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Sunday, October 14, 2012

PMK to go it alone in Lok Sabha polls


PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss.
Refuting allegations that reservation of a Rajya Sabha seat for him was always a prerequisite while the Pattali Makkal Katchi finalised electoral alliances, former Union minister Anbumani Ramadoss said here on Friday that he was prepared to enter the fray in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

He also made it clear that the party would contest the polls alone, as switching of alliance between one Dravidian party and the other in 15 years had severely affected its credibility.

“We have realised it is a mistake, and it has led to our losing the confidence of people. So, we are going alone to win back their confidence. This will help us lead a front in the 2016 Assembly elections,” Dr. Anbumani told The Hindu.

Juvenile Justice Boards exist in all districts, TN informs court


The State government has issued orders for constituting District Child Protection Societies, under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme, in the 32 districts of the State with a post of assistant-cum-data entry operator and data analyst sanctioned among other posts for each facility, the Madras High Court has been informed.
In its counter to a writ petition filed by the Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation, Director of Social Defence, AN. Raj Saravanakumar, said that in all the 32 districts, Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) and Child Welfare Committees had started functioning.

CM promises to get Cauvery water for Karaikal


Chief Minister N. Rangasamy said that he had impressed upon the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to ensure the release of Puducherry’s share of Cauvery water to Karaikal region.
Speaking to The Hindu here on Saturday he said his government was on right course to get it share. He explained the requirement of water for the farmers of Karaikal region to start samba cultivation when he met her at New Delhi recently. But the problem was that several part of Delta region in Tamil Nadu were yet to receive Cauvery water. The farmers of the region were also keeping their fingers crossed due to the non arrival of water.

Chief Minister launches several projects


House site pattas for 221 acres in Sholinganallur near here, worth Rs. 1,577 crore, have been distributed to 5,229 beneficiaries.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa formally launched the distribution of pattas on Friday. The extent of land came under the Natham land tax scheme. It was on completion of survey work in seven villages of the Sholinganallur taluk in Kancheepuram district that the distribution had been made, according to an official release.
The Chief Minister also kick-started several other projects, worth around Rs. 24 crore, and laid the foundation stone, through video-conferencing, for Rs.103.4-crore integrated complex in Tirupur.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Veerapandi Arumugam’s detention under Goondas Act set aside


Former DMK Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam. File Photo
The Madras High Court on Friday set aside the detention of the former DMK Minister, Veerapandi S.Arumugam, and two others, including his political personal assistant, under the Goondas Act. The former Minister had been lodged in the Central Prison, Vellore.
In its nearly 90-page common order, a Division Bench comprising Justices K.N.Basha and N.Paul Vasanthakumar said it came to the irresistible conclusion that all the grounds raised by the detenus were sustainable.

Habeas Corpus Petitions were filed seeking to quash the orders of detention of Mr.Veerapandi Arumugam, his political PA, Gowsiga Boopathy, and Parapatty Suresh alias Sureshkumar, an advocate, under the Goondas Act and set them at liberty. They were detained on the Salem Police Commissioner’s orders. The main basis for passing the detention order related to land grabbing in Angammal Colony in Salem city and other places. While Mr.Arumugam was detained on June 18, Mr.Suresh and Mr.Gowsiga Boopathy were detained on January 28 and February 28 this year.

The way Karnataka releases water not justified, says SC


The Supreme Court on Friday disapproved the action of the Karnataka government in releasing 3,000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu on some days and increasing the quantity over and above the stipulated 9,000 cusecs on some other days.
A Bench of Justices D.K. Jain on September 28 directed Karnataka to comply with the direction issued by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, heading the Cauvery River Authority, to release 9,000 cusecs of water daily to Tamil Nadu from September 20 to October 15.
The Bench was hearing applications by Tamil Nadu to direct Karnataka to release 2 tmcft of water daily for 24 days till the onset of the northeast monsoon and Karnataka seeking modification of the September 28 order.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Want to be a teacher? Excel in class XII

Now, a candidate’s marks, beginning from higher secondary level, will be considered for recruitment of secondary grade teachers and graduate assistants — Photo: R. Ragu
Aspiring teachers in the State will now have to start planning their careers quite early.
With the recently revised system of weightage, a candidate’s marks, beginning from the higher secondary level, will now be taken into account for selection and recruitment of secondary grade teachers and graduate assistants.
According a recent government order issued by the School Education Department, weightage will be given to an individual’s academic qualification in class XII, her diploma in teacher education (D.T.Ed), her degree, B.Ed and her teacher eligibility test (TET) score.

