KV Lakshmana is the Tamil Nadu bureau chief of Hindustan Times. He covers social, economic and political changes in the state and neighbourhood.
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The Tamil Nadu government on Monday directed the state’s environment regulatory body to seal the Vedanta group’s copper plant and close it down “permanently”.
The court’s order came as it heard a petition filed by S Amrutha, who claims to be Jayalalithaa’s daughter.
Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday apologised to a senior woman journalist after he set off a firestorm by patting her cheek at a press conference at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday. The apology came following a demand by journalists in the state after Lakshmi Subramanian tweeted a picture in which the governor is seen patting her cheek and expressed her shock at his behaviour.
The “sex scandal” involves an assistant professor of a college, who allegedly advised students to extend sexual favours to some university officials for higher grades and money.
The lecturer of Devanga Arts College allegedly advised students “to adjust with some officials” in return for higher marks and money, in what is seen as a suggestion for sexual favour.
Kovan was arrested after a complaint by a district secretary of the BJP youth wing who alleged that the song brought disrepute to the Prime Minister’s name and post.
Cauvery protesters held “Modi Go Back” posters and some, wearing black shirts, climbed up a huge advertisement hoarding in the parking area near Chennai airport.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has shortlisted Visakhapatnam, Trivandrum, Pune and Rajkot as standby venues to host Chennai Super Kings’ IPL 2018 home games.
Massive security cover thrown around Chennai’s Chepauk stadium as 4,000 policemen — many in riot gear — stand guard.
The Cauvery protests would continue and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be shown black flags during his April 12 visit to the state, DMK’s working president MK Stalin, who is leading a protest march, said at a rally.
The Tuesday meeting of finance ministers of southern states is being held to discuss the proposals of the 15th Finance Commission which they fear could go against them.
Actor-politician Rajinikanth also said that if it was not possible to withdraw IPL from Chennai at this stage, then the players should wear black badges to highlight the plight of the state’s farmers.
Tamil Nadu parties said IPL organisers should consider the plight of farmers and protests over the Centre’s delay in constituting a board to resolve the decades-old Cauvery water-sharing dispute with Karnataka.
While protesters blocked roads and disrupted railway services across the state, police stepped up efforts to ensure that essential services were not hit.
The AIADMK’s image took a hit after pictures emerged of its cadres eating biryani during a day-long hunger strike on Tuesday. But Tamil Nadu’s ruling party claims the pictures were morphed.
Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam participated in the strike in Chennai, while in districts, the protest was led by other ministers and party leaders.
Police said the girl’s parents had lodged a complaint against the accused last month for allegedly pestering her with proposals of marriage.
The attack on Brahmins is viewed as a retaliatory move after senior BJP leader H Raja posted, and removed later, remarks that Periyar’s statues in Tamil Nadu will fall next following communist icon Vladimir Lenin’s in Tripura.
H Raja had said that Periyar’s statues in Tamil Nadu will meet the same fate after Communist leader Lenin’s statue was razed in Tripura.
The four culprits came on two bikes, hurled the petrol bombs at the BJP office and escaped before the police on guard could catch them.
After Lenin, it’s Periyar: Statue vandalised in Vellore after BJP leader’s remark, TN parties up in arms
The Vellore incident came on a day political parties in Tamil Nadu raised a storm against BJP national secretary H Raja’s statement on social media that indicated that statues of Periyar in Tamil Nadu could face the same fate at those of Lenin in Tripura.
A post on BJP’s national secretary H Raja’s Facebook page said: ‘Today Lenin’s statue, tomorrow Tamil Nadu’s EVR Ramaswami’s statue.’
Veteran actor Rajinikanth unveiled a statue of late chief minister MG Ramachandran at a private medical college in Chennai in the presence of a huge crowd and spoke about his political plunge.
On Monday, ahead of his first big public rally at the MGR University in Chennai where he also unveiled the statue of the late chief minister MGR, Rajinikanth came in for criticism as huge, obtrusive posters lined the roads leading to the venue.
DMK president MK Stalin says his party is ready to make any sacrifice to protect the interest of the state’s farmers.
Villagers surrounding the hospice, located at Salavakkam in Chennai’s neighbouring Chengalpattu district, have been protesting against the facility since Tuesday last week when an old woman and a man were found being transported in a van along with the dead body of another old man.
The IIT Madras students sung ‘Maha Ganapathim Manasa Smarami’, penned by late poet Muthuswami Dikshithar, as the invocation song.
Press Trust of India, Chennai | ByKV Lakshmana
Modi also interacted with students of the International School of Education on his first visit to Puducherry after becoming PM.
PM Modi also launched a sapling planting drive to commemorate the 70th birth anniversary celebrations of the late J Jayalalithaa.
The Tamil Nadu all-party meeting comes in the wake of Karnataka’s proposed decision to challenge the Supreme Court order on the setting up of the Cauvery board.