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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.

Strong tremors in Chennai

April 11, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Chennai, April 11 (IANS) Strong tremors were felt in several places in Tamil Nadu Wednesday following the massive earthquake in Indonesia, with people coming out of their homes and some schools moving students into open grounds.

Former DMK minister Ramachandran arrested

April 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Chennai, April 10 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Police Tuesday arrested former DMK minister for health K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran for his alleged involvement in covering up a murder charge against a party member while he was a minister, said police.

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Tractor major to invest Rs.160 crore in expansion

April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Chennai, April 3 (IANS) In order to continue its harvest of bumper sales at a time when the industry is logging negative growth, city based tractor major Rs.8,021 crore turnover Tractor and Farm Equipment Ltd (TAFE) will set up a new 60,000 units per annum plant in Madurai, said a top official.

TAFE celebrates farmer's day in Andhra

February 28, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Ongole (AP), Feb 28 (ANI):India's second largest tractor major, Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE) has successfully conducted the 'Farmer's Day' here with an aim to bring the farming community and agricultural experts for interaction on a common platform.

Three killed in police firing in Tamil Nadu

September 11, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Ramanathapuram /Madurai, Sep 11 (ANI): At least three people were killed in police firing in Paramakudi in Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram District on Sunday, where the people were protesting against the detention of John Pandian.

Rajnikanth's fans firewalk for his speedy recovery in Madurai

May 23, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Madurai, May 23(ANI): Ardent fans of Tamil superstar Rajnikanth firewalked on Monday and prayed for his speedy recovery in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu polls: Jayalalithaa slams DMK over price rise

April 4, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Chennai, Apr 4 (ANI): Campaigning ahead of April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly polls,ll India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa has slammed the state's ruling Dravidam Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) for corruption and price rise.

Election clashes in Tamil Nadu, DMK MP detained

March 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Chennai, Mar 29 (ANI): Ahead of the crucial April 13 assembly election in Tamil Nadu, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP J K Ritheesh was detained after a clash between his partymen and DMDK-AIADMK workers at Kalavankudi, police said here today.

Madurai court issues non-bailable warrant against AIADMK leader Panneerselvam

January 8, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Madurai, Jan 8(ANI): A Madurai court has issued non-bailable warrants against former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and 19 other All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leaders in a case filed against them for allegedly damaging public property during an assembly by-election in 2008.

17 killed, several injured in Tamil Nadu bus accident

December 2, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Shanmuga Sundarapuram (Tamil Nadu), Dec.2 (ANI): About 17 people were killed and over 60 persons injured as two private buses head-on in Shanmuga Sundarapuram village in Tamil Nadu's Theni District on Thursday morning.

Death threats to Jayalalithaa to be probed by CBI

October 30, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Chennai, Sep 28 (ANI): The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Government in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday decided to hand over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) five cases regarding repeated death threats issued to former State Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader J. Jayalalithaa.

DMK minister Napoleon's car attacked in Madurai

October 18, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Madurai, Oct.18 (ANI): Union DMK minister D Napoleon's car was attacked by the All India Anna Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (AIADMK) activists here on Monday afternoon. However, the Minister is safe.

Army organizes exhibition in Madurai to motivate youth

October 18, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Madurai, Oct.18 (ANI): The Army organized a five-day long exhibition in Madurai, to motivate the youth of the country and to create mass awareness.

Jayalalithaa to hold rally in Madurai today

October 18, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Madurai, Oct 18 (ANI): Despite getting over a dozen threat letters, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Supremo J Jayalalithaa will address a rally here today.

Black Cats to protect Jayalalithaa during Madurai demonstration

October 16, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Coimbatore, Oct.16 (ANI): After series of anonymous threat letters, phone calls and messages sent to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J. Jayalalithaa, the AIADMK cadres in rural Coimbatore has formed 'Black Cat' force a month ago to meet the challenge.

Malay-India devotees' throng to see light emanating from Hindu deity

July 20, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Kuala Lumpur, Jul 20 (ANI): Hundreds of Indian devotees of Malaysian origin are thronging the Midlands Estate in Shah Alam to see the light emanating from the face of a Hindu deity known as Amman.

Madurai Police probing honour killing

July 8, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Madurai July 8: (ANI) Police in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, are investigating a reported honour killing that occurred near the city.

Families of Indians held captives in Egypt to seek High Court's help for release

June 5, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Madurai, June 5 (ANI): Families of 30 men, hailing from Tamil Nadu have decided to file a petition in the Madras High Court to ensure their rescue in Egypt where they have allegedly been keep in illegal captivity and made to work as bonded labourers.

