DMK attempting to sabotage MGR centenary fete, says CM, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Sunday accused the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam of spreading lies regarding the death of engineer K. Raghupathy in a road accident here on November 24 and using that to sabotage the MGR centenary celebration. Addressing the MGR centenary celebration here, he said the DMK’s working president M.K. Stalin was spreading lies by claiming that the engineer had hit a pole protruding from an arch erected by the AIADMK in violation of rules near the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital on Avinashi Road. This was not the case. “There was no connection between the unfortunate death of Raghu and the arch as evident from the footage from the closed circuit television camera,” he claimed. The State Government would submit the footage to the court.
Congress president election LIVE Updates: Rahul Gandhi files nomination, set to be elected unopposed, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday filed his nomination for the post of president of the Indian National Congress, ending speculation over when he will take complete charge of the Congress Party. The new Congress president will take over from Sonia Gandhi who has been the party’s longest serving chief. She was appointed president in 1998. Since late last evening, several Congress state leaders have been arriving in the national capital to participate in the election to the office of party president. It is expected that over 70 sets of nominations will be filed. The nomination process will conclude at 3 pm, following which an announcement is likely to be made on the new party chief. If another candidate files his or her nomination, then the party’s returning officer will announce a date for the election.
4-year-old girl made to sit on frying pan? Mom, paramour held, A four-year-old girl suffered burns after she was allegedly forced to sit on a hot frying pan by her mother at SR Nagar. Her mother and her partner were arrested. On Satuday, 25-year-old Lalitha Mahapatra and her partner Y Prakash, 28, both natives of Ichchapuram of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh and staying at a hostel at SR Nagar, went to Bharosa Centre with the four-year-old, claiming they found the girl at Secunderabad Railway Station. Police later discovered Lalitha was the girl’s biological mother and had branded her with a hot frying pan.
‘Fissures removed; Stalin has emerged as seasoned leader’, After a gap of 11 years, the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) has decided to work with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and support its candidate N. Marudu Ganesh in the Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar bypoll scheduled on December 21.The present political scenario in Tamil Nadu is causing much agony and anguish because of the way in which the AIADMK government is functioning. The AIADMK government has totally surrendered before the BJP government in the Centre.
Mega cluster for Banarasi carpet weavers of Bengal village, Weavers in a remote village in North Dinajpur district of West Bengal have been stitching Banarasi-style carpets for around three decades, but with little recognition. Only recently, the West Bengal directorate of textiles has decided to set up a mega carpet cluster at Malgaon village in Kaliaganj block of the district where these hand-woven carpets are being made since the middle of 1980s. “The preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) for the mega carpet cluster at Malgaon is nearly complete. Work for the project will start after the government approves the DPR,” District Industries Centre general manager Sunil Sarkar said. Besides weaving woolen carpets, the facility will have arrangements for training of workers, designing of carpets and marketing of the products, Sarkar told PTI.
Three days after Ockhi, Kanyakumari wails for its fishermen; government all at sea, Feeble assurances by the government have done little to clear the uncertainty over the number of fishermen said to be missing since cyclone Ockhi tore through the coastline of Tamil Nadu three days ago. The versions of fisherfolk and the government are contradictory. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who interacted with people in the worst-affected areas in Kanyakumari district on Sunday evening, said 357 fishermen, including 71from Tamil Nadu, had been rescued from the sea. She gave details of the rescue operations being undertaken by the Coast Guard and the IAF.
Jaya statue comes up in Coimbatore, The MGR centenary celebrations here on Sunday saw the installation of life-size bronze statues of former Chief Ministers Jayalalithaa and M.G. Ramachandran alongside the existing Anna statue on Avinashi Road, and the naming of the Gandhipuram flyover as the MGR flyover. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced a host of projects for the city on the occasion. AIADMK cadre were seen taking selfies next to the statues and praying to the late leaders.
