Tamil Nadu, Puducherry medical students set to get MBBS textbooks in Tamil

After Madhya Pradesh, medical students in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry may also study their MBBS courses in vernacular languages, in their case...
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After Karnataka, schoolgirl in Pondy asked to remove hijab in class

The controversy over girl students wearing hijab to educational institutions has now spread from Karnataka to Puducherry with the Union territory reporting a case where a Muslim student was barred from wearing the religious scarf to school by the principal. The incident has kicked off a row in the Union territory, with political parties demandin...

Pondy varsity debars students for 5 years for protest against fee hike

Parichay Yadav, a 24-year-old native of Haryana, was confident of clearing the final semester exams of MA (Mass Communication) at the Pondicherry University (PU). He had then made plans to pursue a PhD from one of the central universities and PU was his top choice. While he was steadily progressing towards achieving his goal, the university managem...

Trouble brewing in tranquil town of Auroville & it’s not just over felling...

The ongoing protests at Auroville, an experimental township bordering Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, against the felling of trees to build a ring road seems like the dawn of a long struggle for its residents. As Aurovillians believe that this road project is the beginning of the attempts by the BJP and RSS to take over their internationally famous tranquil town, which is meant to be an example of ‘human unity in diversity’.

COVID-19 vaccination now compulsory in Puducherry

The Union Territory of Puducherry has made it mandatory for all persons to get the COVID-19 vaccine to achieve cent per cent coverage and said those skipping it would face penal action under law. Director of Health and Family Welfare Services G Sriramulu stated this in an order on Saturday night and said it would come into immediate effect. T...

Why the lack of grassroots democracy is hurting the people of Puducherry

The last local body polls in the Union territory were held 15 years ago, in 2006. That term of 1,149 representatives ended in July 2010. Since then no polls have been conducted

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Centre has agreed to Puducherry’s statehood demand: CM Rangasamy

Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy said on Wednesday that the Centre has decided to concede the demand for Puducherry’s statehood. Replying to the views of members of both the ruling and Opposition parties during a debate on the Budget for fiscal 2021-22 in the Legislative Assembly, the Chief Minister said, "Statehood is absolutely necessary ...

5 ministers take charge in Puducherry, including first woman in 4 decades

Five MLAs took oath as Ministers in Puducherry on Sunday, 50 days after N Rangasamy took charge as the Chief Minister of the Union Territory

50 days later, no sign of a Cabinet in Puducherry; Rangasamy seeks time

Even after 50 days of winning the Puducherry Assembly election, the NR Congress government still finds itself at the crossroads over the formation of a Cabinet. It was expected that the Chief Minister N Rangasamy would present a list of MLAs who would be part of his Cabinet to the Lieutenant Governor on June 21 (Monday).

BJP’s first-time MLA picked Speaker; experts say ‘political novice’...

The Puducherry Assembly, which has witnessed tumultuous scenes in the recent past, touched a new low on June 16 (Wednesday) during the election for a Speaker for the House. As it turned out, the BJP MLA from Manavely constituency, Embalam R Selvam, a first-time MLA, was elected unopposed as the Speaker.

Polls long over, Puducherry functions without cabinet

On June 7, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin will complete one month of governance in the state, but in neighbouring Puducherry, the Chief Minister, N Rangasamy is still struggling to form his cabinet. The All India N Rangasamy Congress (AINRC) founded by Rangasamy, had won the Assembly election with BJP and AIADMK as its allies. While the NRC...

Dream may come true for Stalin, Pinarayi’s work earns him second term

The TN election result should come as a shot in the arm for Stalin, who has led the DMK's performance across the state; the credit for winning Kerala would go to Pinarayi Vijayan for his strong leadership displayed during successive cyclones and the COVID crisis

Did BJP steal Aadhaar data to target Puducherry voters? EC to investigate

A Anand, 31, a resident of Lawspet assembly constituency in Puducherry, received a text in the last week of February. It was a message from the BJP, asking him to vote for the party. At first, he didn’t think too much of it. In the next few days Anand – president of the state committee of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) – received several such messages. He noticed that all of them contained a link.

Norwegian knowhow to help Puducherry, Lakshadweep’s marine development

Even amid growing concerns over the impact of global warming and climate change on coastal areas, Puducherry and Lakshadweep have been chosen as the first locations for sustainable development of ocean resources through an India-Norway collaboration

‘Bhaiya Rahul…you were on leave’: Amit Shah on fisheries ministry r...

The question whether the Centre has a fisheries ministry or just a department within a ministry, continued to be the focus of a verbal war between BJP senior leaders and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in the election campaigns in poll-bound states.

Puducherry put under President’s rule days after Narayanasamy govt’s fall...

Days after outgoing Chief Minister V Narayanasamy failed to prove his majority in the assembly, Puducherry has been placed under President's rule. Neither the BJP nor any of its allies staked claim to form a government in the Union Territory, which will go to polls in three months’ time.

Shocking to hear Rahul’s ‘fisheries ministry’ remark: Modi

Under constant attack from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (February 25) got an opportunity to get back at his nemesis and made the most of it.

Rivalry within Congress aided BJP ploy to topple Puducherry govt

After the collapse of the Congress government on February 22, the Union Territory of Puducherry is gearing up to embrace President's rule in another couple of days. With the Opposition parties not interested to form the government for two months, the Lt Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has reportedly recommend that President's rule be invoked.

Union Cabinet approves President’s rule in Puducherry

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday (February 24) approved a proposal to impose President's Rule in Puducherry, days after a Congress-led government in the union territory lost power during a vote of confidence. Announcing the Cabinet decision, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, told reporters that the decision was taken as no party claimed to form a ...

Lieutenant governor recommends President’s rule in Puducherry

Ending speculation, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has recommended President’s rule in the Union Territory, media reports said.The new L-G’s decision came days after the Congress lost power and the BJP and its allies clarified that they would not stake their claim to form the government.

Puducherry government loses trust vote, CM Narayanasamy resigns

The government in Puducherry, led by Congress chief minister V Narayanasamy, lost the trust vote in the assembly on Monday (February 22). Narayanasamy will soon offer his resignation to the governor.The government was left shaky after two more MLAs — one each from the Congress and its ally the DMK — quit on Sunday ahead of the trust vote.  

‘Congress has lost majority’: 2 more Pondicherry MLAs quit ahead of floor...

In a significant blow to the ruling V Narayanasamy government, two more MLAs - one from the Congress and another from its partner DMK - have resigned in Puducherry, on the eve of a crucial floor test in the Puducherry legislative assembly.

I’m under pressure from both sides, says independent Puducherry MLA

Independent MLA Dr V Ramachandran, whose vote is crucial in the upcoming floor test in the Puducherry Legislative Assembly on February 22 (Monday), admitted to The Federal that he is being pressured from both parties.

Puducherry govt to face floor test on Feb 22, Narayanasamy confident of win

Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has asked the Narayanasamy government to prove its majority on Monday (February 22).

Narayanasamy may prevent further exits but face floor test on Feb 25

After Kiran Bedi’s summary removal from the post of Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy can now heave a sigh of relief. But, can he manage to stop leaders exiting the Congress party, is the major question foremost in the minds of the people and political parties of the UT.

Rahul Gandhi accuses Modi govt of arresting people ‘for what they think’

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the Modi government of thoughtcrime, a word coined by George Orwell in his dystopian novel 1984, on Wednesday and said people were being arrested “for what they think”
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