news Friday, June 19, 2015 - 05:30
  1. The Madras High Court has directed officials not to provide admit cards to students from previous years who were selected for MBBS courses after counselling. With counselling set to begin on Friday, it leaves the state selection committee in a difficult situation as eligible students from previous years have already been invited. The court gave the direction after 70 students of Class 2015 batch sought prevention of students of previous years from competing in the admission process this year.  2. With a technical snag affecting a State Department facility, the US Consulate General in Chennai has put on hold issuance of visas to those travelling to the country. The hardware failure had affected biometric data checks done as a part of the visa application process. Emergency visas on humanitarian or medical grounds are being prioritized.  3. With the June 27 bypoll at RK Nagar, Chennai fast approaching, AIADMK chief and TN Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is expected to begin her campaign on June 22. She will be campaigning in a one-day programme. A 50 member election committee including 28 ministers have been set up as a part of efforts to ensure a victory.  4. Lalit Modi can be summoned anytime by the Chennai police considering that there remains a cheating complaint against him filed by former BCCI head N Srinivasan. The complaint had accused him of misappropriating Rs 470 crore over the allotment of medical broadcasting rights and commercial rights.  5. Latest District-level health survey reveals that 49.2 % women between ages 15-49 in Tamil Nadu are anaemic. The District Level health Survey 2013-14 also found that 56 % pregnant women, 60 % children (between ages 6 months to 3 years) and 46 % adolescent girls are anaemic.  6. Tirunelveli DIG Murugan has suspended an inspector for arresting four Dalits in connection to a double murder in Thattaparai in the year 2013. After the four accused challenged their arrest, further investigations revealed that the four men had been arrested on false charges by T Selvam, Inspector of Police, Tuticorin.