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SSLC Result 2015: TN SSLC results 2015 declared, check results on tnresults.nic.in

May 21, 2015 at 4:04 PM

SSLC Result 2015 for Tamil Nadu declared and students waiting for TN SSLC results 2015 should check it on on tnresults.nic.in

Hockey Haryana trounced Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu

April 18, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Teams continued their good show at the 5th Junior National Hockey Championship 2015 (Men) "A" division today

'Girmityas' need to strengthen bonds, exchange ideas and be CSR missionaries

January 9, 2015 at 11:08 PM

The PBD Session on Girmityas was chaired by Mr. Shyam Parande, Secretary General, Antar- Rashtiya Sahyog Parishad, India.

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Display of LTTE flag at May Day rally sparks outrage in Sri Lanka

May 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Colombo, May 3 (ANI): Sri Lanka's main opposition group has come under fire from government supporters for allegedly displaying a flag associated with the banned Tamil Tiger militants at a May Day rally.

Two die as tank falls into ditch

May 2, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Phagwara (Punjab), May 2 (IANS) At least two soldiers were killed when a tank fell into a ditch during an army exercise near this industrial town in Punjab, police said Wednesday.

Demining: US official in Sri Lanka (With Image)

May 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Colombo, May 2 (IANS) A US official has ended a week-long visit during which he meet NGOs in Sri Lanka's north and discussed the progress in de-mining activities.

Free Fonseka, Sri Lankan opposition says

May 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Colombo, May 2 (IANS) Sri Lanka's main opposition party has called for the immediate release of the jailed Sarath Fonseka, who led the army when it crushed the Tamil Tigers in 2009.

Kerala forests suspected to shelter Maoists: Police

May 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Alappuzha (Kerala), May 2 (IANS) Police suspect the presence of Maoists in the forests across Kerala but is unsure of their activities, a top police officer said here Wednesday.

Lok Sabha adjourned till noon

May 2, 2012 at 12:02 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) The Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon Wednesday following slogan shouting by some members to demand the carving out of a separate state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.

Sri Lanka against disguising global influence

May 2, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Colombo, May 2 (IANS) International "conspiracies" under the guise of human rights will not be allowed to break Sri Lankans' unity, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.

Indefinite fast against Kudankulam N-plant resumes

May 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Chennai, May 1 (IANS) At least 24 activists of the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) Tuesday launched an indefinite fast at four villages in Tirunelveli district, around 650 km from here, in protest against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP).

Sukma collector may be released soon

April 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Raipur, April 30 (IANS) The release of abducted Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon in the next 48 hours seemed likely with the Maoist interlocutors and the Chhattisgarh government-appointed mediators agreeing Monday night to form a high-powered panel to deal with the Maoists' demands.

Abducted Chhattisgarh district collector's release likely

April 30, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Raipur, April 30 (IANS) The release of abducted Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon seemed likely with the Maoist interlocutors and the Chhattisgarh government-appointed mediators agreeing Monday night to form a high-powered panel to deal with the Maoists' demands.

'Delhi Belly' now in Tamil, shooting starts May 7

April 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Hit adult comedy "Delhi Belly" will now be remade in Tamil and director by R. Kannan will start shooting for the film May 7 with Arya in the main lead.

HLL Lifecare floats subsidiary for vaccine complex

April 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 30 (IANS) Kerala-based HLL Lifecare, a mini-ratna PSU, has floated wholly-owned subsidiary HLL Biotechltd to execute the Rs.594 crore Integrated Vaccine Complex (IVC) coming up in Tamil Nadu.

Urban sanitation hopelessly inadequate: Parliament panel

April 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) A parliamentary panel has expressed "distress" over an overwhelming number of sanitation and drainage projects remaining incomplete, noting that 4,861 cities in the country do not have even a partial sewerage network.

Akash among leaders in All India Open chess

April 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Mangalore, April 29 (IANS) Top seed Akash Thakur of Railways defeated Andhra Pradesh's C.H.Meghana to shared the lead with 3.0 points after the third round of the 1st UKCA Cup All India Open FIDE Rated chess tournament here Sunday.

