Actress Kasturi has reportedly stated that the national media is only focusing on actor Rajinikanth when Tamil Nadu has so many more present problems that need to be discussed. Kasturi reportedly said, “In Tamil Nadu, we discuss other things, other than Mr. Rajinikanth also. Why is his entry into politics the only news item for national media?” Kasturi, who recently met the ‘Kabali’ star on her birthday, said, “I met him and got the impression that he is set on making a difference sooner than later.”
Ponnusamy, the founder and president of Tamil Nadu Milk Dealers Employees Welfare Association, reportedly wrote to Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami demanding the resignation of Dairy Minister, Rajendra Balaji. Notably, Balaji had earlier accused dairy producers of adulterating their products and proclaimed that he would resign or even hang himself if his accusation are proven wrong. However, the central food lab announced there was no toxic ingredients in the milk samples sent by the government.
According to reports, A Manohar, AIADMK MLA from the Vasudevanallur constituency, has alleged that some people contacted him via telephone and offered him money to switch over to the V K Sasikala faction ahead of the trust vote. Manohar also reportedly said, "I was only one of the few MLAs who did not go to Koovathur."
Madurai bench of the Madras High Court has reportedly quashed a petition seeking to stop the supply of water from Thamirabarani river to private companies including Coca-Cola and Pepsi. According to reports, the petition was filed after Madras High Court lifted the stay restraining the companies from using the water of the river.
The Income-Tax department had reportedly seized a ledger on 2016 during a raid on the premises of a leading gutkha manufacturer in Chennai. According to reports, the ledger lists an alleged payout of almost Rs. 40 crore to a Tamil Nadu Minister and top officials of the state. The Income-Tax department is reportedly awaiting a response to a letter written to the Tamil Nadu government seeking further investigation.
According to a report by NDTV, Soundarya Rajinikanth, the daughter of actor Rajinikanth has said that her father only does whatever is right at the right time. Further, she added, “As a family, we will support and back him on whatever decision he takes." This comes after Soundarya was questioned about her father’s alleged vested interest in politics and his recent meetings with several top politicians of Tamil Nadu.
The opposition parties have blamed the internal fight of AIADMK for the delay in conducting local body elections in Tamil Nadu. DMK working president M K Stalin reportedly said, “AIADMK is scared of polls as it is now split into two and three groups. It is does not have the popular two-leaves symbol as well.” Accusing the state of going against the repeated directions of the court on holding the civic polls, TNCC president S Thirunavukkarasu reportedly said, “The delay is because the ruling party is divided after Jayalalithaa's death. How long can they work on merger?” Further, CPM state secretary G Ramakrishnan said the “AIADMK is in a state of confusion” and urged the court to step in by fixing a date, say reports.
Criticising the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu for lower manufacturing growth in the state, opposition parties, DMK and PMK, reportedly said the State’s manufacturing growth was only 1.65% in 2016-17. DMK working president M K Stalin reportedly said Rs 15 crore must have been invested in Tamil Nadu by now as per vision 2023, but that hasn’t happened. “Even those who are ready to invest in Tamil Nadu are going back to nearby states,” he added. Slamming the drop, PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss reportedly said, “... it all shows that it is time to say goodbye to the AIADMK government” and hold elections to have a government which will increase the economic growth rate of the state.
Chennai Meteorological Department on Monday reportedly warned the Tamil Nadu people that there is a possibility of heavy showers for the next 24hrs. According to reports, the thundershower is expected over Chennai region on Monday evening due to the lower depression formed in the Bay of Bengal.
Tamil Nadu is reportedly becoming a major transit and shipment point for drug smuggling cartels. According to reports, Tamil Nadu police have seized 115 kg of heroin across the state in the past six months. Notably, this is a 25% increase from last year. Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Chennai zonal director A Bruno reportedly said, "Sri Lanka is a hub for the heroin trade to South-east Asian countries and drug cartels have been routeing consignments mostly via Tamil Nadu."
According to reports, the point between Gengu Reddy Subway and Ega Theatre junction on the Poonamallee High Road will be made two-way, as it was before the metro rail work. Reportedly, the two-way access to one of the busiest commuting road in the city will be effective from the second week of July. Notably, the route was made one way to accommodate metro rail tunnelling work.
The Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday reportedly arrested 14 Tamil fishermen. Notably, the Lankan Navy arrested eight Tamil fishermen from Nagapattinam on Saturday. According to reports, the fishermen have been arrested on charges of fishing in Sri Lankan waters. Those arrested are likely to be produced before Mannar court.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday reportedly announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh to Rifath Sharook and his 'KalamSat' team. Rifath Sharook and his team developed the 64-gram 'KalamSat' satellite that was launched by NASA. Notably, ‘KalamSat’ was selected as the winner by NASA in a competition attended by 80,000 other models.
Giving the second extension for special officers of local bodies, the Tamil Nadu government on Saturday passed a bill extending their terms for another six months until December 31. With local body elections further delayed, this is the second extension for special officers. Opposing the extension of terms for special officers, DMK, Congress and IUML wanted the government to hold the civic polls right away.
The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday brought a new legislation to repeal the Tamil Nadu Entertainments Tax Act 1939 as the tax is included in goods and services tax. The Act enables the state government to levy and collect entertainment tax. The local bodies will get a share from the GST collection, once the GST comes into force on July 1.
Three weeks after the Chennai Silks fire accident, the state housing and urban development department has reportedly notified new rules to the authorities to regularise unauthorised structures across the state. Titled, `Tamil Nadu Assessment and Collection of Amount for Exemption of Buildings Rules, 2017' allows the authorities to fine the lawbreakers up to three times of the existing guideline value. Interestingly, the government has given an opportunity to those, whose applications were rejected in the past, to apply under the new regularisation scheme.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has reportedly proposed a coastal railway line between Chennai and Kanyakumari. According to reports, the minister had also added that the State must cooperate with the ministry to implement the project. Notably, Prabhu also launched a seven km railway route connecting Ennore and Tiruvottiyur, a 10 KW solar plant at Moore Market in Chennai and a food plaza at Trichy.
According to a report by The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Tamil Nadu and Kerala has the most number of literate child workers in India. By this report, around 82% of all child workers in Kerala are literate, while in Tamil Nadu the figure is 81.3%. The report also specifies that most of the literate child labourers are employed in the cities.
According to reports, Tamil Nadu has been ranked as the top destination among foreign and domestic tourists in 2016. This is the third consecutive year Tamil Nadu has bagged the first place. Notably, Maharashtra has bagged the second spot. Surprisingly, Goa only managed to bag the 9th place on foreign tourists' popularity charts.
The Ganga hospital in Coimbatore is reportedly all set to introduce its air ambulance service on Sunday. According to reports, the service would be operated in association with Delhi-based OSS Air Management. Notably, this is first such facility to be run by a hospital in India. The hospital also announced that the minimum charge for the air ambulance would be Rs.one lakh for one hour.