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Enviornmental Activist Piyush Manush arrested, he was against expansion of Salem airport #DefendDissent

Piyush Mnaush friend and activiwas vocal with his protest against the expansion of the Salem airport as well as plans for the proposed 8 lane highway between Salem and Chennai.

A day after actor Mansoor Ali Khan was detained by the Salem police in Chennai, Salem- based environmental activist Piyush Manush was arrested on Monday evening.

Piyush Manush has been protesting the expansion of the Salem airport as well as the proposed eight-lane Chennai-Salem expressway.

Piyush’s family informed that  he was picked up at 8pm and for four hours no one could communciate with him, his mobile was swicthed off,  he was prodiuced before the magistrate at 1.00am, deliberately .. as they did not want protests for his arrest . He has been send to policu custody for 15 days and we will be moning for Bail.

A few days ago, a lawyer named Manikandan had approached the TN DGP with a complaint against Piyush and alleged that the activist was inviting people against developmental projects.

Piyush had brought Mansoor Ali Khan to Salem to speak to villagers and had registered his protest through a Facebook post against the actor’s arrest.

Piyush was arrested under Sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot); 189 (threat of injury to public servant); 506 (ii) (criminal intimidation) IPC and 7 (1) Criminal Law Amendment Act.

Salem police arrests Manzoor Ali Khan, who cleaned our lake, planted trees, donated money for lake restoration, spoke in support of the people to be affected by projects of 8 way lane and airport expansion..

Crimes are taken up seriously it seems by tn police..

A video in which Piyush had spoken about against the airport expansion project had drawn criticism from supporters of the project.

Over the past few weeks, the proposed project has been facing stiff resistance from farmers and residents in the villages along the highway.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the area on Saturday, Mansoor Ali Khan said, “I came to Salem to see the water bodies filled with water. If Salem gets an airport, 8-lane highway etc, people can’t live in Salem. If the 8-lane road comes, then many trees and hills will be destroyed. It will affect the livelihood of the people who live here. Hence, the state and the central government must not implement it. Moreover, if there are protests against the highway, I will definitely participate. If the eight-lane project is implemented, then I will kill eight people and go to jail.”

Police said actor Mansoor Ali Khan made a provocative speech in Thumbipadi, Pottiyapuram and Sikkanampatti villages on May 3, threatening to attack officials if they took steps for acquiring farm lands for the eight-lane project. Since Mr. Piyush had taken the actor to these villages, the Theevattipatti police registered case against him as well as against the actor.

Mr. Piyush is accused No. 1 in the case and the actor is accused No. 2.

The ‘Chennai-Salem Greenfield Corridor’ under the Bharatmala Pariyojana, a centrally-sponsored and funded road and highways project, is a 277.30 km highway that involves the development of the Tambaram to Harur Section of NH-179B, Harur to Salem Section of NH-179A, Chengalpattu to Kancheepuram Section of NH-132B, Semmampadi to Chetpet Section of NH-179D and Polur to Tiruvannamalai Section of NH-38.

The corridor essentially involves an eight-lane highway, connecting the two cities via Krishnagiri, Tiruvannamalai and Kancheepuram.

Farmers of Poolavari, Nilavarapatti, Naazhikkalpatti, Kuppanur and Achankuttapatti villages have already expressed concern with locals from the last village even reportedly blocking Revenue Department officials from surveying the land that had to be acquired.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami stated in the Assembly that the state government had fought for this project and claimed that only 41 acres of forest land would be acquired. He also added that of the 1,900 hectares of land being acquired, 400 hectares belong to the government. He assured that the project would take the form of a tunnel when it passes through forest areas.

Farmers, whose land will be acquired to implement the Rs 10,000-crore Chennai-Salem Greenfield Corridor, are opposing the project fearing a loss of livelihood, threat to the ecosystem and measly compensation offered by the government which a section of them claim is well below the market rate

Farmers in Dharmapuri, Salem and Tiruvannamalai started protesting the project from May when the terms for land acquisition with details of survey numbers of land to be acquired were notified under the Land Acquisition Act of 2013. Recently, more than 500 farmers, environmental activists, advocates and locals protested demanding the central government to withdraw the project. A separate forum was also formed to protest against this project called “Pasumai yettu Vazhi Saalai Yethirpu Kuzhu” (Anti- committee for eight lane green corridor).

