Chennai, Tamil Nadu News Highlights (August 22): After paying homage and meditating on September 7 at the Sriperumbudur memorial, the site of assassination of his father Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi would launch the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Kanyakumari, a party leader said on Monday. Significantly, this is the first visit of Rahul Gandhi to the Sriperumbudur memorial near here.
In other news, Villagers of Ekanapuram and other neighbouring localities in Kancheepuram district on Sunday staged a protest against the proposal to set up a new greenfield airport in Parandur. The protest by the people comes a day after the government clarified that it would award them with over and above the market value of the land that would be acquired for the project. On Sunday morning, residents, holding black flags and placards, staged a protest against the government’s decision to construct the new airport and raised slogans. One of the placards read “Vendam, Vendam, Vimana Nilayam Vendam (no need, no need…we do not need an airport).”
Meanwhile, the main opposition AIADMK on Sunday demanded that the DMK regime arrest those responsible for the ‘leak’ of Justice Aruna Jagadeesan Commission’s report submitted to the government on 2018 Thoothukudi police firing. Although the Commission’s report was not released yet by the government, a magazine has reported on panel’s findings, AIADMK leader D Jayakumar said.
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