news Monday, June 22, 2015 - 05:30
Image source:   1. Chennai-based NGO Caruna Bal Vikas has shut down after it was found diverting funds for other purposes. Operated from Purasawalkam, it was found that the NGO receiving Rs 100 crore from the US-based Compassion International every year. However, the NGO used only 10% of the funds for its use, while the rest was being diverted to 300 different organisations in TN, Kerala and other states.  2. How to get a community to stop defecating? The Indian Community Welfare Organisation has induced awareness on toilet usage in the Velankadu burial ground in Anna Nagar, Chennai by inculcating the prize concept. An idea that has clicked ever since, the NGO now gives out gel pens to all those using the toilet in the burial ground that earlier smelt of urine and open defection. 3. Vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyam, has been bestowed with the coveted "Sangita Kalanidhi" award of The Music Academy for 2015. The 47-year-old Subrahmanyam joins a long list of musicians including some like Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar to be awarded the title before turning 50. 4. In yet another Metro-site related incident, two youngsters were killed when the motorbike on which they were riding skidded and hit a pillar being constructed for the Chennai Metro Rail Lt. The incident occurred on GST Road, Alandur near the Kathipara grade separator on Sunday morning. 5. Singapore Airlines earned the ire of the courts after it was directed to compensate a businessman for downgrading his ticket from business class to economy class without prior notification. After he issued a legal notice over the incident, a district consumer disputes forum in Chennai told Singapore Airlines to pay Rs 35,000 as compensation to GRK Reddy, chairman and managing director, Marg Ltd. 6. The Tamil Nadu government in a letter to the Centre said that interest subvention scheme in existence for farmers must continue even as it considers other proposals for an operative farm credit policy. In a letter to PM Narendra Modi,CM Jayalalithaa wrote that it has been learnt that the Centre was considering important changes in the interest subvention scheme for crop loans for farmers.    
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