Chennai Live News Highlights:  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin Thursday said providing food in schools with education is not about the cost but a government’s duty. Launching the first phase of a state-wide free breakfast programme in Madurai for the students in Classes one to five in selected state government schools, Stalin said the noon meal programme was started a century ago in 1922 by P. Theagaraya Chetty, the then-Mayor of the Madras Corporation and a veteran Justice Party leader.
“And we completed it a century later by adding a breakfast scheme. The United States Department of Agriculture as well as countries such as France have such programmes. According to studies, schools that serve breakfast get more students,” MK Stalin added.
On the occasion of Hindi Diwas on Wednesday, Stalin said that Indian languages, including Tamil, should be made official languages of the Union government and Indian Languages Day should be celebrated rather than the Hindi Diwas.
Two women software professionals were killed when a car, which went berserk, knocked them on OMR here, police said on Thursday.
The techies were returning to their house from office on Wednesday when the incident happened. The driver of the car lost control over the vehicle and hit the women who were walking towards their house. While one of them died instantly, the other succumbed at a hospital here, said police. (PTI) Read more
Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin expressed condolences on former Cabinet Minister of Malaysia, Samy Velu’s, death. He tweeted ,” Tun S., who served as the president of the Malaysian Indian Congress for a long time and served in the country’s cabinet for 29 years. Samivelu’s death is painful. My deepest condolences to his bereaved family and to the Indians living in Malaysia.”
Procurement of new kharif paddy has started in Tamil Nadu from September, a month in advance, and the state government has purchased over 56,900 tonnes so far in the 2022-23 kharif marketing season, a senior Food Ministry official said on Thursday.
Normally, the procurement of kharif paddy at the minimum support price (MSP) begins from October.
“The Tamil Nadu government has started the procurement in advance with permission from the central government. About 56,903 tonnes of paddy have been purchased so far,” the official told PTI.
Other major paddy growing states like Punjab will start procurement from next month. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu led by Chief Minister M K Stalin paid floral tributes to Dravidian icon and former Chief Minister C N Annadurai on his 114th birth anniversary on Thursday.
Stalin, who launched the Chief Minister’s Breakfast Scheme for school children, coinciding with Annadurai’s birth anniversary, paid floral tributes to a portrait kept at his memorial in Nelpettai in Madurai. He was joined by the State Ministers and officials.
Several political leaders and officials too paid floral tributes to a portrait of the late Chief Minister kept at his statue on Anna Salai here.
Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai, popularly known as Anna, was the chief source of inspiration for both the ruling DMK, which he founded, and the opposition AIADMK. (PTI)
Private sector Tamilnad Mercantile Bank would focus on strengthening its exposure in the phygital platform besides expanding its branch network during the current financial year, a top official said on Thursday.
The Tamil Nadu-based bank’s Managing Director and CEO S Krishnan who recently assumed office said retail, agriculture and micro, small and medium enterprises (RAM) segments would be the focus areas as this vertical comprises 88 per cent of the bank’s exposure.
“In the retail segment, I will be focusing on home loans and vehicle loans,” he told reporters.
“We have mobilised about Rs 850 crore and our immediate focus will be RAM segment. I will be focusing more on phygital — more focus on digital..,” he said. (PTI)
Greater Chennai Corporation has arranged for Orthopedic and Physiotherapic consulations today in the Polyclinics mentioned in a list tweeted by Greater Chennai Corporation. 