Vaiko, MDMK workers arrested for trying to picket NLC office


MDMK leader Vaiko. File photo
MDMK leader Vaiko was arrested here on Friday when he and party workers tried to picket the Neyveli Lignite Corporation office here, demanding that the public sector unit stop power supply to Karnataka, which has stopped release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.

Police said Mr. Vaiko and about 1000 party workers took out a procession and were arrested while on their way to the NLC office.

Speaking to reporters later, Mr. Vaiko slammed Karnataka for not releasing the required quantum of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu as per the September 19 directive of the Cauvery River Authority (CRA), which was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Release 8.85 tmcft of water to TN: panel


Members of the Cauvery Monitoring Committee meet in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo courtesy: DIPR
The Cauvery Monitoring Committee (CMC), at a meeting on Thursday, ordered Karnataka to release a further 8.85 tmcft of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu from October 16 to 31.
According to sources present at the meeting, the CMC said this quantum could come from reservoirs or the immediate catchments below the reservoirs and above Biligundlu (Karnataka’s border with Tamil Nadu).
The CMC considered a report of the Central team that visited both States to assess the condition of crops and water availability.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

DMK will not seek more berths in Cabinet: Karunanidhi

DMK chief M. Karunanidhi has put at rest any questions of inducting party MPs into the Ministry in a possible Cabinet reshuffle. File photo
DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Sunday made it clear that his party would not seek more berths in the Union Cabinet.
Reacting to media speculations about his party’s stand vis-à-vis the proposed Cabinet expansion, Mr. Karunanidhi said no one from the DMK would join the Ministry. Two of the DMK’s Cabinet Ministers in the UPA government, A. Raja and Dayanidhi Maran, resigned in the wake of the 2G spectrum scam and the party has so far not sought replacements for them. M.K. Alagiri is the only Cabinet Minister from the DMK and the party has four Ministers of State.
Mr. Karunanidhi, who is also the chairman of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) said the presence of Sri Lankan military in Tamil areas would be discussed at the TESO meeting to be held on October 3.

Child rescued from borewell

MARATHON EFFORT: The boy being rescued from an abandoned borewell in a village near Denkanikottai on Sunday. Photo: N. Bashkaran
A three-year old boy was rescued from an abandoned 450 feet deep borewell near Denkanikottai on Sunday evening.
A. Guna (3) fell into the bore well at around 10 a.m. on Sunday morning in a rose nursery in Kummalathur near Agalakottai in Denkanikottai taluk in Krishnagiri district owned by his father Anandan (25).
Mr. Anandan had arranged to dig up a borewell on Saturday. But he failed to get water and left home in the evening.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Inter-State traffic comes to a standstill as Kannada activists resort to road blockade

Kannada Rakshana Vedike activists blocking traffic on the Sathyamangalam - Mysore road on Saturday. Photo: M. Govarthan
The inter-State traffic on the Sathyamangalam - Mysore road in Erode district came to a standstill for several hours on Saturday following demonstration by the Kannada Rakshana Vedike activists in Karnataka protesting against the Supreme Court on Friday directing the State to abide by the Cauvery River Authority’s decision to release water to Tamil Nadu.
Hundreds of trucks and other vehicles proceeding to Karnataka were stopped at Bannari since morning, while vehicles bound for Thalavadi were diverted via Thalamalai.
The traffic on the road was restored after 3 pm.

Tamil Nadu Speaker D. Jayakumar resigns

A file photo of D. Jayakumar, who resigned as Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker on Saturday. File photo
Mr. Jayakumar, a four-time MLA from the Royapuram constituency in Chennai, became Speaker after the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government assumed office in May 2011.

DMDK will prove its strength in 2014 LS poll


Vijayakant, President, DMDK. File Photo.
The Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) leader Vijayakant has said he is maintaining a cordial relationship with the Communist Party of India (Marxist), but the question on alliance for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls would be decided at the time of elections.

