more-inWhat happened in Madurai in ancient times had farreaching consequences for Tamil Nadu. The great political churnings took place there,” said historian of the Dravida Movement K. Thirunavukkarasu. The temple entry struggle led by Congress leader Vaidhyanatha Iyer not only witnessed the Dalits and Nadars entering the Meenakshi temple, but also resulted in the promulgation of The Madras Temple Entry Ordinance 1 of 1939 on July 17, 1939. Mr Kannan said Madurai exhibited a higher degree of political consciousness than the rest of the State, be it the 1965 anti-Hindi protests or the politics surrounding the Dravidian parties. “It is the only river referred to as Tamil Vaigai in Sangam literature.

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The incident came close on the heels of the birthday bash of another gangster, Binu Pappachan, who came under the spotlight after images of him cutting a birthday cake with a machete went viral. Suseendran, 33, who had been arraigned in criminal cases, celebrated his birthday and offered a cake to A. Karunakaran, inspector of police, Kannankurichi, at the police quarters located near the station. Mr. Karunakaran, after extending birthday greetings, also offered cake to the history-sheeter. Sokkalingam, a local DMDK functionary, and a head constable, who introduced Suseendran to Mr. Karunakaran, were present on the occasion. Pictured with CMIncidentally, soon after action was taken against the Inspector, another photograph showing Suseendran in the company of Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami surfaced.

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more-inA three-year-old leopardess was killed by a farmer with a billhook, reportedly in an act of self-defence, at Maharajakadai on Sunday. The farmer sustained injuries in the incident and was admitted to the Krishnagiri government hospital. According to sources, the leopardess was lurking in a mango plantation adjacent to Mr. Ramamoorthy’s cattle shed. When the farmer tried to ward off the leopardess with a stick, it turned on him, throwing him to the ground. The injured leopardess bled to death, said Forest department veterinarian Prakash.

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more-inThe National Board of Examination released the merit list for post-graduate medical courses on Thursday. State selection secretary G. Selvarajan said it would take a few more days for the merit list to be released. Last year, as with the NEET for MBBS, a series of court cases rocked the PG admission process. Deemed universities“But we don’t know if deemed universities will surrender seats to the government quota. There is no clarity on the fee structure in self-financing colleges and deemed universities either.

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| Photo Credit: M. Karunakaranmore-inUntil a few months ago, Anita* was working as an office staff near her home in Arumbakkam. ‘We need money’“We have no option but to take up whatever job comes our way. We need money to support our families,” said Anita, who with 15 other women from the tenements were recruited by the local panchayat officials to keep the area clean. The women work in four-hour shifts everyday for 40 days for a daily wage of ₹205. While officials from the TNSCB had assured to impart skill training in housekeeping and others, it is yet to begin.

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more-inSoftware engineer Lavanya, who was attacked on Thalambur-Perumbakkam Road around 1.30 a.m. last Tuesday, said she was crying for help and no one stopped by to help her. Ms. Lavanya told the Police Commissioner that post-recovery, she would visit his office. According to officers who accompanied the Commissioner, she told him that she kept crying for help. Sarangan, Additional Commissioner of police, South, also visited her in the hospital on Saturday and returned her phone to her. “She was very happy and told me that her father was planning to get her a new phone.

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According to intelligence reports reviewed by Mint, Maoists are now expanding their base beyond their usual bastion of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district to the tri-junction of Madhya Pradesh-Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh. Photo: Hindustan TimesNew Delhi: Two police personnel and a civilian were killed and six security personnel injured in an ambush by left wing extremists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Sunday. Six Chhattisgarh police personnel have been injured and airlifted from Bhejji in Sukma to Raipur for treatment. In another encounter near Errabore village in Sukma, one left wing extremist was gunned down by the police. With the Union home ministry recording 373 Maoist attacks in 2017 in Chhattisgarh, the intelligence report warned of heightened and more stealth attacks in the summer of 2018.

