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Suburban trains in Chennai to start running from June 25: List of who can travel

Lockdown The Southern Railways has announced the categories of passengers who will be allowed to travel. TNM Staff In view of the COVID-19 lockdown easing in Tamil Nadu, the Southern Railways have announced that the Chennai Suburban train system will restart in limited capacity from June 25, Friday. The announcement has been made as per the state government lockdown guidelines issued on June 20.Specific categories of passengers will be allowed to board the Chennai suburban train system from June

24 Jun 2021 3:22 pm
Rs 10 lakh to kin of Salem police assault victim: TN CM Stalin announces solatium

Relief The Chief Minister also assured that strict action would be taken against the police personnel involved in the attack. TNM Staff Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced Rs 10 lakh as solatium to the relatives of Murugesan, a man who was beaten to death by police officers in Salem. Stalin assured that strict action would be taken against the officers who perpetrated the brutal attack against the 47-year-old man. Following the incident, Edappadi K Palaniswami, Leader of Opposition in

24 Jun 2021 2:28 pm
Salem man dies after being brutally beaten by cops, Sub-Inspector arrested

Crime A video being circulated online shows the deceased, A Murugesan and his friends pleading with the police to stop hitting him with lathis after they were stopped at a check post. TNM Staff After a 47-year-old man was repeatedly beaten by police officers at a check post in Tamil Nadus Salem district on Tuesday, June 22, he succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday morning. The deceased is A Murugesan, a fruit stall owner from Salems Edayappati who ran his business in Vazhapadi. He was brutally

23 Jun 2021 5:04 pm
TN govt will refer to Indian Govt as Union govt: TN CM MK Stalin in Assembly

Politics The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was responding to BJPs Nainar Nagendran, who raised the issue of the DMK government using the term Ondriya Arasu instead of Mathiya Arasu. TNM Staff Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on June 23, Wednesday said that the Tamil Nadu government will continue to refer to the Government of India as Union government since that is what the Constitution says, and considering it a 'social crime' is wrong. He added that there is no need to fear the word Union and th

23 Jun 2021 3:46 pm
TN police crack case of robberies across SBI ATMs, one gang member held

Crime The gang looted 19 SBI ATMs across Tamil Nadu and looted up to Rs 48 lakh by exploiting a glitch in the machines. TNM Staff Image credit: PTTV News The Tamil Nadu police have nabbed one member of a gang which is accused of looting upto Rs 48 lakh from various ATMs in Tamil Nadu. Over the last three days, thefts have been reported at 19 ATMs in Taramani, Velachery, Vadapalani neighbourhoods of Chennai, as well as other districts. Moreover, only SBI cash withdrawal machines were targeted. Sp

23 Jun 2021 3:26 pm
TN expedites infra works for 11 new medical colleges, inspection likely next month

Governance The Union government had earlier given permission to start 11 new medical colleges in several districts including Ramanathapuram, Virudhunagar, Dindigul and Ariyalur among others. TNM Staff Image for representation The Tamil Nadu government is expecting a nod from the National Medical Commission (NMC) to start undergraduate programmes in 11 new medical colleges from 2021 and has expedited the process for infrastructure works, said Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan. The Union government

23 Jun 2021 10:38 am
Tamil Nadu govt will study appointment of non-Tamils to govt posts: PTR

Governance & policy The Minister was responding to Tamilaga Vaazurimai Katchi MLA Velumurugan, who alleged that people who do not know Tamil are clearing the TNPSC exams. TNM Staff Tamil Nadu Minister for Finance and Human Resources Management PTR Palanivel Thiyaga Rajan told the state Assembly that jobs for Tamils will be ensured to them at the earliest and the government will conduct a study into the appointment of non-Tamil people to government posts during the AIADMK regime. The Minister mad

23 Jun 2021 10:16 am
TN rejects environment clearance to ONGC to explore five oil wells in Cuddalore

Environment The Tamil Nadu State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (TNSEIAA) rejected ONGCs application as relevant documents were missing. Sreedevi Jayarajan PTI The Tamil Nadu State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (TNSEIAA) on Monday rejected ONGCs (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd) application to drill and explore five oil wells in Cuddalore. ONGC had applied to get the green nod to drill oil wells in 15 places in Tamil Nadu, including 10 in Ariyalur and 5 in Cuddalore distri

