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Yesterday (17:53)  DMK cadre picket Vaigai Express (www.thehindu.com)
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Hundreds of DMK cadres picketed Chennai-bound Vaigai Express at the Dindigul Railway Station here on Friday in support of jallikattu.
With no arrival of trains from southern districts since morning owing to train picketing in Madurai, the DMK cadres, led by former Revenue Minister I. Periyasamy stood before the Vaigai Express that was parked at Dindigul Railway station since last night.
The railway officials had planned to operate the train from Dindigul to Chennai and parked it on Platform No.2 this morning. The officials were waiting for the loco pilot to operate the
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The cadres strongly condemned the inaction of the State and the Central governments in the jallikattu issue.
They appealed to the Central government to pass an ordinance immediately.
Talking to presspersons, Mr. Periyasamy said that the Central government should pass an ordinance as it was not in the hands of the State.
But the Centre refused to oblige. Why Mr. Paneerselvam did not press the Centre to pass the ordinance, he wondered.
The AIADMK-led State government was not interested in people’s welfare.
The Centre was deceiving Tamil Nadu in every issue. The State and the Central governments were trying to divert and suppress the agitation.
The Centre would have to pass the ordinance as it has no option, Mr. Periyasamy stated.
Later, a group of DMK men from Kodaikanal picketed the same train separately as the district-level unit left the station.
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With no train service to Theni district after the closure of the metre gauge track leading to Bodi, around 100 DMK cadres picketed Theni-Kumuli Highway at Bodi bypass junction near Palanichettipatti pressing the same issue.
  
Yesterday (17:51)  Four held on charge of duping job aspirants (www.thehindu.com)
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The Airport police on Friday arrested four persons for duping 23 unemployed youth on pretext of providing jobs in police, NTPC, Railway, Steel plant and in a few other organisations. The accused reportedly amassed to the tune of ₹73 lakh from the gullible youth.
The arrested were identified as S. Pavan Kumar (36), resident of Madhavadhra, B. Atchenna, B. Polayya and D. Krishna Murthy. Three other members of the gang are still at large and the police have launched a manhunt for them. Inspector of Airport Police Station N. Prabhakar said Pavan Kumar was the kingpin of the gang and other members of the gang were his agents.
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main accused floated a chain system through which they were reaching out to a number of youth aspiring for jobs in railways and other departments.
Kumar reportedly collected to the extent of ₹4 lakh from some of the candidates and he would issue forged hall-tickets and also forged appointment letters to the youth. One of the cheated youth P. Umamaheswara Reddy lodged a complaint and the Airport police investigated the case and arrested the four and seized a laptop, printer, ipod, six mobile phones from the gang members.
  
Yesterday (17:51)  Train services hit following jallikattu stir (www.thehindu.com)
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The stir in Tamil Nadu and rail blockade demanding lifting of the ban on jallikattu have hit long-distance mail and express trains operating to the State. Following the late running of many trains, Friday’s 56043 Guruvayur- Thrissur Passenger and 56044 Thrissur- Guruvayur Passenger were cancelled by Railways.
Railways cancelled Friday’s 56701 Punalur-Madurai Passenger and 56700 Madurai- Punalur Passenger. The 17236 Nagercoil- Bengaluru Express was partially cancelled between Nagercoil and Thiruchirappally and the 12641 Kanyakumari-Nizamuddin Express was partially cancelled between Kanyakumari and Thiruchirappalli.
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morning is running late, the 16128 Guruvayur- Egmore Express scheduled to depart at 9.25 p.m. from Guruvayur will be delayed. Passengers who have reserved tickets for this train for journey between Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram Central on Friday will be provided accommodation on other trains.
As the stir is continuing, the trains operating via Tamil Nadu will also be regulated on Saturday.
  
Yesterday (17:48)  Many roads in Tirupur blocked (www.thehindu.com)
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Crowd swelled near the corporation office here on Friday where the students and activists were staging an indefinite agitation seeking steps to revive jallikattu for the last few days.
With schools and industrial units closed on Friday, more and more people came to the venue to extend their support to the agitation. Members of Aam Aadmi Party and industrial workers too attended the agitation held on the day.
Due to this, a significant stretch of Kumaran road near the corporation office was blocked for traffic. Till Thursday, vehicular traffic was possible along one
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side of the stretch.
The block on the arterial Kumaran Road in the city had a cascading effect on other parts too.
Nearly 400 DMK members staged a protest on the railway tracks at Tirupur Railway Station demanding that a legislation be enacted at the earliest to revive jallikattu.
The Coimbatore-Kurla Express was stopped in the outer area of the station for nearly half–an–hour.
  
