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IT employees set on forming union to fight lay-offs

Chennai: Amid reports of large-scale layoffs by IT companies across the country, a forum of IT workers is all set to get itself registered as the first union of techies in the country. “The Forum for Information Technology Employees (FITE) will be getting itself registered formally as the first union for IT employees in India,” forum’s vice-president Vasumathi said. “We are expecting this to happen within the next five months,”

'Sachin, Sachin' chant continues in biopic song

Chennai: The legend of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, after setting the cricketing field on fire now comes to big screen. His biopic – Sachin, A Billion Dreams – directed by James Erkine with music by A R Rahman is hitting the screens on 26 May. In an exclusive e-mail interview to News Today, the Master Blaster shares his thoughts on the movie, his Chennai connect, Rajinikanth, A R Rahman, Baahubali & more. Describing

Vizhinjam port now under CAG observation

Thiruvananthapuram: The comptroller and auditor general’s observation that Kerala interests were not protected in the agreement with Adani groups and SEZ Private Ltd for the development of Vizhinjam International Seaport has triggered a political debate on the project. The CAG in its report on public sector undertakings for the year ending March 2016, tabled in the state assembly yesterday, pointed out lapses on part of the state government while signing

India moves to isolate Pak diplomatically: US expert

Washington: India is moving towards isolating Pakistan diplomatically and is considering punitive actions against Islamabad for its alleged support to cross-border terrorism, a top American defence intelligence chief has said. “India has sought and continues to move to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and is considering punitive options to raise the cost to Islamabad for its alleged support to cross-border terrorism,” Lt Gen Vincent Stewart, Director, Defence Intelligence Agency, told members of the powerful Senate

WikiLeaks releases CIA project Athena

After the release of ‘AfterMidnight‘, WikiLeaks published documents of ‘Athena’, a project of CIA, on 19 May on their official website. This time, the group has published documents based on CIA’s Athena tool in their Vault 7 leaks that already holds eight CIA tools and secrets in the archive. Followed by Dark Matter document leak on 23 March of this year, the group has leaked Marble Framework (31 March), Grasshopper

Akula makes clean sweep in bike competition

When it comes to performance-oriented bikes, Bajaj has been ruling the roost for a good one-and-a-half decades now. Both Hero Moto Corp and TVS Ltd had challenged the legacy of the brand but eventually failed. When Bajaj partnered with Austria’s KTM, the gap widened further. In line with Bajaj’s strategy, TVS collaborated with BMW Motorrad of Germany and everyone expected a game-changer from the duo. But, again, their first product,

Youth power

The 10th edition of the IPL has ended with the finals, as the cliche has it, going down to the wire with the winner — Mumbai Indians — being decided on the very last ball of the tournament. It was a heart-break moment for the Rising Pune Supergiant who had done pretty well till that moment. Even though the response to the IPL has been muted in these parts for the

CBSE results likely to be announced Wednesday

Chennai: Over 10 lakh students who appeared for the class 12 exams from schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) can expect the results to be declared tomorrow. Students can access the result by logging on to any of the official websites. However, there are no notifications provided on the official website Students can note the other official websites to check the results:,,,,

US, Gulf countries team up to check terror funding

Washington: The US and six Gulf countries have joined hands to curb financing terror organisations like the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Haqqani network and the Taliban. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the US and six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh on the sidelines of the historic visit of President Donald Trump, US Department of Treasury has said. The six countries along with the US are Bahrain,

Yeddyurappa says he did eat at Dalit's house

Bengaluru: The BJP’s Karnataka chief B S Yeddyurappa has refuted allegations that he preferred breakfast from a hotel instead of what was prepared at a Dalit’s house he had visited and termed it a ‘malicious’ campaign by the Congress. Asserting that on Monday also he had breakfast at a Dalit’s house in a colony in Bagalkote in presence of the media, yesterday he claimed that the Congress was unable to digest the

Varuna japam at Chennai Ashtalakshmi temple

Chennai: A maha Varuna japam was conducted at the Ashtalakshmi temple (Mahalakshmi Thirukoil) at Besant Nagar here this morning for rain. According to a note from temple’s assistant commissioner M Jothi Lakshmi and executive officer S Madanagopal, while the maha sankalpam took place at 7 am, japam and parayanam followed till 8.30 am. This included Varjanya Shanthi japam, Varuna japam from Nalayira Divya Prabhandam, and Yajur Veda parayanam. There was