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Drugs worth Rs 3 cr
seized at Central
station; 2 held
NT Bureau
Chennai, Feb 21:
Acting on a tip-off, personnel
of the Narcotics Control Bureau
(NCB) arrested two men, who
were attempting to smuggle
drugs valued at Rs three crore at
Central Railway station here this
morning.
According to police sources,
the men reached the city by the
Mumbai-Chennai Express when
officials of the NCB arrested them.
They were found to be carrying
three kg of Methamapetamine.
The drug is reportedly valued at
Rs three crore in the international
market.
The men posing as businessmen
were travelling from Mumbai to
the city.
They are taken for custodial interrogation by the officials.
Mullaiperiyar: Kerala
CM says no to CISF
protection
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 21:
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen
Chandy has reportedly stated that his
State will not allow Central Industrial
Security Force (CISF) to be deployed
at Mullaiperiyar Dam. He said that
Tamilnadu’s demand will not be accepted.
The Supreme Court had Friday issued notice to the Centre seeking its
response on Tamilnadu government’s
plea demanding CISF protection for
the Mullaperiyar dam, which is being
guarded at present by the Kerala
Police.
The apex court bench of Chief
Justice H L Dattu and Justice A K
Sikri sought the Centre’s response
on Tamilnadu’s pleas.
While seeking the Centre’s response for CISF security for Mullaiperiyar dam, the court Friday
allowed Kerala government to
withdraw its application seeking
clarification if it will have to raise
the water-level of dam to 142 feet
even if all the 13 spillway gates of
the dam for the release of excess
water were non-operational.
The apex court by its 7 May verdict
had allowed Tamilnadu to raise the
water level in Mullaperiyar dam from
136 feet to 142 feet.
It had already 2 December, 2014
dismissed the Kerala government’s
plea seeking the review of the 7 May
verdict by which the court had struck
down the 2006 Kerala Act that had
sought to restrict the water-level in
Mullaperiyar dam at 136 feet.
akistan suffered their second consecutive loss as
they were handed a crushing 150-run defeat by the
West Indies who rode on Andre Russell’s all-round show
in a completely one-sided cricket World Cup match.
Russell smashed 42 runs of just 13 balls at the fag
end of West Indies innings, hitting three fours and four
sixes, after half centuries from Denesh Ramdin (51) and
Lendl Simmons (50) to help his side score a challenging
310 for 6 after being put into bat.
He then grabbed three wickets for 33 runs as the West
Indies bundled Pakistan out for 160 in 39 overs to post
a massive win at the Hagley Oval.
Meanwhile, the matchbetween Australia and Bangladesh was today abandoned without a ball being bowled
after persistent heavy rain drenched the Gabba ground
in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Marcia and rendered it unsuitable for the game.
Marcia, a category five storm, had weakened after
slamming into the Queensland coast late Thursday
causing widespread devastation, but its residual effect
caused persistent rain over Brisbane.
The match has been in serious doubt for the past few
days but the organisers had hoped that curtailed game
could be played. Both the team took away one point
each from the no-result Group A fixture. Bangladesh
have lost 18 of their previous 19 one-day international
matches against Australia.
Corporate espionage:
More heads to roll?
q Rajnath warns strict action against culprits q Probe brings out shocking revelations
New Delhi, Feb 21:
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
today assured that those involved in
the sensational corporate espionage
case would not be spared.
Talking to reporters, he said that the
BJP-led NDA government should be
commended for unearthing the scandal in which classified documents,
including an input for upcoming
Finance Minister’s budget speech,
were allegedly stolen and leaked to
corporate houses.
The Minister further assured that
the Delhi Police would thoroughly
investigate the matter and culprits
would be booked.
When asked whether such documents had been leaked during previous governments too, the senior
BJP leader refused to rule out any
Cooperation, Commission
A Reliance ADAG group has said it will ‘fully cooperate’ with the
investigative agencies after one of its executives was arrested in
connection with the sensational corporate espionage scandal.
‘We are not aware of the circumstances in which one of our junior
employees has allegedly been arrested. We will ensure full cooperation
with the investigative agencies. The company adheres to the highest
standards of corporate governance, and does not support any unlawful
practices,’ a Reliance Power spokesperson said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday demanded setting up of a commission to investigate the alleged case of corporate
espionage in a time-bound manner.
such possibility. Five senior executives from top energy firms and two
consultants are among 12 people
arrested in the case so far.
According to Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok
Chand, the arrested company executives were receivers of the stolen
documents, which have been recovered by police teams during raids
from their establishments.
Two energy consultants - Santanu
Modi, Mulayam bhai-bhai
WIN WITH VINAYAKA
Saikia, a former journalist, now running a petro web portal and Prayas
Jain – were arrested last morning
as they were also suspected to be
receivers of the stolen documents.
The Delhi Police had on Thursday
arrested five people - two Petroleum
Ministry employees and three others
- for stealing documents and leaking
them to corporate houses.
Rakesh Kumar, 30, Lalta Prasad,
36 - both brothers and residents of
Delhi, and Raj Kumar Chaubey, 39, a
resident of Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh,
were held red-handed with photocopies
of some secret documents in Shastri
Bhawan on 17 February.
Based on information provided
by them, government employees
Asharam, 58, and Ishwar Singh, 56
were also arrested. They were part
How the crackdown
happened?
The massive crackdown on
corporate espionage in crucial
ministries was the result of a
four-month-long investigation
conducted by the intelligence
agencies at the behest of national security adviser Ajit Doval.
of the multi-tasking staff (MTS) in
Shastri Bhawan. Police said Lalta
Prasad and Rakesh Kumar were on
the payroll of Jain and he used to pay
them Rs 40,000 each per month.
The police complaint said the stolen
documents included inputs for the
forthcoming union budget and a letter
concerning the Prime Minister’s office.
q PM attends SP chief’s family function
Saifai (Etawah), Feb 21 (PTI):
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today
attended the pre-wedding ceremony of
SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s
grandnephew with RJD chief Lalu Yadav’s daughter, an event which saw the
most powerful political families of UP
and Bihar coming together.
Modi, who reached the venue at
10.45 AM along with Uttar Pradesh
Governor Ram Naik, was received
by Lalu and Mulayam at the ‘Tilak
ceremony’ of Mainpuri MP Tej Pratap
Yadav alias Teju with Lalu’s youngest
daughter Raj Laxmi.
Tej Pratap said no politics should
be seen in the Prime Minister’s visit.
There is no politics in his visit. He
was extended an invitation. We are
grateful to him for visiting us and give
his blessings. The opposition to him
is issue based and not the personal,
he said.
Mulayam and Lalu have criticised
Modi many times in the past but all
was forgotten together with the three
leaders happily posing for pictures
and shaking hands.
The Prime Minister, who was
seated between Lalu and Mulayam
posed with family members including
children of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh
Yadav and showered flower petals on
the bridegroom. Modi left the venue
after spending 45 minutes at the
ceremony.
A beaming Lalu said, ‘I am happy
that my daughter’s marriage is a
much talked about affair in the entire
country. Mulayam Singh has not
demanded single paisa (dowry) for
the marriage as our hearts have met.
‘Several prominent leaders including
JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, former
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babulal Gaur, former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad were among those who
reached Saifai to attend the function.
Former UP and Uttrakahand CM,
Narain Dutt Tiwari, former SP leader
Amar Singh, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj
and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav
were also present.
Over 1.25 lakh people have been
invited for the pre-wedding ceremony
in the native village of Mulayam.
Family sources said over 1,00,000
cards have been sent out to relatives,
politicians, journalists, judges and
celebrities from different fields.
Union Ministers, Chief Ministers,
bureaucrats and a string of Bollywood
stars and singers, are in the village for
the ceremony.
Prayers are being conducted at Cricket Vinayakar sannidhi at Mookambikai Amman temple in Anna Nagar
for the victory of India against South Africa in the World Cup match tomorrow.
Photo: M SRINIVASAN
Russell plays gladiator role
q Pak folds up after having the worst start in ODI history
Christchurch, Feb 21 (PTI):
Pakistan suffered their second
consecutive loss as they were
handed a crushing 150-run defeat
by the West Indies who rode on
Andre Russell’s all-round show in a
completely one-sided cricket World
Cup match here today.
Russell smashed 42 runs of just 13
balls at the fag end of West Indies
innings, hitting three fours and four
sixes, after half centuries from Denesh
Ramdin (51) and Lendl Simmons (50)
to help his side score a challenging
310 for 6 after being put into bat.
He then grabbed three wickets
for 33 runs as the West
Indies bundled Pakistan
out for 160 in 39 overs
to post a massive win at
the Hagley Oval.
Pakistan, on the
other hand, dished out
a listless performance in
all departments of the game to
slump to their second defeat in
Tall, small
India confident of
breaking SA jinx
Melbourne, Feb 21 (PTI):
Buoyed by their overwhelming
put down four catches while their of Spain in a tri-series match.
bowlers, except Mohammad Irfan (1
Only Umar Akmal (59), Sohaib victory against arch-rivals Pakistan
for 44) and Shahid Afridi (0 for 48), Maqsood (50) and Shahid Afridi (28) in the opening game, India will aim
bled runs at nearly seven an over could give some resistance against to turn the tables when they meet a
before their batsmen produced the a disciplined bowling display by the formidable South Africa in the cricket
worst ever start to fold up for 160. West Indians. All the remaining eight World Cup, here tomorrow.
Pakistan’s hopes of chasing the Pakistan batsmen failed to touch
While Pakistan failed to buck the trend
stiff target virtually
against the defendended in 3.1 overs
ing champions for
as by then they
the sixth time, Mahad lost four wickhendra Singh DhoBRISBANE: Cyclone Marcia and rendered
ets for just one run
ni’s men will hope
T h e W o r l d C u p m a t c h b e - it unsuitable for the game.
in an unbelievable
that they turn fourth
tween Australia and BanglaBoth the team took away one
show of spineless
time lucky after losd e s h w a s t o d a y a b a n d o n e d point each from the no-result
batting. The loss
ing to South Africa
without a ball being bowled Group A fixture. Bangladesh have
will put Pakistan in
on three previous
a f t e r p e r s i s t e n t h e a v y r a i n lost 18 of their previous 19 onea difficult position
editions at the mega
drenched the Gabba ground day international matches against
to qualify for the
event in 1992, 1999
in the aftermath of Tropical Australia.
knock-out stage
and 2011.
Rain reigns in Aus-B’desh game
Andre Russell
the showpiece tournament. They had
lost to arch-rivals India by 76 runs in
their campaign opener on
15 February.
Opting to field after winning
the toss, Pakistan let
the West Indies off the
hook after reducing them
to 28 for 2 as the Caribbeans
cruised to 310 for 6 by scoring
115 runs in the final 10 overs.
Butter-fingered Pakistan fielders
from seven-team
Group B.
In the process, Pakistan dished out
the worst batting show ever by top
four batsmen of any team in an ODI,
surpassing four wickets for four runs
by Canada against Zimbabwe at Port
double-digit scores.
Pacer Jerome Taylor rocked the
Pakistan top-order by grabbing
three wickets for 15 runs while leftarm spinner Sulieman Benn took
two wickets.
Whether it is Peter Kirsten in ’92,
Jacques Kallis in ‘99 or Kallis and AB
de Villiers in 2011, India have always
found a Proteas batsman, who had
turned out to be a thorn in the flesh
for them.
In all three defeats, India have
batted first and it will interesting to
see what decision Dhoni will take if
he wins the toss. Although a group
league match in this tournament is of
little consequence but the winner of
this game might just go a long way
in clinching the top spot in group B,
considering that the other teams are
just not world beaters. So there are
a few things that will be at stake and
teams have a lot to play for.
As the two teams clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), South
Africa under De Villiers will certainly
start as clear favourites against a
young bunch of bravehearts led by
Dhoni. Player to player, South Africa
seem to possess a far more formidable line-up compared to India, who are
just trying to hit the right rhythm post
Pakistan victory.
While South Africa were a bit
patchy in their 62-run win against
Zimbabwe, JP Duminy and David
Miller’s magnificent late blitz turned
the course after the minnows dominated the better part of the match.
