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DMK leader M. Karunanidhi passes away at 94

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam patriarch M. Karunanidhi, who played a stellar role in state politics for decades and whose party played an influential role in national politics, passed away here today due to age-related problems.
M. Karunanidhi (File photo: IANS)
M. Karunanidhi (File photo: IANS)
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam patriarch M. Karunanidhi, who played a stellar role in state politics for decades and whose party played an influential role in national politics,  passed away here today due to age-related problems.
 
He was 94.
 
"With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kaiaignar Dr. M. Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 06.10 PM. Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to rescuscitate him, he failed to respond," a statement from Kauvery Hospital, where he was admitted on July 28, said.
 
""We profoundly mourn the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide," the statement by Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director of the hospital, said.
 
A five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi was in a critical state throughout his 11-day stay in hospital and his health deteriorated further today. The hospital had earlier in the day described his condition as "extremely critical and unstable".
 
Thousands of DMK supporters, men and women, stood vigil outside the hospital during the past few days, hoping against hope that their leader would recover.
 
"Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa" (Awake, our leader) and "Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa" (Come, Come, let's go to Gopalapuram) were some of the slogans they raised, in a reference to the locality where the former Chief Minister lived.
 
Ahead of the announcement, the Tamil Nadu police stepped up security arrangements in Chennai and all other parts of the state.
 
Earlier in the day, Karunanidhi's son and DMK leader M.K. Stalin met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami along with his family members and senior party colleagues. 
 
Karunanidhi was admitted to the hospital on July 18 for change of tracheostomy tube. 
On July 26, the hospital said Karunanidhi was suffering from a urinary tract infection and he was being treated at home with intravenous anti-biotics and fluids.
 
His condition worsened on July 28 with a drop in his blood perssure and he was shifted to the hospital, where he finally breathed his last this evening.
 
During his hospitalisation, dignitaries such as President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and several other leaders visited the hospital and met Stalin and other members of his family.
 
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The news of the mass leader's death cast a pall of gloom across the sprawling state which he had enticed all his political career through powerful oratory and script writing that changed the course of politics and the way Tamil cinema was made and helped the DMK's growth. He was just 14 when be became a student activist.
 
Men and women, who had been praying for their leader's recovery, wailed outside the hospital as news of his death broke. By then, Chennai was already tense, with residents stocking essentials like milk and vegetables anticipating a state-wide shutdown. 
 
The mortal remains of the DMK President will be taken to his home in Gopalapuram here and then to Rajaji Hall for people to pay their last respects. The Tamil Nadu government announced a week-long mourning.
 
A DMK leader said Karunanidhi's mortal remains will be laid to rest on Wednesday.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a host of Chief Ministers, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and several others from across the country are expected to fly to Chennai on Wednesday.
 
Karunanidhi leaves two wives -- Dayalu and Rajathi, three sons including DMK Working President M.K. Stalin and former Union Minister M.K. Alagiri, daughter Kanimozhi (MP) and several grandchildren.
 
The DMK patriarch, who had faded from public life for nearly two years, had been in and out of hospital on account of age-related ailments. 
 
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Even before the grim bulletins on his health were issued by the, Karunanidhi's family and the state appeared to be preparing for the inevitable.
 
Stalin accompanied by Alagiri and Kanimozhi and top leaders of the party met Chief Minister E. Palaniswami and pressed for Karunanidhi's body to be interred on the Marina Beach near DMK stalwart C.N. Annadurai's mausoleum. But the government declined the request. 
 
Karunanidhi, who only 10 days ago completed 49 years as DMK chief, led his party through various ups and downs against charismatic rivals M.G. Ramachandran, who had banished him to the opposition ranks till his own death in 1987, and J. Jayalalithaa, who died in 2016. 
 
From 1967, when the DMK ousted the Congress for ever from power in the state, Tamil Nadu has been ruled either by the DMK or AIADMK.
 
Succeeding his mentor Annadurai in 1969 as Chief Minister, Karunanidhi maintained a strong hold over the party and government.
 
Though he didn't aspire for politics beyond Tamil Nadu, the multi-faceted leader played key roles in national politics starting from when he aligned with Indira Gandhi in 1969 on issues like bank nationalisation and later in the formation of coalition governments under V.P. Singh, H.D. Deve Gowda, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.
 
Once the ethnic conflict erupted in Sri Lanka in 1983, Karunanidhi became a champion of the Tamil cause and, later, the Tamil Tigers, often putting pressure on New Delhi to change its course vis-a-vis Colombo. But the LTTE's assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 almost wiped out the DMK, leaving him as the sole winner in Assembly elections.
 
It was one of the 13 Assembly elections he never lost and which helped him rule Tamil Nadu five times.
 
As Chief Minister, he had pioneered several welfare schemes and introduced freebies in the country's politics. An avowed atheist, Karunanidhi was known for his trademark dark glasses as well as a yellow stole. The latter, critics felt, betrayed his hidden superstitious feelings.
 
