Arun Janardhanan

Articles By Arun Janardhanan

Tamil Nadu: MGR University cancels examinations in two private medical colleges

The decision by the varsity on Friday comes a month after six MBBS students and their parents were arrested for hiring impersonators from outside the state to clear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

For bid to intimidate witnesses in court, 27 Chennai students jailed

According to police, the students were trying to help their classmate who is a cousin of two men accused in the murder last year of a brick kiln owner in Tiruvallur, about 50 km north of Chennai city.

Modi-Xi summit: On shores of Mahabalipuram, ironing out a sea of differences

With Modi dressed in traditional Tamil Nadu attire and Xi in an informal white shirt and black trousers, the two leaders sat down for brief discussions at the picturesque Panch Rathas, sipping coconut water under the afternoon sun.

Explained: How Mamallapuram became Mahabalipuram, regained old name

S Swaminathan, author of Mamallapuram, a book on the architectural and sculptural achievements of the Pallavas, said Mamallapuram was the original name, even though the town is also called Mahabalipuram.

TN goes all out for Modi-Xi summit: 9,000 policemen, 7,000 students, 700 artists lined up

Tamil Nadu is going all out to ensure that the pieces are in place for the 200-member delegation from China.

Ancient port town of Mamallapuram gets set for India-China informal meet

A team of ASI officials and workers have been laying natural grass panels and preparing a green cover around the pathways where Modi and Xi will take a brief walk.

Doordarshan Chennai Kendra: PM speech not aired live, DD official suspended

While Doordarshan News, Delhi and several other channels telecast Modi speeches live, DD Podhigai, handled by Vasumathi, skipped the broadcast of the PM’s first speech at IIT-Madras.

Tamil Nadu unveils a bold Electric Vehicles policy; to run 500 EV buses by 2019-20 end

For a better distribution of industrial units across the state, the policy offers 50 per cent subsidy on land if it is obtained from the public sector in southern districts, which are a key focus area for the government.

Tamil Nadu police investigate Mumbai racket in NEET impersonation case

Main accused Udit Surya and his father, Dr K S Venkitesh, a senior government doctor at Stanley Medical College in Chennai, had allegedly hired a person to write the exam for Surya this year.

Hindutva group, BJP disrupt film shooting over rumours of Tipu Sultan biopic: Cops

The producer, S R Prabhu’s Dream Warrior Pictures, issued a statement on Thursday clarifying that the movie has nothing to do with Tipu Sultan.

Tamil Nadu govt to step up research, excavations at Keeladi

It states that Tamils attained literacy at least 2,600 years ago, which reduces the gap between the Sangam era and the Indus Valley Civilisation (1,500 BCE).

NEET impersonation case: Absconding MBBS student moves Madras HC for bail

Investigators said they have searched Surya’s house in Tondiarpet in Chennai last week but the family was missing.

Justice Tahilramani transfer: For Collegium, ‘her short working hours’ was key reason

On September 6, Justice Tahilramani had resigned from her post when her request to the Collegium to get the transfer order changed was not considered favourably.

Tamil Nadu govt orders probe into admissions in 24 medical colleges

According to a senior police officer investigating the case, the student, who was attending classes at the Government Theni Medical College, was found with contradicting identity details in the college application and the NEET 2019 marks card.

Madras HC without Chief Justice for over 10 days, jurists call it ‘constitutional crisis’

Justice K Chandru, a retired judge of Madras High Court, said there cannot be a judiciary without a chief.

Tamil Nadu schools get an upgrade: Blackboards outs, Smart boards in

From a dedicated TV channel to free laptops for all teachers, state government reboots public schools. As part of a comprehensive package, the state government has launched a new television channel dedicated exclusively for school students.

On Madras High Court CJ’s decision to quit, jurists’ opinion divided, lawyers plan protest

Tahilramani, who was a judge in Mumbai HC, became Madras HC Chief Justice in August 2018.

IAS officer quits: ‘Unethical to continue when building blocks of democracy being compromised’

This comes after Kannan Gopinathan, a 2012-batch IAS officer from Kerala, resigned last month, citing curbs on the “entire state” of J&K.

Dalit activist Durai Guna held for posters ‘defaming’ Tamil Nadu dist authorities

The posters appeared as an advertisement and mockingly ‘invited’ candidates for posts ranging from tehsildar to district collector, leaving Revenue officials fuming, according to a senior police officer.

Mango locks to ones that slice off fingers: GI boost for Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul legacy

On Saturday, the lock was granted a Geographical Indication (GI) tag, based on an application filed by the Dindigul Lock, Hardware and Steel Furniture Workers Industrial Co-Operative Society.