Antony meets Karunanidhi ahead of presidential polls

April 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Chennai, April 29 (IANS) With the presidential polls round the corner, Defence Minister A.K. Antony met DMK chief M. Karunanidhi here Sunday, saying "we always value his advice".

Race to Raisina Hill: A.K Antony to meet Karunanidhi

April 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

New Delhi, Apr 29 (ANI): In a bid to build a consensus for the Congress-led UPA Government's candidate for the presidential election, Defence Minister AK Antony will meet Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi here today.

Dunlop board allots shares to convert loan into equity

April 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) The board of directors of Dunlop India Saturday allotted five crore equity shares on preferential basis to three loan assignees in order to convert the ailing tyre-maker's outstanding loan of around Rs.60 crore into equity.

Easy win for Bhagyashree in All India Open chess

April 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Mangalore, April 28 (IANS) Woman International Master and former national women's champion Bhagyashree Thipsay (Elo 2166) of Maharashtra began her campaign on a sound note with an efficient win over Panchami K Shenoy (Elo 1366) of Karnataka in the first round of the UKCA Cup All-India Open FIDE-rated chess tournament here Saturday.

500-km human chain for Indian fishermen's sake

April 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 28 (IANS) More than half a million people Saturday formed a 500-km-long human chain running from Kerala to Tamil Nadu to press for the safety and security of Indian fishermen.

Kudankulam plant fuelling may get nod by next week

April 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Chennai, April 28 (IANS) Atomic power reactor operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) hopes to get the regulatory nod to fuel the first unit of Kudankulam nuclear power plant in a week's time, a top official said here Saturday.

EC moots GIS mapping of all polling booths in UP

April 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Lucknow, April 27 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) has decided to undertake an ambitious project to conduct geographic information system (GIS) mapping of all polling booths in Uttar Pradesh that will help voters locate their polling stations.

Jayalalithaa opposes rate hike on rural infra loans

April 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Chennai, April 27 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa Friday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to raise the interest rates on loans provided under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).

Malay PM bitten by 'Kolaveri' bug

April 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Kuala Lumpur, Apr 27 (ANI): Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently expressed his liking towards the Tamil hit song 'Why This Kolaveri Di?' insisting that the number has a certain catchy feel to it.

Maharashtra, Andamans, keen to follow Goa's lifeguard force

April 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Panaji, April 27 (IANS) Goa's unique beach management and lifeguard services innovation has spurred other state governments in India to emulate the example, an official said here Friday.

UN expert discovers 'unexploded cluster bombs' in Sri Lanka's erstwhile civil war zone

April 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Colombo, Apr 27 (ANI): A cache of unexploded cluster bombs have been found in Sri Lanka, a UN expert has claimed.

Malaysian PM hopes for improvement in Malay- Indians' status over next five years

April 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Kuala Lumpur, Apr 26(ANI): Malaysian Prime Minister Seri Najib Tun Razak has said he hoped to see a vast improvement in the status and welfare of the Indian community in the country over the next five years.

Hindi remake of 'Vettai' to go on floor with Shahid in lead

April 26, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Mumbai, April 26 (IANS) "Get a good Hindi dialogue writer" is what Shahid Kapoor advised director Linguswamy when the Tamil-to-Hindi remake of his Tamil hit "Vettai" was not working out. Now everything is sorted out and the movie is set to go on floors in June.

Congress to field ex-CPI-M legislator in Kerala by-poll

April 25, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 25 (IANS) R. Selvaraj, a two-time Kerala CPI-M legislator who quit the party last month, will contest the June 2 by-election to the Neyattinkara assembly constituency as a Congress candidate.

Jayalalithaa writes to PM, demands Kudankulam power

April 25, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Chennai, April 25 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh again, reiterating her demand that the state be allocated the entire 1,000 MW power to be generated from the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP).

Indian film industry has withstood Hollywood storm: Javed Akhtar

April 25, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, who has been part of the Indian film industry for more than four decades, says so far only Bollywood has not suffered at the hands of Hollywood.

