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Airport custom official arrested 

Thiruvananthapuram: A Customs Superintendent at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport was arrested here on Friday, for allegedly helping gold smugglers early...

Naidu’s son Lokesh bites dust along with TDP bigwigs

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh’s dream of a perfect launch in electoral politics and taking on the mantle from his father was shattered as he could not get elected to the Andhra Pradesh assembly. Lokesh, whom Naidu was grooming as his political successor, lost by 5,200 votes to YSR Congress Party (YSRCP)...

KCR’s daughter heads list of prominent losers in Telangana

The defeat of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha in Nizamabad best exemplifies the shock Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has received in the Lok Sabha election. Kavitha, who was confident of retaining the seat despite the entry of a record number of candidates including angry farmers wanting to highlight their pro...

Deve Gowda’s grandson Prajwal — JD(S) only winner — offers to resign

A day after winning the Lok Sabha seat from Hassan, Prajwal Revanna, grandson of former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda who lost the Lok Sabha seat from Tumkur, offered to resign as Member of Parliament. Gowda had vacated the Hassan seat to make way for his grandson to contest. "To reinstate confidence in the party, we have to fill the gap left by ...

This LS polls, Kamal’s MNM shines in Chennai and Kongu region

Chennai: In a surprise development, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) has done a fair job this Lok Sabha election. Contesting in all 36 constituencies (except for Kancheepuram and Perambalur, where nominations were cancelled) under the torchlight symbol, the party has managed to put up a visible presence in the state. In th...

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Kerala swings to the right, keeps BJP waiting yet again

Kerala’s underlying yell of revolution showed up in the 2019 Lok Sabha election verdict too. Even before the poll results were announced, it was amply clear that most pronounced push to keep the BJP out of power came from India’s most south-flung state. The BJP, in spite of fielding the best of candidates and resorting to an aggressive posturing...

How the counting unfolded leading to a DMK-Congress sweep in TN

Chennai: The DMK-led secular democratic front has swept the Lok Sabha polls in Tami Nadu, bagging  38 of the 39 constituencies in the state and Puducherry. Since counting began at 8 am on Thursday, all DMK candidates have been leading in all the constituencies except in Dharmapuri. DMK’s key candidates, including  MK Kanimozhi, A Raja, TR Baalu, Tamizhac...

BJP’s best ever, Congress’s worst ever show in K’taka in 2019 LS election...

A year ago, BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa, after his unsuccessful attempt to form the government in Karnataka and had to sit in the opposition, told Congress leader D K Shivakumar Janata Dal (Secular) father-son duo will finish the Congress party sooner or later. “I won’t talk about you. You aspire to be a Chief Minister and I respect that. My fight i...

KCR receives jolt as BJP makes inroads into Telangana

Hyderabad: Four months after returning to power with a resounding mandate in the December 2018 Assembly elections, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) received a big jolt in the Lok Sabha polls, losing ground to the resurgent opposition parties— the BJP and the Congress. The BJP has made surprise gains in Telangana and is set to win four seats—Secunderabad...

These writers-turned-politicians pen a new political story in TN

Chennai: There are many writers-turned-politicians who contested this election

Karnataka coalition in trouble as BJP takes lead in state

With early trends indicating a lead for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 23 out of 28 lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, reports emerged that Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, whose coalition face a jolt, called for an emergency meeting on Thursday (May 23). However, the Chief Minister’s office denied the claim. While CM’s son, Nikhil Kumaraswamy, wa...

Eight reasons why Chandrababu Naidu lost in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad: Voters in Andhra Pradesh have forced the computer-savvy Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to log off. His bête noire Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, a brash and unconventional politician with no administrative experience, will now get to reboot the system and change the settings of a state struggling with bifurcation blues, poor finances and an elusive dre...

Bypoll fallout: AIADMK govt in Tamil Nadu may stay afloat

If early trends for bypolls in Tamil Nadu continue, it can safely be assumed that the AIADMK government has managed to survive by the skin of its teeth. With the ruling party requiring just eight seats to obtain a simple majority, the mission appears to have been accomplished. As of now, the AIADMK has 114 MLAs, including the Speaker. Even if the ...

Kumaraswamy-led coalition in K’taka completes a year. Will it survive?

A year ago, on May 23, HD Kumaraswamy was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, while Congress leader G Parameswara took oath as his deputy. The biggest achievement of this government so far, perhaps, has been its survival. After nearly 14 years, both the Congress and the JD(S) joined hands keep to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ou...

Drug case in Hyderabad brushed under the carpet to save Tollywood stars

Hyderabad: It was the most high-profile drugs case, which had rocked Hyderabad as the names of several celebrities from Tollywood surfaced during the investigations. Leading film personalities one after the other appeared before the Prohibition and Excise department officials investigating the case. Shocking details of the use of drugs by some people in film ...

Karnataka Congress may not recover quickly if old wounds don’t heal

Bengaluru: The death of the Congress in Karnataka will be certain if the party does not try to pacify the anger of senior leaders, stop internal rifts, halt opportunistic leaders joining other parties, and attempt to regain support from its party cadres at the ground level. After the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, and subsequent state elections by 2017, the ...

Anti-Sterlite protests: MHC orders stay on cases filed under CrPC sec 107

Chennai: Acting on a plea, the Madras High Court on Wednesday (May 22) ordered the police not to proceed on cases filed under CrPC 107 against the anti-sterlite protesters and barred the law enforcement machinery from registering new ones under the same section. The petition moved by "People's Watch", an NGO, came up for hearing in the backdrop of the pe...

Is there a method to Chandrababu Naidu madness?

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu appears to be a man in a hurry. He has been shuttling between Amaravati, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow and Bengaluru at a breathless pace in the last few days, networking with the opposition leaders for building a non-BJP coalition to stake claim to form the next government at the Centre. Even the most...

First anniversary of anti-Sterlite protests observed in Tuticorin

Tuticorin: The first anniversary of the police firing during the anti-Sterlite protests, which left 13 people dead last year, was observed here on Wednesday ( May 22) with scores of locals turning up to remember the victims. Security was beefed up in the district though there were no reports of any untoward incidents so far. The victims were remembered by ...

Tippler found hanging in police station

Kottayam: A 27-year old man, taken into police custody near here based on a complaint from his family, was found hanging in the police station on Tuesday (May 21) morning, police said. Nawas was taken into custody on Monday (May 20) evening. In his complaint, Nawas's brother said Nawas was behaving violently at home after consuming liquor. He was found ha...

Gauri Lankesh, Kalburgi killings: Poll plank then, forgotten now

The murders of Kannada academician MM Kalburgi and journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh was a poll-issue during the Karnataka Asssembly elections in 2018. However, a year later, it has gone unnoticed in the run-up to the Lok Sabha election, with the exception of Prakash Raj, actor-turned politician contesting from Bangalore South seat, who was angered...

Congress takes to yagna in Dravidian heartland for electoral triumph

Chennai: Days after the ruling party in the state, the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), conducted several yagnas in temples, praying for rains in the state, it's now the turn of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee. But the party has turned to prayers for a different reason. Starting Tuesday (May 21), the party is conducting a three-day homam and ...

What makes Andhra police fidgety ahead of counting day

With the Andhra Pradesh assembly elections turning into a do-or-die battle for both Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his challenger Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, there is a growing fear about trouble breaking out on May 23 when the results will be declared. While the exit polls carried by national news channels by-and-large predicted victory for ...

Why hesitate to declare DMK is with Cong? AIADMK asks Stalin

The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu hit out at DMK chief M K Stalin on Tuesday (May 21) for saying his party would decide on being part of the next Union cabinet formed by 'whichever party' after the Lok Sabha results, asking what was his 'hesitation' over standing firmly with ally Congress. Asked if the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) would be a pa...

K’taka Cong leader Roshan Baig appeals to Muslims to join hands with BJP 

Muslim Congress leader and former Minister Roshan Baig in Karnataka on Tuesday (May 21) hinted at quitting the party and appealed to religious minorities in the state to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party, if need be. Speaking to News18 Urdu channel, Baig accused Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao and Congress general secretary ...

DMK asks EC to assign VVPAT counting agents at poll booths

The DMK has requested the Election Commission to permit appointment of agents for counting VVPAT slips at polling booths in the 38 Lok Sabha constituencies and 22 assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu. On Tuesday (May 21), DMK organising secretary RS Bharathi met Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo and filed a petition requesting to a...

AIADMK asks counting agents to be alert over DMKs ‘dishonest practices’

Chennai: The AIADMK on Tuesday instructed its counting agents to remain vigilant over arch-rival DMK's 'dishonest practices' during the counting of votes polled in the Lok Sabha elections and Assembly bypolls, and asked them to ensure all standard procedures were followed. AIADMK Coordinator O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator K Palaniswami said in a s...

TN-based outfit seeks HC nod to hold meet on Godse

A Tamil Nadu-based outfit, on Monday, approached the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the authorities to grant permission to conduct a meeting to ‘inform the public that Nathuram Godse was a ‘Hindu fundamentalist’ and Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin. Advocate Doraisamy filed the plea on behalf of the Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam. The pet...

In a first in Tamil Nadu, transwoman registers marriage

Setting a unique example for many in the state, B Arun Kumar and P Sreeja, a transwoman from Thoothukudi, tied the knot on Monday (May 20) to become the first transgender couple in Tamil Nadu. The couple that had a traditional wedding on October 31, 2018 after much opposition from their families, registered their marriage at the joint registrar’s o...

Vijayan dismisses exit poll results as speculations

Thiruvananthapuram: Rejecting the exit poll results which predicted the return of the NDA government at the Centre, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday (May 20) said there is no need to rely on "speculations based on speculation". Vijayan, who met mediapersons soon after he returned from a 13-day Europe trip, exuded confidence that the CPI(M)-led Left ...

TN govt committed to release of Rajiv case convicts: CM Palaniswamy

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has said his government is committed to the release of the seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts. The CM told mediapersons here on Monday that he hoped the Governor would act on the cabinet recommendation for setting them free. Also read: Rebuilding life: Rajiv Gandhi case convict’s brother recoun...

Queries galore over Cong-JD(S) alliance as exit polls favour BJP in K’taka

With several exit polls forecasting an overwhelming BJP victory in Karnataka, speculation is rife that the Congress-JD(S) coalition will not survive. Most exit polls give the saffron party 20-22 seats out of the total 28. This has triggered a debate over the question of votes transfer between the Congress and the JD(S) and a comparison with the Sam...

Kerala: It’s clean sweep UDF; BJP may hit nought 

South-flung Kerala’s usually diminutive stature on the national political scene changed drastically during ‘election 2019.’ The keenly watched political issues in the state, which voted in a single phase on April 23, were two – Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s tryst with the hill district of Wayanad and the Right wingers’ raking up of the Sabarima...

YSRCP set to sweep Andhra Pradesh

YSR Congress Party, headed by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, is set to sweep the elections in Andhra Pradesh, according to the prediction by the India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll. Out of 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the YSRCP is set to bag 18-20 seats while the Telugu Desam Party, headed by N Chandrababu Naidu, is likely to bag four to six seats. ...

Exit polls, if true, will end Karnataka alliance

Bengaluru: The exit polls on Karnataka which gives around 18 seats to the BJP and the remaining 10 to the Congress-JD(S) alliance, if it actually turns out true, will confirm a view that the coalition partners made a hash of a good situation. To begin with, the coalition saw itself at an advantage having managed to take over the government after the 2018 A...

DMK alliance set to gain majority of seats but AIADMK salvages situation

Though the exit polls have predicted that the UPA will bag a majority of the seats in Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK alliance is set for a not-so-bad showing, they have said. The DMK-Congress alliance victory may well be along expected lines, given the absence of a charismatic leader at the top in the AIADMK and a strong campaign against Narendra Modi, whi...

Kejriwal, Sisodia trying to implicate me in criminal cases: Delhi BJP MLA

New Delhi: Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta on Sunday (May 19) lodged a police complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia accusing them of hatching a conspiracy to falsely implicate him in criminal cases. The Rohini MLA’s claim comes a day after Kejriwal had alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would get hi...

Kejriwal’s ‘fear of getting killed:’ BJP writes to Delhi top cop

New Delhi: The Delhi unit of the BJP on Sunday (May 19) requested the commissioner of police to review the security cover of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a day after the AAP chief alleged that he could be assassinated by police personnel deployed for his security. In a letter to Commissioner of Delhi Police Amulya Patnaik, BJP spokesperson Praveen Shank...

I will be assassinated like Indira Gandhi, BJP after my life: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Alleging that the BJP was after his life, Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday claimed that he will be assassinated like former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by his personal security officer. "The BJP would get me murdered by my own PSO (Personal Security Officer) one day like Indira Gandhi. My own security o...

The unchanging face of two K’taka BJP MPs known for courting controversies

Bengaluru: The two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarians Nalin Kumar Kateel and Anant Kumar Hegde from coastal Karnataka who stoked a controversy by taking sides with Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, are not new to making communal and insensitive statements. With the support of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the party’s core Hin...

AIADMK bypassing security to distribute cash to voters of Ottapidaram: DMK

Chennai: The DMK on Saturday (May 18) sought the Election Commissions intervention to curb illegal cash distribution allegedly by AIADMK workers in Ottapidaram constituency, one of the four assembly seats that goes to polls on Sunday (May 19). It alleged that the AIADMK workers were using their party district office at Thoothukudi situated outside the te...

AIADMK bypassing security to distribute cash to voters of Ottapidaram: DMK

Chennai: The DMK on Saturday (May 18) sought the Election Commission's (EC) intervention to curb illegal cash distribution allegedly by AIADMK workers in Ottapidaram constituency in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin, one of the four assembly seats that goes to polls on Sunday (May 19). The party alleged that AIADMK workers were using their party district office at ...

23-year-old chased, shot at multiple times in Rohini

New Delhi: A 23-year-old man was shot at multiple times and critically injured by a group of men in Rohini here on Saturday, police said. Mohit was attacked around 6:30 am when he along with his three friends were sitting in a car, a senior police officer said. Four men in a vehicle pulled up alongside Mohit’s car and one of them got out and pointed a g...

JNU student found hanging from ceiling fan inside campus, suicide suspected

A JNU student was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a study room at the university on Friday (May 17), the police said. Rishi Joshua, a second-year MA student, e-mailed a "purported suicide note to his English professor before hanging himself", the police added. They, however, did not share details from the note, PTI reported. The police were ...

Kamal is atheist, secularist, Leftist… still DMK hates him. Why?

