Chennai, Tamil Nadu Live Updates: Chief Minister MK Stalin inaugurated the 124th flower show, a major tourist attraction, at the Government Botanical Garden (GBG) in Ooty, Nilgiris on Friday. Around 275 varieties of flower, both from across the country and abroad, are being displayed for the five-day show, according to news agency PTI. Udhagamandalam, popularly known as Ooty, is celebrating its 200th anniversary.
The State on Thursday reported 42 fresh cases of Covid-19, taking the total number of cases to 34,54,764. While 322 persons are currently under treatment, no deaths have been reported.
In other news, a day after the Supreme Court ordered for the release of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi Assassination convict, AG Perarivalan, a senior district functionary of Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) has tendered his resignation. Kovi Chitrarasu, the Dharmapuri district secretary of TNCC, has written a letter to party leader KS Alagiri notifying his resignation. In the letter, Chitrarasu said he was pained to see his party continuing alliance with the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, who is celebrating the release of a murder convict who murdered world renowned leader Rajiv Gandhi.
Rear Admiral S Venkat Raman on Friday assumed charge as the Flag Officer Commanding, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area (FOTNA).
He succeeds Rear Admiral Puneet Chadha and assumed charge in a ceremonial parade held at INS Adyar Parade Ground here, an official release said.
Venkat Raman was commissioned into the Indian Navy in January 1990 and is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasala, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and the College of Defence Management, Hyderabad.
“The Flag Officer is a specialist in communications and electronic warfare, and has tenanted various appointments on frontline warships of the Indian Navy. His sea tenures include command of the stealth frigate INS Tabar and second in command of the aircraft carrier INS Viraat,” it said. (PTI)
A 36-year-old man was hacked to death by a gang of four in broad daylight in Chennai Wednesday. While two members of the gang have surrendered, the CCTV recording of the shocking incident has now gone viral on social media platforms.
According to the police, the deceased, identified as Aarumugam, had been running a finance company. Wednesday afternoon, when he was returning home from his office on his two-wheeler, an unidentified gang attacked him near Shenoy Nagar.
In the CCTV recording, the gang can be seen chasing Aarumugam who stumbles and finally falls on the road. The gang continues to attack him with machetes and other weapons. Some of the passers-by were seen stopping their vehicles and witnessing the scene and some even recorded it on their mobile phones. However, no one could be seen coming forward to help Aarumugam, who was bleeding excessively. Read More
Representatives of Badaga community met Chief Minister MK Stalin in the Nilgiris district to thank him for allocating Rs 55 crores for upgrading co-operative tea factories in the district. They also extended their gratitude as the association building built for their community by late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi completes 50 years.
நீலகிரி மாவட்டம் உதகையில் படகர் சமுதாய சங்கப் பிரதிநிதிகள் மாண்புமிகு முதலமைச்சர் @mkstalin அவர்களை சந்தித்து, முத்தமிழறிஞர் கலைஞர் அவர்களால் படகர் சமுதாய மக்களுக்கு உதகை மையப் பகுதியில் சங்கக் கட்டடம் கட்டப்பட்டு 50 ஆண்டு காலம் நிறைவடைந்ததையொட்டியும்,
1/2 pic.twitter.com/S4HoAKOkEe— CMOTamilNadu (@CMOTamilnadu) May 20, 2022
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday appreciated the significant contribution of Defence Service Staff College (DSSC) at nearby Wellington as a world renowned centre of excellence for professional military education.
Stalin, who is on a two-day official visit to the Nilgiris district, paid a visit to the college and said that it has enhanced the professional image and reputation of the Indian armed forces across the world.
Exhorting the college to continue its excellent performance and do good for the country, Stalin assured that Tamil Nadu will always be proactive and forthcoming to provide any possible assistance to help the college scale greater heights. (PTI)
Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw visits Integral Coach Factory, Chennai to witness the manufacturing of Vande Bharat train coaches
“75 trains will be produced before Aug 15, 2023. The latest version of the train coaches will be an upgrade over the previous version,” he says. pic.twitter.com/tHNL1HuPY2— ANI (@ANI) May 20, 2022
Union Minister for Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw flagged off the 12,000th LHB coach rolled out by the Integral Coach Factory here on Friday.
Following inspection of the ICF, Viashnaw flagged off the 12,000th Linke Hofmann Busch coach and examined the manufacturing of coaches for Vande Bharat trains.
“Vande Bharat manufacturing on fast track at ICF Chennai,” the Minister tweeted. (PTI)
A day after the Supreme Court ordered for the release of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi Assassination convict, AG Perarivalan, a senior district functionary of Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) has tendered his resignation.
