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IMD has forecast heavy rainfall in south India till December 22 (ANI File Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: IMD forecasts heavy rainfall in south India and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:53 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9am. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Some places in Tamil Nadu and Kerala will also witness thunderstorm accompanied with lightning.(AFP File Photo)
Some places in Tamil Nadu and Kerala will also witness thunderstorm accompanied with lightning.(AFP File Photo)

Heavy rainfall likely in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry; spell to last till Dec 22: IMD

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 11:16 AM IST
North India, meanwhile, is under the grip of a cold wave and dense fog has engulfed many states. The IMD has said that ‘severe cold wave’ conditions are likely to develop over Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, north Rajasthan and West Uttar Pradesh on Friday and Saturday.
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) President Kamal Haasan addressing a press conference(PTI File Photo)
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) President Kamal Haasan addressing a press conference(PTI File Photo)

Will join hands with Rajinikanth if our ideologies match, says Kamal Haasan

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 02:03 AM IST
MNM fought the 2019 Lok Sabha polls but couldn’t win a seat but registered a 3.7% vote share. Haasan will be making his poll debut in the assembly elections next year, but he is yet to announce his constituency.
A demonstrator holds up a placard while sitting at the National Highway-9 (NH9) blockade, near the Ghazipur protest site, in Ghaziabad on Tuesday.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
A demonstrator holds up a placard while sitting at the National Highway-9 (NH9) blockade, near the Ghazipur protest site, in Ghaziabad on Tuesday.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Farm unions slam Centre, say govt lacks sympathy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 02:59 AM IST
The 35 farmers’ groups said villages across the country would observe a day of mourning on Sunday for the 20 farmers who died during the farmer’s agitation that started on November 26.
File photo: Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth.(PTI)
File photo: Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth.(PTI)

‘Wait for official word’: Rajinikanth’s RMM on reports attributing auto-rickshaw as poll symbol

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:56 PM IST
The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday assigned symbols to political parties in the run-up to the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry in 2021.
EC said it has been receiving several representations from Indian diaspora residing abroad to facilitate voting through postal ballots since such overseas electors are not in a position to be present in their polling area.(PTI)
EC said it has been receiving several representations from Indian diaspora residing abroad to facilitate voting through postal ballots since such overseas electors are not in a position to be present in their polling area.(PTI)

Govt for wider consultations before allowing postal ballots for NRIs

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:59 PM IST
The EC has proposed to the government to extend the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) facility, so far available to service voters, to eligible overseas Indian voters.
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder and actor Kamal Haasan addresses a press conference, in Chennai.(PTI)
Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder and actor Kamal Haasan addresses a press conference, in Chennai.(PTI)

‘Just a phone call away’: Kamal Haasan on joining hands with Rajinikanth

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:39 PM IST
On a potential alliance with Rajinikanth, the actor-politician Kamal Haasan said he is ready to set aside the differences and co-operate with each other for the larger public good.
TNUSRB Police constable answer key 2020.(Screengrab)
TNUSRB Police constable answer key 2020.(Screengrab)

TNUSRB Police constable answer key 2020 released at tnusrbonline.org, here’s direct link

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Akhilesh Nagari
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:10 PM IST
TNUSRB Police constable answer key 2020: Candidates who have appeared in the TNUSRB Police constable recruitment examination can check and download the answer keys online at tnusrbonline.org.
Representational image. (File photo)
Representational image. (File photo)

Tamil Nadu govt to train IIT JEE aspirants through digital platform

Chennai | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 06:43 PM IST
The move comes close on the heels of the government earlier conducting NEET coaching centres for medical aspirants from such institutions.
File photo of an e-scooter from Etergo, an Amsterdam-based company that has been acquired by Ola.
File photo of an e-scooter from Etergo, an Amsterdam-based company that has been acquired by Ola.

