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TN lifts curbs allows schools colleges to reopen on Feb 1 withdraws Sunday lockdown

28-Jan-2022
Chennai Jan 27 PTI With coronavirus cases on the decline the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday withdrew restrictions such as night curfew and Sunday lockdown while permitting schools to reopen on February 1 for classes 1 to 12Announcing the removal of restriction on week-end worship in religious places Chief Minister M K Stalin said people will be allowed to enter the places of worship from tomorrow onwardsThere will be no restriction Devotees will be allowed to offer worship inside the religious places following the implementation of SoP he saidSchools except nursery and kindergarten and colleges will reopen on February 1 and resume the direct classesFollowing a spate of infections the government had ordered schools to close while permitting classes for higher secondary students till Pongal mid-January Later all the higher secondary schools were asked to remain shut till this month-endReviewing the pandemic situation with health officials and senior bureaucrats on Thursday Chief Minister M K Stalin announced that there will be no night curfew from January 28 Further there would not be a complete lockdown this Sunday January 30 as it is being withdrawnRestaurants cinema theatres clubs amusement parks bakeries lodges gyms garment and jewellery shops spas and salons are allowed to function with 50 per cent occupancyThe restriction on the number of persons up to 100 for marriage and 50 for funerals will however continueAll colleges and universities other than those that are temporarily functioning as COVID Care Centres would resume classes on February 1 strictly complying with the government guidelines on COVID safetyAbout 28515 Coronavirus positive cases were added to the registry today taking the tally to 3252751 till date while recoveries stood at 28620The restriction on social cultural and political gathering will continue The polls to the urban civic bodies will be held on February 19 with stringent enforcement of the SoPs issued by the State Election Commission a release from the government said PTI JSP ROH ROH
28-Jan-2022 National
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Banking debt market system needs to improve for growth of industry economy TN Finance Minister \
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Banking debt market system needs to improve for growth of industry economy TN Finance Minister

