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‘Thalaiva’ takes the poll plunge

Ending nearly two decades of speculation over his political fate, superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday announced the launch of a party, just in time to contest the next Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.”I am surely coming to politics. In the next Assembly election, I will launch a political party and contest from all 234 seats,” he said amid thunderous applause by fans, who have been waiting for this day for over two decades now. He promised people that he would usher in an era of secular and “spiritual” politics.Tamil Nadu politics seems to have taken an interesting turn. Last month, actor Kamal Haasan announced his political plunge after the death of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa.Significantly, the actor’s announcement came in the wake of both the ruling AIADMK and DMK suffering shocking defeat in the bypoll to Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar Assembly seat.The buzz over Rajinikanth’s political entry has been doing rounds since 1996, when he backed DMK-Tamil Manila Congress alliance to unseat late Jayalalithaa from power.The next state polls are due in May 2021, if the ruling AIADMK government survives its full five-year term.Rajini said he would not contest the Local Body polls, to be held next year, since he has little time for preparations. He, however, said that he would take a call on the Lok Sabha polls, which are due in 2019 at the time of elections.Rajinikanth also urged his fans to focus on expanding their associations to every nook and corner of the state, enrolling all people, including youths and women in large numbers, until the launch of the party.”I will start a political party before the state Assembly elections. Till then, I request fans to not speak about politics or speak ill of any political party,” he said.He added: “I don’t want cadres. I want saviours who will not work for their own benefit but question the wrongdoings. I will be a representative who will watch over this.” He said his party would seek the people’s support based on promises made to them. “If we are not able to fulfill the promises, we will resign from the government in three years,” he assured.Stating that he has decided to take the political plunge considering the degeneration of politics in the state, the 68-year-old actor said the developments in the last one year have made the people hang their heads in shame. “Politics has become very tainted. Democracy has become battered. The political climate in Tamil Nadu has made us hang our heads in shame. If I don’t act now, I will feel guilty. I want to change the entire political system. We need politics devoid of caste and religion. We need spiritual politics,” he said.Stating that what he intended to do was not an easy task, Rajinikanth said: “I know it is like diving in the ocean to find a pearl. I am confident that I will have god’s blessings and support of the people.”Accusing the state political parties of looting the people, the actor said: “Earlier, kings looted the country and the people. Now in the name of democracy, politicians coming to power are looting their own people. It is time for a change.”

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Top 10 quotes from Rajinikanth’s speech to launch new political party

In an announcement that could dramatically alter political alignments in Tamil Nadu, superstar Rajinikanth today announced his political debut and said he will launch his own party which will contest all 234 constituencies in the next assembly polls in the state.The announcement ends two decades of speculation over the entry of the actor, who enjoys cult status in Tamil cinema, in the political arena.His fans called it Tamil Nadu’s New Year’s GiftAlso readTamil Nadu: Rajinikanth to float political party, says, will contest next assembly polls”December 31 will be marked as the New Year for Tamil Nadu. A new era and a new ray of hope have started. Thalaivar is going to bring accountability, transparency and good governance,” a fan told ANI.Here are 10 important points from Rajinikanth’s speech that confirmed he would soon be joining politics.1. I am not scared of entering politics, I am afraid of the media. Whatever I say will become a debate issue.2. I am surely coming to politics. In the next Assembly election, I will launch a political party and contest from all the 234 seats3. I don’t want cadres. I want saviours who will not work for their own benefit but question wrongdoings. I will be a representative who will watch over this4. I could have taken power in 1996. But I did not have political ambition at 45, so will I have it when I am 68?5. Politics has become very tainted. Democracy has become battered. The political climate in TN has made us hang our heads in shame. If I don’t act now, I will feel guilty that I didn’t act. I want to change the entire political system. We need politics devoid of caste and religion. We need ‘spiritual’ politics.Also read’Welcome! I congratulate my brother Rajinikanth on his political entry’, says Kamal Haasan6. Earlier Kings would loot the country and the people invaded by them. Now in the name of democracy, politicians who are coming to power started looting their own people. It is time for a change.7. This is politics, not cinema. We need to bring others onboard if we want to change. We have to prepare for the democratic challenge with discipline and decorum.8. I will start a political party before State Assembly Elections. Till then, I request fans not to speak about politics, speak ill of any political party.9. If we are not able to fulfil the promises, we will resign from the government in three years time10. Truth, hard work and progress is our motto. My principle is to think good, speak good, do good, and good things will happen.(With agencies inputs)

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Won’t align with ‘communal’ BJP, says Tamil Nadu minister

Days after losing late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar Assembly seat to their arch-rival TTV Dhinakaran, a senior AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu minister, Sellur K Raju, on Thursday asserted that his party would never align with the “communal” BJP.Raju’s comments come in the wake of political observers crediting Dhinakaran’s victory to the AIADMK’s increasing proximity to the BJP since after Jayalalithaa’s death last year.”After Amma’s death, we continued our amicable relationship with the BJP government at the Centre. But the Centre’s policies like GST earned the wrath of the people. During the by-election campaign, Dhinakaran criticised the BJP government and it helped him get votes of minority Muslims who constitute 30 percent of the voters in RK Nagar. Hence, he won the bypoll,” Raju said while addressing a meeting of his party’s office bearers in Madurai.Raju, considered to be a close Dhinakaran aide, claimed that Jayalalithaa had told party leaders that she had made the mistake of joining an alliance with the BJP once, and that she would never want to repeat it. “Amma was very clear on not joining an alliance with communal forces. We will not deviate from her path. We will not align with communal forces again,” he said.Political observers felt that Dhinakaran, the nephew of jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, was targeted by the Centre after his fallout with the ruling AIADMK. “He was arrested and imprisoned in Tihar for allegedly attempting to bride an unnamed Election Commission official. It was followed by IT raids. All these got him the sympathy of the party cadres, even as the AIADMK was getting closer with the BJP,” said Prof Ramu Manivannan, HoD, Political Science at University of MadrasMeanwhile, Tamil Nadu Assembly session will begin on January 8; the first time the Assembly meets after the disqualification of the 18 MLAs owing allegiance to Dhinakaran who will be sworn in by Speaker P Dhanapal on Friday.

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Tamil Nadu: Congress trying to analyse DMK’s debacle in RK Nagar bypoll

The Congress in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday constituted a panel to identify the reasons for its ally DMK nominee’s drubbing in the R K Nagar bypoll.This comes a day after the DMK set up a three-member committee to identify the reasons for its failure at the hustings.The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee team will examine the factors for the defeat of N Maruthu Ganesh, a TNCC release said.The panel, led by senior party functionary R Damodaran, would also look into the congress party’s contribution towards working for the DMK nominee’s victory.The team, which has been tasked to give its report in four days, comprises four office-bearers including C D Meyappan and Americai V Narayanan, TNCC president Su Thirunavukkarasar said in the release.The bypoll was held on December 21 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of sitting member and then chief minister Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year.Belying the expectations of DMK and ruling AIADMK too, rebel leader TTV Dhinakaran, who contested as an independent, won the bypoll by a margin of 40,707 votes against E Madhushudanan (AIADMK).DMK’s N Maruthu Ganesh came third securing 24,651 votes, in the process, losing deposit.

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RK Nagar bypoll: 4 big takeaways from TTV Dhinakaran’s stunning win

TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday won a stunning victory as an independent candidate from former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar constituency. He made a rather audacious prediction after his win claiming that the ruling AIADMK government will not last more than three months. Dhinakaran’s win over AIADMK and DMK candidates have definitely added a new angle to Tamil Nadu politics and has clearly indicated that the churn which started after passing away of J Jayalalithaa is unlikely to stop anytime soon. Here are some of the big pointers from Dhinakaran’s Sunday surprise:Also readRK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran rises against all odds to stump rivals 1. Dhinakaran is here to stay:Battling corruption cases and collective might of AIADMK, it was perfectly possible that TTV Dhinakaran’s rebellion would have ended tamely. At the end of the day, Tamil Nadu is famously bi-polar and there is very little space for a third pole. However Dhinakaran by winning the prestigious RK Nagar battle has shown that he isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. Whether he comes good on his promise to make a political earthquake in Tamil Nadu remains to be seen, but this election result has given him the political oxygen to fight another day. And for voters of RK Nagar, TTV Dhinakaran truly is the torchbearer of Amma’s legacy. Also readTTV Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar bypoll, DMK and BJP candidates lose deposit2. Troubling times for AIADMK: The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu is in a fragile state, with a very unstable peace deal between the OPS and EPS camp. Now, with the Dhinakaran camp scoring this major win, the fragile unity will be severely tested. It’s clear that large number of voters and foot soldiers have their allegiance towards VK Sasikala’s nephew Dhinakaran. Will the elected legislators also change their affinity sensing the groundswell of support for Dhinakaran. Will there be a beeline to join the list of 18 currently suspended MLAs who have pledged their allegiance to Dhinakaran? Will either of OPS or EPS group try to side with him? And the million dollar question of who the voters will finally perceive as the ‘real’ AIADMK? The jury is out on all these questions, but both O Palaniswami and E Panneerselvam have their task cut out for sure. 3. DMK in disarray: There are conspiracy theories floating around about DMK taking it easy and transferring votes to Dhinakaran, to stir the AIADMK pot. But it’s hard to believe that the party would ensure such engineering where it ends up losing its deposit. It’s embarrassing for the major opposition party in the state and would further make Stalin’s job difficult. DMK is yet to revive from its assembly poll defeat last year, but with Lok Sabha polls barely an year and half away, it doesn’t have too much time to regroup. RK Nagar may have been an one-off, a referendum about Amma’s true legacy which sidelined DMK, but the party would try to avoid such slip-up in the future. The 2G verdict has definitely come as shot in arm for DMK, and it remains to be seen whether it can leverage it politically. 4. BJP continues to be non-existent: BJP, despite its best efforts, continues to be a virtual non-entity in Tamil Nadu. And RK Nagar was no exception, with the party candidate getting even lesser votes than NOTA. The BJP at Centre has given tacit support to AIADMK in the state, but that hasn’t helped in the party’s growth in Tamil Nadu. As Subramanian Swamy said, it is time to fix accountability in Tamil Nadu. BJP and Amit Shah will probably need more than a few visits to fix party’s condition in the southern state.

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TTV Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar bypoll, DMK and BJP candidates lose deposit

In a bitterly fought election which can have huge political implications in Tamil Nadu, sidelined AIADMK leader and independent candidate TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday secured a comfortable win in the RK Nagar bypoll. Dhinakaran polled 89,013 votes out of total 1,76,885 votes while his nearest rival, official AIADMK candidate E Madhusudhanan, secured 48,306 votes. All other 57 candidates, including DMK’s Maruthu Ganesh, 24,651 votes, and BJP’s Karu Nagarajan, 1417 votes, lost deposits. The bypoll held on December 21 had seen a record 77.68% voter turnout. RK Nagar, represented twice by Jayalalithaa, has an electorate of 2,28,234, comprising 1,10,903 men, 1,17,232 women and 99 transgenders.Also readRK Nagar bypoll result: Subramanian Swamy calls for accountability after BJP gets lesser votes than NOTAIn the 2016 Assembly polls, the then AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa had secured 97,218 votes which was almost 58% of the total votes polled. His sucessor Dhinakaran has secured 50.32% of the total votes. The 2015 RK Nagar bypoll, Jayalalithaa was elected by a huge margin of 1.5 lakh votes. The constituency had then had witnessed a record 75 per cent turnout.Also readRK Nagar bypoll: Dhinakaran says trends reflect people wanting changeThe contest for the seat, which was represented by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, had become a battle of prestige for both Dhinakaran and AIADMK faction led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami. Even before the poll results were announced and trends showed Dhinakaran leading, he said it was time for the state government to go. During the counting that began 8 am at Queen Mary’s College here, Dhinakaran kept a comfortable lead over his rival. Also readTTV Dhinakaran wins RK Nagar bypoll by over 40,000 votes, deals huge blow to ruling AIADMK For Dhinakaran, who lost the Two Leaves election symbol to AIADMK following merger of factions led by Palaniswami and former rebel O Panneerselvam, the bypoll success will give him another chance to claim that he represent the welfare legacy of Jayalalithaa. For the ruling EPS-OPS regime, the loss is a huge blow. The run up to the bypoll saw political parties and candidates holding as many as 152 public meetings and taking out 605 processions with the campaigning ending on December 19. There were also widespread allegations of distribution of money, use of state machinery and carious other wrongdoings. The nomination for the seat also was not without controversy, with the nomination papers of two high profile candidates – actor Vishal and Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar – being rejected.

