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AIADMK announces names of six candidates


AIADMK has announced the names of six candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

The list of candidates and their respective constituencies is as follows:-

Edappadi K Palaniswami - Edappadi

O Panneerselvam - Bodi

Jayakumar - Royapuram

C Ve Shamugam - Villupuram 

SP Shanmuganathan - Sri Vaikundam

Thenmozhi - Nilakottai

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Director General of Income Tax of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry set up a 24 x 7 Control Room


In the wake of the State Legislative Assembly General Election – 2021 to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and Bye Election to Kanyakumari Parliamentary Constituency to be held on 6th April 2021, the Election Commission of India has sought the assistance of the Directorate General of the Income Tax (Investigations) to monitor election expenditure. 

The role of the Directorate is to provide assistance to ensure free and transparent fair elections by controlling the role played by unaccounted funds in the election process, stated a press release issued by the Additional Director of Income Tax (Inv.), Unit-2, Chennai Nodal Officer, Election Expenditure Monitoring.

To achieve this objective, the Investigation Directorate will take proactive steps to discover and seize unaccounted funds intended to be utilized for electioneering, the release said.

As a part of this initiative, the Director-General of Income Tax (Investigation), Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has set up a 24 x 7 Control Room with a Toll-free number, designated fax and facility of email and WhatsApp to receive complaints/information from the public.

The details of the same are given below:

Toll-free Telephone No.            :         1800 425 6669

Fax No.                                    :         044 – 28271915

E-mail                                      :

WhatsApp No.                          :         94453 94453       

Persons who have knowledge/information about storage, possession or movement of a large amount of cash have been requested to pass on the information through any one of the modes mentioned above, the release added.

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TN extends lockdown

Tamil Nadu Government has extended the COVID-19 related lockdown till 31st March 2021.

All international air travels will remain prohibited, except for purposes permitted by the Home Ministry.

All the directives related to containment zones, COVID appropriate behaviours and necessary prohibitions will continue.

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Over 70 per cent of candidates graduated from The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University this year are women


Over 21000 candidates were conferred with Degrees and Diplomas in the 33rd Convocation of The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed the Convocation, expressed happiness that more than 70 per cent of the candidates who received Degrees and Diplomas were women. He congratulated all the graduates and conveyed his special appreciation to the women candidates. He said it is always special to see women leading from the front in any field. 

The Prime Minister said the success of the students and the institution would have made the great MGR very happy. Recalling that MGR's governance was full of compassion towards the poor, Mr Modi said the subjects of healthcare, education and empowerment of women were dear to him. He said India is honoured to be working in the health sector for our Tamil sisters and brothers in Sri Lanka where MGR was born. Ambulance service financed by India is widely used by the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. He said these efforts in healthcare that too for the Tamil community would have made MGR very happy.

The Prime Minister said the Government is transforming the entire medical education and health sector and the National Medical Commission will rationalize the norms to set up new medical colleges, bring greater transparency and improve the quality and availability of Human Resources in this sector. 

The Prime Minister announced that the Government has permitted the establishment of 11 new medical colleges in those districts in Tamil Nadu which do not have a medical college and for these medical colleges, the Government of India would give more than Rs 2000 crore. 

The Prime Minister said, "Doctors are among the most respected professionals in our country and this respect has gone up even more after the pandemic. This respect is because people know the seriousness of your profession where many times, it is literally a life and death question for someone." He said to be serious and to look serious are two different things and requested the students to keep their sense of humour intact. He said this will also help them to cheer up their patients and keep their morale high.

Mr Modi also advised the students to focus on their health and fitness as they take care of the nation's health. He gave a call to the students to rise above self-interest and said doing so will make them fearless.

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Development works launched in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu


Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the 1000 MW Neyveli New Thermal Power Project and 709 MW Solar Power Project of NLCIL today.

PM Modi laid the foundation stone for design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 5MW grid-connected ground-based solar power plant at V.O.Chidambaranar Port and for the extension, renovation and modernisation of the Lower Bhavani Project System. He also laid the foundation stone for the development of Integrated Command and Control Centers (ICCC) in nine Smart Cities including Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur, Vellore, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi. He inaugurated the 8-laning of Korampallam Bridge and Rail Over Bridge (ROB) at V.O.Chidambaranar Port and the tenements constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) scheme. Governor, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and Union Minister Pralhad Joshi were present on the occasion.

Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said Coimbatore is a city of industry and innovation. Development works launched today will benefit Coimbatore and the entire Tamil Nadu, he said.

