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COVID-19: US to allow entry for fully vaccinated international travellers

Travel PTI Image for representation- File photo/PTI The US on Monday announced a new international travel system under which fully vaccinated individuals would be allowed to enter the country beginning in November. This essentially also lifts the travel ban on countries like India that the US had earlier enforced. Former president Donald Trump had imposed a blanket ban on foreign travellers from entering the US at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020. Vaccinated people from countr

20 Sep 2021 9:43 pm
Raj Kundra and his associate get bail in pornography films case

Crime Raj Kundra, who is also the husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested earlier in July. TNM Staff File photo/PTI A magistrate court in Mumbai, on Monday, September 20, granted bail to businessman Raj Kundra, an accused in the pornography films case. He was arrested two months ago. Raj Kundra's associate Ryan Thorpe, who was arrested along with him in July, was also granted bail by the court. Raj Kundra has been directed to pay a surety of Rs 50,000. He was accused of creating and streami

20 Sep 2021 7:11 pm
Shooting in Russian university leaves 8 dead, Embassy says Indian students safe

Shooting The Perm State University press service said the perpetrator used a so-called traumatic firearm. AP A gunman opened fire in a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday morning, leaving eight people dead and others wounded, according to Russia's Investigative Committee. The gunman has been detained, the Interior Ministry said. The Perm State University press service said the perpetrator used a so-called traumatic firearm; such guns are designed to fire non-lethal rubber

20 Sep 2021 5:51 pm
300 murders of SC/ST persons in Tamil Nadu, 13 convictions in five years: Report

Crimes The Madurai-based NGO, Evidence, draws from RTI data received from 35 of the 38 districts in the state, which highlights extremely low conviction rates and prolonged delays in investigations and judgments. Bharathy Singaravel Facebook/VicentRaj | Founder-Executive Director, Evidence rights group Between 2016 and 2020, 300 SC/ST persons have been murdered in Tamil Nadu and only 13 convictions have taken place. Drawing from RTI data, Evidence, an NGO based in Madurai, released a report on S

20 Sep 2021 4:34 pm
Actor Vijay files civil suit to restrain parents from conducting meetings in his name

Legal The actor has filed a civil suit seeking restraint on his father, the well-known director SA Chandrasekar, mother Shobha Sekar and 11 others from carrying out activities or meetings in his name. TNM Staff Kollywood actor Vijay has filed a civil suit at the Chennai City Court against his parentsSA Chandrasekar and Shobha Sekarand 11 other people including the Registrar of Societies, All India Vijay Makkal Iyakkams district head R Padmanaban and functionaries of his fan clubs, seeking a rest

20 Sep 2021 3:13 pm
Shashi Tharoor pulls out of UK events to protest quarantine for vaccinated Indians

Protest The MP from Thiruvananthapuram was scheduled to take part in a debate at the Cambridge Union and a number of launch events for his book The Battle of Belonging. TNM Staff Thiruvananthapuram Member of Parliament (MP) Shashi Tharoor has pulled out of a number of events he was to participate in the United Kingdom, after the UK government said that a person vaccinated in certain countries, including India, will be considered unvaccinated and will have to be under home quarantine for 10 days.

20 Sep 2021 1:28 pm
Charanjit Singh Channi will be Punjab's first Dalit Sikh Chief Minister

Politics Charanjith Channi (58) is reportedly set to take oath as the next Chief Minister of Punjab at 11 am, on Monday, September 19. PTI File photo from PTI Charanjit Singh Channi has been named the successor of Amarinder Singh as the new Chief Minister of Punjab. Charanjit Channi, the Dalit face of Congress party, was unanimously elected the leader of the Congress Legislature Party in Punjab on Sunday, September 19, and will be the next Chief Minister. This comes a day after Amarinder Singh r

19 Sep 2021 7:36 pm
Adani Group to make foray into media with Sanjay Pugalia heading initiatives

Media Sanjay Pugalia had stepped down as the President of Quint Digital Media Limited a few days ago. TNM Staff Twitter/SanjayPugalia It is speculated that Adani Group will be making its foray into media after the group announced on Saturday, September 18 that journalist Sanjay Pugalia will be joining Adani Enterprises as a Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief to lead the Groups media initiatives. Just a couple of days ago, Sanjay stepped down as the President of Quint Digital Media Limit

