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Railway packing machine derails near Tirupachethi railway station, train services hit

Madurai-Ramanathapuram train cancelled while Ramanthapuram-Madurai train was stopped at Manamadurai and the passengers were sent to Madurai by bus

The Hindu 20 Jun 2024 9:20 pm

Zoomcar collabs A-I Express to allow booking cars from airport in 19 cities

Self-drive car sharing platform Zoomcar Holdings on Thursday said it has partnered with Air India Express to allow customers to book self-drive cars directly from the airport on the airline's mobile app as well as the website in 19 cities. The collaboration also caters to the customer with varying requirements, leveraging the extensive fleet options and ensuring ample space for baggage carried through Air India Express's add-on packs such as carry-on-Xtra, international connecting baggage, and special equipment, Zoomcar said in a statement. This collaboration will offer the customer access to self-driven car rentals in Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kochi, Lucknow, Mangaluru, Madurai, Mumbai, Pune, Tiruchirappalli, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, it said. We're focused on providing improved and personalised travel experiences for our guests at Zoomcar, and our partnership with Air India Express is another stepping stone ...

Business Standard 20 Jun 2024 4:45 pm

Coupling strokes and Kurals

CHENNAI: Have you ever imagined how Thiruvalluvar would have written the Thirukkural in the fifth century. No definite work desk that is filled with markers, pens, papers, notepads, laptop with internet connection, and tools like chatGPT. Sitting at the foot of the hills with his profound knowledge, and inspired by nature, he inscribed the words on a palm leaf using a metal stylus. It was as if the wind carried the words and put them in his mind, which was then transfered into a manuscript. I wonder the number of days, months or perhaps, years he would have taken to write the 1,330 couplets which resonate even today. Centuries later, when people are attempting creative representations of the couplets, it is easier to calculate the time taken to present their works. It took precisely three years, seven months and 22 days for Sowmya Ramalingam, a self-taught artist and an assistant professor of visual communication at DG Vaishnav College, to present the kurals visually. From January 1, 2020, Sowmya took a kural a day to understand the meaning and message, and paint it. For Valluvar, it was his diary, and for me, it was passion and the fear of losing the literature to this generation, says Sowmya, adding, I was born in the late 80s and my generation, we use more English words than Tamil in our everyday conversations. When we do not speak the language, then what about its literature? What are we passing on to the next generations? Brushing colourful couplets The fear of losing touch with such works and the interest in artistic research helped Sowmya connect literature and illustration. Thirukkural is very nomic and cannot be understood when read directly. It has to be accompanied by an explanation. So, when a kural is read along with the picture, the message is delivered easily, she shares. To decipher the couplets, Sowmya read the definitions by Kalaignar Karunanidhi, Mu Varadarajan, Solomon Pappaiah, and Sivayogi Sivakumar. To convey the meanings she took to artistic expressions such as metaphorical realism, surrealism, semiotics, colour, and space. Explaining the process, Sowmya says, The average time taken to understand the interpretation, come up with a visual idea and paint it, took three to four hours. These hours were spent on a working pad/desk and also travelling. Sharing an incident, the artist says, We went to Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple for a vacation, I sat at the ticket counter there and drew. The only materials needed were watercolour paper, paint and my brushes. Kural 936: Gambling will never satisfy your hunger Once the artwork is brought to life, the artist shares it on her social media and her friends and family for feedback. For one of the kurals, Selvathul selvam seviselvam achselvam; selvathu ellam thalai, Sowmya drew a huge human ear, with no attachment to the body, donning a crown. Looking at this surreal take, Sowmyas eight-year-old daughter questions, How could an ear stand alone and why does it have such a big crown?. She explains the couplets meaning The richness of the ear is the wealth amongst all wealth, the foremost wealth. The other challenging moments during the artistic journey were in the couplets Thiruvallur wrote about veganism and prostitution. I am a non-vegetarian and for me to read what he has written about vegetarianism was hugely driven by guilt. For prostitution and extra-marital affairs, he has targeted women and not any other sex. Targeting one gender did not sit quite well with me, she rues. During such times, Sowmya stood in Valluvars shoes, acknowledging his perspective. Such kurals are not well connected with todays current affairs. Taking to parody mode, I drew the chapters with no gender identity and used body positivity, explains the artist. According to her, art is a form of expression and individuals choose how to practice it. Thirukkural as literature can be interpreted differently and is being used as a book of solutions. Kural 926: As sleep is to the dead, drunkards are to poison-eaters For her last painting for the kural Uduthal kaamathil inbam atharkinbam; koodi muyanga perin meaning the delight of love is the lovers quarrel; the greater delight is the loving reunion 50-odd individuals gathered at Madras Literary Society to complete it on August 22, 2023. With red colour denoting fashion, anger and violence and black meaning eternal existence, connected with space, the visual popped up on a 2X2 feet canvas. Even the other artworks were prominently in the shades of these colours, while some were on A4 sheet and 400 paintings on a 15X15 cm canvas. Following the Sangam period Not stopping with Thirukkural, Sowmya delves into other literature of the same period. I am focussing more on poems written by female poets. I have converted three poems from Kurunthogai and Kalithogai. One of the poems in Kalithogai briefs about the practice of Jallikattu and the painting is on display at the Madurai Jallikattu museum since January, she shares. Currently, Sowmya is working on a revisioned Soorpanagai, a character from Ramayana. In Kambaramayanam, Soorpanagai, the princess is portrayed in a bad light. In her introduction, she is spoken highly as someone who owns territories and is confident enough when men trespass on her property. After Lakshmana cuts her nose, she is brought down to lust and vulgarity, she opines. With a mission to break this notion, Sowmya paints the princess as bold and beautiful. In between her teaching and painting, Sowmya is looking for a sponsor to frame the 1,330 kural portraits and a huge space so that she could display them as an exhibition. Follow @iyal_artinsta on Instagram Kural 919: The ignorants will be drawn towards a prostitutes jewel

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 11:34 am

Public hearing held over parking lots near Meenakshi temple

MADURAI: A special public hearing was called after a proposal for parking on the roads around the Meenakshi temple, maintained by a private company, was received with opposition from traders and the public. Lack of parking spaces has been one of the major reasons for frequent traffic jams across the city. Many measures are being taken up by the police and the city corporation, but to no avail. The area where the parking lot was proposed Veli Street, Masi Street and Aavani Moola Street struggles with frequent traffic jams. While vehicle movement is restricted in the Chithirai veedhis, roads around the temple lack parking spaces. Though the corporation has constructed two multi-level parking facilities near the temple and the Periyar Bus Stand (yet to be opened to public) the issue remains. The corporation had come up with the solution of allowing parking at designated spots and charging a fee through a private concern. Since the announcement of the proposal, it has been faced with backlash from the trade union in the area. Lenin, a member of the Centre for Indian Trade Union (CITU), said, As the locality has many shops, and a private entity charges the employees of these shops for parking, a portion of their salary would be compromised. The corporation should take the initiative to hire people or arrange for local shop employees to manage the parking facility. Furthermore, he added that many are unaware of the initiative, about how the fee would be collected, or what relaxation will be given to the traders in the area, which is the reason for the objections. Sources from the city corporation said such public hearings help in learning about the concerns of the public. The meeting was chaired by corporation officials and council members. Residents and trade union representatives also participated.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 10:09 am

Many doctors trying to politicise pay issue: TNGDA chief

MADURAI: Stating that some government doctors are demanding equal pay and promotions for both MBBS doctors and specialist doctors, and wish to forego private practice, Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA) president Dr Senthil said that such demands are not acceptable for many. He further said that many are politicising the pay issue. Speaking to TNIE, he said, During 2017-19, we made several demands to the state government and it was met with resistance and civil suits. A section of government doctors split from our association. They demanded a pay grade on par with government doctors in central government agencies. However, the workload is lesser at such agencies, and the doctors do not treat the public directly, but are employed with government entities, such as the railways and only treat railway employees. There are around 10,000 doctors deployed in central government agencies, while in Tamil Nadu there are 20,000 doctors with the state governments agencies. However, while the funding for central agencies is higher, it is significantly less for the state government and the state government is trying to bridge this gap. Even the TNGDA has bridged the disparity since 2009 till date, having obtained many GOs and bridged the gap between central and state doctors by around 80%. With private practice available for state government doctors, the actual disparity is lesser than that. Three months ago, the TN government issued a GO to increase pay and speed up promotions. Around Rs 235 crore has been allocated for the purpose, he added.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 10:05 am

Guidelines for disabled violated in UPSC exam: Forum

MADURAI: National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) General Secretary Muralidharan on Wednesday appealed to the Secretary of the Department of Empowerment of Persons With Disabilities (DEPwD) to make efforts to follow the 2022 guidelines issued by the department while conducting examinations, including the ones conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). In a letter to the DEPwD secretary, UPSC chairperson and chief commissioner for persons with disabilities (PwDs), Muralidharan said that UPSC aspirants and PwDs were allegedly denied permission to use assistive devices such as prosthetics, orthotics and hearing aids, while appearing for the prelims examination held in Madurai on Sunday. In spite of the guidelines issued by the DEPwD (F. No. 29-6/2019-DD-III dated August 10, 2022), which expressly mandates that the exam centres should be accessible for persons with disabilities, they were denied permission. The DEPwD, which is the nodal department, should revisit the August 2022 guidelines which explicitly state that the use of mobility and other aids essential for PwDs be permitted at exam centres, Muralidharan said. He added that the department must take to task both the UPSC, for failing to provide a level playing field to PwDs, and the authorities concerned at the exam centre, for violation of basic human rights of the candidates and the indignity and discrimination that they were subjected to during the exam. According to Section 92 of the RPD Act, whoever intentionally insults a PwD in any place within public view, assaults, controls a PwD voluntarily or knowingly denies food or fluids to him or her, being in a position to dominate the will of a child or woman with disability would be imprisoned up to five years and fined, he pointed out.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 9:11 am

Traders oppose pay and park system mooted by Madurai corporation - The Hindu

Traders oppose pay and park system mooted by Madurai corporation The Hindu

Google News 20 Jun 2024 7:22 am

Festival for differently abled people to be held in Madurai on June 29 and 30 - The Hindu

Festival for differently abled people to be held in Madurai on June 29 and 30 The Hindu

Google News 19 Jun 2024 8:21 pm

Travel Tips: These are the top honeymoon destinations of South India, I swear you will get the feeling like in the movies

South India boasts some of the most romantic and picturesque locations, making it an ideal choice for honeymooners seeking a blend of serenity and adventure. Whether you're a nature lover, a history enthusiast, or a foodie, South India offers diverse experiences that cater to every honeymooner's preferences. Why Choose South India for Your Honeymoon? South India is renowned for its lush landscapes, pristine beaches, vibrant culture, and rich heritage. The region's pleasant weather throughout the year ensures that you can plan your honeymoon at any time without worrying about extreme temperatures. Romantic Getaways in Kerala Kerala, known as God's Own Country, is a haven for honeymooners. From the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom to the misty hills of Munnar, Kerala offers a perfect blend of relaxation and natural beauty. H4: Exploring the Backwaters of Alleppey A houseboat cruise through the backwaters of Alleppey is a quintessential experience for honeymooners. Surrounded by lush greenery and serene waters, you can unwind in luxury as you sail past picturesque villages and coconut groves. Tranquility in Munnar's Tea Gardens Munnar, with its rolling hills carpeted in tea plantations, offers a serene and refreshing escape. Take romantic walks through the misty gardens, visit scenic viewpoints like Top Station, and indulge in the local tea culture. Beach Bliss in Kovalam For couples who love the sun and sand, Kovalam's crescent-shaped beaches are perfect. Whether you want to relax on the golden sands, indulge in water sports, or witness breathtaking sunsets together, Kovalam promises an unforgettable experience. Cultural Delights in Tamil Nadu Tamil Nadu is a treasure trove of ancient temples, classical dance forms, and vibrant festivals, making it a cultural paradise for honeymooners interested in history and art. Romance Among the Temples of Madurai The city of Madurai is famous for its awe-inspiring temples, such as the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Explore the intricate architecture, witness the evening temple rituals, and soak in the spiritual ambiance with your loved one. Tranquil Retreats in Ooty Ooty, the Queen of Hill Stations, offers a tranquil retreat amidst its lush landscapes and colonial charm. Enjoy boating at the Ooty Lake, stroll through the Botanical Gardens, and savor homemade chocolates hand in hand. Adventure and Wildlife in Karnataka Karnataka's diverse terrain ranges from lush forests to ancient ruins, offering honeymooners a chance to explore wildlife sanctuaries, historical sites, and vibrant cities. Safari Romance in Kabini Embark on a wildlife safari in Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can spot majestic elephants, elusive tigers, and a variety of bird species. Stay in luxurious jungle lodges and reconnect with nature amid the sounds of the wilderness. Heritage Walks in Hampi Hampi's UNESCO World Heritage Site status and mesmerizing ruins make it a perfect destination for history buffs. Explore the ancient temples, marvel at the stone chariot, and immerse yourselves in the stories of a bygone era. Serenity in Pondicherry Pondicherry, with its French colonial architecture, serene beaches, and vibrant culture, offers a unique blend of relaxation and exploration for honeymooners. Beachside Romance in Auroville Spend a day at Auroville Beach, where you can relax under swaying palms, take romantic walks along the shore, and witness the striking Matrimandir. Explore the quaint cafes and boutiques in Auroville for a laid-back day together. French Flavors in Pondicherry Indulge in French cuisine at charming cafes and restaurants in Pondicherry's French Quarter. From freshly baked croissants to seafood delicacies, Pondicherry offers a culinary journey that complements its romantic ambiance. Planning Your South Indian Honeymoon When planning your honeymoon in South India, consider the best time to visit based on your preferences for weather and activities. Book accommodations in advance, especially for popular destinations like Kerala during peak seasons. Packing Essentials for Your Honeymoon Pack light, comfortable clothing suitable for warm days and cooler evenings, especially if you plan to visit hill stations like Munnar or Ooty. Don't forget sunscreen, hats, and insect repellent for outdoor activities. Capturing Memories Bring a quality camera or ensure your smartphone has enough storage space for capturing the breathtaking landscapes and intimate moments during your honeymoon. Consider hiring a local photographer for a professional photoshoot at iconic locations.A honeymoon in South India promises not only romance but also a blend of cultural exploration, adventure, and relaxation. Whether you choose the serene backwaters of Kerala, the historic temples of Tamil Nadu, or the wild beauty of Karnataka, you're sure to create unforgettable memories with your partner. Tata Motors' vehicles will now be expensive, the company has increased the prices of commercial vehicles Tata Motors to Increase Commercial Vehicle Prices by Up to 2% Starting July 1 Ferrari's First Electric Car to Exceed USD 500,000, Signals Luxury EV Foray

