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Pakistani court today reserved its judgement on
the plea of LeT operations commander and 2008
Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
against his detention under a security act.
Lahore High Court judge Mahmood Maqbool
Bajwa heard the arguments of Lakhvi’s counsel
advocate Raja Rizwan Abbasi and a law officer
and reserved its decision, a court official said after
the hearing.
He said the verdict is likely to be announced anytime.
Meanwhile, still unsure about Chris Gayle’s fitness,
the West Indies will have to overcome their erratic
play to have any chance against underdogs-turnedfavourites New Zealand in the fourth quarterfinal of
the ICC Cricket World Cup here tomorrow. Both teams
have taken contrasting routes to reach the last eight
stage with New Zealand winning all their six pool games
and West Indies scraping through as the fourth placed
team from Group B.
Elsehwre, refusing to rate his match-winning ton
against Bangladesh in the quarter-final, Indian top-order
batsman Rohit Sharma said the ongoing cricket World
Cup campaign is a very prestigious stage and he wants
to make the most of it. Opener Rohit’s calculated 137
off 126 deliveries helped India outplay Bangladesh by
109 runs to book their semi-final spot and the innings
is certainly special for the Mumbaibatsman.
project will start
soon: Minister
Cong pot boils hot
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
State Electricity Minister Natham
R Viswanathan today said work on
Udangudi power project wlll commence soon. Refuting DMK president
M Karunanidhi’s charges that the
project was dropped with ulterior motives, he said it was only the former
Chief Minister who cheated Tamilnadu on various fronts.
In a detailed rejoinder to a recent
statement by Karunanidhi, the Minister
said tender bids for a port to handle lignite for Udangudi project were opened
on 19 March and work will start soon.
‘Bids will soon be invited for Udangudi
Stage-1 and finalised,’ he said.
Stating that just 206 MW electricity
capacity was added to the State grid
during the five year regime of the
DMK, Viswanathan said AIADMK
general secretary J Jayalalithaa took
steps to get 4,640 MW power.
‘Only because of the efforts of
Jayalalithaa, there is no power cut
for households in the State,’ he said.
q Chidambaram’s meeting triggers fresh furore
q Kushboo expected to get plum post
Reliance to take
over Sun TV?
Chennai, Mar 20:
The buzz in the corporate/media
circles is that Sun TV may be taken
over by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance
Group. What lends credence to the
market rumours is that the Marans,
who own the Sun TV group, are down
in the dumps thanks to the Aircel-Maxis
and 2G scandals. Kalanidhi Maran
also faced another setback in January
when the board of directors of SpiceJet
transferred control of the airline to Ajay
Singh, the founder of SpiceJet, after a
string of loss-making quarters.
On the other hand, Mukesh Ambani has very keen interest in media
--- backed by its US based partner
Viacom Inc, his group not long ago
took over Network 18 group, Mukesh
Ambani also has a controlling stake
in Eenadu TV media group (ETV).
Though the deal is far from being
sealed, Tehelka in its online publication
has reported top officials of the RIL are
in the city and are holding discussions
to work out the modalities of the deal.
It is also claimed that the two groups
have been in talks since early January.
Fire at Sivakasi
match factory
Sivakasi, Mar 20 (PTI):
Four persons were today injured in
a fire that broke out at a match factory
at Tayilpatti near here, police said.
Police said the cause of the fire, which
occurred suddenly, was not known. The
injured have been admitted to hospital.
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
Congress and chaos are like two
sides of the same coin, and it’s doubly
so in Tamilnadu. The latest is due to a
meeting to be presided over by senior
leader P Chidambaram in Karaikudi
tomorrow, arrangements for which
are being made ‘without the knowledge of EVKS Elangovan’, the State
Congress president.
‘I have no information. Usually,
TNCC chief will be informed. I will
have to see what it is’ was Elangovan’s reaction, when asked about the
All is already not well between
Elangovan and Chidambaram camps
after a recent war of words between
the TNCC president and the latter’s
‘I have no information. Usually,
TNCC chief will be informed. I will
have to see what it is’ was Elangovan’s
reaction, when asked about
the meeting’
son Karti P Chidambaram, the enfant
terrible of the party.
In fact, it all started with a ‘supporters meeting’ convened by Karti (but
he termed it as a friends gathering)
and his comments there, which drew
criticism from Elangovan and a notice
from TNCC.
What followed were charges and
counter-charges, with Karti stating
that the TNCC did not have powers to
Lingaa distributors
withdraw protest
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
It is all over.
Within 24 hours of announcing a
begging bowl protest outside Rajinikanth’s Poes Garden residence,
distributors of Lingaa have agreed
to the ‘compensation package’ of
Rs.10 crore offered by the the film’s
producer Rockline Venkatesh.
Apparently satisfied at the settlement, brought out in the presence of
Tamil Film Producers (TFPC) yesterday, the hitherto miffed distributors,
who were led by Marina Pictures’
Singaravelan, today announced
withdrawal of all forms of protests
against Lingaa.
According to sources, after the
distributors threatened to hold the
protest Rockline Venkatesh spoke
to TFPC president Kalaipuli Thanu
and reportedly handed over the
amount This has brought to end
the 100-day bitter battle that has
been going on ever since Lingaa
was released.
‘There was some discussion on how
to share the money, but we finally
managed to reach an agreement.
He (Thanu) showed us the cheque
and assured us that the promised
amount had been given. Since we
have lost a lot of time and money
already, we agreed to the offer and
have withdrawn the protest,’ Singaravelan, who distributed the movie in
Tirunelveli, said.
After Lingaa was declared a loss
in late December, distributors and
producers have been agitating and
demanding compensation for their
losses. Part of the delay over accepting the offered compensation
was due to the fact theatre-owners
and distributors had been fighting
about how much share each of
them will get. Finally, it has been
decided that Rs 6.5 crore will go to
the theatre-owners and Rs 3.5 crore
will be given to the distributors, say
A press note from TFPC late last
night announced all issues were
sorted out and it also thanked actor
Rajinikanth for his co-operation.
question him, since he was a member
of the AICC.
And now, the office of Chidambaram has sent out invitations (among
other leaders, the invitation featured a picture of Elangovan too)
to the Sivaganga Parliamentary
constituency representatives’ conference to be held on 21 March.
The event, it is perceived, signals
the assertion of Chidambaram’s
Today being the new-moon day (Amavasai), pumpkins were smashed on the road by shop owners to
keep evil eyes at bay. But motorists have to keep their eyes on these offerings, to keep themselves safe.
A scene on Mount Poonamallee Road this noon.
q Pakistan bundled out for 213
Josh Hazlewood (4/35)
and Mitchell Starc
(2/40) kept it tight
to begin with before
Mitchell Johnson
(1/42) intimidated the
Pakistanis with his
ferocious pace
Shehzad did not last long either
and was also caught in the slips by
Australian captain Michael Clarke off
Hazlewood’s bowling. The score read
24 for two at this stage.
The failure to get a good start hurt
Pakistan badly as the middle order
batsmen failed to get going barring
Haris Sohail, who notched up a
57-ball 41 laced with four hits to the
fence. The ever-reliant Misbah-ulHaq could not build on the start today
and was dismissed by Glenn Maxwell
Hazlewood celebrates the wicket
of Ahmed Shehzad
while attempting a slog-sweep that
was caught by Aaron Finch.
His 34 runs came off 59 balls and
included one four and two sixes,
both coming off Maxwell’s bowling.
New Delhi, Mar 20:
On the last day of the first leg of
Parliament session, the government successfully got the Mines and
Minerals Bill passed in Rajya Sabha
on Friday. Rejecting the demand of
the Opposition parties, Rajya Sabha
refused to allow the motion to send
the Mines Bill to the select committee.
The Bill will now be sent to the Lok
Sabha for consideration.
Trinamool Congress, All India Anna
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK),
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi
Party (SP), Biju Janata Dal (BJD) voted
for Mines Bill in the upper House of
Parliament. Only the Congress and Left
opposed the passage of the Bill.
The Opposition had on Thursday
forced deferment of consideration of
the contentious Mines and Minerals Bill
in Rajya Sabha arguing that mineralbearing states had not been consulted.
The House saw four adjournments of
brief spells in quick succession after
members from Congress and Left,
opposing taking up of discussion on
Mines and Minerals Bill, created uproar.
Hazlegood for Australia
Adelaide, Mar 20 (PTI):
Josh Hazlewood stood out with
a four-wicket haul as Australia’s
disciplined bowlers strangled Pakistan with a thoroughly commanding
performance, skittling them out for
213 in the third quarterfinal of the
ICC Cricket World Cup here today.
Electing to bat after winning the toss,
Pakistan were stifled for runs by the
Aussie bowlers and folded without
putting up much of a fight in 49.5 overs.
Josh Hazlewood (4/35) and Mitchell Starc (2/40) kept it tight to begin
with before Mitchell Johnson (1/42)
intimidated the Pakistanis with his
ferocious pace. The pressure exerted early on brought the desired
result quite quickly as the in-form
Sarfraz Ahmed (10) departed after trying to find his rhythm for 16
deliveries. The opener struck one
four before edging a tough grab to
Shane Watson in the slip region.
Sarfraz’s opening partner Ahmed
position in the party in Tamilnadu.
It is learnt that Elangovan has
complained to the party high command about the meet and sought
its attention towards it, as it is being
conducted without his knowledge.
Meanwhile, actress Kushboo, who
enrolled herself in the Congress
recently, is expected to be made the
State women’s wing chief of the party.
According to sourcess, the tenure of
the present women’s wing president
Sailakshmi will expire soon and she
is expected tol be replaced by the
actress-turned-politician, who earlier
served the DMK. ‘Kushboo has been
working hard to expand the support
base of Congress in Tamilnadu. So
she will be rewarded with the post,’
sources said.
Rajya Sabha
passes Mines
and Minerals Bill
Interestingly, the veteran had earlier
been saved by the bail which did not
come off despite Hazlewood breaching his defences to hit the stumps.
The procession back to the pavillion continued when Umar Akmal
(20 off 25 balls) was caught by Finch
off Maxwell again.
Five down for 126 in less than 30
overs, Pakistan looked in deep trouble
when Shahid Afridi raised hopes with
some early power-hitting. However,
the temperamental all-rounder
also went back to pavillion after
playing one of his now trademark cameos, which entertained while it lasted but did not
help the team’s cause much.