2 SATURDAY
21 FEBRUARY 2015
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around the waterbody to
end dumping of garbage
Corporation’s new plan to decongest roads in Kodambakkam
he Corporation’s proposal to
use space from parks and
OSR (Open Space Reserve) land
for road widening in various parts
of the city was cleared by the
State government last week. And
Kodambakkam is one of the few
zones picked for the purpose by
the civic body in the rst phase.
The decision is part of measures
to ease trafc congestion. The
government order also permitted
the Corporation to enter upon
Central and State
government land
for
road
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all necessary
procedures.
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is set to get permission from a
number of Central government
premises for road widening. ‘Roads
to be widened in the rst phase
T
OSR lands and additional space from parks will be used
for widening roads.
include Nelson Manickam Road,
Arcot Road, Kodambakkam Road,
Jayaraman Street, Mosque Street
etc’, says an ofcial.
‘The government also cleared
the proposal to acquire land from
government institutions where trees
have dominated the landscape for
many years. Land within institutions
and parks on roads will be acquired.
However, the civic body is yet to
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identify alternative sites for new
parks’, says the ofcial.
The Corporation has been asked
to identify an alternative piece of
land in lieu of the space taken on
the roads The width of many of
the roads will be increased to 30.5
metres. The statutory provisions
under which the land will be
acquired will be decided shortly.
— NT Bureau
STAR SPORTS 1
TV TODAY
09:00 PM Nadandhadhu Enna
he
Sembakkam
lake, tonnes of waste daily into the
which reportedly suffered water body that is spread over
due to constant neglect from an area of 104 acres. Residents
authorities concerned,
said that the dumped garbage
is burnt, polluting
is set to get a new
the air in the area.
lease of life. It
is said
About this, the
secretary
of Sri
that a fence
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up around the
Nagar Residents Welfare
waterbody to put
a n Association Ravi said, ‘Thanks
end to dumping
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f to State Minister TKM Chinnaya,
who took the initiative.
garbage.
The front portion of the lake
Earlier, the lake served as
a source of drinking water for was cleaned, before the fence
residents of the surrounding was put up. Itsaid residents.
areas, including Chitlapakkam. Earlier, a section of people here
The Sembakkam Municipality moved the National
Green Tribunal against the
is said to dumps at least 25
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2014 H/ls : 7th ODI
08:00 PM Tri-Nation 2014
(Zim,SA,Aus) H/ls : 6th
ODI: Zimbabwe vs. South
Africa
09:00 PM England Tour of West
Indies 2014 H/ls : 3rd T20
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2014 (UAE) H/ls : 2nd
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2015 H/ls : Pakistan vs.
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AGS Cinemas, INOX National, Abirami Mega Mall,
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dumping of waste into the water
body but
no remedial steps were taken.
The dry lake is being utilised
as a dump yard, without
considering the
hazards
involved,
said
Harishankar, a resident of
Chitlapakkam.
‘The lake should be properly
used
to
rejuvenate
the
groundwater,
but is not happening’.
Many said the toxic fumes
from the burnt waste were
causing
a host of respiratory disorders
among residents.
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CHENNAI
Cricket commentator Sumanth Raman along with members of various
Rotary Clubs at a panel discussion on ‘Cricket Mania - World Cup 2015’
at Hotel Residency Towers, T Nagar in Chennai recently.
‘Aussies have good
chances to lift WC’
q Rotarians hold panel
discussion on cricket mania
NT Bureau
Chennai, Feb 21:
Seven Rotary Clubs celebrated the
beginning of World Cup Cricket 2015
by holding a joint meeting with a panel
discussion on ‘Cricket Mania - World
Cup 2015’ at Hotel Residency Towers,
T Nagar recently.
According to a press release, the
meeting was organised by Rotary
Club of Madras T Nagar jointly with
Rotary Clubs of Guindy, Chennai Towers, Madras Central Aadithya, Chennai
Mambalam, Chennai Infocity & Chennai K K Nagar.
The discussion centered on analysing
the chances of winning the World Cup
by various participating countries. Interesting views were brought out. While all
agreed unanimously that Australia has
good chances, others felt that countries
like India/New Zealand/South Africa
also could strike at the World Cup
with proper planning and motivation.
There was animated discussion on
the strengths and weaknesses of players from the likely winning countries
and a lot of cricket information was
brought out to the full enjoyment of
the audience. The four panelists who
were present on the occasion were
cricket commentator Sumanth Raman,
journalist Sanjay Pinto, former CEO
of Deccan Chargers J Krishnan and
eminent ophthalmologist Mohan Rajan.
President of Rotary Club of Madras
T Nagar Mahaveer Bothra
welcomed all the Rotarians. The
meeting ended with a vote of thanks by
Rotary Club secretary Ramakrishnan.
SATURDAY
21 FEBRUARY 2015
3
BEING POLITICAL
q ‘Youngsters form own opinions on various issues’
NAOMI N
‘Youngsters have access to internet. Social netChennai, Feb 21:
working sites, blogging and tweeting are a new
Five years ago, being political was
form of activism. From sharing personal news,
an option, now being political is the
trend. This has changed the mindset
sites like Facebook is now used to bring down or
of many, especially youngsters in
create new governments’
choosing their candidates.
A Phd scholar in University
candidates who con- sites like Facebook is now used to
of Madras, Michael Valan
tests for elections, I trav- bring down or create new governsays, earlier the head of the
elled 70 kilometers from
ments. Politicians too feel, putting
family could decide whom
the city to my hometown
up pictures and up loading a video
his family members would
just to hit NOTA,’ he
of their speech online is as efvote for, and each housesays.
fective to door
hold had a leaning towards
to door camSocial worker and polia political party.
paign. Even
tician Deepak Raj says,
Now cities like Delhi has
a 13-year-old
youngsters like to break
broken the tradition. It is Michael Valan
can be atrules, with both the husband and
sure, a Delhi type reaction can be
tracted with a
wife working, they tend to form
expected in Chennai too. That’s
viral message
their own opinions on various
because the mentality of the people
on social webissues. They have access to the
are changing. This wave starts from
Deepak Raj
sites,’ he says.
pool of internet knowledge. Social
the cities only.
Advocate and politician E Murge‘People these days want every- networking sites, blogging and
thing to suits their needs and life- tweeting are a new form of activ- san, says while his teenage son
ism. ‘From sharing personal news, follows his foot-steps on framing
style. They have started screening
a political
ideology,
he senses
that in the
coming
days his
son’s affi liation might
change.
‘I have alE Murgesan
ready seen
him writing opinions on Facebook.
This generation is much more
mature and broad minded. I will
welcome his decision because he
seems more knowledgeable and
questioning than me’.
Meanwhile, Deepak warns that
being political is good at a young
age but being cautious is advisory.
There are people employed with
the agenda to tarnish the image
of rival parties and also brainwash
young minds.
Teachers make children
good human beings: Judge
q Jawahar Vidyalaya Kindergarten School celebrates annual day
NT Bureau
Chennai, Feb 21:
Teachers are children’s guide who
make them a good human beings,
only next to their parents, said Senior
Civil Judge at II Metropolitan Court,
Egmore, R Sathya.
Participating at the annual day
celebrations of Jawahar Vidyalaya
Kindergarten School at Mahodaya
Auditorium, Ashok Nagar on Friday,
she said, parents should build a
good rapport with teachers, to make
their children worthy persons. ‘I am
an alumni of this school, and I can
assure you that the teachers here
concentrate more on imbibing moral
values to the children than asking
them to concentrate on academics’,
the Judge said.
The school secretary and correspondent, A S Narayana Rao, wel-
Senior Civil Judge at II Metropolitan Court, Egmore, R Sathya giving
away certificates to meritorious students at the annual day celebrations
of Jawahar Vidyalaya Kindergarten School at Mahodaya Auditorium,
Ashok Nagar in Chennai yesterday. The school principal (Senior
Secondary) Alice Jeevan and KG teacher Latha Raman are present.
comed the gathering and principal,
Alphonsa Jacob, introduced the
chief guest to the audience present
in the hall.
KG teacher Latha Raman presented the annual report highlighting the achievements of the school.
Later, Sathya gave away prizes to
the meritorious students.
The cultural programme began with
an invocation dance by the kindergarten kids. It was followed by an action
packed performance by the Pre KG
children who ‘twisted’, ‘shuffled’ and
‘hopped’ with a musical feat.
The Telugu dance added colour
to the festive occasion celebrating
‘Sankaranthi’. Western dancers synchronized dance movements to the
foot tapping music and enthralled
the audience. The traditional dancedrama ‘Dasavatharam’ in Tamil
marked a befitting finale to the colourful programme.
KG teacher Jayalakshmi proposed
a vote of thanks.
Karunasagar is
new AC for L&O
NT Bureau
Chennai, Feb 21:
The Government has swapped
the postings held by senior police
officers with immediate effect in
which Inspector General of Police
(Modernization), V A Ravikumar has
been posted as the Additional Commissioner of Police Law and Order
(North).
He replaces Karunasagar who
is now transferred and posted as
Inspector General of Police, Modernization held by Ravikumar, an official
release said.
Tamilnadu Minister for Information, Speed Programme Implementation K T Rajenthra Bhalaji interacting
with Vellore District Public Relations Officer M Vijayakumar through video-conferencing from Chennai with
regard to news press releases and advertisements.
Govt making active
use of radio: Rathore
Isha Foundation founder Jadhguru Jaggi Vasudev at the annual
convention of the Madras Management Association in Chennai yesterday.
‘Idea of resurgence
has to be very Indian’
q Jaggi Vasudev takes part in
MMA annual convention
NT Bureau
Chennai, Feb 21:
‘No country can progress following
the western culture of exploiting other
countries and their resources. This
imperialist attitude would only rip
off the planet,’ said Isha Foundation
founder Jadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
Participating at the annual convention of the Madras Management Association on the theme ‘India 2015 the
year of resurgence’ here on Friday,
he said, ‘Our idea of development
is not an imitation of the economic
development of the West.’
Vasudev said that India was in the
threshold of possibilities. But the
tragedy was that 600 million people in
the country were not having enough
to eat. ‘We have to do something
about that. My idea of development is
that everyone is eating well’, he said.
‘Children in Indian villages survive
as half human beings. The problem
was systemic and it would take time
to change. India has the tremendous
capacity to turnaround,’ he added.
Speaking on the occasion, McKinsey and Company (India) managing
director Noshir Kaka said, ‘The
impact of technology on Indian
‘600 million people
in the country are
not having enough
to eat. We have to
do something about
that. My idea of
development is that
everyone is eating well,’
said Jadhguru Jaggi
Vasudev.
economy could be $ 550 billion to
$ 1 trillion annually in 2025 with $
250 billion to $ 550 billion from sized
applications of technology’.
In India, 19 million to 29 million
non-farm workers may need to
reshape their job profile and take
to new jobs. India would have an
opportunity, as the new technology
would create14 million to 16 million
new jobs, he said.
MMA executive director Gp Captain R Vijaykumar and Indian Terrain Fashions Ltd managing director
Venky Rajagopal were among others present.
q Inaugurates AIR transmission Vividh Bharathi in FM 100.5 MHz
Chennai, Feb 21 (PTI):
Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan
Singh Rathore on Friday said his
Ministry was making active use of
radio and social media.
‘To the large population, radio nearly
became defunct but now it has been
rejuvenated with FM transmission.
A new social media wing has been
created to be able to use the power
of social media to the maximum so
that people get to know about their
government,’ Rathore, who was here
to inaugurate the transmission of All
India Radio, Vividh Bharati in FM
100.5 MHz, said. This year’s Republic
Day parade was not only broadcast
on Doordarshan live but also live
streamed on YouTube, he said.
‘The Finance Minister’s first inter-
On Vividh Bharathi, which would be
available in FM and also in MW 383.1 Mtrs,
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said, ‘we
promise the people of Chennai that in 11
months’ time we will enhance the capability of
the transmitter to reach out to farther areas’
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
view after presenting this year’s
budget would be made live again not
only on Doordarshan but also in the
social media,’ he said.
On the status of Digital Radio Mondiale, he said the government was planning to set up 36 DRM transmitters by
July this year.
