May be sign of a healthier political trend.
Setting a healthy political trend in Tamil Nadu, where the polity is deeply dominated by personality cult, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday received Opposition Leader M K Stalin at his chamber in the Secretariat. Stalin was being helpful towards the government to the extent of recommending a slew of steps to resolve the perennial crisis plaguing the transport sector.
Such meetings are rare in Tamil Nadu politics in which the rivalry among the head of the ruling party and those of the main opposition parties would be so intense. In fact, Jayalalithaa and M. Karunanidhi, who alternatively ruled Tamil Nadu for a quarter of a century between 1991 and 2016 after Jaya became CM for the first time, never saw each other eye to eye. This is the first time that Stalin is meeting Palaniswami in his chamber while he has held discussions with the latter's predecessor O Panneerselvam when he was Chief Minister after J Jayalalithaa's death.
Armed with a report prepared by DMK leaders on how to reduce loses and restore the transport department to its old glory, Stalin led a delegation of senior leaders to Palaniswami and submitted the document to him. We will convene another all-party meeting and discuss our next course of action. The Chief Minister received the report, but he did not commit anything, Stalin was to say after the cordial enough meeting.
The DMK Working President has been opposing the recent hike in bus fares by the Tamil Nadu government and had even rallied the entire opposition to protest against the ruling party.
In the report submitted to Palaniswami, the DMK recommended removal of existing taxes on diesel like VAT and levy 10 per cent GST, which will result in an annual savings of Rs 1,600 crore for state-run transport corporations, revenue generation through advertisements and courier services by transport corporations, and attaching buses which ply beyond 200 kms to the State Express Transport Corporations.
The government should also upgrade its luxury buses on par with private bus operators who mint by flaunting their services and allot Rs 1,000 crore every year in the Budget for phasing out of old buses and replacing them with new hi-tech vehicles are some of the other recommendations made in the report.
A five-member panel headed by former Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister T R Baalu prepared the report. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Stalin indicated that the government was non-committal on implementing recommendations made in his party’s report. The transport corporations suffer loses every day and have debts to the tune of `16,000 crore.
Police said that Lavanya was immediately moved to a private hospital in Perumbakkam, where she is taking treatment.
A 27-year-old woman software professional was attacked by an unidentified gang on the deserted Thalambur-Perumbakkam road in the southern outskirts of Chennai during the early hours of Tuesday.
Police said the gang had fled with the woman's 3-sovereign gold chain, her iPhone and the scooter she was riding in before dumping her amid the bushes by the roadside.
The victim has been identified as P Lavanya, a native of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. Luckily for the woman, a passerby spotted the unconscious woman around 4 am and alerted the police control room.
Pallikaranai Police rushed to the scene and found the woman. With the help of the identity card she was wearing, they contacted her employer — Global Infotech in Navalur on Rajiv Gandhi Salai.
Police said that Lavanya was immediately moved to a private hospital in Perumbakkam, where she is taking treatment. Preliminary probe revealed that Lavanya was living in a rented accommodation at Thalambur, a few kilometers away from her company.
The police said she left her office around 2 am on Tuesday after her shift was over and was riding along the Thalambur-Perumbakkam road. “Her sister resides at Nookampalayam and we suspect that she took the road to reach her sister’s house. However, why she travelled on that road can only be known after she becomes conscious,” a police officer said.
The gang who had trailed her scooter had attacked her from behind leading to her fall. They then took her to the deserted stretch by the road and took her valuables including her scooter and fled. Pallikaranai police have registered cases under at least five sections of IPC including 307 (attempt to murder) and are investigating.
Her family members from Vijayawada were expected to reach the city by Tuesday evening. It is only wicked coincidence that in 2014, on the same date, another woman IT professional was assaulted by a gang. Uma Maheshwari (24), an employee of TCS, Siruseri was initially reported missing. However, police eventually found her dead body a week later in a disused plot of land leading up to her company.
Delimination committee is in the final stage of compiling report.
The much-delayed elections to the local bodies across the state will not be conducted at least for the next three months. This is owed to issues created issues by the stakeholders of democracy.
They range from the State Election Commission (SEC), the AIADMK government and the opposition DMK, all of whom complicated the polls by approaching the Madras High Court and the Supreme Court, thereby ensuring their postponement.