It is a well-known fact that actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan had a reverential relationship with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch M Karunanidhi. Till the latter’s last days, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder maintained a keen friendship with him but it died a slow death after Kamal’s entry into politics. Today, it may appear th...

Following violence, Kamal denied permission to campaign in Sulur

On Thursday (May 16) evening, footwear, eggs and stones were hurled at Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party chief Kamal Haasan in Aravakuruchi constituency of Karur district in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, the Coimbatore police denied him permission to campaign in Sulur constituency in Coimbatore district. After the incident, MNM party functionaries shield...

DMK and AIADMK’s big guns leave no stone unturned for bypolls

With just a day to end the campaign for the bypolls scheduled on May 19 for the four assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu, both the DMK and the AIADMK have pulled out all stops for aggressive campaigning, with senior names in both parties being pressed into action. Soon after the Lok Sabha polls for the 39 Lok Sabha constituencies and 18 assemb...

Bogus report in HC: Senthamarai Kannan gets the bench

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) inspector-general of police (IG) Senthamarai Kannan has been placed on the bench for allegedly furnishing a bogus expert opinion in the Madras High Court. IG, headquarters, Vidya Jayant Kulkarni will take his place at the TNUSRB. The government has not formally stated any reason for Sentha...

Doctor from Karnataka has a hobby of contesting polls against political bigwigs

New Delhi: This doctor-turned-scribe from Karnataka has a different hobby — contesting elections against political bigwigs. However, he is disappointed that he could contest the Lok Sabha elections against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi but not against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi where his nomination was rejected. UP Shivananda, a medicine graduate...

Will not allow Kamal to roam around, says Vaishnava ascetic

Chennai: After AIADMK Minister KT Rajenthira Balaji threatened Makkal Nedhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan, Mannarugudi Shendalangaara Sampathkumara Ramanuja Jeeyar says that they will not allow Kamal to roam around and also alleged that Kamal converted to Christian from Hindu. Speaking to reporters in Trichy, Jeeyar said that they will not allow Kamal to roa...

No “cognisable offence” against Rahul for remarks against PM: police tell...

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday (May 15) told a city court that no "cognisable offence" was made out against Congress President Rahul Gandhi on a complaint against him for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016. In an action taken report filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, t...

Rain brings Delhi much-needed respite

New Delhi: Rain brought a much-needed respite from the scorching heat in the capital on Wednesday, and the spell of pleasant weather is likely to continue for another couple of days. Several parts of the national received morning showers. The minimum temperature was 24.3° Celsius, a notch below the season and aposse’s average and humidity was recorded at 8...

TN govt denounced over ‘brahminical’ statue for Mother Tamil in marble

Chennai: A controversy has broken out in Tamil Nadu over the recent announcement of the Tamil Nadu government’s guidelines for installing a statue of ‘Tamil Annai’, personifying Tamil language as a mother. Recently, the government sought expression of interest from bidders and the bid document included an outline of the early history of Tamils. The write-up...

Police book Kamal for Hindu terror remark, to be summoned for inquiry

The Karur district police on Tuesday (May 14) booked Makkal Nedhi Maiam (MNM) party leader Kamal Haasan on charges of promoting enmity between two groups. . The police registered the case on a complaint by Hindu Munnani functionary Ramakrishnan. The police slapped section 153(A) of the IPC (promoting enmity between two groups on grounds of relig...

Gaffe-prone abuser of Kamal clarifies his not-so-tongue-in-cheek remark

In Tamil Nadu, since the passing away of Jayalalithaa, her partymen have suddenly found their voice. Earlier, they were under strict instructions not to speak to the media. TV channels had to be content with a junior party functionary as the official AIADMK panelist on debates. This spokesperson had the knack of saying much without saying anything....

‘Siddu for CM’ remark widens instability in Karnataka

Bengaluru: The spat between the leaders of ruling coalition–the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) indicate the arrival of instability for the third time in Karnataka. While everyone awaits the May 23 general election results which could decide the fate of the ruling government, the constant bickering between former chief minister Siddaramaiah with the JD(...

Stalin denies talks with BJP; DMK-Naidu meet triggers speculation

Even as DMK leader MK Stalin rebutted BJP state president Tamilisai Soudararajan's claim that he is in talks with the latter’s party, DMK leader Durai Murugan met with Andhra Pradesh (AP) CM Chandrababu Naidu at the government secretariat in Amaravathi in AP. Durai Murugan termed the meeting a courtesy call and denied any political intentions. D...

Federal Front ready to take Cong support, but won’t give driver’s seat: T...

Hyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Tuesday (May 14) said a federal front of regional parties proposed by its supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is open to taking support from the Congress to form a government at the Centre, as long as they don't ask for the driver's seat. Rao has been pursuing his idea of a federal fron...

Pawan Kalyan’s Jan Sena Party hangs in balance

Will Pawan Kalyan follow into the footsteps of his brother and merge Jana Sena Party (JSP) with some other political entity? Will the actor make a comeback to Telugu films and give up politics for good? These questions are doing the rounds in Andhra Pradesh with just a few days left for the declaration of Assembly and Lok Sabha poll results on May ...

Sultry morning in Delhi

New Delhi: Overnight rains in parts of the national capital led to humidity level rising up to 73 per cent making it a sultry morning for Delhiites. “The minimum temperature recorded at 8.30 am was at 20.8 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal while the humidity level was 73 per cent,” a MeT official said. The Safdarjung observatory received 3.3 mm...

Delhi police nabs absconding Jaish terrorist from Srinagar

New Delhi: Delhi Police has arrested an alleged terrorist of Jaish-e-Mohammad carrying a reward of ₹2 lakh from Srinagar, officials said on Tuesday. The accused has been identified as Abdul Majeed Baba, a resident of Magrepora district of Sopore, they said. The arrest was made on Saturday evening from Soura in downtown Srinagar, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy ...

No chance for non-BJP, non-Cong ‘third front’ post LS polls: Stalin

Chennai: DMK president MK Stalin on said he saw no chances for a non-BJP, non-Congress "third front" post Lok Sabha polls, but a decision could be taken only after May 23, the counting day. Stalin's remarks come a day after TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekara Rao, who has been pushing for a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front of regi...

Paradise reclaimed: How ordinary citizens are helping conserve birds

On May 4, as bird-watchers flocked to Salem, the sight of a white-naped tit (Machlolophus nuchalis) — a rare bird which is endemic to India — was enough to send their hearts aflutter. But then flew along a white-cheeked barbet, a plum-headed parakeet and a white-bellied drongo and many more. For the uninitiated, every year on May 4, 'Global Big ...

CBI formally registers arrest of fifth accused in Pollachi sexual abuse case

Chennai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recorded the arrest of the fifth accused in the Pollachi sexual harassment case in Tamil Nadu on Monday. In February this year, the Pollachi police arrested four youths on the basis of a sexual harassment complain by a 19-year-old girl. The police had slapped various sections, including section IV of the...

Stalin asks KCR to support Congress; AIADMK says rival ready to jump ship

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met DMK leader MK Stalin at his Alwarpet residence in Chennai on Monday evening as part of the former’s ongoing efforts to create a federal front. DMK sources said the meeting went on for about an hour. Congress sources said they had asked DMK to urge KCR to support the party during the meeting on Ma...

Drought-hit farmers in K’taka have to wait for new govt for relief

Bengaluru: About 20.40 lakh hectare farm land have been affected due to the drought in the state.

Kamal says India’s first terrorist was Hindu, raises a ruckus

Chennai: It looks like actor and politician Kamal Haasan is far from ending his fixation with Mahatma Gandhi. Stirring a new controversy, Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder and actor Kamal Haasan has said free India's ‘first terrorist was a Hindu’, referring to Nathuram Godse, who killed Mahatma Gandhi. Addressing an election campaign at Aravakurichi, wh...

Vijayan visits Anne Frank House, says it is inspiration to freedom lovers

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan visited Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and said it was an "inspiration" to all freedom lovers and those who fight oppression and injustice. Vijayan, who is currently on a four-nation tour of Europe, visited the world famous Anne Frank House on Sunday. "Visited Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. The Anne Frank Ho...

111-year old Bachan Singh, the oldest voter in Delhi casts vote

New Delhi: Age is just a number, says a family member of 111-year-old Bachan Singh, the oldest voter in Delhi who carried a youthful enthusiasm into the polling station in Tilak Vihar here. Till the last assembly elections in 2015, the centenarian cycled to the polling booth to cast his vote. This time, he reached the booth in a car along with poll officer...

Vedanta gets Centre’s nod to hold assessment for TN hydrocarbon project

Chennai: In a new development, the Centre granted Terms of Reference (TOR) to Vedanta Limited, to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a hydrocarbon project in the areas spread across Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, on Saturday (May 11). In 2018, the Centre signed a contract with Vedanta and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), to carry...

On the heels of another murder, PMK rakes up ‘fake love’ again

The gruesome murder of Thilagavathi, from Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu, has put the Pattali Makkal Katchi's (PMK) allegation of 'fake love' in the spotlight for the second time in the state. A love affair gone awry allegedly led to the murder of Thilagavathi, 19, by Akash on May 8. Akash reportedly murdered her at her house while her parents...

Mahesh Babu’s ‘Maharshi’ hits headlines for reasons other than content

The reigning star of Telugu cinema Mahesh Babu’s much-awaited “Maharshi” hit the screens on Thursday (May 9). It instantly hit the headlines for reasons other than its content. Seeking to cash in on the craze surrounding the high-budget flick, the single screen theatres have jacked up the ticket prices across the state. This has irked the govern...

Writer Thoppil Mohamed Meeran, who took Muslim culture to the masses, dead

One of the most well-known writers in Tamil literary world, Thoppil Mohamed Meeran, breathed his last on Friday at 1.20 am at his home in Tirunelveli, after a brief illness. He was 75 and is survived by wife and two sons. Born on 24 September 1944 in Thengapattinam, a small hamlet near Marthandam, Kanyakumari district, he did his schooling in Ma...

Andhra’s youngest minister misses constitutional deadline, resigns

Andhra Pradesh’s Tribal welfare minister Kidari Sravan Kumar, the youngest member in the cabinet, was forced to resign on Thursday (May 9) under peculiar circumstances. Sravan, a 29-year old engineering graduate from IIT (BHU), Varanasi, was inducted into the cabinet on November 11 last year, nearly two months after his father and the ruling Tel...

Poverty, debt, nomadic existence trap Irula tribe into bonded labour

Chennai: On May 7, three families of bonded labourers were freed from a brick kiln in Thirupattur in Vellore. Trapped in the kiln and made to work all through the day, the families were caught in the web of repayment of debt amounting to ₹30,000, for the last four years. The families belonged to the Irula community from Krishnagiri. The most vulnerable o...

TN welcomes sub-quota panel’s recommendation for 8%-10% reservation

Chennai: The Rohini commission, set up in October 2017, to look into the sub categorisation of the quota in central jobs and higher educational institutions in the other backward class category is all set to set to fix the percentage between 8 and 10 per cent. According to a report that appeared in the Indian Express on May 9, out of the 27 per cent, the...

Voting malpractice prompted Dharmapuri re-poll, says CEO

Chennai: Of the 13 polling booths going for re-polling on May 19 in Tamil Nadu, eight are in Dharmapuri constituency. Sources said it had been proven beyond doubt that polling agents entered the voting compartment along with the voters on many occasions. A day after the polling, there were videos and photographs of people casting votes for a second time....

350 flats to go as SC orders demolition of four illegal buildings in Kochi

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the demolition of around 350 flats (four buildings) built in violation of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms in the Maradu municipality limits in Ernakulam district, Kerala. The SC also asked the Maradu municipality to raze the structures and submit an action taken report in one month. The order noted that...

From veterans to first-timers, Delhi candidates seek to harness maximum out of social...

New Delhi: From highlighting poll manifesto to attacking opponents, social media is being used widely by candidates from all three major political parties in the fray in election as much as to achieve greater connect with voters. It is seemingly a triangular contest on all seven seats in Delhi and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms are coming as handy ...

VVIP chopper case: Delhi court issues fresh summons against Christian Michels busines...

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday (May 9) issued fresh summons against David Nigel John Syms, an alleged middleman and business partner of British national Christian Michel, in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case. Special judge Arvind Kumar summoned Syms, named as an accused in the supplementary charge sheet, to appear before the court. A charge sheet ...

CMs of Telugu states jostling for kingmaker role post-elections

Hyderabad: After Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s renewed mission to build support for the Federal Front, it is now the turn of his bete noire and Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu to position himself as a potential king maker in the formation of the next government at the Centre. Naidu’s back-to-back meetings with Congress presi...

HC nod to hold remembrance meet for Sterlite protestors

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court  has given permission to hold a memorial meeting to mark the first death anniversary of 13 people who died in police firing as part of the Sterlite protest on May 22, 2018, in Thoothukudi. The court said the meeting should be held between 9 and 11 am and not more than 250 people should participate. Soci...

Election Commission may hold re-poll in 46 TN polling stations

Chennai: In the backdrop of the controversy surrounding the shifting of 50 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) from Coimbatore to Theni, the Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satybrata Sahoo, on Wednesday, said that some voting machines had issues in 46 constituencies spread over 13 districts including Theni and Erode. Sahoo further said that the election...

Freedom fighter’s dream stands dilapidated

Chennai: The building sports a deserted look. It has no doors, and the walls and floors are covered with layers of dust. The campus is surrounded by overgrown bushes and cattle can be seen grazing around it. If it not for a rusted signboard which says ‘Parali Su Nellaiyappar Municipal Primary School’, the structure will be mistaken for an abando...

Batteries operating ventilators in Madurai hospital were malfunctioning: Doctor

With news of five deaths at the Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in Tamil Nadu, on Tuesday, rocking the state, a doctor serving at the GRH, who did not wish to be identified, told The Federal that the battery back-ups to ventilators had failed and that likely led to three of the five deaths at the hospital on the night of Tuesday, May 7. He...

Centre moves SC against Madras HC verdict on Puducherry LG

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday (May 8) approached the Supreme Court challenging the verdict of Madras High Court which held that Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi "cannot interfere" in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government of the Union Territory. The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranj...

DRI sleuths seize foreign cigarettes, gold; 9 held

Chennai: Foreign origin cigarettes and gold worth ₹7.11 crore besides red sanders and endangered shells were seized over the last six days in different cases and nine people arrested in this connection, DRI officials said here on Wednesday (May 8). DRI sleuths seized 7.9 kg of gold worth ₹2.61 crore from two passengers who arrived from Assam at the Chenn...

