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'Komban' Mutiah to direct Gautham Karthik

Chennai: Young Gautham Karthik is on a signing spree. After Iruttu Arayil Murattu Kuthu and Oru Nalla Nal Parthu Solren, he has signed to act in a movie to be directed by Komban fame Mutiah. It is titled Devarattam. Produced by Studio Green Gnanavelraja,it is a rural tale set around Madurai. Search is on for cast and crew. Mutiah is known for village based stories. It would be an emotional

Ilayaraja sings for Dhanush

Chennai: Actor Danush seems to have began all works for his Maari 2, being directed by Balaji Mohan, who did the first part too. Sai Pallavi plays the heroine in part two. Interestingly music for the sequel is by Yuvan Shankar Raja. The big news is that Yuvan has recorded a song in the voice of Ilayaraja for the movie. Dhanush expressed his happiness at the song and tweeted the

Hike launches Total

Chennai: Hike announced the launch of a new product called, ‘Total, built by hike’. A press note said it is a refined version of Android targeted at the next billion people and lets users access essential services such as messaging, news, recharge and more even without an active data connection. On the launch CEO and founder, Kavin Bharti Mittal, said, ‘For the next billion true mobile first users, coming online

Mammootty to produce a Tamil movie

Chennai: Popular actor Mammootty, who had been part of many Tamil movies in the past, is producing and playing a lead role in a movie titled Street Lights. An investigative thriller, the film is being made in Tamil and Malayalam simultaneosly. Shamdat Sainudin, who cranked the camera for Viswaroopam 2 and Uthamavillain is making his debut as filmmaker. The movie also stars master Adhish, Pasanga Sreeram, Stunt silva, Black Pandi,

Pay more for lower berth?

New Delhi: Railway passengers could be shelling out more for choosing lower berths and travels during festive seasons, if the recommendations of a fare review committee are approved by the Railway Board. The panel constituted to review the flexi-fare system in premium trains has recommended that the transport behemoth adopt the dynamic pricing model followed by airlines and hotels, sources said. Like flyers pay more for front-row seats, railway passengers

MGR to come alive again in motion capture film

Actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan on Wednesday launched the animation movie Kizhakku Africavil Raju that features MGR, at Sathya Studios, in a grand event. Produced by Ishari Ganesh, the movie is directed by Arunmoorthy and has music by D Imman. On the occasion, those who worked with MGR were honoured by both Kamal and Rajini. However both did not speak on the occasion. Yesteryear actresses who shared screen with MGR

'The Fractals' talks about issues brushed under carpet

Chennai: Among some of the books that deal with unspoken issues sensibly, ‘The Fractals’ written by author Shantichitra Kalidas finds its own place. The book talks about most of the untold guilts experienced by human beings that are to be highlighted. News Today met her at the 41st Chennai Book Fair, being conducted by BAPASI at St George’s School, where her book is on sale. In the interview with the

Demonetisation, GST will have positive impact: VP

  Chennai:  Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has said various decisions of the Central government, including demonetisation and GST, are likely to have a positive impact in the coming years. He made the statement during the fourth and fifth set of Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) Southern Region Export Excellence Awards event held in the city this morning. “I am aware of the initial difficulties that the exporters have been facing

HM, PT master held for boy's death

Chennai: The Physical Education (PT) teacher of Don Bosco Higher Secondary School on M H Road, Perambur, was arrested this morning after protests by students and parents, after a 15-year-old died allegedly because of his punishment. Yesterday, Narendran (15), a class 10 student, died on the spot after PT master Jaisingh subjected him to punishment of duck walking for reporting late to school. This morning, the school issued a suspension

Kamal prefers to start from Kalam

Chennai: Actor Kamal Haasan, who will embark on a State-wide tour in February, today announced that he will begin his political journey from former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s residence in Ramanathapuram district. In his weekly column in Ananda Vikatan, the actor declared his tour will begin from Kalam’s residence as a mark of respect to the vision the missile man had for the country. “He had a vision for

All Rs 10 coins are valid, says RBI

New Delhi: Amid the reluctance on part of traders and members of public to accept Rs 10 coins due to suspicion about their genuineness, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reiterated its stand by issuing a press release. “‘It is clarified that the Reserve Bank puts into circulation, the coins minted by mints, which are under the government of India. These coins have distinctive features to reflect various themes