February 18, 2017

Reaching for the sky

The successful launch of a record-breaking 104 nano satellites into orbit by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), all on board a single rocket, is a huge landmark in India’s space programme which must be welcomed wholeheartedly. That this country’s space scientists compare with the best in the world has been proved time and again but caught as we are in a web of petty politics on partisan lines, we

Another honour for Lata Mangeshkar

Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar has been honoured with the ‘Legendary Award’ by Brand Laureate. The Brand Laureate Awards recognise world-class achievement in branding amongst individuals and companies. “Heartfelt thank you to The Brand Laureate for honouring me with the Legendary Award 2017,” Mangeshkar, posted on Twitter alongside the pictures of the award. In 2012, Shah Rukh Khan was honoured with the Brand Laureate Legendary Award for his unmatched contribution to Indian Cinema.

Breaking news: All hell breaks loose

Chennai: The Assembly which met today to test the floor strength of the AIADMK government led by Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy ended up testing the concrete floor of the House, due to the violence that broke. Demanding secret ballot, DMK legislators gheraoed Speaker P Dhanapal and raised slogans. As he refused to entertain their request, his mike was broken, chair was damaged and when field marshals tried to escort him

Aadhaar must to get scholarships

Chennai: To avail benefit under the Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University students, applicants will now have to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar card or undergo Aadhaar authentication, the HRD Ministry has said. Those who are receiving these scholarships but don’t have an Aadhar card will have to apply for enrolment by 30 June, an HRD Ministry notification states. It is, however, not applicable in Jammu and Kashmir.

Dhanush's Power Paandi  nears completion

Dhanush’s directorial venture Power Paandi is fast nearing finish lane. The National award winning actor has taken time off his shoot from VIP 2 to complete the remaining portions of Power Paandi, a movie that speaks about the travails of stuntmen. Power Paandi has only five days of shoot remain. The movie has Rajkiran, Prasanna, Nadhiya, Chaya Singh, Delhi Ganesh, Robo Shankar, Vidyu Raman along with Madonna Sebastian, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Dhivyadharshini

Sasikala to lose general secy post?

Chennai: Acting fast, the Election Commission on Friday asked V K Sasikala to respond to a petition filed against her challenging her appointment as AIADMK interim general secretary by the O Panneerselvam camp. The Election Commision made it clear that if she fails to answer, it will be ‘presumed’ that she has no comments to offer and it will proceed in the matter accordingly. The Commission has send the notice

VHS gets thalassemic patients wing

Chennai: “Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder affecting 10,000 new babies every year in our country. The government spends Rs 9,000 crore every year on public welfare and with advancements in medicine, it is possible to cure the disease now,” said Health Secretary of the Government of Tamilnadu, Dr J Radhakrishnan, at the launch of a new thalassemic patients wing at the VHS Thalassemia Centre in Chennai today. He went on

Justice Ramesh takes charge as HC Acting CJ

Chennai: Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh, the second senior most judge of the Madras High Court, on Friday took charge as the Acting Chief Justice. Advocate General R Muthukumaraswamy welcomed him in his address. As the Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul was elevated as the Supreme Court Judge on 15 February, and a notification is yet to come, Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh assumed charge as the Acting Chief Justice of the Court.

Actor Sivakarthikeyan goes Rajini way

Sivakarthikeyan’s next venture, being directed by Jayam Raja, has been titled as Velaikkaran. Remember it was the title of a yesteryear Rajinikanth film that became a blockbuster. Produced by RD Raja of 24AM Studio, the movie features Nayanthara, Fahad Fazil, Sathish in key roles. Music is by Anirudh. According to RD Raja, “We sought necessary permission from producers of Rajinikanth film for the title. Plans are on to release the

'Germany keen to invest in Tamilnadu'

Chennai: Germany was keen on strengthening its ties with India particularly in Tamilnadu and was looking forward to investments in various sectors, Consul-General in Chennai, Achim Fabig said on Friday. Fabig during his brief interaction with Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan said the trade between India and Germany ‘significantly progressed and many Indian IT companies have invested in Germany’. “In the same way, Germans invested in India in

Students can now judge institutions better

Chennai: From this year, students will be able to know where a particular medical, dental and law college stands in terms of standard of education as the HRD Ministry has included these institutions in its India Rankings2017 which will be released on 4 April. The HRD Ministry had released the first-ever national rankings last year when it had included Technical, Management, University and Pharmacy institutions as categories. “From this year medical,