TAMILNADU

Varsities asked to update info on website

Coimbatore: In order to know the authentic details about the universities across the country, the UGC has asked them to upload all information on their websites, a top UGC official said on Saturday. The decision to this effect was taken at a recent meeting and the Universities are asked to provide all information like strength of students, faculty, fees collected and courses provided, UGC Secretary, Jaspal Singh Sandhu told reporters

Strict guidelines issued for students

Chennai: To ensure smooth conduct of Plus Two examination, certain guidelines have been issued for students. Around 9.30 lakh students are appearing for the exams from 6,737 schools to be held from 2 March to 31 March this year. Of them, 4.18 lakh are boys and 4.81 lakh are girls. A total of 5.69 lakh students are appearing through Tamil medium. To avoid malpractices, the school education department has come

More protests against hydrocarbon project

Nagapattinam/Chennai: Protests against the hydrocarbon project proposed by the Centre at Neduvasal in Pudukottai district intensified and continued for a fifth consecutive day today. Farmers from delta regions too joined the demonstrations and sat on fast today at Neduvasal. A team of protestors are planning to come to Chennai and call on Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami to seek steps to halt the project. Around 50 persons were arrested for observing

Elephant rescued from slush in Nilgiris district dies

Coimbatore: A 25-year old female elephant, rescued after it was stuck in slush, died today in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve camp in neighbouring Nilgiris District, taking the number of elephant deaths in the MTR to five in the last one week. The elephant was roaming in search of water when it got trapped in the slush in Karugudi forest range on February 23. On being alerted by locals, forest department

Footwear hurled at AIADMK MLA Karunas' car

Sivaganga (TN): An unidentified person hurled a footwear at the car of AIADMK MLA and film actor Karunas when he visited his constituency Thiruvadanai in the district. Karunas, who has recently come in for flak on social media for supporting AIADMK chief V K Sasikala, arrived to garland a statue of freedom fighter Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar when the incident occurred, police said. The footwear fell on the car, police said

TN CM writes to PM on construction of reservoir across Cauvery

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government today protested against Karnataka’s “unilateral action” of constructing a reservoir across river Cauvery at Mekedatu and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in the matter. Citing media reports, Chief Minister E K Palaniswami told Modi in a letter that the Karnataka government “has decided to implement Rs 5,912 crore Mekedatu Multipurpose (drinking and power) Project across the river Cauvery, which involves building a balancing reservoir

I will be a backroom man, says Natarajan

Thanjavur: M Natarajan, the husband of jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, yesterday said he would always remain a backroom man in the ruling party of Tamilnadu. Natarajan also hit out at dissident leader O Panneerselvam while stating that ‘no one’ can destroy the party. Against the background of charges of Sasikala’s family taking over the ruling party, he said, “I will always remain behind in the AIADMK party’s activities and will be silent. Nobody can destroy

PIL dismissed in Devanagari script in Rs 2,000 note case

Madurai:  A Madras High Court bench yesterday dismissed a PIL questioning the Central government’s decision to use Devanagari numerals on the new Rs 2,000 notes. Justices A Selvam and P Kalaiyarasan, while dismissing the petition filed by city resident K P T Ganesan, however, said he could file an appeal in the Supreme Court. The judges rejected the plea after a Central government pleader submitted that similar cases had been filed in the apex court and

Natyanjali festival begins in Lord Nataraja temple

Chidambaram: The five-day 36th edition of annual ‘Natyanjali’, festival of dance,  got off to a glittering start yesterday at the famous Lord Nataraja temple here, coinciding with Mahashivarathiri. More than 1,000 dancers from all over the the country and abroad representing all classical forms like Bharatanatyam, Kuchupudi, Mohini Attam, Kathak, Odissi, Chhau would offer their dance recitals to Lord Nataraja, who was believed to have performed the Cosmic Dance at

TN CM Palaniswami meets PM Modi

Coimbatore: Tamilnadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport here yesterday night. Palaniswami, accompanied by Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan, called on Modi at the VIP Lounge in the airport, official sources said. The meeting lasted about 20 minutes, they said without divulging any further detail. Modi arrived at the airport from Isha Yoga Centre near here after inaugurating a 112-feet bust of ‘Adiyogi’ Lord

Around 500 people arrested for staging demo against PM

Coimbatore: Nearly 500 members of various outfits were arrested here yesterday when they attempted to stage a demonstration against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to unveil a 112-foot Adiyogi face at the Isha Yoga centre. Some black balloons were also released into the air by a section of the protesters as Modi was travelling to the venue near here by a helicopter, police said. The protesters raised slogans