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Kallakurichi hooch tragedy: Bodies buried without postmortem exhumed to confirm illicit liquor consumption

KALLAKURICHI: Five days after the illicit arrack incident that took as many as 56 lives in Kallakurichi, six people have returned home from treatment. One other person died in the hooch tragedy in Kallakurichi on Sunday, taking the total toll to 56 . However, fresh admission of new cases has fallen with the affected people now being treated for consumption of illicit arrack at 219 on Sunday, a slight increase from 215 the previous night. After Karunapuram, which had the highest number of hooch-a

23 Jun 2024 5:55 pm
Sri Lankan navy arrests 22 Indian fishermen for IMBL violation

RAMANATHAPURAM: With only a week since the lifting of the annual fishing ban, the Sri Lankan Navy has seized three boats and nabbed 22 fishermen hailing from Ramanathapuram for alleged violation of IMBL in the wee hours of Sunday. Official Sources said that more than 500 boats from Rameswaram ventured into the sea on Saturday night and on the early hours of Sunday. When the fishermen were fishing near the IMBL some boats said to have entered into the IMBL. It is said that the Sri Lankan Navy per

23 Jun 2024 11:33 am
Sathankulam custodial deaths: Kin of victims seek justice on 4th anniversary

THOOTHUKUDI : Observing the fourth death anniversary of Jeyaraj and Beniks, victims of custodial torture in 2020, traders, activists, and the public paid homage to them on Sathankulam commercial street on Saturday. Family members of the deceased persons, who were allegedly beaten to death while in the custody of Sathankulam police for violating covid norms, demanded that the judgment in the case be expedited. The investigation, monitored by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court, had led to

23 Jun 2024 10:04 am
Two injured in firecracker unit blast at Sengamalapatti succumb

VIRUDHUNAGAR : Two women, who were injured after an explosion at a firecracker unit in Sengamalapatti last month died on Saturday, taking the death toll from the incident to 12. On May 9, 10 workers were killed and nearly 14 were injured in the blast. Among them, three women M Malliga (34), S Indira (48), and R Nagajothi (35) sustained burn injuries and were being treated at the Government Medical College Hospital in Virudhunagar. Indira, who was discharged a few days ago, succumbed to injuries

23 Jun 2024 10:02 am
Nilgiris: CM's Breakfast Scheme in aided primary schools too

COIMBATORE : The Chief Minister's Breakfast Scheme is set to be extended to government-aided primary schools across the Nilgiris district as part of the state-wide launch. District Collector M Aruna convened a meeting with all the department heads in this regard at the Collectorate on Friday. In the first phase, the scheme was introduced for 2,749 students in 63 government primary schools in Gudalur Block on September 15, 2022. In the second phase it was extended to 203 primary and middle school

23 Jun 2024 10:01 am
Villupuram: Two boys killed as weak power line snaps and falls on them

VILLUPURAM: Two boys, V Saptagiri (11) and K Lokesh (8) of Thaduthatkondur village, died by electrocution after a high voltage power line snapped and fell on them while they were playing near a water pump on a farm near Thiruvennainallur on Saturday afternoon. Police said the deceased were government school students of class six and three respectively. Upon witnessing the incident, nearby villagers immediately informed the boys parents and the Thiruvennainallur police station. Police officials a

23 Jun 2024 9:38 am
Recovering from physical, mental agony after sexual assault difficult for minors: Madras HC

CHENNAI: Observing that minor victims of sexual assault will not be able to recover from the physical and mental agony inflicted on them, the Madras High Court has refused to reverse a trial courts verdict sentencing a man to 10 years of imprisonment for sexually assaulting an eight-year-old child. Dismissing the convicts appeal challenging a 2017 verdict passed by the Mahila Court in Chennai, Justice Sathi Kumar Sukumara Kurup expressed concern over sex perverts exploiting the innocence and the

