Madras High Court Asks Tamil Nadu Poll Body

The disqualification of the MLAs was upheld by the Madras High Court in October last Madurai:  The Madras High Court Tuesday issued a notice to Tamil Nadu’s chief election commissioner and chief electoral officer asking why elections for 18 constituencies, whose representatives were disqualified by the state assembly speaker, had not been held. A bench of Justices K K Sasidharan and P D Audikesavalu issued the notice based on a public interest litigation filed by Damodaran stating that about 27 lakh voters in the 18 constituencies were without representatives and…

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Search Ops On, But No Trace Of Missing Boat Carrying 100 Migrants Yet

The boat with the migrants reportedly left Munambam harbour on January 12 (Representational) Thiruvananthapuram:  The Coast Guard and the Navy are still searching for a fishing trawler with over 100 Indians that set off from Munambam port in Kerala’s rural Ernakulam to an unknown destination over ten days ago. “The boat is carrying around 100-120 people, including residents of Delhi and second-generation Tamil migrants. Upon being questioned, a few people told us that their destination is New Zealand. That, however, cannot be taken at face value. Our investigation is still on,” a…

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Woman Who Entered Sabarimala Shrine Thrown Out By In-Laws

Kanaka Durga was assaulted by her mother-in-law on January 15. Thiruvananthapuram:  A 39-year-old woman who dared to visit the Ayyappa shrine at Kerala’s Sabarimala in defiance of religous customs earlier this month was not allowed into her in-laws’ house on Tuesday. The incident occurred nearly a week after Kanaka Durga’s mother-in-law allegedly assaulted her, following which she had to be admitted to the Kozhikode Medical College. Kanaka Durga filed a complaint with the District Violence Protection Officer after her in-laws locked her out of the house. “The complaint has been forwarded…

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TDP’s Mallikarjuna Reddy Suspended Amid Reports Of Joining YSR Congress

N Chandrababu Naidu announced, “Mallikarjuna Reddy is ineligible to continue in Telugu Desam” Amaravati (AP):  The ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh Tuesday suspended its MLA and the government whip in the Assembly Meda Mallikarjuna Reddy from the party amid reports that he was ready to join the opposition YSR Congress. “Mallikarjuna Reddy is ineligible to continue in Telugu Desam,” party president and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced. There was no place in the TDP for anyone who caused trouble to party workers, he said without elaborating. The…

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Andhra Pradesh Gives 5% Reservation To Kapus Community In 10% Quota Law

The Naidu government has been claiming that it has honoured its promise on reservation Amravati, Andhra Pradesh:  The Andhra Pradesh government has announced it will give only five per cent reservation to the economically weaker sections (EWS) under the Centre’s 10 per cent quota, setting aside the rest to the upper caste Kapus. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu made the announcement today. “We had requested the Centre to extend five per cent reservation to the Kapu community long ago but the BJP leaders did not agree. Now, out of the 10…

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Karnataka Seer Shivakumara Swami Remembered For Spending Lunchtime, Supper With Children

Shivakumara Swami studied in state-run schools and colleges and graduated in Arts in 1927. (File) Bengaluru:  Dr Shivakumara Swami, the 111-year-old seer of the Siddaganga Mutt at Tumakuru near Bengaluru, was a popular and religious leader of the Lingayat community in Karnataka who served the poor and the needy for over eight decades. The seer, who passed away on Monday at the mutt, about 70 km northwest of Bengaluru, due to old age-related illness, was known for pioneering education for thousands of boys and girls, with free boarding and lodging and…

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Funeral Today For Shivakumara Swami, Karnataka Holy Seer

Dr Shivakumara Swami died at age 111 after weeks of treatment (File Photo) New Delhi:  The funeral for Dr Shivakumara Swami, the seer who headed the Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Karnataka’s Tumakuru, will be held today. Dr Swami died at age 111 after weeks of treatment. Condolences from all quarters poured in after news of his death emerged, with Karnataka observing a three-day mourning period. Schools, colleges and government offices are closed today as a mark of respect for the seer, who was revered by millions. Top political leaders mourned…

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