QChennai: FIR Against DMK Candidate Kathir Anand & More

1. Police File Case Against Kathir Anand, Other DMK Party Members Following Cash Seizure

The Katpadi police filed cases against DMK’s Vellore candidate Kathir Anand (right).

The Katpadi police filed cases against DMK’s Vellore candidate Kathir Anand and party members Poonjolai Srinivasan and Damodaran, in connection with the seizure of Rs 11.48 crore from a cement godown in Nadumottur village in Katpadi region by Income Tax officials. According to a complaint filed by the election department official, the DMK candidate Anand had filed an affidavit with the Election Commission declaring that he and his wife Sangeetha Kathir had Rs 7.43 lakh.

However, the cash seized from premises belonging to Anand was in excess of that amount. Subsequently, Rs 11.48 crore was seized by IT officials from DMK party men owing allegiance to DMK treasurer Durai Murugan and Anand, it was reported.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Seven-Yr-Old's Rape and Murder in Chennai: SC Stays Dhasvanth's Death Penalty

“Issue notice confined to the question of sentence. In the meantime, the sentence of death penalty awarded shall not be executed,” reads the SC’s order copy.

Nine months after the Madras High Court upheld the death sentence awarded to S Dhasvanth, who sexually assaulted and murdered a seven-year-old girl in Chennai, the Supreme Court has ordered an interim stay on the execution of the punishment. This, after the accused approached the Supreme Court against the conviction and death sentence.

After considering the matter, the bench said they were of the view that no fault can be found with the conviction of the accused petitioner under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (Murder) and provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual offence Act, 2012 (POCSO). And while rejecting a plea challenging his conviction, the apex court has observed they will look into the quantum of punishment.

(Source: The News Minute)

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3. 3,000 Housing Projects in Chennai Likely to Face Hurdles: Builders

Lack of qualified manpower in local bodies is delaying the delegation of powers to local bodies under the Tamil Nadu Combined Development and Building Rules, 2019.

Lack of qualified manpower in local bodies is delaying the delegation of powers to local bodies under the Tamil Nadu Combined Development and Building Rules, 2019. This has hit around 3,000 projects which are likely to come up, once the State government delegates powers under the new Rules, says Chairman of Builders Association of India, Southern region, KS Ramaprabhu.

Currently, the local bodies are following the old rules wherein approval is given to buildings not above the height of nine metres. “This will not help realise the Floor Space Index of 2. Under the new norms, local bodies will have the power to give nod for a building of stilt plus three floors with a height of 12 metres,” says Ramaprabhu.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

4. Now, an App to Track Candidates

Arappor Iyakkam released the Arappor App, offering details of all candidates contesting in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Arappor Iyakkam released the Arappor App, which is available free on Google Playstore, offering details of all candidates contesting in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The convenor Jayaram Venkatesan said the app is aimed at creating awareness among the people about the candidates in their constituencies.

He said: “We request all voters to use this app to know details of candidates in their constituency. The details include educational background, profession, annual income in the last five years, asset, liabilities and details of criminal cases pending against them."

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Chennai Metro Rail Limited Increases Its Total Solar Capacity to 4.1 MW

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has installed and commissioned 428 KWp solar power plant on the rooftop of two elevated stations.

To achieve energy security and promote the use of green energy, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has installed and commissioned 428 KWp solar power plant on the rooftop of two elevated stations - OTA and Meenambakkam.

These solar plant projects were executed under Zero Capital Investment by CMRL and are based on the model under Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) Scheme on monthly tariff basis, said a press release from CMRL. The two plants are expected to generate 5,77,80 units per month and save around Rs 26 lakh per year. Another 2.5 MWp will be added to the existing solar capacity of 4.1 MWp which is expected to be completed by February 2020.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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