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Jaya’s gesture
to partyman’s
daughter
NT Bureau
Chennai, Apr 18:
AIADMK general secretary J
Jayalalithaa today said the party
would bear the education expenses of the nine-year-old daughter of
an AIADMK activist who committed suicide unable to tolerate the
hurdles faced by her.
In a statement, Jayalalithaa said
she was shocked to know that
Vadapudupatti Cooperative Agriculture Bank chief P Rajayogyam
consumed poison, as he was upset
over the troubles faced by her. On
coming to know that he died without responding to treatment, his
wife Muthulakshmi too consumed
poison and was getting treatment
in a hospital.
While requesting party activities
not to indulge in such activities
as they give her immense pain,
Jayalalithaa said the party will bear
the education and other expenses
of the couple’s daughter Divya.
Mirwaiz under
house arrest
Srinagar, Apr 18 (PTI):
Authorities today placed several
separatists, including moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz
Umar Farooq, under house arrest
even as a strike called by hardline
Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani
over the killing of two youths in an
army operation earlier this week
evoked a partial response in some
parts of Kashmir.
Mirwaiz was placed under
house arrest this morning in
view of fresh protests in some
parts of the Valley over killing
of the two youths in Tral area of
south Kashmir’s Pulwama district
in an army operation on Monday,
police officials said.
They said the house arrest of the
separatist leaders was a preventive
measure for maintaining law and
order. Geelani and several other
second rung separatist leaders continue to be under house arrest for the
second consecutive day today, the
officials said.
These leaders were placed under
house arrest yesterday to scuttle
Geelani’s proposed march to Tral
town for registering protest against
the killing of the two youths, claimed
to be innocent civilians by local
residents.
However, the army has maintained
that they were militants.
In view of the strike call, shops,
business establishments, educational
institutes and petrol pumps were shut
in and around Lal Chowk city centre
but most of them were open in the
civil lines areas of the city as well as
in other major towns of the Valley, the
officials said.
They said while public transport was
sparse, private vehicles, cabs and
auto-rickshaws plied normally.
Geelani had called for a strike
against the killing of the two youths.
He had also asked the people to
protest against ‘unjustified and inhuman’ arrests of Hurriyat Leaders
including Masarat Alam.
Regd. No., TN/CC(S) DN/223/15-17, RNI No: 33810 / 82
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Hectic activity
ormal life in Bengaluru, the country’s IT capital and
several parts of Karnataka was crippled today due
to a 12-hour Statewide bandh called by pro-Kannada
outfits to protest Tamilnadu’s opposition to Mekedatu
drinking water project across the river Cauvery.
Meanwhile, bus services from Tamilnadu to Karnataka
were stopped as were those from Bengaluru to the
neighbouring State.
Bus, auto and taxi services were badly hit in Bengaluru,
causing hardship to commuters, leaving thousands
stranded at many places.
Meanwhile, staring at an imminent expulsion from the
party, AAP rebel Yogendra Yadav today lashed out at
the party on social media for the show cause notice
served on him, terming it as a ‘joke.’
He also questioned how the media knew the details of
the show cause notice before he received it and accused
members of the disciplinary committee of ‘leaking’ it.
In Chennai, a three-member team of doctors from
Hyderabad’s government-run Osmania Hospital arrived
today to conduct fresh postmortem of five of the victims
of the police firing in Seshachalam forests of Chittoor
district in Andhra Pradesh on 7 April. The Hyderabad
High Court had yesterday ordered fresh autopsies for
the five (out of the 20 people killed) after their relatives
moved the court seeking fresh postmortems.
Encounter: AP docs
in TN for re-autospy
q Tight security at Thiruvannamalai hospital
NT Bureau
Chennai, Apr 18:
A three-member team of doctors
from Hyderabad’s government-run
Osmania Hospital arrived here today
to conduct fresh postmortem of six of
the victims of the police firing in Seshachalam forests of Chittoor district
in Andhra Pradesh on 7 April.
The team of doctors comprise M
Taquiddin Khan, Abhijit Subhedar
and K V Ramana Murthy, sources
said. They were received by Tamilnadu government officials at the
airport here and were sent to Thiruvannamalai, where the bodies were
being kept at a government hospital,
to conduct the fresh postmortem,
The Hyderabad High Court had
yesterday ordered fresh autopsies for
the five (out of the 20 people killed)
after their relatives moved the court
seeking fresh postmortems.
The High Court had also ordered
teams of medical experts from either
Osmania Hospital or Gandhi Hospital
(both State-run institutions) to fly to
Chennai for the purpose.
On 16 April, the Hyderabad High
Court had directed the Andhra
Pradesh government to conduct fresh
autopsy on the body of another victim
Sasi Kumar in response to the application filed by his wife Muniyammal.
FACT FINDING MISSION
NT Bureau
Chennai, Apr 18:
A man crushed his brother to death
with a grinding stone at Kilpauk
this morning. According to police
sources, Venkata Ratnam (31), a
corporation worker killed Venkata
Ramulu (43) who is a driver and a
mechanic after an argument regarding the ownership of a property.
Police said, of late, the duo have
been fighting regularly over the piece
of land.
Venkata Ramulu is survived by his
wife and three children, police said.
After killing his brother with the
grinding stone, Venkata Raman reported attempted to flee the spot but
was caught by his neighbours.
The body of Venkata Ramulu was
sent to Kilpauk Medical College and
Hospital. Police have registered
a case.
Techie dies in
road mishap
The Thiruvannamalai government hospital, where the bodies are kept. (Inset) Higher officials supervising
security and other arrangements.
Photo: S SURESH
Thiruvannamalai reporter adds
The Thiruvannamalai government
hospital premises has been brought
under a three-tier police security, led
by Superintendent Mutharasi.
The security has been provided
following protests by Tamil organisations against the ‘encounter’. Five
DSPs, 10 Inspectors and more than
100 police personnel were on duty at
Protestors,
police clash
q One killed in firing, several injured
Srinagar, Apr 18:
One person was killed and two others injured in Central Reserve Police
Force (CRPF) firing on demonstrators in central Jammu and Kashmir’s
Budgam district today, reports said.
The untoward incident happened
after protesters clashed with security personnel in various parts of
the Valley.
Reports said that the police initially used tear gas to disperse the
protesters, but as the crowd turned
violent and started pelting stones,
the personnel opened fire resulting
in death of a youth named Suhail
Ahmad Sofi.
They were protesting against the
killing of two youths in an Army
operation at Tral in south Kashmir’s
Pulwama district early this week.
A day after separatist Masarat
Alam was arrested by J&K Police,
Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has
called for a shutdown in the state.
Geelani has called for a complete
bandh to protest Alam’s arrest and
the killing of two youths in an Army
operation in Tral earlier this week.
The 45-year-old hardliner was arrested from his home in Habbakadal
Man kills brother
at Kilapuk
area of the city Friday morning, apparently after the Centre pushed for
it. Police late on Friday added section
121A (waging war against the country) and section 124 (sedition) to FIR
lodged against hardliner, Alam.
A court on Friday night remanded
separatist leader Alam, arrested
over raising of pro-Pakistan slogans
and hoisting Pakistan flags at a rally,
to seven-day police custody by a
court in Budgam.
Protests broke out in the state capital on Friday after Alam was arrested
by the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
The police had to use teargas and
resort to lathicharge to disperse
the crowd, which was heading for
a march in Tral town of Pulwama
district.
The Nowhatta area of Jammu and
Kashmir capital resembled a battle
zone as masked protesters burnt the
tricolour and clashed with security
forces resulting in injuries to about a
dozen people, including two policemen, official sources said.
The protesters were also seen
hurling stones at the police which
retaliated, bursting teargas shells
and using force to disperse the
violent crowds.
the hosptial. Thiruvannamalai Collector Gnanasekaran and other higher
officials were also at the hospital
premises. The bodies are expected
to be handed over to the relatives of
the victims, after the autopsy gets
over later today.
Officials have made arrangements
to bring the family members to the
hospital, it is said.
ST panel chairperson’s visit
National Commission of Scheduled
Tribes chairperson Ravi Thakur on
Friday visited the spot in Seshachalam hills, where the alleged encounter took place last week. Thakur
decided to have a look at the spot
to take note of possible violation of
human rights. He will address the
media later today.
NT Bureau
Chennai, Apr 18:
A software engineer was killed in
a road mishap at MGR Salai this
morning.
According to police sources, Saravanan Kumar (26), a software engineer from Kottivakkam was riding
on his two-wheeler in KPK Nagar at
MGR Salai when a car while trying
overtake him knocked him down.
Police said, the driver, one Shankar
(21) from Neelankarai, lost control
and ran over him killing him instantly.
The body has been sent to Royapettah Government Hospital and
arrested Shankar. A case has been
registered.
Jaya case: SC names
three-judge bench
NT Bureau
Chennai / New Delhi, Apr 18:
The Supreme Court today named
members of the three-judge bench
constituted to hear the case of continuation of Bhavani Singh as Special Public Prosecutor in an appeal
against AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa in the DA case in Karnataka
High Court.
The three-judge bench will have
Justice Mishra, Justice R K Agarwal
and Justice Prafulla C Pant. They
will take up the case for hearing on
20 April. It may be recalled that the
Supreme Court on Wednesday
delivered a split verdict after two
judges differed on the legality of
Jayalalilhaa’s appeal proceedings
in the Karnataka High Court.
The High Court, which has already
reserved its judgement in the matter,
had been waiting for a final word of
the apex court on the validity of the
proceedings before it.
However, a bench comprising
Justices Madan B Lokur and R
Banumathi failed to reconcile their
views on whether appearance of a
special public prosecutor, who was
appointed to conduct trial, was also
authorised to argue in the appeal in
Karnataka High Court.
when Bhavani Singh appeared in
the High Court during appeal, DMK
leader K Anbazhagan, who is one
of the complainants in the case,
challenged Singh’s continuation and
moved the apex court.
LEAVES LEAVE
Huge haul of
gold at airport
Tiruchirappalli, Apr 18 (PTI):
Customs officials have seized seven
kgs of gold from a passenger who
arrived here from Singapore, airport
sources said today.
The passenger, identified as M Nawazkhan, was arrested last night after
gold worth about Rs 1.55 crore was
found in his possession, they said.
After long leave, Rahul meets farmers
New Delhi, Apr 18:
views on the changes being brought
people from various parts of the
rally is being organised at a mamin the UPA’s land law by the Narencountry with the ‘Chalo Dilli Chale’
moth scale that would witness a sea
Rahul Gandhi, who returned from
dra Modi government.
slogan which will be seen on hoardof humanity, the spokesperson said.
a 56-day sabbatical two days back,
ings and heard on FM radio channels
today interacted with a delegation of
The Sunday rally is being seen as
The Congress vice-president arrived
on which it has booked spots.
farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Rajassome sort of a relaunch of Rahul,
in New Delhi yesterday after a twothan, Haryana and Punjab.
who is being hailed as a leader who
A 17-coach ‘Kisan Express’ train
month long break from the political
would restore the party’s health after
carrying farmers will leave from
scene. His whereabouts were a matter
The Congress vice president is
its downturn in Lok Sabha polls.
Jaipur and arrive at Delhi after six
of much speculation and it is still not
holding intensive consultations with
stops on the rally day. State leaders
known where he spent his holidays.
farmers today as he is expected to
With the Sunday rally being the
have been directed to ensure that the
lead the Congress’ charge on the
first major public outreach event for
The Congress had, however, derally has full attendance.
land bill issue against the government
the Congress vice president after his
fended his absence and said that
with the Kisan rally on Sunday.
leave, the party is pulling out all stops
Seeking to protest against the
the 44-year-old leader wanted time
The summer is making its impact felt and this tree at Nanganallur is
to galvanise support for the rally.
