1. Mirror Now Journo Attacked in Chennai, Suffers Serious Injuries
Mirror Now’s Chennai’s correspondent Pramod Madhav was attacked while on duty on Monday, 3 December, and suffered serious injuries. The journalist was attacked in a tea shop near Raj Bhavan, governor’s residence in Chennai when he was out to cover a protest organised by MDMK leader Vaiko.
The fellow witness journalist claim that the accused was a DMK worker, however, DMK has denied any links to the incident. Following a commotion at a tea shop nearby, Pramod and fellow journalist went to check where the Mirror Now correspondent started filming the incident on his mobile phone.
(Read the full story here.)
2. 57-Year-Old Cop Caught Red-handed While Flashing at Schoolgirl in Chennai, Arrested
A 57-year-old policeman, who was attached to city's Madhavaram Milk Colony police station, has been arrested under POCSO after he was caught flashing at a 10-year-old schoolgirl in Villivakkam. He is yet to be suspended. Special Sub Inspector K Vasu, who was to retire in four months, would stand near a government school in Villivakkam every evening and make lewd gestures at students when they leave school. A 10-year-old girl recently complained about him to her parents, when she saw him making obscene gestures towards her on Saturday.
However, her parents ignored her complaints. On Sunday, a group of youngsters caught Vasu in the act and chased him. The policeman managed to flee the spot in his bike. Later, the youths caught him at SIDCO Nagar and thrashed him.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
3. City All Set for Facelift Ahead of Global Investors’ Meet
Civic infrastructure in the city will get a makeover ahead of the Global Investors Meet, the State’s showpiece event to attract investments, in January. With 50 days to go for the event, the Chennai Corporation and other line agencies have been told to carry out beautification projects along VVIP routes, improve arterial roads, parking lots and street furniture.
“Work on cleaning, levelling, setting up parking spaces and temporary amenities will begin shortly. We will give a facelift to the places from Airport to Kathipara junction,” said a civic official. In September, the government initiated the process by sanctioning Rs 6.99 crore for Alandur, where work on relaying roads, clearing bushes, desilting of drains and cleaning up of traffic islands has been taken up.
(Source: The Hindu)
4. Vigilance Officers Barged Into Rooms, Took Pics Without Consent: IIT-M Scholars
Several research scholars and hostel inmates of IIT-Madras have alleged harassment and violation of their privacy by vigilance officers during checks conducted in their rooms, a charge denied by the Dean of students. The hostel residents, both men and women, allege that officers barge into rooms, insult and click pictures without consent and their behaviour violates the students' right to privacy and dignity.
"Vigilance officers are the ones tasked to enforce hostel rules and check for violations. We don't know if we can call it harassment or enforcement," said MS Sivakumar, dean of students. A woman research scholar, who did not wish to be named, alleged that vigilance officials barge into rooms, pull things out and call them names for their personal choices.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
5. Man Reunited with Family After 8 Years
In 2010, 36-year-old Om Prakash Gupta, a mentally-challenged person from Madhya Pradesh, boarded a train to Tamil Nadu by mistake and was wandering in the State ever since. After eight years, he was reunited with his family on Sunday, thanks to the efforts of the State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB).
On Sunday, when Om Prakash’s father Anil Kumar Gupta met his son, he broke down after hugging him. “I am getting him back after so many years. We thought he was dead,” said Anil Kumar. Om Prakash was undergoing treatment for his illness in Madhya Pradesh, when he boarded the train to Chennai Central. Once here, he was wandering around the state and did not get the required medical attention.
(Source: The Hindu)
6. Cloudy with a Chance of Light Rains in Chennai over Next 24 Hours
In what comes as a relief for Chennai, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has predicted light showers in the city over the next 24 hours. In a press conference on Monday, N Puviarasan, director of the Agromet Advisory Service Unit at the RMC, said, “On account of the low pressure over southwest Bay of Bengal, many places in coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are expected to get moderate rainfall over the next 24 hours. Light rains are expected in a few places across Tamil Nadu.”
“Heavy rainfalls may be expected in a few places. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the southwestern Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, 4 December,” Puviarasan warned.
(Source: The News Minute)
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