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Tele-counselling outreach for those who attempt suicide

Tele-counselling outreach for those who attempt suicide

State chapter of National Health Mission to roll out facility Data collated at 75 centres of the Tamil Nadu Accident and Emergency Care Initiative (TAEI) last month has revealed that at least 300 people engaged in self-harm every day. The numbers are a pointer to why Tamil Nadu accounts for …

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‘What is the point of inquiry panels?’

Critics say the benefits hardly justify the efforts needed to run them In the wake of the recent observations of the Madras High Court questioning the State government on the amount of funds spent on running Commissions of Inquiry on various issues, legal experts and activists have questioned the need for appointing such panels in the first place. The objective of appointing inquiry panels, the costs incurred by the State exchequer, the purpose they serve if and after their reports are submitted to the government and the absence of a meaningful debate on their findings and the lessons learned from the incidents being probed are all issues that are yet to be addressed, they contend. “In my opinion, the appointing of Commissions of Inquiry is often a meaningless exercise. They don’t have any legal standing in the court,” contends retired High Court judge K. Chandru. Though the reports should ideally be made public, there had been instances in the past where the government had acted against the leaking of inquiry reports, he pointed out. The State government, headed by then Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran, registered cases under the Official Secrets Act against DMK leader M. Karunanidhi for having released the report of the J.C.R. Paul Inquiry Commission that probed the death of Subramania Pillai, an official attached to the Murugan temple in Tiruchendur, in 1980, he noted. VCK general secretary D. Ravikumar said that the reports of inquiry panels, if at all tabled by the respective State governments, were rarely discussed in the House. Kathir, an activist from Madurai-based NGO ‘Evidence’, argued that out of the 45-odd Commissions of Inquiry appointed in the State since 1991, the reports of only about two to three had proved useful. “When we move the court, the government will submit that it has already appointed a Commission of Inquiry and [hence] our plea need not be entertained. Eventually, the High Court will dismiss our plea,” Mr. Kathir pointed out.

Critics say the benefits hardly justify the efforts needed to run them In the wake of the recent observations of the Madras High Court questioning the State government on the amount of funds spent on running Commissions of Inquiry on various issues, legal experts and activists have questioned the need …

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Tanks in southern districts still dry despite rains

Tanks in southern districts still dry despite rains

Agitated farmers say the nonchalant attitude of the PWD engineers was responsible for the dismal state of affairs Though many reservoirs including Mullaperiyar, Vaigai and Sothuparai in Theni district, Papanasam dam and Servalar dam in Tirunelveli district received copious rains during the south-west monsoon, many tanks maintained by the PWD …

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At MGR centenary fete, AIADMK leaders target DMK, others

At MGR centenary fete, AIADMK leaders target DMK, others

Stalin not fit to be Leader of the Opposition, says Chief Minister Palaniswami The valedictory function of the year-long celebrations organised by the State government to mark the birth centenary of AIADMK founder and former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran here on Sunday ended up looking more like a party affair, …

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‘EC will keep vigil against cash-for-vote practice’

‘EC will keep vigil against cash-for-vote practice’

CEO says the watchdog is ready for the impending bypolls The Election Commission of India had maintained “strict vigilance” against the distribution of cash in exchange for votes during elections in Tamil Nadu,and will continue to do so, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said here on Friday. The EC had taken …

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‘AIADMK preparing to face polls alone’

‘AIADMK preparing to face polls alone’

Will decide on tie-ups at the time of elections: Thambi Durai The AIADMK is gearing up to face the Lok Sabha elections on its own, according to M. Thambi Durai, propaganda secretary of the party and Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha. “This is the position of the party, as …

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Vision-impaired teen gets MBBS seat

Vision-impaired teen gets MBBS seat

College denied him admission but the High Court comes to his rescue Observing that “compassion is the only universal language which blind can see, deaf can hear and dumb can speak,” the Madras High court (Madurai Bench) has directed the Government Pudukottai Medical College Hospital to admit a student with 90% …

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Doctor clears the air on flying Jayalalithaa abroad for treatment

Doctor clears the air on flying Jayalalithaa abroad for treatment

Says former CM herself had shot down the suggestion by Richard Beale A specialist in critical care who treated Jayalalithaa told the Commission of Inquiry looking into the former Chief Minister’s death that the option of flying her abroad was discussed with government officials, who responded by saying that the …

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HC raps railways for unclean trains

HC raps railways for unclean trains

Asks Southern Railway to provide exclusive phone numbers for passengers to lodge complaints Coming down heavily on officials of Southern Railway for not keeping the trains clean, the Madras High Court directed the General Manager, Southern Railway, to provide exclusive telephone numbers to passengers to lodge complaints and to fix responsibility on …

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