According to sources, the issue dates back to October 2016. The court had also been entertaining the petitions and the affidavits filed by the stakeholders, thereby delaying the natural law of justice. “Justice delayed is justice denied and as per the constitutional mandate, the state deserves elected members in local bodies. But the civic councils have been held up due to bureaucratic delay and pending litigation”, said a former mayor from Western Tamil Nadu, who wished not to be named. The two political parties and the SEC have taken shelter claiming that they are now waiting for the final court orders, he added.
“The state is not in a mood to hold the elections and that’s the reason they are inventing problems and are working slowly on the orders passed by High Court”, said a state official conforming that no communication has been received in connection with the poll arrangements.
When contacted, state election commissioner Malick Feroze Khan said that poll work was very much underway. The delimitation exercise had been completed in all the districts except Chennai. So far seven zonal conferences on delimitation exercise had been completed and the delimitation committee is in the final stage of compiling the report. Once the report from Chennai Corporation is also received a final delimitation report will be sent to the state for its approval.
When all the issues pertaining to women reservation and delimitation are finalised, the SEC will announce the polls. “We have also adhered to Madras High court’s interim orders and another petition is also pending before the Supreme Court”, he said.
The project will be carried out with the help of Government of India under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme.
ISO SIPCOT, Irungattukottai employees would have a township of their own as the National Career Service, an organisation functioning under ministry of labour and employment, is all set to commence benchmark survey for the project on Monday.
“The project will be carried out with the help of Government of India under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme. The city would accommodate 3,000 residents working in SIPCOT Irungattukottai, Oragadam and Sunguvar Chathiram,” R.G. Senthil Kumar, state in-charge, National Career Service, said.Senthil also added that the mega international township would have National Youth Knowledge Park. “The park will provide skill development training to the youth. The benchmark survey will be initiated and we expect Prime Minister might come and lay foundation for the project,” he said.
Police chased the fleeing fishermen and a cop allegedly threw his lathi at them, a fisherman said.
Chennai: A fisherman was killed during a police chase and an alleged attack on him at Kasimedu harbour in Chennai on Friday night. Fisherman Thamilarasu (35) of CG Colony, Kasimedu and his friends were said to be playing cards on a boat docked at Kasimedu harbour on Friday night. Kasimedu policemen, while on rounds, tried to apprehend them. Police chased the fleeing fishermen and a cop allegedly threw his lathi at them, a fisherman said. “The impact of the lathi injured Thamilarasu’s eye and he subsequently fell into the sea and went missing,” the fishermen alleged.
Police and local fishermen found his body onshore later. Meanwhile, the news of Thamilarasu’s death spread among other fishermen and they protested on Saturday morning, seeking action against the policemen who had allegedly chased Thamilarasu.Thamilarasu’s wife Deepika and relatives refused to allow the post-mortem and demanded a government job. However, police officers pacified the agitators.
Plaintiff claims ownership producing forged documents.
Chennai: Coming to the rescue of a 66-year-old man, who has been fighting for over five years to take possession of his property in prime area of Saligrammam, Madras High Court has rejected a suit filed by a person, who attempted to grab the property, claiming ownership based on forged and fraudulent documents.
The court also directed him to pay a cost of Rs 1 lakh to the senior citizen on or before March 28.
Allowing an application from V.V.V. Nachiappan, Justice C.V. Karthikeyan said the plaintiff’s (P.M. Elavarasan) attempt to once again grab by judicial method has to be curbed.
Elavarasan filed a suit seeking declaration that he was the absolute owner of the property, measuring 3,830 sq.ft, and also direction against Nachiappan and his legal heirs to hand over vacant possession of the property. He claimed that he purchased the property from his vendor S.N. Padmanabhan and others for `1.25 crore and the sale deed was executed on April 17, 2013.
When it was presented for registration, the Sub-Registrar, Virugambakkam declined to register the same. He preferred appeals and finally it was pending before the inspector general of registration.
By filing an application, Nachiappan’s counsel S. Thankasivam contended that the Padmanabhan had created forged and fake documents, claiming right over the property.
He had created a release deed registered in the office of sub-registrar, said to have been executed by fictitious persons.
Nachiappan lodged a complaint with the commissioner of police and the registration department. Later, the district registrar cancelled the release deed and other consequential documents.
Suppressing these facts, Padmanabhan and Elavarasan colluded and created a fake sale deed dated April 17, 2013 in the name of Elavarasan. Meanwhile, he appr-oached this court and obtained an order to evict Elavarasan from the property. Thereafter, Elavarasan filed the current suit, Thangasivam added.
