Jallikattu toll rises to five in TN

Pudukottai: A 42-year-old man was gored to death during a bull-taming event organised as part of the pongal festivities at Vadamalapur in the district, taking the toll related to jallikattu this season to five police said. The victim Jeeva, who had come to watch the sport was attacked by a bull, they said. Yesterday, three spectators were killed during jallikattu and manjavirattu held in Tiruchirapalli and Sivaganga districts. The sport,

Protests against Vairamuthu in Kovai, Srivilliputhur

Coimbatore/Srivilliputhur: A large number of people from different sub-sects of Hindu religion staged protests in parts of the State demanding unconditional apology from film lyricist Vairamuthu for his alleged remarks against Goddess Andal. The jeeyar (mutt head) of Manavala Mamuni Mutt began an indefinite fast with a similar demand, in Virudhunagar district. The protesters, including Vaishnavites, devotees of Lord Vishnu and members of Brahmin Association, gathered near South Taluk office

Urgent need to preserve native cattle breeds: Jaggi

Coimbatore: Urgent steps should be taken to preserve native breeds of cattle as nearly two thirds of them have become extinct over the years, founder of Isha Foundation Jaggi Vasudev said. The country had about 120 breeds of cattle. But today only 37 of them have survived. So its very important that the remaining breeds were preserved, he said here. He was speaking at the Pongal celebrations held in front

Sushma to inaugurate passport kendra in Karaikal

Puducherry: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will declare open a passport kendra in Karaikal on 19 January, official sources said yesterday. Karaikal, near Nagapattinam in Tamilnadu, is an enclave of the Union Territory of Puducherry. The passport kendra, located in the local post office, will have jurisdiction over Karaikal and also neighbouring Tamilnadu districts, the sources said. Sushma would later address a meeting of BJP workers in Karaikal, Puducherry BJP treasurer

Four youth drown in sea at Nagapattinam

Nagapattinam: Four youth drowned while taking bath in the sea off Vedaranyam in the district today. The youth were taking a holy dip in the sea on the occasion of ‘Thai Amavasai’ and were caught in high tides, the police said. District Superintendent of Police, Deshmukh Shekar Sanjay, said a group of youth got caught in the tides. “The rescue teams saved a total of 10 persons and all of them

Sivaganga jallikattu leaves two spectators dead

Chennai: Two spectators were gored to death and 50 were injured by bulls during the jallikattu event at Siravayal in Sivaganga. Similarly, as many as 14 bull tamers were injured till afternoon today during the Alanganallur jallikattu. The world famous Alanganallur jallikattu was today flagged off by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam. After inaugurating the event, Palaniswami said the owners raised the bulls like

Mauritius VP invites Todas to showcase culture

Udhagamandalam: Overwhelmed by the culture and tradition of the Toda community in Nilgiris district, Mauritius vice-president Paramashivam Pillay Vyapoory yesterday invited some of them to visit his country to showcase their living style among the population. Vyapoory, who visited major tourist spots in the district, told reporters during a stopover at a Toda village that he was very impressed by the lifestyle of the population. “Their art of embroidery, hairstyle

1 spectator killed, 11 sportsmen injured in jallikattu

Madurai: A teenaged spectator was gored to death by a bull while 11 competitors were injured during the bull taming sport of ‘jallikattu‘ held at nearby Palamedu, police said. A 19-year old Kalimuthu, who was seated in a front row of the viewers’ gallery, suffered fatal stomach injury when the bull running in the playing arena suddenly strayed and attacked him. After first aid at the medical camp at the

Teenager drowns while trying to retrieve football

Ooty: A teenaged boy drowned in a check dam while attempting to retrieve a foot ball he was playing with near Putturvayal, near Gudalur, in Nilgiris district. The police said a group of youth was playing football and the ball fell into the checkdam. Some of the boys jumped into the water to retrieve the ball. However, 17-year-old Mohammed Fahid, who does not know swimming, got caught in the slush and could

Best bull tamer to get cars as prizes at Alanganallur

Salem/Madurai: The much anticipated bull taming sport of Jallikattu at Alanganallur in Madurai district on 16 January will see the best tamer and rearer take home cars as prizes. “For the world famed Alanganallur jallikattu, Chief Minister K Palaniswami will give away a Renault car as prize for the best bull tamer,” Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar told reporters in Madurai. The best bull rearer will take home a Hyundai

Both AIADMK and the govt is secular: CM

Salem: AIADMK senior leader and Tamilnadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami said the party and the government led by it were secular and accused vested interests of coming up with false accusations. “Both the party and the government led by AIADMK are secular,” he said to a question by reporters here after chairing a meeting of party functionaries here. The Chief Minister cited his party’s opposition to the criminalisation of triple