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Sasikala names baby girl named after Jayalalithaa

Sun, 18 Dec 2016-07:10pm , Chennai , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jayalalithaa’s aide, VK Sasikala named a new born baby girl of an AIADMK cadre as Jayalalithaa on Sunday, in memory of the late Chief Minister.The baby named “Jayalalithaa” by Sasikala is the child of Gaythri and Senthil Kumar. Resident of Theni district, Senthil Kumar is an auto driver, a party release said in Chennai on Sunday. Sasikala named the child after the former Chief Minister at the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa, where she continues to live.Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5 in Chennai after a prolonged hospitalisation stretching over two months.

Election Commission cash seizure jumps to Rs.1.73 crore in Tamil Nadu

Election authorities have seized Rs 1.73 crore cash besides 1,041 grams of gold and registered 51 cases for alleged electoral offences in Tamil Nadu since the model code of conduct came into force for the May 16 assembly elections. Cash seizures ranging from Rs three lakh to Rs 10 lakh were made in several districts, including Nagapattinam, Nilgiris, Krishnagiri, and Virudhunagar, an official release said here today.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also, 1,041 grams of gold jewellery was seized in Tiruchirappalli district and its value was not included in the cash seizure. While flying squads had seized Rs.1,17,02,660 crore, Static Surveillance Teams impounded Rs 56 lakh. Some merchandise like marriage bags (thamboola paigal) were also seized. Flying squads and surveillance teams comprise officials drawn from various government departments, including revenue.In all cases involving seizures, there was no proper documents or evidence to prove it was for bonafide use, the release said.As many as 51 cases have been filed in various districts for alleged electoral offences. Such cases include election campaign at Cumbum in Theni district without permission, advertisement in government stationery without nod from competent authorities.

India bids emotional farewell to Siachen bravehearts

Madurai/Theni: Hundreds of people on Tuesday bid emotional farewell to Siachen bravehearts G Ganesan and S Kumar, whose last rites were performed with full state honours at Chokkathevanpatti in Madurai and Kumanan Kuzhu in Theni districts respectively.

Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh paying homage at the mortal remains of soldiers, at Palam Airport, in New Delhi on 15 February 2016. Image courtesy PIBChief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh paying homage at the mortal remains of soldiers, at Palam Airport, in New Delhi on 15 February 2016. Image courtesy PIB

Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh paying homage at the mortal remains of soldiers, at Palam Airport, in New Delhi on 15 February 2016. Image courtesy PIB

While Sepoy Ganesan (25) was cremated at Chokkathevanpatti, Havildar Kumar (37) was buried at Kumanankuzhu.

The atmosphere at the funeral was highly emotional with friends, relatives and locals bidding tearful farewell.

District Collectors of Madurai and Theni – Veeraraghava Rao and Venkatachalam respectively – handed over cheques of Rs 10 lakh each to the bereaved families, the solatium announced by the state government.

The government has also assured job to one family member of the two deceased soldiers.

Ganesan, Kumar and eight other soldiers, including Havildar M Elumalai of Vellore and Sepoy N Ramamurthy from
Krishnagiri of Tamil Nadu, got buried in snow after an avalanche hit their high-altitude post in Siachen glacier in
Ladakh on 3 February.

One of them, Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, found alive under the snow, also died on 11 February after battling
for life.

PTI