Arun Janardhanan

Articles By Arun Janardhanan

Bangladesh workers at Lanka bomber’s factory rush to return home

The factory, investigators suspect, is linked to the terror plot behind the serial blasts that targetted churches and hotels across the country, killing 253 people.

Sri Lanka bomb blasts mastermind was radical preacher, on police radar

Zaharan Hashim, founder of National Towheeth Jamaath, was also one of the two suicide bombers who detonated themselves at the five-star Shangri La hotel in Colombo.

Islamic State owns up Sri Lanka attack, Govt says revenge for Christchurch

Lankan security officials, meanwhile, confronted new threats: the fear of more terror strikes, and “retaliation from a section of Sinhalese Christian fringe groups”.

Easter attacks: Bombers had no crime record, Sri Lanka looks at home terror cell

Sri Lanka bomb blasts: No group has officially claimed responsibility for the attack. But a nationwide alert sent by police on April 11 specified that NJT was preparing to carry out attacks on churches and the Indian High Commission.

Bomb blasts: Clear that international elements are involved, says Sri Lankan official

Investigators suspect that “two or three more bombs” are yet to be detected, a top government official told The Indian Express

Madurai: Official illegally enters room with voting machines, suspended

Madurai witnessed protests last night following reports of a major security breach at the Madurai Medical College campus, where voting machines were kept for the Lok Sabha elections.

Ready to face Assembly polls anytime, says Rajinikanth

Speaking a day after Lok Sabha polls in the state, Rajinikanth said, “Whenever the assembly polls come, I will face it.” When asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be reelected to power, he said: “We will know that on May 23.”

Two Tamil Nadu seats, two parties, one family

Vasanthakumar, who owns a consumer electronics and home appliances business and is among the richest politicians in Tamil Nadu.

Vellore poll cancelled, voters say what’s new about use of money

The cancellation of the  Lok Sabha poll drew an angry response from the DMK. Duraimurugan told The Indian Express: “It is murder of democracy, nothing else.”

Tamil Nadu campaign ends on bitter note: Tax men raid Kanimozhi’s home, find nothing

BJP, AIADMK targeting Oppositon because they fear defeat, says Stalin

TTV Dhinakaran: ‘I will never align with communal BJP… But Congress is a secular force’

I will never have an alliance with the BJP for their communal politics. But the Congress is a secular force. Only problem is they have not always protected the interests of Tamil Nadu, says Dhinakaran.

Election Commission wants Vellore polls cancelled: Money used to influence voters

Vellore is scheduled to go to polls with the rest of Tamil Nadu on April 18. Once notified by the President, Vellore will be the first Lok Sabha seat to have had its elections countermanded over abuse of money power.

DMK looks at sweep in Tamil Nadu via Dhinakaran factor, sees hurdle in five seats

The DMK-led alliance is expecting to win at least 35 of Tamil Nadu’s 39 seats, largely due to the expected split in AIADMK votes.

I-T searches at construction firm, other locations in Tamil Nadu

While previous searches were on premises of opposition DMK leaders, sources in the I-T Department said Friday’s raids were on premises whose owners allegedly have links with ruling AIADMK as well.

Explained: What led Madras HC to quash land acquisition for Chennai-Salem highway

The court cited the failure of the state government in conducting a mandatory public hearing and not receiving prior environmental clearance from the Centre. It also based its judgement on major flaws in the project report submitted by a private consultant.

In Tamil Nadu, a rising sun and setting stars

As Tamil Nadu’s 39 seats head to the polls on April 18, The Indian Express travels across the state to find that unlike earlier elections, the Opposition alliance led by the DMK has stitched up a narrative centred on a key question: ‘Don’t you want to keep out Modi?’ For now, the answer is up in the air

Madras High Court asks Centre to ban use of TikTok app

Observing that governments of Indonesia and Bangladesh have already banned TikTok and USA has passed ‘Children Online Privacy Act’ to prevent children from becoming cyber victims, the court said a similar act is necessary in India too.

Poll staff note: Chennai cops seize Rafale books, EC ducks

The EC action meant the contents of the book surfaced on the Internet before its release with hundreds of Tamil posts on social media summarising it.

Tie-ups to TN govt stability: Why in Lok Sabha story here, sub-text is 18 bypolls

All the 18 Assembly by-elections are likely to see three-corner contests between the DMK, AIADMK and T T V Dhinakaran’s AMMK.

Store owner to Saravana Bhavan boss: Rise and fall later, heads to jail for life

The case dates back to 2001 when Rajagopal was accused of threatening, abducting and murdering Santhakumar, so he could marry his wife Jeevajothi. At the time, Rajagopal already had two wives — his second marriage was to a woman who was the wife of a former employee.