23 Jun 2024 9:35 am
Madurai Bench of Madras HC tells SP to give suicide case probe to DSP-rank officer

MADURAI : Observing that the Thiruthangal police in Virudhunagar district did not conduct a proper investigation into the deaths of five members of a family, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court recently directed the superintendent of police to hand over the probe to an officer equivalent to the rank of a DSP. Justice B Pugalendhi was hearing bail petitions filed by P Manivannan, S Murugan, and V Murugan, who were arrested on charges of abetting the suicide of five members of a family. Lin

23 Jun 2024 9:31 am
Chennai: Man sends hoax bomb threat to airline, arrested

CHENNAI: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Chennai police on Saturday arrested a 27-year-old man on charges of sending a bomb hoax threat to Indigo Airlines earlier this week. Police said the accused, V Prasanna (27), had sent the hoax message in the name of his neighbours family in Perambur, as he had a rift with them. On June 18, around 8:45am, the customer service centre of Indigo Airlines at Perumbakkam received a message about a bomb being placed on a Chennai-Mumbai flight which would go of

23 Jun 2024 9:26 am
Chennai: DVAC books town planning inspector for demanding Rs 1L bribe

CHENNAI: The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) has booked a town planning inspector of Tambaram Corporation on charges of demanding a bribe of Rs 1 lakh to clear three building plan approvals submitted by a licensed surveyor. Sources in the agency said that the corporations offices where town planning inspector Nagarajan was accused of taking the bribe were raided on Thursday evening. Though the case was booked on May 31, the agency uploaded the FIR on the website only on Frida

23 Jun 2024 9:24 am
Chennai: Questioned about 13 arrears, student kills mom, brother

CHENNAI: A 20-year-old youth was arrested by city police on Saturday on charges of murdering his mother and younger brother at their home in Thiruvottiyur two days ago. Police said that the accused M Nithesh, an arts student at a college in the city, was upset with his mother M Padma (48) for admonishing him about his poor academic record. He had failed to clear around 13 papers and had arrears, police said. His father works as a crane operator in Oman and was scheduled to return to Chennai soon

23 Jun 2024 9:19 am
Soil erosion, accretion chip away at fishers' lives in Tharuvaikulam

THOOTHUKUDI : Severe soil erosion and accretion over the past few years have impacted fishing activities near the Tharuvaikulam fishing harbour coast. Meanwhile, the fishers have demanded that an inland fishing harbour be built at the bank of the stream merging with the sea between Vellapatti and Tharuvaikulam to facilitate the docking of mechanised gillnet fishing vessels, small fishing vessels and country boats without affecting the shores. The inadequate facilities have left the fishers in a

23 Jun 2024 9:14 am
Two killed as cars collide on Erode-Muthur road

TIRUPPUR: Two youths died in a head-on collision between two cars near Vellakovil in Tiruppur district on Friday evening. Three people were also injured in the accident. The deceased were M Sethupathi, 24, and P Pandi, 30, of Vellakovil. They were working as electricians in the Vellakovil Municipal Office temporarily. The injured persons are Sathish Kumar of Vellakovil; Kaviyarasu, 37, and Siva Karthik, 32, both of Muthur. The former is also an electrician who was working with the dead duo. Set

23 Jun 2024 9:12 am
Tamil Nadu: Eight districts to get housing units to foster caste harmony

CHENNAI: Minister for Rural Development I Periyasamy on Saturday said eight new Periyar Memorial Samathuvapuram habitations will be established across the state to promote harmonious living among members of various communities. The announcement was made in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Saturday during the ministers reply to the discussion on the demands for grants of his department. The new Samathuvapurams will be built in eight districts, including Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai, Pudukkottai, Virudhuna

