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#  Grand return of the royals after half a century

Raja Raja Chola I and Lokamadevi idols in officials’ custody
A hero’s welcome was given to the ancient bronze idols of emperor Raja Raja Chola I and his consort Lokamadevi, recovered from an Ahmedabad museum, at the king’s territory of Kumbakonam on Friday. Unreserved praise for the Idol Wing police team that effected the retrieval was there for all to see.

Inspector General of Police, Idol Wing, A.G. Ponn Manickavel, led his team of officers in producing the two priceless icons before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kumbakonam, Ayyappan Pillai, hearing the cases related to idol thefts. After recordings and verifications, the magistrate ordered the idols to be handed over to the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department and its Assistant Commissioner in Kumbakonam Bharaneedharan took official custody of the two ancient icons.

A grand reception

A rousing reception, usually reserved for the royalty, was accorded to the two idols bought by the Idol Wing police by road from Chennai. At the Bhaktapuri Street Circle in the town, people from various walks of life, including the devotees of Lord Shiva, playing their attractive musical instruments gathered to offer a grand welcome to the idols and the police team. They garlanded the statues and hailed the efforts to bring them back from the Calico Museum and Sarabhai Foundation Gallery, Ahmedabad, where they were displayed after being mysteriously stolen from the Sri Brihadeeswarar temple, Thanjavur, some five decades ago. After taking possession of the idols, HR&CE officials took them to the Vadakailayam shrine in the Sri Panchanatheeswarar temple complex in Tiruvaiyaru, which was built by Lokamadevi herself. There special pujas were performed. The two idols are to be installed at the Big Temple.

Superintendent of Police, Thanjavur, T. Senthil Kumar, received the icons in Kumbakonam.

#  Wielding the broom on day one at school

Parents upset over school asking students to clean premises
The first day of the new 2018-19 academic year turned out to be a not-so-pleasant experience for the students of the Government Higher Secondary School, Kinathukadavu.

Soon after the school hours began, the teachers had asked the students to clean classrooms, corridors and stairs, alleged parents who were at the school.

He could see students carrying brooms to clean classrooms, said a parent from the nearby Lakshmi Nagar. A parent from Immidipalayam also confirmed the same.

The Immidipalayam parent, on condition of anonymity, said it was wrong on the part of the teachers to ask the students clean the classrooms. The teachers, as per the district administration's order, should have made arrangements to clean the premises before the reopening of the school.

The Lakshmi Nagar parent said that on seeing the children clean, a few parents also joined them.

If at all the school did not have anyone for the conservancy work, the teachers through the School Education Department should take steps to appoint one.

School headmistress in-charge D. Mangayarkarasi said the school had engaged a conservancy worker for Rs. 6,000 a month. The worker had been cleaning the school for the last three days and it was wrong to allege that the teachers had asked the students to clean the classrooms. A few workers from the Kinathukadavu Panchayat Union were also at the school for the past three days cleaning the toilet and water tanks, she said and denied that the students cleaned the classrooms.

Social activist A.K. Mani complained that it was wrong on the part of the school, which had collected Rs. 10 a student a month in the last academic year for cleaning the school, to ask the students to clean classrooms. This was in blatant violation of State Government rules, he said and wanted the School Education Department to initiate action against the school management.

Sources in the office of the Chief Education Officer, Coimbatore, said they had not received any complaints from parents or others about the reported incident. And if it were true, the Department would definitely initiate action.

#  Centre notifies Cauvery authority

It will decide on water sharing
Three days after the Karnataka Assembly election results and three months after the Supreme Court’s order, the Union government on Friday issued a notification for the Cauvery Water Management Authority.

The authority will decide the sharing of the river water among the States of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry.

MPs of both the AIADMK and the DMK had stalled the winter session of Parliament over the delay in the formation of the authority.

Charge against BJP

They had accused the BJP government of delaying the formation of the authority for electoral gains in Karnataka.

The authority’s mandate will be to monitor the storage, apportion shares, supervise operation of reservoirs and regulate water releases with the assistance of the Regulation Committee.

It will regulate water release by Karnataka at the Biligundulu gauge and discharge station.

#  5 get life term in Bodh Gaya blasts case

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on Friday awarded life sentence to all five accused in the Bodh Gaya serial bomb blasts case. It also imposed Rs. 10,000 in fine on each of the accused. Judge Manoj Kumar Sinha had convicted the accused earlier on May 25.

