April 13, 2017

The EC way out

Even by semi-official estimates, the slush cash used to bribe the voters of RK Nagar is around Rs 89 crs. Press freedom, previous experience and priority access to ‘sources that do not want to be identified’ allow us to round that off to Rs 100 crs. Indeed, last Friday was quite auspicious for IT kitty, if not for democracy. And that is from just one faction of the rulers, and

DMK calls 'all-party meet' to discuss ryots' issues

Chennai: Slamming the Central and Tamilnadu governments for not holding talks with agitating farmers, DMK today announced an ‘all party’ meeting on 16 April to discuss the issues faced by the ryots in the State. DMK Working President M K Stalin said he has invited ‘all political parties’ for a meeting on 16 April here to discuss the woes of the farmers. After discussing the farmers’ problems and looking into their

President confers Padma awards on 44 persons

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee today conferred coveted Padma awards to 44 persons which included celebrities and unsung heroes who have worked for the society. In a formal ceremony in the imposing Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan here, Mukherjee conferred Padma Vibhushan to mystic guru Sadhguru Jagadish Vasudev and singer K J Yesudas. Wife of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sunder Lal Patwa received the award on his behalf. The

Ronaldo slams 100th European goal, secures Real win

Munich: Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA competitions when he struck twice as holders Real Madrid came from behind to win 2-1 at Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday. Bayern’s Arturo Vidal opened the scoring and missed a penalty before Ronaldo volleyed the equaliser in the 47th minute and scored the winner 13 minutes from time when

Property frauds back in limelight

Chennai: The recent arrests of a leading city-based builder and another realtor, and the complaint on an actor-politician have brought real estate forgery cases under limelight again. Police officials warn public to remain cautious and verify the reputation of builders before handing out projects. A police Inspector attached with the Land Grabbing Cell said, “People must be careful while choosing builders. There are realtors who have had cases against them

Kohli undergoes fielding drills in RCB practice session

Injured Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, who is yet to feature in the ongoing Indian Premier League, today went through some fielding drills during the team’s net session, here. After spending some time in the pavilion, Kohli climbed down the staircase before walking into the ground, carrying his kit. After doing a few loosening exercises, Kohli sat on the chair to watch Sachin Baby and Chris Gayle bat in

Embarrassing error from Indian umpires

Mumbai: The poor performance of the Indian umpires came under spotlight after an embarrassing error from on-field umpires CK Nandan and Nitin Menon, who allowed Sunrisers’ David Warner take strike after hitting a boundary off the last delivery of 6th over against Mumbai Indians. The incident Warner glided Jasprit Bumrah’s last ball of the sixth over to the third-man fence and then, surprisingly, went on to take strike off the first ball

School Education Dept to hold counselling sessions

Chennai: There was overwhelming response to the career guidance and counselling sessions held by the School Education Department this year, according to official sources. After the exams, teachers and District Child Protection Unit were engaged in helping students, who appeared in the board exams (class X and XII), to overcome stress and also to assist them with counselling and career guidance, Director of School Education, S Kannappan said, “On 6

Fun to watch Pandyas, says Rohit Sharma

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma loves the manner in which Pandya brothers – Krunal and Hardik expresss themselves on the field which makes them a treat to watch from the dug-out. “You must have seen both (Hardik and Krunal) of them on the ground. They are expressive. That’s just how they play. And we have given them the liberty to express themselves. It brings out the best from them

Dancers gun for Guinness record

Chennai: On April 14 ( Tamil New Year), 5,000 dancers from all over India and even from abroad, will gather in Chennai to attempt a feat with the hope of entering the Guinness Book Of World Records. The event titled Bharatham 5000, will have these dancers staging a performance in front of an audience that will include eminent danseuse Padma Subrahmanyam, film personalities and other VIPs in the city. The

Will Chennai see Dhoni in CSK team?

New Delhi: At a time, when the Chennai Super Kings are set for a return to the Indian Premier League fold in 2018 with former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the helm, former player Sourav Ganguly expressed his doubts whether Dhoni is still good in T20 format of the game. Former Indian captain Ganguly said Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a ‘champion ODI player’ but doubted if he is still that good