1. OPS’ Son Ravindranath Kumar Gets No Place in Modi’s CabinetNarendra Modi took over as the prime minister of the country for the second time, and the lone legislator from the AIADMK-BJP alliance didn’t get a place in the Cabinet. Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s son P Ravindranath Kumar is the only MP to be elected from the ruling party AIADMK. BJP was in a pre-poll alliance with AIADMK and PMK in the state.Sources said the Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisami (EPS) had rooted for Rajya Sabha MP R Vaithilingam to get a Cabinet post, but he too did not find a spot in the list.Read the full story here.DMK Says Modi Not Inviting Stalin for Swearing-In Is ‘Petty’2. #PrayforNeasamani Takes Twitter By Storm, Becomes Worldwide TrendThe power of Tamil Twitter was once again on full display as a hashtag began trending in Chennai on Wednesday afternoon. The hashtag #Pray_for_Neasamani requested people on social media to pray for someone called Neasamani and quickly gathered traction. By Wednesday night, it was among the top trends in the world.For the uninitiated, Neasamani is nothing short of an icon in Tamil popular culture. Contractor Neasamani is a character played by comedian Vadivelu in the Tamil film Friends in 2001. This film, a remake of a Malayalam film by the same name, had Vijay, Suriya, Devayani and others in the star cast.Read the full story here.3. Shops in Tamil Nadu Not to Sell Tobacco Products TodayFor the first time in the state, tobacco products will not be sold at any shop across the State for one full day – Friday – to mark the World No Tobacco Day. The announcement was made by T Vellaiyan, president of the Tamil Nadu Vanikargal Sangangalin Peravai while addressing a press meeting organised by the Adyar Cancer Institute. “We have sent communication to all our members. No shop in the state will sell tobacco products tomorrow,” said Vellaiyan.“The move is aimed at creating awareness and helping with measures to contain the increasing usage of tobacco products,” said Dr V Shanta, chairperson of Adyar Cancer Institute. A study conducted by the institute, Shanta said, had found that 14 percent shops selling tobacco products are located close to educational institutions.(Source: The New Indian Express)FITQuiz: What Does Tobacco Do to Your Body? 4. Chennai Corporation to Decentralise Waste ManagementBy the end of this year, wet waste would be managed at the sub-ward level in the city, if the Corporation’s plan to decentralise waste management succeeds. While the city generates approximately 2100 MT (metric tons) of wet waste, it now has the infrastructure to handle around 520-600 MT.To bridge this gap, the Corporation has chalked out a series of strategies, the first of which is increasing the capacity of the 160 micro composting yards in the city, by a tonne each. Not only is the civic body looking to install these facilities in more canteens to enable local waste to be diverted here, but ring wells which can be fed 8MT waste at a time, are being installed.(Source: The New Indian Express)Mt Everest Cleanup Drive Gains Momentum, 3000kg Garbage Collected5. 215-Ft Cutout of Suriya Erected on Road, RemovedTiruttani Municipal officials on Wednesday removed a 215-ft cutout of actor Suriya, on an iron scaffolding, erected by his fans ahead of the NGK movie release on Friday. The cutout of Surya wearing a dhoti and shirt and holding a pandham (torch) was erected on a private land on the Tiruttani bypass road.Suriya fans in Tiruttani spent over Rs 6 lakh to put up the cut out, the police said. “It took them close to a month to erect the massive structure. They took a private land on rent and cleaned it. The painting of different blocks in the cut out was done in Ranipet to withstand weather conditions. The iron scaffolding was erected by labourers brought from different States and the work got over on Wednesday,” said a police officer.(Source: The Hindu)‘NGK’ Trailer: Surya Finally Returns to His Acting Roots We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.