QChennai: Soundarya’s Wedding Today; PM Modi Visits Tiruppur
1. Soundarya Rajinikanth Sets Bride Goals in Traditional Green Saree
Festivities have begun as Soundarya Rajinikanth and Vishagan Vanangamudi are gearing up for their wedding. The couple is set to tie the knot on 11 February in an intimate affair at The Leela Palace in MRC Nagar, Chennai. The family has been keeping it low-key. But from cocktail parties to exclusive receptions for industry biggies, the weekend is expected to see a lavish celebration.
“Blessed & grateful beyond words !!!! The three most important men in my life ... my darling father ... my angel son ... and now you my Vishagan,” Soundarya had tweeted. Rajinikanth even met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Sunday morning, 10 February, to invite him for his daughter’s wedding.
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2. Social Justice Is an Article of Faith for NDA: Modi
Kicking off his campaign for the next Lok Sabha elections in the southern states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi came down heavily on the opposition parties. Addressing a public rally in Tiruppur, about 470 km from the state capital Chennai, Modi said, "For us, social justice is an article of faith and not a mathematical formula, the way it is for the opposition parties."
Modi criticised the Congress' farm loan waiver scheme, saying that it would not benefit anybody, but would result in an extra burden of Rs 50,000 crore. He said for the first time in India's history, his government had announced a Rs 6,000 per annum income scheme for farmers holding less than five acres of land. When the scheme was announced in Parliament, the opposition parties were left shocked, he added.
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3. Painter Held for Creating 'Tik Tok' Video at Police Station
A 19-year-old painter has been arrested for allegedly creating a fun video clip through media app ‘Tik Tok’ walking outside a police station. The video is trending on social media.
Police said Ranjith of Ashok Nagar, a painter, was engaged in cleaning work at the station when he created two clips of him walking inside and coming out of the police station with the background music from two Tamil films. The video is believed to have been shot by some of his friends who also resided in the same locality very close to the police station.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
4. Chennai College Student Dies After Hitting Electric Pole, Falling Off Local Train
In a tragic incident in Chennai, an 18-year-old college student aboard the local EMU train died after hitting an electric pole near St Thomas Mount station. He was travelling from Tambaram to Chennai Beach station when the incident took place.
Owing to a heavily crowded train, Jayachandran, who was on the edge of the train, hit an electric pole and fell down. Fellow passengers reportedly brought the train to a halt. Police, who rushed him to hospital, were told that Jayachandran was declared dead on arrival at the Chromepet government hospital.
(Source: The News Minute)
5. Now, Ride from Washermanpet to Airport Takes Just 40 Minutes
A decade after it was announced, the Phase I of the project was completed on Sunday, 10 February, with the opening of the 10 km stretch from AG-DMS to Washermanpet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami launched the stretch from Tirupur via video-conferencing.
The opening of this stretch will substantially reduce the travel time for a commuter going all the way from Washermanpet to the airport. While it may take about an hour and 15 minutes by road, it will be only 40 minutes by Metro Rail. With the opening of this stretch, the maximum fare has been reduced by Rs 10; the minimum fare is Rs 10 and the maximum is Rs 60. The frequency of trains has gone up now.
(Source: The Hindu)