news Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 05:30
Image for representation 1. Unidentified men hurled petrol bombs at the house of BJP leader H Raja in Karaikudi in Sivagangai. The incident happened on the night of July 13. H Raja was not home when this happened and nobody was injured. The police are investigating the matter. Watch a Puthiya Thalaimurai report here. 2. The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea calling for the set up of a Chennai bench to facilitate access for citizens from southern states. Admitting that it was a progressive idea, the idea was declined with the bench stating that it would not take up the matter in "its judicial side for setting up benches". 3. Following a tip-off, around 30 bonded labourers of the Irula tribal community were rescued in Tiruvallur district. In bondage for over five years, the labourers had been employed by a man to pick earthworms in Gummidipoondi . The youngest of the lot rescued was a seven-year-old child. 4. Madurai has shown a sudden spurt in dengue cases, reports Rajasekaran of The New Indian Express. A three-year-old girl tested positive recently for dengue has died in a private hospital, while six other children have been admitted to different private hospitals with dengue fever. 5. A new RTI has revealed that the "entry fee" of Rs 10 for two wheelers or Rs 40 for cars collected by the Mamallapuram Town panchayat for the last 35 years has been illegal. The RTI has shown that no law existed, but according to the reply the money was collected due to a "resolution". 6. The TN Finance and Public Works Minister O Panneerselvam called out for the immediate start of work forinterlinking of peninsular rivers. Speaking at the Special Committee for Interlinking of Rivers in New Delhi, he said that a demand for diversion of water of some rivers in Kerala to the Tamil Nadu region should be taken up expeditiously. 7. Evicted from Aurobindo Ashram last year on the orders of the Supreme Court, two of the five sisters who had earlier attempted suicide, have now begun an indefinite fast calling for the police to file charges against the inmates of the ashram. Stating that they had been forced into attempting suicide, the sisters also stated that all facilities should be provided to them.