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CBI busts smuggling racket at Trichy airport, books 19

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday said it has booked 19 persons, including six Customs officials posted at the Tiruchirapalli International Airport, on charge of involvement in the smuggling of gold and other valuables.
 
The CBI has registered cases against these persons under the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act for alleged criminal conspiracy, public servant taking undue advantage, influencing and bribing public servants and abetment to crime.
 
Among those named in the FIR filed in Madurai are senior Customs officials like Assistant Commissioner M. Venkatesulu, two Superintendents S. Ramakrishnan and Kalugasalamoorthy, and three other Customs officials.
 
The CBI received reliable information that Customs officials at the airport were allowing smugglers to bring in valuables without payment of duties from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries.
 
The CBI conducted surprise checks on August 5 and 6 at the airport and noticed that people waiting near the airport's arrival gate had paid money to some passengers.
 
These passengers later returned with goods loaded on trolleys. The accused Customs officials allegedly did not open all the baggage for checking.
 
The CBI officials seized Rs 904,000 kept in a safe allegedly belonging to a Customs official Freddy Esward.
 
The accused private persons were regular travellers abroad.
 
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Karunanidhi's health deteriorates, crowds swell outside hospital

M. Karunanidhi (File photo: IANS)
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DMK President M. Karunanidhi was on Monday fighting a grim battle for life as his health deteriorated, sparking concern among DMK workers and well-wishers who started thronging the hospital where he has been warded for the last 10 days.
 
Doctors said the 94-year-old former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's response to medical intervention over the next 24 hours would determine the prognosis.
 
"There has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments," said a statement from Kauvery Hospital.
 
"He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support. His response to medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis," it said.
 
Hundreds of DMK workers started marching towards the Kauvery hospital in Alwarpet in the heart of the city as news of deterioration of Karunanidhi's health broke out in the evening. Traffic in various parts of the city was paralysed.
 
Outside the hospital, the DMK cadres kept shouting: "Get up and Come."
 
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DMK General Secretary K. Anbalagan, Karunanidhi's family members and other leaders rushed to the hospital and had to wade through crowds who were still confident that the leader would fight the odds and come out victorious.
 
Police deployment was also stepped up to keep the situation under control.
 
The five-time Chief Minister was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after a dip in blood pressure.
 
On July 31 the Kauvery Hospital said: "Although there has been resolution of the condition which led to his hospital admission, an extended period of hospitalisation will be necessary due to age related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters."
 
Late on Monday, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari visited the hospital and enquired about Karunanidhi's health.
 
In the last 10 days, a virtual Who's Who of Indian politics - right from President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and leaders from various parties including the BJP, Left and others - visited the hospital to express their wishes for Karunanidhi's speedy recovery.
 
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DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's health suffers setback

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DMK President M. Karunanidhi was on Monday fighting a grim battle for life as his health deteriorated, sparking concerns among DMK workers and well-wishers who started thronging the hospital where he has been admitted for treatment for the last 10 days.
 
Doctors said the 94-year-old former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's response to medical intervention over the next 24 hours would determine the prognosis. 
 
"There has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments," a hospital statement said.
 
"He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support. His response to medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis," it said.
 
Hundreds of DMK workers started marching towards the Kauvery hospital in Alwarpet in the heart of the city as news of deterioration of Karunanidhi's health broke out in the evening. Traffic in various parts of the city was paralysed. 
 
DMK General Secretary K. Anbalagan, Karunanidhi's family members and other leaders rushed to the hospital and had to wade through crowds who were still confident that the leader would fight the odds and come out victorious. 
 
Police deployment was also stepped up to keep the situation under control.
 
The five-time Chief Minister was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after a dip in blood pressure.
 
In the last 10 days, a virtual Who's Who of Indian politics - right from President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and leaders from various parties including the BJP, Left and others - visited the hospital to express their wishes for Karunanidhi's speedy recovery.
 
