Keyword : Tamil Nadu

TN investors meet may be affected by Jaya’s absence

Will J Jayalalithaa’s absence from administration affect the progress of Tamil Nadu? There is real danger of halting industrial development in TN and the first test is just ove

No surprises in byelections, huge win for ADMK in Jaya’s seat

As anticipated the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) won the assembly by-election to the prestigious Srirangam constituency of Tamil Nadu, earlier held by the party chief J J

DeitY wants Jaitley to look at revival of Nokia unit in TN

Finance minister Arun Jaitley can achieve twin objectives of getting an ally in Parliament and send signals to foreign investors about India’s tax regime by accepting a suggestion to revive N

Modi visit effect: Rijiu promises citizenship to Lanka refugees

After prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka recently, union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday met Lankan refugees in Gummidipoondi town near Chennai and a

TN sends Cauvery reminder to centre with a bandh

The dispute over Cauvery river water has taken many twists and turns over the years. The last week’s bandh in Tamil Nadu against the Karnataka government’s decision to construct a dam a

TN demands probe into forest killings by AP cops

While the Tamil Nadu government has asked the Andhra Pradesh to order for an enquiry on the police shooting, in which 20 people mainly from Tamil Nadu were killed on Tuesday, the National Human Rig

Tribals are at the mercy of forest gangs in TN and AP

Killing of 20 unarmed men in the forests of Chittoor near the abode of Lord Balaji in Tirumala by Andhra Pradesh special task force personnel is being termed as brutal massacre by the activists.

Apex court split over Jaya`s plea

The supreme court on Wednesday gave a split verdict on a petition challenging the appointment of G Bhawani Singh as special public prosecutor in former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa’

Jayalalithaa acquitted, back as TN chief minister soon

The Karnataka high court has acquitted J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case

BJP may want Jayalalithaa in active politics

The political reality, in former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case, is pretty clear. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government wants Jayalalithaa to be saved.

Panneerselvam quits, Jayalalithaa to be chief minister again

J Jayalalithaa has been elected as the legislature party leader of AIADMK on Friday and governor K Rosaiah has invited her to form the ministry. She will be sworn in at 11 am on Saturday and this w

IIT group’s episode raises question about TN students’ politics

Last week there was a major controversy at Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT-M) after it banned the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC), a student group, following an anonymous co

Jayalalithaa’s new seat is small to manage and restore her big pride

Tamil Nadu chief minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary J Jayalalithaa begins her campaign to restore her dented pride with an election meeting in Radhakri

Day after Jaya seeks big win in polls her case goes to SC

A day after Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa began her campaign for assembly seat, the Karnataka government on Tuesday moved the supreme court against her acquittal of by the high court in

Chennai becomes sixth city with metro rail connectivity

After the inauguration of Jaipur metro early this month, Chennai joins metro connectivity cities of India today (Monday). Chennai Metro rail began services at noon today. The first m

Chennai metro gets good response, but lacks amenities

Priya stood in the queue to buy ticket for the first journey on Chennai metro rail on its first day run from Alandur to Koyamabedu, an hour after TN Chief minister J Jayalalithaa launched the metro

Jayalalithaa wins by huge margin, gets ready for assembly polls

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has won the RK Nagar by-election with a huge margin of 1.51 lakh votes. Her vote tally was 1.6 lakh votes. She defeated CPI candidate C Mahendran.

Karunanidhi plays power politics as Jaya takes credit for improved power scenario

Trying to provoke chief minister J Jayalalithaa on her claim that Tamil Nadu`s electricity needs have been fulfilled, DMK chief Karunanidhi on Wednesday asked her to answer the people over charges

Morning briefings: PM Modi`s meeting on land bill today, oppn CMs skip it

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of NITI Aayog`s governing council, of which all chief ministers are a part, with the land acquisition Bill as the main agenda. However, the chief m

With farmers on agenda, Rahul seeds Cong revival in TN and AP

The countdown to the 2016 assembly elections began in Tamil Nadu with the byelection to RK Nagar, where chief minister J Jayalalithaa contested and won with a huge margin. The impending assembly el

Karnataka leads in students’ awareness campaign on Swachh Bharat in urban areas

Southern states lead in awareness campaign under Swachh Bharat mission in urban areas. According to the urban development ministry Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Andhra Prade

