Tamil Nadu

Congress Wins Madurai West Seat By 31,115 votes

CongressMadurai: Congress applicant K.S.K Rajendran won the Madurai West assemblage electorate by a margin of 31,115 votes over his closest AIADMK opponent Sellur K Raju.

The Congressional applicant, part of the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance, was chairing since the vote counting process started at 8 am today.

The by-poll on June 26 was required because of the death of revolutionary AIADMK member S.V. Shanmugham.


Kerala Ready For Talks With TN On River Issues

Thiruvananthapuram:Water Resources Minister N K Premachandran Yesterday, Water Resources Minister, N K Premachandran stated the State Assembly that the Kerala Government is ready for making discussions with Tamil Nadu to conclude matters relating to Mullaperiyar dam.

While responding during question hour, Premachandran stated that the State had formed a Dam Safety Authority according to the Centre guidelines, which would look after safety and security facets of all the 22 dams in the state.


TN To Emerge With Novel Plan For Small And Medium Enterprises

Tiruchirapalli: According to a senior representative that Tamil Nadu government would shortly emerge with a policy on micro, small and medium enterprises.

M Raman, state Commissioner for Industries and Commerce stated that the Cabinet was talking over the draft policy and the declaration is expected to come out within four to six weeks.

The main stress of the policy draft would be to reinforce infrastructure, improve industrial space, perk up credit flow and improve skills, among others, he added.


Ramadoss Seeks Query Into Non-Filling Of Vacancies

Dr. S. RamadossTirunelveli: Pattali Makkal Katchi initiator S. Ramadoss said that
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi should order an upper-level query into
non-filling up of positions in the Directorate of Collegiate Education
and the confusedness persisting over the move of college teachers.

Dr. Ramadoss stated the Department of Higher Education had preserved six key positions in the Directorate of Collegiate Education unfilled for the last several months.

Various teaching positions in colleges were not made known when teachers opted for transfer that led to protestations, including road roko in Madurai.


Apollo Initiates Massive Expansion Plan

Apollo HospitalsChennai: Apollo Hospitals has chartered out a massive expansion plan with multi-location hospitals in Mumbai and plans to set up a full-fledged orthopaedic hospital in Chennai soon, a top official of the company said yesterday.


Mahamaham Pedicon 2007 To Be Held In Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam: ‘Mahamaham Pedicon 2007’, the 32nd Annual Congress of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), Tamil Nadu Chapter, would be held in Kumbakonam from August 10, 2007.

Its organizing chairman, Dr Vidudagiri told that over 600 medical doctors are estimated to be present at the three-day assembly, when almost 50 papers on various topics would be introduced.

He said that Dr. Naveen Thacker, IAP’s National President will deliver the keynote address.

The main purpose of the meeting is to create awareness about child safety.


Dismay Over Attack On Taslima

Bangladeshi author Taslima NasreenHyderabad: The attack on Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has been criticized by moderate Muslims. Taslima was attacked by unruly crowd at Hyderabad Press club on Thursday.

An intellectuals’ group including Irfan Habib and Ali Asghar condemned the incident and demanded the Andhra Pradesh Government to take immediate action against those responsible for it.


CPI To Oppose Tata Titanium Project - TN

TATATiruchirapalli: CPI, a supporter of the ruling Democratic Progressive Alliance in Tamil Nadu, alleged that it would stoutly resist attainment of huge land stretches for Tata's projected titatium-dioxide scheme in the state.

R Nallakannu, CPI National Executive member told, “Why should large portions of lands be acquired for a single project and why the Union Government itself could not take it up rather than simply entrusting it to a private group,”

The CPI will pose firm resistance to the project, he said adding a thorough report about the party's position on the subject would be passed on to the Government.


3.5 pc job reservation for Muslims, Christians in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Sept 13: DMK government in Tamil Nadu has announced the plans to provide reservation of 3.5 per cent each to Muslims and Christians candidates in jobs and educational institutes in the state.

An ordinance in this regard will soon be promulgated, and it would come into effect from September 15 this year, which will be DMK founder and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister C N Annadurai's 99th birth anniversary.

Chief Minister, M Karunanidhi made this announcement in a press conference in Chennai today.


Moser Baer Plans To Invest Rs 2,000 Crore In TN

Chennai: Deepak Puri, MD Moser Baer India Ltd, stated that the company is planning to invest Rs 2,000 crore in Tamil Nadu to make photovoltaic films. The project will be licensed in 18 months.

The project will also magnetise major investments by the marketers and product suppliers to the core construction plant that would employ around 4,000 high-end engineers and research workers.

Mr. Puri told ‘Connect 2007’, the ICT event of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised in association with the Tamil Nadu government and Union information and communication ministry that the company’s overall investment all-through India will reach to around Rs 8,000 crore to Rs 10,000 crore within a few years.
The overall investment


Court to pronounce sentence in 1998 Coimbatore blasts case

Coimbatore, Sept. 28 : The Special Sessions Court will begin delivering the sentences in the 1998 Coimbatore serial bomb blasts case from today.

Of the 166 accused, the court had convicted 158 on various charges, including the founder of the Al-Umma, Syed Ahmed Basha and its General Secretary, Mohammed Ansari. Of this, the court had found 70 of the accused guilty on various grounds, including conspiracy.

The court had acquitted Abdul Nasser Madani, the leader of the Kerala-based People's Democratic Party. The court had also given bail to seven others.


GSI Detects Iron Ore Reserves In Karnataka And TN

Iron Mines in India
New Delhi: The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has discovered new iron ore reserves of over 22 million tonnes in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The Mines Ministry sources stated that the public sector company has detected four iron ore blocks in Namakhal blocks in Tamil Nadu containing reserves of 14.03 MT of magnetite ore with Ferrous content ranging between 31 to 37 per cent,.


Karunanidhi goes on day-long fast over Sethusamudram project

Chennai, Oct 1 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi is on a day-long hunger strike today demanding early completion of the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project.

Leaders of other parties of the Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) are also observing the fast.

Karunanidhi's decision to go on a fast came soon after the Supreme Court on Sunday stayed today's shutdown call given by his party Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) led ruling alliance in Tamil Nadu.


SC slams Karunanidhi Govt as virtual shutdown prevails in Tamil Nadu

New Delhi, Oct. 1 : The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on the DMK-led Tamil Nadu Government for virtually ignoring its order on a shutdown call given by the ruling alliance over Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project.

Warning the State Government of initiating contempt of court proceedings, a bench headed by acting Chief Justice B N Aggarwal and Justice P Sathasivam said: “If there is no compliance with our order, it is complete breakdown of Constitutional machinery. We will then have to direct the government to impose President's rule.”


Nothing wrong with Karunanidhi's hunger strike: Dasmunsi

New Delhi, Oct 1 : Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunsi today justified the hunger strike of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and ruled out the dismissal of the State Government for not observing the Supreme Court directive.

Dasmunsi characterised the Karunanidhi's fast as Gandhian.

"He is a great leader and he was simply emulating the Gandhian tradition of expressing his resentment," Dasmunsi said.

Dasmunsi's remarks came in the wake of the Supreme Court's stern order earlier today cautioning the Tamil Nadu Government for flouting its order as Karunanidhi went on a daylong hunger strike.


Court to resume pronounce of sentences in 1998 Coimbatore blasts case

1998 Coimbatore Bomb Blast
Coimbatore, Oct 8 : The Special Sessions Court will resume pronouncement of sentences in connection with the 1998 Coimbatore serial bomb blasts case today.

The court on September 28 had sentenced 41 accused to rigorous imprisonment in connection with the case.

The 41 persons sentenced faced charges other than conspiracy, under the Indian Penal Code, the Indian Arms Act, the Explosive Substances Act and the Tamil Nadu Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act.

The court said copies of the verdict would be given to them when delivery of judgment was completed for the last accused.


Sandalwood smuggler Veerappan’s widow to stall telecast of TV series on his life

Veerappan's Widow, Muttulakshmi
Chennai, Oct 10 : Muthulakshmi, widow of dreaded forest brigand Veerappan has said that she would make a fresh bid to stop telecast of the TV serial on his life.

Muthulakshmi, who recently lost an appeal in a sessions court, said the serial "Santhanakaadu", or Sandalwood Forest, would cause trauma to her two teenaged daughters.


Court to pronounce sentence for 12 in 1998 Coimbatore blasts case

Coimbatore, Oct 15 : A court hereTamil Nadu today will pronounce sentences for 12 persons, who were convicted for their involvement in the 1998 Coimbatore serial bomb blasts.

Earlier, court had pronounced sentences for 35 persons, who were convicted for their involvement in the case. The imprisonment for the 35 convicts varies from nine months to seven years.

Judge K Uthirapathi of the Sessions Court (Bomb Blast cases) set off the term against the period already spent by them as undertrials and ordered their release.

The charges against the 35 accused include attempt to murder, rioting, arson and possession of explosives.


Nine more convicts sentenced in 1998 Coimbatore blasts case

Coimbatore, Oct 15 : A court here today pronounced sentences for nine more persons, who were convicted for their involvement in the 1998 Coimbatore serial bomb blasts.

Special Judge K Uthirapthi sentenced the nine convicts to imprisonment ranging from three years to nine years.

They were accused of charges such as attempt to murder, possessing explosives and promoting communal hatred.

Judge Uthirapathi of the Sessions Court (Bomb Blast cases) set off the term of seven persons against the period already spent by them as undertrials and ordered their release

The other two, who are undergoing life imprisonment in another case, would remain in the prison.


Tamil Nadu Assembly session likely to be stormy

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi
Chennai, Oct 17 : The monsoon session of the Tamil Nadu Assembly, which begins today, is likely to be stormy with the Opposition AIADMK determined to rake up the issues, including Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's anti-Ram remarks on the Ram Sethu.

Karunanidhi, a self claimed atheist, had recently said the existence of Lord Ram was a fallacy as tall as the Himalayas.

His comments have irked Hindu groups, already up in arms against the Central Government, over the controversial Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP).


AIADMK legislator suspended for 'bringing disrepute' to Tamil Nadu Assembly

Chennai, Oct.19 : An AIADMK legislator has been suspended by the Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly till first 10 days of its next session for "bringing disrepute" to the house by snatching a cap from the watch and ward staff and hurling it at the Speaker.

Leader of the House K Anbazhagan moved the resolution to suspend A K Bose who represents the Thiruparakundram Constituency for the Thursday's incident in the house.

A resolution to this effect was unanimously passed by the House in which members of all parties, except AIADMK, MDMK and DMDK, were present.
During the suspension period, Bose will not get any privileges, including the salary, accorded to an MLA.


Coimbatore building collapse survivors in a state of shock

Coimbatore, Oct 20 : Survivors of the building collapse in Coimbatore are deeply traumatized after the incident.

Twenty four families with about 50 people lived in the building that collapsed, killing 13 and injuring several others.

Kurshid Begum, an eyewitness and a resident of the collapsed building said, she was still in a state shock.

"We were just removing our belongings, the building in which we lived came down like a pack of cards in front of our eyes. It is very difficult to emerge unscathed from such a shock," she said.

The State Government of Tamil Nadu has announced a compensation of rupees 200, 000 to families of the dead and rupees 25,000 to the injured.


Court to pronounce sentence to 70 in Coimbatore blasts case

Coimbatore, Oct 24 : Al Umma chief S.A. BashaA court here today will pronounce sentence to 70 persons, who were convicted for their involvement in the 1998 Coimbatore serial bomb blasts.

All were found guilty of major charges like criminal conspiracy and murder.
The founder leader of Al-Umma S A Basha and its General Secretary Mohammed Ansari are among the 70, who were convicted on August 1 after being found guilty.
Eighty-eight convicted of charges such as attempt to murder, possessing explosives and promoting communal hatred were sentenced to imprisonment ranging from 21 months to nine years.


Parliamentary committee seeks public opinion on sex education

Chennai, Oct 24 : Sex EducationSex education came out of the closet in Chennai with a parliamentary committee seeking the public's views.

The Committee on Petitions, which is chaired by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader M Venkaiah Naidu, interacted with social groups to determine the best way of impart sex education.


Al-Umma president gets life in 1998 Coimbatore blasts case

Coimbatore, Oct 24 : Al-Umma chief S A BashaA special court here today awarded life imprisonment to the founder leader of the Al-Umma, S A Basha, for his involvement in the 1998 Coimbatore serial bomb blasts.

Twelve blasts rocked the city on February 14, 1998 that killed 58 and injured over 200 others.

The blasts were targeted at a venue where senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani was scheduled to address a meeting.

After the sentence was announced, Basha said that only Muslims are punished, adding that, “The Sangh Parivar is never punished”.


Court sentences 10 more to life in connection with 1998 Coimbatore blasts case

Coimbatore, Oct 24 : A special court today awarded life imprisonment to 10 more convicts, for their involvement in the 1998 Coimbatore serial bomb blasts.

Five were awarded double life terms and others have been given jail ranging from 5 to 13 years.

Twelve blasts rocked the city on February 14, 1998 that killed 58 and injured over 200 others.

The blasts were targeted at a venue where senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani was scheduled to address a meeting.

A special court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to 31 persons, including the founder leader of the Al-Umma, S A Basha and General Secretary Mohammed Ansari.


T.R. Baalu sanctions road repair works in Tamil Nadu

New Delhi, Nov 2 : Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, T.R. Baalu has sanctioned a sum of Rs.702.49 lakh for road improvement works on NH-210 in Tamil Nadu.

National Highway-210 from Trichy to Ramanathapuram via Pudukkottai, Karaikkudi and Devakottai is an important National Highway in Tamil Nadu. This road connects important marketing places, towns and leads to Rameswaram a renowned pilgrim center.

The approval has been granted for the following stretches on NH-210 in Pudukkottai district of the State.

An amount of Rs. 211.71 lakh has been approved for improvement of Riding Quality (IRQ) work at 52/00 km to km 60/20 of NH-210 between Pudukkottai town limit end (Maalayedi) and Lenavilakku.


Gusty winds, heavy rains hit Tamil Nadu’s fishing industry

Chennai, Nov 3 : The latest downpour by the North East Monsoon has hit the business of the Tamil Nadu’s fisherman very hard, as heavy rains and storms have prevented them from venturing out to sea.

Thousands of fishing boats sit docked at the Kasimedu and Srinivasapuram fishing harbours in Chennai, as strong winds lashed the sea with threatening waves.

The fishing business has been severely affected and fishermen are struggling to make ends meet as they have incurred losses worth million of rupees over the past ten days.

Fishermen, eager to go out to the sea, are forced to reckon with nature's fury as they sit idle and wait for the gusty winds to slow down.

Babu, a fisherman appealed to the government for help.


97 Indian fishermen return to their home in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Nov 5 : Ninety-seven Indian fishermen, who were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, for allegedly straying into the Lankan waters, returned to their homes in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam District early on Monday morning.

The fishermen, who belonged to the Akkaraipettai and Keechankuppam coastal villages of the district, were detained along with 17 boats.

They were released on the orders of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 
Selvaraj, a fishermen, said they were fishing in the deep sea off Kodiakkarai on October 31 when four Sri Lankan Naval officials surrounded their boats and asked them to surrender at gun point and to accompany them.


Medicos in Chennai opposed to mandatory serving in rural areas

Chennai, Nov 19 : Post Graduate Medical students of Tamil Nadu and House Surgeons Council have threatened to go on a hunger strike in Chennai against the Centre's decision to make rural service for the medical students compulsory.

The medical students today launched a token strike against it.

Recently, Union Health Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, had announced to table a Bill favouring compulsory rural service for the medical students.

"We want union Health Minister to drop this plan. And we also want the Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to intervene and resolve it as soon as possible," said Sathish Kumar, spokesperson of Tamil Nadu Medical Students and House Surgeons Council.


Coimbatore Jail authorities horrified over inmates developing heart ailments

Coimbatore, Nov.23 : Officials at a Coimbatore Jail are startled after learning during a health check up that most of their inmates have heart and stress ailments.

The matter came to light after an inmate die of heart problem, making the jail authorities and the District administration to conduct a cardiac check-up of all the prisoners. Majority of the prisoners at the Coimbatore Central Jail are serving their life sentences.

According to the District Collector, Dr. Neeraj Mittal over 2,300 inmates were screened by a team of 20 specialists and other doctors.


Coimbatore Jail authorities horrified over inmates developing heart ailments

Coimbatore, Nov.23 : Officials at a Coimbatore Jail are startled after learning during a health check up that most of their inmates have heart and stress ailments.

The matter came to light after an inmate die of heart problem, making the jail authorities and the District administration to conduct a cardiac check-up of all the prisoners. Majority of the prisoners at the Coimbatore Central Jail are serving their life sentences.

According to the District Collector, Dr. Neeraj Mittal over 2,300 inmates were screened by a team of 20 specialists and other doctors.


Tamil Nadu Govt. Takes Strict Stance Against Medicos

Chief_Minister_M_KarunanidhiChennai: Tamil Nadu government has told medicos to give up their agitation, which is against government’s proposal to make one year’s rural service compulsory; otherwise they will face eviction from hostels.
   
Medicos are on a fast-unto-death, so to force the central government re-think on the proposal of one-year mandatory rural service.


Majority Of Agitating TN Medicos Call Off Their Strike

Chennai: Majority of agitating medicos have ended their strike against TN_Health_Minister_M_R_K_Panneerselvamextension of MBBS course by one year, but the scholars of six colleges in Tamil Nadu are still continuing their protests.

The convener of the Federation of Students of Medical Colleges in Tamil Nadu, an umbrella organization spearheading the protest, Janakiraman told that the students of ten medical colleges have called off their agitation and efforts were on to persuade the students of six other colleges.


Rock pythons rescued and sent to their natural habitat

Krishanakri (Tamil Nadu), Dec 12: Forest Officials in Tamil Nadu are rescuing rock pythons from residential areas and sending them back to their natural habitat.

Krishanakri, 500 km away from Chennai, is among several places in the country, where snake hunting has been banned.

In spite of the ban, snake hunting continues with people clandestinely selling their skins.

"We are catching the pythons because earlier people used to catch them and sell their skin openly. Now that we have banned snake hunting to protect the species, the people bring the snakes to residential areas and smuggle their skin into the market, " said Subramanian, a Forest Ranger, Krishanakri.


Vaikunta Ekadesi festival at Srirangam

Srirangam (Tamil Nadu), Dec 21: A large number of devotees congregated at Ranganatha shrine here to celebrate the Vaikunta Ekadesi Festival.

Vaikunta Ekadasi occurs in December and Vaishnavits or worshippers of Lord Vishnu, believe that 'Vaikunta Dwaram' or 'the gate to Lord's Inner Sanctum' is opened on this day.

"I am coming here for the last 16-17 years and enjoying this festival very much. All my relatives come here every year, " said Krishnamurthy, a devotee.

On the occasion, the idol of the God bedecked in diamonds is taken out of the sanctum sanctorum to be placed at Thirumamani Mandapam (thousand pillared hall).


Fishermen struggling to pay off loans even three years after Tsunami

Fishermen struggling to pay off loans even three years after TsunamiNagapattinam (Tamil Nadu), Dec 26: Even after three years, fishermen in Tamil Nadu’s Nagapattinam District are struggling to repay bank loans taken in the aftermath of the Tsunami.

According to fishermen, the Tamil Nadu Government provides them with 1,500 liters of diesel at subsidised rates every month to operate their ferries.

But rising diesel prices have weighed down heavily on them.


After three-day ordeal, two jackals rescued from deep well in Tamil Nadu

Jackal

Krishnagiri (TN), Dec 27 (ANI): Two silver striped
jackals were rescued from a 60-foot deep well in Tamil Nadu’s
Krishnagiri District after a three-day long tribulation.

The jackals that had strayed into the Thanampatti village from the nearby forest fell into the well.

Due to the well’s depth, it was impossible for the jackals to escape on their own.

On noticing the jackals in trouble, the villagers
informed the forest officials. Soon a team of five forest officials
reached the spot.


After three-day ordeal, two jackals rescued from deep well in Tamil Nadu

Krishnagiri (TN), Dec 28: Two silver striped jackals were rescued from a 60-foot deep well in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri District after a three-day long tribulation.

The jackals that had strayed into the Thanampatti village from the nearby forest fell into the well.

Due to the well’s depth, it was impossible for the jackals to escape on their own.

On noticing the jackals in trouble, the villagers informed the forest officials. Soon a team of five forest officials reached the spot.

After a struggle for three days, the forest personnel were successful in bringing the jackals out of the well safely.


No Irregularties In Distribution Of CTVs, Says Karunanidhi

M KarunanidhiTamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi stated that there were no irregularities in the distribution of colour TV sets to the BPL (below the poverty line) families by the state government.

The general public was fully conscious of Jayalalithaa’s ulterior motive whose intention was to bring disrepute to DMK government, he added.

It may be noted that J Jayalalithaa, AIADMK supremo, on Saturday recommends the DMK government to concentrate on fulfilling the basic needs of the people, rather than focusing on distributing free television sets.


‘Vegetarian eggs’ which do not hatch

Vegetarian EggsErode (Tamil Nadu), Jan. 4 : If claims of an Erode-based export company in Tamil Nadu, dealing in poultry-based processed products, are to be believed, the vegetarian eggs are all set to become a reality in the domestic market.

SKM Egg Products Limited has branded certain eggs as vegetarian eggs, which are laid by the hens solely fed on a vegetarian diet. The company’s processed egg products range from whole egg powder to yolk powder and albumen powder.


Rose sale witness a boom ahead of Valentine's Day

Rose  Valentine's DayKrishnagiri (Tamil Nadu), Jan 29 : The business in roses is witnessing a mega boom ahead of Valentine's Day in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri District.

Krishnagiri, which is about 250 km from Chennai, has a climate that is ideal for rose cultivation. As a result of this, floriculture thrives and business in roses is witnessing a mega boom.

Pushpanchali Rose Garden, located in Krishnagiri is the largest rose production centre in the region, growing lakhs of roses in eleven varieties.


Kolams offer artistic blend to Thai Poosam festival in Tamil Nadu

KolamDharampuri (Tamil Nadu), Feb. 1 : Kolam or the art of Rangoli, presented in varied colours and traditional designs, is a heritage of Tamil Nadu. It’s been in vogue, especially in the south India, since time immemorial.

Kolam attains prominence during Pongal season when girls of marriageable age meticulously prepare different Kolams in the foreyard of their houses.

The month of Margali and Thai Poosam festival falling between December 15 and January 15 are eagerly awaited by eves. The occasion is opportunity for the girls to showcase their artistic tastes by covering the entire width of the road with one big Kolam.


Tamil Muslim activists protest against Israeli satellite Polaris

Chennai, Feb 2: TMMK President M H JawahirullahActivists of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) are protesting against the launch of an advanced Israeli reconnaissance satellite by India.

TMMK activists said the satellite launch went against the central coalition's agenda for governance.

"We are protesting because this action of the UPA Government goes against the Common Minimum Programme (CMP),” said TMMK President M H Jawahirullah.


Speeding train kills three elephants in Coimbatore

Train Kills 3 Elephant Palakkad (Tamil Nadu), Feb 4 : Three elephants, including a pregnant mammal, were hit and killed by a speeding passenger train passing through Pakkalad railway track in Coimbatore today.

According to officials, the elephants might have come hunting for a safe refuge for the pregnant elephant.

"We found one adult, about 30 years and a half gown adult about eight-years-old, and a full-term pregnant female, who met with an accident with the passenger train," said Manoharan, Forest Veterinary Officer.


German girl renews friendship with a jumbo in Tamil Nadu

Jambukeswara TempleTrichy (Tamil Nadu), Feb 23: A German girl of Indian origin renewed her acquaintance with her beloved elephant Shanti in the Thiruvanaikaval or Jambukeswara Temple in Trichy, Tamil Nadu.

Seven-year-old Pooja, while on a visit to the Mudhumalai National Park in Ooty four year ago befriended Shanti.

Thereafter, Pooja left for Germany but kept telling her father that she missed her favourite jumbo. Her father then accompanied her to India so that she could meet Shanti.

Pooja said she liked feeding the elephants banana, tomatoes, oranges and apples for elephants.


Cat meat a delicacy for Tamil Nadu tribes!

Krishnagiri Cat meat a delicacy for Tamil Nadu tribes!(Tamil Nadu), March 3 : For most the sight of a little cat evokes affection. The soft pussy is allowed to hop from lap to lap to be caressed and cuddled. But for some tribes in Tamil Nadu, they are best served as a meat!

Believe it or not, cat meat is enjoyed as a delicacy by tribes like Irulas and Boers of Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri District. It is very popular among these rural folk who belong to hilly regions. These people mostly depend on meat for food.


Wounded jumbo battling for life in Tamil Nadu

Wounded jumbo battling for life in Tamil NaduWodapatti (Dharmapuri) (Tamil Nadu), March 5 : An elephant that was found badly wounded near Wodapatti, a place near the Karnataka border, last week is battling helplessly for its life.

Forest rangers, who first spotted the wounded pachyderm, believe that it must have suffered internal injuries after falling down on the ground following a fight with the members of its herd.


Wounded jumbo battling for life in Tamil Nadu

Wodapatti (Dharmapuri) (Tamil Nadu), March 6: Wounded jumbo battling for life in Tamil NaduAn elephant that was found badly wounded near Wodapatti, a place near the Karnataka border, last week is battling helplessly for its life.

Forest rangers, who first spotted the wounded pachyderm, believe that it must have suffered internal injuries after falling down on the ground following a fight with the members of its herd.


Increase in tiger population in Tamil Nadu

Increase in tiger population in Tamil NaduTirunelveli (Tamil Nadu), Mar 8 : A Tiger census was conducted by Tamil Nadu Forest and Wild Animal Department officials with the help of 150 college students in Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve recently.

The Tiger Reserve is situated in the Western Ghats. It is bound by forests in the west, north and south and by villages in the east.

The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 came into force in the State of Tamil Nadu in 1974. All the existing reserves were deemed as sanctuaries under the Wildlife Protection Act.


Tamil Nadu jumbo rescued from well

Tamil Nadu jumbo rescued from wellChennai, Mar 13: An elephant has been rescued from a 20 feet deep well in Muthampadi village in Tamil Nadu.

The elephant fell into the well on Sunday night and its depth prevented it from getting out on its own.

Forest officials were informed and it took about ten hours to rescue the animal. (ANI)


Tamil Nadu's great great grandma Rajammal celebrates her 106th b'day

Krishnagiri (Tamil Nadu), March 15: TamilnaduIt was birthday celebrations of a different sort for the 105-year-old Rajammal of Tamil Nadu when her entire family, comprising 195 members, converged at her place to personally greet her on the occasion.

The birthday was celebrated in a traditional south Indian style earlier this week (March 10) in the State's Krishnagiri town.

A "Kanakabhishekam" ceremony was organized on the occasion in which flower petals and currency coins were showered as a gesture of joy. The ceremony is generally held after a person completes 80 years.


12 injured as passenger train derails in Tamil Nadu

Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu), Mar 20:12 injured as passenger train derails in Tamil NaduTwelve people were injured when several coaches of the Madurai-Kollam passenger train derailed between Valliyur and Aralvaimozhi near here early this morning.

Senior railway officials from Madurai have gone to the spot of the mishap and are overseeing rescue and relief operations.

An investigation has been ordered to ascertain the exact cause of the derailment. (ANI)


No fresh tax in Tamli Nadu Budget

No fresh tax in Tamli Nadu BudgetChennai, Mar 20: Tamil Nadu Government has proposed no fresh taxes, tax cuts for industrial products and reduction in interest for farm loans in the state budget for the year 2008-09 presented in the Assembly today.

The Tamil Nadu Finance Minister, K. Anbhazagan in his third consecutive budget, announced that the interest on farm loans would be reduced to 4 per cent from the present 5 per cent.

Anbhazagan said Rs. 1500 crore new crop loans would be disbursed in the coming year.


Images of Leaders on eggs

Former President A.P.J. Abdul KalamTirupur (Tamil Nadu), Mar 25: Anandan, an artist hails from this textile town in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu, has created images of leaders on egg shells aiming to open a museum dedicated to art on egg shells.

Anandan got inspiration after he was encouraged by Former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to make his sculpture from bamboo.

After having made several sculptures from bamboo, he got the idea of making artistic creations out of egg shells.


Man with loaded gun held at Sonia’s Karaikudi rally

Karaikudi (Tamil Nadu), April 5 : Tamil Nadu police on Saturday arrested a man with a loaded gun from the venue of the rally which Congress president Sonia Gandhi was to address in Karaikudi in the State’s Sivaganga District.

According to police, the man is yet to be identified and is being interrogated.

Gandhi, who is on a day-long visit to the State, will participate in two functions organised by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.