Narendra Modi-government’s antioff for introspection after a series of
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18 APRIL 2015
City
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CHENNAI
Lake lacks life
CHILL TIME
Plans to revamp water body in Adambakkam
Summer is here and
people are looking at
ways to keep cool. A
vendor at Chrompet
has stocked his hand
cart with grapes and
cucumber.
Photo: C SANTOSH
New at Kodambakkam
Corpn plans to modify flyover in Mahalingapuram
K
Adambakkam lake cries for attention.
A
dambakkam lake once
used to cover 100 hectares
of land and provided water to the
entire neighbourhood, even during times of drought.
Now it has reduced to around
one-tenth its original size and
the water in it is polluted. Lack of
proper maintenance and reduction in its size have resulted the
lake drying up faster.
‘Though the lake is in a deteriorating condition for a long time,
the last few years have resulted
in small improvements like
clearing of the road by
that leads to it.
Plans were announced to revamp
the water body but
there has been no action. The place has
an unpleasant odour
because of the pollution
and a thick cover of vegetation
envelops the surface,’ says Jawahar, a resident of Adambakkam.
The proposed actions
include deepening of the
lake, constructing a bund
around it and clearing
unwanted vegetation
When an official concerned
was contacted, he
said the government had
sanctioned
I
HER
almost one
VELAC
crore few years
back for cleaning the lake.
‘The proposed actions included
deepening of the lake, constructing a bund around it and clearing
unwanted vegetation. The work
has been transferred to Public
Works Department (PWD) who
will be implementing the plan
soon.’
Residents believe that if the
place is cleaned and maintained
properly it can be a picturesque
location. ‘It can become a source
of relaxation,’ they say.
However, it is not just the civic
body that is responsible for its
maintenance, residents also need
to do their bit to ensure that the
water body is protected.
- NT Bureau
odambakkam residents are
a happy lot as the Chennai
Corporation is planning to modify
the existing flyover on South Usman
Road to redevelop the facility. It is
part of a project to connect Anna
Salai and Mahalingapuram.
The civic body recently approved
the detailed project report for the
design of the flyover connecting
The extension of the existing flyover is expected to help the public.
South West Boag Road junction and
Habibullah Road junction on Usman
The traffic police will implement a
Road, at an estimated cost of Rs 240
crore.
diversion plan in the locality
‘The Corporation
during the work
will start work on
M
KA
modification of the
MBAK
KODA
flyover on South UsCorporation has also de- of the flyover.’
man Road to redevelop
cided to commission noise barriers
The traffic police will be implethe 2.2 km long bridge
shortly. and use alternative technology to menting a traffic diversion plan in the
The flyover in Mahalingapuram on reduce pollution during the redevelop- locality during the work. Bus routes
the same stretch will not be modified, ment of the flyover. Air quality will be from T Nagar bus stand to Valluvar
sources said. Officials have decided monitored at six locations along the Kottam will cover Burkit Road, Venkato implement the work in two phases. road during the work along with the tanarayana Road and part of G N
‘One phase will be covering around monitoring of ground water quality. Chetty Road.
1795 metres of stretch covering Ha- About 1.5 km of polycarbonate noise
‘This sounds very relieving as it
bibullah Road Junction and Madley barriers will be initiated along the road would help people reach their destinaRoad Junction of Usman Road. The reducing the noise by 33 to 37 decibel, tions on time. The flyover used to be
phase will be completed in 12 months. said the official.
jammed with cars during peak hours
The other phase will cover around 427
He further said, ‘Hydro demolition but this initiative would help ease trafmetres of stretch from Srinivasa Red- slurry treatment process will prevent fic and the people who have to wait
dy Street Junction to Madley Road dust pollution during the work. Plan- for hours’, said Sudha, a resident from
Junction which will be completed in tation of about 360 trees along the Mahalingapuram.
six months’, said an official.
stretch will be done after completion
- NT Bureau
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Make way for a skilled India: Rudy
q Union Minister inaugurates Apollo Medskills Centre at Vadapalani
NT Bureau
Chennai, Apr 18:
A certified pilot, lawyer and now
Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Rajiv Prathap Rudy was in Chennai
on Friday for two purposes. One
was a visit to TCS and next one to
inaugurate Apollo Medskills Centre,
Vadapalani, which aims to train
30,000 students in various skills,
this academic year.
Speaking at the Apollo Medskills
Centre, the Union Minister said
‘The issue of skill development
should have been initiated six
decades ago. Thanks to our Prime
Minister Narendra Modi, we have
started talking about it at least now.
Our NSDC policy must be reviewed
again. There are around 550 million people in this country. Only
30 per cent of the people in India
can afford to pay for themselves.
The other 70 per cent need to be
looked after the government and
other institutions. That is where
Vishal Sikka
to don
professor’s role
NT Bureau
Chennai, Apr 18:
The East China Normal University (ECNU),
one of the most
prestigious universities in China,
has announced
the appointment
of Infosys chief
ececutive officer
Vishal Sikka as its Advisory Professor.
According to a press release, Professor Shijun Tong, CCP Secretary
of ECNU, formally conferred the Advisory Professorship at a ceremony,
held at the ECNU campus in March.
‘ECNU is a prestigious Chinese
university. It is a great honour
to receive this recognition, and I
accept it with deep gratitude. It reinforces my desire to be a lifelong
teacher and a lifelong student. I
look forward to working closely with
students and the university to help
nurture the passion for learning and
to help people think in new ways,’
Vishal Sikka
said.
‘ECNU is on the road to develop
into a globally recognised university
and we look forward to partnering
with Infosys to identify upcoming
technologies that will in turn help
us prepare our students with skills
to address the opportunities that
they offer. We are focused on
developing talent that has strong
foundations in scientific research,
and who are in turn able to service
the development of social and economic development of China,’ said
Shijun Tong
ECNU founded in Shanghai in October 1951 has 22 schools and colleges, and five advanced research
institutes, with 58 departments
Besides that, the university also
offers 26 doctoral programmes, the
release said.
the importance of learning a skill
comes in. When you have a skill,
you don’t have to be dependent on
anybody’.
Rudy pointed out that even a small
country like South Korea has 96 per
cent of work force. Being the second
most populated country in the world,
India’s work force is just two per cent
of the population. We have to change
this condition. ‘For that we need
private institutions and I appreciate
the Apollo Medskills for providing the
people an opportunity to learn the life
skills’, he added.
Talking over various important issues, he said that the Prime Minister
has handed over 12,000 Industrial
Training Institutes (ITI) across the
country, which will be transferred
from the Labour Ministry to the
newly-formed Skill Development and
Entrepreneurship Ministry. Among
the transferred ITIs, 4,000 belong to
Government of India and 8,000 to the
private sector.
Union Minister for Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv
Prathap Rudy at the inauguration of Apollo Medskills Centre at
Vadapalani in Chennai yesterday. Apollo Hospitals chairman Dr
Prathap C Reddy, managing director Suneeta Reddy and TCS
chairman Rama Durai are present.
‘We are planning to open a Skills
in India can happen only in a Skilled
University in every State so that we
India. The States are cooperating
make way for a Skilled India. Make
well and we are in the consultation
stage. We hope it all works out well’,
he said.
The Union Minister said for the first
time India has won a lot of medals
in the recently held World Skills
Competition held in New Zealand.
‘We have joined the race and it will
take a few years to emerge winners
on a global scale’, he said.
Highlighting about the skill issue,
Apollo Hospitals chairman Prathap
C Reddy said, ‘There is shortfall
of skilled manpower in healthcare
space and this is because people
either don’t have access to quality
healthcare or they can’t afford it. We
wanted to do something about it and
hence the came up with Medskills
Training Centre.’
TCS chairman Rama Durai, MGR
Medical University Vice-Chacellor
Shantaram, NSDC CEO Atul Bhatnagar and Apollo Hospitals managing director Suneeta Reddy were
present.
Later addressing mediapersons,
the Union Minister refused to com-
THE ‘T’
QUESTION
Free course on
Indian culture
NT Bureau
Chennai, Apr 18:
Sri Sathya Sai Organisations,
Chennai Metro-West is organising
free summer course on ‘Indian Culture and Spirituality for students’ at
Springfield School, 64, Alagirisamy
Salai, K K Nagar for three days from
25 April, from 9 am to 1 pm.
Students studying from class VIII
to XII standards can participate.
For details contact B Chandrakumar, course co-ordinator at 2471
4890/ 94441 27303.
q Thalassemia becoming a
burden on blood banks, say docs
JAYANTHI PAWAR
Chennai, Apr 18:
Diseases and disorders are dime
a dozen keeping the people on their
toes and looking for ways to come
out on top. Thalassemia is one of
the many giving patients a hard time
while getting doctors thinking.
Medical professionals, while raising an alarm on Thalassemia, a
single gene disorder and a chronic
form of anemia, said that it is likely
to become a burden on blood banks.
Doctors, however, claimed that
the disease can be controlled if
gene screening is made mandatory
before marriage.
Around three to 17 per cent of
the population are carriers of the
disease in India among which 8.4
percent are pregnant women in
Tamilnadu. Apart from this three
to five per cent of the population
have thalassemia trait and are
unaware of it.
The disease can be classified
into thalassemia major, intermedia,
silent carrier and trait. Individually
with thalassemia trait are A systematic, they are unaware. They may
be mistreated for iron deficiency
anemia.
Thalassemia Major, becoming
Doctors
advise against
consanguineous
people with
thalassemia traits
entering wedlock
and want gene
screening to be made
mandatory before
marriage
a main cause of concern lacks
awareness among the people,
claimed doctors.
Thalassmia major is a transfusion dependent anemia. However,
in a few States this test is made
mandatory and soon should be
followed in Tamilnadu too, said
clinicians.
Explaining about Thalassemia,
Dr Chitra Ayyapan said that it is a
blood disorder that occurs when
consanguineous people with thalassemia traits get married.
The abnormal formation of the
hemoglobin that is supposed to
carry oxygen becomes dysfunctional that causes anemia. Fetal
ment on the latest encounter of
Tamilnadu woodcutters in Andra
Pradesh.
Asked about the BJP’s stand on
the incident, he said ‘It was an issue of the State and that it would
be inappropriate if he comment
on it’. However, the Minister said
a proper investigation is going on.
Rudy said the BJP is focusing more on South, especially
Tamilnadu. ‘Ours is only party
in the world to have a 10 crore
membership and our party leader
Amit Shah is continuously working
towards the goodwill of the people
and the party. Union Ministers will
visit Tamilnadu to solve issues
that are bothering the people here,’
he said.
The Minister said the Parliament
session is going to start from 20
April, where a lot of important decisions will be taken. On 19 April,
a one-day national workshop will
be conducted for the Parliament
members, he said.
WHAT IS
THALASSEMIA?
Thalassaemia is a form of inherited autosomal recessive blood
disorder characterised by abnormal formation of hemoglobin.
The abnormal hemoglobin formed results in improper oxygen
transport and destruction of red blood cells.
hemoglobin will not release oxygen to the tissue that will cause
growth retardation. The blood has
to change to adult hemoglobin to
carry oxygen to the tissues.
Further, the adult hemoglobin is
made of four components - two alpha and two beta. However, when
there is a defect in the beta chain
there is a mutation in chromosome
11 and in alpha the mutation is in
chromosome 16.
Further, Chitra said that hemoglobin has two components A1
and A2. In an adult hemoglobin 97
per cent of the blood is A1 and 3
per cent is A2. When there is no
synthesis of adult hemoglobin (A1)
levels of A2 rise beyond 3.4 percent. Along with fetal hemoglobin
(alpha 2 and gama2) also rises.