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A Raja and Kanimozhi reach Chennai after 2G acquittal, get rousing welcome from DMK cadres

DMK leaders Kanimozhi and A Raja were given warm welcome by party cadres in Chennai after getting acquitted by special CBI court in the 2G court. The airport was throng with party supporters donning the traditional DMK colours. There were large number of supporters also present near DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s house. Both Rajya Sabha MP Kanimojhi and former Union Minister A Raja met Karunanidhi.They were welcomed by party leader and Karunanidhi’s MK Stalin. The verdict has come as a huge relief for DMK which has suffered electoral reverses and relegated to sidelines after name of their party leaders got tangled in the 2G case. DMK leader M K Stalin on Friday said the verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation case has come as a “blow” to those who wanted to “taint” the party.Hailing the acquittal of Kanimozhi and A Raja, he said the party has now emerged like “gold refined by fire.” Quoting certain observations made by the special judge in the verdict, Stalin said it showed the case was “fabricated with an aim of targeting and sidelining DMK” at the national level. “The DMK, after having faced insults and slander for baseless false charges, swam through the river of fire, and after seven years has emerged as gold refined by fire,” Stalin, DMK working president, said in a letter to partymen.The DMK was always confident of telling the truth to the world, Stalin said a day after the special court in Delhi acquitted party leaders Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP, and former Telecom minister A Raja. The DMK leader said Raja as then Telecom minister, adopted “progressive measures” in allocating 2G spectrum aimed at the welfare of the poorer sections of the society. This, Stalin claimed, led to an increase in mobile phone users even while bringing the rates down. He said CAG Vinod Rai had made charges of “presumptive loss” of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in spectrum allocation and even those who were aware of the differences between “practicality and presumption blew up” the matter. “Those with political vendetta, and media known for sensationalism blew up the issue against DMK in the electoral field,” he said in an apparent reference to the 2011 Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu which the AIADMK and its allies swept.Raja was always confident of getting justice through a legal battle and he himself put forward “strong arguments” before the court even as “Kanimozhi also proved she was not guilty,” Stalin, also state leader of opposition, added. Party president and his father M Karunanidhi was overjoyed when he was told about the outcome of the case, Stalin said.With PTI inputs

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PM visits Ockhi-affected Kanyakumari

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Cyclone Ockhi-affected fishermen and farmers in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district. He also chaired a a review meeting to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of the devastating natural disaster that left dead and several missing.After visiting cyclone-hit Lakshadweep in the morning, Modi reached Kanyakumari by an IAF helicopter from Thiruvananthapuram. Here, he was received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami, his Deputy O Panneerselvam and other senior officials.After the state officials made a presentation on the impact of the cyclone on the district, Modi interacted with around 25 fishermen representatives from eight coastal villages of Kanyakumari district and six parish priests, who also handed him a memorandum with 12 demands. They included widening the search operation for missing fishermen in the deep sea, satellite phones for fishermen, establishment of a naval base with helipad in the district and reservation for fishermen youth in the coast guard and Navy. Fr Andrews Cosmos, the vicar of Thoothoor Forane parish, who participated in the interaction with the PM and said that Modi gave a patient ear to the affected fishermen.However, according to some of the victims, the Prime Minister did not give any concrete assurance and simply said: “I will look into it”. When one Rebisha of Chinnathurai fishing village broke down into tears, talking of the loss of four men in her family – father, brother and two brother-in-laws — Mr Modi assured her that he would look into it.Twenty days after the cyclone hit the coastal district, as many as 350 fishermen are still missing with the families hoping that they would return to the shore before the Christmas if they are alive.Modi’s visit has come days after Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited cyclone-hit Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep. After the meeting, Palanisami who had presented two separate memorandums, said that he has asked the Centre to declare Cyclone Ockhi as a national disaster and sought a Rs 9,300 crore relief package.”We have requested the Prime Minister to set up a permanent Coast Guard station along with a helipad in Kanyakumari district. We also demanded setting up of a fishing harbour with cold storage facilities and a communication centre to transmit messages of weather warning to the fishermen,” he said.HC STEPS INThe Madras High Court directed the Centre and TN government to inform it about the fate of 551 fishermen from Kanyakumari reported missing. Justices R Subbiah and A D Jagadish Chandra ordered the two governments to submit their replies by December 22. Petitioner Anto Lenin submitted that thousands of fishermen had ventured into the sea on November 29-30 from Kanyakumari district when the cyclone hit southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala coast.

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PM Narendra Modi visits Ockhi-affected Kanyakumari

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Cyclone Ockhi-affected fishermen and farmers in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district. He also chaired a a review meeting to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of the devastating natural disaster that left dead and several missing.After visiting cyclone-hit Lakshadweep in the morning, Modi reached Kanyakumari by an IAF helicopter from Thiruvananthapuram. Here, he was received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami, his Deputy O Panneerselvam and other senior officials.After the state officials made a presentation on the impact of the cyclone on the district, Modi interacted with around 25 fishermen representatives from eight coastal villages of Kanyakumari district and six parish priests, who also handed him a memorandum with 12 demands. They included widening the search operation for missing fishermen in the deep sea, satellite phones for fishermen, establishment of a naval base with helipad in the district and reservation for fishermen youth in the coast guard and Navy. Fr Andrews Cosmos, the vicar of Thoothoor Forane parish, who participated in the interaction with the PM and said that Modi gave a patient ear to the affected fishermen.However, according to some of the victims, the Prime Minister did not give any concrete assurance and simply said: “I will look into it”. When one Rebisha of Chinnathurai fishing village broke down into tears, talking of the loss of four men in her family – father, brother and two brother-in-laws — Mr Modi assured her that he would look into it.Twenty days after the cyclone hit the coastal district, as many as 350 fishermen are still missing with the families hoping that they would return to the shore before the Christmas if they are alive.Modi’s visit has come days after Congress president Rahul Gandhi visited cyclone-hit Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep. After the meeting, Palanisami who had presented two separate memorandums, said that he has asked the Centre to declare Cyclone Ockhi as a national disaster and sought a Rs 9,300 crore relief package.”We have requested the Prime Minister to set up a permanent Coast Guard station along with a helipad in Kanyakumari district. We also demanded setting up of a fishing harbour with cold storage facilities and a communication centre to transmit messages of weather warning to the fishermen,” he said.HC STEPS INThe Madras High Court directed the Centre and TN government to inform it about the fate of 551 fishermen from Kanyakumari reported missing. Justices R Subbiah and A D Jagadish Chandra ordered the two governments to submit their replies by December 22. Petitioner Anto Lenin submitted that thousands of fishermen had ventured into the sea on November 29-30 from Kanyakumari district when the cyclone hit southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala coast.

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DMK calls for ‘secular’ parties to come together

Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu, led by DMK, called for unity among all secular parties of the country following the BJP’s victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections.”I congratulate the BJP for its victories in Gujarat and HP. People are the masters in a democracy and their verdict has to be accepted. Election results demand unity among democratic, progressive and secular forces to protect the pluralism of India,” DMK working president MK Stalin said. The saffron party’s victory in the two northern states would not help it in Tamil Nadu, he said, adding that coming to power in Tamil Nadu would only remain a wish of sister Tamilisai Soundarajan, BJP’s state chief.Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, a dalit party supporting DMK in the bypoll to RK Nagar Assembly seat, said that BJP’s victory has sounded a warning to democratic forces. “The time has come to begin coordination of all the secular parties across the country. We have to keenly study how the BJP has managed to come back to power again and again in Gujarat for over 20 years despite disgruntlement,” VCK president Thol Thirumavalavan said. Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam separately greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tamil Nadu unit of BJP celebrated the party’s victory by distributing sweets and bursting crackers at its party headquarters here on Monday.

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Cyclone Ockhi: Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Modi, seeks special package for Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep

Newly-elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare a comprehensive special financial package for Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep to undertake rehabilitation and provide financial assistance to families of fishermen who lost their lives in Cyclone Ockhi late last month. In a letter to the Prime Minister, Rahul Gandhi also asked for putting in place adequate measures for strengthening the weather update system and advance cyclone warning communication mechanism in the coastal areas. The opposition leader also pointed out the need to construct seawalls and groynes in the vulnerable sea coasts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.Rahul also asked PM Modi to visit the affected regions. Mr Gandhi had visited some places hit by the Cyclone Ochki in Kerala and Tamil Nadu on December 14.The cyclone hit the coast of Kerala and neighbouring Tamil Nadu on November 30, causing widespread damage besides leaving several fishermen stranded and missing. Cyclone Okchi has claimed over 65 lives, most of them fishermen.

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Instruct district administrations to not attend meetings called by Guv; be worthy of office: Chidambaram tells TN CM

Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday hit out at Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit’s statement that the governor is the titular head of the state, but the real power belongs to the chief minister.“Amused by TN Governor’s statement. Governor is only the ‘titular’ head of the Executive, not the ‘real’ head. Since the real head, the Chief Minister, is cowering in fear of the central government, the TN Governor is exceeding his authority,” Chidambaram tweeted.The former finance minister also sent a message to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palanisami, saying that if he was worthy of the office he held, he (Palanisami) should instruct district administrations to refuse to participate in meetings called by the Governor.Also readTN governor discusses development work in Coimbatore; opposition calls it interference by CentreEarlier, Raj Bhavan in Tamil Nadu issued a press release stating the role of the governor. “The governor is the executive head of the state as per the Constitution. He has complete power to obtain any information connected with the administration of the state and to visit various parts of the state without any restrictions. There have been reports, discussions and comments from various biased quarters about the Constitutional illegality of such actions,” the release said, adding that meetings being held between the governor with district officials is in conformity with his role as governor of state under the provisions of the Constitution of India.On Thursday, Purohit held meetings with officials of Cuddalore district, despite mass protests from the opposition DMK party.On December 7, DMK leader M.K. Stalin had said party supporters will hold peaceful protests against Purohit during his visits to various districts to review developmental works.Stalin said the Governor should stop indulging in “political” work to review projects and instead order Chief Minister K. Palaniswami to prove his government’s majority in the assembly.

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Jayalalithaa was brought to Apollo Hospital in breathless state, says top official

The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was brought to Apollo Hospital in a ‘breathless state’ on September 22 last year and those she approved were beside her during her treatment there, a top hospital official said today.The AIADMK supremo spent 75 days in the hospital before breathing her last on December 5 last year.”She (Jayalalithaa) was brought to the hospital in a breathless state, was given adequate treatment and recovered from it,” Apollo Hospitals Vice-Chairperson Preetha Reddy told a private Tamil channel in New Delhi in reply to a question.”Unfortunately, you know the outcome at the end was not what everybody was looking for. And that is the hand of fate which I don’t think anyone can do anything about it”,she said.To another query on the controversy raked up by some persons on the circumstances leading to her death, Reddy said the hospital treated her with best clinicians from New Delhi as well as from abroad.”See, I think the hospital has done it’s best. We have the best clinicians from (New) Delhi, from AIIMS, from abroad within this system”, she said.”There is an enquiry and I think that is the best thing that has been done. Let them go through the data…. I think all the mysteries will then be solved”, she said.It may be recalled that the one man inquiry commission, headed by retired Justice A Arumughasamy, appointed by the Tamil Nadu government to probe the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s death, has already commenced the enquiry.Asked who was beside Jayalalithaa when she was treated, Reddy said people who were required and approved by her (Jayalalithaa) were by her bedside during treatment.”So were all the doctors from all over the world, qualified nurses technicians and physiotherapists from Singapore (who could be made available).” To a query on whether Jayalalithaa was aware of her fingerprint being taken, Reddy said “I can’t answer that question because I was not by her bedside”.It has been alleged that Jayalalithaa’s fingerprint was affixed on the papers authorising the candidature of AIADMK candidates for the then bypolls.

