QChennai: Labour Unions Continue Strike; Fuel Hike Inflates Prices
Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.
1. Yamaha, Royal Enfield, Myoung Shin Workers Go on Strike in Chennai
The Oragadam industrial belt near Chennai, which has units of the some of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers, is now witnessing strikes by over 3,700 workers, belonging to three different companies. Around 700 permanent employees of Yamaha India are on a sit-in strike at the Yamaha plant in Oragadam since 20 September.
This came after two employees were fired by the company on 20 September, allegedly without providing a reason. This sparked other employees to go on strike inside the premises of the factory, demanding that the management heed to their requests. Around 140 workers of Myoung Shin Automotive India Pvt Ltd (MSI), an automotive component maker, have also been on strike inside the factory premises for the last 20 days, demanding increment as stipulated by law.
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2. Tamil Nadu Truckers Hike Tariffs After Fuel Price Rise, Vegetables Hits
Truckers in Tamil Nadu have hiked their tariff up to 25 per cent as diesel price moved closer to Rs. 80 per litre. The state has around four and a half lakh trucks. The impact of the hike in truck rents is beginning to be felt in domestic vegetable market. Some of the produce have become costlier by around 15 per cent. However, trucks bringing vegetable from Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh would have some respite as in these states diesel is cheaper by around Rs. 3 after the intervention by the state governments.
Fishermen in Rameswaram are already not venturing into the sea demanding tax free diesel. They claim that with the present cost of diesel, fishing is increasingly becoming impossible. But the Tamil Nadu government has ruled out any tax cut on fuel, citing financial crunch.
3. ‘Governor to Await Supreme Court Verdict’
Governor Banwarilal Purohit, to whom the State Cabinet has recommended the release of all the seven life convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has acceded to the request that he decide on the recommendation after the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on a petition challenging their release, families of those killed in the blast have claimed.
The families of some of those who died along with the former Prime Minister on May 21, 1991 handed over a representation against their release. Earlier, the Raj Bhavan, in an official communication, had stated that the Governor would take a just and fair decision on the issue.
(Source: The Hindu)
4. ‘Contracts for Road Projects Not Given to CM’s Close Relatives’
Contracts for road laying projects were not awarded to close relatives, but only distant relatives not within the family of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and there was no change in the single tender system that has been followed for a long time, Advocate General Vijay Narayan told the Madras High Court. The AG’s submission came during the hearing of the petition filed by DMK organising secretary RS Bharathi alleging several irregularities while granting contracts.
In his petition, Bharathi alleged that Palaniswami had indulged in several irregularities while granting contracts to convert a stretch of the Oddanchatram-Dharapuram-Avinashipalayam road into a four-lane facility. He had also raised the issue of escalation in costs of the project.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. CBI Arrests TN Food Safety Dept Officer in Multi-Crore Gutkha Scam
The CBI on Tuesday arrested Sivakumar, a health inspector with the TN Food Safety department in connection with the multi-crore Gutkha scam. He is the sixth person to be apprehended by the CBI in connection with the case. Sivakumar has been remanded to judicial custody till October 4.
The CBI had, on September 6, arrested five people in connection with the scam. The scam came out in the open following Income Tax raids conducted on July 8, 2017, at the godown, offices and residences of a pan masala and gutkha manufacturer in Tamil Nadu, for tax evasion to the tune of Rs 250 crore.
(Source: The News Minute)
6. AIADMK IT Wing Member Files Complaint Against 7 Twitter Handles for Calling EPS a 'Thief'
AIADMK IT Wing member Prem Kumar has filed a police complaint against seven Twitter handles for tweets and memes mocking the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. One of the Twitter handles mentioned in the complaint belongs to Hari Prabakaran, who was a member of the AIADMK IT Wing and was expelled from the party in May for making derogatory comments about journalists.
The tweets and memes mentioned in the FIR did not use abusive language, but had portrayed the CM as a thief. One meme asked people to spit on the CM, another portrayed her as a puppet of PM Modi who was colluding with the police during the Sterlite shootouts.
(Source: The News Minute)
7. Brick Kiln Owner Hacked to Death in Front of House
A 47-year-old brick kiln owner was hacked to death by a duo in front of his house at Melmanambedu near Vellavedu in Tiruvallur district on Wednesday morning. “He was waiting in front of his house as the driver had gone to bring the car when two men who came on different bikes hacked him with sickles and escaped,” said a police officer.
Investigations revealed that Venkataraman’s elder brother Thangaraj, who was the former village panchayat president of Melmanambedu, was also murdered when he had gone out for his morning walk. In that case, Venkataraman happened to be a witness. Police suspect the same men, who killed Thangaraj, had threatened Venkataraman to stay out of the case and as he refused, they killed her.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
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