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3rd T20I: India edge past West Indies in last ball thriller


Shikhar Dhawaan (File Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Shikhar Dhawaan (File Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
A brilliant batting display from Shikhar Dhawan (92) and Rishabh Pant (58) helped India edge past West Indies by six wickets in a last-ball thriller in the final match of the Twenty20 International series here on Sunday.
 
With this win, India completed a whitewash in the three-match series.
 
After two quick wickets, Dhawan and Pant batted well and put India on the brink of victory but Pant's wicket in the penultimate over changed the scenario of the match and the game went to the last over.
 
Needing five runs in seven balls, Dhawan and Manish Pandey scored four runs in first three balls but then a dot ball and Dhawan's wicket made the match interesting which could have been finished much earlier.
 
Needing one run in one ball, Manish, who seemed out of sorts in the middle, somehow managed to steal a run to hand India a victory.
 
Chasing a challenging score of 182, India started on a bad note, losing opener Rohit Sharma (4) in the third over.
 
New batsman Lokesh Rahul (17) then came in the middle and displayed some brilliant shots but soon he was also dismissed by Oshane Thomas in the sixth over.
 
With the scoreboard reading 45/2, Dhawan (92) and Pant (58) took  charge and hammered the Windies' bowlers all around the park to forge a 130-run partnership. In the process, the duo completed their respective half centuries.
 
But just when it seemed India will finish off the proceedings in style, Pant was dismissed in the 19th over.
 
New batsman Pandey then struggled at the crease but at the end, India managed to steal the game off the very last ball.
 
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Earlier, a good batting show helped West Indies post a challenging total of 181/3.
 
The visitors applied themselves perfectly and made sure they did not lose wickets till the end which saw middle-order batsmen Darren Bravo (43 not out) and Nicholas Pooran (53 not out) taking the charge towards the end, helping their team to post a decent score.
 
Opting to bat, openers Shai Hope (24) and Shimron Hetmyer (26) started the proceedings on a good note, forging a 51-run partnership in six overs.
 
But while trying to accelerate the score, Hope was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal in the seventh over. After adding 11 more runs to the total with Bravo, Hetmyer was also sent packing by Chahal.
 
Despite two quick wickets, Bravo kept on playing sensibly with Denesh Ramdin (15). Just when things seemed good in the middle, Ramdin played a poor shot and was clean bowled by Washington Sundar in the 13th over when the scoreboard was reading 94/3.
 
New batsman Pooran then joined Bravo in the middle and started punishing the bad balls. The duo forged a crucial unbeaten 87-run partnership for the fourth wicket and helped West Indies finish their innings in style.
 
Pooran played 25 balls and slammed four boundaries and as many sixes.
 
For India, Chahal took two wickets while Sundar scalped one.
 
Brief scores: West Indies 181/3 (Darren Bravo 43 not out, Nicholas Pooran 53 not out; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/28) against India 182/4 (Shikhar Dhawan 92, Rishabh Pant 58; Keemo Paul 2/32)
 

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West Indies to bat first in 3rd T20I vs India

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West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first in the third and final Twenty20 International match against India at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.
 
West Indies are playing with an unchanged team while India made two changes to the team, bringing in Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar in place of Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.
 
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal.
 
West Indies: Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin(wk), Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite(captain), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Oshane Thomas.
 
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Malayalam actress Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy passes away at 90

Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy
Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy
Well-known Malayalam actress and dubbing artiste Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy, who appeared in several films as an elderly mother or grandmother, passed away at a private hospital here on Saturday,
 
She was 90. She is survived by  a daughter, Sandhya, and a son, Arun.
 
Among the movies in which she appeared are Kamal's Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1996), Sathyan Anthikad's Thooval Kottaram (1996), G Aravindan's Vasthuhara (1991), Shaji N Karun's Piravi (1988) and Hariharan's Panchagni (1986).
 
Born at Chalappuram in Kozhikode, Kerala to Chengalathu Devaki Amma and Mullassery Govinda Menon, Lakshmi wanted to become a nurse but became an artiste-cum-announcer for All India Radio while studying at the Presidency College here. She later began worked for All India Radio in Kozhikode in 1950.
 
In between, she got married to Krishnamoorthy, who belonged to Mysore and was working in the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) at Hyderabad.
 
Lakshmi went on to act in plays and began working as a dubbing artiste. She soon bagged the role of a former freedom fighter in Panchagni to set out on a new career in films.
 
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Confident India aim for whitewash in final T20I against West Indies

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Having already clinched the three-match rubber 2-0, India will be looking for a clean sweep against the West Indies when the two sides face off in the final T20 International at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.
 
However, Chennai fans will miss their favourite "Thala" in former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been dropped from the ongoing T20I series and also the coming T20I rubber in Australia later this month.
 
With the series already in India's kitty, after convincing wins in Kolkata and Lucknow, the team management had decided to rest some of the key bowlers in pacers Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav for the final match. 
 
In such a scenario, the home side would look to test their reserve players like Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar and the uncapped Shahbaz Nadeem ahead of the challenging tour Down Under, later this month.
 
India's batting department will be spearheaded by skipper Rohit Sharma, who struck a blistering century to hand the hosts a comfortable 2-0 lead in the second game.
 
Besides Sharma, his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan has also been amongst the runs, while the middle order responsibilities will be shouldered by the likes of Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant.
 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead the pace attack that comprises the rookie left-armer Khaleel Ahmed and the newly-added Siddharth Kaul.
 
It will be interesting to see whether the team management tweaks the spin department comprising leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and left-armer Krunal Pandya, with Sundar and Nadeem still warming the bench.
 
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On the other hand, the West Indies will aim to finish off on a high and are expected to come out all guns blazing for one final time in the tour.
 
While the absence of regular openers -- Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis -- has been a setback for them, the experienced middle order comprising Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin have flopped big time in the opening two matches.
 