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DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's health deteriorates

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DMK President M. Karunanidhi's health has deteriorated and his response to medical intervention over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis, the Kauvery Hospital said on Monday.
 
"There has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments," a hospital statement said.
 
"He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support. His response to medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis," it said.
 
The 94-year-old Karunanidhi, who has been the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu five times, was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after a dip in his blood pressure.
 
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President Kovind visits ailing Karunanidhi

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday visited ailing DMK President M. Karunanidhi at the Kauvery Hospital here and wished him speedy recovery.
 
"Visited Thiru Karunanidhi, met Kalaignar's family members and doctors, and inquired about his health. Wishing the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a veteran of our public life, a quick recovery," he said on microblogging site Twitter later.
 
Kovind was accompanied by Governor Banwarilal Purohit. He met Karunanidhi's son M.K. Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi at the hospital and enquired about their father's health.
 
A five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after a dip in his blood pressure and has since been under treatment. His condition is said to be stable now.
 
Earlier, Kovind was received at the airport by Purohit, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.
 
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Kovind to visit Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala from August 4-7

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a four-day visit to three southern states -- Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala --- from tomorrow.
 
On August 5, Mr. Kovind will address the 7th convocation of Indian  Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad. 
 
On the same day, he will visit Chennai to meet ailing DMK leader M. Karunanidhi, who is undergoing treatment in the Kauvery Hospital there.
 
On August 6, the President will inaugurate the ‘Festival of Democracy’ in Thiruvananthapuram to mark the conclusion of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Kerala Legislative Assembly.
 
On August 7, he will inaugurate the centenary celebrations of St. Thomas’ College, Thrissur, before returning to Delhi. 
 
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Stalin visits restaurant attacked by DMK members, offers compensation

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DMK leader M.K. Stalin on Thursday visited a restaurant whose owner and employees were attacked by party members and offered to pay for the damages, an act that won the heart of the proprietor.
 
Stalin went to the R.R. Anbu Biryani restaurant here and comforted the owner and employees for the weekend incident. He was accompanied by former Union Telecom Minister and party Propaganda Secretary A. Raja and other colleagues.
 
On Sunday night, a group of DMK members led by Yuvaraj went to R.R. Anbu Biryani and demanded free biryani. The hotel employees told them that business had ended for the day, said police.
 
Enraged at this, Yuvaraj assaulted the cashier and other employees. He was joined by another party member, Diwakar.
 
The video of the attack went viral on the social media, following which the DMK on Wednesday suspended Yuvaraj and Diwakar for bringing disrepute to the party.
 
Stalin also condemned the violence on the hotel staff.
 
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On Thursday, after Stalin comforted owner R.R. Tamilselvan, the latter praised the DMK leader whose father and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi is admitted in hospital battling major health related issues.
 
"I don't have any words to say. Even when his father, a great leader, is admitted in hospital, Stalin came to our restaurant and comforted us all," Tamilselvan said.
 
"Earlier he had called us to the DMK headquarters and enquired about the incident and the damages. He said he would want to visit the outlet." He pledged to make good the losses.
 
Tamilselvam said Stalin had asked the local party leaders as to how and why such persons were admitted to the DMK.
 
Tamilselvan said Yuvaraj always used to come to the restaurant and demand discount on food. He also expected not be billed for the food consumed.
 
Tamilselvan said he started his food business on a cartwheel and eventually grew it into a 21-outlet chain.
 
Meanwhile, the police have arrested five persons while Yuvaraj and Diwakar are absconding.
 
According to the hotel staff, Yuvaraj had come to the hotel a week earlier and had parked his vehicle blocking the entrance, resulting in an argument with the hotel staff.
 
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Karunanidhi to have extended stay in hospital

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DMK President M. Karunanidhi will have to remain in the Kauvery Hospital here for an extended period owing to age-related health issues including altered liver function, the hospital said on Tuesday.
 
