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Tamil Nadu farmers call off Delhi protest till May 25

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Farmers from Tamil Nadu, holding a protest at the Jantar Mantar here from the last 41 days to draw attention to their plight, on Sunday suspended their protests till May 25 after state Chief Minister K. Palaniswami assured them that he will take up their demands including that of loan waiver with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the agitation would be res...

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Tamil Nadu to table GST Bill in assembly soon: Palaniswami

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government will soon place the state GST Bill in the assembly, said Chief Minister K.Palaniswami here on Sunday. Addressing the Third Governing Council Meeting of Niti Aayog, he, terming the the passage of central GST law as historic reform in indirect taxes, also said the state has been taking an active part in the deliberations of the GST (Good...

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Tamil Nadu farmers call off Delhi protest till May 25

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Farmers from Tamil Nadu who have been on protest sit-in here for the past 40 days, on Sunday announced suspension of their demonstration till May 25 after they met state Chief Minister K. Palaniswami. During the meeting, Palaniswami assured the farmers of his help and said that he will request Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the loan waiver. The farm...

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Nano-technology will soon make GM obsolete: M.S. Swaminathan

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Noted agricultural scientist M.S. Swaminathan, hailed as the mentor of the Green Revolution that saw India achieve self-sufficiency in foodgrain, feels GM technology, which has generated much heat in the country, will soon become obsolete with the advent of nano-technology and other solutions. He also felt that it was very important that the loans of farmers ac...

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TN CM meets the protesting farmers at Jantar Mantar

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Sunday met with protesting farmers from his state at the Jantar Mantar and assured help. The farmers have protested here for the past 40 days and demands loan waivers, drought relief packages and formation of a Cauvery management board to resolve their irrigation issues. Palaniswami, in a brief 20 minutes meet...

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Earth Day-2017: Nature's warning - mend ways now or be doomed

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Even as the world celebrated the 48th Earth Day on Saturday, over a hundred farmers from drought-hit Tamil Nadu were seen protesting in the national capital along with the skulls of their kin, who chose to kill themselves as deficit rains for the fourth year in a row spelt doom for them. While many would dismiss it as just a political issue, environment and cli...

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'Covering dam water with thermocol not feasible'

Chennai, April 22 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government's attempt to cover the water stored in Vaigai Dam in Madurai with thermocol sheets to prevent evaporation shows the officials lack of knowledge about water cycle and ecology, said an environmental activist. On Friday Minister for Cooperation Sellur K Raju inaugurated the programme to cover the vast sheet of Vaigai Dam water with thermoco...

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Now, protesting TN farmers drink urine

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Protesting in the national capital for over a month, Tamil Nadu farmers on Saturday drank their own urine to draw the Centre's attention to the drought in their state and other demands. On Friday, they had collected their urine in plastic bottles and threatened to consume it if the Union government fails to respond to their demands, including a loan waiver, dro...

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Red light atop TN Governor's car taken off

Chennai, April 21 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao on Friday ordered removal of red beacon light from his car, said a Raj Bhavan statement. His action follows the recent Union Cabinet decision to do away with the VIP culture of using red beacons atop official vehicles. The statement said Principal Secretary to Governor Ramesh Chand Meena removed the red beacon. ...

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Government disapproves bid to shut petrol pumps on Sundays

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Centre on Friday disapproved the decision of some petroleum dealers' associations to keep fuel outlets shut on Sundays from May 14. The Petroleum Ministry does not approve or endorse the move by a section of petrol pump dealers to close down fuel stations on Sundays, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told the Parliamentary Consultative Committee at a me...

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CPI seeks Centre's intervention to help TN farmers

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The CPI on Friday flayed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for what it said was utter disregard towards the plight of protesting Tamil Nadu farmers and sought the the government's immediate intervention. Communist Party of India General Secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy and National Council Secretary K. Narayana visited the Jantar Mantar -- where the farmers have been pro...

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EC gives AIADMK factions more time to prove their claims

Chennai, April 21 (IANS) The Election Commission has given time, till June 16, for both the warring factions of Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK to submit documents proving their claim. In an order dated April 20, the poll panel said as both the parties - E.Madhusudanan and two others, respondents V.K.Sasikala and another) had asked for additional time for filing documents and affidavits, it h...

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Government denounces bid to shut petrol pumps on Sundays

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Centre on Friday denounced the decision of a petroleum dealers' association to keep fuel outlets shut on Sundays starting May 14. The Petroleum Ministry does not approve or endorse the move by a section of petrol pump dealers to close down fuel stations on Sundays, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told the Parliamentary Consultative Committee at a meet...

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Madras High Court dismisses paternity suit against actor Dhanush

Chennai, April 21 (IANS) The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday quashed a petition filed by a couple in the Melur magistrate court claiming that actor Dhanush is their biological son and should pay them a monthly maintenance of Rs.65,000. Popular Tamil movie hero Dhanush, born to Tamil film director and producer Kasthuri Raja, is the son-in-law of actor Rajinikanth. ...

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'Water level of 91 major reservoirs drops 2%'

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The water level of 91 major reservoirs in the country has gone down by two per cent, the Ministry of Water Resources said on Friday. The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on April 20, 2017 was 46.02 billion cubic metres (BCM) which is 29 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was a...

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Sack Sasikala, Dinakaram before unity talks: Panneerselvam camp

Chennai, April 20 (IANS) Merger talks will be held only when Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK sacks its top leaders V.K. Sasikala and T.T.V. Dinakaran, the faction led by O. Panneerselvam said on Thursday. A senior leader in Panneerselvam's camp, K.P. Munusamy, said the rival camp now led by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami must secure the resignation of the jailed Sasikala and her nephew Dinakar...

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Akshay wants to play officer who killed Veerappan

Mumbai, April 20 (IANS) Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar wants to portray police officer K. Vijay Kumar, who is credited with killing sandalwood smuggler Veerappan. After portraying the character inspired by naval officer K.M. Nanavati in Rustom, which won him the National Film Award, Akshay now wants to be the Indian Police Service officer on screen. Kumar headed the Tamil Nadu Spec...

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AIADMK leaders meet TN Governor

Chennai, April 20 (IANS) Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker and AIADMK leader M. Thambidurai called on Tamil Nadu Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao here on Thursday. Thambidurai later told reporters that it was a courtesy call as he has known Rao for a long time. He said he did not discuss the political situation in the state with Rao. Tamil Nadu Finance and Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar also m...

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Samantha's new hobby is Silambam

Chennai, April 20 (IANS) Actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu on Thursday said she has started learning Silambam, a weapon-based ancient martial arts originating from Tamil Nadu. She said it's her new hobby. Because I like a challenge. New hobby. Silambam. Can't wait to get better at this, Samantha tweeted. She also shared a video in which she is seen practicing Silambam, like a professi...

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Fight for 'justice' to continue, says Panneerselvam; Dinakaran to remain out

Chennai, April 19 (IANS) Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Wednesday said the ouster of the rival AIADMK faction's two leaders - V.K. Sasikala and her nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran - was the first victory in the dharma yudh and both factions would hold unification talks. Dinakaran said that since everyone had decided to keep him out of the party affairs, he had decided to st...

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