News Track 19 Jun 2024 7:46 pm

Sterlite firing: Madras HC says need to look into rights violations

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Tuesday stated that the issue does not end with payment of compensation to victims, even as it is laudable on the part of the government, but human rights violations have to be ascertained before proceeding further against revenue and police officials in connection with the police firing on anti-Sterlite protestors in Thoothukudi in 2018. A division bench of justices SS Sundar and N Senthilkumar made the remarks while hearing a public interest litigation petition filed by Peoples Watch executive director Henri Tiphagne, seeking a direction to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to reopen the probe into the firing which took the lives of 13 protesters. The court had impleaded then Thoothukudi collector N Venkatesh, three revenue department officers and 17 police officers including then IG (south zone) Shailesh Kumar Yadav, DIG Kapil Kumar C Saratkar and SP Mahendran in the previous hearing, and directed them to file counter-affidavit. Objecting to certain submissions by additional advocate general J Ravindran, appearing for the state, the bench said that the states interest is well protected if it does not open its mouth. We get the impression that you seem to be more interested in not serving the interests of the public, the bench stated. The bench further stated that the matter does not end with compensation to the victims and the question is whether human rights violations were committed or not, adding that if there were violations, and if the bench made some observations, the parties concerned (impleaded officers) must be heard because such observations may affect them. The counsel for CBI informed the court that an additional charge sheet has been filed, after holding further investigation, before the special court in Madurai as per the orders of the court which had rejected the original charge sheet. The bench adjourned the hearing to July 1. Police firing at anti-Sterlite protestors scar on democracy:Madras HC 2018 Thoothukudi police firing: Anti-Sterlite protesters call for fresh probe

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 9:31 am

Court extends relief to SRM Hotels from eviction by one day

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday directed that the interim order refraining the tourism department from carrying out eviction work at the SRM Hotels Private Limited in Tiruchy will continue for one more day till June 19, and posted the matter for Wednesday. While considering a petition filed by the executive director of the hotel against the tourism departments action to conduct the eviction, the high court had earlier granted interim relief to SRM Hotels by refraining the eviction activities for a period of four days. Justice GR Swaminathan on Tuesday directed the hotel to file a supplementary affidavit and posted the case for Wednesday. SRM had submitted in the petition that the tourism department did not possess the right to evict by force. TTDC wants hotel evicted, BJP and IJK cry vendetta

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 9:00 am

CM Stalin flags off excavation works at eight sites

SIVAGANGA/VIRUDHUNAGAR/TENKASI/KRISHNAGIRI/TIRUPPUR : Making way for more excavations to unearth Tamil Nadu's history, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday inaugurated works at eight sites, namely, Keeladi, Vembakottai, Thirumalapuram in Tenkasi, Kilnamandi in Tiruvannamalai, Porpanaikottai in Pudukkottai (second phase), Chennanur in Krishnagiri, Kongalnagaram in Tiruppur, and Marungoor in Cuddalore, via video conference in Chennai. CM Stalin was present in Chennai along with ministers KR Periakaruppan, Thangam Thennarasu, and KKSSR Ramachandran, Chief Secretary Shiva Das Meena, Additional Chief Secretary K Manivasan, Principal Secretary T Udhayachandran, and Joint Director of Archaeology Department R Sivanandham. Addressing the virtual gathering, Udhayachandran said the government has allocated the most funds (`5 crore) in the country aimed at excavations. Underscoring the significance of Keeladi, Udhayachandran said that aretfacts were unearthed at the site, which dates back to 2,600 BC, and proved that the people of that era were literate, in addition to establishing the existence of trade activities with countries like Rome. The chief minister also released two books Perumbalai Excavation Report and Tamil Nadu Inscriptions (Volume - XXVIII). At Keeladi, Sivaganga District Collector Asha Ajith, MP Karti P Chidambaram, and Manamadurai MLA Tamilarasi were present. Chidambaram told reporters that the BJP government did not want to continue with the excavation at the site. They wanted to write a history their way, but Keeladi was against their ideology and a myth, which is the reason they stopped the excavation, he said. To carry out the third phase of excavation at Vembakottai, the state government has allocated `30 lakh. The archaeology department is documenting all evidence, and will display the artifacts at the museum which is currently being built at a cost of `6.8 crore in Virudhunagar district, said District Collector VP Jeyaseelan. In Thirumalapuram, Tenkasi District Collector AK Kamal Kishore inaugurated works at the site in the presence of MP-elect Rani Srikumar. The archeological remains at a depth of four feet were discovered when the soil was dug up for road works. The excavation site, where burial urns were discovered, now spans 35 acres, said the collector in the presence of Vasudevanallur MLA Sathan Thirumalaikumar, Union Chairman Muthaiah Pandian, Thirumalapuram site Director K Vasanthakumar, site in-charge T Kaleeswaran, District Archeological Officer K Sakthivel, and Sankarankovil Revenue Divisional Officer Kavitha. Flagging the preliminary excavation work at Konkalnagar, Tiruppur Collector T Cristuraj said, The 20-acre site has revealed ancient monuments like kalvattam and kalthittai, and rock art. Following a field research in the area, the first phase of excavation work has been kicked off. There is a coconut grove right on top of the site. Chances are that the remains underground are safe. The Chennaonnoor site's inauguration was presided over by Krishnagiri Collector KM Sarayu at Uthangarai. Chennanoor had traces of Neolithic period tools, dating back to 2,500 BCE. The excavation will be carried till next May. Director of Chennanoor archeological site, Parandhaman, Uthangarai tahsildar Thirumal, Krishnagiri museum curator Govindaraj and various took part. The aim of the second phase of excavation at Porpanaikottai in Pudukkottai is to trace Tamil Nadu's roots to the Iron Age. Located in Veppangudi Panchayat, Alangudi, it was known as Sangam archeological site because of the bricks, black-red pottery, and pottery inscribed with Brahmi letters that were earlier discovered here. The abundance of iron flint pipes and furnaces indicate that an iron industry was in full swing during the prehistoric and medieval periods. Pudukkottai Collector Mercy Ramya, Revenue Commissioner Pa Aishwarya, and Assistant Director of Archeology Thangadurai were present in the event.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 8:17 am

Three-day exhibition of traditional, herbal medicines to be held in Madurai from June 21 - The Hindu

Three-day exhibition of traditional, herbal medicines to be held in Madurai from June 21 The Hindu

Google News 18 Jun 2024 8:16 pm

Two held for stalking woman, sending obscene pics to her in Mylapore

The victim and the suspect are both from Madurai

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 7:29 pm

Thoothukudi Sterlite firing | CBI says it has completed further investigation and submitted a report at Madurai court

The investigating agency was asked to submit its report to the Madras High Court as well; the Court also ordered issuance of notices to all the revenue and police officials who had been arrayed as respondents in a writ petition filed over the 2018 police firing that killed 13 persons

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 4:48 pm

Legrand Expands Modern Trade Presence with 25+ Zip Stores Across India

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 18: Legrand, a worldwide pioneer in electrical and digital building infrastructures, proudly announces the milestone of crossing 25 new Zip stores, marking a significant revolution in its expansion strategy. These stores, situated in key locations across India such as Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Raipur, Bilaspur, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru, Chennai, Tiruppur, Cochin, Erode, Patna and Madurai, serve as vital points of contact where customers can directly engage with Legrand's wide array of products and services.

Business Standard 18 Jun 2024 2:41 pm

Madurai Woman Creates World Record For Her Realistic Painting Of Meenakshi Amman Temple

The woman named Monisha K is currently working as a fashion designer in a private company in Chennai.

News18 18 Jun 2024 11:56 am

Madurai Corporation floats tenders worth Rs 433 crore for UGD work in newer areas

MADURAI: Nearly seven months after a GO was passed over the construction of underground drains (UGD) in newer areas of Madurai, the city corporation floated tenders earlier this week for two packages, worth Rs 433 crore, under the AMRUT scheme for the construction of UGD lines. Activists stated that action should be taken to renovate existing old lines in the core areas of the city. In November 2023, the construction of UGDs in new areas was approved during a corporation council meeting. Seven months later, the corporation floated tenders in this regard on June 14. As per the tenders, package one would cost Rs163.76 crore for wards on the North Banks (including wards 1 to 19, 33, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40), while package two would cover the South Banks (including wards 41, 84, and 89 to 100). 49 locations have been included in the added areas, including Avaniyapuram, Thirupalai and Viraganur for the construction of UGD lines. As per the tender, apart from construction, maintenance and operation are also to be carried out for five years. The tender process will conclude by July end, following which the work will be carried out, and must be completed within 36 Months. Another six months of trial run and commissioning of the system will follow. M Raja, an activist from Madurai stated that core areas that are decades old are causing blockages and overflow issues in several areas, including Sellur. The corporation must consider replacing problematic lines with newer pipes to fix the issues. The corporation should plan and lay the new UGD lines so that they can handle the increasing load in the future, he said.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 9:36 am

Madras High Court directs authorities to reinstate driver removed over wrongful appointment

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, while directing the reinstatement of a jeep driver who was removed from his post as he was wrongly appointed, has observed that the government, being the model employer, cannot adopt atrocious practices such as cancelling a persons appointment after 14 years of service due to its fault in recruitment. One R Sasikumar joined as a jeep driver through an employment exchange at Krishnarajapuram panchayat union office in Karur district on May 11, 2010. The panchayat union commissioner cancelled his appointment on May 31, 2024, stating that he was wrongly appointed to a post that was reserved for a scheduled caste person (Arunthathiyar on a preferential basis). The government pleader stated that Sasikumars appointment was temporary, and is against the government order issued about a rotation-based appointment system. Justice RN Manjula said if the vacancy is not regular, then there is no necessity to follow a community-based reservation approach. The petitioner has not suppressed any material facts while obtaining the job, and the error lies on the part of the appointing authority which failed to follow the guidelines of the rotation-based appointment system. The government cannot adopt such atrocious practices of cancelling the appointment of a person after 14 long years, and the petitioner cannot be penalised or be made a scapegoat, the judge observed. The court said the government has a vicarious liability to compensate the loss caused due to mistakes committed by its employees. Instead of bearing such liability, it would be ideal if the government continues to engage the petitioners services. The petitioner has not stated wishes to seek compensation instead of being reinstated, and it is reiterated that the petitioners services have been terminated for no fault of his, the court stated. The state government, including the Commissioner of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, must ensure that the petitioner gets all benefits until reinstatement. If the government feels that the post in contention will not be available for the category under which the post ought to be filled, an order in the form of either ratification or creating a super-numerical post can be done by considering this as a special case, the court stated.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 9:04 am