Artificial Limb Centre revamp on the cards, THE ARTIFICIAL Limb Centre (ALC) of the Armed Forces is about to undergo a revamp, which will include setting up of a research facility and modernization of its manufacturing sector, senior officials of the Armed Forces Medical Service (AFMS) said on Sunday. On the occasion of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, the ALC had organized a ‘Continuing Rehabilitation Education (CRE) 2017’, titled ‘Rehabilitation of the Physically Challenged: Newer Horizons’. Addressing the audience, Surgeon Vice-Admiral U K Sharma, director general (Organisation and Personnel), spoke about the ALC’s holistic approach towards the rehabilitation of the amputees of the armed forces. “ALC has incorporated electronic, hydraulic, myoelectric limbs, sophisticated joints and microprocessor based prosthetic components,” he said. On the sidelines of the programme, he told the press about the department’s plan to revamp the ALC to promote more research.
Newborn case: Max hospital sacks two doctors, Max hospital authorities on Sunday decided to terminate the services of two doctors involved in the delivery of the premature baby who was declared dead but later found to be alive. Earlier in the day, Delhi police sent a notice to the hospital, asking their senior officials to join the probe. The cops are also going to record the statements of the two doctors who were allegedly associated with the case. Police have also asked the hospital for a detailed report on staff members who were present in the hospital on the day of incident.
Will find common ground to work together with Pakistan in fight against terror: Jim Mattis, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said he intends to work hard to find common ground with Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, which is necessary to restore the level of stability in South Asia to allow economic development. Ahead of his visit to Islamabad, Mr. Mattis said he wants to work with Pakistan, listening to one another without being combative with one another, listening to others perspective, to address the problems. Mr. Mattis is on a five-day tour to Egypt, Jordan, and Kuwait and Pakistan, since taking over the charge of the Pentagon.
UN voices alarm about spread of HIV in Egypt, The UN is voicing alarm over the spread of HIV in Egypt, where the number of new cases is growing by up to 40 percent a year, and where efforts to combat the epidemic are hampered by social stigma and a lack of funding to address the crisis. The virus that causes AIDS, UN officials say, is infecting more young and adolescent people than any other age group. Egypt, home to some 95 million people, ranks behind only Iran, Sudan and Somalia in the Middle East for the rate at which the epidemic is spreading, according to UN figures. In Egypt, patients are often jailed on trumped up charges and ostracized by society. The disease is associated with homosexuality, which is not explicitly illegal but is widely seen as a transgression against religion and nature in the conservative, Muslim-majority country.
‘If Pakistan doesn’t act, we’ll ensure terror safe havens don’t exist’, says CIA’s director, The US’s intelligence chief said that if Pakistan doesn’t act against terror safe havens in the country the US “will do everything it can to ensure they don’t exist anymore”, reported Voice of America (VOA) radio. This comment from Mike Pompeo, director of the US’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), came two days ahead of a visit to Pakistan by James Mattis, US defense secretary. Pompeo said that Mattis on his visit today will ask Pakistan nicely, first. He said the defense secretary will deliver US President Donald Trump’s message to Pakistan that he’s very serious about tackling terror safe havens.
China orders regions to ‘regulate’ gas market as prices soar, China’s state planner has ordered eight regions to meet with natural gas producers, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal operators and traders on Monday to “regulate” the market as prices of the clean fuel soar due to winter heating demand, a government official said. The meetings highlight Beijing’s concerns about rising gas prices amid its policy to shift millions of homes to gas heating from coal for the winter along with thousands of factories and businesses to combat air pollution. Last week, the industrial provinces of Hebei and Shandong warned of gas shortages and ordered cuts to some industrial and commercial users.
Nuclear-armed North Korea poses real danger to world: US NSA, A nuclear-armed North Korea poses the real danger to the world including its allies China and Russia, US National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H R McMaster said. Pyongyang acquiring nuclear weapons “would be the most destabilising development” in the post-World War II period, he told Fox News. “It is something that places us at direct risk, but places the world at risk. This is a regime that’s never met a weapon that it hasn’t proliferated. It’s a regime who’s said clearly its intentions are to use that weapon for nuclear blackmail and then to quote, “reunify” the peninsula under the red banner,” McMaster said.