QChennai: AIADMK Caught in Leadership Row; Water Woes Worsen

1. After Sasikala, Now EPS Sets Ball Rolling to Control AIADMK and TN Govt

Currently, O Panneerselvam and EPS function as coordinators of the AIADMK with powers of the party’s general secretary.

On 18 December 2016, barely two weeks after former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away, intense lobbying was underway within the AIADMK. Jayalalithaa Peravai secretary RB Udhayakumar said, "AIADMK and Tamil Nadu must be saved. And for this, Sasikala must head the party and the government. 50 AIADMK district secretaries have expressed their wishes that she contest from RK Nagar, win and become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu."

This time, it is Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) who has set the ball rolling. In the last week, many voices have demanded that EPS head the party – alone. Currently, O Panneerselvam and EPS function as coordinators of the AIADMK with powers of the party’s general secretary.

(Source: The News Minute)

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2. Private Water Tankers Suck Kancheepuram Dry

The water crisis is quite real in Chennai now, and in most parts of Tamil Nadu.

Ever since the water crisis started to grip the city, the suburbs and peripheral areas have been targeted by private water tankers to tap groundwater. Especially, localities like Manimangalam, Somangalam, Kundrathur and Chengalpet in Kancheepuram district have borne the brunt of severely depleting groundwater levels because of this.

According to data from the State Ground and Surface Water Resources Centre, in a month’s time from April to May, groundwater levels in Kancheepuram district have gone down by 0.05 metres or five centimetres. In some cases, groundwater levels have plummeted from 50 ft to even 400 ft in a year.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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3. Tamil Nadu Seeks Rs 5,000 Crore for Water Supply, Desal Plants

Chennai is reeling under a severe water crisis with all reservoirs in the city parched dry.

The state government has sought sanction of funds from the centre to the tune of Rs 5,398 crore to take up various drinking water supply schemes in Tamil Nadu. This would help to provide adequate and equitable water supply to the rural habitations of Tamil Nadu, Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani said.

The projects also include desalination plant and connected pipeline works with a designed capacity of 100 MLD for Villupuram and Tindivanam municipality, Marakkanam and Vikkaravandi Town panchayat besides 1,601 rural habitations in 10 Panchayat unions of Villupuram district with approximate cost of Rs 2,000 crore and expected to benefit a population of 16.78 lakh.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

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4. Forensic Expert Differs with Judicial Panel’s Finds

The death of Elavarasan, whose inter-caste marriage with Divya, hailing from the most backward Vanniyar community, led to caste clashes in Dharmapuri district.

The Justice SR Singaravelu Commission, which probed the death of a Dalit boy E Elavarasan whose body was found near the railway tracks in Dharmapuri in July 2013 has come to a conclusion that the boy allegedly committed suicide by throwing himself onto the moving train as his  wife Dhivya left him, rejecting the claims of his family and several social activists that he was another victim of brutal 'honour killing'.

Dr Sampath Kumar said there were more points to prove that the boy did not commit suicide, particularly the mysterious appearance of grease marks on the dead youth's chest after two post-mortems had already been conducted, presumably to suggest he had made physical contact with the train. If he was facing the train, the whole of his front left side including his shoulder should have been injured.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

5. Childhood Friend Turns Foe, Lures Victim into Murder Trap

Prithiviraj and Karthikeyan (both 21) were residents of Kerugambakkam and friends from childhood. The duo were college dropouts and were involved in stealing motorbikes for a while, and Prithiviraj was arrested twice in 2018.

“Getting to know that his friend Karthikeyan had tipped off the police regarding him stealing bikes, Prithiviraj burned Karthikeyan’s motorbike a few months ago. The souring of their relationship ended up with Prithiviraj going to Bangalore in search of a job,” said a police officer. Burning with the desire for revenge, Karthikeyan apparently decided to finish off Prithiviraj once and for all. He opened a Facebook account posing as a girl and lured his friend into a trap.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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