Once bitten, twice shy: Telangana now extra cautious over 10th exam results

Hyderabad: In the backdrop of widespread public outrage over student suicides following errors in the evaluation and processing of results of the 12th standard examination, the Telangana government is taking extra precautions ahead of the declaration of 10th class board exam results. As part of efforts to prevent student suicides, the state education depar...

Five patients die in Madurai hospital during power cut, dean denies any link

At least five people died at the Rajaji Government Hospital in Madurai late on Tuesday. Sources said there was a power cut was from 6:10 to 8:30 pm. At least three people died within minutes of the first power cut setting in. Sources identified the deceased as Palaniamma of Dindigul; Ravichandran of Virudunagar; and Malliga from Madurai. There w...

Whatever happened to the Chennai #MeToo movement?

If the Supreme Court was rocked by sexual harassment allegations recently, just a few months ago, the performing arts community in Chennai went through a storm. Tamil film personalities like lyricist Vairamuthu, apart from Radha Ravi, John Vijay, Susi Ganesan, and singer Karthik were alleged to be some of the perpetrators. The conservative, tradit...

KCR invokes past experiment, urges Left to join Third Front

Invoking the “1996-type template” for government formation at the Centre, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao made a strong case for left parties to come on board and join the Federal Front, a non-BJP, non-Congress alternative comprising like-minded regional parties. During a 90-minute meeting with his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijaya...

Delhi reels under intense heat as mercury touches 43 deg C, no rain in sight

New Delhi: Sweltering conditions prevailed in the national capital on Tuesday with the mercury touching the 43-degrees mark in some parts of the city. The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered the official figure for the city, recorded a maximum temperature of 41.3 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average, said a Met dep...

Ker Guv seeks urgent report on attempted suicide of student

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor P Sathasivam on Tuesday sought an urgent report from the Kerala University Vice-Chancellor on the issue of attempted suicide by a college student here last week. The Raj Bhavan, in a release said the governor sought a report from the vice chancellor after it received a petition on the alleged harassment of the first year BSc stu...

Gurgaon girls top ISC exam in Delhi-NCR, bag second rank nationally

New Delhi: Gurgaon girls Srinwanti Debgupta and Shruti Jhamb have topped the ISC class 12 examination in Delhi-NCR with 99.75 per cent marks. Delhi-NCR schools achieved a pass percentage of 99.23 and 98.35 in the ISCE and ISC examination with girls outshining boys in both the classes. The toppers are from Sri Ram School, Aravali, Gurgaon and have got the s...

Dalit man forced to eat excreta; 2 caste Hindus held, one on the run

Two caste Hindus were arrested, for having allegedly assaulted a dalit man and made him consume excreta, in Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu. One other accused is till at large. According to the victim, P Kollimalai, who owns a brick kiln unit at Tiruvandudhurai village in Tiruvarur district, was allegedly assaulted by caste Hindu men, in the we...

AMMK seeks DMKs support to send home AIADMK

Theni: TTV Dhinakaran-led AMMK on Tuesday (May 7) sought DMKs support in "sending home" the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu post May 23, saying the principal opposition party should help it in dethroning the K Palaniswami government. Senior Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) leader Thangatamilselvan exuded confidence that his party would win the by-polls...

Karnataka alliance on edge, fate rests on outcome in Mandya, Mysore

Bengaluru: On May 23,  the results of the ongoing general elections is likely to play a big role in deciding whether Karnataka’s Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition will hold. If the results throw up a coalition government at the Centre with the Congress on the ruling side Karnataka’s coalition will be on surer footing.  On the other hand, if  the May ...

‘Want due, not dude process’: The protest scene outside Supreme Court

'We want due process, not dude process,' read a poster held aloft by a woman outside the Supreme Court on April 7. A day after the in-house panel of the top court said that there was 'no substance' in the sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, a group of peaceful protesters gathered outside the court. Howe...

Heat wave warning in Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Telangana

Chennai: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a heat wave warning for isolated places in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In Tamil Nadu, the heat wave is likely to persist till May 7, while isolated pockets of the neighbouring states may witness heat waves till May 10. “Heat wave conditions in some parts are very likely over ...

Stalin snubs KCR on Federal Front meet, lukewarm to non-Congress grouping

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader MK Stalin is unlikely to meet Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao who is on a mission-mode visit of various states to create a non-BJP, non-Congress front after the elections. The DMK leader may not give KCR an audience as he is reportedly busy with his campaign tour. KCR had called on Kerala Chie...

Predicament of a Chief Minister kept on pause mode

Hyderabad: Senior officials don’t report to him. His review meetings and official visits to project sites are largely ignored. And, he is not even on talking terms with the chief secretary of the state. This is the predicament of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who has been put on a pause mode in the name of Model Code of Conduct. Ever...

Good Samaritan writer tries to save life, gets arrested by police

Chennai: Koyambedu is the busiest part of Chennai on a typical day. Home to wholesale and retail markets as well as the bus stand, it, however, was deserted on May 5. Traders Day had driven away shopkeepers and shoppers to their homes. At the market, a man sauntered around. He was a regular there. Locals say he didn't seem to have his wits about him and ...

Rave party racket: Revellers go hi-tech to network, hoodwink police

Chennai: Even as the Coimbatore district police, in Tamil Nadu, continue to dig deeper into the details of the rave party busted in the city on Saturday, preliminary investigative details shed light on the meticulous planning and networking. At least 163 people, comprising 140 Keralites, including a Russian national were arrested for allegedly conducting...

Tapping youth power to end human trafficking

Chennai: The anti-human trafficking clubs, headed by college students in Tamil Nadu, are working towards realising the stated goal of ending the crime, through a highly-networked student community. At present, four clubs are being run in Tamil Nadu, while work is on to get more formed in every district to promote advocacy and campaigning for the preventi...

K’taka students who missed NEET due to train delay will get another chance: Jav...

Karnataka students who had missed the medical entrance examination NEET due to a train delay will get another chance, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said Monday (May 6). The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for these students will be conducted on May 20, he said. "Happy to announce that Karnataka Students who missed NEET exam ...

Shahid Afridi calls Gautam Gambhir ‘saryal’, what do East Delhi voters think

New Delhi: Standing next to a pan shop at Pandav Nagar in East Delhi on a sultry May evening, a salon-fresh Vinod Kumar looks somewhat flustered. The 21-year-old says he had gone to attend an event where Bhojpuri ‘superstar’ Pawan Singh was singing but it was “choc-a-bloc”. "Bapre itni bheed thi hum toh gate he se wapas chale aaye... Pawan Singh ek gana bh...

Comrades calling: Why KCR is keen on left parties support for Federal Front

Much before talk of mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) to take on the BJP-led NDA at the national level, a powerful regional satrap and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had floated the idea of the Federal Front — a non-BJP, non-Congress alternative comprising like-minded regional parties. However, when KCR, as the Telangana Rashtra Sam...

SC stays disqualification proceedings against two AIADMK MLAs

The Supreme Court Monday stayed disqualification proceedings against two AIADMK MLAs, who were served notice by the Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker for allegedly indulging in ‘anti-party’ activities. The notices were served under the anti-defection law. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta also issued notices on the plea fi...

In poll season, another Tamil movie extols caste pride and ‘women’s honour̵...

Caste pride has found prominence in the themes of Tamil movies for nearly three decades now. Before that, caste was discussed but the virtues or the hubris of one caste were typically not singled out. In poll season, yet another film, “Devarattam” has been released that not only portrays caste pride but goes as far as to echo fears of dalit dominat...

Lottery king Santiago Martin case turns murky with aide’s death

The death of T Palanisami, aide of ‘lottery king’ Santiago Martin, on May 3 has added a fresh twist to a long story. The autopsy report is not out yet. Palanisami, Martin’s employee for over 25 years, was a cashier at Future Gaming and Hotel Service Private Ltd, the former’s company. He was also handling the accounts at a private college owned b...

TN CM flays Kejriwal for remarks against Tamil students

Wading into the ongoing controversy over the apparent dominance of Delhi University by students from Tamil Nadu, state Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami has said the students from the state are not snatching away anyone's opportunities. “Tamil Nadu students are not snatching opportunities from Delhi students. They (Tamil Nadu students) succeed t...

Student suicides in Telangana take on political overtone

Hyderabad: The furore over bungling in the evaluation and tabulation of marks of the junior college examination in Telangana acquired political overtones with opposition parties taking to the streets in protest. They are demanding the resignation of the education minister and action against top officials of the department and the private firm that was awarded...

Hyderabad’s Charminar needs space to breathe

Charminar — a symbol of Hyderabad — is synonymous with the city. Referred to as the Arc de Triomphe of the East, it is Hyderabad's first monument to represent its culture, history and architecture. Standing tall for more than four centuries, the edifice has been witness to the the development of the city from scratch. When a portion of ornamenta...

Verandah pe charcha: Old style campaigning helps DMK’s outreach

Chennai: In Tamil Nadu, the tradition of ‘thinnai’ (verandahs) has a special cultural significance. In the past, when there was no concept of a drawing room in the house, guests were received in the verandahs. They were asked to sit in the verandahs and served water or tea and only then they were taken inside the house. A tired traveller could take refug...

Will AIADMK’s disqualification mantra to stay in power work?

Chennai: The Edappadi Palaniswami government in Tamil Nadu is skating on thin ice, using the disqualification strategy to manufacture a majority for a minority government. Having disqualified 18 AIADMK MLAs who owed allegiance to rebel leader TTV Dinakaran, a fresh round of disqualification has been set in motion to try and get rid of three more party MLAs ...

Anger in TN over central jobs in state going to outsiders

A petition at the Madras High Court asking for details on people from other states who got jobs in Railways in Tamil Nadu has raised the hackles in the state. Tamil nationalist and Dravidian outfits announced protests in various cities saying that Tamils are being discriminated against in central government jobs within Tamil Nadu. These protests...

How tech-savvy Andhra came to the aid of cyclone-battered Odisha

Hyderabad: A highly-advanced, real-time monitoring mechanism, perfected by Andhra Pradesh government over years, came in handy for Odisha to effectively tackle the impact of super-cyclone Fani. The technological prowess of the Real Time Governance Society (RTGS), an e-governance initiative, was on full display as the inputs provided by the Andhra team, man...

Reality check for Pawan Kalyan’s party ahead of D-day

After generating a buzz in political circles in the run-up to the April 11 elections, actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party is now caught in rumblings of dissent and self-doubt with the exit of key leaders from the five-year-old party. Party treasurer and a close confidante of the actor M Raghavaiah has resigned, apparently irke...

Delhi govt schools topper Sana Niyaz: Had to maintain ‘standard’ set by e...

New Delhi: Sana Niyaz has joined the league of her three sisters after topping the Delhi government-run schools in the CBSE class 12 examination. Niyaz, who studied at Sarvdaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Jama Masjid, scored 97.6 per cent marks in the examination and thus bagged the first position among the students of the schools run by the Delhi government. Her thr...

Pleasant morning in Delhi

New Delhi: It was a pleasant Saturday morning in the national capital following rainfall on Friday, as the minimum temperature settled at 22.4°C, two notches below the season's average. The humidity was recorded at 57 per cent at 8.30 a.m., said a MeT department official. The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered the official figure for...

Aided by man, childhood lover kills his wife, stages it as suicide

New Delhi: The childhood sweetheart of an engineer allegedly killed his wife after hatching a plan with him and staged it as a suicide in southwest Delhi's Kishangarh, police said on Friday. The accused, Rahul Kumar Mishra (32) and Padma Tiwari (33), were arrested on Wednesday, they said. On March 16, Kishangarh police station was informed by Fortis Hospita...

Cong-JD(S) imposing “emergency like situation” in Karnataka: BJP

Bengaluru: Accusing the Karnataka government of imposing an "emergency" like situation in the state, the opposition BJP has asked it to focus on governance, instead of randomly arresting people in the name of some "ridiculed strange act." "Dear Karnataka government, random arrest of people in the name of some ridiculed strange act, won't help you. Please f...

TN govt orders ‘pujas’ in temples to get rain

An ensemble of mellifluous ragas like Amrithavarshini, Meghavarshini, Kedar, Ananda Bhairavi, and Rupa Kalyani seems to be a curated list for a Carnatic concert. But make no mistake, the Tamil Nadu government is all out to propitiate the gods with mellifluous music and more to get some precious rain. The principal secretary, HR&CE Department...

When joy of learning brings together Doppler effect and Carnatic music

Chennai: He raises his hands and sits on haunches to illustrate the lowest note of Sa before rising and settling in a half-sitting position to show the medium scale in Pa and then stands straight with his hands held higher to explain the high note of Sa. If you thought, the above setting is of a highly animated music class, you better thing again. For an...

Fire breaks out on sets of Chiranjeevi’s film, none injured

Hyderabad: A fire broke out on the sets of actor Chiranjeevi's upcoming historical Telugu movie Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy here on Friday (May 3) but no one was injured, officials said. Fire department personnel brought the blaze under control. A set resembling a fort, built near Gandipet Lake, was gutted, they said, adding that no one was present at the spot...

This ex-soldier battles all odds to discover, promote rural innovations

Hyderabad: P Ganesham, a retired Brigadier, is on a unique mission to spot and nurture rural innovators and help them patent their ideas. The septuagenarian ex-serviceman is engaged in a battle of a different kind; fighting the odds that the rural innovators face in getting recognition for their devices and traditional practices. He travels to villages,...

Four generations later, this store is a feather in Hyderabad’s ‘cap’...

Headgear has symbolised the status of man in society since ancient times. From rulers, royal families, spiritual heads, intellectuals to heads of different tribes, each had a unique headgear. The rulers of princely states in India had their distinct headgear, mostly in the form of crowns. With changing times, the headgear has also undergone a tr...

Union troubles create tension between Chennai metro rail management, workers

Disagreements between the employees and management of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) continued on May 3 (Friday) despite the workers calling of their strike on May 1 night. A long-simmering row over the CMRL management outsourcing highly technical work to contract workers flared up late last month, resulting in a strike. After three days of s...

Kerala Muslim education group bans face-covering dress on its campuses

A Muslim educational group in Kerala has banned its students from covering their faces with any attire on the campuses of its institutions. The Kozhikode-based Muslim Education Society (MES), a progressive group which runs several educational institutions, including professional colleges, issued a circular urging its students not to attend classes ...

