TNPSC scam: ‘No age limit’ in Group IV jobs attracts candidates

The recent unearthing of a scam in the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) examination has brought to fore key issues in the conduc...

Village panchayats across TN pass resolution against class 5 and 8 board exams

Chennai: The first gram sabha meetings of 2020 across Tamil Nadu and the first after a gap of three years on Sunday passed unanimous resolutions demanding the withdrawal of public exams to be conducted for the class 5 and 8.

IIT-M congratulates its professors, alumnus on being conferred with Padma awards...

The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) on Saturday congratulated its professors and an alumnus who have been conferred with Padma awards.

Former AIADMK MP KC Palanisamy arrested for misusing party symbol

Coimbatore: Former AIADMK member and spokesperson K C Palaniswamy was arrested in the early hours of Saturday (January 25) from his residence at RS Puram, Coimbatore, for allegedly misusing the party symbol, police said. Based on a complaint filed by P Kandavel, president of Muthugoundenpudur village panchayat in Sulur panchayat union, Palanisamy was arrest...

HC declares elections to actors body null and void; orders fresh poll

Chennai: Ordering for a fresh election within three months, the Madras High Court on Friday (January 24), declared the elections held to the South Indian Artistes Association, apex body of actors, in June last year as null and void. The court also said the Special Officer appointed by the government shall continue to discharge her duties till declaration...

Teachers say class V, VIII public exams may spike dropout rate

Even as Tamil Nadu braces up for public exams for classes five and eight, which will be held in March-April for the first time this year, questions remain about the intentions behind the move and its impact on first-generation learners.

Amid row over Rajinikanth’s remark, Periyar statue vandalised in TN village

A statue of Dravidian ideologue Periyar EV Ramasamy was vandalised by unidentified miscreants in Kaliyapatti village of Chengalpattu in Tamil Nadu on Friday (January 24). Reports said, residents found the statue’s face and right hand in a damaged condition on Friday. Police have begun investigation into the vandalism. Condemning the vandal...

DMK, allies to conduct ‘massive’ signature campaign against CAA, NRC

Chennai: The DMK-led opposition in Tamil Nadu on Friday (January 24) resolved to hold a “massive” signature campaign against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR), party chief MK Stalin said. While the CAA should be withdrawn, no efforts should be taken to prepare the NRC whi...

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LS Speaker writes to EU, calls their anti-CAA resolutions inappropriate

New Delhi: It is inappropriate for one legislature to pass judgement on another, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said in a letter to European Parliament President David Maria Sassoli on Monday, ahead of the legislature’s debate on the resolutions moved by its lawmakers against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Govt prepares for possible evacuation of Indians from Wuhan

New Delhi: With the situation worsening in novel coronavirus-hit China, the central government is planning to evacuate Indians from the affected regions, including Wuhan in the Hubei province. An aircraft is also being kept on stand-by for the evacuation and officials say this will become possible only after Chinese authorities approve it.

ED arrests DHFL promoter Kapil Wadhawan in money laundering case 

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday arrested the chairman and managing director of Dewan Housing Finance Ltd, Kapil Wadhawan, in connection with its money laundering probe against dead gangster Iqbal Mirchi and others.

Jagan’s AP council dissolution move more of a political point-making

Hyderabad: A roadblock for some and a rehabilitation centre for others, the Legislative Council has been an instrument of political abuse in the combined Andhra Pradesh for years.

Govt’s sweetener for Air India sale needs a reality check

Unable to find buyers when the government was willing to sell only 76% stake, it is now willing to sell the entire 100% stake hoping that it will find a suitor but that may still not be possible as the latest announcement comes with some stiff conditions.

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Periyar row: Madras HC dismisses plea against Rajinikanth

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a petition filed against actor Rajinikanth over his remarks on rationalist leader E V Ramasamy "Periyar" as the petitioners withdrew the plea.

DMK seeks urgent hearing on plea for disqualification of 11 AIADMK MLAs

New Delhi: The DMK moved the Supreme Court on Friday (January 24) seeking urgent hearing of its plea for disqualification of 11 AIADMK MLAs, who voted against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in a confidence motion in 2017.

44% people prefer drinking in vehicles; illegal sale of liquor still rampant in Chenn...

Chennai: Illegal sale of liquor beyond the permissible hours in Tamil Nadu is prevalent with 44 per cent of the consumers preferring to drink in cars and vehicle-parking areas in Chennai, findings of a study that were released on Thursday noted.

3 held for suspected ISIS links were spreading jihadi ideology: Police

Ramanathapuram (Tamil Nadu): The three men with suspected links to the ISIS — who were arrested in Ramanathapuram district — were allegedly involved in spreading jihadi ideology and plotting to kill those opposed to Islamic beliefs, to spread fear among the public, police said.

