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TN Congress leader suspended for anti-party activities

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The Congress on Thursday suspended one of its leaders in Tamil Nadu, Karate Thiagarajan, for "anti-party activities".
 
A Congress statement said the suspension went into immediate effect.
 
Congress General Secretary K. C. Venugopal said the demand for taking stern disciplinary action against the South Chennai District Congress President was sought by the Tamil Nadu unit for "frequent anti-party activities and breach of discipline". 
 
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Rajya Sabha biennial election on July 18 to fill six seats from Tamil Nadu

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The Election Commission of India today announced the schedule of the biennial election to fill six seats in Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu, with polling to be held on July 18.
 
The term of office of these members of the Council of States elected from Tamil Nadu will expire on July 24. The retiring members are T Rathinavel, Dr V Maitreyan, K R Arjunan, Dr R Lakshmanan, D Raja and Kanimozhi (elected to Lok Sabha on May 23, 2019).
 
According to the election schedule, issue of notification will be on July 1 and the last day for submitting nominations will be July 8. Scrutiny of nominations will be on July 9. The last date for withdrawal of candidature will be July 11 and polling will be held on July 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. The election should be completed by July 22.   
 
The Commission has directed that, for the purpose of marking preference(s) on the ballot paper, only integrated violet colour sketch pen(s) of pre-fixed specification, provided by the Returning Officer, should be used. No other pen, under any circumstances, should be used in the election. Adequate measures for close monitoring of the election process by appointing observers will be taken to ensure free and fair election, an official press release added.
 
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AIADMK government did not act ahead of TN's water crisis: Stalin

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DMK President M. K.Stalin on Monday attacked Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK government accusing it of not working proactively when the lakes supplying water to the city started drying.
 
Leading a prostest here demanding a solution to Chennai's water crisis, Stalin said the government did not take action when the lakes supplying water to the city started drying.
 
"The one question being asked by people across Tamil Nadu is 'where is the water'? The AIADMK government has not completed any drinking water project in the state. Its party officials are holding yagnas in temples -- not for the rains, but to protect their own government," Stalin told the people holding the demonstration with empty pots. 
 
The DMK chief said that his party, if it comes to power, will order a probe into the irregularities in the ongoing desalination water project.
 
On Saturday, the DMK held protests at all the district headquarters to press the government to mitigate people's suffering in the parched state.
 
While Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft) and Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) and Chembarambakkam (3,645 mcft) lakes that supply water to Chennai have run dry, there is only 19 mcft water left in Poondi reservoir (against a full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.
 
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Double for Karthik Tharani as VW Ventos dominate Indian National Car Racing Championship

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Piloting the turbo-charged VW Vento, Karthik Tharani authored a dream script for Volkswagen Motorsport with a grand double in the premium ITC category as the second round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Car Racing Championship concluded at the Kari Motor Speedway here on Sunday.
 
Also scoring a double were Hyderabad’s Jeet Jhabak in the VW Ameo Class and Bengaluru schoolboy Sohil Shah (M Sport) in the Formula LGB 1300 category as he took the top honours in Race 1 and 3 while Nellore’s Viswas Vijayaraj (DTS Racing) won Race 2. 
 
RP Rajarajan (Performance Racing) won a close Super Stock race that went down to the wire.
 
For the factory-supported VW Motorsport team, making their debut in the Indian Touring Cars category, it was a highly-successful weekend as they won all the three races. Incidentally, races in all categories, except VW Ameo Class, today were run on wet tyres in view of forecast of rains which, however, stayed away.
 
The two ITC races highlighted Sunday’s proceedings with extremely close contests and incidents in Race 3 bringing out the Safety Car. Having finished second behind team-mate, Kolhapur’s Dhruv Shivaji Mohite, in the first of the ITC triple-header yesterday, Chennai-based Tharani led a 1-2-3 finish for VW Motorsport in Race 2 and followed it up with a thrilling win in Race 3 in the afternoon, ahead of Mohite and Arjun Balu (Race Concepts).
 
In both the races today, Mohite finished second while team-mate Ishaan Dodhiwala took the third spot in Race 2, but spun off in the next outing that led to a Safety Car period, and where Balu came in a creditable third, his second of the weekend.
 
While the podium finishers hogged the limelight, it was 77-year old D Vidyaprakash who stole the hearts with stirring drives that saw him finish fourth in both the races today. His defending the third spot in Race-2 until late in the last lap against Dodhiwala, 29, before letting the youngster pass, earned him high praise for clean racing. “I just can’t believe that someone at his age can drive like that. I couldn’t pass him until the last lap when he didn’t stop me from overtaking after I put the nose on the inside line,” gushed Dodhiwala after his third place finish.
 
The Championship moves to the MMRT track, Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, where Round 3 will be held from July 19 to 21.
 
The results (Provisional, all 10 laps unless mentioned):
 
Indian Touring Cars (Race 2): 1. Karthik Tharani (VW Motorsports) (11mins, 55.229secs); 2. Dhruv Shivaji Mohite (VW Motorsports) (11:55.572); 3. Ishaan Dodhiwala (VW Motorsports) (12:06.826). Race 3: 1. Karthik Tharani (VW Motorsports) (15:31.576); 2. Dhruv Shivaji Mohite (VW Motorsports) (15:31.717); 3. Arjun Balu (Race Concepts) (15:32.087).
 
