news Tuesday, July 07, 2015 - 05:30
  1. The video of a 4-year-old boy being encouraged to consume alcohol by a gang of youngsters in Tiruvannamalai has spread like wildfire on social media. The Tiruvannamalai police swung into action and have arrested two men spotted in the video. The clipping shows the small child being encouraged to drink liquor even as he finds difficult in continuing. Police have stated that the men were in an inebriated state. 2. A new fact-finding committee consisting of Dalit scholars and professors has called for a CBI probe in the latest death of a Dalit youth, Gokulraj. Calling it a case of honour killing, the committee has called the investigation in the case sloppy. Pointing out that the main-accused was still at large, it was also alleged that district officials were aiding the caste-mafia in the locality. 3. The woman at the centre of the Ambur fiasco, Pavithra, who disappeared after leaving her house on May 24, has refused to return home. Having been traced to Chennai, it was her disappearance that had led to Shameel Ahmed's detention in Ambur after which he died of injuries in a Chennai hospital. Admonishing her behaviour, the court has instructed her to remain in Chennai until July 23. 4. Show-cause notices have been issued to nearly 405 private matriculation schools in Tamil Nadu for not complying by the RTE rules, reports Adarsh Jain. Asked by the Directorate of Matriculation schools to update details of all seats issued under the RTE, it was found that many of these schools had not admitted even a single child under the RTE Act this academic year. 5. Not even a week since its official enforcement, Chennai police have booked 5,700 cases for violating the compulsory-helmet rule until Monday evening. In all, 3,664 documents were confiscated and 2,036 vehicles were impounded in the process. However, over the course of time, enforcement has reduced with weather and the availability of policemen for checking being the main factor.  
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