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Chennai cop gunned down by robbers in Pali

Periya Pandi, a police inspector from Chennai was shot dead by robbers early Wednesday morning at a shutdown brick kiln in Ramavas village of Pali district. The robbers he was trying to nab shot him with his own service revolver. Pandi was reportedly in Pali to nab a gang of burglars who had stolen gold, silver and cash from a jewellery shop in Chennai in November.Periya Pandi was from the Maduravoli police station. The accused Nathuram Jat and his accomplices had been traced to be the residents of Ramavas village of Pali district in Rajasthan. The incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday at Ramavas village in Jaitaran area of Pali district. The seven-member Chennai police team had received information that the accused were hiding in a closed down brick klin. The team of Chennai police had seven members; 2 inspectors, 2 sub-inspectors and three constables. Two waited in their vehicle while five went into the kiln.The Tamil Nadu police managed to nab the accused and were taking him out towards their vehicle when they were attacked by the family of the accused. Four of the policemen managed to get out of the kiln, but Pandi could not get away.The accused reportedly pulled out Pandi’s revolver from the holster and shot at him. Jat managed to get away. The injured inspector of Chennai was taken to the hospital at Jaitaran, but he died on the way. One other policeman has sustained minor injuries. According to SP Pali, Deepak Bhargava, “The team from Chennai was in Jaitaran for last two days. They had contacted the local police about their presence, but left for Ramavas village late Tuesday without informing us.”“The team was looking for Nathuram Jat who is wanted for a burglary that took place in Chennai on November 16. The robbers had got away with 3.5 kg gold, 5 kg silver and 2 lakh cash,” said Bhargava“One shot was fired and we have recovered the bullet shell. Prima facie we can say that the bullet entered Pandi’s body from under the right arm and exited the body from under the left arm,” said Bhargava. On receiving the information, local police reached the spot. Blockades have been ordered in the district to nab the accused. The body of the deceased officer has been taken to Jodhpur for post-mortem. It is expected to be flown to Chennai tomorrow.

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Jaya’s niece Deepa tells panel her aunt may have been attacked

J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar today told a one man panel probing the death of the late Chief Minister her aunt “may have been attacked.” She also wanted the panel to question the entire family of V K Sasikala.After her three hour deposition before the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry here, Deepa said she submitted her apprehensions over the circumstances leading to the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa.”I told the panel that there is no chance for her (Jayalalithaa) to get indisposed and get hospitalised (after attending work till nine pm). She may have been attacked,” she told reporters here.On September 22, 2016, Jayalalithaa was in good health and till nine pm that day, attended government work, Deepa, who shot to the limelight ahead of the death of the late leader last year, said.All employees at the former chief minister’s Poes Garden residence, including long time cook Rajamma, should be questioned, she said in her deposition.”I submitted details on the circumstances under which my aunt was admitted to the hospital,” she said and added that “all the family members of Sasikala should be questioned.” Sidelined AIADMK leader Sasikala, who was a close aide of Jayalalithaa, is now serving a four year prison term at Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru in a disproprotionate assets case.Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital here on the night of September 22 last year and passed away on December five, 2016.Deepa also said a long time neighbour of Jayalalithaa apprised her that six persons not linked to the household were made to stay in the upscale residence.This aspect should be probed further, she told the panel and added that the neighbor wanted his identity protected.The Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry, constituted by the Tamil Nadu government to go into the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s death,commenced it’s hearing on November 22.Several persons, including doctors, Madurai based DMK functionary P Saravanan have deposed before it so far.In September 2017, the Tamil Nadu government constituted the panel under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952.The panel’s terms of reference was to inquire into the circumstances and situation leading to the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa (on September 22, 2016) and treatment provided till her demise on December five last year.The Commission had invited all those having “personal knowledge and direct acquaintance” in the matter to furnish information to it till today.Following Jayalalithaa’s death, suspicion over the circumstances leading to her demise were raised by several persons, including present Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his followers.Then a rebel party leader, Panneerselvam and his followers had demanded a probe into her death, either a judicial inquiry or a CBI probe.After unification of the factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, the government notified constituting the panel.The probe was a key precondition put forth by the Panneerselvam faction for merger.DMK President M K Stalin had batted for a CBI probe and also raised the issue during campaigning for the RK Nagar bypoll in April, which was subsequently cancelled following allegations of bribing of voters.The bypoll will now be held on December 21.

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Not much headway made in Rajiv Gandhi murder conspiracy probe: SC

The Supreme Court today said the CBI-led investigation in the larger conspiracy behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi does not appear to have achieved “much headway”.The apex court referred to the reports filed before it by the CBI and observed that the investigation by the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) could be “endless”. The MDMA is headed by a CBI official and comprises officers from IB, RAW and Revenue Intelligence and other agencies. “The MDMA is investigating the larger conspiracy. From CBI reports, it doesn’t seem that there is much headway. So this enquiry could be endless,” a bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi said.The top court also arrayed the Centre as a party in the plea filed by one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The bench fixed the matter for hearing on January 24. The apex court had on November 14 asked the government to respond to a plea of the convict, A G Perarivalan, seeking suspension of his sentence till the CBI concluded its probe into the conspiracy behind the making of the belt bomb that killed Gandhi and several others.Also readRajiv Gandhi assassination: Convict’s mom appeals to Centre, Sonia GandhiThe court asked the Centre to clarify its stand on the plea by Perarivalan, whose death sentence was earlier commuted to life term by the apex court. In his plea, Perarivalan has told the court that he was held guilty for supplying two nine-volt batteries which were allegedly used in the improvised explosive device (IED) that killed Gandhi on May 21, 1991, but the probe by CBI-led MDMA relating to the IED was still going on. The convict has said he has spent 26 years behind bars in connection with the case, while the Tamil Nadu government has already decided to set him free by remitting the remaining portion of his sentence.Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at an election rally. Fourteen others, including Dhanu herself, were also killed.This was perhaps the first case of suicide bombing which had claimed the life of a high-profile global leader. The Centre had earlier filed in a sealed cover a report on the investigation being carried out on the conspiracy aspect behind the making of the bomb that had killed Gandhi.The apex court had on August 17 asked the Centre and CBI to apprise it of the probe being carried out on the conspiracy aspect behind the making of bomb after Perarivalan had claimed that this aspect was not being probed properly. The apex court had on February 18, 2014 commuted the death sentence of Perarivalan to life imprisonment, along with two other condemned prisoners — Santhan and Murugan — on grounds of a delay of 11 years in deciding their mercy pleas by the Centre.

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Tamil Nadu: BJP leader arrested after attack on Christian prayer hall in Coimbatore

Tamil Nadu police have arrested four people including a local BJP leader after a Christian prayer hall was vandalized.A group of people allegedly damaged glass panes and chairs at a prayer hall on the city outskirts, police said.People in the area had complained about meetings being held during night at the hall, creating a disturbance.Also readSpecial teams across Goa to track vandalism culpritsAccording to reports, Nandkumar, a local BJP leader and three others – all residents of area – have been arrested.”BJP workers threw chairs asking the group to stop the programme when they were distributing help to local people,” a police officer told NDTV.Police told the news agency said that those organising such meetings were asked to refrain from doing so.Referring to the incident police said no permission was taken to organise such a meeting, and police personnel have been deployed at the hall to prevent any untoward incidents.Also readSave country from nationalist forces: Gandhinagar Archbishop Thomas Macwan writes to Christians

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Cyclone Ockhi: Impact has not affected crops in Tamil Nadu, Kerala

The impact of cyclone Ockhi on crops so far has not been significant in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and other coastal areas, Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak said today.However, the coastal states/UTs have been asked to assess the damage and send a detailed report to the centre. The extent of damage would be known after the assessment, he said.”The damage on crops has been slightly, not much. The cyclone has fizzled out by the time it reached Gujarat. We are still assessing the damage,” Pattanayak told PTI.There has not been significant impact on crops in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and parts of Maharashtra. “However, we have alerted them to send a detailed report,” he said.Last week, cyclone Ockhi battered the coastal areas of the southern states, flooding farmland and damaging houses.Also readCyclone Ockhi effect: Veggies and foodgrains to see a price 10-15% hike for next week in MumbaiThe cyclone storm brought heavy rains and some areas suffered extensive crop damage due to strong wind that uprooted coconut trees and other plantation crops.According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ockhi has weakened into a deep depression early this morning and lay centred over west-central part of Bay of Bengal near Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.Also readCyclone Ockhi: DMK Prez MK Stalin urges Nirmala Sitharaman to find out number of fishermen missing”It is likely to maintain intensity of deep depression for about 12 hours and weaken gradually into a depression during subsequent 12 hours,” it said in a statement.IMD said it is very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts around December 9 morning as a depression, it added.

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Cyclone Ockhi: Mumbai receives highest December rainfall since 1967

As Mumbai braced for Cyclone Ockhi on Tuesday, the city received highest-ever December rainfall, breaking a record of 50 years. In 24 hours from 8:30 am on Tuesday, Colaba observatory in the city witnessed a whopping 82 mm of rainfall while Santa Cruz recorded massive 54 mm of rainfall. According to Skymet Weather, the monthly rains in Mumbai for the month of December stands at 5.3 mm and the highest monthly record stood at 55.7 mm which took place in the year 1967.The heavy rainfall in the city was caused due to Cyclone Ockhi which had developed in the Bay of Bengal but moved towards Arabian Sea. The system had intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm.Also readCyclone Ockhi: 39 dead in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, 167 fishermen missingThe cyclone passed the Mumbai coast and just brought rains and there was no loss of life or damage to property. The cyclone on Tuesday night was headed towards Gujarat but gradually dissipated over the Arabian Sea before hitting the coast.As many as 39 people have perished and 167 fishermen were still missing after cyclone hit Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts while 809 others were swept away to Maharashtra, the Union Home Ministry said on Tuesday.
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Jayalalithaa death anniversary: Scores of people pay tribute to their ‘Amma’

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was on Tuesday remembered on her first death anniversary, with AIADMK veterans K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam leading the party supporters in paying tributes to their ‘Amma’.People gathered in large numbers on Tuesday to pay homage and tribute to their ‘Amma’ at Jaya memorial in Marina Beach on her first death anniversary.They paid floral tributes to former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, who passed away after a prolonged disease last year.AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and party co-coordinator and Chief Minister K Palaniswami led a silent procession of party workers from Anna Salai to Jayalalithaa’s mausoleum on Marina beach here.Most of the party workers, including the two leaders and many other ministers, were clad in black shirts.Amma’s followers, who gathered from across the state, expressed remorse over her death. One of them was seen with his body painted with the flag of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).The entire state of Tamil Nadu came to a standstill after AIADMK supremo Jaya died of cardiac arrest.Jayalalithaa, admitted to a corporate hospital here in September 2016, breathed her last this day last year, after 75 days of hospitalisation.(With agency inputs)
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Cyclone Ockhi: Centre says 1,540 rescued, PM reminds Gujaratis of Cong record in handling calamities

As many as 1,540 people, including fishermen, affected by Cyclone Ockhi in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep were rescued by various agencies, the government said today.A total of 243 fishermen in Tamil Nadu, 250 fishermen in Kerala and 1,047 people in Lakshadweep have been rescued so far, an official statement said here tonight after a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha.Relief material is also being provided to inmates in relief camps set up by the government agencies and state governments of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep administration, which were also taking prompt action in dealing with the situation, it said.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Schools to remain closed on Tuesday, Mumbai University and all its affiliated colleges to remain open The central government has deployed 10 Coast Guard ships, 6 aircraft, 4 helicopters, 10 Navy ships for rescue and relief, it said.Asserting that the BJP governments at Centre and Gujarat are prepared to tackle the situation when Cyclone Ockhi makes a landfall on state’s coast tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took a jibe at the Congress over its “inefficient handling” of natural calamities in the past.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Kerala govt says received IMD weather alert on Nov 30, Alphons says it came two days earlierAfter leaving a trail of destruction on the southern coast, Cyclone Ockhi is expected to make landfall in coastal Gujarat tomorrow midnight with squally winds and heavy rainfall.Hitting out at the Congress, the prime minister said, “the party couldn’t properly handle natural calamities including the 2013 earthquake in Kedarnath”.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam rules out declaring it as ‘national calamity’ “The BJP government had managed (to handle) all natural calamities, including the 2001 Bhuj earthquake (in Gujarat) and is all prepared for Cyclone Ockhi,” Modi said addressing a rally in coastal Jamnagar.He said the Congress delayed taking stock of the situation after a cyclone had hit Jamnagar 20 years ago.”A cyclone had hit Jamnagar around 20 years ago. For days, the Congress had no time to take stock of the situation in Jamnagar. (Then Congress MP) Urmilaben (Patel) could not visit the place (due to public anger),” Modi said.Referring to the 1993 Latur earthquake in neighbouring Maharashtra, Modi said, “I challenge the people talking about the country’s development to assess the situation of places 5-10 years after they were hit by a natural calamity. Latur earthquake occurred 20 years go, but the impact is still seen”.Modi said reconstruction of Kedarnath was initiated by him after the BJP came to power.”Earthquake and floods occurred in Kedarnath five years ago (and) it was only after I visited there as the prime minister after the BJP formed its government that I launched its rebuilding exercise,” he said.He also referred to earthquakes in Jammu and Kashmir and a cyclone in Odisha, apparently the destructive cyclone of 1999.”In the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat…Kutch, Jamnagar, Patan, Banaskantha…the entire region was badly affected. The world said Gujarat will not recover. But I can today say with pride that the BJP government here pulled it (the state) out of the shadow of destruction and made it take strides in development,” the PM said.He said the BJP governments at Centre and Gujarat are prepared to tackle the situation when Cyclone Ockhi hits coastal Gujarat, likely around tomorrow midnight.”(Cyclone) Ockhi is set to hit Gujarat after impacting South India. But our governments both in the state and at the Centre are prepared to tackle the situation. We are ready to ensure that the impact is minimum. The government machinery is preparing for this,” he said.Modi said the fishermen of South India who were at sea when the cyclone hit them have been saved.”The BJP has shown how a capable, alert government committed to society and development, can deliver great results,” he said.
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NIA questions Shafin Jahan again in Hadiya conversion case

