Arun Janardhanan

Articles By Arun Janardhanan

Tamil Nadu: Stalin, VCK question puja session at deputy CM office

A puja reportedly held at the office of Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam at Fort St George, the state secretariat, has kicked up a controversy.

Kallakurichi, the 33rd district of Tamil Nadu

A top official monitoring the logistics of creating the new district said given the size of Villuppuram — at over 7,200 sq km — the decision was “logically sound”, and was likely to “improve governance and administration”.

Abandoned bags in Kerala only clue of 230 on boat to New Zealand

Police sources confirmed that while the boat left from Munambam harbour in the early hours of January 12, the fate of the passengers on board, among them over a hundred women, children and the elderly — mostly from Delhi and Tamil Nadu — remains uncertain.

DMK first party to challenge 10% quota in court: Criteria wrong

Tamil Nadu’s main Opposition party DMK moved a petition in the Madras High Court Friday, challenging the 10 per cent quota for the general category poor.

Tamil Nadu: MK Stalin demands CM Palaniswami’s resignation over Kodanad estate case

He demanded that the Centre order a high-level probe to be monitored by the Madras High Court, and that the ambit of the probe also include Jayalalithaa’s former aide V K Sasikala and her family.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination: Convict seeks permission to address media

“I was denied justice for 28 years, and I continue to die everyday in prison," his letter read. It also said the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 shattered their lives forever.

Robbery at Jayalalithaa’s estate: TN CM suspects political motive behind video

While Palaniswami said that he suspected a political motive behind the video, major opposition parties, including the DMK and TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK have sought a high-level probe.

2019 Lok Sabha elections: BJP, AIADMK likely to split seats in Tamil Nadu

The alliance talks, however, have seemingly left two prominent leaders in the lurch — Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, and AIADMK rebel and AMMK founder T T V Dhinakaran.

Tamil Nadu: Parties want Tiruvarur bypoll deferred

Following the EC’s direction, the district administration Saturday received opinions from all political parties, with all major parties seemingly agreeing on the bypoll being deferred.

When a lab missed HIV+ blood: what’s the screening protocol, what now

How do government health facilities tackle the obvious risk? What went wrong?

Tamil Nadu: Youth whose HIV positive blood was transfused to pregnant woman, dies

On November 30 this year, he donated blood at the Sivakasi government hospital. When the screening of his blood failed to detect the virus this time, it was transfused to the pregnant woman on December 3.

Another Tamil Nadu woman says she contracted HIV at hospital, probe says claim ruled out ‘99%’

The KMC administration has claimed they have “99 per cent” ruled out the complaint, stating that they have tested one of two donors who had donated the blood when the woman had undergone a blood transfusion in the hospital in April.

Tamil Nadu govt orders screening of blood banks after woman contracts HIV

The Madras High Court took suo motu cognisance of the incident and directed the state government to file an action taken and status report by January 3.

Tamil Nadu: Pregnant woman contracts HIV after blood transfusion

State health secretary J Radhakrishnan said the woman has been shifted to Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai for advanced treatment and will undergo further tests to reaffirm presence of the virus.

Political situation very difficult, cannot say who will be next PM: Ramdev

Addressing media on his arrival at Madurai international airport, Ramdev said: “Now in India... in 2019... the political situation is very difficult. We cannot say who will be the next PM...or who will lead the country."

Week after expulsion: AIADMK readmits Panneerselvam’s brother O Raja

A brief statement, signed by party coordinator Panneerselvam and CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, said Raja was being readmitted after he expressed regret for his actions.

Sabarimala temple row: 12 women from Chennai leave for hill shrine, fringe groups vow to stop them

Led by 42-year-old lawyer Selvi, who is part of Chennai-based women rights organisation ‘Manithi’, the group, which includes three activists, will meet another group of 15 women from Kerala Sunday before beginning their journey to the temple.

Tamil Nadu: Left, Vaiko on board, DMK looks set for strong alliance

According to sources in the DMK, VCK, CPI and CPI(M) may be demanding two seats each but the DMK leadership is unlikely to share more than one seat each with them.

Tamil Nadu idol theft sleuths go public: Our boss framing people, blocking probes

They alleged that Manickavel was blocking various probes and forcing officers to arrest those who are wrongly accused in cases without valid evidence.

AIADMK expels Panneerselvam brother O Raja for ‘anti-party’ act

The development came hours after Raja won the post of chairman in Madurai zone of Aavin — or Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation Limited — by sidelining a staunch Panneerselvam loyalist.