In a statement issued on the 94-year-old veteran politician, the hospital said: "Although there has been resolution of the condition which led to his hospital admission, an extended period of hospitalisation will be necessary due to age-related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters."
 
Karunanidhi, who occupied the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's chair for five times and who has never lost an election in the 13 times he has contested, was admitted to the Kauvery Hospital on July 28 following a drop in blood pressure.
 
"He was resuscitated and stabilised in the ICU (intensive care unit) and managed by a team of doctors and nurses," the statement said.
 
"There was a setback on his clinical condition on July 29 due to difficulty in breathing. He responded well to medical management and his vital signs are gradually normalised," the statement said.
 
According to the hospital, Karunanidhi continues to maintain his vital signs with active medical support.
 
Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi visited Karunanidhi at the hospital.
 
Gandhi enquired about Karunanidhi's health from the doctors as well as his son and DMK leader M.K. Stalin.
 
Speaking to reporters later, Gandhi said: "I wanted to come and see Karunanidhiji and stand with him. I met him. He is fine and stable."
 
Gandhi said Karunanidhi had the spirit of Tamil Nadu people in him. "He is a very tough person. He is stable.
 
"We have a long relationship with him. Soniaji sent her best wishes and regards to Karunanidhi's family," Gandhi said, referring to former Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
 
On July 26, Kauvery Hospital said Karunanidhi was being treated for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids at his home here.
 
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Dayanidhi Maran to face trial in telephone exchange case

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Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran is to face trial in the illegal telephone exchange case. The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed his plea challenging a Madras High Court order directing the trial court to frame charges against him.
 
Dismissing the petition by Maran against the High Court order, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Naveen Sinha said: "The allegation is that you were using all this (telephone exchange) for your brother's business."
 
Dismissing the plea against the High Court order by Maran and three other BSNL officials, Justice Gogoi said in the order: "We are not inclined to interfere with the High Court order. Since recording of our views may effect the trial, we refrain from doing so."
 
As one of the officials accused in the matter sought to address the court, the bench said: "Go with your minister. There are serious charges against you."
 
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Karunanidhi's condition continues to be stable

 
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DMK President M. Karunanidhi's health condition is stable and his vital signs are normal on Monday, said a party spokesperson.
 
"Karunanidhi's condition is now stable after a minor setback in the form of breathing problem on Sunday night. The doctors at Kauvery Hospital are monitoring his condition," T.K.S. Elangovan told IANS.
 
He said the 94-year-old leader who was admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) has been moving his hands and legs and also opened his eyes.
 
Hospital sources have also said that Karunanidhi had moved his hands and legs and also opened his eyes after he was admitted in the ICU.
 
Karunanidhi, the five-time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister who has never lost an assembly election in the 13 times he contested, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday at 1.30 a.m. after his blood pressure dipped.
 
Anxiety about Karunanidhi's health condition reached a peak late on Sunday with all the family members and senior party leaders rushing to the hospital as he developed some breathing trouble.
 
Later the hospital issued a statement. It said: "There was a transient setback in the clinical condition of Karuanidhi, DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. 
 
"With active medical support, his vital signs are normalising. He continues to be closely monitored and treated by the panel of expert doctors."
 
Karunanidhi's son and DMK Working President M.K. Stalin has urged the thousands of party cadres gathered outside the hospital to remain calm.
 
In a statement late on Sunday, Stalin said Karunanidhi's medical condition has stabilised after a minor setback.
 
The police has been advising the cadres to disperse citing the hospital's statement about Karunanidhi's health condition.
 
According to Elangovan, the anxiety amongst party cadres late on Sunday peaked after sudden deployment of police force in large numbers and the news of Chief Minister K. Palaniswami cancelling his programmes in Salem and rushing back to Chennai.
 
Chief Minister K.Palaniswami and his deputy O.Panneerselvam on Monday met Karunanidhi at hospital. Speaking to reporters Palaniswami said: "Karunanidhi's condition is stable". 
 
