QChennai: No Rajini-Kamal Tie up Yet; Disasters Averted at Airport

1. ‘Time Will Tell’: Rajini Reiterates Stance on Alliance With Haasan

An alliance in the future maybe?

Kamal Haasan, who is all set to foray into politics soon, on Thursday, 8 February, said he and Rajinikanth needed to contemplate if it was necessary for them to join hands and face the election.

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Asked for his response, Rajinikanth, who announced his political entry on 31 December 2017, told reporters at Poes Garden, Chennai, that only time will tell if he will join hands with Haasan during their political journey. "I (have) already told you. Only time will answer all these questions," Rajinikanth said.

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2. Plane Gets Stranded on Runway as Tyre Bursts

It was a day of averted disasters at the Chennai airport on Thursday.

It was a day of averted disasters at the Chennai airport on Thursday. As many as 193 passengers had a narrow escape when a SpiceJet aircraft made an emergency landing after its tyre burst.

About half an hour later, an Ethiopian Airlines Cargo flight ran out of fuel and had to make an emergency landing. As the SpiceJet plane remained stranded in the main runway, it had to be closed for four hours. Hundreds of passengers suffered as six flights were diverted and several others delayed.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. Expel Eps, Ops and Four Other Ministers, Says TTV Supporter

TTV Dhinakaran had proposed a merger formula for the EPS government to elect any one of the 18 disqualifies MLAs to be made the Chief Minister.

A day after the sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran said he was open to a rapprochement with the ruling party if six Ministers were expelled, his supporter and former MLA Thangatamilselvan named them: AIADMK convenor and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, co-convenor and Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, Electricity Minister P Thangamani, Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani and Commercial Taxes Minister KC Veeramani.

The elevation of Panneerselvam was entirely due to Dhinakaran and Palaniswami’s getting the post of the Chief Minister was only because of their leader VK Sasikala, he said. “If the other Ministers and MLAs get together and decide to expel these six persons from the party, we will not topple the government,” he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. On the Birthday Party Menu, a Plan to Finish Rivals

The party was gatecrashed by 100 Chennai police officers, who nabbed 76 of the criminals in the next nine hours.

A day after the police crashed a gangster party and arrested 75 persons wanted for various offences, further investigation revealed that the birthday was only a cover to hatch a plan to ‘finish off’ a rival gang.

Gangster Binu, who celebrated his birthday, and his close accomplices managed to give the police the slip, and escaped from the lorry shed in Malayambakkam. Four special teams have been constituted to trace the accused Binu, Kanagu and Vicky alias Vignesh. Binu’s team was hoping to settle a running feud with the rival ‘CD’ Mani gang because of whom Binu had to be in hiding, police officials said.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Suspension of Bharathiar University VC: Three-Member Panel Formed to Run Varsity

Noting that the charges against the accused academic “are serious in nature”, the Governor, exercising his inherent powers as Chancellor, has placed Ganapathi under suspension.

A convener committee, headed by secretary to the department of higher education Sunil Paliwal, has been formed to run the affairs of the Bharathiar University whose vice-chancellor Dr A Ganapathi has been suspended after he was caught accepting bribe from a job aspirant.

N Jeyakumar of the department of bioinformatics, Bharathiar University, and P Thirunavukkarasu, associate professor of electronics department, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, have been selected as the members of the committee. The committee, which was formed at a special syndicate meeting held in the university on Thursday, will discharge the duties of the vice-chancellor till the next VC takes charge.

(Source: Times of India)

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6. Film Producers, Digital Distribution Firms Still at Odds

The Tamil Film Producers Council said no agreement could be reached on the reduction of charges levied by the companies or on finding an alternative to digitally distribute films.

The South Indian Film Producers collective and digital distribution companies – Qube Cinema and UFO Moviez – failed to come to an agreement about visual print fee during a round of talks that was held on Wednesday.

The strike announced by the four major film industries, which is scheduled to begin on 1 March, will go on as originally planned, a press release said. While the producers say that the VPF is exorbitant, the companies have maintained that it is fair and rational. Another round of talks would be held in Chennai on 16 February between representatives from various south Indian film industries, UFO Moviez and Qube Cinema and members of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Cycle Sharing System Moves to New Track

Any resident can pick up a cycle and leave it at any of the other locations spread across the city, on payment of a minimal charge. Image for representation only.

City residents will soon be able to hire bicycles at a throwaway price, once the Chennai Corporation launches its long-pending cycle sharing system. The Chennai Corporation has re-scheduled the tender to be closed on Friday for fixing a contractor for the cycle sharing system. The contract for the cycle sharing system would work on a Design, Built, Finance and Operate (DBFO) basis.

The study aims to provide last mile connectivity to boost the public transport including buses, metro, and suburban train services. The official said in Phase I to be launched in Teynampet and Kodambakkam zones around 5,000 cycles are planned to be put on roads in more than 400 locations for which docking stations have been identified.

(Source: The Hindu)

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