Showing posts with label Tamil Nadu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tamil Nadu. Show all posts

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Four children die in Chennai hospital, opposition hits out

Four children die in Chennai hospital, opposition hits out

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Chennai, Oct 15: With four children dying in a government-run hospital here within 24 hours, opposition in Tamil Nadu on Saturday hit out at the "callousness" of the state health department and demanded the state government accept responsibility.

The children aged between eight and 11 died due to mysterious fever at the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children here since Friday. Its Resident Medical Officer was not available for comments despite several attempts by IANS.

In a statement issued here, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly M.K.Stalin condemned the Tamil Nadu government for not looking into the callous attitude of the medical department officials.

The children's death have created a fear in the minds of the people, he said, while noting that one family lost their two children on the same day.

Stalin said he had brought to the notice of the government several times about the existence of the mysterious fever and other diseases like dengue, but no action was taken.

He said the Chennai Corporation and the Health Department should at least wake up from their slumber now.

PMK founder S.Ramadoss said children dying of dengue in government hospitals is becoming a regular feature in Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts.

He said the doctors at the hospital did not diagnose the fever that the children were suffering from and proper treatment were not given.

He also wondered as to why the state Health Minister and Health Secretary are camping in Apollo Hospitals, where Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has been admitted since last month, instead of taking preventive action against dengue.

Meanwhile, city residents complained the main sewage lines are always full and also overflows onto the road and inside the compound of the houses posing a major health hazard.

"It is not known whether the pumping stations are working at all. Once the rain starts, the city will be under sewage," said resident N.Varadarajan.

Friday, October 14, 2016

With Jayalalithaa's consent AIADMK to celebrate 45th anniversary day

With Jayalalithaa's consent AIADMK to celebrate 45th anniversary day

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Chennai, Oct 14: Ailing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK General Secretary has approved garlanding of M. G. Ramachandran's (MGR) statue on October 17, the day on which he founded the party over four decades back, a statement said on Friday.

In a statement issued here AIADMK said that on October 17 the party would complete 44 years and step into 45th year.

On the day at AIADMK's headquarters here party Presidium Chairman E. Madhusudanan will garland MGR's statue and also hoist the party flag.

The AIADMK said Jayalalithaa had consented to issue the statement.

The 68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to hospital on September 22 for fever and dehydration.

The doctors later said she needed a longer stay at the hospital as she was suffering from infection and put her on respiratory support.

On October 8, the hospital said: "The respiratory support is closely watched and adjusted. Lungs decongestion treatment is being continued. All other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are under way."

Various political leaders citing her health condition had questioned the mode of advice given by Jayalalithaa to Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao on allocating her portfolios to Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Panneerselvam takes charge of Jayalalithaa's portfolios

Panneerselvam takes charge of Jayalalithaa's portfolios

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Chennai, Oct 13: Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam has taken charge of the portfolios earlier handled by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, officials said on Thursday.

This was also reflected on the state government's official website which listed the portfolio's handled by Jayalalithaa but now put under Panneerselvam's name.

Jayalalithaa held the portfolios of Public, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, Police and Home.

The officials told IANS that it is just reallocation of portfolios, that is, files that were sent to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for approval earlier will now be sent to Panneerselvam.

Panneerselvam, who visited the state secretariat on Wednesday and Thursday, is stepping into Jayalalithaa's shoes for the third time, but this time with a difference.

In the first two instances, Jayalalithaa had stepped down as the Chief Minister due to legal troubles and Panneerselvam replaced her.

Jayalalithaa, 68, was admitted to a hospital here on September 22 for treatment of fever and dehydration.

Doctors said she needed a longer stay at the hospital as she was suffering from infection and put her on respiratory support.

On October 11, a Raj Bhavan statement said Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao had, under Clause (3) of the Constitution's Article 166, allocated the subjects hitherto dealt with by Jayalalithaa to Panneerselvam on her advice.

"This arrangement has been made as per the advice of Chief Minister and will continue until Jayalalithaa resumes her duties. She will continue to be the Chief Minister," the statement said.

