Chief of Army staff Rawat visits DSSC

Ooty: The Chief of Army Staff Gen Bipin Rawat visited the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in nearby Wellington and interacted with the student-officers. Rawat addressed student-officers of 73 staff course and complimented them for their high standards of training achieved, an official release said here. He spoke to the students about “their roles and responsibilities and motivated them towards achieving joint operational efficiency,” the release said. The Chief of

Dhinakaran event in Madurai is show of strength

Madurai: It was a show of strength today by sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran who named his party after late leader J Jayalalithaa and unveiled its flag amid thousands of cadres who hailed him as the next ‘chief minister’ of Tamilnadu. Naming his party Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam¬†at a meeting here, Dhinakaran said the new outfit would capture power in the State. Dhinakaran, who has the support of

Dhinakaran floats new party named after Jaya

Madurai: Rebel AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran today floated a new party, the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, named after late chief minister J Jayalalithaa. Dhinakaran, who has the support of several dissident party workers and leaders, said the new outfit would capture power in the State. He unveiled the party’s flag, which features the image of a smiling Jayalalithaa in the middle. The flag is black on top and

HC sets up panel to look into education scenario

Madurai: The Madras High Court set up a committee to look into the education scenario of Tamilnadu and suggest measures to reduce incidence of violence and improve the emotional well-being and academic performance of students. The six-member committee comprising education department officials, academicians and experts in the field of psychiatry was constituted by justices S Vimala and T Krishnavalli of the Madurai bench. It set up the panel while hearing

I-T raids finance firms, gold dealer in Coimbatore

Coimbatore: Income Tax department officials yesterday carried out raids in four branches of a Kerala-based finance company involved in gold loan business and a gold dealer here. The raids were conducted based on information that the dealer had transacted huge money reportedly through the Kottayam-headquartered finance firm having branches across the city during the demonetisation period, police said. A seven-member team of I-T officials raided the office and house of

HC grants 20 days parole to life convict in blast case

Chennai: The Madras High Court yesterday granted 20 days parole to a life convict in the 1998 Coimbatore serial bomb blast case to enable him conduct his daughter’s marriage. A division bench, comprising Justice CT Selvam and Justice N Sathishkumar, directed the Superintendent of Police, Central Prison, Coimbatore, to release the convict Mahamed Ansari for 20 days commencing from 10 April to 30 April. Ansari’s wife had filed a plea