TN govt announces total cash incentive of ₹15 lakh to two athletes

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday (May 2) announced a total cash incentive of ₹15 lakh to state-based athletes Gomathi Marimuthu and Arokia Rajiv for winning gold and silver in the Asian Athletics Championship held at Qatar recently. While Gomathi had won gold in the Womens 800 m race, Rajiv clinched silver in the 4x400 m mixed relay. Chief ...

PMK leader murder: NIA raids premises of Islamic outfit in TN

Tiruchy: The National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Thursday (May 2) carried out raids at premises of Social Democratic Party of India office and Popular Front of India offices in Trichy and Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu and neigbouring Karaikal in connection with the murder of a PMK functionary in Thanjavur district in February, police said. V Ramalingam was...

Police shoot and kill history-sheeter in Salem

Chennai: On Thursday (May 2) Salem police officials shot a history-sheeter after he allegedly attacked a police officer in a bid to escape from the police. The history-sheeter identified as S Kathirvel (25) of Thathanur in Kariyapatti of Salem district has been facing a couple of murder cases apart from other petty cases. According to police, a month ago...

TN govt defers May 1 gram sabha meetings, activists cry foul

The father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, would have been uneasy with the pace at which the Tamil Nadu government goes about handling its three-tier panchayati raj system. For, the Mahatma, who believed that the ‘Future of India lies in its villages,’ would not have digested the undue delay in the conduct of gram sabha meetings. Gram sabha meeti...

Warrior of bedridden: How necessity prodded this welder to invent toilet-cot

His bedridden wife and the difficulties she faced while going to the toilet prompted, a welding mechanic, Nagercoil-based Saravana Muthu, to come up with a cot specifically designed for bedridden people. Beneficial for both patients and people with disabilities, the remote operated cot won him an award from the National Innovation Foundation. He wa...

Bribery integral part of electioneering, reveals TDP MP; rival YSRCP mum

The distribution of cash to the voters is the worst kept secret of the Andhra elections. The quantum of cash may vary but all the major parties have perfected a well-oiled mechanism over years to deliver wads of currency at the doorsteps of the voters. A senior MP from the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), J C Diwakar Reddy, has now gone on recor...

ISIS hunt: TN Q-Branch spots 3 Sri Lankans in Chennai upscale apartment, interrogatio...

The Q-Branch of the Tamil Nadu police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided a high-end apartment complex in Poonamalle, Chennai, in a bid to locate ISIS operatives ‘holed up’ there. Earlier, the police had reportedly arrested a suspect from Mannady. On interrogating him, the police reached the apartment complex and found three Sri Lank...

DMK moves no-confidence motion against TN Assembly speaker

Chennai: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday evening (April 30), submitted a notice to the Assembly secretary K Srinivasan, demanding introducion of a no-confidence motion against the Tamil Nadu Assembly speaker P Dhanapal. The move came after the ruling party All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) issued notices to three sitting MLAs - E R...

Manual scavenging still thrives, courtesy lack of political will

Bengaluru: On April 27, Gafoor Pasha, 40, and Aftab Pasha, 38, descended into a narrow contaminated well with ropes. They had no safety gear. The Pashas agreed to clean the well as per the job contract. But soon after they entered it, with toxic gases choking them, both died of asphyxiation in North Bengaluru. Though, alerted by neighbours, the fire and emerg...

TN Assembly Speaker issues notice to 3 pro-Dhinakaran AIADMK MLAs

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal on Tuesday issued notices to three AIADMK MLAs siding with rival leader and AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran, days after the ruling party petitioned him for action against them for alleged anti-party activities. Official sources said the Speaker issued notices to A Prabhu (Kallakurichi), VT Kalaiselvan (Vriddhac...

Lakshmi’s NTR effect: Naidu prevents RGV from entering Andhra

The maverick film maker Ram Gopal Varma is controversy’s favourite child. He has landed himself in a fresh row over his recent work Lakshmi’s NTR, a biopic on the matinee idol of Telugu cinema and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NT Rama Rao. The movie, which tells the story of NTR from the perspective of his second wife Lakshmi Parvathi, sh...

Transgenders say Modi’s muscular nationalism is of no use to them

“The festival of democracy belongs to us as much as it is about any Indian man and woman. But the third gender is invisible,” says Rizwan Ansari, founder of Basera Samajik Sansthan that works for the rights of the transgender people in the National Capital Region. In an election laced with the rhetoric of masculine nationalism and development, R...

Despite hardships, Cuddalore govt school gets 100% pass in class X after 66 years

Cuddalore, among the economically weaker districts of Tamil Nadu, is walking up the learning curve. The coastal district, where subsistence struggles of citizens push education to the fringes, has registered an 86.69 per cent pass in the class 12 results for 2019. It was but reported that around 61 of the 101 government schools got ‘results belo...

Child trade in Tamil Nadu: Why young mothers gave away their newborns 

"We did not have enough money to raise a fourth girl child. This is when Murugesan approached us and asked if we were willing to give away our baby to a childless couple," said a young mother in Pawarkadu village in Tamil Nadu’s Namakkal district. The tribal woman in her mid-20s said she and her husband agreed, thinking about the child’s future....

Kerala CEO confirms bogus voting, CPM in a fix

Kochi: In an embarrassment to the ruling CPI(M) in Kerala, the chief electoral officer, Teeka Ram Meena, on Monday, said bogus voting took place at a polling booth in Kannur district, Onmanorama reported on Monday (April 29). Three women were found doing it, the CEO was quoted as saying. "This happened at the polling booth at Pillathara in Kasaragod Lok S...

How rescued bonded labourers help those still trapped break shackles

Chennai: The Rescued Bonded Labourers Associations (RBLA) in Tamil Nadu has shown the significance of such groups in combating deep seated malaise of bonded labour in the state. One such association in Kancheepuram has been instrumental in busting a recent racket, where about 24 bonded labourers including 12 children were rescued from a wood cutting unit...

An ode to child of a lesser God who chases dreams with torn shoes

On April 22, Tamil Nadu held its head high, when Gomathi Marimuthu, a daughter of the soil, won the gold in the 800 meters sprint at Asian Athletics Championships. Social media was filled with warm wishes for her. Many updated their profiles with her photo, lauding her hard work and the training given by her coach. As the week progressed, one go...

Why Karnataka bypolls could change fate of JD(S)-Cong government

After a wrap up of the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka on April 23, political parties have now shifted their focus towards the two Assembly bypolls which are crucial for the stability of the state government. The elections to Chincholi and Kundgol Assembly seats are slated for May 19. At Chincholi, BJP’s Avinash Jadhav is pitted against Subhash...

NIA cracks down on suspected ISIS members in Kerala’s Kasaragod

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on April 28 conducted raids on the houses of three people in Kasaragod district in Kerala in connection with the serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka on April 21. The three had reported links to an Islamic State operative from the state. The Kerala police found that the suspects had avidly followed Zahran Hashim,...

KCR gears up for Round II of Federal Front mission

Hyderabad: Away from the heat and dust of the ongoing polling process, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has quietly renewed the efforts to push his idea of Federal Front, a conglomeration of regional parties as an alternative to the Congress and the BJP. KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, has drawn up a plan to visit states and meet...

Why voters in upscale South Delhi are talking about basics  

There are many ways and edifices to describe the South Delhi constituency. For some, it's the constituency of Delhi's rich and the powerful. For others, it is a hub of ordinary people with everyday problems of roti, kapda and makaan (basic necessities). The south Delhi parliamentary constituency, many Delhi lovers grudgingly complain, has lost i...

Journalist held for circulating fake letter over Lingayat division

The criminal investigation department on April 29 arrested a Bengaluru-based journalist in connection with publishing the fake letter over Lingayat religious. The fake letter, written in the name of Karnataka’s former home minister M B Patil, a Lingayat leader, to then Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, detailed the Congress party's wishes to divide L...

In Madurai, political poster war spills blood to cap long gang war

Madurai: The temple city of Madurai, set on fire by the mythical Kannagi of Tamil epic Silapathikaram, seems to be in the midst of a raging gang war. The rivalry, which started as a tiff between two men as many decades ago over sticking posters, seems to be never ending, law-enforces say. VK Gurusamy, a political aspirant from Ramanathapuram district,...

NIA searches at 3 places in Kerala as part of probe into ISIS module

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday (April 28) conducted searches at three places in Kerala as part of its investigation into the ISIS Kasaragod module case. The probe agency said in a statement that it carried out the searches at the houses of three suspects — two in Kasaragod and one in Palakkad. "These persons are suspected to h...

CBI takes over probe in Pollachi sexual harassment case

The CBI has taken over the investigation into alleged sexual harassment of a woman in Pollachi town of Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore district by a gang of men who had shot a video of her and blackmailed her demanding money, officials said. The agency has registered two FIRs in the matter - one pertaining to sexual harassment of the woman and second re...

Kerala CEO seeks report on alleged bogus voting

Chief electoral officer (CEO) of Kerala Teeka Ram Meena on Saturday (April 27) sought reports from Kasargod and Kannur district collectors over alleged bogus voting at various polling booths in the Kasargod Lok Sabha constituency. "We have got complaints from certain places. The Election Commission will take further action in this regard. We are...

TDP leader detained at Renigunta airport for carrying bullets

Tirupati: A Telugu Desam Party leader bound for Hyderabad by a private airlines flight was detained at the Renigunta airport on Saturday (April 27) for carrying 20 bullets, an airport official said. The party leader from Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh was handed over to police by the airport authorities as the bullets were detected during scanning, the...

Parts of Telangana to experience heat wave for three days

The northern parts of Telangana are likely to experience heat wave conditions for three days beginning Saturday, Met officials said. The temperatures are rising due to the winds blowing from the north westerly and northerly direction, a Met department official told. The highest maximum temperature of 44.7 degrees celsius was recorded during t...

Exam results fiasco: Committee points out errors, suggests measures

Hyderabad: The three-member committee of technical experts, appointed by the Telangana government following the furore over Intermediate examination results, pointed out certain lapses and suggested various measures for improvement, officials said on Saturday (April 27). In its report, submitted to the government on Saturday, the committee pointed out mist...

Cracking child trade case: Officials to sift through birth, death records

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Health department has come up with a multipronged strategy to investigate the case of baby trade in Namakkal, Rasipuram and Kolli Hills. Talking to The Federal, director of public health, Dr K Kolandasamy said that they have come up with three steps to trace the issue of babies being sold over the past two years. He said, “We are ...

To expedite cases of kids abuse, plans afoot to train doctors in POCSO Act

A recent state-level consultation in Tamil Nadu has shed light on the need to train doctors in The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Held by the Tamil Nadu Commission for the Protection of Child Rights in association with the UNICEF, the meet focused on ending violence against children. One of the recommendations finali...

In a show of solidarity, outfit appeals to Muslims to stand outside church

Mysuru: Mysuru chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has appealed to Muslims to stand outside a church on Sunday (April 28) while service is underway to offer solidarity to Christians following the terror attacks in Sri Lanka that killed over 250 people. President of JeIM, Mysore, Munawwar Pasha, said the appeal has been made to convey the message that the Mu...

Kerala medical institute gets Intellectual Property Award

Thiruvananthapuram: State-run Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) was presented the National Intellectual Property Award 2019. The recognition was in the category of 'Top Indian R & D institution and organisation for patents & commercialization'. The award was received by SCTIMST director Asha Kishore from secretar...

Thousands of tribals benefit from literacy drive in Kerala

Nearly 10,000 tribals, living in backward conditions, have been initiated into the world of letters in Kerala in the past two years, thanks to an epoch-making drive by a government agency. According to statistics, a total of 9,975 tribal people have been benefited from three programmes successfully implemented by the Kerala State Literacy Missio...

Chandrababu Naidu stays on collision course with poll panel

The actions of the Election Commission have come under scanner in Andhra Pradesh with the ruling Telugu Desam Party dubbing the state chief secretary L V Subrahmanyam, appointed by the poll panel, as “extra-constitutional authority.” While the state ministers have virtually declared a war on the top bureaucrat, the Chief Minister N Chandrababu N...

Gomathi Marimuthu: A story of deprivation, hardship and stardom

Gomathi Marimuthu (30 years), who made history by clinching gold at the 800 metre event in the Asian Athletics Championships earlier this week, almost hung up her boots a couple of years ago. Talking to The Federal, she recounts, “I had suffered an injury at a training camp and I thought my tryst with sports was over. My friends and family supporte...

Wild elephant deaths shoot up without dedicated corridors

Tamil Nadu is witnessing a new and emerging conflict in its villages, especially on forest fringes. The people live in constant fear and are wary of the ‘animals of the night’ which wantonly feed on the fruits of their tedious toil. Welcome to the new reality where peaceful coexistence with the ‘immediate fauna’ has slowly given way to gory confron...

Playback theatre effect: Enacting a change in lives of kids in govt homes

A 10-year-old Anandhi* would not stop talking or getting into fights with her classmates and friends at a government home in Tamil Nadu. Her teachers grappled with her behaviour and would reprimand her for her misdemeanours, but all their efforts were in vain. However, they found a solution to make her fall in line, playback theatre. The theatre fo...

Yettinahole project points to transition of water wars from inter-state to intra-stat...

Bengaluru: The controversial Yettinahole Project (Netravati River Diversion Project) faces the ire of environmentalists as the government now plans to draw water from two other tributaries — Kapila and Kumaradhara — of river Netravati, which originates from the Western Ghats. The environmental activists urged the district-in-charge minister and elected rep...

AAP says Gautam Gambhir has 2 voter IDs, files criminal complaint

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on April 26 claimed that the name of East Delhi BJP candidate Gautam Gambhir figures twice in electoral rolls and it has filed a criminal complaint against him in Tis Hazari Court over the issue. AAP East Delhi candidate Atishi said it is a criminal matter and called for his "immediate disqualification"."We have filed a crimi...

AIADMK chief whip seeks disqualification of 3 MLAs

AIADMK's chief whip Rajendran has sought the disqualification of three AIADMK MLAs. In a letter to Tamil Nadu speaker P Dhanapal, he has asked for the move against Kallakurichi MLA Prabhu, Virudhachalam MLA Kalaiselvan and Aranthangi MLA Rathnasabapathy, alleging their closeness to AMMK chief TTV Dhinakaran. Allegedly, the three had also campaig...

