The Cauvery waters verdict delivered today by a three judge Bench of the Supreme Court of India. It is a crucial day for the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu as a lot would depend on this verdict.
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered that Karnataka would get an additional 14.75 tmcft of Cauvery water. In what is seen as a setback for Tamil Nadu, the court while delivering the Cauvery waters verdict said that Karnataka will provide 177.2 TMC water to Tamil Nadu. This would mean Karnataka will get additional 14.75 tmcft as compared to the tribunal’s order which had ordered release of 192 tmcft. As a result of this TN’s water share has been reduced to 177.25 tmcft.
The National Investigation Agency has secured the arrest of one Ansar Meeran a resident of Kanyakumari in connection with the Tamil Nadu Islamic State case.
With the Cauvery Waters verdict round the corner, the atmosphere is tense in both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The verdict is expected to be delivered before the end of this month by the Supreme Court of India.
The Supreme Court on Friday allowed an appeal filed by the Tamil Nadu government which had questioned the discharge of Selvi, daughter of M Karunanidhi in a case of alleged land grabbing.
Sridhar Dhanpalan, known as the Dawood Ibrahim of Tamil Nadu committed suicide by taking cyanide in Cambodia, the police has said. Dhanpalan was an illegal arrack seller turned land dealer. Dhanapalan’s Indian passport had been blocked and he was being closely tracked by various agencies, including the Interpol.
Starting today, it will be compulsory to carry the original driving license in Tamil Nadu. Failing to do so will attract a fine of Rs 500, a jail term of three months or both. The violators would liable to be punished with a jail term of up to three months, a fine of up to 500 or both.
Vidyasagar Rao is likely to be made the permanent Governor of Tamil Nadu. A decision to this effect is expected after August 11 when the Cabinet reshuffle is likely to take place.
As the merger talks continue and Sasikala Natarajan and family continue to be sidelined, the rumour mills in Tamil Nadu are abuzz with talk that the Bharatiya Janata Party is stirring this activity. Some within the AIADMK have blamed the BJP for the split and then the ouster of Sasikala and T T V Dinakaran from the party.
Two persons were killed at a jallikattu event in Sivaganga district, Tamil Nadu on Sunday. While one of them was gored to death, the other died of shock. A 32 year old engineering graduate who was a spectator was attacked by the bull. He died on the spot.