1. Issue Separate Licence for Selling Tobacco Products, Says PMKThe PMK on Thursday demanded that a separate licence be issued for shops selling tobacco products in the State with a view to curbing free availability of the materials. In a statement, party founder S Ramadoss said with an aim to protecting lung health, World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced the slogan for this year’s “World No Tobacco Day”, which falls on May 31, as “Don’t let tobacco take your breath away”.But, against this objective, ITC has put up an illegal tobacco advertisement in and around Chennai. It should be condemned, he said. He said a large number of people died due to tobacco consumption.(Source: The New Indian Express)2. Fitness Enthusiasts Become Easy Targets For HarassmentWomen, mostly runners and cyclists, are increasingly being targetted by miscreants during early morning hours, that too in posh localities in the city.Over the last one month, a 48-year-old woman cyclist was harassed thrice, in three different places. A few weeks ago, a woman runner was molested in Kilpauk by a stranger. Poor lighting during early hours is also a factor that aids criminals, say runners. Stretches like Greenways Road, Haddows Road, Ormes Road and at times, R K Salai are dark in the morning, as streetlights don’t work or are covered by tree branches.(Source: The Hindu)3. Work on Desalination Plant to Begin in JuneAfter being kept on the back burner for nearly six years, the two mega desalination plants proposed to come up in Perur and Nemmeli, are set to see some progress this year. Negligible headway made in both projects since their announcement in 2013, had drawn severe criticism from political leaders and experts. On May 27, works orders were issued to start construction work of the 150 MLD plant at Nemmeli along ECR which is funded by the German agency KfW.For nearly six months, the tender process couldn’t be commenced due to a pending case at the Madras High Court. Officials said that as the case has been closed, work order was allotted to the lowest bidder and the plant will be commissioned by the end of 2021.(Source: The New Indian Express)4. Admission to Siddha, Ayurveda Courses to Go By NEET ScoresThis year, admissions to courses offered under the Indian systems of medicine (AYUSH) could be on the basis of NEET scores. In March, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which had made National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) mandatory for Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy courses, had relaxed the rule for yoga and naturopathy courses for 2019-20.Last year, the Central government had made the test mandatory for admission to AYUSH courses but some States had protested against it. The Tamil Nadu government had also admitted students based on Plus Two marks pointing out that these admissions were governed by the respective councils which had not amended their rules for admission. While there are councils for Ayurveda and Siddha there is none for yoga and naturopathy.(Source: The Hindu)5. Chennai Corporation to Decentralise Waste ManagementBy the end of this year, wet waste would be managed at the sub-word level in the City, if the Corporation’s plan to decentralise waste management succeeds. While the city generates approximately 2100 MT (metric tons) of wet waste, it now has the infrastructure to handle around 520-600 MT. To bridge this gap, the Corporation has chalked out a series of strategies, the first of which is increasing the capacity of the 160 micro composting yards in the city, by a tonne each.“We are looking to add one or two tonnes to their existing capacity, according to the availability of land. With this, we are looking to add a total capacity of 250 MT,” said corporation commissioner G Prakash.(Source: The New Indian Express) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.