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Kept out of temples, 250 Dalit families in Tamil Nadu look to Islam
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

At Pazhangkallimedu village in Nagapattinam district, 180 Dalit families have been denied permission by the Hindus to perform rituals during the temple festival.

Up to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan to take my advice, says Harvard professor Gita Gopinath
Wed, Jul 27, 2016

Making it clear that she is taking the assignment seriously, Gopinath said she hopes to play a convening role to connect various state departments.

Madras HC turns a fortress, lawyers protest outside court
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Police and security officials screened the lawyers and let in only those who had cases listed for the day.

Wage hike after 12 yrs, but Tamil Nadu garment unit owners protest
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

While garment unit owners maintain that the industry is struggling, trade union leaders have argued that units where trade unions exist already pay a minimum wage of Rs 10,000 or above, and still make profit.

Bar CounciI suspends 105 lawyers from Tamil Nadu
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

The lawyers were suspended for “regularly creating problems in administration of justice and in due discharge of the duties of the genuine practising lawyers”, said a BCI statement.

Kerala’s new financial adviser: Questions in CPM over Pinarayi’s Harvard pick Gita Gopinath
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

‘She is one of the leading world economists with roots in Kerala. What is wrong in asking her views,’ says Chief Minister.

Kabali week and Rajinikanth fans have just one wish: We just want to meet him
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Kabali star Rajnikanth and his fans: All we need is for him to dedicate a month to his fans, visiting the cities and towns and villages of Tamil Nadu, so we get a photo with him, a selfie.

Rajinikanth’s Kabali: Backroom script of movie has a Dalit subtext
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Kabali releases today: With his 2014 movie Madras, director Pa Ranjith had triggered a debate on using cinema as a medium to tackle the representation of Dalits in Tamil cinema.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Madras HC disposes of Nalini’s petition for early release
Thu, Jul 21, 2016

Justice M Sathyanarayanan said “there cannot be such a kind of direction (to the Governor)” as it would amount to directing the Governor to perform his constitutional function in a particular manner.

As Kabali fever grips Tamil Nadu, everyone is making a killing
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Ticket prices for the first two or three days have gone from Rs 300 to Rs 500 in many places except multiplexes in Chennai city.

The rogue’s gallery: Subhash Kapoor and India’s stolen artefacts
Sun, Jul 17, 2016

Four years after Subhash Kapoor was arrested and extradited, a string of idols returned to PM Modi by countries abroad have been linked to him. The Indian Express on the 68-yr-old in Trichy prison whose story just keeps growing.

Looking for God’s own country
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Many worry if the disappearance of the 21 is another sign of radicalisation.

‘IS suspect’ had gone home to collect certificate for daughter’s admission: Wife
Sat, Jul 09, 2016

Mosiruddin, arrested by Kolkata Police innocent, says wife in Tamil Nadu.

Madras HC quashes criminal case against Tamil writer
Wed, Jul 06, 2016

Let author be resurrected, court says on Permumal Murugan who had declared he would give up writing following protests.

Two dead, one hurt during cash snatching
Wed, Jul 06, 2016

According to the police, Nandini, a school teacher, and her friend Gayatri, who were on a scooter, did not realise that Karunakaran, 35, was following them.

Medical student throws dog from terrace, friend uploads video on social media
Wed, Jul 06, 2016

In the video, Gowtham is purportedly seen throwing the dog from the terrace. Ashish, who videographed the incident, tilts the camera down to capture the dog wailing after hitting the ground below.

Chennai Infosys techie murder: Accused used to stalk Swathi, tried to end life to evade arrest
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

According to the police, the accused tried to run out the backdoor of his home in Tirunelveli district and commit suicide when a police team entered from the front door around 10.30 pm Friday.

Chennai Infosys techie murder: Police arrest suspected killer from Tirunelveli 
Sat, Jul 02, 2016

According to the police, it was the accused's one-sided love for the Infosys employee and her rejection that provoked him to murder her.

