8 November 2019 – Tamil Nadu News – News Headlines

  • There was no discussion on sharing CM post with Shiv Sena : Devendra Fadnavis

  • Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis resigns, submits resignation papers to Governor

  • There have been attempts to saffronise me, like they tried with Thiruvalluvar. Neither of us will allow saffronisation : Rajinikanth in response on whether he is considering joining BJP

  • The SPG cover given to Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi has been withdrawn

  • PM Modi, HM Amit Shah, BJP working President JP Nadda meet L.K.Advani and greet him on his birthday at his residence

  • PM Modi: If over the years, our party has emerged as a dominant pole of Indian politics, it is because of leaders like Advani Ji and the selfless Karyakartas he groomed for decades

  • The fundamentals of the economy remain quite robust with inflation under check and bond yields low : Finance Ministry clarifies on Moody’s Outlook

  • Moody‘s changes outlook on India’s ratings to negative from stable

  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami today launched through video conference the scheme to give free laddus to devotees visiting Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai

  • India win the hosting rights for the 2023 Hockey Men’s World Cup, in India‘s 75th Independence year!


Vigil railway staff save elephants

  • See how vigil #railway staff saved lives of 25 #elephants.
  • Thanks to alert crew LP D.K.Das, ALP A.K.Roy, SM L.R.Bordoloi & gateman, who saved a herd of elephants by stopping T/No. 55862 DN near LC gate RT-5. Today In Assam.
  • Thanks to all involved.


Tamil Nadu Live – News Headlines – 11 October 2019

  • PM Modi and Chinese President Xi-Jinping met over a long dinner. Both leaders had a four and half hours of one to one meeting today

  • I have seen media reports suggesting that there has been an impact on flights in Chennai due to VVIP movement. All operations are on schedule. Action was initiated to use secondary runway on need basis. This will ensure that there is no delay in flight operations even during night : Hardeep S Puri

  • PM Modi and Chinese President Jinping visited world heritage sites in Mamallapuram. They also attended cultural programme at the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram

  • President Kovind lays the foundation stone for the campus of JSS Academy of Higher Education, Mysuru

  • VP Venkaiah Naidu had the unique honour of addressing a Special Session of the Comorian Parliament

  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu conferred ‘The Order of the Green Crescent’ the highest Civilian Honour of Comoros in Moroni today 

  • We have chalked out a detail road map for Tokyo 2020 Olympics. We are working as a team to create India as a sporting superpower : Kiren Rijiju

  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal signs Clean Air Cities Declaration with leaders of 35 mega cities at the C40Summit

Sri Sri at Sunrise

A devotee is not there even for wisdom. He is simply is in love. He has fallen in deep love with the Master with the infinite, with God. He doesn’t care whether he gets enlightened or not:


Pic Credit: @SriSri

In the News today – 22 September 2019

#HowdyModi #PMModiinHouston #PMModiinUSA

Live Video : PM Modi’s ‘Howdy Modi’ community programme in Houston







#ModiinUSA  #HowdyModi

Tellurian and Petronet sign MOU for up to 5 Million tonnes of LNG through equity investment in Driftwood

Among the first engagements of PM @narendramodi in Houston is a meeting with CEOs from the energy sector.

India and USA are looking to diversify cooperation in this sector.

Tellurian and Petronet sign MOU for up to 5 Million tonnes of LNG through equity investment in Driftwood.

Narendra Modi : 

It is impossible to come to Houston and not talk energy! Had a wonderful interaction with leading energy sector CEOs. We discussed methods to harness opportunities in the energy sector. Also witnessed the signing of MoU between Tellurian and Petronet LNG : @narendramodi

Pic Courtesy : @narendramodi

A delegation of the Kashmiri Pandit community met PM Modi in Houston

In Houston, a delegation of the Kashmiri Pandit community met the Prime Minister.
They unequivocally supported the steps being taken for the progress of India and empowerment of every Indian.

Here is now the Sikh community in Houston welcomed PM Modi

The Prime Minister interacted with the members of the community, during which they congratulated PM Modi on some of the pathbreaking decisions taken by the Government of India.