Apart from the rally, Gandhi is also scheduled to inaugurate the auditorium atAlagappa University. (ANI)


Tamil Nadu hosts weeklong transgenders festival

Villupuram (Tamil Nadu), Apr. 22 : Tamil Nadu is playing host to a weeklong festival dedicated to transgenders with the objective of facilitating their eventual entry into the existing social mainstream.

The festival, which began on Sunday, is held annually at 'Koovagam' in the state’s Villupuram District.

The Koothandavar Temple that draws about 70,000 transgenders, homosexuals and cross dressers from around the world, culminates with two elderly males tying the knot to symbolize warrior king Aravan's wedding to Lord Krishna in his Mohini avatar.


Neyveli Lignite gets nod for Tuticorin Thermal Power Project

The Indian Government has finally sanctioned its approval for Neyveli Lignite Corporation’s 2x500 MW coal-based thermal power project at Tuticorin in joint venture with Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.

The project, Tuticorin Thermal Power Project, will have a share holding of 89 % of the equity capital by NLC and the rest by TNEB. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 4,909.54 crore based on April 2007 price level.

The Cabinet has also approved the formation of the joint venture company of NLC with TNEB by the name of 'NLC-Tamil Nadu Power Ltd' as per the Memorandum of Articles and Articles of Association for setting up of a 1,000 MW coal-based thermal power project.


Coastal Energen to setup a 2000 MW power project in Tamil Nadu

Coastal Energen to setup a 2000 MW power project in Tamil Nadu

Coastal Energen Pvt. Ltd, an arm of the Coal & Oil Group of Dubai (C&O Group), announced its plans to set up a 2,000 MW power watt plant in Tuticorin district, Tamil Nadu.

The project would entail an investment of Rs 8,500 crore. The 1,080 MW (3X360 MW) first phase of work which entails an amount of Rs 4,500 crore will commence in mid-June and the plant is expected to be commissioned within 36 months from the start of work.


Indowind Energy acquires 8.25 mw wind farm

Indowind Energy acquires 8.25 mw wind farm

Chennai-based Indowind Energy Limited has informed that the company has acquired 8.25 mw wind farm from Andhra Bank under SARFAESI ACT.

The wind farm, located in one of the best wind sites in India near Mupandal-Aralvaimozhi belt, at Sundarapandiapuram and Sambavarvadakarai village in Nagarkoil & Kanyakumari districtrs of Tamil Nadu.

The wind farm is two years old, and is expected to generate 16 million units electricity and reduce approximately 14, 000 tons of carbon per annum.


ONGC Sets Up India’s First Helium Extraction Pilot Plant In Kuthalam

In the back drop of depletion of Helium availability throughout the world, Mr. R S Sharma, ONGC’s chairman & managing directorOil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Limited has launched a pilot project in order to extract helium from Natural Gas by making use of a four-stage pressure swing adsorption technique for the first time in India.

The project, launched at Kuthalam near Mayiladuturai in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, is an important step towards the objective of assimilating new technology to make India self- reliant in helium.


REC sanctions Rs 3,796 crore loan for Thermal Power Plant in Tamil Nadu

Thermal Power Plant

Rural Electrification Corporation, the entity formed to support power sector projects, has sanctioned a term loan to NTPC Tamil Nadu Power Company for its upcoming Ennore Power plans in Chennai. REC approved a loan of Rs 3,796 crore to 50:50 joint venture between NTPC and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board for the thermal power project.

The project would be completed by 11th plan and will offer additional 1,000 MW thermal power to Tamil Nadu. The first 500 MW unit will be commissioned at Kuruvimedu village in Ennore.


Milestone Capital To Raise Fund Of Rs 1000 Cr

Milestone Capital Advisors Private Limited, an independent venture fund with focus on realty, will lift a fund of Rs 1,000 crore to make investment in the flourishing realty sector in tier-II and tier-III cities of Tamil Nadu.    

Mr. Ved Prakash Arya, Milestone Managing Director stated that the fund raised under “Milestone Domestic Scheme-II1” would be used for the growth of land, construction of energy efficient residential buildings and warehouses.    

“We have successfully raised two real estate funds to the tune of Rs 250 crore and Rs 1000 crore respectively. Of the 14 investments we have made out of the first fund, nine are in Chennai,” Mr. Arya added.


A small time waiter to take up Civil Services

(Vinnamalgalam) Vellore (Tamil Nadu), May 21 : Demonstrating how perseverance pays, a one-time waiter at a local restaurant in Tamil Nadu has cleared the prestigious Indian Administrative Exams in his seventh attempt!

Born to a humble couple of Krishnan and Kalavati in Vinnamangalam, a tiny village in the State’s Vellore District, Jayaganesh had to work at a cinema hall’s cafeteria and later on at an eatery shop in Chennai as waiter.

He needed money to pursue his long cherished dream of becoming an Indian Administraitve Service Officer.

Having had his initial education at the native village, Jayaganesh went on to Vellore city to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.


L&T Plans Expansion; Eyes 30% Sales Growth In 2008-09

In order to strengthen capacities at its growth centres, Larsen & Toubro J.P. Nayak, member of the board and president (machinery and industrial products), L&T(L&T), engineering and construction major, has decided to invest Rs 2,500 crore during the existing fiscal (2008-09).

The money will be spent in augmenting the existing facilities across all locations and for establishing a ship-building yard in Tamil Nadu.


Monsoon in 2-3 days in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka

Monsoon in 2-3 days in Tamil Nadu and KarnatakaNew Delhi, May 31 : Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) declares onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala today.

A press release from the Department declares this in view of strengthening and deepening westerly flow over Arabian Sea and south Peninsula, presence of an off shore trough and an East-West shear zone, persistent convection over Arabian Sea and adjoining peninsular India and continued fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls for the last two days over the state.


GAIL Signs Gas Co-Operation Pact With TIDCO

In order to assess medium and long term demand of gas potential of the state, Gas Authority of India (GAIL) announced that it has entered into a gas co-operation Gas Authority of India (GAIL) contract with Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO).


Moser Baer To Establish Rs 20-Bn Unit In Tamil Nadu

Moser Baer India, a global technology major, has signed up a memorandumMoser Baer To Establish Rs 20-Bn Unit In Tamil Nadu of understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu government to establish a photo voltaic and nano technology plant at Oragadum, near Chennai.

The plant, to be set up with a total investment of Rs 20 billion, will come up in the Small Industries Promotion Corp of Tamil Nadu (Sipcot) industrial estate.


Elango Industries To Establish Coal-Based Power Plant In Tamilnadu

Leading medium and small steel manufacturer, Elango Industries has unveiled its plans to set up an 80MW (mega watt) coal based power plant at Gummudipoondi near Chennai, Tamilnadu.

The company did not divulge the financial details of the project.

The company (Elango Industries) has also informed that it has shifted its business from Steel Industry to Power Generation and Distribution.

In fact, in 2006 it commissioned a Gas based Power Plant at Mayiladuthurai Tamilnadu, through a SPV viz. Kaveri Gas Power Ltd.

Shares of the Elango Industries closed at Rs 23.20 on National Stock Exchange. The total volume of shares traded was 20 at the Bombay Stock Exchange.


BHEL wins order worth Rs 2175 crore from TNEB

BHEL wins order worth Rs 2175 crore from TNEB

Power plant equipment major Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has secured an EPC contract worth Rs 2175 crore from Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) for setting up a 600 MW thermal power generating unit in Tamil Nadu.

TNEB has earlier placed a similar EPC order with BHEL for setting up a 600 MW thermal power generating unit at the same power station.


Tamil Nadu police busts LTTE procurement network

Tamil rebels declare unilateral ceasefire during SAARC talksChennai, July 24 : The Q Branch of the Tamil Nadu police busted a major Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) procurement network when it arrested three persons, including a Sri Lankan from Manalmelkudi in Pudukottai district of Tamil Nadu.

The three arrested persons were Kumargurubaran (28) a resident of Chennai, Ramesh (37) hailing from Ramanathapuram, and Manamohan (28) from Pesalai, Sri Lanka.

According to the police, Manamohan was the key player in this procurement network, coordinating the operation.


Thirty Lakh More Jobs By 2011

The government of Tamil Nadu is working on formulating new policy for M. Karunanidhiindustry in the state. The state Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi released new Information and Communication Technology policy. The new policy by state government is aimed to reduce unemployment rate in the state. The government wants to create about 3 million jobs by 2011.


Tamil Nadu devotees perform river-rising prayer on ''Aadiperukku''

Trichy (TN), Aug 2 : Hundreds of farmers gathered at the bank of a Cauvery River today for a ritualistic prayer on the occasion of ''Aadiperukku''.

''Aadiperukku'' is an annual ritual peculiar to the Cauvery Delta -- the rice growing belt -- in Tamil Nadu, celebrating the rising of the river, which is expected on the 18th day of the solar month, Aadi corresponding to August 2 or August 3.

Women in large numbers take part in this festival, said to honour the bountiful river. They take a dip in the river, tie a holy thread on the neck and apply vermilion on the forehead of each other.


Kerala-born percussionist aims to break his record in Tamil Nadu

Kuzhalmannam G .RamakrishnanCoimbatore, Aug 10: An Indian artiste is all set to better his own record of 101 hours of playing the 'Mridangam' a traditional drum, non-stop in Tamil Nadu.

Kuzhalmannam G .Ramakrishnan, a 37-year-old percussionist from Kerala, who started his 'Mridangam Marathon' on August 1 will play it for 15 days up to August 15.

As per the Guinness World Records guidelines, Ramakrishnan is allowed a five minute break per hour.


SC Notice To Tamil Nadu Govt For TV Largesse

The Tamil Nadu government received a notice from the Supreme Court on Wednesday and was questioned regarding the free distribution of products like color televisions and computers to attract the voters, the cost of which would be accounted from the public funds. This pre-poll promise has been made by DMK party.

S Subramaniam Blalaji questioned the DMK government regarding the issue on a public interest petition. Notices were also issued to the Central Government’s Finance Ministry, the Election Commission of India, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India and DMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi by a Bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan.


Tulsyan NEC signs MoU with Budhrani Group

Tulsyan NEC Limited, a flagship company of the Tulsyan group, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Budhrani group of companies to set up a steel-making and rolling mill in Nigeria on a joint venture basis to manufacture long products.

Under the arrangement, Tulsyan NEC will hold 51% stake in new venture while balance stake will stay with Budhrani group of companies.

The production capacity of the proposed plant would be around 60,000 metric tonnes per annum, which would require an investment of approximately Rs 68 crore.


TN CM announces Rs. 5 lakh compensation for each cataract victim

On Monday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi announced to pay of Rs. 5 lakhs to each victim, who had been undergoing treatment of eye cataract surgery and complained of blurred vision post surgery, during the eye camp at Perambalur.

Karunanidhi further said the Government would conduct a detailed inquiry into the matter. He also said that all patients who currently are being treated would get a monthly pension of Rs 400.

The patients complained to the administration that they have been given expired eye drops during the eye operation, which was conducted in a camp organized by a private Joseph Institute of Ophthalmology on July 28. Sadly, six victims lost their eyesight completely yesterday.


Paragliding in Yelagiri Hills of Tamil Nadu

TamilnaduPonneri (Vellore) Tamil Nadu, Aug. 29 : Located 14 kilometres from Ponneri on the Vaniyambadi-Tirupattur Road and situated midway between Chennai and Bangalore Yelagiri Hills is a hill resort which is also known as the ''Poor Man''s Ooty’.

Until the other day, the scenic Yelagiri didn’t have much to draw tourists except the boating experience in the stream and lake at the foothills. But today it has many attractions for tourists and the latest addition is paragliding.


Film makers throng picturesque Ooty for shoots

Ooty (Tamil Nadu), Sep 1 : Udagamandalam or Ooty, one of the scenic hill stations in India, is abuzz with activity as film makers’ start making a beeline to the hill resort generating employment for locals.

Local people have benefited a lot in terms of employment opportunities with a large number of shooting units flocking to the city in the past few months.

The sudden spurt in film shooting in Ooty provides jobs to more than 1000 persons and 2500 derive indirect benefits.

When five to seven units come here at least 100 cars and vans are hired and a large number of hotel rooms are also occupied.


Devotees throng temples to offer prayers to lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesh prayCoimbatore/Tamil Nadu/Mumbai/Pune, Sept 3 : Devotees thronged a temple in Coimbatore, to offer prayers to Lord Ganesha on the occasion of ''Ganesh Chaturthi'', the ten-day long annual festival, which began on Wednesday.

The festival, which marks the birth anniversary of lord Ganesha, is celebrated with great fanfare across the country.

Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple in Coimbatore today, to offer prayers on the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi, in front of the idol, which is claimed by the temple priests to be the biggest in Asia.


Sonia to address rally in Erode today

Sonia to address rally in Erode todayErode (Tamil Nadu), Sept 4 : Congress president Sonia Gandhi will today address a rally at Tamil Nadu’s Erode District today.

The rally is being held as a part of series of rallies planned by the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) in the run-up to next year''s Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress has planned to hold rallies at Tiruchirapalli, Madurai and Tiruneveli in the next three months, to be addressed by Sonia.


Devotees break coconut over their heads to appease God in Tamil Nadu

DharmapuriTamilnadu (Tamil Nadu), Sept 11 : In a unique ritual, a priest broke coconuts over the devotees'' heads during a temple festival in a village in Dharmapuri District of Tamil Nadu, as part of their abeyance to the deity.

The ritual, which is unique to the festival of Veerapathiran Samy temple, is an annual ritual in which hundreds of devotees participated on Wednesday at Parvathanullur village

By breaking the coconuts over their heads, the devotees pay gratitude to the deity for fulfilling their wishes.


Raj Television has no short term plans to enter into print media business

Raj Television Network has clarified that at present the company does not have any proposal to foray into print media business. However, the company may look at the proposal in the long-term.

According to the company, this is the long term objective, but at present, the company doesn't have any proposal in hand.

But in near future, if the fund are required, then the company may to dilute 5-10% of equity to private equity players to meet the future fund requirements, depending on the market conditions.

Earlier, a financial daily had reported that Raj Television was planning to foray into print media, and was open to acquiring a Tamil newspaper.


Tamil Nadu Govt To Launch Website

Tamil Nadu Govt To Launch WebsiteThe Tamil Nadu Government has revealed that it has planned to roll out a website, which would enable the user to access information on various aspects.

While commenting on website, Mr. C Chandramouli, IT Secretary stated, “It would be a mother of all portals where anyone can get information or services on 110 various services. It might be something to do with telephone bill payment or birth certificate, but it would cover the entire state.”

According to the sources, the website was ready but its launch date has yet to be finalized.


An Integrated Survival Facility on Dialing 108

The TamilNadu government, in a joint venture with the Emergency Management and Research Institute have launched an integrated emergency service to attend to all medical, fire and police emergencies.

One of the first ever public/private ventures, set up at the cost of 70 crores, will have the facility available in the city and its suburbs. It aims at covering the entire state by the yearend, said the health minister M R K Paneerselvam.


Terror threat to temples in Tamil Nadu

Tamil NaduChennai, Sept 25 : Security has been stepped up in five major temples in Tamil Nadu following an intelligence alert of terror attacks.

The Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, the Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram, the Murugan temple in Palani, the Kapaleeswarar Temple in Chennai and Sri Ranganathar Temple in Srirangam in Tiruchirappalli have come under a heightened security.

Besides these temples, commercial hubs in Chennai and elsewhere have also been placed under surveillance.


Banana boats, the latest charm for tourists in Tamil Nadu

Tamil NaduVillipuram (Tamil Nadu), Sep. 26 : After the conventional rowing boats followed by motor boats, pedalling boats and cycle boats, the latest draw among rowing enthusiasts are the banana boats in coastal Mudaliyar Kuppam of Tamil Nadu.

Mudaliyar Kuppam was one among the worst affected targets of the unfortunate tsunami waves in 2004.

After having executed rehabilitation programmes in this region, the banana boats have been introduced as a new water sports attraction by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) in a bid to attract tourists.


Jain Irrigation plans to setup a manufacturing hub in Tamil Nadu

Jain Irrigation plans to setup a manufacturing hub in Tamil NaduJain Irrigation, one of the largest micro-irrigation systems manufacturers in the world, plans to establish a manufacturing hub for micro-irrigation systems, PVC Pipes and fruit processing in Tamil Nadu to cater to the Southern States and the export market.

The company has pumped over Rs 65 crore at the facility and plans to invest over Rs 100 crore, which would include facilities to expand production of drip irrigation
equipment and fruit processing facilities.


CVRDE to develop unmanned infantry combat vehicle

CVRDE to develop unmanned infantry combat vehicleChennai, Sept 28 : The Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) at Avadi near Chennai has started developing unmanned infantry combat vehicle for carrying troops as a precursor to developing unmanned Future Main Battle Tank (FMBT) by 2020. 

This information was given by CVRDE Director S Sundaresh on Saturday evening on the sidelines of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) India Students Convention, organised by the SRM University at its campus in suburban Kattankulathur, in Avadi.


FXLabs Studios launches Country’ first homemade arcade game 'Dance Challenge'

FXLabs Studios, the leading end-to-end gaming company in India, has launched newly developed arcade game 'Dance Challenge', the first of its kind game with exclusive Indian content.

The kiosk will facilitate gamers to play with game either through the console keys or through an exclusive metal dance pad, which comes along with the game arcade.

The kiosk is controlled with a dance pad or with keys and four arrows pointing in each direction. The arrows on the screen would scroll or overlap. When they overlap, the player has to click the corresponding arrow on the dance pad or on the key, while listening to the lively music.


Attacks on Christians spread to Tamil Nadu

Dharmapuri (TN)/Bangalore, Oct 7 : Attacks on Christians spread to Tamil NaduAttacks on Christians have now spread to Tamil Nadu. Miscreants have broken statues inside a Christian school in the state''s Dharmapuri District.

The incident took place inside the ''Our Lady high School'' at Mathagondapalli near Thali in Dharmapuri District on Saturday night.

The school authorities have filed a complaint with the police.


IDBI Fortis Life Insurance Intends To Open 100 Branches Across Country

IDBI Fortis Life Insurance has informed that the company will shortly open IDBI Fortis Life Insurance Intends To Open 100 Branches Across Country24 branches, including six in Tamil Nadu, to expand its footprints in the southern region. 

The company, a joint venture of IDBI, Federal Bank and Fortis, Europe's banking and insurance firm, has launched its operations in March, this fiscal. 

Under its proposed expansion plan, the firm intends to open 100 branches across the country in coming months. 


Supreme Court issues to Tamil Nadu Government for release of Rajiv Gandhi killing accused

New Delhi, Oct.17: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Tamil Nadu government on a petition filed by V Ravichandran, a convict serving life sentence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, seeking his premature release on the ground that he has already undergone a jail term of 14 years.

Supreme Court Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Mr. Justice P Sathasivam issued the notice after Ravichandran''s counsel urged that his client''s plea for release be considered by the Advisory Board along with three others Nalini, S.Jeyakumar and Robert Payas whose application is already pending with the State Government.


Tamil Film Industry to support Lankan Tamils

After political parties, now its film industry of Tamilnadu lending its support to the efforts to bring focus back on the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils by calling for a protest rally on Sunday. Over 2,000 people, including top stars, directors and other film personalities, are expected to gather at Rameswaram island, which is in close proximity to Sri Lanka.

The rally will demand a halt to the island army's ongoing offensive in the north of the neighboring republic, the industry sources said.The issue has rocked the state in a strong way after several years.


Sri Lanka to send a high level Team to India

After New Delhi's concerns over the worsening conflict in Sri Lanka and its impact on Tamil civilians, Colombo has decided to send a high-level delegation to India. They will appraise New Delhi of the latest situation," Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told media. Five MPs and two senior officials will visit India following the direction of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

New Delhi on Thursday summoned Lankan High Commissioner to India C R Jayasinghe and told him that Colombo should address its concerns over the humanitarian situation.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee have already asked Colombo to protect the rights of civilians.


Karunanidhi hopeful of Centre taking steps to halt Lankan troops’ offensive

M KarunanidhiChennai, Oct 18 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s remark on the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, and said the remarks raised hopes of the Centre taking steps to halt the Lankan troops’ offensive against Tamils in LTTE-held areas.

The DMK chief, while writing in party organ “Murasoli”, said he found solace in the remarks of the PM and hoped the Centre would consider the demands of an all-party meeting here on October 14.


Nissan Motors inks MoU with Ennore Port to export its vehicles

Nissan Motor India Private LimitedNissan Motor India Private Limited (NMIPL), the Indian affiliate of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ennore Port Ltd (EPL) to export its vehicles through Ennore Port in Tamil Nadu.

With the signing of the agreement, NMIPL will become the first automaker to utilize this eastern gateway port of India as an export base.

According to company officials, exports will include models, such as the next generation of Micra, which will be built on Nissan’s new A-platform.


Aircel Slashes Call Rates In Tamil Nadu

Aircel Slashes Call Rates In Tamil NaduAircel, India’s fastest growing telecom service provider, announced that it has cut down ISD call rates for its pre-paid subscribers in Chennai and rest of Tamil Nadu circle.

According to the sources, the proposed scheme is meant for calls specifically made to Malaysia and Singapore.

Through this scheme, Aircel pre-paid subscriber can make ISD calls to Malaysia and Singapore at Rs 3 per minute by a recharge coupon worth Rs. 96.

While on the other hand, with a recharge coupon of Rs. 29, pre-paid customers can make calls to the same destinations at Rs. 3.5 per minute.


Aircel Slashes Call Rates in TN

Aircel Slashes Call Rates in TN The pre-paid subscribers of Aircel in Chennai and rest of Tamil Nadu circle can be happy, since the company has slashed ISD call rates for them. 

The calls specifically made to Malaysia and Singapore will benefit from this scheme. A subscriber would be able to make ISD calls to Malaysia and Singapore at Rs 3 per minute, if he gets a recharge coupon worth Rs 96. If incase he gets coupon for Rs 29, the call would cost Rs. 3.5 per minute. 

This offer has been started off since there is vast numbers of Tamilians residing in Malaysia and Singapore. 


Power starved factories in Hosur apprehend closure

Tamil Nadu Govt To Launch WebsiteHosur (Tamil Nadu) Oct. 27 : Factory workers and industrialists in Tamil Nadu’s Hosur area are upset over the acute power shortage, which is causing lay offs and a concern for social security for all here.

Hosur is a town and a municipality in Krishnagiri district here. But consequent to heavy load shedding, the small, medium and even large scale units have felt compelled to lay off their workforce.


Orphan urchin boy acting in a Tamil movie

Chennai, Oct. 31 : For the first time in Indian cinema, a real life urchin will be seen on the big screen playing a major role in a Tamil movie on beggary and child exploitation here.

Directed by eminent film director Vinayan, the film ‘Naallai Nammathe’ meaning tomorrow belongs to us, is aimed to create awareness about the life, which the beggars and pavement dwellers have to live. It also highlights how mafia goons have a say in beggary and exploitation of families.

Film producer Jose Maveli spotted the nine-year-old Babu who was roaming and begging on the streets of Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh). He was facing starvation and homelessness at that time. The boy was admitted to a hospital by a Kerala-based NGO.


Tamil Nadu police chief gets NHRC notice on Dalits’ rights violation

Tamil NaduNew Delhi, Nov. 5 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo-motu cognizance of a violation of human rights of Dalits in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli District.

The Commission has issued notice to the District Collector and Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu seeking their comments in the matter within a month.

A report published in The Hindu on October 29 alleged that around 200 Dalits of 70 families of Panthapuli village had been forced to leave the village to ensure their safety as they were reportedly under serious threat from upper caste Hindus.


Four killed in car-lorry collision in Tamil Nadu

Four killed in car-lorry collision in Tamil NaduVaagaikulam (TN), Nov 6 : At least four people were killed and four others injured in a collision between an overcrowded car and an acid-laden lorry near Vaagaikulam in Tamil Nadu this morning.

According to sources, the accident took place on Tuticorin-Tirunelveli Highway, when the victims were proceeding to Tirunelveli from Tuticorin.

All injured have been admitted to the Tuticorin Government Hospital. (ANI)


Trichi in TN bags highest number of Nirmal Gram Awards for 2008

New Delhi, Nov 7: Trichi District in Tamil Nadu has bagged the highest number of Nirmal Gram Puraskar Awards for 2008.

Hundred and ten panchayats in the district have got the award this year, followed by 98 panchayats in Tiruvannamalai and 96 in Nagapattinam districts in the state.

The Central Government gives the annual awards for cent percent achievement in village sanitation.

Out of 1,966 villages in the State that applied for the award this year, 1,249 have been chosen after an assessment made by a screening committee from New Delhi, in the first half of May this year.


Tamil Nadu forest officials rescue trapped leopard

Tamil Nadu forest officials rescue trapped leopardCoonoor (Tamil Nadu), Nov 8: Forest officials in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor town have rescued a trapped leopard and released the big cat into the wilds.

Officials said farmers trapped the leopard, which had strayed into their fields on Thursday.

"On Thursday our officials near the north forest division of Coonoor were informed by the local residents that a leopard had entered their area. We were able to track the leopard, which was caught in a trap placed by a farmer on Friday,” said R. Kannan, Conservator of Forests, southern Coimbatore division.


82 kilogram laddu for Advani on his 82nd birthday

BJP - AdvaniCoimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Nov. 8 : Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will celebrate the 82nd birthday of senior party leader L K Advani by preparing a laddu weighing 82 kilograms.

Advani turned 82 on Saturday.

According to party sources, the laddu will be made from 40 kilograms of sugar, 30 kilograms of groundnut powder and 10 kilograms of dry fruits and ghee or clarified butter.

The four feet high laddu has been kept on the party premises and will be distributed to the public today.


Tamil television artists express solidarity with Sri Lankan Tamils

Chennai, Nov 9 : Television artists of Tamil Nadu observed hunger strike on Sunday to demonstrate solidarity with the Sri Lankan Tamils being allegedly killed by the island nation''s defence forces.

More than 500 actors and artists took part in a hunger strike in Chennai by the television and small screen Artists Association of the state.

The escalating conflict in northern Sri Lanka between government troops and Tamil Tigers has roiled Indian politics.

Many parliamentarians from Tamil Nadu have threatened to resign from the Parliament in protest against the alleged inaction on the part of the Central government to stop government offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka.


NHRC issues notice to Tamil Nadu Government on student violence

Tamil NaduNew Delhi, Nov. 14 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to Tamil Nadu''s Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, seeking reports within four weeks in the alleged incident of beating of a student by more than 20 other students wielding dangerous weapons in the presence of police officials in the Dr. Ambedkar Law College in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on the twelvth of this month.


DMK threatens to withdraw ministers

DMK threatens to withdraw ministersThe Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi has threatened to pull out from UPA if the government does not take any step to stop the killings of Lankan Tamil by the Sri Lankan army.


Karunanidhi reiterates his demand of ceasefire between Sri Lankan forces and LTTE

Coimbatore/Chennai, Nov 16 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi on Sunday reiterated his demand of ceasefire between the Sri Lankan forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanakan President Mahinda Rajapakse on November 13 in New Delhi ruled out any possibility of ceasefire till the rebels laid down their arms.

The Tigers say they are fighting to establish a separate homeland for Sri Lanka''s Tamil minority, which has complained of marginalisation by successive governments led by the Sinhalese majority since independence from Britain in 1948.


Chennai man develops special wheel chair for his disabled pet

Chennai man develops special wheel chair for his disabled petChennai, Nov. 16 : A dog owner in Chennai has developed a special wheel chair for his pet, who is paralysed from waist down to the hind legs. The aid has enabled the dog to move around without any discomfort and even play with the owner. 

Julie, the pet, today moves around with the aid of stilted wheels, which is almost, like a ''wheel chair'' designed by its owner. 


DPI stages protest in Chennai over Lankan Tamil issue

Tamil NaduChennai, Nov 18 : Dalit Panther of India (DPI), a regional political party of Tamil Nadu, took out a massive rally in Chennai on Tuesday to protest against the military offensive in northern Sri Lanka.

The protesters were demanding that the Indian government should intervene and ask the Sri Lankan government to order ceasefire and put an end to the war that''s going on in Tamil dominated areas of Sri Lanka.


Vijay, fans observe fast to express solidarity for Sri Lankan Tamils

Tamil actor VijayIn a silent protest, sans inflammatory speeches, leading Tamil actor Vijay and his fans' organizations observed an eight-hour fast on Sunday, in order to express the actor's solidarity for the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils in Chennai. Vijay had earlier participated in the fast organized by the South Indian Film Artistes Association in the city last month over the same issue.


CCEA bid to improve Powerloom sectors’ infrastructure in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu

Tamil NaduNew Delhi, Nov 20 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCAE) on Thursday gave its approval to the implementation of the Comprehensive Powerloom Cluster Development Scheme at Bhiwandi (Maharashtra) and Erode (Tamil Nadu) as a Central Sector Plan Scheme.