The National Investigation Agency today questioned Shafin Jahan, days after the Supreme Court gave its nod to it to continue its probe into his marriage with Hadiya, a Kerala woman at the centre of an alleged love-jihad case.Jahan was questioned a week after the Apex Court gave its nod to carry on investigation into the conversion of Hadiya and her marriage with him.NIA sources said the probe team “re-examined” Jahan today for clarifying certain facts from his earlier statement.They, however, did not elaborate as the matter is sub-judice.The NIA had earlier investigated Jahan and submitted its statement before the Supreme Court.Also readKerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Before marriage, Hadiya’s husband was in touch with ISIS men, says NIAThe marriage of the couple was annulled by the Kerala High Court last December after her father alleged that his daughter was being indoctrinated and may be taken ISIS territories in Iraq and Syria by extremist Islamic outfits.”We make it clear that the NIA investigation shall continue in accordance with law,” the Supreme Court had said last week while allowing the 24-year-old woman to resume her studies at the homoeopathic college in Tamil Nadu’s Salem.Also readKerala love jihad case: Hadiya was very happy after talking to her husband over phone, says college deanShe was placed under her parents’ custody since her marriage was annulled by the Kerala High Court.
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Indian Navy ship traces 9 Kochi fishermen off Lakshadweep

An Indian Navy ship on Monday located a fishing boat with nine crew members, reportedly missing from this city for the last 15 days, off Lakshadweep, a Defence spokesman said.The boat, Island Queen, was located by INS Kolkata 132 nautical miles north of Kavaratti in Lakshadweep, he said.They have been provided with food and water.Also readCyclone Ockhi: 28 boats carrying 321 fishermen land safely at Ratnagiri “All of them are safe… They are coming on their own their boat to Kochi,” he said.The vessel was reportedly missing for last 15 days and a request was received from local administration to search for it, he added.The spokesman further said the naval ship continued with them for some time before going for another rescue operation.Also readSri Lankan Navy chase away 1,700 Tamil Nadu fishermen, ‘snap’ fishing nets
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After wreaking havoc in Kerala, TN, Ockhi puts Maha, Guj on alert

Even as rescue operations continue in full strength in southern states post the cyclonic storm ‘Ockhi’, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a very severe cyclonic warning to Gujarat and Maharashtra.After wreaking havoc in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep, the cyclone has weakened in those states, and its intensity is further expected to reduce from very severe to severe on Monday. The cyclone is on a north-western cause, drifting towards coastlines of Gujarat and Maharashtra at a speed of 17 kilometres per hour.A total of 357 fishermen, including 71 from Tamil Nadu, stranded in sea due to Cyclone Ockhi, were rescued on Sunday morning, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.In addition to the fishermen from Tamil Nadu, 248 from Kerala and 38 from Lakshadweep Islands, were rescued by Airforce, Navy and Coast Guard personnel, she said in a tweet.”An update on the search and rescue efforts being done by the Indian Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force to save the lives of fishermen affected by #CycloneOckhi : 357 fishermen have been saved as of 10 am today,” she said in her official Twitter handle.Sitharaman arrived in Kanyakumari on Sunday evening from Thiruvananthapuram and is scheduled to stay there till Monday.Posting a fact-sheet, Sitharaman said since November 30, the Coast Guard (CG) deployed two ships, an equal number of fixed wing aircraft and one helicopter for search and rescue of Tamil Nadu fishermen.Similarly, the Coast Guard deployed seven ships in Kerala and one in Lakshadweep islands.The Navy deployed six ships, two fixed wing aircraft and two helicopters in Kerala while the Air Force deployed one aircraft and two helicopters for Tamil Nadu and Kerala.”As the intensity of the cyclone is likely to reduce, there are less chances of flooding-like situation in Gujarat. Light to moderate showers are expected along coastlines of the state. A warning has been issued for fishermen in the state,” said an official at IMD, Ahmedabad.Lakshadweep islands has suffered a loss of over Rs 500 crore, Lakshadweep MP Mohammad Faizal said on Sunday, seeking Centre’s assistance to restore normal life in the islands isolated by the storm.Ockhi-hit 321 fishermen reach Maha coast: FadnavisMaharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said 28 more boats, carrying 321 fishermen, which were caught in rough seas due to Cyclone Ockhi, have safely reached Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri coast on Sunday.Of these, 23 are from Tamil Nadu, three from Kerala and two from Karnataka, he said.”Due to #CycloneOckhi 28 more boats with 321 fishermen landed at Ratnagiri today,” Fadnavis tweeted.The boats are now docked at Mirya Bunder, Ratnagiri. All fishermen are safe and officials are looking after them with utmost care, the chief minister said.Fadnavis had on Saturday tweeted that in all, 68 fishing boats, out of which 66 were from Kerala and two from Tamil Nadu, had reached Sindhudurg coast with 952 fishermen on- board.”I have given orders to the Maharashtra Maritime Board and the district collector, to make all arrangements for the stranded fishermen,” he had said.”Local authorities are already with them and taking care of all arrangements to make everyone feel at home,” the chief minister had said.Thanking Fadnavis for the assistance, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had tweeted, “Thanks Hon.CM @Dev_Fadnavis for understanding the sense of urgency in this matter of fishermen reaching Devgad minor port, Maharashtra.”Low pressure to become depressionA fresh spell of rainfall is expected to lash Tamil Nadu as the well-marked low pressure area over the south Andaman Sea is likely to turn into a depression in the next 24 hours and a deep depression in the subsequent 48 hours, the Met office said on Sunday.Hovering over the north Sumatra coast and the adjoining south Andaman Sea, the low pressure area now lies over southeast Bay of Bengal and south Andaman Sea.
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Cyclone Ockhi kills 14, many feared trapped at sea; PM Modi assures all help

Cyclone Ockhi barrelled into the Lakshwadeep islands on Saturday after drenching the neighbouring states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, claiming so far around 14 lives with many fishermen still feared trapped at sea.Authorities including the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Coast Guard and Indian Navy have rescued about 223 fishermen and evacuated thousands of people from cyclone hit areas, officials said, as they continued their operations on Saturday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, assuring him of support operations including necessary funds, according to local media.Ockhi is expected to travel north towards Mumbai and Gujarat in the next 48 hours, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director S. Sudevan in Trivandrum, though it is likely to lose intensity.”The intensity of the wind may come down and the cyclone could change into depression,” Sudevan said adding fishermen have been warned not go to the sea for the next few days as waves are likely to be 3-5 metres (12-15 feet) high.
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Cyclone Ockhi: 165 families shifted from Kerala; TN writes to centre for funds

Heavy rains have hit parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, thanks to the cyclonic storm Ockhi that has hit the two south Indian states.On Friday, the Indian Navy conducted search operations after fishermen went missing off the Kerala coast.The local district administrations in Kerala shifted around 165 families living in coastal Kerala. 130 families from Chellanam, 17 from Kumbalangi and 18 from Edavanakad town of Ernakulam district were shifted, the administrations said.The deadly storm has killed seven people in Sri Lanka and affected the lives of nearly 20,000 people. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has said that it will seek central funds for the damage caused by the cyclone, with Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli districts being the worst hit.This was conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Chief Minister K Palaniswami during a telephone conversation between the two leaders last night, a state government release said.Also readCyclone Ockhi: Depression alert over south Andaman Sea, Navy strives to resue stranded fishermen”The prime minister assured to immediately give the required assistance,” the release issued last night said.Modi dialled Palaniswami and enquired about the damage caused by the cyclone, which also battered parts of Kerala, it said.Also readCyclone Ockhi updates: More than 80 fishermen go missing; 8 dead in Tamil Nadu, KeralaThe chief minister apprised him of the various relief works going on in “full swing” in seven districts of the state and told Modi that Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli were the worst affected.He listed out various steps being taken, besides deputing senior ministers and IAS officials to oversee the relief work, the release added.Efforts were being undertaken on a “war footing” while power supply was being restored. The Coast Guard’s help was being used to rescue 30 fishermen stranded in the sea even as 76 of them had been already rescued, Palaniswami said.The state will send a report to the Centre seeking funds after carrying out a detailed assessment of the damage caused by the cyclone, which has crippled life in Kanyakumari district, he told the Prime Minister.Cyclone Ockhi, which in Bengali means ‘eye’, had yesterday intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and moved to the Arabian Sea.The state government yesterday said that over 1,200 people affected by the cyclone in Kanniyakumari and Tirunelveli districts have been lodged in relief camps.With Agency Inputs
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Gujarat among worst states for children

Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday revealed that Gujarat registered a total of 1,120 murder cases in 2016. Of the total murders, 94 were of those aged up to 18 years; 53 of whom were under six years of age — this is the second highest among states. In 2015, the state recorded 1,150 murders, and in 2014, 1,124 murders were recorded.In the total number of murders in 2016, Gujarat ranks 27th among states. A total of 79 murder cases were registered in the state, where 94 victims were children aged between 1 and 18 years. Of them, 53 were children under age six — 30 boys and 23 girls.As per the data, the highest number of children below six were murdered in Maharastra (94), followed by Gujarat and Karnataka, with 53 murders each, and Uttar Pradesh, with 49.Honour & passion killingGujarat is on the third spot in honour killing and fourth in crimes of passion in 2016. A total of 1,493 cases of crimes of passion were registered in the country in 2016; 133 of which were in Gujarat.The highest number of passion killings was recorded in Uttar Pradesh, with 398 murders, followed by Tamil Nadu (180), Bihar (133) and Gujarat, with 133.In honour killing, a total of 71 cases were registered across the country in 2016. The highest number was reported in Madhya Pradesh, with 18 cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh (16) and Gujarat (10).
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Cyclone Ockhi: Depression alert over south Andaman Sea, Navy strives to resue stranded fishermen

