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Not sure if Ashwin has been rested or dropped: Harbhajan

Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh reportedly said that he is not sure whether Ravichandran Ashwin has been rested or dropped from the ODI team. "I am not sure if R Ashwin has been rested or dropped. We have seen reports that Ashwin has been rested but at the same time in his rest period he is going to England to play county cricket. So I don't know what kind of rest it is going to be”, said Harbhajan.

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Dhinakaran faction MLAs to meet TN Governor

Dhinakaran faction MLAs said that they will be meeting TN Governor Vidyasagar Rao on Tuesday to discuss about the AIADMK merger and other issues. The MLAs spoke to the media after sitting on meditation in former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s memorial.

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Sasikala can not be removed from party: Dhinakaran faction MLAs

After sitting on meditation in former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s memorial, Dhinakaran faction MLAs said that the AIADMK Interim General Secretary Sasikala cannot be removed from the party and the allegations of removing her are just an eyewash. The MLAs further said that the General Secretary of the party is the only person with the power to add or remove a person in the party.

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Dhinakaran to meet media persons on Aug 23

Ousted AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran has tweeted that he will meet the media persons on August 23 since his doctor has advised him to take rest due to fever and sore throat.

 

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BJP doesn't need to direct other parties: Tamilisai Soundararajan

TN Bharatiya Janata Party leader Tamilisai Soundararajan said that the BJP is protecting and ruling the country with such excellence and doesn’t need to direct other parties. Tamilisai’s statement comes as a reply to the speculations that BJP is controlling the AIADMK government. Earlier, DMK leader MK Stalin said that the AIADMK leaders from the two factions are functioning on the orders from Delhi.

 

 

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Dhinakaran faction MLAs sit on meditation in Jaya’s memorial

According to reports, 18 AIADMK legislators, belonging to TTV Dhinakaran’s faction have been sitting on a meditation in former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s memorial. Reports say they have planned to sit on meditation for 30 minutes. Reports also suggest that the MLAs came to Jayalalithaa’s memorial in the Marina beach after discussions with Dhinakaran.

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It’s not ‘Dharmayudham’, it is called lust for designation: Stalin on AIADMK merger

DMK working president M K Stalin on Monday reportedly launched a scathing attack on AIADMK over the merger saying the two factions have merged for their lust for designations and positions in the party and rule. Stalin reportedly said, “It’s not ‘Dharmayudham’, it is called lust for designation”. The Opposition leader also reportedly said the leaders from the two factions are functioning on the orders from Delhi.

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Sergio Ramos equals all-time La Liga record of 18 red cards

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos now holds the joint-record for most red cards in La Liga history after receiving his 18th in Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. The 31-year-old Spanish defender shares the record with former Barcelona and Sevilla defender Pablo Alfaro and former Real Zaragoza defender Xavi Aguado.

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Fans hold up Sri Lanka cricket team bus after ODI defeat vs India

Fans held up the Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus in Dambulla on Sunday evening for about 30 minutes after their team's nine-wicket loss to India in the first ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Around 50 fans shouted slogans and booed the players forcing security personnel to step in. Notably, Sri Lanka also lost the Test series 3-0 to India.

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Dhinakaran faction MLAs headed to Marina beach

According to reports, AIADMK legislators supporting TTV Dhinakaran are headed to Jayalalithaa’s Memorial in Marina beach. While the factions, led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, have joined hands and announced the merger, Dhinakaran faction’s reaction is keenly watched. It’s now unclear whether the 18 legislators will withdraw support to the Edappadi K Palaniswami’s government.

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169 McDonald's India stores face closure as CPRL pact ended

Fast food chain McDonald's reportedly terminated the franchise agreement for 169 outlets in North and East India run by Connaught Plaza Restaurants (CPRL). The decision comes weeks after 43 outlets run by CPRL in Delhi were shut down due to non-renewal of eating house licences by local authorities. As part of the termination, CPRL is ceased to use McDonalds's name, system, trademark, designs and its associated intellectual property, among others within 15 days of the termination notice.

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TN Govt staff and teachers to hold strike for salary hike and revision

Tamil Nadu Teacher's organization and Government Employees organization announced that there would be a statewide strike on August 22 demanding a hike and revision in salary on par with the seventh pay commission. Reportedly they also demand changes in pay structure with special allowance and consolidated pay. On August 5, over one lakh protesters converged on Wallajah road as a part of a pre-planned action.

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PM Modi wishes O Panneerselvam on becoming Deputy CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took to Twitter to wish O Panneerselvam on becoming Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister. He also said Centre assures all possible support to CM Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam for the growth of the state.

 

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Ramadoss lashes out at EPS-OPS factions over merger

PMK leader Ramadoss has ridiculed the announcement of the merger of two factions, led by CM Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, by sarcastically saying Tamil Nadu will have a great future following the merger. Ramadoss, in his tweet, also sarcastically said that NEET medical exam will be cancelled, Cauvery Management Board will be formed, and the dead farmers will come alive since the factions have announced merger.

 

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New deal specifications of AIADMK merger

OPS is becoming the Deputy Chief Minister while Edappadi K Palaniswami will continue to stay as Chief Minister. O. Paneerselvam will handle the finance portfolio, and his supporters Mafoi Panidarajan and Semmalai will also be inducted into the cabinet. The only priority of the party now is to get back the symbol of "two-leaves" which had been frozen by Election Commission regarding fraud.

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Cabinet meeting to be held in secretariat at 6 PM

TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami will be holding a cabinet meeting today, in which the ministers, including the newly sworn-in ministers, are expected to meet at 6:00 PM in the secretariat This will be the first official meeting after the factions merger.

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OPS sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister

After the merger of OPS and EPS factions, OPS has sworn in as the Deputy CM, according to media reports. He took oath in Raj Bhavan, Guindy in front of TN Governor Vidyasagar Rao. Former TN Education Minister Mafoi Pandiarajan also took oath as the Minister of Tamil Language, culture, and archaeology. Reportedly the removal of V.K.Sasikala as the party's general secretary would be announced after a general council meeting.

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OPS's first tweet after proposed expulsion of VK Sasikala

While the merger between two factions has been announced, and OPS is all set to swear in as the Deputy CM, the only pending announcement is VK Sasikala’s expulsion. With Vaidhyalingam’s unofficial announcement about the expulsion of VK Sasikala, the former CM O Paneerselvam has tweeted saying that his feeling of being heavy hearted would be over. An official announcement on the same will be made after a general council meeting. Here’s what OPS tweeted after the decision.

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TN CM and O Paneerselvam pay respect at Jaya’s memorial

After the most awaited merger announcement, TN Chief Minister and the former CM O Paneerselvam have reportedly paid respect to the late CM J Jayalalithaa in her memorial at Marina. The two leaders shook hands and promised to work together without any trouble. O Paneerselvam is expected to swear in as the state’s deputy Chief Minister at 4:30 PM on Monday. An announcement about the expulsion of VK Sasikala will be made after a general council meeting, according to media reports.

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Former CM OPS to take charge as Deputy Chief Minister

After the announcement of the most awaited merger, Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami reportedly said that he would work with the former CM to get back ‘irattai ilai’ and the party will stay united wholeheartedly to fulfil the wishes of the late CM J Jayalalithaa, according to reports. He also allegedly said that the factions’ reunion is a tight slap on the faces of people who tried to dissolve the party. The former Chief Minister O Paneerselvam will be taking charge as the Deputy Chief Minister, and he will also resume as Finance Minister. The swearing in ceremony will be held at the Raj Bhavan at 4:30 PM, on Monday.

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