Shopkeeper, village head held for barring students of particular community from buying eatables

In other updates from Tamil Nadu, BJP in TN has planned a string of events including gifting gold rings and baby kits to newborns, to mark the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. According to state BJP sources, the gold rings would be given to the children born on September 17 coinciding with the birthday of the Prime Minister. Each ring, weighing about 2 grams, is expected to cost around Rs 5,000.

R Muthukumaran, a 43-year-old man who hails from Lakshmangudi near Koothanallur Taluk in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvarur district, was allegedly found dead within four days after he landed in Kuwait for work. His body was brought back on Friday.

Gingee K S Masthan, Minister for Minorities Welfare and Non-resident Tamils Welfare, said he was shocked to hear that Muthukumaran was attacked leading to his death.

Meanwhile, Power tariff in Tamil Nadu is cheap compared to other States, State Electricity Minister  Senthil Balaji said on Friday. The picture would be clear if one compared the tariff paid in 2010 and the revised one and also the tariff in other States, he told reporters here. The previous regime increased the tariff by 64 per cent, whereas the present DMK government hiked only Rs 55 per two months for 63 lakh consumers, he said.

A Tamil Nadu pastor who was absconding for one and a half years after being booked for allegedly raping a minor girl has been arrested, police said.

Prince Charles (59) was arrested Wednesday from near Kalpakkam along with his 29-year-old son, both of whom allegedly raped the girl at a children’s home the latter had run since 2005. After the minor girl delivered a baby in 2020, according to police, Charles left them both in the care of a person in Chennai saying the girl had been cheated by someone.

The Mamallapuram all-women police station booked the pastor under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act after the children’s home caretaker found out that it was Charles who impregnated the girl, police said.

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