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin visited Narikkuvar. He tweeted ,”The people of Narikkuvar met in person and thanked them for making their voices heard in the Parliament and insisting on Union Ministers and Prime Minister ST for many years. Our goal is social justice for those denied opportunity!” 
A total of 282 children in Tamil Nadu have been infected with the H1N1 virus, state Minister for Health Ma Subramanian said Thursday, while denying reports that the virus is spreading rapidly in the state and pushing hospitals to capacity. There is no need to panic, he added.
Addressing reporters after inspecting the children’s hospital at Egmore in Chennai, Subramanian said the number of infected children includes 13 in government hospitals, 215 in private hospitals and 54 in home isolation. Read more
Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin on Thursday launched the first phase of a state-wide free breakfast programme in Madurai for the students in Classes one to five in selected state government schools. (Twitter/@CMOTamilNadu). See the gallery here


Kaala and Kabali opened to debates about whether they were Rajinikanth’s or Pa Ranjith’s movies. Many found the films to be neither there nor here. Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu suffers from a similar problem. However, here the debate is not whether it’s director Gautham Menon’s film or star Silambarasan’s movie. The confusion is whether it belongs to Gautham or the film’s writer Jeyamohan. It is a far better problem to have because finally here’s a mainstream Tamil movie featuring a star that trusts its writer. Had the trust lasted till the very end of the film, Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu would have become an incredible gangster origin story. Unfortunately, what kicks off as a slice-of-life drama about a directionless ‘protagonist’ ends becoming a generic and hurried gangster drama about a ‘hero’.
There’s a lot in Vendhu Thanindhathu Kaadu that sets it apart from typical gangster films like its story or, should I say, the lack of it. That doesn’t mean it is as wayward as Gautham’s previous ventures like Enai Noki Paayum Thota and Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada. There’s a familiar story here about a guy named Muthu from a small village in South Tamil Nadu who goes on to become a gangster in Mumbai, but it is not told in a familiar structure Tamil mainstream is used to. The hero takes the backseat here, while the screenplay and the writer take the wheel. Read Kirubhakar Purushothaman’s  review here

The ruling DMK on Wednesday said Telangana Govenor Tamilisai Soundararajan is naive and made fun of her ‘valour’ comment. The party sought to know if it was “courageous to flee from Telangana out of fear and defend herself in Tamil Nadu”.
Referring to her comment that she is not shaken by anything and that she inherited the hoary Tamil tradition of valorous Tamil women, the ruling party organ ‘Murasoli’ wondered “what kind of bravery” it was to be fearful and run away from Telangana and make claims of being brave.
Citing Tamil verses of yore that praised a Tamil woman for bravery as she chased away a tiger using a pan — utilised to remove husk from rice — Soundararajan had said that she inherited such a tradition of valour of Tamil women and that she is never shaken by anything.
On this remark, the DMK’s Tamil daily asked: “What kind of bravery is it to wave the pan in Tamil Nadu after running away from Telangana, fearing the tiger. Only Governor Tamilisai should explain.” Soundararajan, reacting to Murasoli’s tirade on September 12, against Governors on a confrontion mode with elected governments had asserted that she was never insulted. (PTI)
When an outsider is asked to describe Chennai, they may speak highly about the beaches, Carnatic music sabas, historical venues like churches and museums, and food, referring to idli and sambar. But there is much more to this city, like the Dadashamakan, which is often referred to as the hub of beef in Chennai.
Dadashamakan, an area close to Otteri in northern Chennai, is a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood with a population of around 5,000. The area is home to shops offering customers a variety of food items. The regular customers here claim that no other area in the city can match the quality of beef that is available here. They claim even the prices are less in comparison with other areas in the city. Janardhan Koushik reports

Five Hindu Munnani members were arrested on Tuesday for vandalising a yet-to-be-opened restaurant named after rationalist and social reformer E V Periyar at Kannarpalayam Naal Road near Karamadai in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district, police said.
According to sources, Prabhakaran, a supporter of Periyar, had helped his friend Arun set up a small hotel named Thanthai Periyar Restaurant at Karamadai and it was to open on Wednesday. However, on Tuesday, a few people gathered in front of the restaurant, opposing the move to name it after Periyar and directed the hotel caretakers to remove the nameboard. This reportedly led to an argument and the group allegedly started vandalising the restaurant. Read more

