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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

 

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TN Law Minister did not inform the Assembly about rejection of NEET Bills says MK Stalin

  • The Central Govt on 22.09.2017 has informed TN Law department that the NEET bills have been rejected.
  • The Law Minister CV Shanmugam without revealing this, has informed the Assembly that the Bills have been rejected by the Court.
  • It came to light after we questioned about it and got it out.
  • The DMK chief demanded the resignation of the Law Minister.
  • DMK stages walkout from Tamil Nadu Assembly on this issue.

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DMK President MK Stalin’s interaction with media today:

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replies to the debate in Lok Sabha on the Union Budget

  • Growth of the economy is as important as national security.
  • Total resources transferred to States including for the various transfer of schemes is Rs.13 ,29,428 cr.
  • The govt is committed to continue on the path of fiscal consolidation and our focus is on boosting agriculture, health and education sector.

 

Punjab CM welcomes ban on Sikhs For Justice

  • Happy with Govt of India’s decision to ban Sikhs For Justice as unlawful but what we need is a war against the terror outfit.
  • SFJ’s threat is grave and nobody, including Akali Dal, should play it down.
  • Nations allowing SFJ to use their soil for anti-India activities must stop at once!

 

Clarification on media reports alleging that media persons have been banned from entering the Ministry of Finance, North Block: @nsitharamanoffc

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The Editors Guild of India has issued a statement on the Finance Ministry’s clarification:

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VP Venkaiah Naidu receives UNESCO’s Map of World Heritage Sites of India

Happy to have received UNESCO’s Map of World Heritage Sites of India from Mr. Eric Falt, Director, UNESCO in New Delhi today.

The sites represent our vibrant natural & cultural heritage. I applaud UNESCO’s efforts towards identification & mapping of the sites for conservation: Vice President – Venkaiah Naidu VN13.jpg

Pic Credit: @VPSecretariat

Chandrayaan 2 will go where no country has ever gone before: ISRO

Chandrayaan 2 India’s lunar mission will boldly go where no country has ever gone before — the Moon’s south polar region.

The aim is to improve our understanding of the Moon — discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole: ISRO

 

Digital Edition – July 4

  • DMK President MK Stalin’s son, Udhayanidhi Stalin appointed DMK youth wing Secretary

  • AMMK’s TTV Dhinakaran releases the list of new office bearers – Ex minister Palaniappan & Ex MLA Rengasamay are deputy GS while disqualified MLA Vetrivel will be the treasurer,CR Saraswathi to replace Thangatamil Selvan for the post of propaganda secretary

  • Govt appears to be pessimistic about the economy : Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on the Economic Survey

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tables Economic Survey 2018-19 in Rajya SabhaGDP growth for 2019-20 to be projected at 7%

  • Recruitment examination for employment in the Regional rural banks will also be conducted in regional languages : Nirmala Sitharaman

  • Lok Sabha Election to Vellore Constituency to be held on Aug 5th: ECI

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be a special guest at Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, in September 2019

  • Tik Tok plea to transfer case from Madras HC to Supreme Court declined by SC, Tik Tok withdraws petition : @baranbench

  • The Glorious Puri Rath Yatra begins today. Lord Jagannath embarks on his annual journey in beautifully decorated chariots accompanied by Goddess Subhadra & Lord Balabhadra

DMK President MK Stalin raises the issue of reservation for forward communities in TN Assembly

He said:

  • Despite strong opposition admission to medical courses are being made only through entrance exams.
  • NEET results were announced on 6 June. Till date the selection list of candidates has not been released.
  • The center introduced 10% reservation for the economically poor among forward communities in a hurry.
  • If the reservation for forward communities has to be implemented the TN Govt should increase the intake in Medical Colleges by 25% is being widely spoken about.
  • I would like to know TN Govt’s stand on the reservation for forward communities.