Library with a difference: How conversations help foster positivity

Hyderabad: Depression had taken hold of Saroja (name changed), a victim of domestic violence, that she had even contemplated committing suicide to end the suffering. However, after sharing her life experiences with a group of empathetic people, she is a changed person now. She now wants to fight the odds, come what may, and live for her children and for herse...

SC stays inquiry commission proceedings into Jaya’s death at Apollo

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on April 26 stayed the proceedings of an inquiry commission set up to probe the death of then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai in 2016. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing the appeal of Apollo Hospitals against the April 4 order of the Madras High Court rejecting its o...

Madras HC directs TN govt to hold meeting with social media companies

Chennai: The Madras High Court directed the Tamil Nadu government on April 25 to convene a meeting of law enforcement agencies and representatives of social media platforms next month to discuss issues relating to sharing of user data and how cybercrimes could be tackled more effectively. A division bench of justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad ga...

Hospital disaster management plan for Tamil Nadu finalised

Exactly two years after the expert committee was constituted with members of various departments, the recommendations on hospital disaster management are now ready to be submitted to the High Court for approval. The recommendations got prepared after the Madras High Court directed the formation of the committee, in 2017, following a petition by ...

BJP filed nearly 67% of total applications sent to MCMC: Delhi CEO

The Delhi CEO Office has received 365 applications till date on pre-certification of political advertisements by various political parties with the BJP filing a maximum of 244 applications, according to data shared by the poll body here on Wednesday (April 24). These advertisements to be played on TV or social media, among other platforms are to...

BJP’s bid to topple coalition govt in K’taka contigent on LS results

Bengaluru: The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Karnataka unit is looking forward to take advantage of the infighting in the ruling coalition between the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) to throw them out of power. But the prospects of that mission succeeding will largely depend on the outcome of the on-going general elections. On April 23, Ramesh Jarkiholi...

Public libraries struggle to survive onslaught of e-books, Kindles

The social media was abuzz with World Book Day celebrations on April 23. Users posted book reviews, selfies with their favourite books and photos of the books in their reading list. Once a year on this day, social media is every bibliophile's heaven. Any 'challenge' extended in social media sites tend to trend. Be it the ice-bucket challenge or ...

Outcry for Notre-Dame fire, but why no tears for temples back home?

Chennai: When the 800-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral in France caught fire, there was a huge public outcry. People across the globe including Indians took to social media to share their concern and despondency over the fire that gutted a part of the medieval historical structure. In contrast to the concern for Notre Dame, back home our indifference towards o...

Toppers fail, present marked absent: Spate of suicides after Class 12 exam

Hyderabad: 12 suicides in four days and still counting. Telangana is in a state of shock over a wave of suicides by students after the declaration of the 12th standard examination results. The tragedy is that the system has failed them. A major bungling in evaluation of answer sheets, awarding marks, and preparation of mark sheets evoked widespread outrage...

Tirumala temple reveals gold reserves after row over seizure

On April 17, a truck was stopped by the Static Surveillance Team of the Election Commission in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvallur district as part of vehicle checking in view of the elections scheduled the next day and the officials were dumbstruck to find it carrying over a 1,000 kg gold. It was not an ordinary truck but the one belonging to Punjab Nation...

Gambhir richest among LS candidates in Delhi

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir is the richest among all the candidates in fray for the Lok Sabha election in Delhi with total assets worth ₹147 core. The cricketer-turned-politician, who will be making his electoral debut from East Delhi, has shown an income of nearly ₹12.40 crore in the income tax returns filed for 2017-18. His wife Natash...

Parched Chennaiites pray forecast of freak storm comes true

All of Tamil Nadu is looking skyward and for good reason. Weather forecasters have predicted a freak cyclone and rain by the end of April. Independent weather analyst Pradeep John, who writes as Tamil Nadu Weatherman on Facebook, says cyclone is a probability and we will get more clarity in three days. With reservoirs dipping to less than 10% of...

Transwoman is also a bride under Hindu Marriage Act, says HC

Madurai: In an important ruling, the Madras High Court bench here has held that as per the Hindu Marriage Act, a transsexual is also a 'bride' and the term would not necessarily refer only to a woman. Justice GR Swaminathan gave the ruling on a petition filed by a man and a transwoman who approached the court after officials refused to register their mar...

K’taka polls 67% in phase 3 as sitting Cong MLA threatens to resign

With the second and last phase of polling complete in Karnataka, the 14 constituencies recorded a voter turnout of 66.64% at 8 pm on April 23. The region — North Karnataka — witnesses a straight fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress. Congress party leaders like Mallikarjuna Kharge and Eshwar Khandre, and BJP’s Prahlad Joshi, Anan...

Telangana Assembly all set to become Congress-mukt

Hyderabad: After a disastrous performance in the December 2018 Assembly elections, the Congress has been hit by steady desertions. As many 11 out of the 19 legislators have already announced their decision to cross over to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Two more MLAs are believed to have made up their mind to defect to the TRS camp. This would...

AIADMK declares nominees for 4 bypolls in TN

Chennai: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Tuesday (April 23) announced its candidates for bypolls to the four constituencies of Aravakurichi, Ottapidaram (SC), Tiruparankundram and Sulur.  While VV Senthil Nathan has been fielded in Aravakurichi, P Mohan is the candidate in Ottapidaram. S Muniyandi (Tirupparankundram) and VP Kanda...

World Book Day: Kalachuvadu makes its mark on Tamil literature

Chennai: With a population of around 8 crore, Tamil Nadu has a literacy rate of 80.09%, but only a meagre percentage display an interest in buying books. However, book fairs conducted in the state bring the Tamil publication industry some hope. The Chennai Book Fair, conducted by Book and Publishers’ Association of South India (BAPASI) and held annually ...

Polling in 20 LS constituencies underway in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Voting began for all 20 Lok Sabha constituencies of Kerala on April 23 in which Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Alphons Kannamthanam and two-time sitting MP Shashi Tharoor are key candidates. Enthusiastic voters queued at several booths even before 7am when the polling officially began for the third phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha...

Polling underway in Karnataka’s remaining 14 LS seats

Bengaluru: Second phase of polling is underway in the remaining 14 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, where the contest is between the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine and the BJP. Polling began at 7am in 28,022 polling stations that are mostly in the northern belt of the state, covering the entire Hyderabad-Karnataka and Mumbai-Karnataka regions, a couple ...

High Court upholds marriage between man and transwoman in TN

The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court (HC) on Monday (April 22) made a historic judgment that a marriage between a man and transwoman is valid and ordered its registration. A couple from Thoothukudi sought direction from Joint Registrar to register their marriage that was solemnised at a Hindu temple as per Hindu rights and customs. The mar...

4 JD(S) workers from Karnataka killed in Sri Lanka blasts

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on April 22 confirmed that four of the five Indians killed in Sri Lanka blasts on April 21 were Janata Dal (Secular) party workers. While the team is yet to identify the body of the fifth person, two others are still missing, according to CM. The deceased include Lakshmana Gowda Ramesh, KM Lakshminarayan, ...

Chandrababu Naidu in a fresh row with EC over review meetings

Hyderabad: The confrontation between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and the Election Commission refuses to die down even after completion of elections in the state. A fresh row broke out over whether the Chief Minister’s official meetings to review the status of various projects attract the provisions of the model code of conduct. The ru...

Results, entrance exam stress to keep helpline ringing in TN

Recently, the state-run helpline number 104 had a two-fold jump in the number of calls that they have received following the release of Class 12 exams. When compared to the average of 1,800 calls received on a daily basis, the helpline answered over 4,500 calls on the day of the results. Dr C Sivagurunathan, who heads the helpline, said that apa...

AMMK wants EC to allow agents round-the-clock security in EVM centres till counting d...

Chennai: The Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) headed by TTV Dhinakaran on Monday (April 22) urged the Election Commission (EC) to allow agents of political parties to stay round-the-clock at centres where EVMs used in the April 18 Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu are stored. A day after a woman tahsildar was suspended for alleged violation of norms ...

Dynasty politics in parties worsens as you head north in Karnataka

Keeping political power within the family is quite common in Karnataka. The past elections witnessed key leaders passing on their constituencies to second, third generation family members (sons and daughters), spouses, or field candidates based on lost political legacies of a particular family. While South Karnataka, which went to polls on April...

SC directs Madras HC to decide plea of TikTok app on April 24

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on April 22 directed the Madras High Court to decide on April 24 a plea of TikTok app seeking vacating of its ban order. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said if the Madras High Court fails to decide on the plea of TikTok app then its ban order will stand vacated. The apex court had earlier refused to stay the Madra...

Cong fields Sheila Dixit from Delhi north-east, declares names for 5 more LS seats

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday (April 22) announced the names of six candidates for Delhi Lok Sabha seats, fielding former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit from North-East Delhi, Ajay Maken from New Delhi and J P Agarwal from Chandni Chowk. "I'll do my best to fulfill the responsibility given to me. I've contested from here earlier, I know the people...

Tahsildar suspended for entering room with poll records

Madurai: The election authorities on Sunday (April 21) ordered the suspension of a woman Tahsildar here for violating the election code by entering a storage room, where polling records were kept. The suspension order was issued by the Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo after a detailed inquiry was conducted into the incident. The inquir...

What’s a slum? Who knows, but let’s get rid of it, is govt policy

Chennai: The lack of a clear definition of 'slum' under the Tamil Nadu Slum Areas (Improvement and Clearance) Act has resulted in an approach that stigmatises the people who live in them. Activists say the resettlement measures taken by the government, which are thoughtless and unplanned, following unprecedented evictions in the recent years are a violation...

A look at the 1990s: A time of mixed tapes, melodies and romances

The 1990s was an eventful decade. It's when the idea of love changed to include Valentine’s Day and its new commercial touch-ups. Phone booths in every street corner were filled with people in love, talking to their partners. The significance of red roses gained popularity, as did greeting cards and gifts. FM radios weren't as popular back then. Ne...

Delhi LS candidates to be announced in a day or two: Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi: Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit on Saturday (April 20) said the names of candidates for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital will be announced in a couple of days. She was talking to reporters after inaugurated a control room at the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) office for the Lok Sabha election campaign. "The party w...

Tahsildar enters EVM strongroom in Madurai, suspended

Chennai: Alleging that a woman official had entered the strongroom in Madurai Medical College, CPM and DMK cadres staged a protest in front of the institution early on April 21. According to sources, on the evening of April 21, a woman in the rank of tahsildar — identified to be Sambooranam — had allegedly stayed in the room for about two hours and had t...

In Bellary, an intense BJP-Congress battle masks livelihood issues

There was a time when the Hospet-Bellary National Highway was a stretch of dusty, bumpy road that tourists dreaded and mining trucks frequented. But things changed after the Supreme Court banned mining in 2011. Clean roads have replaced the older, unkempt ones in this region of Karnataka as no mining trucks come by now. Ballari (previously Bella...

KTR, the suave, urban face of TRS

In a state where film stars enjoy cult following, it was no surprise that K Chandrasekhar Rao named his son after the matinee idol of Telugu cinema and his favourite hero N Taraka Rama Rao (NTR) over 42 years ago. Decades later, he was to revive the movement for separate Telangana state to “liberate” the backward region from the “hegemony of set...

Telangana-Andhra data war resumes after poll break

Hyderabad: After a lull due to the elections, the sensational data theft case involving an information technology company providing IT solutions to Andhra Pradesh’s ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is back in focus with the Telangana police making fresh revelations that the company had access to private data of not just the Telugu states but also other states ...

The man who cared for ‘Madras that is Chennai’ passes away

Renowned historian S Muthiah passed away on Saturday (April 20). He was 89 years old. A chronicler of the cultural history of Madras, Muthiah was a writer, journalist and advocated for preservation of heritage. A renowned columnist, he was also the editor of the Madras Musings, a fortnightly newspaper that covered the history and heritage of Che...

Priyanka attacks NDA govt; says it “betrayed” people

Mananthawady: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Saturday (April 20) attacked the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, saying it had "betrayed" the faith of the people who had voted it to power. The AICC in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh also alleged all that the NDA government had done in last five years was to divide the country. "This is my country, thes...

Class 12 results: Why this Irula village is proud of Sangeetha

Chennai: The road to Veeramanoor seems unusually long in summers. Located in the Villupuram district, around 25 Irula tribal families live here on a waterbed, in small huts made of palm leaves. The houses here have no doors. Eighteen-year-old Sangeetha lives in one such house. The entrance of her house is decorated with Rangoli and with ‘welcome sir’ writte...

K’taka: BJP revives Lingayat issue to put Cong in a spot

Bengaluru: The Lingayat issue, which did not work for the Congress in the May 2018 Assembly elections, may return now to haunt the party in the run up to voting in North Karnataka for the second phase in the state on April 23. Consequently, the Congress is attempting to play down its support to a section of Lingayats who wanted their sect to be re-categori...

Why Mamata’s LS prediction is music to KCR’s ears

Hyderabad: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s prediction that Federal Front, a non-BJP and non-Congress formation, would form the next government at the Centre has come as music to the ears of the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who originally mooted the idea in March last year. Sources close to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) s...

Waiting to exhale: Why this Tamil Nadu village boycotted polls

When almost everybody else in Tami Nadu queued up outside polling booths on April 18, Shanthi Paranthaman, a homemaker from Nagaraja Kandigai, was busy cleaning her house, sweeping up dustpans of gray soot. This is one exercise in futility, Paranthaman says, she and other residents like her dread the most in a heavily polluted Nagaraja Kandigai on ...

A battle royale in North K’taka as hardy BJP takes on shaky Congress

Bengaluru: The election frenzy in Karnataka is far from over. While the southern half of the state voted on April 18, campaigning gains momentum in the 14 constituencies that go to polls in the third phase on April 23. The Bharatiya Janata Party currently holds 11 seats in the region but the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance wants to wrest power from the...

Formal political entry to coincide with assembly polls: Rajinikanth

Chennai: Tamil 'superstar' Rajinikanth on Friday (April 19) said his formal political entry will coincide with the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. The remarks virtually reiterate his earlier announcement that he will float a party by the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, due in 2021, and contest from all the 234 seats. "Whenever the assembly election...

Rohit Tiwari’s death unnatural, says autopsy report

Reports emerging in the media quoting the post-mortem report of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, 40, son of the late ND Tiwari, say that he died an unnatural death. Rohit Tiwari was probably smothered with a pillow, NDTV reported. Rohit Tiwari died at his Delhi residence on Tuesday and he was pronounced ‘brought dead’ at a hospital. Hospital authorities ha...