Abducted Sukma collector wanted to be journalist

April 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Chennai, April 25 (IANS) Had he not been a bureaucrat, Chhattisgarh's Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon would have been a journalist, says an old friend, recalling how he switched career tracks to focus on his commitment to uplift the downtrodden.

Jailed former Sri Lankan army chief to seek release

April 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Colombo, Apr 25 (Xinhua-ANI): Former Sri Lankan Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is to seek his release from prison next week, his wife said on Wednesday.

57 people die of swine flu in India

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) As many as 57 people have died, mostly in Maharashtra, of swine flu in the country till April 18 this year, the Rajya Sabha was informed Tuesday.

Neyattinkara to go to polls June 2

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 24 (IANS) The Election Commission Tuesday announced June 2 as the date for the by-election to Kerala's Neyattinkara assembly constituency.

Mainstream cinema not my cup of tea: Nandita Das

April 24, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Mumbai, April 24 (IANS) Critically acclaimed actress-director Nandita Das, who took a sabbatical to take care of her baby, is set to be back with a bang - but says she would rather stay away from mainstream cinema.

Bye-polls for 27 seats in eight states on June 12

April 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) The Election Commission Tuesday announced bye-polls for 27 seats in eight states to be held June 12.

Sri Lankan Muslims denounce 'radical' Buddhist's attack on mosque

April 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Colombo, Apr 24 (ANI): Sri Lankan Muslims have accused 'radical' Buddhists of trying to damage peaceful co-existence between the country's main ethnic communities.

Chhattisgarh collector's in-laws spend sleepless nights

April 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Chennai, April 24 (IANS) As their daughter puts up a stoic face in Chhattisgarh, the family of Asha Paul Menon - wife of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon - is spending sleepless nights here.

Chhattisgarh names two mediators for Menon's release

April 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Raipur, April 24 (IANS) With just a day to go for the Maoist deadline, the Chhattisgarh government Tuesday named two former chief secretaries to negotiate with the guerrillas who have kidnapped Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon.

Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi seek safe release of kidnapped collector

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Chennai, April 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and her predecessor and DMK chief M.Karunanidhi Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take urgent steps for the release of Chhattisgarh's Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, kidnapped by Maoists Saturday.

Tamil Nadu woman behind Thursday's microwave satellite project(Lead)

April 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Chennai, April 23 (IANS) When India's heaviest microwave satellite is launched into space Thursday, there will be another reason to cheer as it is a woman who is the director of the key project.

Tamil Nadu woman behind satellite launch Thursday

April 23, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Chennai, April 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu will have special reason to cheer Thursday when an Indian rocket puts Radar Imaging Satellite (Risat-1) into orbit and the remote sensing satellite starts performing, as a local woman is directing the project for India's heaviest microwave satellite.

Anti-Kudankulam protestors to fast from May 1 onwards

April 23, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Chennai, April 23 (IANS) Upset with the Tamil Nadu government for going back on its assurances, the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) Monday announced that it would resume an indefinite hunger strike from May 1 against the two 1,000 MW plants at Kudankulam.

Responsibility of centre and state governments to free Alex, says his father

April 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Chennai, Apr 22 (ANI): The father of the abducted Chattisgarh collector Alex Paul Menon, A Varadhas, on Sunday said it was now the responsibility of the central and state governments to secure the release of his son from the Maoists.

Malaysian govt gives RM11mln for development of Indian temples, NGOs

April 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Kuala Lumpur, Apr 22 (ANI): The Malaysian government has given RM11million for the development of Indian religious institutions and NGOs in the country.

India calls for genuine political reconciliation in Sri Lanka

April 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Colombo, Apr 21 (Xinhua-ANI): A visiting delegation of Indian legislators said on Saturday that they had urged Sri Lanka to go for genuine political reconciliation.

Nuclear power key to India's development: Official

April 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Batting for upcoming nuclear power plants in the country, Principal Scientific Advisor to the union cabinet R. Chidambaram Friday said that nuclear energy will play a key role in India becoming a developed nation.

