2017

Masters of the game

Thirumangalam, in an ironic defiance of its pleasant sounding name, turned out to be most inauspicious for TN’s already fouled poll politics. The by-election, buy-election rather, held there in Jan ‘09 under the auspices, not of EC, but Alagiri, sparked a decisive plunge to the depths in voter bribery. R K Nagar today, in 2017, is the latest, lethal but not the last milestone in TN’s twisted, treacherous highway to

HC moved for full-time Governor for TN

Chennai: A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the Centre to appoint a full-time Governor for Tamilnadu. When it came up for hearing today, a division bench comprising Justices Huluvadi G Ramesh and R M D Teekaa Raaman directed the Additional Solicitor General to get instruction from the Union Government. Petitioner V Anbazhagan submitted that Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao was holding additional charge of Tamilnadu for the past seven months

Son & brother of OPS file anticipatory bail petition

Chennai: The son and brother of former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam filed an anticipatory bail petition in the Madras High Court in a rioting and criminal intimidation case registered against them at RK Nagar, where assembly bypoll is scheduled for 12 April. O P Ravindranath Kumar, who filed the petition jointly with his uncle O Raja, alleged that police had foisted the case on them ‘due to political vendetta.’ They

Gujarat Lions face upbeat Sunrisers in a tricky away game

Hyderabad: Gujarat Lions will be keen to shrug off the disappointment of a humiliating defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders as they gear up to face defending champion Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first away game of the Indian Premier League, here tomorrow. Sunrisers are high on confidence after a comfortable 35-run win in their opening game against a depleted Royal Challengers Bangalore while Gujarat Lions were demolished by the KKR opening pair

Student calls to kill Pinarayi on FB post, held

Thodupuzha (Kerala): An engineering student has been arrested for a call in the social media to kill Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The 22-year-old student in a Facebook post, made a call to an international terror outfit to kill Vijayan. He was arrested yesterday on a complaint filed by a local CPI(M) leader.

Stray dogs maul man to death in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: A pack of stray dogs attacked an 85-year-old man at Thiruvilam village in Attingal in Thiruvananthapuram district, the police said. The deceased, Kunhikrishnan, had left home at 9 am yesterday saying he was going for a hair cut. When he did not return home till night, the family members began a search for him and he was found mauled to death by stray dogs, the police said. Portions of

I-T searches reveal Rs 89 cr channelled for R K Nagar

Chennai: The Income Tax searches held at the premises of an associate of Health Minister C Vijayabaskar has revealed routing of Rs 89 crore for ‘distribution to voters’ in RK Nagar Assembly constituency which goes to by-poll on 12 April. According to sources, documents seized during searches at the premises of an accountant of the Minister showed details of Rs 89 crore and the money being channeled to R K

Dinakaran condemns charges on money distribution

Chennai: AIADMK Amma faction Deputy General Secretary and its candidate in the 12 April RK Nagar assembly by-elections T T V Dinakaran rubbished allegations of money distribution by his camp in the constituency. He alleged that DMK, Panneerselvam-led AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction and BJP had been making such claims ever since naming their candidates for the bypoll. “They say it is happening unnoticed, if it is so how they

178 sovereigns gold ornaments seized, 3 held

Coimbatore: Three persons who looted 4.2 kg of gold ornaments from a jewellery outlet here last month have been arrested. Police said the trio, who were travelling by a Karnataka State road transport corporation bus, were arrested at Hasanur in Erode district yesterday during a vehicle check, as they were found to possess 178 sovereigns of gold ornaments without proper documents. One of them, identified as Riyazudeen, was working as

21-year-old held for 'raping' minor girl

Udhagamandalam: A minor tribal girl in the district has been allegedly raped by a 21-year old labourer, who was arrested, police said. The eight-year old Kurumba tribe girl was taken to a lonely place in a tea-estate at Kinnakorai, 60 km from here, and sexually assaulted on 3 April evening. The girl came home crying and narrated the incident to her mother that night. The parents, after discussing with their

TTD awaits reply for Rs 15 cr demonetised notes

Tirupati: The fate of about Rs 15 crore worth demonetized notes offered by lakhs of devotees in the hundi of Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala is still hanging in the balance, said temple sources. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, which governs the cash rich temple, had already written to RBI and government on the defunct notes after the deadline for exchange of demonetised notes expired on 30 December, temple sources told PTI.