1. Tamil Nadu Can’t Be Run from Nagpur: Rahul Gandhi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi during an election meeting on Friday at Krishnagiri said that Tamil Nadu should be run by its own people and could not be run from “Nagpur” an euphemism for the RSS headquarters in that city.
“Tamil Nadu can be controlled by its people and not by others from Nagpur. Tamil Nadu should be ruled by a Tamil-speaking person who knows the state well and Stalin will be the next Chief Minister,” declared Rahul.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
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2. 950 Turtle Hatchlings Go Back to the Sea
A total of 950 Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings were released into the sea at Besant Nagar on Friday evening from one of the three hatcheries set up by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. According to officials, this year more than 50,000 eggs of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles were collected by forest department personnel.
“This is the first time the department has got such a high number of eggs. This year the success rate of hatching is nearly 90%,” said CH Padma, Wildlife Warden, Chennai. On average, nearly 40,000 eggs are collected every year.
(Source: The Hindu)
3. NEET Need Not Be Scrapped, Says Piyush Goyal
Union Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal on Friday dismissed the need to scrap the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical college admissions as it would enable private colleges to demand a huge capitation fee.
On Friday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a series of election rallies in Tamil Nadu said the party's manifesto has promised to sceap NEET, in line with the demands of Tamil Nadu people. BJP's ally in Tamil Nadu, the ruling AIADMK, in its manifesto has promised to secure temporary exemption for the state from NEET.
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4. Tasmac Shops to Be Shut from 16 April till Polling Day
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and bypolls to 18 Assembly constituencies on 18 April, state-run liquor shops will remain closed for three days, from 16 April till polling day. “In view of the elections, the liquor shops will remain closed from 10 am on 16 April till 12 in the night on 18 April,” Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said.
During surveillance so far, cash to the tune of ₹128 crore, 989 kg of gold estimated at ₹280 crore and ₹2 crore worth silver had been seized, he said. Liquor valued at ₹34.43 lakh and laptops, cookers, sarees and clothes, all valued at ₹7.77 crore, were among the total seizures worth ₹420.87 crore, he added.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. Bid to Smuggle 4.33 Kg Gold Foiled at Chennai International Airport
The brazen bid of fifteen air passengers to smuggle in gold worth Rs 1.43 crore by hiding it inside their rectums, backfired after Air Intelligence sleuths detected the gold. It is learnt that the sleuths detected 15 cases on Thursday night and Friday morning and all the passengers were caught trying to smuggle the gold stashed in their rectums.
Altogether, 4.33 kg of gold worth Rs 1.43 crore was seized at Chennai International Airport. The gold was found to have been concealed in a rubbery material in their rectums. On Friday morning, eleven passengers were intercepted and gold was recovered from them, according to a Customs department release. A total of 3.15 kg of gold worth Rs 1.04 crore was seized from them.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
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