TAMILNADU

Strict guidelines issued for students

Chennai: To ensure smooth conduct of Plus Two examination, certain guidelines have been issued for students. Around 9.30 lakh students are appearing for the exams from 6,737 schools to be held from 2 March to 31 March this year. Of them, 4.18 lakh are boys and 4.81 lakh are girls. A total of 5.69 lakh students are appearing through Tamil medium. To avoid malpractices, the school education department has come

More protests against hydrocarbon project

Nagapattinam/Chennai: Protests against the hydrocarbon project proposed by the Centre at Neduvasal in Pudukottai district intensified and continued for a fifth consecutive day today. Farmers from delta regions too joined the demonstrations and sat on fast today at Neduvasal. A team of protestors are planning to come to Chennai and call on Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami to seek steps to halt the project. Around 50 persons were arrested for observing

Elephant rescued from slush in Nilgiris district dies

Coimbatore: A 25-year old female elephant, rescued after it was stuck in slush, died today in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve camp in neighbouring Nilgiris District, taking the number of elephant deaths in the MTR to five in the last one week. The elephant was roaming in search of water when it got trapped in the slush in Karugudi forest range on February 23. On being alerted by locals, forest department

Footwear hurled at AIADMK MLA Karunas' car

Sivaganga (TN): An unidentified person hurled a footwear at the car of AIADMK MLA and film actor Karunas when he visited his constituency Thiruvadanai in the district. Karunas, who has recently come in for flak on social media for supporting AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, arrived to garland a statue of freedom fighter Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar when the incident occurred, police said. The footwear fell on the car, police said

TN CM writes to PM on construction of reservoir across Cauvery

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government today protested against Karnataka’s “unilateral action” of constructing a reservoir across river Cauvery at Mekedatu and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in the matter. Citing media reports, Chief Minister E K Palaniswami told Modi in a letter that the Karnataka government “has decided to implement Rs 5,912 crore Mekedatu Multipurpose (drinking and power) Project across the river Cauvery, which involves building a balancing reservoir

I will be a backroom man, says Natarajan

Thanjavur: M Natarajan, the husband of jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, yesterday said he would always remain a backroom man in the ruling party of Tamilnadu. Natarajan also hit out at dissident leader O Panneerselvam while stating that ‘no one’ can destroy the party. Against the background of charges of Sasikala’s family taking over the ruling party, he said, “I will always remain behind in the AIADMK party’s activities and will be silent. Nobody can destroy

PIL dismissed in Devanagari script in Rs 2,000 note case

Madurai:  A Madras High Court bench yesterday dismissed a PIL questioning the Central government’s decision to use Devanagari numerals on the new Rs 2,000 notes. Justices A Selvam and P Kalaiyarasan, while dismissing the petition filed by city resident K P T Ganesan, however, said he could file an appeal in the Supreme Court. The judges rejected the plea after a Central government pleader submitted that similar cases had been filed in the apex court and