Piyush Manush was earlier arrested in July 2016 for trying to stop work on a bridge at Muluvadi gate in Salem. He was detained under non-bailable sections for many days.

Piyush Post and Video


Airport is a much needed infra but can it come at the cost of thousands of people fending for themselves from the land and contributing productively to the community.

For 30 years since the Salem airport came into being people who gave lands in 1989 are grappling to get a decent compensation and the court case has dragged for three decades.

Now the govt wants to expand the airport which after so many is seeing one aircraft running half empty..


Why this folly is the question.. Salems desertification needs to stop.



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After 21 years on Nilgiris man wins back his job with HC intervention

, TNN | Jun 22, 2014,

CHENNAI: Twenty-one years after a co-operative inspector was dismissed from service on the ground of submitting a fake caste certificate, the Madras high court has directed Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) to reinstate him. It also said TNPSC did not have the jurisdiction to cancel the selection of any candidate by doubting the community status.

V Narasimhan of Kotagiri in Nilgiris district was appointed as junior inspector of co-operative societies after he cleared a ‘special qualifying exam.’ However, TNPSC in July 1993 terminated him from service saying his community certificate was fake. Narasimhan had submitted a certificate which said he belonged to the Puthirai Vannan community, listed as a scheduled caste.

The same year, he moved the state administrative tribunal which transferred his case to the Madras HC. In 2006, the court upheld the decision of TNPSC. Narasimhan filed review petitions which too were dismissed. In 2013, he approached the court again and filed two appeals.

Meanwhile, in 2010 the tahsildar of Kotagiri issued him a community certificate, which said he belonged to the Hindu Puthiri Vannan community, which was recognised as a schedule caste under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Orders (amendment) Act, 1976.

On June 4, 2014, his appeal was listed before the high court. The court directed the special government pleader to verify the 2010 certificate. The tahsildar said the certificate was genuine and had been issued from his office.

Rapping the commission, the bench of Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice M Sathyanarayanan on Thursday said a full bench of the HC had in 2011 “finally settled” that cancelling a selection by suspecting the community certificate was beyond the ambit of TNPSC. “It is beyond doubt that Narasinhan’s community certificate was not bogus,” said the bench.

Though Narasimhan had been kept out of service for more than 21 years and “his agony was understandable”, the court could not award him back-wages for the period, the bench said. But it promoted him and asked TNPSC to reinstate him with continuity of service within two weeks. “The entire service from the date of initial appointment shall be counted as regular service for all purposes,” the bench said.

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Can we replicate ‘Green Corridors’ like Chennai in other cities , to save lives ? #healthcare

In Chennai traffic, a ‘Green Corridor’ for a human heart saves patient’s life

Delays due to inefficiencies on the part of the administration or bureaucracy have become such common news that incidents of their smooth working are more surprising than the former.Representational image. AgenciesRepresentational image. Agencies

In a heart-warming incident, the life of a patient suffering from a threatening heart disease was saved in Chennai when a medical team transported a donor’s heart to a hospital via a specially created route in less than 14 minutes during rush hour. Normally, it would take 45 minutes for the journey.

Hvovi Minocherchomi, a 21-year-old BCom student from Mumbai, suffering from swelling of the heart (dilated cardiomyopathy), was admitted to the Fortis Malar Hospital in Adyar, Chennai. According to a report in The Times of India, when a matching donor heart was found in the Government general hospital located 12 km away, a medical team transported the heart to the Fortis hospital in less than 14 minutes by creating a ‘green corridor’, that is, a route without any red lights.

A human heart can be preserved for up to 4 hours, but the chances of the recipient’s survival are higher if transplant takes place early. The report explained that the Government hospital doctors informed their Fortis counterparts about the availability of the heart from a brain-dead patient at 5:45 am. The situation was also explained to the police.