28-Jan-2022
Chennai Jan 27 PTI Banking and debt market system needs to see a lot of improvement to support the growth of industry and economy Tamil Nadu Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan said on Thursday The Minister for Finance and Human Resources Management said start-up culture was growing in Tamil Nadu and that many of the technologies showcased by the start-ups could be implemented by the government Rajan was making the comments at the India Finance Forum 2022 organised by Confederation of Indian Industry CII southern region The event was held on the theme Beyond Resilience Turnaround and Transformation More emphasis was needed to be placed on leveraging leapfrog technology that can bypass two or three generations Rajan said Principal advisor in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade Rupa Dutta said the government was focused on building worldclass infrastructure The next-generation infrastructure is set to see an investment of USD 14 trillion in the coming years she said CII southern region chairman M Ponnuswami said the economy was witnessing a robust recovery Though the third wave of Covid-19 may be a hindrance it will not deter growth he said PTI VIJ NVG NVG
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HIGHLIGHTS \
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27-Jan-2022
New Delhi Jan 27 PTI Following are the top stories at 9 PM NATION DEL119 AVI-AI-ANNOUNCEMENTS Passengers to be told about Tatas takeover of Air India during in-flight announcements on Friday NewDelhi Thepassengers who will be travelling on Air India flights on Friday will be hearing about the Tata Groups take over of the airline during in-flight announcements according to an official order DEL114 CONG-LD RAHUL-TWITTER Rahuls stand on social media platforms vindicated Cong after Twitter says it is for healthy debate New Delhi The Congress on Thursday said its leader Rahul Gandhis stand was vindicated that democracy and social media platforms cannot be suppressed or subjugated by the ruling government and allowed to become a space for mere abuse and trolls DEL111 MEA-CENTRAL ASIA SUMMIT India 5 Central Asian countries decide to establish joint working group on Afghanistan New Delhi India and five Central Asian countries on Thursday decided to establish a joint working group on Afghanistan at the senior officials level Ministry of External Affairs Secretary West Reenat Sandhu said DEL107 MEA-EU-INDIA-LD INDOPACIFIC France to hold event focused on Indo-Pacific under its EU presidency New Delhi France on Thursday announced that under its presidency of the European Union it will host a ministerial meeting focused on the Indo-Pacific on February 22 and invited India to participate CAL24 AR-CHINA-LD ALL BOY Missing Arunachal teen handed over to Indian Army ItanagarNew Delhi The Chinese PLA Thursday handed over Miram Taron a teenager from Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh at Damai Border Personnel Meeting point a defense spokesman said DEL26 DL-VIRUS-DDMA Weekend curfew odd-even system of opening shops lifted in Delhi DDMA New Delhi The Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Thursday decided to lift weekend curfew and odd-even system of opening non-essential shops in the city besides permitting restaurants and bars to reopen with 50 per cent seating capacity in view of improving COVID-19 situation DEL31 ED-KARVY-ARREST ED arrests Karvy stock broking CMD Parthasarathy CFO Hari in money laundering case New Delhi The Enforcement Directorate ED on Thursday said it has arrested Karvy Stock Broking Limited KSBL CMD CParthasarathyand group CFO G Krishna Hari in connection with a money laundering investigation linked to alleged diversion of clients securities of over Rs 2873 crore CAL5 JH-RAIL-LD BLAST Suspected Maoists trigger blast on railway tracks in Jkhand train services disrupted GiridihDhanbad A portion of railway tracks in Jharkhands Giridih district was damaged due to a blast triggered by suspected members of outlawed CPI Maoist early on Thursday a police officer said MDS5 TN-LANGUAGE-POLICY-GOVT Two-language policy is no setback clear NEET exemption bill TN govt tells Guv Chennai Insisting that the dual language policy of Tamil and English being followed in Tamil Nadu is not a setback to students eligibility or in their opportunities the government on Thursday rejected the idea of enforcing a three-language policy in the state and sought the Governor to expeditiously forward the NEET exemption bill for Presidential assent LEGAL LGD12 DL-HC-TELECOM-LD ACTRESS HC expunges remarks against Juhi Chawla for lawsuit against 5G tech reduces cost from Rs 20L to Rs 2L New Delhi The Delhi High Court Thursday expunged remarks made in an order against actress Juhi Chawla that she had filed the lawsuit challenging setting up of 5G wireless networks in the country citing health hazards for gaining publicity LGD17 DL-HC-SIKH RIOTS-NATH 1984 anti-Sikh riots HC asks SIT to respond to plea for action against Cong leader New Delhi The Delhi High Court Thursday asked the SIT to file a status report on a plea seeking action against Congress leader Kamal Nath for his alleged role in a case relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots BUSINESS DEL118 BIZ-LDALL AIRINDIA Air India back under Tatas wings New Delhi Salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group on Thursday took over Air India and vowed to turn the loss-making carrier it had founded but had lost control nearly seven decades back into a world-class airline DEL117 BIZ-LIC-IPO LIC to list on bourses by March 31 DIPAM Secy New Delhi The government will list the countrys largest insurer LIC on the stock exchanges by March-end a top official said on Thursday FOREIGN FGN39 CHINA-INDIA-BORDER China says latest round of talks with India on border issue positive and constructive slams White House officials remarks Beijing China on Thursday described as positive and constructive the latest round of military-level talks with India and said Beijing will work closely with New Delhi to properly handle the border issue even as it refuted the US allegation of intimidating neighbours By K J M Varma FGN28 UN-INDIA-AFGHAN Indias approach to Afghanistan guided by special relationship with its people Amb Tirumurti United Nations India has said that its approach to Afghanistan has always been guided by its special relationship with the Afghan people and New Delhi remains steadfast in its commitment towards much-needed humanitarian assistance to the people of the war-torn countryBy Yoshita Singh PTI CJ CJ
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No registration of property on water bodies Madras HC \
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No registration of property on water bodies Madras HC

