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.
Sri Lankan Navy spokesperson Lt Commander Chaminda Walakuluge announced that the Lankan Navy had arrested four Indian fishermen for illegally entering the country's territorial waters on Thursday. The arrests were made on Monday night, and the authorities also seized a trawler used by the fishermen.
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has reportedly extended his support to NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the upcoming Presidential election. According to reports, Panneerselvam has said that he and the leaders of his faction would soon meet Kovind in Delhi. Notably, Panneerselvam’s move comes after Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami announced that his faction would unanimously support Kovind.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday announced that the lawmakers of his faction would unanimously support Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA-nominated candidate in the upcoming Presidential elections. With this, the NDA will get a paramount boost in support, as AIADMK constitutes up to 5.39% in electoral college votes. Notably, the poll to elect India’s next President will be held on July 17.
Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict Robert Payas has reportedly written a letter to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami pleading mercy killing. According to reports, Payas, in the letter, also mentioned that 26 years of prison life had isolated him and asked the government why was he not released even after 26 years. Notably, Supreme Court commuted Robert Payas’s death sentence to life in 1999.
AIADMK ally MLA and Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi leader Thamimun Ansari has reportedly said that he would vote against NDA candidate in the upcoming Presidential election. According to reports, Ansari, along with other allies Thaniyarasu and Karunas, walked out of Assembly on Tuesday urging the State to move a resolution against Centre’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter.
Tamil Nadu Municipal administration minister SP Velumani has reportedly said that over 1,600 tonnes of waste plastic have been used to lay over 1,000 km length of roads in the State in the last five years. The initiative is part of the government's emphasis on creating a plastic-free environment. Self-help groups are being trained to promote the collection, segregation and shredding of plastic, say reports.