Safety goes off track, sends shivers down spine of travellers

NEW DELHI: The train accident involving the Kanchenjunga Express near New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal belies the railways claims on a safe train journey. At least nine passengers were killed and 40 others injured when a goods train smashed into Kanchenjunga Express from the rear. This is the fifth such accident in the last three years. Speaking to this newspaper, some witnesses to the accident site described the scene as heart-wrenching and chaotic with three overturned coaches. Passengers were desperately seeking help amid the wreckage. According to a passenger, the train stopped abruptly with a sharp jerk accompanied by a loud sound. Upon disembarking, he saw that the goods train hit their rake from behind. We were having tea when the train stopped suddenly with a jerk, he said. A pregnant woman, traveling with her family, said she fell off her seat upon impact. It felt like an earthquake. It took us some time to collect ourselves and understand what happened, she said, sitting with her family in one of the air-conditioned sleeper coaches. A passenger from Agartala, who was in coach number S6, said he felt a sudden jerk and the compartment screeched to a halt. My wife, child and I somehow managed to come out of the mangled coach. We are currently stranded... The rescue operations also started quite late, the passenger said. For frequent train travelers, the accident is shocking and frightening. A corporate professional living in Delhi, Sohan Kumar, said: It raises serious concerns about the safety protocols and operational integrity of the railway system, despite assurances from authorities about the safe trains. Reports said rescue teams swiftly arrived at the site and started their work of pulling out passengers. Railway officials have initiated an investigation, focusing on potential lapses in signaling or operational procedures. A railway source said the Bikaner-Guwahati Express had derailed on January 13, 2022 near Jalpaiguri in which 9 passengers died and 40 others were injured. Another major train collision took place in Odishas Balasore on June 2, 2023 claiming 296 lives and injuring 800 others. The accident involved a train that collided with the Coromodnal Express . On August 26, same year, a major fire erupted in the Bharat Gaurav tourist train Madurai, killing 10 people and on October 10, 2023, the North East Express derailed in Bihars Buxar claiming the lives of four passengers and injuring more than 10 passengers. The year 2023 remained a year of many rail accidents. A train collided on October 29 in Vizianagar in AP resulting in the death of 13 passengers and injuries to 30. In the current year, on February 17, a goods train derailed near Sarai-Rohilla in Delhi in which one person lost his life while on March 18, Sabarmati Express hit a goods train, leaving several people injured. In Mondays train accident , the preliminary investigations suggest that the accident could have been caused by the driver of the goods train who overshot the signal. The Railway Ministry has announced ex-gratia compensation to the families of the deceased and promised a thorough probe into the accident to ascertain the exact sequence of events and identify lapses in safety protocols. Despite many accidents, the railway authorities continue to claim overall improvement in safety measures. Officials said consequential accidents have decreased significantly from 2004-2013 to 2014-2023. The recurrence of such accidents has sparked widespread criticism, with demands for immediate action to enhance safety measures and ensure accountability within the railway administration. Refuting allegations of increased train accidents, a railway official said that the number of consequential train accidents has declined. During 2021-22 and 2022-23, a total of 48 and 35 consequential train accidents took place respectively. In 2024-25, four train accidents have taken place.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 7:42 am

Tamil Nadu government proposes to expand minibus service coverage

The State governments draft follows a judgment of the Madras High Courts Madurai Bench in 2018, which quashed the 2011 notification of the Tamil Nadu government

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 12:45 am

Know your Neta

1. Narendra Modi Picture Courtesy : X Narendra Modi, born on September 17, 1950, in Vadnagar, Gujarat, rose from humble beginnings to become the 14th Prime Minister of India in 2014, leading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Prior to his political career, Modi worked for the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu nationalist organization, and served as Chief Minister of Gujarat from October 7, 2001, until May 22, 2014, making him one of the longest-serving Chief Ministers of the state. Modi's tenure as Prime Minister has been marked by several notable achievements. His government launched initiatives like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), Digital India, Make in India, and Ayushman Bharat, aimed at transforming various sectors and improving the lives of citizens. He implemented the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a significant tax reform, and demonetization in 2016, aimed at combating corruption and black money. Internationally, Modi has worked to enhance India's global standing, fostering relationships with major powers and neighbouring countries. He's also been an advocate for environmental issues, particularly through the International Solar Alliance. In 2024, Narendra Modi became the second leader after Jawaharlal Nehru to serve as Prime Minister of India for a third consecutive term. His re-election solidified his position as a dominant figure in Indian politics, reflecting both his widespread popularity and the strength of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under his leadership. 2. Amit Shah Picture Courtesy : X Amit Shah, born on October 22, 1964, in Mumbai, is a prominent Indian politician and the current Minister of Home Affairs since 2019. He began his political career with the RSS and the BJP's youth wing, eventually becoming an MLA in Gujarat, serving from 1997 to 2012. Shah held key ministerial roles in the Gujarat government, including Home, Law, and Transport, from 2002 to 2010. Closely associated with Narendra Modi, Shah became BJP President in 2014, masterminding the party's major electoral successes in the 2014 and 2019 general elections, along with several state elections. His tenure as Home Minister has been marked by significant policy decisions, including the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the introduction of the Citizenship Amendment Act. Known for his strategic acumen and organizational skills, Shah has played a pivotal role in strengthening the BJP's grassroots network. 3. Rajnath Singh Picture Courtesy : X Rajnath Singh, born on July 10, 1951, in Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh, is a senior Indian politician and the current Minister of Defence since 2019. He began his political journey with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), serving as an MLA in Uttar Pradesh from 1977 to 1980 and again from 2000 to 2002. Singh was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from 2000 to 2002 and also held key ministerial roles in the state government. At the national level, Rajnath Singh served as the Minister of Surface Transport from 1999 to 2000, the Minister of Agriculture from 2003 to 2004, and the Minister of Home Affairs from 2014 to 2019. As BJP President from 2005 to 2009 and again from 2013 to 2014, he played a crucial role in strengthening the party and leading it to electoral victories. As Defence Minister, Singh has overseen major policy initiatives, including efforts to modernize the armed forces and enhance national security. Known for his administrative skills and strategic vision, he has been a significant figure in Indian politics, balancing roles in both state and central governments. 4. J P Nadda Picture Courtesy : X Jagat Prakash Nadda, commonly known as JP Nadda, was born on December 2, 1960, in Patna, Bihar. He is a prominent Indian politician and the current President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2020. Nadda began his political career with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS, and later joined the BJP. Nadda served as an MLA in Himachal Pradesh from 1993 to 2012, where he held several ministerial positions, including Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Forest, Environment, Science, and Technology. At the national level, JP Nadda was appointed as the Minister of Health and Family Welfare from 2014 to 2019. During this period, he led several significant health initiatives, including the rollout of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, which aimed to provide health insurance to millions of poor families. 5. Nitin Gadkari Picture Courtesy : X Nitin Gadkari, born on May 27, 1957, in Nagpur, Maharashtra, is a prominent Indian politician and senior leader in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He currently serves as the Minister for Road Transport and Highways and the Minister for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises. Starting his political career with the ABVP, Gadkari was an MLC in Maharashtra from 1989 to 2015 and served as Maharashtra's BJP President from 2004 to 2009. As Public Works Minister, he was instrumental in the construction of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. At the national level, Gadkari served as BJP President from 2009 to 2013. Since becoming a minister in 2014, he has overseen significant improvements in India's road infrastructure. Notable projects include the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, set to drastically reduce travel time between the two cities, and the Chenani-Nashri tunnel, which enhances connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir. He also led the construction of major bridges such as the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in Assam, the longest bridge in India. These projects have improved connectivity, reduced travel times, and boosted economic activity. Gadkari introduced innovative financing models and promoted sustainable practices in infrastructure development, ensuring long-term benefits for the country's transportation network. 6. Nirmala Sitarman Picture Courtesy : X Nirmala Sitharaman, born on August 18, 1959, in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, is a prominent Indian politician and the former Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs from 2019 to 2022. She began her political career with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and has held various significant positions within the party. Sitharaman served as a spokesperson for the BJP and was appointed as the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry in 2014, later promoted to the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs. In 2017, she became the first full-time female Defence Minister of India, where she worked on modernizing the armed forces and enhancing national security measures. As Finance Minister, Sitharaman implemented several policies. She introduced reforms in taxation, banking, and corporate governance, and played a crucial role in navigating the Indian economy through various domestic and global challenges. 7. Shivaraj Singh Chauhan Picture Courtesy : X Shivraj Singh Chouhan, a prominent face of Madhya Pradesh politics, has not only served three consecutive terms as Chief Minister but has also expanded his influence onto the national stage. Born on March 5, 1959, in Jait, Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan's political journey began in the early 1980s, culminating in his appointment as the Agriculture Minister of India in the current administration. This new role, alongside his proven leadership, underscores his deep understanding of agricultural issues and his commitment to farmers' welfare nationwide. Throughout his tenure as Chief Minister, Chouhan spearheaded numerous developmental initiatives, including schemes like Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana and Ladli Laxmi Yojana, focusing on agriculture, education, and healthcare. His re-election and elevation to a national role signify the trust and confidence placed in him, solidifying his stature as a seasoned statesman and a key figure in Indian politics. 8. S Jaishankar Picture Courtesy : X Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, born on January 9, 1955, in New Delhi, India, is a distinguished Indian diplomat and politician, currently serving as the Minister of External Affairs since 2019. He has had an illustrious career in both diplomacy and government service. Jaishankar joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977 and has held several key diplomatic positions, including serving as India's Ambassador to the United States from 2014 to 2015, Ambassador to China from 2009 to 2013, and High Commissioner to Singapore from 2007 to 2009, among others. As Minister of External Affairs, Jaishankar has played a pivotal role in shaping India's foreign policy and strengthening its diplomatic relations with various countries across the globe. He has been instrumental in navigating India's stance on key international issues, promoting economic cooperation, and enhancing strategic partnerships with countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Under Jaishankar's leadership, the Ministry of External Affairs has focused on promoting India's interests on the global stage, addressing challenges such as regional security, trade, and climate change, while also working towards maintaining peace and stability in the South Asian region and beyond. 9. Rahul Gandhi Picture Courtesy : X Rahul Gandhi, born on June 19, 1970, into the Nehru-Gandhi family, is an Indian politician who has served as the Vice President of the Indian National Congress and as a Member of Parliament. He hails from a family deeply entrenched in Indian politics, with his grandmother, Indira Gandhi, and father, Rajiv Gandhi, both serving as Prime Ministers of India. Educated at prestigious institutions like Harvard University and Trinity College, Cambridge, Rahul Gandhi has been involved in politics from a young age. He has represented the constituency of Wayanad in Kerala and Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh and he secured victory in both constituencies. previously he served Wayanad and Amethi. Despite facing criticism and scrutiny, Gandhi has made efforts to modernize and rejuvenate the Indian National Congress party, aiming to connect with the younger demographic and promote grassroots activism. His political journey has seen highs and lows, including electoral victories and setbacks. Gandhi has been vocal on various socio-economic issues, advocating for farmers' rights, minority empowerment, and social justice. While his political career continues to evolve, Rahul Gandhi remains a significant figure in Indian politics, shaping the discourse and direction of the Congress party. 10. Mallikarjun Khadge Picture Courtesy : X Mallikarjun Kharge, currently serving as a National President of the Indian National Congress, born on July 21, 1942, is a distinguished Indian politician renowned for his extensive tenure within the Indian National Congress. With a career spanning decades, Kharge has occupied several ministerial roles within the Karnataka state government from the late 1970s to the early 2000s. His diverse portfolio included serving as Minister for Finance, Excise, Home, Labour, and Revenue, showcasing his commitment to public service at the state level. Later, in 2009, he transitioned to national politics and was elected to the Lok Sabha, representing the Gulbarga constituency. Since his entry into national politics, Kharge has been a prominent voice in advocating for the interests of Karnataka on the national stage. His unwavering dedication to social justice and the upliftment of marginalized communities has been a cornerstone of his political ideology. Kharge has been a vocal advocate for welfare initiatives and policies aimed at fostering inclusivity and equal opportunity for all citizens. A firm believer in secularism and democratic principles, Kharge has earned widespread admiration for his integrity and steadfastness in upholding these values. His leadership transcends partisan divides, earning respect from colleagues across the political spectrum. Throughout his tenure, Mallikarjun Kharge has remained committed to advancing the welfare of the people and promoting the values of inclusivity and equality in Indian politics.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 6:16 pm

Winning over 200 seats in 2026 polls will be just a dream for Stalin: Edappadi K Palaniswami

MADURAI: There will be ups and downs in a political journey, and the people of Tamil Nadu know how to differentiate between the Lok Sabha election and the state assembly election, said AIADMK leader and former chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. Addressing media persons at a private marriage hall in Madurai, he said, Former union minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram has got nothing to do with this issue. It is our decision to boycott the Vikravandi bypoll and Chidambaram does not know about it. Nobody talks about the byelection in Erode (East) last year where the democratic process was destroyed, and no freedom of choice was offered to voters who were treated like goats and transported to the polling booths. The ECI remained silent, while government agencies supported the ruling party. In such an undemocratic atmosphere, we have decided to boycott the byelection. In the Vikravandi byelection, the DMK will show its full strength. There will be huge cash flow and democratic processes will be slaughtered, due to which we are boycotting the byelection. Chief Minister MK Stalins dream of winning over 200 seats in assembly elections will not come true. In the previous Thoothukudi Lok Sabha election, DMKs Kanimozhi won while the AIADMK candidate won the Vilathikulam assembly election. In the 2026 assembly elections, we will secure a huge victory, he added. AIADMK to boycott Vikravandi assembly bypoll Analysts say boycotting Vikravandi bypoll will demoralise AIADMK cadre but party leaders back EPS' decision After AIADMK announces Vikravandi bypoll boycott, DMDK follows suit

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 9:46 am

Tamil Nadu: Tribal leaders thwart bid to traffic 4 girls, hand over trio to Gudalur cops

NILGIRIS: A bid by a group of three Keralities to lure four tribal girls in Gudalur into child labour was thwarted when community leaders, finding their activities suspicious, intercepted the trio and handed them over to the Gudalur police on Saturday. Police on Sunday arrested the two women and a man on charges of attempting to traffic four tribal children from the Srimadurai Panchayat. The arrested have been identified as T Mubharish Lal, (33) Y Sunira Kuruniyan, a broker, and I Byrusa (37), a relative of Lal. All three are natives of Malapuram district in Kerala but Sunira was residing in Srimadurai panchayat. According to sources, the trio arrived in the village on Saturday in a car and started canvassing parents in the area to allow them to hire their children for household labour in Kerala. A tribal girl had reportedly worked at Lals house for three months and recently turned to the village. Mubharish Lal arrived in the village with a plan to take back the girl who had worked at his place earlier. Along with the two women, he also visited other houses to find more girls to do similar work. They were approaching the parents and children. They tried to convince the tribals to send four of their children with him by claiming they would provide a monthly salary of Rs 5,000 for each child, said a police officer. However, a few village leaders grew suspicious and picked a quarrel with the trio. They refused to send the children with them and instead handed over the Keralites at the Gudalur police station. During their investigation, police said they learned that the tribal girl who had worked at Mubharish Lals house earlier had left the job as he paid only Rs 3,000 instead of the Rs 5,000 he had promised. A case was registered against the trio under Section 370 of the IPC and Section 3 read with Section 14 of the Child Labour Act. They were remanded in judicial custody. Based on the information from Gudalur police, the Nilgiris District Child Protection Officer S Shobana found the four girls had discontinued their studies after completing class seven at the Kungru Moola Government School. Officials to meet parents to decide on girls education Shobana said the parents had been called for a meeting on Tuesday to get them to agree to admit the girls in an Ooty or Gudalur home where they can reside and continue their studies. She said it is the first such trafficking attempt in Gudalur. As many as 35 students in Gudalur Taluk alone are studying in homes in Ooty after they were rescued as child labourers. We will ensure they attend school regularly, she said.