Afridi was dismissed
while trying to smack
Hazlewood out of the park,
holing out to Aaron Finch after
adding 23 runs that came off 15
deliveries and included three fours
and a lofty six off Johnson.
Kiwis ready for
‘Gayle’ storm
Wellington, Mar 20 (PTI) :
Still unsure about Chris Gayle’s
fitness, the West Indies will have to
overcome their erratic play to have
any chance against underdogsturned-favourites New Zealand in the
fourth quarterfinal of the ICC Cricket
World Cup here tomorrow.
Both teams have taken contrasting
routes to reach the last eight stage
with New Zealand winning all their six
pool games and West Indies scraping
through as the fourth placed team
from Group B.
An unpredictable West Indies
need Gayle for the crucial knock-out
game even as captain Jason
Holder said a final call on the
dangerous opener will be taken
not before match day morning.
‘He has an injection and a scan.
The scan didn’t show anything
major, so we’ll just see how he pulls
up today and make a decision tomorrow morning,’ the skipper said.
Skippers speak
We need to go out and play
that attacking brand of cricket
we have exhibited throughout
Chris Gayle is the key. His
stats speaks for himself
Gayle, however, trained for
the first time this week this
morning after receiving an
injection in his lower back.
Though dispelling the notion
that West Indies were overtly
dependant on Gayle, Holder
said any team would love to
have the left-hander on board.
Well, obviously Chris’s stats
speak for themselves. He is one
of the most feared batsmen in
world cricket. So to have Chris on
the squad is a plus for anybody.
So to have him there, just his
presence, is something.
20 MARCH 2015
Big need for small buses Changed for the better
Villivakkam residents want more connectivity
Senthil Nagar residents want more buses.
would become easy,’ says Abyesidents of Senthil Nagar in
verghese, president of Senthil
Kolathur have a wish. They
Nagar Youth And Residents Welseek bus connectivity from their
area to various parts of the
There are a lot
city and hope that their longof residents who
time demand would be
travel to those
fulfilled at the earliest.
places daily and a
‘We want buses conVILLIV
direct service would
necting our area with
be helpful, he adds. ‘We have servAnna Square or Triplicane.
ice numbers 20N and 20M which
Once this happens travelling
connect Kolathur with Broadway
to Mount Road and Tripli- cane
and are empty most of the time, for
many have switched over to small
buses S43 and S44.
Instead of running the regular
buses on the said route, they can
be operated to Anna Square and
Triplicane, which house important
government offices.
If introducing services to Triplicane or Anna Square would take
time, a move to shift 20N and 20M
to 114A could be considered. He
points out that 114A connecting Ayanavaram to Red Hills and passing
through important localities is full
most of the time.
Abyvergheese says if such a step
is taken residents of Senthil Nagar
would be benefitted.
Though there is good patronage
for the existing small buses, it would
be better if services (on S43 and
S44) was augmented.
‘We filed an RTI application with
the city transport authority and got
to know that average collection per
day on route 114A is Rs 5624 and
for S43 and S44 it is Rs 7034 and
Rs 6153 respectively. The numbers
show good revenue and also a need
for more services.
- NT Bureau
Steel railings have been erected on the median in R K Mutt Road in front of Thirumylai Station in Mylapore.
Park at Mylapore gets facelift
hings are happening fast and for
the better at Krishnapuri at RA
Puram In the last four months a COC
park in the area was in a dirty and
pathetic condition. Despite several
letters to mayor and other offi cials of
the Corporation no action was taken
to appoint new workers to attend to
the work. At one point senior citizens
had even taken the task of cleaning
the park on themselves.
The park has finally seen the light of
the day. The Corporation authorities
have responded to the complaints of
residents regarding the maintenance
of the park and restored work on
a regular basis. After a gap of four
months the park has acquired a face
lift with cleaning and watering having
been resumed.
Another work that has now started
at Krishnapuri is the conversion of
large volumes of dry leaves and fallen
dry tree branches into ash which
serves as a good nutrient for plants.
The process also serves to reduce
the quantity of garbage collected for
disposal and thereby keeps the area
Dr H K Lakshman Rao, a resident
of the area has taken the initiative
to convert the dry leaves and wood
materials to ash. ‘Daily large volumes
of dry leaves and wood materials are
getting collected at COC parks and
homes. Disposing is a great challenge. If this waste is converted to
manure it will help solve civic problems of garbage disposal. Dry leaves
and wood can be either stored in a pit
and allowed to decompose by sprinkling water or burnt for converting to
ash as they are beneficial to plants
as organic manure’, said Lakshman
- NT Bureau
05:30 PM Kalai Koil
08:00 PM Deivam Thandha Veedu
06:00 PM Utchakattam
08:30 PM Saravanan Meenatchi
06:30 PM Idhu Pudhusu
09:00 PM Mahabharatham
07:00 PM News
09:30 PM Super Singer T20
04:30 PM Kollywood Gallery
07:30 PM Mohini
10:30 PM Office
05:00 PM New Songs
08:00 PM Bhavani
05:30 PM Makkalin Mudhalvar
08:30 PM Romapuri Paandiyan
11:00 PM Kalyanam Mudhal Kaadhal Varai
06:00 PM Suvaiyo Suvai
09:00 PM Odi Vilayadu Pappa
11:30 PM Movie
09:30 PM Madippakkam Madhavan
10:00 PM News Headlines
05:00 PM S K Shoppe
10:02 PM Kaliyugam
05:30 PM Pudhiya Paadal
10:30 PM Sirippu Varudhu
11:00 PM Kuthu Padalgal
10:00 PM Kavidhaiyae Theriyuma
10:30 PM English News
10:45 PM Tamil News
11:00 PM Thenkinnam
10:30 PM Late Cut
11:30 PM Telebuy
07:00 PM Sindhu Bhairavi
09:30 PM Vani Rani
07:30 PM Mann Vasanai
11:00 PM Match Point : Quarter
Final 3: Australia vs.
06:00 PM England Tour of Sri
Lanka 2014 H/ls : 6th
10:00 PM Sakthi
04:30 PM Cricket Extra : Post Show
08:00 PM Karuthamma
10:30 PM Azhagi
06:00 PM En Kanavan En Thozhan
08:30 PM Alaipayuthey
11:00 PM Aahaa
06:30 PM Puthu Kavithai
09:00 PM En Iniya Thozhiye
07:00 PM Kalyanam Mudhal Kaadhal
09:30 PM Gouravam
07:30 PM Aandaal Azhagar
10:30 PM Super Aunty
04:30 PM Sirippu Varudhu
03:00 PM Valli
10:00 PM Cricket Live
09:00 PM Priyamanaval
09:30 PM Poomagal
10:00 PM WWE Smackdown
07:30 PM ICC Cricket World Cup
2015 H/ls : Quarter Final
3: Australia vs. Pakistan
06:30 PM Thirai Vaanil
08:30 PM Vamsam
09:00 PM Priyamana Thozhi
07:00 PM Cricket Legends
06:00 PM Raj News
08:00 PM Deiva Magal
08:30 PM Akka
09:00 PM UEFA Champions League
2014/15 H/ls
04:00 PM West Indies Tour of South
Africa 2014/15 H/ls : 3rd
07:30 PM Nadhaswaram
08:00 PM Hits
08:00 PM ASP World Championship
Tour 2014
09:00 PM Match Point : Quarter
Final 3: Australia vs.
07:00 PM News
07:30 PM News
06:00 PM ICC Cricket World Cup
2015 H/ls : Quarter Final
3: Australia vs. Pakistan
07:30 PM Gillette World Sport
08:30 PM Cricket Legends
06:30 PM Pasamalar
07:00 PM Ramayanam
04:30 PM Cricket Extra : Post Show
03:00 PM Cricket Classics : New
Zealand vs. Sri Lanka:
November `96
06:00 PM Mundhanai Mudichu
06:30 PM Galatta Comedy
Authorities have
responded to complaints
of residents regarding the
maintenance of the park
05:00 PM Vinnai Thodu
10:00 PM Koppium-Crime Time
03:30 PM Chinna Gounder
06:55 PM The Expendables 2
Kamala Theatre, Udhayam Theatre, PVR Cinemas,
09:00 PM Ip Man 2
AGS Cinemas, INOX National, Abirami Mega Mall,
11:28 PM You Don’t Mess with the
Woodlands Multiplex, Mayajaal Cinema, Sangam
Multiplex, Sri Ganga Cinema, Raj Theatre, Maharani
03:00 PM Euroleague Basketball 2014/15 : Nizhny
Novgorod vs. Anadolu
Efes Istanbul
09:00 PM South Africa Tour of Sri
Lanka 2013 H/ls : 1st T20
07:00 PM French Ligue 1 2014/15
H/ls : Preview Show
10:00 PM West Indies Tour of
England 2009 H/ls : 3rd
11:16 PM The Hunger Games:
PVR Cinemas, Sangam, AGS, INOX National, Hall, Rakki
06:30 PM The Matrix Reloaded
Multiplex, Abirami Theatres,
09:00 PM Kung Fu Panda
10:55 PM Green Lantern
Mayajaal, Escape Cinema, Devi Cineplex, Kamala Theatre,
06:33 PM xXx
PVR Cinemas, Sangam, AGS, INOX National, Abirami
09:00 PM Thor 2: The Dark World
11:14 PM The Mummy: Tomb of
the Dragon Emperor
The object is
to insert the
numbers in
the boxes to
satisfy only
one condition:
each row,
column and
3x3 box must
contain the
1 through 9
exactly once:
Easy nah?
09:00 PM Escape Plan
Mayajaal, Escape Cinema, Devi Cineplex, Kamala Theatre,
06:42 PM Red 2
08:00 PM West Indies Tour of South
Africa 2014/15 H/ls : 2nd
05:00 PM WWE Smackdown
07:00 PM Tri-Nation 2014
(Zim,SA,Aus) H/ls : 5th
ODI: South Africa vs.
Around Town
20 MARCH 2015
‘Make your passion your profession’
q News Today CMD motivates management students
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
Our education system does not
train people to be entrepreneurs,
but prepares them for jobs only.
Passion and commitment are key
inputs to be an enterpriser, said
News Today, Maalai Sudar and Talk
Media Private Limited chairman and
managing director T R Jawahar, at
an event titled ‘Achievers Conclave’
held at Vels University premises
here yesterday.
