TAMIL NADU NEWS
The sight of a 12-year-old physically-challenged boy Antony begging for money and food, after being forced by his parents in Kanyakumari moved a lot of people before he was rescued by Child Protection Unit on Monday. Newspaper reports allege that Antony's parents instead of getting him treated for his handicap, decided to use the same, as a pity for the boy to seek alms.
Two men – one of them posing as a woman – tried to rob a doctor of his valuables in TNagar on Monday, before their disguise came off when Sujanth's (19) wig came off when neighbors intervened. His partner in crime P Prakash (27) landed in the police net as well.
Speaking to reporters after returning from the Himalayas, actor Rajinikanth on Tuesday strongly condemned the vandalism of Periyar statue in Alangudi near Pudukkottai calling the act “barbaric”. When asked if BJP is operating behind him, Rajini quipped, “I have only god and people behind me.” Reacting to the Ram Rajya Rath Yatra entering Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth said the government should take appropriate action to prevent any communal riot from breaking out.
According to reports, a Periyar statue in Pudukkottai Viduthi near Alangudi in Pudukkottai district was vandalised on Monday night by unidentified miscreants. People saw the head cut from the statue and dropped on the ground. On receiving information, police rushed to the spot and temporarily fixed the head on the statue. Police have reportedly launched a hunt for the unidentified persons.
According to reports, the Parappana Agrahara prison has granted 15 days parole for VK Sasikala following the sudden demise of her husband Natarajan. Reportedly she will be going to Tanjore directly from the prison where her husband’s body will be taken. Natarajan, who was on ventilator support, passed away on Tuesday in Global hospital, Chennai.
While protesting against the permission of Ram Rajya Rath Yathra in Tamil Nadu, opposition party’s working president MK Stalin, along with other DMK MLAs was arrested on Tuesday. DMK MLAs were evicted from the assembly as they questioned about the Ram Rajya Rath Yathra.
At a recent public meeting, actor-politician S Ve Shekher spoke about various recent issues such as violence in communalism and politics. He further bashed the Dravida Kalagam for inciting negative feelings among the people in the name of politics. "Intolerance is becoming increasingly prevalent among people," he said. Watch the full video here.
Nam Tamilar party chief Seeman was arrested on Tuesday as he tried to protest against the ongoing ‘Ram Rajya Yathra’ in Tirunelveli, according to reports. Tamil Nadu government has been receiving criticism from various political personalities for granting permission for the Yathra. Earlier Viduthalai Chiruthaigal party chief Thol Thirumavalavan was also arrested for the same reason.
Following the sudden demise of VK Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan, DMK working president MK Stalin has reportedly paid his last respect to the editor of ‘Pudhiya Parvai’. He underwent treatment at Global hospital in Chennai for multiple organ failures last year. On March 16, he was critically admitted to the Global hospital following chest infection.
According to reports, Tirunelveli district collector Sandeep Nanduri has imposed section 144 in the district from 19th March 6:00 pm to 23rd March 6:00 am. It has been reported that the section has been imposed in order to contain any miscreants during the ‘Ram Rajya Rath Yathra’. DMK working president MK Stalin earlier condemned the Tamil Nadu government for granting permission for the Yathra.
Two persons, including a 28-year-old software engineer and a 29-year-old unemployed man, were arrested in an inebriated state on Sunday night for making fake bomb threat calls to the Chennai airport. Reports say, upset by the techie's false promise of getting the latter a job at the airport, the friend called the control room and said he shared plans with the techie to plant a bomb at the airport. Police immediately traced the location of the call and nabbed both.
A 24-year-old man was arrested after he posted a morphed photo of a girl who refused to accept his love proposal, on Facebook. Shocked by the photo on social media, the girl filed a complaint and the Mangadu police tracked the IP address from which the photograph was uploaded and traced down the man who was employed at a software company in Chennai. TOI reports say, the girl was earlier friends with the man and the act was done by the man in a fit of anger. However, he was sent to Puzhal prison by a court.
Following the demise of Natarajan at the age of 74 on Tuesday, his wife and jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala is expected to come on parole from Bengaluru prison and pay respects to the mortal remains of the former. Reports say, his mortal remains will be carried to his native Thanjavur at around 11 am today to perform the final rites. His body is currently kept at his residence in Besant Nagar for friends and family to pay their last respects.
VK Sasikala's husband Natarajan passed away at the age 74 on Tuesday in Chennai. According to reports, Natarajan was admitted to the ICU of Gleneagles Global Health City on March 16 for the chest infection. The hospital announced the demise of Natarajan around 1.30 AM on Tuesday. It must be noted, last October he underwent Tracheostomy.
According to a report, a snake was found in a beer bottle, which was bought from a Tasmac outlet in Krishnagiri. The incident triggered people who usually buy alcohol from that particular Tasmac outlet. About 50 people started protesting outside the Tasmac outlet, following which the outlet was closed.
Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has reportedly asked to wait till March 29 for the Centre’s response regarding the formation of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). “We can collectively decide on the next step if no improvement is seen,” Panneerselvam reportedly said. Earlier, DMK working president MK Stalin had urged the AIADMK to put pressure on the Centre to form CMB by supporting the no-confidence motion moved by Telugu Desam Party.
Naam Tamilar Katchi chief coordinator Seeman took a jibe at actor Rajinikanth over his visit to the Himalayas, while speaking to reporters in Swamithoppu, Kanyakumari. Seeman reportedly said that sitting on top of the Himalayas without worrying about people is ‘spiritual politics’. Seeman was participating in a protest against bringing the Ayya Vaikundar Thalamai Pathi under the Hindu Religious and Charity Endowments department.
According to reports, a woman along with her two daughters was mysteriously found dead at their house in Thayirpalayam near Chithode in Erode district. Raju left to monitor his crop field in the early morning on Monday leaving his wife Jayamani, daughters Dhanushya and Pavitra home. However, around 7 am in the morning, smoke was seen emerging from their house. Neighbours broke the door open after informing police and fire department. Police recovered their bodies and sent them to Erode government hospital. However, the three didn’t reportedly suffer any burn injuries. Police have registered a case and launched a probe into the matter.
A woman from Mettupalayam in Coimbatore district has lost her opportunity to join as a government servant due to the alleged apathy of the postal department, say reports. Vidya from Shanthi Nagar, daughter of Somasundaram who sells utensils on his two-wheeler, had applied for a clerical post. On March 12, she was sent a call letter for interview. She was supposed to attend the interview at 10.30 am on March 16. However, the letter was delivered to her by 1.30 pm on the day of the interview. Vidya was shocked and said her dream of joining a government job has been shattered due to the carelessness of some individuals, reports added.
According to a PT report, 120 sovereigns of gold jewellery have been robbed from a house in Ayapakkam near Ambattur on Sunday. Linguraj, the owner of the house, had left for Meenambakkam airport along with his family as his son was flying abroad. The family returned around 3 am in the morning only to see their house burgled. Apart from the gold jewellery, 1 kg of silver jewellery and utensils along with Rs 1.4 lakh cash was stolen, Linguraj reportedly said. Thirumullaivoyal police have launched a probe into the matter.