QChennai: Sasikala to Be Out Today, TN Welcomes New Guv Purohit

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VK Sasikala Natrajan is currently serving her sentence in a Bengaluru prison after her conviction in the disproportionate assets case.
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1. Sasikala's Parole: Karnataka Prisons Dept to Seek Details of Natarajan's Health



Sources from the TTV Dhinakaran faction said that if Sasikala gets parole, she will be heading to Chennai mostly by road.
Sources from the TTV Dhinakaran faction said that if Sasikala gets parole, she will be heading to Chennai mostly by road.
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In the wake of deposed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala applying for parole, the Karnataka prisons department will soon be writing to the Tamil Nadu police to check on the health condition of her husband M Natarajan. Sasikala, who is currently serving her sentence in a Bengaluru prison after her conviction in the disproportionate assets case, had applied for parole to meet her ailing husband, who has just undergone a liver and kidney transplant at the Gleneagles Global Hospital in Chennai.

On 2 October, TTV Dhinakaran stated that the bail has been applied for and that he was expecting Sasikala in a couple of days. But against his claim, Sasikala’s parole plea was rejected at the last minute on the technical grounds that a legal medical report had not been submitted.

Source: The Hindu

Also Read: Afraid of Sasikala, We Lied About Jaya’s Health: TN Minister

2. Curtains Come Down on an Eventful Tenure, New Governor to Take Over Amidst Political Chaos

Banwarilal Purohit was the former governor of Assam, now taking charge of Tamil Nadu. 
Banwarilal Purohit was the former governor of Assam, now taking charge of Tamil Nadu. 
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Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao, who left for Mumbai on Thursday after an eventful year of holding additional charge in Tamil Nadu, was associated with several important political events in the State during his tenure. He was the only Governor to hold additional charge of the State for over a year. On the night of 5 December 2016, following Jayalalithaa’s death, he created history, of sorts, by administering the oath of office to a new Cabinet headed by O Panneerselvam at midnight. No ministry in Tamil Nadu had been sworn in at night before.

Banwarilal Purohit will be sworn in as the 25th governor of Tamil Nadu tomorrow amid political turbulence in the ruling AIADMK and persistent demand by the opposition for a floor test for the K Palaniswami government.

Source: The Hindu

3. Dhinakaran's Plea in Two Leaves Case Dismissed



Madurai Bench had already disposed of the petition in the ‘two leaves’ symbol case by giving directions to the EC to settle the dispute by 31 October.
Madurai Bench had already disposed of the petition in the ‘two leaves’ symbol case by giving directions to the EC to settle the dispute by 31 October.
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The Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran seeking extension of time for filing documents before the Election Commission to support his claim that he is the leader of the party. He had also sought an extension of deadline for deciding on the ‘two leaves’ symbol issue.

The division bench of Justices M Venugopal and Abdul Quddhose, which had reserved orders on Wednesday, observed that the petitioner cannot ‘approbate’ and ‘reprobate’ in the eyes of the law. The Madurai Bench had already disposed of the petition in the ‘two leaves’ symbol case by giving directions to the EC to settle the dispute by October 31. EC had allowed the submission of other documents, rejoinders and replies till 4 October. The EC will hear parties to the symbol dispute on 6 October.

Source: The Hindu

Also Read: TTV Dhinakaran Supporters Booked for ‘Causing Nuisance’ in Madurai

4. ‘27 Dengue Deaths Recorded in State’



According to data compiled by State health officials, the number of dengue cases in Chennai is more than 700 this year, but the Corporation pegs the number at only 200.
According to data compiled by State health officials, the number of dengue cases in Chennai is more than 700 this year, but the Corporation pegs the number at only 200.
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As several fever deaths were reported over the past few days in the State, the government kicked off dengue prevention activities on Thursday to mark Anti-Dengue Day. So far, 10,392 cases of dengue and 75 fever deaths, of which 27 were related to dengue, were reported in Tamil Nadu, said Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan.

While the western and southern districts have been grappling with mosquito-control measures for the past few months, the Chennai Corporation, in a house-to-house surveillance drive by 922 nurses, found 1,084 fever cases in its area from 24,701 households. After identifying mosquito-breeding sources in damaged vehicles dumped along many of the 471 bus routes and 36,000 streets, civic officials are in the process of removing unused vehicles along the roads.

Source: The Hindu

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

5. NEET Study Material to Be Available on Phones

The government’s flip-flop on NEET has caused much heartburn among aspiring medical students.
The government’s flip-flop on NEET has caused much heartburn among aspiring medical students.
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Stating that the study material for NEET would be made accessible for students even on their mobile phones, Minister for School Education KA Sengottaiyan said the extensive bank of questions and preparatory material would be released in a phased manner. “Of the 50,000 questions which are being prepared to aid students attempting NEET and other competitive examinations at the national level, the School Education Department will release around 1,000 to 2,000 questions every week from the end of October. This will be made accessible online and also on mobile phones,” he said.

While the revamped curriculum would be released on 15 November, Mr Sengottaiyan said that the curriculum would be kept accessible to the public for about ten days to invite suggestions following which, changes and updates would be made accordingly. submission.

Source: The Hindu

Also Read: NEET Explainer: For or Against, You’re Probably Wrong

6. Woman Doctor Stabbed in Perambur

The doctor is now recovering at the hospital and the accused have been caught.
The doctor is now recovering at the hospital and the accused have been caught.
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A henchman wearing a burkha attacked a woman doctor with a sharp weapon at her house at Perambur on Wednesday. It was found that the owner of a fertility centre and four of his staff members had hired him to carry out the attack on Dr Ramya, a fertility specialist, over business rivalry. Police arrested all the six within a few hours of the incident.

According to the police, Dr Ramya used to work in a fertility centre on Nelson Manickam Road, owned by embryologist Thomas, for the past three years. However, six months ago, Dr Ramya’s sister Jeyanirmala, also a doctor, started a fertility centre at Jai Nagar, Arumbakkam, and she decided to start working with her instead.

Source: The Hindu

7. No New Tamil Films Will Release from Friday, Says Producers Council President Vishal



Theatres in the city have indicated that if the government does not consider their request, they will be forced to go on an indefinite strike.
Theatres in the city have indicated that if the government does not consider their request, they will be forced to go on an indefinite strike.
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The Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council said no new Tamil films will release on Friday onwards until the state government removes the additional 10 percent tax over and above the GST.

This Diwali may well turn out to be a dampener for Tamil movie fans, if the film industry persists with its decision not to release any new film from Friday until the vexed ‘entertainment tax' issue is resolved by the state government. As a result, actor Vijay's much-awaited Mersal and Sasikumar's Kodiveeran look unlikely to hit theatres for Diwali.

Source: The New Indian Express

Also Read: Theatre Strike Makes Tamil Nadu Go Ayyo! Ayyo! Ayyayyo!

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