On Saturday, passengers on a city bus had a pleasant surprise when the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, boarded the vehicle and briefly interacted with them.
The Chief Minister was on his way to a vaccination camp, organized as part of the sixth mega-campaign inoculation of Covid-19 across the state, in Kannagi Nagar here when he boarded the “M- 19 b Kannagi Nagar-T Nagar ”, much to the delight of passengers.
The Food Safety Authority of India (FSSAI) on Thursday closed a store in Coimbatore for serious misconduct, including selling alcohol-mixed desserts to customers. According to a statement, a complaint was filed against the cafe with Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Wednesday and based on his instructions, authorities inspected the cafe and sealed it.
Authorities said they recovered two half-used alcohol bottles from the “Rolling Dough Cafe” located on Avinashi Road inside the Lakshmi Mill shopping center in Coimbatore.
The FSSAI statement said those who prepared the food did not have a medical certificate of fitness. In addition, expired items were found and destroyed. The kitchen was not hygienically maintained and many flies were found. There was no record of any pest control measures that were taken. The area was not disinfected, staff were not wearing masks or gloves, the statement said.
K Tamilselvan, who led the team of officials, said the store was sealed.
It was also noted that the FSSAI certificate was not displayed prominently in the cafe.
Speaking to indianexpress.com, K Tamilselvan, who led the team of officials, said the store was sealed and the license had been revoked.
“When we inspected the premises, we found bottles of alcohol. The cafe is widely visited by the student community. The workers told us that they mix whiskey and brandy in their desserts like a caramel cream, which goes against food safety standards. We collected the samples and sent them to the lab for analysis. Based on the reports, we will take further action, ”he said.
The Sri Lankan Navy has launched a search operation to locate an Indian fisherman who went missing after the boat he was in with two others was hit by an island nation’s warship, an official statement said on Tuesday. .
The incident occurred near Neduntheevu late Monday evening when the Lankan warship crashed into the fishermen’s boat, throwing three of the occupants overboard on impact.
While two of them were immediately rescued by Lankan personnel, another fisherman could not be rescued immediately and searches are underway to locate him, the Sri Lankan navy said in a statement.
“The Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) succeeded in rescuing 2 fishermen aboard a sunk Indian fishing boat poaching in Sri Lankan waters across the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) northwest of the Kovilan lighthouse on the evening of October 18, ”the statement read.
The fishermen were from Kottaipattinam in the Puthukottai district of Tamil Nadu.
India’s leading food delivery company, Zomato, landed in a soup after one of its employees informed a customer, during a grievance conversation, that everyone should know Hindi because it is the national language. The exchange sparked a storm on Twitter, with many criticizing the company for forcing language on customers.
On Monday, a Zomato customer identified as Vikash tweeted screenshots of his conversation with the company executive. The screenshots indicate that Vikash had a problem with his order and had asked the executive to check with the restaurant. The Zomato employee informed Vikash that he had tried to call the restaurant five times but was unable to communicate with the staff due to the “language barrier”.
Food ordered from zomato and an item was missed. Customer service says the amount cannot be refunded because I didn’t know Hindi. Also take the lesson that being an Indian, I should know Hindi. Called me a liar because he didn’t know Tamil. @zomato not the way you talk to a customer. @zomatocarepic.twitter.com/gJ04DNKM7w
The client then said that if Zomato was available in Tamil Nadu he would have to hire a Tamil speaking person to understand the language and then asked the executive to contact the outlet to initiate the refund. In response, the executive said, “For your kind information, Hindi is our national language. It is therefore very common for everyone to know a little bit of Hindi.
The executive then apologized for the problem and added that there was no way to compensate the customer for the unfortunate incident.
Soon after, the customer took to Twitter to raise the issue. “I ordered food from zomato and an item was missed. Customer service says the amount cannot be refunded because I did not know Hindi. Also take the lesson that being an Indian, I should know Hindi. Called me a liar because he didn’t know Tamil. @zomato not the way you talk to a customer, ”he tweeted.
With over 4,500 likes and 2,500 retweets, it quickly went viral and #Rejectzomato started trending on the microblogging site with over 20,000 tweets.
Netizens were quick to criticize the food delivery giant and joined Vikash in asking them to apologize. Dharmapuri MP Dr Senthilkumar even sought to find out when Hindi became the national language.
