QChennai: MK Stalin Elected New DMK Chief; Woman Sets Imam Ablaze

1. Stalin Elected DMK President, Duraimurugan Made Treasurer

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president MK Stalin was on Tuesday, 29 August unanimously elected president of the party at a meeting of its general council.

Party's Principal Secretary Duraimurugan was elected its treasurer.

“As no one else has filed the nomination, Mr Stalin is elected for the post,” said party general secretary K. Anbazhagan.

A total of 1907 persons either proposed or seconded Mr Stalin's name. In the case of Mr Duraimurugan, 252 persons proposed and seconded his name, he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Burqa-Clad Woman Sets Imam Ablaze

A woman in a burqa set a Muslim priest ablaze in his office opposite Big Mosque in Chennai’s Triplicane on Monday, 27 August night. Police are yet to apprehend the killer.

Police said on Tuesday the killer entered the office of Syed Fazruddin, 60, an imam at the Big Mosque, with at least five women devotees at 8pm on Monday. She then threw a chemical at him and set him on fire. The imam was taken to a hospital where he died of burn injuries two hours later. The Triplicane police filed a murder case. Investigators are yet to identify the woman and determine the motive for the murder.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Smart City: Madras HC Says ‘No’ to Rs 100 Crore Tender

Madras high court has directed the Tender Evaluation Committee, Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation (TUFIDCO) not to proceed with Rs 100 crore tender for Master System Integrator to design, develop and implement and maintain common cloud based DC & DR system, citizen mobile application and e-governance application along with integrated command and control center (ICCC) for 10 smart cities.

Justice R Mahadevan before whom writ petition from Acetech Machinery Components India Private Limited, Coimbatore, came up for hearing on Tuesday, ordered notice to special government pleader to get instructions and directed that the authorities not to proceed till then. Later, the judge posted the matter to September 3 for further hearing.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

4. MTC: Badly in Need of a Quick Fix

If there is one thing that has remained constant over the years among commuters in the city, it is the complaints about the Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses. Rickety vehicles, shaky seats, jammed window panes and leaky roofs are problems that have irked commuters for years.

The MTC has a fleet strength of 3,716 buses. On any given day, over 3,200 buses are on the road. However, many commuters who travel by these buses said that the maintenance of the buses needs to be improved drastically.

“The windows get jammed quite often. This is one of the common problems I experience while travelling in an MTC bus. Besides, the seat frame is unpolished and this sometimes injures passengers,” said M. Somasundaram, liaison officer, Consumer Association of India, who attends frequent meetings of the voluntary consumer organisation with the Metropolitan Transport Corporation.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Plea to Restrain DME from Conducting Training Programme

Madras high court has directed Directorate of Medical Education (DME) to file reply on a plea moved by a post graduate medical student seeking direction to restrain the DME from conducting 6-month training programmes in pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostic techniques in violation of law.

A division bench of Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad directed the government pleader to get instructions from the DME on a plea moved by X. Sebastian Antony, a second year student of MD Radio Diagnosis in Stanley Medical College. The bench adjourned the matter to September 30 for further hearing.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

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