Sasikala has no chance of rejoining AIADMK: Palaniswami

There's no chance that VK Sasikala, former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's close aide and claimant to the top post after Jayalalitha's death in 2016, would rejoin the ruling AIADMK, said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami months ahead of the state election.

Dr V Shantha: A phenomenal doctor who dedicated her life to cancer cure

Dr V Shantha, Padma Vibhushan and Magsaysay awardee, passed away on early Tuesday morning (January 19) at the age of 93. “She was working till 5 pm a day before,” said Susheela, her sister, adding, “She was taken to the hospital when she felt an unease in the night and after very little struggle she breathed her last.”

Renewed battle in AIADMK as Chinnamma set to play Amma card

The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu is trying to use the Amma (Jayalalithaa) Memorial to counter the Chinnamma (Junior Mother VK Sasikala)'s bid to evoke sympathy from the party cadre and the public soon after her scheduled release from a Bengaluru prison on January 27.

Chennai’s cancer institute chairperson Dr Shantha dies at 93

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After Rajini’s exit, RMM says members free to join any political party

Days after superstar Rajinikanth declared he won’t join politics, Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM), the official fan club of the ‘Thalaiva’, on Monday (January 18) said its members can join political party of their liking, if they wish to.

Kamal Haasan to pause poll campaign for ‘leg surgery;’ will reflect on sc...

Kamal Haasan will be off the poll campaign; the actor-turned-politician has let it be known that he is undergoing a leg surgery and has been advised bed rest for a few days.

Rekhla race held as part of MGR’s birth anniversary function in Coimbatore

Coimbatore: About 400 pairs of bulls, on Sunday (January 17), participated in the rekhla race organised in Coimbatore as part of the 104th birth anniversary celebrations of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR

Climax is an apology as Vijay Sethupathi cuts cake with a sword

Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi found himself in the midst of a raging controversy after a photo of the actor cutting a cake with a sword on his 43rd birthday on Saturday (March 17) went viral. Sethupathi was celebrating his birthday with the crew of his upcoming film directed by filmmaker Ponram. After coming under severe criticism for setting ...

Palaniswamy to meet Modi on Jan 19, may seal tie-up with BJP for state polls

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palanisamy is likely to discuss electoral alliance between the AIADMK and BJP for the forthcoming assembly elections when he calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 19 (Tuesday). Though the two parties have discussed an alliance earlier, this is likely to be the most definitive meeting in which the two leaders are likely to seal one in principle.


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Baby blues: Why Indians need to be more sensitive to new moms

Postpartum depression (PPD) is referred to as a a major depressive disorder having its onset in the first four weeks of after a baby's birth.

After years of thought, Centre to rationalise 120 autonomous bodies

Following years of rethink on reducing the financial burden on Central ministries, the government contemplates rationalizing over 120 autonomous bodies under 23 Central government ministries and departments.

Brisbane win holds ‘cricketing’ lessons for India’s politics

India’s almost-unbelievable win against Australia,  in the cricket test at Brisbane, if transposed to the arena of politics, breaks several myths.  The foremost is the TINA factor. With the crème de la crème of the Indian team missing in action due to injuries, there was an air of foreboding on what the remaining accessory players would be able to do.




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A total of 4.40 lakh frontline health workers have registered to get vaccinated in Tamil Nadu during the COVID-19 vaccination drive that started on Saturday (January 16) and will be carried out 166 government and private centres in the state.  After Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nation-wide campaign, Chief minister Edappadi K Palanis...

Sasikala casts shadow over AIADMK, nervous CM tries to contain cadre

The moment of reckoning has come for Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami as V K Sasikala, the de facto chief minister in the late CM Jayalalithaa’s tenure in Tamil Nadu, who is all set to be freed shortly from the Bengaluru prison, has already cast a shadow on the ruling party with two leaders praising her within 24 hours. Although, the TN CM ...

Rajini still has a part to play in TN’s ‘unstable’ politics, says G...

Superstar Rajnikanth may have said he is not launching a party, but the actor still has a "part to play" in Tamil Nadu’s unstable and volatile political stage, according to weekly Tamil news magazine Thuglak editor and RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy. Speaking at a public platform on the 51st anniversary celebrations of the magazine, Gurumurthy said ...

Rahul Gandhi finds jallikattu ‘bullish’, calls it a ‘lovely experie...