Skipper Carlos Brathwaite and the young Shimron Hetmyer will also need to pull up their socks if the visitors want to put up a fight at Chepauk.
 
On the bowling front, Oshane Thomas has waged a lone battle so far as the other West Indian bowlers have looked pedestrian on most occasions.
 
Teams:
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Krunal Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
 
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Oshane Thomas, Shai Hope (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Obede McCoy, Rovman Powell, Sherfane Rutherford.
 
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Naidu meets Stalin, wants opposition parties to sink differences

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Continuing his efforts to forge a grand alliance against the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Friday met DMK President M. K. Stalin and urged opposition parties to sink their differences in the interest of the nation and democracy.
 
"We are all together in bringing parties on one platform. One or two may have differences of opinion. We (TDP) had differences with Congress for 40 years but at the same time now we are working how to bring together all. Democracy is important. It is for people to sink their differences. People are prepared now," he told reporters after an hour-long meeting with Stalin at his residence.
 
Naidu said he had a meeting with former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda and Karnataka Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru on Thursday and had a good meeting. "I am in touch with Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal Chief Minister) and would be meeting her soon as part of these efforts," he said.
 
Recalling his meeting with Congress President Rahul Gandhi last week in the national capital, he said, "All of us want to join together and save the nation."
 
The TDP chief deftly avoided answering questions on who will be the face of the opposition grouping against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
"There are so many leaders. Even Stalinji is better than Modi. We might have differences with Congress. But when you think of nation, national interest is utmost importance. Everybody is joining together on one platform. Today, you are talking of individuals. I am taking of democracy. If democracy survives only then you can elect leaders. If there is no democracy, there is nothing."
 
Replying to a question, Naidu said Rahul Gandhi is the Congress President and is the main anchor for the opposition against the BJP and his party has an all-India presence.
 
"We are regional parties. Even Mamata Banerjee is strong in West Bengal. I am strong in Andhra Pradesh. Deve Gowda is strong in Karnataka and Stalin is strong in Tamil Nadu," he said.
 
To another question, Naidu said he was not the face of the opposition grouping. "I am not an aspirant. I am only a facilitator. I will bring everybody together," he said.
 
On his part, Stalin said that he welcomes Naidu's efforts to bring together opposition parties against the anti-people and communal government of Modi. 
 
"I have already welcomed his meeting with Congress President on this account. Naidu has told me that he was planning to convene a meeting of like-minded parties either in Delhi or any other state capital to draw up a strategy to defeat BJP in the Lok Sabha polls. I have accepted his invitation," he said.
 
Both the leaders attacked the Modi government for undermining the autonomy of institutions like the RBI, CBI, office of Governors, saying that democracy and the nation were under immense threat.
 
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Faced with threat, Sarkar undergoes voluntary cuts, muting of dialogue

 
AIADMK workers vandalise Vijay-starrer 'Sarkar' movie's posters
With the ruling AIAMDK opposed to the Vijay-starring 'Sarkar' over certain scenes and a character's name, the producer and director of the Tamil movie have obtained CBFC's permission to voluntarily delete some visuals and mute some dialogues, said an official.
 
The Central Board of Film Certification said excisions and modifications carried out in the originally certified movie were: (a) deletion of visuals of throwing a mixie and grinder into fire; (b) muting the name 'Komala' from the full name of the character 'Komalavalli' and removing the same from subtitles; and (c) muting the dialogue 'Podhuppaniththuraia' (PWD) and '56 Varusham' (56 years) and the removal of those words from subtitles.
 
Tamil Nadu Minister for Information and Publicity Kadambur Raju said the issue has been settled as the film unit "has agreed to our demand of removing the objectionable scene."
 
The AIADMK's objection was to the scene that showed the actor throwing out mixie and grinder -- given free by the government to the poor -- into the fire.
 
The AIAMDK government under late J. Jayalalithaa offered free mixer, grinder, laptops and others to the poor.
 
The other reason for the ruling party opposing the movie is the name of a character 'Komalavalli' which they say is the birth name of their late leader Jayalalithaa.
 
On Thursday state Law Minister C.Ve. Shanmugam compared the scenes (burning of freebies) in the movie with terrorist activity aimed at instigating violence against the state government.
 
Party cadres protested outside the theatres which screened the movie in several places and damaged the banners on Thursday and Friday morning.
 
Earlier in the day, actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan tweeted: "It is nothing new for the state government to exert illegal political pressure on movies that got proper certification."
 
"Governments that does not have the guts to accept criticisms will derail. The businessmen group will go and the good people who would come to power will win," Kamal Haasan said.
 
Similarly, actor Rajinikanth tweeted in support of the the movie condemning damage to the film's banners.
 
Meanwhile, the Madras High Court ordered the Tamil Nadu police not to arrest 'Sarkar' movie Director A.R. Murugadoss who had approached it seeking anticipatory bail.
 
He had approached the court after state ministers voiced their opposition to the movie with Law Minister Shanmugam threatening legal action.
 
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ISL: Chennaiyin record first win of season, beat Pune 4-2

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Defending champions Chennaiyin FC tasted victory for the first time this season with a convincing 4-2 win against FC Pune City in their Indian Super League (ISL) tie at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Ashique Kuruniyan's early goal in the ninth minute gave Pune the lead but a strong second-half from Chennaiyin allowed John Gregory's men to seal three points. Mailson Alves equalised with a header in the 53rd minute and Gregory Nelson completed the comeback two minutes later. Inigo Calderon and Thoi Singh helped the visitors increase their lead and Jonathan Vila's late goal was nothing more than a consolation.
 
Brazilian striker Marcelinho was given marching orders after a dangerous tackle on Germanpreet Singh as Pune ended the game with 10 men to compound interim coach Pradyum Reddy's woes since another striker, Diego Carlos de Oliveira, also remains suspended for another red card against FC Goa.
 
