signature campaign poster during a TB awareness programme for eradication of the disease in India. 
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Tuberculosis is a curable communicable disease, but the state continues to face a huge challenge. That there were 1,544 persons with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and 54 with extreme drug resistance is a cause for concern, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said.

He was addressing a gathering of pharmacists and private medical practitioners at an event organised by non-governmental organisation REACH working to eliminate TB in the city. Dr Radhakrishnan, who lauded the efforts of the NGO, urged all pharmacists to create awareness on treatment for TB by putting up pamphlets and flyers in their shops.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Oil Tanker Goes up in Flames

The vehicle carrying 24,000 litres of furnace oil hit an iron post at Nazarathpet. Representational image only.&nbsp;
The vehicle carrying 24,000 litres of furnace oil hit an iron post at Nazarathpet. Representational image only. 
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A tanker lorry carrying furnace oil caught fire after hitting an iron post by the side of the 400 feet Minjur to Vandalur bypass road at Nazarathpet on Tuesday. Traffic was affected for some time on the stretch.

According to the police, the oil tanker was carrying 24,000 litres of furnace oil from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh to Singaperumalkoil. It was to be unloaded at a factory. The vehicle was being driven by Karthikeyan, 23. Chellamuthu, 48, the cleaner, was in the vehicle. When the vehicle was proceeding on the Minjur-Vandalur bypass road, the tyres burst. Thick smoke engulfed the area. Other motorists informed the police and fire services personnel.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Manoj Pandian Appears Before Jaya Probe Panel

 Pandian, who was accompanied by a group of supporters, spent about four-and-a-half hours deposing before Justice A Arumughaswamy.
Pandian, who was accompanied by a group of supporters, spent about four-and-a-half hours deposing before Justice A Arumughaswamy.
(Photo: Rhythum Seth/The Quint)

Former Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Pandian, who on Wednesday became the first AIADMK leader to depose before the Commission of Inquiry looking into the death of Jayalalithaa, repeated his suspicions about the circumstances surrounding the former chief minister’s hospitalisation and death.

He was summoned because of his claims, made at a joint press conference with his father and former Assembly Speaker PH Pandian in February 2017, alleging foul play in Jayalalithaa’s death. He has been asked to return to continue his deposition in the second week of March.

(Source: The Hindu)

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