Southern actress Tamanna to endorse Fanta

April 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Tamil actress Tamanna Bhatia has been roped in as the face of soft drink brand Fanta. She will be its brand ambassador in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Jayalalithaa opposes BSF Act amendment

April 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Chennai, April 20 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has categorically opposed a proposed amendment to the Border Security Force (BSF) Act, 1968, saying it encroaches upon the states' powers.

Dilshan murder case: Retired Army officer sentenced to life imprisonment

April 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Chennai, Apr 20 (ANI): A court in Chennai on Friday sentenced a retired Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Kandasamy Ramaraj to life imprisonment for murdering 13-year-old Dilshan in July last year.

Neyattinkara, land of uprisings, set for another battle (Kerala Newsletter)

April 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 20 (IANS) Neyattinkara is a piece of land in Kerala that once saw many uprisings against British rule. But now it is set for a fierce battle of the political kind, thanks to an assembly byelection.

Separate Tamil state is the only remedy: Karunanidhi

April 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

DMK chief Karunanidhi once again had ignite the separate Tamil state issues and reiterated that the song of liberty will never erase

Appoint chairman for Cauvery panel: Jayalalithaa

April 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Chennai, April 19 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to appoint a new chairman for Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal following the resignation of Justice N.P. Singh.

Agni-V will adequately meet India's deterrence: Natarajan

April 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Former Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief M. Natarajan Thursday hailed the successful Agni-V test, noting that the 5,000-km range missile will 'adequately meet' India's nuclear deterrence needs.

CBI files graft case against BEML chairman, consultant

April 19, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Bangalore/New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The CBI Thursday registered a graft case against state-run Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. (BEML) chairman and managing director V.R.S. Natarajan and searched his office and house in Bangalore for documents pertaining to hiring a consulting firm, whose director was also booked.

Tatra scam: CBI registers case against BEML chief

April 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The CBI Thursday registered a case against V.R.S. Natarajan, chief of the the state-owned Bharat Earth Movers Ltd, and Tamil Nadu-based consultancy firm Astral Consultants' director C.S. Srivatsan, in connection with alleged irregularities in the import of heavy-duty Tatra trucks for the Indian Army, an official said here.

CBI searches BEML chairman's residence, office

April 19, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has searched V.R.S. Natarajan, chairman and managing director of the state-run Bharat Earth Movers Ltd.

Centre declines to clear its stand on Ram Sethu before SC

April 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

To avoid any sort of controversy, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on Thursday made it clear before the Supreme Court that it has no stand over mythological Ram Sethu whether it should be declared as a national monument or not..............

Centre shies from naming Rama Sethu a national monument

April 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The central government Thursday shied from taking any stand on the plea by Janta party president Subramanium Swamy that the mythological Rama Sethu in the Palk Strait be declared a national monument.

Indian delegation visits Sri Lanka's war-torn north

April 19, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Colombo, April 19 (IANS) An Indian parliamentary delegation has visited Sri Lanka's war-ravaged north where a large number of India-sponsored projects are being carried out, authorities said Thursday.

Schengen visa processor VFS expands operations

April 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Bangalore, April 18 (IANS) Leading outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, VFS Global, has expanded its operations in India's tech hub to process applications for Schengen visa to seven more European countries in addition to France and Switzerland.

Apex court rejects plea on election symbols

April 18, 2012 at 8:29 PM

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the Election Commission's order setting criteria for the allocation of election symbols to the registered and recognised political parties.

Indian delegation visits Sri Lankan war displaced

April 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Colombo, April 18 (Xinhua-ANI): A high level Indian delegation visited a war displacement camp in the north of Sri Lanka on Wednesday and interacted with the people.

Daimler to beef up its R&D activities in India

April 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Chennai, April 18 (IANS) German automobile major Daimler AG will produce trucks from its new plant in Tamil Nadu from where it will export the vehicles to Africa, Middle East and Asean countries, a top company official said here Wednesday.