Immediately, additional commissioner of police (traffic) Karunasagar began co-ordinating the creation of the green corridor. C Kathir was selected as the ambulance driver.

By afternoon, deputy commissioner Sivanandan had posted 26 officers at 12 intersections and the police were ready with the corridor, most of it along the Beach Road and Santhome High Road, two of the busiest roads in Chennai.

The report stated that the loading of the heart into the ambulance began at 6:39 pm and the ambulance left the Government hospital at 6:44 pm. “As it passed each signal – touching 100 kmph at times – a pilot radioed in the location to the control room as also the police teams along the corridor. It reached Fortis at 6:57 pm,” said the report.

“As soon as the heart was brought, the transplant began. By 10.15 pm, the heart was beating in the patient’s chest,” Dr Suresh Rao, chief anesthetist at Fortis hospital, is quoted as saying in the report.

The report added that the heart was harvested from a 27-year-old man who, ironically, had died in a traffic accident. Luckily, the recipient’s and donor’s blood group and body weight matched, making the transplant possible.

Another report in The Times of India said that Hvovi had been suffering from the disease for four years. “(She) had decided to go to the US for a transplant. But doctors advised her against it as the waiting period for a heart there was two years and she had just three months before things might turn worse,” said the report.

Dilated cardiomyopathy makes the heart “so weak and enlarged that the supply of blood to the lungs, liver and other organs is affected. With her heart’s pumping efficiency dropping from 60% to 10-15%, and several parts of body swelling up, Hvovi was barely able to walk, and was facing breathlessness,” according to a reportin DNA.

The report in The Times of India added that the heart surgery was led by Dr KR Balakrishnan. “The reason behind creating a green corridor was to transport the heart as fast as possible so the outcome of the surgery would be better. The heart has a better potential when transplanted faster,” he said in the report.

Chennai is already ahead of other cities in heart transplants. In fact, the report in DNA said Hvovi was probably the first person in Maharashtra to have undergone a heart transplant.

“According to the Maharashtra health services department, even 18 years after seven hospitals in the city were granted permission to conduct heart transplant operation, not a single such surgery has been performed in Mumbai,” said the report.

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Modi ? What’s that, an object, ailment? #NaMo #NOMOre_2014

,TNN | Apr 15, 2014, 07.23 AM IST

MADURAI: For BJP, he is the icing on the cake, their star leader, criss-crossing the country to campaign, hoping to assume the PM mantle. But, in Tamil Nadu‘s hinterlands, few have heard of Narendra Modi.

Ask 55-year-old C Veerayi, a former BJP ward member from Avanyapuram, a suburban Madurai village, about Modi and her diffident reply is, “What is it? An object? An ailment?” In nearby Perungudi village, V Pandi (58), who recognises it as a name, says, “I don’t know him… Is he from the north?”

Few know about him or have heard of him in villages in Tamil Nadu. Thanks to the Election Commission’s stringent norms, there are no wall posters or banners of the PM aspirant to mar the pastoral scenery. But, in remote hamlets, few walls of huts, adorned with party symbols, even the lotus, miss the EC’s hawk eye.

In Sivakasi, the fireworks town, M Ravi (42) runs a tuck shop and sells newspapers. He has put up a poster of a Tamil journal, known for its Modi leanings. It proclaims, “For change, Modi is necessary.” But, Ravi says he has never heard of Modi.

T Palaya Nadar (80) of Kamarayapuram village in Virudhunagar district still does the odd job for a living. As the mid-day sun blazes down, Nadar, a Congress member, joins the group of idle gossipers at the local tea shop. No, he hasn’t heard of Modi, but he knows Atal Bihari Vajpayee well and, of course, Congress PM aspirant Rahul Gandhi. “This election, the lotus symbol stands a better chance nationally,” he says.