On Vividh Bharathi, which would be
available in FM and also in MW 383.1
Mtrs, Rathore said, ‘we promise the
people of Chennai that in 11 months’
time we will enhance the capability of
the transmitter to reach out to farther
areas.’
‘In two and a half years time, we will
be able to cover 65 per cent of the
country with FM broadcast from the
present 45 per cent,’ he said.
Rathore also said, ‘the Government
was committed to development of
the country and each of the policies
like Jan Dhan Yojana, Make In India,
focus on strengthening the grass
roots and making the foundation of
the country more stronger.’
‘It might take time but results will
show and once results show, the
entire country, economy and people,
will be able to elevate it to a higher
level from where we are right now,’
the Minister said.
K Jagadishwara Reddy cutting a cake to mark the birthday celebrations
of AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa at Chennapuri Annadana
Samajam, P V Rao High School in Chennai today. AIADMK Member
of Parliament V Maithreyan is also seen. The celebrations were being
organised by Tamilnadu Telugu Yuva Sakthi.
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Budget holds the key
I
t would be incorrect to say that nothing has been done in the
nine months the Modi Government has been in power to push
the pace of economic growth. Therefore, Deepak Parekh, a prominent
banking talking head, ought to have held his horses before criticising
the government for failing to turn things around. A lot of incremental
steps have been taken, though big-bang announcements are definitely
missing. Yet, in the absence of a tangible systemic change in the
way government functions, particularly at the nuts-and-bolts stage,
it is inevitable for the feeling to gain ground that not much has been
done in the last nine months. The real change will come only when
delivery is faster.
Governmental systems everywhere tend to be ossified. Serious
effort is required to break the mould of official behavior. Policymakers can break their heads against the wall of bureaucratic
resistance, which favours status quo over progress. The fact that
Modi does have a very comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha
is counter-balanced, if not cancelled altogether, by the no less
significant fact that he is in a woeful minority in the Rajya Sabha.
Yet, the government has sought to achieve through ordinances what it
could not achieve through the regular parliamentary route. Hopefully,
when Parliament meets next week in the Budget Session, it will give
a better account of itself.
The onus to make the government work also lies with the
Opposition. Notably, a few significant changes in the labour laws
and, more vitally, in the land acquisition laws, have been made by
the Modi Government, which require a parliamentary nod in the
coming session. The ruling party leaders ought to reach out to the
Opposition to seek their cooperation in making laws. Without the
smooth functioning of Parliament, it would be very difficult for the
Modi Government to deliver on its promise of development and
economic growth. The resulting frustration and anger would prove
deleterious for the health of the polity.
Modi might be guilty of raising expectations sky-high, but even
a partial success in implementing the electoral promises would go a
long way in renewing faith in the democratic system. As for Parekh’s
criticism, it should be taken in the right spirit, despite the fact that it
came soon after the government acted against the well-oiled racket
to steal official documents from the petroleum ministry. The latter,
of course, had nothing to do with Parekh’s public expression of
impatience with the functioning of the Modi Government. Indeed,
Parekh being a known well-wisher of the Modi Government, his
views should be sought by ministers so that necessary steps can be
taken to further facilitate the functioning and growth of business and
industry. There is need for growing trust and cooperation between
private industry and business and government. Despite the socialist
era distrust and prejudice against corporate houses, their help needs
to be sought in nation-building. You cannot expect a return to seven
per cent growth by treating corporate czars as sheer exploiters
and money-grubbers. Their money and expertise in expansion of
manufacturing, as also in setting up new infrastructure is crucial for
the success of the Modi Government. In this regard, a lot is riding
on the coming annual budget.
‘Never let the things you want
make you forget what you
have.’ In that note a bright
morning to all of u
Taapsee Pannu @taapsee
If you don’t go after what you want,
you’ll never get it. Don’t ask, answer
is always no. Never step forward,
always be in the same place.
Will Smith @imWilISmith
‘Diet of people is worsening’
LONDON: they ate 17 common foods, drinks
There may be more fruit, vegetables and nutrients including healthy
and healthy options available
choices like fruits, vegetables and
than ever before, but the world
fish and unhealthier alternatives like
is mostly hungry for junk food,
salt, processed meat and sugary
according to a study of eating HEALTH drinks. Experts found that even
habits in nearly 190 countries.
Today though people are eating more
International researchers combed
healthy foods including whole
through more than 320 self-reported grains and fish, there has been an
diet surveys from 1990 to 2010 and even bigger jump in the amount of
looked at how often people said junk food eaten.
VOICE MAIL
Huge loss
Sir
The demise of veteran film personality Rama Naidu has left a big void
in the film industry. Rama Naidu, a filmmaker, who made memorable films
like Ramudu-Bheemudu, Srikrishna Tulabharam and Premnagar, passed
away after a protracted illness.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award recipient had battled cancer for months.
Rama Naidu, who holds the Guinness Book Record for producing maximum number of films in Indian cinema, made a brief foray into politics when
he won the Lok Sabha seat from Bapatla in 1999 on a Telugu Desam Party
(TDP) ticket.
Born into a family of agriculturists in Prakasam district in coastal Andhra
in 1936, Rama Naidu passion for films and made his first film Anuragam in
1963. He went on to make the Telugu superhit Ramudu-Bheemudu with
the late N T Rama Rao.
His film production company Suresh Productions made about 155 films in
15 different languages like Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese,
Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarat, Marathi and Bhojpuri.
His famous Hindi films include the Rajesh Khanna-Hema Malini starrer
Premnagar followed by Dildar, Bandish, Anari, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte
Hain and Prem Qaidi.
DEEPAK, Nungambakkam
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T
hanks to the rapid progress made
in the field of science, interesting
consumer durable goods are making
it to the market, thereby helping a
lay person like me to make humour
columns out of.
Yesterday, I received a press release from a popular white goods
company announcing that it has
launched airconditioners which
“can be controlled from anywhere
in the world through an app on
smartphone”.
I want to ask the researchers of
the company whether it was some
whacky April Fool prank they played,
exactly the kind that gets played
after four or five beers have been
consumed, that got taken seriously
and made it to the design table you
know, not unlike the leave-letters and
laundry list that sometimes make it as
news in publications.
I mean what kind of person would
want to switch on the AC, go out and
start controlling it from outside?
But I can imagine some of the conversations when this AC is actually
purchased and put to use:
Wife: (Over phone) Honey, it is
getting a bit sultry out here and the
chill is uneven, can you switch on the
‘swing’ mode?
Husband: Office wifi is down. Can’t
log into the app.
Wife: In think I’ll go over to Ranjani’s
place. Her husband, bless him, works
CHENNAI
Chill Bill!
in a company where the wifi there is on Google drive and use it as and
never down.
when you need it?
Also This:
I frankly don’t know. But what I think
Boss: Rajesh, what are you doing? I know is these AC manufacturers are
Rajesh: I am getting the presenta- trying way too harder for their own
tion ready for the important client good. Wifi-enabled or app-controlled
meeting.
AC is not what people are looking
Boss: Okay, that can wait. Now for. But what people could certainly
(handing over his mobile) set the do with is an AC that steadfastly
timer on the AC in my son’s bedroom. refuses to start when the monthly
That thing doesn’t
household electricseem to be working.
ity budget is about
Rajesh: But sir, the
to be breached.
client presentation is
In general, what I
already due…
would like to tell all
K BALAKUMAR
Boss: Remember
appliance manufacyour appraisals are
turers is: Don’t put
also due…the papers are with me.
any new features in your machines.
Rajesh: The client anyway is delay- We still haven’t done figuring out the
ing the payments, sir. No harm in features that you have already placed
delaying him, sir.
in our existing appliances.
And This...
For instance, most TVs these days
Woman (lodging a complaint at come with the PIP facility, which
the police station): Officer, I suspect allows for simultaneously catching
somebody has hacked into my mobile two (or even more) channels in a
and is now stalking my AC.
convenient grid on a single screen.
The new app feature is part of the Well, that is its explicit purpose. But
wifi-enabled ACs that the company what happens really is you end up
has launched with fanfare.
messing two (or even more) chanWifi-enabled ACs, everyone will nels on a single screen. The thing
have to agree, is an important devel- is technology may have evolved to
opment if we ever manage to wrap the level of beaming two channels
our heads around what they are sup- simultaneously. But human beings
posed to do.
are still stuck in the unevolved state
Does it help transmit cool, air-con- of being able to catch only one at any
ditioned air over broadband network? given time.
Or perhaps, you can upload cool air
Also --- this is important --- finding
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one channel worthy of watching is
daunting even in the best of times.
Where are we to go for two such
channels?
But by god, these days it doesn’t
stop with technology alone. Things
are getting fancifully complicated
with almost everything. Take your
bathroom tap, for instance. For all
your hot, cold water needs, on the
tap or on the overhead shower or the
hand shower, you are presented with
a grand total of one knob. Yes, you
read that right: just a single lever,
pushing or pulling or turning which
you are supposed to go through your
bathing routine. The level of finesse
and skill needed to operate this knob
is same as the one would expect from
a nuclear submarine captain. No wonder, people are skipping their bath
and body spray sales are booming.
Having said this, I know this is a losing
cause for all of us. Today they have put
wifi on your ACs. Tomorrow, they will
equip your vacuum cleaner with ---- I
don’t know ---- electric shaver.
And one of these days, I may well
be to keying in Crank’s Corner on
the convenient keyboard that they
will doubtless come up with on the
microwave oven.
So, how do you like your weekend
reading to be? Medium or rare?
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[email protected]
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out at Dubai
skyscraper
DUBAI (UAE):
Hundreds of people in Dubai were
evacuated from one of the world’s tallest residential buildings on Saturday
when fire swept through the Torch, a
79-story skyscraper, residents said.
A witness said flames shot out from
two sides of the building as glass and
metal rained down from near the summit of structure, which stands more
330 metres (1,082 feet) tall.
Medics said there were no casualties. At least a dozen fire trucks were
able to extinguish the blaze several
hours after the fire alarm went off
around 2 am local time.
Residents said the fire had been
fanned by high winds. Dubai civil
defense officials did not immediately respond to Reuters requests
for comment and the cause of the fire
remained unclear.
Residents of two other nearby buildings in the emirate’s Marina district,
home to thousands of expatriate professionals, were also evacuated, the
witness said. Dubai is one of seven
emirates that make up the United
Arab Emirates (UAE), a Gulf Arab
trade and investment hub.
EU badly misread
Russia, says Ukraine
Alleges that it ‘sleepwalked’ into the crisis
PARIS:
The UK and the EU have been accused of a ‘catastrophic misreading’
of the mood in the Kremlin in the runup to the crisis in Ukraine. The House
of Lords EU committee claimed
Europe ‘sleepwalked’ into the crisis.
The EU had not realised the depth
of Russian hostility to its plans for
closer relations with Ukraine, it said. It
comes as French President Francois
Hollande and German Chancellor
Angela Merkel spoke about the crisis
at a joint news conference in Paris.
Prime Minister David Cameron said
blame for what had happened in
Ukraine ‘lies absolutely squarely with
Vladimir Putin and Russia’.
Ill-equipped
The committee’s report said Britain had not been ‘active or visible
enough’ in dealing with the situation
in Ukraine. It blamed Foreign Office
cuts, which it said led to fewer Rus-
Ukraine marked the anniversary
of clashes between protesters
and police, in which about 100
people died.
sian experts working there, and less
emphasis on analysis.
A similar decline in EU foreign ministries had left them ill-equipped to
formulate an ‘authoritative response’
to the crisis, it said. The report claimed
that for too long the EU’s relationship
with Moscow had been based on the
‘optimistic premise’ that Russia was on
‘India, US to advance
bilateral relations’
WASHINGTON:
US National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Foriegn Secretary S
Jaishankar has agreed to sustain the
momentum of bilateral relationship
between the two countries, generated after the recent visit to India by
President Barack Obama, the White
House has said.
