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Saturday, August 08, 2020

Arun Janardhanan


Explained: What the massive election victory for Rajapaksa means for Sri Lanka
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

Sri Lanka Election Results 2020: The parliament election results has once again proven that Mahinda Rajapaksa is the most popular majority Sinhala Buddhist leader of independent Sri Lanka.

Explained: Why Rajapaksa clan is likely to win the Sri Lanka parliamentary polls
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

The election brings an end to constitutional uncertainties since President Gotabaya dissolved the parliament after his poll victory last year so as to let Mahinda become Prime Minister despite the SLPP not commanding a majority.   

Month after man died, Tamil Nadu cops probe if he was Lanka druglord
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Lokka, 35, had gone missing from Sri Lanka in 2017 and is believed to have been living in the state for the past year.

‘Tamil Nadu will never allow three-language policy’: CM Palaniswami rejects NEP proposal
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

Calling the Centre's plan “painful and saddening”, CM Palaniswami said the Prime Minister should reconsider the three-language policy and allow states to implement their own policy on the subject.

Inside Jayalalithaa’s library: 8,376 books, Tirukkural to Discovery of India
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Officials and insiders who had direct access to Jayalalithaa and her residence recalled how she zealously maintained her books with serial numbers and title stickers. And of the long hours she spent reading on the first floor of Veda Nilayam.

Madras HC directs Centre to set up committee on OBC quota
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The court said the committee, comprising representatives from the Centre, state and the Medical Council of India (MCI), should be constituted within three months.

Woman accuses ABVP president of harassment over parking slot in Chennai
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

The incident reportedly followed a disagreement over parking slots at the housing society. The woman, who does not want to be identified, demanded payment for his use of a parking slot owned by her.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination: TN Governor can’t sit on recommendation to release convicts, says Madras HC
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

The bench also directed the prosecutor to get instructions from the state government regarding the parole request and directed the court registry to inform the counsel for the Governor’s office to get appropriate instruction as to the disposal of the recommendation.

2019 Easter Blasts: Wife of a suicide bomber escaped to India, says Sri Lanka police
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Probed by the Colombo Crime Division, Criminal Investigation Department and the Terrorism Investigation Department, the probe into the Easter Sunday blasts has result in the arrest of around 200 suspects, and the investigation is in its final stages.

Puducherry govt presents Budget without L-G speech, sparks Bedi-govt row
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, who holds the Finance portfolio, presented the Budget after Speaker V P Sivakolundhu cancelled Bedi’s address, followed by a resolution passed by the House.

Veerappan’s daughter is now BJP youth wing leader: ‘Believe in humanity’
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

The daughter of forest brigand Veerappan, who was killed by police in 2004, is now a 29-year-old law graduate who runs a “school for kids” in Krishnagiri — and the new vice-president of the BJP's Tamil Nadu youth wing.

Eye on Sasikala release, Tamil Nadu govt looks to secure custody of Jaya home
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

Sasikala, convicted in a disproportionate assets case, is expected to be released from prison after October. Jayalalithaa was also convicted in the case, but the verdict came after her death.

Signboard to lockers, TN SBI branch had it all—but was fake
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

The fake branch came to light when the customer contacted his local SBI manager and asked for his account to be shifted to the “new branch”.

Tamil Nadu custodial deaths: Role of Friends of Police under scanner
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

The probe zeroed in on the alleged role of six members of the state’s community policing initiative.

Another ‘TN police victim’ comes forward: After FB post on DMK MLA, 32-year-old is in hospital, with fractures
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

Manikandan says in his complaint that they introduced themselves as police officers from the Tiruchendur, and that they handcuffed him, took away all his cash, his ATM card, his ID cards and drove him to Tiruchendur.

Four more held in police torture case, witness cop gets protection
Fri, Jul 03, 2020

Following the arrests, the CB-CID altered two FIRs registered in connection with the case. While earlier, the deaths of Jeyaraj and his son Bennix were registered as 'suspicious deaths', murder charges have now been added against the five police personnel.

Tamil Nadu custodial deaths: Three more cops arrested by CB-CID
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

The arrests were made ahead of the hearing at the Madras high court today.

Tamil Nadu custody deaths: One cop held, murder charge added in FIR
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

A CB-CID official said Ganesh would be sent to judicial custody on Wednesday night. They have formed 12 teams to nab the other accused.

Wounds, beating leading to dialysis: Cases pour in about Tamil Nadu police stations
Wed, Jul 01, 2020

A source at the Madras High Court said it had received complaints as well as physical evidence regarding torture of around a dozen victims.

Tamil Nadu custodial deaths: Top cop retires, another shunted out; new faces also tainted
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

The new appointments seem to be yet another tool for the opposition DMK to hit out at the ruling party.

Judicial team probing torture ‘harassed’, HC orders takeover of Tamil Nadu police station
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

The Madras High Court Monday directed the district collector to depute revenue officers to take control of the Sathankulam station.

Two weeks ago, several alleged torture by same Tamil Nadu police officers, 1 died
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

The report names Sub-Inspectors Balakrishnan and Raghu Ganesh as having led the torture, with Inspector Sridhar playing “an active role” and urging them on. The same three officers are named in the deaths of Jeyaraj and Bennix, and have been suspended.

Tamil Nadu custodial deaths: Family says magistrate saw the two from floor above, cleared remand
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

Thoothukudi SP Arun Balagopalan said the ongoing judicial probe will be looking into all aspects of the case.

Delay in testing surge, data ‘managing’ and high population led to Chennai, TN spike: experts
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

Many of these experts also said that the current situation is unlikely to overwhelm the state’s health system in coming weeks if the ongoing efforts to contain the outbreak in Chennai — with an intense lockdown — succeed.

Centre cancels Rs 1,950-cr BharatNet project in Tamil Nadu
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

The tender got mired in controversy with allegations of corruption and charge raised by Chennai-based Arappor Iyakkam, that changes in the tender were made to favour a few companies.