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  • Karunanidhi Buried At Chennai's Marina Beach, Next To Mentor Annadurai
    M Karunanidhi, a towering figure in Tamil Nadu politics, was given a state funeral and buried at Chennai's Marina Beach on Wednesday, in the presence of the country's top politicians. A massive crowd followed the DMK patriarch's casket from Rajaji Hall, where leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi had paid tribute to him earlier in the day. Two people were killed as the rush for a final glimpse of "Kalaignar", as the police used batons to control the surging crowds. The Madras High Court allowed Karunanidhi's burial at Marina Beach after overnight drama over the ruling AIADMK's refusal to give the five-time chief minister space at the beachfront which has memorials to three other former chief ministers including J Jayalalithaa. Karunanidhi died on Tuesday at 94.
  • Court To Decide On Karunanidhi Burial At Chennai's Marina Beach: 10 Facts
    A rare midnight hearing on the DMK's petition in the Madras High Court to seek permission for the former chief minister M Karunanidhi's burial along Marina beach was inconclusive after the ruling AIADMK government sought time to get back with its stand. The high court has gave the state 7 hours to make up its mind and resumed hearing at 8 am. The Tamil Nadu government had on Tuesday evening rejected the request from rival DMK, triggering sharp criticism of its decision in Tamil Nadu and beyond. The DMK says the AIADMK's refusal to give six-feet land to bury the five-time chief minister next to his mentor CN Annadurai's grave "reeks of pettiness and political vendetta".
  • Congress Candidate Likely For Rajya Sabha No 2 Post: 10 Facts
    The onus of fielding a candidate for the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson's post came to rest on Congress today in what was seen as a blow to the unity of the opposition, which failed to have a consensus candidate despite weeks of discussion and an edge in numbers. Suggestions for the name of BK Hariprasad came this evening after Sharad Pawar's party backtracked on the candidature of Vandana Chavan when it became clear Naveen Patnaik's BJD won't support her. The government, which is fielding Harivansh Narayan Singh from Nitish Kumar's party, tried consolidate numbers and bring disgruntled allies like the Akali Dal and Shiv Sena on board.
  • As Justice KM Joseph Finally Joins Top Court, A Seniority Row: 10 Facts
    A group of judges met Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today, upset about what they believe is the government's attempt to alter the seniority of Justice KM Joseph - whose elevation to the Supreme Court has been cleared after much back-and-forth in the past eight months. The chief justice reportedly promised the judges, including three from the Supreme Court collegium or panel that recommends appointments, that he would take up their protest with the centre. Government sources have justified the order that places Justice Joseph last among the three judges to be sworn in on Tuesday.
  • Top Court Adjourns Hearing On Article 35A Amid Kashmir Shutdown: 10 Facts
    The Supreme Court today adjourned hearing of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Article 35-A, which gives special rights and privileges to people of Jammu and Kashmir, and fixed August 27 as the next date. The matter was to be heard by a three-judge bench, but since Justice DY Chandrachud wasn't available, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said a two-judge can't hear it. Article 35A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir to acquire any immovable property in the state and gives special privileges to residents in jobs and scholarships. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has warned that fiddling with the state's special status would have "catastrophic ramifications" for the entire country. After separatists called for a two-day bandh starting Sunday in support of Article 35A, streets in Kashmir remained deserted, markets were closed and public transport was off the road. The Amarnath Yatra was also suspended.

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