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  • Nanjangud Bypoll A Dress Rehearsal For Karnataka Elections Next Year?
    Nanjangud, about 20 kilometres from Mysore in Karnataka, is known for its Shiva temple and bananas. The town is now witnessing a bypoll battle between a former Congressman who joined the BJP, and the ruling Congress itself - right in Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's stronghold. With elections due in Karnataka next year, the results could be seen as a test of the chief minister's popularity as he leads the party into the election in one of the few states where the Congress is in power. And the BJP is making it a fight.
  • Tamil Nadu Government Asked To Renew Licenses Of Hotels, Restaurants
    Reserving its order on a plea seeking to cancel the licenses of hotels and restaurants functioning without adequate parking facility in Chennai, the Madras High Court today directed Tamil Nadu government to renew the licenses of all hotels.
  • Kerala's Big Cash Crunch: ATMs, Salaries and Pensions Are Hit
    The cash crisis has returned to haunt Kerala, threatening to disrupt withdrawal of salary and pensions by government employees across the state. The Kerala government on Tuesday declared that the state treasury had the money but not the currency notes that people needed. If the central bank does not step in, Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac warned, disbursal of salaries and pensions for April could be hit.
  • 2-Week-Old Kerala News Channel, 'Honey-Trapped' Minister, And 8 Reporters
    Five journalists in Kerala, all working with the same news channel, have been arrested by the police in connection with "honey-trapping" a minister who resigned last week over an obscene phone call. Eight journalists who were involved in the case had surrendered earlier this evening.
  • Kerala Facing Acute Shortage Of Currency Notes
    People in Kerala, for the past two days, are facing a severe shortage of currency notes. State Finance Minister Thomas Issac today said the crisis is severe and it has come to a stage that even the payment of salaries and pensions through state treasuries is being affected.
  • Madras High Court Tells Tamil Nadu To Waive All Farm Loans Amid Protest In Delhi
    In an order that would bring relief to thousands of farmers in drought hit Tamil Nadu, the Madras High Court has directed the state government to expand its farm loan waiver scheme to include farmers who own more than five acres.
  • German Tourist Rape: Tamil Nadu Police Release Sketch Of Suspect
    The police in Tamil Nadu have released a sketch of the suspect who allegedly raped a 38-year-old German tourist at a beach in Mahabalipuram on Sunday. Several special teams have been deployed to catch the man, they said.
  • Sasikala faction Caught Using AIADMK's Two-Leaf Symbol, Gets Warning
    Days after freezing the two-leaf symbol of AIADMK, the Election Commission today pulled up the party's VK Sasikala faction, which has apparently been using the symbol in the run-up to the by-election in Chennai's RK Nagar constituency.
  • Karnataka Officials Allege Attack By Sand Mafia, 6 Arrested
    Two women administration officials in Karnataka were allegedly attacked during a raid on an illegal sand mining unit late last night. Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis has filed a complaint with the police, saying an attempt was made to kill her and assistant commissioner Shilpa Nag, when they had gone to Kandlur. Both of them are safe.
  • 2 Women Officers Attacked During Raid At Karnataka's Illegal Sand Mining Sites
    Two senior women bureaucrats, including an IAS officer, were allegedly assaulted by a group of sand miners when they raided an illegal sand extraction unit in neighbouring Udupi district, police said today.
  • Elect Me First: BJP Leader In Kerala Looks For Exit From Beef Controversy
    A BJP leader in Kerala who is running for parliament attempted today to dismount a controversy centred on his stand on whether beef should be banned.
  • 2-Lamp, 2-Leaf Controversy In Fight For J Jayalalithaa's Seat: 10 Points
    In a campaign video for the by-election to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's RK Nagar assembly seat, the electric lamp symbol allotted to the O Panneerselvam faction of the AIADMK seems to settle in a green glow that resembles two leaves. The other faction headed by J Jayalalithaa's long-time companion VK Sasikala has complained that it is a misuse of the party's original two-leaf symbol, which has been frozen by the Election Commission. In reply to a notice from the poll panel, the O Panneerselvam or OPS camp has denied misusing the two-leaf symbol.
  • German Tourist Allegedly Raped In Tamil Nadu's Mahabalipuram
    A 38-year-old German tourist was allegedly raped in Tamil Nadu's Mahabalipuram on Saturday, police has said.
  • BJP Candidate In Kerala Promises Good Beef If Voted To Power
    Even as most of the BJP-ruled states have supported tough laws against the cow slaughter, a party's candidate in Kerala's Mallapuram is promising voters good beef in his constituency if elected.
  • 'Y' Security For Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam
    Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has been given a VIP security cover by the central government for potential threats.

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