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KV Lakshmana is the Tamil Nadu bureau chief of Hindustan Times. He covers social, economic and political changes in the state and neighbourhood.

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Kamal Haasan launches his new party ‘Makkal Needhi Maiam’ with Kejriwal by his side

Kamal Haasan has avoided the word Dravidian in the name of his party and has preferred the term Makkal (people) to denote inclusiveness.

Kamal Haasan with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal during the launch his political party in Madurai.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2018 11:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Kamal Haasan begins political journey at APJ Kalam’s house amid pomp, to meet Kejriwal at Madurai

High on symbolism, Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan began his political by invoking the late APJ Abdul Kalam for his inspiring simplicity.

Veteran actor Kamal Hassan arrives to pay tribute to former president APJ Abdul Kalam at his memorial at Peikarumbu in Rameswaram, on Wednesday.(PTI)
Published on Feb 21, 2018 06:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Kamal Haasan visits residence of Abdul Kalam before launch of party

Haasan visited Kalam House at Rameswaram, and was warmly received by the family members of the former President.

Kamal Haasan at late APJ Abdul Kalam's house.(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2018 02:04 PM IST
Chennai, Hindustan Times | By

Kamal Haasan slammed for ‘politicising’ Kalam on eve of party launch

The BJP and Hindu Munnani have asked the actor to refrain from embarking on his political journey from the birthplace of former president Abdul Kalam, who they described as a ‘scholarly person above petty politics’.

Actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan at the relaunch of Kizhakku Africavil Raju, starring late superstar MG Ramachandran, in Chennai recently.(PTI File)
Updated on Feb 20, 2018 08:22 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal to attend Kamal Haasan’s party launch in Tamil Nadu tomorrow

Kamal Haasan has in the past asserted that he wanted to fight corruption and cleanse the system and work for the welfare of the people, something that Arvind Kejriwal built his politics on.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has confirmed his participation in the political event at former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s home district, Ramanathapuram on Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Feb 20, 2018 09:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By, Chennai

Chennai court sentences child’s rapist and murderer to death

The convict, S Daswant, who also killed his own mother in December 2017, wanted the judge to dismiss the case after he owned up to raping and murdering the seven-year-old girl.

According to the prosecution, the convict lured the girl into his flat , raped and killed her, packed her body in a bag and set it afire on a highway.(Sushil Kumar/HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 19, 2018 11:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Tamil Nadu govt convenes all-party meet on Cauvery

Police personnel in Coimbatore restrain members of Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kalagham who were protesting against the Supreme Court’s order reducing Tamil Nadu’s share in Cauvery waters.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 19, 2018 06:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth have a ‘friendly meeting’ days before launching political careers

Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan met in Chennai, days before the two are set to announce their political parties. Both actors told reporters that it was a “friendly meeting”.

Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth meet in Chennai.(ANI)
Updated on Feb 18, 2018 05:41 PM IST
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times | ByKV Lakshmana

Cauvery verdict: Oppn attacks AIADMK over cut in Tamil Nadu’s share, experts point to positives

There were mixed reactions to the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Cauvery dispute, with the opposition calling it a setback that the ruling AIADMK has failed to prevent – a charge that could hurt the party’s vote bank in the river basin.

Police try to detain members of Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kalagham protesting against the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Cauvery river dispute, in Coimbatore on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2018 11:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Cauvery dispute: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka on the edge as SC verdict expected today

The Cauvery, which originates in Karnataka and flows into Tamil Nadu, has been the source of a bitter dispute between the states as farmers depend on the 800km river.

Cauvery river water being released from the Kabini Dam at Heggadadevankote province about 165 kms south-west of Bangalore.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2018 08:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru, Chennai | ByVikram Gopal and KV Lakshmana

Kamal Haasan to unveil ‘governance model’ with focus on farmers on February 21

The actor-turned-politician blamed successive governments in Tamil Nadu for the state’s existing farm crisis

Tamil actor Kamal Haasan to unveil a “governance model” on February 21 in Madurai.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Feb 15, 2018 01:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Jayalalithaa’s portrait put up in Tamil Nadu assembly, DMK says ‘convict doesn’t deserve the honour’

Charges against Jayalalithaa were abated after her death on December 5, 2016 but the court did say that the former chief minister was in league with Sasikala.

The seven feet tall portrait shows Jayalithaa in her trademark green sari, staring down at the Opposition benches.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Feb 12, 2018 04:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Tamil Nadu minister dismisses chances of merger with Dhinakaran faction

Dhinakaran had said he is ready to merge with the faction led by Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam if they agree to drop a few ministers from the state cabinet and appoint one of the MLAs from his camp to the top post.

Supporters of AIADMK hold the party's ‘two leaf’ symbol at an election campaign rally.(REUTERS File)
Updated on Feb 07, 2018 04:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Stalin convenes ‘all-party’ meet, begins moves to strengthen DMK-led alliance

This was also the first time that MDMK founder and leader Vaiko entered the headquarters of the DMK after splitting from it several years ago.

DMK working president MK Stalin and CPI State Secretary R Mutharasan along with other officials during a recent demonstration in Chennai.(PTI)
Published on Feb 06, 2018 04:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Our needs first, Tamil Nadu’s later: Karnataka farmers steely resolve

Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict, people in Mandya are hopeful it will protect Karnataka’s interests.

