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QChennai: First Arrest in Theni Fire; TTV to Launch His Party

Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai.  

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Indian Air Force commandos during rescue operations after a massive forest fire broke out in Tamil Nadu’s Theni on 12 March, 2018.
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1. First Arrest in Theni Forest Fire: Erode Trek Organiser Prabhu Held

Visuals of the forest fire that broke out in Tamil Nadu. 
Visuals of the forest fire that broke out in Tamil Nadu. 
(Photo: ANI)

Three days after the inferno at the Kurangani forest in Theni killed 12 people and injured many others, Prabhu of Tour De India Holidays, one of the organisers of the trek, has been arrested. This is the first arrest following the fire.

Speaking to TNM, police sources said, “Prabhu has been arrested. He has been booked for causing death due to negligence and trespassing in a reserved area.”

Police sources also confirmed to TNM that they were also on the lookout for Peter Van Geit, who founded the Chennai Trekking Club for further investigation but “he was unavailable”.

(Source: The News Minute)

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2. TTV Dhinakaran to Launch Party, Flag in Madurai

TTV Dhinakaran.
TTV Dhinakaran.
(Photo Courtesy: IANS)

Melur in Madurai is gearing up for the second big event in less than seven months by TTV Dhinakaran, who is all set to launch his party and flag. With all roads leading to the town and lined with flags in red, white and black, the dissident leader is all set to flex his muscles in the Thevar-dominated southern district.

The camp is buoyed by the Delhi High Court order that allowed Dhinakaran’s plea for a common symbol, preferably pressure cooker, and a suitable name of his choice for the faction led by him.

It remains unclear to TTV supporters if the leader would go with one of the three names of his party, mentioned before the Delhi court. The list of three names Dhinakaran sought include All India Anna Dravidar Munnetra Kazhagam, MGR Amma Dravidar Munnetra Kazhagam and MGR Amma Dravidar Kazhagam.

Naturally, the ruling AIADMK is opposed to any name that sounds similar, sources told TOI.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Newly-Wed Learning to Drive Runs Over Seven-Year-Old Girl in Chennai

A seven-year-old girl who was playing near her house at Choolaimedu was crushed to death, when a newlywed man was teaching his bride to drive a car on Tuesday, 13 March.

Police said D Pavithra was playing in between two parked cars at Vanniyar Second Street in Choolaimedu. “Around 10:30 pm, Preethi (25), a neighbour of the victim, was learning to drive in the narrow stretch. Her husband Dany Williams was right beside her.

A few minutes after starting the car, she accidentally stepped on the accelerator and lost control and rammed head- on onto the parked car. The girl who was playing behind this parked vehicle was crushed to death,” said a police officer.

Hearing the child’s screams, neighbours rushed her to a private hospital where she was declared brought dead.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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4. Gangster Binu Acquitted in Attempt to Murder Case

Gangster Binu Pappachan, who was arrested recently during a police raid at his birthday party where he cut a cake in the presence of 100 other criminals, was acquitted on Wednesday, 14 March, in an attempt to murder case filed against him by the Vadapalani police in 2013.

The case was registered against him for attempting to murder his rival, Ramesh, alias Dammu Ramesh, 42.

Binu, 50, came in the public eye only last month after the police swooped down on his birthday party, where 100 other criminals had gathered. Though he managed to escape, he surrendered later. The police had placed him in the A+ category, denoting a gangster with five murders to his account and with more than five rowdies as associates.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Five Spinner Dolphins Found Dead in Chennai

Five spinner dolphins were found dead at three fishing villages to the south of Kalpakkam, on Monday, 12 March.

R Sarveswaran and R Deivasundaram, residents of the Uyyali Kuppam village and members of the Sea Turtle Protection Force, found three dolphins washed ashore around 5.30 am.

“We suspect that the dolphins got entangled in a fishing net used in steel body boats from Cuddalore districts.

The dolphins did not have many distinct injuries which is why we suspect that they could have got caught in the net and drowned,” said Supraja Dharini, managing trustee of the Tree Foundation.

Two more spinner dolphins were found dead at Sadras Kuppam and Cuddalore Chinna Kuppam as well, later in the day.

(Source: The Hindu)

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6. Coimbatore Climbs up in Job Market as Chennai Fizzles Out

Buoyed by growth in manufacturing and retail, Coimbatore’s job market grew faster than the country’s job market in February while Chennai trailed national growth rates, a survey said on Wednesday, 14 March.

Coimbatore recorded a 23 percent year on year (YoY) growth in online recruitment activities according to the Monster Employment Index as against 16 percent YoY recorded for the country. On the other hand, Chennai continued to lag behind most other cities, recording a 5 percent growth.

Coimbatore has traditonally had a strong foothold in manufacturing and engineering with many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). “There is an upswing in hiring amongst manufacturing companies like those involved in production of valves and pumps. We are also seeing good demand from the renewable energy and construction industry,” said Aditya Narayan Mishra, CEO, Ciel HR Services.

(Source: The Times of India)

7. Tamil Nadu Has Second Highest Salary, Pension Expenditure

Tamil Nadu has the second highest expenditure on salaries and pensions among comparable peer States. Now, with over 14 lakh government employees, the state is looking to rationalise its workforce.

Last month, the state Finance Department passed a GO for the constitution of a staff rationalisation committee. The purpose of the panel is to evaluate the staff structure in various departments and identify non-essential posts, so as to reduce the revenue expenditure, and also identify jobs that can be outsourced or contracted. The move is being opposed by the Opposition parties, and the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association staged a protest recently, urging the government to withdraw the proposal.

The government’s spending on salaries and pensions, as a percentage of its revenue expenditure, was estimated to be 40 percent between FY2016 and FY2018, according to data from ICRA, making it the second largest after Maharashtra. As per the Budget estimates for 2017-18, the State’s salary and pension expenditure is pegged at ?66,908.59 crore, excluding the impact of the Seventh Pay Commission’s recommendations.

(Source: The Hindu)

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