R Chitra

A journey of discovery for a writer

Chennai: “I wanted to rediscover my identity as a Sri Vaishnava,” says M K Sudarshan, who has been doing this through blogs and online writings for more than 20 years now. He has gone one step ahead and compiled them in book form – Unusual Essays of an Unknown Sri Vaishnava. The book, which was recently launched in Chennai at a function, is a tome of 705 pages covering many

Bowling powers Punjab to 14-run win over Kolkata

Mohali: Chris Lynn’s brilliant 84 went in vain as Kings XI Punjab produced a clinical bowling show under pressure to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs in a tense IPL match and keep themselves afloat in the T20 tournament here last night. Needing a win to keep their play-off hopes alive, KXIP could put up just 167 for 6 after being put in to bat but they defended the total, courtesy

Karnataka multiplexes raided for overcharging water

  Bengaluru: Raids were conducted at malls and multiplexes at various locations in Karnataka by State officials in a crackdown against overcharging of mineral water, Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader has said. The raids were conducted following a spate of complaints from consumers about overpricing of mineral water. He said action would also be taken against excess pricing of eatables. “Our legal metrology officials raided malls and

Hindu temple vandalised in Pakistan, case registered

Karachi: A Hindu temple in Pakistan has been vandalised in the southern Sindh province and a case of blasphemy and terrorism has been registered against three unidentified persons, the police said today. The police said idols of deities were damaged and some of the broken parts were found in a nearby sewerage line. The incident occurred yesterday in Thatta district’s Gharo town. A case of blasphemy and terrorism has been registered. The

Just beat it

Everybody is talking about it. Switch on the TV, there is somebody advising you on how to face the hot summer months; switch on the radio and there is yet another person telling you how to stay cool in the torrid heat. Open the newspaper and there are columns written on how to beat the heat. WhatsApp also offers tips to maintain body temperature. And mark, these are not experts

Tough stand

The Supreme Court’s order banning sale and registration of vehicles that don’t meet at least the Bharat Stage-4 emission standards from 1 April  is an uncharacteristically tough measure that may well cripple the automobile industry in the country. While the apex court can’t be faulted on the logic that the health of millions of citizens was more important than commercial interests of manufacturers, a little more notice could have been

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