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Arun Janardhanan

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As its TN chief says alliances ‘weakening Cong’, party leaders ask who is to blame
Tue, May 24, 2022

Clarifying his remarks in an interview to The Indian Express, Alagiri noted that the Congress first entered into alliances in Tamil Nadu, whose politics is dominated by the big two of the DMK and AIADMK, about 30 years back.

Tamil magazine, activist, YouTuber face blackmail charge over article
Wed, May 25, 2022

The complaint alleged that Kevin demanded Rs 50 lakh to prevent the publication of an article in the magazine in January, alleging links between Stalin’s son-in-law Sabareesan and the firm.

Online sites to historical sites, emergence of the ‘Dravidian’ govt of Tamil Nadu
Wed, May 25, 2022

Stalin's Twitter profile first declared same, now DMK pits 'Dravidian model' against BJP's 'regressive, divisive' Aryan model; cites archaeological findings

‘You respected my fight’: AG Perarivalan’s mother’s 31-year wait is over
Thu, May 19, 2022

Surrounded by cameras, the exhausted 75-year-old hung on to her son’s arms at Jolarpettai in Tamil Nadu’s Tirupattur. Arputham Ammal’s long and gruelling fight for her son A G Perarivalan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was finally over.

Explained: AG Perarivalan’s road to freedom
Thu, May 19, 2022

Three decades after his arrest in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, A G Perarivalan has been set free by the Supreme Court. A look at the charges he faced, the commutation of his death sentence, and his legal battle.

Over 31 years of jail, seven long years of wait, the many turns in Perarivalan’s case
Thu, May 19, 2022

While the key conspirators and assassins could not be caught alive, 26 accused were sentenced to death in 1998 by a TADA court.

After SC orders A G Perarivalan’s release, former judge K T Thomas says he should live ‘happily hereafter’
Wed, May 18, 2022

Justice Thomas had pleaded with Rajiv Gandhi’s widow Sonia Gandhi to show magnanimity, and called the Tamil Nadu governor’s decision to pass the buck to the President “unheard and unconstitutional”.

In Tamil Nadu, a High Court order raises questions of judicial overreach
Wed, May 18, 2022

The Madras High Court, on April 28, directed the government to set up a separate Tamil Nadu Administrative Service on the lines of Kerala.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case timeline: AG Perarivalan released, how the case unfolded
Thu, May 19, 2022

The Supreme Court verdict will pave way for the release of the other six convicts in the case, including Nalini Sriharan and her husband Murugan, a Sri Lankan national.

Tirupur exporters’ association asks Centre to ban cotton export
Wed, May 18, 2022

Raja M Shanmugham, president of the exporters’ association, said the unprecedented price hike in cotton has also doubled the prices of chemicals and other accessories.

Iron in Tamil Nadu 4,200 years ago: a new dating and its significance
Sun, May 15, 2022

Carbon dating of excavated finds in Tamil Nadu pushes evidence of iron being used in India back to 4,200 years ago. A look at the findings of a new study, and its historical significance.

Explained: The story of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict A G Perarivalan, and his mother
Thu, May 19, 2022

A G Perarivalan was sentenced to death by a TADA court in 1998 in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case, and the sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1999.

Explained: Why Puducherry’s Jipmer became a venue of ‘Hindi-imposition’ protests
Tue, May 10, 2022

Over 500 DMK workers, including four MLAs, were arrested over the protest in Puducherry. We explain what led to the agitation.

Chennai: Driver flees with car, jewellery after killing US-returned couple, held from Andhra
Mon, May 09, 2022

Police arrested the driver and his friend after accessing the call data records of the deceased man’s phone, which had received FastTag messages showing that his car had passed through toll booths on the Chennai-Kolkata national highway, and tracing the phone location of the accused to Ongole.

How Stalin ‘Year One’ shaped up: Welfare and federal push, run-ins with Governor
Sun, May 08, 2022

DMK's biggest challenge is that it does not have too many loyalists in Tamil Nadu bureaucracy

Stalin completes one year as TN CM, announces breakfast scheme for govt school children
Sat, May 07, 2022

Speaking in the state legislative Assembly, on completion of one year as chief minister, Stalin said his government had fulfilled 60 to 70 per cent of the promises DMK had made in its poll manifesto. He also coined a new word - Dravida Model - for his governance plan.

As DMK govt bans mutt ritual, rationalists and Hindutva groups take positions
Thu, May 05, 2022

During the 'Pattina Pravesam' ritual held by the Dharmapuram mutt, devotees carry the Dharmapuram adheenam, or the chief of the mutt, on a silver palanquin.

TN school student dies after clash with juniors over wristband with caste identity
Mon, May 02, 2022

A senior police officer probing the case said the boy, from an OBC community, had got into a fight on Monday with a junior, a Dalit, during physical training hours over the latter wearing a wristband.

Dean of Madurai Medical College removed after students take Sanskrit Charak oath
Tue, May 03, 2022

As visuals of students taking the Sanskrit oath were widely publicised, the state government ordered the removal of Dean A Rathinavel, saying he was being placed on a waiting list for future posting.

Behind Stalin’s Lanka aid move: state rights assertion, DMK’s diaspora image makeover
Mon, May 09, 2022

A month ago, during his visit to New Delhi, CM Stalin had met PM Modi and requested him to permit the state government to send humanitarian aid to Sri Lankans, pointing out that many of them were coming to the state through the sea route.

Stalin had to wait, won’t make son do; Udhayanidhi likely in Cabinet by June
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

Party says it wants to fast-track the MLA's elevation and avoid the mistake it made by delaying Stalin's rise to the top

Revert to 2014 rates, not feasible for Tamil Nadu to slash fuel tax, minister PTR replies to PM
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Though revenue to Centre has increased manifold, there is no matching increase for states, says TN finance minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan

Amid tussle with Governor, TN assembly passes Bills empowering state government to appoint VCs in 13 universities
Tue, Apr 26, 2022

The ‘Statement of Objects and Reasons’ reveals another purpose of the Bills that includes the secretary of government in charge of finance as one of the syndicate members in all varsities by bringing amendments to the university statutes.

Far from done, Sasikala takes another shot in the dark
Mon, Apr 25, 2022

Since she came out of prison after four years, in a corruption case, Sasikala or Chinamma as her supporters call her – drawing on her association with Amma -- has kept the AIADMK on its toes while, more than once, flattering to deceive.

No such thing as free land: Tamil Nadu draws up policy on compensation if airports are privatised
Mon, Apr 25, 2022

Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan says DMK-led government moving towards ‘comprehensive policy on land leases to address challenges faced in leasing government land’.

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