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    A recap of prime information from town this week

    Tamil Nadu Legislative Meeting. Pic: Wikimedia Commons

    Chennai to vote on April sixth, civic physique points instructions for mannequin code of conduct

    The Election Fee of India, on Friday, introduced that Tamil Nadu will go for Meeting elections on April sixth and the outcomes will probably be declared on Might 2nd. This time, the election will probably be performed all through the state in a single section. March nineteenth is the final date for submitting nominations. 

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    In view of the elections, the civic physique has issued instructions for the Mannequin Code of Conduct (MCC). Commissioner G Prakash acknowledged that any defacement of public property, akin to wall work, posters, cut-outs and the like, should be erased inside 48 hours from the announcement of elections. For personal property, any ads, topic to the native legislation and judicial instructions, will probably be erased inside 72 hours from the announcement.

    Supply: The Hindu | The New Indian Specific

    Commuters hit by transport strike 

    With scores of MTC employees on indefinite strike in Chennai, common commuters have been severely affected. The strike, which has been on since February twenty fifth throughout Tamil Nadu, was known as by employees affiliated with 9 commerce unions. Their key calls for embody clearing the provident fund (PF) and different retired workers’ dues, protecting transport company losses within the Funds and wage revision. 

    The transport strike has hit commuters, particularly given the scant availability of other modes of public transport. With the brand new line within the works, the variety of suburban practice companies was additionally restricted. The Chennai division operated solely 80 trains whereas earlier, 150 trains had been operated day by day. That is anticipated to proceed until March 13.

    Whereas the MTC claims that greater than 50% of the buses had been operated regardless of the employees’ strike, the commerce unions countered that lower than 10% of the fleet had been on the roads.

    Supply: The Hindu | The New Indian Specific

    Free NEET teaching for Company faculty college students

    The Higher Chennai Company (GCC) has initiated free NEET teaching for college kids of faculties run by the civic physique. The scholars will obtain coaching for 100 days beneath the ‘NEET, Ennal Mudiyum’ (I can) programme. 

    From the 250 college students, who had been prepared and prepared to take up the aggressive examination, the civic physique has chosen 101 college students. The candidates had been shortlisted by means of a screening take a look at that noticed the participation of 133 college students.  The coaching for 50 college students will occur at Chennai Greater Secondary Faculty in Puliyur whereas one other 51 college students will bear coaching on the Chennai Ladies Greater Secondary Faculty, M.H. Highway.

    Supply: The Hindu | DTNext


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    Use Sensible Card to pay for companies provided by GCC

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Ok Palaniswami launched the Namma Chennai Sensible Card that can be utilized to pay for companies offered by the civic physique together with cycle sharing, property tax and so forth. The good playing cards could be bought from the e-seva centres in Chennai by offering identification paperwork and a token payment of Rs 100, following which the cardboard will probably be activated in two days.

    The cardboard, supported by RuPay, integrates varied fee strategies. The cardboard will entice service expenses if utilized in Level of Sale (PoS) gadgets. Listed below are the small print:

    Spend restrict Service expenses
    Lower than Rs 1,000 0.65%
    Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 0.90%
    Greater than Rs 2,000 1.40%

    The cardboard, launched in partnership with Chennai Sensible Metropolis Restricted (CSCL) and ICICI Financial institution, has a number of options that may be managed on-line in a separate portal for patrons. There are additionally plans to roll out particular options for the purchasers.

    Supply: DTNext | Mint

    Air air pollution killed 11,000 in Chennai

    A Greenpeace Southeast Asia evaluation of air high quality has confirmed that town witnessed 11,000 deaths brought on by polluted air. The NGO additionally studied the real-time well being affect and financial value from PM 2.5 utilizing an online software, ‘value estimator’. The online software estimated that town witnessed financial losses of Rs 10,910 crore on account of air air pollution.

    Though air high quality index confirmed enchancment within the metropolis through the lockdown, Greenpeace India local weather campaigner Avinash Chanchal states that air air pollution nonetheless stays a severe public well being hazard, impacting the economic system as nicely. 

    Supply: The New Indian Specific


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    Ridership goes up after Metro slashes ticket fares

    Within the run-up to Meeting elections and constant calls for positioned by the commuters of Metro, the Chief Minister slashed the Metro ticket fares final week. 

    Vadapalani Metro Station. Pic: Bhavani Prabhakar

    Right here is the revised fare record:

    Distance Ticket fares
    Upto 2 kms Rs 10
    2 to five kms Rs 20
    5 to 12 kms Rs 30
    As much as 21 kms Rs 40
    Above 21 kms Rs 50

    The discount of fares resulted in practically 86,000 passengers on February twenty fourth. It’s to be famous that till not too long ago, Chennai Metro ridership was 55,000 and the authorities hope that ridership will improve to at least one lakh quickly. Officers add that the inauguration of the Section-I extension has additionally boosted the variety of commuters choosing Metro trains.

    Supply: The Information Minute | The Hindu

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    [Compiled by Bhavani Prabhakar]

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