QChennai: No Stay on Ilayaraaja Event; Man Kills Self, Blames Cops

1. Madras HC Refuses to Stay Musical Event on Ilayaraaja

The Madras High Court Thursday declined to stay ‘Ilayaraja 75,’ a musical event.

The Madras High Court Thursday declined to stay 'Ilayaraja 75,' a musical event scheduled to be held here on 1 February 2019, in honour of the famous music composer. Justice K Kalyanasundaram dismissed the interim application by J Sathish Kumar, a member of the Tamil Nadu Film Producer's Council alleging misappropriation of funds by its office bearers.

However, the judge directed the Film Producers' Council to maintain proper accounts for the income and expenditure of the event and submit the same before the annual general body meeting to be convened on 3 March for approval of members.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

2. Chennai Cab Driver Alleges Harassment by Cops in Video, Kills Himself

Rajesh went on to say that cab drivers such as himself are faced with such harassment from police officials on a regular basis.

“Chennai police are the main reason behind my death. No one else,” a frustrated-looking cab driver said in a video he’d shot of himself prior to killing himself.

The driver, who has been identified as 25-year-old Rajesh Murthy, worked for NTL Taxi service and killed himself, allegedly due to constant harassment by police in the city. “Wherever I go, they (police) create a problem. Last night, I was stopped on the side of a service road and sleeping when the police came and locked the car. They demanded Rs 500 as a fine for the same. When I asked them to give me a bill, they began abusing me (verbally), asking me how I could speak against them,” he said.

(Source: The News Minute)

3. 85 Tonnes of Banned Plastics Seized by Chennai Corporation Officials to Become Roads, Cement

While contractors welcomed this move, because mixing plastic in the bitumen will increase road life and act as waterproofing, they alleged lack of facilities and arrangements.

Since the plastic ban kicked in, city Corporation has seized over 85 tonnes of banned items from the city. The Chennai Corporation is going to send 50 tonnes of banned plastic items, to Dalmia Cements. The factory will use the plastic as refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to power their furnaces.

The remaining 35 tonnes will be used in road relaying. “We are coordinating with the Bus Route Roads Department and their contractors will be given the plastic so it can be added to the tar-bitumen mix,” said the Corporation official, claiming that interior roads would also be laid with plastic mix in the future.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

4. Now Marks for Trees! TN Min Promises Additional Marks to Students Who Plant Saplings

Tamil Nadu Education Minister K Sengottaiyan has promised school students additional marks in their subjects, if they plant trees.

For the third time in less than two years, Tamil Nadu Education Minister K Sengottaiyan has promised school students additional marks in their subjects, if they plant trees. The minister promised 12 marks to students who took part in the green initiative and stated that this system will be introduced from the next academic year.

With this proposal yet to be implemented, reporters questioned whether it would come into force as the academic year was ending. In response to this the minister not only offered a different system for awarding marks but he also pushed the date of implementation. There has however been no further explanation on how this will be monitored, where the trees will be planted, what kind of trees will be planted and who will tend to them.

(Source: The News Minute)

5. Three Tourists Severely Hurt as They Fall Off Local Train

They were taken to Chromepet government hospital where they are under treatment. Representative image.

Three North Indian tourists were severely injured when they fell off a local train going from Tambaram to Chennai Beach on Thursday morning. Services on the line were stopped for more than 30 minutes, according to sources.

According to sources, the group arrived in Tambaram at around 7 am on Sunday by Kanyakumari Express. Police said they were booked into a lodge in Pallavaram for a day's stay before catching a flight to Delhi on Thursday night. They boarded a suburban train at 9 am to visit the Beach. There was a huge crowd at Pallavaram station and they got down in a hurry as the train began to move. The three lost their balance and fell from the train.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

. Read more on India by The Quint.RSS & BJP’s Nehru-Netaji ‘Cosplay’: Irony Dies a Thousand DeathsPiyush Goyal Begins Presenting Interim Budget Amid Ruckus . Read more on India by The Quint.