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Vacant seats in Maharaja’s

Admission to a few vacant UG seats in Maharaja’s College will be held on February 4.

Those who have applied online and are on the list may report at the office at 10 a.m. with original certificates and related documents. For details, visit www.maharajas.ac.in.

State to benefit from textile park scheme

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced a scheme for the establishment of Mega Investment Textile Parks. According to industry sources, Tamil Nadu is expected to be one of the main beneficiaries of the scheme. The State government has indicated development of three parks under the scheme in different regions.

Committee set up

A committee will probe the genuineness of the reports that Congress member Prakash Rathod had been watching objectionable videos on his phone during the question hour on Friday.

The announcement came from Council chairman K. Prathapchandra Shetty on Monday, after the House convened. The panel will have B.K. Hariprasad, Tejaswini Gowda and Marthibbe Gowda as members. Mr. Rathod earlier denied the allegations.

Harinarayan appointed as Chittoor Collector

The government has approved the name of M. Harinarayan, an IAS officer belonging to 2011 batch, as Collector of Chittoor district, following the recommendation of the State Election Commission. Mr. Harinarayan was vice-chairman and managing director of AP Mineral Development Corporation and replaces Markenduyulu as Collector of the district.

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Dom’s Take: Will Nirmalaji Deliver?

Dominic Xavier offers his take on Budget 2021.

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Feature Presentation: Aslam Hunani/Rediff.com

Dom’s Take: Will Nirmalaji Deliver?

Dominic Xavier offers his take on Budget 2021.

  • Dom’s Take

Feature Presentation: Aslam Hunani/Rediff.com

Water level

Water level in Papanasam dam on Tuesday stood at 139.05 feet (maximum permissible level is 143 ft.), with an inflow of 525.63 cusecs and a discharge of 1,264.75 cusecs. The level in Manimuthar dam was 115.80 ft. (118 ft.), with an inflow of 164 cusecs and a discharge of 445 cusecs.

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Uttam’s Take: Democracy. India. 2021.

Uttam Ghosh offers his take on the current state of Indian democracy.

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Suresh Gopi gets bail in tax evasion case

Actor and BJP leader Suresh Gopi, MP, on Friday appeared before the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court and took bail in a case charging him with forging documents and using false addresses to register two luxury cars in Puducherry.

The Crime Branch case was that he had registered the vehicles in bogus addresses to dodge taxes. The case has been posted for February 10 for further hearing.

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CPI(M) rasta roko

Demanding that the Central government repeal the three laws regarding agriculture that were recently passed, the activists CPI(M) held rasta roko on the Mumbai National Highway on Saturday. Traffic came to stand still for some time. The activists staged the rasta roko in support to the ongoing agitation by farmers in New Delhi. The agitators raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Police arrested the agitators and released them later.

525 COVID cases in Kollam

The district reported 525 new cases of COVID-19 and 325 recoveries on Saturday.

While 516 patients contracted the disease through contact, others include one NRI, one person from another State, four health workers and three cases with no known source. The district currently has 11,582 people under observation and the total number of samples collected is 7,54,046. A total of 1,278 people completed home quarantine on Saturday.

One killed in accident

A 35-year-old man died after the car he was driving rammed a road median at Gandi Maisamma of Dundigal in the wee hours of Sunday.

According to police, the victim, Akbar Khan, 35, lost control on the wheel after he reportedly suffered a seizure attack while driving. He was going towards Gandi Maisamma from the Nehru Outer Ring Road.

Khan suffered severe injuries and died on the spot, police said.

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