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more-inNine persons were killed and 15 injured when a mini goods carrier in which they were travelling toppled after climbing a median on Sunday on Chennai-Bengaluru National Highway in Kancheepuram district. All the injured were rushed to the District Government Headquarters Hospital here where Chinnaponnu, 65, died of injuries. Deceased identifiedThe names of the dead were given as Parimalam, 45, Panchami, 50, Thulukkanam, 50, Muthammal, 50, Rajikanni, 50, Indira, 40, Sumithra, 45, and Alavattan, 50. Of the 15 injured, 12 persons, including Muthu, and a three-and-a-half-year-old Varshini have been admitted to the District Government Headquarters Hospital. Radhika, 35, and Kannagi, 45, have been referred to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai.

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more-inIn his statement, Praveen, who was with Vidvat when he was allegedly attacked by Mohammed Nalapad Haris, son of N.A. They first punched his face and smashed a liquor bottle on his head, following which Vidvat fell down and began to apologise,” said a police officer. Mr. Praveen alleged that the restaurant staff were mute spectators and did not help despite his requests. After the incident, his family arrived at the hospital and filed a complaint with the Cubbon Park police seeking action. Teams formedThe police have formed two special teams to track down Mohammed Nalapad and the remaining attackers.

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After the board exams, classes will be held every day till the NEET exams. On Saturday, the School Education Department opened an additional 312 coaching centres across the State. On Sunday too, the centres saw low turnout, which teachers say, is owing to the Plus Two exams that begin on March 1. Revision exams“While we had a good number of students attending the day-long coaching class on Saturday, the turnout has been low today. English study materialAmritha Loshini, a Class XII student who has been attending the coaching classes since October, said the English study material was yet to reach her.

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YSRCP chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s statement comes barely a week after he said his party MPs will resign on 6 April if Andhra Pradesh is not accorded special category status. Photo: HTHyderabad: The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) is prepared to move a no-confidence motion against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in parliament, announced YSRCP chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday, challenging the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join him in mounting pressure on the centre to grant Andhra Pradesh special category status (SCS). Soon after, TDP MPs in a meeting with Naidu decided to press the centre to demand what was promised to AP post bifurcation.

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File Photomore-inAfter cycles, the Chennai Metro Rail will soon have motorbikes and e-bikes at stations to improve the last-mile connectivity for commuters. According to Chennai Metro Rail Limited officials, they are in talks with two firms which can provide the motorbikes and e-bikes at the earliest. Bike taxi serviceMeanwhile, the Chennai Metro Rail has started holding discussions with cab aggregators Ola and Uber to start bike taxis in the city. At present, about 22,000-25,000 people use the Metro Rail. This number can increase significantly when more people have easy access to quick, reliable and affordable rides to/from the metro stations.

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The majority of coverage displayed frustration at Israel’s infiltration into a formerly pro-Arab bastion of the Non-Aligned Movement and fear that close Israeli-Indian relations would come at the expense of Arab interests. According to him, while Arab-Indian relations have been on a gradual decline, in recent years, Israeli-Indian relations have advanced significantly, as demonstrated by aerospace, scientific and technological agreements. Arab fascination with the achievements of the Israeli “start-up nation” is not a novel concept and at times culminates in functional idealization. For several decades, more than a few Arab thinkers have discussed the growing technological gap between Israel and its neighbours as accentuating the need for reform in the Arab world. Muntasir argued that Israel’s scientific achievements are not a result of genetic advantage, but of studious and concentrated effort to establish and promote top-notch research institutions and academic centres.

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Unfortunately, the provisions also talk about the manner of computation of capital gains, without specifically excluding the normal provisions for computation of capital gains. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued some clarifications on the manner of computation of the tax on such capital gains. Logically, this type of set-off of such losses should be permitted before determining the capital gains subject to the 10% tax. So far, any capital gains reinvested in a residential house is exempt from tax, so long as the conditions are fulfilled. Given the large number of investors whose taxation is likely to be affected, it is essential that the draft provisions are amended before becoming law, so that the computation provisions find a place among the other computation provisions, with only the rate of tax continuing in the proposed new section.

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Until recently, there were moves to ensure that all passenger vehicles sold by 2030 were electric vehicles (EVs). Is solar power viable? Solar power has a well-known bell-curved shape for maximum possible output, with a peak around noon, falling to zero output by night. India’s first EVs are likely to be fleet vehicles, especially taxis, buses, etc. Rahul Tongia is a fellow at Brookings India, and was the technical adviser to the government of India’s smart grid task force.

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