SETHUSAMUDRAM PROJECT

  • 'Ram Sethu' will not be broken for Sethusamudram project: Centre August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Central government will not "break" the 'Ram Sethu' for the proposed Sethusamudram shipping canal project and will make efforts to see that the navigation system is put in place without damaging it, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari informed Lok Sabha on Thursday. Gadkari said during Question Hour that...
  • Sethu project: DMK to hold public meetings May 1, 2013

    Chennai: Slamming the Jayalalithaa government for opposing the Sethusamudram project, DMK on Wednesday announced statewide public meetings on May 15 to press the Centre for speedily completing the project. "Not realising that this project, once implemented, would help the State to grow economically and to further prosper, the AIADMK regime...
  • Won't tolerate any tampering with Ram Setu: BJP February 24, 2013

    New Delhi: BJP on Saturday warned the government against going ahead with the Sethusamudram project, saying the sentiments of crores of Hindus are attached to the issue and it will not tolerate any tampering with the Ram Setu. "We would like to warn the government on the Ram Setu issue....
  • Karunanidhi slams Jayalalithaa over Sethu project October 16, 2012

    Chennai: DMK chief and former chief minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday accused the Jayalalithaaled Tamil Nadu government of adopting "doublestandards" by opposing the Sethusamudram project in Supreme Court and said it was a "betrayal" of the state. "The AIADMK Government had made a written submission in the Supreme Court saying...
  • 'Complete Sethusamudram project at earliest' March 30, 2012

    Chennai: Union ministers and MPs belonging to the DMK on Thursday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to implement the Sethusamudram project at the earliest. They submitted a memorandum a day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Singh asking him to declare Ram Sethu,...
  • Ram Setu not part of Hinduism: Govt tells SC October 14, 2008

    New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court the Ram Setu, which many Hindus believe was the bridge Lord Ram built to cross over to Lanka, was not an integral part of the religion. The Centres affidavit also said the Setu, a 48km long chain of limestone shoals, was...
  • Govt looks for options to Sethu project position July 30, 2008

    New Delhi: The Government will set up a sixmember committee to examine the feasibility of an alternative alignment for the Sethusamudram shipping canal project. The government's view was conveyed by senior advocate Fali S Nariman to a bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan hearing the issue. R...
  • Ram Setu can't be declared national monument: Centre July 30, 2008

    New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it had already come to a conclusion that Ram Setu does not fulfil the criteria for being declared a national monument. "As far as we are concerned, the stand of the Government is very clear that Ram Setu could not...
  • Govt to respond to SC call on Ram Setu next week July 24, 2008

    New Delhi: The Government would respond to the Supreme Court's suggestion for an alternative alignment off the Ram Setu for the Setusamudram shipping channel, the court was informed Thursday. "I have conveyed to the highest quarters in the government the bench suggestion for an alternative alignment for the channel to balance...
  • UPA toes DMK line on Ram Setu, BJP cries foul July 24, 2008

    New Delhi: A year after saying Lord Ram didn't exist, the Central Government has now told the Supreme Court that the Sethusamudram was destroyed by Ram himself. Encouraged by its victory in the trust vote, the Congressled United Progressive Alliance Government is now going ahead with some controversial decisions. And without delay...
  • Oh Lord! Now Govt says Ram destroyed Setu July 23, 2008

    New Delhi: The Centre has told the Supreme Court that there is no reason why the controversial Sethusamundram Shipping Canal Project cannot go on. This is a clear indication that the Congress intends to reward allies who were loyal to it in Tueday's crucial trust vote. The DMK has...
  • BJP ropes in foreign troupes to enact Ram Lila June 8, 2008

    Bhopal: In an answer from the ruling state BJP government to those behind the controversial Ram Setu affidavit, troupes from eight different countries will be participating in a nineday long festival that will stage the different forms of Ram Lila. Troupes from Cambodia, Bali, Sri Lanka, Java, Thailand and Singapore have...
  • Find out if Ram Setu is a monument, SC orders May 8, 2008

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to find out if the Sethusamudram Project is an ancient monument. The Court said the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) could make a study to settle the issue. The Sethusamudram project envisages dredging of a ship channel across the Palk straits...
  • SC posts hearing on Ram Setu project for April 29 April 15, 2008

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday posted for April 29 the hearing on the Centre's plea to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project. The Centre had on February 29 filed a fresh affidavit in the apex court seeking clearance to go ahead with the Sethusamudram project on the same alignment...
  • Centre pays Rs 20k to buy time for Sethu affidavit March 6, 2008

    New Delhi: After stirring up a hornets nest with its handling of the Ram Sethu case, the government is now in no mood to take chances. The UPA has now decided to take its time over filing affidavits in a case which challenges the implementation of the Sachar Committee report. Sources have...
  • Courts cannot decide issues of faith: BJP March 4, 2008

