QChennai: Rs 10k Fine for Drunk Driving Kicks In, And More

1. Stiff Penalty for Drunk Driving Kicks In Under New Law

For the first time in Tamil Nadu, a Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court made a motorist cough up Rs 10,000 fine for drunken driving and another Rs 15,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol and without a valid driving licence on Wednesday.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 31 July and on 9 August, the President of India gave his assent and it was notified in the gazette. An increase in penalties has been stipulated under the law. Following this, the Chennai traffic police had issued an advisory indicating the new fines for various violations. On Wednesday, B Santosh, who is additional in-charge of XXII Metropolitan Magistrate, Egmore, fined motorist Santosh Rs 10,000 for drunken driving and another motorist Viswa Rs 15,000 for drunken driving and not having a licence.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Children Who Faced 2015 Floods Show Trauma Symptoms

More than 790 school children belonging to 11 schools were interviewed for this study.

The school children, who witnessed 2015 floods in Chennai, were mentally traumatised and showed anxiety symptoms. In fact, the areas where inundation level was more, the children of those areas showed increased trauma symptoms. The findings came to fore during a study conducted by the Applied Geology department of University of Madras in collaboration with ETH Zurich, a university in Switzerland.

Both the universities jointly conducted the study “Role of Children in Disaster recovery in Chennai" in the areas of the city which were badly affected in 2015 floods. These include Velachery, Saidapet, and Mylapore . More than 790 school children belonging to 11 schools were interviewed for this study.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. So Far, a Poor Run at BO for Tamil Cinema

Sathyam Cinemas in Chennai. Photo used for representational purpose.

Though the year began well for Tamil cinema with Rajinikanth’s Pettai and Ajith’s Viswasam striking gold at the box office, the last five months have seen only Raghavendra Lawrence’s Kanchana 3 , Arun Vijay’s Thadam and R J Balaji’sLKG raking in cash. With the IPL, cricket world cup and the Lok Sabha elections taking away the spotlight from movies, producers and exhibitors have faced two tough summers in a row – last summer was lost to the film industry strike – and were desperate for a hit.

In the last few weeks, however, three movies – Santhanam’s A1 , Ajith Kumar’s Nerkonda Parvai and Jayam Ravi’s Comali – have come to the industry’s rescue. While there has been some respite, the question is whether it will be enough to resurrect the sagging fortunes of the industry?

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Plea on Linking Aadhaar, Social Media

The Bench, however, made it clear that they are not inclined to entertain the prayer for linking Aadhaar with social media accounts.

The Madras High Court on Wednesday said it will take up the hearing on the public interest litigation seeking to link Aadhaar with social media accounts, to ensure easy detection of online fraud and cyber crimes, on 19 September. A division bench of Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad adjourned the hearing on the PIL as the Supreme Court has already ceased of the issue and has restrained the high court from passing any final order.

He said it would take up the hearing on 19 September, as the Supreme Court has listed the plea moved by Facebook seeking transfer of all such cases to the SC, on 13 September. The Bench, however, made it clear that they are not inclined to entertain the prayer for linking Aadhaar with social media accounts, but is only trying to navigate ways to curb online crime with the cooperation of social media companies.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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5. Private Water Suppliers Go On Strike, Call it Off

Move follows govt assurances on licence approval.  

The Tamil Nadu Private Water Lorry Owners’ Association called off its indefinite strike on Wednesday evening, on the very day it began, following talks with the officials of the Municipal Administration and Water Supply (MAWS) Department. Nearly 15,000 tankers stayed off the roads across the state, seeking licence to operate and in protest against cases of theft being filed against lorry drivers and owners.

Members of the association met officials of Chennai Metrowater and the MAWS Department to discuss their demands. S Murugan, secretary of the association, said, “We were given an assurance that private water suppliers in and around Chennai, who have applied for licence to operate, will be sanctioned permission in a few days. Fresh applications from those plying in Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts will also be approved soon.”

(Source: The Hindu)

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