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Karunanidhi's condition 'extremely critical, unstable'

DMK leader and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's health deteriorated further on Tuesday, with Kauvery Hospital describing his condition as "extremely critical and unstable".
M. Karunanidhi (File photo: IANS)
M. Karunanidhi (File photo: IANS)
DMK leader and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's health deteriorated further on Tuesday, with Kauvery Hospital describing his condition as "extremely critical and unstable".
 
"There has been significant decline in the clinical condition of Karunanidhi over the last few hours. Despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate. His condition is extremely critical and unstable," a hospital statement said.
 
Karunanidhi, 94, a five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, has been in the hospital located at Alwarpet in the heart of Chennai since July 28 when his blood pressure dipped all of a sudden.
 
Even before the Tuesday evening statement, thousands of DMK supporters, both men and women, began massing outside the hospital, some waving the party's red-and-black flags and photos of one of India's most veteran politicians.
 
"Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa" (Awake, our leader) and "Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa" (Come, Come, let's go to Gopalapuram) were among the slogans raised by the emotionally-charged crowd, referring to the locality where the former Chief Minister has a house.
 
The Tamil Nadu Police chief on Tuesday ordered maximum deployment of the police force across the state.
 
A circular issued by Director General of Police T.K. Rajendran asked all Superintendents of Police, City Police Commissioners and others to direct officials under them to report to them immediately in uniform without delay.
 
The Zonal Inspector Generals of Police have been asked to utilize manpower within the zone depending upon the requirement.
 
Earlier in the day, Karunanidhi's son and DMK leader M.K. Stalin met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami along with his family members and senior party colleagues. The meeting took place at Palaniswami's residence. 
 
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Amid rising concerns over Karunanidhi's health, many in Chennai began to stock essentials like vegetables and milk, fearing a shutdown in the city and across Tamil Nadu.
 
The crowds outside the hospital started to swell after the medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital on Monday evening said that Karunanidhi's condition had deteriorated.
 
On Monday, the hospital said Karunanidhi's response to medical intervention over the next 24 hours would determine the prognosis.
 
"There has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments," said the hospital statement.
 
The DMK chief was admitted to Kauvery Hospital for the first time on July 18 for change of tracheostomy tube. 
 
On July 26, the hospital said Karunanidhi was suffering from urinary tract infection and he was being treated at home with intravenous anti-biotics and fluids.
 
However, the DMK leader's condition turned bad on July 28 with a drop in his blood pressure and he was shifted to the hospital. He has remained there since then.
 
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Karunanidhi remains critical, Stalin meets CM

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DMK President M. Karunanidhi's health remained critical on Tuesday, party leaders said, as his son and party stalwart M.K. Stalin met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami here.
 
The meeting took place at Palaniswami's residence. Further details were not available. 
Stalin was accompanied by some party colleagues.
 
DMK cadres continued to mass in large numbers outside the Kauvery Hospital where Karunanidhi, 94, has been admitted since July 28.
 
"Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa" (Awake, our leader) and "Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa" (Come, Come, let's go to Gopalapuram) were among the slogans raised by the emotionally-charged crowd, referring to the locality where the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has a house.
 
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Hundreds of men and women have assembled outside the hospital located in Alwarpet in south Chennai.
 
"We want to hear the good news about our leader's health. That is why we are here," said a party member.
 
The crowd outside the hospital started to swell after the medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital on Monday evening said that Karunanidhi's condition had deteriorated.
 
Karunanidhi, one of the most senior politicians in India and a five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, has been ailing for some time.
 
On Monday, the hospital said Karunanidhi's response to medical intervention over the next 24 hours would determine the prognosis.
 
"There has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments," said the hospital statement.
 
The DMK chief was admitted to Kauvery Hospital for the first time on July 18 for change of tracheostomy tube. 
 
On July 26, the hospital said Karunanidhi was suffering from urinary tract infection and he was being treated at home with intravenous antibotics and fluids.
 
However, the DMK leader's condition turned bad on July 28 with a drop in his blood pressure and he was shifted to the hospital. He has remained there since then.
 
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CBI busts smuggling racket at Trichy airport, books 19

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday said it has booked 19 persons, including six Customs officials posted at the Tiruchirapalli International Airport, on charge of involvement in the smuggling of gold and other valuables.
 
The CBI has registered cases against these persons under the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act for alleged criminal conspiracy, public servant taking undue advantage, influencing and bribing public servants and abetment to crime.
 
Among those named in the FIR filed in Madurai are senior Customs officials like Assistant Commissioner M. Venkatesulu, two Superintendents S. Ramakrishnan and Kalugasalamoorthy, and three other Customs officials.
 
The CBI received reliable information that Customs officials at the airport were allowing smugglers to bring in valuables without payment of duties from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries.
 