22 Jun 2021 7:05 pm
How a TN NGO is helping people with no documents get IDs, and get back on their feet

Mental health The Indian bureaucracy is biased towards having biological families when it comes to identity documentation, creating hurdles for those who are estranged from or dont have biological families. Geetika Mantri In the cover photo:Sunantha, Rajeshwari, Poongodi, Kauvery and Uma Mageshwari, five of the 12 women who got ration cards with their chosen families listed For many of us, families are a source of support and a place of love. However, there are also those for whom these units ca

22 Jun 2021 3:48 pm
'Draft Ports Bill 2021 will dilute powers vested with states': Stalin writes to 9 CMs

Marine ports The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has framed the draft bill to modify the current management model of minor ports. TNM Staff Image for representation/ AdityaMadhav Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday wrote to his counterparts from eight coastal states and a Union Territory, urging them to express their objections to the new Draft Indian Ports Bill 2021, dealing with the management of minor ports, stating that it dilutes the powers vested with the states. MK St

22 Jun 2021 3:24 pm
Hold local body polls in nine districts by Sep 15: SC to Tamil Nadu SEC

Court The SC warned that it will initiate contempt proceedings for non-compliance if elections arent held by September 15. PTI The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Tamil Nadu State Election Commission (TNSEC) to hold elections for nine newly-formed districts by September 15. The court passed the order based on a 2019 plea moved by the DMK, when it was in opposition. The party had sought the quashing of the notification issued by the state poll panel on December 7, 2019 for local body election a

22 Jun 2021 2:31 pm
TN man loses more than Rs 1.7 lakh to fake crypto app advertised on Instagram

Crime Zepbit claims to be a cryptocurrency trading app but is unavailable on Google Play Store or Apple Store, nor does it have a website or other online presence. Mithun MK Image For Representation Shiva Shankar* from Pollachi in Tamil Nadu is unemployed. His stint as a freelance photographer didnt earn him much; and so, he was making a bulk of his earnings by investing in cryptocurrency market trading apps. In May, Shiva came across an advertisement on Instagram about Zepbit, a cryptocurrency

22 Jun 2021 1:08 pm
Heart and lungs of brain-dead Salem man airlifted to Chennai in 2 hours to save 2 lives

Health The organs were airlifted from Salem and transported in less than two hours to Chennai using a helicopter. TNM Staff Amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, a 27-year-old man in Tamil Nadu's Salem helped save the lives of two other people at MGM Healthcare in Chennai.The 27-year-old was admitted to a private hospital in Salem after a road accident, due to which he suffered a traumatic brain injury. Despite the best efforts of doctors, he was declared brain dead during the

22 Jun 2021 12:04 pm
Chennai to see power cuts on June 22 due to maintenance work: Full list

Power Power will be disrupted between 9 am and 1 pm for maintenance work, TANGEDCO said. TNM Staff The latest schedule put up on the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) website, shows that power supply will be disrupted in parts of Chennai on June 22. Power will be disrupted between 9 am and 1 pm for maintenance in certain areas as follows: Vyasarpadi: Annaitheresa, Andal Nagar SR Nagar, RR Nagar and surrounding areas Thirumullaivoyal: Ambedkar Nagar, Ellammanpetta, MGR

22 Jun 2021 9:55 am
TN govt announces guidelines for reporting sexual abuse during online classes

Child sexual abuse Detailed guidelines have been issued after several complaints from former students led to the arrests of multiple teachers in Chennai over sexual harassment complaints. PTI The Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced guidelines like advisory panel and safety audit for schools to ensure protection of students from sexual violence and protocol for conducting online classes.Following several complaints that led to arrests of a CBSE school teacher, an international school founde

22 Jun 2021 9:48 am
No plans to cut petrol and diesel prices immediately: TN Finance minister

Fuel prices The finance minister said that VAT on petrol and diesel could not be cut down with immediate effect due to TNs current fiscal situation. TNM Staff Tamil Nadus finance minister PTR Palanivel Thiagarajan on Sunday said that it was not possible to cut down the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel with immediate effect.. This, he explained, was due to the current fiscal situation of Tamil Nadu. He promised that the prices would be brought down once Tamil Nadus financial situation i

21 Jun 2021 6:12 pm
Two die, one injured in TN after explosion at illegal firecracker unit

Accident Another explosion at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar district in February had killed 19 workers. TNM Staff Two people died and another person was injured during an explosion at an illegal firecracker manufacturing unit in Thayilpatti in Sattur, near Sivakasi in Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu. Rescue operations are underway and the injured have been taken to the Virudhunagar government hospital. Media reports also say that three houses were damaged due to the impact of the exp

