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Tamilians wave unity while people of AP can’t even count on leaders

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Special Category status, Vishaka Railway Zone, Special package for Uttarandhra and Rayalaseema, Kadapa Steel Plant, Vijayawada Metro Rail among others – we diligently keep a track of the promises that the Central government has backtracked. Two years after elections, instead of special status the centre announced special package which is not yet realised only adding to the already mugged assurances.

Venkaiah Naidu who asked for special status, when the reorganisation bill was being put up in Rajyasabha, was side-lined and now remains as a spectator of many such false promises being made in the same upper house.

Narendra Modi who pledged to implement reorganisation promises extends step-motherly treatment to the state. Chandrababu Naidu as a well-mannered son adjusts and endures this rough behaviour by ally BJP. Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy tries to befriend Modi while Pawan Kalyan tries to defend Naidu by targeting BJP. In this old-fashioned story, the one who is being deprived of their rightful share are the people. In democracy people have right to fight against government which the Tamilians have demonstrated by uniting against ban on Jallikattu, NEET exam or the latest Vijay’s Mersal movie.

While the followers of the Telugu actors/leaders wage fan wars on who is great, the entire Tamil Nadu film industry took a stand for one actor’s movie to preserve Tamil Pride. This industry has been breaking precedents. It keeps coming forward every time they see that their people need to be heard louder than ever, especially when there is no recognisable effort from the politicians. Former Chief Minister O Pannerselvam went to New Delhi and held discussions to revoke ban against Jallikattu. When people have united, even the AIADMK had to bow. Andhra Pradesh needs such kind of unity for a lot of changes.

Taking inspiration from the Tamil counterparts, youth of Andhra Pradesh tried to protest on Republic day. Unlike OPS, Chandrababu the obedient son curtailed the protest by implementing section144 of CrPC and deploying police against the people who voted for him. Only Jagan could make it to Vishakapatnam airport. Apparently, being the opposition leader of the state instead of staying close to people, he had to travel all the way from another state. Then there was Pawan Kalyan who was tweeting. What can youngsters or people do when these leaders neither unite nor want people to unite for the sake of the state.

Moreover, the members of parliament from Andhra Pradesh are unnoticed and are merely spectators. Many issues are overlooked at national level due to uninspiring leadership skills of aforementioned three prominent faces who are also acting as hand-in-glove. The disrupted unity has already caused a lot of damage. It would be beneficial if people could start counting on the leaders instead of counting the number of promises that did not materialize.

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Is Sasi Kala Natarajan violating court conditions of Parole?

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Its known news that Sasikala Natarajan was granted a 5 day parole by the Karnataka prisons department to see her ailing husband Natarajan. Natarajan is recovering at a hospital after undergoing a liver and kidney transplant. As per conditions on parole, Sasikala has been directed to keep away from all political activities and only visit hospital to meet her husband. But now there have been stories running in media about her violation of parole conditions.

After coming out of Jail, Sasikala met her husband M Natarajan in a private hospital at Perumbakkam and spent around two hours in the hospital. Sasikala’s five-day parole ends on October 11. She has to return to Parappana Agrahara prison on October 12. But meanwhile media channels have been reporting stories about her involving political activities. As per conditions of parole, she should not meet any MLAs or MPs for political purposes. But as per media stories, though she is not meeting MLAs or MPs, she is using her time to set right her party and she is discussing with MLAs of AIADMK on mobile phone. It is known news that currently Dinakaran’s faction and Palani Swamy’s group are fighting with each other and opposition party is waiting for right time to pull the government.

On the other side, it seems, she became very emotional after seeing her husband in ICU at Global hospital.

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Kamal Haasan meets fans amid speculation on political plunge

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Amid persistent speculation that he will take the political plunge, noted actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan on Wednesday met members of his fans associations here to discuss activities to be carried out on his birthday on November 7.

Kamal will turn 63 this year.

“We discussed welfare activities that we have planned for his birthday across Tamil Nadu,” Thangavelu, Treasurer of the All India Kamal Haasan Fans Welfare Association, told the media here.

