Digital Edition – April 8

  • Madras High Court quashes acquisition of lands for the Salem Chennai Expressway project

  • FM Arunjaitley launches BJP Logo and Tagline for Election campaign 2019

  • Makkal Needhi Maiam President Kamal Haasan releases party’s 2024 Manifesto for Coimbatore ‘Kovai 2024’

  • PM Narendra Modi to release BJP manifesto at 11 am today for the forthcoming elections

  • Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be in Uttar Pradesh today to address three public meetings


Editor’s Pick

Glimpses of President Kovind witnessing Beating Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. This marks the culmination of the four-day long Republic Day celebrations.

Pic Credit: @rashtrapatibhvn

Non–disputed part of Ram Janma Bhoomi land – a perspective

Source, eminent columnist S Gurumurthy’s tweet: 

Misleading tweets are on against Govt move to return Ayodhya land. Fact is in 1994 constitution bench had said excess land to be returned. If not owners can file writ for its return. In June 1996 owners wanted the land back. In August Govt said will do after Allahabad HC verdict.

In 1997 owners sued for return of land. SC ruled govt policy decision to return land after Allahabad HC judgement is correct and dismissed the writ. In 1996 & 97 UF govt was in power. In 2002 owners asked for the return of land. Vajpayee govt was silent.

One Aslam Bhure petitioned to stop any activity on the excess land till the Allahabad HC verdict. The SC okayed it. In 2010 Allahabad HC verdict came. In 2011 in the appaeal against it the SC said excess land not to be put to religious or other use as per Aslam Bhure order.

But in 2018 SC said Aslam Bhure order was effective only till Allahabad HC order. So there are 4 orders of SC. 1 return the land (1994). 2 return the land after the Allahabad HC order (1997) 3 extending the status quo under Bhure order (2010). 4, Bhure order exhausted in 2010.

1994 order casting duty on govt to return excess land of Hindus acquired still stands. The dispute is about when to do it. The SC itself has said after the Allahabad HC order. The SC has said it is govt policy to decide how much excess land is needed to enjoy disputed land.

The 2011 order is also only to protect the disputed land. The disputed land is 0.313 acres. The extra land occupied is 71 acres. How much is needed for enjoying the disputed land is to be determined only by govt. May be couple of acres. Why hold so much extra land.

The govt is doing the right thing by recalling the 1994, 1997, 2003 and 2018 orders of the SC saying return the land after Allahabad HC order and asking the SC to modify its order of 2011 based on the expired order of 2003 saying status quo. The govt is absolutely right.

The fiery trade union leader who fought for justice: PM Modi on George Fernandes

PM Narendramodi’s tweet:

George Sahab represented the best of India’s political leadership. Frank and fearless, forthright and farsighted, he made a valuable contribution to our country. He was among the most effective voices for the rights of the poor and marginalised. Saddened by his passing away.

When we think of Mr. George Fernandes, we remember most notably the fiery trade union leader who fought for justice, the leader who could humble the mightiest of politicians at the hustings, a visionary Railway Minister and a great Defence Minister who made India safe and strong.

During his long years in public life, George Sahab never deviated from his political ideology. He resisted the Emergency tooth and nail. His simplicity and humility were noteworthy. My thoughts are with his family, friends and lakhs of people grieving. May his soul rest in peace.


  • Bharat Ratna conferred on Nanaji Deshmukh (posthumously) Dr Bhupen Hazarika (posthumously) and Pranab Mukherjee

  • Sitting thousands of kilometers away, when I read the list of potential targets in the ICICI case, the thought that crossed my mind was again the same – Instead of focusing primarily on the target, it is a journey to no where (everywhere): Arun Jaitley

  • Makkal Needhi Maiam will honour colleges who enroll all their girl students in the Voters list: Kamal Haasan

  • Supreme Court upholds Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code “in its entirety” : @barandbench

  • ISRO launches student satellite Kalamsat and imaging satellite MicrosatR onboard PSLVC44 from Sriharikota

  • ISRO is open to all students of India. Bring to us your satellites and we will launch it for you. Let’s make India into a science-fairing nation: Dr K Sivan

  • Heartiest congratulations to our space scientists for yet another successful launch of PSLV. With this launch, India also becomes the first country to use the fourth stage of a space rocket as an orbital platform for micro-gravity experiments : PM Modi


  • Priyanka Gandhi appointed as AICC General Secretary in-charge of UP East

  • Madras HC clears the construction of a memorial for Jayalalithaa in Marina

  • Japanese Ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu has announced direct flight services from Chennai to Tokyo.

  • AIADMK constitutes seat sharing committee and manifesto committee for Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Editor’s Pick

At South Block, New Delhi

Smt Welcomes Ms. Mariya Ahmed Didi, Hon’ble Defence Minister of Maldives to South Block, New Delhi.


The foundation for success and fortune in life is good health : Venkaiah Naidu

Pic Courtesy : @VPSecretariat

The foundation for success and fortune in life is good health. Consuming a balanced diet and exercising regularly will certainly bring you good health. Enjoyed a brisk morning walk and a spirited game of badminton in Chennai today morning.