Tamil Nadu

Legendary Tamil writer Jayakanthan passes away

Legendary Tamil writer Jayakanthan passed away on 8 April 2015 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 81.

He was known for charting a new course in Tamil literature with his bold and progressive works.

About Jayakanthan

  • Jayakanthan was born on 24 April, 1934 in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. He was famously known as JK among novelists and literary enthusiasts.
  • Apart from being novelist, he was also journalist, essayist, pamphleteer, filmmaker and critic.
  • In his entire career, he had written around 40 novels and 200 short stories. His work mostly highlighted social injustices and economic inequality.
  • Jayakanthan’s novels Cinemavukku Pona Chithalu, Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal, Oru Nadigai Nadagam Paarkiral and Yaarukkaga Azhudhaan were adapted into films.
  • He was also associated with undivided Communist Party of India (CPI).
  • He was founder of the Indo-Russian Cultural and Friendship Society.
  • Awards- Sahitya Akademi Award (1972) for his Tamil novel Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal, Jnanpith Award (2002), Padma Bhushan (2009).
  • Russian government had conferred Order of Friendship (2011) on him for his translation works of Russian novelist Pushkin.


Renowned Tamil singer EM Hanifa passes away

Renowned Tamil Muslim devotional singer EM Hanifa passed away on 9 April 2015 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He was 90.

He was well-known for his number of devotional songs and was a leading propagandist of Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) Party for more than five decades.

About EM Hanifa

  • EM Hanifa hailed from pilgrim town of Nagore in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu.
  • His voice had transcended religious lines and Iraivanidam Kaiyenthungal (look up to God he never says no) song of him was an evergreen which was liked by all crossing across religious barriers.
  • Apart from lending his voice for religious songs he was also well-known singer for popularizing the Dravidian ideals.
  • Political career- He was a member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council (now defunct) in the early 1970s.
  • In 2002, he had contested as a DMK Candidate from Vaniyambadi but was not able to win.


CCEA approves strengthening and widening of three sections of highways connecting Varanasi and Madurai

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 7 April 2015 approved strengthening and widening of three sections connecting the two temple towns of Varanasi and Madurai.

CCEA approved four laning of

  • Sultanpur-Varanasi section of National Highway-56 in Uttar Pradesh- This project will upgrade 138 km long stretch NH-56 at the cost of 3,800 crore rupees. It will substantially upgrade Varanasi’s connectivity to Lucknow and other parts of Central UP.
  • Varanasi to Ghazipur, Gorakhpur and Nepal section of NH- 29 in UP- This project will upgrade 200 km long stretch NH- 29 at the cost of 4,400 crore rupees. It will improve regional connectivity and facilitate improved movement of people and goods in the region and across the border.
  • Madurai-Ramanathapuram section of NH- 49 in Tamil Nadu- This project will upgrade 115 km long stretch NH- 49 at the cost of 1,400 crore rupees. It will be undertaken under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-III.