news Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 05:30
  1. A complaint has been filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly insulting the national flag during International Yoga Day celebrations held on Sunday. A Dalit activist in Puducherry filed the complaint stating that by hanging the colours of the flag around his neck, and using it to wipe off sweat during the event, Modi had insulted the national flag.  2. TN government will now use WhatsApp to keep a watch on ration shops. In an attempt to restrict any wrongdoings at ration shops in the state, a new WhatsApp facility has been initiated for complaints on ration goods. The medium can now be used to send messages, photos, audios and videos if fair price shops remained closed during work-hours, or the staff turned away users saying “no stock” inspite of having goods stocked up.  3.  Making a campaign appearance ahead of the June 27 bye-elections at RK Nagar in Chennai, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said that her incarceration and foowing elections are the result of a political conspiracy. Calling it a precursor to the upcoming 2016 elections, she reached out to the people asking them to elect her on the basis of the achievements made in TN in the last four years. The campaign speech effectively brought all traffic to a halt in north Chennai, with both buses and ambulances stuck amidst the traffic. 4. The ambiguity over MBBS counselling in the state continues with the Madras High Court reserving its orders on the issue. While MBBS counselling can go on as planned, the court has ordered that no allotments be made until a final decision is made. The move comes after a number of petitions by students seeking the court’s intervention in disallowing previous year students from participating in the counselling.  5. A Chennai man has been taken in for murdering the lover of his wife seven months after the duo eloped. Senthil , a 28-year-old man turned himself in after the Porur police found  a decomposed body of a man, Naveen Sundar, from a canal in Porur, with his body covered in injuries. He had earlier tried reaching out to his wife to return to him, which bore no fruit. Following this he had confronted Sundar and picked up an argument with him which soon turned violent.    6. An election-war between two main camps that has plagued the Nadigar Sangam continues to prolong with a counter-affidavit filed in response to a suit by actors Vishal and Nasser demanding the appointment of a retired judge to hold the upcoming elections for the Sangam. However, association general secretary Radha Ravi questioned the necessity for using retired High Court judges calling it a ridicule to the glory in which judges of the court are held. The majesty of a constitutional post (like a judge) should not be brought down to the level of an election officer, he said.  
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