The Prime Minister said that the modernization of Bhawani Sagar Dam will irrigate over 2 lakh acres of land and farmers of several districts will benefit from this project. He lauded Tamil Nadu for making a major contribution to India's industrial growth. He expressed happiness to inaugurate several major power projects, as one of the basic needs of industrial growth is continuous power supply. He said that the 709 MW solar power project is indigenously developed and the cost of this project is over Rs 3,000 crore. He further said that another 1,000 MW thermal power project constructed at a cost of Rs 7,800 crore will be hugely beneficial to Tamil Nadu. He added that over 65 per cent of the power generated will be given to Tamil Nadu.

As the Prime Minister launched various projects related to V.O. Chidambaranar Port, Thoothukudi, he said that Tamil Nadu has a glorious history of sea trade and port-led development. The projects launched today will further strengthen the cargo handling capacity of the port and support the green port initiative. He noted that efficient ports contribute to India being Aatmnirbhar and a global hub for trade as well as logistics. Shri Modi paid tribute to the great freedom fighter VOC. "His vision for a vibrant Indian shipping industry and maritime development inspires us greatly," said the Prime Minister.  He expressed happiness that VOC Port has taken up a grid-connected 5 MW ground-based solar power plant at a cost of Rs 20 crore and installation of a 140 KW rooftop solar project is in progress. He called it an example of Urja Aatmnirbharta.

The Prime Minister asserted that the Government of India’s commitment to port-led development can be seen through the Sagarmala Scheme. About 575 projects at a total cost of over six lakh crore rupees have been identified for implementation during the 2015-2035 period. These works cover Port modernisation, New port development, Port connectivity enhancement, Port-linked industrialisation and Coastal community development, the Prime Minister informed. He informed that a new Multi-Modal Logistics Park is going to be launched soon at Mappedu near Sriperumbudur in Chennai. He further added that the 8-laning of Korampallam Bridge and Rail Over Bridge was also taken up under 'Sagarmala programme'. The Project will facilitate seamless and congestion-free transit to and from the Port. It will also further reduce the turnaround time of the cargo trucks, Mr Modi said.

Mr Modi said that at the core of development is ensuring dignity to every individual. "One of the basic ways of ensuring dignity is to provide shelter for everyone. To give wings to the dreams and aspirations of our people,  Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna was started," he said. He expressed happiness to inaugurate 4,144 tenements built in several areas and to lay the foundation stone to integrated command and control centres in smart cities across Tamil Nadu. He also said that the cost of this project is Rs 332 crore and these houses will be handed over to those who were homeless even after 70 years of Independence. He said the Integrated Command and Control Centres will provide an intelligent and integrated IT solution to manage various services across these cities.

#TamilNadu #Coimbatore #NarendraModi

Tamil Nadu government issues fresh guidelines for domestic, international travellers


Tamil Nadu government has issued fresh guidelines for people coming from other States/Union Territories by Air, Railway or Road transport, as well as for all international travellers coming through flights originating from United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, Europe and Middle East.

The guidelines for people coming from other States/Union Territories are as follows:-

  1. Thermal screening is mandatory.
  2. All passengers (other than Maharashtra and Kerala) have to undergo self-monitoring of their health for 14 days. (During the period, if the individual develops fever, cough, breathlessness, they shall visit healthy facility.)
  3. All passengers who travelled from Maharashtra and Kerala have to undergo 7 days of Home Quarantine and 7 days of self monitoring on their health. (During the period, if the individual develops fever, cough, breathlessness they shall visit health facility.)
  4. Testing to be done on symptomatic persons coming from other States/Union Territories.
  5. If they test positive and they re symptomatic they will be taken to hospital isolation. If they are positive and asymptomatic they will be taken to COVID Care Centre for management.
  6. If they test negative and they are asymptomatic, they will be advised to self-monitor themselves for 14 days.
  7. If they test negative and they are asymptomatic, they will be taken to hospital isolation and decision will be taken based on medical opinion.

The guidelines for international travellers coming through flights originating from United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, Europe and Middle East:-

  1. All travellers should submit self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (
  2. All passengers should upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. Uploaded false information will reliable for criminal prosecution. 
  3. Thermal Screening on arrival is mandatory.
  4. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to the medical facility as per Standard Treatment protocol.
  5. Self-monitoring of their health for 14 days.
  6. Passengers should inform State/National Call Centres if they develop symptoms at any time during their quarantine period or self-monitoring of their health.


#TamilNadu #COVID19

Tamil Nadu Budget Highlights


Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister OPS, who is also responsible for the finance portfolio, presented the interim state budget for 2021-22 at Kalaivanar Arangam, Chennai, today.