27-Jan-2022
Chennai Jan 27 PTI No registering authority under the Registration Act shall register any document in respect of any land which has been notified as water body in the revenue records of the State the Madras High Court ruled on Thursday The authorities concerned should mandatorily obtain a statement from the applicants who want to register their property or seek approval for the lay-out or building construction or assessment of property tax or electricity or water connection that the property concerned is not located on a water body the first bench of Acting Chief Justice MN Bhandari and Justice P D Audikesavalu said It shall be ensured by the authority granting approval for the lay-out or building construction or assessment of property tax or electricity or water connection that the relevant property has not been notified as water body in the list published in the official website viz Tamil Nilam of the TN government and physical inspection of the site shall be made so as to confirm that it is not located in water body and an office note for the same shall be prepared and placed on record Any public authority official or other staff concerned who is found to have granted or aided or abetted in granting approval for lay-out or building construction or assessment of property tax or electricity or water connection for a property located on water body or commits dereliction of duty by not protecting a water body from encroachment shall be liable for disciplinary action under the relevant rules governing their employment and prosecution for offences relating to encroachment under Criminal Law the court ruled These directions should be complied with scrupulously the bench added The bench made it clear that nothing said in this order shall be construed as precluding any land which has not been included in the list of water bodies produced before this Court to be independently treated as water body by the competent authority on satisfaction with necessary supporting materials in proof of the same The bench was passing final orders on a batch of PILs from KK Ramesh of Madurai and others filed both before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court and the principal seat here PTI COR SA ROH ROH
27-Jan-2022 National
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TN lifts curbs allows schools colleges to reopen on Feb 1 withdraws night curfew Sunday lockdown \
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TN lifts curbs allows schools colleges to reopen on Feb 1 withdraws night curfew Sunday lockdown

27-Jan-2022
Chennai Jan 27 PTI With Coronavirus cases on the decline the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday withdrew restrictions such as night curfew and Sunday lockdown while permitting schools to reopen on February 1 for classes 1 to 12 Schools except nursery and kindergarten and colleges will reopen on February 1 and resume the direct classes Following a spate of infections the government had ordered schools to close while permitting classes for higher secondary students till Pongal mid-January Later all the higher secondary schools were asked to remain shut till this month-end Reviewing the pandemic situation with health officials and senior bureaucrats on Thursday Chief Minister M K Stalin announced that there will be no night curfew from January 28 Further there would not be a complete lockdown this Sunday January 30 as it is being withdrawn Restaurants cinema theatres clubs amusement parks bakeries lodges gyms garment and jewellery shops spas and salons are allowed to function with 50 per cent occupancy The restriction on the number of persons up to 100 for marriage and 50 for funerals will however continue All colleges and universities other than those that are temporarily functioning as COVID Care Centres would resume classes on February 1 strictly complying with the government guidelines on COVID safety About 28515 Coronavirus positive cases were added to the registry today taking the tally to 3252751 till date while recoveries stood at 28620 The restriction on social cultural and political gathering will continue The polls to the urban civic bodies will be held on February 19 with stringent enforcement of the SoPs issued by the State Election Commission a release from the government said PTI JSP BN BN BN
27-Jan-2022 National
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Madras HC bench confirms single judge order on inservice doctors \
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Madras HC bench confirms single judge order on inservice doctors

27-Jan-2022
Chennai Jan 27 PTI A division bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday confirmed the orders of a single judge on the subject of admission in PG courses for inservice doctors in Tamil Nadu The single judge had upheld the orders passed in October last year by the Tamil Nadu government which among others enabled the inservice doctors working in government hospitals in rural and remote areas to seek admission in PG courses under their exclusive inservice quota as well as the open quota The bench of Justices Paresh Upadiyay and SKS Kurup confirmed the order dated January 19 of Justice M Dhandapani while dismissing an appeal from Dr Parkaviyan today Originally assailing Sl No 29 c of the impugned prospectus issued for filling up the seats in the post-graduate degree courses in medicine under the 50 per cent State quota in and by which in-service candidates who had put in service in difficult terrains in the State were permitted to carry on their weightage marks not only for the reserved seats but also to compete for the seats under the open category by carrying with them the weightage marks the writ petitions were filed And the single judge on January 19 had held that in the backdrop of the legal position coupled with the reasonable and intelligible differentia in classifying the two groups of persons aspiring for PG admission in the State-wise quota the court was of the considered view that not only the State was empowered to create channels of selection by prescribing quotas for open category and in-service candidates but also it was within its powers to lay down norms with regard to the basis in which the merit list was to be prepared for determining the inter se merit of the candidates competing in the two different categories The State could not be precluded from exercising the powers conferred on it by the Constitution more especially Entry 25 List III of the Constitution would be denuding the State of its power which has been given to it by the Constitution and as approved by the Supreme Court the judge had held Hence this court is of the considered view that the norms prescribed under Sl No 29 c of the prospectus and the consequential GOs issued in October 2021 for selection of candidates to the PG medical degree courses under the State-wise quota does not suffer the vice of any illegality irrationality arbitrariness or perversity and the same is founded on well guided principles and application of law and therefore the said norm does not require any interference at the hands of this court the judge had said on January 19 Aggrieved the petitioners preferred the present appeals The bench confirmed the orders of the single judge after listening to the arguments of Suhirith Parthasarathy for the appellant Additional Advocate-General J Ravindran for the State and senior advocate P Wilson for the inservice doctors PTI COR SA ROH ROH
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Nadda forms 4-member panel to probe TN girls death by suicide \
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Nadda forms 4-member panel to probe TN girls death by suicide

