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Arun Janardhanan


As BJP wants her in ADMK, Sasikala stuns: ‘withdrawing from politics’
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

While Sasikala’s surprise and sudden decision is expected to help the ruling AIADMK and avoid splitting of votes, it comes as a jolt to her nephew TTV Dhinakaran, who was ousted from AIADMK along with her in 2017.

Explained: How Kamal Haasan is placed in the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

Kamal Haasan is neither a good orator nor a communicator, but he has been increasingly efficient in putting across his messages in simple terms. 

In car, on phone: IPS officer lists ‘harassment’ by Tamil Nadu DGP
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

The Madras High Court had on Monday taken suo motu notice of the alleged harassment, and is directly monitoring the case now being probed by the CB-CID.

ADMK weighs BJP push for Sasikala; DMK Cong’s push for more seats
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

The AIADMK is in a fix as allies BJP and RSS want to facilitate re-entry into the party of ousted general secretary V K Sasikala, the closest aide of the late J Jalayalithaa. On the other side, the DMK is refusing to hand out more seats to the Congress.

Assault case against TN Spl DGP: HC to monitor probe, places restrictions on media, politicians
Tue, Mar 02, 2021

In its order, the Madras High Court restrained political parties from politicising, publicising or issuing media statements about the case, and prevented the media from naming the victim and the accused officer.

Tamil Nadu: Case registered against Special DGP accused of sexual assault
Mon, Mar 01, 2021

The team will also probe the role of Chengalpattu SP D Kannan IPS, who tried to intercept the victim’s vehicle on February 22 when she was on her way to Chennai to file a formal complaint against Das.

TN Spl DGP accused of assault: Officer fled car; 150 cops tried to stop her
Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Asked by reporters about the complaint, Chief Minister E K Palaniswami said Friday: “Nothing has been proved so far. A probe is on.”

Minutes before poll dates announcement, TN govt provides 10.5% reservation for Vanniyar community
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

It is seen as a crucial decision by the AIADMK regime to retain PMK in their alliance even as the party has no representation in the state assembly.

In Tamil Nadu, DMK has edge, but AIADMK hopes to ride on EPS image
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

The polls also are a test for a new generation of leaders -- Edappadi K Palaniswami (66) and M K Stalin (67) -- who are leading their parties into an Assembly election for the first time, while dealing with simmering displeasures within their own ranks.

Tha Pandian, CPI leader close to Jayalalithaa and Rajiv Gandhi, dies at 88
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

One of the most prominent orators of his generation, Veteran Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Tha Pandian was also active in trade union works in Tamil Nadu as well as Delhi.

After MGR photo in BJP video, Kamaraj cutout at PM Modi’s TN rally
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Congress leaders called it shameful, saying that K Kamaraj had been subjected to an attack by the RSS. However, an RSS leader denied that the organisation had any role in the attack and said there was nothing wrong in the decision to use a cutout of the leader.

V K Sasikala: ‘To retain power, Amma’s followers must work together’
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Sasikala further said that to retain power in Tamil Nadu, all “Amma’s followers” should work together “like bees” and take a vow towards the goal of forming the government again, adding that she could “see the face of Jayalalithaa” in each of the party workers.

BJP wanted to rule Puducherry by proxy, says Narayanasamy
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Speaking to The Indian Express at his residence after he and his Council of Ministers submitted their resignations to L-G Tamilisai Soundararajan, Narayanasamy said he was a “happy man” since he had run a government for five years despite hurdles put up by the Opposition.

Congress Puducherry govt falls, BJP, ADMK weigh options
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

The Congress has lost its only government in the south. The crisis comes months ahead of polls in the UT.

From test of numbers to President’s Rule: Four possible scenarios in Puducherry trust vote today
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

Puducherry floor test: Politically, the crisis in Puducherry is the outcome of a battle between two national parties that has extended from Delhi to the small Union Territory in the south.

Floor test in Puducherry today: Congress govt minus 2 more MLAs
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

With Sunday’s resignations of the Congress’s K Lakshmi-narayanan and ruling ally DMK’s K Venkatesan, a Congress leader told The Indian Express: “Even if the Speaker invokes his right to vote, there is no chance of getting majority strength.”

Isaac Thomas Kottukapally: ‘His music was aimed at philosophy of cinema’
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

The veteran music director passed away in Chennai on Thursday, aged 72.

Tamil Nadu govt to drop 10 lakh cases on CAA, Covid-19 lockdown
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

Protesters against the CAA were booked for serious charges such as rioting, as well as other charges including causing inconvenience to the public, damaging public property and preventing the police from discharging their duty, which will now be dropped.

Explained: What led to Congress’ Puducherry crisis, and Kiran Bedi factor
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

The latest developments in Puducherry were part and parcel of similar strategies BJP had been applying in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, ahead of the upcoming polls.

Puducherry Congress govt on the brink, Kiran Bedi removed as L-G
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

The development comes hours after the Congress government in the Union Territory lost its majority with another ruling party legislator resigning today.

Puducherry: Congress govt loses majority as one more MLA resigns
Tue, Feb 16, 2021

With the latest development, both the ruling Congress-DMK alliance and AIADMK-BJP alliance have 14 MLAs each in the 33-member Assembly.

PM on 2 years after Pulwama: ‘No Indian can forget this day’
Mon, Feb 15, 2021

Speaking in Chennai, the Prime Minister also hailed the defence forces as he dedicated the indigenously designed and manufactured “Main Battle Tank Arjun Mark 1A” to the nation, and praised the farmers of Tamil Nadu.

Explained: Rajiv Gandhi case convicts — then and now
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

The Centre and the Tamil Nadu Governor’s office have left a decision on their release to each other. A look at the seven convicts, their role in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, what has changed for them, and what hasn’t.

AIADMK flag, crowds around her, politics on mind, Sasikala is back
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa's closest aide, Sasikala, imprisoned in February 2017, is set to challenge the authority of Chief Minister E Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Paneerselvam, as "her true successor".

Director wins big with film on sister, toddler’s long walk
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

Pebbles became the first Tamil film and only the second Indian film, after Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S Durga, to get the Tiger Award, with Vinothraj winning in his debut effort.