When there is no production of
A1 there is no oxygen supply to
the tissues.
An infant with Thalassmia Major
would have to be under blood
transfusion after six months once
in a month all through the life or
has to gone in for a bone marrow
operation that costs around Rs
15 lakh.
The child will be more prone to
infection, poor appetite, enlarged
organs, liver and spleen will be
bulged and jaundice. Studies
show that 12 per cent of the blood
in banks is used by such patients.
Doctors advised that a person
with such trait and another person
with should not marry as there are
25 per cent of chances of the child
being born with T Major.
Spoken English
course
Senior Citizens Group of Besant
Nagar (SCGOBN) will conduct
coaching classes on spoken English, public speaking and communication skills on 19 April at
Besantnagar.
According to a release, the classes will be held separately for school
and college students. Each batch is
limited to ten students.
The group will also be distributing
free textbooks to college students
from 3 May. The books will be distributed on every Sunday from 10
am to 6 pm.
The classes will be held at B 12/4,
25th Cross, Besant Nagar.
For details contact: 9884224480
Free computer
classes
Astro Computer Education Technical Institute will conduct free
computer classes at Kottivakkam
and Kottur.
According to a release, the classes will be conducted for two days
with no age limit.
For more details, contact
43855773 / 9710107874.
Vidya Mandir kicks off
diamond jubilee fete
Noted photographer Sharad Haskar inaugurates students’ art expo
School authorities said the exNT Bureau
hibition signified the start of the
Chennai, Apr 18:
diamond jubilee celebrations of
Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary
the prestigious institution and
School at Mylapore kickstarted its
there would be a string of events
diamond jubilee celebrations with
that will be held through the year.
an art exhibition yesterday.
Inaugurated by award-winning
The school principal Shoba Raadvertising photographer Sharad
man said, ‘We plan to celebrate
Haksar, the exhibition consisted
the completion of 60 years of
of 60 paintings by students of the
our school by dedicating each
school to signify the 60 glorious
month of this academic year for
NT Bureau
Mohammed Naveen were judges
years of the institution.
an important co-curricular activity.
for the finals. They gave away the
Chennai, Apr 18:
Artist-cartoonist Keshav VenkaThis month we celebrate art, with
C S Sharanya of Meenakshi Sunda- prizes for the first three winners
an exhibition of art-work done by
which included a trophy and silver taraghavan was the guest of honour
rarajan College of Engineering won
at the exhibition.
60 budding artists, inaugurated
medal.
first prize at the 44th inter-college
According to the organisers,
by Sharad Haksar, our illustrious
Sharanya received Lion G V Raman
oratorical competition conducted by
the paintings were selected from
alumnus.’
Lions Club of Central Madras at T Trophy, Sibiya - Lion K Ananthachari
among the works of 600 students
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Trophy.
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Jam in Jammu
he BJP leadership ought to have known what it was getting into
when it decided to forge an alliance with the PDP in Jammu
and Kashmir. Conventional wisdom would have suggested that
such an alliance would be doomed from the beginning. But it takes
such extraordinary decisions to break the mould and achieve the
unthinkable. Of course, it was not going to be smooth sailing for the
coming together of the two opposites, with one dominating Jammu
and the other the Kashmir Valley. There were to be several thorns
strewn in the path of the coalition right from its inception. And that
is exactly what has happened within days of Mufti Mohammed Syed
becoming the chief minister at the head of the PDP-BJP alliance.
The coalition leaders need to steel themselves against predictable
criticism every time there is an `incident’ in the Valley or, the
separatists and others seek to test its nerves by provoking trouble.
Thus far, despite many such controversial decisions and provocations,
the coalition has managed to maintain its equanimity, though top BJP
leadership has had to assuage the feelings of its own cadres which
have been forced on the defensive by uncontrollable events in the
troubled state.
The very first act of the Mufti Government caused disquiet in the
BJP ranks. The release of the hardline separatist Masarat Alam Bhat
might have become unavoidable following court orders, but the
timing was suspicious. It forced the BJP on the back foot. Nightly
television debates helped in clarifying the position that he was being
held without valid legal sanction, though there were more than two
dozen different cognisable offences listed against him over a long
period. But Bhat’s release became pointedly painful when he led a
rally two days ago to welcome the return of the Hurriyat Conference
Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, to the Valley after an absence
of nearly three months. Anti-India slogans and Pakistani flags
dominated the rally where Bhat and Geelani fulminated against India
and openly challenged the Mufti Government to conduct a plebiscite.
Television pictures took the anti-India show into drawing rooms
across the country. No doubt the BJP would have worked itself into an
uncontrollable rage had this happened under a Congress regime. But
the ultra-nationalist party was in power both in Delhi and Srinagar
and felt obliged to underplay the grave provocation. Sometimes, one
has to retreat in order to advance further.
Maybe the BJP is acting to a plan in Kashmir. Maybe it has a
well thought-out strategy, a clever game plan to resolve the nearly
seven-decades-old dispute. If, however, it walked into an alliance
with the PDP only for the sake of sharing power, it is bound to face
a popular backlash. For, its ultra-nationalistic image would be torn
to smithereens if nothing constructive comes out of the seeming
rebuffs it is made to suffer in Kashmir at the hands of its alliance
partner, as well as the anti-India elements. Though both Geelani and
Bhat have since been placed under house arrest, it might take more
than that to make any headway in finding a resolution of the vexed
Kashmir problem. It is not going to be easy. But the Congress Party
has no moral authority to criticise the events in Kashmir, since it is
the chief culprit in creating the Kashmir problem in the first place.
Nirupama Rao @NMenonRao
Rajani Thiranagama personifies for me
the ideal of emancipated womanhood,
never afraid and even in death undying
in spirit. A role model.
Every struggle in your life has
shaped you into the person you are
today. Be thankful for the hard times,
they can only make you stronger.
Will Smith @imWilISmith
Moon formed 4.47
billion years ago: Study
WASHINGTON:
Moon may have been created about
4.47 billion years ago, according to a
new study of meteorites that
provides clues to the giant
collision which formed
Earth and the lunar body.
A giant impact between
a large protoplanet and the
proto-Earth formed the Moon.
The timing of this giant impact, however, is uncertain, with the ages of the
most ancient lunar samples returned
by the Apollo astronauts still being
debated.
Research indicates numerous
kilometre-sized fragments from
the giant impact struck main belt
asteroids at much higher velocities
than typical main belt collisions,
heating the surface and leaving
behind a permanent record of the
impact event.
Collisions on these asteroids in
more recent times delivered these
shocked remnants to Earth,
which scientists have now
used to date the age of the
Moon. By modelling the
evolution of giant impact
debris over time and fitting the
results to ancient impact heat
signatures in stony meteorites, the
team was able to infer the Moon
formed about 4.47 billion years ago,
in agreement with many previous
estimates.
The most ancient Solar System
materials found in meteorites are
about one hundred million years
older than this age. The impact
signatures provide insights into the
last stages of planet formation in the
inner solar system.
CHENNAI
While you were away ...
D
ear Signor Rahul alias Raul,
Welcome back. That is assuming you are really back. Those footages bear a striking resemblance to
as we remember you when you left
India/Delhi/home/mama’s side (assumptions all) two months ago. That is
assuming you left when it was reliably
assumed you had left to wherever one
assumes. Poor thing, you must have
felt really lonely, assuming you were
alone.
That’s quite a lot of ‘assuming’. But
since we had no clue to if and when
you will assume/resume normal (?)
duty (?), we are forced to ... well,
you know. Some assumptions will
be answered, some will never be.
But Bharath will know it is you the
moment you start mumbling, pardon,
‘giving voice’. You are a tough act to
clown, er, clone. And since it is now
confirmed you (if it is you) arrived from
Thailand to thaainadu, it also stands
confirmed that you were abroad. For
all of two months? Assume. But we
will take it that it is you behind those
tinted windows.
It calls for great talent to become
invisible and incommunicado at will.
It is not so easy for the precious, protected, privileged and protocol-driven
Z-plus species to enjoy such privacy.
Aah, but you are Prince Rahul. Anyway, whoever hosted you or helped
your travel are real good at omerta,
Aus police foil
terror attack,
5 arrested
MELBOURNE:
A sinister Islamic State-inspired
plan to carry out an attack using
‘edged knives’ at a ceremony here
commemorating martyred soldiers
was foiled with the Australian police
arresting five teenagers in connection with the alleged terror plot.
Over 200 Australian police officials carried out anti- terror raids
across Melbourne and arrested
five teenagers. An 18-year-old man
from Hallam suburb was charged
with conspiring to commit a terror
act and was to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court while another 18-year-old was arrested from
Hampton Park for terrorism-related
offences.
A third man was arrested for
weapons offences and two other
men were in custody assisting
the police with their enquiries,
after seven search warrants were
executed.
Three of the five men arrested
were reportedly injured in the
operation. One suffered a head
wound and another resisted arrest. Australian Federal Police said
they believed the two 18-year-olds
were plotting an attack to take
place on ANZAC Day, 25 April, a
day on which those who served
and died as Australian and New
Zealand Army Corps soldiers are
remembered -- the country’s most
important national occasion.
‘It is alleged both men were undertaking preparations for planning
terrorist acts in Melbourne, which
included targeting police officers,’
Victoria state and federal police
said in a joint statement.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Neil
Gaughan said it was believed the
attacks were to have involved the
use of ‘edged knives’.
secrecy. Of course that speaks badly
of the media here, particularly some
TV channels that, often times and
now, pompously demand to know and
themselves know, everything. You
had your sweet revenge and some
good laugh by keeping them frantically
speculating on your whereabouts. And
all that pre-meditated guesses galore
from meditation to mental illness.
‘Rahul returns’ to Mummy & motherland - India, not Italy - is critical news.
Many came to know of your absence
only now. You were smart to keep the
grist going by arriving without notice
and evaporating
without trace for
another two days.
And, let alone
waving like your
mother, you did not even show your
face, even to the few faceless Cong
workers who were celebrating Devil
knows what. Probably you had no
face to show or you were not yet
ready to face the nation. Or maybe
you believed whatever Cong workers were left after Delhi polls would
have left after you left them in the
lurch without as much as a word of
explanation or encouragement. Not
that you had any on that blank brain.
No offence. I meant spiritual seekers
have a clear mind.
But don’t worry, some unfortunate
cadre and fortunate leaders will stick
around, no matter if the party gets
banished or you vanished. They
feed on your family that feeds on the
country. The more your party gets
dwarfed, the taller your clan gets. So,
your there-not-there charades work
great. Actually, during your stealthy
sabbatical, royal loyalists did such a
job of messing things up that no one
missed you. By the way, the spokespersons defending you rose from 40s
to 50s, much more than Cong MPs in
LS. You were credited for RTI, RTE
etc: no debits for Coal, 2G etc.
But the real spoke through your
wheel is your mother
whom these fifty-odd
spokespersons dare
not speak up to. So
far it has been either
mum is the word or mom’s word for
you too. Such silence or surrender
won’t work. I mean, how can you lend
voice for the nation when you cannot
find your own at home? No, you misunderstood. I am not asking you to turn
the damn TV volume down. You can
keep that new Bangkok headphones
on too. Point is you must assert yourself. Otherwise, mummy will think
you are a dummy and choose Vadra.
He has the CV she wants. And trust
Digvijay, Singhvi et al to back him with
the same gusto. Habit.
And what is all this buzz about land
bill and rallies from the moment you
landed? The legislation was passed
in March itself in Parli. Only you were
in recess. Absent then and absentminded now? Remember you are a
member of that circular structure?
