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Rajiv Gandhi assassination: Tamil Nadu govt opposes Nalini’s six-month parole plea
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Nalini was granted parole for 24 hours in March 2016 to visit her Chennai home following her father’s death.

Judge who handed death to Rajiv Gandhi killers writes to Sonia: Show magnanimity
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Thomas said there were “serious flaws” in the CBI’s investigation in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

BJP using Governor Banwarilal Purohit to interfere in Tamil Nadu: Stalin, Dinakaran
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

The Centre is trying to rule the state through the Governor as the AIADMK government here is weak,” Stalin said in a statement.

I-T was doing its job: Sasikala nephew plays down searches
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Vivek Jayaraman disagreed when asked about a political motive behind the I-T searches. His cousin T T V Dinakaran had, however, accused the BJP of using the I-T department against the V K Sasikala family.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit draws fire for meet with district officials
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

T N Hariharan and about a dozen senior officials, inviting criticism from several opposition parties in the state.

DMK leaders dismiss idea of alliance with BJP: Stalin will never agree
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

A top party leader, who is a close aide of DMK working president M K Stalin, said such a move at this stage would be suicidal for the DMK.

Income Tax department claims Rs 1,430 cr seizures in raids on Sasikala kin, other premises
Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Sources in I-T Department said hundreds of incriminating documents were seized, besides Rs 7 crore cash and jewellery worth approximately Rs 5 crore.

I-T searches in dozen places linked to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

The department searched at least a dozen locations, including AIADMK mouthpiece Jaya TV’s offices, and the office of Namadhu MGR.

I-T crackdown on Sasikala kin’s premises, searched Jaya TV’s present and former offices
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Addressing the media later, Dinakaran accused the Centre of targeting his family. “It is obvious that the Centre has a political motive,” he said, accusing it of trying to end Sasikala’s political career.

Kamal Haasan doesn’t launch party on b’day, says already in politics
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Haasan said his immediate plan is to meet people and travel across Tamil Nadu with a focus on studying and learning from farmers about their problems.

One year of demonetisation — Employment: A third to half of jobs lost in past year, finds trade, industry survey
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

As for job creation, the data puts it at zero in November-December 2016, which improved to a growth rate of 10%-15% in January-March 2017, and to 20%-25% in April and June.

Why Tirupur’s Rs 42,000 crore textile hub fears a wipeout
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Ramdas’s story is an illustrative snapshot of the Rs 42,000-crore Tirupur textile industry, sustained by 8,500 smallscale, medium and large firms, after the note ban.

Cartoonist G Bala gets bail, collector counters inaction charges on Facebook
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

The cartoon shows the collector, police commissioner and Chief Minister standing around a burning child, naked, with their eyes lowered, and holding currency notes in front of their private parts.

Tamil Nadu: PM Modi meets DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, sparks speculation in state
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Tamil Nadu: The visit came amid speculation that the ruling AIADMK, which is facing intense factionalism, could join the NDA. “But with AIADMK losing popularity and facing internal crisis, BJP does not want to close its options in Tamil Nadu,” said a BJP leader from the state.

Modi meeting DMK patriarch Karunanidhi: BJP looking for neutral ground in Tamil Nadu?
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

What is the political significance of Modi's meeting with Karunanidhi? Basically, it seems to be an effort to build a neutral image for the national party in Tamil Nadu.

PM Modi meeting DMK patriarch Karunanidhi: BJP looking for neutral ground in Tamil Nadu?
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

What is the political significance of Modi's meeting with Karunanidhi? Basically, it seems to be an effort to build a neutral image for the national party in Tamil Nadu.

Cartoonist Bala arrested for criticising Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami, officials
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

One of the most popular cartoonists in the state with over 65,000 followers on Facebook, Bala’s political cartoons discussing various issues have had a key role in social media debates in Tamil Nadu.

Educationists slam TN govt’s plan to set up coaching classes for NEET aspirants
Sun, Nov 05, 2017

Secretary of Department of Health and Family Welfare J Radhakrishnan informed the court that the state proposed to identify teachers in every district to impart training to provide coaching to NEET aspirants.

