QChennai: TN Pays Tribute to Sridevi; Teen Drowns at Marina

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Sridevi delivered some her best performances with Kamal and Rajini across languages.
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1. No Two Views: ‘Mayil’ Was One of a Kind

Sridevi.
Sridevi.
(Photo: PTI)

Hailed for memorable performances, Sridevi’s contemporaries and other members of the Tamil film fraternity said that her acting prowess, dedication and commitment were inspiring. “She was like fire, a bolt of electricity in front of the camera,” said actor Rajinikanth on Sunday, shocked at his colleague and co-star Sridevi’s sudden demise.

Rajinikanth said that he had known her for over 40 years and that they had been acting together since his second film Moondru Mudichu in which she had her first full-fledged role as a lead actor.

While strains of Kanne Kalaimane dominated social media when the news of her death broke, actor Kamal Haasan, who starred with Sridevi in 27 films, said that the song was ringing in his ears as well. “I think that’s a lullaby for the talented and beautiful Sridevi.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. 15-Year-Old Boy Goes to Play at Marina Beach, Drowns

The police identified the victim as Karthik of Villivakkam. He had come to play at the beach with 11 others.
The police identified the victim as Karthik of Villivakkam. He had come to play at the beach with 11 others.
(Photo Courtesy: iStock)

A 15-year-old boy who was playing in the water off Marina Beach, drowned on Sunday afternoon.

The police identified the victim as Karthik of Villivakkam. He had come to play at the beach with 11 others. As the group spread out, they noticed that Karthik went missing. They launched a search for their friend and in the evening, his body washed ashore. His friends alerted the 108 ambulance and Karthik was rushed to the Royapettah government hospital where he was declared brought dead. The preliminary postmortem report suggested that the boy drowned.

(Source: Times of India)

3. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari: Centre’s Approval to Chennai-Salem Green Expressway

When  green expressway comes into being, the travel time between Salem and Chennai will be reduced to three hours from the current six hours.
When  green expressway comes into being, the travel time between Salem and Chennai will be reduced to three hours from the current six hours.
(Photo: The Quint)

Commuters taking the available three circuitous highways between Salem and Chennai will soon find the journey smooth, saving time and fuel as the Centre has given its nod to construct a green express way corridor to connect both cities, according to Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, Shipping and Water Resources.

Addressing a joint press conference with Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami here on Sunday, Gadkari said, “The access-controlled green expressway corridor between Salem and Chennai along the stretch of 274 km will come up at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore. The process for the green expressway is put on fast track. Tenders will be floated in two months.”

(Source: The New Indian Express)

4. Nearly 3,000 Houses to Come up in Manali New Town

Officials say these tenements will have improved standards of living. Representative image only. 
Officials say these tenements will have improved standards of living. Representative image only. 
(Photo: Roshni Balaji/The Quint)

The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) will soon complete the construction of tenements at Manali New Town to accommodate slum dwellers from north Chennai. A total of 2,992 houses, each measuring 400 sq ft, will be built. Around 288 slum dwellers living in the locality have already been allotted houses and the remaining allotments will soon be made.

The houses will be constructed under the Affordable Housing in Partnership component of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Housing for All Scheme. Families will be provided financial assistance from the Centre and the State. The contribution on the part of the beneficiaries will be Rs 4 lakh, while the Centre’s contribution will be
Rs 1.5 lakh. The state’s share is yet to be determined.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Govt Employees Left in Limbo as Pension Panel yet to Submit Report

Following Jayalalithaa’s announcement in the Assembly, the Finance department constituted a Committee, to examine the feasibility of implementing the demands and make suitable recommendations.
Following Jayalalithaa’s announcement in the Assembly, the Finance department constituted a Committee, to examine the feasibility of implementing the demands and make suitable recommendations.
(Photo: iStockphoto)

On 19 February 2016 — three months before the Assembly polls — then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced in the Assembly that an Expert Committee would be constituted to look into the demand for scrapping the Contributory Pension Scheme and implementing the old pension scheme. Two years on, the panel is yet to submit its report.

Various government employees’ associations, including the Joint Action Council of Teachers Organisations and Government Employees Organisations (JACTO-GEO), had strongly opposed the implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme, under which an earmarked sum was to be recovered from the salary of an employee and given to him/her after his/her superannuation.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Kerala’s Bid to Drain out Siruvani Dam Sparks Furore in Tamil Nadu

Totally 900 mcft water is promised, but there is a time limit till July to release the remaining water.
Totally 900 mcft water is promised, but there is a time limit till July to release the remaining water.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia/ Basheer Olakara)

In an unsavoury development, Kerala PWD officials have violated rules by opening the emergency shutters of Siruvani dam near here, the major drinking water source supplying water to Coimbatore city.

According to a Tamil Nadu government official, amid the Paramabikulam-Aliyar Project (PAP) canal water dispute demanding release of additional water to Kerala from PAP reservoirs, the Kerala government had resorted to a new low to create drinking water scarcity for Coimbatore. This is unprecedented, he regretted. Despite accepting their demand to release additional water, 400 cusecs foot per second (CFPS) was released from 19 January, which remained till 14 February despite poor rainfall in the catchment area.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

7. Gang Used Spray, Took Rs 2.2 Lakh When I Was Out Cold, Says Farmer; Police Probe Booze Angle

Babu, told the Ponneri police that he fell asleep on a cot near the main door and his mother went to bed inside. They woke late on Sunday morning and discovered that gold and silver jewellery had gone missing from the house.
Babu, told the Ponneri police that he fell asleep on a cot near the main door and his mother went to bed inside. They woke late on Sunday morning and discovered that gold and silver jewellery had gone missing from the house.
(Photo: Natisha Mallick/The Quint)

A gang of thieves knocked out a 37-year-old farmer and his elderly mother by spraying a chemical on them after breaking into their house in Ponneri on Saturday night and made away with seven sovereigns (56g) of gold jewellery worth Rs 1.64 lakh and 2 kg of silver ornaments worth Rs 83,000 while they were unconscious.

Having failed to find fingerprints of strangers in the house, however, police officers probing the case have started by looking to rule out two possibilities: that the complaint is outright false; and that Babu got so drunk on Saturday night that, if thieves were responsible for the reported crime, Babu was responsible for being too plastered to do anything to stop them.

(Source: Times of India)

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