A low pressure system over the South Andaman Sea is expected to turn into a depression in the next 48 hours, which may bring more rainfall to Tamil Nadu, as the death toll due to Cyclone Ockhi in Kanyakumari district rose to five today.The deaths occurred in cyclone-related incidents in the district. Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced a solatium of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the victims, said an official release. “A well marked low pressure is lying over South Andaman Sea and its neighbourhood. It is expected to concentrate into a depression in the next 48 hours,” Regional Meteorological Centre Director S Balachandran said.Balachandran said the system is likely to move towards north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra coast in the next four days. “This is the current situation and we are monitoring the system.” In the next 24 hours, more rainfall is expected in most places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Heavy rainfall can be expected in Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Theni and Dindigul, he said.Also readCyclone Ockhi updates: More than 80 fishermen go missing; 8 dead in Tamil Nadu, KeralaFishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along the Kanyakumari coast and Arabian sea, he added. Cyclone Ockhi, which in Bengali means ‘eye’, today intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and moved to the Arabian Sea. An IMD bulletin said Ockhi over Southeast Arabian Sea continued to move west-northwestwards with a speed of 13 kmph. It lies over Lakshadweep area and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea about 90km northeast of Minicoy and 270km south-southeast of Amini Divi.”The system is very likely to intensify further during the next 24 hours,” the bulletin said. Widespread rainfall has been reported in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry with Papanasam (Tirunelveli district) recording 45 cm rain, Balachandran said. The Indian Navy is putting in “maximum effort” to rescue fishermen from the sea which is very rough under the influence of Cyclone Ockhi, a top Navy official said today. Rescue operations are on. Some fishermen have already been rescued by the Navy which immediately dispatched aircraft and ships besides helicopters to carry out rescue operations in the sea which is very rough, said Vice Admiral A R Karve, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command.”Maximum efforts have been put in,” he said at a press meet held on board the INS Tir on the occasion of Navy Day at the Naval Base here. “We have responded immediately. We will continue to meet the requirement of safety and security of our fishermen. As soon as we got the request from the government of Kerala for search operations, we have started that,” Vice Admiral Karve said. According to a defence spokesperson, the navy is continuing search and rescue operations in coordination with the Indian Coast Guard and the state administration in the coastal areas of Kerala.At present, 69 people stranded in the sea have been located and the exact numbers are being corroborated, he said.Twenty people have been rescued and efforts are on to bring others to safety. Continuous sorties of aircraft and helicopters are being undertaken in coordination with the units at sea, the spokesperson said. Top navy officials said they have deployed two ships to the Lakshadweep Islands for carrying out rescue and rehabilitation operations in the island which is under threat of the cyclone.Ockhi, which has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm, moved to the Arabian Sea today.
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Cyclone Ockhi: Heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, likely to intensify in next 24 hours

The deep depression over Camorin Sea has intensified into a cyclonic storm Ockhi which has triggered heavy rains in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is likely to intensify into severe cyclone storm moving towards Lakshwadeep islands in the next 24 hours. IMD has issued warnings about rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over south Tamil Nadu & south Kerala during next 24 hours and isolated heavy falls over interior Tamil Nadu and Kerala during subsequent 24 hours.For Lakshwadeep, the prediction is for heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls in the next 48 hours. IMD has predicted damages in south Kerala (Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Kollam, Pathanathitta, Thiruvananthapuram districts), adjoining districts of south Tamil Nadu (Kanyakumari, Tutukudi and Tirunelveli districts). The situation though is likely to be much worse in Lakshwadeep with predictions of damage to power and communication lines due to breaking of tree branches and uprooting of trees. Crops and mud houses are also likely to face the brunt of Cyclone Ockhi. The authorities have warned fishermen along & off Lakshadweep Islands are advised not to venture into the sea during next 48 hours. Similar warnings have been issued to fishermen in South Kerala and South Tamil Nadu.4 dead in Sri Lanka: A powerful storm coupled with heavy rains hit several parts of Sri Lanka, killing at least four persons and disrupting air traffic and essential services, authorities said today. Two Colombo-bound Srilankan Airlines flights from Chennai and Bangalore were diverted to the Mattala Airport in the deep south Hambantota region due to bad weather. The schools in the Central, Western and Southern provinces were closed.Many houses were partially damaged, mainly in the central hill districts, and power supplies have been hit.At least four people have been killed due to heavy rains and gusty winds which swept through most parts of the island last night, police said. The deaths were caused by falling trees. The Colombo National Hospital officials said at least 15 people had been treated for injuries. Addressing Parliament, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he had directed officials to pay each family affected by bad weather rupees 10,000 as emergency assistance. “Heavy rains, Gusty strong winds about 60-70 kms per hour can be expected over the island and rough seas can be expected further in the deep and shallow sea areas around then island too,” a statement from the meteorological department said.The severe weather was caused due to a depression in the south-western regions which was later developed into a deep depression. It was located 200 kms away from capital Colombo. In the landslide prone central hill areas, measures have been taken to evacuate people, disaster management officials said. The public has been asked to remain vigilant as the water levels in the rivers were rising.With agency inputs
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Madras HC orders closure of all sand quarries in Tamil Nadu to protect rivers

In a major setback for the Tamil Nadu government’s plans to open 70 new river sand quarries, the Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Wednesday ordered the closure of all sand quarries in Tamil Nadu within the next 6 months. The court also said that no new sand quarry should come up in the state. The court asked the state government to consider the import of sand through the state-owned corporation to meet the shortfall.Stating that the order has been passed in the public interest considering the need to protect rivers, environment, and farmers in the state, Justice R Mahadevan also directed the government to monitor illegal transporting of the river sand.Hearing a petition filed by M R M Ramaiya Enterprises Private Limited managing director M R M Ramaiya, seeking court’s intervention to sell sand imported from Malaysia, the judge also directed the Tamil Nadu government to release the Malaysian sand from the Tuticorin port.The court observed that the Tamil Nadu Minor Minerals Concession Rules, 1959 and the Tamil Nadu Prevention of Illegal Mining, Transportation and Storage of Minerals and Mineral Dealers Rules, 2011 cannot be imposed on imported sand since the importer had paid the appropriate tax (GST) on the consignment.The petitioner said she made an agreement with All Works Trading Limited, Singapore, on September 9 last to import one lakh tonne of sand. Accordingly, the petitioner’s company imported sand of the Sungai Pahang river in Kauntan city, Malaysia, to an extent of 55,443 metric tonnes through proper channels and also paid the GST. The sand is at present at the Tuticorin port.When the company wanted to sell the same in the state, the government did not give permission and registered an FIR against it. Hence, the petitioner sought a direction to the Tamil Nadu government not to insist the company to get the licence and to transport and sell the imported sand in the state.The Tamil Nadu government said in their petition that the state police had registered an FIR as the firm had transported the sand without the permit and it could not allow the Malaysian sand either to be sold in Tamil Nadu without the permit or to be transported to Kerala on road.In the order, Justice Mahadevan further directed quarries of granite and other minerals, except jelly, must be closed periodically to maintain ecological balance. The State shall also depute a team of experts from the Geological Department to identify and process the import of sands and minerals from countries which permit export. The government take a decision on the import of the river sand by state-owned corporations to meet out short supply, the court observed.The court also directed the Centre to issue appropriate guidelines specifying the type of sand and its usage so as to enable the importers to get appropriate certificates from the exporter authorities in other countries.Interestingly, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami last week chaired a high-level meeting with eight district collectors and superintendent of police and decided to open 70 new sand quarries to meet the requirement of sand for the construction sector. However, the environmentalists strongly opposed the move to open new sand quarries as it would affect the flow of the river and cause irreparable damage to the environment.
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‘Who killed Ragu’? Police deny NRI techie died owing to ‘illegal’ AIADMK hoarding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death of a 30-year-old motorist in an accident in Tamil Nadu has snowballed into a major social media outrage, which has put the ruling AIADMK on the backfoot. Software engineer Ragupathy died on last Saturday when his motorcycle crashed into a temporary wooden arch set up on a road in Coimbatore by the ruling AIADMK for its MGR centenary celebrations.As Ragupathy hit the structure and fell off his bike, a truck ran him over. The young engineer working in the US had come home to Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore to meet a prospective bride and he was set to return over the weekend. The techie was planning to visit a temple in Palani after parking his bike at a bus stand, when the accident happened. With someone painting ‘Who killed Ragu?’ on the spot of the accident and even marking the ‘hole’ drilled on the road with the paint for erecting arch with the wooden logs, it went viral on the social media with people questioning the AIADMK government’s publicity blitz risking the lives of the motorists.With public anger palpable, the Coimbatore police claimed that the engineer was ran over by a lorry which was coming in the wrong direction. The police has arrested the driver and seized a tipper lorry involved in the incident. The police also claims to be in possession of CCTV footage which proves wrong the theory of the techie dying of injuries after hitting the wooden arch.Meanwhile, police on Tuesday detained two friends of Ragupathy on suspicion overwriting on the road “who killed Ragu?” However, no cases were filed and both of them were let out after being questioned, a police officer. Activists and political parties blamed the illegal arch which narrowed road space for the tragic accident. The civic body officials removed the arch immediately after the accident claiming it to be illegal, but local administration minister claimed that permission was obtained for the structure. DMK Working President MK Stalin condemned the accident and tweeted, “Under the pretext of #MGRcentenary, the AIADMK govt. continues to blatantly violate the High Court’s order on obstructive & dangerous hoardings – now resulting in the death of Ragu, a promising young engineer in Coimbatore. I condemn this lawless govt. in the strongest terms.”DMK MLA N Karthik has filed a PIL in the Madras High Court to declare erection of hoardings, banners, arches and flex boards across Coimbatore for MGR birth centenary celebrations as illegal. The petitioner wants a direction to the State government to pay compensation to Ragupathy’s family. Actor Kamal Haasan reacted strongly to the incident and tweeted, “Any government that regards power and fame even at the cost of others life will fall. A government that doesn’t respect pedestrians won’t go too long on the palanquin. Banner ‘Jis’ should realise those who pave way for accidents abet murder.”

Madras High Court frees 35-member crew of US anti-piracy vessel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court on Monday set free the 35 crew members including 23 foreign nationals of a private US anti-piracy ship MV Seaman Guard Ohio after the prosecution failed to prove its charge that the ship and its crew were in the Indian waters with unlicensed arms.Justice Basheer Ahamed has set aside the 2016 sentence of a Tuticorin court that awarded five-year jail terms to 10 crew and 25 security guards aboard an American ship that was seized by authorities in Indian waters in 2013. The Madurai Bench of the High Court held that the charges against them had not been proved.The lower court in Tuticorin had found the crew of US company owned ship ‘Seaman Guard Ohio’ guilty of violating Indian laws by possessing weapons. It had also slapped a fine of Rs 3,000 on each of them.Justice Ahamed also directed that the fine amount paid by the crew members be returned.’Q’ branch police had filed the case against the crew members for illegally entering Indian waters with weapons.Flying West African country Sierra Leone’s flag, Seaman Guard Ohio, owned by US company AdvanFort, was found in Indian waters on an October 2013 night, around 15 nautical miles from Tuticorin port. The Indian Coast Guard escorted the ship to Tuticorin port, around 600 km from Chennai.The Coast Guard said the crew included eight Indians and two Ukrainians while six British, 14 Estonians, a Ukrainian and four Indians were among the security guards on the ship and all were arrested after arms and ammunition without valid authorisation or documents was found aboard.The Q branch of the Tamil Nadu police had also alleged that the ship had obtained 1,500 litres of diesel illegally from private sources. The police had said that the entry of the ship was a threat to internal security.The ship’s crew had claimed that the ship had run out of fuel and was stranded. However, the prosecution submitted that had there been an emergency, the Captain could have alerted the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) seeking assistance from the Indian Coast Guard. The Captain chose to lay anchor in Indian waters and buy about 1,500 litres of fuel clandestinely with the help of agents, the police charged.The ship’s owners AdvanFort specialise in providing maritime security against pirates. After the Indian Coast Guard escorted the ship to Tuticorin port, those aboard were questioned by officials of different security departments and agencies.In 2014, the Madras High Court dismissed the charges against the crew and armed guards but reaffirmed charges against the ship’s captain and the fuel vendors.On an appeal by the Tamil Nadu Police, the Supreme Court in 2015 set aside the high court judgment and ordered a trial by the Tuticorin sessions court.

SC rejects woman’s plea claiming to be Jayalalithaa’s biological daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today refused to entertain the plea of a woman who claimed to be the biological daughter of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.A bench of Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta refused to allow her prayer for DNA test to know her parentage as she claimed to have been given in adoption to Jaya’s sister and her husband. Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, who appeared for the woman, also sought cremation of Jayalalithaa as per Hindu rites on the grounds that she was an Iyengar Brahmin. She said there were two witnesses when the child was given for adoption and the petitioner had come to know about her real parentage only when her adopted father was on his death bed.”There is a politically charged-up atmosphere in Tamil Nadu and this case should be transferred outside the state as infighting is going on in the ruling political party,” she said. Jaising said in order to establish her real parentage, DNA test should be allowed to be conducted on the woman as she has the right to know about her biological parents.”In this society, it is very difficult for an unwed mother to keep the child. Therefore (she) was given to Jaya’s sister who resided in Bangalore and there were two eyewitnesses to the incident,” the senior lawyer said. The court, however, said the petitioner is at liberty to approach the high court.

