TN Modi

Jallikattu Bull Replica, Shawl And More, Gifts Modi Received From People Of TN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the people of Palladam on Tuesday where he received immense affection and received a heartwarming gifts from the people of Tamil Nadu.

A huge gathering of supporters had lined up at the closing ceremony of the ‘En Mann Ek Makkal’ padayatra in where PM received immense affection from the Kongu region reflecting in what was presented to him on stage.

PM Modi was gifted a 67 kg Turmeric Mala (Garland) by people from Erode to thank him for establishing the Turmeric Board.

The Erode area is known for turmeric cultivation. Farmers from there feel the NDA government’s decision to set up the board will boost exports.

The Thoda tribal community’s gifted handmade shawl from Nilgiris was presented to PM to express gratitude because of PM’s emphasis on women SHGs. There is optimism that the shawl sales will rise significantly due to this.

However, a replica of Jallikattu Bull was also presented to the PM as a mark of thanks to bring back Jallikattu after Congress banned it in the time of UPA, where DMK was also a partner.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that even though the Bharatiya Janata Party has not been in power in Tamil Nadu but the state has always been in the heart of the BJP adding that his relationship with Tamil Nadu is not connected to politics but of that from the heart.

Addressing a public rally in Palladam, PM Modi said that his relationship with Tamil Nadu is decades old, adding that the people, who sit in air-conditioned rooms in Delhi, and dream of breaking the integrity of the country, need to come here and see that Tamil Nadu will shape the destiny of India in front of their eyes.

“Even though the BJP has not been in power in Tamil Nadu, the state has always been in the heart of the BJP. All my Tamil brothers and sisters understand this and are aware of it. So those who have looted the state for decades are scared of the increasing power of the BJP (in the state). Tamil Nadu has always given me unconditional love,” the prime minister said.

The Prime Minister further said that the Kongu region of Tamil Nadu represents India’s growth story in many ways.

“It is one of India’s most vibrant textile and industry hubs. It also contributes to our country’s wind energy capacity. This region is also known for the spirit of enterprise. Our risk-taking entrepreneurs and MSMEs play a role in making us the fastest growing economy,” it added.

He further said that this year, Tamil Nadu is going to create history, adding that the historical ‘en man en makkal’ padayatra is the biggest proof.

PM Modi is on a two-day visit to the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. (ANI)

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Coimbatore Blast Case

Coimbatore Car Blast: NIA Raids 21 Places, Arrests Four

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested four suspects during its raid at 21 locations across Tamil Nadu in the 2022 ISIS-inspired Coimbatore car bomb blast and the ISIS radicalisation and recruitment case, the agency said on Sunday.

The anti-terror agency search operation conducted on Saturday led to the seizure of a large number of electronic devices, material objects and documents. These included six laptops, 25 mobile phones, 34 SIM cards, six SD cards and three hard discs.

Raids were conducted at 11 locations associated with Madras Arabic College and Kovai Arabic College in connection with the radicalisation case, which involved individuals engaged in the clandestine radicalisation of gullible youth in the garb of Arabic language classes through the preaching of radical ideologies and promotion of violent Jihad at their Regional Study Centres in Tamil Nadu.

Besides the Arabic classes, the agency said, the radicalisation took place online, through social media platforms and mobile applications, such as WhatsApp and Telegram.

“The ISIS operatives were using the classes and the social media to impart radical sermons to propagate Khilafat and ISIS ideologies inimical to India’s constitutionally established principles of secularism and democracy,” said the NIA.

As per the anti-terror agency, susceptible youth were also being recruited to commit terrorist acts and unlawful activities, such as the Coimbatore car bomb blast that took place in October 2022.

The NIA investigations had further revealed that 10 accused arrested in the blast case had been associated with the Kovai Arabic College in Coimbatore.

The NIA teams on Saturday also simultaneously swooped down on another 10 places connected with the car bomb blast case.

“Extensive searches were conducted at various places linked with suspects, who were part of an encrypted mobile platform group, along with the accused arrested in connection with the ISIS-inspired VBIED terror attack in Coimbatore.”

