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Divya Chandrababu is an award-winning political and human rights journalist based in Chennai, India. Divya is presently Assistant Editor of the Hindustan Times where she covers Tamil Nadu & Puducherry. She started her career as a broadcast journalist at NDTV-Hindu where she anchored and wrote prime time news bulletins. Later, she covered politics, development, mental health, child and disability rights for The Times of India. Divya has been a journalism fellow for several programs including the Asia Journalism Fellowship at Singapore and the KAS Media Asia- The Caravan for narrative journalism. Divya has a master's in politics and international studies from the University of Warwick, UK. As an independent journalist Divya has written for Indian and foreign publications on domestic and international affairs.

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Families of Kallakurichi victims shattered, question availability of hooch

Almost every street held a funeral while several bodies were lined up for cremation in Karunapuram, which is at the center of the hooch tragedy in Kallakurichi district of Tamil Nadu.

A man stands next to piles of wood arranged for the mass cremation of people, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor in Kallakurichi district of Tamil Nadu. (AP)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 08:44 AM IST
By, Chennai

Families of Kallakurichi victims shattered, question availability of hooch

The death toll in the hooch tragedy in Kallakurichi district of Tamil Nadu increased to 38 on Thursday while over 100 people remained hospitalised, officials said, as the incident triggered a political row with the opposition AIADMK attacking the DMK government and demanding the resignation of chief minister MK Stalin over the tragedy.

A family member weeps next to the dead body of a victim who died after consuming toxic alcohol in Kallakurichi district of Tamil Nadu. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 08:32 AM IST
By, Chennai

Kallakurichi hooch tragedy: Death toll rises to 33; CM Stalin suspends SP, orders CID probe

The CM has ordered an investigation by the Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department into the incident which has caused a major uproar in Tamil Nadu

Officials interact with a patient who is undergoing treatment after consuming spurious liquor in Kallakurichi, Tamil Nadu. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 10:12 AM IST

YSRCP MP’s daughter gets bail after running over man in Chennai

A 22-year-old man, who was sleeping on a pavement in Chennai, was killed after the daughter of YSR Congress Party Rajya Sabha MP Beeda Masthan Rao allegedly ran her luxury car over him, police said.

YSRCP MP’s daughter gets bail after running over man in Chennai
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 09:04 AM IST
By, Chennai

13 people die in Kallakurchi after drinking illicit liquor

At least 13 people have died and 30 others have been hospitalised after they allegedly consumed illicit liquor in Kallakurichi district in Tamil Nadu, prompting the state government to transfer the district collector and suspend the superintendent of police.

A person undergoes treatment after consumption of spurious liquor in Kallakurichi distict of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 08:42 AM IST
By, Chennai

AP MP’s daughter allegedly runs car over Chennai man sleeping on pavement

The incident happened during the wee hours of Tuesday in Besant Nagar and the victim has been identified as Surya, a painter, who belongs to Odaikyppam, a fishing hamlet in Besant Nagar

Police rushed to the spot and arrested Beeda Madhuri, the daughter of YSRCP MP Beeda Masthan Rao who drove the car, on charges of causing death due to negligence. However, she obtained bail later. (Representative Image)
Published on Jun 19, 2024 12:34 PM IST

TN govt commences archaeological digs at 8 sites to ‘rewrite’ India’s history

Chief minister M K Stalin launched the archaeological excavations via videoconferencing from the state secretariat in Chennai.

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 04:53 AM IST

Vijay: TVK won’t contest upcoming state bypolls

Tamil actor Vijay on Tuesday announced that his newly floated party, TVK will neither contest not support any other party in the upcoming by-election

Vijay: TVK won’t contestupcoming state bypolls
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 11:07 AM IST

Put on hold three criminal laws, consult stakeholders: Stalin in letter to Shah

MK Stalin has asked Union home minister Amit Shah to consider the views of all states and other key stakeholders and withhold the enactments already notified.

Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK leader MK Stalin. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 04:02 AM IST

Prohibit caste-based names, identifiers, panel tells TN govt

Report suggests Tamil Nadu government ban caste identifiers among students, remove caste names from schools, and enact legislation for social inclusion.

Prohibit caste-based names, identifiers, panel tells TN govt
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 06:10 AM IST
By, Chennai

Tamil Nadu extends 1,000 financial aid for male government school students

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin announced on Friday that the DMK’s scheme of providing ₹1000 for girl students in government schools will be extended to benefit boys from classes 6 to 12.

Tamil Nadu extends <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,000 financial aid for male government school students
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 09:26 AM IST

Madras HC acquits all accused in Dr Subbiah murder case

The Madras high court on Friday set aside the conviction as well as death sentence imposed on seven people and life sentences imposed on two more in the 2013 murder case of neurosurgeon SD Subbiah near Billroth Hospital in Chennai. All nine appellants have been set free.

Madras HC acquits all accused in Dr Subbiah murder case
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 09:08 AM IST

Kuwait building fire: 5 Tamils among the victims, says TN minister

They have been identified as Ramakaruppan, Veerasamy Mariappan, Chinnadurai Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Sharif, Richard

The building where the fire broke out in Mangaf, Kuwait on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 01:33 PM IST

In Annamalai vs Tamilisai, an 18-second video clip is fresh ammo

Annamalai and Tamilisai Soundararajan have also had differences over the BJP’s decision to contest the Lok Sabha election on its own.