Chennai: 3 years later, gang rape victim named accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case of sexual assault of a 16-year-old speech-and-hearing impaired girl in a remote village in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri district which rocked the state in 2014 has taken a curious turn with the CB-CID police dismissing charges of the assault and booked the victim and her mother in a public nuisance charge.The CB-CID filed charge sheet against the victim and her mother before Krishnagiri judicial magistrate court booking them under IPC section 160 (public nuisance).“An ordinary case of street brawl, which can be termed as an affray as per the terminology of the IPC, has been blown out of proportion by the complainant into a rape case and the local police who conducted investigation also buckled under extraneous pressure and filed charge sheet under section 376 of IPC which has been correctly quashed by the Madras HC,” the CB-CID said.M Veerabathrappa, father of the victim, in his original complaint alleged that his daughter was gang-raped when she was returning after giving food to him on the evening of December 25 as a revenge to a quarrel between his family and the accused.

Tamil Nadu: Four female students commit suicide after being scolded in school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four girl students of a government higher secondary school in Tamil Nadu ended their lives by jumping into a well in a suicide pact after being allegedly chided by teachers for not being attentive in class, police said.The Class XI students of Panapakkam Government Higher Secondary School at the nearby Arakkonam town jumped into a farm well at Nangamangalam village on Friday.Fire and Rescue Services personnel fished out the bodies and sent them for autopsy to a government hospital last night.”Based on the preliminary inquiry, the headmistress and class teacher have been suspended,” a district education official told reporters here today.The reason for the girls’ suicide is yet to be ascertained, a top district police official said.
ALSO READ Chennai: Violence breaks out at Sathyabama University after student commits suicide”Four teams of police personnel are questioning the class students, teachers, and others and only after the conclusion of the enquiry would the cause of the suicide be known,” he said.The official said no suicide note had been recovered.
ALSO READ IIM Lucknow student commits suicideHe said a preliminary enquiry revealed that 11 students were chided by teachers for not being attentive in class and were asked to bring their parents on November 24.”Yesterday, out of the 11 students, seven apologised and assured the teachers that they will be attentive. The other four students ended their lives,” he told PTI.The seven girls who tendered apology too had not brought their parents, he added.Of the four girls who committed suicide, two came to school in the morning and left the premises immediately.They later joined the other two and all of them went to the farm in their bicycles.”Local people, including a cowherd, saw the girls going to the farm well,” he said.Villagers alerted police and local officials after they spotted the abandoned bicycles near the farm well.Senior police officials and a district official placed wreaths on the bodies.

Tihar Inmate files plea, claims cops beat him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amidst several allegations of brutalities against officials of Tihar Jail for assaulting inmates, an petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court making similar claims.According to the plea filed by one Jamal alias Ranjha through his counsel, it was contended that on September 13, inmates in Central Jail no-3 were brutally beaten by the prison staff and Tamil Nadu Special Police.The plea alleged that Jamal was “grievously injured” and “crippled for many days” after the incident. It also added that similar incident had taken place in Jail number 1 on November 21.”Around 9 pm on November 21, the alarms were falsely set off at Central Jail no 1 and almost all the inmates of blocks C and F of the High Risk Ward were brutally assaulted by the Tamil Nadu Police and Prison officials, continuously for more than one hour,” the plea said.The plea claimed that under such circumstances there is a threat to the life of the petitioner and appropriate directions be issued that evidence of the incident of November 21 not be destroyed or tampered with.The plea also sought the 14 inmates who were allegedly assaulted on November 21 to be produced in the court and that medical aid be provided the injured inmates.On November 20, the Delhi High Court had taken cognisance of media reports where a foreign court had struck down India’s extradition request stating that there would be human rights violations at Tihar due to the conditions.

Will win RK Nagar bypoll and take back ‘two leaves’ symbol: TTV Dhinakaran

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran on Friday expressed confidence that he will win the RK Nagar seat, and will also get back party’s ‘Two Leaves’ symbol.Dhinakaran’s reaction came after the Election Commission (EC) announced by-poll to Dr Radha Krishnan Nagar Assembly constituency which fell vacant following the demise of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa last year will be held on December 21.Dhinakaran made the comment while addressing party workers in Tiruppur.The counting of votes will be held on December 24 and the election process will be completed before 26th of next month, an EC press release which was made available by Tamil Nadu’s Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni here said.Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court in connection with the ‘two leaves’ symbol case.In the petition filed by Panneerselvam, he has appealed to the apex court to not pass any order if the Dinakaran camp moves the court challenging the Election Commission’s (EC) order in ‘two leaves’ symbol case.Earlier on Thursday, the poll panel allotted the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) ‘two leaves’ symbol to the party’s faction led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy and his deputy, O Panneerselvam.AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran then objected to the decision of the Election Commission, accusing it of conducting the inquiry in an unfair manner.Dinakaran also alleged that the Centre influenced the poll watchdog’s decision in the case.

EPS-OPS win AIADMK party symbol battle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The faction led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami (EPS) and his deputy O Panneerselvam (OPS) is the real AIADMK and is entitled to use the party symbol ‘two leaves’, the Election Commission ruled on Thursday. The order ends almost a year-long battle and deals a blow to the other group led by jailed VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran.”The petitioners group led by E Madhusudhanan, O Panneerselvam and S Semmalai, and also supported presently by the impleading applicant EK Palaniswami, the present Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, enjoys support of majority members in the legislative and organisational wings,” the EC said.AIADMK is the only party whose symbol was frozen and restored twice.Sasikala is currently serving a four-year sentence in a Bengaluru jail in a disproportionate assets case.”The order proved that their faction was the real one and they have the support of the cadre,” Panneerselvam said dedicating the EC order to Jayalalithaa.CM Palanisami said that the EC has rendered justice to the AIADMK cadres by its order.”The EC order has come as a bolt from blue to those who had attempted to ruin the party and bring down the government,” he said taking a jibe at Sasikala’s faction.Dismissing allegations of BJP’s support, he said that they got the symbol as they enjoyed the real support of the party cadres and the elected representatives.After announcing victory at party’s meeting even before EC’s official declaration, Palanisami retracted his announcement blaming the media for misquoting.”Chief Minister had expressed happiness over the ‘two leaves’ symbol verdict based on the information given by the media,” an official release clarified.However, Dhinakaran alleged that the EC did not give a fair decision and said that he will challenge the order in the Supreme Court.”Even though the EC is an independent body it is headed by a former Gujarat chief secretary. It is obvious that the commission’s decision is influenced by the Centre, which was backing Panneerselvam earlier and now supports Palanisami,” he alleged.The commission, in its order, noted that Jayalalithaa’s niece J Deepa who also claimed the AIADMK’s symbol was not even a primary member of the party.After the demise of Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year, a power struggle had broken out between newly appointed party general secretary Sasikala and the then Chief Minister Panneerselvam.Panneerselvam rebelled against Sasikala after the AIADMK legislature party unanimously elected her as its leader to replace him on February 5. But, the Supreme Court’s order convicting Sasikala in the Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate assets case prevented her from occupying the CM chair and she handpicked Palanisami for the job.Panneerselvam, with the support of 11 MLAs, unsuccessfully voted against the trust motion moved by Palanisami in the state assembly.The commission froze the symbol on March 22, disallowing its use in the RK Nagar by-election in Chennai. The decision came after the EC heard both sides, Panneerselvam and Sasikala factions, which staked their claim to the party symbol.After cancellation of RK Nagar by-poll, Sasikala and Dinakaran found themselves sidelined in their own faction. Even as the dispute was pending with the Commission, OPS and EPS joined hand on August 21 and ousted Sasikala and Dinakaran from the party.The Commission resumed the hearing on October 6, concluded it on November 8 and reserved its order. However, it could not meet the November 10 deadline set by the Supreme Court for deciding the dispute.

Noted jurist Habibullah Basha passes away at 84

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran lawyer Habibullah Basha, one of the finest jurists of the Madras Bar, passed away here on Wednesday after a prolonged illness.A philanthropist and founder-director of the Apollo Hospitals, 84-year old Basha died at his house, the Madras Bar Association said.Basha is survived by wife Shyamala Basha, his college-mate, a son and two daughters.During his more than five-decade long career, Basha had held various law officers post such as the central government standing counsel and Tamil Nadu Advocate General and public prosecutor.A junior of legendary lawyer Govind Swaminathan, Basha turned down a high court judgeship offered to him when he was aged just 37.In 1986, he declined a offer for direct appointment as a Supreme Court Judge.Born into an affluent family on March 8, 1933, Basha after schooling at convents here did his graduation and post-graduation in Islamic studies.Later he obtained Law degree from the Madras Law College and enrolled himself as an advocate in 1957.Basha become senior central government standing counsel ten years later and was appointed Tamil Nadu State Public Prosecutor in 1974 and went on to become the Advocate General in 1991.He had represented DMK President M Karunanidhi in a case registered against him for burning a copy of the Constitution.The veteran lawyer had appeared for late chief minister Jayalalithaa when she was involved in a bitter factional wrangle to get possession of the AIADMK headquarters here in late 1980s.Basha had moved the Madras High Court against obstructions put up in connection with the infamous wedding of Jayalalitha’s then foster son V N Sudhagaran in 1995 and argued as party in person.Three of his juniors became judges of the Madras High Court. Among them is present judge Justice N Kirubakaran.

Income Tax officials raid Poes Garden, search on in Tamil Nadu ex-CM J Jayalalithaa’s secretary’s room

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a late night development, the Income Tax officials carried out raids at the Poes Garden, the residence of Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.According to latest media reports, the I-T officials were conducting ‘search and recovery’ operations at Amma’s residence to secure some crucial evidence.There are reports, that the room of Poongundran, Jayalalithaa’s secretary was specifically being searched.The news agency ANI reported that the properties of Amma’s jailed confidant VK Sasikala was also being searched.There’s heavy police deployment in and outside the Poes Garden.

10 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy near Neduntheevu

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten Tamil Nadu fishermen were on Friday arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy when they were allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu in the island nation waters, a fisheries department official said.The fishermen from Thideer Kuppam village in Nagapattinam district were held on charges of poaching fish near Neduntheevu, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Gangadharan said.They were taken to Kangesanthurai along with their boat.They have been lodged in the naval camp and would be produced in a court, he said.Yesterday, 10 fishermen from Akkarapettai in the same district were arrested when they were fishing in Neduntheevu.On November 7, four fishermen from Pudukottai district were arrested by the Lankan naval personnel.

Tamil Nadu Governor in political storm over admin meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has stirred a new political controversy in the state by holding a discussion with Coimbatore district officials, as the Opposition parties — led by the DMK — have termed it a gross interference in the state’s rights. The ruling AIADMK, however, did not see any threat to the state’s autonomy.In spite of the opposition parties flaying him for holding the meeting on Tuesday, Purohit swept a bus bay as part of a cleanliness drive under the Swachh Bharat initiative on Wednesday and also held a discussion with NGOs and resident welfare associations working on solid waste management.In a strong message to the opposition, the governor declared that he would visit the district as well as the other districts every year. He also expressed hope that Coimbatore would soon become the cleanest city in the country.The governor’s meeting evoked comparison with neighbouring Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi who has earned the wrath of the ruling Congress government for interfering in its administration.Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said that the disease of governor interfering in the elected government’s administration has spread to Tamil Nadu too. He alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using the governors and lieutenant governors to undermine the opposition party run governments in the state and the union territories.