Investigations showed that the suspects had eulogised Zahran Hashim, the dead Sri Lankan terrorist who had been preaching hate and violence and had orchestrated the PBIED attack that killed more than 250 civilians in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2019, said the NIA.

“The suspects and accused were found to have used the platform to discuss ISIS activities and prospects with a view of establishing the outfit’s foothold in India,” said the NIA.

Three of the persons arrested following the raids were linked with the Madras Arabic College, said the NIA, adding “they included one Jameel Basha Umari, who had floated the college to promote fundamentalism, extremism and radicalisation.”

Jameel Basha Umari had spoken vocally in support of Khilafat ideology and had also promoted and advocated the concept of martyrdom for violent Jihad. Two others, Maulvi Hussain Faizy alias Mohammed Hussain Faizy and Irshath, are former students of Jameel and Madras Arabic College, and had been responsible for rechristening Madras Arabic College as Kovai Arabic College, said the NIA.

The fourth accused arrested following the raids has been identified as Syed Abdur Rahman Umari, who was in possession of incriminating literature connected with ISIS. He was also involved in propagating the tenets of ISIS to the accused connected with the Coimbatore car bomb blast case through secret ‘bayans’ and ‘masooras’.

“Investigations in both RC.No.01/2023/NIA/CHE (TN ISIS Radicalisation and Recruitment Case) and RC.No. 01/2022/NIA/CHE (Coimbatore car bomb blast case), are continuing,” added the agency. (ANI)

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MK Stalin

I Have Returned With Substantial Invests: Stalin On Spain Visit

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has returned to Chennai after a visit to Spain on Wednesday. Senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader, Durai Murugan and Member of Parliament (MP), TR Baalu, welcomed the Chief Minister at the airport.

In a tweet on Tuesday night, Stalin expressed gratitude, saying, “Heading back to Tamil Nadu, I extend my heartfelt thanks to @IndiaInSpain for their coordination, Spain, its wonderful people, and our Tamil community for a treasure trove of memories!”

Speaking to the media upon his return, MK Stalin highlighted the success of his trip, stating, “I have returned with substantial investments for Tamil Nadu. During my visit to Spain on January 27th, I participated in an investor meeting and engaged with Invest Spain delegates. I conveyed the favorable investment climate in Tamil Nadu and urged them to invest in the state.”

Stalin emphasized the significance of Spain’s role in Tamil Nadu’s growth.

“Spain voyage was important for Tamil Nadu’s growth. The Parliament election is nearing so after that, only I’ll go on the next tour for investment,” MK Stalin said.

When asked about watching parliamentary proceedings, Stalin replied, “Yes, I watched and laughed. It seems as though the BJP is in opposition and the Congress is ruling.”

On the Prime Minister’s claim of winning 400 seats, Stalin remarked, “Will they only win that much? There are 534 constituencies, and I’m not surprised the PM aims for a clean sweep.”

Regarding actor Vijay starting a new political party, Stalin expressed support, saying, “I’ll be happy for anyone who comes forward to serve the people.”

Earlier in the week, Stalin concluded successful talks with top executives from Spain’s industrial giants, including Gestamp, Talgo, and Edibon.

“Wrapped up exhilarating talks with top executives from Spain’s industrial giants – #Gestamp, #Talgo, and #Edibon. Convinced them of the boundless opportunities in Tamil Nadu, India’s manufacturing powerhouse. Thrilled to seal the deal with Edibon, securing a massive investment of Rs. 540 crores! Also had a fruitful discussion with #Mabtree, a company engaged in R&D in immunotherapies. A fitting finale to the successful visit to Spain, “MK Stalin in a tweet.

“With such fruitful results, I will be departing from Spain and longing to see you all after quite a few days, which feel like eternity to me. Similarly, I am grateful to the Tamil community in Spain for the warm welcome and hospitality they have shown me,” he added. (ANI)

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People Shower Petals At Modi's Rameswaram Roadshow Cavalcade

People Shower Petals At Modi’s Rameswaram Roadshow Cavalcade

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a roadshow in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and was welcomed by people with showering of petals.