The CBI conducted surprise checks on August 5 and 6 at the airport and noticed that people waiting near the airport's arrival gate had paid money to some passengers.
 
These passengers later returned with goods loaded on trolleys. The accused Customs officials allegedly did not open all the baggage for checking.
 
The CBI officials seized Rs 904,000 kept in a safe allegedly belonging to a Customs official Freddy Esward.
 
The accused private persons were regular travellers abroad.
 
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Karunanidhi's health deteriorates, crowds swell outside hospital

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DMK President M. Karunanidhi was on Monday fighting a grim battle for life as his health deteriorated, sparking concern among DMK workers and well-wishers who started thronging the hospital where he has been warded for the last 10 days.
 
Doctors said the 94-year-old former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's response to medical intervention over the next 24 hours would determine the prognosis.
 
"There has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments," said a statement from Kauvery Hospital.
 
"He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support. His response to medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis," it said.
 
Hundreds of DMK workers started marching towards the Kauvery hospital in Alwarpet in the heart of the city as news of deterioration of Karunanidhi's health broke out in the evening. Traffic in various parts of the city was paralysed.
 
Outside the hospital, the DMK cadres kept shouting: "Get up and Come."
 
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DMK General Secretary K. Anbalagan, Karunanidhi's family members and other leaders rushed to the hospital and had to wade through crowds who were still confident that the leader would fight the odds and come out victorious.
 
Police deployment was also stepped up to keep the situation under control.
 
The five-time Chief Minister was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after a dip in blood pressure.
 
On July 31 the Kauvery Hospital said: "Although there has been resolution of the condition which led to his hospital admission, an extended period of hospitalisation will be necessary due to age related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters."
 
Late on Monday, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari visited the hospital and enquired about Karunanidhi's health.
 
In the last 10 days, a virtual Who's Who of Indian politics - right from President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and leaders from various parties including the BJP, Left and others - visited the hospital to express their wishes for Karunanidhi's speedy recovery.
 
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DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's health suffers setback

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DMK President M. Karunanidhi was on Monday fighting a grim battle for life as his health deteriorated, sparking concerns among DMK workers and well-wishers who started thronging the hospital where he has been admitted for treatment for the last 10 days.
 
Doctors said the 94-year-old former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's response to medical intervention over the next 24 hours would determine the prognosis. 
 
"There has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments," a hospital statement said.
 
"He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support. His response to medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis," it said.
 
Hundreds of DMK workers started marching towards the Kauvery hospital in Alwarpet in the heart of the city as news of deterioration of Karunanidhi's health broke out in the evening. Traffic in various parts of the city was paralysed. 
 
DMK General Secretary K. Anbalagan, Karunanidhi's family members and other leaders rushed to the hospital and had to wade through crowds who were still confident that the leader would fight the odds and come out victorious. 
 
Police deployment was also stepped up to keep the situation under control.
 
The five-time Chief Minister was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after a dip in blood pressure.
 
In the last 10 days, a virtual Who's Who of Indian politics - right from President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and leaders from various parties including the BJP, Left and others - visited the hospital to express their wishes for Karunanidhi's speedy recovery.
 
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DMK chief M. Karunanidhi's health deteriorates

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DMK President M. Karunanidhi's health has deteriorated and his response to medical intervention over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis, the Kauvery Hospital said on Monday.
 
"There has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments," a hospital statement said.
 
"He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support. His response to medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis," it said.
 
The 94-year-old Karunanidhi, who has been the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu five times, was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after a dip in his blood pressure.
 
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President Kovind visits ailing Karunanidhi

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday visited ailing DMK President M. Karunanidhi at the Kauvery Hospital here and wished him speedy recovery.
 
"Visited Thiru Karunanidhi, met Kalaignar's family members and doctors, and inquired about his health. Wishing the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a veteran of our public life, a quick recovery," he said on microblogging site Twitter later.
 
Kovind was accompanied by Governor Banwarilal Purohit. He met Karunanidhi's son M.K. Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi at the hospital and enquired about their father's health.
 
A five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after a dip in his blood pressure and has since been under treatment. His condition is said to be stable now.
 
Earlier, Kovind was received at the airport by Purohit, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.
 
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Kovind to visit Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala from August 4-7

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a four-day visit to three southern states -- Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala --- from tomorrow.
 
On August 5, Mr. Kovind will address the 7th convocation of Indian  Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad. 
 
On the same day, he will visit Chennai to meet ailing DMK leader M. Karunanidhi, who is undergoing treatment in the Kauvery Hospital there.
 
On August 6, the President will inaugurate the ‘Festival of Democracy’ in Thiruvananthapuram to mark the conclusion of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Kerala Legislative Assembly.
 
On August 7, he will inaugurate the centenary celebrations of St. Thomas’ College, Thrissur, before returning to Delhi. 
 