23 Jun 2024 9:06 am
Heeding to farmers' request, PWD commences irrigation channel desilting work in Karaikal

KARAIKAL : Heeding to the requests of farmers, the Puducherry public works department (PWD) has commenced desilting river channels in Karaikal. A 240-kilometre network of irrigation and drain channels would be desilted at an estimate of Rs 79 lakh before the arrival of River Cauvery water, officials said. The action follows participants at the farmers' grievance redressal meeting on May 27 urging the PWD to commence channel desilting works regardless of the delay in opening Mettur dam. With the

23 Jun 2024 8:32 am
Orange alert for the Nilgiris; Chennai receives 336% more rainfall this June

CHENNAI: With eight more days left in June, Chennai city has so far recorded 336% excess rainfall -- 198.1mm of average rainfall as against the normal 45.4mm during the month. Late-night showers are forecasted for a few more days, a continuation of the trend could make June 2024 the third or second wettest June month in the citys history. In June 1996, Nungambakkam weather station received the highest rainfall of 697.5mm. Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai, has issued an oran

23 Jun 2024 8:23 am
New drinking water scheme to benefit 5 lakh in Tiruchy, Karur

CHENNAI: With the Cauvery river as its source, a new combined drinking water supply scheme will be launched at a cost of Rs 800 crore to benefit nearly 5 lakh people in Manapparai union, Ponnampatti town panchayat, Vayyampatti and Marungapurai in Tiruchy district, and Kulithalai and Thogaimalai areas in Karur district, minister KN Nehru announced in the Assembly on Saturday. Apart from this, a new combined water supply scheme, with the Vaigai as its source, will be launched at a cost of Rs 80 cr

23 Jun 2024 8:21 am
Aavin comes up with app to profile Tamil Nadu milk producers

CHENNAI: Dairy Development Minister T Mano Thangaraj informed the Assembly on Saturday that a real-time profiling of milk producers, their animals, milk production, fodder availability and more will be conducted through an Android mobile application. During the discussion on the demand for grants for dairy development, Thangaraj emphasised that data on milk producers and other details are essential for taking better decisions. Elaborating on steps taken to increase milk procurement, he said upon

23 Jun 2024 8:19 am
2,000 tonnes of seeds of superfine paddy varieties to be given to farmers

CHENNAI: Agriculture Minister MRK Panneerselvam on Saturday announced that to encourage cultivation of high-yielding superfine varieties of paddy, a total of 2,000 tonne certified seeds will be supplied to farmers with 50% subsidy and for this purpose Rs 8.6 crore will allocated. The minister made this announcement while replying to the discussion on demands for grants for his department. Panneerselvam also announced that an export consultancy cell will be established in all districts to help fa

23 Jun 2024 8:17 am
Chennai Metro Phase II works slowed down due to delay in Centre nod: Thangam Thennarasu

CHENNAI: The delay in approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) for implementing the second phase of Chennai Metro Rail has impacted the states finances and slowing down the implementation of the project, causing hardships to the people of Chennai, said Finance minister Thangam Thennarasu. Taking part in the pre-budget meeting of ministers from all states in Delhi hosted by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Thennarasu said Sitharaman had announced the Chennai Metro Ra

23 Jun 2024 8:14 am
Kallakurichi hooch tragedy: Toll 55; SC panel to submit report in two days

KALLAKURICHI: Death toll in the Kallakurichi hooch tragedy stood at 55 on Saturday night and as many as 159 people are still receiving treatment in hospitals across the state. Following Karunapuram, which had maximum number of people affected, a total of 50 people in Seshasamudram and Madhavacheri villages under Sankarapuram taluk were affected out of which seven died. The villages lie close to the Gomuki dam at the foothills of Kalvarayan hills and adjacent to Velli hills. Annamalai says Kallak

23 Jun 2024 8:04 am
Kallakurichi hooch tragedy: Will quit public life if PMK proves charges on nexus, say DMK MLAs

CHENNAI: DMK MLAs T Udhayasuriyan of Sankarapuram and K Karthikeyan of Rishivandiyam on Saturday said they are ready to quit public life if PMK proves its allegations of their nexus with those selling illicit liquor in Kallakurichi. Claiming the allegations made by PMK founder S Ramadoss and its president Anbumani Ramadoss as baseless, the MLAs said they are considering filing a defamation suit against the duo. The MLAs said the accusations are stemming from PMKs failure to secure the Kallakuric