“I have great respect for CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and State secretary G. Ramakrishnan and I also take into consideration their suggestions. As of now, I am working on my own,” he told The-Hindu on Friday.

Mr. Vijayakant joined hands with the AIADMK in the 2011 Assembly elections as it was his objective to oust the DMK from power.

“But, the AIADMK will leave office, owing to its own actions,” he says.

Repudiating the suggestion that his party would always remain a third force in Tamil Nadu politics, Mr. Vijayakant expressed the hope that the strength of his party would be proved in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and subsequently, it would capture power in 2016 Assembly elections.

Karnataka begins release of Cauvery water to TN


The Supreme Court had on Friday pulled up the Karnataka government for failing to comply with the CRA directive to release 9,000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu. File photo
Falling in line with the Supreme Court directive, Karnataka on Sunday began releasing Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, setting off a wave of protests against it in the river basin districts.

After repeatedly maintaining that the state itself was in a distress situation, the Karnataka government released water from Krishna Raja Sagar and Kabini dams early on Sunday to ensure flow of 9,000 cusecs of water to the neigbhouring state.

“It is inevitable for government to release water to comply with the Supreme Court order. With due respect to the Supreme Court we are releasing water. However,we are committed to protect the interests of farmers,” Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar told reporters.

As the decision led to intensified protests, Mr. Shettar urged agitators to maintain peace and said government would file a petition before the Supreme Court, seeking a review of its order asking the state to honour the Cauvery River Authority directive to release 9,000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu till October 15, 2012.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Tamil Nadu approves second phase of outer ring road

Chennai, Jan 23 : The Tamil Nadu government has approved the second phase of the Chennai outer ring road project involving the building of a 32-km road at an outlay of Rs.1,075 crore on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) model.


In a statement issued here Monday, the government said Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has ordered the laying of the 32-km outer ring road connecting Nemilicheri-Tiruvottriyur-Ponneri and Mijur on a public-private-partnership basis and annuity payment model.

According to the government, the first phase of the outer ring road project involving the laying of a 29.65-km road will be completed by November at an outlay of Rs.1,081.40 crore.

In addition, the government has allotted Rs.285 crore towards maintenance and upkeep of roads and bridges across the state.

With the completion of these projects, heavy vehicles carrying containers can reach the Chennai and Ennore Ports by avoiding the city roads, the government said.

Another former DMK minister arrested

Chennai, Jan 23: Tamil Nadu police Monday arrested former DMK minister M.P. Saminathan following a land grab complaint against him, officials said.


Saminathan, former minister for highways in the erstwhile DMK government, was arrested at his residence near Tirupur, about 400 km from here.

Many senior leaders and former ministers of the DMK have been arrested and jailed on land grab charges since the AIADMK government assumed office last May.

Former ministers K. Ponmudi, K.N. Nehru, Veerapandi Arumugham and others are amongst those arrested. The government has set up special cells to investigate land grab complaints.

State police have also registered a land grab case against former deputy chief minister M.K. Stalin and his son Udayanidhi Stalin

Fisherman injured in attack at sea

The fisherman who was attacked by Sri Lankan Navy being enquired by a policeman, in Rameswaram on Sunday. Photo: L. Balachandar
A fisherman of Rameswaram was injured when Indian fishing boats were attacked, allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel, near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) at Kachchatheevu late on Saturday.
The attackers, who were seen patrolling near Kachchatheevu, allegedly pelted the fishermen with stones.
Several fishermen took evasive action and escaped. However, M. Jegadeesh (30) was hit by a sharp stone. He received injuries on his right leg. The boat's windshield was damaged in the incident.
“When we were fishing near Kachchatheevu, the Sri Lankan Navy men threw stones on the boats. We could not escape as they targeted us from a very close range,” Mr. Jegadeesh told The Hindu.
He said they also damaged fishing nets and gears of several boats warning the Indian fishermen to return from Kachchatheevu.
Mr. Jegadeesh added that though several other fishermen were attacked in the incident no one was ready to reveal their identity fearing a backlash from the Sri Lankan Navy.
Attack condemned
Condemning the attack on Indian fishermen allegedly by Sri Lankan Naval personnel, CPI leader D Raja said India should reopen the 1974 agreement ceding Katchatheevu to the island nation to find a lasting solution to the recurring mid–sea incidents.