Yesterday (17:48)  Protests at 30 locations in the Nilgiris (www.thehindu.com)
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In the Nilgiris district, protests took place at 30 locations including Udhagamandalam, Coonoor, Kotagiri, and Gudalur on Friday.
At the ATC bus stand in Udhagamandalam, hundreds of youngsters gathered and shouted slogans against PETA, the animal rights organisation that is being perceived as being responsible for the ban on jallikattu. The students asked the government to take appropriate steps to get the ban on the bull-taming sport lifted.
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300 DMK activists attempted to block trains in Udhagamandalam, while 60 others were arrested for the same in Coonoor.
All major shops and businesses remained closed on Friday across the district as a sign of solidarity with the protests.
  
Yesterday (17:44)  Peaceful but forceful, protest gathers momentum (www.thehindu.com)
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It was a sea of humanity at VOC Grounds in Coimbatore on Friday, with people from all walks of life congregating to protest for jallikattu for the fourth day.
As the protesters on the ground held placards, listened to speakers, and sat in silence demanding that jallikattu be held, crowds shouted slogans against PETA, and the Union and State Governments.They took out rallies along roads outside the venue. The demand for conduct of the traditional sport was supported with thaarai thappattai beats by groups from different parts of the city and silambattam performances just outside the ground.From Kodai Vallal Pari to Google head Sundar Pichai, the names of Tamil poets, artistes, historical figures, musicians, and even corporate heads who have made a
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mark in the international field were mentioned in some of the talks, and placards. The demands by some groups expanded to Tamil Eelam and Cauvery water too.The ground and its surrounding areas witnessed a crowd not less than 35,000 on the fourth day of the protest on Friday. Lawyers practising at various courts in the city extended support to the protesters by staying away from work. Coimbatore district united Jamaat extended solidarity to the protesters by taking out a procession to the venue.More number of families joined the protest on Friday as shops, hotels, bakeries, micro industrial units, and education institutions remained closed.Pushpa was at the venue at 9.30 a.m. on Friday with her eight-month-old grand daughter and some other family members. “We have seen the jallikattu. I am here to take part in the protest as we are fighting for our rights,” she said. Vahitha of Ramanathapuram had come with her neighbours.
“I came for the protest with family members after seeing the enthusiasm of the students on TV. The crowd is a testimony of how Tamilians stand united,” said M. Chithra of Ondipudur who had come with her eight-month-old daughter Kavya and family members.
Thulasimani and her husband from Peelamedu came to the ground every day to take part in the protest. “We are here to support the students.
My daughter is working in an IT company in Chennai and she goes to the Marina. My elder daughter is in Trichy and she too takes part at the protests there,” said Thulasimani.
V. Ramasamy, an 86-year-old man from Saravanampatty who was spotted at the ground, said that the ambience of the protest being echoed in the ground reminded him of his participation anti-Hindi agitation in 1965 as a 30-year-old.
A group of five girls carrying the poster 'Free hugs to brave Tamil women' lauded the presence of women at the protest venue by giving them hugs.
Hundreds of students and volunteers formed human chains and distributed food packets, snacks, water packets and cool drinks, collected the waste plates, cups, and wrappers, ensured space for all those who gathered at the venue and regulated the crowd.
For smooth supply of food, water and other essential materials, the core group controlling protest made crowd to sit as multiple groups, creating ways for volunteers.
The volunteers and the crowd also efficiently handled movement of ambulances at times of minor medical emergencies.
Electrolyte, medicines, sanitary napkins were distributed at the medical centre, mobile phone charging facilities were organised, and several members of the public cooked food at home and came with their family members to the venue to distribute it to the protesters.
Apart from native people, people from other parts of the country settled in Coimbatore have also shared the spirit of pro-jallikattu protest.
“I had the luck of watching jallikattu once in Madurai and I was surprised by the valour of participants. The heroism of participants in jallikattu must be seen and believed as its much higher than that of the matadors in Spanish bullfighting. Having come to Coimbatore at the age of three, Tamil culture is deeply rooted in my blood and I easily understand their emotions,” said Tony Singh, a businessman.
A youth who attempted to hang himself at the protest venue created tension in the afternoon. He was pacified by other protesters.
A section of youth dumped carbonated beverages manufactured by foreign companies on LIC Road as part of the protest. Though roosters, stud bulls, and native cow breeds were brought to the venue, they were not permitted inside.
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Around 500 DMK activists staged a protest at the North Coimbatore Railway Junction on Friday morning, demanding that jallikattu be held.
Led by former Minister for Animal Husbandry Pongalur N. Palanisamy, and N. Karthik, MLA, they sat on the tracks and shouted slogans against the Union and State Governments.
Mr. Palanisamy said that it was wrong to blame the DMK for the ban on jallikattu as it had allowed the conduct of the sport until it was in power in 2011.
The protesters stopped the Kerala Express and the Vivek Express. The police removed the protesters.
One of the passengers of the Kerala Express was taken to a hospital as he suffered chest pain.
The DMK activists staged protest at railway junctions in Peelamedu and Irugur. The Government Law College students staged a protest at the Coimbatore Railway Junction.
The protest at the North Coimbatore Station delayed the running of trains.
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With at least nine TASMAC outlets remaining open within 2km radius of the protest venue, miscreants in an inebriated condition created tension on roads outside VOC Grounds.
Near Park Gate junction on Dr. Nanjappa Road, a few men in high spirits blocked taxis and autorickshaws posing as supporters of jallikattu.
They threatened taxi and autorickshaw drivers to offer free rides to people and used filthy language against women accusing them that they were not supporting the protest.
Later, the police deployed additional men in front of TASMAC outlets to control unruly tipplers. Volunteers at the main venue restricted entry of people in a drunken state.
Those who thronged outside the protest venue were seen elated after Chief Minister made an announcement that an ordinance would be promulgated permitting jallikattu.
Some of the groups that were conducting separate protests around the main venue were not permitted inside the VOC Grounds.
Members of the core committee said that those coming as separate groups were not entertained as they were shifting the focus of the agitation.
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Groups carrying posters and placards of political parties were kept at a bay.
A group of drama artists staged a hunger strike outside the main venue.
  
