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Sterlite row: Tamil Nadu govt moves Supreme Court challenging NGT order to reopen Thoothukudi copper smelter

The Tamil Nadu government had sought permanent closure of Vedanta's Sterlite copper plant in May 2018. The state pollution control board had said the smelter, which was shut pending renewal of its..
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Cops grill US journalist for visiting affected villages in Thootukudi

Mark Scialla, a freelance writer who has contributed to The Guardian, Al Jazeera and PBS, has been taken in for inquiry to the DSP's office by Thoothukudi police on Sunday morning.
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Noisy protest greets mining firm Vedanta's final London AGM [Video]Noisy protest greets mining firm Vedanta's final London AGM  01:21

An activist group in London staged a "loud" demonstration outside the final annual general meeting of Indian mining tycoon Anil Agarwal's Vedanta Resources on Monday (October 1) to demand justice for..

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CBI begins probe in anti-Sterlite protests that killed 13; agency requests documents from police, interviews revenue department officials

The CBI on Tuesday initiated a probe in the anti-Sterlite clashes between demonstrators and police that led 13 people dead and over 40 injured in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi in May.
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Thoothukudi Protests: Anti-Sterlite protesters killed by shots to head, chest; half from behind

13 people were killed when police opened fire on a demonstration against Vedanta's Sterlite copper smelter in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi in May.
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Sterlite Copper plans to spend Rs 100 cr for setting up hospital, smart school in Thoothukudi

Sterlite's announcement comes days after the National Green Tribunal set aside the Tamil Nadu government's order for closure of Vedanta's Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin, which was at the centre of..
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NGT orders reopening of Vedanta's Sterlite plant

. Dec 15 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Saturday set the stage for the reopening of the Vedanta's Thoothukudi-based copper smelting plant by setting aside the Tamil Nadu governments order..
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Anti-Sterlite protest in Tuticorin: Protester succumbs to injuries after five months, toll rises to 14

Justine was in the coma for past five months. On 22 May, 13 people were killed and more than 60 injured in the alleged police firing during the violent protest against Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi.
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Madras HC stays plea against Sterlite land allotment

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has stayed the State Industrial Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (SIPCOT) decision to cancel the land allotted Vedanta Ltd's Sterlite Copper plant's..
DNA - Published

Thoothukudi police firing: Protests planned at Vedanta's final company AGM in UK

Vedanta Resources chairman Anil Agarwal is set to take the LSE-listed company private from Monday.
DNA - Published

Centre's Thoothukudi groundwater report pro-Sterlite: Stalin - Published

TN rejects Centre's 'unscientific' report on Sterlite

[India], Sep 09 (ANI): The Tamil Nadu Government has rejected Centre's report on groundwater contamination in Thoothukudi district, where the Sterlite copper smelter plant is located.
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Lois Sophia granted bail by Thoothukudi court; Tamilisai Soundararajan questions her background

Tamil student, Lois Sophia, who was arrested on Monday for raising 'anti-BJP slogans' at the Tuticorin airport and remanded 15-day judicial custody, has been granted bail on Tuesday
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Tamil Nadu: Woman, who shouted 'fascist BJP government down down', granted bail

A 25-year-old woman, who was held for shouting 'fascist BJP government down down' in front of the party's Tamil Nadu chief Tamilisai Soundararajan, has been granted bail by Thoothukudi court on..
Zee News - Published

Panel to decide on closure of Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi: NGT appoints retired HC judge as chairman

On 30 July, the court had refused to grant any interim relief to Vedanta, which had challenged the Tamil Nadu government's order to permanently shut down its Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi, even..
Firstpost - Published

Thoothukudi Anti-Sterlite protests: Madras High Court orders CBI inquiry into police firing which killed 13 people

The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered a CBI inquiry into the police firing during the anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi which had killed 13 people, media reports said.
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Kanimozhi slams EPS government and lawyer CS Vaidhyanathan over NGT hearing on Thoothukudi Sterlite Plant

DMK member Kanimozhi took to Twitter on Friday to criticise the ruling Palaniswami government over the National Green Tribunal hearing on the Thoothukudi Sterlite plant row.
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NGT allows Vedanta to access administrative unit of Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi

The green panel also directed the Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board to submit data on pollution around the Sterlite plant within 10 days and posted the matter for hearing on 20 August.
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21 Indian fishermen released from Iran

As many as 21 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were stranded in Iran, have been released and will be repatriated in batches starting August 3, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj said. "I am..
DNA - Published

DMK seeks CBI probe into illegal sand mining in Tamil Nadu

DMK working president MK Stalin on Tuesday sought a CBI probe into the illegal mining of 1 crore tonnes of beach sand worth of Rs 1.8 lakh crore on the Southern coast of Tamil Nadu. In a statement,..
DNA - Published

Thoothukudi residents moves Madras HC challenging environment clearance given to Sterlite's existing plant

Thoothukudi resident Prince Cardoza has filed a writ petition in Madras High Court's Madurai bench seeking to quash the Environmental Clearance (EC) granted to Sterlite Copper in 2007 for the existing..
DNA - Published

Ground water in Vedanta's Thoothukudi smelter contains heavy metals - minister

Ground water in Vedanta Resources' Thoothukudi copper smelter contains heavy metals exceeding limits for drinking water, India's junior minister for water resources, Arjun Ram Meghwal, told lawmakers..
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Sterlite protests: In 2,445-page report on Thoothukudi police firing, civil society groups accuse officers of arson, stone-pelting

