Tamil Nadu News Summary (Jan 6)

Chennai,Jan5(tamilnaducentral): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa  has announced a Pongal gift pack for all family ration card holders and Sri Lankan Tamils in refugee camps in the state. The gift hamper will include one kg raw rice, one kg sugar, two pieces of sugarcane and Rs 100 in cash. The gift hamper will be distributed through fair price shops.

AIADMK MPs have contributed a total of Rs 48 crore to chief minister’s relief fund towards relief and rehabilitation measures.

DMK Tresurer MK Stalin who has wrapped up  three phases of his State-wide Namakku Naame campaign has kickstarted his campaign in Chennai from today.Stalin through the campaign reaches out to grassroots people and has heard grievances across Tamil Nadu.

IT raids are being conducted in different properties of Apollo Hospitals for the second consecutive day by about 300 taxmen.Reports say they have found documents pointing to tax violations by the health care chain.Night-long raids have been conducted in several properties of Apollo Hospitals across the country and the residences of key personnel are also being searched.

The Central committee is on a visit to Tiruvallur district today to assess the flood damages from the recent rain.The team is visiting Tamil Nadu for the second time.Damages to crops from floods is also being studied by the team.

Arputhammal,mother of Perarivalan who has been convicted in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case has filed a petition to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa,seeking his release from jail. Arputhammal tearfully said that her son has not done any wrong and that 25 long years of his life are lost.She expressed confidence that the State machinery will look into her earnest appeal and expedite her son’s release ahead of Pongal.

BJP National Secretary H Raja has expressed confidence that permission to hold the traditional bull taming sport – jallikattu in Tamil Nadu before Pongal.

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