In the News today – 19 July 2019

The illegal arrest of Priyanka in Sonbhadra, UP, is disturbing : Rahul Gandhi

The illegal arrest of Priyanka in Sonbhadra, UP, is disturbing. This arbitrary application of power, to prevent her from meeting families of the 10 Adivasi farmers brutally gunned down for refusing to vacate their own land, reveals the BJP Govt’s increasing insecurity in UP said Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi in a Tweet

In the video below General Secretary UP East Priyanka Gandhi addresses party workers from Chunar Fort :


AP CM YS Jagan alleges corruption in the Polavaram project

Speaking in the AP Assembly today, CM YS Jagan said :

  • Contracts for the Polavaram project have been given to people known to the then ruling party.
  • Contracts have been alloted at an enchanced value .
  • A relative of the formaer Finance Minister has also been given a contract.
  • The Power project there too has been given to a company known to the former ruling party members.
  • The contractors for the project have not taken a single step till date and haven’t supllied even the deisgns.
  • They have been given an advance of Rs 724 crores.
  • A committee is going through all this and the findings will be public soon.



In the News today

AMMK General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran’s interaction with media

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri’s reply to the discussion on the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill amends the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008.

YSRCP MP V Vijaysai Reddy’s speech in the Rajya Sabha on the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Guru Purnima being celebrated across the Nation

‘I am You, You are Me’ : Sri Sri 

The relationship with the Guru is beyond action, speech & feelings. It’s a connection of the very being. When you know this, you become calm & confident :
Sri Sri ravi Shankar

TN BJP not to send panelists to Television Debates

  • Political debates in Television Channels were useful in communicating a party’s stand and views on various issues to the people.
  • In view of lack of neutrality and equal opportunity to panelists in television debates of late, it has been decided that no representative of the Bharatiya Janata Party will participate in these debates for now:
    Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan


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.

Digital Edition – 29 June

  • Congress President Rahul Gandhi to meet all Congress Chief Ministers on Monday

  • I totally disagree with what Karate Thiagarajan spoke recently and the views expressed by him in an interview: P Chidambaram

  • Our successful Parliamentarians will not only be advocates of the rights of Tamil Nadu but also its restorers: MK Stalin at a public meeting in Cuddalore

  • AMMK to announce a new District Secretary for Theni: TTV Dhinakaran

  • We can’t afford to lose out in shared, connected & Electric Vehicle revolution: Amitabh Kant

  • Kerala will make 10 lakh electric vehicles by 2020: Kerala CM

AMMK to announce a new District Secretary for Theni

AMMK Gen Sec TTV Dhinakaran speaking to the media in Madurai said:

  • Important party functionaries from Theni have come to meet me. We will discuss and announce the name of the District Secretary for Theni.
  • Speaking about Thanga Tamilselvan, he said he completed the assignment given to him to tarnish his and the party’s name before leaving the party.
  • He also said seeing his behaviour in the last six months made him wonder why did he join us in the first place.
  • He said DMK is not pressing for the no-confidence motion against the Speaker due to pressure from Delhi. He said he is not able to foresee a regime change in the state.


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

Editor’s Pick

‘An excellent meeting with my friend, PM Abe Shinzo’

Began the series of interactions in Osaka with an excellent meeting with my friend, PM Abe Shinzo.

Our talks covered the full range of India-Japan relations.

Extensive cooperation between India and Japan augurs well for the citizens of our countries and the entire world:
PM Narendra Modi

Pic Credit: @narendramodi



‘It is a win for honesty..’



Had a wonderful community programme in Kobe. Interacting with the Indian diaspora is always special. Here are some glimpses: PM Modi

Pic Credit: @narendramodi




Foundation stone laid for new Desalination plant

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EPS laid the foundation stone for a 100 million litres a day capacity desalination plant.
The plant is being constructed at a cost of nearly Rs 1250 cr.
It is expected to become functional from 2021.
The plant is located in Nemmeli.


Pic Credit: @CMOTamilNadu



Govt will now go ahead with the process of disinvestment of Air India: Hardeep S Puri – Union Civil Aviation Minister

  • In a meeting on 28th June 2017, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had in-principle approved the consideration for strategic disinvestment of Air India & its five subsidiaries. An Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM) was constituted by CCEA for this.
  • In an AISAM Meeting held in March 2018, which is last year, it was decided that due to issues like volatile crude oil prices & adverse fluctuations in exchange rates, the atmosphere was not conducive for the disinvestment. But this was last year.
  • However, continued support from the govt had resulted in improvement of financial & operational performance of Air India.
  • As per the recommendations of AISAM, the govt will now go ahead with the process of disinvestment of the company.




DMK MP Kanimozhi meets Piyush Goyal

Thoothukudi MP Kanimozhi met Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in Delhi and stressed about fulfilling the demands of the people of Thoothukudi, concerning the Railways.

Pic Credit: @KanomizhiDMK



Declining standards in the quality of passenger amenities on express trains: Vijayasai Reddy – YSRCP MP

YSRCP MP Vijayasai Reddy highlighted in the Rajya Sabha about the poor quality of blankets and pillows provided by the Railways to passengers in Express Trains operating in the southern parts of the country.

He also highlighted about instances of air-conditioning not functioning fully.

He also spoke about the poor maintenance of rest-rooms on trains





Senior leaders of TDP and Congress from Telangana join BJP

P Muralidhar Rao – National Gen Sec, BJP:

  • Various Senior leaders of TDP and Congress from Telangana reposed their faith in Shri Narendra Modi ji’s leadership and joined BJP today in New Delhi.
  • Leaders who joined today, EX Minister E Peddi Reddy from TDP Ex MP and TDP national VP Suresh Reddy, Boda Janardhan from TDP Sasidhar reddy ex MLA and PCC member Sheik Rahmatullah INC Telangana state convenor of minority cell.
Pic Credit: @PMuralidharRao




With Yashodhara Raje and Harsimrat Badal_ Moments from the Parliament!: Supriua Sule – NCP MP


Pic Credit: SupriyaSule



Driving Electric Mobility

  • Pleasure meeting the young entrepreneurs of Hyderabad based Gayam Motor Works who manufacture Electric 3W Autos & Electric Bikes with batteries which can be swapped.
  • Smooth electric ride!
  • Replaces 3W & bikes made in China: Amitabh Kant – CEO NITI Aayog


Pic Credit: @amitabhk87

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Russia

Devotees in Ekaterinburg, Russia, say with flowers what can’t be said with words


Digital Edition – 26 June


  • 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: PM Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha

  • India-US relations are guided by the Big Picture – the Vision set out by our leaders, PM Modi & President Trump in 2017. Specific issues will arise & they will be considered within the Framework of this Big Picture. We agreed to filter out the noise & work on our solid relationship

  • Half the land notified for SEZ is lying vacant, exports are not growing fast enough to help generate employment: Shashi Tharoor, INC

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.


Digital Edition – June 19

  • Two-time BJP MP from Rajasthan, Om Birla unanimously elected New Lok Sabha Speaker

  • Jan Seva has been the focal point of the politics of Shri Om Birla ji.  He is a compassionate leader who will preside over the sittings of the House: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

  • PM Modi wishes Congress President Rahul Gandhi on his Birthday

  • Telangana Cabinet decides to go in for new buildings for its Assembly and Secratariat : CM KCR