Durai Murugan keeps AIADMK on its toes

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: February 14, 2019 08:54 IST
Durai Murugan keeps AIADMK on its toes

Deputy Leader of the Opposition and nine-time legislator Durai Murugan on Wednesday kept the House engrossed in his speech on the State Budget, which was punctuated with his customary witticisms.
Many of his observations were countered by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and their colleagues.
Beginning his speech with a suggestion for a waiver of agricultural loans taken by farmers from cooperative and nationalised banks, Mr. Durai Murugan proceeded to quote from news articles about how the government had slipped in relief work in the wake of Cyclone Gaja, after having taken wellthought-out preparedness measures.
In his response, Mr. Palaniswami said the government had covered all those who were hit by the cyclone but those who remained unaffected too were seeking relief assistance.
When the DMK veteran raised questions about the execution of certain projects meant to address the problem of water shortage in Chennai, Mr. Palaniswami did not let it go unchallenged. Local Administration Minister S.P. Velumani too gave his response.
After Mr. Durai Murugan raised the issue of arrears from the Centre on the post-matric scholarship scheme for SC/ST students, Mr. Panneerselvam said the Centre had just released about ₹822 crore to the State government.
In his budget speech on Friday last, the Deputy Chief Minister said arrears of ₹985.8 crore had not yet been released by the Central government.
To Mr. Durai Murugan’s query on the status of 98 MoUs signed during the 2015 Global Investors’ Meet, Industries Minister M.C. Sampath said 64 projects were being implemented.
Similarly, when the Deputy Leader of the Opposition asked about the progress of power projects, Electricity Minister P. Thangamani explained the reasons for the delay in some projects and assured him that all the proposed projects will get commissioned.
When Mr. Durai Murugan sought to know the fate of the seat held by former Youth Welfare and Sports Minister Balakrishna Reddy, who had quit the Ministry following a conviction in a case, the Speaker said that “appropriate action will be taken as per law”.
The Deputy Leader of the Opposition concluded his speech with the remark:”I hope this is the last Budget of the AIADMK government.” With this, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: April 22, 2020 14:41 IST
After Tamilnadu and Mumbai, journalists in Telangana affected with COVID-19; more details inside

Amidst the chaos caused by COVID-19, Government and the public are taking necessary precautions to control the malicious spread of the virus. But still, the virus seems to spread because of minor negligence and carelessness of some. The journalists are the essential social workers, who are carrying the duty of reporting the news to the public. Unfortunately, even journalists are getting affected by the virus. A few cases in the state of Tamil Nadu and Mumbai panicked everyone. A recent report states that a Telugu journalist has also been affected by this virus and has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mehboobnagar NTV staff reporter Ahmad Pasha, Cameraman Srinivas, and T-News staff reporter Naresh have tested positive. They have been moved to the isolation chambers at Mehboobnagar Government Hospital. Along with them are Prime 9 News staff reporter Shankar (Kotthapet), AP 24/7 staff reporter Harishankar (Gadwal).
While investigating their cause, it seems that they've got infected from Gadwal MLA Krishna Mohan Reddy. The MLA participated in the cremation ritual of his brother. MLA's brother passed away because of COVID-19. It looks like they've met him for consolation and had lunch with him. This has been recognized as the cause and it looks like each one of them went back to their homes after their lunch. Doctors and authorities are processing tests for their families too. The affected have moved them into isolation. They've alerted all the media personalities and channels to proceed with proper safety measures. The journalists are also under a keen watch now. They are taking strict measures.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: March 23, 2020 17:25 IST
FEFSI Union Head RK Selvamani requests actors and actress to lend a helping hand

With the rise in the number of positive coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu, the state government has imposed a lockdown. The lockdown has had a huge impact on the film industry. The Union Head of the Film Employees Federation of South India has released a statement. In the statement, the union head reveals the dire state of the union workers.

He says the virus has disturbed the nation and society. It has crippled the workers and technicians from being able to earn a living. The union has over 25,000 members and nearly 10,000 of them are daily wage workers. With the shutting of film shoots, they lost their source of income.
Selvamani cites the example of a lightman who is unable to met day to day expenses. Selvamani urges the film fraternity to come forward and help the union in this time of crisis.
Selvamani has requested his fellow film industry colleagues, especially those who are doing well to support their needy industry mates. He has stated that if they were to help each family to get a pack of rice, it will cost them about 2 crore rupees. He has urged the film fraternity to help the families of workers without whom they the production of films will be impossible.
Actors such as Suriya, Karthi, Roshan and Manobala have come forward to help.
Also, Read COVID-19: Actors Suriya and Karthi donate to FEFSI Workers

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: March 13, 2020 19:29 IST
Super Star Rajinikanth's strategy going to fail?

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth said today that there should be more space for young people - those under the age of 45 - in politics. The 69-year-old superstar, whose entry into electoral politics is keenly anticipated ahead of Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu next year, also played down talk of chief ministership, saying he had "never imagined me as Chief Minister" and "only want(ed) change".

We need a good leader. A good leader is someone who creates leaders. It is selflessness that drives me. I want a movement and a wave to come up. I believe there will be a wave to fill the leadership wave created by the death of Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi," he said. I have decided to be the party head, Rajinikanth said. "My proposal includes appointing educated and compassionate youngster as chief minister," he said. If he made the plunge, he said, he will encourage retired bureaucrats, judges and IPS and IAS officers would enter politics. He also called for a clear division between party and government.
Who will be the chief minister? Rajinikanth named no names at the Chennai event where his political vision outlined. But the veteran actor said he would pick a responsible, self-respecting person. After hearing this, we can recollect these words from someone from Telangana. Yes. During the Telangana movement, KCR announced that apart from him, he will make some other person as CM. Rajini's words are quite similar to KCR. Sources say that, as KCR failed to keep his promise, Rajini also might fail. If he really wants to see a change, it's a good thought of making someone else as CM. But if not? People will not believe Rajini anymore.