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South Connect : 18 MLAs case: Madras high court confirms their disqualifications

Anusha Bhattacharya

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More than a year after 18 AIADMK MLAs, who had pledged loyalty to ousted AIADMK Deputy General Secretary and independent MLA TTV Dhinakaran, the Madras High Court upheld the Tamil Nadu Speaker’s order disqualifying them. The order will come as a relief for the Palaniswami government The verdict also means that the Election Commission have to notify bye-elections to the 18 constituencies that have fallen vacant.

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South Connect : Cyclone Gaja wreaks havoc in Tamil Nadu

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Kerala:Activist Trupti Desai, who wants to enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple in defiance of a decades-old custom on women of menstrual age, has been blocked by hundreds of protesters at the Kochi airport since she landed at 4:30 am on Friday. The protesters, who staunchly support the restrictions on women despite the Supreme Court ending the ban in a landmark order in September, say they won’t allow Trupti Desai and her six colleagues to step out of the airport. Taxi drivers say they will not take the visitors anywhere.
Tamil Nadu:Severe cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ crossed between the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam early Friday, with wind speed gusting up to 120 km per hour, a weather bulletin said. According to Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority, as many as 76,290 people were evacuated from low lying areas and sheltered at over 300 relief centres in six districts including Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Tiruvarur. Due to Cyclone Gaja, a holiday has been declared for educational institutions in Nagapattinam.
Telangana:Unaccounted cash worth Rs. 70 crore was seized in separate searches carried out in poll-bound Telangana on different occasions, since the Model Code of Conduct came into force, a poll official said today. Besides, illegal liquor worth Rs. 6.70 crore was seized by the police and income tax officers, Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar told reporters in Hyderabad.
Karnataka:The Karnataka government is now among those to have entered the statue race as it plans to install a 125 feet tall one of Mother Cauvery near the Krishnarajasagara Dam on Cauvery River in Mandya district. The project, estimated to cost around Rs. 1,200 crore, will require about 400 acres of land and is expected to be ready after two years.
Andhra Pradesh:In a decision that is certain to trigger a fresh face-off with the Centre, the Andhra Pradesh government has stated that Central Bureau of Investigation personnel will now have to seek prior permission before entry into the state for official work.
The state government has issued a notification withdrawing consent accorded to officers of the investigation agency to carry out search and operations without informing it first.

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South Connect Episode 74 : Telangana CM calls himself an “agriculturist” in his nomination papers

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With the election campaign heating up, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that the Telangana state government was unable to use Hyderabad properly due to lack of proper administrative skills. “I put Hyderabad on the global map,” he said after inspecting the construction activity in the new AP capital of Amaravati.

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Recent reports state that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is an “agriculturist” with around Rs. 22 crores to his name but no car, according to details he submitted while filing his nomination on Wednesday for the December state election. Mr Rao – or KCR as he is popularly known – filed his papers to contest from Gajwel assembly constituency. According to the documents, KCR is richer by Rs. 7 croresince 2014, when he took over as chief minister of newly-carved Telangana.  The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief has listed agriculture as his profession and declared a farm income of Rs.  91.5 lakh annually.
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The cyclonic storm ‘Gaja’ is set to make landfall in Tamil Nadu today. The cyclonic storm will hit the Tamil Nadu coast between Cuddalore and Pamban. ‘Gaja’ that lay over southwest and adjoining southeast and west central Bay of Bengal is about 480 km north east of Nagapattinam and is very likely to cross coast between Pamban and Cuddalore on Thursday evening or night with a wind speed gusting upto 100 kmph, the Met office said.

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A statue of late DMK chief M Karunanidhi will be unveiled in Chennai next month, the party announced Thursday. National level leaders of various political parties are expected to attend the function to unveil the life-size statue on December 16. It will be located alongside a refurbished statue of DMK founder and late chief minister CN Annadurai at the party headquarters here, it said.

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A few flights were rescheduled, some cancelled as the international airport in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram halted its operations for five hours Wednesday night to enable the bi-annual centuries-old ceremonial procession of the famous Padmanabha Swamy temple to pass through the runway. 

At least four flights were rescheduled, two cancelled as the take-off and landing operations came to a halt at the airport here between 4 pm and 9 pm to allow the traditional “Aaratu” procession of the temple, airport sources said.

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South Connect | “We will guard Sabarimala till next hearing,” says Rahul Easwar

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Late Union Minister Ananth Kumar was cremated with State Honours on Tuesday. Senior BJP leaders had gathered to pay their final tributes to Union Minister Ananth Kumar who passed away on Monday. Journalist Santosh Thammaiah who was arrested by the Karnataka Police for derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad was granted bail on Tuesday evening. Santosh is the editor of the right-leaning magazine Aseema. Speaking at an event organized to protest the state govt’s Tipu Jayanti celebrations, he allegedly made derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed. Ayyappa Dharma Sena chief Rahul Easwar said that the organization will guard the temple until next hearing. The Supreme Court decided to hear the review petitions against Sabarimala Judgment in open Court on January 22, 2019. The latest bulletin from the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (TN SDMA) reads that Cyclone Gaja will make landfall around Thursday evening, a little later than what was predicted on Tuesday. The man who attacked YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy did not have security clearance to access sensitive parts of the Vishakhapatnam airport. An RTI reply by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security revealed. Soon after the Congress released their candidate list for Telangana, the Telugu Desam Party released their first list of candidates, consisting of names of people contesting from nine constituencies on Tuesday.

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