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 8:38 am

Traders tell Madurai corpn to equip Mattuthavani market with basic amenities

MADURAI: From uncleared garbage to poorly maintained roads, the Mattuthavani vegetable market is being overlooked by the city corporation. Traders allege that despite charging maintenance fees regularly, the corporation has made no improvements in the area. The Mattuthavani market houses more than 1,200 vegetable shops. In recent times, efforts have been made to relocate the onion market. The market caters to the needs of not just Madurai but neighbouring districts as well. The market records huge footfall from thousands of traders and shoppers on a daily basis. Despite being a central location, the market is poorly maintained and is filled with garbage and potholes. Speaking to TNIE, N Chinnamayan, president of Central Market All Traders Federation, said, In 2010, we were promised a permanent market with proper facilities, but we have yet to see it come to fruition. Despite submitting various petitions to officials, the issue remains unaddressed. The corporation is now demanding `750 rupees annually for renewing the trader's licence. We are ready to pay fees if it can bring basic amenities to the market. Now, as sewage overflows at the market entrance, people are forced to walk through it. He added that as promised by former chief minister M Karunanidhi, considering the welfare of the traders, a permanent market with proper facilities should be built in the proposed area. A senior official from the city corporation stated that issues such as garbage collection, sewage maintenance, and others are regularly addressed by the city corporation. If any complaints are raised, action will be taken immediately, he added.

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 8:26 am

Tiruchy co-operative fuel outlet fails to cash in on crowd over cash only option

TIRUCHY: Riding on expectations of drawing a significant footfall considering the many commercial establishments dotting the stretch, the Tiruchirappalli District Amaravathi Consumer Cooperative Wholesale Stores entered into an agreement with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to open a retail fuel outlet on Goods Shed Road in the city in July 2019. Five years on, nearby shopkeepers say the outlet wears a deserted look most of the time, defying expectations. One need not look beyond the customers for answers when they point out the inconvenience they are put to by the pump turning down any payments except hard cash for about two years now. S Karthik of Raja Colony recounts the ordeal he had to undergo when he was told by those manning the pump that card payment was not accepted. I came to know about it only after filling petrol for Rs 300. Leaving the two-wheeler at the pump, I was then forced to find a nearby ATM to withdraw money and pay, he said. M Damodharan, an employee at a furniture outlet in Madurai Road said, Most of us use debit or credit cards. Remitting money via mobile apps has become common even at petty shops. Against this backdrop, insisting on tendering cash for payment forces customers to skip the outlet in future. I went there two or three times. I later switched preference to another pump on the way home. Moreover, the outlet is located in an interior road which is less travelled. While admitting there to be no facility for digital transactions, a senior official from Amaravathy cooperatives said they never let their customers face difficulties as the pump staff were instructed to inform beforehand about the absence of the provision. When contacted, Joint Registrar of Tiruchirappalli District Amaravathy Consumer Cooperative Wholesale Stores Limited V Thirupathi acknowledged the absence of facility to make digital payments. He, however, stressed that any inconvenience to customers wasnt intentional. Issues pertaining to payment of charges to private banks led to the suspension of digital transactions, he added. Discussions to resume digital transactions within a week or two are on with The Tiruchirappalli District Central Co-operative Bank Limited, the joint registrar also said.

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 7:15 am

Madurai Corporation to undertake pipeline works

Water distribution will be suspended for two days in some wards

The Hindu 16 Jun 2024 7:31 pm

SETC staff in critical condition after falling from terrace in Koyambedu

He is a native of Madurai who works as a driver-cum-conductor for the transport corporation

The Hindu 16 Jun 2024 6:58 pm

Madras HC allows unmarried woman to give child for adoption

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court directed the registration department to allow a 3-year-old boy, who was born out of wedlock, to be adopted by a couple as the boys biological mother wished to ensure a proper future for the child. The court further observed that the registration departments refusal to provide a check slip, stating that the biological fathers consent was not obtained and the woman is unmarried, shows the registering authoritys patriarchal mindset. Hearing a petition filed by a journalist who wished to adopt the child, Justice GR Swaminathan set aside the registration departments refusal to provide a check slip and stated that the couple who wished to adopt the child can register, subject to the fulfilment of the formalities. The judge stated that the underlying assumption is that an unmarried woman aged above 18 cannot give her biological child for adoption. The womans marital status cannot be the determining factor, and it is possible that a child may be born out of wedlock. The mother may opt to give the child up for adoption to ensure a good future for the child, the judge stated. The court noted that the woman was a minor when she gave birth to the child in November 2021. However, now she wished to give up the child for adoption to the journalist and his wife, a government servant. The governments counsel submitted that since the biological fathers consent is absent, the registering authority rightly refused registration. However, the court stated that Section 6 (b) of the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956 states that the mother is the lawful guardian of her child and is competent to give the child for adoption. Section 9(2) of the Act will kick in only if the father is around to claim paternity over the child. In this case, the biological father does not claim any paternity, the court observed and issued the above directive.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 9:38 am

Madras HC sets aside CEIB's detention order in gold smuggling case

MADURAI: Setting aside the detention order of the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court recently directed the release of a man, who was detained in a gold smuggling case, stating that a defective Tamil translation issued by authorities concerned had misled the petitioner from submitting a timely representation seeking cancellation of the detention order. Sources said, J Mohamed Sathik Ali (33) was detained under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities (COFEPOSA) Act, 1974 by the Department of Revenue (COFEPOSA unit) of the CEIB in connection with the smuggling of gold of foreign origin from Sri Lanka, along with other accomplices, in Ramanathapuram. While hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Ali's wife, a division bench comprising Justices AD Jagadish Chandira and K Rajasekar said a defective Tamil translation issued by the authorities had misled the petitioner and deprived him of the opportunity to make an effective and timely representation to the State Advisory Board to cancel the detention order. Any unexplained delay in the disposal of representation would be a breach of the constitutional imperative and would render the continued detention impermissible and illegal, said the court. The petitioner was served with the detention on grounds of defective translation while mentioning the name and address of the advisory board, which resulted in the return of the representation sent to the board by the petitioner. Citing the non-forwarding of the representation sent on behalf of the petitioner to the advisory board and the delay on the part of the detaining authority in forwarding the representation, the court said the detenu was denied the least safeguards guaranteed by the Constitution, and stated the detention order was liable to be set aside.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 9:29 am

Agro chamber urges aviation min to give Madurai airport international status

MADURAI: Agro Food Chamber of Commerce and Industry president S Rethinavelu on Saturday has appealed to Minister of Civil Aviation Kinjarapu Ram Mohan Naidu to upgrade Madurai airport to an international airport. In a letter to the minister, Rethinavelu highlighted infrastructure facilities like night landing and take off at Madurai airport in support of his request. Several international flight services are diverted to other airports for want of 24*7 facility. This is hampering the industrial development of southern and south-central districts of Tamil Nadu. Even though the civil aviation ministry announced that from April 1, 2023, Madurai airport will function 24*7, it is yet to be put into effect, he said. The president further stated that including Madurai airport in the point-of-call list in the bi-lateral airport services agreement (BASA) with countries within a distance of 4,000 km (Singapore, Malaysia, Doha, Kuwait, and in the UAE such as Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi) will enable the airliners of these countries to operate direct flights to Madurai. Rethinavelu, however, claimed that the aforementioned countries have been demanding the same, but the civil aviation ministry has not made any progress in this regard. Rethinavelu also stated that an underpass is a must for Aruppukottai Road, for runway extension works at the Madurai airport. Huge construction cost and post-construction security infrastructure should not be an impediment in proceeding with the underpass, since other airports like those in Varanasi and Mysore have executed such facilities, he added.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 9:25 am

Southern railway announces spl trains between Tambaram, Ramanathapuram to ease holiday rush

MADURAI: In a bid to clear extra rush during the holidays, the southern railway has announced special trains between Tambaram and Ramanathapuram. In a press statement issued by Chief Public Relations Officer M Senthamil Selvan, he said that Tambaram - Ramanathapuram (06051) bi-weekly express special will depart from Tambaram at 7 pm on June 21, 23, 28, 30, and July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 (Fridays & Sundays) and reach Ramanathapuram at 07.50 am the next day. The return journey with Ramanathapuram - Tambaram (06052) bi-weekly express special will depart from Ramanathapuram at 3 pm on June 22, 24, 29, and July 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 (Saturdays & Mondays), to reach Tambaram at 3.15 am the next day. Speed trial in Madurai Bodinayakkanur section To upgrade the sectional speed, a speed trial with a special train will be conducted in the Madurai junction Bodinayakkanur section on June 16 (Sunday). The trial run will be held between 1.30 pm and 3 pm with a speed of 121 kmph. The present sectional speed of the division is 100 kmph. The oscillation monitoring system (OMS) provided in the special train is capable of recording even minute variations in the track parameters. Hence the name OMS Special. People living in close proximity to the tracks, railway staff/labourers involved in track/traction/signal related work are requested not to approach the track, or cross it during the trial. The special train will be run between 3.30 pm and 5 pm for its return journey.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 9:17 am

Mutton, parottas and movie-making

In Madurai, temples are everywhere, their varied surfaces teeming with mythical creatures and uncompromising gods

Mid Day 16 Jun 2024 7:46 am

Madurai Bench of Madras High Court directs authorities to consider petition seeking to regulate Padayatras

Madurai Bench of Madras High Court directs authorities to consider petition seeking to regulate Padayatras The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday directed the authorities concerned to consider a petition seeking the regulation of Padayatras conducted by devotees. The petitioner has requested devotees to walk on the right side of the road and to affix fluorescent stickers to their belongings in order to prevent accidents. Ramkumar Adithan from Tiruchendur has said in the petition filed in the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court that pilgrims visiting various temples and religious sites often walk in the evenings and nights to avoid the heat. However, this practice has led to accidents as devotees are getting hit by speeding vehicles, resulting in serious injuries and even deaths. To prevent such incidents, the petitioner recommended the installation of heat-resistant paver block footpaths for devotees on the right side of the roads. This would allow pilgrims to see vehicles approaching from the opposite direction. Additionally, pilgrims should be advised to attach fluorescent stickers to their belongings and wear wristbands and headbands to increase visibility and avoid accidents, the petitioner said. The petition came up for hearing in the bench of Justices Suresh Kumar and Arulmurugan. (ANI)

devdiscourse 15 Jun 2024 10:46 am

Madras HC orders immediate closure of two Tasmac outlets, demands inquiry report

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday ordered the immediate closure of two Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Tasmac) outlets on Boothipuram Road near Palanichettipatti. It directed the Theni collector to inquire into the allegation of authorities failing to control the illegal sale of liquor, which has become a nuisance to the residents of the locality. A division Bench of Justices R Suresh Kumar and G Arul Murugan, while hearing the PIL petition filed by U Aajik Arabukani from Palanichettipatti, directed the Tasmac manager and the Theni superintendent of police to assist the collector in the inquiry and file a report. The court said that the documents and electronic evidence produced by the petitioner disclosed several irregularities in the functioning of Tasmac shop numbers 8576 and 8516. The court observed that a cartel arrangement seems to be going on between the supervisors, staff at the Tasmac shops, bar owners and others in the locality. In spite of filing 17 FIRs with the Palanichettipatti police, no effective action has been taken by Tasmac authorities or the police, which is the reason behind the agony of the residents, observed the court. The court reprimanded the counsel, who appeared for the Tasmac district manager, one of the respondents in the case, for seeking more time to inquire into the matter. It is not an isolated incident as it has been going on for the last few months. The first FIR had been registered on January 7, 2024, and 17 FIRs have been registered since then. The manager cannot make lame excuses, the court said.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 10:43 am

