Thoothukudi peoples are unanimously protesting on the streets, demanding the closure of the Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant for allegedly causing long-term pollution to residents. Local residents argue that the existing smelter has been polluting their water and air since it was established in 1996. This has allegedly caused respiratory and skin problems, fainting and other illness, especially among children
The Cauvery (or Kaveri in English) is a large Indian river. The origin of the river is at Talakaveri, Kodagu in Karnataka, flows generally south and east through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and across the southern Deccan plateau through the southeastern lowlands, emptying into the Bay of Bengal through two principal mouths in Poompuhar, Tamilnadu.
The Kaveri basin is estimated to be 81,155 square kilometres (31,334 sq mi) with many tributaries including the Shimsha, the Hemavati, the Arkavati, Honnuhole, Lakshmana Tirtha, Kabini, Bhavani River, the Lokapavani, the Noyyal and the Amaravati River. The river's basin covers four states and Union Territories, as follows: Tamil Nadu, 43,856 square kilometres (16,933 sq mi); Karnataka, 34,273 square kilometres (13,233 sq mi); Kerala, 2,866 square kilometres (1,107 sq mi), and Puducherry, 160 square kilometres (62 sq mi). Rising in southwestern Karnataka, it flows southeast some 800 kilometres (500 mi) to enter the Bay of Bengal. East of Mysore it forms the island of Shivanasamudra, on either side of which are the scenic Shivanasamudra Falls that descend about 100 metres (330 ft). The river is the source for an extensive irrigation system and for hydroelectric power. The river has supported irrigated agriculture for centuries and served as the lifeblood of the ancient kingdoms and modern cities of South India
There is a certain hyphenation between actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan that continued right through their illustrious careers. While both claim they are friends, they are also fierce competitors. Their career graphs have seen peaks and troughs alike and both are on the wrong side of 60. However, off camera, they are different personalities. While Rajini is soft and subtle, Kamal is a loud, in-your-face person who wears his atheism on his sleeves. Yet, Rajini made a big political impact by becoming the face of the opposition in 1996 against the then chief minister J Jayalalithaa; Kamal has no such credentials on his resume.
Kamal Haasan who has made his television debut with Bigg Boss Tamil as a host feels the reality show is not tarnishing the culture of Tamil . The Hindu fringe group which has filed a complaint against actor Kamal Haasan for hosting the reality show Bigg Boss, accuse him of being biased when it comes to criticism. They feel that Kamal targets Hindu culture and the show has included jallikattu girl Juliana with different intention.
A one-to-one interview with popular personalities, covering various topics including those considered to be controversial. A very interesting program enabling viewers to get to know some of the hitherto unknown facts.
A talk show based on the current development / news of relevance. A panel of speakers related to the topic of discussion presenting differing views and multifarious opinions and perspectives makes it informative and enlightening. The topic could be political, social, economical, etc. which could have an impact on the life of the common man and the preference and focus would be on local issues affecting the people of the state. Examples of recent topics include a) the chief minister’s statement on democracy, b) a report that the aim of lovers is religious conversion, c) Goondas Act being made stringent, just to name a few.