Rice congratulated Jaishankar on
his recent promotion and affirmed
that she looks forward to working with
him to further advance the Indo-US
relationship, the White House said
yesterday. This was Jaishankar’s
first meeting with Rice after he was
elevated to the post of Foreign Secretary from the IndianAmbassador to
the US. They agreed to sustain the
momentum generated by the President’s visit to India for Republic Day
and to follow up on key issues, including implementation of civil nuclear
This is Jaishankar’s first meeting with
Rice after he was elevated to the post
of Foreign Secretary from the Indian
Ambassador to the US
NEWS MAKER
of the day
S Jaishankar
cooperation and clean energy and
climate cooperation, said Bernadette
Meehan, Spokesperson of National
Security Council.
They also exchanged views on
regional events and agreed that the
United States and India will engage
in more frequent and deeper consultations on global and multilateral
issues, Meehan said.
Unrest in Ukraine’s
peninsula of Crimea
led to its annexation
by Russia - which is
accused by the West of
stoking further conflict
between pro-Russian
separatists and
Ukrainian forces in the
east of the country
a trajectory to becoming a democratic
country. The result, it said, was a failure to appreciate the depth of Russian
hostility when the EU opened talks
aimed at establishing an ‘association
agreement’ with Ukraine in 2013.
New vehicle
merges airplane,
quadcopter & car
WASHINGTON:
A US-based start-up is developing
a five-passenger ‘flying car’-type
vehicle that requires no runway to
take off.
Arizonab a s e d
Krossblade
has created the concept of the
SkyCruiser - an electric hybrid aircraft
that not only switches between being
an airplane and a quadcopter, but can
be driven on the road as well.
While the vehicle SkyCruiser is
still in development, the company
is bringing the technology in a
functioning miniature prototype
dubbed the ‘SkyProwler’.
Like a quadcopter, the SkyProwler
has four horizontal propellers that
allow it to perform vertical take-offs
and landings, and to hover in mid-air.
‘Vertical Take-Off and Landing
(VTOL) enables aircraft to operate
from virtually any environment. No
runway is required.
Enterprise
CHENNAI
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21 FEBRUARY 2015
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Attention attrition
BUILDING BLOCKS
q RBI asks banks to get ready to lose people
Principal Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development,
Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, actress Suhasini Maniratnam and others at
the inaugural of Fairpro, an exhibition by CREDAI, in Chennai Friday.
Mumbai, Feb 21 (PTI):
With the banking sector being
thrown open to niche as well as more
private players, RBI Deputy Governor R Gandhi on Friday warned the
industry to brace for higher attrition.
‘We have been telling banks to
expect people to hop from one institution to another. Old method of
developing a cadre and expecting
them to continue with you for life is
going to change. Attrition is going to
be the norm’, Gandhi said.
Addressing a seminar organised
by the Sebi-managed National Institute for Securities Markets, at its
upcoming campus at Patal Ganga
near here, Gandhi said he foresees
the demand for high specialisation
rising in the banking space.
Tax evasion: SEBI
cracks the whip
Mumbai, Feb 21 (PTI):
In a fresh clampdown on entities
misusing stock markets for evading
taxes, watchdog SEBI on Friday
imposed trading restrictions on 33
entities and suspended trading in
one listed company, which have been
found to have made undue gains of
over Rs 1,800 crore.
While 24 entities have been barred
from the entire capital markets, nine
others have been restrained from
trading in the shares of Kamalakshi
Finance Corp Ltd. The trading has
also been suspended in its shares
till further orders.
This is the fourth such order by
SEBI against misuse of stock market
framework for evasion of taxes in
recent weeks. Together, the regulator
has suspended trading in 27 companies so far in such cases, wherein
the manipulators are estimated to
have made cumulative undue gains
of about Rs 2,500 crore.
Those having faced action so far
include promoters and top executives
of many listed companies.
In the latest case, SEBI found that
the entities were trading in the scrip
of Kamalakshi above the Last Traded
Price (LTP) and their trades resulted
into artificial increase in price.
‘Thus, these group of entities prima
facie manipulated the price of the
scrip during the examination period
rise in the price of the shares of
Kamalakshi Finance Corp on BSE,
Sebi had conducted a preliminary
inquiry in the dealings in the scrip
of the firm during the period from
15 January to 26 December 2014.
It was noticed that during the
examination period, the price of
the scrip of the company rose from
Rs 10.20 to Rs 489 an increase of
4,694 per cent (48 times) in 150
trading days.
During the entire examination period, the total traded volume in the
firm was only 1,385 shares as against
total 2.84 crore subscribed shares.
Accordingly, SEBI has barred
Kamalakshi Finance Corp, its 24
other entites including the company’s
promoters and directors from accessing the securities market and buying,
selling or dealing in securities, either
directly or indirectly, in any manner,
till further directions.
‘Strong govt doesn’t move
always in right direction’
Goa, Feb 21 (PTI):
Citing Hitler’s example,
RBI Governor Raghuram
Rajan on Friday cautioned
that a strong government
may not always move in
the right direction, while
suggesting a middle path
between unchecked powers to the administration
and a ‘complete paralysis’.
Giving a lecture on ‘Democracy, Inclusion and
Prosperity’ here, Rajan
said India has strong institutions like the judiciary,
the Opposition, media and
NGOs, but the government
and regulatory capabilities
need to be strengthened.
At the same time, the
country would have to
resist the ‘temptation to
implant layers and layers of
checks and balances even
before the capacity has
taken root’, he said.
‘We must choose a happy
medium between giving
the administration un-
Raghuram Rajan
checked power and creating complete paralysis,
recognizing that our task is
different from the one that
confronted the West when
it developed, or even the
task faced by other Asian
economies’, Rajan said.
While stating that a strong
government should be
led by those who have
expertise, motivation and
integrity and can provide
the needed public goods,
Rajan warned that ‘strong
governments, may not,
however, move in the right
direction’.
‘Hitler provided Germany
Micromax to come up
with Rs 500 crore plant
Jaipur, Feb 21 (PTI):
A Rs 500 crore Micromax manufacturing plant
is all set to come up in
Rajashtan`s Alwar district
following the signing of an
MoU between the state
government and Bhagwati Products Ltd. here on
Friday.
Spread across 25 acres,
it would be the second
manufacturing plant in the
country by Bhagwati Products Ltd. for production of
mobile handsets, LED TVs,
LED Lights etc. for Micro-
max Brand.It will be set up
at Karoli near Bhiwadi town,
about 200 km from here.
The memorandum of
understanding (MoU) for
the plant was signed by
Rajesh Agarwal, chairman of Bhagwati Products
Ltd. and co-founder of the
Micromax Informatics Ltd.,
and Veenu Gupta, principal secretary industries,
Rajasthan and managing
director, Rajasthan State
Industrial Development
and Investment Corporation (RIICO) Ltd.
with an extremely effective administration -- the
trains ran on time, as did
the trains during our own
Emergency in 1975-77.
‘His was a strong government, but Hitler took
Germany efficiently and
determinedly on a path to
ruin, overriding the rule of
law and dispensing with
elections.
‘It is not sufficient that the
trains run on time, they
have to go in the right direction at the desired time’, the
RBI Governor said.
The economic inclusion,
he added, should mean
easing access to quality
education, nutrition, healthcare, finance and markets
to all citizens for ensuring
sustainable growth.
He further said that in
many areas of government
and regulation the country
needs more specialists
with domain knowledge
and experience.
Central Bank
to raise
Rs 1,617 crore
New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI):
Central Bank on Friday
said that it will raise capital of Rs 1,617 crore by
issuing equity shares to
government on a preferential basis.
The additional capital will
be raised by ‘conversion
of entire Perpetual NonCumulative Preference
Shares (PNCPS) of Rs
1,617 held by Government
of India (GOI), into equity
shares to be issued and
allotted to GOI on Preferential Basis,’ the bank said.
‘It is going to be expertise-driven
and niche. When expertise, knowledge and specialisation are in high
demand, people will be hopping
jobs’, he said.
However, he said RBI doesn’t
have latest attrition levels in but
added that it foresees a spike in
demand for experienced hands with
more new banks come up.
On infl ation, which rose to 5.11
per cent in January, a tad above 5
percent target set by RBI for 2016,
Gandhi expressed confidence that
low inflation will continue. ‘We are
definitely going to have a low and
stable inflation climate that will lead
to low interest rate regime’.
He said that when low interest
rate regime stays for long it leads
to higher investor appetite. This
spawns various new financial instru-
New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI):
State-owned Coal India (CIL) on
Friday said it is gearing up to invest
about Rs 6,000 crore towards capital
expenditure in the next fiscal and
an equal amount on augmenting
other infrastructure, including rail
connectivity.
The announcement comes at a
time when the company has a target
to achieve an output of one billion
tonnes by 2019-20.
‘CIL and its subsidiaries are proposing to invest around Rs 6,000 crore in
2015-16 towards capital expenditure’,
Coal India said in a filing to BSE.
Further, an amount of around Rs
6,000 crore has been earmarked by
CIL for railway and other infrastructure development for 2015-16, the
company said.
The capex for entire infrastructure
in Coal India for 2015-16 is close to
Rs 12,000 crore, Coal India CMD
Coal India CMD S Bhattacharaya
told reporters here.
He said that annually Rs 6,000
crore would be spent on mining
and the remaining Rs 6,000 on rail
infrastructure and other related work.
CIL also unveiled its roadmap, of
strategies to be adopted, to attain
the one billion tone coal production
by 2019-20.
With the projected coal demand of
the country hovering around 1,200
million tonnes (MTs) by 2019-20, at
an envisaged growth rate of 7 per
cent, CIL is expected to chip in one
billion tonnes, of which, 908 million
tonnes is the expected contribution
from the identified projects, he said.
‘The process of identification of
projects to share the balance quantity, to top up the 1 billion tonne mark,
is also underway’, Bhattacharaya
said.
The two CIL subsidiaries---Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd and South Eastern
Coalfields Ltd (SECL) are expected
to play a pivotal role in its quest of
attaining the one BT production with
250 million tonnes and 240 million
tonnes respectively, he said.
In the biggest ever disinvestment
exercise, the government in January
sold 10 per cent stake in Coal India
for about Rs 22,600 crore.
The world’s largest coal producer is
betting on timely completion of three
critical railway lines and timely land
acquisition and green clearances
to boost output. To overcome the
hurdle of coal evacuation, CIL had
decided to purchase 2,000 railway
wagons from its own kitty for which
specific funds had been earmarked.
The coordination with Railways for
implementation has already been
initiated. In a move to synergise
its efforts, SECL already has two
Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs)
with state governments to develop
rail network including last mile connectivity, involving Railways.
New team at SIRC of ICAI
NT Bureau
Chartered Accountants’ Students
Association (SICASA).
Chennai, Feb 21:
A press release said the Southern
The 213th meeting of the Southern
India Regional Council, is the secIndia Regional Council of the Institute
ond largest Regional Council of the
of Chartered Accountants of India
Institute of Chartered Accountants
(SIRC of ICAI) held here Thursday.
of India (an autonomous body set
At the meeting Aruloli P Ramalinup under an Act of Parliament) to
gam was elected as chairman, Jose
serve the members and students
V X as vice-chairman, Phalguna
Kumar E as secretary and Sekkizhar Aruloli P Ramalingam in Southern region. It has in its fold
36 branches spread over the States of
B as treasurer.
Adusumilli Venkateswara Rao has been Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,
Kerala and Puducherry.
nominated as chairman of Southern India
SALZER ELECTRONICS LIMITED
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE
AT MADRAS
Samichettipalayam, Jothipuram, Coimbatore – 641047
(Testamentary and Intestate Jurisdiction)
Notice is hereby given that the Company has received requests from the following share!!
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Folio
No.
SA003687
Name of the
Shareholder(s)
ments, products and services that
again increase demand for more
expert hands in the market.
When asked about allowing banks
to convert debt into equities in highly
leveraged and troubled companies,
which the Governor had announced
on the last policy day, he said the
RBI is in discussions with the Sebi
for the details.
‘Recently, in the Companies Act
also there was some tweaking to
help this out. So we will finalise
with the Sebi. We are discussing
with Sebi on the pricing part in
particular. Sebi has its own rules
and the responsibilities to protect
minority shareholders’ interest visa-vis bankers’ own requirement’,
he said.
