QChennai: Slippers Hurled at Haasan; Stalin Calls Modi a Liar

1. Slippers Thrown at Kamal Haasan Amid Controversy Over Godse Remark

Slippers were thrown at actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday evening when he was campaigning.

Slippers were thrown at actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan when he was campaigning in Tirupparankundram assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu's Madurai. The slipper attack came three days after Haasan had said that "independent India's first extremist was a Hindu", referring to Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse.

Eleven people, including BJP workers and members of another outfit, Hanuman Sena, have been named in the police complaint. They threw the slippers towards the stage when Haasan was addressing the crowd. The slippers did not hit Haasan and fell on the crowd, said police.

(Source: NDTV)

Also Read: Kamal Haasan Calls Godse ‘India’s First Terrorist’, BJP Moves EC

2. DMK Chief Stalin Calls PM Modi 'Liar' for Not Honouring 2014 Poll Promises

DMK president M K Stalin (centre) said Modi has failed to implement the election promises he’d made during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a 'liar', DMK president M K Stalin said Modi has failed to implement the election promises he'd made during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Modi has assured to provide two crore jobs annually which means a total of 10 crore jobs in five years, but he has failed on that count, he said. Many educated youth in Tamil Nadu have been jobless while some youth from North have got placements in the railways and other government departments, he said. This only shows the Prime Minister has neglected Tamil Nadu, he alleged.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

Also Read: Soundararajan Says DMK In Talks With BJP, Stalin Asks for Proof

3. ‘All He Did Was Help People’: Mother of TN Man Killed for Stopping Child Marriage

Jebaseelan’s reporting of the child marriage led to resentment among the girl’s family and the local men.

Thikkakulam street is a narrow slum settlement hidden away from the busy roads of Aynavaram in Chennai. On Wednesday evening, the lane was crowded yet unusually sombre. Residents stood outside their front doors but did not speak. On Sunday night, they had witnessed a shocking crime unfold in front of their houses, when a gang of 10 or more assailants hacked to death Jebaseelan, a 47-year old auto driver and Congress worker, for stopping the marriage of a child.

Jebaseelan’s reporting of the child marriage led to resentment among the girl's family and the local men. On the night of his murder, he and wife Prescilla were getting ready to attend their own daughter’s wedding reception in Minjur, when he was hacked in full public view.

(Source: The News Minute)

4. World Bank, Chennai Corporation Discuss Housing for Poor

A World Bank team is currently holding talks with officials from Chennai Corporation, Tamil Nadu Housing Board, Slum Clearance board and other departments, for providing housing for the poor.

A World Bank team is currently holding talks with officials from Chennai Corporation, Tamil Nadu Housing Board, Slum Clearance board and other departments, for implementing the $500 million Tamil Nadu Housing and Habitat Development for Urban Poor (TNHHUP) project in Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts.

This is the Second World Bank Preparation Mission for the project with the earlier team having visited Chennai in December 2018 and interacting with Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Fund Management Corporation and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority officials.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Iranian Saffron, Gold Worth Rs 70 Lakh Seized at Chennai Airport

Iranian saffron of Behrang brand Grade I and Badiee brand Grade II in 25-gram pouches totally weighing 31 kg valued at Rs 60 lakh was found concealed in bags. Image for representation only.

Air Intelligence Unit sleuths from the Customs department foiled bids to smuggle Iranian saffron worth Rs 60 lakh and gold worth Rs 13.3 lakh and arrested one person at the airport on Thursday.

Customs officials said that they noticed Shahul Hameed, 42, of Thanjavur who had arrived from Dubai by Indigo flight 6E1344, roaming suspiciously inside the arrival hall. He was having two stroller bags and appeared to be nervous and was walking in a hurried manner. On examination of his baggage, Iranian saffron of Behrang brand Grade I and Badiee brand Grade II in 25-gram pouches totally weighing 31 kg valued at Rs 60 lakh was found concealed in bags. The passenger has been arrested.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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