Volkswagen Ameo Class (Race 2): Overall – 1. Avik Anwar (Bangladesh) (11:58.554); 2. Aiman Sadat (Bangladesh) (11:58.841); 3. Anmol Singh Sahil (Delhi) (11:59.304). Pro: 1. Anwar; 2. Sahil; 3. Siddharth Mehdiratta (Lucknow) (12:00.233). Junior: 1. Sadat; 2. Viraj Jairaj Jhala (Nashik) (12:05.775); 3. Chetan Surineni (Bengaluru) (12:24.817). Race 3 (Overall and Pro): 1. Jeet Jhabakh (Hyderabad) (11:58.422); 2. Anmol Singh Sahil (Delhi) (12:00.219); 3. Pratik Sonawane (Pune) (12:02.872). Junior: 1. Aiman Sadat (Bangladesh) (12:09.235); 2. Kaushik Mohan Raja (12:10.360); Viraj Jairaj Jhala (Nashik) (12:18.809).
 
Super Stock (Race 2): 1. RP Rajarajan (Performance Racing) (13:05.322); 2. R Rajashekar (Race Concepts) (13:05.926); 3. Prateek Benya (Race Concepts) (13:06.209). 
 
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Stalin to lead DMK protest over Chennai water crisis

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Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M. K. Stalin will on Monday lead a protest against the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government, demanding a solution to the city's water problem.
 
Announcing this, the DMK in a statement, here on Saturday, urged party leaders and workers to participate in the protest in a large number.
 
On Saturday the DMK held protests at the district headquarters to press the state government for necessary action to mitigate the people's suffering.
 
Meanwhile, DMK Treasurer and senior leader Duraimurugan threatened to launch a protest against supply of water to Chennai from Jolarpettai by train.
 
Taking on the DMK, Minister for Municipal Administration S. P. Velumani said transport of water from Jolarpettai would not reduce supply in the Vellore district.
 
On Friday, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had announced that 10 million litres a day (MLD) of water would be transported from Jolarpettai in the Vellore district to Chennai by train at a cost of Rs 65 crore.
 
While the Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft), Redhills (full capacity 3,300 mcft) and Chembarambakkam (3,645 mcft) lakes that supplied water to Chennai had gone dry, only 20 mcft water was left in the Poondi reservoir (full capacity of 3,231 mcft), according to the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.
 
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Park near Chennai closed after 'Free Fall Tower' accident

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The Tamil Nadu police on Friday ordered the closure of Queensland Amusement Park located near the state capital following an accident on the ride called 'Free Fall Tower' injuring a dozen people, said police.
 
The accident happened on June 18 and the video of that went viral on Friday.
 
On seeing the video, the police carried out its inquiries and ordered the park's closure.
 
The ride 'Free Fall Tower' at the amusement park consists of two platforms adjacent to each other connected to a tall tower. The platforms are taken up to a considerable height with the riders. Then the platforms come down fast thrilling the riders.
 
On June 18, the cables holding one of the platforms that was coming down snapped about 10 ft from the ground level.
 
The riders suffered minor injuries.
 
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59 entrants in fray in National Car Racing Championship

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The much-awaited MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Car Racing Championship resumes at the Kari Motor Speedway here on Friday,  in a new avatar following a rejig of regulations designed to make racing even more competitive and exciting than ever before. 
 
The weekend card will see 59 entrants, from across India, competing in 11 races.
 
In a significant development, the Volkswagen Ameo Cup has received the status of National Championship and rechristened as the Ameo Class. 
 
The eventual winners (Pro and Rookie categories), after four rounds and 10 races spread across four race weekends, will be declared national champions. 
 
Volkswagen Motorsport India had launched their one-make series in 2010 through the Polo Cup before progressing to the Vento and now the Ameo.
 
Apart from the Ameo Class races, the weekend will witness competitions in the popular and premium Indian Touring Cars (ITC), the Super Stock and the entry-level Formula LGB 1300 which has attracted the most number of entries of 19 young aspirants.
 
MMSC Vice-President and Chairman of the Meet Vicky Chandhok said: “At the outset, MMSC would like to acknowledge and appreciate MRF’s unstinted commitment and active involvement in the National Championship, be it two-wheeler or four-wheeler races.
 
"In fact, MRF have been the backbone of motorsport in India due to the support they have extended and continue to do so, for all formats of the sport. With MRF’s support, MMSC has been able to take racing a notch higher with every season. 
 
"This year, we welcome Volkswagen Motorsport into our National Championship by way of the Ameo Class which we expect to be as competitive as before when it was called the Ameo Cup.”
 
For the Super Stock and the Formula LGB 1300 categories, this weekend’s outing will be Round 2 after the season-opener in February at the MMRT, Chennai, when they were run on the same card as the MRF Challenge international series, while the other classes join the National Championship.
 
There will be three races each for the ITC, Ameo Class and the Formula LGB categories, and two in the Super Stock class.
 
The weekend action commences on Friday which is entirely devoted to Free Practice sessions, while qualifying and five races are scheduled for Saturday, followed by six more races on Sunday
 
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Parched Chennai will get drinking water, assures CM

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With reservoirs supplying water to Chennai drying up and groundwater levels plummeting in the absence of rain, water has become scarce but the government is taking necessary steps to supply drinking water to people, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said on Tuesday.
 
