NT Bureau

Goondas Act slapped on May 17 Movement leader

Chennai: The police today slapped Goondas Act on Thirumurugan Gandhi of the May 17 Movement, who attempted to stage a protest in the Marina last week in support of Lankan Tamils. Although the Marina beach is out of bounds for any protest or gathering, members of the May 17 Movement attempted to hold a candlelight vigil to commemorate the eighth anniversary of the end of the civil war in Sri

Dinakaran judicial custody extended till 12 June

New Delhi: A court in New Delhi today extended till 12 June, the judicial custody of AIADMK leader T T V Dinakaran, accused of attempting to bribe Election Commission officials. A special judge also extended the judicial custody of Dinakaran’s aide Sukesh Chandrashekhar and Mallikarjuna, a long-time friend of Dinakaran, and a hawala operator from Delhi, Naresh Jain. Dinakaran, a nephew of jailed AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, is

Security guard was murdered to take revenge

Chennai: The police arrested five men today in connection with the murder of a security guard at Besant Nagar late last week. Chandran was killed by unidentified men on bike with an iron rod. He worked as a security guard in an apartment on Third Avenue. Following his death, the police launched a search for the killers. This morning, the police arrested Manikandan (38), a car driver working in the

A touching tale on goat sacrifice

Viddharth’s  next  is  Oru  Kidayin  Karunai  Manu  is  releasing  2  June. Directed by Suresh Sangaiah, the  movie  features  Raveena  Ravi  as  heroine. The  film  speaks  about  sacrificing goats, narrated from the goat’s perspective. Speaking  to  News  Today,  Suresh  Sangaiah, says, “I come from a village near Rajapalayalam and when they take the goats for sacrifice, the animal  wouldn’t  have  thought  that  those  would  be  his  last  minutes.  I  wanted to

S Rly to create awareness on level-crossing safety

Chennai: Southern Railway will be conducting a week-long safety drive as part of level-crossing awareness week which is being celebrated from 29 May to 2 June. A press release from the railways stated that the safety drive will comprise activities like campaigns and special checks to educate the general public about the need to adhere to safety at manned and unmanned railway level-crossings. Also, 2 June will be observed as

Nana Patekar gets meaty role in Rajini's Kaala

  The  makers  of  Rajinikanth’s  upcoming  film Kaala  Karikaalan on Sunday confirmed that Bollywood actor Nana Patekar has  been  roped  in  to  play  a  pivotal  role  in  the  movie. The  principal  shooting  of  the  Pa  Ranjith-directed film began on Sunday.  Announcing  the  full  cast  in  a  statement,  the  makers revealed that Nana Patekar, apart  from  a  bevy  of  supporting actors, plays an important role. It was also confirmed that Huma

Watercan suppliers in protest mode

Chennai: Lakhs of households depending on can water for drinking purposes may have to shell out more in the future as the newly proposed GST has raised the tax for bubble-top water to 18 per cent. Protesting the heavy taxation on packaged drinking water and the alleged harassment by Revenue Department officials, the Greater Tamilnadu Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers Association (GTPDWA) has announced an indefinite strike on Sunday. Sources say

CARE, ICRA downgrade RCom rating

Chennai: Shares of Anil Ambani-controlled mobile operating company Reliance Communications came under severe bear hammering early Monday trade, plunging nearly 15 per cent to hit a 52-week low of Rs 21.95. RCom shares were battered on the bourses due to combination of factors ranging from reports of loan defaults to widening losses during the fourth quarter. Over 38.27 lakh shares have changed hands so far as against two week average

Vijay Sethupathi acts with Nayanthara again

Vijay Sethupathi would play a crucial role  in  Nayanthara  starrer  Imaikka Nodigal, an action thriller. Directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu of Demonte Colony fame, it is  revealed Vijay Sethupathi’s role in the film is extremely crucial. The film’s plot is set between Chennai and Bangalore and the story will progress in  and  around  incidents  happening  in  these  two  cities. Atharva  and  Bollywood  filmmaker Anurag Kashyap play key roles in it.

Tuticorin Port to invest Rs 2,000 crore

Tuticorin: CII Thoothukudi organised the sixth edition of the Conference on Logistics here. A press note said that the conference was inaugurated by V O Chidambaranar Port Trust, Chairman, Anantha Chandra Bose. He said that the Tuticorin Port is taking a lot of initiatives to bring down the cost of logistics. “The port is investing around Rs 2,000 crore to increase the draft from 12.8 to 14.5 and the environment

Hotels, restaurants protest against GST tax

Chennai: Tamilnadu Hotels and Restaurant Association, in protest against the GST, has announced that all hotels and restaurants in the State will down their shutters on 30 May from 6 am to 6 pm. The South India Hotels and Restaurants Association (SIHRA) had earlier announced in a statement that the hospitality and hotel industry is reeling under losses since 2009 due to economic and other conditions. The recently Supreme Court