Police firing had killed 13 people at the Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi in May, and the arson and stone-pelting had added to the chaos and violence.
Firstpost - Published

Activists call police firing into anti-Sterlite protesters as murder

The 'Coordinating Committee for People's Inquest into Thoothukudi Police Firing' — a coalition of civil society groups and individuals — on Sunday, called for criminal investigation into the May 22..
DNA - Published

Tamil Nadu: Vedanta challenges closure of factory

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday issued notice to Tamil Nadu government, the state’s pollution control board and its electricity board seeking their response on a plea filed by corporate..
DNA - Published

Tamil Nadu: Sterlite moves NGT against closure order of plant

Sterlite Copper has filed an appeal before the National Green Tribunal, challenging the orders passed by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board directing closure of its Copper Smelter unit at..
DNA - Published

Tamil Nadu begins work on removing acids, gases from Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi

The Tamil Nadu government permanently shut the copper plant on May 28 after the protest against the plant on May 22 turned violent, resulting in the death of 13 people in police firing.
DNA - Published

Lawyer held for 'engineering' anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi

Vanchinathan was arrested by the Thoothukudi police at Chennai airport when he returned from Delhi.
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Fishermen stranded in Iran: TN CM Edappadi K Palaniswami wants PM Narendra Modi to intervene

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday sought the intervention of PM Modi for the release of 21 fishermen stranded in Iran. In a letter, the chief minister urged the prime..
DNA - Published

Tamil Nadu cops arrest TV actress for donning police uniform in Facebook video to criticise govt action on Tuticorin protesters

A television actress was arrested in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu for releasing a video against the government and the police after the firing in anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi
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Vedanta says acid leak severe at Thoothukudi copper smelter

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Acid leak at copper smelter in Tamil Nadu severe, can lead to serious environmental consequences: Vedanta

Vedanta Ltd said on Wednesday a sulphuric acid leak from a tank at its copper smelter in Tamil Nadu was severe and inaction could lead to serious environmental consequences. The district..
DNA - Published

Madras High Court: Right for CBI to probe Sterlite firing

The Madras High Court on Monday observed that it would be right for the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the May 22 police firing on anti-Sterlite protestors in Thoothukudi in which 13 people..
DNA - Published

Process of removing chemical leakage at Sterlite plant begins

[India], June 18 (ANI): The process of removing leakage in the sulfuric acid warehouse at the Sterlite Copper Smelter plant storage unit in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi has begun.
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Minor chemical leak detected in Sterlite Copper plant: Thoothukudi collector Sandeep Nanduri

A "minor" leakage of sulphuric acid was detected in the Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant's storage units in Thoothukudi and work on arresting the leakage would begin on Monday morning said Thoothukudi..
DNA - Published

'How many people can they kill,' asks Niyamgiri tribe as Vedanta faces another Sterlite-like challenge in Odisha

After deadly clashes in Tuticorin forced Tamil Nadu to shut a copper smelter run by Vedanta Resources, the company faces another challenge 1,000 miles away, where axe-toting tribesmen and..
DNA - Published

Pollution consent revoked for Sterlite's second unit

A fortnight after the Tamil Nadu government ordered the permanent closure of Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu Pollution Board has revoked the 'consent to establishment (COE)' granted to..
DNA - Published

Kaala's stunning success can't guarantee Rajinikanth's political victory, taunts AIADMK

After the much-hyped release of Rajinikanth starrer 'Kaala,' AIADMK senior leader and Tamil Nadu Minister D Jayakumar on Saturday said a movie's success does not guarantee success in..
DNA - Published

Tamil Nadu industries promotion body remains scot-free despite turning blind eye to Sterlite's polluting copper plant

SIPCOT has been aware of Vedanta's violations in Thoothukudi for years, but took no action against its Sterlite Copper Smelter.
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Anti-Sterlite protests: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister set to visit injured, kin of deceased

Tamil Nadu Cheif Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami is set to visit Thoothukudi, two weeks after the anti-Sterlite protests. 
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Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi: Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami to visit those injured in police firing, on Saturday

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will visit Thoothukudi on 9 June, to meet the victims of the violent Sterlite protest.
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Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala hits theaters today, first show at 4 am

The D-Day is here! Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala will hit the screens today. Despite all controversies in neighbouring Karnataka and some tension due to Sterlite remarks in Tamil Nadu, the legions of..
DNA - Published

Mersal star Vijay visits kin of Sterlite plant protest victims in Thoothukudi amidst protest against Rajinikanth's Kaala

Tamil superstar Vijay reportedly visited the victims' families in Thoothukudi late at night on Tuesday.
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Anti-Sterlite protest: Actor Vijay visits kin of deceased

[India], June 6 (ANI): Kollywood actor Vijay, in the wee hours of Wednesday, visited the families of those who died during the anti-Sterlite protests in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi district.
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Thoothukudi violence: Madras HC allows autopsy of remaining bodies - Published

Did Rajinikanth's comments on anti-Sterlite protestors affect Kaala bookings?

A Rajinikanth movie release in Tamil Nadu is a festive event, often equated to Deepavali. And the question on almost every Tamilian's lips will be Rajini 'padam pathacha' (Have you seen Rajini movie)?..
DNA - Published

Thoothukudi violence: Aruna Jagadeesan will meet injured - Published

How Sterlite row transformed Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth's onscreen rivalry into real-life rift

The reel-life rivalry between Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth seems to be spilling out of the silver screen to the political arena with the two camps hitting out at each other.  While Haasan slammed..
DNA - Published

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