QChennai: Vanchinathan Held For Sterlite Stir; Kamal Meets Sonia

1. Advocate Accused of Instigating Anti-Sterlite Protests in Tamil Nadu’s Thoothukudi Arrested

22-year-old Kaliappan was killed after police opened fire on anti-Sterlite protesters on 23 May in Tuticorin.

Tamil Nadu police on Thursday arrested advocate S Vanchinathan, one of the two lawyers accused of engineering anti-Sterlite Copper protests in Thoothukudi that resulted in police firing which killed 13 people on 23 May.

Thoothukudi police picked up Vanchinathan at Chennai airport on Wednesday night on his return from New Delhi. He was the legal advisor for People’s Right Protection Centre, which actively participated in the Thoothukudi protests.

Also Read: ‘At Least 1 Must Die’: How Anti-Sterlite Protests Turned Violent

(Source: Hindustan Times)

2. Kamal Haasan Discusses TN Political Situation With Sonia Gandhi

Filmmaker Kamal Haasan.

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan on Thursday, 21 June, met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi and discussed the political situation in Tamil Nadu.

The actor-turned-politician had on Wednesday met Congress president Rahul Gandhi at his residence and held similar discussions.

Haasan met Sonia Gandhi at her residence.

Also Read: Kamal Haasan Meets RaGa: What it Could Mean for TN Politics

(Source: PTI)

3. Convene Meet on Cauvery, Edappadi Urges Modi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday, 20 June, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene a meeting of the Cauvery Management Authority (CMA) immediately so that Tamil Nadu could get its due share of water on monthly/10-day basis. He also sought an immediate, positive response from the Prime Minster.

In a letter to Modi, he said the media had widely reported that the Chief Minister of Karnataka had requested the Centre to defer the operation of the CMA and the Cauvery Water Regulation Committee.

Also Read: HD Kumaraswamy Seeks PM’s Appointment to Discuss Cauvery Issue

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Stalin Says TN Govt Data on Paddy Harvest Incorrect

File photo of MK Stalin.

DMK working president MK Stalin on Thursday, 21 June, accused the AIADMK government of giving wrong data on paddy harvest in Tamil Nadu.

In a statement, Stalin said while the Reserve Bank of India stated that in 2013-14 and in 2014-15, the total paddy harvest was 53.49 lakh tonne and 57.27 lakh tonne respectively, the Tamil Nadu agriculture department data showed 71.15 lakh tonne and 79.49 lakh tonne, respectively.

Also Read: Sterlite Row Updates: Police Carry Stalin Out of CM’s Chamber

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Thoothukudi in for a Catastrophe, Says Vedanta

Vedanta-owned Sterlite Copper Plant in Tuticorin.

Vedanta, the holding company of Sterlite Copper, has claimed that at least eight tanks of sulphuric acid left unattended in its sealed copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi could lead to a catastrophe.

The company also claimed that the sulphuric acid leak, which was detected on Saturday (16 June) evening and described as “minor” by Thoothukudi Collector Sandeep Nanduri, could have been an act of sabotage, with minimal security posted at the unit.

Also Read: Tuticorin Officials to Check Sulphuric Acid Leak at Sterlite Plant

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Civil Aviation Minister Appreciates Art Installations at Chennai Airport

About 61 incidents of glass panels falling down have been reported at Chennai airport. (Photo courtesy: TNM)

Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday, 21 June, appreciated the art installations at Chennai airport and suggested that Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials install more local art installations in the new passenger terminal which will be built soon under phase 2 development.

The minister inspected the airport terminals. He also visited the phase 2 development area where the old domestic terminal is being demolished to build an integrated terminal.

Also Read: Civil Aviation Ministry to urge Finance Ministry to bring ATF under GST

(Source: The Times of India)

7. Norms Relaxed for Regularising Buildings

A construction site at sunset.

Following poor response to the regularisation scheme for unauthorised buildings announced in June last year, the State government on Thursday, 21 June, decided to relax conditions to attract wider participation.

Apart from extending the scheme by another six months, the government has introduced category-wise and type-wise rates for exempting floor space index violations. In the earlier scheme, there was no such distinction, which was regarded by builders as being unfair. The move is expected to substantially reduce the penalty that applicants would have to pay.

Also Read: Chennai Silks to be Built Again, Year After Fire Gutted Building

(Source: The Hindu)

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