Yesterday (17:36)  DMK cadre stage rail roko (www.thehindu.com)
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DMK cadre staged rail roko in Tiruchi and other districts in the central region demanding that jallikattu be allowed and the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) be banned.
The rail roko agitations were held at 17 places in the region encompassing eight districts leading to detention of 18 trains. Over 1,000 DMK cadre were arrested at Tiruchi railway junction when they blocked two trains. It was led by former Minister and the party’s south district secretary K.N. Nehru.
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prevent the demonstrators from entering the platforms. Moments later, a large number of DMK functionaries broke the security cordon and went on to the platform.
Split into groups, the DMK cadre blocked the Chennai bound Cholan Express which was ready for departure besides blocking the Mysuru-Tuticorin Express near the station.
The agitation resulted in the delayed departure of the Cholan Express by nearly 30 minutes. The demonstrators were arrested and released later.
A few DMK cadre led by the party’s Rajya Sabha member Tiruchi Siva boarded the Chennai-bound Ananthapuri Express at Tiruchi and pulled the alarm chain as the train approached Srirangam. The MP along with some DMK cadre blocked the Cuddalore – Tiruchi Passenger for a few minutes at Srirangam following which they were arrested.
In Tiruvarur railway station, the rail roko agitation by DMK cadre led by its district secretary Poondi Kalaivanan lasted nearly 75 minutes leading to the detention of the Mannargudi – Mayiladuthurai Passenger.
Rail roko agitations by DMK cadre were held at Karur, Kulithalai, Ariyalur, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam, Kovil Venni, Nagapattinam and Sirkali railway stations. Apart from DMK cadre, a group of farmers and students resorted to rail roko agitations.
Farmers led by P.R. Pandian staged the agitation at Needamangalam railway station leading to the detention of the Tiruchi – Karaikal train for over three hours. A group of ITI students blocked the Cuddalore – Tiruchi Passenger at Lalgudi for some time. A few students blocked the Rameswaram – Chennai Express at Thirukokarnam in Pudukottai district, the police said.
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Cadre of the DMK on Friday staged rail rokos in various places in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts to demand lifting of ban on jallikkattu and ban the PETA organisation.