Ola to set up world’s largest factory in Tamil Nadu: All you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 11:02 AM IST
Ola Chairman and Group CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said that the factory will be one of the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the world.
File photo: Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan.(PTI)
File photo: Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president Kamal Haasan.(PTI)

EC allots pressure cooker to Dhinakaran’s AMMK, Kamal Haasan fails to get battery torch

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 11:52 PM IST
Actor-politician Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) has been allotted the battery torch symbol only for Puducherry in the run-up to the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.
Sri Lankan navy vessels along the sea front at Galle Face promenade in Colombo on December 9, 2020. Image used for representational purpose only.(AFP)
Sri Lankan navy vessels along the sea front at Galle Face promenade in Colombo on December 9, 2020. Image used for representational purpose only.(AFP)

Sri Lankan navy apprehends 47 Indian fishermen

Rameswaram | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 09:50 PM IST
The fishermen were picked up by the island nation’s navy while they were fishing near Neduntheevu there, a senior Fisheries department official said.
Man missing in Tamil Nadu found in Nagaland; Reunited with family after nearly a decade.(HT photo)
Man missing in Tamil Nadu found in Nagaland; Reunited with family after nearly a decade.(HT photo)

Man missing in Tamil Nadu found in Nagaland, meets family after 8 years

Hindustan Times, Kohima | By Alice Yhoshü and Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:58 AM IST
The man was reported missing eight years ago after going on a pilgrimage. For years, he roamed about and hitchhiked in failed attempts to get back home.
Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar is seen speaking to reporters on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar is seen speaking to reporters on Monday.(ANI Photo)

Fourth group of farmers extend support to farm laws, say they welcome them

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 05:44 PM IST
The 10 organisations from various states like Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Bihar and Haryana, associated with All India Kisan Coordination Committee, submitted a memorandum to the Union agriculture minister.
Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurates Amma mini clinics in Royapuram, Chennai.(ANI)
Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurates Amma mini clinics in Royapuram, Chennai.(ANI)

Tamil Nadu CM launches ‘Amma mini clinics’ for poor

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 04:34 PM IST
Each clinic will have a doctor, nurse and a medical assistant to offer consultation and basic treatment for patients with headache, fever and other ailments barring Covid-19.
Ola said the plant will have an initial annual capacity to produce two million scooters and will create nearly 10,000 jobs.(Hemant Mishra/Mint file photo)
Ola said the plant will have an initial annual capacity to produce two million scooters and will create nearly 10,000 jobs.(Hemant Mishra/Mint file photo)

SoftBank-backed Ola to invest $326 million to set up electric-scooter plant in Tamil Nadu

New Delhi | By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 02:16 PM IST
The Indian government has been pushing automakers to move to cleaner fuel technology, especially electric, in an effort to reduce its oil import bill and curb pollution in major cities.
Indian Institute of Technology Madras.(File photo)
Indian Institute of Technology Madras.(File photo)

Covid cluster at IIT Madras: 104 people test positive this month

By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 11:24 PM IST
The institution has temporarily shut its academic departments and research labs and students on campus have been asked to quarantine inside their rooms
Labourers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) work at a site, during the Covid-19 lockdown’s second phase, on the outskirts of Ajmer.(PTI)
Labourers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) work at a site, during the Covid-19 lockdown’s second phase, on the outskirts of Ajmer.(PTI)

Govt made record payments under MGNREGS this year

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 04:47 AM IST
The rural development ministry, which administers the world’s biggest job guarantee scheme, was allocated Rs 84,900 crore in two instalments to fund MGNREGS in the year ending in March 2021.
Tamil Nadu is set to go to polls in 2021.
Tamil Nadu is set to go to polls in 2021.

DMDK to announce alliance in January for upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly polls

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 10:46 PM IST
The DMDK is presently in an alliance with the combine of the AIADMK and the BJP in the state.
Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan addresses a press conference after announcing the party’s Puducherry unit, in Chennai, in January 2019.(PTI/ File photo)
Makkal Needhi Maiam president Kamal Haasan addresses a press conference after announcing the party’s Puducherry unit, in Chennai, in January 2019.(PTI/ File photo)

Kamal Haasan to launch election campaign for 2021 Tamil Nadu assembly elections

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 08:26 AM IST
During his four-day schedule, Haasan will visit Madurai, Theni, Dindugul, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanniyakumari districts.
he Rajnikanth fan club put out messages on social media that it was now or never for him to take political plunge and said they were all ready to ensure his political success. (Photo @soundaryaarajni)
he Rajnikanth fan club put out messages on social media that it was now or never for him to take political plunge and said they were all ready to ensure his political success. (Photo @soundaryaarajni)