Palaniswami and Panneerselvam met the ailing leader in the ICU along with Stalin and M. Kanomozhi.
 
On July 26, Kauvery Hospital said Karunanidhi was being treated for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids at his home here.
 
However, after his blood pressure dipped he was admitted to Kauvery Hospital .
 
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Karunanidhi suffers 'transient setback' but normalising: Hospital

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressure stabilised
 
 
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DMK President M. Karunanidhi on Sunday suffered a "transient setback" in his health condition but his vital signs are normalising, the hospital where he was admitted said.
 
In a late night bulletin, the Kauvery Hospital said: "There was a transient setback in the clinical condition of Karuanidhi, DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. With active medical support, his vital signs are normalising. He continues to be closely monitored and treated by the panel of expert doctors."
 
The medical bulletin was issued around 10 p.m. as thousands of DMK cadres from the city and districts started surrounding the hospital following reports of a setback in the health of the five-time former Chief Minister. 
 
Karunanidhi's son M.K. Stalin, daughter Kanimozhi and other members of the family also rushed to the hospital where he was admitted on Saturday following a dip in blood pressure. 
 
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Karunanidhi in ICU, doctors confident about his recovery

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressure stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi's condition continued to be stable on Sunday and doctors are confident of his recovery, said a senior party official.
 
The 94-year-old veteran politician was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kauvery Hospital here at 1.30 a.m. on Saturday after his blood pressure dropped.
 
Following treatment, Karunanidhi's blood pressure has stabilized but he continues to be in ICU.
 
"His condition continues to be stable. The doctors are confident that he will recover and go home," a party official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
 
Meanwhile, Indian Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu met Karunanidhi at the hospital and enquired about his health.
 
Naidu tweeted: "Met his family members and doctors and enquired about his health. Doctors said he is stable. Wish him a speedy recovery."
 
The DMK said in a statement that Naidu was accompanied by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit. They spoke to doctors. Naidu also met Karunanidhi's son and DMK leader M.K. Stalin at the hospital.
 
On Saturday, night, too, the hospital said Karunanidhi's condition was stable with active medical support.
 
DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangovan on Saturday said that Karunanidhi would be in the hospital for two more days.
 
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Karunanidhi hospitalised after dip in blood pressure, now stable

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressue stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi, who had a slight health setback a couple of days ago and was rushed to hospital in the small hours of Saturday following a dip in blood pressure, was stable, the hospital said in a late night bulletin.
 
"DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi's health continues to remain stable with ongoing medical support. He is being continiously monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors in the ICU," said a medical bulletin issued in the night by Kauvery hospital, where he was admitted. 
 
The hospital said in the morning that the 94-year-old leader was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) at 1.30 a.m. after his blood pressure dropped.
 
"His blood pressure has been stabilised since with medical management. He continues to be monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors," Kauvery Hospital's Executive Director Aravindan Selvaraj said.
 
The five-time former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has been suffering from urinary tract infection and age-related ailments and was earlier under treatment at his home.
 
A large number of DMK cadres gathered outside the hospital and a huge contingent of policemen was deployed for security.
 
During the day, leaders from various political parties including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and AMMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran visited the hospital to enquire about Karunanidhi's health.
 
They met M.K. Stalin, DMK's Working President and Karunanidhi's son and his daughter Kanimozhi, who briefed them about his health. 
 
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted his wishes for speedy recovery of Karunanidhi. The entire family of Karunanidhi including his other son M.K.Alagiri, daughter Selvi and grandchildren were present at the hospital.
 
Speaking to reporters earlier in the day outside the hospital, DMK leader A. Raja urged the party cadres to remain calm and said: "Karunanidhi's blood pressure is now normal and there is nothing to worry".
 
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A team of doctors had reached Karunanidhi's home about midnight and reviewed his condition. They then decided to shift him to the hospital after discussions with the family members.
 
