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At least 5 killed in blast at fireworks factory in Tamil Nadu

Citing initial probe, police said chemicals which were being mixed and stuffed caught fire due to friction leading to a series of explosions, severely damaging the structure.
A screenshot from the trailer of the movie '800'

‘Betrayer of Tamils’ — Muralitharan biopic becomes flashpoint in Tamil Nadu, actor slammed too

The movie is titled 800 — the number of wickets taken by Muralitharan in test cricket — and stars popular Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi in the lead.
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ED seizes DMK MP Gautham Sigamani’s assets worth Rs 8.6 crore in FEMA violation case

The ED said it got information that Sigamani illegally acquired foreign security without RBI approval & contravened provisions of section 4 of the Foreign Exchange Management Act.
Actress-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar joined the BJP at the party headquarters in Delhi Monday | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

BJP needs more than Khushbu Sundar to open account in Tamil Nadu. Star politics is over

Not just Khushbu Sundar, most of BJP’s new entrants do not fulfil the four factors that catapulted it from a two-MP party into a ruling party with practically no challenger.
GST Bhavan | Commons

TN gets central govt nod to borrow 9,600 cr to meet GST shortfall, has picked Option 1

A total of 21 states and two UTs have so far agreed to the first of the two options offered by central govt to make up for its inability to pay GST compensation.
Actress-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar joined the BJP at the party headquarters in Delhi Monday | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Best thing about BJP is no scams, I criticised Modi because that was my job, Khushbu says

In an interview with ThePrint, actor-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar, who quit Congress to join BJP, assailed the former as a party 'without leadership'. 
Actress-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar has resigned from the Congress | Twitter: @khushsundar

Actor-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar quits Congress, set to join BJP

Khushbu's decision to quit Congress comes months ahead of assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, where the BJP is looking to make inroads.
Passengers at the KSRTC bus terminal complex in Thiruvananthapuram. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Laxity, low seroprevalence & reliance on antigen tests — how Kerala’s Covid battle came undone

The Covid numbers in Kerala have risen after unlocking. The IMA accuses the government of not listening to experts, but officials highlight pressure.
File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami | Commons

E Palaniswami to be AIADMK chief ministerial nominee for Tamil Nadu polls in 2021

The decision was taken unanimously in consultations led by party's presidium chairman E Madusudanan, Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam said.
A man undergoes a Covid-19 test in Tamil Nadu | Photo: ANI

18% Covid patients in Tamil Nadu & Andhra were diagnosed 24 hours before dying, or after

US study shows children could be transmitting Covid to others, and that just 8% of infected individuals have led to 60% of the cases in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

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File image of a sign outside the Income Tax office | Photo: Brent Lewin | Bloomberg

Govt extends deadline for filing income tax return till 31 December

Earlier in May, the govt had extended the date for filing ITR for FY2019-20 from 31 July to 30 November to give compliance relief to taxpayers.

Defence

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Army shoots down surveillance drone after it crosses the LoC in north Kashmir

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone, fitted with cameras, was spotted by the alert troops in the Keran sector. The drone was seized and further investigation is on.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.