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DMK President MK Stalin’s speech at the launch of Poet Vairamuthu’s book Tamizhattrupadai

If there is no water scarcity, why is water being brought in train wagons : Karti Chidambaram

INC TamilNadu Chief KS Alagiri and Sivaganga MP Karti Chidambaram speaking to the press at Madurai Airport

Tamil Nadu Congress is organising demonstrations in every district today to register strong protest of Tamil Nadu People against BJP for conspiring to destabilise elected Govt in Karnataka thru blatant misuse of money/central agencies & to express our solidarity with INCKarnataka.

INC TamilNadu Chief KS Alagiri will be leading the agitation in Ramanad district, CLP Leader KRRamasamy, Congress MPs/MLAs in their respective constituencies, TNCC functionaries & other leaders in assigned DCCs & I will be participating in Chennai : Sanjay Dutt , Secretary AICC – Incharge Tamil Nadu & Puducherry.

President Kovind presents LL.D to three eminent judges

President Kovind attends special convocation of Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University conferring LL.D. (Honoris Causa) on Justice Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala & former CJI; Justice Bobde, Judge, Supreme Court of India; and Justice Tahilramani, Chief Justice of Madras High Court.

Speaking at the function President Kovind said, Our legal system has a reputation for being expensive and for being prone to delays. There are some who tend to use and abuse the instrument of adjournments as a tactic to slow down proceedings, rather than a response to a genuine emergency.

This makes obtaining justice costly for the litigant. It would be a travesty of our republican ethic if a poor person did not get the same access to the law as a rich person. The legal profession must continue to address this collectively, he added.

Swachhata Abhiyan at Parliament House

Speaker, Lok Sabha Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and other dignitaries during SwachhataAbhiyan, at Parliament House, in New Delhi.

The soon to be handed over 2BHK Dignity Housing program of Mandepalli Village in Rajanna Siricilla district



Tamil Nadu Live – News Headlines – 11 June

  • Congress – JDS coalition in the state is going strong despite the efforts to destabilize. We are confident and prepared for a smooth and fruitful conduct of legislative sessions: HD Kumaraswamy

  • Karnataka rebel MLAs submit their resignations to the Speaker. Speaker says he needs time to scrutinise and decide on the resignations

  • Ayodhya Case : Supreme Court orders Justice Kalifullah to submit status regarding progress of mediation by next Thursday. Matter to be heard from July 25 on day to day basis in case matter cannot be resolved by mediation : @barandbench

  • Six elected to Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu. Three from the AIADMK front and three from the DMK front. Vaiko and Anbumani Ramadoss are among those elected



What Structural reforms will the Govt. do, What Bold decisions will they take, How will they improve investments?: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Union Budget

Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s speech in the Rajya Sabha on the Union Budget, Excerpts:

  • Very unhappy democracy is suffering a blow every day.
  • Condemn what is happening in Karnataka and Goa.
  • This could have a very damaging effect on the economy.
  • I appeal to them to respect Democracy.
  • Quotes Bharatiyar and says I am very Happy she is the first Woman Finance Minister of India and doubly Happy she is from Tamil Nadu.
  • Refers to the Macro economic figures missing from the Budget Speech.
  • Economy could grow between 6.5 to 6.8%, which is not good for the bottom 20% of the population.
  • The projections of Tax collections are unrealistic.
  • The Economy is weak the Budget Speech is unsipid.
  • Expect the Govt to tell us
  • What Structural reforms, they will do
  • What Bold decisions they will take to revive the economy
  • How they will improve investments
  • To spur India’s growth to 8 % this year and to raise it to double digit 10% …


How does the Govt. propose to attract 5 lakh cr per year of private investments for the Railways?: Su Thirunavukkarasar

Former TN Congress President and Trichy MP Su Thrirunavukkarasar spoke during the discussion on Demand for Grants for Ministry of Railways, Excerpts:

  • Speaking in the Lok Sabha today, former TN Congress President Su Thirunavukkarasar quoted Railways performance figures to counter the ruling party’s claim that Congress Govts’ have done nothing for the Railways.
  • He asked the Govt how they propose to attract Rs 5 lakh cr investments/year for the next ten years for the Railways from Private investors, especially when the Railways are making losses. He said this is an indirect route to privatisation.
  • He also raised passenger convenience issues related to his Trichirapalli constituency.

In the News today

Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders of the Congress Party protest outside the Parliament against horse-trading by the BJP

In the Lok Sabha today

K Kanimozhi, DMK:

  • A Railway committee report says that accounting in Railways is neither scientific nor accurate.
  • Also, modernisation of the Railways does not matter, if the employment of manual scavengers continue.

P K Kunhalikutty, IUML:

  • If Kerala is not a part of your political map, it should not be so in the railway map.

