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Doha Asian Games 800m silver medallist, Indian athlete Santhi Soundarajan could be stripped of her medal after failing a gender test as she reportedly did not have the 'sexual characteristics of a woman'. 

Tamil Nadu Election-2006 News

AghilhaM recommends 100% pension to SBI - State Bank of India employees.

India: Tamil Nadu: Chennai relief stampede kills 42 for flood relief aid

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha’s interview on BBC World’s HARDtalk India. read...

AghilhaM's deepest condolence to the families who lost their innocent children at Tamil Nadu Kumbakonam Primary School Fire Accident(?). 

Yes, it's NOT an accident, but a 'well-planned SOCIAL CRIME' committed by our negligence.  

Our tears alone will not console the victims. But ...? 

BBC: India's claustrophobic classrooms. read the story

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa withdraws cases & rolls back several controversial decisions read...

Rediff Special: 'Stars favour Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee' - Astrological Election Predictions read...

BBC's Analysis: Why India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost read...

Is India Shining? Answer With Your Vote 
A 'must' to read to know about India's 'SHINING' read...

The 'amma' (Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa) of all battles read...


Tamil Nadu Government: 
'Bans & Lifts' on animal sacrifices. 
"New Story"

BBC: Tamil Nadu lifts ban on sacrifice: Correspondents say senior leaders of Ms Jayalalitha's AIADMK party feared a backlash in the forthcoming general election if the ban was not lifted. more...

The Telegraph: Jaya sacrifices animal ban at election altar: The Jayalalithaa regime has thus retracted several of its controversial decisions, if only to appease the electorate and blunt the Opposition attack in the run-up to the general elections. 

Ten days ago, the government had reinstated nearly a thousand state employees who had struck work in July last year, and also abolished agricultural income-tax for plantation crops and slashed stamp duty. more...

The Navhind Times: TN lifts ban on animal sacrifice: Making a ‘U-turn,’ the Tamil Nadu government today lifted the ban on the sacrifice of animals and birds in temples in the state, in a bid to woo the rural voters when the Lok Sabha elections were round the corner. more...

newindpress: Government lifts ban on animal, bird sacrifice: ... Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had recommended the repeal of this law ‘‘to remove the fear of the people in the rural areas that their not being able to fulfil their vows by following rituals including sacrifice of birds and animals would bring divine retribution not only upon them but on the succeeding generations of their families also’’. more...

Times of India-India Times: Controversial order on animal sacrifice withdrawn: In an apparent move to woo voters, the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu, on Friday withdrew its controversial order, banning bird and animal sacrifices in temples. more...

Maneka Gandhi lauds Jayalalithaa for animal sacrifices ban in temples. "Old Story"

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's move to ban animal sacrifices in temples has come in for kudos from former Union Minister Maneka  Gandhi. more...


Supreme Court acquits Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha in Tansi land scam case

BBC: India's Supreme Court has acquitted the chief minister of Tamil Nadu state of corruption charges, but only after a scathing criticism of her conduct. more...

indiaexpress.com: "Although there is a strong suspicion of involvement of Jayalalithaa in the sale of Tansi land belonging to the government for Jaya publications, there is no legal evidence to prove her guilt," a Bench comprising Justice S Rajendra Babu and Justice P V Reddy said upholding the Madras High Court order setting aside her conviction by a special court. more...

express india: The apex court wondered "in matters of such nature, is the code of conduct meant only to be kept as an 'ornamental relic' in a museum but not to practised?" 

"These aspects do worry our conscience. Jayalalithaa, in her anxiety to save her skin, went to any length even to deny her signature on documents which her auditor and other government officials identified," the bench said.  more...

Read Readers' comments in Express India.Com


In a major victory for the media, the Supreme Court today stayed the arrest of six senior journalists

"Press has no separate Constitutional powers", Tamil Nadu Speaker

Six senior journalists and editors under arrest.

The Tamil Nadu (India) assembly orders the arrest of six senior journalists, including two editors of The Hindu newspaper, on a charge of breach of privilege and "gross contempt" of the house.

Times of India.Indiatimes.com "This is a big attack on the freedom of press and the press should not take it lying down," he said. more...

NDTV.com: The Speaker's action in the state is slated to start a new chapter in the face off between the government and the media. more...

Mantra Online.com: The charges against the journalists were brought on the basis of an editorial carried by The Hindu in March on the conduct of the speaker and other members of the house. more...

Sify.com: "The Tamil paper, Murasoli had reproduced the editorial, which was also a gross act of breach of privilege the resolution said." more...

Responses from International media:

English.Aljazeera.net - Qatar: "We are awaiting a court ruling any time now. We are not giving in easily," a senior Hindu staffer Amit Baruah told Aljazeera.Net. more...

news24.com - South Africa: The action against The Hindu made the front-pages of most Indian newspapers, which called the raid a violation of India's constitutionally-protected right of free speech. more...

ABC NEWS ONLINE- Australia: In a front page editorial, The Hindu said the raid was a violation of the right to free speech guaranteed by the Indian Constitution. more...

BBC NEWS - UK: The BBC's Charles Havilland in Madras says Tamil Nadu chief minister, Jayalalitha is a charismatic, confrontational and highly sensitive former film diva, whose party dominates the assembly. more...

