QChennai: Read Mahabharata Properly, Alagiri Tells Rajini & More

1. Read Mahabharata Properly, Alagiri Tells Rajini

A day after actor Rajinikanth equated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah with Lord Krishna and Arjuna, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president KS Alagiri on Monday urged him to read the Mahabharata properly and understand it.

“Rajinikanth is a good man. He does not think of anything bad against anyone. He has an interest in spirituality. Hence, it is very surprising that he made the comparison,” Mr. Alagiri said in a statement. “How can those who snatched away the rights of crores of people be Krishna and Arjuna? Dear Rajinikanth, kindly read the Mahabharata again. Read it properly,” Alagiri said.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Seven-Month Pregnant Minor Rescued from Prostitution

The accused brought the victim to her house and later forced her into prostitution.

A woman aged 24 has been arrested for allegedly forcing two minor girls into prostitution in the suburbs of North Chennai. When police rescued the girls, one of them, aged 17, was found to be seven-months pregnant.

Police said the main accused was one Indu, 24. She had allegedly befriended the girl in 2017, then aged 15, when she was standing at a bus stop in the city and crying. The victim’s mother had died and her father was believed to have abandoned her. Taking advantage of her situation, Indu offered to help her find a job.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Schools Making Children Wear Caste Bands Face Action

Senior officials asked to act against the guilty institutions.  

In an attempt to crack down on schools where children were made to wear wrist bands of various colours to identify their castes, the Director of School Education has directed senior officials to identify such schools and take action against those responsible for the discrimination.

In a recent circular based on a representation by 2018 batch of trainee IAS officers, the Director of School Education said: “All the Chief Educational Officers are requested to take appropriate steps to identify such schools in their district, where such kind of discrimination is practised and to issue suitable instructions to the head masters and prevent such practice immediately and also to take severe action on the persons who are responsible for the discrimination,” the circular stated, which also instructed to send a report containing the action taken in this matter.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Gold Worth Rs 33.7 Lakh Seized at Chennai Airport

Gold worth Rs 33.7 lakh seized at Chennai airport and arrested one person.

Customs officials foiled bids to smuggle gold worth Rs 33.7 lakh by two persons at Chennai airport.  One gold chain weighing 509 grams valued at Rs 19.70 lakh was recovered from Rahila. Further investigation is in progress.

On Sunday, two passengers, Khamarudheen (27) and Rahila (23) of Trivandrum, who had arrived from Trivandrum by Air India flight, were intercepted by Air Intelligence Unit officers on suspicion of carrying gold. On being questioned, they gave evasive replies, and subsequently, a personal search was carried out. On search of Khamarudheen, two gold chains and four rings weighing 363 grams, were recovered.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Chennai’s Cemeteries Weighed Down By Space Crunch

Immediate need is allocation of fresh land, according to the officials. Representational image. Representational Image.

Cemeteries in the city are running out of space. In a few years from now, none of the three main Christian cemeteries will be open for fresh burials, with the exemption of re-opening of family graves after the mandatory waiting period of 14 years. The immediate need, according to members of the Christian community and officials, is the allocation of new land to bury the dead.

Be it cemeteries under the control of Chennai Corporation or those managed by the Madras Cemeteries Board Trust, scarcity of space has been a cause for concern. But this space crunch is nothing new. In 2005, one of the oldest cemeteries in the city — the Kilpauk Old Cemetery that is managed by the trust — shut its gates for fresh burials after it ran out of space.

(Source: The Hindu)

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