A tentative start by the defending champions was punished by Pune City less than 10 minutes into the match. An audacious cross-field diagonal ball by Robin Singh allowed Kuruniyan to race past Inigo Calderon on the left flank and beat Karanjit Singh from a tight angle inside the box.
 
John Gregory's men had the lion's share of the ball but struggled to create clear-cut chances with it. The visitors were content to use the turnovers to good effect whenever they sensed an opportunity from them.
 
Chennaiyin came out of their blocks quickly after the restart and scored the equaliser in the 53rd minute. Martin Diaz fouled Anirudh Thapa outside the box and the young midfielder picked out Mailson Alves at the far post from the resulting free-kick. The skipper's looping header hit the back of the net, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.
 
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The match turned on its head as the champions took the lead two minutes later. The scorer turned provider as Mailson's long ball found Nelson on the right flank who ran behind Lalchhuanmawia Fanai before chipping the ball over an onrushing Kamaljit Singh.
 
Chennaiyin doubled their lead in the 69th minute from Thapa's corner-kick. Pune's defence failed to tackle the delivery from the corner and Raphael Augusto managed to push the ball into the path of Calderon who tapped the ball into the net.
 
The visitors grew in confidence as the second half progressed and scored their fourth goal three minutes later. Augusto played a delightful ball across the face of goal for Jeje whose shot was kept out by the goalkeeper. The rebound fell perfectly for Thoi who made no mistake from handshaking distance.
 
Augusto almost wrote his name onto the scoresheet with a dipping effort on goal but the swerving effort full of Brazilian flair hit the crossbar.
 
Pune grabbed a consolation goal in the 90th minute when Jonathan Vila rose the highest at the near post to head in Marcelinho's well-taken corner kick. Marcelinho, however, jumped into a dangerous tackle to steal the ball off Germanpreet Singh with just seconds left on the clock and the forward was punished with a straight red card.
 
Pune are now at the bottom of the league ladder with just two points from six matches while Chennaiyin moved up to the eighth spot with four points from seven matches.
 
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Football: Mumbai beat Chennaiyin 1-0

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Chennaiyin FCs nightmarish start to their Indian Super League (ISL) title defence continued as Mumbai City FC inflicted a 1-0 defeat on them at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Saturday.
 
Modou Sougou's (20th minute) third ISL goal of the season was enough for the Islanders as Chennaiyin slumped to their fifth defeat in six games. Mumbai City, meanwhile, have moved up to the fifth spot with 10 points from six games. 
 
The home team, chasing a much-needed win, started the game brightly. But they could not fashion any noteworthy opportunity in the initial exchanges. Mumbai City also looked out of ideas whenever they ventured forth until the 20th minute as the home team's troubles at the back continued. 
 
Good work from a persistent Rafael Bastos was rewarded when he slid in Sougou through on goal. The striker scuffed his initial shot which was parried back to him by goalkeeper Karanjit Singh in Chennaiyin goal. The Senegalese reacted well and turned the loose ball home. 
 
There was renewed vigour from the home team as they searched for an equaliser. However, the likes of Raphael Augusto and Carlos Salom just could not make an impact in the final third. 
 
Mumbai City also looked comfortable dealing with whatever Chennaiyin threw at them as the home team failed to register even a single shot on target in the first half. 
 
Jorge Costa's side should have scored the insurance goal early in the second half when Arnold Issoko broke forward before squaring a pass for Sougou whose first touch let him down. 
 
Chennaiyin coach John Gregory responded by sending on Gregory Nelson who infused some much-needed energy into their attacks. 
 
Around the hour mark, Augusto did well to reach the byline and find Salom with a cut-back. His shot deflected off a defender and came crashing back of the post. But Thoi Singh slammed the rebound against Mumbai custodian Amrinder Singh, much to the disbelief of the home crowd.
 
Nelson, showing some guile, outfoxed a couple of Mumbai defenders before setting Germanpreet Singh up inside the penalty box but the midfielder's shot was blocked as another chance went begging for Chennaiyin FC. 
 
Despite concerted effort to score an equaliser, the home team's lack of cutting edge up front ensured Mumbai City would go home with all three points while Chennaiyin are left seeking their first win.
 
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With 20 TN seats vacant, it will be mini-assembly poll

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A total of 20 assembly seats are vacant in Tamil Nadu as of Thursday following the Madras High Court judgment in the AIADMK MLAs case and it will be a sort of mini-assembly elections if bye-elections are to held simultaneously.
 
The bye-elections for 20 seats will be an acid test for the leadership of Chief Minister K. Palaniswami, DMK President M. K. Stalin and the sidelined AIADMK leader T. T. V. Dhinakaran, now an independent legislator, said a political analyst. 
 
"Normally bypolls are to be held within six months of a seat falling vacant. Owning to the death of MLAs -- M. Karunanidhi (Tiruvarur) and A. K. Bose (Thiruparankundram) -- two seats are vacant. 
 
"The Madras High Court on Thursday upheld the Tamil Nadu Speaker P. Dhanapal's decision to disqualify 18 dissident AIADMK legislators, taking the total of vacant seats to 20. If the bypolls are held by the Election Commission then it will be a sort of mini-assembly elections," political analyst John Arokiasamy told IANS.
 
"The Election Commission cannot postpone holding bypolls for 20 constituencies. The people need their representatives in the assembly with more than three years left for the assembly polls," he said.
 
There are various possibilities of holding the bypolls separately or along with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
 
According to him, it is advantage DMK if the bypolls are held. Even if DMK wins 10 seats then the stability of the AIADMK government will be an issue.
 
"The bypolls if held for 20 seats will be like a mini assembly poll. It will put to test the leadership of Palaniswami, Stalin and Dhinakaran," Arokiasamy said.
 
He said the polls will also test the strength of two leaves symbol of AIADMK under the current party leadership.
 