On Friday, Stalin said there "is good improvement in the health condition of Kalaignar" as the infection had come down a lot.
 
On Thursday, in a statement issued by the Kauvery Hospital, the Executive Director said the DMK patriarch was under treated for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids. 
 
"He is being monitored and treated round the clock by a team of medical and nursing professionals, who are providing hospital-level care at his home," Selvaraj said.
 
Earlier Karunanidhi was admitted to the same hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube.
 
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Karunanidhi in hospital, blood pressure stabilised

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressue stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kauvery Hospital here early on Saturday after his blood pressure dropped, the hospital said.
 
In a statement issued here the hospital said the 94-year-old leader was admitted into ICU at 1.30 a.m. 
 
"His blood pressure has been stabilised since with medical management. He continues to be monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors," Kauvery Hospital's Executive Director Aravindan Selvaraj said.
 
The five-time former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has been suffering from urinary tract infection and age-related ailments and was earlier under treatment at his home.
 
A large number of DMK cadres have gathered outside the hospital and a huge contingent of policemen was deployed for security.
 
Speaking to reporters here DMK leader A. Raja urged the party cadres to remain calm and said: "Karunanidhi's blood pressure is now normal and there is nothing to worry."
 
A team of doctors had reached Karunanidhi's home about midnight and reviewed his condition. They then decided to shift him to the hospital after discussions with the family members.
 
On Friday DMK leader and Karunanidhi's son M.K. Stalin said there "is good improvement in the health condition of Kalaignar" as the infection had come down a lot.
 
On Thursday, in a statement issued by the Kauvery Hospital, the Executive Director said the DMK patriarch was under treatment for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids. 
 
"He is being monitored and treated round the clock by a team of medical and nursing professionals, who are providing hospital-level care at his home," Selvaraj said.
 
Earlier Karunanidhi was admitted to the same hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube.
 
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HC orders trial of Maran brothers in illegal telephone exchange case

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The Madras High Court on Wednesday remitted back the illegal telephone exchange case against former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother and Sun TV group head Kalanithi Maran to a CBI special court here and ordered framing of charges against all the accused.
 
The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court had on March 14 discharged the Maran brothers and others from what is called the illegal telephone exchange case.
 
The CBI, however, preferred to go for an appeal in the high court last month.
 
As the case came up for hearing, the court rejected the preliminary objections raised by the Maran brothers against the appeal.
 
The court ordered that charges be framed against all the accused and directed for completion of the trial within 12 months.
 
The CBI had alleged a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the government due to the alleged installation of an illegal telephone exchange at Dayanidhi Maran's house, which was used for Sun TV operations.
 
The others discharged by the special CBI court were BSNL's former Chief General Manager K. Brahmanathan and former Deputy General Manager M. Velusamy, former Minister's Personal Secretary V. Gowthaman and Sun TV network employees S.Kannan and K.S. Ravi.
 
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Four dead, six injured after falling from crowded local train in Chennai

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Four passengers travelling on the footboards of a crowded suburban railway train died and six others suffered injuries when they fell down from the running train this after their shoulder bags hit a cement fence, official sources said.
 
The incident occurred at 8.25 am as the 40701 Chennai Beach--Tirumalpur passenger train was entering the St. Thomas Mount station during the morning rush hour, they said.
 
A press release from the Southern Railway said Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel at Mambalam and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel from St. Thomas Mount rushed to the spot immediately.
 
The release said the injured passengers were rushed by ambulances to Government Hospitals at Royapettah and Chennai.
 
Three of the passengers died on the spot and one succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital, it said.
 
Two of the injured passengers are undergoing treatment at the Government Hospital at Royapettah and three at the Government Hospital in Madras. One passenger was discharged from Government Hospital, Saidapet after treatment. 
 
The bodies of three of the victims have been kept at the Royapettah hospital and one at Saidapet, pending identification and completion of other formalities, it said.
 
Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai Division, and other Railway officials rushed to the spot. Railway officials have also deputed to the hospitals to render assistance to the victims and their relatives, the release added.
 
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IT seizes Rs 163 crore cash, 100 kg gold; opposition seeks TN CM's resignation

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Leaders of major political parties in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday demanded a multi-agency probe into the affairs of road contractors raided by Income Tax department in the state and also the resignation of Chief Minister K. Palaniswami.
 
The demand followed the IT department's seizure of unaccounted Rs 163 crore in cash and 100 kg of gold during searches carried out in the premises of Nagarajan Seyyadurai, promoter of SPK & Co, employees and associates.
 
The IT department also said that apart from the unaccounted assets, incriminating documents in the form of registers, diaries and loose sheets were also seized.
 
While Rs 24 lakh cash was seized from Seyyadurai's residence, the remaining cash and gold were kept at the places of his employees, associates and in cars.
 
The SPK group has interests in road contracts and other businesses.
 
DMK leader M.K. Stalin questioned the silence of Chief Minister Palaniswami after the IT search and seizure of huge amount of cash and gold from road building contractors who bid for state government road projects.
 
Stalin demanded the resignation of Palaniswami to ensure a proper investigation.
 
Stalin, the Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, sought the cancellation of all contracts given to companies promoted by Seyyadurai and the kin of Palaniswami who is also into road construction business.
 
Former Union Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss said the seizure of cash and gold clearly showed that these were not earned in a proper manner.
 
Ramadoss said the kin of the Chief Minister was too involved in road contracting business in Tamil Nadu.
 
He said there should be a multi-agency probe involving the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) following the IT search and seizures.
 
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17 held for sexually assaulting hearing impaired minor girl

 
17 men raped girl for months, thrashed by lawyers in court
 
 
Seventeen persons, mostly service staff in an apartment complex, were arrested for sexually assaulting a minor hearing-impaired girl for seven months, police said on Tuesday.
 
The accused are in the age group of 23-66 and were working in the apartment complex as plumbers, lift operators, security guard and others.
 
The minor girl is the daughter of a resident in the apartment complex.
 
The accused have been charged under Indian Penal Code provisions and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
 
A court here remanded them in judicial custody till July 31.
 
The matter came to light when the girl narrated her ordeal to her elder sister on Monday and their parents were informed. A police complaint was lodged by the girls' parents.
 
Meanwhile DMK leader M.K. Stalin in a statement said the accused should be tried and given severe punishment.
 
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Student dies during disaster management training exercise in Coimbatore

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A 19-year-old student was killed during a disaster management training session at a college in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore district, police said on Friday.
 
In a video that has gone viral, the victim, N. Logeshwari, is seen seated on the sunshade just below the second floor of the college building with a trainer standing next to her asking her to jump on Thursday evening.
 
A group of students were on the ground holding a net. 
 
In the video, the trainer can be seen pushing a reluctant Logeshwari. As she jumped, her head hit a sunshade and she suffered serious injuries, the police said.
 
She succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital.
 
The police have arrested the trainer, identified as Arumugham.
 
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Friday condoled the death and ordered the police to take severe action against the organisers.
 
Palaniswami announced a compensation of Rs 500,000 to Logeshwari's family.
 
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New technique can make ocean wave energy attractive

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Oscillating water columns can be used to tap energy from oceanic and sea waves. Higher cost of wave energy devices, however, remains a challenge. Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras have now found a simple fix to increase the amount of power generated by oscillating water columns.
 
Oscillating water columns (OWCs) are embankment-like constructions partly submerged in water. There is a partial opening towards the sea facing wall from where water can enter. As sea and ocean waves have a persistent undulating motion, the water entering the column keeps varying, fluctuating the level of air in the OWC.
 
“This disturbance is used to rotate a turbine to generate power,” explained V Sundar, professor of ocean engineering at IIT Madras, while speaking to India Science Wire.
 