Interesting though, it is in this belt that the pro-Modi campaign has been most aggressive. DMDK leader Vijayakanth, campaigning for ally and NDA’s Virudhunagar candidate MDMK leader Vaiko in the region, hailed Modi as “ven thaadi vendhar (white bearded King)”, an honorific used for Periyar (E V Ramasamy), the patriarch of the Dravidian movement. P Arumugam, who heard Vijayakanth’s campaign in the constituency, has no clue who or what Modi is.

But, all is not in vain for the saffron leader, who has campaigned thrice in the state. There is a growing fan club for him among the youth, even in villages. In remote Karambayam village in Thanjavur constituency, where the inter-state Cauvery water dispute had the worst impact, a group of first time voters see prospects for BJP. N Manikandan (24) has returned home from Singapore where he works as an A/C mechanic to cast his vote. Cauvery is not an issue here any more and the real contest is between DMK heavyweight T R Baalu and his AIADMK rival. But, Manikandan’s vote is for Modi. “We want change,” he says.

In Kanisery Pudur, which falls within Virudhunagar constituency, an AIADMK leader has heard about Modi but nurses the dream of his party leader becoming deputy PM. “If Modi has a better chance of becoming PM, then we hope Amma (AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa) will become his deputy,” he says.

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#India- Kudanankulam Nuclear Plant had technical Snags- AEC #WTFnews

Friday, 01 November 2013 | Kumar Chellappan | CHENNAI, Pioneer


English: Construction site of the Koodankulam ...

English: Construction site of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Deutsch: Baustelle des Kernkraftwerks Kudankulam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Finally the Atomic Energy Commission has conceded that unit-1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu had some serious technical problems and certain components had to be replaced.

Addressing the country’s nuclear energy fraternity from the elite Bhabha Atomic Research Centre at Trombay near Mumbai, RK Sinha, chairman, AEC, said the Emergency Core Cooling System (ECCS) of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant being built with Russian assistance had failed.

“Technical support was provided to Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to find the root cause of the failure of some components of double check valves of the Emergency Core Cooling System of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and working out solutions. Modified design of valve with indigenously designed components has been fully qualified and installed in the reactor,” Sinha said on Wednesday while delivering the Founders’ Day speech. The Atomic Energy Commission observes October 30 of every year as the Founders Day as the day happens to be the birth anniversary of Dr Homi Bhabha, the father of India’s nuclear programme.

Sinha’s statement comes months after volunteers of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), an anti-nuclear brigade campaigning against setting up of Nuclear reactors came out with charges that many components in the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant were made of sub-standard materials. Directors of Zio-Podolsk, a Russian company which supplied crucial components to the KNPP had been arrested by the Russian Police for charges ranging from forgery to cheating.

Sekhar Basu, director, BARC, said the technical support to rectify the ECCS of the KNPP was provided by scientists in BARC.

A Gopalakrishnan, former chairman of AERB, had told The Pioneer that a large number of equipment, components and materials of substandard quality from ZiO-Podolsk had been installed in Unit-1 of the KNPP. He had demanded the constitution of a committee of experts drawn out from various agencies to check threadbare the reactor.

Though the Union Government including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had been claiming since 2011 that the unit-1 of the KNPP would be commissioned in a fortnight’s time, the reactor is yet to reach its full installed capacity of 1000 MW. The reactor went “critical” on July 13 (the technical word to denote the reactor is ready to generate and supply power), it is still facing a lot of uncertainties. RS Sunder, the project director of KNPP told The Pioneer that the reactor would start yielding power to the national grid before December 31 and it would reach its full potential soon.

The agreement for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was signed between India and the then USSR in 1988. The reactor has been plagued by a lot of problems and issues since then indicating that imported nuclear reactors are not a viable option for India to meet its thirst for more and more energy.

Even after crossing the criticality stage and getting synchronised with the national power grid for supplying power, the KNPP has been shut down since Tuesday reportedly for further tests.


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#India – Campaigner for tribals detained under National Security Act #WTFnews

Manuvel Amalraj.

