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Cannot withdraw bus fare hike: TN Transport Minister

Tamil Nadu Transport Minister M R Vijayabaskar has reportedly said that there is no way the hike in the bus fares can be withdrawn. Speaking to reporters in Karur, Vijayabaskar has said that the fares in Tamil Nadu are still lower when compared with other states. He also reportedly added that the people should accept the hike as the state is undergoing a financial crisis.

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Transport corporation issues advice to drivers and conductors

The Tamil Nadu transport corporation has reportedly advised the bus drivers and conductors to clear the doubts of the people about the hike in the bus fares. They were also advised not to involve in arguments with the passengers, say reports. Earlier, on Saturday morning, the passengers were reportedly shocked when they heard that the bus fares were hiked on Friday.

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"Burn theaters to ensure no one watches Padmaavat”, BJP MLA

Hyderabad BJP MLA Raja Singh reportedly asked people to not to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat and even asked people to burn theaters to ensure that no one watches the movie. "No patriotic Indian should go see the movie. Protest as you want. Even if you want to burn or vandalise the theatres, ensure that no one watches the movie," Singh said.

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Youth gored to death during Jallikattu near Manapparai

According to reports, a 22-year-old youth was gored to death during a Jallikattu event in Kalingapatti near Manapparai in Tiruchirapalli district. The bull-tamer named Ranjith succumbed to injuries, say reports. A total of six people including spectators were killed during the Jallikattu events held across Tamil Nadu on the occasion of Pongal festival, suggest reports.

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TN govt’s statement on monthly and daily bus passes

After increasing the fares in buses across the State, the Tamil Nadu government has reportedly said that the monthly pass, bought for Rs 1,000, in MTC buses will be valid till February 15. For Rs 50 daily pass, the government reportedly said it will soon finalize on the new amount to be charged for it. Meanwhile, many political parties in the State have condemned the hike in bus fares, while some of them have announced protests against the hike.

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Imposing transport corporation’s loss on people condemnable: DMK leader

Reacting to the hike in the bus fares by the Tamil Nadu government, DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi has reportedly said that the imposing of the state transport corporation’s loss on the people is condemnable. The AIADMK government on Friday announced the hike in the bus fares adding that the hike is applicable from January 20. Reports suggest that people across the state were shocked due to the sudden hike in the bus fares up to 70%.

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Bus fare to be revised every year

TN government has reportedly released a statement and announced that the bus fare in the state will be revised every year. Government also announced that the authorities can revise the bus fare when there is a need as well. The government hiked bus ticket rates on Friday.

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Andal controversy: Vairamuthu goes emotional in video

Following the controversy surrounding Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu’s recent article about Andal, the lyricist has released a video, in which he is seen making emotional statements. Stating that some people intentionally misinterpreted what he said, Vairamuthu conveyed that he never intended to defame Andal. He also said that while Angammal is the mother who gave birth to him, Andal is the mother who taught him Tamil.

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Researched about Andal for 3 months: Vairamuthu

Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu reportedly said that he researched many articles about Hindu deity Andal for over 3 months. Vairamuthu also said that he wanted to establish Andal’s glory among the younger generation and his statement was misinterpreted.

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Jayalalithaa was administered slow poison for 8 months: AIADMK leader

AIADMK leader C Ponnaiyan has alleged that former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was administered slow poison for 7-8 months in the form of steroids injections. The blood sugar level of Jayalalithaa saw immense rise due to the slow poison, the former finance minister said. Notably, Ponnaiyan had earlier alleged that the black dots on Jayalalithaa’s face were because she was attacked with a wooden log.

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Suriya responds to fans protest

Actor Suriya responded to his fans protest outside Sun TV office in MRC Nagar and asked them not to lower their stature for such things. Suriya also asked his fans to use their time and energy for the good of the society. Earlier, fans protested outside Sun TV office after two female anchors made fun of their star.

 

 


 

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TN Minister makes shocking statement on Jayalalithaa’s death

Tamil Nadu dairy minister Rajendra Balaji has reportedly said that he already knew that former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died at 5.20 am on December 4, 2016. Speaking at an event in Virudhunagar, the minister reportedly said he received information on December 4 that Jayalalithaa was in a critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest. Stating that all MLAs were called to Chennai around 2 am, Rajendra Balaji said he confirmed it right then that Jayalalithaa had died.

