news Monday, July 20, 2015 - 05:30
Image source: Maari/Facebook   1. Over two days following an accident in Oman which resulted in the death of seven people including five from India, families of the three dead from Vellore have not received any official word from the MEA or the Indian Embassy. Despite repeated attempts no word has been received about three Vellore persons who died in a head-on collision, reported The New Indian Express.  2. A study published last year has found toxic levels of mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium in marine organisms in the state's Ennore creek, reported U Tejonmayam of The Times of India. The study conducted by Aquaculture Foundation of India along with three other institutions found high concentration of mercury in some marine organisms. 3. After over 100 people were cheated by being promised jobs in the Chennai Metro, a five-member gang responsible has been arrested in the city. Using fake maps of upcoming projects, people were duped and appointed as engineers. 4. The Tamil Nadu BJP’s cyber media wing has taken up the task of dealing with the recent Ambur youth’s death and the IIT-M issue in an attempt to “challenge” the party’s anti-minority and anti-dalit image. The topics were discussed at TN social media workshop held earlier in July. 5. Why is signing an agreement with the Adani group at a higher rate as compared to other states? Demanding a rationale behind the agreement, BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan, has also asked why Tamil Nadu did not take up "bidding" which would have been more viable. 6. Plans to further clean up the Cooum River in Chennai are on the cards. With bids being finalised to strengthen river bunds at the cost of Rs 41 crore, work is to be started on different portions of the river. 7. PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss has shot off a letter to actor Dhanush asking him to give up smoking on screen. Taking account of his smoking scenes in the movie "Maari", he asked him to give up smoking on screen in the interest of the welfare of the youngsters of Tamil Nadu. He also mentioned a number of studies that highlighted the dangers.  
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