Whopping Rs 1.11 L Crore Loss Due to Illegal Mining: Sagayam
Chennai: Tamil Nadu lost over Rs 1 lakh crore due to illegal granite mining, court-appointed special commissioner U Sagayam informed the Madras High Court on Monday. Making the submission before the first bench of Chief Justice S K Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana, M Radhakrishnan, counsel representing him, said human sacrifices have also been made at the granite quarry. In the report submitted on November 23, Sagayam had said that as many as 84 private quarries violated licence norms and resorted to illegal mining recommending a comprehensive probe by a special investigation team or the CBI to unearth irregularities in granite mining in the State, particularly in Madurai. The bench was hearing a PIL filed by activist ‘Traffic’ K R Ramaswamy.
TN Can promulgate Ordinance on Jallikattu, Says Ex-CJ Katju
Chennai: Former chairman of Press Council of India and ex-Chief Justice of Madras HC, Markandey Katju, on Monday said the Tamil Nadu government itself can promulgate an ordinance for conducting jallikattu. “Sports, entertainment and amusement are subjects in entry 33 of the state list of the 7th Schedule to the Constitution. So the State government can advise the Governor to immediately issue such an Ordinance, and there is no need to approach the Central government for this purpose,” Katju said in his Facebook page. “In that State Ordinance there can be provisions preventing excessive danger to human life and excessive cruelty to bulls during jallikattu. In pith and substance, such an Ordinance will be on the subject of sports, entertainment and amusement, and so there will be no conflict with the PCA Act,” Katju added.
652*. 78 fours, 30 sixes. All in a Day’s Work for Class X Lad
Mumbai: Setting a new benchmark in club-level cricket, a young batsman from Kalyan near here on Monday scored an unbeaten 652 in a tournament organised by the Mumbai Cricket Association. Pranav Dhanawade (in pic) set the record in just 199 balls, hitting 78 fours and 30 sixes. The Class X student of K C Gandhi School took his team’s score to 956 while opening the innings against Arya Gurukool School at the Union Cricket Academy ground in Kalyan. While Dhanawade, a right-handed batsman, was not out on 652, number three Siddhesh Patil was unbeaten on 100. Aakash Singh, the only batsman dismissed, had scored 173. Organiser Piyush Dhakras, an official of Sportsmen Cricket Club, said Dhanawade’s score is the highest in the country so far.