Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami has reportedly left for New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to reports, Palaniswami will meet the PM on Wednesday and is expected to discuss various issues of the state. Notably, former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam had met Modi last week.
Tamil Nadu Educational Minister Sengottaiyan on Tuesday reportedly released the government order for conducting public exam for +1 students. According to reports, the public exams for +1 students will be conducted from the academic year 2017-18. Notably, the proposed change will allow the students to pass through class 12 even without clearing +1 public exams.
MDMK chief Vaiko has reportedly sought bail in the eight-year-old sedition case against him. The case is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday in the principal sessions court in Chennai. The trial is yet to commence in the case which was charge-sheeted in 2010. During a hearing on April 3, Vaiko refused the magistrate’s offer to release him on bail. Hence, the magistrate remanded him in judicial custody, and later he was lodged in the Central Prison at Puzhal, say reports.
Tamil Nadu Educational Minister Sengottaiyan has reportedly announced that the state government is planning to change the state board syllabus. According to reports, the state government will modify the syllabus on three cycles. Notably, the syllabus of standards 1,6,9,11 will be changed in the academic year 2018-19, whereas the standard 2,7,10,12 will be modified in 2019-20. Meanwhile, the syllabus for 3,4,5,8 will be changed in 2020-21.
Parents and social activists have reportedly alleged that most private schools in Tirunelveli district charged exorbitant fees without adhering to the fee structure fixed by the government. The officials of Education Department were in league with the school managements, they reportedly alleged. Private schools charge ten times the amount set by the government in different forms without issuing bills, a social activist from Tirunelveli reportedly said.
Eight AIADMK MLAs led by three former ministers reportedly demanded Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami to call for a meeting of party MLAs, in order to ensure transparency within the party. Former Ministers like Thoppu Venkatachalam, V Senthil Balaji and P Palaniappan met CM Palaniswami in the secretariat and held discussions for 45 minutes.
Tamil Nadu government on Monday reportedly launched five drones to monitor man-animal conflict and wildfire in the forests. The drones had been launched in the forests of Hosur, Gudalur, Coimbatore, Kodaikanal and Tirunelveli. Notably, Tamil Nadu is the second state in India to use drones to monitor wildlife. The initiative was launched on the International Day of Biodiversity.
Kollywood actor and Thiruvadanai constituency MLA Karunas has reportedly met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Tuesday at the latter residence. According to reports, the meeting comes after Karunas met AIADMK general secretary Sasikala at the Parappana Agrahara central prison in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Tamil Nadu minister for school education, sports and youth welfare K A Sengottaiyan reportedly said smart cards for government school students will be soon introduced in the state. While the cards will eliminate the need for any further identification cards, they will also be used to store information about students such as photographs, blood group, address, family details and Aadhaar details, the minister reportedly said. The card will also contain details such as number of teachers, number of students and facilities available in the school, Sengottaiyan said, adding the card will also be used to track the academic performances and grades of the student.
DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi is unlikely to participate in the function to be held at the YMCA ground in Royapettah on June 3 to celebrate his 94th birthday, party working president M K Stalin on Monday reportedly said. Stalin reportedly said, “As of now there is no chance of Thalaivar (Karunanidhi) participating in the function. But if the doctors treating him allow him to participate, he will.” Almost all opposition party leaders have confirmed their participation in the function, Stalin reportedly added.
In the Election Commission bribery for Two Leaves symbol case involving AIADMK (Amma) faction leader TTV Dhinakaran, a special court on Monday reportedly dismissed the bail plea of Sukesh Chandrashekar, an alleged middleman. It was not appropriate to grant bail to Sukesh at this stage as it was a serious crime and he could tamper with the evidence, the court reportedly said.
38 of the total 43 children sheltered by the institution were shifted from an orphanage in Ambattur to another registered home, and five of them returned to their families on Monday. The move came following a direction from the child welfare committee in Tiruvallur in reaction to an investigation on unregistered homes last week. The director of social defense has asked all district child protection officers to search the premises of homes that have been closed, even temporarily, and to present the children before the respective child welfare committees. Notably, around 350 homes, housing about 21,000 children, have been shut down so far.
The Chennai Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum had reportedly slapped a penalty of Rs 15,000 on the Pepsico India Pvt Ltd. According to reports, the fine was imposed for supplying a soft drink with dead insects floating in the bottle. Notably, the fine amount was given as a verdict on the case filed by P Thalapathy from Aminjikarai.
DMK working president MK Stalin has reportedly announced that Karunanidhi's diamond jubilee celebrations would be held on June 3 at YMCA ground in Royapettah. According to reports, Stalin also added that leaders, including Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Sharad Pawar, would attend the event.
Tamil Nadu Law Minister CV Shanmugam has reportedly accused Former Chief Minister O Pannerselvam of killing J Jayalalithaa to retain his Chief Minister seat. This statement from the Law Minister comes after the OPS faction demanded a judicial inquiry into the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The Minister also reportedly added, "If there is an investigation Panneerselvam should be the first person to be investigated. We accuse OPS of killing Amma".
About 10,000 BE and BTech seats have reportedly been reduced in Tamil Nadu since around 28 technical institutions in Tamil Nadu will not carry out admissions for the 2017-18 academic year. While 22 colleges had applied for closure in the state, which will affect about 8,700 seats, six other institutions were placed under the 'No admission' category by the AICTE due to deficiencies, the AICTE officials reportedly said. Another 1,500 engineering seats will be reduced across these institutes, they added.
Greater Chennai Police on Saturday reportedly issued a statement warning of stern action against those gathering in groups or conducting meetings on the Marina. The statement reportedly said people should not gather in groups or convene meetings on the beach as Section 41 is in force, and warned that action would be taken against those violating the diktat, and they can be arrested.
Speaking at a party gathering in Mettupalayam, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Saturday reportedly called for a reunion of the warring factions. He said, “Those who have deviated from the path should return. I appeal for unity to execute the schemes conceived by MGR and Jayalalithaa.” Asserting that the leaders of the other faction had risen in ranks only due to Jayalalithaa, Palaniswami said, “People cast their votes only for Amma. The state government will have to complete its full term.”
After the Delhi police sought his consent to collect his voice sample in the Election Commission bribery case, AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary TTV Dhinakaran on Saturday refused to give his consent to take his voice sample. Reportedly, Dhinakaran’s co-accused Sukesh Chandrashekhar has already refused to give his voice sample to the police. The police had sought to take their voice samples to match them with those contained in a CD recovered during the investigation.
Defending his party colleague P Chidambaram over the recent CBI raids at his son Karti Chidambaram’s premises, Pondicherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Saturday said the Modi-led BJP government is targeting Chidambaram for writing and speaking against it. Narayanasamy reportedly added, “He is a clean politician. No one can make an accusation against him.”