Liquor is hot property as TN prepares for elections

In India, during elections liquor plays an important role. Tamil Nadu may not be an exception. But the issue in the coming assembly elections could be about liquor prohibition in the state. The pub

Jaya serves lunch to Modi but state BJP feels discomfort

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa plays perfect luncheon host to prime minister Narendra Modi and leaves the TN BJP confused. With elections around the corner, Jayalalithaa al

Jaya praises PM at hugely successful investor meet of TN

"The Global Investors Meet had targeted investment commitments of Rs 1 lakh crore, which has already been exceeded. I am very confident that further commitments would be made over these two da

How Tamil Nadu struggles to escape alochol addiction

Since the age of 16, Kavitha has been fighting a tough battle. She is now 39, but the war does not seem to end any soon. Her fight is against the production and sale of untreated alcohol, in Tamil

Morning briefing: Massive cyclone likely to hit TN, Puducherry today

The Meteorological Department has sounded a high alert as a massive cyclone is likely to hit Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and adjoining areas on Monday night triggering heavy rainfall. The state authorit

Morning briefing: Two-day special sitting of parliament from today

In a tribute to BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian constitution, the parliament is having a special sitting today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday), marking Constitution Day. The two-day eve

Morning briefing: India`s GDP growth accelerates to 7.4% in Q2

Higher manufacturing output pushed India`s GDP growth to 7.4 per cent in the September quarter as compared to 7 per cent between April and June 2015. Analysts said GDP growth in Q2 was in line with

It’s raining freebies in Tamil Nadu

As Tamil Nadu gears up for the May 16 assembly polls, it’s raining freebies in the state, yet again. Before the model code of conduct came into effect early this month, politicians ensured

Fact sheet: Women entrepreneurs in India

The sixth economic census, released by ministry of statistics and programme implementation, pr

Jayalalithaa led AIADMK to retain power: Pre-poll survey

Chennai based digital news start-up Ippothu.com, in a pre-poll survey has found that the Jayalalithaa-led government will get a decisive victory in the upcoming assembly elections. The survey that

NHRC takes note of alleged ill treatment in political rallies

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken cognisance of a complaint alleging that several people were forced and threatened to sit for political rallies in open fields under the scorchi

What Chennai voter wants: above all, the odd-even scheme!

When people of Chennai go out to vote for the next state government on May 16, what will be the issues top most in their minds? Curiously, they will be thinking less about jobs, ‘good governa

At least 283 TN candidates have criminal cases

As many as 283 candidates in the electoral fray in Tamil Nadu have declared criminal cases against themselves, showed an analysis of self-sworn affidavits of 997 of the 1,107 candidates by Tamil Na

Boats deployed in Chennai after torrential rains

Boats were deployed in some Chennai localities including Kotturpuram and Manapakkam, which were worst hit areas during

Tamil Nadu polls: Here’s why Amma won

As the Jayalalithaa-led All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) comes back to power again in Tamil Nadu, here is what Chennai-based political experts have to say on the outcome of this el

Congress suffers setback; BJP smiles in Assam

As the BJP celebrated its magnificent victory in Assam, the outcome of assembly elections in five states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal and Puducherry – should make India&rsqu

Background check: every third new MLA faces criminal cases

As many as 36 percent Thursday’s winners – that is, 294 fresh MLAs across five states from the 812 whose affidavits were analyses – have self-declared criminal cases pending again

Political parties collected Rs 2,355 crores in LS polls in 2004, ’09, ‘14

National and regional parties collected a staggering Rs 5323.41 cr during the election period of 1,535 days between 2004 and 2015, shows an analysis of funds collected and expenditure incurred by p

Temperance times

Prohibition in Gujarat is of course a joke. There are days – national holidays, religious festivals – when a regular consumer would have a hard time buying it in Delhi or Mumbai, but hi

Dry Bihar heaves a sigh of relief

My husband has lost everything to liquor. Whatever we inherited from our ancestors is  gone. On top of that, he would turn harsh to us after drinking. But now he is fighting for his life after

Promises aside, Tamil Nadu still reeks of alcohol

It is half past noon. Dozens of eager men are at one of the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC)-run liquor shops in Mullimanagar, a fishing hamlet along the Marina beach in Chennai. The