Nine explosions rocked the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya on July 7, 2013, injuring five persons, including two monks. The judge sentenced Omair Siddiqui, 39, Azaharuddin Qureshi, 25, Imtiyaz Ansari, 35, Haider Ali, 30, and Mujibullah Ansari, 28, to life imprisonment under various Sections of the IPC, the Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act and the Explosives Act. The court awarded 14 years of imprisonment to Haider Ali, and three years to Omair Siddiqui. The sixth accused, a juvenile, was sentenced to 3 years in a remand home last year.

#  Data usage in gram panchayats is high

In their bid to end the digital divide, the gram panchayats (GPs) in Karnataka have turned out to be one of the largest consumers of broadband data in the country. Thanks to 6,079 GPs connected with high-speed Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) network, each GP, on an average, is consuming 9.9 GB broadband data because of digitisation of several services. The data usage is one of the largest in the country, said R. Mani, BSNL Chief General Manager, Karnataka Circle.

#  Pawar meets Gadkari in Pune, sets off political speculation

A closed door meeting between senior Bharatiya Janata party leader and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Nationalist Congress party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Friday has set political circles abuzz.

Sources said both met for half an hour at the city’s J.W. Marriott where they discussed a number of issues.

Mr. Pawar’s unexpected visit to the city from Baramati to meet Mr. Gadkari has lent grist to political mills in the light of the heightened acrimony between the BJP and its ally, the Shiv Sena, following the results of the Palghar bypoll.

State Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh was also present at the meeting. “No politics was discussed. A number of topics pertaining to infrastructure and engineering were taken up,” said a NCP leader, requesting anonymity.

The topics discussed included Mr. Gadkari’s idea to run metro coaches on broad gauge rail lines in Nagpur, and to decongest Pune to run broad gauge metro rail in neighbouring Lonavla, Satara and Ahmednagar.

Later, Mr. Gadkari’s office officially tweeted that both leaders had met and had a detailed discussion of broad gauge metro projects.

#  Citizenship Bill may have to wait for House nod

JPC plans to hold wider consultations
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is unlikely to be tabled in the monsoon session of Parliament as the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) that is examining the legislation intends to have wider consultations, its chairperson said.

JPC chairperson Rajendra Agrawal told The Hindu that the Bill needed further intensive discussions and the JPC would seek the advice of legal and constitutional experts. The Bill proposes citizenship to six persecuted minorities — Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Parsis, Christians and Buddhists — from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who came to India before 2014.

Resistance in Assam

There has been strong resistance to the Bill in Assam as it seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh. Several political and civil groups in Assam have said the Bill would pave the way for giving citizenship to illegal Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh in Assam, in violation of the Assam Accord, 1985.

The JPC that visited Assam on May 7 faced protests as indigenous groups see the Bill as a move to legitimise Hindus who have migrated from Bangladesh after 1971. As per the orders of the Supreme Court, the next draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is to be published on June 30, and this has also created hurdles to the passage of the Bill. A total of 3.29 crore people applied for inclusion in the NRC. In the first list, around 1.9 crore names were included.

Mr. Agrawal said they would wait for the NRC process to be completed. The NRC is being updated to weed out illegal migrants who came to the State after the 1971 war when Bangladesh liberated itself from Pakistan.

#  Centre notifies Cauvery authority

It will decide on water sharing
Three days after the Karnataka Assembly election results and three months after the Supreme Court’s order, the Union government on Friday issued a notification for the Cauvery Water Management Authority.

The authority will decide the sharing of the river water among the States of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry.

MPs of both the AIADMK and the DMK had stalled the winter session of Parliament over the delay in the formation of the authority.

Charge against BJP

They had accused the BJP government of delaying the formation of the authority for electoral gains in Karnataka.

The authority’s mandate will be to monitor the storage, apportion shares, supervise operation of reservoirs and regulate water releases with the assistance of the Regulation Committee.

It will regulate water release by Karnataka at the Biligundulu gauge and discharge station.

#  Wielding the broom on day one at school

Parents upset over school asking students to clean premises
The first day of the new 2018-19 academic year turned out to be a not-so-pleasant experience for the students of the Government Higher Secondary School, Kinathukadavu.

