QChennai: Apollo Hospitals Slam Jaya Commission & More
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1. Apollo Hospitals Slam Jaya Panel
Apollo Hospitals Enterprises on Tuesday went hammer and tongs against the Justice A. Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry (CoI) before the Madras High Court. The hospital accused the commission of being prejudicially biased against it and having prejudged that the institution had not provided appropriate treatment to former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa during her hospitalisation between September 22 and December 5, 2016.
In his submissions before a Division Bench of Justices R Subbiah and Krishnan Ramasamy, senior counsel P S Raman said, “Almost every doctor, summoned by the comission to adduce witness, was harangued by the commission by asking, ‘Are you trying to cover up for Apollo’s fault?’” He said such suggestive questioning of the doctors by Arumughaswamy himself amounted to hostile behaviour.
(Source: The Hindu)
2. Corporation Passes Deficit Budget Behind Closed Doors
In the absence of an elected council, the civic body passed the annual budget in its special council behind closed doors, but officials promised that the budget documents would be made public on Tuesday. “The documents will be uploaded to the Chennai Corporation website,” an official said.
Meanwhile, the capital receipt and capital expenditure during the period are estimated at Rs 1,722 crore and Rs 1,860 crore . The overall income, which includes other revenues, according to the Chennai Corporation budget, is estimated to be Rs 5,698 crore and overall expenditure would be Rs 5,743 crore. The total deficit would be Rs.46 crore this year. The Chennai Corporation Commissioner G Prakash passed the budget estimates.
3. Defence Minister Launches PM/SYM Pension Scheme
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) Yojana, a pension scheme for workers in the unorganised sector, in Chennai on Tuesday. Rolling out the scheme in Tamil Nadu at an event organised by the State Labour Department, Sitharaman said the scheme was conceived to recognise and respect the hard work of the people employed in the unorganised sector. She gave away enrolment certificates to a few beneficiaries of the scheme to mark its launch in the State.
She said the scheme was a contributory one. “The scheme is available for those who can pay only Rs 55 per month and those who can pay more. [For] those who pay Rs 55 per month, the government will make a further contribution of Rs 55 per month. If you want to pay more, you can contribute more, [and] the government will match it. The idea is to ensure that after retirement, you get at least Rs 3,000 per month as pension,” she said, adding that this would be over and above the Rs. 1,000 being provided by the Tamil Nadu government.
(Source: The Hindu)
4. Red Sanders Logs Stolen from Govt Godown
According to sources, it was a part of 40-tonne consignment that was seized in 2017 by Customs officers in Madhavaram. The seized logs were kept in the yard that belongs to the Central government in Madhavaram along with the lorry in which it was being transported. On Sunday, the yard manager noticed that the seal of the container had been tampered with and red sanders logs weighing over a tonne were missing. Based on a complaint, the Madhavaram police registered a case and have launched a hunt for the suspects.
Inspector Suresh Kumar said that they were investigating if the logs were stolen over a period or overnight using a lorry. As there are no CCTV cameras in the locality, the police are finding it difficult to crack the case, said sources.
5. ‘Parties Misusing Dravidian Tag’, Says Veeramani
Dravidar Kazhagam president K Veeramani on Tuesday said merely because some parties prefixed ‘Dravidian’ in their name did not mean they had accepted the Dravidian ideology. “Just because someone [a party] has Dravidian in their name, it does not mean that they understand or accept Dravidian ideology. It is just a stamp, nothing more,” Veeramani said, discussing a 33-point ‘Dravidian Manifesto’ at a meeting in Chennai.
Veeramani charged that the ‘Dravidian’ stamp was being used because it is the only [political] currency that is in circulation [in Tamil Nadu]. The Dravidian ideology states there should be universal equality among human beings, he said. “India does not just have inequality but graded inequality. Religious, caste, creed, linguistic, gender and sexual inequalities exist in India because of Manu Dharma,” he said.
(Source: The Hindu)
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