21 Jun 2021 1:07 pm
TN Economic Advisory Council to have Raghuram Rajan, Esther Duflo and others

Assembly This was announced by Governor Banwarilal Purohit during his speech in the first session of the 16th Assembly. TNM Staff Tamil Nadu announced its new Economic Advisory Council on Monday, when the first session of the 16th Legislative Assembly was held. In his customary speech, the Governor Banwarilal Purohit said that the Economic Advisory Council would constitute former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, Nobel Laureate Esther Duflo, former Chief Economic Adviser to Union government Arvind Su

21 Jun 2021 12:38 pm
Chennai hospital uses music therapy to improve mental health amidst pandemic

Health Music therapy can be a helpful tool for people with psychiatric illnesses, degenerative neurological diseases, and children on the autism spectrum, among others. TNM Staff Image for representation. By sweetlouise/Pixabay Have you ever come across a song that perfectly puts into words how you are feeling? The relief of feeling heard, the revelation of having your state of mind articulated beautifully is a good one. Music is a powerful tool to connect and feel connected and now, experts sa

21 Jun 2021 12:32 pm
Delta variant may have caused widespread COVID-19 infection in TN: Study

COVID19 Tamil Nadu governments Health Department conducted a genome sequencing study on samples tested from December 2020 to May 2021. TNM Staff A recent study on the genome sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 released by the Tamil Nadu governments Health Department shows that the widespread infection in the state may have been caused due to the Delta variant of the coronavirus. The Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Chennai released the results of the study conducted on genome seq

21 Jun 2021 10:50 am
Ex-AIADMK Minister Manikandan sent to judicial custody in rape case

RAPE Manikandan was arrested in Bengaluru on Sunday morning by the Chennai city police. TNM Staff Facebook Former AIADMK minister M Manikandan, who has been booked under charges of cheating and rape, has been sent to judicial custody till July 2 after he was arrested by the Chennai police in Bengaluru on Sunday. Special teams set up to arrest the Former IT Minister brought Manikandan to Chennai, after he was allegedly absconding as the Madras High Court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea. Acco

21 Jun 2021 9:19 am
Chennai metro services to resume on June 21

Transportation As the lockdown in Tamil Nadu has been extended till June 28, more relaxations will come into effect in districts such as Chennai and Kancheepuram. TNM Staff After being suspended for over 40 days, the Tamil Nadu government has allowed Chennai Metro Rail services to resume on June 21 (Monday). According to the latest announcement, Chennai metro trains can operate with 50% seating capacity, following standard operating procedures issued by the government. This comes after the state

20 Jun 2021 8:45 pm
With Sasikala looking to come back, AIADMK tells cadre to show loyalty to EPS, OPS

Politics AIADMK leaders have told the party to anticipate more such audio clips of Sasikala's supposed conversations with cadre in the coming days. Pooja Prasanna Another audio of a purported conversation between former AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala with a party cadre has been released. And this audio clip has served the purpose of uniting the AIADMK leadership, pushing them to order a show of strength, loyalty from the office bearers and cadre. The two factions of Edappadi K Palanis

20 Jun 2021 6:40 pm
TN police warn against COVID-19 cybercrime: Book tests only with ICMR approved labs

Scam Sharing the method of operation under which the scammers operate, the police have put out a list of precautions people can take to avoid becoming victims to such scams. TNM Staff Image for Representation Tamil Nadu police on Sunday issued a cybercrime alert regarding an ongoing scam being reported from many places in the state. According to the police, scammers have been targeting people booking COVID-19 tests with unfamiliar labs and have been cheating them of their money. Sharing the meth

20 Jun 2021 6:37 pm
TNs Cuddalore district starts helplines for women, elderly to lodge police complaints

Helpline The two numbers are directly linked to the District control room and will be monitored by the District Superintendent's office directly. IANS Image for Representation The Cuddalore district police have launched a round-the-clock helpline for women and the elderly. The helpline numbers, Hello Seniors 8220009557 and Ladies First 8220006082 were launched by the district police superintendent, S Sakthi Ganeshan at the district police Superintendent's office on Saturday. Tamil Nadu Poli