  
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Why dont IR and by default Centre Govt charges DMK party of for that matter any other other party indulging in such cheap tricks to pay Rs 1 Crores per 1 minute of Rail Roko, and in turn compensate passenegers for delayed running>?
In future, IR should invite quotations through open tender for organising Rail Roko(s) and the tender should go to the highest bidder..

  
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center govt too know ki opposition me aane k baad vo b ye kaam krenge
cheap politics thats it

  
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Revoke ban on Jallikattu^~   8612 blog posts   8440 correct pred (85% accurate)
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A dloco was damaged at SA.

  
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rule wd be prmulgated through parliament, and it wd be binding on everybody..
ESMA etc should be invoked or promulgated for railways too!
  
Yesterday (17:34)  Bandh evokes good response (www.thehindu.com)
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Commercial establishments downed their shutters and vehicles stayed off the road
The bandh call given by the Revolutionary Front, an umbrella organisation of several Tamil outfits, on Friday demanding early revocation of the Supreme Court ban on jallikattu evoked a good response in the town and suburban areas with businesses and commercial establishments shutting down and public transport vehicles keeping away from roads.
While educational institutions remained closed, government offices functioned with thin attendance. As several political parties, including the ruling Congress, trade unions and industry bodies had extended support, roads were empty
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barring a few private vehicles.
The bandh passed off peacefully with no incidents of violence or stone-pelting being reported. Two buses belonging to the State Express Transport Corporation of the Tamil Nadu government were stopped near the New Bus Stand by supporters. Police guided the bus safely to a yard near the bus stand.
The government-run Puducherry Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) suspended services and the normally busy new bus stand wore a deserted look.
Government employees belonging to various departments also extended their support to the bandh. Over 2,000 government employees participated in the strike, said a spokesperson of the Puducherry State Government Employees Central Federation. The Grand Bazaar market, which houses a number of wholesale and retail vegetable outlets and fish vending stalls, looked empty as the traders kept off their routine activities.
Similarly, shops on arterial roads including Jawaharlal Nehru Street, Mahatma Gandhi Street, Kamarajar Salai, Anna Salai, Mission Street, Ambalathadayar Madam Street and Bussy Street remained closed. Most of the hotels and restaurants were closed, causing inconvenience to tourists. Cinema theatres suspended morning and noon shows. However, medical shops remained open as they were exempt from the bandh.
The ruling Congress and its ally, the DMK, the opposition AIADMK, AINRC, CPI, CPI (M) and various other political parties had extended their support to the bandh. Volunteers of the CPI (M) observed a fast near Swadeshi Cotton mills condemning the ban on Jallikattu. The supporters staged a rail roko and took out marches demanding immediate revocation of the ban and action against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
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Traders in neighbouring Cuddalore and Villupuram districts also downed their shutters expressing their solidarity with the demand for revocation of the ban. Cadres of the DMK led by former Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam blocked the Tiruchi-bound Cholan Express at the Chidambaram railway station. The train departed after a delay of over 15 minutes.
  