TTV Dhinakaran appointed general secretary of AMMK

Chennai: TTV Dhinakaran was elected as the general secretary of the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) on Friday (April 19) which will enable the party to get it officially registered as a political party. CR Saraswathi, AMMK spokesperson, said, "The appointment of Dhinakaran as the head of the party is complete, the registration of the party with the ...

CPI condemns attack on Hardik Patel

Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI Friday condemned the attack on Congress leader Hardik Patel, who was slapped by an unidentified man while addressing a poll rally in a village in Gujarat’s Surendranaga district. “CPI condemns attack on Hardik Patel. After all we are a democracy and in an election campaign, everyone is free to speak on policies and explain their position...

No reprieve for parties in TN as leaders draw strategy for 4 more bypolls

Chennai: A day after Tamil Nadu went to polls for 38 of its Lok Sabha seats and the by-elections to 18 constituencies, there seems to be no rest for the political parties in the state as preparations have begun for the remaining four by-election seats, scheduled on May 19. Aravakurichi, Tiruparankundram, Ottapidaram and Sulur are yet to go to polls. The ...

TN class XII results: Girls outperform boys

Chennai: Class XII results for Tamil Nadu State Board examinations were declared by the Directorate of Government Examination on April 19. Of the 8,69,423 students who appeared for the examination, 4,53,262 were girls and 3,89,250 were boys. The state recorded an overall pass percentage of about 91.3%. The pass percentage of the boys was 88.57% and girls...

End of LS polls notwithstanding Telangana still in election mode

Hyderabad: The election fever refuses to subside in Telangana. India’s youngest state has been continuously in an election mode ever since the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao opted for premature dissolution of Assembly in September last year and early elections. After polls to the Assembly in December last year and to the Lok Sabha on April 11, the state i...

Wide gap in claims vs reality on facilities for disabled in polling booths

Chennai: A day after disabled people in the state experienced difficulties at polling stations, despite the claims of the Election Commission to make the polls accessible for them, disability activists on Friday (April 19) demanded the department of the Welfare of the Differently Abled Persons in Tamil Nadu to take immediate action against visible gap betwe...

14 seats in Karnataka record 68.56% polling in Lok Sabha polls

The Lok Sabha elections is a litmus test for the ruling coalition of Congress- Janata Dal (Secular) in the state as it could be deciding factor for the stability of the state government. More so for the JD(S) with former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and his two grandsons contesting the elections. Polling in the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in ...

Caste pride, TTV factor, intense rivalry trigger TN poll violence

A spurt in violence, apparently driven by inter-party rivalry and fierce competition, was the most visible element of the elections in Tamil Nadu on April 18. This scale and magnitude of poll violence was not seen in the past 10 years. On Thursday (April 18), at least 10 people sustained injuries. More than 20 houses were damaged in stone-throwing ...

Retd babus take exception to Naidu’s conduct, complain to Governor

United Andhra Pradesh was known for its fairly neutral and apolitical bureaucracy. There were hardly any instances of confrontation between civil servants and their political masters. The interactions between the two have been largely dignified and mutually respectful. But now, in an unprecedented move, 34 retired IAS officers, including some fo...

Kerala BJP president charged for anti-Islam comments

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala police have registered a case against BJP state president P S Sreedharan Pillai for his alleged anti-Islam remarks. The case has been registered under Sections 153 and 153(A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on a complaint by CPI(M) leader V Sivankutty. Section 153(A) deals with 'Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of relig...

Barrier free, inclusive polls. Says who? ask voters with disabilities

Chennai: Rafiq Ahmed, an employee with a private concern in Thiruthuraipoondi in Thiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu, crawled his way up the polling booth to cast his vote. The Election Commission’s attempts to make the ongoing Lok Sabha polls a barrier free and 100 per cent accessible election has made no difference to his experience. Said the 32-year-old...

Will Bengaluru break its voter turnout jinx this election?

Bengaluru: Bengaluru is infamous for its low polling percentage. Having just three Lok Sabha seats of the 28 in the state, Bengaluru has never touched the 60% mark in the past four decades that have seen 10 Lok Sabha elections. The three constituencies which account for more than one-sixth of the state’s 5.1 crore voting population (90.83 lakh voters), receiv...

Institute of Mental Health inmates vote for the first time

It has been 19 years since Manikam (name changed), who originally hails from Virudhunagar, voted. When he voted after almost two decades on Thursday (April 18) in the polling booth organised on the campus of the Institute of Mental Health in Chennai, much had changed. He felt as if he had exercised his franchise for the first time. He told The Fede...

TN protesters forget poll boycott vow, turn up at booths to vote

Chennai: The months that succeeded the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, witnessed a surge in protests, some even turning bloody – from the Jallikattu protests in January 2017 to the Tuticorin protests in May 2018 in which 14 protesters were killed in police firing. For the protesters who were already peeved with the Centre and state...

AIADMK alleges violation of model code by Dayanidhi Maran

Chennai: The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday (April 18) alleged violation of the model code of conduct by DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran, the candidate from Central Chennai Lok Sabha constituency, saying he sought votes on polling day. AIADMK party spokesperson and advocate RM Babu Murgavel lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, marking a c...

EVMs, VVPATs play truant; delay polling in Tamil Nadu

The introduction of the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in all the 38 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state, for the first ever time, did run into trouble with several complaints over its non-functioning leading to a delay in over 692 polling booths. The Electronic voting Machines (EVMs) too had its share of trouble with as many as 384 of ...

TTV Dhinakaran rides high on Amma sentiment

Chennai: Eyeing North Chennai, on the last leg of the campaign, Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam ‘s founder TTV Dhinakaran clearly indicated that he gives a lot of importance to grassroots. As he went on a rally starting from Perambur, where his party ‘s candidate Vetrivel is contesting, all the way into the neighbourhoods of Vyasarpadi and Otteri, before t...

EC campaigns for voting, nothing done to avoid glitches say voters

Even as Tamil Nadu’s election commission officials campaigned for weeks to achieve a target of 100% votes in the state, many complaints on the poor planning haven’t reflect on the commission’s aim to get maximum people to vote. While hours before the polling people rushing to their hometowns to vote remained stranded at major cities, the voting ...

Massive gold haul, cash seizures, arrests mark pre-poll day in TN

A massive gold haul was the high point of the day (April 17), a day ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu. The state will also see by-elections to 18 assembly seats on April 18. Poll officials seized 1,381 kg of gold, the highest in the recent past, from two mini-vans in Thiruvallur. There were 55 boxes, each with 25 kg of gold. Sources said t...

Yes, no, may be: The AAP-Congress conundrum in Delhi

The elections to seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi are taking place on May 12, almost certainly. What is still uncertain is who is fighting against whom. After months of flip-flops over an alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are yet to reach an understanding. The question now is, is it going to be ...

Telangana to add 1,000 MW solar power capacity in 6-8 months

Telangana will add another 1,000 MW of solar energy capacity in next six to eight months taking the total installed capacity to over 4,500 MW in solar power segment, a senior official said on Wednesday (April 17). Telangana stands at second position with a generation capacity of over 3,500 MW commissioned through solar energy. Another 1,000 MW a...

Islamic Art Gallery to further elevate Hyderabad’s Salar Jung Museum

Hyderabad is famous not just for its iconic Charminar, majestic Golconda Fort and lip-smacking ‘biryani’ but also for Salar Jung Museum which boasts of the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world. Located on the banks of Musi River, Salar Jung Museum (SJM), for its sheer collection of artefacts from around the world, stands tall in t...

Granted statehood, Delhi will be turned into model city: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said if Delhi is granted full statehood, he will turn it into a model city and an example for the world with everyone in the national capital having their own flat. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief alleged that the people of Delhi were insulted time and again by the central government which had gi...

Bypolls score over LS polls in TN as DMK, AIADMK vie for Fort St George

Even as Tamil Nadu is all set to go for a single-phase parliamentary elections on April 18, for the two major Dravidian parties, it’s the bypolls to the 22 seats that matter more. While by-elections to 18 seats would take place alongside the general elections, bypolls for the remaining four seats will take place on May 19. The outcome of the electi...

Cong, BJP locked in direct contest in B’lore; Both hope to romp home

In Bengaluru, it’s a straight fight between the BJP and the Congress. The grand old party, which was on the back foot until recently, has put up an intense fight, to revive itself, in the IT capital of India. The BJP, which has been holding all the three seats for two terms in a row, is still banking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to emerge victor...

150 AMMK men booked for preventing flying squad from conducting searches

Theni: Cases were registered on Wednesday (April 17), against 150 AMMK members for preventing a flying squad team from discharging its duty, with four people being arrested in this connection, police said. Authorities had conducted a search at a store in Theni Lok Sabha constituency on Tuesday night following inputs about suspected cash, during which ...

Chidambaram slams income tax for “partial” action in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on April 17 accused the income tax department of taking "autocratic and partial" action in Tamil Nadu in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections. A day after income tax sleuths along with poll flying squad carried out raids at the residence of DMK leader Kanimozhi at Tuticorin, Chidambaram in a series of tweets sa...

‘AIADMK planted the cash seized’

Theni: Rejecting all allegations levelled against him and his party, in connection with the raid, at the AMMK's office in Aandipatti, which yielded ₹1.48 crores in cash, AMMK’s Thanga Tamilselvan on Wednesday, (April 17) accused the AIADMK of planting the money. Accusing the Election Commission of colluding with the AIADMK, Tamilselvan said, “The cash ...

Why Andhra Pradesh suffers from bifurcation blues

Hyderabad: February 20, 2014 marked a red letter day in the prolonged and turbulent struggle for creation of separate Telangana state, with the Rajya Sabha passing the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill. Ironically, it was also a day that sowed the seeds of discontent in the residuary AP for losing out heavily in the process of bifurcation, particularly th...

Police fire in air as crowd takes poll officials captive in Theni

The police fired four rounds in the air to disperse a violent crowd and rescue poll officials who were reportedly held captive in Andipatti, Theni when they attempted to raid the AMMK’s party office in the locality late on Tuesday. Based on a tip-off that cash was being distributed to voters, poll officials in the Andipatti constituency tried to...

EC cancels Vellore LS poll hours after campaigning winds up for 2nd phase

The Lok Sabha elections to the Vellore Lok Sabha constituency, in Tamil Nadu, scheduled from April 18, has been cancelled, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has said. On Monday (April 15), The Federal had reported that the election was likely to be countermanded and that the EC had sent a report to the President for his approval. Reports sa...

JD(S) may have it easy in Hassan unlike Mandya

Bengaluru: Unlike in Mandya, where many voters are hesitant to back the Janata Dal (Secular) for its dynasty politics, the party may have it easy in its bastion, Hassan Lok Sabha constituency. In Hassan, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda’s grandson Prajwal Revanna contests against Congress party’s rebel candidate A Manju, who moved to Bharatiya Janata Pa...

Going beyond 2G: The many faces of A Raja

Clad in a white shirt and dhoti, along with a muffler bearing the colours of his party – the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)'s Andimuthu Raja is busy helming a campaign in the Nilgiris constituency. Raja is contesting the Lok Sabha elections for the third time in a row, and the DMK, which has a hold in the hills, has chosen A Raja as its candidate....

Delhi woman dragged on platform after saree gets stuck in Metro door

New Delhi: A 40-year-old woman suffered head injuries on Tuesday after her saree got stuck in a carriage door of a Delhi Metro train as it was about to leave a station, due to which she got dragged on the platform, her husband said. The victim, Gita, was travelling with her daughter when the incident took place at the Moti Nagar metro station on the Blue L...

I-T raids on premises of people linked to JD(S) in Mandya, Hassan districts

Bengaluru: Income tax officials on April 16 carried out coordinated raids on the premises owned by people allegedly linked to JD(S) in Mandya and Hassan districts,where party supremo HD Deve Gowdas grandsons Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna are contesting their maiden Lok Sabha elections. Sources in the I-T department said the searches were conducted...

Noble gesture: Sitharaman calls on injured Tharoor, T’puram MP thanks her

Thiruvananthapuram: At a time when smear campaigns, sexist rants and hate speeches plague Indian politics, a goodwill gesture of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman towards Congress MP Shashi Tharoor seems to have reinstated people’s faith in good politics. Sitharaman, on Tuesday (April 16) called on Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who got admitted to a hospital in...

Nirmala Sitharaman missing in action during poll season

New Delhi: Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, who has been a regular visitor to Tamil Nadu and has been keenly participating in its politics is not to be seen for a while. This has led to tongues wagging.  Over last few years the defence minister has emerged as most visible representative of the Central government in the state. She has been regularl...

HC dismisses plea seeking action in Meenakshi Amman temple fire tragedy

Madurai: The Madras High Court bench April 16 dismissed a petition seeking action against officials, including executive officer of Sri Meenakshi Amman temple here, for a major fire which broke out in the temple in 2018. Justices N Kirubakaran and S S Sundar said the fire was an accident and nobody could be blamed for the same. More than 30 shops were de...

EC pulls five campaign videos of AIADMK off air, says they violate poll rules

Chennai: In a major setback to the ruling AIADMK party, the Election Commission (EC) on April 15 banned the telecast of two of its Lok Sabha campaign advertisements targeting the DMK. The EC so far has pulled five of AIADMK’s poll advertisements off air, citing that they were based on unverified allegations or distortions. The first video to be taken off...

Vellore Lok Sabha constituency heading towards poll cancellation

Chennai: The Lok Sabha elections are likely to be countermanded in Vellore and the Election Commission of India has sent a report to the President for his approval, sources say. There was no official confirmation on this but reports said the EC's move comes in the wake of the recent cash seizures in the district. Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu chief elec...

TN chief electoral officer: Poll panel needs to keep pace with cyber space

Chennai: The Election Commission of India (ECI) is yet to ascertain the magnitude of cyber spend that political parties are making, Tamil Nadu chief electoral officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo has said. He told The Federal in an exclusive interview that the commission was in constant talks with all social media companies including Facebook, Twitter, Instagr...

HC sends notice to TN govt on Rajiv Gandhi case convict Nalini’s plea

Chennai: The Madras High Court on April 15 ordered notice to the Tamil Nadu government on former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict S Nalini’s plea to allow her to appear in person and argue a case seeking ordinary leave to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding. Nalini, who has been in prison for 28 years, had approached the Ma...

Telangana SIT to probe case related to ‘unauthorised storage’ of Aadhaar details

Chennai: The case relating to “unauthorised usage and storage” of details of 7.82 crore Aadhaar holders from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be transferred to a Special Investigation Team appointed by the Telangana government, a senior police official said on Monday (April 15). Based on a complaint by officials of Unique Identification Authority of India ...