Aggression is paying off: Srikkanth

Krishnamachari SrikkanthChennai, Nov 24 ; Aggressive approach of the players is instrumental in the success of the Indian cricket team said chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Monday in Chennai.


Karunanidhi calls for an all-party meet to discuss Sri Lanka situation

M Karunanidhi, Sri LankaChennai, Nov 24 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday said that he has called for an all party meet on Tuesday to discuss Sri Lanka situation.

He said that an all-party meeting has been called on Tuesday to discuss the worsening situation of Tamils in Sri Lanka.


Tamil Nadu leaders to meet Manmohan Singh to discuss Sri Lankan issue

Manmohan SinghChennai, Nov 25 : Top leaders from Tamil Nadu will meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on December 04 to discuss the Sri Lankan issue.

The decision was taken at an all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in Chennai today.

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party boycotted the meeting.

Political parties in Tamil Nadu have been reiterating their demand for ceasefire between the Sri Lankan forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).


CPM to go with AIADMK in TN

AIADMK in Tamil NaduThe Marxist Communist Party of India (CPM) has decided to form an alliance with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu for the next general election.

"In all likelihood, we will have a tie-up with AIADMK," Said a party leader.

The decision is likely to be announced during the party's two-day politburo meeting. The meeting begins on November 29.

CPI has already decided to go with AIADMK.

Earlier both the left parties CPI and CPM have decided to have TDP as alliance partner in Andhra Pradesh.


Textile industry slumps Tamil Nadu

Tamil NaduCoimbatore, Nov 26 : The capacity utilization of the textile industry in Tamil Nadu, hit by the ongoing slump in the demand in international markets and the acute power shortage, has dropped by 72 percent.

With an investment of almost 50 billion rupees, the textile industry in the state is in a dismal state.


Heavy rain in Tamil Nadu kills 28, destroys crops

Tamil NaduThanjavur/Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Nov 26 : Heavy and continuous downpour for three days in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur District of Tamil Nadu has adversely hit the harvest of paddy crops causing a huge loss to farmers.

Large areas of paddy fields submerged under water due to incessant rain have left the farmers complaining.

“Last few days in Thanjavur district, there has been continuous rainfall. Due to heavy rains, paddy crops are submerged in water. Around 3000 hectares of land has been damaged due to water logging in Kalimedu, Sankasamam, Kadampakudi and Thenakudi.


Heavy Rains Claim Twenty Eight Lives In Tamil Nadu

Heavy Rains Claim Twenty Eight Lives In Tamil NaduHeavy rains, under the influence of the depression over the Bay of
Bengal, lashed different parts of Tamil Nadu. In the event, normal life
has been disrupted and already twenty eight people have lost there
lives.

According to the police most of the deaths have been either due to electrocution or wall collapses.

The Meteorological office has predicted that the depression, centred
about 50 km off the Vedaranyam coast, is likely cross the coast on
Wednesday evening between Vedanrayam and Pamban.


Heavy rains disrupt life in Tamil Nadu

Tamil NaduChennai, Nov 27 : Heavy rains triggered off by the inching cyclone ''Nisha'' towards the southern coast of India continued to lash Chennai and other places in Tamil Nadu disrupting life on Thursday.

The streets in Chennai were literally submerged and traffic moved at a snail''s pace on the waterlogged streets.

People of the area complained that the rainwater had started entering their houses and the government was not taking any action.


64 killed in Tamil Nadu rain

Heavy RainAs many as 64 people died in Tamil Nadu as heavy rains lashed different parts of the state by the influence of cyclone NISHA which lay 20 km off the Nagapattinam district coast throwing normal life out of gear.

Authorities have evacuated more than 42,000 people from coastal hamlets and low-lying areas in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur and housed them in relief camps.

64,000 hectares of crop officially declared flood-hit.

Heavy rains will continue for another 24 hours, informed Meterological office.

Most of the deaths were either due to electrocution or wall collapses, said an official.


TN death toll reaches 86

Tamil NaduThe death toll in cyclone hit Tamil Nadu has reached 86.

Cyclone Nisha, which crossed the coast near Karaikal, rendered thousands homeless and leaving a trail of destruction across the state. Crops more than one lakh acre of land were submerged.

Over 100 fishing boats were missing and 2,426 revenue villages had been fully damaged due to heavy rains.

Incessant rains for the past few days in Chennai caused extensive damage to roads and resulted in water logging in many areas, prompting the city road and rail transport to curtail services to a number of areas.


‘Cyclone Nisha’ wrecks havoc across Tamilnadu

Tamil NaduChennai, Nov. 29 : Unending rain for the last 48 hours has thrown normal life out of gear across costal Tamilnadu. Cyclone Nisha which crossed the coastal Tamilnadu two days ago is still having its effect, lashing Chennai continuously. Several areas, including the city’s posh localities are water logged and the authorities have had to rush in boats to shift people to safer places.


103 dead in TN rain

103 dead in TN rainThe unending downpour due to the cyclone Nisha in Tamil Nadu had so far claimed 103 lives.

The excessive rainfall had also claimed the lives of 450 cattle besides damaging 50,890 houses, a govt. official said.

Roads to the length of 6,700 km had been damaged, 328 lakes breached, 687 bridges collapsed and 402 government buildings damaged in the rains.

Standing crops in 5,52,290 hectare were submerged affecting over seven lakh farmers in the state.

The Tamil Nadu Govt. has sanctioned Rs 100 crore as the first installment to provide relief.


Animated Film On MGR

Animated Film On MGRLegendary superstar of south Indian cinema and Tamil Nadu’s former chief minister M.G. Ramachandran will be seen in a forthcoming animated 3D film ‘Puratchi Thalaivan’.

Puratchi Thalaivan is directed by Venky Baboo and produced by Sridevi Rao under the banner Mayabimbam Media.

The success of his old re-issue movies including Nadodi Mannan, Aayirathil Oruvan, Ulagam Sutrum Valibhan has already proved that years after his death, MGR still lives in the heart of people of Tamilnadu.


Tamil Nadu cyclone death toll reaches 120

Chennai, Nov. 30 : The indiscriminate rains over the last one week in Tamil Nadu have left 120 people dead in the state so far.

Relief operation is in full swing in the state’s affected districts.

A large area of Chennai is inundated in water. Areas such as Velachery, Manapakkam, Medavakkam continues to be waterlogged.

The torrential rains have destroyed standing crops in over 550,000 hectares of land. 600,000 farmers have been hit hard by the calamity, said chief minister M. Karunanidhi.


Balaji Distilleries Merger with United Spirits Effective April 1, 2009

United SpiritsUnited Spirits Ltd (USL) has announced the merger of Tamil Nadu-based Balaji Distilleries Ltd .The board of USL approved the all-stock deal and the merger will be effective April 1, 2009. The swap ratio fixed by the company is 2:55, i. e. two shares of United Spirits for 55 shares held in Balaji Distilleries.

Balaji Distilleries began in 1983 and has since been a contract manufacturing unit for UB group, with a distillery capacity of producing 10 million cases per annum and brewing capacity of 9 million dozens per annum.


Three suspects arrested in Coimbatore

Tamil NaduThe three suspects Abdul Ameen aged 21, Iqufal Ahmed aged 20 and Jamsheel aged 21 were residing in Srilanka hotel situated opposite to the Coimbatore railway station for past twenty days.

When the police investigated about their whereabouts they tried to mislead the police and informed them that they had come to start a public telephone booth and earn their livelihood.

But the police sensing suspicion further investigated the matter and found that one of the telephone connections was in the name of an auto-rickshaw driver.


TN constitutes Panel to expedite relief work

Chief Minister M.KarunanidhiTamilnadu government has constituted a Cabinet sub-committee to expedite flood relief works in the state.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi announced this on Monday.

The committee would be headed by Local Administration Minister M K Stalin, an official press release said.

Agriculture Minister S Arumugam, PWD Minister Duraimurugan, Revenue Minister I Periyasamy, Health Minister M R K Pannerselvam and Highways Minister Saminathan would be the members of the committee, the release said.


Chennai Police expect England team to land on Monday

Tamil NaduChennai, Dec. 3 : Chennai Police is expecting the England cricket team to land here on Monday to take part in the first of two Tests with India.

According to The Telegraph, the ECB’s security adviser Reg Dickason has said that the ECB''s security concerns have "been addressed", and therefore, there is no reason why the tour should not take place.

"We had security concerns, and those concerns have been addressed," said Dickason,

Dickason is said to have checked the route from the team hotel to the ground as well as the player''s facilities at the Chennai stadium.


TN MLAs to meet PM today

Chief Minister M. KarunanidhiTamil Nadu legislators will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday to demand a ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi will lead the delegation to New Delhi.

The delegation is expected to persuade the PM to take efforts to end the fighting between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Legislators belonging to the ruling DMK and its allies including the Congress will be in the delegation.

On Tuesday, a delegation of MPs from the state met the prime minister with the same agenda.


Tamil leaders meet Manmohan Singh on Sri Lankan Tamil issue

Tamil NaduNew Delhi, Dec 4 : An all-party delegation from Tamil Nadu led by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today to seek the intervention of Central Government to resolve Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

The delegation comprising lawmakers from Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK), Congress, the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) urged Dr. Singh to ask Colombo to stop the military actions against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and settle the ethnic issue in a peaceful manner.


AIADMK-CPM to form coalition for upcoming Lok Sabha elections

Tamil NaduChennai, Dec 5 : The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) jointly announced on Friday that they have decided to form a coalition for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

AIADMK General Secretary Jayalalitha and CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat announced this during a joint press conference in Chennai this afternoon.

While speaking to reporters after an hour-long meeting, Jayalalitha described the meeting with Karat as “cordial”.


CPM, AIADMK announces electoral tie-up

CPM, AIADMK announces electoral tie-upIn a significant move, the CPM formed an alliance with the All India Anna DMK (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu on Saturday for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

After two days of marathon deliberations at the State Committee Meeting here, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat called on AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden Residence yesterday afternoon and announced the alliance.


Cyclone hit TN sought 1,893 Cr. Central assistance

Cyclone hit TN sought 1,893 Cr. Central assistance Tamil Nadu on Sunday sought Rs 1,893 crores from the Centre for flood-relief work. 

Heavy rains brought by Cyclone Nisha battered 12 coastal districts, causing extensive damage and killing 189 people. As many as 1,597 villages were still under water, officials said. Over 3.23 lakh people were living in relief camps. 

The torrential rains have destroyed standing crops in over 550,000 hectares of land. 600,000 farmers have been hit hard by the calamity.  


Compensation Hiked to Rs 2 lakh For Each Rain Death in Tamil Nadu

Compensation Hiked to Rs 2 lakh For Each Rain Death in Tamil Nadu Mr. M Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, owing to opposition pressure, has increased the compensation for families of those who have lost lives in the recent rains in the state from Rs 1 lakh to 2 lakh. Mr. Karunanidhi said those who received Rs 1 lakh earlier as compensation would get an additional Rs 1 lakh.


Hunger strike by transgender to show solidarity with Sri Lankan Tamils

Hunger strike by transgender to show solidarity with Sri Lankan TamilsChennai, Dec 8 : For the first time, instead of raising voices for their own issues, hoards of transgender gathered here today to served a hunger strike to show solidarity with the ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Almost all transgender associations in Tamil Nadu participated in the protest to voice their concern over the alleged atrocities on ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.


Tendulkar’s perfect century, Yuvraj’s fifty sets up historic win

Sachin TendulkarChennai, Dec 15 : Chasing down the fourth-highest total in Test cricket, India couldn't have picked a better moment to create history and as they completed a famous six-wicket here.

Sachin Tendulkar masterminded the historic success with a perfect century. Alongside Yuvraj Singh's 85 they added an unbeaten 163, sapping the England spirit that had carried them into such a dominant position.

India chased 387 runs in the fourth innings to go one up in the series. Scenes of a hysteric crowd cheering dot balls as Yuvraj ensured Tendulkar had time to reach his 41st century dominated the closing stages.


Kakodkar Presses Karunanidhi For Neutrino Observatory Approval

Kakodkar Presses Karunanidhi For Neutrino Observatory Approval  With the aim to discuss the setting up of a neutrino observatory in the State, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar called on the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Thursday.

Mr. Kakodhar said, “I came here to seek the consent and approval from the Chief Minister for setting up the India-based Neutrino Observatory.”

Since 2000, the members of the high energy and nuclear physics community in India have been discussing the setting up of the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) to study the atmospheric neutrinos.


Coimbatore orphanage adopts 161 children

Tamilnadu MapCoimbatore, Dec 20 : An orphanage in Coimbatore adopted about 161 children, who are the victims of communal carnage in Kandhamal district Orissa.

Most of the victims who had arrived here had lost their houses, property and are without any means of livelihood. Many of the victims have not got over the trauma and some are still living with the fear that they would be killed.

"I have lost everything. I have nothing and anyhow we went to the relief camp. From there we have brought here," said Sambit Naik, a victim.


Mayawati tries to expand base in South

Mayawati tries to expand base in SouthChennai, Dec 23 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati addressed a huge rally here in an attempt to expand her party base in Tamil Nadu.

Mayawati addressing the rally said that her party was not caste-based and support of all sections was required for obtaining power in the state.

"Our party believes that we need to address the concerns of all sections of the society in Tamil Nadu because without that neither our party can benefit all sections, nor can it come to power in the State," said Mayawati.


Transgenders showcase their talent in Chennai

Tamil NaduChennai, Dec 25 : The Tamil Nadu AIDS Initiative and Voluntary Health Services (TAI-VHS) brought about 20,000 transgenders and marginalized women together to showcased their talents.

The transgenders had recently showcased their talents by performing Bharatanatyam and folk dances.

The newly formed federation aims at empowering their community and making them self-reliant in the society.


Microsoft Certified Professional examination passed by nine year old

Microsoft Certified Professional examination passed by nine year old It might come as a surprise to many of us but a nine year old girl has been able to pass a Microsoft Certified Professional examination, and has become the youngest person to ever pass this test.

M. Lavinashree, who belongs to the rural Tamil Nadu, cleared the exam, taken by techies for better job prospects, with very good marks. The exam measures problem-solving skills.

She even broke the record held by Arfa Karim, a ten-year-old Pakistani girl.


CM warns of action against pro-LTTE activities

CM warns of action against pro-LTTE activitiesOn Thursday, chief minister M Karunanidhi warned that legal actions would be taken against those who are functioning or speaking in support of the banned organizations. The announcement came as the signs of tension between the Congress and pro-LTTE parties were growing.


Pondicherry court to hear Sankaraman murder case today

Pondicherry court to hear Sankaraman murder case todayPondicherry (Tamil Nadu), Dec 30 : A court in Puducherry will today hear the Sankararaman murder case, in which Kanchi Sankaracharyas, Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior Vijayendra Saraswathi are the main accused.

On December 19, the court had deferred the hearing after the Tamil Nadu Special Public Prosecutor (TNSPP) Balasundaram filed a counter to the objections raised by the Kanchi Seer''s defence counsel.


Ranji Trophy: TN Crushes Bengal By 8 Wkts, Enters Semis

Ranji Trophy: TN Crushes Bengal By 8 Wkts, Enters Semis An unbeaten 93 by S Badrinath steer Tamil Nadu to an eight-wicket win over Bengal and take his team to the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy on the fourth and final day of the match.

With a first innings lead of 39 and 173 runs to the good overall, Bengal appeared to be slightly better off. But Tamil players bounced back into the game strongly and bundled out Bengal for 187. Tamil Nadu batsman then ransacked the Bengal bowlers and notched up the victory target of 227 by just losing two wickets.


Tamil Nadu Proposes Two-Day Power Holiday For Industry

Tamil Nadu Proposes Two-Day Power Holiday For IndustryThe ongoing power crisis in Tamil Nadu is increasing day by day. Household and industrial supply of electricity is adversely affected due to the acute shortage of power in the state. The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) has decided to impose a compulsory two-day power holiday for both the heavy and light industries to control the situation.


Poll Panel For Shifting 3 Top Police Officers

The Commission wrote to the Chief Secretary and ordered posting of Amaresh Pujari, IPS, as DIG, Madurai Range; Prem Anand Sinha, IPS, as S.P. Madurai and Praveen Kumar Abhinapu, IPS, as Deputy SP and sought compliance from the State Government by 10 a.m. on Friday.

Commission sources said that the transfers were ordered on the report sent by the State Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta as a measure for ensuring free and fair polls.


Coimbatore plays host to vintage car show

Tamil NaduCoimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Jan. 3 : Hundreds of enthusiasts of automobiles gathered at the Vintage Car show held here on Saturday.

The unique event will last till January 17.

This has been hosted by the G. D. Naidu Charities Trust and on display are more than 25 vintage cars. A couple of these cars date back to 1909.

The car models exhibited include Rolls Royce, Mercedes Benz 170, Oldomobile, Morris Minor, Mini Minor, Ford, Plymouth, Studybaker, Buick, Caddilac, Austin, Hispano-Suiza that was owned by the Maharaja of Mysore, Gogo Mobile and Citroen - 2cv.


Special helpline for elderly revived

Special helpline for elderly revived Recently the number of crimes on elderly living alone has increased. A survey revealed that one of out every seven people above the age of 60 in Tamil Nadu lives alone. 

To give senior citizens full protection, the Chennai city police have decided to revive and expand a toll-free helpline, which was launched sometime ago to address the security concerns of senior citizens. 


Stalin's 'bribe' to voters invites EC ire

M K StalinThe Election Commission has filed a criminal case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi's son M K Stalin after Stalin was shown on the television giving money to the voters during campaigning.

The Election Commission has also given a notice to Jayalalitha's party for the similar action of bribing the voters.

The DMK said that giving money to parents after roadside christening ceremonies is a common practice. To testify its complaint, the opposition AIADMK, televised it as an illegal means being adopted by the ruling DMK to woo voters in Thirumangalam.


Pravasi Bharatiya Divas exhibition inaugurated

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas LogoChennai, Jan 7 : As a prelude to the 7th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Chennai, an exhibition portraying the might of the industrial and service sectors in India was inaugurated today by Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning, V. Narayanasamy.

Union Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi was also present on the occasion.


Maytas Infra bags order worth Rs 110 crore

Maytas Infra bags order worth Rs 110 croreMaytas Infra Limited, one of the leading Infrastructure Development, Construction and Project Management Company, has bagged a project worth Rs 110 crore from the Southern Railway.

The work involves doubling of the broad gauge track between Chengalpattu and Villupuram in Tamil Nadu.

Maytas Infra will execute the project in joint venture with Chennai-based CT Ramanathan and Co. in 18 months from the date of agreement.

The share of Maytas Infra, after touching intraday high Rs 173, finally settled the day at Rs 159 on BSE, down 5% compared to previous close of Rs 167.


Take India''s concerns to the world: Mukherjee

Pranab MukherjeeChennai, Jan. 8 : External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that overseas Indians could take to the world stage some of India’s key concerns such as terrorism, education and trade agenda.

In particular, he said, they could convey the message to their respective countries that India is fully committed to free and fair trade.

Expressing appreciation for diaspora sympathy for the Mumbai terror attacks, he called upon the overseas Indian community to raise its voice against sponsored terrorism, as terrorism ‘diminishes mankind’.


Devotees converge to celebrate ''Vaikuntha Ekadashi festival in Tamil Nadu

Tamil NaduTiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Jan. 8 : A large number of people converged from different parts of the country at the Ranganatha shrine in Srirangam, Tamil Nadu, to celebrate the Vaikuntha Ekadashi festival on Wednesday.

Devotees thronged the temple premises to offer obeisance to Lord Vishnu, who is known as Lord Ranganatha in the local parlance here.

Vaishnavism (the worship of Lord Vishnu) culture holds the belief that Vaikunth Dwaram, the gate to Lord''s innner sanctum open on this day.

Legend has it that the Lord opened the gate of Vaikuntam (His abode) for two demons in spite of them being against the Him.


Lankan Tamil legislators urge India to initiate peace talks

Chennai, Jan. 12 : A Sri Lankan lawmakers delegation belonging to the Tamil National Alliance Party, on Monday, appealed to the Tamil Nadu and Indian Governments to intervene in the military offensive against the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the island nation.

The team of five legislators asked the Indian leadership to mediate and save the lives of thousands of innocent Tamils.

"We (are)appealing to chief minister Tamil Nadu and central government, we are expecting to stop the war immediately otherwise our people will die, definitely they will die. So stop the war immediately and take action for peace talks," said Sambandam, a Sri Lankan legislator.


Karunanidhi to raise Sri Lankan Tamil issue with PM, Sonia Gandhi again

KarunanidhiChennai, Jan. 12 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday said that he would once again raise the matter about Sri Lankan Tamilians during his meetings with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Karunanidhi said he would ensure bringing about ceasefire in the ongoing conflict in the island nation

"I will once again speak to Prime Minister and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi over the Lankan Tamils issue," said Karunanidhi in the State capital.

Karunanidhi said that the country would do itself pride it could be stop the ongoing war in Sri Lanka.


India to undertake first manned moon mission by 2020: ISRO

ISRO LogoSalem (Tamil Nadu) Jan. 12 : Encouraged by the successful launch of Chandrayan-I last October, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) wants to undertake the country''s first manned moon mission by 2020.

M. Annadurai, the project director of Chandrayaan-I on Sunday said that the ISRO proposed to undertake the country''s first manned moon mission by 2020 following the success of Chandrayaan-I.

The Chandrayaan-II mission is expected to be undertaken within a couple of years followed by Chandrayaan-III, Annadurai revealed.


DMK registers win in thirumangalam

DMK registers win in thirumangalamIn Tamil Nadu, the ruling DMK enjoyed a thumping win, in a fiercely contested Assembly byelection in Thirumangalam, which dashed the hopes of the newly-formed AIADMK-MDMK-Left alliance to the ground.

DMK’s Latha Adhiyaman defeated AIADMK’s M Muthuramalingam by an enormous margin of 39,266 votes.


Centre gives nod to three port projects worth over Rs. 2,000 crore

Tamil NaduNew Delhi, Jan. 22 : The Centre has approved three port projects on public private partnership (PPP) basis for the construction of container terminal at two ports in coastal Tamil Nadu and a coal terminal in Goa.

The Public Private Partnership Approval Committee (PPPAC) under the Finance Ministry had approved these three projects of Department of Shipping at its 22nd meeting on January 13.


Karunanidhi warns UPA over Lanka Tamil issue

Karunanidhi promises to implement Sixth Pay Commission recommendations on I-DayChennai, Jan 23 : Tamilnadu Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi has moved a resolution in the State assembly, urging the Centre to take tougher steps to ensure a cease fire in Sri Lanka.

The resolution has been touted the final request to the United Progressive Alliance.

Karunanidhi has warned that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) will hold a general council meeting to initiate further action inn case the Government fails to act on the issue.


Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi hospitalized

M KarunanidhiChennai, Jan 26, : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi failed to attend the Republic Day ceremony this year after being admitted to Ramchandra Medical College hospital here.

Governor S. S. Barnala unfurled the national tricolour at Marinas.

Karunanidhi had been suffering from backache for some time due to stiffened muscles, said an official release.

Doctors have advised the Chief Minister to take complete rest for a week and all his engagements during this period have been postponed, the release added.

Visitors have been requested to allow the CM to take proper rest and prevent any disturbance. (ANI)


India road crash kills 15 pilgrims

India road crash kills 15 pilgrimsNew Delhi - At least 15 pilgrims were killed when the van they were travelling in collided with a small truck in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, a news report said.

The accident occurred near the Tirunelveli area, 550 kilometres south of state capital Chennai, when the group was returning from visiting a temple in the neighbouring district, the NDTV network reported.

Police said that while 13 people died on the scene, two victims succumbed to their injuries at a state-run hospital in Tirunelveli. Five wounded passengers were being treated at the hospital.


Bamboo opens new avenues of livelihood for tribals in Tamil Nadu

Bamboo opens new avenues of livelihood for tribals in Tamil NaduKanappar Nagar (TN), Jan 27 : Tribals living in Tamil Nadu make eye-catching various artifacts from bamboo to sustain their livelihood.

The tribals of Kurvas community in Kanappar Nagar village have taken up the work of making bamboo-weaving as a source of income to run the family.

The work comes easy for the people as bamboo-weaving is a traditional occupation.


High-powered speedboat introduced in Tamil Nadu

High-powered speedboat introduced in Tamil NaduChennai, Jan 27 : Tourism department in Tamil Nadu introduced a high-powered speedboat at Mudaliar Kuppam Rain Drop Boat House, to encourage boat racing in the region.

The high-powered speedboat was introduced on the overwhelming response from tourists in the state. There are 10 boathouses in the state.


Coconut farmers defy government ban on production of ''Toddy''

Coconut farmers defy government ban on production of ''Toddy''Coimbatore, Jan 28 : Coconut and palm growers spearheaded an agitation in Tamil Nadu demanding the State Government to lift a ban on production and sale of ''Toddy'', a traditional drink of the state.

''Toddy'', a local drink extracted from either a coconut tree or a Palm tree flower has been banned in the state since 1987 for being an alcoholic drink.

The farmers want the government to exempt toddy from the list of alcohol products banned in the State.


MDMK protest against military offensive in Sri Lanka

LTTE LogoChennai, Jan. 28 : The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) criticized the Center over External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee''s visit to Colombo after the Sri Lankan army''s successful operation against the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).

Hundreds of MDMK activists took to streets here to protest against the Sri Lankan military's offensive against the Tamil rebels.

MDMK's general secretary Y. Gopalaswamy(Vaiko), while criticizing Mukherjee's visit to Sri Lanka said that he (Mukherjee) had actually gone to Colombo to participate in the victory celebrations of the Sri Lankan government over the Tamil rebels.


Tamil Nadu''s Balaji replaces injured Munaf for Sri Lanka tour

Laxmipathy BalajiChennai/Colombo, Feb. 2 : Tamil Nadu and South Zone fast bowler Laxmipathy Balaji has been recalled to the Indian team. He will replace Munaf Patel in the squad that is playing an ODI series in Sri Lanka.

Munaf sustained a groin injury and was forced to return home after the second ODI.

A cricinfo report said that Balaji last played for India in an ODI in 2005 in Sri Lanka before a stress fracture forced him out of the game.


Architectural treasures of southern India attract tourists

Architectural treasures of southern India attract touristsMahabalipuram, Feb 2 : Architectural treasures and beautiful beaches of Mahabalipuram are attracting tourists in large numbers.

Mahabalipuram town lies on the Coromandel Coast, which faces the Bay of Bengal. The cave temples here, which are considered architectural treasure houses, have recently become a tourists'''' hot spot.


Sri Lankan Tamil refugees stage hunger strike in Coimbatore

Tamil Nadu MapCoimbatore, Feb. 2 : Hundreds of Sri Lankan Tamils, who have taken refuge in India, went on a hunger strike on Monday here, demanding an intervention from the Central Government on the issue of the military offensive being carried out on the hideouts of the rebels in Sri Lanka.

The agitating people also threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike if the Government does not respond to their demands.


Tamil protests in southern India over Sri Lanka war

Tamil NaduNew Delhi - Political parties and pressure groups Wednesday called a general strike in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu to protest Sri Lanka's military offensive against the Tamil rebels.

Some incidents of violence were reported as protestors blocked trains, stoned buses and ransacked a post office in different parts of the state.

At least 30 students were arrested for attempting to blockade roads in state capital Chennai where nearly 8,000 police were deployed, local police said.


Students get back home in Ranchi from Tamil Nadu to escape turmoil

Ranchi, Feb 6 : Hundreds of students studying in Tamil Nadu got back home in Ranchi to escape the present turmoil in the state over the Sri Lankan Army action against the LTTE.

The students were asked to vacate their hostels to avoid getting into untoward situations.

"Due to the disturbed situation in Sri Lanka, a strike has been going on in Tamil Nadu. We were asked to leave. The government came up with a notice that all universities should be closed and all hostels be vacated. So our dean and warden immediately asked us to vacate. So, we left the place," said Vikram Rana, a student.

A strike was called on Wednesday in Tamil Nadu protesting Sri Lanka''s military offensive against Tamil Tigers.


Jayalalithaa condemns Chennai car burning incident

JayalalithaaChennai, Feb 6, : All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Friday condemned the incident in which the car of the Communist Party of India (CPI) state unit secretary D. Pandian was set ablaze by unidentified persons.

The incident took place early on Friday when the car of the leader was set ablaze by some unidentified persons at his residence.

Pandian was not at home when the incident took place.

The vehicle was partially damaged in the incident. No arrest has been made so far.


Karunanidhi appeals to all parties for united stand on Tamil issue

Karunanidhi appeals to all parties for united stand on Tamil issueChennai, Feb. 6, : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Friday appealed to all parties to speak in one voice and adopt a united stand on Sri Lankan Tamil issue.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief said a solution to the issues was elusive because of the infighting among Tamil groups in the Sri Lanka.

