• Thu, Jan 19, 2017
  • Trial courts shouldn’t resort to dismissal to boost numbers

    Updated: Jan, 19, 201710:31 AM

    The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that cases should be disposed on merit and not without application of mind. The Trial Courts, being mounted by docket explosion have routinely either chosen to...
    Trial courts shouldn’t resort to dismissal to boost numbers
    This is unmindful of the fact that criminal justice system is the duty of the State to secure victim justice irrespective of the complainant’s cooperation or otherwise. Justice M.Venugopal of the Madras High Court, has rightly held in a case that the magistrates ought not to dismiss a case summarily due to non-appearance of the complainant. The said case was pending for 10 years before Chidambaram Magistrate Court, which dismissed the case as the complainant, Shakthivel, was absent when his case was taken up. It is important to note that the trial court judges have to submit their disposal rates periodically to the higher judiciary for scrutiny. Long pending cases reflect badly on the judge before whom such cases are pending indefinitely. Therefore, the Magistrates need to somehow dispose of the cases, lest they be penalised. Magistrate...
  • Why the enduring legacy of Tyagaraja’s music is soul-stirring Why the enduring legacy of Tyagaraja’s music is soul-stirring
    Updated: Jan, 18, 201708:23 AM

    This year marks the 250th birth anniversary of Saint Tyagaraja, of the Carnatic music Trinity. His compositions continue to captivate successive generations.

  • Tiruvalluvar has been hijacked by every Dravidian party Tiruvalluvar has been hijacked by every Dravidian party
    Updated: Jan, 16, 201712:01 PM

    As Tamil Nadu observed Tiruvalluvar Day, it is important to examine all that the poet stands for. Tiruvalluvar is our own Shakespeare, in the sense that his couplets are known in most countries of the...

  • On Pongal, let’s pledge to preserve our rivers On Pongal, let’s pledge to preserve our rivers
    Updated: Jan, 14, 201712:41 PM

    Pongal remains an important cultural festival of Tamil Nadu.It is also grandly celebrated as Sankranthi across the nation. This is harvest time. Harvest means it is time for one to reap the benefits...

  • Fight over credit, debit card charges is avoidable Fight over credit, debit card charges is avoidable
    Updated: Jan, 12, 201709:48 AM

    Petrol companies have gotten into a fight with card companies. The noise is over whether the card companies can charge transaction costs on the petrol you and I buy with our credit card. My...

  • Let’s examine state’s strident opposition to NEET Let’s examine state’s strident opposition to NEET
    Updated: Jan, 11, 201710:09 AM

    The requirement of writing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) has become the order of the day. The Medical Council of India (MCI) had framed regulations making it mandatory for all...

  • Criminals prey on our weakness for tempting discounts Criminals prey on our weakness for tempting discounts
    Updated: Jan, 10, 201709:58 AM

    Recently, I was one among those whose names figured among victims of a fraud. As someone who is quite earthy, and not easy to cheat, I realised it is easy to get duped, due to human nature. None of us...

  • Let’s hope culture of ‘upright’ politicians is here to stay Let’s hope culture of ‘upright’ politicians is here to stay
    Updated: Jan, 09, 201709:14 AM

    A new political culture is emerging in Tamil Nadu politics, which is a healthy one. Politicians across party lines are changing their age- old behaviour of falling at the feet of their political...

  • TN lags in fully functional biodiversity management committee TN lags in fully functional biodiversity management committee
    Updated: Jan, 07, 201710:50 AM

    A term that one gets to hear regularly these days is ‘Biodiversity’ or ‘Biological Diversity’. Evidently, the term refers to the variety and variability of life forms.

  • A lot rides on upcoming Producers’ Council election A lot rides on upcoming Producers’ Council election
    Updated: Jan, 06, 201711:23 AM

    Tamil Film industry has many associations for various segments of people involved in filmmaking commencing with Producers’ Council, Director’s Union, Artiste Association, FEFSI for Film Employees and...