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Rs 5,021-crore central assistance to disaster-affected states

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) A high-level committee chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday approved a total of nearly Rs 5,021-crore assistance to 10 states affected by natural disasters. Andhra Pradesh will get Rs 584.21 crore, Assam Rs 269.40 crore, Bihar Rs 822.96 crore, Himachal Pradesh Rs 152.28 crore, Karnataka Rs 171.69 crore, Manipur Rs 19.11 crore, Rajasthan Rs 3...

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Karnataka childcare workers call off stir over wage hike

Bengaluru, March 23 (IANS) About 10,000 childcare workers (Anganwadis) and their helpers in Karnataka called off their four-day agitation on Thursday after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah assured them of a wage hike soon. We have called off our agitation on the Chief Minister's assurance that his government will increase our wages, Karnataka State Anganwadi Workers' Association President S. ...

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Reliance Infra lowest bidder in TN road project

Mumbai, March 23 (IANS) Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure Ltd has emerged as the lowest bidder for developing the national highway project in Tamil Nadu, sources said on Thursday. According to people in the know, Reliance Infrastructure was the lowest bidder for the National Highway NH-45C for four-laning of about 66-km stretch between Vikkravandi to Pinalur-Sethiyahopu section in ...

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Candidates file nominations for R.K. Nagar by-poll

Chennai, March 23 (IANS) On a day of hectic political developments in the ruling AIADMK party in Tamil Nadu, top political and popular candidates on Thursday filed their nominations for the April 12 by-election for the Radhakrishnan Nagar assembly constituency. The ruling AIADMK's Deputy General Secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran wearing a cap -- his election symbol -- filed his nomination for t...

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16 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

Colombo, March 23 (IANS) At least 16 Indian fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan Navy for poaching in the country's waters. They were arrested on Wednesday at two locations, Xinhua news agency cited the Sri Lankan Navy as saying. Two fishing trawlers were also seized in the seas northwest of Analathivu Island and the area north of Mannar, an official statement said. Sri ...

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No-confidence motion against TN Speaker defeated

Chennai, March 23 (IANS) The opposition resolution seeking the removal of Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal was defeated on Thursday, with 122 AIADMK legislators voting against and 97 opposition MLAs voting in favour. Eleven lawmakers belonging to former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam's camp abstained from voting. The main opposition party DMK had sponsored the resolution ...

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Kharge, Ananth Kumar spar over Anganwadi workers

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar got into a war of words in the Lok Sabha on Thursday as the former raised the issue of the wages of Anganwadi workers. Both Kharge and Kumar blamed each other for manipulating the issue, and while the Congress leader blamed the Centre for the low salary of the Anganwadi workers, ...

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AIADMK factions get 'Electric Pole', 'Cap'

Chennai, March 23 (IANS) The Election Commission on Thursday allotted the symbol Electric Pole to the AIADMK faction led by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and the Cap to the ruling AIADMK group. We have been given `Electric Pole' to fight the by-election from Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency. And our group will be called the 'AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma', former MP K...

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AIADMK factions may seek legal recourse to defreeze party symbol

Chennai, March 23 (IANS) The two warring factions in the AIADMK have expressed their plans to seek legal recourse to defreeze the party's two leaves symbol as ordered by the Election Commission. In a statement on Wednesday night, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said: Despite placing before the Election Commission strong arguments, it is sad we were not able to get the '...

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My support is for no one: Rajinikanth

Chennai, March 23 (IANS) Superstar Rajinikanth on Thursday said he has no plans to extend support to any party in the forthcoming crucial RK Nagar bypoll here. My support is for no one in the coming elections, Rajinikanth tweeted. Earlier this week, when popular composer and BJP candidate Gangai Amaran called on Rajinikanth, reports started doing the rounds that the 66-year-old s...

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Election panel reserves order in AIADMK symbol case

Chennai, March 22 (IANS) The Election Commission on Wednesday reserved its order after hearing day-long arguments from rival AIADMK factions in Tamil Nadu on the allocation of the two leaves party symbol, one of the petitioners said. The hearing before the Election Commission ended around 5 p.m. The panel has reserved its orders. Perhaps we may know its decision later in the day or tomor...

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TN wants bodies of fishermen from Saudi Arabia

Chennai, March 22 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Wednesday urged the Indian government to bring back the bodies of three Indian fishermen who reportedly died while fishing off Saudi Arabia. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Palaniswami said the three fishermen from Kanyakumari reportedly lost their lives while fishing off the Saudi coast. George, Ne...

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Dhanush has reintroduced me as hero: Raj Kiran

Chennai, March 22 (IANS) Veteran actor Raj Kiran, who plays the lead in upcoming Tamil drama Power Paandi, said on Wednesday that he is happy to be reintroduced as hero. Talking to reporters here, Raj Kiran said: After 27 years, Dhanush has reintroduced me as hero. I'm thankful to him and really happy. Having started his career as a producer, Raj Kiran made his acting debut with ...

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BJP leader warns that a Yogi will emerge in Telangana too

Hyderabad, March 22 (IANS) A BJP leader in Telangana has warned that if Muslims are provided quota in jobs and education, a Yogi will emerge in this state too. N.V.S.S. Prabhakar, a member of Telangana state legislative assembly, cautioned the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government against going ahead with its proposal to increase Muslim reservation from the current four per cent to ...

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TVS Motor ships out BMW bikes, to invest Rs 350 cr on expansion

Hosur (Tamil Nadu), March 22 (IANS) Two and three wheeler major TVS Motor Company Ltd's agreement to make high powered motorcycles for Germany's BMW has come to fruition with the Indian company starting to ship out BMW branded 310cc bikes, said a senior company official. He also said TVS Motor Company will launch its own 310cc bike Akula next fiscal. The company would invest around Rs 35...

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Election Commission to decide on AIADMK symbol

Chennai, March 22 (IANS) The Election Commission is expected to decide on Wednesday the allocation of two leaves symbol to one of the factions of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK. The ruling faction is led by now jailed General Secretary V.K. Sasikala while the other is headed by former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam. The poll panel has three options: allot the symbol to the Sasikala ...

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TVS Motor starts export of BMW bikes, plans capex of Rs 350 cr FY18

Hosur (Tamil Nadu), March 22 (IANS) Two and three wheeler major TVS Motor Company Ltd's agreement to make high powered motorcycles for Germany's BMW has come to fruition with the Indian company starting to ship out BMW branded 310cc bikes, said a senior company official. He also said TVS Motor Company would invest around Rs 350 crore next fiscal towards expansion of capacity, launch one ...

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Karnataka to consider wage hike for childcare workers

Bengaluru, March 21 (IANS) Agreeing to consider wage hike for childcare workers, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday appealed to them to call off their indefinite protest at the city centre. As their demands, including wage hike, are under serious consideration of our government, I appeal to them to withdraw their protest and come for discussions, Siddaramaiah said in a stat...

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Kerala won't use more water than given under Cauvery award

New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Kerala to write to Tamil Nadu government stating that it has no intention to utilise Cauvery water more than what has been allocated to it under the award by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. The bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar asked Kerala to write to Tamil Nadu that it had no ...

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Chennai mining baron arrested for money laundering

Chennai, March 21 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested sand mining baron J. Sekhar Reddy on charges of money laundering, three months after the CBI held him for exchanging crores of demonetised currencies. We arrested Reddy and his two associates K. Srinivasulu and Premkumar under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) here on Monday night for converting Rs 34-cror...

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