Tamil Nadu

J Jayalalithaa launches first phase of Chennai Metro

First phase of Chennai Metro service was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa after she flagged off inaugural train.

The first phase of Metro service covers the 10-km overhead (elevated) stretch. It connects Alandur in south Chennai to Koyabedu in the north.

The metro service will bear capacity of 1276 passengers with four coaches. It will cover seven stations in the stretch. They are Koyambedu, Arumbakkam, Vadapalani, Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus, Ashok Nagar, Ekkattuthangal.

The Corridor 2 or second phase of this metro connecting Chennai Central and St. Thomas Mount is will be ready by end 2015. The whole project is implemented by Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL). It was approved by then Congress-led UPA government in 2009.

With launching of this Metro service, Chennai became seventh city in India to have metro service. Other 6 cities are Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Kolkata and Jaipur.

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Union Government cancels licences of over 2,000 NGOs

Union Government recently has cancelled the licences of over 2000 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) across the country.

The decision to cancel the registration of these NGOs was taken by the Union Home Ministry. The registration was cancelled after these entities failed to submit their annual returns and in view of other anomalies under the provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010.

Prior to cancellation of registration, all these organisations were given proper notice by the Foreigners’ Division of the Home Ministry with adequate time to reply.

It should be noted that Maharashtra tops the list with the cancellation of licences of 964 NGOs followed by Uttar Pradesh with 740 and Karnataka with 614. The licences of 88 NGOs were cancelled in Tamil Nadu.

Earlier licences of nearly 13 thousand NGOs were cancelled in two rounds of crackdown for alleged violation of FCRA, 2010. Thus, with this cancellation, these NGOs now would not be able to receive foreign funds.

As per the mandatory provisions of FCRA, 2010 it is necessary for every registered NGO to submit its returns annually, irrespective if they have or not received foreign funding in that particular year.

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Government launches Migrant Resource Centre in Chennai

Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) was set up in Chennai by the Union Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and Tamil Nadu state government.

The MRC will provide migrants and overseas Indian workers with information, advice, counseling and guidance on all aspects of overseas employment.

It will include legal and regulatory requirements apart from documentation and policies, procedures, problems faced while working aboard by migrants and workers.

Following are support functions of MRCs

  • Dissemination of information on safe and legal migration.
  • Dissemination of information regarding status of recruiting agents along with other service providers.
  • Registration and response to complaints and grievances within the redressal forum of MOIA.
  • To offer counseling support in form of walk in or telephone and email support.

It should be noted that it is the fourth such MRC in India set up by MOIA. The first MRC was established in 2008 in Kochi, Kerala by MOIA. Later, fully functional MRCs in Hyderabad (Telengana & Andhra Pradesh), Gurgaon (Haryana) were established.

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