He reached Rameswaram to perform darshan and pooja in Sri Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple.

Thousands of residents and BJP workers were present on both sides of the road to welcome the Prime Minister. Some of them were also carrying BJP flags. PM Modi waved back to people reciprocating their gesture.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister participated in a programme at Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. Prime Minister also listened to various scholars reciting verses from the Kamba Ramayanam in this temple.

Prime Minister Modi is observing an 11-day Anushthan ahead of ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Shri Ram Lalla in Ayodhya on January 22.

PM Modi sought blessings from an elephant named ‘Andal’ in the temple premises.

Located in Srirangam, Trichy, the temple is one of the most ancient temple complexes in the country and finds mention in various ancient texts including the Puranas and the Sangam era texts. It is famous for its architectural grandeur and its numerous iconic gopurams. The main deity worshipped here is Sri Ranganatha Swamy, a reclining form of Bhagwaan Vishnu. Vaishnava scriptures mention the connection between the idol worshipped in this temple and Ayodhya.

It is believed that the image of Vishnu which used to be worshipped by Sri Rama and his ancestors was given by him to Vibhishana to take it to Lanka and on the way, this idol was fixed in Srirangam.

Sri Ramanujacharya, the great philosopher and saint, is also deeply associated with this temple’s history. There are various important places in this temple – the famous Kamba Ramayanam was first presented publicly by the Tamil poet Kamban in a particular place in this complex.

Prime Minister Modi has, over the last few days, visited several temples in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala ahead of the Pran Pratishtha at Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22. (ANI)

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Modi, TN Governor Plant 'Rudraksha' Saplings On Raj Bhavan Premises

Modi, TN Governor Plant ‘Rudraksha’ Saplings On Raj Bhavan Premises

On a two-day visit to Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi planted saplings of Rudraksha along with Governor RN Ravi on the premises of Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Saturday.

“Hon’ble Prime Minister Thiru Narendra Modi planted saplings of holy #Rudraksha in the premises of Raj Bhavan, Chennai, today,” read a post on the official X handle of Raj Bhavan, Tamil Nadu, on Saturday.

Prime Minister Modi, who is currently observing an 11-day Anushthan till the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ of Shri Ram Lalla in Ayodhya on January 22, arrived in Tiruchirappalli on Saturday.

On his arrival to the city, Prime Minister Modi was accorded a warm reception by a big crowd as his cavalcade made its way out of the airport.

Acknowledging the cheering locals who chanted his name, PM Modi smiled and waved at them from his vehicle.

He also offered prayers at the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Tiruchirappalli.

Also, during his visit, PM Modi sought blessings from an elephant named ‘Andal’ in the temple premises.

The jumbo was also pictured playing a mouth organ as PM Modi watched in amazement.

Located in Srirangam, Trichy, the temple ranks among the most ancient shrines in the country and finds a mention in various ancient texts, including the Puranas and the Sangam-era scriptures.

It is famous for its architectural grandeur and numerous iconic gopurams. The main deity worshipped here is Sri Ranganatha Swamy, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu.

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled for a darshan at the Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi on Sunday and will also perform a puja at the shrine. He will also visit Arichal Munai, which is said to be the place from where the ‘Ram Setu’ was built.

Continuing his routine over the last several days of visiting several temples and attending to the chanting of verses from the epic ‘Ramayana’ in various languages–Marathi, Malayalam and Telugu, PM Modi is scheduled to attend ‘Shri Ramayana Paryana’ at the Sri Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple on Sunday.

During the programme, eight different traditional Mandalis will recite the Sanskrit, Awadhi, Kashmiri, Gurumukhi, Assamese, Bengali, Maithili, and Gujarati Ramkathas (recounting the episode of Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya).

Prime Minister Modi has, over the last few days, visited several temples in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala ahead of the grand January 22 opening of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. (ANI)

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Tamil Nadu

Modi Assures Support To Tamil Nadu Flood Situation

In the aftermath of the devastating Cyclone Michaung, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured support for Tamil Nadu and deputed Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to assess the flood situation.

