Tamil Nadu Current Affairs

ADB approves $100 million loan for irrigation system in Tamil Nadu

The multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved 100 million dollars loan to strengthen a key irrigation system and improve water management in the Vennar sub-basin of Cauvery Delta in Tamil Nadu.

The loan funds seeks to

  • Support both physical improvements and stronger water management to give significant boost to the lives of coastal communities who do not have sufficient irrigation water
  • Strengthen the embankments of six major irrigation water channels in Vennar system to make them more resilient to floods.
  • Upgrade water regulators, pump stations and sluices to boost management so that more community members will be tapped to avail water services.

The Cauvery delta is located on the east coast of Tamil Nadu. It is known as the ‘rice bowl’ of the state. Over 70% of the delta population is engaged in farming and fishing. They have unreliable access to water and flooding common during the monsoon season.

About Asian Development Bank (ADB)

  • ADB is based in Manila, Philippines.
  • Established: 1966
  • Members: It is owned by 67 members – 48 from the region including India.
  • It is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration.


P Dhanapal re-elected as Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly

Ruling AIADMK P Dhanapal was unanimously re-elected as Speaker of the 15th Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.

With this, he becomes first speaker to be elected for a consecutive second term in the state’s legislative history.

Besides, Pollachi V Jayaraman of ruling AIADMK was unanimously re-elected as the Deputy Speaker of the legislative assembly.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had proposed their names as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively and the state Finance Minister O Panneerselvam had seconded the proposal when the Assembly met.

Both of them earlier had served as Speaker and Deputy Speaker during the 2011-16 AIADMK regime. Mr Dhanapal was re-elected to the Assembly from Avinashi (Reserved) constituency for sixth term and Mr Jayaraman was re-elected from Pollachi seat for fourth term.

Mr Dhanapal was elected Speaker for the first time in 2002 in then AIADMK regime. Also, he was the first Dalit to become Speaker after 1955. J Sivashanmugam Pillai was the first Dalit Speaker between 1946 and 1955 of the then Madras Legislative Assembly.


J Jayalalithaa sworn-in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for sixth time

Ms. J Jayalalithaa has sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for record sixth time after winning 2016 state assembly election with absolute majority.

State Governor Dr.K. Rosaiah administered the oath of office and secrecy to her at oath taking ceremony held at the Centenary Auditorium, Madras University. Besides, Governor also administered oath of office and secrecy to the 28 ministers of her government.

This is J Jayalalithaa’s second consecutive term as chief minister and sixth overall. She is the second female Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu after Janaki Ramachandran.

About J Jayalalithaa

  • J Jayalalithaa was born on 24 February 1948 in Mandya in then Mysore State (now in Karnataka).
  • She was an actress before entering into active politics and appeared in 140 films which include Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada films.
  • She was a leading actress in films from 1961 to 1980 and was famously considered as one of the most prolific and most versatile actress.
  • She was also known for her dancing skills and was often referred as the uncrowned queen of Tamil cinema.
  • Previously, she served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1991 to 1996 (1st time), in 2001 (2nd time), from 2002 to 2006 (3rd time), from 2011 to 2014 (4th time) and 2015 to 2016 (5th time).