R Chitra

Travis to direct Transformers' spin-off Bumblebee

Los Angeles: Director Travis Knight has been roped in to helm the spin-off of Transformers titled, Bumblebee. The project will be his live-action directorial debut after helming the Oscar-nominated stop animation film Kubo and the Two Strings in 2016, reported Deadline. The studio, Paramount, had also met with Lego Batman director Chris McKay for the same post. The plot details are yet to be known. The story, which has been penned by

Ola, Uber drivers seek Gadkari's intervention

Bengaluru: Over one lakh drivers attached to two cab aggregators, who began an indefinite strike here from 22 February,  demanding better incentives and stopping attachment of new cabs, have sought Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari’s intervention to solve the deadlock. “We have started talks with major political parties to lend support to the protests demanding better incentives and stopping attachment of cabs, following inaction of the State government and the aggregators,”

Thieves make away with LED TV, LPG cylinder

  Chennai: Two housebreaks were reported from different parts of the city last evening and in the second case made away with an LED TV and an LPG cylinder. In the first case, the house of Satish Kumar (38) in Dasarathapuram, Virugambakkam, was broken into and 40 sovereign gold jewels and Rs 90,000 cash were stolen. Satish Kumar was living with his wife Mallakarasi.  When the couple returned home at 12 midnight, they found

Ex-Infosys CFO finds Indian IT industry scalable

Chennai: Days after Capgemini’s India chief executive, Srinivas Kandula, said a majority of Indian software engineers were incapable of imbibing the required emerging skill sets to survive the changing scenario in the information technology sector, an industry veteran, T V Mohandas Pai, has dismissed the claim and expressed confidence in the abilities of the Indian workforce. The comment from Pai comes at a time when the IT industry is staring

Tamil agrarian history preserved in Pondy

Puducherry: The Department of Social Sciences of the 62-year-old French Institute of Pondicherry has set up a ‘Digital Archive of Tamil Agrarian History’ (DATAH). It will present highlights of the project and hold a seminar at a three-day meet from today which will see historians, scientists and anthropologists present their personal readings of the archive. The institute undertook the five-year project (2011-16) to set up this archive to have a glimpse

Club in Chennai helps in developing sports

Chennai: Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at Nandanam, Chennai, an age old institution, is an important landmark which provides sports related services amidst others to the locality. Y’s Men Club of Chennai North, a part of YMCA, does its part in providing welfare assistance and implementing society oriented programmes in the area and parts of the city. In a chat with ‘News Today’, Ramesh, secretary of the club speaks out.

Chennai girl wins 2nd place in Kural contest

Chennai: Meet Madhumitha, a ten-year-old girl from Gopal Street near Ponniyamman Kovil in Madipakkam in the suburbs of Chennai who has won second place in an inter-school Thirukkural competition. The contest, in which 36 schools took part, was organised by Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Vidya Mandhir in its Tambaram campus in the vicinity recently. Madhumitha who is studying class five and another student Logitha Sri represented DAV Public School at Velacheri

TT coach in Chennai makes dreams come true

Chennai: For the youngsters of Saidapet, in Chennai, there is an opportunity to learn the passionate game of Table Tennis at Perumal Koil Street in the vicinity where PV Ramakrishnan, a veteran player of the game and coach of Saidapet Table Tennis Club, who not only provides training in the game but also makes them come out with flying colours at tournaments. Very recently, Ramakrishnan as a player bagged three

Central station to witness development

Chennai: Chennai Central will not be the same in the days to come now. For the development works that are going to take place there are sure to change its face in the days to come. According to sources, Union Railway Ministry has also unveiled the unveiled the station redevelopment programme. The programme inaugurated by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu yesterday, aims at redeveloping about 400 railway stations across the

State of flux

The dramatic revolt by caretaker Chief Minister and party veteran O Panneerselvam against general secretary and chosen successor to him V K Sasikala has electrified the political atmosphere in Tamilnadu and opened a Pandora’s box in the ruling AIADMK. A no-holds-barred battle now lies ahead with various twists and turns adding to the drama. With the party legislators having already endorsed Sasikala as the new chief minister unanimously, she seems