"There is no unanimity here also on the issue. If all of us remain united, the Tamil race in Sri Lanka will be saved," Karunanidhi said.


Tamil Nadu party protests offensive on Lankan Tamils

Tamil Nadu party protests offensive on Lankan TamilsCoimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Feb. 8 : Activists of the Puthia Tamilgam, a regional party in Tamil Nadu, took to the streets of Coimbatore on Saturday to protest against the Sri Lankan Army''s offensive on ethnic Tamils in that island-nation.

The protestors raised slogans and called for the conflict in Sri Lanka to end.


Rose exports zoom ahead of Valentine's Day in Tamil Nadu

Rose exports zoom ahead of Valentine's Day in Tamil NaduHosur (Tamil Nadu), Feb 11: Defying recession trends, the rose export business is booming ahead of Valentine''s Day in Tamil Nadu.

With Valentine''s Day approaching, Hosur, a resourceful small town in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri District, is bracing itself up for exports to western countries to the tune of five million roses.

"Already 30 lakhs flowers have been exported during Christmas and New Year. The export of flowers is proposed to five million that is


Karunanidhi To Undergo Spine Surgery Today

Karunanidhi To Undergo Spine Surgery TodayTamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi will undergo a spine surgery today at the Sri Ramachandra Medical College Hospital and Research Institute.

The team of doctors, comprising an orthopaedic surgeon from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. Arvind Jaiswal, decided to perform the operation as the CM had no relief in the pain caused by a muscle strain.

The decision was taken after performing an MRI scan.


Lawyers in Chennai take to the streets over Lankan conflict

Tamil Nadu MapChennai, Feb 12, : Over 50 lawyers staged a protest here on Thursday to demand the Central Government's intervention in stopping the war in Sri Lanka.

The lawyers started their protest from the Chennai High Court and went towards the regional military office in the city to stage a demonstration.

Chennai Advocate Association President Kanakaraj said that they wanted the Central Government to intervene to stop the war in Sri Lanka and said, "We will continue our protest for our Tamil brothers in Sri Lanka.


LTTE will bounce back if defeated by Lankan army, says Sri Lankan leader

LTTE LogoChennai, Feb 16 : Siritunga Jayasuriya, a leader of Sri Lanka''s United Socialist Party, now on a visit to India, said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), will retaliate if the Sri Lankan army continues the military war against them.

He asserted this in the course of an exclusive interview with ANI here on Sunday by contending the military action against the LTTE is not the permanent solution unlike a dialogue between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE.

Siritunga Jayasuriya said that winning the war by military means would not be an end to the Tamil problem. It will only strengthen Prabhakaran or the LTTE.


Lankan refugees appeal to India to save Tamils in island nation

Tamil Nadu MapDharmapuri, (TN), Feb 16 : Sri Lankan refugees on Monday appealed to the Indian Government to save Tamils in the island nation.

"We demand from India to save our people in Sri Lanka. We also demand an immediate ceasefire so that people here can return there and peace can prevail," said Kumaran, a Sri Lankan refugee.

Calling for the return of peace to the region, they said: "Tamils are sacrificed like anything. But that''s our land, we are not living there, at least our children have to live there. This is what we want to appeal to the Indian Government to help us fight for our rights."


Tamil Nadu announces sops for farmer community

Tamil Nadu announces sops for farmer community Tamil Nadu has touched new heights in offering freebies to public, offering interest-free crop loans to farmers under a new scheme and cutting land revenue to its lowest level.

In yet another populist decision, the state government waived interest on all crop loans given by cooperative sector banks. The cooperative banks have already cut interest rate on such loans. The move is aimed to woo farm community, a significant vote bank of DMK, in the wake of forthcoming parliament elections.


Tamil leader Vaiko criticises New Delhi''s Sri Lankan policy

Tamil leader Vaiko criticises New Delhi''s Sri Lankan policyTrichy (TN), Feb 18 : Tamil leader V. Gopalswamy, popularly known as Vaiko, came down heavily on the Central Government allegedly supporting the Sri Lankan offensive on Tamil rebels in the island nation.


Parliament adjourned following Tamil lawmakers protest

UPA-Left meeting on N-deal New Delhi, Feb 18 : The Lok Sabha was adjourned for 25 minutes on Wednesday after Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) and Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) lawmakers raised a hue and cry over remarks made by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Mukherjee had stated in the house that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has caused "much damage" to the Tamil community and it should lay down arms.


150 Chennai lawyers arrested for protesting against Madras HC violence

Tamil Nadu MapChennai, Feb 20 : Over 150 lawyers were arrested on Friday for participating in a protest march outside the Tamil Nadu secretariat. They were agitating against the violence in the Madras High Court complex on Thursday.

Madras Bar Association President S. Prabhakaran was also arrested.

Earlier, the lawyers' agitation issue dominated proceedings in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

As soon as the session started, opposition members demanded that the Question Hour be postponed to discuss Thursday's violence in which more than 100 lawyers were injured.


People in Tamil Nadu protest over Lankan conflict

People in Tamil Nadu protest over Lankan conflictCoimbatore, Feb 22 : Around three thousand volunteers, both men and women, of all ages took part in a rally held here in support of Tamils being killed in Sri Lanka.

They formed a human chain and marched through the streets of the city on Saturday voicing their protest against genocide by Sri Lankan authorities.


Hungry for 'justice', TN lawyers go without food

February 27 will be observed as Black Day across the country

Lawyers in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry went on an indefinite hunger strike outside the Madras high court on NSC Bose Road on Monday. They also decided to indefinitely boycott work in protest against the "assault on the judiciary" by Chennai Police on February 19. 

"We are staging the fast outside the high court premises after being requested to do so by some judges. A CBI team is expected to assess the situation, including damages caused by the police action. A panel of judges also proposes to evaluate the situation. Hence, the judges did not want any unpleasantness on the court premises," Madras High Court Advocates' Association president Paul Kanakaraj said. 


Chennai lawyers demand immediate action against policemen

Karunanidhi promises to implement Sixth Pay Commission recommendations on I-DayChennai, Feb. 24 : Protesting Chennai lawyers have demanded immediate action against police officials who took part in Thursday`s lathi charge on the Madras High Court premises.

Members of the Madras High Court Bar Association have decided to go on a two-day hunger protest besides submitting a petition to the State Human Rights Commission to demand appropriate action against the police for the mayhem.


Chennai lawyers demand action against policemen

 Chennai lawyers demand action against policemenChennai, Feb. 24 : Protesting Chennai lawyers have demanded immediate action against police officials who carried out Thursday‘s baton charging on lawyers in the Madras High Court premises.

Members of the Madras High Court Bar Association have decided to go on a two-day hunger protest besides submitting a petition to the State Human Rights Commission to demand appropriate action against the police for the incident.


Coastal Energen plant fin closure in 2 months

Coastal Energen's 1,200-mw power plant at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu will see financial closure in two months, co-promoter Coal & Oil Group said.

Ahmed A R Buhari, founder president and chief executive officer of Coal & Oil Group, said a consortium of 19 banks, led by State Bank of India, has agreed to lend to the project. The first phase of the coal-fired thermal merchant power project, with a capacity of 1,200 mw, will need investments of Rs 4,500 crore, of which the debt component is Rs 3,450 crore. "The equity component of Rs 1,050 crore will come from accruals and investment from parent companies," Buhari said.


Airoli karateka claims laurels in world meet

22-yr-old Suyog Sonawane won gold in championship held at Salem, Tamil Nadu

Airoli resident Suyog Sonawane has won gold medal at the World Martial Arts Championship that was conducted at Salem in Tamil Nadu. The championship was conducted by the World All Martial Art Federation in which 39 countries participated. There were two forms of Karate which were competed in the championship - Kumite and Kata and Suyog won the gold medal in Kumite, which is a form of fighting.


List of recipients of Kalaimamani awards released

List of recipients of Kalaimamani awards releasedThe names of seventy artistes who will revive Kalaimamani awards presented by the Tamil Nadu Iyal Isai Nadaga Mandram were announced on Tuesday. These people have been selected for their contribution in the field of art and literature in 2008.


Slumdog kids walking on the red carpet a big statement, says Rahman

Slumdog kids walking on the red carpet a big statement, says RahmanChennai, Feb 26 : A. R. Rahman who won Oscars for best original score and best original song in the movie 'Slumdog Millionaire' has said that the Slumdog kids sharing the platform with Hollywood actors like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is a bigger statement than him winning two Oscars.

Rahman returned to his home in Chennai to a rousing welcome early on Thursday morning.

Forty-three-year-old Rahman was received by friends and fans.


Lawyers reject decision

The agitating lawyers of Tamil Nadu rejected the SC decision. “The Supreme Court decision is an eyewash, transferring officers is routine. We will not call off our protest till stringent action is taken against police officers involved in the assault,” they said. 

Leaders of lawyers’ associations are away in Delhi, where an SC bench comprising chief justice KG Balakrishnan and justices P Sathasivam and JM Panchal heard their petition on constituting an inquiry committee headed by a sitting judge.


Freedom songs

Some years ago I went on a trip to a southern district of Tamil Nadu with research in mind. At least that was what I told anyone who wanted to know why I was going there.

What I found was a different kind of definition for freedom.

At a little town by the ocean, where the waves could rise as high as the houses when the winds churned the waters, it seemed nothing could hold anyone back. The sea was your backyard and if anyone crowded in on you, the sea would help you flee.

But nothing had prepared me for what that little seaside town also showed me. A glimpse of a community caught in a time warp whose rules of purdah were almost medieval.

“What do you do with your time?” I asked one of the girls I met there.


Tamil Nadu lawyers continue to boycott high court proceedings

Tamil Nadu lawyers continue to boycott high court proceedingsChennai, Mar 2 : Protesting Tamil Nadu lawyers are continuing with their boycott of the Madras High Court. Monday marked the eighth of their strike.

Several advocates are on hunger strike outside the high court premises here.

The lawyers are demanding immediate action against police officials who baton charged lawyers in the Madras High Court premises on February 19.


Activists attempt to attack Sri Lankan mission in Chennai

Activists attempt to attack Sri Lankan mission in ChennaiChennai, Mar. 2 : Activists fighting for Tamil victims of the Sri Lanka''s offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, tried to attack the office of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai on Monday.

Shouting slogans against the Indian and Sri Lankan Governments, around 200 activists of the Tamil Eelam Freedom Federation rushed towards the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner''s office in Chennai.


MDMK members granted bail after showing black flags at Mukherjee

MDMK members granted bail after showing black flags at MukherjeeTuticorin (Tamil Nadu), Mar 2 : Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko and 184 others, who were arrested for showing black flags at External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee last week, were granted bail by a local court on Monday.

Judicial Magistrate I M N Kumar ordered their release after they furnished a personal surety of Rs 5,000 each.


Pro-LTTE group leader arrested for justifying Rajiv Gandhi’s murder

Tamil-Nadu MapDindigul (Tamil Nadu), Mar. 2 : Kolathur Mani, the leader of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, was arrested on Monday for defending the LTTE for assassinating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Mani was arrested in Salem for his speech at a public meeting here on February 26 for allegedly saying that "the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi was a right action".

The pro-LTTE group leader was detained for a second time for speaking in favor of LTTE in last three months.


BHEL setting up manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu; to pump Rs 250 crore

BHEL setting up manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu; to pump Rs 250 croreState-run power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has revealed that the company is presently setting up a manufacturing unit at Tirumayam in Tamil Nadu at an investment of Rs 250 crore.

The project, to be funded through internal accruals, is part of the company’s manufacturing capacity expansion programme, a company official said.

The new plant would initially produce about 25,000 metric tonne of boiler components.


Kamal Haasan Criticizes Politicians For Diving Artists Of TN & Karnataka

Kamal Hasan Criticizes Politicians For Diving Artists Of TN & Karnataka  Veteran South Indian actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan had insisted the politicians of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka not to mix art with politics.

Kamal was speaking in the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of Kannada Film Industry that was held on Sunday evening in Bangalore.

Speaking in his inaugural speech here on the Sunday evening, Kamal said, “Let us put in efforts to strengthen the relationship between the people of the two states. We are like brothers and let's solve the problems without the intervention of others.”


State of the states : Tamil Nadu

State of the states : Tamil Nadu Possible alliances for 2009: Erstwhile UPA partners, the Left and MDMK, have walked out. DMK, Congress and PMK are likely to stay together despite differences. The Left is trying to woo AIADMK, but Jayalalithaa is not inclined. She would, instead, prefer Congress, which is not willing at this point.

Issues: Every party in the state is espousing the cause of Tamil civilians caught in the crossfire between the Lankan army and LTTE. AIADMK and now the Left are crying “constitutional breakdown” following the lawyers versus police clash at the Madras HC.


Schemes empower women in a Tamil Nadu village

Arurur (Tamil Nadu), Mar 5 : Hundreds of women residing in a village in Tamil Nadu have become self-reliant after the launch of numerous self-help groups in the area.

Women residing in Arurur village in Dharmapuri district in the state who have been involved in mat design industry, producing various types of color mats, are earning a good livelihood.

"We are making mats under the scheme organised by the local panchayat (village council). The Government of Tamil Nadu has given two lakh rupees for the development of this business. Lots of people have taken jobs under the scheme. With these self-help groups, we are now earning good income. It is very helpful to us," said Senthamari, one of the women benefited by the project.


Nuclear reactor may be set up with Russian Cooperation

Nuclear reactor may be set up with Russian CooperationTirunelveli (Tamil Nadu), March 7 : Chairman of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) S K Jain has said that one more site may be identified to set up an additional reactor with Russian cooperation.

He said this while interacting with media persons after the 22nd joint coordination committee meeting with the visiting Russian delegation of nuclear Experts at Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu on March 6.


BSP to contest all Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu

Bahujan Samaj PartyChennai, Mar 8 : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) General Secretary and the party's coordinator for Kerala and Tamil Nadu Suresh Mane on Sunday said the party would field candidates in all 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu.

"Our party will contest all 40 seats, including the one in Puducherry. This is to show the political strength of BSP in Tamil Nadu," Mane said.

He said the party had already selected 12 candidates who would file their nominations for the polls, while the names of the other candidates would be announced in a phased manner later on.


Four-year-old bear trapped in solar fencing in Tamil Nadu

Four-year-old bear trapped in solar fencing in Tamil NaduKolakombai (Tamil Nadu), Mar 13 : Forest authorities rescued a four-year old bear, which got trapped in solar fencing in Tamil Nadu.

The bear was rescued at a cardamom estate in Kolakombai village of Nilgiri district of the state.

According to the officials, the bear must have got trapped in the fencing while searching for food in the estate.

The animal was discovered by an estate official who was doing the early morning rounds of the state and then informed the forest officials.


Tamil Nadu Launches Helpline ‘Manasu’ For Transgenders!

Tamil Nadu Launches Helpline ‘Manasu’ For Transgenders!A phone helpline, named ‘Manasu’ has been launched in Tamil Nadu for transgenders on Friday.

The helpline number '044-25990505' will assist transgenders, whose population is about 50,000 in the state.

The Tamil Nadu AIDS Initiative is being administered by Voluntary Health Service (VHS).

Dr. Lakshmi Bai, Project Director, TAI –VHS, said, “For those who want to understand the issues related to transgenders, this helpline will serve as a gateway of information and counselling.”


Last respects paid to an elephant in Tamil Nadu

Last respects paid to an elephant in Tamil NaduMudumalai (Tamil Nadu), Mar 15 : The death of Subramani, a dedicated elephant that was the strength of the Forest Department in Mudumalai Range of Tamil Nadu, has not only shocked officials, but other elephants.

Subramani was a Kumki (a tame and trained elephant) and aged around 57 years at the time of its death. Its last rites were performed on Saturday.

When it was alive, it had participated in many operations such as driving out wild elephants from nearby human habitations.


Medical SEZ To Come Up In Elavur, Tamil Nadu

Medical SEZ To Come Up In Elavur, Tamil Nadu

The Frontier Lifeline Hospital’s Frontier Mediville Medical City project has got the status of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and become the first Indian hospital to be awarded the SEZ status.

Frontier Mediville Medical City, which will be set up with a total investment of Rs 1,500 crore, is likely to be funded through internal accruals and grants from a range of organisations. It will be completed within five years.

Dr. K M Cherian, the founder of the hospital, said, “We are also open to private equity funding.”


Self-employment schemes empower women in Tamil Nadu

Self-employment schemes empower women in Tamil NaduKrishnagiri (Tamil Nadu), Mar 16 : Women residing in the interior regions of Krishnagiri District in Tamil Nadu should be indebted to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) for their recent good fortune.

Under the NREGS, women have been motivated to set up cottage industries to make different items of daily use.

Known as the Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), the primary objective of the scheme is to enhance livelihood security of households in rural areas. Around 8,500 rural women are working under this scheme.


Jayalalitha warns Karunanidhi not to underestimate Third Front

Jayalalitha warns Karunanidhi not to underestimate Third FrontChennai, Mar. 16 : Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha has warned state Chief Minister Karunanidhi not to underestimate the strength of the newly launched ''Third Front''.

She slammed Tamil Nadu Chief for his remark calling the Third Front as the third eye.


Self-help groups empower rural women in Chennai

Self-help groups empower rural women in ChennaiChennai, Mar 18 : Self-help groups (SHGs) in Tamil Nadu are helping rural women become self-reliant by opening new employment avenues.

With help from the State and Central Governments, women residing in Krishnagiri District in Tamil Nadu have set up cottage industries to make various items ranging from soft toys to beautiful accessories.

Workers involved with the SHGs are earning a decent sum for their livelihood.


Apollo Launches Campaign To Make People Aware About Deep Vein Thrombosis

Apollo Launches Campaign To Make People Aware About Deep Vein ThrombosisTo make people aware regarding the implications of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), Apollo Hospitals has launched a programme in Chennai.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a potentially lethal blood clot, which forms in a vein deep in the body. Such clots occur when blood turns thick and clumps together.

Most deep vein blood clots take place in the lower leg or thigh. Moreover, they can also occur in other body parts.


Saravana Bhavan founder gets life term in murder case

Saravana Bhavan founder gets life term in murder caseChennai, Mar 19 : The Madras High Court on Thursday awarded a life sentence to P. Rajagopal, the founder of the Saravana Bhavan hotel chain.

Rajagopal, 59, was found guilty for murdering one of his employees, Prince Shantakumar, in 2001.

A bench comprising Justices P. K. Mishra and R. Banumathi announced the verdict on Rajagopal and six others in response to an appeal filed by the government to enhance on punishment for the accused in the case.

Rajagopal was earlier sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by a local court.


Rural women take to ''chapatti'' business in Tamil Nadu

Rural women take to ''chapatti'' business in Tamil NaduKrishnakari (Tamil Nadu), Mar 21 : Rural women in Tamil Nadu are independently participating in the business of making chapattis under the guidance of self-help groups.

The Tamil Nadu Government and the Central Government have implemented the Mahalir Sangam in partnership with a non-government organization with the objective of improving the socio-economic condition of women and ensuring their empowerment.

A group of 20 women are working under the self-help group Shivaskathi Mahalir Sangam.


Security tightened at Tiruchirapalli airport following bomb threat

Security tightened at Tiruchirapalli airport following bomb threatTiruchirapalli, Mar 21 : Security at Tiruchirapalli airport was tightened on Saturday after a message was received at Kolkata airport threatening bombs explosions at airports in Southern India.

A city police team was deployed along with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) within the airport complex.

A Bomb Disposal and Detection Squad was also called in to conduct checks.


BJP will declare Ramasetu a heritage monument: Ganesan

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tamil Nadu unit president L. GanesanChennai, Mar 22 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tamil Nadu unit president L. Ganesan on Sunday said that his party would declare the `Ramasetu' a heritage monument, if his party voted to power at the Centre in the general elections.

"BJP will declare the `Ramasetu' a heritage monument, if the party voted to power at the Centre in the general elections," Ganesan said in a statement.


Tamil Nadu Lawyers return to work after month-long strike

Tamil Nadu Lawyers return to work after month-long strikeChennai, Mar 23 : In Tamil Nadu, ending their month-long strike, lawyers returned to courts on Monday following their decision to call off the agitation last Thursday.

Courts were abuzz with activity with advocates resuming work and hearing being taken up in large number of cases.


PMK joins hands with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu

PMK joins hands with AIADMK in Tamil NaduChennai, Mar 26 : Breaking off its alliance with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) on Thursday joined hands with All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

PMK''s General Council met here today to take a formal decision on forming an alliance with Jyalalithaa-led AIADMK. The meeting was attended by all senior leaders, including PMK founder S Ramadoss and his son and Union Health Minister Dr Anbumani.

According to sources, while 2,453 members voted for the alliance with the AIADMK, only 117 voted against it.


DMK would welcome creation of a separate Eelam, says Karunanidhi

DMK would welcome creation of a separate Eelam, says KarunanidhiChennai, Mar 30 : Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) would welcome creation of a separate ''Eelam'', a homeland for the Sri Lankan Tamils provided it is created by a democratic process, said M Karunanidhi, DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

Talking to the reporters here today, Karunanidhi said, "We will be glad if a separate Eelam is created (in Sri Lanka) by people voting for it."

He accused the opposition parties of spreading rumours that DMK does not support Sri Lankan Tamils.


Chiranjeevi’s ‘House warming ceremony’ in Tirupathi on April 2

Chiranjeevi Megastar Chiranjeevi is now contesting for the assembly from Tirupathi. He has decided to take a house on rent and stay there for some time. The reason is that he is being accused as an outsider by his political opponents.

So Chiranjeevi has taken a house on rent in the Khadi colony. The two-storied building has been taken on lease for a period of two months. The rent is one lakh rupees per month.

Chiranjeevi along with his wife Surekha will perform the house warming ceremony on April 2. He will file his nomination after that and kick off his election campaign. -Sampurn Media


Tamil Nadu capsicum growing farmers reap huge profits

Tamil Nadu capsicum growing farmers reap huge profitsKrishnagiri, Apr. 5 : Availing the benefits from government's National Horticulture Mission, capsicum growers of Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri district have reaped huge profits.

In April-May 2009, about 1.5 lakhs square feet land of Krishnagiri district was brought under the capsicum cultivation scheme.

Since then, farmers growing ''Paprika'' or capsicum, have received loans and subsidies, which resulted in crop of eight tonnes of capsicums.

Now, the farmers are aiming to earn more.


AIADMK, CPM reach seat sharing agreement

AIADMK, CPM reach seat sharing agreementChennai, Apr 6 : The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) on Monday arrived at a seat sharing agreement, according to which the latter would contest the Madurai, Kaniyakumari and Coimbatore seats in the upcoming elections.

CPM state secretary N Varadarajan held talks with the AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa at her Pose Garden residence this afternoon and signed the pact.


Tamil Nadu''s VCK asks Sonia Gandhi to press for Lanka cease-fire

Tamil Nadu''s VCK asks Sonia Gandhi to press for Lanka cease-fireChennai, Apr 8 : In the wake of reports of the Sri Lankan army capturing the last stronghold of the LTTE in Sri Lanka, the pro-Eelam Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) on Wednesday appealed to Congress President Sonia Gandhi to press for a ceasefire in the island-nation.


White tigress gives birth to three cubs in Tamil Nadu

  White tigress gives birth to three cubs in Tamil Nadu  Vandalur (Tamil Nadu), Apr 9 : Project Tiger has received a further boost with the announcement of a five-year-old tigress giving birth to three cubs at the Arignar Anna zoo, which is located 31 kilometres from Chennai.

The tigress named Anusuya delivered three cubs, out of which one died.

Visitors to the zoo expressed their delight at getting a glimpse of the tigress and her cubs.


Sathyaraj’s debut in Mollywood

Sathyaraj Tamil star Sathyaraj would be making his debut in Mollywood with Prasad Yadan's directed flick Trigger. The film is said to be an action-crime-thriller which started rolling recently in Thiruvananthapurm. SujitVarghese is producing the movie under the banner of 4M.

Manu Mohit and Manasa are also in the lead. The other star cast includes Rajeev Govind, Rajan P. Dev, Sreenath, Biju Kuttan, Kiran Raj, Padannayil, Roshna, Urmila and Unni. R. Deepak is capturing the film in his camera. Lyrics are been jotted down by Vayalar Sarat Chandra Varma and Rafeeq Ahmed while the music is composed by Rajesh Mohan. - Sampurn Media


Chinmaya Mission organizes yajna for world peace

Chinmaya Mission organizes yajna for world peaceHosur (Tamil Nadu), Apr 13: Hundreds of people attended a special yajna (religious fire ritual) ceremony held here for world peace on the last weekend.

Organised by Chinmaya Mission at Hosur in Tamil Nadu, the religious ceremony witnessed an overwhelming participation of people irrespective of their person religious faith.

The yajna was performed along with the recitation of powerful ''Gayatari Mantra'' for 108 times to promote harmony and seek relief for everyone suffering worldly troubles.


Dhanush’s Kutty almost completed

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Remake of Telugu blockbuster Arya, Dhanush’s Kutty is almost complete and is expected to grace the theatres in June while the audio is expected to be launched mid May.

Shriya Saran is playing the lead actress in this film which is being directed by remake specialist Jawahar Mitran who earlier made ‘Yaaradi Nee Mohini’ that was also a Telugu remake.

Balasubramaniyam is capturing the film in his camera while editing is been handled by Kola Bhaskar. Dhanush has also started shooting for Aadukalam, which is being directed by Vetrimaaran. - Sampurn Media


Demand for fruits and juices on the high in Chennai as mercury rises

Demand for fruits and juices on the high in Chennai as mercury risesChennai, Apr 18 : With temperature rising in Tamil Nadu, the sale of watermelons and juices have picked up.

The temperature in Chennai, the state capital, was recorded at over 39.1 degree Celsius with humidity in the range of 69 percent on Thursday. Last year, the maximum temperature recorded was 42.1 degree celsius on May 18, but this year the temperature is inching towards that number in April itself.


Numeric Power to setup a Rs 25 crore MW solar project in Tamil Nadu

Numeric Power SystemsNumeric Power Systems, a provider of uninterrupted power supply (UPS) systems, has decided to set up a 1 MW solar energy farm at Palladam near Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu.

The company would setup its first solar independent power project (IPP), through its newly established subsidiary, Numeric Solar Energy Pvt. Ltd.

According to company officials, the company would buy solar cells from suppliers in Japan and Germany and configure panel modules and assemble them. The cost of the project is estimated at Rs 25 crore, which will be financed through internal accruals.


Karunanidhi says can''t forgive LTTE for killing Rajiv Gandhi

Karunanidhi says can''t forgive LTTE for killing Rajiv GandhiChennai, Apr 20 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Monday divulged from his earlier stand on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, and said that one cannot forget that LTTE was behind former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi''s death.

Speaking to reporters here, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo said that he never disagreed on the fact that LTTE was a terrorist outfit. He said that the LTTE did not start as a terrorist group, but became one over time.


Veteran Director Bharathiraja Returns His ‘Padma Shri’ Award

Bharathiraja Ace veteran director Bharathiraja has decided to return the prestigious 'Padma Shree' award that was awarded to him by Indian Government.

Bharathiraja take this decision in order to show his disapproval over its inactiveness on the Sri Lankan Tamil matter.

The strike, organized by the Tamil film fraternity Eelam support movement, was held at South Indian Film Chamber Theatre on Thursday, April 23, and saw lots of zealot Tamilians from the film society.

The participants speak against the administration for not controlling the killing of Tamils in Lanka.


Lankan crisis likely to end in 24-48 hrs: Chidambaram

Lankan crisis likely to end in 24-48 hrs: ChidambaramSivaganga (Tamil Nadu), Apr 26 : Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has expressed hope that the ongoing Sri Lanka crisis would come to an end "in another 24 or 48 hours".

Talking to reporters in Sivaganga last night, Chidambaram said Foreign Secretary Shivasankar Menon and National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan, who met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday in Colombo, had made a strict demand to stop the hostilities.


Jayalalithaa attacks Congress for calling her anti-national on Ealam demands

Jayalalithaa attacks Congress for calling her anti-national on Ealam demandsChennai, Apr. 27 : The Congress party was on Monday attacked by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Chief Jayalalithaa for dubbing Eelam demands as `anti-national'.

"I am a patriot, why are my credentials being questioned?" she said.

Jayalalithaa claimed that her demand on Eelam was based on the humantarian crisis of trapped Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka and she was not demanding a separate nation being carved out of India.


Tamil Nadu Newsprint to spend Rs 1000 crore on Capacity Expansion

Tamil Nadu Newsprint to spend Rs 1000 crore on Capacity ExpansionTamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd, the leading manufacturer of printing and writing papers and newsprint in India, has plans to spend Rs 1000 crore on capacity expansion.

Through the latest decision, the company intends to tap 12-13% market share of the printing and writing paper segment, by 2011-12.


