Arun Janardhanan

Articles By Arun Janardhanan

Tamil Nadu man held for ‘criticising’ NIA raids on social media

Police said they arrested M Thaj, from Muthupettai near Tiruvarur, for his message criticising NIA raids and attributing political motives to it.

Hindi ‘imposition’: Why the postal entrance exam triggered protests in Tamil Nadu

Until last year, candidates appearing for postal entrance examinations could take the test in 15 languages, including Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. However, this year, the department said candidates would have to take the exam only in Hindi or English.

From 32 to 35 in six months: Why Tamil Nadu is in a rush to create new districts

In a suo motu announcement in the Assembly on Thursday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said that the districts of Tenkasi and Chengalpet were being created based on the demands from various groups of people.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Set to come out on parole, Nalini Sriharan to spend time with daughter, kin

The Madras High Court had on July 5 granted her the parole, her first such leave in 28 years of incarceration, to make arrangements for the wedding of her daughter, Charithra Sriharan, who was born in prison and is currently a medical practitioner in London.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Madras HC dismisses Nalini’s plea for early release

Nalini had earlier this month won a legal battle for her first ordinary parole in 27 years to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.

Handed life term for employee’s murder, Saravana Bhavan founder P Rajagopal dies

According to the prosecution, Rajagopal wanted to marry Jeevajothi, the wife of his employee, Prince Santhakumar, either on the “advice of an astrologer” or because he was “besotted” with the woman.

Terror detentions: A locked office, and a neighbourhood left in the dark in Chennai

During the searches Saturday, the NIA claimed to have seized nine mobile phones,15 SIM cards, seven memory cards, three laptops, five hard disks, six pen drives, two tablets and three CDs/DVDs besides documents, including magazines, banners, notices, posters and books.

Parched Chennai finally gets water — on train from Vellore

On reaching Villivakkam station in Chennai on Friday, the train stopped at a track exclusively used by Integral Coach Factory. A 700-m pipeline parallel to the track was used to transfer water to processing and storage facilities.

Overqualification can be a ground for denying jobs, says Madras HC

Admitting the “existence of an unemployment problem”, Justice Vaidyanathan dismissed the petition, stating that “the Court has no other option, but to hold that the petitioner is not entitled to relief on account of overqualification”.

Rescued from bonded labour, Kancheepuram’s Kasi still in fear

Kasi and the other labourers, all of them belonging to the ST Irula community, have not been given release certificates yet.

Tamil Nadu plans 10,000 check dams to tide over water crisis

Palaniswami said MNREGA workers will be used in construction of these check dams, and they will be built along the floodplains, water channels and streams in rural areas to store water for irrigation and recharge groundwater table.

Tamil Nadu govt to give students free shoes, socks from next year

As part of the decision to upgrade the scheme, announced on Monday, the government has allocated an additional Rs 10.2 crore, according to a statement.

Five months later, Tamil Nadu activist Mugilan surfaces, arrested for ‘rape’

While the activist’s disappearance had led to state police facing charges of kidnapping him for his anti-government position and agitations, his sudden reappearance with a few Andhra police personnel has triggered speculation that he was in illegal custody of Andhra police.

Health ranking: Tamil Nadu objects, NITI says any relook only next year

Tamil Nadu, considered one of the best states in the country in quality and affordable healthcare, had been placed ninth in the ranking, slipping six places since the 2015-16 report.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Madras HC grants Nalini 30-day parole for daughter’s wedding

Clad in a pink saree, Nalani was seen fighting tears as she narrated how she and her husband Murugan, both in jail, could not do anything for their daughter’s life and education.

Sentenced to 1-year in sedition case: Never sought lenient judgment, says Vaiko

Vaiko had made the speech during the launch of ‘Naan Kutram Sattugiren’, the Tamil version of his book ‘I Accuse’, in July 15, 2009. The case was filed at the Thousand Lights police station in Chennai. 

MK Stalin’s son is Udhayanidhi DMK youth wing secretary

The appointment of the film actor and producer gains significance as his father Stalin too began his political journey with the same post, which he had held from 1982 to 2017 — when DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi retired from politics.

Tamil Nadu question on One Nation, One Ration: Who will bear extra cost?

Strongly opposing the scheme by calling it “anti-Constitutional,” DMK president M K Stalin said the attempt to roll it out immediately is “unilateral autocracy”. Indicating that this is an attack on India’s federal structure, Stalin pointed out that PDS is a state subject.

After DMK, AIADMK set to gain as another big leader exits Dhinakaran camp

Subbaiah, who was a former minister in AIADMK government and is an influential leader, was organising secretary in Dhinakaran’s party. According to Subbiah, he will join AIADMK in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Saturday.

Madras High Court judge releases self-appraisal card

Justice G R Swaminathan, who became the Madras High Court judge in June 2017, said in a letter on Thursday that he had decided to release the performance card on his own work as he believes “in judicial accountability”.