QChennai: Tuticorin Residents Appeal; AIADMK-AMMK Cadre Clash

1. Villagers from Thoothukudi Write to CM, Urge for the Permanent Closure of Sterlite

The people of Tuticorin have appealed to the CM to reclaim the Sterlite factory land.

A section of villagers from Madathur in Thoothukudi submitted a petition to the District Legal Services Authority on Monday requesting the Tamil Nadu government to ensure the shut down of the Sterlite plant. The letter, among other things, stated that the villagers were not brainwashed into protesting against the plant.

In the two-page letter, the villagers requested the state government to take back the land provided to Sterlite and rescind the permits granted for the construction of the plant, Labour Department permits and the permits granted by the Fire Department.

(Source: The News Minute)

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2. Oppn Making Unsubstantiated Allegations: CM

Defending his government, Palaniswami said it floated tenders electronically, leaving no scope for manipulation.

The Opposition’s allegations against the state government in connection with the raids targeting a Highways Department contractor and an egg supplier were unsubstantiated and politically motivated, said Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

He said the income-tax raids on the SPK group of companies were for tax evasion. The state government too had conducted similar raids to check Sales Tax evasion. “These raids have nothing to do with my government,” he said. To say that he should quit because his relatives were involved was also a politically motivated statement, he said. “My son’s relatives in Erode have won contracts worth several crores during the DMK’s regime as well. And, I have friends/relatives all over the State, who bid for contracts from the government,” he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

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3. AIADMK-AMMK Cadre Clash in RK Nagar

TTV Dhinakaran had won the RN Nagar elections with a landslide difference.

Clashes broke out at Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar between the supporters of AIADMK leader E Madhusudhanan and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader and MLA of the constituency, TTV Dhinakaran. Four people, including a woman police officer, were injured during stone pelting by unidentified persons.

Dhinakaran was slated to come to his office on Wednesday morning and distribute welfare material to the residents. Ahead of his visit, the AIADMK cadre waved ₹20 notes in an apparent reference to the alleged distribution of cash during the byelection by the Dhinakaran camp. This did not go down well with the AMMK cadre, who clashed with the AIADMK members. When the police tried to bring the situation under control, unidentified persons started pelting stones.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Six Detained for ‘Sexually Assaulting’ 21-Yr-Old Russian Woman

Six people have been detained for allegedly sexually assaulting a 21-year-old Russian woman.

Six people have been detained for allegedly sexually assaulting a 21-year-old Russian woman who is here on a tour, police said on Wednesday. The woman was found unconscious in a service apartment on Monday and was taken to a hospital by one of the six men who are being questioned.

On examination, doctors found injuries on her body, including bite marks, and alerted police, they said. Police suspect that the foreign national lost consciousness under the influence of some drug, the nature of which was not known immediately. The woman, who is here for about a week, has regained consciousness and investigation is underway, the police added.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

5. Tamil TV Actress Found Hanging at Chennai Home, Police Question Husband

When no one answered the door, the servant then looked through a window and found Priyanka’s body hanging, the police said.

A Tamil TV actress on Wednesday allegedly committed suicide at her house, apparently because of differences with her husband who is being questioned, the police said. The matter came to light on Wednesday morning when the maid arrived at the 32-year-old actress' house and nobody answered the door, they said.

The servant then looked through a window and found Priyanka's body hanging, the police said. The maid informed the neighbours about this, and they called the police. Priyanka had acted in several Tamil television serials, including 'Vamsam' in which she acted alongside Ramya Krishnan of Baahubali-fame. Investigations have begun and Priyanka's husband of three years is being questioned, the police said.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

6. Police Pile on Charges Against the 17 Accused

The city police, having arrested 17 persons accused of involvement in the sexual assault of a girl in Ayanavaram, on Wednesday intensified their investigation and added more sections under the Indian Penal Code, in addition to those under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.

The 17 were produced before a judicial magistrate and remanded in Puzhal Central Prison on Tuesday. A senior city police official said that the 17 accused were booked under Sections 5 (punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault), 10 (punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault) and 12 (punishment for sexual harassment) of the POCSO Act.

(Source: The Hindu)

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7. Producers Seek Final Say on Release of Films

The fraternity appealed that producers should be allowed to decide the release dates based on market demand.

After ending a long-winded strike that wiped away several hundred crores in revenue for the film industry during the summer of 2018, the Tamil Film Producers Council had put forward a number of proposals in an attempt to reform the film industry — they identified computerised ticketing, additional entertainment taxes to GST and reducing the high rates charged by digital distribution companies.

However, many were pushing for one urgent reform: streamlining movie releases. In the last few years, a massive increase in the number of films releasing every year had resulted in clutter at the box office.

(Source: The Hindu)

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