The Hindu Important Articles 21 April 2018
A grand Chithirai festival in Madurai on the cards
The temple administration has geared up to conduct the celestial wedding of Goddess Meenakshi with Sundareswarar in a grand manner on April 27.
Arrangements are going in full swing to receive a large number of devotees for the annual Chithirai festival. After inspecting the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple and presiding over a review meeting with officials, ministers R.B. Udayakumar, Sevur Ramachandran, Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao, Temple Fit Person Karumuttu T Kannan told reporters that considering the scorching summer, a shelter covering a little over one lakh square feet would be put up from East Chitirai, West Chitirai, North Adi and West Adi streets.
For the benefit of devotees witnessing the celestial wedding, a 200-tonne giant air-conditioning plant would be installed behind the stage. Apart from this, 10 air coolers would be put up at different locations of the big hall. LED televisions would be fitted in 20 locations inside and outside the temple so that the devotees caould have a better view of the proceedings, .
The temple administration would present prasadams to the visiting devotees. As many as 35,000 bags, with a small water bottle, would be distributed. In coordination with doctors at Government Rajaji Hospital, medical teams would be positioned at vantage locations to treat emergency cases. An outpatient facility would function at Birla Vishram near the temple.
Fire tenders would be stationed behind the stage and on West Chithirai Street.
Devotees can dial ‘12890’ to get details about the programmes during the Chithirai festival and deity processions. To mark this special occasion, the 1000-pillar hall would be open to public.
The police would erect 10 watch towers from Alagarkoil to the point where Lord Kallazhagar entered Vaigai river. In the city, 28 locations had been identified for erecting watch towers from which the police would monitor crowd movement. The police had identified designated spots for distributing prasadam to devotees.
As many as 435 mandahapadis would receive the Lord Kallazhagar between Alagarkoil and Madurai. The temple administration had renovated Thenur Mandapam at a cost ofRs. 41 lakh as it required repairs.
The annual 45-day Chithirai exhibition will begin at Tamukkam Ground here on Saturday.
The exhibition will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
CBSE to give 2 marks for Class X typo
The Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to provide compensation of two marks to Class X students for a typing error in the English question paper.
Several teachers and students had approached the board with the plea that the paper held on March 12 had certain errors in the comprehension passage section.
Students had to read a passage and write synonyms for the words endurance, obstruction, and motivation. But the paragraphs they were supposed to look at were incorrectly marked, they had said in an online petition.
“The typing error has been noticed and it has been board’s policy to not let students face any disadvantage.
“The marking scheme has been decided in the interest of students and all those who appeared for the particular question will be awarded two marks,” a senior CBSE official said.
‘No homework up to Class II’
The NCERT on Thursday told the Madras High Court that as per the National Curriculum Framework -2005 developed by it, no home work should be given to school students up to Class II.
HC reserves order on panchayat polls
Refuting the Opposition’s allegations that it was working at the behest of the ruling TMC, the West Bengal State Election Commission on Thursday told the Calcutta High Court that it has taken all steps to ensure a level playing field for the upcoming panchayat elections. The Court has reserved its judgment for Friday.
Sad letter day, says Congress
The party ‘respectfully disagrees’ with the Supreme Court judgment
The Congress on Thursday said it “respectfully disagreed with the conclusions arrive at” by the Supreme Court on the Judge B.H. Loya case as it had left many questions “unanswered”, and called it a “sad letter day” in India’s history.
While the principal Opposition party called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Loya’s death, its president, Rahul Gandhi, made a direct attack on BJP president Amit Shah, who was cleared of all charges in the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Shaikh.
“Indians are deeply intelligent. Most Indians, including those in the BJP, instinctively understand the truth about Mr. Amit Shah. The truth has its own way of catching up with people like him,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted.
Sources told The Hindu that Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad had called a meeting on Friday of Opposition parties who had previously supported the move to bring an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India.
For the record, the party took a cautious stance on the issue of moving an impeachment motion. “Today, I would like to restrict my comments only to the Supreme Court verdict in the Judge Loya case,” said the Congress’s communication head, Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Arguing for a criminal investigation, he said the Maharashtra government never placed “material documents and clinching evidence” before the top court.
“Issue of criminality or lack thereof can only be decided through an investigation. There has been no investigation till date in the death of Judge Loya. No one, without an investigation, can decide whether death is natural or not. Can statements of some judges made in an administrative enquiry before a police officer be the sole yardstick for arriving at a conclusion, more so when there is suspicion being raised by available forensic evidence, opinion of experts, documents, discrepancies and statements of various witnesses given to different organisations pointing towards a possible conspiracy,” he asked.
The CPI(M) called for an independent investigation, and argued that the issue must be taken up by a larger Bench of the top court. “All circumstantial evidence suggest that this matter must be thoroughly probed to get to the bottom of it,” CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said.
(With inputs from Sobhana K. Nair in Hyderabad)
No one, without a probe, can decide whether death is natural or not
Randeep Singh Surjewala
Congress’ communication head
3 policemen suspended
Three policemen were suspended after an aggrieved Hindu seer tried to commit suicide through self-immolation at a police station close to the disputed site in Ayodhya.
The seer, who was grievously injured with around 70% burns, died in a hospital on Thursday, as per local reports.
Identified as Ramdas Tyagi, a native of Madhya Pradesh, the seer had attempted suicide inside the premises of the Ram Janmabhoomi police station in Ayodhya as he was upset with police inaction over his stolen items. The police station, located close to the disputed site, is a high-security zone.
Tyagi’s belongings were stolen a few days ago while he had gone to the Hanumangarhi temple. He had alleged that not only did the police refuse to lodge an FIR, they also let the accused go scot-free.