Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar Asks Tamil Nadu To Hear Out Mekedatu Project Benefits

Proposed Mekedatu project on Cauvery river will help farmers of Tamil Nadu, the minister said. (File) Chennai:  Karnataka Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar has sought an opportunity to explain the benefits of the proposed Mekedatu project on the Cauvery river in his state to the AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government and the opposition DMK, while asserting that it is aimed at helping the farmers of Tamil Nadu. The ruling AIADMK and the opposition parties have opposed the Centre’s nod for preparing a detailed project report (DPR) on the proposed balancing reservoir-cum-drinking…

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DMK Leader A Raja Booked Over “Derogatory Remarks” Against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami

DMK leader A Raja allegedly accused Tamil Nadu Chief Minister of corruption. (File) Perambalur:  A case has been registered against Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and former Union minister A Raja for allegedly making derogatory remarks and levelling allegations of corruption against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his cabinet colleagues during a protest in September. According to the police, the case was registered based on a complaint filed by an AIADMK functionary on December 7. Mr Raja has been charged with “criminal intimidation, intentional insult with intent to…

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After Exit Polls, KCR’s Party Shoots Down BJP Advances In Telangana

Out of 11 exit polls, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi has been given outright majority by five New Delhi:  Yet another BJP overture for alliance has got shot down by K Chandrashekar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi, a party the Congress dubbed the “B Team of the BJP”. Two days after most exit polls predicted that the TRS will get a second term in power with a healthy majority, the state BJP said it was ready to ally with “anyone except the Congress or (Asaduddin Owaisi’s party) AIMIM”. The pre-condition leaves…

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111-Year-Old Karnataka Priest Recovers From Emergency Liver Operation

Shivakumar Swami was flown to Chennai from Bengaluru on Friday in an air ambulance for the operation Bengaluru:  Karnataka’s 111-year-old revered pontiff Shivakumar Swami of Siddaganga Mutt at Tumakuru recovered from a liver operation he underwent at a hospital in Chennai, an official said on Saturday. “The pontiff has recovered from the effects of anaesthesia, administered for the liver operation earlier in the day, and is awake in the intensive care unit,” said Rela Institute of Medical Centre Chairman Mohamed Rela in a statement. The pontiff was flown to Chennai…

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Kannur International Airport Limited Opened, Kerala Only State With 4 International Airports

Kannur International Airport Limited is spread across 2,000 acres costing close to Rs 1,800 crore Kannur:  Union Minister Suresh Prabhu and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the international airport in Kerala’s Kannur today, making Kerala the only state in India with four international airports. The airport, spread across 2,000 acres costing close to Rs 1,800 crore, is the fourth international airport Kerala adds to its belt, making Kerala the only state in the country to have four international airports. The three other international airports are located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi…

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Telangana Records 73.2 Per Cent Voter Turnout

announcement came more than 24 hours after the polling ended in all 119 constituencies Hyderabad:  The Election Commission on Saturday announced that 73.20 percent polling was registered in the Telangana Assembly elections on Friday. The announcement came more than 24 hours after the polling ended in all 119 constituencies. Suspense continued throughout the day over the final figure of voter turnout. Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar had stated late Friday that 67 percent polling was recorded at 5 p.m. Since those standing in queues were allowed to vote even…

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Lingayat Leaders Insisted On Grant Of Religious Status

Siddaramaiah accused the BJP of spreading false propaganda about him (File Photo) Bengaluru:  Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Saturday said he was prodded by Lingayat leaders to recommend reservation for them and that his government’s recommedation to the centre to grant religious minority status had led to opposition unleashing false propangda against him. Siddaramaiah stated this while participating in the groundbreaking ceremony of a school in Chamarajnagar district. The Lingayat sect was founded by 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara, whose belief revolved around social justice, benevolence and piety instead of…

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Madras High Court Stays Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Event At Tamil Nadu Word Heritage Site

Sri Sri Ravishankar’s event on the banks of the Yamuna had created a controversy in 2016 Chennai:  In a setback to spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Friday stayed his foundation’s two-day meditation programme at the Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple — a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district. Although the court will continue hearing the case on Monday, the organisers have already shifted the event to another venue. Around 2,000 people had reportedly registered for the event, “Unveiling Infinity”,…

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