‘Today’s good news from SC’

Dr. Subramanian Swamy:

Today’s good news from SC is that day to day hearing commence on the Ayodhya Temple matter from July 25 th day to day hearing after the Court reviews the progress made by the Mediation Committee starting next Thursday.

Ruling party is pulling our functionaries towards it to divert peoples’ attention from pressing issues: TTV Dhinakaran

  • AMMK General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran spoke to the media today at Kalayar Koil.
  • He said only few functionaries for their own selfish reasons have left the party. Several strong and loyal functionaires are still with the party.
  • We draw our strength from cadres who are loyal to the party, he said.
  • The ruling party is drawing our functionaries towards it to divert the attention of the people from pressing issues, he further said.

A magnanimous gesture by KCR: AP CM YS Jagan in AP Assembly

  • AP CM YS Jagan spoke in the AP Assembly about the understanding with Telangana CM KCR on water sharing.
  • He said that it was a magnanimous gesture by KCR to release waters from his state to AP.
  • He explained that water from Telangana coming into Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar will stabilise Agricuture in Krishna Ayacut and will also benefit some districts in Telangana.
  • He found fault with former CM Chandrababu Naidu for criticizing the arrangement instead of appreciating it.
  • The Kaleeshwaram project was started and completed in NCBN’s tenure as CM, why he didn’t take any initiative against the project then, he asked.

‘US isn’t serious about making Pakistan end its sponsorship of terrorism’: Brahma Chellaney

Strategic thinker, author, commentator

US’s new courtship of Pakistan has been underlined by a $6-billion IMF bailout and by the US designation of a Baloch separatist group as “terrorist.”

Trump’s upcoming meeting with Imran Khan further confirms US isn’t serious about making Pakistan end its sponsorship of terrorism.

What makes the GSLV Mk-III India’s most capable launch vehicle to date…


This is the battle of ideology that will continue : Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi addresses the media after his hearing in Mumbai

Rahul Gandhi plead ‘not guilty’, secure bail in Criminal Defamation case by RSS worker : @barandbench

A Mumbai court has granted bail to the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury in a criminal defamation case filed by an RSS worker, Advocate Dhrutiman Joshi

The Court of Metropolitan Magistrate in Sewri, Mumbai had required the personal presence of the two politicians in today’s hearing. The two leaders were present in the Court amid tight security and pleaded not guilty.

Both the leaders were then granted bail against a bond of Rs. 15,000. Senior Congress leader and ex-Member of parliament Eknath Gaikwad stood as surety for Gandhi.

The complaint under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code was filed against the two politicians for making allegations against the RSS and insinuating its involvement in the murder of veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh. The statements made by these politicians in the press after Lankesh’s assassination form the basis of this criminal defamation complaint.
Inputs : @barandbench


Rahul Gandhi addressed the media after his hearing in Mumbai Court. He said : 

This is the battle of ideology that will continue. It will go on in full measure. Just like I have fough in the last five years, I will now fight times more than that. I stand with the farmers and the labourers : Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi 


TN Congress President KS Alagiri:

Tamil Nadu Congress President KS Alagiri condemns the move to hold a test under the purview of the center for appointment of Judges to District and subordinate judiciary

This move intrudes into the rights of States.

A strong centre is an outcome of strong states, he said addressing the media.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi to meet all Chief Ministers of Congress ruled States today

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Tweeted :

All Chief Ministers of Congress ruled states will be meeting Congress President Sh. RahulGandhi today at his residence to show our solidarity. Earlier also we all have stated that we are with Hon’ble CP and we own the responsibility of the 2019 debacle.

We firmly believe that only he can lead the party in the current scenario, his commitment towards well being of our country and countrymen is un-compromised and unmatched.

The 2019 election was not a defeat of program, policy and ideology of the Congress. Although, it was very unfortunate to see that despite the failure of Modi government on various fronts including the depleting economy.

BJP did manage to hide their huge failures behind their fanatic nationalism wd help of enormous resources n govt machinery at hand. But,in spite all odds,it’s no secret how amidst opposition,only Congress Prez did his best to make it an issue based election n took BJP head on , He added.


National body of Kisan Congress, including State Chairmen, dissolved

Defeat is our collective responsibility, so I am resigning as the Kisan Congress National President and dismissing the Kisan Congress body : Nana Patole, President – All India Kisan Congress Tweeted

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Maneka and Varun Gandhi pay Tributes to Sanjay Gandhi

Visited Shanti Vana with my mother to pay tribute to my father Late Shri Sanjay Gandhi, on his 39th death anniversary : Varun Gandhi

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s speech in the Lok Sabha today on the Triple Talaq Bill