QChennai: 2 MCC Professors Found Guilty of Sexual Harassment, More

1. MCC Sexual Harassment: ICC Finds Two Professors Guilty, One of Abuse and Another for Staying Silent on the Matter

The Internal Complaints Committee constituted by Madras Christian College has finally released the report of their enquiry into the sexual abuse allegations against the Zoology professor. According to the copy of the report handed to them, the students said that ICC has found the professor, R Raveen and his colleague, Samuel Tennyson (who encouraged his behaviour) guilty of sexually abusing the students and has directed the administration to take strict action against them.

About two weeks ago, allegations of sexual abuse became public. Students from the Zoology department had complained about the R Raveen behaving inappropriately with them while they were on an excursion to Karnataka.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. TN Maternity Deaths: Committee Says No Lysed Blood Found, Doctors and Staff Cleared

The committee, led by deputy director of medical services Dr VP Harisundari, inspected government blood banks in Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri and Hosur, where maternal deaths were reported over the last six months.

A month after 15 maternity deaths were reported in Tamil Nadu, allegedly due to lysed blood, the state health department has told TNM that no action will be taken against the doctors and paramedics involved in the transfusion process. This was decided after a three-member committee probed the allegations and found no evidence of the blood given to patients being spoilt or lysed.

It was suspected that the blood administered to the expecting mothers was lysed and Health Secretary Beela Rajesh had directed the Health department to initiate disciplinary action and file a criminal complaint against three doctors and multiple other blood bank officials and staff involved in the transfusions.

(Source: The News Minute)

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3. Cop Who Took Part in Operation Against Veerappan Tweets His Decision to Quit

Peter Jawahar was part of the team that overpowered forest brigand Veerappan, one of India’s most wanted criminals, in 2004.

A police inspector has tweeted his decision to quit the job, upset that he has been denied promotion for 15 years. Peter Jawahar attached to the Madhavaram police station on Thursday gave vent to his agony over denial of promotion. He was part of the team that overpowered forest brigand Veerappan in 2004.

In his Twitter handle, he said he was going to surrender all medals and award that he had received from the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and quit his job because “my good service is being insulted by a few officers in the government.”

(Source: The New Indian Express)

4. 'Fani' May Bring Heavy Rains to Northern Tamil Nadu

If this storm unleashes its full potential coming close to the coast, it can solve the ongoing water crisis, at least to some extent. Image used for representational purpose.

Saying goodbye to hot and humid conditions, people of north Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, may have to brace up for some stand-and-deliver rains, come 30 April. A two-day ‘Red Alert’ has been sounded for the Tamil Nadu government by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday as powerful cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ is forming and likely to head toward north Tamil Nadu.

It would be a rare storm considering the fact that this would be the only second cyclonic storm in the last 50 years to have moved towards Tamil Nadu in April. The last one was in 1966.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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5. Fishermen Don’t Want Metro Station at Marina

Metro rail could still serve its purpose if the station is placed some 300-500 metres ahead of Gandhi Statue and near the DGP office on Dr Radhakrishnan Salai.

Residents of Triplicane and fishermen in the neighbourhood have expressed reservations over the construction of a metro station on Kamarajar Salai. They have raised safety concerns over “unnecessarily constructing something on the promenade that has remained vastly undisturbed over the decades.”

K Bharathi, South Indian Fishermen Welfare Association, said the past has shown us that beach is known to flood, especially during storms, which the city is prone to. Architect and urban designer A Srivathsan said that since the beach was an important public space in Chennai, it needs to be connected with the rest of the city. But there was no need to bring a station to the beach because past experience has shown us that the coast is vulnerable.

(Source: The Hindu)

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