1. Protect Pallikaranai Marshland: HC
The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed that not an inch of the existing spread of 694.8 hectares (1,716 acres approximately) of marshland at Pallikaranai should be allowed to either be encroached upon or alienated to third parties as it was essential to maintain wetlands for posterity. The remark while hearing a public interest litigation petition related to alleged encroachment of a portion of the marshland. They directed that measures should be taken to preserve the characteristics of the land.
In his counter-affidavit, V Subbiah, District Forest Officer, Chennai, said that the entire spread of 1,716 acres of marshland at Pallikaranai village of Sholinganallur taluk in Kancheepuram district had been transferred to the revenue district of Chennai with effect from 16 August and handed over to the Forest Department.
(Source: The Hindu)
2. Tamil Nadu Leads in Organ Transplants for Fourth Consecutive Year
National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) and the Union health ministry awarded Tamil Nadu for the highest number of transplantations in any state across the country for the fourth consecutive year on Tuesday. The state holds a record of maximum number of organ donations and performing maximum organ transplantations across the state. So far, 6,886 organ donations have taken place with around 1,198 organ donors from Tamil Nadu. Around 933 organ donations took place last year and as on date, the state has 9,602 pledged donors.
Tamil Nadu has also achieved maximum organ utilization from the diseased donor and successful multi-organ transplantation. Tamil Nadu is the first State to do successful hand transplant at Stanley Medical College and Hospital.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
3. Young TN Couple Found Dead on Railway Track in Andhra, Police Suspect Suicide
In yet another case of untimely and premature deaths of lovers, a young couple was found dead on the railway tracks near Kuppam railway station in the wee hours of Wednesday. While the RPF police suspect it to be a case of suicide, it has not been established yet.
The couple – Monisha, aged 19 and Hemanth Kumar aged 22 – were found with their heads in a decapitated state on the railway tracks near Kuppam railway station in Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh. The bodies were discovered around 2 am on Wednesday by the RPF officials.
(Source: The News Minute)
4. Elderly Couple Murdered, Servant’s Role Suspected
An elderly couple, both retired government employees, were found murdered in their house in Sekkadu, near Avadi, during the early hours of Tuesday. Police suspect the role of a recently hired servant in the murder. The value of the goods stolen is yet to be ascertained. Jagadeesan, 68, and his second wife Vishalini, 60, were residing in Ayyapan Nagar Layout near Avadi. They did not have children. They maintained a garden, reared hens and even had two dogs as pets.
The two had worked in the Government Press. While Jagadeesan retired as a superintendent 10 years ago, Vishalini had retired only a few months ago. On Tuesday around 9:30 am their carpenter Chandrasekar came for work. The electrician, Sainath, was already near the servant quarters on the same premises.
(Source: The Hindu)
5. TN Woman Stabbed to Death in Broad Daylight, Murder Caught on CCTV
The CCTV footage of a young woman being repeatedly stabbed by a man at a public bus stand in Tirunelveli has sent shock waves across the state. The incident took place on Tuesday around 6:00 pm at Valliyur bus stand. The CCTV video that has been recorded from the inside of an office shows a man repeatedly stabbing a woman, after pulling her close, and then walking away with ease. People around are seen running towards the man. He was caught, thrashed and taken to the police station.
Police say that the victim and the man have known each other for quite some time. The woman who has been identified as Mercy from Kanyakumari succumbed to her injuries.
(Source: The News Minute)
6. Chennai Woman Arrested for Killing Girl Child Unwanted by Her Husband
A 25-year-old woman allegedly killed her newborn girl by banging its head on the floor since her husband censured her for giving birth to a girl child for the second time. Police said the woman feared that her husband would desert her as he had been picking up fights with her since the delivery of the second girl child a month ago.
Police said they arrested Celestine on Wednesday after the autopsy report showed that the child had died of severe head injuries on 12 November, not because of mere breathlessness as Celestine had claimed. Celestine was married to Sathyaraj, 32 a daily wager, and were living at Kasimedu along with their one-and-a-half-year-old girl.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
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