In his address, Jawahar told the
students of the varsity’s school of
management studies, ‘it is easy
to become an entrepreneur, but
tough to sustain in the field. Those
who have stayed are the real suc-
vision through
‘smile’ technique
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
Uma Eye Clinic at Anna Nagar, celebrated completion of 400 surgeries
on Thursday, through Small Incision
Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) technique since its installation a year ago.
Speaking at a press conference here,
Uma Eye Clinic medical director Dr
Arulmozhi Varman said, ‘SMILE is a
state-of-the-art technology in the field
of refractive ophthalmology. It is a ‘No
Flap’ technique that makes a small 2
mm cut in the cornea to remove a thin
slice of corneal tissue unlike LASIK
that creates a flap by cutting 28 mm
circumference of cornea.’
Arulmozhi said that since 2014, 1.25
lakh SMILE surgeries have been performed in more that 40 countries and
there has not been a single report on
complication or retreatment.
He added that visual recovery
following SMILE is instantaneous.
‘Patients can return to their daily activities immediately following SMILE.
The small incision and the prevision of femtosecond laser in SMILE
results in excellent corneal stability,’
he said.
cessful people. Many ventures have
bounced back after battered by the
2009 recession. They made it because of the passion. Your passion
has to be become you profession.’
He added, ‘face everything, rise
and come back. This is the attitude
an entrepreneur should possess for
He said that innovation plays a
vital part in the latter stage of a
Drawing example from his media
business, he said, ‘In 2004, when
we started Talk Media, we basically
started from scratch. Now we have
expanded to cover the near entirety
of Chennai with 18 neighbourhoods
coming under the ambit of Talk
‘It is easy to become an entrepreneur, but
tough to sustain in the field. Those who have
stayed are the real successful people’
News Today, Maalai Sudar and Talk Media Private Limited chairman
and managing director T R Jawahar speaking at an event titled
‘Achievers Conclave’ at Vels University in Chennai Thursday. (Inset)
Students at the event.
‘ You get honest
feedback for your
post from other
bloggers, apart
from healthy
with readers’,
says Deepika
who maintains
her blog Lasting
q Online journals continue
to fascinate and how!
Chennai, Mar 20:
In this digital age, one doesn’t
need to slog to convey one’s point
of view. All one needs to do is log
onto his/her blog.
That this seemingly simple activity
had captured the imagination of an
entire generation of young minds is
well-known. But what is surprising
is the fact that the craze associated
with blogging has not dampened
one bit over the last half decade
or so.
From once being a hobby of intellectuals, to emerging as the favourite
past time for many, cutting across
age and profession, this blogging
phenomenon has certainly come a
long way.
News Today catches up with a few
respondents on what makes blogging tick in today’s world.
According to Ravinder, a city-
based professional, ‘Collecting your
thoughts and putting them down
is a welcome break from this fastpaced life. Apart from satisfying the
creative self, it also turns one into
an opinionated person’.
Providing the perfect fodder for
these creative souls are blogger
communities such as BlogAdda,
which are highly sought-after by
aspiring and established writers.
Serving as a platform for bloggers
to connect with each other, these
websites also ensure that
well-written and informative writing reaches out
to a large reader base.
‘These mediums are
good support systems
and help in honing the
writing skills. You also
get honest feedback for
your blog from other
bloggers, apart from
healthy interactions with readers’,
says Deepika Muralidharan who
maintains the ‘Lasting imprints’
The monetary benefits associated
with blogging have also contributed
to its popularity, feel many.
A large number of advertisers are
now looking for popular sites and
willing to
Special indeed!
q Gifted children enact play - ‘The Garden of Light’
Chennai, Mar 20:
A golden sun emerged out of the
gloom when a group of gifted children danced around the ‘garden’
in the English play ‘The Garden
of Light’ organised by the V-Excel
Academy at Narada Gana Sabha
here yesterday.
It is an annual event exclusively
performed by the special children,
which is innovatively linked to the
curative education methodology imparted by the academy. The entire
performance, including screenplay,
direction, casting and properties,
was a handwork of students and
staff of the centre.
About the event, Vasudha, a staff
said, ‘More than 150 children were
involved in this drama. Each child
was individually informed, encour-
Media. We adapted the model of
hyper-local-journalism to make it
successful. The idea was not new,
but we incorporated innovation to
stand out in the market.’
He added, ‘Sometimes, ideas
have to be outsourced and we have
to reinvent ourselves to fit in the
present world.’
Referring to digital media as ‘castle
in the air’, he said, ‘Ultimately, this
world is physical and staying connected to it remains important.’
Children of V-Excel Acdemy performing the English play at Naradha
Gana Sabha in Chennai yesterday.
aged and trained for over three
months. The theme is recreation
where a group of children opt for
garden of light over materialism, as
it stamps over nature in the name of
progress. It also depicts the return
of wonder and beauty of nature
when children recreate a beautiful
garden with a heart. All the properties used in this show were crafted
by the students of V-Excel.’
As when these special children
sang, swayed and enacted to the
perfection, the audience were moved
to tears.
‘I was so proud of my child. I have
never seen him this happy before. He
had worked very hard to get his act
right and the thunderous applause
received from the audience cannot
be described in words’, a parent said.
A packed show accommodated
eminent personalities like World
Bank director T V Somanathan and
Sathyabama University director Mariazeema Johnson.
pay for each hit the blog
gets, thus making the practice of
maintaining an online journal a viable source of income.
‘One cannot have a steady set of
followers overnight. The key is to
identify a niche topic and ensure
that the blog is updated with all the
latest happenings in that particular
field. Ensuring regular interactions
with readers is also equally important’, states an online enthusiast.
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal
Sciences University (TANUVAS) is
planning to request the government
to increase the seats in colleges to
overcome shortage of veterinary
Addressing mediapersons to announce about the university’s 17th
convocation here yesterday, TANUVAS Vice-Chancellor Dr S Thilakar
said the government can consider
increasing the seats in BVSc and
AH courses in veterinary colleges in
Thanjavur and Thirunelveli districts
from 40 to 60 or 80 seats. He also
ruled out that there is no idea to increase seats in colleges in Chennai
and Namakkal.
Thilakar said the convocation will
be graced by Tamilnadu Governor
and Chancellor of the university K
q SRM University conducts event for catering students
way for a good career. It is these
primary elements that make all the
difference, he said.
One of the key element to become a good chef is to develop a
strong passion and interest for the
profession. One has to understand
cooking and its relation to a healthy
life, he said.
While cookery shows in televisions have helped popularising the
chef profession, lot of technique is
generally involved behind making
of the dishes shown there. And a
good chef has to ensure he masters
the technique, said College of Arts
and Tourism at Dublin Institute of
Technology assistant head (School
of Culinary Arts and Food Technology) John Clancy.
SRM University Chancellor T R
Parivendhar said the though the
demand in hospitality courses and
chef profession in particular was
less in comparison to courses like
engineering, things are changing
for better in this sector as it offers
bright career prospects with good
pay packages and emoluments.
SRM Institute of Hotel Management director Anthony Ashok Kumar
said with rise in number of hotels,
hospitality sector has created better career prospects for students of
hotel management and hospitality
The event was a platform where
young chefs interacted with veterans to know more about the nuances of culinary profession.
Course on
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
Gandhi Study Centre is conducting a programme on ‘Father of the
Nation - Mahatma Gandhi’ to the
general public through correspondence course.
According to a press release, the
course material would be availble in
both English and Tamil. The materials include the life of Gandhiji, his
thoughts and pictures of his complete life.
The question papers would be
sent to participants who can write
the exams at their residence and
mail it back to Gandhi Study Centre.
The exams would be conducted on
31 May.
Duration of the course would be
three months and a registration fee
of Rs 200.
Those who wish to enroll can send
the registration fee by MO or DD
drawn in favour of Gandhi Study
Centre on before 10 May.
For details contact: Gandhi Study
Centre, Thakkar Bapa Vidayalaya
Campus, T Nagar at 99529 52686.
TANUVAS to request
govt to increase seats
Secret of successful chefs
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
Every profession has basic fundamentals and those who pursue
it should follow, said ITC Limited
corporate chef Manjit Singh Gill.
Speaking at a programme ‘Becoming a Chef’ organised by SRM
Institute of Hotel Management in
association with Indian Federation
Of Culinary Association at SRM
University, Kattankulathur yesterday, he said understanding the
ingredients better, focusing the
mind on cooking, undertaking the
work with a mind of good thoughts
are the basics that rule the chef
A good hold on the fundamentals
would strengthen basics and pave
He advised young entrepreneurs
to keep the manufacturing industry
as a base ‘so that when you fall (you)
hit on a hard ground’.
Further, he asked them not to hunt
for ‘security’ in life, ‘The world is a
better place to live. Restrain treating
each other as a competitor. Every
planet has an orbit, likewise, everyone has a path, and we need to find
it. Trust your inner feeling, and have
the courage to walk out and pursue
your passion in life’.
SRM University Chancellor T R Parivendhar presenting a memento to
College of Arts and Tourism at Dublin Institute of Technology assistant
head (School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology) John Clancy at
a function at Kattankulathur near Chennai yesterday. SRM Institute of
Hotel Management director Anthony Ashok Kumar and ITC Limited
corporate chef Manjit Singh Gill are present.
Rosaiah and State Minister for Animal Husbandry and Pro-Chancellor
T K M Chinnayya.
Department of Agricultural Research and Education Secretary
S Ayyappan will deliver the convocation address. A total of 359
students from various courses will
receive degrees.
The Vice-Chancellor said student
Jitherndra Kumar Yadav will be
receiving 18 awards for his best
performances in the BVSc and AH
degree programme. Similarly, P
Anna Sellamaal from Thirunelveli, R
Saahitha from Tiruchi and S Sasikumar from Madurai will get eight
medals each.
He further said that the university
is currently carrying out 209 research projects, which are of worth
Rs 613 crore, and funded by various
Sankara ratha
yathra 24 March
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
Jagadguru Sri Sankara Bhagavath
Padhal Panchami Seva Trust, 56/
B5, Postal Colony First Street, will
organise Sri Sankara ratha yathra on
24 March at 7 pm from its premises.
A press release said, Regional Meterological Centre (Nungambakkam),
Director, Dr S R Ramanan will preside over the function and flag off
the yathra.