Amidst speculation that the “Dasavatharam” actor will form a political party on his birthday, Thangavelu said: “He has already made it loud and clear that he will take the political plunge. As his welfare association, we are ready to support him in his journey.

“If he has plans to announce, he will do it. With us, he only discussed about how the welfare activities have to be carried out.”

In recent months, Kamal has been very vocal about his political ambitions. He has also been overtly critical of the AIADMK, triggering counter-criticism from the ruling party.

At the finale of the Tamil version of reality television show “Bigg Boss”, he pointed towards the audience and said: “I’m definitely coming there.”

“I’m not exploiting this stage. I’m speaking from the bottom of my heart. If you think I should continue acting, then say it aloud. If you think I need to serve the society and bring about a change, say it now. I’m prepared to die in service of my nation,” he added.

Kamal has in recent weeks met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and discussed the state of politics in Tamil Nadu.

While the actor met Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram, Kejriwal flew to Chennai and met him. The actor has also declared that “saffron is not my colour” — meaning he was not sympathetic to the BJP.

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Sadavarti Satram Land Auction: Tamil Nadu Govt files petition in Supreme Court

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Tamil Nadu government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking to suspend the auctioning of Sadavarti Satram lands. In that petition, it requested to cancel the auctioning if it was already done. Tamil Nadu Government stated that Andhra Pradesh has no connection with the Sadavarti lands.

It may be noted that in July2016, Andhra Pradesh Endowments Minister P Manikyala Rao said that there was no response and cooperation from the Tamil Nadu government in the auctioning of Sadavarti Satram lands.

The land in question belonged to the Sadavarti Satram of Sri Amaralingeswara Swamy temple (at Amaravati) located in old Mahabalipuram under the Talamburu village limits in Tamil Nadu

The satram has about 471 acres of lands, of which only 83 acres were left unoccupied for which the AP Govt conducted auctioning at a meagre rate of Rs 27 lakh per acre. Manikyala Rao said that major portion of land was occupied or distributed by the Tamil Nadu government.

Even though the Endowments Department reportedly took possession of the land in 1962, the management affairs were taken care by the trustees of the Satram.

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Opposition meets President, seeks TN floor test

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Stepping up the campaign, a delegation of opposition leaders on Thursday met President Ram Nath Kovind and sought an immediate floor test in the Tamil Nadu assembly so that Chief Minister K. Palaniswami proves his legislative majority.

Leaders from the DMK, Congress, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Communist Party of India (CPI) told the President that the Palaniswami government had lost majority support as 19 MLAs owing allegiance to the Dinakaran faction in the AIADMK have told the Governor that they have withdrawn support to the Chief Minister.

Congress leader Anand Sharma, who was part of the delegation, told reporters: “We met Rashtrapatiji to convey our grave concerns over the political instability and uncertainty in Tamil Nadu because the Chief Minister has lost majority.”

He said the opposition leaders in Tamil Nadu had met the Governor urging him to convene an urgent session of the Assembly and ask the Chief Minister to prove his majority on the floor of the House.

“It is the settled constitutional position. We have collectively conveyed this to the President. We have conveyed in writing that 21 MLAs have told the Governor about withdrawing support to the state government,” Sharma said.

After 19 AIADMK MLAs withdrew support to the Chief Minister, two more MLAs joined them.

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said if there was an uncertainty of numbers in any assembly or Parliament, the only way open “which the judiciary and Presidency of India has always adhered to” was to test the majority in the House.

“The point is that any government will have to enjoy the majority of the elected legislators. That can be demonstrated and established only on the floor of the House. So our demand is immediately convene the Assembly and let the confidence motion be put to vote,” Yechury said.

DMK leader Kanimozhi reiterated the demand for a full-time Governor for Tamil Nadu. Currently, Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao is holding additional charge of Tamil Nadu.

“We have been raising this time and again that Tamil Nadu does not have a full-time Governor. It is of great concern as it is an important state going through a crisis,” she said.

