QChennai: HC Clears Deck for Jayalalithaa Biopics, Onion Rates Dip

1. HC Clears Decks for Release of Queen & Thalaivi

Deepa had filed a civil suit against the filmmakers and insisted that they should not be allowed to release their works without her express consent.

The Madras High Court on Thursday cleared the decks for the release of film director Gautham Vasudev Menon’s web series Queen, a ‘fictional’ rendition based on the life of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. The court refused to pass an interim injunction restraining the release of the web series starring Ramya Krishnan.

Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy also rejected a plea by Jayalalithaa’s niece J Deepa to injunct the release of Thalaivi, a biopic being directed by AL Vijay and produced by Hyderabad-based Vishnu Vardhan Induri, with Kangana Ranaut playing the lead role. The biopic had gone on floors only recently.

(Source: The Hindu)

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2. Onion Prices Dip Below Rs 100

A trader says that the pressure is on traders to reduce the price due to lack of sales. 

The onion prices at Koyambedu wholesale market have started dipping to the range of Rs 80 to Rs 100 and traders hope that in the next seven to eight days, will drop to Rs 50 to Rs 60 per kg. S Chandran, Market Management Committee Licensed Merchants Association president and Anaithu Sangankalin Kootamaipu, general secretary told, “On Friday, 40 trucks loaded with Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra onions reached the market. There were also fresh stocks of imported Egyptian onions.”

To a query on whether the prices had come down due to Egyptian onions, Bhaskar, an onion trader said that sales had been hit as people are hoping that onion prices will come down.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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3. Campus Front Demands Action Against IIT-M Faculty over Death

Activists of the Campus Front of India staged a protest demanding action against faculty members allegedly responsible for the death of Fathima Latheef.

Activists of the Campus Front of India staged a protest in front of the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras campus, demanding action against faculty members allegedly responsible for the death of Fathima Latheef, in her hostel room last month.

On Thursday evening, the CFI members gathered in front of the main gate of the IIT-M campus and breached the cordon of the police. K Ashraf, State general secretary, CFI, said though a month had passed since the death of Ms. Fathima, there had been no breakthrough in the investigation so far.

A committee, comprising professors and social activists, should be constituted to look into the causes of suicides inside IITs, the members said. Traffic was disrupted on Sardar Patel Road due to the protest, for an hour.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. 42-Year-Old TN Man Arrested for Possessing, Distributing Child Sexual Abuse Videos

The Trichy police have arrested a 42-year-old air conditioner mechanic for allegedly possessing and distributing child sexual abuse material The arrest is a part of a state-wide crackdown on residents downloading sexual abuse material with minors featuring in them.

A week ago, Additional Director-General of Police of Crime against Women and Children wing, M Ravi, held a press conference in Chennai where he stated that at least 1500 people across the state had downloaded child sexual abuse material over a period of a week in November.

He further added that the state had inputs and details of those who downloaded the  material and that the same had been forwarded to commissioners and district superintendents of police to initiate action.

(Source: The News Minute)

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5. Finally, C&D Waste Disposal Contract Signed

Nearly 60% of the waste has its own market while the rest of it ends up in landfills.

After much delay, the city corporation finalised the construction and demolition waste contract on Wednesday, under which, 800 metric tonnes of the debris waste will be processed at two units in Kodungaiyur and Perungudi.

Scrapping their earlier idea to procure machinery for the purpose, they opted for the Public Private Partnership model and only have to pay the tipping fees to the private party now. Once processed, the company will sell the recycled waste in the market. The city generates about 3,000 metric tonnes of construction and demolition waste per day.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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