19 Sep 2021 4:52 pm
Domestic flight fare band to now be applicable for 15 days: What this means

Travel India had imposed lower and upper limits on airfares based on flight duration when services resumed on May 25, 2020. TNM Staff PTI The Civil Aviation Ministry, on Saturday, September 18, announced that it has tweaked the domestic flight fare band rule, which says that the airlines will be able to set a lower and upper limit on the ticket price for a period of 15 days at any given time, instead of the earlier 30 days. This means, from the 16th day onwards till a scheduled flight departure

19 Sep 2021 4:29 pm
Doctor driving through flooded underpass in Tamil Nadus Thudaiyur drowns

Accident C Sathiya, who was driving through the underpass with her mother-in-law, was taken to Pudukkottai Government Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival. TNM Staff A woman drowned while driving through a flooded underpass in the Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu on Friday, September 17. The accident took place on Friday night when C Sathiya, a doctor at a Hosur government hospital, was attempting to drive through a flooded railway underpass in Thudaiyur. Heavy rains had caused the

19 Sep 2021 12:34 pm
Around the world with Natarajan Ramji: Meet the location guru of Indian cinema

Interview So far, Natarajan Ramji, who is based in Chennai, has traveled to 140 countries countless times to pick locations for the film's crew and to showcase their scenic beauty to the Indian audience. Rajeswari Parasa Images sourced from Natarajan Ramji Remember the exotic location of a blue oasis amidst white desert sand, where Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai shook a leg to a melodious song in Shankar's Enthiran? Or Prabhas's fight scenes in those snow covered mountains in Baahubali? What

19 Sep 2021 12:08 pm
Our legal system is colonial, its 'Indianisation' need of the hour: CJI Ramana

LAW The Chief Justice of India added that courts need to be litigant-centric and the simplification of justice delivery should be the pressing concern. PTI PTI Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Saturday, September 19, said that the Indianisation of the country's legal system is the need of the hour, and that it is crucial to make the justice delivery system more accessible and effective. He said that courts need to be litigant-centric, and the simplification of justice delivery should be the p

19 Sep 2021 11:14 am
Sahitya Akademi Award 2020: Veerappa Moily, Arundhathi Subramaniam among winners

Literature While Moily received the prestigious award for his epic poetry 'Sri Bahubali Ahimsadigvijayam' in Kannada, Subramaniam won the award for her poetry collection, When God is a Traveller, in English. PTI Politician-writer M Veerappa Moily and poet Arundhathi Subramaniam were among the 20 authors who received the Sahitya Akademi Award for 2020 at a ceremony held in New Delhi on Saturday, September 18. While Moily received the prestigious award for his epic poetry 'Sri Bahubali A

19 Sep 2021 9:52 am
Telangana HC orders magisterial inquiry into death of Saidabad rape accused

Court Pallakonda Rajus body was cremated in Warangal on Thursday night before an independent post-mortem could be carried out as demanded by activists. TNM Staff A day after the Saidabad rape and murder accused Pallakonda Raju was found dead on a railway track, the Telangana High Court ordered a magisterial inquiry into the circumstances of his death on Friday, September 17. Hearing a petition from activists who raised suspicions over the circumstances that led to Rajus death, the High Court dir

17 Sep 2021 5:41 pm
Revanth Reddy apologises to Shashi Tharoor for calling him a 'donkey'

Controversy The TPCC chiefs comments were in response to a media question on Shashi Tharoor, who heads the parliamentary standing committee on IT, praising the TRS government. TNM Staff Image: Facebook/Revanth Reddy&Shashi Tharoor A day after kicking up a row for calling MP Shashi Tharoor a 'donkey', the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief Revanth Reddy on Thursday, September 16, apologised to the former. An audio clip, which went viral on social media, had Revanth lashing out at S