In a post on X, Chief Minister MK Stalin expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister’s prompt attention to the dire situation.

“Prime Minister @narendramodi called me to inquire about the unprecedented floods in Southern Tamil Nadu, immediately after #CycloneMichaung,” CM Stalin said in the post.

The Chief Minister apprised the Prime Minister of the urgent need for financial support from the Union government to address the mounting challenges faced by the state.

“I have explained to him the massive rescue and relief efforts undertaken by the state government, despite resource constraints, and sought immediate financial support from the Union government,” he added.

In response to the Chief Minister’s plea, PM Modi assured full support from the Union government to help Tamil Nadu overcome these twin calamities.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister conveyed that Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been deputed to assess the flood situation on the ground.

“Prime Minister has assured the support of the Union government to overcome these twin calamities and conveyed that he has deputed Union Finance Minister @nsitharaman to assess the flood situation,” Stalin said.

As Tamil Nadu grapples with the aftermath of the cyclone and flooding, the state government and the Centre have jointly mobilised a massive rescue and relief operation to help the affected people.

As many as 35 deaths have been reported so far in the ongoing flooding, with Thoothukudi district accounting for 22 fatalities and Tirunelveli 13.

On Saturday, Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Shiv Das Meena said the rescue operation in the flood-affected southern districts of the state has been completed and the focus now is on the restoration of basic services there. However, communication lines in some districts are still in disarray in the aftermath of the flood.

Roads and railway tracks have been left inundated due to the incessant rainfall across the state. (ANI)

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Madras High Court Tamil Nadu

Madras HC Sentences K Ponmudi To 3 Years Of Imprisonment in DA case

The Madras High Court on Thursday sentenced Tamil Nadu Education Minister K Ponmudi to 3 years of simple imprisonment in a Disproportionate Assets (DA) case.

Justice G Jayachandran of Madras High Court sentenced the Education Minister and also imposed a fine of Rs 50 lakh each on Ponmudi and his wife.

However, the judge suspended the sentence for 30 days for Ponmudi, as he currently holds the Higher Education Minister portfolio.

Earlier, on Tuesday, the Madras HC set aside the trial court’s ruling that cleared Ponmudi of charges in the DA case.

While allowing an appeal filed by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC), Justice G Jayachandran set aside the trial court’s judgement in which Minister Ponmudi was acquitted from the case. Justice Jayachandran directed Ponmudi and his wife to appear before the court on December 21 (Thursday).

The trial court, on June 28, 2023, in its order, acquitted Tamil Nadu Education Minister Ponmudi.

The case dates back to the period when the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) was in power from 2006 to 2011. Ponmudi and his wife, Visalakshi, were prosecuted during the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) regime in 2011 for allegedly accumulating assets beyond their income.

The investigation in the case was led by Villupuram District Anti-Corruption Superintendent of Police, Kanniyappan.

More than a hundred people were investigated and chargesheets were filed in the case. It was alleged that Minister Ponmudi and Visalakshi had accumulated more than Rs 1.36 crore in assets.

Initially, the case was tried in the Villupuram Chief Criminal Court but it was shifted to the Villupuram Anti-Corruption Special Court in 2015.

In November 2022, following the transition of power and DMK taking charge, the case was transferred to the Vellore District Principal Sessions Court in November 2022.

A significant turn of events occurred when Ponmudi and his wife made a court appearance on the day of judgement in the asset embezzlement case. The presiding judge ruled in favour of the accused, citing insufficient evidence as grounds for acquittal from the property transfer charge.

As there was no appeal on behalf of the anti-bribery department against this judgement on June 28, Madras High Court Judge Anand Venkatesh took up the case.

Justice N. Anand Venkatesh of Madras High Court took up Suo Motu of the trial court order where Higher Education Minister Ponmudi was acquitted in the DA case booked by DVAC in 2006.