Remember Kalavathy? Instead of
speaking in that round building why all
this sound beyond? Thought you had
kissed the kisans goodbye. At times, it
is better never than late. And you said
the law could be passed only after running a bulldozer over your body. With
you gone for two months, the bulldozer
rental only is now running high.
Well, what else? Oh, your 10-year
regent honest Singh got a summon,
earned a march down murky memory
lane, followed by a court reprieve.
Now, farmers can do without you.
But you can’t sans the Sardar’s
silence. Pay him a visit forthwith.
Jayanthi just spilled some beans on
your duplicity. The ex-PM can unload
trucks full of rotten vegetables. You
may have to hit the holiday trail right
this instant.
By the way, in case you are planning another vacation I recommend
Amethi, your constituency, just to jog
your memory. Voters there are searching for their lost voice. You can also
‘show’ some work even as you shirk.
Yours very sincerely ....
e-mail the writer at
trjawahar@gmail.com
(Courtesy: Talk Media)
Iran presents Yemen
peace plan to UN
Four-point agenda to end air campaign
UNITED NATIONS:
Iran has presented a four- point
peace plan for Yemen to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling
for international action to end the
‘senseless’ Saudi-led air campaign
on Huthi rebels.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Ban in a letter
that Tehran stands ready to help
the United Nations restore peace to
Yemen, where the rebels have taken
over the capital and driven President
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi into exile.
Hadi and Gulf allies accuse Iran
of arming the Huthis, which Tehran
strongly denies. The four-point plan
calls for a ceasefire and immediate
end to all foreign military attacks, the
urgent delivery of humanitarian and
medical aid, a resumption of political
talks and the formation of a national
unity government.
Ban has called
for an immediate
ceasefire, saying
the country was
‘in flames’ and all
sides must return to
‘It is imperative for the internation- political negotiations
al community to get more effectively
involved in ending the senseless
aerial attacks and establishing a
ceasefire,’ Zarif wrote yesterday.
The foreign minister added that
‘the only way to restore peace and
stability is to allow all Yemeni parties to establish, without any foreign
interference, their own inclusive
national unity government.’ Zarif
spoke with Ban by phone, a UN
Instagram allows
post-op scars pics
SAN FRANCISCO:
Instagram has updated its community guidelines with more detail on
what types of nudity it allows. Images
of ‘sexual intercourse, genitals, and
close-ups of fully nude buttocks’ are
banned.
The company’s community guidelines also state that ‘some photos of
female nipples’ are not allowed.
Instagram has faced criticism for
removing topless photos of women
in the past. The updated guidelines
state that photos of ‘post-mastectomy
scarring and women actively breastfeeding’ are permitted.
Nudity in photos of paintings and
sculptures is also allowed. Users who
break the rules are warned that their
accounts may be disabled.
‘We want Instagram to continue
to be an authentic and safe place
for inspiration and expression,’ the
company states.
Instagram’s community guidelines
have remained largely the same since
the photo-sharing app was launched
in 2010.
Although there
is now more detail, the main
rules have not changed.
Aside from nudity, users are reminded they may not break the law:
‘Offering sexual services, buying or
selling illegal or prescription drugs
(even if it’s legal in your region), as
well as promoting recreational drug
use is also not allowed.’
Some ‘hate speech’ is allowed when
it’s being shared ‘to challenge it or to
raise awareness.’
spokeswoman said.
The Saudi-led coalition pounded
Yemen as the air war entered its
fourth week with little sign that the
sides were ready to return to peace
talks.
Ban has called for an immediate
ceasefire, saying the country was ‘in
flames’ and all sides must return to
political negotiations.
FB hits back in
Internet.org India row
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg
has defended the aims of his Internet.
org initiative after several Indian firms
decided to pull out of the project.
In a blog post, Zuckerberg argued that Internet.org’s basic free
services were not
incompatible with
net neutrality the principle that
all web services
should be equally
accessible.
‘We fully support net neutrality,’
he wrote. ‘Universal connectivity
and net neutrality can and must
co-exist.’ But critics were quick to
respond.
At the heart of the row is Internet.
org’s policy of ‘zero-rating’, whereby
telecoms providers agree not to
pass on the costs of handling the
data traffic so that consumers can
receive services for free.
Russia to build own space
station by 2023: Putin
MOSCOW:
to see the whole of the area of our
China has also announced plans
huge country.’
to complete a permanent orbiting
Russia plans to build its own orbiting space station by 2023, President
‘It goes without saying we will space station by 2023 as part of
Vladimir Putin said during a marathon
bring this project to ambitious plans to become a supercall-in session with the nation.
NEWS MAKER fruition, and without power in space.
any doubt, it will be
The Russia-Soviet space station Mir
‘By 2023, we plan to create our own
of the day
under our control,’ was ditched in 2001 after 15 years of
national space station in orbit,’ Putin
Putin said. Russia said earlier this service. Putin was speaking during
said. ‘This is something far-off in
year that it planned to create its own a national phone-in that included a
the future, but also necessary for us
Sir,
space station using its modules from video link with workers at Russia’s
from the point of view of our national
No Tamil film in yesteryear was complete without scenes reeling out
the ISS after it is mothballed.
new cosmodrome under construction,
economy.’
‘thaali’ sentiment. Marriage, then and now, is not meeting of horoscopes
In March, the head of Russia’s Vostochny in the country’s far east.
Russia and NASA recently agreed
or tying of thaali, but meeting of minds. Are you listening, Mani Ratnams
The new launch pad is designed to
to keep operating and financing the needs its own space station to be space agency, Roscosmos, said at
and Shankars?
International Space Station at least able to view its own territory properly Baikonur after meeting his NASA reduce Russia’s reliance on its rented
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some women apply to their nails.
The researchers envision that a
commercial version of their device
would have a detachable membrane
on its surface, so that users could
coordinate surface patterns with
their clothes.
And it’s easily accessed by the
other fingers - even when
the user is holding something in his or her hand.
For their initial prototype, the researchers
built their sensors by
printing copper electrodes on sheets of flexible polyester.
The researchers said requiring
surface contact with the operator’s fi nger for just two or three
seconds was enough to guard
against inadvertent activation and
deactivation.
A paper describing a prototype
of the device is scheduled to be
presented at the Computer-Human
Interaction conference in Seoul,
South Korea this week.
4G services to be rolled out soon
Integrated ecosystem worked out
New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI):
Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd Friday
said it plans to roll out 4G services
through an ‘integrated ecosystem’
using three frequency bands and the
government has already allotted it
various codes needed for providing
the services.
The RIL subsidiary had last year
announced that it would launch 4G
services in a phased manner this
year.
‘RJIL plans to provide seamless
4G services using LTE in 800MHz,
1800MHz and 2300MHz bands
through an integrated ecosystem.
Mobile Switching Centre Code
(MSC), Mobile Country Code (MCC)
and Mobile Network Code (MNC)
for mobile access services have
Modi gets
Tata backing
BOARD
MEETING
The meeting of the board of
directors of Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd will be
held on 28 April 2015 (Friday)
at Parrys House, Third Floor,
No 45, Moore Street, Chennai
600001 to consider and take
on record the audited financial
results for the year ended 31
March 2015.
Volkswagen puts
end to management
tug-of-war
and the new CII
president Sumit
Mazumder have
talked about a
need for the new
government’s reform measures
to start reflecting
on the ground.
‘There’s a great deal of hope in the
inspirational leadership of Modi. He
is still in the early stages of defining
what he hopes to deliver a new India.
The implementation hasn’t really taken form this year. But we still have to
give him the opportunity to implement
what he has promised,’ Tata said
RJIL is the only private player with
pan-India broadband wireless access
(BWA) spectrum. It also acquired
spectrum in 800 MHz and 1800 MHz
in auctions held in 2014 and 2015
been allotted,’ the company said in
a statement.
A mobile country code is used in
combination with a mobile network
code to uniquely identify a mobile
phone operator using the various
communication network platforms.
RJIL is the only private player with
pan-India broadband wireless access
(BWA) spectrum. It also acquired
Nokia planning
more job cuts?
Ratan wants corporates to give time to PM
Mumbai, Apr 18 (PTI):
Cautioning the industry against
getting ‘disillusioned so fast’, top
business leader Ratan Tata on Friday
asked it to give ‘support and opportunity’ to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
for delivering on his promises.
Stating that the Modi government
has not completed even one year in
office, Tata said, ‘All of us should understand that it’s a new government,
and we need not get disillusioned and
dissatisfied with so fast.’
The comments come at a time when
various business leaders including
HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh,
Marico Group’s Harsh Mariwala
here. He was replying to a query on
his views about the economy under
the new regime during the convocation of the ‘Mumbai International
School of Business Bocconi’.
Expressing confidence that the
Prime Minister will deliver on his
promises, Tata said: ‘We’re all hopeful that the country will move forward
in the manner that Modi predicted.
‘We really need to support it if we
need to have a new country and
outlook both internationally as well
as domestically.’
He added: ‘In short, we’re all hopeful
that the country will move forward in
the manner that Modi predicted.’
Helsinki, Apr 18:
Finland`s Nokia on Friday defended
its commitment to protect jobs in
France following its planned takeover
of Alcatel-Lucent, and suggested future job cuts could focus on countries
other than the two home bases.
Nokia has pledged not to cut French
jobs for two years after the closure
of the deal, beyond what Alcatel had
already planned.
‘When you do deals with France
involved, you want to make sure that
the government endorses your deal,
understands the strategic rationale,’
chief executive Rajeev Suri told a
news conference.
‘There is nothing extraordinary in the
commitment to France ... It actually
makes total business sense.’
Suri added the takeover would
eventually lead to job cuts. He declined to elaborate on the impact
on different countries but praised
Nokia`s Finnish R&D operations.
Vanakkam Chennai,
says Yamaha
Chennai, Apr 18:
Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Yamaha’s new facility
here will be formally up and running next month, a top official
said on Friday.
The company is setting up
the plant at Vallam Vadagal in
Kancheepuram district at a cost
of Rs 1,500 crore to be invested
in phases. The plant would initially
have a total capacity of 4.50 lakh
units per annum, which can be
scaled up to 18 lakh by 2018.
‘Currently, trial runs are happening there. The formal inauguration
of the plant will begin next month,’
India Yamaha Motor Vice-President, Marketing and Sales, Roy
5
Reliance gets
ready for big leap
Thumbnail device to
answer phones, texts
New York, Apr 18:
Researchers at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT) are
developing a new wearable device
that turns the user’s thumbnail into
a miniature wireless track pad.
They envision that the technology could let users control wireless
devices when their hands are full answering the phone
call while cooking, for
instance.
‘It’s very unobtrusive.
When I put this on, it becomes part of my body. I
have the power to take it off, so it
still gives you control over it. But it
allows this very close connection to
your body’, said lead author Cindy
Hsin-Liu Kao, a graduate student
at the MIT.
The device could enable subtle
communication in circumstances
that require it, such as sending a
quick text to a child while attending
an important meeting.
According to Kao, the device was
inspired by the colourful stickers that
SATURDAY
18 APRIL 2015
Kurian told reporters here.
India Yamaha Motor currently
has two plants at Faridabad in
Haryana and Surajpur in Uttar
Pradesh. The Chennai plant
would be the third facility for the
two-wheeler manufacturer.
The inauguration of the new
plant comes at a time when the
Tamilnadu government is planning to hold the Global Investor
Meet in May, showcasing the
state as one of the preferred FDI
destinations.
On the company’s outlook for
the year, Kurian said it plans to
sell 17 lakh units by 2018 from the
present 5.50 lakh.
‘This year, we are expecting to
sell around 8 lakh units. Then,
we will be increasing to 11-12
lakh and later 17 lakh,’ he said,
responding to a query.
