QChennai: DMK Protests Against Citizenship Amendment Act & More

1. DMK Tears Copies of Citizenship Amendment Bill in Protest

The protesters tore the copies of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 and raised slogans against the central and state governments.

Over 300 people, headed by DMK youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin, took to the streets in Saidapet in Chennai to protest against the AIADMK’s support for the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.

The protesters tore copies of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 (as it was till it received Presidential approval) and raised slogans against the central and state governments.

After over half an hour, the police detained over 30 members of the opposition party, who were taken away in government buses. The Act, which excludes Muslims, Jews and atheists from the benefits it seeks to give to refugees fleeing religious persecution, was passed on Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha with the support of AIADMK’s 11 MPs.

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2. Chennai's IT Corridor Inhales High Pollution Concentrates All-Time, Says Study

Don't be disillusioned by Chennai's better Air Quality Index (AQI) values and get into the trap of believing city's air is clean. A new study, which is kind of a reality check, shows famed Chennai IT corridor is a pollution hotspot and people inhale high concentration of pollution all-time.

A unique location-specific approach has been taken by researchers of IIT Madras where they estimated personal exposure at sidewalks along two contrasting urban corridors in the city – Chennai IT corridor and Marina beach promenade. Multiple measurements were taken for 10 days and the results are startling.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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3. TN Goldsmith Kills Wife, 3 Children and Ends Own Life over Debt

A 33-year old debt ridden goldsmith, allegedly hooked to lottery, took his own life after killing his three children and wife by administering them poison. M Arun shot a video moments before he killed himself on late Thursday alleging that he was prompted to take the extreme step due to lottery, absence of financial help and urged steps to eradicate the ‘three-number’ raffle.

Police said he was debt ridden and had difficulties in paying back his creditors. The goldsmith, who ran a jewellery making workshop in his home, blamed himself for his plight in the video clip – shared widely on social media – adding that people had no sense of fairness and justice.

(Source: The News Minute)

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4. Chennai First City in India to Get Online Portal to Exchange Reusable Products

Chennai residents can now buy and sell reusable and recycled products online as the Greater Chennai Corporation on Friday launched a new website that facilitates waste-trading. The first-of-its-kind website in India, www.madraswasteexchange.com, has a variety of products made from dry and wet waste such as school bags, slippers, vermicompost, manure, coconut powder, lemon dishwash among other products.

All the products are priced suitably and is available in 210 Resource Recovery Points (RRPs) across the city. Residents can visit the website and sign up for free.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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5. Bomb Threat Issued to Temple, Man Arrested

Preliminary investigation by police showed that an unidentified person is sending letters in Mohammed Haneef Bagavi’s name to tarnish his image.

Police are on the lookout for a person who had sent a letter in another person’s name claiming that a bomb had been planted in a temple in Nanganallur. However, the threat turned out to be a hoax. The letter had been written in the name of one Mohammed Haneef Bagavi claiming he had planted a bomb in a temple.

On 6 December, Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore received a bomb threat letter in which it was alleged a bomb will explode on the premises. Police found that the letter had been sent in the name of Mohammad Hanif Baqavi. He was taken for questioning to Mylapore police station, where he claimed innocence. Further investigations are on.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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