Besides Sharma, Yechury and Kanimozhi, DMK Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi Siva and CPI leader D. Raja were also part of the delegation.

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Kamal Haasan asks people to email corruption complaints to TN ministers

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Multifaceted actor and film producer Kamal Haasan on Wednesday took his fight against the Tamil Nadu government to a higher level, urging jis fans and others to send email complaints against corruption to the ministers.

In a tweet, Kamal requested his fans and discerning people of Tamil Nadu to send complaints against corruption to the ministers concerned in a digital format, noting complaints on paper would be torn and thrown away.

The actor had requested the people explain the travails faced by them due to corruption and also ask questions in a respectable manner.

The rulers should know that the people are more honourable, he said.

Kamal said there will be few lakh questions and whether the ministers would arrest the questioners or would they provide an answer to those questions remains to be seen.

The actor said he would cite the corrupt practices relating to his movie field.

He alleged that barring few like him, others in the movie world are keeping silent to the corrupt drama enacted in the name of giving tax exemption certificates.

The well-accomplished actor, at times outspoken, is facing the ire of several ministers in Tamil Nadu for his recent comment that there is corruption in all the state government departments.

Similarly some fringe outfits are also against the television reality show “Bigg Boss”, hosted by him.

In response to his corruption charge, Municipal Administration Minister S.P. Velumani hadchallenged Kamal Haasan to prove existence of corruption in the government, and also asked the actor if he was ready to share the details of taxes paid by him for his films

Tamil Nadu Finance Minister D. Jayakumar told reporters here on Monday that Kamal Haasan should enter politics “if he has the guts”.

On Kamal’s comments about corruption in Tamil Nadu government departments, Jayakumar said the actor is indulging in mudslinging and they will not keep quiet.

Kamal however said he had already entered political arena the day when he had voiced his opposition to Hindi imposition, either knowingly or unknowingly.

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Tamil Nadu Theatres on indefinite strike, Film Industry comes in support

Superstar Rajinikanth took to twitter to extend support to Tamil Nadu Film Industry and said, “Keeping in mind the livelihood of Lakhs of people in the tamil film industry, I sincerely request the TN GOVT to seriously consider our plea”

Protesting against the additional corporation tax in the tickets apart from Goods and Services Tax, and requesting permission to hike the ticket rates, around 1000 cinemas in the state are on indefinite strike since Monday. They have halted advance booking from Sunday while a few of them shut on the same day.

GST puts cinema tickets under two slabs, 28% and 18% for tickets ranging above 100 and below respectively. Apart from this increase, the state government is imposing additional 30% municipal tax on theatres. In other South Indian states Rs 100 ticket would cost Rs 118 inclusive GST, but it would cost Rs 148 in Tamil Nadu all-encompassing GST and corporation tax. It is the only state in the country to announce a separate tax in addition to GST.

Also theatres put forth another request to rationalise the ticket prices, which were fixed way back in 2007. Theatre owners said that there has been no hike in ticket prices for a decade now effecting theatres in the suburbs and villages.

The government order proclaiming the state will levy 30% entertainment tax which will be amassed by the local bodies, in addition to GST was passed on Friday. To lower the anguish of the producers of the recently-release films, Tamil Films Producers Council president Vishal, while opposing the additional 30% entertainment tax asked the theatre owners to call off the strike or at least to defer it by a week. The negotiations between the theatre owners and producers to resolve the bottleneck failed which led to indefinite strike since Monday. The meeting of Tamil film producers council, South Indian Artistes Association, along with the theatre owners and distributors with Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Monday failed to yield any positive result.

Tamil Nadu Cinema Theatre Owners Federation president Abirami Ramanathan earlier said that resolution to go foray had come out of the blue as the theatre owners were kept in the dark about the double taxation. He said that when Kerala Government has withdrawn the tax, Tamil Nadu government has to do the same. He iterated that they are not against GST and said that the so many taxes would encourage people to illegally download films.