Tamil Nadu to ink more investment agreements: Jayalalithaa

April 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Chennai, April 18 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government will sign investment agreements with several automobile and auto component makers and come out with a series of industry-specific policies soon, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said Wednesday.

Daimler to shift truck manufacturing to Tamil Nadu

April 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Chennai, April 18 (IANS) Daimler AG, the German heavy vehicle manufacturer, will shift the production of its trucks from Pune in Maharashtra to Oragadam in Tamil Nadu from where it plans to export the vehicles to Africa and Asean countries, a company official said Wednesday.

Dhanush refutes Rajinikanth paid for '3' losses

April 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Tamil actor Dhanush is unhappy with reports that say his father-in-law, the veteran actor Rajinikanth, has paid the Telugu distributor's revenue losses for his movie "3".

Tabu wraps up 'David'

April 18, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) Versatile actress Tabu, who has been maintaining a low profile, will soon be seen in Bejoy Nambiar's "David". She has finished shooting for the film in Mangalore, and the director is all praise for her talent and working style.

Dhanush rubbishes Rajinikanth paid for '3' losses

April 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Mumbai, April 18 (IANS) Tamil star Dhanush is upset with reports that his father-in-law, the legendary Rajinikanth, is reimbursing the Telugu distributor's revenue losses for his movie "3".

Kudankulam nuke plant row intensifies as activist slams govt's atomic energy body

April 18, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Chennai, Apr 18 (ANI): Criticizing the Department of Atomic Energy, anti-nuclear activist Neeraj Jain has urged the Central Government to halt operations at existing plants such as Tamil Nadu's Kudankulam project.

Mexican arrested for murder in Tamil Nadu

April 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Chennai, April 17 (IANS) A Mexican citizen was arrested Tuesday for allegedly murdering his former live-in partner over custody of their daughter, officials said.

India should support referendum for Tamil Eelam: Karunanidhi

April 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Chennai, April 17 (IANS) DMK president and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M.Karunanidhi Tuesday said India should take up efforts in the United Nations for holding a referendum in Sri Lanka for creation of a separate Tamil Eelam.

Chidambaram says trust deficit blocking NCTC

April 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Home Minister P. Chidambaram Tuesday sounded confident about getting the states to agree to the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) but regretted that some states were harbouring mistrust towards the central government which was blocking setting up of the key anti-terror intelligence hub.

India's sugar production rises by 13 percent

April 17, 2012 at 6:37 PM

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) India's sugar production grew by 13 percent to 246.31 lakh tonnes till April 15 during the current marketing year that started from October 2011, industry data showed Tuesday.

Chidambaram confident to resolve NCTC differences with states

April 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said that the difference between the non-Congress states and centre

NCTC row will be resolved at May 5 CMs meet: Chidambaram

April 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Home Minister P. Chidambaram Tuesday sounded confident that the differences between non-Congress ruled states and the centre over setting up of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) will be resolved at the May 5 meeting of chief ministers.

Indian delegation holds talks in Sri Lanka

April 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Colombo, April 17 (IANS) A visiting Indian parliamentary delegation held talks in Colombo Tuesday to assess the post-war situation in the country, the Sri Lankan external affairs ministry said.

Jayalalithaa, Modi and Patnaik meet

April 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Monday met her Odisha and Gujarat counterparts, Naveen Patnaik and Narendra Modi, leading to speculation about their joining hands on the issue of federalism and firming up opposition to the central government's policies, particularly the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

Gehlot slams Modi, Jayalalithaa

April 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Monday accused Gujarat and Tamil Nadu chief ministers of making "undignified comments" in their speeches at the chief ministers' meet here on internal security.

Joint parliamentary panel begins goodwill visit to Lanka

April 16, 2012 at 9:07 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Amid continuing concern in India about the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka, a joint parliamentary delegation Monday began a six-day visit to the island nation, that includes visits to camps of displaced Tamils and areas affected by Colombo's war with the LTTE that ended in 2009.