23 Jun 2024 7:55 am
Annamalai says Kallakurichi hooch tragedy a murder by DMK, stays away from BJP protest

COIMBATORE: The hooch tragedy is a murder executed by the DMK as the illicit liquor was sold just 100 metres from the police station and 150 metres from the district court, BJP state unit president K Annamalai told reporters on Saturday. Annamalai did not take part in a demonstration organised by the party to condemn the state government, but called on over 200 BJP cadre, including Tirupur parliamentary constituency candidate A P Muruganatham, state treasurer S R Sekar and Coimbatore district pr

23 Jun 2024 7:52 am
Kallakurichi hooch tragedy: Breakthrough in probe still elusive; 55 dead in four days

CHENNAI: Four days after the Kallakurichi hooch tragedy in which 55 people had died so far and more than 150 people are still hospitalised, breakthrough in investigation still seems elusive. The CB-CID, which is probing the case, is yet to make public the progress of investigation in the case. Though agency officials remain tight-lipped, sources said at least seven people have been arrested in the case so far, and two more are under the scanner. The Kallakurichi district police had already arres

23 Jun 2024 7:45 am
Police seize 210 litres of illicit liquor in Vellore, destroy it

VELLORE: In a state-wide crackdown on illicit liquor, the Prohibition Enforcement Wing and Vellore police jointly raided the hilly region of Alleri, on Friday. During the raid, they recovered 600 litres of wash and 210 litres of illicitly distilled (ID) arrack from Goonampatti village. The operation was led by Vellore Deputy Superintendent of Police Thirunavukkarasu. Inspector M Muralidharan, who was part of the team, said that the wash and illicit liquor were hidden inside the tubes of lorry ty

22 Jun 2024 10:32 am
Puducherry police upgrade fleet, opens new central hub

PUDUCHERRY: Puducherry Police Department introduced a total of 11 Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) and 133 motorcycles to its existing fleet, along with establishing a state-of-the-art coordination centre, a Ponlait outlet and a canteen on Friday. The event was graced by Chief Minister N Rangasamy, Home Minister A Namassivayam, and Director General of Police (DGP) B Srinivas at the Gorimedu police complex. The vehicles were acquired through the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore

22 Jun 2024 10:28 am
Assn urges Pondy govt to enforce 50 per cent quota in medical colleges

PUDUCHERRY: The Puducherry UT All CENTAC Students Parents Association (PCESPA) urged the Puducherry government to withdraw recognitions for medical colleges that fail to allocate 50% of seats to Puducherry students under government quota. PCESPA president M Narayanasamy urged the chief minister to convene a special assembly session to enact legislation mandating this reservation from the current academic year onwards. The National Medical Commission (NMC) stipulates 50% of seats in private, self

22 Jun 2024 9:45 am
TN Health Minister Ma Subramanian visits 17 Kallakurichi victims in Jipmer

PUDUCHERRY: Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian, on Friday, visited JIPMER on Friday to meet 17 individuals, who are currently hospitalised after consuming illicit liquor in Kallakurichi . Addressing the media, Subramanian said that a total of nine people are in the Intensive Care Unit, with four in critical condition, while eight others are being treated in the general ward. Additionally, 31 people have been admitted to hospitals in Salem, where 23 are recovering and eight remain critical

