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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.

Articles by Divya Chandrababu

Nation first for me, it’s my family, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an emotional pitch in Chennai on Monday evening declaring that the country is his family for which he left his home at the age of 16

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated during a public meeting at Nandanam YMCA Ground in Chennai. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 08:18 AM IST

Tamil Nadu man on a killing spree to avenge brother’s murder arrested after 12 years

On October 11, back in 2012, Vijayakumar — brother of the accused — had withdrawn some money in an ATM and was talking to a friend around 7pm on the road when the six-member gang attacked him with sickles.

In the past 12 years, the accused targeted six people. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 04, 2024 07:34 AM IST
By, Chennai

Thoothukudi: A timeline of protest and vindication

The Supreme Court has ruled that Sterlite Copper’s plant will remain shut, after citing repeated breaches and serious violations on the part of owners, Vedanta

The Sterlite Copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi has been ordered by the Supreme Court to remain shut, bringing an end to the decades-long people's movement against the environmental and public health damages it caused(File Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2024 05:01 PM IST

AIADMK, BJP mount attack on DMK over Jaffer Sadiq’s role in smuggling

Sadiq was the Chennai West deputy organiser of the DMK’s NRI wing and the party had expelled him last Sunday without mentioning any reason

HT Image
Updated on Mar 02, 2024 07:44 AM IST
By, Chennai

DMK and Cong trying to divide country: PM in TN

Modi’s attack came a day after he heaped praises on the founder of the DMK’s regional rival All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally, in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu (PTI)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 07:28 AM IST
By, Chennai

Row erupts over rocket with ‘Chinese flag’ in TN min’s ad

The advertisement was issued to leading Tamil dailies by state’s fisheries minister Anitha Radhakrishnan in his personal capacity

The controversial ad was published in newspapers in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday..(X/ @annamalai_k)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 04:19 AM IST
By, Chennai

Madras HC denies bail to ex-TN minister Senthil Balaji in money laundering case

The Madras high court observed that there is strong material which prima facie establishes the money laundering offence against former Tami Nadu minister Senthi Balaji

Former Tamil Nadu minister Senthil Balaji. (File)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 06:30 PM IST

‘DMK govt insulting legacy of MGR’: Modi attacks Oppn

PM Modi made a strong pitch for the BJP in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday and targetted the opposition for insulting the legacy of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a public meeting for the culmination of the BJP's ‘En Mann Ek Makkal’ padyatra near Palladam in Tirupur on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 02:55 PM IST
By, Chennai

Tamil Maanila Congress joins hands with BJP

G K Vasan, a former Union Shipping Minister and son of veteran Congress leader G K Moopanar who leads the TMC made the announcement.

Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai and Tamil Maanila Congress President G K Vasan during a press conference announcing the Tamil Maanila Congress and BJP alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Chennai on Monday. (Lakshmi)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 01:28 AM IST
By, Chennai

Madras HC dismisses plea, TN minister to face fresh trial in graft case

Madras High Court directs Tamil Nadu minister I Periyasamy to face trial in corruption case previously discharged, part of DMK government under CM M K Stalin.

Last year, Justice N Anand Venkatesh had taken up suo motu revision of Periyasamy’s discharge in the case by a special court in 2023
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 08:18 AM IST
By, Chennai

DMK sacks member amid reports of alleged drug cartel links

DMK general secretary Durai Murugan on Sunday said AR Jaffer Sadiq has been dismissed from the party’s primary membership for violating party discipline

Representational image.
Published on Feb 26, 2024 01:36 PM IST

Stalin lays foundation stone for VinFast’s EV plant in south Tamil Nadu

Earlier, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the DMK government and the company during the Global Investors’ Meet

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin with officials of Vinfast India Manufacturing during the ground-breaking ceremony of the company's plant, in Thoothukudi, Sunday (PTI)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 07:02 AM IST
By, Chennai

Changed PTR’s portfolio to improve IT sector: CM Stalin

PTR, the first finance minister of the Stalin regime which took charge in 2021, was replaced in May last year, and given the IT and Digital services portfolio

Chief minister Stalin also lauded Palanivel Thiagarajan for his efforts in ushering in changes in his role as finance minister. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 01:56 AM IST

Alliance talks on for Lok Sabha elections: Kamal Haasan

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan on Wednesday said discussions were on to form an alliance ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, asserting his Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) will support any coalition that “selflessly” thinks about the nation.

Makkal Needhi Maiam founder and actor Kamal Haasan during the celebration on the 7th foundation day of his party in Chennai on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 08:04 AM IST
By, Chennai

Tamil Nadu unveils scheme for chemical-free practices

Tamil Nadu has allocated ₹42,281.8 crore for agriculture department, including animal husbandry and fisheries

The state government said, <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>14.55 crore has been disbursed to 9,988 farmers of Thoothukudi for the crop loss (HT)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 07:52 AM IST

Tamil Nadu presents 3.48L cr budget; focus on infra, ‘7 Tamil dreams’

Tamil Nadu finance minister Thangam Thennrasu on Monday presented the state budget for 2024-25 announcing a total outlay of ₹3.48 lakh crore

Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Thangam Thennarasu presents the State Budget 2024–25 during the Budget Session of the State Assembly, in Chennai on Monday. State Chief Minister MK Stalin is also present. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 08:42 AM IST
By, Chennai

DMK leaders make pitch for INDIA bloc

Lok Sabha MP K Kanimozhi targeted the BJP led Union government on issues of language and centralisation

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin, who is also the DMK president, has not been part of the three-day campaign (PTI)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 07:34 AM IST
By, Chennai

SPB’s voice recreated through AI, family serves legal notice

His son said if this trend of using Al for commercial exploitation continues without permission, it might even affect present and future singers

S P Balasubrahmanyam’s son aid that though their family supported technology being used to give the late singer’s voice a posthumous life, they felt disheartened that it was done without the knowledge and consent of the family for commercial purposes. (HT Archives)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 12:33 AM IST

DMK launches its campaign for Lok Sabha elections with attack on BJP

The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu on Friday attacked the Centre over a range of issues and said the BJP will not win a single seat in the southern state in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 07:30 AM IST
By, Chennai

No tampering of digital evidence in Senthil case: ED to Madras high court

The ED also argued that Balaji had intentionally stalled the commencement of trial and urged the court to order speedy trial instead of accepting his bail plea

There was no tampering with evidence in Senthil’s case, ED tells Madras high court. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 08:26 AM IST
By, Chennai

Speaker approves OPS’ demand to change EPS’ seat in House

The AIADMK's internal dispute over seating arrangements in Tamil Nadu's assembly has been resolved after two years. RB Udhayakumar has been recognized as the party's Deputy Leader of Opposition, replacing O Panneerselvam.

The squabble within AIADMK on sitting arrangements in the state assembly ended after over two years. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 07:10 AM IST
By, Chennai

Tamil Nadu passes resolutions against delimitation, ‘one nation, one poll’

The Tamil Nadu legislative assembly has passed two resolutions opposing the delimitation exercise and the "one nation, one election" policy proposed by the Indian government. The resolutions argue that the delimitation exercise should be based on the 1971 census and not the 2026 census, and that the proposed simultaneous elections are impractical and against the constitution. The resolutions have been hailed as a decisive stand against the BJP-led government. Southern states fear that the delimitation exercise will reduce their political representation. The BJP opposed the resolution on one nation, one election.

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin moves two key resolutions in the state assembly. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 06:40 AM IST

23-year-old tribal woman becomes civil judge in Tamil Nadu

Sripathi, who hails from Puliyur village near Jawadhu hills in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvannamalai district, travelled more than 200kms to Chennai to write her exam in November 2023

Sripathi (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 09:24 AM IST
By, Chennai

Final hearing concludes in revision case against Tamil Nadu minister Periyasamy

The final hearing concluded in the suo motu revision of the discharge of rural development minister I Periyasamy on Tuesday in the Madras high court

Periyasamy was booked in a case of alleged irregular allotment of a plot under the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) in 2011 (ANI)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 09:12 AM IST
By, Chennai

Tamil Nadu governor accepts minister Senthil Balaji’s resignation

V Senthil Balaji, a minister without portfolio in the Tamil Nadu cabinet, has been dropped following his resignation. Balaji was arrested in a money laundering case and his resignation was accepted by the governor. The move comes ahead of a hearing for his bail plea in the Madras high court.

Chief minister M K Stalin recommended the acceptance of the resignation and sent the file to Raj Bhavan on February 12. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 08:12 AM IST

TN governor accepts jailed DMK minister V Senthil Balaji’s resignation

V Senthil Balaji’s exit from the MK Stalin-led council of ministers comes a day before a bench of justice Anand Venkatesh takes up his appeal for bail on February 14

At a previous hearing, justice Anand Venkatesh criticised V Senthil Balaji for continuing in the council of ministers despite being behind bars for 240 days. (X/V_Senthilbalaji)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 02:00 PM IST

Furore in Tamil Nadu assembly as Guv refuses to read govt speech

He skipped his entire customary speech of budget session of the state assembly saying he disagrees with numerous passages on “moral and factual” grounds and walked out

Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi refused to read the address given by the government to him and left the Legislative Assembly on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 08:44 AM IST

Eight months after arrest, Senthil Balaji quits as Tamil Nadu minister

The ED arrested Balaji last June 14 under the PMLA in a case dating back to 2014 when he was transport minister under the AIADMK government.

V Senthil Balaji resigned as a minister (without a portfolio) from the Tamil Nadu cabinet two days before the Madras High Court is set to hear Balaji’s bail plea on February 14. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 06:52 AM IST

DMK rule in Tamil Nadu reminds me of Emergency days: Nadda

Speaking at a public meeting in Chennai, Nadda accused chief minister MK Stalin of poor leadership and the INDIA bloc of being a coalition of dynastic politics

Bharatiya Janata Party national president J P Nadda during a rally in Chennai on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 07:38 AM IST

‘A divisive intent’: Madras HC rejects plea by Annamalai against hate speech case

The high court said a judge, who decides these cases, “cannot be sitting in a pulpit nor would ignore what is happening in the society” during the relevant point

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tamil Nadu president K. Annamalai (ANI)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 07:21 PM IST
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