Jayalalithaa Demise : Panneerselvam Sworn In As Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
- CHENNAI: O Panneerselvam was sworn in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu at a low profile event at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai in the early hours of Tuesday, almost two hours after J Jayalalithaa passed away+ at Apollo Hospitals. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to Panneerselvam at 1.20am. The rest of the 32-member cabinet took oath in chorus.
- The members of the Panneerselvam cabinet are: Dindigul C Srinivasan, Edappadi K Palaniswami, Sellur K Raju, P Thangamani, S P Velumani, D Jayakumar, C Ve Shanmugam, K P Anbalagan, V Saroja, M C Sampath, K C Karuppannan, R Kamaraj, O S Manian, Udumalai K Radhakrishnan, C Vijaya Baskar, R Doraikkannu, Kadambur Raju, R B Udhayakumar, Vellamandi N Natarajan, K C Veeramani, K Panidarajan, K T Rajenthra Bhalaji, P Benjamin, M R Vijayabhaskar, Nilofer Kafeel, M Manikandan, V M Rajalakshmi, G Baskaran, Sevvoor S Ramachandran, S Valarmathi, P Balakrishna Reddy.
The Rise And Rise Of Jayalalithaa
- CHENNAI: Uncertainty had haunted J Jayalalithaa all her life; so is it now for Tamil Nadu after her death, less than seven months into her second successive term as chief minister, leaving a void none in her AIADMK party can fill. In death, as in life, she remains an enigma. Jayalalithaa was adored, deified and hated, but one just could not ignore her. Ever since she was catapulted to stardom at the age of 16, Jayalalithaa always stayed in the news. Fame, fortune and success came in quick succession, on her own admission, quite effortlessly. But there always was an innate sadness in her that gave one the impression that she never found what she was looking for. Though Jayalalithaa lived life queen-size, she had always been a loner and remained distrustful till the end. "In life there is one person you must rely on — yourself," she once said. Jayalalithaa was always on her own, and took her motto of self-reliance to the limit, in the party and in governance. That she pulled it off despite censure from various quarters was plain from her second successive victory and fourth term as chief minister.
- People who have seen her evolve apparently saw a rationale in her assertion of personal supremacy. Jayalalithaa's transition from actress to politician in 1982 was by no means seamless. But for her proximity to AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran, who mentored her, the young and attractive Brahmin lady would have had a tough time finding her feet in a male dominated party rooted in Dravidian ideology, amid stiff opposition from senior leaders. After MGR's death in 1987, again she was on the verge of being banished to political wilderness. As always, her perseverance and determination saw her through. From opposition leader in the assembly in 1989 to the present-day Amma of millions of people, Jayalalithaa had to slug it out to stay on top in the murky and vengeful politics of the state. Her first term as chief minister from 1991 was marred by controversies that made her hugely unpopular and she was thrown out of power by a fuming electorate in the next elections.
- Lessons learnt, she used her tenures as the chief minister in 2001, 2011 and 2016 to consolidate her hold on the masses and capture their hearts through an invincible combination of populist schemes, welfare measures and good governance. Her imperious, autocratic manner of functioning, disdain for inner party democracy and intolerance to criticism only seemed to endear herself all the more to the masses and to the cadre. That she had them in a vice-like grip speaks volumes about the psyche of a people. Jayalalithaa had discovered the magic formula. Brand Amma was here to stay. Jayalalithaa had been a fighter all her life.
- And life had been a battle for her, ever since she sacrificed her dream of becoming a lawyer after topping the school board exams and entered films when she was in her teens to support her widowed mother. She fought all the way up, not letting adversities stymie her ascent.She faced defeat at the hustings and in court rooms, but always bounced back with the courage and resilience of a hardened warrior. Ultimately death defeated her. In a sense it was not a defeat; one could say she bowed out. She was at the peak of her political career, had complete control over her party and its cadre and was revered by millions who had been praying fervently for yet another victory for their Amma. That their Amma is not immortal is yet to sink in.
Plot For Second Doppler Weather Radar Cleared
- Mumbai: The improvements committee cleared a proposal on Monday to allot a portion of a water reservoir plot at Veravali, Mahakali, for a second Doppler weather radar, after the Bombay high court rapped the civic body for the delay. The advanced system will provide timely weather updates to help the authorities prepare for an upcoming disaster. The proposal will be discussed at the general body meeting and with its approval, the BMC will hand over the plot to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), which will install the radar. Officials stated that the land has a reservoir reservation tag and they will make the required changes in the development plan (DP), allowing the IMD to construct the structure without disturbing the reservoir.
