QChennai: Auto Driver Climbs Phone Tower; Students Boycott Classes

Here’s your roundup of stories from Chennai. 

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An auto driver climbed atop a cell phone tower near Thiruvanmiyur, to protest  the rule to carry original driving licence.
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1. Auto Driver Climbs Cell Phone Tower

An auto driver climbed atop a cell phone tower located near the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Thiruvanmiyur, to protest against the rule to carry original driving licence.

Muthukumar, 45, who lived with his differently-abled wife in Bharthiyar Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, had come to the RTO to get a new driving licence. He had been driving the auto on rent to earn his livelihood. The auto owner had retained his original driving licence while renting out the auto to him.

Source: The Hindu

2. DMK MLAs Get HC Breather in Breach of Privilege Case

The Madras High Court on 7 September restrained the Committee of Privileges of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from proceeding against 21 DMK legislators until September 14 and directed it to defer the deadline of September 12 fixed for the MLAs to reply to the show-cause notices issued to them on August 28.

Justice M Duraiswamy passed the interim order after recording an undertaking given by Advocate General Vijay Narayan that he shall advise the committee not to pass any orders until next week when he would make his submissions questioning the maintainability of the writ petitions filed by the legislators.

Source: The Hindu

3. 12-Car Trains to Carry 75,000 More Commuters Daily

Adding more cars will boost the passenger capacity of west suburban services by 20 percent. 
Adding more cars will boost the passenger capacity of west suburban services by 20 percent. 
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

The Chennai division of Southern Railway plans to introduce 12-car Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) trains on the west suburban section by the beginning of next year. These extra coaches can carry some 75,000 more people every day. The highly crowded trains on this section presently carry nearly 4 lakh passengers every day. The Chennai-Tambaram section carries some 5.6 lakh passengers.

To cater to the growing commuter population on the western section, the Railway will introduce 12-car rakes similar to those of EMUs being operated on the Chennai Beach-Tambaram section.

Source: The Hindu

4. 'Restrict Petrol Outlets Near Schools'

Madras High Court takes notice of health hazards due to evaporation of petroleum.
Madras High Court takes notice of health hazards due to evaporation of petroleum.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Taking judicial notice of reports of health hazards caused by evaporation of petroleum in and around retail petrol and diesel outlets, the Madras High Court observed that the Centre as well as the State Government should consider framing regulations restricting the setting up of such outlets near all schools.

Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar made the observation while directing the Indian Oil Corporation to maintain status quo with respect to proposed establishment of a petrol and diesel outlet next to Brindhavan Vidyalaya Public School at Nachipalayam Road in Madukkarai village in Coimbatore district.

Source: The Hindu

5. Students Boycott Classes

Students from several city colleges continued to boycott classes on 7 September demanding justice for S Anitha, who killed herself, as she was unable to clear the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).

For the second consecutive day, the students of New College in Royapettah boycotted classes and held a demonstration on their campus. They raised slogans against the government and demanded abolition of NEET. As the college administration announced a holiday, a section of students moved out from the campus.

Source: The Hindu

6. Media Failed to Document Agrarian Crisis, Says Sainath

P Sainath urged journalists to be in touch with farmers instead of going by government accounts.
P Sainath urged journalists to be in touch with farmers instead of going by government accounts.
(Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

P Sainath, founder-editor of the People’s Archive of Rural India, has charged the media with failing to document the extent of the agrarian crisis in the country.

He was speaking at a seminar organised by the Universiy of Madras’ Department of Journalism and Communication on the university’s Chepauk campus.

He added that between the 1991 and the 2001 censuses, the farmer population declined by 7.2 million; between the 2001 and 2011 censuses, there was a 7.7 million drop. “You lost 15 million farmers in 20 years on an average rate of losing 2,000 farmers per day.”

Source: The Hindu

7. Audio Launch of 2.0 in Dubai on 27 October

The grand event will feature a live performance by Rahman in the presence of Rajinikanth, co-star Akshay Kumar and others.
The grand event will feature a live performance by Rahman in the presence of Rajinikanth, co-star Akshay Kumar and others.
(Screenshot: YouTube)

The audio launch of the much-awaited 2.0, actor Rajinikanth latest film, directed by Shankar with music composed by AR Rahman and produced by Lyca Productions, will be held at the Burj Park in Dubai on 27 October.

The production house says that several other performances, possibly by international stunt artistes, are also likely to be held.

Source: The Hindu

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