QChennai: Rajinikanth’s BJP Remark; Cyclone Gaja Changes Path

1. If Oppn Says So, BJP is Dangerous: Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth, who was believed to enjoy the backing of the BJP, surprised the media by agreeing with a reporter who asked a leading question on whether the BJP is “dangerous.”

Surrounded by reporters at the Chennai airport on Monday, Rajini was asked whether the BJP was so dangerous that several opposition parties have ganged up against it. “If they have got together thinking it (the BJP) is so, then it should be so,” he replied.

Though the actor did not elaborate, many took it as an adverse reaction to the BJP, more so because it came soon after the actor said the demonetization was poorly implemented. Rajinikanth was one of the earliest to welcome demonetization when it was announced on November 8, 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

(Source: The Times of India)

2. Spreading Fake Information is an Organised Crime: Prakash Raj

In an attempt to combat the menace of fake news, the BBC on Monday launched a project, titled "beyond fake news" in Chennai.

The project kickstarted with actor Prakash Raj releasing findings from original research into how and why disinformation is shared.

Blaming the ruling BJP, the actor said,  "The country has witnessed a rise in crimes such as lynching and other violence triggered by fake news, in the last five years, after the BJP came into power. They have organized teams to "cook up" and spread fake news. Without our knowledge, they are misusing our love for a particular religion, caste, etc," he added.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Cyclone Gaja Changes Path, Chennai May Get Only Mild Showers

Cyclone Gaja has changed course and is now expected to make landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban in Tamil Nadu on Thursday when Chennai is expected to get mild or isolated rain, the India Meteorological Department has said. There is only a remote chance of rain in the city on Tuesday and Wednesday, it said, but private weather bloggers stuck to their original forecast .

The cyclone, which was earlier expected to make landfall between Cuddalore and Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and bring rain to water-starved Chennai and the rest of northern Tamil Nadu, may now bring very heavy rain to Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Karaikkal, Cuddalore, Pudukottai and Ramanathapuram districts on November 14 and 15, said the IMD forecast.

(Source: The Times of India)

4. Hyundai to Invest $1bn More in Sriperumbudur

Korean automobile major Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) on Monday committed to invest an additional $1billion (₹7,000 crore) in expanding its manufacturing facilities, including setting up new ones in Sriperumbudur.

The fresh investments would help the company expand its capacity by an additional one lakh units per annum, besides generating employment opportunities to 700 people.

The decision by HMIL will be a much needed confidence booster for the state and the ruling AIADMK government, which was accused by opposition parties of driving away investments due to corrupt practices.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Tamil Nadu Reiterates Demand for Scheduled Tribe Status for Fishermen

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday reiterated its demand that fishermen of the State be accorded Scheduled Tribe status.

In a letter handed over to Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in Chennai, State Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar justified the demand pointing out that the “fishermen in Tamil Nadu reside in a precarious terrain by the sea coast, have distinct customs and lifestyle and eke out a meagre living from their traditional occupation. Most of them are very poor.”

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Soon, Use Metro Smart Cards in Share Autos, Cars

In a few months, commuters can use the Chennai Metro Rail’s smart card in share cars and share autos travelling in and around stations, to encourage commuters to go cashless. At present, the driver of the share auto or share car issues a separate ticket to the commuter.

According to officials of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), all share autos and share cars plying around Chennai Metro Rail stations will be given smart card machines in a few months.

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Now, Tangedco Plans to Import 3.5 Million More Tonnes of Coal

Having realised that the gap between requirement and supply of coal is likely to continue for many more months, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has decided to import an additional 3.5 million of coal.

Already, the power utility is importing coal of 1.75 million tonnes through suppliers, who source the fuel mostly from Indonesia.

The need for import has arisen in the light of shortage of domestic coal assuming serious proportions, says a senior official.

(Source: The Hindu)

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