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Jallikattu issue: ministry uplifts ban

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Tamil Nadu: A notification by the Ministry of Environment and Forests cleared the ground for Jallikattu events by making an exception for some other traditional bull-related events in other parts of India.

Jallikattu also known Eruthazhuvuthal is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day. It is a traditional ancient sport of Tamil Nadu where it gained popularity in the Tamil classical period amongst the warriors.

The Supreme Court in May 2014 had upheld a 2011 notification by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and banned bulls for Jallikattu events. It also directed governments and Animal Welfare Board of India to take steps to prevent the infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering on animals. This meant that bulls could not be trained to use in the Jallikattu events.

The ban on Jallikattu had ruined the festive spirit of the Pongal celebrating state especially in areas of southern districts where the popularity of the event is huge.

However, the ban uplifted and it has been anticipated that this exception is a result of immense pressure from a political opinion in Tamil Nadu, including a letter by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa directed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps to permit the traditional events.

The present notification says: “provided that bulls may continue to be exhibited or trained as a performing animal, at events such as Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Haryana, Kerala and Gujarat in the manner by the customs of any community or practiced traditionally under the customs or a part of culture…”

It also included that bulls shall not be exhibited or trained as performing animals. It can be seen that what started as a simple act of bravado has turned into an act of cruelty towards animals.

Following guidelines are further added: these events shall take place in these areas at such places as the district magistrate or collector explicitly permits, and that the bull once out of the enclosure shall be tamed within a radial distance of 15 metres.

Sources in the Animal Welfare Board of India stated that they will be refuting the order immediately. “We are hoping to make a mention today itself before the court. We anticipated this. We are surprised that the Centre is ready to diminish the stature of a Supreme Court order so brazenly,” a top official said. (picture courtesy: http://jesseroesler.com/)(Inputs from indiatimes.com)

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How Did A Common Man Become Tamil Nadu’s Weatherman ?

The Tamil Nadu weatherman is famous for his correct predictions

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Pradeep John is the face behind popular Tamil Nadu Weatherman Facebook page. newsexpress
Pradeep John is the face behind popular Tamil Nadu Weatherman Facebook page. newsexpress

By Ruchika Verma

  • Tamil Nadu weatherman is a common man who predicts the weather
  • His weather forecasts are based on his knowledge of rain and are accurate
  • His page, Tami Nadu weatherman is very famous

We don’t pay much attention to the weather news. It is one of the most ignored sections of newspapers and Television news. Weather forecast seems mundane to most of us. However, it is not mundane anymore. There is a weatherman in Tamil Nadu who takes weather seriously and the world takes him seriously as well.

We often ignore weather forecasts, but Tamil Nadu's weatherman takes it seriously. www.weather-forecast.com
We often ignore weather forecasts, but Tamil Nadu’s weatherman takes it seriously. www.weather-forecast.com

This Tamil Nadu weatherman has an almost cult-like following in the southern state. Pradeep John is a self-proclaimed lover of rain and although he does not have any degree in meteorology, he provides weather information which is followed more closely than Met Department’s.

Pradeep’s Interest In Weather 

Tamil Nadu’s weatherman’s interest in weather began when he was 12 years old and witnessed his first cyclone in Chennai.

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The floods of 2015 in Chennai was a turning point for Pradeep. During this flood, Chennai witnessed its worst rainfall in over 100 years and people were in a state of panic. When they wanted some guidance and information about the heavy rainfall, the activity on Pradeep’s Facebook page increased rapidly. His posts on the predictions of rainfall went viral and he became an overnight sensation.

Pradeep witnessed his first cyclone in Chennai when he was only 12 years old.
Pradeep witnessed his first cyclone in Chennai when he was only 12 years old.

Here is the list of Pradeep, the Tamil Nadu weatherman’s reports which were spot on: 

On 6th August 2017, Pradeep put out a message regarding an intense 15 minutes rain. And just like his post mentioned, many parts in Chennai received rainfall for only about ten to twenty minutes that day.

Another post made by the Tamil Nadu weatherman was about the Runners of Jawadhu Ultra Run, on 6th August 2017. And it turned out to be true too.

Tamil Nadu Weather Facebook is one of the most popular weather forecast pages in India. WESH Home
Tamil Nadu Weather Facebook is one of the most popular weather forecast pages in India. WESH Home

On 4th June 2017, during India vs. Pakistan cricket match, many weatherman followers asked him for his weather forecast, and like always Tamil Nadu weatherman predicted a sunny day with really light rainfall which again came out to be true.

Also Read: Cyclone Vardah in Chennai, Government issues Red Alert

The Tamil Nadu weatherman is famous for his correct predictions which are concise and easily understandable by the common people. He has a huge social media following which is not seeing any signs of reducing. Tamil Nadu weatherman facebook page is the most famous page about weather forecasts in India today.

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