27-Jan-2022
Chennai Jan 27 PTI BJP national president J P Nadda on Thursday constituted a four-member committee to ascertain the facts leading to a 17-year-old girl students death by suicide in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu earlier this month and submit a report to him soon The panel comprising Parliamentarian Sandhya Ray from Madhya Pradesh Vijayashanti from Telangana Chitra Tai Wagh of Maharashtra and Geetha Vivekananda of Karnataka would visit Thanjavur to ascertain the facts The committee would submit a report to him at the earliest Arun Singh BJP national general secretary said The suicide of the plus two student stoked a row in the state with the BJP and Hindu organisations alleging that her death was triggered by an attempt to forcibly convert her to Christianity - a charge denied by the authorities and school management Nevertheless the BJP members led by party chief K Annamalai staged a day-long fast agitation at Valluvar Kottam here on January 25 demanding justice to the girl and also a CBI probe into her death besides a legislation for anti-conversion to prevent forcible conversions in the state The BJP has expressed its deep concern and sorrow on the suicide of the girl due to harassment and coercion to get converted by school management in Thanjavur Arun Singh who is also BJP headquarters in-charge said in a statement The girl of a missionary school in Thanjavur consumed poison on January 9 and breathed her last on January 19 Based on her declaration the Thirukattupalli police arrested and remanded the school hostel warden Following the death the Fransciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary which runs the school in which the girl had studied denied the allegation of forced conversion School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi claiming the charge to be very remote recently said that an inquiry in all aspects is apaceHowever the girls parents on Monday wanted the case to be transferred to the Crime Branch CID for an impartial probe PTI JSP BN BN
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Respect customs followed in each region of country RBI on Tamil anthem row \
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Respect customs followed in each region of country RBI on Tamil anthem row

27-Jan-2022
Chennai Jan 27 PTI A day after a row erupted over some of its staff reportedly not standing up when Tamil Thaai Vazhthu the Tamil anthem was played during the Republic Day celebrations at its office here the Reserve Bank of India RBI on Thursday said it respects the customs and practices followed in each region of the country and assured its stance with the Tamil Nadu government as well Tamil Thaai Vazhthu an invocation song sung in praise of Mother Tamil had been declared as the State Song by the government last month mandating that those present except for pregnant women and the differently abled should remain standing during its rendition RBI said in a statement the song was sung on the occasion of the Republic Day on Wednesday as a mark of deference for the Tamil culture and language However subsequently in the commotion that ensued certain unnecessary statements concerning the song had been made which were uncalled for and regrettable We are aware that Tamil Thaai Vazhthu is the State Song of Tamil Nadu We wish to reiterate that as a regulatory body we respect the customs and practices followed in each region of the country the central bank said It said representatives of the RBIs regional office here led by the Regional Director S M N Swamy called on state Finance Minister P Thiaga Rajan and assured our stance in this regard PTI SA ROH ROH
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EvGateway to offer simple EV-charging                                solutions to drivers across India \
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EvGateway to offer simple EV-charging solutions to drivers across India