17 Sep 2021 9:55 am
Bengaluru police bust MDMA manufacturing unit, seize drugs worth Rs 2 crore

Crime The Bengaluru police arrested a Nigerian national, who reportedly hid the drugs in shoes and transported them across India and even to other countries. IANS Representational Image The Karnataka Police raided a narcotics factory in Bengaluru and seized four kilograms of MDMA crystals, a synthetic drug, worth Rs 2 crore on Thursday, September 16. A Nigerian national was taken into custody over the matter. The police investigation also revealed a well-established network to suly the drugs ope

16 Sep 2021 6:13 pm
DVAC raids conducted at 28 places associated with former AIADMK Minister Veeramani

RAIDS The FIR says KC Veeramani was involved in corrupt activities and had acquired properties which are disproportionate to his known sources of income. TNM Staff VEERAMANI FACEBOOK The sleuths of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) on Thursday, September 16, conducted raids at 28 places associated with former AIADMK Minister and Jholarpet MLA KC Veeramani. The DVAC officials who held the raid on Thursday said that they are looking into the period between April 1, 2016 and M

16 Sep 2021 5:07 pm
Crimes against women decreased in 2020, reveals NCRB data

Crime According to the National Crime Records Bureau data for 2020, a decline in the crime rate was attributed to the COVID-19 induced lockdown enforced from March 25, 2020, to May 31, 2020. TNM Staff Image for representation only The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data for 2020 revealed that a total of 3,71,503 cases of crime against women were registered during the year, showing a decline of 8.3% from 2019, which saw 4,05,326 cases. The decline in the crime rate was attributed to the COV

15 Sep 2021 4:55 pm
Karnataka targets 25-30 lakh vaccinations in special drive on September 17

COVID-19 CM Basavaraj Bommai said that the government aims to administer the maximum amount of COVID-19 vaccines so far in September. Agencies Image for representation/ PTI Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday, September 14, said the government will organise a special COVID-19 vaccination drive on September 17 across the state, with a target to administer 25 to 30 lakh doses that day. We are organising a special vaccination drive on September 17 in all districts including Bengalu

14 Sep 2021 9:52 pm
Sarkari Hi Pra Shaale: How 2018 Kannada film explores language, culture and politics

Cooperative Federalism Set in picturesque Kasaragod, a border district in Kerala with a sizeable Kannada-speaking population, the film tells the story of a group of children who face an uncertain future when a government official shuts down their Kannada-medium school. Rakesh Mehar This piece is a part of TNM's reader-funded Cooperative Federalism Project. Indian residents can support the project here, NRIs, please click here. Think language politics and you are likely to think of majoritarian e

14 Sep 2021 4:51 pm
Madras High Court calls Sterlite firing a 'scar on our democracy'

Court The court also said that the state should be seen with families of the Sterlite firing victims, and not as an adversary. TNM Staff File PTI The Madras High Court has called the police firing at anti-Sterlite protesters which killed 18 unarmed protestors in Thoothukudi a scar on our democracy. We should never forget, the court said while hearing a plea to reopen an National Human Rights Commission case on the matter. In an interim order, the court said that the incident happened in 2018 and

14 Sep 2021 7:37 am
Tollywood actor Navdeep appears before ED in 2017 drugs case

Crime So far actors Rana Daggubati, Rakul Preet Singh, Ravi Teja, Charmme and director Puri Jagannadh have been investigated. PTI File photo Telugu actor P Navdeep appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here on Monday as part of a money laundering probe in connection with a high-end drugs racket that was busted in the city in 2017. Navdeep, is among the 10 personalities from Tollywood, the Telugu film industry, whom the ED has summoned to appear before it in connection with the sensati

13 Sep 2021 1:11 pm
TN vaccinates 28 lakh people in 12-hour mega drive

COVID-19 vaccine Besides Chennai, Coimbatore clocked an impressive number with over 1.51 lakh vaccines administered in 12 hours. TNM Staff Image credit: PTI Tamil Nadu administered 28,36,776 (28.36 lakh) vaccines within 12 hours in a mega vaccination drive held on September 12, Sunday. The vaccination camp was held from 7 am to 7 pm across the state on Sunday, in an attempt to boost COVID-19 immunisation in the state. Among the districts, Coimbatore clocked an impressive number with the district