22 Jun 2024 9:41 am
Man accuses pvt bank in TN of forcing to pay installments despite closing entire loan

THOOTHUKUDI: A 53-year-old man hailing from Kovilpatti submitted a petition at the Kovilpatti RDO office on Friday alleging that a private sector bank has been forcing him to pay loan installments, in spite of him having repaid the entire loan amount. According to the petition, Manikandan (53) of Indira Nagar had taken a loan of Rs 2 lakh from IndusInd Bank for a scheduled monthly instalment of Rs 10,699 for 24 months. After paying the dues for 10 months, Manikandan prematurely closed the loan b

22 Jun 2024 9:35 am
Ropes of Nellaiappar temple car snap during festival in TN, devotees blame HR&CE officials

TIRUNELVELI: Devotees who attended the much-celebrated Aani car festival at Nellayappar Gandhimathi Amman Temple on Friday were in for a disappointment as four ropes of the car snapped one-by-one when the car was drawn here. Subsequently, the devotees managed to draw the car, weighing 450 tonnes, using an iron chain, but blamed the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment (HR&CE) Department officials for allegedly failing to arrange quality ropes for the festival. Thousands of devotees from acro

22 Jun 2024 9:29 am
DMK warns UT government of protest over unfulfilled promises to fishermen

PUDUCHERRY: The opposition leader and state DMK Convenor R Siva has warned the Puducherry government of an agitation if promises made to fishermen during the previous budget session are not implemented. In a statement, Siva emphasised that fishermen are aware of the numerous announcements made by the Puducherry government, to purportedly improve their livelihood. Key among these promises was an increase in old age allowance for fishermen aged 70 to 79 from Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,500. Additionally, Rs

22 Jun 2024 9:22 am
Nine involved in hooch sales arrested in Tamil Nadu

SALEM: Nine people involved in the illegal sale of arrack were arrested on Thursday by the Thalaivasal police in Salem district. The action was taken in the wake of the hooch tragedy in Kallakurichi earlier this week. Salem district collector urged the public to report such activities on the numbers 0427-2452202, 0427-1077 and toll-free number 10581 available 24/7. The arrested persons are C Allimuthu, 65, from Unathur; R Arulmani, 29, from North Kattu Kottai; P Ramar, 55, from Varakoor; K Periy

22 Jun 2024 9:18 am
Eye hospital in TN unveils 4 projects on anniversary

CHENNAI: Rajan Eye Care Hospital launched four projects on its 29th anniversary on Friday. The hospital signed an MoU with R Christian Memorial Trust and launched myopia clinic. The trust donated corpus fund of Rs 50 lakh to Chennai Vision Charitable Trust which is the community ophthalmic wing of Rajan Eye Care Hospital. The interest from the corpus fund will be used for free eye camps, cataract, retina surgeries and corneal transplants in Mathuranthakam, Karunguli, Melmaruvathur and Uthirameru

22 Jun 2024 8:55 am
Jewel thieves bought Rs 4-cr cotton mill in TN with loot money

VIRUDHUNAGAR: Cracking a jewellery theft case from February in Rajapalayam took the police a step closer to identifying the gang that purchased a cotton mill worth Rs 4 crore from the sale of items it looted in the state, starting 2022. While eight accused persons have been arrested and items worth Rs 84 lakh and cash recovered, six others are at large. On February 24, according to sources, some unidentified persons tied up a family and looted 56 sovereigns of gold from a house in Rajapalayam. B

22 Jun 2024 8:51 am
Time to open toddy shops in Tamil Nadu: Annamalai

COIMBATORE: Stating that it is not practical to impose total prohibition, BJP state president K Annamalai suggested that the Tamil Nadu government should consider allowing toddy sales instead of liquor and close liquor shops in a phased manner. Addressing media persons after taking part in a yoga day programme at Isha Yoga Center, Annamalai said he is angry with drunkards, yet the BJP would give financial assistance to family members of hooch victims in Kallakurichi as they have become destitute