Despite being an attractive power source, wave energy remains largely unexploited due to large costs required to build these structures. Scientists the world over are trying to link OWC with breakwater constructions that prevent coastal erosion by reducing wave activity in adjoining regions. Previously many teams have been successful in linking different OWCs with break water caissons or large watertight chambers.
 
The team led by Dr Sundar has integrated OWC with rubble mound  breakwaters. Such breakwaters are relatively inexpensive and easier to construct.
 
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While experimenting with different arrangements, scientists accidently discovered that instead of a single structure, an array of OWC lined against breakwaters can extract greater power. “The array helps in concentration of waves in front of the OWC which helps improve performance,” explained Dr Sundar. Spacing these structures to optimize power generation was a critical issue.
 
The researchers installed multiple OWC connected with offshore detached breakwaters in a shallow wave basin with differing spaces between them. They assessed the OWC performance with variations in wall pressure, air pressure, wave amplification factor, capture width and other hydrological parameters.
 
The study showed that when placed at a distance that equals thrice their widths, OWC yields maximum power. This was double the input wave power channeled from natural frequency of the system. The optimum spacing for different regions may vary based on intensity and size of the waves and specific climatic conditions.
 
Since OWCs linked with rubble mound breakwaters are easy to operate, they can be used in coastal regions and islands to reduce erosion while simultaneously generating power in an eco-friendly manner. Presently, scientists have completed a proof of principle study and are planning to set up a pilot plant to test their hypothesis.
 
The study, published in journal Ocean Engineering, was supported by a grant from Norwegian Research Council. The research team also included S. John Ashlin and S.A. Sannasiraj from IIT Madras 
 
(India Science Wire)
 
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Rahul Gandhi meets Tamil film director Pa. Ranjith

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After meeting actor Kamal Haasan last month, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has had a meeting with Tamil film director Pa. Ranjith, who had directed Dalit-centric blockbuster movies featuring superstar Rajinikanth.
 
"I met film director P A Ranjith the man behind blockbuster films like Madras, Kabali and Kaala and actor Kalaiyarasan, in Delhi yesterday (Tuesday)," Gandhi said in a series of tweets.
 
"We talked about politics, films and society. I enjoyed the interaction and look forward to continuing our dialogue," he added.
 
Replying to Gandhi's tweet, Ranjith wrote: "IMP.meeting with @RahulGandhi about politics and art. Discussed caste and religious bias threatening the core of our secular constitution."
 
"Thanks for having me over Sir. Looking forward for our discussion taking shape. A national leader engaging with people from all ideologies is very encouraging!" he added.
 
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BJP will give TN a corruption-free government: Amit Shah

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BJP President Amit Shah on Monday said his party will give Tamil Nadu a corruption-free government and mentioned that BJP-led Central government has given about Rs 510,000 crore of projects to the state.
 
Addressing party workers here, he said there is lot of corruption in Tamil Nadu and the party will bring in a corruption-free government in the state.
 
Shah, who is here to discuss the party strategy in Tamil Nadu for next year's general elections, will meeting party leaders and also booth-level workers.
 
The Tamil Nadu visit is part of Shah's national tour to discuss the party's plans for the next Lok Sabha polls.
 
Shah told party workers that BJP respects its existing friends and also win over new friends.
 
According to Shah, the Narendra Modi government has allocated about Rs 510,000 crore funds for various projects in Tamil Nadu in four years of its rule while the earlier Congress government gave far less to the state.
 
He also said that it is only BJP which is committed to preserving the Tamil pride and pointed out that railway tickets are now printed in Tamil.
 
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Take action against Lal Singh, Editors Guild urges J&K Governor

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The Editors Guild of India on Monday urged Jammu and Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra to take action against BJP legislator Choudhary Lal Singh over his "barely veiled threat of violence" against journalists of the Kashmir Valley.
 