TTDC wants hotel evicted, BJP and IJK cry vendetta

TIRUCHY: Tense moments prevailed at Race Course Road in the city on Friday when tourism officials attempted to take possession of its property where SRM Hotel stands, following the expiry of a lease agreement made with the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC). The opposing hotel management was supported by BJP and IJK workers who gathered on the premises. According to a TTDC release, on June 14, 1994, its property spanning 4.7 acres was leased out to SRM Hotel for a 30-year period. The then district collector had fixed the lease amount at Rs 47.93 crore for 30 years. The hotel management has however only paid Rs 9.08 crore. The lease agreement between TTDC and SRM Hotel ended on June 13, 2024. The contract also stipulates that the contractor shall not extend the lease period and hand over the property to TTDC unconditionally and without damages on the last date. The tenant was also informed one month in advance of the leases expiry and the pending dues. Against this backdrop, the hotel objected to the takeover bid. The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court granted interim relief to the hotel by refraining the tourism department to carry out eviction activities on the property in question for a period of four days, that is till the evening hours of June 18 (Tuesday). Following the tension, police personnel were deployed at the hotel. Meanwhile, BJP state president K Annamalai condemned the incident and accused the DMK government of doing vendetta politics. (With inputs from Madurai)

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 9:12 am

10,020 old buses will be phased out in a year, says TN transport Minister SS Sivasankar

TIRUCHY: Identifying 10,020 of the total 20,116 buses under the states transport corporations as overaged, Transport Minister SS Sivasankar said they would be phased out to make way for the induction of a mix including e-buses, low-floor coaches, refurbished and retrofitted buses converted to run on LNG and CNG fuel technologies. All these would be done as part of the modernisation plan that would be implemented within a year, assured the minister in an interview to TNIE. Blaming the previous AIADMK government for the condition several of the current buses are in, which has also drawn flak from various quarters, the minister said, They failed to procure an adequate number of new buses for which we are facing the heat now. During the five years of DMK rule between 2006 and 2011, as many as 15,005 new buses were procured for the transport corporations. A total of 14,489 buses were, however, only brought in all of the AIADMKs 10 years of continuous ruling since 2011, Sivasankar said. The department requires some more time to address the gap, he added. Mentioning the incumbent DMK government having allotted funds to procure 7,682 new buses the minister said, This includes procurement of 2,166 buses and 500 e-buses with financial assistance from German-based bank KfW, and another 16 buses under the special area development programme (SADP). Apart from this, 1500 old buses that are fit enough are undergoing refurbishment. Of the 7,682 new buses, 832 have already hit the roads as on May 31. Further, out of the 1,500 buses undergoing refurbishment, 860 have been inducted into the fleet, the minister said. Pointing out that 10,020 buses of the total fleet operated by all the eight transport corporations in the state have been identified as overaged, Sivasankar said the immediate task of the transport department is hence to take the old vehicles off the roads. As per new norms formulated in 2021, buses of state express transport corporation (SETC) are overaged and should be replaced at the end of seven years or on completion of 12 lakh kilometres, whichever comes earlier. Similarly, the buses of all other state transport corporations should be replaced at the end of nine years or on completion of 12 lakh kilometres. We are inducting new buses as and when they are supplied by the manufacturers. This includes 552 low-floor buses in the first phase to facilitate smoother travel for the elderly and persons with disabilities. A majority of these low-floor buses will be inducted in Chennai while the rest will be put in use in cities like Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchy, he added. With these steps, the issue of overaged buses should be sorted out in six months, Sivasankar said.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 8:00 am

Tangedco procures 11K transformers with unique ID for better monitoring

CHENNAI: As part of reforms in distribution sector, Tangedco has purchased 11,000 transformers, each marked with a unique identification number. This move will help the utility accurately monitor and assess the performance of these transformers. A senior official told TNIE, With these identification numbers, it is easy to track the transformers history, including the date of purchase and installation, location, model, guarantee details, and more. As a pilot project, we have installed these transformers in major cities like Chennai, Tiruchy, Madurai, and Coimbatore. A few transformers have also already been distributed to other regions. Highlighting the benefits of unique numbers, another official said, Our current identification processes for distribution transformers are manual. To address this, we plan to integrate them with unique numbers ensuring effective tracking and utilisation. These numbers will be prominently displayed on transformers at a visible height. Currently, a team of officials is visiting the sellers and assigning numbers to the transformers. Before delivery, the seller will place the unique number on the transformers. Records will be maintained in Tangedcos integrated computer servers. In the second phase, Tangedco has ordered 9,140 new transformers with unique numbers. These transformers are expected to be delivered by the companies concerned in the near future.

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 7:56 am

TTDCs bid to reclaim 4.70 acre of its land thwarted

The hotel management obtained a stay on the land recovery process till June 18 from the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court

Deccan Chronicle 14 Jun 2024 9:10 pm

IRCTC to launch Kedar-Badri-Kartik Koil Yathirai tour package from June 20

The 12-day tour will cover Madurai, Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Guptkashi, Kedarnath, Joshimath and Badrinath

The Hindu 14 Jun 2024 7:00 pm

Madras HC sets Rs 20,000 minimum monthly pay for junior lawyers in major TN cities

CHENNAI: In a bid to alleviate the struggles of poorly paid junior lawyers, the Madras High Court has fixed a minimum monthly remuneration of Rs 20,000 for those practising in major cities and Rs 15,000 in the rest of the state. The court directed the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (BCTNP) to issue guidelines in this regard. The minimum remuneration was fixed by a division bench of Justices SM Subramaniam and C Kumarappan while hearing a petition regarding the Advocates Welfare Fund. Any advocate/senior advocate employing the services of junior advocates shall pay a minimum stipend of Rs 20,000 per month for advocates practising in the major cities of Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai. The minimum amount is derived taking into consideration the cost of living and expenditure costs prevalent as of today, the bench said in the order passed on Wednesday. The minimum pay in the rest of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has been fixed at Rs 15,000. The bench further stressed that the remuneration fixed by the court shall be paid to all the junior lawyers irrespective of their gender. Though this systemic issue of gender pay gap is beginning to gain attention, this issue is rarely spoken about, it said. Pointing out that young lawyers, especially from the marginalised sections of society, hold immense potential, the bench said providing them an adequate monthly stipend in return for their services will serve as a catalyst for their development. The orders were passed on a petition filed by Farida Begum, an advocate of Puducherry, seeking a direction to the authorities concerned to pay from the Advocates Welfare Fund as per the rules. The bench directed the BCTNP to issue necessary circulars, instructions or guidelines within four weeks regarding payment of the minimum remuneration. It also ordered BCTN and the Puducherry government and the recognised bar associations of Puducherry and Karaikkal to coordinate and finalise a proposal to enhance the welfare fund, which is intended to support the lawyers in need of help.

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 9:45 am

Trial run of six natural gas-powered buses begins in Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI: A trial run of four buses fuelled by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Chennai and two buses powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in Ramanathapuram was launched by the state transport department on Thursday. Transport Minister S S Sivasankar flagged off the trial operation at the MTC Central depot in Chennai. The operational costs of CNG and LNG buses are estimated to be 5% to 20% lower than those of diesel-powered buses. Officials highlight that vehicles running on these natural gases offer greater mileage and are environmentally friendly as they dont emit smoke. Currently, diesel costs `92.34 per litre, while CNG is priced at `86 per kg and LNG at `61 per kg. Among the six buses now powered by natural gas, two belong to the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) and they will ply on the West Saidapet-Sriperumbudur (553W) routes. Two mofussil buses of the Villupuram division of TNSTC will ply on the Kancheepuram-Poonamallee (76 CB) and Kancheepuram-Vadamangalam (76 VA) routes. Similarly, two mofussil buses from Kumbakonam division of TNSTC on Ramanathapuram-Periyapattinam (4A) and Ramanathapuram-Sayalkudi (228) routes, have been converted to CNG vehicles. Plans are also in place to convert two buses each from TNSTC corporations, including Madurai, Salem and Tirunelveli, to run on CNG or LNG soon. A senior official said, A comprehensive study will be conducted to assess factors such as mileage, maintenance, passenger comfort, fuel expense, and environmental impact before further decisions are made regarding the conversion of more buses. The initiative was launched to cut the operational costs of eight transport undertakings that had been facing a huge fund crunch for several years. According to official records, the combined annual expenditure of eight undertakings for 2022-23 (up to February 2023) amounted to `16,985 crore, with fuel costs alone making up 28.35% at `5,194.68 crore. The daily loss was estimated at `15 crore in the 2022-23 fiscal. A source said that the transport undertakings spent `6-`11 lakh for the conversion of each vehicle from diesel to LNG/CNG, and that the Indian Oil Corporation facilitated the conversion in collaboration with the private company. There is an LNG filling station in Sriperumbudur. Consequently, MTC and mofussil buses equipped with LNG tanks have been deployed on this route. Depending on the trial results, additional LNG filling stations will be launched at MTC depots, added the official.

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 7:57 am

Apprenticeship training in TNSTC Madurai - The Times of India

Apprenticeship training in TNSTC Madurai The Times of India

Google News 14 Jun 2024 5:06 am

Madras HC tells lawyers to pay stipend of Rs 20,000 to junior advocates

The Madras High Court has directed the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to issue guidelines for advocates to pay a minimum stipend of Rs 20,000 per month to junior advocates in Chennai, Coimbatore, and Madurai. It also ordered a minimum of Rs 15,000 stipend for other areas. The court also addressed the enforcement of the Advocates Welfare Fund Scheme, with a petitioner seeking compensation and the state government's response required by June 22, 2024.

The Economic Times 13 Jun 2024 5:25 pm

Collector appeals against Madras HC order on angapradakshinam at Karur temple

MADURAI: The Karur district collector filed an appeal, challenging the order of a single bench of the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, which permitted angapradakshinam on banana leaves left by devotees after their meal on Jeeva Samadhi day of Sri Sadasiva Brahmendral at Nerur village in Manmangalam taluk in Karur on May 18. Karur District Collector M Thangavel, in his appeal, submitted the event was not allowed from 2015 till 2024 based on an earlier order of the division bench of the court. Naveen, a respondent in the appeal, had filed a writ petition on April 25 and the case was taken up by a single bench. The order was reserved on April 30 and was then pronounced on May 17, a day before the scheduled date of the function. The collector further submitted the single bench order is impugned due to various grounds, including the fact that the writ petition was filed seeking a direction to consider his representation, whereas the petition was allowed in the high court with positive directions and was contradictory to the division bench order. Moreover, the impugned order would create irreparable loss and complications, the appellant collector said, and sought for the order to be stayed. A Division Bench of Justices R Suresh Kumar and G Arul Murugan said as the event is already over the Court will take up the appeal for final hearing on June 25 and adjourned it.

The New Indian Express 13 Jun 2024 11:31 am

Farmers to benefit as CM Stalin rolls out scheme to preserve soil fertility

CHENNAI: Chief Minister MK Stalin on Wednesday launched a flagship scheme - Mannuyir Kaathu Mannuyir Kaappom - aimed at preserving the soil fertility of cultivation land in a comprehensive manner. The programme that has 22 components was announced by Agriculture Minister MRK Panneerselvam in the exclusive budget for agriculture for the year 2024-25. The scheme aims to preserve soil fertility through the promotion of green manure usage among farmers. For 2024-2025, Rs 20 crore has been earmarked for the distribution of green manure seeds to cover 2 lakh acres benefitting 2 lakh farmers. The green manure will protect the microorganisms and this, in turn, would nourish nutrients in the soil. In all, 4,000 tonnes of green manure seeds will be distributed to farmers. Five farmers from different places received the green manure seeds from Stalin at the secretariat. Besides, the chief minister also inaugurated a scheme to provide agricultural equipment at a nominal rent to farmers. For this purpose, 90 tractors and equipment were procured at a total cost of Rs 10.25 crore. Stalin flagged off tractors to be given on nominal rent to farmers. He also flagged off the tractors bought for training youth from rural areas. Skill development training will be provided to 500 rural youth in six places - Vellore, Coimbatore, Tiruchy, Madurai, Tiruvarur and Tirunelveli. Ministers MRK Panneerselvam, KN Nehru, K Ponmudy, RS Rajakannappan, and senior officials were present on the occasion. How green manure helps The green manure will protect the microorganisms and this, in turn, would nourish nutrients in the soil. In all, as much as 4,000 tonnes of green manure seeds will be distributed to the farmers in the state

The New Indian Express 13 Jun 2024 9:57 am

Old UGD system remains a major issue in prime areas in Madurai, residents seek permanent solution

MADURAI: As residents of prime areas like Sellur seek a permanent solution to blockages in the underground drainage system in Madurai, which has resulted in sewage overflow in several areas, the city corporation has said that it is chalking out a plan to resolve the issues. According to an online portal of the city corporation, over 23,000 complaints pertaining to sewage issues in the city have been submitted in a year. Sewage overflow is one of the major issues reported in prime areas like Sellur. Even though the city corporation clears the blockage in the drainage system manually or using suction machines, residents have dismissed these measures as temporary and seek a permanent solution. Speaking about the frequent sewage overflow issues, MP Sankara Pandian, of ward 23, said, Blocked lines and sewage overflow remain major issues in Sellur area, especially in wards 23, 24, 27, and 25. Even though the situation is being addressed by the corporation, the situation returns to the same two days later. Last week, sewage from the UGD lines flowed onto three streets and the situation persisted for over two days, before the corporation cleared it. Such situations can also be spotted near the local police station road. Despite several protests, the issue has not been resolved. Every time we stage a protest, only the blockage is cleared. He added that the stagnated sewage on the roads is a health hazard. Solai M Raja, ward 64 councillor and AIADMK functionary from Madurai, stated that UGD lines in the prime areas are around two decades old, and are unable to handle the current load. It gets clogged, which results in overflow. The whole system has to be revamped to solve this prolonging issue. Under the AMRUT scheme, projects could be initiated to remodel the UGD system, he said and added that works are going on in some areas. Raja, however, noted that the new lines should be planned based on the future demand to prevent further clogging. Reiterating Raja's point, City Corporation Commissioner C Dinesh Kumar said, Many UGD lines are old and are struggling to handle the load. The city corporation is taking measures to prevent blockages. In Sellur, we have started work on replacing a few damaged pipelines. Based on the recent interim report submitted on the condition of the UGD system in the city, the city corporation will carry out maintenance works in the prime areas. Revamping the whole system will require more funds. He has, however, assured that any complaints regarding UGD blockages or overflow are being addressed. In cases of recent sewage overflow in wards 23 and 24 were addressed shortly after the issue was flagged, he added.

