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Number of smokers goes down in India

Chennai: “The absolute number of male smokers has grown from 79 million in 1998 to 108 million in 2015,” says director, head, neck and thorax oncology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Dr Surender Dabas. But he also mentions that a report about 11 of the 13 States surveyed showed tobacco use declining. Talking to News Today about the World No Tobacco Day (31 May) theme ‘Tobacco threatens us all’, he said,

Adopt new tech for better productivity, fishermen told

Chennai: Fisheries in Tamilnadu has always been under the shadow of agricultural sector and not much is being done to independently develop this sector, said Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA) director K K Vijayan. Participating in a workshop on ‘Re-vitalising Fisheries and Aquaculture in Tamilnadu’ organised by CIBA and FICCI at Raja Annamalai Puram here on Tuesday, he said, “Our aim must be to increase the productivity of the

Ban movie on Swathi murder, says father

Chennai: A day after it was announced that techie Swathi’s murder is being made into a movie, her father Santhanagopalakrishnan today asked police to stop its release. This morning, he submitted a petition to DGP T K Rajendran stating that the makers have not sought his permission to do a movie. “A film on my daughter’s murder will add to our agony and sorrow,” he added. Later speaking to media

Apollo Hospitals PAT at Rs 482 million

Chennai: Chennai  based  Apollo  Hospitals  announced  its  Q4  results  for  the  year  that  ended on 31 March. A press note said that the standalone revenues grew 15 per cent to Rs 16,616 million as compared to Rs 14,479 million in last year. EBITDA was at Rs 1,701 million as against Rs 1,822 million in financial year 2016. PAT was at Rs 482 million. In  the  press  release  it  is  said 

Chennai Silks area declared as danger zone

Chennai: The police have cordoned off Usman Road and Pondy Bazaar at T Nagar, the shopping hub of the city, after a major fire broke out in an eight-storeyed textile shop in the early hours of today. As the fire could have affected the foundation of The Chennai Silks building, which also houses Sree Kumaran Thanga Maligai, police officials acted fast to keep the public away from the accident site,

Madras University issues applications for Ph.D convocation

Chennai: The University of Madras has started issuing application forms for PhD degrees for the 159th convocation at its enquiry counter. The forms may also be downloaded from the university website ( The last date for submitting the filled in forms, along with the convocation fee of Rs 500 through a demand draft in favour of the Registrar, University of Madras, is 15 June. According to a release from the

Davidar appointed as additional Chief Secretary

Chennai: The State government on Tuesday transferred 32 IAS officers, including seven district Collectors. TUFIDCO Chairman and Managing Director PWC Davidar has been transferred and posted as Additional Chief Secretary to the government, Transport Department and Commissioner of Indian Medicine & Homeopathy Mohan Pyare has been transferred and posted as Additional Chief Secretary/Commissioner of Land Administration. Chandrakant Kamble would be Chairman and Managing Director of TUFIDCO, a post held by

Private firm's milk sales dips by 25 per cent

Chennai: Following Dairy Minister K T Rajendra Balaji’s allegations that private milk companies use harmful chemical preservatives in the products they sell, Tamilnadu Milk Vendors Association has reported a drop in milk sales of 25 per cent. The issue of milk adulteration made  by the Minister has been making the headlines for quite some time now. He even went to the extent of claiming that the milk sold by private

America tests IBM interceptor warhead

Washington: The US has successfully shot down a mock intercontinental ballistic missile, its first live fire test, using its own upgraded long-range interceptor warhead, in what was widely seen as a test of America’s ability to counter the growing threat from North Korea. The US military fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)-type weapon yesterday from the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands. It then fired a missile to intercept it from

French, German embassies hit in Kabul blast

Paris: The French and German embassies were damaged by the massive bomb that ripped through Kabul’s strongly fortified diplomatic quarter, a French minister said. “The information that I have at the moment is that there is material damage in the French embassy, there is also material damage in the Germany embassy,” European affairs minister Marielle de Sarnez told Europe 1 radio. She added she had no information on any possible

Kerala CM talks to missing pilot's parents

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called up the parents of Achudev, one of the two IAF pilots who went missing after their Sukhoi-30 fighter jet crashed in Assam on 23 May. Vijayan spoke to V P Sahadevan and Jaishree, who are at Tezpur airforce station and consoled them, a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said. The Chief Minister also promised to extend all help and assured them that