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Muthaiah to direct Vijayakanth's son

P G Muthaiah is an acclaimed cinematographer, who worked in several films including Poo, Kandaen Kadhalai and Chandi Veeran. He also produced Raja Manthiri, Maraindhirndhu Paarkum Marumam Enna and Peenchankai. Now he is all set to don the director’s hat. He will be wielding the megaphone for a movie titled Madurai Veeran which stars Vijayakanth’s son Shanmugapandian in the lead. Muthaiah says,  “It wasn’t a conscious decision to make my

Tuticorin celebrates World Book Day

Tuticorin: Department of Libraries, Tuticorin District Central Library and Readers Circle organised World Book Day celebrations recently at VOC College of Education here. District Library Officer T Munniyappan presided over the event. Poet Bala Manivannan delivered a special address. District Chief Educational Officer Ramakrishnan was present for the occasion. A book fair was organised as part of the celebrations and it was inaugurated by Sakhitya Academy award winner Poomani. Writers

MGR kin's murder: HC acquits two accused

Chennai: The Madras High Court acquitted two of the prime accused in the murder of K Vijayan alias Vijay Kumar, who is a close relative of former Chief Minister M G Ramachandran. The two acquitted were Banu and seventh accused M Karthik. However, the court upheld the sentences given to the rest accused. On 13 July 2016, the Principal Session Judge convicted N Banu, G Karuna, T Suresh, R Karthik,

Dejected Raina wants bowlers to step it up

Rajkot: Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina expressed disappointment with his bowlers’ poor show in the IPL game against Kings XI Punjab, saying they needed to step up. Gujarat Lions were beaten by Kings XI Punjab, who put up a strong all-round show to end their four-match losing streak with a 26- run victory. Opening batsman Hashim Amla smashed 65 as the visitors posted a challenging total of 188/7 in 20

Smartphones are epicentre of digital banking

Vellore: “Even as mobile banking and digital banking are becoming more popular among the customers, the public need to be educated and informed about the security standards involved in digital transactions,” said Co-ordinator, Centre for Consumer Studies, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Suresh Misra. Delivering the keynote address at the inaugural function of the two day National Conference on ‘Conventional to Digital A Shift in Banking’ organized by the Department

Civic polls by July-end: SEC

Chennai: The State Election Commissioner today filed an affidavit in the Madras High Court assuring that the local body elections in Tamilnadu would be held before the end of July. The elections were to have been held in October 2016. But citing a discrepancy in the quota for STs, DMK’s organising secretary R S Bharathi had filed a case in the Madras High Court. Following this, the court ordered the

Student from MP tops VIT entrance

Chennai: Aashish Waikar, a student of Bhavan Vidyalaya Panchkula, Madhya Pradesh has secured the first rank in the VIT Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE)-2017. He wrote the exam along with students from 119 cities across India, as well as Dubai, Kuwait and Muscat. The entrance exam was held for admission to the various B.Tech programmes offered by VIT University at its Vellore, Chennai, Bhopal and Amaravati (AP). VIT chancellor Dr G

Microsoft enhances paternal leave benefits

New Delhi: Microsoft India said it has enhanced all types of paternal leave benefits and introduced a new family caregiver leave which entails four weeks of paid leave to take care of an immediate family member. From 21 April, Microsoft India has enhanced all types of paternal leave benefi ts such as paternity, adoption and surrogacy. Besides, the company has introduced a new family caregiver leave benefit, which includes four

Lumpen elements attack group of boys at Mylapore park

Chennai: The safety of children visiting the famous Nageswara Rao park in Mylapore is questionable after a recent incident where five 12-year-old boys who were bullied by local youths. There was no security personnel to help them out and not even the public came forward to help the children. Narrating the incident, Ashwin, one of the victims, said the whole thing began when the youth from a nearby slum invited

US accuses Indian tech giants of cornering visas

Chennai: US has accused top Indian IT firms TCS and Infosys of unfairly cornering the lion’s share of H-1B visas by putting extra tickets in the lottery system, which the Trump administration wants to replace with a more merit-based immigration policy. At a White House briefing, an official in the Trump administration said a small number of giant outsourcing firms flood the system with applications which naturally ups their chances

India must match global standards in health: Venkaiah

Chennai: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has said India spends about 4.2 per cent of its GDP on healthcare goods and services, compared to about 18 per cent by developed countries. Addressing the 25th convocation ceremony at Sri Ramachandra University here yesterday, he said, “Compared to many developed nations it is low. The government’s healthcare expenditure has not been commensurate with the demands. We need to catch