R Chitra

Water Wars

A nasty fallout of the summer is bound to be the water shortage. It also seems to bring out the worst in human beings. Every time Chennai goes through water scarcity, something snaps in the public mind. It is not uncommon to witness ‘kozha sandai’ – fighting for the hand pump – in the street corner among people who share a common pump. If water is supplied by tanker, the

Yeddy meets S M Krishna, asks him to join BJP

Bengaluru: The BJP’s Karnataka unit chief, B S Yeddyurappa, has met former Chief Minister S M Krishna here and invited him to join the party. Yeddyurappa was joined by former deputy chief minister R Ashoka during his meeting with Krishna at his residence last evening. “Today, Ashok and I met him (Krishna) to invite him to join the BJP. I’m hopeful that he will join the party at the earliest,”

Panasonic eyes 10% market share in washing machines in FY18

Mumbai: Home appliances and consumer electronics company Panasonic India is aiming to capture 10 per cent market share in the washing machines segment in the next fiscal year on the back of new product launches. ‘In four years’ time of manufacturing the product, we have achieved more than 5 per cent market share in the washing machine segment. Currently, the industry size of this segment is approximately 5 million units.

Chidambaram calls Jayalalithaa regime 'corrupt'

Chennai: Tamilnadu re-elected a ‘corrupt government’ led by J Jayalalithaa during the previous Assembly elections, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram alleged and called for swift and deterrent punishment to end graft. ‘In Tamil Nadu, a corrupt government was re-elected… The head of that government, may her soul rest in peace, was convicted by the Supreme Court and fined Rs 100 crore. That government got re-elected only last year,’ he said

People rising

What is with the Tamils? They seem to be seizing every opportunity to launch protests. It is a strange reaction given that we do not care to intercede when we see two people wrestling on the road over some petty issue or if a big fight breaks out in our neighbourhood. But, recently, people have been taking up cudgels on behalf of people they do not know from Adam or

Travis to direct Transformers' spin-off Bumblebee

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

Ola, Uber drivers seek Gadkari's intervention

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