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Stalin visits restaurant attacked by DMK members, offers compensation

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DMK leader M.K. Stalin on Thursday visited a restaurant whose owner and employees were attacked by party members and offered to pay for the damages, an act that won the heart of the proprietor.
 
Stalin went to the R.R. Anbu Biryani restaurant here and comforted the owner and employees for the weekend incident. He was accompanied by former Union Telecom Minister and party Propaganda Secretary A. Raja and other colleagues.
 
On Sunday night, a group of DMK members led by Yuvaraj went to R.R. Anbu Biryani and demanded free biryani. The hotel employees told them that business had ended for the day, said police.
 
Enraged at this, Yuvaraj assaulted the cashier and other employees. He was joined by another party member, Diwakar.
 
The video of the attack went viral on the social media, following which the DMK on Wednesday suspended Yuvaraj and Diwakar for bringing disrepute to the party.
 
Stalin also condemned the violence on the hotel staff.
 
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On Thursday, after Stalin comforted owner R.R. Tamilselvan, the latter praised the DMK leader whose father and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi is admitted in hospital battling major health related issues.
 
"I don't have any words to say. Even when his father, a great leader, is admitted in hospital, Stalin came to our restaurant and comforted us all," Tamilselvan said.
 
"Earlier he had called us to the DMK headquarters and enquired about the incident and the damages. He said he would want to visit the outlet." He pledged to make good the losses.
 
Tamilselvam said Stalin had asked the local party leaders as to how and why such persons were admitted to the DMK.
 
Tamilselvan said Yuvaraj always used to come to the restaurant and demand discount on food. He also expected not be billed for the food consumed.
 
Tamilselvan said he started his food business on a cartwheel and eventually grew it into a 21-outlet chain.
 
Meanwhile, the police have arrested five persons while Yuvaraj and Diwakar are absconding.
 
According to the hotel staff, Yuvaraj had come to the hotel a week earlier and had parked his vehicle blocking the entrance, resulting in an argument with the hotel staff.
 
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Karunanidhi to have extended stay in hospital

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DMK President M. Karunanidhi will have to remain in the Kauvery Hospital here for an extended period owing to age-related health issues including altered liver function, the hospital said on Tuesday.
 
In a statement issued on the 94-year-old veteran politician, the hospital said: "Although there has been resolution of the condition which led to his hospital admission, an extended period of hospitalisation will be necessary due to age-related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters."
 
Karunanidhi, who occupied the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's chair for five times and who has never lost an election in the 13 times he has contested, was admitted to the Kauvery Hospital on July 28 following a drop in blood pressure.
 
"He was resuscitated and stabilised in the ICU (intensive care unit) and managed by a team of doctors and nurses," the statement said.
 
"There was a setback on his clinical condition on July 29 due to difficulty in breathing. He responded well to medical management and his vital signs are gradually normalised," the statement said.
 
According to the hospital, Karunanidhi continues to maintain his vital signs with active medical support.
 
Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi visited Karunanidhi at the hospital.
 
Gandhi enquired about Karunanidhi's health from the doctors as well as his son and DMK leader M.K. Stalin.
 
Speaking to reporters later, Gandhi said: "I wanted to come and see Karunanidhiji and stand with him. I met him. He is fine and stable."
 
Gandhi said Karunanidhi had the spirit of Tamil Nadu people in him. "He is a very tough person. He is stable.
 
"We have a long relationship with him. Soniaji sent her best wishes and regards to Karunanidhi's family," Gandhi said, referring to former Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
 
On July 26, Kauvery Hospital said Karunanidhi was being treated for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids at his home here.
 
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Dayanidhi Maran to face trial in telephone exchange case

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Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran is to face trial in the illegal telephone exchange case. The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed his plea challenging a Madras High Court order directing the trial court to frame charges against him.
 
Dismissing the petition by Maran against the High Court order, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Naveen Sinha said: "The allegation is that you were using all this (telephone exchange) for your brother's business."
 
Dismissing the plea against the High Court order by Maran and three other BSNL officials, Justice Gogoi said in the order: "We are not inclined to interfere with the High Court order. Since recording of our views may effect the trial, we refrain from doing so."
 
As one of the officials accused in the matter sought to address the court, the bench said: "Go with your minister. There are serious charges against you."
 
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Karunanidhi's condition continues to be stable

 
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DMK President M. Karunanidhi's health condition is stable and his vital signs are normal on Monday, said a party spokesperson.
 
"Karunanidhi's condition is now stable after a minor setback in the form of breathing problem on Sunday night. The doctors at Kauvery Hospital are monitoring his condition," T.K.S. Elangovan told IANS.
 
He said the 94-year-old leader who was admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) has been moving his hands and legs and also opened his eyes.
 
Hospital sources have also said that Karunanidhi had moved his hands and legs and also opened his eyes after he was admitted in the ICU.
 
