Fastrack takes fight to Uber and Ola

Chennai: In a bid to counter the aggressive discounted rates of Ola and Uber, Chennai based call taxi, Fast Track is gearing up to take the fi ght to its competitors with a slew of new initiatives. “There was around 25 cab hailing taxi services in Tamilnadu alone. By offering improbable pricing to establish a monopoly in the country, Ola and Uber have destroyed the local taxi segment. Now almost

Dayanidhi appears before CBI court

Chennai: Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran today appeared before the CBI court here in connection with the illegal telephone exchange case. The charge is that Dayanidhi misused BSNL telephone lines for making business transactions for his brother’s Sun Network causing a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the exchequer. During the appearance, Dayanidhi moved an application under Section 207 of CrPC claiming that over 20 documents provided by the CBI

Chennai top market for Samsung

Chennai: Samsung India, Consumer Electronics director, Rishi Suri said that Chennai is one of the biggest markets where the company has 27.9 per cent market share with leadership in premium with 41.3 per cent market share at an interaction with the press in the city. He said that Chennai is pivotal for Samsung to build a strong presence in the region. “The market share of Samsung refrigerator in the side

From the hands of special children

Chennai: The next time you see products labelled Tarang, don’t hesitate to buy it. A lot of dedication and hard work by special children have gone into their making. A group of mentally challenged, Down Syndrome and autistic children have grouped to sell their own products. Organic wheat flour, rice uppuma mix, kanji mix, paruppu podi are some of the powdered items the special children make. They also sell cut

Zone 9: Area needs councillors to tackle issues

Chennai:In Mylapore, no big projects were started in the last five years. Some areas continue to be in a disastrous state. V C  Garden Street is in a  bad state  because it has not been re-laid for months. This being the case, rain make it messier. People have reached the point where they have given up complaining. Many just curse the state of affairs. Justice Sundaram Road is still to regain

Zone 10: Officials grapple with many projects

Chennai: Re-laying roads, constructing stormwater drains, removing encroachments, desilting canals and regulating traffic are some of the issues that need to be addressed when it comes to Zone 10. On the positive side, LED lights, cycle track and laying of underground drainage lines are being taken up by the officials. Kodambakkam Zone, located in the southern part of the city, covers places like T Nagar, West Mambalam, Saidapet, Kodambakkam, Ashok

DMK cadres hold human chain against NEET

Chennai: The DMK cadres formed human chains across Tamilnadu to press for President’s assent to two Bills seeking to exempt the State from the ambit of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for the students aspiring to study medicine. The party cadres and leaders led formation of human chain in their respective regions. The participants raised slogans demanding cancellation of the NEET and condemned the state government for not getting exemption

Bribery allegation against Education Minister

Chennai: The Madras High Court yesterday sought the reply of State Higher Education Minister K P Anbalagan to a plea alleging that he demanded a bribe of Rs 13 crore from a contractor to give him a tender to construct polytechnics buildings. On the plea by Krishnagiri-based building contractor V Vengan, the bench of Justice M Duraiswamy also sought explanation from the Public Works Department’s chief engineer, Higher Education Department’s

Meet Kalam's roommate in his college days

Chennai: He recalls the events that happened more than half-a-century back, when he and former president A P J Abdul Kalam shared the same room at New Hostel of St Joseph’s College (SJC), Tiruchi, during the academic years 1952-54. When News Today interacted with 82-year-old Krishnamurthy, who completed his Bachelors in Commerce degree at SJC and is now a resident of Adambakam in the city, he shared some memorable experiences

Workshop on film preservation in Chennai

Chennai: “Digital cinema was ushered in to preserve what we have and not to lose. The technology is used to preserve something that’s historic,” said actor Kamal Haasan. He was addressing the press during the curtain-raiser event of the annual Film Preservation and Restoration workshop organised by Film Heritage Foundation and Viacom18 here on Wednesday. The workshop will be held in Chennai from 7 to 14 October. Speaking about the

Splendour of Taiwan dance enthralls audience

Chennai: Students of the National Taiwan University of Arts Da-Guan Dance Theater from Taiwan enthralled the audience here with their spectacular performance. The show, titled Splendor of Taiwan, showcased Taiwan’s rich culture and heritage, incorporating traditional folklore dance performances, glove puppetry and indigenous choreography of Taiwanese tribes. Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre, Chennai Charles Lee, Counsul General of Singapore, Roy, Additional General of Tamilnadu, Pradeep Dileep, Mylapore MLA