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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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Tamil Nadu transport strike enters 7th day, unions say stir will continue

The unions had earlier told the Madras high court that they will call off the strike only if the government holds talks with them on their wage-hike demand.

Tamil Nadu transport workers stage protest in Chennai demanding a wage hike.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Jan 10, 2018 09:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Tamil Nadu to double MLAs’ salaries amid transport workers’ strike for better pay

DMK working president MK Stalin condemned the wage hike for MLAs as cruel. An MLA gets a salary of Rs 55,000 per month.

Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit during his maiden address to the state assembly in Chennai on January 8.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 10, 2018 10:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Six days on, striking transport workers in Tamil Nadu dig in their heels

The AIADMK government’s decision to recruit temporary drivers and conductors to get the state-run buses on the road has not provided relief to the public.

Government buses remain parked at a depot in Madurai following a strike by Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation.(PTI)
Published on Jan 09, 2018 02:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

No respite for travellers in TN as bus strike enters fifth day

Striking employees of road transport corporations have refused to heed a Madras high court order restraining the strike and have also ignored the government’s appeals.

Employees of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation are on an indefinite strike as employees seek a wage hike, stranding thousands of travellers in the state.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 08, 2018 06:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Oppn boycotts TN governor’s address in assembly, questions rationale behind letting ‘minority govt’ rule

No sooner had TN governor Banwarilal Purohit begun his speech with a vanakkam (greetings) that members of the opposition began shouting slogans.

DMK working president MK Stalin said the governor has refused to conduct a floor test in the state assembly despite several pleas by the Opposition.(PTI File)
Updated on Jan 08, 2018 04:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Transport workers strike cripples bus services for third consecutive day in Tamil Nadu

Transport workers abstain from works defying a Madras high court order.

Buses parked at a depot during a transport strike in Chennai. The indefinite strike by transport employees over their demand for a wage hike, paralysed bus services across Tamil Nadu for the third consecutive day on Saturday(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2018 07:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Madras HC directs transport workers to call off strike or face action; unions refuse to budge

The striking unions say the high court’s order is against “all principles of natural justice.”

Buses remain parked at the depot following a flash strike by Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) employees, in Madurai on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Published on Jan 05, 2018 08:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

PETA asks Rajinikanth to stop fans’ goat sacrifice plan for his political success

The request came after one of the oldest Rajinikanth fan clubs in Madurai said it will sacrifice goats at the local Alagarkoil shrine on January 7 and host a feast for at least 1,000 people as part of a special prayer for his political success.

Tamil superstar-turned-politician Rajinikanth.(PTI file)
Updated on Jan 05, 2018 08:39 PM IST
Chennai, Hindustan Times | By

Bus strike over wage hike leaves thousands stranded in Tamil Nadu

While the employees’ unions demanded a 2.57% hike in wages, transport minister M R Vijayabhaskar said the government agreed to 2.44%, that found support from a few unions.

Thousands of people were stranded at various places across the state.(Twitter/ANI)
Updated on Jan 05, 2018 04:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By, Chennai

Kamal Haasan slams AIADMK, Dhinakaran over cash-for-vote row in RK Nagar bypoll

Actor Kamal Haasan statement against the alleged misuse of money power in the recently-held assembly bypolls in Tamil Nadu’s prestigious RK Nagar.

Actor Kamal Haasan said the cash-for-vote scam was a great embarrassment for Tamil Nadu politics and democracy.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 04, 2018 05:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Rajinikanth calls on Karunanidhi to seek blessings

The superstar-turned- politician termed the visit a courtesy call on a “towering political personality.”

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, who has announced his entry into politics on December 31, called on DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Wednesday(AP File Photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2018 08:57 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

AIADMK puts up unity show, discusses strategy to deal with Dhinakaran in assembly

The party says there is no threat to the Edapaddi Palaniswami-led government amid speculation that many of its MLAs are in touch with rebel group led by TTV Dhinakaran

AIADMK on Wednesday discussed its floor strategy for the upcoming assembly session in the wake of sidelined party leader TTV Dhinakaran’s entry into the House.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2018 07:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Rajinikanth clarifies his ‘spiritual politics’ remark, says it’s ‘honest and secular’

The Tamil superstar declined to comment on the name of his proposed party, saying he himself does not know.

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth announced his political entry on Sunday.(IANS Photo)
Updated on Jan 02, 2018 10:19 PM IST
Hinidustan Times, Chennai | By

Rajinikanth may have entered politics, but he still has a long way to go

Both experts and political parties believe the actor will have to do a lot of ground work and convince the voting public about his motivations to make it big in Tamil Nadu.

Film star Rajinikanth gestures at his fans after announcing his intention to enter politics, in Chennai on Sunday.(AP Photo)
Updated on Jan 01, 2018 05:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

What Rajinikanth’s X factor could mean for Tamil Nadu politics

With a legion of diehard fans across the state and beyond, 800 registered fan associations and many unregistered ones, Rajinikanth has an enviable base of goodwill to feed off.

Tamil actor Rajinikanth addresses his fans on the fourth day of his six-day-long session in Chennai, on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jan 01, 2018 11:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Superstar Rajinikanth confirms entry into politics, to form party and fight elections

Ending speculation, Rajinikanth announced his plans to form a political party, and called on people to become his army, not cadre, to fight corruption from the base.

