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




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…


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

Digital Edition – 1 July

  • DMK nominates M Shanmugam and P Wilson as its candidates for the forthcoming Rajya Sabha elections. The Third seat has been given to MDMK as per its agreement with the party

  • Congress President Rahul Gandhi meets all Chief Ministers of Congress ruled States

  • First day of Amarnath Yatra successfully concluded. Over 8000 devotees visited the cave and had darshan.

  • Kanchipuram Athi Varadar Festival begins today. Devotees eagerly look forward to the raising of Athi Varadar from beneath the temple tank once in 40 years.

Digital Edition – June 28

Editor’s Pick

PM Narendramodi’s speech in Rajya Sabha

  • It is after a long time that a Government with a full majority was elected once again with a full majority. In this mandate we see the desire of the people for stability. Infact, this trend of stable governments is being seen in various states too.
  • I was saddened when some leaders said- the BJP and allies won the elections but the nation lost, democracy lost. I want to clearly say that such statements are unfortunate. Why question the wisdom of voters.
  • My friends in the Congress: They have not been able to digest our victory. They have not been able to accept defeat. I do not consider this to be a healthy sign in a democracy.
  • We are seeing this same attitude when it comes to discussing ‘One Nation, One Election.’ Yes, people may not like the idea or have inputs on this. But, it is important to present these ideas and have discussions on the subject.
  • Those opposing EVMs are not only opposed to EVMs. They have problems with technology, digital transactions, Aadhaar, GST, Bhim App. Why such negativity? This negativity was one of the chief reasons why some parties have not been able to win people’s trust.
  • We worked towards simplifying processes, which can benefit the people of India.
  • The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too. But, some people in the Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. Is this fair? Why are they insulting a state. None of us have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand.
  • The need of the hour is to strengthen Ayushman Bharat. We want our poor to get top quality and affordable treatment.


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


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 …


Thanga Tamizhselvan to be relieved from all party posts: TTV Dhinakaran

  • AMMK Gen Sec TTV Dhinakaran speaking to the Medai said:
  • Thanga Tamizhselvan will be relieved from all party posts.
  • He took objection to the manner in which Thanga Tamizhselvan spoke to a party functionary.
  • He said, he had called for Thanga Tamizhselvan and told him in person that if he continues talking violating the party’s line he will be relieved of his party posts.
  • Explaining the delay in formal announcement of the removal, he said, he was not for announcing the removal of a member from party post as the first decision after taking over as Gen Sec.
  • He said he will be voting for the motion expressing no-confidence in the TN Assembly Speaker.


Tamil Nadu CM EPS seeks PM Modi’s personal intervention in stalling Karnataka’s efforts to put up dam at Mekedatu since it violates SC judgement on Cauvery waters


Digital Edition – June 15

  • Goal to make India a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024, is challenging, but achievable, with the concerted efforts of States : PM Modi at the NITIAayog Council Meeting

  • TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami met PM Narendra Modi and discussed various development projects

  • Urged PM Modi to include Puducherry in the 15th Finance Commission : Puducherry CM V. Narayanasamy

  • Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy meets Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan in Delhi

  • Indian Medical Association announces Nationwide doctors’ strike on June 17

Digital Edition – 30 May

  • PM Modi and his new council of Ministers were sworn-in at an impressive ceremony in Rashtrapathi Bhavan

  • Y S Jagan sworn in as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Announces YSR Pension scheme as the first scheme of the new Govt. Also announces recruitment of four lakh village volunteers before August 15th 2019

  • On the day of his swearing-in as PM for the second time, PM Modi pays tributes at Raj Ghat, Vajpayee’s memorial and the National War Memorial

  • Congress has decided to not send spokespersons on television debates for a month: Randeep Singh Surjewala