QChennai: Kamal Haasan Urges People to Join His Party, and More

1. AIADMK Calls All-Party Meet to Discuss Cauvery Dispute Verdict

The all-party meet concluded that the state will pressure the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board and send an all party delegation to meet PM Modi. 

An all-party meet, called by the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) commenced in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, 22 February, to discuss the state’s course of action on the Cauvery water verdict was held at the Tamil Nadu Secretariat.

Opposition leader MK Stalin kept firm on his stand at the meeting and suggested that the state should pressure the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board, further adding that the chief minister should take an all party delegation to meet PM Modi. Stalin also suggested that Tamil Nadu should set up a water security board.

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2. Kamal Haasan Launches Official YouTube Page for His Political Party

Kamal Haasan speaking with media persons hours before the grand party launch.

After announcing his entry into Tamil Nadu politics in front of a huge audience in Madurai on Wednesday, 21 February, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan also unfurled the official Youtube page of his party, the ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam’.

In a video shared on his party’s Youtube channel, Haasan urges people to sign up for his party and ‘come to the field’ to change the political landscape of the south Indian state. However, in an unconventional way, the Ulaganayagan gives a disclaimer at the start of the video, in Tamil, saying that his address might not be for everyone.

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3. Assembly Secy Springs a Surprise in Disqualification Case

The Madras High Court will soon deliver its verdict regarding the case of 18 disqualified MLAs.

Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretary K Boopathy sprang a surprise before the Madras High Court on Thursday by stating that he had no submission to make in writ petitions seeking disqualification of Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and 10 AIADMK MLAs who voted against the Edappadi K Palaniswami government during last year’s floor test.

The petitions were filed by DMK whip R Sakkarapani and four of the 18 disqualified AIADMK MLAs owing allegiance to rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran. Advocate-General Vijay Narayan submitted before a bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose that two of the 10 MLAs – S Semmalai and K Manickam – had filed an application before the Supreme Court last year to get the current writ petitions transferred to the apex court.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. 1,500 Prisoners to Be Freed on MGR Birth Anniversary

Good news for several long-serving convicts on MGR’s birthday.

Hundreds of life convicts lodged in central prisons across Tamil Nadu, who have completed 10 years of imprisonment, will walk free soon on the occasion of the birth centenary of former chief minister MG Ramachandran.

According to prison sources, at least 1,500 prisoners will get the benefit of the general amnesty that would be applicable to life convicts who were convicted by the court of criminal jurisdiction of Tamil Nadu. Going by the government order, life convicts who have completed 10 years of imprisonment and those aged 60 and above and who have completed five years of imprisonment as on 25 February would be eligible for early release. Convicts who were originally sentenced to death by the trial court and modified to life imprisonment by the appellate court may be considered for release.

(Source: The Hindu)

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5. Tamil Nadu Government Publishes Draft Rules on Disabilities Act

There are also rules on disposal of complaints made to the State Commissioner and on appeal processes.

The state government has brought out the draft rules of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The notification was published in the gazette on 21 February said State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities V Arun Roy. Objections and suggestions can be made within 15 days of the date of the publication of the notification, and can be addressed to the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities.

“The draft rules will also be put up on our website by Friday,” Roy said. The rules cover a number of aspects to ensure that establishments do not discriminate on the grounds of disability, a committee for research on disability is set up, rules for limited guardianship are formulated and an assessment board for special provisions with high support needs is formed.

(Source: The Hindu)

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6. Three Binu Aides Arrested, 2 from Rival Gang Surrender

Police crashed gangster Binu’s birthday party arresting 75 criminals.

Police received a tip-off that Kanagaraj, Vigneshwaraj alias Vicky and Saravanakumar were coming to a cemetery in Thirumullaivoyal at around noon. Following this, a team of police personnel surrounded and nabbed the trio, who are accused in a 2017 kidnapping case. They were remanded in judicial custody.

Although the police have been hunting for them, they escaped after surfacing at Binu’s party that night. Meanwhile, two history-sheeters, said to be part of a rival gang led by CD Mani, surrendered before the police. Ramkumar, who was wanted in connection with making threatening calls to Teynampet Inspector N Giri, surrendered at the station.

(Source: DT Next)

7. CPRF Recruit Kills Himself

On Thursday morning, when he was on duty guarding the armoury on the campus, he took a rifle and shot himself on the right side of the head.

A 23-year-old Central Reserve Police Force constable recruit Kailash Chandra Roy killed himself with a rifle in the Avadi CRPF recruit training centre on Thursday. According to police, Kailash Chandra Roy, son of Sachin Chandra Roy, was from West Bengal. He was undergoing training at the centre for the past eight months and he was supposed to complete it in a month’s time.

“We suspect that he was under depression. It might be because he was away from his family or due to a personal problem. We are investigating. The CRPF is also conducting an inquriy into the issue,” added a senior police officer. Further investigation is on.

(Source: The Hindu)

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