Tamil Nadu’s minority commission has attributed an “ulterior motive” to the state child rights panel chief’s allegation of forcible religious conversions at a Chennai school, after the latter submitted a report to Governor R N Ravi. S Peter Alphonse, chairman of the State Minorities Commission, inspected the school at Royapettah and denied the conversion allegations on Wednesday.
“The State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) is a statutory body. Its chairperson was appointed by the previous (AIADMK) government. We get the impression that the commission is acting with an ulterior motive. This is among the many measures taken to spread false charges of conversion and convert the state into a morgue. I do not know why this matter was brought to the governor’s notice. We fear that a conspiracy is at work against minority institutions in the state,” he told reporters. Read more

BJP Mahila Morcha national president and Coimbatore South MLA Vanathi Srinivasan on Wednesday said the revised power tariff has seriously affected the common people, small-scale enterprises and textile industries in Tamil Nadu. The DMK in its 2021 election manifesto had promised to replace the system of bi-monthly payment of electricity bills with a monthly one to ease financial burden on people, she said.
However, after coming to power, the DMK forgot its manifesto, Srinivasan said in a statement here. The ruling party is now facing the anger of public for increasing the power tariff and that too by convening meetings by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC), she alleged. (PTI)
Tamil Nadu recorded 419 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday pushing the statewide caseload to 35,74,933 while the death toll mounted to 38,039 with one more fatality, the health department said. As many as 444 people recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours aggregating to 35,32,109 leaving 4,785 active infections, a medical bulletin said.
Chennai continued to witness a spike in new infections with 96 people testing positive (compared to 94 cases on Tuesday). The state capital constituted the major chunk of infections of the total 419 cases while Coimbatore added 60. (PTI)
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Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin on Thursday inaugurated the Chief Minister’s Breakfast Scheme in Madurai. Speaking during the inauguration, Stalin said, “No poor and underprivileged student should drop out of school for the need of food. Whatever economic crisis this government faces, the scheme should not be stopped… I appeal to all govt officials to implement this scheme the same way you give food to your children.”
The Tamil Nadu government Tuesday issued an order to set up a bird sanctuary at Nanjarayan Tank in Tiruppur district. The order comes after Minister of Forests K Ramachandran announced in the state Assembly in April that the Nanjarayan Tank will be turned into a bird sanctuary by using a government fund of Rs 7.5 crore.
The 125.86.5 hectares of land located near Neruperichal and Sarkar Periyapalayam villages of Tiruppur North and Uthukuli taluks in Tiruppur district, will be the 17th bird sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. Read more
While inaugurating the ‘Chief Minister’s Breakfast Scheme’ in Madurai on Thursday, CM MK Stalin said that 1.16 lakh students would benefit from the scheme in the first phase. He said, “I assure everyone that the scheme would further be expanded. No one should think this to be a freebie, it’s the government’s duty to do this.”
When an outsider is asked to describe Chennai, they may speak highly about the beaches, Carnatic music sabas, historical venues like churches and museums, and food, referring to idli and sambar. But there is much more to this city, like the Dadashamakan, which is often referred to as the hub of beef in Chennai.
Dadashamakan, an area close to Otteri in northern Chennai, is a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood with a population of around 5,000. The area is home to shops offering customers a variety of food items. The regular customers here claim that no other area in the city can match the quality of beef that is available here. They claim even the prices are less in comparison with other areas in the city.
Keeping up with its ever-brimming liveliness, Chennai has plenty of events to offer city residents this week:
Faces from Comicstaan at Madras Comedy Circuit
Find the right mix of Tamil and English in this comedy show hosted at the Backyard. The Madras Comedy Show will bring to you stand-up comedians of Comicstaan fame – Annamalai, Nikhil Jain, Natasha Rastogi, Manojkumar Chandrakumar, Prabhu Krishnamoorthy and Sandeep Nankani. Catch their hilarious live performances from 6 pm on September 17, Saturday.

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