March 2017

Contempt case: Justice Karnan appears before SC

New Delhi: Controversial Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan today appeared before the Supreme Court which granted him four weeks’ time to respond to the contempt notice while rejecting the submission that his administrative and judicial powers be restored. A seven-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, took note of personal appearance of Justice Karnan, a first in the history of Indian judiciary, and asked him

Ram Mohana Rao gets new post

Chennai:Former Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, who was removed and kept under wait following IT and ED raids at his residence in December 2016, has been given a new post by the Tamilnadu government. He was now posted as Director, Entreprenurship Development Institute in the rank of Additional Chief Secretary, an official release said. Rao replaces K Rajaraman who was posted as Land Administration Commissioner. Rao was rehabilitated by

Tea, coffee to get dearer in Chennai

Chennai: Prices of tea and coffee are set to increase from tomorrow owing to the rising prices of commodities. Tea shop-owners in Chennai are hiking their prices due to increased rates of tea and coffee powder, sugar, LPG cylinder, etc. Many shops in the city have already started charging extra. Posters have come up at shops to notify customers about the new rates. Speaking to News Today, Abdul Khader, tea

IIFA Utsavam: Janatha Garage stole the show

Chennai: In the second edition of IIFA Utsavam awards held at Hyderabad on Ugadi night, Janatha Garage starring NTR Jr bagged six awards in Telugu category. Among Kannada films, Kirik Party took home the highest number of accolades with a total tally of five awards. NTR Jr won the award for leading role (male) for his performance in Janatha Garage while Samantha Ruth Prabhu walked away with the award for best

NEET: SC asks CBSE to extend registration date

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today asked the CBSE to re-open the online application forms for National Eligibility cum Entrance (NEET) and allow students to register till 5 April. The apex court also ruled out the age limit imposed by CBSE on NEET. The court has directed the CBSE to open the applications for students above 25 years of age. CBSE has released the application forms on 30 January and the

Tamils abducted in Sudan released

Chennai: Two Indian petroleum engineers from Tamilnadu who were abducted in South Sudan have been released, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. “I am happy to inform about the release of two Indian nationals Midhun and Edward who were abducted in South Sudan. They have reached the Indian embassy in Khartoum. I appreciate the efforts of Indian Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon for the release of Indian nationals,”

Rapist uncle held under POCSO Act

Chennai: Following the death of a 15-year-old girl at Koyambedu here, who in her suicide note charged her uncle with raping her, the accused was arrested by the Police today. The girl, who was studying class 10 in a private school at Virugambakkam, immolated herself yesterday evening. In her suicide note, she mentioned that her uncle Saravanan repeatedly harassed her sexually, which forced her to take the extreme step. It

Veggie rates go up due to lorry strike

Chennai: Truckers’ strike continued for the second consecutive day today resulting in the increase vegetables prices in the city. The strike continued as talks held by lorry owners with State Minister for Transport M R Vijayabhaskar failed yesterday. Speaking to News Today, Koyambedu Vegetables Market advisor V R Soundararajan said that the prices have increased by two folds. “Beans which was sold at Rs 40 per kg is now Rs

Big Sale because of BS-III engine

Chennai: You might have seen crowd in a ration shop or a bank but have you ever seen a crowded automobile showroom? The whole country witnessed the unusual scene today as it turned out to be the last day for the clearance sale of BS III vehicles following a Supreme court order. For the first time in India, a discount of up to Rs 22,000 was offered on two wheelers.

R K Nagar by-poll: More observers to be in place

Chennai: Acting on complaints, the Election Commission has taken a tough stand with respect to conducting by-election at R K Nagar. Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha spoke to reporters here today about the preparations undertaken and said, “We have made arrangements with the police to allow only permitted vehicles other than the locality’s own inside the premises of the constituency. We are also in the process of distributing pledges to

Nadigar Sangam gets its act together

Chennai: After overcoming all legal hurdles and a slew of controversies, the foundation stone was finally laid for the building of Nadigar Sangam at their premises in T Nagar today. The bhoomi puja to come up with their own building at a cost of Rs 26 crore saw the presence of two top actors of Tamil cinema Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. The officer-bearers of Nadigar Sangam led by president Nasser,