Search still on for Sasikala's brother


Police continued their search for V.K. Divakar, brother of Sasikala, former aide of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, in connection with a complaint relating to demolition of a house for the second day on Sunday.
In her complaint to the police, Kasthuri, wife of Balasubramanian of Rishiyur in Needamangalam taluk in Tiruvarur district, said that her house was demolished on November 28 by seven persons with the help of some officials. This she alleged was done at the behest of Mr. Divakar. Police tried to meet Mr. Divakar for interrogation on Saturday. They went to his house at Mannargudi and his college (Sengamala Thayar Arts and Science College) at Sundarakottai near Mannargudi in search of him. But he was not available.
The police search continued on Sunday too, sources said.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

High security registration plates for new vehicles by April: official


By April, new vehicles hitting the city roads will come with high security registration plates (HSRP). The existing vehicles would also have to comply within two years.
A senior Transport Department official said that a schedule is being drawn and each vehicle owner would be given a specific date to visit their respective Regional Transport Office (RTO) for replacing the existing number plates with the HSRP.
The move to introduce the high security registration plates has been under review since 1989. After the Supreme Court criticised the State governments in September last year for the repeated delays in implementation, most of the States floated tenders for the project. The Supreme Court on Friday set a deadline of March 31.
In Tamil Nadu, five entities have prequalified, based on a set of technical criteria, and the financial bids were opened last week. The Transport Department official said that an evaluation is being carried out and the company that will implement the project will be announced shortly.
Based on the experience of other cities, the new embossed high-security plates are expected to be available for around Rs.300, which would have to be paid at the time of registration.
While the scheme would be implemented throughout the State, a pilot implementation would happen in a few RTOs in Chennai first. Eventually embossing/fixing stations would come up within the premises of all the RTOs and unit offices in the State.
The official said that the number plates would have features such as a laser hologram and a non-removable/non-reusable snap lock to prevent counterfeiting and duplication.
Any attempt to remove or replace the number plate will damage the snap lock making it impossible to install any other number plate in the vehicle.
All plates would also have a unique identification number and can be tracked all across India, the official added. It would also eliminate the problem of fancy number plates.

Panel to study heritage buildings in Chennai


A major fire broke out in Khalsa Mahal, a heritage building, destroying the offices of the directorates of Social Welfare, and Industries and Commerce, in the early hours of January 16, 2012. File photo: R. Ragu
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has asked a technical committee, formed to examine the stability of the fire-ravaged Kalas Mahal in Chepauk here, to study the state of heritage government buildings in Chennai.
It will submit a report on safety measures to be undertaken in such buildings, according to a government release on Saturday.
The Chief Minister has also directed officials to carry out periodic checks on fire safety equipment in government buildings, ensure they are kept ready in the event of fire and that electrical equipment are tested at regular intervals and defects, if any, rectified.
Headed by former Dean (Civil Engineering) of Anna University A.R. Santhakumar, the committee includes Engineer-in-Chief of the Public Works Department (Buildings) R. Gopalakrishnan and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA)'s Chief Planner and convener of the CMDA's heritage committee C. Palanivelu.
Ms. Jayalalithaa instructed the panel to submit its report on the Kalas Mahal in five days. Besides studying the issue of stability of the structure, it would explore the possibility of restoring the heritage building or constructing a replica of the old structure.
The damage suffered by the Social Welfare Directorate has been estimated at Rs.1.2 crore and the Industries and Commerce Directorate, Rs.1.5 crore.
The offices of the two directorates have been provided with alternative accommodation.
The Social Welfare Directorate has started functioning from an unused building of Chennai Corporation's primary school at Chintadripet and the Directorate of Industries and Commerce from the headquarters of the Industrial Cooperative Bank's at Raja Annamalaipuram.
As an initial measure, the Social Welfare Directorate has been allotted Rs.96 lakh and the Industries and Commerce Directorate Rs.1.5 crore for purchasing furniture and stationery.
Ms. Jayalalithaa asked officials to re-construct employee service records and files. She held a meeting with senior Ministers and officials at the Secretariat to review the situation in the wake of the fire at Kalas Mahal.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Kalas Mahal fire: CM sets up panel on heritage buildings


Fire-fighters try to douse a major fire at Ezhilagam in Chepauk, Chennai, on January 16. Photo: R. RaguTamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday announced the setting up of a committee to inspect heritage buildings in Chennai and submit a report on their safety following last week’s blaze that severely damaged Ezhilagam, a heritage structure housing some government departments.
The committee, comprising former Anna University Dean A.R. Shanthakumar, PWD Principal Chief Engineer (Building) R. Gopalakrishnan and officials of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority will work out possibilities of restoring Ezhilagam to its original beauty or build a ‘replica’, an official press release said.

