Chennai News Highlights: VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan urges CM Stalin to curb violence against Dalits – The Indian Express

Chennai News Highlights:  Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader and MP Thol Thirumavalavan has issued a statement, urging Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin to take measures to curb violence committed against Dalits in the state. Thirumavalavan’s statement on Tuesday comes in the wake of data published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2021. As per the statement, while 1,144 cases related to atrocities against Dalits were recorded in 2019, the numbers rose to 1,274 cases in 2020 and 1,377 in 2021. During the AIADMK government’s rule, atrocities against Dalits happened with the support of the government, and this should not continue in the DMK regime, Thirumavalavan said.
Also, Tamil Nadu has ranked second in the country in terms of the number of suicides reported in 2021, as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, with the state recording 18,925 suicides, behind Maharashtra with 22,207 such cases. According to the NCRB data, Tamil Nadu contributed 11.5 per cent to the total number of suicides registered across the country last year. The state also ranked second in the ‘deaths due to road accidents’ category, with 15,384 casualties being recorded in 2021, behind Uttar Pradesh, which recorded 21,792 such case
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin on Tuesday asserted that it was the right of the state government to appoint Vice-Chancellors. Addressing a meeting of VCs of state-run varsities in Chennai, Stalin recalled that his government enacted a Bill in the Assembly to enable the state government to appoint Vice-Chancellors. The CM also said that the government opposed both the NEET and the National Education Policy (NEP) and called NEET as the ‘biggest injustice’ of the century.
A 37-year-old grade-I police constable was run down by his brother-in-law and his accomplices over a land dispute at Cheyyur in Tamil Nadu’s Chengalpattu district on Tuesday.
The constable identified as R Kamesh Kumar, who belongs to the northern part of Cheyyur area, was attached to Neelankarai police station, police said.
The incident took place when Kamesh was speaking over the phone near his bike at around 11:30 am on Tuesday, police said quoting local witnesses. Read More
Several police personnel have been deployed in and around Parandur village in Tamil Nadu’s Kancheepuram district where locals have been protesting against the state government’s move to build a second airport for Chennai. While villagers allege that the “police are everywhere” since last week, the Kancheepuram police have said that it is just a preventive measure to avoid untoward incidents.
There are barricades and police check posts at a couple of places around villages in the area, a villager revealed. “At Ekanapuram junction, near Parandur government primary health centre, and also on the way towards Sunguvarchatram from Parandur, the police are everywhere. Check posts have been set up and barricades have been put at a few places, which was never the case before. The residents are monitored, and even if it is a small gathering, the police personnel soon arrive at the spot,” the villager added. Read More
Tamil Nadu BJP leader K Annamalai has wished Chief Minister MK Stalin a happy Vinayaka Chathurthi. In a statement, Annamalai said MK Stalin didn’t wish the people of Tamil Nadu last year and even this year. He claimed that if Stalin had been just the DMK president and not wished the people on Vinayaka Chathurthi, it is his personal wish. However, being a Chief Minister and wishing on festivities of people belonging to other religions including Christians and Muslims and not Hindus, is not acceptable. He said Stalin’s action reflects that he is avoiding Hindus.
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With just a couple of days left for Ganesh Chathurthi, which will be celebrated this year on August 31, devotees in Chennai have started thronging shops selling Ganesh idols, as the prices of the idols are expected to soar a day prior to the festival.
However, Kosapettai near Purasawalkam, the traditional hub of idol makers and artisans in Chennai, wears a gloomy look. Sources say artisans in Kosapettai have stocked up 500-1,500 idols in their homes and godowns in anticipation of brisk business, but have not found many takers for their products this year. Janardhan Koushik reports


Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader and MP Thol Thirumavalavan has issued a statement, urging Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin to take measures to curb violence committed against Dalits in the state. Thirumavalavan’s statement on Tuesday comes in the wake of data published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2021.
As per the statement, while 1,144 cases related to atrocities against Dalits were recorded in 2019, the numbers rose to 1,274 cases in 2020 and 1,377 in 2021. During the AIADMK government’s rule, atrocities against Dalits happened with the support of the government, and this should not continue in the DMK regime, Thirumavalavan said.
A video of a school student falling from a moving public bus in Tamil Nadu’s Chengalpattu district on Tuesday morning left everyone gasping for breath for a moment. The boy did not suffer any grievous injury as there was no vehicle immediately behind the bus.
The incident allegedly happened near Melmaruvathur. In the video that was shared widely on social media, a group of men and students were seen foot-boarding a bus, which was heading to Acharapakkam from Cheyyur. Read more
School student falls from a moving public bus in Tamil Nadu’s Chengalpattu district on Tuesday pic.twitter.com/0jWhOkz1ru

How many of us would relate to games like dhayakattam (the game of dice played in Mahabharata) or aadu puli aatam (the tiger and goat game)? These are ancient games played many years ago by our ancestors and are now slowly vanishing or being replaced by modern board games like monopoly. In order to ensure these games do not die out in the coming years, Vinita Siddharth founded the Kreeda, a Chennai-based organisation, which is into reviving and documenting traditional games. Vidya Gowri Venkatesh writes


The ruling DMK’s stand with regard to major projects like the Salem-Chennai eight-lane corridor and the second airport at Parandur is a complete volte-face to the party’s stance while in the opposition, Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai claimed on Tuesday.
When in the opposition, the DMK was against implementing projects affecting the environment. But, after coming to power, the DMK appeared to favour the Salem-Chennai eight-lane corridor, initiated during the previous AIADMK rule, and has moved the papers for a second airport at Parandur near Chennai, he said. Read more
It is the right of the state government to appoint Vice-Chancellors and the government opposed both the NEET and the National Education Policy (NEP), Chief Minister M K Stalin asserted here on Tuesday. Addressing a meet of VCs of state-run varsities here, Stalin recalled that his government enacted a Bill in the Assembly to enable the state government to appoint Vice-Chancellors. Read more
Exquisitely carved bronze idols of Goddess Mariamman and Nataraja, said to be 300-years old, were recovered from a city resident on Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu Idol Wing CID said. These idols were found in the illegal possession of a person who was clueless about their origin. The person, living in a house in Anna Nagar here could not produce papers pertaining to the origin of the idols, the police said.
“The idols have markings and slots for fixing them on temple palanquins to be carried in a procession during festivals. Hence, they are indisputably temple idols,” K Jayanth Murali, DGP of Idol Wing CID, said. These antique idols probably stolen from temples and sold without proper documents amount to illegal possession liable for confiscation. Therefore, the Idol Wing seized the idols in the presence of legal witnesses on August 29, he said in a release.

Tamil Nadu has ranked second in the country in terms of the number of suicides reported in 2021, as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, with the state recording 18,925 suicides, behind Maharashtra with 22,207 such cases. According to the NCRB data, Tamil Nadu contributed 11.5 per cent to the total number of suicides registered across the country last year.
The state also ranked second in the ‘deaths due to road accidents’ category, with 15,384 casualties being recorded in 2021, behind Uttar Pradesh, which recorded 21,792 such cases. Read more
Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami, on Tuesday issued a statement over the law and order situation in the state and urged the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led government to “suppress the rowdy elements in the state with iron fists”.
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader’s comments come in the wake of an incident near Cuddalore where some unidentified miscreants set fire to the house of Manikandan, an assistant jailor working at the Cuddalore Central Prison, on Sunday morning. Though no one suffered any injury, the house at the jail quarters was damaged and the kitchen area was completely gutted. The police, who suspect that this was a pre-planned incident, said they are looking at all possible angles. Read more
The Justice Arumughaswamy Commission, which probed the circumstances surrounding late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death, has recommended action against her confidante VK Sasikala among others, and the matter will be discussed with legal experts, the Tamil Nadu government said on Monday. The state cabinet, which met under chief minister M K Stalin, also decided to place the panel report before the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
According to an official release, the report, that went into aspects including the late chief minister’s hospitalisation on September 22, 2016 and the treatment provided to her, was discussed in detail at the cabinet meet, two days after Justice A Arumughaswamy submitted it to Stalin. Read more
Tamil Nadu reported 494 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 35,68,166, the health department said.  The death toll due to the viral disease remained unchanged at 38,035 as there was no fresh fatality in the last 24 hours. A total of 19,475 samples were tested on Tuesday, pushing the cumulative number of tests conducted so far to 6,88,84,008, the bulletin said. 
Chennai recorded 75 Covid-19 cases, followed by Coimbatore (64). Perambalur recorded no new cases of the infection in the last 24 hours, while the number of active Covid cases in the district stood at 26.
Rainbow Children’s Hospital and BirthRight by Rainbow has opened its second unit in Tamil Nadu with a 55-bed super-speciality pediatric and maternity care hospital in Chennai’s Sholinganallur on Monday. This facility also marks the 15th unit of the hospital across India.
According to a press release, the hospital has a 11-bed NICU, and a 4-bed PICU with three emergency beds and well-equipped operation theatres. Read more