Rajinikanth’s birthday cake spells out his political intent to those waiting

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 11:14 PM IST
Birthday wishes poured in for the megastar, including one from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
File photo: Former telecom minister A Raja during an interview with Hindustan Times.(HT photo)
File photo: Former telecom minister A Raja during an interview with Hindustan Times.(HT photo)

Tamil Nadu police book DMK’s A Raja for comments against Jayalalithaa

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 11:14 PM IST
A senior official in the intelligence wing said that the DMK leader was booked under two sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Fans of actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth celebrates his 70th birthday on Saturday.(ANI)
Fans of actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth celebrates his 70th birthday on Saturday.(ANI)

Rajinikanth celebrates birthday, leaders, celebs extend wishes

Chennai, Hindustan Times | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 05:17 PM IST
Several fans gathered in front of the actor’s house in Chennai dressing up as Rajinikanth lookalikes and wearing shirts with his image
The matter relates to a petition filed by the liquidator of Surana Corporation Ltd, seeking a direction to CBI to handover the remaining 103.864 kg gold.(File photo)
The matter relates to a petition filed by the liquidator of Surana Corporation Ltd, seeking a direction to CBI to handover the remaining 103.864 kg gold.(File photo)

HC directs Tamil Nadu CB-CID to trace ‘missing’ 103 kg gold in CBI case

Chennai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 04:00 PM IST
The gold is part of 400.47 kg in bullion and ornaments confiscated by the CBI when it carried out searches at the office of Surana Corporation Ltd in Chennai in 2012.
Image for representation.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Image for representation.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

In a tie, AIADMK beats DMK in Sivaganga council; here’s how

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 11:44 PM IST
The election had been postponed four times so far since January for various reasons.
Supporters of Andimuthu Raja celebrating his acquittal after the verdict of the 2G spectrum case at Patiala House Court in New Delhi in 2017.(HT Archive)
Supporters of Andimuthu Raja celebrating his acquittal after the verdict of the 2G spectrum case at Patiala House Court in New Delhi in 2017.(HT Archive)

Shadow of 2G spectrum scam looms over 2021 Tamil Nadu elections

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 05:43 PM IST
For over a week, the AIADMK and DMK have been accusing each other of corruption
Former PM Rajiv Gandhi at Palam airport on December 17, 1985.(HT File Photo)
Former PM Rajiv Gandhi at Palam airport on December 17, 1985.(HT File Photo)

Evidence ignored to appease vote bank, claims new book

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Chetan Chauhan
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 08:00 AM IST
In the book, Kanth said that a year before Gandhi’s assassination, another similar murder of a political leader held many crucial clues.
Apart from damage to crops, 9,907 houses have been affected due to the two recent cyclones.(AP)
Apart from damage to crops, 9,907 houses have been affected due to the two recent cyclones.(AP)

Tamil Nadu CM visits rain-hit regions, says over 80,000 hectares of crops affected

Nagapattinam | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 11:03 PM IST
After surveying flooded farmlands in Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts, Palaniswami said due to the recent ‘Nivar’ cyclone, 15,660 hectares of crops were affected, including 3,473 hectares of horticulture crops.
Representational image. (HT file)
Representational image. (HT file)

Pondy AIADMK seeks 20% job quota for Tamil medium candidates

Puducherry | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 08:16 PM IST
Leader of the Legislature wing of the party A Anbalagan said the state government’s decision to give preference to candidates who studied in Tamil medium and passed the qualifying exams in the medium is a historic one and deserves to be emulated by Puducherry.
Former justice CS Karnan complained of fatigue and weakness last evening before he was shifted to a hospital.(PTI Photo)
Former justice CS Karnan complained of fatigue and weakness last evening before he was shifted to a hospital.(PTI Photo)

Ex justice Karnan admitted to Chennai hospital with Covid-19

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 02:49 PM IST
Former judge of the Madras and Calcutta high court was arrested on December 2 for passing defamatory remarks against women and judges of the Supreme Court and high courts.
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