Why prohibition doesn’t make economic sense

These days K Babu, the controversial excise minister in the previous United Democratic Front government in Kerala headed by Oommen Chandy, cannot control his anger and frustration. Reason? He becam

Prohibition, Amma’s new-term resolution, is facing diminishing will power

As the new government in Tamil Nadu completes its first month, it has taken a first step towards fulfilling one of its key election promises: prohibition. But the way it is moving forward, activist

Brand Amma becomes stronger

 Chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s populist programmes like the  low-cost eateries Amma Unavagam or Amma canteens seem to have worked in her favour by ensuring that she comes back to

AAI mulling to revive Greenfield airport project

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) could hold talks with the Tamil Nadu government in an attempt to revive the plan for implementing the Sriperumbudur Greenfield airport in Chennai. The airport

BSNL’s officers urge centre to desist from disinvestment

 The Tamil Nadu circle executive committee of All India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Officers’ Association has urged the central government to desist from any disinvestment in the BSNL i

Stateless Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka

In June, 27-year-old Sujatha, who was seven months’ pregnant, and her five-year-old daughter Ammu, set out on a nerve-racking journey from India on a boat to Australia. They boarded t

Understanding Cauvery water dispute

Life in Bengaluru came to a halt this week following the Cauvery water protest that led to the worst violence in ten years.  States of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have always been in conflict ove

Children of a lesser god

All that the dalits in Nagapattinam wanted was to participate in a ritual in which an idol of a diety is carried on a chariot. But, that was not to be. Worst affected in the December

“Discrimination prevails in hundreds of [Tamil Nadu] temples”

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) general secretary Ravi Kumar spoke to Shivani Chaturvedi on the issue of discrimination against dalits in Tamil Nadu. In which p

Filmmakers should make movies that matter to public: GNR Kumaravelan

Tamil filmmaker GNR Kumaravelan was nominated for Filmfare award for the best Tamil director for his art film Haridas in 2013. The film, based on the story of an autistic child, received severa

Draft national water framework bill hopes to tackle conflict over water

States of Tamil Nadu andTamil Nadu have been in conflict over

Cauvery water dispute “because of greed”

India’s leading water expert and president of the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, S Janakarajan, wonders why Chennai, a city that receives 1,250 mm ra

Farmers in Cauvery delta region fear crop failure

The supreme court has asked Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu every day till further orders. However, farmers living near Cauvery delta region are worried as their li

Not in the driver’s seat

The unthinkable has just happened. The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA) has raised eyebrows. The move was opposed by chief minister J Jayala

Tamil Nadu villagers hit hard by demonetisation

Murugammal, 45, has an unhealthy pale appearance. She has no money to go and get her further medical tests done. She goes inside her thatched hut to fetch an X-ray report. “I just had Rs 1,00

Emotions peak outside Apollo; Jayalalithaa still on life support

As the health conditions of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa started deteriorating on Monday evening, several news TV channels reported that the CM passed away. Even Jaya TV owned by AIADMK

Tamil Nadu politics won’t be same without Jayalalithaa

J Jayalalithaa, who strode like a colossus over Tamil Nadu politics, died late on Monday in Chennai after a prolonged illness, plunging her supporters into grief. She was 68. An acto

Jayalalithaa is dead; Panneerselvam sworn-in as Tamil Nadu CM

O Panneerselvam kept a photograph of J Jayalalithaa, who die

Sasikala posters come up in Chennai, want her as AIADMK chief

Supporters of Sasikala, late chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s aide, have put up posters across the Tamil Nadu capital to demand that she take over the reins of the AIADMK. There are a few post

Tamil Nadu demands Saikala as chief minister

The chorus is getting louder day-by-day to make Sasikala or ‘Chinna-Amma’, as the chief minister of the state. Till now supporters were demanding her to become AIADMK chief. Now even co

IT raids top TN official: A pen drive holds sleuths’ interest

 Income Tax officials will be poring through the contents of a pen drive which they have taken during Wednesday’s raid at the office of Tamil Nadu chief secretary Rammohan Rao.

