Janardhan Koushik

Articles By Janardhan Koushik

No takers for Tamil course at Dravidian University

With the support of southern states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, the Dravidian University was set up in 1997 at Kuppam in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh.

Athi Varadar: Why this little-known religious event is drawing huge crowds

The temple town of Kanchipuram, 72 km from the heart of Chennai, had been gearing up for this festival for quite a few years. The 48-day festival commenced on July 1 and will go on till August 17.

Kamal Haasan, Dhinakaran opt out of Vellore Lok Sabha election

With both MNM and AMMK out of the race, the election will be a direct contest between DMK’s Kathir Anand and AIADMK-NDA alliance candidate A C Shanmugam.

Tamil Nadu carves out two new districts taking total to 35

The TN Chief Minister announced Tenkasi and Chengalpattu as new districts of the state. He also stated that a separate IAS officer and other officers would be appointed to govern the district.

Actor Suriya criticises Centre’s draft education policy, gets flak from politicians

The new education policy decides the future of 30 crore students across the country, I’m anguished that no one has come forward to talk about this, said actor Suriya.

Who is Mugilan and why did he go missing?

The arrest of Mugilan, the environmental activist known for protesting against Sterlite and Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, was widely criticised by the political parties across the state.

Rajya Sabha elections: Vaiko, Anbumani among six candidates elected unopposed from Tamil Nadu

With the election of these MPs, the strength of DMK along with its alliance would increase to seven from the current four in the parliament. For AIADMK, the number of MPs would decrease from 12 to 11 in the Upper House.

TN court grants bail to anti-liquor activist Nandhini, her father in 2014 case

Nandhini was supposed to get married on July 5. Her arrest by the Tamil Nadu court, within days of her impending wedding, created turmoil on social media. #ReleaseNandhini started to trend on Twitter subsequently.

Vaiko’s nomination accepted, to enter Rajya Sabha after 23 years

Vaiko, who served as an MP for 18 years between 1978 and 1996, is looking to make a comeback to Rajya Sabha after a gap of 23 years.  

Saravana Bhavan owner fails to surrender in 2001 murder case, seeks extension

The case dates back to 2001 when Rajagopal was accused of threatening, abducting and murdering Santhakumar, so he could marry his wife Jeevajothi.

MDMK chief Vaiko files nomination for Rajya Sabha polls

MDMK leader Vaiko submitted his nomination for Rajya Sabha Polls today in the presence of DMK leader MK Stalin.

Nirmala Sitharaman quotes Tamil poem in her Budget speech; here is what it means

While delivering her maiden Budget, Nirmala Sitharaman quoted a verse from the poem ‘Purananuru’, a Tamil Sangam-era literature piece which deals with the life of a King. 

Udhayanidhi Stalin appointed DMK youth wing secretary

After M K Stalin and former minister and three-time MLA Vellakovil Swaminathan, Udhayanidhi becomes the third youth wing secretary of the party, and second from Dravidian stalwart Karunanidhi’s family.

IRCTC Tatkal booking: Chennai travel agent arrested for using illegal software

The RPF said the travel agent allegedly targetted non-Tamil speakers who came to Chennai for medical treatment. He charged them double the cost for train tickets, they added. 

Madras High Court judge releases ‘performance report’, invites suggestions from bar members

Justice Swaminathan said he believes in judicial accountability and has presented the performance card.

J K Tripathy appointed new Tamil Nadu DGP, K Shanmugam to take charge as Chief Secretary

Tripathy, a 1985-batch IPS officer, will replace incumbent T K Rajendran who retires from service this month-end.

Why Tamilselvan’s entry in DMK has left TTV Dhinakaran’s future bleak

Losing two prime leaders put AMMK on the back foot. The party drew a blank in the Lok Sabha and by-poll elections.

From rain sequences to Royal Enfield: How Chennai plans to save water in face of water crisis

In the reality tv show Bigg Boss, hosts Kamal Haasan said he instructed the crew to avoid keeping swimming pool inside the house.

Dhinakaran might expel Tamilselvan from party, AIADMK says he’s welcome to join

I will be meeting Chinamma (Sasikala) and then we will be announcing the new list of office-bearers including the new propaganda secretary on July 1st, TTV Dinakaran said.

From lake clean-up to providing water, Rajinikanth’s fan clubs do their bit for parched Chennai

In Tamil Nadu, fan clubs have always been the vehicle through which a star communicates with their followers. When fan clubs are active, politics cannot be far behind