Kanimozhi banks on her roots to get elected from Tuticorin

Stalin went through a long period of political incubation and grooming before he became the working president of the DMK when his father, M Karunanidhi's health declined. Stalin and his brother Azhagiri were marked out as political prospects early on. Kanimozhi, however, seemed content to be known as a writer, poet and journalist. She has said in m...

Annual fishing ban along TN coast comes into effect

The annual 61-day fishing ban along the Tamil Nadu coast came into effect from Monday (April 15) in view of the breeding season. Fisheries Department assistant director in Rameswaram M Gopinath said nearly 12,000 mechanised boats in 13 districts including Ramanathapuram, Tuticorin, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore among others in the state would stay of...

Delhi teenager shot dead while filming TikTok video

New Delhi: A 19-year-old was allegedly shot dead by his friend here as they posed with a pistol to make a video on mobile app TikTok, the police said. According to PTI, on April 13, Salman along with his friends Sohail and Amir went out for a drive to India Gate. While returning, Sohail seating next Salman, who was driving the car, pulled out a countrymade...

Cop on election duty booked for selling postal vote to DMK

Chennai: Tirunelveli police on April 15 booked a police sub inspector for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 7,500 in exchange of his postal vote to the DMK. Police personnel and government official deployed in election duty can cast their votes through post. The dates, however, differ according to the designation of the officer and the place of duty. Gov...

Elections robs sheen off Koovagam Festival

Koovagam: The run up to the Lok Sabha elections and the by elections in the state has turned out to be a dampener for the  transgender community’s annual Koovagam Festival in the state. The Koovagam festival, which is observed in the village by the same name in Villupuram, sees a confluence of over 10,000 transgenders every year. Attracting visitors from ...

Why Chandrababu Naidu is unusually aggressive and angry

Soon after the simultaneous polling for the 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats on April 11, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu went on the offensive against the Election Commission (EC) for "widespread malfunctioning" and "shoddy arrangements" of electronic voting machines (EVMs). An unusually aggressive and angry Naidu ma...

Ex-MP’s wife found murdered in Chennai

Chennai: Former AIADMK MP Kulandaivelu’s wife was found murdered at her house in Besant Nagar, Chennai on Sunday (April 14) night. The deceased was identified as Rathinam, 63, residing alone at her residence after the demise of her husband Kulandaivelu, a couple of years ago. Kulandaivelu was an AIADMK MP representing the Tiruchengode constituency betwee...

Modi pitches time-tested nationalistic slogans in Karnataka

Bengaluru: Two rallies Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed on April 13 were held in Karnataka — Mangaluru and Bengaluru. The PM invoked a sense of nationalism in both places ahead of the state going to polls in two phases on April 18 and 23. The day's speeches were no different from the earlier ones where he mocked the Congress and its legacy. To woo th...

NEET will not be scrapped, will convince AIADMK: Piyush Goyal

Chennai: Union minister Piyush Goyal on April 12, who was in Chennai, said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would convince their alliance partner All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) to not scrap the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). This comes at a time when the AIADMK - the ruling party - has been promising exemption from NEET...

3 held in Delhi for duping people through fake job website

New Delhi: The Delhi Police have arrested three persons, including a woman, who used to dupe job aspirants through fake websites of a well-known online job platform, officials said on Sunday (April 14). The arrested were identified as Raju Kumar (24) and Ravi Kumar (21) of Bihar’s Aara district, and Aamna (25), a resident of Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh area, they...

SDMC conducts demolition drive in Nizamuddin area for decongestion

New Delhi: An anti-encroachment drive was conducted by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in Hazrat Nizamuddin area on Sunday (April 14) to relieve the area of illegal parking and traffic congestion, officials said. The area gets a lot of traffic as it has various heritage sites, including the shrine of Sufi Saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya and Hum...

The jinx called Polavaram: when will it be completed?

Hyderabad: Conceived at a cost of just ₹6.5 crore before India achieved the independence to now a whopping ₹58,000 crore, it remains perhaps the most jinxed project in the country, best exemplifying lack of political will, the Centre-State wrangling and red-tapism. From reorganisation of states to formation of Andhra State, its merger with then Hyderabad Sta...

How the elections overshadowed Ambedkar Jayanthi celebrations

With the ongoing general election, there are restrictions all over the country to celebrate Dr Ambedkar’s Jayanthi. This has created ripples among the Ambedkarites and the people who value the constitution. They believe that citing the elections as a reason is superficial and that the restrictions show the society and the governments have a restric...

Have written to LG on Mayapuri sealing issue: South Delhi Mayor

The mayor of BJP-led South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Saturday (April 13) slammed the AAP government over the sealing issue in Mayapuri that led to clashes in the area, and said he has written to the Lt Governor and the chief secretary in this regard. Mayapuri falls under south zone of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). Mayor Nare...

Water-starved Kolar, Chikkaballapur farmers start a white revolution

The twin districts of Kolar and Chikkaballapur were known for their mulberry cultivation and vegetable production, which catered to the burgeoning Bengaluru population. But with recurring droughts resulting in severe water scarcity and depleting ground water resources, some farmers quit agriculture and migrated to cities, while others slowly shifte...

Naidu accuses EC of bias, complains on transfers, EVMs; EC rebuts

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday (April 13) met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora here and submitted a memorandum alleging that a large number of EVMs malfunctioned during polling in the state on Thursday and inadequate security led to incidents of violence. Accusing the Election Commission of bias, he claimed ...

Days ahead of LS poll in Kerala, Sabarimala outfit holds protest

Thiruvananthapuram: With the Lok Sabha election just nine days away in Kerala, activists of an umbrella organisation of various Hindu outfits on April 13 staged a dharna to protest the alleged mass imposition of cases against them in connection with the Sabarimala agitation. Sabarimala Karma Samithi, which had spearheaded the agitation against the CPI(M)-led LDF go...

Electorates turn tables, seek vision and dictate demands for voting

Chennai: In a paradigm shift from choosing their representatives based on their manifestoes, a section of electorate has decided to dictate their own and get the affidavits signed by the MP aspirants in their respective constituencies. Fed up of the elected representatives' apathy towards issues like water scarcity and rapid deterioration of water bodies...

Tamil Nadu tops list of cash seizures with ₹181 crore

Chennai: Of a total of ₹628.53 crore cash seized by various enforcement agencies across the country since the model code of conduct came into force on March 10, Tamil Nadu topped the list with ₹181.08 crore. According to the seizure report released by the Election Commission of India (ECI), the worth of cash, liquor, gold and silver seized in the state a...

Rebellion, groupism rock Cong-JD(S) combine in K’taka; May favour BJP

Bengaluru: Politics is more than simple arithmetic. As campaigning ends in parts of Karnataka, which goes to polls on April 18, the transfer of votes between allies the Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress holds the key to winning the Lok Sabha elections. After having fought the state elections against each other last year, working together was difficult for ...

DMK declares candidates for bypolls to 4 seats in TN

Chennai: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Saturday (April 13) declared its candidates for the four constituencies in Tamil Nadu, where bypolls are due on May 19. It has fielded Pongalur Palanisamy in Sulur, V Senthil Balaji (Aravakurichi), P Saravanan (Thiruparankundram) and MC Shanmugaiah (Ottapidaram). Counting for all four will be on May 23. ...

Former bureaucrat D Babu Paul is dead

Thiruvananthapuram: Former Kerala additional chief secretary, writer, and orator D Babu Paul is nor more. He passed away early Saturday following a heart ailment at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. He was 78. Babu Paul, as project coordinator and collector of Idukki had commissioned the Idukki arch dam, one of the largest in Asia. Babu Paul ...

SC upholds HC judgment on Pon Manickavel; lets him probe idol theft cases in TN

The Supreme Court on Monday (April 8) allowed the continuance of retired police officer Pon Manickavel as the investigation officer of the idol theft cases in Tamil Nadu. However, it restrained him from arresting anyone, during the course of investigation, and bestowed that responsibility on the newly-appointed Additional Director-General of Police...

AAP capable of defeating both BJP, Cong in Delhi: Gopal Rai

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party is capable of defeating both the BJP and the Congress in Delhi and an alliance is possible with the Congress only when it will be done on 33 Lok Sabha seats, said AAP leader Gopal Rai Friday. Earlier in the day, the Congress announced that it will fight the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi alone but maintained that it is still willin...

Why BJP needs to lose its Hindutva rhetoric to woo the Tamil voter

The seven phase Lok Sabha elections to decide the next Prime Minister of India is underway and as the incumbent BJP government targets a second term, the national party is still struggling for an identity and it just reinforces its unpopularity in Tamil Nadu, dominated by Dravidian politics. The sense that BJP lacks relevance in the state has ju...

Jagan Mohan Reddy: The enfant terrible of Andhra politics

Hyderabad: On September 3, 2009, when news channels constantly beamed images of a grieving young man receiving the mourners with folded hands on the day the charred body of Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy arrived in Hyderabad, not many outside Andhra Pradesh knew who he was. However, within hours, it became clear that he was a man in a hurry; barely 36...

Lack of choice leaves disillusioned Chennai with Dayanidhi Maran

Chennai: Former telecom minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s candidate Dayanidhi Maran might very well reclaim Chennai Central constituency.  Maran, who won from Chennai Central twice, before losing in the previous elections to All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s SR Vijayakumar, is poised for a prestigious battle. In the fray with him are newe...

Congress to contest alone in Delhi: PC Chacko

New Delhi: After weeks of uncertainty over its alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi, the Congress has finally announced to contest all seven seats in Delhi alone, ANI reported. “We are not able to have an alliance with AAP, we will contest alone," Congress's Delhi in-charge PC Chacko said, while addressing a press conference at the party headquarters. ...

Congress says no alliance with AAP in Delhi, keeps options open

New Delhi: After weeks of uncertainty, the Congress has finally announced that an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will not materialise in Delhi, ANI reported. “We are not able to have an alliance with AAP, we will contest alone," Congress's Delhi in-charge PC Chacko said, while addressing a press conference at the party headquarters. He, however, s...

PM’s promise of ‘acche din’ lures Cong voters in K’taka

Bengaluru: Kolar and Chikkaballapur Lok Sabha constituencies, which remained a safe bet for the Congress until now, face an anti-incumbency trend. While former chief minister Veerappa Moily, who comes from Dakshina Kannada district, seeks his third term from Chikkaballapur, former union minister KH Muniyappa seeks an eighth term from Kolar. Both the consti...

I-T sleuths raid 12 locations in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: Based on a tip-off, Income-Tax sleuths raided the premises of contractors and financiers at 12 locations across Tamil Nadu on Friday (April 12). The raid was based on information about the possession of unaccounted cash by a contractor firm, PSK engineering construction company. According to sources, “Raids are happening at three places in Chenn...

Father’s son battles anti-incumbency against dad, says target should be Modi

Karti Chidambaram would like this election to be about Modi, the future of the nation, the alliance, and his promises to Sivaganga voters. But his critics would like to talk about development, or the lack of it in Sivaganga. Karaikudi is the prosperous, commercial hub of the constituency. Its well laid streets and detached houses talk of a comfort...

Bypolls matter more for Dravidian majors than LS seats in TN

Chennai: Tamil Nadu is facing a single phase parliamentary poll on April 18. But a more intense battle is being waged for bypolls in 22 Assembly seats. The latter, sort of mini-Assembly elections, will decide the fate of the ruling AIADMK government. As far as Parliamentary elections are concerned on paper AIADMK alliance is strong, but ground reports an...

KM Mani’s mortal remains laid to rest with full State honours

Pala: The mortal remains of Kerala Congress (M) chairman and former State minister K M Mani were laid to rest with full State honours at the St Thomas Cathedral cemetery on Thursday (April 11). The funeral service was led by top priests of the Catholic Church. Thousands of people assembled at his residence and the Church paid tributes to Mani, who die...

EC examining Modi’s Balakot air strike remarks at Latur

New Delhi: Local poll authorities in Maharashtra are learnt to have told the Election Commission (EC) here that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks asking first-time voters to dedicate their vote to those who carried out the Balakot air strike, are prima facie violative of its orders, asking parties against using the armed forces in their campaigns. Add...

SC allows 2 Kerala temples to display fireworks during ‘Thrissur Pooram’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday (April 11) allowed two temples in Kerala - Thiruvambady Devaswom and Paramekkavu Devaswom - to display fireworks during the 'Thrissur Pooram' festival. The annual festival, celebrated since 1798, will be take place between May 7-14 this year. The top court directed the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organization (PESO)...

Delays due to faulty EVMs push Andhra polling into late night

Amaravati: Polling was going on in over 300 booths late into Thursday night (April 11) in different districts of Andhra Pradesh as faulty EVMs hampered voting in the day. Though the scheduled polling time ended at 6 pm, voters in the queue waiting outside the booths were being allowed to exercise their franchise. "Even if it is midnight, those in the queue...

Two killed in Andhra poll violence, Telangana stays peaceful

Hyderabad: The polling in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday (April 11) was marred by violence and group clashes, leading to the death of two people, while its sibling Telugu state of Telangana witnessed peaceful voting on Thursday. The voter turnout in the two states was 62 per cent (approx.) as polling booths witnessed large queues in the last hour. In Andhra...

Woman makes strange vow to see Cong candidate’s defeat in Trichy

Chennai: It seems to be a vow of a different sort – a Chennai-based woman says she will clean the footwear of devotees visiting a temple in Tiruchirapally if the congress candidate loses the election in the constituency. After offering a prayer at Srirangam temple in Tiruchirapally, Narmadha Nandhakumar, a resident of Anna Nagar in Chennai, urged the peo...

Violence, group clashes, murder rock Andhra Pradesh on polling day

Hyderabad: The brisk polling in Andhra Pradesh for the 175-member Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats was marred by violence and group clashes between supporters of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the opposition YSR Congress party (YSRCP) at several places across the state resulting in the death of a TDP activist. TDP worker Siddha Bhaskar Reddy was ki...

ONGC, Vedanta seek environmental consent for exploration in Cauvery delta region

Vedanta Limited and Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC) have approached the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF&CC) seeking environmental consent to drill 341 wells across the Cauvery delta region to assess the environmental impact for oil and gas exploration. While Vedanta has sought permission for 274 wells, ONGC woul...

Will Nilgiris repeat its NOTA record this time?

