14 deported TN terror suspects wanted to wage war against India

The 14 men from Tamil Nadu who were arrested and deported from the United Arab Emirates, on charges of raising funds to wage war against India had reportedly sent lakhs of rupees to form a terror module in Tamil Nadu.

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HC allows Saravana Bhavan founder Rajagopal to shift to private hospital

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Port project in north Chennai to hurt Pulicat ecosystem: Jairam Ramesh

Former environment minister Jairam Ramesh has warned against the port project proposed in north Chennai, saying it will affect ecosystem of Lake Pulicat and Kattupalli Island. “The proposed construction of a megaport complex in North Chennai by a private company with dubious environmental credentials will irretrievably damage the Ennore Pulicat ...

Hold postal department exam in Tamil: AIADMK, DMK demand

The AIADMK and DMK on Monday asked the Centre to cancel the postal department examination for postmen and other posts and hold it afresh with questions in Tamil language also. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, A Navaneethakrishnan (AIADMK) said questions in the postal department's examination for appointments of postmen ...

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 ...

Now, Chennaites can tweet their water woes to Metro Water

Chennai: In an attempt to keep in touch with people and their water-related woes, the Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) opened its official Twitter account named Chennai Metro Water on Monday (July 15). The board will now tweet from the handle @CHN_Metro_Water. The account has got 600 followers within hours of its opening. Many welco...

DMK appoints nine-member team to review Draft NEP

Chennai: The DMK on Sunday (July 14) appointed a team to review the Draft National Education Policy, saying that the decision was necessitated by BJP-led central government's "serious" attempts to somehow "impose" the Hindi language. The Leader of Opposition in the assembly, MK Stalin said that allocation of funds in the Union Budget to support the appoi...

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NIA arrests two in Tamil Nadu in terror gang case

After carrying out searches on the premises of three people in Tamil Nadu, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday (July 14) morning arrested two persons in Nagapattinam for their alleged links to the ‘Ansarulla’ terror gang. On Saturday (July 13) morning, based on the first information report(FIR) filed by the NIA, Delhi, the agency s...

Child sex abuse cases piling up, render law toothless

When the horrific tale of an 11-year-old's sexual abuse by 17 men came to light, it shook the collective conscience of the society. However, a year later, the culprits are yet to be convicted. The case is like the thousands reported in the state, awaiting disposal, in clear violation of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act...

NIA raids four places in Tamil Nadu over alleged terror links

NIA sleuths from Cochin carried out searches at four places in Tamil Nadu, including two in Chennai, on Saturday in connection with alleged terror links in the state. “There have been cases of foreign funding to certain people in Tamil Nadu. We are conducting inquiries in connection with that as well,” a source said. In Chennai, the agency ra...

Muslim youth stabbed for posting ‘beef-eating’ photo on Facebook

Nagapattinam police arrested four members of a Hindu outfit for allegedly stabbing a Muslim man for posting a photo of him having beef, on his Facebook account. The victim Mohammed Fisan (24), who owns a photocopy shop in Poravachery village in Nagapattinam district had posted a photo of him having beef soup on Facebook. The accused after seeing...

SC stays proceedings before Madras HC in case against Tamil magazine

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday (July 12) stayed further proceedings in the Madras High Court in a case against Tamil magazine Nakkheeran for publishing articles allegedly denigrating Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit. A bench headed by Justice S A Nazeer agreed to examine the Tamil Nadu government's plea against the Madras High Court order sta...

Paper I of postal exams to be held in English, Hindi only

There will be no provision for candidates applying for certain posts in the postal department to take Paper I in local language as the department is setting the paper in English and Hindi only. However, candidates can still write the Paper II in English, Hindi or their preferred local language, for the jobs of postman, mail guard, postal assista...

First water train from Jolarpet reaches parched Chennai

In a much-needed relief for water-starved Chennai, a special train loaded with 50 wagons of water, which was flagged off from the Jolarpet railway station in Vellore has reached Chennai city on Friday (July 12) afternoon. The train carries almost 50,000 litres of water will be discharged at Villivakkam and will be pumped to the treatment plants ...

Vaiko, Anbumani elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from TN

Six candidates, including MDMK chief Vaiko and PMK's Anbumani Ramadoss, were elected unopposed in the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu on Thursday (July 11). Returning Officer and Secretary, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretariat, K Srinivasan, announced here that Vaiko, DMK's M Shanmugam and P Wilson, AIADMK's N Chandrasek...

