Kollywood to set up formal placement cell for sending candidates to TN politics

*Industry-Institute MoU to be inked soon *Annual recruitment to happen Chennai, Jan 11: It is well-known that in Tamil Nadu the single biggest supply chain of personnel for politics is the Tamil film world. Verily, Kollywood has been the IIT-IIM cradle for TN political industry with stellar candidates like M Karunanidhi, MGR, J Jayalalithaa reaching the highest echelon with elan. If politics were automobile industry, then Kodambakkam was its Detroit

How will be your 2018

* We, sitting in our office, foretell your (whoever and wherever you are) future Chennai, Dec 28: The only thing that ever gets read with any amount of sincerity in a newspaper is the Zodiac prediction, a column whose contents we completely make up. Here in the newspaper industry we can’t even say with any amount of certainty what tomorrow holds for us and whether newspapers will be around till next winter. And you expect us to

How money makes intercourse and multiplies

* The inside story of what happens to your bank deposits (Pssst: Adults Only) Chennai, Dec 22: How safe are your bank deposits? This question has to be asked in the light of some controversial provisions of the FRDI Bill, which if you believe the WhatsApp forwards, gives the government not only access to your bank deposits but also allows it to change your ATM password without your knowledge. What does this mean? Exactly, your ATM password will no longer be your

Carnatic music in Koyambedu market

* A slew of places where classical concerts can be taken to begins Ranjani-Gayathri sisters recently performed at Vadapalani Metro railway station. A group of well-known musicians are set to give a series of concerts in a Chennai eatery. T M Krishna and his disciples are having singing sessions in a moving bus. But at least you can understand the last-mentioned effort, because it involves T M Krishna. It has

EC declares Vishal elected at RK Nagar

Chennai, Dec 7: After the by-election related events of Tuesday night at RK Nagar, we at Crank’s News called for an emergency editorial meeting and stood in silence for two-minutes. It was to mark the formal death of spoof and satire in these parts. Things that transpired for three-four hours at the RK Nagar Election Commission camp office beggar our belief and, we at Crank’s News, who think up bizarre,

DIY: Election Reporting

* A handy primer on how to cover elections in any place without ever stepping out of your cubicle Chennai, Nov 30:  Elections are always the flavour of India. Some State or the other is always poll-bound. In the event, political reporting in this country is mostly an exercise in giving election gyaan. Luckily, poll-reporting is no different from everyday weather forecast, except that election reporters are under no compulsion

Centre mulls anticipatory ban law

* A forward-thinking, proactive legal measure to help curb the menace of ‘offending films’ even before they are made New Delhi, Nov 23: Finally some good seems to have emerged out of the fracas over Padmavati, a film so odious with offensive content that many people are able to outrage even without having seen it. Padmavati has been banned by a few States (Rajasthan, MP, UP) on the grounds that

When official scorer slipped into coma

◊ India-Sri Lanka encounters have the record for the most bizarre records Chennai, Nov 16: The India – Sri Lanka cricket series… oh no! don’t sleep now itself. An India-Sri Lanka cricket series is supposed to have begun somewhere today, or at least that is what we are told. For all we know, it might be an ongoing series between the two teams that people are noticing only now. There

When PM made common people talk about economics

The announcement of Prime Minister on the night of November 8 and the subsequent steps that the Finance Ministry and the RBI took were verily a war on that part of economy that deals with black humour. We at Crank’s News should know. Try as much as we did, despite our experience as long-standing silly clowns in the industry, we have not been able to match the efforts of the

A currency system so advanced that it's not currency

All questions you did not want to ask on Bitcoin answered Chennai, Nov 2: You’d have doubtless heard about Bitcoin. At any rate, you just did. Well, it is a virtual currency that has stirred a lot of controversy, and it is also pretty confusing, which sounds like a lot like demonetisation but believe us, it is not all that pointless. Here at Crank’s News we have a great tradition

83% feel GST rules confusing, and they are just the I-T staff

*State of the nation poll reveals state of the nation Chennai, Oct 25: ‘The State of the Nation’ poll is a big tradition in media, an occasion when we reveal to the public what they revealed to us in the first place. Don’t you think we in the media are fabulous? As with all other polls and surveys in the media, this one too has a great tradition for being