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When Thalaivar refused to heed ‘ezhunthu vaa’ call of ‘udanpirappu’

When Thalaivar refused to heed ‘ezhunthu vaa’ call of ‘udanpirappu’

It started as a whisper as the sun set: “Don’t cry Thalapathi, don’t cry.” In no time, 20,000 people chose the line as their anthem as they illuminated the darkness and the drizzle with flashlights of their mobile phones. An era had ended. Their beloved leader was dead. The throng which had until then pumped fists, exhorting Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam […]

DMK seeks Marina, TN says no, matter in court

DMK seeks Marina, TN says no, matter in court

Even before the ink on Kauvery Hospital’s death report of DMK chief M could dry, his kin and party workers were dumbstruck by the state’s refusal to allot him a resting place on the Marina. In a terse official statement, chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan said: “Allocation could not be made for burial in Marina beach on Kamaraj Salai due to […]

M Karunanidhi: When Chennai stopped & sobbed

M Karunanidhi: When Chennai stopped & sobbed

The city came to a virtual standstill as soon as DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s death was announced. Many private firms and shops downed shutters early and employees rushing home led to traffic snarls across the city, mainly along arterial Anna Salai, Nungambakkam High Road and Ponamallee High Road. “We were asked to go home safe, as our bosses thought the […]

Auto drivers fleece passengers in Chennai

Auto drivers fleece passengers in Chennai

CHENNAI: Many autos and taxis stayed off road in Chennai on Tuesday extending support to a one-day strike called by the All India Motor Transport Organisation. While autos that were operating charged double and triple the usual amount, those that operated through aggregators charged at least Rs 10 to Rs 30 in addition to the amount that showed on the […]

Two foreigners join DMK cadre to shout slogans

Two foreigners join DMK cadre to shout slogans

CHENNAI: Two joined the sea of workers who assembled in front of Kauvery Hospital where DMK chief died on Tuesday evening. Mattia Saratti from Italy and Fank Li from Portugal were in the city to work as volunteers for an NGO for a month. Earlier, after watching television news about DMK chief’s deteriorating health, the two walked to Kauvery Hospital […]

Karuna‘s body to be kept in Rajaji Hall for public

Karuna‘s body to be kept in Rajaji Hall for public

CHENNAI: DMK president M Karunanidhi’s body will be taken from Kauvery Hospital to his Goapalapuram residence around 8.30pm on Tuesday. READ ALSO: His body will be kept in the residence till 1am. From there it will be taken to CIT Colony residence where it will be kept till 3am. The body will be then taken from the CIT Colony residence […]

TN govt says no Marina burial for Karunanidhi

TN govt says no Marina burial for Karunanidhi

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday evening refused a Marina burial for chief , citing legalities. Instead, the state offered the family two acres of land near Gandhi Mandapam, Rajaji and Kamarajar memorials in Guindy. <br “Allocation could not be made for burial in Marina Beach on Kamaraj Salai due to several cases pending in the Madras high court […]