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Won’t allow NDA, AIADMK to impose Hindi in Tamil Nadu: MK Stalin
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

“The Centre is trying to impose Hindi and Sanskrit by replacing Tamil,” Stalin said in a statement.

Sivakasi: Where the crackers come from, boom threatens to go bust
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Sivakasi produces firecrackers worth an estimated Rs 4,000 crore every year, said to be 80% of such products across India. Traders nationwide buy firecrackers from here for Diwali and special occasions. During Diwali, manufacturers say, 15% of orders are from Delhi-NCR.

19-year-old organ donor to Sasikala’s husband stuck party posters on walls for a living
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

One of his friends, who did not want to be named, said, “Karthik used to get Rs 50 for a banner, and on some days, could earn up to Rs 500. But mostly, he was jobless.”

Sasikala husband M Natarajan undergoes transplant
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

The teen organ donor, N Karthik, a native of Pudukkottai district, was admitted to Government Medical College Hospital, Thanjavur, on September 30 with severe head injuries and bone fractures.

Sridhar Dhanapalan, ‘Dawood of TN’ consumes cyanide in Cambodia
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

The 44-year-old said he feared he would be killed by Tamil Nadu police if he returned on his own after his “business visa expires in 2017”.

Dinakaran, 16 AIADMK leaders booked for sedition
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dinakaran was booked for sedition in connection with distribution of pamphlets accusing the Central and state governments in the suicide of a Dalit teen.

CPI leader meets Hadiya and her family
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Senior CPI leader Annie Raja on Wednesday visited the family of Hadiya, the Kerala woman whose conversion to Islam and now annulled marriage to a Muslim youth has pulled her family into the vortex of national attention, an experience her father Asokan said made him feel “desperate”. Asokan, during his first interview in over four […]

Hadiya’s father speaks: She is my life, have nothing against conversion but this is shady
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Asokan hoped the report would help Hadiya realise the “dangerous path” she had chosen by converting to Islam. The NIA is likely to submit the report on October 3.

Sasikala shot video of Jayalalithaa before her death: TTV Dinakaran
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

State ministers who are supporting the unified AIADMK ruling the state had recently raised allegations against the Sasikala family and claimed that party leaders were forced to narrate false stories about Jayalalithaa during her hospitalisation.

Post-NEET: Only two from govt schools in TN govt medical colleges
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

On September 1, 17-year-old S Anitha of Ariyulur district in Tamil Nadu, who was a petitioner in the Supreme Court against imposition of NEET in the state, committed suicide after failing to get a medical seat.

Perarivalan parole extended by month because of father’s illness
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

With the extension of the ordinary leave by one month under Sub-rule (2) of Rule 22 of the Tamil Nadu Suspension of Sentence Rules, 1982, Perarivalan will be able to stay at his home in Jolarpet till October 24.

‘I am going home’
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

What parole, after 27 years of wait, means for Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict A G Perarivalan and his family

Party symbol: Unified AIADMK team informs poll panel on merger, Sasikala ouster
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Those loyal to V K Sasikala, who is in jail in a corruption case and is represented by her nephew and sidelined party deputy general secretary T T V Dinakaran, claim she is still the general secretary and a claimant for the party symbol.

Tamil Nadu: Headmaster gets 55 years in jail for abusing 20 girls
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

The petition said the headmaster used to touch the victims’ private parts and take nude pictures. When some of them protested, he threatened to fail them in exams.

We are like-minded, will seek advice, says Kamal Haasan after meeting with Arvind Kejriwal
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Kejriwal was accompanied by senior AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Somnath Bharti and Ashutosh to Chennai and was received at the airport by Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara. This, however, was not the first meeting between the two, said Delhi government sources.

No floor test in Tamil Nadu until further orders: Madras High Court
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Sasikala and Dinakaran were ousted from the party after Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam merged their factions last month to reach a power-sharing agreement.

Speaker Dhanapal, once disqualified as MLA amid faction feud in AIADMK
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Veteran sided with Jaya after MGR death, among the few from that era in today’s top leadership

Endgame: Tamil Nadu Speaker P Dhanapal sacks 18 T T V Dinakaran MLAs
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

The latest disqualification proceedings and the decision today is likely to take the state’s political crisis into a complex scenario as Dinakaran camp is raising multiple arguments to challenge the speaker’s decision.