- The IMD had said that it wants a three-storey structure on 30x30 metres, with a 25-metre high antenna for the second radar. The proposal had been submitted to the BMC in July 2016. The BMC will allot the land to the IMD on lease for 30 years after charging Rs 2.2 crore as one-time premium. It will also collected Rs900 from IMD every year as rent.The court had last week come down heavily on the BMC for its lethargic approach in finalising a site to set up the system. Civic chief Ajoy Mehta had informed the court that he had cleared the proposal but it needed sanction from the improvements committee.
- The court directed the committee to arrange a meeting immediately and decide the issue. Earlier, the civic authorities promised that they would clear the proposal within 10 weeks but failed to do so, which irked the court. The court was hearing a PIL by advocate Atal Dubey, seeking measures after heavy rainfall in June 2015 brought the city to a halt. The court reprimanded the BMC, stating that it was an important issue considering what happened during the deluge. The court said it did not want Mumbai to go dark again during a monsoon. On July 26, 2005, floods brought the city to a standstill and many lost their lives.
IPL 2017 In Real Danger : BCCI
- The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) is walking on very thin ice as far as the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is concerned. With the T20 tournament scheduled to begin on April 8, there are only four months left before the first ball is scheduled to be bowled and the BCCI says "not a single contract has been signed yet". From hosting of player auctions to planning logistics, hiring of creative and management agencies, advertising the league and signing up with a host of vendors for the two-month long cricketing extravaganza have been pending for more than two months already . After the Supreme Court hearing got adjourned from December 5 to 9 on Monday ,a top BCCI official admitted that the Board was staring into an abyss with the IPL. "The International Management Group (IMG) begins work on IPL every year at the beginning of October.
- They're not on board yet. The opening ceremony is usually planned five to six months in advance.There's no word on it. It's absolute chaos," a senior BCCI functionary told TOI on Monday . Another source revealed that communication with the Justice RM Lodha Committee in this regard elicited a one-line response: "Wait till December 5". The BCCI, however, has a flurry of questions which they've been fretting over. "The (Lodha) Committee was asked to appoint an auditor and set threshold limit for contracts.The Board even requested the Committee for a meeting. But nothing has moved. I hope the Committee doesn't expect us to call some DJ Sunny from Bhatinda (pun intended) to perform at the opening ceremony .
- "And if the BCCI needs to match its own standards set in the past for IPL, it needs time to work on things. Given the present uncertainty , the tournament is in real danger," the official added. Broadcasters, sponsors and vendors usually begin work on sports properties at least 270 days before the start of the event. That's a calculated window during which contracts are signed and measures are finalised. BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke had written to the Lodha Committee on October 28 highlighting the image of the Board as a professional organisation had taken a serious beating because of the prevailing uncertainty and devalued revenues. The BCCI now says that continuation of such an uncertain period will further strain BCCI's revenue streams. Shirke had written to the Committee highlighting a long list of vendors that had to be appointed going into the IPL 2017 season. "It's been a month and a week now and nothing has moved," the official pointed out. The Lodha Committee, meanwhile, has shut all lines of communication as it waits for the Supreme Court to hear the matter on December 9.
Brazil Close Gap On Argentina At Top Of FIFA World Rankings
- Brazil have leapfrogged World Cup holders Germany into second place in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, narrowing the gap on their traditional rivals Argentina, who are still the world's top-ranked team. Brazil have won their last six World Cup qualifiers, and beat Argentina 3-0 earlier this month. Chile have climbed above Belgium and Colombia into fourth place in the rankings, while Wales and England have dropped a place each into 12th and 13th, respectively, with Ireland climbing 10 places to break into the top-25.
- Armenia are the biggest movers, jumping 38 places to 87th-place, while Chad have fared the worst, plunging 49 places to 152nd. Iran are still Asia's highest-ranked team despite falling three place down to 30th, while the Netherlands have fallen two places and are currently in 22nd place, one behind Euro 2016 surprise package Iceland. The next set of FIFA World Rankings will be released on Dec. 22.