Manuvel Amalraj.
DC | Pramila Krishnan |aug 17

Chennai: He is not yet as ‘famous’ as Binayak Sen but rights activist A Manuvel, barely 27, is already considered ‘dangerous’ to national security as the police have locked him under the National Security Act after he held a seminar on the tiger reserve project in Sathyamangalam.

Even as the social networking sites across the country are hotly debating his detention in the Coimbatore jail since the last two months, the NSA board heard his defense last week and is expected to pronounce verdict shortly.

“Manuvel fought for the rights of the tribals of Sathyamangalam, who could be evicted by the tiger reserve project”, said his wife Agarathi, an advocate practising at Madurai. “He circulated pamphlets and talked about the struggle led by tribals in north India for winning their rights. For this, he was arrested and detained under the NSA quoting nine old cases filed against him for agitating for public causes during his student days at the Madurai law college during 2007-10”.

The NSA is usually resorted to by the police to detain up to a year an anti-social/anti-national posing threat to national security and social order. Activists however complain that the Act has been often used to curb the freedom of social campaigners to agitate about public issues.

According to Agarathi, her husband moved the Madras high court seeking permission to hold his tiger seminars and even got a favourable order. “But before the hard copy of the judgement could reach him, the local police arrested him citing threat to the security of the State”, she said.

The detention order signed by the Erode district collector said it was necessary to detain Manuvel “with a view to prevent him from acting in any manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order and security of the State”.

He also said Manuvel had started several organisations under the umbrella of CPI (Maoist) and enrolled members by claiming to work for the uplift of the downtrodden and tribals, while actually planning to trigger armed revolt against the State—an allegation stoutly denied by wife Agarathi.


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Madras HC orders withdrawal of all cases against protesters #Goodnews

English: Construction site of the Koodankulam ...

English: Construction site of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Deutsch: Baustelle des Kernkraftwerks Kudankulam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Adv. Pugazhenthi had filed a writ petition seeking implementation of the SC order in Koodankulam matter directing the State Government to withdraw criminal cases against the Koodankulam protestors and residents. The State Government had argued that the SC had only suggested that the State Govt should “endeavour” to withdraw cases, and as such it was not a direction compelling them to withdraw the cases. The State argued that the circumstances were not conducive for withdrawal of cases as the residents of the villages around the plant are still engaged in protests such as the recently organised mass die-in.


The Madras High Court‘s 1st bench — comprising Agarwal and Sathyanarayana — held that the SC’s direction was binding, and that the State Government must withdraw all cases against the protestors as expeditiously as possible.


According to Vetri, if the cases are not withdrawn within 3 months, a case can be filed to have it done forthwith.


The matter was argued by Adv. Radhakrishnan



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Criticality may mean death for Kudankulam’s seas

The first two units of the Kudankulam nuclear plant will discharge 6.3 billion litres of waste water every day right onto the beach. This discharge will trigger a slow-motion disaster that will poison beaches, devastate near-shore fisheries and choke the livelihood of fisherfolk in the vicinity, says Nityanand Jayaraman.

Only providence, not the plant’s design or regulators’ due diligence, will now help the Kudankulam reactor function without any major mishap if and when Unit 1 limps to commercial production of electricity. Unit 1 and 2’s effluent disposal system is inherently harmful, and regulators have cleared the plant for operation despite knowing that.

In June 2013, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board renewed Unit 1 and 2’s license to operate. This allows each plant to discharge 6.3 billion litres of waste water every day right onto the beach. This discharge will trigger a slow-motion disaster that will poison beaches, devastate near-shore fisheries and choke the livelihood of fisherfolk in the vicinity.

When that happens, the blame should fall squarely on the individuals in Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, the State Coastal Zone Management Authority, the 12 members of the Union environment ministry’s expert appraisal committee on CRZ, and the ministry itself. All of them would have knowingly allowed this damage to happen.