AIADMK crisis: Madras HC stays floor test until September 20
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

On Thursday morning, Justice M Duraiswamy asked the advocate general for instructions from the Speaker on the issue. Later, the government counsel submitted that the Speaker was not in a position to make any statement in court and that he was exercising his constitutional authority on the issue.

Speakers ‘controversial’, IIT-M cancels lectures
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

When contacted, IIT-M Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said he was not aware of the incident. Faculty advisor K C Sivakumar, who was allegedly involved in the decision to cancel the lectures, refused to comment.

Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami sending cops to harass MLAs in resort: Dinakaran
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Dinakaran’s allegations come a day after the ruling faction, led by Palaniswami and also including rebel-turned-ally O Panneerselvam, expelled Sasikala and Dinakaran, who had been appointed the party’s deputy general secretary by Sasikala before she went to jail in Bengaluru in a disproportionate assets case.

In Chennai churn, Kamal Haasan set to launch party
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

With the political situation in Tamil Nadu in a state of flux, sources close to Haasan told The Indian Express that the veteran actor is planning to launch his political outfit by the end of this month, with an eye on the local body elections expected to be held in November.

AIADMK general council meet: Sasikala out, TTV vows revenge
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

In a general council meeting, the ruling group, headed by Chief Minister E Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, announced that the late J Jayalalithaa would be the party’s permanent general secretary.

AIADMK general council meeting: EPS-OPS faction removes Sasikala from party post, TTV Dinakaran says he will bring down govt
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

AIADMK General Council meeting: "Sasikala is expelled. Jayalalithaa will be eternal general secretary of the party," Party leader R B Udaykumar read out from the resolution.

Stage set for removal of Sasikala, Dinakaran today
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Speaking to the media in Madurai, Dinakaran repeated that his target was not the government but Chief Minister Palaniswami.

‘RBI Governor must resign over troubles due to note ban’
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

On the latest justifications being given by the RBI, Franco asked “what was that economics he (Governor Patel) learnt to roll out a financial policy like Demonetisation troubling the entire population?”

False promises made by Centre, state killed Anitha: Family of NEET petitioner who hanged herself
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

S Anitha, 17, committed suicide at her home days after SC turned down TN govt's petition that sought a year’s exemption from the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to medical courses.

Dalit girl who went to SC to block NEET in Tamil Nadu kills herself
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

S Anitha’s death comes nine days after the Supreme Court directed Tamil Nadu to follow NEET for admissions to medical courses and finish the counselling process by September 4.

Suicide and an alert, Blue Whale Challenge and its shades of grey
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

On Thursday, schools in Delhi issued advisories to parents on Internet safety as police in Madurai handed over the alleged suicide of a 19-year-old college student to its Serious Crime Investigation Cell because of the sketch of a blue whale on his left arm.

Key AIADMK meet on September 12 to take up Sasikala expulsion
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

A third resolution says the appointment of Sasikala was an interim arrangement, and her appointment of Dinakaran as AIADMK deputy general secretary was against party bylaws. The fourth resolution resolves to take legal action over Dr Namadhu MGR, the party’s media organ, and Jaya TV channel, both of which are controlled by members of Sasikala family.

DMK leaders to meet Governor today: 2 more MLAs join Dinakaran camp
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

Clarifying that some 19 MLAs supporting him were staying at a resort in Puducherry not out of fear but to teach a lesson to those who dared announce the plan to remove party chief V K Sasikala, Dinakaran said he was waging a war.

AIADMK faction feud: Disqualify 19 MLAs, says Chief whip to Speaker
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The ruling faction headed by CM Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam, it is learnt, is holding discussions with top ministers on plans to delay the floor test and stopping those rumoured to join the rival faction.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: After 26 years, Perarivalan granted parole
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Soon after the media reported about the order, Arputhambal, Perarivalan’s mother Arputhambal told The Indian Express: “I won’t believe it until my Arivu comes out. I was promised this several times.”

EPS pushes to sack Sasikala, avoid floor test as Dinakaran digs heels in
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday called all senior ministers for an urgent meeting in Chennai Thursday.

19 pro-Dinakaran MLAs meet TN Governor, say act against EPS
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

A source close to Dinakaran said he has 19 party MLAs and three independent MLAs in his camp. Eight other MLAs, including four ministers, are expected to join him soon

AIADMK factions merge in Tamil Nadu: 20 MLAs behind him, TTV Dinakaran to first target CM, meet Governor
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Dinakaran has not yet responded to the merger. In a tweet addressed to reporters, he said: “As I have sore throat and fever, doctor has advised me rest. Will meet you all on August 23rd.”