Srimad, one of the organisers said
unchavruthi, gho pooja,ekadasa
rudra parayanam, aavahandi homam
and suvasini will be performed on the
day between 8 am and 1 pm. During the yatra at 7 pm, the idols of
Sri Sankara and Sri Mahaperiyava
will be taken on procession to various streets in West Mambalam and
Ashok Nagar.
The trust can be reached at 98415
20 MARCH 2015
Loose canons
rime Minister Narendra Modi intervened in the debate on the
safety of women. In the Lok Sabha, Modi said he was ‘deeply
concerned’ about the rape of a 72-year-old nun in West Bengal. A
report on the incident has been sought from the State government.
Also, he shared the members’ concern about the reported incidents of
intimidation against the religious minorities, though some of them are
overplayed in the media.
Referring to the reported demolition of an under-construction church
in Haryana, the PM said that the State government was directed to send
a report. Members expressed outrage at the rape of the elderly nun in
Ranaghat in Nadia district. When Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s
convoy was on its way to meet the victim of the gang rape, angry locals
gheraoed her car, making it hard for her to move for nearly two hours.
Typically, and stupidly, she blamed the CPI(M) and the BJP for the
spontaneous gherao by students and women and threatened that her
party could reply in kind. Eventually, the police managed to extricate
her vehicle from the baying crowds. The CPI(M) members in the Lok
Sabha were particularly harsh in condemning the Trinamool Congress
Government for the deteriorating law and order in the state, which had
further caused insecurity among the women.
Members from most parties condemned the rape of the nun while
the Trinamool Congress members sought to shift focus by referring to
the reported demolition of the under-construction church in Haryana.
Villagers in Hissar were quoted in the media to the effect that the construction of a church was unwarranted, since no Christian lived in and
around their village. They alleged that the real motive of the person
behind the construction was to convert Hindus to Christianity, a claim
not denied by the man behind the proposed church.
Regardless, the demolition of a small wall purportedly part of the
proposed church made headline news. This is because of the alacrity
with which critics of the Modi Government seize upon every small
or not-so-small incident of real or perceived attack on minorities to
berate it for being soft on the loony fringe in the Sangh Parivar. Since
the fringe has taken to speaking out of turn and the Opposition has
taken to blowing up out of all proportion even small incidents involving religious minorities. It is not as if such incidents did not take place
earlier. They did. Now, sections of the media go out of the way to
induce members of various affiliate bodies of the RSS to mouth some
absurdities, so that it can embarrass the Prime Minister and bring a bad
name to his government. Of course, Modi himself will have to crack
the whip against the loose cannons in the Parivar and ensure that they
do not play into the hands of the Opposition
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everyone would do it. I guess that’s why
it’s called a Challenge. Believe you can
and you will!
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My thoughts are with those brave security
personnel dealing with the Fidayeen attack in
Kathua town of Jammu this morning.
New way to regenerate
heart tissue found
In a discovery that may pave the
way for regeneration of damaged
heart tissue, scientists have successfully stimulated the mouse heart to
grow new cells.
Researchers have shown that
a subset of RNA molecules,
called microRNAs, is important
for cardiomyocyte cell proliferation during development and
is sufficient to induce proliferation in cardiomyocytes in the
adult heart. The team found
that the loss of the microRNA
miR302-367 in mice led to decreased cardiomyocyte cell proliferation during development.
In contrast, increased expression of
the microRNA cluster in adult hearts
led to a reactivation of proliferation in
the normally non-reproducing adult
This reactivation occurred, in part,
through repression of a pathway
called Hippo that governs cell proliferation and organ size. ‘The Hippo
pathway normally represses
cell proliferation when it is
turned on,’ said Ed Morrisey, from the University
of Pennsylvania.
‘The cluster miR302-367
targets three of the major
kinase components in the
Hippo pathway, reducing pathway activity,
which allows cardiomyocytes to re-enter
the cell cycle and begin to regrow
heart muscle. This is a case of
repressing a repressor,’ said Morrisey.
In adult mice, re-expression of the
microRNA cluster reactivated the cell
cycle in cardiomyocytes, resulting
in reduced scar formation after an
experimental myocardial infarction
injury was induced in the mice.
Save green
Around the world, forests are being logged for timber and paper pulp and
cleared to grow mono-crops like palm oil and soy while they are deteriorating
from the impacts of global warming. Deforestation is a major driver of global
warming, responsible for up to 20 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions
more than all the cars, trucks, planes, boats and trains in the world combined.
Deforestation doesn’t just threaten our climate, it threatens the livelihoods of
1.6 billion people that rely on forests for food and economic activity. Forests
also serve as habitats to rare and undiscovered animal and plant species
and play a key role in providing water and preventing flooding and erosion.
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EU links Russia
sanctions to truce deal
q Calls for complete implementation of ceasefire
European Union leaders have
agreed to keep sanctions on Russia
in place until the end of this year at
the earliest. The sanctions, imposed
because of Russia’s alleged military
intervention in Ukraine, are now
linked to ‘complete implementation’
of a ceasefire deal.
Last month’s deal envisages
Ukraine regaining full control of its
eastern border with Russia by the
end of 2015. The sanctions target
major firms and political figures close
to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
They are unable to get Western
loans and their travel is restricted.
Pressure on Russia. The sanctions
decision was agreed at an EU summit
in Brussels. ‘Our common intention is
very clear - to maintain the sanctions
until Minsk is fully implemented,’
European Council President Donald
Tusk said at a news conference.
He was referring to the ceasefire
deal agreed in February in Belarus’
capital. Thursday’s move is designed
to force Russia to put pressure on the
heavily armed pro-Russian rebels
occupying parts of Ukraine’s eastern
Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Massive volcano
on the moon
Scientists have produced a
new map of the Moon’s most
unusual volcano showing that
its explosive eruption 3.5 billion
years ago spread debris over an
area much greater than previously thought.
A team of astronomers and
geologists, led by experts at
Durham University, UK, studied
an area of the lunar surface in
the Compton-Belkovich Volcanic
By mapping the radioactive
element thorium which spewed
out during the eruption they discovered that, with the help of the
Moon’s low gravity, debris from
the unnamed volcano was able
to cover an area the size of Scotland, or around 70,000 square
The eruption, which happened 3.5
billion years ago, threw rock five times
further than the pyroclastic flow of
molten rock and hot gases that buried
the Roman city of Pompeii, the researchers added.
The research used data from
NASA’s Lunar Prospector spacecraft which first spotted the volcanic
site in 1999 when it detected an
isolated deposit of thorium on
the Moon’s far-side between the
Compton and Belkovich impact
Since its discovery, the deposit
had been hard to study because
it is hidden beneath debris from
meteorite impacts, but Lunar
Prospector did detect gamma
rays emitted by the thorium that
can pass through up to a metre
of rock.
Based on this information, the
team used a ‘pixon’ image enhancement technique to sharpen
the map and reveal the enormous
size of the thorium deposit from the
volcanic eruption.
Lead author and Durham University PhD student Jack Wilson
said he was surprised by the
gigantic scale of the explosion.
‘Volcanoes were common in the
early life of the Moon and in fact
the dark ‘seas’ you can observe
on the lunar surface were created by runny, iron-rich, lava
that flooded large areas, filling
in impact craters and low-lying
ground,” said Wilson.
More than 6,000
people have died
since the fighting
in eastern Ukraine
erupted last April,
the UN estimates
The EU sanctions were imposed last
July and were due to expire after a
year. A formal decision to extend the
measures must still be made, and is
expected in the summer.
Both Ukraine’s military and the
rebels accuse each other of repeated
shelling, but the fragile ceasefire
agreed in Minsk, Belarus, is largely
More than 6,000 people have died
since the fighting in eastern Ukraine
erupted last April, the UN estimates.
The Kiev government, Western
leaders and Nato say there is clear
evidence that Russia has helped
the rebels with troops and heavy
weapons. Russia denies that, insisting that any Russians on the rebel
side are ‘volunteers’. The clashes
began a month after Russia annexed
Ukraine’s southern Crimea peninsula.
In Brussels, the leaders also agreed
to make gas contracts with Russia
more transparent, to avoid pricing
disputes which have bedevilled such
contracts in the past.
Many East European states in the
EU rely heavily on Russian gas supplies. But the European Commission
is investigating Russia’s Gazprom
monopoly, suspecting it of overcharging for gas.
Tusk said it was ‘unhelpful’ that most
bilateral gas contracts with Russia
were long-term, sometimes agreed
for 20 years. That timescale gives
Russia much leverage, and Tusk said
gas must no longer be used as ‘a political weapon’. Ukraine is a key transit
country for Russian gas deliveries to
Europe, and previous price disputes
have led to shortages, threatening the
EU’s energy security.
It is not yet clear how the EU Commission will monitor future gas deals
with Russia, to check compliance with
EU law. The leaders stressed that
confidentiality must still be respected
for commercial contracts.
Bodies of 5
babies found
in France
UAE Air Force aerobatic display team performs at Langkawi
International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Langkawi,
Malaysia. In the other photograph, the People’s Liberation Army’s
Air Force Air Demonstration Team, China’s best-known aerobatic
team, performing at the same event.
Police have discovered the bodies
of five babies in a house in southwestern France, a source close to the
case said, in what appears to be the
country’s worst incident of infanticide
in five years.
After the body of a newborn was
found in a thermal bag earlier, officers ‘discovered four more bodies
of babies during their search’ at the
house in Louchats, near the city of
Bordeaux, the source said, confirming a report by French television
channel iTele. The source added
that the four corpses were found in
a freezer.
The 40-year-old father was taken
into custody while the 35-year-old
mother was hospitalised, the source
added. It was the father who initially
found the bag containing the first
corpse of a newborn baby early
on Thursday at the family home,
the source close to the investigation
told AFP.
The mother apparently ‘gave birth at
home alone’, the source said, adding
that she had been taken to a hospital
in Bordeaux ‘for gynaecological and
psychiatric examinations’.
The woman ‘at this stage does not
appear to have a history of mental illness’. The couple has two daughters
aged 13 and 15.
Freaky Friday
q Solar eclipse, Spring Equinox & Supermoon all happening today
Starting in the early morning hours
this Friday, Earthlings are in for an
incredible event as three celestial
events happen all at once!
A Supermoon happens when a full
or new moon occurs right when the
moon is closest to the Earth (perigee)
during its elliptical orbit. In other
words, the moon will look ginormous
on Friday, albeit very dark and faint.