Four killed in bizarre train accident in southern India

TAMILNADUNew Delhi - Four people were killed and 11 injured Wednesday in a bizarre train accident in southern India when unknown persons drove an empty train out of a station leading to a collision with a goods train, officials said. "The empty rake which was waiting at a suburban terminal near Chennai was removed by some unauthorized miscreants onto the sector track and it collided with a goods train coming from the opposite direction," Southern Railways chief public relations officer Meenu Ittyerah said.

The accident took place at the Vyasarpadi Jeeva station in the north-western suburbs of Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu state.


Tamil protesters attack 5 army trucks in Tamil Nadu

Tamil protesters attack 5 army trucks in Tamil NaduCoimbatore, May 2: Tamil protestors on Saturday ransacked five army trucks at Neelambur area near Coimbatore, following rumours that the weapon laden trucks were meant for Sri Lankan Army.

Around 80 trucks laden with weapons and other army supply was heading towards Thiruvananthapuram.

"More than 80 trucks of war material including weapons meant for Sri Lanka are being dispatched by the Indian government. And we have stopped these," said Ramakrishnan, General Secretary of Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, a pro-Tamil group.


Tamil Nadu women become self-dependent through home made milk sweet sales

Tamil NaduKrishnagiri (Tamil Nadu), May 3 : A voluntary organization in Tamil Nadu's Krishnagiri District is helping women sell homemade milk sweets in the market.

The best part of this self-help exercise is that the women can appropriate the profits earned.

It is indeed a sweet way to enhance the economic status of women in Tamil Nadu.

Commonly called as Palkova in the region, the sweets prepared from milk is not only being sold among locals, but is also being purchased by people in Coimbatore, Erode and Bangalore.


13 killed in oil factory blaze in India

13 killed in oil factory blaze in IndiaNew Delhi - At least 13 workers were charred to death in a fire at a factory making edible oils in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu, a news report said Thursday.

The fire broke out late Wednesday at the plant in the Valayapatti area, about 350 kilometres south-west of the state capital, Chennai, local official U Sahayam told the PTI news agency.

Six workers sustained burns and the condition of four of the injured was serious, he added.


Tamil Nadu, Orissa welcomes Loop

Tamil Nadu, Orissa welcomes LoopMonday saw Loop Telecom, a subsidiary of Ruias-managed Loop Mobile (earlier BPL Mobile), making the announcement regarding the soft launch of cellular services in Tamil Nadu and Orissa circles.  

Loop has now become the maiden telecom company among new entrants to start operations with this launch. It should be noted that Videocon group’s Datacom Solutions, Swan Telecom of the Dynamix Balwas group and S-Tel are other operators preparing to unveil services.  


Arkonam tyre plant witnesses lockout by MRF

Arkonam tyre plant witnesses lockout by MRF After labour unrest in MRF Ltd, the company on Monday announced lockout at its Arkonam plant in Tamil Nadu.

In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the company confirmed that the management has declared lockout at the company's manufacturing plant situated at Arkonam in Tamil Nadu with effect from 3 pm, on May 17 on account of labour unrest in the factory.  

Since 9th May, nearly 3,000 employees of MRF in Arkonam and Puducherry were on a 'sit-in' strike within the premises of the respective facilities.  


Ooty’s flower show ‘a hit’ among tourists

Ooty’s flower show ‘a hit’ among touristsOoty (Tamil Nadu), May 23 : The 113th flower show at the Botanical garden in Tamil Nadu is attracting large number of tourists and flower lovers from all over the country.

An estimated one million flowers including roses, daisies, lilies and orchids are on display in the hill resort of Ooty.

The three-day flower show, which begins on Saturday, is expected to attract over 5, 00,000 tourists.

The major attractions at the show are a 60 feet long aeroplane decorated with 8000 roses, a 50 feet huge car and a model train decorated with flowers.


DMK shows the door to T.R. Baalu

M KarunanidhiChennai, May 24 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M Karunanidhi is said to have reached a compromise with senior party leaders individually at his residence here on Sunday over Cabinet portfolios.

According to informed party sources, Karunanidhi’s grand nephew Dayanidhi Maran, his eldest son M. Azhagiri and senior leader A. Raja will be the DMK’s choice for full Cabinet rank in the UPA Government at the Centre, while former Shipping and Surface Transport Minister T. R. Baalu has been shown the door for the time being.


BHEL inks MoU with SAIL

BHEL inks MoU with SAILPower equipment supplier Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Steel Authority of India (SAIL) for supply of steel materials like flats and long products.

According to an official release, BHEL is projected to buy steel flats like plates and sheets and structural like beams, channels and angles to the tune of around 6 lakh MT this financial year.

As per the agreement, BHEL and SAIL will negotiate and arrive at a price every quarter.


TN Woman, Son Quarantined In Coimbatore With Swine Flu Symptoms

TN Woman, Son Quarantined In Coimbatore With Swine Flu Symptoms  After reporting symptoms of deadly H1N1 flu, a 34-year-old woman and her 5-year old son were admitted to the Identified Isolation Facility at Coimbatore.

According to reports, the woman along with her two kids returned to India from the United States via Dubai on May 28.

They landed in Chennai on May 28, boarding flight EK-204 transiting Dubai (flight EK 542). After that, they boarded a Kingfisher flight to Coimbatore (Kingfisher IT-2901) the same day.

The boy was suffering from fever even before leaving the US.


Coimbatore reports ten suspected swine flu cases

 Coimbatore reports ten suspected swine flu casesCoimbatore, June 3 : Ten cases of swine flu have been reported by the medical authorities in Coimbatore.

The authorities at the Coimbatore Medical College (CMC), a government run hospital, said, they had quarantined ten patients with suspected swine flu like symptoms, of which three cases, including a child had come to them in the early hours of Wednesday.

One of the junior doctors, Aparna Pasha, who was treating the swine flu suspect cases, was also reported to have developed the symptoms and was under treatment.


Jain Irrigation secures an order worth Rs 79 crore

Jain IrrigationJain Irrigation Systems, a micro irrigation company and an agriculture conglomerate, has secured an order worth Rs 77.8 crore from the World Bank for an irrigation project in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

The contract is for supply and installation of drip and sprinkler irrigation systems, which will benefit about 15,000 farmers in the 25 sub-basins, situated in Tamil Nadu.

Further, the company will also remain involved in promoting crop diversification and enhancing farm incomes through value-chain building in specific crops.


Two out of eleven suspected swine flu cases test positive in Coimbatore

Two out of eleven suspected swine flu cases test positive in CoimbatoreCoimbatore (Tamil Nadu), June 6 : Two out of eleven swine flu cases reported on Wednesday have tested positive in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

"Out of the eleven suspected swine flu cases admitted in Coimbatore Medical College only two have become positive. The rest of the patients have been discharged from the hospital and they are at home and followed by public health authorities," said Doctor Kumaran, Dean of the Coimbatore Medical College.


City Union Bank Q4 net slips 7.34%

City Union Bank Q4 net slips 7.34%City Union Bank, private lender based in Tamil Nadu, has registered a decline of 7.34 per cent in its net profit at Rs 26.12 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2009.

The bank had posted a net profit of Rs 28.19 crore in the March quarter of FY'08.    

However, the total income has surged 28.3 per cent to Rs 255.59 crore during the March quarter, against Rs 198.40 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal.    


TN Deputy CM Stalin pledges support to industry

TN Deputy CM Stalin pledges support to industry

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M. K. Stalin said that his government would take all possible steps to support industry, introducing a bill for single-window clearance of industrial projects in the coming assembly session.

The Deputy CM, after a meeting with industry and commerce leaders, assured adequate power supply and conductive atmosphere for the industry of the state.

Mr. Stalin said, “The government’s concern does not end with the formulation and commissioning of industrial projects. It wants to support continued activities of the projects.”


Opposition walks out of TN assembly

Opposition walks out of TN assemblyChennai June17 : The entire opposition led by AIADMK staged a walk out from the Tamil Nadu assembly, after failing to raise the issue of alleged malpractice by the ruling DMK in the recently concluded elections.

After an obituary reference to the departed former members, Speaker Avudiappan wanted to take up the day''s business, but opposition parties wanted to raise the issue of alleged the use of money, muscle and government machinery by the ruling DMK to win the elections, the Speaker denied permission.


Michelin & Cie to spend Rs 7000 crore on Indian Market

Michelin India Tyres Private LtdMichelin & Cie, the world's second-largest tyre maker, is looking to spend up to Rs 7,000 crore in India over a 10-year period, to manufacture and market radial tyres and tubes in the country.

Reports suggests that French tyre giant has sought government approval to acquire 100% stake in a new company Michelin India Tamil Nadu Tyres formed in April 2009. The company intends to set up the proposed greenfield unit, with an investment worth Rs 4,000 crore.


Two swine flu patients successfully cured in Coimbatore

Two swine flu patients successfully cured in CoimbatoreCoimbatore, June 20 : Two swine flu cases have been successfully cured in Coimbatore, according to medical authorities here.

Dean of Coimbatore Medical College hospital, Dr Kumaran, on Saturday said they were the only two confirmed swine cases in the city.

"In Tamil Nadu, only two cases have been confirmed in Coimbatore. The two cases have been already treated and sent home after cure," said Dr Kumaran.


Kamal Hassan plans to produce 30 short films based on Chennai

Kamal Hassan plans to produce 30 short films based on ChennaiChennai, June 20 : Actor Kamal Hassan has plans to produce, direct and act in 30 short films, which would be based on his hometown Chennai.

"It would be about 30 short films about this city called Chennai. We will begin with Chennai, we will go to other cities as well. We are not making documentaries. It''s about the fictional world of writers as they look at Chennai," said Kamal Hassan, during a media briefing.

Oscar winning French scriptwriter, Jean Claude Carriere, will guide some of these short films.


Three fresh cases found positive for Swine Flu take toll to 59

Three fresh cases found positive for Swine Flu take toll to 59Chennai, June 22 : With three more persons including a Chennai couple who travelled to India from the US testing positive for Swine Flu on Monday, the toll of cases in the country to 59 in the country.

While two cases were reported from Chennai, the third one was reported from Delhi where a 15-year-old boy tested positive for the disease.

A 29-year-old man and wife, 25, who travelled from North Carolina to Chennai on June 13, reported symptoms for swine flu five days later.


Tata comes up with GSM mobile services in Chennai and TN

Tata comes up with GSM mobile services in Chennai and TNTata Group has added another feather to its cap.

Tata DoCoMo, the GSM brand of Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL), announced the commercial launch of its operations in India, beginning with Chennai and Tamil Nadu.

The company’s GSM service started with TTSL managing director Anil Sardana making the first phone call to A Raja, Union IT and telecommunications minister.  


Thousands of girls take to streets protesting against abortions

Thousands of girls take to streets protesting against abortionsCoimabatore (Tamil Nadu), June 25 : Thousands of girls Girls of various schools and colleges along with volunteers of different anti-abortion from different international organisations took out a rally holding placards and raising slogans to spread awareness regarding ''save the girl child'' in Coimbatore on Thursday.


Chennai hospital hostage drama involving ex-Guyana First Lady ends

Chennai hospital hostage drama involving ex-Guyana First Lady endsChennai, June 27 : The 48-hour-long hostage drama at Chennai's Frontier Lifeline Hospital ended on Saturday after both the NGO and the hospital authorities reached an agreement to allow the ten children with heart-related ailments to return to Guyana on condition that the NGO would clear all medical expenses within the next six months.


National Rally Championship 2009 begins in Coimbatore

National Rally Championship 2009 begins in CoimbatoreCoimbatore, June 27 : With 60 participants from across the country, the first round of the National Rally Championship 2009 began in Coimbatore on Saturday.

National champion Vikram Mathias and winner of Malaysian Asia Pacific Championship and the Production World Rally Championship Gaurav Gill are also taking part in the rally.

The IMG Sports-Pro Sports Promotions are promoting the series with Bharat Petroleum''s Speed as the title sponsors.

The race will be conducted for over two days. The final race will take place on Sunday.


Tata Docomo to cover entire South India region under GSM network soon

Tata Docomo to cover entire South India region under GSM network soonTata Docomo, the GSM brand of Tata Teleservices Limited, has announced the roll out of GSM services in Orissa Telecom circle, after successfully launching similar services in the Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Kerala circles earlier this month. The company, having license to operate in 20 out of total of 22 telecom circles of India, has set a target to cover entire southern region within next 10 days.


Srinivasan reappointed as TNCA President

Srinivasan reappointed as TNCA President N. Srinivasan has been reappointed as President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) in the State association's annual general meeting at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.

Srinivasan's has been reelected as President of TNCA for consecutive 8th time while K. S. Viswanathan was re-elected as Secretary of TNCA.

Almost all the officials were elected without any oppose including the executive committee members and the auditor while V. P. Narasimhan has been appointed as new treasurer of TCNA and S. Ganesan was appointed as the vice-president.


Merit List For MBBS/BDS Published For The 2009-10 Session

M.R.K. PanneerselvamM.R.K. Panneerselvam, State Health Minister released the merit list for MBBS and BDS admissions for 2009-10 sessions Monday. The list is available on www. tnhealth.org and www.tn.gov.in.

Panneerselvam announced the names of the eight toppers – six boys and two girls who scored 200 out of 200 at the Directorate of Medical Education.

Of these 8 students, only one, Varshini Ramesh, who secured the eighth rank, is from Chennai.

Karthika Sankar of Mayiladuthurai topped the list.

This year, a total of 14,321 applications were received for MBBS/BDS admissions.


Madras HC declares salwar kameez decent wear

Madras HC declares salwar kameez decent wearChennai July 1 : The Madras high court has declared that salwar kameez is decent wear.

Responding to a petition filed by V Kamalaman internee of the Venkateshwara Homeopathic Medical College, Chennai, Justice K Venkatraman said, the college could not insist on a particular dress code.


Jayalalithaa says Union Minister Raja threatened Madras HC judge

 Jayalalithaa says Union Minister Raja threatened Madras HC judgeChennai, July 2 : Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday accused Union Communication Minister A. Raja of threatening the Madras High Court Judge R Reghupati.

In a signed statement released to the media the AIADMK chief said, "Though the honourable judge refrained from naming the Union Minister, it does not require any super-human intelligence to conclude that it was none other than A. Raja, who was also involved in telecom scam."


TN Doctors Call Off Their Proposed Strike

TN Doctors Call Off Their Proposed StrikeIn a major development, possible strike action by government doctors in Tamil Nadu on Monday has been called off.

Following discussions with the State Government, the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association (TNGDA) on Sunday called off their token strike scheduled for Monday.

The association had called for the token strike to press for implementing the "Special Doctors Promotion Scheme" that would provide pay parity to levels recommended by the 6th Central Pay Commission.


Chennai medicos form human chain demanding pay hike

Chennai medicos form human chain demanding pay hikeChennai, July 10 : Demanding a pay hike, some 100-odd medical practitioners formed a human chain here on Friday.

The medicos, who have been on strike for the past nine days, said they had met and asked the Health Minister and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to intervene.

"For the past eight months, we have not been given a solution yet so we are still protesting. We have been called for talks 2 days ago, but they haven''t given any solution. Initially, they asked us to withdraw strike, we will negotiate," Siva Prakasam, a medical student said.


Doctors go on indefinite hunger strike in Chennai

Doctors go on indefinite hunger strike in ChennaiChennai, July 13: Intern doctors in Chennai on Monday resorted to an indefinite hunger strike over demand for higher stipend.

The intern house surgeons and post-graduate assistants have been on an indefinite strike since July 1, and now have resorted to a hunger strike of `fast unto death' from Monday.


Mega TV in Amuda Ganam Crosses 600 Episodes.

Amuda GanamAadavan the host of Amuda Ganam on Mega TV is keen to make his show more interesting in the coming episodes.

The show has Tamil old melodies along with interesting information about them. The show has crossed 600 episodes and is being watched by people of all age groups.

The theme based songs are a great hit among the viewers. A lot of interesting things are on the anvil in the near future says the director of the show. Watch Amuda Ganam Daily at 8 to 9 am and Monday to Thursday 9.30pm to 10.30 pm on Mega TV. - Sampurn Media


TN for 'country specific' industrial zones in the state

M K StalinThe Tamil Nadu government is eying global industry players to invest in the state, in an attempt to mitigate the impact of global slowdown. It has come up with 'country specific' industrial parks, in a bid to attract investment to boost up the slowing economy of the state.

TN Deputy Chief Minister, Mr M K Stalin, while presenting a policy note of industries in the state assembly, said that the government has identified some companies from various countries, having potential to invest in the state.


Madras High Court says tainted armymen can be tried in criminal courts

Madras High Court says tainted armymen can be tried in criminal courtsChennai, July 15 : The armed forces personnel accused of committing murder, rape and other such crimes can be tried in a criminal court and not necessarily through court martial, the Madras High Court has noted.

The bench observation came while dismissing a revision petition filed by a Lance Havildar accused of killing his wife while on leave, challenging the order of a Magistrate who refused to transfer the case to an Army court.


Eight dead in explosion in fireworks unit in Tamil Nadu

Eight dead in explosion in fireworks unit in Tamil NaduNamaskarichanpatti/Sivakasi (Tamil Nadu), July 21 : Eight workers were killed and 45 others injured in an explosion at a fireworks manufacturing unit in Namaskarichanpatti in Tamil Nadu.

The explosion took place on Monday at Shri Krishna Fireworks factory, when a worker carrying chemicals in a bucket slipped and fell.

The chemicals caught fire due to friction, the sparks of which fell on the crackers stocked nearby, triggering a series of explosions.


Death toll reaches 10 in Sivakasi fire

Death toll reaches 10 in Sivakasi fireMadurai, July 21 : Three more persons who were injured in a blaze at a fireworks manufacturing unit in Virdhunagar district died at government hospitals in Madurai on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the incident to 10.

Thirteen others are still battling for life.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has ordered an inquiry by the revenue divisional officer into the fire and instructions were issued to monitor the fire safety measures installed in fire works units in the state.


Chennai hosts “Made in Thailand” exhibition to boost bilateral trade

Chennai hosts “Made in Thailand” exhibition to boost bilateral tradeChennai, July 24 : The eighth edition of ''Made in Thailand - Destination Thailand 2009'' exhibition in Chennai is not only showcasing Thai products, but also providing an opportunity to strengthen bilateral trade between the two nations.

The Department of Export Promotion of the Thailand Ministry of Commerce has organized the five-day event that began on Wednesday.

A range of products from Thailand, including accessories, electrical appliances, household items and kitchenware, are on display at the fair.


Tamil Nadu police bust fake CDs racket, arrest four persons red-handed

Tamil Nadu police bust fake CDs racket, arrest four persons red-handedChennai, July 29 : Tamil Nadu police have busted a racket of fake CDs with the arrest of four persons from whom it recovered pirated audio and video compact discs worth rupees 600,000 here.

About 1.4 million fake CDs of Hollywood, Bollywood and Tamil movies have been seized.

Acting on a tip off, the police on Tuesday cracked upon some shops in Vadatalali area and caught the culprits red-handed while manufacturing CDs.


Junior World Squash Championships underway in Chennai

Junior World Squash Championships underway in ChennaiChennai, July 31 : The 16th World Junior Men Squash Championship and 13th World Junior Women Squash Championship with participants from over 28 countries is being played at Chennai.

Over 100 girls and 60 boys from USA, Canada, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Kuwait, Egypt and all European countries have assembled to clinch the world championship titles.

Major (Retd) S. Maniam, Director of Coaching; Asian Squash Federation (ASF) said that India''s top seed Dipika Pallikal stands a good chance of winning the tournament.


Madras HC orders removal of AIDS awareness posters

Madras HC orders removal of AIDS awareness postersChennai, Aug 5 : The Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered the Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Authority (TANSACA) to remove all posters in the state having a photograph of Thilakavathi and her child within a week.

Thilakavathi had petitioned the court claiming the photos were used without obtaining her consent.

TANSACA had used Thilakavathi and her four –year-old daughter’s picture with a message ‘an HIV+ve woman does not necessarily infect her child with AIDS,’ in their posters for creating awareness.


Tamil Nadu steps up vigilance for swine flu

Tamil Nadu steps up vigilance for swine flu  Chennai, Aug 7 : Health authorities in Tamil Nadu on Friday set up screening booths at the station in Chennai to examine passengers coming from areas where swine flu cases were on the rise.

“Chennai Corporation, the Railways and State Government are organising camps for screening people for swine flu, mainly coming form north India, Pune and Maharashtra,” said Dr. Indirani, Medical Officer of Central Railway Station.


TN clarifies Maharashtra over travel advisory

SwineThe state government has condemned the Tamil Nadu (TN) government stand of advising people not to travel to Maharashtra.

Criticizing the TN government stand, Maharashtra State Public Health Minister Dr Rajendra Shingne said: "I do not agree to such directives and would say that there is no need to issue such directives. Our government will talk to the TN government on this issue."

Shingne added that Maharashtra was completely safe and sound for travel.

The minister also reviewed measures taken by the Pune health department to contain the H1N1 infection.


Tamil Nadu flag-makers report good business ahead of Independence Day

Tamil Nadu flag-makers report good business ahead of Independence DayChennai, Aug. 12 : Flag makers in Tirpur, the hosiery hub of Tamil Nadu, are doing a brisk business ahead of the 62nd anniversary of Independence Day.

Traders say that there has been increased public participation in the Independence Day celebrations as evident from the growing demand from local clubs, private and public institutions for national flags.


Five-year-old elephant calf captured in Coonoor

Five-year-old elephant calf captured in CoonoorCoonoor (Tamil Nadu), Aug 14 : A five-year-old elephant calf was captured by forest officials in Coonoor in Tamil Nadu.

The elephant had strayed towards a human habitation after separating from its herd.

The officials tranquillized the elephant that had been creating problems for inhabitants of the tea estate in the town, and later released it in the Burliar forest area.


Artists sculpt eco-friendly idols ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi

Artists sculpt eco-friendly idols ahead of Ganesh ChaturthiChennai/Aurangabad, Aug 22 : The artists across the country are giving shape to eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesha, prior to ''Ganesh Chaturthi''.

The demand for Lord Ganesha idols is on the rise as the festival begins from Sunday. Therefore, the artists in Chennai are giving final touches to the Ganesha idols. They are making idols out of clay and Papier Mache instead of Plaster of Paris.


Two more swine flu deaths reported in Pune, Chennai

Two more swine flu deaths reported in Pune, ChennaiPune / Chennai, Aug 22 : Two more swine flu deaths were reported on Saturday in the country, taking the death toll to 47.

One death each was reported from Pune and Chennai.

With a 60 year old Baban Hangule succumbing to the virus on Saturday, Pune witnessed 20 deaths for the virus so far.

According to sources, Hangule was admitted in a serious condition to the state run Sasson Hospital on August 19.

The Maharashtra Health Department has expressed fears about controlling the spreading of the virus.


Nine killed in bus-lorry collision in Tamil Nadu

Nine killed in bus-lorry collision in Tamil NaduKrishnagiri, Aug 24 : At least nine people were killed and three others injured when a bus collided with a lorry near Sulagiri in Tamil Nadu''s Krishnagiri District in the wee hours on Monday.

The victims included the driver and conductor of the state-run bus.

All injured were taken to Bangalore, police said.

Traffic on the National Highway was held up for more than 90 minutes due to the accident. (ANI)


India roles out indigenous T-90 Bhishma tanks

India roles out indigenous T-90 Bhishma tanksChennai, Aug 24 : The first batch of indigenously built T-90 tanks “Bhishma” was flagged off by Minister of State for Defence M. M. Pallam Raju here on Monday.

The rolling out ceremony was organised at the Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Avadi near here. The HVF manufactured the Bhishma tanks in collaboration with Russia.

The HVF is aiming to produce 100 Bhishma tanks per year.


Elephants worship Lord Ganesha in Mudumalai

Elephants worship Lord Ganesha in MudumalaiMudumalai (Tamil Nadu), Aug. 24 : A group of elephants on Monday worshipped Lord Ganesha at a temple in Mudumalai on the occasion of the ongoing 10-day Ganesha festival.

The unique annual ceremony is being conducted by elephants in Mudumalai Tiger sanctuary for last 25 years.

On this special day, more than 22 camp elephants are brought to the tribal Ganesha temple in a lively musical procession. The elephants are all decked up and adorned with particular ornaments.


TNPCB asks Shasun Chemicals to shut its Cuddalore Plant

Shasun Chemicals and DrugsLeading pharmaceutical company, Shasun Chemicals and Drugs said that it has received a closure notice from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB).

The plant makes anti-ulcerant drugs like Ranitidine, Nizatidine and Gabapentin.

The company has been issued the notice under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, to close the factory located at the Sipcot Industrial complex in Cuddalore.

The notice has been issued after receiving complaints that the plant was emitting foul odour into air.


TN Government orders inquiry into “world record breast cancer operations”

TN Government orders inquiry into “world record breast cancer operations”Madurai, Aug 28 : Tamil Nadu State Health Department has ordered an inquiry into claims of doctors of the Rajaji Government Hospital on performing 14 breast cancer surgeries in three and half hours.


Impartial inquiry sought into war crimes against Lankan Tamils

Impartial inquiry sought into war crimes against Lankan TamilsChennai, Aug 28 : An NGO in Chenai has demanded impartial international inquiry into war crimes against Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The activists of “WE” held a press meet in Chennai city on Friday, condemning violent attacks on Tamils by Sri Lankan security forces. The NGO works for the uplift of the Tamils in the region.


A matrimonial website for transsexual community launched

A matrimonial website for transsexual community launchedChennai, Aug 29 : Members of transsexual community in Chennai launched the world''s first matrimonial website for their clan.

A Chennai based transgender Kalki is the director and the founder of the website, sahodari. org, which is one of first websites in the world for transsexual marriages.

Kalki said that the reason why she thought of launching this website was because the profiles of the members of the transsexual community were being rejected by popular matrimonial websites.


Karunanidhi asks for more relief for Tamilians in Sri Lanka

M Karunanidhi Chennai, Aug 29: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday asked the Central Government to ensure more help for Sri Lankan Tamils.

"The relief and rehabilitation steps being provided to Sri Lankan Tamils are not enough, many of the Tamilians in Sri Lanka are facing hardships and struggling with rain and therefore we demand more attention of the government towards this issue," Karunanidhi told reporters in Chennai.

Sri Lankan Tamils have historical and cultural links with about 60 million Tamils in Tamil Nadu.


Karunanidhi asks for more relief for Tamilians in Sri Lanka

M Karunanidhi Chennai, Aug 29: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Saturday asked the Central Government to ensure more help for Sri Lankan Tamils.

"The relief and rehabilitation steps being provided to Sri Lankan Tamils are not enough, many of the Tamilians in Sri Lanka are facing hardships and struggling with rain and therefore we demand more attention of the government towards this issue," Karunanidhi told reporters in Chennai.

Sri Lankan Tamils have historical and cultural links with about 60 million Tamils in Tamil Nadu.


To make a record, docs do 14 surgeries in three-and-a-half hours

To make a record, docs do 14 surgeries in three-and-a-half hours With a desire to make a record, a team of doctors conducted 14 breast cancer surgeries in span of in three-and-a-half hours at Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai.  

The team of doctor comprising of Rajaji hospital’s head of oncology, Dr. BKCR Mohan Prasad, chief anaesthetist Dr R Chandrasekhar and surgeon Dr Gopinath planned these 14 operations in order to get entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.


TN Deputy CM to donate organs after death

TN Deputy CM to donate organs after deathTamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin has added another feather to his cap.

Stalin said that he would donate his organs to those in need.  

He made this announcement at the launch of MODE (Miot Organ Drive) at MIOT Hospital at Manapakkam near Chennai on Friday.  

He said that he wanted to create awareness among people on organ donation and its importance.  

The minister further added that there was a vital requirement for organ donation as many lives could be saved by transplantation of the vital organs.


Museum in Tamil Nadu showcases tribal lifestyle

Tamil NaduPalada (Tamil Nadu), Sep 3 : A museum in Tamil Nadu’s Palada district provides an insight into the life of tribal communities living in Nilgiri Hills as it displays traditional tribal weapons, utensils, musical instruments, jewellery and costumes.

The museum, established in 1983, is funded by the State Government to conserve and protect testimonies of tribal life.


Two Muthoot murder accused surrender in Tamil Nadu

Two Muthoot murder accused surrender in Tamil NaduChennai, Sep. 8 : The two main accused in the August 21 murder of Muthoot group scion Paul M George surrendered on Tuesday in Tamil Nadu.

Rajesh and Om Prakash have been arrested and would be produced before the Nellai magistrate''s court.

Tamil Nadu police said they had informed Kerala police about the development and a team from the state is arriving to interrogate the men.

George, 30, who was heading the Muthoot M George Group’s hospitality business, was murdered near Alleppy in Kerala.


