QChennai: Cyclone Gaja’s U-Turn to Chennai; Sasikala Targets Maran

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1. Sasikala Petitions Panel to Summon Kalanithi Maran

VK Sasikala has moved an application before the Commission of Inquiry looking into former chief minister Jayalalithaa's death, asking it to summon Sun TV Network Chairman Kalanithi Maran. Sasikala’s lawyer before the Justice (Retd) A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry wants Maran to be summoned over the two episodes of a programme on Jayalalithaa's death, broadcast by Sun News on 10-11 November.

In his application, likely to be heard on Wednesday, lawyer N Raja Pandian wants Maran to submit the documentary evidence on Jayalalithaa’s health used to produce the programme. “I did not file the petition to stop the broadcast of the programme....Let the Commission obtain the documents and if they are of use to it, add them as evidence,” he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Cyclone Gaja takes U-Turn; Chennai to Get Heavy Rains

The storm took a U-turn on Tuesday morning and headed northwest, but again travelled west-southwestwards.
The storm took a U-turn on Tuesday morning and headed northwest, but again travelled west-southwestwards.
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Cyclonic storm 'Gaja' continue to spring surprises with the location of where it will make landfall continuing to change as it nears the coast. When everyone thought 'Gaja' was drifting down south, the storm took a U-turn on Tuesday morning and headed northwest, but again travelled west-southwestwards. A bulletin from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday night said the storm, moving at a speed of 10 kmph, lay centred over west-central and adjoining east-central and south Bay of Bengal about 600 km east-northeast of Chennai and 720km northeast of Nagapattinam.

Met officials said rainfall may occur in most places with heavy to very heavy at a few places over Tamil Nadu, including Chennai. Extremely heavy rainfall, in excess of 20cm, at isolated places is likely over Cuddalore, Nagappattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Thoothukudi and Ramanathapuram districts.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. HC Order in Secretariat Case Per Incuriam: Stalin

Stalin says  interim order passed in Karunanidhi’s case will not bind him.
Stalin says interim order passed in Karunanidhi’s case will not bind him.
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DMK president MK Stalin and treasurer Durai Murugan on Tuesday argued that an interim order passed by a single judge of the Madras High Court on 3 August, for instituting criminal prosecution into alleged irregularities in construction of a new Secretariat complex here between 2008 and 2010, was per incuriam (lack of due regard to law/ facts).

Representing them before Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana, senior counsel P Wilson contended that the single judge had failed to note that materials collected by the now defunct Regupathi Commission of Inquiry could not be used for criminal prosecution at all, since it would be contrary to the provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Act of 1952. Even otherwise, the interim order was passed on a writ petition filed by former DMK president M Karunanidhi and that could not bind the present petitioners who had challenged a Government Order issued on September 24 ordering a Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) inquiry into the Secretariat construction issue, he claimed.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Hyundai to Invest 7,000 cr in Chennai Plant

the Memorandum of Understanding would be signed during the second edition of the Global Investors Meet (GIM) from January 23-24.
the Memorandum of Understanding would be signed during the second edition of the Global Investors Meet (GIM) from January 23-24.
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Passenger car maker Hyundai is planning to surge ahead of its rivals in introducing an electric car in the Indian market in 2019 by investing Rs 7,000 crore in expanding its facility in Chennai. BC Datta, vice-president of corporate affairs at Hyundai told Express, the company would be increasing the plant’s capacity to 1,00,000 units, including the production of 50,000 Completely Knocked Down (CKD) vehicles.

This comes after managing director and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor India Limited, Y K Koo, with Datta and N Ramesh, assistant vice-president (Finance) of Hyundai, met Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami on Monday. Datta said that while the company’s rivals were planning to introduce the first electric car in the Indian market by 2020, Hyundai was likely to introduce its new electric car model by 2019 itself.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Ayanavaram Rape Case: Prosecution Set to Open Charge on Nov 27

The police had filed a chargesheet against them in September.
The police had filed a chargesheet against them in September.
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The prosecution of 17 suspects arrested for the alleged sexual assault of an 11-year-old hearing-impaired girl at an Ayanavaram apartment complex in the city will formally commence on 27 November. The city police had filed a charge sheet against them in September. The rape, which was committed over a period of time, came to light in July last after the girl complained of stomach ache and her parents took her to the hospital.

According to the complaint, the child had been sexually assaulted by the offenders — all service staff in the gated community she lived in — between 15 January and 5 July. Lift operator Ravikumar, 56, initiated the sexual assault. Other offenders followed him. They reportedly threatened her with knives and photos and videos showing her naked, preventing her from talking to her family, police sources said.

(Source: The Hindu)

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