13 Sep 2021 9:37 am
20-year-old NEET aspirant Dhanush dies by suicide in Tamil Nadu

NEET According to Dhanushs family, he was severely depressed after failing two attempts at the medical entrance exam, and was afraid he would fail a third time. Nirupa Sampath Dhanush, a student from Koolaiyur village in Salem district of Tamil Nadu, was set to appear for the NEET pre-medical entrance exam on Sunday, September 12. However, he didnt make it. On the eve of the exam, on Saturday (September 11) night, the 20-year-old Tamil Nadu student took his own life, reportedly over the fear of

12 Sep 2021 2:49 pm
Four people arrested by Bengaluru police in alleged ponzi scam worth 4.32 cr

Crime According to a statement by the police, the company had drawn in Rs 4.21 crore from around 91 customers and had later paid back only Rs 2.31 crore to 57 customers. TNM Staff The Tilak Nagar police in Bengaluru have arrested four suspects involved in an alleged ponzi scam case in which 34 people were reportedly cheated to the tune of Rs 1.91 crore. According to a statement by the police, the company that the four people worked at had drawn in Rs 4.21 crore from customers and had later paid

12 Sep 2021 10:16 am
TN CM Stalin lays foundation stone for 2,500 cr data park project

Tech The proposed data park will come up in Ambattur and will be set up by Japanese tech company NTT Global Data Centres and Cloud Infrastructure. TNM Staff PTI file image Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday, September 11, laid the foundation stone for a proposed data centre at Ambattur to be set up by Japanese technology major NTT Global Data Centres and Cloud Infrastructure at a cost of 2,500 crore. The data centre is to be spread across 8.25 lakh square feet and is expected to generate 700 j

12 Sep 2021 10:05 am
Disha encounter case: More details of probe lapses surface in part 2 of hearing

Law In the second schedule, too, the SC-appointed Commission majorly cross-examined J Surender Reddy, the investigating officer of the encounter killing case. Paul Oommen The agenda was set for the second schedule of the hearing in the alleged encounter killing of the four accused in the gang-rape and murder of a 26-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad in 2019. A Supreme Court-appointed three-member Commission is investigating the circumstances that led the police to gun down the four accused

10 Sep 2021 12:20 pm
Bengaluru to see water supply disruption on Sept 12, 13: Full list of areas

Water The Bangalore Water and Sewerage Board plans to fix leakages at the main pumping station at TK Halli. TNM Staff Representational Image The Bangalore Water and Sewerage Board has warned of disruption of water supply in many areas of Bengaluru for Sunday and Monday, September 12 and September 13. The disruption in supply will affect areas falling under Cauvery third stage. In a note, BWSSB said that they are taking up emergency repair work to arrest leakages in the 1750 mm transmission main

10 Sep 2021 9:48 am
Samples of 73 contacts of 12-yr-old Nipah victim in Kerala return negative

Nipah Kerala Health Minister Veena George said that 64 people were under observation at the Kozhikode Medical College and their health was stable. TNM Staff Image for representation / PTI Test results of 73 people who had come in close contact with the 12-year-old child who succumbed to the Nipah virus have returned negative, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said in a statement on Friday morning. In the statement, the minister said samples of five more people who were in the contact list retu

10 Sep 2021 8:50 am
Carbon dating reveals that the Thamirabarani civilisation is 3200 years old

History CM Stalin said that rice and soil retrieved from an offering pot was sent to a Miami laboratory for carbon dating. Sreedevi Jayarajan The Thamirabarani civilisation in Tamil Nadu is at least 3,200 years old, reveals carbon dating done on organic material retrieved from archeological excavations in Sivakalai, Thoothukudi district. In the backdrop of these findings, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced a Rs 15 crore museum in Thirunelveli to exhibit findings from the excavations.

9 Sep 2021 4:25 pm