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A huge model of coronavirus installed at the entrance point of a park as part of an awareness campaign against the pandemic is seen on the last day of 2020 in Kolkata.(PTI Photo)

India recorded less than 300 daily deaths in last 7 days: Govt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 12:39 PM IST
The Union health ministry has said 10 states and Union territories account for 80.47% of the new deaths and that Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi account for 63% of total fatalities in the country.
AIADMK party workers celebrate after the announcement of Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami's name as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.(PTI)
AIADMK party workers celebrate after the announcement of Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami's name as the party's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.(PTI)

TN to issue circular restricting AIADMK from distributing tokens for Pongal sops

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 04:09 PM IST
CM Edappadi Palaniswami had, on the first day of his election campaign, announced that 26 million ration card holders in Tamil Nadu will receive Rs2,500 and groceries for Pongal
Tamil Nadu BJP President L Murugan , CT Ravi National General Secretary and TN Incharge, and Tamil Nadu BJP deputy incharge Sudakar Reddy address a press conference in Chennai on Wednesday.(ANI)
Tamil Nadu BJP President L Murugan , CT Ravi National General Secretary and TN Incharge, and Tamil Nadu BJP deputy incharge Sudakar Reddy address a press conference in Chennai on Wednesday.(ANI)

We are the minor partners in TN, says BJP as AIADMK rules out power sharing

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:55 PM IST
BJP’s national secretary and Tamil Nadu in-charge CT Ravi initially said that the NDA coordination committee will take a call on a chief ministerial candidate before conceding that the decision would be of the majority party (AIADMK) in the alliance.
In Tamil Nadu, AIADMK was the largest partner in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and naturally, the Chief Minister will be from that party, Ravi, BJP’s state incharge, told. In picture - PM Narendra Modi and actor Rajinikanth.(Twitter/@narendramodi)
In Tamil Nadu, AIADMK was the largest partner in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and naturally, the Chief Minister will be from that party, Ravi, BJP’s state incharge, told. In picture - PM Narendra Modi and actor Rajinikanth.(Twitter/@narendramodi)

BJP says it may seek Rajinikanth’s ‘support,’ again asserts it leads alliance in TN

Chennai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 09:56 PM IST
Asserting that its alliance with the AIADMK was strong, BJP national general secretary C T Ravi, however, said the NDA was led by his party and ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ in the state as well, apparently indicating that it was not steered by the ruling party, the senior partner.
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan joining BJP. (Photo @BJP4TamilNadu)
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan joining BJP. (Photo @BJP4TamilNadu)

Ex-India cricketer L Sivaramakrishnan joins BJP ahead of Tamil Nadu polls

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 02:50 PM IST
Tamil actor P A Subramaniam and functionaries from the DMK and CPI (M) joined the BJP on Wednesday.
Passengers wearing protective face masks leave upon arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after India cancelled all flights from the UK over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai, India, December 22, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
Passengers wearing protective face masks leave upon arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport after India cancelled all flights from the UK over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai, India, December 22, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

New coronavirus strain in India: Here are some states where cases have been found

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 04:37 PM IST
14 more people have tested positive for the new strain taking the total to 20, the Union health ministry announced on Wednesday.
A woman works at a laptop computer at home.(Bloomberg)
A woman works at a laptop computer at home.(Bloomberg)

When Zoom became a verb, and home, an office

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhamini Ratnam
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 04:58 AM IST
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected work and life in a manner that has been both unprecedented and disruptive.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Tamil Nadu unit President L Murugan.(ANI)
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Tamil Nadu unit President L Murugan.(ANI)

DMK sends defamation notice to BJP state president L Murugan

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 12:35 AM IST
DMK’s organisation secretary, RS Bharathi through his advocate sent the defamation notice to Murugan for his statements on December 28.
The convict raped and murdered a 7-year-old girl in Pudukkottai district in June.(Representational Photo/Getty Images)
The convict raped and murdered a 7-year-old girl in Pudukkottai district in June.(Representational Photo/Getty Images)

TN man gets double death penalty for rape, murder of 7-year-old girl

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:28 PM IST
The convict was also awarded life imprisonment for kidnap and murder under the scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
In a three-page statement that he posted on Twitter, the actor has apologised for not launching the party.(PTI)
In a three-page statement that he posted on Twitter, the actor has apologised for not launching the party.(PTI)

‘Only I know the pain’: Rajinikanth apologises for not launching political party

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 02:50 PM IST
Earlier this week, he was admitted to a private hospital with ‘severe hypertension and exhaustion’. He was discharged on December 27 and advised complete bed rest for a week.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday will present the AIADMK government’s ‘report card’ listing their achievements in the past ten years since they have been in power.(PTI PHOTO.)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday will present the AIADMK government’s ‘report card’ listing their achievements in the past ten years since they have been in power.(PTI PHOTO.)

