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Tamil Nadu fisherman’s death revives demand for Katchatheevu island
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

An agreement in 1974 between Sri Lanka and India handed over its ownership to the former, on a condition that Indian fishermen would have access to Katchatheevu.

Tamil Nadu govt releases Jayalalithaa’s medical reports
Tue, Mar 07, 2017

According to the release, Jayalalithaa (68) had diabetes mellitus for the past 20 years apart

Row over videos posted from handle in Tamil Nadu singer’s name
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

Sources close to the singer’s family said some of the tweets “were the handiwork of others who hacked her account”.

Madurai couple says Dhanush their son, he refuses
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

In their first petition before court, they said Dhanush was not ready to meet them despite many attempts.

Like Jayalalithaa, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami shuts 500 liquor shops on his first day
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Recalling the first day of Jayalalithaa in May, another senior government official said the only difference is that Palaniswami agreed to meet the media.

Edappadi K Palaniswami wins trust vote in empty House after bedlam
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

The vote was taken after two adjournments due to the pandemonium and allegations of attacks. Speaker P Dhanapal and Leader of Opposition M K Stalin said their shirts were torn during the fracas.

Trust hurdle over, Edappadi K Palaniswami faces steeplechase
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

In a state that has seen derailment of administrative hierarchies and governance for several months, Palaniswami’s primary challenge, say bureaucrats, may be to get the right officers to assist him

Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami upbeat as House to vote in Tamil Nadu battle today
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Palaniswami says he has numbers to win trust vote; OPS has only hope as one MLA crosses over

Stage set for Palanisami to prove majority of his govt tomorrow
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

A day after the Palanisami government was sworn-in, the political scene in Chennai today was relatively calm after almost 10 frenetic days.

Tamil Nadu: O Panneerselvam alone for now, AIADMK friends have bigger things in mind
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

As Edappadi Palaniswami was sworn in as Chief Minister, Panneerselvam’s house came under attack, stoned by men suspected to be supporters of the rival camp.

AIADMK leadership: Sasikala nephew Dinakaran is new power centre
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Last six years of Dinakaran’s life, after he was expelled from the party in 2011, have been relatively undocumented.

Sasikala back in jail, it’s now Edappadi Palanisamy vs Panneerselvam at Chennai Raj Bhavan
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

With no word from Raj Bhavan on what the Governor intends to do charges flew thick and fast between the warring AIADMK factions.

Sasikala nephew who groomed Panneerselvam set to hold most power
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Dinakaran, the leader said, had stayed in Panneerselvam’s house when he had contested from Periyukulam Lok Sabha constituency in 1999.

Sasikala’s chosen one goes to Raj Bhavan, Tamil Nadu Governor gets trust vote advice
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Police sources said Sasikala had not moved out of the resort until evening although she has been ordered to surrender before the Bengaluru trial court that convicted her.

Sasikala’s parting line: They can imprison me, not my love for AIADMK
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Sasikala DA case conviction: The day didn’t exactly progress the way caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his supporters had imagined.

Thevar to Gounder: Sasikala setback and Palanisamy elevation to change caste equations in AIADMK
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

The move may also bring new challenge, as the Thevar group that had controlled AIADMK till date looks set to split further.

Short tempered Edappadi Palanisamy was always a loyalist of Jayalalithaa, Sasikala
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

A powerful leader in his constituency, the political career of Edappadi Palanisamy has seen his image changing spontaneously for good or bad.

DA case: Sasikala camp goes into huddle, nominating new CM candidate is ‘Plan B’
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

“Justice will prevail,” was the first reaction of Sasikala after the verdict.

Tamil Nadu crisis: Because I am a woman, they are targeting me like this, says Sasikala
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

On her way to the Golden Bay Resorts in Kuvathur, where her party MLAs have been camping for the last four days, Sasikala spoke to a few reporters, including The Indian Express.

Tamil Nadu crisis: O Panneerselvam trying to split party, says Sasikala
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Sasikala said that everyone, including Panneerselvam, had asked her to take over as Chief Minister on the night J Jayalalithaa died.

Tamil Nadu crisis: Six more MPs join O Panneerselvam camp, Sasikala puts up brave front
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Amid continued uncertainty over Sasikala’s swearing-in as the next CM, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao met Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan from the OPS camp.

Five more MLAs gone, Sasikala warns: ‘Can’t wait on’
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

Sasikala sent another letter to Raj Bhavan, seeking an appointment for her and her MLAs so that she could parade them before the Governor in a show of strength.

Sasikala vs O Panneerselvam: Raj Bhavan keeps both waiting
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

The Raj Bhavan clarification by the Principal Secretary to Governor came after the draft of a purported report by Rao was out on social media and flashed by some TV channels.

Tamil Nadu crisis: O Panneerselvam claims legislators taken hostage, Madras HC calls it ‘serious’; two MLAs say relaxing at resort
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

The two AIADMK MLAs, who spoke with The Indian Express on conditions of anonymity, said they have no idea how long they have to stay at the guesthouse.

Sasikala stakes claim, OPS hopes for ‘good things’, all eyes on Raj Bhavan
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Uncertainty continued because the Governor did not say what he intends to do — there were indications though that he would send a report to Delhi and could even seek legal opinion.

Suspecting police tilt towards Sasikala camp, O Panneerselvam meets DGP, Chief Secy
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

According to sources privy to the meeting, Panneerselvam complained that it was the indifference of Chennai City Commissioner S George that allegedly helped the Sasikala camp shift MLAs to the resort.

Let’s wait and watch. I request my MLAs to consider people’s wish, says Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

As Amma had told us, I request all party MLAs to consider the spirit and wish of people in their respective constituencies.

Sasikala hits back at O Panneerselvam, locks MLAs for Governor
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

Will probe Jaya death, I have people’s backing, claims Panneerselvam.

In Chennai twilight zone, all eyes on Governor and who is with who
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Panneerselvam camp was confident of backing from a majority of AIADMK’s 134 MLAs while Members of V K Sasikala camp were silent, as they scrambled to rescue the party from an imminent split.

Quiet Panneerselvam stands up to say no to Sasikala, threatens her takeover plan
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Panneerselvam said he was not informed in advance about the legislature party meeting held on Sunday and the decision to elect Sasikala as the leader was communicated to him at the last moment.

Jayalalithaa’s death unnatural, she feared poisoning: AIADMK leader seeks probe into death
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Recalling the day when Jayalalithaa died, Pandian alleged that he saw no remorse among Sasikala’s family.

Government brings UK doctor who treated Jayalalithaa to clear air on treatment
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

The doctors tried dispelling doubts about the suspicious injuries, rumoured amputations, organ transplant. They said that there was neither any organ transplant nor any amputation done on her.

Sasikala swearing-in depends on travel plans of Governor Vidyasagar Rao
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

However, SC’s remark on Monday that the final verdict in the disproportionate asset case may be expected this week sent shock waves in the AIADMK camp.

Elected as AIADMK legislature party leader, Sasikala to be Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

Panneerselvam steps down in change of guard in Chennai.

Jayalalithaa’s three close aides removed from Tamil Nadu CM Panneerselvam’s office
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Further strengthening the reports of Sasikala emerging as the Tamil Nadu CM, AIADMK has called the meeting of its MLAs on February 5.

Chennai oil spill: Centre slaps notice on port, wants action to contain impact
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

The nearly week-long crisis, triggered by oil spill resulting from the collision of two ships off the Kamarajar harbour on Saturday, is threatening to become a major ecological disaster.