Tamil Nadu’s new empress

As J Jayalalithaa lay in state at the imposing Rajaji Hall in Chennai, a black sari-clad woman with puffy eyes quietly stood at her side. She was Sasikala Natarajan, who barring a brief period, had

Farmers feeling neglected by policy makers: NHRC

Despite being the most crucial and significant section of the society, farmers are feeling neglected by the policy makers, said the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The right

Chinnamma is not Amma

Sasikala Natarajan, who is affectionately called Chinnamma, has easily slipped into the role of being the leader of the AIADMK following the death of chief minister J Jayalalithaa. But she has big

Stir over jallikattu continues in TN

Thousands of youth continue to gather at Chennai’s Marina beach in support of jallikattu, a traditional bull taming sport, in Tamil Nadu.  So far which looked like a st

Pro-jallikattu protests continue in TN

Even as the centre on Friday cleared the ordinance on jallikattu, proposed by the Tamil Nadu government, the pro-jallikattu protest on Chennai’s Marina beach continued on the fifth day of t

Jallikkatu stir: Violence in Tamil Nadu

 Violence broke out in Chennai and parts of Tamil Nadu on Monday over Jallikattu. For the past six days, the protests had been largely peaceful. There was a police crackdown after wh

Basic infrastructure, amenities lacking in TN juvenile homes: CAG

There are shortcomings in the juvenile homes in Tamil Nadu, showed an audit report. A

Not a walk in the park for Sasikala

 Sasikala’s elevation as chief minister of Tamil Nadu, exactly 60 days after Jayalalithaa’s death, may bring down the curtains on the power struggle. But, the road ahead is not goi

AIADMK in throes of crisis

 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), which is yet to recover from the death of its leader and then chief minister J Jayalalithaa, is now facing a huge crisis following the revol

As SC convicts Sasikala, all eyes on Deepa, Panneerselvam

For someone who was not allowed to meet her ailing aunt barely two months back to now being seen as a contender for late chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s legacy, it has been a dramatic rise fo

When Delhi patiently waited for Sasikala to implode

 A supreme court verdict on Tuesday put paid to Sasikala Natarajan’s dream of becoming the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, and practically cleared the way for caretaker chief minister O Pa

AIADMK may split

 The tug-of-war between caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam and Jayalalithaa’s aide Sasikala Natarajan, who was found guilty on Tuesday in a disproportionate assets case by the supr

Sasikala camp in talks with OPS faction

 The Sasikala camp is in talks with the O Panneerselvam (OPS) faction and they are trying to win them over, says an AIADMK insider. Negotiation have started between the main AIADMK,

A trowelful of empowerment

When her husband died last year, 60-year-old Chakkamma was not sure whether she would be able to have some money of her own: she has a son who looks after her, but she wanted to maintain a degree o

Big test for Palanisami

It’s been over a month since the power centre in Tamil Nadu shifted from Poes Garden to Greenways Road in Chennai. The thirteenth chief minister of the state, Edappadi K Palanisami, is taking

We aren’t like this, say TN farmers on Delhi stir

  Tamil Nadu farmers have criticized an agitation at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, which is being led by Ponnuchamy Ayyakkannu from Trichy district. The agitation had grabbed

Tamil Nadu voters have been bribed in the past too

The Election Commission of India has cancelled the RK Nagar by poll in Tamil Nadu, a state where political parties have bribed voters in the past too. The poll panel order clearly st

Tamil Nadu farmers: Broken, Battered, Bleak

The footpath near Jantar Mantar, which is considered Delhi’s (and the nation’s) own protest plaza, has been seeing a demonstration that is bizarre by the usual standards of the place. F

Tamil Nadu: Cracked earth, parched throat

Tamil Nadu, one of India’s largest states and home to about 67 million people, is facing a severe drought, forcing many farmers to commit suicide as their crop withers.