In a statement, the guild also urged the Tamil Nadu government to adhere to recommendation of TRAI that bar government from owning a television channel distribution company, saying its attention has been drawn to recent instances of how several TV channels in the state have been arbitrarily taken off the air for periods ranging between a couple of hours to a few days.
 
Referring to Lal Singh's remarks, it said the BJP should reprimand its MLA, take suitable disciplinary action and ask him to withdraw the offending remarks after offering an apology.
 
"The Editors Guild of India condemns the despicable manner in which a barely veiled threat of violence has been issued against journalists by Lal Singh, an MLA belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party and a former minister in the Jammu and Kashmir government," the statement said.
 
Far from condemning the recent assassination of senior journalist Shujaat Bhukhari, Lal Singh, in a media briefing, warned all journalists in Jammu and Kashmir to "draw a line" unless they wished to be targeted like the slain editor of Rising Kashmir, it said.
 
"Such a warning not only betrays Singh's deep disregard for the role of the free press in a democracy, it also amounts to encouraging physical attacks against journalists in the sensitive state and elsewhere in the country."
 
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On Tamil Nadu, the Guild said it is appalled that an FIR has been registered by the state police against a reporter and the management of Puthiya Thalaimurai, a Tamil news channel. "All that the news channel did was to host a roundtable discussion on the protests in Tamil Nadu. The FIR was slapped even before the programme was aired."
 
"In the absence of a convincing explanation, this seems a shocking attempt to muzzle dissenting views and intimidate the media," the Guild said.
 
It said other affected television channels have also complained that such blackouts happen after they telecast programmes that were not liked by the Tamil Nadu government, which controls the television channel content distribution agency, Arasu Cable.
 
It said the state government has assured the media that it has no plans to black out television channels but dangers to a free and unhindered distribution of television content will continue to lurk as long as the state government controls a channel distribution company accounting for a market share of over 60 percent. "This also has the dangerous potential of undermining the functioning of a free media."
 
The Guild urged the government to take necessary steps to ensure that proper regulation is enforced so that no unfair or uncompetitive steps are taken by television channel distribution companies.
 
IANS
 
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SC to hear disqualified AIADMK leaders' plea for transfering case

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The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear a plea by 17 AIADMK MLAs of the Dinakaran faction seeking the transfer of the case challenging their disqualification to the apex court from the Madras High Court.
 
A vacation bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul agreed to hear the plea after it was mentioned on Monday for an early hearing.
 
The lawyer for the MLAs said that they were seeking the transfer of the case as there has been an inordinate delay to decide against their disqualification and under the Representation of People Act, a vacant seat has to be filled up within six months of its occuring.
 
There was split verdict by the Madras High Court on their plea challenging their disqualification. Thereafter, the matter was referred to a third judge and is still pending.
 
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Kamal Haasan meets Rahul, discusses politics in TN

Well-known actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in New Delhi on June 20, 2018.(Photo: IANS)
Well-known actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in New Delhi on June 20, 2018.(Photo: IANS)
Actor Kamal Haasan, who has floated a new political party Makkal Needhi Maiam, on Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed the political situation in Tamil Nadu.
 
"Enjoyed meeting Kamal Haasan in Delhi today. We discussed a wide range of issues concerning our two parties, including the political situation in Tamil Nadu," Gandhi said in a tweet later. 
 
Haasan responded through a tweet and thanked Gandhi for his inputs. "Thank you Rahul Gandhiji for the time and inputs. Hope our conversation was useful to you as well," he said. 
 
The meeting that lasted nearly an hour took place at Gandhi's residence. 
 
"We did discuss politics but not the way you think," Haasan told reporters after the meeting which he initially described as a courtesy call.
 
To a question whether an alliance between his party and the Congress in Tamil Nadu was discussed, he said: "We did not discuss that."
 
Earlier in the day, Haasan met Election Commission officials and expressed confidence that the process of registration of his political party will be done in around a week's time.
 
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