Rahul Gandhi promises to take fishermen’s issues with Centre

Rahul Gandhi promises to take fishermen’s issues with CentreNagercoil (TN), Sep. 8 : Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday had an hour-long interaction with the fishermen community of Tamil Nadu, and he promised to take up their woes with the Centre.

Gandhi is on a three-day Tamil Nadu tour, aimed at rejuvenating the Congress at the grass-roots level.

Soon after his arrival, Gandhi had a closed-door meeting attended by about 1,500 members of the fishermen community, including 200 women.


Rahul holds meeting with Congress activists, farmers in Thanjavur

Rahul holds meeting with Congress activists, farmers in ThanjavurThanjavur (Tamil Nadu), Sep 9 : All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who is on a three-day visit to Tamil Nadu, visited Thanjavur on Wednesday and held meetings with Youth Congress activists and farmers.

Gandhi was welcomed by thousand of Congress supporters, who stood outside the venue, Kandha Saras Mahal, just to have a glimpse of the young leader.


Rahul Gandhi downplays not meeting Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi

Rahul GandhiChennai, Sep. 10 : Congress party general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday sought to downplay the issue of not calling on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, saying that he was a great admirer of the octogenarian leader.

Gandhi, who was on a three-day visit of the state, raised the hackles of DMK cadre by not meeting Karunanidhi, who is a key ally of the ruling UPA.


MDMK leader Vaiko slams Government for inaction on easing Lankan Tamils plight

V-GopalswamyChennai, Sep 11: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader V Gopalswamy, on Friday blamed the Government for failing to ease the plight of Sri Lanka’s minority Tamil population.

Gopalswamy accused it of maintaining double standards in dealing with the issue.

He cited Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi''s recent statements on Sri Lankan Tamils, and said that Gandhi was ignorant of the plight of Tamils and his assurance has come too late for Tamil refugees.


BHEL wins order worth Rs 1300 crore

BHEL wins order worth Rs 1300 croreBharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL), the country's premier engineering organization, has secured an order worth Rs 1300 crore from NTPC-Tamil Nadu Energy Company Limited (NTECL), a joint venture of power producer NTPC and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.

The order involves supply and installation of the boiler, turbine and generator package to NTPC-Tamil Nadu Energy Company Limited (NTECL).


SwineFlutninfo.in, website launched to combat swine flu

SwineFlutninfo.in, website launched to combat swine fluThe government is trying every thing to spread awareness about prevention and cure of swine flu. Simple hygiene practices can reduce the spread of the deadly virus. Despite the best efforts of the government, swine flu cases are multiplying.


CPI (M) politburo member Brinda Karat arrested in Tamil Nadu

CPI (M) politburo member Brinda Karat arrested in Tamil NaduMadurai (TN), Sep 12 : CPI (M) politburo member Brinda Karat was arrested on Saturday at a village in Tamil Nadu.

According to sources Karat was arrested with some All India Democratic Women''s Association (AIDWA) activists when they were on their way to a village in Madurai district.

Sources added that she was arrested because she was trying to conduct a meeting in the village, which is caste sensitive village.

The village lies in the Usilampatti subdivision in Madurai district having a history of caste clashes. (ANI)


Namakkal in Tamil Nadu to have Community Radio Station

Namakkal in Tamil Nadu to have Community Radio StationNew Delhi, Sept 17 : A Community Radio Station will start functioning at Namakkal in Tamil Nadu.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has permission for establishing, maintaining and operating a Community Radio Station (CRS).

The Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement. With this, the number of CRS will increase to 53 in the country.


GAIL signs two gas sourcing deals in Tamil Nadu

GAIL signs two gas sourcing deals in Tamil NaduGAIL, India's largest gas transmission and marketing company, has announced that it has inked two contracts.

As per sources, the company has signed these contracts for sourcing natural gas from PY-1 field for supply to a power plant located in Tamil Nadu.

The sources further informed that a long term gas sale contract (GSC) for the PY-1 gas supplies was clinched between GAIL and Hindustan Oil Exploration Company (HOEC).

GAIL also inked a pact in downstream with PPN Power Generating Company for the supply of PY-1 gas in Tamil Nadu.


Company official killed by sacked labourers in Coimbatore

Company official killed by sacked labourers in CoimbatoreCoimbatore, Sep 23 : A group of agitating workers of an auto parts manufacturing company in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday lynched the Vice President
(Human Resource) of the company to death.

Six workers barged into Pricol Limited and attacked employees of company''''s human resource department including Vice-President Roy J George got badly hurt.

George, 47, succumbed to serious head injures in hospital.

According to the police the assault was a reaction to their dismissal from service.


Heroin worth rupees 45 million seized in Coimbatore

Heroin worth rupees 45 million seized in CoimbatoreCoimbatore, Sept 29 : Police here seized heroin worth rupees 45 million in the international market.

According to the police official, the heroin was brought from Andhra Pradesh’s Nagri district to Coimbatore.


Punj Lloyd wins order worth Rs 275.79 crore

Punj Lloyd wins order worth Rs 275.79 crore Punj Lloyd, a global EPC player in the energy and infrastructure sector, has secured an order worth Rs 275.79 crore from Indianoil Petronas for engineering related works.

The order work includes designing, detailed engineering, supply, construction / installation, testing and commissioning of Propane / Butane / LPG Import Terminal at Ennore, Tamil Nadu on EPCC basis.

Earlier this month, the company received an order worth Rs 550 crore from state-run Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals (MRPL) for construction related works.


Samsung India bets big on touch screen mobiles

Samsung India bets big on touch screen mobilesChennai, Sep 30 : The Indian subsidiary of South Korean consumer durable major Samsung is betting big on touch-screen mobile phones, targeting a 20 percent value share in the domestic handset market this year.

"We expect our touch-screen models to contribute around 20 percent of our total sales this year. The overall market for touch-screen handsets this year is expected to be around two million handsets, up from 800,000 units in 2008," Asim Warsi, general manager (marketing), told reporters after launching the new touch-screen handset named Samsung Corby.


Reserve 50 percent seats for rural students in universities: Karunanidhi

M KarunanidhiChennai, Sep 30 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Wednesday urged the government to earmark 50 percent of the seats in central universities for students from rural areas.

Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony for a central university at Thiruvarur, around 300 km from here, he said: "The central government should permit 50 percent of the seats for students from rural background."


Fossilised eggs found in Tamil Nadu belonged to large dinosaur species

Fossilised eggs found in Tamil Nadu belonged to large dinosaur speciesSalem (Tamil Nadu), Oct 2 : Geologists have said that the hundreds of dinosaur egg clusters discovered in Tamil Nadu belonged to one of the largest dinosaur species that ever lived.

There are about seven to eight eggs in each cluster and there are hundreds of such clusters strewn all over a two-square-km area.

They believe that the eggs found in layers date back to 65 million years.


Stalin meets labour leaders on Pricol issue

M. K. StalinChennai, Oct 2  Tamil Nadu's Deputy Chief Minister M. K. Stalin met representatives of All India Trade Union Central Committee (AITUCC), a trade union affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), here Friday to discuss the labour unrest at automotive component manufacturer Pricol.

"The deputy chief minister listened to us for nearly half an hour on the labour struggle at Pricol and also the arrest of our union's national president S. Kumarasamy," the union's national secretary Bhuvaneswari told IANS.


No central nod to Kerala for new Mullaperiyar dam survey: Karunanidhi

No central nod to Kerala for new Mullaperiyar dam survey: Karunanidhi Chennai, Oct 2 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Friday stated that the central government has not given its permission to Kerala to conduct a survey to build a new dam near the over century-old Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki district.

In a statement issued here, he said the government would take immediate action if proof is given that such an order has been passed by the central government.


ONGC rout Air India in Murugappa Gold Cup hockey

ONGC rout Air India in Murugappa Gold Cup hockeyChennai, Oct 2 : Defending champions Air India went down 1-5 against an inspired ONGC in their opening Pool A match of the 85th All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament here Friday.

Earlier, in a Pool B encounter Army XI edged past Indian Railways 2-1 to pick up full points, and in the day's last game, Indian Oil Corporation, thanks to two goals apiece by former India players Didar Singh and Deepak Thakur, overcame Mumbai XI 6-3, also in Pool B.


PMK breaks ties with AIADMK

AIADMKChennai, Oct 4 : Tamil Nadu's main opposition AIADMK lost an ally as PMK Sunday decided to snap its ties with it.

The decision came in a meeting of the PMK working council, held at Thailapuram near Dindivanam, around 125 km from here, under the chairmanship of G. K. Mani. The meet was also attended by PMK founder S. Ramadoss.

The party said in a statement that the decision came after the AIADMK refused to heed to its request in a court case.

When the AIADMK was in power in the state, a police case was registered against Ramadoss and his family members including son Anbumani Ramadoss.


Ramesh calls for eco-impact report on mega lab

National Tiger Conservation AuthorityUnion Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has asked top tiger conservation body to study the ecological impact of what has been billed as the country’s biggest science project that awaits forest clearance.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has been asked to assess the ecological impact of the proposed Rs 900 crore neutrino observatory (INO).

Neutrinos are elementary particles key to understanding how the universe evolved.


Armaan hoping for a strong finish

Armaan EbrahimChennai, Oct 5 : Armaan Ebrahim, India's best hope for a Formula One seat, is all set to finish his debut season in the inaugural Formula-2 series on a high as he flies off to Barcelona, Spain, for the final round of the championship.

The 20-year old from Chennai, who has been plagued by bad luck and has had to contend with an under-performing car, is currently placed 16th on the leaderboard with seven points, but statistically and in terms of pace, he is far better.


Kamran Khan advances in PSA Indian Challenger-4 squash

Kamran-KhanChennai, Oct 5 : Malaysian junior Kamran Khan, the top seed in the qualifying rounds of the PSA Indian Challenger-4 squash tournament, defeated Sandeep Jangra in the first round here Monday.

Keeping the ball to good length, Kamran was in control of the match from the start. However, Sandeep managed to pull back the third game with his aggressive drops and volleys.

Vikas Jangra and Karim Gawad (Egypt) were also taken to four games by Abhishek Pradhan and Balamurugan, respectively.

The results:


ONGC in semifinals of Murugappa Gold Cup hockey

ONGC in semifinals of Murugappa Gold Cup hockeyChennai, Oct 5 : The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) became the first team to enter the semi-finals of the 85th All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament as they recorded their third consecutive win with a 3-1 result against Indian Overseas Bank, here Monday.

ONGC progress to the round of four was confirmed when Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) overcame defending champions Air India 3-0 in another pool A match. The result knocked out Air India while cementing ONGC's semi-final spot.


Chola MS ties up with Tamil Nadu banks to sell insurance

Chola MS ties up with Tamil Nadu banks to sell insurance Chennai, Oct 6 : Private non-life insurer Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Tuesday announced a tie-up with Tamil Nadu State Cooperative Bank to sell its products through two district cooperative banks.

Chola MS hopes to sell motor, health, accident, cattle and agricultural insurance schemes through the branches and agricultural societies of Dharmapuri District Central Co-operative Bank and Salem District Central Co-operative Bank, the company said.(IANS)


Netmagic unveils green data centre in Chennai

Netmagic unveils green data centre in ChennaiChennai, Oct 6 : India's leading managed IT services provider Netmagic Solutions Tuesday unveiled its "green" data centre here to offer a range of third-party services in the tech infrastructure space.

As the Mumbai-based company's fifth data centre in the country, the Chennai facility will cater to large and medium enterprises across verticals in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

The privately-funded Netmagic has three carrier-neutral data centres in Mumbai and one in India's tech hub Bangalore.


Indian Oil enter semi-finals in Murugappa Gold Cup hockey

Rupinder Pal SinghChennai, Oct 6 : A 68th minute goal by Rupinder Pal Singh carried Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to an unimpressive 1-0 win against the Indian Railways in Pool B and also earned them a berth in the semi-finals of the All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament here Tuesday.

It was fourth win for IOC in as many matches while the Railways, who had the better of the exchanges but blew their chances, slid to their second defeat in three outings.

There was very little to commend about in a game that flowed from end to end with both sets of forwards failing miserably at the finish.


Indian Oil enter semi-finals in Murugappa Gold Cup hockey

Indian Oil enter semi-finals in Murugappa Gold Cup hockeyChennai, Oct 6 : A 68th minute goal by Rupinder Pal Singh carried Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to an unimpressive 1-0 win against the Indian Railways in Pool B and also earned them a berth in the semi-finals of the All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament here Tuesday.

It was fourth win for IOC in as many matches while the Railways, who had the better of the exchanges but blew their chances, slid to their second defeat in three outings.


Colonel Karuna and Jayalalitha oppose move to grant citizenship

J JayalalithaaTamil Nadu opposition leader J Jayalalithaa has found an unlikely ally in former LTTE leader Karuna Amman on the issue of opposing chief minister K Karunanidhi’s move to grant Indian citizenship to Tamil refugees.

Karuna Amman, who is now the minister for national integration in President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime, said on Tuesday the situation in Sri Lanka was now improving and that it would be better to receive the Sri Lankan refugees back in the island.

“The situation in our country is now very good, I think it is better for us to receive the people here” the Minster told Daily Mirror online.


Reliance Life looks for overseas partner, plans public issue

Reliance Life looks for overseas partner, plans public issue Chennai, Oct 7 : After operating without an overseas partner all these years, Anil Ambani group's Reliance Life Insurance is now looking out for an international strategic partner to hold up to 20 percent stake, apart from planning an initial public offer.

"We have started the process of identifying the strategic investor," said Sam Ghosh, chief executive of Reliance Capital. "The process will take around four months time," Ghosh told IANS in an interview.


CRPF to raise four more battalions to counter Naxals

CRPF to raise four more battalions to counter NaxalsCoimbatore, Oct 7 : Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force, A. S. Gill, today said that four new commando battalions will be added to the paramilitary forces especially to fight left wing extremism.

He was talking to reporters after inspecting the 17th raising day parade of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) in Coimbatore on Wednesday.


Tirupur industrialists fined Rs.55 crore for polluting river

Tirupur industrialists fined Rs.55 crore for polluting riverNew Delhi, Oct 8  The Supreme Court has imposed a steep Rs. 556 million (Rs. 55.6 crore) fine on industrialists engaged in dyeing and bleaching work in Tamil Nadu's Tirupur town, known for fine cotton T-shirts and hosiery, and polluting the Noyyal river.

The court imposed the penalty on the Tirupur industrialists, known for giving tough competition to cotton garment exporters from China and Bangladesh, saying that the principles of 'polluters pay' and 'sustainable developments' enshrined in the country's environmental laws have to upheld.


Tamil Nadu Atomic Research Centre conducts off-site mock drill

Tamil Nadu Atomic Research Centre conducts off-site mock drillKalpakkam (Tamil Nadu), Oct 8 : The Madras Atomic Power Station conducted a mock drill at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu to prepare villagers around the site in case of any possible radiation leakage.

The drill was organised by the power station officials along with Kancheepuram district administration on Wednesday.


Joshna, Dipika in semi-finals of WISPA Challenger

Joshna, Dipika in semi-finals of WISPA Challenger Chennai, Oct 8 : The top two Indian women squash players, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal, ensured that the host nation would have a finalist in the WISPA Challenger-2 tournament as the duo set up a semi-final clash here Thursday.

Both Joshna and Dipika came through their quarter-final matches without much ado while in the other semi-final, top seed Sharon Wee of Malaysia takes on Orla Noom, the third seed from the Netherlands.


Chennai to host Volvo Regatta

Chennai to host Volvo RegattaChennai, Oct 8 : The Volvo India International Regatta will be held here Nov 1-8 with 12 countries, including India, taking part.

Briefing the media here Thursday, Ashok Thakkar, Commodore, Tamil Nadu Sailing Association, said Indian sailors will undergo training from Oct 20 under coaches from Singapore and Australia.


ONGC edge past BPCL to top pool in Murugappa hockey

ONGC edge past BPCL to top pool in Murugappa hockey Chennai, Oct 8 : Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) snatched a dramatic 4-3 win over Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) to top Pool A with an unbeaten record in the 85th All- India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament here Thursday.

ONGC, having won all their four league matches, finished with 12 points ahead of BPCL who have nine points from three wins. The result was of academic interest since both teams had already qualified for the semi-finals.


TN media decries police excesses

journalistsThe Editors Guild of India on Thursday lent support to journalists’ associations in Tamil Nadu, demanding immediate release of B. Lenin, news editor of Tamil daily Dinamalar on Wednesday.

The guild said in a press release that it was “shocked that policemen in plainclothes, who did not have a warrant from a judicial authority”, dragged Lenin out of his office in Chennai and “hastily produced him before a magistrate, not allowing him access to legal assistance”.

The guild said the police action “disturbed the editorial functioning of the Dinamalar and posed a threat to the freedom of the press”.


Two Women Arrested For Alleged Infanticide

Two Women Arrested For Alleged InfanticideIn a shocking development, a woman and her mother were arrested in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu on Thursday for alleged infanticide.

According to reports, Revathy (21), wife of an autodriver in Thoothukudi region, gave birth to a set of twins on September 24 at the govt hospital in Govarangiri village.

Since the twins were born premature, physicians kept them in an incubator.

On the next day, Revathy along with her mother Thenila took the babies for breast-feeding. But, both of them were shocked over the birth of girl children.


Indian delegation visits Vavuniya camp

VavuniyaThe visiting Tamil Nadu parliamentary delegation to Sri Lanka on Sunday called for the release of the displaced people in camps in Vavuniya, the restoration of democracy and a political solution to the conflict.

In an address made at the Jaffna library this morning head of the visiting delegation T. R. Balu said a political solution is necessary to resolve the conflict which had lasted for more than 25 years, Daily Mirror newspaper’s online edition reported from Jaffna.


Sivakasi creates new varieties of fireworks for Diwali

Sivakasi creates new varieties of fireworks for DiwaliSivakasi (Tamil Nadu), Oct 12 : The Firecracker units in Tamil Nadu''s Sivakasi town, the hub of fireworks industry in the country have created different variants of dazzling fireworks for the forthcoming festival ''Diwali''.

"This year we have introduced new firecrackers for youngsters and elders. One of our new firecracker is ''Blinkers'' that when lit goes up towards the sky and puts up multi-hued light display. We have over 500 varieties of crackers available. Our first priority is safety and after that quality," said GP Sampath, a firecracker maker.


Tamil media vs actors: high court adjourns hearing

Tamil media vs actors: high court adjourns hearingChennai, Oct 13 : The Madras High Court Tuesday adjourned to Oct 19 the hearing on a petition filed by the Chennai Union of Journalists (CUJ) praying for direction to the city police commissioner to act on its complaint against some actors.

The adjournment was made on the request of Public Prosecutor N. R. Elango who submitted that he has no instructions from the police commissioner on the petition.


Indian MP's visit refugee camps

refugee campsThe visit of the Indian MPs' delegation from Tamil Nadu to the brimming refugee camps of northern Sri Lanka was a broad stroke of political and diplomatic symbolism.

For the 10 representatives of the ruling combine – DMK, Congress and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi -- it was aimed at reassuring vote banks in TN that the situation of the 2.4 lakh displaced Tamils was being monitored; India did not intervene to save the isolated and cornered LTTE but it would not step back from safeguarding the rights of the Tamil community.


AIADMK to hold key party meetings Oct 28

AIADMK to hold key party meetings Oct 28Chennai, Oct 13 : AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa Tuesday announced the party's executive committee and general council will meet here Oct 28.

The meeting assumes significance in the light of PMK snapping its ties with the AIADMK and the Communist parties announcing that their tie up with AIADMK is only an electoral one.


Tamil Nadu not represented on dam issue: Jayalalithaa

Tamil Nadu not represented on dam issue: Jayalalithaa  Chennai, Oct 14 : Putting the DMK-led state government on the mat, opposition leader J. Jayalalithaa has said the nod to Kerala to carry out a survey for construction of a dam across the Mullaperiyar river was given at a national level meeting where Tamil Nadu was not represented.

In a statement issued here Wednesday, AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa said senior officials from most Indian states were represented at the meeting which discussed several inter-state issues.


Tamil Nadu MPs return from Sri Lankan Tamil camps

Chennai, Oct 14 : A 10-member team of Tamil Nadu MPs from the DMK, Congress and VCK returned here Wednesday after a five-day tour of Sri Lanka during which they visited Tamil refugee camps and met President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi received them at the Chennai airport. The MPs had gone to Sri Lanka to see and get first-hand information on the condition of internally displaced people (IDP) or Sri Lankan Tamils living in special camps.

According to estimates, around 300,000 people live in these camps. They had fled their homes after a military offensive was launched against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) earlier this year, decimating the rebel force and killing its chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.


Tamil refugees in Sri Lanka to return home from Thursday

Tamil refugees in Sri Lanka to return home from Thursday  Chennai, Oct 14 : Sri Lanka has assured a team of 10 MPs from Tamil Nadu that 58,000 Sri Lankan Tamils currently staying in fenced-off camps will be taken back to their homes from Thursday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said here Wednesday.

"There are 253,000 Tamils living in the camps and they will be sent back to their original places in phases - that is the assurance the MPs team got from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa," the DMK chief told reporters here.


BCCI selectors drop Dravid from ODI squad against Australia

BCCI selectors drop Dravid from ODI squad against AustraliaChennai, Oct 15 : The Wall of Indian cricket Rahul Dravid has been dropped from the One Day International squad for the first two matches of a seven-match series against Australia starting October 25.

The first match will be played at Vadodara and Nagpur.

The selectors decision to drop Dravid, despite his consistent show in the recent Champions Trophy after a two-year hiatus from limited overs cricket has raised many eyebrows.


Tamil Nadu village children row boats to go to school

Tamil Nadu village children row boats to go to schoolAlambadi (Tamil Nadu), Oct 15 : Lack of schools in the vicinity forced the children to undertake risky boat rides through the Hogenakkal river to go to their school in Alambadi village in Tamil Nadu''s Dharmapuri District.

The boats have no safety equipment.

Hogenakkal is frequently flooded. The memories of recent boat mishap in Kerala are fresh in their mind.


I am deeply hurt, says Prasad over sack through email

I am deeply hurt, says Prasad over sack through emailChennai, Oct 15 : The Indian Cricket board terminated its contract with Venkatesh Prasad as the bowling coach via an email sent to him Thursday morning and the 40-year old former India fast bowler said he was "disappointed and deeply hurt" by it.

A terse statement from BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan said the board had terminated the services of Prasad and Robin Singh, the fielding coach, with immediate effect. No reasons were provided.    


Wives of journalists take Tamil actors to court

Wives of journalists take Tamil actors to courtChennai, Oct 15 : The war between Tamil actors and journalists in Tamil Nadu took a new turn Thursday as six reporters as well as the wives of two scribes filed a complaint in a court against the alleged derogatory and defamatory speeches by the artistes.

The complainants said they were deeply hurt after hearing the alleged derogatory speeches by Tamil actors against journalists and their families last week, M. K. S. Sundar, counsel for the petitioner, told IANS.


Cognizant acquires UBS Indian set-up

Cognizant acquires UBS Indian set-upChennai, Oct 15 : The Nasdaq-listed software services firm Cognizant Technology Thursday announced it would acquire Hyderabad-based UBS India Service Centre, the captive service provider to the UBS Group for an undisclosed sum.

As part of the multi-year agreement, Cognizant will provide a range of services relating to business process outsourcing (BPO), knowledge process outsourcing, information technology and remote infrastructure management to UBS divisions around the globe.    

UBS India Service Centre currently employs about 2,000 people.


Polaris to acquire Laser Soft for Rs.52 crore

Polaris to acquire Laser Soft for Rs.52 croreChennai, Oct 15 : City-based banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) company Polaris Software Lab Thursday said it will acquire competitor Laser Soft Infosystems for Rs. 52 crore.

"The acquisition will enable us to target Indian banks as well as banks in Africa, Latin America for core banking and other financial technology solutions," Arun Jain, chairman and chief executive of Polaris Software, told reporters here.    


Striking textile workers in Coimbatore seek Government intervention

Striking textile workers in Coimbatore seek Government interventionCoimbatore, Oct 16 : Following the failure of two rounds of talks between National Textile Corporation (NTC) workers’ union and management over Diwali bonus issue, the striking workers have sought Government intervention.

Striking workers have been demanding that bonus should be calculated according to the percentage of their total earnings.

The workers and management had previously met on October 12 and October 14 in presence of the Labour Joint Commissioner of Chennai, but none of the talks were successful.


Chennai shop selling diabetic-friendly sweets a major draw on Diwali

Chennai shop selling diabetic-friendly sweets a major draw on DiwaliChennai, Oct. 16 : A confectionary shop in Chennai has become a major drawn for a host of people here, as it is sells sweets meant for diabetic patients.

Located at Thyagaraja Nagar in Chennai, the shop rightly named ''Diabetics Desire'' is witnessing high sales, as people from far off are visiting here for its special sweets.

On view and sale are low glycemic, low calorie traditional Indian sweets suitable for diabetic patients. The demand for the sweets has increased with each passing day, prior to Diwali.


Seven suspended for Tamil Nadu firecracker blaze accident

Seven suspended for Tamil Nadu firecracker blaze accidentChennai, Oct 18 - Seven officials, including three policemen, have been suspended in connection with a fire accident that claimed 32 lives in a cracker godown in Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu.

District Collector V. Palanikumar suspended four officials in the tehsildhar office and three police personnel Saturday.

Meanwhile, the bodies of 31 people were handed over to their relatives.


Neyveli Lignite to outsource mining in new Rajasthan mines

Neyveli Lignite to outsource mining in new Rajasthan minesChennai, Oct 19 : Integrated lignite mining and power company Neyveli Lignite Corp will outsource mining activities at Bithnok and Hudla in Rajasthan.

The Rs. 3,354-crore company has decided to mine lignite at Bithnok (2.25 million tonnes a year) and Hudla (two million tonnes) to fire its proposed power plants at Barsingsar, also in Rajasthan.

The company already has a 2.1-million-tonne lignite mine at Barsingsar and has set up a 2x125 MW power project there.


Media vs actors: Court asks police to reply by Oct 23

Media vs actors: Court asks police to reply by Oct 23Chennai, Oct 19 : The Madras High Court Monday asked the Chennai police to file its report by Oct 23 while adjourning a case filed by Chennai Union of Journalists (CUJ) seeking action by the city police commissioner on its complaint against several actors for making derogatory remarks against them and their family members.


English-medium madrassas in Bengal

English-mediumThe West Bengal government’s education department has decided to start English-medium madrassas in the state from the next academic year.

“In the first phase, the department plans to open 12 such schools in 11 minority-dominated districts like Malda, South 24 Parganas, Murshidabad and Kolkata,” said state minority welfare and madrassa education department minister Abdus Sattar.

The minister said such madrassas would offer poor Muslims the opportunity to get an education in English medium.


Top athletes for Inter-State Meet

Top athletes for Inter-State Meet Chennai, Oct 20 : Some 1,200 athletes are expected to participate in the four-day 49th Inter-State athletics championship commencing here Wednesday even as the organisers issued a warning of sorts about medal winners to be tested by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) officials who will conduct random tests during the event.


US firm to set up biomass plants in south India

US firm to set up biomass plants in south IndiaChennai, Oct 20 : The Indian arm of the US-based biomass power company Clenergen Corp will set up two wood-fired plants with a combined capacity of 71-MW in southern India, a top official said here Tuesday.

Clenergen India will invest Rs. 1,135 crore to set up the plants in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Mark Quinn, chief executive Clenergen Corp, told reporters.

"A 16-MW plant will be set up in Tuticorin and a 64-MW plant will come up in Mangalore," Quinn said.


AIADMK to boycott World Classical Tamil Conference

AIADMK to boycott World Classical Tamil ConferenceChennai, Oct 20 : Tamil Nadu's major opposition party AIADMK Tuesday announced it would boycott the state government organised World Classical Tamil Conference scheduled to be held in Coimbatore next January.

In a statement issued here Tuesday, party general secretary J. Jayalalithaa said Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had announced at a conference of district collectors exactly a month ago that the ninth World Tamil Conference was to be held in January 2010 in Coimbatore.


Karunanidhi attacks Kerala government on Mullaiperiyar

Karunanidhi attacks Kerala government on MullaiperiyarChennai, Oct 20 : Coming down heavily on the Kerala government for its stand on the Mullaiperiyar dam, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Tuesday said people would start wondering which state is ruling the country.

In a statement issued here Tuesday, he said: "If the Kerala government thumps its chest for trampling upon the law of the land and believes that the Tamil Nadu government should accept that bowing its head, then people will wonder which state is ruling the country."


International Chef''s Day observed in Coimbatore

International Chef''s Day observed in CoimbatoreCoimbatore, Oct. 20 : Hundred of chefs participated in rally in Coimbatore to observe International Chef''s Day on Tuesday.

Students of the hotel management also participated in the rally, holding placard and banners.