The Commitee has been asked to inspect all heritage buildings in the city and submit a report on their safety by Ms. Jayalalithaa, it said.

The January 15 blaze had resulted in loss of property to the departments of Social Welfare and Industries located there to the tune of Rs. 2.7 crore, the release said, adding the Chief Minister allotted an initial sum of Rs. 2.46 crore towards purchasing furniture and stationery.

The fire at Ezhilagam killed a Fire and Rescue personnel and injured two others, including a senior Fire Officer.

HC stays move to alter new Secretariat complex


A view of the Assembly complex at Omandurar Government Estate, in Chennai. Photo : R. RavindranIn a setback to the AIADMK government, the Madras High Court on Friday granted an interim injunction restraining authorities from making any structural alterations to the new Legislative Assembly-cum-Secretariat complex at the Omandurar Government Estate on Anna Salai here until a writ petition challenging the decision to convert it into a multi-specialty hospital is disposed of.
A Division Bench comprising Justices D.Murugesan and P.P.S.Janarthana Raja passed the interim order on a writ petition by R.Veeramani, a city advocate. It directed the authorities to file their counter by February 10. The case has been posted for February 13.
The petitioner said the present government took a policy decision on August 19 last year to convert the new building into a multi-specialty hospital. This decision was irrational, “tainted with mala fides and is against public interest.”
The petitioner's senior counsel, P.Wilson, contended that environmental clearance given for the Assembly/ Secretariat complex could not be taken as clearance for conversion and housing a multi-specialty hospital.
The Bench noted that the PWD had issued the tender notice in two dailies for carrying out civil and electrical works.
Admittedly, as on date, no environmental clearance was obtained for the proposed modification in the new building. It was not in dispute that for a project exceeding 15,000 sq.metres, environmental clearance should be obtained from the Centre's Environment Impact Assessment Authority.
Though such clearance had been obtained before constructing the building, the fact remained that it was not obtained for the modification, the Bench said.
The court said the authorities' only contention was that the government was taking necessary action to get clearance before the building was put into use. The question as to whether the clearance was necessary prior to any modification/alteration or not should be gone into at the time of final disposal of the petition.
For the present, it was of the prima facie opinion that the environmental clearance given for constructing the building would not include clearance for any modification. If that be so, the structure constructed at a cost of Rs.551.80 crore could not be altered and any money spent on such modification would cause huge loss to the exchequer if the writ petitioner succeeds. In that view of the matter, it said the authorities should be restrained from altering or modifying or in any manner changing the structure till the petition was disposed of.
The Judges said their order would not stand in the way of the government obtaining environmental clearance and also taking other steps as per the policy decision.

New chief for TNPSC


R. NatrajR. Natraj, retired officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS), was on Friday appointed the Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Public Services Commission (TNPSC).
He will hold the post till he attains the age of 62 years [March 2013], according to the order issued by the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department.
He fills the vacancy caused by the resignation of R. Sellamuthu following the allegations of large-scale irregularities in the selection of candidates to various government posts.
Mr. Natraj is likely to assume charge on Saturday.
Belonging to the 1975 batch, Mr. Natraj served the State and Central governments in various capacities.
While in the Central Reserve Police Force, he worked in the North-East and Jammu and Kashmir. Between 1986 and 1990, he was First Secretary in the Indian High Commission in Kathmandu.
During 2003-2006, he held the post of Chennai Police Commissioner in two spells. Later, he was Director General of Police in-charge of Prisons and Fire and Rescue Services.
In the recent past, Mr. Natraj was in the limelight when he challenged the appointment of Letika Saran as the State DGP in 2010. The Madras High Court last week upheld her appointment.