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TN govt slams defamation case against TOI, Dinamalar

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu dailies Dinamalar (Tamil) and Times of India (English) have been slammed against defamation case by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday for their reportage on the reasons for Chennai floods.

The case was filed by the city public prosecutor ML Jegan on behalf of Jayalalithaa, said Jaya TV. He submitted that the contents of the news item in the Tamil daily on December 12, 2015, captioned “Heavy rains were converted into floods by Tamil Nadu government” was defamatory in nature.

According to the petition, the state government and Jayalalithaa are derogatorily reported in the news published by these two newspapers even after a clarification issued by Chief Secretary K.Gnanadesikan on the process followed while opening the sluice gates of the Chembarambakkam Lake and the reason for Chennai going under water last month.
The newspapers had reported that the opening of lake gates to let out the surplus water was delayed due to bureaucratic red tape.

Contravening the allegations, Gnanadesikan, in a statement on December 13, said that official indecision or mismanagement of release of water from the Chembarambakkam lake into the Adyar River were not the causes of the Chennai flooding but was caused primarily due to the very high rainfall in November, which was followed by more rain in Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts on December 1.(IANS)

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As A Mark of Respect To Karunanidhi, Parliament Gets Adjourned

"In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death."

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Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who died in Chennai on Tuesday.

The presiding officers of the two Houses made obituary references and paid homage to the 94-year-old political stalwart.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described him as a visionary and a true leader of the masses and said his death “is an irreparable loss to the country and marks the end of an era”.

The members stood in silence for a short while.

A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For Him. Flickr
A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For M. Karunanidhi, After His Passing On Tuedsay. Flickr

In the obituary reference, Mahajan said Karunanidhi, an astute administrator, in his “long and illustrious political career” showcased his “admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of the society.

“A multifaceted persona, Karunanidhi rose to become the most celebrated screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, using the cinematic medium to deliver his political ideas to the masses. The 1952 box office hit ‘Parasakthi’, in particular, was a turning point both in Tamil cinema and for Karunanidhi,” she said.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said Karunanidhi was actively engaged in social and public life.

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“In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death,” Naidu said.

The House observed two minutes of silence before adjourning for the day. (IANS)

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