The rally focussed on benefits of healthy foods for a healthy lifestyle.


Canara HSBC simplifies death claims payment

Canara HSBC simplifies death claims payment Chennai, Oct 20 : Private life insurer Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance Tuesday announced that it would pay the fund value of its unit-linked insurance policies (ULIP) immediately on registration of death claim.

"In our knowledge, we are the first life insurance company in India to provide such a service. There are several unexpected costs that arise immediately after a death and at such crucial times, one needs liquid assets that are available quickly," company chief executive Harpal Karlcut said.


General Motors launches new sedan 'Cruze'

General Motors launches new sedan 'Cruze'Chennai, Oct 21 : General Motors (GM) Wednesday launched a new sedan "Cruze" in the Indian market and said its yet unnamed small car will hit the roads in December.

"About 72 percent of the Indian car market consists of small cars and a presence is needed in that segment to be a volume player," P. Balendran, vice-president of GM India, told reporters after launching the car here.

The company has launched two variants under the the Chevrolet Cruze brand. The Cruze LT is priced at Rs. 10.99 lakh, while the second variant, Cruze LTZ, will cost Rs. 12.45 lakh.


India is ruled by Kerala: PMK leader Ramadoss

India is ruled by Kerala: PMK leader RamadossChennai, Oct 21 : PMK leader S. Ramadoss said Wednesday that with nearly one-third of secretary-level posts in the central government being held by Malayalis, the "country is ruled by Kerala" and because of this Kerala usually "swings things in its favour".

"Kerala is the smallest among 30 large Indian states. But it is said out of 53 secretary-level posts at the centre, 19 are held by Keralites. Given this, people are wondering whether it is the central secretariat governing the whole country or it is the state secretariat of Kerala," Ramadoss said.


Southern actress Sonia's fee hike shocks producer

Southern actress Sonia's fee hike shocks producerChennai, Oct 21 : Southern actress Sonia Aggarwal shocked a producer by asking for Rs. 600,0000 to work in the remake of Tamil hit film "Manmathaleelai".

Director K. Balachander's "Manmathaleelai" starring Kamal Haasan, Srividhya and Vadivukkarasi was released in the early eighties and became an instant hit with the youth.

"Manmathaleelai" is a female-centric movie and Srividhya's role was pivotal to the film's success, so the producers of the remake zeroed on Sonia for more than one reason.


United India logs nearly 18 percent growth

United India logs nearly 18 percent growthChennai, Oct 22 : The city-based non-life insurer United India Insurance has logged a 17.55-percent growth in the first half this fiscal.

The Rs. 4,277-crore company earned a gross premium of Rs. 2,463.22 crore in the first six months as against Rs. 2,092.84 crore earned in the corresponding period of 2008.

It has set a revenue target of Rs. 200 crore from its 295 single-person offices, up from Rs. 141 crore earned in the last fiscal. (IANS)


Regional Tamil party stages protest against Lankan Government in Chennai

 Regional Tamil party stages protest against Lankan Government in ChennaiChennai, Oct 22: Activists and supporters of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), a regional political party of Tamil Nadu, converged in large numbers at Chennai on Thursday to stage a protest against the Sri Lankan Government over maltreatment of displaced Tamils in the island nation.

Thol Thirumavalavan, the founder President of VCK who had recently visited Sri Lankan concentration camps, led the protest.


Indian Bank hopes to disburse Rs.8,500 crore advances

Indian Bank hopes to disburse Rs.8,500 crore advancesChennai, Oct 23 : Public sector Indian Bank hopes to disburse around Rs. 8,500 crore in advances during the second half of the current fiscal out of its total pending sanctions of Rs. 17,000 crore, said a top company official here Friday.

"As of date, the bank's undisbursed loan sanctions is Rs. 17,000 crore and we hope to disburse around Rs. 8,500 crore this fiscal," said Indian Bank chairman and managing director M. S. Sundara Rajan.


Karunanidhi diluting Tamil Nadu's case on Mullaiperiyar: Jayalalithaa

Karunanidhi diluting Tamil Nadu's case on Mullaiperiyar: JayalalithaaChennai, Oct 23 : Tamil Nadu opposition leader J. Jayalalithaa again took up the Mullaiperiyar dam issue to attack the DMK-led state government Friday, saying a public meeting announced by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in connection with it was nothing but deception.


Coimbatore hosts national chess tournament for visually impaired

 Coimbatore hosts national chess tournament for visually impairedCoimbatore, Oct. 24 : The first All India Open Chess Tournament for the visually impaired kicked off in Coimbatore on Saturday.

Over 200 players from 21 states are participating in the five-day national chess tournament for blind.

The tournament will have nine rounds and will be played under the Swiss league system and under FIDE (an international chess organisation).

Vaishali Salavkar, a gold medallist in international chess Olympiad, Greece, is also participating in the tournament.


Walkathon in Coimbatore to fight obesity

Walkathon in Coimbatore to fight obesityCoimbatore, Oct. 25 : Hundreds of enthusiasts participated in a walkathon in Coimbatore in a bid to increase the awareness level about obesity and its ill effects.

Wearing white t-shirts and orange caps, men and women walked through the busy streets of the city to urge people to fight obesity and lead a healthy life.


CBI traces to Chennai NRI woman who fled with son

CBI The CBI has finally traced the NRI mother, who eluded the police of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh for over two years after she fled US to come to India along with her minor son violating American court orders.

IT professional Vijayashree Voora, suspected to be mentally unstable, and her son Aditya Chandran were tracked by a CBI team when they were shifting hotels in Chennai on Saturday.

On a petition filed by her former husband V Ravi Chandran, the Supreme Court had directed the CBI on August 29 to trace the mother-child duo, as the police of the four states could not locate them. All three are US nationals.


Axis Bank deploys Polaris' software solution

Axis Bank deploys Polaris' software solutionChennai, Oct 26 : Private lender Axis Bank has implemented Polaris Software's solution for trade finance, cards and cheque truncation processes, the city-based banking software company said Monday.

The solution, "Intellect Business Process Studio", will enable Axis Bank to eliminate the paper-based cheque clearing activity, Polaris said in a statement.


12th century stolen emerald idol of Lord Shiva recovered in Tamil Nadu

12th century stolen emerald idol of Lord Shiva recovered in Tamil NaduChennai, Oct. 26 : A special wing of Tamil Nadu police has recovered a stolen emerald idol of Lord Shiva worth about 500 million rupees.

The idol has been reportedly recovered from two persons identified as A. Ramesh of Pudukkottai district and P. Senthil of Valangaiman town of the State.


Sarees made from Aloe Vera fibre make waves in Tamil Nadu

Sarees made from Aloe Vera fibre make waves in Tamil NaduChennai, Oct. 26 : Having already been used in medicines and cosmetics, Aloe Vera has found its way into cloth. Weavers in Tamil Nadu are experimenting with it to make colourful sarees.

Weavers in Anakaputhur, a suburb of Tamil Nadu capital Chennai appear enthusiastic about using Aloe Vera fibre in saree-making.


Soderling confirms for Chennai Open tennis

Soldering confirms for Chennai Open tennisChennai, Oct 26 : Robin Soderling of Sweden, ranked 10th in the world, has confirmed his participation in the Aircel Chennai Open tennis tournament to be held here Jan 4-10.

In a statement, Soderling said: "Aircel Chennai open is a much awaited event in the international tennis circuit. India is a fascinating country and I am looking forward to visiting India and playing at the tournament this year."


Sun TV Network to launch new game show

Sun TV Network to launch new game showChennai, Oct 27 : Sun TV Network will come out with a game show on its four southern flagship entertainment channels after the weekend movie or serial, the company said here Tuesday.

The one-hour programme, patterned on the international game show "Deal or No Deal" that has been telecast in 73 countries, will run for 26 weeks between 8.30 p. m. and 9.30 p. m. Saturdays and Sundays on Sun TV (Tamil), Surya (Malayalam), Gemini (Telugu) and Udaya (Kannada).    


Trade unions to mark nationwide protests Wednesday

Trade unions to mark nationwide protests WednesdayChennai, Oct 27 : Trade unions cutting across political lines will hold country-wide meets Wednesday to protest rise in prices of essential commodities, job losses, and divestment in central public sector units (PSU), and to demand implementation of labour laws.


Main vessel for India's fast breeder reactor to be built in two weeks

Main vessel for India's fast breeder reactor to be built in two weeksChennai, Oct 28 : Armed with the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board's (AERB) clearance for erection of major nuclear reactor components, officials of Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam (Bhavini) building the Rs. 5,600 crore fast reactor near here are gearing up for constructing the huge main vessel.

India's first indigenously designed breeder reactor -- which breeds more material for a nuclear fission reaction than it consumes -- is being built by Bhavini at the Kalpakkam nuclear enclave, 80 km from here.


Tamil Nadu should allow new dam at Mullaperiyar: Achuthanandan

Tamil Nadu should allow new dam at Mullaperiyar: AchuthanandanThiruvananthapuram, Oct 28 : Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan Wednesday asked Tamil Nadu to agree to its demand for a new dam at Mullaperiyar as the present one had outlived its life.

Achuthanandan said that a recent study conducted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee had found that the dam would collapse if an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale occurred.    


Surya Roshni mulls investment in south India

Surya Roshni mulls investment in south India  Chennai, Oct 28 : Lighting products and steel pipes manufacturer Surya Roshni Ltd is planning to set up a manufacturing unit in southern India, a top official said.

"We have good market share in southern India. In order to cut down our freight costs and expand our presence, we plan to set up a lighting and steel pipe plant in the region," Jaiprakash Agarwal, chairman and managing director of Surya Roshni, told reporters here Wednesday.    


Workers hold rallies to protest government policies

Workers hold rallies to protest government policiesChennai, Oct 28 : Various central trade unions Wednesday held protest meetings across the country against price rise, retrenchment and divestment in public sector undertakings (PSU), and demanded proper implementation of labour laws.

"Lunch hour gate meetings at various factories and offices across the state (Tamil Nadu) were held. Across the country, such meetings were held depending on convenience of the state and district units," A. Soundararajan, general secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), told IANS.


AIADMK for ballot papers, boxes

AIADMK for ballot papers, boxesChennai, Oct 28 : The AIADMK Wednesday demanded that the Election Commission should go back to using ballot papers and boxes during elections.

The demand was made at an AIADMK General Council meeting at Vanagaram near here.

The party also condemned the central and Tamil Nadu governments for what it said was their failure to protect fishermen from being attacked by the Sri Lanka Navy. (IANS)


Tamannaah eyes National Award

TamannaahChennai, Oct 29 : Tamannaah, one of the high-paid actresses in Tamil cinema, is right now focusing on her acting career and says she wants to win a National Award.

"I'm not at all in a hurry to get married. I have just managed to stabilise myself in the film industry. I want to sustain the position that I have earned here," the actress, who gave two hits this year - "Ayan" and "Padikkathavan", told reporters here.    


Soundarya, Bhupathi initiate joint film awards

Mahesh BhupathiChennai, Oct 29 : Soundarya Rajnikanth has joined hands with Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi's Globosport to start annual film awards to honour South Indian artistes.

"The South Indian film industry is not only an exciting prospect but has amazingly talented artistes and technicians who have been achieving a lot without making much noise. While it is important to retain achievers in their respective fields, it is also of paramount importance to spot and identify new talents in those fields," said Soundarya.


Madras High Court recommends action against police officers

Madras High Court recommends action against police officers  Chennai, Oct 29 : A two-member Madras High Court bench Thursday recommended disciplinary action against four senior Chennai police officials in connection with the Feb 19 advocates-police clash and ordered the state government to pay the court Rs. 5.8 million as compensation for damaged property.

The bench had reserved its judgement Oct 7 after hearing a batch of petitions filed by the advocates associations and police officials.


Jayalalithaa demands 'deeper' probe into spectrum scam

Jayalalithaa demands 'deeper' probe into spectrum scamChennai, Oct 29 :AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa Thursday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should hold "deeper" probe into the alleged spectrum scam rather than merely raiding a few offices of the telecom department.

"CBI has to investigate deeper (communications minister A.) Raja's role in the spectrum allocation scam," Jayalalithaa, also leader of opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly, said.


Tamil parties protest against proposed dam on Mullaiperiyar River by Kerala Govt.

Tamil parties protest against proposed dam on Mullaiperiyar River by Kerala Govt.Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Oct 29 : Activists of Tamil Nadu’s regional political parties, Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (PDK) and Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK), staged a demonstration on Thursday to protest against Kerala Government''s plans to build a dam on Mullaiperiyar River.

The activists also protested against Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, who has reportedly given the green signal to Kerala Government to conduct a survey for a new dam across the river.


BGR Energy logs Rs.30-crore net profit

BGR Energy logs Rs.30-crore net profitChennai, Oct 29 : The city-based engineering procurement and contracting (EPC) company BGR Energy has posted a net profit of Rs. 30.56 crore in the second quarter this fiscal, as against Rs. 23.68 crore it earned in the corresponding period last year.

Its sales during the quarter under review grew to Rs. 466 crore, compared to Rs. 424 crore it reported a year ago, the company said in a statement Thursday.


DMK 'diluting' its stand on Mullaiperiyar: Jayalalithaa

DMK 'diluting' its stand on Mullaiperiyar: JayalalithaaChennai, Oct 30 :  AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa Friday charged Tamil Nadu's ruling DMK government with diluting its stand on the Mullaiperiyar dam issue, indicating a total lack of concern about the rights or needs of the people of the state.

"The minority DMK government's stand on the Mullaiperiyar issue is reminiscent of the story of the donkey progressively getting transformed into an ant," she said about the alleged "changing stance" of DMK leader and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.


Britannia Industries enters milk-based drinks segment

Britannia Industries enters milk-based drinks segmentChennai, Oct 30 : In order to expand its Rs. 200-crore dairy products portfolio, the Bangalore-headquartered Britannia Industries launched a milk-based vitamin fortified drink targeting mainly children here Friday.

"This is not a flavoured milk but a vitamin fortified milk-based drink," Britannia managing director Vinita Bali told reporters at the launch.    


JK Tyre doubles production capacity at Mysore

JK Tyre doubles production capacity at Mysore Chennai, Oct 30 : Tyre major JK Tyre commissioned its new truck and bus radial tyre plant in Mysore Friday, and said it had doubled its annual production capacity to 800,000 units on an outlay of Rs. 315 crore.

"The company is fast expanding its capacity across its manufacturing facilities. We are planning to invest Rs. 1,200 crore in the next three to four years to fulfil the growth demand," said JK chairman H. S. Singhania.    

JK Tyre has four plants in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Karanataka, apart from three around Mexico City.    


Tamil Nadu assembly by-election before Jan 30

Tamil Nadu assembly by-election before Jan 30Chennai, Oct 30 : Election fever will soon grip Tamil Nadu again with the Election Commission announcing its decision to hold another by-election, this time for the Tiruchendur assembly constitutency before January next year.

"Elections for the seat will be held before Jan 30, 2010, and a formal announcement will be made," Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta told reporters here Friday.    

The seat fell vacant as AIADMK's sitting MLA Anitha Radhakrishnan switched loyalties to DMK and resigned from his assembly post.    


Ashok Leyland half-yearly net falls 18 percent

Ashok Leyland half-yearly net falls 18 percent Chennai, Oct 30 : Commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland Friday said its profits in the first half this fiscal fell 18 percent to Rs. 96 crore, as compared to Rs. 117 crore earned in the corresponding period last fiscal.

In the period under review, the company posted sales of Rs. 2,490 crore, a fall of 34 percent from the Rs. 3,758 crore it made in the first six months of the last financial year.    


Latest farming techniques for India advocated

Latest farming techniques for India advocatedChennai, Oct 30 : Increasing farm productivity through latest farming methods, new storage technologies and manufacturing value-added food products should be focus areas for India, speakers at a food conference said here Friday.

"The government and the Indian private sector should come together to unify the agriculture market supported by suitable food safety law incorporating international best practices," said US Chamber of Commerce chairman Bob Milligan.


Rajapaksa to visit Tirupathi Saturday

Mahinda RajapaksaChennai, Oct 30 : Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his wife and a group of officials will make a flying visit to Tirupathi for a darshan of Lord Balaji at Tirumala Saturday.

Rajapaksa will be arriving at Tirupathi in the morning from Nepal where he is currently on tour, and fly back to Sri Lanka after the deity's darshan.

While officials at Sri Lankan High Commission here declined to confirm their president's visit, the temple officials have confirmed the trip.

Rajapaksa's flight will first land in Renugunta near Tirupathi and from there, he will go to the temple by car.(IANS)


Delay in 'Jaggubai' release upsets Sarath Kumar

Delay in 'Jaggubai' release upsets Sarath KumarChennai Oct 30 : Southern actor Sarath Kumar is extremely happy that his performance in the Malayalam film "Pazhassi Raja" has been appreciated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi himself, but is irritated with the delay in the release of "Jaggubai".

Directed by K. S. Ravikumar, "Jaggubai" is said to have been screened 32 times for media, VIPs, distributors, etc. But no distributor has found the film good enough to buy its distribution rights.


India's space programmes based on its needs: Outgoing chief

India's space programmes based on its needs: Outgoing chiefChennai, Oct 31 : India does not look at other Asian countries like Japan and China as competitors in the space sector as its programmes are based on its needs, said Madhavan Nair, who retired Saturday as chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

"Our programmes are based on the practical needs of the people like remote sensing, health and education. India is not looking to compete with any other country in the space sector," Nair told IANS from Thiruvananthapuram on phone.


Rs.12 crore for Sri Lankan refugee camps in India

Rs.12 crore for Sri Lankan refugee camps in India Chennai, Nov 2 : The Tamil Nadu government has decided to spend around Rs. 12 crore to improve the amenities in the 115 refugee camps that house Sri Lankan Tamils in the state.

It was decided at a high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi here Monday, it was decided that various ministers will visit the camps and submit their reports by Nov 10.    

Based on their recommendations, the mode of spending the budgeted amount will be finalised, the meeting decided.    


Danish pair dominate Volvo India International Regatta

Danish pair dominate Volvo India International RegattaChennai, Nov 2 : Denmark's Kirketarp Kristian and Sletten Mathias dominated the opening day when they led in all the three races of the 29er class in the Volvo India International Regatta at the Chennai Port, here today.

The Danes shrugged off a slow start and broke free from the bunch in the last race to finish ahead of the two Indian combinations of Aman Vyas and Sachin Singha and Hussain Bhavnagarwala and Nishanth Chandrasekar.    


CPI-M demands action against police officials, Dinakaran

CPI-M demands action against police officials, Dinakaran Chennai, Nov 3 : The Communist Party of India-Marxist's (CPI-M) Tamil Nadu unit Tuesday demanded the state government take disciplinary action against the four police officials indicted by by the Madras High Court recently in the attack on lawyers.

"The state government must implement the court order against the officials while holding talks with the lawyers to avoid boycott of courts in the future," CPI-M state secretary N. Varadarajan said, according to a statement issued here.


Ibsen, Sletten in command in Indian International regatta

Ibsen, Sletten in command in Indian International regatta Chennai, Nov 3 : The Danish pair of Kristian Kirketep Ibsen and Mathias Sletten consolidated on their early gains and looked certain to win the 12-race 29er event in the Volvo Indian International Regatta in progress here Tuesday.

Ibsen and Sletten had five penalty points after six races having come out on top in difficult conditions that saw the winds pick up from eight to 12 knots, blowing from north-east.


Mahindra to foray into motorcycle segment next year

Mahindra to foray into motorcycle segment next year Chennai, Nov 4 : After an entry into scooters, auto manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra will launch a motorcycle next year, a senior company official said here Wednesday.

"The company is working on motorcycle models and the first model will be launched in 2010," said company vice-president of sales and customer care Sanjay Mittal.


World Bank official meets Karunanidhi, reviews projects

World Bank official meets Karunanidhi, reviews projects Chennai, Nov 5 : World Bank's country director Roberto Zagha met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi here Thursday and reviewed the progress of the six bank-assisted projects in the state.

During the meeting, Karunanidhi requested the official to take a quick decision on the state's application for Rs. 1,764 crore assistance from the bank for improving housing, roads, sanitation facilities.


Tamil Nadu to issue tender for sourcing television sets

Tamil Nadu to issue tender for sourcing television sets Chennai, Nov 5 : The Tamil Nadu government will issue a global tender this month for sourcing 4.8 million colour television sets for distribution under its free colour television sets scheme.

In an all-party MLA committee meeting, chaired by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, the government decided to buy 837,500 TV sets for the ongoing fourth phase of the scheme and four million sets for the fifth phase.

The committee decided to issue the tender this week and finalise the deal by the third week of December.


Air India pilots threaten to go on strike once again

Air India pilots threaten to go on strike once againChennai, Nov 5 : Pilots of national carrier Air India on Thursday threatened to go on strike again if their flying allowances and other salary arrears of the past two months are not been paid to them by November 10.

The pilots threatened to go on strike from November 24 in that case.

The decision was taken at the Indian Commercial Pilots Associations (ICPA) central committee meeting at the Air India house (complex) in southern Chennai on Thursday.


Rufus, Nivedita shine in Indian International regatta

Rufus, Nivedita shine in Indian International regatta Chennai, Nov 6 : India's Rufus Patrick and Nivedita Ravi Varman clinched the titles in the Optimist class in their respective categories on the concluding day of the Volvo Indian International Regatta here Friday.

Denmark's Kristian Kirkterp and Mathias Sletten emerged winners in the 29er class, having assured themselves of the title with an unassailable lead.


Heavy rain hits normal life in Tamil Nadu

Heavy rain hits normal life in Tamil NaduChennai, Nov 7 : Incessant rain in Tamil Nadu over the past few days has not only thrown life out of gear in the state but also sent vegetable prices soaring. Thirteen people have died due to wall and roof collapse or electrocution so far.

The northeast monsoon threatens to keep people confined to their houses over the weekend with weather officials predicting more rain.

The weather office said the low pressure in the Bay of Bengal would bring more rain over the coastal districts and neighbouring Puducherry.


Cricket enthusiasts upset over ban on playing cricket at Chennai’s Marina beach

 Cricket enthusiasts upset over ban on playing cricket at Chennai’s Marina beachChennai, Nov 7 : The ban to play cricket at Chennai's Marina beach has come as a big setback to ardent cricket lovers, who now have no alternate location to enjoy the game.

The ban followed a decision taken after a joint meeting of senior officials belonging to the State Government, police department and Chennai Corporation.


Gold lovers in Chennai see gold as a promising investment

Gold lovers in Chennai see gold as a promising investmentChennai, Nov 7 : At a time when gold prices have touched the sky, gold lovers in Chennai are seeing it as a promising investment.

Gold prices hit an all time high on Wednesday at Rs. 16,664 per 10 grams, but many view rise in the price of the yellow metal as an investment opportunity.

Customers say that although buying gold at such a time poses problem, but from an investment point of view, it is reasonable to put money in the metal.


Jayalalithaa comes down on rationing of cooking gas

Jayalalithaa comes down on rationing of cooking gas  Chennai, Nov 9 :  AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa Monday came down heavily on the unstated rationing of cooking gas cylinders in the state and the DMK government's move to reduce kerosene entitlement.

"A direct cooking gas consumer can book for a refill only after 21 days of supply of the earlier cylinder. It takes another 10 days for him to get a refill. In other words, a household is supplied one cylinder a month," said Jayalalithaa in a statement issued here.    


Madras High Court gets 14 more permanent judges

Madras High Court gets 14 more permanent judgesChennai, Nov 9 : Fourteen additional judges of the Madras High Court Monday were upgraded and sworn-in as permanent judges, bringing up the total number of the court's permanent judges to 40.

The judges were sworn-in by Chief Justice H. L. Gokhale.

While the court, including its bench in Madurai, has a sanctioned strength of 60, it now has 54 judges, with six posts vacant. The court earlier had 26 permanent judges and
28 additional judges. Fourteen of the additional judges were Monday upgraded and sworn in as permanent judges.


First in India, university offers scuba diving course

Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), Nov 10 - Scuba diving is much more than an adventure water sport. Realising this, a university is offering, for the first time in India, a certificate course in scuba diving for marine biologists and researchers to study the impact of global warming on marine life.

The 15-day course offered by the Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI), Tuticorin, affiliated to the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tamil Nadu, will focus on marine biodiversity assessment, underwater photography and monitoring of coral reefs and sea grass.

As of now, Indian marine researchers have to go to private scuba diving centres here or abroad to learn the diving skills, which is a must for those studying sea biodiversity.


More than 30 killed in India's rain-hit Tamil Nadu

New Delhi - At least 31 people died overnight because of heavy rains in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, taking the death toll over the past two weeks to 70, news reports said Tuesday.

Twenty-seven deaths over the past 24 hours were reported from the hill district of Nilgiris, mostly because of landslides, the PTI news agency reported Tuesday, quoting local police.

Most of the deaths, which occurred starting on October 27, were due to wall and roof collapses, electrocution and landslides, police said.

Traffic on the main road leading from Tamil Nadu's capital, Chennai, to the hill resorts of Ooty and Conoor was disrupted because of landslides. Tourists were advised not to travel to the hill district over the next few days.


More than 30 killed in India's rain-hit Tamil Nadu

New Delhi - At least 31 people died overnight because of heavy rains in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, taking the death toll over the past two weeks to 70, news reports said Tuesday.

Twenty-seven deaths over the past 24 hours were reported from the hill district of Nilgiris, mostly because of landslides, the PTI news agency reported Tuesday, quoting local police.

Most of the deaths, which occurred starting on October 27, were due to wall and roof collapses, electrocution and landslides, police said.

Traffic on the main road leading from Tamil Nadu's capital, Chennai, to the hill resorts of Ooty and Conoor was disrupted because of landslides. Tourists were advised not to travel to the hill district over the next few days.


Kalpakkam atomic power station to resume generation

Kalpakkam atomic power station to resume generation Chennai, Nov 10 : One unit of the Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS), shut down for annual maintenance late October, is expected to resume operations by the end of this month.

Located in Kalpakkam, around 80 km from here, MAPS operates two pressurised heavy water reactor units of 220 MW capacity each.

"The maintenance operations -- in-service inspections -- are on. The first unit will start operations after getting regulatory clearances. The unit was shut down on October
21," said station director K. Ramamurthy.


Rains kill 42 in Nilgiri district, Tamil Nadu toll 68

Rains kill 42 in Nilgiri district, Tamil Nadu toll 68  Chennai, Nov 10 : As many as 28 people lost their lives since Monday night in landslides and roof and wall collapses caused by rains taking the toll in Nilgiri district alone to 42 and the Tamil Nadu toll to 68, officials said Tuesday.

Life has come to a stop in the Nilgiri district owing to the downpour during the last couple of days.


Heavy rains to continue in Tami Nadu: Met Dept

Heavy rains to continue in Tami Nadu: Met DeptChennai, Nov. 10 : The heavy rains continued in Tamil Nadu for the sixth day consistently, with the regional meteorological department predicting that the heavy rains will not stop even for the next 24 hours.

The low-pressure formed in Arabian Sea has intensified, thus leading to more rainfall in the next 24 hours.


Russian deputy PM reviews Kudankulam nuclear project

Russian deputy PM reviews Kudankulam nuclear projectChennai, Nov 11 : Russian Deputy Prime Minister S. S. Sobyanin Wednesday visited and reviewed the 2x1,000 MW Kudankulam nuclear power project here.

The two 1,000 MW Russian reactors are in the advanced stages of construction with the first unit expected to go on stream sometime early next year and the second around eight months later. Russia will also supply fuel for the reactors for its entire life.


Coast Guard to set up air station at Tuticorin

Coast Guard to set up air station at TuticorinChennai, Nov 11 : The Indian Coast Guard Thursday announced the setting up of a mini air station in the port city of Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and assured sufficient protection for fishermen from Sri Lankan navy attacks.

Speaking to reporters after calling on Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi here, Commander Coast Guard (Region East) A. Rajasekhar said: "The mini air station will set up on 50 acres of land in Tuticorin."

Another such mini station is being set up in Ulundurpet around 150 km from here.


Cilic, Wawrinka for Aircel Chennai Open Tenni

Marin CilicChennai, Nov 12 : Defending champion Marin Cilic, the 21-year-old from Croatia, ranked 13th, has confirmed his participation in the 2010 ATP Aircel Chennai Open tennis to be held January 4-10 here.

Also in the main draw is 24-year-old Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland, who is currently ranked 21 but had achieved a career-high of nine last summer.

"Aircel Chennai Open is gaining in stature in ATP World Tour and I expect a very strong line-up in the event. It will be interesting to test my hard court skills again against some top players of the world. It will be fantastic to defend my title," Cilic said in a statement.


Mahindra Residential launches premium villa project

Mahindra Residential launches premium villa project Chennai, Nov 12 : Real estate developer Mahindra Residential Developers will construct 760 dwelling units comprising villas and apartments on an outlay of Rs. 400 crore at Mahindra World City near here.

