Goondas Act slapped on May 17 Movement leader

Chennai: The police today slapped Goondas Act on Thirumurugan Gandhi of the May 17 Movement, who attempted to stage a protest in the Marina last week in support of Lankan Tamils. Although the Marina beach is out of bounds for any protest or gathering, members of the May 17 Movement attempted to hold a candlelight vigil to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the end of the civil war in Sri

Dinakaran judicial custody extended till 12 June

New Delhi: A court in New Delhi today extended till 12 June, the judicial custody of AIADMK leader T T V Dinakaran, accused of attempting to bribe Election Commission officials. A special judge also extended the judicial custody of Dinakaran’s aide Sukesh Chandrashekhar and Mallikarjuna, a long-time friend of Dinakaran, and a hawala operator from Delhi, Naresh Jain. Dinakaran, a nephew of jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, is

IIT-Madras students hold beef festival on campus

Chennai: The Centre’s recent decision to ban the sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter through animal markets continues to meet with stiff opposition. DMK working president M K Stalin today said, “Under my leadership, the DMK will be demonstrating a protest on 31 May against beef sale ban.” Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, said, “We won’t accept the ban announced by Centre. Also, we won’t amend the slaughter ban

Security guard was murdered to take revenge

Chennai: The police arrested five men today in connection with the murder of a security guard at Besant Nagar late last week. Chandran was killed by unidentified men on bike with an iron rod. He worked as a security guard in an apartment on Third Avenue. Following his death, the police launched a search for the killers. This morning, the police arrested Manikandan (38), a car driver working in the

S Rly to create awareness on level-crossing safety

Chennai: Southern Railway will be conducting a week-long safety drive as part of level-crossing awareness week which is being celebrated from 29 May to 2 June. A press release from the railways stated that the safety drive will comprise activities like campaigns and special checks to educate the general public about the need to adhere to safety at manned and unmanned railway level-crossings. Also, 2 June will be observed as

Watercan suppliers in protest mode

Chennai: Lakhs of households depending on can water for drinking purposes may have to shell out more in the future as the newly proposed GST has raised the tax for bubble-top water to 18 per cent. Protesting the heavy taxation on packaged drinking water and the alleged harassment by Revenue Department officials, the Greater Tamilnadu Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers Association (GTPDWA) has announced an indefinite strike on Sunday. Sources say

Hotels, restaurants protest against GST tax

Chennai: Tamilnadu Hotels and Restaurant Association, in protest against the GST, has announced that all hotels and restaurants in the State will down their shutters on 30 May from 6 am to 6 pm. The South India Hotels and Restaurants Association (SIHRA) had earlier announced in a statement that the hospitality and hotel industry is reeling under losses since 2009 due to economic and other conditions. The recently Supreme Court

Activists turn to toddy with TASMAC ban

Chennai: The Supreme Court’s order to ban all  liquor  outlets  within  500  metres  from  the  State  and  National  Highways from 1 April 2017 has sparked a controversy throughout the country. Although  the  order  was  made  to  minimise road accidents caused due to drunken driving, the decision has not  gone  well  with  tipplers  as  well  as  governments,  including  that  of  Tamilnadu. While tipplers are protesting the closure  of  liquor  shops,  the 

Missing model Gaanam Nair back with family

Chennai: City model, Gaanam Nair, who had been missing for four days, got back with her family this evening. Sources say that she was depressed and went off course. Though she had returned back home, police investigations are on. Gaanam Nair, a model-turned-actress, went missing on Friday morning while on way to her Nungambakkam office from her Virugambakkam home. After two days, her family members lodged a complaint with the

Pharmacies on nationwide bandh on 30 May

Chennai: The All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) has called for a nationwide bandh on 30 May protesting several issues that have been plaguing the pharma industry lately. The strike focuses on three main things- sale of drugs through the internet, reduced margin on medicines for retail pharmacies and against central e-portal for pharmacies. Owner of a pharmacy at Anna Nagar, G Ashokan says,”I have been running this

CBSE: Chennai records 92.60 per cent pass

Chennai: The city is brimming with pride after Chennai region secured second place in  the  Central  Board  of Secondary Examination (CBSE). City  students,  P  Sundar  Raman  from  Chettinad  Vidyashram  and  Aditya  Vavre  from  Maharishi  Vidya  Mandir  School  secured  492  out  of  500 marks in CBSE class 12 examinations. Incidentally,  both  toppers  want  to  pursue computer science in IIT. “I am confident of getting a high rank in JEE (Advanced)  exam.