NT Bureau

Rising Czech star is the new Navratilova

Prague: Czech teen sensation Marketa Vondrousova was being hailed as a rising star in the mould of tennis great Martina Navratilova after climbing 119 places in the WTA rankings in just two weeks. Ranked 233rd, Vondrousova won her maiden WTA title at the Biel/ Bienne Open on April 16, rising to the top from qualifying. A week later, she managed her Fed Cup debut in the Czech Republic’s defeat at

Australia shares knowledge for Indian smart cities

Chennai: Asserting that the implementation of the Centres’s Smart City Mission is certainly changing the way city governments are addressing issues of urban planning and execution, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the objective was to raise standards of livability and urban sustainability in these areas. He was attending a knowledge sharing workshop on ‘Smart Cities and Informed Urbanisation’ here, organised by NITI Aayog and University of New

Doctors meet Health Minister, present demands

Chennai: Doctors representing various associations have met Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and presented their demands, which included a special ordinance to bypass a court order. From 17 April onwards, doctors across the State had been on strike after the court had cancelled 50 per cent reservation for government doctors in PG admissions. The Statewide protest by doctors also called for a ‘special amendment’. The Supreme Court judgement stated that the

Baahubali 2 leaked on net, shows cancelled

Chennai: Call it a shocker for team Baahubali: The Conclusion . Even as there were hiccups in its release this morning, the pirated version of the movie was out in various websites. Unfortunately the early morning shows of the Tamil version of the movie were not screened as theatreowners could not get screening license from producers (ARKA Medi Works). Tamilnadu distributor K Productions owed Rs 15 crore to Arka Mediworks,

No farmer died due to drought: TN govt to SC

Chennai: The Tamilnadu government today told the Supreme Court that no farmer committed suicide in the State due to drought. It said they died either by committing suicide because of family issues or due to old age and ill-health. In its affidavit , the government said while 82 farmers died because of ripe age and ailments, 30 ended their lives due to personal problems. Reports about the affidavit sparked furore

Dinakaran to be taken to Cochin, Bengaluru?

Chennai: The bribery case involving sidelined AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran saw many fresh developments today, including the arrest of a hawala agent. Naresh, landed at the Delhi airport from Thailand, was arrested for aiding Dinakaran to transfer Rs 10 crore via Kochi to pay the middleman Sukesh Chandrasekar. An investigating officer said Naresh is a friend of Sukesh and has helped him in transferring money in the

Local national

The resounding victory of the BJP in the municipal elections in Delhi reflects as much the personal triumph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the widespread disillusionment of the voter with Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal whose negative tactics of blaming all his failures on others has boomeranged on him. Having given a sweeping mandate to AAP two years ago in the Assembly elections largely on a pledge of

Free summer training camp for NEET aspirants

Chennai: SMART Training Resources is conducting a free intensive summer boot camp in workshop mode for students planning to appear for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) to get admission in professional courses next year. The camp begins 8 May and the last date to apply is 3 May. It will be held in 12 locations across Tamilnadu for science students who have completed class 11. “The classroom sessions of the boot

Railway partially cancels local trains to Gummidipoondi

Chennai: Local train No. 42001 MMC – Gummidipoondi, scheduled to leave Moore Market Complex at 12.15 pm on 29, 30 April and 2, 4, 6, 7,  8, 9 and 10 May will be partially cancelled between Ponneri – Gummidipoondi. The train will run from MMC to Ponneri only. According to a press release, the change has been made to carry out engineering works between Minjur – Gummidipoondi in Chennai –

Alternative route to delta railway stations to be electrified

Chennai: Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) will take up the electrification work of railway line in Villupuram – Cuddalore Port – Mayiladuturai – Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai-Tiruvarur section of Tiruchi division. According to a press release, RVNL will execute the project at an estimated cost of Rs 218.41 crore. Railway sources say that after completion of the electrification process, it would be an alternative route to Chennai – Tiruchi trains via

Film industry condoles Vinu Chakravarthy's death

Chennai: Known for his unique stentorian voice and trademark pauses in dialogue delivery, Vinu Chakravarthy was a favourite for mimicry artistes. The man with a baritone voice was a successful director-scriptwriter, too. His passing away in Chennai on Friday night after prolonged illness has left a void in the industry. Vinu Chakravarthy has acted in over 1,000 Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Badaga and Malayalam language films playing villain, comic roles and supporting characters.