Coal India to spend
Rs 12,000 for capex, infra
In the latest case, SEBI
found that the entities
were trading in the scrip of
Kamalakshi above the Last
Traded Price (LTP) and
their trades resulted into
artificial increase in price.
(15 January to 26 December, 2014),’
Sebi said in an order.
The market regulator noted that
entities had ‘the intention of using
securities market system to artificially
increase volume and price of the
scrip for creating bogus non taxable
(i.e. LTCG) profits.’
‘Unless prevented they may use
the stock exchange mechanism in
the same manner...for the purposes
of their dubious plans as prima facie
found in this case,’ SEBI said.
SEBI also noted in the order the
artifice employed in this case, ‘apart
from being a possible case of tax
evasion, which could be seen by the
concerned law enforcement agencies
separately, is prima facie also a fraud
on the securities market in as much
as it involves manipulative transactions in securities and misuse of the
securities market.’
Pursuant to detection of a huge
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a cadre and expecting them
to continue with you for life
is going to change. Attrition
is going to be the norm
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Distinctive
Nos.
No. of
Shares
11231-11330
200
1321561-1321660
Any objection to the issue of duplicate Share Certificates as stated Above should
be intimated to the Company’s Registered Office within 15 days from the date of
release of this advertisement. The Company will proceed to issue such duplicates,
if no objection received.
DATE : 21/02/2015
PLACE : CHENNAI
S BASKARA SUBRAMANIAN
DIRECTOR CUM COMPANY SECRETARY
PUBLIC NOTICE
PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that the
Shareholders of our company, viz., ABIShowatech (India) Limited (Company),
have, at their meeting held on 13th
February 2015, unanimously passed
necessary resolutions to convert the
company from its present status of a
“Public Limited Company” to that of a
“Private Limited Company”. The Company
with the Registrar of Companies, Shastri
Bhavan, No.26, Haddows Road, Chennai
– 600 034, seeking their approval in this
regard.
If any person has any objection,
whatsoever to the said conversion in the
status of our Company, they may inform
the same in writing, to the Registrar
of Companies, Shastri Bhavan, No.26,
Haddows Road, Chennai – 600 034, with
a copy marked to our company, within a
period of three (3) weeks from the date of
publication of this notice. If no objections
are received within the aforementioned
period, it will be presumed that there
are no objections, whatsoever, to such
conversion.
Dated at Chennai this 21st day of February
2015.
R. Srikanth
Managing Director
ABI-Showatech (India) Limited
R.A. Puram, Chennai – 600 028
My client D.Baskaran s/o Dhakshanamoorthy
residing at Door No.5 plot No.15, Sabari
Street, Periyar Nagar, Nesapakkam, K.K.Nagar
west, Chennai-600078 is the power of
attorney comprised in survey No.31, situated
in Chengalpattu District, Kattankulathur
Panchayat, Gudalore Village, Nehru Nagar
measuring to an extent of 3663 sqft, Plot
No.74 and 75.
It is represented by my client that the original
of Document (i) Deed of sale in document no.
1650/1994 dated 13.07.1994 was executed by
Rajesh Kumar, Kanthilal Bora, Mahavir Chand
Bora, Surendre Kanna all are represented
by their Power of Attorney Mr.Fatehchand
executed in favour of S.Murugeshan
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II, Chengalpattu documents have been lost or
misplaced .In case if anyone possesses the
above said original deed or anyone has any
claim or interest of whatsoever nature of the
above said property he/she is requested to
contact me within 15 days from the date from
the date of this publication otherwise it will be
strictly presumed that no one has any claim or
interest over the aforesaid property.
K.SIVARAJAN. ML.,
No.187,Natesan Nagar, 3rd main road,
Virugambakkam,Chennai.6Q0092
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O.P.No. 155 of 2014
In the matter of the Indian
Succession Act XXXIX of 1925
And
In the matter of Last Will &
Testament of K.Manavala Chetty
(Deceased)
K. Ramanujam,
S/ o. Late K. Alwar Chetty,
No.9, Thirumalai Lane,
Peddunaicken Street,
Chennai-600 003.
...Petitioner
Vs.
1. Mrs. C. Samanthakam,
W/o.C.Seshayya,
No. 66, Krishnappa Naicken Tank
Stree, Kondithope, Chennai-600 003.
2. Mrs. D. S. Sriranga,
W/o. D.V.Sekar,
No.9, Thirumalai Lane,
Peddunaicken Sereet,
Park Town, Chennai-600 003.
...Respondents.
All Person Claims to have any interest
in the estate of the above named Mr.
K. Manavala Chetty (Deceased) who
was residing at No.9, Thirumalai
Lane, Peddunaicken Street, Chennai
-600 003, and died on 01.04.1990
are hereby cited to come see the
proceedings before the Learned
Master sitting in the Original Side
of High Court of Judicature at
Madras on 12.03.2015 at 10.30
A.M. and file their objections, if they
think fit before the grant Letters of
Administration.
Dated at Chennai on this the 18th day
of February, 2015.
Assistant Registrar-I,
Original Side,
High Court of Judicature
At Madras 104
M/s.BENOY AUGUSTINE and
S.ANILSANDEEP
Advocate,
No. 909 / 210, C, Natrajan Street,
Selaiyur, Chennai-600 073.
Apple slapped
with lawsuit for
poaching
Washington, Feb 21:
Electric car battery maker A123
Systems has reportedly filed a
lawsuit against Apple for poaching at least five of its employees
in order to start a large scale
battery division of its own.
According to PC World, the
company said in a suit filed
against
Apple that Apple ‘embarked on an
aggressive
campaign’
to poach
employees
from A123
to set up a
battery division in June
last year.
In the lawsuit, the company
has named Apple and five A123
engineers.
The company has alleged that
Apple also targeted employees
with experience in the battery
business at LG Electronics,
Samsung Electronics, Panasonic, Toshiba, automotive equipment manufacturer Johnson
Controls and silicon-graphene
battery specialist SiNode, the
report added.
BUTTERFLY GANDHIMATHI APPLIANCES LTD
E-34, Sucons Oki Info Park, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Navalur - 603 103,
Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu
Notice is hereby given that the Company has received requests from the
following shareholders for issue of duplicate Share Certificates in lieu of the
original ones reported lost:
Folio
Name of the
Share
Distinctive
No. of
No.
Shareholder(s)
Cert. No.
Nos.
Shares
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KANTILAL G SHAH
16662-16663 3285278200
3285477
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be intimated to the Company’s Registered Office within 15 days from the date
of release of this advertisement. The Company will proceed to issue such duplicates, if no objection received.
DATE : 20/02/2015
D.Krishnamurthy
PLACE : CHENNAI
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CUM COMPANY SECRETARY
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUDICATURE
AT MADRAS
(Testamentary and Intestate Jurisdiction)
O.P.No. 854 / 2013
In the matter of the Indian Succession
Act of XXXIX of 1925
And
$
%
of the Last Will and Testament
of S. Dhatchayani, Deceased
1. S. VAISHNAVI
2. S. DHANASHREE
D/o. C.R. Suresh
No.34/2, Santhosh Garden,
Mogappair East,
Chennai - 600 037.
...Petitioner
Vs.
1. Mrs. S. RAJALAKSHMI
W/o. C.R. Suresh
2. S. RAJKUMAR
3. S. RAVIKUMAR
S/o. Late. Sampath Kumar
Old No.6, New No.130, Ponnappar
Naicker Street, (Adjacent to
Sundaravalli Ammiyar School)
Lakshmipuram, Chromepet,
Thiruneermalai Village,
Chennai - 600 044.
...Respondents
All the persons claiming to have
any interest in the estate of the
above named S. Dhatchayani who
was residing at 14, Egappa Naicken
Street, Chennai - 600 021 and died
on 11/11/2010 are hereby cited to
come and see the proceeding before
the MASTER sitting in the original side
of High Court of Judicature at Madras
on 06/03/ 2015 at 10.30 a.m. and filed
their objection, if they think fit before
the grant of Letters of Administration.
Dated at Chennai this 25th day of
January, 2015.
Assistant Registrar,
Original Side-1,
High Court of Judicature
At Madras, Chennai-600 104
Mrs. SARALA CHIDAMBARAM
Advocate,
No.282, New Law Chambers,
High Court Buildings,
Chennai - 600 104.
TO,
G. SUBAJA
OLD NO.28, NEW NO.13,
GANGAI NAGAR, THIRUVOTTIYUR,
VELLAIYAN CHETTIAR HR SECONDARY SCHOOL,
CHENNAI – 600019
AND ALSO AT
NO.136/5, SRIKANTAIAH,
L/O, 15TH CROSS, NAGAVARAPALYA,
C V RAMA NAGAR, BANGALORE - 560092
… 1ST DEFENDANT
PRATHEEBHA
D/O. LATE M PURUSHOTHAMAN
OLD NO.28, NEW NO.13,
GANGAI NAGAR, THIRUVOTTIYUR,
VELLAIYAN CHETTIAR HR SECONDARY SCHOOL,
CHENNAI – 600019
(LEGAL HEIR OF THE DECEASED LATE
M. PURUSHOTHAMAN)
…2ND DEFENDANT
IN THE COURT OF DEBTS RECOVERY
TRIBUNAL III AT CHENNAI
(770A, 5TH FLOOR, SPENCER TOWERS, ANNA
SALAI, CHENNAI - 600002)
O. A. No. 29 Of 2015
Hdfc bank limited…. Applicant
Vs
G. Subaja and another
…defendants
Sir
The applicant had filed an application in
o.A.No.29 Of 2015 before the hon’ble debt
recovery tribunal iii, chennai for an amount
of rs.16,80,521.32P (rupees sixteen lakhs
eighty thousand five hundred and twenty
one and paisa thirty two only) as on
16.07.2014 Which is due and payable by
1st defendant and late mr. Purushothaman
in loan against property account 80262571
in consistence with the loan agreement.
The said matter was posted for hearing on
17.02.2015 Before the registrar of hon’ble
debt recovery tribunal iii, chennai and
after hearing the application the registrar
was pleased to order private notice/paper
publication to you on the above subject.
The said application stands posted
on 16.03.2015. Hence you are hereby
requested to appear either in person or
through your pleader on the hearing date
i.E., 16.03.2015 At 11:00 am, failing which
the matter may be decided in your absence.
T. K. M. Sai krishnan
Counsel for applicant
19.02.2015
Place: chennai
6 SATURDAY
21 FEBRUARY 2015
Sports
CHENNAI
Hopes abound for Zimbabwe
Improved showing raises hopes of quarterfinal spot
Melbourne, Feb 21:
Almost two decades have passed
since the glory days of Zimbabwe
cricket and while the current crop of
players lack the class of their predecessors, a promising start to their
World Cup campaign will raise hopes
of a quarterfinal berth.
Zimbabwe struggled after being
granted test status in 1992 but had
emerged as a force by the end of
the decade with batsmen Grant and
Andy Flower, David Houghton and
all-rounders Heath Streak, Paul
Strang and Andy Blignaut driving
them forward.
In one-day cricket, the high point
came with a fifth-place finish at the
1999 World Cup, missing out on a
semi-final berth due to an inferior
run rate, before the early stages of
decline set in at the turn of the millennium.
The politicisation of the sport, in-
Things are looking up for Zimbabwe in this World Cup.
cluding selection policy, hampered
the side’s progress and an exodus of
leading players along with a suspension of test matches sent the team
into a downward spiral that it is still
struggling to arrest.
Currently 10th in the ODI rankings,
Young upsets
Dolgopolov
Delray Beach, Feb 21:
Donald Young upset third-seeded
Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine
2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Delray Beach
Open on Friday to reach back-to-back
ATP Tour semifinals for the first time
in his career.
On his sixth match point, the
25-year-old American finally put
away Dolgopolov with a winner on a
backhand volley.
Young struggled early, at one point
cursing and throwing his racket in
frustration.
‘I didn’t start off the way I wanted to,’
Young said. ‘But then I just decided
to go out swinging or I knew I’d be on
a plane going home.’
Young will face Australia’s Bernard
Tomic for a spot in his first career
ATP final. The two also played in the
quarterfinals in Memphis last week, a
2-hour, 14-minute affair that Young
won 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 7-5.