The Tamil Film Fraternity came in support of the theatre owners. Actor Kamal Hassan, hinting at an agitation strongly voice “Let’s request first as gentlemen should. Then we shall see”. Earlier, lamenting the state government he had said, “Filmmaking in the state has been made difficult deliberately. There are further tortures and systemic corruption that the film industry has to endure under this regime.”

Actor Arjun said that the local Body tax issued on top of GST will make industry suffer. He believes that no one will come forward to produce films in TN with such extortionate rates. He requested to save the Tamil cinema like Director and Producer Shankar Shanmugam who also said that 48-58% is too much of tax.

Actor Siddarth held that “The Tamil Film Industry must stand united. We are being played by this center-state confusion. #GST is one nation one tax! No exceptions!”

Harris Jayaraj held that he never thought the GSt would crush the 10lakhs family of Tamil Cinema along with others

Tamil Lyricist and Dialogue Writer Madhan Karky hoped that the tax is revised and offered to reduce 15% off my remuneration for songs and dialogues, to help the industry.

Lyca Productions, which is currently producing Rajinikanth’s “2.0” said it would not take up future projects in Tamil Nadu if there was no clarity on the tax structure.

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Rajinikanth urges TN government for positive outcome on tax row

As theatres across Tamil Nadu remained shut for the third day in a row on Wednesday over double taxation, Abirami Ramanathan, President of Tamil Nadu Film Chamber of Commerce, said a positive outcome can be expected soon from the ongoing protest. Even megastar Rajinikanth urged the government to consider the plea.

Ramanathan said: “The government has listened to all our demands. We are hopeful of a positive outcome. Theatres should operate from tomorrow or Friday.

Megastar Rajinikanth also urged the state government to take a decision for the industry’s benefit by doing away with the additional 30 per cent entertainment tax that it is levying over and above the GST rate of 28 per cent.

“Keeping in mind the livelihood of lakhs of people in the Tamil film industry, I sincerely request the Tamil Nadu government to seriously consider our plea,” Rajinikanth tweeted on Wednesday.

Veteran Kamal Haasan, who had expressed his views on the issue earlier this week, thanked Rajinikanth for his appeal.

“Thanks Rajni avaragaLay for voicing your concern. Let’s request first as gentlemen should. Then we shall see,” Kamal tweeted.

Earlier, he had said: “Filmmaking in the state has been made difficult deliberately. There are further tortures and systemic corruption that the film industry has to endure under this regime.”

Kamal had also pointed out that neighbouring southern states have not levied additional tax on cinema over and above the GST.

“In Kerala, the film industry requested Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and he, through his Finance Minister, quickly announced that Kerala will not be levying any more taxes on the already beleaguered film business,” he said.

“Karnataka has gone even further to facilitate the well-being of the film industry. Telangana and Andhra are also doing their best for their film industries,” he added.

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Will inform when I decide: Rajinikanth on political entry

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Superstar Rajinikanth, who is rumoured to be planning a political entry soon, said he has been in discussions with political leaders and will announce when things are finalised.

However, he didn’t clarify the purpose and nature of his meetings with political leaders.

“I don’t deny meeting them. We are in discussion and I will make an announcement when things are finalised,” Rajinikanth told reporters at the airport here on Thursday.

Earlier this week, Rajinikanth met members of the Hindu Makkal Katchi at his residence here.

Last month, while addressing a large gathering of his fans, Rajinikanth said he will choose the path of politics if “God willing”.

“God decides what we have to do in life at every phase. Right now, he wants me to be an actor and I’m fulfilling my responsibility. If God willing, I will enter politics tomorrow. If I enter, I will be very truthful and will not entertain people who are in this to make money. I won’t work with such people,” he had said.

On the career front, Rajinikanth is currently shooting for Tamil gangster film “Kaala”.

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Cash and Gold for MLA Vote in Tamil Nadu

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Tamil Nadu vote of confidence which made Edappadi Palaniswami, the Chief Minister on February 18, was influenced by money. Times Now and Moon TV expose reveals that money was paid to the MLAs to vote in favour of the ruling AIADMK in the assembly. The sting operation was carried out on two AIADMK legislators from SS Sarvanan and G Kanagaraj.