Karunanidhi, the five-time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister who has never lost an assembly election in the 13 times he contested, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday at 1.30 a.m. after his blood pressure dipped.
 
Anxiety about Karunanidhi's health condition reached a peak late on Sunday with all the family members and senior party leaders rushing to the hospital as he developed some breathing trouble.
 
Later the hospital issued a statement. It said: "There was a transient setback in the clinical condition of Karuanidhi, DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. 
 
"With active medical support, his vital signs are normalising. He continues to be closely monitored and treated by the panel of expert doctors."
 
Karunanidhi's son and DMK Working President M.K. Stalin has urged the thousands of party cadres gathered outside the hospital to remain calm.
 
In a statement late on Sunday, Stalin said Karunanidhi's medical condition has stabilised after a minor setback.
 
The police has been advising the cadres to disperse citing the hospital's statement about Karunanidhi's health condition.
 
According to Elangovan, the anxiety amongst party cadres late on Sunday peaked after sudden deployment of police force in large numbers and the news of Chief Minister K. Palaniswami cancelling his programmes in Salem and rushing back to Chennai.
 
Chief Minister K.Palaniswami and his deputy O.Panneerselvam on Monday met Karunanidhi at hospital. Speaking to reporters Palaniswami said: "Karunanidhi's condition is stable". 
 
Palaniswami and Panneerselvam met the ailing leader in the ICU along with Stalin and M. Kanomozhi.
 
On July 26, Kauvery Hospital said Karunanidhi was being treated for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids at his home here.
 
However, after his blood pressure dipped he was admitted to Kauvery Hospital .
 
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Karunanidhi suffers 'transient setback' but normalising: Hospital

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressure stabilised
 
 
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DMK President M. Karunanidhi on Sunday suffered a "transient setback" in his health condition but his vital signs are normalising, the hospital where he was admitted said.
 
In a late night bulletin, the Kauvery Hospital said: "There was a transient setback in the clinical condition of Karuanidhi, DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. With active medical support, his vital signs are normalising. He continues to be closely monitored and treated by the panel of expert doctors."
 
The medical bulletin was issued around 10 p.m. as thousands of DMK cadres from the city and districts started surrounding the hospital following reports of a setback in the health of the five-time former Chief Minister. 
 
Karunanidhi's son M.K. Stalin, daughter Kanimozhi and other members of the family also rushed to the hospital where he was admitted on Saturday following a dip in blood pressure. 
 
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Karunanidhi in ICU, doctors confident about his recovery

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressure stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi's condition continued to be stable on Sunday and doctors are confident of his recovery, said a senior party official.
 
The 94-year-old veteran politician was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kauvery Hospital here at 1.30 a.m. on Saturday after his blood pressure dropped.
 
Following treatment, Karunanidhi's blood pressure has stabilized but he continues to be in ICU.
 
"His condition continues to be stable. The doctors are confident that he will recover and go home," a party official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
 
Meanwhile, Indian Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu met Karunanidhi at the hospital and enquired about his health.
 
Naidu tweeted: "Met his family members and doctors and enquired about his health. Doctors said he is stable. Wish him a speedy recovery."
 
The DMK said in a statement that Naidu was accompanied by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit. They spoke to doctors. Naidu also met Karunanidhi's son and DMK leader M.K. Stalin at the hospital.
 
On Saturday, night, too, the hospital said Karunanidhi's condition was stable with active medical support.
 
DMK spokesperson T.K.S. Elangovan on Saturday said that Karunanidhi would be in the hospital for two more days.
 
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Karunanidhi hospitalised after dip in blood pressure, now stable

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressue stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi, who had a slight health setback a couple of days ago and was rushed to hospital in the small hours of Saturday following a dip in blood pressure, was stable, the hospital said in a late night bulletin.
 
"DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi's health continues to remain stable with ongoing medical support. He is being continiously monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors in the ICU," said a medical bulletin issued in the night by Kauvery hospital, where he was admitted. 
 
The hospital said in the morning that the 94-year-old leader was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) at 1.30 a.m. after his blood pressure dropped.
 
"His blood pressure has been stabilised since with medical management. He continues to be monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors," Kauvery Hospital's Executive Director Aravindan Selvaraj said.
 
The five-time former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has been suffering from urinary tract infection and age-related ailments and was earlier under treatment at his home.
 
A large number of DMK cadres gathered outside the hospital and a huge contingent of policemen was deployed for security.
 
During the day, leaders from various political parties including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mukul Wasnik, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and AMMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran visited the hospital to enquire about Karunanidhi's health.
 
They met M.K. Stalin, DMK's Working President and Karunanidhi's son and his daughter Kanimozhi, who briefed them about his health. 
 