Bandicoot, TN’s answer to manual scavenging, wages lonely battle

In 2018, a robot in Kumbakonam municipality of Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, did what numerous deaths, protests and legislations weren’t able to – putting a stop to manual scavenging. The Thoothukudi municipality followed suit and deployed the robot named ‘Bandicoot Robotic Scavenger’ in March this year, to desilt sewers. However, the rest of t...

Verify nativity of non-TN medical candidates, demands Madurai MLA

A Tamil Nadu MLA has demanded thorough verification of nativity documents of non-natives listed for admission to medical colleges in the state, saying that such students forged the documents, and thereby denied deserving TN students their chance to study in colleges here. Madurai MLA PTR Palanivel Thiagarajan of the DMK noted that as many as 218...

Saravana Bhavan owner Rajagopal surrenders after SC refuses relief

Chennai: P Rajagopal, owner of Saravana Bhavan, the South Indian chain of restaurants, surrendered before the IV Additional Sessions Court on Madras High Court premises on Tuesday (July 9), after the Supreme Court turned down his request to extend the time for surrender. On March 29, the apex court upheld the life imprisonment for Rajagopal and nine othe...

16 parties in Tamil Nadu oppose 10% reservation for poor

Chennai: As many as 16 parties in Tamil Nadu have opposed the 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections in the state. However, Congress, BJP, CPI(M), Puthiya Tamilagam Katchi and Tamil Manila Congress have supported the law. The ruling AIADMK has refused to take sides, but said it will maintain the 69% reservation in the state. Dravida ...

Vaiko confident that nomination for RS polls will be accepted

Dindigul, Tamil Nadu: A day ahead of scrutiny, MDMK founder Vaiko said on Monday (July 8) that he was confident his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections will be accepted. Vaiko's conviction by a Chennai court in a sedition case last week has led to question marks over his eligibility to contest the poll, though the sentence of one year imprisonment does not disqu...

DMK MPs walk out of LS over NEET

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MPs on Monday (July 8) staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha after demanding a reply from the government over the issue of the President rejecting two Bills passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly to conduct medical admission in the State solely on the basis of Class 12 marks. Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have for long ...

TN yet to frame rules to create ‘area sabhas’ in urban areas

To empower rural and urban local governments and integrate citizens in the process of governance, the PV Narasimha Rao government in 1992 introduced the 73rd and 74th amendment to the Constitution. But, even though the 73rd amendment was implemented across village panchayats over the years and ‘gram sabhas’ were created under it, in Tamil Nadu, rul...

‘Ailing’ Saravana Bhavan owner Rajagopal, fails to surrender

Chennai: In an unsurprising move, P Rajagopal, the owner of Saravana Bhavan chain of restaurants, who was supposed to surrender before the court or the local police on Sunday (July 7), failed to do so. It’s been a hundred days since the Supreme Court upheld the life sentence of the fallen restaurateur in the Prince Santhakumar murder case. He has filed a...

Budget: Tax on imported books will not benefit us, say local publishers

Chennai: While the government’s decision to hike by five per cent the customs duty on imported books created a ripple across the publishing industry, Tamil publishers claimed that the move will neither benefit them nor affect the regional industry. On Friday (July 5), Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a five percent customs duty to be imposed...

Anti-Sterlite activist Mugilan arrested under rape charges

Environmental activist T Mugilan alias Shanmugam, who was found on Saturday (July 6) from Tirupati four months after he went missing, has been charged with rape. The complaint has been filed by a woman from Kulithalai in Karur district. In the complaint, she said Mugilan sexually abused her whenever she accompanied him to various protests across...

Anti-Sterlite activist Mugilan, missing since February, found in Tirupati

Environmental activist T Mugilan alias Shanmugam, who had gone missing following a press conference related to the police firing during anti-Sterlite protests in Tuticorin, was detained by the Andhra Pradesh police in Tirupati railway station on Saturday (July 6). On February 15, Mugilan had orgnaised a press conference regarding the police firi...

Rajya Sabha candidates: How AIADMK got 2 birds with one stone

On Saturday (July 6), AIADMK announced that it was going with A Mohammed John and N Chandrasekaran for the July 18 Rajya Sabha elections. The announcement put an end to speculations that senior leaders V Maitreyan and M Thambidurai might be given the posts. The terms of six Rajya Sabha members from Tamil Nadu are coming to an end this month. Of ...