TN governor discusses development work in Coimbatore; opposition calls it interference by Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Tuesday held a meeting with Coimbatore district administration officials to discuss the developmental works undertaken in the district even as the opposition parties dub it as a yet another attempt of the Centre’s interference.On Wednesday, Purohit inspected the Gandhipuram bus stand in the textile city and took part in a cleaning drive as part of the Swachch Bharat Initiative. He also inspected e-toilets in the bus stand and also visited a residential society – Sunnyside Residency in the city. He also held a discussion with NGOs and resident welfare associations working on solid waste management. “I have carried out visits in Maharashtra and I felt they (people in that state) were the best in maintaining toilets and waste management. Now when I visit cities in Tamil Nadu I have changed my opinion,” Purohit said addressing the discussion.Breaking the convention of maintaining a distance in the state administration followed by the past Governors in Tamil Nadu, Purohit has chosen to hold a meeting with the Coimbatore district administration, civic body officials and police officers on the ongoing developmental works. What raised many eyebrows was the fact that even Municipal Administration Minister and senior AIADMK leader SP Velumani who hails from Coimbatore was not invited to the Tuesday’s meeting.The Governor’s meeting was held amid the accusations from the opposition that Narendra Modi government at the centre is interfering in the administration of the state government led by the faction-ridden AIADMK.Governor’s meeting evoked comparison with Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi who is known for making spot visits and holding review meetings with the officials. But the Congress government in Puducherry is strongly opposed to Bedi’s style of functioning calling it as gross interference in the day-to-day functioning of the elected government. Strangely, AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu seems to have no problem with the Governor’s meeting the state officials as several State Ministers supported Purohit.State Higher Education Minister K.P. Anbalagan and Municipal Administration Minister S.P. Velumani on Tuesday said that the autonomy of the State would not be affected by such a meeting. “Such review meeting by the Governor will help improve the relationship with the Centre which would help in the progress of the state,” said Velumani.Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said that the disease of Governor interfering in the elected government’s administration has spread to Tamil Nadu too. “There is nothing wrong with Governor visiting various places but taking unilateral decisions is wrong. The centre is trying to control the state government through the Governors and Lt Governors,” he said.Asking the Governor from conducting any further such review meetings, Leader of Opposition and DMK working president MK Stalin said if the Governor was really interested in good administration, he should ask the Edappadi K Palanisami government to prove his majority in the floor of the House.DMK’s Rajya Sabha MP and organizing secretary RS Bharathi accused the Modi government of trying to play a dirty game using Governor as a tool. He said the BJP wanted to undermine the elected government in Tamil Nadu like how they were doing in Puducherry and Arunachal Pradesh. “When there is an elected government, as per the constitution, the Governor cannot act independently and he should act according to the state cabinet’s advice,” he noted.Senior DMK leader said when the Governor planned such a meeting, Chief Minister should have condemned it right away and instructed the officials to stay away from it. “Chief Minister should have either condemned the Governor’s meeting or he should have resigned. But they don’t have the gut to oppose it as they are afraid of income tax raids,” he said, wondering whether Governor would have held such a meeting if former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was alive.Meanwhile, a section of Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam (TPDK) opposed the ‘unprecedented’ meeting chaired by the Governor with the officials and attempted to stage a black flag demonstration on Tuesday in front of Circuit House, where the meeting was in progress. However, police removed the activists, led by its General Secretary, K Ramakrishnan.The choice of Coimbatore district for the first meeting itself shows that it was a political ploy by the BJP, said Ramakrishnan. In the BJP’s political scheme of thing, Coimbatore and Tirupur districts are their prime targets for their electoral growth in the state, he said, pointing to several visits of senior BJP leaders to Coimbatore in the recent times. “Governor is trying to politically help the BJP in the two districts by trying to create an impression that the developmental works are happening at the behest of him who is a representative of the union government,” he said.

Sasikala’s nephew says no political motive in the IT raids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s nephew and Jaya TV MD Vivek Jayaraman on Tuesday refuted allegations that Income Tax searches on his premises and other connected to his families that had lasted for five days had been carried out with a political motive.Jaya TV office was one among the 187 premises searched by the I-T officials in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and New Delhi for five successive days till Monday as part of its “operation clean money”.I-T officials said that they had detected undisclosed investment of Rs 1,450 crore from 10 assesses groups which were raided including those linked to Sasikala’s kin and their associates.”The officials queried about the documents of the companies —Jaya TV and Jazz Cinema, and I offered explanation in detail. Besides, they questioned about the jewels given to my wife during our wedding. I will submit the relevant accounts in the next two-three days,” Vviek told reporters here.When asked if the raids were politically motivated, Jayaraman said “it doesn’t seem so”. “They (taxmen) have done their duty and we are answerable (to them). Every citizen of the country has to pay income tax.. I am clear about that,” he said. It was the duty of a citizen to pay taxes and anyone found violating the law was liable to face action, Jayaraman said.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC seeks Centre’s opinion on releasing Perarivalan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central Government if it is willing to set free convict AG Perarivalan in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case or not.The Centre has challenged Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release Perarivalan in the assassination of former prime minister who was killed by a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, India on Tuesday, May 21, 1991.Perarivalan is on life imprisonment along with Murugan and Santhan who were other two convicts of the same case.A division bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and also comprising Justices Navin Sinha granted two weeks time to the Centre to reply in this case.The Top Court fixed the matter for further hearing to December 6.Perarivalan was arrested on June 11, 1991 at Periyar Thidal, Chennai by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers. He is charged with providing a 9-volt battery for the explosive device to assassination conspirator Sivarasan.His death penalty finally commuted to life term imprisonment after Supreme Court verdict on February 18, 2014.On August 25, for the first time since his arrest in 1991 Perarivalan was granted parole by the Tamil Nadu Government.

Municipalities across country will exempt from liquor shops ban on highways, says Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday said its order exempting from ban the liquor shops within 500 metres of state and national highways running through municipal areas would be applicable across the country.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said it would pass a classificatory order on the plea of Tamil Nadu government, which was asked the Madras High Court to approach the top court for clarification on the issue.The apex court, which had banned the sale of liquor within 500 meters of highways across the country, had on July 11 this year, relaxed the scope of its verdict and allowed liquor shops alongside highways in municipal areas on a petition filed with regard to Union Territory of Chandigarh.The Madras High Court, taking note of the Tamil Nadu government’s recent decision to allow liquor shops on highways in municipal areas, said the apex court’s relaxation might be confined to Chandigarh alone and asked the state government to seek clarification from the top court.Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Tamil Nadu, said the July 11 order was clear. However, a clarification was needed.”The High Court says municipal areas in the Supreme Court order means only areas in Punjab and not in Chennai. The Chief Justice Bench of the High Court wants a clarification whether the exemption applies only to Chandigarh,” Rohatgi said.”Well, why should the High Court think that? If our order applies for municipal areas in Chandigarh, it will apply equally for municipal areas across the country,” the bench said and posted the matter after two weeks for hearing and passing a requisite classificatory order.The apex court had earlier clarified that its order banning sale of liquor within a distance of 500 metres along national and state highways would not extend to municipal areas.The top court, on December 15, 2016, had banned sale of liquor within 500 metres of state and national highways across the country.

I want an India where my surname does not matter: BJP MP Varun Gandhi on equal rights for all

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi on Friday said that he would not have become a Lok Sabha member had he not hailed from the Gandhi family.Speaking for people’s Right to Recall their elected representatives if they fail to fulfill their duties, Varun, the cousin of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said, “I am Feroze Varun Gandhi. If my surname was not Gandhi, would I have become an MP at the age of 29? I want to see an India where it doesn’t matter if I am Varun Dutta or Varun Ghosh or Varun Khan. I want to see a nation where all are given equal rights, regardless of their names,” Gandhi said at an event here.In 2016, the MP from Sultanpur constituency of Uttar Pradesh had proposed an amendment in the Representation of the People Act 1951 through his Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill in the parliament, seeking for the right of common masses to remove their elected representatives within two years from being elected, if 75% of those who voted for them are not satisfied with their performance.Backing the bill, Gandhi said, “Whether you see politics, films, cricket or business, it seems like all doors are closed for the common man.”He further shared an example of farmers from Tamil Nadu protesting the widespread farmers’ suicide in the state, but were ignored by the state assembly.”On my request, there was a full day session at the Tamil Nadu assembly, and they argued for a full day too, but for doubling the salary of MLAs,” Gandhi said.Instead, poor people came to donate whatever they could for a campaign to rescue farmers from attempting suicide, the MP told.He informed that Britain was successfully following this method where an elected representative can be held accountable in case people collectively move a petition and acquire over a lakh signatures in their support.

I-T raids 187 sites linked to VK Sasikala, kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Income Tax officials on Thursday launched a massive search operation at 187 places connected to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and her family members, including her nephew TTV Dhinakaran over suspected tax evasion and money laundering through shell companies.As part of Operation Clean Money, IT officials have been raiding residential and business properties in Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, a senior IT official said. The official added that the extensive search operation was based on reliable information on 10 groups who were own shell companies and made large cash deposits during demonetization. “We have credible information on benami holdings as well. Hence the raids at 187 places, including 180 in Tamil Nadu,” the official said.Among the places raided were the AIADMK’s mouthpiece Namadhu MGR, Jaya TV, Jazz Cinemas, Midas Distilleries, Sharada Paper and Boards, and Senthil Group of companies. The residences of Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan in Thanjavur and Dhinakaran’s farmhouse in Villupuram were searched. Sasikala’s sister-in-law Illavarassi’s home and that of her son Vivek Jayaraman, who manages Jaya TV and Namadhu MGR, were also raided.Late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s personal secretary Poongundran’s home was also serached.”The total amount seized is still not clear,” the official said, adding, “We are still in the process of collating all seized documents and the raid is still on in most places.” To maintain secrecy, IT officials have rented taxis and disguised them as a fleet for a wedding party by pasting ‘Srini weds Mahi’ on them.Dhinakaran called the raids an attempt to intimidate him and his aunt Sasikala, to remove them from politics. Though his city home was not raided, his farmhouse in Villupuram came under the scanner. “Even if I was arrested and jailed for 20 years, I will come out at 75 and continue to serve the people through politics,” he declared.BJP state president Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan dismissed the charges that the raids were vindictive. “Raids are conducted based on the information collected by the IT department,” she said.The raids come at a time when both camps are locked in the battle over the party’s two leaves symbol in the Election Commission.Operation Clean MoneyI-T officials raided residential and business properties in Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Bengaluru and HyderabadNamadhu MGR, Jaya TV, Jazz Cinemas, Midas Distilleries, Sharada Paper and Boards, and Senthil Group were searched

Chennai: Income Tax department raid on Jaya TV office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Income Tax department is conducting raids at the office of Jaya TV channel in Chennai.According to reports, the raid is being carried out in connection with alleged tax evasion. Income Tax officials, around 10 in number, entered the office of the TV channel early in the morning on Thursday after showing their identity cards, say media reports. The raids are on at nine more other firms at various places in Tamil Nadu and across India.More details awaited.

You looked away when organised plunder was happening: Nirmala Sitharaman attacks Manmohan Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nirmala Sitharaman joined the bandwagon of top BJP leaders who have led a blistering attack against former PM Manmohan Singh for criticising GST and demonetization. It was the time of Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday, who had attacked Manmohan Singh for staying silent during the scam ridden UPA years. Expressing anguish over Singh dubbing demonetisation as an “organised loot and legalised plunder”, Sitharaman on demonetization anniversary deplored usage of such “strong words” by him against the move, which was aimed at strengthening the economy and held no personal gain for anyone. “Actually organised plunder and legalised loot kept happening when he was the Prime Minister,” she told reporters at Tamil Nadu BJP party headquarters ‘Kamalalayam’ here.Referring to scams, including the 2G spectrum and the cases related to it in courts, she said though these happened during Manmohan Singh’s regime, “he did not talk about it and …(it appeared) as if he looked elsewhere”.
ALSO READ From monumental blunder to 2G, CWG loot: Manmohan Singh and Arun Jaitley spar over state of economy She said “he (Singh) was only a tool (nimitha matra) and somebody was directing him from behind.” “I have nothing but anguish, it is very anguishing…. I am unable to describe him by using strong words that he used (to comment on note ban),” the minister, who was here to take part in Tamil Nadu BJP’s anti-black money day events, said. She said Singh had not even constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe black money as directed by the Supreme Court.The BJP government’s first step was to constitute the SIT after assuming power at the centre, she said. “Where is legalised plunder happening? Dr Manmohan Singh, I am very disappointed,” she said. The Defence Minister said the government has been very transparent and has also explained why demonetisation was done. On Congress asking if demonetisation was a success, she said, “All the money that was deposited (in banks following note ban) was not white money.”
ALSO READ Manmohan Singh, like Rahul, reading scripts written by someone else: RS PrasadAbout Rs 2,000 crore were deposited even in accounts that had a negative balance and such cash was withdrawn too and action was taken in this regard to battle black money, she claimed. Sitharaman claimed that note ban resulted in stone- pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir coming down to 600 last year from more than 4,000 before demonetisation. Bereft of black money, terror elements were trying to rob banks in Jammu and Kashmir to get cash, she said.With agency inputs

Demonetisation played a great role in combating terrorism: Nirmala Sitharaman

Updated: Nov 8, 2017, 01:12 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said the decision of demonetization of higher currency gave a major blow to terrorism.”The biggest achievement of demonetization is that terrorism has been badly hit and the stone pelters which were in thousands have reduced because their cash flow was cut,” Sitharaman said here.The Defence Minister also attended a signature campaign organised by Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Youth Wing here to observe the Anti Black Money Day.BJP Youth Wing organized this event against the Congress party ‘Black Money Day’.