Differing with him another analyst S. Raveenthran Thuraiswamy told IANS: "In my view the bypolls will be held along with the Lok Sabha polls. The split in AIADMK is between two major castes -- Gounder and Devars. The Devar community will back Dhinakaran while the Gounder will back Palaniswami. The DMK may not get any advantage but may lose the votes of these two castes," Thuraiswamy said.
 
Meanwhile, Stalin in a statement said the bypolls for the 20 assembly constituencies should be held immediately.
 
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In the 235-member Assembly, the AIADMK has 115 members followed by the DMK with 88, Congress eight, one of the IUML, one Independent, the Speaker and 20 vacant seats (18 disqualified and two dead). Besides, there is a nominated member.
 
Three legislators though belonging to three different parties won their seats under the AIADMK's two leaves symbol. Of that, one legislator Karunas is openly supporting Dhinakaran.
 
Reacting to the judgement in the MLAs disqualification case, Dhinakaran told reporters: "We will discuss with the 18 legislators and decide on the future course of action." He said it was "an experience for us".
 
"If the 18 disqualified legislators decide to go on appeal against the decision, then we will go for an appeal," Dhinakaran said.
 
Speaking to reporters after the Madras High Court verdict the advocate for 18 disqualified legislators N. Raja Senthoor Pandian said there are three options -- appeal to the Supreme Court, face bypolls or prefer an appeal and face the bypolls.
 
A spokesperson of PMK N. Vinobha said that the Election Commission has to hold the bypolls for Thiruparankundram and Tiruvarur constituencies by February 2019.
 
The PMK, as a policy, does not contest in bypolls.
 
Queried whether the party would continue with that policy if bypolls are held for 20 seats simultaneously Vinobha said: "Two scenarios are there. The bypolls could be held separately or held together with Lok Sabha polls. The party high command would take a decision on that."
 
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Disqualification of 18 TN MLAs valid: HC

 
Madras HC upholds disqualification of 18 MLAs
The Supreme Court-appointed third judge, Justice M. Sathyanarayanan of the Madras High Court, on Thursday upheld the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker's decision disqualifying 18 AIADMK legislators in 2017.
 
Pronouncing his decision in the case, that had priviously seen a split verdict, Justice Sathyanarayanan upheld Speaker P. Dhanapal's disqualification order.
 
With this, the ban on holding of bye-elections for the 18 seats was lifted.
 
The disqualified legislators are with sidelined party leader T. T. V. Dhinakaran, now an Independent legislator in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
 
Reacting to the judgement, Dhinakaran told reporters: "We will discuss with the 18 legislators and decide on the future course of action." He said it was "an experience for us".
 
"If the 18 disqualified legislators decide to go on appeal against the decision then we will go for an appeal," Dhinakaran said.
 
The apex court had appointed Justice Sathyanarayanan, replacing Justice Vimala who was originally appointed by the high court as the third judge following a split verdict in the case in June.
 
While Chief Justice Indrani Banerjee, heading the two-judge bench, declined to interfere with Dhanapal's decision taken in September 2017, Justice M. Sundar set aside the Speaker's order on the ground that it was hit by "perversity, non-compliance with the principles of natural justice, mala fides and a violation of the constitutional mandate".
 
The judges said since there was disagreement between them, the case should be transferred to a third judge.
 
Maintaining the status quo, the court also said that, till the case was finally decided, the interim order issued earlier that barred holding of bye-elections and the floor test in the Assembly would continue.
 
In the 296-page judgement, Justice Banerjee had said that in her opinion the view taken by the Speaker was possible, if not plausible, and "I am unable to hold that the said decision is any way unreasonable, irrational or perverse".
 
"It is well-settled that when two views are possible, the High Court does not in exercise of its power of judicial review conferred under Article 226 of the Constitution of India interfere with the decision just because it prefers the other view. 
 
"No interference is, therefore, warranted with the impugned order passed by the Speaker," she had said, dismissing the petitions by the disqualified MLAs.
 
In his order differing with the Chief Justice, Justice Sundar had said: "sum totality of discussion leads this court to inevitably conclude that the impugned order of the Speaker disqualifying 18 writ petitioners herein deserves to be set aside."
 
In case the court had upheld the disqualification, then there would have been bye-elections in 18 constituencies, exposing the ruling party to vulnerabilities of electoral politics.
 
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On other hand, if the court had quashed the Speaker's disqualification order, the government may have to face an opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion, which it would find difficult to survive.
 
In the 235-member Assembly, the AIADMK has 115 members followed by the DMK with 88, Congress eight, one of the IUML, one Independent, the Speaker and 20 vacant seats (18 disqualified and two dead). Besides, there is a nominated member.
 
Three legislators though belonging to three different parties won their seats under the AIADMK's two leaves symbol. Of that, one legislator Karunas is openly supporting Dhinakaran.
 
The case pertains from the time when O. Panneerselvam (now Deputy Chief Minister) had rebelled against the party led by jailed leader V. K. Sasikala. 
 
Later, he merged his group with the faction led by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami, who sidelined Sasikala and her nephew Dinakaran.
 
In 2017, a group of 19 lawmakers met then Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao and gave a memorandum expressing loss of confidence in Palaniswami and requested him to appoint a new Chief Minister.
 
The Speaker then issued notice to the lawmakers asking them why they should not be disqualified under the anti-defection law. 
 
Subsequently, one of the legislators, S.T.K. Jakkaiyan, switched over to the Palaniswami side and the others were disqualified.
 
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HC upholds TN Speaker's decision disqualifying 18 TN MLAs

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The Supreme Court-appointed third judge, Justice M. Sathyanarayanan of the Madras High Court, on Thursday upheld the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker's decision disqualifying 18 AIADMK legislators in 2017.
 
Pronouncing his decision in the split verdict that had previously been delivered, Sathyanarayanan upheld Speaker P. Dhanapal's disqualification order.
 
With this, the ban on holding of bye-elections for the 18 seats has been lifted.
 
