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QChennai: HC Terms Expense on Secretariat ‘National Waste’ & More

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The Madras High Court on Monday termed as a “national waste,” the Rs 1,200 crore spent on construction of a new Secretariat complex in Chennai during the 2006-11 DMK regime.
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1. Money Spent on Secretariat a National Waste: HC

The Madras High Court on Monday termed as a “national waste,” the Rs 1,200 crore spent on construction of a new Secretariat complex in Chennai during the 2006-11 DMK regime, the additional funds spent by the AIADMK government to convert the complex into a hospital and another Rs 4.5 crore sanctioned by it for a Commission of Inquiry constituted to probe into alleged irregularities in the construction.

Justice S M Subramaniam said: “Such a situation is not only painful but also a matter of national concern because tax payers’ money had been spent detrimental to the interest of the public at large. This court is of the considered opinion that once an elected government starts functioning, its policy decisions and expenditures must be beyond political ideologies. All expenditures must be only in accordance with the constitutional principles.”

(Source: The Hindu)

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2. Violinist, Composer Balabhaskar Dead

The acclaimed musician was undergoing treatment after the car he was travelling met with an accident in Thiruvananthapuram on 25 September.
The acclaimed musician was undergoing treatment after the car he was travelling met with an accident in Thiruvananthapuram on 25 September.
(Photo Courtesy: TNM)

Malayali violinist and music composer Balabhasker (40) passed away on Tuesday morning.  The acclaimed musician was undergoing treatment after the car he was travelling in met with an accident in Thiruvananthapuram on 25 September.

While Balabhaskar's two-year-old daughter Tejaswini died on the spot, wife Lakshmi (38) and driver Arjun are still under treatment. The car had lost control and hit a tree near the CRPF camp in Thiruvananthapuram's Pallippuram. The injured were shifted to a private hospital in the city where Tejaswini was declared brought dead.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. ‘NE Monsoon to Bring 12% Excess Rainfall

Weak southwest monsoon seen working in TN’s favour. 
Weak southwest monsoon seen working in TN’s favour. 
(Photo: IANS)

During the coming northeast monsoon, the State is likely to experience rainfall which will be 12% higher than the normal, S Balachandran, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, Chennai, said. The long period average for the State was pegged at 44 cm based on the data between 1951-2000, he added. Normally, the northeast monsoon sets in around October 20.

The onset depends on the complete withdrawal of the southwest monsoon, which is withdrawing slowly and may withdraw from other regions like Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra in the next two or three days. However, the onset date of monsoon alone does not determine the volume of rainfall as it is volatile in nature, say Met officials. The IMD had announced that the southwest monsoon ended with 9% deficit across the country. Weather experts note that a weak southwest monsoon is often associated with a favourable northeast monsoon over the State.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. Remove Unauthorised Banners: HC

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The bench posted the matter for filing compliance report on October 8.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

A Division Bench of the Madras High Court has directed the Commissioner of Chennai Corporation and the police to remove forthwith  unauthorised banners and hoardings erected along the Anna Salai leading to Nandanam YMCA Grounds, where the centenary celebrations of AIADMK founder-leader and former Chief Minister M G Ramachandran is scheduled to take place on Sunday evening.

Passing orders on a PIL petition by social activist ‘Traffic’ K R Ramaswamy, the bench of Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad gave the direction urgently at a special sitting at the High Court premises on Sunday. The proceedings began at 10 am and after listening to the arguments from both sides, the bench delivered its order around 11 am.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Youth Held for Raping Sister

The Madhavaram All Women Police Station have arrested a 21-year-old youth under the POCSO Act for raping his sister and making her pregnant. According to police, the 14-year-old girl is a student of a school in the western suburbs of Chennai.

Recently, she complained of stomach pain and was rushed to a government hospital. After tests, the doctors found that she was five months pregnant. “An abortion was done and the hospital sources informed the Madhavaram police about the incident,” said a police officer.

“We conducted an inquiry with the girl and it was found the girl’s own brother had raped her.” The police arrested the brother under the POCSO Act and remanded him in judicial custody.

(Source: The Hindu)

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