Gun used to kill TN police officer recovered from drain

Kochi: A gun allegedly used to kill a Tamil Nadu police officer early this month was recovered from a drainage near the KSRTC bus stand here by the Q branch team probing the case, police said here on Thursday (January 23). The gun, reportedly made in Italy, was recovered in the presence of the arrested suspects — Abdul Shameem and Taufeeq — while they ...

HC tells TN govt to file PIL to hold temple consecration ceremony in Tamil

Madurai: The Madras High Court Bench on Wednesday (January 22) directed the Tamil Nadu government to file a counter on a PIL seeking conduct of the consecration ceremony of the ancient Braghadeeswarar Temple, popularly known as the Big Temple, in Thanjavur, in Tamil language. A bench of Justices M Duraiswamy and T Ravindran impleaded authorities, includi...

Delta farmers in distress as Centre waives eco hearing for hydrocarbon exploration

The Union government’s recent decision to exempt the conduct of public hearing ahead of hydrocarbon exploration has become as a shock to the farmers of Delta districts in Tamil Nadu. The decision comes at a time when the districts reaped a rich harvest after 15 years. As per rule, the companies are mandated to seek environment clearance by su...

Tax evasion case: Madras HC stays proceedings against Karti, wife

In a major relief to Karti Chidambaram and his wife Srinidi, the Madras High Court on Tuesday (January 21) granted an interim stay till January 27, on the proceedings against the the duo in connection with a case of alleged income tax evasion, pending before a lower court. Justice M Sundar, before whom the petition by Karti and his wife, seeking...

Rajini won’t apologise for Periyar remark; Stalin says think twice

Chennai: After being criticised for his recent remark on Periyar, actor Rajinikanth said he would not apologize for making the statement as he had read about the alleged incident on a magazine.

In TN, forest trails turn death traps as trekkers flout safety norms

Chennai: The trampling to death of a woman a trekker in Coimbatore by an elephant on Sunday has once again raised questions on the safety of trekkers and the role of the Forest Department.

50 shades of ecofeminism: Book profiles global ‘sheroes’ of nature 

Chennai: The Tamil book ‘Vaan, Mann, Penn’ (Sky, Earth, and Woman) delves into the rich legacy of women like American biologist Rachel Carson, E. Janaki Ammal, who developed a hybrid variety of sugarcane, and the first wildlife photographer from India, Radhika Ramaswamy.

Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jets in place in south India to guard Indian Ocean Region

Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu): The Indian Air Force commissioned a squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI at the Air Force Station here, the first such base in south India for the fighter jets, which are seen as a gamechanger in guarding the strategically important Indian Ocean Region.

A raging bull called Ravan and the political import of taming it

Though there is no dearth of Ram devotees in Tamil Nadu, Dravidian outfits and political parties have been critical about the Ram and Ravana narrative.

Jallikattu 2020 claims four lives besides injuring 200 others in Madurai

Chennai: The bull taming sport of Jallikattu witnessed the participation of around 2,000 tamers during the three-day event in Madurai this year. While over 200 players and spectators were injured during these three days, as many as four deaths were reported during this time.

2 alleged IS operatives, arrested for cop’s murder, booked under UAPA

Chennai: Two accused arrested in connection with the murder of a policeman in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district were on Friday booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Abdul Shameem, 32, and Thoufiq, 28, on January 14 were arrested at Udupi Railway Station on January 14.

Vaadivaasal: Tamil novella on bull-taming depicts man-animal interplay

Tamil Nadu and its harvest festival Pongal are deemed incomplete without Jallikattu, the rustic bull-taming sport. Not all those in Tamil Nadu take part in Jallikattu but it was, for a long time, ingrained in the lives of agricultural and warrior communities. This could be the reason why the sport is more popular in the southern regions of Tamil...

Naidu’s ‘saffron’ Thiruvalluvar kicks off fresh controversy

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu sparked a fresh row, when his office tweeted a picture of revered Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar in saffron clothes and beads while paying homage to him on his birth anniversary on Thursday (January 16).

Rajinikanth kicks up a storm, but are party organs doing their job?

Chennai: Actor Rajinikanth’s comment on templating readers on the basis of what literature they read on Wednesday at the 50th-anniversary celebrations of Thuglak magazine in Chennai has created a furore online and offline.

Arrest of TN cop’s killers reveal IS terror network operating across South Indi...

Chennai: Tamil Nadu police have stumbled upon the biggest IS terror network which has operated in South India with the arrest of Abdul Shameem and Thoufique from Udupi.

Cong ruse on TN local body seat-sharing keeps DMK unhappy

The results of the recently concluded local body elections in Tamil Nadu has apparently soured the DMK-Congress alliance in the state. The DMK camp has been happy of its performance in the polls, faring better than the ruling AIADMK. But party allies, except the CPI, seem to be upset. The polls to rural bodies were conducted after a delay of ...