Traditional bullfight 'Jallikattu', a major attraction in Tamil Nadu

January 16, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Aalanganallur (Tamil Nadu), Jan.16 (ANI): Thousands flocked Alanganallur town in Tamil Nadu's Madurai district to watch the popular 'Jallikattu', a traditional sport in which individuals try to hold the hunch and cross a certain distance, on Saturday (January 16). Though it doesn't involve killing of the bull but it is still viewed as causing cruelty to the animals due to traditional practices.

Traditional bullfight 'Jallikattu' in Madurai

January 16, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Palamedu (Tamil Nadu), Jan 16 (ANI): Thousands of people flocked Palamedu town in Madurai district here to watch the famous traditional bullfight or 'Jallikattu'.

A commercial film on specially-abled people made by specially-abled

December 5, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Chennai, Dec 5 (ANI): A commercial film based on the romances and the tribulations of the specially-abled made exclusively by a specially-abled crew, will soon see the light of the day in Chennai.

Flood alert issued, people on Vaigai river banks asked to shift

November 16, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Nov 16 (ANI): A flood alert has been issued and people have been asked to be vigilant and move to safer locations here, after the Vaigal dam reached its full level due to continuous rains.

Dr. Singh to begin 2nd innings as PM today

May 21, 2009 at 1:01 AM

Dr. Manmohan Singh will commence the second innings as Prime Minister on Friday when he is sworn-in for the second consecutive term along with his council of ministers. Dr. Singh is the second Prime Minister after Jawahar Lal Nehru

Malaysian MPs lodge complaint against Samy Vellu for inciting racial tensions

October 29, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Petaling Jaya (Malaysia), Oct. 29 (ANI): Two Malaysian parliamentarians have lodged a police complaint against MIC President S. Samy Vellu for allegedly attempting to incite racial tensions in the country.

Tamil Nadu tourism launches website to lure tourists

October 1, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Chennai, Oct 1 (ANI): The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) on Wednesday launched a virtual tours on its website to enable the tourists to have first hand experience of the tourist locations in the state.

CPI (M) politburo member Brinda Karat arrested in Tamil Nadu

September 12, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Madurai (TN), Sep 12 (ANI): CPI (M) politburo member Brinda Karat was arrested on Saturday at a village in Tamil Nadu.

14 breast cancer surgeries in three-and-a-half hours conducted at Madurai

August 29, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Madurai, Aug 29 (ANI): Doctors at a hospital in Madurai claimed to have performed breast cancer surgeries on 14 patients within three-and-a-half hours.

TN Government orders inquiry into "world record breast cancer operations"

August 28, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Madurai, Aug 28 (ANI): Tamil Nadu State Health Department has ordered an inquiry into claims of doctors of the Rajaji Government Hospital on performing 14 breast cancer surgeries in three and half hours.

Death toll reaches 10 in Sivakasi fire

July 21, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Madurai, July 21 (ANI): Three more persons who were injured in a blaze at a fireworks manufacturing unit in Virdhunagar district died at government hospitals in Madurai on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the incident to 10.

Seven Indian barbers claim Malaysian boss abused them for four years

July 2, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Penang/Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), July 2 (ANI): Seven Indian nationals have lodged a complaint with the Indian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, accusing their employer in Penang of abusing them and failing to pay their salaries regularly for the past four years.

India's Red Chery plans to cross swords with BlackBerry

May 28, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Madurai, May 28 (IANS) The little-known maker of Red Chery - a mobile application used for receiving mails from free and corporate e-mail accounts - is dreaming big: eating into a market straddled by BlackBerry of Canada's Research In Motion and other similar service providers.

CPI leader Pandian granted bail

May 20, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Chennai, May 20 (IANS) The Communist Party of India's Tamil Nadu secretary D. Pandian and five others were Wednesday granted bail in a land dispute case.

DMK wants 7 Cabinet berths in the new UPA govt.

May 17, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Chennai, May 17 (ANI): Having played a key role in ensuring a United Progressive Alliance's success in Tamil Nadu, the M.Karunanidhi-led Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam is likely to ask seven cabinet berths in the new set up of government at the Centre.

Congress-DMK win 8 seats in Tamil Nadu, leading on 18

May 16, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Chennai, May 16 (IANS) Many of the Congress' top leaders were trailing in Tamil Nadu though its alliance with the DMK and the VCK had won eight seats and was leading on eighteen. The rival AIADMK front that includes the Left parties, MDMK and PMK was ahead in 12.

Karunanidhi's son Azhagiri wins from Madurai

May 16, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Madurai, May 16 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's son M.K. Azhagiri won the Madurai Lok Sabha seat Saturday.

