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Chennai News Highlights: Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi unfurls tricolour on Republic Day

Chennai news highlights today: The Governor was welcomed by Chief Minister MK Stalin who introduced Ravi to the defence and police personnel.

By: Express Web Desk
Chennai | Updated: January 26, 2023 22:27 IST
Tamil Nadu Republic Day celebrationsTN Governor and TN CM at the Republic Day celebrations. (ANI)

Chennai News Highlights: Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi unfurled the Tricolour in Chennai on Thursday, on the occasion of India’s 74th Republic Day. The unfurling of the national flag was followed by the national anthem, while Indian Air Force helicopters showered flower petals. The Governor was welcomed by Chief Minister M K Stalin, who then introduced Ravi to the defence and police personnel.

In a surprising move, the DMK has decided not to boycott the Republic Day tea party to be hosted by Governor R N Ravi on Thursday unlike several of its allies who will not attend the event. Though the DMK-led government and Raj Bhavan have been at loggerheads in recent weeks, and days earlier all the parties in the ruling coalition had skipped the Pongal celebrations organised by the Governors, the ruling party has decided not to join the boycott announced by several of its allies, including the Congress, the CPI(M), the CPI, the VCK, and the MDMK.

In a relief to fishermen of Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court on Tuesday conditionally allowed Purse Seine Fishing beyond the territorial waters of the state but within the exclusive economic zone. Purse Seine Fishing involves a method where a vertical net attached to a vessel is targeted at dense schools of fish in open water in curtain formation the bottom of which is drawn together to enclose the fish.

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12:51 (IST)26 Jan 2023
Republic Day: 'Nari shakti' dominates tableaux of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Tripura

'Nari shakti' and women empowerment dominated the theme of tableaux of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Tripura at the Republic Day parade on Thursday. 

Tamil Nadu's tableau was based on women empowerment and culture of the state which prevailed from the Sangam era to the present day.

The front portion of the tableau showcased a statue of poet Avvaiyar, an icon for intellectual women. She wrote 'Aathichoodi' and 'Kondraiventhan' amongst several other finest poems. She is also known as a noble and worshipable saint of exponential morality.

On either side of the front portion, the statue of Veeramangal Velu Naachiar riding on a horse is placed. She was the queen of Sivaganga (1780-90), who stood as an epitome of bravery and waged war against the East India Company.

The middle portion of the tableau showcased statues of eminent women personalities namely Carnatic singer M S Subbulakhsmi, the great Bharatanatyam exponent Tanjore Balasaraswati, social reformer and doctor Muthulakhmi Reddy, author and political activist of the Dravidian Movement Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar and Pappammal, a popular organic farmer still active at the age of 105 in her agriculture field.

The rear portion of the tableau showcased the replica of Thanjavur Brihadeeswarar Temple built by Chola King Rajaraja Chozhan.

The temple is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On ground, the artistes were seen performing Karagaattam, along with a group of musicians in traditional attire playing Kombu (Horn), Naadaswaram and Thavil. (PTI)

11:17 (IST)26 Jan 2023
Tamil Nadu governor unfurls national flag

Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi unfurled the tri-colour here in the presence of Chief Minister M K Stalin and other dignitaries, on the occasion of the country's 74th Republic Day on Thursday. Flower petals were showered on the flag from a helicopter. The celebrations near the Labour Statue, on the Marina beachfront here, were marked by a spectacular march past by the contingents of the armed forces, police, home guards and NCC members besides an eye-catching cultural event.


The Chief Minister, who was the first to arrive at the venue received the Governor and introduced him to the senior officials of the defence and police forces on the occasion. The Chennai Egmore and Dr M G Ramachandran central railway stations here were illuminated in the colours of the Indian flag on the eve of Republic Day.


About 6,800 police personnel were deployed for duty at the five-tier security arrangement made at the venue of the celebrations. (PTI) 

11:05 (IST)26 Jan 2023
Six Padma awards for Tamil Nadu this year

Tamil Nadu has claimed six Padma awards this year. CM MK Stalin tweeted a congratulatory message to all the winners ,"I express my heartfelt appreciation to all these six people. All of you who are about to receive the country's highest award have made our state proud with your achievements in your respective fields." Singer Vani Jayaram  has been selected for Padma Bhushan award from Tamil Nadu along with Kalyanasundaram Pillai (art) , snake handlers Vadivel Gopal, Masi Sadayan (social work), Palam Kalyanasundaram (social work), Gopalsamy Veluchami (medicine)

22:22 (IST)25 Jan 2023
Chennai police beef up security ahead of Republic Day celebrations

The Greater Chennai police have made arrangements for five-tier security at the venue where Republic Day Celebrations will be held in the city on Thursday.