With the Blue Mountains gearing up for the 17th Lok Sabha elections, buzz has it that the district may register the highest number of NOTA (none of the above) votes among SC constituencies in the country, for the second time in a row. The district recorded 46,559 NOTA votes, the highest in Tamil Nadu in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. It was also the hig...

Cyber-savvy Naidu wants country to revert to ballot paper

Hyderabad: Known for his penchant for adopting modern technologies in administration and real-time governance, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, however, sounded paradoxical when he raised doubts over the credibility of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and renewed the demand to revert to the ballot paper system. The Chief Minister’s dem...

TN CEO ropes in sign language interpreter for press briefings

Chennai: In a first time in Tamil Nadu's electoral history, the chief electoral officer's was accompanied by a sign language interpreter while addressing a press conference at the Secretariat here on Thursday (April 11). While TN's chief electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo briefed the media on election updates, Suresh Kumar, a special teacher, simultaneou...

EVM demo, street play impact people in need of psycho-social needs

KG Anu (name changed), who is recovering at the Institute of Mental Health in the city, hasn’t voted in about a decade. But on April 18, she will cast her vote again. Anu is not alone, for there is Benson*, a resident of Bengaluru, who has been under the care of doctors here for almost a decade. He expresses his wish to vote a secular and strong go...

Clashes between TDP, YSRCP workers, EVM vandalism mar polls in Andhra

Amaravati: Clashes broke out on Thursday (April 11) between workers of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress at various places in Andhra Pradesh even as technical glitches in electronic voting machines (EVMs) hampered the poll process at numerous polling booths as voting got underway for 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly seats. In Guntakal, former MLA and ...

How tea brews trouble for parties in the Nilgiris

The Nilgiris: The mountains of the Nilgiris are always green – for, the people say, the tea plantations of the Nilgiris keep it green. The lives of people in the Nilgiris are inextricably intertwined with tea. There are more than 65,000 small tea-growers in the district. The Tea Board of India defines small tea-grower as one who owns 10.15 hectares (ha) of te...

Elephant tramples man to death

Thiruvananthapuram: A 67-year-old man was trampled to death by a wild elephant at Kallar, about 45 km from here on April 10, police said. The deceased, identified as Mallan Kani, was an inhabitant of the Mottamoodu tribal settlement. Kani, who had gone into the forest to collect firewood and other items, was missing for the last three days, they said, adding his ...

Goal is to replicate Telangana model nationally: Kavitha of TRS

Hyderabad: After securing resounding mandate for a second term in office, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has now set its sights on a larger role at national level as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress. During the campaign for Lok Sabha election, the party, headed by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, invoked federal spirit and focused ...

FIR filed against 3 including DMK Vellore candidate Kathir Anand

Chennai: The Katpadi police on April 10 registered an FIR against DMK’s Vellore candidate Kathir Anand based on a complaint filed by the Election Commission. Income Tax (IT) officials reportedly seized ₹11.53 crore from Pooncholai Seenivasan, an associate of DMK treasurer Durai Murugan and ₹10 lakh from the residence of Murugan's son Kathir in Vellore , ...

With 2 lakh people displaced in 2018, forced evictions a national crisis

Chennai: There is a rampant issue of forced evictions happening across the country, with as many as 2,00,000 persons evicted in India in 2018, according to a report released on April 9 in New Delhi. Forced evictions, as defined by the United Nations Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural  Rights, is the ‘permanent or temporary removal against the...

Like it or not, Rafale will be probed now, Cong tells Modi

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday (April 10) hailed the Supreme Court's decision allowing leaked documents to be used by petitioners seeking review of the Rafale judgement, saying skeletons in the "scam" are tumbling out and now there is "no official secrets act" to hide behind for the Modi government. The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed leaked docum...

Modi govt compromised on national security: Yechury on Rafale

New Delhi: Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury alleged on Wednesday (April 10) that the government has compromised on national security. Continuing his attack on the ruling party over the Rafale fighter jet deal with France, Yechury said the deal "promoted cronyism". "Modi and his...

Telugu states emerge as cynosure of all eyes

Hyderabad: The outcome in the two Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, going to polls in a single phase on April 11, holds the key to the shape of the next government at the Centre, in the event of a fractured mandate. With both the national parties being fringe players in the two states, the formidable regional parties—Telangana Rashtra Samithi ...

Meet DMK’s poster girl for scrapping NEET in Tamil Nadu

On a sunny Sunday in April, the narrow lanes of Pudhu Kotagiri village in the Kotagiri block of the Nilgiris district wears a deserted look. Pudhu Kotagiri, it seems, has deliberately set itself aside from the bustling bazaars of Kotagiri. The village looks distinctly quaint with an infrequent bus connectivity. Missing a bus to Pudh...

I-T dept seeks action against K’taka CM for intimidating officers

Bengaluru: The income tax department has written to the Chief Electoral Officer seeking legal action against Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and a host of his cabinet colleagues for allegedly intimidating tax officers and obstructing them from discharging duties, sources said Tuesday (April 9). The Chief Minister, former...

Colony residents wry as political leaders troop in for precious votes

Chennai: Suganya (name changed), who has been a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) loyalist, has resolved she would never vote for the party again. Born and raised in Thideer Nagari in Thousand Lights, she moved to Perumbakkam almost two years ago after the slum settlement was removed by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board. Sujatha says bitterly that their ‘th...

Crucial by-polls to four TN constituencies on May 19

Chennai: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday (April 9) announced bypolls to four constituencies in Tamil Nadu along with one each in Goa and Karnataka. In Tamil Nadu, bypolls were announced for the Aravakuruchi, Ottapidaram, Sulur, and Thiruparankundram constituencies. Aravakuruchi and Ottapidaram constituencies became vacant after the two ...

The curious case of namesakes and pressure cooker

Chennai: It looks like the assembly by-elections in Tamil Nadu is a case of too many coincidences. A closer look at the candidates fighting it out reveals that in three among the 18 constituencies set for by-polls, the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam’s (AMMK) candidate shares his name with an independent candidate, but also the election symbol allotted for th...

KM Mani, Kerala legislator for 50 years, dies at 86

Kochi: Former Kerala Finance Minister and Kerala Congress (M) chairman KM Mani, 86, died at a hospital in Kochi on April 9 (Tuesday). He was suffering from respiratory ailments for some time. Mani represented the Pala assembly constituency for an unbroken 50 years. Mani entered politics as a Congress worker and became a block panchayat president. He wa...

Why angry farmers pose a threat to Telangana CM’s daughter in LS polls

Hyderabad: A thoroughly weakened Congress may not be in a position to put up a fight in Telangana but Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha is facing resistance from an unexpected quarter: angry farmers. As she seeks re-election from Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader is up against the growing ang...

Ayodhya case: Nirmohi moves SC, opposes Centre’s plea to return land

New Delhi: Nirmohi Akhara, one of the litigants in the Ayodhya case, moved the Supreme Court on April 9 opposing the Centre's plea which seeks to return to the original owners the 67.390 acre of "non-disputed" land it had acquired around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site. The Allahabad High Court in 2010 had decided that the 2.77-acre of dispu...

Politicians’ talk hits a new low as TN leaders slug it out in open

When MGR died in 1987, DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, an arch-rival of the actor-turned politician, while expressing his shock and grief in a melancholic letter, reminisced his early associations with the illustrious actor and his tireless work for the public when he switched to politics. Those were the days when the dirty linen of political rivalry ...

Rajinikanth backs BJP’s manifesto over interlinking of rivers

Chennai: A day after the BJP released its poll manifesto, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Tamil actor Rajinikanth welcomed the saffron party’s manifesto that highlighted the inter-linking of rivers. “If rivers in the country are interlinked, many will get employment and poverty will come down,” the actor told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. He also ...

Why middle-class Muslims struggle to escape the stereotype in Delhi

New Delhi: Delhi belongs to no one and everyone, says Mohammad Faizan from Bihar who has made the city his home for the past 20 years. “Everyone is a migrant here. But for Delhiites, I'm a Muslim first and a Bihari later. All others are Bengalis, Malayalis, Tamils, Punjabis, Biharis etc. But if you are a Muslim, for non-Muslims that becomes your first pehchan...

The Capital Paradox: Why road to Amaravati remains bumpy

Amaravati, touted as a world-class capital city that India has “never seen before”, presents a compelling picture of paradox; a social asymmetry that is too stark to ignore. Here are the images of irony: Ranga Rao, a medium farmer, made a cool ₹12 crore by selling four acres of his land and became an instant millionaire, thanks to an unprecedent...

‘Slum resettlement dwellers just vote banks’

Chennai: When Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo MK Stalin hit the Lok Sabha campaign trail along with the candidate from the Chennai South constituency, writer Tamizhachi Thagapandian, his first big meeting was in Kannagi Nagar. DMK spokesperson Tamilan Prasanna, said that Kannagi Nagar’s significance goes beyond the fact that it is a re-settlement...

LS polls first phase: Campaign to draw to a close in Telangana at 5 pm

Hyderabad: Barring Nizamabad and few places in Telangana, campaigning by political parties for the first phase of April 11 Lok Sabha polls will come to an end by 5 pm on April 9. Campaigning in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency, where 185 candidates are in the fray, will end at 6 pm and in 13 extremists-affected assembly seats covering five districts will end ...

Polls no special attraction for Telangana’s ‘joginis’

Medak: Elections bring hope and promise of a new start for most people. However, for over 2,000 'joginis' in northern Telangana, the exercise holds little meaning as the ancient religious practice that forced them into flesh trade as young girls has failed to find a mention in successive poll campaigns. The practice, also known as the Devadasi system, is ...

TN CM recalls 2G scam, questions Raja’s nomination in LS polls

Nilgiris: Taking a dig at DMK over the issue of corruption, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on April 8 raked up the 2G spectrum scam and said the appeal against acquittal of former Telecom Minister A Raja and others was pending and they "will get what they deserve." The AIADMK Joint Coordinator was canvassing votes for M Thyagarajan, his party's c...

Why depend on liquor sale for revenue, Madras HC asks TN govt

Chennai: The Madras High Court bench on April 8 asked the Tamil Nadu government why it could not create an alternative source of revenue, either by increasing taxes or introducing new taxes, instead of generating revenue from Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) liquor sale. The bench comprising justices N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar was hearing...

Shah meets Joshi, expected to call on Advani later

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah has met party veteran Murli Manohar Joshi on April 8 evening and is expected to meet LK Advani later. Shah is meeting the two leaders days after they were not given poll tickets. The BJP has fielded Shah from Gujarats Gandhinagar, a seat represented by Advani for many years. Joshi has been replaced by Satyadev Pachauri in...

High Court orders truce between TN CM and MK Stalin

Chennai: The Madras High Court on April 8 urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and DMK supremo MK Stalin to refrain from talking about the Kodanad dacoity-cum-murder case. Hearing a plea from the government seeking to vacate the stay against the defamation case filed on MK Stalin, the DMK leader, Justice GK Ilanthiraiyan called upon bot...

One more casteist party in TN: Badagas seek ST status

Chennai: No sophisticated van to campaign. No high-decibel audio systems. No entourage for the candidate. No cash distribution to the public. This is no ideal scenario of a political campaign but the electioneering style of the Baduga Desa party (BDP), which is testing the political waters for the first ever time. The party has been allotted 'kokka thadi’ (...

Uncle-niece romance goes awry, ends in murder

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu police arrested a 29-year-old youth from Dindigul on April 7 on the charge of murdering a 21-year-old girl, a relative of his, near Pollachi, in Coimbatore a few days ago. The body, with the throat slit, was found on the Dharapuram main road of Coimbatore on April 6, by 6 pm. The police sent the body to the Coimbatore Medical Coll...

Periyar statue vandalised days after clash between Dravidian, Sanghi outfits

Chennai: Days after the clash between the cadres of Hindu Munnani and Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) in Trichy over a controversial remark by DK leader K Veeramani, a statue of Dravidan ideologue and DK founder, Periyar EV Ramasamy was vandalised on April 8 in Aranthangi, Pudukottai district. The head of the Periyar statue was founded to be beheaded on April 8 m...

Increased farmer suicides may dampen BJP’s chances in Karnataka

Bengaluru: It’s been three years since the National Crime Records Bureau released statistics on farmer suicides, even as the situation in Karnataka, which has seen recurring droughts, continues to get worse. The state registered the second highest farmer suicide rate in the country. In 2014, about 768 farmers and farm labourers committed suicide in Karnataka....

Madras HC quashes land acquisition process for Chennai-Salem expressway

Chennai: In a major setback to the ruling AIADMK government, the Madras High Court on April 8 quashed land acquisition proceedings for the Chennai-Salem Greenfield expressway corridor. A division bench of Justice TS Sivagnanam and Justice Bhavani Subbaroyan, while allowing a batch of petitions moved by the PMK youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss, advocat...

Super cop turned Neta enters poll fray; adds flavour to campaign

Hyderabad: As a joint director of the CBI, V V Lakshminarayana did crack several high-profile cases and earned a reputation of being a tough and no-nonsense cop. In his new avatar as a politician contesting the Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha seat on a Jana Sena Party ticket, the former IPS officer finds electoral politics more intriguing and complex than some of the...

Ayyakannu to not contest against Modi in Varanasi

Founder and state president of Desiya Thenninthiya Nathigal Inaippu Vivasayigal Sangam (National South Indian River Interlinking Agriculturist Association), P Ayyakannu, on April 8, said he will not be contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Ayyakannu had met BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi...

Will Jagan Mohan Reddy step into YSR’s shoes?

Hyderabad: Padayatra and political power have a strange connection in the personality-driven politics of Andhra Pradesh. The recent history bears this out. Whoever undertook a walkathon, criss-crossing the state in a massive public outreach, had walked his way to power and occupied the Chief Minister’s seat. The 1,470-km-long padayatra that Y S Rajasekhar ...

Alternative front minus Cong or BJP impossible: Nara Lokesh

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu's son Nara Lokesh, who is contesting assembly elections for the first time, feels it is "impossible" to imagine an alternative force without the support of either the Congress or the BJP. He, however, wants the national parties to be prepared to play a supporting role if regional parties includin...

Freebies galore in poll manifestos of TDP, YSRCP

Hyderabad: Competitive populism was on full display as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress, the two main contenders for power in Andhra Pradesh, unveiled their election manifestos on April 6, promising virtually all things to all people. From crop investment assistance and interest-free loans to cash dole outs to various sections and total prohib...