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Smart bio-refinery to produce fuel from agri-waste

Pune: Praj Industries, the global process solutions company, has said it has commenced its first, integrated, second generation technology (2G) smart bio-refinery to produce ethanol from agri-waste here. The 2G demo plant produces ethanol by processing a variety of agri-residue like rice and wheat straw, cotton stalk, bagasse, cane trash, corn cobs and stovers, into ethanol, with superior product yields, the company said in a statement issued yesterday. “With continual

Sony Pictures garners 363.9 mn viewers so far in IPL

New Delhi: Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has said it has crossed the last year’s viewership figures with 363.9 million viewers so far in just 32 matches. Last year, the channel saw 361 million viewers for the entire 2016 tournament. Sony Pictures Networks India is the official broadcaster of IPL 2017. “VIVO IPL 2017 continues to grow and has achieved a cumulative reach of 363.9 million in the fourth week of

Plea in HC says Nadigar Sangam encroaching road

Chennai: A PIL has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking a direction to various government agencies not to allow Nadigar Sangam Charitable Trust and South Indian Artistes Association (SIAA) to encroach on a road in T Nagar area in the city. A vacation bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and Justice V Parthiban before which a petition filed by K M Srirangan, a resident of Vidyodaya Road, came up for hearing, ordered notice to the Trust

Tripathi slams 93 - including 7 sixes, 9 fours

Kolkata: Rahul Tripathi, who has been a revelation in the ongoing Indian Premier League, says he is trying to keep things simple in his debut season. Tripathi continued his impressive run with a breathtaking 93 off 52 balls to seal a four wicket win for Rising Pune Supergiant over Kolkata Knight Riders here yesterday. “I am just trying to middle the ball, this is all new for me (the big

K M Music Conservatory celebrates annual day

Chennai: Fast becoming a must in Chennai’s cultural calendar, the annual musical extravaganza by the K M Music Conservatory, attended by its principal and founder A R Rahman, and film director Shankar, was an immersive aural and visual delight here on Wednesday. With previous events happening at different venues over the years, this year’s event found its way back home to its own state-of-the-art auditorium at K M College of

Meet actor Rinson, Rajkiran's friend in Paa Paandi

Chennai: Dhanush’s directorial venture Paa Paandi revolved around the life of a retired stuntman and whenever there was a dull moment in the movie, a teenage boy (Rajkiran’s friend in the movie) would appear to liven up the proceedings with his one-liners. He is a small screen actor, who hogged limelight playing Millimetre in Vijay-starrer Nanban. A quick chat with Rinson Q: Tell us about yourself. A: All credit to

Chief Minister launches Rs 25 crore-worth schemes in TN

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has launched various infrastructure initiatives to the tune of about Rs 25 crore. The initiatives, covering the departments of Health, Rural Development and Social Welfare, were launched through video conferencing yesterday, an official release said today. Palaniswami inaugurated new facilities and buildings at a total cost of Rs 13.40 crore at government hospitals in various districts, including Dharmapuri and Sivaganga. New blood banks in

Shriya Saran's next film will be with Karthik Naren

Chennai: Karthik Naren, who shot to fame with his maiden directorial venture Dhuruvangal 16, is all set to begin his next. Sources say that it stars Aravind Swamy in the lead role. Interestingly it is now said that Shriya Saran will don a pivotal character in the film. Shooting will begin shortly. Shriya, a name to reckon with in Tamil and Telugu cinema, is currently shooting for Anbanavan Adangadhavan Asaradhavan.

Luck runs out for serial chain-snatcher in Chennai

Chennai: A serial chain snatcher was nabbed by the public and handed over to the police at Virugambakkam  yesterday. The accused, Prakash (20), was a resident of Aminjikarai. He attempted to snatch a gold chain from an elderly woman but the woman started to shout for help. Prakash tried to escape but alerted by the woman’s cry, the public swiftly nabbed the man and handed him over at the Virugambakkam

Movie on effects of liquor in TN soon

Chennai: At a time when, people in various towns in Tamilnadu are up against opening of TASMAC shops, debutant filmmaker K G Veeramani is coming out with a movie titled Thirappu Vizha that speaks about the effects of liquor on youngsters in the State. Produced by Bhoomika Infradevelopers and M Jarina Begum, the movie stars new-comer Jai Anandh as hero. Rahana plays the heroine. Manobala, G M Kumar, Pasanga SiIvakumar

Raghava's next film helmed by Rajamouli's assistant

Chennai: S S Rajamouli’s Baahubali is based on the story by his father Vijayendra Prasad. Vijay 61 too has story by Vijayendra Prasad. Now the big news is that he has written a story that has impressed Raghava Lawrence and the actor giving his nod for it to be made into a film. It is said the project will be helmed by SS Rajamouli’s former associate Mahadev, which will officially