Interacting with reporters here, Palaniswami said that owing to failure of rains, the ground water levels have gone down.
 
People are using the water supplied through tankers for drinking and washing as the ground water levels have gone down and hence the shortage, he said.
 
The resorvoirs -- Cholavaram (full capacity 1,081 mcft) and Redhills (3,300 mcft) -- which cater to the Chennai's water needs are dry while the storage at Poondi reservoir is 24 mcft as against full capacity of 3,231 mcft, according to Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro).
 
The Chembarambakkam lake (full capacity 3,645 mcft) has water level of a mere 1 mcft.
 
Palaniswami said water from desalination projects is also being distributed to people and urged people to cooperate with the government as ground water will be supplied for next four or five months till rains begin in October-November.
 
As regards water from the Telugu Ganga Scheme or Krishna Water, Palaniswami said water could only be released to Tamil Nadu if there is 8 tmc of water in Kadaleru dam in Andha Pradesh.
 
The water level at Kadaleru dam is presently about 4 tmc.
 
Palaniswami also said that water from the Mettur Dam is being released to fill up the Veeranam lake to supply drinking water to Chennai.
 
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College students fall from bus roof in Chennai

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A group of college students sitting on the roof of a city bus here in Tamil Nadu fell on to the road when the driver applied the brakes suddenly to avoid hitting a two-wheeler.
 
The video of the incident on Monday went viral on social media.
 
The students of Pachaiappa's College here climbed atop the bus plying on route number 47A to celebrate 'Bus Day'.
 
Police took some students into custody.
 
'Bus Day' is celebrated as a thanksgiving to the driver and the conductor who are regulars on a particular college route.
 
Over time, the celebrations have turned into a nuisance for the public with students forcing the driver to drive the vehicle very slowly, thereby blocking the traffic on busy roads.
 
The Madras High Court had come down heavily on the Bus Day celebrations several times. The police, too, had issued warnings against the celebrations. 
 
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BHEL bags NPCIL order for erection of Kudankulam Units 3 & 4

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had secured an order for the erection work of the upcoming 2x1000 MWe Turbine Generator (TG) island units 3 & 4 at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu, which is being set up with Russian cooperation.
 
A press release from the company said it had bagged the prestigious order against stiff competition.
 
Valued at over Rs. 440 crore, the order has been placed on BHEL by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL). For the same project, BHEL has also emerged as the lowest bidder for erection of the Reactor side equipment, the release said.
 
Earlier, BHEL had successfully executed the erection work of TG island for Units 1&2 at Kudankulam, showcasing its capability in efficiently erecting equipment designed and manufactured by other suppliers.
 
BHEL is an established EPC leader for both thermal and nuclear power projects. As many as 12 out of 18 operating Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) in the country are equipped with BHEL-supplied steam turbine generator sets, accounting for 74% of the installed capacity. 
 
BHEL is also currently executing turbine generator packages for four units of 700 MWe, two units each at Kakrapara and Rawatbhata, the release added.
 
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Popular Tamil writer, actor Crazy Mohan passes away

Tamil actor Crazy Mohan (File photo: IANS)
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Renowned Tamil writer, actor and comedy giant Crazy Mohan breathed his last here on Monday after he suffered a major heart attack. He was 67.
 
"After he complained of pain in his chest and suffered a heart attack, he was rushed to Kauvery hospital in the afternoon. Efforts were taken to revive him but unfortunately he passed away around 2 p.m.," a family source told IANS.
 
Born as Mohan Rangachari in 1952, Mohan's first stint with writing began in college, where he was studying Mechanical Engineering, when he wrote the script for "Great Bank Robbery" for an inter-collegiate contest.
 
He then started writing scripts for his brother Maadhu Balaji's drama troupe. In 1976, Mohan wrote his first full-length play called "Crazy Thieves in Paalavakkam", thereby, earning the moniker 'Crazy' to his name.
 
By 1979, Mohan started his own drama troupe Crazy Creations which went on to create over 30 plays that have been staged over 6,500 times till date. Some of their popular plays include "Chocolate Krishna", "Satellite Saamiyar", "Marriage Made in Saloon" and "Return of Crazy Thieves", among others.
 
In 1983, Mohan made his film debut as a writer for K. Balachander's "Poikkal Kuthirai", which was based on Mohan's own play "Marriage Made in Saloon". The film featured Kamal Haasan in a cameo.
 
As a writer, Mohan was widely popular for his association with Kamal Haasan in multiple Tamil comedies which include "Sathi Leelavathi", "Michael Madana Kama Rajan", "Apoorva Sagodharargal", "Avvai Shanmugi", "Panchatanthiram" and "Vasool Raja MBBS".
 
Mohan forayed into television in 1989 and produced popular comedy serials, which include "Crazy", "Kalyanathukku Kalyanama" and "Vidathu Sirippu".
 
Mohan was a recipient of the Kalaimamani award given by the Tamil Nadu government for excellence in the field of art and literature.
 
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Deepak Ravikumar upstages strong field in Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship

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Deepak Ravikumar (TVS Racing) and Sankar Sarath Kumar (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) survived a day of drama and crashes to post deserved wins in the Pro-Stock 301-400cc and Pro-Stock 165cc categories, respectively, as the first round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship  sparked to life at the Kari Motor Speedway here on Saturday.
 