The celebrations will take place near the Labour Statue at Marina at the junction of Kamarajar Salai and Wallajah Road where Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi will unfurl the Tricolour. Read More

22:19 (IST)25 Jan 2023
Ahead of Republic Day, Chennai Central Railway Station illuminates in Tricolours
18:00 (IST)25 Jan 2023
CPI, VCK to skip TN Guv's R-Day tea party; Ravi signs off event with 'Long Live Tamil Nadu' slogan

Three of DMK's allies, including the CPI, on Wednesday announced boycotting the Republic Day tea party hosted by Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi, days after all the ruling coalition members skipped the Pongal celebrations organised by him amidst the tussle between the state government and the Raj Bhavan over a number of issues.

The state unit of the CPI, Thol Thirumavalavan-led Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) announced boycotting the event, scheduled on Thursday.

Incidentally, Ravi, days after seeking to put an end to the debate over the "Tamil Nadu vs Tamizhagam" name debate, ended an official event here with the slogan 'Vazhga Tamil Nadu', hailing the state. (PTI)

16:31 (IST)25 Jan 2023
MNM will support Congress in Erode East bypoll in TN: Kamal Haasan

Actor Kamal Haasan-led Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) on Wednesday extended unconditional support to Congress candidate EVKS Elangovan for the February 27 Erode East by-poll, saying it was a "moment of national importance" to fight for the common cause of joining hands against "communal forces."

Elangovan, senior Congress leader and former union minister, is the candidate of the DMK-led Secular Progressive Aliance (SPA). The bypoll was necessitated due to the recent death of sitting local legislator and his son Thirumahan Everaa.

DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin thanked Haasan for extending support to the SPA. (PTI)

15:25 (IST)25 Jan 2023
IndiaMART InterMESH to strengthen footprint in TN

Online B2B marketplace provider IndiaMART InterMESH Ltd has drawn up plans to strengthen footprint by foraying into three cities in Tamil Nadu, besides setting up an office in neighbouring Puducherry.

The company as part of its expansion plans would recruit local people for the new offices while a customer service team would also be set up in Chennai to serve the customers, the company said on Wednesday.

IndiaMART InterMESH Ltd is all set to expand its footprint in Tamil Nadu with new offices in Kancheepuram, Tirunelveli, Vellore and in Puducherry to cater to the growing demand on its platform. (PTI)

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There is nothing for BJP to prove in a by-poll: Tamil Nadu president Annamalai

Tamil Nadu BJP leader K Annamalai said Tuesday his party has nothing to prove in the Erode bypoll, to be held next month, as it is not going to change the dynamics of the state government in any manner.

The Erode bypoll was necessitated after the death of Congress leader E V K S Elangovan’s son and party MLA Thirumahan Everaa. The ruling DMK-led alliance partner Congress has named Elangovan as its candidate for the Erode bypoll and he has already started his campaign for the February 27 elections. Read more.

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Bus overturns in Tamil Nadu's Dindigul, 15 people injured

A government bus overturned in the Sirumalai Hill area in Tamil Nadu's Dindigul district on Tuesday. 15 people are reportedly injured. 15 people were injured in an accident where a government bus overturned in the Sirumalai hill area. The bus overturned in a pit at the 18th bend, informed the police.

Dindigul Superintendent of Police (SP) said that the accident was due to fog and the injured passengers are being treated at the hospital. (ANI)

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Chennai This Week: Plenty of good music and Kunal Kamra humour to look forward to

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Popular comedian Kunal Kamra is all set to perform in Chennai city this week. He will stage his new show So Called Comedian. Get ready to take in some of the best humour at the Rosewater Fine Dining restaurant at Anna Nagar on January 28. Know more.

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TN: Yaga Pujas commence at Palani Dhandayuthapani Swamy temple on Kumbhabhishekam

Yaga Pujas begin at Palani Dhandayuthapani Swamy temple on the occasion of Kumbhabhishekam (consecration ceremony). The Palani Murugan Temple, located in the town of Palani in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, is a sacred pilgrimage site for devotees of Lord Muruga. The temple is considered the third of Lord Muruga's six houses and is revered for its spiritual significance and historical significance.

The number of devotees allowed witnessing the ceremony in person is limited to 6,000, with 2,000 selected through an online lottery system. The temple administration has also announced that certain rituals, such as Kala Pooja and Thangaratha departure, will not take place from January 24-27. ANI

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Erode East by-poll: Cadres want AIADMK to put up unified fight, claims Panneerselvam

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Personally, he was never averse to the merger of the AIADMK factions (led by him and another dominant one led by former Chief Minister K Palaniswami), Panneerselvam said and alleged that Palaniswami has been a stumbling block in the unification. (PTI) 

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Tamil Nadu synchronised bird census for 2023 from Jan 28

A synchronised census of wetland and terrestrial birds for 2022-2023 will be conducted in two phases beginning January 28, the Tamil Nadu Forest Department informed on Tuesday.

