QChennai: Ramadoss, Vaiko Worry for Sri Lankan Tamils, And More

1. Ramadoss, Vaiko Express Concern for Sri Lankan Tamils

PMK leader S Ramadoss on Sunday said the creation of a Tamil Eelam alone will offer a permanent solution to the problems faced by Sri Lankan Tamils, especially after Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s victory in the neighbouring country’s Presidential election. “His victory will unleash violence against Tamils. Rajapaksa is facing allegations of war crimes, and his election [as President] will put an end to any inquiry into the allegations. Tamils will be treated as secondary citizens in Sri Lanka,” Dr Ramadoss said in a statement.

He said the voting pattern – Tamils predominately voted for Sajith Premadasa, while the Sinhalese favoured Rajapaksa – was proof that co-existence between the two communities was impossible. “Countries like India should think about ways to protect the interests of Tamils,” he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. 150 Families Left Out in Eviction Drive Yet to Get Houses

it was reported that over 150 families were found sleeping out in the streets and among the debris of where their earlier houses stood.

After living without power supply for a year, around 150 families in Navalar Nedunchezhian Nagar of Chintadripet, who were left out from the eviction drive last year, may soon get allotments at Perumbakkam tenements of the TNSCB. A few houses were left untouched during the evictions in November last year after a resident approached Madras High Court against evicting them without alternative arrangements.

Express had reported earlier that over 150 families were found sleeping out in the streets and among the debris of where their earlier houses stood while a few others, whose houses were left untouched, were living without electricity connections.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Floating Garbage Poses Challenge

Water is being diverted into a canal formed in the middle of the river to facilitate desilting.

Clearing of garbage in waterways has come up as a major challenge during desilting exercises this monsoon. The Water Resources Department has often struggled to keep waterways like the Virugambakkam-Arumbakkam canal free of floating garbage. The Department has so far desilted nearly 121 km of different waterways in and around the city. As part of its Rs. 10-crore monsoon preparedness work, the Department had taken up desilting works in 51 waterways, running to a distance of 134 km, till the year end.

The WRD is finding it difficult to clear the garbage from some waterways, as they are surrounded by habitations, and machinery is stationed throughout the day to clean the stretch.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. IIT-M Suicide Case: Father and Students Say Second Note is Fake

Three days after 19-year-old Fathima Latheef was found dead in her hostel room in IIT Madras, her father demanded a probe.

This was the text of a screenshot Abdul Latheef, Fathima’s father had shared with media. 19-year old Fathima from Kollam in Kerala was a first-year student of the five-year MA programme in Development Studies at IIT Madras. She was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her hostel room on the morning of 9 November.

When her sister Aysha had gone to the Kotturpuram Police Station, she found Fathima’s phone on the table. Upon charging the phone, she noticed there was no lock and the aforementioned text was her home screen. This screenshot was widely circulated on social media as the alleged suicide note. Another purported note being shared is the one pinning blame on two other professors, Hemachandran Karah and Milind Brahme. However, when The Quint checked with Fathima’s father, he confirmed it was fake.

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5. New Power Norm Worries Foundries

Small and medium-sized units will have to invest more to change their equipment.

The foundry industry in the state fears many small and medium-sized units may have to shut down, if a new rule on electricity consumption, relating to discharge of harmonics, is implemented. Harmonics are generated by any load that draws power disproportionate to the voltage applied and affects the stability of the grid.

Power regulators prescribe the standard up to which it would be allowed, beyond which penalties are levied. “The foundry industry is already facing an unprecedented slowdown and challenges on many fronts. We are trying to understand the implications of a new notification related to harmonics. The new norm will mean a change in equipment. For instance, a medium-scale industry may have to invest Rs 2 crore for changing the equipment, which is impossible,” said Sanjay Shroff, president, Institute of Indian Foundry Men.

(Source: The Hindu)

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