Snake vs Mongoose is the real story from wild

A mall just for repaired and second hand goods


There is a staggering innumeracy in so many of the Govt’s Policy Statements & Bills. Numbers are cited mindlessly, without proper thought to what they imply at a policy level : Dr P Thiaga Rajan


There are so many instances of innumeracy (one or more in every Govt. Dept.) that I’ve decided to write articles regularly, citing a case in each Dept..

DMK MLA & Party Spokesperson PTR. Palanivel Thiaga Rajan Tweeted :

Entering electoral politics after a ~30 yr. expat professional career has been an incredible learning experience. Some day, I hope I’ll find the time to write about it in detail. For now, I want to touch on two troubling aspects showing a decline in our Democracy.

First, a statistic to explain the extent to which the role of the Legislature has been reduced. The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly passed 16 Bills (new or amended laws) in the final hours, of the last day, of the month-long Demand-for-Grants session which finished July 20th.

The total time allowed for discussion (on only 4 of 16 bills), was about 12 minutes! Also, 13 of the 16 Bills had been delivered to the Members/placed on the Table of the House only in the last 3 days of the session. 3 of them on the last day after we reached the Assembly!

Remember that Tamil Nadu has only 1 Legislative body (Council abolished by MGR in the 1980’s). If this Legislative body’s members do not even see Bills till hours before they’re passed, where is the deliberative role for the legislature as envisaged in the Constitution?

The Legislature is now a rubber-stamp for ruling party’s law-making agenda. There are many causes for this, & potential remedies, but I’ll leave that for wiser people to debate, for now. Instead I want to touch on something that compounds the problem of lack of debate/review.

There is a staggering INNUMERACY (mathematical illiteracy) in so many of the Govt’s Policy Statements & Bills. Numbers are cited mindlessly, without proper thought to what they imply at a practical/policy level. And the real tragedy is that many times, no one seems to to care.

There are so many instances of innumeracy (one or more in every Govt. Dept.) that I’ve decided to write articles regularly, citing a case in each Dept. Today, I want to start with a particularly bad instance: revival of a very important Land Acquisition Law post HC judgement.

The Bill’s first page & Explanatory note, are attached (now public information after Bill was placed in the house & passed). Consider the NUMBERS on the explanation page. The Govt. openly admits that it has only put ~5.8% of “acquired land” (1,373 of 23,804 ha) to actual use!

Note this Bill (law) is being revived to overcome MHC Court verdict. Is a history of such poor utilization a positive argument for continued acquisition, or an argument against? Now look at the next number: Cost of acquisition of remaining 22,431 ha = ~Rs. 1.85 LAKH CRORES.


Numbers lead to second question 2) The entire ’19-’20 Budget voted for TN is 2.17 Lakh Crores – of which >70% if for Salaries, Pensions, Interest, etc. So ENTIRE discretionary amount =~60,000 Crores. So how long will it take to raise 1.85 Lakh Crores just for acquisition?

Remember, ~60,000 Crores is to pay for all other expenses like Capital Investment, Govt Schemes, Ration Supplies, Scholarships, etc. So at best, Govt. can set aside a few 1,000 Crores for acquisition/year. Also it’s running big deficits, so increasing borrowings not possible.

In the News today – 20 July 2019

Priyanka Gandhi offers prayers at Kaal Bhairav Temple in Varanasi




‘A recipe for disaster..’

  • Review of Power PPAs by the incumbent government in AP is a recipe for disaster.
  • It will hurt the industry. It will hurt the state’s prospect to attract investments.
  • And it will hurt India’s image as an investment destination tweeted

N Chandrababu Naidu – Former AP CM

Tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji

BJP National Working President JP Nadda along with Maharashtra CM Dev Fadnavis paid tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Pic Credit: @BJP4India

International Chess Day:

Happy International Chess Day. An old favourite. That was how we learnt chess in my youth. Reading magazines. The best gift today. The 64 GM’s in India. Happy Chess day India: Viswanathan Anand – @vishy64theking