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attended the bull-taming event 'Jallikattu' at Avaniyapuram, Tamil Nadu, on Thursday (January 14)

TN issues SOP on school reopening; parental nod must to attend classes

As schools in Tamil Nadu gear up to reopen exclusively for Class X and Class XII students from January 19, the state government has issued a comprehensive Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to them, to ensure they follow strict health and safety measures. Some of the key features of the SOP include a mandatory letter of consent from parents for ...

Should Pongal be celebrated as Tamil New Year? Scholars weigh in

The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to declare Thaipoosam as a state holiday, has yet again rekindled the debate on the ‘legitimate’ Tamil New Year. The festival is celebrated by Tamils on the full moon day in the Tamil month of ‘Thai’. This year Thaipoosam falls on January 28. Considered as an auspicious day for Lord Murugan, Thaipoosam is cel...

Jallikattu rages on but for booked protestors, life looks trampled down

Deisi Saravanan’s voice chokes up with pain as he speaks to us. A resident of Alanganallur in Madurai district, the 32-year-old would have completed his doctorate in tourism by now. But his involvement in the Jallikattu protests of January 2017 changed his course of life, and not for the good. “I was waiting for the allotment of a guide after pa...

Language row again erupts in TN over postal dept exam

The Centre’s announcement that it will conduct the postal department exams only in English and Hindi, despite Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s assurance in 2019 that they would be conducted in regional languages also, has again created a flutter in Tamil Nadu. In 2016, during a postal department exam, candidates from north India had scored b...

TN to close beaches, Vandalur zoo, Mamallapuram during Pongal

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday (January 11) announced that beaches across the state and certain tourist spots in Chengalpattu district will be closed to the public between January 15 and 17

Rahul Gandhi to visit Madurai to watch ‘jallikattu’ in ‘supportR...

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will watch the bull-taming event, ''Jallikattu'' in Madurai, in Tamil Nadu, on Thursday (January 14) --as gesture to show his support for farmers, the party's Tamil Nadu chief KS Alagiri said

EPS to meet PM Modi on Jan 18, alliance talks for TN polls likely

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (January 18) in New Delhi to invite him for the unveiling of Jayalalitha Memorial in Chennai, during which BJP-AIADMK alliance talks for state elections is also expected.

Rude shock for AIADMK as PMK acts tough on alliance for 2021 polls

The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu is shocked by the reluctance of its 2019 ally, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), to join its alliance for the state assembly elections due later this year.

Hindus in TN are not communal, BJP’s polarisation plan won’t work: Kanimo...

DMK patriarch late M Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi is confident the party will steer to victory in the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly elections, beating AIADMK’s “incompetence” and BJP’s “divisive politics”.

Rajinikanth asks fans not to pressure him to join politics

Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth, who last year dropped his plan to enter politics, on Monday appealed to his fans not to conduct any more events to urge him reconsider his decision and that his hospitalisation was a "warning given by god".

Loved, revered by readers for ages, Tamil authors now return favour

One has heard about readers honouring their favourite authors, either in the form of felicitations, holding seminars on their books or even naming their children after favourite characters. But it is rare to see authors returning the favour. Two recent incidents in Tamil Nadu, have shown that the tradition is beginning to change, with authors final...

TN college students to get 2GB data/day free for online classes

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government will provide free data card of 2 GB per day capacity to over 9.69 lakh college students to enable them attend online classes till April this year, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said here on Sunday.

150 passengers of Nilgiris Rail stranded after landslide

Udhagamandalam: Landslide disrupted the service of the Nilgiris Mountain Rail (NMR) midway for about three hours on Saturday, forcing about 150 passengers to trek5 kms to board buses for their onward journey. The heritage NMR, which left here at around 2 PM, passed the Hillgrove station at 4.45 PM when huge boulders fell on the tracks, railway sources said. ...

AIADMK declares EPS as chief minister candidate, silent on pact with BJP

BJP and AIADMK are strange bedfellows. They seem to need each other desperately, but yet pretend they don’t. Ahead of the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly polls this year, both parties are refraining from making the first move on a formal alliance, which was sealed when BJP leader Amit Shah visited Chennai recently.

TN govt leaves small units contracted to make COVID masks in the lurch

The reluctance of people to comply with COVID-19 guidelines and wear masks despite the government’s decision to distribute two masks per person for free is posing a big challenge in Tamil Nadu's fight against the pandemic

Neither BJP nor new party, Alagiri’s real plan is to rejoin DMK

M K Alagiri, estranged brother of DMK president M K Stalin, is caught in a dilemma after consulting his supporters in Madurai recently – most of them supported launching a separate party, Kalaignar DMK, as a breakaway DMK group, or join the BJP