Panneerselvam will also preside over the state Cabinet meetings.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Karunanidhi wonders about Jayalalithaa's portfolio reallocation

Karunanidhi wonders about Jayalalithaa's portfolio reallocation

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Chennai, Oct 12: DMK President M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday said it is a wonder that Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao allocated portfolios handled by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa to Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam based on her advice.

In a statement issued here, Karunanidhi said Jayalalithaa is in the hospital for the past 19 days and was advised longer stay there.

He said that several leaders, including the Tamil Nadu Governor, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu and others, were not allowed to see or wish Jayalalithaa in person when they visited the Apollo Hospitals here where she is admitted.

Given this situation, the statement from Raj Bhavan on Wednesday that reallocation of the portfolios was done based on the advice of Jayalalithaa is a wonder.

Karunanidhi also said one cannot entirely overlook the doubt as to whether the acting Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao had analysed the various provisions of the Constitution in a short span of time. 

According to the Raj Bhavan statement issued on Tuesday, Governor Vidyasagar Rao has, under Clause (3) of the Constitution's Article 166, allocated the subjects hitherto dealt with by Jayalalithaa to Panneerselvam on her advice.

Jayalalithaa held the portfolios of Public, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, and Home.

Panneerselvam will also preside over the cabinet meetings.

"This arrangement has been made as per the advice of Hon'ble Chief Minister and will continue until the Hon'ble Chief Minister Selvi J. Jayalalithaa resumes her duties. Selvi J. Jayalalithaa will continue to be the Chief Minister," the Raj Bhavan statement said.

On Tuesday, Congress' state unit President S. Thirunavukkarasar, reacting to reallocation of the portfolios, told IANS that it "is a welcome development for the continued functioning of the government".

He said the situation is similar to the one that existed when AIADMK founder, the late M.G. Ramachandran (MGR), was admitted to the same Apollo Hospitals in October 1984.

Senior AIADMK leader C. Ponnaiyan told IANS that the portfolios handled by MGR were then allocated to Nedunchezian.

According to Ponnaiyan, MGR in 1984 had orally instructed that his portfolios are to be handled by Nedunchezhiyan.

"As per the rules, the Chief Minister can orally tell any one or more cabinet colleagues to handle the portfolios. This is the practice followed across the country," he said.

According to him, there is no provision in the Constitution for an acting Chief Minister.

Speaking to IANS, political commentator Maalan Narayanan said that in 1984, the then Governor Sundar Lal Khurana asked then Finance Minister V.R. Nedunchezhiyan to preside over the cabinet meetings and not to take any policy decisions.

The 68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 for fever and dehydration.

The doctors later said she needed a longer stay at the hospital as she was suffering from infection, and put her on respiratory support.

On October 8, the hospital said: "The respiratory support is closely watched and adjusted. Lungs decongestion treatment is being continued. All other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are under way."

The ruling AIADMK has ruled out the need for an acting or temporary Chief Minister. Panneerselvam has earlier served as Chief Minister when Jayalalithaa had to step down in wake of her conviction by a Bengaluru court in a corruption case. She returned to the post after the Karnataka High Court acquitted her.

On October 7, Governor Rao met Panneerselvam and Public Works, Highways and Minor Ports Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Chief Secretary P. Rama Mohana Rao to discuss the Cauvery water issue and the General Administration in the state in the wake of Jayalalithaa's hospitalisation.
Panneerselvam given Jayalalithaa's portfolios, Opposition welcomes move

Panneerselvam given Jayalalithaa's portfolios, Opposition welcomes move

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Chennai, Oct 11: Ending suspense and speculations over Tamil Nadu's governance, the portfolios held by Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa, who is currently in hospital, have been allocated to state Finance Minister O.Panneerselvam, a Raj Bhavan statement said on Tuesday.

According to the statement, Governor Ch.Vidyasagar Rao has, under Clause (3) of the Constitution's Article 166, allocated the subjects hitherto dealt with by Jayalalithaa to Panneerselvam on her advice.

Jayalalithaa held the portfolios of Public, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, Police and Home.