Sarvanan was one of the MLAs who managed to escape from the Golden Bay resort and joined the O Pannerselvam faction. In conversation with Shahnawaz Khan the MD of Moon TV, the Madurai MLA revealed that each MLA was supposed to get 2crore rupees only to manifold into 6crore rupees. They were promised to be rewarded in gold as there was cash crunch. When Sarvanan escaped, he held that MLAs were held captive. However, in the expose, he reveals that unlike the media reports, people were rejoicing in the camp. He revealed that 3 MLAs Thani Arasu, Karunas and Tamimun Ansari got 10 crore, while others did not secure get 1 crore rupees.

Sarvanan can be seen saying that those who were side-lined by Late Jayalalithaa are now part of OPS faction. He explained that despite being offered such huge money, he escaped the resort as he did not want to remain one in the crowd and wanted to be recognised.
On the other hand, Kanakaraj who voted for Palanisami confirmed that cash and gold was promised and revealed that the process of paying out is still in progress.

Palaniswami won the trust vote held after gaining the support of 122 legislators. The intensity of this cash vote for case is more than 100crore rupees.

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Deepa says Deepak and Sasikala should be punished for killing Jayalalithaa

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Late J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar accused her brother Deepak Jayakumar and Sasikala Natarajan of conspiring to kill the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Poes garden, the residence of the deceased witnessed a high drama after Deepa was denied entry.

Deepa was purportedly blocked by AAIDMK general secretary TTV Dinakaran’s followers from entering the former AIADMK chief’s residence .

As per the reports, Deepa made an unscheduled visit to Jayalalithaa’s residence along with her supporters on Sunday. After garlanding the portrait of her late aunt kept in the front porch of the sprawling house, she tried to enter the residence but was barred. Deepa after the tussle said that her brother should be “punished” for “killing” Jayalalithaa

Deepak was present in the house when she arrived who said that the brother-sister duo wanted to enter the house together as they were legal heirs. But his sister allegedly created problem.

Police beefed up security as the tensions mounted. Poes Garden house was occupied by AIADMK general secretary Sasikala till she went to jail in the disproportionate asset case.

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Am Tamil for 43 years, says Rajinikanth

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Megastar Rajinikanth on Friday remained ambivalent on joining politics even as he insisted that he was very much a Tamil.

Responding to criticism that he was not a Tamil, Rajinikanth told his cheering fans: “I lived in Karnataka for 23 years and in Tamil Nadu for 43 years. Although I came as a Marathi from Karnataka, you people nurtured me, made me a true Tamilian.”

The versatile actor said he would take a decision on joining politics when the time comes.

Speaking on politics, Rajnikanth said there were good leaders but the system was corrupted.

“We have good leaders like (M.K.) Stalin, Anbumani (Ramadoss) and Seeman. But what do we do when the system is bad, democracy has deteriorated. This system needs to be changed and a change has to be brought in the minds of people, than only will the country flourish,” he said.

Addressing a large gathering on the last day of the interaction with fans, he said to thunderous applause: “I have my profession, my job. I have some responsibilities and you have your jobs. Go back to your places and do your job. Let’s meet when it’s time for (political) war.”

Earlier this week, he had said: “If it’s God’s will, I will join politics.”

Rajinikanth later tweeted: “Extremely happy after meeting my fans. Memorable and unforgettable.”

On the career front, he is gearing up for the shoot of his next Tamil yet-untitled film with director Pa. Ranjith.

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Rajini declines Political Questions: Fans in Shock

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Superstar Rajinikanth is currently busy meeting his fans across Tamil Nadu in Chennai. The actor has been meeting his fans since Monday and the actor today declined to answer all the questions related to his political entry. With Rajini’s political entry becoming the most discussed topic, the actor left his fans in shock and in surprise over his possible political plunge. It was Rajini who revealed that his political entry depends on God and he would serve the people if God wishes.