Tomic beat 19-year-old qualifier
Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan
6-3, 6-1. The 22-yearold Australian saved all
seven break points he
faced.
Fifth-seeded Adrian
Mannarino of France
also advanced, beating
Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun
3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Playing in temperatures in the
mid-50s, Mannarino won 12
of 13 games
after losing the
first game in
the second set.
In January, he
was lost to Jiri
Vesely in the final
in Auckland, New
Zealand.
In the final quar-
terfinal, fourth-seeded Ivo Karlovic of
Croatia survived two brief rain delays
and a late surge by seventh-seeded
Steve Johnson of the United States to
advance 6-2, 7-6 (7-4.) The 35-yearold Karlovic hit 17 aces and saved
two set points on his serve at 5-6 in
the second set.
The 6-foot-11 Karlovic has not yet
been broken this week and has only
dropped his serve four times in 12
matches this year. He will face Mannarino for a spot in his 13th career
ATP final.
A decade ago, Young was the
world’s top-ranked junior, but he has
struggled to fulfill that promise on the
pro tour.
Young had five chances to
win the match on Dolgopolov’s serve in the final
set. Dolgopolov saved
all of them, and he
won the first two points
against Young’s serve
in the next game. Young
then won four straight
points to close out the
victory.
After earning a
career-high ranking of No. 38 in
early 2012, Young
lost 17 matches in
a row over a span
of six months, sinking to No. 190 by
the end of that
year. In 2013, he
hired a sports
psychologist to
supplement the
coaching of his
parents, Donald Sr. and Illona.
He will move
back into the
top 50 with
the win.
Donald Young
C ity S port s
Zimbabwe slumped to a 5-0 defeat
in a one-day series in Bangladesh
towards the end of last year and
arrived for the tournament being cohosted by New Zealand and Australia
short of form and victories.
However, the appointment of 1996
liams and skipper Elton Chigumbura.
All have played a part so far as the
Zimbabweans pushed South Africa
hard before succumbing to a late
collapse but followed that up
with an accomplished chase
of a challenging total against
UAE in their second match.
Masakadza, making his
World Cup debut almost 14
years after his first Test as a
17-year-old, scored a blistering
80 against the Proteas, while
Taylor and Ervine shone in key partnerships with Williams (76 not out) as
Zimbabwe overhauled UAE with two
overs to spare.
The turnaround in form does not
come as a surprise to Chigumbura,
who felt the conditions in the disappointing tour of Bangladesh did not
suit a side he knew were set up to
play better New Zealand and Australian pitches.
Jaipur, Feb 21:
The business end of the Ranji
Trophy season 2014-'15 has been
reached and four teams remain in the
hunt for the top prize. Multiple winners
Mumbai, who recovered from a bad
start, crushed Delhi to set up a clash
with defending champs Karnataka
while Tamilnadu sailed through by
virtue of their 144-run first innings
lead over Vidarbha to earn a crack at
Maharashtra.
Vidarbha, who were totally outplayed by Tamilnadu, were
left with a nearly impossible victory
target of 411 runs on the final day of
the match. They were reeling at 142
for 8 in their second essay when umpires called off the match after taking
consent of both the captains.
The Abhinav Mukund-led team has
gone from strength after a disastrous
start with a loss to Karnataka and a
few draws. The win against Jammu &
Kashmir sort of turned things around
and they have since been a confident
outfit.
Smith in awe of
India’s batting might
Melbourne, Feb 21 (PTI):
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith said Mahendra Singh
Dhoni’s team would back itself
to chase down any target, and
billed the upcoming cricket
World Cup tie against the
Men in Blue as a contest
between the Proteas bowling attack and Indian batting
line-up.
Defending champions India
lock horns with South Africa in a
high-voltage match at the Melbourne
Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Halep’s fightback
stops Wozniacki
Simona Halep
Dubai, Feb 21:
Simona Halep, the
top-seeded Romanian who
looked in danger of a semifinal exit, produced a marvellous recovery to reach the final
o f the Dubai Open, coming from
a set down to overcome Denmark’s
Caroline Wozniacki. Halep struck the
ball with increasing flair and vigour
against an opponent who won the
title and played five semi-finals here,
and once she had found her rhythm
and timing she proved unstoppable
as she accelerated to an impressive
2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win.
Former world number one Wozniacki, responded positively to the
stream of fine ground strokes which
increasingly penetrated her mobile
defences, trying to take the attack
to her gifted opponent in the final
set, and creating some fine rallies.
Wozniacki had struggled hard with a
virus all week, and probably exceeded
expectations in surviving so long, later
explaining that the ‘air of the balloon
just kind of went off.’
Chess tourney
NT Bureau
Tamilnadu
Sports Minister
S Sundararaj at the
inauguration of the allIndia Civil Services football
tournament in Chennai
yesterday. SDAT MemberSecretary Shambu
Kallolikar is among
those present.
World Cup-winning coach Dav Whatmore and a morale-boosting warm-up
win over Sri Lanka lifted spirits within
the camp and the positive momentum
was carried forward to their opening
two fixtures.
‘I got a sense of genuineness to turn things around,
especially from the players,’
Whatmore, who guided Sri
Lanka to victory 19 years ago,
said prior to the tournament.
‘I am always an optimist but
I am going in with my eyes wide
open. They can play and they are
tough enough. They’re just looking for
more of what they need to perform.’
Belated debut
For Zimbabwe to have any hope of
advancing from the pool phase, key
contributions were needed from experienced batsmen Brendan Taylor,
Hamilton Masakadza and Craig Ervine as well as all-rounder Sean Wil-
TN gears up for
Maharashtra
Chennai, Feb 21:
Mount Chess Academy will be
organizing Sai Kanchi District SubJunior Chess Championship at Sai
Matriculation Higher Secondary
School, Madipakkam, on 28 February and 1 March.
The event is sponsored by Sai
Group of Institutions, Chennai, said
a press note. Only Kanchi district
players can take part in the meet.
Entry fees is Rs 200 and last date
for entries is 26 February.
Entry can be paid by online through
www.paychessentry.com
For details, call H Santhanam, joint
secretary, KDCA at 9840583157
and S Raghuraman, director, www.
paychessentry.com at 9940366435.
‘Since 2013, India has won more
One-Day Internationals when chasing than any other team, hence it
will back itself to chase down
anything,’ Smith wrote in his
column for ICC.
He added: ‘It’s talismans,
MS Dhoni and Virat Kholi,
will instil this belief in it.
Within its top-order constituents of Shikhar Dhawan,
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli,
India has three of the most prolific
batsmen in One-Day Internationals
over the past couple of years.’
Graeme Smith
Dipika pips
Joshna in thriller
Toronto, Feb 21 (PTI): 11-6.
Dipika and Joshna had last met in
Dipika Pallikal defeated India teammate Joshana Chinappa in a close the Asian Games where the highercontest to enter the final of WSA ranked Indian won a fiercely contested quarterfinal.
Granite Open squash tournament here.
Expectedly, they
fought for every
World No.13
point here as
Dipika powwell. Every
ered past
game was
21st-ranked
close all
Chinappa
the way
10-12, 11through but
7, 11-9,
Dipika won
11-9 to enDipika Pallikal
the big points
ter her second
that eventually
successive final
made the difference.
of the season.
‘Playing Joshana is alThe 23-year-old from
Chennai had won her ninth WSA title ways tough. We had a really long
in another Canadian city of Winnipeg, match at the Asian Games last year
in what was her opening tournament and I knew it was always going to
be hard. All the games were
of the season.
really close and it could have
Third seed Dipika meets
gone either way . Really
England’s Sarah-Jane Perry
Tennis
happy to be in the finals here
in the final. Perry packed off
in cold Toronto,’ said Dipika
top seed Amanda Sobhy of
with a smile.
USA 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 8-11,
Smith, who led South Africa in 149
ODIs with 92 wins and 51 defeats, felt
Suresh Raina was getting his form
back at the right time.
‘Raina seems to be finding form with
the bat at the right time with two consecutive scores of 70 plus. (Ravindra)
Jadeja has a fair average and healthy
strike-rate but has historically fared
poorly on quicker tracks and has
been struggling for form coming into
the tournament.
‘(Ajinkya) Rahane may still be trying
to figure out his role in the batting
line-up.
Stakhovsky shoots
down Wawrinka
Marseille, Feb 21:
Second-seeded Stan Wawrinka
was knocked out of the Open 13 by
Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine after a
6-4, 3-6, 6-4 loss in the quarterfinals
Friday.
The 29-year-old Stakhovsky, who
will play his first semifinal since last
year in Sydney, saved four of the five
break points he faced in a nearly twohour battle at the indoor tournament.
The in-form Wawrinka was handed
his second loss this year after wins in
Chennai and Rotterdam. The Swiss
also reached the Australian Open
semifinals, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
The 59th-ranked Stakhovsky came
to prominence at Wimbledon in 2013
when he upset Wawrinka’s fellow
Swiss Roger Federer, will next play
2007 champion Gilles Simon, who rallied from a break down in the second
set to come out on top of an all-French
match against Jeremy Chardy 7-5,
7-6 (6).
Fourth-seeded Roberto Bautista
Agut will take on local favourite Gael
Monfils in the other semi after defeating Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7), 6-3.
Chelsea suspends 2 more
fans in racism probe
London, Feb 21 (AFP):
Chelsea announced they had suspended two more people from the
club’s Stamford Bridge stadium on
Friday as their investigation into the
Paris Metro racism incident gathered
pace.
A commuter, described in media reports as French-Mauritanian Souleymane S, was blocked from boarding
a train by fans travelling to the Parc
des Princes for the 1-1 draw against
Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Footage captured by a bystander
appears to show Souleymane being
pushed back on to the platform amid
chants of ‘we’re racist, we’re racist
and that’s the way we like it.’
The west London club had already
suspended three men and on Friday
they revealed two more people would
be barred, with the potential for life
bans.
‘Chelsea Football Club has suspended a further two people from
Stamford Bridge as a result of ongoing investigations into the incident on
the Paris Metro on Tuesday evening,’
a statement on the club’s
website announced.
‘This makes a total of five to
date. If it is deemed there is
sufficient evidence of their
involvement in the incident,
the club will issue banning orders
for life.’
The club’s investigation is being
undertaken in conjunction with the
Metropolitan and Paris police.
Later on Friday, the Metropolitan
Police released images of three other
fans they believe were involved in
the incident and appealed for help to
identify the trio.
The three singled out in images
taken from the Metro are not the
same as the trio initially suspended
by Chelsea.
A Chelsea spokesman stated that
owner Roman Abramovich is ‘disgusted’ by the incident, while Blues
boss Jose Mourinho said he was
‘ashamed.’
Ch
Chelsea said they have apologised
in writing to Souleymane and invited him and his family to London
to attend the second leg of the
European clash against PSG on
11 March.
But in an interview given to
BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday,
Souleymane argued that Chelsea hold a degree of liability for the
conduct of their fans and has yet to
receive any contact from Stamford
Bridge.
‘Chelsea are partly responsible and
I have brought a complaint. They
have partial responsibility because
it’s their supporters,’ Souleymane
said.
‘Chelsea need to call my lawyers
and they haven’t done that yet, unlike PSG. Their director general has
called my lawyer and he called me.
Mixed Bag
CHENNAI
SATURDAY
21 FEBRUARY 2015
7
GOLWALKAR, THE GURUJI
19 February was celebrated as
Magha Bahula Ekadesi. It also
marked the 109th birthday anniversary of Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar.
Popularly known as ‘Guruji’, he was
the chief of Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Sangh (RSS) and served the nation
for 33-years.
Born on 19 February, at Ramtek of
Nagpur, after his MSc and LLB studies, he became a professor. Later, he
entered RSS with the help of founder
of RSS, Dr KB Hedgewar. He be-
came the second Sarasanghchalak
of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Sangh in 1940, served the post till
his death in 1973. Golwalkar is recognised as one of the greatest social
reformer of post-Independent India. .
