Apple supplier Foxconn’s plant near Chennai in southern India will remain closed this week following protests sparked by a food poisoning incident, three government sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The factory looked deserted on Tuesday, with a few cars including a police vehicle parked outside. No workers were seen at the site, which consisted of two guards and a few other security officials. Foxconn and Apple were unavailable for comment.
The disruption comes as Apple, like other consumer products companies, faces supply chain bottlenecks that have affected production. In October, the company warned that the impact of these supply chain issues would worsen during the holiday quarter.
The income tax department detected unrecorded cash transactions of 250 crore rupees and seized 12 crore rupees in cash after raiding a group based in Neyveli, an industrial town in Tamil Nadu, which s’ occupies chit funds which also manages educational institutions, the CBDT announced on Tuesday. The searches were carried out on December 16 and 30 premises of the unidentified group, also engaged in real estate and financial activities, in Neyveli (Cuddalore district), Coimbatore, Nilgiris and Chennai were covered.
A team hired by the Tamil Nadu school education department as part of the Illam Thedi Kalvi (home education) program to raise awareness in rural areas through cultural programs was fired on Tuesday after a video from one of its members buying alcohol from a company Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited. (TASMAC) has gone viral on social media.
On Monday, a cultural team was engaged in awareness raising in the city of Thottiyam. In a video taken by a passerby, a person wearing the official program t-shirt was seen buying alcohol and transporting it to the program vehicle.