During the first phase the wetland (both inland and coastal) bird census will be taken up on January 28 and 29, while the census of terrestrial birds (both in protected area and outside) is scheduled for March 4 and 5.

"Bird census requires long term monitoring, hence the wetland bird census is about to be conducted in 20 chosen sites and the terrestrial bird census will be conducted in 20 sites per district," the release said. (PTI)

18:13 (IST)24 Jan 2023
Chennai police strengthen security ahead of Republic Day celebrations

The Greater Chennai police have made arrangements for five-tier security at the venue where Republic Day Celebrations will be held in the city on Thursday.


The celebrations will take place near the Labour Statue at Marina at the junction of Kamarajar Salai and Wallajah Road where Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi will unfurl the Tricolour.  Read more

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1971 Bangladesh liberation war veterans felicitated

The 1971 Bangladesh liberation war heroes were felicitated at a function held at Dr MGR Educational And Research Institute on the occasion of Parakram Diwas.

Three distinguished gallantry award winners: Rear Admiral S Ramsagar, Col A Krishna Swamy and Col P Ganesh were felicitated by Dr MGR Educational And Research Institute president A C S Arunkumar at an event held under the joint auspices of the varsity and Akhil Bharatiya Purva Sainik Seva Parishad (ABPSSP), a release issued here on Tuesday said. (PTI)

Known for seafood, this stall at Chennai’s Marina beach attracts many even after two decades

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday conditionally allowed Purse Seine Fishing beyond the territorial waters of the state but within the exclusive economic zone, reported PTI. This has brought in a big relief to the Tamil Nadu fishing community. Purse Seine Fishing involves a method where a vertical net attached to a vessel is targeted at dense schools of fish in open water in curtain formation the bottom of which is drawn together to enclose the fish.

It became almost clear on Monday that the BJP is likely to abstain from the election race and back the AIADMK in the February 27 Erode (East) Assembly bypoll to take on Congress candidate, E V K S Elangovan. The AIADMK invited applications from aspirants for party tickets to contest the bypoll and Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai gave ample indications of his party backing the principal opposition party’s nominee.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Police Complaints Authority, headed by the Home Secretary, would investigate into and take action in case of complaints against police officials, the State government said here on Monday. Quoting the meeting of the Authority today, an official press release said complaints against police personnel up to the rank of inspector shall be submitted to the District Collectors concerned, according to news agency PTI.

In other news, four people were killed and four others were injured after a crane collapsed during a temple procession in Keezhveedhi village near Nemili in Tamil Nadu’s Ranipet district Sunday night. According to the police, the mishap happened at the Draupadi Amman temple around 8 pm. The devotees, hanging from the crane, were about to garland the Draupadi Amman temple deity in the annual event taking place after Pongal but the crane suddenly came crashing down, said the police.

Schoolboy fills pothole after grandfather suffers fracture in mishap

Moved by the pathetic condition of a road in his locality which led to his grandfather sustaining injuries after falling off his motorcycle, an eighth grade student in Puducherry decided to set things right on his own by filling the pothole which resulted in the mishap.

After his grandfather, a farmer, fell off his motorcycle a few days ago after he hit a pothole and ended up in hospital with a fracture, 13-year old Masilamani collected sand, gravel and other materials lying scattered at various points in his village and after mixing them with cement, filled the pothole and other damaged portions of the road in Sendhanatham in neighbouring Villianoor.

“My wish is that nobody should meet with accidents and suffer injuries as my grandfather has,” he said while receiving a complimentary copy of a book from former Legislator Vayyapuri Manikandan in appreciation of the youngster’s gesture.

Chennai police seize 8 kg ‘ganja chocolates’ near school in Mambalam

The Chennai police have arrested a man from Bihar for allegedly selling “ganja chocolates” on a two-wheeler near a school in the city.

Police said they arrested Surendhiran Yadav (43) near a school in Mambalam on Thursday and seized around 8 kg “ganja chocolates” and the vehicle used for selling them.

Police said Surendhiran, who hails from Madhubani, had been working at a paan shop run by his uncle Amul Kumar Yadav near Royapettah. He got the “ganja chocolates” brought from Bihar, police said, adding that they were looking for Amul Kumar Yadav, who is absconding.

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First published on: 24-01-2023 at 09:25 IST
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