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Ruling AIADMK enacting drama: Panneerselvam

June 12, 2017

CHENNAI: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Monday accused the ruling AIADMK faction of enacting a drama and said he was disbanding the merger negotiating team of his own group. Panneerselvam told the media here: "After the setting up of the negotiation team, they started playing a drama. We were not ready to play any dramas." H...

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Scare over 'Plastic rice' spurs inspection across 74 outlets

June 10, 2017

CHENNAI: Two days after claims of plastic rice being sold in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the food safety department here undertook inspections at retail stores across the city on Friday. Officials say they found no trace of plastic grains. Following a directive from the state food safety commissioner, officials inspected rice sold at 74 outlets ...

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NEET Exam: Madras high court poses 12 questions to CBSE

June 10, 2017

CHENNAI: How could CBSE conduct NEET for students from various boards, including its own students, and how could a single test assess the intellectual capability of students aspiring to do medical education? These are some of the questions raised by Madras high court, which said only a minuscule percentage of students in urban areas would benefit b...

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Centre proposes Water Transport Corporation

June 09, 2017

CHENNAI: The central government has proposed forming a Water Transport Corporation in cooperation with the Tamil Nadu government and has committed Rs.200 crore, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said on Friday. He said the corporation would run ferry services from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala to Kanyakumari and...

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Vaiko barred entry into Malaysia

June 09, 2017

CHENNAI: MDMK Chief Vaiko was on Friday barred from entering Malaysia on the ground that he was a supporter of the banned LTTE and was detained at the airport in Kuala Lumpur to be sent back to Chennai in the night. Immigration officials told Vaiko, a strong supporter of LTTE, that his entry into the country has been barred, and took him to higher...

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Two bus drivers, conductors held in TN for molesting teenager

June 06, 2017

CHENNAI: Two bus drivers and a conductor of a private bus operator have been arrested in Tamil Nadu's Salem district for trying to sexually assault a teenager, police said on Tuesday. A police official in Salem's Omallur said the three persons - Perumal, Manivannan and Murugan - have been taken into custody for trying to assault the girl on Monday...

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DMK chief Karunanidhi turns 94

June 03, 2017

CHENNAI: DMK President M. Karunanidhi on Saturday turned 94 and party leaders and cadres in large numbers gathered outside his residence here to greet him. Apart from Karunanidhi's birthday, the DMK party is also celebrating its leader's diamond jubilee in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. However, the senior leader will not be making a public appearance ...

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Tamil Nadu wants all food items to be nil-rated in GST regime

June 03, 2017

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu on Saturday demanded that all food items whether branded or not should be nil rated in the new GST regime to be rolled out next month and that some of the rates need to be revisited in the interest of the common man. Addressing the GST Council meeting, state Finance Minister Jayakumar said cereals like rice, wheat and barley ha...

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Tamil poet Kavikko Abdul Rahman passes away

June 02, 2017

CHENNAI: Syed Abdul Rahman (80), popularly known as Kavikko Abdul Rahman, died here in the early hours of today. He had been suffering from urinery infection for some time. Born in Madurai on November 2, 1937, Rahman served as a professor for 29 years at Islamiah College in Vaniyambadi. Rahman is the author of around 30 books. He has translated t...

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New India to assess Chennai Silks fire loss

June 01, 2017

CHENNAI: The New India Assurance Company Ltd will soon appoint assessors to determine the loss suffered by The Chennai Silks showroom that was gutted down in a fire here, said a senior insurance official. The multi-storied textile showroom is covered under a package policy for shops, the official said preferring anonymity. The policy covers stocks...

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