QChennai: Opposition to Protest Against Mekedatu Project & More

1. DMK, Allied Parties to Stage Protest Against Centre’s Nod to K'taka's Mekedatu Project

DMK President MK Stalin tweeted that an all-party meeting had decided to “stage a mega protest against the recklessness of the Central government.”

Days after the Central Water Commission (CWC) gave the go-ahead to Karnataka on the controversial Mekedatu dam project on the river Cauvery, DMK, the main Opposition, along with other allied parties, have announced a protest on 4 December. DMK President MK Stalin tweeted that an all-party meeting, which was convened earlier on Thursday, had decided to "stage a mega protest against the recklessness of the central government."

Stalin added that the protest meet to be held in Trichy on 4 December will also call for the cancellation of the permission granted to Karnataka. The Central Water Commission had granted permission to Karnataka for the preparation of a detailed project report on Tuesday, giving the preliminary nod to its pre-feasibility report.

(Source: The News Minute)

2. 421 Families Evacuated from Chintadripet

The families are being evacuated as part of the Cooum river eco-restoration project.

For Kalavathi (name changed) – a Class XI student of a government-aided English medium school in Chintadripet – the future looks bleak. The process of evacuating close to 421 families, including hers, residing in Navalur Nedunchezhian Nagar in Chintadripet, and shifting them to Perumbakkam started on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday morning, over 100 policemen were deployed in Navalur Nedunchezhian Nagar to facilitate the evacuation drive without any law and order problem. The families are being evacuated as part of the Cooum river eco-restoration project. The drive will go on for the next four days, until the encroachments are razed down and the occupants are shifted to Perumbakkam.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. With 2.0 Release, High Court Demands 37 ISPs to Block 12,000 Websites

The Madras High Court has directed 37 internet service providers (ISPs) to block over 12,000 websites that exhibit pirated versions of Tamil movies.

The Madras High Court has directed 37 internet service providers (ISPs) to block over 12,000 websites that exhibit pirated versions of Tamil movies. The list includes more than 2,000 websites operated by 'TamilRockers.' Justice M Sundar passed the order Wednesday while allowing a plea moved by Lyca Productions Private Limited, the movie's producer.

When the plea came up, Lyca's counsel Vijayan Subramanian produced an extensive list of 12,564 illegal websites. The counsel contended that when 'TamilRockers' website is blocked, it immediately creates mirror websites by changing an insignificant part of the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) or any other extension, and are therefore able to reinstate the infringing material with minimal effort.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

4. 5 Months On, CBI Files FIR in Thoothukudi Firing: Police, Revenue Officials Booked

The Sterlite Copper Plant was shut down after people took to the streets complaining that the effluents from the factory was causing cancer and polluting the groundwater.

Over five months after 13 residents of Thoothukudi district were shot dead on the 100th day of protests against Sterlite Copper, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against unknown persons and officials of the police and revenue departments. The officials, who are yet to be identified, have been booked for criminal conspiracy and disobeying law with intent to cause injury to any person, amongst other sections. The number of officials booked is not known yet.

The FIR filed by CBI comes after the Madras High Court orders that the body should register cases on the complaints received against officials and police in respect to occurrences at Tuticorin on 22 May and investigate it thereon.

(Source: The News Minute)

5. Hotelier Murdered at Anakaputhur

A woman aged 54 running a restaurant was allegedly murdered by two men at Anakaputhur.

A woman aged 54 running a restaurant was allegedly murdered by two men at Anakaputhur on Tuesday. Police said Manonmani, along with her husband Devadoss , was running a restaurant at Anakaputhur near her house. On Tuesday, around 7 pm she returned home. After she entered the house, two men barged in and repeatedly hacked her and escaped, said a police officer. Restaurant employees alerted police and she was taken to Government Hospital, Chromepet, where she was declared ‘dead on arrival.’

The duo were working at the restaurant and are said to have been sacked by Manonmani a few days ago for coming drunk for work, said the police officer. Two special teams have been formed to the nab the suspects.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

6. Kids From TN Govt Homes Made Over 2,000 Candles for Cyclone-hit Areas

Cyclone Gaja hit the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam on November 16, killing 63 people and leaving a trail of destruction.

“It is not about how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” This famous quote by Mother Teresa is one that perfectly summarises what the children from government homes in Chennai did to help those affected by cyclone Gaja.

In just two days, the children at Annai Satya Home for Girls, Walltax Road, Government Girls Home, Kosappet and Government Girls Home, Kellys made around 2,600 wax candles to be sent to cyclone-ravaged districts that have plunged into darkness after Gaja destroyed several electric poles in the affected areas. The team has requested for more donors to come forward and sponsor for the buying of raw materials which would go into making these candles. Those wishing to do so can call +91 9884629206.

(Source: The News Minute)

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