27-Jan-2022
Chennai Jan 27 PTI US-based EvGateway a turnkey electric vehicle infrastructure solutions provider on Thursday said it would offer its EV charging management solutions to India The company would help advance EV adoption with easy-to-use solutions for drivers and charger-owners said a statement from EvGateway Our global experience of integration of various technologies like telematics to our SaaS software as a service platform enables us to provide effective solutions to clients of all sizes and adapt to ever-changing scenario said the president of the company A significant portion of the product was developed in our development centre in India and we continue to enhance the products We offer 24x7 support to the product from Hyderabad said the company head India Uday Chagari It is indeed a moment of pride that we are bringing our product to India he added By combining the charger management features with the ability to integrate with e-vehicles EvGateway would bring the most efficient and innovative EV solutions the statement added PTI VIJ NVG NVG
27-Jan-2022 National
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Firefox Bikes Collaborates with Salesforce to Upgrade Its D2C Experience \
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Firefox Bikes Collaborates with Salesforce to Upgrade Its D2C Experience

27-Jan-2022
Bengaluru Karnataka India Business Wire India Salesforce NYSE CRM the global leader in CRM today announced that Firefox Bikes will be leveraging Salesforce to support its digital transformation journey With the deployment of the Sales Cloud Service Cloud Commerce Cloud and Marketing Cloud Firefox aims to deliver a consistent omni-channel experience across all digital and physical touchpoints Firefox is a digital-first company with a vision to have an omnichannel business model that combines direct-to-consumer D2C from the website and a countrywide offline network integrating 500 retail stores on a single platform Firefox is the first D2C brand in the bicycle category and through this collaboration with Salesforce Firefox aims to upgrade the customer experience across all its touchpoints providing seamless customer journeys and a true 360 view of its customer Comments on the news Arun Kumar Parameswaran Managing Director - Sales Distribution Salesforce India said The pandemic has only accelerated the digital transformation journey brands must take ensuring they reach consumers where they are We are delighted to be a part of this journey with Firefox as its technology provider enabling the team to deliver a truly seamless customer experience Sriram Sundresan CEO Firefox Bikes said Firefox has always been at the forefront of innovation and adoption of technology in terms of providing a seamless customer experience Today as consumers continue to seek a uniform experience both online and offline it is imperative for businesses to have a single view of the entire customer journey Our collaboration with Salesforce is further enabling us to leverage data insights to provide a seamless and more personalised customer experience About Salesforce Salesforce is the global leader in Customer Relationship Management CRM bringing companies closer to their customers in the digital age Founded in 1999 Salesforce enables companies of every size and industry to take advantage of powerful technologiescloud mobile social internet of things artificial intelligence voice and blockchainto create a 360-degree view of their customers For more information about Salesforce NYSE CRM visit wwwsalesforcecom About Firefox Bikes HMC Group Established in 2004 Firefox Bikes a Hero Cycles group company is Indias leading bicycle brand offering an exclusive expansive range of premium bikes accessories The brand offers premium quality trendy mountain bikes city bikes or hybrid bikes road bikes womens bikes kids and junior bikes and also electric bicycles Firefox Bikes has 500 stores across India including all major cities like Delhi Mumbai Bengaluru Guwahati Bhopal Chennai Jodhpur Pune and many more Hero Cycles is a part of the HMC Group with a 12 bn asset base and over 10000 people across the globe A leader in both the standard and premium segments in India Here Cycles covers an overall market share of nearly 43 percent Incorporated in 1956 Hero Cycles Limited is the largest integrated bicycle manufacturer in the world The company has a manufacturing capacity of 6 million bicycles per year a highly integrated network of plants located in Ludhiana Punjab Ghaziabad UP and Bihta Bihar and a state of the art manufacturing facility in Sri Lanka as well The HMC Group also includes auto parts manufacturing companies Hero Motors Ltd ZF Hero Chassis Systems Pvt Ltd and Munjal Kiriu Industries Pvt Ltd hospitality arm Munjal Hospitality and luxury home dcor products company Oma Living Website link httpswwwfirefoxbikescom PWR PWR
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