TAMIL NADU NEWS
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will reportedly inaugurate Salem-Chennai flight services on Sunday. The Salem airport was closed in a year after being opened in 1993. However, under the Centre’s UDAN scheme, actions were taken to connect small cities in India. CM Palaniswami will inaugurate the services and the first flight to Chennai will operate on Sunday.
Thousands of people gathered near Chidambaram Nagar bus stand in Thoothukudi on Saturday to protest against the expansion plans and operation of the Sterlite Copper Plant in the district. Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan took to Twitter to voice his support for the protesting at the district. The actor-turned-politician wrote, “This anti -sterlite peoples agitation needs media support. My new status as a party leader need not be a disqualification or a deterent. I am still part of the Tamizh population. I am committed to this cause”.
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This anti -sterlite peoples agitation needs media support. My new status as a party leader need not be a disqualification or a deterent. I am still part of the Tamizh population. I am committed to this cause— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) March 24, 2018
AIADMK Presidium Chairman E Madhusudhanan was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on Greams road on Saturday for stomach ache related ailment. Notably, Madhusudhanan had contested in the RK Nagar byelection and lost to TTV Dhinakaran.
Public churned out in huge numbers for the ongoing strike against the expansion of Sterlite, a major copper producing company in Tuticorin on Saturday. The plant is accused of polluting air, water, and soil resources due to the discharge of harmful chemicals.
Rajya Sabha MP Sasikala Pushpa's wedding to one Dr B Ramaswamy that was scheduled to take place in New Delhi on Monday, was put on hold by a family court in Madurai as the doctor's earlier marriage to one Sathyapriya hasn't been annulled as yet. In a dramatic turn of events, Sathyapriya also said, "Please ensure my husband is returned to me. Else, allow myself and my child to have mercy killing."
The Saravana stores at T Nagar reportedly received a bomb threat on Saturday afternoon, after which, people were evacuated from the store. Reports say, the crowd gathered at the store was more than usual as it is a weekend. The bomb squad is currently investigating the spot.
Opposition party DMK has started its two-day regional conference in Erode on Saturday. DMK party members from Erode, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Nilgiri, Karoor, Salem, Namakkal will reportedly be taking part in this conference. A stadium named after Periyar that can contain up to 1 lakh people has been set up in a 100-acre land Erode for the conference.
The Chennai city police have reportedly begun the probe into the theft of answer scripts from University of Madras. Two weeks ago, the varsity filed a complaint saying the answer scripts of the Institute of Distance Education (IDE) department went missing from the first and second floor of the centenary auditorium on the Chepauk campus.
The Chintadripet police on Friday reportedly nabbed three medical shop owners for reportedly selling a particular brand of cough syrup without doctors' prescription in large numbers. After they got a tip off from a person who is habituated in taking the syrup, police found out that the shop owners are selling the addictives to criminals who want to ‘stay focused’ while committing a crime.
While addressing a gathering for his one year anniversary as Chief Minister, Edappadi Palaniswami on Friday said that few party members were separated due to some ‘Maya’. He said, “The children of Amma (J Jayalalithaa), who have left us under the influence of some ‘Maya’, will return to their home definitely and will work for realising the dreams of Amma.”
Mohan Raj, a 35-year-old man, who grew up in an orphanage in Anna Nagar got the biggest discomfort in his life removed. The man reportedly had a football-sized tumour in his kidney. It was removed after a 6-hour long surgery with 10 doctors in a government hospital. Since the tumour was deeply rooted in his kidney, one of his kidneys was also removed.
The Madurai bench of Madras High Court on Friday reportedly ordered that the Tamil Nadu government should regulate the fees for the 4,500 private schools and release the fees structure on the government’s website before April 30. According to reports, a man named Hakeem from Madurai had filed a petition in the court seeking to direct the state government to regulate the fees for the schools, while the fees for 5,500 schools out of the 10,000 private schools were already regulated.
Tamil Nadu BJP unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan, while speaking to reporters in Coimbatore on Friday, reportedly condemned the arrest of BJP cadres during the Ram Rajya Rath Yatra. “We’re the ones attacked; We’re the ones arrested,” Tamilisai lamented. The BJP leader also alleged that there is no condemnation from Tamil Nadu when BJP cadres and offices are attacked. She further alleged that Coimbatore has become a capital of terrorists.
Behindwoods' 'Made In Chennai' campaign was launched to bring awareness to the public for a cleaner city and rivers in Chennai. A series of events was organized in the past 2 months as part of the campaign and it was concluded recently with a conclave.
The conclave was addressed by Naam Tamilar party chief Seeman. He said, “It’s a very good initiative that Behindwoods has taken. You people are doing what the government has to. The government is saying a lot of things like ‘Swachh Bharat’. But what is the point in doing all that when foreign countries are dumping their garbage in our coastal boundary?”
His speech was one of the highlights of the evening. Watch the full video of his speech in the link below.
After the video of bikers attacking SI went viral, nine people were arrested in connection with the video. The SI in the video, Pandian was seen being attacked by youths in Velachery. The motorist Rakesh was aggressive in the video. Reportedly, when police issued challen to Rakesh, he tore it and threw it away. The police stopped Rakesh as he was not wearing helmet. Rakesh was first not arrested as his father pleaded not to arrest him. But after the video went viral, Rakesh and eight others were arrested.
According to reports on Times of India, new features are going to be added in Marina beach. Wi-Fi facility, sea view seating, first aid kiosks, e-toilets and CCTV cameras with the Greater Chennai Corporation set to commence development works.
The death toll in the forest fire that engulfed the Kurangani hills in Theni on March 11 has increased to 20 as two women succumbed to burn injuries on Friday. While Sai Vasumathi from Thanjavur died at a private hospital in Madurai, another 24-year-old woman named Nivya Nikruthi from Chennai also passed away. Nikruthi was receiving treatment at a private hospital in Madurai.
After the fake tweet that was making rounds on social media, MK Stalin has reportedly filed a case saying, ”Few anti-social elements have created a fake twitter profile that looks like mine and they have tweeted to spread fake news about me”. The fake tweet, which has MK Stalin’s photo as profile picture says, “Those who go to temple don’t have to vote for DMK”.
A headmaster at the government primary school in Periya Alampatti near Inamkulathur in Trichy allegedly forced a cow injection syringe on the back of a 9-year-old girl as she was not paying attention when he was taking classes. The teacher John Britto got angry as the class VIII girl, Dheena Mary, was playing with a cow injection syringe. He snatched the syringe from the girl and forced it on her upper back. She suffered from swelling and fever. The girl’s father filed a complaint with the Inamkulathur police. Meanwhile district collector K Rajamani has reportedly assured action after investigation, say reports.
In the commission that is probing Jayalalithaa’s death headed by retired justice Arumugasamy, VK Sasikala has filed an affidavit, in which she has mentioned that Jayalalithaa did not want to meet anyone before fully recovering. “Just as I remained inside my Poes Garden residence for seven and a half months after getting bail in the disproportionate assets case conviction and did not meet anyone, I don’t want to meet anyone until my health becomes better and I leave the hospital. After going home, I shall meet all the cadres and senior leaders,” Jayalalithaa said, as per Sasikala’s 55-page, 99-paragraph affidavit, according to Times of India.