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Guest lecturers in government arts and science colleges have appealed to Chief Minister M.K. Stalin to regularise their temporary services.The teachers pointed out that in 2010, during the previous DMK government under M. Karunanidhi, guest lecturers had been promised in writing by the then Higher Education Secretary, K. Ganesan, that their services would be regularised. In the past decade, the government had increased their salary from ₹6,000 to ₹20,000 last year.Although the government announced in the Assembly in 2018 that the posting of guest lecturers would be streamlined, no action was taken. In 2021, when the government started the process,…

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The DMK government will strive to make all languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, including Tamil, as the Union government’s administrative and official languages, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said on Sunday.Mr. Stalin said that on June 6, 2004, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, accepted the demand for declaring Tamil as a classical language. The official notification was issued on October 12, 2004.Recalling former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s efforts at making Tamil a classical language, Mr. Stalin said several Tamil scholars had demanded the status for the ancient language.The 22 languages in the…

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Unidentified persons broke into a Tasmac outlet near Rasipuram and made away with ₹50,000 worth bottles of liquor on Sunday.According to police, the outlet has remained closed since lockdown. Rasipuram police are investigating.

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Teaching and non-teaching staff under the Deparment of Education here contributed ₹1.70 crore to the district’s COVID-19 relief fund in presence of Minister for Electricity V.Senthil Balaji.Teaching and non-teaching staff under the department voluntarily contributed to assist the COVID-19 relief measures here. Chief Education Officer T. Ganesh Moorthy handed over the contribution to District Collector S. Karmegham in the presence of Minister for Electricity V. Senthil Balaji.

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Country records highest daily death toll globally with an average of 2,970 fatalities. India recorded 99,117 new COVID-19 cases and 2,401 new deaths till 9.30 p.m. on June 6. The country has so far reported a total of 2,89,07,560 cases and 3,49,186 deaths.India continued to record the highest number of daily deaths in the world with 2,970 average daily fatalities on June 5. The two other countries with the highest daily death count after India were Brazil (1,639) and Mexico (758). 28% of the world’s average daily deaths were recorded in India on June 5.  Tamil Nadu reported 20,421 new…

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On partial or complete unlocking, Rajesh Tope urges people to strictly adhere to norms. With Maharashtra’s third phase of vaccination (for 18-44 age-group) proceeding slowly owing to a severe vaccine paucity, Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said a large stock of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine would be available in the State from July onwards.He urged the Centre to formulate a clear policy on vaccine imports.“While the Centre has expressed a strong possibility of a third wave, the Maharashtra government has made all requisite preparations to deal with such a crisis,” the Health Minister said.On the partial or complete unlocking…

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A Delhi Court dismissed the plea of authorities to produce former JNU student Umar Khalid and United Against Hate member Khalid Saifi, arrested in connection with the north-east Delhi riots last year, in “fetters and handcuffs”, noting that they are not previous convicts nor even gangsters.Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav said, “The applications appear to have been filed in a mechanical manner, without application of mind by the high echelon of Delhi Police and prison authority.”“The Delhi Prison Rules are silent about the handcuffing and putting fetters upon the prisoners. The accused persons, who are sought to be produced in…

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The Department of Information Technology, National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NIT-K), Surathkal, will introduce a new 4-year B.Tech. course in Artificial Intelligence from 2021-22.The Academic Senate, Board of the institute and the Union Ministry of Education have approved the course. The admissions will be through JEE (Main) score. Karanam Uma Maheshwar Rao, Director, NIT-K, said in a release on Thursday that this degree would prepare students for industry or further study by offering specializations in different areas of AI like data science, human-centred computing, cyber-physical systems, and robotics. “Its curriculum will focus on the use of inputs such as video,…

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The city police have arrested three persons hailing from Uppal in Manjeshwar of Kerala on the charge of drug peddling. The police seized 170g of MDMA worth ₹10 lakh from the accused on Thursday.The police have given the names of the accused as Mohammed Munaf, Mohammed Muzambil, and Ahmed Masooq. Police Commissioner N. Shashi Kumar told reporters on Friday that the accused were allegedly bringing MDMA from Hassan in a car. The accused had procured MDMA from an African national. On a tip-off, a team of policemen led by Konaje Sub-Inspector of Police Sharanappa Bhandary apprehended the accused near Mangaluru…

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A seven-member Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT), which will assess the damage caused by cyclone Yaas in West Bengal by visiting affected areas, reached Kolkata on Sunday evening, an official said.The team headed by S K Shahi, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, is scheduled to complete its assessment by June 9 and return to Delhi, he said.On Monday, the IMCT will visit Digha and Mandarmani in Purba Medinipur district, where state government officials will give a presentation on the damage caused by the cyclone, the official said.The team is also likely to hold a meeting with the state…

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