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted his wishes for speedy recovery of Karunanidhi. The entire family of Karunanidhi including his other son M.K.Alagiri, daughter Selvi and grandchildren were present at the hospital.
 
Speaking to reporters earlier in the day outside the hospital, DMK leader A. Raja urged the party cadres to remain calm and said: "Karunanidhi's blood pressure is now normal and there is nothing to worry".
 
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A team of doctors had reached Karunanidhi's home about midnight and reviewed his condition. They then decided to shift him to the hospital after discussions with the family members.
 
On Friday, Stalin said there "is good improvement in the health condition of Kalaignar" as the infection had come down a lot.
 
On Thursday, in a statement issued by the Kauvery Hospital, the Executive Director said the DMK patriarch was under treated for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids. 
 
"He is being monitored and treated round the clock by a team of medical and nursing professionals, who are providing hospital-level care at his home," Selvaraj said.
 
Earlier Karunanidhi was admitted to the same hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube.
 
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Karunanidhi in hospital, blood pressure stabilised

 
Karunanidhi hospitalised in Chennai, blood pressue stabilised
 
 
DMK President M. Karunanidhi was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kauvery Hospital here early on Saturday after his blood pressure dropped, the hospital said.
 
In a statement issued here the hospital said the 94-year-old leader was admitted into ICU at 1.30 a.m. 
 
"His blood pressure has been stabilised since with medical management. He continues to be monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors," Kauvery Hospital's Executive Director Aravindan Selvaraj said.
 
The five-time former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has been suffering from urinary tract infection and age-related ailments and was earlier under treatment at his home.
 
A large number of DMK cadres have gathered outside the hospital and a huge contingent of policemen was deployed for security.
 
Speaking to reporters here DMK leader A. Raja urged the party cadres to remain calm and said: "Karunanidhi's blood pressure is now normal and there is nothing to worry."
 
A team of doctors had reached Karunanidhi's home about midnight and reviewed his condition. They then decided to shift him to the hospital after discussions with the family members.
 
On Friday DMK leader and Karunanidhi's son M.K. Stalin said there "is good improvement in the health condition of Kalaignar" as the infection had come down a lot.
 
On Thursday, in a statement issued by the Kauvery Hospital, the Executive Director said the DMK patriarch was under treatment for fever due to urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids. 
 
"He is being monitored and treated round the clock by a team of medical and nursing professionals, who are providing hospital-level care at his home," Selvaraj said.
 
Earlier Karunanidhi was admitted to the same hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube.
 
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HC orders trial of Maran brothers in illegal telephone exchange case

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The Madras High Court on Wednesday remitted back the illegal telephone exchange case against former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother and Sun TV group head Kalanithi Maran to a CBI special court here and ordered framing of charges against all the accused.
 
The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court had on March 14 discharged the Maran brothers and others from what is called the illegal telephone exchange case.
 
The CBI, however, preferred to go for an appeal in the high court last month.
 
As the case came up for hearing, the court rejected the preliminary objections raised by the Maran brothers against the appeal.
 
The court ordered that charges be framed against all the accused and directed for completion of the trial within 12 months.
 
The CBI had alleged a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the government due to the alleged installation of an illegal telephone exchange at Dayanidhi Maran's house, which was used for Sun TV operations.
 
The others discharged by the special CBI court were BSNL's former Chief General Manager K. Brahmanathan and former Deputy General Manager M. Velusamy, former Minister's Personal Secretary V. Gowthaman and Sun TV network employees S.Kannan and K.S. Ravi.
 
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Four dead, six injured after falling from crowded local train in Chennai

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Four passengers travelling on the footboards of a crowded suburban railway train died and six others suffered injuries when they fell down from the running train this after their shoulder bags hit a cement fence, official sources said.
 
The incident occurred at 8.25 am as the 40701 Chennai Beach--Tirumalpur passenger train was entering the St. Thomas Mount station during the morning rush hour, they said.
 
A press release from the Southern Railway said Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel at Mambalam and Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel from St. Thomas Mount rushed to the spot immediately.
 
The release said the injured passengers were rushed by ambulances to Government Hospitals at Royapettah and Chennai.
 
Three of the passengers died on the spot and one succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital, it said.
 
Two of the injured passengers are undergoing treatment at the Government Hospital at Royapettah and three at the Government Hospital in Madras. One passenger was discharged from Government Hospital, Saidapet after treatment. 
 
The bodies of three of the victims have been kept at the Royapettah hospital and one at Saidapet, pending identification and completion of other formalities, it said.
 
Divisional Railway Manager, Chennai Division, and other Railway officials rushed to the spot. Railway officials have also deputed to the hospitals to render assistance to the victims and their relatives, the release added.
 
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IT seizes Rs 163 crore cash, 100 kg gold; opposition seeks TN CM's resignation

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Leaders of major political parties in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday demanded a multi-agency probe into the affairs of road contractors raided by Income Tax department in the state and also the resignation of Chief Minister K. Palaniswami.
 
