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A shopkeeper in KV Nallur area of ​​Tenkasi district in southern Tamil Nadu and a village chief were arrested on Saturday for refusing to sell sweets to a group of students from a particular community. The exchange between the store owner and the students was shot on a phone that went viral on social media. The shopkeeper, Maheshwaran, was seen in the video telling school children not to come back and buy sweets from his shop. “Don’t buy candy from here. Go to school. You shouldn’t buy candy from any of the stores here. Go tell the people at home that the traders don’t give food. We will not give and there is a restriction,” the trader is heard telling the children.

Meanwhile, as part of EV Periyar’s 144th birthday celebrations, Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the “Periyar World” laboratory and Periyar Institute to be built in Sirukanur, district of Trichy. The event was hosted by the state government at the Periyar Thidal in Chennai. His birthday also marks Social Justice Day. Following this, Members of the Legislative Assembly, Chief Secretary, Secretaries of Ministries, Senior Officials and Employees made the Social Justice Day Pledge.

In other updates from Tamil Nadu, the BJP in TN has planned a series of events, including offering gold rings and baby kits to newborns, to mark the Prime Minister’s birthday Narendra Modi on Saturday. According to state BJP sources, the gold rings would be given to children born on September 17 coinciding with the prime minister’s birthday. Each ring, weighing around 2 grams, is expected to cost around Rs 5,000.

R Muthukumaran, a 43-year-old man from Lakshmangudi near Koothanallur Taluk in Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu, was reportedly found dead within four days of landing in Kuwait for work. His body was brought back on Friday.

Gingee KS Masthan, Minister for Minority Welfare and Non-Resident Tamil Welfare, said he was shocked to hear that Muthukumaran had been attacked leading to his death.

Meanwhile, the electricity tariff in Tamil Nadu is cheap compared to other states, the state’s electricity minister Senthil Balaji said on Friday. The picture would be clear if we compared the tariff paid in 2010 and the revised tariff and also the tariff in other states, he told reporters here. The previous regime increased the tariff by 64%, while the current DMK government only increased Rs 55 per two months for 63 lakh consumers, he said.

A Tamil Nadu pastor who had been on the run for a year and a half after being arrested for allegedly raping a minor has been arrested, police said.

Prince Charles (59) was arrested on Wednesday near Kalpakkam along with his 29-year-old son, who both allegedly raped the girl at a children’s home he had run since 2005. After the underage girl gave birth to a baby in 2020, police say Charles left them both in the care of someone in Chennai saying the girl had been cheated on by someone.

The all-female Mamallapuram Police Station booked the pastor under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (Pocso) after the children’s home warden discovered it was Charles who had impregnated the girl, police said.

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