Kamal Haasan says right-wing Hindu terror a reality now
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

"“In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence, but hold a dialogue with opposite parties on their arguments. But this old tactic was defeated and they started using muscle power."

Kiran Bedi probes road tax racket, BJP leader Suresh Gopi too in line of fire
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Puducherry Transport Minister M O H F Shahjahan denied reports of alleged illegalities in vehicle registration. But Bedi said Shahjahan himself is a car-seller who "may be losing business if we prevent non-residents from registering their vehicles here”.

Arrested man made PM Modi remark on private Facebook chat
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

The remarks on PM Narendra Modi were made in a private conversation on Facebook

Chennai: IPS officer Safeer Karim held for cheating at UPSC Mains exam
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

According to police, Safeer Karim was caught using a Bluetooth device to speak to his wife, who dictated the answers.

Madurai village temple ritual: What do you know about us, our life, asks villagers
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

A centuries-old temple ritual in a Madurai village, where little girls are paraded and “offered” to the goddess, earned charges of being “exploitative” recently. Weeks later, as probing questions continue, villagers are angry at the intrusion into their lives

Madras High Court junks PIL against Mersal certification
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Suggesting that the petitioner take up real issues and fight social evils instead of targeting a movie, the bench reminded that they cannot issue gag orders against those who criticise demonetisation

Among Kerala arrests, the ‘global citizen’ who brags about his IS links
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Until now, U K Hamza of Thalassery was seen as a harmless Islamic State sympathiser, no one took him seriously; 4 others arrested include 3 sent back from Turkey.

Mersal row: Vijay thanks fans in note, signs using Christian name
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

BJP national secretary H Raja had pointed out that Vijay was Christian, while criticising the film and targeting the actor. Vijay, who issued a note on a letter pad with his name in red and bold, wrote “Jesus Saves”.

Tamil Nadu man who set self and family ablaze dies, NHRC seeks report
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

While alleged harassment by the moneylender and police inaction are believed to be the reasons for the suicides, a police inquiry claimed Isakimuthu (28) had a lot of debt and faced complaints from many people for not repaying money

Pathbreaker Malayalam film director I V Sasi dies at 69
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

While he was at the peak of his career in Malayalam cinema, Sasi tried to break into Hindi films, and did several of them, including Man Ka Aangan (1979); Patita (1980) starring Mithun Chakraborty; Karishmaa (1984); and Anokha Rishta (1986).

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Parole ends, convict back in Vellore jail
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Arrested in June 1999, when he was 19, Perarivalan was not given bail or parole for 27 years, of which 11 years were spent in solitary confinement.

Madras High Court bans photos of living persons on banners
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

The court also directed the chief secretary to send a circular in this regard to all office-bearers of the wards of the town panchayat, panchayat union, municipality and corporation.

Mersal effect? Actor Vishal gets I-T knock after he slams BJP
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

According to a senior I-T official, the search was conducted by four officials to probe charges that the production house, Vishal Film Factory, had deducted tax at source of payment worth Rs 51 lakh made to various clients but allegedly failed to deposit the amount with the government.

Tamil Nadu: Family sets itself on fire over harassment by moneylender
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

The four doused themselves with fuel and immolated themselves in front of passersby and police personnel.

Tamil romantic hero who lets his father do the political talking
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

It is not the first time political ambitions have been ascribed to Vijay, but he is widely seen as too shy.

Do not force us to do Aadhar seeding, it is against spirit of democracy: Largest bank officers’ body
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

In the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, public sector banks and regional rural banks have opened 29.13 crore accounts as against 96 lakh accounts by the private banks.

Tamil Nadu BJP leaders hit out at superstar ‘Joseph’ Vijay for GST swipe in movie
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

"Everyone has the right to criticise the BJP government on any medium. But the criticism should be based on facts,” Raja told The Indian Express. The BJP leader claimed that he was “trying to confirm” whether the producer Hema Rukmani of Thenandal Studios Ltd “may also be a Christian”.

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.