It was during his tenure that the nation emerged Republic. Party politics
dominated the national life with all its
merits and demerits. As a staunch
nationalist, he rose above political
considerations and strove hard to
impress upon the cadre the true
Article from Purusharth, Marathi monthly
It is our resolve to integrate the entire society. Even
these hostile friends should be made our own because
they are also part and parcel of our society. Our work
will not be accomplished by entertaining hostile thoughts
in our mind and expression through harsh words. They
also belong to us. We should carry on our
Those whom we wish to serve are our equals. They
may shower flowers on us or garland us with chappals.
They may praise us or abuse us. Even if they abuse
they belong to us. Society belongs only to those who
serve it without any self-interest. It may test us through
such unpleasant incidents. It is only a test. In reality the
whole society is ours. Not only that if our dedication is
exemplary it will even follow us.
The society is verily an embodiment of the Lord. Has
he not vouchsafed ‘I am a slave of my devotees.’ So it
becomes essential that we become true devotees of
the society. The whole universe is directed as per His
plan. He makes use of some as his instruments and
thereby accomplishes his work. Whatever responsibility he has assigned to us we should try to discharge
with full strength and wisdom coupled with a sense of
responsibility and contentment.
attitude of a nation
builder.
On the occasion of
his birth anniversary,
Aravinda-Bharati,
Chennai, recalls
some of his utterances in this regard.
The first one forms
Golwalkar part of an article
written by him in Marathi in a Marathi
journal titled Purusharth. The second
one is the observation (rather a word
of caution) made by him while interacting with a core group of RSS at
Pune on 11 February 1969, the year
which witnessed a turbulent period in
the wake of Congress losing strength
and the looming threat of a vertical
split in the premier party (Congress).
The third letter written by him after
the general election held in the beginning of 1971 when Indira Gandhi
emerged victorious trouncing the
Grand Alliance which opposed her
tooth and nail.
essentials of the same. They should not
A letter written by Golwalkar
be negative.
DO NOT BECOME A POLITICAL HINDU
Spiritual downfall is perhaps our worst
Bharat is our motherland and we are all
shortcoming. We have forgotten true
her children, all Bharatiyas are our kith
nationalism. If we analyse the views and
and kin. Remember always the words of
ideas of those who call themselves as
Swami Vivekananda: ‘We should feel a
staunchest Hindus, we find many surstrong closeness and affectionate relaprising and astonishing things. The word
tionship towards every one of this land
Hindu has become just a surname; for
-be
it a Harijan or a Girijan. Only then we
them a Hindu means a political Hindu.
are
eligible to call ourselves as Hindus;
We have Hindus who oppose Islam;
Our
actions should not be based on emowe have Hindus who propagate against
tions alone.
Christianity. Such a negative image of
Hinduism is not good for us. Any percepFor some as soon as the thoughts flash
tion of Hinduism should be attempted on
in their minds they become emotional and
a spiritual basis.
being to shout. Dear brother, what do
Retaliatory Hinduism cannot achieve
you achieve by shedding tears? And then
anything. Only those who are interested
there are those who engage themselves
in money and power think along those
in good -for-nothing prattle. There are othlines of becoming a political Hindu. True
ers who conduct themselves improperly.
Hinduism is not based on selfishness.
When I say I am a Hindu, it means -I The acts of violence will never do any
good to the nation. Instead whatever work
have a rare quality within me -I belong to
we have done so far comes to a stand-still
a very special tradition and my thoughts
and becomes a waste.
and deeds should be consistent with the
A copy of the letter written on
19- 3- 71 to a swayamsevak in
New Delhi in the wake of the
landslide victory of Indira Gandhi in the Lok Sabha election
We are all one, children of the
same mother I think you are aware
of my disinterestedness in electioneering politics. I have not been
able to understand why you have
expressed surprise at the recent
election results. Last time many
non-Congress candidates won, in
Delhi, the Jan Sangh was returned
from so many constituencies and
it was a surprise attributed to the
anti-Congress wave in evidence
then.
That was subsided long ago and
after the split in the Congress, the
Prime Minister did build up an image for herself and consequently
for the party she led by declaring
to stand by and help uplift the poor
and the down trodden. As a result a
huge wave swung up in her favour
sweeping away all opposition off
their feet. As such I see nothing to
be surprised at in the ‘landslide.’
Those who have lost must take
the results not only sportingly but
in the true spirit of our culture of
doing one’s work without attachment and with equanimity in victory
and defeat. Those who have won
have a right to be happy but not
inflated and those who have lost
many naturally feel sorry but need
PDP, BJP reach
pact in J&K
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to be CM for six years
Students of Cuddalore New Yuva Surya Music and Dance School
rendering Bharathnatyam recital at the fourth day Natyanjali
celebrations at Natarajar temple in Chidambaram.
‘UP Travel Mart’
from tomorrow
New Delhi, Feb 21:
Uttar Pradesh government has tiedup with FICCI to attract more tourism
in the State. Under the partnership, a
travel mart would be held for the first
time at Indira Gandhi Pratishthaan,
Lucknow, from 22 to 24 February.
According to a press release, the
three day event would be inaugurated
by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. It
will see participation of business firms
involved in the tourism industry.
The Chief Minister is likely to reiterate his government’s focus on
tourism industry and may announce
new schemes aimed at improving
the tourist infrastructure facilities
throughout the State.
As many as 78 tour operators are
likely to participate and hold deliberations with 23 inbound and outbound
tour operators. The unlimited potential, which the tourism sector of Uttar
Pradesh holds is likely to figure in
the deliberations, and a wide range
of exchange of ideas would also take
place during the Travel Mart. Tour operators during this event would also
hold simulating and introductory tours
about different places of tourist interest in addition to online marketing of
the tourist sites, the release said.
Do or die time for
Pak, says Misbah
Christchurch, Feb 21 (AFP):
Pakistan’s World Cup campaign
needed improvement across the
board, captain Misbah-ul-Haq declared today after a humiliating 150run loss to the West Indies.
The rout at Christchurch’s Hagley
Oval was compounded by a batting
display that set a record for
the worst start to a one-day
international innings, with
Pakistan’s first four wickets falling for just one run.
Pakistan now languish
at the bottom of Pool B
with two losses from two
outings, their performance
against the West Indies a
step backwards from the
76-run loss to arch-rivals
and defending champions
India in their tournament opener.
‘It’s a do or die situation for us and
there are no ifs and buts,’ Misbah said
as he tried to look ahead to Pakistan’s
next game against Zimbabwe, while
sifting through the wreckage of Saturday’s crushing loss.
‘We just lost in all three departments,’
Misbah admitted.
‘We couldn’t bowl well, a lot of
dropped catches, and the batting
totally flopped.’
After electing to bowl first, Pakistan
took two early wickets, including the
out-of-form Chris Gayle, and were still
in a relatively strong position when the
West Indies were 194 for four going
into the final 10 overs.
But they could not contain a late
onslaught from Andre Russell, who
hit an unbeaten 42 off 17 balls, and
Lendl Simmons with 50 off 46 as the
West Indies reached 310 for six.
Pakistan, who won
the World Cup the last
time the tournament was
staged in Australia and
New Zealand in 1992,
immediately collapsed in
their run chase.
After the first
four wickets fell
quickly, they
were five for 25
after 10 overs
and eventually
all out for 160 in exactly 39
overs.
‘We need to pick up ourselves up and
come hard in the next game because
now we’re at the edge,’ Misbah said.
‘We have to forget the last two
matches and learn from our mistakes.
We can only win if we perform.’
Misbah said Pakistan’s problems
against the West Indies began from
the moment he won the toss and
opted to use bowler-friendly conditions, with overcast skies and a hint
of moisture on the pitch.
Jammu, Feb 21:
PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed will be the Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister after his party reached
an agreement for forming a government with the BJP, top party sources
said on Saturday.
Sources close to PDP patron Mufti
Muhammad Sayeed, who returned
to winter capital Jammu Friday
after spending a week in Mumbai,
told IANS an agreement had been
reached on all contentious issues
between the PDP and the BJP.
‘Yes, main agreement has been
reached on the draft of the CMP
(common minimum programme) on
contentious issues like article 370,
armed forces special powers act (AFSPA) and the plight of West Pakistan
refugees’.
‘It has been agreed that without any
written reference to it, both the parties would respect the wishes of the
people of the state in consonance
with the constitution of the country
with regard to article 370,’ a top party
source told IANS.
As per the agreement, Mufti Mo-
‘Mohawk’ Kohli
hogs spotlight
at nets
Melbourne, Feb 21 (PTI):
His mohawk hairdo caught the
eye as much as his wide range of
shots, but Virat Kohli was focus
personified while feasting on the
spinners at the nets here today,
as India geared up to take on a
traditionally pace-heavy South
Africa in their next cricket World
Cup match.
Although it is not clear whether
the South African team management team would play either legspinner Imran Tahir or left-arm
spinner Aaron Phangiso in their
playing XI, the Indian
top-order batting, led by
premier batsman Kohli,
had a fi eld day against
spinners, rather than the
pacers, at the nets. At the
Junction Oval ground at
St Kilda, Kohli hammered
the spinners into the submission
even as other specialist batsmen
enjoyed their stint at the nets.
It was a day when the centre
nets saw bulk of the bowling being done by reserve spinner Axar
Patel, part-time off-spinner Suresh
Raina and the net bowlers. The
Indians batted in sets of two with
one batsman taking strike for
around six deliveries before the
other one would get in and hit his
share of balls.
hammad Sayeed will be the
Chief Mminister
for the full six
years.
The PDP insider who is
engaged with
the BJP in the
dialogue process on government
formation on behalf of his party also
said instead of accepting the demand
that the AFSPA should be revoked
from the entire state within one year,
it has now been agreed by the two
parties that a committee would be
formed which would recommend
gradual, but timely, revocation of the
act from areas in the State.
Sources in the BJP said: ‘The PDP
has agreed to the BJP demand that
the CMP should accept that the
problems faced by West Pakistan
refugees should not be politicized, but
treated as a humanitarian issue that
needs to be addressed on humanitarian grounds.’
When asked to comment on media
reports that government formation
in the state was imminent because
the PDP and the BJP had agreed on
the draft of the common minimum
programme (CMP) for governance,
party chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar
told IAN Sin winter capital Jammu: ‘I
am meeting Mufti Sahib today and if
anything has been worked out, we will
hold a briefing about it during the day.’
Unlike his steady dismissal of any
agreement with the BJP during the
last nearly two months when he
maintained the ‘structured dialogue
between the BJP and the PDP had
not even started’, Akhtar sounded
less circumspect Saturday about
his lack of knowledge regarding an
agreement on the common minimum
programme with the BJP.
West Pakistan refugees are those
over 25,000 families who came to the
state after the India-Pakistan wars of
1947, 1965 and 1971.
Since these people were not citizens of the erstwhile state of Jammu
and Kashmir as it existed before accession to India in 1947, they cannot
vote in the State Assembly elections,
nor buy property in the State.
not be crestfallen or despondent.
After all, it has been, as it always
should be a game between parties
belonging to one body-polity and
must be played in a thoroughly
friendly and brotherly spirit.
During the campaigning it
is not unnatural that much
acrimony and bitterness is let
loose. But I feel that all these
undesirable feelings should be
completely washed away and
the correct understanding that
we are all one, children of our
motherland and of our nation
should be assiduously cultivated and all, irrespective of party
affiliations should determine to
work in cooperation for the good
of all our people. Properly seen,
it will be found that the area of
agreement is extensive and of
difference negligible.
With this attitude our democratic system will survive any
onslaughts by elements desirous of wrecking it and brining
about chaos in the country. I
pray to the Great Divine Mother,
the Eternal Protectress of national life to give us right guidance in these extraordinary
times.
(Compiled by C Gopalan, Secretary, Sri Aravinda-Bharati,
Chennai.E-mail: [email protected])
Mass meditation
at Aurobindo
Ashram
Puducherry, Feb 21(PTI):
Hundreds of devotees from all
over the country thronged
the Aurobindo
Ashram here
today and offered prayers
on the 137th
birth anniversary of ‘The
Mother’.
They later sat in mass meditation
before the samadhis (memorials)
of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo,
her spiritual mentor.
Aurobindo Ashram, founded in
1926, is an important spiritual
centre in Puducherry, attracting
a large number of people every
day from within the country and
abroad.