Karnataka’s farmers want the Supreme Court to protect their interests as they believe that the Centre and Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal are ‘against them’.(Arijit Sen/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 06, 2018 08:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Mandya | By

Cauvery dispute: Tamil Nadu farmers hope rain god is kind, Karnataka fair

After incurring losses for six years, state’s farmers hope rain gods will be kind and Karnataka fair in sharing water so that they are able to harvest profit this year

Tamil Nadu farmer NC Kannan says he has been incurring losses of over Rs 1 lakh for the past six years due to Karnataka not releasing Cauvery water.(S Raja/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2018 07:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Thanjavur | By

Ahead of SC’s Cauvery ruling, Karnataka and TN tense over water share

The Cauvery water dispute, which has been going on for a century, has drawn battle lines between the two states as both wait with bated breath for the apex court’s final verdict

Tamil Nadu farmers are crying hoarse for 15 tmcft of water to save the standing samba crop, but the state government is in a bind given the precariously low storage level in the Mettur dam.(S Raja/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 05, 2018 08:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai/Bengaluru | By

Tamil Nadu: 50 shops gutted in fire at Madurai’s Meenakshi temple

The blaze is suspected to have been sparked by an electrical short circuit.

A major fire broke out at shops located under the thousand pillar mandapam inside Madurai ‘s Meenakshi Amman temple in Tamil Nadu on Friday night.(HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 03, 2018 11:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Tweets not enough: Kamal Haasan plans to develop model villages across TN

The Tamil superstar said he had alerted the AIADMK government to several issues plaguing the state in the last few months but received a poor response. Now, he plans to back his words with action.

Tamil actor Kamal Haasan at a press conference in Chennai recently.(PTI File)
Updated on Jan 25, 2018 10:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

‘Harassed and assaulted’ by traffic cops, Chennai cabbie attempts self-immolation

The cab driver, Manikandan (23) allegedly torched himself after he was abused and assaulted by traffic police personnel for filming their activities at Old Mahabalipuram Road.

Cab driver Manikandan after his suicide attempt (Video grab)
Updated on Jan 25, 2018 04:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Protests against bus fare hike in Tamil Nadu continues for fourth day

The hike that came into effect from January 20 has triggered protests from day one with people hitting the streets at many places besides venting their anger on social media platforms against the “steep revision”.

Government buses remain parked at a depot in Madurai following a strike by Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 23, 2018 06:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By, Chennai

More stardust in Tamil Nadu as DMK chief Stalin’s son signals political intent

Udayanidhi Stalin is the latest film personality in Tamil Nadu to announce his intention to join politics.

Hoardings hailing DMK working president MK Stalin’s son Udayanidhi Stalin have sprung up in many districts in Tamil Nadu.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 23, 2018 02:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Bus fares hiked in Tamil Nadu after 6 years

While in Chennai, the fares were raised in the range of Rs 2 to Rs 9, in other places, it ranged from Rs 2 to Rs 7.

The hike comes after nearly a week-long strike by transport service staff, who were given higher salaries, adding to the operating costs of the loss-making bus services.(AFP FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 20, 2018 10:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By, Chennai

Cauvery dispute: TN farmers in delta area risk losing harvest again

The Supreme Court is yet to pronounce its verdict in the Cauvery river water sharing dispute between the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. 

Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami in Chennai.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2018 10:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Channai | By, Chennai

Rajinikanth ‘ready’ to fight polls, alliance with Kamal Haasan unlikely for now

Rajinikanth has indicated that he will go it alone in the electoral contests to come.

Actors Rajinikanth (L) and Kamal Haasan at the launch of the movie Kizhakku Africavil Raju in Chennai on Wednesday.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 17, 2018 11:40 PM IST
Chennai, Hindustan Times | By

Jallikattu death toll reaches 4 as more spectators killed in Tamil Nadu

The victims were identified as spectators who were injured after charging bulls broke into the crowd.

Participants trying to tame a bull during the Alanganallur jallikattu in Madurai district on Tuesday.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 16, 2018 11:30 PM IST
Chennai, Hindustan Times | By

Jallikattu: Bull gores spectator; 26 injured in Madurai

Kalimuthu suffered serious injuries when a bull attacked him during a Jallikattu event in Madurai.

Participants try to control a bull during Jallikattu in Palamedu on the outskirts of Madurai on Monday.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2018 11:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By, Chennai

This time, Jallikattu will be safer for everyone — bulls, players and spectators

A row over Jallikattu, a bull-taming event in Tamil Nadu, had brought the state to a halt last year till the Union government found a way around the ban imposed on the sport by the Supreme Court.

SR Ramar, a 50-year-old farmer with his prized bull Arulu, which will take part in the Jallikattu event in Aviniapuram. (Moses Abishek / HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 13, 2018 10:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Madurai | By

The stunning rise of TTV Dhinakaran in Tamil Nadu politics

Since winning the RK Nagar bypoll, Dhinakaran appears unfazed by the raft of corruption charges against him and his aunt, sidelined AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, who is serving a four-year term in jail.

A supporter wears a ring with an image of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's, as he shows a photograph of AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran after his swearing-in ceremony, at Secretariat in Chennai, on December 29, 2017.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 12, 2018 07:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Tamil Nadu, Karnataka stand firm as SC says Cauvery verdict in a month

The Cauvery river, which originates in Karnataka and flows into Tamil Nadu, has been the source of a bitter dispute as farmers in both states depend on the 800km river.

Buses burnt by protesters in Bengaluru during violence on the Cauvery river water issue. (Kashif Masood / HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 10, 2018 11:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai / Bengaluru | ByKV Lakshmana and Vikram Gopal
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