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin on Tuesday asserted that it was the right of the state government to appoint Vice-Chancellors. Addressing a meeting of VCs of state-run varsities in Chennai, Stalin recalled that his government enacted a Bill in the Assembly to enable the state government to appoint Vice-Chancellors. The CM also said that the government opposed both the NEET and the National Education Policy (NEP) and called NEET as the ‘biggest injustice’ of the century.
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Exquisitely carved bronze idols of Goddess Mariamman and Nataraja, said to be 300-years old, were recovered from a Chennai resident on Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu Idol Wing CID said.
These idols were found in the illegal possession of a person who was clueless about their origin. The person, living in a house in Anna Nagar here could not produce papers pertaining to the origin of the idols, the police said.
“The idols have markings and slots for fixing them on temple palanquins to be carried in a procession during festivals. Hence, they are indisputably temple idols,” K Jayanth Murali, DGP of Idol Wing CID, said. (PTI)
The ruling DMK’s stand with regard to major projects like the Salem-Chennai eight-lane corridor and the second airport at Parandur is a complete volte-face to the party’s stance while in the opposition, Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai claimed on Tuesday.
When in the opposition, the DMK was against implementing projects affecting the environment. But, after coming to power, the DMK appeared to favour the Salem-Chennai eight-lane corridor, initiated during the previous AIADMK rule, and has moved the papers for a second airport at Parandur near Chennai, he said. (PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will launch 26 schools of excellence and 15 model schools in Tamil Nadu along with his counterpart, M K Stalin, on September 5.
Tamil Nadu Education Minister Anbil Mahesh met Kejriwal on Tuesday at his residence and invited him to the launch of the DMK government’s Puthumai Penn Thittam (innovative project for girls) and the inauguration of 26 schools of excellence and 15 model schools across the state.
The AAP supremo got the invitation days after he took a jibe at Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over which state’s education system was better. Read More
With just a couple of days left for Ganesh Chathurthi, which will be celebrated this year on August 31, devotees in Chennai have started thronging shops selling Ganesh idols, as the prices of the idols are expected to soar a day prior to the festival. However, Kosapettai near Purasawalkam, the traditional hub of idol makers and artisans in Chennai, wears a gloomy look. Sources say artisans in Kosapettai have stocked up 500-1,500 idols in their homes and godowns in anticipation of brisk business, but have not found many takers for their products this year.
How many of us would relate to games like dhayakattam (the game of dice played in Mahabharata) or aadu puli aatam (the tiger and goat game)? These are ancient games played many years ago by our ancestors and are now slowly vanishing or being replaced by modern board games like monopoly. In order to ensure these games do not die out in the coming years, Vinita Siddharth founded the Kreeda, a Chennai-based organisation, which is into reviving and documenting traditional games. In her quest, Vinita toured many temples across Chennai and to her surprise, she discovered quite a few games inscribed on temple walls and floors.

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