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Arun Janardhanan


As pending Bills add to Government-Governor stress, TN govt to boycott Raj Bhavan events
Fri, Apr 15, 2022

After meeting Governor R N Ravi, ministers Thangam Thennarasu and Ma Subramanian said the government’s decision to boycott was to “uphold the constitutional values and pride of the state legislature and the sentiments of people.”

TN govt digs in heels as row over Ayodhya Mandapam takeover intensifies
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

Situated in Chennai’s T Nagar, the temple was run by the Sri Ram Samaj, and an order to bring it under the government’s fold was issued in December 2013 by the then J Jayalalithaa establishment.

Amid controversy over Amit Shah’s Hindi remark, A R Rahman shares post on ‘Goddess Tamil’
Sat, Apr 09, 2022

A R Rahman shared an illustration of “Thamizhanangu” of “Goddess Tamil”, a word from Tamil Thai Vaazhthu or the Tamil national anthem, penned by Manonmaniam Sundaram Pillai and composed by M S Viswanathan.

Family of four sail to Rameswaram coast from Sri Lanka amid ongoing crisis
Sat, Apr 09, 2022

After reports of 16 Sri Lankan refugees reaching India made international headlines, the navy had tightened vigil on the international waters as a refugee crisis would be the last thing that the Sri Lankan government would want to deal with amid the ongoing economic struggle.

Tamil Nadu government to HC: Governor sent files about release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts to President
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

Advocate General of Tamil Nadu, R Shunmugasundaram, made the submission following a direction from the High Court a week ago

Madras HC upholds 7.5% horizontal reservation for govt school students in NEET admissions
Fri, Apr 08, 2022

The high court also directed the state government to review the quota in five years, as was suggested by an expert committee that recommended the quota for government school students in medical admissions.

Newsmaker: Sunil Kanugolu, the elusive poll strategist now on Congress’s side
Wed, Apr 06, 2022

The former Prashant Kishor associate has worked closely with Amit Shah and also advised DMK and AIADMK

No polls in sight, Stalin takes gamble of hike in property tax
Tue, Apr 05, 2022

Opp holds protests as DMK govt cites high inflation, dip in civic bodies’ revenues

Nalini’s release plea: Madras HC asks state govt to check status of Rajiv Gandhi case convicts’ files
Thu, Mar 31, 2022

The court demanded clarity on the status of the individual files which had been lying at Raj Bhavan since September 2018, as the Nalini’s counsel prayed the court to declare the undue delay from the Governor “unconstitutional.”

‘Can we eat money?’: Prices high, supplies low, despair in Lanka
Sat, Apr 02, 2022

Sri Lanka is facing one of its worst economic crises, battered by the Easter Sunday blasts of April 2019, two Covid waves and now the Russia-Ukraine war.

Facing allegations of harassing Dalit officer, TN minister stripped of portfolio, given Backward Classes Welfare
Wed, Mar 30, 2022

A source said, “He harassed a Dalit officer, using casteist slurs. So the Chief Minister gave him the portfolio that looks after backward communities and their welfare, probably to teach him a lesson.”

IIT-Madras scholar sexually assaulted: Chennai police arrest main accused from Kolkata
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

The victim's complaint stated that she was sexually and mentally harassed between 2016 and 2020.

Identity vs class: Tamil Nadu CPI(M)’s temple fest bid marks ideological shift, sparks debate
Sat, Mar 26, 2022

The Tamil Nadu CPI(M)’s move is clearly aimed at expanding the party base while seeking to play a more significant role in electoral politics, even as virtually all Dravidian parties, including the DMK, have now been refraining from projecting their rationalist politics.

Explained: Who is Filippo Osella, scholar of Kerala, who was denied entry into India?
Fri, Mar 25, 2022

Filippo Osella, who speaks fluent Malayalam, has spent three decades in a highly immersive study of the state, and the volume and range of his work outstrips that of most other scholars, Indian and foreign, by far.

Explained: The new refugees from Sri Lanka, driven by hunger, not war
Sun, Apr 03, 2022

Two batches of Sri Lankan Tamils arrived on the Rameswaram coast on March 22, trying to escape a dire situation in Sri Lanka, which is reeling under a severe economic crisis.

Renowned anthropologist Filipo Osella deported after arrival at Kerala airport
Fri, Mar 25, 2022

Osella, who had a lifetime engaging with the social and cultural transformations of Kerala society, and of societies in south Asia, was to attend a conference at Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, said sources close to him.

Fleeing food shortage, economic misery, first trickle of Sri Lankan refugees at Tamil Nadu coast
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

On Tuesday, 16 Sri Lankan nationals, all Tamils from the Jaffna and Mannar regions in the north, reached Tamil Nadu in two batches. The first set of six refugees, including three children, were stranded near an island off the coast of Rameswaram and rescued by Coast Guard.

Eight, including two DMK members, four minors, arrested for raping Dalit woman
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

A senior officer probing the case said the sexual torture by different people happened for about a year.

Political war over a scrapped Amma scheme, DMK cites graft, delays
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

The divided AIADMK factions, in V K Sasikala and Edappadi K Palaniswami camps, came together to condemn the decision to scrap the Thalikku Thangam Thittam scheme.

Cauvery row: TN passes resolution against Karnataka’s move to build Mekedatu dam
Tue, Mar 22, 2022

The resolution was passed unanimously by all parties, including DMK allies, Congress, MDMK, VCK and Left parties, and the Opposition AIADMK and allies, PMK and BJP.

Accused of harassing elderly woman, ABVP ex-chief Dr Subbiah Shanmugam held
Sun, Mar 20, 2022

Dr Shanmugam was the professor and head of the Department of Surgical Oncology at the Kilpauk Medical College and Government Royapettah Hospital. He was suspended from service a few weeks ago, said police.

Campus Front of India: Seeking ‘like minded friends’, a student outfit 10 yrs in making
Wed, Mar 16, 2022

On campuses in Kerala, including at professional colleges, the CFI has carved out its space mainly fighting BJP student wing ABVP and the CPM’s SFI, and now has units in most institutions.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Convict Perarivalan walks out on bail after 31 years
Wed, Mar 16, 2022

As he stepped out of the jail, his mother Arputham Ammal thanked the judiciary and the well-wishers for support in her long fight to see this day. Perarivalan spent 31 years in prison, 26 of which without parole.

Mullaperiyar dam repair works: AIADMK questions CM Stalin’s silence on Kerala govt stand
Wed, Mar 16, 2022

AIADMK coordinator and former chief minister O Panneerselvam on Monday said Tamil Nadu has to plead with the Kerala government for permission to carry out even small works at the dam site.

Absorbing Ukraine returnees not feasible: TN Medical Council chief
Mon, Mar 14, 2022

The state medical council will meet on March 18 and is likely to issue a formal decision on the issue.