The demand followed the IT department's seizure of unaccounted Rs 163 crore in cash and 100 kg of gold during searches carried out in the premises of Nagarajan Seyyadurai, promoter of SPK & Co, employees and associates.
 
The IT department also said that apart from the unaccounted assets, incriminating documents in the form of registers, diaries and loose sheets were also seized.
 
While Rs 24 lakh cash was seized from Seyyadurai's residence, the remaining cash and gold were kept at the places of his employees, associates and in cars.
 
The SPK group has interests in road contracts and other businesses.
 
DMK leader M.K. Stalin questioned the silence of Chief Minister Palaniswami after the IT search and seizure of huge amount of cash and gold from road building contractors who bid for state government road projects.
 
Stalin demanded the resignation of Palaniswami to ensure a proper investigation.
 
Stalin, the Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, sought the cancellation of all contracts given to companies promoted by Seyyadurai and the kin of Palaniswami who is also into road construction business.
 
Former Union Minister and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss said the seizure of cash and gold clearly showed that these were not earned in a proper manner.
 
Ramadoss said the kin of the Chief Minister was too involved in road contracting business in Tamil Nadu.
 
He said there should be a multi-agency probe involving the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) following the IT search and seizures.
 
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17 held for sexually assaulting hearing impaired minor girl

 
17 men raped girl for months, thrashed by lawyers in court
 
 
Seventeen persons, mostly service staff in an apartment complex, were arrested for sexually assaulting a minor hearing-impaired girl for seven months, police said on Tuesday.
 
The accused are in the age group of 23-66 and were working in the apartment complex as plumbers, lift operators, security guard and others.
 
The minor girl is the daughter of a resident in the apartment complex.
 
The accused have been charged under Indian Penal Code provisions and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
 
A court here remanded them in judicial custody till July 31.
 
The matter came to light when the girl narrated her ordeal to her elder sister on Monday and their parents were informed. A police complaint was lodged by the girls' parents.
 
Meanwhile DMK leader M.K. Stalin in a statement said the accused should be tried and given severe punishment.
 
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LIC Board approves 51% stake purchase in IDBI Bank, seeks more due diligence

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The board of state-run Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) on Monday approved the acquisition of up to 51 per cent stake in the government-owned IDBI Bank, Economic Affairs Secretary S.C. Garg said.
 
Meanwhile, a source told IANS that the Board also asked the LIC Chairman to do a little more due diligence on IDBI Bank.
 
"Further the Board also asked the Chairman to satisfy the conditions laid down by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) while approving the stake acquisition plan," the source added.
 
Briefing reporters after the board meeting in New Delhi that lasted about two hours, Garg said the sale process is likely to take place through preferential shares.
 
"The amount we're looking at (from stake sale) will be as per the issue of the preferential shares," he said.
 
Queried on whether an open offer would also be made for the IDBI stock, Garg said this was unlikely.
 
"An open offer may not come about because the amount of public shareholding (in IDBI) is very small, only about 5 per cent and will not have much bearing on the stake sale," he said.
 
LIC will now approach the markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for approval, as well as for clearance from the Reserve Bank of India and the government, Garg said.
 
The IRDAI has already given its approval for the stake purchase stipulating that the interests of LIC policyholders are to be protected and reduction of LIC's stake in IDBI Bank over a period of time.
 
According to a source, the matching of the horoscope of the two organisations - LIC and IDBI Bank - have been done and further course of action for their marriage will be done.
 
However, the source said that the future position of IDBI Bank's life insurance arm IDBI Federal Life Insurance is not yet clear.
 
According to the source, the LIC Board discussed the pros and cons of the stake acquisition proposal and found that it would be beneficial for one of the Asia's largest insurer as well as for IDBI Bank.
 
"The LIC will get over 2,000 bank branches to sell its policies while IDBI Bank has the opportunity of getting more retail business from LIC policyholders," the source added.
 
The challenges for LIC while investing in IDBI Bank is its huge non-performing assets (NPA).
 
IDBI Bank, whose gross non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans, amounted to a staggering Rs 55,600 crore at the end of the fourth quarter ended March, posted a loss of Rs 5,662.76 crore for the quarter, its numbers being pulled down further by its deteriorating NPAs.
 
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The bank had reported a net loss of Rs 3,199.77 crore in the corresponding quarter of the 2017-18 fiscal. It has now reported losses for the sixth successive quarter.
 
However, the employees unions in both the IDBI Bank and LIC are opposed to the deal.
 
The All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) is opposing the purchase by LIC saying this would bring down the government's stake in the bank to below 51 per cent which is contrary to the assurance given to the Parliament when IDBI was converted into a bank.
 
On its part, the LIC's largest union, the All India Insurance Employees' Association (AIIEA) is opposed to the insurer investing money in IDBI Bank.
 