As things stand, an open channel running along the nuclear plant’s seaside compound wall will empty the effluents onto the beach. That is a lot of pollution to dump into the Gulf of Mannar. 6.3 billion litres per day translates to 2,600 cusecs. Last fortnight, farmers in Tiruchirapalli rejoiced when 3,000 cusecs of water was released from the Mettur Dam. At full power, the two units will dump 5,200 cusecs of hot, salty, toxic water every day onto Kudankulam’s beaches.

Dr. Mark Chernaik, scientific advisor to ELAW-US — a global network of environmental lawyers and activists, reviewed Kudankulam’s Environmental Impact Assessment report and the response of the government’s expert group. According to him, “neither contains an adequate assessment of the impacts to marine life of cooling water (thermal) discharges.”

Citing case studies from China and Brazil, Dr Chernaik concludes that “The impact to marine life of thermal discharges are indirect, yet still very substantial: small increases of the temperature of marine water changes water chemistry, including reductions in dissolved oxygen levels. . .that can deleteriously impact fisheries. Also, fish may be able to migrate to avoid localised temperature shifts, but their food sources (sponges, algae, and small invertebrates) are fixed and cannot.”

Local effects on fisheries will be evident within days of release. According to a 2008 study for NPCIL, ocean currents in this region flow parallel and close to the shore. During the southwest monsoon, the currents flow east from Kudankulam towards Idinthakarai. Between November and February, the currents reverse.

The wastewater will kill all life in the inter-tidal zone in the immediate vicinity of the effluent channel. A 2011 study for Units 3 to 6 records 30 species of plankton in Kudankulam’s near-shore waters, nearly twice the number found in deeper waters. The hot water will float in the direction of the current, reducing dissolved oxygen and wiping out the plankton. The blanket of death will spread seaward until the temperature reaches ambient levels.

The rocky areas in the vicinity of the effluent channel are rich in prawns and lobsters. Local fishermen talk of days when prawns literally boil into their nets. Prawns and lobsters are not surface dwellers; so the hot water is unlikely to affect them directly. But, with the plankton gone, a keystone in the local food chain would have disappeared, knocking the life out of the local ecosystem and the fishery dependent community. All fish that can swim to cooler waters will leave.

The 2011 study also reports that the villages of Idinthakarai, Kootapulli and Perumanal — all in the vicinity of the plant — landed 14,000 tonnes of fish in 2010. At least half of that was sardines, a plankton-feeder. No plankton; no sardines.

Even the expert appraisal committee of the MoEF seems to think that discharging such a large quantity of polluted water onto the shores of the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve is not a good idea. The EAC considered NPCIL’s application for CRZ clearance for Units 3 to 6 in April and September 2011. The committee observed that the proposal is for “the construction of open channel for outfall. Due to various environmental problems, including adverse impacts on the marine life, the present proposal not (sic) acceptable.”

In May 2012, EAC recommended clearance with a condition that the effluent disposal scheme was “modified to discharge the [coolant water] through underwater pipelines to a region of 4-5 metres bathymetry which is away from the shore.”

Barring a few members, the EAC that made this insightful recommendation is the same that recommended CRZ clearance for Units 1 & 2 in March 2013. Curiously, this recommendation did not warn against near-shore discharge or recommend a deep-sea, marine outfall. As on date, the environment ministry’s website says that clearance is still pending. Legally speaking, the plant cannot commence operations without a CRZ clearance.

But the TNPCB has granted its consent to operate the plant. Unlike the AERB, which is subservient to the Department of Atomic Energy, TNPCB is technically independent. But that independence is only notional. Like the AERB, the pollution control board too is only a crony regulator.

Nityanand Jayaraman is a Chennai-based writer and a volunteer with the Chennai Solidarity Group for the Kudankulam struggle.

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#India – Fisherman dead in boat capsize near Nemmeli Desal plant

20 July, 2013 — V. Balasekar, 42, of Sulerikattukuppam was washed ashore early today on the beach near the Nemmeli desalination plant. The fisherman’s kattumaram (a light surf-riding boat made of tied logs), capsized and he drowned after he got snagged in his own net. Villagers say that the rocks dumped into the sea by the desalination plant may have caused the mishap.