Congress-DMK alliance ahead in 27 seats in Tamil Nadu

May 16, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Chennai, May 16 (IANS) Many of the Congress' top leaders were trailing in Tamil Nadu though its alliance with the DMK and the VCK alliance was leading in 27 of the 39 constituencies in Tamil Nadu. The rival AIADMK front that includes the Left parties, MDMK and PMK was ahead in 12 seats.

Lok Sabha results will cast shadow on state government (Poll curtainraiser - Tamil Nadu)

May 12, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Chennai, May 12 (IANS) The Lok Sabha elections for the 39 constituencies in Tamil Nadu are crucial for the ruling DMK, which has outside support in the state from the Congress.

Karunanidhi,Jayalalithaa woo Tamil voters with promise of separate Eelam

May 8, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Chennai, May 8 (ANI): With Tamil Nadu holding elections on May 13, both Chief MInister M.Karunanidhi and his key political rival and AIADMK chief J.Jayalalithaa are seeking to gain the maximum political mileage from the Lanka Tamil sympathy wave among voters in Tamil Nadu.

Villagers banish fire crackers to woo winged visitors

December 14, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Vettangudi (Madurai), Dec 14 (IANS) Perched on the sprawling branches of a partially submerged tree, thousands of White Ibis migratory birds at the Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary here have the villagers to thank for making their winter home a noise-free zone.

MDMK at crossroads again in Tamil Nadu

December 13, 2008 at 4:43 PM

Chennai, Dec 13 (IANS) Vaiko's MDMK is feeling let down following AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha's decision to field her candidate in a by-election in an assembly constituency the MDMK had held, party sources said.

Tamil Nadu to offer sops on investment in southern districts

December 5, 2008 at 7:23 PM

Madurai, Dec 5 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government will shortly come out with a separate incentives package to attract investments to the southern districts in the state, said a senior government official here Friday.

Marans, Karunanidhi family bury hatchet

December 1, 2008 at 8:51 PM

Chennai, Dec 1 (IANS) Tamil Nadu's first political family buried their hatchet as the estranged grand-nephews of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi Maran were welcomed back into the fold Monday evening at the DMK headquarters.

MGR to be featured in forthcoming animated film

November 28, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Chennai, Nov 28 (IANS) Iconic actor and Tamil Nadu's late chief minister M.G. Ramachandran will compete with 'current younger heroes' for screen space in a forthcoming animated 3D film 'Puratchi Thalaivan' (revolutionary leader), its producer said Friday.

Charges by Karunanidhi instigated by insiders, say Marans

November 21, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Chennai, Nov 21 (IANS) The Maran brothers, Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi, Friday alleged that charges were being levelled against them by their grand-uncle and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi due to the 'instigation of selfish elements' in the family.

Senior railway official jailed for graft

November 14, 2008 at 12:06 AM

Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu), Nov 13 (IANS) A senior railway official was jailed Thursday after he was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe from a civil contractor, a CBI official said.

Vaiko released from custody, says charges false

November 6, 2008 at 9:16 PM

Chennai, Nov 6 (IANS) MDMK leaders Vaiko and M. Kannappan, detained Oct 21 for making speeches allegedly in support of the banned Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers, were released from judicial custody here Thursday. Vaiko said the charges against him were 'false'.

Dalit leader demands more security for Tamil Nadu opposition leaders

November 5, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Chennai, Nov 5 (IANS) Dalit leader K. Krishnaswamy Wednesday met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and sought more police protection for political leaders in the state in the aftermath of recent attacks.

Tamil Nadu Dalit leader alleges police engineered attack

November 3, 2008 at 9:49 PM

Madurai (Tamil Nadu), Nov 3 (IANS) K. Krishnaswamy, leader of Puthiya Thamizhagam, a Dalit party in Tamil Danu, has alleged that Sunday night's attack on him was masterminded by the state police.

Secessionist ideology spreading in Tamil Nadu: Left parties

October 25, 2008 at 9:08 PM

Madurai, Oct 25 (IANS) The Left parties Saturday cautioned against the spread of 'secessionist ideology' in Tamil Nadu by 'a misguided few' seeking an end to killings in Sri Lanka, saying it would harm India and not help Tamils in the island.

Rajiv Gandhi's statue vandalised in Chennai

October 24, 2008 at 9:43 PM

Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) Unidentified people damaged a statue of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in the northern suburbs of this city Friday. In a separate incident, the office of the Janata Party was attacked in Madurai, official sources said.