The New Indian Express 13 Jun 2024 9:46 am

Kin move Madras HC over Sri Lanka mans falsified death

CHENNAI: A Sri Lankan refugee has filed a petition in the Madras High Court seeking an order to the state government to transfer her nephew from the high-security Special Camp for Foreigners at Tiruchy to the refugee camp at Uchapatti in Madurai where she has been staying after the authorities had furnished false information that he was dead. T Nageswari, in her petition, stated that her nephew Krishnakumar alias Kanthan was arrested by the Q-Branch CID and was convicted under various acts, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and sentenced to under 10 years imprisonment in 2018. The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court commuted the sentence to seven years. As a result, he was released from prison but was detained at the Special Camp for Foreigners at Tiruchy since July 2022. She filed a petition at the Madras High Court to get him transferred to the refugee camp in Madurai. The court directed the authorities concerned to consider her representation. However, as per the woman, in a shocking turn of events, a communication dated April 23, 2024, from the Commissioner for Rehabilitation and Welfare of Non-Resident Tamils stated that Krishnakumar was dead. She prayed for the court to issue orders to the authorities concerned to transfer him to the Madurai refugee camp so that he could stay with her. ENS

The New Indian Express 13 Jun 2024 9:36 am

Madras HC issues notice to Tamil Nadu government over Consumer Redressal Forum vacancies

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court issued notice to the state government on a petition seeking a direction to fill vacancies for various posts at the Circuit House of Tamil Nadu Consumer Redressal Commission in Madurai. The petitioner also sought for the existing judicial presiding officer to continue until the new members are appointed. A division bench of Justices R Suresh Kumar and G Arul Murugan issued the direction while hearing a petition filed by A Haja Mohideen, a Madurai-based advocate. Haja submitted that the sanctioned strength for the Circuit House is five a president, two judicial members and two non-judicial members (of which one must be a woman). However, three members posts have been vacant for a year. The Madurai unit has been functioning since November 2012, covering 13 districts in the southern part of TN, with two judicial members and a non-judicial member. Owing to the retirement and end of tenures of the members, the commission has been functioning with just one judicial member, S Karuppiah, she stated. As Karuppiah is set to retire on June 18, the unit will become defunct, and therefore, he must continue until new members are appointed, Haja added. With cases piling up, and delays in disposing of the cases, the litigants are unable to get justice on time. Even as the situation remains dismal, the state government has not taken any steps to fill up the vacancies, Haja submitted.

The New Indian Express 13 Jun 2024 8:24 am

Pay young lawyers a monthly stipend of 15-20k: Madras HC

Hyderabad: The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Bar Councils to issue notices to bar associations in the state asking them to pay Rs 15,000 to 20,000 monthly stipend to practicing young lawyers. The court was hearing a petition seeking the implementation of 'The Advocates Welfare Fund Act, 2001 to Puducherry Union. A bench of the Madras High Court hearing the matter said, Why Should young lawyers be forced to go through our struggles? Let us come together and create a robust space for them. Article 21 extends to young lawyers also, to expect them to get used to not being paid is unacceptable, the bench added. The Court in its direction had asked the bar council to decide on the eligibility to be called a young lawyer and fixed a minimum monthly stipend of Rs 20,000 for those practicing in Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore and Rs 15,000 for young lawyers practicing in other districts of the state.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jun 2024 6:03 pm

T.N. government tells Sri Lankan refugee he is dead, denies his petition to reside here permanently

The refugees aunt has now moved the Madras High Court asserting that he is very much alive, and has sought a direction to transfer him from the Tiruchi to the Madurai special camp

The Hindu 12 Jun 2024 3:15 pm

Madurai To Host Tamil Nadu's First Ever AHPICON 2024 Conference On Sustainability In Healthcare - BW Healthcare

Madurai To Host Tamil Nadu's First Ever AHPICON 2024 Conference On Sustainability In Healthcare BW Healthcare

Google News 12 Jun 2024 2:44 pm

Meet Nirmala Sitharaman, India's Finance Minister Ready to Ensure 'Ease of Living'

Nirmala Sitharaman assumed office for her second consecutive term as Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister on Wednesday, gearing up to present the final Budget for FY '25. The budget is expected to define the priorities and direction of the Modi 3.0 government for 'Viksit Bharat' (Developed India). Upon her arrival at the North Block office, Sitharaman was warmly received by Finance Secretary T V Somanathan and other top officials, including Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary. Chaudhary had assumed his charge the previous evening. During her first day in office, Sitharaman was briefed on ongoing policy issues by departmental Secretaries, according to an official statement. She emphasized the government's commitment to ensuring 'Ease of Living' for citizens and reiterated that reforms initiated since 2014 would continue to enhance macroeconomic stability and growth in India. Highlighting India's resilient growth amid global challenges, Sitharaman expressed optimism about the economic outlook in the coming years. She urged all departments to push forward the NDA government's development agenda with renewed vigor, emphasizing responsive policymaking to realize Prime Minister Modi's vision of 'Viksit Bharat'. Sitharaman reaffirmed the government's motto of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas' and called for continued support and cooperation from industry leaders, regulators, and citizens to ensure a robust and vibrant economy. Notably, Sitharaman holds several records in her political career. She became the first female Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) in 2017 and has also served as the Minister of Industry and Commerce. She is the first full-time woman Finance Minister in Independent India. Under her leadership, significant economic reforms were implemented, including a reduction in the corporate tax rate to 22% from 30% to stimulate the economy post-demonetization and GST implementation. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she announced a special economic package amounting to Rs 20 lakh crore, equivalent to about 10% of India's GDP, to support the poor. Despite challenges, Sitharaman managed to steer the Indian economy from a nearly 24% contraction in the first quarter of FY21 to becoming the fastest-growing major economy globally. She also achieved fiscal consolidation, reducing the fiscal deficit to 5.6% of GDP from an earlier estimate of 5.8% in FY24. Sitharaman is set to present her seventh consecutive Budget, a record in itself, to the newly formed 18th Lok Sabha next month. Her approach to the Budget presentation has followed the footsteps of her mentor Arun Jaitley, departing from the colonial-era tradition by presenting the Budget on the 1st of February and replacing the traditional briefcase with a bahi-khata carrying the National Emblem. Born in Madurai on August 18, 1959, to Narayan Sitharaman, a railway employee, and Savitri, a homemaker, Nirmala Sitharaman studied economics at Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College in Tiruchirapalli. She pursued her Master's and M.Phil in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Before entering politics, Sitharaman worked in the corporate world in the UK, where she lived with her husband Parakala Prabhakar, whom she met at JNU and married in 1986. They have a daughter, Parakala Vangmayi. Sitharaman's political journey began in 2008 when she joined the BJP and quickly rose to become the party's second woman spokesperson after Sushma Swaraj. Prior to politics, she served as the deputy director of the Centre for Public Policy Studies in Hyderabad and was a member of the National Commission for Women from 2003 to 2005. Read More: Portfolio Allocation in Modi 3.0 Cabinet: A Detailed Look New Vision for Maritime Sector: Sarbananda Sonowal Assumes Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways Vijayawada to Face Traffic Restrictions for Naidus CM Swearing-In Ceremony

News Track 12 Jun 2024 1:11 pm

Nirmala Sitharaman takes charge of finance ministry

New Delhi: In a second stint, Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday morning formally assumed charge as Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs. Sitharaman was greeted at the office in North Block by Finance Secretary TV Somanathan and other Secretaries of the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs. Nirmala Sitharaman, who is among a few who have been Union Minister in both the 2014 and 2019 Modi cabinets, took oath as Union Cabinet Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new Union Council of Ministers on Sunday evening in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, along with another 70 Council of Ministers. She will soon present the full Budget for 2024-25, but the dates are yet to be announced. In the 2014 cabinet, she served as the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs and later the Minister for Commerce and Industry with Independent Charge. In 2017, she was appointed as the Union Defence Minister. In 2019, Sitharaman assumed charge as the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs. She was the first woman appointed as the full-time Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs. Earlier, Indira Gandhi had held finance as an additional portfolio for a short duration when she was the prime minister of India. On taking charge, she expressed her gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving her the opportunity to work as the Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister again and serve India. She was briefed on the ongoing policy issues by the Secretaries. She noted that the government is fully committed to ensuring 'Ease of Living' for its citizens and will continue to take further steps in this regard. Nirmala Sitharaman also stated that the reforms undertaken since 2014 will continue, which will further provide macroeconomic stability and growth for India. She also highlighted India's commendable growth story in recent years amidst global challenges and noted that there is an optimistic economic outlook for the coming years. She urged the departments to advance the NDA government's development agenda with renewed vigour and ensure responsive policymaking to achieve the Prime Minister's vision of a 'Viksit Bharat'. She was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in the Parliament of India in 2014, and subsequently re-elected in 2016. She has never contested Lok Sabha polls so far. She has been a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party since 2008. Sitharaman was born in 1959, in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. She did her schooling and her graduation in economics from Seethaiakshmi Ramaswamy College in Tiruchirapalli. She went on to do her masters in economics from Jawaharla Nehru University, New Delhi. After completing her studies, Sitharaman served as an assistant to Economist in the Agricultural Engineers Association, UK, in London. She subsequently worked as Senior Manager (Research and Analysis) with Price Waterhouse, London. During this time she also briefly worked with the BBC World Service. On her return to India, she served as Deputy Director of the Centre for Public Policy Studies in Hyderabad. She was a member of the National Commission for Women from 2003-2005 and instrumental in voicing various issues of women's empowerment. As Union finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has so far tabled six budgets, including the February 1 Interim Budget. She became the second finance minister to present her sixth straight budget after equaling her record with former PM Morarji Desai. Sitharaman, the first full-time woman finance minister of the country, has presented five full budgets since July 2019. Sitharaman surpassed the records set by her predecessors, such as Manmohan Singh, Arun Jaitley, P Chidambaram, and Yashwant Sinha, who had each presented five budgets consecutively. Under her ministership, she brought in some major changes to the Budget procedure. In 2019 for the first time she replaced the conventional budget briefcase and opted for a 'bahi-khata' adorned with the National Emblem to carry the speech and other documents. Lately, she has been carrying a tablet wrapped in bahi khata.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jun 2024 12:14 pm