    New Delhi: The BJP on Monday said the affidavit filed by the government in Supreme Court on Sethusamudram project is 'objectionable and unacceptable' as issues of faith cannot be decided by a court. "The questions of faith do not have a proof to substantiate, may it be the faith in Mother...
  • Cong files affidavit in SC to give Sethu its goahead March 1, 2008

    New Delhi: Under the quiet cover of a very populist budget, the Congress has made an important political move in the Supreme Court on Friday. The Sethusamudram project is on and the government's intention to give the project a green signal has been made clear in the affidavit filed in court....
  • Centre files fresh affidavit on Sethusamudram project February 29, 2008

    New Delhi: The Centre has filed fresh affidavit on Sethusamudram project in the Supreme Court. The affidavit seeks vacation of apex courts interim orders of August 31, 2007 and September 14. The Centre says state policy cannot be decided on the basis of any faith. And whether the Ram Sethu was...
  • Complete Sethu project asap: DMK tells Cong February 15, 2008

    Chennai: In perhaps yet another political statement that reveals the differences between the DMK and the Congress over the Sethusamudram project, the DMK's committee which met in Chennai has asked the Congress to follow coalition dharma and complete the Rs 2,400 crore project without any further delay. Worried that the...
  • DMK urges UPA to carry on with Sethusamudram project February 15, 2008

    New Delhi: The DMK has urged the UPA government to complete the Sethusamudram project without any further delay. In a veiled warning to the Congress, the DMK administrative committee that met on Friday, passed a resolution saying, The party is worried the Central government may delay or even shelve the project in...
  • Massive protest against Sethusamudram project December 30, 2007

    New Delhi: Fresh from the Gujarat and Himachal Assembly election triumphs, the saffron brigade is staging protests in New Delhi against the Sethusamudram project off the coast of Tamil Nadu. A rally organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), is being held at the Swarn Jayanti Park in Rohini in northwest...
  • Cong slams BJP for Sethusamudram volte face November 17, 2007

    New Delhi: In an aggressive step, the Congress has criticised the BJP for its doublespeak on the Sethusamudram project, saying that it was the NDA which had conceived the project and had taken the decision to proceed with it. Saturday's AICC session in New Delhi saw a pamphlet being distribute to...
  • SC turns down plea against Sethu panel October 24, 2007

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed a plea by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy seeking dismantling of the 10member experts' committee on the Sethusamudram canal project for its alleged 'antiHindu' and 'antiRam Sethu bias'. "Whatever objections you have, go and raise them in the committee," the bench of Chief Justice...
  • Bangaloreans file case against MK for Ram rant October 2, 2007

    New Delhi: The controversy over Ram Sethu and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhis uncharitable remarks over Lord Ram is threatening to assume dangerous proportions. A case has now been filed in a city court in Bangalore against the DMK patriarch for his remarks. The petition, filed by three Bangaloreans...
  • SC warns of President's Rule for MK's defiance October 1, 2007

    New Delhi: The DMK government in Tamil Nadu could be in trouble for going ahead with its agitation on the Sethusamudram project despite the Supreme Court ban. The apex court has asked the Centre what prompts it to shy away from imposing President's Rule. If this is the attitude of...
  • Defying SC ban, MK pulls a 'fast' one; speaks Hindi October 1, 2007

    Hindustan hai desh hamara, jaan se hai humko pyaara, Hindi, Muslim Sikh Isaai, aapas mein hain bhai bhai (India is our country and Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians are all brethren.) Thats Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, pioneer of the states antiHindi agitation, speaking the language he campaigned against many...
  • Jaya takes to streets against Setu project September 26, 2007

    The controversy over Sethusamudram project just doesnt seem to be dying out. On Wednesday, AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa flagged off a statewide protest against the project in Ooty. She said the statewide bandh called by the DMK on October 1 is illegal. Jayalalithaa added that her party would continue with...
  • Politics over Ram, Hindu 'fatwa' sparks violence September 24, 2007

    Chennai/Bhopal: Violence erupted on the streets of Chennai as DMK supporters vent their anger against the Hindu fatwa issued by VHP leader, Ram Vilas Vedanti, demanding Tamil patriarch M Karunanidhi's head. Facing the brunt of the attack were BJP headquarters and the Hindu Munnai office. In neighbouring Shivganga district, BJP's...
  • 30 Mins: In the heart of Ram Setu | Political nightmares September 23, 2007

    The Sethusamudram project which aims to create a shipping channel by dredging the seabed between Dhanuskodi in India and Talai Mannar in Sri Lanka, is surrounded by divisive and complex debates. In the show 30 Minutes this week, CNNIBN brings you all the perspectives that are shaping this epic controversy,...
  • Political nightmares overshadow Setu project September 23, 2007

    New Delhi: Few public projects in India have had so many sharp divides; like the ones between the Congress and BJP and North vs South. BJP is the group that started the idea of the Sethusamundram project, something that they thought would have benefitted the region enormously. Now this is...