RBI to issue new Rs 50 notes soon

The Reserve Bank of India, in a notification on Friday, reportedly said it will shortly issue bank notes of denomination Rs 50 in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series. Reports say there will be some changes in design and pattern of the notes. “All the banknotes in the denomination of Rs 50 issued by the Bank in the past will continue to be legal tender,” the central bank also reportedly added.

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Security tightened in Kodanad estate

According to reports, security has been tightened in Kodanad estate and the bungalow where former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa would frequently visit to take rest. Reportedly, Armed police has been keenly monitoring around the bungalow and the estate. Notably, a case is pending on court on the murder of Om Bahadur, a security at the bungalow. Earlier, on Thursday, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced that Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden house ‘Veda Nilayam’ will be converted into Jayalalithaa’s memorial.

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Coimbatore: Drivers refuse to take hearse vans, relatives stranded

Relatives of the deceased were left helpless on Friday in Coimbatore government hospital after the hearse vans in the hospital had no diesel. Relatives allegedly said the drivers refused to take the vans even when they were ready to buy diesel. Some others alleged that the drivers refused despite the relatives’ offer to rent private hearse van. Allegedly, no action was taken even after they complained to higher officials. More worse, some placed the corpses one on another to the dismay of relatives.

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Amid talks of merger, O Panneerselvam camp cancels press meet

With the AIADMK cadres and several other stakeholders waiting for the big announcement on the merger of the two factions, led by CM Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, a spokesman from OPS faction has cancelled the press meet. The cadres were left disappointed as they waited for merger with sweets and crackers. It was expected that Panneerselvam will make an important announcement on the merger.

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Merger delayed over demands of the AIADMK factions?

The merger of the two AIADMK factions, led by CM Palaniswami and former CM O Panneerselvam, is getting delayed due to various demands from the two factions, reports suggest. With everyone expecting that the merger will take place in Jayalalithaa memorial on Friday night, reports say legislators in discussion from the two factions are leaving. This scenario jeopardises the possibility of merger announcement on Friday.

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AIADMK cadres celebrate merger with crackers

According to reports, AIADMK cadres in several parts of Tamil Nadu were in a mode of celebration as the merger of the two factions, led by CM Palaniswami and former CM O Panneerselvam, are nearing merger. Cadres bursted crackers in various parts of the State. Further, reports said the cadres are flocking to Marina beach since it is expected that the announcement on the merger will be made in Jayalalithaa memorial.

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Merger necessary to retain ‘Twin-leaf’ symbol: Rajendra Balaji

Tamil Nadu dairy minister Rajendra Balaji, in an interview to News 18, said the merger of the two factions, led by CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, is necessary to retain the party symbol ‘Twin-leaf’. Talking about the merger, the minister also said that there will be sharing of power in both the party and government.

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Will Dhinakaran be sidelined as EPS and OPS factions move closer to merger?

The two factions of ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu are moving closer to merger since the leaders of the two factions - Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and former CM O Panneerselvam - are involved in a strong discussions with their supporting legislators. Meanwhile, leader of the third faction TTV Dhinakaran has said that the merger of the two factions are aimed at protecting their positions in the party. It is now unclear whether Dhinakaran will be sidelined from the party after the merger.

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TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and OPS to arrive at marina beach

According to reports, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Pananiswami is expected to arrive at the former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s memorial. After EPS’s dramatic decision to remove TTV Dinakaran from the party, there have been expectations EPS’s faction to merge with OPS. With this, Jaya’s memorial at the Marina beach got decorated, giving a hint about the merger announcement. Having seen a lot of drastic decisions and promises by the party members unfolding in the memorial, it is widely expected that EPS and OPS will be announcing their merger there.

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Jayalalithaa’s Memorial gets decorated. Gearing up for merger announcement?

While curiosity is building up minute by minute for announcement regarding the merger, Amma’s memorial in Marina beach has been decorated, giving a hint of yet another massive change in the party. The most awaited merger announcement is expected to be made in Jaya’s memorial where several other political dramas have unfolded in the past.

