Tamil Nadu

Will The Three Mystery Doctors Please Stand Up
Will The Three Mystery Doctors Please Stand Up

The Arumughaswamy Commission’s allegations against the Tamil Nadu Health Secretary is based on testimonies by three doctors – but who on earth are they? By Sandhya Ravishankar On 27 December 2018, Standing Counsel for the Arumughaswamy Commission filed an application demanding that the Tamil Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan and former Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao be included as Respondents in the probe into late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation and death on 05 December 2016. “The medical evidence adduced so far against the Respondent No.

How Corrections To Witness Testimony Were “Erased” By Arumughaswamy Commission
How Corrections To Witness Testimony Were “Erased” By Arumughaswamy Commission

An officer in the Commission probing late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death is now alleged to have actively removed crucial corrections to recorded testimony By Sandhya Ravishankar The Lede first reported the ‘six faces’  of the Arumughaswamy Commission which includes poor record keeping and a lack of medical expertise while dealing with specialist witnesses. Now a key witness, Dr Madan Kumar, one among the team of doctors who had fitted the late Chief Minister to the ECMO machine in a last ditch attempt to save her life on 04 December 2016, has alleged that the Commission had “erased” his corrections to his testimony before the Commission. On 29 November 2018, Dr Madan Kumar had deposed before the Arumughaswamy Commission for over three hours.

Andhra Pradesh

Pawan Kalyan’s all-out attack on Chandrababu Naidu

Pawan Kalyan’s all-out attack on Chandrababu Naidu

The Jana Sena leader is hoping for pro-Narendra Modi and anti-Chandrababu Naidu waves to ride on in simultaneous elections in AP in 2019 By GS Radhakrishna Chocolate hero of the Telugu screen and loose cannon of Andhra Pradesh politics, Pawan Kalyan, aka Konidela Kalyan Babu, is yet another relative newcomer to politics with ambitions to become AP Chief Minister in 2019. The 47-year-old actor-turned-politician, an intermediate educated and twice divorced celebrity hailing from coastal AP, is looking for a hit on the political screen in 2019, after a series of flops on the cine screen in the last five years.

Exclusive: With Change Of Guard, CPI (Maoist) Aim To Regain Lost Ground
Exclusive: With Change Of Guard, CPI (Maoist) Aim To Regain Lost Ground

Stung by heavy casualties in recent years, the Maoist insurgents hope their new chief Basavaraj will turn their fortunes around By GS Radhakrishna In a 15-page open letter to Maoist cadre in December 2018, Basavaraj alias Namballa Keshava Rao — the new chief of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist)— made a case for reinventing the chain of command and re-instilling military discipline, in light of heavy casualties faced by the insurgents in the past few years.

Video

Cocking A Snook

Cocking A Snook

Police as legislators clash in Andhra Pradesh as cock fights continue to be held despite a Supreme Court ban Sankranti time in the fertile West Godavari area of Andhra Pradesh is always an occasion for lavish feasts and parties.

Telangana

Telangana: Tensions Simmer In The Modern Nizam’s Palace

Telangana: Tensions Simmer In The Modern Nizam’s Palace

As contenders wait nervously for KCR to announce his cabinet picks, murmurs abound that the CM’s hard-working nephew T Harish Rao, who heads a group of 22 MLAs, may not be content to fade quietly into the shadow of the first family By GS Radhakrishna From the erstwhile Hyderabad state to Andhra Pradesh and now Telangana, the people of Telangana’s tryst with the benevolent authoritarian rule of a monarch—much like that of the past rule of the Nizams—continues. The most memorable example of this comfort with authoritarian rulers is during the Janata Party wave in the post-Emergency general election in 1977, when the entire country voted against Indira Gandhi’s ‘dictatorial’ rule.

South Turns Against The Centre
South Turns Against The Centre

Ruling parties of all south Indian States are at loggerheads with the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre over a variety of issues The ruling parties in Karnataka and in Kerala – the Congress and the CPM, respectively – are the inevitable rivals of the BJP. While Telangana’s ruling party the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) was lukewarm towards the Centre for around four years, they too have now upped the ante against the BJP-led NDA, demanding reservation for Muslims in the state which was turned down by the courts. The only allies were the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh, which was part of the NDA and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu which has been deferential to the Centre since the passing of their party supremo Jayalalithaa in 2016. Now the BJP finds itself alone in the south, with both the TDP as well as the AIADMK deserting it. After a week of haggling, the Telugu Desam Party ended its four-year long association with the NDA following, what it called ‘betrayal’ by the BJP in keeping the promises made in Parliament – special status for Andhra Pradesh – during the historic debates on bifurcation of the state.

Karnataka

The Lingayat Gamble

The Lingayat Gamble

Karnataka accords the Lingayats a religious minority status – now the opposition BJP is on the backfoot and the Congress is waiting to see if its gamble will pay off  For the second time in less than three months, Karnataka BJP’s chief ministerial candidate, BS Yeddyurappa, has been caught on the wrong foot.

Banking On The Local Boss
Banking On The Local Boss

Congress President Rahul Gandhi appears to have paid attention to the voice of the people, announcing Siddaramaiah as Chief Minister candidate as he campaigns in Karnataka  The central leadership of the Congress appears to have finally settled the issue of leadership in the event of the party coming to power in Karnataka by a public declaration from none other than the party president, Rahul Gandhi. On his maiden campaign tour for the Assembly election, due in May, Gandhi made a direct statement that the legislature party will be headed by Siddaramaiah.

Kerala




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