In a bid to increase market share
in the entry-level bike segment in
the country, Yamaha launched
‘Saluto’ priced at Rs 52,000 (exshowroom New Delhi).
‘We are launching the motorcycle here with Blue Core engine
technology. We expect to sell
60,000 units of the bike this year,’
Yamaha Motor India, Sales Vice
President (Sales and Marketing) Roy Kurian told reporters
here after the launch. ‘We are at
present in high-end premium bike
or superbike segment.
spectrum in 800 MHz and 1800 MHz
in auctions held in 2014 and 2015.
‘RJIL’s total equivalent spectrum
footprint has increased from 597.6
MHz to 751.1 MHz (including uplink
and downlink), strengthening its position as the largest holder of liberalised
spectrum’, the company said.
The Mukesh Ambani owned firm
said it is setting up a pan India tel-
ecom network to provide high speed
services in key domains such as
education, healthcare, security, financial services, government-citizen
interfaces and entertainment.
RJIL said it has made significant
progress in building LTE business,
including infrastructure, sales, distribution, applications and content.
‘It is working with strategic partners
who have committed significant resources, knowhow and global talent
to support deployment and testing
activities currently underway,’ it said.
The company said it has launched
trial wi-fi hot spots across India
and is in the process of entering
agreements with various state and
local authorities to provide Wi-Fi
services.
Jaitley finds out way
to tackle black money
Washington, Apr 18 (PTI):
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has
sought urgent implementation
of common reporting standards on automatic exchange of
information globally, asserting
that it is the only way to tackle
the challenges posed by black
money.
The problem of offshore
tax evasion and flow of illicit money
can be addressed only by the free
flow of financial account information
exchanged among countries on an
automatic basis, Jaitley said in his
intervention on ‘International Tax
Issues’ during the annual Spring
Meeting of the International Monetary
Fund and the World Bank.
‘We strongly feel that there is a need
to ensure that the Common Reporting
Standards on Automatic Exchange of
Information should be implemented
on a fully reciprocal global basis and
those countries which have not yet
committed to the timeline
of 2017 or 2018 should do
it without any further delay’,
he said.
The problem of black money
and illicit flow to offshore
jurisdictions and tax havens
can be addressed only if this
is implemented at a global level, he
asserted. Jaitley said the Global Forum
should monitor the implementation
of common reporting standards on
exchange of information and ensure
that every country is effectively implementing and have necessary legal,
regulatory framework and are also
exchanging information in practice.
Although exchange of information
on ‘request basis’ has resulted in
improving transparency, its scope is
limited, he argued.
PUBLIC NOTICE
NAME CHANGE
I ,
A M U D H A
NAGARAJAN, residing
at No.48/35A, Bava Pettai
Street, Kanchipuram
-631 501, shall
henceforth be known as
AMUTHA NAGARAJAN.
AMUDHA NAGARAJAN.
Read
SHRIRAM CITY UNION
FINANCE LIMITED
CIN: L65191TN1986PLC012840
Regd.Office: 123, Angappa Naicken Street,
Chennai - 600 001
Telephone No. + 91 44 2534 1431
Secretarial Office : 144, Santhome High
Road, Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004
Telephone No. + 91 44 4392 5300
Fax No. + 91 44 4392 5430
Website : www.shriramcity.in
e-mail : sect@shriramcity.in
GENERAL NOTICE
Pursuant to Clause 41 (III) (b) and other
applicable clauses of the Listing Agreement,
notice is hereby given that meeting of the
Board of Directors of the Company has been
convened to be held on Tuesday, April 28,
2015 to take on record the Audited Financial
Results of the Company for the year ended
March 31, 2015.
Pursuant to Clause 19 of the Listing
Agreement notice is hereby given that
among other items mentioned in the
agenda, the board at said meeting
will consider recommendation of final
dividend to the shareholders for the year
2014-2015.
My Client Mr. S.MOHANRAJ,
Son of Mr.P.Subbiah Pillai,aged
about 50 years, residing at No.36/45,
‘‘Rani Enclave’’, 4B, Kuttiappa
Street, Kellys, Chennai-600 010,
states that he lost the original Sale
Deed dated 16.04.2007, Registered
as Document No.169/2, on the
file of the SRO Ponneri, within
the Registration District of North
Chennai, in respect of his property
situate at No.59, Kummangalam
Village, Ponneri Taluk, Thiruvallur
District, measuring an extent of Acre
1.18 Cents, bearing part of Patta
No.998 and part of Survey No.169/2.
He states that he is the owner of
the said property and with that
document he has not encumbered
the said property in any manner. If
anybody who is having valid cliam
over the same shall contact the
undersigned with in 15 days from
this date publication with bonefide
documents by registered post. If
there will be no claim within period
mentioned above the property will
be treated as Nil Encumbered.
C.K.UMA SANKAR, B.COM., B.L.,
Advocate
377, New Addl.Law Chambers,
High Court Building, Chennai-104
Mob.No.98415 80546.
Frankfurt, Apr 18 (AFP):
German auto giant Volkswagen attempted on Friday to draw a line under
a bitter power struggle between its chief
For SHRIRAM CITY UNION
executive and supervisory board chief,
FINANCE LIMITED
Sd/saying it would extend the contract of
Place : Chennai
C R DASH
chief executive Martin Winterkorn.
Date : April 17, 2015
Company Secretary
The announcement was seen as a severe blow to supervisory board chief Ferdinand Piech, who has ruled the carmaker
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE
IN THE COURT OF THE
IN THE COURT OF DEBTS RECOVERY
PUBLIC NOTICE
AT MADRAS
TRIBUNAL
I
AT
CHENNAI
HON’BLE
JUNIOR
CIVIL
JUDGE,
with an iron fist for more than 20 years.
This is to inform the General
(Testamentary and Intestate Jurisdiction)
(770A, 6th FLOOR, SPENCER TOWERS,
SHADNAGAR,
‘The executive committee of the
O. P. No. 243 of 2014
Public, my client V. Ravichandran
ANNA SALAI, CHENNAI - 600002)
MAHABOOBNAGAR DISTRICT
In the matter of Indian
supervisory board asserts that Martin
states that, the property,
O. A. NO. 33 of 2015
Succession Act, 1925
AT: SHADNAGAR
measuring an extent of Ac.
Winterkorn is the best possible chief
HDFC Bank Limited …. Applicant
And
O.S.No. 4 of 2006
0.38
cents
in
Survey
No.119/1,
-VsIn
the
matter
of Last Will and
executive for Volkswagen’, the carBetween :
M P Sathiyendran and another
testament of Mrs.R.Alamelu died
measuring
an
extent
of
Ac.0.21
maker said in a short statement.
During the month, exports decreased
K. Vittal
intestate on 04.12.2010
…Defendants
cents in Survey No.119/2, in all
‘The executive committee places
J.Rajappa, S/o. Jaganathan,
... Transposed Plaintiff
M P SATHIYENDRAN
total
extent
of
Ac.0.59
cents,
to $23.95 billion compared with $30.34
Old No.5, New No.22 East Park Road
NO 102 G-1, VENKAT NIVAS
great importance on the fact that Mr
And
situated at No.9, Nedungundram
Anna Nagar, Chennai - 30
APARTMENTS, VGP SELVA
K.Shanker
&
Others
Winterkorn will pursue his role as chief
..Petitioner
Village,
Chengalpet
Taluk,
billion
in
the
a
year-ago
period,
as
per
the
NAGAR, CHENNAI - 600042
..
Defendants
-Vsexecutive with the same vigor and sucKancheepuram
District,
… 1ST DEFENDANT
1. Mrs.R.Mohana, D/o R.Selvapillai,
Commerce Ministry’s data. Compared with purchased by Mrs. Muniammal To
cess as before, and that he has the full
S JANSI RANI
Sakthi Towers, 7th Cross Road,
Bharat Energy Private Limited,
(my client mother herein) residing
NO 102 G-1, VENKAT NIVAS
support of the committee in doing so’,
Shenoy Nagar, Chennai - 600 030.
Office at 13/1321, 18th Main Road,
the
previous
fi
scal,
exports
dipped
by
APARTMENTS,
VGP
SELVA
at
No.111/3,
C.S.I.
Koil
Street,
2. Mrs.R.Janakam W/o. Ramanujam,
the statement said.
Anna Nagar, West Chennai - 600 040.
Present Door No.22, New No.5
NAGAR, CHENNAI - 600042
Nedungundram,
Chennai
600
‘The executive committee will now
1.23 per cent in 2014-15
Old No.18, East Park Road,
Please take notice that the above
…2ND DEFENDANT
048, under a deed of sale dated
East Shenoy Nagar, Aminjikarai
propose to the supervisory board to
The Applicant had filed an
suit for partition in respect of land
17-12-1980,
Registered
as
Chennai - 600 030.
Application in O.A.No.33 of 2015
extend Winterkorn’s current contract
in
Sy.
Nos.241,
242,
250
and
272
Document No.6078 of 1980, on
3. S.Vasanthi D/o R.Selvapillai
New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI): goods (2.5 per cent) have led to the
before
the
Hon’ble
Debt
Recovery
corresponding
to
Old
Survey
No.X/4
in the supervisory board meeting of
4. S.Rajagoalan S/o R. Selvapillai
the file of SRO / Tambaram, and
Tribunal
I,
Chennai
for
an
amount
of
sharp contraction in March. These
India’s
exports
dipped
deeper
3 & 4 residing at Sakthi Towers
admeasuring 20 Acres situated at
February 2016’, it added.
the said original document had
Rs.11,04,281.18p
(Rupees
Eleven
7th Cross Road, Shenoy Nagar,
in the negative zone recording a sectors contribute about 70 per cent
Penjarla Village, Kothur Mandal,
been misplaced and it is lost at
The declaration comes in the wake
Lakhs Four Thousand Two Hundred
Chennai - 600 030.
to the country’s total exports.
Mahaboobnagar District, in which
decline
of
21
per
cent
in
March,
the
time
of
transit
in
between
Eighty
One
and
Paisa
Eighteen
5. R.Rajalakshmi D/o R.Ramanujam
of media reports of a ferocious battle
you
are
arrayed
as
Defendant
Present Door No.22, New No.5
In
March,
exports
decreased
to
the
biggest
fall
in
the
last
six
years,
only)
as
on
17.02.2015
which
is
Nedungundram to Peerkankaranai
between the 78-year-old Piech and
Old No.18, East Park Road,
No.21 is posted is posted for your
due and payable in both of your
near GST Road.
$23.95
billion
compared
with
$30.34
pulling
down
the
total
shipment
for
his 67-year-old one-time protege
East Shenoy Nagar, Aminjikarai
appearance on 24-4-2015 at 10.30
Auto Loan account No. 23525218
Therefore
the
public
are
hereby
2014-15 to $310.5 billion, missing billion in the a year-ago period, as
Chennai - 600 030.
Winterkorn.
in
consistence
with
the
loan
a.m.
before
the
Hon’ble
Junior
Civil
warned not to entertain any claim
...Respondents
per
the
Commerce
Ministry’s
data.
the
target.
agreement.
The
said
matter
was
Judge,
Shadnagar,
Mahaboobnagar
Piech, a member of the powerful
All persons claiming to have any
from anyone who is in possession
posted
for
hearing
on
08.04.2015
Compared
with
the
previous
fi
scal,
Exports
have
been
on
downward
interest in the Estate of the above named
District. Hence you are requested
Porsche dynasty that is a shareholder
of the above said misplaced
before the Registrar of Hon’ble
Mrs. Alamelu, who was resided at 22,
to appear in the above case on the
original document and it is hereby
in Volkswagen, and one of the most spiral since December last year. exports dipped by 1.23 per cent in
Debt Recovery Tribunal I, Chennai
East Park Road, Shenoy Nagar, Chennai
above said day and time either in
2014-15.