The Mother established the International township called Auroville
(City of Dawn) on 28 February,
1968 on the border village of
Puducherry-Tamil nadu.
She also started the Aurobindo
International Centre of Education in 1950s with the children
developing skills in learning and
speaking several languages, including French. While Sri Aurobindo passed away on 5 December,
1950 the Mother breathed her last
on 17 November, 1973.
Lanka not to take
Afghanistan lightly
Dunedin, Feb 21:
Sri Lanka will play a full-strength
team when they tackle Afghanistan
in the World Cup on Sunday, with
skipper Angelo Mathews insisting it
would be disrespectful to underestimate the tournament minnows.
The 1996 champions lost their
opening fixture in Pool A, as did
Afghanistan, and that defeat make
Sunday’s clash at the University
Oval all the more important to
Sri Lanka`s hopes of making the
quarter-finals.
‘We are playing the full team. Every
game is important for us, whether
you play Afghanistan or Australia,
every game is important, so we’ll
take every single game very seriously, and we’ll play the best XI
possible on that day,’ said Mathews.
His plan to play his strongest side
hinted at a reprieve for key swing
bowler Lasith Malinga who was
smashed to all parts of the Hagley
Oval in Christchurch last Saturday
in his team`s 98-run loss to New
Zealand.
Malinga, 31, ended with figures of
none for 84 off his 10 overs as the
Black Caps piled up 331 for six.
The loss to New Zealand also saw
Sri Lankan team at a warm up session
Sri Lanka commit a series of fielding
errors, with the dangerous Kane
Williamson one beneficiary when
he was dropped by wicketkeeper
Kumar Sangakkara off the first ball
he faced before going on to post 57.
‘We’ve done a lot of hard work
with our fielding, but it’s just the
consistency level -- one game we’ll
be extremely good, the next game
we’ve dropped our standards a little
bit,’ said Mathews.
‘It’s a lack of concentration obviously. When you do mistakes, obviously you lose your concentration,
and that split-second can turn the
game around.’
Afghanistan lost their World Cup
opener against Bangladesh by
105 runs when, chasing a target of
268, they were dismissed for 162
at Canberra`s Manuka Oval on
Wednesday.
But Mathews is not expecting the
World Cup debutants to roll over on
Sunday.
‘They’re a very dangerous team.
You can’t take them lightly because
they can upset a team, and they’ve
got nothing to lose,’ the captain said.
‘We can’t just run through them.
We’ve got to fight really hard from
ball one to ball 300 probably, and
fight it out and just take it as a Testplaying nation.’
Afghanistan seamer Mirwais
Ashraf, who took two for 32 in the
defeat by Bangladesh, admitted
Wednesday’s had been a brutal
introduction to World Cup cricket
and that they had been punished
for basic errors.
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Kohli’s choice is No. 3
MELBOURNE:
India’s premier batsman Virat Kohli
today declared that after experimenting
with his batting position, the team management has reached a conclusion that
number three is the best slot for him in
the World Cup.
‘I’ve played enough number of games
to try and experiment batting position for
the team to be in the best combination
possible, but we figured out that it’s best
for me to bat at number three which I’ve
done over the last few years, and we have
got success because me or one of the
top three batsmen has been able to bat
through,’ Kohli told media-persons on the
eve of the match against South Africa.
However, Kohli is dead against it being
termed as a failed experiment.
‘We were trying to figure out the best
combination for the team. People really need to have some patience with
something that we try to do. We do a
few experiments, and if they don’t pay
off, it’s regarded as something which is
going to be our downfall. We don’t think
like that,’ he said.
‘Unless you try, you would never know if
you’re right or wrong. You make mistakes
and you have to learn from them, and that
was one situation where we wanted to try
things out, and we could not have done it
at any time apart from the tri-Series, and
yeah, that was the main plan behind it,’
Kohli said, defending the decision to use
him as a floater between numbers three
and four during the ODI tri-series. Asked
if this musical chair affected his batting?
Kohli retorted instantly.
‘No, it did not affect my batting at all. If
you do well regularly, people want you to
play well in every game. I can’t virtually
score a century in every game that I play.
As long as I know what I’m doing with my
batting and the kind of mindset I’m in, I’m
not really worried about anything else.’
Talking about tomorrow’s game against
South Africa, Kohli was asked if it will be
a true test of India’s attack and he replied,
‘Which game is not?’
‘For us, every game is apparently a test.
Even when we play more weaker sides, we
always talk about what if they upset us. I’m
not really thinking about all that. It’s a game
of cricket. I always maintain that you play
a game of cricket with bat in hand and ball
in hand, and that’s all there is to it.
‘Obviously, there’s no need to prove
anything to anyone. We want to play well
as a unit, and that’s what we’re looking
to do in this World Cup.’ The win against
Pakistan, according to Kohli has given
the team self belief going into the contest
against South Africa.
Talisman Shakib raises
bar for B’desh players
MUMBAI: on the list of test runs,
A Bangladesh cricketer boasting an average betleading any individual world ter than the three ahead
ranking is an achievement of him.
in itself but Shakib Al HasMade captain at the age
an has raised the
of 22, he also sits
bar considerably
top of the list in
by topping the allTest wickets with
rounder’s charts in
his left-arm spin
all three formats.
and third in ODIs,
again with a better
While a few might
average than the
argue whether the
two men ahead
27-year-old is inof him.
deed currently the
w o r l d ` s b e s t a l l - Shakib Al Hasan
The kind of celebrounder, there is not an rity Shakib enjoys in Bangiota of doubt that Shak- ladesh can perhaps only be
ib is the best cricketer matched by top cricketers
B a n g l a d e s h h a s e v e r in neighbouring India.
produced.
He can’t risk going out
The attacking middle- for a lazy stroll on the
order batsman became densely-populated streets
the first from his coun- of Dhaka, the capital of
try to cross 4,000 runs in the world’s eighth most
one-day internationals on populous country.
Wednesday and is fourth
— PTI
Virat Kohli
TOMORROW’S MATCH
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka at Dunedin, 3.30 a.m (IST)
India vs South Africa at Melbourne, 9 a.m (IST)
Umesh Yadav
POOL A
cott said. This was a flat 270-pitch minimum and they made a right mess of it.’
The mauling by New Zealand followed
a heavy defeat by Australia and England
will need to win at least three of their
four remaining Pool A games to have a
chance of reaching the last eight.
‘England are not out of the World Cup,’
Boycott said.
‘They have to beat Scotland, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and then they’re
through to quarter-finals. It’s a good job
they’ve got minnows to play because
they are not playing good enough to
beat any decent team. I will be a bit nervous on Monday for the Scotland game.’
England’s preparations for the tournament were far from ideal with Alastair
Cook axed as captain in December but
they beat India twice to reach the TriSeries final in Australia.
‘They have got a lot of hard work to
do,’ Boycott said.
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‘England aren’t as
good as they think’
LONDON:
England are not as good as they think
they are and have a lot of hard work to
do to even qualify for the World Cup
quarter-finals, former opening batsman
Geoffrey Boycott said on Friday.
Eoin Morgan’s side suffered a humiliating eight-wicket defeat by New Zealand
after being bowled out for 123 in Wellington and allowing the hosts to reach
their target in 12.2 overs.
‘Perhaps they are not as good as they
think they are,’ Boycott told the BBC.
‘I said that about the captain Morgan
and everybody went mad, but maybe
England aren’t either.’
England lost their last seven wickets
for 19 runs and New Zealand seamer
Tim Southee became only the fourth
bowler to take seven wickets in a World
Cup game.
‘This was not an uncovered or grassy
pitch seaming all over the place,’ Boy-
POINTS TABLE
Former Aussie pace
star praises Umesh
MELBOURNE:
Former Australia fast bowler Rodney Hogg
feels that India do not have the bowling unit
to retain the cricket World Cup with Umesh
Yadav being the lone bright spot in the attack.
‘I am certainly not impressed with India’s
fast bowling attack and I don’t think with this
quality, they can retain the World Cup this
time,’ the 63-year-old Hogg, who bagged
123 Test wickets and 85 ODI sclaps, told PTI
during an interview, here on Friday.
‘My favourite team to win World Cup will
be South Africa because they have world’s
best fast bowler Dale Steyn and best bats-
Komban to
come early
man AB de Villiers in their side,’ he added.
One of the meanest fast bowlers of early
80’s, Hogg has a typical pacer’s temperament and doesn’t beat around the bush
about what he feels.
‘India doesn’t have too many fast bowlers
and when I mean fast, it’s got to be really
quick. Raw pace, that will intimidate any
batsman in world cricket. What Steyn and
Mitch (Mitchell Joshnson) can do, I don’t
see any Indian bowler doing. I don’t think
length bowling, with that top of off-stump
line will work for them,’ Hogg said.
— PTI
Karthi, Lakshmi Menon in Komban
arthi starrer Komban was slated for release on 2
April. But sources say that the makers are planning
an early release. Komban may come in March itself.
Directed by Muthiah of Kutti Puli-fame, the movie
has Lakshmi Menon as heroine. Raj Kiran plays a key
role in the film.
Says Muthiah, ‘The movie has come good. Karthi and
Raj Kiran play their part exceedingly well. We are confident that the family drama laced with commercial elements in right mix will strike a chord with the masses’.
— NT Bureau
Still from Vajram
(Thamizhukku En Onrai Azhuthavum)
D
ebutant filmmaker Ramprakash Rayappa’s Tamizhukku En Ondrai Azhuthavum
speaks about geo-magnetic storm and its
aftermath. It is a rare phnomenon that deactivates
all mobile networks. A young lad overcomes all
odds to set things right. Lace it up with some
action, humour and romance, the end product is
Tamizhukku En Ondrai Azhuthavum.
The director has managed to lay his hands
at an out-of-the-box concept. However the
movie lacks fizz as it progresses. It is explained at the start of the movie what geomagnetic storm is and how it deactivates
mobile network.
The movie stars Attakaththi fame Dinesh,
Bindhu Madhavi, Nakul, Sathish, Ishwarya
Dutta and Manobala among others. Music is
by Thaman.
The film traverses through the day of four
unusual characters - a flat promoter (Dinesh),
an unemployed scientist (Nakul), a call taxi driver
(Sathish) and a terrorist ready to execute bombing
in Chennai (Asif). A solar flare created through the
sun radiations creates a havoc in mobile network
shutting it down for some time. With the young
lovers (Dinesh and Bindu Madhavi) separated,
the scientist trying to find solution, the call taxi
driver unknowingly carrying the bomb and the
terrorist waiting for the signal to click for the
bombs to be operated through mobile phones
make up the movie.
Veteran actress Urvashi steals the show and
her portions with Nakul make an interesting
watch. Nakul is brilliant, while Dinesh continues from where he left in Attakathi. Bindhu
Madhavi is good and Sathish’s one-liners are
catchy. Cinematography by Deepak Kumar
Pathy is good.
All said, Thamizhukku En Onrai Azhuthavum
is an interesting idea which looks good on paper
but fails to takes off as a film.
— M BHARAT KUMAR
Santhanam
completes his
heroic venture
Vajram re-censored,
receives ‘U’
D
irector Ramesh Selvan’s Vajram was reshot after Censor
officials gave it
‘A’ certificate recently stating that
there are few violent scenes in it.
Eventually, after reshooting few
scenes, Ramesh Selvan resubmitted
the movie to censors officials. They
heaped laurels on the revised content
and granted a clean ‘U’ certificate.
Vajram stars Pasanga fame boys in
the lead.
It speaks about the perils of our
educational system and how to
overcome it.
— NT Bureau
After making his debut as hero
in Vallavanukku Pullum Ayudham, actor Santhanam’s next in
the lead role is for director Muruganandam of Lollu Sabha fame.
Sources say that the movie has
been titled Inimae Ippadi Thaan.
Santhanam has completed
the shoot for the movie and that
post-production works are on.
Ashna Zaveri and Akila
Kishore of Parthiepan’s Kathai
Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam
fame are heroines. The movie
will have Thambi Ramiah, Rohini
and Karunakaran in the cast.
— NT Bureau
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