Man vandalises Periyar statue in Tamil Nadu’s Ponneri, surrenders

Aman identified as Chellakili surrendered before the Tamil Nadu police claiming that he vandalised a statue of social reformer Erode Venkatappa Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar. Chellakili told the police that he vandalised the statue at the Ponneri bus stand in Tiruvallur district using an iron rod. The police…

‘Shashi Tharoor will be out of Congress if…’: Kerala PCC chief Sudhakaran

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president K Sudhakaran has warned party’s Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor over his refusal to sign a letter to the central government. Sudhakaran said if Shashi Tharoor did not abide by party decisions, he “will be out” of the Congress. Sudhakaran said, “Shashi Tharoor…

ED refuses Jacqueline Fernandez’s request to downgrade lookout notice issued against her

The Enforcement Directorate has refused to downgrade the Lookout Circular (LOC) issued against Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez in connection with Rs 200 crore extortion case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar, as per sources. Jacqueline Fernandez had put in a request before the agency to remove the LoC issued…

Tamil Nadu fishermen protesting at Rameswaram condemn Sri Lankan Minister’s comments about auctioning seized boats

Fishermen from Rameswaram and Pudukottai who are on a strike demanding the release of Tamil fishermen and boats seized by the Lankan Navy took strong objection to Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda’s comments that the captured boats would be sold off. 69 fishermen from Pudukottai and Ramanathapuram were arrested…

IT raids underway at Foxconn manufacturing unit near Chennai, Tamil Nadu

IT raids are underway at the Foxconn manufacturing unit in Sunguvarchatram near Sriperumbudur. Foxconn produces cell phone components for some of the leading brands, like Apple, Blackberry and Redmi etc. The raid began yesterday and is still ongoing. The IT sleuths, based on a tip off, have been conducting a raid at…

Bangladeshi national killed in BSF firing during border smuggling bid in West Bengal

A24-year-old Bangladeshi national was killed on Wednesday when BSF personnel fired to thwart a narcotics smuggling bid along the International Border in West Bengal, a senior officer of the force said. The incident took place about 200 metres inside the Indian territory at around 1:40 am near border post Nawada in…

Nora Fatehi to be ED witness in Rs 200-crore extortion case against Sukesh Chandrasekhar

Actor Nora Fatehi will be the prosecution witness in the money laundering case against conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar, sources said on Wednesday. Actors Nora Fatehi and Jacqueline Fernandez are under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Rs 200-crore extortion case in which Sukesh Chandrasekhar…

Kerala MLA PT Thomas passes away from cancer at 71

PT Thomas, a member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly MLA representing Thrikkakkara constituency passed away on December 22, Wednesday. He was under treatment for cancer at Vellore Christian Medical College where he passed away by 10.10 am. He was also the working committee president of Kerala Pradesh Congress…

‘Anti-national’ word first inserted in Constitution during Emergency, not defined in statutes: Govt in LS

The word ‘anti-national’ has not been defined in statutes but was first inserted in the Constitution during the Emergency in 1976 and subsequently removed a year later, Union minister Nityanand Rai informed Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Rai said this while replying to a question of Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi,…