However Rajini kept addressing his fans to take care of their health and their families. There have been lot of speculations that Rajini will soon make his debut into politics for which he has been meeting his fans. Superstar’s fans have been left in shock with their favourite actor asking them not to question about his political entry. Rajini will start shooting for his next movie in the direction of PA Ranjith from May 28th in Chennai.

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Baahubali 2 next target is Rajinikanth’s Enthiran in Tamil Nadu

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Baahubali 2 is not sparing any box office record in India. Yesterday, the film has trumped Amir Khan’s Dangal to emerge as the highest grossing Hindi film in Bollywood. The Hindi version has minted 400 Crore and set up a huge benchmark in North India. Now, the film is eyeing one more massive feat. This time, the box office records of Rajinikanth’s biggest blockbuster Enthiran are in jeopardy.

As per the latest trade reports, the Tamil version of Baahubali has so far raked in 80 Crore rupees and is looking to surpass the lifetime collections of Rajinikanth’s Enthiran in Tamil Nadu by the end of this weekend. The film has already scripted history in Kerala and Karnataka with record breaking collections.This is a sensational box office run for a Telugu film in other territories.

The riveting narration by SS Rajamouli and the eye popping visual effects have helped the film to emerge as the biggest blockbuster at the box office. It is worth mentioning that the film grossed more than 1000 Crore in just ten days.

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TN politicians asked bribe so Kia opted AP: Confession of Industrialist

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Kia Motors Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Andhra Pradesh government last week for setting up a car manufacturing plant in Anantapur district. It was contemplating on Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Sri City in AP as possible locations. With the incentives given by the AP state government, it picked Anantapur. On the contrary, a facebook post is doing rounds in social media alleging that Tamil Nadu politicians asked huge amount of bribe to allow Kia Motors enter their state. Kannan Ramasamy whose profile indicates him as managing director at Infratech Infrastructure Services of Chennai wrote the following post where he gives further details –

“I am writing this post with pain in my heart and I am really scared where TN will go if this situation continues.

South Korea based Automobile Manufacturer Kia Motors, a subsidiary company of Hyundai wanted to start their manufacturing plant in India to make compact Sedans and compact SUVs.

As part of their local consultants, our team made a detailed study and recommended Tamil Nadu as first choice, Gujarat as the second choice and Sri City (AP) as third choice.

They approached TN Industries Secretary & SIPCOT and SIPCOT has enough lands to give at Oragadam Complex.

The TN politicians demanded 50% more than the official cost of the land as bribe.

Kia demanded Tax Holiday and Power Tariff Concessions and the connected infrastructure like Roads, water, drainage, fast track approvals etc.

They wanted a very huge bribe for the same apart from the land.

We had also arranged a huge array of more than 70 Ancillary units (From S.Korea and India) who have to start their production for the supply to Kia to have their plants nearby.

Unfortunately Kia Management has decided to move to AP (not to Sri City) – Anantapur District which is a dry and under developed area.

AP CM CBN could convince them with lots of concessions to bring them to Anantapur District. He has also promised 200 ft highway roads to connect the plant to Bengaluru Mumbai / Bengaluru Hyderabad Highway.

Our team spent more than 2 years and extended very hard work to convince them to come to Tamil Nadu and local Hyundai team also extended all the help locally for logistics etc.

If the TN Govt continues like this, then TN will be relegated to back bench very soon.

Though I was against President Rule concept earlier, now I am feeling that 6 months of President Rule in TN is the bitter medicine that is required to treat the chronic illness called High Level Corruption.

TN has not only lost the 1.1. Billion USD from Kia but also the allied ancillary investments of more than the Kia figure.

More than that, huge employment opportunity is lost for the TN Youth and auto professionals.

I hang my head in shame.

Let God help TN to spring back.”

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Early morning shows of ‘Baahubali 2’ cancelled in TN

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Early morning shows of S.S Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” were cancelled on Friday due to financial issues in Tamil Nadu, industry sources said.