20 Jun 2021 5:10 pm
TN lockdown extended till June 28, relaxations in Chennai and 27 other districts

Lockdown The Tamil Nadu government has split its districts into three categories based on the COVID-19 caseload and introduced relaxations accordingly. Image for Representation The Tamil Nadu government has extended the state-wide lockdown by another week, which will now end at 6 am on June 28. Travel to The Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, Yelagiri, Couttralam and other tourist areas will be allowed only for emergency purposes. However, an e-pass is required to travel to these places. The state h

20 Jun 2021 3:05 pm
Ex-AIADMK Minister M Manikandan arrested in rape case by Chennai police

Sexual Abuse The former IT Minister under the AIADMK government had been on the run after Madras High Court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea. TNM Staff Former AIADMK Minister M Manikandan, booked under rape charges, has been arrested by Chennai Police in Bengaluru during the wee hours of Sunday. A special team was formed to nab the former IT Minister under the AIADMK government, who was on the run after Madras High Court dismissed his anticipatory bail plea. According to reports, the police

20 Jun 2021 10:22 am
Govt hospitals across TN to amp up paediatric care ahead of third wave

Coronavirus As of June 19, 2021, 87,336 children under 12 years of age have been infected by COVID-19 in the state. TNM Staff Image for Representation Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Saturday announced that the state is working towards strengthening the infrastructure in its paediatric wards as a preparedness measure to counter a possible third wave of COVID-19. This announcement comes at a time when the state is in the middle of controlling its second wave. Based on the Chief Minis

20 Jun 2021 10:21 am
TN vaccination drive shows great divide between Chennai and other districts

COVID-19 vaccine Inequity in vaccine distribution has become a concern with the bulk of vaccinations concentrated in the state capital. Sreedevi Jayarajan Image courtesy: PTI This story is a part of theTNM COVID-19 reporting project. To support this project, make a paymenthere. A glaring district-wise gap in the percentage of population vaccinated against COVID-19 has emerged in Tamil Nadu. While Chennai- the capital city - has bagged the bulk of the COVID-19 vaccines, other districts and rural

19 Jun 2021 7:35 pm
Suriya calls NEET a threat to students, says education should be states responsibility

Education For a country like India that is diverse in language and culture, it is only fair if the education system is in the hands of its state, said Suriya. TNM Staff Tamil actor Suriya Sivakumar on Saturday called the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) a threat to students and said that education should be a states responsibility and right. Stating that NEET is wrecking the future of students from marginalised communities and those studying in government schools in Tamil Nadu, Suriya s

19 Jun 2021 5:59 pm
Twitter tells cartoonist Bala G that Union govt wants action for 2020 cartoon

Controversy The cartoon in question was posted in September 2020, after a special Lucknow court acquitted all 32 accused in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case. TNM Staff A political cartoonist from Tamil Nadu, G Bala also known as Cartoonist' Bala, received a notice from Twitter on Saturday, June 19, stating that the Union government has flagged a cartoon of his from 2020 in violation of Indian laws. The cartoon from September 2020 was related to the Lucknow Special Courts judgment on the dem

19 Jun 2021 4:35 pm
Madras HC refuses anticipatory bail to woman lawyer who abused traffic police

CRIME he woman lawyer was caught on camera abusing and threatening policemen after the latter stopped the car, which the lawyers daughter was driving, in Chennai on June 6. TNM Staff Yogi Balaji The Madras High Court on Friday refused to grant anticipatory bail to a woman lawyer who was caught on camera abusing and threatening policemen after the latter stopped the car, which the lawyers daughter was driving, in Chennai on June 6. The judge, however, granted advance bail to the lawyers daughter

19 Jun 2021 4:16 pm
Chennai school founder Siva Sankar Baba accused of child sexual abuse hospitalised

Crime Siva Sankar Baba, who has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing students, had undergone an angioplasty before his arrest. TNM Staff The founder of Sushil Hari International Residential School and self-styled godman Siva Sankar Baba, who was arrested on charges of sexually abusing students, was admitted to Stanley Government Hospital after complaining of chest pain on Friday. His health condition is currently said to be stable. Siva Sankar Baba was initially admitted to Chengalpattu

19 Jun 2021 2:52 pm
Four lions in Chennai zoo positive for coronavirus found to have delta variant

CORONAVIRUS A 7-member special task force has been formed to to provide support and guidance to authorities on the prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 infection in wild and captive animals. TNM Staff Four lions who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 at Chennai's Arignar Anna Zoological Park, popularly known as Vandalur zoo, have been found to have the delta variant. Of the 11 lions that showed the symptoms, nine had tested COVID-19 positive in the zoo. Of these, two lions have died so far. After t

