According to reports, the point between Gengu Reddy Subway and Ega Theatre junction on the Poonamallee High Road will be made two-way, as it was before the metro rail work. Reportedly, the two-way access to one of the busiest commuting road in the city will be effective from the second week of July. Notably, the route was made one way to accommodate metro rail tunnelling work.
The Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday reportedly arrested 14 Tamil fishermen. Notably, the Lankan Navy arrested eight Tamil fishermen from Nagapattinam on Saturday. According to reports, the fishermen have been arrested on charges of fishing in Sri Lankan waters. Those arrested are likely to be produced before Mannar court.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday reportedly announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh to Rifath Sharook and his 'KalamSat' team. Rifath Sharook and his team developed the 64-gram 'KalamSat' satellite that was launched by NASA. Notably, ‘KalamSat’ was selected as the winner by NASA in a competition attended by 80,000 other models.
Giving the second extension for special officers of local bodies, the Tamil Nadu government on Saturday passed a bill extending their terms for another six months until December 31. With local body elections further delayed, this is the second extension for special officers. Opposing the extension of terms for special officers, DMK, Congress and IUML wanted the government to hold the civic polls right away.
The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday brought a new legislation to repeal the Tamil Nadu Entertainments Tax Act 1939 as the tax is included in goods and services tax. The Act enables the state government to levy and collect entertainment tax. The local bodies will get a share from the GST collection, once the GST comes into force on July 1.
Three weeks after the Chennai Silks fire accident, the state housing and urban development department has reportedly notified new rules to the authorities to regularise unauthorised structures across the state. Titled, `Tamil Nadu Assessment and Collection of Amount for Exemption of Buildings Rules, 2017' allows the authorities to fine the lawbreakers up to three times of the existing guideline value. Interestingly, the government has given an opportunity to those, whose applications were rejected in the past, to apply under the new regularisation scheme.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has reportedly proposed a coastal railway line between Chennai and Kanyakumari. According to reports, the minister had also added that the State must cooperate with the ministry to implement the project. Notably, Prabhu also launched a seven km railway route connecting Ennore and Tiruvottiyur, a 10 KW solar plant at Moore Market in Chennai and a food plaza at Trichy.
According to a report by The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Tamil Nadu and Kerala has the most number of literate child workers in India. By this report, around 82% of all child workers in Kerala are literate, while in Tamil Nadu the figure is 81.3%. The report also specifies that most of the literate child labourers are employed in the cities.
According to reports, Tamil Nadu has been ranked as the top destination among foreign and domestic tourists in 2016. This is the third consecutive year Tamil Nadu has bagged the first place. Notably, Maharashtra has bagged the second spot. Surprisingly, Goa only managed to bag the 9th place on foreign tourists' popularity charts.
The Ganga hospital in Coimbatore is reportedly all set to introduce its air ambulance service on Sunday. According to reports, the service would be operated in association with Delhi-based OSS Air Management. Notably, this is first such facility to be run by a hospital in India. The hospital also announced that the minimum charge for the air ambulance would be Rs.one lakh for one hour.
The Madras High Court reportedly said that the Tamil Nadu government should review its liquor policy respecting people's wishes. The court rejected the government's argument that curbing liquor trade would result in the flow of spurious liquor and also said that such justification could never be considered as valid in the larger interest of the public.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday reportedly said that actor Rajinikanth is 'unsuitable' for becoming the Chief Minister of a large state like Tamil Nadu. According to reports, Swamy also said he has 'substantial proof' of financial irregularities by the actor which can knock down his political ambitions. Notably, Swamy’s claim comes after BJP has openly argued that Rajini’s entry into politics is a good move.
According to reports, Tamil Nadu government is trying to make talks with Google CEO Sundar Pitchai to request him to set up a Google centre in the state. The reports have been disclosed by state’s Information Technology Minister M Manikandan on Friday. Notably, this issue figured in the state assembly when DMK member and senior leader I Periasamy flayed the state government for not according Pitchai a warm welcome when he visited Tamil Nadu.
According to a report by Hindustan Times, actor Rajinikanth stated that he was in discussion and was yet to take a decision on whether or not he would enter politics. The 66-year-old made this statement when he was about the recent meetings with several politicians. Further, he added, “ When I decide, I will inform everyone.” Notably, Rajinikanth had earlier said, "If God is willing, I'll enter politics tomorrow. If I enter, I'll be very truthful."
According to reports, four cities in Tamil Nadu have made it to the new list of 30 cities announced on Friday for development under the Centre's Smart City Mission. Tiruppur, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Tiruchirappalli are the four Tamil Nadu cities featured in the list. Announcing the new list, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that 45 cities contested for the 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were selected to ensure their feasibility and workable plans.
Due to the increased number of applications flooding in arts and science colleges, the Madras University has reportedly allowed affiliated colleges to add up to 20% undergraduate and postgraduate seats in these streams. Close to 5,000 students will benefit from the move. Self-financing colleges could add 10% of the sanctioned strength, aided colleges 15% for non-laboratory courses and 10% for laboratory courses and government colleges 20% of the sanctioned strength.
AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran has reportedly said that the party MPs and MLAs would vote for NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the upcoming Presidential election. According to reports, Dhinakaran, on Friday, also informed that the decision was taken by party’s general secretary Sasikala. Notably, Edappadi Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam had earlier extended their support to Kovind.
TTV Dhinakaran supporter and Perambur MLA P Vetrivel has reportedly said that AIADMK general secretary Sasikala would take the final decision on supporting a candidate in the Presidential election. According to reports, Vetrivel’s statement comes after Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and former CM O Panneerselvam extended their support to NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has reportedly said that he will consider an alliance with Rajinikanth if the need arises. The statement comes after the reports suggesting that the actor may enter politics. Panneerselvam further said that Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami continues to function under the guidance of jailed AIADMK (Amma) leader Sasikala Natarajan.
Tamil Nadu Dairy Development Minister K T Rajenthra Bhalaji on Thursday reportedly informed that the state govt had filed 226 cases against people for adulterating milk and dairy products in the last six years. Speaking at the Assembly, the Minister also announced that 137 people had been convicted in those cases.