TAMILNADU

IT officials question Kodanadu Estate manager

Coimbatore: Income Tax officials questioned the manager of Kodanadu Estate in Nilgiris district, belonging to former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, as part of State-wide raids on premises linked to jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala and others over suspected tax evasion. The manager, Natarajan, was looking after affairs of the estate and also reportedly the Green Tea Estate, a few kilometres away from Kodanadu, which was brought by Jayalalithaa and

15 tonnes red sanders seized, 3 held

Tirupati: About 15 tonnes of red sanders was seized and three smugglers from Tamilnadu were arrested, police said here. On a tip off, a special team of police from here raided a red sanders godown in Tiruvallur in Tamilnadu and seized 595 logs of sanders weighing about 15 tonnes, worth several crores of rupees, and the three were arrested, police said. The arrested included the owner of the godown and

Water to be released from dams for irrigation

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today ordered release of water from Periyar (17 November), Palar, Porundhalar, Nambiyar (18 November) and Varamanadhi dams (20 November) for irrigation. “As per the requests by the farmers of Dindigul, Theni and Tirunelveli districts, I have ordered to open the water,” he said in a statement. The water released from Palar and Porundhalar dams will benefit  6,168 acre agriculture lands at Dindigul district. Also,

10 TN fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy

Rameswaram: Ten Tamilnadu fishermen were today arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy when they were allegedly fishing near Neduntheevu in the island nation waters, a Fisheries Department official said. The fishermen from Akkarapettai in Nagaptattinam district were held on charges of poaching fish near Neduntheevu, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department, Gangadharan said. They were taken to Kankesanthurai in the island nation along with their trawler, he added. On 14 November,

Pondy CM condemns Purohit meeting TN officials

Chennai: Joining the chorus against Tamilnadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit holding a meeting with government officials in Coimbatore, Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has said only elected governments can hold such interactions. The Central government is trying to “cripple” governance in Opposition-ruled States using Governors and Lt Governors, he told reporters. The Puducherry Chief Minister is himself engaged in a bitter struggle with Lt Governor Kiran Bedi over her style of functioning. “It is

TN gives Rs 5K to fishermen shot at by Coast Guard

Rameswaram: Tamilnadu IT Minister M Manikandan has distributed Rs 5,000 each to the two fishermen injured after being hit by a stray bullet allegedly fired in a training exercise by the Indian Coast Guard at sea, near here. The Coast Guard has since denied the incident. Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Manikandan said the Chief Minister has taken up the issue with Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Prime Minister Modi to

Is Indian Coast Guard new enemy of fishermen?

Chennai: After Sri Lankan navy troubling fishermen from south coastal districts, especially Nagapattinam, Karaikkal and Ramanathapuram, here is a new problem that has allegedly risen from one of India’s own forces. The incident of Ramanathapuram-based fishermen being attacked by Indian Coast Guard on Monday has shaken up the State in the past three days. With a number of political parties and Tamil nationalist movements accusing the State and Central governments

12th standard student commits suicide in classroom

Thanjavur: A 12th standard student allegedly committed suicide inside his classroom at a private school at Tirukkattapull village yesterday, police said. Police said he went to school at around 8 AM to attend a special class and suddenly left about one hour later. the other students left after classes were over. When they went to their classroom they found the Sudish Babu (18) hanging from the ceiling by a rope

Student claims school penalised for speaking Tamil

Coimbatore: A girl student petitioned the district collector alleging that she was fined Rs 300 by her school for speaking in Tamil. The 9th grade student, who came to the collectorate here with her father, sought the intervention of collector TN Hariharan in the matter. In her petition, the student alleged that the private school in Chettipalayam on the city outskirts levied a fine of minimum Rs 300 if the

TN Guv holds meeting with district officials in Kovai

Coimbatore: Tamilnadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit held a meeting with top district officials here during his visit to attend the convocation of a city-based State-owned university. District Collector T N Hariharan, city Corporation Commissioner and Special Officer Dr K Vijayakarthikeyan, Police Commissioner Dr A Amalraj and Superintendent of Police P Murthy were among those who attended the meeting, official sources said without elaborating. A fringe outfit attempted to hold a blackflag

TN fishermen clash with Coast Guard personnel

Chennai: Verbal altercation has been taking place between the Indian Coast Guard officials and a section of fishermen from Ramanathapuram district, a day after a Tamil fisherman was allegedly shot by a Coast Guard personnel on Monday. According to sources, a trawler boat fishermen from Rameswaram charged the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) personnel with shooting them with rubber bullets while they were fishing eight nautical miles from Rameswaram coast on