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No EVMs this time for R K Nagar polls?

Chennai: “In R K Nagar by-poll, if the number of contestants exceeds 60, the conventional method of using electronic machines cannot be followed as they can’t handle more than 60 candidates. Instead, the old method of using ballot papers will be followed,” said district Election Officer, Karthikeyan, in Chennai today. He revealed that after scrutiny of nomination papers, 70 candidates are still in the fray which makes it impossible to

Chennaiite becomes popular with wedding cartoons

Chennai: K R Ramakrishnan, a cartoonist, in Tambaram in the city has brought about a new concept for weddings and other celebrations. Ramakrishnan, popularly known as Ramki, displays a set of around 30 cartoons for all wedding rituals, from ‘mapillai azhaipu’ to ‘nalangu’ with funny cartoons displayed at the entrance of the wedding halls. Much recently his works were displayed at the wedding of R Chandramouli and S Sharmila at

Producers council elections: Thanu slams Vishal

Chennai: Actor Vishal cannot understand the hurdles faced by a producer to release a film, said Tamil Film Producers Council president Kalaipuli S Thanu. Speaking at a meeting organised to support R Radhakrishnan, who is pitted against Vishal in the forthcoming Producers Council elections, here on Wednesday, Thanu said, “Vishal has done nothing for the welfare of the producers. Long ago, the actor promised that he would lead a team

AIADMK symbol has been frozen for second time

Chennai: In a span of 28 years, the AIADMK symbol, ‘Two Leaves’, has been frozen by the Election Commission for the second time. While in the first instance it was after the demise of party founder M G Ramachandran, this time it is after the death of its general secretary J Jayalalithaa. The claim for the party symbol now is a result of the fight between the two factions: one

Madras Sanskrit College masters digital endeavour

Chennai: The 111-year-old Madras Sanskrit College in Mylapore in the city has gone digital, last week in a bid to keep with the times. Last week lessons went online and classrooms global. 50,000 palm leaf manuscripts are to be digitised and webcasts made possible with Sanskrit scholars around the world. “‘It’s what we call a total website for people at any level of Sanskrit, whether beginner or advance. We want to engage

School property donated by Bharathiyar's friend in shambles

Chennai: Local residents are up in arms against the official apathy towards the pathetic condition of Parali Su Nellaiyappar School at Bharathipuram, Chrompet. The school premises, which once reverberated with the sounds of children’s learning, has now become a grazing ground for the cattle. The once-flourished institution, which failed to attract students in large numbers, was shut down in 2001. The land for the school was donated by Parali Su Nellaiyappar,

Ilayaraja-SPB copyright spat churning film industry

Chennai: The recent legal notice from Ilayaraja to S P Balasubrahmanyam (SPB) has sparked a controversy all over the country not because of the issue’s rarity but because of the level of fame both have. While SPB is a legendary playback singer who has been in the field for over 50 years, Ilayaraja is a veteran music composer, a household name from Tamil cinema. Above all, they were both good