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Chennaiite tastes success with hardwork

Chennai: N Boopathy owns a browsing centre at Lakshmi Nagar, 100 Ft Road, Nanganallur, in the city. His father was a traffic sub-inspector who passed away in an accident, when Boopathy was in school. As there was no other source of income for the family, he was forced to work at a browsing centre. He started working there from 2002 for a pay of Rs 2,500. After six months of

Spinner Ashwin receives Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy

Dharamsala: India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin received Garfield Sobers Trophy for being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year. “It has been a great honour to be named by the ICC for two top awards and it is dreamlike to actually receive them here,” said Ashwin, who had finished 2015 as the No. 1 ranked Test bowler in the world, a

Kapaleeshwarar temple festival on 2 April

Chennai: Festive atmosphere has once again pervaded the mada streets around the Kapaleeshwarar temple in the city. The annual brahmotsavam festival of the temple is around the corner. Preparations began last week with the erection of scaffoldings for putting up the pandals around the four prakarams. The temple Idols and the palanquins which will carry the deities are being cleaned, repaired and attended to. The festivities will begin with a

Rajini calls fan club members for crucial meet

Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth has called for an urgent meeting of key members of his fan clubs, say sources. The actor has asked the office-bearers to take part in the meeting, which is scheduled to be held at 9.30 am on 2 April at his Sri Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam at Kodambakkam here, without fail, it is learnt. The meeting has gained significance, as it has come at a time when Rajini

Minding minds

It is happy augury that the mental healthcare Bill, which decriminalises suicide and guarantees the right to better healthcare for people with mental illness, has been unanimously passed in the Lok Sabha. The Bill mandates that a person attempting suicide shall be presumed to be suffering from ‘severe stress’ and, therefore, shall not be tried or punished by law. It also ensures that persons with suicidal tendencies be given help and

2 Indian-Americans indicted for H-1B visa fraud

Washington: Two Indian-Americans have been indicted by a US federal court for using fraudulent documents in obtaining H-1B visa for Indian technology professionals. If convicted, Jayavel Murugan, 46, and Syed Nawaz, 40, will face up to 20 years of imprisonment or up to USD 250,000 of fine or both. Murugan, chief executive officer of Fremont-based Dynasoft Synergy, and Nawaz used fraudulent documents to obtain H-1B visa for Indian technology professionals, federal prosecutor alleged. As

Abandoned bag sparks off bomb scare at station

Chennai: Tension prevailed at the Sanatorium railway station today when passengers noticed smoke emanating from an abandoned bag in the station. The black colour bag, spotted on the fourth platform in the station, triggered panic as many passengers boarded the train fearing a blast. Passersby immediately alerted the railway police. The police along with bomb squad rushed to the spot and moved the bag away from the station. Later, it