Arun Janardhanan


After asking victim to mediate, Madras HC orders fresh trial of rape case
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

Mohan was accused of raping his 15-year-old neighbour, who then gave birth to a girl a year later.

Madras HC seeks report: Minor raped by 3 IPS officers, other cops for last 3 years, says PIL
Wed, Oct 07, 2015

Victim says she was raped, trafficked by family members

Noted Tamil writer Perumal Murugan wins fifth ILF award
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

An official release said the well-known Tamil writer and poet would be honoured at the India Habitat Centre’s Indian Languages Festival Samanvay 2015 with the fifth ILF Samanvay Bhasha Samman.

Battle to control film artistes’ body in Tamil Nadu hots up
Mon, Oct 05, 2015

The fierce battle has incumbent president Sarathkumar pitted against a rival alliance of five actors led by Vishal and Nasser.

A first in Tamil Nadu: To keep unruly lawyers in check, Madras HC proceedings beamed live
Fri, Oct 02, 2015

Several senior lawyers criticised the live screening, saying the court should not have succumbed to the “intimidation” by unruly lawyers.

Suicide probe: DSP kin point fingers at politicians, officers
Fri, Oct 02, 2015

M Ravi, father of the 26-year-old Dalit officer, told The Indian Express that Vishnupriya had the CCTV footage and crucial evidence of a sensational murder of a mill owner at Tiruchengode, implicating close relatives of top politicians.

Income Tax raids at homes of ‘Puli’ actor Vijay and Nayanthara
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

Income Tax department conducted raids at actors Vijay, Nayanthara and Samantha's homes.

DMK leader Stalin 2.0 rides in, on a scooter, in trousers and sports shoes
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

M K Stalin has gone in for an image makeover ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections. Bewildered at the new clothes, shoes, style and solo pitch, partymen calculate that Stalin may be trying to get the youth behind him in the race with J Jayalalithaa, 67.

Jayalalithaa launches Amma mobile phone scheme
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Initially, 20,000 cellphones will be distributed at the cost of Rs 15 crore. The scheme is expected to benefit 6.08 lakh SHGs.

Lord of the quarries: The murky world of mining and the politics that sustains it
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

Arun Janardhanan tells the story of the mining baron and his empire, the murky world of mining and the politics that sustains it.

Violent inmates attack jail officials at Chennai Puzhal prison
Sat, Sep 26, 2015

A group of 12 prisoners launched the murderous attack on prison officials reportedly for denying them cellphones and food brought from outside.

Tamil Nadu ‘human sacrifice’: Family seeks probe into child’s murder
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

Gopika, three-year-old girl went missing from her home, 11 hours later, her body was found in a canal. Her throat was cut.

Skeletal remains found in Tamil Nadu: Another ‘witness’ says he saw sacrifice
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

“I know they will identify me when they hear this story. If I am killed, PRP Granites and the government will be responsible for my death. But I want the world to know this story,” witness said.

Dalit DySP R Vishnupriya probing Dalit murder ‘kills self’, friends allege pressure
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

Posted at Tiruchengode in Namakkal district, Vishnupriya was found hanging at her private room in the DySP office.

A part of Tamil Nadu politics
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

Even while the Left in neighbouring Kerala has succumbed to pressures, the DMK has never taken part in Hindu festivals.

Tamil Nadu: DSP investigating Dalit murder case commits suicide, parents demand CBI probe
Sat, Sep 19, 2015

Her parents insisted that post mortem of the officer’s body should be conducted on-camera in the presence of a lawyer and private doctor, to prevent tampering of any evidence.

Before their murder, we picked up the mentally ill and fed them: M Sevarkodiyan
Thu, Sep 17, 2015

He alleged that the mentally ill were killed and buried by mining baron P R Palanichamy’s associates each time PRP Granites, the country’s largest granite exporter, expanded business.