Soon after the school hours began, the teachers had asked the students to clean classrooms, corridors and stairs, alleged parents who were at the school.

He could see students carrying brooms to clean classrooms, said a parent from the nearby Lakshmi Nagar. A parent from Immidipalayam also confirmed the same.

The Immidipalayam parent, on condition of anonymity, said it was wrong on the part of the teachers to ask the students clean the classrooms. The teachers, as per the district administration's order, should have made arrangements to clean the premises before the reopening of the school.

The Lakshmi Nagar parent said that on seeing the children clean, a few parents also joined them.

If at all the school did not have anyone for the conservancy work, the teachers through the School Education Department should take steps to appoint one.

School headmistress in-charge D. Mangayarkarasi said the school had engaged a conservancy worker for Rs. 6,000 a month. The worker had been cleaning the school for the last three days and it was wrong to allege that the teachers had asked the students to clean the classrooms. A few workers from the Kinathukadavu Panchayat Union were also at the school for the past three days cleaning the toilet and water tanks, she said and denied that the students cleaned the classrooms.

Social activist A.K. Mani complained that it was wrong on the part of the school, which had collected Rs. 10 a student a month in the last academic year for cleaning the school, to ask the students to clean classrooms. This was in blatant violation of State Government rules, he said and wanted the School Education Department to initiate action against the school management.

Sources in the office of the Chief Education Officer, Coimbatore, said they had not received any complaints from parents or others about the reported incident. And if it were true, the Department would definitely initiate action.

#  Passenger train receives rousing welcome

At inaugural halt at Vadamadurai railway station
The Mayiladuthurai-bound Tirunelveli-Mayiladuthurai Passenger train on Friday received a rousing welcome when it made its inaugural stoppage at Vadamadurai Railway Station.

The Madurai Division of Southern Railway announced stoppage of the fast passenger train at the railway station in response to public demand.

A large number of people, including traders, members of Vadamadurai Railway Passengers Protection Committee and various associations, lined up at the station to welcome the train.

They garlanded the train on its arrival from Dindigul and honoured the loco pilot, co-pilot and guard with shawls. They also distributed sweets to them and passengers.

Train timings

The train will arrive at the railway station at 11.40 a.m. and depart at 11.42 a.m. And on the return journey, it will arrive at the station at 3.33 p.m. and leave for Dindigul at 3.34 p.m. On the first day, three Tiruchi-bound passengers boarded the train.

“The Tirunelveli-Mayilathurai fast passenger is the third train for Vadamadurai. Already, Dindigul-Tiruchi and Villupuram-Madurai passenger trains stop at the station in the morning and at night,” said former Vedasandur MLA and Madurai Divisional Railway Board Advisory Committee member S. Palanisamy.

“This train will benefit all sections of people in and around Vadamadurai, especially pilgrims going to Thajvaur and Kumbakonam. While the bus fare is Rs. 67 to Tiruchi and Rs. 112 to Thanjavur from Vadamadurai, the train ticket is just Rs. 11 and Rs. 30 respectively. Above all, it will help poor people.” he added.

He said Divisional Railway Manager Neenu Ittyerah had assured them of action within two months. But she made it a reality in 20 days, he pointed out.

Ex-Serviceman M. Kuppan said two express trains, Jayanthi Janata and Sengottai Express, halted at Vadamadurai station till 1977. After gauge conversion, the station lost its sheen as the railways cancelled stoppage of several trains.

Wi-fi service

Southern Railway has planned to inaugurate three lifts commissioned on platform no. 1, 2 and 3 and 4 and 5, launch wi-fi service and open foot overbridge on platform 1 and 2 at Dindigul railway station on Sunday.

#  City’s power demand hits new high at 6,651 MW

The Capital’s peak power demand hit a new high of 6,651 MW on Friday at 3.36 p.m. Last year, the peak power demand of 6,526 MW was recorded on June 6.

#   Communal tension in Shillong after rumours

Rumours on social media about the death of a tribal man led to communal tensions in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong on Thursday evening, forcing the authorities to impose curfew in parts of the city.

#  City’s power demand hits new high at 6,651 MW

The Capital’s peak power demand hit a new high of 6,651 MW on Friday at 3.36 p.m. Last year, the peak power demand of 6,526 MW was recorded on June 6.

Source:- The Hindu

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