Panneerselvam will also preside over the cabinet meetings.

"This arrangement has been made as per the advice of Hon'ble Chief Minister and will continue until the Hon'ble Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa resumes her duties. Selvi J Jayalalithaa will continue to be the Chief Minister," the Raj Bhavan statement said.

The 68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 for fever and dehydration.

The doctors later said she needed a longer stay at the hospital as she was suffering from infection and put her on respiratory support.

On October 8, the hospital said: "The respiratory support is closely watched and adjusted. Lungs decongestion treatment is being continued. All other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are under way."

The ruling AIADMK has ruled out the need for an acting or temporary chief minister. Panneerselvam has earlier served as Chief Minister when Jayalalithaa had to step down in wake of her conviction in a corruption by a Bengaluru court. She had returned to the post after the Karnataka High Court acquitted her.

Reacting to the development, Congress' state unit president S.Thirunavukkarasar told IANS that it "is a welcome development for the continued functioning of the government".

He said the situation is similar to the one that existed when AIADMK founder, the late M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) was admitted to the same Apollo Hospitals in October 1984.

Leader of Opposition in the assembly, DMK's M.K.Stalin too welcomed the Governor's decision.

In a statement issued here, Stalin said the state has to handle several problems and there should be a ministry and it should have a head to take important decisions.

Speaking to IANS, political commentator Maalan Narayanan said in 1984, the then Governor Sundar Lal Khurana asked then Finance Minister V.R.Nedunchezhiyan to preside over the cabinet meetings and not to take any policy decision.

Senior AIADMK leader C.Ponnaiyan told IANS that the portfolios handled by MGR were allocated to Nedunchezian. 

According to Ponnaiyan, in 1984, MGR had instructed orally that his portfolios are to be handled by Nedunchezhiyan.

"As per the rules, the Chief Minister can orally tell any one or more cabinet colleagues to handle the portfolios. This is the practice followed across the country," he said.

According to him there is no provision in the Constitution for an acting Chief Minister.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Two held over rumours about Jayalalithaa's health

Two held over rumours about Jayalalithaa's health

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Chennai, Oct 11: Police on Tuesday arrested two persons for spreading rumours about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's health on social media.

Satish Kumar and Madasamy were taken into custody with an intent to create panic among the public following a complaint from the ruling AIADMK party's IT Secretary.

The police have registered 43 cases on charges of spreading rumours about Jayalalithaa's health.

The 68-year-old Chief Minister was hospitalized on September 22 for fever and dehydration.

The doctors later said she needed a longer stay at the hospital as she was suffering from infection and put her on respiratory support.

The police recently registered a case against a resident of France, also on charges of spreading rumours.

Meanwhile, leaders of political parties continue to visit Apollo Hospital to enquire about Jayalalithaa's health.

Congress leader M. Krishnaswamy told the media later that AIADMK leaders had told him that Jayalalithaa's condition was improving.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Jayalalithaa may be discharged soon: Kerala Governor

Jayalalithaa may be discharged soon: Kerala Governor

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Chennai, Oct 10: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is likely to be discharged soon from hospital, Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam said on Monday.

"All the specialists' doctors informed us that there is a good response to the treatment and she is likely to be discharged soon and soon she will take over the administration of the state," Sathasivam told the media.

The Governor made the comments after visiting the Apollo Hospital with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Meanwhile, Apollo Hospital said Jayalalithaa's health was under being monitoried by specialists.

"Necessary respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are being given," it said in a statement.

The 68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 for fever and dehydration.

The doctors later said she needed a longer stay at the hospital as she was suffering from infection and put her on respiratory support.

On October 8, the hospital said: "The respiratory support is closely watched and adjusted. Lungs decongestion treatment is being continued. All other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are under way."

Kerala Chief Minister Vijayan said he and the Governor decided to come to convey the best wishes of the people of Kerala and to wish her speedy recovery.

"We got good positive news from the doctors. They said she will recover soon. We have received the good news that she is getting better," he said.

Vijayan and Sathasivam drove in the same car to the hospital.