Kalyan Raman contested the interpretation that Soundararajan, a former Telangana governor, was reprimanded by Amit Shah. (X/karthikgnath)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 03:28 PM IST

More welfare schemes will be launched before state polls: Stalin

Stalin announced that his plans to introduce new initiatives, including the Tamizh Pudhalvan scheme that would provide financial assistance of ₹1000 to male students studying in state government schools

The assembly elections in Tamil Nadu will be held in 2026 (ANI)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 08:28 AM IST
By, Chennai

Toxic gas from sewer line kills 3 of family in Puducherry, say cops

Three people, including a minor girl, died from asphyxiation due to a poisonous gas leak in Puducherry. Two others are hospitalized. Authorities are investigating the incident.

The victims were residents of Pudhunagar in the Reddiarpalayam where around 40 families live (File photo)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 08:24 AM IST
By, Chennai

Kanimozhi replaces T R Baalu as DMK parliamentary party leader

Chief minister M K Stalin made the announcement late on Monday days after the DMK-led Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance won all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu

K Kanimozhi has been the DMK’s face in Delhi. (X)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 11:52 AM IST

Bypoll to Tami Tamil Nadu’s Vikravandi assembly seat to be held on July 10

The Vikravandi assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district was left vacant after DMK MLA N Pugazhendhi died due to illness on April 6

The counting of votes will be held on July 13. (Representational Image)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 05:06 PM IST

Despite losing Nilgiris, Murugan back as minister

Murugan was the runner up in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris constituency (reserved for scheduled caste) where he lost to DMK A Raj

Newly sworn-in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Council of Ministers during a ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 07:44 AM IST
By, Chennai

HC resumes hearing in DA cases against 3 TN leaders

DVAC moved hc challenging the discharge or acquittal of six heavy weight politicians of DMK and AIADMK

The Madras high court on Friday continued to hear the suo motu revisions taken up against two sitting ministers and former CM O Panneerselvam (File photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 08:16 AM IST
By, Chennai

DMK, AIADMK amp up pitch against NEET-UG in Tamil Nadu, say scrap the exam

The NEET-UG results have triggered a massive uproar across the country, with many aspirants and parents demanding a probe and seeking a “re-exam

Chennai: A candidate undergoes security check as she arrives to appear for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) (UG) 2024 exam at an examination centre in Chennai, on May 5 (PTI FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 02:58 PM IST

Vote share in Lok Sabha polls could have a bearing on politics in Tamil Nadu

Individually, this is one of the AIADMK’s worst performances though they remain number 2 in terms of vote share after the DMK.

Tamil Nadu CM and DMK President MK Stalin along with party leader TR Baalu arrive for the INDIA bloc leaders meeting, at the residence of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge in New Delhi on Wednesday.(ANI)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 04:39 AM IST
By, Chennai

BJP unable to leave mark as DMK-led alliance sweeps TN

The DMK’s grand alliance, which includes the Congress party and Left parties, is part of the broader INDIA bloc that has remained intact since the 2019 national polls.

DMK supporters celebrate after the announcement of the results in Chennai on Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 09:20 AM IST
By, Chennai

Lok Sabha results: AIADMK’s future at stake in TN as NDA looks to gain ground

Major exit polls have predicted a big win for the DMK-led alliance, and a higher number of seats for the BJP-led NDA

AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami at Muthumalai Murugan Temple, at Ethapur of Salem district, on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 05:05 AM IST
By, Chennai

Tamil Nadu: Agents linked to political parties keep a close watch on EVMs before counting day

K Veerakumar on long leave to monitor EVMs for Chennai South constituency. Thousands of agents from various parties working 24x7, eagerly awaiting June 4 counting.

Tamil Nadu: Agents linked to political parties keep a close watch on EVMs before counting day
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 07:52 AM IST
By, Chennai

Modi continues meditation at Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 45-hour long meditation at Rock Memorial in Tamil Nadu’s Kanyakumari enters the second day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditates at the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, where Swami Vivekananda did meditation, in Kanniyakumari on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 07:10 AM IST
By, Chennai

Chennai startup Agnikul successfully launches India’s 2nd privately built rocket

The sub-orbital test flight of the indigenously developed Agnibaan rocket marks a significant milestone for India’s private space sector

Chennai-based private space technology startup Agnikul Cosmos successfully test-launched the Agnibaan rocket powered by the world's first single-piece 3D printed semi-cryogenic engine from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, in Sriharikota on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on May 31, 2024 10:55 AM IST
By, Chennai

13-year-old boy who went missing found dead in Puducherry

13-year-old boy found murdered with ten stab wounds in Puducherry’s Karaikal. Suspect identified, police investigating motive. Locality in shock.

13-year-old boy who went missing found dead in Puducherry
Updated on May 29, 2024 09:02 AM IST
By, Chennai

Tamil Nadu guv’s tribute to Savarkar on his birth anniversary fans row

Governor RN Ravi on Tuesday described Savarakar as an inspiration while DMK has accused the governor of being an agent of the BJP and its ideological parents, RSS

Tamil Nadu guv’s tribute to Savarkar on his birth anniversary fans row
Updated on May 29, 2024 08:56 AM IST
By, Chennai

NEP 2020 will change teaching pedagogy in India, says Tamil Nadu guv

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 will transform teaching pedagogy in India, said Governor RN Ravi while inaugurating a two-day conference of vice-chancellors of state and private universities at Raj Bhavan in Udhagamandalam on Monday

The Kural (couplet) is the inspiration for our New Education Policy 2020 which talks about a transformative education system, Tamil Nadu governor RN Ravi said. (ANI)
Updated on May 28, 2024 08:50 AM IST
By, Chennai
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