"Acquiring a controlling stake in IDBI Bank cannot just be an investment decision. It is a decision to enter a totally new business in which we are afraid we do not have the necessary expertise," AIIEA General Secretary V.Ramesh told the LIC Chairman in a letter.
 
"Since acquiring IDBI Bank will not be through the shareholder's capital but from the savings of the policyholders, we need to be extra cautious in taking such investment decisions," he said.
 
"We are aware that LIC long back had desired to enter into banking operations but we do not know how prudent it would be to enter into banking at a time when Indian banking is going through a very difficult period for reasons well known," Ramesh said.
 
But an industry official told IANS that since LIC is already into housing finance and mutual funds, "a bank will be a good fit so that it can become a universal financial services provider".
 
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Student dies during disaster management training exercise in Coimbatore

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A 19-year-old student was killed during a disaster management training session at a college in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore district, police said on Friday.
 
In a video that has gone viral, the victim, N. Logeshwari, is seen seated on the sunshade just below the second floor of the college building with a trainer standing next to her asking her to jump on Thursday evening.
 
A group of students were on the ground holding a net. 
 
In the video, the trainer can be seen pushing a reluctant Logeshwari. As she jumped, her head hit a sunshade and she suffered serious injuries, the police said.
 
She succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital.
 
The police have arrested the trainer, identified as Arumugham.
 
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Friday condoled the death and ordered the police to take severe action against the organisers.
 
Palaniswami announced a compensation of Rs 500,000 to Logeshwari's family.
 
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New technique can make ocean wave energy attractive

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Oscillating water columns can be used to tap energy from oceanic and sea waves. Higher cost of wave energy devices, however, remains a challenge. Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras have now found a simple fix to increase the amount of power generated by oscillating water columns.
 
Oscillating water columns (OWCs) are embankment-like constructions partly submerged in water. There is a partial opening towards the sea facing wall from where water can enter. As sea and ocean waves have a persistent undulating motion, the water entering the column keeps varying, fluctuating the level of air in the OWC.
 
“This disturbance is used to rotate a turbine to generate power,” explained V Sundar, professor of ocean engineering at IIT Madras, while speaking to India Science Wire.
 
Despite being an attractive power source, wave energy remains largely unexploited due to large costs required to build these structures. Scientists the world over are trying to link OWC with breakwater constructions that prevent coastal erosion by reducing wave activity in adjoining regions. Previously many teams have been successful in linking different OWCs with break water caissons or large watertight chambers.
 
The team led by Dr Sundar has integrated OWC with rubble mound  breakwaters. Such breakwaters are relatively inexpensive and easier to construct.
 
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While experimenting with different arrangements, scientists accidently discovered that instead of a single structure, an array of OWC lined against breakwaters can extract greater power. “The array helps in concentration of waves in front of the OWC which helps improve performance,” explained Dr Sundar. Spacing these structures to optimize power generation was a critical issue.
 
The researchers installed multiple OWC connected with offshore detached breakwaters in a shallow wave basin with differing spaces between them. They assessed the OWC performance with variations in wall pressure, air pressure, wave amplification factor, capture width and other hydrological parameters.
 
The study showed that when placed at a distance that equals thrice their widths, OWC yields maximum power. This was double the input wave power channeled from natural frequency of the system. The optimum spacing for different regions may vary based on intensity and size of the waves and specific climatic conditions.
 
Since OWCs linked with rubble mound breakwaters are easy to operate, they can be used in coastal regions and islands to reduce erosion while simultaneously generating power in an eco-friendly manner. Presently, scientists have completed a proof of principle study and are planning to set up a pilot plant to test their hypothesis.
 
The study, published in journal Ocean Engineering, was supported by a grant from Norwegian Research Council. The research team also included S. John Ashlin and S.A. Sannasiraj from IIT Madras 
 
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BJP will give TN a corruption-free government: Amit Shah

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BJP President Amit Shah on Monday said his party will give Tamil Nadu a corruption-free government and mentioned that BJP-led Central government has given about Rs 510,000 crore of projects to the state.
 
Addressing party workers here, he said there is lot of corruption in Tamil Nadu and the party will bring in a corruption-free government in the state.
 
Shah, who is here to discuss the party strategy in Tamil Nadu for next year's general elections, will meeting party leaders and also booth-level workers.
 
The Tamil Nadu visit is part of Shah's national tour to discuss the party's plans for the next Lok Sabha polls.
 
Shah told party workers that BJP respects its existing friends and also win over new friends.
 
According to Shah, the Narendra Modi government has allocated about Rs 510,000 crore funds for various projects in Tamil Nadu in four years of its rule while the earlier Congress government gave far less to the state.
 
He also said that it is only BJP which is committed to preserving the Tamil pride and pointed out that railway tickets are now printed in Tamil.
 
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