Starting sixth, Ravikumar, nursing injuries he suffered during last week’s testing, overcame pain and discomfort to score a merited win in the premium Pro-Stock 301-400cc race after pole-sitter Prabhu Arunagiri (Team Alisha Abdullah) and Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) came together in the second of the 10-lap race. 
 
While Arunagiri retired, Jagan Kumar, who had started second on the grid, got up and continued to finish eighth.
 
In second place behind Ravikumar was TVS Racing’s KY Ahamed, followed by Gusto Racing’s Satyanarayana Raju who was nursing a collar-bone fracture.
 
Earlier, the two outstanding riders in the Pro-Stock 165cc race were the eventual winner Sarath Kumar and third-placed Jagan Kumar. Sarath, 26, overcame a poor start that pushed him to sixth before he climbed his way to the front for a comfortable win by over five seconds.
 
Behind him, seven-times Super Sport National champion Jagan, starting from the pit-lane after the chain snapped during the formation lap, requiring quick repairs, rode like the wind as he cut through the field to finish third behind team-mate KY Ahamed who also did extremely well after starting eighth on the grid following this morning’s qualifying session.
 
Reflecting on his first win in three years, Sarath said: “It feels great to win a race after I think three years. I did not have a good start and was running sixth going into Turn-1, but I was confident of making up and by the second lap, I was ahead. Thereafter, it was fairly comfortable.
 
“It has been a frustrating three years during which I was part of the development programme. I also put on weight during that time, going up to 76 Kgs which is far too heavy for a 165cc bike. So, I reduced my weight to 66 Kgs, but still concede about 12 Kgs to Jagan. I had a strategy today, but unfortunately, he had a technical issue, so, I didn’t need to employ that strategy. Tomorrow, I know, he will be with me, but I am confident.”
 
Jagan, who was chaired to the garage after the post-race weigh-in by his team members, said: “The chain snapped and so I had to start from the pitlane after repairs. Otherwise, it was a good race and am happy to finish third considering the circumstances. Hopefully, I will have a better race tomorrow.”
 
The day started with Sparks Racing’s Vijay S taking the honours in the Stock 165cc (Novice) race that was red-flagged after just two laps following crashes.
 
Varoon (Idemitsu Honda Talent Cup, CBR 150), Anish Samson (TVS 200 RR, Novice), Lani Zena Fernandez (TVS 200 RR Girls) and Anand R (TVS 310RR Open) were the other winners of the day.
 
The results (Provisional):
 
National Championship – Pro-Stock 301-400cc (Race 1, 10 laps): 1. Deepak Ravi Kumar (TVS Racing) (11 mins, 40.315 secs); 2. KY Ahemed (TVS Racing) (11:41.960); 3. Satyanarayana Raju (Gusto Racing) (11:58.709).
 
Pro-Stock 165cc (Race 1, 10 laps): 1. Sarath Kumar (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) (12:23.441); 2. Ahamed KY (TVS Racing) (12:26.672); 3. Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) (12:27.061).
 
Stock 165cc (Race 1, 7 laps): 1. Vijay S (Sparks Racing) (09:29.877); 2. Manoj Y (Pvt) (09:31.371); 3. Abhimanyu Gautam (Sparks Racing) (09:36.358).
 
One-Make Championship – Idemitsu Honda Talent Cup (CBR 150) Race 1 (10 laps): 1. Varoon (13:31.952); 2. Lalrinuala Tlau (13:51.910); 3. Charan T (14:11.186).
 
TVS (Open, RR 310) Race 1 (10 laps): 1. Anand R (12:17.045); 2. Aravind Ganesh (12:18.822); 3. Soorya PM (12:18.865).
 
Novice (RR 200) Race 1 (4 laps): 1. Anish Samson (05:34.808); 2. Manoj Y (05:34.860); 3. Ullas Santruptnanda (05:36.011).
 
Girls (RR 200): 1. Lani Zena Fernandez (04:19.084); 2. Nivetha Jessica (04:19.766); 3. Shifa Shabir Ahmed (04:35.568).
 
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Gaurika stages rally to win 7th leg of Hero WPG Tour

Gaurika Bishnoi, starting the final round four shots behind the overnight leader Gursimar Badwal, staged a fine rally to register her second win of the season on the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Friday.
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Gaurika Bishnoi, starting the final round four shots behind the overnight leader Gursimar Badwal, staged a fine rally to register her second win of the season on the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Friday.
 
There were 29 starters, of which 28 finished. This was the largest field in a domestic WGAI event ever, which carried a record Rs. 10 lakh purse.
 
Gaurika also moved to the top of the Hero WPGT Order of Merit with two wins in six starts and total earnings of Rs. 6,12,800. She went past Neha Tripathi (Rs. 5,56,800) and Gursimar Badwal (Rs.5,20,133). The fourth player with over Rs 5 lakhs is Amandeep Drall (Rs.5,11,333).
 
Gaurika played very steady in the final round as she dropped just one bogey while picking up six birdies, three of which came in the last five holes to card  67  which  total eight-under 208, which was three clear of amateur Pranavi Urs, who registered the second 66 of the tournament. Pranavi, who began the week with a 76, recovered well over the final two days with 69-66 for a fine performance.
 
