Tamil Nadu

Gutkha scam: CBI searches houses of revenue officials

Gutkha scam: CBI searches houses of revenue officials

Documents seized from manufacturer of MDM gutkha had listed ‘beneficiaries’ The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday searched the residential premises of Senthil Valavaen, Additional Commissioner, GST-Chennai Additional, and S. Sridhar, the then Assistant Commissioner, Directorate-General of Central Excise Intelligence, Chennai. The searches were part of the investigations into the …

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India, Vietnam hold joint drill in Bay of Bengal

India, Vietnam hold joint drill in Bay of Bengal

Coast Guard ships involved; attempt to guage capabilities The Indian Coast Guard conducted its maiden joint exercise with the Vietnam Coast Guard in the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Chennnai, on Thursday. The exercise — Sahyag HOP TAC-2018 — was aimed at enabling the Coast Guard units of …

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TNCC may go in for an overhaul

TNCC may go in for an overhaul

New working presidents, chairpersons for party panels on the cards The Congress party in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday took the first steps towards preparing for the upcoming general election, with two national secretaries — Sanjay Dutt and Sirivella Prasad — beginning their tour of the State. The two secretaries, who …

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HC stays order cancelling land allotted to Vedanta

HC stays order cancelling land allotted to Vedanta

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday granted an interim injunction against Sipcot’s order cancelling the land allotted to Vedanata in Thoothukudi for the purpose of commissioning an additional copper smelter. Sipcot had earlier issued an order cancelling allotment of 342.22 acres of land to Vedanta, the …

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Gram sabhas pass resolutions against expressway

Gram sabhas pass resolutions against expressway

On the villagers’ insistence, officials record them in the minutes book The gram sabha meetings held in a few panchayats in Salem district on Tuesday adopted resolutions against the proposed Salem–Chennai green corridor project. One such resolution was adopted at the gram sabha meeting held at Poolavari panchayat. On the …

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Tele-counselling outreach for those who attempt suicide

Tele-counselling outreach for those who attempt suicide

State chapter of National Health Mission to roll out facility Data collated at 75 centres of the Tamil Nadu Accident and Emergency Care Initiative (TAEI) last month has revealed that at least 300 people engaged in self-harm every day. The numbers are a pointer to why Tamil Nadu accounts for …

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‘What is the point of inquiry panels?’

Critics say the benefits hardly justify the efforts needed to run them In the wake of the recent observations of the Madras High Court questioning the State government on the amount of funds spent on running Commissions of Inquiry on various issues, legal experts and activists have questioned the need for appointing such panels in the first place. The objective of appointing inquiry panels, the costs incurred by the State exchequer, the purpose they serve if and after their reports are submitted to the government and the absence of a meaningful debate on their findings and the lessons learned from the incidents being probed are all issues that are yet to be addressed, they contend. “In my opinion, the appointing of Commissions of Inquiry is often a meaningless exercise. They don’t have any legal standing in the court,” contends retired High Court judge K. Chandru. Though the reports should ideally be made public, there had been instances in the past where the government had acted against the leaking of inquiry reports, he pointed out. The State government, headed by then Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran, registered cases under the Official Secrets Act against DMK leader M. Karunanidhi for having released the report of the J.C.R. Paul Inquiry Commission that probed the death of Subramania Pillai, an official attached to the Murugan temple in Tiruchendur, in 1980, he noted. VCK general secretary D. Ravikumar said that the reports of inquiry panels, if at all tabled by the respective State governments, were rarely discussed in the House. Kathir, an activist from Madurai-based NGO ‘Evidence’, argued that out of the 45-odd Commissions of Inquiry appointed in the State since 1991, the reports of only about two to three had proved useful. “When we move the court, the government will submit that it has already appointed a Commission of Inquiry and [hence] our plea need not be entertained. Eventually, the High Court will dismiss our plea,” Mr. Kathir pointed out.

Critics say the benefits hardly justify the efforts needed to run them In the wake of the recent observations of the Madras High Court questioning the State government on the amount of funds spent on running Commissions of Inquiry on various issues, legal experts and activists have questioned the need …

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Tanks in southern districts still dry despite rains

Tanks in southern districts still dry despite rains

Agitated farmers say the nonchalant attitude of the PWD engineers was responsible for the dismal state of affairs Though many reservoirs including Mullaperiyar, Vaigai and Sothuparai in Theni district, Papanasam dam and Servalar dam in Tirunelveli district received copious rains during the south-west monsoon, many tanks maintained by the PWD …

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At MGR centenary fete, AIADMK leaders target DMK, others

At MGR centenary fete, AIADMK leaders target DMK, others

Stalin not fit to be Leader of the Opposition, says Chief Minister Palaniswami The valedictory function of the year-long celebrations organised by the State government to mark the birth centenary of AIADMK founder and former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran here on Sunday ended up looking more like a party affair, …

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