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Devaswom justifies ban on entry of women into Sabarimala

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The Travancore Devaswom Board on Thursday defended the ban on the entry of females in the age group of 10 to 55 years to the famed Sabarimala temple in Kerala but insisted that it was not a discriminatory practice. The origin of the system was not discriminatory but based on a belief which is bonafide and it was linked to the purity of the Lord Ayyappa idol, not...

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AIADMK may not back no-trust motion

Chennai, July 19 (IANS) The AIADMK with 37 members in the Lok Sabha on Thursday indicated that it might not support the opposition's no-confidence motion against the BJP-led NDA government. AIADMK Joint Coordinator and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami told reporters in Salem that the no-confidence motion was moved by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for issues concerning Andhra Prade...

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Assamese and Malwi folk music performances at the IGNCA

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Folk music from Madhya Pradesh and Assam was rendered at the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) here on Wednesday, as part of a three-day series, to bring to Delhi, fading music from all over India. The Sanjari: Ek Bharat-Shreshth Bharat series by the centre has organised presentations of music from Arunachal, Bihar, Rajasthan, Goa, Tamil Nadu, J...

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Rahul thanks Stalin for support on Women's Reservation bill

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday thanked DMK leader M.K. Stalin for supporting him on Women's Reservation Bill. Thank you @mkstalin. Spoken like a true leader and a great son of Tamil Nadu. Women are the key to the accelerated development of India. The Women's Reservation Bill recognises this fact. It's time for all political parties to come together...

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All about emotions at India's 1st transgender poets' meet

Kolkata, July 18 (IANS) Poignant pieces of verse kept the audience in a thrall as Kolkata organised the country's first 'Transgender Poets' Meet' here. Eight transgender poets and writers from West Bengal participated in Tuesday's event, organised by Sahitya Akademi, the country's national academy of letters under the Union Culture Ministry. Ekti Patar Mrityu (Death of a leaf) by...

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SC begins hearing on women's entry into Sabarimala temple

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing on whether prohibiting the entry of women in Kerala's Sabarimala temple on grounds of biological factors was discriminatory and violative of the constitution. Article 14 guarantees the right to equality, Article 15 prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and Article 17 abolis...

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IT seizes Rs 163 crore cash, 100 kg gold, opposition seeks TN CM's resignation

Chennai, July 17 (IANS) Leaders of major political parties in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday demanded a multi-agency probe into the affairs of road contractors raided by Income Tax department in the state and also the resignation of Chief Minister K. Palaniswami. The demand follows the IT department's seizure of unaccounted Rs 163 crore in cash and 100 kg of gold during searches carried out in th...

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Better sugar output likely this year: ISMA

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) On the back of higher cultivation area, sugar production is expected to be better this year, as per the preliminary estimates of the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) on Monday. The area under cane cultivation is up by 8 per cent, ISMA said. So, sugar production in 2018-19 (starting October) may reach 35-35.5 million tonnes, which is 2.8-3.3 million tonnes h...

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Sugar production to be 35-35.5 million tonnes: ISMA

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Sugar production in 2018-19 (starting October) is expected to be 35-35.5 million tonnes, which is 2.8-3.3 million tonnes higher than in 2017-18, the preliminary estimates of the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said on Monday. In 2017-18, sugar production was 32.2 million tonnes, with further addition of 50,000-60,000 tonnes owing to the ongoing sugarcane c...

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How a woman grenade blast survivor overcame disability to inspire change

Bengaluru, July 15 (IANS) Malvika Iyer was a charming 13-year-old girl in 2002 when a grenade accidentally blew up in her hands, ripping her forearm and paralysing her legs, in Bikaner, Rajasthan, where she lived with her parents. An accident that could have ended her life completely changed her perspective, and even though it took years for her to overcome the trauma, she came out stronger and n...

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Rajinikanth supports 'One India, One Election' proposal

Chennai, July 15 (IANS) At a time when major political parties in Tamil Nadu are opposed to the Central government's proposal of 'One India, One Election', actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Sunday came out in support of it. Speaking to reporters here, Rajinikanth said 'One India, One Election' is a good idea as it would save time and money of political parties. He also said ...

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Rosatom starts work on unit 2 of Bangladesh n-project

Dhaka, July 14 (IANS) The first concrete ceremony marking the beginning of main construction of the second unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Project (RNPP) in Bangladesh took place on Saturday at Rooppur, Russian state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom said in a statement. Rosatom, who are the equipment suppliers and consultants for the India's Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil N...

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Indian family receives wrong body after mix-up in UAE

Abu Dhabi, July 14 (IANS) A bereaved Indian family in Kerala, grappling with the untimely demise of their relative in the UAE capital, has received someone else's body in a shocking mix up. Nidhin Othayoth Kottaron, 29, died last week in Abu Dhabi. But instead of receiving his body, the Keralite family received the body of Kamatchi Krishnan, 39, hailing from Tamil Nadu, the Khaleej Times...

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Tamil Nadu opposes repeal of UGC Act

Chennai, July 14 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Saturday strongly opposed the draft bill on Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Act 2018. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the text of which was released to the media here, Palaniswami said: The Government of Tamil Nadu is of the view that the existing institution...

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Disaster management training kills Coimbatore student

Chennai, July 13 (IANS) A 19-year-old student was killed during a disaster management training session at a college in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore district, police said on Friday. In a video that has gone viral, the victim, N. Logeshwari, is seen seated on the sunshade just below the second floor of the college building with a trainer standing next to her asking her to jump on Thursday eveni...

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Atmosphere vitiated, but publishing escapes heavy hand of politics, say insiders

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) With the new weapon of choice to intimidate publishers being the legal injunction, industry stakeholders contend that they have escaped the heavy hand of direct political intimidation -- perhaps because a critical book is not as potent as a critical TV channel or newspaper. The impact that books are capable of having (certainly in English) in India is perhaps in...

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Goa FDA flips flops on formaldehyde use in fish, after minister's tweet

Panaji, July 12 (IANS) Multiple raids on wholesale fish markets in Goa stoked controversy after a spot inspection by Food Drug Administration staff revealed a carcinogenic preservative formaldehyde's presence in fish, but after a minister's tweet giving a clean chit to the wholesalers, on Thursday claimed that the chemical's levels were within permissible limits. The raids were conducted...

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Elephant corridors: SC says no states listening to Centre

New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday told the Centre that no state is listening to government of India, after it was told that that there were 27 critical elephant corridors which fall in 22 states, but 13 states only have filed any response on the issue. When the Centre told the bench that the states were showing scant regard to it on the issue and the Supreme Court a...

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TN CM condoles death of Ramanuja Mutt chief

Chennai, July 12 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday condoled the passing away of Sri Ranga Narayana Jeeyar, the 50th pontiff of Sri Ramanuja Mutt in Srirangam. He was the Jeeyar (head) at Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam, about 330 km from here. In a statement issued here, Palaniswami condoled the death of the pontiff, saying that he was grieved on...

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Once in a blue bloom: Kerala's famed neelakurinji set for rare mass bloom

Thiruvananthapuram, July 12 (IANS/Mongabay) Starting late July, the Anamalai hills near Munnar in Kerala will be resplendent, clad in a purplish blue carpet. The famed neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) will burst into flower - a phenomenon that occurs once in 12 years. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the Munnar hills to behold the spectacle that lasts up until Octo...

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