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Rajinikanth had reached Hyderabad earlier in the month for the shoot of Annaatthe.

8 crew members of Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe test positive for Covid 19, shoot halted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Haricharan Pudipeddi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 04:04 PM IST
Multiple Tamil news channels have reported that the shoot of Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe has been suspended after eight members, who were working on the current schedule, have tested positive for Covid 19.
Representational photo.(AP File)
Representational photo.(AP File)

Tamil Nadu allows Jallikattu with Covid-19 restrictions

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 02:08 PM IST
All participants must undergo the Covid-19 test at a government laboratory and produce a negative certificate, said a statement from the government
Umesh Sinha, secretary general, Election Commission of India, addresses the press regarding the preparedness for Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2021, in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI)
Umesh Sinha, secretary general, Election Commission of India, addresses the press regarding the preparedness for Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2021, in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI)

ECI to tackle influence of money, freebies and liquor in Tamil Nadu assembly election

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 12:21 PM IST
In 2019, the ECI cancelled elections in the Vellore parliamentary seat in Tamil Nadu after bundles of banknotes worth more than Rs10 crore were found in a warehouse belonging to a member of a political party
Participants attempt to tame a bull during Jallikattu, in Madurai.(PTI)
Participants attempt to tame a bull during Jallikattu, in Madurai.(PTI)

Tamil Nadu government permits Jallikattu amid Covid-19; negative certificate mandatory

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 12:22 PM IST
File photo: A health worker in PPE walks past Covid-19 patient housed inside a coronavirus care centre.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
File photo: A health worker in PPE walks past Covid-19 patient housed inside a coronavirus care centre.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Chennai: Sample of Covid-19 positive UK passenger sent for genome testing to Pune

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 12:40 AM IST
One person tested positive for Covid-19 out of 24 passengers who returned from the UK to Tamil Nadu, said health secretary J Radhakrishnan.
Reacting to Stalin’s petition, chief minister Palaniswami told reporters in Thoothukudi that there was no room for corruption as tenders were issued online.(PTI file photo)
Reacting to Stalin’s petition, chief minister Palaniswami told reporters in Thoothukudi that there was no room for corruption as tenders were issued online.(PTI file photo)

Stalin submits graft charges against CM to Guv, Palaniswami rebuts allegations

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu| Edited by: Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 12:45 AM IST
The DMK’s document, titled ‘Large Scale Corruption’ by chief minister and the council of ministers of AIADMK government (2016-2020), states that Palaniswami indulged in corruption in awarding highway road tenders to his relatives.
Farmers from Tamil Nadu join the ongoing 'Delhi Chalo' agitation against the new farm laws, at Singhu border in New Delhi.(PTI)
Farmers from Tamil Nadu join the ongoing 'Delhi Chalo' agitation against the new farm laws, at Singhu border in New Delhi.(PTI)

Tamil Nadu farmers lend support to Singhu protesters, say ready to join agitation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anvit Srivastava
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 12:10 AM IST
The leaders said that hundreds of farmers from the south Indian state have planned to drive to Delhi in tractors by next week, educating people about the lapses and harms of the new farm bill on their way to join the movement in Delhi.
Last week, DMK chief had called Chief Minister Palanisamy “corruption hero” and also hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government over new farm laws.(PTI)
Last week, DMK chief had called Chief Minister Palanisamy “corruption hero” and also hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government over new farm laws.(PTI)

DMK delegation meets TN Guv, hands over ‘corruption list’ of state govt

Chennai | By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 02:36 PM IST
The list includes allegations against the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy that he favored his relatives in providing highway construction contracts and tenders worth Rs 6133.57 crores.
Healthcare worker collects swab sample from a woman.(Photo By Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times)
Healthcare worker collects swab sample from a woman.(Photo By Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times)

Tamil Nadu bans New Year celebrations at beaches, resorts amid Covid

Chennai | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 11:24 AM IST
This order restraining gathering of people in large numbers was passed to minimise the spread of the pandemic.
When it comes to different landscapes of India, central India and Eastern Ghats were found to have 8071 leopards stretching across Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra and Northern Telangana.(HT file photo)
When it comes to different landscapes of India, central India and Eastern Ghats were found to have 8071 leopards stretching across Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Maharashtra and Northern Telangana.(HT file photo)

60% rise in leopard numbers in 4 years; Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra top states

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 09:51 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of leopards—3,421 followed by Karnataka—1783 and Maharashtra—1690. Leopard population had increased in all states of central India when compared to previous estimates of 2014.
A view shows a new S-400 "Triumph" surface-to-air missile system after its deployment at a military base outside the town of Gvardeysk near Kaliningrad, Russia.(REUTERS)
A view shows a new S-400 "Triumph" surface-to-air missile system after its deployment at a military base outside the town of Gvardeysk near Kaliningrad, Russia.(REUTERS)