Kovi Chitrarasu, the Dharmapuri district secretary of TNCC, has written a letter to party leader KS Alagiri notifying his resignation. In the letter, Chitrarasu said he was pained to see his party continuing alliance with the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, who is celebrating the release of a murder convict who murdered world renowned leader Rajiv Gandhi.
“I am resigning from my position as (Dharmapuri) district secretary of TNCC. I am requesting you to accept my resignation. Long live the glory of late Rajiv Gandhi,” he wrote.
It is to be noted that the members of Tamil Nadu Congress organised protest demonstrations across the state following the release of Perarivalan. The cadres tied white cloth around their mouths as a symbol of silent protest and carried placards ‘Murder cannot be the solution for difference of opinion”
The Madras High Court on Thursday restrained two persons, including a DMK minister, from making any arrangement for installing the statue of former Chief Minister, the later M Karunanidhi at a public place in Tiruvannamalai. Read more
Opposing the release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts, the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) on Thursday held silent protest in several parts of the state while the BJP accused the grand old party of adopting double standards in the issue.
The Congress party said its stand against AG Perarivalan’s release and key ally DMK supporting it would not affect ties between the 2 partners. Days ago, the ruling DMK allotted a Rajya Sabha seat to the national party and the Congress is expected to announce its nominee soon.
Both the Congress and BJP, however, converged on their opposition to Perarivalan’s release. The two parties said Perarivalan was not declared ‘not guilty’ by the Supreme Court and his release was only judicial in nature. Also, both the national rivals sought to know about ‘justice for the victims’ in the assassination case. (PTI)
The Madras High Court on Thursday restrained two persons, including a DMK minister, from making any arrangement for installing the statue of former Chief Minister, the later M Karunanidhi at a public place in Tiruvannamalai.
Since the Tiruvannamalai Collector did not file a sworn affidavit after consulting his subordinates and prayed for more time to do so as directed yesterday, a vacation bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday gave the direction.
The bench of Justices S M Subramaniam and J Sathya Narayana Prasad granted the interim injunction when the PIL petition from G Karthick came up for further hearing today. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu on Thursday recorded 42 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the cumulative infections in the state to 34,54,764.
Twenty seven men and 15 women in the state tested positive through RT-PCR test today, according to a bulletin from the state health department here. The toll, however, remained unchanged at 38,025.
Including 41 people who got discharged after treatment today, the net recoveries in the state rose to 34,16,417. The number of active cases remained 322.
Chennai accounted for a maximum of 23 new infections, followed by Chengalpattu with 5, Tiruvallur: 3, Coimbatore and Kancheepuram: 2 each, while Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Erode, Kanyakumari, Nilgiris, Salem and Virudhunagar recorded one case each, respectively, the bulletin said. (PTI)
Additional Advocate-General J Ravindran attached to the Madras High Court has come to the rescue of a patient who was in dire need of immediate kidney transplantation, by taking extra efforts to arrange for his participation at a meeting of the Kidney Transplantation Authorisation Committee, scheduled to be held at the DME office here on Friday. (PTI)
AG Perarivalan, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, plays a musical instrument to celebrate after Supreme Court released him using special powers, at his house in Jolarpet, Tirupattur district, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (PTI Photo)
Justice K T Thomas (retd), who headed the Supreme Court bench that sentenced A G Perarivalan to death in 1999, said Wednesday he wants to meet the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict and wished him to lead a normal life. Justice Thomas’s comments came soon after the top court ordered the release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Perarivalan, exercising its powers under the Constitution’s Article 142, which enables the court to pass orders to do complete justice in a case.
“I wish to see him,” said Justice Thomas after hearing the news of Perarivalan’s release in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. “Perarivalan, if you find time, please visit me…” Thomas said while speaking to The Indian Express from his residence at Kottayam, Kerala. “After the long incarceration and the release at the age of 50, what should I tell him? He should get married soon… He should live happily… with his dear ones. And I give complete credit to his mother (Arputham Ammal). She deserves the entire credit,” he said.
Following the development, most political leaders in Perarivalan’s home state Tamil Nadu welcomed the apex court’s decision. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin congratulated AG Perarivalan on his release. Addressing media persons, Stalin said the Supreme Court order was a historic one. He noted that the DMK had promised to make efforts for the release of Rajiv Gandhi case convicts in its manifesto.
“The order will be remembered in history not just for an individual named Perarivalan, but for establishing the federal philosophy and autonomy of the state,” Stalin said. He added that Supreme Court judges have clearly mentioned while hearing Perarivalan’s release petition that the governor has no authority to intervene in the decision of the state government.