Gaurika and Amandeep, winner of the previous two events at Clover Greens, were the only players to play all three rounds under par. Astha Madan (72) was seventh at one-over 217, while amateur Asmitha Sathish (72) and Ananya Datar (72) were tied-eighth. Neha Tripathi (72) and Millie Saroha (75) were tied-10th.
 
Gursimar Badwal, who had played so well on the first two days, had a rough final day with just one birdie. She had two bogeys, but what put her out of contention was the triple bogey eight on the Par-5 14th. She finished in a tie for third alongside Amandeep Drall (70) and Tvesa Malik (68).
 
Ridhima Dilawari, who seemed out of sorts in the first two rounds when she shot 73-74, finally found her form, though a little late. However, the round of 68 will help her confidence for the upcoming events. She finished sixth at one-under 215, as six players finished the week with under par totals, indicating a growing depth in Indian women’s golf. There were two 66s and a 67 in the 15 under-par rounds in a week of impressive golf.
 
Gaurika birdied the second and dropped her only bogey of the day at fourth. Thereafter she was flawless, with birdies on sixth and eighth to turn in two-under 35. On the back nine, after four pars, she birdied 14th, 16th and 18th for a final card of 67.
 
Pranavi, a very good upcoming talent, was also two-under for the front nine and was two-under till the 12th with four birdies against two bogeys. On the last five holes, she had a hat-trick of birdies from 14th to 16th and another on 18th for four-under 31 and a total of 66, the second time this score was recorded this week. The earlier 66 came from Gursimar Badwal on the second day.
 
Amandeep had a rough front nine with bogeys on third and fourth, but four birdies on the back nine against no bogeys saw her card 70 and finish in a tie for third.
 
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Amandeep shares lead with Gursimar and Gaurika in 7th leg of Hero WPG Tour

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Amandeep Drall carded a hat-trick of birdies to take a share of the lead in the opening round of the Rs. 10 lakh seventh leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Wednesday.
 
Drall shared the lead with Gaurika Bishnoi and Gursimar Badwal, who have both won once each this season. The trio shot one-under 71 each and led by one over Hero Order of Merit leader Neha Tripathi, and Ananya Datar who carded even par 72 each.
 
In a field of 26 pros and three amateurs, the largest ever assembled at a domestic event on the Hero WPG Tour, four players including Ridhima Dilawari, the only multiple winner this year, Khushi Khanijau, Millie Saroha and Astha Madan shot one-over 73 each to be tied sixth. Tvesa Malik was sole 10th with a round of 74.
 
This was Amandeep’s sixth successive sub-par round at the Clover Greens. The last time she shot worse than sub-par was an even par 72 in the first round of the eighth leg of the 2018 Tour, which too she won. She added the 10th leg with three straight sub-par rounds.
 
Gursimar birdied the second, but bogeyed the Par-5 third and then parred the remaining holes except for the Par-4 13th, which she birdied for a round of 71. Gursimar won the second leg this year.
 
Gaurika Bishnoi, who won the fifth leg this season, opened with a birdie but dropped back-to-back bogeys on seventh and eight to turn in one-over 38. On the back nine, she birdied 12th and 14th to get to under-par and finish at 71.
 
Neha Tripathi had just one birdie on seventh and she gave that back on 15th, while Ananya Datar had three birdies and three bogeys.
 
Astha Madan was two-under through 11 holes, before dropping thee shots in the last seven, while Ridhima birdied second and then dropped three bogeys in a span of four holes between eighth and 11th. She made up one with a birdie on Par-3 16th.
 
Tvesa Malik at sole 10th birdied twice, but she had a double on the 11th and two more bogeys on 5th and 12th in her 74.
 
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World Bank to provide $ 287 million loan for improving healthcare in Tamil Nadu

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The Government of India, the Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) and the World Bank on Monday signed a $ 287 million loan agreement for the Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Programme, which aims to improve the quality of health care, reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and fill the equity gaps in reproductive and child health services in the state.
 
Tamil Nadu ranks third among Indian States in the NITI Aayog Health Index which is reflected in vastly improved health outcomes. 
 
The State’s maternal mortality rate has declined from 90 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2005 to 62 deaths in 2015-16 while the infant mortality has declined from 30 deaths per 1000 live births to 20 in the same period, an official press release said.
 
A key contribution to these achievements has been the establishment of Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care Centres and the 108 ambulance service with previous support from the World Bank.  These have ensured that no mother has to travel more than 30 minutes to access emergency obstetric and neonatal care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
 
Despite these impressive gains, certain challenges in health care remain, including quality of care and variations in reproductive and child health among districts. Tamil Nadu is also dealing with a growing burden of NCDs as they account for nearly 69% of deaths in the State, the release said. 
 
The Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Programme will support the State Government to develop clinical protocols and guidelines. It aims to achieve national accreditation for primary, secondary, and tertiary-level health facilities in the public sector.
 
It will strengthen physicians, nurses and paramedics through continuous medical education. It will strengthen the feedback loop between citizens and the state by making quality and other data accessible to the public.
 
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"Tamil Nadu can serve as a model for how to take health system performance to the next level by investing in the public sector and offer lessons to other states. We are happy that the World Bank is helping the state in this journey," Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, said.
 
The Agreement for the Project was signed by Khare on behalf of the Union Government, Beela Rajesh, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, on behalf of Tamil Nadu and Hisham Abdo, Acting Country Director, World Bank India, on behalf of the World Bank.
 
