Pondy fishermen stage black flag protest against Bedi over ex-gratia payment

Puducherry: Fishermen in Puducherry took to the sea on Friday and put up black flags in their boats as a sign of protest against Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi’s order to not provide ex-gratia for fishermen during the ban against fishing.

Health workers throw body of COVID-19 victim in pit, probe ordered

The authorities have ordered a probe after a video emerged of health workers throwing the body of a COVID-19 positive man into a burial pit in Puducherry.

Pondy CM, ministers, MLAs to be tested for COVID-19

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Puducherry reports first COVID-19 death of 71-year-old man in Kannur

Kannur/Puducherry: A 71-year-old man succumbed to the COVID-19 infection at a hospital in Kannur, making it the first coronavirus-related death in the Union Territory of Puducherry, a spokesperson of the Department of Health said.

Puducherry reports first case of COVID-19; patient had travel history to UAE

Chennai: A 68-year-old woman with a travel history to UAE tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, said Puducherry Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao.

Kiran Bedi demands apology from Puducherry CM for storming out of event

Puducherry: Hitting back at Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy over his criticism that she has been “overstepping” her authority, Kiran Bedi on Tuesday (January 28) said the powers and responsibilities of the Lt Governor were not at the pleasure of his office.

Mysterious object lands in fishermen’s net near Puducherry

Puducherry: A long and heavy metallic object, suspected to be a used fuel tank of PSLV rocket, got caught in a fishing net off Vambakeerapalayam, near here, on Monday (December 2). The fishermen found it difficult to pull their net out of the waters and thought it to be a big catch, but later saw the strange object and brought it ashore. They informed the p...

Four of a family found dead in Auroville, suicide suspected

Chennai: Four members of a family were on Friday found dead at their residence in Auroville, near Puducherry, in what looked like an apparent suicide. The deceased were identified as Sundaramoorthy, his wife Maheshwari and their daughters, Kiruthiga and Samiksha.

Former Puducherry minister launches new party

Puducherry: Ahead of the by-election to Kamaraj Nagar Assembly constituency in Puducherry, former home minister of the Union Territory P Kannan rolled out a new political party, named Makkal Munnetra Congress, on Wednesday (September 25). Kannan, who also the former Rajya Sabha member, said his party would contest the bypoll that is slated for October 21 an...


Super win for Rajapaksas’ party in Lanka poses fresh challenge to India

The massive victory for the Sri Lanka People’s Front led by the Rajapaksa brothers – Gotabaya and Mahinda – throws up a fresh challenge for India’s foreign policy, already under severe strain following tensions with China and Nepal.

Will not close Italian Marines case without hearing victims’ kin: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said it will not close the Enrica Lexie case against two Italian Marines accused of shooting dead two Indian fishermen, without hearing the kin of the victims.

High-speed internet to Andaman & Nicobar to be launched on Aug 10

New Delhi: In a major connectivity boost to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate a new submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Chennai and Port Blair.

Floods, landslides hit Kerala, Karnataka; Assam situation improving

Idukki/Bengaluru: Heavy rainfall triggered a massive landslide in a tea estate in Kerala on Friday, while the flood-like situation and mudslides continued to cause havoc in Karnataka. Eleven bodies have so far been recovered from the tea estate in Rajamalar area of Munnar, while 70 people are still feared trapped.

Researchers create new algorithm to enhance crop productivity through microbes

New Delhi: Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras have developed and demonstrated an effective method to quickly ascertain the right combination and understand how microbes interact within a co-culture.




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No statehood for Puducherry, Centre to continue with present arrangement

The Centre has rejected a proposal to grant statehood to Puducherry, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. He said the Puducherry Legislative Assembly had passed resolutions seeking statehood for the Union Territory of Puducherry, the latest one being on July 17, 2018. "The resolution was considered in...

Centre says no to TN, Puducherry for NEET exemption

New Delhi: The Centre has turned down requests from Puducherry and Tamil Nadu governments to exempt students from appearing in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate and postgraduate medical admissions, according to the HRD ministry. The information was shared by Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in response to a written ...

Rajnath urges oppn to bury the hatchet over Kiran Bedi’s jibe at Tamil Nadu

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday (July 4) appealed to the opposition, particularly the DMK, to put to rest the controversy over a tweet by Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi, saying she has deleted it and expressed deep regret. Singh's comments came after DMK leader T R Baalu raised the issue for the second consecutive day in Lok Sabha and said ...

Pondy’s efforts to tackle water situation worthy of replication: Bedi

Puducherry: Amid the water scarcity in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on  Tuesday (June 18) said the Union Territory's efforts in the area were worthy of replication. In a message to the media, she recalled that efforts were put in place by a collaborative effort to prevent water crisis in the recent past. The former IPS officer ...

Supreme Court stays Madras HC gag on Kiran Bedi

The Supreme Court on Friday (May 10), stayed the Madras High Court order that curtailed the powers of Puducherry’s Lieutenant Governor saying she cannot interfere in the day-to-day affairs of the government, a report by Indian Express said. The court also issued a notice to Congress leader K Laksminarayanan, who had filed a plea in the Madras Hi...