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23 Mar 2018, Edition - 983, Friday


  • Reports have emerged that China has transferred a highly-sensitive missile technology to Pakistan
  • TDP reaches out to TRS, AIADMK, asks for their help in pushing for no-confidence motion in the Parliament.
  • Mallapuram, Kerala: 22 year old stabbed to death by her father on the eve of wedding; family opposed her wedding to the man
  • Kerala Professor Jouhar Munavvir booked over his derogatory remarks against women
  • Social activist Anna Hazare begins hunger strike in the national capital demanding Lokpal and better solution for farmers’ issues
  • Ballia, Uttar Pradesh: 15 year old ends life after police did not act seriously on her complaint about harassment by 5 men.
  • Bolt and Dortmund are both sponsored by Puma and the event was hence considered more of a publicity stunt
  • CM Naidu speaks to his MPs, tells TDP MPs to ‘keep fighting, don’t stop till A.P gets justice’, TDP keeps up pressure on centre
  • Mohammed Shami cleared by BCCI | Cricketer gets clean chit by Anti-corruption unit
  • Airtel scored the lowest score at 3.2 Mbps in Kanpur, while the lowest score by Idea Cellular was reported to be 2.6 Mbps in Bhiwani


Mixed response to Cauvery bandh in Tamil Nadu

Covai Post Network

Chennai: While normal life was severely affected in several districts, the response to the Cauvery bandh was, at the most, lukewarm in other parts of the state, including the capital, Chennai. Police presence was stepped up all over the state and thousands were arrested when they tried to stage protests.

The strike was supported by various opposition parties in the state, including the DMK, Congress, MDMK, DMDK, Tamil Maanila Congress, VCK, and the PMK.

The strike was generally peaceful with no major incidents of violence anywhere in the state. About one lakh police personnel were deployed all over Tamil Nadu from Thursday onwards to prevent any untoward incident. Additional security was provided to all the Karnataka-based business establishments and institutions.


The DMK leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, MK Stalin, and his sister Kanimozhi MP, along with more than 200 party cadres were arrested when they tried to enter the Egmore railway station. MDMK leader Vaiko was arrested in Trichy when he led a protest demonstration with the Delta farmers. Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan was also taken into preventive custody in Chennai.

DMDK founder Vijayakanth stayed away from the protests due to ill health. The party’s protesters were led by his wife, Premalatha Vijayakanth.

Badly hit districts

Life in some districts like Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Trichy, Nagapattinam and parts of Salem was paralyzed with all the shops and business establishments remaining closed. Farmers were arrested at various place when they tried to stage road-roko protests.

While government buses plied the roads, most private vehicles stayed away.