Chennai Metrowater and its contractor VATech Wabag had constructed a pier by dumping rocks into the sea during the construction of the 100 mld reverse osmosis desalination plant.

Villagers say the structure had eroded their beaches. They said the steep shoreline caused due to the erosion had increased the intensity of the surf, and made beach landings hazardous. Metrowater had removed many of the boulders dumped in the sea, but a section of it closer to shore was yet to be removed. Fishing boats returning from sea had to make a risky passing over these boulders. On July 10, 26-year old Chittibabu of the same village was seriously injured after his fibre boat capsized over the boulders.

Till date, the Mammallapuram Police Station have refused to register an FIR in Chittibabu’s case.

For more information, contact: Santosh — 9884862714

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#India- Sexual harassment complaint to #Jayalalithaa from #NWMI #Vaw

Ms J Jayalalithaa,
Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu,


The Network of Women in Media, India (NWMI) is an association of women
journalists working across India. It is with deep anguish that we bring to your
notice a
violation of privacy and mental harassment that is being repeatedly caused to a  member of our network.

Kavin Malar, a Chennai based journalist, has been facing online harassment for
over a month now from one Mr Kishore K Swamy, a self-proclaimed
AIADMK supporter. Mr Kishore K Swamy has been repeatedly posting abusive messages
on Facebook targeting Kavin Malar’s personal character and
willfully causing harm  to her reputation
in  society as well as the  media. The allegations, besides being baseless,
are also a gross violation of privacy and human dignity.
We are also being told that Mr Swamy has been repeatedly and habitually
targeting women journalists, by indulging in character assassination. We find
this kind of behaviour not merely disturbing
but also threatening. It creates an unpleasant   environment for working women.
Kavin Malar  has  sought the help of the police department to
fight the harassment. However, her  complaint to the Commissioner of Police on May
13 has not been of much avail.  The cyber
crime cell has not
taken any action on the complaint beyond calling her for an enquiry.
We are attaching the screenshots
of abusive messages posted by Mr Swamy, a copy of which has been made available
to the cyber crime department.

We are aware of the steps taken
by your government to curb crimes against women. While placing on record our
appreciation of such action to promote women’s safety and security, we  urge you to personally intervene and take
action against Mr Kishore K Swamy for his misdeeds.

We believe such a move will help create a more agreeable atmosphere for women
journalists in the Tamil Nadu.

With kind regards and thanks in advance for your intervention in this case,
Yours sincerely,
(on behalf of the  NWMI)*

Binita Parikh, Ahmedabad
Tanushree Gangopadhyay, Ahmedabad

Laxmi Murthy, Bangalore
Anita Cheria, Bangalore
Melanie P. Kumar, Bangalore
Ammu Joseph, Bangalore
Gita Aravamudan, Bangalore
Satarupa Bhattacharya, Bangalore
Satarupa Bhattacharya, Bangalore
Meera K, Bangalore

Lakshmy Venkiteswaran, Chennai
Nithya Caleb, Chennai
Kavitha Muralidharan, Chennai
Nithila Kanagasabai, Chennai
Jency Samuel, Chennai
Gunasekaran, Chennai
Nithya Caleb, Chennai
Shobha Warrier, Chennai

Teresa Rehman, Guwahati

Satyavati Kondaveeti, Hyderabad
Manjari Kadiyala, Hyderabad
Ramagoud, Hyderabad
Vanaja C., Hyderabad

Anju Munshi, Kolkata
Rina Mukherji, Kolkata
Rajashri Dasgupta, Kolkatta
Manjira Majumdar, Kolkata
Ranjita Biswas, Kolkata
Dasgupta, Kolkata

Linda Chhakchhuak, Mizoram

Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Mumbai
Jyoti Punwani, Mumbai
Geeta Seshu, Mumbai
Freny Manecksha, Mumbai
Sandhya Srinivasan, Mumbai
Meena Menon, Mumbai
Kalpana Sharma, Mumbai

Neha Dixit, New Delhi
Shahina KK, New Delhi

Ramlath Kavil


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