19 Jun 2021 10:12 am
Power cuts in many parts of Chennai till 1 pm on Saturday: Full list

POWER TANGEDCO has scheduled the power cuts due to maintenance work TNM Staff The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGDCO) has confirmed power outages at several parts of Chennai from 9 am till 1 pm on Saturday for maintenance work. As per the press note from TANGEDCO, areas in regions like Melur, Adyar, Besant Nagar, Velachery west and central, east, IT corridor, Pattabiram, Thirumullaivoyal, Manali New Town, Shastri Nagar, Puzhal, Stanley, Porur, Saidapet, Guindy, K

19 Jun 2021 10:03 am
Will give all trans persons Rs 4,000 COVID-19 relief, Tamil Nadu tells Madras HC

COVID-19 Relief The Tamil Nadu government had announced cash assistance of Rs 2,000 for the trans persons who did not have identification papers. TNM Staff Representative Image/ PTI The Tamil Nadu government on Friday informed the Madras High Court that the state will extend the COVID-19 assistance of Rs 4,000 to all trans persons irrespective of whether they possessed the registration cards.Advocate-General (AG) R Shanmugasundaram told the first bench of the Madras High that the only reservatio

18 Jun 2021 10:04 pm
IL&FS scam: Chennai court remands ex-chairman Ravi Parthasarathy to police custody

Crime The Economic Offences Wing of Chennai Police termed the case as one of the biggest economic frauds in the history of our country. IANS Image Credit: IANS A special court has remanded Ravi Ramaswami Parthasarathy to a three-day police custody in the Rs 1 lakh crore Infrastructure Leasing and Finance Services (IL&FS) scam, which triggered a liquidity crisis in the financial services market in 2018. In the court of the special judge under The Tamil Nadu Protection of Interests of Depositors (

18 Jun 2021 5:19 pm
Tamil Nadu CM Stalin meets Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in Delhi

Politics Stalin had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday with a list of 25 demands, concerning the state of Tamil Nadu. TNM Staff Twitter Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Friday met Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi for the first time after the Assembly poll results were declared on May 2, as part of his two-day visit to the countrys capital. Stalin was accompanied by his wife Durgavathy Stalin and visited the residence of Sonia Gandhi o

18 Jun 2021 4:04 pm
Statutory dues waiver, renewal of licences: Travel, tourism bodies urge CMs for relief

Tourism The Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) has asked for 'proportionate relief' on statutory obligations to the pandemic-hit tourism industry. IANS Image for representation | PTI With the pandemic wreaking havoc on the tourism industry, the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) has reached out to the Chief Ministers of all the states for 'proportionate relief' on statutory obligations, among other measures. FAITH is the f

18 Jun 2021 1:02 pm
YouTuber Toxic Madan, wanted for abusive videos, arrested from Dharmapuri

Crime Two days ago, the Chennai police had arrested YouTuber Madans wife Kruthika in connection with the case. TNM Staff YouTuber Toxic Madan, a PUBG player and live-streamer, was arrested by the Tamil Nadu police on Friday, June 18, under charges of using filthy language against women and teenage subscribers of his channel in his videos. The YouTuber, who had been absconding, was nabbed from Dharmapuri, where he was found staying at a friends residence. As per reports, Madan was arrested by the

18 Jun 2021 12:04 pm
Siva Sankar Baba sent to 14-day judicial custody by Chennai court

Sexual Harassment The self-styled godman and founder of Sushil Hari International School was produced before a Mahila Court in Chengalpattu on Thursday where his bail petition was dismissed. TNM Staff Self-styled godman and founder of Sushil Hari International School in Kelambakkam, Siva Sankar Baba, who was accused of sexual harassment, has been remanded in judicial custody till July 1. He was produced before a Mahila Court in Chengalpattu on Thursday where his bail petition was dismissed. Siva

18 Jun 2021 10:14 am
Allot vaccines, drop NEET, build AIIMS fast: TN CM Stalin's key demands to PM

Politics Allocate adequate COVID-19 vaccine, revoke CAA and NEP, dropping NEET like exams to other medical courses. Nirupa Sampath After assuming charge as the Chief Minister of the state, MK Stalin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday evening. Post meeting the Prime Minister, Stalin addressing media persons said, PM Modi assured cooperation and assistance to the development of the state, while also assuring me that I can contact him anytime during any concern regarding Tami

