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Live: Jayalalithaa's supporters pay last respects at Rajaji hall

On 5 December, 68-year-old J Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK party supremo succumbed to cardiac arrest, merely hours after it was declared that she continued to remain on life support.

Amma's body was taken to her Poe's Garden residence.

Following which her body was taken to Rajaji Hall where public flocked in huge number to pay their last respect where her close aide Sasikala Pushpa stands beside her.

According to media reports, Former Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda will attend the last rites of Jayalalithaa at Marina beach where she will be laid next to her mentor MGR.

Jayalalithaa's mortal remains kept at Rajaji Hall as people pay homage; to be laid beside mentor MGR

On 5 December, 68-year-old J Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK party supremo succumbed to cardiac arrest, merely hours after it was declared that she continued to remain on life support.

Following her demise, she was taken to Poes Garden residence for a period of 2-3 hours, after which she was brought and laid at the Rajaji Hall in front of all her beloved supporters, where Amma's close aide Sasikala Pushpa stands next to her.

People in flocks are visiting the hall to pay their last tribute to their beloved Amma.

O Panneerselvam sworn in as new Tamil Nadu CM

annerselvam, J Jayalalithaa's close aide has been sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in a low-key event in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The swearing-in ceremony took place hours after AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa died at Chennai's Apollo Hospital after suffering a massive cardiac arrest. At around 1.20 am, Governor C Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office and secrecy to Panneerselvam. Remaining 32-member cabinet took oath in chorus.

Panneerselvam, 65, previously stepped in as the chief minister on two occassions when Jayalalithaa had to step down.

Jayalalithaa passes away: School, colleges to remain shut for 3-days in Tamil Nadu

All school, colleges to be remain shut for 3-days as a mark of respect following former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa breathe her last on 5 December.

According to a report in Times of India, Principal secretary to the school education department Sabitha D clarifying the confusion revolving around the status of schools and colleges, said that all education institutions in the state would be shut for three days from Tuesday till Thursday.

Jayalalithaa was admitted in Apollo Hospitals on 22 September after suffering form fever and dehydration. After being admitted for a long 75 days, it was on 5 December, 11:30pm, when she passed away. Her condition deteriorated after she suffered a cardiac arrest, day after hospital deemed her fit to go back to the party.

Jayalalithaa's fame will remain forever: DMK Chief Karunanidhi

DMK Supremo M Karunanidhi, on 6 December, offered his condolences over the death of former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa who passed away at the age of 68 at 11:30pm on 5 December.

Karunanidhi said, "I offer deep condolences on the passing away of Jayalalithaa, wishes of lakhs of her followers will make her immortal."

He further added that Jayalalithaa's fame will remain forever. His son and DMK leader MK Stalin tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the demise of our CM Selvi Jayalalithaa. My deepest condolences to the party cadres & well wishers in this hour of grief."

Cancer drug could be cure to female infertility

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In an unforeseen development, scientists believe they may have found a cure to the problem of female infertility in the unlikeliest of places - a cancer treatment.

Women are born with their lifetime's supply of eggs making conception harder with age as the eggs deteriorate or run out. However, scientists at the University of Edinburgh have found that the use of a common cancer drug can be used to literally turn back time, taking the ovaries back to their pre-pubescent state where they can produce new eggs.

This was previously thought to be impossible and scientists have termed the findings "astonishing". The scientists hit upon this when they found that women who were undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma with the ABVD drug combination had up to 10 times more eggs than healthy women.

Polar ice the size of India vanishes

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } Polar ice is vanishing at an alarming pace and we have man made global warming to thank for it. The latest casualty is a slab of polar ice the size of India, which has seemingly vanished overnight thanks to record high temperatures.

While ice cover in the Arctic has been declining year on year, the Antarctic has bucked the global trend with growing ice cover. This year, however, has seen the ice cover at both ends of the earth declining rapidly as temperatures continue to soar. In total, the decline in polar ice cover is 3.84 million square kilometers, roughly the size of India.

TISS a hotbed of homophobia?

All is not well for the LGBT student community at Mumbai's Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Members of the informal LGBT collective at TISS have complained about a general culture of harassment that they are subjected to.

According to a report in TOI, LGBT students allege that this harassment has come not just from their peers, but also from security and support staff. Some members have already filed complaints with the college's Gender Amity Committee (GAC) about harassment.