The moon will reach perigee on
Friday, so keep your eyes on the sky
for the giant silhouette!
Spring Equinox
The official start of spring, the vernal
equinox, will be marked on Friday at
6:45 pm ET|5:45 pm CT when the
Earth’s axis lines up perpendicularly
to the sun’s rays -- marking one of the
two equinoxes that occur each year.
It is often said that you can balance
a raw egg perfectly on its end during
an equinox, though this widely accepted to be just a myth.
Solar Eclipse
A solar eclipse -- where the the
moon passes directly between the
sun and Earth -- will block out most of
the sunlight during the event, casting
a massive shadow upon the Earth.
Sadly, the eclipse will not be visible
to anyone in the United States, as it
will happen around 4:30 am ET|3:30
am CT over Europe. However, if
you’re willing to wake that early, and
get to your computer, you can watch
the live stream at Slooh’s online
observatory. NASA predicts the “instant of greatest eclipse” will happen
around 5:45 am ET|4:45 a.m. CT.
In two years, though, the US will
enjoy the best seats aboard spaceship Earth for the solar eclipse on
21 August 2017, according to NASA.
Thai former PM to face trial over rice scheme
Thailand’s former Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatra was ordered to
stand trial over her role in a controversial rice subsidy scheme that cost
the country billions and could face up
to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
Supreme Court’s Criminal Division
for Holders of Political Office ordered
47-year-old Yingluck, Thailand’s first
woman premier, to be in court on 19
May to enter her plea in the case.
The court announced that its panel
of nine judges in charge of the case
had considered the lawsuit and found
that the court had the authority to try
the case in line with procedures for
trials against political office holders
and that the suit was line with the
Yingluck Shinawatra
Supreme Court’s rules.
‘The panel (of judges) has decided
that this case falls within our authority. We accept this case,’ Judge
Viraphol Tangsuwan said.
The court also appointed Tangsuwan, vice president of the Supreme
Court, as the judge advocate in
charge of the case. Yingluck was
charged by public prosecutors with
having violated the Criminal Code
and the Anti-Corruption Act in the
rice-pledging case.
She is not accused of corruption
herself but of failing to prevent alleged
graft in the programme. Thailand’s attorney general filed criminal charges
against Yingluck in February, accusing her of ‘dereliction of duty’ over the
populist but loss making rice scheme.
Yingluck did not attend the Bangkok
court today but will be legally obliged
to attend the first hearing in May. In
a statement on her Facebook page
published shortly after the ruling, she
defended the controversial scheme
as one which ‘lifted the quality of life
for rice farmers’.
The decision to prosecute Yingluck
is likely to deepen the long-running
political crisis in the military-ruled
nation. Yingluck is the younger sister
of fugitive former premier Thaksin
Shinawatra who is on a self-imposed
exile in Dubai after his ouster in a
coup in 2006. Thaksin’s influence is
still there in Thai politics.
The decision could spell the end of
her family’s political dominance. The
rice subsidy programme, introduced
in 2011, pledged to pay farmers well
above the market rate for their crop.
20 MARCH 2015
IP is India’s new address
q Intellectual property gaining importance in country: WIPO chief
Poorvika, in association with LG, is running a contest to mark the
ongoing World Cup cricket. One of the winners of the contest is being
presented a prize at the mobile retailer’s outlet in the city recently.
Apple to ‘watch’ out
for competition
q Tag Heuer, Google & Intel team up
Basel, Mar 20 (AFP):
Luxury Swiss watchmaker Tag
Heuer announced on Thursday it
was joining forces with technology behemoths Google and Intel
to develop a smartwatch that
can compete with the new Apple
The timepiece, which aims
to combine Swiss
watchmaking knowhow with high-end
technology, is expected to hit stores by the end
of the year, Tag Heuer chief JeanClaude Biver told the Baselworld
watch fair.
‘Silicon Valley and Switzerland
are going to conquer the market
of the connected watch’, he told
a press conference at the world’s
largest trade show for timepieces,
in the northern Swiss city of Basel.
Biver, an industry legend who
also leads the watch division of
Tag Heuer’s owners LVMH, did
not reveal how much the watch
would cost or which functions it
would have.
‘We don’t want the competition
to know what we are going to do.
We want them to be surprised’, he
In a statement, the three
companies said their partnership ‘signifies a new
era of collaboration between Swiss watchmakers and Silicon Valley,
bringing together each company’s
respective expertise in luxury
watchmaking, software and hardware’.
David Singleton, head of engineering for Android Wear at
Google, said the company was
‘thrilled’ with the project, telling
the news conference the companies were ready to ‘forge a new
evolution for the luxury watch of
the future’.
Geneva, Mar 20 (PTI):
The system of intellectual property
has a role to play in ‘Make in India’
and is fast-gaining importance in
the country, the World Intellectual
Property Organization chief said on
Thursday while releasing a report on
global statistics for IP-related activity
in 2014.
Director general of the Genevabased WIPO, Francis Gurry, said in
a press briefing, ‘You are not going to
Make in India unless you pay attention to technology being competitive.
And IP has a role to play in that process. We also see it reflected in the
rising domestic activity. So there are
increasing number of applications being received in India which means domestic applicants are filing, generally
speaking, more and more foreigners
are interested in the Indian market’,
initiative for govt
& enterprises
q Set to touch $35 bn by 2020
third shopping search on Google is
fashion-related and the queries on
fashion are growing at 66 per cent
Bawankule further pointed out that
the online population in India would
grow to 100 million by 2016 and 250
million by 2020 from its present 40 million.
By 2018, India is set to witness
500 million internet users whereas
280 million smart-phone users could
be the key drivers for e-commerce
Citing Forester Consumer Research
2014, Bawankule said that new users
will fuel the growth in online sales by
purchasing online in the next one
year that will drive 26-31 per cent
increase in apparel, footwear, babycare and skincare products.
German store
to set foot
in city
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
Metro Cash & Carry India, the local unit of German wholesale firm
Metro Cash & Carry, is planning to
set up its stores in the city.
Speaking to reporters here yesterday, the company’s head (corporate
relations), Vishal Sehgal said,’The
company needs atleast 2-3 acres
to set up its facility here. We are
on the lookout for places.’
Vishal stated that opening a store
with stringent structural and quality
parameters would naturally take its
own time.
‘First, we have to identify a land
and have to build the store with
facility to offload commodities from
big-sized trucks,’ he said.
The company operates 16 wholesale distribution centres, including
three in Bengaluru, two each in
Hyderabad and Mumbai, and one
each in New Delhi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Zirakpur,
Amritsar, Vijayawada and Indore.
Vishal said almost 90 per cent
of the products are sourced from
within the country, while some of
the imports are made depending
on the specific requirements of its
Metro Cash & Carry India, which
started operations in India in the
year 2003, had announced last year
that it will increase the number of
stores in India to 50 from the existing 16 by 2020.
Gurry said. Within the BRICS group,
after China, India with 1,394 patent
applications is the largest user of the
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
system - the WIPO-administered
global system of acquisition of patent
rights in multiple jurisdictions followed
by the Russian Federation and South
Indian patents have grown by
5.6 percentage over the 2013 PCT
‘India has been performing better
BASF, Waterlife
team up for
‘safe’ water
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
BASF Catalysts India Private Limited and Waterlife
India are working together
to bring safe drinking water
to the local community in
Singaperumal Koil in the city,
with a new community drinking water plant.
According to a press release, the plant, sponsored by
BASFCatalysts India Private
Limited, was inaugurated by
Kattangulathur Panchayat
Union’s chairman E Sampathkumar, Singaperumal Koil
Gram Panchayat’s president
S Ravichandran, along with
BASF South Asia head Raman Ramachandran.
Axis cuts deposit rates
Axis Bank has cut fixed deposit rates by up to 0.25 per cent across various
maturities. Axis Bank is one of the first major lenders to slash its deposit
offering after RBI’s repo cut a fortnight back.
The third largest private sector lender has cut its deposit rate offerings
by 0.25 per cent across buckets in the 18 to 36 months window, a bank
official said.
Similarly, for deposits up to 18 months, the rates have been decreased
by 0.15 per cent to 8.50 per cent. The deposit rate cuts, which generally
precede a lending rate cut, are on retail deposits under Rs one crore and
effective from 11 March this year.
NABARD pitches for
technology in banks
NABARD on Wednesday pitched for implementation of Core Banking
Solutions across the cooperative banks for better efficiency and furthering
the goal of financial inclusion.
There is a need to keep pace with the changing needs, Nabard Chairman
Harsh Kumar Bhanwala said at a workshop for the MDs/CEOs of State
Cooperative Banks.
The banks were requested to be in readiness on DBT (Direct Benefit
Transfer) technology platform to serve the farmers’ needs.
He requested the State Cooperative Banks to take up the leadership role
in providing banking services by playing a proactive role in financial inclusion by technology adoption.
HDFC to expand in Kerala
HDFC Bank, which on Thursday opened its 150th branch in Kerala, wants
to take the branch distribution to 200 in the state in 12-24 months, a top
bank official said.
Speaking after opening the 150th branch at Kakkanad- Seaport-Airport
Road in Kochi, Branch banking head Dhiraj Relli spoke about the growth
of the bank in Kerala and said its Credit Deposit Ratio is over 112 per cent
in the State.
‘In Kerala, we are looking forward to extending our branch network to 200
branches in 12 to 24 months. From the current level of 150 branches, we
want to take the branch distribution to 200 branches’, Relli said.
than Russia and Brazil, in particular
and we see a healthy growth in PCT
filings from India. I should caution
though that ultimately we don’t know
what’s driving filings from one year to
the next but it is perfectly consistent
with the business cycle’, Carsten Fink,
a WIPO official said.
Among Indian applicants in 2014, the
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research -- the country’s largest research
and development organisation leads
by a wide margin of filing 117 patents
followed by Ranbaxy Laboratories
Limited with 37 patents.
The top four fields of technology
for India for the PCT system were
organic fine chemistry which grew
by 9.5 per cent over 2013 data, pharmaceuticals (10.9 per cent growth),
computer technology (fell by 1.3 per
cent) and biotechnology (7.5 per
The WIPO report shows that on
the whole, China and US accounted
for 87 per cent of the total growth in
filings under the PCT with 2,15,000
applications, a 4.5 per cent increase
over the previous year.