17 Jun 2021 9:31 pm
TN govt committee invites public to share opinion on NEET and its impact

NEET On June 5, Chief Minister MK Stalin had formed a nine-member committee to study the impact of NEET on students of government schools and those from marginalised communities in Tamil Nadu. TNM Staff The committee that the Tamil Nadu government has set up to study the impact of NEET (National Eligibility and Entrance Test) in medical admissions, has invited public opinions through mail or post on or before June 23. Through this method, the committee plans to understand the ground realities an

17 Jun 2021 6:47 pm
YouTuber Madans wife arrested, TN cops on the lookout for him

Crime On Wednesday, Madans wife Kruthika who ran the YouTube channel with him was arrested in Salem. TNM Staff The Tamil Nadu police is on the lookout for Toxic Madan - a highly popular PubG player and YouTuber, who is accused of using filthy language against women in his videos. On Wednesday, the Central Crime Branch Tamil Nadu formed a special team to search for Madan, who has been absconding ever since complaints surfaced against his channel. The police also arrested his wife Kruthika (25), w

17 Jun 2021 5:55 pm
DMK removes poster of Thiruvalluvar in saffron robes from varsity library in Covai

Controversy The poster was replaced with the state-approved version of Ayyan Thiruvalluvar in white robes. TNM Staff Image courtesy: Sun TV A DMK Minister removed a poster of the Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar in saffron robes that was showcased in a public library in Tamil Nadu, after it came to his attention. The state Minister for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare MRK Paneerselvam on Thursday tweeted that he removed this contentious poster from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural Universitys library in

17 Jun 2021 3:19 pm
Kin of TN Dalit man killed by prison inmates demand justice, refuse to receive body

Crime The family is demanding that the Tamil Nadu government book the prison authorities under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act and jail the officials in-charge for negligence. TNM Staff It has been 58 days since the death of his son, but Papanasam continues to wait for justice. The father of history-sheeter Muthu Mano whowas killed by seven other inmates at the Palayamkottai jail allegedly due to a caste clash, Papanasam continues to protest seeking justice for Muthu and has refused to re

17 Jun 2021 1:41 pm
'Divide and rule will not work with AIADMK': Senior leaders hit out at Sasikala

Politics Former Minister D Jayakumar wondered how Sasikala could stake claim to the party when she was not even a primary member. TNM Staff Senior AIADMK leader D Jayakumar on Wednesday hit out at VK Sasikala, confidante of late party supremo J Jayalalithaa, for attempting to create confusion in the party using audio politics and for trying to divide and rule. Stating that such tactics would never succeed, the former minister wondered how Sasikala could stake claim to the party when she was not

17 Jun 2021 9:58 am
AIADMK former IT wing head Aspire Swaminathan quits, says party has no direction

Politics Speaking to TNM, he said that while he has no plans to join any other party right now, he resigned because the party had ignored the inputs given by him. Pooja Prasanna Twitter AIADMK former IT wing state secretary Aspire K Swaminathan resigned from the party on Wednesday. Taking to Twitter after resigning from both party post and primary membership, Swaminathan alleged that there is no room for professionalism in AIADMK. He was currently working as the Zone Secretary in the IT wing of

16 Jun 2021 7:57 pm
Chennai's iconic Snake Park needs your help to survive this pandemic

Human Interest The Chennai Snake Park has used up most of its reserve funds in feeding the 38 species of reptiles housed there. Sreedevi Jayarajan The Chennai Snake Park, which is credited with being the first reptile park in India, has been severely affected by the pandemic. The iconic park in Chennai now has just enough funds to scrape through two more months, its Director M Rajarathinam told TNM. The Chennai Snake Park Trust, which manages the park, was forced to lay off 50% of its 22 staff m

16 Jun 2021 5:49 pm
After lioness, 12-year-old lion dies of COVID-19 at Chennai's Vandalur zoo

Coronavirus On June 3, Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur, lost a nine-year-old lioness named Neela to COVID-19. TNM Staff A 12-year-old male lion at Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur succumbed to COVID-19 at 10.15 am on June 16, Wednesday. In a statement, the joint director of Vandalur zoo said, The lion, Padmanaban, was under treatment for the novel coronavirus after the test results from the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases came back positive on June 3. The death o

16 Jun 2021 5:46 pm