Union Minister M. Venkaiah Nadu told reporters that only the ruling AIADMK can decide on an acting Chief Minister or Deputy Chief Minister till Jayalalithaa recovers.

Naidu said Jayalalithaa was recovering well and there was no need to believe "baseless rumours" about her health.

He said doctors had told him that Jayalalithaa was responding well to the treatment.

Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi also visited the Apollo Hospital.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Stalin visits Apollo Hospitals to enquire about Jayalalithaa

Stalin visits Apollo Hospitals to enquire about Jayalalithaa

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Chennai, Oct 8: DMK leader M.K.Stalin on Saturday visited Apollo Hospital to enquire about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa's health condition.

Speaking to reporters later, Stalin said: "DMK President M.Karunanidhi had ordered us to visit Apollo Hospitals. He had asked us to enquire about Jayalalithaa's health with the doctors and Tamil Nadu ministers."

He said that while he was not able to meet Jayalalithaa, the doctors and state ministers like Finance Minister O.Panneerselvam and others briefed him about her health.

Stalin wished Jayalalithaa a speedy recovery on behalf of Karunanidhi and the DMK party.

The 68-year old Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital here last month for fever and dehydration.

The Apollo Hospitals later said she needs a longer stay at the hospital as she is suffering from infection and is on respiratory support.

Monday, September 26, 2016

ISRO to make commercial use of multiple burn technology in Mondayrocket launch

ISRO to make commercial use of multiple burn technology in Mondayrocket launch

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Chennai, Sep 26: Indian space agency ISRO on Monday will, for the first time, be making commercial use its own multiple burn technology while launching eight satellites - five foreign and three domestic - in different orbits, said a senior official.

Multiple burn technology is the switching off and switching on of a rocket's engine in space.

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) director K. Sivan also told IANS that the 48 and half hour countdown for the launch of Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) that would carry the eight satellites is progressing smoothly at the rocket port Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

It began on at 8.42 a.m on Saturday and the rocket is expected to blast off at 9.12 a.m. on Monday.

"We will be using the multiple burn technology for the first time for launching satellites. Earlier we switched off and switched on the fourth stage (engine) of PSLV to test the technology," said Sivan.

He said the first time the multiple burn technology was first tested by ISRO while flying its PSLV rocket on December 16, 2015 and in June 2016, the technology was again demonstrated.

About the challenge to be faced on Monday, Sivan said: "After cutting off the engine, its condition should be brought to such a stage that it could be restarted again. The next challenge is to controlling the engine and bringing it so as to eject the remaining satellites into a different orbit."

He said the rocket has GPS aided navigation system so that data generated by the rocket's inertial navigation system and the one provided by the former will be blended so as to erase and errors and to generate a precise data.

On Monday, a 320 ton PSLV rocket will put its main cargo the 371 kg SCATSAT-1 - for ocean and weather related studies - into a 730 km polar sun synchronous orbit, 17 minutes into the flight.

The remaining seven satellites will be placed in a 689 km polar orbit nearly two hours later.

These include five foreign satellites: three from Algeria (Alsat-1B 103kg, Alsat-2B 117kg, Alsat-1N 7kg), and one each from Canada (NLS-19, 8kg) and US (Pathfinder-44kg).

The two other Indian satellites are: Pratham (10kg) built by Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay and Pisat (5.25 kg) from PES University, Bengaluru and its consortium.

After putting into orbit SCATSAT-1, the rocket's fourth stage or the engine will be shut down and would be restarted and cut off one hour 22 minutes twice after the rocket blast off from Sriharikota.

Two hours and 11 minutes into the flight the fourth stage will be restarted. Four minutes later all the seven satellites would be put into their intended orbit.

Sivan said the long time gap between the cutting off of the engine and its restart is not an issue.

The PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.

According to ISRO, SCATSAT-1 is a continuity mission for Oceansat-2 scatterometer to provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users.

The satellite carries Ku-band scatterometer similar to the one flown onboard Oceansat-2.

The mission life of the satellite is five years.