Among the top-filing countries, China is the only country that saw double
digit growth of 18.7 per cent followed
by the UK (an increase of nine per
cent) and the US (an increase of 7.1
per cent), a statement said.
‘Indian CEOs more
confident than peers’
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
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tage of the cloud, Microsoft India on
Chennai, Mar 20:
Thursday launched a special Cloud
Accelerator Program.
Chief executive offi cers in India
According to a press release, this
are more confident about the growth
announcement was made by the com- prospects of their business than
pany’s leadership at the 2015 Microsoft
global peers and a majority of them
Azure Conference.
are looking at alliances to enter
The Cloud Accelerator Program will
new markets, a PwC study said on
serve as a catalyst to accelerate the Thursday.
adoption of these services amongst
According to PwC’s 18th Annual
enterprises and government organi- Global CEO Survey, 62 per cent
sations. This will help them to not
Indian chief executive officers are
only plan local cloud roadmaps, but
very confident of their growth prosalso increase compliance with local
pects in the short term (12 months)
- higher than their global peers and
It is designed to help Indian customup from 49 per cent last year.
ers start and complete their cloud jour‘The optimism in India may be
ney. More than 15 Microsoft partners
including HCL, Wipro and Tech Mahi- more than just the euphoria folndra will be part of the roll out in India. lowing a majority growth-oriented
government being voted to power
‘The program is designed to help India
at the Centre’, the report said, addmove to the cloud, and in turn, help
ing that 84 per cent of Indian CEOs
‘Make in India’ a reality’, said Microsoft
see more ‘opportunities’ while only
India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik.
41 per cent see more ‘threats’.
Online fashion
retail gets critics nod
Mumbai, Mar 20 (PTI):
The fashion business in India through
e-commerce portals is expected to see
a turnover of $35 billion by 2020, said
Google director for E-commerce and
Online Nitin Bawankule.
‘By 2020, India is expected to generate $100 billion online retail revenue
out of which $35 billion will be through
fashion e-commerce. Online apparel
sales are set to grow four times in coming years’, he said at the India Fashion
According to Google research, every
Within the BRICS group, after China, India with
1,394 patent applications is the largest user of
the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) system - the
WIPO-administered global system of acquisition
of patent rights in multiple jurisdictions followed
by the Russian Federation and South Africa
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within and outside the country. Our
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CEOs about growth of their businesses as also of the economy’,
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‘Give Indian bowlers due credit’
Former cricket legends hail Dhoni’s captaincy
Melbourne, Mar 20 (PTI):
Impressed with the excellent bowling show by the Indian team so far,
former captain Sunil Gavaskar said
that the bowlers have combined well
as a unit to pick all the opposition
wickets in the seven wins on the trot
in the ongoing cricket World Cup.
India, who thrashed Bangladesh
in the quarter-finals here today, are
well on course to defend their title as
the bowling attack led by Mohammed
Shami -- highest wicket-taker (17
scalps in six games) in the tournament so far -- has managed to bundle
out the opposition in all the games,
and Gavaskar is impressed with the
show by the bowlers.
‘They are combining well
as a bowling unit. The seam
bowlers are keeping the
pressure on, somebody is
getting you early wickets and
then there is no leakage of runs.
Sometimes the first-change bowlers
comes and he leaks a lot of runs, that
hasn’t happened. The spinners have
kept it tight as well. So all told, the
bowling unit has been very impressive,’ Gavaskar said after India’s 109run win against Bangladesh. ‘They
have dismissed have every single
team they have played against and
I think what more can a captain ask
for. He gets into a position where he
really doesn’t have to worry too much
Mortaza fined,
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortoza’s World Cup woes continued
even after the team’s quarter-final exit
as the medium-pacer was handed a
one-match suspension and slapped
with a fine for his team’s slow
over-rate. Mortaza, whose team was
found guilty of bowling two overs short
in the stipulated time to complete their
quota of 50 overs against India, was
found to repeat the offence twice after
being fined in the England game for a
minor over-rate offence.
USA redrawn with
Brazil in Sudirman Cup
Kuala Lumpur, Mar 20 (PTI):
Badminton World Federation (BWF)
had to redraw Group 2 for the prestigious Sudirman Cup due to a discrepancy in the team rankings.
The redraw was necessitated after
it was confirmed that points from a
player ineligible for representation
were included in the USA team ranking. Singapore, Netherlands, Canada
and Spain are now in Group 2A while
Hong Kong, USA, France and Brazil
are in Group 2B, following today’s
redraw at BWF’s Office, BWF
said in a release. The player is
under USA’s jurisdiction (GCR 9)
but cannot represent that country
as per the requirements of GCR 8
International Representation. On
recalculation of their team points, the
USA were ranked 16th, therefore in
Group 2 and not in Group 1. Russia
became the 12th team and part of
Group 1 for the World Mixed Team
Championships. It was therefore decided that: Russia would be promoted
to take USA’s place in Group 1B (with
Japan and Chinese Taipei), Group
2 would be redrawn as there were
changes in the seeding order (Russia
having previously been ranked 13th
while the USA, who replaced them in
Group 2, are ranked 16th).
There is no change to Group 1,
Groups 3 and 4. BWF Referee Assessor, Chua Soo Hock (above),
witnessed and signed off the redraw.
The Vivo BWF Sudirman Cup is
scheduled to take place from May
10 to 17 at the
Nissan Sports
Center in Dongguan, China,
with 35 countries
Patience was the
key: Rohit
Rohit Sharma
Mar 20:
pener Rohit
reached a century
off 108 balls
to revive India's
innings in
the World Cup quarter-final
against Bangladesh at
the Melbourne Cricket Ground
o n
Thursday. The defending
champions went on to
win the match by 109
runs and book a spot in the
semis. The huge contingent
of Indian supporters in the crowd
cheered Rohit as he reached his
seventh ODI ton with 10 fours and
a six. He finally scored 137 off 126
balls to help India post a commendable 302/6.(LIVE Scorecard)
However, Rohit had a lucky escape
o n
90 when
he holed
out and
w a s
at deep midwicket off Rubel
Hossain but
umpire Ian
Gould signalled
a no-ball for a
waist-high ball despite TV replays
indicating it to be a legitimate delivery.
After his innings, an elated
Rohit Sharma said, 'It was a
Peeved BCB to take up
Rohit ‘no-ball’ with ICC
Melbourne, Mar 20 (PTI):
Outraged by the umpiring in
Bangladesh’s World Cup quarterfinal loss to India here, the
country’s Cricke t
Board is all set
to lodge a protest in the ICC
and has got
the backing
of the governing body’s
President AHM
Mustafa Kamal, who
said the on-field offici- ating was
very poor’.
Bangladesh were handed a 109run thrashing by India in the quarterfinal match here. The only dramatic
moment in what was otherwise a
Rohit Sharma
clinical Indian performance was when
centurion Rohit Sharma got a close
no-ball reprieve. Rohit was on an
individual score of 90 and team total
on 196 in the 40th over bowled by
Rubel Hossain when a marginal ‘no-
ball’ call went in favour of the Indian
opener. Rohit went onto add another
47 runs in quick time to help India go
past 300-run mark.
Ian Gould was the umpire who adjudged Rubel’s full-toss as waist high
‘no-ball’ with Rohit being holed out at
deep mid-wicket boundary. However,
TV replays showed that it was a real
touch-and-go situation which could
have gone either way.
BCB said it will protest the umpiring
in its report to the ICC.
‘Naturally we will appeal against
these decision in our report. It won’t
change the result, unfortunately. One
wrong decision can make a huge difference in a World Cup quarter-final,
BCB president Nazmul Hassan was
quoted as saying by ‘ESPNCricinfo’.
Djokovic reaches
Indian Wells semis
Indian Wells, Mar 20:
Novak Djokovic didn’t have to hit
a ball to get into the semifinals of
the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday
when opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew because of a back injury.
Tomic’s withdrawal was announced about five hours before
he was to play the top-ranked
Djokovic, a three-time champion
at Indian Wells who won his first
three matches in straight sets. He
had beaten Tomic each of the three
times they’ve played. Fans on stadium court jeered the news.
Djokovic’s semifinal opponent
on Saturday will be fourth-seeded
Andy Murray, who defeated No.
12 seed Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4
for his 497th career victory. His
wins are the most by any Brit in the
Open era, overtaking Tim Henman
who had 496 career wins.Murray
dropped serve just once against the
left-handed Lopez while serving for
the match at 5-2 in the second set.
He improved to 10-0 against Lopez
all-time. ‘Every time he came to net I
about one bowler getting
hammered because that
can happen in a one-day
situation,’ he added. Gavaskar
also praised Dhoni’s hanling
of his regular and non-regular
bowling options.
What Dhoni is doing is that he is using Suresh Raina very cleverly. He is
bringing him in on if (Ravindra) Jadeja
or (Ravinchandran) Ashwin go for a
few runs in their first couple of overs
till they settle down and then Raina
comes in and bowls 3-4 quick overs
and sometimes more than that, picks
up a wicket, keeps it tight and then
Dhoni can go back to the spinners
and get them to bowl well,’ he said.
made it very difficult for him,’ Murray
said. ‘I passed very well, and that was
important, because it meant that he
spent more time at the back of the
court. When we were in the baseline
Novak Djokovic
rallies, I felt like I was able to dictate
a lot of those points.’
Djokovic owns a 16-8 edge over
Murray. They haven’t met since
the 2013 Wimbledon final, won by
‘He will be totally fresh
as well and ready for the
semis, so it will be a tough
one for me,’ Murray said. ‘But I
feel like I played well this week
and if I can keep that level
up and for a sustained period
on Saturday, I’ll have a
On the women’s side, Jelena Jankovic reached the semifinals when
qualifier Lesia Tsurenko retired in
the second set with a foot injury.
Jankovic, the 2010 champion, was
only on court for 46 minutes when
Tsurenko called it quits trailing the
Serb 6-1, 4-1.
for us.
We wanted
to make it
count. Glad
we were able
to eventually
post a big total.'
Talking about
his restrained
approach in the
middle of the
Indian innings, Rohit
said, 'It was important for
me to stay, especially knowing we lost a couple of wickets
in the middle. Before we started we
knew it was going to be slow and low.
We just wanted to take our time and
play our game. I knew if I stayed till
the 30th-35th over, then we could
make a big score.'