The disqualified legislators are with sidelined party leader T. T. V. Dhinakaran, now an Independent legislator in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
 
Reacting to the judgement, Dhinakaran told reporters: "We will discuss with the 18 legislators and decide on the future course of action." He said it was "an experience for us".
 
"If the 18 disqualified legislators decide to go on appeal against the decision then we will go for an appeal," Dhinakaran said.
 
The apex court had appointed Justice Sathyanarayanan, replacing Justice Vimala who was originally appointed by the high court as the third judge following a split verdict in the case in June.
 
While Chief Justice Indrani Banerjee, heading the two-judge bench, declined to interfere with Dhanapal's decision taken in September 2017, Justice M. Sundar set aside the Speaker's order on the ground that it was hit by "perversity, non-compliance with the principles of natural justice, mala fides and a violation of the constitutional mandate".
 
The judges said since there was disagreement between them, the case should be transferred to a third judge.
 
Maintaining the status quo, the court also said till the case was finally decided the interim order issued earlier that barred holding of by-elections and the floor test in the Assembly would continue.
 
In the 296-page judgement, Justice Banerjee said that in her opinion the view taken by the Speaker was possible, if not plausible, and "I am unable to hold that the said decision is any way unreasonable, irrational or perverse".
 
"It is well-settled that when two views are possible, the High Court does not in exercise of its power of judicial review conferred under Article 226 of the Constitution of India interfere with the decision just because it prefers the other view. 
 
"No interference is, therefore, warranted with the impugned order passed by the Speaker," she said, dismissing the petitions by the disqualified MLAs.
 
In his order differing with the Chief Justice, Justice Sundar said: "sum totality of discussion leads this court to inevitably conclude that the impugned order of the Speaker disqualifying 18 writ petitioners herein deserves to be set aside."
 
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In case the court had upheld the disqualification, then there would have been by-elections in 18 constituencies, exposing the ruling party to vulnerabilities of electoral politics.
 
On other hand, if the court had quashed the Speaker's disqualification order, the government may have to face an opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion, which it would find difficult to survive.
 
In the 235-member Assembly, the AIADMK has 115 members followed by the DMK with 88, Congress eight, one of the IUML, one Independent, the Speaker and 20 vacant seats (18 disqualified and two dead). Besides, there is a nominated member.
 
Three legislators though belonging to three different parties won their seats under the AIADMK's two leaves symbol. Of that, one legislator Karunas is openly supporting Dhinakaran.
 
The case pertains from the time when O. Panneerselvam (now Deputy Chief Minister) had rebelled against the party led by jailed leader V.K. Sasikala. 
 
Later, he merged his group with the faction led by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami, who sidelined Sasikala and her nephew Dinakaran.
 
In 2017, a group of 19 lawmakers met then Governor C.Vidyasagar Rao and gave a memorandum expressing loss of confidence in Palaniswami and requested him to appoint a new Chief Minister.
 
The Speaker then issued notice to the lawmakers asking them why they should not be disqualified under the anti-defection law. 
 
Subsequently, one of legislators, S. T. K. Jakkaiyan, switched over to the Palaniswami side and the others were disqualified.
 
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Withdraw recommendation on new dam in Kerala: TN

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Wednesday urged the Prime Minister to direct the Ministry of Environment to withdraw the recommendation to grant terms of reference for environmental impact assessment for a new dam by Kerala at Mullaperiyar.
 
In a letter to Modi, text of which was released to the media here, Palaniswami said the expert appraisal committee for River Valley and hydro projects functioning under the Ministry of Environment had given its recommendation at its meeting held on Sepetember 27.
 
Palaniswami said the action of Kerala government approaching the Central government and the later entertaining the same is violative of a Supreme Court order.
 
"In the construction of a new dam, there has to be an agreement between the two sides. The offer made by Kerala cannot be thrust upon Tamil Nadu," Palaniswami quoted a portion from the apex's court order.
 
"I also request you to advise the Ministry of Environment to desist from entertaining and considering any proposal of the Kerala government on new Mullai Periyar Dam in future," Palaniswami said. 
 
Though located in Kerala, the Mullaperiyar dam is owned and operated by Tamil Nadu.
 
Kerala wants a new dam to be built so that it has the control over it.
 
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Congress has not said Rahul is its PM candidate: Chidambaram

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The Congress has not officially declared Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in which its main objective is to defeat the BJP and usher in a progressive government at the Centre, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram has said.
 
"Congress has not officially declared Rahul Gandhi as its Prime Ministerial candidate. On the contrary, when two or three persons (in the party) spoke about, the AICC denied it and told people not to speak about it," he told Tamil TV channel News18.
 
The former Union Finance Minister said the question of prime ministership was not an issue at all for the Congress party. 
 
"Rahul Gandhi has not said this. The Congress has not said it wants to bring a person as prime minister. We will decide on the issue (of PM) once the alliance wins and the alliance partners will sit and decide on it," he said.
 
Chidambaram said the main objective for the Congress was removal of the Bharatiya Janata Party government and ushering in a progressive government that does not take away human rights, does not threaten people and does not indulge in tax terrorism against traders and entrepreneurs but provide security to women and children and give a fair and remunerative price to farmers for the farm produce and to farm workers. 
 
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Suresh Nambath appointed as next Editor of The Hindu

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The Hindu Publishing Group today said that its Board of Directors had unanimously appointed Suresh Nambath as the new Editor of The Hindu with effect from March 1, 2019.
 
He will succeed Mukund Padmanabhan, who has been Editor of the newspaper from March, 2016.
 
A statement from the newspaper said that, over the past 22 years, Nambath had himself in "various aspects of bringing out an iconic newspaper, which is now 140 years old".
 
"He has played a coordinating and leadership role on the news as well as editorial and opinion sides," it said.
 