“Tamil Nadu distributor K Productions owes Rs 15 crore to Arka Mediworks, the makers of ‘Baahubali 2’. Arka is yet to issue KDM for the release of Telugu and Tamil versions of the film in the state,” a source told IANS.

A theatre owner, on the condition of anonymity, said the issue is likely to be settled by the afternoon.

“Talks are being currently held to settle the deficit. Shows are likely to open from noon,” the theatre owner said.

The Hindi version, however, has released in Tamil Nadu.

“The Hindi version didn’t have any issues because it’s being released nationwide by Anil Thadani,” the source added.

Meanwhile, “Baahubali 2” has released in other parts of the country and has been received well.

The film stars Rana Daggubati, Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan.

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Pawan’s inaction disappoints Telugu lovers

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Lack of perseverance on the part of Janasena president Pawan Kalyan on putting pressure on Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa to revive Telugu medium in the state has disappointed many. Pawan first announced that he would also participate in the revival of Telugu medium movement in Tamil Nadu. The statement enthused many and thought it would stir the Telugu chief ministers into action. But, Pawan has been silent on the matter. The disappointment is evident among the Telugus belonging to Tamil Nadu.
The Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuva Shakti today launched ‘letter campaign’ as part of the agitation for the revival of Telugu Medium inTamil Nadu. In the program organized to day in the Press Club of Hyderabad, Telugu University former vice chacellor Avula Manjulatha,Yuvashakti president Ketireddy Jagadeswar Reddy , CPI national leader K Narayana, Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission former chairman Parchuri Gopal Krishna, Movie producer Tammareddy Bharadwaja, MLC Chandrasekhar , Sakshi Editor Dilip Reddy signed the letters addressed to the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. The the dignitaries present in the meeting expressed concern over the language policy of the TN. They said learning in one’s mother tongue was the right guaranteed by the Constitution of India and the TN government decision had denied this right to the people belonging linguistic minority groups like Malayalam, Urdu, Telugu etc.

They all felt the the Telugu language could not be banished from the Tamil state thorough government orders given the intricate cultural bond between Tamil and Telugu people. They urged Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh to intervene and work to find out a solution to the Telugu people’s problem.

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Telugu’s Tamil Nadu problems

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Language is serious political subject. Throughout history, it has been a made a tool to mobilize people to form governments or to dislodge existing governments or kingdoms. Those who are conscious of the power of language always try to scuttle any attempt of people to coalesce into the identifiable group. Tamil Nadu is very sensitive to the language aspect. The Tamil parties know pretty well that Telugus are a potential group if allowed to talk of their language in Chennai. So, all governments tried to eliminate Telugu from Tamil Nadu. A sister language, Telugu, is being crushed there.

Telugu movies are not exhibited there. Telugu subject is being removed from schools. Once a Telugu teacher is retired, there wouldn’t be any refilling of the post. It is all because of the fear of political power of the language. Who knows, if not tomorrow, someday in future, Telugus may forma political party and pose a threat to the party in power?

Telugus of Tamil Nadu are a worried lot. They can’t stage any protest in Chennai. So, the Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuva Sakthi is planning a Maha Dharan at Indira Park in Hyderabad on September 10 against the ill-treatment meted out to the sister language in Tamil Nadu. For the purpose, a poster has been released by CPI leader K Narayana in Hyderabad. Tollywood director Teja and hero Dileep were also present at the occasion.

Narayana extended full support of CPI to the Maha Dharna and assured the Nadu Telugus that he would take their problems to the notice of Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. He also said the CPI would write a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. Narayana also is of opinion that chief minister Naidu to speak to his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa about the problems of Telugu students in Tamil Nadu. He reminded how the schools in Andhra bordering Tamil Nadu are facilitating students to learn Tamil.

Tollywood director Teja wants chief minister Naidu to solve the problems of Telugus in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuva Sakthi president Ketireddy Jagadeeshwar Reddy called upon all Telugu lovers to take part in Maha Dharna and make it a grand success.

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