DMK writes to EC, asks it to restrain ruling party from using CM’s photo for welfare schemes

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 12:02 AM IST
AIADMK’s coordinator Palaniswami on December 19 while launching his campaign as the chief ministerial candidate for the 2021 assembly elections announced a hamper for Pongal, a multi-day harvest festival (from January 14-17 in 2021) in Tamil Nadu to 2.6 crore people holding ration cards.
Liquor sales from TASMAC are a major source of revenue for Tamil Nadu’s exchequer which was Rs 31,158 crore during the financial year 2018-19.(HT PHOTO.)
Liquor sales from TASMAC are a major source of revenue for Tamil Nadu’s exchequer which was Rs 31,158 crore during the financial year 2018-19.(HT PHOTO.)

Tamil Nadu allows bars attached to TASMAC to reopen

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 11:08 PM IST
The bars were closed in March owning to the Covid-19 pandemic but liquor sales were permitted from May across the state except in Chennai and adjoining Chengalpettu districts where there were a high number of positive coronavirus cases. The shops were permitted in the city from August onwards.
Thiruvalluvar is usually attired in white robes which is the image used widely and officially by the Tamil Nadu government. In a segment to explain Thirukkural, which is a collection of 1,330 couplets on life, ethics and morality, written by Thiruvalluvar, the channel had used an image of him clad in saffron with sacred ash on his forehead.(SOURCED.)
Thiruvalluvar is usually attired in white robes which is the image used widely and officially by the Tamil Nadu government. In a segment to explain Thirukkural, which is a collection of 1,330 couplets on life, ethics and morality, written by Thiruvalluvar, the channel had used an image of him clad in saffron with sacred ash on his forehead.(SOURCED.)

Tamil Nadu govt admits using image of saffron-clad Thiruvalluvar was an error, seeks answers

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 09:42 PM IST
The department convened a meeting on Monday with principals of the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) who have been given the task of digital content creation and broadcast material for Kalvi TV.
Expressing concern that some still took the pandemic lightly and refrained from wearing face masks, as the incidence of the disease is declining, the chief minister urged the public to strictly adhere to the government guidelines on precautions.(Twitter/@CMOTamilNadu)
Expressing concern that some still took the pandemic lightly and refrained from wearing face masks, as the incidence of the disease is declining, the chief minister urged the public to strictly adhere to the government guidelines on precautions.(Twitter/@CMOTamilNadu)

Amid new Covid-19 strain scare, TN CM appeals public to compulsorily wear face masks

Chennai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 05:51 PM IST
“Medical experts say the mutated coronavirus infection is caused by not wearing a mask,” the Tamil Nadu chief minister said at a review meeting with district collectors and officials on the pandemic situation.
File photo: Tamil Nadu chief minister Palaniswami.(AP)
File photo: Tamil Nadu chief minister Palaniswami.(AP)

In veiled message to BJP, AIADMK asserts Palaniswami as CM candidate; dismisses power-sharing

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 11:47 PM IST
The BJP had partnered with the ruling AIADMK government for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and have recently made comments toying with the idea of a coalition government if the alliance wins the 2021 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.
Rajinikanth has been advised complete bed rest for a week following a bout of illness.(PTI)
Rajinikanth has been advised complete bed rest for a week following a bout of illness.(PTI)

Rajinikanth discharged from hospital, advised week’s bed rest

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 09:10 PM IST
Rajinikanth had declared that on December 31 he would announce the launch date for his political party but the hospital’s advice of complete bed rest for a week has cast a shadow over his plans.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Dy Chief Minister O Pannerselval at a programme in Chennai.(PTI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Dy Chief Minister O Pannerselval at a programme in Chennai.(PTI)

AIADMK asks BJP to accept it as senior partner in Tamil Nadu or reconsider electoral options

Chennai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 06:55 PM IST
The BJP has to endorse Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s candidature for the CM’s post for the polls, the AIADMK indicated and wanted its partner to agree to its other terms like non-participation in government and if not rethink of its 2021 electoral options.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI file)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI file)

Tamil teacher commended by PM Modi for innovation in teaching

New Delhi | By Asian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:06 PM IST
PM Modi requested teachers to upload course material on the Diksha Portal of the Education Ministry to help students who are staying in far-flung areas of the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a launch of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY SEHAT to extend coverage to all residents of J&K via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Saturday.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during a launch of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY SEHAT to extend coverage to all residents of J&K via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Saturday.(ANI)

‘Wisdom starts with inquisitiveness’: PM Modi lauds 92-year-old scholar from Tamil Nadu

New Delhi [India] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 04:33 PM IST
Emphasising on the need for curiosity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised 92-year-old Tamil scholar T Srinivasacharya Swami for writing a book on the computer by typing himself.
A health worker collects a swab sample from travellers for coronavirus testing at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
A health worker collects a swab sample from travellers for coronavirus testing at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

As India logs lowest Covid cases since July, a look at the declining trend in states

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 10:31 AM IST
On Sunday, 18,732 cases were added to the nationwide tally, which have been the lowest since July. The daily fatality count has remained below 300 since Saturday. The Union health ministry pointed out that all states and Union territories (UTs) in the country have a recovery rate of more than 95 per cent, adding that India’s cumulative recoveries are highest in the world.
The image shows the 6-foot-tall cake.(ANI)
The image shows the 6-foot-tall cake.(ANI)