Hi Pakistan: “Legislative privilege,” the editorial says, “ ...was never intended to be used as a crude instrument to threaten the independent media and trample on the fundamental right of free expression, which includes fair comment and criticism.”  more...

GULF Daily News: In a rare agreement, India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and the main opposition Congress party both said the Tamil Nadu authorities acted improperly. more...

Channel News Asia.com - Singapore: Indian journalists work in relative freedom, particularly compared with many other developing countries, but in recent years a number of reporters and news organisations have incurred the wrath of authorities. more...

The Daily Star - Bangladesh: The action against The Hindu made the front-pages of most Indian newspapers, which called the raid a violation of India's constitutionally-protected right of free speech. more...

Daily Times - Pakistan: The assembly in the southern state of Tamil Nadu Friday ordered the jail terms against journalists of The Hindu after the newspaper said the provincial government showed “rising intolerance” towards political opponents. more...

The Manila Times - Philippines: Hundreds of journalists Sunday went on a day-long fast in the southern Indian city of Madras in protest at the government’s sentencing of six journalists to 15-day jail terms for writing articles critical of the administration. more...

BBC NEWS - UK: Senior politicians in India have condemned an attempt to imprison five senior staff of one of the country's most respected newspapers, The Hindu. more...

newindpress.com: In a high-voltage drama here on Saturday, a Tamil Nadu police team chased the car of 'The Hindu' editor, stopped it and, like naive cops, hoped to find a prized catch. more...

The Telegraph: “We have information that state police are under terrific pressure to produce somebody or the other (from among the five staffers sentenced) and lodge at least some of them in jail for a day or two,” before The Hindu petition seeking a stay on the arrests comes up before the Supreme Court tomorrow, Ram, The Hindu editor-in-chief  said. more...

NDTV.com: There was no response from either the Speaker of the Assembly or the Chief Minister and the State Police Chief wouldn't even say if he had received the order from the apex court. more...

expressindia: The articles no way interfered with the proceedings of the House and the journalists could not have been punished with 15 days imprisonment, he said, adding adjectives used by media could not be a breach of privilege. more...

channelnewsasia.com - Singapore: Media groups across India have expressed outrage at the sentence with one group of reporters in the Indian capital New Delhi burning an effigy of chief minister Jayalalitha. more...

INTER PRESS SERVICE - Uruguay: There have been complaints that the Tamil Nadu police under Jayalalithaa routinely plant evidence, including weapons and drugs, on people they arrest so that they are denied bail and incarcerated for long periods. more...

Financial Times - UK: "We would welcome it if Ms Jayalalithaa persisted with this case," Mr Ram said in an interview with the Financial Times. "It is a beautiful opportunity to test out the strength of India's constitution, which enshrines freedom of the press, against an uncodified doctrine about the sovereignty of parliament." more...

Times of Tibet: India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the main opposition Congress party have also said the Tamil Nadu authorities acted improperly. more...

Brunei Bulletin Online - Brunei Darussalam: Hundreds of journalists Sunday went on a day-long fast in the southern Indian city of Madras in protest at the government's sentencing of six journalists to 15-day jail terms for writing articles critical of the administration. more...

Gulf-News - United Arab Emirates: Asked if the Supreme Court can intervene in this sensitive issue involving the privileges of the state assembly, he pointed out that the issue of legislative privileges was amenable to judicial review, and that the Speaker's order can be challenged in a court of law. more...

English.Aljazeera.net - Qatar: India's Supreme Court has halted attempts to arrest six journalists sentenced to 15-day jail terms for writing articles criticising the government of the southern state of Tamil Nadu. more...

BBC NEWS - UK: This case is a sign of the ever-worsening relations between Ms Jayalalitha, a former film star and one of India's most controversial politicians, and one of India's most respected dailies. more...

Reporters Without Border - France: Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the Indian Supreme Court's suspension of orders by the Tamil Nadu state assembly to arrest the publisher, two senior editors and two journalists of the national daily paper The Hindu to serve 15 days in prison for "breach of privilege" after the paper criticised the arrest of a government opponent and harassment of independent media. more...

Phayul.com - Tibet: Yesterday’s victory to N. Ram and others after the Supreme Court order was hailed all over as a triumph of truth. And the Tibetans believe truth shall always win, and have therefore, been struggling peacefully for more than four decades. And by that similarity in the two cases, I welcome the Supreme Court’s decision. more...

oneworld.net - UK: Human rights activists, lawyers and journalists have called for a debate on the measure of breach of privileges that they fear is being used to curb the freedom of the press in the south Asian country. more...

Outlook India.com - UK: A day after the Supreme Court stayed the arrests, The Hindu N.Ram told reporters here that by posting plaincloths men in front of the Hindu office, the Tamil Nadu police was adopting intimidatory tactics. more...

Daily Mirror.lk - Sri Lanka: The Hindu lawyer argued that the articles merely described the utterances of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inside the House and these in no way interfered with the proceedings of the House, warranting any punishment for the journalists. He argued that the adjectives used by media could not be a breach of privilege. more...

National Post - Canada: She regularly identifies herself in government ads as the "Saviour of Social Justice" and is portrayed in roadside billboards as rising, saint-like, from the heart of a lotus flower. Bus stops throughout the city of Madras carry her picture with notices describing her as "Our Heart's Goddess." more...


 

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