Kamal Hassan to tour TN to feel its pulse

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor and filmmaker Kamal Haasan who turned 63 on Tuesday announced that he will tour Tamil Nadu to understand the problems that people face, before officially launching his party. He also said that he did not intend to hurt the Hindus and his remark on extremism was misinterpreted as Hindu terrorism by the media.”I intend to travel across the state and find out what problems people have. I also need to find myself. The dates will be announced later,” Kamal Haasan said announcing the launch of his app “Maiam Whistle” (Maiam in Tamil means centre), a digital platform where people will be able to complain and interact with him. He said he will go around the state as “citizen K”.”I am already here,” Haasan said when asked when he will make a debut in politics. He said he was “working on the structural part” of his new outfit.”People say I am going to launch a political party. I am waiting because I need a strong foundation. I am discussing with experts…I have started preliminary work. Don’t ask me when I will launch it and what will be its name. It is like asking a pregnant lady what is the name of the baby. It’s not the time for me to talk about this now,” the veteran actor said, noting that he would normally take six months to even to prepare for a film.Explaining why he was not in a position to give details of his political plans, Haasan said he was looking at larger goals and a longer time. “My dream is to create a good Tamil Nadu. You have to give me time to come up with a manifesto, a name. I am working on the structural part of it. I am in no hurry, there is no need to hurry, I need your support,” he said.Asked about the perceptions that he was anti-Hindu, Kamal said that he was only talking about Hindu extremism and not Hindu terrorism. “I am not starting a party to hurt Hindus. I come from a Hindu family and I do not want to lose the affection of my family first. But when there are mistakes, I will speak about it.”I am only talking reality when I speak of violence. All Hindus should understand and discuss. Nobody should indulge in such violence. It applies to Hindus and Muslims. When I say extreme, it doesn’t mean terror. But there is violence and no one can deny it,” he said.When asked about Hindutva elements attacking him, Kamal said: “I only spoke the truth. If punishment is meted out for that, I am ready to accept it.” He was apparently referring to threats to his life from some Hindutva organisations after his recent statement slamming Hindu extremism.The actor’s announcement for his impending party launch has evoked strong response from the ruling AIADMK, with which he had several run-ins in the recent past. Senior AIAMDK leader and Minister D Jayakumar said that his party would not be affected by Kamal’s proposed party. “AIADMK is like a Himalayan mountain. We will not be frightened by small hills,” he said, adding that AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa still lived in the hearts of people.Talking about the app, he said the name was derived from the Ashoka Chakra which is a virtuous cycle that has become a vicious circle. He wanted people to be whistleblowers. “Tomorrow, I may also get some political responsibility and the whistle should be blown against me too if I do something wrong,” he asserted.Asked how he would keep away tainted people and money from his organisation, Kamal said that he has taken a conscious decision of not admitting anyone with the record of taint in his organisation. He added that even in his film career, there has been no black money.

DMK calls for DeMo protest hours after PM Modi visits Karunanidhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on ailing DMK president M Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence, DMK on Monday asked its district units except eight rain-affected districts to hold a massive demonstration to observe November 8 – the first anniversary of demonetization as ‘Black Day’.”Condemning the BJP government at the Centre, all the DMK cadres wearing black clothes would take part in the demonstration to be led by the district secretaries at their respective district headquarters on November 8 marking the first anniversary of the demonetization,” the DMK statement said.The party, however, exempted the eight districts that are hit by the heavy rains and floods to allow the cadres to carry out the relief works. The timing of the party announcement has raised several eyebrows as it comes hours after Modi visited the party chief. In fact, Modi’s visit to Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram home was announced at the last minute.Modi who was in the city to attend a Tamil daily’s 75 years celebration made a brief visit to inquire about the health condition of the-93-year-old Karunanidhi who is recovering from a long illness and recently made his first public appearance in months at an exhibition. Karunanidhi’s son and party working president MK Stalin who cut short his foreign trip to receive Modi along with his sister Kanimozhi. The leaders of both DMK and BJP described the Prime Minister’s visit as a courtesy call even though the political circles abuzz with speculation.Prime Minister enquired about the health of Karunanidhi and invited him to his residence in New Delhi, said BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit president Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan.Karunanidhi presented Modi a copy of Kuraloviam, his commentary on Thirukkural, and the 75th-anniversary souvenir of the DMK organ Murasoli. The Prime Minister met Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal and enquired about her health.The DMK is an ally of the Congress in Tamil Nadu and has been actively working with the opposition parties at the national level to counter the BJP government at the Centre. The DMK hoping to return to power in the state while the BJP wants the AIADMK which it considers as its natural ally, to complete its full term.

Anna Universty exam dates modified due to heavy rains in Chennai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anna University announced that due to the heavy rainfall hitting the city of Chennai, the exam schedule would be modified. Exams that were to be conducted in November and December, will be changed due to the rains. The exams which were to be held on November 3 and November 25 will be postponed. Exams meant to be held on November 3, will be held on November 25, and those meant to be held on November 25 will be held on December 4.Torrential downpour threw normal life out of gear in several parts of the metropolis and neighbouring districts today even as the death toll in rain- related incidents mounted to eight in the state.Sharp showers battered parts of Chennai such as Mylapore, Foreshore Estate, southern suburbs of Tambaram, Chrompet and Pallavaram.Schools and colleges, closed since October 31, remained shut in Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts, as the Tamil Nadu government appealed to private firms to allow their employees to work from home

PM Modi in Chennai: Media is powerful, but to misuse it to promote factually incorrect news is criminal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday assured the people of Tamil Nadu that the Centre would provide assistance to the state so that it is able to cope with relief and rescue operations following the floods in Tamil Nadu.The Prime Minister was in the city to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Daily Tanthi, a local media company. While speaking of the vernacular press, PM Modi said, “The then British Government was fearful of the Indian Vernacular Press. It was to muzzle vernacular newspapers, that the Vernacular Press Act was enacted in 1878. The role of newspapers published in regional languages remains as important today, as it was then.”He went on to speak about how news had evolved into a source that moulds an individual’s way of thinking. “In a broader context, media is a means of transforming society. That is why we refer to the media as the fourth pillar of democracy,” the PM added.The PM also targetted fake news media. “The freedom to write does not include the freedom to be factually incorrect. The fourth estate is a power, but to misuse the power is criminal,” the PM added. Praising individuals for cross-checking news stories, the prime minister said that the media needs to make an extra effort to maintain credibility. “Healthy competition among credible media platforms is also good for the health of our democracy,” he added.The PM also asked media organisations to look beyond politics. “India is more than just us politicians. “It is the 125 crore Indians, which make India what it is. I would be happy to see media focus a lot more, on their stories, and their achievements,” he added.PM Modi also addressed the issue of global warming and climate change that were responsible for natural disasters. “Can media take a lead in the battle against climate change? Can media devote just a little space to report or increase awareness about what we can do to combat climate change?” the PM asked.Watch the full speech here. The PM’s speech begins in minute 30

Chennai floods: Sun comes out, but water stagnation continues in various pockets of the city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sun shone bright in Chennai and neighbouring districts on Sunday morning, bringing respite to citizens facing the monsoon fury for the past few days.However, problems of water stagnation continued in some parts of the city and its suburbs such as Pallikaranai.Sun came out in Chennai and neighbouring districts, raising hopes of stagnant water receding.Special rescue and relief teams have been formed even as dams and reservoirs were being monitored to prevent anti-social elements from creating problems, the government had said in a statement yesterday. Earlier, rains continued to lash the city and neighbouring districts of Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur besides other regions of Tamil Nadu, even as the MeT department forecast more rainfall due to a low pressure area persisting in the Bay of Bengal.Commuters had a harrowing time due to delayed services of buses and trains and severe traffic snarls. Mild rainfall was recorded in some areas in the state, moderate in others and heavy in some pockets.Schools and colleges, closed since October 31, were shut today as well and several university exams were postponed. The state-level National Talent Search Exam scheduled for Sunday was deferred to November 18.Civic authorities, including corporation officials, district collectors (Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur) coordinated relief work.Power supply was suspended in inundated areas such as parts of MKB Nagar in North Chennai, pockets of Madipakkam in South Chennai and Karapakkam off Porur in Western Chennai to ensure safety.Netizens posted updates about traffic diversions and inundated areas on social media and volunteers distributed food packets and water in affected areas of Nanmangalam and Pallikaranai.Chief Minister K Palaniswami had yesterday visited many waterlogged parts of the city and its suburbs, insisting that his government was working on a “war-footing”. He was accompanied by his deputy O Panneerslevam and senior officials.Meanwhile, a Met bulletin said the low pressure area over southwest Bay of Bengal, adjoining Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu coast and the associated cyclonic circulation extending upto 3.1 km above mean sea level continued to persist.With the northeast monsoon active in the state and neighbouring Puducherry, Chennai city (Nungambakkam) recorded 65.8 mm of rainfall while suburban Meenambakkam registered 62 mm rains in 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Sunday.The coastal district of Nagapattinam in the Cauvery delta zone recorded 2 cm rain and Karaikal in Puducherry one cm rain from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm yesterday. Comprehensive updates on rainfall for other regions till this morning are awaited.The Met department said rain or thundershowers were likely to occur at many places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and at a few places over interior Tamil Nadu.Heavy rain at isolated places was very likely over Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, it said.A release from the railways said showers caused track “circuit based signalling to fail” due to water logging in Chennai Division, “affecting punctuality” between Kodambakkam- St Thomas Mount stations in the southern sector from 9 pm yesterday and it was restored at 9.50 pm.This was also the case at the northern Tondiarpet and Korukkupet route at 9.35 pm and services were restored at 5.45 am today, the release said.”Wherever automatic signalling got affected, trains got slightly delayed since they had to be dealt with manual signals instead of automatic signals,” it said.There were also some power tripping issues in railway routes, including the northern suburban Chennai Beach-Central- Tiruvallur. Power was immediately restored by extending supply from adjacent sub stations within a few minutes, they said.This morning, a rail fracture was detected between St Thomas Mount and Pallavaram stations and it was attended and set right soon after, they said.”Except for some minor delays, train services including Chennai Suburban Services are being maintained normally and monitored continuously by railway officials,” they said.

Worse yet to come? Tamil Nadu braces for 93 per cent more showers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rain fury continued in the city and other coastal regions of Tamil Nadu, with the metropolis gauging 93 per cent more showers than normal for the October one to November 4 period.The MeT department said low pressure area and upper cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal are likely to bring more rains.Light to moderate rains were recorded in some areas in the state.Eight persons have died so far since the onset of the northeast monsoon in the state on October 27.For the October 1 to November 4 period, 19 cm of rainfall was recorded in Tamil Nadu against the normal of 21 cm, Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, S Balachandran said.Chennai gauged 62 cm of precipitation against the normal of 32 cm for the period, he said.Rains are likely to subside in two-three days in coastal areas.In the past 24 hours, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry witnessed widespread rains in coastal regions and some places in interior districts, he added.Talaignayiru and Thirutharapoondi in Nagapattinam district recorded 27 cm and 24 cm of rainfall respectively, he said.Chennai received 6 cm of rains in Meenambakkam and 7 cm in Nungambakkam, Nagapattinam 9 cm and Ponneri 10 cm, according to MeT department data.Commuters had a harrowing time with rains affecting bus and train services. Traffic moved at a snail’s pace in some areas.Schools and colleges, closed since October 31, were shut today as well, while several universities postponed their exams.The State-level National Talent Search Exam scheduled for Saturday has been deferred to November 18.Civic authorities, including Corporation officials, District Collectors (Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur) were coordinating relief work.Power supply was suspended in inundated areas like parts of MKB Nagar in North Chennai, pockets of Madipakkam in South Chennai and Karapakkam off Porur in Western Chennai to ensure safety.Netizens posted updates on traffic diversion, inundation on social media sites to help road users. Volunteers gave away food packets and water in affected areas in Nanmangalam and Pallikaranai here.Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday visited many waterlogged parts of the city and the suburbs, insisting that his government was working on a “war-footing”. His deputy O Panneerslevam and senior officials had accompanied him.Meanwhile, a Met department bulletin said the low pressure area over the southwest Bay of Bengal and the adjoining coastal regions of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu continue to persist.​

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