QChennai: Sterlite Given Access to Plant; #MeToo Wanes in TN
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1. Sterlite Allowed to Remove Leachate
The three-member committee hearing pleas for and against the reopening of Vedanta Ltd’s Sterlite Copper smelter unit in Thoothukudi has directed the district administration to allow the company to remove the gypsum leachate inside the factory premises.
The committee headed by Tarun Agarwal, former Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, issued the directions after the hearings held on October 5 and 6 at the southern bench of the National Green Tribunal here.
The committee said the company had filed an application seeking directions to remove raw materials that were lying inside the factory premises and the gypsum leachate which was lying in the gypsum pond.
(Source: The Hindu)
2. TN’s #MeToo: Samantha Backs Chinmayi Against Vairamuthu
At a press conference a few days ago, when asked about the #MeToo movement, Samantha’s answer was diplomatic. She stated that she never had such an experience with any male member of the fraternity and that she cannot comment on something she hasn’t experienced. Nevertheless, she is one of the first film actors of the south to come out in support of Chinmayi’s allegations of sexual abuse against Vairamuthu.
Nevertheless, the ‘movement’ has failed to draw the attention of the local media, with both English and regional language newspapers ominously silent about the issue.
3. Nirmala Sitharaman Launches BJP Campaign for Lok Sabha Polls
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday launched the BJP’s campaign for 2019 Lok Sabha elections while addressing the State traders conference of the party here. Stating that the conference marked the launch of BJP’s campaign for Lok Sabha elections, the union minister gave a detailed account of the various welfare schemes being implemented by the Central government headed by Narendra Modi.
“The Ayushman Bharat is a unique scheme wherein treatment for 1,300 diseases is available. It is a paperless, cashless treatment facility available to the poor. For each crop minimum, support price is being announced. The Central government is implementing various schemes for each State in a proper way,” she said.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
4. Kollywood Hits a Purple Patch
The Tamil film industry is going through a rare purple patch in the last four weeks. The massive – but simultaneous – successes of Chekka Chivantha Vanam, Pariyerum Perumal, 96 and Ratsasan at the box office has made every stakeholder associated with Tamil cinema heave a collective sigh of relief.
The industry had gone through a terrible trough since summer: there was a 48-day shutdown as producers were in confrontation with digital service providers over fees, resulting in a loss of revenue during the holiday season, and the implementation of the GST made tickets costlier. The theatre owners struggled to bring people back to the theatres as the occupancy rates fell.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. State Expects Rs 15,000 Crore Investment in IT
Tamil Nadu is expected to sign memorandums of understanding for investments worth Rs 15,000 crore in the Information Technology and Information Technology-enabled services (IT/ITES) sector during the Global Investors’ Meet next year, IT Minister M Manikandan said.
“A team from the IT Department had visited the US and Singapore and met with a lot of entrepreneurs, showcasing Tamil Nadu’s strength as an investment destination,” he said while speaking at the valedictory session of CII Connect 2018, an Information and Communications Technology conference.
Manikandan said that in the first edition of GIM, the IT Department had signed MoUs with 16 companies for investments of Rs 10,950 crore, which is expected to generate 21,000 jobs.
(Source: The Hindu)
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