Arun Janardhanan


‘India Had Reservations About My Govt, That Will Change Now: Former Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

Three years after he was swept out of office, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former President, thinks he is in with a chance to return to power. Last month, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the party loyal to him, made a stunning comeback with a massive win in local body polls. And early this month, […]

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen lifts state of emergency after 45 days
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

The emergency was imposed following a political and constitutional crisis after a Supreme Court order to release nine persons including the exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed.

Former Lanka president Mahinda’s son Namal Rajapaksa denied entry to US from Moscow
Thu, Mar 22, 2018

Namal was in Russia as an independent observer in the Russian Presidential polls

Both a hero and villain in Tamil Nadu politics, Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan dies
Wed, Mar 21, 2018

Sasikala, who is serving a sentence in the disproportionate assets case, was granted emergency parole to attend her husband’s funeral on Wednesday at Thanjavur.

Maldives crisis an internal matter like Kashmir, India should trust us to resolve it, says Minister Mohamed Shainee
Wed, Mar 14, 2018

Dismissing allegations levelled by former president Mohamed Nasheed that the Maldives government was moving closer to China, the delegation said their country will never cause “a threat to India” and would still follow its ‘India First’ policy.

Theni forest fire toll now 10, probe ordered
Tue, Mar 13, 2018

While police sources in Theni confirmed that they have taken one of the organisers of a Chennai-based trekking club custody, the expedition was organised by the Chennai Trekkers Club.

Theni forest fire: 65 trapped in Kurangani hills, deaths feared
Mon, Mar 12, 2018

The five seriously injured were among 15 who were rescued late evening by local residents in the area. At least 24 of those trapped are from Chennai, said officials.

B Com student stabbed to death outside college in Chennai
Sat, Mar 10, 2018

According to the police, Alagesan was caught by bystanders and thrashed, before being handed over to the police, while the victim suffered severe injuries and was declared dead after she was taken to a nearby hospital.

Rise of H Raja: Leader who is not afraid of stoking fire
Thu, Mar 08, 2018

What makes H Raja everyone’s favourite? Born in an ordinary Brahmin family in Sivaganga, a chartered accountant by profession who began his political life as an RSS pracharak, his caste was both an advantage and disadvantage in his political career.

Day after Periyar statue damaged, sacred thread of 10 cut off in Chennai
Thu, Mar 08, 2018

According to an officer, after police teams identified at least six members of the gang from CCTV footage, four men owing allegiance to the outfit Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam surrendered before Royapettah police in the evening.

A man, an ideology: The importance of EV Ramasamy Periyar
Tue, Mar 13, 2018

The universal condemnation of BJP leader H Raja’s remarks underlines the enduring iconic status of E V Ramasamy Periyar in Tamil Nadu and beyond. Why is an iconoclast, rationalist social reformer who died 45 years ago still so dear to so many people?

Chennai: Sacred threads of 10 people cut off by ‘pro-Periyar’ men
Wed, Mar 07, 2018

The incident follows a provocational statement by BJP national secretary H Raja on Tuesday wherein he threatened to destroy statues of Periyar in Tamil Nadu, like Lenin's in Tripura.

Hours after BJP leader H Raja’s post, Periyar statue vandalised in Tamil Nadu
Wed, Mar 07, 2018

Police said the arrested men, Muthuraman and Francis, were drunk. A senior officer said the incident was reported after 9 pm. While Muthuraman is a BJP worker, his friend Francis belongs to a Communist party.

Stalin demands arrest of BJP leader H Raja for threatening to destroy Periyar statue like Lenin’s in Tripura
Tue, Mar 06, 2018

Clarifying the BJP's stand, state party president Tamilisai Soundararajan said the statement of Raja about removing Periyar statue was his personal opinion.

Have come to fill vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics, says Rajinikanth
Tue, Mar 06, 2018

Generously praising Karunanidhi, MGR and Jayalalithaa for their political experience and contribution, he said he can also run a government with the help of youth and technology and hardworking cadres in his party.

Reading Tripura verdict in Kerala: no threat now, lessons galore
Sun, Mar 04, 2018

At the moment, the CPI(M) Kerala unit is fighting not just the BJP and the Congress but even the party’s own central leadership’s idea to strike a larger alliance with non-BJP parties.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: P Ravichandran gets 15-day parole
Fri, Mar 02, 2018

Ravichandran was 19 when he was arrested in connection with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination. The earlier 15-day parole, which ended up as house arrest, was the only reprieve he got during his incarceration.

Kamal Haasan says he doesn’t believe in prohibition, for reducing consumption
Fri, Mar 02, 2018

Kamal Haasan said it is possible to reduce alcohol consumption, but it is doubtful if people could completely give it up. “If we make everyone in the state give up alcohol, people may resort to violence, murders, wreaking a havoc,” he said.

Jayendra Saraswathi (1935-2018): Spiritual leader who expanded Kanchi mutt’s business, services
Thu, Mar 01, 2018

Jayendra will also be remembered for efforts to popularise the mutt after the death of his predecessor, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi.

Sanskrit song at IIT Madras hits wrong note, sparks row
Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Traditionally, Tamil Thaai Vazhthu, considered the Tamil anthem, is sung as the invocation song at official functions. Opposition parties accused the Central government of ignoring Tamil language and culture and imposing Hindi, Hindu and Sanskritic ideas in the state.