This file photo taken on December 29, 2017 shows actor Rajinikanth gesturing during an interaction with fans in Chennai.(AFP)
Updated on Dec 31, 2017 08:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByKV Lakshmana

Rajinikanth maintains suspense over entry to politics, says wait till December 31

Rajinikanth remained cryptic over his decision, saying when going into battle, one needed to fight to win, but added that he wasn’t saying he was joining politics.

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth on the first day of a six-day-long photo session in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 26, 2017 05:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByKV Lakshmana and Haricharan Pudipeddi

AIADMK acts against Dhinakaran loyalists: Four lose party positions, five booted out

Among those sacked from party positions are district unit secretaries P Vetrivel and Sholingur Partiban, both considered Dhinakaran loyalists.

AIADMK leader T V Dhinakaran after winning RK Nagar constituency bypoll, in Chennai.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 25, 2017 06:15 PM IST
Chennai, Hindustan Times | By

RK Nagar bypoll result: Dhinakaran wins Jayalalithaa seat; setback to AIADMK, DMK

Dhinakaran’s win in the constituency, which has a symbolic value for its association with Jayalalithaa, could catapult him to a place of prominence in state politics and give him a larger role in the 2019 general elections.

Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran after winning the RK Nagar bypoll, in Chennai on Sunday.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 24, 2017 11:00 PM IST
Chennai, Hindustan Times | By

‘I’m the real successor of Amma,’ claims Dhinakaran RK Nagar bypoll

After the end of five rounds of counting of votes, Dhinakaran with 24,550 votes was way ahead of his rivals.

Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran is seen waving to his supporters on his way to file nomination for the RK Nagar bypoll.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Dec 24, 2017 06:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

RK Nagar bypoll Highlights: Dhinakaran wins by a margin of 40,707 votes

The counting of votes for the RK Nagar assembly seat, which was earlier held by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, concluded with sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran winning by a huge margin. Here are the updates.

Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran arrives to file his nomination for the RK Nagar bypoll as an independent candidate on December 1, 2017. Early trends in the counting of votes have given him a favourable lead.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Dec 24, 2017 10:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | ByKV Lakshmana

Sivakasi firework units declare shutdown as cracker sale ban dries up working capital

Manufacturers say dealers have stopped paying them advance after a petition seeking a countrywide ban on sale of firecrackers was filed in the Supreme Court

Fireworks in front of a Sivakasi factory.(AP file Photo)
Updated on Dec 23, 2017 09:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

2G spectrum case: A Raja, Kanimozhi get rousing welcome in Chennai after acquittal

Kanimozhi’s picture was prominently displayed on a board welcoming the two, which also had her father and party patriarch Karunanidhi’s message in Tamil.

DMK’s Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi arrives at Chennai airport on Saturday.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 23, 2017 09:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

Madras HC asks Apollo to provide Jayalalithaa’s blood samples

The petitioner S Amrutha had first approached the SC on November 27 seeking a DNA test to prove that she was the late AIADMK leader’s daughter. The apex court had rejected her plea and directed her to instead approach the high court.

J Jayalalithaa(File photo)
Updated on Dec 22, 2017 11:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

RK Nagar records 77.68% voter turnout, polling ends peacefully

The result of the bypoll is likely to be seen as a report card of the 17-month-old AIADMK government.

Voters wait in long queues to cast their votes for the RK Nagar assembly bypoll in Chennai on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2017 10:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

2G verdict could spark political realignment, boost DMK, Congress prospects: Analysts

A special court acquitted on Thursday all accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam cases, deciding the fate of former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi.

DMK MP Kanimozhi after she was acquitted by a special court in the 2G scam case, in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2017 08:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

I will come out clean in 2G case: A Raja’s words ring true three years later

DMK’s A Raja, who refused bail and defended himself in court in the 2G spectrum scam case, saw himself vindicated on Thursday after a special CBI court judge acquitted all the accused..

Former telecom minister A Raja being greeted by his supporters outside the Patiala House Courts in New Delhi after he was acquitted by a special court in the 2G scam case on Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 21, 2017 06:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai | By

2G spectrum scam verdict lifts DMK’s spirits, party says ‘victory begins now’

DMK leader M K Stalin says 2G scam was politically motivated to harass his party leaders.

DMK working president M K Stalin says verdict in 2G case proves his party has been vindicated.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2017 01:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

RK Nagar bypoll highlights: Dinakaran refutes bribe charges in prestige battle against EPS-OPS camp

Voting for the RK Nagar by-election saw a turnout of 77.68%, amid complaints and allegations of widespread corrupt practices. Here are the highlights.

Scene at a polling booth in RK Nagar constituency.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 21, 2017 10:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai/New Delhi | By

Jayalalithaa’s video a day before RK Nagar bypoll triggers row

Jayalalithaa’s death, which is now being probed, left a power vacuum in the Tamil Nadu politics and soon a controversy erupted over the secrecy surrounding her condition.

AIADMK supporters stage a 'silent rally' to observe the first death anniversary of J Jayalalithaa at West Masi Street in Madurai on Tuesday. A purported video of Jayalalithaa has been released by one P Vetrivel, who claims to be a supporter of Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran. HT couldn’t independently verify the authenticity of the video.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 20, 2017 08:52 PM IST
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