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Tamil Nadu getting step-motherly treatment from Centre: AIADMK

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Terming the relation between Centre and states like that of a mother and child, AIADMK's parliamentary party leader P Venugopal on Friday said that his state Tamil Nadu is being meted out step-motherly treatment. Participating in the debate on the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in the Lok Sabha, he said India was the sixth largest econ...

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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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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...

19 days ago
Cauvery authority directs Karnataka to release 31 tmcft water to TN

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) The Cauvery Water Management Authority, which held its first meeting on Monday amidst reports of Karntaka planning to appeal in the Supreme Court against its formation, directed Karnataka to release about 31 tmcft water to Tamil Nadu in July. The quantum of water which has been in the tribunal award after adjusting whatever has been the surplus in the month of Ju...

23 days ago
Adani Group acquires 97% stake in Kattupalli Port

New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Adani Ports on Thursday acquired 97 per cent stake in Marine Infrastructure Developer Pvt Ltd (MIDPL), the developer and operator of Kattupalli Port near Chennai. Adani Ports, India's largest port developer and part of the Adani Group, said in a statement that it executed share purchase agreement with Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and MIDPL to acquire the stake.

24 days ago
Glimmer of hope for co-existence of conservation and livelihood in the Gulf of Mannar

Chennai, June 27 (IANS/Mongabay) The struggle for daily sustenance is a reality for many fishermen in the Gulf of Mannar on Indias southeastern coast. It is home to a rich population of marine species threatened by over-exploitation, habitat destruction and pollution. The strip of 21 islands at the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, off the east coast of Tamil Nadu, is a marine biodive...

26 days ago
Take action against Lal Singh, Editors Guild urges J&K Governor

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) The Editors Guild of India on Monday urged Jammu and Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra to take action against BJP legislator Choudhary Lal Singh over his barely veiled threat of violence against journalists of the Kashmir Valley. In a statement, the guild also urged the Tamil Nadu government to adhere to recommendation of TRAI that bar government from owning a televi...

26 days ago
Editors Guild urges J&K Governor to take against Lal Singh

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) The Editors Guild of India on Monday urged Jammu and Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra to take action against BJP legislator Choudhary Lal Singh over his barely veiled threat of violence against journalists of the Valley. In a statement, the guild also urged the Tamil Nadu government to adhere to recommendation of TRAI that bar government from owning a television cha...

26 days ago
Stalin slams government for water supply contract to French firm

Chennai, June 25 (IANS) DMK leader M.K. Stalin on Monday slammed the Tamil Nadu government for awarding a 400 million euros project to supply drinking water in Coimbatore to French company SUEZ. In a statement issued here, Stalin said the AIADMK government has awarded the water distribution system contract for Coimbatore at a time when there is no elected local body. He said it i...

1 month ago
TN sets up committee to suggest downsizing, outsourcing

Chennai, June 21 (IANS) In an attempt to downsize its workforce, the Tamil Nadu government on Thursday said it has set up a Staff Rationalisation Committee. In a statement issued here, the government said the Committee, headed by S. Audseshiah, a retired Principal Secretary of the state government, will evaluate the staff structure in various departments to identify non-essential posts a...

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SC seeks TN response on plea by Madurai varsity VC

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought response from Tamil Nadu government on a plea by P.P. Chellathurai challenging the Madras High Court order quashing his appointment as Vice Chancellor of Madurai Kamaraja University. Seeking response from Tamil Nadu government on Chellathurai's plea for the stay of the High Court order quashing his appointment, the vacation ...

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Kamal slams TN government on Chennai-Salem expressway arrests

New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Actor Kamal Haasan on Wednesday slammed the Tamil Nadu government for arresting people protesting against the eight-lane green corridor between Chennai and Salem. To treat anyone talking about environment as a crime is not acceptable. This concern should be there among all, he told reporters when asked about his views on the raging controversy over the proposed ...

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TN 'will argue for release of Rajiv assassination case convicts'

Chennai, June 15 (IANS) The case relating to the release of seven convicts in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination case is in the Supreme Court and the state government will try to secure their release, said a Tamil Nadu Minister. Queried about the rejection by President Ram Nath Kovind of Tamil Nadu's request to release the convicts, state Minister for Law, Courts and Pris...

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Consult states, evolve consensus on Dam Safety Bill: Palaniswami

Chennai, June 15 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to keep the Dam Safety Bill, 2018 in abeyance till a consensus is evolved after consulting all the states. The contention is that the Bill in its present form encroaches upon the powers of the states. In a letter to Modi, the text of which was released to the media, Palan...

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Tyres of Indian economy punctured, policy blunders responsible: Chidambaram

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said three out of the four wheels of the national economy have been punctured and held the BJP government's administrative incompetence, reckless decisions and policy blunders responsible for the rising farm distress, unemployment and economic failure. The tyres on three of the four wheels on which the economy rid...

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BJP's policy blunders causing economic failure: Chidambaram

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said the BJP government's administrative incompetence and policy blunders were responsible for the rising farm distress, unemployment and failure of economy. Farmers' despondency has turned into anger and they have come to streets to protest, the senior Congress leader told reporters here. The principal re...

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TN gutka scam: ED registers money laundering case

New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday said it has registered a money laundering case against unnamed government officials in Tamil Nadu's gutka scam. We have registered a case against unnamed officials of the central government and Tamil Nadu government under the sections of Prevention of Money Laundering Act, An ED official told IANS requesting anonymity. <...

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TN small, medium industries in crisis

Chennai, June 9 (IANS) Thousands of small and medium industries in Tamil Nadu are facing closure rendering thousands jobless due to a number reasons, including the imposition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a government report has said. If one goes by the numbers provided by the state government -- the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) have reduced by 49,329 units while emp...

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TN to now give women chickens to raise, sell

Chennai, June 6 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government will provide 50 country chickens each free of cost to 38,500 women living in places outside Chennai to raise for eggs and meat, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said on Wednesday. Making the announcement the measure in the state assembly, he said there is a growing demand for country chicken eggs and meat and as a result, rearing of such chic...

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TN to free 67 convicts for MGR's birth centenary

Chennai, June 4 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government on Monday said it will set free 67 life convicts who have completed 10 years in jail to commemorate the birth centenary of AIADMK Founder and late Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran (MGR). In a statement issued here, the government said orders for the release of the 67 life convicts were issued on February 25. --IANS vj/in/vd...

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