Vaiko held on sedition charge

October 23, 2008 at 8:38 PM

Chennai, Oct 23 (IANS) MDMK leader Vaiko was arrested here Thursday on sedition charges for his vocal support for the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and a court sent him to 14-day judicial custody.

Tobacco, liquor habits detail must for death certificate

October 13, 2008 at 9:09 PM

Madurai, Oct 13 (ANI): The Union Health Ministry after enforcing ban on smoking in public places, has directed health officials in states to seek details about the tobacco and drinking habits of deceased persons before issuing death certificates.

Four held in Tamil Nadu for attacking Christian institutions

October 9, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Chennai, Oct 9 (IANS) Four suspected activists of a Hindu right-wing group were arrested Thursday for attacking minority institutions in Tamil Nadu, police sources said.

Private airline ferries stranded Kalam home in Chennai

October 6, 2008 at 8:42 PM

Chennai, Oct 3 (IANS) Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was stranded at the airport here Friday evening upon arrival aboard a scheduled flight from Madurai, said an employee of a private airline.

116 arrested to quell unrest in Tamil Nadu village

October 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Uthapuram (Tamil Nadu), Oct 2 (IANS) Tension between upper-caste Hindus and Dalits and the use of country-made bombs resulted in arrest of 116 people in this village, the police said Thursday.

Meenakshi temple of Madurai to come alive in Lucknow

October 6, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Lucknow, Oct 2 (IANS) This Durga Puja, people of Lucknow will get a chance to visit the Meenakshi temple of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, in the state capital itself.

Central minister Elangovan slams Tamil Nadu government

October 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Chennai, Sep 29 (IANS) E.V.K.S. Elangovan, a central minister and Congress leader, Monday criticised Tamil Nadu's DMK government for 'undemocratic acts'.

One fisherman killed, 100 injured in firing by Sri Lankan navy

October 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Chennai, Sept 28 (ANI): At least one fisherman was killed and 100 injured in alleged firing by the Sri Lankan Navy when they were fishing near Katchatheevu in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

Private airline ferries stranded Kalam home in Chennai

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Chennai, Oct 3 (IANS) Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was stranded at the airport here Friday evening upon arrival aboard a scheduled flight from Madurai, said an employee of a private airline.

116 arrested to quell unrest in Tamil Nadu village

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Uthapuram (Tamil Nadu), Oct 2 (IANS) Tension between upper-caste Hindus and Dalits and the use of country-made bombs resulted in arrest of 116 people in this village, the police said Thursday.

Meenakshi temple of Madurai to come alive in Lucknow

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Lucknow, Oct 2 (IANS) This Durga Puja, people of Lucknow will get a chance to visit the Meenakshi temple of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, in the state capital itself.

Everonn launches IT based education at Gandhiniketan Ashram school

October 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Everonn Systems India Limited, a leading education and training company, launched today a pilot program to bring education through computer aided learning program

Central minister Elangovan slams Tamil Nadu government

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Chennai, Sep 29 (IANS) E.V.K.S. Elangovan, a central minister and Congress leader, Monday criticised Tamil Nadu's DMK government for 'undemocratic acts'.

One fisherman killed, 100 injured in firing by Sri Lankan navy

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Chennai, Sept 28 (ANI): At least one fisherman was killed and 100 injured in alleged firing by the Sri Lankan Navy when they were fishing near Katchatheevu in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

Madras High Court allows women to become temple priests

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Madurai, Sep 6 (ANI): The Madras High Court has allowed a woman to become a temple priest.

New Trains in 2008 Rail Budget

February 27, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Railway Minister has announced to introduce 53 new passengers trains and 10 new 'Garib Rath' trains besides expanding the route and frequency of 11 trains.

India blanks Philippines (DELHI SPORTS)

January 15, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The Indian team blanked Philippines 3-0 in the tennis Test between two countries played at the DLTA Complex here on Monday.

Bull fighting can't be permitted to play: Supreme Court

January 12, 2008 at 1:01 AM

A version of bull fighting in Tamil Nadu played on the occasion of Pongal, the annual harvest festival faced an obligatory ban by the Apex Court in response to a petition filed by Animal Welfare Board.

To Teachers...With Love...

September 5, 2007 at 1:01 AM

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth." ~Dan Rather Teacherā?¦. one who mould our life...Who believed in us in spite of

Kannagiā??s statue adorned Marina Beach

August 23, 2007 at 1:01 AM

Statue of Kannagi adorned the 4.5 km long Marina Beach of Chennai. Kannagi is patron goddess of loyalty and chastity. She is worshipped in Tamilnadu as well as in Sri Lanka. The statue had a history of politics being played on that. The ...

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