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Suriya fans protest outside Sun TV office

Fans of actor Suriya reportedly protested outside Sun TV office in MRC Nagar on Saturday condemning the anchors who trolled their star. The anchors has been criticised by Tamil actors, producers and directors as well.

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TN has the lowest bus fare: OPS

Tamil Nadu deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam reportedly said that the bus fare in the state is the lowest when compared to its neighbours. The government in a statement said that Karnataka charges 59p/km, Kerala - 64p/km, Andhra Pradesh - 63p/km, for ordinary moffusil buses while TN charges just 60p/km. TN government hiked bus ticket rates on Friday.

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Cops refuse help as they “don’t want blood stains in car”, two teens die

According to reports, two teens, aged 17, died after two cops on patrol refused them help when they were lying motionless on the road. The video, in which the cops refuse help saying their car will have blood stains, has shocked people. The incident, which exposed the insensitivity of those cops, happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur. While an acquaintance is heard saying, “They are also somebody's children... I request you,” another man says, “Nobody else has a car here. Take them.” However, another vehicle from local police station reached and took them to a hospital where they were declared brought dead. When a voice told the policemen, “Your car can be washed but…,” one of the policemen retorted saying, “If the car gets washed, then where will we sit all night.” Saharanpur city police chief Prabal Pratap Singh reportedly said that the policemen were suspended and further action will be taken after inquiry.

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Man who set 11 luxury cars on fire arrested

According to reports, a doctor named Ameet Gaikwad was arrested in Belagavi city of Karnataka for torching 11 luxury cars. Reports said that the assistant professor of pathology at the Belagavi Institute of Medical Sciences was caught red-handed while torching the 11th car on Thursday after setting on fire 10 cars on Wednesday. An alert security guard caught him red-handed and handed him over to police. According to reports, Gaikwad has burnt two BMWs, a Honda City, a Verna and Toyota Innovas.

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Madras HC issues arrest warrant against TTV Dhinakaran’s sister, brother-in-law

According to reports, the Madras High Court has reportedly issued an arrest warrant against RK Nagar legislator TTV Dhinakaran’s sister Sreethaladevi and her husband SR Baskaran as they did not appear before the court even after being convicted in a disproportionate assets case. CBI court had sentenced Sreethaladevi to 3 years in jail and Rs 10 lakh fine, while Baskaran was sentenced to 5 years in jail and Rs 20 lakh fine.

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Class 12 boy thrashes teacher

According to reports, a class 12 boy has been missing after he thrashed a Junior Basic Training teacher for asking him to attend the classes instead of sitting at the corridor on Thursday. The teacher and the principal alleged that he was under liquor influence. While JBT teachers are appointed only to teach the primary classes (Classes 1 to 5), the teacher Neelam Sharma was taking English classes for class 12, in violation of the Right to Education Act. While police are looking for the boy, his father has said that the teacher used to call his son 'Bihari’ and drug addict, say reports.

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TN leaders demand withdrawal of hike in rate of bus tickets

Many Tamil Nadu political leaders have condemned the State government's move to hike the rates of bus tickets. Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi chief Thol Thirumavalavan, Communist Party of India Tamil Nadu Secretary Mutharasan and PMK chief Ramadoss have condemned the move and demanded the withdrawal of the hike.

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TN govt revises bus ticket rates

The minimum ticket rate for the city and town buses, in Tamil Nadu districts except Chennai, has been raised from Rs 3 to Rs 5, while the maximum rate has been hiked from Rs 12 to Rs 19. For Chennai, the minimum rate is fixed at Rs 5, while the maximum is raised from Rs 14 to Rs 23. The minimum rate in ordinary mofussil buses has been raised from Rs 5 to Rs 6, while the rate has been hiked from Rs 17 to Rs 24 for 30 kms in express buses. Point-to-point buses will charge Rs 27, instead of 18, for 30 kms, while luxury buses will charge Rs 33, which was Rs 21 earlier. The rates in AC buses has been increased from Rs 27 to Rs 42 for 30 kms, while Volvo buses will charge Rs 51 for 30 kms, which was earlier Rs 33.

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