Tamil Nadu News

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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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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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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Doctor who went for TN CM’s protection dies in an accident

Arulselvam, working for Chengalpet government hospital, who was on his way to go as a protection for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami died in an accident. Demanding compensation for this death to his family, doctors of Chengalpet government hospital staged a protest and demanded safety measures for doctors who go as protection for Chief Minister.

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Tamil Nadu ministers meet O Panneerselvam

Tamil Nadu electricity minister Thangamani and municipal administration minister S P Velumani reportedly met former CM O Panneerselvam on Friday. The meeting assumes significance since reports suggest that the merger of the two factions of AIADMK - one led by CM Edappadi K Palaniswami, and another led by O Panneerselvam - is close on the heels. Panneerselvam had, earlier on Friday, reportedly said crucial decisions on the merger will be taken on the same day.

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"Investigation will prove Sasikala innocent": Dhinakaran

AIADMK (Amma) leader TTV Dhinakaran, who met party chief V K Sasikala in the Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru on Friday, reportedly said that the investigation into the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will prove the innocence of Sasikala. Dhinakaran also reportedly said the efforts for merger of the factions of AIADMK are carried out to safeguard the positions of the leaders.

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Jaya's relatives will be compensated for Poes garden house: C V Shanmugam

After TN Chief Minister’s announcement about converting Jayalalithaa’s Poes garden home into a memorial, Jaya’s niece came up with various statements on Thursday. She reportedly said that the CM has no rights to do so. In what appears to be an answer for this, member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly C V Shanmugam reportedly issued a statement saying that the government will pay compensation to Jaya’s relatives to make 'Veda nilayam' a memorial.

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Velachery bus terminus to move near railway station

According to The Hindu reports, authorities have proposed to shift the Vijayanagar bus terminus in Velachery to the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) station. Reports suggest that the move will be a big relief for MRTS commuters as they, as of now, have to walk a long distance to the bus terminus. The commuters have reportedly asked to operate MTC buses from the south side of the railway station.

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None booked in TN for smoking in Public

Anupriya Patel, minister of family and health,  submitted a report in Lok Sabha which states that no one from TamilNadu has been booked under Cigarette and other Tobacco products Act (2013) from April 2015 to May 2017. According to data of the year 2008, 3,857 people in TamilNadu were under charge of COTPA. However, the columns of the past two years have been empty despite the ban on smoking in public. But when Times of India accessed the records from court documents, Police have booked 141 people against the offense and out of which only six people were fined. Reportedly Director of Public Health K Kolandaisamy said that except Chennai no other city has a dedicated squad of health inspectors because of shortage in staff.

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TN teachers' request for wearing chudidhar rejected

The School Education Department reportedly turned down a request made on behalf of women teachers in government schools for permission to wear chudidhars. The department rejected the request as the dress code is a policy matter of the government and there was no scope to change the norms. However, there is no restriction on women teachers wearing chudidhars in matriculation schools.

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