The
previous
biggest
decline
in
request
that
the
person
coming
and
after
hearing
the
application
- 600 030 and died on 04.12.2010
important figures in German business,
person
or
through
a
duly
authorized
into
contact
with
the
above
said
are hereby cited to come and see the
the Hon’ble Registrar was pleased
The government had fixed the
sent shockwaves around German export was in July 2009, when it
proceedings before the Master sitting
advocate. Notwithstanding this
document may be pleased to
to order Paper Publication to both
dipped
by
28.4
per
cent.
target
at
$340
billion
for
2014-15.
industry last weekend by declaring
in the Original Side of the High Court
notice if you do not choose to appear
of you on the above subject.
handover the same within the 7
of Judicature at Madras on 30.04.2015
Falling exports and an increase
In 2013-14 too, total merchandise
in a magazine interview that he was
The said application stands
in the above said suit on the above
days of this publication either to
at 10.30 A.M. and file their objection, if
in gold imports have widened the shipments stood at $314.4 billion,
posted
on
24.04.2015.
Hence
you
‘distancing himself’ from Winterkorn.
said
time,
the
case
will
be
decided
me or at Peerkankaranai Police
they think fit before the grant of Letters
are
hereby
requested
to
appear
on merits.
of Administration.
Station, Chennai - 600 063, and
Until now, Winterkorn was seen as trade deficit to four-month high of missing the annual target of $325
either
in
person
or
through
your
Dated at Chennai on this the 30th day of
Hence this notice.
oblige.
Piech’s close ally and heir appar- $11.79 billion in March. Gold im- billion.
pleader on the hearing date i.e.,
March 2015.
B. Bal Reddy
M.GOVINDARAJ, M.A., LLB.,Phd
ports
in
March
almost
doubled
to
Imports
contracted
by
13.44
per
24.04.2015
at
11:00
am,
failing
(S.Gurumurthy)
ent and the idea of a poisonous rift
ADVOCATE
Advocate
Assistant Registrar,
which the matter may be decided
cent to $35.74 billion in March.
between the two ignited fears about $4.98 billion.
Enrolment No.2047/1999
5-1-125, Gowliguda,
Original Side-1,
in your absence.
Falling exports of petroleum prodDuring 2014-15, imports dipped
the future running of Europe’s biggest
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Finding the right combo
our problem: Rohit
MI skipper defends off-form Malinga
Rohit Sharma credited CSK openers
for setting up the victory with a breezy
partnership and said ‘it was not
a bowlers’ day’
CSK bowlers struck early blows before MI bounced back through
Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma.
Mumbai, Apr 18 (PTI):
Consigned to their fourth defeat in
a row, a dejected Mumbai Indians
captain Rohit Sharma said he has
tried everything to get the right com-
B’desh beats Pak
after 16 years
Dhaka, Apr 18:
Centuries from Tamim Iqbal and
Mushfiqur Rahim powered Bangladesh to their highest total and a
victory against Pakistan in one-day
internationals after a gap of 16 years
on Friday. The 79-run win in Dhaka
gave Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the
three-match series and their second
victory in the 50-over format against
Pakistan. The minnows also defeated
them in Northampton during the 1999
World Cup in England.
Tamim (132) and Mushfiqur (106)
added 178 in 130 balls for the third
wicket as Bangladesh recovered from
a sluggish start to post their highest
ODI total of 329 for 6 after winning the
toss and opting to bat first against a
new look Pakistan side. In reply, the
visitors were bowled out for 250 in the
46th over, despite half-centuries from
Azhar Ali (72), debutant Mohammad
Rizwan (67) and Haris Sohail (51).
Azhar, who replaced the retired Misbah-ul-Haq as Pakistan’s new ODI
captain, would have been delighted
with the performance of his bowlers
in the first 20 overs as Bangladesh
limped to 67 for two.
bination for this IPL season but has
not succeeded.
Mumbai were dumped by six wickets by formidable Chennai Super
Kings, last night.
‘We will go back and see what will
be our right combination. We are still
searching for the right combination.
We have tried to play five bowlers and
changed batting order in the last four
games. I don’t know what else to do
to get the combination right,’ said a
crestfallen Rohit said.
Rohit, who batted well to score a
31-ball 50, said promotion of New
Zealand all rounder Corey Anderson
to the third spot was one such endeavour without success.
Rohit’s wicket was
timely: Nehra
Mumbai, Apr
18 (PTI):
Chennai Super
Kings pace spearhead
Ashish Nehra said dismissing
Rohit Sharma, when the Mumbai
Indians’ skipper was poised for a late
assault, proved to be crucial in his
side’s six-wicket triumph over the
home side in an IPL match here.
‘It wasn’t easy with not only
Kieron Pollard hitting from
one side. Everybody knows
what kind of player Rohit
Sharma is and what
he can do. That was
a timely wicket,’
said the left-arm
speedster after the game
w h i c h
provided the visitors
their third suc-
Ashish Nehra
cessive
win of the season and confined
the hosts to their
fourth straight defeat. The Delhiborn bowler, who
was part of the
triumphant
2011 Ind i a n
World
Cup
WI holds on for draw thanks to Holder
Jason Holder
‘Whatever we did in the last
three games didn’t work
out. That’s why we tried
new things, promoting
Corey Anderson to no.
3 spot. Last time Corey
batted here he got 95
(last season against
Rajasthan Royals)
and we qualified
for play offs.
When things
don’t work
North Sound, Apr 18:
Jason Holder struck his maiden first-class century to lead
West Indies to a draw in the
first test in Antigua on Friday
after James Anderson had
become England’s leading test
wicket-taker. Denesh Ramdin
and Holder shared a resolute
seventh-wicket stand of
105 and although the
former became Anderson’s 384th Test
victim in the final
session, the hosts
did enough to ruin
England’s hopes of
going 1-0 up in the
three-match series.
Holder ended
u n -
beaten on 103 and Kemar Roach
was 15 not out as West Indies
finished on 350 for seven, 88 runs
short of their improbable victory
target of 438. Paceman Anderson
surpassed Ian Botham’s tally of 383
Test victims when he had Ramdin
caught by captain Alastair Cook
at first slip for 57. Holder held his
nerve, however, and he reached
three figures by hitting James
Tredwell for four in the penultimate
over of the match. Earlier, England looked to
be closing in
on victory
when they
dismissed
Devon Smith,
Marlon
Samuels and
Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the morning
session, leaving West
Indies on 162 for five at
lunch. First-innings centurion Jermaine Blackwood fell
for 31 soon after the interval,
aiming a wild heave at Chris
Jordan and edging a catch to
wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
squad
before
injuries sidelined him,
grabbed 2 for 23 which
included an up-front spell of 2 for
15 in three overs. He was adjudged
man of the match award for his brilliant bowling.
He had Sharma caught by Dwayne
Bravo when the MI captain and Pollard, who blasted five sixes in making
a 30-ball 64, had rallied the hosts
from 57 for 4 to 132. The 35-year-old,
who put MI on the back foot by taking
the wickets of Parthiv Patel and Corey
Anderson to leave the hosts tottering
at 6 for 2, said he did not expect skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to bring
him on again to bowl the 15th over.
‘I have been somebody who, in oneday cricket, has bowled 10 overs in
three spells or in T20 bowled three
overs up front or the last 1-2 overs.
Anand lets Carlsen
off the hook
Shamkir (Azerbaijan), Apr 18 (PTI):
Viswanthan Anand let a golden opportunity slip as he let reigning World
Champion Magnus Carlsen off the
hook and settled for a draw with the
Norwegian in the first round of 2nd
Vugar Gashimov Memorial chess
tournament, here yesterday.
Capitalising on an unforced error by
Carlsen, five-time World Champion
Anand enjoyed a pawn plus position
for a long time but the Norwegian
simply hung on there to salvage an
important half point in the strongest
super tournament of this year.
For Anand, the draw was a positive
result but the Indian wizard must be
wondering what
went wrong
in converting
what looked
like a pawn
plus endgame with
a decent
advantage.
Bolt’s priority is to remain injury-free
me in the lanes that count. When I
am in great shape, I tell you guys, I
worry about nobody.
‘When I am at my best it is definitely
Rohit Sharma
Hamilton loving
champ’s life
Manama, Apr 18:
Lewis Hamilton says he is in the
form of his life and loving every
minute of being a double Formula
One world champion. The word
‘double’ is key for the 30-year-old
Mercedes driver, winner of two out
of three races so far this season and
eight of the last 10.
Asked if he was driving better than
ever, he told British reporters at the
Bahrain Grand Prix: ‘I’d like to think
so. ‘I’ve almost surprised myself that
it’s been strong and building on what
I did last year, and how I’ve been
driving, how I’ve been adapting to
things. I’ve been really happy with it,
really proud generally.’ Hamilton won
his first title with McLaren in 2008,
only his second season in Formula
One, and said the feeling now was
more special.
‘The first one I was so young, and
lots of people have had one (title),
and it’s been a long, long time since
I’ve been number one,’ he said. ‘You
get a kind of extra hop in your walk.
It’s an amazing feeling. ‘When I was
world champion before I didn’t have
that feeling. It was different this time,
this time I’m aware of it,’ added the
30-year-old. ‘It’s exciting. In the past
I didn’t enjoy it, and not that I live
with regret, but that’s something I
would change. Now I’ve the chance
again and I’m enjoying it, enjoying
Lewis Hamilton
the feeling of the hard work I’ve put
in, the hard work my team has put
in.’ Hamilton has a 13 point lead
in the championship over Ferrari’s
Sebastian Vettel and is 17 ahead of
Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg,
who made clear he was upset with
the Briton’s attitude after last weekend’s race in China.
Nadal down plays
chances vs Djokovic
Monte Carlo, Apr 18:
Rafael Nadal insisted on Friday
he was not yet ready to reclaim
his long-held title of king of clay
despite winning through to a semifinal against Novak Djokovic at the
Monte Carlo Masters.
Though he staged a third-set fightback to get past longtime Spanish
rival Davids Ferrer 6-4, 5-7, 6-3,
Nadal still believes he is lacking in
match fitness and confidence
as he recovers from an injuryblighted last season.
But the eight-time champion
in the principality is more
than ready to give it a go
against the top seed as the
pair meet for a record 43rd
time. Nadal has the upper
hand, having won 29 of
the duo’s previous meetings, but even that statistic is not enough to boost
his
enthusiasm.
‘I’m not favourite, that is obvious.
When you play a player that is winning everything like he is doing, it
is always going to be a very tough
match to win,’ he said.
‘Djokovic is playing almost perfect,
he’s doing everything well, winning all the matches with not many
problems.’ Nadal’s only title since
claiming a ninth Roland Garros last
June was at a small Argentine tournament in February. ‘Tomorrow will
be a good match for me. It’s another
chance to be on court, to enjoy the
match, to find again the feelings that
I found today. Then we’ll see what
happens.
‘I love this court and I’m in the
semi-finals again. That’s a very,
very, very positive result for me,
especially the way that I get to that
semi-final. ‘Let’s play the match of
tomorrow, try my best, fighting for
every ball.
‘I hope to be recovered physically because obviously
I am not used to play at
that level of tennis and
that intensity for three
hours in a tough match,
battle, on clay. ‘I don’t
know how I will be physically
tomorrow. I hope to be ready.