The judge said Elavarasan cannot gain any title over the property in the absence of his vendor having any valid title. As a matter of fact, any suit, which was based on fraud and forged documents, has to be summarily rejected by the court.
The plaintiff, having come to the court based on fraudulent documents, cannot have any claim over the properties as the entire documents surrounding the property have been found to be false and forged.
The plaintiff was a land grabber and does not deserve any sympathy whatsoever, the judge added.
Channel to go live across 20 mn households with 22 hours of weekly original content
At a media launch event in Chennai today, Viacom18 announced the launch of Colors Tamil. Scheduled to go on air on February 19, 2018, the channel will be the national media conglomerate’s first foray into the Tamil market. The entire content library of COLORS Tamil will also be available digitally on VOOT.
Viacom18 already operates general entertainment channels in 5 regional languages, under the brand name Colors – Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali and Odia apart from Hindi and English.
At launch Colors Tamil will be available in all leading cable networks catering to an estimated 11 mn homes in rest of Tamil Nadu through Tamil Nadu Arasu Corporation, and 3.5 mn homes in Greater Chennai through SCV, TCCL among others. Furthermore the channel will be available on all DTH platforms - Sun Direct, Tata Sky, Airtel, DishTv & Videocon D2h - reaching out to ~5.5mn households.
Speaking at the launch, Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18, said, “After spreading our wings across 7 languages, India’s flagship general entertainment brand – Colors - is entering the lucrative, fast growing and discerning Tamil entertainment market – in line with our stated strategy to drive regional growth aggressively. Our proven ability to break the clutter and disrupt the status quo will help us tell endearing stories to over 20Mn TV households in the state and a large global audience in the coming months and years.”
Ravish Kumar, Head, Regional Entertainment, Viacom18, said, “Tamil Nadu, the country’s 6th most populous state (per Census 2011) is among the bigger television content consuming markets, with a per capita daily viewership of ~3 hours which is more than that of the hindi speaking markets (~2.5 hours). With an estimated base of 1150 advertisers, Tamil Nadu is one of the more lucrative broadcast entertainment markets in India. Our biggest drive is to deliver new and never before seen content to the Tamil audience. We have invested big in conceptualizing programs that are inspiring, innovative, experimental and technically sound. With 22 hours of original content at launch, we are more than confident of Colors Tamil becoming a blockbuster hit here.”
With a robust content strategy developed after thoroughly studying the consumer patterns of the region, Colors Tamil offers several original shows in both the fiction and the non-fiction categories. Foraying into a market with existing predominant players, the channel aims at bringing together a range of shows spanning a diverse variety of entertainment genres catering to all demographics.
Anup Chandrasekharan, Business Head, Colors Tamil, said, “Idhu Namma Oru Coloru … the Colors of our land. Our tagline encapsulates our vision of Colors Tamil. It is a platform that aims to entertain, enrich and engage individuals across the length and breadth of the state. Our study of the existing broadcast entertainment market suggests that there is a need gap between what the audience wants to watch and the kind of content that is available to them. Therefore our focus on content that is differentiated, thought provoking and socially conscious. Colors Tamil is a promise of optimism, celebration and hope!”
Launching with a well curated list of programs, Colors Tamil will be available on all DTH platforms for audience viewing. The entire content of Colors Tamil will also be available on VOOT for the on-the-go viewer. The channel will offer a range of fiction and non-fiction programs spanning from family drama, reality TV, comedy to fantasy to name a few. The four original shows of the channel will set new standards in the industry with its distinct content and sound technology.
As part of its fiction lineup, Colors Tamil has curated three striking shows that portray strong women protagonists breaking the shackles of the society. Shot in native locations of Tamil Nadu with top-notch equipment, the shows are set to offer a movie-like experience to the viewers. Offering a refreshing break from the common soap operas, ‘Velunachi’ is an inspirational story of young girl who transforms herself into a strong woman carrying her father’s lineage in Silambattam. ‘Sivagami is a transforming tale of courage of a young woman tackling conflicts in society to bring up her daughter as a successful IPS officer. The story is set in rural Tamil Nadu with nativity and rustic, aims to create a positive change in mind-set among people. ‘Perazhagi’, is an uplifting drama that breaks the stereotype around skin color featuring a small girl who fights against all odds to become a celebrity.
Created as the flagship show of Colors Tamil, the reality show ‘Enge Veetu Maapilai’ will feature the hunt for the ideal match for Brand ambassador and Kollywood Superstar Arya. Spanning over 40 episodes, the show will telecast the search for the heartthrob’s perfect match. Catering to the young ones, ‘Colors Super Kids’ is a one of a kind talent show for children, offering them an equal and well-deserved platform to showcase their talents without the concept of competing against each other.