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Govt warns of strict action if staff hold strike

Tamil Nadu government has reportedly issued  a circular asking its employees to stay away from holding strike and has also warned of strict action against those who hold strike. In the circular issued to all government offices, it warned all approved and unapproved government staff and teachers associations. The circular reportedly stated that disciplinary actions would be taken against those who are involved in strike.

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CM Palaniswami must step down: Vaiko

MDMK president Vaiko has reportedly said that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami must step down as he does not have any moral right to continue in the post. Vaiko also reportedly announced to hold a protest in Chennai on August 21 condemning the Chief Minister. Vaiko has called for Palaniswami’s resignation amid the ongoing crisis in the party.

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Encounter specialist who killed 113 gangsters rejoins police

Maharashtra government on Wednesday reinstated former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, who was dismissed in 2008 for alleged links to the underworld. According to reports, Sharma had killed 113 underworld gangsters in his career spanning 25 years. He had also been arrested in a fake encounter case in 2010 but was acquitted of all charges by a Mumbai court in July 2013.

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Ministers ordered to gather at EPS’s home to discuss merger

In a recent development, TN ministers were allegedly ordered to gather at EPS’s home to discuss and plan about merging with OPS. Ever since TTV Dhinakaran was expelled from the party, speculations surfaced about a merger between EPS and OPS. While each and every action of both the factions grew curiosity among the public, Friday’s move have made expectations high on the merger. Meanwhile, according to media reports, TTV Dhinakaran’s supporting MLAs have made a sudden meeting.

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Sri Lanka bans players from eating biscuits in dressing room

Sri Lankan cricketers have been banned from eating biscuits in the dressing-room over fitness issues. Team manager Gurusinha said, "Our physio and trainer are in charge of what food players eat while the game is going on. They have banned biscuits in the changing room”. Sri Lanka is about to start the 5-ODI series against India from Sunday.

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I have ‘Sleeper Cells’ in other factions: TTV Dhinakaran

AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dhinakaran has reportedly said that legislators, who support him, are in the other factions of AIADMK as ‘Sleeper Cells’. Dhinakaran, whose post as the deputy general secretary was invalidated by the CM Palaniswami-led AIADMK (Amma), faction,  had earlier reportedly said the merger efforts of the factions are to safeguard their positions in the party.

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Mother kills son to save her daughter-in-law from his beatings

A 45-year-old woman from Mumbai allegedly killed her own son as she was frustrated with her son’s abusive behaviour towards her daughter-in-law. When Anwari got her youngest son married to a woman from Allahabad, she apparently did not inform her daughter-in-law about her son’s drug habit and abusive nature. Tuesday, when her son’s beatings became worse, Anwari strangulated her son to death to save her daughter-in-law, according to scoopwhoop. She reportedly spent the whole night sitting next to her son’s corpse crying.

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Woman cuts genital of man who tried to rape her

A 20-year-old Mumbai woman had cut the genital of a 24-year-old man who tried to rape her. Reportedly Shamsher Sheikh said that he was offering the woman a job and took her to a workshop and forced himself on her. The woman allegedly used a blade lying around and cut his genitals. She then lodged a complaint in the police station. According to media reports the man has been arrested and a case has been registered.

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Delhi: Victim lies injured on road for 12 hrs, his phone, Rs 12 stolen

In a heart-wrenching incident in Delhi, a 35-year-old man named Narendra Kumar was lying injured on the roadside for over 12 hours after he was hit by a speeding car on Tuesday evening. The incident turned even more distressing when the onlookers, who did nothing to save him, stole his phone, bag containing clothes and Rs 12 from his pocket. Police reportedly said a man on Wednesday morning made a call to police control room to inform about the victim. The man, who is undergoing treatment at hospital, will survive, police reportedly said.

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Dogs are turning blue in Mumbai due to effluents

Stray dogs in Navi Mumbai's Taloja Industrial area have been spotted wearing with an unusual bright blue colour. According to the report in Hindustan Times, the water from the Kasadi river in Taloja is turning the fur of the dogs blue due to its toxicity caused by the industrial units as they directly release effluents and dyes into river making it harmful.

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