QChennai: Second Airport on the Cards; Student Kills Warden

1. Arakkonam, Parandur on Airport Authority’s Radar for Second Airport

The Tamil Nadu government had shortlisted six locations — Maduramangalam, Vallathur, Thodur, Thiruporur, Mappedu and Cheyyar — as suitable sites for the new airport.

The Airports of Authority of India (AAI) has begun surveying potential sites in Chennai to build a second airport in the city. Officials Wednesday visited at least two locations near Arakkonam and Parandur, based on the suggestion of the Tamil Nadu government last week.

An official from the AAI said the survey of the sites was in a preliminary stage and nothing has been confirmed. “We have inspected two or three sites and are on look out for more but we have not finalised anything,” the official said. Regarding the parameters required for the new airport, the official said AAI is looking for a property which is at least 2,500 acres for its operations, and which has green cover and is easily accessible through all modes of transportation.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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2. TN Student Stabs Warden to Death After Complaint to Parents over Absence

Furious, the student got into a fight with the warden and stabbed him to death.

An engineering student in Tamil Nadu allegedly stabbed his hostel warden to death after he complained to his parents about his absence from college, the police said. The incident took place in Tamil Nadu's Tiruchirappalli.

G Venkataraman, 45, suffered stab injuries in the abdomen and throat and died while he was being taken to a hospital. The police have arrested the student. According to police, the student did not attend the college and was absent from the hostel for four days recently without informing authorities. The student was scolded by his parents after the warden's complaint. Furious, he got into a fight with the warden and stabbed him to death.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

3. Maoists Infiltration into TN Suspected, Police on High Alert

Police are on high alert and vehicle checks intensified on border highways to prevent possible infiltration of Maoists into Tamil Nadu following the recent gunning down of four suspected ultras near Attappadi in Kerala's Palakkad district.

According to police sources, Kerala police have recovered a pendrive, in which video footage and photos reveal a large number of people being trained to shoot using rifles. There were also reports that one or two trainers had sustained bullet injuries during the encounter and were attempting to sneak into Tamil Nadu for treatment or hospitals near the two states' border, the sources said.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

4. Disabled Activist Falls off Ramp of ‘Accessible’ Bus

In a shocking case, a person with disability, who was invited to participate in a demonstration and trial of accessible MTC buses, toppled backward from the ramp when she tried to board the vehicle, and hit the back of her head on concrete floor. The incident stirred panic at the function, as other persons with disabilities felt the prototype was a threat to their safety.

The government officials have assured that necessary changes would be made to the final model, based on the feedback they receive. A total of 100 accessible buses will operate across various city routes in the coming days.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

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5. AIADMK General Council to Meet on 24 Nov

The meeting will be chaired by the AIADMK co-coordinator and Chief Minister, Edappadi K Palaniswami and presided by the party’s coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister, O Panneerselvam.

The general council and state executive meetings of the ruling AIADMK has been convened to meet a marriage hall in Vanagaram on the outskirts Chennai on 24 November, the venue the party has chosen for such meetings in recent years.

The meeting is significant as it will discuss strategies for the coming local bodies elections and deliberate on forming a steering committee to coordinate with allies, besides individual teams to oversee party work for the panchayat and nagarpalika elections. This will be the first general council of the AIADMK after the expulsion of ‘Chinnamma’ Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dhinakaran by the ruling establishment, it may be pointed out.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

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