“The Programme supports interventions to strengthen institutional and state capacity to achieve results. Good practices and innovations from Tamil Nadu are being scaled-up while others from around the world are being introduced through the programme to improve management of the State's Public Health Sector, increase transparency and strengthen accountability,” Abdo said.
 
The programme will promote population-based screening, treatment and follow-up for NCDs, and improve monitoring and evaluation. Patients will be equipped with knowledge and skills to self-manage their conditions. Lab services and health provider capacity will also be strengthened to address mental health.
 
To tackle road injuries, the programme will improve in-hospital care, strengthen protocols, strengthen the 24x7 trauma care services and establish a trauma registry.
 
Another key aim is to reduce the equity gaps in reproductive and child health.  Special focus will be given to nine priority districts, which constitute the bottom quintile of the RCH indicators in the State and have a relatively large proportion of tribal populations. 
 
“This programme focuses on results instead of inputs through a Program-for-Results (PforR) lending instrument. This will provide a much greater focus on outputs and outcomes through better alignment of expenditures and incentives with results,” said Rifat Hasan, Senior Health  Specialist, World Bank India, the Task Team Leader for the programme said. The use of the PforR instrument is a first for the health sector and will offer lessons for other States.  
 
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Stalin urges Rahul not to quit as Congress President

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DMK President M. K. Stalin on Tuesday urged Congress President Rahul Gandhi not to resign from his party post.
 
In a statement issued here, the DMK said Stalin spoke to Gandhi on the phone and told him that he had won the people's hearts.
 
On his part, Gandhi greeted Stalin on the DMK-led alliance's sweeping electoral victory in Tamil Nadu.
 
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi too greeted Stalin.
 
Stalin will be attending the swearing in ceremony of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister designate Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday at Vijayawada.
 
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Top seed Gayatri crashes out in junior badminton semis

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Top seed P. Gayatri Gopichand of Telangana crashed out of the All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament, losing squarely to 16th seed Aashi Rawat of Delhi in a dramatic girl's semifinal upset on Saturday.
 
Tamil Nadu too suffered a big setback, with No. 4 seed Satish Kumar crumbling against No. 2 seed Maisnam Meiraba from Manipur in the boys' section.
 
The till now flawless Gayatri, the daughter of India coach Pullela Gopichand, turned error-prone in the semi-final as she found a worthy challenger in Aashi. She edged into the lead but saw Aashi recover ground at 6-6. The momentum shifted at that stage with Aashi jumping ahead at 10-9 before taking a 13-11 lead.
 
The mistakes, however, continued to flow which Aashi exploited to the hilt, taking a strong 18-14 lead that proved to be good enough for a 21-15 victory in the opener.
 
Aashi was on a roll in the second game, racing to a 15-7 lead. She didn't concede a single point after that for a well-deserved place in the final.
 
Aashi now awaits the winner of the second semi-final between Tamil Nadu's Akshaya Arumugam and Samiya Imad Farooqui of Telangana, both unseeded.
 
Local lad Satish Kumar too found himself out of depth against No. 2 seed Maisnam Meiraba, losing 13-21, 11-21 in 50 minutes. He fell behind early in both the games and failed to come up with any strategy to regain a toehold in the contest.
 
He yielded an early 2-6 lead in the first game which became 4-8 and 9-16 pretty quickly. The second game too followed the same pattern. He went down 2-5 and couldn't recover any ground to lose 11-21.
 
Sathish, however, gave a glimpse of his talent and temperament in the morning, getting the better of ninth seed Sarath D of Andhra Pradesh. He was trailing after the first game (10-21) but he recovered enough to make it look like an easy win, taking the next two games 21-16, 21-12.
 
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Gayatri, other top seeds reach junior badminton quarters

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Top seed P. Gayatri Gopichand of Telangana faced her first tough fight in the Microplex Global and Yonex Sunrise All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament before prevailing 2-0 and entering the quarter-finals here on Friday night.
 
The daughter of India coach Pullela Gopichand was stretched all the way by the unseeded Khushi Gupta of Delhi in the Under-19 Girls Singles clash for a place in the last 8. It took the 16-year-old's cool temperament and superior skills to eke out a 22-20 win in the first game. The second game was equally close with Khushi determined to battle for every point. But in the end Gayatri lived up to her ranking, closing it at 21-16.
 
No. 3 seed Malvika Bansod of the Airports Authority of India and Chennai's Akshaya Arumugam had comparatively easier rounds, getting the better of No. 12 seed Aditi Bhatt of Uttarakhand and Riya Kunjir of Maharashtra, respectively. Malvika won 21-19 21-11 while an impressive Akshaya romped home with a 21-12, 21-11 victory.
 
Earlier in the day, Gayatri barely stretched herself to beat Prerana Alvekar of Maharasthra, 21-11 21-13. Malvika, however, struggled against unseeded Tanya Hemanth (Karnataka), losing the second game 15-21. The final game too was tight but she survived the scare for a 21-10 15-21 21-18 win.
 
Unnati Bisht (No. 4, UTR) and Samiya Imad Farooqui (No. 5, TS) joined the duo by taming Likhita Srivastava of Delhi 21-16 21-8 and Treesa Jolly of Kerala 21-16 21-10.
 