Vedanta Group's Agnivesh picks up 60 percent stake in Primex Healthcare

April 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Chennai, April 16 (IANS) Agnivesh Agarwal, a member of the founding family of the $11.4 billion-turnover diversified Vedanta group and chairman of Hindustan Zinc Ltd, has picked up 60 percent stake for an undisclosed sum in the city-based Primex Healthcare owning a chain of diagnostic centres, a top official said Monday.

Performance audit of MGNREGA will be placed by end of Winter Session: Jairam

April 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday said the performance audit of MGNREGA for all the states will be placed before Parliament by the end of Winter Session of Parliament this year.

Opposition CMs lambast government for security overreach (Roundup)

April 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Opposition chief ministers Monday lambasted the central government for not taking them into confidence on key security issues, citing the example of the proposed NCTC, an anti-terror intelligence agency whose powers the states fear will infringe on their rights.

Tamil film 'Masala Cafe' renamed 'Kalakalappu'

April 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) The title of the upcoming Tamil action comedy film "Masala Cafe", directed by Sundar C and produced by his wife Kushboo Sundar, has been changed to "Kalakalappu".

Anti-NCTC chief ministers meet separately

April 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) The chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Odisha met on the sidelines of the chief ministers meet on internal security Monday, leading to speculation that they were firming up opposition to the central government's policies, particularly the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

Opposition attacks government on NCTC, PM reaches out (Afternoon Lead)

April 16, 2012 at 4:51 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Opposition chief ministers Monday used the annual meet on security to attack the government over the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre, claiming it was against federalism even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reached out to them saying the issue will be discussed separately May 5.

Will do everything to get Hikaka released: Patnaik

April 16, 2012 at 4:35 PM

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday said his government will do everything for the release of Biju Janata Dal party legislator Jhina Hikaka, who was abducted by Maoists three weeks ago.

'States being reduced to glorified municipalities'

April 16, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Chennai, April 16 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Monday accused the central government of bringing the states down to the level of glorified municipal corporations by restricting their operational magnitude, tightening finances and encroaching upon states' powers.

Centre to convene crucial CMs meet on Internal Security today

April 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

A crucial meet of Chief Ministers of all states is set to begin today in New Delhi for discussing on country's internal security concern and strengthening intelligence capabilities and border securities......

BJP tells Chidambaram not adopt authoritarian role on formation of NCTC

April 15, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Patna, Apr 15 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday told Home Minister P. Chidambaram to not to work in an authoritarian manner while building consensus on formation of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

CMs to discuss internal security in backdrop of Maoist abductions

April 15, 2012 at 7:15 PM

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) The central government and chief ministers will Monday discuss the internal security situation in the country in the backdrop of recent high-profile abductions by the Maoists in Odisha to secure release of prisoners and the need to strengthen counter terrorism capabilities and intelligence apparatus.

DMK withdraws from MPs delegation to Sri Lanka

April 15, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Chennai, April 15 (IANS) Tamil Nadu's major opposition party DMK Sunday decided to pull out of the all-party delegation of Members of Parliament to Sri Lanka, saying the visit will "serve no purpose".

Mamata Banerjee to skip CM meet on internal security tomorrow

April 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

New Delhi, Apr 15 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend the Chief Ministers' conference convened at New Delhi by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday to discuss matters relating to internal security.

Manik Sarkar to attend chief ministers' meet

April 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Agartala, April 15 (IANS) Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who along with a few other chief ministers had forced the central government to convene a special meeting on setting up of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), left here Sunday to attend Monday's crucial meet in New Delhi.

Jayalalithaa to attend security conference in Delhi

April 14, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Chennai, April 14 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will attend the conference of chief ministers on internal security to be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi Monday.

Nabard's Rs.15 bn fund to help women's self-help groups

April 14, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) The National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (Nabard) will create a Rs.15 billion fund to cater to women's Self-Help Groups in economically weaker districts in the country, Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh said Saturday.

PM to open chief ministers' meet on security April 16

April 14, 2012 at 5:47 PM

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Police reforms, upgrading intelligence gathering system and strengthening the counter-terrorism mechanism in the country will top the agenda of the annual chief ministers' conference to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday.

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