Tamil Nadu bakery makes 6-foot-tall cake of Diego Maradona

Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu | By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 10:00 AM IST
The bakery made the six-foot- tall statue of cake in four days using 60 kg of sugar and 270 eggs.
File photo: Union minister Prakash Javadekar.(PTI)
File photo: Union minister Prakash Javadekar.(PTI)

BJP will ‘show stellar performance in TN,’ says Javadekar; evades questions on AIADMK alliance

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 10:51 PM IST
The AIADMK, which is seeking a third consecutive term in the upcoming assembly polls, had announced Palaniswami as its CM candidate in October.
Veteran actor Rajinikanth had been shooting in Hyderabad for almost ten days for his upcoming film ‘Annathe’ but it was suspended on December 23 after four crew members tested positive for Covid-19 during a routine test on the film sets.(PTI PHOTO.)
Veteran actor Rajinikanth had been shooting in Hyderabad for almost ten days for his upcoming film ‘Annathe’ but it was suspended on December 23 after four crew members tested positive for Covid-19 during a routine test on the film sets.(PTI PHOTO.)

Rajinikanth hospitalised for blood pressure fluctuations in Hyderabad

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 08:16 PM IST
With the Covid-19 pandemic, his political foray remained doubtful as doctors had advised the 70-year-old against it since he had undergone a kidney transplant in 2016. But the actor sprung a surprise earlier this month saying that though there were health concerns, he was ready to sacrifice his life for the people of Tamil Nadu.
Rajinikanth has been admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad.
Rajinikanth has been admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad.

Rajinikanth admitted to hospital in Hyderabad after complaining of fluctuations in blood pressure

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 06:07 PM IST
Actor Rajinikanth was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad on Friday. His blood pressure has been showing ‘severe fluctuation’. He was in Hyderabad for a film shoot.
On March 25, 2014, Karunanidhi, a five-time chief minister and one of the doyens of Dravidian politics, expelled Alagiri from the party in the middle of a succession battle, causing a split in the family.(PTI)
On March 25, 2014, Karunanidhi, a five-time chief minister and one of the doyens of Dravidian politics, expelled Alagiri from the party in the middle of a succession battle, causing a split in the family.(PTI)

Alagiri hints at launching a new party, says won’t work with DMK

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 01:24 AM IST
For decades, Tamil Nadu’s politics has been a witness to a sibling rivalry between Alagiri, who once oversaw the state’s southern districts for the party, and his younger brother MK Stalin, 67, who is now the DMK president and the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the assembly elections slated for early 2021.
Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said 21,000 personnel who could give vaccination shots have been identified and they were being trained.(Reuters | Representational image)
Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said 21,000 personnel who could give vaccination shots have been identified and they were being trained.(Reuters | Representational image)

Covid-19 vaccine priority list ready, personnel being trained to give shots, says TN Govt

Chennai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 02:37 PM IST
The comprehesive list, including about five lakh health workers, all other frontline personnel like those from municipal administration, revenue and police, the elderly and those with co-morbidities is ready, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan said.
Tamil Nadu politics has witnessed prolonged sibling rivalry between Karunanidhi’s two sons.(PTI Photo/File)
Tamil Nadu politics has witnessed prolonged sibling rivalry between Karunanidhi’s two sons.(PTI Photo/File)

Alagiri to consult supporters on launching new party, meet Rajinikanth

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 01:35 PM IST
Alagiri dismissed questions of the DMK extending an olive branch to him.
An Indian participant tries to control a bull at the annual bull taming event 'Jallikattu' in Avaniyapuram village on the outskirts of Madurai, Tamil Nadu.(AP)
An Indian participant tries to control a bull at the annual bull taming event 'Jallikattu' in Avaniyapuram village on the outskirts of Madurai, Tamil Nadu.(AP)

Green Light: TN govt allows Jallikattu with Covid restrictions

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:43 AM IST
All participants must undergo a Covid-19 test at a government laboratory and produce a negative certificate, said a statement by the government. The number of participants, or bull tamers, will be limited to 150 at an event.
Jaipur: Tamil Nadu captain Dinesh Karthik plays a shot during the Vijay Hazare Trophy cricket match against Services at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019.(PTI)
Jaipur: Tamil Nadu captain Dinesh Karthik plays a shot during the Vijay Hazare Trophy cricket match against Services at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019.(PTI)

Dinesh Karthik to lead Tamil Nadu in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Chennai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 08:38 PM IST
The 35-year Karthik will spearhead a squad that is a mix of experience and youth. All-rounder Vijay Shankar has been named Karthik’s deputy.
File photo: Participants attempt to tame a bull during Jallikattu in Madurai.(PTI)
File photo: Participants attempt to tame a bull during Jallikattu in Madurai.(PTI)

Tamil Nadu allows Jallikattu with Covid-19 restrictions, PETA cries foul

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 08:22 PM IST
Jallikattu has been a controversial issue in the state which has faced bans previously as several animal welfare groups have called it barbaric.
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