AAP’s uncertain future, irony of being Advani, and an author seeks freedom of speech

The Narendra Modi- Arvind Kejriwal antagonism has always been about two different kinds of populism. While it may not play out in a municipal election, the fact remains that a Kejriwal chastened

Private agency to assess Tamil Nadu Congress

 A private agency has been hired to assess the functioning of the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC). Sources say Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has tied up with the private agency t

Rajinikanth may be looking beyond Tamil Nadu

The political ambition of superstar Rajinikanth may not be restricted only to Tamil Nadu, say political experts. Rajinikanth, who is considered to be close to many national leaders, had m

National parties spend a lot more on candidates than regional parties

The national parties gave to its candidates more than double the amount that the regional parties handed over to their candidates, showed a detailed analysis carried out on the funds collected and

Tax burden crushes Tamil film industry

Ivan Thanthiran, a medium budget Tamil movie that was released on June 30, had a good opening at the Chennai box office. The film is estimated to have collected Rs 1.5 crore in its first three days

Business goes north

Tyre manufacturer MRF (originally Madras Rubber Factory), which enjoys instant brand recall thanks to the presence of its logo on cricket superstar Virat Kohli’s bat, figures among the most p

Yogi in politics, TN industries shift base and, how to end the Maharaja’s misery

Everyone in Yogi Adityanath`s office declares that Yogi’s political career is founded on the work carried out from there, first when he was mahant of the influential temple, and then as an

Will the needy get homes under PMAY?

 The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), introduced in June 2015, aims at providing every family with “a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24x7 electricity supply&rdqu

Acute shortage of doctors in rural areas

 The country`s rural health infrastructure is in a bad shape and this is evident from the statistics provided by the ministry of health family welfare in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing monso

AIADMK merger will be good for TN, says political analyst

The political scenario in Tamil Nadu has once again changed following the merger of the two AIADMK factions. City-based observers think that isolating TTV Dinakaran and Sasikala faction is good n

No end in sight to turbulence in TN politics

No party seems to be prepared to end the prolonged political crisis that Tamil Nadu has been  facing for the past nine months, feel analysts. The main opposition DMK is not adequatel

Politics won’t be easy for Kamal Haasan

 As Kamal Haasan contemplates a career in politics, many feel that it may not be an easy journey for the superstar. Haasan has not yet spoken about his ideologies, his intentions or

BJP stands to benefit with Purohit as TN governor: Experts

The appointment of senior BJP leader Banwari Lal Purohit as governor of Tamil Nadu is being seen by experts as a BJP strategy to retain an edge in the state politics. The state, which has

Effective implementation of court order on posters needed in TN

 People associated with the poster industry of Tamil Nadu are unsure about the effective implementation of the Madras high court order banning photos or pictures of living persons on posters,

Tamil Nadu’s anti-corruption watchdog that doesn’t bite

The directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC), Tamil Nadu’s watchdog against corruption, seems to be working at a snail’s pace. Here is an egregious example. Ta

The three Es to end open defecation

Open defecation is an issue that plagues our country every morning between 2 am and 6 am! To get rid of this practise from Indian society, prime minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014

RK Nagar bypoll a litmus test for AIADMK

 The bypoll for RK Nagar assembly constituency, which fell vacant following the death of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, is going to be a litmus test for the ruling AIADMK, feel poli

BHEL to build supercritical thermal project in TN

 Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged an order to set up a 1,320 MW supercritical thermal power project (TPP) in Tamil Nadu. The Rs 7,300 crore-project for building the

Polling begins for RK Nagar in Chennai

RK Nagar constituency, which was held by former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, went to polls on Thursday. It is a crucial bypoll as it would decide Amma’s legacy. As many as 72 candidates are

Straining under a new strain

In 2012, there was a major outbreak of dengue in Tamil Nadu. Across the state, 12,826 cases were reported, but the epicentre was Tirunelveli district. There were 66 deaths. Bad as this was, it mark

Rajinikanth`s supporters on the march

With their Thalaivar announcing his political debut, fans have started their field work to support the superstar. RFT1

Uncivil servants

An IPS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre holding the post of assistant superintendent of police was caught cheating, using high-tech gadgets, while appearing in the IAS examination in October, as was wid

Kamal Hassan`s political films

Kamal Hassan, who launched his political party Makkal Needhi Maiam on Wednesday, has acted in films with political themes or making a social commentary. Here are four of them:  

Statue politics

A statue of Dravidar Kazhagam founder and social reformer Periyar E.V. Ramasamy was vandalised in Tamil Nadu, just days after Russian leader

The proof of the sambar

It’s 1 pm and the place is not crowded. The usual lunch hour rush and long queues are surprisingly missing from the Amma canteen in Santhome, Chennai. There is a murmur in the large, clean ha

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