Vanakkam Vikash, we apologize for the behavior of our customer service agent. Here is our official statement on this incident. We hope you will give us a chance to serve you better next time.
In response to Vikash’s complaint, the company’s customer support page, Zomato Care, agreed the incident was “unacceptable” and promised to check it out immediately, later adding that the issue had been resolved in accordance with their “telephone conversation”.
BJP official R Kalayanaraman (55) was arrested by the Cybercrime wing of the Central Crime Branch for posting abusive tweets aimed at promoting hatred and enmity between people from different communities.
Based on the complaint by Gopinath, a lawyer for Tondiarpet, the municipal police opened an investigation. Police said that in the past two months, the accused posted 18 tweets with the intention of inciting violence between people on religious grounds. He was jailed under Articles 153 (A) and 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code and brought before a district court on Sunday which sent him to judicial detention. Police said steps would be taken to deactivate his Twitter account.
Kalyanaraman was arrested under the Goondas Act in February 2021 following an order from Coimbatore collector K Rajamani. He was accused of making derogatory remarks against Muslims. The order issued by the tax collector indicated that the head of the BJP had been found engaging in activities prejudicial to the maintenance of public order and peace. In June, the Madras High Court overturned the law. In 2016, he was arrested for making similar comments against a particular community on his social media page.
Speaking after the event, Sasikala was quoted by ANI news agency as saying that now is the time to be united for “the sake of the holiday and the well-being of the people”.
Responding to Sasikala’s unveiling of a plaque naming her the party’s general secretary, AIADMK top leader and former minister D Jayakumar said she was not allowed to hoist the AIADMK flag or use the name of the party and claim to be general secretary.
“If Sasikala claims to be secretary general of AIADMK, then it is against the court order,” he told ANI.
Earlier today, Sasikala also visited MGR’s residence in Ramapuram and paid floral tributes to his statue and offered a floral tribute to former CM Janaki Ramachandran.
On Saturday, she visited the memorial to the late party leader Jayalalithaa for the first time since being released from prison in Bengaluru in February this year. In what can be taken as an indication of her willingness to return to politics, Sasikala said she told the former CM at her memorial about everything that had happened within the party so far, “and assured him a better future for the party”.
Sasikala’s last visit to the memorial dates back to 2017, before surrendering as a convict in the disproportionate assets case. She had then made a vow by tapping on the marble slabs of the memorial.
VK Sasikala pays tribute on Saturday at the memorial of ancient Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa at Chennai Marina Beach. (PTI)
Sasikala’s visit to a busy environment, followed by hundreds of followers holding flags from Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) his nephew TTV Dhinakaran and AIADMK was also a prelude to his statewide tour. , probably from Tanjavur on October 27. After paying tearful tributes at the Jayalalithaa Memorial on Saturday, Sasikala told the media, “Amma (Jayalalithaa) was inseparable when it came to my life…. Here I relieved myself of all the pains I had gone through in the past five years. I told him what had happened so far and assured him of a better future for the party. I am sure that Amma and Thalaivar (the founder of AIADMK, MG Ramachandran) will save the party and our cadres.
A close associate told the Sunday Express that Sasikala will meet with party officials on October 27 in Tanjavur, where she will also attend a family reception. “Over the next three days, she will address party meetings in Tirunelveli, Tenkasi and Ramanathapuram. At each location, indoor meetings are scheduled for as many as 1,000 people, leaving no doubt about its major political plans, ”the source said.
After Sasikala’s release in February, his decision to stay away from politics in the Assembly elections had surprised many. There was speculation that she was avoiding either a situation in which she had to directly confront the AIADMK electorally, or the BJP, which was an ally of the then ruling AIADMK, now led by former CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, then deputy. CM O Panneerselvam, the leaders who ousted her from the party.
Meanwhile, AIADMK party leaders K Palaniswami and O Paneerselvam on Sunday were seen crowning the statue of party founder MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa at the party in Royapettah, Chennai. The AIADMK headquarters in Chennai on Avvai Shanmugam Salai would be named “Puratchi Thalaivar MGR Maligai (revolutionary leader MGR Castle),” the leaders said. Among the many announcements made by them to celebrate the Golden Jubilee Year was a large festive conference, honoring party veterans with gold-plated commemorative medals and cash gifts, and the institution of awards named after party icons, MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa.
Chennai Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal was hospitalized Thursday after complaining of chest pain, police sources said.