‘I have nothing to lose tomorrow, it’s a good tournament
already for me. I did what I
wanted to do here. I am
sure that will help me for
Barcelona, for Madrid, for
the next few weeks.’ Gael Monfils
continued into uncharted territory on
Friday, with the Frenchman crushing Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-3 for a
career-first semi-final at the Monte
Carlo Masters. The flamboyant
Monfils followed up on his surprise
victory against Roger Federer in
the previous round while Bulgarian ninth seed Dimitrov came onto
the clay as just a shadow of the
player who knocked out holder Stan
Wawrinka on Thursday with the loss
of just three games.
in London after returning from a fouryear drug ban and last year recorded
personal best times of 9.77 and 19.68
seconds over the 100m and 200m
respectively.
Bolt’s world records in the events
are 9.58 and 19.19 seconds, both in
2009. Track fans are looking forward
to a potential showdown between the
pair in August’s world championships
Usain Bolt
in Beijing but Bolt gave no hint he
would face Gatlin before then.
‘I don’t know (if that will happen),’ he
said. ‘I think it is early in the season.
I never run from a challenge. For me
that would be fine, it is always good to
compete with your best competitors
to see where you stand.
If it gets to that point... but right now
it is way too early to say.’
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Rio De Janeiro, Apr 18:
Usain Bolt declared himself virtually unbeatable on Friday but
downplayed expectations for 2015,
saying his main priority was staying
injury free ahead of next year’s Rio
de Janeiro Olympics.
The Jamaican world record holder
missed most of 2014 with injury and
American rival Justin Gatlin went
unbeaten in the sprints.
But Bolt said he was not worried
about Gatlin, whom his coach already
has declared no match for the sixtime gold medal winner.
‘He knows exactly what he is doing,
so I don’t doubt anything my coach
says,’ Bolt told reporters in Rio,
where he will compete in a challenge
race on Sunday.‘When it comes to
rivals there are seven people beside
almost impossible to beat me so all I
need to do is be at my best and I’ll be
OK.;’ Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m
champion, finished third behind Bolt
out it looks ugly, but strategy-wise
it was the best way to go forward,’
said Rohit. The MI skipper said the team’s
think tank was
even contemplating playing
untested New
Zealander
Mitchell
McGleanagan in
the next
game.
Mixed Bag
CHENNAI
Pat for Modi
govt by TVS
Motors
Ahmedabad, Apr 18 (PTI):
The Narendra Modi-led government
received appreciation from TVS Motors
Ltd Chairman and Managing Director
Venu Srinivasan, who lauded it for ‘its
transparency in conducting coal and
spectrum auctions’.
‘I can give many instances (about the
NDA government). For example, with
transparency coming in and the entire
solution for clearances, it is much
easier now’. ‘The coal auction showed
the world that India is transparent. The
2G and 3G auction have shown that
India is transparent. A significant deal
of defence aircraft (Rafale’s purchase
in France) was done. Defence was in
a very bad condition,’ Srinivasan said.
‘I think a lot of action is in the pipeline.
I think it would be fair to our Prime Minister and the government to give them
a full two years to mend eight years of
slide before you judge them,’ he said.
Srinivasan spoke to reporters yesterday on the sidelinesof the Tamilnadu
government’s road show in the city for
its forthcoming investors’ meet.
7
Yogendra calls AAP’s
show cause notice a joke
Members from 27 Hindu outfits burnt the effigy of Dravida Kazhagam president K Veeramani for his double
standards on the ‘Thaali’ issue at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai today. BJP national secretary H Raja is present.
Tech incubator at
Hindustan varsity
Samsung Heavy Industries vice-president and CTO Rakesh Varma
speaking at the inauguration of Technology Business Incubator at
Hindustan University, Padur near Chennai yesterday.
NT Bureau
Chennai, Apr 18:
To recognise the entrepreneurial
spirit of the student community
Hindustan University inaugurated
Technology Business Incubator and
Hindustan Entrepreneurship and
Innovation Centre as part of its 30th
annual day celebrations at its campus,
Padur on Friday.
According to a press release, Samsung Heavy Industries vice-president
and CTO Rakesh Varma inaugurated
the technology business incubator
in presence of BHAVINI executive
director K A David and Hindustan
University Chancellor Elizabeth
Verghese.
The technology business incubator is a state-of-the-art facility that
has been set up to help facilitate
and enable startup companies that
SATURDAY
18 APRIL 2015
have been set up by the students
while in college. It will also be open
to corporates who wish to use this
facility to incubate their new ventures
with relative ease. Over 200 students
from the university have registered to
participate in the centre.
Speaking on the occasion, Elizabeth Verghese urged the students to
gain human values while studying in
a campus like Hindustan University
that provides a cordial ambience for
the same. She also urged students to
take up entrepreneurial ambitions as
part of their career options.
As part of the annual day celebrations Hindustan University recognised the staff and students who have
made achievements in various fields.
About 550 students who excelled
in academics received meritorious
awards.
New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI):
Staring at an imminent expulsion
from the party, AAP rebel Yogendra
Yadav today lashed out at the party on
social media for the show cause notice
served on him, terming it as a ‘joke’.
He also questioned how
the media knew the details of
the show cause notice before
he received it and accused
members of the disciplinary
committee of ‘leaking’ it.
Yogendra wondered as to
how the national disciplinary
committee took the step without keeping its Chairman Dinesh Waghela in the loop.He claimed
that in a telephonic conversation
Waghela, who was ‘not in Delhi’, had
told him that the panel is yet to take
up the matter.
‘Last evening I had spoked to Mr
Waghela, the Chair of Disciplinary
Committee. He said he was not in
Delhi and had no idea of a possible
show cause notice to us except from
TV news! As yet, nothing has been
referred to him, he said,’ Yogendra
said in a social media post.
Yogendra said that Wagehla had
promised to look into this ‘violation of
elementary principle of justice’.
He also sought to underline the irony of being
served the notice for ‘leaking’ sensitive information
to the media, saying that
he was apprised about the
notice by the media itself.
Inching closer to the final
swoop on dissidents, AAP
yesterday served showcause notices to four senior leaders
Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand
Kumar and Ajit Jha, who were earlier
expelled from the party echelons.
Yadav also heaped scorn on the other
members of the committee, including
Ashish Khetan and Pankaj Gupta,
asking ‘ever heard of complainants
and witnesses themselves becoming
judges?’.
Normal life hit in K’taka
q Pro-Kannada outfits hold bandh against TN’s opposition to dam construction
Bengaluru, Apr 18 (PTI):
Normal life in the country’s IT capital
and several parts of Karnataka was
crippled today as a 12-hour Statewide
bandh called by pro-Kannada outfits
to protest Tamilnadu’s opposition to
Mekedatu drinking water
project across the river Cauvery,
began.
Bus, auto and taxi services were
badly hit in Bengaluru, causing hardship to commuters, leaving thousands
stranded at many places.
Initial reports said the bandh had
evoked a good response in Bengaluru,
Mysuru, Tumkuru, Mandya and several
other places, where activists of proKannada organisations staged protests.
In Bengaluru, commercial establishments remained closed as also the
shopping malls in support of the bandh,
which the organisers have claimed has
the backing of about 600 to 700 Kannada organisations.
Auto drivers and truck operators and
owners of petrol bunks, hotels, restaurants and the film industry are backing
the bandh.
The dawn-to-dusk bandh is a show
Buses from Tamilnadu
to Karnataka
were stopped as
a precautionary
measure while those
from Bangalore to the
neighbouring State were
halted for the day
Buses bound for Karnataka from Koyambedu were stopped in view of
the bandh in the neighbouring State.
of strength of the people of Karnataka
nataka were stopped following the
against Tamilnadu, Kannada Chaluvali
bandh.
Vatal Paksha President Vatal Nagaraj,
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said
whose Kannada outfit is spearheading
the government is not supporting the
the protest, said.
bandh but the State is determined to go
Buses bound for Tamilnadu from
ahead with the Mekedatu project and
Bengaluru also did not operate, as also
appealed to people to maintain peace.
those proceeding to other parts within
A protest march is being held later in
the State, officials said.
the day from Town Hall in the city which
Also, buses from Tamilnadu to Kar- will culminate at the Freedom Park after
which a delegation will meet the Chief
Minister and submit him a memorandum demanding that the project be
taken up immediately.
Siddaramaiah in his budget speech,
presented on 13 March, has proposed
preparing a detailed project report for
construction of balancing reservoir
on the upstream of Mekedatu across
Cauvery river in Ramanagara district.
He had said Global Expression of
Interest had been invited, and Rs 25
crore provided in the coming fiscal.
Farmers’ bodies in Tamilnadu had
called for State band on 28 March
over the issue to which several state
political parties had expressed their
support.
No more guard of
honour for Minsters
Mumbai, Apr 18:
The Maharashtra government has
decided to discontinue the colonial-era
practice of according police guard of
honour to ministers and top officials
during their district-level visits, terming
it a ‘waste of time and resources’.
The directive will also apply to all
ministers and senior state officials, a
senior official said.
Winless MI seeks
fresh start
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis
has asked the State police to discontinue the practice of giving the guard
of honour in every district, he visits,
‘calling it a waste of time and resources’.
Fadnavis had recently asked for
cuts in security provided to VVIPs
in order to ensure that more personnel were made available for active
policing.
RR, CSK in top
of table clash
Entrepreneur Nalli Kuppusamy and principal of MOP Vaishnav College
for Women Nirmala Prasad at the launch of the book - The Magical
Scroll in Chennai. Author Jeyasree Ravi is also present.
Ahmedabad, Apr 18 (PTI):
IPL table-toppers Rajasthan Royals
will look to extend their four-match
winning streak when they take on an
unbeaten Chennai Super Kings in their
fifth match of the Twenty20 cricket
against Chennai. Corey Anderson was
league, here tomorrow.
pushed to number three but could
Sans injured captain Shane Watson,
make only four runs after he was out
NT Bureau
govern every individual’s life. She
RR have been ably led by Steven
to a horrendous shot.
has chronicled them as 16 golden
Chennai,
Apr
18:
Harbhajan Singh’s promotion, how- Smith in the four matches gone by and
laws into a book.
Jeyasree
Ravi,
a
life
skills
trainer
have managed a clear eight points.
ever, bore fruits as he set the tempo
Present at the launch were enand
founder
of
Sri
Palam
Silk
Sarees,
Two-time champions CSK are not far
for Mumbai to get a competitive score
trepreneur Nalli Kuppusamy and
has
come
up
with
her
maiden
book
behind as the Mahendra Singh Dhoniafter they were three for 12.
founder of Padma Seshadri Bala
titled The Magical Scroll.
led side has also enjoyed a clean run
Simmons, who replaced and injured
Bhavan group of schools Dr (Mrs)
The
book
was
released
at
a
funcFinch, would like to forget his last in- in its three matches.
Y G Parthasarathy, principal of MOP
tion held here recently.
Playing their second match at Motnings against Chennai and grab the
Vaishnav College for Women NirA
press
release
said
that
Jeyasree
era, their adopted home ground, RR
opportunity to cement his place with
mala Prasad and founder of Naturals
had managed to dwell and build
seem to have ticked all the boxes in
some useful knocks.
Spa & Salon C K Kumaravel.
upon the universal laws that help
But amid the woes, there are encour- all the departments with their top-order
batsmen not only coming good in all
aging signs for Mumbai with Sharma,
the matches but also the bowling rising
Harbhajan Singh and Kieron Pollard,
to the challenge.
all match-winners on a given day, in
If Ajinkya Rahane scored a strokeful
great form.
Pollard, especially, has been in dev- 62 in their previous game against SunAfter four straight defeats, Mumbai Indians will be keen to open
astating form and has belted two back- Risers Hyderabad then Smith struck
its accocunt
an unbeaten 79 to complete another
to-back half centuries. The powerful
easy chase against Mumbai Indians.
