news Thursday, July 09, 2015 - 05:30
  1. Despite a Supreme Court order against any kind of lenient approach in sexual assault cases, Madras High Court will go ahead with the mediation it ordered between a rapist and a young woman earlier. The state legal services authority has sent the woman a letter calling her for mediation on July 13 following earlier instructions from Justice Devadass which triggered wide-spread criticism. 2. In what could lead to a political alliance, the DMK and TN Congress have accounced that their parties would work together to help the poor. DMK’s MK Stalin and TNCC leader EVKS Elangovan released statements announcing their intention to work for protecting the "interests" of the oppressed sections of society. However, on the question of political alliance, it was said that the decision will be made during the time of elections, reported The Hindu. 3. Creating memes poking fun at women? An arrest warrant is out for a 27 year-year-old Chennai-based software engineer currently in New York who had earlier posted a comment on a meme by another software professional, which had depicted women as a "burden for men". It was after repeated complaints against the two with the Chennai police commissioner, the cyber-crime officials that a case was filed under sections of the IT Act. 4. A blaze at the Kannadapalayam dump yard in Tambaram continues to affect normal life with it showing no signs of abating on its third day. Even as six fire tenders with the help of over 50 water tankers have been trying to douse the fire, about 1500 families in the locality are facing difficulties due to decreased visibility and breathing issues. 5. "I am neither a borrower nor a guarantor," says Actor Rajinikanth refuting a film financier’s claim holding him responsible for a loan taken by his son-in-law Dhanush’s family. He also said that the claims were made by the financier, were tarnishing his reputation apart from causing him mental agony, reported The New Indian Express. 6. The Madras High Court has refused to entertain a PIL that suggested that TASMAC-sold liquor contained toxic particles. However, the court ordered TASMAC authorities to conduct a quality check on its products and inform the petitioner on the results within a month.  

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