He was currently stable and under observation, said Apollo Hospitals, where he was under treatment. According to law enforcement sources, Jiwal complained of chest pain while stationed at Vepery here and was rushed to the private Greams Road hospital here.
The hospital said in a press note that the senior IPS officer was admitted there with “acute chest pain”.
“He was immediately taken care of and treated under the care of Dr. G Sengottuvelu, interventional cardiologist. He is currently stable and under observation, ”said Dr Venkatachalam, director of medical services at Apollo Hospitals.
The Madras High Court on Tuesday granted the Tamil Nadu government the freedom to decide to keep the temples open Friday on which Vijayadasami falls.
State shrines are closed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays due to the covid pandemic situation.
The recess of Judges R Mahadevan and Abdul Quddhose said this when a PIL petition praying for the government to ask the government to keep the state temples open on the auspicious day of Vijayadasami was presented today.
“We leave it to the government to decide,” said the judges.
Earlier, Advocate General R Shanmugasundaram told the judiciary that Tamil Nadu’s chief minister, Deputy Stalin, called a meeting with experts on October 13 to consider the possibility of lifting the restriction on temple closures. during the weekend.
He also added that the restriction was imposed following a communication from Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in September, who advised the state government to impose the restrictions strictly in view of the increase in new cases of covid-19. The letter also pointed out that in the coming months, several festivals are to come. This is a critical period, when Covid-19 protocols must be strictly observed, the letter said.
Cuddalore DMK MP TRVS Ramesh which has been reserved by the CB-CID as part of the murder of a 60-year-old worker in his cashew processing unit in Panikankuppam went to a Panrutti court on Monday.
Magistrate R Karpagavalli placed him in judicial detention until October 13. Officials from the Criminal Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) arrested factory workers Natarajan, Alla Pichai, Kandhavel, Sundar and Vinodh on Friday in connection with the murder of Govindarasu. The MP, who was reportedly at large, appeared in court on Monday morning.
Govindarasu, a resident of Melmampattu village in Cuddalore district, had not returned home after leaving for work on September 19. He had worked in the member’s cashew unit for eight years.
Local reports claimed that Govindarasu was accused of theft and that factory workers produced him at the Kadampuliyur police station. The cops ordered them to take Govindarasu to hospital because he was seriously injured, but workers reportedly took him back to the factory. He was found dead on September 20.
In a letter – allegedly written by the MP – which is widely shared on social media, Ramesh said he was saddened by those who had engaged in a political vendetta against the DMK on the basis of the FIR recorded under the framework. of the case.
He said the accusations caused him deep sadness and therefore he was going to court to end the bogus campaign against his leader, Deputy Stalin, and the party. He said he would legally submit the required evidence and prove that the charges against him are without merit.
Govindarasu’s son, Senthilvel, meanwhile accused the MP of murdering his father. The family also requested that the case be transferred to the CB-CID for a fair investigation. A petition was then filed with the Madras High Court, which ordered the JIPMER Hospital in Pondicherry to perform the autopsy on September 23.
The state government then transferred the case from the Kadampuliyur police to the CB-CID. Following investigations, the CB-CID turned the suspicious death case into murder.
Tamil Nadu’s chief minister, MP Stalin, on Saturday distributed social assistance and a maintenance allowance to people with disabilities. He also handed over the keys of gasoline scooters equipped with connection wheels to five beneficiaries at the Secretariat here.
In addition to paying a monthly maintenance allowance of 1,500 rupees to five severely disabled people on occasion, the Chief Minister has issued humanitarian and compassionate appointments to the heirs of four employees who died in the line of duty. functions.
The monthly grant is deposited directly into beneficiaries’ bank accounts, according to an official statement here.
Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu, Welfare Secretary of Department of Persons with Disabilities R Lalvena and other officials attended.
Later, the Chief Minister inaugurated the brand new Sankalp – The Learning Center & Special Needs School in Kollapancheri in Tiruvallur district, in a virtual event.
Sankalp School has been working to improve the lives of special children for about 20 years. About 200 children study at this school, which has launched specialized training for children with learning disabilities and those with autism.
In addition, children with disabilities will be offered special treatments such as physiotherapy and speech therapy, a statement said.
Vocational training on jewelry making, gift making, weaving, data entry, soap, spice and mask making is provided to children to equip them to face life, a- he declares.