Centre to roll out evaluations system for teachers

Anil Swarup, Secretary of the Department of School Education and Literacy, HRD ministry, reportedly said the Centre is set to roll out a CAT-like central evaluation system for teachers. Swarup further reportedly said, “The CAT-like evaluation will be a benchmark for teachers, but a lot will depend on discussion with the state governments. We wish to have talks with all stakeholders. Then the recruiting agencies will decide.”

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Chennai Corporation seeks opinion on BRTS

Chennai Corporation on Sunday reportedly hosted a Google Forms based survey on its website about the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS). According to reports, the survey was conducted to 'understand the priorities of bus commuters.' Notably, the state transport department had earlier proposed a 96.7 km bus transit network for Chennai.

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Rs 90 lakh worth demonetized notes seized in Chennai

The Tamil Nadu police reportedly seized demonetized currency with the face value of Rs 90 lakh on Sunday. According to reports, the money was seized at the Koyambedu bus terminus. Two persons, Mohammed Rishad and Subeir, were reportedly arrested. Notably, last week demonetized currency with the face value of Rs. 44.7 crore was recovered from a businessman in Chennai.

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Pro-Tamil activists detained in Chennai

Several pro-Tamil activists were reportedly detained at the Marina beach on Sunday. According to reports, the activists have gathered in the Marina to hold a memorial for Tamil victims of the Sri Lankan civil war. The police had arrested the activists as Section 41 is in force at the beach. Notably, the police had earlier warned that anyone trying to stage protests or hold demonstrations in violation of this order would be arrested.

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Chennai Metro Rail launches its official mobile app

Chennai Metro on Sunday reportedly launched its official mobile app. Notably, the move comes two years after Chennai Metro started its first run. According to reports, the app has been titled 'Chennai Metro Rail app' and is currently made available only for Android phones. The app reportedly allows the users about the train timings as well as the availability of mini buses from the station.

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140 kg of stale food seized on Marina beach

Food safety and revenue officials on Friday reportedly conducted a raid on over 300 eateries in Marina beach. According to reports, the officials seized over 140kg of stale food, including rotten fish, expired ice-cream and soft drinks. The raid was reportedly conducted after a series of complaint from concerned citizens.

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Tax rates for all restaurants under GST bill

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley-led GST Council on Friday finalised the tax rates for restaurants under multiple categories. The council revealed that restaurants with an annual turnover of under Rs 50 lakh would attract only a 5% tax, while non-AC food joints will face up to 12% tax. Meanwhile, air-conditioned restaurants and fine dining restaurants with a liquor licence will come under the 18% tax slab, and a service tax rate of 28% will be accounted for at luxury and star hotels.

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Demonetised notes worth Rs 45 crores seized in Chennai

The Chennai Police on Thursday reportedly conducted a raid at MV Ramalingam & Co, a textile shop in Kodambakkam, Chennai. According to reports, the police seized bundles of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 demonetized notes having a face value of Rs 45 crores from the raid. Several reports have suggested that the demonetised notes belong to a  jewellery shop owner in the city.

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GST Council to meet at Srinagar

GST Council meeting will reportedly begin on Thursday where it will decide the overall taxes for Goods and Services. The meeting will be headed by the Union Finance Minister with representatives from 29 state and union territories. The council will extend talks for the next two days and will fix most of the Goods and Service tax rates.

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Nehra ruled out of IPL: SRH coach

In a big blow to Sunrisers Hyderabad, head coach Tom Moody on Tuesday reportedly said fast bowler Ashish Nehra has been ruled out of the rest of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament. The veteran India pacer was forced off the field with a hamstring strain in a league match against Rising Pune Supergiant on May 6.

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BJP MP Sadhvi Niranjan has an attendance record of 100%

BJP's MP Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti reportedly has an attendance record of 100%, making her the most active MP in terms of attendance. She was followed by BJP MP Jayshreeben Patel with 99% attendance. Notably, NCP's MP from Maharashtra Supriya Sule has asked the most questions in the Parliament among all the female MPs.

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India’s Deepti Sharma youngest to score 175+ runs in ODIs

Indian’s women cricketer Deepti Sharma became the youngest to score 175+ runs in ODI across genders in the ongoing Women's Quadrangular series in South Africa, 2017. Deepti scored 188 runs from 160 balls with 27 fours and 2 sixes. India playing against Ireland scored 358/3 in 50 overs to register the 10th highest score in women’s ODIs.

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CMRL offers 40% discount on Metro Rail tickets

Chennai Metro Rail Limited has reportedly announced that it would offer 40% discount on Metro Rail tickets between May 15 and May 22. According to reports, CMRL has offered this discount to popularise the Metro Rail services in the city after the rollout of Chennai’s first underground line from Thirumangalam to Nehru Park on Sunday.

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Chennai's underground Metro: Not common man's cup of tea

With the underground phase of Chennai Metro between Nehru Park and Koyambedu set to be inaugurated on May 14, various reports have emerged over the exorbitant ticket fares, which is expected to be around Rs 70. One individual says that "It makes no sense for me to take the Metro because I can cover the same distance for lesser than Rs 20 in a bus." Reportedly, the ride fare for 13 stations in Mumbai is Rs 40, while the Delhi Metro charges Rs 10 for a distance of up to 2 km and up to Rs 50 to travel a stretch of more than 32 km.

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Metro commuters may not have network connectivity for 3 months

Ahead of the roll out of underground metro train service in Chennai on Sunday, the metrorail officials have reportedly said that commuters might not have a network connectivity inside the trains, running between Thirumangalam and Nehru Park, for 3 months. According to reports, the officials also added that signal boosters would be installed in two to three months.

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SBI likely to come up with life insurance by first half of FY18

State Bank of India has reportedly announced that it is planning to come up with the initial public offering of its life insurance company by the first half of FY18. According to reports, state-run banking services company’s MD Dinesh Kumar Khara made this announcement on Friday. Notably, Central Board of SBI had also approved the life insurance IPO.

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Kochi Tuskers hopeful for an IPL comeback

The co-owners of Kochi Tuskers Kerala are reportedly eyeing to make a comeback in the next season of the Indian Premier League tournament. According to reports, the Committee of Administrators had earlier advised the team’s co-owners to approach BCCI for a re-entry into IPL 2018. However, BCCI has said that there is no chance of giving Tuskers their place back in IPL.

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Five member committee will hear argument on Talaq

Five Supreme Court Judges from different faiths will reportedly be hearing an argument on the constitutional validity of ‘triple talaq’ from Thursday. The five-member committee consists of CJI J S Khehar (Sikh) and Justices Kurian Joseph (Christian), R F Nariman (Parsi), U U Lalit (Hindu) and Abdul Nazeer (Muslim). Notably, these judges will decide the case on the consideration of merits by taking the oath.

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Aircel rolls out new plan at Rs 76

Indian telco Aircel has reportedly rolled out a new recharge plan for its prepaid users on Wednesday. According to reports, the users can avail 1GB 3G data by recharging for Rs 76 with a validity of 10 days on the Aircel mobile app. Notably, the company has also launched another plan to offer full talk time and 100MB data on a recharge of Rs 86.

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Murder accused commits suicide in Puzhal prison

Ilayaraja, who was accused of killing a teacher in Chennai, has allegedly committed suicide in the Puzhal prison on Wednesday. According to reports, Anna Nagar police had arrested Ilayaraja on Monday for killing Nivetha, who was working as a teacher at government high school in Pollachi, by ramming his car into her two-wheeler. Notably, Ilayaraja was found dead in the lavatory at the prison.

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