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QChennai: Assembly Session Day 1; Sterlite Tuticorin Plant Shut

Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.

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The TN Assembly session, beginning today, is expected to be stormy with the opposition party DMK expected to raise a host of issues including the recent firing at the Sterlite protesters.
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1. TN Govt Orders Closure of Tuticorin Sterlite Plant After 13 Deaths

Amutha sits beside her husband who was shot in the protest. She says Sterlite has been terrorising them for years now. 
Amutha sits beside her husband who was shot in the protest. She says Sterlite has been terrorising them for years now. 
(Photo Courtesy: Smitha TK/ The Quint)

On 28 May, the Tamil Nadu government ordered the closure of the Vedanta-owned Sterlite plant in Tuticorin, six days after 13 people were killed in police firing during protests. Violence broke out on 22 May, the 100th day that the protesters had gathered in Tuticorin to demand that the plant be closed for causing severe environmental damage and endangering health of residents.

An FIR revealed that a special deputy Tehsildar ordered the police to open fire on peaceful protesters. On his part, special deputy Tehsildar Shekhar said he ordered the firing to save lives and properties at the collector’s office. This move came just on the eve of the Assembly session.

Read the full story here.

2. AIADMK Expels IT Wing Member After He Compares Journalists to Dogs

Tweet of C Hari Prabhakaran, IT wing member of AIADMK.
Tweet of C Hari Prabhakaran, IT wing member of AIADMK.
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AIADMK expelled its IT wing member Hari Prabhakaran on Monday, 28 May, hours after he posted a derogatory tweet on journalists. In a statement on Monday, the party said: “For behaving in a manner against the party’s principles and goals, for putting a black mark on the party’s dignity, for not following party discipline and for giving a bad name for the party, C Hari Prabhakaran (Joint Secretary, District Information Technology Cell), who belongs to the Kanchipuram East division of the party, is being expelled from all party posts, including as a member of the party. We request all party members to not have any contact with him any longer”.

The notice was signed by O Panneerselvam and Edappadi Palaniswami. Hari had tweeted saying, “Reporters are not allowed to shoot inside the hospital during the DCM visit. Street dogs who shouts for biscuits will be tied on the gate rather allowing them inside”.

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3. Inside Job? Burglars Take Rs 9.3 Crore Gold from Bank in Tamil Nadu

Tiruvallur superintendent of police M <a href="https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/R-Sibi-Chakravarthy">R Sibi Chakravarthy</a>, who visited the spot, said the burglars had not touched cash lockers in the bank.
Tiruvallur superintendent of police M R Sibi Chakravarthy, who visited the spot, said the burglars had not touched cash lockers in the bank.
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Burglars escaped with 32 kg of gold jewellery worth around 9.28 crore from a Bank of India branch in Tiruvallur city on Sunday night. The police on Monday said the suspects used duplicate keys to enter the bank. Officials discovered the theft when they arrived to open the branch on Monday after the weekend holiday.

Investigators said a bank employee found the shutter locks open when he arrived at 10am. The burglars had opened and cleaned out at least one large locker, in which the bank placed customers’ jewellery. Investigators, who suspect an insider’s hand, have detained eight employees for questioning. They said the burglars had keys to all the rooms in the branch and to the locker that they opened. That would not have been possible without the help of someone in the bank, an investigating officer said.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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4. Vaiko Files Plaint Against ‘Fake News’

MDMK leader Vaiko has lodged a complaint with that miscreants were spreading false news on social media about him.
MDMK leader Vaiko has lodged a complaint with that miscreants were spreading false news on social media about him.
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MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Monday lodged a complaint with the City Police Commissioner that miscreants were spreading false news on social media about him and a few others that they were among the beneficiaries of Sterlite. In his complaint, Vaiko said that pictures with logos of popular television channels were being posted online to make it appear as if the channels had telecast the news. He said the channels had told him that they did not telecast any such news.

Vaiko mentioned his long struggle against Sterlite from 1994. He said the posts were made with an intention to bring bad reputation to him. He named Arumugam Seemanin Thambi and R Soundarrajan as the ones who circulated the posts. Vaiko wanted the police to book a case against them for posting defamatory content, and initiate criminal action.

(Source: The Hindu)

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5. Rajinikanth’s ‘Kaala’ Trailer Needs to Be Watched Now

The audio of Pa Ranjith’s much-awaited Kaala was released at 9.00 am on 9 May, 2018.
The audio of Pa Ranjith’s much-awaited Kaala was released at 9.00 am on 9 May, 2018.
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The latest trailer of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth’s new film Kaala was released on social media on 28 May. Kaala reportedly revolves around a man from Tamil Nadu who escapes to Mumbai as a child and goes on to become a powerful don in the Dharavi slums.

This is Rajinikanth’s second outing with filmmaker Pa Ranjith after their superhit Kabali. Kaala, which is scheduled to release on 7 June, also stars Nana Patekar, Huma Qureshi and Pankaj Tripathi among others. Kaala will release in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. After releasing the Tamil and Telugu trailers, the producer of the film, Dhanush released it in Hindi.

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6. For Metro Commuters, It Is a Long Walk to Central Station

Officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited said they would open the other entry/exit points and put up sign boards soon.
Officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited said they would open the other entry/exit points and put up sign boards soon.
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Commuters taking Metro Rail to Chennai Central station have found that it is a long walk to the station. On the fourth day of free travel on Monday, commuters raised some complaints that CMRL will do well to address. At present, passengers coming out of the Central Metro station will have to use the subway to reach the station. But a first time commuter may not even notice the subway, as there is no sign board to give him directions.

After leaving the subway, commuters will have to walk a long distance to reach the station. This is because Chennai Metro Rail has opened only one entry/exit, which is located next to Park station; the other five entry/exits are under construction. Had the entry/exit near Central station been opened, commuters would not be facing this problem, said a passenger.

(Source: The Hindu)

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7. Chennai Joins Data Initiative

In joining the already existing WCCD ISO 37120-certified Indian cities within the City Data for India Initiative, these new cities will continue to demonstrate the importance of high-calibre, independently-verified and globally comparable data for Indian cities.&nbsp;
In joining the already existing WCCD ISO 37120-certified Indian cities within the City Data for India Initiative, these new cities will continue to demonstrate the importance of high-calibre, independently-verified and globally comparable data for Indian cities. 
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

Chennai, along with Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar and Vijayawada, has joined the City Data for India Initiative that aims to standardise and make data on the functioning of city corporations and urban planning, infrastructure investment and day-to-day operations management of these cities available on an open access website.

The City Data for India Initiative was launched by Tata Trusts in association with World Council on City Data (WCCD) and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), India in 2016 to bolster the government of India’s mandate on engaging with effective benchmarking standards towards better accountability, transparency and governance.Pune, Jamshedpur and Surat were the first few cities to come under the WCCD ISO 37120 certification in India.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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