CMRL is planning to commence trial run on Anna Salai line this week.
CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has urged the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) management to expedite its works in the city and complete them at the earliest, and thereby ensure commuting is made easy for the public.
State Industries Minister M. C. Sampath requested CMRL managing director Pankaj Kumar Bansal to complete works from Nehru Park to Central and from Saidapet to AG-DMS soon. The minister, who had recently visited the underground sites of the CMRL and inspected the work, had expressed satisfaction over the progress of the work, and wanted passenger services on the routes to begin soon.
The stations between AG-DMK and Saidapet are getting finishing touches particularly at the entry or exit point, official said.
CMRL is planning to commence trial run on Anna Salai line this week, said sources.
The commissioner of Metro Rail Safety is likely to be invited for inspection in March.
At present, CMRL is operating services in two routes in the city - Nehru Park to Airport and Little Mount to Airport. The first trial run between Nehru Park and Chennai Central covering a distance of 2.7 km was conducted on Jan.26. The first train was flagged off in 2015 by the then Chief Minister J. Jayalaltihaa.
According to sources, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited is likely sign a loan agreement with JICA, for the phase II project and the sum is likely to be higher than the funding for the first project.
JICA had funded phase I project for about Rs 14,600 crore. The CMRL is likely to sign an agreement with JICA once the Centre gives the nod.
Tamil Nadu would never be able to get Cauvery water from Karnataka, declared BJP Rajya Sabha member Dr Subramanian Swamy.
Chennai: Tamil Nadu would never be able to get Cauvery water from Karnataka, declared BJP Rajya Sabha member Dr Subramanian Swamy, insisting that setting up desalination plants along the coastline was the only answer to the state’s water crisis.
“People must first decide what they want — water or Cauvery water? If they want Cauvery water, they will never be able to get that. But if they just want water, we could have the vast seawater converted into potable water through desalination plants. Let Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami ask me if he does not know and I shall get four desalination plants from Israel for installation here”, the inimitable Dr Swamy told reporters at the airport here on Sunday.
“You will never have any water problem if I get the Israeli desalination plants installed here”, Dr Swamy said. When it was pointed out that TN was knocking on Karnataka’s doors as there was not enough water in the Mettur reservoir to save the standing samba crop in the Cauvery delta, he said desalination plants would provide a permanent solution. “You will never have water crisis after that”, he said.
To another question on inadequate allocations for TN in the Central Budget, Dr Swamy said the TN MPs should function effectively in the Parliament to secure enough funds and projects for the state. “They should not function like cattle”, he said.
This is not the first time that Dr Swamy is recommending Israeli desalination plants to quench TN thirst. Even on January 30, he had tweeted: “Tamil Nadu CM must stop begging for Cauvery water from Karnataka govt. He should instead set up four desalination plants on the TN coast”.
That tweet got huge response in social media with many raising questions how water from desalination plants could be pumped across vast hinterland to reach the delta farmers — the distance, the cost of maintenance and diesel. One twitterati asked Dr Swamy why he could not get the Israeli PM Netanyahu to sell the desalination technology directly to TN when he visited India a couple of weeks ago. “Without TN CM asking me?” shot back the BJP senior.
On the Cauvery dispute, Sellur K Raju said the chief minister was taking suitable steps to secure state's water share from K’taka.
Tamil Nadu Minister Sellur K Raju has courted controversy by saying that government welfare measures would be given only to AIADMK card holders, even as Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said that such schemes were meant for all.
Raju made the statement on Sunday at an event in Madurai to enrol new members and to renew membership of those who had completed five years.
"AIADMK party card is what identifies us and is equal to our life itself.... every party member should have it. All party members should have the card. Only if you have it, can you get government welfare schemes benefits either for you or your family," he had said.
On the vexed Cauvery river water issue, Raju said that the chief minister was taking appropriate steps to secure the state's share of water from Karnataka.
Referring to the local body polls, he said AIADMK is always ready to face any elections.
However, Panneerselvam said that all government welfare measures are aimed at benefiting the ordinary and poor people and all sections of society, irrespective of party affiliations.
He said Karnataka has declined water to Tamil Nadu and that steps were being taken to initiate legal measures to secure water for the state.
"We have a right to seek water for our standing crops," he said
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