"In the first phase, we will be building four types of villas numbering 150 units, and later construct 610 residential apartments," said Mahindra Residential executive director and vice chairman Arun Nanda.

"The total project cost is Rs. 400 crore and it will be an equal mix of equity and debt," Nanda told reporters here Thursday.


When will Tamil Nadu get justice on Mullaiperiyar, wonders Karunanidh

When will Tamil Nadu get justice on Mullaiperiyar, wonders KarunanidhChennai, Nov 13 : Facing flak from the opposition after Tamil Nadu agreed in the Supreme Court to refer the Mullaiperiyar dam row to a five member constitution bench, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Friday hoped the saying "justice delayed is justice denied" would not come true for his state.


Rain damage in Nilgiri estimated at Rs.300 crore

Rain damage in Nilgiri estimated at Rs.300 croreChennai, Nov 13 : The northeast monsoon rains that lashed the Nilgiri district, killing 43 people and destroying several homes and standing crops, has caused losses worth about Rs. 300 crore, Communication and Information Technology Minister A. Raja said Friday.

Raja, who is elected to the Lok Sabha from the Nilgiri district, was overseeing the relief operations.


BGR Energy bags orders worth Rs.45 cror

BGR Energy bags orders worth Rs.45 crorChennai, Nov 13 : City-based engineering, procurement and construction company BGR Energy Systems Ltd has bagged three orders worth Rs. 45 crore, taking its order book position to Rs. 12,200 crore, the company said Friday.

The new orders consist of 72 bundles of air heaters from CTCI Corp, a Taiwanese engineering and construction company, and air cooled heat exchangers for the Guru Gobind Singh refinery project in Punjab and Essar Oil Ltd's Vadinar refinery expansion project.


More rain forecast for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

More rain forecast for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry  Chennai, Nov 14 : Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, which experienced continuous rainfall last week, will once again be drenched because of a low pressure area off the Kanyakumari coast, the weatherman said here Saturday.

Last week Tamil Nadu experienced rainfall due to a similar low pressure over the Bay of Bengal.

"The low pressure if it moves slowly will result in rains in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry for the next 48 hours," an official of regional meteorological centre told IANS.


Jayalalithaa seeks more compensation for landslide victims

J. JayalalithaaChennai, Nov 14 : Opposition leader J. Jayalalithaa Saturday demanded the Tamil Nadu government speed up relief efforts in the Nilgiri district and increase the compensation amount to the victims of landslides triggered by heavy rains which claimed 43 lives, destroyed hundreds of homes and standing crops.


Why is Tamil Nadu obeying Kerala law on Mullaperiyar: Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa  Chennai, Nov 15 : Continuing the war of words on the Mullaperiyar dam row, AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa has charged the DMK-led Tamil Nadu government with "giving credence" to a Kerala law by not raising the water level of the dam.

She alleged the Tamil Nadu government did not lower the dam shutters to raise the storage level to 142 ft, despite being armed with a Supreme Court order.

In a statement issued here Sunday, Jayalalithaa citing the apex court's order in 2006 said: "Not one but three monsoons have brought in water into the Mullaperiyar reservoir.


Tamil Nadu seeks to make its firecracker industry globally competitive

Tamil Nadu seeks to make its firecracker industry globally competitiveChennai, Nov 16 With Tamil Nadu accounting for the lion's share of the country's firecracker production, the state government is planning to undertake a detailed study on measures to make the industry globally competitive.

"We find there is good growth potential for this sector within and outside India," said Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan, district collector of Virudhunagar, home to India's firecracker hub Sivakasi.


Flood alert issued, people on Vaigai river banks asked to shift

Flood alert issued, people on Vaigai river banks asked to shiftChennai (Tamil Nadu), Nov 16 : A flood alert has been issued and people have been asked to be vigilant and move to safer locations here, after the Vaigal dam reached its full level due to continuous rains.

The Vaigai flows through five districts.

The level of the Vaigai Dam today was 69.19 feet against its full level of 71 feet with an inflow of 4074 cusecs and discharge of 6490 cusecs.


Hyundai's new chief, workers hope for cordial ties

Hyundai's new chief, workers hope for cordial ties Chennai, Nov 17 : Hyundai Motor India's new managing director and chief executive Han Woo Park as well as workers are hoping for cordial industrial relations at the company's two plants near here.

"We have signed a new wage agreement with the workers valid till 2012," Park said in his first interaction with the media here Tuesday after assuming his new role.

"We will open up the communication channels with workers. Some misguided elements are creating worker related problems."


New small car won't impact our image, says Hyundai

New small car won't impact our image, says Hyundai Chennai, Nov 17 : The new small car being developed by Hyundai Motor in South Korea on a Rs. 800-crore investment will not impact the group's image adversely, say officials of the company's Indian subsidiary.

Hyundai is globally known for manufacturing low-priced big cars while in India, it is known mainly for its small cars like Santro, i10 and i20 as its bigger cars do not scorch the sales graphs.


Aban Offshore to raise Rs.697 cr via private placement

Aban Offshore to raise Rs.697 cr via private placement Chennai, Nov 18 : City-based oil drilling company Aban Offshore Wednesday said it planned to raise Rs. 697.5 crore through the qualified institutional placement
(QIP) route.

In a regulatory statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the company said its shareholders had in September given it the nod to raise up to Rs. 2,500 crore through the QIP route and $400 million by issuance of global depository receipts (GDR).

The company board Tuesday closed the bid period and approved allotment of around 5.7 million shares at Rs. 1,224.30 each.


Chennai court sent Heum to judicial custody

Chennai court sent Heum to judicial custodyChennai, Nov 18 : William Heum, a Dutch national, who has been charged for child sex, has been sent to 15 days judicial custody by the Saidpet Magistrate Court here on Wednesday.

Disclosing this to the media Chief Public Persecutor said Heum has confessed his crime.

“William confessed about having affairs with boys. He also confessed he stored and later uploaded child pornography from his computer,” said the public prosecutor.


HDFC Standard Life to cut costs before public offer

HDFC Standard Life to cut costs before public offer Chennai, Nov 18 : Mumbai-based insurer HDFC Standard Life Insurance has said it wants to rationalise expenses and enhance business before it hits the capital market in 2010-11.

"We are now focused on getting the fundamentals of our company right," Vibha Padalkar, chief financial officer (CFO) of the insurer, told IANS.


Parliament session: AIADMK to raise spectrum, Mullaperiyar dam issues

Parliament session: AIADMK to raise spectrum, Mullaperiyar dam issuesChennai, Nov 18 : Tamil Nadu's major opposition party AIADMK plans to put the central ministers belonging to the ruling DMK on the mat by mainly raising issues handled by them during the winter session of parliament that begins Thursday, a party MP said Wednesday.

"We will be raising the issues like Mullaperiyar dam, spectrum scandal, increase in the prices of essential commodities and also the centre's new sugarcane pricing policy," the AIADMK MP told IANS Wednesdy, requesting anonymity.


Madras High Court seeks action against officials in Nilgiri

Madras High Court seeks action against officials in NilgiriChennai, Nov 19 : The Madras High Court Thursday asked the Tamil Nadu government to take action against officials in Nilgiri district who failed to stop the illegal stone quarries in the region, resulting in landslides during the recent rains that killed about 45 people.

The court's order came on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by E. Rajendran.


Sandhu enters semi-finals of PSA challenger

Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu Chennai, Nov 19 : Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu kept Indian hopes alive by advancing to semi-finals in the PSA Challenger Series-5 squash tournament here Thursday even as his compatriots fell by the way side.

Sandhu was kept on court for 69 minutes by junior player Abhishek Pradhan before he pulled through in five games.

In the WISPA Challenger series event being run concurrently, India's Anaka Alankamony and Anwesha Reddy crashed out and with their exit, the home challenge ended.

The results (Quarter-finals):


Kerala to host hoteliers annual convention

Kerala to host hoteliers annual conventionChennai, Nov 19 : The annual convention of All India Hotels and Restaurants will be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, Dec 7-8, its organisers said Thursday.

The convention, organised by South India Hotels and Restaurants Association, will discuss various issues faced by the industry.

This is the first time the convention is going to be held in Kerala.

Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan will inaugurate the convention, which will be addressed by union ministers and industry leaders.


Harinder Pal Sandhu in Challenger series squash final

Harinder Pal Sandhu in Challenger series squash finalChennai, Nov 20 : India's Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu raised his game to upset top seeded Andrew Wagih Shoukry of Egypt 11-3, 11-6, 11-7, to enter the final of the PSA Challenger Series squash tournament, here Friday.

Sandhu, coached by Malcom Willstrom of England, won his maiden Challenger title here in September, will take on James Snell, the second seed from England who defeated Ahmed Hawas of Egypt 11-3, 11-6, 11-7 in the other semi-final.


Firecracker hub Sivakasi wants another 'a' in its name

Firecracker hub Sivakasi wants another 'a' in its nameChennai, Nov 21- The country's firecracker capital Sivakasi has been bitten by a numerology bug and wants to add one more 'a' to its name so that the town is spelt as Sivakaasi. It is believed that changing the spelling will be propitious.

The 33-member municipal council unanimously passed the resolution Friday.

Several firecracker units suffered accidents this year due to the lack of safety norms. The spelling change is expected to ward off the evil eye.


Sandhu clinches squash challenger title

Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu Chennai, Nov 21 : The Indian Squash Academy courts here proved to be a happy hunting ground for 19-year old Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu as he claimed his second PSA title in as many months defeating James Snell of England 11-6, 13-11, 11-7 in the final of the Indian Challenger Series here Saturday.

A couple of months back, Sandhu had won the Challengers Series-3 event at the same venue and today's victory underlined his potential.

In the women's final, Fiona Moverley of England beat Malaysia's Siti Munirah Jusoh 10-12, 12-10, 11-4, 14-12 in 45 minutes to annex her second title in the past fortnight.


Cost-cutting reduces HDFC Standard's capital needs

Cost-cutting reduces HDFC Standard's capital needs Chennai, Nov 23 : Cost-cutting measures by private life insurer HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. is likely to reduce its planned capital infusion by around Rs. 100 crore to Rs. 250 crore this fiscal, a top official said Monday.

"The cost-cutting measures are likely to cut the amount of fresh capital required this fiscal to Rs. 250 crore as against the initial estimate of Rs. 350 crore," said Pranesh Parasnis, principal officer and executive director of HDFC Standard Life.


Trial video referrals to be held for hockey

Trial video referrals to be held for hockey Chennai, Nov 23 : The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced the trial of an updated Video Umpire system at the ABN AMRO Men's Champions Trophy which will take place in Melbourne from November 28 to December 5.

Under the current procedures, umpires may refer decisions to the Video Umpire when they are not convinced that they have taken, or are able to take, the correct decision relating to the awarding or disallowing of goals.


DMK and AIADMK oppose Marine Fisheries Bill

M. KarunanidhiChennai, Nov 23 : The ruling DMK and the major opposition party AIADMK are opposed to the Marine Fisheries (Regulation and Management) Bill, 2009, as they find the provisions against the interests of Indian fishermen.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, pointing out that the state government's earlier views were not considered in the draft bill, has called the central government to have a wider dialogue with the stakeholders.


DMK announces candidates for by-polls

DMK announces candidates for by-pollsChennai, Nov 24 - Tamil Nadu's ruling DMK party Tuesday announced Kamalakannan and Anita Radhakrishnan as its candidates for Vandavasi and Tiruchendur constituencies, where by-polls are scheduled Dec 19.

The by-elections were necessitated following the death of Vandavasi's sitting legislator Jayaraman (DMK) early this month and the resignation of Tiruchendur's Anita Radhakrishnan, who switched sides from the AIADMK to the DMK.


Morgan claims Masters title in World Snooker

Darren MorganHyderabad, Nov 24 : Darren Morgan of Wales regained the Masters title with ease as he outplayed defending champion Dene O'Kane 6-0 at the ONGC-IBSF World Snooker championship.

In a contest that ended close to midnight Monday, the 43-year-old Morgan, winner of the men's title in 1987 at Bangalore when the tournament was last held in India, wore down O'Kane who showed signs of his age (46) especially after losing the first frame that lasted a little more than an hour.


CBI arrests 10 Chennai airport custom officials

CBI arrests 10 Chennai airport custom officialsChennai, Nov 24 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here Tuesday arrested on charges of corruption 10 customs officials, among them two women, posted at Chennai airport cargo division, officials said.

A CBI court sent the arrested officials to custody till Dec 8.

Acting on complaints, five CBI teams raided the cargo complex of the Chennai airport and found huge irregularities in charging customs duties on goods imported.


Anti-SEZ 2-day meet at Gorai begins today

From different directions they will assemble for one purpose.

And, it will be a history of sorts when these scattered agitations against a string of unconnected special economic zones (SEZ) across the country come together on Wednesday to kick off a unified movement against the policy that helps set up these zones.

After a day of deliberation, they will form a national anti–SEZ agenda to get the policy scrapped.

Agitators from multiple projects across 10 states representing a cross-section of the country — Tamil Nadu and Kerala from the south, Gujarat and Maharashtra from the west, West Bengal from the east and Delhi and Himachal Pradesh from the north — will participate.


Apollo DKV eyes tie-ups with other insurers

Apollo DKV eyes tie-ups with other insurersChennai, Nov 25 :  Apollo DKV Insurance is in talks with three insurers for partnership agreements, a top official said here Wednesday.

"We are talking to life and non-life insurers for a possible co-insurance arrangement," Antony Jacob, chief executive of the health insurer, told reporters after launching a new health insurance policy.

According to him, the tie-ups will help the company earn higher premium income.


TVS Motors launches India's first auto-clutch bike

TVS Motors launches India's first auto-clutch bikeChennai, Nov 25 : Two-wheeler maker TVS Motor launched India's first auto-clutch bike "Jive" priced at Rs. 41,000, and an automatic scooter "Wego" here Wednesday.

"With Jive and our other model 'Flame', our target is to have at least 10 percent (of the executive bike market) in nine months. Currently our presence is very minimal in the segment," TVS Motor chairman Venu Srinivasan told reporters after the launch.

Both Jive and Wego are powered by 100 cc engines.


Madras Medical College to be shifted to new building

Madras Medical College to be shifted to new buildingChennai, Nov 25 : The Tamil Nadu government has decided to shift the Madras Medical College to a new eight-storeyed building, which will come up at a place where a central jail stood once.

The government, in a statement Wednesday, said the decision was taken as the existing college building is more than 100 years old and patients and visitors to the hospital face problems. The hospital is located opposite the Chennai Central Station.

Around 12,000 people visit the 2,722-bed hospital daily.


CPI to support AIADMK in by-polls, PMK undecided

CPI to support AIADMK in by-polls, PMK undecidedChennai, Nov 26 : The Communist Party of India (CPI) Thursday announced it would support AIADMK candidates in bypolls to Vandavasi and Tiruchendur assembly seats in Tamil Nadu to be held Dec 19.

Speaking to reporters here, CPI state general secretary D. Pandian said: "The party has decided to support the AIADMK in the Vandavasi and Tiruchendur by-elections."

He met AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa Thursday morning.


Liberhan report was leaked to sideline crucial issues: Jayalalithaa

J. JayalalithaaChennai, Nov 26 : AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa Thursday alleged that "the strategic leak" of the Liberhan Commission report on the Babri Masjid demolition has sidelined crucial issues like the sugarcane price ordinance, the spectrum scam and other issues. She demanded the resignation of the union home minister.


Soldering gets top billing in Chennai Open

Soldering gets top billing in Chennai OpenChennai, Nov 26 : Robin Soldering of Sweden will be the top seed at the Aircel $450,000 ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament to be held here Jan 4-10.

Soldering, who ended Rafael Nadal's unbeaten run at the French Open earlier this year, is ranked ninth in the world while American Kim Kevin is the lowest ranked ATP player at 111 amongst the 25 players who have made the direct entrants list.

Last year's finalist Somdev Devvarman and Australian Open Junior champion, 17-year old Yuki Bhambri will receive wild card entries.


Force India retain drivers

Adrian SutilChennai, Nov 27 : The Force India team have retained Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi as their drivers for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.

While Sutil drove for Force India for the entire 2009 season, Liuzzi was brought in as replacement for Giancarlo Fisichella who moved to Ferrari to stand in for an injured Felippe Massa for the last five races.


Zirconium complex goes on stream in Tuticorin

Anil KakodkarTuticorin, Nov 27 : Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar Friday inaugurated a zirconium complex set up by the Department of Atomic Energy to manufacture zirconium oxide and zirconium sponge.

The new complex is part of the DAE's nuclear fuel complex.

"The plant has the capacity to make 500 tonnes of zirconium oxide and 250 tonnes of reactor grade zirconium sponge annually," Kakodkar said.

The products are used for manufacturing zirconium alloy components for nuclear reactors.


For exports, BHEL chooses Karaikal port over Chennai

For exports, BHEL chooses Karaikal port over Chennai Chennai, Nov 28 : Power equipment major Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd's (BHEL) Tiruchirappalli unit will start exporting its boilers through the newly built private port at Karaikal, a company official said.

The state-run company expects to save on freight and wharf charges by exporting equipment through the Karaikal port, which is closer to the plant than the Chennai port.

"On a conservative estimate, we hope to save Rs. 2 per km per tonne of cargo," a senior BHEL official told IANS on condition of anonymity.


Jayalalithaa slams Alagiri's continued absence in parliament

Jayalalithaa slams Alagiri's continued absence in parliament Chennai, Nov 28 : AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa Saturday slammed union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers M. K. Alagiri's continued absence from parliament, especially during question hour to reply to members' queries about his ministry.


Double for Vinoth at JK Tyre Junior Cup racing

Double for Vinoth at JK Tyre Junior Cup racingChennai, Nov 28 : K. Vinoth of Wallace Sports delivered a double in the first round of the JK Tyre Junior Cup racing championship here Friday.

Vinoth, a biker turned four-wheeler racer, but no stranger to the entry-level class (Formula Maruti engine) of racing, started from pole position and won quite comfortably.

The second race was red flagged after five of the eight laps were completed following a collision in the straight between turn one and two, involving Sandeep Kumar of Rams Racing and team-mate Isaac Joseph. Neither driver was injured.


Three arrested for attack on former union minister's home

Three arrested for attack on former union minister's homeChennai, Nov 28 : Three people have been arrested for throwing petrol bombs at the house of former union minister and Congress leader E. V. K. S. Elangovan here Friday night, police said.

The attack came after Elangovan Friday removed posters and banners eulogising the late Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief V. Prabhakaran at Erode.

Elangovan has charged the Erode police officials with abusing him when he complained about the posters.


No exodus of Indians due to Dubai World crisis: Vayalar Ravi

vayalar raviChennai, Nov 28: Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi on Saturday said that there will be no exodus of Indians on account of Dubai World crisis in the United Arab Emirates.

Addressing a function to unveil HIV dialysis machine in Chennai, Ravi said: "We are not expecting any kind of Indian workers exodus back to India. They may remain there that is our report."

"Our feedback from the embassy, feedback from the consulate general office is that there is nothing to worry. And I hope our workers can remain there and their interest can be protected," Ravi said.


Tamil Nadu eco-tourism department organizes trekking expedition

Tamil Nadu eco-tourism department organizes trekking expeditionChennai, Nov 29 : The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) has organised a trekking expedition to bust stress and promote physical fitness here.

According to Ravi, the manager of TTDC, the trekking programme is an opportunity for the general public, corporates, school and college students to reduce stress and experience the beauty of nature.

The trekking tour will cost a person about rupees 2,000.


Road safety should be in school curriculum: Karunanidhi

Road safety should be in school curriculum: Karunanidhi Chennai, Nov 30 : Road safety should be taught as part of school curriculum and cannot be just left to the government and the police to manage, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said here Monday.

Inaugurating the two day national seminar on Road Safety and Urban Traffic Management here Monday, he said: "Road safety and traffic management should be part of the school curriculum and the children should be sensitised to this aspect through games and leisure time activities."


DMK, AIADMK candidates file nominations for by-polls

DMK, AIADMK candidates file nominations for by-pollsChennai, Nov 30 : Candidates of DMK and AIADMK contesting the Vandavasi and Tiruchendur assembly bypolls in Tamil Nadu filed their nominations Monday.

In Vandavasi, AIADMK's Munusamy, DMK's Kamalakannan and DMDK's S. Ranganathan filed their nominations for the Dec 19 poll.

In Tiruchendur, DMK's Anita Radhakrishnan, AIADMK's Amman Narayanan and DMDK's Gomathy Ganesan filed their papers.

While the DMK will be supported by the Congress, the AIADMK candidates will be supported by the left parties and MDMK.


IT virtualisation infrastructure market in India looks promising

IT virtualisation infrastructure market in India looks promisingChennai, Nov 30 : The market for virtualization of information technology infrastructure in India has good prospects, says consultancy Frost and Sullivan.

"The overall market for virtualisation in India is still nascent," said a reach report by Frost and Sullivan.

"It is shaping up to be one of the major trends that is expected to influence the end-to-end infrastructure of an enterprise, namely server, storage, network, application, desktop, and so on," the report added.


Special marital art training for police and paramilitary personnel in Chennai

Special marital art training for police and paramilitary personnel in ChennaiChennai, Dec. 2 : Police personnel and allied paramilitary forces are being trained in special martial arts techniques here, intended to equip them on arresting criminals and restraining more persons who may block them.


Body of an Indian victim of UK attack arrives home

Body of an Indian victim of UK attack arrives homeCoimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Dec. 3 : The body of an Indian attacked in Britain arrived home on Wednesday, after 45 days after the incident.

Twenty-three-year-old Saravana Kumar Sellappan, who hailed from a small village in Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu, went to UK as a student two years ago and took up part time job in a private petrol bunk.

A gang of three men attacked Saravana on October 6 and robbed him at Thornton heath. On October 19 he succumbed to serious head injuries in the assault.


10 killed as nursery school van plunges into pond

10 killed as nursery school van plunges into pondChennai, Dec 3 : Nine schoolchildren and their teacher were killed Thursday when their van plunged into a deep pond in Tamil Nadu's Nagapattinam district.

The van, which was carrying 25 children from the Devi Nursery School, slipped off the road and fell into a 15 ft deep pond in Katripullam village near Vedaranyam, about
350 km from here.

Police officials said 11 students had been rescued and sent to hospital while a search was on to locate the missing five.


Tamil Nadu archaeologists take up digitisation of ancient scriptures

Tamil Nadu archaeologists take up digitisation of ancient scripturesChennai, Dec. 3 : The Department of Archaeology in Tamil Nadu has taken up the digital documentation of ancient and historical manuscripts, including inscriptions on stones and thus preserve them.

At the outset, the varied collection of the Government Museum, located at Egmore in Chennai city has been chosen for this massive exercise in which documents dating back as old as 2000 years are being digitalised.


Tamil Nadu: 10 dead as school-van falls into pond

 Tamil Nadu: 10 dead as school-van falls into pondNagapattinam (Tamil Nadu), Dec 3 : Nine school students and a teacher got drowned here today morning, when their school van fell into a pond near Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam district.

Two teachers and twenty-five students were inside the school van, when the mishap took place.

The State Government has announced a compensation of fifty thousand rupees to the families of all those who lost their lives in the accident. (ANI)


Stalin to head Chennai River Water Authority

Stalin to head Chennai River Water AuthorityChennai, Dec 3 :Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M. K. Stalin has been named to head the Chennai River Water Authority (CRWA) set up to clean the city's two major rivers Cooum and Adyar, an official statement said Thursday.

The setting up of CRWA comes after Stalin's recent visit to Singapore to study the manner in which that country cleaned up its river.

Other members of the CRWA will be the ministers in-charge of slum clearance, environment, tourism, chief secretary and officials of the above ministries.


42 candidates in fray for Tamil Nadu bypolls

42 candidates in fray for Tamil Nadu bypollsChennai, Dec 3 : The Election Commission has accepted 42 nominations filed for the Dec 19 bypolls in Vandavasi and Tiruchendur assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu, an official said Thursday.

In Vandavasi, the poll panel found 14 valid nominations of which eight are independents. In Tiruchendur, the number of candidates will be 28 of which 25 are without any party affiliation.

The two seats will mainly witness a three-cornered contest between the ruling DMK, the main opposition AIADMK and the DMDK.


Suchde gains 10 spots in international squash rankings

Suchde gains 10 spots in international squash rankings Chennai, Dec 4 : Siddharth Suchde moved 10 places to end the year at 99 in the PSA world squash rankings.

Siddharth's jump was due to his runner-up result at the recently concluded US$6,000 BC Open in Canada.

By virtue of this, Siddharth moves into the second position in the list of Indians behind Saurav Ghosal who is at 32, having gained a spot, according to a press release from the Squash Racquets Federation of India.


Tamil Nadu pollution board to speed up industrial clearances

Mohideen KhanChennai, Dec 4 : The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) will speed up the process of issuing permission letters to industries once its procedures are computerised in a month's time, state Environment Minister T. P. M. Mohideen Khan said Friday.

Speaking at a function here, he said: "The TNPCB will complete computerisation of its operations within a month, which will speed up the process of issuing permissions to investors."


Tamil Nadu pollution board to speed up industrial clearances

Mohideen KhanChennai, Dec 4 : The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) will speed up the process of issuing permission letters to industries once its procedures are computerised in a month's time, state Environment Minister T. P. M. Mohideen Khan said Friday.

Speaking at a function here, he said: "The TNPCB will complete computerisation of its operations within a month, which will speed up the process of issuing permissions to investors."


India hopes to join cryogenic rocket engine club January 2010

India hopes to join cryogenic rocket engine club January 2010Chennai, Dec 4 : India's heaviest rocket - the 49-metre tall, 414-tonne Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV), powered by the indigenous cryogenic engine, will be launched in January
2010, making it a member of the select club of countries possessing this technology.

Officials of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) say the space agency will start the new year in style, launching the GSLV-D3 carrying the two-tonne communication satellite GSAT-4 sometime next month and not December as hoped earlier.


Governments flouting law making seafaring dangerous: Sailor

Governments flouting law making seafaring dangerous: SailorChennai, Dec 5 : Governments around the world flouting international maritime law and conventions and arresting sailors on criminal charges has turned sailing into a dangerous profession, a mariners' body said Saturday.


Tamil Nadu women participate in an idli making competition

Thanjore (Tamil Nadu), Dec 5 : Hundreds of housewives participated here in an idli making competition organised by a crop processing technology unit for their research purpose.

''Idli'' is a savory cake popular throughout South India, usually two to three inches in diameter and is made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils, rice and fenugreek.

The aim of the research was to standardise Indian indigenous food for worldwide marketing.

The participants brought the flour on their own and prepared idlis before the panel of judges at the Indian Institute for Crop Processing Technology (IICPT).

To make the research more interesting, prizes were also announced.


Vinoth, Krishna top in JK Races

Vinoth, Krishna top in JK Races Chennai, Dec 5 : On an afternoon that dragged on endlessly with the programme running behind schedule due to protests and collisions, K. Vinoth of Wallace Sports and Karthik Krishna of Rams Racing won the two races of Round two in the JK Tyre Junior Cup National Racing Championship here Saturday.

Vinoth, starting from pole position, outpaced the field in the first race that he won comfortably, sparing nearly three seconds to Krishna who survived a protest for "weaving and blocking" that third placed Vikas Anand of Wallace Sports lodged.


TN govt orders closure of Nagapattinam school

TN govt orders closure of Nagapattinam schoolChennai, Dec 5 : The Tamil Nadu Government on Saturday ordered the closure of kindergarten classes in the Kalaivaani Mega Matriculation School, Kariapattinam, in Nagapattinam district whose van was turned into pond killing 10 students and a teacher on Thursday.

Two teachers and twenty-five students were inside the school van, when the mishap took place near Nagakudaiyan in the Nagapattinam district.

According to eyewitness, the school teacher, 21-year-old Suganthi made a supreme sacrifice while saving the children.


Hogenakkal water project to start by March 2010: Stalin

MK-StalinChennai, Dec 5 : Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M. K. Stalin Saturday asked state government officials to start construction work on the Hogenakkal drinking water project by March next year.

Chairing a review meeting on the project here, Stalin instructed officials to start work so that project could be completed by 2012.

The project will provide drinking water to the people of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts out of Tamil Nadu's share of Cauvery water in order to mitigate the impact of fluorosis in these regions.


India's Aroor, Sherif top in Malaysia Rally

India's Aroor, Sherif top in Malaysia RallyChennai, Dec 7 : Arjun Rao Aroor (co-driver Musa Sherif) of Team Castrol India took the top spot in Group N class at the fifth round of the Malaysian Rally Championship at Perak.

According to information received here, the victory Sunday was their third in four rounds and it helped them annex the championship with a tally of 44.5 points.(IANS)