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QChennai: FERA Case Hearing on Feb 12, Burglars Loot Trichy PNB

Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.     

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The Enforcement Directorate filed the cases against Sasikala and her nephew V Bhaskaran for routing money to foreign firms without the approval of the Reserve Bank of India.
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1. FERA Cases: Witnesses to Be Quizzed

After Sasikala denied the charges, the ACMM allowed the cross examination of witnesses, which will commence from February 12. 
After Sasikala denied the charges, the ACMM allowed the cross examination of witnesses, which will commence from February 12. 
(Photo: IANS)

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Economic Offences-II), Chennai on Monday fixed February 12 for the cross-examination of witnesses in FERA violation cases against jailed AIADMK leader Sasikala after framing charges against her through video-link.

The Enforcement Directorate filed the cases against Sasikala and her nephew V Bhaskaran for routing money to foreign firms without the approval of the Reserve Bank of India for the purchase of transponder facility and uplinking charges for the now-defunct JJ TV channel and the purchase of a tea estate in Kodanadu by violating the RBI rules.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Burglars Loot PNB Bank in Trichy, Make Away With CCTV Footage to Hide Tracks

Burglars looted the Punjab National Bank in Trichy and looted five lockers.
Burglars looted the Punjab National Bank in Trichy and looted five lockers.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikilistia)

In a case of burglary, masked culprits broke into a franchise of the Punjab National Bank in Trichy over the weekend and made away with the contents of five lockers. The robbery was discovered on Monday when employees returned from their weekly holiday. Efforts are underway to nab the criminals.

According to the police, the burglars gained entry into the bank by breaking a hole on the back of the building. Trichy Superintendent of Police Ziaul Haque IPS said, "There were no security guards present when the crime took place. We cannot rule out insider involvement as of now. We have employed sniffer dogs, forensic and fingerprint experts to identify the accused."

(Source: The News Minute)

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3. MDMK Functionary Arrested for Posting Photo of Modi as Beggar

The man had posted a picture on Facebook which portrayed PM Modi dressed as a beggar, carrying a bowl.
The man had posted a picture on Facebook which portrayed PM Modi dressed as a beggar, carrying a bowl.
(Photo: Reuters)

A Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) functionary from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu was arrested on Sunday, 27 January, for uploading a defamatory post about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sathiyaraj Balu had posted a picture on Facebook which portrayed PM Modi dressed as a beggar, carrying a bowl. The caption read, “Modi arrives to Madurai.” He posted the picture just ahead of Modi’s visit to Madurai.

On Sunday, there was another incident when the Chennai police clamped down on Casteless Collective, an anti-caste band, from performing a song with the word ‘Modi’ in it.

Read the full story here.

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4. Internet Line Laid Through Water Pipe in Pallavaram, Residents Suffer Without Water

The internet cable had drastically reduced the flow of water and has severed the pipeline which carries water to Sarojini first cross street.
The internet cable had drastically reduced the flow of water and has severed the pipeline which carries water to Sarojini first cross street.
(Photo: iStock)

When residents of Sarojini street at Pallavaram complained that Palar water supply had been stopped for the last 20 days, municipality workers expected to find a block or a broken pipe. However, they found a Vodafone fibernet cable passing through the pipeline.

The internet cable had drastically reduced the flow of water and has severed the pipeline which carries water to Sarojini first cross street. This has forced over 50 families to find alternative sources of water for domestic needs.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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5. HC Orders TN Producers’ Council to Submit Details of Contract, Cost of Ilaiyaraaja Event

Music maestro Ilaiyaraaja.
Music maestro Ilaiyaraaja.
(Photo Courtesy: Ilaiyaraaja’s Facebook profile)

The Madras High Court ordered the Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council (TFPC) to submit the details of the amount spent and contracts signed for the upcoming ‘Ilaiyaraaja 75’ event scheduled to be held on February 2.

The order came on a petition filed by producers J Sathish Kumar and Radhakrishnan, alleging that there are many irregularities in the TFPC after actor Vishal took over as its President. They had also requested an interim stay on the ‘Ilaiyaraaja 75’ event to be conducted by the TFPC on February 2, honouring music composer Ilaiyaraaja for his contribution to the field.

(Source: The News Minute)

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