22 Jun 2024 8:43 am
Madras HC bins order cancelling lease deal of SRM Hotels

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday set aside the rejection order passed by the principal secretary of the tourism department on an application filed by SRM Hotels seeking renewal of lease for 20 years. Justice G R Swaminathan issued the direction while hearing a petition filed by SRM Hotels Private Limited of Tiruchy seeking to quash the rejection letter (dated June 12), and to direct the principal secretary to pass an appropriate order to renew the lease. After hearin

22 Jun 2024 8:39 am
CM Stalin: Rs 5L FD for kids who lost parents to hooch, Rs 5K per month for maintenance

CHENNAI: Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday reaffirmed that stringent action will be taken against the culprits in the Kallakurichi hooch deaths and appealed to shun attempts to gain political mileage out of the tragedy. He also announced relief assistance and support for children who lost their parents. I promise the Assembly that I will take stringent action to protect people from anti-social elements . I have the list of deaths that occurred due to illicit liquor during the previous AIADMK re

22 Jun 2024 8:38 am
TN hooch toll touches 50; blame-game refuses to die

KALLAKURICHI/CHENNAI: As the Kallakurichi hooch tragedy toll continues to rise with 50 deaths reported till Friday evening, there was full-blown war of words between the AIADMK and DMK. While all AIADMK members, including Leader of Opposition Edappadi K Palaniswami, were evicted from the Assembly for staging a protest, Chief Minister M K Stalin dismissed it as drama and appealed to the opposition parties not to seek political mileage from the tragedy. Earlier in the day, replying to call attenti

22 Jun 2024 8:24 am
Athikadavu-Avinashi scheme will be launched during SW monsoon: Minister Duraimurugan

CHENNAI: Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan said the the Athikadavu-Avinashi scheme will be officially inaugurated during the southwest monsoon when there will be surplus water at the intake point. He said this while addressing the Assembly during the discussion on demand for grants for the water resources department. He said the trial run for the scheme started on February 20, 2023 and the water has reached all 1,045 tanks and ponds under this scheme. The revised cost of the Athikadavu-Avina

22 Jun 2024 8:15 am
17 years on, communities join hands for Kandadevi temple car festival in TN

SIVAGANGA: It has been 17 years since the Kandadevi Swarnamoortheeswarar Temples car festival was last held, in 2006. The celebration was first halted in 1998, when members of the Dalit community asserted their rights to pull the temple car. As communities locked horns, the cars youth waned, and the covid pandemic swept the earth, the temple festival took a backseat. It was not until Friday that all communities amicably pulled the car of the temple. The issue of Dalit rights in 1998 and the cons

22 Jun 2024 8:07 am
TN to file status report on Manjolai tea workers

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Friday directed status quo be maintained on a batch of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitions, pertaining to the tea plantation workers of Manjolai tea estate in Tirunelveli, until the next hearing scheduled on July 8, and ordered the state to file a status report in this regard. One of the petitions filed by one P Amutha sought the state government to frame a rehabilitation scheme for the families of Manjolai estate by granting free pat

22 Jun 2024 8:03 am
Kodanad case: Interpol aid sought to trace VoIP call

COIMBATORE: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Crime Branch CID (CB-CID) which is probing the Kodanad heist cum murder case, has approached Interpol seeking help to get details about a seven-digit phone number through which an unidentified person contacted prime suspects. Sources said the SIT has written to a US-based telecommunication service provider through the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Interpol, seeking details of the person who used the number. A gang of eleven people i

22 Jun 2024 7:59 am
Kallakurichi hooch victims reached hospital a day before collector admitted tragedy

KALLAKURICHI: Although the Kallakurichi district collector and superintendent of police stoutly denied the unfolding hooch tragedy till Wednesday afternoon, health officials revealed that three very ill patients from Karunapuram, the village worst-affected, were admitted to the Kallakurichi Government Medical College Hospital by 9 am on Tuesday. On assessing their condition, health officials immediately sent out a mobile medical team to the village to identify and refer affected persons to the h