Despite US sanctions threat, S-400 deal ‘advancing well’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 12:19 AM IST
India and Russia signed a $5.4-billion deal for five S-400 systems in October 2018, and the first batch is expected to be delivered by the end of 2021. All deliveries will be completed in a five-year period.
Hotels in Tamil Nadu can function and remain open but cannot host events and celebrations. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)
Hotels in Tamil Nadu can function and remain open but cannot host events and celebrations. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)

Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan restrict New Year celebrations amid Covid-19

Hindustan Times, Chennai/Jaipur | By Divya Chandrababu and Sachin Saini
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 10:40 PM IST
Entry to beaches will be closed on New Year’s Eve and the following day, the statement said. These are places where a large number of people usually gather to ring in the New Year and are seen cutting cakes on beaches in coastal districts including Chennai.
File photo: Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan.(PTI)
File photo: Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan.(PTI)

Kamal Hasaan’s 2021 poll agenda: Pay to homemakers, computer for every household

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 01:08 PM IST
The party has promised to declare the internet as a basic human right and would offer internet at 100mbps and above through optical fibre cables.
Palaniswami and deputy chief minister and party coordinator O Paneerselvam had announced that the AIADMK-BJP alliance will continue in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah.(PTI PHOTO.)
Palaniswami and deputy chief minister and party coordinator O Paneerselvam had announced that the AIADMK-BJP alliance will continue in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah.(PTI PHOTO.)

BJP says Palaniswami is NDA’s CM candidate for poll-bound Tamil Nadu

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:32 PM IST
The AIADMK had in October announced chief minister and co-coordinator of the party Edappadi Palaniswami as its chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming 2021 polls. Palaniswami kicked off his party’s campaign on Saturday and a few hours later Murugan had told reporters that the national leadership will decide on the CM candidate and the leader of the alliance.
MGR formed the breakaway faction the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK) which was later renamed as All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).(HT photo)
MGR formed the breakaway faction the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK) which was later renamed as All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).(HT photo)

MGR, Rajinikanth to Kamal Haasan: Matinee idols and Tamil Nadu politics

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 11:23 AM IST
Tamil Nadu has elected five chief ministers linked to cinema including three actors.
The DMK on Sunday also launched another campaign “We reject ADMK” under which 1,600 party leaders will conduct 16,000 grama sabha meetings between December 23 and January 10 to highlight “failure of the AIADMK government.(PTI file photo)
The DMK on Sunday also launched another campaign “We reject ADMK” under which 1,600 party leaders will conduct 16,000 grama sabha meetings between December 23 and January 10 to highlight “failure of the AIADMK government.(PTI file photo)

DMK launches Mission-200 ahead of Tamil Nadu polls

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:54 AM IST
“We are not fighting only to win 117 seats (half-way mark in the 234-member assembly) but we must aim for 200 and more. We shouldn’t lose a seat below that number. We shouldn’t even lose an inch,” DMK president MK Stalin said while addressing thousands of party functionaries in Chennai.
Earlier in December, during his inspection in flood-affected areas after Cyclone Nivar and Buveri in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts, Palaniswami offered prayers at the Nagore Dargah and Vailankanni Church.(PTI PHOTO.)
Earlier in December, during his inspection in flood-affected areas after Cyclone Nivar and Buveri in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur districts, Palaniswami offered prayers at the Nagore Dargah and Vailankanni Church.(PTI PHOTO.)

Tamil Nadu increases grant for Christians to visit Jerusalem

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 10:04 PM IST
On the first day of his campaign, Palaniswami had announced a dole for 2.06 crore ration card holders to receive Rs 2,500 along with raw rice, sugarcane, cashew, grapes and sugar for the harvest festival of Pongal celebrated in Tamil Nadu in January.
Apart from Corona cakes, the other varieties that are on display include Barbie, Flamingo, Santa Clause among others.(Twitter/@ANI)
Apart from Corona cakes, the other varieties that are on display include Barbie, Flamingo, Santa Clause among others.(Twitter/@ANI)

10-day-long cake show begins in Coimbatore ahead of Christmas, designs are impressive

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu | By Asian News International | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2020 05:48 PM IST
While there are a lot of varieties on display, the special focus is on ‘Corona cakes’ which are made to spread awareness among the general public.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin was addressing senior party leaders and functionaries at DMK headquarters on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President MK Stalin was addressing senior party leaders and functionaries at DMK headquarters on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

Stalin sets Mission-200 for DMK, launches campaign to reject AIADMK

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 05:43 PM IST
The DMK has also announced the launch of another campaign titled, “We reject ADMK”, for which 1,600 party leaders will conduct 16,000 gram sabha meetings.
DMK President MK Stalin during a thanksgiving meet for DMK allies on Karunanidhi's 96th birth anniversary, in Chennai.(PTI)
DMK President MK Stalin during a thanksgiving meet for DMK allies on Karunanidhi's 96th birth anniversary, in Chennai.(PTI)

