No takers for fortified rice in Tamil Nadu?

The recent decision of the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) to sell 510 tonnes of expired fortified rice as animal feed has onc...

 MSMEs in TN lie low, shut shop amid steep price rise of raw materials

Gone are the days when 45 year old D Vijay slept peacefully at his home in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore. For the past 15 years, he had been running a small-scale business of manufacturing spare parts of pump sets and valves, using a Computer Numeric Control (CNC) lathe and milling machines. He was content with his life and often proudly took the profit ...

The Federal slammed AIADMK govt’s move to convert Jaya residence into memorial ...

Eighteen months ago, when the erstwhile AIADMK government opted to convert the late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's residence into a memorial, in an opinion piece for The Federal, senior journalist R. Rangaraj questioned the move terming it a "reckless plan of legal adventurism" and "quixotic." Through the piece in The Federal, Rangaraj sought ...

TNERC permits TANGEDCO to purchase 1000MW power for 3 years

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Authority (TNERC) has given permission to TANGEDCO to purchase 1000MW of power for three years at ₹3.26 per unit, through a pilot project of the Power Trading Corporation (PTC). TANGEDCO is expected to face power shortage in the current year and in the upcoming financial years. The procurement of 1000MW of p...

Delhi govt’s free pilgrimage scheme for seniors to include TN’s Vailankan...

After adding Ayodhya to the list of pilgrimage sites under the Mukhyamantri Tirth Yatra Yojana, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has decided to include Tamil Nadu’s  Vailankanni Church to the list. The church is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites for Catholics in India. Last month, the Delhi Cabinet had approved the inclusion of Ayodhy...

HC order on Jayalalithaa’s Veda Nilayam is another blow to AIADMK

The Madras High Court striking down the previous Tamil Nadu AIADMK government’s decision to convert Jayalalithaa's Veda Nilayam into a memorial is seen as another setback to the party which is already embroiled in various issues. The court's judgment on Wednesday came at a time when the AIADMK is celebrating its golden jubilee year. Pronounci...

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TN may soon be the largest source of nuclear energy in India

In the recent Climate Change meeting at Glasgow, the International Atomic Energy Agency said that nuclear power provides more than a quarter of the world’s clean power. “Over the last half century, nuclear power has avoided release of more than 70 giga-tonnes of greenhouse gasses. Without nuclear power, many of the world’s biggest economies woul...

OPS takes centrestage in TN politics as EPS lies low

Former chief minister and AIADMK's co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami seems to have gone into a shell, after the setback in the Kodanad heist-cum-murder case and Sasikala’s frequent interventions. However, his fellow party man, O Panneerselvam, the coordinator of the party is at the forefront being highly vocal on various issues and is ensuring he occupies centrestage in Tamil Nadu politics.   

Kamal Haasan tests positive for COVID-19, admitted to hospital

Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to a hospital. The hospital where the actor is being treated has said that his condition is stable. “The actor is on medical management and his condition is stable,” Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre said in a bulletin, adding Haasan tested...

Theatre owners oppose TN’s diktat on mandatory vaccination in public places

Theatre owners in Tamil Nadu are furious over the state government’s latest diktat that makes vaccination mandatory for people visiting public places, including movie halls. Notably, the state only recently, i.e. on November 1, allowed theatres to operate with 100 percent occupancy. The theatre owners have objected to the rule and are most li...

Award-winning docu on female commandos, Veerangana’s TN link

On November 21, on the first day of the 52nd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, the Assamese documentary titled 'Veerangana', on the country's first female commando unit was screened. Interestingly, this all-female commando unit, which became a major role model for girls in Assam and the north-east, was formed with the help of trai...

Won’t call off protests; let’s talk MSP next: Farmers’ unions to Centre

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Centre’s decision to repeal the three agricultural laws, farmers' unions have said they will continue their protests until the government fulfils their other demands including the implementation of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farm produce. The three farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade...

How Nilgiris tea redefined taste buds with fresh blends, brands

After tourism, tea is one of the major attractions in the 'Queen of Hills', The Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu. First introduced in 1835, tea has been grown commercially from the 1850s in the hills. About 135 million kg of tea is manufactured annually from here by more than 65,000 small farmers in about 66,000 hectares. Of the 65,000 farmers...