 

DMK members led by leader of Opposition MK Stalin stage a walk-out from TN Assembly

  • In today’s Assembly Session we had given a calling attention motion on the Water situation in the State.
  • As leader of opposition I had asked for today’s session to be totally earmarked for discussion by all members of the house on the water situation.
  • I also wanted to speak in the house about Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi’s tweet about TN Political parties and people. I was not permitted to speak.
  • TN Law Minister Shanmugham also spoke about the Lt Guv.
  • My comments and the Law Minister’s comments were removed from the Assembly proceedings. Looks like the Govt and the Ministers are in agreement with what the LG said about TN.
  • Objecting to this we walked out from today’s session.
  • To a query on the Govt’s reply on the water situation, he said, as always they will read out from a prepared text but nothing will be implemented on the ground.

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DMK President MK Stalin’s speech at Cuddalore meeting to thank the voters

Our successful Parliamentarians will not only be advocates of the rights of Tamil Nadu but also its restorers said DMK President MK Stalin at a Public Meeting in Cuddalore to thank the voters.

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DMK not to insist on no-confidence motion against Speaker

  • DMK President MK Stalin said that his party will not insist on the no-confidence motion to be taken up against the TN Speaker when the TN Assembly session commences.
  • He said the DMK legislative party will discuss in its meeting the party’s approach to the forthcoming Assembly session.
  • He said the AIADMK Govt has not done even a fraction of what the DMK had done for drinking water projects. The foundation stone for the desalination plant too was laid after the issue was taken up by the DMK in a big way and also in view of the Assembly session.

Digital Edition – June 27

  • AICC suspends South Chennai District Congress President Karate Thiagarajan for anti-party activities

  • Congress sets up disciplinary action committee in Tamil Nadu

  • Resolve at tomorrow’s Gram Sabha meetings that hydrocarbon projects will not be allowed! Don’t miss this opportunity given by our Democracy to save ourselves!: TTV Dhinakaran

  • TN recently announced a Startup policy to emerge as leaders in this space in India: K Pandiarajan – TN Minister

  • Vedanta tells Madras HC that closure of Sterlite copper plant at Thoothukudi was a politically motivated response to a law and order problem. Senior Advocate Aryama Sundaram arguing for Vedanta: @Bar&Bench

DMK MLA TRB Rajaa shares, how his efforts of  Interlinking Ponds in a village called ‘Ullikkottai’ in Mannargudi paid rich dividends 

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DMK MLA TRB Rajaa shared the following on his Twitter handle @TRBRajaa :

 

I have been trying to pre-empt severe Water Scarcity in my constituency from day one and hence I’ve given heavy impetus to providing new OHTs / borewells / pipelines / RO plants etc. Since 2011. Providing water when available is ok but what do we do to ensure we have water.

We need to conserve what we get from our rivers & from whatever little rain that we get! We haven’t been able to store much of the water that comes our way & groundwater that we’ve exploited hasn’t been recharged ! So are New waterbodies the only option.Not necessarily.

Tamil Nadu is blessed with several thousand large waterbodies but sadly many haven’t been “maintained” properly and those which “survived” haven’t had good inflow of water from the “sources” !!! Several waterways have been encroached or levelled out ! So what do we do !!

Interlinking Rivers could be a hugely costly affair and even ecologically unadvisable. BUT WHY can’t we at least interlink our local water bodies ! That’s exactly what we did in one village called Ullikottai in Mannargudi as a pilot project and am happy to say it worked.

In 2018 we initiated a project to Interlink Ponds in a village called Ullikkottai in Mannargudi. Pipelines were laid underneath existing canals & linked to a local canal which fed water from Vadavaaru a tributary or Cauvery & the ponds were filled with the CauveryWater.

Later whatever little rain fell also helped. NOW even in this sever summer 2 of the 4 ponds we filled still have copious water and satellite images have proven that we have been able to store more water than previous years hence the pilot project has been successful.

NOW, I hope to replicate the same throughout my constituency and ensure that we are able to store a good amount of water when the next monsoon hits us or when the Cauvery Water flows our way

Here is a brief clip on what we’ve done in Ullikottai, Mannargudi …