US Navy to relieve 7th fleet commander of duty

Washington: The commander of the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet will be relieved of his duty following a deadly collision between a destroyer and a merchant vessel, the latest in a spate of similar accidents, a defence official has said. The decision to remove Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin from the post in Japan comes as the Navy is undertaking a fleet- wide global investigation in the wake of the incident Monday

Law varsity VC: HC stays selection proceedings

Madurai: The Madras High Court has stayed all proceedings of a search committee constituted by a government order for selection of a panel of names for appointment as vice-chancellor of the Dr Ambedkar Law University. A division bench of the court’s Madurai bench, comprising Justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan, stayed the proceedings after hearing a PIL filed by a former Tiruchirappalli Law College student. It also ordered

SL court extends remand of Tamilnadu fishermen

Rameswaram: A court in Sri Lanka extended the remand of 54 Tamilnadu fishermen, arrested by the navy of the island nation on charges of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line, till September five. The fishermen were produced before a court in Jaffna which extended their judicial remand, P Sesuraja, leader of Rameswaram Fishermen’s Association, said. The fishermen, hailing from Nagapattinam, Jagadapattinam Rameswaram and Madapam, were arrested by navy on various

Inditrade begins micro finance ops in TN

Chennai: Inditrade launched its Micro Finance operations in Tamilnadu (through its wholly-owned subsidiary Inditrade Microfinance Ltd.) A press note said that Tamilnadu is the second State after Maharashtra where the company has started Micro Finance operations since the launch of its Micro Finance business in April, 2017. Group chairman of Inditrade (JRG) Group of Companies, SudipBandyopadhyay, said, ‘We strongly believe there are significant opportunities in the semi urban areas of

3 member committee to examine elephant calf: HC

Chennai: The Madras High Court constituted a three-member expert committee to examine a male elephant calf lodged in a kraal (wooden enclosure) in an elephant camp in Coimbatore district to take a decision on taming it. The committee, comprising Dr Rajiv, Head, Elephant center of Excellence, Mannuthy, Kerala, Dr Arun Zakaria, Wildlife veterinarian,Kerala Veterinary College and Ajay Desai,elephant scientist, should file a joint report on it’s health condition psychological state

Speaker impleaded in case for disqualification of CM

Madurai: The Madras High Court here today ordered that the Assembly Speaker be impleaded as a respondent on a PIL seeking disqualification of Chief Minister K Palaniswami and four other ministers for allegedly violating provisions of the Constitution. Justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan of the Madurai Bench of the High Court had earlier asked the Speaker to file his counter on the PIL, but as he did

AIADMK merger won't help people: Kanimozhi

Coimbatore: The merger of the two AIADMK factions would in no way be beneficial to the people of Tamilnadu, DMK MP and the party’s women’s wing leader Kanimozhi has said. Replying to a specific question on the merger, she told reporters at the airport here that it would benefit only the leaders and not help in solving the problems of the people. Moreover, the people had not voted for these

Isha Foundation takes out bike rally to save rivers

Coimbatore: About 300 persons took part in a bike rally covering some 25 villages in Coimbatore district to create awareness on saving rivers. Titled ‘Rally for Rivers’, the event, organised by Isha Foundation, saw participants in the age group of 18 to 70 years covering nearly 20 km. A similar rally would be held on 26 August, a press release said. ‘Rally for Rivers’ is a nation-wide campaign launched by Isha

It's Rajini's decision to join politics: Ponnar

Madurai: Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan said it would not be wrong if actor Rajnikanth took the political plunge and that the decision was entirely up to him. The superstar has given ample indications of his intention to embrace politics in the past. “It is for Rajinikanth to decide whether to enter politics or not. It is not wrong if he joins politics,” Radhakrishnan said. The BJP leader declined to comment

Rajini told me he would join politics: Tamizharuvi

Tiruchirappalli: Writer and thinker Tamizharuvi Manian claimed superstar Rajinikanth had told him he had decided to enter politics. Addressing a conference here to project Rajinikanth as an ‘alternative force to DMK and AIADMK,’ he said both Dravidian parties should be removed from Tamilnadu, as they had “spoiled” the governance in the State. “The system in Tamilnadu has been spoiled by these two parties and now Rajinikanth’s entry to politics will

2.81 lakh applicants to get Smart Ration Cards

Chennai: Tamilnadu Civil Supplies Corporation (TNCSC) has revealed that 2.81 lakh applicants who applied for Smart Ration Cards will receive it by the end of this month. It further said 5.73 lakh people have applied for the card so far. Similarly, UIDAI said 7.23 lakh Aadhaar Cards have been given in the State so far and only 25 lakh people are remaining to be registered in the scheme. TNCSC has