Amolika Singh (No. 6, Uttar Pradesh) and Tasnim Mir (No. 13, Gujarat) were the only two seeds in girls' category to tumble out of the competition. They lost to Aadya Variyath of Kerala 22-20 16-21 21-16 and Himanshi Rawat of Uttarakhand 22-20 7-21 21-15, respectively.
 
No. 2 seed Maisnam Meiraba of Manipur drove the top seeds in the Under-19 Boys Singles, carrying as many as 11 more into the next round. He beat Bharat Raghav of Haryana (21-8 23-21) to set up a clash with Rohan Gurbani (Maharashtra) who took down Karan Negi (HP) 21-13 21-7.
 
Other seeds who progressed include Sai Charan Koya (No. 3, AP), Sathish Kumar K. (4, TN), Aakash Yadav (No. 5, Delhi), Tharun M. (6, Telangana), Siddhanth Gupta (No. 10, TN) and Pranav Rao Gandham (No. 16, Telangana).
 
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DMK alliance routs AIADMK alliance in TN

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Bucking the national trend that favoured the BJP, the DMK-led alliance on Thursday dealt a major blow to Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK-led alliance which comprised the BJP, as it seemed set to capture 36 of the state's 38 Lok Sabha seats that went for polls on April 18.
 
All the candidates put up by the ruling AIADMK's alliance partners bit the dust.
 
The DMK was, however, not able to replicate the sweep in the bye-elections for the 22 assembly seats as it led in 13 constituencies while AIADMK is in lead in nine seats at the time of writing this report.
 
While the DMK and the AIADMK contested the Lok Sabha polls in alliance with other parties, it was a head-on contest between the two in the assembly bye-elections.
 
In the Lok Sabha polls, prominent candidates of the DMK like A. Raja, Dayanidhi Maran, Kanimozhi, T. R. Baalu, S. S. Palanimanickam and of its allies like the Congress like Su. Thirunavukarasar, Karthi P Chidambaram, H. Vasanthakumar, S.Jothimani and others, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Communist Party of India (CPI) and others won their seats or were in the process of winning against their rivals belonging to the AIADMK-led alliance across the state, Election Commission officials said.
 
Amongst the prominent losers were PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss from Dharmapuri, BJP's H.Raja and Tamilisai Soundararajan from Sivaganga and Thoothukudi respectively.
 
In a statement issued here, AIADMK's Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator K. Palaniswami said the results of the bye-elections for the 22 assembly constituencies show that the AIADMK has the credentials to rule the state.
 
On his part, DMK President M. K. Stalin thanked the voters for electing the party's candidates.
 
The Lok Sabha polls saw a four-cornered contest. The two major fronts are: the AIADMK-led front comprising the PMK, BJP, DMDK, TMC, PT, PNK and others and the DMK-led front consisting of the Congress, MDMK, IUML, CPI, CPI-M, VCK, KMDK and IJK.
 
The AMMK floated by independent legislator T.T.V. Dhinakaran and the MNM floated by actor-politician Kamal Haasan made their electoral debut but put up a poor show.
 
BJP leaders blamed "negative propaganda" by its political foes for its poor showing.
 
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DMK leading in TN Assembly bye-elections

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The DMK on Thursday led in in 10 Assembly constituencies and the ruling AIADMK in 8 as per the initial trends available for the bye-elections held for 22 seats in Tamil Nadu, according to the Election Commission.
 
More than the Lok Sabha elections, the focus in the state was on the bye-elections as they would determine whether the AIADMK government led by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami would remain in power.
 
The fight here is between the AIADMK and DMK. Both the parties contested all the 22 seats while they shared the Lok Sabha seats with their allies.
 
In the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, the ruling AIADMK has 114 members (including the Speaker), the DMK 88 and the Congress 8 while the IUML and Independents have one member each.
 
To attain a simple majority, the AIADMK has to win just four seats in the bye-elections. In order to be safe against switching of camps by some of the lawmakers, the AIADMK has to win eight or nine seats.
 
The DMK (with 88 legislators), on the other hand, has to win all the 22 seats to take its tally along with its allies -- Congress (eight) and IUML (one) -- to 119, which is just one number over the simple majority.
 
Meanwhile, three AIADMK legislators were issued show cause notices by Speaker P. Dhanapal as the ruling party felt that they were moving towards the T.T.V. Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK).
 
However, the Supreme Court has stayed the disqualification proceedings against these three lawmakers.
 
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DMK to be with Congress, unsure of third front

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao meets DMK President M. K. Stalin at his residence in Chennai on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao meets DMK President M. K. Stalin at his residence in Chennai on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
The DMK said on Tuesday that it will stick with the Congress even after the Lok Sabha elections and that this had been conveyed to Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao who favours a non-Congress, non-BJP coalition to govern India.
 
"We are committed to the Congress. Never in the history of the DMK has it changed its alliance post elections. The party has always stuck to its pre-poll alliance partner," a DMK leader told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
 
He said that the importance of the DMK's alliance with the Congress was explained to Rao at the meeting with party  president M. K. Stalin here on Monday.
 
Rao was requested to look at the possibility of supporting the Congress, an idea which he did not negate.
 
"Our party will not align with the BJP with or without Narendra Modi as it would have a negative impact in Tamil Nadu. There is an anti-BJP wave in Tamil Nadu. The DMK will not be part of a third front government formed with the support of the BJP," the DMK leader added.
 