22 Jun 2024 7:47 am
TN job scheme finds no takers in Chennai

CHENNAI: Two years after the Tamil Nadu Urban Employment Scheme was introduced in corporations and municipalities in the state, it has been silently shelved in Chennai as there are no takers for the scheme due to the paltry wage paid under it. While the Chennai Corporation has returned the unspent amount of Rs 10 crore allotted to it under the scheme last year to the Directorate of Municipal Administration, other corporations and municipalities have utilised their allocated funds but will not re

22 Jun 2024 7:38 am
Dharmapuri sugar mills achieve highest sugar recovery rates in Tamil Nadu

DHARMAPURI: Two sugar mills in Dharmapuri district are the best performers in terms of sugar recovery rate from the cane crushed. Subramaniya Siva Cooperative Sugarmill Ltd (SSCS) in Harur had the highest recovery rate of sugar at 10.65%, while the Dharmapuri Cooperative Sugar Mill Ltd (DCSM) in Palcode stood at the second spot (10.10%) in Tamil Nadu in the year 2023-24. The SSCS retained the record in the state for the second consecutive year. The sugar recovery rate is the ratio between sugar

22 Jun 2024 7:33 am
Heat refuses to melt down piety as thousands hit Karaikal streets for mangani iraithal

KARAIKAL: Thousands thronged the streets of Karaikal, some as early as 8 am, not minding the wait under the scorching sun for the arrival of the idol of deity Sri Pitchandavar (Lord Shiva) from Kailasanathar temple taken around in a procession on Friday as part of mangani iraithal of the ongoing Karaikal mangani thiruvizha. As the deity passed through, the devotees dedicated the mangoes they carried with them by tossing them at it. Others in the crowd revelled in the festivities by trying to get

22 Jun 2024 7:22 am
Despite holding degree, transwoman struggles to find job opportunities in TN

VELLORE: As the world celebrates the 24th Pride Month in June, one would assume the severity of problems faced by transpersons has reduced with time. But, nothing could be further from the truth if factoring in the travails of 24-year-old S Mithra to land a job in Vellore, or for that matter, the discrimination meted out to most of the community members on a daily basis. Mithra of Kosapet completed a three-year diploma course in General Nursing and Midwifery from Government Medical College and H

22 Jun 2024 7:15 am
Tamil Nadu hooch tragedy: Among the dead include a migrant worker from UP

KALLAKURICHI: A migrant worker from Uttar Pradesh and a destitute person from Chennai were among the 48 people who lost their lives in the Kallakurichi hooch tragedy. S Raja (43), a destitute person who reportedly had no relations whatsoever, died at the Kallakurichi Government Hospital around midnight on Thursday. Furthermore, local sources alleged that Raja was around the Karunapuram area on Wednesday and consumed the hooch sold there. After he showed symptoms, Raja was brought in by the mobil

21 Jun 2024 8:43 pm
Stalin vows action against Kallakurichi hooch tragedy culprits; urges opposition not to politicise incident

CHENNAI: Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday reaffirmed that stringent action will be taken against the culprits in Kallakurichi hooch tragedy and urged the opposition parties not to attempt to gain political mileage out of this tragedy. I promise the Assembly that I will take stringent action to protect people from anti-social elements. I have the list of deaths that occurred due to illicit liquor during the previous AIADMK regimes. But I don't want to do politics based on these details, the CM

21 Jun 2024 4:18 pm
What measures taken in past year to prevent hooch tragedies: Madras HC to TN government

CHENNAI: Talking tough on the alleged negligence and callous attitude of the authorities in preventing the hooch tragedy in Kallakurichi, the Madras High Court on Friday grilled the Tamil Nadu government on the actions taken in the past year since the last such tragedy occurred, which snuffs out the lives of poor people. A division bench of Justices D. Krishnakumar and K. Kumaresh Babu, while hearing a public interest litigation petition filed by AIADMK advocate I.S. Inbadurai seeking a CBI prob

21 Jun 2024 4:07 pm