Nambath joined The Hindu as Principal Correspondent covering Tamil Nadu politics in October, 1996; served as Tamil Nadu Bureau Chief between July, 2006 and February, 2012; and was promoted to Senior Associate Editor and Coordinating Editor in March, 2014. He has been the National Editor of The Hindu since October, 2015, and deputising for the Editor in his absence.
 
The Board of Directors commended Nambath’s leadership capabilities, particularly his integrity, sharp political perspective, and many-sided journalistic experience and said it recognised that "he is best placed to steer The Hindu editorially to a bright future". 
 
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Rahul not projected as PM candidate: Chidambaram

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Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram has said the party has not declared its President Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
"Congress has not officially said Rahul Gandhi is its Prime Ministerial candidate," he said in an interview to News18 Tamil TV channel.
 
The former Union Finance Minister said the party wants an alliance to be formed and win the elections and the alliance partners could then decide on who should be the Prime Minister, Chidambaram said.
 
He said the Prime Minister's post was not an issue for the Congress and the party has asked its leaders not to speak about it.
 
According to him, the prime agenda is to remove the Bharatiya Janata Party government and provide a progressive government that does not indulge in tax terrorism, take away human rights, does not threaten the people but provide security to women and children and gives a remunerative price to farmers for the farm produce.
 
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DMK relieves Elangovan as party spokesperson

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The DMK has relieved T.K.S. Elangovan from the party's spokesperson position, a statement said.
 
DMK General Secretary K. Anbazhagan said this in a statement issued late on Monday. However, he did not give any reason for the action against the Rajya Sabha member of the party.
 
The announcement of the removal came hours after the party had said he would be one of the party officials who would be authorised to give media interviews.
 
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Major changes in India govt.’s connect with Overseas Indians in last four years: Kovind

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Visiting Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday said that, in the last few years, there had been a major change in the government's approach to expand its reach and connect with the overseas Indian community.
 
“Emotional, cultural, economic and institutional relations between India and Indians settled abroad have become deeper in these years,” Mr Kovind said addressing the Indian community in the Tajikistan capital.
 
“We have started 'Know India-Quiz' for better contact with our people settled abroad. We have instructed our missions that they should be available 24X7 to help the needy.
 
“We believe that our Overseas Indian Community is our key partner to strengthen our international reach. The role of every Indian here is important to spread the message of India. Yes, it is true that we have appointed our ambassadors here, but we consider every Indian here as our cultural ambassador. We believe that you will make our relationship with Tajikistan closer. Next year, we are celebrating Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Varanasi from January 21 to 23. I invite you all to attend the event.
 
“To our Tajik Friends present here, I want to say that India will continue to give its cooperation to Tajikistan in capacity building and development works. I deeply appreciate the work of teachers, professors and experts of Indian languages and Indology in this country. I am very happy to give Padmashree award to the famous Indologist of Tajikistan Professor Habibullah Rajabov for his contribution to education and literature this year,” he added.
 
He began his speech saying that though it was his first visit to the Central Asian country, he was connected with the Tajik people and their culture in a very special way.
 
“When I was the Governor of Bihar, at that time I had an opportunity to deeply know the humanitarianism of the great Persian poet 'Bedil'. He was born in Patna, the state capital of Bihar. People of Tajikistan like him very much and are very fond of his poetry.
 
“I have been told that the Indian diaspora is not big here, but it is their specialty that they are not only closely mingled among themselves but also with Tajik people. Just now during my welcome ceremony few Tajik and Indian youth have presented a beautiful Indian cultural program. This magnificent presentation is a clear proof of this amity and it has captured my heart.
 
“I am most pleased to see that there is a lot of interest in knowing about Indian culture, language, dance and music in this country. Indian cinema and Bollywood stars are very popular here. If we consider why it is so, perhaps it is because we have similar lifestyles in both the countries, and because of that we understand each other easily,” he added.
 
“There is a lot of cultural similarity between Tajikistan and India. This similarity can be seen in our eating habits, music, attire and language. For centuries, ideas, philosophy, thought, and religion have been exchanged between India and Tajikistan. Tolerant humanitarian traditions have flourished in both countries.
 
The great emperor Kanishka is equally respected here as much as in India. Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and Hinduism also flourished in this country. Through the 'Silk Route' and through the river valleys and hilly tracts, Tajik art and crafts, commerce and trade have had access to India.
 
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“I am told that a large number of Indian diaspora in this country consists of medical students and professionals. I am happy that you have earned reputation for yourself here with your hard work and integrity. Many of you will soon complete your education here and return to our country, and will  start contributing to our health and wellbeing.
 
"I am glad that you have kept your cultural traditions alive in this country. I have been told that you all celebrate Holi, Diwali, Eid and other Indian festivals here with full gusto and enthusiasm. There was a time when our Indian community was flourishing in Khujand, Panjkand, Samarkand, Bukhara and other great cities on the Silk Route. These cities are not far away from here. Just as you celebrate festivals and fairs today, they would have been celebrating similarly as well,” he added.
 
“Today India is the world's fastest growing major economy, which is growing at a rate of 7.8 percent. Our economic reforms and development-based governance have started showing good results. Within a span of 4 years only, we have electrified more than 18000 villages in remote areas and have provided electricity to every village of India.
 
"With this achievement, India has climbed 73 places to 26th position in World Bank’s list of Access to Electricity. Flagship government programs including 'Make in India', 'Swachh Bharat' 'Start Up India' and 'Digital India', are rapidly moving ahead. Through our 'Ujjwala' program we have made available clean LPG to 50 million households.
 
“We have provided financial assistance to millions of people through our ‘Mudra’ scheme and highest number of beneficiaries have been women in the scheme. Through the International Solar Alliance, we are uniting the world to fight climate change.
 
"Today, a new energy is visible in India. I urge you to seek opportunities in India and in your own way contribute to its economic development, he added.
 
“We are celebrating 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi in the whole world this year. On 2nd October, Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention was held in Delhi in memory of Bapu, in which Tajikistan also participated. I hope all of you will take the message of venerable Bapu, in all the four directions with full zeal.
 
