1. Women Don’t Operate Lifts: SRM VC on Why a Man Was in Girls Hostel
A second year undergraduate student of SRM Institute of Science and Technology in Chennai was sexually harassed by a man in an elevator in her own hostel. The man, identified as Arjun, has now been arrested and charged with under section 294 B and 354. The SRM Chancellor said that there are no regular male workers in the hostel. He also told The Quint that they have assured those concerned that they will have "a strong protocol by which a lady guard will accompany the male worker."
Though the Chancellor says there are no regular male workers in the hostel, one stroll through the place by The Quint shows that there are in fact, quite a lot of men working in the girls’ hostel.
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2. Ensure Welfare Schemes, Freebies Benefit Only the Needy: Madras HC Raps TN Govt
Madras High Court stated that it was the government’s obligation to provide items like rice and groceries to the needy people and not to everybody for its own political benefits. It said that extending such schemes universally has resulted in people expecting everything free from the government. The court was hearing a habeas corpus petition filed against the preventive detention of an accused in the case of smuggling rice allotted for distribution under the PDS scheme.
“It is brought to the notice of this court that for 2017-18, Rs 2,110 crore has been spent for distribution of free rice. ₹2,110 crore is a huge amount, which should be spent judiciously including for infrastructure building. This would be like capital loss and the expenditure occurs every year and it is a recurring capital loss, though it serves the people,” the bench said.
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Provide Tarpaulin Sheets to Those Houses Ravaged by Cyclone: CM Palaniswami Tells District Collectors
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami directed Collectors to provide tarpaulin sheets to people who have lost roofs of their houses, by procuring them through the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation. In a statement here, the CM recalled that he had already granted Rs 10,000 each for the fully damaged huts and Rs 4,100 for partially damaged huts and that financial assistance would be given to eligible people to build new houses. Palaniswami said that in most of the places, the roofs of the houses had been damaged.
The CM has written to Union Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal, requesting him to waive the freight charges collected from donors for the relief materials sent to the railway stations in disaster-affected areas, which were addressed to the Collectors.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
4. ‘Over 42% Juvenile Delinquents Victims of Abuse’
Nearly half of the juveniles in conflict with law had themselves been victims of abuse before they took up criminal acts, said MP Nirmala, Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu Commission for Protection of Child Rights, based on a study conducted by her in juvenile observation homes and borstal schools. In Vellore, Chennai and Salem, she said 42.6 percent of the juveniles who committed crimes, were abused when they were young.
“There is no proper psychological guidance for them to direct their hurt caused by the abuse they experienced when they were young,” Nirmala said. 79.5 percent of the juveniles learned to commit crime through their peers whom they join because of lack of parental care. She said the homes to which they are sent, instead of changing their lives for the better, end up making them worse.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
5. Cooum River’s Flow Studied for Better Flood Management
A team of volunteers from IIT-Madras (IIT-M) recently collected data to measure the flow in the Cooum river during rainy days. This was done as part of a study to develop flood-warning systems. The students used the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler — a device used to measure the velocity of a river — in locations including Greams Road. The project was jointly undertaken by the IIT-M, Anna University and the National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), to monitor flow in waterways and collate data on rainfall.
Balaji Narasimhan, associate professor, Civil Engineering, IIT-M, said the data was collected to determine the increase in water flow. However, there were insufficient rains during the past few days for better flow in the river. Similar data was being collated in other waterways such as Buckingham Canal and the Adyar river.
(Source: The Hindu)
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