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NEET: DMK slams TN govt for temporary solution

Chennai: The opposition DMK accused the Tamilnadu government of seeking a “temporary solution” for the State’s exemption from the ambit of NEET for this year. DMK working president M K Stalin said the AIADMK regime in the State was trying only for a “temporary solution” to get exemption from NEET “at least for this year,” He also accused the State government of bowing before the Centre. On a day when

Hectic parleys by AIADMK leaders in Delhi

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam are in New Delhi one more time within a span of one month and this is expected to spice things up in the merger talks of the AIADMK. Last time, the duo were seen together in Delhi, when President Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination for the Presidential election. The official itinerary states that both OPS and EPS

Vande Mataram now must in schools, offices

Chennai: The Madras High Court today ruled that the national song Vande Mataram will now have to be ‘played and sung’ in all educational establishments and offices across Tamilnadu. Stating that ‘Patriotism is an essential requirement for every citizen of this country,’ Justice M V Muralidharan ordered all schools, colleges, institutions and universities to play and sing the national anthem at least once a week, preferably on Monday or Friday,

Cine financier Bothra held in Chennai

Chennai: A popular cinema financier was arrested in the city today for lending money for ‘kandhu vaddi‘ (exorbitant interest). According to a complaint registered by one Sathish of T Nagar, Mukundchand Bothra, a cine financier from Sowcarpet, was also lending money for general public for heavy interest rates, which was unlawful. Following the complaint, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police arrested Bothra and are conducting investigations. This is not the

Kodungaiyur death toll touches 12

Chennai: Two more injured in the Kodungaiyur bakery fire accident died at the Kilpauk Medical College, raising the death toll to 12. Parthiban (27) of Ennore died at the hospital last night and Ilayaraja (25) of Kannadasan Nagar succumbed to injuries this morning. The bakery owner J Anandhan was also among the 12 who were killed in the accident. The accident, which occurred at the bakery on Meenambal Road in

Kovind says we are diverse yet one

New Delhi: Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as India’s 14th President today at a ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament. Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Ambassadors and other diplomats, MPs and senior civil and military officers were among those present. In his maiden address after taking charge as President, Kovind said, “I am accepting this

Mid-sea mayhem: 3 TN fishermen caught by Lanka

Chennai: Chief Minister K Palaniswami has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in finding a permanent solution to the recurring mid-sea arrests. The State government has maintained that restoration of Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka in the 1970s, was the ‘only solution’ to the vexed fishermen’s issue. In today’s event, three fishermen from Tamilnadu were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing off

Nifty breaches 10,000 mark for first time

Mumbai: Creating history, the NSE Nifty today breached the 10,000 level for the first time while the BSE Sensex hit another record high of 32,374.30 in opening trade led by rally in metal, banking, realty and FMCG stocks. The 50-issue Nifty breached the historic 10,000 level by gaining 44.90 points, or 0.45 per cent, to trade at an all-time high of 10,011.30, surpassing its previous intra-day high of 9,982.05 touched

Israel removes metal detectors at holy site

Jerusalem: Israeli ministers have decided to stop the use of metal detectors at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, a statement said today, after the new security measures set off deadly violence. The move comes after intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop the outbreak of wider unrest, with warnings that it could spread far beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories. Israel’s security cabinet accepted “the recommendation of all the security

Trump proud of Kushner's open talks with Russia

Washington: President Donald Trump is “proud” of his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner for being transparent about his interaction with Russians and lay out everything clear to expose the “witch hunt” that the probe has been, a White House official has said. “The President was very proud of Jared for voluntarily going to the Hill and being very transparent with every interaction that he’s had,” White House Press Secretary

US resumes H1B work visa process

Washington: The US has announced resuming faster processing of H-1B work visas, popular with Indian techies, for high skilled foreign professionals in categories exempt from Congress-mandated limit, which are mostly for higher education and scientific research institutions. The H1-B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialised fields. The technology companies depend on it