“Our development reflects the new confidence of our country. We have significantly expanded our international relations. Since ages, we have followed 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' and have considered the whole world as our own family.
 
“That is why, we have not only rescued our people, who have been stranded in extreme circumstances or natural calamities, but we have also extended helping hand to other needy people. In the last 4 years, we have been able to safely evacuate more than 90,000 civilians stranded in foreign countries. These include citizens from more than 50 countries,” he added.
 
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#MeToo: Was asked to visit Vairamuthu in hotel, says singer Chinmayi

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Popular singer Chinmayi Sripaada on Monday backed accusations of sexual harassment against veteran Tamil lyricist-poet Vairamuthu by sharing her own story about how she was asked to "cooperate" and visit him in a hotel.
 
After endorsing allegations of sexual harassment against Vairamuthu by several users on Twitter in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Chinmayi shared her own story to corroborate the reports.
 
In a series of tweets, Chinmayi recalled an incident where she alleged that the concert organiser asked her to cooperate and visit Vairamuthu in his hotel room.
 
"Year 2005/2006 maybe. Veezhamattom. An album for Sri Lankan Tamizhs that I had sung in, as had Manikka Vinayagam sir. I don't remember if it was a book or an album release or both now; the performances and launch happened in Switzerland in Bern/Zurich maybe," she tweeted, and added that she returned to Switzerland after the concert with her mother.
 
"Everyone left. Only my mother and I were asked to stay back. The organiser (I don't remember his name) asked me to visit Vairamuthu sir in a hotel in Lucerne," she wrote.
 
Chinmayi added that she was asked to "cooperate". But she refused.
 
"We demanded to be sent back to India. He said 'you won't have a career!' My mother and I both put our foot down, career vendam mannum vendam (don't need career, need self-esteem). Demanded an earlier flight to India and came back."
 
Recalling another incident, which she said happened three or four years ago, Chinmayi alleged that Vairamuthu threatened to make false claims when she turned down his request to sing at an event.
 
"He had a book release function & asked me to sing Tamizh Thaai vaazhthu. I said I would be unable to. He in turn responded I'll tell (a politician) you spoke ill of him on stage, yelled at me and kept the phone down. I bawled," wrote Chinmayi.
 
She went on to write that her work place has been mostly clean save for some bad apples.
 
"In 17 years, not one man in the industry across languages Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Marathi has misbehaved."
 
"I call Vairamuthu sir out alone and I dare," she wrote.
 
She also alleged that the staff of Vairamuthu's office are well aware of his behavior. 
 
"His close confidants know. They are also his enablers," she said.
 
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'Nakkheeran' Gopal arrested after Governor's complaint, set free

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The Tamil Nadu Police suffered en embarrassment as a court freed senior Tamil journalist "Nakkheeran" Gopal, hours after he was arrested on charges of allegedly defaming Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
 
Gopal, 59, was taken into custody at Chennai airport while waiting to fly to Pune on a complaint from Raj Bhavan. 
 
The police slapped him with Section 124 of the Indian Penal Code. which refers to assault on President or Governor to restrain them from exercising their lawful power.
 
As his arrest drew widespread condemnation in the state, Chief Metropolitant Magistrate Gopinath rejected a police request for remand of Gopal.
 
The offending articles published in "Nakkheeran" in May linked the Governor to Nirmala Devi, an Assistant Professor who was arrested for allegedly luring college girls to provide sexual favours to officials of Madurai Kamaraj University.
 
After his arrest at the airport, Gopal was taken to Chintadripet police station and from there to a hospital for medical check-up before being taken to a court.
 
Following the release of Gopal, MDMK leader Vaiko, who had been arrested as he protested outside the police station where Gopal was taken to, was also freed.
 
Gopal's lawyer V. T. Perumal argued that Section 124 cannot be applied as the police could not prove that the Governor and Gopal had ever met and so there could not have been any "assault" -- as defined in the Penal Code.
 
Interestingly, the court heard senior journalist N. Ram of The Hindu Group who submitted that there was no relation to Secton 124 and the case in question.
 
Ram told the judge that if such an arrest was allowed, it would set a dangerous precedent and police all over India would resort to this.
 
And no journalist had been arrested under this section, Ram said.
 
A grateful Gopal later thanked all political leaders who came out in his support. "I bow to the court which has stood for media freedom," he told reporters.
 
The "Nakkheeran" editor said if the Governor had any complaint about the story his magazine had published, he could have issued a rebuttal or taken recourse to other remedies.
 
Vaiko demanded to know why BJP leader H. Raja was not arrested for his derogatory remarks about the judiciary and police.
 
The MDMK leader said Gopal's arrest was an attempt by the Bharatiya Janata Party to suppress media freedom.
 
DMK President M.K. Stalin accused the Modi government and the Tamil Nadu Governor of enforcing an undeclared Emergency in the state.
 
Stalin earlier said that the state government was subservient to the central government and demanded the withdrawal of all cases filed against Gopal.
 
PMK founder S. Ramadoss said if the articles were defamatory, then defamation cases could be filed. Gopal's arrest was also denounced by actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan.
 
Gopal was once the emissary of the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments to negotiate with sandalwood smuggler Veerappan after the latter abducted Kannda star Rajkumar. Like Veerappan, Gopal's handlebar moustache became his trademark.
 
Gopal has also faced several defamation cases filed by the AIADMK government led by the late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
 
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Indian Navy's Chetak helicopter makes hard landing at INS Rajali

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A Chetak helicopter of the Indian Navy made a hard landing during a routine training sortie of "Dry Winching" at INS Rajali at Arakkonam, near here, in Tamil Nadu this morning.
 
The incident occurred at about 0904 hours and involved a helicopter with frame number 442, an official press release said.
 