Nirmala Sitharaman formally takes charge of finance ministry

Nirmala Sitharaman formally takes charge of finance ministry In a second stint, Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday morning formally assumed charge as Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs. Sitharaman was greeted at the office in North Block by Finance Secretary TV Somanathan and other Secretaries of the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs. Nirmala Sitharaman, who is among a few who have been Union Minister in both the 2014 and 2019 Modi cabinets, took oath as Union Cabinet Minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new Union Council of Ministers on Sunday evening in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, along with another 70 Council of Ministers. She will soon present the full Budget for 2024-25, but the dates are yet to be announced. In the 2014 cabinet, she served as the Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs and later the Minister for Commerce and Industry with Independent Charge. In 2017, she was appointed as the Union Defence Minister. In 2019, Sitharaman assumed charge as the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs. She was the first woman appointed as the full-time Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs. Earlier, Indira Gandhi had held finance as an additional portfolio for a short duration when she was the prime minister of India. On taking charge, she expressed her gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving her the opportunity to work as the Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister again and serve India. She was briefed on the ongoing policy issues by the Secretaries. She noted that the government is fully committed to ensuring 'Ease of Living' for its citizens and will continue to take further steps in this regard. Nirmala Sitharaman also stated that the reforms undertaken since 2014 will continue, which will further provide macroeconomic stability and growth for India. She also highlighted India's commendable growth story in recent years amidst global challenges and noted that there is an optimistic economic outlook for the coming years. She urged the departments to advance the NDA government's development agenda with renewed vigour and ensure responsive policymaking to achieve the Prime Minister's vision of a 'Viksit Bharat'. She was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in the Parliament of India in 2014, and subsequently re-elected in 2016. She has never contested Lok Sabha polls so far. She has been a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party since 2008. Sitharaman was born in 1959, in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. She did her schooling and her graduation in economics from Seethaiakshmi Ramaswamy College in Tiruchirapalli. She went on to do her masters in economics from Jawaharla Nehru University, New Delhi. After completing her studies, Sitharaman served as an assistant to Economist in the Agricultural Engineers Association, UK, in London. She subsequently worked as Senior Manager (Research and Analysis) with Price Waterhouse, London. During this time she also briefly worked with the BBC World Service. On her return to India, she served as Deputy Director of the Centre for Public Policy Studies in Hyderabad. She was a member of the National Commission for Women from 2003-2005 and instrumental in voicing various issues of women's empowerment. As Union finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has so far tabled six budgets, including the February 1 Interim Budget. She became the second finance minister to present her sixth straight budget after equaling her record with former PM Morarji Desai. Sitharaman, the first full-time woman finance minister of the country, has presented five full budgets since July 2019. Sitharaman surpassed the records set by her predecessors, such as Manmohan Singh, Arun Jaitley, P Chidambaram, and Yashwant Sinha, who had each presented five budgets consecutively. Under her ministership, she brought in some major changes to the Budget procedure. In 2019 for the first time she replaced the conventional budget briefcase and opted for a 'bahi-khata' adorned with the National Emblem to carry the speech and other documents. Lately, she has been carrying a tablet wrapped in bahi khata. (ANI)

devdiscourse 12 Jun 2024 11:01 am

Nirmala Sitharaman assumes charge of Finance Ministry

Nirmala Sitharaman took charge of Finance Ministry for her second consecutive term and isset to present FY '25 Budget defining Modi 3.0 government's priorities. She was greeted by officials upon reaching office. Her previous tasks included base corporate tax cut, managing economy during Covid-19, and fiscal consolidation. Sitharaman, born in Madurai, pursued economics before entering politics.

The Economic Times 12 Jun 2024 10:50 am

AICCTU committee submits report on fire cracker units to TN government

MADURAI: A committee formed by the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) submitted a report to the state government with recommendations to regulate and keep a check on the firecracker manufacturing industry. Former principal of the Madura College R Murali said that a committee comprising of Construction Workers' Union president Anthony Muthu, CPI(ML) Madurai District Secretary Mathivanan and CPI (ML) Virudhunagar District Secretary Avudayappan, among others were put together by the AICCTU to look into the accidents at firecracker manufacturing units near Sivakasi after May 16. The committee visited the Sudarsan Fireworks factory near Chengamalapatti where the accident took place. During the visit, the committee found lapses in the monitoring of the factories, including non-maintenance of registry, poor working conditions and sub-leasing, among others. A report by the deputy director of occupational safety and health observed the deficiencies at the factory where the explosion occurred. Some workers were working under trees as people could not be fully accommodated inside the facility. Other deficiencies, including about 300 kg of crackers being stored, against the permissible quantity of 25 kg were reported, the committee said. Mathivanan and AICCTU State Secretary T Sankarapandian said that the district administration, law enforcement agencies and the public remain passive witnesses, despite the practice of sub-leasing permits to manufacture explosives and factory licences. Any person found sub-leasing their factory licence should be punished. Officials found violating rules should also be punished, they said. They further spoke about the committee's recommendations to the state government, including the implementation of employment schemes (similar to MGNREGS) in villages and towns with multiple firecracker production units to regulate the industry and prevent loss of life. The revenue inspector of the revenue & disaster management department and village administrative officer should prepare a list of workers at fireworks factories and submit it to the gram sabha for approval, following which the government can provide benefits as per the Fireworks and Match Industries Workers Welfare Board. It must also be ensured that the firecracker workers are included in group insurance schemes. Providing compulsory training to all workers should be the responsibility of the state. Rs 50 lakh in case of death and Rs 25 lakh for grievous injuries should be provided to the worker or their kin. Statutory minimum wages should be paid in all cracker production units. The government should enforce labour laws, including attendance register, insurance and PF. The department of labour should submit a detailed report annually. Necessary funds should be allocated to upgrade the special burns unit at the Sivakasi hospital, the committee added.

The New Indian Express 12 Jun 2024 9:21 am

Two Indians recruited by Russian Army killed in ongoing Ukraine war: MEA

New Delhi: Two Indian nationals who had been recruited by the russian-army>Russian Army have recently been killed in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. The Indian Embassy in Moscow is pressing for the mortal remains of the deceased Indians to be repatriated to the country as soon as possible. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. Our Embassy in Moscow has pressed the Russian authorities, including the Ministry of Defence, for early repatriation of mortal remains, the MEA said in an official release on Tuesday. As per the release, MEA has taken up the matter of early release and return of all Indian nationals who are with the russian-army>Russian Army. The Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in Moscow have strongly taken up the matter with the Russian Ambassador in New Delhi and with Russian authorities in Moscow, respectively, for early release and return of all Indian nationals who are with the russian-army>Russian Army, the MEA said. The MEA, in its release, has clearly urged Indian nationals to exercise caution while seeking employment opportunities in Russia. India has also demanded that there be a verified stop to any further recruitment of our nationals by the russian-army>Russian Army. Such activities would not be in consonance with our partnership, it said. We also urge Indian nationals to exercise caution while seeking employment opportunities in Russia, the MEA added. In March this year, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal had said that India is constantly in touch with Russian authorities to have Indian nationals released and discharged from the Russian army as early as possible. On being asked about update on Indians who were duped by agents and sent to Russia to join the military, Randhir Jaiswal stated, Regarding Russia, as I told you earlier also, we are constantly in touch with Russian authorities. We have taken it up strongly for them to have our nationals released and discharged as early as possible. Recently, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), busted a major human trafficking network running across the country targeting Indian nationals on the promise of offering lucrative jobs abroad but allegedly sending them to the Russia-Ukraine war zone. The central agency has conducted simultaneous searches at around 13 locations in Delhi, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Ambala, Chandigarh, Madurai and Chennai. The CBI stated that these traffickers have been operating as an organised network and were luring Indian nationals through social media channels like YouTube, etc., and also through their local contacts/agents for highly paid jobs in Russia.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jun 2024 9:15 am

Madras HC seeks status report on Adichanallur Museum

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court recently directed the superintending archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) (Tiruchy Circle) to file a status report on a petition that states that the temporary on-site museum at Adichanallur in Thoothukudi district was damaged in the floods last year. A division bench of Justices R Suresh Kumar and G Arul Murugan, while responding to a PIL petition filed by S Kamaraj (59) of Thoothukudi, also directed the superintending archaeologist to file a status report of the current stage of the excavation and future excavation plans at the site. The deputy solicitor general of India submitted that the heavy rain did not cause any major damage to the excavation site. The land was donated by a third party, but a dispute has resulted in the filing of a civil suit. At this juncture, no construction of a permanent structure can be done. TheDSG suggested that parcels of land belonging to the state government, adjacent to the archeological site can be used to establish the museum, if the state government comes forward to part ways with the land. The court told the collector to file a report on whether any government land is available nearby. The case was adjourned to June 27.

The New Indian Express 12 Jun 2024 8:27 am

Four years on, railway restores 140 pairs of express trains to passenger category

CHENNAI: Nearly four years after being converted into express trains, the Southern Railway has decided to revert 140 pairs of trains to ordinary second-class passenger category. The decision, slated to take effect from July 1, is expected to bring relief to passengers, particularly daily commuters outside Chennai. Consequently, the minimum fare for these trains, reduced from Rs 30 to Rs 10 in March this year without official notification 50 days before the polling of the first phase of the Lok Sabha election, will now be permanent. The passenger trains running in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry were converted into express trains in March 2020 after the Covid-19 lockdown. Marking the changes, the railways renumbered the express special trains, applying the criteria used for numbering regular second class passenger trains, and duly notified the changes. However, passenger trains running for more than 200 km, such as Tirupati-Puducherry, Villupuram-Madurai, and others which were converted into express trains, will continue to operate as express trains as usual. After the Covid-19 lockdown, all passenger trains were converted into express trains, resulting in a 50% increase in fare. Consequently, passengers had to pay a minimum of Rs 35 to Rs 45 per ticket instead of Rs 10. The railways decision will ensure the ticket fare remains low in all express specials permanently, including in routes like Chennai Egmore - Puducherry, Chennai Beach - Tiruvannamalai MEMU, Katpadi - Salem, Villupuram - Tiruchy, Coimbatore - Pollachi, Mannargudi-Mayiladuthurai, Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur, Nagapattinam-Velankanni and others. A Giri, former member of the Divisional Rail Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC), Trichy division, said, The railways decision now provides clarity, as the downgrade from express to passenger class weeks before the election was not a temporary measure. The railways should restore all other facilities to passengers that were available before the Covid-19 lockdown. R Pandiaraja, a ZRUCC member from the Southern Railway, remarked, The railways should refrain from providing verbal directives regarding policy decisions, as these have led to huge confusion among staff and passengers.

The New Indian Express 12 Jun 2024 8:17 am

In Madurai, health cover to cost 40% less than Mumbai

The Times of India 12 Jun 2024 4:48 am

Karumparai Muttiah Temple festival that celebrated by men only

Tirumangalam Karadikkal in the Madurai district hosts an annual festival exclusively for men. The post Karumparai Muttiah Temple festival that celebrated by men only appeared first on Fusion - WeRIndia .

Fusion WeRIndia 11 Jun 2024 10:02 am

Agro chamber urges new govt to accelerate industrial growth in TN

MADURAI: The Agro Food Chamber of Commerce & Industry has requested the newly elected union government to take measures towards addressing the long pending demands of accelerating the growth of trade and industrial sectors in the state. In a press release, S Rethinavelu, Founder and President of the Agro Food Chamber, congratulated Narendra Modi for swearing in as the prime minister for the third consecutive time, and urged the NDA coalition government to implement economic reforms in the country. All allies of the NDA are aware of their responsibilities as a coalition government has come to power at a time when the country's economic growth (FY24) has beaten all expectations to record 8.2% growth rate. The fiscal deficit shed nearly 20 basis points further to reach 5.6%. Hence, it is expected that the NDA coalition government would initiate reforms to support the growth vigour, continue infrastructure investment drives and provide commitment to fiscal consolidation to reach the coveted third powerful economy of the world at the earliest, read the release. Rethinavelu further said that the Agro Food Chamber hoped that more positives are awaiting Tamil Nadu, including the fulfilment of all the pending demands of infrastructural projects and developmental activities for the growth of trade and industry in the coming years.

The New Indian Express 11 Jun 2024 9:00 am

Act on report claiming illegal extraction of groundwater by pvt firm, collector told

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday directed the district collector to take appropriate action on a report submitted by the public works department (PWD) authorities, recommending action against two private drinking water companies who were indulging in illegal extraction of groundwater in Othakadai of Madurai district. A division bench of Justices R Suresh Kumar and G Arul Murugan issued the directives based on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by one M Muthpandian, before disposing of the same. In the petition, Muthupandian said the government had categorized the panchayat union blocks into four over-exploited and critical into A category and semi-critical and safe into B category. Additionally, no objection certificate for the extraction of groundwater is also mandatory for drinking water companies. However, the two private companies functioned without complying with the guidelines or obtaining permission to extract water. If the water tankers are not restricted, groundwater resources will be replete soon, the petitioner added. Accordingly, the PWD officials filed a report with the district collector, mentioning that water was being illegally extracted by private companies. The high court directed the collector to act based on the report.

The New Indian Express 11 Jun 2024 8:58 am

SC/ST startups have gone up to 8.4K from 2K in three years, says TN

CHENNAI: The government on Monday said due to various steps taken, youth belonging to SC/ST communities have started turning into startup entrepreneurs. So far, the government has allocated Rs 80 crore for this purpose and 38 startups by SC/ST youths have received a shared investment of Rs 55.20 crore. An official release said since the government has been encouraging startup organisations and as many as 6,384 startups have been established since the DMK assumed office in May 2021. The number of startups in the state stood at 2,032 before May 2021 and it has gone up to 8,416. The number of women startups has also increased from 966 in 2021 to 3,163 in 2024. The SC/STs startup fund was introduced during 2022-23 and in the past two financial years, a sum of Rs 55.2 crore has benefitted 38 startups. Entrepreneurs from Chennai, Salem, Kanniyakumari, Madurai, Tiruchy, Coimbatore, Erode and Nilgiris have benefitted from this scheme. These startups have been set up in various fields including agricultural engineering, artificial intelligence, value addition to food items, etc. The Tribal Green Fuel, managed by the tribal communities, provided employment to many in the Thalavadi forest area in Erode district.

