QChennai: Puzhal Prisoners Living in Luxury; ‘News J’ App Launched

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Photographs from a seized mobile phone showed that the ‘A-grade prisoners’ had cellphones, TVs and mattresses.
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1. Life in Puzhal Prison: Inmates With Cellphones, TVs and Mattresses

Photographs from a seized mobile phone provided proof of the sheer luxury afforded to certain prisoners.
Photographs from a seized mobile phone provided proof of the sheer luxury afforded to certain prisoners.
(Photo: Accessed by The Quint)

The Puzhal Central Jail has been at the centre of controversy after a few photographs of non-uniformed inmates, living in luxury with television sets, mobile phones, sports shoes and mattresses were leaked. Photographs from a seized mobile phone provided evidence of the cushy conditions.

A top prison officials said this differential treatment isn't unusual. “They are A-grade prisoners for whom mattresses and beds are allowed as per the rules. The TV that is shown is also provided by the prison,” said a Puzhal prison official. He added that the cellphones have been seized and the prisoners who have been caught have been downgraded from A-class to ordinary prisoners.

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2. AIADMK Launches Logo, App of News J

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami says channel will communicate the government’s welfare schemes to the people.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami says channel will communicate the government’s welfare schemes to the people.
(Photo: The Quint)

As former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s friend Sasikala’s family still controls Jaya TV, which used to be the channel for the AIADMK cadre, the ruling party has launched the logo, website and an app for its own forthcoming channel ‘News J’.

“Today, almost all political parties have channels. A TV that was set up by our Amma [former CM Jayalalithaa] with our partymen has gone to someone, to whom the TV is not supposed to go to. So, this [News J] would be its substitute. We believe that this TV would be a bridge to take the welfare schemes being implemented by Amma’s government to the people,” Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. Chargesheet Filed Against 17 in Ayanavaram Rape Case

The accused involve security men, lift operator and water suppliers in the apartment where the minor girl stays.
The accused involve security men, lift operator and water suppliers in the apartment where the minor girl stays.
(Photo Courtesy: ANI)

Wrapping up its investigation, the city police filed a chargesheet against the 17 offenders who were arrested for allegedly committing aggravated sexual assault on an 11-year-old hearing-impaired girl in an apartment in Ayanavaram. In the chargesheet, the police added newly amended provisions of the Indian Penal Code that provide for death sentence.

A senior police officer said, “We have completed investigation and filed the chargesheet against the 17 offenders in the Mahila court on the High Court campus. The chargesheet contained more than 300 pages with evidence, witness numbers and medical reports. This is the first time that the prosecution has included the new amendment to get the maximum punishment for the guilty in the case.”

(Source: The Hindu)

4. TN Sex for Cash Scam: UGC Orders Action on Petition Seeking CBI Probe

The infamous teacher from Tamil Nadu accused of trying to lure students into sex work.
The infamous teacher from Tamil Nadu accused of trying to lure students into sex work.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has ordered the Director of Collegiate of Education to act on the petition seeking CBI probe into Nirmala Devi Sex-for-cash scandal. This order follows a complaint filed by the Chairman of Tamil Nadu Congress Committee Minority Department (TNCC Minority), Dr J Aslam Basha.

Aslam had written to the UGC and the Home Ministry seeking a Madras High Court supervised CBI probe into the allegations of Nirmala Devi luring students for sexual favours. Nirmala Devi, as an assistant professor in the Devanga Arts College in Virudhunagar, was arrested in April after four students submitted audio clips of the phone conversations with her and accused her of trying to lure them into sex work. The case was handed over to the CB-CID.

(Source: The News Minute)

5. No Land Acquisition for Salem-Chennai Expressway Until Court Orders: TN Govt

Following the NHAI’s submission, land owners had expressed fears that the government may go ahead with the land acquisition proceedings by issuing a notification under Section 3D of the National Highways Act, 1956.
Following the NHAI’s submission, land owners had expressed fears that the government may go ahead with the land acquisition proceedings by issuing a notification under Section 3D of the National Highways Act, 1956.
(Photo: IANS)

The Tamil Nadu government has assured the Madras High Court that land acquisition proceedings for the Salem-Chennai Expressway will not be carried out until 20 September, the date of the next hearing. Contrary to several media reports, no stay has been ordered by the High Court on the land acquisition.

On Friday, the Madras High Court placed on record the government's submission to this effect and ordered the National Highways Authority of India (NHA) to file a flow chart of all the assessments and studies undertaken for the project thus far. The proposed 277.30 km-long highway to connect Chennai and Salem district has seen protests by farmers, environmental activists and political parties in the state, who have slammed the state government for not consulting the people whose agricultural lands and livelihoods are at stake.

(Source: The News Minute)

6. ISRO’s PSLV Rocket to Launch Two International Satellites on Sunday

In a dedicated commercial mission, the PSLV-C42 rocket will carry two earth observing satellites.
In a dedicated commercial mission, the PSLV-C42 rocket will carry two earth observing satellites.
(Photo: IANS/PIB)

After a gap of five months, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will resume its launch operations on Sunday, 16 September, by putting two international satellites into space on a PSLV rocket.

In a dedicated commercial mission, the PSLV-C42 rocket will carry two earth observing satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4 of Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), from the first launch pad at Sathish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The rocket will be launched on Sunday night at 10:07 pm. NovaSAR with S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and automatic identification receiver will be used in forest mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring, ship detection and maritime monitoring. S1-4 is a high-resolution optical earth observation satellite. It is intended to survey resources, environment monitoring, urban management and disaster monitoring.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

7. Hospital to Pay Rs 57.74 Lakh to Parents of Dead Patient

The hospital and surgeons denied allegations and stated that the complaint was filed only with a view to extract money from the hospital.
The hospital and surgeons denied allegations and stated that the complaint was filed only with a view to extract money from the hospital.
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The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chennai, has directed a hospital to pay compensation of Rs 57.74 lakh to parents from Orissa for the death of their son due to negligence in treatment accorded to him in 2003.

In the complaint, Narasingh Paddhi and his wife submitted that their son had undergone a piles operation in M/s Apollo Hospitals, on 15 October 2003. The hospital had informed that their son was in an unconscious state and didn’t allow anyone to see him for a month. The hospital informed they could see him only after his recovery from his unconsciousness due to anaesthesia. When the medical bill reached Rs 3 lakh, which was the maximum insurance cover, the hospital informed that he had suffered brain death and there would be no use for life support now. The parents had suspected that something went wrong in the method or procedure adopted in administration of anaesthesia because of which he slipped into coma and later died.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

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