West Indian hammered huge sixes in
Bengaluru, Apr 18 (PTI):
feats to defending champions Kolkata
The bowling, led by New Zealand
Pushed to the wall after four succes- Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Rajas- his inimitable style against Rajasthan
medium-pacer Tim Southee, has also
than Royals and Chennai Super Kings. and Chennai.
sive defeats, Mumbai Indians would
done well with South African Chris
look to bounce back when they take
Captain Rohit Sharma and his team
Mumbai would also hope to utilise
on a formidable Royal Challengers
would look to start afresh
the resourceful Ambati Ray- Morris, Australia’s James Faulkner
and Indian talent Dhawal Kulkarni
Bangalore in their Indian Premier
tomorrow.
udu, who so far, has not
and Stuart Binny making up a potent
league cricket match here tomorrow.
Mumbai have been
got enough opportunities to
line-up.
Mumbai were in a similar situation
searching for the right comshowcase his batting talent.
even last season, losing all their five
bination at the top of the orThe team has also lived up to its
Another great worry for
matches in the early stage, but roared
der and have tried Sharma,
Mumbai has been their lack- character of backing young Indian talback to form winning almost all games
Aaron Finch, Parthiv Patel
ent with Haryana lad Deepak Hooda
lustre bowling, especially
before bowing out to Chennai in the
and West Indian Lendl Simmaking his presence felt with the bat
main strike bowler Lasith
semifinals.
mons without much success.
against Delhi Daredevils at Feroz
Malinga, who has endured
Mumbai Indians is the only team,
Mumbai tried shuffling their
a pretty ordinary tourna- Shah Kotla in a close game.
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TOMORROW’S
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said the stylish southpaw.
MATCH
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He said that his relationship
Gary Kirsten is still the ‘same’ as it
Rajasthan Royals vs
used to be when the South African
Chennai Super Kings
coached the Indian national team.
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Yuvaraj Singh
BCCI prez wants IPL to focus on CSR too
Jagmohan Dalmiya
KOLKATA:
The BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya on
Friday urged the high-profile Indian Premier
League T20 cricket tournament to provide a
platform to serve humanity by taking up social
welfare programmes.
The lucrative BCCI tournament was in the
eye of storm after the 2013 spot fixing scandal
but the newly-elected Board president said
the IPL involving high-profile international
cricketers can make a difference with significant contribution to the society.
‘IPL is one of the most sought-after sporting
tournaments in the country and it is felt that
there cannot be a better platform than it to
serve humanity by taking up social welfare
programmes,’ Dalmiya said in a statement.
‘Considering the popularity of the IPL and
the fact that it involves the top players of
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4
4
0
0
0
8
Chennai Super Kings
3
3
0
0
0
6
Kolkata Knight Riders
2
1
1
0
0
2
Kings XI Punjab
3
1
2
0
0
2
RCB
2
1
1
0
0
2
Delhi Daredevils
3
1
2
0
0
2
Sunrisers Hyderabad
3
1
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After Test
success, Vijay
targets ODIs, T20s
q Yuvraj not too worried about ‘Most expensive player’ tag
VISAKHAPATNAM:
Making it clear that the ‘Most Expensive Player’ tagline doesn’t create any
pressure on him, out-of-favour India
veteran Yuvraj Singh said that he ‘didn’t
tell anyone to give him’ the money that
he commanded at the Indian Premier
League (IPL) cricket tournament’s auctions earlier this year.
Asked if being paid an unbelievable
Rs 16 crore is creating pressure on
him, Yuvraj was dismissive.
‘Not really. I was sleeping when the
auction was going on. And I didn’t
tell anybody to give me that money.
Whatever money would have given to
me, I would have played IPL,’ Yuvraj
said on the eve of Delhi daredevils’
match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The 33-year-old all-rounder also
didn’t want to entertain thoughts in
the line of whether this would be a
launchpad for his India comeback.
‘I am enjoying my cricket at the
moment and I am not thinking too
Mat
world cricket, it is expected
that by undertaking social
welfare programmes, it
would have high impact. I
am hopeful that it would be
able to make a meaningful
and significant contribution
to society.’
The septuagenarian administrator, who was the president
of the Asian Cricket Council and
Afro-Asian Cricket Co-operation,
also recalled eradication of blindness programme and said IPL
could do something similar.
‘It could be in the lines of similar
programmes which were initiated by
the Asian Cricket Foundation and AfroAsian Cricket Co-operation more than
NEW DELHI:
prais for his batting exploits in the
Murali Vijay was widely praised
styli Indian opener says he equally
Test series Down Under but the stylish
de
enjoys playing in the shorter formats despite
the transition from five-day
31-ye
cricket to T20 being ‘tough’. The 31-year-old
also feels that a regular
spot in the Test side has helped him dev
develop as a cricketer and his next
target is to find a way to play in all three formats. ‘I started my career
thinking I am going to play all three formats and not just Tests. I have finally
managed to get a longish stint with the India
Indian team and that has helped me
as a batsman, especially after being on the sidelines for three to four years.
‘I don’t know when I will get to play in the limited over format next but my
w
aim is to play in all three formats and I am working
towards it,’ Vijay, who is
currently playing for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, told PTI on Friday.
p
Vijay impressed many with his front-foot play
and the way he left the ball
on Australian pitches, but he is now forced to take risks in the IPL.
The same aggressive approach may have led to his dismissal in the
Chennai-bo player says he relishes the
first three games but the Chennai-born
challenge of adjusting to all formats.
an I am confident about my game.
‘The thing is that I am playing well and
So I feel it is only a matter of time be
before I convert those starts. The
format is such that you got to take ri
risks but I am waiting for that one
big knock. As a team, it has been a mixed bag for us so far and
b
now we want to win some back to back
games,’ he said referring to
Kings XI Punjab’s two losses and a win in the competition so far.
h says: ‘It is tough, yes, but as a
On the switch from Test to T20s, he
expectin these things ahead of a tournaprofessional you got to be expecting
ada and whichever tournament you
ment like the IPL. You have to adapt
t get some preparation time. So in
are going to play, you are going to
abo my game and what I can expect
that particular period I think about
to
from the next tournament. It is tough
but I am enjoying it thoroughly.’
Though Vijay has had a decent IPL career with two hundreds to his
Tes specialist, having played the last
name, he is seen more as a Test
of his 14 ODIs almost two years ago and a T20 International more
than four years ago. A return to one-day fold will be tough anyway
with the Indian team having a set opening pair in ODIs. Vijay is fully
aware of the prevailing scenario a
and that is why he said he was not
disappointed after being ignored for the World Cup.
‘Every cricketer wants to play for India in every tournament. I have
been batting well but selection is no
not in my hands. All I can say is that I
will try to keep myself fit and ready fo
for the next World Cup,’ he quipped
when asked about the World Cup sn
snub at the back of a prolific series in
Australia. Before Australia, Vijay also earned
e
plaudits for his performance
serie convincingly, the gritty Tamilnadu
in England. Although India lost both series
batsman was one of the biggest gainers in those six months.
‘If a player gets an opportunity to pl
play for India and he cements his
place in the team, it does a lot of good to his confidence. Since the last
couple of series I have been playing re
regularly. The long wait taught me
a lot of things and the moment I got the opportunity I wanted to use it. I
know how it feels to be on the sidelines for
fo three to four years. Now I just
want to play for India on a consistent basis,’
bas he summed up.
— PTI
Thaman
FROTHY
& FROLICSOME
O
Thaman to
perform live
for a cause
Come Sunday (19 April), music
composer Thaman will perform
live on stage in Chennai. The show
is being organised by Rajasthan
Youth Association for a cause.
Thaman in spite of his busy schedule has managed to find time for
the show. The live-in concert of
Thaman will see people coming in
large numbers besides walk-in by
top celebrities.
Says Vijay Kothari of RYA, ‘This
year, we are planning to bring 1008
children together and entertain them
with a grand musical show at free
of cost. The most happening music
director S S Thaman will amuse the
kids with musical spell. Airtel Super
Singer fame Sakthi and Sai group
would be emblazoning the event
with more musical feast.’
— NT Bureau
Kadhal Kanmani (OKK) begins with a train trudging into
Mumbai. But for all we cared,
it could be a time locomotive from the
past, carrying Mohan and Revathi from
Mani Ratnam’s own Mouna Ragam
to seamlessly transmogrify into Adhi
and Tara (Dulquer Salman and Nithya
Menen) fully imbued with the quintessence of the new-age.
For, OKK, in a sense, is an impish
repackaging of Mouna Ragam where
Mohan and Revathi eventually accept
the institution of marriage after living
together within its ambit for a year but
without in any way having been actual
husband and wife. Here, in an agreeable inversion, Adhi and Tara eventually too embrace marriage after living
together outside of its ambit for around
six months but more or less having
been husband and wife in a modern
sense. In MR it was marriage, slowlyfall-in-love and fun. Here, the order is
verily reversed: fun, slowly-fall-in-love
and marriage,
That is the success of OKK and
strength of Mani Ratnam, the ability
to purvey on a shining, modern platter, trusted and relishable fare that
we all have grown up on. OKK ticks
all the Mani Ratnam boxes (love in
train, intimate romance via words in
the bedroom, bus travel, walk in the
city, search in the rain, songs in the
background) yet at no point you get
a sense of déjà vu. That is because
the screen crackles with a blithe spirit
and the youthful romance of Adhi
and Tara, unabashedly filled with
bodily attraction and frothily flirting
with each other, is a slice of IT-age
ethos in many upscale pockets of our
metropolises.
Mani, as a director, never sits on
judgement on the morals of his protagonists. They are what they are. Here
too, it is no different; the still-contentious theme of live-in relationship does
not get tackled from a moralistic standpoint. It does not go into areas where
it can get tricky and sticky. Instead, he
plays brilliant kaleidoscopic montages
---- thanks in no small measure to the
cinematographer PC Sreeram who is
in brilliant form as he has chiseled out
Mumbai in a relief that fits the moods
and methods of the film ---- from the
life of a high-on-hormones couple that
manage to stop our eyes from looking
for the smudgy edges that could have
been otherwise there.
Perhaps, that is where the film’s
problems also lie. Its dazzle and delights deny us a peep into its emotional
core. It is not as if Mani is incapable
of handling that aspect. The story
of Ganapathy uncle and Maya aunty
(played with admirable restraint by
Prakashraj and a dignified Leela
Samson respectively), who provide
PG accommodation to Adhi and Tara,
has the potential for deeper explorations. But Mani seems uninterested
in that. For, good reason too: Then
the film would have been neither here
nor there. But the film does have an
anti-septic, upscale feel (even the affliction that Maya aunty is down with is
Alzheimer’s that middle class people
in our films never get) with the director
decidedly avoiding déclassé stuff that
might otherwise have been inevitable
in a story of physical live-in relationship
(No mention of matter, item).
After the deemed fiasco of Ravanan
and Kadal, where Mani was certainly out
of his depths in the unchartered terrain
of forests filled with armed bandits or
the slippery slush at the confluence of
seashore and seminary, here he keeps
his touch light. The lines are suffused
with casual humour and are typically
succinct, while the music and songs --- A
R Rahman is in fine fettle ---- which were,
as standalone pieces nothing too great,
work infinitely better in the film.
It also helps that Dulquer, in a
Madhavenesque bubbly spirited
role, is more than adequate while
Nithya Menen, doe-eyed and gaminecharmed, is more than that. In fact,
she is splendid, looking every bit ---- to
use a cliché of the trade --- part of the
role of Tara.
OKK holds no great surprise. But
that does not become a major issue.
Also, a nearly sixty something man has
come up with a film dripping with youthful exuberance is surprise enough.
— NT Bureau
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