Salient features of the budget:-

- TN govt has incurred a total expenditure of Rs13,352.85 crores for handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

- TN is expected to register positive growth of 2.02 per cent at 2011-12 constant prices in 2020-2021. 

- In addition to Harvard and Houston university, the govt will provide assistance to establish a Tamil chair in Toronto university in Canada.

- The budgetary allocation for 8 social security schemes has been increased from Rs 1083.78 crore to Rs 4316.43 crore.

- Total amount of Rs 11,943.85 crore has been spent from SDRF in 2020-2021.

- Budgetary allocation for the police department stepped up from Rs 3513.15 crore (2011-12) to Rs 9567.93 crore.

- The number of road accidents has reduced from 17,218 in 2016 to 8060 in 2020.

- A provision of Rs 5,000 crore has been made in the interim budget estimate for the crop loan waiver scheme.

- Provision for food subsidy increased from Rs 6,500 crore to Rs 9,604.27 crore.

- Government is fully committed to protecting that Pallikaranai marshland which is one of the recognised wetland of Tamil Nadu.

- In the light of recent flooding episodes, a project in collaboration with PWD, highways and Chennai Corp to clear and train waterways feeding into and out of Pallikaranai marsh and to restore the absorptive capacity will be undertaken at the tentative cost of Rs 816.80 crore.

- In the interim budget estimate, a sum of Rs 5141.60 crore has been provided for devolution for urban local bodies and Rs 6754.30 crore to rural local bodies.

- Rs 2350 crore has been provided for the smart city mission and Rs1450 crore for AMRUT.

- Tamil Nadu government urged the union govt to release all the performance grants due to Tamil Nadu, based on the 14th finance commission recommendation without further delay.

- Tamil Nadu government urged the Centre not to use the 15th finance commission recommended grants to substitute their share of funding for the central sector and centrally sponsored schemes.

- TN strongly urged GOI to merge all cesses and surcharges with the basic rate of taxes and ensure that the state receives their legitimate share of the revenue.

- The Chennai city partnership program will be implemented in three phases over seven years. The first phase of the programme will be implemented with an outlay of Rs 3140 crore of which the world bank assistance will be USD 300 million.

- In the interim budget estimates Rs 18750.96 crore has been provided for the highways department. 

- Over the next few years 12,000 buses will be procured, of which 2000 will be electric buses under the global C-40 clean bus declaration.

- The detailed feasibility report for establishing a metro rail in Coimbatore with 44km in the first phase at a cost of Rs 6683 crore has been prepared and is under examination. - A sum of Rs 8834.68 crore has been provided for subsidy payment to TANGEDCO.

- To fund the losses incurred by TANGEDCO, as per the UDAY commitments, a provision of Rs 7217.40 crore has been made in the interim budget estimates.

- Largest allocation of Rs 34,181.73 crore has been made for school education in the budget estimates.

- Amount of Rs 3703.35 crore provided for the continuance of schemes such as providing nutrition meal, textbooks, laptops, uniform, school bags, free bus pass scheme etc.

- Computer science subject will be introduced to class 6-10 in all government high and higher secondary schools. Earlier it was only for 11 and 12 students.

- A sum of Rs 5478.19 crore has been provided in the interim budget for higher education.

- Allocation of Rs144 crore has been made for Amma mini clinics.

- With sanction and construction of 11 new medical colleges at a cost of Rs 3995 crores, additional 1650 MBBS seats are expected to be available in 2021-22 academic year.

- The provision for the health and family welfare department has been stepped up from Rs 15,863.37 crore in 2020-21 to 18,458.27 crore in the revised estimate and now allocation has been further stepped up to Rs 19,420.54 crore.

- In the interim budget a sum of Rs 1953.98 crore has been allocated for Dr MGR noon meal scheme. The budget has also allocated Rs 2634 crore for ICDS. Rs13967.58 crore has been provided for the Scheduled Caste special component plan and Rs 1276.24 crore for the tribal sub-plan.

- More than 7.40 lakh students belonging to backward classes, most backward classes and denotified communities are receiving education scholarships. - During 2020-21, Rs 110 crore is being dispersed as scholarships for benefit of students from minority communities.

- The govt has launched a drive to fill vacancies identified for the differently-abled. 1510 differently-abled people have been recruited.

- The government has prepared a special project - RIGHTS - with a total outlay of Rs 1700 crore to enable an integrated approach to the prevention and management of Disabilities and to ensure greater inclusion accessibility and opportunities for the differently-abled.

- The total revenue deficit in 2020-21 is estimated to rise to Rs 65,994.06 compared to Rs 21,617.64 crore in the budget estimate 2020-21.