Sharma though, unleashed himself
once he went past his hundred.
All the shots I played today, I liked
it. After the rain the ball started to
come on nicely. I think it's a decent
total, said Rohit. However, he said
that India weren't underestimating
the Bangladeshi batsmen.
'We know we can't underestimate
the Bangladeshi batsmen.
Humpy, Harika excel
Sochi, Mar 20 (PTI):
Indian Grandmasters Koneru
Humpy and Dronavalli Harika made
it to the last-32, winning the second
game of the first round of the world
women’s chess championship, here.
Maintaining a clean slate,
Humpy was a class act
against Ayah Moaatz
of Egypt in the second
game of the mini-match
and cruised through
in a mere 28 moves to
proceed to the next round
without much ado.
After a difficult first game, all eyes
were on Harika, the semi-finalist in
the previous knockout world championship but she too did her best with
white pieces in the return game to
send Tatev Abrahamyan of United
States packing. The other Indian in
the fray Mary Ann Gomes lived up
to her reputation and forced Tatiana
Kosintseva in the tiebreaker after
drawing her second game on the trot
against the highly regarded Russian.
Mary Ann will now play two sets of
Rapid games and in case of
a tied result there too,
will play more games
of shorter duration till
a result is achieved.
Humpy called the
shots right from the
word go against Moaatz
who started with the English
opening in the second game against
the top seeded player here. The position was equal for a long time in the
middle game and then Humpy came
up with a fine positional squeeze
when her knight entered the sixth
Saina suffering from
pain in shoulders
Saina Nehwal
New Delhi, Mar 20 (PTI):
Ace India shuttler Saina Nehwal is
suffering from a shoulder pain, which
she developed while playing at the
prestigious All England Championship in Birmingham early this month.
Having some pain in my shoulder
hope to recover soon, tweeted the
Olympic bronze medallist.The news
has given a scare to millions of her
fans who are waiting to see her play
at the India Open Super Series at the
Siri Fort Sports Complex here, starting with the qualifiers from Tuesday.
However, Saina told PTI that the pain
was not serious. It is not serious but
there is some pain, said the shuttler
from Hyderabad, who turned 25 last
Tuesday. While playing I just got it
but it happens when you are playing
at the highest level, she added.
The World No.2 had launched the
new season by clinching the Syed
Modi International Grand Prix Gold
in Lucknow in January and then
became the first Indian woman to
reach the fi nal of the All England
Open earlier this month.
Mixed Bag
Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Byrappa speaking at three-day
national seminar on ‘Crystal Growth’ at VIT University, Vellore recently.
Experts discuss crystal
growth at VIT University
NT Bureau
Vellore, Mar 20:
In the growing modern technology,
applications of single crystal is interestingly one of the important subject
in crystal growth, said Mangalore
University Vice-Chancellor Byrappa.
He said this during a three-day
national seminar on ‘Crystal Growth’
organsied by VIT School of Advanced Sciences in association with
the Indian Association for Crystal
Growth (IACG) at VIT University
premises recently.
Physics, agrochemical, crystallography, chemical engineering and
science are a few to name by which
structure on crystal growth can be
learnt, Byrappa said.
He also released the IACG newsletter during the event.
Professor Fumio Hamada of Akita
University in Japan, P Ramasamy of
Indian Association for Crystal
Growth, VIT Pro Vice-Chancellor S
Narayanan, Anna University professor Dhanasekaran and VIT School
of Advanced Sciences dean V M
Sundra Sekaran participated.
The scientific deliberations at the
seminar covered a wide range of
topics in crystal growth, in form of
essays, oral and poster presentations.
Members of Madras High Court Advocates’ Association today staged a
protest in the High Court premises against the recognition given by the Bar
Council of Tamilnadu and Puducherry to Tamilnadu Advocates’ Association.
Guv, Jaya greet
people on Ugadi
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
Tamilnadu Governor K Rosaiah and
former Chief Minister
J Jayalalithaa today
greeted people on
the eve of Telugu and
Kannada New Year.
In his message, the
Governor said, ‘On the joyous occasion of Telugu and Kannada New
year, I extend my heartiest greetings
and best wishes to the Telugu and
Kannada speaking people in Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana,
Karnataka and the people living in
other parts of India and across the
‘Let us on the dawn of ‘Manmadha
Nama Ugadi’ resolve to make our nation self- sufficient, clean and green.
May the birth of Manmadha
Nama Ugadi usher in peace, prosperity and progress in all spheres,’
he said.
AIADMK general secretary and
former Tamilnadu Chief Minister J
Jayalalithaa in her greetings, said,
‘I extend my warm greetings and
good wishes to all fellow citizens,
particularly to Telugu and Kannada
speaking people in Tamilnadu. Living
here breaking the language barriers
without affecting their tradition and
culture shows the diversity in the
Black or white,
money matters
Plus Two student
commits suicide
q Crucial bill to be tabled in Parliament
NT Bureau
Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of
New Tax) Bill, 2015, which would make the non-disclosure
of overseas income and assets a predicate offence, will
be tabled in the Parliament.
Earlier this week, the Cabinet approved the Bill which
provides for a maximum of 10 years rigorous imprisonment
for offenders who conceal income and assets and indulge
in evasion in relation to foreign assets.
In his radio address Mann ki Baat,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had
vowed to bring back ‘every penny
of the poor man’s money’ stashed
abroad as untaxed or black money,
saying it was ‘an article of faith’ for
Last month, the Union government
started legal proceedings against
60 people who allegedly have black
money stashed away in illegal foreign
According to the consortium’s
report, 1,195 Indians, figure in the
HSBC list, with a total balance of Rs
25,420 crore.
being tabled, the Bill
could be referred to the Parliamentary
Committee for scrutiny before being taken up
for passage.
The Bill will provide a short window to overseas asset
holders to declare their wealth, pay taxes and penalties to
escape punitive action. The law will enable confiscation
of benami property and provide for prosecution, blocking a major avenue for generation and holding of
black money in the form of benami property,
especially in real estate.
A transgender was allegedly assaulted by members of her own
community in Choolai this morning.
According to sources, Velvizhi
(45), Pooja (29), Appu alias Anandi
(24) and Sneha (24), all residents of
Namasivayapuram, attacked
Sonali (28) of the same area,
when she refused to lend money
to the four.
A case has been registered by the
Kodambakkam police.
The Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition
of Tax) Bill contains provisions for strict action against those
stashing away money abroad - a 300 per cent tax and rigorous imprisonment of 10 years, sources said.
The Income Tax assesses, who have overseas assets, will
get a one-time opportunity for declaring them.
The Bill seeks to make non-filing of income tax returns or
filing of returns with inadequate disclosure of foreign assets
liable for prosecution with punishment of rigorous imprisonment of up to 7 years.
Woman robbed
in Anankaputhur
A woman was robbed off her gold
chain in Anankaputhur this morning.
According to sources, Gandhi
(40), a resident of Balaji Nagar, was
returning home from the market
when unidentified men snatched
her five sovereign gold chain.
The Shankar Nagar police has
registered a case.
passes away
In a double tragedy to the family,
IAS officer D K Ravi’s grandmother passed away after suffering a
heart attack today.
March. The Congress government
in Karnataka has so far stated
that he committed suicide due to
personal reasons. But the opposition wants a CBI probe since Ravi
had taken tough action
against land, sand and
real estate mafia during
his tenures as deputy
commissioner in Kolar
and additional commissioner, commercial tax.
Sources said Ravi frequently used to post about
the achievements of the
woman IAS officer on his
Facebook page. Their friendship
pre-dated his marriage to Congress
politician Hanumantharayappa’s
daughter Kusuma four years ago,
sources said.
Chief Minister
Akhilesh Yadav has
announced an exgratia payment of Rs
two lakh to the next
of kin of the deceased
and Rs 50,000 to the
injured in DehradunVaranasi Janta Express
People from nearby villages rushed to the spot to help in rescue and
relief operations near Bachrawan Railway Station.
accident presented a devastated sight
Rs two lakh to the next of kin of the
with one of the bogies reduced to a
deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
mangle of steel.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has
Train movement on the Lucknow-Var- instructed Chairman Railway Board A K
anasi section of the Northern Railway
Mittal and Member Traffic Ajay Shukla to
has been disrupted due to the accident. rush to the spot. Railways is focusing on
The injured passengers have been
the relief and rescue operation and the
rushed to the district hospital.
injured persons have been shifted to the
nearby hospital, the spokesperson said,
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has
adding, MoS Railway Manoj Sinha is also
announced an ex-gratia payment of
Virat is a big
occasion player,
says Dhoni
Sydney, Mar 20 (PTI):
It has been a lull after storm for Virat Kohli in the ongoing ICC Cricket
World Cup but his skipper Mahendra Singh
Dhoni stood
firmly behind
his deputy expressing confidence that
he will come
good on a big
day as he is a
‘big occasion player’.
Kohli, who had four Test hundreds
in four-match Test series scored a
hundred in the Cup opener against
Pakistan but since then have had
scores of 46, 33 no, 33, 44 no, 38
and 3 in the next six games.
Asked if it was a case of poor
shot selection rather than good
bowling from the opposition, Dhoni
didn’t agree. ‘I don’t think poor
shot selection is the case. He is a
dominant batsman, he loves playing his strokes. I don’t think he has
batted badly at all,’ skipper batted
for Kohli during post-match press
conference after the quarter-fi nal
win over Bangladesh.
NT Bureau
Chennai, Mar 20:
A Plus Two student committed
suicide at his house in Nerkundram
last night.
According to sources, Vishnu
Kumar (16), son of Sudhandhiran
who works as a security guard, was
a student of a government school
in Kodambakkam.
Police said Vishnu was allegedly
depressed after attending the mathematics paper on Wednesday and
hung himself when he was alone
at home last night.
It is also reported that there was a
power cut in the area on Tuesday,
the day before the exam, and that
the fear of failure could have forced
Vishnu, who is said to be good in
studies, take the extreme step.
The body has been sent to Kilpauk
Medical College and Hospital, with
the Koyambedu police registering
a case.
at Choolai
q Rail services between Lucknow and Varanasi section affected
Rae Bareili (UP), Mar 20 (PTI):
Fifteen persons were killed and
150 others injured when the engine
and two coaches of the DehradunVaranasi Janta Express derailed near
Bachrawan Railway Station today.