Yesterday (17:30)  Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train loan: State not keen to be guarantor (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: A fortnight after the state cabinet deferred a proposal for clearing PM Narendra Modi's ambitious Rs 97,636-crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, it has emerged that the finance department led by BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar has raised objections over the state acting as guarantor for the loan of Rs 79,087 crore being secured from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at a nominal interest rate of 0.1%.
"Our debt burden has crossed Rs 3.56 lakh crore, and we have secured loans of Rs 65,032 crore for the metro project, public works, irrigation projects and the development plan for drought-prone areas. So it is beyond our capacity to accept the role of guarantor," said a senior official.
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doubt the rate of interest is nominal, but we will still have to examine the proposal in view of the 50-year repayment period," the bureaucrat added.
On January 4, the proposal for the project was brought before the cabinet but was not taken up for consideration owing to the absence of finance minister Mungantiwar. CM Devendra Fadnavis had then told TOI that a high-level cabinet sub-committee would be formed for in-depth study of the project.
A senior bureaucrat said a six-member cabinet sub-committee is being set up to study the report submitted by JICA as well as the project's financial feasibility. The transport department has proposed a cabinet sub-committee comprising transport minister Diwakar Raote and cabinet members Vinod Tawde, Vishnu Sawara, Eknath Shinde, Ramdas Kadam and minister of state Vijay Deshmukh; however, the CM is yet to approve the proposal.
The bureaucrat said the Centre too was not in a position to stand as guarantor as the project was not promoted by a Central Public Sector Undertaking. "If it's a CPSU project, it is well within the powers of the Central government to take guarantee. But the department of economic affairs has laid down guidelines on guarantee for loans which state that if it's not a CPSU project, the Centre should not take responsibility," he said.
The bureaucrat pointed out that the state, in collaboration with the ministry of railways, is floating a special purpose vehicle, but as per norms prescribed by the Centre, an SPV is not a Central PSU. "Under such circumstances, particularly in view of lack of clarity, the Centre will have to step in to resolve the issue raised by the state finance department," he said.
  
Yesterday (17:29)  Man hurt in Churchgate station mishap gets Rs 68 lakh (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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MUMBAI: In a major boost to millions of railway commuters on Mumbai's lifeline, the National Consumer Redressal Commission held that a commuter with a valid ticket or pass is a consumer and comes under the purview of the socio -beneficial legislation. The commission rejected a plea by Western Railway questioning its jurisdiction and upheld an order of the Maharashtra state commission which granted Rs 68 lakh to a passenger left with 100% functional disability after a heavy wooden plank fell on his head at Churchgate station in May 2010. The station was undergoing renovation work. The compensation includes Rs 5 lakh for "pain, suffering, mental agony and loss of amenities".
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of consumers and provides an additional remedy...(it) clearly lays down the provisions of the Act shall be in addition to, and not in derogation of the provisions of any other law for the time being in force," held the commission in its order by presiding member B C Gupta on January 18.
WR had challenged a December 2014 order of the state commission, awarding compensation to Vinod Sharma, a 34-year-old Nalasopara resident whose normal life and career as manager at an infrastructure company ended almost seven years ago along with his commute before his work day could begin.
Its plea was that a commuter was no consumer under the consumer law as the railway identity card in his possession was without his signature as was the season ticket. It claimed only the Railways Act and Railway Claims Tribunal (RCT) Act of 1987 would apply. Besides, it said it had already paid over Rs 25 lakh for his medical treatment. "This contention of WR is without force, as the Railways have nowhere denied that these are not documents issued by them. The Railways have not alleged anywhere that the complainant made any forged identity card or season ticket. It is held, therefore, that the complainant cannot be denied the privileges of a consumer..." said the commission.
Both the state and national commissions held he was entitled to compensation for permanent damages caused. "The state commission rightly concluded that as a result of the injury suffered during the accident, the complainant was not in a position to do any work and his functional disability was 100%," said the national commission.
Sharma travelled daily between Virar and Churchgate for work. On May 13, 2010, he alighted at Churchgate at 10.45am, but had to be taken straight to hospital. "A heavy wooden plank/sleeper, 10 feet long and 2 ft wide, fell on his head, on platform 3, from a height of more than 50 feet, causing grievous brain injury and multiple skull fractures. Renovation at platform 3 was in progress at the time, but there were no warnings or sign-boards nor fencing at the spot," the order noted.
Sharma was in Bombay Hospital for four months for skull surgery. He was paralysed in the upper and lower limbs and brain damage caused severe language impairment. Treatment would be life-long, his lawyer argued. He also requires a special diet costing Rs 6,000 a month. In 2012 when he moved the state commission, he sought a compensation of Rs 80 lakh. His counsel said the Railways stopped making payments after the consumer complaint was filed. To his wife's plea in 2012 for medical reimbursement of Rs 16,000, the Railways asked her to apply to the RCT. The Railway Act provides an elaborate mechanism to provide compensation in case of accidents, untoward incidents and allied matters, during the course of operations carried out by the Railways.
But citing judgements of the Supreme Court, the commission held that the "consumer fora do have the jurisdiction to deal with the present case and hence, the complaint cannot be dismissed on the ground of lack of jurisdiction."
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