The New Indian Express 11 Jun 2024 7:41 am

Chennai ranks 18 among top 30 Asian startup ecosystems

CHENNAI: Chennai is fast emerging as a global hub for startups with four unicorns (startup companies valued at over US$1 billion which are privately owned and not listed on a share market) in the last 10 years. The city has now been ranked 18th in the Asia Regional Rankings among the top 30 Startup Ecosystems, as per the Global Startup Ecosystem Report by Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network. The study ranks Chennai among the top 25 globally and top 10 in Asia for affordable talent, reflecting the citys capability to attract tech talent. The report, released at London Tech Week on June 10, also placed Chennai in the 21-30 range in the Emerging Ecosystem Rankings globally. The report highlighted that Tamil Nadu generated $27.4 billion in ecosystem value from July 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023. This value represents the economic impact calculated from exits and startup valuations. The report was based on extensive research and analysis of data from 3.5 million startups across 290 global ecosystems over 50 countries to date. Chennai also figured in the top 15 in Asia for performance, measuring the accumulated tech startup value from exits and funding, and in the top 20 in Asia for funding, which evaluates early-stage funding and investor activity. Chennai also appeared in the top 25 Asia Ecosystems for talent and experience, underscoring its ability to generate and retain talent. The report comes in the wake of StartupTN planning to elevate Tamil Nadu into the top 20 global startup ecosystems. To achieve this, steps are being taken to enhance the startup ecosystem across the entire state, extending growth to tier I, II, and III cities. Regional hubs have been established in cities such as Madurai, Tirunelveli, Erode, Salem, Thanjavur, Cuddalore and Hosur, with satellite offices in Coimbatore and Tiruchy to foster widespread development. A Global Coordination Center (GCC) has been set up in Dubai to help startups from Tamil Nadu expand their market in West Asian countries and GCCs are to be established in other countries in future. Meanwhile, the state has announced earlier this year that a Global Startup Summit will be conducted in early 2025 in Chennai.

The New Indian Express 11 Jun 2024 7:33 am

Madurai Adheenam Calls for Action Amid Modi's Third Term

Madurai Adheenam Calls for Action Amid Modi's Third Term In a significant development, Madurai Adheenam Sri La Sri Harihara Sri Gnanasambanda Desika Swamigal extended his congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for assuming office for an unprecedented third consecutive term. Speaking to reporters on Monday, the pontiff of the oldest Saivaite Adheenam in Tamil Nadu called for immediate steps to retrieve the Katchatheevu islet from Sri Lanka. Swamigal emphasized that reclaiming the islet is vital to resolving the livelihood concerns of Tamil Nadu fishermen. The Adheenam also voiced his support for creating a separate Eelam for Lankan Tamils, a long-standing demand among sections in Tamil Nadu. In a pointed remark, he expressed sadness over the electoral victory of those he believes were responsible for the violence against Tamils in Sri Lanka. Exploring local political dynamics, Swamigal responded to questions about the recent electoral performance, attributing AIADMK's defeat to its departure from the BJP-led NDA, suggesting political alignment might have influenced the outcome.

devdiscourse 10 Jun 2024 9:08 pm

IRCTC launches Kedar-Badri-Kartik Koil Yathirai

The package tour from June 20 to July 2 includes confirmed helicopter tickets to Kedarnath; travel from Madurai to Rishikesh will be by 3-tier AC train

The Hindu 10 Jun 2024 7:31 pm

Intersex Activist Gopi Shankar Madurai Among Invitees For Narendra Modis Swearing-In Ceremony

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in for a historic third time on the evening of 9 June 2024. The list of invitees to the swearing-in ceremony had been very The post Intersex Activist Gopi Shankar Madurai Among Invitees For Narendra Modis Swearing-In Ceremony appeared first on The Commune .

The Commune Mag 10 Jun 2024 10:38 am

Irrigation woes delay kuruvai cultivation in Madurai district

MADURAI : It's been 10 days since June began, and only a few farmers have begun works on kuruvai cultivation. This is an unusual sight as kuruvai cultivation works gain pace in the first week of June, and continues till September. The unseasonal rain this season combined with the low water levels in the dams have thrown farm works out of gear, with the majority of farmers in Madurai sitting idle. Kuruvai cultivation marks the first crop season, which begins in the first week of June and goes on till September.But, only a handful of farmers involved in kuruvai cultivation, which has a total acreage of 9,000 hectares, have begun works due to the availability of water, while others await the release of water from the Vaigai. Low water levels in the dam were reported last year as well. After much delay, water was released only during the season of samba cultivation. Many farmers could not engage in kuruvai cultivation in Madurai. The situation prevails this year as well, as dam storage remains low. We hope better rainfall in the catchment area will increase the water level in the dam, and water will be released soon, said a farmer from Madurai. Speaking to TNIE , Joint Director of Agriculture Department, P Suburaj, stated that the water levels in the Periyar Dam and Vaigai Dam stands at 114 ft and 39 ft, respectively, which are insufficient for water release. For farmers in Theni who resort to traditional irrigation, water is being released from Periyar Dam. He added that many farmers are yet to complete the summer cultivation harvest, which got delayed due to the unseasonal rainfall. In another 10 days, the summer crops are expected to reach the harvest stage. Almost all farmers have completed summer ploughing works with the showers in May, said Suburaj, adding that works will begin in the upcoming weeks based on the availability of water.

The New Indian Express 10 Jun 2024 8:22 am

Madurai residents decry power outage, faulty sub-station blamed

MADURAI: Thousands of residents of Madurai experienced a tough time on Sunday due to sudden power outages in various parts of the city in the early hours. Sources said numerous power connections (households) falling under K Pudur, Anaiyur, Umachikulam, Kadayanallur and Alagar Koil Road areas, were affected by the power disruptions. According to Tangedco officials, a technical fault at the Thiruppalai sub station caused the blackout, but the issue was rectified immediately. Speaking to TNIE , K Raghunathan, a local resident, said that they experienced power outage at Suriya Nagar, Alagar Koil Road on Sunday morning, every one hour after 2 am, lasting at least 30 minutes. It happened as many as five times in the wee hours. As a precautionary measure, I switched off my AC and refrigerator around 3 am. The situation was similar in Alagar Koil Road, MoondruMavadi, and K Pudur. However, when we telephoned the Tangedco officials, nobody picked up the calls, Raghunathan said. Meanwhile, a top official from the Tangedco said the disruption was due to severe faults with Thiruppalai 110KV sub station, and a team of workers were deployed to resolve the issue. During the repair works, we had to regularise supply and hence opted for back feeding method to offer alternate supply. This caused the power outage in households. Besides, a transformer in Karpaga Nagar suffered serious faults, adding to the disruption. At present, there are no power outages in the city, the official said.

The New Indian Express 10 Jun 2024 8:09 am

Is it state policy to not have libraries in aided schools: Madras HC

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court directed the state government to provide a written reply on whether it has any policy not to have libraries, librarians or library assistants at government-aided schools. A division bench of Justices R Suresh Kumar and G Arul Murugan, on an appeal filed by a correspondent of a government-aided school against the DEO rejecting the approval of a librarians appointment, said the additional government pleader argued that as per two G.O.s (G.O. Ms. No.64 and G.O. Ms. No.238), the posts of librarian and assistant librarian are to be done away with the moment the incumbent in those posts retire, superannuate, are transferred or promoted in aided-private schools. If this is the stance of the state government or the education department, there would be no libraries in government schools throughout the state, the court said and asked if it is a sound policy as lakhs of students study at government schools. As dissemination of knowledge to students is crucial, whether having libraries is essential or not must be spelt out, the court noted. Further, if the governments policy allows librarians or library assistants at government schools, can the libraries at government-aided schools be handled without a librarian or a library assistant in line with the G.O.s mentioned by the pleader, the court asked.

The New Indian Express 10 Jun 2024 7:40 am

BJP cannot gain firm footing in TN, says EVKS Elangovan

MADURAI: The BJP cannot gain a firm footing in Tamil Nadu and as promised, the DMK-led alliance secured victory in all the 40 constituencies in the Lok Sabha polls, said Erode East MLA and former TN Congress chairperson EVKS Elangovan. Addressing media persons in Madurai on Sunday, Elangovan took a jibe at BJP leaders Tamilisai Soundararajan and K Annamalai, and alleged the party has grown weaker under the latters leadership. Tamilisai had stepped down from the governors post to contest the polls with hopes pinned on victory, but was defeated. Statements and press meets were not enough to clinch victory in case of Annamalai, who is not even fit to win a corporation council election. When the BJP was allied with the AIADMK, they had some popularity among TN people.Besides, BJP was much stronger in the state, when led by L Murugan and Tamilisai Soundararajan. Now, under Annamalai, the party has grown weaker, Elangovan said. He also asked both Annamalai and Tamilisai to accept their defeats and remain silent. Comparing the recent election results with the previous one, Elangovan said, While the Congress managed to secure more seats, BJP faced a setback. Hence, the real victory belongs to Congress. In spite of facing a backlash, PM Modi continues to act like an artist through his outfits and performances. Leaders Chandrababu Naidu and Nitish Kumar could withdraw their support anytime. The BJP should work through its relationship with allies, instead of seeing them as opposition parties.

The New Indian Express 10 Jun 2024 7:32 am

Pride Month celebrated with art workshop in Madurai - The Times of India

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Google News 10 Jun 2024 4:37 am

TNs Roads Lead to Economic Prosperity

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin.(Twitter) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin.(Twitter) Chennai: The broadening of 577 km of roads, converting them into four lane highways, at a cost of Rs 4,984 crore and converting 1710 km of roads into two-way passages in the last three years are just two of the many efforts made by the State government to improve road infrastructure, which has been the main cause of Tamil Nadu becoming the second largest economy in the country. Chief Minister M K Stalin has been taking steps to develop the highways of the State with a view to turning them into world class roads as history has it that it was former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi who pioneered the development of roads by connecting rural pockets to urban areas through a network of roads in 1971. It was that initiative of Karunanidhi the brought villages closer to towns and cities, triggering an overall development in the State, and led to the State coming on top with 153 km roads for every 100 square kilometer area in 2010 when the national average was 103 km of road In every 100 square kilometer, says official data. Taking off from the robust road infrastructure, the present DMK government had embarked on a slew of road development schemes under which the level of 1281 road bridges have been raised, besides launching a project to pave 4581 km of roads at a cost of Rs 1610 crore and completing the work on 4492 km of road stretches. In the past three years, as per government data, work on the construction of 109 bye-pass roads were started and 18 of them have been completed. Work on the construction of a flyover in Madurai was expedited in 2023-24 after it remained in a limbo without any progress for many years since it was launched in 2011. Ever since Stalin took over as Chief Minister work on the construction of 70 rail over bridges were launched and work was completed on 22 bridges costing Rs 863 crore, and opened for road users. An app Our Roads has been launched to make the State roads accident free by identifying damaged roads and levelling potholes with the help of the public. Road engineers would be informed of complaints on potholes on roads through email and State roads would be repaired in 24 hours and village roads in 72 hours. So far, 2,129 complaints have been redressed through the app. A pedestrian pathway linking the Vivekananda Rock Memorial off the Kanyakumari coast and the adjoining rock, on which the Thiruvaluar statue has been set up, was being constructed at a cost of Rs 37 crore and another 3.30 km road connecting the recently constructed Jallikattu coliseum with the Kuttimeikipatti Athikaraipalam main road was converted into a two-lane road.

Deccan Chronicle 10 Jun 2024 1:51 am

An Anchored Vision: Karumuttu T Kannan (1953-2023)

This biography looks at the influence Madurai industrialist Karumuttu T Kannan had in various spheres in his lifetime

The Hindu Businessline 9 Jun 2024 8:37 pm

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The Hindu 9 Jun 2024 6:51 pm

LGBTQIA activist Gopi Shankar Madurai invited for Modi's swearing in ceremony

NEW DELHI: For the first time in the Indian political history, the most marginalized group of diverse SOGIESC community (persons born/living with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity & expression and sex characteristics) members are invited to witness the swearing-in ceremony of PM Narendra Modi. Intersex activist Gopi Shankar Madurai along with other senior activists and members from diverse SOGIESC communities have been invited to attend the his swearing-in ceremony. The Modi led NDA government earlier appointed Gopi Shankar Madurai as the first intersex statutory authority with the Government of India. The oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took place on June 9, Sunday around 7:15 pm, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The premises have been closed to the public from June 5 to June 9 in preparation for the event. Over 8000 dignitaries are expected to be present for the ceremony. Foreign leaders from various countries have accepted invitations to attend, with plans to arrive in New Delhi on Sunday. Following the ceremony, the dignitaries will be attending a formal banquet hosted by President Droupadi Murmu at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Leaders from Indias neighbourhood begin to arrive ahead of PM Modis swearing-in on June 9 Talking to The New Indian Express , Gopi said that he was very happy and excited to be invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Modi. I feel great; I feel delighted to be a part of the historical event. I really have no words to describe it. So far no PM, after independence has invited an Intersex person like me to attend an swearing-in ceremony. This is for the first time, history will be made. I feel blessed; I also feel blessed to have Modi as PM of India, said Gopi. We hope during this tenure Modi will recognize the existence of Intersex persons in India and include them in census by regulating the medical interventions on intersex infants in India, he added. Intersex persons are not yet officially part of the census of India. 'Intersex' is a general term used for a variety of situations in which a person is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesnt fit the boxes of female or male. Sometimes doctors do surgeries on intersex babies and children to make their bodies fit binary ideas of male or female. FOLLOW OUR LIVE FOR MORE UPDATES

The New Indian Express 9 Jun 2024 6:07 pm