According to preliminary reports, the
locomotive driver apparently overshot
the signal and as a result, the engine
and two adjoining coaches derailed,
Railway Spokesperson Anil Saxena
said in Delhi.
‘Fifteen persons were killed and
about 150 persons were injured in
the accident,’ the spokesperson said.
Railways have ordered an inquiry and
announced a compensation of Rs 2
lakh for the next of kin of those killed
in the accident.
While Rs 50,000 will be given to
those injured seriously, Rs 20,000 will
be given to people with minor injuries.
As soon as the news of the accident
spread, people from nearby villages
rushed to the spot to help in rescue
and relief operations.
The villagers helped in extricating
passengers trapped in the mangled
coaches of the train. The spot of the
15 dead, 150 hurt as
express train derails
‘Ravi rang his batchmate
44 times on day he died’
Bengaluru, Mar 20:
On the day he committed suicide,
36-year-old IAS officer D K Ravi,
whose death has triggered widespread protests and demands for
a CBI probe, called a 2009 IAS
batchmate as many as 44 times in
the span of an hour, investigation
of his call detail records by the
police has revealed. The woman
IAS officer, who has known Ravi
since their IAS training days, has
been approached by the police as
part of the probe.
This interaction between Ravi and the
woman IAS officer, who
is married and posted
in southern Karnataka,
and their final conversations are a central
part of the probe by the
Criminal Investigation
Department of the Karnataka police.
Ravi, a former additional commissioner of enforcement in the
commercial taxes department,
was found dead at his flat in
Bangalore on the evening of 16
20 MARCH 2015
expected to rush to the site to monitor the
Rescue teams from Lucknow and
Rae Bareli have rushed to the spot and
cranes have been deployed to lift the
bogies. The seriously injured would be
sent to King George Medical University
and Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences -- both in
A trauma centre in KGMU was being
kept ready to handle the injured passengers. Ambulances carrying teams
of doctors have been rushed to the accident site to help the passengers who
were seen screaming in pain.
‘Mumbai will
continue to
belong to Sena’
Mumbai, Mar 20 (PTI):
Continuing its diatribe against ally
BJP, the Shiv Sena today said it does
not matter which party has more
elected representatives in Mumbai, as
the city was and will continue to belong
to the Sena.
‘They (the BJP) say that they have
more elected representatives in Mumbai, which makes it their city. The Marathi speaking people have struggled
for the city and they won this struggle.
These people are firmly standing behind the Shiv Sena,’ an editorial in Sena
mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said.
‘Thus, it is simple to comprehend
that the city will belong to those behind whom the people firmly stand,’
it said. Mumbai belonged to the
Sena even when it didn’t have a
single elected representative in the
city, it pointed out. The Shiv Sena
presently has 14 MLAs and BJP 15
legislators out of 36 Assembly seats
in Greater Mumbai.
‘If there was no Shiv Sena in Mumbai, the city would have been placed
under the Centre’s rule. Even our
political opponents will agree to this,’
the editorial further said.
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Match Diary
The highlights of the second quarterfinals
of the ICC cricket World Cup between India
and Bangladesh were:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the first Indian skipper
and the third to record 100 victories or more in
ODIs. His record - Played: 177 - lost 62, Tied 4
and No Result 11 - winning % 61.44).
Apart from Dhoni, just two skippers have won
more games than Dhoni - Ricky Ponting (165)
and Allan Border (107).
India have won eleven World Cup matches in a
row - a feat recorded by them for the first time,
extending their winning sequence.
India, for the first time, have won the first seven
matches in any World Cup edition. India’s tally
of successive victories is exceeded only by Australia’s 25 between 1999 and 2011.
Umesh Yadav (4/31) has produced his careerbest bowling performance in ODIs, eclipsing the 4
for 53 vs Sri Lanka at Hyderabad on 9 November,
Umesh Yadav has completed his 50 wickets in a
winning cause - his tally being 52 at an average
of 25.15 in 31 matches.
Shami has bagged 17 wickets (ave13.29) in
seven matches - the most by any bowler in World
Cup 2015.
India (302/6) have registered their second highest
World Cup total at MCG next only to the 307 for
seven vs South Africa on 22 February,2015.
Suresh Raina has registered fifty-plus innings in
succession for the first time in World Cups - 110
not out vs Zimbabwe at Auckland on March 14,
2015 and 65 vs Bangladesh at Melbourne on
March 19, 2015.
India’s superb 109-run victory is their sixth in ten
World Cup games in Australia (lost three and
no-result one).
ovation for
Team India
Team India received an
overwhelming applause
from thousands of cricket
fans who thronged the
Melbourne Cricket Ground
(MCG) to watch Mahendra
Singh Dhoni’s men take on
Bangladesh in the quarterfinal of ICC World Cup.
The Bengal Tiger fans
were also present in big
numbers, although the
Indian fans outnumbered
them. Of the total 51,552
crowd, almost 90 per cent
of them were Indians. Every run was applauded by
clapping, flag waving and
dancing to the Bollywood
A enthusiast fan described the match as interesting and very eventful.
‘It’s a good team spirit
India has shown which
really helped the
team to reach this
stage and we are
really happy,’ said
Naveen Rayala. Not
only a huge crowd of Indi-
ans living in Melbourne had
witnessed the match but
also large number of people from different parts of
Australi a
a s
countries like the UK, New
Zealand and USA
gathered here to
see their heroes
in action.
‘Its was an
awesome performance by Indian team and
the semi-finals
will be really interesting. Given
their performance,
we are pinning
hig h h o p e s f o r
the World Cup
too,’ said a
Jasmeet Singh,
who visited Melbourne to watch
the match.
The match not only attracted Indians youngsters
but a large number of children and elders were also
present to cheer the team.
Defending champions
India defeated Bangladesh by 109 runs to
reach the semi-fi nals of
the World Cup.
New Zealand vs
West Indies at
Wellington 6.30 a.m (IST)
Dropping me was
a mistake: Cook
Discharged England captain Alastair Cook said his
country’s early exit from
the World Cup was proof
that the England and Wales
Cricket Board (ECB) was
wrong to sack him as oneday captain just months
from the quadrennial tournament. Speaking in Abu
Dhabi ahead of the Emirates T20 tournament this
week, Cook said: I can’t
speak about what’s gone
on there in depth, but you
always back yourself, and
I would have loved to have
had the opportunity that
was taken away from me.
‘The selectors made that
decision because they
thought it was the best for
English cricket. Hindsight
has probably proved them
wrong, but now it’s very
easy to say that, Cook was
quoted as saying by cricket.
Picture in picture
Left-handed batsman Eoin Morgan had replaced Cook
in December last year, less than two months before England’s World Cup opener against Australia at the MCG,
which they lost by 111 runs.
England went on to suffer heavy losses to New Zealand,
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to finish fifth in Pool A and miss
the quarter-finals.
The decision to sack Cook
came after England had won just nine of
25 ODIs in 2014
and the opener suffered a
drop in form with
the bat. He had surpassed
50 just once in
22 matches before he
was axed.
Speaking on another
England cricketer
who was sacked
from the side, Kevin Pietersen,
the 30-year-old said it
very unlikely that Pietersen
would make a comeback to
international cricket for England.
Alastair Cook
Vethu Vettu
(Vethu Vettu)
Action unlimited
irector Vadivel has come out with a movie titled Kallapadam, which
speaks about four young members who aspire to make a movie.
Vadivel, K, Sriram, Gaughin, Lakshmi Priya, Singam Puli among
others in the cast.
The movie is a story of four young technicians in the film industry editor, director, music director and a cinematographer coming together
to make one film.
They go hammer and tongs to get a break in the industry. As usual they
are plagued by one too many problems. One hurdle comes after another.
Eventually they come up champs against all odds.
Interestingly there are some references to koothu artistes too in the film.
The movie has its moments and Vadivel has taken the lighter vein route
to narrate the happenings, which gels well with the script. K is a surprise
package and his performance is good. The rest of the cast are adequate.
Interestingly many films were made on travails of youngsters to make it
big in cinema, thankfully Kallapadam stands out from them.
A refreshingly different film, thanks to shrewd screenplay.
ore in the shades of Devar Magan, Thilagar speaks about revenge in a
community in rural Tamilnadu and what it takes to stand against violence.
Directed by Perumal Pillai, Thillagar stars Kishore, Dhruva, Mridula, Anumol,
Poo Ram and Rajesh Yadav among others in the cast.
The film is based on real-life incident that shook the rural Tamilnadu.
There is Poo Ram, a caste head who loves being adored, admired and
respected. He has sons who do anything in the name of their caste. There is
Kishore in the same village and he too is respected by all. He hates violence
and wants the younger generation to reform and take noble path.
In an enmity, Poo Ram hatches a conspiracy and takes revenge on Kishore.
He gets killed by them. The onus is on Kishore’s brother Dhruva to take revenge
on the killers. But he has to take care of his brother’s son. There is revenge
and action everywhere in the village. What eventually happens is the crux.
Kishore has done a wonderful job. As a peace-loving young man, he excels.
Newcomer Dhruva is the highlight. He does a wonderful act.
Poo Ram, hitherto played a character role, now dons the role of a baddie.
Rajesh Yadav chips in well, but his role could have been extended. He gets
under the skin of the character to give his best.
All said and now, Thillagar is clash of heads and many roll.
irector Mani Bharathy’s Vethu Vettu speaks about a youngster and
his romantic escapades. Produced by S Kumar, Saravana Manickam,
Moorthy, Ramasamy and Lakshmanan, the film is a rural entertainer that
stars Harish as hero. Vizha fame Malavika Menon as heroine. The cast
also includes Ilavarasu, Ganja Karuppu, Aadukalam Naren, Sri Ranjani,
Black Pandi among others. Taj Noor, a former associate of A R Rahman,
scores the music.
Harish along with his friends have a gala time in a village. He tries to
impress with his lies. At one point of time, his words become his enemy. A
village belle Malavika Menon blames him for all the troubles. He faces tough
situations. How he overcomes it form the crux.
Harish, who acted in many films including Mathi Yosi, Goripalayam among
others, does a good job. Malavika Menon is cute and bubbly.
Ilavarasu, Ganja Karuppu, Aadukalam Naren, Sri Ranjani and Black Pandi
does their job well.
Taj Noor’s background score gels with the script well.
Mani Bharathy has tried to liven up the proceedings and does a decent job.
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