Madras High Court Dismisses Woman’s Claim Of Being J Jayalalithaa’s Daughter

Madras High Court dismissed a woman’s petition who claimed she was J Jayalalithaa’s biological daughter Chennai:  The Madras High Court Friday dismissed a petition of a woman, who claimed that she was the biological daughter of late chief minister Jayalalithaa, stating that she “miserably failed in her endeavour to establish the same”. Justice S Vaidyanathan, who dismissed the petition, said that since the woman could not establish she was the biological daughter, there was no question of the court allowing her to perform the last rites for Jayalalitha as per…

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Women Entering Sabarimala Should Be Ripped Into 2 Pieces

Kollam, Kerala:  Malyali actor Kollam Thulasi made a shocking statement today, saying women entering Sabarimala temple should be ripped into half. Hitting out at both the central and the state governments, he said one half should be sent to Delhi while the other half should be thrown towards Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s house. “Women coming to Sabarimala temple should be ripped into half,” the actor said while addressing a public gathering in Kerala’s Kollam city, according to news agency ANI. The Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala has traditionally barred…

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Greenpeace Says Attempt To Muzzle Dissent As Enforcement Directorate Raids Offices

Greenpeace said that every rupee donated to it, is by ecologically conscious people in India Bengaluru:  Not for the first time, the global environmental NGO, Greenpeace, is facing the heat from the Indian government. In a move that the organisation has called an effort to “muzzle democratic dissent”, the Enforcement Directorate has conducted searches in its offices in Bengaluru and other establishments associated with it. The agency, which probes financial crimes, suspects that the environmental NGO is receiving foreign funding. However, Greenpeace has denied the charges, stating that it is…

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Protests Against Supreme Court Verdict On Sabarimala Continue In Kerala

Both the BJP and Congress have been staging protests against the Supreme Court order on Sabarimala temple Thiruvananthapuram:  Members of the opposition Congress and BJP in Kerala today staged demonstrations to express solidarity with Ayyappa devotees even as the CPI, the key partner in the CPI-M led LDF, said there was an attempt to “politicise” the Supreme Court order on Sabarimala. On September 28, a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by then chief justice Dipak Misra, lifted the ban on the entry of women of menstrual age into the Sabarimala temple.…

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Gang Allegedly Robs Rs 35 Lakh From Two ATMs In Kerala

Kochi/Thrissur:  Burglars struck at two automated teller machines in Thrissur and Ernakulam districts of Kerala making away with Rs 35 lakh in the early hours today, police said. Police suspect the involvement of a single gang. In the first incident, the ATM of a nationalised bank at Irumbanam in Thrippunithura in Ernakulam district was looted. The gang used a gas-cutter to break open the ATM and decamped with Rs 25 lakh, police said. The incident is suspected to have occurred before 3.30 am. The burglars then targeted an ATM of…

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No Problem In Airing MeToo Grievances In Fair Manner

Kamal Haasan said if grievances were made in a “fair manner,” there would be no problem with that (PTI) Chennai:  With the #MeToo movement gaining momentum, actor-politician Kamal Haasan said men accused of sexual harassment by women should respond to the allegations. The movement has gathered pace over the past a few days with a number of women speaking out on sexual harassment at the workplace and support for them pouring in from various quarters. Asked for his response, Mr Haasan initially said only “the accused should respond (to the…

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Madras High Court Orders CBI Probe

Madras High Court ordered a CBI probe into alleged corruption allegations by E Palaniswami (File Photo) Chennai:  The Madras High Court on Friday ordered a CBI probe into allegations of corruption in award of road contracts by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami. Justice AD Jagadish Chandira gave the direction on a petition by the DMK, after perusing the report filed by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption or DVAC. The court said it was not satisfied with the report and the action taken by the DVAC on the complaint…

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Founder Of Shankar IAS Academy Found Dead In Chennai Home. He Was 45

The news of his death shocked his students. New Delhi:  Shankaran Devarajan, founder of Shankar IAS Academy, and a prominent IAS professor in Tamil Nadu, was on Thursday night found hanging at his home in Chennai. He was 45. Neighbours rushed him to a private hospital in Mylapore, where he was declared brought dead. Police confirmed his death to be a case of suicide, adding he had an argument with his wife before committing suicide. The news of his death shocked his students, who poured heartfelt tributes on social media.…

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Madras High Court Orders CBI Probe

Madras High Court ordered a CBI probe into alleged corruption allegations by E Palaniswami (File Photo) Chennai:  The Madras High Court on Friday ordered a CBI probe into allegations of corruption in award of road contracts by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami. Justice AD Jagadish Chandira gave the direction on a petition by the DMK, after perusing the report filed by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption or DVAC. The court said it was not satisfied with the report and the action taken by the DVAC on the complaint…

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Telangana Girl Lost In Temple 2 Years Ago, Reunites With Family

The girl went missing from at Venkateswara Temple two years ago. Cyberabad (Telangana):  The Telangana Police’s “Operation Smile” teams re-united an 11-year-old girl with her family after two years. The girl went missing at a temple when she was nine years old. Anuradha, Deputy Commissioner of Police of SHE Teams, said that from the past few days, they were studying government-run shelter homes. It was during this time that the team visited a shelter home and found the girl named Sandhya. “The girl said that she went missing from at…

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Coimbatore Doctors Remove World’s Heaviest Ovarian Cancer Tumour

This is the world’s heaviest ovarian cancer tumour removed so far, say Coimbatore doctors. Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu):  Vasantha, an agricultural labourer from Ooty in Tamil Nadu, noticed her tummy size growing but ignored it thinking she was gaining weight with age. She felt no pain or discomfort till the tummy size grew massively. On vising a local hospital, surgeons detected a large tumour in her abdomen, but refused the surgery, saying her chances of survival were slim. Seeing Vasantha’s crying husband in a bus, a co-passenger referred them to a…

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KCR’s Party Counters Amit Shah On Early Polls

The elections to all the 119 assembly seats in Telangana will be held on December 7 Hyderabad:  The Telangana  Rashtra Samithi (TRS) today gave BJP president Amit Shah a history lesson in response to his comments attacking their party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s move to go for early elections in the state. They pointed out that this is exactly what Narendra Modi did in 2002 when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.  Taking on Mr Shah, Lok Sabha member from Karimnagar B Vinod Kumar said, “All political parties have…

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Andhra TDP Lawmaker CM Ramesh’s Homes, Office In Hyderabad Raided By Tax Officials

CM Ramesh is a lawmaker from N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP). Hyderabad:  Raids by Income Tax officials are being held at the ho mes and the offices of a lawmaker from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s party. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) lawmaker CM Ramesh’s homes and offices in Hyderabad and Kadapa are being raided.  Nearly 100 tax officials are raiding multiple locations including the office of a company owned by Mr Ramesh’s relative. The firm, Rithwik Industries, is said to have a turnover of close to Rs.…

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