"The station rescue team reached the site within minutes of the incident. The crew is safe and no other casualty has been reported.
 
"The incident is being investigated to ascertain the cause of the hard landing," the release added.
 
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Deterrent action will continue at Pakistan border: Sitharaman

 
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As the government marks the second anniversary of the surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that deterrent action against Pakistan "will continue at the border" even as Home Minister Rajnath Singh has claimed that BSF had taken strong action against Pakistani forces at the border "two-three days ago" to avenge the killing of a BSF jawan.
 
"There are intrusions on the border and we are also eliminating a lot of them at the border itself, not allowing them to come in. I believe an action of this kind will deter Pakistan from training and sending in terrorists," she told the media here.
 
"Our action will continue at the border irrespective of whether they have learnt a lesson or not," she added.
 
On Friday, Rajnath Singh, while speaking at a public function in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, had said that "something big" had happened at the border recently to avenge the death of the Border Security Force (BSF) Head Constable Narender Singh who was killed by the Pakistani forces on September 18 in Ramgarh sector along the International Border.
 
"Something has happened and will also happen in future. I had told my BSF jawans that Pakistan is a neighbour and so you shall not fire the first bullet. But if a bullet comes from their side, then you shall not count how many bullets you fire," Rajnath Singh said.
 
BSF Director General K.K. Sharma, while refusing to giving details of what punitive action the BSF took, said that the force took action at the Line of Control (LoC) to avenge the killing.
 
"If something happens on the IB (International Border), it is not necessary that we immediately take action at the IB itself. We have taken action on the LoC side to avenge the death of our brave soldier.
 
India is observing the second anniversary of the cross-LoC military strikes, commonly called the "surgical strikes", as ‘Parakram Parv', or the celebration of valour.
 
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DMK chief Stalin undergoes minor surgery

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DMK President M. K. Stalin has undergone a minor surgery for removal of cyst from his right thigh, said Apollo Hospitals.
 
In a statement issued here on Thursday the hospital said Stalin was admitted to the hospital late on Wednesday. "He underwent a minor surgical procedure for the removal of a cyst from his right thigh," it said.
 
Stalin would be discharged Thursday later, it added.
 
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Chess Olympiad: Indian men defeat Canada, women draw against Serbia

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Led by former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand, the fifth seeded Indian team in the open section in the Chess Olympiad in Georgia coasted to a comfortable victory against lowly rated Canada winning three games.
 
On the top board, Anand playing black continued his winning streak with a 33-move victory over the 26-year-old Canadian Eric Hansen.
 
Playing with white pieces, Indian P. Harikrishna overcame the challenge posed by Razvan Preotu in 33 moves.
 
On the fourth board, K. Sasikiran made short work of his opponent Aman Hambleton.
 
The game on the third board between Vidit Santhosh Gujrathi with black pieces and Evgeny Bareev has crossed 40 moves.
 
On the other hand, the Indian women drew their match against the 23rd seeded Serbia 2-2.
 
While India's two world class players on the top two boards, Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli, defeated their rivals, Eesha Karavade and Padmini Rout on the third and fourth boards lost their games.
 
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ADB to provide $ 500 m for urban water and sanitation services in Tamil Nadu

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The Board of Directors of the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved financing of up to $500 million for a multitranche financing facility (MFF) that will develop climate-resilient water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in at least 10 cities in Tamil Nadu.
 
“With almost half of the state population living in cities, Tamil Nadu is the most urbanized of India’s large states,” said ADB Senior Urban Development Specialist Ron Slangen. 
 
“Managing this rapid urbanization is essential for sustaining its economic growth and alleviating poverty. The state suffers from recurring droughts and erratic monsoons linked to climate change resulting in severe water scarcity and urban flooding. ADB’s support will help address these complex urban challenges through innovative and climate-resilient investment and deeper institutional support," he said.
 
An ADB press release said that while Tamil Nadu is a more advanced state in India accounting for the second largest contribution to the country's economy, the rapid influx of people to urban areas is putting severe pressure on infrastructure services and threatening the livability and competitiveness of cities. 
 
"Urban service levels remain low, with less than half of households served by piped water, and nearly a third of supplied water lost through aging distribution networks resulting in an intermittent supply of 2 hours per day. Only 42% of households are covered by a sewerage network, with 43% of sewage disposed directly into waterways untreated.
 
"The ADB program will provide direct assistance in these areas as part of its support to the state’s Vision Tamil Nadu 2023 to provide universal access to water and sanitation and to develop world-class cities in high-performing industrial corridors," it said.
 
The release said ADB’s financing will be provided in three tranches between now and March 2022.
 
"It will develop climate-resilient sewerage collection and treatment and drainage systems in 10 cities, and install the country’s first solar-powered sewage treatment plant on a pilot basis. The program will introduce smart water management systems to reduce non-revenue water and strengthen operational efficiency. Around 4 million people will benefit from piped water and sewerage connections and improved drainage. Beyond physical investments, the program will boost institutional capacity, public awareness, and urban governance as part of a comprehensive approach for developing livable cities," the release said.
 
The first tranche of the program amounting to $169 million will target the cities of Chennai, Coimbatore, Rajapalayam, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, and Vellore. 
 
A $2 million grant from the Asian Clean Energy Fund, established by the Government of Japan, will fund the solar energy pilot project. The Government of India, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, and various urban local bodies will provide $766.4 million toward the total program cost. An ADB technical assistance grant of $1 million will accompany the program to support capacity building. The MFF availability period is up to June 30, 2026.
 
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Actor-turned-MLA Karunas arrested in Chennai

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Actor-turned-MLA Karunas was arrested here on Sunday for his alleged derogatory remarks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and a city police official.
 
Karunas, the leader of the Mukkulathor Puli Padai party, made the alleged remarks on September 16 at a public meeting here. 
 
Pointing out the city police official, Karunas had said that the young official should be counseled by his seniors and also challenged him for a duel.
 
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