Ponmudi had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court as well, seeking consideration and potential resolution in the DA matter but the plea was later dismissed by the apex court. (ANI)

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Stalin Jaishankar

Stalin Writes To Jaishankar, Urges Release Of 45 Fishermen Held By Lanka

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday wrote to External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar, urging him to take steps for the release of 45 fishermen and 138 fishing boats from Sri Lanka.

On December 13, six more Indian fishermen were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy, in the third such incident in a week, the CM stated in his letter to the EAM.

As many as six Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were fishing in the international waters, were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy along with their trawler, near the Kankesanthurai area in the Emerald Isle on Wednesday.

According to the Sri Lankan Navy, the fishermen were involved in ‘illegal poaching’ and were detained off the Kovilan Lighthouse in Kareinagar in a special operation.

“The Navy continues to conduct regular patrols and operations in Sri Lankan waters to curb illegal fishing practices by foreign fishing trawlers, taking into account the consequences of these practices on the livelihood of local fishermen and marine resources of the country,” read an official release by the Lankan navy.

The six fishermen belonged to the Pudukkottai district of Tamil Nadu.

Of the six, five fishermen were identified as Naresh (27), Anandababu (25), Ajay (24), Nandakumar (28) and Ajith (26).

However, the sixth person has still not been identified.

Earlier, 25 Indian fishermen, who were fishing in international waters, were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy along with their two trawlers, off Point Pedro town in Sri Lanka on December 9

The 25 fishermen belonged to the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu and the Karaikal district of Puducherry.

The relatives of the fishermen expressed their concern about the incident and requested both central and state governments to rescue them, along with their two lifeboats.

Last month, 27 Indian fishermen held earlier were released by the Lankan authorities. They returned to the Chennai airport on separate days in sets of 12 and 15.

Earlier, in October, a total of 64 fishermen from Rameshwaram and Mandapam in Tamil Nadu were arrested in three separate batches by the Sri Lankan navy, for alleged cross-border fishing. They were held along with their boats and fishing nets.

Both the Tamil Nadu government and the Centre had expressed concern over the arrest of the fishermen. (ANI)

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M.K Stalin Rajnikanth

Stalin Wishes Rajinikanth On His Birthday

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M.K Stalin on Tuesday extended a heartfelt birthday wish to the megastar Rajinikanth.

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), Stalin wrote in Tamil, “Happy Birthday to my beloved friend Rajinikanth. I wish you to continue to make people happy by giving successful movies with happiness and fulfilment.”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Rajinikanth is basking in the success of ‘Jailer’. He plays a man seeking to avenge the death of his cop son in the movie. Mohanlal, Shivarajkumar, and Jackie Shroff were seen in important cameos in the film.

In the coming months, he will be seen sharing screen space with Amitabh Bachchan in ‘ ‘Thalaivar 170’. It is being directed by TJ Gnanavel. Bachchan and Rajinikanth last worked together in the 1991 film ‘Hum’, directed by Mukul Anand. (ANI)

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Marapalam

TN: 8 Dead, Several Injured As Tourist Bus Falls Into Gorge Near Marapalam

At least eight people including three women were killed, while several others were seriously injured after a tourist bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge near Tamil Nadu’s Marapalam on Saturday evening, police said. 

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Coimbatore Zone, Saravana Sundar, while speaking to ANI, said, “Around eight people died, while a few were seriously injured in the accident. Further investigation is underway.” 

Palani Samy, Joint Director of Coonoor Government Hospital, also confirmed 8 deaths. “The deceased included three females and 5 males,” he said. 

At least 25 tourists were reportedly injured in the accident. 

As per the police, the bus was on its way from Ooty to Mettupalaym in the Coimbatore district of the Southern state when the accident took place. 

The injured had been rushed to Coonoor government hospital for treatment. 

“55 people were in the bus. 35 people were injured and sent to Coonoor government hospital for treatment by ambulance,” officials said. 

During the preliminary inquiry, it came to light that the driver lost control over the wheels and ended up falling into a 100 ft-deep gorge at Marapalam near Coonoor, as per police. 

More details are awaited. (ANI)

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