April 2017

Review: Ayyanar Veedhi - Cliche pulls it down

Debutant filmmaker Gipsy Rajkumar has tried to weave a romantic entertainer laced with revenge, family drama, humour and action. Seasoned artistes K Bhagiyaraj and Ponvannan play key roles while Yuvan of Sattai fame plays the lead role. Sara Shetty and Sinju Mohan are the heroines. Singampuli, Senthivel, Raja, Meera Krishnan and Muthukalai are also in the cast. Produced by P Senthilvel and Vijayashankar, the movie has music by U K Murali

Review: Baahubali-2 - Pan Indian attraction

The wait is finally over. ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’, a sequel to filmmaker S S Rajamouli’s earlier hit starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj and Nasser in lead roles, is rich, grand, big and glitzy. It comes with the answer to the question, which the nation wanted to know badly for last couple of years – Why Kattappa Killed Baahubali? Three cheers to the whole team for

Jehan becomes first Indian on pole in FIA F3

Monza (Italy): Jehan Daruvala created history by becoming the first Indian racer to occupy pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championships in the qualifying session for Round 2 here. Jehan put in a near perfect lap to claim his maiden pole position in F3 in only his second event. His lap time of 1:44.105s was a mere three hundredths of a second ahead of his Carlin team-mate Lando

Indian women to fight it out for crown

Chennai: Saurav Ghosal made it to the final defeating fifth seeded Leo Au of Hong Kong as he won 11-6 11-7 11-3 of the Asian Squash championship yesterday. Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal Karthik set up a title clash with contrasting wins over their respective rivals in the women’s section of the championships. Pallikal, seeded fourth, upset top seed Annie Au of Hong Kong 11-9 7-11 11-7 11-9, the second

Nadal in final, Murray shocked

Barcelona: Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Barcelona Open by dispatching Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-3 6-4 on Saturday to book his place in Sunday’s showpiece against Dominic Thiem where he will be looking to win the tournament for a 10th time. Nadal struck the first blow by breaking the unseeded Zeballos in the fourth game and the difference in quality between the two players soon began to show. Zeballos

Dhoni key for India in CT: Ponting

Melbourne: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting feels it would be a mistake to write off Mahendra Singh Dhoni just yet as India would need his ability to control the game in the upcoming Champions Trophy in England. “Batting in the middle-order, he’s someone who can really control a one-day innings. And that might be what you need in England,” Ponting told Cricket Australia’s official website. “If the ball does a

We are not getting our act together, says Kohli

After Royal Challengers Bangalore ambled to their second sub-hundred total and lost by 61 runs, a visibly disconsolate captain Virat Kohli conceded that his team lost the game rather than Rising Pune Supergiant winning it. “I think it is everyone for see. We lost that game. It is hard for a captain to stand here and speak after performances like these,” Kohli said after the side’s third successive loss. “But,

TVS Motor to launch new bike, scooter

New Delhi: Two-wheeler major TVS Motor Company plans to launch two new products — a motorcycle and a scooter — this fiscal, in addition to upgrades of its existing models to expand portfolio. The Chennai-based company, which has earmarked Rs 500 crore capex for the current fiscal, also plans to launch products from its collaboration with BMW Motorrad in the Indian market. “Besides regular upgrades and refreshes of existing products,

Telecom subscriber base in India grows

New Delhi: India’s telecom subscriber base, mobile and landline combined, touched the 1.18 billion mark at the end of February 2017, growing 1.17 per cent over the previous month, according to regulator TRAI. The market growth was propelled by the addition of 13.75 million mobile users during the month. The demand for once- popular landline phone has been dwindling as the cheap mobile handsets, coupled with falling tariffs and freebies,

Govt to look into merger of 21public sector banks

New Delhi: Fresh from the successful merger of five associates with SBI, the government is looking to consolidate more public banks going forward, with an aim to create only a few lenders of global size and scale. The Finance Ministry, according to an official, “will soon undertake a broad study on further consolidation and look at various options for merger among the remaining 21 public sector banks.” “There are factors

Skoda India targets 25 % sales growth

New Delhi: Czech automobile firm Skoda is eyeing 25 per cent sales growth in India this year on the back of enhanced customer service, two new upcoming models and upgrades of existing offerings. The company’s arm Skoda Auto India had reported sales of 13,370 units last year as against 15,457 units in 2015, down 13.5 per cent. “We have been on a drive to improve our sales and aftersales service