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Will J Jayalalithaa be the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu? AIADMK does not know

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The swearing-in of J Jayalalithaa as Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister remains a mystery, with the AIADMK rubbishing claims that the party leader will be sworn in on May 23.

“A television channel did not carry my full statement resulting in a lot of confusion. I had clearly said that the swearing in of Amma (Jayalalithaa) as chief minister on May 23 is not yet confirmed”, party spokesperson C.R. Saraswathi told IANS.

“Only J. Jayalalithaa can decide if she will be Tamil Nadu’s chief minister again”, he added.

“What she said was that she would meet AIADMK legislators on Friday morning. The same day, Jayalalithaa would pay floral tributes at the statues of the party’s founder M.G. Ramachandran, DMK founder C.N. Annadurai and DK founder E.V. Ramaswamy”, the spokesperson said.

Though the agenda for the Friday meeting of legislators is not known, it is widely believed that Jayalalithaa may be elected leader of the AIADMK legislature party.

With the resignation of P. Vetrivel, a party legislator from Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency here, the AIADMK strength in the 234-seat assembly comes down by one to 150, excluding the speaker.

While these developments indicate that Jayalalithaa is all gearing up to become the chief minister again, there is no official confirmation.

Recently, Jayalalithaa had lost her chief minister’s post and assembly (Srirangam constituency) seat after she was convicted by a trial court in Bengaluru for holding assets disproportionate to her known sources of income.

The Karnataka High Court had upheld her appeal against the conviction and acquitted her.

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Tamil Nadu CM Allows TV Serial Shootings to Resume in the State

Tamil Nadu allows shooting of TV serials subject to conditions and guidelines

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami has allowed to restart television serial shooting in the state subject to precautionary guidelines. Wikimedia Commons

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday allowed television serial shootings in the state subject to conditions.

An official statement said Palaniswami considered the representation received from the industry and has allowed shooting of television serials subject to the following conditions: Shooting is allowed only indoors or in the houses having compound walls; No shooting is allowed in public places, except in rural and on Covid-19 containment areas; No permission for onlookers; Spraying of disinfectant before and after the shooting at the shoot spots; Barring actors, all others should wear masks and maintain social distance.

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Outdoor shooting is not allowed according to the guidelines. WIkimedia Commons

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During breaks actors too should wear masks; All equipments, vehicles coming to the shooting spots should be sanitized; a maximum of 20 persons alone are permitted at the spot including actors and technicians. (IANS)

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Special Nodal Officer Appointed in Chennai to Tackle COVID-19

The Tamil Nadu government announced the appointment of J. Radhakrishan

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Special Nodal Officer Appointed in Chennai to Tackle COVID-19 as the cases rise in the district. Pixabay

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday announced the appointment of J. Radhakrishan, Principal Secretary/Commissioner, Revenue Administration, Disaster Management and Mitigation, Chennai as the Special Nodal Officer for Greater Chennai Corporation for Covid-19 matters relating to Chennai.

As per the Government Order issued on Friday, as Special Nodal Officer, Radhakrishnan will co-ordinate the Covid-19 related issues with the Commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation and other teams constituted for specific purpose of containing the spread of the disease further in Chennai district.

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The appointment comes with Chennai reporting higher number of persons testing positive for coronavirus. Wikimedia Commons

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Radhakrishnan will also ensure effective implementation of various guidelines issued by the state government, the order said.

The appointment comes with Chennai reporting higher number of persons testing positive for coronavirus.

As on April 30, a total of 960 persons have been tested positive for coronavirus in the city. (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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Parliament Gets Adjourned As A sign Of Respect (Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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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)