- The fiscal deficit in revised estimates 2020-21 is expected to widen to Rs 96,889.97 crore which is 4.99% of GSDP.

- The overall debt outstanding as of 31st March 2021 is estimated to be Rs 4,85,502.54 crore and as of 31st March 2022, it is estimated to be Rs 5,70,189.29 crore.

- TN’s GSDP has been projected at 2.02 per cent for 2020-21 at constant prices.


Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Exam Time Table


The directorate of examinations, Government of Tamil Nadu, has announced the exam timetable for higher secondary classes (+2). Examinations will be held from 10 am till 1.15 pm.

Examination Schedule

3rd May 2021 – Language – Part I

5th May 2021 – English - Part II

7th May 2021 – Communicative English, Ethics and Indian Culture, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Bio-Chemistry, Advanced Language (Tamil), Home Science, Political Science and Statistics

11th May 2021 – Physics, Economics and Computer Technology

17th May 2021 – Mathematics, Zoology, Commerce, Micro Biology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Textile and Dress Designing, Food Service Management, Agricultural Science, Nursing (general and Vocational)

19th May 2021 – Biology, Botany, History, Business Mathematics and Statistics, Basic Electrical Engineering, basic electronics Engineering, Basic Civil Engineering, Basic Automobile Engineering, Basic Mechanical Engineering, Textile Technology and Office Management and Secretaryship

21st May 2021 – Chemistry, Accountancy and Geography


Tamil Nadu Govt signs 28 MoUs


Tamil Nadu Government, led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, has signed 28 MoUs worth Rs 28,053 crore with an employment potential of 68,775.

Details of MoUs:

Company - Investment - Employment

1. Elest - Rs 7,948 crore - 8,081

2. AG&P - Rs 2,430 crore - 7,000

3. Netmagic - Rs 1,377 crore - 100

4. Nordex - Rs 1,200 crore - 3,000

5. TVS Tyres - Rs 1,000 crore - 1,000

6. Valeo - Rs 830 crore - 2,400

7. Aditya Birla Grasim - Rs 750 crore - 300

8. Ampere - Rs 700 crore - 1,459

9. Techno Electric and Engineering Co Ltd - Rs 650 crore - 500

10. Flender - Rs 500 crore - 400

11. Qmax Systems - Rs 525 crore - 250 

12. Mothi - Rs 400 crore - 900 

13. DP - Rs 337 crore - 500

14. CTTI - Rs 232 crore - 2,154 

15. BEST - Rs 220 - 700

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PM rolls out key projects in Tamil Nadu


Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid foundation stones for several key projects and handed over the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Army, in Chennai today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said, "These projects are symbols of innovation and Indigenous development. These projects will further the growth of Tamil Nadu." He said Thanjavur and Pudukkottai will be specially benefitted as the foundation to modernise the six hundred and thirty-six kilometres long Grand Anicut Canal System was laid today. He also stated that the impact of this is going to be very big and will improve irrigation facilities for 2.27 lakh acres of land.

Quoting Tamil poet Avvaiyar, the Prime Minister stressed the need to conserve water as it is not just a national issue but a global subject. He emphasized the need to remember the mantra of Per Drop More Crop,

The Prime Minister paid homage to the Pulwama attack martyrs on the anniversary of the attack today. He said, "We pay homage to all the martyrs we lost in that attack. We are proud of our security forces. Their bravery will continue to inspire generations."

The Prime Minister said India has undertaken a massive effort to become self-reliant in the defence sector. He said this is inspired by what Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathi who wrote in the oldest language in the world, Tamil, said, Let us make weapons; let us make paper. Let us make factories; let us make schools. Let us make vehicles that can move and fly. Let us make ships that can shake the world. PM Modi said that one of the two defence corridors is in Tamil Nadu. The corridor has already received investment commitments over Rupees Eight thousand one hundred crores. 

On MBT Arjun Mark 1A, the Prime Minister stated, "I am proud to handover the indigenously designed and manufactured Main Battle Tank Arjun Mark 1A. It also uses indigenous ammunition. A tank made in Tamil Nadu will be used in our northern borders to keep the nation safe. This showcases India's united spirit – Bharat's Ekta Darshan."

The Prime Minister inaugurated the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension, the fourth Railway line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu, Railway Electrification of single line section in Villupuram - Cuddalore - Mayiladuthurai - Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai-Thiruvarur.  Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the extension, renovation and modernization of the Grand Anicut Canal System and Discovery Campus of IIT Madras.

Governor of Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Deputy Chief Minister, Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly Industries Minister of Tamil Nadu were present on the occasion.

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