Candidates of the ruling AIADMK and its arch-rival DMK today filed their nominations for the December 21 by-election to the prestigious Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly constituency in Chennai, represented by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa twice.
The Delhi High Court today asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) whether the Sasikala-T T V Dhinakaran faction of AIADMK can use the 'hat' symbol to file nominations for the upcoming by-poll to the R K Nagar assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu.
Cyclone Ockhi intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and moved towards Lakshadweep today after causing heavy rain that has left at least 13 people dead in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The Navy has been called in to rescue stranded fishermen. Cyclone Ockhi is likely to strengthen further, triggering a "red warning" for Lakshadweep - the highest category alert. The worst seems to be over in the mainland but forecasters have warned of heavy rain in parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Schools near the coast in the two states have been closed.
The Madras High Court today directed to remove all hoardings and arches from the roads of Coimbatore, put up in connection with the MGR centenary celebrations on December 3. The court's intervention came days after a software professional died in an accident in Coimbatore
Senior AIADMK leader E Madhusudhanan will be the party's candidate for the Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly seat in Chennai, by-elections for which will be held on December 21. The RK Nagar seat was left vacant by the death of AIADMK chief and former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and retaining it is a matter of prestige for Tamil Nadu's ruling party and also its first electoral test since the death of its powerful leader.
Eight people died in coastal Kerala and Tamil Nadu and nearly 90 fishermen remained missing as a depression above the Bay of Bengal turned into a cyclonic storm. Cyclone Ockhi, meteorologists say, is heading for Lakshadweep and is unlikely to make landfall in India. Currently it is hovering 130 km west-southwest of Trivandrum. Schools in seven districts across the two states have been closed. In Kanyakumari and Thoothukudi districts of Tamil Nadu, strong winds uprooted more than 500 trees, snapped power lines and damaged settlements close to the sea. Heavy showers are likely to continue for the next 24 hours.
The faction led by TTV Dhinakaran and VK Sasikala has no stake in the AIADMK and the two leaders do not have any locus standi to seek documents related to party funds, the Madras High Court was informed today.
Five days after Raghupathy Kandasamy, a 30-year-old software engineer died in Coimbatore after his motorcycle allegedly hit an illegally erected wooden arch, two activists were questioned by the Tamil Nadu police over graffiti that was painted on the road at the spot that he died.
Income Tax (IT) officials today raided 33 premises in Tamil Nadu and Madurai belonging to three business groups. It is a follow-up to its earlier searches linked to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala's family and business associates, said a senior official.