Tamil Nadu

‘In Thoothukudi, people chose death by bullet’

‘In Thoothukudi, people chose death by bullet’

Unit destroyed land, water, lives: anti-Sterlite stir leader The people of Thoothukudi, who came together to protect their land, water and lives, had only two choices before them, says Krishnamoorthy Kittu, one of the leaders of the anti-Sterlite protests. Both choices meant death, either by cancer or by bullets. Driven to …

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Hand over bodies of Thoothukudi firing victims to relatives, says HC

‘Only kin of those who died should have a say on post-mortem, not PIL petitioners’ The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the State government to complete post-mortem on the bodies of all of those who had died in police firing during protests against the Sterlite Copper smelter in Thoothukudi …

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How TN’s previous tryst with plastic ban came a cropper

How TN’s previous tryst with plastic ban came a cropper

On May 7, 2002, the then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa introduced the Tamil Nadu Plastic Articles (Prohibition of Sale, Storage, Transport and Use) Bill. The Bill sought a ban on the use of “non-recyclable” plastic bags, cups, plates and tumblers, and a range of plastic articles used in food establishments, such …

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Find alternatives short of total plastic ban: industry

Find alternatives short of total plastic ban: industry

The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to ban plastic products from January 2019 has come as a shock to several small-scale plastic manufacturing units in the state. Various stakeholders, including plastic manufacturers, retailers and hoteliers, urged the government, over the next six months, to work on alternatives to reduce plastic use …

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No one can open Sterlite again: CM

No one can open Sterlite again: CM

Turns down plea for House resolution Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami categorically stated in the Assembly on Monday that Sterlite Copper, a smelter owned by the Vedanta group in Thoothukudi that has been closed and sealed by the authorities, cannot be reopened by anyone. While replying to DMK working president …

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TN to ban on disposable plastic from next year

TN to ban on disposable plastic from next year

Th ban comes into effect from January 1, 2019 The State government on Tuesday announced a ban on manufacture, sales, storage and usage of disposable plastic across State with effective from January 1, 2019. Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly here, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said that the announcement …

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DMK only an opponent, not an enemy: Dhinakaran

DMK only an opponent, not an enemy: Dhinakaran

‘My primary objective is to retrieve AIADMK, symbol’ The DMK was only a political opponent and not an enemy, Independent MLA T.T.V. Dhinakaran said, after inaugurating the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam’s head office in Ashok Nagar here on Sunday. Addressing mediapersons, he said, “I had requested the Assembly Speaker to …

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Thoothukudi firing was premeditated, says Yechury

Thoothukudi firing was premeditated, says Yechury

‘Barbarity unleashed on innocents’ Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday said the police firing on anti-Sterlite protesters in Thoothukudi on May 22, which claimed 13 lives, was pre-meditated, and was not a response to provocation, as claimed by the State government. After meeting the families …

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Sivaganga Dalit murders: The cruel face of caste in Kachanatham

Sivaganga Dalit murders: The cruel face of caste in Kachanatham

Dailts are reluctant to confront caste Hindu aggressors, fearing reprisal from the dominant community It’s hard to believe a couple of persons from a dominant community can prevail over a village of mostly Dalit households. But that is what appears to have happened at Kachanatham, the village in Sivaganga district that …

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Minister’s comments irk TTV

Minister’s comments irk TTV

Stages walkout as Speaker denies him opportunity to respond Independent MLA T.T.V. Dhinakaran staged a walkout from the Assembly on Friday after Speaker P. Dhanapal denied him the opportunity to respond to certain comments made by Electricity Minister P. Thangamani in the House. During Question Hour, the R.K. Nagar MLA …

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