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QChennai: Dengue Kickstarts Cleaning Drive; Sasikala’s Parole Ends

Here are the top news stories from Chennai.

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Sasikala has been in jail since February after the Supreme Court upheld her conviction in the disproportionate assets case. She is serving the jail term along with two of her relatives, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran.
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1. Sasikala Reaches Bengaluru Central Jail After 5-Day Parole Ends

Ousted AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala
Ousted AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala
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Jailed AIADMK leader Sasikala, who is serving a four-year sentence at Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara jail in a disproportionate assets case, was granted five-day parole to see her ailing husband M Natarajan in Chennai, on 7 October. Sasikala’s parole ended on 11 October, and she departed for Bengaluru Central Jail the next morning.

Sasikala’s former plea for 15-day parole had been rejected, following which she had applied for emergency parole.

Read the full story on The Quint.

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2. Greater Chennai Corporation Kicks off Mass Cleaning Drive



The Chennai civic body has formed 200 teams, deployed 331 fogging machines and removed 174 tonnes of scrap as part of its mega cleaning drive.
The Chennai civic body has formed 200 teams, deployed 331 fogging machines and removed 174 tonnes of scrap as part of its mega cleaning drive.
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The Greater Chennai Corporation on Thursday kicked off a mass cleaning drive to check mosquito breeding sources, including damaged vehicles abandoned along the roads, penalising violators. Corporation Commissioner and Special Officer D Karthikeyan led the drive, urging traders in areas such as Pudupet to remove mosquito breeding sources in damaged vehicles.

Over 175 tonnes of scrap from old vehicles were removed from Pudupet on Thursday by teams of corporation workers. The civic body has formed 200 teams, comprising 2,825 malaria labourers and 14,902 conservancy workers to carry out the mass cleaning drive. As many as 331 fogging machines and 32 vehicle-mounted machines were used on Thursday. The civic body also organised 76 medical camps, identifying fever cases. “We imposed a fine of ₹51,000 on violators,” said an official.

Source: The Hindu

Also Read: All About Dengue: Watch Out For These Symptoms!

3. Panneerselvam Meets PM

O Panneerselvam brushed aside all speculations of a rift between him and the Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami. 
O Panneerselvam brushed aside all speculations of a rift between him and the Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami. 
(Photo Courtesy: PTI)

The brewing discontent between the merged factions of the AIADMK was evident yet again on Thursday when Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi along with his supporter and Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan. Though Panneerselvam claimed he raised various demands of the State, including its need for sufficient coal supply for power generation with the Prime Minister, and handed over a memorandum, Electricity Minister P Thangamani, who was in the national capital too, was not present during the Deputy Chief Minister’s meeting with Modi.

On his part, Panneerselvam claimed politics was not discussed during the meeting. This was his first meeting with the Prime Minister since the merger of the AIADMK factions and after his taking over as the Deputy Chief Minister.

Source: The Hindu

Also Read: AIADMK War on Assets: EPS-OPS Faction to Take Control of Jaya TV

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4. Hearing in Privilege Case Adjourned to 27 October

DMK Working President MK Stalin has said that the Speaker was being partial and the disqualification of the MLAs is a murder of democracy. 
DMK Working President MK Stalin has said that the Speaker was being partial and the disqualification of the MLAs is a murder of democracy. 
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The Madras High Court on Thursday adjourned to 27 October the hearing on writ petitions filed by 21 DMK legislators challenging the proceedings initiated against them by the Committee of Privileges of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for having displayed gutkha sachets in the Assembly on 19 July to highlight their availability in shops despite a state-wide ban. Justice K Ravichandrabaabu deferred the hearing after Advocate-General Vijay Narayan, representing the Assembly Secretary, sought an adjournment on the grounds that though a counter-affidavit had been finalised, it would take some time to serve copies on Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal, Amarendra Sharan, R Shunmugasundaram and NR Ilango representing the petitioners.

In the meantime, an interim order passed by Justice M Duraiswamy on 8 September, when he was handling the writ portfolio last month, restraining the Committee of Privileges from proceeding further, would continue since the judge had made clear that his order would be in operation until further orders.

Source: The Hindu

Also Read: Next Hearing on Petitions By Disqualified AIADMK MLAs on 2 Nov

5. ‘Speaker Refused to Accept Notice in Case Against OPS’



Senior counsel NR Ilango of DMK pointed out that all others, including Panneerselvam and his team of MLAs, had accepted the private notices and entered appearance through their counsel.
Senior counsel NR Ilango of DMK pointed out that all others, including Panneerselvam and his team of MLAs, had accepted the private notices and entered appearance through their counsel.
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Senior counsel Kapil Sibal representing DMK whip R Sakkarapani told the Madras High Court on Thursday that Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal refused to accept a private notice in a case seeking a direction to him to initiate disqualification proceedings against Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his team of MLAs for having voted against a confidence motion moved by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on 18 February.

The submission was made before Justice K Ravichandrabaabu who was seized of the writ petition filed by the whip. When the judge wanted to know if the allegation of refusal to accept notice was true, Advocate-General Vijay Narayan, representing the Assembly Secretary, said he was not aware of any such thing. Senior counsel Amarendra Sharan told the judge that it was the latter who had granted him permission on 4 October to issue private notices.

Source: The Hindu

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6. Layout Regularisation Rules Amended

Development fee has been reduced, open space reservation charges dropped and the scheme has been extended till 3 May.  
Development fee has been reduced, open space reservation charges dropped and the scheme has been extended till 3 May.  
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Regularisation of unapproved plots and layouts is set to be easier, with the State government simplifying the process, relaxing various rules relating to the scheme. According to a press release, the government has also reduced the development charges for the regularisation of the plots or layouts and extended the scheme for one year. The revised deadline is 3 May 2018.

The regularisation scheme will be applicable for layouts formed in the Chennai Metropolitan Area between 5 August 1975 and 20 October 2016. For rural areas outside the Chennai Metropolitan Area, the scheme will be applicable for layouts formed between 29 November 1972 and 20 October 2016. For urban local bodies outside the Chennai Metropolitan Area, the regularisation scheme will be applicable for layouts formed between 1 January 1980 and 20 October 2016. In a bid to help the poor and middle class develop the properties, the government has also exempted the plot buyers from paying open space reservation (OSR) charges.

Source: The Hindu

7. Housing Board Watchman Held for Fraud

The watchman had issued fake allotment orders with the help of an official he knew at the Tamil Nadu Housing Board. 
The watchman had issued fake allotment orders with the help of an official he knew at the Tamil Nadu Housing Board. 
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The Central Crime Branch (CCB) arrested a watchman who was working with the Tamil Nadu Housing Board and his son for allegedly cheating eight persons by issuing fake allotment orders.

The CCB said K Ganesh, a staff of Port Trust, lodged a cheating complaint against the father and son at the Commissioner’s office. He said the accused, D Babu, 50, and his son Vinoth, 27, were introduced to him by a tenant. Babu claimed that he was working as an officer with the Tamil Nadu Housing Board and was influential. Following his promise to get a housing allotment, Ganesh and his friends gave ₹52.77 lakh to Babu and Vinoth. Babu gave them fake allotment orders for houses in Maraimalai Nagar. Only later they found that they had been given fake allotment orders after Babu delayed the execution of registrations. Their accomplice, Prakash, 41, was also arrested.

Source: The Hindu

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