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Panneerselvam may head merged AIADMK, Upper House may be revived

Chennai, Aug 20 (IANS) Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam will head a merged AIADMK while Chief Minister K. Palaniswami will continue to head the government, said a leader from the Panneerselvam faction. The leader also said the government can look into the possibility of reviving the Legislative Council or Upper House of the assembly to accommodate members in the party wi...

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Mamata pays homage to Rajiv Gandhi

Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday paid homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 73rd birth anniversary. Sincere tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary, Banerjee tweeted. Gandhi was born on August 20, 1944 and was Prime Minister from 1984 to 1989. He was assassinated by a LTTE suicide bomber at Sriperumbudur in Tamil ...

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Both AIADMK factions strike merger note, say will happen in 2 days

Chennai, Aug 19 (IANS) Notwithstanding differences, both the factions of the AIADMK on Saturday expressed confidence over their merger in two days, but a leader of the group led by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam maintained that expulsion of V.K. Sasikala from the party was a basic requirement before they can come together. The much-talked about merger, which appeared a done deal ...

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AIADMK merger talks progressing fine: Panneerselvam

Chennai, Aug 19 (IANS) Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O. Panneerselvam on Saturday said talks for the merger of his AIADMK faction with that led by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami are progressing fine. Speaking to reporters, Panneerselvam said in a couple of days a good decision will be taken and there are no internal differences. On Friday, the much-expected merger of the two...

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'Good decision' on AIADMK merger in one-two days: OPS

Chennai, Aug 19 (IANS) Talks on the merger of the AIADMK factions are going on smoothly and a good decison will be out in a day or two, the leader of one of the factions, O. Panneerselvam, said on Saturday. There are no differences in the AIADMK and the talks for the merger as desired by the people of Tamil Nadu and cadre of AIADMK are proceeding smoothly. As early as possible and in a d...

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AIADMK merger fails to come through

Chennai, Aug 18 (IANS) The much expected merger of the two major factions in the AIADMK - one led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and the other by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam -- did not fructify on Friday. A senior leader belonging to the Panneerselvam faction brusquely told the media assembled at the latter's house that there would be no press interaction and if t...

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Modi, Shah to meet BJP CMs on Aug 21

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) A day after BJP President Amit Shah set a target of 350-plus seats for the party in the next Lok Sabha elections, a meeting of Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of party-ruled states has been convened on August 21 to discuss the further stratgey to achieve the target. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are likely to address the meet, informed sou...

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Cabinet colleagues recall Naidu's qualities as politician

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Friday described former Cabinet colleague and incumbent Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu as a common man's politician with the cause of farmers and poor close to his heart. Speaking about the book Tireless Voice, Relentless Journey, a compilation of Naidu's select parliamentary speeches and articles, Un...

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Judicial probe will prove Sasikala innocent: Dinakaran

Bengaluru, Aug 18 (IANS) A judicial probe into then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's death will prove AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala innocent, T.T.V. Dinakaran, a leader of one of the AIADMK factions, said here on Friday. Dinakaran also said there would be a surgery in the AIADMK as per the advice of the now jailed General Secretary Sasikala, who for years was a confidante of the...

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Dinakaran meets Sasikala in jail

Bengaluru, Aug 18 (IANS) A leader of one of the factions in the AIADMK, T.T.V. Dinakaran, on Friday met his aunt and party General Secretary V.K. Sasikala in the jail here and greeted her on her 63rd birthday. Dinakaran is also expected to have discussed the developments in the AIADMK. Dinakaran has been sacked as the AIADMK Deputy General Secretary by the ruling faction led by C...

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Don't turn Jayalalithaa's house into memorial: Niece

Chennai, Aug 18 (IANS) Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's niece J. Deepa and nephew J. Deepak have laid claims to her Poes Garden residence, which Chief Minister K. Palaniswami has said will be converted into a memorial. Deepa and Deepak said they were the legal heirs to Jayalalithaa and rightful inheritors of their aunt's plush Poes Garden residence in the heart of the c...

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Panneerselvam to announce decision on AIADMK merger

Chennai, Aug 18 (IANS) A decision on the merger of two main factions in the AIADMK will be announced later on Friday, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said here. The Panneerselvam faction will be taking stock of the announcements made by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday: setting up a judicial commission to inquire into the death of then Chief Minister J. Jayalal...

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'Judicial probe into Jaya's death funny'

Chennai, Aug 18 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government's announcement to hold a judicial probe into the death of J. Jayalalithaa is funny, said MGR Amma Deepa Peravai, a forum led by the late Chief Minister's niece. This is an attempt to fool the AIADMK cadres, the J. Deepa-led forum said in a statement late on Thursday. It demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) ...

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'Sankalp Se Sidhhi' will glorify Indian culture: Minister

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma on Thursday said the initiative Sankalp Se Sidhhi, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will further glorify India's rich culture and heritage. Sharma was speaking at an event Sankalp Sandhya, organised by the Ministry of Culture at the Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra Auditorium in Noida. This event (Sanka...

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Probe on Jayalalithaa's death a good move: Apollo Hospitals

Chennai, Aug 17 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government's decision to set up an inquiry commission to probe the cause of death of former Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa is a good move, said Apollo Hospitals on Thursday. It was in Apollo Hospital here Jayalalithaa was hospitalised for over 70 days. In a statement issued here, the hospital said: The Tamil Nadu Government's decision to set u...

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TN CM should order CBI probe, resign with all ministers: Stalin

Chennai, Aug 17 (IANS) DMK Working President M.K.Stalin on Thursday demanded the resignation of entire Tamil Nadu cabinet after Chief Minister K.Palaniswami ordered a judicial probe in the death of former Chief Minister J. Jayalithaa. In a statement issued here, Stalin termed Palaniswami's announcement about a judicial probe into Jayalalithaa's death as mere eyewash, noting that if he is...

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Amit Shah sets Mission 350+ for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) As opposition leaders were holding a conclave on Thursday, BJP President Amit Shah held a meeting here with party officials and union ministers to chalk out strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls setting a target of 350-plus seats for the party in the next Lok Sabha elections. Sources in the BJP said that during the hour-long meeting at the party office here, Shah...

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Thousands queue up at Indira Canteens, many return empty-handed

Bengaluru, Aug 17 (IANS) Thousands of persons queued up on Thursday to get subsidised food at Indira Canteens run here by the Karnataka government, though teething troubles forced many to return disappointed due to there being not enough food to meet the demand. A day after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi inaugurated one canteen in Jayanagar, a total of 101 such outlets opened their...

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SC seeks report on probe into bomb conspiracy in Rajiv Gandhi assassination

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Central government to inform it about the investigations carried out into the conspiracy behind making of belt bomb used by suicide bomber Dhanu to kill former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election meeting at Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991. A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi sought information on the...

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TN CM announces judicial probe into Jayalalithaa's death

Chennai, Aug 17 (IANS) In a move aimed at merging the AIADMK factions, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday announced that a judicial Commission will probe the death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. And giving into another key demand made for the merger by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, the Chief Minister also said that Jayalalithaa's famed Poes Garden house in...

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