After human sacrifice complaint, skeletal remains found in quarry, police call granite baron today
Thu, Sep 17, 2015

The remains were exhumed following a complaint from a former employee of PRP Granites that human sacrifices were carried out at the site.

Tamil Nadu illegal mining case: Skeletal remains unearthed amid allegations of human sacrifice
Mon, Sep 14, 2015

The company, however, said that Sagayam was engaged by the Madras High Court to probe illegal quarries and had “no business to probe PRP Granites”.

BJP, hardliners warn Rajinikanth against accepting film offer on Tipu Sultan
Sun, Sep 13, 2015

BJP, hardline outfits warned Rajinikanth against accepting Tipu Sultan movie offer, says 18th Century ruler ‘committed atrocities against Hindus’, producer says let ‘dogs bark’.

Gone girls: Story of ‘The Konny girls’ who left home for school and never returned
Sun, Sep 13, 2015

2 months after 3 friends left home for school and were found dead along rail tracks, parents have little but questions, police have little but theories

Global Investors Meet: TN gets proposals worth Rs1 lakh crore
Thu, Sep 10, 2015

An official source said 80 per cent of the investment proposals promised are in energy and manufacturing sectors while 10 per cent in IT and related areas.

After Amma canteens and Amma cements, now comes Amma baby care kit, packed with 16 items
Wed, Sep 09, 2015

In the current year, a sum of Rs 67 crore has been earmarked for the scheme, with a plan to provide it to mothers at the government hospitals.

2004 Kumbakonam School fire: ‘Conviction too little, too late’
Sun, Aug 30, 2015

The 10 convicts filed an appeal in the Madras HC against the lower court’s order. In the meantime, the state govt filed an appeal against the acquittal of the 11 other accused by the lower court.

Tears and a plaintive cry, ‘My father will die’
Sat, Aug 29, 2015

The Indian Express tries to track down those who are suspected to have left for the Islamic State.

Pondicherry Central University V-C placed on ‘compulsory wait’
Sat, Aug 22, 2015

The Puducherry government also sent a show cause notice to Krishnamurthy’s residence after it was approved by the President’s office.

Outsiders lay siege to Pondicherry varsity, cops ignore SOS call
Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Faculty, students part of mob that vandalised four departments.

Pondicherry Univ: Goons attack students, teachers and departments that took part in anti-VC agitation
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

At least four departments including Chemistry, bioinformatics, pollution control, green energy departments were ransacked by the mob.

I wouldn’t have fought for my son if he was a criminal, says Perarivalan’s mother
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

In February last year, the Supreme Court had commuted to life the death sentences of Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan.

Temple procession row: TN police nab 75 for torching Dalit houses
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

The attack was over a long-pending dispute over the right of Dalits to take out a temple car procession on the main road of the village dominated by caste Hindu families.

Tamil Nadu: Vanniyars attack Dalit procession, torch huts
Mon, Aug 17, 2015

Police said that the attack was a fallout of long-pending dispute over Dalits’ right to bring out a temple car procession through the village’s main road, which passes through a Vanniyar-dominated area.

Kottayam girl gets a new lease of life, thanks to crowdfunding
Sat, Aug 15, 2015

Message spreads through social media, hundreds contribute to Rs 40-lakh surgery

‘Dress conservatively’ warning bell to Chennai pub goers
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

Warnings and rumours of a possible pub raid by ‘moral’ police spread like a wildfire in the city.

HRD Ministry asks Puducherry V-C to go on leave
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

Orders fresh probe on charges of plagiarism against Krishnamurthy

Madras High Court stays removal of IAS officer probing illegal mining
Thu, Sep 03, 2015

The first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice T S Sivagnanam, however, stayed the replacement of Bedi with retired high court judge Vinod Kumar Sharma.

Facing heat, Jaya govt may take hard look at liquor shops
Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Govt may reduce number of liquor outlets even as parties tone down their demand for immediate prohibition