Stalin says DMK aiming to win more than 200 seats in Tamil Nadu polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 04:40 PM IST
DMK also released a video outlining issues in the educational and agricultural sectors and requested the people of the state to defeat the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in the 2021 elections.
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh are the other states which have been permitted to borrow the extra amount.(Mint file photo)
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh are the other states which have been permitted to borrow the extra amount.(Mint file photo)

Finance Ministry permits 5 states to borrow extra Rs 16,728 cr

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2020 02:13 PM IST
The reforms stipulated in the category include completion of first assessment of ‘District Level Business Reform Action Plan’.
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan will contest in the assembly elections due in early 2021 and losing the ‘battery-torch’ could be a setback for the party which has campaigned with this symbol.(PTI PHOTO.)
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan will contest in the assembly elections due in early 2021 and losing the ‘battery-torch’ could be a setback for the party which has campaigned with this symbol.(PTI PHOTO.)

Kamal Haasan’s party MNM moves Madras HC, seeks battery-torch symbol

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 09:35 PM IST
MNM was allotted the battery-torch symbol only for Puducherry and failed to get it for Tamil Nadu. In the state, the symbol went to MGR Makkal Katchi for all 234 assembly constituencies.

Crafting for Christ: Meet the Mangaluru family creating statuary for churches across India

Hindustan Times | By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:22 PM IST
Most orders are for crucifixes, say the Rasquinhas, who run the 88-year-old Simon Art Co. But there are plenty of commissions for sculptures, statues and altarpieces too.
Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma heads the panel on home affairs.(File photo)
Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma heads the panel on home affairs.(File photo)

Parliamentary panel questions Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra for failing to ensure women’s safety

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 11:20 AM IST
BJP MP Rakesh Sinha said the number of cases of missing women went up from 27,316 in 2016 to 33,964 in 2017, showing that the police failed to ensure women’s safety
The Election Commission of India building, New Delhi.(HT file)
The Election Commission of India building, New Delhi.(HT file)

EC team in West Bengal to oversee poll preparedness; officials to set off for Tamil Nadu next week

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 08:35 AM IST
While deputy election commissioner Sudeep Jain is already in Kolkata, EC secretary general Umesh Sinha and deputy election commissioner Ashish Kundra will leave for Chennai next week
The joint working group, led on the Indian side by the secretary of the department of fisheries, is expected to address all issues related to fisheries between India and Sri Lanka, including release of apprehended fishermen and fishing boats. (Image used for representation).(PTI FILE PHOTO.)
The joint working group, led on the Indian side by the secretary of the department of fisheries, is expected to address all issues related to fisheries between India and Sri Lanka, including release of apprehended fishermen and fishing boats. (Image used for representation).(PTI FILE PHOTO.)

India, Sri Lanka to discuss release of detained Indian fishermen at meet on Dec 30

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 08:33 PM IST
The established bilateral mechanisms for discussions and cooperation on the issue of fishermen could not be convened because of Covid-19-related restrictions and the two sides have now mutually agreed to hold a meeting of the joint working group at the end of the month.
Representative
Representative

Tamil Nadu cancels half-yearly exams for government school students

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 07:55 PM IST
The Tamil Nadu’s school education minister, K A Sengottaiyan on Wednesday said that half-yearly examinations for students in government and government-aided schools are cancelled for the current academic year.
IIT Madras(PTI)
IIT Madras(PTI)

IIT Madras tally at 191 positive cases, six cases in neighbouring Anna University

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:38 PM IST
Eight more students on Wednesday tested positive for the novel coronavirus at IIT-Madras taking the total number of cases to 191 from December 1 up to now. The premier institution reported sporadic cases earlier in the month which eventually turned into Covid-19 cluster.
A vendor sells masks on a street during the Covid-19 lockdown in Chennai on June 15.(PTI FILE)
A vendor sells masks on a street during the Covid-19 lockdown in Chennai on June 15.(PTI FILE)

Tamil Nadu allows public meetings with 50% capacity in open spaces

Chennai, Hindustan Times | By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 01:54 PM IST
Chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami, in a statement on Wednesday, said that organisers will have to take prior permission from district authorities to conduct the events.
The image shows SN Lakshmi Sai Sri cooking.(ANI)
The image shows SN Lakshmi Sai Sri cooking.(ANI)

Tamil Nadu girl whips up 46 dishes in 58 minutes, bags world record title

Chennai, Tamil Nadu | By Asian News International | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 09:02 AM IST
N Kalaimagal, mother of Lakshmi said that her daughter started cooking during the lockdown.
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