DMK President Stalin told the media that it will be known only after the Lok Sabha election results are declared whether a non-Congress, non-BJP grouping was possible.
 
He said the Telangana Chief Minister met him on Monday out of courtesy. He said Rao came to Tamil Nadu primarily to visit temples.
 
Stalin said Rao did not meet him in connection with the formation of a third front.
 
Rao on Monday had an hour-long meeting with Stalin here but it appeared that his proposal for a non-BJP, non-Congress coalition didn't have takers.
 
According to the DMK, ideally the Congress should be part of any central government so that there is stability.
 
"In fact Rao's own party TRS has to win all the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana so that he can try to forge a third front post election results," said the DMK leader who did not wish to be identified.
 
Political analyst Raveendhran Dhuraiswamy told IANS: "The DMK-Congress combine will get a sizeable percentage of votes. The DMK will not go with BJP after the elections. As for Stalin, Tamil Nadu is more important than having a say in the central government."
 
According to one DMK leader, if some third front proponents join hands with the BJP and form a coalition, then the DMK and Congress will be left alone. 
 
Meanwhile, DMK senior leader and Treasurer Duraimurugan on Tuesday met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at Amaravati.
 
Duraimurugan told reporters that he met Naidu as a mark of courtesy.
 
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7 passengers die in car accident in TN

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Seven passengers died when the car in which they were travelling rammed into a stationary truck near Ambur in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district on Monday, said police.
 
A child, four men and two women were among the dead. Ambur is about 190 km from here.
 
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SC stays disqualification proceedings against three rebel AIADMK MLAs

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the disqualification proceedings against three rebel AIADMK MLAs in Tamil Nadu.
 
The Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly had issued notice to the AIADMK MLAs for backing rebel party leader T. T. V. Dhinakaran. A plea by the DMK had alleged that the Speaker had acted in an arbitrary manner.
 
Last week, the apex court agreed to hear the DMK's plea against the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker's notice for disqualification of the three AIADMK MLAs, who extended support to rival leader and AMMK founder Dhinakaran.
 
Speaker P. Dhanapal on April 30 issued show cause notices to A. Prabhu (Kallakuruchi constituency), Rathinasabapathy (Aranthangi) and V. T. Kalaiselvan (Virudhachalam) -- seeking explanations for their anti-party activities.
 
The action followed a petition by the ruling party seeking "due legal action" against them.
 
DMK chief M.K. Stalin on April 30 sent a letter to the Assembly Secretary proposing a no-confidence motion against the Speaker and also submitted a one-line no-trust motion against Dhanapal.
 
Appearing for the DMK, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said he wondered how the Speaker could issue notices for disqualification of the three AIADMK MLAs when he himself was facing a no-confidence motion.
 
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Stalin proposes no-confidence motion against TN Speaker

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DMK President M. K. Stalin on Tuesday sent a letter to the Secretary of Tamil Nadu Assembly proposing a no-confidence motion against Speaker P. Dhanapal. He also submitted the one line no-confidence motion against Dhanapal.
 
Stalin is the leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
 
Dhanapal on Tuesday sent show cause notices to three AIADMK legislators -- A. Prabhu representing the Kallakuruchi constituency, Rathinasabapathy (Aranthangi) and V.T. Kalaiselvan (Virudhachalam) -- seeking explanations for their anti-party activities.
 
On April 26, AIADMK's Chief Whip S. Rajendran had submitted a petition to Dhanapal to take action against the three legislators for their anti-party activities.
 
Rajendran said the party had got more proof of their prejudicial activities and hence he submitted the petition to the Speaker.
 
He said that photographs of the legislators with the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) General Secretary T. T. V. Dhinakaran have also been been submitted.
 
In his letter, Stalin, citing the show cause notices to the three AIADMK legislators, said that when the results of the bye-elections for 22 Assembly constituencies is expected on May 23, the Speaker's decision which would change the majority position of the parties will hurt the honour of the House.
 
In a democracy if the Speaker acts like this, it signifies he is not acting in a non-partisan manner, he said.
 
Stalin said that on September 18, 2017, the Speaker disqualified 18 AIADMK legislators based on a complaint from the ruling party Chief Whip Rajendran.
 
The Speaker's action resulted in various debates and raising of questions.
 
The bye-elections for 18 Assembly constituencies were held on April 18, while the remaining four will vote on May 19.
 
In the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly, the ruling AIADMK has 114 MLAs (including the Speaker), the DMK 88 and the Congress 8, while the IUML and an Independent represent one constituency each.
 
The AIADMK has to win just four seats in the bye-elections to attain a simple majority. But factoring in the possible switching of camps by some lawmakers, the AIADMK needs to win seven or eight seats in order to be safe.
 
On the other hand, the DMK has to win all the 22 seats to take its tally, along with its allies Congress and IUML, to 119, one more than what is required for a simple majority.
 
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Former DMK Rajya Sabha member Vasanthi Stanley passes away

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DMK's former Rajya Sabha member Vasanthi Stanley has died after a brief illness.
 
Stanley, 56, died late on Saturday night. 
 
She served in the Rajya Sabha from 2008-2014.
 
DMK President M.K.Stalin on Sunday condoled the death of Stanley and said she had voiced the party's views in the House on various important issues.
 
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