In the News today – 23 July

TN Deputy CM OPS meets FM Nirmala Sitharaman requests to release pending funds to the State

Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O. Paneerselvam called on the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman in her office in North Block in New Delhi today.

Pic Courtesy : @FinminIndia

I would like to categorically assure you that no such request was made by PM : EAM Dr.S.Jaishankar on Trumps’s Kashmir remark

EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar in Rajya Sabha :

I would like to categorically assure you that no such request was made by PM. I also reiterate India’s consistent stand that all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. 

Any engagement with Pak only after it puts an end to cross-border terrorism. I repeat that Shimla Accord and Lahore declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India and Pakistan bilaterally


PM must tell the nation what transpired in the meeting between him & POTUS : Rahul Gandhi 

President Trump says PM Modi asked him to mediate between India & Pakistan on Kashmir! If true, PM Modi has betrayed India’s interests & 1972 Shimla Agreement. A weak Foreign Ministry denial won’t do. PM must tell the nation what transpired in the meeting between him & POTUS : Rahul Gandhi 


PM must come to the house and clarify the statement made by the US President : Congress MP Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha


US Congressman Brad Sherman apologises to Indian Ambassador to US Harsh Shringla for Trump’s remark on Kashmir

Everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that India consistently opposes third-party mediation re Kashmir. Everyone knows PM Modi would never suggest such a thing. Trump’s statement is amateurish and delusional. And embarrassing.

I just apologized to Indian Ambassador @HarshShringla for Trump’s amateurish and embarrassing mistake : US Congressman Rep. Brad Sherman @BradSherman Tweeted.

Trump offers to mediate between India and Pak on Kashmir issue

US would like to play its role in bringing peace in the disputed region: US President Donald J. Trump

All outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally : MEA

We have seen POTUS ‘s remarks to the press that he is ready to mediate, if requested by India & Pakistan, on Kashmir issue. No such request has been made by PM Narendra Modi to US President.

It has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism.

The Shimla Agreement & the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India & Pakistan bilaterally :

I believe that Donald Trump can bring two countries together : Pak PM Imran Khan

US President Donald Trump  and the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan met at the White House

Govt wants to destroy the status & Independence of the Central Information Commission & RTI Act: Sonia Gandhi


Pic Courtesy : @INCIndia

Today is the 20th year of Commemoration

Every year on July23rd thousands of Puthiya Tamilagam party cadres, march in Tirunelveli with utmost discipline paying respect to the 17 Martyrs of Thamirabarani Massacre. Today is the 20th year of Commemoration : Shyam Krishnasamy, Youth wing leader, Puthiya Tamilagam party

Pic Courtesy : @DrShyamKK



Masters of Rocket Science at work in Sriharikota ISRO : Sadhguru JV

Pic Courtesy : @SadhguruJV



Tamil Nadu Live – News Headlines – 12 July

  • President Kovind to visit Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh from July 12 to 15. He will visit the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharikota to witness the launch of Chandrayaan2 being undertaken by ISRO

  • 50 wagons train carrying 2.5 million litres water flagged off from Jolarpettai to Chennai. Two trains to transport around 10 million litres every day

  • Supreme Court declines to stay installation of CCTV and streaming of CCTV footage from Delhi schools



In the News today

TN CM EPS made two major announcements in TN Assembly today that could change the way of Governance

  • Zero proof Identity based predictive Govt. service delivery.

  • Establishment of a Blockchain backbone infrastructure for the Govt of Tamil Nadu


Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replies to Budget 2019 debate in Rajya Sabha

Congress leader T Subbarami Reddy speaking during the discussion on the Union Budget in Rajya Sabha

0% loan scheme for farmers – exchanges between YS Jagan and Naidu in the AP Assembly

  • AP Assembly witnessed a verbal duel between AP CM YS Jagan and former CM Chandrababu Naidu over the interest paid towards the 0% interest scheme for farmers.
  • Mr Naidu quoted from the Socio-Economic Survey to say that his Govt had met its Commitment.
  • Mr Jagan retorted by saying that the TDP Govt had contributed only Rs 630 crores towards the scheme where Rs 11,600 cr was payable.
  • The AP Assembly witnessed exchanges from both sides on the issue.

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% …


tamilnaadulive news headlines – 9 June

  • Karnataka CM has instructed the state authorities to request the Cauvery Water Management Authority to release water to Tamil Nadu keeping in mind the interests of farmers in Mandya District of Karnataka

  • MDMK Chief Vaiko’s nomination for Rajya sabha seat accepted

  • More than Rs 1000 cr decline in allotment to Tamil Nadu in the regular Budget compared to the allocation in the interim budget: A Raja – DMK MP in Lok Sabha today

  • Supreme Court declines to entertain application filed by P Rajagopal, founder of restaurant chain Saravana Bhavan, seeking an extension of time to surrender before the Court citing medical grounds : @barandbench

  • Met with hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior at PGI Chandigarh to present the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award. Happy to share that I intend to recommend the name of the three-time Olympic gold champion for the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna: Capt Amarinder Singh – Punjab CM

MDMK leader Vaiko set to enter Rajya Sabha

  • MDMK leader Vaiko meets DMK President MK Stalin at Anna Arivalayam, along with his party office-bearers.
  • Earlier MDMK Governing Council gave it’s consent to Vaiko’s candidature as the party’s candidate for Rajya Sabha elections.
  • DMK as per its agreement with MDMK ahead of the Lok Sabha elections  will be extending support to Vaiko for it’s third Rajys Sabha seat.

Pic Credit: @arivalayam

Extend a financial package to Tobacco farmers facing poor quality produce: GVL Narasimha Rao of BJP in Rajya Sabha

  • Due to drought in the last five years, quality of Tobacco produced is very poor.
  • Farmers are not able to get reasonable or remunerative prices for their crop.
  • In 2015 faced with low quality produce the center extended a financial package to the farmers.
  • I request the Commerce Minister to extend a similar package to the farmers of Prakasam and West Godavari districts in AP.
  • Farmers’ are being penalised for producing more than the quantity allotted to them. But the overall produce in AP and Karnataka are less than their allotted quantity.
  • If the objective is to discourage Tobacco cultivation, Govt. should help the farmers with the transition. But Tobacco has export potential.
  • Govt should come up with a long-term policy for Tobacco keeping the long term interests of the Tobacco farmers.