Plagiarism to ‘academic fraud’, Pondicherry V-C’s term was mired in controversies
Thu, Jun 30, 2016

A case was also filed in the Madras HC on the violations committed by the then UPA regime in her selection.

Infosys employee murder: Cops describe techie killer, said he used to stalk her
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

A Hyderabad-based digital forensic firm submitted its report on CCTV footage Tuesday evening, with clearer images of the face of the assailant, aged between 25 to 30 according to one account.

String of daylight murders in Chennai stretches already struggling police
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

The murder of Infosys techie S Swathi at a city railway station came a day after the arrest of eight accused in the murder of Dalit advocate T Ravikumar.

Had govt reacted sooner, he could have stayed on as RBI Governor: Father on Raghuram Rajan’s exit
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

BJP’s Subramanian Swamy had levelled allegations against Rajan including of sending confidential and sensitive financial information around the world and asked the PM Modi to sack him immediately.

Tamil Nadu: Woman ends life over morphed photo on Facebook
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

The woman’s family blamed the police and refused to allow the postmortem on Monday.

Infosys techie’s murder: As Madras HC seeks report, probe transferred to Chennai police
Tue, Jun 28, 2016

S Swathi, an employee with Infosys, was reportedly attacked with a sickle Friday while she was waiting to board a train.

Infosys employee murder: Police clueless, seek help from Aadhar wing
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

Swathi murder: “The case may be handed over to the city police from the railway wing,” said a senior official.

Tamil Nadu Congress chief Elangovan resigns over ‘differences with Rahul’
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

“He has informed the leadership that he would continue as a humble party worker,” said a senior leader.

Why Elangovan’s resignation would be suicidal for Tamil Nadu Congress
Sat, Jun 25, 2016

How was Elangovan different from his predecessors? Possibly because he was the only one who always stood alone, like V M Sudheeran in Kerala, but a man with more political integrity than Sudheeran.

Female Infosys employee hacked to death at Chennai railway station
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

She was waiting to board a train when a young man attacked her with a sickle, eyewitnesses said. This is the sixth murder in the city in four weeks. Five of the murders took place in public view.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Convict seeks info on Dutt’s early release, Yerwada jail officials to consider plea
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Yerwada authorities have agreed to hear Perarivalan’s plea after dismissing it twice in the past three months.

Ahead of civic polls, Jayalalithaa govt plans direct election of Mayors
Thu, Jun 23, 2016

S P Velumani said the system will function better if the Mayor of a corporation has support of a majority of councillors.

Tirupati encounter victim’s wife challenges SIT’s report
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

Muniyammal, wife of A Sasi Kumar, who was killed in the encounter, appeared before the Tirupati court Monday to challenge the closure report and seek a copy of it.

Kerala: CPM MLA’s heated TV debate with Dalit activist – viral response
Mon, Jun 20, 2016

The activist, Mrudula Devi, later thanked Facebook for being the only portal that keeps the Dalit stories unedited when mainstream media fails.

Connoisseur & Smuggler:The 84-year-old art dealer and his collection of ‘stolen’ idols in Chennai
Mon, Jun 20, 2016

R Nagaswamy, former director of Tamil Nadu Archaeology Department who accompanied the raid team, estimates that many idols were centuries old and estimated their value at several million rupees.

Jaya greets Clinton on her nomination as first woman candidate in US history
Fri, Jun 17, 2016

In her message to Clinton, Jayalalithaa said, “in creating history, you have given voice and hope to the cause of women empowerment across the world.”

Serious efforts on to bring Nokia back: Tamil Nadu Governor
Fri, Jun 17, 2016

Rosaiah said Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had deputed a team of officials to Taiwan to hold discussions with companies, including Foxconn, an ancillary firm that was shut following closure of Nokia’s Chennai operations.

Tamil Nadu lawyers protest Madras HC decision to discipline them
Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Madras HC lawyers will not boycott court proceedings since they “believe in negotiations and engagement” with the authorities, but thousands of litigants in lower courts will suffer.