When Anna forgot ‘geeli supari’: Snippets from the life of Bharati Mani

Renowned Tamil actor and writer Bharati Mani, who made a significant contribution to modern Tamil theatre, passed away on November 16, at his residence in Bengaluru, due to age-related ailments. He was 84. Born as SKS Mani on September 24, 1937, at Parvathipuram village in Nagercoil, Kanyakumari district, he earned the 'Bharati' prefix after act...

With outstanding of ₹21358 crore, TANGEDCO under threat of being insolvent

TANGEDCO’s total outstanding to power generators have increased to ₹21,358 crore, highest among all state-owned Discoms as of now. The outstanding has been on the rise each month and TANGEDCO has cleared the outstanding to power generators, but the power purchase has been increasing. Each month, the total outstanding increases by ₹1000 crore, as...

Coimbatore suicide: Principal held for ignoring sexual harassment complaint

A day after Coimbatore city police arrested a 31-year-old teacher of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, a prominent school at RS Puram, on charges of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl and abetting her suicide, police arrested the school’s principal under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act in Bengaluru on Saturday (November 13) for fa...

Lawyers to SC: Bar should know why ‘fearless’ Justice Banerjee is transfe...

The Supreme Court Collegium's recommendation to transfer Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee, has come in for a lot of brickbats, especially among a section of HC lawyers. Expressing their protest at the transfer, the lawyers have alleged that the Collegium's decision "damages an honest judge's reputation and tends to lower the image of the judiciary in public".

A day in the life of a Chennai resident – sick and begging for water and medici...

It has been a tough day for G Gomathi Sankar, the 69-year-old resident of 18th Avenue of Ashok Nagar in Chennai. For, rainwater remains stagnant for the seventh consecutive day in his locality even though it has been more than a day since rains stopped in the city. Unable to step out of his house due to the 3 ft-deep water on his street, he and ...

State on guard to provide aid as rains hamper normal life in Tamil Nadu

No relief seems in sight for the people of Tamil Nadu as a persistent low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal continues to lash major parts of the state. Rains have inundated several pockets of capital Chennai, bringing life to a standstill. The state has advised people to avoid stepping out of their homes as the showers are accompanied by howling w...

Pics, videos: Chennai comes to a standstill as incessant rains disrupt life

Chennaites bore the brunt of the incessant rains, which disrupted normal life and movement. Flooding and waterlogging rendered several roads and streets and some houses difficult or impossible to use.

How Chennai’s British-era stormwater drainage system lets down the city

As Chennai is expected to get more heavy rains in the next couple of days, many parts of the city will get flooded. In order to draw out the water, the Corporation has deployed 570 giant pumps and 200 heavy duty pumps across the city. It has also kept 41 boats ready to take up the rescue services. It is in this backdrop, Viswanathan, a doctoral ...

What’s clogging flood-ravaged Chennai’s storm water drainage system?

Besides the promise of rains, every monsoon in Chennai also evokes the dread of water logging and floods among residents. According to the Greater Chennai Corporation, the flat terrain of the city, which is only 2.0 m above mean sea level, and tidal effects are mostly responsible for flooding and water stagnation during monsoon. Even though the ...

More rain to batter Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Puducherry; red alert issued

More heavy showers are in store for Tamil Nadu, which has been battered with torrential rains for the past few days and received 46 per cent excess rainfall so far this season. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted extremely heavy rainfall for the state as well as neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and the Rayalaseema region from Nove...

TN’s revenue goes up in first two quarters of FY21 amid high expenses

Tamil Nadu’s revenue in the first two quarters of this financial year has been better compared to the same period last year. The state has received a total of ₹85,209.74 crore till September this year, compared to ₹67,400.23 crore received in the first two quarters of the last financial year. Fiscal deficit at the end of first two quarters ha...

Who allowed felling of trees at Mullaperiyar? Kerala yet to come clear

The Kerala government, which is facing the heat from the Opposition over the alleged grant of permission to Tamil Nadu to clear 15 trees in the downstream of the baby dam at Mullaperiyar Dam, is yet to present a clear story on the matter. While the Tamil Nadu government insists on getting a permission to cut the trees from the Kerala forest depa...

Dalit youth dies in TN’s Kanyakumari, kin allege ‘honour killing’ by Caste Hindus

Relatives of a 28-year-old Dalit youth in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari district have alleged that he was murdered by Caste Hindus for being in a relationship with a woman from the community. Police, however, have termed the death a suicide. Refusing to accept the body of the deceased, the relatives have demanded the police to register a case under 3...